Liberia Visual Arts Academy Reopens

first_imgIt was a scene full of enthusiasm when nearly 20 students of the Liberia Visual Arts Academy (Livarts) finally had the opportunity to reopen the institution following months of closure due to the Ebola virus.Speaking over the weekend at Livarts campus on 15 Street, Sinkor, Leslie Lumeh the Executive Director said, “The creative vision of youths with the ambition to become artists should not be taken for granted by parents and the public.”He added that Livarts does not only teach the importance of students realizing the value of their inspiration, but that it also gives them a career.“At Livarts our goal is to influence the mind of future artists in a positive way, and it’s on this quality we are built,” he disclosed.He said “Visual arts can effectively address all ills in the society, craft opportunity for the generation of practicing artists to share their country’s culture and present issues that affect lives through their work.”Livarts as an institution was accredited in 2010, by the Ministry Of Education to run a two-year certificate program in specialist and technical education.As an arts institute, it ran a Kids Power program for 10-15 year-old children in helping build their critical thinking, creativity and innovation in art.Also, its certificate program is a two- year youth empowerment career course intended to upgrade visual arts skill. Upon completion of core coursework, the student will receive a certificate of achievement from the academy.Livarts works involved training of students in traditional arts of drawing, painting and photography, but also incorporate modern communication and design methods in technologies, Mr. Lumeh explained.Theophlius C. Bowah, a student of Livarts said, “Arts inspired the mind and the picture created presents things from different angles to the world, so as to connect you with your culture.”He added that being an artist has been his dream but it was through Livarts that his imagination and deep understanding of culture was in improved.Whether you are working from a photograph, from a memory or location, you need a retentive memory and a good drawing begins with a sketch in the mind, he said to the students. “I’m asking the public to support arts; it is the future of many creative youths of this country, Tracy Lumeh said, “ I’m very much excited to see myself in school after the long period of absence due to the Ebola crisis.”Mr. Lumeh said, “Livarts remains committed in building the creative vision of future artists and will enlighten their deep understanding about the Liberian culture.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Injured Jelavic to miss Chelsea clash

first_imgHull City’s top scorer Nikica Jelavic will miss Sunday’s Premier League game against Chelsea and could be out for the rest of the season because of a knee injury.The 29-year-old, who has netted eight goals this term, has been struggling with the problem this term and has now had to have surgery.Tigers boss Steve Bruce said: “We hope, knowing Jela, he’ll do his best to play a part [this season], but if we’re going to be realistic, it could force him out for the rest of the season.“Since the last operation it was pretty evident that it was still troubling him. It came to a head when he couldn’t really train again last week.”The Tigers started with Jelavic and January signing Dame N’Doye in a two-man attack against Leicester City last week.But although record signing Abel Hernandez is an option to replace Jelavic in the same formation, Bruce may well prefer Sone Aluko playing in a wide role in a 4-5-1 system.Meanwhile, Bruce believes Chelsea’s Champions League exit against Paris St Germain will not affect the chances of manager Jose Mourinho guiding his side to the title.“Jose has focused his attention straight back on the Premier League,” Bruce said. “They haven’t got that distraction and they are near-on certainties to go on and win the league.“Chelsea are the team everybody is trying to beat. You can’t see them, five points clear and with a game in hand, blowing the situation. But we need a result ourselves because we’ve got some tough games ahead.”Hull will also be without suspended midfielder Tom Huddlestone.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Randy Moss concerned about Antonio Brown after AB quits NFL on Twitter

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. Hall of Famer Randy Moss, no stranger to bizarre behavior, expressed concern for Antonio Brown after the star wide receiver said Sunday he is retiring from the NFL.“Now that he doesn’t have football, the people close around him better just pay attention to him and keep him close,” Moss said on ESPN after seeing a series of angry tweets from Brown.”I’ve been saying for the last couple months about just shutting up …last_img read more

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National Geographic Embellishes Human Fossil Data

first_imgConfronting millions of homes around the world is National Geographic’s latest cover: a wide-eyed, fearful looking small human with black skin, flared ape-like nostrils, bloodshot eyes and disheveled hair – all make-believe.  What was found are bones of a small human population that inhabited the island of Flores in Indonesia (see 10/27/2004 entry); the soft parts, skin color, nose shape, lips, hair and all the rest were reconstructed by an artist.  The April 2005 cover was probably in production before the revelation earlier this month that the “hobbit” creature dubbed Homo florensiensis had an apparently advanced brain despite its smaller skull size (see 03/04/2005 entry).    Inside, the subtitle declares, “Diminutive hominins make a big evolutionary point: Humans aren’t exempt from natural selection” (emphasis added).  The magazine is not claiming these beings were less than fully human, since true Homo sapiens fossils a hundred times older are represented on the evolutionary timeline.  Furthermore, any natural selection acting on this population of humans only reduced their stature, not their complexity or ability to make tools.  Nevertheless, the speculative artwork for which the magazine is famous abounds in this issue: a normal-size naked human white male hunting a naked black hobbit female in a cave, a hobbit male confronting a giant Komodo dragon, and naked specimens of the Dmanisi population of Homo erectus (see 08/01/2002 entry) fighting off hyenas from their prey.The in-your-face attitude of National Geographic about evolution, with every claim getting sensational coverage more art than science, may be having a backlash (see 11/29/2002 entry); was this the last salvo by outgoing editor Bill Allen?  (See 02/15/2005 entry).  We already knew that National Geographic was playing fast and loose with this H. florensiensis fossil (see 12/01/2004 entry); they are perhaps the worst of all the lying reporters (see 11/29/2004 entry) because of their long track record of storytelling with artwork when the data does not justify it.  A picture is worth a thousand blurs (see visualization in the Baloney Detector).    National Geographic is slow to mention various important points: (1) Fossils can be distorted by geology (see 03/28/2003 entry), especially these that were found in a delicate state “as fragile as wet blotting paper.”  (2) The questionable dating of early-man specimens (see 02/16/2005 entry, for example) sometimes leads to absurd conclusions (see 02/18/2005 entry).  (3) Variations among living humans (pygmy, Watusi, tall, short, thin, stout, etc.) could be enough to give paleoanthropologists a field day of classifying them into different species and evolutionary lineages if they were only known from skeletons; how much more so the flimsy remains of skeletons from the past, or the variations between Homo erectus (see 03/21/2002), Neanderthal (10/01/2004) and modern humans?  (4) All fossil hominids could fit within the expected range of variation of a single species, according to one researcher (see 01/01/2005 and 05/24/2004 entries).  Remember when Jeff Schwartz called Homo erectus a “mythical” classification?  (5) Most paleoanthropologists base their work on flawed assumptions, warned Leslie Hlusko last year (02/19/2004).  (6) Most of the early man artwork that disgraced earlier NG covers in the 60s and 70s has been debunked, and old assumptions have been replaced by new questions (11/05/2003).  Have they learned anything?  Apparently not much more than how to make even more realistic cartoons; teen voyeurs are sure to get a rush out of the current issue.  How do they know these tribes didn’t wear fashionable dragon-skin robes as they talked philosophy and politics around the campfire?    Because National Geographic avoids these damaging points, and concentrates on art and storytelling more than data, they cannot be trusted as an impartial source.  They are bent on spinning any skull into a yarn about evolution, even though human evolution has already been falsified (see 12/30/2004 and 11/18/2004 entries).  Although they began asking some good questions about Dmanisi man back in 2002 (see 08/01/2002 entry), they made it look as primitive as possible this time.  And they leapt upon the Hobbit find way too early, long before it has been subjected to critical analysis and peer review.  Black people should be incensed over the racist representation of the smaller-than-normal population of human beings.  It’s time for sensible people to flood NG again with well-written, cogently-argued letters to the editor.  Don’t ask them to censor reports about fossils; insist, rather, that they present all the data, including the parts that undermine their favorite storytelling plots.  Let the new editor Chris Johns know you expect accuracy in media.(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Mighty Sports faces Magnolia in tuneup ahead of Dubai tilt

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Ateneo overwhelms UV to win 2018 PCCL title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “Though a win is a win, we still have a lot of work to do,” Tiu said after beating the Elite.“In a scale of 10, we’re still at level 5,” said Tiu, the younger brother of former Rain or Shine star Chris.  “We need to reach 7 or 8 before we leave for Dubai. The tournament there is very tough.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Dubai tilt tips off on February 1 with Mighty Sports in for a grind against some of the toughest clubs from Jordan, Lebanon and UAE.Alex Wongchuking, who co-owns the team with younger brother Caesar, is looking forward to a much better finish this time after the team blew several opportunities in its first foray in the annual tournament two years ago. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “I’ll be happier if we can reach the semis this time,” said Wongchuking. “That’s our goal and I’m confident coach Charles, coach Jong (Uichico), coach Woody (Co) and coach Dean (Castano) can bring out the best from Lamar (Odom) and the rest of the team.”Justine Brownlee, the Barangay Ginebra resident import, is expected to lead Mighty Sports. Apart from Brownlee,  former NBA star Lamar Odom and Chinese Basketball Association veteran Randolph Morris will also beef up the squad.Odom, who won two titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010, has already joined the team after arriving in Manila on Wednesday.The team is also looking to get a lift from Fil-American prospects Jeremiah Gray and Roosevelt Adams and ex-pros Ty Tang, Joseph Yeo, Jett Manuel and Gab Banal as well as college stars Juan Gomez Di Liaño of University of the Philippines and College of St. Benilde’s Justin GutangADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Mighty Sports coach Charles Tiu feels his team is still far from where it wants to be less than a week before plunging into action in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament.Mighty Sports is coming off a win over the Blackwater Elite in an exhibition game but Tiu wants to see more from his wards when it faces the Magnolia Hotshots in another tuneup set on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Conservatives contemplate Quebec byelection impact of NDP leadership

first_imgWINNIPEG – Federal Conservatives emerged Friday from two days of meetings, upbeat about the task ahead of holding the Liberals to account and strengthening their own party.The work begins in earnest almost instantly as Quebec Conservatives plan to rally next week in the Quebec riding just vacated by longtime Tory stalwart Denis Lebel.The byelection there will be an early test for new Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and could be a tough one to pass: Lebel won Lac-Saint-Jean in 2015 with just 33 per cent of the vote.But the Conservative feel wind in their sails thanks to a proposal by the Liberals to make changes to a tax code they argue currently allows wealthy businesses to get out of paying tax. But businesses in nearly every sector of the economy have said they are the ones who will take the real hit — and the Conservatives are harnessing that outrage.“They are hearing from every kind of small business across Canada, every kind,” said Scheer of the Liberals.“They are ignoring them. The Liberal arrogance on this is astounding.”Along with developing the lines of attack they’ll use against the Liberals come the return of Parliament, the Conservatives are also thinking farther down the road to how they’ll assemble and roll out their own proposals for the 2019 election.Election strategy was part of the discussion at the fall planning meetings, with the Quebec byelection not the only one on the horizon.Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose’s seat is empty in Alberta. Saskatchewan Conservative MP Gerry Ritz and former Liberal cabinet minister Judy Foote from Newfoundland and Labrador both recently announced their retirements.Those three are considered secure holds for their respective parties, but Quebec could be a competitive race. Expect to see Tories on the ground there often in the coming months. The byelection has not yet been scheduled.The Conservative candidate is Remy Leclerc, a former social worker who spent the last decade working for Lebel. On Thursday, the Liberals nominated a popular local mayor, Richard Hebert.“It’s a riding that’s important for us to win,” said Quebec Conservative Maxime Bernier.“We’re only 11 MPs in Quebec, we need to be more members of Parliament from Quebec if we want to win the next election.”The party elected 12 MPs in 2015 — including Lebel — their best showing in the province under former leader Stephen Harper.It came largely at the expense of the collapse of support for the New Democrats, with Tories picking up seven of their seats.Lebel’s narrow finish in a riding he’d held for 10 years, however, was also due to a drop in NDP support and a consequent boost for the Liberals.The pattern of NDP votes going to the Liberals repeated itself over and over again in the 2015 election and in some places cost the Tories seats.Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt said the smaller NDP vote in Atlantic Canada, as well as in the Toronto area, were factors for her party’s reduction to Opposition status. The party analyzed results like that across the country during their morning session Friday.But just as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is irritating former Conservatives with measures like a review of the tax code, so too will he have to address the former New Democrats who came his way, she said.“Mr. Trudeau has broken a lot of promises those NDP voters counted on and he’ll have to atone for those as well,” she said.An unknown for the Conservatives, however, is who the New Democrats will select as their new leader next month.Deepak Obhrai said he gave his fellow MPs an assessment Friday of the potential impact of candidate Jagmeet Singh. Obhrai called him a divisive figure in the Indo-Canadian community.“If he does become leader, which I’m not sure, then there is a very big potential of many Jack Layton-type NDPers looking for a new home,” Obhrai said.“That’s support we have to look into.”Conservative Gerard Deltell says he knows NDP candidate Guy Caron well, because the two have both served as finance critics. While he’s not offering an endorsement, he said he thinks Caron has been running a good campaign.“We do not select our opponent, we fight them,” Deltell said.“Let them select who they think is the best leader and we will address it.”last_img read more

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NDP MP calls for Conservative Senator to resign after residential school comments

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN National NewsNDP MP Romeo Saganash is calling on Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak to resign after comments she made about residential schools.Saganash, the Member of Parliament for Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou, and a residential school survivor.On Wednesday night, Beyak stood in the Senate chamber and told her colleagues that the media was only reporting on the bad news stories coming from the residential school issue and not the good that some people [email protected]last_img read more

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Japans minister of cybersecurity has never used computer

first_imgTOKYO — Japan’s minister in charge of cybersecurity is in the spotlight for acknowledging he has never used a computer and making comments showing he has no idea what a USB port might be.Ruling party lawmaker Yoshitaka Sakurada, also in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, was replying Wednesday to questions from independent and opposition legislators.“I give instructions to my aide and so I don’t punch into a computer myself,” he said. “But I am confident our work is flawless.”When asked about the power grid and malware, Sakurada said USB was “basically never used” in the utility systems, appearing to not know what it might be.Lawmakers laughed incredulously at his replies, which were highlighted in Japanese media. Questioning and answers in Parliament are also carried live on national TV.Ministers in Japan almost always get parliamentary questions in advance. Often their answers are based on briefings from ministry bureaucrats. In Sakurada’s exchange, bureaucrats were seen rushing over to give him sheets of paper with information.Ministers are tapped by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Sakurada was named to his position in the latest Cabinet reshuffle last month.Although the minister is not expected to have much hands-on responsibility in the handling of either cybersecurity or the Olympics, Sakurada’s high-profile bungling is an embarrassment for Abe.Sakurada, 68, a graduate of Meiji University, was first elected to parliament in 1996, representing Chiba prefecture, near Tokyo.His favourite issues are pushing for Japan’s economic prosperity and supporting its culture. “There is no genius that surpasses effort,” is his favourite motto.___Yuri Kageyama is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaOn Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yurikageyama/?hl=enYuri Kageyama, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Mohit Raina is a shy person says Dia Mirza

first_imgMumbai: Actress Dia Mirza, who will be seen along with actor Mohit Raina in the upcoming web show “Kaafir”, says the latter is the shiest actor she has ever worked with. “Mohit is the shiest co-actor I’ve ever worked with. He took about 15 days to open up… even more than the little girl who plays my daughter in the show,” Dia said in a statement. Dia also finds the “Uri: The Surgical Strike” actor naughty apart from being shy. She added: “It’s said quiet children are the naughtiest and he is just like that! He is a complete joy to work with. “He takes a little time to reveal himself because he is shy but full of energy. He is naughty, in a nice way and I think he has the kindest eyes.” The show was shot in Himachal Pradesh and Mumbai. Directed by Sonam Nair, “Kaafir” will stream on OTT platform ZEE5 from June 15.last_img read more

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Be Wary Of These Overachievers When Filling Out Your Bracket

Largely disregarded going into the season, Northern Iowa and Butler have put together great years. Butler, unranked nationally and picked to finish seventh in the 10-team Big East back in October, placed second in the conference and finished 22nd in both the AP and Coaches’ polls. Northern Iowa exceeded expectations by an even greater margin, finishing 12th in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings (with a gaudy 30-3 record) despite being pegged for 74th in the preseason.Looking ahead to the NCAA tournament, the way both teams are seeded makes them favored to win at least one tournament game, with a puncher’s chance at even more.Great story, right? Well, sure, but our research has shown that even after a stellar season, it’s hard for such teams to completely shake off their humble beginnings. While a team’s statistical power rating will tend to stabilize late in the season, the residue of preseason expectations seems to have a lingering effect.To illustrate, I compiled pre-tourney Simple Rating System (SRS) grades for every NCAA tournament-bound team since the dawn of the 64-team-bracket era in 1985. I also crafted preseason projected SRS scores for each school using a weighted, regressed-to-the-mean average of its SRS ratings over the preceding two seasons.1For the curious: I gave a weight of 67 percent to the previous year’s score, 22 percent to the team’s score for the year before that, and 11 percent to the NCAA-average SRS score of zero. When attempting to predict the outcome of a given NCAA tournament game, the difference between a team’s seasonal SRS rating and that of its opponent clearly carries the greatest weight. But the difference between the teams’ preseason SRS projections can also alter a team’s probability of winning a tournament game by as many as 5 percentage points.This dynamic even extends to highly ranked teams such as Maryland, who finished 8th in the final AP poll after beginning the year unranked. Teams of that ilk have historically won about 25 percent fewer NCAA tournament games than they ought to have, given where they were seeded. And our model says the Terrapins are on the same track; while No. 4 seeds traditionally win about 1.5 games per tournament, our model projects an average of just 1.2 wins for Maryland in this year’s tournament.So, including Northern Iowa, Butler and Maryland, who are this year’s overachievers to be wary of? Here are this year’s teams, ranked by whose preseason rating differed the most from the non-preseason components of their overall FiveThirtyEight power rating:Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

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