News Article | May 24, 2017
Set with artifacts found throughout the Pandoran landscape, the dedication stage was a tapestry of sights and sounds. Drummers pounded out traditional rhythms, colorfully dressed performers led a procession full of pageantry and artful banners fluttered in the morning sky. Inspired by the blockbuster motion picture AVATAR from filmmaker James Cameron, the new 12-acre land immerses guests in the lush world of Pandora in a time frame a generation after the human-Na'vi conflict in the Oscar-winning film. In a collaboration of two master storytellers, Disney joined with Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment in a multi-year project to bring to life the mythical world of Pandora. "Working with Jim and his team was a dream come true for us, as we pushed the limits of creativity and innovation to bring the digital world of Pandora to the real world of Disney's Animal Kingdom," said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. "Now anyone who has ever dreamed of visiting this extraordinary world can explore the astonishing landscape and ecosystem, soar on the back of a banshee and actually become part of the AVATAR adventure." The breathtaking, otherworldly beauty of Pandora that amazes by day will glow at night when bioluminescent flora and special nighttime programming add to the fascination guests will feel. Na'vi, the indigenous blue people in the film, call Pandora home. Cave paintings give hints of the Na'vi culture, and totems they weaved point guests down pathways threading through the overgrown rainforest, punctuated by bizarre sounds of animals not of this world and alien plants that glow with light. Disney Imagineers created a soundscape meant to evoke an alien jungle. Some of the most creative sculptors in the world were recruited to help shape the new land, with the overriding message of connecting everything to the value of nature -- and the transformative power of adventure and conservation. "I never thought I'd see the day when the Pandora I imagined could be made physically real," said Cameron. "Working with Disney to bring this world to life has been an amazing experience, and the result is something I think everyone will love for generations to come. It really feels like you're stepping into a dream." While inspired by Cameron's film, Pandora – The World of Avatar was not envisioned as an extension of the film. "It's not the movie AVATAR that we are portraying," said Joe Rohde, Walt Disney Imagineering portfolio creative executive. "It is the planet Pandora where you can come, you can visit, and have your own unique adventure. Rather than reliving the adventures of characters from the film, you're going to come to the planet where those things happened -- and have your own set of adventures you can own." And what an eye-filling, sky-filling planet it is. Crossing an entry bridge, rusted-over across the years, guests follow a winding forest pathway to where the surreal landscape first comes into view. The exotic Valley of Mo'ara spreads before them. Other-worldly sights, sounds and scenes abound. Adventurers roam verdant pathways underneath floating mountains laced with waterfalls dropping to quiet ponds. They venture deep inside a bioluminescent rainforest amid the sounds of Pandoran creatures roaming the underbrush. Two extraordinary attractions anchor the new land: After roaming a landscape pulsing with entertainment happening throughout the day and night, adventurers can recharge at Satu'li Canteen, the fast-casual restaurant for Pandora housed in an old Quonset hut. Windtraders stocks Na'vi cultural items, toys, science kits and more. Pongu Pongu, with a design as eclectic as its expat owner, is a specialty-beverage kiosk that serves up cooling refreshments and a treat called Lumpia (loom-pee-ah), a pineapple-cream cheese spring roll. Pandora – The World of Avatar expands the day-into-nighttime adventures at Disney's Animal Kingdom, including new after-dark experiences such as the majestic Rivers of Light show, sunset safaris, live-entertainment street parties and vivid, animated imagery bathing the Tree of Life, centerpiece of the adventure park. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/disney-dedicates-pandora--the-world-of-avatar-a-new-land-of-other-worldly-sights-sounds-and-experiences-at-disneys-animal-kingdom-theme-park-300463399.html
News Article | April 13, 2017
A new species of ancient reptile has been described by scientists at the University of Birmingham, filling a critical gap in the fossil record of dinosaur cousins and suggesting that some features thought to characterize dinosaurs evolved much earlier than previously thought. Described in a paper published in Nature, the carnivorous reptile, Teleocrater rhadinus, was approximately 7 to 10 feet in length, had a long neck and tail, and walked on four crocodile-like legs. It roamed the Earth during the Triassic Period more than 245 million years ago - pre-dating the first true dinosaurs by around 10 million years - and appears in the fossil record just after a large group of reptiles, known as archosaurs, split into a bird branch (leading to dinosaurs and eventually birds) and a crocodile branch (eventually leading to today's alligators and crocodiles). Teleocrater and its kin are the earliest known members of the bird branch of the archosaurs. The discovery overturns widely-held preconceptions by palaeontologists about the morphology of early dinosaur relatives, with many scientists anticipating that such creatures would be smaller, bipedal and more 'dinosaur-like". "Teleocrater fundamentally challenges our models of what the close relatives of dinosaurs would have looked like," says Richard Butler from the University of Birmingham. "Dinosaurs were amazingly successful animals. It's natural to want to know where they came from, and how they became so dominant. Teleocrater is hugely exciting because it blows holes in many of our classic ideas of dinosaur origins." All the specimens used to describe Teleocrater were collected from a rock unit called the Manda Beds, in the Ruhuhu Basin of southern Tanzania, Africa. Teleocrater fossils were first discovered in the region in 1933 by palaeontologist F. Rex Parrington, and subsequently studied by Alan J. Charig, former Curator of Fossil Reptiles, Amphibians and Birds at the Natural History Museum, in the 1950s. However, due to a lack of crucial bones, such as the ankle bones, Charig could not determine whether Teleocrater was more closely related to crocodylians or to dinosaurs. Unfortunately, he died before he was able to complete his studies. Re-examination of Charig's specimens by Butler and colleagues, combined with the discovery of additional fossils by a U.S.-led team in Tanzania in 2015, has finally allowed the surprising relationship between Teleocrater and its dinosaur cousins to be revealed. "It's astonishing to think that it's taken more than 80 years for the true scientific importance of these fossils to be understood and published," says Butler. "My colleague Alan Charig would have been thrilled to see one of 'his' animals finally being named and occupying such an interesting position in the Tree of Life," said Paul Barrett from the Natural History Museum, one of the other main authors of the work on Teleocrater. "Our discovery shows the value of maintaining and re-assessing historical collections: many new discoveries, like this one, can be made by looking through museum collections with fresh eyes."
News Article | April 27, 2017
Job One for Humanity, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending global warming in the next 10 years, in co-sponsorship with the People’s Climate March is giving anyone going to the Washington DC People’s Climate March or its sister marches, or wanting to go to this march but unable to attend, a free copy of Climageddon: The Global Warming Emergency and How to Survive It by Lawrence Wollersheim. The eBook is priced at Amazon $9.95 and until midnight May 1st, anyone who goes to the climate march or wants to go to the huge Washington or sister climate marches, will receive a free Climageddon copy. All they have to do is send an email to ClimateMarch@joboneforhumanity.org and ask for the free ebook and downloading instructions will be sent to them. This free book offer expires at midnight Pacific Time on May 1st. “We wanted to express our gratitude to all the climate activists and individuals attending the climate marches this weekend or who want to go but can’t and, who will help focus attention on this unprecedented emergency.” said Wollersheim, who is also Executive Director of Job One for Humanity. This new book, “radically disrupts what most informed individuals currently believe. In its new model of our rapidly destabilizing climate (the Climageddon Scenario), it uses big data analytic methodologies to predict the likely progression of global warming consequences rapidly coming our way,” says early reviewer Michael Mielke, a well-known environmental activist, fund-raiser and head of the Association for the Tree of Life organization. Wollersheim explains that in writing the book, he “went beyond the current statistical models that try to predict the future of the climate and also focused on the cascading effects of all causes and consequences upon each other.” This revealed a situation that is far more dire than most people -- even those who are well informed -- believe to be the case. After making the case in the first portion of the book’s 440+ pages that the situation demands special treatment as a global emergency, the book proposes a specific, step-by-step plan that is unlike any other that has yet been attempted to deal with the global warming emergency. “To avoid the possible extinction of human life on earth, the Job One Plan appears to be the only practical plan that has been put forth that is on a grand enough scale to succeed before certain irreversible climate thresholds are crossed while also being within the grasp of a reasonably small, dedicated force of activists,” says Job One’s Director of Strategy, Dan Shafer.
News Article | April 17, 2017
“I Said, Not Now”: the quest to restore the Tree of Life to God’s chosen people. “I Said, Not Now” is the creation of published author, Jeff Janes, a native of Ovid, Michigan who was born in Flint, Michigan. Jeff Janes grew up as the fourth of six children in a Christian home. After graduating high school, he joined the USAF and served twenty years in aircraft maintenance. In 1989, while working a twenty-four hour shift on F-15 alert duty at Bitburg AFB in Germany, Jeff had a very sleepless night. It was then that this story came to him as he pondered about the Tree of Life and its function in God’s plan to grant eternal life to his chosen. “Getting lost in his research Chris leans back in the chair about 01:00 A.M. to rest his eyes. About the same instant he hears a soft voice over his right shoulder say his name….. Chris…. Startled beyond belief and with his heart pounding out of his chest he turns in the direction of the voice. There in the shadows of the corner of the attic is a tall figure of…. something? Much too large to even fit into the height of the attic ceiling but how could this be? Bewildered he tries to make sense of his condition! Am I sleeping, is this real, what in God’s name he only thinks to himself when the same voice answers. GOD’s name…. exactly right! The angelic being or whatever it is, remains not totally visible to his perception. From this encounter, Chris receives a warning not to pursue or seek after his father’s research. The entity declares, “For it is not given unto man to obtain this knowledge until the appointed time”. -Jeff Janes Published by Christian Faith Publishing,Jeff Janes’ new book is an adventure that twists the mysteries of modern medicine and the faith of God’s Chosen People. CFP Website Link: http://www.christianfaithpublishing.com/books/?book=i-said-not-now For years, medical researchers have debated the function of the appendix. Some have searched for a reason as to why humans even have the mysterious organ. Only God knows the true purpose for its existence. “I Said, Not Now” is the story of a young man named Chris Brownstein and his quest to uncover the secrets of his late father’s work. His father wanted to restore the Tree of Life to God’s Chosen People. Chris will finish his father’s work and cement his legacy. View a synopsis of “I Said, Not Now” on YouTube. Consumers can purchase“I Said, Not Now” at traditional brick & mortar bookstores, or online at Amazon.com, Apple iTunes store, Kobo or Barnes and Noble. For additional information or inquiries about “I Said, Not Now”, contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.
News Article | June 26, 2017
PARIS, France — Sarah Burton’s women’s collections for Alexander McQueen have found a primal sweet spot, combining the pagan, the instinctive, the artisanal and the sophisticated in a subtle yet powerful brew. Her men’s collections, on the other hand, have lagged, dogged by an academic, historical approach to design. Thought, rather than felt (though, to be fair, the same problem plagued Lee McQueen’s own men’s collections). So Burton set herself a clear and present challenge with her men’s collection for Spring 2018: apply her womenswear principles to her menswear. It was trips to Scotland and the Wiccan depths of Cornwall that helped form recent women’s outings. “I wanted to ground the man, make him real, not historical. I was looking at explorers, adventurers, survivalists, men who are at one with nature and themselves.” So that was in Burton’s head. But it wasn’t initially on her catwalk. Instead, we saw an opening of rich but rigorous tailoring, a classic McQueen libertine. There were subsequent echoes of that formality (Lee loved a camel coat — here, there was a patched-up beauty), but really, that character had been established early on so he could be shredded as the parade proceeded. The fetishistic strictness of a red leather coat was followed by a black leather biker suit zipped to madness and an exploding shearling, the stuffing knocked out of it. In the interests of Burton’s “reality”, the leathers began to show up washed and worn. They counterpointed the purity of broderie anglaise detailing. In a flash of enlightenment, it became apparent that McQueen's reality is parallel, but none the less appealing for it. And, applied to the men's collection, it unleashed a tide of wayward associations. A sequence of items printed with Rudyard Kipling’s orienteering maps trailed red thread like tiny rivulets of blood. I was thinking of St Sebastian, but Burton was quick to correct any religious connotations. Spiritual, maybe. The trailing threads became a motif, with one of the Shetland carpets from her women’s collection for Spring 2017 turned inside out for a coat. Burton’s preoccupation throughout the collection was the unravelling of the McQueen man. It was literal in those last pieces, culminating in the Tree of Life, its silvery roots feeling their way off the hem of a coat. But why unravel the man? It wasn’t simply an acknowledgement of beauty in imperfection. “I do have this feeling that in nature things are more powerful than you,” said Burton. That sense of surrender and awe has coloured her womenswear. She wants the same for her men. “I need to understand whether the man can live in that world,” she continued. “I think he can." Maybe it’s too soon to determine that, but if it wasn’t necessarily optimism that shaped the essence of her collection, there was definitely a new spirit, an expanded consciousness which bodes well.
News Article | June 13, 2017
Krisha is a microbudget indie drama about an estranged aunt who wrecks the rest of her family’s Thanksgiving. There’s a reason the film topped BuzzFeed’s list of 2016’s best horror movies, however. Aside from using the horror genre’s cinematic grammar, it’s because the claustrophobic family dynamics on display felt both universal and deeply personal to the filmmaker. They captured something from all of us while inflicting elements of writer/director Trey Edward Shults’ very own familial demons upon us. Shults’ follow up, the just-released It Comes At Night, may have veered out of the suburban milieu and into full-blown horror territory, but it turns out this project is just as rooted in the personal as its predecessor. “With Krisha, the relationship between the Trey character and Krisha is inspired by the one I had with my dad,” Shults says, “and It Comes At Night was actually inspired by my dad’s death.” Indeed, the stench of death figures heavily into the new film—a tight, tense, nail-biter whose every scene is fueled by desperation and dread. It Comes At Night opens with the passing of a patriarch, felled by some mysterious disease whose provenance will have viewers guessing, but whose effects are inescapable. The dead man’s daughter (Carmen Ejogo), son-in-law (Joel Edgerton), and young grandson (Kelvin Harrison Jr) spend the rest of the movie attempting to survive the disease, which has apparently wrecked havoc all over civilization, in a creepy house out in the woods. They do not have an easy go of it. Trey Edward Shults, on the other hand, has had a relatively blessed ride getting to this point in his career. After his freshman year in college, the director spent a summer in Hawaii at his aunt Krisha’s place. Since she had a thriving career acting in ads and doing voiceover spots, Krisha helped her nephew land some jobs working on the crew of some Hawaiian commercials. Eventually, he lucked his way into working with director Terrence Malick, lugging a heavy IMAX camera up the side of a volcano to help shoot footage for what would become the birth-of-the-universe scenes in Tree of Life. He had such an illuminating experience doing it too that he ended up dropping out of school and traveling around the world with Malick’s director of photography, eventually landing an internship at the post-production office in Austin.
News Article | June 3, 2017
Bound for hides in the Teifi Marshes reserve, I paused to lean against railings on the riverside path and a cormorant arrowed into view, threw up its broad, webbed feet to brake, and touched down on the water. Seeing it reminded me of a morning 20 years ago in a fishing boat careening into Roonagh in County Mayo on green combers that were the aftermath of an Easter storm. A cormorant had kept us close, wave-skimming company. I asked the skipper, Jack Heanue, what the folk of Inishturk – an English-speaking island – thought of these weirdly beautiful birds. “We call her the old hag of the sea. They say she brings bad luck, but I don’t think so. She shows us where the fish are, and only takes the little ones for herself. I like to see them.” I thought of Jack – his watchful blue eyes, his powerful hands on the wheel, his measured, generous talk – as I focused my glass on the cormorant. Lovely bronze scalings of its plumage were prominent against an overall black that sunlight shimmered into green and purple iridescence, the whole rich palette set off by a startling yellow mandible-patch. Sinister these birds may be to some, particularly when standing on rocks with wings held out to dry – a pose that always brings to mind Milton’s description of Satan in Paradise Lost: “up he flew; and on the Tree of Life … Sat like a cormorant … devising death.” But they fascinate me and these days it’s humankind that devises death for cormorants. The Welsh government issues licences to shoot them on rivers. As I watched, the cormorant drew back its long neck and with a serpentine spasm slipped under the surface. Bilidowcar he’s called in Welsh – Billy the Ducker, which is so descriptively apt. After 30 seconds, he re-appeared holding a dab perhaps 20cm across, which – after some effort – he bolted down. “Not exactly little, Jack!” I thought with a smile. Though, perhaps, it was by west of Ireland standards.
News Article | February 20, 2017
In her new book, “My Tree of Life as an Appraiser of American Indian Art: My Viewpoint” (published by Archway Publishing), Dr. Leona M Zastrow provides readers with knowledge about appraising American Indian art for donations, estates, re-sale and insurance. Zastrow offers information about federal laws and market values. Over 20 Indian artists are cited in the full-color book. Zastrow was inspired to write the book, in part, due to her “promise to Indian elders that I would ‘hand on’ what they taught me about Indian art, request of clients, artists and colleagues to share my knowledge about Indian art.” From pots, vases and figurines to jewelry, bolo ties and belts, the book features color pictures of many of the types of items up for appraisal that help the would-be appraiser to understand what it is they should be looking for when viewing a specific piece. “My Tree of Life as an Appraiser of American Indian Art” By Dr. Leona M Zastrow Hardcover | 8.5 x 11 in | 86 pages | ISBN 9781480841307 Softcover | 8.5 x 11 in | 86 pages | ISBN 9781480841291 E-Book | 86 pages | ISBN 9781480841314 Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble About the Author Dr. Leona M. Zastrow is the founder and president of Educational Planning for Individuals and Communities (EPIC), a company whose services include developing culturally based curricula, grant research, development, writing, evaluation, strategic planning and accreditation studies with schools and colleges. She is also the founder of The Arts and Antiques Appraisal Company, a subdivision of EPIC, which provides personal property appraisal services. Zastrow is a member of the Appraisers Association of America, specializing in appraising American Indian art. She has been a planner and researcher with American Indian nations for more than 40 years and a teacher of American Indian art to Indian high school and college students. She is also the author of a number of books and articles about Indian art. More information is available at: http://www.americanindianartappraising.com. Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit archwaypublishing.com or call 888-242-5904. ###
News Article | February 22, 2017
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News Article | February 24, 2017
Robert Williams, an Air Force veteran who lives in Savannah, Georgia, where he and his wife received the gift of the Holy Ghost at the Tree of Life Apostolic Holiness Church, has completed his new book “Marriage Awareness”: a book which contains must-ask questions for married couples considering awareness. “Are you aware of the many challenges that can come into your marriage from family members, from friends, from coworkers, from your children, and even from your partner?” Williams asks his readers. Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Robert Williams’ book features some of the less obvious questions that a married couple may not have considered before entering marriage. “Marriage Awareness” serves to be exactly as its title promises. “Are you aware of the commitment, the trust, the understanding, and the concern you both should have for each other?” Williams implores. He stresses the importance of married couples knowing the answers to these, and many other questions. Readers who wish to experience this discerning work can purchase “Marriage Awareness” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble. For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708. Page Publishing is a traditional New York based full-service publishing house that handles all of the intricacies involved in publishing its authors’ books, including distribution in the world’s largest retail outlets and royalty generation. Page Publishing knows that authors need to be free to create - not bogged down with complicated business issues like eBook conversion, establishing wholesale accounts, insurance, shipping, taxes and the like. Its roster of authors can leave behind these tedious, complex and time consuming issues, and focus on their passion: writing and creating. Learn more at http://www.pagepublishing.com.