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Art and evolution

first_imgWorks of artists from Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique and India comprise the travelling exhibition underway at the India International Centre here. The series of uncanny artworks seem to tell a story. An anti-clock wise tour of the gallery indicates an evolution, a moving forward of time.Organised by Perve Galeria with support of the Portugal Embassy, the exhibition Lusophonies/Lusofonias display both modern and contemporary art by different generations of the Portuguese speaking countries or Lusophones which include Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique and certain parts of India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’All the artworks in the exhibition have a common connection, whether experiential or through a formal aesthetic, related to African roots. A troika of oxymoronic images, two from India and one from Africa, serves as a prologue to the collection which manifests the cross-cultural developments that followed the colonization across continents and the struggle against it.“The origin of this collection was the need to reflect on how lusophone countries saw and see Lusophonie, a plural and dialectical vision, full of discrepancies, ambiguities and mutual contamination about culture, society, and even about a common language,” says Nunes. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe show has been chronologically divided into three sections: ‘Colonialism’, ‘Independence’ and ‘Miscegenation and Diaspora.’  Moving from one period to another in the anthology portrays a clear evolution from the “tendency to use art as a revolutionary discourse” in colonies to the establishment of sovereign political regimes after independence.“In Portugal, the freedom of speech that followed several decades of repression was a symptom of the artistic development,” says Nunes. The final part of the Lusophonies exhibition represents the artistic development that has occurred over time extending up to the present, not only in the lusophone world, but also in the countries where artists today work about Lusophonie and African influence issues. Representation from India includes two photographs by Subodh Kerkar and a set of pots or ‘matkas’ usually used by women in Indian villages to carry water.Closing this chapter of exhibition, which speaks majorly of the African influence, is a box of postcard sized artworks, some of them suspended in the air through strings around it, by Nobel Laureate author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The exhibition is set to be on display till February 15.last_img read more

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Childhood abuse worsens depression in adulthood

first_imgFacing trauma in childhood can significantly change the structure of the brain, which may result in severe depression which could even be recurrent in adulthood, say researchers. The results from MRI scan images suggest that both childhood maltreatment and recurring depression are associated with similar reductions in the surface area of the insular cortex, part of the brain that regulates emotion and self-awareness. This reduction could make a future relapse more likely, said the study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, which found childhood maltreatment one of the strongest risk factors for major depression in adulthood. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Given the impact of the insular cortex on brain functions such as emotional awareness, it’s possible that the changes we saw make patients less responsive to conventional treatments,” said lead researcher Nils Opel from the University of Munster in Germany. The study included 110 patients aged 18 to 60 years. Of the 75 patients who experienced a relapse, 48 had experienced one additional episode, seven reported two episodes, and six experienced three episodes. Fourteen had a remission period of less than two months and could therefore be regarded as having chronic depression. The findings are to develop or improve risk-adapted interventions for people susceptible to a worse long-term clinical outcome. Future research should therefore explore how the findings could be translated into care and treatment that could improve patient outcomes.last_img read more

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Major Derbyshire roads closed due to snow as Beast from The East

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA number of key roads are closed in Derbyshire – including several linked to Staffordshire and Cheshire, as the snow storm known as the ‘Beast from the East’ continues to batter the East Midlands and much of the UK Derbyshire County Council says roads including the A53 from Buxton to Leek, the A54 from Buxton to Bosley Crossroads and the A537 Cat and Fiddle from Buxton to Macclesfield are closed in the county on Tuesday night. A Met Office Yellow Weather Warning for Snow is in force in Derbyshire until 11.55pm on Wednesday evening, with much of the Staffordshire Moorlands now covered by the same weather warning after it was extended by the Met Office at around 5am on Wednesday morning. Other roads in Derbyshire are also closed tonight – with motorists advised to avoid making unnecessary journeys. Speaking just after 6am on Wednesday morning a Derbyshire County Council spokesman confirmed the roads were still closed. He said: “Major disruption is expected on roads in some areas of the county this morning with extremely low temperatures causing treacherous conditions. “Temperatures plummeted to -9 degrees Celsius overnight − meaning grit fails to stop working fully to melt snow and ice. Read MoreWeather warning extended into North Staffordshire as ‘Beast from the East’ continues on Wednesday “Gritters and ploughs have been out throughout the night, and farmer contractors will be working to help clear routes this morning. “Conditions are particularly bad in the High Peak, where a number of routes remain closed: A57 Snake Pass, A6024 Holme Moss, A53 Leek Road, A537 Cat & Fiddle, Monks Road between Chunal and Charlesworth. “There is a strong possibility of ice – even on surfaces which have been repeatedly treated over the last couple of days in readiness for the so-called “Beast from the East”. “Please, only travel if essential in the affected areas.” Cheshire East Council’s Highways Department, which manages the other end of the A54 and A537, confirmed the two roads were still shut at 4am on Wednesday morning. A spokesman said: “The A54 and A537 Cat and Fiddle roads remain closed this morning due to ice and snow conditions, please use alternative routes. “We’re gritting all the primary gritting routes this morning, please drive with extreme caution this morning even on treated roads.” It is unclear when the affected roads will reopen at this stage. The A623 at Tideswell is still passable, the council spokesman added. Highways England closed the A628 at Woodhead Pass following an accident involving a lorry and a car but the westbound route had now reopened by 10pm on Tuesday night. A Highways England spokesman said: “The A628 Woodhead Pass is now passable westbound between the A616 and the A57 near Woodhead following a collision between a car and an HGV. “Weather conditions are challenging in the area, so please only travel if necessary.” Read MoreUpdate: Armed man arrested was carrying ‘garden stake’ The A537 Cat and Fiddle shortly after 10pm on Tuesday evening (Image: Cheshire East Council) Buxton Weather Watch, a social media page which forecasts and reports on weather conditions around the Peak District town said further snow showers were expected late on Tuesday night. The page said: “More persistent snow showers now approaching from the north east, some nasty conditions in the next couple hours, dry one minute then heavy snow the next.” As of writing there are no reported ongoing traffic issues in Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire or South Cheshire. Read MoreFirefighters spend hours working on a chimney fire No weather warnings are in place in North Staffordshire tomorrow with the exception of the area of the Moorlands covered by the one which affects Derbyshire, with the next one expected on Friday. Elsewhere in the county the South West has seen considerable travel disruption today, while Yellow and Amber Weather Warnings are in place for much of the UK over the coming days. The A623 in Tideswell near Buxton last night (Image: Derbyshire County Council)center_img What is a Met Office Weather Warning?The Met Office issue weather warnings when there is a risk of weather causing damage, disruption or danger to life. Generally warnings will be issued for heavy rain, wind, ice or snow. They come in three categories. Yellow: The lowest of the three. Yellow means you should plan ahead about potential disruption to travel and other day-to-day activities. These are the most common. Amber: A step up from Yellow, an Amber warning means there is an increased risk of disruption/danger to life and property. Red: These are only issued when ‘extreme weather’ is expected. When one is issued the Met Office advise immediate action is taken to keep yourself and others safe as widespread damage, disruption and risk to life is likely. Red warnings are extremely rare anywhere in the UK and almost unknown in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.last_img read more

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