School Closure, Parents in Buchanan Demand Better Explanation from Gov’t.

first_imgThe parents of students who were involved in a peaceful demonstration last Tuesday in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, are demanding a better explanation from government for the decision to close schools on July 31.In an interview with the Daily Observer, Musu Baysah, 50, a resident of Robert’s Street, said the government must handle the matter taking into consideration their poor financial status so that they would not be compelled to pay additional school fees.Bony seller Baysah described the decision by the government as “serious academic chaos” and called on lawmakers to revisit the decision.“I am a struggling parent. I sell bony fish to care for my children so I cannot afford another school fee,” she said, “so the government must think about my condition and help so that I can send my children to school.”Another resident, Joseph Dearboy, said, “We just came from fighting Ebola. Without much money, some of us borrowed money just to be able to send our children to school. Now the Government is coming up with a decision that does not meet our approval.”Mr. Dearboy called on the Ministry of Education to ensure that if the decision to close schools at the end of July is upheld, it must return the school fees that parents have already paid.“We will wait to see if the government will decide to either pay our children’s school fees back or allow the children to continue their education.“We are still waiting to meet with officials of the Ministry of Education so that we can find a better solution to the problem,” Mr. Dearboy stated.Madam Ruth Roberts appealed to the government to take quick action on the issue by meeting with parents and guardians across the country.She said the government must ensure that the academic dreams of the affected students are considered in making future decisions on the matter.“We must fix this messy education system so that our children will have a better learning experience,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Bait-chomping kings thick off Eureka coast

first_imgThe weather finally got the best of the Eureka sport salmon fleet. What had been a wide-open bite for the past week was cooled by Wednesday’s rough waters.Only a few of the bigger boats chose to cross the bar into the nasty ocean on Wednesday, and the salmon were not in the biting mood. Prior to Wednesday, boats fishing just outside of the entrance were scoring quick limits of big, fat kings. A few were also being caught by boats trolling the edge of the south jetty, and the occasional salmon …last_img read more

Mercy closes out swim season in Winters

first_imgWinters >> In the final league meet of the school swim season, Winters High School hosted Durham, Gridley, Mercy, Las Plumas, Orland, Oroville, Sutter and Willows high schools Wednesday and the Mercy Warriors boys placed fourth and the girls seventh in the Butte View League finals.The Mercy boys team of Spencer Flynn, Marcus Kuchle, Alex Stoner and Nicholas Keane was fourth in the 200 medley relay and second in the 200 freestyle relay.Mercy’s top male performers included Kuchle, the top male …last_img read more

Local Roundup: Athena Miller’s five goals leads Eureka to ‘Eye of the Tiger’ tourney win over McKinleyville

first_imgArcata >> The Eureka Loggers and their budding superstar Athena Miller sure turned some heads during the Arcata ‘Eye of the Tiger’ Invitational Tournament on Friday.Miller, a junior forward, scored five goals on eight shots and recorded an assist as the Loggers opened their season with a 6-0 win at the Arcata Sports Complex.Miller had a natural hat trick by scoring the game’s first three goals, staking Eureka (1-0 overall) to a 3-0 lead less than 20 minutes into the first half.Just before …last_img read more

SA filmmakers beat the odds

first_img15 August 2007South African film producer Anant Singh this week acquired worldwide distribution rights to Darrell James Roodt’s latest film, Meisie, which focuses on a gifted young girl who yearns to go to school rather than stay at home and tend to the family’s goats.What sets Meisie apart is that Roodt and producer Diony Kempen put the film together with a modest budget, started shooting without a screenplay and cast local people, with only the lead actress being a professional.The crew was also kept as small as possible to minimise costs. “We were barely noticed and made very little impact on the delicate environment,” Kempen said. “A smaller crew also meant faster setups.”According to Kempen, they decided to start production without a screenplay due to previous experiences of not being able to complete projects due to hold-ups with writing.“I went with the idea of making Meisie for three reasons,” Kempen told Andrew Worsdale in an article for the Gauteng Film Commission’s newsletter. “Her story could be told on our tight budget, the location would add tremendous value, and the film showcases the important role education and teachers play in society.“I would not, however, have attempted this without Darrell [Roodt]. He understands story and character and his strength is his ability to tell dramatic stories on screen.”The two managed to garner more support as production progressed, with leading local producer and Videovision Entertainment chief executive Anant Singh deciding to take up distribution rights for the movie following a screening at the Durban International Film Festival at the end of June.This means the filmmakers will have more money to finish the movie and then launch an advertising campaign to support distribution.“We are delighted to have acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Meisie,” Singh said in a statement. “The film is an authentic, indigenous film to emerge out of South Africa. We are committed to supporting the amazing talents of South Africa and to creating a global profile for the South African film industry.”Kempen told Worsdale that while the movie should give hope to filmmakers with limited budgets, there was still a need for big investors to come on board and champion local filmmaking efforts.“Give them the money to make big movies that the world will look at to see South Africa in a new light,” he said.MeisieSet in Riemvasmaak, a town in the remotest part of the Northern Cape, on the edge of the Kalahari desert, the film tells the story of a gifted young girl whose father forbids her to go to school, insisting she rather stay at home to look after the goats.However, the girl has a genius-like natural talent for maths, and it is only when a young replacement teacher arrives in town that she realises her unfulfilled potential.Worsdale says that Kempen and Roodt also met Abrina Bosman, the actress who plays Meisie, by a stroke of luck after their hired car got stuck in the desert, and found her to be captivating.“We were exhausted from hiking back to the main road, covered in sand and sweat, when we met this man who was walking back from work,” Kempen said. “He knew a guy who could drive a tractor – the only tractor for miles – to help tow our car.“We walked into the village and Abrina ran up to greet her dad and, wow, there she was!”The only professional acting in the movie is Renate Stuurman of Isidingo and Scandal fame, playing the role of the replacement teacher. According to Kempen, she joined just one night before production began.“At short notice another actress became unavailable and Renate stepped in,” Kempen said.“She is perfect for the role and was superb working with local non-actors. Not only was it an issue of budget, but it was also relevant to the story – an outsider stepping into a tight-knit community.”Roodt has made several films with Videovision Entertainment over the past two decades, including A Place of Weeping, The Stick, Sarafina!, Cry, The Beloved Country, Yesterday and Faith’s Corner.SAinfo reporter. Source: “The No-Budget Movie With Legs” by Andrew Worsdale / Gauteng Film Commissionlast_img read more

Women an untapped resource to fill pilot and technician demand.

first_imgAccording to Boeing’s 2018 Pilot & Technician Outlook, the industry will need 790,000 new civil aviation pilots and 754,000 new maintenance technicians to fly and maintain the world fleet over the next 20 years. WOMEN remain a great untapped resource in the aviation industry as the sector enters an era of significant demand for pilots and technicians,  a senior executive with US aerospace giant Boeing believes.Increasing middle incomes in emerging economies and the rise of low-cost carriers is helping to drive an increasing global demand for pilots and aviation technical staff, opening up substantial opportunities for women and young people to join the industry.The US plane-maker predicts the world will need 617,000 new commercial airline pilots, 679,000 new maintenance technicians and 814,000 new cabin crew to fly and maintain the global fleet to 2035.“Fifty percent of demand is untapped in the female population,’’ Boeing Flight Services vice president Sherry Carbary said during a recent visit to a flight training facility in Brisbane, Australia. “I can only speak for the US, because that’s where the numbers are solid, but only 6 per cent of pilots are women and three per cent of the technicians are women.“And if you assume it’s about the same, if not even worse in the rest of the world, you’ve got a lot of opportunity for women to help fill the need.’’Carbary is something of a role model herself. She leads la global operation of more than 1200 employees and is responsible for pilot, technician and cabin safety training, and simulator services across 15 training campuses on six continents.  Other roles have included vice president of strategic management with Boeing Commercial Airplanes as well as the company’s business director and deputy vice president of international sales. She is optimistic that the increasing technological sophistication of aircraft and the complex software they employ is making aviation more attractive not just to women but young people in general. The industry lost some of its lustre for the younger generation with the tech boom and the emergence of companies such as Microsoft and Amazon.”Everyone was getting worried that all the kids were going to go in that direction,’’ she said. “A lot of them did but I think then you have the advent of the 787 and the A350 — these highly technologically-advanced airplanes — and the excitement around it and the growth of the market.  I mean, you’ve got a job for life. “So I think we’re pulling people back into it (aviation) and as long as that continues I’m not too worried.’’From the perspective of tapping into the potential of women, Carbary said there were already signs of an increasing number of women in classrooms.She said that historically aviation had been a male-dominated industry and “there was that macho thing to be a pilot”.“And that’s changing,’’ she said. “Like you said, it’s becoming much more software-oriented, the airlines have been much more accommodating to women to get them to join and I think we’ll see that continue.  It’s exciting.’’A regional breakdown of the Boeing forecast shows the Asia-Pacific will lead the industry with the need for 248,000 new pilots and 268,000 new technicians over the two decades.This will include 111,000 pilots and 119,000 technicians in China while Southeast Asia will require 62,000 pilots and 67,000 technicians.The forecast sees 13,000 pilots and 17,000 technicians needed in Oceania, 21,000 pilots and 26,000 technicians in Northeast Asia and 41,000 pilots and 39,000 technicians in South Asia.This compares with 112,000 pilots and 127,000 technicians in North America, 104,000 pilots and 118,000 technicians in Europe and 58,000 pilots and 66,000 technicians in the Middle East.Carbary said the pilot and technician outlooks were accurate over a 20 -year period but conceded it was harder to predict “the ins and outs of the cycles and retirements’’ in the shorter term.But she believes this a great time to look at becoming a pilot or a maintenance technician. “It’s a great career,’’ she said. “It’s a high-tech industry, you’re getting to travel the world and work on an amazing airplane. There should be all kinds of people excited about it, especially in these emerging economies that have never been exposed to this kind of technology and capability before. “Who wouldn’t want to be in aviation?”Steve Creedy travelled to Brisbane courtesy of Boeing.last_img read more

The Thermal Bridge to Nowhere

first_imgLet’s play a little game today. Take a look at that photo at right. See anything that bothers you?* Well, pretend that you’re the heat in the house once everything is finished and people are living in it. Does that help? If your answer is still no, let me give you a little help. Here are the approximate R-values of wood and the standard insulation you might find in a wall (fiberglass, cellulose, open-cell spray foam):Insulation: R-3.7 per inchWood: R-1.1 per inchWhen it’s cold outside, the heat inside the house passes through wood more than three times as easily as through insulation. In other words, the wood forms a thermal bridge, allowing the heat to escape more easily. In the summer, the heat moves from outside to inside, but it’s still a thermal bridge.The problem in the photo above is that there’s too much wood. The ideal way to eliminate the thermal bridging would be to put all the insulation on the outside and create what Joe Lstiburek calls the ‘Perfect Wall.’ In that type of building, you’d get continuous insulation, which can perform better overall even with less R-value. Let’s look at the trouble spots. Trouble Spot #2The second area with a lot of thermal bridging is the solid wall of wood above the window. Section A in the photo (Image #3, below) is the double top plate, a standard part of most stick-built homes. It’s possible to use advanced framing and build with single top plates, but most builders don’t.Section B is the structural header. That’s fine. With a window below, you’ve got to have a way to transfer the load downward without going through the window. This is made of two 2x10s with a 1/2-inch gap that’s normally filled with wood (OSB) spacers. (This home is in IECC climate zone 3, where 2×4 walls are the standard.) You can double the R-value here, and reduce thermal bridging, by putting a 1/2-inch piece of foamboard between the 2x10s.Section C containts the most avoidable problem. To fill the gap below the header, someone made the decision to just add more wood, so they stacked three 2x4s on top of a 1/2-inch piece of OSB. That’s an extra 5 inches of solid wood in this wall. That may not sound like much, but underinsulated areas in the building enclosure can have a huge effect on heat loss and heat gain.The upshot of all this is that not paying attention to thermal bridging can hurt performance. That room might not only waste energy; it also could create comfort and moisture problems. Somehow, the team that designed and built this house did not include a Building Enclosure Control Freak. RELATED ARTICLES Thermal BridgingBuilding Science: Thermal BridgingGBA Encyclopedia: Insulation OverviewUnderstanding R-ValueBuilding With Steel FramingHow to Install Rigid Foam Sheathing Trouble Spot #1The first trouble spot is where the rafters come down onto the double top plate and even hit the header. Either the designer or the framer made the bad decision to lower the roof here, and that puts a lot of excess wood into the building enclosure. If there was a nice big space above the exterior wall, they could blow the attic insulation deep enough there and not have to worry about filling the space between the rafters. The rafters would be higher and not nearly as much a part of the building enclosure as they are here.As it is, you’ve got ceiling joists and rafters nailed together in a way that will make insulating very difficult. And that constuction on the right side of this closeup has a gap that may well not have gotten any insulation at all. Air has a much lower R-value than wood, so if indeed that gap didn’t get insulated, that’s a serious thermal bridge. If this were a bathroom, it could create a cold spot in winter that collects moisture and starts a biology experiment.center_img Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. A tip of the hat to our former HERS rater student and current HERS rater Jonathan Goodman of Envirofoam for the expression, ‘thermal bridge to nowhere.’ *One thing that may bother you is that the framers appear to have violated building codes and compromised the structural integrity of this home. I agree. The way they’ve cut the rafters means that little of the wood is actually being supported by the exterior wall. Although you can’t see from this photo, the poor framing may not actually bring the house down, though, because this was part of a relatively small bump-out, so the support at the sides may overcome the weakness you see here. But this article is about heat loss, so let’s ignore the framing defects here.last_img read more

5 questions for a Brazilian artist in Tamarindo

5 questions for a Brazilian artist in Tamarindo

first_imgFor Malu Moreira, art has always been a part of life, although she has explored it in various ways. When the Brazilian artist lived in Sao Paolo, she worked as a fashion designer, working side-by-side with designers and exploring theater design as well. The work helped her acquire an ability to whip up color combinations, one that would influence her life later on.Five year ago, she moved with her family to Costa Rica, settling in Tamarindo, Guanacaste. In the Pacific beach town, she began exploring art by creating two collections: mixed media abstract paintings done with a spatula, and acrylic portraits of women.She has used art as a tool to explore her emotions in nature-inspired abstracts, and to present women’s beauty in all aspects. The artist says she hopes viewers will travel to another world through her work.“I think art takes you to a world of dreams, a world that you’re not used to,” Moreira told The Tico Times. “I like it when people look at the painting and say that they want it because it makes them feel good.”Moreira went on to establish La Galería in Tamarindo, where she organizes exhibitions to promote not only her work, but also the work of other area artists.On a warm afternoon in Tamarindo The Tico Times sat down and spoke with Moreira, 50, about her life and work at La Galería. Excerpts follow.Which is your process to create a work of art?I work with acrylics as well as 3D textures. With the textures, I use various materials and work with certain shapes. For example, all the women have some component in their heads that’s 3D. I seek to do something very playful [with the women]. It’s not a sexual woman. It’s a fun woman.This other painting has little bit more of texture… semiprecious stones. I have turquoise and I work a lot with gold sheets to give it a bit of texture as well as resin. Moreira’s abstracts are inspired by nature. Via La Galería Centro de Artes Tamarindo FacebookHow do you choose the color palette?It’s always different, but my color is blue. It’s a color that I love as well as turquoise, red and green. Blue is a color that gives such energy and peace. One time I took a painting to Brazil that was three meters full of blue and textures. The person who bought the painting told me that it was like diving in… I think that all that Costa Rica, the influence of the water, the ocean, and being with Luciano [my husband] as a surfer and has developed my work.As you go out [of the gallery] you’ll see a store called Terrazas where I have a big painting that’s red and blue, which are colors that sometimes are hard to connect. I like that connection, and I think I have an ease in combining colors and balance, because when you paint an abstract painting there’s a chance of making thousands of combinations and not knowing what’ll happen. That’s my world.What inspires you to paint?The truth is that I need to paint. I say it inspires and moves me, so I need to paint every day to live and to think. When I wake up, I go down to my atelier and I’m happy. If I have a commercial painting to do and they ask me when it’ll be ready, I tell them that probably in a month if everything goes right.If you think you’ll paint it today, it sometimes doesn’t happen. Sometimes I paint over and over, but then it doesn’t come out and I’ll paint white over it. I then go to the beach, come back and then the painting comes out in five minutes. My four best paintings came out in five minutes.I’ve never had a process in which I say: ok, I’ll paint a landscape and use these colors. No. My atelier is there. The colors are there. I have the canvas there. I always look and then don’t know what’ll happen. Sometimes I try to [do the process], but I have a path and it usually is much more about intuition. Her work is characterized by the use of blue tones and a spatula technique that creates texture. Via La Galería Centro de Artes Tamarindo FacebookWith your collection of women, how does the process differ from the other works, since it’s more conceptual?It’s completely conceptual. It’s where I can express myself much more freely. [She moves towards a mannequin in her workspace.] This mannequin is a woman whose mind is about to explode, so it’s like my mind.There’s a connection from women with the women paintings when they see them. Men… sometimes tell me to paint a sexy woman, but I can’t do it because it’s not what I want to depict. I’m not against having that beautiful, sexual side… but I don’t like the paintings to turn into something it’s not. These paintings about women are a pure expression about women, about the feelings. Each of them has a story and with them I can get into the craziness of it. The artist with an abstract painting and a mannequin piece focused on women’s empowerment. Jordi Louzao / The Tico TimesSince the Tamarindo Art Wave festival is coming up and you’ll be participating in it with your women collection, what do you expect from it?I hope that people will connect. I always like seeing strong women and empowerment.My work is a manifesto about: do I need this? It’ll be fun because I’ll have a broom with a Barbie-doll head. It’s a topic that has to be strong, but fun at the same time… My work isn’t about making a feminist statement. It’s about fun, and art in which you can observe things.Malu Moreira’s artwork can be found at La Galería Centro de Artes Tamarindo. For more information visit their Facebook page. She will also be participating at the Tamarindo Art Wave Festival from Jan. 25-27.Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at [email protected] Facebook Comments Related posts:5 questions for French artist Victoire Cathalan PHOTOS: A glimpse of the Tamarindo Art Wave Festival 5 questions for Costa Rican artist Raudyn Alfaro 5 questions for Costa Rican artist Karen Clacharlast_img read more

Over fivehundred people came to experience Arcosa

first_imgOver five-hundred people came to experience Arcosanti and the wonderful musical performances this Juneteenth. Here we see an amphitheater audience attending a midday performance under the shady tent canopy. [photo & text: Logan Bier] Next up is the Milt Cannon Quartet with Paul Anderson, performing jazz with live piano, drums, electric guitar and bass. Here we have jazz pianist Nicky Adams, drummer Hanzq Ab Dul, guitarist Byron Fry and bassist Ray Carter.[photo: sue & text: Logan Bier] Pianist, singer and composer Rachel Eckroth performed masterful pieces with bassist Ted Sistrunk and percussionist/drummer Dowell Davis. Eckroth’s compositions encompass qualities from both classical pieces and contemporary jazz performances, melding together to offer a truly unique acoustical experience. Eckroth earned an MFA in Jazz Performance from Rutgers University, studying under legendary pianist Stanley Cowell. She has a six-disc discography, including LOUDER THAN WORDS (2009) and MIND (2005). [photo & text: Logan Bier]center_img June 20, 2011The 13th annual Juneteenth festival at Arcosanti kicked off colorfully with a Praise Dance by The Johnsons. The performers wore bright red kaftans and white gloves, the leader bearing a white mask as well. [photo: sue & text: Logan Bier]last_img read more