In the early 1980s at annual meetings of the African Studies Association, specialists in Mande culture, history, and other studies found themselves repeatedly drawn together to discuss their work and to exchange ideas. On November 1, 1986 in Madison, Wisconsin, the informal Mande group was invited by Gerald Cashion to Suite 619 of the Concourse Hotel to discuss the possibility of forming an organization devoted to Mande studies. On the occasions of several African Studies Association meetings beginning with the one in 1981, Tom Hale and Paul Stoller organized a series of roundtable discussions on topics related to cultures of the Middle Niger River. Kathryn Green consented to take minutes of the meeting, thus becoming the first MANSA secretary. In 1988 MANSA was contacted by Carlos Lopes who was then Director of INEP, the largest and most active research institute in Guinea-Bissau.
Second International Conference on Mande Studies: Bamako,Mali 1993a€?Planning what would be the second international conference on Mande studies (though the first to be conceived by MANSA), the principal organizer Kathryn Green and other participants were clear in their determination that it should be held on African soil in order to maximize the participation of African colleagues. With its thirty-three papers presented on eight panels, the Bamako conference was modest compared to the one at SOAS twenty-one years earlier. Co-organized by Jan Jansen and David Conrad, the Leiden conference received substantial support from Germany's Bremer Stiftung fA?r Geschichte and several institutions of The Netherlands: the Research School CNWS, the Research School CERES, the African Studies Centre, the Rijks Museum voor Volkenkunde, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, all of whom contributed generously in providing necessary funding, personnel and facilities. The Fourth International Conference on Mande Studies was held at the Senegambia Beach Hotel in Serrekunda, The Gambia, 13-17 June, 1998. The conference Keynote Speaker was Sidia Jatta, Gambian National Assembly MP for Wulli, Upper River Division (for the text of his speech see MANSA Newsletter 38, 1998: 7-8).
The Sixth International Conference on Mande Studies was held in Conakry and Kankan, Guinea June 20-26, 2005. The Conakry segment co-organized by Mohamed SaA?dou N'Daou, and David Conrad took place at the Novotel, 20-22 June, and the opening session featured Djibril Tamsir Niane as the keynote speaker.
MANSA Newsletter: The organization's newsletter reached its fifty-eighth issue in the spring of 2006. At the annual meetings of the African Studies Association in Chicago (1988) and Atlanta (1989), several panels addressed issues concerning the roles of artisans and oral traditionists in the Mande social system.
Among the themes engaging panelists at the Third International Conference on Mande Studies in Leiden were matters involving the consequences of intense step-brother rivalry in Mande society known as fadenya.
Also featured at the Leiden conference was a round-table organized by the anthropological team of Mirjam de Bruijn and Han van Dijk.
Ralph Austen's a€?Sunjata Epic Conferencea€? at Northwestern University in 1992 focused on the epic tradition that describes legendary people and events of the Mali empire, providing a centuries-old framework for Mande identity and cultural values. Like any large, extended family, MANSA has suffered its share of tragedy, periodically losing some of its members to accident, illness, and the passage of time.
The Institut des Sciences Humaines (ISH) has long played an important role in the careers of many scholars of the Mande world, providing letters of invitation, research authorization, field assistance, and collaboration with Malian colleagues. The West African Research Association (WARA) was founded in 1989 for the purpose of promoting scholarly exchange and collaboration between American and West African researchers. In the summers of 1991 and 1992 the Mande Studies Association began establishing cordial and productive relations with faculty and staff at the universities of Conakry and Kankan, and at the National Archives in Conakry. Research by MANSA members in The Gambia is authorized and expedited by the National Council for Arts and Culture in Banjul. Second International Conference on Mande Studies: Bamako,Mali 1993Planning what would be the second international conference on Mande studies (though the first to be conceived by MANSA), the principal organizer Kathryn Green and other participants were clear in their determination that it should be held on African soil in order to maximize the participation of African colleagues.
In Bamako, one advantage of holding an international conference on West African soil proved to be the participation of doctoral students from Europe and the United States who happened to be doingA A  research in Mali at the right time. The 1995 conference at Leiden was such a success that in June of the same year in London, colleagues from SOAS were tentatively suggesting to the MANSA President several ideas for another international conference, this time to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1972 Conference on Manding Studies (MANSA Newsletter 28, 1995: 2). The Fifth International Conference on Mande Studies was held at the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde in Leiden, The Netherlands, 17-21 June, 2002.
Our Commercial Estimator, Dave Scaturro, was recently featured on Sherwin Williams's Segment "Pro On The Go". Alpine Painting was recently featured in a great article in PPC (Professional Painting Contractor) Magazine's Fall 2015 Issue. Watch our video to see how Alpine Painting incorporates technology in our business practices. Alpine Painting was recently featured on the cover of Utility and Transportation Contractor (UTCA) Magazine for the Month of June. The key to properly painting a historic structure is capturing the essence and ambiance of when it was first built. We were honored to be awarded the job and we hope the Historic Preservation Commission is as pleased as we are with how it turned out! Thank you to all that made this project possible, including the Paterson Historic Preservation Commission (Kelly Ruffel & Gianfranco Archimede) Ken Simpson (Chariman of the Historic Preservation Commission and Supervisor of Passiac County) and Mohammed Ahmed for helping spearhead this project.
With much more elasticity and elongation compared to typical paint, elastomeric coatings is the answer to your waterproofing inquiries. When the surface of your warehouse fluctuates in temperature, elastomeric coatings are flexible enough to expand and contract without cracking their surface. Re-caulking expansion joints is another way stop water from penetrating into your building.
Although, we just offered a few procedures for waterproofing your building, this type of job is best left to an experienced professional who will assure full potential of your product. We are privileged and honored to have Anthony as a valued member of our team, and admire his creativity and drive to constantly improve our technology systems. It is with great honor and pride to announce that two of Alpine’s field workers, Demetri Moraitakis and Swaveck Plokarz, have successfully passed their NACE CIP Level 1 course and exam. At Alpine, we are constantly obtaining and renewing quality and safety certifications to not only stay compliant with legal standards, but to go above and beyond them.
Manufacturers selling in the state will now be responsible for providing paint collection spots around the state for paint disposal. In addition, safer workplaces lead to fewer accidents as well as uninterrupted work with superior performance from our journeymen. Last night at The Bethwood in Totowa, NJ, Alpine Painting received the State of New Jersey Governor’s Safety Award. When painting a manufacturing facility, Alpine, first, has the facility manager remove all portable materials, supplies and equipment from the work area before the job is performed. Painting and specialty coating applications in manufacturing and processing plants goes way beyond walls and ceilings. Epoxy floor painting and dryfall paint for ceilings are very useful applications that provide more than a welcoming atmosphere for your manufacturing facility. Alpine Painting proudly accepted the NJ Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Award this March for the 5th year in a row.
This year marks Alpine Painting's 40th year in business and there is no better way to celebrate it than to be featured in our hometown's newsletter, Chamber Happenings!
With over 40 years of exterior painting experience, Alpine Painting knows the proper temperature that the air, paint and substrate must be as well as the suitable dew point and relative humidity. Instead of completely replacing your masonry system, Alpine Painting can perform both repair and painting services to make your masonry look like new at a fraction of the price. Give Alpine Painting a call today at (973) 279-3200 and get a free estimate for the exterior of your building!
Sam and Ben Scaturro, natives in the field and Alpine’s second-generation owners, were the facilitators and teachers behind the operation. This past weekend, March 4-7, 2015, Steve and Dave Scaturro had the pleasure of representing Alpine at the 2015 PDCA (Painting & Decorating Contractors of America) Expo in Charleston, SC.
At Alpine, we strive every day to be one of the front-runners in the commercial and industrial painting industry and we are beyond thrilled to be recognized for our efforts by such an honorable and renowned committee. With a wide range of colors, textures and finishes, epoxy paints loos as good as they protect.
Did you realize epoxy floor coatings can be considered environmentally and physically safer than the average floor?
Proper application of epoxy floor finishes is critical to final appearance and long-term durability. Alpine Painting and Sandblasting Contractors has years of surface preparation and coating application experience in a wide variety of facilities. Alpine Painting is proud to announce that the Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce featured us in their newsletter "Chamber Happenings" in September of last year.
Sure the layers of paint on your vehicles and equipment serve to make them look nice; however, did you know that these coatings serve to protect them as well?
Before reapplying a new layer of paint, all existing coatings, including paint, rust, grease, oil and dirt, should be sandblasted from the surface.
Alpine Painting was hired by FirstService Residential to paint Wanaque Community Mid Rise, an active adult lifestyle community, located in Wanaque, NJ.
With each project Alpine completes we have full-time project managers along with English-speaking crew leaders who make sure the job gets done properly and efficiently. Office buildings, Retail Stores, Hotels, Warehouses are just a few examples of interior projects Alpine paints throughout the winter. Alpine Painting is excited to announce that from February 3-6, we will be attending the 2015 SSPC (The Society for Protective Coatings) Expo featuring GreenCOAT in Las Vegas, NV!
If you are investing your own time and money into a project, wouldn't you rather do it right the first time? Interior: For interior projects, the first thing you want to do is either remove all of the furniture from the area or place it in the center of the room and cover it with drop cloths. Interior: Since paint does not adhere to dirt or damaged areas, surface repair is a vital step in the painting process.
When preparing interior walls, wipe down any dirt that is present by using a sponge or a cloth with water and a mild detergent; the surface must be dry before moving on to the next step. Exterior: When preparing exterior walls all peeling and flaking paint should be removed with sandpaper and scrapers. To clean the surface, use a mixture of water, trisodium phosphate, and bleach and scrub down the surface with a long-handled brush.
When the surface is dry, start preparing it by using an exterior spackle to repair any damaged areas.
Interior: Priming your interior surface is not necessary, but doing so will allow the paint to adhere and wear better.
Exterior: Priming your exterior paint job is important for staining and weathering purposes. When priming or painting the exterior of your building, it is advised to avoid doing it with direct sun. Interior: When painting the interior of your building, the main concern you should have is ventilation.
Lead is considered a toxin that can hinder the development and functions of every organ in the body. Although home testing kits do exist, the EPA strongly suggests that a certified lead inspector or a certified lead risk assessor performs the lead test.
The risk assessment method locates failing paint in your building and evaluates the degree and cause of the deterioration. Here at Alpine, all of our rigid scaffolding and containment is stamped and approved by a Professional Engineer.
By following the correct safety standards in containment rigging, we are able to work in high winds with the guarantee the integrity of the structure will not be compromised. When sandblasting a tank, the used abrasive, many times including lead paint dust, is suctioned out of the containment with a dust collector. In conjunction with our containment systems we also utilize heat or dehumidification equipment as well as other engineering controls to finish large projects within very tight time frames. Whether working on small private projects or high-profile, public bid projects, as a contractor, you should never ever take shortcuts.
By teaming up with Community Outreach Services Inc., Alpine has raised money for turkeys and boxed and canned goods to feed over 150 families this year and over 100 families each year in the past. On Wednesday night of last week, Alpine Painting was presented the Good Graces Award at the Hamilton & Ward Steakhouse in Paterson, NJ. Alpine received the Eagle Award in Specialty Painting for our work with the Morris County MUA. We are so grateful to be a part of ABC and even more grateful to be recognized by their committee for our hard work.
We are proud to announce that we were ranked 37th of the top specialty contractors in the New York Tri-State Area by ENR New York in September of this year.
The drought-tolerant crop could replace teff as an ingredient in injera, the traditional Ethiopian dish that is eaten daily in virtually every home. Test plantings of the millet in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's Region - one of the nine ethnic regions of Ethiopia - have so far proved to be successful, the academy says. Peng Dajun, deputy general manager of CGCOC, which is a subsidiary of a large, state-owned Chinese enterprise, says foxtail millet has an annual output of more than 7 metric tons a hectare - about 5 tons more than teff.
Several crops can be fermented to make injera, but he says dishes made using foxtail millet taste just like those including teff. Last year, Ethiopia was hit by its worst drought in decades, leaving 8.2 million people in need of emergency food aid, according to media reports.
Peng says if foxtail millet had been planted widely in Ethiopia, the famine may have been avoided due to its strong drought tolerance. Zhao Zhihai, chief agronomist at the academy, says cooperation with CGCOC can be complementary. Peng adds that CGCOC can mobilize more funds than research institutes and have a better understanding of government policies in Africa. The two partners have established a millet research center in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, where Peng aims to make a breakthrough in solving Africa's food security issues. Zhao adds that they are also working on new species and advising enterprises on how to build up a complete industry chain for the crops they develop. David Gann says developing smart cities in China is of great significance as rural to urban migration continues in the country. The professor of innovation and technology management at Imperial College London says the growth of new cities in China, coupled with the increasing density of population, requires Chinese cities to be "smart", such as making data more available, as in the Smart London plan.
David Gann says the growth of new cities in China, coupled with the increasing density of population, requires Chinese cities to be "smart". Given that urban dwellers can be more vulnerable to risks such as contagious diseases and severe pollution, Gann says the livability of densely packed cities requires good physical and data infrastructure. According to Gann, "the smart city is about using digital technology to harness data to improve the way in which the city is operating, but it could mean different things in different places".
He says some of the things that London does can be a bit different from what cities in China do. Gann, the chairman of the Smart London board, says the concept of Smart London originally stemmed from the successful management of the London 2012 Summer Olympics, where a swath of data was used to support the delivery of the Games. London was able to provide support digitally for people's experience during the Games in 2012, and as a direct result the decision was taken to create a Smart London board and Gann was asked to be chairman by then-London mayor Boris Johnson. Gann thinks it was his expertise in digital technology, along with its application and use in business and government, plus Imperial College's top reputation in science and technology in Europe, that led to his selection for the job. To make the capital function better, Gann says London has put data utilization at its core to help the city manage its transport, social, economic and environmental systems.
Thanks to contributions from a mix of academics, businesspeople and administrators, the Smart London plan was published in December 2013, to use the creative power of data and technology to improve the lives of Londoners, the experience of visitors, and the conditions for doing business. Since the birth of the plan, there have been huge improvements in some areas, says Gann, adding that one of the key contributors is the London Datastore, a data-sharing portal. A report published in March, entitled The Future of Smart, documented the board's progress in advising, developing and promoting the use of digital infrastructure and data in London. Because the London Datastore has been such a powerful piece of infrastructure and is a web portal into information about how London operates, he believes it is liberating, and one of his strong recommendations for China is to make data open. Also, because the use of scientists and the links between academics, business and government have worked well in London, Gann says China could benefit by encouraging more collaborative efforts from various parties, including researchers, the government and industry. China could do more with startup entrepreneurs, says Gann, who has lots of experience mentoring startups, supporting rapidly growing tech businesses and developing long-term strategic partnerships with multinational technology corporations. Gann says companies like Huawei, which is also a member of the Smart London Board, can play an important role in helping develop smart cities in China.
He says he thinks there are plenty of avenues for Huawei to continue to develop in those areas but also probably in developing new services and understanding how infrastructure is used to optimize its use. One of the challenges for Huawei, Gann says, is determining what sort of platform would really deliver in the long term.
COVERED IN DULL OLIVE GREEN SYNTHETIC RAFFIA, BOUND BY GRAY STRINGS, the almost square book seems modestly unadorned. The book, made by the bookshop owner, Lyu Chonghua, designed by Li Jin and published by Guangxi Fine Arts Publishing House, won the Gold Medal in the Most Beautiful Book in the World competition in Leipzig, Germany, in February. The 200-square-meter shop, beside the gate of the academy, is jam packed with 20,000 books and other items related to the arts, gorgeous calligraphy model books, plaster statues and row upon row of neatly stored brushes. Li, 44, looks smart and elegant, wearing a dark cotton gown, her long black hair in a bun held together by a hairpin.
She was a classmate of Lyu at the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, where the pair studied graphic design, more than 20 years ago. Publishers use it to protect books while they are being transported because such wrapping is cheap but durable. Lyu dipped into his own savings to produce the book, spending more than 200,000 yuan ($30,600) on the first and second print runs of 7,500 copies, which quickly sold out after the book won the award in Leipzig, paving the way for a third printing, which is due out soon. His mother, Ma Xiulian, who founded the family book business, rejected his plans for what eventually became an award winner as a waste of money.
In January 2010 at the Beijing Book Fair Lyu met Zhang Dong, then vice editor-in-chief of Guangxi Fine Arts Publishing House. So he drew a caricature of himself as a signature in the bottom right corner of each order. On average, he drew three to four orders a day and over the next 10 years, before fax was largely supplanted by e-mail, he built up a stack of more than 10,000 orders.
After returning to Xi'an from the Beijing Book Fair in 2010, Lyu started preparing the book.
However, beyond that cheery optimism for the family business, Lyu is well acquainted with the tough times the book industry is going through and appreciates that in fact the family business may be much closer to its end than its beginning.
The family started the book business in 1982 soon after Ma Xiulian arrived in Xi'an with her two sons, Lyu and his older brother Lyu Qinbing, to be with her husband, Lyu Anwei, who was a lowly paid teacher of scenography at the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts. At first they sold books about the arts, with their wares spread out on the ground, around universities, and business was brisk. In 1984 they sold 250 of the 5,000 sets of the first print of the Complete Collection of Shakespeare and 600 of the 4,900 copies of the first print of Sigmund Freud's A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis. The following year the family rented a shop of less than 20 square meters next to the Xi'an Conservatory of Music and later moved to its current location in Jixiangcun, where the poet Li Bai of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) is said to have once lived, and it expanded to the current size.
After leaving high school in 1991, Lyu joined in running the business and in 1996, after he graduated from the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, Li, by then 25, decided to take over the business from his father. With its intimate acquaintance with the arts the family has the kind of credentials that make it a natural for running the business they have, Lyu's father and his wife Liang Bing both having studied oil painting, and Lyu himself having studied graphic design. The annual rent is 450,000 yuan, which means the shop needs takings of more than 1,200 yuan a day just to pay the rent. As with many other bookshops in China, Fangyuan started to feel the pinch when e-commerce began to take off in the country, but the most immediate cause for the Xi'an store's woes comes down to bricks and mortar rather than the ether of cyberspace. There is no doubt, either, that e-books have eaten into the profits of those who sell printed books.
You can look at pictures of any place on Earth on your computer, he says, but that is totally different to seeing the world for yourself. In late June 2010 Shaanxi Library hosted an exhibition called The Most Beautiful Books from Germany. Li, teaching book design at the university, took a ruler, a notebook and a pen to study the books. Later in summer, after Ma left home to visit her mother, she needed to return home to look after her oldest son, who was ill. The shop had had 10,000 orders, many of them similar, and including all would have made the book tedious, so they picked more than 2,000 and put the most representative ones in the main part of the book and the others were made into four flip books on the left side. In order to include more material, those Li believes are minor stories, they printed more private information on the left-hand pages that are closed at the front by the fold. They used relatively thin paper so that the content on the left-hand pages appears on the front, like hazy memories. The Leipzig judges said the printed left-hand pages "serve up the additional content like an unopened fruit. The extraordinary exploits of adventurer William Mesny are recounted in a new biography that fizzes with lively characters and provides a valuable insight into life during the last decades of the Qing Dynasty. One morning in 1998, David Leffman awoke to find himself with a desert-dry throat, a thumping hangover and a notebook littered with jottings about an uprising in the 1860s that resulted in the deaths of 3 million people.
Although the hangover eventually subsided, the scribbled notes Leffman had taken during a three-day "Sisters Meal", courtesy of the Miao ethnic group in the southwestern province of Guizhou, were so intriguing he couldn't get them out of his mind.
That weekend signaled the start of a 15-year obsession with William Mesny, a British adventurer who arrived in China as a penniless sailor in 1860 and rose to the rank of general in the Imperial Army of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), before dying as he had arrived, almost broke, in Shanghai in 1919. The upshot of that decade and a half of travel and research is Leffman's recently published biography of Mesny, The Mercenary Mandarin: How a British Adventurer Became a General in Qing-Dynasty China, a story packed with stirring tales of derring-do and larger-than-life characters, deftly interwoven with the events that drove the times. Mesny, a native of Jersey in the Channel Islands, led a full and dangerous life in China, plying many trades - gunrunner, jailer, newspaper columnist, government official, soldier, artillery expert, bridge designer, author and historian, to name just a few - before donning his general's uniform. He spoke fluent Chinese, advocated the modernization of all areas of society and, unusually for a Westerner at the time, had several close Chinese friends and seems to have been genuinely untainted by notions of superiority. Indeed, both Mesny and his brother John, an officer in the Chinese customs, married Chinese women - William twice, at different times, of course - and raised families with them.
His life and travels were so remarkable, and well-publicized at the time, that it's surprising to learn that The Mercenary Mandarin is the first full biography of Mesny, although Leffman expresses great admiration for Keith Stevens' 100-page A Jersey Adventurer in China, published by the Hong Kong Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society in 1992. In Leffman's hands, Mesny emerges as a Zelig-like character; someone who was always - at least in his own accounts of events - in the thick of the action, whenever and wherever it occurred.
On the positive side he was ingenious, industrious, generous, resourceful, courageous and honest. Sadly for Mesny, those attributes were often overshadowed by less admirable qualities, such as impulsiveness, a desire to stand on his dignity and an almost childlike naivety. The first official reference to Mesny comes in 1860 in an Australian newspaper report relating how the 18-year-old sailor was fined for an unprovoked attack that left the bosun of his ship nursing several bruised ribs. That first visit, made as the country moved forward with the reform and opening-up policy, was hard work because Leffman spoke no Chinese and only had a vague plan of action. Following his brother's arrival in Beijing, the two set out to visit the capital's major tourist sites. The brothers' constant presence obviously perplexed Michael, who paid Leffman "a huge compliment by complaining loudly to his entourage of photographers that I didn't look like a Wham fan". A few years later, as a fledgling author for the Rough Guides travel series, he used his photojournalism experience in China to successfully lobby the editors to send him to write about the southwest of the country.
In addition to China, Leffman, who lived in Queensland for 20 years and holds dual British-Australian nationality, has written guidebooks about many countries and regions, including Iceland, Australia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Macao, and has even ghosted a cookbook for a Chinese author. He estimates that he has visited China more than 15 times since that first trip, often in the company of his wife, and spending about three years in total, traveling, observing, learning and writing about a country that has fascinated him during the 30 years since he and I first met. Usually, each visit lasted six months, occasionally broken into two blocks, but the longest was nine months. To ensure that they would be able to communicate with their interviewees, Leffman and his wife signed up for intensive Chinese courses; first at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies and later at Sichuan University in Chengdu.
Although it took many years to research and recount Mesny's life, including retracing his steps as far as possible to visit cities, battlefields and other places of interest, Leffman rarely felt overwhelmed or despaired that he might not finish writing The Mercenary Mandarin. That affection for Guizhou, and indeed most things Chinese, is highlighted in The Mercenary Mandarin by the use of Mesny's own words, culled from thousands of items, including newspaper reports and articles, published collectively as Mesny's Chinese Miscellany. At four volumes and running to a mammoth 2,000 pages and about 1 million words, the Miscellany contains Mesny's thoughts on just about anything and everything connected with life in China: politics, food, social mores, ailments and treatments, the standing of the army, the price of rice and, increasingly, his own perilous financial situation. Everything, it seems, was grist to his mill, and although Mesny rewrote previously published articles to bring his own role to the fore, the collection remains a valuable and fascinating window into life in China during the last decades of the Qing Dynasty. His own odyssey allowed Leffman to retrace Mesny's seemingly endless treks, visiting the places he fought or lived, and interviewing direct descendents of many of his friends and colleagues. He also set great store in the Miscellany as a source of information about his subject's opinions of the people and events he encountered during nearly 60 years in the country.
As Leffman points out in the introduction to The Mercenary Mandarin, the Miscellany, written in the flowery English of the time, is an extraordinary piece of work, given that Mesny left school at age 8 and his English was initially poor. The "Slash Generation" are leading double lives as they experience the thrill of different identities. At their normal workplace they are, say, a teacher from 9 to 5, from 6 to 7 they may be an online flower arranger and from 8 to 10 they could be a film reviewer. But it is important to note that money or monetary rewards, for the "Slash Generation" or the "Slashes", are not their driving force. Alboher pointed out that "slashing has also taken hold overseas" and some living on the other side of the planet are discovering how punctuated careers can integrate and satisfy multiple passions, talents and interests that a single career may be unable to match.
Six jobs don't bother him, Cheng told China Daily, as they are "interconnected" by facilitating people-to-people exchanges between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland.
In a maker-space in Beijing, Cheng worked as a project manager to help Taiwan entrepreneurs through consulting and financial investment. But there are only so many hours in a day and living a full professional life can have consequences in the private sphere. Upon graduating from the University of the Arts, London, in 2011, Kang became a user interface designer of a government website in 2013 and a tutor in an art education training center that year.
Adding a slash to his career by necessity, not by choice, Kang said doing only what he likes does not pay the bills in a major city like Beijing.
Art and design may seem as if they are from the same stable but actually they are incompatible with each other, Kang said.
Kang is confident that he will make the breakthrough in the visual arts, but he is also aware that his company may demand that he becomes "slashless" to give them more of his energy.
Liu Xuezhi, vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Personnel Science said that the Slash Generation could set a trend as the Internet had made it possible for people to satisfy their creative yearnings. From the employment perspective, Liu said of course there are companies looking for full-time specialists to focus on only one area, but there are also a number of bosses who want to hire members of the Slash Generation both for their creativity and because it can help "slash" costs. Students at Shanghai's Jinshajiang Road Primary School hone their skills, especially dribbling, tackling and shooting, every day in intense workouts after school under the guidance of Spanish coach Jose Luis Iglesias.


A rapidly developing tactical awareness is evident, as players get into position and run off the ball.
Ray Sports is rolling out a program in cooperation with Shanghai's municipal education authority to help improve the city's junior soccer training program with European expertise offered by 10 foreign coaches it hired, including the 24-year-old Iglesias. Having adapted to life in Shanghai, Iglesias now trains students from grade one to five for two and a half hours after school from Monday to Friday, while coaching the school team at regional tournaments on weekends.
As China aims to develop into a soccer power, highlighted in a long-term plan announced earlier last month, an increasing number of youth promotion programs and junior camps, featuring foreign coaches, have been organized by governmental departments, social organizations and private companies.
Inspired by President Xi Jinping, an avid soccer fan, the government approved a national plan in March aimed at transforming the country into a dominant soccer power in Asia by 2030 and a leading world competitor two decades later.
One of the keystones of the plan is to encourage more children to participate in the game in a joint effort of cooperation between the Chinese Football Association and the Ministry of Education. Wang Dengfeng, director of the ministry's PE, health and art department, envisions a surge in student interest in the game as well as the training programs. In accordance with the national outline, the ministry, in cooperation with the CFA, has set a goal to increase the number of schools specializing in soccer from more than 8,000 to 20,000, encouraging more than 30 million primary and secondary school students to practice regularly and training 5,000 school soccer instructors by 2020.
A four-tier school league system is currently operated by the Ministry of Education with more than 100,000 inter-school matches played last year, involving 2.7 million students.
Still, the lack of training expertise as well as facilities have been a pressing issue, and this needs more investment from both local governments and the private sector, said youth training expert Jin Zhiyang.
To raise soccer's profile in the country, 16 clubs from the Chinese Super League, the top-flight competition in the country, spent a staggering $373 million during the most recent transfer window to purchase high-profile overseas players for the 2016 season. In contrast, the average governmental funding for each school registered in the four-tier system is less than 10,000 yuan ($1,539) for all expenses, while more than 10,000 students currently have to share, on average, a playing area of half a soccer field, according to CFA.
The lack of public funding has opened business opportunities for companies such as Ray Sports and Sport 8 International to introduce foreign resources. Sport 8, a Beijing-based company offering online-to-offline soccer education and training programs for local coaches, has been cooperating with Pan-China Sports, a sports infrastructure developer, to build and manage 300 soccer pitches in Beijing, according to Sport 8 co-founder Bai Qiang. Featuring the advanced Dutch youth training know-how that has produced an abundant supply of stars, including Sneijder and his fellow countryman Arjen Robben, Sport 8's training program, which is conducted by a foreign training crew from the Netherlands, has reached out to more than 70 Chinese cities, instructing about 15,000 local PE teachers. The after-school training provided by private companies and NGOs will serve as a supplement to the governmental effort, said Bai.
Students undergo training at the No 2 Experimental Primary School in Wenxian county, Henan province, in April.
The professor of marketing and innovation at Britain's Warwick Business School says brands of the power and reach of Apple give companies breathing space to do research and development.
Wang, who was speaking at the Kerry Hotel in Beijing on one of her many annual visits to her native China, says the lack of global brands, not just in technology but in almost every sphere, was a real problem for the world's second-largest economy. She cites that there were no Chinese brands in the Interbrand top 100 best global brands survey in 2015.
She believes the lack of brands is undermining the country's technological efforts and achievements even though it overtook the United States and Japan as the world's largest filer of patents in 2012. The major question though is how far China - once light years behind at the time of reform and opening up in the late 1970s - has to go in catching up with the West in terms of technology. Her father was branded a "landlord" and lost his job at the height of the "cultural revolution (1966-76)", which meant the family was sent to the remote southwest Chinese province of Yunnan to a labor camp for intellectuals. When the universities reopened in 1978 she was accepted by Xi'an University of Technology at just 16 to study engineering. She then went on to study management science at Tianjin University before being accepted on scholarship under a technology cooperation scheme between the British Council and the Chinese government to study in the UK. So in 1988, she arrived at Warwick University to study for a doctorate in marketing and has lived in the UK ever since. She went on to teach at John Moores University in Liverpool and after a spell at Sussex university in Brighton went back to Warwick University, where her specialization is a combination of marketing and innovation.
Along with others such as Peter Williamson at Judge Business School at Cambridge University, she is pre-eminent in combining these two disciplines.
Wang, who is engaging but with a steely determination, also specializes in Chinese marketing on the advice of Robin Wensley, the former dean of Warwick Business School. She says that it was a new subject in China because in the 1970s there wasn't even a word for it. Wang has been quite evangelical in trying to get across the message in China itself that brands and marketing are important. She says when China first began to rapidly develop, many Chinese companies found their brands were killed almost at birth by Western companies. Wang, who has held a number of posts at Chinese universities, including Sun Yat-sen, Tongji and Tsinghua, says the problem many Chinese brands face today is the negative association attached with being from China. She, however, believes Chinese companies such as Alibaba, Tencent and Huawei have made huge strides. Chinese infrastructure companies are also moving from markets such as Africa, where they are now well established, to Europe to be involved in major projects such as HS2. Every morning, Lu Shaojie parks her car beside a gravestone shaded by trees on the slope of Cuiwei Mountain in western Beijing, before going to work as a tour guide at Fahai Temple, just a few hundred meters to the northeast. A copperplate printing of Da Bao En Temple in Nanjing, made by missionary artists in the 19th century. Apart from that, the only fact known for sure about Li is that he was a prominent eunuch of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Ever since Zheng's story was spread more widely in the early 20th century, the mystique of the seafarer has been perpetuated partly by his being a eunuch of the Ming court. According to Zheng Zihai, a descendent of Zheng He, his ancestor was Li's colleague for nearly 30 years. Whether the friendship was due to mutual fondness or political convenience remains unknown. In 1956, a gilt bronze miniature tower was unearthed in the underground chamber of the temple tower. And for those who have read about the evils of the Ming eunuchs, spending a few minutes inside the dark main hall of Fahai Temple, where the frescoes are housed, may open another window.
During the reign of Qianlong (1735-95), it became customary for European nations to send clocks to the palace, either as gifts or on request. Wang says he has passed on his skills, which are listed as national intangible cultural heritage, to his 24-year-old son. In 1933 the German photographer Hedda Morrison went to a western suburb of Beijing, where she discovered what she would call the city's most interesting temple. However, the way Morrison went about her work, which she wrote about in detail, is likely to fascinate the modern reader almost as much as her pictures. It was a miracle moment, when the photographer's experiences, which I read about years ago, jumped out from the back of my mind, vivid and fresh. And few, according to Lu, have dug deep into the history of the frescoes, and by extension that of the temple. The result of the five-year endeavor is a grand temple built on three terraces and scaling Cuiwei Mountain.
Covering 237 square meters in total, the frescoes include 77 figures - not including animals - in nine scenes that amount to either individual or group portraits. A detail Lu never fails to point out to visitors is the white gauze draped across the body of Avalokitesvara, or Bodhisattva, the Goddess of Infinite Compassion, painted on the back wall of the altar. However, the status that the murals enjoy today in Chinese art history has not prevented them from vicissitudes, especially in modern times. Tao Jun is the vice-director of the Fahai Cultural Relics Protection Bureau, the organization directly in charge of the temple's protection and maintenance, with its office on the temple precincts.
The alarming message was soon passed to Ye Qianyu (1907-1995), a renowned painter and art educator who at the time taught at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.
They are still there on a lower section of the northern wall in the main hall, together with a couple of holes that used to hold the nails.
The goat's hair and egg white may have reduced the wall's vulnerability in the hands of nature, but it needed a courageous soul to save the frescoes from those determined to have them destroyed.
That was the genesis of the friendship between Ding and Wu Xiaolu, the doorman of the middle school whom many today consider the protector of the Fahai Temple.
Today, those sculptures can only be viewed in the black-and-white pictures taken by British reporter Angela Latham, Morrison's contemporary who photographed the temple in 1937 and had the pictures published in the Illustrated London News that same year. Wu, in the final years of his life, suffered from Alzheimer's disease and handed the keys to Fahai's main hall to Ding. Before his death, Wu, who had been an antiques dealer for years before a series of misfortunes brought him to Fahai, left a will in which he requested to be buried near the temple.
Lu saw the murals for the first time in 2011, before deciding that she "wanted to do something for them". When Li Tong commissioned the building of the Fahai Temple about 600 years ago he could barely have imagined that one day it would link him to one of his contemporaries, the world-famous Chinese mariner and explorer Zheng He (also known in English as Cheng Ho).
Commanding a fleet some of whose ships were 120 meters long - Christopher Columbus's Santa Maria, by comparison, was 26 meters - Zheng made expeditionary voyages to parts of Asia and Africa from 1405 to 1433.
Ever since his story began to become widely known in the early 20th century, the mystique of Zheng He has been perpetuated partly by the fact that he was a eunuch of the Ming court (1368-1644).
According to Zheng Zihai, a descendant of Zheng He, his ancestor was Li's colleague for nearly 30 years. Whether the friendship was minted as a result of mutual fondness or political convenience will forever remain a mystery.
In 1956 a gilt bronze miniature tower was unearthed in the underground chamber of the temple tower.
But Zheng Zihai, who has been to the Fahai Temple in Beijing to study its frescoes, has his own view. And for those who have read enough about the evils of the Ming eunuchs, spending a few minutes inside the dark main hall of the Fahai Temple, where the frescoes are housed, may open another window. On April 13 local time, the State Department of the United States released its country reports on human rights practices. The use of guns was out of control in the United States, which severely threatened citizens' right of life. Citizens' personal security could not be guaranteed with the excessive use of violence by police.
The prison system in the United States was plagued by corruption and severely violated inmates' human rights.
Money politics and clan politics were prevailing and the political rights of the citizens were not safeguarded effectively. Several years of informal gatherings took place in hotels and restaurants in such cities as Washington DC, New Orleans and Los Angeles. Barbara Frank and others recalled that in recent years Marie Perinbam had been a catalyst of the group, enthusiastically organizing informal gatherings (including a particularly boisterous one at a restaurant in New Orleans), so Perinbam was elected vice-president in absentia. Some of our members' relations with ISH pre-date MANSA's existence by many years, when the institute was under the direction of Mamadou Sarr and the offices were located in one of the buildings near the Place de l'Independence.
In 1992 the Senegalese government provided a site for the establishment of the association's West African Research Center (WARC), in Dakar.
On June 21 shortly after arriving in Dakar to attend the conference, MANSA Vice-President B. The frequency of visits and cooperative projects markedly increased after 1992 with the comings and goings of a series of researchers on Fulbright fellowships.
Lopes' initiative led to an informal affiliation between INEP and the Mande Studies Association (MANSA Newsletter 5, 1988: 1). The idea was well-received, and at the 1989 meeting in Atlanta, MANSA members began to talk about organizing an international conference. After nearly four years of concerted effort by MANSA members in the United States and Mali, the Second International Conference on Mande Studies was finally held at the Islamic Cultural Center in Bamako, 15-19 March, 1993. African colleagues residing in West AfricaA  were actively involved, with eight of the papers being presented by Malians and one from CA?te d'Ivoire. One result of the attendance by several European students was that in the next two years MANSA received an infusion of new energy from a surprisingly large and active group of scholars in The Netherlands. In two days of sessions at the university, twenty-four papers were presented on eight panels, bringing the total for the entire conference to fifty-three papers on seventeen panels. Desiring to increase the accuracy of perspectives on relations between Mande and Fulbe peoples, de Bruijn and van Dijk addressed a topic that had already engaged the interest of MANSA members as early as their fourth annual meeting (Atlanta, 1989). Marie Nathalie LeBlanc, a€?Youth, Islam and Changing Identities in Bouake, Cote d'Ivoire.a€? Department of Anthropology.
Edda Fields, a€?Rice Farmers in the Rio Nunez Region: A Social History of Agricultural Technology and Identity in Coastal Guinea, ca.
In order to maintain this status, one-third of MANSA's membership must be members of the ASA.
Two key figures at the University of Conakry have been Mamadou Kodiougou Diallo, Vice-Recteur de la Recherche Scientifique and N'Fanly Kouyate, Directeur des Relations Exterieures.
At the next MANSA meeting (Orlando, 1995), members were open to the idea of another international meeting and to commemorating the SOAS conference, but they expressed the preference to meet again on African soil.
Papers presented at ASA meetings, international conferences on Mande studies, and many other conferences the world over, eventually appear as articles in a wide range of scholarly journals. To Alpine this means bringing the figure or building back to life, but with its original sparkle. With the ability to stretch and retain its shape under extreme temperatures, an elastomeric coating will not fail under pressure. They have the ability to endure wind driven rain up to 100 mph; wind and rain that would normally crack the surfaces of your building. This type of coating is a clear thin film coating system that is useful for repelling water, oil, ice, and a number of other liquid materials from a surface. CIP Level 1 is a six-day course that includes a full 60 hours of training on the technical and practical fundamentals of coating inspection work for structural steel projects. We want to keep our promise to our customers and deliver top quality performance day-in and day-out on the job. Because they are accountable for the funding, Manufacturers will be obligated to increase the cost of paint for retailers and ultimately consumers. This award was in recognition of a performance of excellence in workplace safety during which 739,831 hours were accumulated without lost-time injury from January 1, 2002, to December 21, 2014. His goal is to bring awareness to the SSPC and to give back to the SSPC what the association has given to Alpine. It is a day to recognize workers who have died or are exposed to hazards on the job and to honor the families who have suffered consequentially.
This is why we do everything in our power to minimize this risk with state-of-the-art safety equipment, daily safety meetings, annual in-house safety training, and constant renewal of safety certifications for all of our employees. As a commercial and industrial painting contractor, Alpine works with old tanks and buildings that frequently contain lead-based coatings. Then our crews use plastic and tarps to drape and cover the existing equipment, interior lighting, HVAC equipment, contuit and floor surfaces assuring that everything is protected.
Durable epoxy floor coatings provide protection against the continuous movement of people and resists harmful chemicals which would normally crack or change the color of your floor. We earned the award for our achievement in the prevention of occupational injuries during the 2014 calendar year. Both the surface and air temperature must be above 40 degrees for at least 2-3 hours for most paints to dry properly and 50 degrees for most primers.
We use moisture meters to measure the amount of moisture in your building and will paint accordingly to avoid blistering and surface leaching. Common exterior surfaces such as concrete walls, floors, balconies and structural steel require different waterproofing materials that stand up to the elements and are flexible enough to contract and expand with varying temperatures. We will not only improve your building’s aesthetics, but we will apply specialty coatings to increase its structural integrity for years to come. In fact, we recently had an in-house training day for two of Alpine’s shop employees, Mike Robertson and Bernard Santiago.
With hands-on lessons, Alpine’s two shop employees, Mike and Bernard, were able to watch Sam and Ben operate the spray and spot reading equipment, then get in the booth and operate it themselves. That resists harmful chemicals which would normally crack or change the color of your floor? They will give your facility an attractive professional finish and can even create more light for your interior. Although they do have a self-leveling effect, epoxy coatings should not be applied until the surface is prepared properly.
Factory trained crews handle every step in the process from preparing the substrate to application of a wide variety of epoxy, urethane, or quartz flooring systems, non-skids, line striping and even clear sealers and floor polishing.
We were featured for volunteering to paint Hinchcliffe Stadium, a historic stadium built in 1930, in the spring of last year.
Primer is used to seal, bond, and create a stable surface for your topcoat to be applied to.
Call your local paint contractor today and talk to them about bringing life to your office. Networking with peers as well as continuously furthering our education in the industry is what helps us stay among the top painting contractors in the nation. Good preparation is proven to help paint last longer, look better and prevent problems such as chipping, peeling, and mold growth. With that being said, at least a day should be dedicated to this step in your project schedule, especially if you have repairs to make.
Initially, scrape with a large scraper, then use a disc sander to smooth out any imperfections; begin sanding with coarse paper then finish with a fine one. With wood surfaces, joints and cracks in the trim and window frames should be filled with paintable caulk. Primer is necessary, however, if your painting surface is stained or you plan on using light-colored paint.
Make sure to use a special stain-blocking primer when priming nail heads and knots in the wood to inhibit rust bleeding and wood resin.
The heat can dry the primer and paint before proper penetration and can cause oil-based paints to develop blisters.
Make sure to open windows while priming and painting so that any pollutants are circulating out of the room.
If the surface or weather is under 50ºF, effects such as cracking and improper film formation can occur. Not only does it become ingested into the bloodstream, but some is deposited into the kidneys and brain and stored in the bones as well. The downfall of this method is that painted surfaces in good condition are not tested; therefore a negative report does not always mean lead-based paint does not exist.
Contractors that are working on these projects must provide the building owners with a new hazard pamphlet and place lead hazard signs around the property.
In many cases, accessing areas of the job and keeping the job from exposing to the surrounding environment is harder than the work itself!
One main reason we take caution is because of OSHA scaffolding safety requirements that must be met to insure worker and public safety. A dust collector is essentially a giant vacuum cleaner; but instead of picking up dust off a floor, it uses a large hose to suction dust out of the containment.
This equipment is used to keep the coating system at the right curing temperature, even in very cold or humid climates. The lives of your workers as well as the people and the environment surrounding your project depend on it. With that being said, we understand the importance of sharing and giving to the ones we love.
With a beautiful ceremony and delicious dinner, the event turned out to be a remarkable night that Alpine was honored to be a part of.
Their water tank needed major restoration that required Alpine to abrasively blast the interior to be a white metal blast and for the exterior to be commercial-blast clean. This is a huge growth indicator for us considering this our first appearance with ENR New York.
Compared with the funds needed for scientific research, he says the costs of popularizing the crop and promoting it in the market are far higher.
There are no plug and play technologies that fit into the same types of infrastructure in different cities, he says. And the stories in it about a simple man and his family's bookshop in the city of Xi'an are unlikely to stir readers that much. And in the most important location are a stack of solid olive green books, copies of Order: The Story of Fangyuan Bookshop, which are barely discernible because they almost melt into the background. He squints and bares the teeth under his handlebar moustache in a broad smile, looking for all the world like a caricature of those images in the book.
By then, the family had run the bookshop for 28 years, and the ambitious Lyu can see the family running it beyond when it is 100 years old.
That expertise helped give the shop a great deal of credibility that contributed to its success, and when it was at its best it employed 11 people. Li Jin, Lyu Chonghua and another classmate of theirs at college, Wei Tao, went to take a look. She was surprised that the books she saw there, as attractive as they were, were not that fancy, and they did not strike her as being particularly collectable. In 2011 he started collecting materials for the book, trying to tell the stories of his family and the bookstore from many different angles. In three years, based on her understanding of beautiful books and the Lyu family, she tried more than 60 different formats. Despite being well-grounded in Chinese history, the British author was astonished that he had never heard of the uprising, so he decided to learn more about it. Although technically a biography, the author's grasp of history and the pivotal events of the time provide an excellent guide to late 19th century China and the conditions under which people lived. Weighing heavier on the scales are his tendency to take the credit for other people's ideas, and at a time when traveling in the interior inevitably meant handing out bribes and "gifts", his refusal to give face or money to local officials often hindered his progress in terms of both geography and his career. In 1985, the then 20-year-old photography student at the London College of Printing - now the London College of Communication - was left a small inheritance, so he asked his tutors for permission to travel to China during term time to undertake a photojournalism project. One day, as they rested on the Great Wall, the brothers spotted a couple of Westerners being guided by a large group of Chinese officials and surrounded by a gaggle of photographers and journalists.
Only later did the brothers realize that the men were George Michael and Andrew Ridgley, then better known as Wham, the first Western pop group to perform live in China. That trip sparked an ongoing love affair with the provinces of Guizhou, Sichuan and Yunnan.
And, having spent 25 years working to deadlines, it was an indulgence to set my own pace," he explained. As Channel Islanders, and therefore geographically closer to France than the British mainland, the Mesny family spoke French at home. The "Slash" are not in it just for the cash, though financial rewards are always appreciated, as the age of the Internet and mass information provides them a chance to explore different roles in a way previous generations could only dream of.
In an age of austerity it is not unusual for people to take on an extra job to pay the bills but for the Slash Generation their motivation is not primarily to improve their bank balance but to unleash their creativity. It made me feel really good when you made a difference in a new area which you used to know nothing about," he said.
Although Cheng loves his jobs, enjoys his life and has somehow managed to juggle various identities, he confessed that finding the time to have a girlfriend has been problematic. Unlike Cheng, who was focusing on many fronts, Zhu is really concentrating on making his rock festival famous in China.
Art is about expressing your own ideas in your works while design is a business to meet the demands of your clients.
These include self-control, good communication skills and they are popular in their circle. Kind-hearted, enthusiastic, and it seems that no matter what situation there are in, they can adapt quickly. They have a variety of interests, are always willing to experience new things and have friends from wide-ranging backgrounds.
The scene is reminiscent of youth practice sessions at La Liga (Spain's top professional league) giants such as Barcelona and Real Madrid, he said. The high levels of enthusiasm and the school's commitment to develop the soccer program has impressed Iglesias, who was hired by Beijing-based Ray Sports last October to train players at the school as a physical education teacher. China opened its first line in 2007 and now has 19,000 kilometers of track in service, more than the rest of the world's high-speed rail networks together.
Her father taught philosophy at a military college and her mother taught Chinese literature. So researchers and scientists don't talk to marketers because they speak different languages. She addressed the Pujiang Innovation Forum, organized by the Ministry of Science & Technology, in Shanghai as far back as 2000. They had brands that could have been quite promising but they allowed themselves to be acquired by Western brands who basically discarded them," she says. However, if one listens to Lu, the story of Li is inextricably linked to that of another man, the much more famous Chinese mariner and explorer Zheng He (also known in English as Cheng Ho), whose expeditionary voyages between 1405 and 1433 took his fleet to parts of Asia and Africa.
However, few people know that Zheng, who lived between 1371 and 1433, was a devout Buddhist.
But they did have a faith, Buddhism, in common, something they also shared with successive Ming rulers. Some historians think his ashes were returned to his homeland when the fleet reached the Chinese coast in July of that year. But no connection was made between the bronze tower and the Fahai frescoes until Zheng Zihai visited the temple years later. Between 1412 and 1428, under the supervision of Zheng He, a grand Buddhist temple was built in Nanjing and known as Da Bao En Temple, or the Temple of Gratitude. Many even blame them for the fall of the Ming 276 years after its founding, in 1644," says Lu, the tour guide. The master clock restorer, 55, looks after hundreds of timepieces at the museum, also known as the Forbidden City. Today, he shares a 60-square-meter studio with two other craftsmen in a closed section of the museum.
With a Rolleiflex twin lens camera and a heart captivated by the beauty of oriental art, she recorded in black and white the stunning frescoes on the walls of the temple's main hall.


Since the frescoes remained in the shadows, she had to remove some of the roof tiles to allow in sufficient light. For me it was reignited one morning early last month as the lady who was my guide led me into the ancient hall and switched on a flashlight. Built between 1439 and 1443, Fahai Temple was commissioned and funded by Li Tong, a powerful eunuch of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) who is believed to have served five successive emperors. The original design featured a main hall and four ancillary halls as well as a bell and drum tower and several side rooms. This flimsy, barely-there piece of clothing is made up of little hexagonal flowers, each petal measuring less than one square of a centimeter, composed of eight veins.
By the late 19th century the temple compound had been reduced to an ad hoc refugee camp, colonized by paupers and tramps. It did not take long before it reached other important cultural figures, and ultimately, the Beijing municipal government, which alerted the army. As thin as hair but much shorter, the material is mingled with mud and plaster to form the wall. And according to Lu, the darkness inside the main hall also helped, since the vandals did not realize how sumptuous the frescoes were. However, very few people know that Zheng, who lived between 1371 and 1433, was a devout Buddhist. And it became a trend among powerful eunuchs, who had no blood offspring to pass their fortunes to, to build temples. Some historians believe ashes of his bones were carried back to his homeland when the fleet reached the Chinese coast in July that year. Inscribed on it were the words "offered by Buddhist disciple, court eunuch Li Fushan", fushan echoing Zheng He's and Li Tong's religious name. It made comments on the human rights situation in many countries once again while being tight-lipped about its own terrible human rights record and showing not a bit of intention to reflect on it. The frequent occurrence of shooting incidents was the deepest impression left to the world concerning the United States in 2015.
Police shot dead 965 people last year as of December 24, and the abuse of power by the police did not result in discipline.
The guards in a prison in Florida scalded a mentally-ill inmate Darren Rainey to death in hot shower. Companies and individuals were able to donate an unlimited size to super Political Action Committees (super PACs) to influence the presidential election. It was also agreed that the organization would publish a newsletter at least twice per year. Gerald Cashion and Robert Launay agreed to serve as the first advisory board members (see list of officers and past officers elsewhere on this website). Since WARA's founding there has been a close association between it and the Mande Studies Association.
During those years, several students at the university served as valued research and translation assistants to the Fulbrighters. On 7 June, 1998, INEP's research endeavors were shattered by a war that flared up in Guinea-Bissau between veterans of the armed struggle for national liberation, and government troops supported by armies of neighboring countries.
Despite the unfortunate timing of being held during Ramadan, many other Malians attended the panels, and the conference was well covered by L'Essor and Malian television (ORTM).
A direct benefit of their participation was that only two years after the Bamako meeting, the Third International Conference on Mande Studies took place 20-24 March, 1995 in Leiden, The Netherlands at the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde. The Rijks Museum voor Volkenkunde featured an exhibit on the city of Jenne in Mali, and there were presentations of the films Sanji--Water from Heaven directed by Paul Folmer and Salina Haledo, and Sunjata Banta, directed by Paul Folmer and Ed van Hoven. The following day in honor of their visit, the symposium a€?Democracy and Development in Malia€? was held at the MSU International Center. Funding for the participation of African and some other colleagues was provided by the Embassies of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Abidjan and Dakar, by the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (thanks to Joe Tainter), and by two anonymous benefactors.
Generous donations by eleven MANSA members funded five West African colleagues to attend the conference (one from Burkina Faso and four from Mali). While the sessions were being held in the reading room of the university library, Mohamed Chejan Kromah and his assistant Sagno worked on a fourteen-panel mural of scenes from the Sunjata epic commissioned by MANSA, which they finished in the weeks following the conference. Het geheim van het masker Maskerrituelen en genderrelaties in de Casamance, Senegal [a€?The secret of the mask Mask rituals and gender relations in the Casamance, Senegala€?] Amsterdam: Rozenberg Publishers. MANSA suffered shocking losses two years in a row when on July 17, 1996, FranA§ois Manchuelle died in the crash of TWA Flight 800 (MANSA Newsletter 32: 1), MANSA Vice-President B.
At the founders' meeting in 1986, it was decided that one of the organization's basic activities would be to sponsor Mande studies panels at the annual meetings of the African Studies Association.
In the early 90s, working with Louise Bedichek who was at that time (June 1987-September 1991) the extraordinarily effective Public Affairs Officer at the United States Information Service (USIS), Mamadou Kodiougou Diallo who was at that time Vice-Recteur de Recherche at the University of Conakry, smoothed the way for research authorization and began requesting and personally welcoming American scholars.
Abdoulie Bayo and Patience Sonko-Godwin of the National Council for Arts and Culture inA  Banjul were persistent in their requests that The Gambia be considered (MANSA Newsletter 29, 1995-96: 1-2).
In addition, many individual members made generous donations toward the sponsorship of African colleagues to attend the conference.
But it can be noted here that several edited volumes are the direct result of members' presentations at various meetings and conferences since MANSA's founding in 1986. With over 40 years of experience in Historic Restoration, Alpine understands just what kind of research and communication it takes tackling such a project. This coating prevents water from lingering on surfaces which restricts mold and mildew accretion as well as a rotting foundation. It is a super hydrophobic coating that works by creating an air barrier on the surface that it is applied to.
The best way for new sealant to adhere to your substrate is to make sure that all existing sealant and backer rod is removed from the surface. The affordable system uses iPads, a software application and a cloud-based storage system to store data files, allowing instantaneous collaboration between offices and field crews.
Students learn about coating materials and techniques for surface preparation to perform basic coating inspections using non-destructive techniques and inspection instrumentation. We are so proud of our team and are excited to add two more NACE Level 1 Coating Inspectors to our job sites! This program is used to promote recycling and environmentally-friendly disposal practices of post-consumer paint. We have won this award each year for the past 5 years and we plan on winning it for the next 5. With his knowledge and drive, he will be an excellent leader and bring great changes to the entire industry. Alpine and our project managers just became recertified EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Contractors. We have the right knowledge, skills and equipment to keep all of our jobs contained and to keep the public as well as our workers protected from potential lead poisoning. We cover all sprinkler heads with tin foil to protect from paint, still giving them the ability to work in case of an emergency. When using dryfall paint on your ceiling you can be ensured that no paint will drip down and hit the equipment or product stored in the warehouse. With average spring temperatures of 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit and relatively low humidity in New Jersey, spring is a great time to start painting. Mold and mildew from moisture buildup can create an unhealthy indoor environment for your customers and staff.
Some of our specialties include: concrete spalling, brick or tuck pointing, and reinforcement steel (rebar). In this training, Mike and Bernard learned all about spray equipment and how to operate it. At Alpine, we feel that hands-on, one-on-one learning is the best way to achieve the best results from our employees. Epoxy floor coatings are the preferred finish for commercial and industrial applications in warehouses, healthcare facilities, pharmaceutical plants, manufacturing facilities and more because they perform as such. You can chose one solid color for your floor or create a decorative pattern using several colors. The correct preparation techniques require special equipment such as, shot blasting, scarifying and diamond grinding. Our on time reputation as a professional coatings resource makes Alpine Painting the best choice for epoxy floor surface preparation and coating applications.
March 7th than meet up with Steve & Dave Scaturro to network and learn the latest and greatest in our industry at the 2015 PDCA Expo. Our head salesmen and project managers lead over 800 volunteers in the repainting of the graffitied stadium. Protective layers should be reapplied in the off season so there is no downtime when the winter comes around. The Alpine Family took the opportunity this week to celebrate the birthday of Steve Scaturro, the Vice President and one of the Founders of Alpine Painting, and we plan on celebrating each and every one of our employees’ birthdays for years to come.
Yes, these colors stand out in a directory ad, but safety-red walls may be just a bit intimidating for people around them.
The way you look at your marketing material is the same way you should look at your office. Don't be afraid to use a colorful piece of art or an accent wall to dapper up your space. Whether making homemade dry-erase boards with special dry-erase paint, turning a wall into a mural of one of your jobs or hanging paint cans from the ceiling, find ideas that will spark creativity in your workplace. Whether you need your walls painted, your building waterproofed, or your space completely renovated, Alpine is here to service you. The event will be featuring exhibits with exciting new products and specialized SSPC training with more classes at one time, in one place, than any other time of year!
Make sure to remove all window and door screens, light fixtures, electrical covers, and plumbing outlets. Different levels in the surface will appear when painted so make sure that all surfaces are smooth and even. If the weather is too hot, the humidity can highly affect oil-based paints by turning the paint blotchy or showing color-variations in the film.
If you plan on selling or renting out your space, you have a legal obligation to inform the potential buyer or renter of any information you have about the lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards in your building.
The samples will then be tested by either portable x-ray fluorescence (XRF) or will be sent to laboratory recognized by the EPA’s National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program.
This is why some building owners decide to have both a paint inspection and risk assessment performed to their property. There are some precautions you can take to make sure that the lead does not affect you or people in the surrounding area.
This is why every year, for the past 3 years, Alpine has dedicated our time and efforts to feeding the less-fortunate families of Paterson, NJ for Thanksgiving. The Historic Preservation Commission did a fine job at recognizing local businesses, government boards and churches for their dedication to the preservation of historic landmarks in the city of Paterson. Because we pride ourselves on safety, this is a huge honor and privilege to be recognized for such a highly respected award among our peers.
The job entailed concrete repairs, installation of a mixing system, the use of a catholic protection system, and the application of a 3-coat protective coating system. When looking exclusively at how Alpine stacks up in New Jersey, we were ranked 15th overall. But this does not mean cities cannot learn from each other or seek ideas, inspiration and lessons from one another. I think more of that can happen," he says, adding that it is a different sort of model for delivery than the government paying for something and doing the installation itself. However, anyone carefully leafing through the pages of Order: The Story of Fangyuan Bookshop, is likely to be touched and amused by the ordinariness that is presented ingeniously through the airy and light interaction of text and image. It was a brave move, given that China was in turmoil - the Taiping Rebellion (1850-64) was in full swing - and with the Second Opium War (1856-60) about to reach its bloody conclusion, British adventurers were far from welcome in the country.
Whenever they spotted us, one of them would mutter, 'It's those guys again!'" recalled the 52-year-old author, with a laugh.
He then set up a youth association to promote communication between young people from Taiwan and the Chinese mainland. The progress over the past several months has been incredible," said the Spaniard, who used to be a youth trainer with La Liga club Celta Vigo.
But they need to improve the organization of the school league system to provide more competitions for the children," he said. China will be a likely bidder for construction contracts on the UK's HS2 high-speed rail link. His religious pursuits eventually led him to share his Buddhist mentor with his contemporary, Li Tong, who was 18 years his junior.
For childless eunuchs, these edifices could also function as ancestral halls, where they were venerated by pilgrims who had come to worship Buddha. Emperor Xuande, the Ming emperor of the day, ordered Zheng He's grand burial on a mountain slope in Nanjing.
Emperor Yongle (1360-1424) ordered its construction to honor the late emperor and empress, who were founders of the dynasty. The studio recently featured in a three-part TV documentary, Masters in the Forbidden City, about the work behind the scenes at the museum. A photographer with her tried to blow magnesia powder onto blazing paraldehyde to illuminate what can only be called a darkroom. As the beam of yellowish light swept across the wall, patches of fresco emerged one by one from the pitch black darkness to charm me with warm hues and myriad images, before retreating back into the shadows to resume their silent, self-effacing existence. According to the historical records, Li built the temple to express his gratitude for royal favor. Today the main hall is the only building that has survived the ages, the others being reproductions.
The temple, once a popular site of pilgrimage, gradually fell into disrepair, a state in which it remained during the tumult in the country in the first half of the 20th century, until the spring 1950, the year following the founding of the People's Republic of China.
She points out for me a horizontal line that goes through the 11-meter-long frescoes on both the eastern and western walls.
And the goddess, looking down with her willow leaf-shaped eyes, never takes her silent gaze off me.
And his religious pursuits eventually led him to share his Buddhist mentor with Li Tong, who was 18 years his junior. For childless eunuchs these edifices could also function as ancestral halls, where they were worshipped by people who had come on a pilgrimage to worship Buddha.
Some histories have said the Chinese character li here means messenger and has nothing to do with the widely used Chinese surname. Emperor Yongle (1360-1424) ordered its construction to honor the late emperor and empress, who were founders of the Ming Dynasty.
People have long argued that although Li built the Fahai Temple, ostensibly to show his indebtedness to Emperor Yingzong (1427-1464), the third Ming Emperor he served, the eunuch had his own agenda, as his tomb sits just a few hundred meters away down the slope, in the temple's southwest.
In 2015, the United States saw no improvement in its existent human rights issues, but reported numerous new problems. There were a total of 51,675 gun violence incidents in the United States in 2015 as of December 28, leaving 13,136 killed and 26,493 injured. The guards in Lowell Correctional Institution, the nation's largest women's prison, pressured hundreds of female inmates to barter sex for basic necessities and a shield from abuse, and 57 inmates have died in this prison over the past 10 years. Nothing came of the idea then, but in 1986 during the first MANSA meeting, Hale and Conrad both recalled the earlier occasion and the latter agreed to try and make good on the original plan. Since MANSA's founding many of the staff at ISH have become active members, participating in projects with their visiting colleagues, conducting their own research, and presenting papers at various international conferences. Several MANSA members have served as officers in WARA, including Jeanne Toungara, Secretary (1995-1997), Thomas Hale, Advisory Board (1995-99), David Conrad, Advisory Board (1995-97), Fiona McLaughlin, WARC Director (1999), and David Robinson, Vice-President (1996-2002). WARA President Edris Makward dedicated the conference to our departed friend, and her MANSA colleagues who remained to carry on included Ferdinand de Jong, Cornelia Giesing, Kathryn Green, Lilyan Kesteloot, Kirsten Langeveld, Barbara Lewis, Peter Mark, Muhammad SaA?dou N'Daou, David Robinson, Jeanne Toungara, Vera Viditz-Ward, and David Conrad (MANSA Newsletter 35, 1997: 1-2).
In 1994 MANSA members began contributing books to the new American Cultural Center Library, which at the time was directed by Mohamed Fofana. The war brought death and displacement to thousands of local citizens, and among the infrastructures most affected by the war's destruction was the building complex housing INEP which was located less than a kilometer from the initial frontline of the hostilities.
Other expenses were paid for by a generous contribution from Stephan BA?hnen's Bremer Stiftung fA?r Kultur und Sozialanthropologie (formerly the Bremer Stiftung fA?r Geschichte).
Another generous donation along with help from the MANSA treasury funded the Sunjata mural in the library reading room at the University of Kankan. In the nineteen ASA meetings since our founding (1987-2005), MANSA-members have organized more than fifty panels devoted to Mande studies. N'Fanly Kouyate, also of the University of Conakry, was the main force in acquiring a government apartment as residence and maison de passage for Fulbrighters and other American researchers at Boulibinet on the tip of the penninsula. A total of eleven African colleagues (one from Gambia, five from Guinea, and five from Mali) were fully funded through the combined efforts of Dutch agencies and MANSA donors, with some extra help from the MANSA treasury. This means that your HVAC system is being assisted in preventing moisture buildup and temperature changes due to dampness will decrease.
We have experience in waterproofing warehouses in towns all over New Jersey including South Plainfield, Piscataway, Clifton, South Brunswick, and Paterson. The STEP program evaluates a safe working culture and pushes us to exceed our current safety standards and performance. To Alpine, there is nothing more important than the safety of our workers and we would like to applaud them for taking safety seriously on each and every job. It is evaluated each day, on every job, to prevent injuries or death to our valued workforce. This means that all of our certified project managers must provide lead-safe work practices training to all non-certified renovation workers on each job site. Proper surface preparation is essential to ensure your new coating adheres properly to the surface. Dryfall paint will actually dry to a dust before it hits the ground, allowing it to be cleaned up easily by sweeping, rather than having to meticulously wipe it off items. Give Alpine a call and we will show you what an experienced contractor can do to make your manufacturing facility look and feel better for your employees and customers.
We have multiple safety training classes for our field workers throughout the year and take systematic approaches to the safety of our jobs day-in and day-out. Whether you manage a retail store, hospital, restaurant, hotel, office or apartment building; the exterior of your structure makes a difference between people walking in and walking on by. Alpine knows the proper waterproofing sealant application procedures as well as the right elastomeric coatings to use to prevent moisture buildup. They learned what a product data sheet is and the information it supplies, how to achieve a dry film thickness using a wet film thickness gauge, and learned all about spot readings. We plan on continuing this type of training for years to come and watching our employees prosper in the painting field. Cracks and crevices that once warehoused bacteria and dirt in your floor are no longer a problem when you fill them in with a smooth epoxy finish.
Contact us today if you feel that the epoxy coating is the best flooring solution for your facility!
This is why it is important to prevent any damage that can be caused by dirt, salt, acid, and moisture during the winter before the integrity of your equipment is depleted.
This step is important because it removes all the existing coating and corrosion, down to the bare substrate, and creates a fresh canvas for a new coating to adhere to. Find the purpose of your business and have it spring off your walls and resonate in your employees’ work. With clients such as Dunkin Donuts, AllState, Cannon and AT&T, we know what it takes to make a job look professional and keep our customers happy.
Even out the primer by using long brush strokes and once again, check the surface for any drips.
Condensation can cause bleed or shadowing in the surface which may cause dark streaks, blotches, or glossiness on the paint film. As the body absorbs nutrients and grows, lead transfers in and out of the bones, staying in your body for as long as twenty years. Since the report from either test does not indicate the condition of the paint or whether it poses a health risk, you may want to consider utilizing the next testing method which is a risk assessment.
First, make sure that the lead-based area is not a place where a lot of wear-and-tear occurs.
Projects that require this type of preparation include tank and tower coating, church steeple restoration, exterior high rise renovations, heat stacks, bridge painting, and more. A contractor that practices safe working habits has happier and healthier employees that are more likely to produce better standards of work. A unique feature of this job is that Alpine utilized a self-contained unit so there was no need for containment while blasting the exterior of the tank. The deft creativity of the designer of the flip-book presentation of the caricature faces of the man to the left of the strings that bind the book are something to marvel at.
Zheng Zihai, who has done extensive research into his ancestor's burial, says Li was responsible for construction of a temple tower in Zheng He's memory.
But those efforts went unrewarded, filming being abandoned when Morrison was accidentally burned. It was like being tantalized by a siren call, the frescoes under dim, wandering light seeming to call for attention but at the same time wanting to be left alone.
And to create the murals, artists were recruited from all over China and worked under the supervision of the most celebrated court painters of the day, among whom 15 had their names inscribed in a stele placed inside the temple. And the frescoes inside are the sole reminder of the length all those involved went to in creating this ultimate tribute to Buddha, and to the Ming emperors who were among the Buddha's most powerful worldly followers.
Zheng Zihai, who has done extensive research into the circumstances surrounding his ancestor's burial, says Li was responsible for the construction of a temple tower in Zheng He's memory. So, "Li Fushan", or "Fushan the messenger of Buddhism", refers to Zheng He himself rather than his friend and colleague Li Tong.
Bearing in mind that Emperor Yongle moved the capital from Nanjing to Beijing in 1421, the Temple of Gratitude is often viewed as the ultimate commemorative gesture from the emperor who, rather ironically, ascended the throne by rebelling against and killing his nephew Emperor Huizong, to whom his father had originally passed the crown. There were comments that the political system of the United States had been subverted to be a tool that provided returns to major political donors.
Robert Launay suggested that the editor ought to have a respectable title to make it worth his while, and that is how Conrad became President of the fledgling organization. More recently, MANSA preparations for the Sixth International Conference on Mande Studies that will be partly held in Kankan have been greatly aided by the dynamic support of the Recteur of the University of Kankan, Seydouba Camara. Occupation of the INEP complex by foreign troops resulted in near total destruction of the facility, including its library, research equipment and archives containing fifeen years' of painstakingly compiled audio, visual, and printed research documentation (MANSA Newsletter 38, 1998: 1-6).
Kaba suggested that another international conference on Mande studies would continue the trend of reclaiming African history for the continent (MANSA Newsletter 10, 1989: 3).
Ambassador to Mali, David Rawson, who drew a warm response from the Malian delegation by including some remarks in Bamanankan. We view this day as a reminder to stay committed to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers, including our own. We will forever stay committed to our safety program because to us there is nothing more important than having our workers go home safe to their families at the end of each day.
When it comes to manufacturing plants, Alpine has the right skills, patience and safety guidelines to contain your machinery and maneuver around it quickly and proficiently to satisfy your painting needs. We couldn’t be more proud of the hard work our Safety Manager and Field Workers put into the program and we are thankful to be recognized for their dedication. Different color coatings or line striping can be used to define safety zones, forklift traffic zones, assembly lines and more. Here at Alpine we will work with you to make sure we are using the paint best suited for your vehicles and equipment.
To reach the paints full color and coating effect, apply two coats of paint to the surface. We then create vent holes towards the top of the containment because without holes, the pressure difference can become so great that the entire containment can collapse.
We are so appreciative to have been a member of this event and look forward to hearing how our work has affected the community for decades to come. All of our achievements will keep us recognized as one of the top specialty contractors in the tri-state area for years to come. And Zheng He, as an active participant in the military campaign, fought personally for the soon-to-be Emperor Yongle and gained his lifelong favor. Early on, MANSA began receiving electronic bulletins from INEP Director Peter Mendy in Dakar via Cornelia Giesing who had taken refuge in Germany. While being exposed to the elements and extreme temperature changes day in and day out your warehouses is bound to react.
Make sure to prime the surfaces where you see rust or surfaces where the sealant will not bond to. Finally, after all surface preparation is completed, we begin priming and painting with high performance, rust inhibitive coatings.
Whether you are looking for a high-gloss finish, excellent durability, stand-out colors, or all of the above, Alpine will find the right solution.
Here at Alpine we used common colors, wall designs, art, and canvas photos of our projects in every room to keep a theme throughout the office. The bulletins periodically updated progress of the hostilities, cease-fires and negotiations.
Chaired by David Dalby, the official conference program lists 240 participants, ninety-four of which presented papers.
The popular will was abducted by factionalism in the United States, because the interests involved in election made it unable for the Democratic Party and the Republican Party to coordinate on and work out policies that were in line with the popular will. That meeting included nearly every notable scholar in Mande studies at that time, along with many others who would later make significant contributions to the field. Water can deteriorate the substrate, ultimately causing exposure of lead to the surrounding area.



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