To subscribe to the Fresco School Video Channel, please go to: www.YouTube.com/FrescoSchool The Los Angeles school was established in 1997 by fresco artist iLia Anossov. Hundreds of students have attended workshops enrolling from the US, Canada, and Europe. It is the only art School that offers an ongoing fresco curriculum throughout the calendar year. The fresco programs have also hit the road and traveled to many US cities. The curriculum is focused on the traditional buon (true) fresco technique, offering a full spectrum of classes from introductory level to advanced. Additional classes focus on fresco restoration and mural painting.What is Fresco? In it’s essence, fresco painting is an application of natural mineral pigments to a surface on which a chemical reaction takes place. Calcium Hydrate (burned lime stone or marble mixed with water) combined with carbon dioxide results in the formation of Calcium Carbonate – lime stone, marble. It is like “Painting with molten Marble”. These elements have naturally surrounded mankind from the beginning of time, in the moist lime stone walls of the caves at first and plaster walls and ceilings of the buildings later. Paints prepared from natural pigments made of minerals, earth oxides and clays are mixed with water. Painting in Fresco results in the color being a part of the newly formed stone/wall rather than being a “film on a surface”. For class schedule and other info please visit: http://frescoschool.org AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreLos Angeles based Fresco Painting School is proud to announce it’s new Video Channel on YouTube featuring video clips and tutorials on fresco painting techniques. The Fresco Video Channel debuts with the release of the detailed video tutorial on plastering tools. (Right: fresco by Dionisius of St Nicholas) “Fresco Painting is the Mother of all Arts and as the channel progresses a variety of “YouTube size” art education videos will be added, including cartoon (drawing for fresco) painting, composition, color and other disciplines of fine art, decorative art and painting with focus on applied arts.” – said iLia Anossov (fresco), founder of the Fresco School
The initiative offers free gym memberships to anyone who has been in recovery anywhere between 24 hours and five years. Over the course of the last 12 months, Cagney has raised roughly $78,000 through GoFundMe to help finance the program.WATCH: Cop Stops Addicted Homeless Man on the Street and Changes His Life With a BookThe resulting success has funded more than 100 free memberships for the gym’s recovering members.“[When I was struggling with addiction], I was put through countless rehabilitation programs and I saw a plethora of therapists and counselors; these methods work well for some people, but something I never had was a safe place where I knew I could be (and stay) sober,” says Cagney. “During my years of using, the gym seemed to be the only thing with the power to pull me away from using.”“I firmly believe in the notion that fitness and lifting can act as treatment for substance abuse problems. I believe it, because it worked for me and I am a firsthand witness at seeing it work for countless others.”(WATCH the video below)Click To Share The Inspiring Story With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreKrissy Mae Cagney spent ten years struggling with her addiction – but now that she has been five years sober, she is helping hundreds more people with their own recovery.Cagney is the sole owner of the Black Iron Gym in Sparks, Nevada. She founded the facility three years ago as a means of creating a community of people who could support each other and overcome their addiction through exercise and group fitness.In addition to founding the gym, Cagney also launched the crowdfunded Reps 4 Recovery program.
3. “No Good Deed” 6. “What Is This Feeling?” View Comments Related Shows Wicked 7. “As Long As You’re Mine” 1. “Defying Gravity” Happy anniversary, Wicked! The gravity-defying musical celebrates 14 years on Broadway ob October 30, and oh what a celebration we’re having! On Friday, we asked you to do the impossible and share your favorite songs from Stephen Schwartz’s score. Like Elphaba, you did wonders, and the green girl’s numbers rule your top 10. Take a look at your top 10 favorite songs, and happy Wicked Day, Ozians!10. “One Short Day” 5. “Popular” 4. “The Wizard and I” 2. “For Good” 8. “Dancing Through Life” 9. “I’m Not That Girl” from $95.00
ParkMobile Promotional Code November 25th, 2017 BTVDEC9 December 9th, 2017 December 16th, 2017 BTVDEC16Parking Garage Upgrades and Enhanced SafetyThe City’s new Sustainable Infrastructure Plan and the 2015 Downtown Parking and Transportation plan laid out a roadmap for improving the parking garage infrastructure in the city. DPW recently completed $2.5M in extensive upgrades and repairs to the College Street parking garage — located at 60 College St (with an additional entrance on Battery St) — which will extend its usable life for decades and provide a safer parking experience at its garages. Critical work at this garage includes structural repairs, improved drainage and new LED lighting to reduce energy usage and improve the public safety of the facility.DPW also recently completed a public safety project which added cameras to College Street garage and Lakeview Garage (41 Cherry St) and will be adding cameras to its Marketplace Garage (47 South Winooski; entrances on Bank St and Cherry St). These new cameras will ensure each garage level has adequate security footage coverage, and the new camera system will also now provide improved visual acuity, a live feed to dispatchers with the Burlington Police Department and up to 28 days of storage capacity.More updates and improvements to the parking system in Burlington are in the works, so stay tuned!For a how-to video on using the ParkMobile App, see here: parkburlington.com/downtown-parking/how-to-guide/(link is external)For an interactive parking map of downtown Burlington, see here:parkburlington.com/downtown-parking/parking-map/(link is external)Source: City of Burlington 11.16.2017 BTVDEC2 Vermont Business Magazine You’ll no longer have to worry about getting a parking ticket at a meter late at night in Burlington. In advance of a festive and busy downtown holiday season, the Burlington Department of Public Works (DPW), the Burlington Business Association (BBA) and Church Street Marketplace (CSM) have announced a series of significant parking upgrades, improvements and a holiday season promotion. Many of these upgrades and improvements were made possible by the City’s new Sustainable Infrastructure Plan, the 2015 Downtown Parking and Transportation Plan and by Mayor Miro Weinberger’s and his Administration’s focus on improving the parking experience in Burlington, including lessening the time involved in finding and paying for parking, making parking as safe as possible and raising public awareness on additional parking opportunities in light of the Burlington City Place parking structure demolition.“The City has made a coordinated effort with our business community to ensure that we accommodate displaced parkers and that downtown remains open for business. Let me repeat — downtown is open for business,” said Chapin Spencer, Director of Public Works. “We’ll be able to offer a newly upgraded garage, a fun holiday promotion and enhanced safety at our garages. In addition, parking remains free at city-owned garages for the first two hours of parking.”Reduction in Enforcement HoursThe city’s priority is to balance demand for parking with a fair approach to enforcement. In 2015, the City Council accepted a Downtown Parking and Transportation plan which calls for a data-driven approach to managing parking demand. Encouraging turnover of spaces is critical to support our downtown business community and allows a steady flow of commerce throughout the day. After a careful analysis of on street utilization, the data indicated a best practice would be to roll back enforcement hours in the downtown core. DPW, with BBA’s support, made these recommendations which the DPW Commission accepted. The three approved recommendations include:· Delaying on street enforcement throughout Burlington until 9AM· Ending on street enforcement at 9PM in the downtown core. On street enforcement already ends at 6pm outside of the core.· Converting all 15 minute meters to 30 minute meters in the downtown core“These changes will enhance the customer experience for people visiting Burlington and make our City a better place to live, work and play,” said Kelly Devine, Executive Director of the Burlington Business Association.These changes will go into effect on December 1. Please be sure to read all signs and meters to ensure you understand your payment obligations. You can also visit www.parkburlington.com(link is external) or www.burlingtonvt.gov/DPW(link is external) for more information and updates.Holiday Parking PromotionTo support our business partners, tourists and residents throughout the city and encourage everyone to experience the charm of Burlington during the holiday season, a joint city effort will offer discounted parking on select Saturdays during the holiday season.Beginning November 25 and running for four consecutive Saturdays (Nov 25, Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 16), a promotion between Church Street Marketplace, BBA and DPW will provide a $3 discount at all on street meters throughout Burlington using the ParkMobile App. Each Saturday will have a unique code and everyone with their own ParkMobile account will be allowed one session on each of the Saturdays. Visit your app store or parkmobile.com(link is external) to download the “Parkmobile” app, and be sure to have all license plate info handy. Park Burlington’s website, ParkBurlington.com, offers a how-to video for using the app, as well as an interactive map of all downtown parking. If you don’t have a smartphone, simply call (877) 727-5010 to register for an account and call the same number to initiate a parking session. Dates and codes are below:Date December 2nd, 2017 BTVNOV25
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has confirmed the event line-up for each competition session of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, following their postponement to 2021.For triathlon, the elite men will be vying for Olympic glory on Monday, July 26, 2021, at 06.30 local time, with the women following up on Tuesday, July 27 also at 06.30. The debut of the Mixed Relay at the Olympics will take place on ‘Super Saturday’, July 31, at 07.30.Tokyo 2020, the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee agreed in April that given the critical impact of the competition schedule on every aspect of preparation, each session of the 2021 competition would in principle be scheduled as originally planned for 2020.This has been reflected in the confirmed competition schedule, noting that for operational reasons the start and end times of certain events have been adjusted (although that is not the case for triathlon and all its three medal events).Events in 2021 will take place at the same competition venues that were planned to be used in 2020: the Odaiba Marine Park. Preparations for the Games continue as Tokyo 2020 works to resolve any remaining issues including the periods of venue usage.‘Super Saturday’ and ‘Golden Sunday’Fans around the world are expected to tune in on ‘Super Saturday’ and ‘Golden Sunday’, 31 July and 1 August, as an exciting array of medal events take place. A total of 21 medal events will be held on Super Saturday, including first-time Olympic Games events such as the judo mixed team event, the triathlon mixed relay and the shooting trap mixed team event, all of which will help make Tokyo 2020 the most gender-balanced Olympic Games in history.This day will also see the men’s football quarter-finals, which will be staged at four different venues throughout Japan. This sporting extravaganza will be followed by 25 medal events on Golden Sunday, including the men’s athletics 100m final, men’s and women’s gymnastics finals, and the men’s tennis singles final.Golden Sunday will also feature the final day of fencing events including the men’s team foil final, and the closing day of swimming events, with five finals scheduled. This action-packed weekend is expected to be a memorable highlight of the Games.Climactic lead-up to the finaleThe second half of the Games, from 30 July onward, will feature semi-finals and finals in wrestling, karate and other team events, as well as athletics events at the new Olympic Stadium, the main venue of the Tokyo 2020 Games. Athletics finals will feature in almost all sessions, except the 30 and 31 July morning sessions. The 4 x 100m relay for men and women will take place on the evening of 6 August.Saturday, 7 August, the day before the Closing Ceremony, will constitute another ‘Super Saturday’, featuring no fewer than 34 event finals, the highest single day number during the Games.The key attractions on this climactic day will include the men’s basketball final, the men’s football final, the women’s marathon final, the baseball final, the men’s volleyball final, the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around final and the artistic swimming team free routine.The final day of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Sunday 8 August, will commence with the men’s marathon in Sapporo. The last medal event will be the men’s water polo final, beginning at 16:30.The victory ceremony for the women’s marathon will be held during the Closing Ceremony for the first time in Olympic history. Together with the victory ceremony for the men’s marathon, this aims to make the ceremony even more memorable for everyone including the athletes and spectators.Tokyo 2020 took a holistic approach when compiling the schedule, taking into account athletes’ experience & well-being, the technical rules and regulations of the various international federations, global TV audiences, the popularity of individual sports in Japan, gender balance and operational considerations. The competition schedule may be subject to change.www.olympic.orgwww.triathlon.org Related
SANTA ANA, CA — John “Jack” Rome, vice president of operations and engineering for MotorVac Technologies, lost his year long battle with cancer on November 4. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Rome had served as vice president of operations and engineering at MotorVac since 1995. He was responsible for designing and developing most of the company’s products and was named on 18 of their 19 patent applications. He also managed the manufacturing, distribution and procurement operations. Born in England, he graduated from the Barrow-in-Furness Technical College with a BSCME degree. Soon after, he left for America to begin his career in the automotive industry. Over the years, Rome held engineering and management positions with General Motors, Sierracin/Harrison, Robertshaw Controls and General Systems. Mark Hallsman, president and CEO of MotorVac stated “Jack will be sadly missed by his many friends who knew him in the industry, but he will be especially missed by the MotorVac Team. We at MotorVac will always remember Jack as we saw him on his last day at work a few weeks ago when he chaired the management staff meeting and was providing direction and guidance to help move the company forward. He left us doing what he loved to do and his legacy is that everyday thousands of automotive technicians around the world will perform fluid exchange services and help the people have safer, cleaner and more efficient vehicles – all because of Jack Rome.” Advertisement Rome is survived by his wife Linda, his son John and daughter Janella. Donations can be made in Rome’s honor to the American Cancer Society. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.
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BP has chosen to extend the present Platform Drilling Services contract in the UK for a further 4 years from December 2014, by declaring two 2-year options. This brings the contract to a renewal date in December 2018.In addition, BP has one remaining 2-year option. The value of the 4-year extension is estimated to USD 165 million.“This early extension demonstrates BP’s commitment to working with Odfjell Drilling in delivering quality and efficiency in their platform drilling program,” Odfjell said in a statement.Odfjell Drilling currently operates on BP assets Andrew, Bruce, Clair and Magnus in the UK North Sea. A new platform Clair Ridge will be included in the portfolio following handover to operations during 2016. [mappress]February 25, 2014
An oil product tanker is reported to had been fired at by the Iranian naval forces while transiting the Gulf on Thursday.Singapore-flagged tanker Alpine Eternity was approached by five Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy ships at about noon (0800 GMT), Reuters said citing U.S. officials.The ships fired warning shots as they tried to intercept and seize the vessel.The ship’s crew issued a radio call for help, which was answered by the United Arab Emirates that dispatched coast guard vessels to aid the tanker. Once at the scene the Iranian departed the area.The 2009-built tanker was forced to flee the area setting sail for UAE’s territorial waters.Based on the latest vessel tracking data by Marine Traffic the 46,100-tonne ship is currently at anchor in Dubai area.The data shows that the ship’s last port was Port of Hidd and its destination Jebel Ali.The chemical tanker is managed by Norwegian tanker operator Transpetrol.The reason behind the approach is believed to be another attempt to settle a legal dispute by force, U.S. officials said.Namely, the tanker is said to be liable for damage to an Iranian-owned oil platform it hit on March 22, Reuters reported.The latest attempt to intercept a shipping vessel comes in the wake of the arrest of Maersk Tigris by Iranian navy also on the grounds of unsettled debt claims dating back to 2005.World Maritime News Staff
If there are two words guaranteed to send any audience to sleep in an instant, they are these: Annual Report. By God, they are dull - I should know, I have written enough of the damn things. You know that very few people are going to read them but you have got to produce them (the Legal Services Act makes it a legal obligation for the LeO). And there is always a certain formula you have got to follow: governance statements, financial accounts, performance reports. So you do what you have to: crunch the numbers, highlight the positives and acknowledge there are still areas for development/improvement, get it laid in parliament – job’s a good ’un. But we do try to put some substance in what we produce. And in any event, an annual report – and its associated launch – is actually a good opportunity to take stock of things and give some feedback to the profession. In this year’s report, our third, we have tried to do just that. So what have we said? Some of it has been reported in the legal press, but some has not. The report looks briefly at professional ethics and discusses – although largely dismisses – the possibility of them being undermined as non-legal executives become more influential within firms through alternative business structures. But it does see greater risk coming from the increasing use of funding mechanisms, such as conditional and fixed-fee arrangements and legal insurance policies, citing the frequency of complaints which reveal a degree of confusion among customers – whether intentionally caused or not – about how these operate. When I spoke at a local Law Society meeting after these comments appeared, I was challenged about their accuracy. I think it is important to say that when we go out and make this sort of statement, it is based on real observation. At the Legal Ombudsman, myself and my fellow ombudsmen encounter countless examples of customers who have ended up incurring costs they simply were not expecting. And our position is simple: if a product is marketed as ‘fixed fee’ then we do not expect to see additional costs lumped on top at the end of a case, especially if no indication that this might happen is given throughout. Similarly, insurance policies need to be just that, not a Lottery ticket, which may or may not cover a customer’s legal expenses when they are relying on it. Take the following examples: Mr A engaged a law firm to take up cases against several previous employers for industrial illness. Mr A and his lawyer made a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement, but the firm failed to fill in the forms for the indemnity insurance. Several of the cases failed and the firm agreed to pay Mr A’s legal expenses for these cases. The firm was unwilling to continue work on the other two claims. Mr A contacted a second firm which also refused to take on the cases as it felt that the first firm had made too many mistakes. Mr A returned to the first firm and formally complained. The firm responded that it was unable to continue with the remaining cases and insisted that it was not responsible for the costs of the defendants. Mr A came to the Legal Ombudsman. He wanted to drop the outstanding cases and for the firm to agree to be responsible for any of the defendants’ costs. The LeO managed to resolve the complaint informally and the firm agreed that it would discontinue the live claims and indemnify Mr A against any costs and liabilities. Learning lessons No winners Adam Sampson is chief ombudsman Mr B needed a lawyer to help him take on his former employer for unfair dismissal. However, he wanted the assurance of a fixed-fee service as he had a tight budget to work with. He instructed a firm which agreed that its fee would be 35% of any damages awarded to Mr B should the case be successful. Shortly before the hearing, Mr B’s case was settled out of court, much to Mr B’s satisfaction. Unfortunately, his lawyer had failed to pursue the other side for their costs and subsequently tried to use more of Mr B’s damages to cover them. The lawyer advised that in addition to 35% of the damages in respect of the fees, Mr B would be required to pay for disbursements and telephone calls, meaning he would actually stand to lose more than 50% of the damages awarded. Mr B was obviously unimpressed and made a complaint to the firm, but it disagreed that it had misled him over cost. Mr B then brought his complaint to the Legal Ombudsman. Following an investigation, we found that the firm had failed to warn Mr B about disbursements and any potential costs incurred by the other side. We told the firm to refund Mr B £500, which it agreed to do. Mrs C instructed a firm to assist with an employment tribunal and funded it using before-the-event insurance. Following a court case Mrs C was awarded £25,000 but only received £19,000 after her lawyers took a cut from the payout to cover costs, which they claimed were not covered by the insurance policy. The law firm did this despite agreeing to inform Mrs C of any costs that would not be covered by insurance at the start of the case. After failing to resolve her complaint through the firm’s own complaints process, Mrs C brought her complaint to the LeO for investigation. It was subsequently found that the complainant had not been provided with adequate costs information and some of what she was asked to pay included costs that the firm could not substantiate with the insurers. As it was unreasonable for the firm to pass on all of these costs to the complainant – and due to the fact it did not keep Mrs C informed of extra costs throughout the case – we decided that the firm should reimburse the £5,000 shortfall. Fantasy fixed fees As the changes in legal aid take effect and render more people reliant upon these new, more commercially viable funding methods, it is fair to assume that we may see more of this confusion leading to complaints. And part of my job – at least as I see it – is to anticipate the issue and hopefully give both the profession and consumers a ‘heads-up’. Which is not to say that I am intrinsically against those sort of funding models: indeed, I expressed some support for innovation in the way lawyers charge in our thematic report on costs. I think it is inevitable that legal insurance will become more prevalent and it is a product which has its place. I also think conditional and fixed-fee arrangements are great for customers on a shoestring budget – as many people are in the current economic climate. These too should be part of the legal landscape. My issue is not with these products or services. The complaints I see tend to crop up when these products and services deviate from what they are claiming to offer. If they did exactly what it says on the tin, every time, we would have far fewer complaints to investigate and this must surely be the aspiration of any firm offering them. It is only through reporting on the causes of complaints that lessons can be learnt about how to prevent them. This is something we will continue to do. So, for example, we are currently planning our next thematic report, which is likely to be on conveyancing. If we have feedback to give, we do not want to wait until the next Annual Report to give it. Insurance shortfall