In the recently concluded Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s National Drama Festival, Tacius Golding High School received seven national awards for its theatrical presentation, “Blood”.The awards are Best Open Class Play, Best Experimental Drama, Best Open Class Actress, Best Open Class Director, Best Overall Ensemble, Best Overall Director, and Best Overall Dramatic Production.On this backdrop, Director and Writer, Webster Mcdonald said it is his intention to disseminate the message highlighted in “Blood” across the island and the Region if possible.“Blood” tells the story of a girl who was sexually abused by her adopted father. The lead character goes through a phase of low self esteem, isolation and myriad suicidal attempts. The concept of revival and the power of God are riveted in the conclusion of the piece, where she receives some semblance of hope. Essentially, blood seeks to create hope and tenacity for those who have been abused sexually or emotionally.“The second play explores issues relating to relationships. From time to time, marriages are terminated because of the lack of effective and consistent communication and these result in segregation, internal and external conflicts.”“Blood”, accompanied with music and dance, intricately created a blend of Jamaican culture It will be staged at the LICHAS Theatre, in Linden on Saturday, August 20, at 19:00h.
Art is a way in which persons express their creative skills and imagination through painting, sculpture or drawing. It is those expressions that produce work which is usually appreciated for its beauty and emotional power. It is known that a career in art in this day and age is very rare and artists are rarely ever noticed for their work.Trying to break the stereotype that art should just be a hobby and not a career, is 28-year-old Courtney Mathium Douglas. Courtney has not always been attracted to the arts but when he found it, they became inseparable.He is currently a cartoon animator at the Tinninben Animation Studio owned by Alex Graham.Born in Bartica and raised in New Found Out, next to Rivers View on the borders of Region 10, Courtney was named after legendary West Indian Cricketer Courtney Walsh. Staying true to his name, Courtney enjoys a good game of cricket.“One of my cherished memory as a child was representing District Seven at National Schools’ Athletic Championships in 2007 when we came second to District 10, who is a powerhouse, by just one point.”As a child around the age of six, Courtney’s interest in art began when he discovered his father’s sketches which were mostly plans and ideas for projects. He was drawn to them and would quite often copy those sketches.“By age thirteen I used to watch and draw portraits from magazines and anything I could find in my environment.”Courtney comes from an artistic family. He stated that his father is very creative and artistic and his mother’s brothers are artistic as well. His father always wanted to venture more into the field of creative arts but because of the lack of resources, that dream was curtailed.In a sense of living his father’s dream, Courtney started to take much more of an interest in art and with the support of his family, he began to soar. However, the journey was not an easy one and to date remains an uphill task. During his formative years, several teachers would have told Courtney that art is useless among other things in an effort to quell his dreams.“For me, I’m not the most talented or better than anyone, I’m just hard-working. Leo Buscaglia once said, ‘Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.’ I practice as often as I can. I’m using my God-given talent to spread positive messages, and bring awareness to social issues and hopefully spark the minds to bring about changes.”Courtney studied Visual Arts at the Bartica Secondary School and ER Burrowes School of Art from 2008 to 2011 and now has a Diploma in Fine Arts, Major in Painting, Minor in Drawing and Graphics. He graduated as the best student in drawing, painting and graphics.He was also awarded a scholarship through the Hinterland Scholarship Programme under the then Ministry of Amerindian Affairs to attend the ER Burrowes School of Arts. He graduated from that programme as one of the most consistent academic performers. Courtney had three years’ training in 2D cartoon animation using Toon Boom Harmony Software at Brainstreet/Animatix Studio owned by Lance Hinds.Courtney’s artistic style is a combination of various styles that he is inspired by.“I love the renaissance period. I would capture an image realistically then add my touch but breaking it apart like the cubist Picasso to tell a particular story. Depends on my subject matter or my message I would go for a particular technique as well be it soft, rough, impression, or using washes.”His favourite painting is the creation of Adam by Michelangelo and the works of Vincent Van Gogh, Picasso and Leonardo Da Vinci. The works of local Guyanese artists like Carl Anderson, Winslow Craig, George Simon, and Phillip Moore serves as an inspiration to him as well.“I would say all of my personality is reflected in my art. I love to think positive and analyse and be creative. I put in the hard work and it shows in the final outcome. For instance, the drawing [My First Teacher] that won first prize in this year’s art competition. I spent four months and like 3 hours a day to get it done. I love to make jokes and make people feel good about themselves, I’m an advocate for social issues so my themes would reflect the changes I wanted to see.”Courtney is in the infant stages of starting a business with his wife Aneeza Coelho Douglas. They got married in 2013 and have a 4-year-old son, Lucas. Aneeza is also a graduate of ER Burrowes School of Art with a diploma in Fine Arts. She is the winner of the Promise Award in the first Guyana Visual Arts Competition 2012.“The award is for a young artist who shows great promise and potential to be a great artist. The name of our business is Matt and Annie Arts – Bring walls to life. You can follow us on Facebook.”In developing the art industry, artists are sometimes neglected or even forgotten. There is a need for a greater space where artists can market their work to the local and wider world. Courtney encourages all artists to be creative and work hard to develop their craft, “don’t worry about circumstances but focus on creating opportunities”.
Over the past few weeks the nation has been in preparatory mode for the highly-anticipated 48th Republic Anniversary, which was celebrated on February 23. As is customary, many events were staged across the country; in every Region, there were flag-raising ceremonies, costume parades for children and adults, and a gamut of local talent shows. The country was abuzz with activity and revelry. In addition to these activities, it is also a tradition for the museums and libraries to host lectures and exhibitions with the aim of evoking a sense of patriotism and understanding of the Republic celebrations. Indeed, it should be a time of reflection; Guyana attained republican status on February 23, 1970, some 48 years ago.Prior to the attainment of republican status, the country attained independence from Great Britain on May 26, 1966. These are significant milestones in the life of this country. More importantly, it provided us, as a nation, with an opportunity to reflect on the path we have traversed over these years as well as the pains and tribulations we experienced in the past. While the challenges are still formidable today, citizens should be reminded not to lose sight of the patriotism and resilience that brought us this far as a nation. Our leaders should also be reminded that it is their responsibility to foster a society in which there is peace, progress, prosperity and a sense of patriotism.We have witnessed the coming together of our people over the last few days with respect to the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy and when thousands gathered as the Golden Arrowhead was hoisted, commemorating yet another milestone in Guyana’s history. While the older generation of Guyanese were undoubtedly reflecting on the journey and struggles that led to this point, we should pause to consider what the younger folks were thinking of. Was there a feeling of deep patriotism or national loyalty? Were there reflections on the struggles of our foreparents? More importantly, did the pomp and ceremony ignite within them the deep-seated sense of national pride?Over the coming years, Guyanese at home and abroad will be preparing for the oil and gas sector. However, in the midst of preparations and the grand plans, the border controversy with Venezuela has gained new life. Venezuela has staunchly been against oil exploration in Guyana’s Stabroek Block, where multiple oil deposits were found by ExxonMobil, and has since laid claim to the Essequibo region, which represents two thirds of Guyana’s territory. The United Nations recently announced that it would be sending the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a judicial settlement. Venezuela, however, has strongly rejected the move. In essence, the country’s sovereignty is under threat.Guyana’s Head of State, however, anticipates that Guyana’s successful defence of its territorial integrity will not only boost local development but investors’ confidence in Guyana, especially in light of the impending oil and gas production. The period ahead, therefore, will require maturity on the part of the two countries and the eventual acceptance of the ICJ’s decision.Through it all, the citizens of Guyana will also be called upon to hold firm to their patriotism and to be steadfast in their support for our sovereignty. While there will undoubtedly be many instances in the future for the citizenry to band together, Guyanese from all walks gathered on Sunday at the Seawall bandstand for the “IS WE OWN” concert, which was organised by the University of Guyana and which featured renowned Guyanese musician Dave Martins and his Band. It was indeed a rousing and proud moment to be in the midst of the crowd singing in unison to the lyrics of the song “Not a Blade of Grass”. It was a fitting culmination of this year’s Republic Anniversary celebrations and reminder of the need for a revival of the patriotism that lies within all of us.
VICTORIA, B.C. – Chiefs of the West Moberly First Nation and Prophet River First Nation along with the Vice President of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs will return Site C stakes to the Premier and other NDP Ministers on Friday.In 2016, then MLA John Horgan donated $100 to the “Stakes in the Peace” fundraiser being organized by the Peace Valley Environmental Association. The fundraiser to fight the Site C dam saw over 700 yellow stakes purchased and put into the land in front of Ken and Arleen Boon’s farm in the Peace River Valley.Chief Roland Wilson, Cheif Lynette Tsakoza and Chief Bob Chamberlin will hold a public ceremony on Friday at the B.C. Legislature to return three stakes in the peace, inscribed with the names of Premier John Horgan and Minsters Heymen and Popham.- Advertisement -The Chiefs will also return donations to the First Nations’ legal challenge against Site C, made by the Premier and Ministers during the 2017 Provincial Election.The “Stakes in the Peace” fundraiser raised over $70,000 to pay for the legal costs of fighting the Site C dam.
1 Victor Valdes Manchester United have confirmed Victor Valdes’ has joined Belgian side Standard Liege on loan.The 34-year-old is moving to the Belgian club until the end of the season and will become a free agent in the summer.A statement on the Red Devils’ website said: “Manchester United and Standard Liege have reached agreement for the temporary transfer of goalkeeper Victor Valdes, effective until the end of the current season.”The former Barcelona goalkeeper has only made two appearances since joining United 12 months ago and has reportedly experienced a strained relationship with manager Louis van Gaal.Valdes on Thursday sent a farewell message to his supporters, posting a message on Twitter above a picture of United’s training ground saying: ”Thank you all for your support during these months of hard work for me. I will never forget! See you soon!”
By The Associated Press LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Redshirt freshman Colin Kaepernick threw a 31-yard touchdown strike to Mike McCoy with a minute remaining, lifting Nevada to a stirring 40-38 victory over New Mexico State on Friday night. The Wolf Pack (5-4, 3-2 WAC) won their third straight and held on after Brett Jaekle missed the extra kick after McCoy’s touchdown. The Aggies (4-6, 1-4) drove to Nevada’s 27 on their final possession, but Paul Young’s 44-yard field-goal attempt sailed low and wide left. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Kaepernick was 15-for-28 for 237 yards with three TDs and one interception. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Neither side disclosed terms of the settlement other than to agree that Yahoo would pay the attorneys fees of the two journalists and the family member who sued. The three were represented by The World Organization for Human Rights in Washington D.C. Shi Tao, a former writer for the financial publication Contemporary Business News, was jailed under state secrecy laws for allegedly providing state secrets to foreigners. According to the suit, the other journalist, Wang Xiaoning, was arrested in 2002 after Yahoo HK gave police information linking him to his anonymous e-mails and other political writings he posted online. SAN FRANCISCO – Yahoo Inc. on Tuesday settled a lawsuit with two Chinese journalists who were jailed after the company provided Chinese authorities with information about their online activities. The two journalists and a family member sued the Sunnyvale-based company earlier this year after Yahoo HK, Yahoo’s wholly owned subsidiary based in Hong Kong, gave Chinese authorities e-mails containing pro-democracy literature. The jailed journalists alleged in the lawsuit that jailers have tortured them and that Yahoo was responsible. The company has denied any responsibility and maintained it was complying with Chinese law when it turned over the e-mails. The case has raised questions about whether Internet companies should cooperate with governments that deny freedom of speech and frequently crack down on journalists. It also has been the subject of congressional hearings, where lawmakers accused the company of collaborating with an oppressive communist regime. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Re “Green light for more cops” (Nov. 10): Our beloved promise-whatever-you-want mayor, Tony V., says he will put 1,000 cops on the street by the end of 2007. Oops! No money available, so we bring out the trash-fee tax to insure the promise. Now Bernard Parks wants to abscond with this money for other budgetary deficits. Where is the accountability in office? I want my trash-fee tax returned and Tony V. thrown out with the remaining trash. Outenzee! – Thomas Wierzbicki – Gary Lowe Toluca Lake The myth Re “Learning” (Your Opinions, Nov. 9): Ron Lowe perpetuates the myth of “anti-immigration” protests and calls them racist, when he knows damn well the protests are about “illegal immigration.” If we can’t get our government to enforce our laws against all illegal immigration, regardless of the color of the perpetrator, we will cease to exist as a sovereign nation. Reporting false situations just to make the movement look bad is a “Lowe” attempt to obscure the real issue. – Michael Guetzow Woodland Hills Wrong term Re “Learning” (Your Opinions, Nov. 9): Ron Lowe used incorrect terminology when he said we have the “anti-immigration movement,” but that is not correct. We have the anti-illegal-immigration movement. I believe completely in immigration, which has made our country great; however, I do not believe in allowing immigrants to enter the United States illegally and giving them rights that belong only to citizens of our great country. Let them come in legally and become Americans. – Arline George Reseda Two evils Regarding Pat Robertson’s endorsement of Rudy Giuliani, Robertson is pro-life and pro-traditional-family and, I believe, a true social conservative in every sense of the word. However, by endorsing Giuliani for the presidency, Robertson is most likely choosing the lesser of two evils. After all, the thought of having Hillary in the White House is an anathema to any sound-minded, thinking person. – Brita Donovan Canyon Country Married priests Re “Praying for help” (Faith, Nov. 10): The sad tragedy of the critical shortage of priests is that while the pope and bishops ask Catholics to pray for vocations, they themselves obstinately refuse to recognize all the males to whom the Holy Spirit gives “the call,” i.e., married men – many of them already married deacons who would readily be ordained priests if the hierarchy permitted. Many, many others, are “proven males” (in Latin, viri probati), parishioners well educated, committed to faith and family, and deeply involved in the life of their parish and the wider Church. In the Eastern Catholic Church, such vocations are welcomed as the norm in parish life. Are we to believe that the Holy Spirit who inspired married priestly vocations in both the eastern and western “lungs” of the Catholic Church through the early 12th century, then stopped calling married men in the West to priesthood? – John P. Doyle Montgomery Village, Md.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Van Nuys Documentary Re “Film documents sex-slave trade” (LA.COM, Nov. 8): My hat is off, off, off to Michael Cory Davis and his documentary “Cargo, Innocence Lost” and the Daily News for carrying this article about a Hollywood actor and his documentary on the plight of children around the world being traded as sex slaves. I dropped everything I was doing and went to the screening. More of this type of journalism is needed as this is an issue we can all do something about. This article was worth the price of my yearly subscription. Keep up the great journalism.
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Harry Kane is worth more than the £200million that Paris Saint-Germain paid for Neymar, according to Daniel Levy, the Tottenham Hotspur chairman. Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has hailed Kane as the “complete player” and the Spanish giants are targeting a deal for the England ace – but Spurs are determined to keep him. (The Times)Arsenal are ready to try to find a January buyer for Mesut Ozil. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has already admitted publicly they may be forced to sell Alexis Sanchez and Ozil in the next window rather than lose them for free. But they will actually try to drive a deal for Ozil as they have effectively given up hope on him signing a new deal. (Daily Mirror)Barcelona are considering a move for Chelsea star Marcos Alonso as they look for a long-term replacement to Jordi Alba. (Daily Mail)Manchester City and Barcelona are planning ahead for the next campaign and are ready to battle it out over the signing of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl. (Daily Mail)Juan Mata turned down a staggering £375,000-a-week AFTER TAX to join the Chinese Super League. The Manchester United star was offered the mind-blowing sum by league chiefs while they were visiting last month’s Soccerex convention. (The Sun)José Mourinho is minded to sign a new contract at Manchester United but will do so only if he believes the terms reflect his achievements at the club and its current status under him. (Guardian)Swansea City are discussing a deal for Slovenia U21 international left-back Matic Paljk. The 20-year-old is a free agent after his former club FC Koper folded and is available to sign a one year contract now. (Daily Mail)Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca has revealed that he wants to work in the Premier League, which could prompt renewed interest from Everton. (Daily Telegraph)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Arsenal news: Arsene Wenger is like a drunk who’s been at a party too long, claims Joey Barton‘Top six? That’s gone’ – Everton fan Joey Barton admits club’s hopes of Premier League success are already overChelsea are OUT of the Premier League title race, insists Joey BartonManchester City’s Gabriel Jesus ‘the best young striker since Lionel Messi’, Danny Murphy tells talkSPORTManchester United reject Memphis Depay makes bold Real Madrid claimPSG star Adrien Rabiot yet to sign new deal – and Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham are circlingLiverpool transfer REPORT: Reds to battle Barcelona and Bayern Munich in race for German starlet Julian BrandtParis Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani ‘wants to join Manchester City’
Triple-A All-Star festivities at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington begin Monday, July 10 with the 2017 Triple-A Home Run Derby presented by Alaska USA Federal Credit Union.The Pacific Coast League’s Renato Nuñez (Nashville), Daniel Vogelbach (Tacoma) and Christian Walker (Reno) along with the International League’s Bryce Brentz (Pawtucket), Danny Hayes (Charlotte) and Richie Shaffer (Columbus) have been the six sluggers selected to participate, Triple-A Baseball announced today.The Derby, which takes place two days prior to the 30th annual Triple-A All-Star Game, will begin at 7:05 p.m. PDT and be streamed live on MiLB.TV. The 23-year-old Nuñez leads Triple-A and is tied for tops in Minor League Baseball with 22 homers. The Venezuelan native homered in a season-high three straight games twice, from May 1-3 and May 18-20, finishing the month with nine long balls. Nuñez has launched 120 homers in his seven-year career, the most of anyone in the Derby field.Vogelbach, who will be batting in his home park, has hit 16 home runs with the Rainiers since joining the Mariners organization in a trade from the Chicago Cubs in July 2016. The 24-year-old was a second round pick of the Cubs in 2011.He was the starting first baseman for the PCL in last year’s Triple-A All-Star Game as a member of the Iowa Cubs. Walker, in his first year in the Diamondbacks organization, is second in the league with 20 home runs on the season.He has a pair of multi-homer games and hit a go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning of a one-run win on May 8. Walker spent the first five years of his career in the Orioles organization after getting drafted in 2012 out of the University of South Carolina. With the Gamecocks, he hit 30 homers in three seasons and was a member of two National Championship teams.Pawtucket’s Brentz has mashed 18 homers on the year, trailing only two players for the International League lead. The Middle Tennessee State product hit 11 in the month of June to pace all IL players.Brentz has hit a homer once every 13.61 at-bats on the season to best the league. He has been in the Red Sox organization his entire career after getting selected by Boston in the first round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.Hayes, in just his fifth professional season and second at Minor League Baseball’s highest level, has already set a career-high with 15 home runs. The California native has slugged three grand slams on the season, including one as part of a multi-homer game. Hayes was a 13th round pick of the White Sox in 2013 out of Oregon State. Shaffer leads a Columbus club that is second in the IL in homers with 17.The 26-year-old has five major league homers in only 51 games and is closing in on 100 for his professional career.Shaffer, in his first year in the Indians organization, spent his first five years with the Rays after getting drafted by Tampa Bay with the 25th overall pick in 2012 out of Clemson. He hit 30 homers with Durham in his two seasons with the Bulls.