Thursday, August 12, 2010

Create Greek Comedy and Tragedy masks

For theater aficionados, there is no symbol of the craft more iconic and than the paired Greek "comedy" and "tragedy" masks. Sculpting these masks in clay is a fun, easy project, and can produce a great gift for the theater lover in your life. These instructions make miniature masks, but the same process can pertain to masks of any size. Use them to make anything from a wall hanging to a lapel pin.


4 year old Hitler and his sisters in danger?

A US appeals court has ruled a couple who gave their children Nazi-inspired names should not regain custody, citing the risk of serious injury to them.
Adolf Hitler Campbell, 4, and his sisters, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation, 3, and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie, 2, were taken from their New Jersey home in 2009.
The case first came to public attention in December 2008 after a shop refused to decorate a birthday cake for Adolf.
A family court had earlier found there was insufficient evidence of abuse.
But on Thursday, the appeals panel determined that social workers had proved the need for protective services for the three children.
The panel found that the parents, who both suffer from unspecified physical and psychological disabilities, had "recklessly created a risk of serious injury to their children by failing to protect the children from harm and failing to acknowledge and treat their disabilities".
The judges also noted that Deborah Campbell had recently passed a letter to a neighbour saying her husband had threatened "to have me killed or kill me himself".










http://www.bbc.co.uk

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Immigration closing some doors

Canadian immigration plans to increase economic immigration in its 2010 plan. However, it is increasingly the case that you will need to have a job offer to come under the skilled worker category. Recently the number of in demand occupations that qualify under the skilled worker category has been reduced further to 29 in-demand occupations.
Immigration Minister Kenney  had the following to say:
“When I met with my provincial colleagues last week, they all stressed the importance of economic immigration.”
“As we recover from the recession, increasing economic immigration will help ensure employers have the workers they need to supplement our domestic labour supply.”
The latest Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) plan for 2010 is for 240,000–265,000 immigrants, in the family and humanitarian immigration categories. It is expected that levels of immigration will be close to the 265,000 upper limit of the plan. This will mean an increased number of economic migrants including more immigrants under the provincial nominee category than ever before. Normally levels of immigration are in the middle of the immigration plan.
If you wish to come under the skilled worker category you will either have to have a job offer or will have to come under one of the new 29 in-demand occupations. The 29 in-demand occupations were chosen after analysis of labour market information and discussions with provinces territories and others. If applying under the occupation list there will be a maximum of 20,000 applications per year. A maximum of 1,000 applications per occupation will be accepted. There will be no limit on the number of applications if you have a job offer.
Immigration Minister Kenney also had the following to say about levels of immigration into Canada:
Canada will continue to welcome historically high numbers of immigrants, but we need to manage the number of new applications or risk creating new backlogs and longer processing times.”
“We have more than enough applications on hand now to fill many of our needs, and we want to be fair to those people who have been waiting the longest.”
You will also be required to submit results of an independent language test before being considered for the federal skilled worker and Canadian Experience Class immigration categories. There are also language requirements for other Canadian immigration categories.
The Canadian Government brought in a new law in 2008 that enables the Government to rapidly increase or reduce the number of economic immigrants that are accepted into Canada taking into account demand for jobs in Canada and the need to reduce the backlog of applications.
Since the new ministerial instructions the backlog of federal skilled worker applications has been reduced from 640,000 to 380,000 applications. Previously, it was taking up to six years to process Canadian skilled worker applications. Under the new system the majority of applications were processed in six to 12 months. However, the first quarter of 2010 has seen an increase in the number of applications that has resulted in processing delays. Immigration Minister Kenney had the following to say:
“These changes bring Canada in line with the practices of the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, our main competitors for skilled immigrants.”
“They help match the supply of applicants to our processing capacity and today’s post-recession job market needs. This is the only responsible way to manage our immigration system.”
The changes to the Canadian immigration system mean that it is now more difficult for many to gain entry to Canada. It is now the case that you will probably need to have a job offer to gain entry as a skilled immigrant to Canada. The last few years have seen significant changes in the immigration systems of many Countries around the World. If you wish to emigrate to a particular Country it is probably advisable to apply sooner rather than later
*Apostolos Papapostolou *
















John Fewings
http://www.fewings.ca/web/polcan/050207Immigration.html

Crop Circle At Pewsey White Horse, near Pewsey, Wiltshire, England
















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LEO 2010 ~ Attracting All That You Need, Desire & Deserve

As you allow both Spirit & ego to co-exist, assigning them both tasks best suited to their skills (and nature), you will discover your authentic Self. Sometimes we don't allow the authenticity that would enable us to create fulfilling lives. Be authentic - by any means necessary. You can and will survive all the humiliations and defeats and ultimately emerge stronger! Children are the manifestation of a certain conflict (men/women) being handled creatively (coming together in harmony). Stress and strife are just as necessary as peace and tranquility. Accept all of it as part of living on the earth plane. No matter how spiritually committed or selflessly loving we attempt to become, our natures don't die. Practice honoring your true nature.
 Do not shy away from your intuition just because you want to avoid conflict. Follow your feeling all the way and then consciously decide how to proceed. If you back off, chastising your Self for some natural impulse (to have things a certain way), you stop any possibility for peaceful resolution within. You usually only get one opportunity to respond to life's challenges (the first time) with any integrity. Any chance for resolution after your initial reaction, disintegrates as time goes on. Honor the vital force within (your nature) and it won't destroy you. Dishonor it and it will eat you alive.
You can have peace, by your own definition. Sometimes you have to lose something precious to you (sometimes it is a part of ourselves that must go) in order to redefine your true values. When you go through that kind of loss, it can make you question all your beliefs and any faith in your Self to make decisions for your Self. That's okay - that is part of it. All that you need, desire and deserve is ALWAYS PROVIDED!! whether you can see it at the time or not.
Take advantage of this time to:
Re-View ~
your life (from a Higher vantage point)
Re-Assess ~ your plan (what needs tweaking?)
Re-Consider ~ your options (you have more than you think)
Re-Evaluate ~ your philosophies, beliefs and what you hold to be true (in the present moment)
Re-Connect ~ with your intuition (open the channels)
Re-Form ~ your being (from the inside out)
Re-Write ~ your personal story (of the upcoming 12 yrs)
Re-New ~ your sense of Self (at this Higher level of consciousness)

Use this time to re-search your life for any major cracks in your foundation - any instability - any blockages - any festering wounds - any excess baggage - now is your opportunity to RELEASE IT ALL ... PERMANENTLY!! 

Monday, August 9, 2010

Indian coast guard tries to contain oil slick - Boston.com

Indian coast guard tries to contain oil slick - Boston.com

Moscow is burning

Deaths in Moscow have doubled and are now averaging 700 people a day amid a sweltering heat wave and poisonous smog from wildfires, a top Russian health official said Monday.
Scorching heat and acrid smoke blanketed Moscow as smog from raging forest and peat fires shrouded Russia’s capital for a third week.
“The average death rate in the city during normal times is between 360 and 380 people per day. Today, we are around 700,” Andrei Seltsovsky, Moscow’s health department chief, said.
Firefighters battled wildfires covering 1,740 square km in what the chief state weather forecaster said he believed to be Russia’s worst heat wave in a millennium.
Alexander Frolov, head of Russia’s weather service, said judging by historic documents, the heat wave could be unprecedented in up to 1,000 years. “Our ancestors haven’t observed a heat like that within 1,000 years,” Frolov said. 
*Indianexpress.com*

Much of western and central Russia is suffering through a severe drought, thought to be the worst since 1972, in what has been the hottest summer since record-keeping began 130 years ago. This year’s harvest was already in trouble, and the fires have finished off vast fields of golden wheat and other crops.
Temperatures have topped 95F (35C) for much of the past three weeks, with an all-time high of close to 100F (38C) recorded in Moscow last week.
*Telegraph.co.uk*


Flames travel along the floor of the forest near the town of Voronezh Photo: AP/Mikhail Metzel

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Graeme Godbaz - New Zealand Treasure

Graeme Godbaz was born in Wellington in 1936 and spent his early life in the Nelson/Marlborough region, where he grew to love the beautiful scenery that New Zealand has to offer.
Graeme was good at drawing from a very early age and excelled in this throughout his education but was unable to undertake further studies so embarked on a varied commercial business career.
He took up painting in oils as a hobby in his 20's and was pleasantly surprised to find that there was a demand for his work, but it was not until he retired that he took up his brushes again, this time painting in acrylics.
His passion is the New Zealand landscape and his bold and colourful panoramic paintings display both a sound grasp of draughtsmanship and excellent composition.
Although based in Auckland he travels regularly throughout NZ in search of that special scene. He describes his art as bold realism.
His early paintings include a private Greek Collection.