first_img…Indonesian official expected in Guyana soonHaving been promised a lucrative salary and proper accommodation, 26 adult male Indonesians travelled approximately 12,000 miles to take up employment with an established fishery in Guyana. They are now stranded after the company failed to meet its obligation.The men had been working with the company for several months, frequenting the seas on the tuna vessels, but they got fired after they objected to the payment and living conditions they were receiving.The men have, for the past three days, been seeking refuge at the Providence Sunnatul Masjid on the East Bank of Demerara. When this publication visited the Masjid on Saturday, the men were observed cooking and hanging around the compound. they were however unable to communicate with the <> because of the language barrier.A female member of the Masjid told this publication that the men reported that they were offered US$400 (5,367,200 Indonesian Rupiah) per month to come and work with the popular fishing establishment, but what they were being paid in Guyana dollars did not translate into the promised amount. She said the men objected to this, but got no satisfactory answer, and were ordered out of the establishment’s compound.“The (men) were saying that they were not getting enough food and thing to eat at the back there, so eventually they came over here, like three days now, and the brothers at the Masjid are helping them to buy foodstuff, so that they can cook and eat,” she informed.The woman said they were informed that the owner of the fishing company was out of the country, and is expected back on Sunday, but it is unclear whether he would accede to the men’s request. However, she said the brothers at the masjid made contact with the Indonesian Embassy in neighbouring Suriname, and a representative is expected in Guyana on Monday to address the men’s situation.When contacted, State Minister Joseph Harmon told <> that he is yet to receive any information regarding the incident, and that he is unclear whether the embassy officials had contacted the Foreign Affairs Ministry. Further efforts to contact Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and Citizenship Minister Winston Felix proved futile.For now, the men remain in the compound of the masjid, and are being taken care of by members of the community in collaboration with the administration at the mosque. They dwell in the yard of the compound during the day, and at night they would sleep on mattresses in a section of the masjid.last_img read more

first_imgFriday, Feb 12, 2010 – Saturday, Feb 13, 2010  07.00 PMEcole Central Elementary Presents: Disney’s Aladdin Jr.North Peace Cultural CentreChildren & Family , Theatre & Performances Date Of EventName of EventVenue LocationEvent Type Friday, Feb 12, 2010 – Sunday, Feb 14, 2010  06.00 PMLadies BonspielFort St. John Curling ClubSports & Fitness, Dance , Food Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 – Sunday, Feb 14, 2010  01.00 PM – 08.00 PM2nd Annual Art Show & Sale of Local ArtistsSenior Citizens HallMarket , Art & Culture Friday, Feb 12, 2010 – Thursday, Feb 25, 2010 NP Care Centre Senior Olympics–Celebration ,Sports & Fitness Friday, Feb 12, 2010 – Saturday, Feb 13, 2010  07.00 PMTYZEN “Master of Suggestion”Lido TheatreFundraiser ,Theatre & Performances – Advertisement – Saturday, Feb 13, 2010  07.00 PMThe Lonely Hearts Club DinnerWhole Wheat & Honey CafeFood , Music Saturday, Feb 13, 2010  08.00 PMHuskies vs Whitecourt WolverinesNorth Peace ArenaSports & Fitness Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 02.00 PMPeace Passage Skating Club Ice ShowTaylor ArenaChildren & Family , Theatre & Performances, Sports & Fitnesscenter_img Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 02.00 PMHuskies vs Whitecourt WolverinesNorth Peace ArenaSports & Fitness Saturday, Feb 13, 2010  12.00 PMShare the Excitement @ The Lido TheatreLido TheatreFilm , Sports & Fitness Below is a list of community events taking place this weekend in Fort St. John Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 – Saturday, Feb 13, 2010  08.00 PM – 11.00 PMQuentin Reddy @ JD Fitzgerald’sJD Fitzgerald’s PubMusic Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 01.00 PMLove to SkateEnerplexChildren & Family ,Celebration ,Sports & Fitness Saturday, Feb 13, 2010  06.00 PMSunrise Rotary’s Sweetheart’s BallPomeroy Hotel & Conference CentreDance ,Fundraiser Friday, Feb 12, 2010 – Saturday, Feb 13, 2010  08.00 PMKenny Holliday: A Tribute to Rod Stewart & Bon JoviCasey’s PubMusic Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010 – Tuesday, Mar 9, 2010  04.00 PM – 09.00 PMAssistant Water Safety Instructor CourseNorth Peace Leisure PoolSports & Fitnesslast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool starlet Raheem Sterling would struggle to break into the first-team at some of the top clubs in Europe.That’s the view of former Reds star Jason McAteer, who has advised the 20-year-old to stay at Anfield this summer.Sterling has been linked with a move to a host of big names this summer, with Chelsea, Man City, Man United, Real Madrid and Barcelona all interested in his signature.The Anfield flyer has rejected a £100,000-a-week contract, which Brendan Rodgers described as ‘incredible’, earlier this season, and is believed to be weighing up his options.But McAteer has warned the England youngster, who has more than two years to run on his current deal, that he will not play should he move away from Merseyside at the end of the season.“I feel like I need to protect Raheem Sterling a bit,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “His agent is doing all of the damage. He’s the one who’s put him in front of the cameras.“Sterling’s a naive, quiet 20-year-old. He’s gone about his business very well over the last two seasons. He’s not been on the back pages for anything negative.“He’s been swayed by his agent, who’s probably told him there are a few clubs interested. He’s saying, ‘I can get you this or that’ and ‘you deserve this or that’.“The lad should concentrate on his football at the moment. He’s playing week in week out at Liverpool and is adored by the fans.“If I was to give him any advice it would be to stay where you are for a couple of seasons and learn your trade under Brendan Rodgers. There’s a good young team there at Liverpool.“If he went to Chelsea, Man City, Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich he’s not going to get in the team. He’s simply not going to play.“For his development, at his age, he needs to play. He’d get that at Liverpool. The money will come to you at 23 or 24.“You’re going to be on £150-200,000-a-week if you continue to develop the way you are. I’d sit on it, take what Liverpool are offering and develop there.”last_img read more

first_imgWith just five weeks to go, the people of Ramelton have a mountain to climb – or rather three!A dozen people from the Ramelton Town Band including instructors , parents and family members of Ramelton Town Band are to take on the challenge of climbing Croagh Patrick in Co.Mayo, Sleive Donard in Co. Down, and Mount Errigal in Co. Donegal on the 25th, 26th and 27th of April. The Three Peaks Challenge team has been in training since January where Joe and Amy Wilson of the Donegal Black Dragon Kickboxing Club in Letterkenny have been helping them raise their fitness levels for the challenge.As the weeks get closer the training is intensifying as they are out now at least once or twice a week climbing and hill walking around Donegal.Some of the team celebrated St Patricks Day by traveling to Co. Down and trotted up Sleive Donard , to see excatly what lies ahead of them all.there response to there fellow team members , was it was hard, very very hard , but they still did it and so they shall again. The team would like to invite everyone to join and support them on their climb up the last mountain – Mount Errigal here in Donegal. That takes place on Sunday the 27th of April , anyone interested please assemble at 10.30 am at Errigal car park. Donations on the day are kindly welcome. RAMELTON TOWN BAND HAS A MOUNTAIN (OR THREE!) TO CLIMB! was last modified: March 19th, 2014 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:RAMELTON TOWN BANDThree Peaks Challengelast_img read more

first_imgClash of the Clubs: The organising committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the Plaza Ballroom, each of the event sponsors, the boxers and trainers who have given up there time so freely, and especially those of you who have attended to support the event on Saturday night in aid of the Illies Community Development and Buncrana GAA. We hope that you enjoyed the entertainment on show.Congratulations: Congratulations to Lauryn Mulholland who came second in the All-Ireland Schools Talent Show at the Helix last weekend. Lauryn has already done herself and her family proud in the Ulster Scór finals, well done Lauryn. St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza: Buncrana GAA will be hosting our second annual Cultural Celebration throughout St. Patrick’s Day at the Scarvey. The day will start with football and hurling games for U12s on the pitches, followed by a cultural celebration for all the family with music, dance and drama and refreshments served between 5.00pm-7.00pm. Admission is free of charge and everyone is welcome. Our club members are also invited to take part in this years St. Patrick’s Day parade entry, which will be something different this year!Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Ceremony: Buncrana GAA Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday 30th March in the Inishowen Gateway. Tickets are priced at 25euro and are on sale now. Guest of honour will be our All-Ireland hero Ryan Bradley, and the Sam Maguire and Liam McCarthy cups will be in attendance. A great night is guaranteed! Senior and Reserve Football: Training will continue each Tuesday and Friday at 7.30pm and on Sundays at 11.00am. All new and returning players who are over the age of 16 and wish to play in Division 2 this year are invited to attend.Senior Ladies Football: Our Senior Ladies Footballers kickstart this years league campaign on Sunday at 12 midday when they will face Naomh Michael, Dunfanaghy at the Scarvey. All support is welcome, and don’t worry about the weather as our viewing area is open to all with tea and coffee available.Girls Football: Girls football training is on Monday night at 7.00pm sharp. Open to all girls from the ages of 9 to 16 years of age. New players are also welcome. Please bring your own water bottle.U8 Hurling: U8 Hurling will continue each Wednesday at 5.30-6.30pm in Crana College. Newcomers are always welcome to come along and learn the basic skills of Hurling in a fun, safe environment.U8 Football: U8 Football will continue on Friday at 6.30pm, new members are always welcome.U5 and U6 Gaelic Games: Under 5s and 6s sessions continues on Saturday mornings at 11.15am sharp in Crana College. The sessions are based on GAA Fundamentals; a Croke Park initiative based on European wide research aimed at bettering your child’s coordination (including hand eye) balance, agility and basic fitness in a fun filled environment. It is also an introduction into the basic skills of Gaelic games This is for children turning 5 or 6 years of age in 2013 and all are welcome.U14 Football: Buncrana U14 Footballers had a good win in a hard fought challenge game against Letterkenny Gaels, in what was a good all round team performance. The outstanding players were the free scoring Keith McDonagh and midfielder Odhran Mullan. Other players to impress were Peter O’Neill, John Murphy and Jack Lynch. Training continues Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30pm.Lotto: The winning numbers in the lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 5th March in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 4-9-10-12 There was no jackpot winner this week, however prizes of €20 go to each of the following participants:Pat McMyler, Grianan ParkBrian McGonagle, c/o BingoBobby McMenamin, L’kenny Susan O’Brien, SledrinDanny O’Brien, ClonbegClub Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on or @buncranagaaGAA NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB NOTES was last modified: March 11th, 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:buncrana gaa club noteslast_img read more

first_img WARNING Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Gotta say what a great atmosphere today, thought that Mumba was a class above, he’s gonna be one hell of a player #safc— Liam Sullivan (@LiamSullivan73) August 4, 2018 impact The teenager is still waiting for his GCSE results, but he caught the eye on his full debut, having made his first substitute appearance on the last day of last season.He was composed on the ball and always looking to get involved, even if he was clearly physically outmatched by the opposing Charlton players. REPLY Sunderland fans watched Mumba’s showing with interest, and many were impressed with the England youth international’s performance in their opening day victory.We collected some of the best tweets, and you can see the reaction below… Sunderland began life as a League One team with the latest of comeback wins over Charlton Athletic.Lynden Gooch headed home the winning goal in the sixth minute of injury time to secure all three points for Jack Ross’ side, after Josh Maja had earlier cancelled out Lyle Taylor’s opener. Mumba has been capped at youth level by England RIP Super computer predicts end of season Championship table Maguire rightfully man of the match. Thought Mumba had a quality game. Couple still to come back from injury, this is just the start.. haway the lads ❤️— Luke Morgan (@LukeMorgan96) August 4, 2018 ‘HORRENDOUS CUT’ Mumba didn’t look out of depth at all despite his age. Looked to change the flow of the game everytime he touched the ball.— Bradley (@Bradley_Safc) August 4, 2018 REVIEW Bali Mumba MOTM for me, have me babies @lyndengooch46— Jake (@mackemjake) August 4, 2018 Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer GREAT NEWS Bali Mumba doesn’t even look out of his depth.— Connor 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿⚽️ (@ConnorSAFC1994) August 4, 2018 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Bali Mumba to be England captain within 6 weeks. #safc— Joe Rowell (@JBRowell) August 4, 2018 revealed Ernie Hunt, scorer of famous ‘Donkey Kick’ goal for Coventry City, dies aged 75 Macclesfield buyer will ‘walk away’ if in-crisis club are hit with points deduction Most read in Football League West Brom fail to extend lead in Championship, Rowett wins first Millwall game stalemate 1 Awful Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Great result today, took a while to gel but got stronger as the game went on. Mumba was a different class considering how young he is. #safc— Daz (@darrenord) August 4, 2018 Glen Johnson reveals Saido Berahino’s toxic attitude in brutal five-minute chat Ladies and gentleman, it’s Mumba time! ⏰16-year-old Bali Mumba starts for the Lads this afternoon against @CAFCofficial.#SAFC #HawayTheLads— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) August 4, 2018It was a great day for everyone involved at the Stadium of Light, but, for one player in particular, this match will go down in history.Bali Mumba was selected by Ross to start the game in the centre of Sunderland’s midfield, despite being just 16 years of age – and having played only three minutes of competitive football in his entire career. Tell you what I’d say Mumba warrants a place in the starting 11 next game #SAFC— Dylan Parry (@dylanparry02) August 4, 2018 Bali mumba man of the match by a mile. What a player— John (@woodylad83) August 4, 2018 Forest Green keeper reveals gruesome injury after taking boot to the face Didn’t play very well but it’s a winning start. Much better second half when we went to 3 at the back. Massive credit to Bali Mumba, 16yr old and didn’t look out of place. Fantastic moment for @lyndengooch46 aswell. Totally deserved that goal. #safc— Kevin (@Kevsafc22) August 4, 2018last_img read more

first_imgPhat Kiidz are three best friends from Donegal who were brought together by their love of hip-hop to form a music group.The members are Happymore Mutyoro (Hapz), Samuel Kasenga (Sam) and Ndoda Madolo (Doda Jawn).The three artists were born in different parts of Africa – namely Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. In July 2016 they released their breakthrough hit of the summer GAA Jersey along with Goats Don’t Shave’s Pat Gallagher. The GAA Jersey single and video received more than 100,000 views on YouTube and received huge reviews. They also got a call from RTE to perform on The Late Late Show. This winter, Phat Kiidz released their long-awaited EP – Long Lane Mixtape. With tunes such as Letterkenny, the trio are putting their hometown on the map in the hip-hop world.The group will also host their Home Grown mixtape launch in An Grianan Theatre on November 25th, where they are promising an unmissable night of entertainment. This is Phat Kiidz’ Donegal…My Donegal….What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Sam: Bundoran. We used to go a lot in the summers when we were young for swimming and surfing in the sea. It’s a childhood memory. If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be? Hapz: I’d say bring back the train links to major cities, Dublin, Galway etc.Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?Doda: We look up to other young unsigned artists in our community, doing the same as we doing. They keep us motivated, and love what we are doing.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner? Hapz: Packie BonnerWhat has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Sam: Winning the 2012 All-Ireland. There was a big party in Donegal for about a month. What has been the biggest compliment you’ve ever received?Doda: That Phat Kiidz are going to change the world. What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Sam: Kinnegar Craft BeerWho is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?Hapz: Dan O’Donnell – great artist, great guy, songs like “Donegal Shore” and “Home to Donegal” represent the county well.Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Doda: Jason Black. He runs a very successful business and does a lot for charity. In fact he came and spoke at one of our events “Be Well Week” through the Donegal youth service. And he’s the first Donegal man to climb Everest. Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Sam: Packie Bonner – legend, known all around. What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Hapz: Stateside – good burgers, good ribs. Overall good food.Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Doda: Golden eagles What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?Doda: “The craic’s ninety”What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?Sam: In my opinion increasing population. It means there needs to be enough services for everyone. But these issues are being dealt with I’m sure. What is your favourite Donegal food?Hapz: Football Special cheesecake.Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Sam: Nothing at all. Do you have a favourite local band?Doda: Of recent Goats Don’t Shave. They were a massive collaboration in the summer. Their new album “Turf Man Blues” is good also. If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?Hapz: With a million euros I would invest in youth clubs around Donegal. Get more young people involved and changing our society. For they are the future generation.What has been the most exciting moment of your career so far?Doda: Late Late Show for sure. Being on national TV, watched by hundreds of thousands of people was a moment we will never forget. And also putting on a show our mothers were proud of was the highlight of our young career. Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?Sam: Proud of the GAA team. It’s one big family, everyone in the county is supportive, and they are great sportsmen.My Donegal… with Donegal’s number one rap trio Phat Kiidz was last modified: November 8th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts If you want to give your kid every opportunity to succeed, it’s hard to argue with teaching them to code. Some of the wealthiest and most influential people of our time began programming young, and who wouldn’t want that kind of future for our kids?Yesterday, we reviewed Hopscotch, an iPad app that teaches children the basics of any modern programming language. However, that’s just one of the many options out there. Here are six free tools to get kids excited about code. Whether she’s 5 or 15, and whether she wants to learn Ruby or Java, there’s something here just for her:Scratch Age range: 8 and up Language: Original visual programming languagePlatform: Browser-basedWith over 3 million uploaded user projects, Scratch is undeniably popular. The visual language and interface was created at MIT Media Labs to get kids coding early, even if they can’t yet understand the complicated syntax that makes up written computer languages. In order to use it, kids just log onto the site and start dragging and dropping sprites and blocks of code. The results look something like early Flash projects.Since Scratch is a Turing-complete computer language, anything that kids can imagine, they can build.Alice Age range: 8 and up Language: Original object-oriented 3D programming languagePlatform: Windows, Mac, or Linux downloadAlice was designed by researchers at the University of Virginia as a gentle introduction to object-oriented programming. Its namesake, the Lewis Carroll heroine, stresses the researchers’ emphasis on making coding appealing to young girls. In Alice, draggable blocks of text instantly affect 3D sprites in a virtual world. Kids can test programs while that they create them, watching the sprites change in real time as they manipulate the block statements.Daisy the Dinosaur Age range: 5 to 8 Language: Basic logicPlatform: iPadThis program has the youngest audience of the list. Created by the makers of Hopscotch, this iPad app teaches the basics of programming logic in a way even kindergartners can understand. Kids can use ultra-basic blocks in order to animate Daisy the Dinosaur. Just drag one-word commands like “roll,” “jump,” and “grow,” into the programming space, and press play. Players can see a direct relationship between the commands they assign and the actions Daisy takes.Hackety-Hack Age range: 13 and up Language: RubyPlatform: Mac downloadTwo years ago, ReadWrite has reviewed Hackety-Hack as Ruby “for the absolute beginner.” Since then, it’s been recommended as an ideal introduction for teens. With cute graphics and simple explanations, teens can learn Ruby even if they’ve never touched another programming language before. The interface is divided into two screens, an “editor” for inputting commands and testing programs, and a lesson that clarifies the code in plain English. After the tutorial, users create and share basic games and programs.Code Monster Age range: 9 to 14 Language: JavaScriptPlatform: Browser-basedTo the uninitiated, technology can look a lot like magic. Code Monster takes away the complexities of writing JavaScript and leaves just that. It was created by Greg Linden, who wanted to teach his own kids how to code.This split screen tutorial places JavaScript on the left of the screen and images on the right. When kids alter the variables on the script side, the images transform instantly in response. Under the instruction of a friendly monster sprite, each new lesson brings new colors and shapes to the right side of the screen. Plus, the editor remembers your progress, directing you to the last lesson you completed each time you reopen the program.Codecademy Age range: 12 and up Language: Beginning programming syntaxPlatform: Browser-based.Codecademy has been touted as the tutorial to teach anyone to code, even disenfranchised populations, and yes, even preteens. It lacks the cartoony sprites and colorful interface of any of the other kid-targeted tutors on the list, but it’s still friendly and simple to grasp.Through Codecademy, kids as young as 12 can get started in Python, Ruby, PHP, HTML, or JavaScript, even APIs. The tutorial is also trying to expand its appeal to young beginning programmers with its After-School Programming effort, encouraging students and educators to start a programing club at their schools.Did we miss a programming tool your kid loves to use? Let us know in the comments.Image courtesy of Shutterstock Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Tags:#developers#education#kids#learn to code#women in tech center_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? lauren orsini Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

first_imgThe Pune Rural police late on Tuesday arrested a 71-year-old man and retrieved a large quantity of bomb-making material and explosives from his hut in the district’s Junnar tehsil. The accused, Rajaram Abhang, was residing in a shanty in Junnar’s Pimpalwandi village.According to authorities, the police, acting on a tip-off, raided the home of the accused and seized explosive-making material including a large quantity of gunpowder, equipment for making pipe bombs, two country-made electric gun machines, weapons like swords and javelins, and no less than 59 detonator parts.The arrest and discovery of a huge cache of bomb-making materiel just ahead of the general elections created ripples throughout the Junnar area.This is not the first that the suspect has been in police custody. “He [Abhang] was involved in an explosion in 2003 in which he allegedly tried to kill his wife after suspecting her of keeping illicit relations. But the plot misfired and Abhang was arrested and subsequently served time in Yerwada prison,” said an official of the Pune Rural police.The accused has been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act, said the police.The authorities are probing whether he received any training and if the explosives were meant for any nefarious purpose.last_img read more

first_imgSaira Rao was the kind of law student destined for a successful legal career. Several years spent prior to law school as a news producer gave Rao the confidence to speak up in the notoriously intimidating law school environment. Good grades helped her land a prestigious appellate clerkship on the Third Circuit after graduation. Rao settled into an office at one of New York City’s top law firms with an expansive view of downtown Manhattan. Ranjini Ettigi: “I know that I can always go back to the school but that the chance to create a singing career was now or never.”From the outside, her life was enviable.Rao, however, quickly had a revelation about her legal career: not only was she dispassionate about the law, she didn’t feel that she was particularly good at it, either. It’s hard to know whether her perceived workplace failures stemmed from a lack of talent as opposed to a lack interest in the law. Regardless, Rao knew that she had to make a change.“I knew that the law wasn’t right for me, but it’s hard to contemplate a career change after investing so much money and time into a chosen profession,” she says.Though it took her over two and half years to leave her firm, it took nearly seven years for her to realize a dream she had secretly nurtured. “I knew for years that I wanted to write a novel, but it seemed like I never had the perfect idea, the right amount of time, or perhaps the courage to start on an entirely new track,” she says.Ironically, it was Rao’s exposure to the legal system that inspired her first novel that debuted this past summer, titled Chambermaid. The novel follows protagonist Sheila Raj, a recent graduate of South Asian decent from a top law school, to her clerkship for a notoriously mean-spirited judge. The premise seems autobiographical, although Saira maintains that the story was collectively inspired by the experiences of many clerks she met while working for her judge.She wrote the novel’s first draft after taking a position at her firm with fewer hours, giving her time to write, though she admits it was hard to cut back at work. “I knew taking myself off of ‘partner’ track at the firm would give me the chance to pursue what I love, but I still found it hard to actually take that plunge. Just being a lawyer meant I had already succeeded, but writing a first novel meant I had to confront the possibility of failure,” she says. Marci Alboher: Slashers are a personality type.Now touring across country for Chambermaid and planning a second book, Rao has successfully transitioned from the law to writing. But fellow author Cathy Stocker is not surprised by young adults, like Rao, who never pursue their dream careers. Stocker’s research shows that high-achieving students are often dissatisfied at work, particularly in entry-level positions, but often don’t know how to find a career they are passionate about.As co-author of the Quarterlife Crisis Companion, Stocker has researched the dissatisfaction many adults feel with their jobs and devised practical tools to help people find passion at work. According to her research, one of the main sources of career discontent for high-achieving students is that happiness is unlikely to accompany the most prestigious and lucrative professions.Though it may seem obvious, some of the most vocal complaints of dispassionate employees come from professions like finance and law, where Indian Americans are well-represented. Outsiders have a hard time empathizing with the complaints, believing that money fairly compensates for the work. Marci Alboher: “Slashers are a personality type.”But Stocker believes that the media has unfairly characterized the sense of “entitlement” that the new generation of workers wants in the form of passion and fulfillment from their work. “We work longer hours than ever and this generation has to contend with technology like blackberries and laptops that signal the death of the 9-5 workweek.” Darshak Sanghavi: Some medical centers were only interested in medical research scholarship, not health journalism, so it was a matter of finding the right environment where they were excited to support my writing openly.She also notes that with college and graduate school admissions more competitive than ever, children are raised not only to be good students, but also community volunteers and enthusiastic hobbyists. “Employers demand resumes that include years of mentoring children and playing an instrument, so it’s not surprising that employees are confused, and ultimately disheartened, when they find that their job allots no time for pursuit of these commitments outside of work.”For some adults, however, the search for a fulfilling career is less about getting off the beaten career track to discover a passion and more about fighting to keep an interest alive. Rising R&B singer Ranjini Ettigi trained in classical Indian song and dance with lessons from her mother during her childhood in Richmond, Va. Singing onstage in a high-musical, however, Ettigi was struck by her overwhelming desire to pursue singing professionally. “I was so nervous before I got onstage, but as soon as the spotlight turned on, the anxiety disappeared and I was so happy. The nervousness was replaced by the realization that I loved performing enough to make it my life.”Her family, however, was adamant that Ettigi delay plans to enter the entertainment industry until after college. She soon found herself a freshman at New York University.It was Ettigi’s unhappiness with college, however, that caught the interest of a fellow passenger she sat next to on a flight during spring break. The casual conversation quickly turned to Ettigi’s passion for singing. The passenger was friends with music producer Quincy Patrick of Qwilite Entertainment and offered to put her in touch.Ettigi didn’t hesitate to audition: “I thought that the chance of meeting someone on a flight like this was a sign that I should take a chance on pursuing what I really love.” Navin Kulsheshtra: “I couldn’t be happier when I realized that the answer to career happiness was having the courage to trust that voice inside my head that said to follow my dreams.A successful audition led Ettigi to join an all-female singing group that eventually led to a solo career now headed toward the release of her debut album. Ettigi left NYU after two years of college, but says that her parents are fully supportive of her career.“Our community stresses conventional education and careers which works for a lot of people, but it just wasn’t right for me. I know that I can always go back to the school but that the chance to create a singing career was now or never,” Ettigi says in hindsight, satisfied with her decision.For some Indian Americans, however, satisfying the parental expectation of college and even graduate studies contributes to the pursuit of their passion, or at least diminish the risks. Maulik Pancholy an Indian American actor with roles on Showtime’s black comedy hit Weeds and NBC’s primetime 30 Rock, says he knew from a young age that acting was his passion. Nevertheless, his parents encouraged him to acquire “practical” skills at college, so he majored in business at Northwestern University. After graduation, Pancholy found steady, lucrative acting work in Los Angeles, but decided to take a break and enroll as a graduate student at the Yale School of Drama.At the time, Pancholy believed that it was essential to professionally train in his chosen craft, though on reflection he acknowledges a slight cultural significance to his enrollment as well. “I never thought about my time at Yale this way, but a small element may have been the desire to satisfy some cultural requirement of graduate education. My parents were always comfortable with my decision to be an actor, but I think that going to school subconsciously showed how committed I was to the profession,” he says.LEADING A DOUBLE LIFE Maulik Pancholy: “I never thought about my time at Yale this way, but a small element may have been the desire to satisfy some cultural requirement of graduate education.” For many Indian Americans, however, pursuing their “dream” career is either not practical, or something they would love if they worked on it full-time. Instead, they pursue their passion part time or as a hobby. One job provides financial security, the other fulfills a passion. Sometimes, the dual careers offer ways to blend two diverse interests instead of forsaking one.Marci Alboher, a columnist for the small business section of the New York Times and author of One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success, has coined the terms “slashers” for the people balancing multiple careers. Slashers are all around us, Marci notes: it is commonplace for modern entertainment moguls to sing, act, and design fashion lines. Prominent members of the Indian American community like Sanjay Gupta and Atul Gawande have active medical practices balanced with their television and writing careers, respectively.“Slashers are a personality type,” Marci says, noting that many of the subjects in her book had always excelled at multiple tasks. “They are often the kids in school that could not only be good students, but also be active on school council and play a sport or instrument,” she says. The profiles in her book range from a police officer/landscaper to a Baptist minister/lawyer that can inspire readers to recognize that choosing a profession does not necessarily signal the end of hobbies or passions. Instead, this personality type likely fares better by having multiple outlets, avoiding the “burnout” that results from an intense, singularly focused career.Darshak Sanghavi is a typical slash story. The Johns Hopkins and Harvard-trained pediatric cardiologist is currently assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He also regularly contributes to the New York Times, Parents Magazine, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and the Today Show – and has a critically acclaimed book to boot. His resume may be the cause of professional envy, but ironically Sanghavi never intended to be writer. Instead, he explains that he fell into the profession by accident in 1997, during his first year of medical residency in Boston. He became interested in what he considered the inadequate reporting on the medical aspects of the trial of a British au pair accused and eventually convicted of killing an eight-month old baby in her charge. When the media didn’t get the medical facts right, he decided to tackle the story himself. Saira Rao: “I knew that the law wasn’t right for me, but it’s hard to contemplate a career change after investing so much money and time into a chosen profession.Sanghavi published his article in small journal and began to write more regularly. Later, a chance meeting with an agent led to an unanticipated book deal, which in turn led to more high-profile assignments. Ultimately, the willingness to indulge his curiosity uncovered a latent interest-and talent- in writing. He now balances his medical practice with time dedicated to writing, a special employment arrangement that was created for him enthusiastically by the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.Like other slashers, however, Sanghavi had to search for an employer that would allow him to balance his medical career with time for writing; some medical centers scoffed at the idea. “Some medical centers were only interested in medical research scholarship, not health journalism, so it was a matter of finding the right environment where they were excited to support my writing openly,” he says. In his current job, Mondays are dedicated solely to writing.Alboher says that this is a valuable lesson for slashers: sometimes the ability to pursue multiple career interests comes at the expense of getting off the fast track of their primary career or sacrificing elements of prestige. “You don’t find a lot of company CEO’s leading a slash life for a reason,” Alboher says. Careers that require a singular focus and time dedication do not have the flexibility necessary to lead a second career on the side, though she is careful to note that this does not preclude people pursuing traditional “power careers” such as medicine, law, or finance from leading a slash life.“Medicine is actually a great slash profession since many of the specialties have ‘shift’ work where the hours are fixed in advance, allowing for people to have control over their time off,” Alboher says. Consulting is another profession well suited to the slash life since it often allows for project-based work that provides a measure of independence. Sandeep Sood, co-creator of popular Badmash and new Doubtsourcing online comic strips supports his creations with bcm, a design and development firm based in San Francisco and Chandigarh. Despite the success of Badmash and Doubtsourcing, Sood never intended to pursue comic strip creation full-time, but like many slashers, enjoys having a flexible career so that he can devote enough time to watch it thrive. Other professions popular with Indian Americans, like finance and law, are only now beginning to accommodate slashers. “These fields have lagged behind medicine in some ways because of the inflexibility of billable hour requirements and client demands,” Alboher says. But she notes that slashers reap the rewards of new part-time and telecommuting arrangements that working mothers demanded a decade ago from these traditional professions, allowing for more reduced work schedules. In fact, women in general are more likely to practice slash careers because they are used to non-linear career paths, Alboher notes. “Women tend to see careers as having periods of time when things are revved up and other times that cool down, often because of family, and therefore they gravitate more naturally to slash careers.”At its core, leading a slash life is one way people can add passion to their careers, but it may also mean reducing hours at the firm or in the research lab to make room for a second career. The arrangement can threaten chances of making partner or chief researcher. For a community full of high-achievers accustomed to continually climbing the ladder of success, it can be hard to step off.But you should trust your instinct, says Navin Kulsheshtra, founder of the visual communications company Devi Studios. He had always dreamed of being a doctor, but knew after spending semesters of college Johns Hopkins that a life of science was not for him. “I knew it was not right for me, but trusted my gut and withdrew my medical school applications,” he says. The decision was in many ways hardest on his mother, who like many Indian parents, valued the stability associated with the medical profession. “I knew, though, from my years at the research lab that being a doctor wouldn’t allow me to travel and that was a priority for me.” Sandeep Sood never intended to pursue comic strip creation full-time, but like many slashers, enjoys having a flexible career so that he can devote enough time to watch it thrive.The honesty with himself paid off. He learned to create websites as a mobile way to support his travels across the world. He recently founded Devi Studios as a website design company that also supports his budding documentary filmmaking career and pays off his master’s degree debt. He lived off a small budget and sought out a community of like-minded friends that encouraged him along the way. His mother is now the studio’s proudest supporter. “I couldn’t be happier,” Kulsheshtra says, “when I realized that the answer to career happiness was having the courage to trust that voice inside my head that said to follow my dreams.” Finding Your Passion Requires a Trip to the BankMoney is one of the primary reasons that people are unable to pursue their dream careers. Today, the average college graduate leaves school with nearly $18,000 in debt and at least $63,000 for professional studies, according to the American Council of Education. For some young adults, starting salaries may not even be enough to cover both living expenses and debt payments. For those who undertake graduate education, the additional debt may severely limit their career choices after graduation. “Parents, educators, and society at large encourage our youth to be passionate about the work we do, but the financial reality of educational debt is that our youngest employees are working long hours at jobs they aren’t excited about or challenged at in order to pay back exorbitant debt,” says Cathy Stock, co-author of the Quarterlife Crisis Companion.Financial stability is certainly a major factor for any unhappy worker considering a career change. Sandip Roy, editor for New America Media in San Francisco and host of a weekly radio show “Up Front,” transitioned out of a decade long career in Silicon Valley to journalism. He recalls that the financial instability triggered by the transition contributed to his anxiety regarding the career switch. “One challenge was to turn writing, which had always been a hobby, into a career and I worried whether I would lose the passion for it now that I depended on it to support myself. The second was money. How I was going to have to live in order to make ends meet and if I could really afford my ‘dream’ career.”Stock says that financial planning and management should be a primary concern for all adults seeking fulfilling careers. It may add more work to their already busy schedule, but the research can help avoid financial surprises or workplace boredom in the long run. Succeeding in Slash CareerBuilding a “Slash” career by nurturing multiple interests is one way to combine passion with practicality.  Below are some of New York Times columnist Marci Alboher’s tips on creating a slash career from her book One Person, Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success.• Take advantage of countless ways to try out something new without leaving your current job by identifying free time that you have, whether weekends, evenings, and summers, to enroll in a course, start a training program, or sample a new profession.• Writing, teaching, speaking, and consulting are the “black pants” of the slash wardrobe because they can go with everything.• Having a slash – something you are trained to do, something that gives you joy and pleasure – can be a wonderful luxury if your primary vocation is less than what you hoped for.• Sometimes taking yourself off of the “fast track” in your primary career opens the door to building a second one. As an added benefit, you might avoid the burnout and narrowness of focus that often plague the highest achievers in a given field. When Misery Means More than WorkFeeling dispassionate about work is certainly natural for every working person, according to Dr. Aruna Jha, a researcher and clinician at the University of Illinois at Chicago. However, prolonged periods of misery and inability to focus on activities that bring happiness may be indicative of a larger problem. A founder of the Asian American Suicide Prevention Initiative, a pan-Asian organization of activists and health professionals, Jha discovered that Asian Americans had significantly higher rates of suicide compared to the general population at large.Jha says that the enormous pressure many Asian Americans feel regarding career and status is a major cause of depression that can ultimately lead to suicide, for which men are at particular risk. “South Asian men are actually more at risk for attempting and completing suicide and some, like the recent suicide by a young Indian American stockbroker who was laid off, are due to the pressure men feel to be a ‘provider’ in order to be considered successful and attractive to women,” she says.Magnifying the problem is the inability of the Asian community at large to acknowledge mental health issues. “There is a stigma in the Asian-American community regarding mental health and South Asians are far less likely to seek treatment for mental health problems, which can have terrible consequences,” Jha explains.Ironically, Asian American children are more likely than their Caucasian peers to pursue the arts during their childhood, making it easier for some to envision a dualistic career. “It is not uncommon to see an Asian child be both a violin maestro and get into medical school,” Jha says, and “and we don’t discuss the pressure to make the pragmatic choice between two competing interests.”Pressure to confine an interest in the arts into a “hobby” creates a situation that forces multitalented Indian Americans to lose a sense of control over their choices and feel that the there is no possibility of pursuing an artistic career beyond a hobby. Ultimately, it is the “either/or mentality that is the dangerous thought pattern that can lead to depression or suicide,” says. Jha. “Believing that, whatever career one chooses, ‘either I succeed or I am a failure’ is the statement that should ring a bell in the minds of friends and family.” Related Itemslast_img read more