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The first devout Sikh graduated from West Point

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Second Lieutenant Anmol Narang, a second generation immigrant born and raised in Roswell, Georgia, is a devout Sikh at the academy, which means he follows religious practices including Kesh, who call for a person’s hair to grow naturally without cutting it.

“It’s a great feeling,” Narang told CNN. “This is a humbling experience, I have never worked harder for anything in my life. Being a Sikh woman is a very important part of my identity and if my experience can play a small role in being an inspiration to others, regardless of his career field, that would be amazing. “

While other Sikhs have graduated from the academy, the Sikh Coalition has confirmed to CNN that Narang was the first devout Sikh to graduate from West Point.

The 23-year-old graduate hopes his efforts to represent his religion and community will encourage Americans to learn more about Sikhism, the fifth largest religion in the world.

Narang said he decided to apply to West Point to study nuclear engineering and pursue a career path in the air defense system after visiting the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii.

His graduation marked an extraordinary success for Sikh Americans. In 1987, Congress pass the law prohibits various religious communities, including Sikhs, from practicing certain articles of their faith while serving in the military.
For 30 years, Sikh military members are not permitted to practice the core principles of their faces, including unshaven hair and turban.

In 2017, eight years after the Sikh Coalition began its campaign to end a US military ban on certain religious practices restricting Sikh members, the Army renewed its rules governing religious freedom.

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“I am very proud of (Second Lieutenant) Narang for seeing his goals through and, in doing so, violates the barrier for any Sikh American who wishes to serve,” US Army Captain Simratpal Singh said in a statement. “The broader acceptance of Sikh service members among all service branches, as well as in top-level leadership spaces such as West Point, will continue to benefit not only the rights of religious minority individuals, but the strength and diversity of the US military.”

President Donald Trump on Saturday addressed 1,107 graduates, including Narang, who gathered for the start of the annual academy.

Graduates are socially 6 feet from each other across the Plain Parade Square to accommodate the public health requirements of Covid-19 instead of gathering at Michie Stadium, the traditional location of the ceremony. Family and friends are not permitted to attend the ceremony but can watch it online.

“This major military academy produces only the best of the best – the strongest of the strong – and the bravest of the brave. West Point is a universal symbol of American courage, loyalty, devotion, discipline, and skill,” Trump began his address, read from teleprompter.

“To 1,107 who today is the newest officer in the most extraordinary army ever to take the battlefield, I am here to offer respect to America. Thank you for answering your nation’s call,” he added.

Narang will complete his Officer Basic Leadership Course at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma. He will then head for his first post in Okinawa, Japan in January 2021.

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Zachary Cohen and Caroline Kelly from CNN contributed to this report.

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Computer exam | The PLATO mission is looking for another “Earth”. And there is a Portuguese name associated

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The PLATO observatory will have 26 telescopic cameras to detect planets like ours in size, density and distance from a star orbiting thousands of sun-like stars. Portugal is actively engaged in science, development and processing of observations of this mission and will be able to name one of the cameras that are part of the mission.

The IA has now opened a vote to choose a Portuguese name, which will then be the identification of one of the cameras “during the existence of the mission in space, as a way to honor the astronomers who prepared the science that the PLATO mission will allow to advance,” can be read on the institute’s online page.

Taking into account the criteria that it must be a person who was born somewhere within the current boundaries of the territory, who contributed to astronomy in our country, especially in the study of stars and planetary systems, and who cannot be a living person, the IA proposes the following personalities:

– Teodoro de Almeida (1722-1804)

– José Monteiro da Rocha (1734-1819)

– Campos Rodriguez (1836-1919)

– Francisco de Miranda da Costa Lobo (1864-1945)

– Manuel de Barros (1908-1971)

See a brief biography of each of these personalities here and take the opportunity to vote.

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Switzerland hosts Portuguese cinema in Locarno

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The film “Nasao Valente” by Carlos Conceisan is part of Film Festival in Locarnoin Switzerland in August, in an edition containing other Portuguese and co-produced works, out of competition.

According to the schedule for the 75th edition, released this Wednesday, the international feature film competition is hosting “Nacao Valente,” a feature film by Carlos Conceicao that, according to producer Terratreme Filmes, is about “the end of Portuguese colonialism, the independence of Angola.” and the Trauma of Colonial War.

The film features actors such as João Arraes, Anabela Moreira, Gustavo Sumpta and Leonor Silveira and was co-produced with France and Angola, where Carlos Conceição was born in 1979.

Carlos Conceição is the author of films such as Versailles presented in Locarno in 2013, Bad Bunny (2017), Serpentario (2019) and A Thread of Scarlet Spit (2020).

At the Locarno Film Festival, which will be held from 3 to 13 August, other Portuguese films will also be presented out of competition, namely “Where is this street? Or without before and after”, Joao Pedro Rodriguez and Joao Rui Guerra da Mata, also producer of Terratreme.

In Locarno, where they have already received awards, the two directors will present the premiere of a documentary filmed in Lisbon, revisiting the scenes of Paulo Rocha’s Os Verdes Anos (1963) with actress Isabelle Ruth.

Also out of competition and in the program dedicated to the first works will be “Objetos de Luz”, a visual reflection on the importance of light in cinematic creativity, signed by director of photography Acasio de Almeida and Marie Carré, producer of Bando à Part.

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The “Pardi di domani” competition for short and medium films features the animated film “L’ombre des papillons” by Moroccan director Sophia El Hyari, co-produced by France, Qatar, Morocco and Portugal. Cola Animation.

Day of Despair (1992), a film by Manoel de Oliveira about the last days of the life of the writer Camilo Castelo Branco, will be screened in Locarno in the Film History(s) section.

On the eve of the Locarno festival, in Piazza Grande, the animated film “No Dogs and Italians” directed by Alain Ughetto, recently awarded in Annecy, a Portuguese co-production with Ocidental Filmes, will be screened. .

Giona A. Nazzaro, second year as Artistic Director of the Locarno Festival, described this year’s program as “broad, varied and comprehensive”.

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Portuguese heritage at the Jewish cemetery in Hamburg

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Portuguese heritage at the Jewish cemetery in Hamburg

The Jewish-Portuguese cemetery in Hamburg is an outstanding example of the Portuguese presence in the world, where history confirms the well-known ability of the Portuguese to adapt to the most unexpected contexts and situations.

Built in 1611 with over 1,500 graves recorded, according to some sources, the cemetery was officially closed almost a century and a half ago and is today a heavily visited site and the oldest in the city and northern Europe. You pass the gate that protects it, and the visitor is immediately enveloped in tall and scattered trees, which give shade and freshness to the tombstones inscribed in Portuguese, others in Hebrew, many covered with a veil of soot and moss, some fallen vertically.

Fleeing from Portugal due to the Inquisition at the end of the 16th century, the new Christians were well received in Hamburg, where they found a place to live without hiding their religion and Jewish rituals. Located then in one of the most noble districts of the city, the name of the Königstraße, Rua dos Reisis a reflection of this.

The land was acquired by the Portuguese merchants André Falero, Rui Cardoso and Alvaro Dinis, who won the sovereign’s favor and thus managed to ensure that “the Portuguese people could bury their dead,” the Sephardic Jews, according to the little book. Stone Archive – 400th Anniversary of the Jewish Cemetery in Königstraße. Through their actions, they have left to posterity an extraordinary legacy in which to find part of the history of Portugal and Hamburg, which certainly contributed to the fact that this city is today the most Portuguese in Germany, with countless traces of our presence, starting with the “Portuguese Quarter”, crowded with restaurants , to the old school ship Sagres anchored in port, from the ubiquitous custard tarts to the only bust of Vasco da Gama to be found abroad.

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Later, the cemetery was expanded through the acquisition of adjacent land by Ashkenazi and German Jews, where members of illustrious families such as the poet Heinrich Heine or the philosopher Mendelssohn were buried.

The cemetery withstood the passage of time, wars and Nazi bombardments. Just as he resisted the theft and anti-Semitic vandalism that hit him several times, apparently on some of the tombstones, broken or damaged.

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