Denis Suárez’s injury adds to that of right-back Kevin Vázquez, who this morning did not train with the group waiting to know the result of the medical tests they performed after being injured at Santiago Bernabéu. The initial prognosis is that he is suffering “a mild sprain” in his right knee. The midfielder of Celta de Vigo, Denis Suarez was injured in training on Tuesday, suffering “a sprained right ankle”, which makes it doubt for the league match next Saturday against Leganés.The medical services of the Galician club indicated that the withdrawal time will depend on its evolution, although everything seems to indicate that the former azulgrana will not reach the momentous meeting against the Madrid team because it is the second ankle injury he suffers this season. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 18, 2020
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Letterkenny Town Council has produced a brochure to help people tackle the possibility of a huge snowfall this winter.The brochure will be distributed to the public and resident’s association during a special winter information evening.The date of the meeting is expected to be announced at tonight’s monthly town council meeting. The brochure contains practical advice on clearing footpaths as well as such things as the council’s gritting policy.The meeting is also expected to hear from the council on its plans for tackling any possible cold snap similar to the past couple of years.A council source said “We certainly cannot be accused of not being ready for a heavy snowfall such as last year.“A lot of work has gone into this. Some people are saying we may not have the freezing winter some are predicting but we are prepared. “It’s a matter of educating the public and putting the correct procedures in place in the event of such freezing conditions.”SNOW JOKE – LETTERKENNY THROWS BOOK AT FREEZING CONDITIONS! was last modified: November 13th, 2011 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:brochureLetterkenny Town Councilsnow
PORTLAND, Ore. – There is one thing that everybody agrees has to be done about the thousands of miles of electricity transmission lines that crisscross the West – build more of them. The big question is, who pays for them? Another is, who controls them? And finally, how much should it cost to use them? Utility managers and regulators say those questions need to be answered soon – before demand outstrips the power supply to some of the fastest-growing areas of the nation. Otherwise, the risk of a blackout like the one that left the East Coast in the dark in 2003 keeps rising. But all that generating capacity has to have a way to reach new businesses and homes – meaning more high-voltage wires, McDonald said. “So it’s very important to have additional infrastructure in the West because of the way the region is growing,” McDonald said. “And there hasn’t been a substantial investment in that transmission infrastructure.” On Nov. 17, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposed transmission pricing reforms to promote what commissioners said was long overdue investment in energy infrastructure. The Energy Policy Act of 2005, which President Bush signed in August, directed FERC to develop incentive-based rates for interstate power transmission. The reforms adopted on Nov. 17 will implement those incentives and provide regulatory certainty needed to reassure utilities and investors, officials said. The goal is to increase power-grid reliability and lower costs by reducing transmission congestion between states, commissioners said. “No one is looking at the lights going out,” said U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. “But what we’re looking at now is how do you make the system work better, and how do you avoid duplicate investment in very expensive transmission lines.” Reliability and congestion are issues that have been a struggle for utility managers and regulators across the West for more than a decade, as they have watched transmission line construction fail to keep pace with electricity demand. “We should have been making plans to build out the transmission system years ago,” said David Kvamme, spokesman for PacifiCorp. The Portland-based utility serves 1.6 million customers in six Western states and must balance regulatory demands in each state with the need for additional transmission capacity. But transmission investment actually declined for 23 years from 1975 to 1998, according to FERC figures. And over that same period, electricity demand more than doubled, resulting in a significant decrease in transmission capacity. Investment has been up and down since, but still trails well behind demand, say regulators. “We’re in the midst of a historic shift in the way this country regulates electric utilities,” said Bryan Lee, FERC spokesman in Washington, D.C. Some of the problems the West faced in 1992 when Congress first began to deregulate the energy industry still frustrate utility managers and policymakers. One of them is how to balance electricity generation and transmission. Building more plants to generate more electricity does little good unless the extra power can be distributed to the cities and towns that need it. But that raises a conflict over whether the individual utilities that produce the power should also control the transmission grid, or whether it should fall to an independent agency or perhaps to an organization created by the industry. Robert Kahn, executive director of the Northwest Independent Power Producers Coalition, said his group supports the creation of an independent agency to manage the transmission grid across the West. Without it, there is a risk of “pancaking,” or tacking on costs as power is routed from one state to another, Kahn said. “I would argue it’s like the tragedy of the commons,” Kahn said. “They’re all pursuing their own interests but in ways that are damaging to their neighbors, and in ways that are not beneficial to the entire grid.” The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had ordered the development of a regional transmission organization, or an RTO, but the effort was abandoned by the Bonneville Power Administration and large investor-owned utilities after the Western energy crisis of 2001 – when rates skyrocketed because drought reduced hydroelectricity generation, deregulation failed in California and Enron Corp. tried to rig the market. “Following the energy crisis when it was apparent there was illegal manipulation of the interstate transmission system and illegal sales of power across high voltage power lines, FERC said there had to be a better system for handling bulk transmission of power,” said John Harrison, spokesman for the Northwest Power Council, the agency that plans for energy development in Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Washington state. The solution may lie with Bonneville, the federal power marketing agency which controls much of the transmission system in the Northwest and other parts of the West – a unique situation among the four such agencies nationally. “The BPA is the 800-pound gorilla,” said Kvamme, the PacifiCorp spokesman. But the agency has dropped out of the latest proposal for a regional organization, called Grid West, and left it up to the utilities to discuss the next step. DeFazio, the congressman who has devoted years to energy policy, says it may take a major effort to finally settle on the right system for the West, but it appears that utilities and regulators are headed in the right direction. “I don’t think it’s as big a problem as it was two years ago,” the Oregon Democrat said. “We got beyond the profiteering and price-gouging model of Enron, which is where this whole thing started. Things have changed since then.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The Bonneville Power Administration two years ago completed a transmission system expansion project in the Seattle area, reducing the risk of massive power failures there. “It reinforced a key link that would have, for sure, put the Seattle area in danger of blackouts had it not been constructed,” said Ed Mosey, spokesman for the Portland-based federal power marketing agency. In Arizona, the largest utility in the state is proposing a new $3 billion pair of 500,000-volt lines to bring power 600 miles from coal and wind turbine plants in Wyoming. It would also let the Arizona Public Service Co. send excess power from the Southwest to the north. “Arizona’s one of the two fastest-growing areas of the country, along with Nevada,” said Jim McDonald, spokesman for Arizona Public Service. The utility relies on coal, nuclear and natural gas-fired generating plants for electricity to accommodate growth that includes Arizona cities like Gilbert, which topped the U.S. Census Bureau’s list of fastest-growing cities with at least 100,000 new people from April 2000 to July 2004.
Tags: erisa ssekisambuGor Mahia FCHashim Sempalavipers sc Ssekisambu scored five goals for Gor Mahia, last season. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)Former Vipers SC striker Erisa Ssekisambu will not be able to see out his two-year contract at Gor Mahia.The Kenyan giants have decided to part ways with Ssekisambu after only a year into his two-year deal.It is understood that the former Venom failed to impress in his first season and that is the reason he is being offloaded.“Ssekisambu failed to impress during the short time he has been with us and the coach does not want him to stay,” a source told Goal.com.The move was also taken to clear space for incoming foreign players as Gor Mahia already has six foreign players in their ranks, more than what is permitted by the foreign quota rule by the Kenyan Premier League Limited.The quota rule permits each Kenyan Premier League club to have a maximum of five foreign players in their teams.Sekisambu who was unveiled in November 2018 managed five goals in the half season.David Mapigano, Dickson Ambundo, Francis Mustapha, Hashim Sempala and Shafiq Batambuze remain as foreign players at Gor Mahia.Not only Ssekisambu will be leaving Gor Mahia. Castro Ogendo, Pascal Ogweno, Cercidy Okeyo, Shaban Odhoji, and Francis Kahata will also not be part of thier squad next season.Francis Kahata was signed by Simba SC of Tanzania while Jacques Tuyisenge joined Angolan side Petro Atletico.Reports coming from Kenya also indicate that another Ugandan, Hashim Sempala is on his way out of Gor Mahia.The Ugandan midfielder is reported to have asked to be released.Sempala is also on his way out of Gor Mahi.“It is true that Sempala wants out, he has already demanded the release letter and the club is considering his demands, maybe this will also help them to balance the foreign quota rule.” A source narrated to Goal.comGor Mahia have already seen three key players depart as George Odhiambo, Francis Kahata and Jacques Tuyisenge have moved on.The K’Ogalo have also signed Dickson Ambundo, David Mapigano, Tobias Otieno, Dennis Oalo and Elvis Ronack.Comments
23 January 2012 A new gold mine set to open in the United Kingdom will be processing its ore using South African technology and expertise – an indication of how SA’s economy could benefit from new mining operations internationally, reports the Mail & Guardian. The newspaper reported on Friday that Australian-owned Scotgold Resources had secured environmental approval to start operations at the new Cononish gold mine in midwestern Scotland in 2013 – and had ordered a turnkey ore-processing plant from South African engineering firm Consulmet Metals. The Johannesburg firm would “design the plant, have it built locally, partially disassemble it before shipment, and commission it at the mine near Loch Lomond in Scotland,” the Mail & Guardian reported. “It may be a small deal in the world of mining, but the $10-million gold extraction plant … casts the spotlight on South Africa’s readiness to capitalise on local mining expertise. “Extensive mining opportunities opening up in Africa have deepened the experience of local engineering houses such as Consulmet Metals in building ready-to-use processing plants in hostile terrain. “This, and an emotional preference to do business with fellow Africans, ensures that South Africa will benefit from the African mining boom in particular.” An additional incentive for foreign firms to make use of South African expertise, the Mail & Guardian points out, comes from South Africa’s state-owned Export Credit Insurance Corporation, which provides guarantees to banks to finance orders for South African capital equipment. Consulmet Metals CEO Rupert Swanepoel told the newspaper that the Scotgold project was the first – but certainly not the last – in which it would be using the Export Credit Insurance Corporation to “sweeten” its offering to its foreign clients. SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Iowa State University just reported their 2017 corn and bean breakeven points. It showed that the average Iowa bean farmer can lock in 2017 crop profits with current fall market prices. That is not necessarily the case for corn. Corn on corn farmers would likely lose with today’s prices, while corn on beans are showing some profitability.I think many farmers will take notice and plant more beans in 2017. Still, South American bean production is an unknown. If we assume a small issue in South America supply, which leads to increases for U.S. prices, the added bean acres in 2017 may be offset. However, if bean acres exceed 90 million acres and South America doesn’t have a reduced supply, then substantially lower values are a real concern. Market ActionWith corn prices so low, I’m always looking for ways to add additional premium to my corn prices. Rather than wait around for prices to go up, which they may not, I manufacture trades that allow me to add premium to my corn prices, while minimizing risk. In the following example I detail out several trades I have done recently that show how premium can sometimes be added even during a sideways market. Trade Detail #1 — SepSep – Sold $3.30 calls against Dec futures for a 15 cent premiumHindsight — this was a little early and the price was low. So, I wanted to increase this price to profitable levels with the next trade. Trade Detail #2 — NovExpected market direction back in Nov ’16 — Sideways through JanTrade Detail — On 11/22/16 sold $3.60 straddle for 23 cents (selling a put and call at the same price)Potential Benefit — increase potential premium (23 cents) if market stays close to $3.60 at the end of JanuaryPotential Concern — reduced or no premium if the market moves significantly from that levelWhat happened — Option expired 1/27 at $3.61Action — I bought back both straddles for 2 cents totalWhy buy them back? One of the options is exercised if I don’t buy them back. I don’t want that. I just want the premium from the trade.Result — Net premium 21 cents and position unchanged.Current PositionSold Dec Futures: $3.30+ 15 cents — Trade #1 above, call premium+ 21 cents – Trade #2 above, straddle+ 11 cents – Market carry, rolling Dec futures to Mar+ 14 cents – Market carry, will roll from Mar to JulyCurrent Position Value Against July Futures ($3.30 + 61 cents of premium): $3.91Trade Detail #3 – 1/27/17Expected market direction today — Probably sideways with some upside potential into early summerTrade Detail — 1/27/17 sold July $3.90 straddle for 43 centsExpires 6/23/17 right when there is the best chance for a weather rallyPotential Benefit — If July futures close at $3.90 on 6/23, I keep the 43 cent premiumPotential concern — reduced or no premium if the market moves significantlyWith this, every penny lower than $3.90 I get less premium until $3.47 and at $3.47 or lower the original corn sale is removed, but I keep the 61 cents above to be added to another sale. For every penny higher than $3.90 I get less premium until $4.33. With $4.33 or higher I have to make another sale at $4.33 and my $3.90 sale is stalled at $3.90. Developing a strong marketing strategyThis trade is most profitable if the market goes nowhere (basically staying between $3.70 to $4.10 is optimal) through June. If that happens, I will have taken a trade that started in September at $3.30 a turned it into something between $4.10 and $4.30.However, I have to understand the potential concerns of each trade I do. While this trade is mostly betting the market will be sideways, the market can always go up or down too. While I don’t want to take a sale back at $3.47, I know it is a possibility. However, historically usually the market doesn’t trade significantly lower in the middle of June when weather conditions are still unknown and drought could still happen. I hope the market is above $4.30 in June, as I would be perfectly happy to be forced to sell at $4.30.I don’t like putting all my kernels in one bucket. I prefer to have multiple trades based upon many likely market outcomes throughout the year. I think a sideways market is a real possibility with what I know today, so this trade capitalizes on that. But, I also have protections in place in case something unforeseen happens.As I’ve said before, “hoping the market goes up” is not a marketing strategy. Neither is “make the most money I can.” The most profitable AND least risky marketing strategies include different trades that take into consideration likely scenarios while balancing unforeseen circumstances.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. 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“Pashupati mera Lakshman hain… woh bhi aapka khyal waise hi rakhega jaise main (Pashupati is my Lakshman… he will take care of you like I have),” Lok Janshakti Party chief and eight-time MP from Hajipur Ram Vilas Paswan has been telling people in the constituency while campaigning for his younger brother Pashupati Kumar Paras who is contesting against Mahagathbandhan candidate Shivchandra Ram of the Rashtriya Janata Dal. Citing poor health, Ram Vilas Paswan this time opted out of the Lok Sabha poll and fielded his brother from his traditional Hajipur (reserved) constituency but his ‘Lakshman’ is apparently locked in a tough battle against RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s Shivchandra ‘Ram’.Local vs outsider Mr. Ram is a local from Mahua block of Vaishali district, while Mr. Paras comes from Alauli of Khagaria district. The three Assembly constituencies of Hajipur Lok Sabha seat — Lalganj, Mahnar and Hajipur — are currently held by the NDA while three others — Mahua, Raghopur and Rajapakar — are with the RJD. Lalu Prasad’s two sons — Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav — represent Mahua and Raghopur constituencies respectively, and Mr. Ram is a legislator from Rajapakar. “It’s a battle between Lalu’s Ram and Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lakshman… it’s also a contest between local versus outsider,” said sexagenarian Jagdish Rai of Raghopur.Since 1977, Mr. Paswan has won the Hajipur parliamentary seat eight times. In 2009 LS election, he lost to JD(U)’s Ram Sundar Das. He has done some development work including opening zonal office of Food Corporation of India and East Central Railway zonal HQ. This time, Mr. Paswan is working hard to make his younger brother win the seat. Recently, he gave full-page advertisement in local dailies telling the Hajipur residents that he was “dedicating his younger brother Pashupati Paras for the services of his mother, Hajipur”, and would himself continue to serve them from the other side. He also had outlined the development works he undertook for the constituency.‘Father’s prestige’On the other hand, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav too has been telling voters that his father’s prestige is at stake in Hajipur and they should help Mr. Ram win. Mr Ram, who is said to be close to Mr. Tejashwi and Mr. Lalu, was a Minister in the previous grand alliance government in the State. Mr. Lalu’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav’s Lalu-Rabri Morcha too has fielded Balinder Ram, a local leader. “Shivchandra is the son of the soil, while Paras is not Paswan, and he also comes from Khagaria,” Madho Singh, a retired LIC employee, said in Mahua. He added that a section of the people may vote for the NDA candidate in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Caste calculations of the Hajipur seat suggest that the contest between the NDA and the Mahagathbandhan candidates appears to be tough and the victory margin might not be like “what Ram Vilas Paswan has been bagging”. With 3.5 lakh Yadavs, 1 lakh Muslims,1.40 lakh Kushwahas and 1.10 lakh Ravidas, the Mahagathbandhan candidate appears to be on a strong pitch, while the NDA nominee seems to be equally strong with 2.5 lakh EBC (Extremely Backward Caste), 1.40 lakh Bhumihars, 2.5 lakh Rajputs, over 60,000 Brahmins and 1.30 lakh Paswans.
Bobby Jindal is running for governor of Louisiana. If you are desi and haven’t heard this yet, then you’ve been either out of the country or too preoccupied with your life to care. I’m inclined toward the latter, but with G.W. Bush in the White House and with this constant state of fear produced by his administration, we must get involved.One of the expectations from our community is that if “one of our own” runs for office, we must support that person, regardless of their politics. I reject this line of thought. Ethnicity is important to all of us, but it does not determine our politics. I like Bobby Jindal, but I don’t support him for governor.Brown’s Latur GenerationOn the morning of September 30, 1993, a terrible earthquake (magnitude 6.3) struck the Latur and Osmanabad districts of Maharashtra. The government later told us that close to 8,000 people had died and that over 30,000 homes had been destroyed. The scale of the earthquake was very significant. A few hours after the earthquake had struck, I received a phone call from a student at Brown University, Pooja Sarin. Several months before the call, Pooja and Raj Dave of the South Asian Students Association (SASA) from Brown had contacted me. Since I worked in Providence at Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) on a campaign to remove tobacco advertisements from the areas of the working class as well as to challenge police brutality, these students had expressed an interest in being involved.I remember when a group of them led by Pooja Sarin and Raj Dave came to my office at DARE to ask how the SASA could get involved in the struggles for social justice being fought by our polycultural community (made up of Black folk from the U.S. South, from the Dominican Republic, Hmong hrefugees and poor Whites). They brought a fiery sense of the injustice in the world to my office located in one of the more battered parts of the city of Providence, but one that housed the most resilient and hopeful population to which I have been introduced in the United States. Now Pooja wanted to do something, anything, to help those who had survived the earthquake and whose lives needed to be rebuilt.In the typically organized fashion of college students, the SASA gathered for a daily fund-drive in the Brown post office and collected money, as well as held a fund-raiser dinner one evening not long after the earthquake. The money was sent to a relief agency in India and it turns out that some homes had been built for their effort. When I remember these Brown students, I think of them as the Latur generation: they had already held numerous political workshops on campus, many of them had been involved in the effort to make Brown more democratic (to allow community people to use the library, for instance, and to ensure that it admit people independent of their means to pay). When they hosted the 8th Annual SASA Conference in March 1996 they made sure to include political discussions that are often not heard at the mainly social, partying SASA.I remember many of these students with joy. Even as I don’t remember Bobby Jindal, I feel that he belongs to this Latur Generation.He was a smart aleck, who when once asked by his elementary school teacher, “Why is it that all Indians are so smart and well-behaved,” answered, “It was the food.” Jindal left Brown for Oxford, then went on to help rescue the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, work as executive director of the National Bipartisan Commission the Future of Medicare (also known as the Breaux-Thomas Commission) to try and help save the health care program for the 40 million elderly and disabled, run the University of Louisiana system as its youngest president, and finally, to serve in the George W. Bush administration as health policy advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services. This is an extraordinary resume for someone who is only 32. His commitment to public service certainly puts him in Brown’s Latur Generation.Foot Soldier in the Bush CrusadeWhy is this smart, energetic, well-intentioned and generous young man a foot soldier in the Bush crusade? Why would he join-up with a political movement that is generally committed to the very wealthy, that has a disregard for ethnic minorities, and that has put forward laws against immigrants that stifle the life-blood of our communities? What has brought Bobby Jindal to the Grand Old Party, the GOP, the Republicans?My disregard for his candidacy is not over his own personal integrity, his talents or his accomplishments. I am dismayed by his political loyalties.The GOP, unlike the Democratic Party, is a genuine political organization. It has a closely controlled group of operatives, a very disciplined cadre of Congressional representatives who actually follow the Whip in the House, and it tends to be very focused and regimented in its message. There is no wavering from the message, and as the right wing of the GOP is now in dominance, that message is decidedly right wing and hardly mainstream.Take a look at some of the campaign positions that Jindal is forced to take as a result of his being under the GOP tent:Jindal opposes the right of a woman to have control over her body. The test for this control is generally fought on the battlefield of abortion, but the real issue at stake is not abortion itself, but who gets to tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body. “I am pro-life,” Jindal points out, but because there are 15,000 abortions in the state of Louisiana (a pro-life state), he proposes to regulate abortion. He considers the medical professionals that offer a woman the right to choose, “an abortion industry” and hopes to use “informed consent” and other such laws to ensure that pressure is put on women to accede to others for decisions about their persons.Jindal hinders modern scientific research. While modern science breaks many barriers, one of the most astounding areas for research has been in biology. The use of genes has provided a vast sum of knowledge and, for lesser or worse, we have learnt all kinds of things from it.“Our society must do all that we can to help alleviate human suffering,” Jindal says, “and that certainly includes more scientific research.” On this point, Jindal calls for a ban on human cloning. Under the term “human cloning,” however, the administration includes stem cell research, whose benefits include organ regeneration (according to Dr. Mick Bhatia director of stem cell research at London’s Robarts Research Institute), brain therapy (according to Professor Svitlana Garbuzova-Davis of the University of South Florida’s Center for Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair), reversal of paralysis (according to Professor Douglas Kerr of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine). To take a doctrinaire position on stem cells (“human cloning”) is to miss out on very important areas of medicine, including in the field of gene therapy.Jindal threatens the secular American state. Along with his GOP counterparts, Jindal has pledged to promote “faith-based” initiatives in human services that the government provides. This is contrary to the wonderfully secular Constitution whose dispensation allows many of us of different faiths space to live freely in the United States.There are many who have taken Jindal to task for his own conversion to Christianity. I do not join with them. Jindal has the right to make any decision about his spiritual faith that his conscience allows. Indeed, I celebrate when a human being is able to find an ideology that gives him or her some comfort in this cruel world.However, the GOP is currently in the mood to foster its evangelical fervor on the rest of us. The mainstream (68% of those surveyed by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press) opposed the President’s Faith-based initiative for its erosion of the secular principles of the state.Reverend C. Weldon Gaddy, a Baptist head of the Interfaith Alliance, told the media on January 30, 2001, “This whole thing is a religious-liberty nightmare. You can’t have federal funds supporting sectarian proselytizing.” Reverend Jesse Jackson told the AME Church on February 4, 2001, “I’m all for faith-based programs, after-school programs, senior citizen programs, transportation ministries. But I fear federally funded, faith-based initiatives. Don’t let them get into your books, because they are wolves in sheep’s clothing. Money is seductive; the church needs money, but it needs independence even more!” For more on the right-wing evangelical agenda of the GOP and the Bush administration, I recommend as a primer Michael Lind’s Made in Texas. George W. Bush and the Southern Takeover of American Politics, Basic Books, 2002.Jindal supports an armed society. If you’ve seen Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine, you’ll know that a society with guns is one that has a terminal illness. The epidemic of gun violence in our society calls for some drastic solution. How can a man who champions medicine and well being not see that guns are an enemy to public health? Because of the ease with which children can get handguns, the Centers for Disease Control reports that the rate of death among kids under 15 is almost 12 times higher in the United States than in other industrialized countries. These kids are more than 16 times more likely to be murdered with a gun, 11 times more likely to commit suicide with a gun, and 9 times more likely to die from a firearm accident than the combined rate of death for children in 25 other advanced industrialized states. In 1992, children died from handguns in the following numbers: Australia (13), Great Britain (33), Sweden (36), Japan (60), Switzerland (97), Canada (128) and the United States (13,200).Yet, Jindal calls those who promote gun control the “radical gun control lobby” and he pledges to “be vigilant in protecting our Second Amendment rights in Louisiana.”These are just a handful of issues with which many of us radically depart from Jindal. And yet we are told, we must support him because he is desi… Hum Tum Ek Kamare Mein Bundh Ho.In 1996, I got into a debate in the pages of an Indian newspaper in California with Asha Knott of southern California’s GOP about the candidacy of Nimmi McConigley for the Senate. You may remember the full-page ads in our community papers that appealed to desis to send “one of us” to the “most powerful body in the country,” to “create history by putting a first India-born person in the U.S. Senate.”Nimi McConigley, a Wyoming state representative, is a founding patron of the Asian-American Republican Club, and had this to say of her long tenure in the GOP, “Twenty years ago, I was proud to become an American because I believed in the values and principles on which this nation was founded. The Republican Party offers the hope to make America the nation that so many of us from other countries saw as the land of freedom, opportunity and hope.” Keep in mind that this comment was made in 1995, while the Gingrich House tried its best to squelch all opportunity for immigrants and as it pushed the Clinton administration to pass the draconian 1996 immigration act. McConigley’s most egregious position was her support for English-Only, cold comfort for most of us immigrants: even if we speak English (with an accent), we benefit from the liberal climate created toward all immigrants by such policies as bilingual education. The English-Only movement was a thinly veiled attack on all immigrants. She also displayed impatience toward the poor, “people who use lack of money as an excuse for their inability to get the job done.” When McConigley said that her hero is Gandhi, one could only wonder what the great man would have thought about her heartlessness to those who are less fortunate?Fortunately she lost the election.The compulsion to support someone because of ethnicity is false. No one assumes that an ethnic community shares a singular politics. The reason there is this compulsion is because we are a small community in the United States: only 2 million out of 300 million (just more than half a percent). There is a belief any modern society that political office is a mark of social acceptance: if a desi gets elected to high office this means that the “native” population has finally seen desis as those who belong. I sympathize with this feeling, but it is not one that I subscribe to.To believe that we must support any desi is to lock ourselves in a small room, making us suffocate from the claustrophobia of ethnicity. Blood or ethnicity does not automatically make for good politics. Just because Jindal is a desi does not mean he earns our support. We have to read his positions, see what he plans to do on the issues that are meaningful to us, and then take a political not a sentimental position on his candidacy. Without such scrupulousness, we’ll end up promoting candidates that operate against the general tenor of the desi community.From the mid-1960s till recently, the Democratic Party has been the party of choice for desis who could vote. Nevertheless, as Mira Kamdar of the World Policy Institute points out in the recent issue of The Subcontinental (“A Move to the Right? The Shifting Sands of South Asian American Politics,” www.sub continental.org), well off, professional desis seem to be gravitating toward the GOP.But the move is gradual. The most affluent Indian Americans who live in Silicon Valley donate vast sums of money to Democratic candidates: Jessie Singh of BJS electronics, for instance, was a major donor to Mike Honda’s successful run for Congress in 2000. Among the 25 desi candidates who ran for public office in 2000, most of the credible candidates came from the Democratic Party: these included Kumar Barve (Maryland House of Delegates), Satveer Chaudhary (Minnesota State Senate), Swati Dandekar (Iowa State Assembly). Others who held a Democratic ticket and made a strong showing include Ayesha Nariman, Vij Pawar, Stuart John, G. Nanjundappa and Shawn Aranha (Rahul Mahajan ran on the Green ticket for Governor of Texas).The GOP did not field any desi candidate who had a ghost of a chance to win. Indeed, the GOP’s Karen Balderston who stood against Dandekar revealed the racism of many in her party, “While I was growing up in Iowa, learning and reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag, Swati was growing up in India under the still existent caste system. How can that prepare her for legislating in Iowa or any other part of our great United States?”Bobby Jindal seems to be a decent man. Whatever his personal achievements, he is going to conform to the discipline of the GOP and he is going to be used as a false symbol of the GOP’s “inclusiveness.” Let us not promote someone who stands with those who want to make mayhem in our world, just because they share an ethnicity with us. That is the crudest, most vulgar form of politics. Related Items
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