Thompson, Brownlee lift depleted Ginebra over Phoenix to gain top spot

first_img8-4 in rounds: Peñalosa believes Ancajas won fight vs Santiago Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Ginebra climbed to the top spot with a 5-1 slate while Phoenix slipped to fourth at 5-2.Thompson dazzled with 12 points, 14 rebounds and six assists while Brownlee topscored with 34 that went with 15 rebounds and six assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissDevance, who is also dealing with an injury, added 15 points while Tenorio chipped in 10 points, five assists and four steals.Matthew Wright led the Fuel Masters with 27 points on 5-of-5 shooting from 3. Eugene Phelps also recorded a double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds. LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra continued to win despite being riddled with injuries, this time beating much-improved Phoenix, 101-99, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday at Xavier University Gym in Cagayan De Oro City.The Gin Kings played minus four vital cogs including big men Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar and still drew enough contributions from key mainstays Justin Brownlee, Scottie Thompson, Joe Devance and LA Tenorio to come away with their fifth victory.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ebola Drug Brincidofovir Trial Ceases at ELWA 3

first_imgThe trial of the Ebola experimental drug, brincidofovir, has been terminated at the Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) due to the significant drop in the number of new Ebola cases, the aid agency has announced.MSF said it stopped the trial on February 3rd.“For the results to be scientifically valid, the experimental drug needs to be tested on large numbers of patients. With patient numbers decreasing at MSF’s center in Monrovia over recent weeks, it was not possible to achieve any conclusive results,” MSF said in a statement Monday.The aid agency also disclosed that low patient numbers are also proving to be a challenge for the other trials in which it is involved within West Africa. However, it maintained that it is determined to do everything it can to make those trials produce useful results.“In Guinea, MSF is currently facilitating a trial of the antiviral drug favipiravir, while a trial using the blood plasma of Ebola survivors started at the end of January.”The international organization said in Liberia, it is not involved in any other Ebola clinical trial. “We’re relieved that there are fewer patients infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia,” says Duncan Bell, MSF ELWA 3 project coordinator.  “While it’s disappointing not to have a definite outcome for the trial, and not to have an effective treatment for Ebola, it is extremely encouraging to see the number of Ebola cases decreasing in Liberia”.The brincidofovir trial was led by Oxford University. The trial into a potential treatment for the disease was launched in early January.The protocol of the trial was validated by the Ministry of Health, the Liberian Ethics Committee, the MSF Ethical Review Board, the Oxford University Ethics Committee and was reviewed by the WHO Ethics Committee.Brindicofovir is an antiviral drug that has been taken by over 1000 people for other viral infections. It has also been taken by a handful of Ebola positive patients in the United States and Europe. It has not been taken by enough Ebola patients to determine if it is an effective treatment for Ebola. It is an oral medication, taken in tablet form.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cahill ‘devastated’ as Hull’s Mason forced to retire with head injury

first_img“Devastated to hear today’s news from Ryan,” tweeted Cahill. “Competing for a corner is something we’ve done thousands of times and to see those consequences for a top professional like Ryan is heartbreaking,” the England centre-back added.“Sending all my love to him and his family, and wishing him all the best for the future”.Earlier, Mason announced that, despite his best efforts, he was calling time on his football career. “I can confirm that following specialist medical advice I am having to retire from playing professional football,” Mason said in a statement. “I have worked tirelessly in order to be able to return to the pitch.“Unfortunately, having taken expert medical advice I now have no option but to retire due to the risks involved given the nature of my injury.“I am and always will be eternally grateful for the incredible network of people around me who have helped me to recover from what was a life-threatening injury in January 2017.”Former Tottenham Hotspur player Mason was capped once for England, in a 1-1 draw with Italy in Turin in March 2015.“I am so proud to have come through the ranks to play for my club, the club I love,” he said. “To have had the honour of captaining the team fills me with immense pride.“Finally, representing my country is an honour that nobody can ever take away from me and something that I am so proud to have achieved.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ryan Mason began his career at Tottenham before joining Hull in 2016 © AFP/File / GLYN KIRKLondon, United Kingdom, Feb 13 – Gary Cahill said he was “devastated” after Hull City and England midfielder Ryan Mason announced his retirement from football on Tuesday after failing to recover from a fractured skull caused by their accidental clash of heads.The 26-year-old was involved in a sickening collision of with Chelsea defender Cahill at Stamford Bridge in January 2017 and has not played since.last_img read more

Truck bomb levels Mosul police station

first_imgBAGHDAD – A suicide truck bomb killed as many as 16 people and wounded more than 50 others when it destroyed a police station in the northern city of Mosul on Tuesday, according to a Health Ministry official there. It was not clear how many Iraqi policemen were among the dead and wounded. Some news reports quoted officials as saying that the police death toll was four. One witness, Ali Mishal, said the bomber evaded blast walls and other defenses near the police station by approaching on side streets. “The explosion was huge, and the windows of all the houses in the neighborhood were blown out by the huge power” of the blast, he said. The attack followed a bombing in central Baghdad on Tuesday that an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said killed at least four people, including two Iraqi policemen, and wounded 20 others. Witnesses offered differing accounts of whether the bomb was detonated during a suicide attack or had been stowed in a parked car, but they agreed that it struck an Iraqi police patrol. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.One worker who narrowly survived the blast and gave his name as Khalid said he had just bought cigarettes from a sidewalk vendor in front of the car containing the bomb. He then walked back toward the travel company where he works. “As soon as I got into the company, the huge blast struck, breaking all the glass into pieces,” he said. In Kut, south of Baghdad, 56 Iranian prisoners were released and delivered to Iranian diplomats on Monday, according to the Kut governor’s office. All had been charged with illegal entry into Iraq and sentenced to one year in prison. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Manchester City star charged with misconduct by FA over betting

first_img1 Martin Demichelis in action for Manchester City against Manchester United Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has been charged with misconduct in relation to betting by the Football Association.An FA statement read: “It is alleged the player committed 12 breaches of FA Rule E8 concerning football matches between 22 January 2016 and 28 January 2016.“He has until 5pm on 5 April 2016 to respond to the charge.”A worldwide ban on betting on football came into force on August 1, 2014 for all those involved in the game.Rule E8 states: “A Participant shall not bet, either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, cause or enable any person to bet on – (i) the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, a football match or competition; or (ii) any other matter concerning or related to football anywhere in the world, including, for example and without limitation, the transfer of players, employment of managers, team selection or disciplinary matters.”Players are also banned from knowingly providing inside information to any other person for the purpose of betting and from promoting betting activity.last_img read more


first_imgThe 10K has gone from strength to strength over the years.The North West 10k committee is now inviting charities interested in benefiting from next May’s race and walk to make application for consideration.Applications can be sent to Anne Condon at Letterkenny Chamber, Grand Central Complex, Canal Road, Letterkenny by Friday, January 30th or by email to 18th North West 10k charity event takes place on Sunday, May 3rd in Letterkenny. 30 charities have benefited to the tune of nearly €700,000 since 1997.  DOES YOUR GROUP WANT TO BENEFIT FROM THIS YEAR’S NORTH WEST 10K? was last modified: December 28th, 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)last_img read more

Sand’s clutch shot leads McKinleyville over Fortuna in Niclai first round

first_imgMcKinleyville >> In a game where big time players were making big time shots for both teams, it was Mason Sand’s final shot that meant the most.The McKinleyville junior hit a 20-foot jump shot to break a 59-59 tie with less than 20 seconds left to give the Panthers a 65-61 win in the first round of the Dick Niclai Tournament on Tuesday at McKinleyville High School.Sand, who had gone scoreless in the first half, scored nine of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, including the jumper at the …last_img read more

Are Secular Geologists Ready to Consider a Global Flood?

first_imgEveryone knows the Bible tells the story of a global flood in Noah’s day.  Creation scientists argue that its effects would have left visible evidence today – including most of the sedimentary layers and most of the fossil record.  Secular geologists have laughed off this story since the 18th century as nothing but myth, of course, but a paper in the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences suggests that some of them are re-evaluating the role of “megafloods” in earth history.  Some megafloods might be considered as “global planetary phenomena.”    Author Victor R. Baker was not thinking of Noah but of a more recent fellow, J Harlen Bretz (see 07/25/2008).  In his paper, “The Channeled Scabland: A Retrospective” in the May 2009 Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences,1 he retold the story of the brave geologist who bucked the established and proposed an “outrageous hypothesis” for the scarred landscape of eastern Washington state.  His 1927 proposal that an ice-age megaflood scoured the extensive channel network in a matter of days was met with scorn and derision.  Baker wrote, “the geological community largely resisted his bold hypothesis for decades, despite an enthusiastic, eloquent defense thereof” – Bretz was finally vindicated in the 1960s and his theory is the new consensus.    Baker clearly states the reason for the rejection of Bretz’s hypothesis.  Geologists would not even consider such extensive processes, because their worldview assumptions could not accommodate them:The prolonged nature of the Spokane Flood controversy arose in part because of the adherence of many geologists to substantive and epistemological presumptions of uniformitarianism (see sidebar) that were erroneously thought to underpin their science (Baker 1998).  According to a common, mistaken application of the uniformitarian principle, cataclysmic processes, like those responsible for the origin of the Channeled Scabland, were considered to be unsuitable topics for scientific investigation.  To counter this presumption of uniformitarianism, Bretz could only provide meticulously described field evidence for inspection by those willing to seriously consider it.  The eventual triumph of his hypothesis, against its initially antagonistic reception, set the stage for the resurgence of a new understanding of geological catastrophism, which is perhaps most prominent today in the acknowledged role of impact cratering in Earth’s history.Baker has just said that the majority consensus can be wrong – for decades – because of worldview bias, or epistemological presumptions (i.e., presuppositions about what we know and how we know it).  These presumptions do not arise from the scientific evidence, but in spite of it: Bretz had the evidence, but his colleagues refused to see it, because in their worldview, such topics were “unsuitable … for scientific investigation.”  This is not a discovery from science.  It is a statement of philosophy about science.  In the sidebar on uniformitarianism to which Baker referred, he said this:Uniformitarianism is a regulative principle or doctrine in geology that unfortunately sometimes conflates (a) the pragmatic application of modern process studies to understanding the past (actualism) with (b) substantive presumptions that deny effectiveness to cataclysmic events.  As recognized by William Whewell, who invented the term, meaning b is contrary to the logic of science (Baker 1998).2 (For information about Whewell, see the June 2007 Scientist of the Month.)  Most of Baker’s paper reviews the evidence in the Channeled Scablands for a megaflood when Lake Missoula breached its ice dam, sending a million cubic feet of water per second towards the Pacific.  The evidence includes coulees, cataracts, gravel fans and bars, streamlined residual hills and islands, giant current ripples in the shape of dunes, and large isolated boulders.  He discussed the high-energy processes that left this evidence: vertical vortices (kolks), plucking and cavitation, bedrock erosion and transport.  “The scabland megaflooding exhibited phenomenal sediment transport capability, as evidenced by the boulders that were entrained by the flow,” he said.  He showed a picture of an 18m boulder that was transported 10 km by the raging waters.  The car beside the rock looks small by comparison.    What is the lesson of J Harlen Bretz and the Spokane Flood controversy?  Baker discussed this in the ending paragraphs, entitled, “Megafloods as Global Planetary Phenomena”.  Have geologists been misapplying uniformitarian presumptions, ignoring evidence for megafloods all around them, on the earth – and even on Mars?Bretz thought the landforms of the Channeled Scabland to be unique (Bretz 1928a).  “Nowhere in the world is there known or suspected,” he wrote (Bretz 1959, p. 56), “a story at all comparable to what we read from the scabland forms.”  He reasoned that its uniqueness might make his Spokane Flood hypothesis more acceptable to those who held to the generalization that landscapes are created by the prolonged action of noncataclysmic processes.  In recent years, however, cataclysmic flood landscapes with many similarities to the Channeled Scabland have increasingly been documented in many parts of the world (Baker 1997, 2002, 2007).  Spectacular examples of GCRs [giant current ripples] are found in central Asia (Baker et al. 1993, Carling 1996, Rudoy 2005), along with immense gravel bars and scour marks (Rudoy & Baker 1993, Carling et al. 2002, Herget 2005).  Megaflood streamlined hill morphologies occur in the glacial lake spillway channels of central North America (Kehew & Lord 1986) and on the floor of the English Channel (Gupta et al. 2007).  Most surprising to Bretz, however, would be the discovery of scabland-like morphologies on Mars (Baker & Milton 1974; Baker 1982, 2001; Komatsu & Baker 2007).    In addition to stimulating discoveries of cataclysmic flood landscapes, studies of the patterns, forms, and processes evident in the Channeled Scabland have informed understanding of processes that occur at smaller scales in modern bedrock channels that are impacted by extreme, high-energy floods (e.g., Baker 1977, 1984; Baker & Pickup 1987; Baker & Kochel 1988; Baker & Kale 1998).  Slackwater deposition by scabland flooding at the mouths of various valleys tributary to the Cheney-Palouse scabland channels (Bretz 1929, Patton et al. 1979) was used to infer flow depths along those channels (Figure 10).  This methodology proved to be critical in stimulating the development of that form of paleoflood hydrology that utilizes paleostage indicators for the reconstruction of relatively recent (late Holocene) floods, thereby increasing our understanding the frequencies of rare, modern high-magnitude floods (Baker 1987, 2006, 2008b).  Indeed, one can envision a kind of investigation that inverts the usual reasoning process whereby studies of common, small-scale processes are extrapolated to the domain of less common, unobserved large-scale processes.What should future geologists do?  Baker ended by discussing future challenges to understanding the Channeled Scablands.  One problem, for instance, is that the volume of water stored in hypothetical Lake Missoula seems “insufficient to account for the indicated levels of maximum inundation throughout the Channeled Scabland and adjacent area.”  One possibility is “subglacial outburst flooding from under the Cordilleran Ice Sheet,” he suggested.  Details aside, Baker had a concluding remark about bold hypotheses, the nature of scientific inquiry and understanding, and the need to think outside the box:In retrospect, studies of the Channeled Scabland might be viewed as concerned with the unique origins of a single landscape.  However, this remarkable landscape was not studied to test a preexisting hypothesis or theory (e.g., erosion and deposition by high-energy megaflooding).  Instead, discoveries about the Channeled Scabland are leading scientific inquiry to the recognition of what can now be seen as related phenomena, such that a completely new theory is required.  The resulting rich set of research opportunities traces back to a single imaginative hypothesis proposed in the 1920s by J Harlen Bretz.  Though these opportunities may now be pursued with techniques that to Bretz would have seemed almost magical, the most important pathway to advancing understanding remains that which is best exemplified by Bretz’s most lasting contribution: informed and insightful geological fieldwork.1. Baker, VR.  The Channeled Scabland: A Retrospective.  Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Vol. 37: 393-411 (Volume publication date May 2009; doi:10.1146/ Baker VR. 1998.  Catastrophism and uniformitarianism: Logical roots and current relevance. In Lyell: The Past Is the Key to the Present, ed. DJ Blundell, AC Scott, Spec. Publ. 143, pp. 171�82. London: Geol. Soc.Hallelujah!  A secular geologist finally gets it.  Geological science is not always driven by evidence, but by presumptions.  This is one of the most remarkable papers from a secular journal in recent memory.  It contains lessons for history of science, philosophy of science, rhetoric of science, and the interplay of logic and empiricism.    Before continuing, let the reader understand that Victor Baker is not doubting long ages and evolution.  He believes, for instance, that multiple flooding events from Lake Missoula occurred over many thousands of years, the last occurring about 14,500 years ago.  It would be unfair to portray Baker as supporting creationist Flood geology.  Baker would undoubtedly be angry to be tarred with such associations.  Nevertheless, it is certainly fair to take the same principles and methods he advocated and think outside his box, too.  Maybe he is on the right track but doesn’t go far enough.    Consider first the empirical evidence.  Baker evaluated evidence of high-energy transport processes that are certainly not uniformitarian.  Creationist Flood geologists date the Spokane Floods as post-diluvial (i.e., after the global Flood of Noah’s day).  The same kind of evidence of high-energy transport, though, is visible throughout the deeper layers of the Grand Canyon.  The Great Unconformity, for instance, displays a sudden scouring of the top of basement rock, on which sit most of the sedimentary layers.  This Great Unconformity is arguably a worldwide phenomenon.  So here is prima facie evidence for a global megaflood in earth history.  Right on top of this flat surface (where evolutionists put an imaginary time gap of a billion years) lie the sedimentary layers of the Tapeats Sandstone.  In the Tapeats are huge boulders, suggesting the same high-energy transport Baker inferred in the Scablands – not slow deposition over millions of years.  The Tapeats, and layers above all the way into the Redwall, show soft sediment deformation in places.  Fault lines extend all the way from bottom to top.  Most of the contacts between the formations are flat, suggesting there were no time gaps between them.  Evolutionists invent time gaps of 10 million years, 60 million years, even 100 million years between some of these formations, just to keep them in sync with their evolutionary assumptions, but you can see with your own eyes that the layers are flat, like a layered cake, with no evidence of the passage of time between them.  These are other strong evidences of megaflood far exceeding anything in the Channeled Scablands.  To the unbiased mind, the same kind of inferences made at Scablands can be extrapolated at Grand Canyon to infer a megaflood of global proportions.  Genesis 6-9 then can be re-examined as a historical record, not myth.  It left empirical evidence of its power.    Consider also the philosophical and logical lessons of this paper.  For decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s, uniformitarian geologists had blinders on.  Their worldview prevented them from seeing evidence that was there for the looking.  This should be remembered when creationists are criticized for having “religious motivations” for their scientific models.  That criticism cuts both ways.  Terry Mortenson, in The Great Turning Point, documented how it was anti-Biblical worldview bias that turned Lyell, Hutton and the other founders of uniformitarianism into apologists for billions of years.  Quotes from Lyell show he had a conspiratorial attitude, with a goal of turning the universities against the Scriptural geologists.  Like Darwin, these moyboys (pushers of “millions of years, billions of years”) did not “discover” their theories in the data; they instituted a framework for interpreting the data (04/29/2009).  This framework served (and continues to serve) to insulate their evolutionary philosophy from falsification.  They have put blinders on with their own biased hands.    Baker praised J Harlen Bretz for providing “informed and insightful fieldwork” in support of his bold hypothesis.  It took years for that fieldwork to cut through the dogma of the uniformitarians, and now, neo-catastrophism is enjoying a renaissance after 150 years of dogma.  Guess what: creationist geologists have been doing “informed and insightful fieldwork” for decades, too.  It doesn’t get seen much by the mainstream secular scientific societies, because they have a vested interest in maintaining their evolutionary worldview from serious challenge.  But it is good work.  You can find it in published journals from the Creation Research Society, Creation Ministries International, Institute for Creation Research, Answers in Genesis and Center for Scientific Creation, among others.  You can also see the Flood evidence with your own eyes by taking one of Tom Vail’s rafting trips down the Grand Canyon (see Canyon Ministries; highly recommended for fun as well as education).    Victor Baker did not propose a global Flood like that described in Genesis, but he did bring in some much-needed fresh air into the discussion about how science should be conducted.  He pointed out the propensity for worldview bias, even among the leading geologists of the world, that can blind them from evidence for half a century.  Nothing in his paper advocates a global megaflood – but nothing rules it out, either.  The principles and historical lessons he advocated should liberate those not beholden to blinding uniformitarian presumptions to ask, boldly, “Noah’s Flood – why not?”(Visited 123 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Joburg’s digital ambassadors bring tech to the people

first_imgThe city of Johannesburg is well on its way to becoming a world-class smart city by 2030. (Image: The South African)Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic hub, is on its way to becoming a world-class smart city, and it’s making sure its citizens are tech-smart too.Over the next 18 months, more than 720 000 Joburg households will be trained in digital literacy to enable them to use and benefit from broadband connections in the city.The city, in partnership with the University of Johannesburg (UJ), recently launched the much-anticipated R80-million Jozi Digital Ambassadors programme, which is designed to bridge the digital divide across the metropolitan municipality. It is part of Joburg’s strategy to become a fully fledged smart city, which is in keeping with its Joburg 2040 Growth and Development Strategy (GDS).This initiative dovetails with the outcomes of South Africa’s National Development Plan or Vision 2030. Its focus is on skills development, jobs and growth, community development and world-class infrastructure.BECOMING A SMART CITYA smart city is an environmentally friendly city created from a combination of concepts and technologies.“We’re a city where the young lead the call for transformation, demanding the opportunity to work, improve their lives and become the best of what they can be,” said Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau. “As the city of Johannesburg we know and understand that with just a little help, our youth are not the challenge some think them to be, but our greatest asset.“This is why we are investing so much in the youth of this city. This is in line with our developmental local government approach to the implementation of the 2040 Growth and Development Strategy.”PARTNERSHIPS AND NEW PROGRAMMESRecruitment and assessment of 3 000 digital ambassadors has begun, says the city, and is being done through Vulindlel’ eJozi, a programme initiated in partnership with Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator. The latter is an NGO established to break down barriers to youth employment.The programme uses a new city portal called Maru a Jozi, a Setswana phrase meaning “Joburg clouds”. Maru a Jozi is an easy-to-use portal that gives the user free access to a range of basic online services. Each digital ambassador will be equipped with a tablet to train Joburg residents. They will also be mentored in business acumen so that they can learn to use technology to create innovation for their own enterprises.“The city is not only empowering people with digital knowledge and understanding,” Tau said, “but is also addressing the fact that half of Johannesburg’s 4.8 million residents do not have regular access to the internet.”He said this was being corrected by the rollout of more than 1 000 wifi hotspots throughout the city.“The Jozi Digital Ambassadors programme will enable the broader Johannesburg community to engage with digital technology, for example, in online job seeking opportunities, banking applications and access to digital services,” explained Prof Johan Meyer, the head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at UJ.last_img read more

South African street artist Faith47 paints the world

first_imgFaith47’s work in London By Anne Taylor5 June 2014South African artist Faith47 has recently been featured in a piece about female street artists in the New York Times – it’s a great, fascinating read. Apparently photographer Martha Cooper, who has been photographing graffiti culture for decades, says around 1 percent of all street artists are now women – a “significant leap” from the 0.1 percent it had been for years.Also picking up on Faith47’s extraordinary new work in South Africa and London is art, design and visual culture website This is Collosal: “The artist is known for her use of existential symbolism to comment on nature and the human condition, specifically the struggle of many South Africans who grapple with injustice, poverty, and inequality.”Of a work in the Free State, the NYT piece includes Faith47’s description of the experience:Recently, Faith47 the word “love” in large letters across the inside wall of an abandoned factory in the Free State province of South Africa, a “most surreal lost space” where kids from a nearby township played. While she was there, a child suddenly grabbed a long tree root hanging from the ceiling and swung to and fro in front of her wall, over a gaping hole in the floor. “It was as if time stood still,” she said. “The danger of his action and the magic of the light flooding into that time and space.”Faith47 has work in many countries across the world: according to her website, you can catch glimpses in London, Montreal, Stavanger, Johannesburg, Miami, Tudela, New York, Cape Town, Rome, Honolulu, Vienna, Durban, Puerto Rico, Gaeta, San Benedetto del Toronto and Malaga. As a resident of Cape Town, I am often left breathless by the power of Faith47’s work. It’s quite unlike anything else out there – she represents something etheral yet so brutal about our own realities.Visit Faith47’s website: www.faith47.comlast_img read more