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Japan lacking burial grounds for expanding Muslim population

first_imgThe man, who came to Japan 32 years ago, is married to a Japanese woman with whom he has two children and has no plans of leaving the country.As there is a belief in the resurrection of the dead, Islam dictates that believers be buried because the soul needs to return to the physical body, according to the Japan Muslim Association.According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the central government has not set regulations for burials and leaves municipalities to establish their own rules on issues such as the distance of sites from residential areas and rivers. As of fiscal 2018, over 99 percent of bodies in Japan were cremated.According to the Japan Islamic Trust, Japan has no burial sites for Muslims at all in the northeastern Tohoku region or west of the Chugoku region. Despite a rise in the number of foreign residents in Japan who practice Islam, cemeteries offering burials in accordance with the Quran remain sparse, with Muslims struggling to gain understanding of the need for new sites from locals in a country where cremation is the norm.While Japan is home to an estimated 200,000 Muslims, a figure likely to grow as the country accepts more foreign workers, there are currently only seven locations for Islamic interment.”It would take money, time, and effort to get buried in my native country, and it isn’t realistic,” said a 57-year-old man from Pakistan who resides in Sapporo. “The body often must be moved to distant cemeteries, which can damage the corpse or result in high transportation fees,” said the trust’s director general, Qureshi Haroon.One of the seven sites is a regular cemetery in Hokkaido in the coastal town of Yoichi. But Yoichi Reien offers only very limited space for burials — just four to five free spaces — leaving Towfik Alam, chairman of the Hokkaido Islamic Society, “incredibly worried.”Although the society had planned to create a cemetery in Otaru that would follow Hokkaido’s protocols such as being at least 110 meters away from a residential area, the project was abandoned last summer after it failed to gain support from residents.Read also: ‘It has even changed death’: Virus disrupts burials in Turkey”Residents were worried about the hygiene of burials, among other aspects,” a city spokesperson said.Meanwhile, there are plans to build a cemetery for Muslims in Oita Prefecture, but it too has been facing pushback from locals who are worried about water pollution.Hirofumi Tanada, an honorary professor at Waseda University with extensive knowledge of Japan’s Muslim community, says accommodating the needs of practitioners of not just Islam but a range of religious traditions has become more important since Japan amended its immigration law last April to accept more foreign workers.”The problem regarding burials is just one example,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

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Gold Coast mansion listing price slashed by $4 million

first_imgLandscaped gardens feature throughout. The view of the Broadwater.As if there isn’t enough room to move already, an enormous vacant block of lawn adjoins the house. “It would suit a variety of people as you can close off levels and use the lift,” Ms Uhrhane said. “I would dearly love to see it go to a family who appreciates and enjoys it.” Courtney Scott of Ray White Sovereign Islands is currently marketing the property. The house has been custom designed.Its extensive list of luxurious features includes a 10-car garage, Kone commercial lift, smart wiring, a hi-tech media room, heated infinity pool, Swedish-style sauna and vast rooftop terrace. Commercial-grade bi-fold doors and windows can be opened to connect this interior space with another outdoor entertaining area, which has a built-in barbecue, kitchenette and heated pool. The kitchen even has a spectacular view. No detail is spared in the luxury property.The listing price has slowly dropped over the past 12 months and now, on the market with a different agency, it’s priced at $8 million — $8.8 million.Designed by architect David Carlson, the five-bedroom home, at 46-48 Knightsbridge Parade East, occupies two blocks of waterfront land overlooking South Stradbroke Island. 46-48 Knightsbridge Parade East, Sovereign Island is on the market at $8 million — $8.8 million.A PALATIAL Gold Coast mansion has had its listing price slashed by $4 million in a renewed marketing push.The Sovereign Islands property on two blocks of land on Knightsbridge Parade East was on the market last year at $12 million. What a view!More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours agoWhen vendors Nina and Dennis Uhrhane created their five-level mansion, the couple considered every single detail.“I love the property as it’s just a lovely home that’s easy for entertaining,” Ms Uhrhane said. “There’s so much room and it has everything you need, which makes it easy to live in.” last_img read more

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Outrage over right to die plan for kids (Scotland)

first_imgSundayPost.com 15 June 2014The late Lothians MSP Margo MacDonald, who died in April after suffering Parkinson’s disease, launched a Bill to legalise euthanasia last year.Polls revealed seven out of ten Scots support it.Now an alliance of children’s charities is calling on the Holyrood committee considering the law change to “reflect” on the experiences of Belgium, which is the only country in the world to have no age limit.Another group is suggesting the proposed 16-year-old age limit be reviewed in the future if the law is passed by MSPs.However, the suggestion that terminally-ill children could be given the right to die has been branded “monstrous” by critics.A spokesman for Care Not Killing, the campaign against the euthanasia laws, said: “Right-minded people will be baffled that such an idea can be advanced, not least from one organisation purporting to represent the interests of children.“Such a monstrous idea should be unthinkable.”MacDonald’s proposed law would give patients over the age of 16 the option of taking their own lives with the support of trained facilitators as long as they comply with a number of safeguards.The Together group is an alliance of children’s charities which includes Save the Children and Barnardo’s.http://www.sundaypost.com/news-views/politics/holyrood/outrage-over-right-to-die-plan-for-kids-1.423396last_img read more

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Report says married couples are more likely to have successful family

first_imgDaily Mail 26 April 2016Family First Comment: UK politicians have the same ideological blind-spot as NZ politicians. A UK Government report states the obvious, but then the government excludes all references to ‘marriage’ in the follow-up discussion.   #headinthesand  #elephantintheroomMarriage matters and is a central factor in children’s chances of success in life, according to a Government report.Children do worse if they are brought up by a lone parent or by parents who are not married, researchers found.The large-scale report rejects the idea that marriage is no more than a lifestyle option or a choice favoured by better-off couples, and presents powerful fresh evidence that a couple who commit to each other with a wedding are much more likely to have a successful family.It comes amid warnings by critics that David Cameron’s drive to support the institution of marriage is slipping off the Whitehall agenda.Produced by a team of academics from Sussex University for the Department of Work and Pensions, the analysis is aimed at identifying ways to improve relationships between couples and the life chances of their children.The findings said: ‘Evidence shows that child outcomes tend to be worse on average in lone-parent and non-married families.’The researchers added that it is difficult to separate out the effects of having married parents on the health and behaviour of children.‘Family structure, family breakdown and family relationship quality are all closely intertwined, making it difficult to distinguish the causal effect of each factor,’ the report concluded.The 134-page report, written by a group headed by Professor Gordon Harold, was based on a review of existing evidence and analysis of the Understanding Society survey, which follows the lives of people in 40,000 homes.It was available to ministers two weeks ago, when Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb made his first major speech in the post.But despite the new evidence available to his department, Mr Crabb chose to cut planned references to the importance of marriage from his speech.In a move taken to indicate a lessening of enthusiasm from promoting marriage in the Government, he dropped passages in which he had intended to warn that it is not good for children to be brought up in lone parent family, and which asserted that ministers do a ‘huge disservice’ if they are ‘neutral on family structure’.READ MORE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3558698/Why-children-married-parents-thrive-Government-report-says-couples-wed-likely-raise-successful-family.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Government of Dominica cooperating with Indian government to locate Karan Singh

first_img Share Share Tweet 129 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. (file photo)Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has refuted claims that the government of Dominica is refusing to cooperate with the Indian government in their attempt to locate its national Karan Singh.Speculations are that the Indian High Commission, which is based in Trinidad, in their letters to the Dominica government claim that they are attempting to serve papers on Singh based on a complaint lodged by his wife Priya Singh claiming that her son was taken away from her.According to reports, Karan Singh left the country after efforts by the Indian government to locate him. Prime Minister Skerrit admitted that Singh is in fact a Dominican citizen and discussions have been held with the Indian high commissioner on the matter. “Anyone who says that government is not cooperating with the authorities is mot basing their statements on the fact. We have had discussions with the Indian High Commissioner on this matter which is a very topical issue in India. As far as I understand it, it’s a divorce matter between Mr. Singh and his wife,” he said.He says the situation regarding Karan Singh is a legal matter and not one that the government is responsible for.The Prime Minister stated further that Singh’s Dominican citizenship was legally obtained through the economic citizenship program and in accordance with the constitution. Meantime Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan is denying claims of his alleged involvement in the selling of the country’s passports to any individual. According to reports in the local media, Indian national Karan Singh purchased Dominican citizenship last year for US 145,000 and was facilitated by government lawyer senior counsel Anthony Astaphan, a charge that he has rejected. Astaphan says he has no recollection of ever meeting Karan Singh, who according to reports may be a fugitive on the run from India.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Government of Dominica cooperating with Indian government to locate Karan Singh by: – November 10, 2011last_img read more

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Artists needed to paint murals in Greensburg

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — The Arts & Cultural Council of Decatur County along with Main Street Greensburg are seeking an artist or team of artists to design and paint two murals in downtown Greensburg.These murals complete the full project of three art installations, four new benches, eleven trash/recycling containers, and nine wayfinding signs, as part of Greensburg’s Distinctive Place project.The project started earlier in the year with a crowd funding campaign.The goal was to raise $32,500 by the deadline so that the project could receive matching funds from the CreatINg Places program.Artists may submit for one or both mural locations, however, each submission will be reviewed independently.The application deadline is April 15, and the selected artists will be announced on May 15.Detailed information about what to include in the submission may be found at http://www.mainstreetgreensburg.com/design.last_img read more

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Trojans Team A Wins Thriller Over Wildcats Team A

first_imgThe Sunman Dearborn Trojans A team defeated the Franklin County Wildcats A team by a score of 53-51. Healthy for the first time in over a month, the Trojans rode Carson Koelling’s 18 points in limited action to the win.The Trojans are back in action against South Dearborn in the SEI tournament on Monday.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Thomas Meyer.last_img

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Hughton job safe – for now

first_img Press Association The Canaries are currently on a run of eight games without a win in all competitions and slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Fulham in their FA Cup third-round replay on Tuesday night. A number of the club’s supporters have started calling on the board to act, with Malky Mackay’s name sang by the travelling contingent at Craven Cottage. Chris Hughton’s position as Norwich manager is secure as long as the club do not fall in to the bottom three in the Barclays Premier League, chief executive David McNally has said.center_img The former Cardiff boss was a fan favourite during his time as a player at Carrow Road but for now Hughton’s job is safe, although McNally insists he will do anything he deems necessary to keep the club in the top flight. “He (Hughton) is preparing the team for Saturday’s game,” McNally told BBC Radio Norfolk. “The brief to Chris was to keep us out of the bottom three, we are not in the bottom three and it is to keep us out of the bottom three so that is what we have to do. We would not contemplate relegation at our football club. “In a sporting sense it (relegation) is worse than death.” Norwich are currently 15th in the standings on 20 points, two clear of the bottom three. “We are absolutely focused on ensuring that this great football club stays in the PL, too many people have worked too hard and for so long to put the club in the PL so we would do everything in our power to ensure that it not only stays in the league but thrives in the league,” added McNally. “The brief for Chris when we were in the bottom three earlier in the season was to get us out and keep us out of the bottom three and move us up the table. “There is no change there. If you don’t produce the results then ultimately that is how you will be measured.” Hughton is likely to venture into the transfer market in January and has already recruited Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez on loan for the remainder of the campaign. The 55-year-old has been in charge at Carrow Road since he was appointed as successor to Paul Lambert in June 2012 and led the Canaries to an 11th-placed finish last season, their highest final league position since 1993. last_img read more

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Florida Company Accused of Disguising Car Ads as Stimulus Checks

first_imgA marketing company in Florida is facing criticism for disguising car ads as federal stimulus checks, in an attempt to attract customers to a tent sale, Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office said on Thursday.The company, Traffic Jam Events, LLC and its owner, David Jeansonne, II, allegedly sent the deceptive ads to more than 35,000 consumers between March 27 and April 5 in Bushnell, a city located northeast of Tampa.According to the attorney general’s office, the Consumer Protection Division opened an investigation against the company and Jeansonne, as well as the dealer that provided the cars for the tent sale, MK Automotive, Inc. d/b/a New Wave, as well as its owner, Michael Kastrenakes. The owner of the dealership is cooperating with the investigation at this time, and has entered an assurance of voluntary compliance with the Attorney General’s Office.“This type of deceptive marketing is completely unacceptable and is even more outrageous during these challenging times. These marketing ploys prey on people’s desperate anticipation of stimulus assistance and falsely suggest that there is government stimulus funding for auto purchases,” Attorney General Moody said. “These misleading practices will not be tolerated, and if anyone tries to take advantage of this crisis and the legitimate financial assistance available for those in need, my office will hold you accountable.”The Attorney General’s Office also filed a motion this week for a temporary injunction to prevent the defendants from making false and deceptive representations regarding the COVID-19 stimulus program. A news release adds that Moody’s office is also seeking equitable relief, civil penalties and fees for violating Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.Read the full complaint here.last_img read more

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A focus on Essequibo’s senior Inter-County centurions

first_imgBy Elroy StephneyONLY five batsmen have scored senior inter-county centuries while representing Essequibo, with the first being Jeff Jones and the last was Ramesh Narine. The others are Ramcharran Singh, Dinesh Joseph and Troy Cornelius.Dinesh JosephWhile former West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan was born in Wakenaam and made several inter-county centuries, he never represented Essequibo.The prestigious tournament has now been disbanded by the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and replaced by a franchise system which now has more teams; instead of only involving the three representative counties.National all-rounder Keemo Paul made a century during last year’s franchise tournament representing Essequibo; a feat which will not be considered in the same context and included in the privileged list of centurions.Among the five quality batsmen, two played at the National level. Troy Cornelius wasTroy Corneliusappointed captain of the Youth team while Ramesh Narine wore national colours at the T20 level.Interestingly though, opener Dinesh Joseph remains Essequibo’s finest batsman of any generation. His class, technique, immense powers of concentration and his ability to play both pace and spin with authority were unique qualities which could have easily made him a national product in any other country.He stood as Essequibo’s premier batsman for many years and his 110 against Demerara at LBI was quite an innings to behold. He was so dominant at the crease exhibiting his rasping square cuts and forceful front-foot drives that his only moment of discomfort was when he exited via run-out.Joseph literally ruled the roost of ‘batsmanship’ in Essequibo and remains the only batsman in the county to score a double-century in a 50 overs inter-committee competition. While he was distinctly the best, his fellow villager Ramcharran Singh was charismatically quite flambouyant. He too was an opener and scored most of his runs on the back foot with power, precision and timing.Singh eventually migrated to North America at a time when his career was beginning to blossom, thus denying him a possible opportunity to represent his country. His masterful 108 was made against Demerara at Bourda.While Joseph and Singh were aggressive batsmen, Troy Cornelius was an accumulator of runs. He relied mainly on his tested technique and durability to build an innings. His temperament was sound which allowed him to pace his innings beautifully as he did against Berbice on his way to a majestic 110 at Albion. He too migrated while still very young.No other batsman among the list took as many risks as Ramesh Narine. He was so confident about his talent that his stroke-play was seemingly extraordinarily careless! His ability to demoralise bowlers especially spinners was the trademark of the exciting manner in which he batted. He loved scoring boundaries and his brilliant 116 against Demerara at Enmore was studded with well-timed shots that regularly either touched or cleared the ropes.Narine perhaps has the most runs and may have played the longest too at the inter-county level for Essequibo.It certainly was a momentous occasion as wicketkeeper Jeff Jones became the first to score an inter-county century. His monumental feat stood as a record for almost two decades before Ramcharran Singh joined the club.Jones played during the late 1970s and at a time when the competition was invigoratingly intense. His memorable innings was also extra special, since he made it when there was no formal coaching.However, Jones was naturally gifted and his towering 113 against Demerara included the qualities of a batsman who emerged as the pride and passion of Essequibo’s cricket at that time.Ironically though, the present state of the game in the county has lost the enduring promise and chemistry which Jones had possessed.Three other senior players reached in the 90s including Alfred Maycock (98 against Demerara) while Norman Fredericks 93 and Jaimini Singh 92 not out were scored against Berbice.Notwithstanding, the five batsmen have left indelible marks in the history of Essequibo’s cricket and their achievements cement them in an elite club of proud centurions.last_img read more

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