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The Indian Guyanese aesthetic

first_imgBy Ryhaan ShahGanga Ship 1917: The Long Journey” is a visual arts exhibition that celebrates the Indian Guyanese aesthetic on this historic centenary of the abolition of the indentureship programme, and is named for the last ship, the SS Ganges, which brought indentured labourers to Guyana and Trinidad.The exhibition will be held at the National Library, Georgetown starting Tuesday, March 28th, and is sponsored by the Arts Forum and GIIAA (Guyana Indian Indentureship Abolition Association).It celebrates the aesthetic and creative sensibility which survived the long journey to Guyana and has become part of the cultural weave of our plural society.The domes and minarets of mosques and mandirs; the Indian drums and the Muslim call to prayer; the jandi flags and the smells and taste of Indian cuisine; the intricacy of filigree jewellery, and the bright rose pinks, saffrons and golds of Indian dresses are all part of the local scene, and are all Guyanese to the core.There has been some evolution due to Western influences, but the traditional sensibility towards colour, form and pattern has been retained by the descendants of the first arrivals, and continues to provide a good measure of authenticity to Indian Guyanese artistry and design.In India, art is not restricted to gallery exhibits, but stretches to other forms, like pottery, home decorations, ornaments, fabrics and jewellery. This living art is ever present in saris and tunic designs, in henna paintings and home decor through rangoli creations and sequinned wall hangings, and in the festivities of weddings and other celebrations.Art is intrinsic to India’s cultural identity, and this heritage is readily embraced by Indian Guyanese through an aesthetic that is shaped from diverse communities since our fore-parents arrived here from various Indian regions with their respective customs and traditions.They came from southern India through the port of Madras; and from the north east, from the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, through the port of Calcutta; and even from their first step into the immigration depot, they had to put aside caste and other differences and bond together in jahaji groups, a shipboard bond that was unifying and which helped them survive life in a new world.Retaining their beliefs and culture was a major part of that survival, and this initial fusing of various Indian strands has created a distinct artistry that is recognised as Indian Guyanese expression.Because it embodies the majestic classicism of the Taj Mahal and the vibrancy of folk art, the body of work created by artists from this community brings a unique perspective to the nation’s collection of creative design.One of the exhibition’s participating artists, Betsy Karim, has constructed installation costumes that pay homage to the Hindu gods Ganesha, Shiva and Durga, working with her signature beaded and sequinned designs on fabric. These pieces will be displayed by live models at the exhibition’s formal opening on March 28th at 5pm.Darshani Kistama, an emerging artist, also works with fabrics, and will be showing one of her Rajput sari designs along with more traditional works on canvas done in acrylic and water colour.Two other newcomers whose pieces will be showcased for the first time in an art exhibition are Brian Tamkund and Ramroop Mahase; and other more recognised artists participating will be Michael Khan, Philbert Gajadhar, and Bernadette Persaud, whose works have won national and regional acclaim.In Guyana, artistic expression by way of fine art – as opposed to street art – is not well valued or understood for its importance to national life. Such works go beyond photographic representations and can inspire discussion and pose thought-provoking ideas about the nation’s politics, society, and cultural life.However, many businesses do not view support for the visual arts as a corporate responsibility, and many local artists are therefore dependent on governmental support, even when such funding can undermine the independence needed for the creation of good work that is untainted by propagandist and political bias.Art is important to a nation’s collective consciousness. It begins where words leave off or even fail because of their structural and expressive limitations.Art is limited only by the individual artist’s imagination, and for the Indian Guyanese artist who has both traditional forms, techniques and colours, and ideas from postmodern constructs to draw on, the possibilities are endless.“Ganga Ship 1917: The Long Journey” offers a glimpse into this narrative of creative expression. The exhibition starts on March 28th and runs until Saturday, April 1st at the National Library.There is no entrance fee, and everyone is invited to the formal opening at 5pm on Tuesday, March 28th.last_img read more

More snow expected overnight in the North Peace; up to 25cm in the South Peace

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Yellowhead Road and Bridge say the North Peace could see another 5 to 10 cm before the current storm moves out the area on Tuesday.The forecast calls for 5 to 10 cm of snow in Fort St. John and Hudson’s Hope overnight Monday into Tuesday morning.  A snowfall warning remains in place for the South Peace.  That region could see anywhere from 15 to 25 cm of snow in the same time period.YRB’s Greg McNeil says, “Side roads are of concern as the combination of snow and warmer air temperatures cause gravel roads to become soft. Crews have been attempting to restore drainage to aid the drying of roads by use of steaming culverts and cleaning out ditches.”- Advertisement -For more information on area road conditions, visit www.drivebc.ca Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. Current details:A long period of snowfall with total amounts of 15 to 25 cm is expected.A low pressure system over southern BC will move into Alberta overnight. Snow from this system will is expected to persist through tonight before tapering off early Tuesday morning. Total snow accumulations of 15 to 25 cm can be expected with this storm.Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.Advertisement We ask that everyone continue to drive according to winter conditions and watch for our crews working in the area. Issued at 2018-04-16 22:32 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning continued for:B.C. South Peace River, B.C. (087310)Advertisementlast_img read more

Landis should stop denying that he cheated

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Subsequent testing showed he had synthetic testosterone in his urine. Since then, Landis has engaged in an all-out assault on the lab that conducted the tests, and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which handles doping cases against U.S. athletes. Landis raised $2 million to pursue the case. He was not the only party muddied in the fight. The 2-1 decision against Landis by the Court of Arbitration for Sport also was critical of the way the French lab conducted some of its tests, some of its paperwork and the handling of urine samples. However, those problems didn’t affect the finding that Landis’ urine contained synthetic testosterone. We trust that world doping authorities and labs around the world are watching the Landis decision and fine-tuning their own procedures and protocols. But more than that, we hope that cyclists and any athletes considering doping realize that you don’t win when you cheat, no matter how long and loud your claims of innocence. It’s over, Floyd, time to move on. The decision last week by an arbitration panel, upholding previous doping charges against American Floyd Landis, all but slams the door shut on any chance the elite cyclist is innocent of using drugs to win the Tour de France last year. You’d hope it would put an end to Landis’ embarrassing claims that he was done wrong by a French lab that had it in for him, but don’t count on it. He can still appeal the ruling, but the odds are that he will be the first person in the race’s 105-year history to lose his title because of a doping offense. We wanted to believe Landis. His epic charge over three mountain passes in the summer of 2006 was the greatest comeback in the modern history of the Tour. Watching Landis, who had fallen far behind the leaders, make up eight minutes in a solo ride was awe-inspiring. Unfortunately, it was too good to be true. last_img read more

Fact! The loudest Premier League fans on social media – every club ranked

first_imgCome Saturday football fans around the country will once again be singing their hearts out around the grounds – but which supporters are the loudest on social media?A study, conducted by social scores network CrowdScores, looked at fans’ interaction with their club’s official Twitter accounts.They compared how many followers each club’s official Twitter account had against the number of mentions of that Twitter handle. It also analysed the sentiment of each tweet, marking each as positive or negative.But which fanbase did they find was the most vocal in the Premier League? Find out by clicking the right arrow above… 20 20 20 20 20 18. Sunderland – 0.60 tweets per fan to the club’s Twitter feed – Click the right arrow to find out which club has the most vocal fans on social media 13. West Ham United – 0.89 tweets per fan to the club’s Twitter feed – Click the right arrow to find out which club has the most vocal fans on social media 17. West Brom – 0.661 tweets per fan to the club’s Twitter feed – Click the right arrow to find out which club has the most vocal fans on social media 20 16. Stoke City – 0.662 tweets per fan to the club’s Twitter feed – Click the right arrow to find out which club has the most vocal fans on social media 20 19. Swansea City – 0.58 tweets per fan to the club’s Twitter feed – Click the right arrow to find out which club has the most vocal fans on social media 20 20 14. Southampton – 0.87 tweets per fan to the club’s Twitter feed – Click the right arrow to find out which club has the most vocal fans on social media 20. Norwich City – 0.52 tweets per fan to the club’s Twitter feed – Click the right arrow to find out which club has the most vocal fans on social media 20 4. Crystal Palace – 3.00 tweets per fan to the club’s Twitter feed – Click the right arrow to find out which club has the most vocal fans on social media 6. Manchester United – 1.80 tweets per fan to the club’s Twitter feed – Click the right arrow to find out which club has the most vocal fans on social media 20 2. Arsenal – 4.70 tweets per fan to the club’s Twitter feed – Click the right arrow to find out which club has the most vocal fans on social media 20 20 9. Manchester City – 1.32 tweets per fan to the club’s Twitter feed – Click the right arrow to find out which club has the most vocal fans on social media 20 8. Newcastle United – 1.57 tweets per fan to the club’s Twitter feed – Click the right arrow to find out which club has the most vocal fans on social media 20 7. Watford – 1.61 tweets per fan to the club’s Twitter feed – Click the right arrow to find out which club has the most vocal fans on social media 11. Aston Villa – 1.01 tweets per fan to the club’s Twitter feed – Click the right arrow to find out which club has the most vocal fans on social media 20 15. Tottenham Hotspur – 0.75 tweets per fan to the club’s Twitter feed – Click the right arrow to find out which club has the most vocal fans on social media 5. Liverpool – 2.51 tweets per fan to the club’s Twitter feed – Click the right arrow to find out which club has the most vocal fans on social media 20 10. Leicester City – 1.23 tweets per fan to the club’s Twitter feed – Click the right arrow to find out which club has the most vocal fans on social media 3. Bournemouth – 3.74 tweets per fan to the club’s Twitter feed – Click the right arrow to find out which club has the most vocal fans on social media 20 20 1. Everton – 6.28 tweets per fan to the club’s Twitter feed – Click the right arrow to find out which club has the most vocal fans on social media 12. Chelsea – 0.95 tweets per fan to the club’s Twitter feed – Click the right arrow to find out which club has the most vocal fans on social media 20last_img read more

Global Hawk may help fight drugs

first_imgEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – In use tracking insurgents in the Middle East, the unmanned Global Hawk reconnaissance aircraft proved in a test demonstration that it also can track drug runners. In tests mandated by Congress, the Global Hawk showed that it could track low-flying aircraft and small boats in demonstration flights along the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, Northrop Grumman announced Monday. Three 28-hour flights, originating from Edwards Air Force Base, were conducted in February and March, officials from Northrop Grumman said. “This exercise demonstrated how the Global Hawk system could assist military combatant commanders and homeland security officials to stem the flow of illegal drug trafficking in the air and on the water,” said James Kohn, Northrop Grumman’s program manager for the demonstration. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventCongress, which allocated $18 million for the effort, called for the tests in the 2001 Defense Authorization Act. The tests had been delayed until this year, however, because of pressing demands for intelligence from the aircraft to aid the War on Terror. Congress directed that the testing be performed under the guidance of the Defense Department’s Southern Command, whose mission includes countering drug trafficking from Central and South America. Congress also directed that the tests be carried out under “conditions typically encountered in the performance of counter-drug surveillance.” There were two goals of the tests – to show that a Global Hawk’s sensors could detect low-flying planes from an altitude of 60,000 feet and to show that its maritime sensor capabilities can locate and track fast-moving small boats. The tests were done with pre-arranged targets. The flights began from Edwards, went along the southern United States along the Gulf of Mexico and then into the Caribbean Sea. The flights were controlled from Northrop Grumman’s Unmanned Systems facility in San Diego, company officials said. Global Hawk was able to detect and track the targets off the coast of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Key West, Fla. The target locations were passed to a Navy P-3 Orion surveillance craft. The P-3 crew was able to confirm and classify the targets, Northrop Grumman officials said. Controlled by onboard computers, the Global Hawk is capable of flying at an altitude of 65,000 feet, above storms and some six miles higher than jetliners normally fly. A Global Hawk can fly for more than 35 hours at a time, and during a single mission can cover 40,000 square miles. The aircraft are designed to fly themselves with preprogrammed missions but can receive commands from a pilot operating from a ground station. Prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Global Hawk program was in a technology demonstration phase in which a handful of aircraft were being built and tested to see whether a high-altitude, unmanned reconnaissance aircraft was possible. After the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center, the Global Hawk test aircraft were pressed into war duty over both Afghanistan and Iraq. In the past year, Global Hawk aircraft have provided 15,000 images of targets in the Middle East, according to the Pentagon. The program has logged more than 8,000 flight hours thus far, with over half of that total being in war service. In January, the first two production RQ-4A Global Hawks were deployed to an undisclosed Middle East location to begin intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Those aircraft replaced the early test aircraft that served in combat. The Global Hawk aircraft are being built by a small cadre of Northrop Grumman workers in Palmdale. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Preston 1-0 Wigan: Hugill strikes early to claim all three points for North End

first_imgJordan Hugill’s early deflected goal earned Preston a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Wigan at Deepdale in the first league meeting between the north west rivals since 2005.Hugill deflected in Aiden McGeady’s strike for the game’s only goal, enough to secure a third win of the season for a Preston side that moved to 18th in the Championship table.But it was a fifth defeat in six for Gary Caldwell’s Wigan, themselves spurning chances as Will Grigg failed to add to his five goals so far this term.It was a third game in seven days for Preston, but it did not show as they flew out of the blocks and deservedly led after seven minutes as McGeady’s shot from 20 yards was deflected in off Hugill – the striker claiming the goal.Wigan adapted well to going behind and missed a huge chance to equalise after 15 minutes when Jordi Gomez’s pinpoint cross found Grigg who headed over from four yards.The pair combined again in the 40th minute, their roles reversed, as Grigg slipped in Gomez on the left edge of the area only for the Spaniard to slice his effort wide of the near post.Just like the first half, it was Preston who came out the quickest in the second, as Alex Baptiste broke free of the Wigan defence inside the first minute but dragged an effort well wide from 18 yards.Grigg then curled an effort from the edge of the area straight at Chris Maxwell, before Hugill found himself clean through on goal, and his right-footed strike was headed for the bottom corner before being superbly tipped wide by Adam Bogdan as the game became a frantic end-to-end encounter.Buoyed by Tuesday’s EFL Cup win over Bournemouth, North End had another chance to double their lead, but Tom Clarke could not keep a back-post header down from Paul Gallagher’s cross.The introduction of David Perkins pushed Nathan Byrne forward and it almost paid instant dividends for Wigan.Grigg’s cross found Byrne at the far post, whose first shot was saved by Maxwell before he brushed the outside of the post with the rebound.And the visitors had further chances five minutes from time, with Gomez striking a 20-yard free-kick straight at Maxwell before Ben Pearson missed the chance to double the advantage at the other end – firing wide from 12 yards. 1 Jordan Hugill scored the only goal of the game against Wigan last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp ‘excited’ after seeing young trio sign new Liverpool deals

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the club have made a statement of intent by signing three of their younger players to new contracts.Kevin Stewart and Trent Alexander-Arnold have agreed deals until 2021, with reserve team striker Ben Woodburn’s contract taking him up to 2019.Stewart, aged 23, has already made 17 appearances for the first team while Alexander-Arnold, 18, made his debut in last month’s EFL Cup victory over Tottenham.Woodburn, 17, featured in a couple of pre-season friendlies and has continued to impress for the under-23s.“This is really positive news of course, and it’s brilliant we have acted decisively to show our intent with our young players,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.com.“With Kev it is maybe a little different. He is of course established with us now and making a contribution as an important member of our first-team squad.“Trent spends most of his time with the first team in this moment and is progressing each and every day.“Ben is in those earlier stages and has a lot of developing to do still – but wow, what an exciting talent he is.“All three of these players are big talents and are at different stages of their development, but it is development that is key and they must continue to learn and improve to achieve their full potential.“News like today makes it exciting for me and the first-team staff that their development will continue with us at LFC.”Klopp thinks it will provide encouragement to other academy youngsters with ambitions to break into the first team now they can see there is a route for them to make the step up.The German has invited many of the academy players to train with the first team at Melwood, particularly during the international breaks when he is low on numbers, and that is helping to ease the transition.“The most important thing for us is the pathway to the first team,” he added.“I think we have shown that with the work Alex (Inglethorpe, academy director) and his staff do we offer a clear pathway to first-team football if the players embrace what is on offer for them.“I cannot praise them (the academy) enough for the culture and environment they have there. It is perfect.“The players know that it’s not just about ability: it’s application and a willingness to keep learning.” 1 Kevin Stewart, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn last_img read more

LISTEN: Leon Osman on Ross Barkley, Ronald Koeman and Rangers link

first_imgLeon Osman joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Friday.The former Everton star discussed Ross Barkley’s disappointing form, claiming he is lacking confidence right now and has the talent to be a top class player.He also reflected on Ronald Koeman’s start to his Goodison Park reign and gave his thoughts on potential Toffees signings in the January transfer window.Plus, he responded to being linked with a move to Glasgow Rangers. Listen to the full interview above.last_img

Antonio Conte backs Chelsea to claim ‘incredible’ victory in Barcelona

first_imgAntonio Conte has called on Chelsea to achieve something “incredible” against Barcelona at the Nou Camp next month.The Blues face an uphill task to reach the last eight of the Champions League after Lionel Messi’s equaliser cancelled out Willian’s strike in a 1-1 first-leg draw at Stamford Bridge.MATCH REPORT – Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona: Messi breaks his duck to earn Stamford Bridge draw for BarcaBut Chelsea boss Conte believes if his side keep their heads and execute their game plan like they did on Tuesday night, they can upset the odds.“It won’t be easy, we must be realistic, we are talking about Barcelona,” said the Italian.“But we have showed that if we are ready to work hard together defensively and at the same time continue to have the right feeling when we have the ball, to have the chance to score, then we can try to do something incredible.“You have to respect the opponent, in this case when you play Barcelona box to box you know very well you are crazy and you can lose the game 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0.“When you play this type of game you must use intelligence. You must play an intelligent game, and we are not stupid.”Willian had rattled both posts in front of The Shed in the first half, but he made it third time lucky on the hour, pinging a low shot into the bottom corner.However, Barcelona hit back with 15 minutes remaining, punishing the first mistake of the night from the Chelsea defence.Conte, who revealed he had been having trouble sleeping ahead of the match, will be having nightmares about the equaliser.Andreas Christensen’s suicidal pass across goal allowed Andres Iniesta to cut the ball back for Messi to score against the Blues for the first time in nine matches.The visitors predictably dominated possession, racking up 73 per cent while making 887 passes to Chelsea’s 325.But Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said: “We still have to be respectful of their style of play. Anything can happen.“Yes we passed the ball more. But they pressed us high and they made life very hard for us.“The away goal is not definitive but it is important, yes.” Antonio Conte believes Chelsea have what it takes to beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp 1last_img read more

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