Citizenship Minister Winston Felix on Monday commended the efforts of the National Multi-Sectoral Coordinating Committee in managing the influx of Venezuelan refugees, successfully averting potential crises that are symptomatic of migratory activities.This Committee comprises various Government agencies and international bodies such as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); International Organisation for Migration (IOM); Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).Taking into account that the influx of migrants was a relatively novel challenge that the Government was faced with, the Committee’s work has significantly stabilised the situation by ensuring that assistance is directed to where it is most needed.Coordination with the international agencies has also paved the way for the acquisition of food and other relief items and the introduction of helpful tools such as the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), which hitherto, was not available to the Government.“Support from the international community assisted us in bringing focus to a number of areas … These sessions [fortnightly Committee meetings] bring together a number of issues which can enable us to plan and move forward with our administration of migrants. When we started, all we knew was that people were assembling here and there, but since then we have been able to provide some sort of temporary shelter for some, while others have been finding shelters for themselves … The coordination has been extremely useful in creating an understanding of what the migrant issues are, what the Government is doing and what the international community is doing,” Minister Felix is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.However, he also said that there was no room for complacency at this stage, noting that there were still areas that required much more work, particularly as it related to the settling of migrants in Region One (Barima-Waini).Meanwhile, at Monday’s Committee meeting, it was disclosed that the current number of documented migrants stood at 2943. These persons have also been screened and vaccinated by personnel from the Public Health Ministry.
0Shares0000AFC leopards’ utility player David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng makes a point during the Mashemeji Derby against Gor Mahia at the Kasarani Stadium on May 19, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 20 – AFC Leopards head coach Cassa Mbungo says he will switch defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng back to his preferred central defensive role for the remaining three games of the season.Ochieng played in his preferred role in the final 20 minutes of the Mashemeji Derby against Gor Mahia on Sunday and showed his true quality, marshalling the backline well having played as a holding midfielder since he rejoined Ingwe at the start of the second leg. “I had to take him (Cheche) into defense because there had been many mistakes in the defense and for him, he fits there perfectly. He is an intelligent player with a very good football brain and the experience he has makes it easy for him to make decisions,” Mbungo said after the match.AFC leopards’ utility player David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng dribbles forward during the Mashemeji Derby against Gor Mahia at the Kasarani Stadium on May 19, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe added; “I had been using him in central midfield because we were short in that area and the players we have are very young. But now we will have to play him there in defense until the end of the season,”“Next season I believe we will get some experienced players in that role and we will be better,” the Rwandese tactician stated.Ochieng, speaking to Capital Sport after the match says he is ready to fit into any role given to him and give his best for the team.AFC Leopards’ head coach Cassa Mbungo shouts instructions on the touchline during the Mashemeji Derby against Gor Mahia at the Kasarani Stadium on May 19, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It was a tough match and I think were it not for the small mistakes, we would have competed very well. I was comfortable playing in defense just as I have been in midfield but now I would also love to concentrate on playing at the back for the remaining part of the season,” stated the defender.The decision to stick to playing in midfield might have cost the experienced stopper a place in Kenya’s team for the African Cup of Nations, but he believes reverting back to defense will show his quality.Meanwhile, Mbungo says he was pleased with the performance of the team saying it was far better than the first leg where they lost 2-0.“The result was not good but the performance of the players was encouraging. If you compare with the first leg, I think we did better. It is only that we conceded all the goals from small mistakes in defense but from what I saw today, we can build on for a great campaign next season,” stated the Rwandese gaffer.AFC Leopards will now look to finish the season stronger in their next three games as they look to push into the top eight.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Long back in 2005, MF Husain had once scribbled a line on an exhibition catalogue at Kumar Gallery- “Am I the relic of British Empire?”, which he did in the margin of a picture of his own work- a flamboyant self-portrait in full regalia juxtaposed with images of Mother Teresa, Lord Ganesha and polo players – that was titled ‘Relics of the Empire’.A collateral event of India Art Fair 2016, the group show titled ‘Celebration’ will be held in the national Capital from January 25 till February 5. The show, where oil on canvas once again will find a place in a group show at Kumar Gallery, also coincides with the 60th year of Kumar Gallery. Around 45 paintings will be showcased by modern masters and renowned artists. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The earliest work in the show is a1938 oil on canvas by Ram Kinkar Baij titled ‘Toilet’ (seated nude lady with maid combing her hair). Then, there is a late 1940s Jamini Roy depicting the finesse of his folk-based lines in a tempera work titled ‘Man with Hookah.Some of the other highlights of the show are a 1996 Rameshwar Broota titled ‘Scripted in Time’ (also the largest in the show at 70 by 90 inches), a 1984 acrylic on canvas titled ‘Radha in Vrindavan’ by KS Kulkarni and a striking work titled ‘The Foreman’ from 1961 by FN Souza. The show also includes never-seen-before works by Husain (a self portrait 1969), Paysage (1958) by SH Raza, rarely seen impastos on paper by Sohan Qadri and an oil on canvas titled ‘To The Market’ (1961) by NS Bendre. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe exhibition will also include artworks from the show and astute essays by art critic Keshav Malik, compiled in a comprehensive book of 200 pages. It will also have some of the early shows of modern masters at Kumar Gallery in the 1950’s and 60’s and most candid images of bonhomie amongst Indian artists, critics and their mentors, the Kumars. Captured at various events over the last six decades, these images in the book serve both as visual documentation of historical importance as well as reflect on the evolution and growth of modern Indian art. The show will also be a reflective of Kumar Gallery’s impeccable art collection. Sunit Kumar said: “This is the sixth edition of ‘Celebration’ show but this time, the emphasis is on modern masters whose aesthetic merit is not only publicly acknowledged but who are also academically most sound, the true avant garde of Indian modern art”.