Poland Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/36785/house-in-ornontowice-medusagroup Clipboard 2009 Architects: medusagroup Area Area of this architecture project House in Ornontowice / medusagroupSave this projectSaveHouse in Ornontowice / medusagroup Area: 300 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officemedusagroupOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoodHousesGmina OrnontowicePolandPublished on October 02, 2009Cite: “House in Ornontowice / medusagroup” 02 Oct 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
Photographs: Tõnu TunnelSave this picture!© Tõnu TunnelRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensText description provided by the architects. The building is fitted into the urban tissue of a mostly residential historic area. The plot is big enough to leave a gap between the other buildings. With a 300 m2 footprint, the house is also a bit smaller than the adjacent buildings. This gave us the chance to preserve most of the trees and create a large back-yard with a playground, parking, and a communal terrace shared by the residents. In the front, the building creates a recess in the building line for the main entrance. Save this picture!© Tõnu TunnelThe first floor level is not much higher than the pavement, which provides a voyeuristic perspective into the apartments and, we believe, contributes to the street by fading the border between private and public space.Save this picture!SectionThe building’s shape is inspired by the roofscapes of the neighbouring houses. The attics in the area all have a romantic sense to them, having historically been occupied by low-rent tenants and now being treated as more exclusive living spaces. We wanted to maximize the space on the top floor, and give it a strong spatial character with slanted ceilings and spaces up to 4 meters high. The owners of the third floor apartments were encouraged to build a mezzanine level, which some of them successfully did.Save this picture!© Tõnu TunnelThe building is viewable from all four sides and all facades are treated equally. We aimed to create a monolithic form wrapped in a skin of wooden strips. The wood strip skin is a historical element characteristic to 1930-s wooden Tallinn-type buildings dominating the area. The skin creates a decorative quality to the facade and also constitutes a barrier for balconies.Save this picture!PlanThe detail level in the buildings architecture has been kept to a minimum to create a ’background for life’ and considering that a lot of artefacts will appear in the course of daily life.Save this picture!© Tõnu TunnelProject gallerySee allShow lessBuy Land for a Dollar! Converting Chicago’s 15,000 Vacant Lots Into Booming Public S…ArticlesStrelka Institute and ArchDaily Partner to Share Critical Commentary on Russian Urba…Architecture NewsProject locationAddress:Tallinn, EstoniaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Estonia Apartments CopyApartments•Tallinn, Estonia Photographs Niine Apartment Building / KUU ArchitectsSave this projectSaveNiine Apartment Building / KUU Architects Save this picture!© Tõnu Tunnel+ 18 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/784776/niina-apartment-building-kuu-architects Clipboard 2016 Niine Apartment Building / KUU Architects ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/784776/niina-apartment-building-kuu-architects Clipboard Architects: KUU Architects Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1000 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeKUU ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsTallinnEstoniaPublished on April 04, 2016Cite: “Niine Apartment Building / KUU Architects” 04 Apr 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Breast Cancer Care is to offer will-making services ‘at a distance’ in partnership with legal firm, Flint Bishop. It claims that it will be the first UK-wide charity to offer such an online service, and hopes it will increase legacy income.It is starting this month to offer the FB wills Direct service to its supporters, staff and volunteers through its website. The service allows supporters to make a will from the comfort of their own home, without having to visit a solicitor.The tool enables individuals and couples to make a will online, over the phone, or by post. They can choose from four different types of will: Basic Single, Basic Mirror, Property Trust and Discretionary Trust.Murray Lindo, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Breast Cancer Care said: “As a care charity we are extremely grateful for the generosity that people have spontaneously shown in the past by making provision for us in their wills.“We also have a hunch that for many people, making a will is one of those things that is easy to put off, not least because of the time and costs involved. So we hope that by offering this simple, reasonably priced option, some of our supporters will be able to tick this task off their to-do list, and that offering this service will help us develop our legacy income stream over the long term.”Breast Cancer Care joins 20 other Flint Bishop partner organisations, including the British Medical Association and the Land Registry, in offering the service which launched in 2007.www.fbwillsdirect.com Tagged with: Digital legacies 23 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 11 February 2009 | News Breast Cancer Care offers online charity will-making service About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption News March 27, 2017 – Updated on March 28, 2017 RSF calls for release of blogger who criticized Russian policy in Syria RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeCitizen-journalistsInternet Читать по-русски в PDF и ниже / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders (RSF) urges Russia’s supreme court to release Siberian blogger Alexei Kungurov tomorrow when it begins hearing his appeal against the 30-month jail sentence he received last December for criticizing Russia’s military intervention in Syria.A military court in Tyumen, Western Siberia, imposed the sentence on Kungurov in a trial held behind close doors on 20 December, after finding him guilty of “justifying terrorism” in a blog post entitled, “Who are Putin’s hawks really bombing?”Posted on the LiveJournal blog platform in October 2015, the article doubted that the Russian air force would solely bomb Islamic State military targets or that Russia would immediately be invaded by hordes of Jihadis in the event of an IS victory.The authorities nonetheless did not open an investigation into Kungurov until March 2016, shortly after another blog post in which he criticized Russia’s action in Ukraine, in a shift from his previous position of support for Ukraine’s pro-Russian separatists.Only one phrase in the October 2015 post was cited in support of the “justifying terrorism” charge, namely that Islamic State was “neither the most bloodthirsty nor most insane.” This was tantamount to saying that IS “poses no threat,” according to the philologist used as an expert witness by the prosecution.The expert witness subsequently acknowledged that he had “mistakenly” ignored the use of the superlative “most,” but insisted that this error did not affect her conclusions.“It is deeply shocking that such a heavy sentence was issued for a political post that simply expressed criticism of Russian foreign policy,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “We urge the supreme court to free Alexei Kungurov and to ask an independent and neutral professional to provide a new expert analysis of the post.”The blogger’s lawyer, Alexander Zyrianov, points out that the prosecution also failed to demonstrate that it was Kungurov who posted the article online, and that it was posted from his hometown, Tyumen, while he was out of town.Kungurov is regarded as a political prisoner by the Russian human rights group Memorial, which says: “Kungurov is not an ideological ally of (…) Islamic State or any other terrorist organization operating in Syria and (…) his persecution is solely prompted by the criticisms he has expressed of Russian foreign policy.”Persecution of Internet users has increased significantly in the past two years in Russia. Jail sentences are often imposed for comments, photos or videos posted on social networks, or even just reposts. According to the human rights group Agora, at least 29 people were sentenced to imprisonment in 2016 in connection with their online activity.Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index.Два с половиной года тюрьмы за публикацию о Сирии28 марта 2017 Верховный Суд России изучит апелляционное дело блогера Алексея Кунгурова, приговорённого к двум с половиной годам заключения за критику действий российской армии в Сирии. Репортёры без границ (РБГ) требуют верховную судебную власть России освободить блогера. to go further RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeCitizen-journalistsInternet Organisation Related documents cp_kungurov_rus.pdfPDF – 70.58 KB Follow the news on Russia Help by sharing this information Верховный суд вновь изучит дело Алексея Кунгурова 28 марта, спустя три месяца после приговора к двум с половиной годам заключения в лагере. 20 декабря 2016 года суд города Тюмень в ходе закрытого процесса признал находящийся под арестом с 15 июня блогера, виновным в “пропаганде терроризма” который, якобы, содержится в аналитической статье озаглавленной “Кого на самом деле бомбят путинские соколы?”, которая была опубликована в его блоге.Статья, которую ему ставят в вину, была опубликована в октябре 2015 года в “Живом Журнале”. В ней ставится под сомнение утверждения о том, что российская авиация бомбит в Сирии лишь военные цели “Исламского Государства”, и что, в случае победы последнего, Россия окажется немедленно захвачена полчищами джихадистов.Следует отметить, что следствие в отношении Алексея Кунгурова началось в марте 2016 года, сразу после публикации другого его текста, в котором критиковалась деятельность России в Украине. Это было новой для блогера позицией, который ранее высказывался скорее в пользу пророссийски настроенных сепаратистов.Обвинение Кунгурова “в пропаганде терроризма” было основано на одной-единственной фразе из его публикации, в которой говорится, что ИГИЛ не является “самой кровавой и самой безумной” организацией. Эксперт-филолог, которой следствие поручило проанализировать текст, написала в своем заключении, что его предполагаемый автор таким образом утверждает, что “ИГИЛ не представляет никакой угрозы”. С тех пор она признала, что в своём заключении, что она “по ошибке” не приняла во внимание наличия в обороте превосходной степени. Но, тем не менее, она считает, что это не ставит под сомнения общий результат экспертизы.“То, что за статью на политическую тему, в которой всего лишь высказывается критический взгляд на российскую внешнюю политику, был объявлен столь суровый приговор, глубоко шокирует, – заявил руководитель отдела РБГ по Восточной Европе и Центральной Азии Йоханн Бир, – мы призываем Верховный Суд освободить Алексея Кунгурова и призываем к проведению новой, профессиональной, независимой и нейтральной экспертизы текста”.Адвокат Кунгурова, Александр Зырянов, подчеркивает, что следствию так и не удалось доказать, что текст был размещен в сети его клиентом, так как его публикация была произведена из его родного города Тюмени, в то время как сам он путешествовал.Российское правозащитное общество Мемориал признало Алексея Кунгурова политическим заключённым. Мемориал считает, что “Алексей Кунгуров не является сторонником идеологии группы “Исламское государство” ни какой-либо другой действующей на территории Сирии террористической организации. И что он подвергается преследованию исключительно за критику российской внешней политики”.За последние два года в России значительно возросло количество репрессий против пользователей Интернета. Регулярно выносятся приговоры к реальным тюремным срокам за комментарии в социальных сетях, изображения или простые репосты. За 2016 год правозащитная организация Агора насчитала 29 подобных обвинительных приговоров с наказаниями в виде лишения свободы.Россия занимает 148 место из 180 во всемирном рейтинге свободы прессы за 2016 год, опубликованном РБГ. 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Yaser Murtaja May 28, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes May 16, 2021 Find out more Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns yesterday’s disproportionate use of force by Israeli troops, in which Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja was fatally shot at Gaza’s border with Israel, and calls for an independent investigation into this crime against press freedom. June 3, 2021 Find out more Yaser Murtaja was wounded by a shot fired by Israeli soldiers while he was covering the “Great Return March” demonstrations by Palestinians at the border, and died of his injuries during the night. When shot, he was wearing a vest with the inscription “Press” that clearly identified him as a journalist. “We condemn the disproportionate reaction by Israeli forces, who killed or wounded several civilians including journalists,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “We urge the Israeli government to adhere strictly to UN Security Council Resolution 2222 on protecting journalists, adopted in 2015, and we call for an independent investigation leading to the conviction of those responsible for this crime against press freedom.” At least six journalists were injured yesterday, mostly by shots or teargas. One of them, Al Aqsa cameraman Khalil Abu Adhra, is in a serious condition. Many other journalists were injured in similar circumstances while covering the “Land Day” anniversary demonstrations a week ago. Israeli soldiers have killed a total of 29 Palestinians in the past two weeks in the course of trying to disperse demonstrations. Emotions are running high in Gaza and among the foreign reporters who often worked with Murtaja in Gaza. Aged 31 and the father of a one-year-old child, he was one of the founders of the independent news agency Ain Media (“Eye Media”). News RSF_en WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Violence Follow the news on Palestine News News News PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Violence April 7, 2018 Palestinian journalist fatally shot by Israeli forces, RSF calls for investigation
Pinterest Midland Meet-And-Greet With Lupe ValdezDemocratic candidate for Governor, Lupe Valdez, will conduct a meet-and-greet event from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Martinez Bakery, 206 E. Florida Ave., Midland.In 2004, Valdez shook the political establishment in Dallas County, becoming one of the first Democrats elected countywide in many years. Lupe was ultimately elected to four terms as Sheriff of Dallas County and served from 2005-2017. The daughter of migrant farm workers, she was the only Latina Sheriff in the United States and one of very few LGBTQ Americans serving in public office.Prior to becoming Sheriff, Valdez served as an officer in the Army Reserve and as a senior agent at US Customs and the Department of Homeland Security.The event is free and open to the public. Twitter Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp By admin – February 7, 2018 Democrat logo Local NewsGovernment Twitter Facebook Pinterest Meet-and-greet for Governor candidate Previous articleMCH, ORMC still have to work around IV fluid shortageNext articleFive things you need to know today, Feb. 7 admin
News Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Google+ Previous articleFunding approved for Lifford water lineNext articleDUP also committed to Altnagelvin radiotherapy unit News Highland Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic The Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, has described the decision to postpone the construction of a radiotherapy unit in Derry as ‘sectarian’.He said he could “guarantee” to reverse it after the elections in May.Mr McGuinness said the delay, announced by the Health Minister in the Assembly on Thursday, was “shameful, highly political and sectarian”.He also said that UUP leader Tom Elliots claim that there had been no firm commitment from the Irish government was nonsense:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/mmcg.mp3[/podcast] Facebook By News Highland – March 25, 2011 WhatsApp Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Deputy First Minister describes decision to postpone radiotherapy unit ‘sectarian’ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp
Share via Shortlink The Napa Valley hotel is surrounded by vineyards and the Palisades Mountains. (Four Seasons) A recently built Four Seasons hotel in Napa Valley may be headed for a near record-breaking sale price.A handful of investors have made competing bids upwards of $170 million for the 85-room property, according to the Wall Street Journal.That would be around $2 million per room, a price threshold broken only twice before in the U.S. — by the Montage Hotel Beverly Hills and a Four Seasons in Hawaii.The Napa Valley property was built by Boston-based Alcion Ventures. Managing director Martin Zieff said the firm spent five years picking the development site and 10 years building the property. It is set to open in the second quarter of this year.The coronavirus pandemic rendered 2020 one of the worst years ever for the U.S. hotel industry and the outlook for 2021 isn’t great. STR projects that industry revenues won’t fully recover until 2024.Opportunistic investors have raised hundreds of millions of dollars to scoop up distressed properties on the cheap.Investors are confident in the Napa Valley Four Seasons for a few reasons. Wildfires in 2017 destroyed some of the high-end resort properties in the area, reducing competition. Two of the remaining resorts, run by Auberge Resorts Collection, performed well in the latter half of 2020. Demand for boutique-style properties overall remains healthy.“It shows the resiliency of the luxury market, especially the smaller boutique properties,” said Dan Peek, president of the hotel group at Hodges Ward Elliot.[WSJ] — Dennis Lynch Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink hospitalityNapa Valley Tags
Registration forms are available in the Recreation Division in City Hall Room #13.The cost for the program is $25/participant. Cash will be accepted. Checks must be made payable to “City of Bayonne”.For information, contact Pete Amadeo at (201) 858-6129 or [email protected] The Recreation Division will offer Beginners Wrestling Clinics for Bayonne residents, ages 7 to 13, every Monday and Wednesday, from 6:15 to 8 p.m. Lessons will begin November 26 and run until February 27, 2019. All clinics will take place in the BHS Wrestling Room at Bayonne High School (sessions will not take place when schools are closed).The camp will be under the direction of Bayonne High School Varsity Wrestling Coach Jared Luciani. Participants will learn the fundamentals of wrestling as well as different wrestling techniques.
For the 25th year, the annual Community Christmas Celebration Dinner will offer a free home-cooked turkey dinner with all the trimmings to anybody who needs it.The buffet dinner takes place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Day (Dec. 25) at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church at Eighth Street and Central Avenue.“All are welcome,” event organizers say. “Rich or poor, young or old, in need or in need of giving, far from home or just around the corner.”Transportation can be provided to anybody who needs it, and take-outs are available. St. Peter’s has access for the disabled and free parking.“For the past 24 years, my family and our community have been running a free Christmas dinner buffet on Christmas Day,” Halley Martinez write on the Facebook event page for the dinner. “With the help of many volunteers and donations, we are able to provide hundreds of meals every year. After Hurricane Sandy, there was a much larger need last year, and with the generosity of the community and nearby towns, we were able to provide over 1,000 meals for those in need. This dinner is open to ANYONE, not just the poor. Apart from the huge buffet, there will be a gift table, live entertainment, desserts, and most importantly the company of other people in the community. We also offer deliveries in the local area to those who are unable to leave their house.”Her parents, Mike and Peaches Lukens, started the event when they realized how blessed their young family was at Christmas time when others were in need.But the event has thrived over the years only with the time and generosity of many in the community.
In testimony before Congress, Harvard graduate, chosen for a Rhodes, worries about being able to return to U.S. afterward Concern over a DACA deadline Discussion series highlights the worries of affected immigrant students A plea to support DACA Related As a counselor for Waltham Public Schools, Rendòn works with the families of young people at risk of dropping out. She agreed with Gonzalez that this type of engagement is crucial for many undocumented adolescents to succeed.Marisa Lopez, a Boston resident who works for an organization that partners with schools to support teachers, was also in the audience. She said she hears from many teachers that they see the struggles of mixed-status families and don’t know how to help.As for what she would tell the undocumented young people themselves, Lopez said, “You are not alone, and there are millions of families like yours. There are people studying this, people who care about this. There is hope.” After studying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients for seven years, Harvard Graduate School of Education Professor Roberto Gonzales has seen, through their eyes, all the good and bad of the landmark immigration policy.Every story is different, and while DACA recipients have been grateful for the program, according to Gonzales, some of them are much more high-achieving than others. A key reason, he said, for the success among some DACA recipients is support — from teachers, mentors, counselors, and others — and last month he found himself encouraging Greater Boston residents to create this support for young immigrants in their own communities.As part of his research Gonzales led a seven-year study interviewing thousands of undocumented young people who have qualified for deferred action from deportation since DACA took effect.“I found that the difference was, the high achievers could name three or more mentors,” Gonzales said at a community lecture and discussion at the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston. “Mentors who were there for them at crucial times in their lives.”He encouraged audience members to think about what they can do, directly or indirectly, to help create a supportive environment for undocumented children and adolescents.“If immigration reform is not going to happen this year, and people have urgent needs, who will it be to meet those needs?” he said. “We [community members] have the opportunity to pitch in.”Gonzales is a national expert on undocumented youth and young adults. The paper on DACA-eligible young people is his second long-term study following undocumented residents who were brought to the U.S. as children; previously, he followed 150 undocumented young adults for 12 years. The DACA study consisted of a survey with 2,684 undocumented young people from 42 countries and follow up-interviews with nearly 500 DACA beneficiaries living in six U.S. cities. Study participants were all eligible for protected status under the policy enacted in 2012 by then-President Barack Obama.Gonzales presented some of the study’s key findings as part of a faculty speaker series at the Ed Portal.He found that many DACA recipients felt a greater sense of identity and agency, and much less fear and stress, after receiving their DACA status, and quoted one interviewee as saying, “I finally feel like I’m part of the U.S., like I’m no longer living in the shadows.” They eventually began to increase their earnings, obtain credit and driver’s licenses, and feel more like typical Americans, Gonzales said.For all these reasons, he continued, “DACA is probably the most successful immigrant integration policy reform in the last two to three decades.”At the same time, the policy has clear limitations. Gonzales illustrated some of these through the story of a young woman called Esperanza whom he met during his previous study. She enrolled in a public university in California in 2002, but struggled to find work after graduation because she was undocumented. By the time she was protected under DACA, she had been working in the service industry for more than a decade and was no longer a competitive candidate for jobs in her field of study.,“The age at which someone receives DACA shapes different trajectories,” Gonzales explained. People like Esperanza, who receive protected status after many years without documentation, find themselves “hitting a new glass ceiling.”Many of the DACA recipients he interviewed also expressed complicated feelings about living in mixed-status families, Gonzales said. With their protected status, the recipients often find their families dependent on them, and about 70 percent of the young people in his study knew someone who had been detained or deported. They feared for their families — and for themselves, especially with President Trump periodically threatening to revoke their protection.One participant said having to wait for renewal every two years, with no path to citizenship under DACA, was a “slap-in-the-face reminder that I’m still undocumented.”Hearing firsthand about the program’s drawbacks and knowing that Trump’s administration has repeatedly threatened to end DACA, Gonzales concluded that those pushing for immigration policy change should not focus only on the federal level.“Changes to federal policy would be the tide that raises many boats,” Gonzales said. “But change takes time, and young people and their families have to carry out their everyday lives.”Immigration reform advocates should also focus on the state, county, and municipal levels of government, he said. Policies at these levels, such as allowing undocumented immigrants to qualify for in-state college tuition or driver’s licenses, will affect their daily lives and future prospects regardless of federal policy.Gonzales appealed to the community to help young immigrants get a head start.“I strongly believe it will be young people and their families who are central to the success of [immigration reform] efforts,” he said. Community members who engage these families, create safe environments for them, and enable them to access available resources can help them succeed, he explained.Several audience members, such as Cambridge resident Mary Jo Rendòn, work daily with these young people and their families. Rendòn said it was “painful to see we’re not moving the needle” on immigration reform.
Related Shows Princeton and Kate Monster dueting on “Love is an Open Door”? Trekkie singing “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”? Rod belting “Let It Go”? Like everyone else who has working eyes and ears, the cast of off-Broadway’s Avenue Q love Disney’s Oscar-nominated blockbuster Frozen. Of course, the people and puppets of Avenue Q have been singing soon-to-be-EGOT winner (fingers crossed!) Bobby Lopez’ amazing tunes for a while now. On January 21, the cast of the Tony-winning tuner made a video to congratulate Bobby and Kristen Anderson-Lopez on their Oscar nod for the tune “Let It Go,” and it’s a doozie! View Comments Avenue Q Show Closed This production ended its run on May 26, 2019 Disney’s Frozen
The fourth annual Art at the Rock juried art show is set for Nov. 17 and 18, 2012 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Ga. The show will open at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. on Saturday and open at 11:30 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. on Sunday.The show’s artists will exhibit a wide range of work, from painting and pottery to jewelry and woodcarving. Artists working in paint, clay, metals and fibers will display their work at this juried art show and sale that attracts more than 50 artists and a thousand visitors each year. Joe Belt, a Columbus, Ga., resident who grew up in west Texas, has been selected as the show’s 2012 featued artist. He trained in the fine arts at Texas Tech University, and his art has been shown nationally and collected in half a dozen foreign countries.Belt works with many subjects such as wildlife, portraits and ranch life, but he is best known for his highly detailed pencil drawings of Native American subjects from throughout North America. His work in pastels, charcoal and watercolors has been featured on movie posters, book covers, album jackets and architectural murals. Other Art at the Rock artists will exhibit and sell their oils and watercolors, pottery, jewelry, weaving, sculptures and many other art forms in an indoor exhibit hall. The show will feature live music, and homegrown and homemade items will be sold in the show’s marketplace. Food and beverages will also be available.A 5K race will be held Sunday, Nov. 18 in conjunction with Art at the Rock. The race will begin at 2:04 p.m. Pre-registration is $18 and on site registration is $22. Overall winners will receive a piece of artwork from an Art at the Rock artist. To register for the race, visit www.cloverglove.com.For more information on the 2012 Art at the Rock event, contact Tina Maddox at [email protected] or (706) 484-2873.
From a snow groomer waxing philosophic, to an apple grower explaining the art of “pie-chi,” the characters starring in the new video vignettes featured on ThisIsVT.com offer viewers a glimpse into some of the personalities that are the life of Vermont’s vibrant tourist industry. The short films were shot as part of a campaign for the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing that emphasizes the state’s diverse human assets.‘Our recent research on the Vermont brand showed that vacationers are looking for ‘good value,’ ‘diverse experiences,’ ‘unspoiled landscape’ and ‘warm, friendly people,’” said deputy commissioner of tourism and marketing Steve Cook.‘With this in mind, Spike and VT Tourism conceived and created ThisIsVT.com.’”We want to take prospective visitors beyond Vermont’s physical landscape to meet a few genuine Vermonters ‘ the people behind the scenes who bring a wonderful, albeit sometimes wacky, element of independence, ingenuity, perseverance and passion to all that they do,” says Ken Millman, Spike’s president.In addition to the series of 2 to 3-minute vignettes featuring an array of Vermont characters, the microsite shares snackable facts about Vermont, and helps visitors start planning their trip with a handy travel planner tool available at vermontvacation.com.Source: Spike Advertising. Burlington, VT’September 3, 2010—30-
Lawyers in the Legislature March 1, 2006 Regular News Lawyers in the Legislature Campbell wants to give back Gary Blankenship Senior Editor According to Sen. Walter G. “Skip” Campbell, D-Tamarac, it’s all the fault of his wife, Lynn.He was a pre-med student at the University of Florida and they were dating. But according to the future lawyer, Bar Board of Governors member, and state legislator, she didn’t want to wait until he got all the way through medical school to begin a life together.She and her father, a Miami judge, urged him to try law school. So Campbell took the LSAT and said if he did well enough to be accepted at the UF School of Law – the only law school to which he’d applied – then he pursue that course. And he did.Well, there may have been another factor in his change of career choices: “I found out I couldn’t stand blood,” he said with a chuckle.1996, 23 years after getting his law degree, Campbell was a highly successful trial lawyer in Broward County and a veteran member of the Bar Board of Governors, about to announce his candidacy for Bar president. Then a local state Senate seat became available and Campbell faced a choice.“God has given me a lot in life and I don’t come from wealthy parents and I don’t come from a wealthy background and I’ve been very successful,” he said. “I think you have to give back to the community a portion of what you’ve been given.”He had been fulfilling that obligation with Bar work, but the opportunity in state politics caused a reconsideration.“It was a toss-up. Should I stay active in Bar politics or should I go the state route? I went the state route because I thought we needed more lawyers involved in the state system. We still do,” Campbell said.He joined the Senate just as it was transitioning from longtime Democratic control to dominance by the Republicans.“I have been able to work closely with my Republican counterparts and have been able to get chairmanships,” Campbell said. “I think I have done some pretty good legislation on criminal issues and consumer issues, and I think I have been the voice of the people of Florida when it comes to personal issues.”He noted he fought cuts for injured workers in workers’ compensation legislation, worked against limits to medical malpractice damages, and was active on bills affecting payday loan companies, pawn shops, and hate crimes.With an end to his Senate service coming this year because of term limits, Campbell said he was approached to run for attorney general. He is the only Democrat so far, while four Republicans (three of them from the legislature) are running in that party’s primary.“I believe very strongly that to maintain checks and balances in government, you have to have involvement of both political parties,” Campbell said, noting Republicans control both chambers of the legislature, the governorship, and all the Cabinet seats. “I figured I would give back to the community and put my credentials up for the people of the state of Florida to vote for, because this is going to be their lawyer.”Issues in the race start with homeland security. While the governor is the main official charged with that duty, Campbell sees the attorney general as having an important role.“Medicaid fraud is a huge issue, affecting about $1.8 billion of our state budget,” he said. “Dependency court is a huge issue. I think civil rights are very important to many people.. . . I think protecting consumers under the Florida Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act is critical because we have people being scammed every day.”And the attorney general must oversee and maintain the effectiveness of the statewide prosecutor, he added.Campbell expects a tough race, noting that the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial contests will get most of the money and media attention in the fall campaign.“The attorney general position is a down ticket item [on the ballot],” he said. “The most important thing for Floridians is to pick a candidate who will represent their interests.”As he leaves the Senate, Campbell hopes more lawyers will consider such public service.“Lawyers are specially equipped in looking at issues, dissecting the problems out of the issues, and coming up with solutions, and that’s all the legislative process is,” he said. “Lawyers can be effective advocates and you’ve got to remember that legislators not only represent their 120,000 or 140,000 citizens, they also represent the entire state. But the state does have divergent issues and you’ve got to be able to advocate for your position.” Saunders values public service Gary Blankenship Senior Editor As a physics major in college, working part time in NASA’s Langley Research Center, Burt Saunders came to a conclusion during his senior year.“I felt that being in a physics lab all my life was not what I wanted to do,” he said. “My older brother had become a lawyer and that got me thinking that might be what I wanted to do.”That led to a 1975 law degree from William and Mary, and in 1978 an LLM from the University of Miami School of Law in international and environmental law. Which in turn, led to a long career in public service in local and state government that Saunders now hopes to turn into service as Florida’s attorney general.As someone who concedes he got into politics almost by accident, the new quest is a bit of an irony.“It’s really the first time I’ve run for political office where I’ve given it a lot of thought in advance,” Saunders said. This is the one office I really want to occupy.“At the time I decided to run. . . I felt that I had better credentials to fill that post than other people who were considering a run for it and I felt that the job is so very important that I needed to really consider throwing my name into the hat. Quite frankly, it’s almost a tailor-made position for me based on what my experience has been.”His public service began as county attorney for Collier County, where he saw a number of problems with that local government.“I decided to run for county commission to set some things straight. I did that for eight years,” Saunders said.He had no plans to run for the legislature, but then his local representative, a 20-year veteran of legislative service, decided to retire, so Saunders decided to make that race. He won and in his first year was named Freshman of the Year by the Florida Association of Counties.After four years, his local state senators stepped down and Saunders moved to the upper chamber.There, working with the Governor’s Office, he sponsored the legislation for the state-federal joint project to restore the Everglades. As chair of the Health Care Committee, he established a subcommittee which investigated Medicaid fraud and led to legislation greatly expanding the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud investigating powers and staff.“We are literally saving hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayers’ dollars not only by going after Medicaid fraud, but by the chilling effect of preventing fraud,” Saunders said. “We made sure that was a high priority and I consider that to be one of my more significant legislative involvements.”Interestingly, though, it’s not legislative accomplishments that Saunders mentions first or brings him the greatest pride from his current post.“One of the things I’ve prided myself on is having the best constituent service possible,” he said. “I’ve got three people working for me who spend all day every day helping constituents. It ranges from helping people with child support issues to helping physicians get their Medicaid licenses. I find that very satisfying.”That’s a view that carries over into his attorney general campaign.“I describe the attorney general as the people’s attorney; the person you can turn to if you’re a victim of identity theft, price gouging, or fraud,” he said. “The attorney general is in a strong position to coordinate law enforcement activities to protect Floridians.”In addition, Saunders said, through the attorney general’s seat on the state Cabinet, the attorney general plays an important policy role in environmental issues.Aside from his work as a county attorney, Saunders has also worked in investment banking, stock brokerage, and real estate consulting businesses, and is currently of counsel to GrayRobinson, P.A.Those legal experiences have helped his legislative career.“The experience of being an attorney is helpful because the legislative position is one of negotiation and compromise and lawyers are trained to negotiate on a variety of levels,” Saunders said. “Their knowledge of how the law works from a practical standpoint is very helpful.”He encourages other members of the legal profession to take the plunge.“I would say to lawyers aspiring to be in the legislature: It is a wonderful institution, the work is inspiring, you can help the lives of millions of Floridians, there are tremendous intellectual challenges with it, and it’s a tremendous experience overall,” Saunders said.