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

‘Tepid Demand’ Contributes to Over-Capacity of Coal-Fired Power Plants in India

first_img‘Tepid Demand’ Contributes to Over-Capacity of Coal-Fired Power Plants in India FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg: India is adding the least amount of coal-fired power in more than a decade as tepid demand from indebted state retailers fails to utilize the nation’s existing generation capacity.Coal-fired capacity, which accounts for more than three quarters of the nation’s electricity, rose by 809 megawatts during the April-November period, according to Bloomberg calculations based on the latest available data from the Central Electricity Authority, the planning wing of the power ministry. That’s the slowest pace since 680 megawatts was added during the same eight-month stretch in 2006.Power producers have canceled some coal-fired projects as existing plants fail to sell all the electricity they can produce. Nearly 40 percent of the country’s coal-based capacity is unused because the core customers — state-managed distribution companies — struggle to increase purchases in the face of massive debts and losses through electricity theft, insufficient metering and selling power below cost.The inability of state distributors to utilize existing plants leaves India with a glut of capacity while still nearly 300 million Indians, mostly rural, remain without access to electricity. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration, which came to power in 2014 promising electricity for all, has launched ambitious programs to bring electricity to every household by December 2018.“Financially, the distribution companies are still not out of the woods and there isn’t enough demand to use up all the power capacity,” said Debasish Mishra, a partner at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLP in Mumbai.  “Net capacity additions for coal may fall even lower in coming years as some of the older plants get phased out.”A rapid increase in renewable power on the back of Modi’s pledge to provide clean energy is exacerbating the glut. During April-November, the country added 4.8 gigawatt of renewable capacity, according to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. That’s almost sixfold the additions for coal.More: Coal Power Pace Slows in India as Glut Leaves Plants Unusedlast_img read more

Nate McMillan says ‘People of India have been fantastic to us’

first_imgRead: NBA India Games: Indiana Pacers beat Sacramento Kings in OT thriller(WITH ANI INPUTS) Manjiri Chitre 11 months ago Kiren Rijiju hails NBA India Games, vows to develop sport in India 11 months ago Kiren Rijiju flags off the Fit India Plog run at IG Stadium, New Delhi Last Updated: 6th October, 2019 19:25 IST Nate McMillan Says ‘People Of India Have Been Fantastic To Us’ Nate McMillan, the Indiana Pacers’ coach, during a post-match press conference on Saturday stated that “The people of India have been fantastic to us.” First Published: 6th October, 2019 19:25 IST 11 months ago NBA India Games: Indiana Pacers beat Sacramento Kings in OT thriller COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Nate McMillan, the Indiana Pacers’ coach during a post-match press conference on Saturday stated, “The people of India have been fantastic to us since we have arrived. It has been nothing but great hospitality.” Speaking about the two NBA games on Friday and Saturday, he said that they enjoyed their time in India and “the two games were really good.” McMillan also lauded the hospitality that they received in India.The Indiana Pacers won the inaugural game in a 132-131 face-off against the Sacramento Kings. According to Millan, winning is not the most important thing. He stated that he was more focused to see his guys as they have several new players in their roster this year. The Indiana Pacers included seven new players in their roster. Myles Turner’s statementMyles Turner, an American basketball player who plays for the Indiana Pacers team joined coach Nate McMillan during the press conference on Saturday. Turner termed his trip to India as ‘amazing’. Further, he also stated that “the way we were received in the country was extremely humble.”Read: WATCH | ‘All work and no play…”: Deepika Padukone aces the perfect lay-up and not just Ranveer Singh, even NBA India is awestruckRead: NBA India Games: Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, others light up eventFirst NBA match in IndiaThe National Basketball Association (NBA) set its foot in India on October 4. The two NBA teams- Sacramento Kings and the Indiana Pacers played their first-ever match in Mumbai at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai on Friday and Saturday. The Indiana Pacers won the inaugural game in a 132-131 face-off against the Sacramento Kings. This is the first time that a North American team has played in India. According to reports, this move indicates the strengthening relationship between the US and India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the NBA match as a ‘historic day’. Read: Kiren Rijiju hails NBA India Games, vows to develop sport in India FOLLOW US Written By WE RECOMMEND 11 months ago NBA India Games: Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, others light up event LIVE TV 1 year ago WATCH | ‘All work and no play…”: Deepika Padukone aces the perfect lay-up and not just Ranveer Singh, even NBA India is awestruck SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

USWNT vs. Spain results: Megan Rapinoe penalty brace helps USA survive first challenge at World Cup

first_imgFor the first time all World Cup, the U.S. women’s national team headed to the halftime locker room without a lead, but the Americans prevailed 2-1 over Spain thanks to two goals from the penalty spot for Megan Rapinoe. The U.S. advance to play tournament co-favorite France in Friday’s quarterfinal.The U.S. and Spain swapped goals in the opening 10 minutes of play after Spain’s Jennifer Hermosa capitalized on sloppy play in the back to respond to an early Rapinoe goal from the penalty. Hermosa’s goal ended an American streak of 647 minutes without conceding a score. Despite the goal, the U.S. continued to dominate much of play for the first half with the exception of a few more passing errors between Alyssa Naeher and her defense. Rapinoe was given a questionable yellow card for accidently slapping Spain’s Marta Corredera across the face — a card that will carry over to the quarterfinal.Yellow card? 🧐Megan Rapinoe gets booked for making slight contact with Marta Corredera’s face. #FIFAWWCThe two have a fun little exchange in the end 😅 pic.twitter.com/0UCzrYUwF2— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 24, 2019MORE: Watch the Women’s World Cup live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Play equalized in the second half before Spain’s Virginia Torrecilla was called for a very soft foul on Rose Lavelle in the box. VAR and the head referee reviewed the play for several minutes before ultimately confirming the penalty that led to Rapinoe’s second goal of the match.Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz were both in the starting lineup after injury concerns threatened their availabilty. Morgan struggled for much of the match before being subbed late in the game for Carli Lloyd. Both Morgan and Ertz had play stopped in the second half as they recovered from momentary injuries.France defeated Brazil 2-1 in overtime on Sunday to advance to the quarterfinal vs. the U.S.Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from the USWNT’s knockout stage match against Spain in the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Follow along below.USWNT vs. Spain results, highlights from Women’s World Cup(All times Eastern.)Final: U.S. 2, Spain 1SURVIVE AND ADVANCE! 🇺🇸A pair of Rapinoe penalty kicks sends the U.S. into the #FIFAWWC quarterfinals, where they will face France. 👀 pic.twitter.com/dAkQ74IeLV— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 24, 20191:54 p.m. | 97′ – Rapinoe is subbed off for Christen Press.1:53 p.m. | 95′ – Rapinoe gets warned for continuing to milk the clock with an “injury.”1:48 p.m. | 90′ – There will be seven minutes of stoppage time.1:46 p.m. | 88′ – Corner for the U.S.. Rose Lavelle is substituted out by Lindsey Horan.1:43 p.m. | 85′ – Irene Paredes is booked for a foul on Rapinoe. Carli Lloyd enters for Alex Morgan.1:40 p.m. | 83′ – Virginia Torrecilla is subbed out for Mariona Caldentey. Spain is out of subs.1:38 p.m. | 80′ – Naeher makes a brave save, but is injured in the process. She’ll tough it out. Corner kick for Spain is cleared by Alex Morgan.1:36 p.m. | 78′ – Spain subs Alexia Putellas out for Andrea Falcon to bring in an additional forward.1:34 p.m. | 76′ – Rapinoe scores for the second time today from the penalty. U.S. leads 2-0.Same penalty taker, same result! 🇺🇸@mPinoe showing nerves of steel from the penalty spot! 💪 #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/2aLSSc0VJy— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 24, 20191:33 p.m. | 75′ – The referee confirms the penalty. Rapinoe will take the shot.1:31 p.m. | 72′ – Lengthy review. Now the ref is going to check out the replay.1:29 p.m. | 70′ – Rose Lavelle is fouled in the box. VAR will review to see if it’s a penalty.1:27 p.m. | 69′ – Naeher intercepts a cross near the goal line.1:25 p.m. | 66′ – Subs are up and running.1:21 p.m. | 62′ – Patri Guijarro’s shot rolls inches from the goal line. Very close to putting Spain ahead.1:17 p.m. | 60′ – Rose Lavelle takes an ambitious shot from 30 yards out that just sails over the crossbar. Shot came after a Rapinoe free kick.1:11 p.m. | 54′ – Spain has it’s first corner after a Lucia Garcia shot is deflected out of bounds. Naeher punches out the ensuing corner.1:09 p.m. | 51′ – The ref now stops play for an injured Alex Morgan. She looks really shaken up, but she too will stay on the pitch.1:08 p.m. | 50′ – Ref stops plays for an injury to Tobin Heath. She’s okay though and keeps playing.1:03 p.m. | 46′ – Second half underway.Halftime – The teams enter the break tied 1-1. This is the first real adversity the U.S. has face all tournament. Should be interesting to see how they respond.Tied up after 45.More opportunities to come! 🔜#ESPUSA | #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/stCb8FmFXy— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) June 24, 201912:45 p.m. | 45′ – There will be three minutes of additional stoppage time.12:42 p.m. | 42′ – Sam Mewis has her cross blocked. It’ll be the second corner for the U.S..12:40 p.m. | 40′ – A dangerous cross from Spain in the right corner skips across the U.S.’s box. They’ve been finding a lot of success crossing it from there.12:37 p.m. | 37′ – Rapinoe is given a yellow card for accidently smacking Marta Corredera across the face.Yellow card? 🧐Megan Rapinoe gets booked for making slight contact with Marta Corredera’s face. #FIFAWWCThe two have a fun little exchange in the end 😅 pic.twitter.com/0UCzrYUwF2— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 24, 201912:35 p.m. | 35′ – Rapinoe has a go from about 25 yards out. The shot never was too threatening as it rolls about five yards wide.12:31 p.m. | 31′ – Vicky Losada is subbed out for Nahikari Garcia due to an eye injury.12:27 p.m. | 27′ – Alyssa Naeher has her clearance blocked. This is the second time today a poor pass between Naeher and one of her defenders have resulted in a turnover. The first one led to Spain’s goal.12:26 p.m. | 26′ – Kelley O’Hara finds Julie Ertz in the box, but Ertz pops the shot over the goal. U.S. starting to settle in a bit.12:19 p.m. | 19′ – Morgan just misses putting a foot on a Crystal Dunn cross that rolls through the six-yard box.12:17 p.m. | 17′ – Heath dribbles into the box and delivers a dangerous pass to Morgan, who has her shot blocked.12:13 p.m. | 13′ – Rapinoe earns the U.S. their first corner after Sandra Panos deflects her shot. Ertz shoots it out of bounds.12:09 p.m. | 9′ – Jennifer Hermoso fires from the top off the box into the upper 90 for a goal. The U.S. has allowed a goal for the first time all tournament. Sauerbrunn turned the ball over deep in American territory.9′- Spain Goal, Jenni Hermoso#ESPUSA | 1-1— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) June 24, 2019SPAIN ANSWER RIGHT BACK! 😳Jenni Hermoso makes the U.S. pay for the turnover and it’s 1-1 inside 10 minutes. What a start to this one! #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/G1zwO1ZLYw— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 24, 201912:06 p.m. | 7′ – Megan Rapinoe buries the penalty. U.S. lead 1-0.RAPINOE GIVES THE U.S. THE LEAD!The captain scores from the penalty spot and the @USWNT are up 1-0 in the 7th minute! #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/7feKwqo1D3— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 24, 201912:05 p.m. | 5′ – Tobin Heath is fouled in the box by Maria Leon. Penalty upcoming 12:00 p.m. | 1′ – Spain’s already gets an early great look at goal from the top of the box. Becky Sauerbrunn saves it with her head.Early chance for Spain but Becky Sauerbrunn puts it all on the line and blocks the shot with her face! #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/QbYLUYtMtM— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 24, 201912:00 p.m. | 1′ – Kickoff from Reims!11:42 a.m.: Both Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz are indeed in the starting 11 despite injury concerns.For the Red, White and Blue ✊Coming at you from Reims, your #USWNT Starting XI.Lineup Notes: https://t.co/9EdebfMDwU#OneNationOneTeam pic.twitter.com/2sJm5gnz02— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) June 24, 2019last_img read more