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FOOTBALL is often referred to as the
‘World Game’ and this coming Labour Day (Monday 7th May)
will serve as perhaps one of the best illustrations of
why this moniker is applied to the round ball code.
Held at Queensland Lions Soccer Club, the annual
Queensland Police Service/Ethnic Community Council of
Queensland (QPS/ECCQ) Cup is set to be the biggest and
best in its three-year history.
24 teams representing their nation of origin from all
corners of the globe will play off for the cup on a day
that is not only a festival of football, but also a
celebration of the richness and diversity of many
Kicking off at 9.00am, the day will be fun for all the
family with cultural performances, stalls and displays,
multicultural food and kid’s rides among the
attractions. Players from the Queensland Roar squad will
also be on hand to sign autographs and participate in
the day’s activities with skills clinics, the Roar
RapidFire inflatable field, face painting, giveaways and
Demolitionist Sultan (George) Deen,
best known for knocking down buildings, has shown he
is a good sport.
With football games in doubt as the
drought turns sports grounds concrete-hard, Mr Deen
gave up part of his weekend watering the oval at
Brisbane's Western Districts Community and Sporting
Club at Chelmer to ensure the games could go ahead.
landing....footballer Desa Amiri at the
Western Districts Community & Sporting Club
The club's schedule of fixtures had
been put in jeopardy by a playing and training ban
imposed by AFL Queensland on the Kenmore Bears
Aussie Rules team, who use the venue as its home
After a solid drenching using 100,000
litres of recycled water supplied by Atheletico
Soccer Club, there is renewed optimism the AFLQ will
reconsider the ban.
Mr Deen donated the water tanker
after learning of the problem through his
involvement with the Brisbane Islamic Soccer League,
which also plays at the ground.
Source: The Courier Mail Friday 4 May
Qualifies for Grueling Comrades Marathon
Khatree, Mahomed Hanief Khatree,
Battal (Marathon winner) and Anver Omar
Dr. Anver Omar (49) qualified for
his second Comrades Marathon by completing the
42km Brisbane Marathon a fortnight ago in a time of
4hrs 26mins. He finished a creditable 94 overall,
and 18th in his 40-49 years age group.
Anver will travel to South Africa for
Comrades Marathon, an 89km ultra-distance run
between Pietermaritzburg and Durban which will take
place on 17 June. As part of his training regime he
ran another 52km a week later from Kuraby to
Beenleigh and back. He plans to continue in this
vein to help him complete the Comrades well within
the 11 hour time limit.
Anver was the second fastest runner
overall at last year's CresWalk2006 being pipped to
the post by 11-year-old Yasseen Abdel-Magied.
Ms. Raeesa Khatree
(21) completed her very first half marathon (21km)
at the Brisbane Marathon in a time of 2hrs 5mins
which should stand her in good stead to win this
year's CresWalk2007 in her age group. Dr. Mahomed
Hanief Khatree followed closely in a time of 2hrs 17min.
CCN wishes Anver Omar all the best
for his Comrades run and we look forward to
reporting on his experiences.
First Pakistani woman
conquers North Pole
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani woman Namira
Salim won laurels for her country when she hoisted
the green-and-white Pakistani flag at the North Pole
Namira, who also awaits her space flight during the next
couple of years, is the first Pakistani to reach the top
of the world - the geographic North Pole.
"It is a great honour to represent my country as the
first Pakistani citizen at the Geographic North Pole
during the 'International Polar Year'," Namira said.
"As I hoist the national flag at the
pinnacle of our planet; I convey a universal message of
peace and to assert to the global community that
Pakistani nation is peace loving and tolerant nation."
Based in Southern France, Namira has deep affiliation
with innovative art and multi-dimensional mixed media,
some created around poetry she writes and some are
musical she incorporates into songs in her own voice.
Namira created a specialised line of musical art objects
with built-in messages in the voices of renowned
altruists, first unveiled at the UN in May 2002.
"As a humanitarian artist and a truly
global citizen I have also come to hoist a flag of
universal peace at the Pole," she said, adding that the
peace flag bears the theme of her UN exhibition
'Peace-Making with Nation-Souls'.
She sees the war and conflict with pain and hopes that
tolerance can be inspired through the arts and
understanding for the peace and progress of the world.
"The North Pole bears an amazing resemblance to
Pakistan's scenic Northern Ares," said Namira,
expressing her joy and happiness.
"As Pakistan's Honorary Ambassador of Tourism, I would
like to invite the world to experience Pakistan's rich
culture and to touch the world's top most mountain
peaks, like the K-2," she stated.
Namira also praised the 2004 Polar expedition of
Anouskha Kachelo, a Pakistan born UK citizen, who is the
youngest woman to have reached the North Pole.
"My Polar mission is that of a peace ambassador, while
Anoushka's expedition was that of a true adventurer,
which is a source of inspiration," she said.
A special prayer for rain was
held at the Algester Mosque on Friday 4th May
The prayer was held outside the mosque where
over 100 partook in the prayer. The Honourable
Minister Gary Hardgrave was also present.
On Wednesday 2nd May 2007,
Imam Aslam and Imam Nawaaz of the Algester
Mosque, accompanied by members of the community
went to the Wivenhoe Dam where they held special
prayers for rain.
MOSQUE hosts Citizenship Ceremony on ANZAC DAY
Gallipoli Mosque, Auburn,
THE Gallipoli landing in 1915 ensured
Australia and Turkey would forever share a significant
chapter in each other's history.
And at a citizenship ceremony yesterday
at the Gallipoli Mosque in Auburn, in Sydney's west, the
bond between the two countries was strengthened for 32
people of Turkish descent.
They were among 40 migrants - including
Brazilians, Indians and Afghans - who became Australian
citizens on one of the most important days on the
The mosque's education and interfaith
director, Mehmet Ozalp, said the timing of the ceremony
- and the fact it was held at the Gallipoli mosque -
made it all the more poignant.
"The Gallipoli landing has significant meaning for both
nations," Mr Ozalp told a crowd of about 120 people,
before the new citizens were asked to take the pledge of
"But it has since transcended what happened on that day
92 years ago and is now more about an international bond
"You all have an opportunity to contribute to the
freedom and openness that makes Australia unique," he
As babies squealed in the background, the 40 new
citizens - ranging from teenagers to 60-somethings -
were formally welcomed as Australians.
The new Australians then celebrated with a rousing
rendition of the national anthem.
For 30-year-old Omer Tezbasar, yesterday was eight years
in the making. The Sydney IT engineer, who was born and
raised in Turkey, has been living in Australia since
"I'm very glad to be an Aussie," he said after the
Mr Tezbasar, who lives with his Australian-born wife
Yasemin, said he was aware of the significance of Anzac
Day - for citizens of both Australia and Turkey - and
was greatly honoured to become an Australian citizen on
"It's a first," he said of the citizenship ceremony at
the Gallipoli Mosque.
"The day and the mosque, it definitely makes it more
Mr Ozalp said the ceremony was highly symbolic for not
only Turkish Muslims but for the diverse ethnic Muslim
congregation of the mosque.
"Our mosque has actively promoted peace and harmony in
our multifaith society in the past," Mr Ozalp said.
"This citizenship ceremony is a testimony to our
continued commitment to Australia and its shared
Multicultural Summit ‘07: Call for papers
Papers are sought for the Queensland
Multicultural Summit ‘07 which is presented by the
Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) – in
cooperation with the Multicultural Development
Association, Al-Nisa Youth Group, MultiLink Community
Services, Brisbane City Council and Multicultural
The Summit will be held on Monday, 19
November 2007 and Tuesday, 20 November 2007 at the State
Library of Queensland in Brisbane.
The theme of the Summit is “Multiculturalism – Investing
in our Future”.
Panel proposals and proposals for individual papers are
invited on any aspect of multiculturalism, pluralism,
and globalisation, but particularly those addressing the
• Employment - utilizing our diverse human resource pool
• Language diversity – our ignored asset
• Citizenship and integration – fear-driven policy or
• Diverse communities – nurturing our youth, caring for
and rewarding our aged
Papers which present research outcomes, track trends or
developments, describe case studies or works in
progress, are speculative projection, challenge existing
paradigms or record a history, are all welcome.
Papers will be selected on the basis of quality,
originality and relevance of theme and will be reviewed
by the Queensland Multicultural Summit ’07 steering
Please send short (approx. 150 words) abstract and
contact information as soon as possible, but no later
than 31 May 2007 to:
Hard copies may be address to:
Queensland Multicultural Summit ‘07
Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland
PO Box 5916
West End, Qld. 4101
Tel.: (07) 3844 9166
Fax: (07) 3846 4453
Successful applicants will be notified in mid-June 2007
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Invitation to the Ministerial Regional Community Forum
You can be part of the public audience at
the next Ministerial Regional Community Forum for the
Greater Brisbane region.
Regional representatives, known as forum members, will
meet with Ministers of the Queensland Government and
Members of Parliament to discuss the social, economic
and environmental interests of the region.
The Minister for Public Works, Housing and Information
and Communication Technology, Robert Schwarten, and the
Minister for Mines and Energy, Geoff Wilson, are
scheduled to attend.
The forum will discuss a range of issues
relating to your community including support for carers.
The forum will be held on: Tuesday 8 May at 10.45 am
Redlands Sporting Club
For more information and to RSVP, call the Department of
Communities on 3109 0638.
Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss issues of
regional significance with forum members from 1.30 pm.
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I sincerely believe
that humour (The CCN Chuckle
CCN0128) using the name of our Almighty Creator
and the Prophets of Islam equates to blasphemy.
In my opinion, the
CCN is a great read and fills a void in our
community and as such, should refrain from such
The CCN Chuckle
A South African was
sitting with an Aussie and an Englishman in Saudi
Arabia, sharing a smuggled barrel of beer, when all of a
sudden the police entered and arrested them. They were
initially given the death sentence but contested this
and were finally imprisoned for life. But as it was a
national holiday, the Sheikh decided they should be
released after each receiving 20 lashes of the whip.
As they were preparing for their punishment, the Sheikh
suddenly said: "It's my first wife's birthday today and
she asked me to allow each of you one wish before your
whipping, but you can not wish to not be whipped!"
The Englishman thought for a second then said: "Please
tie a pillow to my back before whipping." This was done
but the pillow only lasted 10 lashes before the whip
went through. The Englishman cried in pain.
The Aussie saw this and said: "Please tie 2 pillows to
my back before whipping." This was done and lasted for
the whole 20 lashes.
The Aussie stood up smiling.
The South African saw this but before he could make his
wish, the Sheikh said: "As you are from South Africa
with all that crime, a cricket team who is always losing
in a final and a rugby team who can't win anything, you
are permitted to have two wishes!"
The South African thought for a second, then said:
"Thank you most Royal and Merciful Highness. My first
wish is to receive a hundred lashes with the strongest,
toughest whip available."
"If you so desire," the Sheikh replies with a
questioning look on his face, "and your second wish?"
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