The paintings were the talk of the May 11 official program at the Centennial Pavillion, where Liberia was declared Ebola-free. They were by no means on the program agenda. However, with the help of Mrs. Louise McMillian, Assistant Minister for Culture at Liberia’s Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) the paintings caught the attention of the array dignitaries, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, her cabinet and guests, giving profound relevance and flavor to the Ebola-free celebration. Produced by group of 11 Liberian artists, the paintings depict the plethora of scenes from the Ebola crisis in Liberia. Some are more abstract than others, but all of them are nothing short of a visual memoir of one of Liberia’s darkest moments in history. The artists are part of a new organization called Liberian Professional Painters Organization (LIPPO) led by Fato A. Wheremongar, who also serves as Executive Director of ChildArt Liberia. According to him, LIPPO aims to provide training and mentorship to aspiring young painters in Liberia, and prepare them for greater opportunities both here and abroad. The artworks — 40 of them in all — are on brief exhibit on the top floor of the National Museum on Broad Street, Monrovia, May 14-23, 2015. LIPPO is still deliberating as to whether the pieces would be sold to the general public, since the Government of Liberia through MICAT appears to have keen interest in their future historical value. Those whose works form part of the exhibit include: Cyrus D. Cooper, Abu Fofana, Wilson Fallah, Teddy Prosper Jackson, Rodney N. Sikdar, N.G.Y., Varney S. Kabbah, Jr., Tubman S. Tweh, Mark Sumo, Wisdom Zaza and Fato A. Wheremongar.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Madness and Rudimental will perform to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK early next month.An Evening With Suggs And FriendsThe “An Evening With Suggs And Friends” concert will take place at Emirates Stadium in London on March 12, and will include champagne reception, dinner and auction.Tickets can be found here.
16 Photos Sci-Tech More plants Plant-robot hybrid can make its own way to sunny spots The best indoor plants to bring the outside in How to water your plants while you’re away According to the study, the unmodified plants didn’t affect the concentration of either gas much. But the modified plants changed the concentration of chloroform dramatically inside the tube, making it drop by 82 percent just after three days. By the sixth day, it was almost completely undetectable. The concentration of benzene also decreased thanks to the modified plants. By day eight, it dropped by an impressive 75 percent.”People haven’t really been talking about these hazardous organic compounds in homes, and I think that’s because we couldn’t do anything about them,” study author Stuart Strand said in a statement. “Now we’ve engineered houseplants to remove these pollutants for us.”The research team plans to add a protein to pothos plants that can break down another hazardous pollutant inside some homes: formaldehyde. This harmful compound is often found in wood flooring and cabinets. Tags Plug in your plants with these 15 connected garden gadgets (pictures) Post a comment 0 CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The best place to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this season.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Houseplants do more than just add natural beauty to your abode. They also help clean the air.Enlarge ImageA University of Washington scientist tests genetically modified pothos ivy to see how fast the plant can break down harmful chemicals. Mark Stone/University of Washington Now, researchers at the University of Washington have improved the air-cleaning properties of one common household plant, the pothos ivy (epipremnum aureum).The team genetically modified pothos ivy to not only remove carcinogens such as chloroform and benzene from the air, but to synthesize a protein, called 2E1, that transforms these harmful compounds into molecules the plants use for their own growth.The researchers chose pothos ivy as the plant for modification because it grows well indoors in a variety of conditions. They detail their work in a new study published this week in Environmental Science & Technology. The scientists added benzene or chloroform gas to modified and non-modified plants in glass tubes. Over 11 days, they collected data on how each pollutant’s concentration changed. Share your voice
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion LannisterHBOGame of Thrones will soon be airing its final season and fans may very well be realizing that this is indeed the end of their favourite show. So, in the spirit of goodbyes, we have the apparent description of the final scene that will wrap the final season of Game of Thrones.Be warned. Spoilers abound.The final episode winds down with a scene in the far far North, in the Lands of Always Winter. A single White Walker apparently rides to and brings the body of Bran Stark to an altar.It is known that the Night King stabbed Bran in episode 2. He was stabbed in the heart with Dragonglass. The White Walker seemingly performs a certain ritual and Bran opens his eyes, they’re apparently bright blue. The White Walker apparently puts a crown on Bran’s head and the altar slowly changes into one of ice. Bran Stark is the Night KingFacebookThat is quite an ominous ending to the show and we have to say, leaves things a bit open-ended. Could there be a continuation of the story in a sequel series? We know that HBO is planning a prequel series but Game of Thrones has been too much of a success for HBO to just end it. Maybe we can expect a sequel to Game of Thrones in a couple of years. But for now, we’ll just have to make do with the final six episodes of the final season of Game of Thrones. The cast and crew of the show has apparently been saying their goodbyes.The final season of Game of Thrones will air in April. We can’t wait for the final season of Game of Thrones.
Four years ago, Russia’s Yulia Lipnitskaya had the world at her 15-year-old feet, before the ground crumbled beneath them. The figure skater had emerged as one of the golden athletes of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, enchanting her audience to win the team title – and a very public bear hug from Russian President Vladimir Putin. But during the Pyeongchang Winter Games, Lipnitskaya is back home in Russia, her skates gathering dust, after she retired in September due to health issues related to anorexia. Eating disorders have been described as “skating’s dirty little secret” – partly because sufferers usually strive to keep their problem well hidden. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Canada’s Gabrielle Daleman said she received messages from many other skaters when she opened up about her own problems. “I don’t know if it’s the sport or if it’s just the way people look at themselves,” the 20-year-old told AFP.”I just wasn’t happy with the way I was looked, from being bullied (at school) and everything, I was getting criticised. I tried to look a certain way what people wanted me to look, rather than just feel good about myself. So that’s something I’ve learned over the past year.” Daleman, who finished 15th in the women’s singles in Pyeongchang, said her eating disorder started at school, where she was bullied over a learning disability. “I got a lot of messages from other skaters. Ashley Cain messaged me, Gracie (Gold) messaged me, Evgenia Medvedeva messaged me.”A lot of skaters came up saying thank you for sharing the story, because not a lot of people are open with it.” One of those she mentioned, Gracie Gold, a two-time American champion, pulled out of this Olympic season, citing an eating disorder, depression and anxiety.In 2005, an eating disorder forced American skater Jenny Kirk to end her promising skating career in the run-up to US team selection for the 2006 Turin Games. – ‘I’m not ashamed’ – In Lipnitskaya’s case, anorexia was ruining her life. She sought help in a clinic in Israel inw January, before taking the momentous decision to call time on her skating career at the age of just 19.She has spoken candidly about her struggles, saying as an inherently shy girl she’d found it hard to cope with her sudden fame. “Ever since childhood I’ve been a very strong introvert,” she said in an interview with the Russian skating federation. “Speaking with an unfamiliar person meant I had to make a real effort.””Anorexia is a 21st-century illness and it’s fairly common. Unfortunately, not everyone can cope with it. It was really hard to take the decision to quit… but I talked to my mother and we decided to start a new life.” Skating is tough on a developing body: hours and hours of draining, repetitive training, jumping higher, spinning faster.It is also an aesthetic sport where competitors typically wear skimpy or figure-hugging outfits – and where the spotlight can be cruel, shining on some but not others. Skating’s ruling authority the ISU, when contacted about eating disorders, referred AFP to the medical guidelines on its website, which say skaters and coaches are educated about health, nutrition and injury.”Any reported case affecting the health of an athlete is taken very seriously by the ISU Medical Commission,” the ISU guidelines say. For Daleman, meanwhile, there is an enormous sense of pride over speaking out about her story and making it to her second Olympics.
This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine 2 min read Samsung’s newest phones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, could be iPhone-killers, writes VentureBeat. The Korean electronics giant argues there are the four reasons why its latest models could put a dent in iPhone 6 sales:1. Design. Samsung has pumped up its design and engineering performance in the new phones.But executives took it a step further on stage by talking about how certain unnamed companies like to spend a lot of time designing what amounted to pretty baubles that have no real use to customers. Apple, cough, cough, Apple.2. Battery. Samsung reportedly said at its announcement event that the new Galaxy have the ability to charge “twice as fast” as Apple’s iPhone. Interestingly, BlackBerry recently unveiled its own newest phone, the BlackBerry Leap, which it claims has a battery life of 25 hours.3. Samsung Pay. Samsung said it’s releasing its own mobile payments service to rival Apple Pay. Samsung Pay will be compatible with two times as many merchants than other competitors, it says.4. Photos. It’s no surprise that Samsung is touting its phones’ photo capabilities as better than Apple’s.Samsung spent considerable time on stage doing side-by-side comparisons of photos and videos shot with the Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6 cameras. Guess which camera came out looking waaaay better? Yep, the Galaxy S6!Samsung Electronics was as No. 13 on Fortune’s latest Global 500 list. Apple’s ranking: No. 15. Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 3, 2015
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Futurists of the 1950s and ’60s predicted that by the 2000s, flying cars and airborne robots would be a part of our everyday lives. Instead, we live in a world dominated by live streaming, smartphones and social networks.Related: Make Innovation Systematic and Never Again Ask ‘Why Didn’t We Think of That?’While those forecasters didn’t quite get the timing right, they got the technology right. Today, we are at the brink of another technological boom. This time, technologies like self-driving vehicles and robot assistants are under development. Soon, these and the other exciting technologies described below will go mainstream, changing the world in the process.1. Voice assistantsIn four years, the majority of American households are expected to own a voice assistant device like an Amazon Echo or an Apple Homepod. Thanks to the power of artificial intelligence (AI), voice assistants will grow increasingly helpful.Even today, Amazon releases regular updates to Echo in order to help owners get more from the technology. The company recently reported seeing larger-than-expected gains from its voice assistant, which is why Amazon is now doubling down on the technology.Voice assistants are making a significant impact in markets across the globe, and some observers expect that in the future we will communicate with technology through voice rather than text.2. CrisprImagine a world where crushing genetic diseases like Huntington’s and cystic fibrosis can be cured. Thanks to crispr, genetic disease may be eliminated.CRISPR Cas-9 (an abbreviation standing for “Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats”) is a gene-splicing technology capable of finding and removing mutated sections of DNA. Once this material is eliminated, crispr technology can replace the mutated sections with non-mutated variants.As a result, crispr has the power to permanently eliminate certain types of genetic diseases from blood lines. The technology has already been used to eliminate cancer in some patients, and early results show that it may be possible to cure genetically caused blindness as well.3. Robot assistantsCompanies like Boston Dynamics have already developed a wide variety of robot assistants that can be used in factories or on the battlefield. The company originally started as an arm of MIT and has since pioneered the development of intelligent robots that operate effectively in the real world.Knightscope is another company working on a line of robot assistants for security applications. For example, its K5 robot features four cameras and can recognize 300 licenses plates per minute, per camera. It can also detect suspicious networks that may be operated by hackers.Related: How to Innovate for the Next 100 Years4. Augmented and mixed realityJust a few years ago, it was unclear whether augmented or mixed reality would take off. Given the fact that tech giants like Apple are investing billions of dollars in augmented reality hardware, it’s pretty clear that it’s only a matter of time before the tech goes mainstream.For example, Apple’s latest phones are equipped with augmented reality capabilities, and a recent report suggests that the company is working on an AR headset that will replace the iPhone in two to three years.5. Regenerative medicineThough it may sound like science fiction, doctors are already producing made-to-order body parts. To get started, doctors scrape cells off the body part in question and grow them in a petri dish. In time, the body part grows strong enough that it can be implanted inside the patient.One company, Organovo, has developed a printer capable of 3D printing body parts. In time, this new technology will become increasingly mainstream, providing patients with lifesaving organ replacements.6. Driverless vehiclesAutomakers like Tesla, General Motors and Volvo have already developed semi-autonomous vehicles. But self-driving technology is rapidly evolving. General Motors announced that it will launch a car that has no steering wheel or pedals by 2019.Uber, meanwhile, is leading the push for pilotless flying vehicles, and has teamed up with NASA to develop an air-traffic-control system. Uber is also working with aircraft manufacturers to develop prototypes, with the intention of launching a beta program in 2020.7. Reusable rocketsOne of the costliest aspects of space exploration is the building of sophisticated and powerful rockets capable of transporting thousands of pounds of equipment into space. The fact that we have figured out how to land rockets — even the large ones used to launch the Falcon Heavy — will help to reduce the cost of space travel.8. CryptocurrencyAt one point this year, Bitcoin was worth more than $19,000 per coin, and while the value of the cryptocurrency has since declined, a single coin is still worth thousands of dollars.Cryptocurrency may be controversial today, but it has steadily become increasingly mainstream. Some of the largest hedge funds are betting on Bitcoin — which is just the beginning of a cryptocurrency revolution.Platforms like TrustToken are poised to connect the global trading power of blockchains with real-world assets. On the TrustToken platform, the owners of an asset — a home, a small business or gold — would be able to sell factions of those assets, and coordinate the asset’s ownership through unique blockchain-based tokens. As a result, sellers can make illiquid assets liquid, and buyers can gain control of a diverse portfolio of assets.Other crypto platforms like HybridBlock are designed to give crypto enthusiasts greater access to silo-trading markets, helping to expand the industry to a new wave of crypto enthusiasts. By offering mobile-friendly products, HybridBlock is providing the Asia market with a new form of crypto education and the tools to execute crypto trades.9. Quantum computingThe typical computer uses a series of zeros and ones to communicate information. While today’s computers are quite powerful, they still have considerable limitations that make it difficult to process challenging machine-learning problems.Quantum computers rely on quantum bits to carry information. These bits can exist in a state which allow quantum computers to process challenging datasets much better than traditional computers do. As a result, quantum computing can help to produce serious machine-learning breakthroughs that might otherwise be impossible solve.While the technology is still in its early stages, companies like Microsoft and Google are investing billions in developing supercomputers capable of developing highly accurate predictive models. These models can be used in everything from self-driving cars to marketing campaigns.10. Artificial intelligence and automationSome of the world’s biggest brands are increasingly turning to automation in order to better serve customers and to reduce costs. Big-box retailers use automated warehouses to sort and ship products, while social media networks use automation to moderate comments, and credit card companies use automation to detect fraud.For example, Synapse is building a network that gives anyone the ability to contribute his or her data and train automation and machine-learning models. The implications here are massive, because a new AI economy, including decentralized blockchain AI, could change the way businesses operate and learn around the world.Related: How I Established a Culture of Virtual InnovationIndeed, it’s just a matter of time before that happens. 6 min read March 12, 2018 Enroll Now for Free