Afghan artist brushes aside disability to open arts centre

Afghan artist brushes aside disability to open arts centre

Kabul (AFP) – Unable to use her hands, arms, or legs, Afghan artist Robaba Mohammadi has defied unlikely odds in a country that routinely discriminates against women and disabled people.Denied access to school, as a child she taught herself to paint by holding a brush in her mouth, clenching it between her teeth to create elaborate and colourful portraits. Today, the 19-year-old’s works sell and exhibit internationally, and she is so accomplished that she has launched a dedicated centre to help train other disabled artists.”I do paintings mostly about Afghan women, women’s power, the beauty of… (more…)

Actor Ashraf Sinclair dead at 40

Actor Ashraf Sinclair dead at 40

Popular actor Ashraf Sinclair has passed away, aged 40 in Jakarta, Indonesia.The sad news was confirmed by Doddy, who is the manager of Bunga Citra Lestari, the Indonesian singer to whom Ashraf was married.He told Kompasthat Ashraf had suffered a heart attack.Ashraf, who was born in the UK in September 1979, was the older brother of host Aishah Sinclair.A younger brother, Adam, is married to pop singer Yuna.The late Ashraf was the host of ntv7’s Box Office, Astro Ria’s Beat TV and acted in the movie Gol & Gincu as well as Gol & Gincu The Series. (more…)

Kobe Bryant and daughter buried in private ceremony

Kobe Bryant and daughter buried in private ceremony

Los Angeles (AFP) – Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were buried last week near their family home in Newport Beach, California, in a private ceremony, according to death certificates.A death certificate for the basketball legend, who was killed in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles on January 26 along with his daughter and seven others, states that he was buried last Friday at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, US media reported.A memorial service for Bryant and Gianna is planned February 24 at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles which can hold 20,000 people.The Center… (more…)

One unreliable witness put two men behind bars for 25 years. Now they’re ‘finally, finally’ free.

One unreliable witness put two men behind bars for 25 years. Now they’re ‘finally, finally’ free.

Two men serving life sentences for a crime they say they didn’t commit stepped out a back door and into the cold behind New Jersey State Prison on Wednesday.“Finally, finally!” Kevin Baker shouted as he embraced his attorney.“Yes sir, yes sir!” Sean Washington replied. He wrapped his arms around his mother, who waited hours on a sidewalk outside the prison along with a contingent of supporters, not knowing when, exactly, they would be released.Baker and Washington won their freedom after an appellate court threw out their convictions in December and prosecutors decided not to retry them earlie… (more…)

Artist: I did not consent to allow NAG to remove artwork

Artist: I did not consent to allow NAG to remove artwork

Updated with Anwar Ibrahim’s comment on the matterVisual artist Ahmad Fuad Osman has denied giving consent for the National Art Gallery (NAG) to alter an ongoing exhibition of his work.This comes after the government artspace removed four pieces from his solo show entitled “At The End of The Day, Even Art is Not Important”.NAG later explained that it had the rightto remove exhibited work and said it had previously “discussed” the move with Fuad.In a statement today, Fuad refuted NAG’s claim and clarified his prior correspondence with it.“I am very grateful to the NAG for our collaboration. But… (more…)

CHINA VOICES | The drivers Wuhan is counting on

CHINA VOICES | The drivers Wuhan is counting on

As most people stay inside, delivery drivers are on the front lines of the battle against coronavirus in Wuhan. This week, TechNode’s translation column brings you a gripping article profiling the volunteers of Wuhan, translated in full by courtesy of GQ Reports. The 2019 novel coronavirus exposed the fragility of various Chinese institutions. Local government and Wuhan hospitals have found themselves overwhelmed and unable to rise to the occasion.Private logistics firms, on the other hand, have proven themselves essential. In a state of lockdown, the state has largely turned to the private se… (more…)