Prime Minister Minnis Addressed Bahamians and Friends of The Bahamas at Reception

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, December 20, 2017 – Washington, DC – Bahamas Ambassador to Washington, D.C., His Excellency Sidney Collie and Consul General Theo Neilly hosted an Official Reception attended by Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis and Mrs. Patricia Minnis, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield and Mrs. Deidre Henfield, and Bahamians and Friends of The Bahamas residing in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland in the George Washington Room of the St. Regis, Washington D.C. on Saturday, December 16, 2017. On his first visit to the US capital since becoming Prime Minister, Dr. Minnis told the gathering his administration’s programme of reform and transformation includes innovative thinking about the role of government, “as we create new and innovative partnerships for national development. We are stabilizing public finances and reforming government. We are ensuring the greater ease of doing business for Bahamians and foreign investors. The Bahamas has a highly favourable investment regime. We are cutting the Red Tape and too-often-long, waiting times for international investment projects to be vetted and approved.”Photos show the Prime Minister in the mix and mingle with guests. In the group photo are: Prime Minister Minnis and Mrs. Patricia Minnis, fifth and sixth left; Minister Henfield and Mrs. Deidre Henfield, third and fourth left; Ambassador Sidney Collie and Mrs. Mavis Collie, first and second left; and Consul General Neilly, at right.(Photos/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services)Release: BIS Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

SDUSD outperforms other urban districts in reading and math

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe National Assessment of Educational Progress has been released.The report shows the San Diego Unified School District out-performed other large urban districts by demonstrating significant grade-level improvements in both reading and mathematics.KUSI was joined by SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten with more on the school district’s accomplishments and latest report card. , SDUSD outperforms other urban districts in reading and mathcenter_img Posted: April 12, 2018 April 12, 2018last_img read more

The Complete Latin GRAMMY Awards Viewers Guide

first_img Jorge Drexler Wins Song Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Luis Miguel Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY The Complete Latin GRAMMY Awards Viewer’s Guide Karol G Wins Best New Artist At 2018 Latin GRAMMYs Maná Honored By An Array Of Latin American Talent Rosalía Thanks Women During Latin GRAMMY Win Take a look at the many ways to celebrate Latin music throughout this week leading up to the main event, Thursday’s Latin GRAMMY AwardsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 13, 2018 – 2:45 pm Get ready! The Biggest Night In Latin Music is coming on Nov. 15, but there are so many ways to enjoy the festivities in Las Vegas including and leading up to the 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards from virtually anywhere in the world. Here’s how! Will Smith, Marc Anthony, and Bad BunnyPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star Prev Next Karol G Wins Best New Artist At 2018 Latin GRAMMYs Performers on the broadcast include Marc Anthony, Will Smith and Bad Bunny performing their collaboration, “Está Rico,” for the first time in public, as well as Ángela Aguilar, El David Aguilar, Pepe Aguilar, Pablo Alborán, Anitta, Steve Aoki, J Balvin, Calibre 50, Jorge Drexler, Karol G, Kany García, Halsey, Nicky Jam, Mon Laferte, Natalia Lafourcade, Victor Manuelle, Carla Morrison, Christian Nodal, Jenna Ortega, Ozuna, Laura Pausini, Monsieur Periné, Banda Los Recoditos, Rosalía, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Carlos Vives and Sebastián Yatra. The 2018 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Maná will perform as well.Performers at the Premiere ceremony include Santiago Barrionuevo, Yamandu Costa, Jerry Demara, Rozalén, and José Alberto El Canario with El Septeto Santiaguero.This week of celebration will honor artists across a wide array of Latin cultures, styles, genres, and countries. Awards will span many fields, including General, Pop, Urban, Rock, Alternative, Tropical, Singer-Songwriter, Regional-Mexican, Instrumental, Traditional, Jazz, Christian, Portuguese Language, Children’s, Classical, Arranging, Recording Package, Production, and Music Video. While some of these have categories that bring works from different traditions together, others allow a more narrow focus within traditions, making for a rich, unique sampling of the power of Latin music.No matter your language or musical background, this multi-screen experience will be filled with excitement. New discoveries await television and online viewers prepared to be enriched by the biggest night in Latin music. RosalíaPhoto: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for LARAS Will Smith, Marc Anthony, and Bad BunnyPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Maná Honored By An Array Of Latin American Talent https://twitter.com/LatinGRAMMYs/status/1061355452448026625 ManáPhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage ManáPhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage ManáPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images for LARAS Twitter Jorge DrexlerPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Who Will Win Best New Artist At The Latin GRAMMYs? Jorge Drexler Wins Song Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Karol GPhoto: Sam Wasson/Getty Images RosalíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images RosalíaPhoto: Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto/Getty Images 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Complete Winners List Mon Laferte at the 18th Latin Grammy AwardsPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Relive The 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Which Artist Performance Are You Pumped For? News Will Smith, Marc Anthony, and Bad BunnyPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Vicente García Photo: Mindy Small/FilmMagic/Getty Images Maná Honored By An Array Of Latin American Talent ManáPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images for LARAS Luis Miguel Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY The fun-filled day of the main event begins at 1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET with exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of the red carpet and the Latin GRAMMY Premiere ceremony via Facebook Live, where the first Latin GRAMMY Awards of the night will be presented before the broadcast. Additional coverage in Spanish will also be available at Univision.com. The 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards show will follow, airing on Univision at 8:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET Relive The 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards 2018 Latin GRAMMYs 19 Things You Didn’t Know About The Latin GRAMMYs Karol GPhoto: Sam Wasson/Getty Images Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star Jorge DrexlerPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Jorge Drexler Wins Song Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Who Will Win Best New Artist At The Latin GRAMMYs? RosalíaPhoto: Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto/Getty Images Luis MiguelPhoto: Omar Vega/Getty Images 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Complete Winners List Luis Miguel Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Vicente García Photo: Mindy Small/FilmMagic/Getty Images Facebook 19 Things You Didn’t Know About The Latin GRAMMYs Relive The 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Luis MiguelPhoto: Omar Vega/Getty Images RosalíaPhoto: Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto/Getty Images ManáPhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage Rosalía Thanks Women During Latin GRAMMY Win 19 Things You Didn’t Know About The Latin GRAMMYs RosalíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Vicente García Photo: Mindy Small/FilmMagic/Getty Images Which Artist Performance Are You Pumped For? Rosalía Thanks Women During Latin GRAMMY Win Which Artist Performance Are You Pumped For? Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star Jorge DrexlerPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Email 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Complete Winners List Karol G Wins Best New Artist At 2018 Latin GRAMMYs Luis MiguelPhoto: Omar Vega/Getty Images RosalíaPhoto: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for LARAS Who Will Win Best New Artist At The Latin GRAMMYs? https://twitter.com/LatinGRAMMYs/status/1060550609525366785 How To Watch: Latin GRAMMY Awards complete-latin-grammy-awards-viewers-guide ManáPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images for LARAS But even earlier this week, this year’s Special Awards presentation ceremony will be streamed on Tuesday, Nov. 13 via Facebook Live at 5:00 pm. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET. The program will honor Erasmo Carlos, Dyango, Andy Montañez, José María Napoleón, Chucho Valdés, Wilfrido Vargas and Yuri with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Horacio Malvicino and Tomás Muñoz will receive the Latin Academy’s Trustees Award. Karol GPhoto: Sam Wasson/Getty Images RosalíaPhoto: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for LARAS Read more Mon Laferte at the 18th Latin Grammy AwardsPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images RosalíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Mon Laferte at the 18th Latin Grammy AwardsPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Imageslast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For July 7 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, July 7, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 77. Light northwest wind.In The Community: Wilmington High School Class of 1968 celebrates its 50th Reunion tonight at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). For more information, contact organizer Steve Gerhartz at wilmingtonhs1968[at]gmail.com.In The Community: Town Beach is open. Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Here’s what you need to know.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less! Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library.In The Community: The Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.MBTA Reminder: Beginning today, there will be no weekend commuter rail service on the Lowell Line (Wilmington Center) until December. A free shuttle bus will be available. Learn more HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 27, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 29, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Wilmington Seniors At Shawsheen Tech Encouraged To Apply For Special Rotary Scholarships

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Rotary District 7903, which includes Wilmington, is offering ten $500.00 scholarships to graduating seniors that attend a Technical High School.The scholarships will be awarded to seniors that plan to pursue a trade after graduation. The funds can be used to obtain a certificate or license as well as to purchase tools for their trade (electrician, plumber, automotive mechanic, carpenter, beautician etc.)This award is funded by Annual Giving donations to The Rotary Foundation.The application can be found HERE. The application has also been sent to the Shawsheen Tech’s Guidance Department.The application deadline is April 19. The Scholarship Committee will meet in late April to select the winning candidates.(NOTE: The above information was submitted by the Wilmington Rotary Club.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTickets Still Available For Wilmington Rotary Trivia Night On June 14In “Community”Wilmington’s Ice Bucket Challenge Raises $5K For ALS Research, 100+ WHS Students ParticipateIn “Community”VIDEO: Watch The 2019 Shawsheen Tech Scholarship NightIn “Education”last_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of August 11 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of August 11, 2019:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Phyllis (Lanzilli) Catalogna, 98Steven W. Parker, 62Doris May (Allen) Squibb, 88Previously Lived In Wilmington:Earl W. Hannibal, 80James Thayer Hastings, 84Elizabeth M. (Nolan) McNabb, 94Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:Judith Elaine Sias Guertin, 76Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Earl W. Hannibal, 80In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Scientists 3Dprint human skin and bone for Mars astronauts

first_img Tags The skin sample was printed using human blood plasma as a “bio ink.” The researchers added plant and algae-based materials to increase the viscosity so it wouldn’t just fly everywhere in low gravity. “Producing the bone sample involved printing human stem cells with a similar bio-ink composition, with the addition of a calcium phosphate bone cement as a structure-supporting material, which is subsequently absorbed during the growth phase,” said Nieves Cubo, a bioprinting specialist at the university. Enlarge ImageThis bioprinted bone sample was made with human stem cells, blood plasma and bone cement. ESA/SJM Photography Imagine walking up to a Star Trek replicator and ordering a bone graft instead of tea, Earl Grey, hot. We’re heading in that direction. The European Space Agency’s 3D Printing of Living Tissue for Space Exploration project aims to print human tissue to help injured astronauts heal when they’re far, far away from Earth.Scientists from the University Hospital of Dresden Technical University in Germany bio-printed skin and bone samples upside down to help determine if the method could be used in a low-gravity environment. It worked. ESA released videos of the printing in action. 14 Photos Share your voice Some of the raw materials, such as blood plasma, would come from the astronauts’ own bodies to protect against transplant rejection. ESA’s project is already looking ahead to adapting the 3D printing of entire organs to space conditions. Just this year we’ve seen advances in printing a tiny heart from human tissue and a breathing lung air sac. These samples are just the first steps for the ESA’s ambitious 3D bio-printing project, which is investigating what it would take to equip astronauts with medical and surgical facilities to help them survive and treat injuries on long spaceflights and on Mars.”Carrying enough medical supplies for all possible eventualities would be impossible in the limited space and mass of a spacecraft,” said Tommaso Ghidini, head of ESA’s Structures, Mechanisms and Materials Division. “Instead, a 3D bioprinting capability will let them respond to medical emergencies as they arise.” Dying space missions remembered in inspiring final imagescenter_img Sci-Tech Post a comment 3D-printing advancements Watch this wild 3D-printed lung air sac breathe Here’s the first 3D-printed heart made from actual human tissue 0 3D printing Spacelast_img read more

Rupee hits twomonth high on dollar weakness

first_imgThe Indian rupee continued to strengthen on Wednesday, hitting a near two-month high against the US dollar. It appreciated by 43 paise to close at 64.98 against the greenback.A strong rebound in the rupee was supported by a weakening dollar in the wake of reduced chances of an interest rate hike by the US central bank. Last week, an official data showed that the employment growth in the US remained weak in September, leading to a decline in expectations over monetary tightening by the US Federal Reserve in 2015.”We expect INR to be one of the outperformers in the region. India is among the best positioned in Asia to benefit from lower oil prices and it is also relatively insulated from China’s economic growth slowdown (from a trade perspective) with exports to China accounting for just ~5% of India’s total exports in 2014,” said RBC Capital Markets in a note.Besides, the rupee was underpinned by a rebound in domestic stock markets, which rose for a sixth consecutive session on Wednesday amid a revival in buying interest from overseas investors. So far this month, foreign investors have bought equities worth about Rs 1,500 crore (net) in the cash market, NDTV Profit reported.The benchmark BSE Sensex index has gone up nearly 1,300 points since 29 September, the day on which the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) surprised the markets by announcing a 50 bps cut in key lending rate.Analysts said that the domestic currency will also benefit from the RBI’s decision to raise foreign investment in government bonds.Last month, the central bank said that “it would gradually increase the limits it sets for foreign investors buying government debt by up to Rs 1.2 lakh crore by March 2018.””Again, RBI is doing its part to help, announcing a range of measures to liberalise financial markets. For example, it increased the current USD30bn limit for foreign investment in govt bonds by USD18bn (by March 2018 in stages; currently fully utilized and up to 5% of outstanding),” said RBC note.last_img read more

China evokes patriotism as trade conflict with US soars

first_imgThe trade war with the United States will only make China stronger and will never bring the country to its knees, the ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily wrote in a front-page commentary that evoked the patriotic spirit of past wars.Beijing has yet to say whether or how it will retaliate to the latest escalation in trade tensions, which saw Washington put telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd on a blacklist that will make it extremely difficult for the telecom giant to do business with US companies.The world’s two largest economies are locked in an increasingly acrimonious trade dispute that has seen them level escalating tariffs on each other’s imports in the midst of negotiations, adding to fears about risks to global growth and knocking financial markets.The United States is not sincere about wanting to resume trade talks with China and has damaged the atmosphere for negotiations with its recent moves, a state media social media account said.Without sincerity there was no point in coming for talks and nothing to talk about, Taoran Notes, a WeChat account run by the Economic Daily, said in a post late on Thursday that was re-posted by the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily.China, which reported unexpectedly weak growth in retail sales and industrial output on Wednesday, also said on Friday that the impact of trade frictions on its economy was “controllable”.”(We will) fully study the impact of the additional tariffs imposed by the United States, and promptly introduce countermeasures as needed to ensure that the economy operates within a reasonable range,” Meng Wei, a spokeswoman for the National Development and Reform Committee (NDRC), told a media briefing on Friday.In Friday’s commentary, the ruling party’s official newspaper described China’s determination to protect its national interests and dignity as being as “firm as a boulder”.”The trade war can’t bring China down. It will only harden us to grow stronger,” it said.”What kind of storms have not been seen, what bumps have not experienced for China, with its more than 5,000 years of civilization? In the face of hurricanes, the nearly 1.4 billion Chinese people have confidence and stamina.”‘Wheel of Destiny’Huawei’s Hisilicon unit, which purchases US semiconductors for its parent, has been secretly developing back-up products for years in case Huawei was one day unable to obtain the advanced chips and technology it buys from the United States, its president told staff in a letter on Friday.”Today, the wheel of destiny has turned and we have arrived at this extreme and dark moment, as a super-nation ruthlessly disrupts the world’s technology and industry system,” according to the letter.Chinese state television has this week invoked a war theme, focusing on the 1950-1953 conflict between the two Koreas that saw Chinese troops back North Korea while the South was supported by the United States.On Thursday, China Central Television replaced a programme about the ongoing Asian Film and TV Week with a 1964 Chinese movie on the Korean War, “Heroic Sons and Daughters.”On Friday night, the broadcaster will screen yet another Chinese war movie classic, “Battle on Shangganling Mountain”, the scene of a large-scale battle in North Korea, according to a post on its social media account.The post received widespread approval from Chinese social media users, with one even asking when the broadcaster would air a movie on the attack on Pearl Harbor.”Defeat the American imperialists!” another wrote.last_img read more

Pollution of a sacred river becomes a symbol for Indias environmental challenge

first_img News • Photos of the Week By: Priyadarshini Sen Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! A United Methodist group proposes a denominational breakup Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,BANGALORE, India (RNS) — In the pre-dawn light, Srikara Sudarshana circumambulates the Gali Anjaneya Swami Temple at a busy intersection in this city in southern India, known as the country’s tech capital.The 20-year-old priest chants Sanskrit mantras in front of a 700-year-old saffron-colored idol of the god Hanuman. According to ancient tradition the priest then bathes the deity, but instead of using water from the nearby Vrishabhavathi River, Sudarshana cleanses the idol with 30 liters of filtered water from the temple’s kitchen.The temple, one of Bangalore’s historic treasures depicting scenes from the Indian epic Ramayana, is flanked by factories producing lead acid batteries and textiles. The Vrishabhavathi, choked with industrial waste, gives off a noxious odor.“It’s no longer a river but a frothing mass of sewage discharged from industrial, agricultural and residential areas of the catchment,” said Sudarshana.It wasn’t so long ago when the Vrishabhavathi’s waters were potable. According to local myth, the river originated from the hoof of a sacred bull at a hillock nearby. A tributary of one of the most important rivers in India, the Kaveri, it was a key artery and source of livelihood for Bangalore’s residents and farmers.Priest Srikara Sudarshana feeds filtered water to an idol of Hanuman god at Gali Anjaneya Swami Temple in Bangalore, India. RNS photo by Priyadarshini Sen“The bull is believed to be the vehicle of Lord Shiva, the source of creation and destruction of the universe,” said Tulasi Srinivas, a professor of anthropology at Emerson College in Boston, who has been studying water scarcity in Bangalore over the past decade. “It is incumbent that out of this destruction we must find new ways of re-creating our ecology.”When the Vrishabhavathi flowed past the Hanuman temple as a pristine river, devotees bathed before entering the temple complex holding pitchers of holy water.“The water was so pure our forefathers could even drink it,” said Srinivasa Ramanuja, a senior priest wearing a single piece of unstitched cloth and girdle around his waist. “During the rains, it would enter the temple and caress the feet of lord Hanuman.”But with the tech boom in Bangalore in the early 1990s, the city’s growth, fueled by successive governments’ ambitious agendas, outstripped its waste management plans.Trees around catchment areas of lakes were cut down and aquifers were tapped to build out suburbs. As a result, the lakes dried up and the city government gave permits to private institutions to build on the lake bed.In 2017, the World Economic Forum named Bangalore the world’s most dynamic city for its entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and technology, as well as its salubrious climate. But while paper mills, chemical and electroplating plants, textiles, distilleries, tanneries and rubber factories sprung up everywhere, attracting skilled workforces from around the world, they also discharged their effluents into the river.Trash floats in the Vrishabhavathi River near the Gali Anjaneya Swami Temple in Bangalore, India. RNS photo by Priyadarshini SenEven the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board, overburdened by the city’s waste, connected the sewer lines to the river. It permitted the effluents to pollute the river to such an extent that marine life was killed off.Besides its effect on ritual observances, the frothing mass of water that flows past the temple today is a potential health risk. Villagers downstream complain of diseases such as gastroenteritis, cancer and abdominal, heart, skin and kidney ailments.“The pollution control board has connived with industries to violate environmental norms. Law enforcement agencies should be held accountable,” said Yellappa Reddy, the chairman of Bangalore Environment Trust, an nongovernmental organization of scientists in the city.Enraged by the negligence of government agencies and politicians, Reddy plans to file a petition at the Karnataka high court this month.Politicians and Hindu nationalists, many of whom are frequent visitors to the temple, are accused of turning a blind eye to the toxicity of the river despite the protests.“Priests are ready to take action if leaders support the resuscitation of our river,” said 55-year-old Ramachandra Bhattacharya, who pours libations on the deity every day. “Even though the public works department has been told to step up their work, the government officers are simply dragging their feet,” he said.UB City, a luxury mall, dominates the skyline of Bangalore, India. The city has seen a major tech boom since the 1990s. Photo by Prateek Karandikar/Creative CommonsIn 2014, the Bangalore Municipal Corp. installed flood control gates around the temple to prevent the river water from entering the inner sanctum during heavy rains.Even then, the priests complained that the development of the temple was not enough if the environment around their place of worship was not sanitized.“Now, garbage trucks haul the river’s waste once in six months or so,” said Manoj Bhattacharya, an assistant priest. “Some effluents are pushed to the banks instead of being transported to a landfill or waste treatment facility.”Though heavy metals, electroplates, dyes and electronic waste have been found in the river through studies by scientists and environmental watchdogs, industries have washed their hands of the problem.“We don’t dispose industrial waste and have our own sewage treatment plant,” said Sankarapandian Sankaravelayutham, a senior deputy general manager at Amco Batteries Ltd., one of the oldest factories in the region.“The government should encourage rainwater harvesting and not give approval to builders who fail to come up with sewage treatment plans for their constructions.”The deputy general manager of Karnataka Vidyuth Karkhane Ltd., a manufacturer of electrical transformers, pins the blame on chemical, plastic and textile industries.“We outsource our waste to a scrap transport corporation, so we have nothing to do with the river’s pollution,” said MV Srinivasaiah. “The effluents may be from chemical and textile industries.”Government agencies have also been shortsighted about their sewage treatment plans since they haven’t kept up with the city’s growth and population.Tushar Giri Nath, the chairman of Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board, said the development of the city has shrunk the watershed area, so every section of the society needs to be held accountable.“We are setting up nine new plants to treat sewage, but the industries must have their own effluent treatment plants,” said Nath. “The pollution control board should monitor the quality of water and residents must be more conscious.”A servitor prepares to use a newly installed water purification machine at Gali Anjaneya Swami Temple in Bangalore, India. RNS photo by Priyadarshini SenThree years ago, the priests took matters in their hands, installing the purifier that now filters water from a well dredged within the temple’s precincts. Last month, they replaced it with a high-end machine that distills up to 1,000 liters a day.“This came as a psychological balm for us,” said Manjunatha, an official at a health insurance company in Bangalore. “More devotees will flock to the temple knowing that Lord Hanuman has finally blessed us with clean water.”Armed with filtered water, the priests go about their daily rituals. They bless worshippers, pour libations on the deity, chant mantras and prepare consecrated food.The devotees wash their feet in clean water and then circle the temple in clockwise manner holding flowers, basil leaves and knotted betel leaf garlands. On reaching the altar, they bow their heads low as priests sprinkle filtered water over their heads.“We are still not sure of the water quality, but we believe in god. Industrialists and politicians have exploited our river because they are faithless people,” said Bhavna, an engineering student whose forefathers also worshipped at the temple.Having done what they can, Gali Anjaneya Swami temple priests idealize a time when the Hanuman deity was in a forested area before urban settlements came up.“We may never get our river back, but at least the powers above are protecting us from contaminated water,” said Sudarshana. “Our faith has grown stronger.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News By: Priyadarshini Sen Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! By: Priyadarshini Sen Priyadarshini Sen,Load Comments,Texas imam ordered to pay $2.55 million in sexual misconduct case TagsBangalore faith and environment Hindu temples Hinduism homepage featured India sacred river technology,You may also like Catholicism Priyadarshini Senlast_img read more