During Ramadan, Muslims honor the time when they believe God revealed the first verses of the Koran. It is the month in which all Muslims atone and seek nearness to Allah (the Muslim name for God) by fasting and abstaining from sex and smoking. During this time, it is also encouraged to avoid evil thoughts and cursing. Soldiers, the sick, and the young are exempt from the fasting ritual.
Sawm is the Arabic word for fasting. The word is derived from the Syriac sawmo. In Afghanistan, India, Iran, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan the word rozeh, from Dari, is used instead of sawm. Turks call it oruç. In Malaysia and Singapore it is called puasa, which is derived from Sanskrit.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim year. Because of the Islamic lunar calendar, Ramadan falls in different seasons over a cycle of about 33 years. Because of the origin of its name, it is believed that Ramadan was originally a summer month. Ramadan once meant “the hot month.” It comes from the Arabic ramida, which meant “to be burnt, scorched.”
The Buffalo News (Buffalo, NY) May 31, 1995 Niagara Investment Advisors, a Buffalo investment advisory firm, has named Gregory E. Frey executive vice president and senior portfolio manager. He previously was vice president of trust investments at Fleet Investment Advisors. Frey is a graduate of the University at Buffalo.
The Insurance Club of Buffalo has named Nancy E. Ebert its 1995 “Insurance Person of the Year” and presented her with the Robert P. Lentz Award. She is assistant vice president of Clauss & Co.
The Greater Buffalo Partnership’s Small Business Council has elected Cindy Vastola-Lancaster chair. She is president and chief executive officer of Vastola Heating & Air conditioning Corp. Other officers elected are: vice chair, Kathryn O’Donnell, president of Botanicus Inc.; and treasurer, C. Anthony Rider, a partner at Ernst & Young.
Delaware North Cos. Inc. has appointed Germaine Daly Reinhardt manager of corporate communications. She formerly was an account supervisor for Eric Mower and Associates. Ms. Reinhardt holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from St. Bonaventure University. here livingston county news
Quiller & Blake Advertising Inc. of Niagara Falls has appointed Tara Gatto direct marketing coordinator. She formerly was print production and traffic assistant at Crowley Webb & Associates. Ms. Gatto holds an associate’s degree in information processing from Bryant & Stratton Business Institute. go to site livingston county news
The United States Postal Service has named Bill Downes lead plant manager for Buffalo’s processing and distribution. He previously served as manager of contract administration for the American Postal Workers Union/National Postal Mailhandlers Union. Downes holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and business management from Fairleigh Dickenson University.
CPAC Inc., a Leicester manufacturer of processing chemicals and pollution-control systems for the imaging industry, has appointed Becky C. Livingston editor/graphic designer. She formerly was a newspaper reporter at the Livingston County News. Ms. Livingston holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Geneseo State College.
A&E Television Networks has named Artie Scheff vice president of on-air promotions. Formerly director of on-air promotion, he is a graduate of American University. Scheff has garnered three Emmy Awards, two Broadcast Design Awards (BDA), and several top awards at the New York International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, MOBIUS International, Telly and Addy awards. The son of Joseph and Sandy Scheff of Williamsville, he currently is nominated for a record 15 BDA Awards.
Dr. Michael E. Merhige, a cardiologist with Buffalo Cardiology and Pulmonary Associates, presented a lecture on the United States’ View on Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Utilization at the Second International Conference of Nuclear Cardiology at Cannes, France. He also presented a paper on the detection of coronary artery disease.
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