Our Children Express Beauty

first_imgToday we’re showing our children that we appreciate their artistic expressions of beauty.Noted Liberian artist, teaching artist, and arts activist, Dolly Barnes, has a favorite saying, “Find beauty in God’s gifts to all of us today and smile with it so that someone will benefit from your beauty today, and smile with you. Be part of God’s beauty in the universe.”Why is beauty important? Beauty has a calming effect that opens the body, mind, and spirit to life giving energies like communication, cooperation, and unity.How do children know that? Well, maybe early exposure to beautiful natural phenomena, beautiful sounds, and beautiful sights and objects embed this awareness in them. Certainly many successful artists we’ve interviewed in these pages were exposed to the beauty of art at a very early age and benefitted from it. Like Ripening Fruit, they grow, become more beautiful and share their beauty with others in our society.Enjoy and encourage our children’s expressions of beauty! 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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Guyana could become new Panama in the Region – Jagdeo

first_img…decision to scrap initial CJIA plan will hamper progressBased on Guyana’s unique geographic location, it stands to serve as a major hub in the Region, even becoming the new Panama, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has suggested.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoBut Jagdeo, a former President, said Government’s move to scrap the initial plan to expand the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) could prevent this from becoming a reality.The Opposition Leader claimed that the plan was catered to make CJIA a modern airport to accommodate aircraft from various countries, which would have eventually created trade opportunities.“It’s an enhanced cake shop now…they have cut out all the modern features. The length of the runway was critical to bringing in some types of aircraft here. We can’t even go to market,” he stated.Jagdeo recalled that under the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Administration, discussions were held with KLM Royal Dutch Airline and Suriname Airways to look at the possibility of having flights to Europe.According to him, the idea was to create an avenue where flights could have departed Guyana to Suriname and then onto Europe and vice versa. At present, Guyanese travelling to Europe have to travel to either Panama, Miami or New York, before they can go directly into any European country.“We could have direct flights into Europe but they will not come because those aircraft can’t land. That was the objective of lengthening the runway. You can’t go and market for a hub until you have facilities. That is what we were doing, but they have done their own thing,” he opined.Boost trafficThe Opposition Leader said that traffic would have been increased had these initial plans had been carried out. First, Jagdeo said that perishable exports could have seen an increased. “Once you have more airlines flying you will see the cost of freight going down,” he said, which would have lent to that uptick.He also lamented that Guyana could have had more regular flights to Suriname, Northern Brazil, Barbados, Trinidad and onto Europe and North America. The PPP Administration was also in talks with South African airlines, discussing the possibility of them operating here, but the runway was an impediment.“They not marketing anything…If we look at the cost of borrowing, we would have borrowed over $170 million more in debt payment and if you add a small fee to every passenger and security you would have serviced the loan… It was a feasible project… but they need to do much more,” he added.The US$150 million project was scheduled to be completed within 32 months of its commencement in 2013. However, Thorne noted that the deadline was extended to December 1, 2017, since the project would have experienced several delays.In 2012, Guyana, under the leadership of former President Donald Ramotar, had secured a US$138 million loan from the China Exim (Export-Import) Bank to fund the expansion and modernisation project, for which the Guyana Government has injected some US$12 million.However, when the coalition Government came into power in 2015, the project was put on hold, but following discussions between Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and the contracting company China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC), it was announced that the project would be continued.Government was optimistic of the project being completed by 2017. At a project update briefing, it was noted that of the US$150 million, only US$37.3 million had been expended to date. Of this amount, some US$33 million was spent by CHEC, which included US$1.9 million of local funds put up by the Government of Guyana. To date, the project is still to be completed and the airport remains in a haphazard state.last_img read more

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Cultural plan sets big goals for the city

first_imgPhoto: Lisa Bush, left, and Cindy Haapanen present the cultural plan to a full audience and City Council on Monday night – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caAfter almost four years in the making, the Cultural Plan Final Report is complete.- Advertisement – Chief Consultant Cindy Haapanen presented the 200 page document on Monday night to City Council. Spokesperson for the Fort St. John Community Arts Council Lisa Bush says arts and culture is a vital part of Fort St. John’s economy. [asset|aid=999|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e3134b6b3f70d9a50d85fd0e59a742ec-Lisa Bush 1_1_Pub.mp3] The plan was initiated May 2005 with a presentation to City Council for support. It asked for a resolution that the Cultural policy be approved in prinicpal and that funding be included in the 2006 capital budget.Advertisement In August of last year, the City requested the final plan be presented, outlining its key goals, visions and responsibilities. Haapanen detailed ten goals in the plan, one being cultural sustainabiity. [asset|aid=1000|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e3134b6b3f70d9a50d85fd0e59a742ec-Haapanen 1_1_Pub.mp3] The plan’s study objectives were to describe the importance of culture in Fort St. John. It aimed at identifying options like building opportunities and creating a vision for the short and long-term future. Advertisement City Council will draw up a report for its next steps on the cultural plan.last_img read more

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For the record

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A photo caption Monday misidentified a participant in Sunday’s Farmwalk at Pierce College. The girl pictured is Isabella Zavala. last_img

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Germany coach hopeful Schweinsteiger can regain fitness in time for Euro 2016

first_img Bastian Schweinsteiger: Manchester United midfielder suffered the knee ligament while with Germany in March 1 Germany coach Joachim Low hopes to have Bastian Schweinsteiger available for Euro 2016 even though the Manchester United midfielder could miss the rest of the season through injury.The 31-year-old suffered a partial tear of his knee ligaments while on international duty with his country last month and is not expected to feature again for the Red Devils in what has been a season ravaged by injury.Low nevertheless only needs to know that Schweinsteiger is fit at the end of May to pick his captain in the squad he takes to France with him this summer.“Right now, I still have hope that he will make it in time for the start of the European Championship in France,” Low told Eurosport.“We’ve got to take it week by week and talk to him about it. He’s keeping me informed as to how far he is, and we just have to see how quickly he recovers from it.”Low is also optimistic about being able to name Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng in his Euro 2016 squad, with the 27-year-old returning to training this week after three months out with a groin injury.However, he hopes his club are cautious about Boateng’s comeback, in spite of the many important fixtures they have coming up.“He’s got to get back into form but I hope that Bayern are not too hasty in sending him back into battle,” Low said.“After such a long injury, you’ve got to be a bit careful.“There are problems before any tournament – in 2014 Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger were injured, but we coped.“But of course I hope that they all remain fit and healthy and that those who are injured come back.”last_img read more

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‘No Cycling’ signs to be placed on Letterkenny footpath after resident was struck by bike

first_img“No Cycle” signs will be placed at Ballymacool Row in Letterkenny after an elderly resident was struck by a cyclist travelling on the footpath.Cyclists mounting the footpath on this road towards Aura Leisure Centre have been a cause of concern for local residents, Councillor Dessie Shiels said at a Letterkenny Municipal District meeting yesterday.Cllr Shiels said he was approached by an elderly resident who was struck by a bike outside his home. “It is a legal issue, it is against the law to cycle on the footpath. We should put up signs to stop this,” Cllr Shiels said.He added that such incidents highlight the need for a cycle lane in the Ballymacool area and the need for ramps to reduce speed of motorists.“Residents in the area should have some sort of priority, they have been there for decades,” Cllr Shiels said.It was agreed that the Letterkenny Roads department would erect two No Cycle signs at the location. ‘No Cycling’ signs to be placed on Letterkenny footpath after resident was struck by bike was last modified: September 12th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:ballymacoolCllr Dessie ShielsLetterkenny Municipal Districtlast_img read more

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This week in the ‘Woods

first_imgMen’s soccer returnsMen’s soccer (0-1-1) opened its season Thursday with a 4-2 loss on the road at Mendocino. On Friday Redwoods fought to a 2-2 tie against Chabot. Redwoods will stay on the road for its next two games, at Cabrillo and at Football, before playing its home opener on Sept. 13 against Contra Costa.Women’s soccer wins openerAmy Reyes scored two goals in the women’s soccer opener against Napa Valley, Friday at CR.Reyes was the leading goal scorer for Redwoods in the 5-0 win. …last_img

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Energy Monitoring Tools from Google and Microsoft

first_imgGoogle and Microsoft each have developed online tools designed to help consumers both analyze and trim their residential energy consumption.Google’s service, PowerMeter, has been under testing for some time but, as a recent CNET News.com story points out, is being rolled out gradually. Google has forged partnerships with utilities and meter specialist Itron, which will help supply PowerMeter software users with the smart-plug gear and data they need to monitor their energy usage in detail. Right now, the population of PowerMeter users is small, although Google engineer said in a blog posted last month that the company, which is seeking more alliances with smart-meter vendors and utilities, will expand its rollout later this year.Google estimates that even a basic analysis of usage patterns and appliance performance will help customers reduce electricity use 5% to 15%.Another CNET story notes that a competing online service, Microsoft Hohm, will be available for free to consumers (the beta version will launch soon) and work with or without any extra gear.Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, told CNET that Hohm, which also will be predicated in part on partnerships with utilities, works by asking people questions about their home and energy use. The more data consumers feed the service, the more detailed Hohm’s recommendations will be.Of course, while it never hurts to have a couple more diagnostic tools on hand to help increase energy efficiency, it’s not yet clear consumers will be motivated enough to extract benefits from these or any other smart-grid-monitoring product or service that requires significant, hands-on participation.As Gartner analyst Martin Reynolds told CNET, apathy can be a bigger obstacle than ignorance when it comes to cutting energy consumption.last_img read more

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Turned away from crematorium, Dalit family cremates kin near nullah

first_imgA Dalit family was reportedly compelled to cremate an elderly woman in a jungle after some upper caste people allegedly did not allow them to use the village crematorium in Fozal valley of Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district About 100-year-old woman, a resident of Dhara village, died after prolonged illness on Thursday. Her grandson, Tape Ram, alleged that when the funeral procession reached the village crematorium, some upper caste men stopped them to cremate his grandmother there.A video is making rounds on social media where Tape Ram is making the statement while his grandmother is being cremated in the backdrop. Tape Ram said, “They (upper caste men) said we shall be responsible if anything bad happens due to the wrath of the deity. So we brought the body to nearby nullah and cremated it.” Meanwhile, when contacted, Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus Khan said, “The SDM and the DSP of Manali have been asked to look the matter.” “We are trying to establish the identity of the man in the video. We are also talking to the villagers to verify the facts,” he said. Mr. Khan added, “So far no one has come forward (for lodging the complaint), we are trying to get the exact information. I am very strict in such matters. If anything concrete comes forth, I will not spare anyone (responsible for that).”last_img read more

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Weather, medals and smoke create a heady mix at the Olympics

first_imgWhen you are in London, almost every other person will discuss the weather. Even if you do not know the person with whom you are making polite conversation, it could begin with sunshine, hay fever or rain and cold!This is a city where anti-allergy tablets in summer sell like crazy because so many people have red noses and keep sneezing. But I still haven’t seen any hay in this city despite my extensive travel, so I guess hay fever has become a generic name now like viral fever back home in New Delhi.Having said that, I must admit when you have to deal with medicos or chemists here, it can be an enriching experience. The other day, sitting on a deadline, I decided to pop in to the medical centre and ask for crocin. It took some effort to make them understand why I needed it. I was asked if I had been abusing any substance or was hooked to painkillers! I politely answered them and after several questions about my medical history, I was given Panadol, the British equivalent of Crocin.On Monday, a friend from India wanted his blood sugar checked as he had been eating too many cookies, muffins and pastries. Scared that he may have gone over the limit, I took him to the medical room.Boy, what an effort it was to see a blood sugar reading taken. In India, you can walk into your neighbourhood chemist’s small shop and after one quick prick he will tell you the reading. Over here, it was like preparing the patient for a surgery. Plasters, cotton, the instant sugar reading monitor and what not were brought out for my friend.advertisementI was asked to leave the room as the door had to be shut as there should be no infection. This was crazy, all for a single prick and a random sugar reading to be taken. I told my friend in Hindi, his sugar reading was not going to be accurate as he had already faced so much stress.Realising that we were uncomfortable, we changed the topic to Britain’s medal tally at the Olympics. It was a good change as people here have been calculating just how much each medal would eventually cost as so much has been spent on the Games.There is no doubt, unlike New Delhi, where the Commonwealth Games venues are rotting and mostly under lock and key, Britain has good venues. And as of Tuesday afternoon, their gold medal count has equalled their Beijing Olympics effort and it could rise further.My point is, from blood sugar to Olympic medals, we could make a swift change in topics as the first one became so scary. And now that I have decided on new topics to discuss, the weather will also be forgotten.As for medals and efforts, there is no doubt in my mind that as strong Olympic hosts and fierce competitors, the Britons play sport with passion. They have won gold medals in a vast variety of sports and from Sir Chris Hoy to Andy Murray, each one is accorded star status.Even the Royals has taken part in the London Olympics in a sport called equestrian, where India did not have a single entry.By the time the Games end, Britain will have increased its medal tally further, which is a very good sign that they have so many true champions. Yet, if these champions could send messages to the nation, I have a small suggestion. The number of people who smoke here is scary, even though cigarettes are so expensive.Given the huge percentage of young, middle age and elderly women smoking, I have a gut feeling that the allergies here are not due to hay fever but tobacco smoke. Just as the pollution control board in New Delhi keeps track of toxic gas emission levels, London needs to find out what quantity of tobacco fumes are inhaled by passive smokers.Mind you, even the Olympic Park and adjoining areas, where the Games venues are situated, have not been spared.last_img read more

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