Nov 22
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British painter Lucian Freud dies aged 88

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Lucian Freud, the painter and grandson of the founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud, died Wednesday at his London home following a short illness. He was 88 years old.

Freud, the elder brother of the late comedic writer and broadcaster Clement Freud, was born in Berlin in 1922 and moved with his family to Britain in 1933 to escape the Nazis. He became a British citizen in 1939. He studied at the Central School of Art, then at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing with Cedric Morris. He also attended Goldsmiths, University of London. After finishing art school, he spent some time in the merchant navy. In 1944, he started exhibiting with a solo showcase at the Alex Reid & Lefevre Gallery.

I paint people not because of what they are like, not exactly in spite of what they are like, but how they happen to be.

In the 1950s, his style changed to exclusively paint portraits and nudes. The process of painting for models was intense: one nude painting took 16 months to complete and Freud demanded her turn up almost every day to pose. His work was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1989, and he was a member of the Order of Merit. Most controversially, he painted a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II which was described by The Sun newspaper as a “travesty”, and prompted Robin Simon, the editor of the British Art Journal to say that “It makes her look like one of the royal corgis who has suffered a stroke”. He also famously painted the glamour model Kate Moss nude, and was once named one of Britain’s best dressed men in the magazine GQ.

His work has sold for large amounts: Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, sold in 2008 at Christie’s in New York for $33.6 million dollars. In addition, he has had solo shows at some of the most prominent art galleries and museums in the world including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Nicholas Serota, the director of the Tate in London, said of Freud: “The vitality of his nudes, the intensity of the still life paintings and the presence of his portraits of family and friends guarantee Lucian Freud a unique place in the pantheon of late twentieth century art. His early paintings redefined British art and his later works stand comparison with the great figurative painters of any period.”

Freud has at least thirteen children from a series of marriages and affairs: after an affair wth the Bloomsbury Group member Lorna Garman, Freud married her niece Kitty in 1948 and had two children (Annie and Annabel) before ending the marriage four years later. He had an affair with Lady Caroline Blackwood which turned into a marriage in 1953, although that was dissolved in 1957. He also had two children with Bernadine Coverly (Bella Freud, the fashion designer, and the writer Esther Freud), five children with Suzy Boyt, and four children with Katherine Margaret McAdam (Paul Freud, an artist, Lucy Freud, David Freud and Jane McAdam Freud, also an artist).

Nov 21
Iconic London mural could be restored
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Iconic London mural could be restored

Monday, September 20, 2010

One of London’s most well known murals could be restored after years of neglect if plans by a group of community activists gain public support. The Fitzrovia Mural at Whitfield Gardens on London’s Tottenham Court Road was created by two mural artists and commissioned by Camden Council in 1980, but the mural has since decayed and been vandalised.

Plans will be presented at a public meeting this Tuesday, to include details of the restoration and promote local public space in contrast to potential commercial developments and the focus of the London 2012 Olympics. If enough funds are raised from charitable trusts and public donations the mural could be restored during the summer of 2011.

Plans to be put forward by the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association, and the London Mural Preservation Society, will present ways to fund not only the restoration work but also projects to raise awareness of conservation, heritage, and the residential and working community. The heritage and mural project hopes to involve many local people who could learn new conservation skills. Also planned are workshops with local children to involve them in their heritage, an exhibition by local artists, guided tours and a celebratory event at the end of the restoration project. In addition to this, a booklet would be produced containing collected oral histories of the people involved and a preservation trust to protect the mural in future years.

The playful painting was created on a Camden Council-owned building in 1980 by artists Mick Jones, (son of the late Jack Jones, trade union leader) and Simon Barber and is a mash up of scenes depicting problems faced by the neighbourhood over the preceding decade.

There is also a caricature of poet Dylan Thomas, who lived in Fitzrovia, and a mocking portrayal of then leader of the Greater London Council, Conservative politician Horace Cutler, who is pictured as a bat-like creature. Other characters include an anonymous greedy developer and a property speculator counting piles of cash.

Peter Whyatt of the neighbourhood association is jointly leading the project to restore the mural. Yesterday he told Wikinews he had a number of concerns about the possible success of the project.

“There are a great number of problems with getting this project off the ground and we also need to act pretty quickly for a number of reasons,” said Mr Whyatt.

“Firstly the mural is in a terrible state and deteriorating quickly. There is more graffiti being daubed on the site every month because one bit of graffiti attracts another bit. We really need to start the work in the next 12 months because going through another winter with the condition of the wall will causes more problems and inevitably more expense. We want to keep as much original artwork on the site as possible to keep the costs down. This is a big mural and it will be expensive to restore,” he continued.

“And that brings me to my second concern: cost. If we don’t get other community organisations on board to bid for money for this with us and to involve their beneficiaries and volunteers, it will be very difficult to secure the money needed. Money is very tight at the moment because to the current financial climate. We need to get support at this meeting on Tuesday and some firm commitments from people and organisations to get involved.

“Lastly there is a danger of a commercial development on the site. A public-private partnership to create a new art feature. Because of the existing mural’s subject matter – it mocks property speculators, and land developers, etc – a commercial scheme probably backed by a property developer would not want to restore the mural’s original message. They’d want some “good news” scheme, some greenwash idea that paints them in a positive light.

“However, despite these problems, Camden Council have offered to do a condition survey on the mural. This will save us a lot of money. But having said that there are five council departments to deal with to get permission for this restoration work, and they don’t always talk to each other.

“But if the public and local voluntary organisations show their support, we can make it happen,” Mr Whyatt concluded.

The mural restoration will be just one part of a year long project of heritage and conservation awareness-raising. “The project is not just about the mural but also wider plans to promote awareness of heritage and conservation in an area of London under threat from commercial development. In fact the bulk of the project is about the heritage and conservation and the mural is just one part of it, and the most visible because of its situation,” Mr Whyatt later added.

There will be a public meeting about the heritage and mural project at 7.30 pm tomorrow (Tuesday), at the Neighbourhood Centre, 39 Tottenham Street. The public can also comment about the proposals on the Fitzrovia Heritage and Mural website.

Nov 21
Texas Commissioner of Agriculture visits schools to kick off National School Lunch Week
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Texas Commissioner of Agriculture visits schools to kick off National School Lunch Week

Saturday, October 16, 2010

US Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples visited Orr Elementary school in Tyler, Texas on Wednesday to kick off National School Lunch week for the state. Commissioner Staples spoke to over 200 students during lunch about the importance of eating healthy. “During the old days, the Three R’s in school meant ‘Reading, ‘Writing and ‘Arithmetic’ […] but I want you students to remember the three E’s: Education, Exercise and Eating right,” he stated.

The Commissioner asked students a variety of questions about state trivia such as the names of the state bird, the state tree and the state fruit. Students who answered correctly were awarded prizes.

During a short press conference following, Commissioner Staples stated his concerns regarding the health of children in Texas: “Current indications are that over 30 percent of children in [the United States of] America are struggling with childhood obesity. Estimates indicate that this issue alone can cost this county one-billion dollars in healthcare costs per year in the future.” “I applaud the city of Tyler for taking the Fit City challenge,” the Commisioner further stated.

National School Lunch Week runs from October 11th–15th. President Barack Obama issued a presidential proclamation naming October 11th–15th the National School Lunch Week.

Nov 20
Why Using An Oil Change Service Matters

byAlma Abell

Every car owner realizes that cars need oil and filter changes from time to time. What they may not realize is why those changes make such a difference. Here are some of the reasons why it pays to always work with an Oil Change Service as part of the basic car maintenance.

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Getting Rid of Sludge

Over time, the oil running through the engine will leave a residue known as sludge. This sludge does nothing other than slow down the function of key components. By having the oil and filter changed on time, it is much easier to avoid this type of buildup. The result is saving a great deal of money on costly repairs.

Ensuring Proper Lubrication

The purpose of the oil is to make sure that moving parts of the engine are properly lubricated. The lubrication helps to prevent friction that wears those parts faster. Since the oil itself will begin to break down over time, it pays to replace it on a regular basis. Along with replacing the filter that is beginning to show signs of wear, regular oil changes are the only way to ensure that all those components remain properly lubricated. Checking for LeaksOver time, seals and gaskets can begin to leak. This includes the seals around passages that carry oil throughout the engine. Even a small leak will mean oil is escaping and not providing any benefit to the engine. That decreases the level of lubrication in the engine and promotes damage to various moving parts.

By having oil and filter changes on a regular basis, it is much easier for a professional at an Oil Change Service to spot a leak, advise the car owner, and make plans to repair the damage. For car owners who think the time is fast approaching for an oil and filter change, visit Marysville Speed n’ Custom today. With oil and filter products for every type of engine, it will be easy to settle back and wait while the work is done. In no time at all, the change will be finished and the engine will be protected for a few more thousand miles.

Nov 20
Pakistan to Turkey container train service launched
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Pakistan to Turkey container train service launched

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani has launched Pakistan’s first international container train service from Islamabad to Istanbul via the Iranian capital, Tehran, as a trial project of the Economic Cooperation Organization to boost Pakistan’s trade with Turkey and Iran.

The train is carrying 20 containers on its first journey from Islamabad railway station, delivering 14 to Tehran and 6 to Istanbul and will cover 6,500 kilometres in two weeks.

Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmed Bilour said a successful trial phase of the freight train service would be followed by a passenger train service in an effort to boost tourism in the region.

There are also hopes the route will eventually provide a link to Europe and Central Asia.

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Nov 20
Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with NDP candidate Paul Johnstone, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with NDP candidate Paul Johnstone, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

Thursday, September 13, 2007

A resident of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound his whole life, Correctional Services officer Paul Johnstone is running for the Ontario New Democratic Party in the Ontario provincial election. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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Air France-KLM interested in acquiring Czech Airlines
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Air France-KLM interested in acquiring Czech Airlines

Monday, March 23, 2009

On Monday, Europe’s largest airline, Air France-KLM, stated that it is interested in buying a large part of Czech Airlines (CSA). Last month, the Czech government announced that it is planning to sell its 91.51% stake in Czech Airlines, expecting to generate about US$270 million. The Czech Ministry of Finance owns 56.92% and the Czech Consolidation Agency 34.59%. The remainder is owned by other Czech institutions.

Air France-KLM made a non-binding offer on this share: “Air France-KLM in a letter will today make a non-binding expression of interest in order to have access to detailed documentation on the company”. According to the airline, the Czech government expects no binding offers before June: “Firm offers are not expected before June, after an in-depth analysis of Czech Airlines by the candidates”. Air France-KLM stated that “its [Czech Airlines’] network is highly complementary to that of Air France-KLM. Among other things, it would enable the Group to strengthen its position in Central and Eastern Europe”. Czech Airlines has a fleet of 51 planes.

Both Air France-KLM and Czech Airlines are part of the SkyTeam alliance, which also includes Aeroflot. The latter also expressed interest in buying Czech Airlines.

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Nov 17
Boxing great Muhammed Ali dies aged 74
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Boxing great Muhammed Ali dies aged 74

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Legendary boxing great Muhammed Ali died on Friday aged 74 in a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. A family spokesperson said Ali had been admitted with respiratory problems. The former heavyweight champion lived with Parkinson’s disease for decades, diagnosed in 1984.

Born on January 17, 1942 as Cassius Marcellus Clay, he changed his name to Muhammed Ali after his 1964 conversion to Islam. In his professional career, Ali won 56 out of 61 fights — including 31 consecutive wins. He won the World Heavyweight Championship three times and had also won an Olympic gold medal in the light-heavyweight category.

Often considered the greatest boxer of all time, Ali was the world heavyweight champion in the 1960s and 1970s. His famous fights with George Foreman in 1974 when he won his title back and against Joe Frazier are considered by many as two of the greatest fights in the sport’s history. Ali had also defeated Sonny Liston to claim the championship title.

Ali was also known as a political activist. He came under considerable controversy after his decision to refuse the Vietnam War draft.

He lit the flame in the 1996 Olympics hosted in Atlanta.

His funeral is to be in Kentucky.

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Nov 16
Services Offered A Competent Children’s Physician In Columbus Ms

byAlma Abell

The health of your children should be a priority for everyone. Children who have a reliable, competent and regular physician tend to develop better and in a healthier manner than those without the right health assistance. Hiring a competent Children’s Physician in Columbus MS is, therefore, important for the sake of the medical health of your children. Here are a few of the services offered by a good physician.

Routine checkups

Whether you need an annual checkup done for the sake of an insurance policy, or you want your child to participate in a sporting activity at the school, a physician will be available to help. The test will include a full physical examination, and if the doctor finds it necessary, laboratory tests and several other supplementary tests may be recommended.

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Treatment of various medical issues

A GP is trained and experienced in handling the simple day to day illnesses. They can treat your child for issues such as recurring headaches, stomach pains, fever and common flu. In case they perform tests, and realize the problem is caused by a more serious underlying problem, they will guide you to an expert who specializes in treating that particular condition.

Benefits of having a children’s physician

There are many reasons why you should have a single GP for your children.

* A constant GP will have a comprehensive history about the child’s physical health and developmental issues. This means that in case there are problems with the child, they will have an easier time getting the cause and determining a treatment alternative.

* When the children is introduced to the doctor and gets used to the Doctor, they will learn to trust them and open up about all their health issues. This will make it easier to get treatment in case of medical issues.

* The general physician is the person to go to when you need emergency related advice in the home.

Those are some of the reasons you need to think about hiring a Children’s Physician in Columbus MS. The Children’s Health Center of Columbus Inc. has competent physicians dealing with children’s issues. Visit them on for details.

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