Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has encouraged the French people to take heart following the terrorist attack in Nice last Thursday. On Thursday, July 14, 2016, as the citizens and people of France enjoyed fireworks and other celebrations on Bastille Day, the country’s national day, a French-Tunisian man, identified by authorities as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, accelerated a lorry into an unsuspecting crowd in the French coastal city of in Nice. At least 84 persons, including 10 children, died in the carnage, with nearly 300 wounded, some very seriously and in critical condition.Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer after signing the Book of Condolence opened by the French Embassy near Monrovia in memory of those who died, the VP stated he just couldn’t comprehend “the madness that enters people to destroy lives without any justification.” The Liberian VP, who watched the event unfolded on television, and knowing the French people being who they are, “open and sociable,” said he couldn’t understand that such a horrible event was happening to them.He stated that he had brought a message of consolation to the French people through their embassy adding that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had earlier spoken and condemned the act against peaceful people.“We want to console them. We and the French people have a very close relationship; when such a thing happens, we put ourselves in their shoes like it’s happening to us,” he said. “We know that the French people will not give in to limiting their freedom to move around. The French people are courageous.”While expressing his condolences to the bereaved families, the VP stated that he was happy it didn’t happen during the Euro 2016 tournament when football teams from European nations were in various parts of France taking part in the tournament. The Vice President led an array of government officials, including Acting Foreign Minister B. Elias Shoniyin; Justice Minister Frederick Cherue; Youth and Sports Minister Saah N’Tow; and others to sign the Book of Condolence. Notable among all the men who signed the Book was NationalInvestment Commission Chairperson, Madam Etmonia David. For his part, the French Ambassador to Liberia, Mr. Joël Godeau, praised the Liberian Government for the solidarity shown his country since the terrorist attack. He said President Sirleaf was among the first people to send their messages of consolation and condolence to his President, Mr. François Hollande.“Madam President sent a very warm message to the President of France expressing her sympathy and compassion and denouncing this terrible and awful attack against innocent people,” Ambassador Godeau stated. He disclosed that at least 84 persons, including 10 children, died and nearly 300 were injured; adding: “A few hundred more are psychologically shocked by what they saw.”The French Ambassador stressed that no one, including the man who carried out the attack, can make France “give in,” and that the French people will resist every hate, which according to him is the measure for preventing such terrorist attacks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
SAN ANDREAS — Ruby the elephant has arrived at her new Northern California home relaxed and at ease. After a nearly seven-hour drive from the Los Angeles Zoo to the PAWS Sanctuary east of Stockton, a big-rig carrying the 46-year-old pachyderm pulled up about 1:10 p.m. Ruby then backed out, did a three-point turn and headed inside her 20,000-square-foot barn and Jacuzzi suite, were she immediately began playing with a “boomer ball” and snacking on acacia bows. She left at dawn this morning from the zoo, where she’d been housed for nearly 20 years. She stood manacled in the back of a temperature-controlled big-rig accompanied by zoo officials, including Jeff Briscoe, the principal elephant keeper, who’s been with Ruby since she arrived at the zoo from Circus Vargas in 1987. As a baby, Ruby was taken from the African wild and shuttled to Circus Vargas. Later, at the L.A. Zoo, she bonded with Gita, an Asian elephant who died last summer. Ruby was separated from Gita in 2003 and sent to the zoo in Knoxville, Ala., where she was isolated because of her aggression toward other elephants. After 18 months, she returned to L.A., where her cause was taken up by animal rights activists, who lobbied successfully for her transfer to the sanctuary. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, October 7, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.In The Community: The Wilmington Farmers Market continues its season from 10am to 1pm on the Swain Green (across from the Town Common). See this week’s lineup HERE.In The Community: The Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm. Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.Moving Sale: There is a Moving Sale at 15 Marie Drive from 9am to 3pm.MBTA Reminder: There will be no weekend commuter rail service on the Lowell Line (Wilmington Center) until December. A free shuttle bus will be available. Learn more HERE.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week? In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I may be able to update this post.)Like 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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 21, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 27, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, September 7In “5 Things To Do Today”
Kamal Haasan on Bigg Boss Tamil 3Screenshot of StarVijay videoSinger Chinmayi Sripada slammed Bigg Boss Tamil 3 contestant Saravanan and host Kamal Haasan for normalising the sexual harassment of women and rape culture in the public transport on Saturday, July 27.As usual, Kamal Haasan appeared on Bigg Boss Tamil 3 and interacted with the contestants on Saturday night. At some point in the show, the host raised the issue of the trouble in boarding public bus. He said, “To travel on a busy bus is a big hassle. While there are people who are rushing to reach office on time, there are those who get in just to touch women inappropriately.”Saravanan, who is one of the participants of Bigg Boss Tamil 3, was quick in responding to him, by raising his hands up and admitting it. Kamal Haasan apparently felt that he used to punish the molesters. But Saravanan went on to make the big startling revelation that he used to board the public bus to molest women during his college days.Saravanan’s shocking admission of molesting girls on the bus was met with a cheer from the audience. He did not stop there, as he went on to justify his action by saying “It was long back when I was in college”. Saravanan on Bigg Boss Tamil 3Screenshot of StarVijay videoKamal Haasan is not only an actor but also the chief of the political party Makkal Needhi Maiam. He is the responsible persona and he should have condemned Saravanan’s brazen admission. But he failed to do it, as he went to normalizing rape culture, saying, “He (Saravanan) has gone beyond all that and is now become pure and holy.”Sexual harassment of women is one of the most debated topics in India in recent years. Here, a person is proudly admitting the crime against women, the TV host is normalising his act, audience receiving these stuff with laud cheer and the owner of the TV channel are irresponsibly telecast this scene.Singer Chinmayi Sripaada, who is a leading voice in the #MeToo movement, took to Twitter to blast all of them. She retweeted a video clip showing this and wrote, “A Tamil channel aired a man proudly proclaiming he used the Public Bus Transport system to molest/grope women – to cheers from the audience. And this is a joke. To the audience. To the women clapping. To the molester. Damn.” Chinmayi Sripaada.PR HandoutIn this thread of her Twitter post, Chinmayi Sripaada wrote a detailed note, condemning contestant, Host, Bigg Boss Tamil 3 organisers and audience for promoting rape culture in the public transport bus. Here is her lengthy comment.I mean, do NONE of these people understand that millions of kids get molested on the bus? And that it is traumatic?!! How is anyone supposed to get justice in a society like this that cheers molesters? I took the PTC bus and then the MTC bus to school and even thereafter until I could get a second hand LML Trendy. There are some men in buses USE the crowd as an excuse to push their genitals into women AND younger men who are so traumatised that they don’t even know how to process it! When I attended German class, a guy told us that he gets molested by older men in the bus. Until then I had no idea boys get molested too. Thankfully he was strong enough to poke and even break the fingers of such men. Most girls cry. Or we numb ourselves. Saying it is normal. We begin normalising such behaviour and then train ourselves to never speak up or create a scene. Coz, hey, we need to go to college and school and work! Bus la nerusal irundhaalum, illaattalum, mela vandhu vizharavan nerusal naala vizharana, nerusal a saakka vechuttu molest panraanaa-nnu, adha anubhavichu tholanjavangaluku dhaan teriyum. ii,A Tamil channel aired a man proudly proclaiming he used the Public Bus Transport system to molest/grope women – to cheers from the audience.And this is a joke. To the audience. To the women clapping. To the molester.Damn. https://t.co/kaL7PMDw4u— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) July 27, 2019
Ferry services on Shimulia-Kathalbari river route resumed on Thursday morning after seven hours of disruption caused by dense fog, reports UNB.Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Shimulia station, assistant general manager Shah Newaz Khaled said the authorities suspended the ferry services on the route from 1:30 am to 8:30 am due to blurred visibility caused by thick fog.Five ferries remained stranded in the mid-river, causing immense sufferings to the passengers amid cold weather.Five hundred vehicles remained stuck in a long queue stretching five kilometers at the both end of the river, said the official.
Migrants on a wooden boat are rescued by German NGO Jugend Rettet ship “Juventa” crew in the Mediterranean sea off Libya coast. Photo: AFPDoctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Saturday it was suspending its migrant rescues in the Mediterranean because it felt threatened by the Libyan coastguard and the Italian government’s policies have made its job harder.The aid group’s decision is the latest development in mounting tensions between Rome and NGOs as migration dominates Italy’s political agenda ahead of elections early next year.“We are suspending our activities because now we feel that the threatening behaviour by the Libyan coastguard is very serious … we cannot put our colleagues in danger,” the president of MSF’s Italian arm Loris De Filippi told Reuters.Almost 600,000 migrants have arrived in Italy over the past four years, the vast majority setting sail from lawless Libya in flimsy vessels operated by people smugglers. More than 13,000 migrants have died trying to make the crossing.Charity boats have played a growing role in rescues, picking up more than a third of all migrants brought ashore so far this year against less than one percent in 2014.However, Italy fears the groups are facilitating people smuggling and encouraging migrants to make the passage, and it has proposed a Code of Conduct governing how they operate.Some groups, including MSF, have refused to sign the code.They object to a requirement that Italian police officers be on their boats and that the boats must take migrants to a safe port themselves, rather than transferring them to other vessels to allow smaller boats to stay in the area for further rescues.MSF operates one rescue ship in the Mediterranean, the Prudence, currently docked in the Sicilian port of Catania.In the last six weeks the number of migrant arrivals in Italy has slowed sharply and Rome has begun collaborating more closely with the Libyan coastguard, which De Filippi said was threatening the NGOs and preventing them from working.He said the Libyan coastguard had demanded the NGOs should leave an area of up to hundreds of kilometres around its coast, whereas previously they had been allowed to conduct search and rescue operations as close as 11 nautical miles to the mainland.“Last year the coastguard fired 13 shots on our boat and that was in a situation that was much calmer than the present one,” said De Filippi.He said MSF would continue its collaboration with another aid group, SOS Mediterranee, which operates a rescue ship in the Mediterranean with MSF doctors on board.De Filippi said the Rome government’s Code of Conduct for NGOs and its support for the Libyan coastguard showed it was now mixing the humanitarian goal of saving lives with “a political and military intention” of reducing arrivals.“We refuse to be co-opted into a system that blocks people from seeking safety and protection,” MSF tweeted, adding that the European Union’s immigration policies showed it was “determined to trap people in Libya.”Oscar Camps, the founder of Proactiva Open Arms, another aid group active in the Mediterranean, also took aim at the EU, tweeting: “the first NGO out, this is just what the EU wants.”An Italian government spokesman was not immediately available to comment, while Matteo Salvini, leader of the anti-immigrant Northern League, said MSF’s move meant there would be “thousands fewer illegal immigrants for Italians to maintain.”Last week Italy began a naval mission in Libyan waters to train and support its coastguard, despite opposition from factions in eastern Libya that oppose the U.N.-backed government based in Tripoli.General Khalifa Haftar, a commander aligned with an Eastern-based parliament, told Italian daily Corriere della Sera on Saturday the presence of Italian military vessels in Libyan waters was unacceptable but he would not attack them.
Police arrested 81 people, including two Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leaders, from different places of the district early Friday.The arrested Jamaat leaders are Mohidul Islam, 35, ameer of Betaga union unit Jamaat in Fakirhat upazila, and Aslam Sheikh (48), secretary of ward-4 unit of Jamaat under Fakirhat union.Tipped off that a group of Jamaat-Shibir men was planning acts of sabotage, police conducted a drive in Fakirhat upazila headquarters and arrested the two Jamaat leaders, said Pankaj Roy, police super of the district.The rest were arrested from different places of the district, he said.
Amidst all the blitzkrieg of new media art and monumental installations, here is a gallery that believes in reinventing and redefining tradition, Gallerie Ganesha is bringing forth a collection of artworks deeply inspired by lineage as well as traditions of tribal and folk art for the India Art Fair.Commenting on the same Shobha Bhatia, director, Gallerie Ganesha said ‘A strong heritage can influence descendants for generations. Tradition, which is always old, is at the same time ever new because it is always reviving. Being born again in each generation. The work of an artist in any era is essentially an amalgamation of his ancestors and predecessors and his own experiences. This year we are showcasing works with a special focus on what lineage influences each artist and how they have chosen to take that inspiration forward. It is an attempt to get the artists to look within and virtually put a spot light on the vocabulary they are using in order to weave their individualistic tales. At the same time, our focus largely is on folk and the tribal tradition.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’One can see works by the well known tribal artist, Jangarh Singh Shyam, from Madhya Pradesh who died under tragic circumstances in Japan. Artists who are inspired by the folk tradition are Neelkant Choudhary from Madhubani, Bihar, Uma Shankar Shah from Nepal, late Professor K.S.Kulkarni, Dipak Banerjee, Jayasri Burman, Ganga Singh, Laxma Goud and Atul Sinha amongst others.Talking about his works Neelkant Choudhary said, ‘The fine lines of my works have been pulled from the deep and long tradition of the Mithila-Madhubani art form and married to modern metaphors under delicate ministering. I have also brought to the form an entirely new idiom of tone and tenor. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAs an artist with a traditional background it was very difficult and also very interesting to break away from the former to latter while also trying to work on the traditional lines so as to maintain the familiarity with the traditional paintings.’Uma Shankar Shah has done etchings and unique prints based on Maithili art, the theme of which is mostly from the Ramayana and prayer wheels from Nepal. He has transformed the traditional art of Maithili Painting into a contemporary extravaganza while meticulously using abstract symbols, motifs, brilliant colours and bold lines characteristic of the traditional art form. Dipak Banerjee’s work is marked by a predominance of patterned structures, calligraphy, anthropomorphic images, Yantras and Mandalas. Over the years he has become more and more rooted in a pictorial mode close to the imagination of Indian miniaturists and folk artisans. KS Kulkarni had developed most simplified constructive forms which have a content dwelling in contemporary psyche. Post modern, unadorned and yet somehow in its heartbeats are engraved into our mind from the tantric concepts of life and going back to primitive cavemen and bushmen.Jayasri Burman’s figures have gained iconic proportions where they no longer remain confined within the space of a mythological or a religious framework, rather they have moved beyond those conventions to establish newer grounds for approaching art.Her work is a reflection of history, myth and ancient texts – an element which transcends time and easy classification in a very immediate and emphatic manner. Atul Sinha’s wood sculptures have a very distinct and prominent overtone of tribal art. The simplicity of form merging beautifully with the ‘complexity’ of narrative to create alluring three dimensional art.Apart from the above, artworks by artists like Alok UNiyal, Avijit Dutta, Badri Narayan, Devdatta Padekar, Maite Delteil, Mohan Singh, Murlidhar Rai, Neeraj Goswami, Niti Jain, Paresh Maity, Sakti Burman, Sangeeta Gupta, Satish Gujral, Sidharth, Vinita Karim, Nayanaa Kanodia, Maya Burman and Ganga Singh.When: 30 JanuaryWhere: NSIC Exhibition Grounds
Curated by MyArtWorld, Pakistan, the show is a part of the Lifestyle exhibition “Aalishan Pakistan” organised by the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan(TDAP), to promote Pakistani contemporary art across the border and give established and emerging artists a platform to showcase their art. The participating artists are – Amin Gulgee, Ali Azmat, Tapu Javeri, Scheherzade Junejo,Summayya Jillani, Dua Abbas, Zehra Javeri, Ramzan Jafri, Sahyr Sayed, Syed Shahabdullah and Rabia Ajaz. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Issues of gender, problem of identity, place of body, question of tradition and the role of politics in a post colonial society are a few themes evident in the works being presented. The show projects the diversity in terms of artists’ ideas, approaches and positions. The exploration of themes within this broad spectrum illuminates the breadth, complexity and beauty of works produced in the region. When: 11-14 September Where: Art Junction, The Lalit, Barakhamba Avenue, Connaught Place Timing: 11 am – 8 pm