Move Beyond Gender Stereotypes

first_imgChanging the StereotypeI believe tech industry stereotypes are changing fast. And not because of the intervention of some external mandate or investment, but by the fast evolving nature of technology itself.Advances in the fields of big data processing, the Internet of Things, and data analytics are fundamentally transforming how and to what end technology is used. With an increasing emphasis on analytics, interpretation of trends and patterns in data, and integration of data insights into other fields, the kinds of skills needed to succeed in these new technical fields are evolving fast.I belong to a small professional group called the Women in Big Data Forum. One of our goals is to encourage and attract more female talent to the big data and analytics fields and help enhance diversity in these industries. However, our group is not limited to women solely in high tech—because the value of big data insights is not limited to technologists. Big data analysis is valuable to anyone with business acumen and the intuition to see trends, connections and relationships in data.And in many ways, women are better at that than men.In analytical fields, technical prowess is necessary, but only part of what’s needed to succeed. Women in Data Science: 4 Perspectives is a fascinating series of interviews with four data scientists commenting on current opportunities for women in big data analytics. In the article, the commentators stress, “the fields of data science and analytics are absolutely exploding with opportunity” for men and women alike, though women are finding a great deal of success in these fields because “they often bring a different intuition to the table.”This in part results from the fact that data analysis is an interdisciplinary field. According to Sarah Aerni, principal data scientist at Pivotal, “This field [data analytics] benefits from diversity in thinking. There is rarely only one way to approach a problem, and new ideas and input can only lead to more variety in approaches and potentially better outcomes.” In addition, the consumers of data science exist in every industry, and require people in data analytics to interact with a wide variety of businesses and individuals. “It is a field that values a variety of skills, deep technical abilities, hacking, storytelling, visualization and constant learning,” says Aerni. “This is something I value, and I think it encourages diverse backgrounds as well.”Diversity is Good BusinessDiversity in a technical workplace does come with benefits. The vast majority of innovations are developed not by lone geniuses but in a team environment, where groups of people work together to solve problems together. Within these teams, diversity of views, experience and expertise is a key to success because it broadens the pool of knowledge from which innovation springs.This is great news for both women and men, and for people with a variety of backgrounds and experience. As promising as the new top-down diversity programs and STEM initiatives are, there’s no reason to wait. Set aside the stereotypes and look for the opportunities that are opening right now.I encourage my colleagues in the tech sector to use their voices, their influence and their passion for innovation to look for opportunities to move beyond gender stereotypes and allow each individual to shine at whatever he or she is good at. After all, a more diverse and inclusive work force is a driver for innovation, as a broad set of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are crucial for the development of new ideas and creativity. Increasing the diversity of workers in the technology industry has become the issue of the moment. A steady stream of tech companies, from start-ups to giant corporations, are pledging to hire more women and minorities workers. By doing so, they may begin to eliminate some of the stereotypes that present barriers to entry to male-dominated fields like technology.These programs have taken on different forms, including:Apple’s $50 million donation to organizations that help women and minorities get into tech jobs;Intel’s $300 million initiative to increase the diversity of its workforce;Salesforce’s directive that all important meetings must include at least 30 percent women.These are laudable efforts, and in conjunction with improved STEM education and coding schools to help improve the skills of women and other under-represented groups, we can hope soon to see a tech workforce that looks more like the general population.Yet, I wonder if new advances and opportunities in technology haven’t already turned the old stereotypes on their ear, and brightened the prospects for women and minority workers at the cutting edge of the industry?last_img read more

Youth falls to death while taking selfie

first_imgJammu, Jan 9 (PTI) Trying to take a selfie atop a fort proved fatal for a youth as he fell from there and died in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said here today.The deceased, identified as Abhishek Gupta (20), went to the Reasi Fort along with his three friends yesterday, a police official said here.Abhishek climbed to the top of the fort to take a selfie. Suddenly, he slipped and fell on a boulder resulting into head injuries, he said.He was rushed to the district hospital in Reasi where doctors declared him as brought dead, the official said.”Though his friends advised him not to go to the extreme end to take the selfie but he insisted and lost his life,” the official said.He said the body was handed over to the family members after conducting all legal and medical formalities. PTI TSS AB DBSlast_img read more

Zlatan tells Kane to switch ‘normal’ Tottenham with bigger club

first_imgAdvertisementLos Angeles Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane could move to a bigger club in the future in lieu of seeking success. The MLS outfit ace highlighted for Kane that playing for his ‘normal’ Tottenham side is much different than playing for another bigger club. Kane has impressed and shone severely following Mauricio Pochettino arrival at White Hart Lane, as Tottenham boss back in 2014, becoming the Premier League’s top goalscorer in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons consecutively, grabbing the attention of Europe’s big guns.Winning the Golden Boot in FIFA last year added another feather to his cap, prompting La Liga giants Real Madrid to try to acquire his signature. However, the England national team captain signed a new deal with the PL outfit which ties him to them till 2024.Recent Premier League losses to Burnley and Chelsea following the Englishman’s return to action from injury had Pochettino declare their Premier League title push over, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, speaking to Bethard, believes Kane should sign for another bigger club.“I think he (Kane) can do it [play for a big team]. He just has to take the first step,” Ibrahimovic said.The former Barcelona and PSG ace went on to add:“He does it well, but I’ve always said that playing in a big club and being successful is different than being in a normal club. With all due respect to Tottenham.”Read also:-Pochettino says Premier League title for Tottenham is a decade away Advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli ecstatic after historic triumph: ‘Our best series win so far’

first_imgVirat Kohli might have missed out of the series-deciding Test in Dharamsala due to an injured shoulder but he was a happy man after India had wrapped up victory by eight wickets to win the four-Test series against Australia 2-1.Ajinkya Rahane, who led the team in Kohli’s absence, led with aplomb and everyone stood up to compensate for the loss of the best player in the team.Watch: Biggest takeaways from India vs Australia Test seriesNot surprisingly then, Kohli, who even carried drinks to come out and chat with his mates in the course of this Test, was elated.”Unbelievable. This is our best series win so far. I thought England was intense, but the way Australia gave us a fight, it was amazing on their part but our guys kept bouncing back,” Kohli said. Overall, this season has been outstanding. All these home series have been challenging one way or the other. “Kohli said it all started with the series against South Africa but every team thereafter came with a different set of challenges. He picked the fight back in Sri Lanka, the persistence against England and the keen contests against Australia as the most challenging in the last 17 months.Kohli was also in awe of Rahane’s leadership skills and lauded his team for following its strict fitness regimes in the course of a packed-home season.”Ajinkya led the team really well. The changes we made in our fitness regime have paid off. Guys have been able to sustain the performance throughout the season. In the past we have had sessions where we have given away the game easily. Not this season. Been a team season,” he said.advertisementKohli had smashed double hundreds in successive series before the start of the Pune Test but he finished with only 46 runs in five innings. He was expected to score big in Dharamsala but his injury ruled him out eventually. But it was the captain who kept insisting that his team was good enough to fire even if he had an off day.At tht foothills of the Himalayas, Kohli stood vindicated with the likes of KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav putting in impressive performances.”Not one or two individuals who have stood out. It is unbelievable…. the kind of fitness and desire the fast bowlers have shown, it has been game-changing,” he said.last_img read more

Three Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Message is Failing

first_img2. Forgetting that we’re not the audience.The messages that appeal to us aren’t the ones that necessarily resonate with others. Every assumption should be suspect until we understand our audiences’ mindsets. When we assume our audience thinks the way we do, we are at odds with the principles of marketing. We must think like the people we want to reach if we want to succeed.3. Treating marketing as an afterthought.Marketing and communications are often tacked on to a good cause’s efforts at the last minute. In treating nonprofit marketing as an afterthought, we deprive ourselves of the great benefits that marketing can bring to all our work. A marketing mindset throughout every dimension of our cause can help us design more effective projects, better meet the needs of people we want to help, win us more donations and support, and motivate people to act. If your nonprofit message isn’t getting through or your nonprofit marketing campaign isn’t making a difference, it is probably due to one (or all) of these three reasons.1. Falsely assuming that information results in action.It’s tempting to assume that if people have information, they will act on it.  But sadly, information doesn’t equal action. We know it’s healthy to exercise every day – but that doesn’t mean we’re going to do it. Inertia is a strong force. Good causes are forever in conflict with the status quo and business as usual. We can’t just lay out information.  We need to create a compelling reason for taking action that beats doing nothing. In marketing terms, we need to improve our reward and lower our price.last_img read more

Formula One: Daniel Ricciardo crashes new Red Bull car on track debut

first_imgAustralian Daniel Ricciardo crashed Red Bull’s new Formula One car on its track debut, it emerged on Tuesday, but the team said the damage was minor and there would be no consequences for testing in Spain next week.”No issues for Barcelona, we’ll be fine,” said a team spokesman.The closed session, limited to 100km on special Pirelli tyres, at a wet Silverstone circuit on Monday was for private filming.Footage provided by the team after the session showed Ricciardo driving the new RB14 out of the garage and down the pit lane before lapping in a cloud of spray, but did not mention any incident.However media reports said the session was cut short after the Australian hit the barriers.Spare parts such as front wings are always in short supply ahead of the first test of the season, with teams continuing the car build as late as possible.Nothing like that new car feeling #RB14 Bull Racing (@redbullracing) February 20, 2018The website reported, citing unnamed sources, that the impact was hard enough to damage the front of the car, suspension and floor.Ricciardo made no reference to any problems in a statement issued by Red Bull after the track debut.”It’s hard to tell from a couple of laps but the initial feeling in the car is good,” he had said. “I can already feel that the rear feels pretty settled, even in these poor conditions. Those are encouraging early signs.”advertisementFormer champions Red Bull won three of 20 races last year and finished third overall, behind world champions Mercedes and Ferrari. They hope the RB14 will enable them to challenge for the championship this time.The Australian also had no problems with the new ‘halo’ head protection device, which rises from a central pillar in front of the driver and is mandatory this season.Making waves, the #RB14 #givesyouwings Bull Racing (@redbullracing) February 19, 2018″So far I can see fine with the halo. I’d only done a couple of installs with it before so it was pretty new today but I really didn’t notice it was there, which is pretty good,” he said.”Honestly, unless there’s stuff above, I don’t see any issues at all on a flat track.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Watch: Colin Cowherd Says Washington Deservedly Kept Out Of CFB Playoff Top 4

first_imgColin Cowherd speaking on his radio show.YouTubeColin Cowherd does not think Washington was ranked unfairly in the first CFB playoff rankings.The undefeated Huskies checked in at No. 5 in the initial rankings, released last night. Texas A&M (7-1) beat them out for the fourth and final playoff spot, while 7-1 Ohio State was behind UDub at No. 6.Cowherd said on his show today that the committee got it right keeping Washington out. In this video, he defends A&M being put ahead of them despite having a loss, based off strength of schedule and strength of record.Cowherd also says he would have put Ohio State at No. 4, even though he is fine with the Aggies being there. Then he compares Washington to viral presidential debate audience member Ken Bone.Regardless what Cowherd’s opinion is, there’s a good chance all of this will play out on the field in the next few weeks, and the committee will have an easier time with the final rankings in December.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Reveals His Pick For Today’s Oklahoma-Texas Game

first_imgPaul Finebaum explains why Clemson will lose.Out of all the matchups set for this weekend, the Red River Rivalry should be one of the best. With the No. 19 Texas Longhorns and No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners both playing excellent football, it could be heading for a nail-biting finish.This game will have major implications on the Big 12, as the Sooners try to keep their undefeated season alive. For the Longhorns, defeating their biggest rival would prove they are back in business.While several predictions for this game already in, ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum finally revealed his winner on SportsCenter.From “Texas is not back yet, but they’re looking better and better,” Finebaum said. “C’mon, Kyler Murray taking over for Baker Mayfield, OU wins in Dallas.”Clearly, Finebaum likes how Kyler Murray is playing for Oklahoma. Last weekend, the dual-threat quarterback had over 400 passing yards and seven total touchdowns.Although Texas continues to play solid defense this season, the Sooners present many challenges on offense.Oklahoma and Texas are set to kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET from Dallas.Do you think the Longhorns can shock the Sooners?last_img read more

Pick Your Favorite: 6 Autumn Apple Cocktails

first_img 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without Editors’ Recommendations 2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon 1 part Fresh Lemon3/4 part Honey2 dashes Apple Cider Vinegar1 dash Angostura® Bitters1 sprig of Charred Rosemary (for garnish)*Method:Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass. Serve neat or on the rocks. Garnish with a sprig of Charred Rosemary.*To char the rosemary sprig, place it over an open flame (either on a grill or stovetop) and rotate for 5-10 seconds until herb begins to smoke and brown slightly.Ruby Salted Dog1.5 oz New Amsterdam Apple Vodka4 oz Ruby Red Grapefruit JuiceSqueeze of a lime wedgeMethod: Add ingredients into a salt rimmed Collins glass filled with ice, and stir together to combine/chill. Garnish with apple slices and fennel.The ‘Merican Dream(Created by North American Brand Ambassador Gary Hayward)1.5 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin.5 oz lemon juice.25 oz pumpkin syrup1.5 oz apple juiceSmall pinch of nutmeg, cinnamon and saffronFoam: Equal parts egg white, lemon, simple syrup and apple syrup.Method: Mix liquid ingredients with  small pinch of nutmeg, cinnamon, and saffron. Shake and serve over ice.Foam Method: Shake hard with 1 ice cube and spoon onto the top of the cocktail.Orchard Toddy(pictured)1 bottle Cinnful Apple Angry Orchard Cider4.5 oz Scotch or Irish Whiskey2.25 oz Lemon Juice3 oz Honey Ginger Syrup**3 oz WaterMethod: Add all ingredients to a Crock Pot and set at low heat. Allow to heat up and then serve and garnish with a lemon wheel studded with cloves. If using a stovetop, add all ingredients to a small saucepan and simmer over low heat. Be careful not to allow the mixture to get too hot because the alcohol will boil off.**Honey Ginger Syrup:2 cups Honey1 cup Water2 tbs Finely Chopped Peeled GingerMethod: Peel the ginger and then finely chop. Add all ingredients to a pot and cover. Simmer over medium to low heat for 20 min. Strain, allow to cool and store in the refrigeratorEffen Green Apple Mule1 part Effen Green Apple Vodka2 parts Ginger BeerJuice of 1/2 LimeMethod: Squeeze the lime half into a Copper Mug filled with crushed ice and drop in the squeezed lime. Add vodka and ginger beer and stir.Gilded Apple(Created by Jesse Marino, Wine & Spirits Manager of David Burke fabrick)1.5 oz Breckenridge Bourbon.5 oz Breckenridge Bitter Liquor1 oz Apple Pie ShrubGarnish: Candied Lemon Peel and Apple SliceMethod: In a stirring glass, combine bourbon, bitter liquor and shrub. Stir over ice. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish. 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer center_img Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Behind pumpkin carving, apple picking is one of the most iconic fall activities out there. The thing is, apple picking involves finding an apple orchard, going to the orchard, then actually walking around and picking the apples. It’s a lot of work and great for Instagram selfies, sure, but at the end of the day, do you really want to spend all that time to get a few apples?We have a better idea, one that’ll save you the time and effort of apple picking, but still deliver one hundred percent of the apple flavors: mix up these apple-based cocktails and use those hours in more meaningful ways than trying to decide if that Granny Smith is ready for picking or not.Then again, if you’re really feeling athletic (and Insta-worthy), mix up some cocktails, toss’em in mason jars, and do both.Basil Hayden’s Autumn Sour(By Jon Feuersänger Denver, CO)last_img read more

EU Gives Green Light to Polish LNG Terminal Extension

first_imgzoomIllustration, Image Courtesy: LNG Carrier/ Flickr-Kees Torn under CC BY-SA 2.0 license The European Commission has approved plans to support the increase of the regasification capacity, and the development of additional functionalities, of the LNG terminal in Świnoujście, Poland.The plans were approved under EU State aid rules and would see the terminal capacity increase from 5 to 7.5 billion cubic metres per year.The Polish LNG will receive EUR 128 million (USD 145.3 million) from the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund, under the 2014-20 Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme.The increase in capacity was included in the list of Projects of Common Interest of the European Union as part of the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan (BEMIP) corridor.last_img read more

Health dept holds meet with senior cops on security in hospitals

first_imgKolkata: State Health department officials held a meeting with senior police officers at Swasthya Bhawan on Tuesday, discussing security aspects at various state-run medical colleges in the city. The main purpose of the meeting was to address the instances of security lapse.Senior police officers have already visited various medical colleges in the city to take a stock of the security measures in place. On the basis of their observation, they met the health officials to discuss how to enhance the security infrastructure in the medical colleges and hospitals. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersMeanwhile, some junior doctors on Tuesday threatened to organise another movement, in response to the five accused persons arrested in connection with the NRS incident being granted bail. All five persons who were arrested in connection with the assault on the junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital a few days ago, were granted bail by a city court on Monday. The accused were given bail as there was not enough evidence to establish their involvement in the incident. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe five persons had been remanded to police custody on two occasions since their arrest. On Monday, a city court granted them bail on personal bond. The release of the accused did not go down well with the junior doctors as they are considering it ‘a failure’ of the police. A team of junior doctors from NRS Medical College and Hospital met the Director of Medical Education (DME) Dr Pradip Mitra on Tuesday in this regard. They also sought a clarification from the DME on how the accused, who had allegedly attacked the doctors, were granted bail. The junior doctors said that the Health department officials had provided them assurance that the accused persons had been booked under non-bailable sections. The DME reportedly told the junior doctors that it was the court’s decision and the Health department had nothing to do with it.last_img read more

Everything is in front of us Cryptocurrency spurs Quebec regional economy

first_imgMAGOG, Que. — Emiliano Grodzki moves his right hand across the front of a series of small, rectangular machines, each fitted with a fan blowing warm air inside a former metal factory in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.Grodzki and the rest of the Bitfarms team modified the building to house two giant opposing walls of shelves holding thousands of powerful computing systems built for a single purpose: mining for digital currency.Known as hashing, the hunt for cryptocurrency is essentially an exhaustive attempt by a computer to solve a mathematical problem. Every second, each computer in Bitfarms’ factory in Magog, Que., conducts 13.5 trillion attempts at solving a math problem. Grodzki, 42, an entrepreneur from Argentina and Bitfarms’ chief strategy officer, stops his hand in front of one machine that is unlike the others: It’s blowing cold air. “This one is not hashing,” he says.Bitfarms’ machines are solving math problems in order to collect or mine Bitcoin, the world’s most famous digital currency. Companies have sprouted all over the world in an attempt to cash in on the cryptocurrency industry. But Bitfarms stands out.The Montreal-area company is trying to set itself apart as much by its infrastructure and vertically integrated business model as for its attempt to reduce the social stigma associated with the industry’s voracious energy usage.Since its inception in November 2017, Bitfarms has been rushing to retrofit factories in Quebec regions emptied out by the decline of the province’s manufacturing industries. The company leases a former Tupperware plant in Cowansville, an old carpet factory in Farnham and an ex-cocoa storage facility in St-Hyacinthe, all to mine cryptocurrency.And it is currently turning the former Sher-Wood hockey stick factory it bought in Sherbrooke into a fifth mining operation.Key to the company’s success is securing a stable, reliable — and relatively inexpensive — energy source. That’s where Quebec comes in, with its abundant, renewable and comparatively cheap hydroelectricity. Hydro-Quebec recently designated 668 megawatts for the growing cryptocurrency sector, more than is consumed by the province’s conventional mining industry.But Bitfarms recognizes it also needs to partner with local communities and convince them they aren’t trying to suck as much power as possible, make a quick buck and leave.The company recently signed an electricity agreement with Sherbrooke city council that is serving as a model for how towns across the province can make money partnering with players in this new industry.“We have a long-term mentality,” said Pierre-Luc Quimper, the 35-year-old co-founder and president of Bitfarms, who started his first website-hosting company at 14 in his New Brunswick hometown. “We want to be long-term partners.”Bitcoin began in 2009, and its creator is unknown. Every time a Bitcoin is bought and sold online, the transaction is recorded in a public, electronic ledger.The technology behind the ledger is called blockchain, which is composed of a series of linked “blocks” that each contain up to one megabyte worth of transaction data.Every time a block of transactions is closed, a complex mathematical problem is created. The hashing machines located in Bitfarms’ four factories are in competition with all the other hashing computers around the world to solve the problem.The first computer to come up with the winning number is authorized to create a new block in the chain, in which more Bitcoin transactions can be recorded.The winning computer is also awarded a set amount of Bitcoin, which can be transferred into hard currency or used to buy anything from food to homes.Bitfarms’ factories house at least 16,500 hashing machines between them. Together, they conduct 220 quadrillion attempts every second to solve the single math problem created when a block of Bitcoin transactions reaches capacity.Hydro-Quebec, the provincial utility, helped the Bitfarms team find locations around the province for mining operations. Then the City of Sherbrooke came knocking with a novel idea for the industry.Cities across Quebec purchase enough electricity from Hydro-Quebec to satisfy peak demands, most often during the dead of winter. But for much of the rest of the year, the energy grids have surplus electricity, and the provincial government has been pushing municipalities to come up with ways to sell the extra power, said Christian Laprise, director of Sherbrooke’s municipal power utility.The deal inked with Bitfarms secures the company 98 megawatts of electricity from Sherbrooke. But Bitfarms will have to reduce operations and use less energy during peak moments of the year when the grid is being taxed by residents.A couple of years ago, Laprise had no idea what Bitcoin and blockchain were, but now he thinks the technology can help develop the digital economy in smaller cities in the province.“It can be very volatile,” Laprise said, referring to the market price of cryptocurrencies, “but according to the research I’ve done, it’s pretty unanimous that blockchain is a system of the future.”Laprise said he hoped companies like Bitfarms diversify “and that they are sustainable over the long-term.”Bitfarms says its long-term goal is to expand into other applications of blockchain, but at the moment it’s concentrating on building its mining infrastructure.Toward the end of 2017, the price of Bitcoin exploded, jumping from about $6,700 in September 2017 to an all-time high of roughly $26,500 per coin, before dropping rapidly in early 2018. One Bitcoin is currently priced at roughly $8,500.In 2018, Bitfarms earned US$33.8 million in revenue and a gross profit of US$10.9 million, representing a 32-per-cent profit margin. But due to the massive drop in Bitcoin’s price over that period, the value of its mining equipment declined significantly, resulting in an US$18-million operating loss.Back in Magog, Grodzki said the broken hashing machine blowing out cold air would be repaired by the company’s technicians at its laboratory in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., south of Montreal. The company’s program department created and manages software that tracks the performance of each computer. Their four factories — five when the Sherbrooke operation is operational — run on an electrical system maintained by Volta electrique, a wholly owned subsidiary.Quimper says he remembers what it felt like when he was 10 years old discovering the internet. He said the blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies are at the same stage now as the internet was in 1997.“For the last four years, I’ve had the same feeling I had when I was 10 years old,” he said. “Everything is in front of us.”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Winter Birds Book Launch and Signing

first_imgAs well as the books, both Culling and Vincent will be available to sign copies of the book as Winter Birds becomes available the night of the opening.Culling and Vincent are local artists to the North Peace Region FORT ST. JOHN, B.C.- Peace Gallery North is hosting a book launch and signing for Winter Birds, written by Diane Culling and illustrated by Cindy Vincent.The event takes place Friday, November 30th, 2018 from 7 pm – 9 pmThere will be a display of all the original paintings from, the book Autumn Bear and the Winter Bird books, as well as original pencil sketches and selected prints for sale.last_img read more

Ban receives UN internal review report

The long delayed report on the UN’s actions and inactions in Sri Lanka in 2009 was given to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon by Charles Petrie today, Innercity press reported.Attending with Ban were his chief of staff Susana Malcorra, the chief of Ban’s political unit and another staffer. (Pic courtesy Innercity press)

Art waiting to be discovered at Invasive Species exhibition

Invasive Species is set to take over the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts with a one-night exhibition on Wednesday, Jan. 17.The showcase will feature the work of third- and fourth-year students from Donna Akrey’s 3M90 Advanced Art Practices course and will see pieces transplanted throughout the downtown St. Catharines facility.Maps will be given out to help visitors navigate the space and discover the artwork found throughout — some more easily spotted than others.The free exhibition, which runs from 4 to 9 p.m., focuses on themes of information, architecture, the archive, regionality, subjectivity and objectivity, death, resilience, ecology, mental health, space, the institution, invasive and symbiotic species and site-specific art. The works, all self-directed, are comprised of painting, drawing, video, projection, animation, performance and installation.Through their work, the artists respond to the arts facility’s environment.Isabella Domaradzki’s student work blends into plants found within the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.Visual Arts student Victoria Reid said her objective in participating in the exhibition is to “personify objects in the architecture and space around us to show our connection to the architecture.”“I chose to do this in order to bring awareness to our relationship and contribution to the growing industrial landscape around us,” she said.The one-night event marks the mid-year point as the course’s students progress to a final site-specific exhibition proposed to take over parts of downtown St. Catharines in April.In order to provoke creativity and thought into this exhibition, Akrey, a visual arts instructor at Brock, asked her students to think outside of the box.“If your work was to fit in this space (the MIWSFPA) and not a white cube, where might it go?” she questioned. “This allows students to consider their work outside of the gallery and in effect pushes research further, as well as the logistics of mounting visual art in difficult spaces. The students have risen to it and are doing a great job.”Reid’s time working on the exhibition has helped to change her perspective of art and where it can live.“Through the process of making this work, I learned how to step outside my comfort zone and I learned that art can be art, even when in unconventional spaces apart from the gallery,” she said.Fellow student Isabella Domaradzki, a member of the Invasive Species organization team, said she’s looking forward to “seeing our hard work in creating our art and planning this show come to life.”“We have learned so many valuable lessons throughout this experience that have shaped our identity as artists, and I think it will be exciting to visualize our growth and progress.”Akrey was recently lauded for her own work, with her exhibition Also Also — featured at Rodman Hall last year — earning a nomination for the Exhibition of the Year: Budget Under $20,000 (Monographic) Award by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. Her collaboration as a member of the Hamilton Perambulatory Unit was also recently highlighted.For more information on Invasive Species, visit the Facebook event page. read more