Artist discusses past experiences, future plans

first_imgArtist and filmmaker Jake Fernandez gave a lecture in the Riley Hall of Art and Design about his artistic journey and current projects Wednesday.Fernandez was born in Havana, Cuba, and received degrees from the University of Florida and the University of South Florida. He is best known for his durational art — artistic pieces that have implications of work done over time.Kathryne Robinson | The Observer “I have worked on things for 10, 20 and 30 years … building on one particular aspect or concept over a long period of time,” Fernandez said.Fernandez talked about how his journey as an artist began in his early childhood and how he became aware of the power of provocation and two-dimensional work at an early age.“My very first impression of the power of 2-D work was this very small black and white picture of Elvis Presley … in one of the national magazines,” Fernandez said. “It appeared almost animated.”He said in high school the constant repetition of painting still-life pieces gave him an understanding of technique at a young age. He said it was intuition that led to the realization of his desire to become an artist.“I don’t know that was something I strived for,” Fernandez said. “There was very little there to encourage me. I just had this feeling that that’s what I should be doing.”He said musicians and their styles of music had more of an influence on him than artists and painters due to the complexity and understatement of their work.“I would work in layers, one layer over the other, like [musician] Les Paul used to do with his multi-track recording,” Fernandez said.During the premature years of his career, Fernandez worked exclusively with texture and black and white. He said he restricted himself to black and white for five years because he believed “color starts to immediately define forms” and he wanted to tackle certain layers individually.“I decided to strip everything down and start working at one level at a time and try to understand painting,” Fernandez said. “I started working with texture to try and understand how that particular track felt and how it fit with what it was that I wanted to say.”Fernandez cited “plausible reality” as a recurring theme in his works and showed how most of his pieces displayed images that varied in appearance depending on the distance of the viewer. For example, his Hidden Mandala project conveys a pixilated effect from afar, but can be seen as a composition of squares of laminated wood when examined close-up.“Your mind is the one that connects those dots … you’ll see it in a very individual way,” Fernandez said. “What you see has a lot to do with individual perception, what you bring to it.”The artist said many of his pieces involve layers and collages, best seen in his duration art which is a fusion of concepts thought of years ago, and current ideas and perspectives. Remaining loyal to his early discovery of the power of provocation, Fernandez said he drew inspiration from parks in New York City and the Florida landscape to create collages and other forms of visual art.“I was interested in finding places that were very ordinary,” Fernandez said. “[I wanted to] turn it into something that was visually exciting and not just common.”Tags: artist lecture, Jake Fernandez, Snite Museumlast_img read more

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Virginia moves ahead with coal ash cleanups + Endangered woodpecker receives emergency help in Georgia

first_imgFirst step toward new natural area in NC’s McDowell County completeThe Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina and North Carolina State Parks has completed the first land purchase of 1,500 acres for the new Bobs Creek State Natural Area. The new natural area is located about three miles from the town of Marion, NC and will eventually be open for hiking and other recreation uses. Bobs Creek State Natural Area contains forested lands of acidic cove, oak-hickory, and chestnut oak forests, as well as several rare plant species. The acquisition also protects over 13 miles of stream buffer along Bobs Creek and its tributaries. State natural areas are less developed than state parks and do not include campgrounds, visitor centers or picnic areas. State natural areas do allow from low-impact public uses, such as hiking and scientific research.Virginia moves ahead with coal ash cleanups as North Carolina lags behindThis week, Virginia announced a bipartisan agreement requiring Dominion Energy to excavate all coal ash from unlined waterfront lagoons in the state. The agreement requires the removal of 28 million tons of coal ash from unlined coal ash lagoons. The coal ash will be sent to dry, lined landfills or recycled into cement and concrete. The announcement comes just weeks before the anniversary of Duke Energy’s coal ash spill into the Dan River. Meanwhile in North Carolina, six unlined coal ash pit sites remain a point of contention. Because of enforcement action taken by citizen groups across the state, Duke Energy is required to excavate all the coal ash from eight of its 14 coal ash sites in the state. But at six sites, the company has persisted in leaving its coal ash in unlined pits by lakes, rivers and drinking water reservoirs. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has promised to make announcements in April 2019 concerning whether Duke Energy will be required to remove its coal ash from the unlined pits at these sites. Endangered woodpecker receives emergency help in GeorgiaThe endangered red-cockaded woodpecker has long taken refuge at Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area in Decatur County, GA. But when Hurricane Michael hit last October, the 116 mph winds took out almost half of Silver Lake’s 272 trees that housed red-cockaded woodpecker nests. The storm also left behind enough downed trees and tree limbs to threaten the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ ability to conduct prescribed fires, which help restore the bird’s habitats. To mitigate the loss of nest cavities that are vital to the survival of the woodpeckers, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has stepped up with a $100,000 grant, funded by Southern Company and International Paper. The recovery effort will also benefit other wildlife. Red-cockaded woodpeckers are a keystone species, providing habitat for other animals such as bobwhite quail, gopher tortoises and Bachman’s sparrows.last_img read more

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What the emergence of online student loan platforms means for students

first_imgby: Robert FarringtonOver the last few years, online student loan platforms have become much more popular and mainstream. Earlier this year, one of the most popular online student loan platforms (SoFi) raised $200 million from investors. This highlights the popularity of the platforms from both a user-side and an investor-side.So what makes these platforms so popular? It has to do with ease of use and transparency of the process. For most borrowers, student loans are a mystery. They are incredibly easy to sign up for, but the terms and conditions, repayment plans, and other options are all hard to understand. Furthermore, millennials start their search for information online – where information about student loan debt can be misleading, or even worse, can lead them to student loan consolidation companies looking to take advantage of them.Let’s take a look at what the emergence of these platforms really means for students and borrowers. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Attention is our new currency – Pay attention to what matters most

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: www.neenjames.com Details Never in history have we been more connected to the world and less connected to each other.  Technology has changed everything: the way we work, how we interact, and our ability to pay attention to what truly needs it. Information invades every aspect of our life, coming at us at light speed and challenging how we prioritize our focus. We have programmed ourselves to believe everything and everyone is of equal importance and in need of our immediate attention. As a result, constant interruptions and distractions have become the enemy of our time. We feel overwhelmed, overstressed and overly tired. While we live ‘crazy busy’ lives, we struggle to accomplish anything of real value and purpose. Ultimately, our productivity, relationships and ability to focus suffers because we are unable to truly pay attention to what matters most. Is this simply the new world in which we live? Is this the new cultural norm to which everyone must adapt? NO. Studies indicate the amount of time we work today is the same it’s always been. Their data indicates people who say they are the busiest generally are not.  How we spend our time and to whom we give it is a matter of choice. Unlike money, time cannot be earned, and once spent, we cannot get it back. We must be cautious and diligent with our time, holding our ourselves accountable for its use.  To protect our time, we must spend and invest it wisely by prioritizing the people and tasks that deserve our undivided attention most. Here are four strategies to ensuring your time and attention is focused in a way that pays in your Credit Union, and at home.1. Establish Three Daily Non-Negotiable PrioritiesBegin each day establishing three priorities that must be done for your day to be complete. Write them down, placing them somewhere you see regularly. Set aside time in your calendar to focus on these tasks without interruption. Turn off your devices, silence your phone, shut your door – whatever is necessary to work peacefully without distractions. Once you’ve completed these three non-negotiables, you’ll be free to work on other lesser important tasks.2. Maximize Your CalendarThe fact we always feel pressed for time is partly perception and mostly poor time distribution. If you want to accomplish more in less time, focus your energy and attention in time blocks. Use your calendar to set aside large chunks of time to perform specific tasks. Document what each block of time is assigned to checking email, working on a project, cold calling, etc. Use this time to give your undivided attention specifically to the prioritized task and nothing more.Attempting to multitask will cheat you of your concentrated focus. In fact, studies have shown US companies lose approximately $588 billion per year in distracted multitasking. Fact is, the human mind is not able to switch between tasks efficiently. It takes us upwards of 25 minutes to regain focus on a task once our attention has been interrupted. Allow yourself an opportunity to focus your attention on one concentrated task at a time.  3. Use Technology Wisely. It is a growing trend for people to prioritize technology throughout the day. Whether it’s at work in our Credit Union or home with the people we love, it’s hard to ignore the attention technology demands.  Alerts, messages, emails, social media and more compete for our time and attention.They lead us to believe they are of the utmost importance in immediate need of reading and responding.While technology is not the enemy of our attention, it certainly challenges it. When used wisely, technology can support our productivity and help us achieve more tasks more quickly. Here’s how:Email: We do not have to live our lives chained to the demands of email alerts and messages. Most of the time, emails come in the form of requests by others for our time. Here’s the great thing: you decide when to check it and when to respond. Set aside time in your calendar to dedicated to email. Aside from that scheduled time, turn it off. Allow your attention to focus on higher priorities.  Social Media: We’ve become increasingly addicted to the validation social media brings to our lives. We crave the likes, follows, shares and retweets. In reality, it is insignificant to the lives we are leading. Challenge yourself to keep your social media habits in check. Set aside 15 minutes of time each morning to do a social media fly by. If old habits die hard, use apps such as the Freedom App and Facebook Eradicator to silence social media’s tempting calls. Device Management: Remember when we sat at the dinner table and spoke to each other, not to the phone? Not long ago, we remembered table manners and recognized the value of investing in relationships. Assign a place in your home to set your device when you arrive. Allow it to remain there while you engage and interact with your family.4. Rest and Recover Information and technology have changed the rate at which we work. What used to take days or weeks to decide can now be determined in a matter of moments. As a result, we expect more from ourselves and each other in less time than it really takes. This time pressure is creating burnout among employees everywhere. Rest and recovery are required if professionals are to dedicate their focus and undivided attention on priorities each day.Credit Union team members can lead the way by stopping after-hours interruptions that create distractions in an employee’s after-hours priorities. Allow them to focus on family, hobbies, friends, and loved ones provide them time for mental recovery and stress relief. This pays dividends in productivity back at the office. I encourage all Credit Union leaders to stop calling, messaging and sending emails after hours. Allow employees to step away from their gadgets and get the rest needed to be their best later. Ultimately, our time and attention are in our control. We decide who and what gets it and when. If living a ‘crazy busy’ life is resulting in overwhelm and stress, it’s time to reevaluate your priorities. Consider these four tips to begin maximizing your time and productivity. In the end, you’ll find attention pays.last_img read more

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Fears of repression grow in virus-crippled Indonesia

first_imgHuman rights organizations believe the hacking was an attempt to frame Ravio as a provocateur calling for nationwide riots on April 30. Labor groups have previously threatened to protest the omnibus bill on job creation on the same date, although the plan was later cancelled.National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono confirmed the arrest of the two people in a press conference on Thursday evening, saying that Ravio was arrested as he was about to enter a vehicle belonging to the Dutch Embassy. Ravio was released on Friday but is still facing incitement charges, while the police are trying to trace his digital activities and authenticate his hacking claim. Aldo Kaligis of Amnesty International Indonesia has called on the police to fully investigate the case. “Ravio’s arrest is believed to be linked to his criticism of the government. If proven true, there should be an independent, in-depth investigation and legal action against the perpetrators of the hacking and his arrest,” he said. In Malang, three student activists, who often take part in Kamisan protests — a weekly silent protest held every Thursday to demand state action on human rights abuses — and who are involved in advocating for Tegalrejo farmers in Malang regency that are defending their land against a corporation, were arrested for vandalism.The Surabaya Legal Aid Institute (LBH) criticized their arrest, saying they were apprehended by the police and named suspects based on mere speculation. “We demand the three activists be released immediately because their arrests were flawed. This is a violation of justice,” he said.In Yogyakarta, the local chapter of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi Yogyakarta) in Kotagede, claimed that local authorities had dispersed one of their meetings on the grounds that it violated physical distancing rules.  The activists said the meeting had followed the prescribed protocols and was allowed to be held before locals and members of the police and the Indonesian Military (TNI) came to the office to disband them.  Yogyakarta-based charity group Jogja Food Solidarity (SPJ) has claimed that the police have been monitoring its charity work in distributing food, facemasks, health supplements and hand sanitizer to low-income informal workers in the province.Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Noory Okthariza deplored law enforcement officials for what he called repressive action, arguing that the government’s hostility toward its critics would only backfire. “These kinds of things only worsen the situation at a time when the police should focus on [enforcement of] large scale social restrictions [PSBB],” adding that the incidents could reflect that the government’s was learning toward a security focused approach to handle criticism of its policies to contain COVID-19.Topics : Activists have raised the alarm over a growing climate of fear in Indonesia following the arrests of a number of people critical of the government as it scrambles to weather the social and economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In Jakarta, a government critic was arrested and questioned for 33 hours after his WhatsApp account, which he claimed was hacked, broadcast an inflammatory message calling for nationwide looting. In Malang, East Java, three students were arrested on charges of vandalism and “inciting people to fight against capitalism”.   The incidents, the activists said, were indications that the state was now more inclined to resort to acts of repression and intimidation to silence critics, a trend that has put the President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s credentials as a democratic leader in time of crisis in question. “The President’s commitment to upholding the democratic system during the [COVID-19] crisis should be evaluated,” said Wahyudi Djafar, the deputy director of the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM).   In the past few days, human rights groups have rallied behind Ravio Patra, an independent researcher known for his critical tweets and op-ed on government policies who was arrested by the police after reporting that his WhatsApp account had been hacked and found to have broadcast provocative messages. Ravio and a Dutch citizen identified as RS were arrested by the Jakarta Police between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday, shortly after he announced on his twitter account @raviopatra that his WhatsApp account had been hacked, although he later recovered it.Read also: The curious case of Ravio Patra: Why Indonesian cyberspace is a dystopian nightmarelast_img read more

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Guides Promote Healthy Lifestyles

first_img Share 31 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! EducationLifestyleLocalNews Guides Promote Healthy Lifestyles by: – December 16, 2019 Tweetcenter_img Chief Commissioner of the Girl Guides Association of Dominica, Valencia Webb, wants the public to make a healthy lifestyle part of their 2020 New Year’s resolution.She was speaking at the opening ceremony of the GGAD’s health fair themed “Our Health, Our Wealth, Time to Take Control.”The fair took place on the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard on Saturday.Webb says, “Physical activities such as going to the gym, dancing, walking, jogging, running or hiking, among others are vital for a long life and great health. Dieting, daily water intake, regular health checkups, among others are also required for a healthy lifestyle. We keep hearing warning statements such as stress is a silent killer and research points to stress as one of the major causes of chronic diseases. Today’s theme is most fitting as good health is indeed a treasure.”According to Webb, the purpose of the fair was to educate the public on ways to maintain their health, as well as expose the public to services that aid in that regard.Mignon Rolle-Shillingford  Ministry of Health  pointed out the need for the Guides as young people to prepare themselves to take up space in the world.Rolle-Shillingford says part of that preparation includes a healthy lifestyle.She said, “When we speak health promotion, health promotion is not just about talking to you about health conditions and diseases. We speak of the determinants of health. That is what prevents you from accessing, from doing, from participating in. A number of things can do that.Rolle-Shillingford added, “The Girl Guides, one of their main mandates is to strengthen you to be leaders, and empower you to do better to fill up the spaces. That’s where health promotion comes in. So we don’t only want to tell you about disease, but we want to build your life skills.”The Girl Guides Association of Dominica presented certificates of appreciation to the Dominica Cancer Society, Health Promotion Unit, HIV/AIDS Response Unit, Drug Prevention Unit, All Saints University School of Medicine, and Dr. Damian Dublin. Share Sharelast_img read more

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La Liga: Fati, Messi connection sees Barca hold on against Levante

first_img Fati, at 17 years and 94 days old, broke the previous record held by Juanmi Jimenez, who scored twice for Malaga against Real Zaragoza at 17 years and 115 days old in 2010. Messi teed up Fati’s quick-fire double with a defence-splitting pass and then a trademark weaving run before Ruben Rochina scored Levante’s goal in the 92nd minute, which really should have come sooner.Barca reduce the gap at the top to three points behind Real Madrid and begin to regain some rhythm under new coach Quique Setien after Thursday’s 5-0 thumping of Leganes in the Copa del Rey.“We could have won 8-2 or 8-3,” said Setien. “We lost a little control in the second half and conceded too much but it was a good job from the team.”Yet Levante should have converted more of a handful of excellent chances in the second half, that suggested Barcelona’s defensive problems and fragility when in the lead are far from solved.Leganes and Levante, who sit 18th and 13th respectively, offered a relatively straight-forward route back to winning ways too for Barcelona, who were wobbling last weekend when they followed a last-gasp win over Segunda side Ibiza with a convincing defeat by Valencia. Loading… Ansu Fati became the youngest player ever to score a brace in La Liga on Sunday by capitalising on two brilliant Lionel Messi assists to give Barcelona a 2-1 victory over Levante.Advertisement Setien, who replaced Ernesto Valverde as coach last month, found his methods questioned and there was evidence against Levante to suggest he may have decided to introduce his style of play more gradually.Barca played with more urgency and ambition, their dominance of possession sacrificed occasionally for riskier passes forward.Yet Levante also pressed high and left gaps to be exploited, despite the likes of Valencia and Granada enjoying more success against Setien’s team by sitting deep and bursting out on the break.Fati has been one of the main beneficiaries of Setien’s arrival.He exploded onto the scene at the start of the season but was used increasingly rarely by Valverde, who may have been wary of burdening the teenager with too much too soon.Instead, Setien has started Fati in all five of his games in charge so far and this was the first time his faith has really been rewarded.“He is a boy who is emerging and has great potential,” Setien said. “Today he had a historic day for his goals and for helping the team.”Messi’s own excellent form also continues. He now has nine goals and four assists in his last 10 league games.His first set-up for Fati came from the centre circle where he played a reverse pass through three Levante players that sent clear his teammate, who cut inside Jorge Miramon and finished.– Handful of opportunities –Less than two minutes later, Fati was in again. Levante lost the ball upfield and Gerard Pique fired straight into Messi inside the right flank, midway inside the opposition’s half.He drove into the penalty area and when he finally stopped by a cluster of Levante chasers, he slid left to Fati, who fired through the legs of Aitor Fernandez for a second.Nelson Semedo crashed a shot against the crossbar and then hopped over Tono only for Antoine Griezmann to tap wide at the front post.But Levante were more dangerous in the second half and could have taken a draw if they had been more clinical with a handful of opportunities.The best of them fell to Gonzalo Melero, who blazed over, and by the time Rochina’s shot flew through one pair of legs and in off the hands of Marc-Andre ter Stegen, there were only two minutes remaining.There was time for one Levante attack and Sergio Busquets’ weak header gave Rochina another chance but he could not keep his shot down. Read Also: Barcelona boss Setie desperate for Messi to remain at Camp NouSevilla and Real Sociedad both lost ground in the race for Champions League qualification as Getafe beat Athletic Bilbao to climb to third.Real Sociedad lost 2-1 away at struggling Leganes while Sevilla were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Alaves.In between, Getafe had carved out a 2-0 victory away at Bilbao to put them in pole position behind Real Madrid and Barcelona.Jose Bordalas’ team are now ahead of Sevilla on goal difference, while Real Sociedad are five points further back.Getafe missed out on fourth on the final day of last season but they continue to prove their challenge was far from a one-off.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Product That Have Wild Origin StoriesMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. 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Former Baltimore Colt, Hall of Famer Y. A. Tittle dead at 90

first_imgBatesville, In. — Former Baltimore Colt, NFL Hall of Famer, and 1963 Most Valuable Player Y. A. Tittle has died at the age of 90. No other details have been provided.Known as “The Bald Eagle” Tittle played for the Colts, 49ers and New York Giants in his 17-year career. Tittle had a career passer rating of 73.6 on 28,339, 212 touchdowns and 221 interceptions. Late in his career he led the Giants to three division titles in four seasons.last_img

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Travel center fire started in utility room

first_imgSeymour, IN —According to the Seymour Police Department, an early morning fire on Monday appears to have started in an electrical utility room near the kitchen, that consumed a portion of the T/A Travel Center off of I-65 in Seymour.Firefighters from the Seymour Fire Department were able to contain the blaze, limiting damage to the west side of the building.  No injuries were reported and damage estimates are not yet available. The investigation into the fire is ongoing.last_img

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Aguero: I’m sticking with City

first_img Press Association Both Barcelona and Real Madrid are reportedly eyeing the former Atletico Madrid striker as they look to bolster their ranks this summer, but Aguero has no intention of leaving the Etihad. He told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope: “There’s lots of talk about Real Madrid and Barcelona. It’s always the same every year, but the truth is that I’m going to stay at City. I’m very happy and I’m going to continue there.” Sergio Aguero insists he is staying at Manchester City amid speculation linking him with a move back to Spain.center_img The 26-year-old Argentina international has been a huge hit at City since moving to England from Atletico in 2011, and has helped them win two Barclays Premier League titles in three years. last_img read more

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