15 Jan

Liberia National Culture Troupe Tours Egypt

first_imgairo, 28 April 2014: The Liberian National Cultural Troupe headed by Mrs. Louise McMillian, Assistant Minister for Culture at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism participated in the International Festival for Drums and Traditional Arts under the theme, ‘Drums Dialogue for Peace’ held in the Arab Republic of Egypt from 19 to 25 April 2014.The National Culture Troupe performed at several locations including the historic Salah El-Din Citadel (Castle) and The Opera House in Cairo. The Troupe was then hosted by H.E. Alexander H.N. Wallace III, Liberian Ambassador to Egypt, on 23 April at his residence for a dinner performance which was attended by several Ambassadors and Government Officials.Thirty-one Folklore Bands representing as many as twenty-one countries from the Middle East, Africa and Asia participated with their drums and traditional folk arts in the Festival. At the closing ceremony on 25 April 2014, the Egyptian Minister of Culture, Dr. Mohammed Saber Arab, was joined by the Liberian Assistant Minister for Culture, Madam Louis McMillian and the Minister of Culture of South Sudan to cut the ceremonial ribbon.The Festival was organized by the Bureau of Foreign Cultural Relations of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism.Minister McMillian met with several dignitaries including the Minister of Culture and the Director of International Culture Relations among others. Discussions between the Minister and Officials of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture focused on the improvement of cultural cooperation between both nations. Upon the Minister’s proposition and request, the Egyptian party accepted to undertake the establishment of national theater and cinema in Liberia; they also agreed to train Liberians in Drumming and Traditional Music as well as in Cartoon Animation. The Egyptian Officials disclosed that their representatives will visit Liberia in May 2014 for assessments. They extended an early invitation to the Liberian National Cultural Troupe to participate in the next Festival expected to be held in Egypt in September 2014. The two sides concluded that Liberia host an International Festival, code-named ‘VIVA Liberia’, sometimes this year.The Egyptian side lauded the Liberian National Cultural Troupe for a splendid performance throughout the Festival.  On behalf of the Liberian National Cultural Troupe, the Government and people of the Republic of Liberia, Minister McMillian expressed heartfelt gratitude to the organizers, the Government and People of the Arab Republic of Egypt for the hospitality and the opportunity afforded Liberia to participate in such an elaborate international occasion; adding, it provided a remarkable platform to allow for the Troupe to showcase Liberia Cultural Arts and Folk Dances to the rest of the world.For his part, Ambassador Alexander H.N. Wallace, III visited the National Cultural Troupe at their hotel and attended their performances. The Ambassador promised to facilitate initiatives aimed at improving the National Cultural Troupe and promoting Liberia cultural relations with Egypt. He extolled the Troupe for their superb performances throughout the Festival. The Ambassador and the Director of International Cultural Relations of Egypt discussed plans to strengthen Liberia-Egypt Cultural Relations, including exchange of National Artifacts for display in museums or public galleries as well as provision of training programs for the Liberian Cultural Troupe. Additionally, Ambassador Wallace and Minister McMillian discussed ways and means of utilizing the opportunities offered by the Egyptian Cultural Authority to adequately enhance the Liberia National Cultural Troupe. The Minister expressed thanks to the Ambassador for his hospitality and tremendous support accorded the Troupe, as well as his persistent presence around them throughout their stay in Egypt.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

3 Dec

Ringing in change, government style

first_imgAll government employees in Samba district of Jammu & Kashmir have been directed to download the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” ringtone on their Jio mobile numbers. The order came from the office of Deputy Commissioner Sheetal Nanda on February 23, who demanded that a compliance report be filed within 24 hours.The government is in talks with Airtel and Vodafone for similar ringtones but the memo mentions only one service provider. According to Ms. Nanda, the decision was taken make sure the campaign message is widespread, and to “put a thrust on having a girl child. In local language“A ringtone was prepared when the campaign was launched. We made a folk singer to sing it in Dogri, a local language. The ringtone was already available on the BSNL members. We got in touch with the Jio company too for the ringtone, which they agreed to,” Ms. Nanda told The Hindu. She had issued fresh directions to all the departments, including school staff, using the Jio numbers to download the ringtone, also used by the Deputy Commissioner herself. “I will ensure 100% compliance,” she said.Responding to the directive, Srinagar-based gynecologist and women rights activist Samina Maqbool said, “Making ringtones mandatory have hardly resulted in change of mindset when it comes to gender justice.”Addressing root causes“The male-female ratio is alarming but at the same time it points at two areas where the government’s intervention is required now. One, high mortality rate among women in Jammu and Kashmir due to poor access to the healthcare and healthy food intake. Two, growing incidences of female foeticide and poor mechanism to stop sex determination in advance,” Dr Maqbool said.While downloading ringtones may help in sensitisation to some extent, “The real solution lies by working on the causes leading to the skewed male-female ratio,” Dr Maqbool said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao” (Save girl child-Educate girl child) campaign in January 2015 to address the declining Child Sex Ratio (CSR) in India. As per the 2011 census, the adult sex ratio in India is 940 females for every 1000 males. The child sex ratio (of children between the ages 0 and 6 years) is far worse at 914 females for every 1000 males. Figures for Jammu and Kashmir are well below the national average with only 883 females for every 1000 males.last_img read more

28 Nov

Prove CWG detractors wrong: South African President

first_img“Prove them wrong as we did!” is what South African President Jacob Zuma told a visiting Indian delegation, commenting on the detractors’ views who believed it was a wrong decision to give the Commonwealth Games to India.Zuma was reacting to the concerns expressed by many countries over India’s level of preparedness for the Commonwealth Games starting in New Delhi on Sunday.”Like India, we faced the naysayers who doubted our ability to host a successful tournament,” he said at a banquet last night to mark the end of the first regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Africa.”Earlier this year, we hosted the first and I might add, very successfully hosted the first FIFA 2010 World Cup on African soil. If ever there was proof of our country’s ability to deliver, then that was it,” Zuma said to a loud applause from the South African and Indian guests that included Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi and Minister of State for Human Resources Development D Purandeshwari.”I take this opportunity to wish India well on the hosting of the CWG,” the President added.Before the World Cup, there had been many negative reports, especially in Western media, about South Africa?s readiness for the biggest sporting spectacle in the world.In the end, the two-month spectacle not only went off without a hitch, but also united the people of the country in an unprecedented way.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

27 Nov

Arwind Santos gets last laugh as he gets under TNT’s skin in do-or-die match

first_imgMOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Santos laughed the incident off and attributed to just being “part of the game.”“Nothing personal. Ano lang talaga, kasi gustung-gusto naming manalo talaga.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Filipino marathoner Rafael Poliquit passes away at 30 Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img View comments Arwind Santos taunts Anthony Semerad during the TNT-San Miguel quarterfinals game on Wednesday. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Arwind Santos has made a name for himself as one of the PBA’s best defenders.The San Miguel Beer forward has also mastered the art of getting under the rival team’s skin and inside the opposing players’ heads along the way.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue He was in his element on Wednesday night in a knockout Game 3 against TNT.Arwind doing Arwind things. Stuff which bare results that won’t be found on the stat sheets, but rather on his opponents’ irritated faces.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe more the KaTropa gave in to his antics, the more Santos became more effective.Santos also had the last laugh with the Beermen rolling to a 96-86 win on its way back to the Philippine Cup semifinals. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “Ako, kahit hindi ako masyado naka focus sa opensa, talagang hindi nila ako iniiwanan din eh, ginawa ko yung part ko sa depensa tapos pambu-bully,” Santos said grinning after finishing with seven points and eight rebounds. “Gusto nila ng asaran hanggang sa dulo. Muntik na maging wrestling yung laban. Okay lang, sige ganun yan, kung yan ang gusto nila, walang problema.”Santos spared no one that even the usually mild-mannered Jayson Castro reached his tipping point.“Kanina nga si Jayson, inapproach niya ko, sabi niya, ‘Arwind, wag nang ganun, kasi bakit pa kailangan gawin yun, lamang naman kayo,’ ganyan. Kapag napikon yung mga kasama mo, di ko problema yun. Kasalanan nila yun. Sila napikon eh. Part ng game yun eh. Yun lang,” he said.Santos also got into Kelly Williams’ nerve while the two were fighting for position on a rebound midway through the third quarter.Williams and Santos got tangled up and the TNT big man slammed him on the floor out of frustration.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

26 Nov

Sindhu reaches quarterfinals of India Open Super Series

first_imgBy Amit Kumar Das New Delhi, Mar 31 (PTI) Two-time World Championship bronze medallist P V Sindhu eked out a hard-fought three-game win over Thailands Busanan Ongbumrungphan to enter the quarterfinals of the USD 300,000 Yonex-Sunrise India Open Super Series badminton tournament here today. Sindhu was a little circumspect during the match and committed a few unforced errors before surpassing Busanan 17-21 21-19 21-16 in a womens singles match that lasted an hour and 16 minutes here at the Siri Fort Sports Complex. Among other Indians, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy suffered a 19-21 12-21 loss to Chinese Taipeis Chen Hung Ling and Chi-Lin Wang, while Jishnu Sanyal and Shivam Sharma lost 17-21 15-21 to Chinese Taipeis Lee Sheng Mu and Tsai Chia Hsin in another mens doubles match. “It was a close match and it is good to have a tough opponent early in the tournament because it helps you to adjust with the conditions. I was playing her after a long time and I made lot of unforced errors. I was leading and then giving away points. Even some line judgements were not right. I am happy to win and hope to play better tomorrow,” Sindhu told reporters. After losing the opening match, Sindhu changed gears and nosed ahead to a slender 11-9 lead in the second game. From 14-11, the Thai girl started catching up with Sindhu after the Indian failed to connect a few strokes. One such miscued shot at the net took Busanan to 14-14 and she soon grabbed a couple more to have a 16-14 advantage. The Indian came up with a couple of smashes to draw parity at 17-17. With Busanan finding the net and hitting wide, Sindhu took a two-point lead at 20-18. The Indian hit one at the net but roared back into contest when her rival found the net. In the decider, Sindhu lagged 0-4 early on but she managed to grab six consecutive points to march ahead to a 6-4 lead. The Indian stretched the lead to 10-7 but blew it away with Busanan entering the break with a 11-10 lead. After the interval, Sindhu started dominating the proceedings and grabbed an 18-15 lead before another wide shot broke the rhythm. A fierce rally then ended with an unforced error from the Thai player. Sindhu then grabbed the next two points when Busanan failed to connect a couple of strokes at the forecourt. (MORE) PTI ATK CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

19 Nov

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes all-time leading scorer across top five European leagues

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo surpassed Jimmy Greaves to become the all-time leading scorer across the top five European league as he scored a brace against Celta Vigo last night in La Liga.Ronaldo’s brace helped Real Madrid cruise to a 4-1 victory over Celta Vigo and edge closer to their first La Liga title since 2011. Real Madrid now need only a draw against Malaga on May 21 to lift the coveted trophy over Barcelona who are three points behind the Los Blancos on the table.Jimmy Greaves had, in his glittering career, played for Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, AC Milan and West Ham United and was a prolific player in the 1950s and 60s. Greaves had held the record since 1971.Ronaldo has been in an exceptional form off late scoring two hat-tricks in the Champions League in the past month and three braces, one in Champions League, the other against Sevilla last weekend and now this!The only active player who is close to Ronaldo’s newly achieved record is Lionel Messi with 346 goals.Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo also share the record for most hat-tricks (7) in the Champions League. Cristiano Ronaldo, though, is the only player to score three hat-tricks in a single season and the only player to score two consecutive hat-tricks in the knockout stage.With the brace against Celta Vigo, Ronaldo reached 284 goals in his 264 appearances in La Liga.Recently, the 4-time Ballon d’Or winner also became the first player to reach 100 goals in the UEFA Champions League, having scored 10 goals in 12 games this season.advertisementReal Madrid are gearing up for a European double this season. With already a hand at the La Liga trophy, Real Madrid will take on Juventus in the Champions League final on June 3.ALSO WATCH: UEFA Champions League – Real Madrid CF’s aggression vs Juventus FC’s solidity after blockbuster semi-finalslast_img read more