Liberian artists, especially those involved in traditional arts and craft work, are finding it difficult to lure customers from an entrenched preference for foreign crafts over local ones. Part of the reason may be justified, as the quality of craftsmanship in some locally made products are usually below accepted international standards. Yet, even the few who are able to produce beyond standard quality end up with their crafts collecting dust on shelves because buyers are few and far between. However, with little or no support, Liberian artists continue, undeterred, driven by a wellspring of passion for creative works.One of those talented craftsmen is 29-year-old T-Boy S. Moore, a resident of Police Academy in Paynesville and a maker of beaded products, ranging from shoes, slippers, necklaces, bag and other items. Beaded products are becoming quite fashionable in Liberia’s casual dress code society, especially among young men, who take them as bracelets.Mr. Moore also makes drinking goblets from coconut shells, which he designs with colorful paint.He said his passion for Liberia’s culture led him to dream of becoming a traditional craftsman since he was 5 years old. “By that time, my father had died, and as the only child of my father, there was no one to help me achieve my dream and to sustain myself. “I love culture and everything pertaining to Liberian culture. I admire it so much and interestingly, nobody taught me how to do it and I am happy to produce these crafts on my own,” he says, smiling.Dressed in a short gown and trousers suit made of mud cloth, he carries a crown on his head from beads forming the colors of the Liberian flag. His footwear is crafted from shower slippers, which he converted to a closed-toe slipper with materials from an old suitcase he found at a dumpsite. With a large bag made of beads on his back and a fan made from eagle feathers, one might confuse him for a “medicine man.” “No, I’m not a medicine man oh,” he responds, laughing, “this is just my expression of culture. I am just proud of who I am and where I am from.” He recalled how one day, he bought a roll of crocheting thread with L$380, and made a crochet of the straps of slippers. The first two pairs he made were sold for about US$20 each. He reinvested the profit from that sale in some beads and other items to venture into making sandals and other footwear. “The bag on my back,” he says, “the design for it came to me in a dream. I dreamt I had this bag on my back and I was going somewhere. So, when I woke up, the thought of this strange bag was on my mind so much that I told my self I had to make the bag. Here it is now; it took me two months and two weeks to make.” Moore, who dropped out of school in the fifth grade, says Liberians are talented and gifted people and as such he is appealing to government and well-meaning Liberians to invest in the traditional and cultural crafts “and give it a chance to grow, because it has to do with promoting Liberia’s tradition.”According to him, there are a lot people imitating his works now, but do not know the right materials to use. However, as a result of the few that have figured out his formula, Moore has had to drop the price of his US$20 footwear, for example, by more than 50% in order to remain competitive. But he says he is still able to make ends meet by buying his materials in bulk in order to keep his unit prices low. Mr. Moore concluded that the talent is there, but there’s no finance to expand his arts and crafts business. Meanwhile, he is usually found around the diplomatic enclave of Mamba Point, Monrovia where, he says, he gets more business. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
‘People evacuated on their own’ 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw While Fandi said it is likely that both of them will be in the team, the 20-man Singapore squad will be finalized only on Saturday.Without an established striker, having Faris, who was recently crowned Player of the Year after a stellar season in the Singapore Premier League that saw him score 16 goals for Hougang United, would come in handy as they ready themselves for a tough group stage at the SEA Games.The Singapore U-22s have been placed in Group B along with defending champions Thailand, 2017 bronze medallists Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos and Brunei.Ikhsan Fandi, who has seven goals in 16 senior appearances, would also help lift the squad, but the Football Association of Singapore is in the midst of getting permission from his club, Norwegian second-tier side Raufoss.Faris, who has played in three previous SEA Games, got on the score sheet Tuesday night after coolly slotting home a penalty, the fourth goal.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Singapore Under-22 captain Irfan Fandi heading home a goal in the 4-1 friendly win over Perth Glory’s U-20 team during their match at the Jalan Besar Stadium last night. ST PHOTO/ KEVIN LIMDespite a resounding 4-1 victory over Perth Glory’s Under-20 squad at Jalan Besar Tuesday night, Singapore U-22 coach Fandi Ahmad acknowledged that there is still work to be done before his side head to the SEA Games in the Philippines.Even though four different players scored in the friendly match, he highlighted the Singapore team’s attack as an area that needed improvement.ADVERTISEMENT Speaking after the SEA Games tune-up, he said: “We are quite happy, but there is still a lot to be done in terms of understanding, especially in the attacking third, because we’re not sure who will lead the attack.“We’re really trying to focus on our teamwork and going into the attacking third.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4They have been unfortunate with injuries, with players like Zikos Chua out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, but the Young Lions could be boosted by the presence of Faris Ramli in the squad.The 27-year-old was one of the two senior players who played in last night’s game, with the other being defender Tajeli Salamat, 25. MOST READ Double cash rewards for SEA Games gold medalists 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) He also set up the first goal for Haiqal Pashia in the ninth minute after he was fed a through ball by Tajeli.Hami Syahin and skipper Irfan Fandi were the other scorers.For the final stretch of preparations, the Singapore U-22s will be sparring against local teams this weekend.However, they will be without four players – Faris, Irfan, Ikhsan and Hami – who are all named for the senior Lions’ World Cup qualifier against Yemen next Tuesday.The last time Singapore made the semi-finals of the SEA Games was in 2013 when they finished third after edging out Malaysia 2-1 in the bronze-medal match.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. David Stern’s NBA legacy lives in league’s global superstars More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas View comments ‘People evacuated on their own’ Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Now come the individuals who truly redefined the 2010s starting off with two-time MVP Stephen Curry who drained a league-best 2,452 threes and lead the Golden State Warriors to three championships in 2015, 2017, and 2018.James Harden, the 2018 MVP, came in at second to Curry in terms of shooting with 2,163.2017 MVP Russell Westbrook, who became the picture of a triple-double, led the league in the statistical achievement with 143 and that is 81 more than LeBron James.Harden may have came in second to Curry in three-point shooting but he led the scoring in the past decade with 19,578 points while James came in at second with 19,732.ADVERTISEMENT Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee LATEST STORIES US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high ESPN compiled the men and teams that defined the 2010s and those included the top-flight athletes that did the most in terms of triple-doubles and three-pointers—the two areas that practically made this decade more fun to watch.Yet, out of all the individuality seen in the game the wins are still the most important and the San Antonio Spurs came away with the mot victories this decade with 554, four of which secured the 2014 title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Oklahoma City Thunder, which lost to the Miami Heat in the 2012 Finals, was the second winningest team with 515.In the other end of the spectrum are the teams that performed the worst with the Sacramento Kings taking the most beating with 522 losses while the Minnesota Timberwolves fared a little better with 510 defeats. SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens00:55Black Nazarene back in Quiapo Church in record time01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) looks to pass the ball as he gets past Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes, left, and guard Devin Booker, second from left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)MANILA, Philippines—The 2010 came to a roaring close with the customary fireworks, ball drops, and of course countless celebrations.With the turn of the decade, there are also records set and the NBA is one of those avenues were sporting greatness was seen in full artistic display.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ MOST READ
Guyana Times understands that police, acting on intelligence received on Saturday afternoon, swooped down on the home of a 41-year-old businessman and his 40-year-old wife at Helena #1 Mahaica, East Coast Demerara.After conducting a thorough search, they unearthed, in the bedroom that the duo shared, an unlicensed .32 pistol with 50 matching rounds of ammunition and 17 live rounds of 9mm ammunition. The businessman was arrested, and while being detained at the Mahaica Police Station, his wife visited and allegedly offered a bribe of $525,000 to one of the investigating ranks to have the police abort the investigations and release her husband.The woman’s action was relayed to the rank’s superiors, and she also was detained, while the “bribe money” was lodged. They both are expected to be arraigned in court sometime this week.Between Saturday and Sunday, “C” Division police have carried out several sting operations and arrested a total of 17 persons for various criminal offences. One of those arrested is a 49-year-old who attempted to traffic narcotics.Four motorcycles suspected to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained have also been seized.
1 Palermo striker Paulo Dybala Tottenham are ready to battle north London neighbours Arsenal as they look to clinch the signature of Palermo striker Paulo Dybala.The prolific forward has been strongly linked with a move to Arsene Wenger’s side after earning rave reviews for the Italian club this season, during which he has scored seven goals in just 14 games.But with Tottenham struggling for goals, Mauricio Pochettino is ready to switch his attentions to Dybala, who scored a wonder goal against Torino last Saturday.Sky Sports Italia claims Spurs are set to step up their interest in the 21-year-old Argentine forward, who is being compared to his fellow countryman Sergio Aguero.Paris Saint-Germain are also believed to be in the running and there looks set to be a bidding war for his signature in January.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Prayers, protests and a lingering disgust with the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina marked the disaster’s second anniversary Wednesday, with a presidential visit doing little to mollify those still displaced by the storm. Clarence Russ, 64, took a dim view of politicians’ promises as he tried to put the finishing touches on his repaired home in the city’s devastated Lower 9th Ward. “There was supposed to be all this money, but where’d it go? None of us got any,” said Russ, whose house was the only restored home on an otherwise desolate block. Not far away, President Bush visited a school. “We’re still paying attention. We understand,” he said before heading to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, also devastated by Katrina. But Gina Martin, who is still living in Houston after Katrina destroyed her New Orleans home, was unconvinced. “Bush was down here again making more promises he isn’t going to keep. The government has failed all of us. It’s got to stop,” she said. Martin was among an estimated 1,000 people taking part in a protest march that started in the Lower 9th Ward. It was a uniquely New Orleans-style protest: There were signs accusing the Bush administration of murder and angry chants about the failure of government. But marchers also danced in the street accompanied by two brass bands. Katrina was a powerful Category 3 hurricane when it hit the Gulf Coast the morning of Aug. 29, 2005, broke through levees in New Orleans and flooded 80 percent of the city. By the time the water dried up weeks later, more than 1,600 people across Louisiana and Mississippi were dead, and a shocked nation saw miles of wrecked homes, mud and debris from one of the worst natural disasters in its history. In New Orleans, recovery has been spotty at best. The historic French Quarter and neighborhoods close to the Mississippi River did not flood and have bounced back fairly well. The city’s population has reached an estimated 277,000, about 60 percent its pre-storm level of 455,000. Sales tax revenues are approaching normal, and tourism and the port industry are recovering. But vast stretches of the city show little or no recovery. A housing shortage and high rents have hampered business growth. The homeless population has almost doubled since the storm, and many of those squat in an estimated 80,000 vacant dwellings. Violent crime is also on the rise, and the National Guard and state troopers still supplement a diminished local police force. Bush, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco all have drawn harsh criticism in the storm’s aftermath. Blanco, who appeared with the president at the 9th Ward school, opted not to run for re-election this year after polls showed her popularity at rock bottom. While Bush visited, Blanco said she asked him to, among other things, cut through red tape that she said has delayed the distribution of federal aid. She also said she asked him to withdraw his threatened veto of a federal water resources bill that she said would help strengthen Louisiana levees and close a controversial navigation channel that some blame for exacerbating Katrina’s floods. Bells pealed amid prayers, song and tears at the groundbreaking for a planned Katrina memorial at a New Orleans cemetery. “We ring the bells for a city that is in recovery, that is struggling, that is performing miracles on a daily basis,” said Nagin, who famously cursed the federal response in a radio interview days after the storm. The memorial will be the final resting place for more than two dozen unclaimed bodies. “The saddest thing I’ve seen here is that there are 30 human beings who will be buried here one day that nobody ever called about,” David Kopra, a volunteer from Olympia, Wash., said, holding back tears. “It says something to my heart. This city needs so much care, and that’s why I’m here.” Churches throughout the region, including historic St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter, held services. At the Claiborne Avenue bridge over the Industrial Canal, mourners tossed a wreath into the water near the spot where a levee breach led to the inundation of the Lower 9th Ward. In Mississippi, about 100 people prayed and sang in the shadow of a Katrina monument on the neatly manicured town green of Biloxi. “God has been good to Biloxi and its people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” Mayor A.J. Holloway said. “We have a new outlook on life and a new appreciation for what’s really important in life. It’s not your car or your clothes or your possessions. It’s being alive and knowing the importance of family and friends and knowing that we all have a higher power.” In Gulfport, Miss., Gov. Haley Barbour urged people to see the positive. About 13,000 of his state’s families are still living in FEMA trailers, but that’s down from a peak of 48,000, and he expects they could all be out of the temporary housing in a year. Some let the day pass without fanfare. James Chaney, working on his sister’s washed-out house in New Orleans, had no use for the protesters. “They’ve done that stuff and done that stuff. It doesn’t help us. It doesn’t get us anything. It doesn’t get anyone to help us.” Associated Press writers Cain Burdeau, Alan Sayre and Stacey Plaisance in New Orleans and Becky Bohrer in Biloxi, Miss., contributed to this story. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Given City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo’s fondness for hiring outside lawyers, it would seem as though he’s forgotten that he already has an army of them at his fingertips. With 500 in-house lawyers, the City Attorney’s Office is one of the biggest law firms in all of Los Angeles. Yet for some reason Delgadillo, a candidate for state attorney general, has relied heavily on outside counsel, to the tune of $32 million a year – a practice that has drawn withering condemnation from state auditors. For a sense of perspective, that’s more than double what the City Attorney’s Office spent on outside counsel six years ago. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, who runs a much larger office serving the entire state, spends only a fraction of that amount – $3 million to $5 million – on private lawyers. But Delgadillo defends the practice, saying, “This program pays for itself,” which, in a sense, is true. Over the past six years, the city’s liability payouts have dropped from $92 million to $28 million, a savings of $64 million that Delgadillo says would not have been possible without the help of outside lawyers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The state auditor casts doubt on that claim, noting that Delgadillo has been unable to document a direct connection between his office’s savings and its reliance on outside counsel. But even if we accept the connection as a matter of fact, it doesn’t necessarily justify Delgadillo’s spending behavior. After all, if private lawyers are now picking up much of the office’s caseload, then what, exactly, are all the in-house lawyers doing? It would be one thing if the increased reliance on outside counsel accompanied a reduction in in-house staff, but absent that, it would seem that the city is simply getting less productivity out of its own employees. In other words, that supposed $64 million in savings is undercut by the expense of paying for the salaries, office space, benefits and pension costs of a large, increasingly idle, in-house staff. That points to the bigger problem here, which isn’t so much that Delgadillo likes to contract out city work, but that he doesn’t seem to be able to get what he wants out of the bureaucracy he’s supposed to manage. Rather than recruiting, hiring and directing competent attorneys under his supervision, he outsources. And according to the state audit, even his outsourcing practice is afflicted by managerial problems. The auditor has faulted Delgadillo for failing to sufficiently monitor contract costs or enforce accountability. Delgadillo says he’ll make the necessary corrections. As well he should – if not for the good of the city, then at least for the sake of his statewide campaign.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
May 31Washington County Sheriff’s DepartmentJacob Eugene Hollen, 24, Salem Failure to Appear on Felony ChargeFailure to AppearVisiting a Common NuisanceRoger Alan Casey, 23, Salem Possession of a Syringe Maintaining a Common NuisancePossession of MethPossession of ParaphernaliaIndiana State PoliceSteven Shane Guthrie, 34, Fredericksburg Auto TheftMichelle Brandi Bowers, 37, Austin Arson Auto TheftCriminal Mischief loss at least $750 but less than $50,000Theft at least $750 but less than $50,000Unauthorized entry of a vehicle in the commission of a crimeintimidation – draws/uses a deadly weapon or person to whom threat communicated is a judge or bailiff.Resisting Law Enforcement Michaela Samantha McCartney, 25, Salem ForgeryJune 1City of Salem PoliceDavid G Burnett, 51, Salem Possession of Marijuana, Hash Oil, Hashish, or SalviaPossession of paraphernaliaTyler Scott Fleenor, 21, Salem Resisting Law EnforcementCity of Salem PoliceDerek Joseph Tanksley, 32, Salem Violation of ProbationAnthony Dale Bane, 36, Campbellsburg Possession of MethAssisting in Auto TheftSamantha Jewell Hollen, 19, Salem Failure to Appear on Felony ChargeLisa Ann Griewisch, 47, Salem Violation of ProbationResisting Law EnforcementTaylor N Hedrick, 28, Salem Maintaining a Common NuisancePossession of MethPossession of ParaphernaliaKenneth Robert Maness, 47, Campbellsburg Operating a Vehicle While License Suspended or RevokedWashington County Sheriff’s DepartmentJuanita M. White, 32, Austin Visiting a Common NuisancePossession of MethPossession of ParaphernaliaLorn D. Morgan, 52, Fredericksburg
An artist’s impression of Green PointStadium, Cape Town’s newly constructed2010 Fifa World Cup stadium, with TableMountain in the background.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS • Jermaine Craig 2010 World Cup Organising Committee+27 83 201 0121• Pieter CronjeCity of Cape Town+27 82 465 4965USEFUL LINKS• Fifa Media Channel• 2010 Fifa World Cup• South Africa 2010• City of Cape Town• Cape Town TourismMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterAs the world’s best football nations fight through gruelling qualifying campaigns to make it to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, one of the world’s favourite cities is ready to welcome them.On 30 July Mayor of Cape Town Dan Plato and Danny Jordaan, head of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee, signed the service level agreement for Cape Town to host the tournament’s final draw at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 4 December this year.The draw is expected to be broadcast in almost 200 countries and attended by some 2 000 guests and 800 media representatives. It will determine the match order for the world’s top 32 teams who will contest Africa’s first Fifa World Cup from 11 June to 11 July 2010.The agreement sets out the roles and responsibilities for the two parties in staging the event and providing all the necessary support services.“We can’t wait for the fourth of December and we can’t wait for 2010 to welcome all the visitors and spectators to our city,” Plato said. “Cape Town is ready and prepared to deliver a memorable final draw and to provide unique visitor experiences for visitors and the soccer fraternity alike.“The timing coincides with Cape Town’s festive season and all stakeholders are working together on integrated planning and preparations for the event.”According to a 2008 travel survey taken by more than 25 000 readers of UK papers The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Cape Town gets the nod for best city in the world, beating the likes of Sydney and San Francisco.The city has also made it onto National Geographic’s Places of a Lifetime list, which features 50 of the world’s top destinations. Also in 2008, it was voted into third place in the World Edition of the Monopoly board game, coming in ahead of international icons such as Paris, London and New York.Jordaan said the final draw in South Africa’s scenic Mother City would be a week-long event featuring a number of activities staged by Fifa, the Organising Committee, the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Provincial Government and all South Africa’s host cities.“There are two projects left in the delivery of the 2010 Fifa World Cup: the final draw this December and then the tournament itself starting next June,” Jordaan said.“The final draw in Cape Town is a critical date and an important milestone for us. And we could not find a better city in which to host it. Cape Town’s a wonderful location and its Green Point Stadium is a landmark, one of the best in the world.”Plato said the World Cup had already created a number of job opportunities in the city, particularly in infrastructure.“The impetus of expenditure and investment in infrastructure for 2010 could not have come at a better time to counteract the effects of the economic slump,” he said. “While not every individual or suburb of Cape Town will benefit directly from the World Cup, improved facilities, services and infrastructure will benefit all indirectly.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at email@example.com
Big Data is the rage. But exactly what are people going to use it for?A recent survey by The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) and reported in ComputerWorld by Jaikumar Vijayan categorized some of the most common ways people are planning to apply Big Data technologies:60 percent think that Big Data can help them better utilize Social Media for marketing45 percent think that Big Data will improve business insights38 percent think that Big Media will help improve their sales and marketing effortsThe report found that Big Data projects are typically include a strong emphasis on data visualization. Big Data by definition refers to the processing of very large data sets, and can range to terabyte and petabyte scale. Technology has evolved to enable complex processing of massive amounts of information, but more than just processing, the ability to visualize complex data relationships has become a major element for what motivates people to pursue Big Data. Visualization is often the element which makes Big Data compelling.Phillip Russom, research director at TDWI, said that “Big data used to be a technical problem when companies were struggling to deal with the management of large volumes of data. Now, if you apply analytics to it, there is a lot that can be gained from big data, that you could not get from traditional BI and data warehousing technologies.”Russom identifies machine sensor data, social media, call centers, RFID chips, and supply chain and logistics applications as some of the many sources of data now being tapped into by Big Data.Echoing the conclusion of a report on Big Data by McKinsey, TDWI found that the biggest roadblock organizations are experiencing with Big Data is a shortage of professionals that have the right skills and background to be able to effectively use it.