Symbols of Recovery

first_imgThe Ebola outbreak in Liberia no doubt brought the country to its knees, and the news of the situation at one point seemed to have near-apocalyptic implications.  The last thing on the mind of anyone on the ground would have been art or creativity… or so they thought.  Yet, the many priceless acts of creativity throughout this crisis have helped millions of people nationwide emerge from denial and adopt preventive postures and protocols that would keep themselves and their loved ones safe during the epidemic. Among those championing the creative cause against Ebola are artist couple Omar El-Shabu and his better half, Maisha, along with several other Liberian artists who will present their works in a major exhibition at the National Museum in Monrovia from December 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015.  The other artists include Lawson Sworh, Mohammed Bah, Marcus Benn Yancy and Isaac Dubor.Named and styled “Recovery”, the exhibition aims to help eliminate the panic and fear people have of Ebola and make room for healing – “visual healing”, according to the organizers.The Shabus, better known as ‘Baba and Mama Shabu’, have had an extensive and coveted artistic career that sets them apart as nothing less than sages.  Baba, a painter with experience in academia as well as the African textile industry, is regarded for his expert knowledge of traditional African symbols, those native to Liberia being no exception. His use of traditional African symbols in his paintings encodes an awareness that viewers must learn to discover or rediscover, toward a stronger sense of cultural identity.  Such passion for traditional symbols has given birth to a series of projects including the up-coming one, Recovery. “My art is symbolic,” says Baba. “There are a lot of symbols inside of my work.  Now is the time for us to use art symbols.  These symbols represent courage as a way of moving forward from this Ebola outbreak.”The cultural symbols Baba employs come from across the spectrum of Liberian traditions, including Kpelle, Vai, Lorma and Mandingo, to name a few.Mama and Baba have for over a year published a monthly series of articles on Liberian traditional symbols in the Daily Observer’s LIB Life section.  She pens, he paints.  Lately, during the heat of the Ebola outbreak they shifted gears to produce the articles every week, highlighting the role of art and symbols in the fight against Ebola. “We need to do something that’s going to relate to recovery, especially as we get closer to recovering from this Ebola outbreak,” says Mama, speaking of the up-coming exhibition.  “A lot of artists are going to be a part of it, including Baba himself. After the initial shock from Ebola, the deaths, and how people are starting to say let’s move on. We shouldn’t remain down, we need to keep going forward.”The pair expressed their initial wish, which almost came true until the Ebola outbreak.“We planned this exhibition in March 2014 and started to share ideas with others,” Mama explains, “and then Ebola. We started thinking; artists have an important role during periods like this when everyone is down.  We could actually spark a recovery, and that’s how Baba said, let’s have a recovery exhibition.”The Recovery exhibition will be their second in post-war Liberia.  In 2012, Baba held a major exhibition titled, “New Water from the Ancient Well”, at the Liberian National Museum.According to the couple, the idea for that exhibition came about while visiting the museum one day and seeing it’s old artifacts.“Baba was looking at the old artifacts and decided that we needed to have an exhibition.  The exhibition featured pieces [already in] the museum as well as his contemporary interpretation of those pieces. We had paintings and textile tapestries – large wall tapestries. It was beautifuland such a success,” Mama recalls.The New Water from an Ancient Well exhibition sparked a renaissance in many different circles about heritage.  Since that exhibition, Baba has been working with a many artists who were inspired by his works.“A lot of artists have been coming up since the exhibition, giving time and doing different things with Baba,” Mama explains.  “Because of the exhibition, a lot of new art schools have opened and positive things have blossomed. When we produced the exhibition in 2012, we wanted to inspire the Liberian art renaissance.  We wanted to be a part of the renaissance taking place. And we feel that we’re a part of that.“We look forward to doing it again with the Recovery exhibition,” she continues, “and bring on board some of these artists that Baba has been working with,” she disclosed.According to Mama, fear and discipline has been the overall effect of the Ebola crisis.”If you follow the guidelines in staying safe and have instituted some discipline on yourself, you’ll see yourself moving above. And that is the antidote for fear. We have to admit, Ebola did that,” she says.The Recovery exhibition, Baba says, will highlight symbols of recovery and moving forward from the past.”We need all of these symbols because they’re symbols of strength and courage, to move us out of the Ebola era.  In my work, I project that image of courage, getting away from fear. We need to move forward as people.  This Ebola, like so many other elements that are in life, will come and go.  We can’t stop because they exist, we have been here in Africa for more than 10,000 years, and all of these things did not just happen.  There were many disasters, so we must move forward.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teen gets 18 months for assaulting, robbing ex-boss

first_imgA teenager was given an 18-month jail sentence on Monday when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he admitted to attacking and robbing his ex-boss of $500,000.Nineteen-year-old Imran Mohammed Persaud of Brickdam, Georgetown appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that on June 1, 2019, at Lot 333 Cummings Street, Georgetown, he robbed his employer Kamran Sheik of $500,000 in cash and one DVR player.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that Persaud was employed with the businessman but by reason of a misunderstanding with the Virtual Complainant (VC), he walked off the job.The Court further heard that on the day in question, the businessman went to work and noticed the defendant and another person sitting in his store.Shiek then decided to confront Persaud and it was at this time he was dealt one blow to the head with a piece of wood. The accused then relieved the injured man of the bag containing the cash and the DVR before making his good escape.The matter was reported to the nearest Police station and following an investigation, the defendant was arrested and confessed to the robbery.The Prosecutor added that the victim is the owner of a furniture store and after Persaud had left the job, he was paid for the two days that he worked.In addition to the sentencing, the Magistrate instructed Persaud to seek counselling while incarcerated.last_img read more

Local students chosen for acclaimed program

first_imgThree local students are being given the chance to attend a prestigious program this summer.The three students from Fort St. John and Cecil Lake were chosen from more than 1,000 students across Canada and will be attending the Shad Valley program in July.- Advertisement -Jacquie Gulevich, Daniel Zackodnik and Tim Wenger will have the opportunity to go to one of 10 universities, stay in residence and participate in workshops, lectures and teambuilding activities. The three are all students at North Peace Secondary School and will be attending the program along with 500 students in grades 10, 11 and 12 from across the country.According to Shad Valley, acceptance to the program is extremely competitive and chosen students have a high academic standing in the sciences, math or engineering, along with demonstrated leadership abilities. The program also offers financial bursaries and scholarships to certain students.These students will be given a head start in experiencing university life and for their future careers.last_img read more

Tech staff impressed by progress

first_imgCONCACAF U-15 Girls Championship… As the CONCACAF U-15 Girls Championship continues at the IMG Academy, Florida, USA, Guyana will seek to end their participation on a winning note as the team prepare for their final group match against The Bahamas today at 11:00h.This was the sentiment expressed by Guyana Football Federation (GFF) International Women’s Coordinator Paul Beresford following the team’s 2-0 defeat to the Cayman Islands on August 7.Guyana’s starting line-up against Cayman Islands in the CONCACAF U-15 Girls Championship“The girls are putting in all the effort and doing everything we’ve asked of them and more, and they deserve to have better results in the last two matches of the tournament,” said Beresford.“We again outshot our opponents in the match against the Cayman Islands, hitting the post four times, but were unable to get a good bounce. Additionally, the Guyana-based and the international-based players are bonding very well and working together as a unit; we know that as they play more games, they will get better. We play The Bahamas on Thursday (today) and feel that may be our breakout game of the tournament.”In recapping the match against the Cayman Islands, Beresford said he was pleased with the team’s performance: “The team showed great improvement from yesterday’s performance against a Cayman Island team who was very disciplined. Guyana made some tactical adjustments to our style of play that worked to perfection in the first half. The Cayman Islands team was frustrated and did not threaten the Guyana net much in the half. Guyana created many opportunities, but again could not capitalise on our chances, the half ended 0-0. A defensive lapse early in the second half resulted in a goal for Cayman.”The starting line-up for today’s match, captained by Shacaylah Williams, is as follows: Ludesha Reynolds (GK); Aliea Moses; Hasha Holder; Jenea Knoght; Samara Rodrigues; Samantha Banfield; Anaya Willabus; Kersti Thomas; Ashaya Doobay and Allianna Holder.The play-off will begin on August 10, following the group qualifiers, with the finals set for August 13 at 11:00h.last_img read more

Klopp sets up Reds defence for Leicester rematch

first_img0Shares0000Despite the loss on January 11, 2017, Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool will strike back against Southampton in their League Cup semi-final second leg matchLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 22 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is trying to plug the holes in his defence for Saturday’s rematch against Leicester City in the Premier League.The Reds return to the King Power Stadium to face the Foxes for the second time this week after losing 2-0 in the League Cup on Tuesday, putting their defensive problems on display while making it four in a row without a win. “Each manager in football has another hole to fill,” Klopp said. “But if you ask me what I would prefer – do you want your team perfect in defending set-pieces but they cannot play football, or would you prefer the other way around? I still would take this one.“We’ve spoken about set-pieces since I’ve been here, more or less. In different moments we conceded goals from the first ball – cross, header; cross, volley.“It’s concentration but it’s also a little bit of readiness in these moments, the second ball situation. What we have at the moment, because of the situation, everybody wants to help where the first ball is.“You see this very often, we come too close together in this situation and it means, for the second ball, we don’t have a good formation.“We really work on this and we see it in the game. Around these situations, there is not the same confidence as there is around, ‘give us the ball’. That looks a lot more natural.”Klopp will be without first-choice defenders Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip for Saturday’s return to the King Power Stadium, while Emre Can will face a late fitness test.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

STAR LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR DONEGAL’S MOST EXCITING FOOD FESTIVAL

first_imgSummer is here and it’s time to spoil yourself at the Homegrown Food Festival in LYIT on the 11th and 12th July. 2014 saw the launch of the Homegrown food festival in Aura leisure centre with the help of the Letterkenny town council the show proved to be a great success, “Well organised, great to see an event like this in this area of Donegal” – Eve-Anne McCarron, The food coast.  Last year the show had over 5,000 guests during the two days with the highlights being the artisan producers from across the country showing everything from homemade chocolates to native beef from Dexter cows to a big collection of craft beers and ciders, along with the producers we were proud to have some great chefs giving demonstrations over the two days including Rachel Allen, Paul Rankin, Brian McDermott and many more.This year in conjunction with the Local enterprise board and Letterkenny Institute of Technology the festival will be held on the showgrounds in a custom built marquee at LYIT.We’ve introduced a separate area for the demonstrations and an eating area so you won’t have to wait to enjoy your treats.Some of the great line up this year includes Kevin Dundon, whose Modern Irish Food was awarded  Silver World Medal – the highest award given in the inaugural food series category beating off competition from some of the world’s leading food television producers and broadcasters at the New York film and television awards. Along with Kevin we proud to have back Rachel Allen, who proved to be a great crowd favourite at last year’s show.On both days the “No salt chef” Brian McDermott will be showcasing his skills in the kitchen and teaching us how to be a little bit healthier when we are cooking.Ian Orr, from Browns restaurant, will be cooking up some mouth-watering dishes to further tantalise our palates and Letterkenny’s own Martin Anderson will be MC over the two days.This year we have an inflatable fun area for the kids to enjoy and again entry will be free for all kids under 12.We are very excited to have such a great program in store for our guests and can’t wait to see what the exhibitors will have as tasters enticing us to buy.www.homegrownfoodfestival.ie Facebook: HomeGrownfoodfestivalTwitter: homegrownfoodfeSTAR LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR DONEGAL’S MOST EXCITING FOOD FESTIVAL was last modified: July 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Waveboard 2.0 Will Offer Push Notifications for iPhone

first_imgRelated Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Of course, depending on the number of waves you’re involved in and how heavily they’re used, this feature could easily become an annoyance. Unfortunately, Google offers few control mechanisms for managing the waves you belong to at the moment – something that could lead to serious information overload for Wave users. For example, anyone can add you to a wave – even without your permission. This can lead to an inbox crowded with waves that you don’t really care about following. For some, this feature is a key selling point for Wave, but for others it’s just a chaos-inducing mess. That may change in future, though, when Google implements the “whitelisting” feature, which will allow users to create an approved list of fellow wavers, and only people on that list will be able to contact you. There’s no word yet on if or how you’ll be able to manage the new push notifications feature in the app’s settings. If there were configuration options that let you exclude some waves (like public ones, for example), then it would be even more useful. In any event, the app will now have some value-added features that make it worth the $0.99. Stay tuned to the GetWaveboard blog in the coming days for more details on the new features and how they work. sarah perez Tags:#Apple#Google#mobile#Product Reviews#Real-Time Web#web center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Push NotificationsEven more exciting, perhaps, is the push notifications feature. In addition to displaying a badge on the app’s icon showing the number of new waves, the push notifications feature will tap into the iPhone’s ability to display pop-up alerts on your device. As new text is entered into a wave, the iPhone will display the additional text in a push notification message: Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces If you’re not one of the fortunate few to have gotten your hands on a Google Wave invite, then you probably don’t have too much use for Waveboard, an iPhone-ready interface for Google’s new real-time collaboration system. However, if you’ve recently become a member of the Google Wave cult, you may have already forked over the 99 cents for this mobile app so that you could create, browse and respond to “waves” while on the go. While some early testers of the Waveboard app complained that it didn’t do anything more than what the iPhone optimized website already offered, the next release of Waveboard may have those naysayers changing their mind. Waveboard 2.0 has a few new features, but the one that will grab everyone’s attention is its ability to offer “push” notifications on the iPhone. According to a post on the GetWaveboard blog, the next edition of the Waveboard application (iTunes link) has been submitted to Apple and is now awaiting App Store approval. This process usually takes a few weeks, but in the meantime a couple of video previews let us see what’s to come. Quick InboxOne of the new features of Waveboard 2.0 is something called the “Quick Inbox” view. Since Google Wave loads a little slowly on the iPhone – something developer Dirk Holtwick says is out of his hands – he’s come up with a workaround for a speedier launch. The new “quick inbox” feature offers a fast-loading overview that displays the waves that have changed, as you can see in the following video:last_img read more

Cycle tracks to be set up in 10 cities

first_imgThe Maharashtra government is planning to implement its Streets with Cycle Track project in 10 cities to help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.A Government Resolution (GR) was recently issued naming Amaravati, Nagpur, Chandrapur, Kolhapur, Pune, Solapur, Nasik, Latur, Aurangabad and Jalgaon as the 10 cities where the Public Works Department (PWD) will lay cycle tracks on roads. A committee of four comprising the Additional Director General of Police (Traffic), Secretary PWD (Roads), and two members of NGO Mission Olympics will study the project and provide technical inputs. The committee will choose the roads for implementing the project and suggest modifications to the road design if necessary. It will also have the power to seek the help of organisations that promote cycling.Dedicated lanesThe GR stated, “It has been observed that people do not use cycles due to the absence of dedicated lanes. In several industrial towns, employees travel a distance of seven to eight kilometres to get to work. Setting up dedicated tracks would encourage them to cycle to work, leading to easing of traffic congestion and reducing of pollution levels.”The project will be implemented in other cities in the State based on the success of the project in the 10 cities. However, Mumbai and Thane, which witness the worst traffic snarl-ups, have been omitted from the first stage of implementation. A senior PWD official said clogged roads and ongoing infrastructure work in the cities led the department to omit them from the project for now. “It will be difficult to set up dedicated cycle tracks in these cities now. Roads are overflowing with traffic with ongoing metro work.”last_img read more

India’s cricket stars aghast at Smith punishment

first_imgIndia’s star cricketers have been astounded at the treatment meted out to former Australian captain Steve Smith that left him tearfully apologising for cheating in a Test match.The cricket establishment in India, the sport’s financial powerhouse, has avoided any public comment about the scandal engulfing Australia. “Fears run deep about any potential changes to the game that earns so much,” said one official.Read it at Sports24 Related Itemslast_img

Women’s Hockey Test: New Zealand beat Indian 3-2 in third match

first_imgIndian senior womens hockey team here on Wednesday went down fighting 2-3 to New Zealand in their third clash of the five-match series.Defender Sunita Lakra completed the milestone of playing 100 International matches.Lakra made her international debut in 2009 and since has been a backbone of the Indian team.She leads India’s defence in New Zealand along with Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo, Sushila Chanu, Udita and Gurjit Kaur.Born in Odisha, Lakra has climbed the ranks in Indian hockey with significant performances in the 17th Asian Games, 2016 Rio Olympics and was also instrumental in India’s successful outing at the Fourth Women’s Asian Champions Trophy and Women’s Hockey World League Round 2 in Canada.For New Zealand, Ella Gunson (13th minute), Deanna Ritchie (15th) and Shiloh Gloyn (39th) scored the goals while Deep Grace Ekka (9th) and Monika (59th) found the back of the net for India.On a losing streak in the series so far — having gone down 1-4 in the series opener and suffering a 2-8 loss in their second game, the Indian  looked a dangerous unit initially on Wednesday.They put up a structured performance with good attack, strong long drives, cross-field passes that put the hosts on the backfoot and constantly kept them in the hunt. The visitors played aggressively right from the word go and their strategy paid off in the first quarter when they found an early 1-0 lead in the ninth minute.Deep Grace Ekka converted a hard-hit penalty corner in the ninth minute after her first attempt found the foot of a New Zealand defender.advertisementThe hosts, however, were quick to equalise with Ella Gunson converting a penalty stroke in the 13th minute.The Black Sticks ended the first quarter with a 2-1 lead with Deanna Ritchie scoring a 15th minute field goal. She was well assisted by captain Stacey Michelsen in scoring New Zealand’s second goal.India found two good opportunities in the second quarter to score an equaliser when they earned back-to-back penalty corners in the 26th minute — but both went abegging.The higher-ranked New Zealand came up with textbook defence strategy to clear Indian skipper Rani’s strike on both occasions.Rani played a crucial role for India as she made space in the striking circle on several occasions, going for her trademark reverse-hit on goal but New Zealand keeper Sally Rutherford denied the Indian skipper success.New Zealand scored their third goal through Shiloh Gloyn in the 39th minute and India keeper Savita was kept busy by Kiwi strikers throughout the third quarter.Savita did well to keep the New Zealand strikers from taking further lead. With three minutes remaining in the third quarter, Savita made a crucial save when New Zealand bagged a penalty corner.Unlike their second match against New Zealand on Tuesday when maximum goals were scored by the hosts in the last quarter, the Indian defence was rock solid to deny any goal in the final 15 minutes of the match.With little less than two minutes remaining for the final hooter, India won a penalty corner in the 59th minute.A cleverly planned and executed variation saw Rani pass the ball to Monika who made no mistake in sending the ball inside the goal.The dying minutes of the match saw Indian women make desperate attempts to find space and go for a draw but with time ticking away, they had to settle for a 2-3 result.Hosts New Zealand are 3-0 up in the Series.The two teams will play the fourth match on May 19.last_img read more