Artistic mini golf in UAE hopes to tackle social issues

admin   •   February 5, 2019   •   7036


Mini golf  course | Reuters

A mini golf course is not typically surrounded by rusty metal wall sheets and loops of barbed wire, but the designer of this Dubai attraction wants players to think about global borders as they play.

At the unconventional mini golf course in the United Arab Emirates, nine artists hope to make people think about social issues.

“This is a sculpture garden. It’s a nine-hole, artist-designed mini golf course. Each of the sculptures is a playable object designed around a social, environmental or contemporary issue,” said David Darts, dean of the art faculty at New York university in Abu Dhabi and organiser of the “Putting for Pleasure and Politics” exhibition.

Wealth disparity, global warming and racial and gender injustice are some of the social issues the artists tackled in the individually designed golf holes.

“The idea is you play a round of golf and you’re confronted with an absurd version of our contemporary reality,” said Darts.

Marcus Booth, a 41-year-old lawyer who took his young daughter to the exhibition, said the course made him think more deeply about some of the issues raised.

Children were also allowed to try the mini courses and get a glimpse of the issues presented in the artworks. — Reuters

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PH Embassy retains lawyer for Pinay worker case in Abu Dhabi

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 16, 2019

Mary Jean Balag-ey Alberto

The Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi has retained a lawyer for the case of overseas Filipino worker Mary Jean Balag-ey Alberto who died in Abu Dhabi on October 2.

“The Embassy now retains a lawyer to pursue immediate legal steps in connection with the death of Alberto,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) statement reads.

Based on reports from local authorities in Abu Dhabi, Alberto reportedly jumped from the building where she worked.

Foreign Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola said the department is already in coordination with the family of Alberto.

“The Department shall respond appropriately once the results of the forensic investigation are released,” she said.

“The Department is extending all assistance necessary in the immediate resolution of the case, as well as in the repatriation of Ms. Alberto’s remains to the Philippines,” the statement added.—AAC

DFA warns against illegal recruiters anew as it repatriates 158 trafficked OFWs

Marje Pelayo   •   October 7, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reiterated on Sunday (October 6) its warning to Filipinos seeking employment abroad against the use of tourist or visit visas to secure overseas jobs.

The agency said such practice will only expose Filipino applicants to abuse and exploitation by their employers.

The Department added that they have been receiving reports regarding illegal recruiters using a third or fourth country— usually where visa is not required for Filipinos — as transit points to send Filipino workers to banned destinations.

On Sunday, the DFA welcomed 158 OFWs repatriated from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 74 of them from Abu Dhabi and 84 others from Dubai.

“These workers were found to have left the country using short-term visit visas and were promised to be issued with work visas by illegal recruiters,” said Consul General to Dubai Paul Raymund Cortes.

“Many of them were overworked, suffered maltreatment, and experienced contract violations by their employer,” he added.

The DFA shouldered the maintenance and operating expenses of government shelters in Abu Dhabi and Dubai as well as the cost of processing of the OFWs’ exit visas, their airfare to Manila and to their respective home provinces.

Honest Filipina barista honored by Dubai police

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 12, 2019

An honest Filipina barista was honored by the Dubai police after returning a bag containing cash and checks amounting to P9 million.

Mae Ann Olmidillo works at a coffee shop in Dubai Mall. When she found the bag, she never hesitated to return it to the owner.

“Hindi po akin iyon at alam kong may return si God para sa akin (It was not mine, and I knew God will provide something in return),” she said.

The bag contained DH195,000 (P2.75 million) and two checks worth DH500,000 and DH6,250 which is equivalent to around P7 million. There was also a checkbook and several important documents.

Dubai Police officials surprised Mae Ann during her shift and awarded her with a certificate of recognition and a gift for her honesty.—AAC

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