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first_imgNo question about it, whenever the US Embassy in Monrovia hosts an art and craft fair it becomes the most prominent event that give Liberian artists the much deserved exposure to showcase their ingenuity and craftsmanship to art lovers in Liberia. The December 5 fair is expected to feature more than 100 contemporary and traditional Liberian artists from around the country.In the past two years the fair has grown to be a place for people find quality artworks that serve as gifts, ornaments and show-pieces. Apart from paintings and sculptures, the fair will also feature fabric-clothing, shoulder bags made from lappa, blouses stitched from country cloth, woven baskets, beaded jewelry made from recycled glass, wood logs carved into chairs, chest or African animal figurines and detailed painting of life in Liberia.Admission is free at the fair and prices for artworks will vary depending on each product. Also, the event will feature live cultural and musical performances to entertain the guests. “When we started five years ago,” said Debbie Thornton, a professional associate in the Embassy’s public diplomacy section. “We began with thirty vendors but the fair has grown because the artists are bringing in quality art works that is appealing to art lovers. The fair as grown because the artworks are good and costumers are happy to buy.” According to Mrs. Thornton, another thing that makes the fair special is that it is held at the beginning of the Christmas holiday season and is a good opportunity to buy gifts for families and friends. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgBiarritz: British and Australian leaders briefly set aside talks on global trade, security and the environment on Monday for a spot of jovial banter about cricket after England beat Australia in dramatic fashion.Britain’s Boris Johnson met Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the sidelines of a G7 summit in the French resort of Biarritz a day after England cricketer Ben Stokes dragged his country from the point of defeat to a narrow victory. Smiling and shaking hands at the start of their meeting Morrison congratulated Johnson on the result, which evens up this year’s Ashes duel between cricket’s oldest international rivals. The series of five matches runs into September.”We’re not taking anything for granted,” Johnson replied as the two men posed for photographers.Johnson first heard of England’s win, which for much of the match had seemed impossible, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke the news during a meeting on Sunday. He later called for an iPad and watched the highlights between engagements.Morrison tempered his well-wishes to Johnson by joking: “Two to go, two to go”, referring to the final two games of the series, which is now tied at 1-1. ashes cupBiarritzBoris Johnsong7 summit First Published: August 26, 2019, 11:03 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Up to 80 percent of the world’s coastal United Nations member states have cabotage laws restricting foreign maritime activity in their domestic coastal trades, according to a report released by Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI), a centre researching maritime and seafarers’ law.Based on legislation and advice from 140 countries, the SRI report, Cabotage Laws of the World, reveals that 91 countries have cabotage laws.The report explores the nature and extent of cabotage laws around the world, describes the history of maritime cabotage and traces a number of early rudimentary legal principles. It sets out examples of the many different definitions of cabotage that exist today at the national, regional and international levels as well as examples of the restrictions of foreign activity and their waivers in domestic coastal trades.SRI said that evidence-based decision making is highly dependent on accurate facts and the lack of an up-to-date comprehensive study has been a major impediment to thoughtful policy-making on the subject.“The lack of accurate facts on cabotage laws around the world has been an impediment for policymakers considering implementing cabotage laws. This report represents a circuit breaker, providing policymakers with the relevant facts for proper decision-making,” ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair, David Heindel, said.“We know there are a number of countries considering introducing, strengthening or diminishing cabotage regulation. This report will assure those governments that it makes sense to enforce national cabotage laws.”SRI was commissioned by the International Transport Workers’ Federation to undertake the independent study.Cabotage Laws of the World is based on legislation and advice received from professional law firms in 140 member states of the United Nations, many of whom are part of SRI’s independent network of lawyers worldwide.last_img read more

A case of possession by love

first_imgThis April, love will linger in the erotic colours of charming bodies when Ramli Ibrahim, a celebrated Malaysia dancer and Odissi exponent will perform a unique contemporary Odissi presentation at Kamani auditorium on April 6 at 7 pm. ‘Amorous Delight: A case of possession by love’, organised by Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra and Sutra Foundation depicts the delight and frustrations, the sensuous charms and mad intoxication, the anguish of union-separation of the complex gamut of the sense of belonging and not belonging, found in this human obsession, called Love, in an intense poetic language of the body. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf With dance composition and artistic direction by Meera Das and Ramli Ibrahim – Amorous Delight – derives its inspiration from ‘Amarushataka’, the ninth century anthology of hundred Sanskrit couplets, all based on ‘shringara rasa’ in which love lingers in the erotic contours of charming bodies. The ‘Amarushataka’ had been illustrated by Indian chitrakars (traditional painters) over centuries from different parts of India. The visual images rendered in palm-leaf (pothi) of the medieval ‘Sharanakula’ palm leaf master (his name was never known) of Nayagarh district, Odisha, were some of the most beautiful and artistic of these rare illustrations. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShobha Deepak Singh, Director, Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, says, “The work is refreshingly different and sufficiently ‘controversial’ to tickle everyone’s senses and curiosity. The focus is on the ability of the dancers to impart a sensuous atmosphere evoking the subtle nuances of love and its many splendored settings. The work is contemporary within the matrix of traditional subject matter and Odissi.”What makes this staging particularly exciting is the added creative input of Dato’ Sri Bernard Chandran, Malaysia’s fashion mogul and designer to the region’s celebrities, royalty and high society mavens, who will be giving the production an alluring new look in terms of its costume design. The lighting design by Sivarajah Natarajan invites the audience to a ravishing visual feast of the highest order. As a teacher of Bharatanatyam and Odissi, Ramli has groomed some of the finest dancers, who have emerged from Malaysia and at the same time placed Indian classical dance in the context of the Malaysian experience. As Artistic Director of Sutra Dance Theatre, which he started in 1983, Ramli Ibrahim has always envisioned his creativity as a holistic universal experience, one that transcends all cultural boundaries. Says Ramli Ibrahim, “True to the spirit of creativity, ‘Amorous Delight’ points to a creative eclectic future while reflecting (but not absconding from) the past. The intimate, intense and timeless visions of love have continually inspired painters to express themselves in literature, visual and performing arts since ancient times.” With no systematic story-line of the lover and the beloved; in each rendition, the verses of Amarushataka allude to new images of the pleasures and sorrows of love in its multitude of shades and settings. Each lyrical poem, complete in itself, enshrines in cameo-like images of various fleeting emotions, moods and attitudes, couched in language and imagery, which conjure up magical voluptuous beauty and charm.last_img read more

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The power of big data is enormous, but so is the stress of trying to tap it for all it’s worth. We now produce data in staggering amounts, and marketers aren’t always sure what to do with it or how to sift through the resulting mass of information.Visual.ly, a self-described marketplace for visual content, has created an infographic with McKinsey that shows marketers can harness big data to increase the effectiveness of their campaigns and improve their companies’ bottom lines. That’s good news because, as the infographic reports, 72 percent of chief executives say marketers are rarely able to explain how much business the money they spend will generate.Related: IBM to Open Up Jeopardy Winner Watson’s ‘Brain’ for EveryoneConsumers today produce most of the data that marketers need. For example, 42 percent of European consumers conduct web searches on their mobile devices while shopping in brick-and-mortar stores. And 61 percent of consumers worldwide use digital tools as part of their “purchase journey” — whether it be for research, comparison shopping, buying, reviewing or discussing their purchase on social media after the fact. A 10-year study of companies across multiple industries showed that harnessing this data led to a 5 percent increase in productivity and a 6 percent increase in profits.But there’s a long way to go. In a survey, chief marketing officers said 63 percent of projects do not use marketing analytics to inform decisions.Check out the infographic below and stay ahead of the pack.Click to Enlarge+ 2 min read November 21, 2013 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global April 11, 2019 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img If you’re interested in a job in the tech industry, now could be a great opportunity to jump in. According to new data from job search platform Comparably, as of February 2019, there were half a million tech gigs open in the United States.Not only that, but 43 percent of those open positions are for non-tech roles. So whether you’re just entering the job market or looking to make a career change, here are the top 10 highest paying entry-level tech jobs.Data Scientist Average salary: $113,254Product Manager Average salary: $106,127Developer Averages salary: $100,610Mobile DeveloperAverages salary: $98,317Sales EngineerAverages salary: $90,575DevOps EngineerAverages salary: $89,300User Interface/User Experience DesignerAverage salary: $84,841Sales RepresentativeAverage salary: $70,622Marketing Manager Average salary: $70,392QA AnalystAverage salary: $70,383But where you work could influence how much you are paid. The data, pulled from a survey of 8,005 workers, found that entry-level employees in the San Francisco Bay Area were compensated the highest for seven different roles — Developer, Mobile Developer, Sales Engineer, DevOps Engineer, UI/UX Designer, Marketing Manager and QA Analyst.Seattle follows San Francisco, with data scientists, product managers and sales representatives earning the most there. As for other major tech hubs in the U.S., New York and Los Angeles workers earned more than their counterparts in Boston and Chicago. For example, a sales engineer in San Francisco would make $30,000 more than a sales engineer in Boston. Register Now »last_img read more

The Top TED Talks of 2019 So Far and What You Can

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. May 13, 2019 “Ideas worth spreading.”That’s TED’s tagline, and the organization — originally launched as a convergence of the technology, entertainment and design industries — has done its best to stick to that mission since 1984. Talks cover everything from how to recover from activism burnout to quantum computing explained in 10 minutes. Every second, 17 people watch a TED Talk, on average, and the organization’s videos have garnered well over one-billion views.If you’re looking for a spark of inspiration, here are six of the most compelling talks of 2019 so far, with key takeaways.3 Psychological Tricks to Help You Save Money (Wendy De La Rosa)There’s a reason saving more money ranks in the top five New Year’s resolutions each January: We all want to do it, but it’s easier said — or written down on a resolution list — than done. Behavioral scientist Wendy De La Rosa aims to change that in her TED Talk, teaching three psychological strategies for overcoming our propensity to spend-not-save.One preliminary thing to keep in mind: “It’s not about how smart you are or how much willpower you have,” said De La Rosa. Instead, she said, it’s about the environment in which you think about saving. Exhibit A: In one of De La Rosa’s studies, subjects who were shown their income on a weekly basis were able to budget better than people who were shown their monthly income total, she said.As for the three tricks? Number one is to “harness the power of precommitment,” said De La Rosa. We tend to see two versions of ourselves, our past selves and our future selves, and our future selves are perfect; they’ll have the motivation to wake up earlier, exercise more, save money and more. But we often forget, said De La Rosa, that the future self is the exact same person as the present self. We can use this potential shortcoming to our advantage by forcing ourselves to make saving decisions in advance through an app or automatic account deposits. In another of De La Rosa’s studies, one group of subjects received the following text in February: “If you get a tax refund, what percentage would you like to save?” The average answer: 27 percent. But when another group of subjects was asked — just after receiving their refund — how much they’d like to save, they chose an average 17 percent.De La Rosa’s other strategies: Use transition moments to your advantage — New Year’s, birthdays, a job change, a move — and get a handle on small but frequent purchases (for most people, eating out is at the top of that list).Why Working From Home Is Good for Business (Matt Mullenweg)Matt Mullenweg’s employees live all over the world, from California to New Zealand. He’s the cofounder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic, which has a 100 percent distributed workforce of close to 800 employees. Why? In his TED Talk, Mullenweg said he believes that “talent and intelligence are equally distributed throughout the world, but opportunity is not,” and that the most diverse perspectives inherently come from people living and working in countries different from your own.“In Silicon Valley, you have the big tech companies fishing from essentially the same small pond or bay,” said Mullenweg. “By making the company distributed, we can fish from the entire ocean.”  A distributed workforce also offers unprecedented flexibility for employees: They can choose the food they eat at their office, noise level, temperature and more.If you’re looking to skew your own office towards a distributed workforce, the first step is to document everything and leave a trail of your thought process in making different decisions, said Mullenweg. It’s not just efficient for people in different time zones; it’s also helpful for any company over time as people leave and join up.Mullenweg sees the future of work as being completely decentralized. “I think that companies will evolve to be ‘distributed first,’ or that they’ll be replaced by those that are,” he said.How to Make Applying for Jobs Less Painful (Priyanka Jain)If the idea of sending in a resume and cover letter makes you inwardly (or outwardly) groan, you’re not alone. According to a January TED Talk, about 75 percent of people who applied to jobs using various methods in the past year said they never heard anything back from the employer, and 46 percent of people get fired or quit within the first year of starting their jobs.“For the first time in history, we have more open jobs than unemployed people — and to me, that screams that we have a problem,” said Priyanka Jain, who’s featured in the TED Talk and is the head of product at Pymetrics, a company pairing neuroscience with recruiting.Jain believes that a single piece of paper is the heart of the problem. Resumes can showcase someone’s past achievements, she argues, but they fall short when it comes to someone’s potential — especially in a quickly changing economy, where jobs of the future may require skills no one has yet.As for the solution? Jain said multi-measure tests, powered by AI algorithms, can help potential employers gauge your memory strengths, levels of attentiveness and other traits. The key, she said, is to make them scalable (which, of course, is what her company Pymetrics aims to do). During her presentation, Jain showcases a brief example of a multi-measure test, in which viewers are asked to clap when a circle turns red and refrain when it turns green. Your results could inform potential employers of your strengths and weaknesses — e.g., if you clap late after the red circle appears but correctly never clap on green, you likely score high in attentiveness and restraint, similar to successful project managers and accountants. If you clap immediately upon seeing a red circle but sometimes incorrectly clap on green, you may skew towards impulsivity and creativity like some top-performing salespeople.The caveat: If companies like Pymetrics use current industry top performers and their traits to train algorithms, that could lead to bias against women and minorities. It’s vital for diverse teams of people to monitor and review these tools before they’re rolled out on any large scale.8 Lessons on Building a Company People Enjoy Working for (Patty McCord)Patty McCord always wanted to be an HR professional, to speak the language of management — but after her decades-long career in HR, including a 14-year stint as Netflix’s chief talent officer, she’s learned none of the HR jargon really matters and that many companies treat their employees like children. “In fact, I’ve learned ‘best practices’ usually means copying what everyone else does,” said McCord in her TED Talk.The job of management isn’t to control people; it’s to build great teams. The metric we should be using is customer happiness, said McCord, not arbitrary metrics like whether someone came to work on time or how many vacation days they used. Everyone in the company should understand the business, how it makes money and what success looks like there. And encourage your employees to get excited about change, said McCord: “Beware of the smoke of nostalgia.”Everyone in your company should be able to handle the truth, said McCord, and if you find it difficult to give employees feedback, it’s likely because you don’t practice enough. “What else do you do in your whole life that you’re really good at that you only do once a year?” she said. “Here’s what I’ve found: Humans can hear anything if it’s true.” Make it a priority to tell people the honest truth about what they’re doing right and what they’re doing wrong — while they’re doing it.  One more thing to keep in mind: Careers are journeys, and it’s rare for someone to want to work towards the same goal for their entire lives. “What if we created companies that were great places to be from,” said McCord, “and everyone who leaves you becomes a great ambassador for not only your product, but who you are and how you operate?”How to Lead a Conversation Between People Who Disagree (Eve Pearlman)We’re living in the Information Age, but some feel it’s never been harder to find the truth. Political divides grow deeper, technology seems to create more rifts than it mends and, from sea to shining sea, it’s growing increasingly more difficult for people to talk to each other in a calm, respectful, open way.Journalist Eve Pearlman wanted to change that, so she spearheaded Spaceship Media, a company prioritizing “dialogue journalism” — journalism-supported open discussions between people who disagree — and explained it in her TED Talk. After the 2016 election, she brought together 25 Clinton supporters from California and 25 Trump supporters from Alabama to talk about hot-button issues. The first question: What do you think the other side thinks of you? After getting those stereotypes out of the way, participants discussed guns, immigration, race and education. “What we found, remarkably, is that real dialogue is, in fact, possible — and that when given a chance and structure around doing so… many of our fellow citizens are eager to engage,” said Pearlman.Our current state of discord doesn’t benefit anyone, said Pearlman, and people often appreciate the chance to engage curiously, openly and respectfully. They want “a chance to put down their arms.” Many of Spaceship Media’s Facebook groups have spun off into member-run groups, individual friendship and, most of all, real human connection across difference.“We do our work in direct challenge to the political climate in our country right now, and we do it knowing that it is difficult, challenging work to hold and support people in opposing backgrounds in conversation,” said Pearlman. “We do it knowing democracy depends on our ability to address our shared problems together.”How to Spot a Pyramid Scheme (Stacie Bosley)In 2004, a new company called Vemma Nutrition started offering anyone, regardless of education or experience, the opportunity to earn part-time income for full-time work. The only requirements to get started: Spend $500 to $600 on a product kit and recruit two more members to do the same, explains economist Stacie Bosley in her TED Talk. By 2013, Vemma Nutrition had expanded globally and brought in $200 million per year. But it turned out that most members earned less than their initial deposit, and Vemma was charged with operating a pyramid scheme.So how do you identify — and avoid — a pyramid scheme? The primary red flag: A founder solicits an initial group of people to buy into the company and recruit other members, with the promise they’ll earn a commission for each new person who joins or invests. The founder also takes a share. The catch: “As a pyramid scheme grows, it becomes increasingly difficult for new recruits to make money,” said Bosley. For example, the founder recruits an initial group of six, who then recruit six people each (adding up to 36), who then, in turn, each recruit six others: a total of 216. By the twelfth recruiting round, the 2.1 billion new members would be tasked with recruiting over 13 billion others — more than the world population — in order to turn a profit, said Bosley. In this example, over 80 percent of the scheme’s newest participants lose everything they paid in.As for the difference between pyramid schemes and “legitimate” multi-level marketing (MLM) opportunities? Bosley said it’s a question of whether members primarily earn compensation from selling a product or service or from recruiting new members. If you’re considering taking on a new opportunity, keep an eye out for red flags, as many pyramid schemes disguise themselves as legal MLMs.center_img Register Now » 11 min readlast_img read more