Birth of an Artist: The Writing on the Wall

first_imgWhether past or present, many artistic works (drawing, painting, crafting, weaving etc.) have often been associated with mystery.  From the world famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo D’ivinci to the original Vai script of Western Liberia, these great works of art and culture inspire endless debate as to the meanings and their messages.  This concept of mystery in art is not at all a thing of the past.  Mysteries in general form part of traditional life and daily occurrences in places like Liberia, art (and culture) being no exception.For J. Latty M. Zarwu, it all began with a dream and a writing on the wall.  He was a 23-year old money changer trying to make his way through life when it appears his luck ran out.  Tall, dark and rather lanky in his posture, the calm-looking Latty had not much sense of direction as to what he wanted to be in life as a matter of self improvement.  It all changed, however, when one day he hit rock-bottom – or so it seems – and, that very night, experienced a supernatural visitation that set him on the course of what he believes to be his purpose in life. Writing on the Wall“It was on November 28, 2009, when I went to bed in a bad mood, because I didn’t make a sale that week lost all the investment I made in my money changing business. That night in my sleep I saw my self under a tree and a person’s finger drawing on the wall, “ART”; but I couldn’t see that person body only their reflection on the wall. It was very bright and difficult for me to see.  When I asked what was on the wall, he said, “Art”.“These were his exact words he said to me,” Latty narrated: ‘This will heal you, this will heal the world, this will make you rich.’“I asked, How?  He then began drawing on the wall.  I told him, I have no idea about drawing, neither do I have knowledge about painting and there is no money in my pocket.  He told me not to worry, that when I wake up, money would be available.  On that bright morning of November 29, a lady I know just came up to me, saying she had a gift for me.  Wrapped up in her hand was $US25, which she handed to me.“I went back to my room and started to see the possibility of my dream come to reality.  Immediately I purchased some art materials and commenced drawing. My inspiration began to flow from my Creator. (That’s how I call him.)“The most interesting thing that happened was that, all the paintings and drawings I saw in my dream come to my head and I begin doing them.  There were three in all. That same day after drawing, I sold all of them for US$250, and that is how my artistic career began.  My work began to get discovered and was featured in 2010 by Liberia Travel and Life magazine on their cover page.”‘Warrior Artist’Latty graduated in 2014 with an associate’s degree in journalism from the Lincoln College of Profession Studies, in Monrovia. As an artist, he made up his mind to not let his art be only about painting, but to include poetry, music and crafts.  He recently produced a song called ‘Ebola Therapy’, to heal the heart of those who lost friends and loved ones during the Ebola epidemic.  Some of his paintings are featured in the National Museum of Liberia and he recently released a collection of poems in a 10-page pamphlet. Latty also served at the More Than Me Academy as Art Director (2010-2011).“Presently I run an organization called Warrior Art Liberia, which is engaged in training of young people from the ghetto to show them a better life.  At least that is what I was called to do by my creator.  Everybody is a messenger and a warrior but you have to look into yourself and push your mission forward.”“I feel the sense in nature when I’m in my artistic realm,” Latty explains. “Once there, I don’t need noise. The uncertainty of what we see in our work is a very important element in art. Art is a way of sensing the world in depth and finding a way to create an impression on the viewers. Art doesn’t have to be nice, however, you could return to it, at a point in time, in your mind. It will eventually create a question that you need to answer, or to express it some ways that makes you wonder about the outcome of your sensation. Our minds are constantly drawn to mystery because life itself is a mystery in so many ways. Art can convey our spirit so we can be able to remember long after it is gone from sight.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lindener fined for DUI second time in less than 2 months

first_img– driver’s licence suspended for 12 monthsSeveral drivers in the mining town of Linden were recently charged and placed before the court for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), as Police in ‘E’ Division (Linden-Kwakwani) continue crackdown exercises targeting these offenders.On Tuesday last, twenty-three-year-old Mahaica Grant pleaded guilty to this offence when he appeared before Linden Magistrate Clive Nurse for the second time in less than two months.Already charged with exceeding the legal limit of alcohol on his breath while driving, Grant has also been charged with dangerous driving.The court heard that on June 9, 2018, Grant, while driving motor vehicle PSS 9449 along the One Mile Public Road in Linden, collided with another motor vehicle. He was then subjected to a breathalyser test which proved that he was above the prescribed limit of alcohol consumption.The accused pleaded guilty to this charge and was fined $10,500 or an alternative of three weeks in prison for dangerous driving. Additionally, his licence has been suspended for 12 months for exceeding the legal limit of alcohol while driving under the influence.Back in April, Grant had appeared before Magistrate Nurse for the first time in connection with this offence, and was fined $7,500 with an alternative of one week in prison.Drivers are being reminded that the legal limit of alcohol when driving is 35 micrograms. Drivers in default on the first occasion will face a fine of $7,500, second occasion occurrence would result in drivers’ licences being suspended for one year; and third occasion occurrences would result in drivers’ licences being permanently suspended.last_img read more

All I want for Christmas is a striker, says Redknapp

first_imgQPR manager Harry Redknapp knows exactly what he wants for Christmas – some options up front.The Hoops have scored 21 goals in 19 Premier League games so far this season to leave Redknapp bemoaning his lack of alternatives in the final third.Following the 0-0 home draw with Crystal Palace, he said: “I’ve got only two strikers and it’s hard. I’ve got Bobby [Zamora] and Charlie [Austin]. It would be lovely to be able to change it with 20 minutes to go and add a bit of pace to give sides a different problem, but we haven’t got anyone.“How do you do it [bring someone in in January]? You’re looking for loans, but who’s going to loan you a good striker in January? Who’s going to give you two proper strikers to play in the Premier League? It’s very difficult to find one, let alone two. To find one you need a miracle…”last_img read more

WATCH: Man United’s on-loan forward REFUSES to go down easily!

first_img1 Any football fan who says Adnan Januazaj goes down too easily may want to think again. The Borussia Dortmund forward, on loan from Manchester United for the season, showed superb determination to stay on his feet after being hacked down on the edge of the box in their midweek win.With the 2013 Champions League finalists leading 5-1 in the third round of the German Cup against Paderborn, the Belgium international was not on the scoresheet and he looked to be through on goal after latching onto Ilkay Gundogan’s pass. The 20-year-old was then hacked by the second division side’s Dominik Wydra and he tried his best to stay on his feet… with the referee eventually awarding the free-kick.Despite his best efforts, Januzaj did not score in the 7-1 win and he is yet to open his account for Dortmund, with his only goal of the season coming in Man United’s win at Aston Villa in August. See below… Adnan Januazaj is yet to score for Borussia Dortmund in eight appearances last_img read more


first_imgAodh Ruadh GAA NotesFootball Aodh Ruadh showed commendable grit to take full points from Burt on Saturday evening with a 0-10 to 0-11 win just sealed deep into injury time with a long range place kick from Peter Boyle. The first half started with the homesters getting the better of the play, but Aodh Ruadh worked their way back into the match with points from David Dolan, Anthony Boyle and Diarmaid McInerney making it a draw game at half-time, 0-7 apiece. At the break there was a torrential downpour with thunder and lightning thrown into the mix for good measure. Eamonn McGrath got the first score of the second half, but the Inishowen men reasserted themselves once more to take a two point lead. Again patience was a virtue for the Ernesiders in a game where massed defences and treacherous conditions didn’t exactly make for free-flowing football. Diarmaid McInerney hit two close range frees to tie things up for a second time before Boyle stepped up to smash the size five over the dixie with almost six minutes of added time gone. We have a team sheet and pictures from the game up on reserves returned to winning ways with a double scores away victory over Burt, 0-14 to 0-7 in a game where discipline wasn’t what it might have been from either side. Aodh Ruadh were quickest out of the traps, racing into a 0-4 to no score lead, but Burt came back to narrow the margin to a point. As the game moved into the second quarter Ballyshannon pushed on again to establish a three point half time lead. The pattern was repeated in the second half, with the visitors forging ahead and Burt doing their level best to reel them back in. However Aodh Ruadh remained in control through to the final whistle and consigned the Hibernian Park outfit to their first defeat of the season. Fine performances across the pitch for the Ernesiders, with Anthony Coughlan clearly enjoying the freedom around lar na páirce, with Michael McNeely providing the legs. There was a lot of solid defensive work especially from Calum ‘Cookie’ O’Halloran, Ryan Patton and Ciaran Slevin. Up front Michael ‘Sticky’ Ward was a great point man, ably supported by Dermot Slevin. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.orgThe weekend’s results see Aodh Ruadh sitting on top of the division three and division three reserve tables. They will aim to maintain that momentum this weekend when they host fellow promotion-chasers Naomh Columba in Father Tierney Park this Saturday evening. The reserve game is at 6pm followed by the senior game at 7.30pm.The under 14s enjoyed a good, but hard fought 4-13 to 2-11 win in their away game against Ardara on Wednesday evening. The Aodh Ruadh men played their best football in the first half against a very strong breeze with Dylan Gallagher, Michael McKenna and Owen Doherty all in fine attacking and helping the visitors to a three point half time lead. The first 15 minutes of the second half saw the Ernesiders lying back expecting a strong wind advantage to do the work for them and the Ardara men drew level for the first time in the game. With some great defensive work from Tiarnan Flood Dolan, Pauric Keenaghan and Senan Rooney the Ballyshannon lads found the Ardara goal once again and finished the game very strong giving them an eight point advantage at the final whistle. The next outing is away to Four Masters on Wednesday evening in a must win game to keep their championship hopes alive. Throw in at Tír Chonaill park is 7.15pm and we’d like to see a good showing of Ballyshannon support down to that one. It has been a busy few days for the under 12s. They were in Enniskillen on Saturday where they won the plate competition. Check out the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page for some pictures from Brewster Park. Then they braved biblical weather conditions on Monday evening to travel to Dungloe. Aodh Ruadh came from the Banks with a 3-3 to 1-9 draw against a fancied home town outfit. The next assignment for Aodh Ruadh is another trip, this time to Mountcharles next Monday where the senior game will be throwing in at 6.30pm. Training on Wednesday evening at 6.15pm and on Saturday at 10.45am.Aodh Ruadh under 10s travelled to Killybegs for a blitz last Saturday. The seniors got two good wins in their games against Killybegs and Bundoran, playing some super football in the process. Meanwhile the juniors also gave a good account of themselves in their matches against Killybegs, Bundoran and Pettigo. The Aodh Ruadh team that travelled to Fintra was: Ronan Barron, Danny Breen, Conor Cleary, Oisin Daly, Padraig Daly, Shane Delahunty, Darragh Flood Dolan, Michael Doogan, JJ Doran, Jack Gallagher, James Gallagher, Aaron Horan, Niamh Hughes, Eoghan Kelly, Art Mag Fhionnghaile, Lorc Mag Fhionnghaile, Grainne Maguire, Aoibheann McGarrigle, Shane McGloin, Cian McKenna, Ronan McKenna, Cillian Meehan, Aaron Neilan, Aonghus Sweeny, Aidan Sweeny, David Roper, Drew Ryan and Kerry Ryan. Many thanks to Killybegs for an enjoyable and well organised competition. Training on Wednesday at 6.30pm.The first under eight skills test of the year took place at training last Friday. There was a very high standard on the day and all ran off very smoothly thanks to the help of parents who marked at the various stations. We will have results for all players at this Friday’s training with medals for the top scores. Training at the usual time of 6.30pm.Under 6 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6.30pm.LadiesAodh Ruadh hosted an enjoyable blitz on Saturday in Father Tierney Park with teams attending from Killybegs, Saint Naul’s, Four Masters and Bundoran. The Aodh Ruadh team played very well, growing in confidence as the day went on. Pulling on the white and green for Ballyshannon were: Eva Breen, Ella Clancy, Alicia Clyne, Chloe Connolly, Mary Kate Finnegan, Aisling Gallagher, Ciara Gallagher, Danielle Gallagher, Laoise Kelly, Síofra Hughes, Ciara Lynch, Bridin Maguire, Laoise McGee, Sorcha McGonigle, Caitlin McLaughlin, Katie McMullin, Ruth McNulty, Danielle Masterson-Burrows and Leah O’Brien. We have some pictures from the day’s action up on HurlingAodh Ruadh put in their best performance of the year to date to take a 4-12 to 2-8 victory over Warrenpoint from Garvaghey in the Ulster Táin League. Most of the damage was done in a ten minute purple patch just before half time when the inside forward line of Peter Horan, Chris Kilgannon and Declan Browne caught fire. They blasted Ballyshannon to 4-6 to 1-5 half time lead. The Ernesiders took their foot off the pedal somewhat in the second half and the two goals conceded were both preventable, but overall it was a very pleasing team performance from Aodh Ruadh. Apart from the full forward line Conor McNeely worked his socks off at half forward, while out at midfield Paul Sheridan was calmness itself and made economical use the ball throughout. There will be no club action this week with Donegal facing Down at noon in the senior Ulster hurling championship quarter-final in Clones on Sunday. Aodh Ruadh will be represented by Paul Sheridan, Chris Kilgannon, Ciaran Kilgannon, Paul Hughes and Stephen Sheerin on the Donegal panel. That game will be the curtain raiser to the Tyrone Monaghan match.Congratulations and well done to Brendan Gillespie and Oisín Rooney who have been selected for the Ulster GAA Phoenix Academy 2014. This is a residential camp to be held at University of Ulster, Jordanstown on the 30th June and 1st July, where the top under 16 hurlers from throughout Ulster are brought together for a training camp in preparation for games against Galway and Connacht later in the summer. It’s a great honour for the two lads and the club to be selected for this Academy.Things are quiet on the playing fields at the moment due to the state exams, but the under 12 and under 16 leagues are beginning on 26th June when both teams are in action against MacCumhaill’s.Training as normal for all age groups on Sunday at 12 noon. We’re very encouraged by the large numbers we have training at under 8 and under 10 level and to see how well they’re improving since the start of the season. We would like to see more numbers turning out at under 12 so come along and try your hand at our great ancient game you’ll be surprised at the fun to be had.Cash for ClothesCash for Clothes for the month of June the Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee are having their annual Cash for Clothes fund-raising collection. We’re collecting unwanted clothing in good condition, shoes, belts and handbags, we’re also collecting blankets, sheets, curtains once they’re bagged separately. This is a good chance to clean out your wardrobes and help us raise funds for the promotion and development of underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh. Contact any of the following who will arrange collection of your unwanted clothing etc Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903, Fionnuala Gillespie 087-6668634 and John Rooney 086-2587793. Fantasy race for SamAfter a massive six games in the championship this weekend, there is a lot of movement on the leaderboard this week. Despite all the movers though, no one has been able to shift Gerry Gallagher and his team of Belleek Boys from the top. He has amassed 74 points. Hot on his heels is John Patton Jr and his team of Yes Patsy with 71 points along with Pat Gruddy and his team Mayo This Time also on 71 points. Philip Patton and his team County Colours are in joint fourth place along with John Kennedy and his team Tilly Lad, both on 67 points. High score of the week goes to Michael Melly and his team The Kop Kids with a total of 44 points. (Armagh-10, Mayo-10, Waterford-5, Kildare-10, Tubridy-6, Brosnan-3). At the opposite end of the table, we have Dan Warnock and his team Dan’s Your Man in last place with 13 points. A further point up the road on 14 is Sean O’Mahoney and his Rathmore Rebels. We then have four players on 17 points. Jim McGrath with I’d Say So, Shane McLoone with Young Boys Of Sound, Rebecca Patton with Legal Eagles and Pearse O’Neill with Best Cones Around. As always the leader board is available every Tuesday on, as well as Ballybookies, The Bridgend Bar, Owen Roe’s Bar and upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.LottoCongratulations to Liam McGowan of Clyhore who won the €9,300 Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot last Sunday. The numbers drawn were 2, 4, 7, 9, 11 and 16. Next draw is in Dicey Reilly’s on Sunday at 8.30pm. The jackpot is €1,000 so get out there and buy your ticket; if you’re not in, you can’t win!The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: SENIOR FOOTBALLERS.The lotto team for Kernan’s Spar this Saturday is: LADIES.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website,, or e-mail your request to NEWS: AODH RUADH EARN CRUCIAL WIN WITH 1 POINT VICTORY OVER BURT was last modified: June 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Aodh RuadhGAANoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgLife’s a beach! Chairman of Donegal County Council, Cllr Ciaran Brogan with comedian Conal Gallon waiting for this week’s heatwave.Summer brings many challenges and for a tourist county like Donegal, it not only means thousands of visitors on its highways and byways – it can also signal extra demands keeping it in tip top shape!With temperatures set to soar this week, Donegal County Council is launching its ‘Here Comes the Summer’ initiative.The idea is to back locals and visitors to team up over the holiday season and ensure they protect the precious countryside, mountains and beaches from making the wrong impression.This campaign is promoting a few very simple messages:• If you are enjoying a picnic on the beach, please bring your rubbish home and leave nothing behind• Never throw rubbish out the car window • Recycle at any of the six recycling centres in Donegal or at any of the 70 bring banks throughout the county.• Enjoy your visit and leave only footprints behind!These messages will be conveyed using specially designed posters, local radio messages, social media and publicity campaign and to top it all this campaign has got the backing of Ireland’s top comedian Conal Gallen who, along with Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, officially launched this campaign today.Conal said he was backing the tourists to show their support for the local team and play a part in keeping Donegal clean throughout the summer.“People love Donegal as much as they love their home patch and I think it’s wonderful all are being asked to be on the same team this summer. As I said before, litter is no joke and it’s up to all of us to protect what we have and make sure our beaches and countryside remains in tip top condition”.Cathaoirleach, Cllr Ciaran Brogan echoed Conal’s sentiments and is keen for the partnership to work for the benefit of all concerned.“We want tourists visiting the county to become involved and join the ongoing efforts of the locals to keep places like the Wild Atlantic Way and Donegal’s many distinctive towns and villages a good place to visit”The Council is encouraging visitors to avail of the many facilities provided for locals such as the six recycling centres, the 70 bring banks and community clean ups that have been operating all year.In turn, the benefits of tourism for the county are enhanced through a number of multiplier effects. These range from the ability of the town to host facilities, services and events that the host population might not sustain by itself, to the simple economic spin-off for a range of businesses that are supported by those who service the tourists directly.The positive experience for the visitor is influenced by a number of factors, including ease of access and movement, visual impressions, the range and quality of things to do and see, hygiene, and human interaction … and all that depends on a cooperative approach.Donegal County Council Chief Executive, Seamus Neely said it was important the county facilitated the needs of both the locals and the visitors well into the future.“The concept of sustainable tourism and the need to ensure that future tourism growth needs to go hand in hand with the protection, planning and management of the quality, character and distinctiveness of our unique tourism product.“Sustainable tourism development should not only increase revenue for the industry, but should also deliver on conservation, environmental and social goals. If locals and tourists are on the same team and keep Donegal pristine, everyone’s a winner,” he said.And if that is not enough Conal Gallen warns “Take yer rubbish home …or you’ll have to answer to me”…For more information on recycling in Donegal see or visit the Donegal County Council website at www.donegalcoco.ieCOUNCIL HOPING WE DON’T HAVE A ‘RUBBISH’ SUMMER AFTERALL was last modified: June 30th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Donegal man Paul scoops €84,000 on Winning Streak

first_imgPaul Friel has eighty-four thousand more sunny reasons to enjoy the summer now.The Donegal man scooped a whopping €84,000 on last night’s Winning Streak lottery show on RTE.Paul’s entire family traveled to the RTE studio in Donnybrook in Dublin to take part in the show. And they were even more delighted when he was chosen to spin the wheel by the show’s host Marty Whelan.Paul has been inundated with good luck messages to spend his windfall.Donegal man Paul scoops €84,000 on Winning Streak was last modified: May 29th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalPaul FrielWinning Streaklast_img read more

Sharks’ Evander Kane ‘humbled’ by outpouring of support

first_imgSAN JOSE — In a time of immense personal strife, Evander Kane is finding a sliver of peace in the outpouring of support he’s received from teammates, Sharks fans and the hockey community as a whole.After Kane shared the tragic news regarding the death of his unborn daughter on Twitter Thursday afternoon, the hockey community rallied around him, flooding his social media accounts with messages of support as he prepares to rejoin the Sharks lineup for Saturday’s clash with the Nashville …last_img read more

Australian Group Pushes For Safety of Sikhs in Afghanistan

first_imgIn the wake of the recent killings of 19 members of the Sikh and Hindu minorities in Jalalabad, the National Sikh Council of Australia held a prayer meeting in the presence of Afghanistan Ambassador H.E. Wahidullah Waissi at the Sikh Mission Centre in Sydney on Wednesday.Read it at SBS Related Itemslast_img

McKennie’s first Schalke goal is CL winner at Lokomotiv

first_imgWeston McKennie could have hardly picked a better time to score his first Schalke goal. With a Champions League tie at Lokomotiv Moscow scoreless in the 88th minute, the American midfielder headed home a corner kick for Schalke’s winner in a 1-0 result. Weston McKennie wins it for @s04_us with his first goal for the club 🇺🇸— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) October 3, 2018It was the first senior goal with Schalke for the 20-year-old, who made the breakthrough to the first team at the start of last season.  Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “It’s a dream come true, not just to play in the Champions League, but also to score my first goal in my professional club career that way,” McKennie said in quotes published on UEFA’s website.”I don’t really score that often, but I pulled it off today, which was great.”We had the game in our grip after the break and rewarded ourselves. The relief is huge, we’re happy. We won together today. It wasn’t all of my own doing.”McKennie became the eighth American to score in the Champions League with the goal, and the second youngest at 20 years, 36 days.Only Christian Pulisic was younger when he scored in Europe’s top club competition, making the breakthrough at 18 years, 171 days for Borussia Dortmund against Benfica in March 2017.Of the 15 total goals scored by Americans in the Champions League, nine of them have been scored for German clubs. McKennie was named to the most recent roster for the U.S. national team for their upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Peru.The Texas native has been capped six times by the USMNT, scoring one goal, which came in his senior debut against Portugal last November.last_img read more