The Albino Society of Liberia (LAS), through its “Free Medical Outreach Program,” has treated about 100 residents in Bentol City, Montserrado County, free of charge. Mrs. Patricia Logan, LAS President, told reporters recently that the program that facilitated the free medical outreach was organized by the association in collaboration with other health-related partners to help Liberians in remote or hard-to-reach communities to access free treatment. The outreach, Mrs. Logan said, targets people with minor diseases such as itchy, red eyes, women with complicated birth defects, blood pressure, and or experiencing difficulty breathing.The program was sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), Ministry of Health, and Christian Health Association of Liberia.“We supply medications taking into consideration people with heart and stomach problems as well as other ailments such as high blood pressure and diabetes,” Mrs. Logan said.She has meanwhile called on residents of the targeted communities to take advantage of the LAS run clinic by attending the outpatient department on time to enable other persons with medical conditions to get treated.Residents greeted LAS’ kind gesture with commendations. One such person is Miatta Kekula, who was earlier treated at the clinic. She lauded Mrs. Logan and the LAS team for the initiative. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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Wales closure falloutAlmost two months after the end of sugar operations at the Wales Estate, on the West Bank Demerara (WBD), members in the community and surrounding villages continue to face the far-reaching impacts from the closure. Among those affected include sugar workers, their families, and the local economies of several lower WBD communities, including Patentia, Vriesland, Wales, Good Intent, Sisters’ andHindu priest Surendra TiwariBellevue.Patentia-based Hindu priest, Surendra Tiwari, who has been in practice for the last eight years, has described the future outlook for the surrounding communities as “grim”. In a recent interview with this publication, the Pandit highlighted the numerous challenges villagers and the business community have encountered as sugar processing halted on December 31, last year. Hundreds of sugar workers were forced to seek alternative forms of employment to sustain their livelihood.Focusing on his own plight, the priest indicated that the business he operates also suffered loses as persons are spending less. Tiwari indicated that he sent out applications to two companies in an effort to garner additional employment. Up to now, the Pandit is still awaiting a response. Moreover, it was suggested that the Hindu practice is under threat as many believers have cut back on the number of “Puja” observances they would usually host.“Many Pandits around the country have said the closure of the estate and theThe Wales Sugar Estate finalised the closure of sugar operations on December 31, 2016downturn of Guyana’s economy, rituals have been cut back,” he noted.Tiwari further explained that in previous times, families would invite a large contingent of persons, but this has changed as hosts of the religious functions have curbed their numbers, which reduces the amount of opportunities for community folk to gather. It was also explained that while Pandits don’t officially charge for performing religious work, residents have reduced the amount of money they give to the priests and in some cases, villagers cannot afford to offer financial incentives.“Some persons give and some don’t give because they don’t have jobs and don’t have a steady income coming in and hence the reason why they can’t give donations to the temple or they can’t pay the Pandit to perform certain rituals functions,” he explained.ImpactTiwari posited that the reduction in religious observances can have a psychological impact on the well-being of residents.“It would have a mental toll on them because many Hindus normally perform yearly and functions at Temples… knowing that you’re a Hindu and can’t perform those functions because of lack of jobs and income, it would cause a mental breakdown,” reasoned the religious leader.Tiwari also claimed that the closure is leading to a large number persons, especially of Indian descent, to fast-track migration which, according to him, is threatening the continuation of not only the Hindu religion, but that of Islam as well. The leader also noted that income considerations are propelling the residents to leave.“Persons who have money are migrating to the islands, the US and Canada in search of greener pastures and jobs, and this are happen primarily to Indo-Guyanese because the majority of them held jobs at the Wales Estate,” Tiwari stressed.He even highlighted some of the social impacts he has seen over the past several months where community practices, such as barbecues and other shows are no longer being held. He noted too that villagers have cut back on luxuries due to the lack of jobs. “Person cannot afford the fancy places to eat like Royal Castle, DQ, and Chicken and Burger Delight – these are facts,” Tiwari stated. The closure of the estate affected hundreds of workers and farmers directly and thousands of persons in the Wales and surrounding communities indirectly. At this point, many Wales workers claim that they are still awaiting severance payment and have cited that they have largely been out of work since late December 2016. They noted that their ability to send children to school is being affected.Earlier this week, workers reminded that President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had committed their support to the sugar industry in the run-up to the 2015 General and Regional Elections. On this premises, they called for an intervention of the President and his Cabinet members to address their many concerns. The decision to cease sugar operations was confirmed by Government in January 2016 after Guyana Times broke the news of closure earlier that month.
A teenager is now battling for his life, while his body remains covered in burns and two of his close friends have been burnt beyond recognition, after the car in which they were travelling veered off the road and crashed into a coconut tree before bursting into flames on the Fort Wellington public road.The damaged carDead are 22-year-old Dhaniram Dunraj, a former rice farmer of Plantation Chester, West Coast Berbice, and his friend Kevin Atherly-Ward, 23, of Britannia WCB. Their friend, 17-year-old Parmanand Arjune, received burns about his body, among other injuries.According to reports, Dunraj was driving motor car PVV 7782 at a fast rate while proceeding west along the southern carriageway of the Fort Wellington Public Road before losing control of the vehicle. He attempted to regain control, but the vehicle veered off the road and crashed into a coconut tree, then immediately burst into flames. This accident occurred at some time around 21:00h on Wednesday.Arjune was saved from the inferno only because he was flung from the vehicle as it was coming to a stop.It is reported that the group of friends were returning home from Bath Settlement after a few games of pools when the accident occurred. The car had belonged to Dunraj’s sister.The surviving teen’s father, Ramdass Arjune, said he was summoned to the Fort Wellington Hospital, where he met his injured son.“He told me that like the guy couldn’t control the car, and when they running in to lash the tree, he pelt out and the car catch fire right away. He was outside of the car, and with the tree he start catching (afire) too,” he related.“So all his clothes burn up, and somebody tell him to move away from the car, because with the heat, they can’t go so close. So he drag till he reach near the trench, and they stretch and pull him and then take him to the hospital,” the elder Arjune revealed.He said his injured son received burns to his face, stomach, back and both hands.Meanwhile, Dunraj’s father expressed disbelief that his son is gone.“When I went to the scene, I see the car base on the coconut tree already burnt, and when I look inside, I see my son and another boy burn to death,” he said in tears.The grieving father noted that he was forced to take a seat on the ground to console himself. He added that his son was in a crouched position to the front passenger’s side of the car, while Atherly-Ward was also crouched behind where the burnt back seat was.Atherly-Ward and Arjune were reportedly employees of the now dead driver, since they would cultivate rice for him.According to Bibi Rosheeda, her son, Atherly-Ward, had been a kind and loving person who was always willing. She said the family received the gut-wrenching call at some time around 23:00h.The Police are investigating the incident, and a post mortem examination is expected to be conducted on the duo. (Andrew Carmichael)
0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian MBappe (bottom) celebrates with teammate Edinson Cavani after scoring during their match against Caen in Paris on December 20, 2017 © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Dec 21 – Kylian Mbappe celebrated his 19th birthday on Wednesday with a goal and an assist as Paris Saint-Germain cruised to a 3-1 victory over Caen in Ligue 1.The French teenager has enjoyed a stratospheric rise in 2017 and rounded out a memorable year in style by setting up Edinson Cavani to fire PSG ahead on 21 minutes, before adding a goal of his own on the hour. Spanish left-back Yuri Berchiche netted his first goal for the club since arriving from Real Sociedad as PSG strolled to a 10th straight home league win despite conceding a late Ivan Santini penalty.Unai Emery’s team head into the winter break nine points clear of defending champions Monaco and Lyon, with both of those sides claiming 2-1 wins over Rennes and Toulouse respectively.“It’s a good win to finish with 50 points, but the goal we conceded is something we want to work on after the holidays,” Emery said.“I think the team has had a very good first half of the season,” he added. “We’ve accomplished our goals of being first in our Champions League group and being top of the league with a sizeable cushion.”Marseille responded to losing their 12-match unbeaten run at the weekend by coming from a goal behind to defeat Troyes 3-1 at the Velodrome to stay within three points of the Champions League spots.PSG captain Thiago Silva returned from injury at the Parc des Princes to solidify a defence without the suspended Dani Alves and Presnel Kimpembe, while Neymar shrugged off a bout of illness that forced him to miss training on Tuesday.Mbappe, sporting dyed white hair for his birthday, was instrumental as PSG surged in front midway through the first half, bursting down the right wing before crossing for Cavani to flick majestically beyond Remy Vercoutre.– Ibra record in sight –It was the Uruguayan’s league-leading 19th goal of the season and drew him to within one of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s club record of 156 — achieved in just four prolific seasons in the French capital.Giovani Lo Celso, filling in for the banned Marco Verratti in central midfield, created the hosts’ second goal on 57 minutes, getting to the byline and delivering a cross for Mbappe to confidently sweep home.Neymar went close to adding a third when he broke clear of the Caen defence, but the Brazilian was denied by a terrific low stop from Vercoutre as the veteran goalkeeper tipped the ball onto the post.Berchiche put the game beyond reach on 81 minutes after collecting a pass from Neymar and hammering low into the far corner, although Croatia striker Santini pulled a goal back from the spot late on after Silva was penalised for a handball.Radamel Falcao struck for the 15th time this campaign as Monaco won at home to Rennes thanks to an 81st-minute goal from Keita Balde after Wahbi Khazri had levelled for the visitors.Nabil Fekir converted a first-half penalty and former Manchester United full-back Rafael scored in stoppage time as Lyon beat Toulouse despite a last-gasp spot-kick from Max-Alain Gradel.“PSG are setting a fairly high pace. For us the main goal is to finish on the podium and to carry on in the second half of the season like we finished the first,” Lyon captain Fekir said.Bryan Pele put Troyes ahead at Marseille, but Rudi Garcia’s men roared back with goals from Dimitri Payet, Luiz Gustavo and Valere Germain, while Emiliano Sala grabbed a 92nd-minute winner for Nantes in a 1-0 victory at Amiens.Nice were held to a 1-1 draw at Lille in the absence of suspended Italian striker Mario Balotelli, the result enough to move the struggling hosts out of the bottom two.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
SANTA CLARITA – Caught in two wars in his youth, then decades later escaping communist Cuba with his young family, Tomas Girgado never had a real childhood. He made up for that in his adopted country, settling in Glendale and then Santa Clarita, where he coached and umpired youth baseball, dedicated to helping youngsters learn and have fun with the sport he loved. Girgado died last week at 78 after a long battle with cancer and was buried Friday. His legacy lies on the youth fields of the William S. Hart PONY Baseball and Softball Complex in Valencia where, in his retirement, he umpired for 20 years. “When he did his last game last spring, he was the oldest umpire at Hart. Everyone loved him,” son Tomas Girgado Jr. said Sunday. “His whole life, he spent his time with young people. My dad never had a childhood.” Girgado Sr. grew up in Spain in civil war, which claimed his own father and his brother. The remnants of the family went to France and when the Nazis invaded, “he got on a ship to the new world,” his son said. He was just 13. “He valued kids,” Girgado said. “He wanted kids to be kids for as long as they could, to keep their innocence. That was his No. 1 priority.” The PONY League, which boasts some 3,500 young players, plans some sort of tribute in the name of its favorite umpire. “Tomas was the epitome of what youth baseball should be,” said John Tenorio, a spokesman for the league. The umpire was known for stopping a game to show a pitcher the proper form or a hitter how to properly hold his bat. Girgado, who lived in the Dominican Republic before settling in Cuba, played semi-professional baseball there and brought his love of the game to the United States in 1968 when he and his wife Pilar escaped the communist government with their young sons. A tailor by trade, he found little demand for his profession in the U.S. He worked for Baxter Corp. and coached his sons in baseball. After he retired, he took his position behind the plate. “As an umpire he had a slow fuse,” his son said. “He would take any kind of punishment from parents and kids, but one thing he would never take was for manager or coaches to treat the kids badly. He would take the man aside and say, “He’s only 11 years old.” Girgado was predeceased by his wife and survived by sons Tomas (Yamile) and Richard (Elena) and grandchildren Jennifer, Camilo and Diego Girgado. email@example.com (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Tim Jackson from Ballybofey with workers who will build 35 new homes thanks to Donegal people.OFFICIAL GOOD NEWS STORY: Donegal people have literally given the clothes off their backs to build 35 new homes for people in war-torn Africa.That’s the number of homes for refugees which will now be built in the Central African Republic after the charity Homes From Donegal raised €25,000 in their county-wide clothing collection in February. More than a staggering 23 tonnes of clothes was collected by the charity at 55 locations around the county.The poster says it all!Tim Jackson, founder of the charity, thanked all those around Donegal who had contributed to the collection.He said “We can now put 35 more refugee families back under a roof in Africa because of the great response. It only costs €700 per house, so a collection like this will make a massive difference to hundreds of people who have been living in squalor since the war began two years ago.”Homes From Donegal was founded after Jackson visited the Central African Republic, working in camps with refugees who had been driven from their homes by militia groups. The country itself is among the ten poorest in the world, with an average life-expectancy of only 50 years.He described the war as one of the most brutal, ongoing conflicts in the world, with innocent people being murdered in their thousands by machete-wielding rebels.The charity had previously built 9 houses, bringing the current total to 44.Along with the many volunteers who gave so generously of their time, Tim also thanked the many parishes and businesses who made their premises and vehicles available.He also thanked Glenside Business Park, JMP Furniture, Charles Bonner & Co., Kelly’s Bottling Store, Patton Foods, McBrides Joinery, Charlie Doherty Potatoes, Foy & Co., Sign Worx, Tara Hotel, and Aura Leisure Centre.DONEGAL CLOTHES APPEAL BUILDS AN AMAZING 35 NEW HOMES FOR REFUGEES was last modified: March 31st, 2015 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:buildcharityclothes appealHomes of DonegalJim Jackson
Club Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – 13.06.11The Seniors got a much needed victory over Gaoth Dobhair in the league last Saturday. Conor Gibbons stole the show in a good team performance showing his deadly accuracy in notching 10 points out 0-12. The Reserves went down narrowly to the Magheragallen men in their game. Both teams take on neighbours Glenswilly this Saturday at 6pm and 7:30pm respectively. The Junior Men had no game last weekend and they travel to Ballybofey this Sunday to face MacCumhaills at 3pm.The U-14 Boys footballers both had good wins last week with the Div. 1 team defeating Cloughaneely and the Div. 2 boys beating Milford. The Div. 1 team travel to Glenfin this Wednesday (15th) while the Div. 2 team are also on the road against St. Michael’s at the Bridge. The U-12 boys lost the Final of the Mick Herron Memorial Tournament in Ardara to St. Sylvester’s of Dublin by one point, after beating them in the group stages. The lads also accounted for Naomh Conaill and Ardara on their way to the final. Thanks to the Ardara club for their hospitality and a well run tournament. They were back in Go Games action on Monday night and they travelled to Milford and came away with another good win. They are at home to Cloughaneely next Monday night. The U-11’s hosted Red Hugh’s in the Park and after trailing at half time, they used the wind to run out comfortable winners in the 2nd half. They travel to Robert Emmet’s next week.The U-10’s had 3 very good games in Magheragallen. This weekend the club are taking part in the Carryduff Tournament with the bus leaving the O’Donnell Park at 7.00am on Saturday morning with registration at 9:45 parade 10.00 and throw inn at 10.30am.The U-12 girls footballers were due to travel to Fanad this Saturday but due to the Rally this weekend, the game has been brought forward to this Wednesday (15th) evening in Portsalon. The bus leaves from the Station Roundabout (beside Shopping Centre) at 4:45pm sharp. €3 for Bus for non lotto members. They have now beaten Glenswilly, Fanad, Milford and Letterkenny gaels in recent blitzes. The U-14 girls beat Robert Emmets last week and they were due to take on Termon this Tuesday evening.Special thanks to the Donegal County Hurling Team for bringing the Lory Meagher Cup to the St Eunan’s Hurling/Camogie Academy on Friday. The children enjoyed meeting the team and seeing the cup up close and personal. The U-14 Hurling team lost out in the Championship semi-final despite a much improved performance and a strong fight back in the second half of the game. The U14 All-County Camogie Blitz was held in St Eunan’s on Friday. Approximately 70 girls participated. Our under 8 Hurlers travelled to a blitz hosted by Setanta on Sunday 12th June, Aodh Ruadh, Dungloe, Letterkenny Gaels, Four Masters and Gaoth Dobhair also attended. We had a huge turnout of players and parents and fielded three very competitive teams playing five games each. Thanks to the hosts for a well organised and enjoyable day. U-14 Hurling training is on a short break and will return at the end of July. U-16 & Minor hurling training is on each Monday at 5:30pm. There will be further U-10 Hurling blitzes on 26th June & 24th July. The Friday Hurling / Camogie Academy continues weekly at 6:30pm. The next U-8 hurling blitz will be held on 10 July. The Club Shop will be open again this Friday.We can confirm the dates of our Summer Camps for 2011. The Hurling / Camogie Camp will run the week of July 18th – 22nd with the Football Camp the following week, July 25th – 29th. Booking forms will be available at both Academies over the coming weeks.Tickets are on sale for our Development Draw. Tickets cost €20 and a whopping €10,000 1st prize is on offer along with other great prizes. See any club member to purchase your ticket.The U-14’s held a very successful fundraiser for their trip to Feile in Cork during July. Special thanks to Mary Maguire on a great organising job. They have a Table Quiz on Wednesday week, June 22nd in Arena 7 at 9pm. Please come out and support this fundraiser and enjoy a night’s craic too.If anyone has a contact with experience developing websites, please contact me with their details asap. Sympathy is extended to the Malseed family.GAA: ST EUNAN’S LETTERKENNY NOTES was last modified: June 13th, 2011 by gregShare 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:GAA: ST EUNAN’S LETTERKENNY NOTES
HSE Community Gardening Course Sustainability in The Garden at the CPI Centre: Subject to numbers the following course will run in May for four weeks. It will look at the following Sustainability in the Garden, Getting the most out of our polytunnell, Bee Keeping and its benefits and Cooking your own produce with the Community Chef. This course will run for four weeks. If you would like further details or to book a place please contact Corina/Mary on 074 – 9143976. Messy Hands Baby and Toddler Group: Runs every Tuesday morning in the CPI Centre from11.00am-12.30pm. New members are always welcome and this is a great opportunity to get children socialising from an early age before playschool. Community Walking Group: Runs every Wednesday morning at 10.30am. All new and past members are welcome. This is a great opportunity to come along and get to know people in the local community under the guidance of your local walking leader. For further information please contact the CPI Centre on 074-9143976. St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop: We would like to make an appeal for clothing, bric-a-brac and furniture for our shop. Arrangements can be made to collect or deliver. If you can help please call 074-9146726. Robert Emmets Club Notes: Lotto & Bingo: Friday 12/4/13, Numbers: 1, 10, 23, 26. Two winners of €100 – Eilish Rush & Ruby Druce. Next week the Lotto Jackpot is €1,200. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and customers for their continued support. This week’s Bingo Snowball is €1,380 with a total prize fund of €3,000 on the night with books and sheets only €7. Silver Circle is now on sale if anyone is interest in selling or buying lines. Mens Teams: The senior team’s match with Burt was postponed due to the county hurling game on Saturday in which Burt had eight players playing. The club would like to announce Mick Flynn, Tara Catterson, and Dominic Mc Glinchey as the Reserve Management Team for the 2013 season. Reserve training will begin this Wednesday at 7pm. Senior team training continues at 7pm on Tuesday and Thursday. Underage: The under 14’s put in a great performance to beat Downings in the league last week 5-3 to 4-5. The club under 8’s and under 10’s teams fielded four teams in a blitz on Saturday morning in Glenswilly with all four teams winning all their respective games. Our coaching in the four schools within the club area is up and running again. Games this week: Sat 13th Under 10’s away to Four Masters in Donegal Town, Sat 20th Seniors are away to Urris, throw-in 7 pm. Facebook: For team photo’s and current information on club activities join our FACEBOOK page, search ‘Robert Emmets’! DD LOCAL – CASTLEFIN NOTES was last modified: April 15th, 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:Castlefin notes
Watch Live Preview PDF Box Score Drake continues MVC play at Loyola on Oct. 8 with first kick set for 7 p.m. The match with the Ramblers will be shown online via The Valley On ESPN3. Print Friendly Version The Cougars scored first as Greg Solawa bounced a shot over Drake goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario) from 18 yards out on the left side to lead 1-0 in the 26th minute (26:55). McLean’s game winner occurred in the 93rd minute as his shot from five yards out beat MacLeod. Drake outshot Loyola, 13-11, led by Sanchez’s three shots. Drake had several close calls in the first half as seniors James Pendrigh (Canterbury, New Zealand) and James Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) each had shot attempts go wide. Freshman Antonio Sanchez (Coralville, Iowa) had a shot attempt go high and later had another one saved by SIUE goalie Kyle Del Santo. Senior James Grunert (Muskego, Wis.) tallied the Bulldogs’ other shot attempt in the half as Del Santo also collected a save on it. The Valley On ESPN3 Just over two minutes later, LeMay nearly put the Bulldogs in front with his own header but it was saved by Del Santo. After LeMay’s attempt, the two teams traded shots with Sanchez taking the final chance in regulation with 34 seconds remaining but Del Santo saved it once again. Live Stats at Loyola 10/8/2016 – 7:30 PM “A heart breaker of a result tonight because we performed very well tonight and created enough chances to win the game without question,” said Drake acting head coach Kyle Smith. Next Game: Story Links In the second half, SIUE recorded the first three shot attempts, but Drake answered with three of their own as neither team was able to find the back of the net. Drake had bad misfortune eight seconds later as Enna was ejected from the game after the refs ruled he made contact with Del Santo on a challenge attempt. Enna’s first career red card evened out the teams to 10 players on each side as SIUE lost Andrew Kendall-Moullin in the 73rd minute to his own red card. EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Lachlan McLean scored a golden goal in the first overtime session to lift SIUE past the Drake University men’s soccer team, 2-1, Saturday, Oct. 1 evening in Missouri Valley Conference action at Korte Stadium. The Bulldogs broke through with the equalizer in the 76th minute (76:02) as junior Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.) scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season. Enna headed in his goal off a corner kick from senior Ben LeMay (Hugo, Minn.). HTML Box Score Full Schedule Roster In a rematch of the 2015 MVC Tournament final, SIUE (4-4-2, 2-1 MVC) avenged its title game loss to Drake (3-7, 0-2 MVC) in a back-and-forth physical battle between the league rivals. “We defended well and were effective going forward which is evident in the heaves we created,” Smith said. “A special mention should go to Darrin (MacLeod) for an excellent individual performance and for leading from the back with great presence. The difference in the game was execution in front of goal. We created the chances but failed to take them at critical moments in the game. We need to turn these good performances into result which I am confident we will do. Disappointing result, but encouraging performance.”
I was in Paris for a mere six weeks when I started craving pancakes. Not the French crepe. A big fat American pancake with butter, maple syrup, and a heaping of fresh bananas. Thankfully, Paris with its sizeable American expat community and being the cosmopolitan city that it is, had its share of American restaurants. So my friends and I were able to get our fix.It was a funny thing being an Indian American in Paris. In America, I always considered myself Indian. The American part was just a given. Just a place my parents had chosen to immigrate. Like many other minorities, my family considered themselves part of their respective ethnic group. People not Indian were referred to as “American.” I always considered myself different from my friends. They were just “white.” When people would ask “What are you?” or “Where are you from?” I would unequivocally state “Indian” or “India.” It was a given that we were all American (or, in my case, from New Jersey). It was clear they were asking about my ethnic origins. But that all changed when I moved to Paris in my junior year of college. Now when people asked me where I was from, I found myself saying “America,” leaving the “India” part out. In the context of living in France and speaking American accented French, it was only normal that people wondered what country I was from. I couldn’t say India, because well I wasn’t really from there. I didn’t have an Indian accent and I didn’t dream about all the Bollywood movies I was missing. Instead I found myself counting down the days until the latest Brad Pitt movie arrived in Paris or wishing they had the current season of Friends on TV instead of the previous one.It was an odd thing after years of hearing my parents referring to other people as “American,” that here I was calling myself American. Should I say “Indian American”? I wondered. But no one was asking my ethnicity. They were asking where I was from. It seemed like an odd fact to suddenly throw in.“Where’s your accent from?”“America. But I’m really Indian.” No that sounded awkward at best.Surrounded by cheese, croissants, wine, and a huge dose of homesickness, I found myself turning not to Indian culture for comfort, but American. I craved football and cheerleaders, Bon Jovi, lazy days at the shore and salt water taffy. Sure sometimes I found myself jonseing for some fresh rotis and bhindi, but a onetime jaunt to an Indian restaurant erased that idea from my mind forever. I realized what I wanted was not good old Indian food (which by the way is not so great in Paris), I wanted my mom’s Indian food. The comfort lay not in Indian food, but in the fact that it was mom’s cooking. I found myself trekking to the American grocery store to stock up on American goodies like peanut butter and cranberry juice. It wasn’t just all about my stomach either. When I traveled throughout Europe locals were constantly fascinated by my American accent, with one person even exclaiming “You sound just like you’re from 90210!” The valley girl in me took it as a compliment.Politics was more of the same. I moved to Europe around the time the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal blew up, meaning that everyone and their mother wanted my opinion on the mess and why Americans were so uptight. Conversely no one asked me about the politics of the Hindu nationalist parties (although I did get a few questions about Hindu/Muslim relations).Being patriotic toward America is not something that’s typically encouraged by Indian Americans (at least not where I grew up). My parents celebrated the requisite American holidays like Thanksgiving and Independence Day, but there was certainly never a sense of patriotism. It was more of an excuse to invite their friends over and drink. But living abroad I wondered why. Are Indian Americans so eager to preserve their heritage that they’re hesitant to celebrate the culture of their new found home? Should we not be proud of our new home? Or do our parents just not feel the same way we do? Perhaps in their hearts they will always be Indian first and American second. After all they still get excited about the Indian national anthem and sing it with a fervor I reserved for belting out cheers on the football field. My mom had always looked at American teenagers and referred to them as those “Americans” with a look of disgust on her face. But in reality she had an American daughter. Who like every other American teen liked grunge music, getting tipsy, boys, smoking weed when no one was looking, and hanging out at the mall. Yep I was American through and through.A year later when I moved to Ireland, I had accepted my “Americaness” as an essential part of me. I relished singing cheesy American pop music to my coworkers and peppering my sentences with “like” and “totally.” Living in another country taught me how much I really do love being American. Fireworks, BBQs, the commercialism of Christmas, I loved it all. On the flip side, I was equally proud of my Indian heritage poking fun at the blandness of typical Irish fare and announcing my desire for some “dot head” food.My new fellow American co-worker Dave announced to any local that would listen that he was Irish and proud of it. He had always considered himself Irish, growing up in a close-knit Irish-Catholic household even though no one in his family had been to Ireland since the great potato famine. However after a few days of hearing Dave’s boisterous voice, political viewpoints, and predilection for southern 60’s rock, he was quickly corrected by Caroline Murphy, the resident Irish girl in our motley crew of foreign workers.“Dave, you’re American.”Yep, guess we all are. Related Items