Warrican hurts Lankans but Windies stumble

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, CMC – Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican snatched four wickets on debut to help inspire a Sri Lanka collapse but West Indies then lost opener Shai Hope to stumble to the close on a sluggish opening day of the pivotal second Test, when 12 wickets tumbled. Opting to bat first, Sri Lanka folded in the final hour at the P Sara Oval for 200, with only Milinda Siriwardana showing any major resistance with 68. Rangana Herath, batting at number nine, ended on 26 not out while first Test century-maker Dinesh Chandimal chipped in with 25. The 23-year-old Warrican, brought in for pacer Shannon Gabriel in the only change from the Galle Test, finished with four for 67 and was supported by seamers Jason Holder (2-22) and Jerome Taylor (2-50). However, Sri Lanka hit back in the 32 deliveries possible before bad light ended play, prising out the right-handed Hope for four, as West Indies reached 17 for one. Hope perished to the final delivery of the opening over, missing one from seamer Dhammika Prasad that came back and to be trapped plumb in front, with the score on seven. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite, unbeaten on four and nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo, five, then kept the Sri Lankan bowlers at bay until play ended prematurely with just over 16 overs remaining. Sri Lanka had earlier started poorly, losing Kaushal Silva without scoring to the fourth delivery of the day with just a single run on the board, caught at the wicket off Taylor – a decision only given after the Windies opted for review. In a session which saw only 21 overs bowled, the hosts lost wickets steadily to decline to 59 for four at lunch, with another first Test century-maker Dimuth Karunaratne (13), debutant Kusal Mendis (13) and captain Angelo Mathews (14) all falling cheaply. Skipper Holder, in the second over of his first spell, trapped the left-handed Karunaratne leg before wicket on the stroke of the first hour with one that shaped in and three balls later in the next over, Roach ended Mendis? first Test innings meekly when he had the right-hander caught at the wicket playing a loose stroke. Mendis was originally given not out but had the decision overturned on review. West Indies then ended the session on a high when Holder knocked over his opposite number, Mathews for 14 in the final over before lunch, caught at second slip by Brathwaite pushing defensively.last_img read more

More sports in brief

first_imgAussies make one change HOBART, Australia (CMC): Australia have named uncapped fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile in a 12-man squad for the first Test against West Indies in Hobart. The Western Australian pacer has been selected in place of the injured Mitchell Starc, who is out for the rest of the Australian summer after suffering a stress fracture in his right foot during the third Test against New Zealand in Adelaide. The first Test in the three-match series starts at Bellerive Oval on December 10. Australia squad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner (vice-captain), Joe Burns, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Adam Voges. T&T’s new football president PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): David John-Williams is the new president of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) following general elections here on Sunday. John-Williams, boss of top T&T side W Connection, defeated incumbent Raymond Tim Kee 25 votes to 19 after the second round of voting. After the first round of a hotly contested election, John-Williams earned 18 votes to Tim Kee’s 13, while the other presidential contender, Clynt Taylor, got eight. The other two presidential candidates, Selby Browne and Ramesh Ramdhan, were eliminated by virtue of each receiving just three votes. “I will lead from the front and set an example,” declared John-Williams. “If I have to pick up papers for T&T football, I will do that.” WICB supports Narine ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): The West Indies Cricket Board has given Sunil Narine its full backing after the beleaguered off-spinner was on Sunday banned from bowling in international cricket because of an illegal action. Director of cricket, Richard Pybus, said the board would fully support Narine during his rehabilitation and backed the Trinidadian to bounce back from the latest blow to his career. “We will be offering our support to Sunil as he does the remedial work on his bowling action. I know the time and effort he has put in to do this work previously, and I am sure this will just deepen his resolve to come back a better bowler,” said Pybus. No positive tests at Rugby World Cup LONDON (AP): Organisers say no positive tests have been recorded from nearly 500 doping samples collected during the Rugby World Cup. Tournament organisers announced the results yesterday of the “intelligence-led, targeted” drug-testing program during the World Cup, which was played in England and Wales from September 18 to October 31. World Rugby says 468 urine and blood tests were carried out across all 20 teams, with 200 in-competition samples and 268 out-of-competition. World Rugby says “the program has recorded no adverse analytical findings to date”. Samples were analysed at the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory at King’s College in London. Samples will be stored for possible future re-analysis.last_img read more

LNOC 2014 Retreat, Congress Friday

first_imgA two-day retreat and congress of the Liberia National Olympics Committee (LNOC) begins today at the Liberia Baptist Youth Camp on the Robertsfield highway, outside Monrovia.The LNOC is the local Olympics sports body with 18 sporting associations as members and some individual membership.The 2014 retreat and congress were could not be held last year due to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).Presidents and Secretary Generals of 16 sporting associations, individual members and the press are expected to attend.The Volleyball and Lawn Tennis Associations have not been invited because of suspension and unresolved leadership crisis – howbeit, the Rufus Anderson’s leadership of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) is still recognized.The President of the LNOC, Philipbert Brown, told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview via mobile phone yesterday, that Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe, Deputy Sports Minister Henry Yonton and other sports officials are expected to participate in the retreat.“Youth and Sports Minister Nagbe would lit the retreat’s camp fire and participate in the discussions of the retreat,” Mr. Brown said. “Each member would be given at least 30 minutes to explain his or her activities, prospect and challenges.”Congress will follow Friday’s retreat on Saturday.“Arrival will be on Friday by 6:00p.m and departure is Saturday after congress,” LNOC Assistant Secretary General Fred Pratt said.This year’s retreat and congress will mark the 2nd year of Mr. Brown’s 3rd term – each term is four years.Mr. Brown, who was the LNOC’s Vice President for Technical Affairs, became President of the LNOC in 2005.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gym instructor charged for stabbing sister

first_imgA gym instructor, who allegedly stabbed his sister to her chest, was on Wednesday slapped with a wounding charge and brought before a Magistrate at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Twenty-three-year-old Darius Ramsammy, of Castello Housing Scheme, Georgetown, denied the allegation put to him by Magistrate Fabayo Azore.It is alleged that he stabbed Donatta Bobb to her right-side chest on June 16, 2018.However, Ramsammy claimed that he acted in self-defence as he was attacked by Bobb. The prosecution had no objections to bail being granted as the case file is still incomplete.As such, bail was granted in the sum of $50,000. The case will continue on July 18.last_img

Attempted Murder in Dawson Creek

first_imgBy Energeticcity.ca StaffThe Dawson Creek RCMP are investigating an attempted murder.On January 29th, 2010, at approximately 3am, the Dawson Creek RCMP were called to a residential address after receiving a report of a stabbing.- Advertisement -The victim, a man in his 30’s, was transported to hospital prior to police arrival.  Police attended the residence and located the suspect inside.  He was arrested and remains in police custody pending a court appearance next week.The victim underwent emergency surgery for stab wounds to his neck, torso, arm and leg.  He is currently recovering in the Dawson Creek Hospital. Police are continuing to investigate and will not be releasing any further details at this time.Advertisementlast_img


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Around Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – City Hall and both libraries in Whittier will be closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day.The City Council unanimously approved the closures from Dec. 25 to Jan. 2.Other city facilities, including the Community and Senior centers and Palm Park, will remain open during this period. Daily News offers `Helping Hands’ WHITTIER – Once again, this newspaper will be offering free assistance to nonprofit organizations throughout our area.Starting Dec. 1 and running through Christmas, the “Helping Hands” feature will give local nonprofits the ability to get the word out about their special needs during the holiday season.Send your organization’s name, address, phone number/e-mail address, nonprofit tax ID number, a brief description of what your group does and your wish list to Helping Hands, 1210 N. Azusa Canyon Road, West Covina, CA 91790. Graves students in `Mad Scientist’ WHITTIER – Drama Club students at Richard L. Graves Middle School, 13243 Los Nietos Road, will perform the play “The Misadventures of a Mad Scientist” at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.The one-act comedic play delves into the ethical questions revolving around manipulating human DNA.Admission is $1; children under 5 are free. Call(562) 944-0135, Ext. 317. Donations sought for Army unit LA HABRA – The city is asking the community to donate items to send to its adopted military unit, Charlie Company 426, currently stationed in Iraq.Collection bins will be available at the city’s annual tree-lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Dec 3 at City Hall, 201 W. La Habra Blvd.A bin will also be placed in the lobby of City Hall every Monday for convenient donation drop-off.A complete list of items needed is on the city’s Web site at www.ci.la-habra.ca.us.Visitors to the site will also find pictures of Charlie Company 426 and a letter home.Call (562) 905-9700. Terzian to sign her latest book GLENDALE – A book-signing is scheduled for Whittier librarian Mary Terzian on at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Barnes and Noble Bookstore, 245 N. Glendale Ave., Glendale.The signing is for Terzian’s recently published book, “The Immigrants’ Daughter,” a compendium of memoirs from her Egyptian diary during World War II and after.Terzian is also a member of the Writers’ Club of Whittier. For more information, call (562) 696-5102. Evans to speak at prayer breakfast WHITTIER – Vince Evans, former quarterback for USC and the Oakland Raiders, will be the keynote speaker at the 26th annual YMCA Christmas Prayer Breakfast at 6:55 a.m. Friday at the Radisson in Uptown Whittier.Evans was USC’s starting quarterback during the 1977 season. After graduating, he played professionally until 1995. The Evans family now lives in Whittier.Sponsors of the breakfast are Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital and the Rose Hills Foundation. Tickets are $15 each and can be reserved by calling (562) 907-2727. Auto Club Office begins fund-raiser WHITTIER – To celebrate its “Vacation Paradise” entry in the Rose Parade, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Whittier office is holding a fund-raising campaign through the end of the year to benefit Orthopedic Hospital in Los Angeles, provider of orthopedic services to children.A stuffed tropical bird toy will be given to all who make a donation of $5 or more at the Whittier Auto Club office, 8522 S. Painter Ave. Call (562) 698-3721. From staff reportslast_img

Finlay to drum up lots of fans on Late Late Toy Show!

first_imgA young Rathmullan boy has bagged the opportunity of a lifetime when he appears on RTE’s Late Late Toy Show this Friday night in front of a television audience of 1.3 million viewers.At the tender age just 7, Finlay Sheridan plans to grab the opportunity with both hands.Report by Dionne Meehan Finlay made his debut playing with dad Daniel and brother Evan in their band ‘My Generation’, at Rathmullan’s Community Festival during the summer.Just days after he amazed the crowds at the festival, the band were asked to play on BBC Radio Foyle’s Mark Patterson show.Finlay was the first-ever drummer to play in their brand-new studio.After Finlay’s performance went viral, mum Rachel decided to send a video of him practising the drums at their home into the Toy Show. Finlay with his dad Daniel and little brother, also named Daniel.His delighted mum Rachel told Donegal Daily “On October 23, we travelled to Donnybrook to the RTE Studios, where he auditioned for the Toy Show.”“RTE contacted us a week and a half later to tell us he got through.”Over 5,000 acts apply each year so Finlay was up against thousands of other talented children from all over Ireland.Only 2% of those that apply, get through to the auditions.For Finlay to make it to the live show is an outstanding achievement. However, Finlay’s mum Rachel said you couldn’t excite him.“Finlay’s not nervous at all, he’s as cool as a cucumber and taking it all in his stride,” she said.Finlay grew up with music all around him as he is part of a talented family of musicians.His big brother Evan has been playing the bass guitar since he was 8 years old and started playing in the band with his dad Daniel when he was 13. Finlay and his family will travel to Dublin on Wednesday as there are rehearsals on Thursday ahead of the main event on Friday night.The Late Late Toy Show airs on RTE 1 on Friday November 29 at 9:35pm.Finlay to drum up lots of fans on Late Late Toy Show! was last modified: November 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:drummerFinlay SheridanLate Late ShowRathmullanRTElast_img read more

Thinking of the farm as a business

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn and bean basis has remained strong, or even slightly improved for April delivery, even with the recent futures rally. This likely indicates limited farmer selling and/or good demand. It’s been a while since we’ve seen this type of market situation, and it suggests potentially higher prices going forward.I expect the 2018 marketing year to be much different than 2017, but I have my plan in place ready to take advantage of opportunities that become available. In order to do this effectively, it’s imperative to know my breakeven price. Several Midwest universities have published their corn and bean breakeven cost structures for various farmers across the Midwest. While I may disagree with a few line items on their budgets, their overall numbers are values that I think is a reasonable level for the average farmer to use as a goal for their own budgets. Thinking of the farm as a businessI suggest that farmers look at their farm operation as a large company with multiple profit centers working to a common goal. Each profit center must “pull its own weight” without drawing profits from other divisions. Successful farmers understand each profit center independently and how it maximizes profit for the farm operation.There are four large divisions (some with smaller subsets) that I look at:Land ownershipCustom machine operationsGrain storage facilityFarmer. Land ownershipSince farmers are naturally passionate about working the land, this is where I see the most “cheating.” I ask all my clients, “Are you paying yourself a fair market rental price for use of your own land?” In theory, some farmers could spend all of their time on the beach, while renting out all of their farmland. Considering the typical farmer’s mentality, few think like this, but they should. The most successful operations understand the profit from land ownership comes from a long-term investment.This long-term investment could have been made when the land was purchased 20 years ago at cheaper values or recently at higher prices. Either way there is a fair market rental price based upon the local market conditions for every farm out there. From the start of budget preparations this rental value needs to be calculated to understand the possible guaranteed income a farmer is giving up in order to actually farm their own landFarmers frequently tell me that if they figured the fair market rental prices for land they have owned for 20 years that they won’t make a profit on all the other land that they rent. If so, this might indicate other divisions within their operation are not as efficient as they should be. Or it could simply mean the farmer might be paying too much for the additional rented ground.Sometimes farmers say they need to adjust prices based upon entire farms instead of field by field. While there are two schools of thought on this subject, I tend to think each farm, not field, should stand on its own. There will always be a field or two that aren’t necessarily profitable within a group of fields rented from each landowner, but it can be justified as long as that entire farm makes up for those few loser fields. However, the balance of the other farms in the operation shouldn’t subsidize any other farm in any operation in my opinion. Custom operationsProfitable farmers also understand the cost of every piece of equipment. Most mid-sized farmers today could have over $1 million invested in equipment, so it’s important to be as efficient as possible. Following are questions that should be asked of every piece of equipment (i.e. planter, combine, sprayer, semi, tractor, etc.)What is the local custom rate for each piece of equipment you need if hired done?What is the yearly maintenance cost for each piece of equipment needed (e.g. 5 year avg)?What are the yearly depreciation costs?Is there profit potential in owning equipment and doing custom hire work?Is owning, renting, leasing or hiring another farmer a better option? Bankers always include depreciation in their budget estimates, but farmers tend to disregard it because it’s not an actual cash expense each year. I too have always hated this line item because it doesn’t reflect anything tangible and is too easy to “fudge.”Often farmers will “mine” the equity on their equipment by not paying themselves enough per acre to use it and replace it. This may be fine for a short time, but years later replacing equipment becomes too expensive, potentially leaving the farmer in a difficult position down the road. This is where the depreciation that should have been budgeted in each year catches up with a farmer.That’s why I prefer to use custom rates in my budget instead of loans, depreciation, repairs, fuel and labor independently. Putting more acres on machines doesn’t usually decrease one’s overall cost per acre much, if all these expenses are included the costs are still about the same. For example, think of two identical used combines except one has 1,000 more hours on it. No one would value those two combines at the same price because there is always a cost to using equipment beyond just fuel and labor.When a farmer tells me they can’t make a profit using university breakeven levels using custom equipment rates, I’m concerned. Without a significant rally, this farmer will have a difficult time being profitable. Usually farmers in this situation are paying very high land rents are likely not accounting for true equipment costs. Although I have seen situations where a small farmers might not have enough acres to warrant a purchase of some or maybe even all of their equipment. Grain storageGrain storage is a profit center many producers use incorrectly. Most farmers store non-contracted grain, hoping for a market rally, because storing unpriced grain at their local elevator means hefty charges. Between storing unpriced grain at home for “free” or storing it at an elevator for a charge, it can make a little sense I guess.However, many farmers are missing out on all of the profitable benefits of storing grain at home while selling forward to take advantage of carry and basis appreciation. By considering on-farm grain storage as a separate cost center, analyzing the expense to build new storage becomes a practical one. One just needs to analyze the premiums received from carry and basis optimization against the expense of building new bins. Almost every time I walk a client through the numbers, having on-farm grain storage is a profitable venture. Actually, I find grain storage can have the best return on investment above every other investment in a farm operation. FarmerThe “farmer” is the part of you that makes management decisions each year. It’s similar to a CEO position with strategic decisions that need to be made on crop inputs and farm operations:Fertilizer — What kind? How much? When to apply?Chemicals — What kind? How much? When to apply?Seed/agronomy — How much corn vs. beans? On which fields? Which brands/hybrids/traits?Insurance — How much? What program?Hired help — How much? Where do I find these people? How much to pay?Marketing — When to sell. Was that a profitable price? What I too greedy in my goal?Strategic planning — Should I rent or buy more ground? Should I drop a low producing field?There are so many decisions for farmers to make it can sometimes be overwhelming. To help in budgeting, I ask my clients: “How much do you want to make on each acre they farm?” Each farm is different and has its own challenges, but these questions should be answered by not only the big established family farms but also the small young farmers renting all of their land. Putting it together Finally, the farmer puts all of these profit centers together to form a budget (or business plan, but farmers don’t usually call it that). Then a marketing plan can be developed to try and ensure the farm is profitable. If each profit center is optimized, the biggest opportunities for the farm operation can be achieved.Some may think all of this is just part of being a farmer, but breaking up the divisions/profit centers independently and then optimizing each one can help maximize profits. Perhaps there is a weak division/profit center that was only exposed after doing the analysis. Farmers can then take steps to maximize each area. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

It’s A Party

first_imgAcross America, a thriving culture of desi parties has young South Asians pulsating, gyrating and lilting to the latest hiphop and bhangra beats. The young desi party movement is sans the influence of the previous generation, nor is it cloned from the western world the new generation inhabits. The desi parties are forums for socialization and networking, yes. They are, equally, an openly rebellious statement by young South Asians proclaiming it as their own thing.Although many South Asians trace their family tree three generations in North America, the desi party scene is relatively new, under a decade old.Among the first people to catch whiff of the emerging phenomenon were Zeeshan Khan, 28, and Hemant Patel, 26. Both come from a traditional information technology background and host Desiparty.com, a website that doubles as a huge internet advertising corkboard for desi parties, which are happening all over the world.In mid-April 2005, they celebrated 11 successful years in the desi party advertising business. Patel says: “The site was launched in 1994 in hopes to develop a website to publicize and review the emerging ‘desi’ nightlife. Nearly a year after the launch, it had already grown to be an indispensable resource to the desi crowd. It started off being once a month event, to weekly – advertisings desi events all over US. In a given year, the Desiparty.com party list contains over 5,000 events in United States alone.” JazzyB- sound of the new generationOn any given day, their site averages 94,000 hits, or just under 3 million monthly. There is clearly a huge market and demand for information about desi parties. Young South Asians want to know what’s going on where. Desi parties have proven not to be just another passing fad, but, rather, a staple social outlet for the youth in the South Asian community.The Desiparty.com founders relate the different shifts in the desi party scene over the years and in the way parties are marketed: “In the past, Desiparty.com did not focus too much on marketing, because the name itself was a driving force. I believe that many South-Asians who were seeking some sort of social outlet had heard of us. If they hadn’t, we weren’t too hard to find. Marketing for us wasn’t a priority since the hundreds of promoters and organizations we worked with usually cross-promoted our brand giving us additional exposure globally. Today, however, we gain grounds through various media sources who contribute to our success with exclusive cross-promotions.” Khan and Patel make it a point to attend the parties themselves, both for networking purposes and also to keep up with their clientele. “This is extremely important, because we constantly need to work at our relationships with the promoters as well as see the new trends and what the crowd is into.”The advertising for the online marketing flyers for South Asian parties is often created by Kunal Aggarwal’s company Kage Productions. As such, he is in touch with the ground floor of the party machine, providing party-hungry South Asians with information on the venue, cover-charges and other details of the events. Dhamaal’s Dhruv Ganesan: “South Asian elements are definitely a strong part of our sound and general aesthetic, but they don’t define the entire package.”However, even though Aggarwal’s work screams out on numerous party listings at Desiparty.com and other similar sites, you are unlikely to find him anywhere on the dance floor: “Most of the flyers I work on are typically for clients on the east coast. I don’t think I’ve ever been to any of those parties in those cities.”He doesn’t have to. He sticks to a central formula in every flyer he designs, regardless of the city or promoter he’s working for: target the audience into the “18 plus” crowd and the “21 plus” crowd.Aggarwal says: “Younger people are drawn to larger venues, drink specials and loud music. If you are promoting to an older crowd, the flyer needs to be a bit more mature (typically no ‘skanky’ girls as the main imagery). The trend with promoting to an 18+ age group is typically to advertise the party as a big blowout and hype the drinks, DJs, and venue size. I’ve noticed that as a promoter, to draw in a older crowd, you usually need to promote the uniqueness of the venue, rather than the size and also focus on something different, such as well known performers, DJ’s, and so on. I think the flyer design plays a very big part in persuading people to come. “Saurin Shah, a consultant in his mid-20s and a regular at desi parties for years, has been though both stages of the desi party scene: “I remember most of the high school parties being free of alcohol, but it was starting to come into the picture. In college, parties got a little intense. More alcohol, for example, was the strongest driving factor with my friends wanting to come and meet people at a desi party. I’ve had the best time at parties among 20 somethings, an older crowd. These parties are usually pretty tame and well organized. The atmosphere ranges from wild to mellow, depending on when and where you go. People are more mature, so there’s less drama. It’s also a good place to network with other South Asians, which can be quite difficult otherwise.” Dhamaal’s Janakta SelektaLiving in Charlotte, North Carolina, which has a small South Asian population, Shah has a commanding, panoramic view, both good and bad, from sampling the desi party scene during his various travels in major South Asian hubs where the majority of the parties are held,Desi parties don’t have many variables in his experience, in the way people act, the music, or even the level of enjoyment he experiences: “I don’t think there’s much difference. It all depends on the crowd the party is being marketed to. For example, the triangle area (Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, N.C) is full of desi college students, so the parties there are different than the ones in New York City or Chicago. You may also hear a few more bhangara remixes at parties in New York City and Toronto due to the Punjabi population there. I’ve only been to a couple of parties in Toronto and in my limited experience, I found the parties there to be tame compared to the U.S. standards.”But, no matter the city, the disc jockey makes or breaks any desi party, regardless of the age group it targets. The DJ controls every play, song and groove and thus the tempo of the dance floor. Hardeep Singh aka DJ Karma: “I was immediately attracted to the musical aspect of the party. Rather then trying to pick up girls, I was more interested in what the DJ was doing.”One of the top players in this market is DJ Karma (real name Hardeep Singh). Over the years (keep in mind he’s only 26), Singh has earned his place as a respected and experienced professional on the desi party scene.How did he get there so quickly? Singh says he was exposed to his first desi party at age 15 and it all just snapped in place. “I was immediately attracted to the musical aspect of the party. Rather then trying to pick up girls, I was more interested in what the DJ was doing. I spent my whole night just watching him and I knew then it was something I had to try out. On my 16th birthday my older brother bought me two turntables and a mixer. From that day on, I spent about 8 months just practicing everyday after school. I first started DJing publicly at non-desi club, house parties for few months and then moved into the desi world, where I’ve been ever since.”DJing is less of a science and more of an art for Singh. “I’ve always been about one thing – the dance floor. I’ll play anything that keeps the party goers happy and makes people dance. A good DJ should be able to adapt to any situation.”As the proverbial captain of his party, the most important thing he has to do is to be track music trends, which change constantly – from the new Bollywood song, to the hottest remix from Bally Sagoo. DJ Maneesh KeniaDuring his career, he’s gone from more up-tempo stuff (house and Hindi house remixes), which were popular a few years ago, to the current popular trend, uptempo hiphop and bhangra. The type of desi parties DJ Karma spins at are the most popular; the energy and dance floor are perfect outlets for the pulsating South Asian masses.Janaka Selekta and Maneesh (The Twister) Kenia, cofounders of Dhamaal, a highly successful electronic artist collective centered around South Asian culture, take a different slant on the music, visuals and art that is represented at their events.Says Selekta: “Dhamaal is an inclusive desi party, of sorts, that is not only attended by South Asians, but draws from the sprawling underground artist scene of San Francisco. This has created a multicultural quilt of faces that are there to dance to both traditional live Indian and Pakistani folk music performed by starlet artists like Sukhawat Ali Khan and Riffat Sultana and to bounce to heavy breakbeats, dub and drum bass music with live tabla and skratchin. DJ music with live percussion has been a staple of our evolution. Where we are today is on taking those elements and making our own music. We are on our second original music release now and our songs are regularly played in the UK on BBC Radio 1.” Dhamaal may be a poster child for the future of the desi party scene, because it caters to a more mainstream audience than most traditional desi parties. It currently has bases in San Francisco and New York.“Dhamaal has all the elements you would have at any successful party. We take great pride in what we do and it shows. Our last event ‘Worldly’ drew 1,600 discerning people. This is not your average big venue partier, but people that have been at our shows over the past six years and know that we put on events that are seldom topped in San Fransisco. We are also respectful of the tradition that this music stems from. Shabi Farooq, Ferhan Qureshi and Parag Chordia are all disciples of Ustads like Zakir Hussein, Tari Khan, Das Gupta. They hold the DJs to high standard,” Selekta says.Dhruva Ganesan, resident music producer/DJ for Dhamaal, finds that most common labels associated with desi parties don’t necessarily fit their vibe. “There is such deep crossover between different cultures. A couple of our crew members are not desi and they are just as important as anyone else. Similarly, since the crowd is very mixed, calling it a desi party would exclude many of the people that help shape the Dhamaal vibe, both from the creative and receiving sides. Also, there is so much stylistic crossover. We drop heavy beats that come from all kinds of places and don’t necessarily fit the desi tag. South Asian elements are definitely a strong part of our sound and general aesthetic, but they don’t define the entire package.” Selekta, Kenia and Ganesan, who quit lucrative jobs to pursue music full time, are looking at the future of their organization to broaden the understanding of South Asian music and electronic music by South Asians.By doing so, they present a new and exciting facet of the desi party scene, where a desi party is more than a longing fascination or a weekend gig, but something that can develop into an enduring and successful career. They have an urge to keep growing and developing as producers, performers, as well as keeping the desi music scene strong and unique.They’ve already toured all over the world and have managed to invite well-known musicians and bands to appear at their events. “We are looking at an Indian tour in December and in the next month alone we are playing in New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington, DC, and UK. We’re covering a lot of ground and pushing full steam ahead. The major focus for us is on making good music and on building positive bridges between communities,” Ganesan says.The Dhamaal crew has two locations in San Francisco where they draw crowds in two of the city’s biggest and most coveted spots. In New York their presence is growing as well and represents a sort of branching out that has come with their popularity on the west coast.“The rise of Dhamaal New York City is a big branch in the organic growth and evolution of Dhamaal. Like the west coast headquarters, the NYC branch will be collaborating with break-beat crews and bridging the gap between ancient South Asian aesthetics and hyper-charged future sounds. There is a parallelism of vibe that we’re creating on both coasts,” Ganesan says.  otwithstanding the hard work that goes on behind the scenes, desi parties have their share of negative connotations and criticisms. Perhaps the biggest is the perception that they are nothing more than glorified “meat-markets.” The term connotes a bazaar for finding people for overtly sexual reasons, but it can extend to the idea of kids rebelling against their elders and upbringing by involvement in drinking, sex, or, in the extreme, drugs. The regulars reject that as an unfair and inaccurate rap attached to the desi party scene.Says Georgia based Shilvi Gandhi, 24, a familiar face at desi parties since high school: “I think to say a desi party is a ‘meat-market’ is unfair. In many cities, it’s difficult to meet other Indian people. For many Indian youths, college is their first exposure to other Indians. Most of our parents encourage us to date and marry an Indian, and these desi parties provide an opportunity to meet other Indian people. Just because a desi party tailors to a desi crowd, does not make it a meat-market.”Her sentiments echo another common theme: desi parties are just counterparts of what other races and minority groups have had for much longer. Says Gandhi: “Almost every race has their own mixers and parties. In college, fraternities and sororities attract a mainly white crowd. Asians, Latinos and, now, desis all have their own parties. I used to attend these parties in high school to meet other Indian people. I think every immigrant has some sort of an identity crisis, but I wouldn’t say a desi party is trying to make up for any insecurity a person may be feeling.”Perhaps some of the negative connotation attached to desi parties stems from the fact that the parties go against the grain of what generally conservative South Asian families teach their kids about the opposite sex, drinking and just partying in general.Gandhi had a more liberal upbringing and says her relationship with her parents is relatively open. They recognize that the parties are an outlet for getting to know other Indians. She says, “Even in high school they were aware of these desi parties. I think they know that it consists of young people, many times single people, who are drinking and dancing. I do believe many parents don’t know about the amount of drinking that goes on at these parties. But again, it’s not fair to pinpoint the desi parties because every person in their late teens through early 30s, regardless of race, drinks and goes out. Desi parties are just catering to a different crowd.”Shah, whose upbringing was more conservative, also insists that the meat market phenomenon isn’t exclusive to desi parties. “When a group of people with certain characteristics get together, regardless of their ethnicity, this is bound to happen. I’ve seen this at Arab, Latin and Asian parties as well. I’ve told my parents a little bit about the party scene. I think they find out a little more on their own by watching TV and from their friends. And the rest they will know when they read this article,” he jokes.“I think they have a pretty good idea of what goes on. That’s probably why they don’t talk about it. The whole desi party scene has gotten a bad rap. I mean let’s face it – most people don’t go to these parties to fulfill their parents’ dreams.”That just may be it.It’s not about the parents’ dreams. It’s about the youth, the South Asian youth and their own way of celebrating, in their own space and in their own way.There is a certain sense of pride in feeling that it’s their own thing.The pride could be manifested via a crowded club in New York, with loud Bollywood-remixed music by DJ Karma, or in San Francisco’s top club with Ganesan’s Asian Drum-and-Bass track playing hypnotically in the background. A random South Asian, someone, anyone – it could be Shah or Gandhi – doesn’t really care about the labels put on the desi party they are at, or what their parents are thinking, which may or may not be true about the evening ahead of them. They don’t even care if Aggarwal’s flyer, which they viewed on Desiclub.com early in the night, lived up to the hype it promised.When it comes down to it, it’s really just about one thing; quickly getting lost in the space, the music, the people – all the while finding a unique connection to being a young South Asian on self-prescribed terms. Related Itemslast_img read more