Suzanne DeLaurentiis To Host Charity PreEmmy Gifting Suite

first_imgSuzanne DeLaurentiis and Promethean Light Media will host a Pre-Emmy Gifting Suite to benefit VETS.

Suzanne DeLaurentiis Emmy InviteSuzanne DeLaurentiis and Promethean Light Media along with exclusive media partners Tamara Henry (Vanilla Fire Productions & GreenTwithTamara.TV), It’s So L.A. and Alegria Magazine will celebrate with Emmy Nominees and Presenters on September 22 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood from 10am-5pm.

Promethean Light Media (PLMedia) produces digital media projects for any business need, whether you’re looking to create a new branding strategy, market a new product or service, want to shoot a local commercial that will gain you increased visibility or are dreaming of something even bigger.PLMedia was established on the principle that any project can be extraordinary when its created by looking through the right lens. Their creative team will help you achieve the perfect marketing or branding effort through a collaborative process that takes your requirements and blasts them into the stratosphere in terms of the visual results. Their goal is simple: create and deliver services and products that exceed your expectations, amaze your customer audience and lead to lasting relationships.

Celebrities that visit the suite will spend a day being pampered with sponsor products and services including: skincare by New Image, VIP bags by Arbonne, makeup by Jentry Kelley, hairstyles by Kayla Lister, relaxing drinks by Zenify & Organo Gold, cocktails by Tequila Loca & O.N.E. Coconut Water, and all natural snacks by Andre Gordon of USANA. Other gifts include: Hint Water, Bubba Sweets award winning cupcakes, Threadless graphic t-shirts, Wired for Freedom jewelry, and Skineez Shapewear, among other sponsors. Pierre Garden Restaurant & Bar will cater French-Mediterranean food. Guests will have a chance to meet the vets and take photos with them at our exclusive photo studio by Jessica Turner & Bernard Hinson Photography.

All proceeds raised from this star-studded event will benefit the VETS.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more


The part about copper and the bank V

first_imgFULL SPECIAL REPORTBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsJohn Reynolds’ name was on two folders among the hundreds of documents seized by police when they raided Michael Chamas’ house, Federal Court records show.One folder, item 076-031, was titled “Hon John Reynolds Laurentian Bank project Letr (sic).” The other folder, item 095a-027, was titled “Reynolds John Laurentian Bank of Canada Ltr(sic).”Court documentsDownload (PDF, Unknown)No description accompanied the two items on the list filed by the RMCP in Federal Court as part of the Revenue Canada case against Chamas.Reynolds is a former Reform Party and Conservative MP who co-chaired Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s leadership campaign in 2004. He was also the federal Conservative campaign chair during the 2006 election.APTN National News obtained one letter Reynolds wrote one letter to Chamas.It was dated Nov. 23, 2006, and titled “Project to Purchase Laurentian Bank of Canada.”“I was very happy to hear about your interest and inquiry into the acquisition of the Laurentian Bank of Canada,” the letter said. “As part of the advisory team on this project…I am pleased to provide my expertise and assistance to you…I will be pleased and privileged working with you and trusting that your group of investors shall be successful in this acquisition. I look forward to meeting with you in Montreal.”The letterDownload (PDF, Unknown)Reynolds never met Chamas, and in an email said he was “never formally involved in any bank purchase. My role in life is an advisor.”Reynolds referred questions on the issue to John Crosbie, currently the lieutenant-governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.There was a rumour that the Laurentian Bank was available for sale.On paper, the team assembled to purchase the bank seemed formidable.It not only included Crosbie and Reynolds, but also former Quebec justice minister Jerome Choquette and former senior CIBC official Jacques L’Abbe, according to spreadsheet attached to a “letter of agreement” signed Montreal bankruptcy lawyer and Conservative fundraiser David Bernstein, Michael Chamas, and Robert Foster, president of Capital Canada, a Toronto-based investment banking firm.Choquette and l’Abbe did not respond to requests for comment.The Nov. 17, 2006, agreement outlined the basics of how the project would unfold and how the fees would be divided.Chamas also agreed to deposit $500,000 “in trust” to Crosbie for reimbursing any expenses incurred by the “advisors” involved in the project, according to the letter of agreement.The letter of agreementDownload (PDF, Unknown)Crosbie said the matter about the $500,000 was “purely a product” of a reporter’s “imagination.”Crosbie said, “There is no such understanding that I ever understood or agreed to.”According to Foster, the Laurentian Bank project was “stillborn” and amounted to nothing more than “paper shuffling” and talk.“I doubt that the senior officers at the bank ever even knew that these people were sort of scurrying around,” said Foster. “There was a little bit of a dance and there was nothing.”Gladys Caron, Laurentian Bank’s vice-president of communications and investor relations, said the bank received no contact from Bernstein’s group.“We really don’t know them, we never heard of them,” said Caron.The plan never got off the ground because Chamas never forwarded the $1.5 billion.Four months after Capital Canada’s letter of agreement was sent around and signed, Bernstein wrote a letter to Chamas expressing frustration with the businessman.Bernstein wrote saying he had done everything Chamas asked, including getting his common-law wife a reprieve from being kicked out of the country and laying the groundwork for a reception with the “VIPS in the financial milieu of Canada (sic).”Bernstein wrote he had contacted former Senator Michael Fortier, who was public works minister at the time, and then-foreign affairs minister Maxime Bernier.“I received an affirmative reply,” wrote Bernstein, in the Feb. 19, 2007 letter. “As of this date, no reception has taken place due in part to your continuing difficulties with Revenue Canada and the inability to finalize the project going forward.”Chamas said in an interview he was holding back on the money until Bernstein managed to get his tax problems fixed.Bernstein, apparently, got the message, and again enlisted his friend Crosbie to deal with Revenue Canada, according to a July 11, 2007 email sent to Juanita Cree, Chamas’ former assistance who now claims to have framed her former boss by planting the two guns in his house found by police during a raid on March 26, 2008.“Mr. Crosbie requires an advance of $5,000 to cover expenses…to be produced plus a $10,000 retainer plus applicable taxes,” wrote Bernstein. “Upon receipt of the retainer, he will travel to Montreal within the next 10 days to meet and discuss all matters with MC, prior to contacting the powers that be in Ottawa.”Crosbie said he did meet Chamas once in Montreal and held one meeting with Revenue Canada about the businessman’s tax issues.“Mr. Chamas was only a client of mine indirectly because the late David Bernstein,” said Crosbie in an email. “If my memory is right, I can only remember meeting Chamas once in Montreal at a meeting arranged in Montreal… I remember a meeting involving Revenue Canada in Montreal but do not remember the date.”Crosbie said the only money he remembers coming from Chamas was a $5,000 retainer provided to Crosbie’s former law firm Cox & Palmer.Crosbie said his law firm closed Chamas’ file on May 5, 2009, and the final bill did not include any time spent by Crosbie on the case.“They advised I had not included any time spent by myself on the file,” said Crosbie.Crosbie, however, initially said in an interview that he never met Chamas.“I never met this person,” said Crosbie. “So I don’t know who you are referring to, Chamus, or something like that. I never met him.”Crosbie described his dealings with Chamas as “peripheral.”Police, however, also found three different documents with Crosbie’s name among the hundreds of files they seized from Chamas’ house.One of the documents was a 29-page mandate letter from Chamas to Crosbie; the other was a five page letter from Cox & Palmer written to Chamas concerning Crosbie.The third document was a letter written by Crosbie to a Scottish businessman named Lawrence Gillick concerning Chamas.Court recordsDownload (PDF, Unknown)Download (PDF, Unknown)Crosbie says he doesn’t remember writing the letter.“I do not remember any letter that I sent to a person named Lawrence Gillick on behalf of Chamas,” said Crosbie, in an email.It seems Gillick was pursuing Chamas over a load of 700 kilograms of copper.For more on Lawrence Gillick click here.The copper, according to Chamas and a source with knowledge of the police file on the issue, had supposedly been broken down into the two isotopes that make up the metal, Cu63 and Cu65.Copper isotopes, which usually take the form of oxide powder, can range in price from $3 to $10 a milligram, according to Mitch Ferren, of the Isotope business office with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The laboratory is linked to the U.S. Department of Energy.The separated isotopes can be used in research for things like measuring the level of copper in the human body. Cu63 can also be turned into radioactive isotope Cu64 by hitting it with a neutron, said Ferren. Cu64 can be used in cancer treatment and other medical applications, he said.Ferren said the price is not based on a market value, but on how much it costs to make it which usually requires electromagnetic separation. He said researchers would never purchase more than a few milligrams at a time.Chamas, and the separate source, believed the total copper isotope haul was worth over $2 billion.Chamas gained ownership of the load which belonged to a Russian company called Rostok Invest International which was registered in the British Virgin Islands.The copper ended up in Dubai, according to customs documents.Dubai customsDownload (PDF, Unknown)Gillick wanted to get the copper back.“The recovery of the copper that has been shipped to Dubai is getting more difficult with every passing day,” wrote Gillick’s lawyer Simon Kunz, in an April 2, 2008 letter to a Swiss prosecutor. “We believe it would be expedient if you could contact the Canadian police since they have coincidentally secured documents that prove that the copper was transported…to Dubai.”Kunz could not be reached for comment.Chamas said the transaction was legit and he became the rightful owner of the copper, but he no longer knows where it is.The RCMP was also interested in the copper file and it came up during the interrogation of Daniele Guarino, who was arrested during the Operation Cancun sweep.Cpl. John Athanasiades told Guarino that the RCMP received “source information” about copper and Chamas.Guarino said Chamas told him he had the copper and was going to use it to get “millions of dollars” from the bank to fund a business venture they were planning to ship supplies like concrete and reinforced iron from Montreal to Dubai’s booming construction industry.“Mr. Chamas told me he had some copper and he told me he could sell it,” said Guarino, according to a video of the March 26, 2008, interrogation.It seems investigators believed it was a valuable haul.“So how much copper are we talking about here?” said Athanasiades.“I have no idea…I don’t know why copper not gold… Isn’t gold more valuable than copper?” said Guarino.“Is it?” said Athanasiades.“Well gold’s a $1,000 a frigging ounce,” said Guarino.“Man…I know nothing about copper,” said Athanasiades. “It’s not like gold or anything, is it?”Based on the details of the load contained in a document from the Berlin security company that held it, there was nothing special about this type of copper, said Ferren.The document from RI-ST Security notes it was holding 692 kilograms of the “high-purity” copper in 47 sealed wooden boxes. It describes the isotopic fraction of the copper as being 69.09 per cent Cu63 and 30.91 per cent Cu65, which is the description of natural copper, said Ferren .Security firm documentDownload (PDF, Unknown)“It is regular copper with a high level of chemical purity, probably dollars a pound,” said Ferren.The price of copper spiked to $8,000 per 1,000 kilograms on Oct. 27 on news of the European Union debt deal.Ferren said it’s not uncommon for his laboratory to get calls from financial institutions asking for information about the value of so-called high purity copper and most of the time it’s just the regular type passed off as something more.He’s also heard of insurance companies getting hit with claims that this so-called high value copper has been stolen.“You will have some folks that will try to use it for collateral to get loans. You might have somebody that loses the material or gets it stolen trying to make an interest claim,” he said. “You have to be careful when people say they have something valuable…they’ll try to portray it as being a very high purity copper that has some high value and really it is just copper, there really is no high value application.”For his part, Crosbie says he knew nothing about anything having to do with copper.“I do not remember any letter that I sent to a person named Lawrence Gillick on behalf of Chamas and certainly know nothing about any copper deal between Chamas and a Russian company or any company,” said Crosbie in an emailDays before Crosbie officially took up his post as Newfoundland and Labrador’s next lieutenant-governor, he dictated a letter that was sent Chamas severing their ties.“I have now left the practice of law with Cox& Palmer and am not now practicing as a lawyer, but have adopted non-practicing status in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said a heavily redacted copy of the Feb. 1, 2008-dated letter obtained by APTN National News.“In this letter, I will bring you up-to-date on what my conclusions were with respect to the various problems you were having that required legal advice when you retained me in early December by way of David Bernstein to act for you on these matters.”The letterDownload (PDF, Unknown)jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more


Terror financing: ED slaps Rs 15L penalty, confiscates Rs 7L money

first_imgNew Delhi: The ED said Friday that it has imposed a penalty of Rs 15 lakh on three alleged terrorist organisation operatives and has confiscated cash worth Rs 7 lakh in a 17-year-old terror funding case linked to the banned outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).The penalty and confiscation action has been taken under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and three people — Mohd Ayub Mir, Bechh Raj Bengani and Harbans Singh — have been charged under it, the agency said in a statement. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The FEMA Adjudicating Authority imposed a penalty of Rs 5 lakh on Mir, Rs 7 lakh on Bengani and Rs 3 lakh on Singh and also ordered for the confiscation of seized cash of Rs 7 lakhs under an order of March 27, it said. Under the FEMA, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is empowered to impose penalty on those who contravene the law and the seized amount is confiscated by it. A special director rank officer of the agency functions as the Adjudicating Authority. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe ED took over the case on the basis of a Delhi Police’s Special Cell action when it arrested Mir on July 2, 2002 while he was allegedly receiving hawala payment of Rs 7 lakh from Singh for terrorist acts. Mir, it alleged, is an active member of the LeT and was also wanted by the Jammu and Kashmir Police. Singh was working as a driver of Bengani and was engaged in delivering cash on the instruction of his employer to Mir. According to the agency, Bengani was “an infamous racketeer” in hawala trade of criminal evasion of legal banking routes to launder illegal funds.last_img read more


Japanese MP: LGBT Are ‘Unproductive’

Rabat – Mio Sugita, a member of the Japanese parliament, has sparked a wave of criticism by calling LGBT people “unproductive.”The controversy-prone MP from the parliament’s lower house argued in a recent article that taxpayer money should not be used to support same-sex couples because they are unproductive and of no use to Japanese society, the Guardian reported. They “don’t produce children,” Sugita’s article said of same-sex couples. She added: “In other words, they lack productivity and, therefore, do not contribute to the prosperity of the nation.” Sugita, a member of the incumbent Liberal and Democratic Party (LDP) and an ally of Prime Minister Abe, has not offered an apology for her remarks, despite the shock and the nationwide criticism her article has caused. A statement from her office has said, however, that the MP “took the matter seriously.”While Sugita is not new to political firestorms—she once said that the use of sex slaves by Japanese soldiers during the second war, a historically documented fact, was a Korean fabrication—her LGBT comments were roundly dismissed by her own party.Expressing its commitment to diversity and respect for minority rights, the party said in a statement that they did not support the MP’s controversial article because “it shows her lack of understanding of (LGBT) issues and consideration for the feelings of the people involved. Despite Prime Minister Abe subsequently saying that it is “natural to aim to create a society where human rights are respected and diversity is cherished,” the party’s perceived offhand attitude towards LGBT and minority issues ignited further criticism earlier this week when Tomu Tanigawa, another LDP MP, said that homosexuality was “a matter of choice.”When asked to comment on his “matter of choice” statement, Tanigawa offered a more ambivalent explanation, saying that while he did not oppose same-sex relationships, he disapproved of the legalization of same-sex marriages. “A man and woman get married and have children. That is how a traditional family is formed,” Tanigawa said. “Humans have been doing so from antiquity to prevent nations from falling into decline and ruin.” read more


In Haiti UN staff remember their fallen colleagues

28 January 2010Humanitarian AidSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to United Nations personnel who perished in the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti earlier this month, hailing their courage and dedication in the face of catastrophe. “You, yourselves, lost loved ones,” Mr. Ban said in a message to a memorial service for staff members of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) in the capital, Port-au-Prince. “Yet your thoughts were with those who could yet be saved.”Yesterday, he put the UN death toll at 83, with 32 people still unaccounted for.“In the face of such terrible adversity, you showed your humanity and your strength,” the Secretary-General said in his address, delivered by his acting Special Representative Edmond Mulet.His two top envoys – Hédi Annabi and Luiz Carlos da Costa – were both killed in the quake, which registered 7.0 on the Richter scale.Days after the disaster, Mr. Ban travelled to Haiti to show his support to the country’s people and to UN staff, returning to New York with the bodies of Mr. Annabi and Mr. da Costa, an experience which he said was one of the saddest in his life, but also one of “the most privileged.”In his message to MINUSTAH staff members, he stressed, “we are with you in spirit. To those no longer with us, I say: we will never forget you.”Once all of the fallen UN personnel have been recovered, a memorial service will be held in New York, where their names will be read out, the Secretary-General announced today.In Geneva, the Human Rights Council today adopted a resolution calling for the international community to supporting the people and Government of Haiti, stressing the importance of taking a human rights approach to the relief and recovery effort.During a special session, the 47-member body expressed its concern over the rights situation in the country, calling for children to be protected from violence, injury, abuse and exploitation.In the town of Jacmel, south of Port-au-Prince, MINUSTAH Police and Sri Lankan blue helmets yesterday helped the Haitian National Police provide security for the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which distributed almost 20,000 food rations.In the capital, MINUSTAH Police carried out almost 300 security patrols, assisted with 10 humanitarian escorts and provided security for dozens of banks which re-opened for business at the end of last week.The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that hundreds of thousands of people still need food and shelter. Thousands of stoves are required to transition from providing ready-to-eat meals to dry rations of rice and beans.On health, the World Health Organization (WHO) notes that tetanus and suspected measles cases have been reported in Léogâne, a city just to the west of Port-au-Prince. A vaccination campaign for diphtheria, tetanus and measles will kick off next week.For its part, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is registering unaccompanied children found on the streets of the capital, with plans to shortly start tracing their families’ whereabouts. The agency has also set up so-called safe spaces for these children to protect them until their families are found or alternative arrangements are made.In a related development, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has identified major short- and longer-term environmental issues in Haiti, including an ever-increasing amount of medical waste, with no systems or equipment in place to dispose of potentially hazardous materials.The agency also warned of the large volume of rubble, which could be in the tens of millions of ton, as well as the risk of landslides, which have already been witnessed on hillsides and could worsen after the season’s first heavy rains. read more


Soaring temperatures add to threats facing children in Syria warns UNICEF

“Without enough safe water and sanitation, the likelihood that children in Syria and those living as refugees around the region will fall sick with diarrhoea and other diseases is certain to rise,” said Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.In Syria, the availability of safe water is one third what it was before the crisis. Many of the civilians displaced by the conflict live in overcrowded shelters with insufficient access to toilets and showers. Sewage systems are damaged or overwhelmed by the increase in displaced populations, the agency stated in a news release. In refugee camps like Domiz in Iraq – expanded to accommodate around 25,000 people but now hosting almost twice that number – conditions are just as severe. In Jordan’s Za’atari camp, aid agencies are struggling to meet the needs of what is now the world’s second biggest refugee camp, housing at least 120,000 people.In Lebanon, more than half a million refugees are scattered in host communities and in informal tented settlements, placing increased pressure on existing water and sanitation services. Multiple families often share small apartments or live in makeshift settlements that lack access to safe water, basic toilets and waste collection. Women and children often have to walk long distances to collect water that in many cases may be unfit for drinking, UNICEF noted. There are some 6.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of the fighting between the Syrian army and opposition forces seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad. The crisis, which began in March 2011, has claimed more than 93,000 lives and sent some 1.5 million people fleeing to neighbouring countries for safety.As the escalating conflict triggers larger population movements, UNICEF has accelerated efforts to provide sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services, reaching almost nine million people since the beginning of the year.The agency warns, however, that funding constraints remain an issue. “Providing water, sanitation and hygiene services to those affected by this crisis is our most costly operation – but one of the least funded,” Ms. Calivis said.UNICEF needs more than $200 million for its water, sanitation and hygiene programmes in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq until the end of the year. Nearly half way through the year, it remains $124 million short of this target.Even as UN agencies and their partners are working to assist those in need, civilians continue to bear the brunt of the conflict. Yesterday, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos told reporters that the violence and “complete disregard for human life and dignity” had reached “unprecedented” levels during recent weeks. Just a couple of days ago, at least five Palestinian refugees were killed when mortar shells struck a school run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in a camp outside of Damascus. Eleven people – including an UNRWA staff member – sustained injuries in the incident. One more refugee was killed in another area of the camp.“UNRWA fervently appeals to all sides and the international community to resolve the Syria conflict through a peaceful process of mediation and dialogue,” the agency said in a statement.As part of ongoing efforts to find a political solution to the crisis, Russia, the United States and the UN will reconvene in Geneva on 25 June to continue discussions on the holding of an international conference on Syria. The UN delegation will be headed by the Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, who earlier this month stressed that a political solution is the only way to resolve the crisis. “The catastrophe on the ground is alarming,” he had stated. “That tragedy has got to come to an end, for the sake of Syria and its people.”Also urging a negotiated political solution was Paulo Pinheiro, the Chair of the UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry on Syria, who stressed the need for a “diplomatic surge” to end the conflict.“Syria is in freefall,” Mr. Pinheiro told reporters in New York after briefing members of the Security Council on the Commission’s latest report. “Crimes that shock the conscience have become a daily reality in Syria. Humanity has been the casualty of this war. This is the price of the international collective failure to end this conflict.”The delivery of arms, he added, will only push the parties further into conflict and farther away from the negotiating table. “Those arms will contribute to the escalation of war crimes and gross human rights violations,” he warned, adding that there is no military solution to the crisis. read more


Eskenazi tribute a success

first_imgThe Roza Eskenazi Tribute, presented by the Australian Hellenic Council (NSW) and Out of the Blue Music, delivered on its promises of being a monumental extravaganza. Almost 500 people packed Sydney’s The Factory Theatre last Wednesday to remember a legend. Dedicated to the memory, legacy, and contributions to Hellenic and world music of Roza Eskenazi, it combined music, dance and narrative into a journey through the life and times of this amazing performer. Reflecting the culturally diverse life of the Sephardi-born Hellene performer, the audience drew together people from a number of communities from across Sydney: Hellenic, Armenian, Assyrian, Jewish, Anglo-Australian and more. There were a number of surprises throughout the evening with a special appearance by the Greek Folk Dancers of NSW and a message from Roy Sher director and producer of My Sweet Canary, an Israeli-Hellenic co-production about the great rembetissa. “I am so happy that Roza is now being recognised, remembered all over the world, and that her music is now more popular then ever’, stated the Israeli producer. ‘I want to thank the organisers of this wonderful evening – the Australian Hellenic Council New South Wales – for giving me the opportunity to address you tonight,” said Sher. “The great Greek poet Kavafis, wrote in his poem Ithaca: Ithaca gave you the marvellous journey. Without her you would not have set out. She has nothing left to give you now. So thank you for coming and remembering, and thank you Roza, for the journey. We couldn’t ask for more than that.” AHC NSW Secretary Mary Giannisis and AHC NSW Vice-President John Petropoulos shared MC duties, while AHC NSW Director of Policy Research, Dr Panayiotis Diamadis, provided the narrative. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Dr Alfred Vincent on the development of El Grecos work

first_img“Dominikos Theotokopoulos, El Greco, is still, in some ways, an enigma,” says Modern Greek professor Dr Alfred Vincent, wondering “how is it that so many myths have grown up about El Greco?”Dr Vincent will present a lecture to answer that question and many more when he presents ‘El Greco: Man, Myth and Manner’ this Thursday evening as a part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne. Dr Vincent has a degree in Classics, a PhD on a Modern Greek topic, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Crete. In 1973 he was appointed to introduce Modern Greek studies at the University of Sydney, where he taught until 1998, and is now an honorary affiliate. Much of his research has been on the society and culture of Venetian Crete; he has worked extensively on primary sources as a guest of the Hellenic Institute in Venice. With the aid of Powerpoint slides, he will trace the development of El Greco’s work from Crete to Venice, Rome, and Spain, while aiming to address some basic questions such as: · How do recent discoveries about El Greco’s early life affect our understanding of his work? · How is his art related to the post-Byzantine tradition in which he was trained? · What is his relationship to the Mannerist style that was spreading throughout Europe in his time? · How did he fit into the militant Catholic society of his adopted country, Spain, which was so different from that of his homeland, Crete? When: Thursday 17 August at 7.00 pm Where: Greek Centre, 168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC For more information, call (03) 9662 2722 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Moreno not happy with the lack of playing time

first_imgLiverpool defender Alberto Moreno has vented his anger towards manager Jurgen Klopp due to the lack of playing time, suggesting a return to Spain may be on the cards.The former Sevilla left-back has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield with only two league fixtures under his belt this campaign.“I do not feel good, that is the truth,” Moreno told Football Espana via Cadena Ser.“I hurt myself giving everything for this team and I think that when I came back from injury, I deserved an opportunity.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“The situation is normal for a lot of players but simply I did not like the way he (Jurgen Klopp) has treated me, you can say that.“Moving back to Spain is something I have thought about, I am tired of the cold here but I do not know about interests from other clubs.“I am in my fifth year here, there is no agreement on a renewal and in January I am free to listen to any offer.”last_img read more


ShoreZone photographers shoot thousands of photos to map changing coasts

first_imgHow many photos do you figure you shoot out the window when you take a trip?  5? 10? 20? How many of you take a picture every three seconds?KUCB’s Zoe Sobel caught up with a helicopter crew of modern mapmakers who shoot 3-5,000 photos a day.Download AudioThe ShoreZone flight crew (Photo courtesy of Pipa Escanlante)Imagine looking out a helicopter window taking pictures as you’re traveling 60 miles an hour and you’re only 300 feet over the Eastern Aleutian Islands.That’s a typical day for the four-person ShoreZone flight crew. But why spend so much time when there are satellites?“People have said well why don’t you just use satellite imagery so you can get one picture of everything. But of course the satellite picture is also limited in resolution,” said oceanographer Carl Schoch. “If we’re trying to resolve objects on shore that are on the scale of centimeters. That’s actually very hard to do unless you get this kind of imagery.”Schoch added that there actually are no maps like this.“There are lots of other coastal maps out there — navigation charts, topographic maps — there are even other maps of shoreline habitats but none that match the imagery up with the map,” Schoch said.The team can map the shoreline biology because the photographs are shot at an angle, which makes it easier to see cliffs and overhanging vegetation.Over a week, they are documenting more than 1,300 miles of shoreline through video and still imagery. But there is a short window each year for photographing the shore – it can only be done during extreme low tides in the spring and summer when the intertidal flora is blooming.To get everything done, the team is on a tight schedule with every five minutes mapped out. Any delay can ruin the entire day.“All it takes is one flat tire or if anything were to happen here and all of a sudden the whole day is shot. We couldn’t go out,” said Schoch. “That one event would just destroy the whole project. We don’t have an extra day at the end of the tide to make it up. Coming back for 400 km of shoreline isn’t worth it.”Back in the lab in Victoria, British Columbia, the thousands of still images are stitched together using a technique called structure form motion.  Every single pixel gets a latitude, longitude and elevation creating a 3-dimensional model of the shoreline. And that step takes a long time. It will be at least six months before this project is completed.Online everyone can access ShoreZone’s maps and video. When the program began in the 1980s, it was intended for oil spill responses. But over the years, that has changed. Schoch said people can use the data in many ways.“From beach walkers to people who are planning for making development plans on the coast or very large ecological questions that have to do with the entire gulf of Alaska, this project has relevance to all of them,” Schoch said.In the winter months, Archaeologist Martin Stanford scrolls through the still photographs and video. The photos help him plan summer trips to explore old village sites where he can document stonefish traps and canoe ramps built nearly 600 years ago.This trip to the Eastern Aleutians is part of a larger project mapping the entire coast of the Pacific Northwest.  Alaska is 90 percent done while the coasts of Washington, Oregon and British Columbia are completed.Certain areas of Alaska’s coast have been mapped more than once. With the ShoreZone project nearly finished, Schoch thinks people will be interested in seeing how fast their shoreline is changing.“Now that we are thinking about remapping this becomes relevant because we can compare old 3D models to new 3D models and we can measure the change on a shoreline due to wave erosion or sea level rise,” said Schoch.last_img read more


Kashmir floods make IMA defer strike against NMC Bill

first_imgNew Delhi : The IMA on Wednesday said it has deferred its August 8 strike against the National Medical Commission Bill to a later date after receiving “certain clarifications and assurances” from Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. The India Medical Association said in a statement the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, heavy floods in the northeast, Karnataka, Maharashtra and other parts as well as the death of former Union minister Sushma Swaraj was taken into consideration to postpone the strike. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us The doctors’ body appealed to President Ram Nath Kovind to withhold assent until the “dangers to the health of the nation” accruing from several sections of the bill are addressed. The bill proposes to replace the Medical Commission of India with a National Medical Commission to regulate all aspects of medical education, profession and institutions. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us But doctors say some sections in the bill, unless amended, will deteriorate medical education and degrade healthcare services. IMA said its delegation recently met Vardhan and “in view of certain clarifications and assurances given by him and considering the prevailing situation” in J&K, floods and Swaraj’s demise, it has deferred its call for withdrawal of services to a later date. Advertise With Us It also said there is a need for further dialogue and creating awareness about hazards of certain provisions of NMC Bill. The IMA, however, said it extends support to medical students and resident doctors and will continue to add momentum to the movement till “justice is rendered”. “IMA has decided an aggressive public campaign against Section 32, 50 and 51 which legitimises quackery and promotes crosspathy, Section 10.1 (i) on capping of fee in undergraduate and post graduate medical education on Section 15 the lingering uncertainty of the career of medical students and Section 29.3 and 28.7 on quality of medical education,” it said.last_img read more


Sara Ali Khan turns heads with her steamy photoshoot for Vogue India

first_imgSara Ali Khan’s Vogue India photoshootVogue India InstagramSara Ali Khan is the new Bollywood sensation, and her latest photoshoot for Vogue India will simply leave you jaw-dropped.The star kid started her Bollywood career with two back to back box office hit movies. First, she impressed audience with her acting in Kedarnath, and then she enjoyed commercial success in the form of Simmba.However, the actress seems to be unstoppable as now she is making heads turn with her sizzling photoshoot for Vogue India. The Instagram handle of the magazine has shared some of her photos from the shoot. This is the first time Sara has gone for such a raunchy photoshoot, and she has simply nailed it.Although she is mostly seen carrying a cute and bubbly character, this photoshoot proves that the young diva is ready to take down the hottest of Bollywood actresses.Saif Ali Khan’s daughter has won the hearts of millions in a short span of time. Fans love not just her onscreen avatars but also how she is in real life. She is often seen taking selfies with fans, and has never been heard to throw tantrums.She has also been in news these days for her growing closeness with her “crush” Kartik Aaryan. The two have been busy shooting for their movie Love Aaj Kal 2, but have been spotted multiple times together off the sets as well.Rumours of their romance started after Sara openly admitted that she wants to date Kartik. Since then, the two got extremely fond of each other, and are apparently quite comfortable together.Check Sara’s hot photoshoot for Vogue India:last_img read more


Studies Examine Reasons Companies Target Poor Minority Communities for Hazardous Dumps

first_imgMinority and low-income communities often lack economic and political clout, making them the path of least resistance for companies looking to dump their hazardous waste. That’s among several conclusions of a new environmental justice study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Montana.Paul Mohai, professor in Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, and Robin Saha, associate professor of environmental studies at the University of Montana, analyzed 30 years of demographic data about the placement of U.S. hazardous waste facilities and published those findings in two articles in the November and December issues of Environmental Research Letters.While the disparate placement of environmental hazards in poor and minority communities has been aptly demonstrated in numerous studies, questions remain as to the cause: is it a pattern of disproportionately siting hazardous waste facilities among the poor and people of color or is it demographic changes that lead to a disproportionate concentration of such populations around such facilities after siting?To answer the question, Mohai and Saha analyzed demographic conditions before and after the siting of 319 commercial hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities in the United States from 1966 to 1995.They found “a consistent pattern over a 30-year period of placing hazardous waste facilities in neighborhoods where poor people and people of color live,” according to the article, “Which Came First, People or Pollution? A Review of Theory and Evidence From Longitudinal Environmental Justice Studies.”That pattern may have been influenced by companies targeting “weaker” communities with less ability to successfully protest the siting of hazardous waste facilities in their neighborhoods, and also by racial discrimination in policies such as housing and zoning, the researchers concluded.“NIMBYism (objection to the placement of something unpleasant or toxic in one’s neighborhood) in more affluent, white communities…resulted in industry taking the ‘path of least resistance’ and targeting communities with fewer resources and political clout,” the study read. “These communities are where the poor and people of color live.”Demographic change before the establishment of hazardous waste sites, resulting in “the weakening of social ties, the loss of community leaders, and weakening of civic organizations” likely has an influence on siting decisions. Surprisingly, the researchers concluded, demographic changes after the fact are often just a continuation of earlier changes.“Contrary to earlier beliefs about post-siting demographic change, neighborhood transition may serve to attract noxious facilities, rather than the facilities themselves attracting people of color and low-income populations,” Mohai said in a statement. “Ours is the first national study to demonstrate this pattern.”He added, “We hope our papers help resolve confusion and arrive at a clearer understanding of the processes and contributory factors by which present-day racial and socioeconomic disparities in the distribution of environmental hazards have come about.”last_img read more


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first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 24, 2018 9:58 am PDT Last Updated Jan 24, 2018 at 2:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Leonard Cohen sits for a portrait in Toronto on Saturday, February 4, 2006. A series of Cohen tribute concerts next month in Toronto are set to include performances by Steven Page, Sarah Slean and Sarah Harmer.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Harris Leonard Cohen tribute concerts to feature Steven Page, Sarah Harmercenter_img TORONTO – A series of Leonard Cohen tribute concerts next month in Toronto are set to include performances by Steven Page, Sarah Slean and Sarah Harmer.The concerts being presented by the Art of Time Ensemble, entitled “A Singer Must Die,” will also feature readings by authors including Giller Prize winners Michael Redhill and Madeleine Thien and former governor general Adrienne Clarkson.Promoters say the musical performances will include all-new arrangements of Cohen songs including “I’m Your Man,” “Dance Me to the End of Love” and “Closing Time.”The concerts are scheduled for Feb. 22-24 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre.Cohen died on Nov. 7, 2016 at age 82.last_img read more


Thousands of budding footballers in Ayia Napa

first_imgAbout 5,000 children registered to participate in the 17th Ayia Napa Soccer Festival, which started on Saturday morning.The international tournament boasts 334 participating teams, 19 of which have arrived from abroad.It is estimated that the thousands of participating children, aged 6 to 16, have triggered the arrival in town of some 20,000 visitors.Games started on Saturday and will continue until Wednesday.The festival is organised under the auspices of the Cyprus Football Association and the Ayia Napa municipality.It is sponsored by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation and supported by the Bank of Cyprus.Wednesday’s finals will be broadcast live by Cytavision, from 2pm to 7pm.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


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