Wednesday, July 27, 2011

News l The Rainbow Warrior III

Greenpeace unveiled a new weapon in its campaign against environmental destruction on 4 July 2011 - a 23 million euro ($33.4 million) ship dubbed the Rainbow Warrior III.The state-of-the-art vessel went afloat in Berne-Motzen in northern Germany ahead of its official launch to mark Greenpeace's 40th birthday in October.The ship was constructed at the 161-year-old German shipyard Fassmer in Berne-Motzen near Bremen, northern Germany.

The original Rainbow Warrior, a converted fishing trawler, was sunk by French agents in New Zealand in 1985 while attempting to stop nuclear testing in the Pacific.According to Greenpeace the second ship is more than 50 years old and is being retired after having been demaged in numerous campaigns against nuclear testing, over-fishing and illegal logging.

The 58-metre-long Rainbow Warrior III is the first to be built from scratch to its own specifications.The boat is powered by sails on its 50-metre masts, by an electric motor allowing it to reach a top speed of 10 knots (18 km/h) and a diesel engine giving it 15 knots (28 km/h).Capable of housing a crew of up to 33 for four weeks without outside supplies, it also has a helipad in the stern and its masts will be decked out with 48 antennae and other pieces of electronic gadgetry.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Food l Artistic Food Art Presenter Judith G. Klaunser

Judith G. Klausner is a Somerville MA artist with a love for small, intricate, and overlooked things. She received her degree in Studio Art from Wesleyan University in 2007 after constructing her thesis primarily out of insects, and has since continued to search the details of her surroundings for inspiration. She enjoys playing with her food, both recreationally and professionally.

The artist is interested in the idea that today's women can involve themselves in intricate cooking and sewing projects or pursue opportunities outside the home. Among other themes, the artist explores the "old-fashioned" ideas of handicrafts and cooking meals from scratch. Let's enjoy her artistic creation "From Scratch"!

Cereal Sampler

Toast Embroidery

Oreo Cameo
See more of Judith G. Klausner's work at Judith.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sustainability | Sever Drought

A massive drought, as if out of nowhere, has settled over the Horn of Africa (Somali Penisula)and the people fleeing to the camps are said to be "climate", "drought" or "environmental" refugees.Fifty or so years ago, the region had regular 10-year climatic cycles which were mostly followed by a major drought, and now the droughts are coming more frequently and are lasting longer.There is also no doubt that climate change will make these areas of Africa harder to live in in future.
Drought not only struck Afirca but also Australia , England, United Sates and China. Drought-stricken corn crops bake in the sun as temperatures continue to hover around 100 degrees on July 25, 2011, in Tomball, Texas. Very little rain has fallen across the state this year. About 70 percent of Texas rangeland and pastures are classified as in very poor condition, which means there has been complete or near complete crop failure or there’s no food for grazing livestock.
During climate extremes, whether droughts or flooding rains, those on the land feel it most. Agriculture suffers first and most severely - yet eventually everyone feels the impact. Sould human being be more aware of their conduit ?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

News I Soul Singer Amy Winehouse Dies Aged 27

Amy Winehouse has died from as yet undisclosed causes, two things are clear: the music world lost one of its most passionately soulful voices, and this is a tragedy that has surprised no one. 

Throughout her colorful, troubled life, Winehouse fought many demons: addiction, an eating disorder, and a particularly tumultuous love life. However Amy's demons proved too much for her to overcome.

Winehouse was born on Sept. 14, 1983, to a Jewish family with a history of jazz musicians. She was discovered by soul singer Tyler James at the age of 16 and in 2003 her debut album “Frank” was released, to general acclaim.

Her second album “Back to Black” was released in October 2006 and reached the No. 1 spot in Britain and earned her five Grammy awards, pop music’s equivalent of the Oscars.

While the beehived star had faced a long battle with booze and drugs and once told her former personal assistant Alex Haines that she feared she'd be dead at 27 - like Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain.

The macabre prediction was made in a 2008 interview by Haines.He revealed: "She reckoned she would join the 27 club of rock stars who died at that age."

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Movie l Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction — the Horcruxes. On their own, without the guidance of their professors or the protection of Professor Dumbledore, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart. Meanwhile, the wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord. The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort’s Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them. But the one prize they still seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter. The Chosen One has become the hunted one as the Death Eaters search for Harry with orders to bring him to Voldemort…alive. Harry’s only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. But as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale — the legend of the Deathly Hallows. And if the legend turns out to be true, it could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks. Little does Harry know that his future has already been decided by his past when, on that fateful day, he became “the Boy Who Lived.” No longer just a boy, Harry Potter is drawing ever closer to the task for which he has been preparing since the day he first stepped into Hogwarts: the ultimate battle with Voldemort.

Warner Bros. has released some cool behind the scenes images from the two-part finale of the Harry Potter film franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. Both films were directed by David Yates, who directed 2007′s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and 2009′s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

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