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Sculptor to teach animation maquettes at VAB Creative Studio

Sculptor to teach animation maquettes at VAB Creative Studio

Friday, May 26, 2006

Brampton, ON — On Wednesday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m., sculptor Alvaro Cervantes will host a meet and greet at the Visual Arts Brampton Creative Studio. Cervantes will be showing his precise sculptures to guests, and promoting his upcoming multi-week workshop at the studio. The course is open to students who love cartoon, no matter their skill levels or experience sculpting.

“We’re extremely pleased to present such a unique course at VAB,” group president Keith Moreau commented. “Alvaro is a master of his craft, and students are sure to benefit immensely from the experience.”

Alvaro has specialized in maquettes for 16 years, creating sculptures used by companies including Disney, Pixar, and Marvel Comics. His works have served as reference for animators, and as prototypes for toys. Some of his most recent work is for the Disney-Pixar film Cars, which will was released today in theatres. Cervantes has taught the workshop at Oakville’s Sheridan College, home of a respected Animation BA program.

The meet-and-greet is free for everyone. The timing and price of the course will be established by Wednesday.

The Visual Arts Brampton Creative Studio is located in the Bartley’s Square Mall, at the corner of Hurontario and Steeles Avenue. The studio is the only suite in the lower level, and is accessible through a glassed in lobby.

For more information on the meet-and-greet or the course, contact, or phone 905-453-9142.

My Ex Still Loves Me But Won’t Take Me Back}

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Breakups aren’t always a permanent thing. If your ex says he or she still loves you, there’s always the chance for reconciliation. But what should you do if they refuse to get back together?

Even worse, breaking up is very few times ever cut and dry. People break up every single day, only to re-examine and even reconsider their emotions and feelings for each other. These people end up getting back together and giving things another shot, because they loved and missed each other – and the times they shared.

In some cases your ex boyfriend or girlfriend will continue to love you, even after breaking things off. Oddly enough, they might even tell you. So what does it mean when your ex still has feelings for you, yet doesn’t want to rekindle a full-fledged relationship?

What it REALLY Means When Your Ex Says They Love You

After a breakup, emotions will always be guarded. Your ex won’t always tell you exactly what he or she is feeling, and it’s sometimes hard to know whether or not they still care. In trying to get back with your ex, this is a major stumbling block. Knowing their true feelings is always an asset when attempting to reconcile after a breakup.

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So why does your ex say he or she still loves you? Easy. Because they want YOU to stick around, while THEY play the field. In short, your ex is trying to string you along with half-truths and vague promises… without the burden of actually committing to anything.

In your ex boyfriend or girlfriend’s wildest fantasy, you’ll stay put. You’ll fold your hands in your lap and wait for them while they enjoy being single. And why? All because they told you they loved you, and that they still had feelings. These words were designed to keep you in place as a safety net, should your ex decide they wanted you back again.

This is exactly why you can’t stay put, can’t stay quiet, and can’t sit idly by doing nothing when your boyfriend or girlfriend breaks up with you. Although chasing them certainly isn’t the answer, you must be


in your approach to getting back together with the lover you just lost.

What To Do When Your Ex Says They Still Have Feelings

The actions you take after the breakup will determine its final outcome. Sit by idly and do nothing, and your ex will eventually move on with someone else. The phone calls and text-messages professing love for you will die off, leaving you alone and lonely and wondering what happened to change your ex’s mind.

This is why you need to take action if you want to get your ex back. Being proactive is always better than being reactive, and taking the initiative is almost always rewarded.

The problem however, is that you can’t act blindly. Trying to get your ex back without a plan is like taking a wild guess at something and hoping you were right. Sometimes you’ll hit the nail on the head, but most times you’ll strike out. And if you value the relationship you once had? You won’t want to leave anything to chance.

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Víctor Valdés to play in Belgian Pro League; Manchester United loans Valdés to Standard Liège till season end

Víctor Valdés to play in Belgian Pro League; Manchester United loans Valdés to Standard Liège till season end

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

On Sunday, Manchester United announced the loan of their Spanish goalkeeper Víctor Valdés to Belgian club Standard Liège for the rest of the season.

Last year, Valdés signed an 18-month contract with the English club, but the three-time UEFA Champions League winner was given very little opportunity at Old Trafford. He made only two appearances for The Reds last season, after David de Gea was injured. Relations between Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and Valdés were not good. Van Gaal did not pick him for the pre-season tour to the United States, saying Valdés was unwilling to play a game with the under-21 team.

This season, Valdés was not allowed in the locker room, and van Gaal prevented him from training with the main squad and the under-21 team. The official team photograph omitted him.

Valdés was a member of Spain’s squad for the World Cup in 2010 and for Euro 2012, collecting a winner’s medal both times. Per Manchester United’s statement, “Manchester United and Standard Liege have reached agreement for the temporary transfer of goalkeeper Victor Valdes, effective until the end of the current season. The deal is subject to formalities being completed.”

On Instagram, he posted a photo that read “Thank you all for your support during these months of hard work for me, i will never forget! See you soon!”

Quebec’s Liberal premier Jean Charest wins third term

Quebec’s Liberal premier Jean Charest wins third term

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In the Quebec general election held in the Canadian province of Quebec on December 8, 2008, premier Jean Charest was elected for his third mandate, and formed a majority government of Quebec.

This is the first time since the 1950’s, Maurice Duplessis and the Union Nationale that a party and/or leader has been elected to a third consecutive mandate, and the first for the Liberals since the 1920’s and Premier Taschereau. The ruling Liberals have won a slim majority, taking 66 of the provincial legislature’s 125 seats, while the separatist Parti Quebecois (PQ), led by Pauline Marois, finished second, and took 51 seats.

John James Charest, PC MNA, is a Canadian lawyer and politician from the province of Quebec and a former leader of the federal Progressive Conservative Party (1993–1998), the current leader of the Quebec Liberal Party, and the 29th and current Premier of Quebec. In November 5, 2008, seeing a chance to win a majority, Charest called a snap election for December 8. His party captured a slim majority of seats in the election.

Meanwhile, Action democratique du Quebec leader Mario Dumont announced that he will be leaving politics: “You will not be surprised to hear me tell you that I will not be at the head of my party during the next general election in Quebec. It is with much passion that I have served Quebec for more than 14 years as an MNA and more than 20 years as a party activist. I have loved what I did, but the time has come for me to turn the page.”

Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois claims that the PQ is a big winner, for she greatly improved on the party’s 2007 disastrous performance: “Today we form the strongest Official Opposition since the Quiet Revolution. Tonight we have been reminded that the Parti Quebecois is a great party. It is a party that has rediscovered its fire […] Even if we are a little disappointed tonight, the great dream we have for Quebec is very much alive.”

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Barware Takes The Strain Out Of Bartending

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Barware Takes the Strain Out of Bartending by Phoenix DelrayBartenders have relied on barware to help create alcoholic drinks for spirit lovers in the United States for hundreds of years. The occupation of bartender really began in this country in 1832 when Congress passed the Pioneer Inn and Travel Law, which made it legal for innkeepers to make fine spirits available to people without requiring them to spend a night at the inn. With this law, the bar scene was born, and barware would never be the same from there on out.What really helped the American tavern and its barware take off was the Revolutionary War. Immigrants from everywhere poured onto the shores, bringing with them their exotic drinks and the know how to mix them. The race to find and use the best of barware was now on. Everyone knows of the dozens of different types of glasses, the shakers, the knives and cutting boards for the fruit, the corkscrews, and lets not forget the towels that are used in bars and clubs. However, bartenders also use strainers, which get very little billing when it comes to outsiders thinking of the bar scene. Nevertheless, the strainer is a critical piece of equipment that a bartender knows he could not do his job without. Strainers of course strain the drinks, for example cocktails, so that pulp, pieces of ice, and fruit pits dont make their way into a patrons glass. Most barware is made of stainless steel to make them easy for the busy bartender to take care of. Stainless steel is used also because it will not fall victim to the acidic uses that a bartender uses, such as lemon and lime juice. Most bar strainers have a long handle attached to a flat spatula like paddle with prongs to help hold it to a glass. A coiled metal slinky like spring around the edge of the paddle keeps the strainer in place and will strain the liquid that passes through it, leaving behind the junk that no one likes to find in their otherwise smooth drink. The bartender holds it on top of the mixing glass, and strains the drink through as it pours into the serving glass.There are many bar strainers that are made in different sizes to fit into different glasses. The mixing glasses that are usually used are larger than the serving glasses, allowing plenty of room for mixing a drink. However, trying to wield a giant tumbler while working with a hand held strainer, pouring it into the serving glass, and then doing it 200 more times in a night sometimes has bartenders wishing that strainers were easier to use. There are many different kinds of strainers, but one that shows a lot of promise is one which is a barware mixer and cocktail shaker in one with straining holes at the top to strain drinks through. It can be stressful for a bartender to try to find a strainer (and the perfect one to fit the glass) and try to handle all the barware at the same time, sometimes even needing to find a good hole to strain through for smaller drinks and hiballs. The right strainer is a really useful piece of barware because it significantly minimizes stress, cuts the time it takes to make the drinks, and the frazzled bartender can make more drinks faster than using a traditional bar strainer. Barware today continues to advance, making the job of bartending easier, faster, and less stressful.For a look and more information on different barware, please check out our website.Article Source:

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NSA to participate in U.S. cybersecurity

NSA to participate in U.S. cybersecurity

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Obama administration has given the National Security Agency powers to screen private Internet traffic going to and from government sites, and will use AT&T telecommunications as a likely test site. The Obama administration remains firm in this decision, which was put forth during the Bush administration.

The agency defends military networks with a classified system named Tutelag, which decides how to handle malware intrusions (for example, whether to block them or to investigate more closely). “We absolutely intend to use the technical resources, the substantial ones, that NSA has,” said Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS’s intrusion detection program, Einstein version 3, is in development as version 2 is being deployed. The program defends all U.S. government agencies and departments.

DHS spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said, “We are moving forward in a way that protects privacy and civil liberties.”

AT&T, the chosen test site under Bush, sought assurance from the Obama administration to determine what elements of Einstein 3 to preserve. AT&T officials declined to comment.

In 2006 the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed the class action lawsuit Hepting v. AT&T—currently awaiting decision—against AT&T, which under the Bush administration permitted the NSA to look at domestic communications without a warrant. NSA’s intelligence gathering is limited only to foreign communications.

“We came away saying they have a lot of work in front of them to get this done right,” Ari Schwartz of the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) said. “We’re looking forward to their next steps.”

Schwartz authored a letter on Einstein to the Office of Management and Budget in December 2008 on behalf of the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board.

NSA director Keith B. Alexander said in April 2009 that the NSA will help, but does not want to take charge. Several people—including Rod Beckstrom, who resigned over the issue as head of the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC); Bruce Schneier of BT Counterpane; Leslie Harris, president and CEO of CDT—and not Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence—have urged the Obama administration to keep the Department of Homeland Security in charge despite its low scores, because, they claim, the NSA is a spy agency.

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Deadly fire below US President’s Trump Tower residence

Deadly fire below US President’s Trump Tower residence

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

On Saturday, the Trump Tower, in Midtown, New York City, caught fire shortly before 18:00 EST (2200 UTC) on the 50th floor, claiming the life of a 67-year-old resident, Todd Brassner, who lived in apartment 50C. All other residents were evacuated without incident. During the fire, six firefighters received non-life-threatening burns and other minor injuries. Neither US President Donald Trump nor the First Family were in the building at the time of the fire.

The high-end Fifth Avenue address is the personal residence of President Donald Trump, whose family occupies the top three stories of the 58-story building. The US Secret Service maintains a constant security presence inside the building with the New York City Police Department guarding a hard perimeter, intended to stop vehicular attacks, and a soft perimeter, intended for on-foot attacks.

The four-alarm fire required 200 firemen, extra police, and paramedics. At 20:00 EST (0000 UTC Sunday), the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) declared the fire was under control. Trump tweeted, “Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!” This is the second fire at Trump Tower since the election; previously on January 8, a fire was caused by an electrical malfunction in a cooling tower on the roof. Three FDNY firefighters received minor injuries, and all residents and office workers evacuated without incident on that occasion.

Trump Tower provides a number of unique problems never before encountered by the Secret Service. Never has a US President’s personal residence been inside a skyscraper or in a densely populated area like Midtown. The security measures have disrupted vehicular and pedestrian traffic requiring time consuming detours and delaying emergency response.

The New York Fire Code did not mandate sprinkler systems at the time Trump Tower was built in 1983, which might have reduced the size and severity of the fire had they been present. The 50th-floor apartment was, according to FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, “[T]he apartment was virtually, entirely on fire.” The Secret Service monitors all the fire alarms in the building but it took time to find the source of the thick black smoke emanating from the fire. Secret Service Agents escorted the firefighters throughout the building, including the Trump residence.

Brassner, the sole casualty, was unconscious when firefighters pulled him out of apartment 50C. He was transported to Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital. Originally listed as critical, he was pronounced dead sometime during the night. Brassner, guitar collector, was acquainted with artist Andy Warhol and was acknowledged in Warhol’s 1989 autobiography, The Andy Warhol Diaries. The cause of the fire is unknown, with investigations into Brassner’s death and the emergency response ongoing. Currently, the Secret Service leads the investigation.

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Web Agency NapoliSo companies must think about their website as their business card.That’s why they need to contact a web agency


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Web agency’s main role is to support the customer before, during and after the realization of its website.Web agency’s customers need to feel the presence of the agency, such as we need the support of the travel agency.But making a website is not so easy as we can think, because it’s like making a business card, you must study the brand, the target, and what we want comunicate to pontential customers.Here we would like to mention some important reasons to have a website:- Everytime a pontential client or buyer search for products or services your business could be quickly reached also if they don’t know you directly.- Your business can expand all over the world, there are no limits, you can be reached from any place of the world.- Browsing through your website, customers can be updated about your business and products any time. Better than a tv or radio advertise that are short and hard to get.- Your website is available for your customers always, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Much better than an employee because there is not the risk that it gets sick or it goes on holiday.But having a website doesn’t mean to belong to the web agency beacuse a good a agency gives to you a website that you can easly update with your news and informations by yourself.- Than you can cut costs for advertising as newspaper, brochures, depliant, print ads, flyers, specials.You won’t need them anymore, internet will be your main advertising source.These are the main reasons to contact a web agency as we are, to have the assistance and professionalism that only who operates from years in internet field can give to you.

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Penske Auto selected to buy General Motors’ Saturn unit

Penske Auto selected to buy General Motors’ Saturn unit

Friday, June 5, 2009

General Motors Corporation (GM), an American automaker which has filed for bankruptcy protection, announced on Friday that the Penske Automotive Group (PAG) was selected to purchase Saturn Corporation. The transaction should be completed in October.

The purchase includes rights to the Saturn brand, its five current models and its dealership network. Two models would be discontinued, the Sky and Astra. GM would continue building the Aura sedan, the SUV’s, Vue and Outlook for at least two more years.

Saturn has 350 dealers across the United States. The dealers employ more than 13,000 jobs and sell only the Saturn autos. Canadian Saturn dealers are not included in the deal.

According to Penske future Saturn vehicles will be fuel economy focused. An expert indicated that this would move Saturn back to its roots of a entry level car company. PAG is in talks with several international automakers to replace GM after 2011. Automotive News reports that Renault Samsung Motors of Korea is the most likely candidate.

Penske wants Jill Lajdziak, Saturn’s general manager, and Tom LaSorda, former Chrysler President to head up the company when it is independent of GM.

Serra Automotive in Grand Blanc Township, Genesee County, Michigan, is in talks to take a partial ownership in a new Saturn lead by Penske.

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FEMA employees pose as fake reporters during press conference

FEMA employees pose as fake reporters during press conference
 Correction — September 10, 2013 The headline should not contain the word fake: the employees posed as reporters; they didn’t pose as fake reporters, on the contrary they were fake reporters posing as real reporters. We aopologize for the error. 

Friday, October 26, 2007

The United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is under fire after the agency held a fake press conference with fake news reporters in regards to individuals affected by the California wildfires and the assistance they could receive.

The agency called a press conference on Tuesday, giving the press only 15 minutes to show up. When many did not, FEMA brought in agency officials to pose as fake reporters and ask questions. The option for reporters to call into the conference was also available, but the ones who did call in only got to listen to the press conference, and could not ask questions. No reporters were actually present during the conference, parts of which were carried live on Fox News and MSNBC.

During the briefing, FEMA employees asked Deputy Administrator Harvey Johnson a series of what The New York Times called “decidedly friendly questions” such as “What type of commodities are you pledging to California?”, “What lessons learned from Katrina have been applied?” and “Are you happy with FEMA’s response so far?”. The briefing followed the format of a press conference, with FEMA’s press secretary at one point cautioning that he would allow just “two more questions”, then calling later for a “last question”. Officials who posed as fake reporters included the deputy director of public affairs Cindy Taylor and Director of External Affairs John “Pat” Philbin.

White House officials said that they do not condone FEMA’s actions and also state that they had no idea that the conference was taking place.

“FEMA has issued an apology, saying that they had an error in judgment when they were attempting to get out a lot of information to reporters, who were asking for answers to a variety of questions in regard to the wildfires in California. It’s not something I would have condoned. And they — I’m sure — will not do it again,” said Dana Perino, the White House’s press secretary in a statement.

FEMA apologizes for the mishap and says that their intentions were only to get the information to the citizens of California.

“[The purpose was] to get information out as soon as possible, and in trying to do so we made an error in judgment. Our intent was to provide useful information and be responsive to the many questions we have received. We can and must do better,” said Harvey E. Johnson, the agency’s vice administrator. “The real story — how well the response and recovery elements are working in this disaster — should not be lost because of how we tried to meet the needs of the media in distributing facts,” a FEMA statement said.

FEMA is currently deciding whether or not any officials should face punishment for the incident. One of the officials responsible, Pat Philbin, is going on to be the new head of public relations for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

This is not the first time that the Bush administration has come under fire for planting reporters at press conferences. In February of 2005, White House reporter Jeff Gannon was accused of being planted to ask softball questions to President Bush. FEMA itself had earlier undergone criticism during Hurricane Katrina for using disaster workers for public relations in 2005.

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