Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Obama Tango’s in Argentina

President Obama and his family arrived Argentina for a 2-day state visit immediately after the historic Cuba trip. In Buenos Aires President Barack Obama and first Lady Michelle Obama were hosted to a State dinner by Argentine President Mauricio Macri and his first lady Juliana Awada. Obama participated in a round of Tango dancing just as Michelle cheered on.

Photo credit: Getty Images, AP

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Timeline of Obama’s historic visit to Cuba

Sunday, March 20, 4.20pm: Barack Obama becomes the first President for almost 90 years to set foot in Cuba, bringing along the entire first family, including Michelle's mother Marian Robinson. He is greeted by a host of dignitaries at Jose Martin International Airport with one notable exception, Raul Castro.

5.50pm: Obama speaks to a few dozen staffers from the newly reopened US embassy at a Havana hotel. He says his trip is an 'historic opportunity to engage with the Cuban people'.

6.55pm: The Obamas embark on a tour of Old Havana amid a heavy downpour, all clutching black umbrellas. A few hundred people who gathered in the square erupted in applause, with the president spending a few minutes greeting onlookers before entering Havana Cathedral to see Cardinal Jaime Ortega. 

Monday, March 21, 10.30am: Obama visits the José Marti memorial, honoring the hero in the Cuban revolt against Spain, laying a wreath at his memorial, a 358 foot tower,in Havana's Plaza de la Revolución. Behind the President were striking steel sculptures of Cuban Revolutionary heroes Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and Camil Cienfuegos.

10.45am: Obama and Raul Castro shake hands and smile for the cameras as they greet each other at the Revolutionary Palace, the first meeting between the pair in the country.

1pm: Google announces the opening of a cutting-edge technology center at the studio of Alexis Leiva Machado, a sculptor known as Kcho, offering free internet at speeds 70 times faster than currently available to the Cuban public.

2.10pm: Castro calls on Obama to life more restrictions on Cuba and urged the return of land used for Guantanamo Bay. Obama later says the pair had a 'frank and candid conversation' on human rights and democracy after the pair had a private meeting.

7.25pm:  The president and first lady will participate in a State dinner hosted by the Cuban government at the Palace of the Revolution.

Tuesday, March 2210.10am: Obama will address the Cuban people at El Gran Teatro de Havana in the morning and then meet with dissidents and civil society leaders.

11.20am: Obama meets with members of Cuban Civil Societies at the U.S. Embassy in Havana.

2pm: The whole family will attend an exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Cuban National Team at their stadium before leaving for Argentina on Tuesday afternoon.

3.50pm: The First Family departs Cuba from the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, heading for Argentina. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

British artist Kelvin Okafor extraordinary pencil drawings

Lots of hidden creative individuals are being exposed all thanks to the power of the new age media.  British artist Kelvin Okafor, 30, spends an average of 80 to 100 hours to create a portrait. The artist’s story is almost as sensational as the pictures he has been producing. As a teenager, he was too poor to leave his house to socialize. Instead of drinking and clubbing, Ofakor stayed at home in Tottenham, North London, and seeking solace in drawing. All of these extraordinarily detailed pictures are pencil drawings, created purely by hand — with no digital trickery.

Kelvin Okafor

Photo Credit: Kelvin Okafor

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A Co-Tenants Dilemma

We feel obliged to inform you of a rather troubling incident which happened to Dr. Theresa, a Senior Registrar 1 in the department of Psychiatry of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (Ile-Ife) and a dear friend to us all. She is a very gentle, easy going, ever smiling and hardworking resident doctor, but even if she didn't possess any of the aforementioned attributes, she didn't deserve any of what occurred in the duration of this incident.
It all began on Thursday 25th February 2016 at her service apartment building located outside the hospital. It seemed like just another day- a quiet morning with the dew still on the cars parked in the compound and chirping of insects the predominant sound till it was shattered by the shrill shouts of Dr. Okpara. Dr. Okpara is a Wing Commander in the Nigerian Air Force, a resident Doctor in the Dept of Community Medicine in the same hospital where Theresa works, and also resides in that compound. So what could make this man, slightly overweight and bespectacled, irate early on a Thursday morning?
The obstruction of his car in the parking lot within the compound; that's the simple answer, but as it sometimes happens in life, even simple things can devolve into ugly scenarios. As is common in some buildings, the parking space is inadequate and as such tenants have to park behind other cars within the compound. This doesn't constitute the end of the world and tenants occasionally call each other- through the security guard- to move their cars in the morning so that individuals are able to drive out.

According to an eye witness (who is a doctor in the same hospital and also lives within the same compound), Dr Theresa's car was obstructing Dr. Okpara's car and he called her out to move her car. She had told him she was dressing up and would soon be out. It would seem like the problem was settled but that wasn't good enough for him; he kept shouting and verbally abusing her. He didn't stop even when she came out to move her car. Perhaps affronted by her calm despite his torrents of abuses, he physically attacked her as she got into her car to make way for him.
Truth be told, saying physically attacked is sugar coating things. Truth is- and in the manner of calling a spade a spade- he beat her, with a succession of punches, each one meted out with the intent to humiliate her and put her in her place. And when the punches weren't doing a good job of that, he reached for a metal pedal lock as a coda to the lesson he was meting out. Thankfully he was restrained by some of the co-tenants but he did leave a mark, several marks actually, on her.
Theresa has a right nasal bone fracture, cerebrospinal fluid- the liquid which keeps the brain protected within the skull- leak, a deformed face, several bruises, and that's just listing the physical injuries. As it is, she has to decide if she wants major surgery to correct the facial deformity or live with a disfigured face for the rest of her life.
Life is a lot of things and sometimes we get a choice to either look the other way as though nothing has happened or stare tyranny in the face and make our voices heard. Maybe being a member of the Nigerian Air Force is a powerful intoxicant and what better way to demonstrate this than by beating up a woman- one defenseless woman, one who has overcome several odds to be who she is today, one who has lived with sickle cell disease all her life, one who is your sister, daughter, friend, and companion. Maybe it is easier to look the other way but in this fight, I stand with Theresa! ‪#‎justice4drtheresa‬.
Thank you all.
CMUL, 2008 Graduating Class of Medical Doctors & Dentists.

Posted by Funmi Falade Alao on Saturday, February 27, 2016

Posted by Funmi Falade Alao on Saturday, February 27, 2016