Fresh off their 18 month 50th Anniversary Tour, the iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music, continues to add to their legendary status. With multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top ten hits such as “Fishin’ In The Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles”, multiple Grammy, IBMA, CMA Awards and nominations, the band’s accolades continue to accumulate. Their 1972 ground-breaking “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” album has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame. The bands’ recording of “Mr. Bojangles” was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2014 “Fishin’ In the Dark” was certified platinum for digital downloads by the RIAA.Today, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter) continue their non-stop touring in their 52nd year together. Three musical powerhouses joining them on stage in 2018 are Jaime Hanna, Jim Photoglo and Ross Holmes. Recent tour stops have included Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Stagecoach, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and many more. They’re recently sold out concert filmed and recorded live for the 50th Anniversary at The Historic Ryman Auditorium is an Emmy Award-winning PBS Pledge Special. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The legendary Nitty Gritty Dirt Band are bringing over fifty years of performing folk, rock, bluegrass and country blues together, to the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek, BC for one unforgettable night on Saturday, November 10th, 2018.Tickets are $74.45 and $54.45 and go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 27 at 10 AM. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Tiger Box Office Plus at the Encana Events Centre, Systems Sound Source Ticket Outlet in Fort St. John, BC, online at www.tigerboxofficeplus.ca or by phone at 1-877-339-8499.Watch the Moose FM Facebook page, for information on how you can win tickets before they go on sale. Plus sign up for the Energetictickets.ca Newsletter for your chance to buy tickets before anyone else. If you sign up before the end of the day Tuesday, you’ll get an email with all the information about how to buy tickets.
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Kolkata: Outgoing BJP MP from Asansol Babul Supriyo, who is contesting from the same constituency, triggered controversy yet again on Sunday morning as he was accused of playing the theme song of his party, which has already been banned by the Election Commission.The theme song had been sung by Supriyo himself. The commission had, however, issued a ban on the song immediately after it found the lyrics to be derogatory in nature. The commission had instructed the state BJP leaders to change the lyrics and the language of the song, as it had attacked Trinamool Congress and its supremo Mamata Banerjee in a subtle way. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) had clearly stated that the song could not be played under any circumstances by Supriyo or any other BJP leader, during the election campaigns. The CEO’s office had also told BJP that they would only consider lifting the ban after the party submits a revised version of the song, with changed lyrics and language. The commission had asked the BJP leaders to remove some lines from Supriyo’s song, as it had been identified as ‘derogatory in nature’. The election officials made their stand clear that they would give a go-ahead to the party only if they find the song devoid of any subtle attack on any other political party. Supriyo had also not obtained any prior permission from the Election Commission to sing the theme song for his party. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn sharp contrast and blatant disregard for the directive of the CEO’s office, BJP leaders and activists were seen playing the song on loudspeakers fitted in their vehicles, on their way to the rally at Brigade parade ground which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently. Supriyo had taken out a rally in Asansol on Sunday morning, when the controversial theme song was played in a speaker fitted on a tableau. The commission is currently looking into the matter. They are also keeping a tab on the media cell. However, Supriyo told the media that he did not receive any letter from the commission regarding the ban. He said what he had received from the commission was a letter asking for a revision in the lyric of the song. The legal cell of BJP is looking into the matter, Supriyo told the media in Asansol.
Rabat- King Mohammed VI has sent a message to the Women in Africa Summit, calling for further efforts to empower African women.On the occasion of the second annual Women in Africa (WIA) summit, September 27-28 in Marrakech, the King addressed several points on the empowerment of African women, not only as a “fundamental human right” but also a “necessity” for the socio-economic development of the continent.The monarch wrote in his message, delivered by royal advisor Abdellatif Menouni: “Despite the significant improvement in women’s conditions in Africa, it must be admitted that there is still a long way to go.” The King stressed that more efforts should be made to see more women in decision-making positions and “make the most of their ever-growing role as entrepreneurs and business leaders” in Africa, particularly women from “disadvantaged backgrounds.”To ensure their integration in the African economy, the King suggested that the women should be able to benefit from “innovative financing mechanisms” and have access to safe, sustainable technology. “In Africa, a continent which seeks to join the ranks of emerging powers, there is a great need for innovative, targeted initiatives as well as concerted efforts to make sure those initiatives create long-lasting impacts.” “Our continent needs to use an approach combining innovation and integration,” the King stated.The sovereign said that any obstacles hindering the success of women are “a stumbling block impeding the continent’s development.”The King drew attention to the “outstanding” achievements of African women, saying “Luck plays no part in [their] achievements.” They are “in fact, the result of … an ever-growing participation in the job market” leading to increasing numbers of women in the political, economic, and social fields.King Mohammed VI enhanced the role of Morocco’s 2011 Constitution in promoting gender equality, describing it as a “paradigm shift” that “establishes the principle of equality between women and men in terms of rights and freedoms and calls for efforts to achieve parity.”The King believes that “no country, economy, business or society can tackle today’s challenges, nor ensure optimal use of its resources and energies, without the full involvement of women.” Under the theme, “Looking at Africa with confidence, believing in its talents,” the 2018 Women in Africa event is hosting 500 participants from at least 70 countries.The first session of the summit in 2017, themed, “Investing for better governance with African women,” brought together 400 participants, including international experts.The symposium hosted conferences, master classes, and collaborative workshops. The meetings discussed various topics such as agriculture, energy, entrepreneurship, finance, water, and nutrition.Established under the patronage of King Mohammed VI, Women in Africa is the first international platform meant to support African women leaders and “boost their visibility within the continent and internationally,” according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).King Mohammed VI and women’s empowermentThe King’s promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment is embodied in his several initiatives, such as the training and integration center for women and youth in Tit Mellil in Mediouna Province, in the Casablanca-Settat region, inaugurated in June.The project, carried out by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity cost MAD 9 million. It is part of the King’s vision for youth and women and his willingness to ensure the integration of young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.Morocco’s dedication to women’s empowerment can also be traced in the new historical law criminalizing violence against women, and the country’s participation in international symposiums working for the same cause, such as UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).This year, Morocco has also appointed 299 women as public notaries (adoul), accounting for 38.37 percent of candidates passing the test in July. Of the 18,948 who took the test on May 6, 7,632 were women.Public notaries in Morocco, similar to lawyers, typically handle the paperwork for a multitude of transactions, including the sale of property, marriage contracts, and commercial contracts.The event is significant as previously only men were allowed to be public notaries, seen as a religious position.
The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today expressed his deep sadness at the loss of life from the earthquake and severe landslides that had struck Afghanistan on Sunday, while UN relief workers rushed in to assess emergency needs.”This is the newest in a series of devastating natural disasters to befall the long-suffering Afghan people, as they struggle to piece back their country and restart their shattered lives,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement. “The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and to the Interim Authority of the country,” the spokesman said. The earthquake, which measured 7.2 on the Richter scale, had its epicentre in the Hindu Kush region, but was felt as far afield as Kabul, Jalalabad, Faizabad, Mazar and Bamiyan, according to the latest situation report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The UN’s humanitarian response to the earthquake began this morning, with two World Food Programme (WFP) helicopters heading to the affected area from Mazar-i-Sharif to carry out an emergency assessment, according to WFP. The agency also has 22 tonnes of food on trucks en route, and two C-130 airplanes loaded with food, blankets and medicine in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on standby, so they can be sent in rapidly if the helicopter assessment team decides they are needed.UN officials meanwhile were in contact with Halo Trust, a non-governmental organization which operates in Afghanistan as part of the UN Mine Action Programme, to seek information on possible landmine sites in the earthquake area.
In a statement following the Council’s consultations on Angola, the current President of the 15-member body, Gunter Pleuger of Germany, welcomed Secretary General Kofi Annan’s latest report on the completion of the United Nations Mission in Angola (UNMA), set for 15 February. “Council members also commended the Secretary General’s Special Representative in Angola, Ibrahim Gambari, for his efforts to bring this important phase of the United Nations involvement in Angola to a successful conclusion,” Ambassador Pleuger said. Council members expressed their readiness to carefully study the observations in the Secretary General’s report, in which he says that although UNMA has completed its mandated political tasks, residual tasks require continued attention and support. These tasks include among others, the areas of human rights, mine action, reintegration and resettlement of ex-combatants, humanitarian assistance, economic recovery and electoral assistance.The Secretary-General proposes that the UN Resident Coordinator resume the responsibility for UN activities in Angola upon the conclusion of the UN Mission’s mandate this February 15.
According to a news release issued by the UN human rights office (OHCHR), Belize is a country of destination, transit and, to a limited degree, of origin, where human trafficking disproportionately affects women who are mainly trafficked for sexual exploitation – particularly women from the neighbouring countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Wrapping up her official visit to the country, UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons Joy Ngozi Ezeilo said Belize should avoid a “repressive” immigration policy that compounds the problem of human trafficking and undermines efforts at combating and preventing the phenomenon and providing holistic assistance to the victims. Ms. Ezeilo also cited a growing problem of crimes against children, especially sexual exploitation of young girls from poor families through the ‘sugar daddy’ syndrome and ‘fichería’ in bars, where men pay a higher price to drink with the girls (‘ficheras’), a practice identified as a prelude to prostitution. The expert welcomed Belize’s ratification of key human rights treaties and its adoption of the Trafficking in Persons Prohibition Act. However, she voiced concerns about the capacity and the willingness to identify trafficked persons and potential victims of trafficking, especially those in mixed migration situation.“More worrisome is the rampant and indiscriminate criminalization of irregular migrants for irregular entry into Belize which contributes to driving the phenomenon of human trafficking further underground,” she stressed.She noted that immigration officers routinely prosecute, convict and/or fine immigrants even before giving them an opportunity to tell their stories or be identified as trafficked persons or potential victims of trafficking. “The practice of criminalization of irregular immigrants is against international human rights standards and practices, especially given the inhumane conditions of detention and the absence of basic assistance including in establishing contacts with families, embassies and lawyers,” the expert pointed out. Ms. Ezeilo drew special attention to the fact that children under 18 years of age are also punished for breach of immigration laws and kept in prison since there is no separate facility for the detention of irregular migrants. “I met pregnant underage girls who may be potential victims of trafficking and are currently detained along with adults,” she said. “I am further concerned about the growing reports of child prostitution and sexual exploitation of girls in the tourism industry,” she stated. Ms. Ezeilo will present her report, including a number of recommendations, to the UN Human Rights Council at its June 2014 session in Geneva. UN independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
In an interview with UN Radio, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, described “a feeling of despair and of tiredness” in the Middle Eastern country from which he recently returned, adding that the strongest message he received from people on the ground was an appeal to “stop this carnage” and “give us some light.” “That was the strongest message I got and that’s why I’ve been so keen in trying to find some entry points to make that difference: not through a conference, not through a seminar, but through something tangible for them,” Mr. de Mistura said. The conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, has led to well over 150,000 deaths, and more than 680,000 people have been injured. At least 10.8 million people are in need of assistance inside Syria, including at least 6.5 million who are internally displaced.The violence has also spawned a refugee crisis flooding neighbouring countries with some 2.5 million people.Asked about his “new plan” for Syria and the region at large, Mr. de Mistura said the besieged city of Aleppo provides the best example of where the conflict could be frozen locally, as fighting between opposition and Government forces had ground to a stalemate amid the steady advance of ISIL militants. “If we can freeze that and show that at least Aleppo can become an area where we can provide some better life for citizens, then the focus can be, as it should be, on [ISIL],” he continued. The “new plan,” first presented to the Security Council last Thursday, would initially seek to freeze the fighting and create an environment whereby humanitarian aid could reach the beleaguered population in Aleppo. Additionally, it would also provide visible proof that the on-the-ground narrative can be shifted from a military one to a political one. “If that can be replicated,” Mr. de Mistura said, “then we may have a formula to cool off, if nothing else, the environment in Syria and lead to a political process, as everybody claims should be the case, rather than simply saying it but nothing happening.” The Special Envoy added that he would soon be returning to Damascus for further consultations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad where the specifics for bringing the plan to fruition would be discussed. “As you know, the devil is in the details. And the details in this matter count because it means lives saved and locations identified,” he explained. “That’s why I’ve been proposing Aleppo because it has many ingredients; it is a place which is iconic; it is threatened by the war between the two sides, the Government and the opposition; and it’s now also threatened by [ISIL].”
He even requires a secretary to run his busy diary and he only gave up driving in 2004.It was Frankland who championed the view that an allergic reaction is due to a malfunctioning immune system.In doing so, he and his colleagues opened up the possibility of radical new treatments for lifelong sufferers by using small doses of an allergen to, in effect, retrain the errant immune system.He told The Telegraph some years ago about his encounter with Saddam Hussein.He said: “I got a call [in 1979] to see the new president of Iraq, Saddam Hussein. They told me he had an allergy and he was being treated with various desensitising injections. But he wasn’t allergic at all; his problem was that he was smoking 40 cigarettes a day. “I heard some time later that he had had a disagreement with his secretary of state for health, so he took him outside and shot him. Maybe I was lucky.”During the Second World War, he joined the Royal Amy Medical Corps and was sent to Singapore. On arrival, he tossed a coin with a fellow medic to decide upon the institution where each would work. It was three days before Pearl Harbour on December 7, 1941.Some two months later, on February 15, 1942, the Japanese swept into Singapore.His colleague, who had gone to the Alexandra Hospital to work, died there along with other staff in an orgy of killing by Japanese soldiers armed with bayonets.Frankland survived the invasion but endured ”three-and-a-half years of hell” in an internment camp on Blakang Mati Island (now Sentosa).He now has a non-paid consultancy role at Guy’s Hospital, where he researched peanut allergies. He continued to see patients as a private consultant into his late 90s. After all his hard work, he received his MBE, aged 103, in 2015. “I told him to stop and if he wouldn’t I would refuse to come and see him again. I don’t think anyone had spoken to him like that before. Dr Bill Frankland, who we caught up with around his 100th birthday five years ago, is a remarkable man.He’s been asked by Saddam Hussein for treatment, suffered as a prisoner of war and worked with Alexander Fleming, and is still going strong.Born in Sussex, the doctor is known as the ‘Grandfather of Allergy’, which is his specialism – he helped thousands every year by convincing the media to show pollen counts in weather forecasts.Dr Frankland has received two cards from the Queen for reaching such a grand old age, and still drinks alcohol, cheekily telling the Daily Mail: “No wine for me — I had too much to drink yesterday”.Britain’s oldest working doctor still contributes to journals and consults people about their allergies. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Credit:Martin Pope Dr William Frankland at Buckingham PalaceCredit:Eddie Mulholland
Researchers at the University of Michigan have created a new chip – powerful enough to run an entire computing system – so small that it could fit on the head of a pin.It’s called the Phoenix chip, and it’s being labeled a huge innovation for the semiconductor industry. “This is the first true millimeter-scale complete computing system,” said the university’s Dennis Sylvester, a professor and one of the researchers of the project.The device uses an extremely low level of power, complete with a solar cell, and can transmit data to an external reader. It also has a pressure sensor, built-in memory, and its own microprocessor.Via Computerworld
Luna the Cavalier King Charles spaniel has a spring in her step these days on runs with her new owner Teri Wilson.“I fell in love with her,” Wilson, a Clark County Animal Control officer, said.The two met last June when police received anonymous reports of a domestic disturbance at a Vancouver home. Responding officers heard rumors of an injured dog and arrived to find Luna, then 7 months old, limping. Her owners voluntarily surrendered the pup to animal control. Department staff members found themselves in an unusual situation: they needed to choose to have her leg amputated or pay for a $4,000 surgery to get it fixed. With support from the public, they opted for the fix that put a stabilizing pin in the dog’s leg to ensure it healed properly.She’s now fully recovered and closed that transitional chapter of her life about a week ago when she was adopted by Wilson, who rescued her from the home and took care of her while she recovered from surgery.It wasn’t something Wilson thought would happen.“I usually go for herding breeds,” she said. “I never thought I’d see myself with a spaniel.”Now Luna joined ranks with the other dog at the Wilson home, a female Australian cattle dog name Icess.It’s a bit unusual for animal control officers to adopt animals they rescue, said Paul Scarpelli, manager of county animal control. It was a good outcome in this situation because Wilson put a lot of effort into taking care of Luna, he said.Wilson and Luna take 3-mile runs together when weather permits. Sometimes the dog rides shotgun in Wilson’s work rig and makes visits to the animalcontrol offices.Earlier this week, the pup scurried around animal control’s area on the third floor of the Public Service Center chasing a small green ball. Her long, silky black hair flowed behind her as she hopped, growled and wiggled for attention.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Friday it will allow some companies to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty, an effort to spur development and investment in green energy while balancing its environmental consequences.The change, requested by the wind energy industry, will provide legal protection for the lifespan of wind farms and other projects for which companies obtain a permit and make efforts to avoid killing the birds.An investigation by The Associated Press earlier this year documented the illegal killing of eagles around wind farms, the Obama administration’s reluctance to prosecute such cases and its willingness to help keep the scope of the eagle deaths secret. The White House has championed wind power, a pollution-free energy intended to ease global warming, as a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s energy plan.In other areas, too, such as the government’s support for corn-based ethanol to reduce U.S. dependence on gasoline, the White House has allowed the green industry to do not-so-green things. Another AP investigation recently showed that ethanol has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today.Under the change announced Friday, companies would have to commit to take additional measures if they kill or injure more eagles than they have estimated they would, or if new information suggests that eagle populations are being affected. The permits would be reviewed every five years, and companies would have to submit reports of how many eagles they kill. Now such reporting is voluntarily, and the Interior Department refuses to release the information.
Sunday — 937 adult summer chinook, 263 jack chinook, 3,291 steelhead, 457 shad, 2,345 sockeye. Water temperature was 70 degrees. Streamflow was 185,000 cubic feet per second.
SPOKANE — Officials from the University of Washington and Washington State University held meetings earlier this year to discuss a possible deal on “co-branding” a medical school in Spokane.The Spokesman-Review (http://bit.ly/1u8yvRS) reported Wednesday that a third meeting to seal an agreement was stymied when WSU officials hesitated.The board of regents from WSU on Friday unanimously approved the administration’s controversial effort to start a new medical school in Spokane, citing the “dire need” for more doctors in the state. WSU’s plan is opposed by the UW, which operates the state’s only publicly funded medical school.Scott Morris, chairman and CEO of Avista Corp., a Spokane-based utility, represented Spokane’s interests in the negotiations along with former Providence Health Care executive Mike Wilson. They wanted the two schools to strike a deal before each released reports bolstering their own plans for training more doctors in Spokane.Morris says people can “become entrenched” around such reports.WSU Regent Mike Worthy said he needed to delay the meetings with Morris, Wilson and UW leadership when it became apparent they were pushing for a contract when he had not yet informed his own board of the progress.Worthy and WSU President Elson Floyd also said they wanted to publicize a feasibility report commissioned by WSU that they believe lays out a compelling case for WSU to have its own medical school.
Avijit RoyThe charge sheet in blogger Avijit Roy murder case will be submitted next month, according to a top police official, reports BSS.We will submit the charge sheet of the case to the court after completing all necessary formalities accusing 10 people of which three have already been confessed their involvement in the killing, Md Monirul Islam, chief of the Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) told.Those who gave confessional statements before the court are- Shahriar aka Saymon, a computer engineering graduate from the Sylhet University of Science and Technology (SUST), Abu Siddique aka Sohel and Arafat Hossain aka Shams.All the three accused narrated the whole story of the killing including planning, motivation, training and execution and disclosed the names of 10 people including Farabi, an abettor who instigated the killers through Facebook campaign, the CTTC chief said.Major Zia and three others who gave confessional statement to the court were seen in the video footage before and the day of the killing of Avijit Roy, Monirul who is also an additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) added.Police so far arrested four accused and identified sacked Major Zia, one Akram Hossain of Dhaka, Mukul Rana, a BA Honours student of Jashore and Selim after scrutinising the close circuit cameras (CCC) set up in and outside the Bangla Academy, Md Saiful Islam, additional deputy commissioner (ADC) of the CTTC said.Mukul Rana was killed in an encounter with RAB in Jashore in 2016 and fugitive Akram has already been charged with another blogger Ashiqur murder case, Saiful said adding that they are trying to nab two more accused of the killing.The case was transferred to the CTTC from the detective branch of police in December in 2016 and CTTC Inspector Monir Hossain has been appointed as its investigation officer.On 26 February 2015, US-based Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy was murdered near the Teacher-Student Centre of Dhaka University by a gang of assailants in an attack that also left his wife severely wounded.
Kolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government in Bengal is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that normal life is not disrupted by any means in the 48-hour bandh called by the various trade unions on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.”We have a clear-cut stand and we do not support any bandh in the state. They (the Left) have pushed the state backwards in their 34 years of rule by calling bandhs. There will be no bandh,” Banerjee told reporters at Nabanna. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe state Home and Hill Affairs department has directed the state administration and police to ensure safety and security of the people and at the same time act tough against violation of law and order. “Any attempts in forcible closure of offices will be dealt with strongly as per provisions of law and any sort of attempt to enforce bandh by any means should be curbed,” an official in the state Home department said. The state Transport department has made special arrangements for services to ensure that people face no difficulty in commuting. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”On a normal day, around 2261 buses are there in the schedule. 500 more buses will ply on the roads on the strike days. Extra buses will be there at from all the Corporations of the state government bus terminals,” state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari said. He also added that 20 percent more trams and vessels will be plying on both the days. A meeting was held and the private bus operators were assured of compensation if there is any sort of damage to the vehicles. “We will be running buses in the same manner as on normal days,” Sadhan Das, general secretary of Joint Council of Bus Syndicate. The Eastern Railway and the Kolkata Metro have also said that all steps are being taken to ensure that there is no disruption of services. “Insurance provision for the affected buses and cars during the strike hours will remain the same as previous strikes,” a senior official of the state Transport department said. The Kolkata Police will deploy additional forces. There will be as many as 390 police pickets in the city. The state Finance department has already issued a notification making attendance in government offices mandatory for four days in the wake of the 48-hour general strike. No Casual Leave for absence either in the first half of the day or in the second on those days will be granted to the employees.
Inspired by the transformative journey of sea glass, and all the natural elements that converge in its formulation, a solo exhibition of mixed media art, by Mandira Ravindranath, is being organized at the Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi.Working primarily with ink on paper, Mandira creates elaborate, complex compositions in black on white, highlighted intermittently by the application of colour, within both geometric and abstract formations. Despite having lived in urban environments all her life, her chief source of inspiration is from nature and nature-derived elements. Hence, one can find a very organic feel to the form and abundant detail in her artworks. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSea glass starts its life as ordinary glass articles that are discarded at the seaside. Softened by water, abraded by sand and tumbled by the ocean tides, these sharp, jagged pieces are gradually transformed, becoming smooth to the touch and frosted and translucent in appearance. The colossal marine universe, with its undulation and swell of tides, its rocks, brine, shells and corals, is concentrated into their formation. This path of metamorphosis is portrayed here in the form of fine black and white ink drawings that are occasionally accented by colour, in the form of layered acrylic paint. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTaking a microscopic lens to flora, fauna and sea water, a world heavily populated with detail unfurls across paper, embellished with minuscule circles and clusters of fine lines. The fluid charm of sea glass, hidden underwater realms, shell beds, effervescent bubbles, grains of sand, the movement of waves and the foliage of forest floors are depicted within whimsically composed forms. Aquatic colour tones inspired by the sea, the liquid gold and multi-faceted hues of sunrise, and the shimmering silver of moonshine balance the delicate ink lineation and richly detailed, intricate depths of these works. Mandira utilises pattern and repetition to achieve an almost meditative rhythm while working. Both her choice of medium and her execution of these fine ink drawings reflect her meticulous and precision-oriented personality. Professionally trained in design, Mandira, a resident of New Delhi, made a shift to the art world in 2012, holding her first successful solo exhibition two years later. Sea glass is her second independent showing. One can visit to see the amazing art work from October 5 to 11, daily, between 11 am to 8 pm.
No related posts. Demonstrators from several public agencies and unions on Tuesday morning marched to the front of the Legislative Assembly in downtown San José, criticizing a range of issues, from the elimination of benefits for public workers to the Public Concessions Law. Others demanded the resignation of Environment Minister René Castro, as the main responsible for a failed project to build an oil refinery in the Caribbean province of Limón.The largest group, formed mostly by workers and students from the University of Costa Rica, gathered at La Hispanidad roundabout, east of the capital, and blocked transit to the canton of Montes de Oca.They were joined by members of the National Association of Educators (ANDE), the High School Teachers’ Association (APSE), and the Costa Rican Education Union (SEC) and other unions.Several schools across the country remained empty during the day.Protesters carried banners through the streets of San José and in all other provinces, in a nationwide collective display of discontent with the current administration, which ends next year.In Heredia, students from the National University and workers from the local public hospital blocked the main access road to the province.In Guanacaste, workers from the Costa Rican Electricity Institute and the Social Security System blocked traffic on the Inter-American Highway North.Hundreds of members of a citizen’s group called the Eastern Forum marched in the province of Cartago carrying banners and chanting slogans that called for the annulment of a public concessions law. They also protested against the government’s decision to block an extension of the Florencio del Castillo Highway, which connects Cartago with the capital.Groups in Cartago also demanded the construction of a new hospital for the province, substantial improvements in public transport and the building of a new sewer system.Dockworkers in both the Pacific province of Puntarenas and the Caribbean province of Limón closed access to the most important ports in the country.Protesters in Puntarenas also closed traffic to the Paquera ferry, which connects communities across the Nicoya Gulf. Tourtists and travelers also were affected by the protests as slow traffic on the General Cañas Highway in Alajuela forced many to abandon their vehicles and walk to the Juan Santamaría International Airport in order not to miss flights. The airport terminal is operating normally.Some residents in the Caribbean town of Limón 2000 burned tires and forced motorists to pay a “transit fee” on some streets in the area.But there were no major incidents as in previous protests held in recent months. Heavy rains at midday caused most of the protesters in San José to disperse. Facebook Comments
Related posts:Why Costa Rica will have a runoff election this weekend Costa Rica elections demonstrate country’s democratic stability Ex-President Abel Pacheco to back opposition candidate Solís Solís wins big but bigger challenges may be ahead, say analysts It looks like political junkies are going to get their last big fix before Costa Rica’s historic presidential runoff election on April 6.The National Liberation Party (PLN) and Citizen Action Party (PAC) have agreed to a debate next week, but with PLN’s lame-duck candidate Johnny Araya no longer participating in the campaign, it’s unclear who PAC frontrunner Luis Guillermo Solís would face.On Wednesday afternoon, PLN President Bernal Jiménez, who has taken control of the PLN’s troubled presidential campaign following Araya’s decision to stop campaigning earlier this month, invited PAC to two debates on economic and social themes as the second-round vote fast approaches.In lieu of a candidate to support, PLN lawmaker Luis Villanueva said the campaign was about “ideas, programs and the emphasis” of each party.PLN lawmaker-elect Mauren Clark said that despite Araya’s campaign suspension, the party had “a duty, as a party, with the team we have, with all the experience we have, to fight for the ideas, proposals and above all how we’re going to lead the country.”PAC campaign chief Melvin Jiménez agreed to the debate in a statement on Wednesday evening while chastising the ruling party for “improvising an event as important as a debate.” Jiménez added that infrastructure, anti-corruption measures and public works concessions should also be discussed, and he requested that there be one debate, per custom.“The PLN administration has demonstrated incompetence to resolve Costa Rica’s most serious problems. We would like the PLN to give an explanation for the terrible condition of road infrastructure, irregularities in the awarding of public works projects and corruption cases during that last several years,” the PAC campaign chief said.Araya stopped campaigning for the second round on March 5, amid financial woes and a national poll showing Solís with a 44 percent lead over his ruling party rival.The Supreme Elections Tribunal has said that the constitution requires Araya’s name to remain on the ballot, despite his refusal to continue campaigning. The former San José mayor said he would no longer actively campaign for the presidency but would accept the office if Costa Rican voters gave him the majority needed to win.Recommended: Raising chickens on the ‘Ruta de Alegría’ Facebook Comments
Some 88,000 people will be charged with supervising Sunday’s runoff election in which Ticos will choose Costa Rica’s next president for 2014-2018.That figure represents an increase of 4,000 people compared to the first-round Feb. 2 election, Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) President Luis Antonio Sobrado said on Friday.Most are voluntary staff in charge of monitoring polling stations, following accusations of ballot theft by a security officer last month.Sunday’s vote also will be monitored by 180 national observers from nongovernmental organizations, universities and other local groups, as well as 102 international observers from 14 countries.Josefina Vásquez Mota, a member of the Organization of American States and head of the international observers group, said she is satisfied with the security measures adopted by the TSE, as well as the tribunal’s efforts to implement OAS recommendations following February’s vote.The first recommendation addresses the transparency of polls released during the first-round campaign, which prompted the TSE to order polling companies to fully disclose survey methodology. That information is available on the TSE’s website.Observers also recommended legal amendments that would facilitate gender parity in access to public posts, which already is being considered by a bill in the Legislative Assembly.Vásquez added that observers praised the level of citizen participation in Costa Rica on Election Day, “including children who helped people find polling centers.”The TSE’s new security measures include better ballots, details of which “are kept secret,” Sobrado said.Some changes are noticeable, including a hole in the center of the ballot that is cropped in a certain pattern. Ballots also display a security pattern printed irregularly on either the top or bottom according to provisions known only by TSE officials.A total of 3,078,321 Ticos, including more than 12,000 Costa Ricans registered to vote from abroad, will choose Sunday between Citizen Action Party candidate Luis Guillermo Solís and ruling National Liberation Party candidate Johnny Araya. Araya in March opted to stop campaigning, but will be on the ballot.The first preliminary results will be announced by the TSE at 8 p.m. on April 6. Facebook Comments Related posts:Supreme Elections Tribunal official suspended following accusations of ballot theft Head of election monitoring mission expresses support for Costa Rican election authority Solís seeks 1 million votes in runoff election to strengthen his mandate Why Costa Rica will have a runoff election this weekend
Airport named among nation’s high priority infrastructureWestern Sydney Airport has again been included among the nation’s ‘high priority infrastructure’ projects by Infrastructure Australia.Infrastructure Australia today released the 2019 Infrastructure Priority List, which names Australia’s most significant nation building initiatives, this year outlining a record $58 billion project pipeline.Western Sydney Airport Chief Executive Officer Graham Millett said the $5.3 billion Airport project would provide significant benefits, both locally and nationally.“The Airport will be a game-changer for job creation in Western Sydney,” Mr Millett said.“Not only will it support around 11,000 jobs in construction and up to 28,000 when operational, but Western Sydney Airport will be the catalyst for higher quality jobs in the region.“The Airport is set to attract high tech manufacturing, medical and research industries that will mean new types of jobs for locals, who will no longer have to travel to the eastern CBD.“At least 30 per cent of our construction workforce must be from Western Sydney, that increases to 50 per cent when the Airport is operating.”Western Sydney Airport is also set to tackle Sydney’s airport capacity constraints, stimulating broader benefits such as increased trade and tourism.“Western Sydney Airport will operate 24/7, which is crucial to providing new opportunities for producers to export fresh goods to lucrative Asian markets,” Mr Millett said.Mr Millett also welcomed the Infrastructure Priority List’s inclusion of crucial road and rail initiatives to support Western Sydney Airport and the surrounding region.“Constructing the M12 motorway to the Airport and ensuring a rail connection is in place when the Airport opens will be very important to ensuring easy access for workers and passengers,” he said.Western Sydney Airport is set to begin international, domestic and air freight operations in 2026.Source = Western Sydney Airport