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Entries for July 2007

St. Joseph Family Festival – 2007 A Grand Success!
By Sam Yousif :: 156 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture

Michigan, USA - Picture perfect weather in the mid 80’s with a rolling cool breeze excited organizers as they waved cars into the fair ground.   Nearly five thousand Chaldeans gathered at the Knights of Columbus family picnic grounds for the St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church 2007 annual family festival.  The attendance was much better than the last year and continues to grow at an exceptional rate as more and more families recognize the importance of their Chaldean church and community. 

The picnic was organized in appreciation and for the importance of faithful Chaldean families for their support and guidance.  Families enjoyed a sparkling day as St. Joseph church members, well-wishers, and their friends celebrated, danced, ate and played. 

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Chaldean Aquaman Readies to Paddle the Great Lakes for Cancer Awareness
By Huda Metti :: 47569 Views :: Health & Fitness, Career & Education, Sports, Art, and Entertainment

Michigan, USA - Joe Bidawid, professional board rider, uses his paddle in the fight to finding a cure for cancer.  The middle child from a family of five children has his eyes set on breaking a world record as he trains to stand-up paddle surf across Lake Michigan from St. Joseph, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois. 

The Farmington Hills, Michigan Chaldean native is perhaps one of the more versatile athletes in professional boarding.  Skiing, snowboarding, windsurfing, kiteboarding, and surfing, Joe Bidawid has mastered them all at a world class level.  Capturing the imagination of world boarders the Chaldean Aquaman has been featured in top sports boarding magazines and local Michigan papers.

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Chaldean Church Sports League (CCSL) Prepares for Playoff Game
By Sam Yousif :: 186 Views :: Health & Fitness, Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture, Chaldean Church Sports League

Michgian, USA - The southeast Michigan Chaldean Church Sports League prepares for their playoff games this Saturday, July 21, 2007.  The Chaldean Eparchy (Diocese) of Eastern United States has narrowed the four top performing church teams in the 18 and under category of girl’s volleyball and boy’s flag football. 

In the heart of Southeastern Michigan at the Southfield Municipal Civic and Sports Center hundreds and hundreds of Chaldeans gather to play, pray, and show their support.  The Chaldean church teams have been competing weekly for nearly two months.  Based on their win-loss record and total game point earnings the top four church teams qualified for the League playoff games. 

The CCSL is attracting a high level of talent and producing great competition.  The league features some of the best athletes in the Chaldean community as all-American high school athletes lead their respective church to victory on the field and on the sand court.

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Chaldean Peace Rally Draws Attention to the Plight of Native Iraqis
By Sam Yousif :: 14738 Views :: Government & Society

Michigan, USA - A peace rally organized by Chaldean community leaders adds to the growing discontent and lack of confidence in America’s effort to stabilize Iraq.  Chaldeans gather in the heart of Southfield, Michigan to demonstrate their frustration.  The large and influential Chaldean population in southeast Michigan says enough is enough. 

The Chaldeans are all too familiar with the pains of persecution at the hands of fanatical Muslims.  The continual attacks against the peaceful Catholic sect have echoed across the ocean as Chaldean family members receive word of abductions, torture, rape, and killings.  Many voiced their concerns and shared their bewilderment at how poorly managed the war has been thus far. 

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Chaldean Exodus Remains Unnoticed and Ignored
By Rita Abro :: 18 Views :: Law & Order, Government & Society, World News & Odds 'N' Ends

Goettingen, Gergmany — While Iraq is constantly in world news reports the plight of Iraqi Christians goes mostly unnoticed. According to the Society for Threatened People in Goettingen, Germany, Iraq currently experiences the biggest persecution of Christians of our time.

In fear of murders, bomb-attacks, kidnappings, and torture  Christians have been fleeing the country by the thousands.

Approximately 75 percent of the 650,000 Christians in Iraq have been driven from their homes. They have fled mainly to neighboring Syria or Lebanon.

A Christian community with a history of 2,000 years is in danger of becoming extinct, according to the human rights organization.

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Tragic Swimming Accident Shocks The Community
By Sam Yousif :: 132 Views :: Community & Culture

MIchigan, USA - The heartbreaking news spread like wild-fire when the community heard of tragic drowning of Ryan Binno, 22, of West Bloomfield, MI, USA.  “I was at a wedding when I was called by friends late in the evening,” says Tonya Konja.  “It was so sad.  My heart goes out to the family.  The Binno family is well known and loved in the community.”

On Sunday, Chaldeans lined Cass Lake for days praying for a miracle.  Family and friends supported one another as the community came together after hearing the tragic news. 

Ryan Binno remained missing and presumed drowned after he dived from a pontoon boat and did not surface.   He was among seven people swimming off a pontoon boat in the middle of the lake Sunday evening.  Binno was last seen shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday when his friends were swimming off the boat in the middle of the lake, said Sgt. Dan Toth of the Oakland County Sheriff 's Office Marine Division. 

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Beware of Burns This Summer Says Dr. Samir Nammy
By Amer Hedow :: 6 Views :: Health & Fitness

Michigan, USA – Chaldeans need to beware the hot summer.  With the excitement of heading to the beach, chaldean family barbeques with plenty of food and running children, or the excitement of July fireworks, Chaldeans need to be aware.   Chaldeans in Michigan need to be especially vigilant as the hibernation of a cold winter and wet spring can lead to careless behavior over the excitement of a hot summer. 

In the emergency room at the University of Michigan Hospital doctors and nurses know what that means: any minute now, another burned patient will come through the door needing immediate treatment.

Maybe it’ll be a Chaldean woman who burned her bare feet walking over the buried coals of a beach bonfire, or a Chaldean child who got too much sun and developed skin blisters.  Maybe it’ll be a Chaldean teenager who came too close to the hot exhaust of a lawnmower, or a Chaldean father who didn’t heed the warning on a package of fireworks.   Or maybe it’ll be a Chaldean toddler who strayed too close to a fire pit, or a backyard chef who got impatient with a charcoal fire and tried to jump-start it with a squirt of lighter fluid.

Whatever kind of burn comes through that emergency room door, says emergency physician Samir Namy, M.D., it almost surely didn’t need to happen.

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Father’s Role Very Important Says Chaldean Pediatrician, Author, and Researcher
By Amer Hedow :: 9 Views :: Health & Fitness

California, USA - The American Chaldean Father spends over 15 hours a day at work.  That leaves little time for the family.  “I have to work this hard.  How am I going to feed my family, pay the bills, or be able to afford the stuff my children want or need,” says Waseem Bokus, a grocery store owner in the heart of San Diego.   “I know I should spend more time with my children but what can I do?”

Chaldean fathers unable to find employment in corporations have few alternatives.  Either they create their own business or join day laborers in Southern California.  The difficult situation takes it toll on the Chaldean family and the impact may be more severe then most Chaldean families can tolerate.

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