Leonard Cohens son says the singer was confident Donald Trump would be

first_imgCohen died in California a day before Trump stunned his country and the world, defeating Hillary Clinton. Though he was closely associated with Montreal, his hometown, he also lived and worked on the American west coast. They assumed the medical marijuana he was ingesting clouded his logic, he says. Cohen’s son says the notion of Trump winning seemed “absurd” to everyone around his father. Advertisement “He was one of the only people I know, who had the most absurd prediction that anybody in my midst would dare have: he predicted Donald Trump was going to be the president of the United States, which of course made us all laugh hysterically.” Advertisement OTTAWA — Leonard Cohen told his family, in his final days, he was confident Donald Trump would be elected president of the United States. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “I’m a captive, I’ve got no other purpose or mission,” he says. Twittercenter_img Facebook “He was stoned out of his mind,” Adam says. “What did he know, we thought. But it turns out the old man was right.” Adam says his father knew 2016’s “You Want It Darker” would be the final album he produced. He recalled once asking him how he was producing such “astoundingly clear and powerful vocals.” Advertisement Login/Register With: In his 1990s song, “Democracy,” Cohen sings: “From the fires of the homeless/From the ashes of the gay/Democracy is coming to the USA.”His Juno win marks the second time Cohen has received the artist of the year award, after winning in 2013. “This is my message, this is my last message.”BY David Friend – The Canadian Press The Montreal singer-songwriter’s son Adam recalled the prediction at Saturday’s Juno gala dinner, where his father received a posthumous artist of the year prize.last_img read more

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Prince Albert police make arrest in connection with savage attack on Marlene

first_imgAPTN National NewsPolice in Prince Albert, Sask., have made an arrest in connection with a savage attack on a Cree woman earlier this month.Police issued a statement Sunday saying a 29 year-old man had been charged with attempted murder and aggravated sexual assault. The man was arrested Saturday evening and police executed a search warrant at his residence.The arrest was made in connection with the attack on Marlene Bird, 47, who was found on June 1 in a Prince Albert parking lot with her face mutilated and body burned. Doctors were forced to amputate both of Bird’s legs and skin grafts have been used to help reconstruct her face which was peeled back from chin to forehead on one side. Bird is from Montreal Lake Cree Nation.The police statement did not say what investigators were seeking at the residence. The man, whose name was not released, is in custody and is scheduled to appear in Prince Albert provincial court on Wednesday, the statement said.An officer with the police service told APTN National News more information would be unveiled at a press conference Monday.Bird is still recovering in hospital.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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Over 1500 migrants storm across Spainoccupied Melillia

Nador – Some 1,550 illegal migrants, divided into five groups, tried on Wednesday to storm the Spain-occupied city of Melillia in the Moroccan northeastern locailities of Morales, Kalita, Iyassinene, Mari Wari and, says a release of local authorities.“The groups did not heed the warnings and threw stones, injuring four security agents and damaging three vehicles”, the source explained.A total of 500 persons were arrested, including 10 wounded persons who were taken to the Nador hospital.

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NTSB investigates American Airlines flight tipped by wind

NEW YORK — Federal safety officials are investigating an American Airlines flight in which the plane tipped in strong wind and a wingtip hit a runway marker during takeoff from New York’s Kennedy Airport.The pilots cut short the flight to Los Angeles and landed back at JFK about 30 minutes later. No injuries were reported.The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that it is investigating the April 10 incident with help from the Federal Aviation Administration, American, and the union for the airline’s pilots.On a recording by LiveATC.net, one of the pilots is heard telling air traffic controllers that the plane banked sharply to the left during takeoff, apparently from a strong crosswind.American says there were 102 passengers and eight crew members on the Airbus A321 jet.The Associated Press read more

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Commentary New York Giants rough start hard to watch for lifelong fans

Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs (right) sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning at Soldier Field Oct. 10. The Bears won, 27-21.Credit: Courtesy of MCTTwelve dollars. That’s all I spent on a New York Giants football sweatshirt that I’m truthfully too scared to wear at the risk of being ridiculed. It’s hard enough being a fan of a football team in a different state, but it’s even harder when that team has yet to win one of its six games this season.I was born and raised in New Jersey, so being a New York Giants fan is all I’ve ever known. I was taught that the Giants are the best and that I’m supposed to hate the Philadelphia Eagles … which I do. Being a fan of the G-men has never been a problem until this season.Coach Tom Coughlin is 67 and is in his 10th year coaching the team. He’s one of the oldest NFL coaches ever, but after earning a pair of Super Bowl rings for the Giants, it doesn’t appear he’ll be going away anytime soon.The Giants have won two Super Bowls in the last six years (2008 and 2012). With a history like that, you would think that they would be a team to fear. This year, not so much. They’ve had their worst start to a season since 1976 and quarterback Eli Manning has had arguably the worst season of his career, currently leading the league in interceptions with 15. Ouch. That’s gotta be rough while his big brother Peyton and the Broncos are having an awesome season, winning their first six games and leading the league in total offense, passing yards and points scored.Since I’m a fan of Ohio State football as well, I can’t imagine how current Giant players, former Buckeyes Jonathan Hankins and Jim Cordle feel right now. Playing on the OSU football team has spoiled them into not really knowing what a losing consistently feels like. In Cordle’s five years at OSU (he redshirted in 2005), the team was a combined 54-10, and in Hankins’ three years, the Buckeyes were 30-8, including the 12 vacated wins in 2010.My goal is not to bash the team I’ve grown up watching, it’s to share a little bit of my disappointment OSU fans might not understand. This is the first time my friends who are Cleveland Browns (3-3) fans are laughing at me.In my mind, this season is over for the Giants. Will I still watch the games? Yes. Will I still have hope that they can win a game? Of course. Will I wear that $12 sweatshirt anytime soon? To be determined. But I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to come anywhere close to the playoffs at this point, so my heart is a little broken for them. read more

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Leadership contributing to No 13 Ohio State womens volleyballs hot start

OSU freshman setter Taylor Hughes (6) sets the ball during a match against Florida State on Sept. 6 at St. John Arena. Credit: Ashley Roudebush / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team has started off the season going 8-1, including three victories over top 25 teams in then-No. 14 Florida State twice and then-No. 13 Arizona.Before the 13th-ranked Buckeyes open conference play with No. 11 Wisconsin and No. 23 Minnesota next week at St. John Arena, the team has three final nonconference matchups in Rochester, Michigan, against Eastern Illinois, Western Michigan and Oakland.OSU plays in statistically the toughest conference and has the ninth toughest schedule overall in the NCAA.A key contributor to OSU’s success so far this season has been junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe. The third-year starter put together strong performances in the D.C. Koehl Classic tournament, including a match against Florida State in which she tallied zero hitting errors. Sandbothe is second on the team in kills with 110 kills, and has a .419 hitting percentage through nine matches, 33rd best in the country.       “You need players like that,” coach Geoff Carlston said about the Big Ten co-Player of the Week. “She’s certainly one of the kids we’re looking to for those moments.”Sandbothe said she sees herself as a player who likes to lead the rest of her team by example.“All of us have a passion for the game, and if I can influence my team by having that swagger and confidence on the court, that’s the player I want to be,” she said. “And if my teammates can look to me to be that kind of player consistently, I feel like that’s a privilege for me.”With two freshmen and four sophomores on the roster, Carlston said he looks to the seniors for leadership but has equally been impressed by the juniors.“I think our younger players tend to gravitate toward other people,” he said. “Our juniors have really stepped up in terms of taking on that leadership role. I’ve seen them keeping our team relaxed and in the moments.”Along with Sandbothe, junior libero Valeria León — the team’s defensive leader — said she takes on some of the responsibility of assisting the freshmen and sophomores in understanding how to play in big games.“We always talk about staying in the moment,” León said. “Don’t get excited, don’t get too nervous.”OSU returned most of its key players from last year’s squad that was a set away from an Elite Eight appearance — which would have been the first in Carlston’s tenure at OSU — and an improved 12-8 conference record from the 2013 season, when the Buckeyes were 6-14 in Big Ten play.León said she sees the team continuing its strong start through conference play and into the NCAA tournament.“After this year, I’m going to be a senior so right now, I’m approaching this year like it’s my last one,” León said. “I think we have a pretty good chance to make it far this year. I’m really excited for this team.”Sandbothe echoed the libero’s enthusiasm about the team.“Our team definitely has a dynamic and chemistry unlike we’ve ever had,” Sandbothe said. “Don’t count us out for being a Final Four team — and winning the Big Ten.” read more

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First direct verification of carbon dioxide successfully sequestered in underground rock

first_imgThe test involves injecting over 13,000 t of carbon dioxide into stacked unmineable coal seams at depths of 900 to 2,000 ft with the goal of storing carbon dioxide while simultaneously enhancing natural gas recovery. “Carbon sequestration in geologic formations is our best way to slow and reverse climate change,” said John M Pope, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of WellDog. “But understanding how, where and for how long sequestration occurs in rocks thousands of feet below ground is difficult.”“In this project the carbon dioxide flowed into the wellbore, but until we took direct downhole measurements in each coal seam, significant uncertainty persisted regarding which coal seams the carbon dioxide had sequestered,” explained Pope. “We are pleased that WellDog’s technical services and Carbon GeoCycle’s sequestration expertise were able to help Virginia Tech’s experts confirm that all of the coal seams took up carbon dioxide. This result represents an important step for sequestration efforts worldwide.”“Results from the test are very promising,” said Nino Ripepi, PhD, Associate Professor of mining and minerals engineering at Virginia Tech and a manager of the project. “We have shown that coal seams can safely store carbon dioxide while at the same time enhancing gas. This is one of the first steps toward commercialisation of these technologies.” WellDog, Virginia Tech and Carbon GeoCycle have announced that they have collaborated to deliver the world’s first successful direct verification of carbon dioxide sequestered in an underground rock. The verification, made using WellDog’s proprietary Reservoir Raman System, reveals that carbon dioxide injected over the last two years successfully flowed into all of the targeted coal seams. The $15.5 million sequestration project is located in Buchanan County, Virginia.  The project is funded by the US Department of Energy, Virginia Tech, and private industry.last_img read more

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The Chronicles of Rick Roll Coming to a Theater Near You

first_imgIn a world where Internet memes come in and go within days, a few brave souls have gathered together to keep their memes – and their 15 minutes of fame – alive. Antoine Dodson, the Double Rainbow Man (Bear Vasquez,) Ben Schulz (Leeroy Jenkins,) Gary Brolsma (The Numa Numa Kid,) and more have joined forces to star in an upcoming film – if the indie filmmakers can drum up enough support – loosely based on the life and rise of one of the Internet’s first true heroes: Rick Astley. The film is called The Chronicles of Rick Roll, and the producers promise it’s not a big hoax, and it won’t be effectively a 2-hour rickroll: it’ll actually be a film jam packed with viral video actors and they’re aiming for a theatrical release if they can afford it. If you think this is all too good to be true, then the Internet has trained you well. Even so, the first trailer for the film is behind the jump, and it’s full of familiar faces.  [via Business Insider]last_img read more

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Tegan Nox provides update on knee recovery Undergoes scope last Thursday

first_img Now Playing Up Next Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Tegan Nox took to her Twitter on Friday to provide an update on her left knee recovery. We reported in back in October Nox’s injury which took place back in August at the Mae Young Classic tapings, turned out to be a dislocated knee cap, torn MCL and LCL, torn ACL, bone contusions and a Segond fracture (a type of avulsion fracture).  Prior to her injuring her left, Nox had returned from an ACL injury on her right knee that kept her out of in-ring action for a year.Nox stated on her post she had to “undergo a knee scope last Thursday to clean out out of the gunk that built up over the last few months after ACL/Meniscus repair.”She also noted in her post she hopes to be back by next summer.You can check out Nox’s Twitter post below:Here’s a proper update that’s not just me being the idiot I am! pic.twitter.com/h6sluYnfRm— Tegan Nox (@TeganNoxWWE_) December 7, 2018 Now Playing Up Next The U.S. Will Experience a Doctor Shortage Due to Aging Population Google+ Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSurgery Benefits Older Patients With Meniscus Tear More Than ObservationVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list 6,000-Year-Old Dental Plaque Reveals Earliest Evidence Of Milk Consumption Twitter Now Playing Up Next Pinterest WhatsApp Suicide Is Skyrocketing In America, And Nurses Are Faring Even Worse Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Trump set to ban flavored e-cigarettes Facebook WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Surgery Benefits Older Patients With Meniscus Tear More Than Observationlast_img read more

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Benitez believes that Shelvey should play in the World Cup

first_imgGareth Southgate is about to name the squad for the upcoming World Cup in Russia and Rafael Benitez believes that Jonjo Shelvey would fully deserve to be a part of it.The Spanish coach could see how important the English midfielder was for his side this season and he was amazed by the improvement that Shelvey made this year – and because all of this, he should at least be considered to be called up.The former Real Madrid coach spoke about his side’s player as he said, according to Talk Sport:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The way that he has been behaving and playing during the season, especially at the end of the season, I think he is a different kind of midfielder so I am sure he will be in consideration.”“He will be one of the names in the head of the manager until the last minute.”“I think he deserves to be there, especially because of the characteristics that he has and the way he was behaving himself in the last month.”last_img read more

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SAVE THE DATE Wilmington Residents Invited To Harvest Festival On October 5

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Grace Chapel Wilmington (128 West Street) invites all Wilmington residents — and their families and friends — to its annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 1pm to 4pm.This FREE event includes:MusicTasty fall treats (popcorn, apples, cider donuts)Boston’s Baddest Burgers food truck with food for purchaseCurious Creatures with a live show at 1:30pmJ&J Ponies with free pony rides beginning at 2pmBouncy HousesKid’s GamesFace PaintingDon’t miss this chance to make some unforgettable memories!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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Residents Invited To Harvest Festival On October 27 At Grace ChapelIn “Community”Grace Chapel Invites Wilmington Residents To Its Harvest Fest On October 28In “Community”Wilmington To Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Woodstock: FREE Tribute Concert Set For October 18In “Community”last_img read more

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Cops Investigating Daylight Murder in Southeast DC

first_imgHomicides continue in D.C. The latest involves a daytime shooting that left a Southeast, D.C. man dead near a District park on May 12, according to Metropolitan Police.Police said they found Sheldon Kevin Robinson, 28, suffering from gunshot wounds in the 3700 block of Ely Place SE. According to a police report, officers responded to a shooting near Fort Dupont Park at 3:23 p.m. D.C. Fire and EMS pronounced Robison dead at the scene. Robinson was then transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.Spokesperson for the department Aquita Brown said no arrests have been made. She told the AFRO May 16, “Detectives are actively investigating this case. More updates will be released as they become available.” Crime data from the police department show 45 homicides in D.C. as of May 17, a 2 percent increase from the same time a year ago.The data shows that a majority of the city’s homicides are occurring east of the Anacostia River with 21 homicides in Ward 7 and 12 homicides in Ward 8, as of May 18.last_img read more

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Researchers find sand flies prefer marijuana plants

first_img © 2018 Science X Network An international team of researchers has found that sand flies have a strong preference for Cannabis sativa plants over all other plant choices. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes capturing sand flies from five sites around the globe, studying the contents of their guts using DNA analysis, and what they found. Citation: Researchers find sand flies prefer marijuana plants (2018, October 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-sand-flies-marijuana.html Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Anyone who has visited the beach knows about sand flies. They land on humans and bite to feed on their blood. In addition to the annoyance they cause, sandflies also transmit diseases such as leishmaniasis, bartonellosis and some arboviral types. For that reason, the researchers wondered what they ate, hoping to find a means of attracting and killing them.To learn more about what sand flies eat, the researchers captured specimens in Brazil, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Israel and Palestine. They removed the gut contents from each specimen and subjected them to DNA analysis to determine which plants it had come from.In looking at the plant types that the flies ate from, the researchers found that Cannabis sativa was the most popular—they found it in flies from four out of the five locations studied. This was intriguing because marijuana plants are extremely rare in three out of those four regions due to its cultivation and illegality. The researchers suggest this indicates the sand flies have a particularly strong affinity for the plants—so much so that they actively seek them out. The researchers were not able to explain why the sand flies found Cannabis sativa so enticing, though they point out it was not to get high—they lack the necessary cannabinoid receptors for that. They point out that Cannabis sativa, like the other plants the flies feed on, provide plant sugars as a food source. Sand flies only go for blood when they are incubating their young. But the knowledge that they strongly prefer marijuana plants suggests a possible way to control them. Extracts or oils that smell like cannabinoids could perhaps be used to bait traps.center_img A light trap suspended from wall, Camacari, Bahia, Brazil. Credit: Alon Warburg More information: Ibrahim Abbasi et al. Plant-feeding phlebotomine sand flies, vectors of leishmaniasis, prefer Cannabis sativa, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1810435115 Video: How to catch fruit flies A house and yard in a village near Sheraro, Ethiopia. Credit: Alon Warburg This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Of social issues and the stage

first_imgSandhya Chhaya, as the name signifies, is about the shadow which is cast upon the  evening or the final lap of the life of an elderly lonely couple who endlessly wait for their children to come and wipe away the loneliness hounding the husband-wife.  Through this play a conscious effort has been made to convey a message for youth as well as the senior generation that, first – do not neglect senior citizens. They are a mirror images of one’s old age. Secondly, do not depend on your children for your share of happiness. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Create your own independent world where dependency on the younger generation for company does not exist. If the senior citizens do not do so then sadly their end might be similar to that of the protagonist couple in the play. The play showcases the relentless efforts of a couple to find company; be it through a wrong number or a servant or even a passerby who mistakenly knocks at their door. Such is the desperation.A few other social issues have also been taken care of through Sandhya Chhaya, such as growing discontentment among the youth against the country’s corrupt and immoral conscience. As a result the youth is losing confidence and not willing to settle in India if given an opportunity.WHERE: India Habitat Centre WHEN: 1 and 2 June, 7:30 pmlast_img read more

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IISWBM alumni demands alma mater get university status soon

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to fast track the process of granting deemed university status to the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM), the alma mater alumni of the country’s oldest B-school has decided to take up the matter with the state government.IISWBM senior faculty and key alumni member Jhumoor Biswas said: “Getting the deemed university status will help the IISWBM acquire adequate central funds to carry on research on globally important disciplines in which our researchers have been undertaking important works throughout the past decades.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”State Education minister Partha Chatterjee had announced that the institute will get deemed university status but a Bill in this regard has not been passed yet in the state Assembly. We will urge Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to look into this. The status will help the institute carry on research activities in different streams like environment management, energy and healthcare, solid waste management etc,” said Koushik Pal, a member of the alumni association of the IISWBM on the sidelines of a press meet in the city. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt may be mentioned that Chatterjee himself is the president of the Board of Governors of IISWBM that was set up by the Calcutta University Senate together with the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and the then Bengal Chief Minister Bidhan Chandra Roy and Dijendra Kumar Sanyal in 1953. The IISWBM is the first business school not just in India but in South-East Asia. “If this becomes a management university, then several management schools and institutes scattered all over the state will come under our aegis,” another alumni member pointed out. They feel that the deemed university status will enable its brightest students and alumni alike to do research on globally important disciplines like transportation and logistics management, supply chain management, environment management etc. IISWBM will be holding its sixth annual alumni and corporate fest “Fiera Fiesta” on February 1 and 2.last_img read more

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Sunday Art Haat A step to promote budding artists

first_imgArt is much more than just a medium of creative expressions. To be commercial is a call of the moment for artists or else wise they would be left alone. The growing number of art auction houses like Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Saffron Art etc. is a proof how essential it has become for artists to be self-marketer in order to survive in the art field. And our country is not an exception in this.But the irony is that in our country where there are hundreds of art institutes, art schools and art galleries, we can count the galleries/institutions on our fingers that come forward to represent fresh graduates from such art institutions. And if few of them get a gallery as their representative, they have to pay its price in the form of commissions. So where should they go? To answer this very question, the Lalit Kala Akademi has initiated a concept called ‘Sunday Art Haat’, where there will be a direct interaction between artists and buyers without any mediation. While inaugurating ‘Sunday Art Haat’, the administrator of Lalit Kala Akademi, C S Krishna Setty said, “It is our endeavour to help and support young and budding talent, especially those artists who are struggling to find a gallery or don’t necessarily have a big body of work ready for an exhibition yet. The scene completely differs in the West. People of cities like Paris, London, New York etc. are well versed about the places where they would find affordable artworks. ‘Sunday Art Haat’ is an initiative in that very direction. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCurrently, we are providing spaces to artists at very nominal costs but the Akademi is planning to make it free for them in upcoming time.” Mentioning about a plan of building a permanent space for the event, Setty said, “For the buyers, it will give them an opportunity to acquire art at affordable prices without gallery commissions and such deterrents”.Vishalakshi Nigam, Secretary in charge, Lalit Kala Akademi; Bhisham Mirani, Garhi centre in charge; participating artists like Rajesh Srivastava, Rituparna Chopra, Kumud Mohinder, Rekha Kapur etc., apart from art collectors and buyers, attended the inauguration at the Regional Centre Garhi.last_img read more

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A tale of two Costa Ricas hope inequality and an hour on

first_imgRelated posts:A room of our own: Costa Rican choteo and Virginia Woolf Of maes and men: intercultural marriage in Costa Rica Your brother’s my cousin’s ex-girlfriend’s son? A Costa Rican screenplay For my father, who loved Costa Rica Recommended: Costa Rica is for lovers – the affectionate language of daily lifeConsidering how much I love the idea of trains in general, and San José’s Tren Urbano specifically, it’s embarrassing how long it took me to hop aboard for a ride to and from Cartago. I’d ridden the train eastward from games at the National Stadium – by far the best way to get away from the jam-packed streets surrounding Sabana Park after any major event – but never from my home, just east of San José, to the former capital.I finally remedied this on a recent Saturday, along with my husband and daughter. As we waited for the train at the station in Cipreses de Curridabat, it was inevitable, given my obsession with Costa Rican slang, that I would wonder aloud whether there are any choice costarriqueñismos related to trains.My husband considered this. “Not that I can think of right now,” he said.“¿Que no le deje el tren?” I suggested.“Sure,” he said. “That’s in general, for not being left behind in some way; or, in the past, it was often used to describe women who hadn’t yet been married. ‘La dejó el tren’ meant that she’d never gotten hitched.”As I pondered the lovely linguistic gifts bestowed upon unmarried women in many languages, our particular train trundled up to our stop. We were off: up the hill to Cartago, off the train for a short visit to the Mercado Municipal and the Ruins, and then back. A train car in Cartago Sept. 25, 2017. Katherine Stanley / The Tico TimesThe journey was a bit of a revelation – or, rather, a heightened view of everything I consider the essence of Costa Rica. Everything I love, and love to hate, and thoroughly dislike about my adopted country flashed by outside the open windows (why is it that when it comes to Costa Rica, I can only seem to use the word “hate” in the phrase “love to hate”?). I was transfixed by what was outside those windows. I’d returned to the source.Most any journey by car or bus in greater San José is, well, less than life-affirming. You’ll see traffic, fast-food chains, pedestrians risking their lives as they sprint across streets, big-box stores holding court in increasing numbers. And thanks to the tendency to live “del portón pa’dentro,” as one person once described it to me – hidden behind a big front gate or wall, and probably a series of locks – there are precious few of the glimpses of family life that can enliven travel through the streets of some other cities I’ve known.The train, however, cuts through these barriers. You chug through graffiti-heavy underpasses and peer into lush backyards. You gaze into someone’s kitchen window right next to the tracks and wonder how on earth the woman pouring coffee into her mug, so close you can see the steam, has gotten used to the sound and vibrations.We saw a man and his son buying chips at the pulpería; a semicircle of bare butt-cracks where a group of workers were squatted around the back of a pickup for an impromptu lunch in a vacant lot; breathtaking views of ravines and cafetales; the backsides of some very ugly new buildings; mounds of trash here and there; people waving to us as we passed by; a child whirling, for some reason, in a cimarrona costume in his family’s back patio.At many points along the route, we saw glimpses of Costa Rican life that haven’t changed much since my husband, now 39, was a little boy.We also got a unique view of the drastic inequality that was not the same back then, when he played among these coffee plants. Not to the same degree we see today. Katherine Stanley / The Tico TimesJust minutes after leaving Cartago on the last train of the day, headed back to San José, all the riders in our car were startled by an object that seemed to drop from the ceiling at top speed. We looked at each other in momentary confusion. After a second or two, we realized that it had been thrown in through one of the open windows.“This is a slum,” one well-groomed señora explained to the rest of us, gesturing at the neighborhood passing by outside our windows: garbage, kids on bikes, rusty roofs and slanty tin walls. “Es un precario.”I pictured a skinny boy jumping up and down on a dusty slope, realizing that he had hit the target. Even though we were rumbling along fairly slowly, it would be deeply satisfying to aim just right and get something through that little window.“It’s one thing to be poor. It’s another to be a good-for-nothing,” said a man across the aisle.“Es que esta es la chusma,” said the lady. This is the riffraff. She rose to close the window next to the four-top she shared with what appeared to be her husband and granddaughter. The man across the aisle did the same.The object rolled to a stop at my feet. It was a small, tan, plastic container of West Country deodorant.Our fellow passengers opened the windows about ten minutes later as the train pulled into the extraordinary decadence of the suburbs past the town of Tres Ríos. There, as Tres Ríos turns into Curridabat, train riders get inside glimpses of houses that are more like castles, homes whose luxuries are normally hidden behind massive gates and armed guards. There are crystalline pools ringed by world-class landscaping; broad, inviting tennis courts; rolling lawns.I watched all of this and thought: Costa Rica, que no nos deje el tren.I didn’t mean some shiny bullet train on the fast track to the developed world – not that that’s necessarily on the horizon. I meant this very train, clunky and slow, with its faded seats and scratched windows.May we not be left behind by this train and all it sees during its brief voyages through the Central Valley. May we not miss the opportunity it represents.The opportunity of this car, where people of many walks of life – not all, but many – filed into the same seats and experienced the same things, with all the annoyances and friction and humor and real, human interactions that come when we emerge from our social circles, from our little boxes made of ticky-tacky.The opportunity to ride shoulder-to-shoulder on public transportation, instead of in the plush isolation of the cars that are choking this city.A reminder, however fleeting, that this country’s extremes of wealth and poverty are actually close neighbors, whether or not we care to see this. 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