BC New Democrats invite public input on electoral reform Liberals cry foul

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbians are invited to help shape a referendum planned for next fall that could reform the province’s voting system in time for the next election in 2021.Attorney General David Eby said Thursday that the government has launched its How We Vote website, asking for public input on the question or questions that will be on the referendum ballot.The New Democrats promised electoral reform during last spring’s election campaign and last month introduced legislation calling for a mail-in vote that requires a 50 per cent, plus one margin to be successful.The government also wants suggestions about possible voting systems, Eby said at a news conference.“We want to hear from all British Columbians so the people of our province can help shape the key elements of the referendum, including: ‘What will the ballot question look like? What type of voting systems should be considered? Should government fund advocacy groups and if so, by how much?’ “But the proposed electoral reform law is getting a rough ride in the legislature from the Opposition Liberals who say the NDP hatched a plan to bring in undemocratic reforms and reward Green party members, who are backing the minority New Democrats with three seats.“The small Green tail continues to wag the bloated orange dog,” said backbench Liberal Doug Clovechok in the legislature, referring to the orange colour of the New Democrats. “Can you say, tyranny of the majority? That’s exactly what proportional representation under Bill 6 represents.”Clovechok said the current first-past-the-post electoral system has provided the foundation for stable governments since Confederation.He said moving to a system of proportional representation will put more power in urban ridings at the expense of the rural voters he represents in B.C.’s Kootenay region.“Our democratic system of government is a proven system of governance that provides citizens with the most possible personal freedoms and the most personal opportunity — opportunity to create prosperity and a good life for their families. It is the most stable form of government on this planet,” he said.Eby said he finds Liberal opposition to electoral reform baffling.“I have yet to hear how it is that going to British Columbians to ask them to vote on something is anti-democratic,” he said.Andrew Wilkinson, the Opposition’s attorney general critic, said B.C. residents rejected electoral reform in two previous referendums and a third is not needed.“We’ve had peace, order and good government in this country for 150 years with the current electoral system,” he said. “It’s time for the NDP government to realize they are going down the wrong track.”Eby said the public process ends Feb. 28, and his ministry will prepare a report with recommendations that will go to the B.C. cabinet for approval.Premier John Horgan has said B.C.’s current electoral system is not fair. He said in the past five B.C. elections, only one political party formed government after receiving more than 50 per cent of the votes.last_img read more

Colin Kaepernick Completes 10for10 Challenge Thanks to Some Celebrity

Colin Kaepernick’s #10for10 challenge serves to wrap up his Million Dollar Pledge. (kaepernick7.com)Colin Kaepernick has completed his $1 million pledge. The former pro footballer vowed back in 2017 to donate $1 million and all proceeds from his 2016 NFL season jersey sales to organizations working in oppressed communities. And when he got to his last $100,000, he asked several celebrity pals to join in.By Wednesday, Jan. 31, Kaepernick had completed his 10 for 10 challenge, which was launched to round out the end of his $1 million pledge. Celebs like 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and rapper Meek Mill all contributed to the effort. On days seven and eight two donors contributed — Chris Brown with Jhené Aiko and Joey Bada$$ with Nick Cannon.During the process, celebrities chose the organization they wanted the political athlete to donate to, offered a donation of at least $10,000, and Kaep matched them each day in $10,000 increments.The final round went to Usher’s H.O.M.E organization to benefit single mothers in Lithonia, Ga.“Thank you, brother,” Kaepernick says in a Twitter video. “We love you.”“You did it, you have raised a $1 million,” Usher says in the video. “I’m happy to be a part of the completion of that $1 million. Everyone that has done something around this is amazing. This is a collaborative effort. As a result of us helping each other, we all become stronger.”I am happy to announce I have completed my #MillionDollarPledge. For the final #10for10 joining me is my brother @usher! He is donating $10k to match my $10k for $20k for H.O.M.E from Lithonia, GA. Head to https://t.co/aK6dK9NZZA for a complete list of my Million Dollar Pledge! pic.twitter.com/WiSAJePPcB— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 31, 2018 read more

Bahamas Defence Force Makes Arrest in Bimini

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 17, 2017 – Bimini – An American visitor was taken into custody by Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines on Friday night after he was found with undeclared rounds in the northern Bahamas.While conducting a routine search at the Bimini Bay Marina shortly after 5:00 pm, Marines assigned to the Bimini detachment boarded and searched a 37-ft yellow and white intrepid craft.   It was discovered that a total of 26 rounds were undeclared by the foreign visitor.   He was subsequently taken into custody and handed over to Custom officials for further processing.   He was subsequently fined five hundred dollars ($500.00) and the rounds were confiscated.This type of arrest aligns with the Force’s mandate of guarding our heritage.RBDF Assists with TransportAlso, in other news, the Airwing Section of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force was busy taking officials to Long Island Sunday morning. Representatives from the Port Department and the Ministry of Environmental Health Department were transported on the Defence Force’s aircraft to investigate the circumstances involving a grounded barge offshore Gray’s, Long Island.   More information will be provided as details become available.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to protecting the territorial integrity of The Bahamas.(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritagePress Release: RBDFPhoto credit: RBDF Related Items:last_img read more

Neymar and Mbappé get injured before facing Liverpool

first_imgAhead of the crucial Champions League match against Liverpool, PSG may have lost both Neymar and Kylian Mbappé due to injuries.It’s a sad day for football, as PSG got the terrible news that they may lose Neymar and Kylian Mbappé ahead of the crucial Champions League match vs Liverpool due to injuries they suffered while playing for their National Teams.This comes as a huge blow for the French giants, given that these two players are their top players without question.The first one to go down is Neymar Junior, the Brazilian forward was barely starting his friendly match between Brazil and Cameroon when he felt discomfort on his groin right after he took a long-range shot from outside the box.Neymar quickly stopped running and took his hand directly to the affected muscle area, it didn’t take him more than a minute to ask the bench for a substitute as he knew that the injury was serious.Neymar is one of PSG’s biggest leaders this season, but he is the absolute boss for Brazil and suffering a loss like this could be really unfortunate for the Canarinha.The medical staff will have to make the proper tests in order to determine the extent of his injury.Neymar se lesionó en el amistoso de Brasil contra Camerún, a solo 5 minutos de arrancado el partido. pic.twitter.com/YlpTkOoiDh— FM88 Radioactiva (@fm88radioactiva) November 20, 2018Cut to Stade de France where Les Bleus face the Uruguay National Team, a match that had absolutely no importance for the squad’s future but the manager still decided to play his best possible line-up.As it was expected due to the people’s demands, Kylian Mbappé was obviously going to be a starring player for this match and he immediately made his proper impact with the already familiar flashy style of play.The problem was that this youngster had no idea of the unfortunate moment he was about to live, it was during a ball dispute with the Uruguay goalkeeper Martin Campaña.Mbappé went to the challenge and took the worst part, as he fell on top of his right shoulder and suffered an injury that seems quite serious.The young player decided to keep playing for a few minutes so he could test the extent of the injury, but it didn’t take him long to realize that the knock appears to be quite serious as he decided to finally leave the pitch early during the first half.¿Kylian Mbappé? No, Martín Campaña😎Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Tremendo lo del arquero de #Independiente.📹 @DIRECTVSports#SiempreRojo pic.twitter.com/YL1HGb9OCI— SIEMPRE ROJO 🎙📻🇦🇹 (@siemprerojo_ok) November 20, 2018Both PSG stars are still pending on further tests to see if they will be available for the next couple of matches, manager Thomas Tuchel must be fuming right now because he knows that the next week will be crucial for the club’s future in the Champions League.Paris Saint-Germain will have a massive game at Parc des Princes, where they will play against Liverpool FC and they were expecting to have both of their biggest stars fully fit for the commitment.Out of the two injuries, the one that tends to be more serious is the muscular problem that Neymar had on his groin.However, Mbappé’s shoulder knock could also turn out to be complicated because it could also be a clavicle injury just by judging at the faces of pain that the young player was making when the whole event went down.Any test that should be made for both players will happen between today and tomorrow, we won’t have any definitive prognoses until the test results are made public but we wish that both are nothing but a scare and they can keep delighting us with their amazing skills.Kylian Mbappe goes off injured for France. He follows Neymar in picking up a knock.It’s not been a good night for PSG…France vs Uruguay: https://t.co/cKipvTWrOr pic.twitter.com/cpM5zk9tl3— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) November 20, 2018Which of both injuries do you think is more serious, Neymar’s or Mbappé’s? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Officer lectures mother who left children in hot car

first_imgThe temperature outside on that day was around 75 degrees, so the conditions inside the locked car likely climbed at least five to 10 degrees in a matter of minutes — leaving the children vulnerable to heat distress.“Their body physiology, they haven’t quite develop the best coping mechanisms to the heat, so that’s why you have to be extra careful,” said an official.The police chief stands by his officer’s reaction.“I know he has children of his own, and you have to remember police officers are just people,” said Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer. “We’re all human beings and everybody may react slightly different to every set of circumstances, and he was trying to convey to that woman the seriousness of what she had done with her children.”No charges have been filed but the case has been turned over to child welfare officials for further investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. VANCOUVER, Canada (WSVN) — An officer had a few words for a mother who left her two children in a hot car in Canada.Cellphone video shows witnesses and the officer confronting the mother after finding the children, ages 2 and 6 years old, inside the car.“Your kids were in there on a hot day; that’s pretty stupid,” said one witness.“I was here for five minutes,” the mother responded.However, surveillance shows that the woman was in the store for nearly 20 minutes.The two children were rescued. However, they were dehydrated.“You don’t seem to understand what you have done,” the officer told the woman. “Your children could have died. The windows were up, and it’s hot out.” last_img read more

Somber AMC Concludes with Terminator QA

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO—The final day of a somber American Magazine Conference was capped by a long commercial for a mobile Web company called SnapNow and an engaging closing interview with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger described how he relates to Barack Obama even though he’s supporting John McCain. Obama, he said, must have had a burning ambition from childhood to become something great. “I always knew from the time I was 10 years old that I was going to come to America and become something great,” he said. “I didn’t know it was bodybuilding or powerlifting, but I knew it would be something.” Of course, he went from bodybuilding to a 20-year movie career and to politics. Schwarzenegger’s funniest line, apparently inadvertent: Asked about the perils of misspeaking on the campaign trail, he noted that “in a campaign, people take what you say and spin it in 20 directions. So you have to be very careful about what you say, and you sometimes end up talking like a machine.” A slow roll of audience laughter followed, and Schwarzenegger broke into a slow grin, adding, “I see you have a sense of humor.”   The SnapNow presentation was made by the top executives at Women’s Day, who are testing the product. Essentially, participating brands, products, magazines and advertisers are entered into a SnapNow database, and their ads or images are tagged with a SnapNow logo. A mobile user takes a picture of the product and e-mails it to SnapNow, which sends a link to more information. The interesting thing was the presentation was supposed to last 10 minutes, but extended to about 25 minutes as the presenters took questions waiting for Schwarzenegger to arrive. And the questions kept on coming, an indication that the technology and similar mobile-enabled texting technologies are striking a chord in the magazine industry. Earlier sessions included one called “Monetizing Beyond the Ad Page,” and featured Jeff Price, president, SI Digital; Robert Ames, VP and GM, digital automotive and M.E.N. Networks at Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Inc.; and Jennifer Andre, online sales and marketing director, Healthy Living Group, Active Interest Media. Among their observations and advice:• “Grow what you know.” Andre described how Yoga Journal readers have a passion for yoga poses, so she built a searchable online library of them.• Ames (who noted that 15 percent of HFM’s revenues are from digital media) described special sponsored e-blasts that repurpose reviews from Car and Driver.• Price described an early failure or two. First, he said, SI Digital was “a little slow to have an open-Web approach. We need to go where the sports fans are.”  He also noted that SI was slow in recognizing the value of organic search and tagging stories, and in online fantasy sports.• Ames told of enabling Road and Track editors to be 24/7 reporters through the use of Web-enabled cell phones, where editors can go out and do tests and upload reports and images in real time.last_img read more

Senate Republicans Caution White House About Military Impacts With OneYear Spending Deal

first_img ADC AUTHOR Senate Republicans are renewing concerns about a White House proposal to use a one-year continuing resolution (CR) to fund fiscal 2020 federal spending and avoid a potential October government shutdown, according to a report in The Hill.Sen. Dave Perdue (R-Ga.), a member of the chamber’s Budget Committee, issued a letter co-signed by 16 GOP colleagues last week warning that resorting to one-year CR would cause “draconian conditions” for the military, the report detailed.The Senators’ concerns were sent to senior administration officials Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought.The three administration officials have led budget talks between Democratic House leaders, Senate leaders and the White House for a two-year agreement that would lift current spending caps and avoid mandatory cuts under a 2011 budget law.The senators emphasized that a one-year CR “must be avoided” because it would leave the Defense Department “incapable of increasing readiness, recapitalizing our force, or rationalizing funding to align with the National Defense Strategy.”“As the world continues to become more dangerous, the American people rightfully expect their representatives in Washington to put aside political differences and do their jobs,” the senators wrote. “Simply put, our adversaries do not handcuff their militaries with funding gimmicks like continuing resolutions—nor should we.”The high stakes budget talks are stalled over Democrat-led House demands for a nondefense spending level that is $100 billion more than the White House has stated. House negotiators want about $647 billion in fiscal 2020 nondefense funds, while the White House is pushing for nondefense spending about 10 percent below fiscal 2019 levels.Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rebekah Watkinslast_img read more

WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between October 7, 2018 to October 14, 2018 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierRehab facility sparks debate again by Lizzie McDermottChalifour named new community liaison officer by Cassia BurnsGrand opening of Memory Loss Cafe on Wednesday, Oct. 17 by Sheryl WalshWilmington man arrested for assault by Cassia BurnsJoe Schneider gears up for Nov. 6 election by Lizzy HillWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell SunBan on plastic: It’s in the bag by Kori TuittWilmington assistant town manager leaving for N. Andover by Kori TuittLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

NASA keeps sending rovers to Mars and the Red Planet wont stop

first_imgFifteen years ago, Opportunity touched down on the Red Planet for a mission that was supposed to last just over 90 days. But while it might not have even had a chance to unpack its bags with that kind of timeline, Oppy far exceeded its original shelf life. An artist’s concept of NASA’s Opportunity rover on the surface of Mars. NASA/JPL/Cornell University/Maas Digital The Little Rover That Could traipsed around for 5,352 sols (equivalent to 5,498 Earth days) covering more than 45 kilometres (28 miles) and sending back valuable data for researchers. That included discoveries that pointed to signs of water on the planet in the past and evidence that Mars could have supported ancient microbial life. All that bodes well for us humans as we think about travelling to Mars in the future, thanks to our rather unfortunate reliance on water.But while Opportunity survived for eight Martian years and lived far longer than its twin rover on the Mars Exploration Rover program (the equally positive sounding Spirit), Earth lost contact with it in 2018 and eventually declared the mission complete in February 2019. While the world has mourned the loss of a particularly adorable and helpful robot, one question remains: Why does Mars keep killing all the stuff we shoot up there? 6:31 Comments Share your voice Mars rovers NASA Space Another Mars rover bites the dust, but NASA’s not finished… Now playing: Watch this: Sci-Tech Humans on Mars: An atlas of plans to land on the Red Planet In this week’s episode of Watch This Space, we take a look at the death of Opportunity and the travails of the rovers that came before it. Why were they sent to Mars? What conditions did they need to overcome to survive? And how did Mars eventually kill them all? From the science we’ve scienced along the way to the next steps for Martian discovery, we look at all the things the world’s rovers have achieved and what the next phase of Mars exploration looks like. Because while Mars might have claimed NASA’s little Wall-E rover, that’s not going to stop us from launching more rovers and getting them to reccy the planet before us humans head to Mars as well.To learn more about the death of NASA’s little Wall-E rover and what else we’ve got in store for Mars, check out this week’s episode of Watch This Space. You can get your space fix every other Friday with new episodes, or catch up with the whole series on CNET or YouTube. Tags 32 Photos 8last_img read more

Volvo V40 Cross Country Launched in India for ₹285 Lakh PHOTOS

first_imgVolvo India, the auxiliary unit of Swedish auto manufacturer Volvo Cars, on Friday launched its much-awaited Volvo V40 Cross Country in India with a price tag of ₹28.50 lakhs.The company, which plans to expand its Indian market, has tied up with Bajaj Allianz for vehicle insurance. The V40 Cross Country hatchback packs a high-performance turbocharged T5 five-cylinder engine which accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds.Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India at ₹ 28.5 lakh (Facebook)The diesel engine offered for India is expected to churn out 148 bhp power and 35.7 Kgm at 350 Nm torque. The vehicle hosts a number of unique style features like contrasting front and rear bumpers, honeycomb mesh grille, upright day-running lights and an integrated skid plate. The car sports alloy wheels upto 19 inches and has a sporty R-Design model. In terms of safety features, the V40 comes with front, curtain and knee airbags, ABS+EBD, traction control, ESP and City Safety Braking.Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India at ₹ 28.5 lakh (Facebook)”Volvo V40 Cross Country, which is a variant of the V40, represents a model that is premium in design, features, technology and safety. The car will bring in new impetus to our growth strategy in India,” said Volvo Auto India Managing Director, Thomas Ernberg. Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India at ₹ 28.5 lakh (Facebook)Volvo sets new target with the launch of V4 in India. The company aims to increase its sales in India by  around 50 percent in the current financial year. As part of company’s aggressive plan for the Indian market, Volvo will launch two new models – S60 and XC 60 in the country by October.Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India at ₹ 28.5 lakh (Facebook)”Volvo struggled over how to succeed in India but now we are the fastest growing luxury car makers here and we continue to see that in future too,” Thomas said. The lately launched car will take direct competition with BMW’s X1 which is priced between ₹27.9 lakh and ₹32.5 lakh .Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To Indialast_img read more

3 abducted Rohingyas rescued 3 more missing

first_imgRohingya refugee camp in Cox`s BazarPolice rescued three injured Rohingya men from a hilly jungle near the Chakmarkul camp in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Monday morning, but three of their fellows are still missing.The rescued are Mohammad Alam, 45, of Balukhali camp, and Abdul Khaleque, 23, and Mohammad Anwar, 33, of Kutupalong camp. Their throats were half-slit.The trio and their missing fellows were asked to get on a battery-run three-wheeler from Ukhia upazila’s Balukhali camp as they were promised jobs as day-labourers, Teknaf Model police station officer-in-charge Ranajit Kumar Barua told Prothom Alo.They were first taken to Chakmarkul camp and then to a nearby jungle, Ranajit said, adding that the abductors probably half-slit their throats to instill fear and realise ransom.On information, his team conducted the drive and rescued the three, the OC said.The rescued Rohingya men were primarily treated at a local hospital and then shifted to the Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital around 11:00am as their condition deteriorated. Police are conducting further drives in the hilly areas to rescue the missing Rohingya men.Two among the three rescued can hardly speak, but another cannot speak at all as his vocal cord has completely been slit, the OC added.Last month, Rohingyas and local criminals abducted a driver of an auto-rickshaw and demanded Tk 500,000 as ransom. Later, police rescued the driver.Cox’s Bazar additional police superintendent Mohammad Iqbal Hossain told Prothom Alo that the Rohingyas were committing various crimes.He thinks Rohingyas are involved in this incident as well.As many as 19 Rohingyas were killed in the past one year, all being murdered by fellow Rohingyas, Iqbal said.last_img

Feet may be the key to hand evolution

first_imgImage: Wikimedia Commons. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In research reported in the journal Evolution, a team of scientists, led by Campbell Rolian from the University of Calgary, took extensive measurements of the feet and hands of chimpanzees (genetically, our closest relatives) and humans to try to find out how the extremities of our chimp-like ancestors might have evolved. They found there was a definite correlation between measurements of similar areas of the foot and hand, so for example if the big toe was long, the finger was also long. Dr Rolian speculated the correlation between toes and fingers may be because they share a similar genetic “blueprint”, so minor changes to the blueprint would affect both hands and feet.Once they had the anatomical measurements, the team used the data to create a mathematical simulation of the evolution of the hands and feet from those of our chimp-like ancestors to humans. The model simulated the evolutionary pressures and changed the shape of the feet or hands in small increments to see what effects the changes would have. They discovered that changes made to the feet also caused corresponding changes to the hands, particularly in the relative lengths of fingers and toes, and Dr Rolian said these changes may have allowed the hands of early hominins, including Neanderthals, the dexterity required to use stone tools.The scientists say the capacity to walk upright on two feet is linked intrinsically to the emergence of the use of stone tools. Dr Rolian said the findings go “back to Darwin’s The Descent of Man,” since Darwin was one of the first scientists to consider there might be a link between walking upright and using stone tools. But Darwin’s idea was that bipedalism evolved first, and this freed the hands, which could then be used for purposes other than locomotion, while Rolian’s work suggests they evolved together.Professor Robin Crompton at Liverpool University in the UK, said the feet and hands of chimpanzees may not necessarily be good models for those of human ancestors, and suggested the extremities of lowland gorillas may be more “interesting” in this respect. He also said the shape and biomechanics of hands and feet were more complex than simple anatomical measurements might suggest.Professor Crompton is head of the university’s Primate Evolution and Morphology Research Group. His research has found that orang-utans, which are tree dwellers, are more like modern humans in bipedal walking than the chimpanzees, and his work suggests bipedalism may even have arisen as early as 24 million years ago. © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists in Canada have used a mathematical model to simulate the evolution from an ape-like hand to the modern-day human hand, and discovered that changes in our fingers and hands developed in parallel changes in our toes and feet. Explore further Citation: Feet may be the key to hand evolution (2010, January 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-feet-key-evolution.html More information: THE CO-EVOLUTION OF HUMAN HANDS AND FEET, Evolution, DOI:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2009.00944.x Early human ancestors had a wobble in their walklast_img read more

Queen of Ndebele music enchants

first_imgThe colours and sounds of Africa came alive here last week through the mesmerising music of Peki Emelia Nothembia Mkhwebane, known as the African queen of Ndebele music.The Ndebele musical tradition derives from the culture of the ethnic Zulu people of South Africa.Makhwebane enthralled a near-full house at the FICCI auditorium Saturday evening on the final day of the Days of South Africa in India festival, organised jointly by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and South Africa’s Department of Art and Culture. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’To repeated cries of encore, Mkhwenabe and her band gave a spectacular performance combining music and song with an energetic, spellbinding dance. She led the performance with her high pitched, soulful voice and electric guitar while the dancers entranced with their traditional costumes, coloured in vivid hues with intricate bead and metalwork.With songs like Angekhe Angijhiye (Jesus is great, will always be with me) and Igama (I have worked for my name), all sung in Ndebele with backup vocals, the performance was a vivid demonstration of how South African music is a dialogue with various forms and their hybridisation. ‘My music takes from both rural and urban traditions,’ Mkhwebane, who composes her songs, said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Music is a vital part of everyday life in Africa. It is always there in religious ceremonies, festivals, and social rituals. Everyone plays an active part in the musical life of the community,’ she said.For someone who has taken Ndebele culture to the world, Mkhwebane’s life mirrors the history of multicultural South Africa. Orphaned at the age of five, and unable to have a formal education, she learnt to play the reed flute from her grandmother and the guitar from her uncle.Mkhwebane has travelled extensively abroad, performing in the United States, Europe and Australia. She has many awards to her credit. These include the Tourism Ambassador for South Africa, the South African Music Award and more.last_img read more

Back to roots

first_imgSitting against a large work-in-progress canvas in his East Delhi studio, he jovially says, ‘ I started out as a young and angry man almost 50 years ago but now I am a happy artist.’  That contentment is writ large on the 78-year-old world renowned painter-sculptor’s work. A. Ramachandran started out with portraying urban angst through his paintings before he shifted his glance towards the intricate Kerala mural arts and simple and joyous Rajasthani tribe- Bhils. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Millennium Post speaks to the Padam Bhushan-winning artist ahead of his first ever mini-retrospective in his native state, Kerala. The grand spectacle that starts from 11 August in Kochi will showcase 100 of his celebrated works.You have been bestowed with great honours such as the Padma Bhushan for your artistic excellence. As an artist what was the most fulfilling moment for you over the last 50 years?I am happy when I paint. No other honour can be equated to this feeling; the happiness I get is a spiritual experience in itself. When I put a blank canvas in front of me, I am struck with a terrifying state of mind; my first stroke creates ripples on the surface that make me rhythmically carry forward the painting. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYou studied Malayalam literature before being initiated into art. How did this interest develop. As a serious medium of expression I understood art only when I went to study at Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan. There I saw the great masters at work and realized it’s a life search. Rabindranath Tagore once told my teacher, Ramkinkar Baij that whatever you see in life, catch it by the throat and don’t leave it till you get it. Once you get it, never look back. I carry forward these teachings as I capture the throbbing elements of life in my work and block them out of my vision once the work is complete.Your work seems to carry a continuity with an element, a creature peeking out from a corner. Who is it?That creature represents me. It is what I call Ramdev- a form that Bhils in Rajasthan worship. When I am gone and people look at my work, if they say something bad, you will see tears running down my face. When they say something good, you may trace a smile.last_img read more

Romance Under the Star lit Sky

first_imgThe month of romance calls for culinary delights curated with love. It’s the time of the year to treat your special someone to an intimate dinner, where you can experience a unique blend of crafted gourmet and unmatched luxury, for everlasting memories.Celebrate your eternal bond this Valentine’s Day as The Imperial makes their menus aphrodisiac. Make your moments eternal with Chef Veena Arora’s South-East Asian spread at ‘The Spice Route’ or head for a romantic culinary sojourn with a ‘Unique Dining Experience’ in intricately structured canopies, under a star lit sky at ‘San Gimignano lawns’ and ‘1911 lawns’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDesigned with precision and creatively crafted with flowers and oyster candles, the canopies offer an exclusive and a private dining affair with your beloved. ‘Daniell’s Tavern’ offers a divine interlude with authentic Pan-Indian flavors while ‘La Baguette’ – the French patisserie is all set to surprise your loved one with sinful desserts. A luxe romantic evening awaits you here!Chef Prem K Pogakula, Executive Sous Chef at The Imperial, New Delhi, says, “The menus at The Imperial for valentine’s day are hand-picked with exotic ingredients to keep the romantic mood flowing. The idea is to use more of local aphrodisiac ingredients to create a memorable experience through food. We have not only worked on the taste but a lot on the presentations across cuisines. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWe have private canopies at ‘1911 Lawns’ and ‘San Gimignano Lawns’ to further conjure romance with opulence for an enchanting evening under the star lit sky, for our discerning guests. It is important to keep the flow going till the last bite of dessert.” 7:00pm to 11:45pm at The Spice Route | San Gimignano | 1911 restaurant6:30pm to 11:45pm at Daniell’s Tavern | 10:00am to 10:00pm at La Baguettelast_img read more

Aadi Mahotsav Upliftment of tribals

first_imgAadi Mahotsav, a fortnight-long national tribal festival promoting tribal culture, cuisines and commerce, is being held at Dilli Haat. Organised under the supervision of Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED), the festival features exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewellery and much more through 204 stalls.The event, which was inaugurated on November 16 by M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India, in the presence of Jual Oram, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs and Sudarshan Bhagat, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, Government of India, will last till November 30. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith participation of over 750 tribal artisans and artists from over 25 States are, the mega event has a lot to look forward to. A special feature of the festival is Aadi Vyanjan i.e., tribal India cuisine. The delectable food items are recreated and presented by tribal chefs, to suit the urban tastes. Offering local flavours of Assam, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand etc., festival gives you an opportunity to treat your taste buds with specialties like Chilka, Jowar papad, Pokkada, Khari Boti, Maka ki roti, and Urad daal vada. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis is not all, as an attractive stage has been raised at the venue to showcase tribal music and dance performances every evening, from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Artists from different parts of the country shall perform their traditional art forms to enthrall the audience. Moreover, four rock bands from North East would be giving enrapturing performances throughout the festival. The 15-day Mahotsav is expected to have a footfall of over one lakh delhiites as it promises to be a feast of shopping, exotic dining, and fine music. What’s interesting is that, for the first time, this Mahotsav displays rich digital commerce and e-commerce being promoted by Tribes India. In line with the national aspiration, to go cashless, the tribal artisans are accepting payment through major credit/debit cards for which Point of Sale (POS) machines have been installed in each stall. A special training program has also been conducted by State Bank of India for smooth operations of the digital transaction method. The main mandate of TRIFIED is capability enhancement of the tribals, promotion of tribal products and creation of marketing opportunities with a view to ensure them fair prices for their products and augmenting their income on a sustainable basis. Not only it is engaged in the retail operations for marketing of unique and ethnic tribal products but equally focuses on training for skill up-gradation and capacity building of tribal artisans. By signing of MOUs with online shopping portals like Amazon, Snapdeal, Flipkart, PayTM and GEM, TRIBES India has given a major push to the marketing of tribal products. Speaking of the same, Pravir Krishna, Managing Director – TRIFED said, “Being master craftsmen, tribals have the skills and talent to produce some of the finest handicrafts in the world, but what they lack are marketing skills. Therefore, TRIFED is taking an initiative to provide marketing support to the tribal people. This would help them to promote their craftsmanship thereby giving them a platform for commerce.” Since working with tribals was quite a difficult task for the government, TRIFED has trained about 60,000 tribals in the last one year. ”E-commerce platforms never work on charity. They seek profits. Therefore, we have a very strong quality control while we train a panel of 2,500 suppliers all over the country,” Pravir Krishna further adds.In order to appeal the customers so as to make a captive customer base, and to promote Tribes India as a brand, TRIFED is offering special discount schemes and offer packages on most of the products being sold through Tribes India outlets.last_img read more