Lecture examines Islam influence in American society

first_imgAmir Hussain, professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University, said American Muslims have profoundly impacted American society in a lecture Tuesday titled “Islam and the Building of America.”The lecture was hosted by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and took place in the Hesburgh Center for Peace Studies.Hussain highlighted the significance of various Muslims — both famous and obscure — to American history.“They’ve contributed something, and some things that I think are quite crucial, as you start peeling back the layers of the sports, of the activism, of, for me, the music,” he said.Central to any discussion of Islam’s impact on America, Hussain said, is the understanding that Muslims have been part of American history since its conception.“The rhetoric that one gets these days is that Islam is a new religious tradition in America and that it is somehow alien, foreign to American values,” he said.  “And I’m going to turn that on its head and say, ‘How has America been influenced by Islam and by its Muslim population?’”Indeed, Hussain said Muslims have constituted a significant percentage of the American population even before America declared independence in 1776.  He said at least 10 percent of the slaves brought to America from West Africa were Muslim.A clear example of Islam’s longstanding influence in America is in New York City, Hussain said, where the African Burial Ground National Monument is the final resting place for many Muslim Americans.“For much of American history, Muslims have come to New York seeking freedom and opportunity, like every other group of immigrants that comes to New York,” he said.But beyond the fact that Muslims have always been part of American history, Hussain said Muslims have made a lasting impression on American politics and culture.  He said the life of Thomas Jefferson provides evidence of the pervasiveness of Islam in American thought.“How many of us are aware that in 1765, Thomas Jefferson — in 1765 before America is America — purchases a Koran?” Hussain said.Moreover, Hussain said in areas such as music, entertainment, architecture and popular culture, Muslim Americans have helped shape American society.He referenced numerous examples of prominent figures in each industry, including Fazlur Rahman Khan, the structural engineer who designed the Hancock and Willis Towers, and Ahmet Ertegün, the founder of Atlantic Records, the record company that signed the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Ray Charles.The presence of Muslims has been particularly strong in the sports arena, Hussain said, where athletes such as professional boxer Muhammad Ali or National Basketball Association (NBA) player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have greatly contributed to the legacy of American sports.“I would argue that perhaps Muhammad Ali is the most famous person in the world,” he said. “And what does that mean, that the most famous person in the world is yet again an American — in this case another African-American —Muslim?”Although Hussain said it is important not to overemphasize the influence of Islam in American history, he also said America would not be what it is today without the presence of its Muslim inhabitants.“Can you imagine an America without Muhammad Ali? Can you imagine the contributions that people like Ali have made to what it means to be American, really rethinking that kind of thing?” he asked the audience.Tags: American society, Hesburgh Center, Islam, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Muhammad Ali, Muslimlast_img read more

Carp Conundrum

first_imgThings changed between 2018 and 2019 when Young and her husband discovered a viable bait market for Asian carp by selling to lobster fishing companies. However, when the COVID-19 pandemic halted trade with Asia, the continent that buys between 70 to 80 percent of North American lobster, the market and price for Asian carp also took a hit.  Record funding for this war against carp came in December 2019 when the Trump administration signed a bill for $25 million to combat the spread of Asian carp in Southern states. Unlike previous strategies, much of this funding has gone to eradicating Asian carp where they are already abundant, such as Kentucky and Barkely lake. However, containment in other tributaries of the Mississippi River is a far more complex project. According to Harty, the task is beyond what any one state can do. For almost a decade, a war has been waged against Asian carp. Despite efforts supported by federal and state programs, as well as coalitions of recreational and commercial fishermen, efforts remain inadequate against what many consider the greatest invasive species problem in U.S. freshwater. In total, this impact has created economic difficulties for state and local economies that depend on fishing both commercially and for tourism. “It has been a financial burden on our tourism industry,” says Travis McLeese, CEO of the nearby Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce.  Unfortunately, these carp proved formidable not only at aquaculture, but also breeding and migration. Facing no natural predators in U.S. freshwater ecosystems, their population exploded and extreme flooding allowed them to eventually find routes into the Mississippi River. From there, they have spread throughout the Mississippi River Basin, a drainage system that touches 32 different states.  For the last several years, Young and her business partner and husband, Clay, have worked with the Tennessee Wildlife and Resource Agency (TWRA) to find a profitable outlet for Asian carp. Their struggles come from the bone structure, which is so pervasive that profitability of Asian carp meat is much lower than other fish they process like catfish. Also, unlike populations in Asia, U.S. seafood consumers do not typically eat Asian carp for this same reason. “People don’t want to have to deal with them,” says Cole Harty, Aquatic Nuisance Species Coordinator for the Tennessee Wildlife & Resource Agency. “And one or two bad experiences can have a big impact.” To understand why jumping poses a uniquely disruptive safety hazard, consider that silver carp have a high population density in these reservoirs, each with an average length over two feet. In their above-the-surface frenzy, Asian carp can often hit people or flop into their boats, causing problems for sportfishing.  A local cooking brand, Grange Food Company, has even produced a video showing several recipes for cooking Asian carp filets, indicating that despite perception, Asian carp might actually be delicious.  Despite these obstacles, Young remains optimistic about the long term market for Asian carp as long as Tennessee’s incentive program remains. Strong local support from the Paris community shows through several grocery stores and at least one high end restaurant serving Asian carp as perhaps the most economic and environmentally conscious seafood option available.  “Asian carp” refers to a collective four species of carp (silver, bighead, black, and grass), each non-indigenous fish imported from Asia as early as the sixties by scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department who recognized their filter-feeding habits could clean farm ponds in the Ozarks. How the War On an Asian Carp Could Falter Amidst COVID-19  Using an elaborate network of underwater fences and sound barriers at key waterway “choke points,” these containment efforts have successfully stopped Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. Harty has seen a decline in bass fishing within the region. He also says it’s difficult to differentiate what impact Asian carp are having on local fisheries. Nonetheless, their perception as a major ingredient for a bad fishing trip has consequences. This is especially true of silver carp, which has flourished in a section of the Tennessee River system that straddles both Tennessee and Kentucky. Migrating through locks above the Kentucky and Barkley Lake dams, silver carp have become synonymous with bad fishing experiences; when disturbed by anything, they jump.  Size and prolific breeding patterns allow Asian carp to outcompete bait fish for algae, a low but integral part of freshwater food chains. The ecological repercussions also reduce native fish populations further up the food chain, including recreational game fish such as crappie and bass. In Tennessee and Kentucky alone, Asian carp Over the last decade, federal and state governments have poured millions of dollars into conservation efforts targeted at mitigating carp impact. Historically, the bulk of that spending has been used to prevent Asian carp from breaching into Great Lake fisheries, collectively valued at supporting 75,000 jobs and generating over seven billion dollars annually. “A blackbird flew over the surface of the water. The entire cove erupted with silvers… There had to be 10,000 of them,” said one Kentucky Lake resident in a “War On Carp” coalition video. “That fish has a bone structure like none other,” says Christel Young, Vice President of Finance at North American Caviar, a Paris county wholesale fish buyer.  threaten a combined recreational fishing industry worth 1.7 billion dollars, according to the American Sportfishing Association. The onset of the pandemic also brings questions as to whether government resources can continue to support these conservation efforts in light of broader health and economic issues. The only sustainable way this can happen is by getting commercial fishermen interested in Asian carp. That has required both state-sponsored programs such as Tennessee’s Asian Carp Harvest Incentive Program (ACHIP) and finding entities who will buy carp. But unfortunately Asian carp can be a tough sell, because they are quite bony. Drawing a large portion of its revenue from aquatic recreation on Kentucky Lake, McLeese says that the local economy took a significant hit in 2019.  Cover photo by Amy Snider; courtesy of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agencylast_img read more

Carragher standing by decision

first_img Having spent most of the campaign on the bench, the 35-year-old has made seven successive league starts and will make his 500th Premier League appearance against Tottenham on Sunday. But that has not been enough to convince the veteran centre-back to perform a u-turn on his decision to end his 16-year career at the club in May, and he told the Liverpool Echo: “I made my decision and nothing that’s happened since has changed my mind about that.” Press Association Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has no plans to reassess his decision to retire at the end of the season despite his recent good run in the first team.center_img He added: “I’ve not had any second thoughts just because things are going well. People say because I’m playing I should carry on for another year. “But in fact being back in the team only confirms for me that I’ve made the right decision. I want to go out on a high, proving I can still perform at that level. “Obviously the previous 12 months had been difficult in terms of starting games. “You never lose that buzz of wanting to play every week and I’m delighted to be back in the side. “I could play on for another season but the fact is the club will be buying players in my position in the summer and I can’t go back to being a substitute again.” last_img read more

Texas faces Texas Tech in Big 12 quarters

first_imgTexas faces Texas Tech in Big 12 quarters For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press LEADING THE CHARGE: The Red Raiders are led by Jahmi’us Ramsey and Kyler Edwards. Ramsey is averaging 13.5 points while Edwards is accounting for 11.4 points and four rebounds per contest. The Longhorns have been anchored by Matt Coleman III and Courtney Ramey, who have combined to score 23.2 points per outing.JUMPING FOR JAHMI’US: Ramsey has connected on 42.6 percent of the 141 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 6 of 17 over his last three games. He’s also made 64.1 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Texas Tech is 0-7 when scoring fewer than 61 points and 18-6 when scoring at least 61.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Texas is a perfect 11-0 when it scores at least 68 points. The Longhorns are 8-12 when scoring any fewer than that.DID YOU KNOW: The Texas Tech defense has allowed only 63.5 points per game to opponents, which is the 26th-lowest figure in the country. The Texas offense has put up just 64.2 points through 31 games (ranked 293rd among Division I teams).___center_img March 10, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 5 seed Texas Tech (18-13, 9-9) vs. No. 4 seed Texas (19-12, 9-9)Big 12 Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri; Thursday, 11:30 a.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Texas Tech is set to face off against Texas in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last played on Feb. 29, when the Longhorns shot 52.2 percent from the field while limiting Texas Tech to just 39.2 percent on the way to a 68-58 victory.last_img read more

Heisler: Unexpectedly, the NBA finds itself in a golden age

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Or, in other words, Ka-ching!If Houston GM Daryl Morey was standing up for principle, tweeting his support of Hong Kong protesters, NBA people were accustomed to speaking out without having to pay up … as when LeBron James called Pres. Donald Trump “a bum,” which prompted no outcry from the league’s leftward-tilting audience.At a projected loss of $750 million per season, the NBA isn’t as idealistic about China. The league’s most outspoken people like James and Golden State coach Steve Kerr now say, as if all together in a chorus, they don’t know enough about China to comment.“Yes, we do have freedom of speech,” James said last fall, chiding Morey about the dangers of social media – in a tweet. “(But there) can be a lot of negative that comes with it.”Indeed, that’s why defending it is important.Showing who they really were, NBA players were anxious to get back to work … understandable as it was in a game they can only play in their youth, in a league where an undrafted rookie on a one-year deal gets at least $898,310.Silver just celebrated his fifth year in office succeeding the feisty David Stern, who routed the union in the 2011 lockout and signed for 10 years of labor peace, retiring in 2014 with the stage set for a new $24 billion TV deal and a time of prosperity they had never known.Showing a deft marketing touch that he learned from Stern, Silver is now wooing the Chinese with the promise of more preseason exhibitions and a high-visibility tour by the U.S. team before this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.“The NBA fundamentals are still strong and the league is extremely well managed,” Sal Galatioto, a leading marketing executive told Forbes. “It has hit a couple of bumps, but it is still very powerful media content and the greatest international sport after soccer.”To show what “well-managed” entails, compare what the NBA has gone through with baseball’s crisis over the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal that seemed to grow daily, like the Blob in the old sci-fi movie, as even players as soft-spoken as the Angels’ Mike Trout, bashing the Astros for cheating.MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, holding one press conference after another, enraged everyone anew by dismissing the World Series champion’s Commissioner’s Trophy that he declined to take back from the Astros as a “piece of metal.”Said the Dodgers’ Justin Turner: “The only thing devaluing that trophy is that it says ‘Commissioner’ on it.”Not that it’s easy being Manfred in a game dominated by the union since it showed its power during the 1994 strike, forcing the owners to cancel a World Series, with the players jealously guarding their power ever since.The style of governing in the two leagues is explained by their history.Baseball is used to a light hand after decades of entitlement as “the national pastime,” with commissioners now acting at the pleasure of a dominant players’ union.Meanwhile, the NBA emerged from the bushes with its standing precarious, obliging its commissioners to rise to challenges.Sign stealing in baseball is hardly new. Repeating an old adage, players like the Cubs’ Mark Grace in the 1990s, and the White Sox’s Yasmani Grandal said last winter, “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.”In the most famous example, several members of the 1951 New York Giants later acknowledged stealing catchers’ signs with a telescope from their distant center field dressing room and triggering a buzzer system … which might or might not have helped Bobby Thompson hit one of the most famous home runs in baseball history to end their three-game playoff against the Brooklyn Dodgers.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAt last week’s All-Star Game, Commissioner Adam Silver projected the lost Chinese revenues at about $400 million, but he didn’t sound too upset, noting the league has clung to its values while the Chinese get over it.In other words, the NBA was successful in backing down gracefully, appearing to stand for freedom of expression … as its people signaled that they understood this can’t happen again.China?Sorry. I’ve never heard of it.“It’s substantial, I don’t want to run from that,” Silver said of the lost revenue. “We were taken off the air in China for a period of time … But I don’t have any sense that there’s any permanent damage to our business there.” That was 69 years ago, long enough for MLB commissioners to clean up the practice … a task made more difficult as the union gained power.The NBA, on the other hand, has long promoted the notion of a partnership between management and labor, which is back in a good place after years of strife with business-like Chris Paul as union president, backed by his close friend, James, who was VP until last season.The NBA endured worse crises than baseball’s current one – an actual officiating scandal with referee Tim Donaghy declaring that he threw games, charging that the league ordered him to and other referees did, too, but Stern quickly got past it, re-establishing the league’s credibility.Baseball’s current predicament is so unseemly, James offered advice, tweeting, “Listen here baseball commissioner … you need to fix this for the sake of Sports!”Unlike China, that was safe ground for LeBron, with baseball fans already upset, as Shaquille O’Neal once said, “to the highest point of upsetivity.”So it’s an unexpectedly happy day in the NBA, if not everywhere. Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Welcome to the NBA’s Golden Age.No, really.Unimaginable as it seemed last fall in NBA’s standoff with China, the league is in the midst of its greatest boom with Forbes projecting it will set an all-time record of $9.5 billion in revenue this season, up from last season’s record $8.8 billion.The NBA has since gotten back to business… which has never been better, with prosperity more widespread than in what was considered the NBA’s zenith in the 1990s when Michael Jordan, the game’s matinee idol, led the Bulls to six titles, drawing record TV ratings… an era now eclipsed, at least financially, by this one. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Tottenham striker Harry Kane keen to seal Golden Boot with further goals

first_img The 23-year-old is two goals ahead of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku Harry Kane admitted the Premier League golden boot was on his mind as he hit four goals in Tottenham’s thumping 6-1 win at Leicester.The Spurs striker now leads the scoring charts on 26 league goals – two ahead of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku – heading into the final weekend of the season.Son Heung-min scored twice for the visitors, while Ben Chilwell’s first Leicester goal proved to be nothing more than a consolation.England international Kane, who hopes to add to his tally against relegated Hull on Sunday, told Sky Sports 1: “I’ve been thinking a lot about getting on the scoresheet this week.“It’s the first time I’ve scored four goals and it was a good moment to do it.“I was looking to get one or two goals at least and then hopefully take it into the last game, now I’m in the driving seat at the minute but there’s still one game to play so I’m not resting on my laurels.“I’ve got to get out there against Hull and try and score more goals.”Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said he has no concerns about holding on to Kane during the summer transfer window.“We will keep the players that we want to keep,” he said. “Maybe we will sell the players that we want to sell.“I think we are so, so, so calm about our big players and they are so happy here.“We are building a very exciting project.” 1last_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN PREPARING FOR PROMOTION/RELEGATION PLAY-OFF SHOWDOWN

first_imgNaomh Ultan GAA NotesRoyal Flush Lotto:Royal Flush Draw results for 02/11/2014 were 4, 6 ,9, 21. The Jackpot of €620 was won by the Boyle Boys, Seaview Lane, congratulations. Adult Football –The Division 3 promotion/relegation playoff is due to take place in the coming weeks.With a large number of fixtures still to be completed in that league it will be played as soon as that league is finished.Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter pages for information closer to the time. Clothes Bin:A gentle reminder that no bed sheets/linen is to be put in the clothes bin at the Naomh Ultan GAA grounds, this request came from the supplier.We’d like to thank all for their continued support in using this recycling service, it’s a valued fundraiser for our club.GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN PREPARING FOR PROMOTION/RELEGATION PLAY-OFF SHOWDOWN was last modified: November 4th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANaomh UltanNoticesSportlast_img read more