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first_imgWhat happens when Western secondhand clothing and message T-shirts are imported to African consumers, many from less affluent classes? Joana Choumali, a Côte d’Ivoire-based artist noted for her work embroidering directly on photographs, will explore these questions and more, backed by a fellowship at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.As the 2020 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography, Choumali will receive a $50,000 stipend to launch a project, followed by the publication of a book.Choumali plans to ground her fellowship in an “anthropology of clothing.” Her photographic and mixed-media project, “Yougou-Yougou” (Secondhand Clothing), will explore how imported Western clothing affects community identity and exposes inequalities created by colonial legacies, transnational trade, and global power relations.,“Choumali starts with a traditionally flat medium and then layers thread and fabric to add dimension, texture, color, and new meaning.” — Ilisa Barbash, the Peabody Museum’s Curator of Visual Anthropology,The artist works mainly on conceptual portraits, documentary photography, and mixed media, most recently embroidering directly on photographic images with what she calls, “a slow and meditative gesture.”“Joana Choumali’s works extend the boundaries of photography into exciting new territory,” said the Peabody’s Curator of Visual Anthropology Ilisa Barbash. “Choumali starts with a traditionally flat medium and then layers thread and fabric to add dimension, texture, color, and new meaning. What begins as an instantaneous image produced by the technology of digital photography becomes enriched, politicized, and transformed by Joana’s beautiful and painstaking hand-sewing.”,Through “Yougou-Yougou,” Choumali will investigate the sociopolitical implications of western “fast fashion” in Côte d’Ivoire, and possibly adjacent countries.“My aim is to demonstrate that through this clothing our Ivorian community (more precisely, the dynamic youth) generally appropriates culture, incorporating styles and messages into their self-presentation, imagination, and social practices.” “The phenomenon of secondhand message T-shirts provokes many questions … How much room do consumers have to maneuver between the original message (which they may not — or even want to — understand) and their own political concerns?” — Maria Anney, sociologist Choumali’s frequent collaborator, sociologist Maria Anney, explains, “During the pre-colonial and colonial eras, the regions of sub-Saharan Africa underwent massive extractions of their natural resources sent to the West, and at the same time their local markets were invaded by secondhand Western products, thus rendering Africans dependent on cheap and used imports. Many articles and social studies have produced some important data about this fact.”“The phenomenon of secondhand message T-shirts provokes many questions: Who buys these, and why? What is the influence of these messages on the social imagination of the communities who wear these secondhand clothes? How much room do consumers have to maneuver between the original message (which they may not — or even want to — understand) and their own political concerns? What does it mean to sell foreign ideologies in this way?”,Choumali’s mixed-media techniques, says Anney, “make visible the way in which social codes circulate through an object (the clothes) and an active body.” After photographing people wearing message T-shirts, Choumali says she will “manually intervene on the portraits by superimposing textiles, embroidery, and collage to create a relief effect.”“The freedom offered by this technique,” says Anney, allows Choumali to “reclaim the imposed message, inviting us to reflect on a new history or third life of these T-shirts.”Before embarking on a photography career, Choumali studied graphic arts in Casablanca, Morocco, and worked as an art director in an advertising agency.,“During these challenging times, when the arts are more important than ever in bringing us together, we are delighted to be able to continue this important program,” said Jane Pickering, the William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of the Peabody.“Since 2007 this fellowship has supported emerging and mid-career photographers from six continents to document, as Robert Gardner put it, ‘the human condition anywhere in the world.’“I would like to extend my deepest thanks not only to Robert Gardner (1925–2014) and his wife, Adele Pressman, but also to the anonymous award committee and nominators, and to the extraordinary artists who were invited to submit proposals for this highly competitive award.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Relatedcenter_img Photographer documents the region through the lens of the area’s natural resources Framing the Caspian Sealast_img read more

first_imgBrisbane home values fell 0.4 per cent in June, according to CoreLogic.BRISBANE home values have slipped for a second straight month amid the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, but not as much as expected.Melbourne and Perth saw the largest decline in values among the capital cities over June — both recording declines of 1.1 per cent — while Brisbane fell 0.4 per cent to $503,148, according to the latest CoreLogic Home Value index.On a national basis, home values dropped for the second month in a row, down 0.7 per cent in June, following a 0.4 per cent decline in May. Aerial images of suburban houses in southwest Brisbane.CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said the downward pressure on home values had remained mild to date, with capital city dwelling values falling just 1.3 per cent over the past two months.“So far, the impact from COVID-19 on housing markets has been milder than initially anticipated,” Mr Lawless said.He said significant price declines had so far been avoided given the low number of homes hitting the market, combined with low interest rates, government support payments and mortgage holidays offered by the banks. CoreLogic research director Tim Lawless.But he warned the longer-term outlook for the Australian property market remained uncertain.Commonwealth Bank head of Australian economics Gareth Aird said he was surprised house prices had not fallen more. “Given the huge negative shock to the economy caused by the COVID‑19 pandemic, it is hardly surprising that prices have eased,” Mr Aird said. “Indeed what has surprised us is that prices have only contracted nationally by around 1 per cent since March.” Brisbane home values have fallen for a second straight month due to COVID-19.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoIn April, the bank’s base case was for a 10 per cent fall in prices due to the pandemic.“The upshot is that dwelling prices have not fallen all that much so far, which means that there is no material negative wealth effect to date coming via house prices,” Mr Aird said.“That is very important for the outlook for household consumption and consumer sentiment as falling property prices weigh on overall expenditure.” Commonwealth Bank head of Australian economics Gareth Aird.Mr Aird said that while property prices were still likely to ease over coming months, it looked more likely the falls would be more modest than first thought.“Auction clearance rates have rebounded to reasonable levels at around 65 per cent nationally,” he said.“And it looks like the impact of significantly lower mortgage rates is largely offsetting the other forces weighing on dwelling prices.”last_img read more

first_imgInvestigate Daily 7 June 2020Family First Comment: Ian Wishart is asking all the right questions….“Investigate asked the Drug Foundation to disclose whether any money has come from foreign donors: “Can you please confirm that 1) you know the identity of all donors to the foundation, as required by law, and 2) how much money has been donated to your organisation since 1 April 2020, and 3) how much of that money since 1 April has come from overseas donors and 4) what are the identities of those overseas donors?” We also sent texts to Drug Foundation director Ross Bell’s phone. To date, there has been no response.Bell has previously taken tens of thousands of dollars in funding from overseas foundations directed by billionaire George Soros – a huge advocate for commercially selling marijuana.Other candidates include NZ-based big businesses that stand to make a financial killing if cannabis is legalised – companies like Helius Therapeutics.Investigate sent a text to Helius director Joseph Schmidt: “We are just running a story on the cannabis referendum and the important community value placed on transparency these days. How much money if any has Helius donated to the NZ Drug Foundation?” Again, only silence.So the question remains: is it acceptable in a 2020 election for shadowy foreign groups to “buy” referendum results in New Zealand?According to the Green Party, who have been heavily pushing the cannabis legalisation, a news release last December says “No”: “The Green Party welcome a law change to help protect our democracy from the influence of powerful vested interests by banning foreign donations of more than $50, Justice spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman said today.Are secret foreign groups and commercial cannabis barons interfering in New Zealand’s election this year by funneling massive currently-hidden donations through a taxpayer-funded charity?That’s the uncomfortable question being asked as the New Zealand Drug Foundation goes silent on where the money has come from to bankroll the hugely expensive TV, radio, newspaper and social media pushing a ‘Yes’ vote for cannabis legalisation.The campaign, one of the most expensive advertising sprees outside of the Government’s Covid-19 alerts, has burst onto TV screens, full page front page newspaper ads and social media, pushing cannabis legalisation “on our terms”. Set to run from 2 June until the referendum on 19 September, the campaign is estimated to cost millions – far in excess of the organisation’s $2 million budget, mostly provided by the government.The Drug Foundation at the weekend confirmed to a Facebook question that the massive advertising spend has not been funded by taxpayer money:“No taxpayer funding is used for this campaign. As a charitable trust, we also receive private grants and donations which are funding the ‘vote yes’ campaign.”Although the Drug Foundation is audited by the Charities Commission, it is not legally required to disclose its donations for the year to June 30, until 31 December 2020, and if the advertising is on standard commercial terms it won’t be payable until 20 July 2020, meaning the millions of dollars to pay for it wouldn’t have to be received by the Drug Foundation until July, meaning New Zealanders would legally have to wait until 31 December 2021 to find out who bankrolled the pro-Cannabis campaign.Investigate asked the Drug Foundation to disclose whether any money has come from foreign donors:READ MORE: https://investigatemagazine.co.nz/28234/election-tampering-nz-pro-cannabis-referendum-campaign-funded-by-secret-foreign-donors/last_img read more

first_imgNewsRegional Remittances to Caribbean rose in 2011 by: – March 9, 2012 Tweet Share Share 12 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! WASHINGTON, USA — Latin American and Caribbean migrants sent $61 billion in remittances to their home countries last year, up 6 percent from $57.6 billion in 2010, according to a report released on Thursday by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank group.Last year’s increase confirmed the upward trend in migrants’ money transfers that started in mid-2010, after the double digit drop in remittances recorded in 2009 as a result of the economic crisis. In 2011, nearly every country in this region received a greater dollar amount in remittances than the previous year.Photo credit: neogaf.com“For the remittance market in Latin America and the Caribbean, 2011 was a year of renewed growth after the 2008-2010 period, despite persistent economic uncertainty in Europe,” the report noted. For 2012, the MIF expects remittances to this region to grow at a similar rate as last year.Most of the money continued to be sent from traditional host countries such as the United States and Western Europe. In the United States, source of about three-quarters of remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean, foreign workers saw improving employment and wage levels. As a consequence, migrants made more transfers for higher amounts than the previous year.In contrast, uncertain employment prospects in Europe resulted in drops in remittance flows to Latin America in the fourth quarter of 2011. In the case of Spain, the migrant population shrank by as much as 2 percent last year, as foreign workers (particularly men who lost jobs in the construction industry) left that country.Brazil was the only Latin American country that registered a drop in remittances received in 2011, measured in nominal terms. These flows dipped nearly 5 percent to about $2.0 billion.In contrast migrant transfers to Brazil – typically one-off transactions made when foreign workers decide to return to their countries of origin – jumped 51 percent to $2.1 billion, and for the first time exceeded workers’ remittances to that country.This recent trend has led the MIF to adopt a narrower definition of remittances to Brazil, which considers only the money sent home by migrants living abroad for extended periods and leaves out other flows such as migrant transfers and the money sent home by temporary workers.Currency fluctuations and inflation also affected the value of the money sent home by expatriate workers. Last year Mexican migrants sent home $22.7 billion, which adjusted for inflation and currency variations were worth 17.5 percent more in pesos. In contrast, migrant remittances to Brazil were worth 15 percent less when expressed in reais, the local currency, and adjusted for inflation.Remittances remain a major source of income for many countries in this region. In several of the smaller and poorer nations, they far exceed external aid and net foreign direct investment.“The importance of these flows lies in the vital role they play for millions of recipient families that depend on remittances for basic needs, even in countries with higher GDP levels,” the report noted. “In the absence of this regular source of income that these families receive from their family members abroad, many would fall below the poverty line.”In recent years, as regional economies improved, remittances have become a smaller share of gross domestic product. In several countries, however, remittances are still more than 10 percent of GDP. In Haiti, which last year received nearly $2.1 billion, they represented more than one quarter of the national income.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

first_img March 7, 2020 Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com SAVVY VETERANS: Senior leadership could play a big role in the outcome of this game. . For Central Michigan, Kevin McKay, David DiLeo, Dallas Morgan and Rob Montgomery have collectively accounted for 64 percent of all Central Michigan scoring.CREATING OFFENSE: Jason Preston has either made or assisted on 69 percent of all Ohio field goals over the last three games. The sophomore guard has accounted for 23 field goals and 25 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Central Michigan is 0-8 when scoring fewer than 67 points and 14-9 when scoring at least 67.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Bobcats are 7-0 when they record 10 or more steals and 9-15 when they fall shy of that mark. The Chippewas are 5-0 when turning the ball over eight times or fewer and 9-17 when the team exceeds that total.DID YOU KNOW: Central Michigan is ranked first among MAC teams with an average of 78.7 points per game.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 9 seed Central Michigan (14-17, 7-11) vs. No. 8 seed Ohio (16-15, 8-10)Mid-American Conference Tourney First Round, Convocation Center, Athens, Ohio; Monday, 11 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Central Michigan is set to face Ohio in the first round of the MAC tourney. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Feb. 18, when Central Michigan made just four 3-pointers on 22 attempts while the Bobcats hit 13 of 27 from deep en route to an eight-point victory. C. Michigan meets Ohio in MAC tourneylast_img read more

first_imgThe Vikings have taken a considerable step back in multiple offensive categories this season despite signing quarterback Kirk Cousins to a three-year, fully-guaranteed $84 million contract this offseason. The Vikings announced Tuesday they have fired offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.Kevin Stefanski has been named interim offensive coordinator and will handle play-calling duties. This comes one day after Minnesota lost to the Seahawks 21-7, failed to score until the fourth quarter and went the second consecutive game without putting up 300 total yards.Minnesota has failed to eclipse the 300-yard mark in four of its last five games. Related News Minnesota ranks 17th in yards per game and 20th in points per game. The Vikings are 30th in rushing yards per game.DeFilippo was hired as the Vikings offensive coordinator this offseason after serving as the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach for the last two years.Pat Shurmur was the Vikings OC from 2016-17. He took the head coaching job with the Giants this offseason. Three takeaways from the Seahawks’ dominant win over the Vikingslast_img read more

first_imgLocal artist, Norman Gitzen, has been sculpting a “Vanishing Species Series” for nearly two decades to draw attention to the decline in marine life.Norman crafts sea turtles, sailfish, dolphin, coral reefs and other marine life out of metal, leaving holes in the bodies to simulate their disappearance from the environment due to chemicals, rising temperatures and over fishing in our area. Gitzen recently was commissioned by TD Bank’s lead architect who researched his art to sculpt a vanishing sea turtle for their Miami Beach bank branch. The sculptures are forged out of bronze or steel and feature the characteristics of the sea animal…with parts of the interior missing. The absence of the metal is a metaphor for the vanishing marine life in South Florida.Artist, Norman GitzenWith “Vanishing Species Turtle” commissioned by TD Bank on Miami Beach. Baby sea turtle with matching turtle jewelry by Norman GitzenGitzen explains what is causing the decline in sea life in our waters here in South Florida and what can be done to prevent it.Listen to the full interview here.SFS Vanishing Species ArtFor more information on Norman Gitzen’s artwork click here.last_img read more

first_imgJules Chopin of Kaslo and the Simon Fraser University Clan have advanced to the final four of the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Tournament with a convincing 5-0 win over host Regis Rangers Sunday in Denver.The Clan travel to Evans, Ga. for the NCAA Division II semi final December 5 against Carson-Newman of Jefferson City, TN.Unlike the quarterfinal when SFU needed a late goal and a shootout conversion from Chopin, the Clan put this game away early scoring in the first seven minutes of the game and late in the half.Ryan Dhillon and Colin Jacques scored in the first half before Carlo Basso (51), Alexander Kleefeldt (83) and Jovan Blagojevic (85) completed the rout.Brandon Watson faced eight shots to record the shutout.SFU, 17-2-2 now travel to Blanchard Woods Park inEvans, Ga. for the Final Four.The other teams remaining are Southern New Hampshire University and Rockhurst of Kansas City. Kaslo’s Jules Chopin kicks SFU Clan into NCAA Elite EightFirst there was Nelson’s Mitch Popadynetz powering University of BC to the gold-medal in the CIS men’s soccer tournament last Sunday.Now, another Nelson Youth Soccer player has tasted stardom on the university circuit — this time in the USA at the NCAA level.Jules Chopin of Kaslo scored in the sixth round of shootout (watch penalty kick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YVde4AfljQ) to spark Simon Fraser University Clan to a win over the University of California, San Diego Tritans to clinch the program’s second straight NCAA West Region title and a trip to the Elite Eight.The Clan tied the game with four minutes remaining as Jovan Blagojevic scored to even the game at 1-1.After overtime settle nothing, the teams went to the sixth round of shootout before the Tritans missed and Chopin converted the winner.This is the second season on the Clan squad for Chopin, who toiled in the NYS system before heading off to play in the Lower Mainland while attending Burnaby Mountain Secondary.Chopin Graduate of SFU High School Soccer Academy in 2011 and played for U18 CMFSC MetroLast season as a freshman, Chopin played seven games for the Clan.This season he started 11 of the 15 games this season for SFU.The win clinches the Clan’s second straight NCAA West Region Championship and sends SFU to the “Elite Eight” where they will face the host Regis University Rangers. The Clan’s match Sunday against Regis will begin at 1 p.m. Live stats and audio will be available at athletics.sfu.ca.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s a proven fact to always have a backup plan just in case that original idea goes south.Dryden Hunt knows all too well things do not always go as planned as the Nelson Minor Hockey product prepares to enter the world of professional hockey.After not hearing his name called out for the second consecutive year last week at the 2015 National Hockey League entry draft  in Sunrise, Florida, the 6-foot, 200-pound forward already has a direction in place.Hunt, 19, is off to the La Belle Province Friday to attend the Montreal Canadiens Development Camp, which begins Sunday in Brossard, Quebec.“Montreal contacted me before the draft to say if I didn’t go in the draft they’d like to offer me a tryout,” Hunt told The Nelson Daily from Kelowna where he’s training for the upcoming season.“I was hoping I would get drafted but now I’m heading to Montreal and I couldn’t be happier.”Hunt was optimistic his name would be called after a stellar season in the Western Hockey League with Regina Pats and Medicine Hat Tigers.Hunt put up 83 points during the regular season before adding five goals in 10 playoff games for the Tigers.“Ya, I am a little disappointed,” Hunt lamented. “I mean with all those rankings before (draft) it kind of puts into your head that there’s always a possibility.“I thought I had a pretty good year but unfortunately it didn’t happen.”It’s tough,” he added, “but I’m now heading to Montreal with guys who got drafted so this is an exciting opportunity to show what I’ve got.”Hunt leaves Friday for the Habs Development Camp. He is part of a list of tryout-invitees the Montreal Scouting Department has put together.There is also more than 20 Montreal draft prospects from the past three seasons, including Hunt’s teammate at Medicine Hat, Matthew Bradley.Hunt also said former Nelson Minor Hockey graduate Tim McGauley is also attending the camp.McGauley played the last three seasons in Brandon, where he registered 105 points last season scoring 42 goals playing center.“It’s every kids dream to get drafted but some players take a little tougher road toward their dream,” Hunt explained.“For me I didn’t get drafted two years in a row, but I’ll just go to Montreal and try to prove people wrong and try to make the most of my opportunity.”The Habs also invited Hunt to their Prospects Camp in September.So the son of Carla DeBiasio and Jeff Hunt has two chances to impress the coaching staff.Smart man that Dryden Hunt.Smart man.last_img read more

first_imgLocation:Okavango, BostwanaS 19° 58.632 E 023° 17.997 EarthCacheGC4P93Tby nannibella&BastlWastl SharePrint Related7 Continents, 7 EarthCachesOctober 3, 2017In “Community”Explore the hidden underground. – Grotte de L’ Observatoire (GC2HC3E) – Geocache of the WeekNovember 6, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”The Ice King’s palace. — Eisriesenwelt – Giant Ice World (GC18G08) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 9, 2014In “Geocache of the Week” Difficulty:2Terrain:1.5 We’ll admit — assigning the Okavango Delta a label like “Geocache of the Week” feels incredibly insufficient. This place is so far removed from the world of mysteries, FTFs, gadget caches, and lock-n-locks, it can hardly be reduced to a point in a GPS treasure hunt game.Just look at this:Photo by jaguprilThat being said, if you should happen to be lucky enough to live near or visit the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana, you might as well do what’s required to log this EarthCache. The EarthCache itself will probably not be the highlight of your trip. Rather, the highlight is more likely to be the incredible wildlife you encounter, the things you learn from the people you meet, or the sensation of gliding through channels of reeds with only an inch or two of mokoro (canoe) separating you from water that will, incredibly, never make its way out of Africa — according to the cache page it will instead disappear into the thirsty sands of the Kalahari Desert.Photo by AhMiAs you’re walking through a dry plain of low grass and sand, keeping an eye out for big cats, rhinos, elephants, and any number of other large fauna that might be lurking nearby, it will seem abstract and irrelevant that the Okavango is not, strictly speaking, a delta at all, but rather an alluvial fan.That sort of detail will become more important when you’re answering the required EarthCache questions and you learn about the geological history of the Okavango.Photo by TheGlobetrottingBebbisYou will probably never find another geocache where it feels appropriate to upload the photo of the lion cubs you saw clambering over their mother in clumsy attempts to be fed.Same with that photo you captured of a hyena bathed in morning light.Photo by bridge_playerMany geocaches are out of reach to many people. Actually, most geocaches are out of reach to most of us. Heck, there are 2.9 million geocaches on the planet right now! As humans with lives and jobs and limited lifespans we’re forced to pick and choose our geocaches.If at all possible, pick this one. It will be worth it.Photo by MiskiSankoContinue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more