US Embassy Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday

first_imgThe American Embassy in Monrovia’s Arts and Craft Fair has now become the best hotspot for quality artwork and showpieces, featuring more than 70 contemporary and traditional Liberian artists from around country and exhibiting an estimated US$300,000 worth of products. Like previous fairs, the May 7 event will see foreign citizens, Liberians of means and collectors come in their numbers to capture the latest developments in Liberian artistry and just to see artwork that depicts the living conditions of the ordinary person in Liberia.In the past few years, the fair has broken records as a place where vendors and artists can generate large amount of revenue in a single day and for its enjoyable atmostphere. Admission to the fair is free, but the prices of artworks vary depending on the work and its quality. The fair will feature live cultural and musical performances from Crusaders for Peace.Apart from paintings and other artwork, the fair will also feature new 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 paintings of life in Liberia.“For the first fair in this year,” said Debbie Thornton, a professional associate in the Embassy’s public diplomacy section, “we have made numerous improvements and we expected that to be showcased by the vendors. “We encourage the artists to bring new, catchy showpieces for display. We will also be introducing some new kind of products as well. This fair is an opportunity we intend to give vendors to showcase their creativity to the outside world, but also to generating income,” Thornton added.The American Embassy is encouraging everyone in Liberia to come and support the vendors, as their purchases will empower small and medium-sized businesses. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Why It Would Be A Good Idea For Facebook To Buy Microsoft’s Atlas Ad Platform

first_imgTags:#advertising#Facebook#Microsoft Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification taylor hatmaker Related Posts According to dual reports from BusinessInsider and AllThingsD, Facebook is in talks to buy Atlas Solutions, Microsoft’s ad platform. Atlas, part of Microsoft’s $6.2 billion acquisition of aQuantive back in 2007, could position Facebook to grow its business and compete with Google’s vast targeted ad network, AdSense. Picking up a Web-wide ad platform would make perfect sense for Facebook, which drummed up 85% of its revenue last year from advertising. Even more important, such an ad network would allow Facebook to use its information on more than 1 billion users to serve targeted ads on sites outside of Facebook.com. Proving the company knows how to make money selling ads on the Web at large could help boost investor confidence and keep the wind in the sails of Facebook’s share price. Considering that from mid-2011 to mid-2012, Microsoft’s ad division hemmorhaged almost $2 billion  Microsoft is no doubt chomping at the bit to unload Atlas – the company has failed to turn a profit peddling ads for the five years it has owned the platform. Whether or not the deal ever comes to fruition, it seems to make sense for both companies.center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

NAB 2018: Aputure Upgrades Their Beloved 120d LED

first_imgWhen this light will be available is still a mystery, but expect it sometime this summer with a slightly higher price tag than the 120d.Looking for more NAB coverage? Check out these announcements:NAB 2018 Announcement: Meet Sigma’s 14-24mm f/2.8 Art LensNAB 2018: DJI Officially Introduces New Camera Control SystemsNAB 2018: Fujifilm’s X-H1 Camera Gets Put to the TestNAB 2018 Announcement: Canon’s C700 Goes Full FrameNAB 2018 Announcement: Atomos Unveils the Ninja V At NAB this week, Aputure impresses the industry once again by adding a few necessary features to their already-stellar light.Top image via Newsshooter.One of the finest lighting companies in the business, Aputure, is known for doing the one thing customers want them to: listen. Nobody knows how these products work and how to improve them more than the people using them every day.So Aputure has delivered once again at NAB 2018 with the incredible RGB-Panel Light. That thing is bonkers, in the best way. But, they’ve also decided to update their reliable 120d light. Speaking as someone who uses the original frequently, the idea of an improved version is very exciting. Newsshooter met with Ted from Aputure to discuss the light.So, as you can see, the light is now about 30% stronger, and the controller box and the power adapter are now one unit — instead of the three separate devices that made up the last model’s system. Another update is the dimming power. You can now bring the light all the way down to 1% instead of 10%. This is huge if you’re consistently shooting dimly lit scenes. Overall, Aputure took their previous light, listened to what shooters wanted, and then went to work. Hats off, Aputure. Oh yeah, they’re also planning on releasing a leko lens for the 120d and 300d models that will be welcomed with open arms from the filmmaking community.Also, there is now a hand brake-style yoke, which creates a sturdier, more secure lockdown for the light fixture —as well as a two-screw mounting plate to keep the light from twisting. Sturdier, brighter, more control. Gimme.last_img read more

Three-year-old falls from 2nd floor, lands unhurt on moving rickshaw

first_imgA three-year-old boy had a miraculous escape after he fell from the second floor terrace of a building and landed on the seat of a cycle-rickshaw passing by in Pradhanpura area in Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh.The boy, Parv Jain, escaped without any injury in the incident that occurred on Saturday night.The video of the incident, which was captured on the CCTV cameras installed in the nearby buildings, has gone viral on social media.It shows a man walking and pulling his cycle-rickshaw with his hand on a narrow lane in a busy market area of Pradhanpura in Tikamgarh, when a child suddenly falls on its seat.‘Lost balance’Ashish Jain, father of the child, said, “The incident occured at around 8.30 pm on Saturday night. My son, Parv, was playing on the second floor terrace, about 30-feet from the ground level. However, he lost balance and fell off the terrace. But luckily, a rickshaw puller Manohar Bhatt was passing on the road with his vehicle.”“Parv landed on the seat of the rickshaw. It was a miracle! Bhatt is an angel for our family. Later, we took Parv to hospital where the doctors examined him. He did not suffer any injury,” Mr. Jain said.Text by PTIVideo: ANIlast_img read more

IPL 2011: Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Royal Challengers Bangalore- RCB win by 6 wkts

first_imgAb de Villiers scored an unbeaten 54 as Bangalore beat Kochi by six wickets in their IPL match at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Saturday. ScoreChasing 162 – a tough target – Bangalore got off to forgettable start with their opener Tillakaratne Dilshan departing in the second over of the innings. A leading edge off S Sreesanth was well taken by keeper Brendon McCullum, who dived and took a low catch. Dilshan fell for 1 and Bangalore fell to 7/1.Post that wicket opener Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli forged a 41 runs partnership before Vinay Kumar trapped Kohli leg before on 23.Mayank Agarwal, who was batting with confidence all this while finally departed on 33 trying to play inside out off Ravinder Jadeja. He failed to clear the long off boundary even as Vinay Kumar took a fine catch to reduce Bangalore to 85/3 on the last ball of the 10th over.Then it was the turn of Bangalore’s South African import AB de Villiers and Saurabh Tiwary to come to the fore. The two batted, batted even as the asking run rate climbed with every dot ball.They would have liked to continue but that didn’t happen as Tiwary fell trying to slog off Raiphi Gomez in the 18th over with Mahela Jayawardene taking his catch in the deep. He fell for 26 and Bangalore went down to 137/4. But Bangalore’s fortunes took a U-turn in the 19th over when AB de Villiers and Asad Pathan were at the crease. Pathan struck consecutive fours off Vinay Kumar to lead his team to victory.advertisementKochi innings Openers Brendon McCullum and VVS Laxman put on 80 runs for the first wicket as Kochi posted 161/5 in their team’s IPL debut match.  Kochi captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and decided to bat, a fine decision keeping in mind that his openers VVS Laxman and Brendon McCullum got on with the hitting act right away. The two blasted away boundaries and sixes at ease even as the opposition bowlers struggled.Finally, Sir Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan provided the much-needed respite for Bangalore breaking their partnership by claiming Laxman on the last ball of the 9th over. He fell for 36 after a 80-run first wicket stand with McCullum.But McCullum was still at the crease and he went about his business with ease. And only after lot of effort by the opposition bowlers McCullum relented. A top edge of Virat Kohli was taken by Dirk Nannes at third man. He fell for 45 when the team total was 93.Post his wicket Kochi lost their captain Mahela Jayawardene when the total was 124. But there was a lot of batting to come with likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Parthiv Patel in their ranks.Jadeja scored an unbeaten 23 helping Kochi post a fine 161/5 on board in their 20 overs.last_img read more

Nehru Cup 2012: India hold edge over Maldives

first_imgA victory to start a tournament is always welcome, and if it comes against a higher-ranked opponent, the confidence will only be high. India began their title defence of Nehru Cup with a 2-1 win over Syria and the hosts would be looking to continue the good run against Maldives on Saturday.A familiar foe for the hosts and former SAFF champions, Maldives, too, began their campaign on a bright note, beating Nepal 2-1 in their opener at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday.India, however, will hold the edge as they were impressive against the Syrians. Captain Sunil Chhetri has already put up his name on the goal scorers list and the midfield generals looked in good touch.Clifford Miranda, Lenny Rodrigues and Francis Fenandes fed Chhetri well with precise passes and pierced the Syrian defence line time and again.The newly propounded possession football was on display and the players tried hard to string along six-seven short passes, until rain forced them to tweak their style and rely on aerial shots.However, defence remains a concern for the defending champions.Raju Gaikewad will have to raise his level on the right. His under-performance against Syria put more load on the other three Gouramangi Singh, Nirmal Chhetri and Syed Rahim Nabi.With talented striker like Ali Ashfaq on the rivals ranks, the defenders need to tighten up.Against Nepal, the Maldives captain had tormented the defenders with his ability to single-handedly create openings in the front.Two rookies Abdulla Asadhulla and Umair Mohamed impressed on the flanks, and Koeverman’s need to keep a plan ready for the trio. Like India, Maldives also need to shore up its defence. The central defence manned by Abdul Ghani Akram and Mohamed Sifan had some jittery moments against Nepal.Maldives coach Istvan Urbanyi did not want to read too much into Indias win against Syria.Its impossible to comment on India at the moment. Rain played a major role in Indias match against Syria. I just cant draw any comparison between this Indian side and former ones,” he said.In their last meeting at the SAFF Championships here in December, last year, India had defeated Maldives 3-1 but even that record isnt giving Koevermans an absolute confidence.”We got three yellow cards in the first match and that remains a matter of concern. Maldives has some quality players who can create a difference,” he said.Ashfaq has already caught Koevermans attention, but the Indian coach was tight-lipped about whether he was going to mark the striker. He also refrained to comment on any change in India’s starting line-up.He might draw solace from the fact that the Maldives coach is concerned about his teams fitness.”Most of my players have just come after observing a month of Ramadan. Also we had little practice before coming here,” he said.But I am happy with the way the youngsters have played in the first match.advertisementlast_img read more