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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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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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