At a glittering function hosted by the
Brisbane Indian Times at the Brisbane City Hall last
night, CresWalk2007 and Eidfest2006
jointly won the best organized community function/event
award. Crescents of Brisbane was also a finalist in the
associations/non-profit organizations category.
In an awards night punctuated by
Bollywood-styled choreography and Bhangra beat, a
350-strong audience (made up of the who's who of local
businesses and politics) heard Master of Ceremonies,
Sinnathamby Junior, announce Deputy State Premier,
Bligh, as Indian of the Year.
Looking dazzlingly elegant in a sari, belle of
the ball Bligh cautiously and successfully negotiated
the steps to the stage to the sound of rapturous
Once at the podium, Ms Bligh waxed
lyrical about the achievements and contributions of the
Indian community and the value of Australian exports to
The rest of the evening saw out awards
given in a number of categories including those for:
New Business of the Year
Outstanding Business of the Year
The CresWalk2007 Team receive
their Best Organized Event award on stage
Members of the Crescents of
Brisbane Team with Deputy Premier Anna Bligh.
(L to R) Bilkish Omar, Iqbal
Sultan, Faisal Hatia, Julie Hatia, Anna Bligh,
Nazima Hansa, Kareema Benjamin and Mustafa Ally
Young Achiever of the Year,
Rehaan Ali, with Deputy Premier
Hussain Assaf (3rd from left)
of Ala-Din Wholesale & Catering and his young
protégées receive the Hospitality Award from
Ipswich Mayor and former Indian of the Year,
Paul Pisasale (right)
Omar Khan of Global
Convenience takes the Food and Convenience Store
Award third time in a row.
The Eidfest2006 Team (2nd from
left to right) Sultan Deen Yasmin Khan, Rubana
Moola and Yusuf Khatree
Thank you donors and
Crescents BBQ brightens up an overcast day
Crescents of Brisbane and
the Red Cross thank the many people who turned up to
donate their blood yesterday (Saturday 25 August) and
support a very worthwhile cause.
The Kuraby Community Hall
car park was once again a hive of activity and a
testimony of the wonderful community spirit that
prevails in this neck of the woods.
It was an excellent
turnout despite having to endure the four seasons on the
one day, and the delightful staff of the Red Cross coped
magnificently with the eager donors who turned out
throughout the day.
There was a visible look
of dejection on the faces of those who plucked up
courage to turn up and only to discover that they were
not eligible to give their blood but the Crescents
sizzling BBQ and a convivial atmosphere soon made up for
The winners of the 5 $100
Coles/Myers Gift Cards are:
Mr. Paul Egan
Mrs. Rashida Khan
Mrs Dawn Weir
Mrs. Melanie Hornick
Mrs. Bilkish Omar
The 2 winners of the
double pass Gold Class Cinema Tickets are:
Mrs Shameema Nathie
Mr. Mohammed Koya
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF
Red Cross Nurse helps pick the random draw prize
Osman Rane (foreground) signs up for his 50th
donation as Murad Ali (right) inches
closer to the needle
Sandy behind him there's no turning back for first time
donor, Hashim Hatia
out! Take a HIKE!
September is the time to
dig out those hiking boots and get ready for the Great
On Sunday, September
9, over 120 magnificent guided bushwalks will take
place all around Australia - LET'S
BE A PART OF IT!!!
It will also be your
last chance to 'get out' before Ramadaan and it's FREE.
The first walk (Boondall
Wetlands) is the easiest and shortest and it's great for
the kids too!
If you're interested,
click on the link below and register your details:
Seven great reasons to join the Great
SAFE - walk in safety: walk
with a group and an experienced guide.
SPECTACULAR - visit
magnificent parts of Australia's natural
environment - from rainforests to
rockhopping, mountains to beaches,
marshland to sand dunes.
FREE - all walks are provided
at no charge.
EASY - you don't need to be
super fit. You don't need expensive
equipment. You don't have to drive for
many miles. And in no time you'll feel a
million miles away.
HEALTHY - have fun and
improve your fitness at the same time.
Walking is proven to be great for
everything from asthma to diabetes,
weight loss to heart health. And it is
much more fun than the gym.
SOCIAL - Meet all sorts of
new people from your area and across the
country. Make new friends.
PROTECTING - support the
protection of Australia's natural
environment by enjoying this event,
presented by leading bushwalking and
Several CCN readers have already registered for the Boondall
your there, Insha-Allah...
Good Caterer's Guide
of Brisbane has made a tentative start at developing a
Guide to Halal Food Preparation and Supervision
for non-Muslim caterers for several reasons:
We are dependent on non-Muslim caterers for many of
our functions (more so because many venues won’t
allow outside caterers).
At a recent Muslim organized function the guests
discovered ham in their potato salad.
Often what we take for granted when making
arrangements with caterers turns out to be less than
obvious to them.
If caterers had a documented set of requirements
they would not be able to plead ignorance later.
Most caterers want to do the right thing but often
are not aware of the basic requirements.
We have had
over the past year from restaurant owners and
caterers asking basic questions about our
We invite CCN readers and organizations
to study this draft document and help us refine it
before we release it for general use. Your comments and
suggestions should be emailed to
Building of the
Mosque and Islamic Centre of Eight Mile Plains
has got off the ground.
The total area of 11,000m2 will comprise an area of 21.5m x 18m with a
30m high minaret.
There will be administration
offices for the Society, a residential section
for the Imam, a traditional Bosnian fountain (Sadrvan)
and parking and sports and recreation
If you would like
to support the completion of the project you can
donate as follows:
Islamic Society of EMP Inc.
Acc No. : 1023
BSB. No. : 064 170
P O Box 279,
Sunnybank, QLD, 4109
The CCN Cut 'n Paste Media Monitor
Under the radar visit
On a two-week "under the radar"
visit to Australia, Syrian-born Wafa
Sultan secretly met both sides of
federal politics and Jewish
community leaders, warning them that
all Muslims needed to be closely
monitored in the West......
read the rest.
African refugee quota cut
is a lot
for Judges and Award Nominations
In order for the upcoming nominations for
the 3rd Annual Australian Muslim Achievement Awards (AMAA) to
be decided upon more widely, the organizers
are requesting expressions of interest from interstate
people to potentially be part of the judging process.
The intention is to have a larger spread
of independent judges to vote on the top 3 nominations
in each category, and to also determine the eventual
The criteria for the judging panel are:
1. be an Australian citizen, and a Muslim
2. be aware of Muslim community and projects across
3. have email access
4. accept their names to be revealed after the Awards
5. must not be nominated to receive an award
6. send a brief bio about themselves and
why they would like to judge, or explain why they would
nominate a particular person to be a judge.
7. provide a reference contact person.
8. accept to be removed if a conflict of
interest arises within the nomination process.
Only a few judges will be chosen from
Send your expression of interest and
contact details to:
large department stores unofficially mark down their
catalogue items the afternoon before the big sale day.
I discovered this by accident when I
ventured into Big W at 3.30pm on a Wednesday afternoon
thinking it was the first day of their sale.
I had my eye on a Fisher Price phone for
my one year old that was advertised as half price.
When I noticed the phone was still marked
with the normal price the sales assistant said the sale
didn’t start until Thursday, but then said that on a
Wednesday after 3.30pm the systems change over so the
catalogue items for the following day come on sale.
She scanned the toy and, sure enough, it
was already marked down and I was able to purchase it at
The following afternoon when I returned to Big W the
item was sold out.
So if you have your eye on something
special that may sell out quickly it pays to get in
ahead of the crowds!
TAQWA CHARITY WELFARE ASSOCIATION
BRISBANE is appealing to CCN readers to donate urgently
towards the 150 Musallas (prayer mats) for the Aboriginal Islamic
Centre in Redfern.
The cost per Musalla is $50.
Steering the appeal are the directors of the
Association, Dr Abu Bakr Chotia, Mr. Aslam
Nabi, Mr. Adam Dhedi and Dr Sadek Mustapha.
The Musallas will facilitate Salaats,
Quranic and Islamic teaching classes.
Mr. Feisal Paruk is also assisting in raising
these funds and can be contacted on 0403755652.
Australia has Decided - Hala Raghib is the Winner of the
2007 People's Choice Award
Dr Hala Raghib, a young Victorian scientist whose
passion for her pets led her to develop a new way of
testing drugs without harming animals, has won the 2007
Australian Museum Eureka Prizes People's Choice Award.
Nominated for research she undertook for her PhD at the
RMIT School of Medical Sciences, Hala was chosen by the
Australian public who voted online for their favourite
As the ‘People's Choice', Hala revealed a soft-hearted
side to the Australian public. An entrant in the
Voiceless Eureka Prize for Research which Replaces the
Use of Animals or Animal Products, Hala's research
developed a screening model for testing the safety of
new heart medicines without the need to use animals.
"Hala's work developing a new drug screening
methodology, and her commitment to making the world a
better place through scientific research, is exactly the
kind of science that the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes
aim to encourage and celebrate." said Australian Museum
Director Frank Howarth. "Hala and her fellow finalists
in the People's Choice Award have drawn attention to
some amazing scientific research, innovation, leadership
and ability in this country."
The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are the nation's
most prestigious science awards. The Australian Museum
Eureka Prizes People's Choice Award is decided by
popular vote - the only Eureka prize where the public
decides who wins. Voters themselves enter a draw to
WINprizes, with first prize the sequencing of part of
the voter's DNA by the Australian Museum's DNA lab.
Other prizes include Microsoft software, book vouchers
from Abbey's Bookshop Sydney and an ABC Shop gift
Dr Hala Raghib: I was born in
Kuwait. But we moved here in 93 straight after the gulf
My parents were always encouraging. To them education
came first. I was always interested in learning. I was
always interested in finding out what science was about.
Life was different here compared to Kuwait because of
the language I never knew how to speak English. It did
take me a few years to learn it and I think I did pretty
I got interested in cardiovascular research because we
have a family history, my dad went through
cardiovascular disease in the past. At the same time I
was interested in providing more reliable approaches in
science and reduce the use of animals and animal
products in research.
When I was working with rats I didn’t enjoy the small
animal surgery I didn’t enjoy the culling and removal of
tissues I didn’t think it was giving me a clear picture
of what was happening in the cardiovascular disease.
Dr Graham Phillips: Hala has devised a testing
system that predicts what adverse effects
non-cardiovascular drugs will have on the heart. Using
only human and no animal cells, Hala showed that drugs
can interrupt the electrical impulse that regulates the
heart. This can cause arrhythmia or even cardiac arrest.
Dr Hala Raghib: The results of this project
proved that the results were superior to. Animal models
and it shows that there is better predictability of the
effects of these drugs on humans compared to animals.
This study provides significant potential to reduce the
use of animals in frequent testing in the pharmaceutical
I’d be very proud if I win this award because I feel
like I’ve come a long way. If I was in Kuwait I wouldn’t
even be able to continue on with tertiary studies.
Dr Hala Raghib’s Dad: I’m very proud of Hala,
Dr Hala Raghib: I’m so proud that I was able to
do my research without using animals and I think my cat
would have been proud too if she understood.
Federation of Ethnic Communities'
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peak body that promotes multiculturalism, community
harmony and social justice. It is involved in community
education, advocacy for equitable access to services and
information for Australians from diverse cultural and
linguistic backgrounds, as well as human and cultural
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Rudd Southern African Connection
The sister-in-law of Opposition Leader of
Parliament Kevin Rudd and wife of Greg Rudd is a
of Islam Focus of Open Day
THE University of Southern Queensland
(USQ) on Saturday hosted an Islamic Centre Open Day
which invited people of all faiths and ages to learn
about the Islamic religion and culture.
The event was officially opened by
president of the Toowoomba Islamic Society Assoc.
Professor Shahjahan Khan and USQ vice chancellor
Professor Bill Lovegrove.
Professor Khan said in 1993 there was
only half a dozen Muslims studying at USQ, compared with
more than 200 now.
He said the open day highlighted the
Islamic values which included working together,
respecting neighbours and respecting each other.
Professor Khan throughout the invited
feedback and discussion about the Islamic faith.
Source: Toowoomba Chronicle
Kareema's Keep Fit Column
Q: After work I like to de-stress in
front of the TV. Not good, I know, so can you please
help with some suggestions, Kareema?
First of all, good on you for recognising that just
sitting in front of the TV is not good for you.
You should start by limiting the time you spend watching
TV, e.g.. 1 - 2hrs per evening.
If this is your way of de-stressing, try using a fitball
as your 'TV chair'. Just sitting up tall will engage and
strengthen the stomach and back muscles. Try following
some of these exercises and be sure to keep the back
straight at all times.
1. PUSH-UPS: bend and extend
elbows. Strengthens the chest and shoulders
level 1 - hips on the ball (beginner)
level 2 - knees on the ball
level 3 - feet on the ball (advanced)
2. LIFTING OPPOSITE ARM AND LEG:
strengthens the back
3. ALTERNATE LEG LIFTS: engages hips
and strengthening legs, abs and back
4. WALL SQUATS: feet shoulder width
apart (or slightly wider) - bend knees and push
up with your weight through your heels.
Strengthens leg muscles
5. CRUNCHES: lie on your back with
the ball on your stomach, lift shoulders up off
the floor while rolling the ball towards the
knees. Strengthens stomach muscles
All questions sent in are published here
anonymously and without any references to the author of
Graduation Ceremony Speech
an American university where she was
awarded an Honorary PhD
"I’m a novelist. My work is human
nature. Real life is all I know. Don’t
ever confuse the two, your life and
your work. You will walk out of here
this afternoon with only one thing that
no one else has. There will be hundreds
of people out there with your same
degree: there will be thousands of
people doing what you want to do for a
living. But you will be
person alive who has sole custody of
your life. Your particular life. Your
entire life. Not just your life at a
desk, or your life on a bus, or in a
car, or at
the computer. Not just the life of your
mind, but the
life of your heart. Not just your bank
accounts but also your soul.
People don’t talk about
very much anymore. It’s so much easier
to write a resume than to craft a
spirit. But a resume is cold comfort on
a winter’s night, or when you’re sad, or
broke, or lonely, or when you’ve
received your test results and they’re
not so good.
Here is my resume: I am a good mother
to three children. I have tried never to
let my work stand in the way of being a
good parent. I no longer consider myself
the centre of the universe. I show up. I
listen. I try to laugh. I am a good
friend to my husband. I have tried to
make marriage vows mean what they say. I
am a good friend to my friends and they
to me. Without them, there would be
nothing to say to you today, because I
would be a cardboard cut out. But I call
them on the
phone, and I meet them for lunch. I
would be rotten, at best mediocre
at my job if
those other things were not true.
You cannot be really first rate
at your work
if your work is all you are. So here’s
what I wanted to tell you today: Get a
life. A real life, not a manic pursuit
of the next promotion, the bigger pay
larger house. Do you think you’d care so
very much about those things if you blew
an aneurysm one afternoon, or found a
lump in your breast?
Get a life in which you notice
the smell of
salt water pushing itself on a breeze
seaside, a life in which you stop and
watch how a red-tailed hawk circles over
the water, or the
way a baby scowls with concentration
when she tries to pick up a sweet with
her thumb and first finger.
Get a life in which you are not
alone. Find people you love, and who
love you. And remember that love is not
leisure, it is work. Pick up the phone.
Send an email. Write a letter. Get a
life in which you are generous. And
realize that life is
thing ever, and that you have no
business taking it for granted. Care so
deeply about its goodness that you want
to spread it around. Take money you
would have spent on beer and give it to
charity. Work in a soup kitchen. Be a
big brother or sister. All of you want
to do well. But if you do not do good
too, then doing well will never be
It is so easy to waste our lives, our
days, our hours, and our minutes. It is
so easy to take for granted the colour
of our kids’ eyes, the way the melody in
a symphony rises and falls and
disappears and rises again. It is so
easy to exist instead of to live. I
learned to live many years ago. I
learned to love the journey, not the
destination. I learned that it is not a
dress rehearsal, and that today is the
only guarantee you get. I learned to
look at all the good in the world and
try to give some of it back because I
believed in it, completely and utterly.
And I tried to do that, in part, by
telling others what I had learned. By
telling them this: Consider the lilies
field. Look at
the fuzz on a baby’s ear. Read in the
back yard with the
sun on your face. Learn to be happy. And
think of life as a terminal illness,
because if you do, you will live it with
joy and passion as it ought to be
CARROT AND PECAN NUT LOAF
(Makes 1 loaf) 500 ml Snowflake
Cake Flour (280 g) - 5 ml baking powder - 3 ml bicarbonate of soda - 3 ml
ground cinnamon - 2 ml salt - 125 g butter or margarine
- 125 ml caramel brown sugar (100 g) - 125 ml white
sugar (100 g) - 2 extra-large eggs - 45 ml fresh orange
juice - 5 ml finely grated orange rind - 375 ml finely
grated carrots - 125 ml pecan nuts, chopped (75 g) - 125
ml sultanas (75 g)
CREAM CHEESE ICING 125 ml cream cottage cheese - 15 ml orange juice - 3 ml finely
grated orange rind - 625 ml icing sugar (400 g) - 60 ml
chopped pecan nuts.
Preheat oven to 180 °C. Sift dry ingredients together.
Cream the butter and sugars well together. Add eggs one
at a time and beat well after each addition. Add orange
juice and rind to mixture. Add dry ingredients and mix
well. Stir in the carrots, nuts and sultanas. Pour into
a well-greased 23 cm loaf tin and bake in preheated oven
for about 1 hour. Leave in tin for a few minutes and
turn out to cool off. For icing: Mix the creamed cottage
cheese, lemon juice and rind. Sift icing sugar and beat
together until just smooth and fluffy. Spread icing over
cooled loaf and sprinkle with chopped nuts.
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