Thursday, March 31, 2016

Re: Journey to Cuba Local painter makes trip with group of artists

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Thank you, Adnan and family just before this winter went to Cuba and sent us pictures where I spotted an old red
American car similar to the one in the picture, and I asked him to get me a car like that. He got me a painting of the 
same car and according to him. The painters quickly paint what you want and the paint dried up before you reach hotel.



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Culture and art belong to the whole world and knows no borders. It has always played an influential role of building bridges between boundaries of nationality and thought.

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Sapnon ki sarhad nahi hoti....

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Journey to Cuba

Local painter makes trip with group of artists
By Stephanie Bertholdo
CLASSIC CARS—Havana's many vintage autos— a product of a 50-year embargo with the United States that has prevented new vehicles from entering the country—were the inspiration for this Anette Power painting. With diplomatic relations between the two countries improving, more and more Americans like Power are expected to travel to Cuba in the coming years. The nation has a rich cultural and art history. Courtesy of Anette Power CLASSIC CARS—Havana's many vintage autos— a product of a 50-year embargo with the United States that has prevented new vehicles from entering the country—were the inspiration for this Anette Power painting. With diplomatic relations between the two countries improving, more and more Americans like Power are expected to travel to Cuba in the coming years. The nation has a rich cultural and art history.Courtesy of Anette PowerAnette Power of Newbury Park wasted little time taking advantage of the new open relationship between the United States and Cuba.
Power and other artists joined art publisher Eric Rhoads to pay a visit to the island nation in February as part of an excursion called "Paint Cuba." The trip was limited to 100 people.
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U.S. citizens have increased travel to the communist nation since President Obama and the country's leaders restored diplomatic relations in July 2015.
  COLORFUL—The streets of Havana as witnessed by a Newbury Park woman who recently visited Cuba's capital city with a group of artists. After years of restrictions on travel to Cuba, Americans are finding it somewhat easier to travel to the communist nation.   Courtesy of Anette Power COLORFUL—The streets of Havana as witnessed by a Newbury Park woman who recently visited Cuba's capital city with a group of artists. After years of restrictions on travel to Cuba, Americans are finding it somewhat easier to travel to the communist nation. Courtesy of Anette PowerPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower closed the U.S. embassy inHavana on Jan. 3, 1961, in opposition to Fidel Castro's communist regime. Castro believed America was using the Havana embassy as a base for spies.
But times—albeit slowly— have changed, and the visit for Power and the 99 other artists proved to be exhilarating.
She said the trip to Havana and Cojimar on the northern coast of Cubaallowed the group to meet residents and businesspeople while painting outdoors, capturing the country's unmistakable 1950s look and feel, a product of a 50-year embargo with the U.S.
"It's like time had stopped," she said. "You could kind of sense their isolation."
  IMPROVING RELATIONS THROUGH ART— Artist Anette Power shows one of her paintings of Cuba in her studio. Power traveled to the country in February with 99 others as part of an excursion called IMPROVING RELATIONS THROUGH ART— Artist Anette Power shows one of her paintings of Cuba in her studio. Power traveled to the country in February with 99 others as part of an excursion called "Paint Cuba."STEPHANIE BERTHOLDO/Acorn NewspapersPower, who has a passion for painting classic automobiles, knew that Cuba would offer plenty of subjects for her work.
"It's the reason I went (on the trip)," she said.
She signed up for the painters' excursion, a Publisher's Invitational event that gave artists an opportunity to come into the country and paint it as it is before the embargo is lifted and the country loses its '50s vibe. The invitational offers annual events for painters.
A native of Sweden, Power gets her appreciation for classic cars comes from her father, who used to drag young Anette and her sister, Sofie, to auto shows as often as possible.
"I didn't appreciate it back then," she said.
During the trip, the painter was inspired watching the Cuban people go about their everyday lives, often having to wait in long lines for food and services.
"There's a lot of scarcity," she said. "One day there is a bunch of bread in the bakery, and the next day there's nothing."
But the hardships experienced by Cubans provided a rich backdrop for art. Buildings that once signaled grandeur are crumbling, yet the beauty still shines through, Power said. The eclectic architecture includes art deco, art nouveau, Italian influences and, in general, an Old European flair.
Power came to the United States as an exchange student in 1988, first in Ohio and then in Pasadena.
While working as a receptionist at an animation studio in the 1990s she had an epiphany: "Wow, these people actually make a living doing art."
She eventually joined the creative team at the studio and thrived as an artist, painting backgrounds for studios like Disney, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network and Universal.
After she married and had children, she stopped her animation work but never stopped painting.
Power has won numerous honors and awards for her work throughout Southern California and has paintings hanging in museums, featured in exhibits and held in private collections in North America and Europe.
She will offer a demonstration of her painting techniques for the Westlake Village Art Guild on April 5 at the Los Robles Golf Course.
She is also teaching an art guild workshop on April 16 and 17 at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery next to theNewbury Park Library.
For more information, visit http://anettepower.com.




Arianna Huffington: The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time

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Arianna Huffington: The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time

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ed before learning to get," said Ray Bradbury. And surrendering to sleep every night is the ultimate letting-go.

I wrote The Sleep Revolution to examine this ancient, essential, and mysterious phenomenon from all angles, and to explore the ways we can use sleep to help regain control over our out-of-kilter lives. The goal of the book is to move us from awareness to action.

What we need to be aware of first is that we are indeed in a sleep crisis. More than 40 percent of Americans get less than the recommended minimum seven hours of sleep per night, with similar (or worse) statistics from around the world. It's a phase that actually started with the Industrial Revolution, in which sleep became just another obstacle to work. The veneration of sleep as a unique portal to the sacred was sacrificed to the idea of progress and productivity. The twentieth century saw the labor movement pushing back against the encroachment of work into our personal lives. However, the end of the century also saw technological advances that allow our workdays to essentially never end, which is where we are today.

At the same time, with the birth of the new science of sleep, we began to discover that sleep is in fact deeply connected to every aspect of our physical and mental health. We're finding out what, exactly, is going on when we finally drift off. The short answer: a lot. Far from being a time of inactivity, sleep keeps many parts of the brain feverishly busy, and what they're doing — or not doing, if we neglect sleep — has huge consequences. We now know that sleep deprivation is linked with increased risks of diabetes, heart attack, stroke, cancer, obesity, and Alzheimer's disease.

And this new golden age of sleep science is fueling a sleep revolution. People want more sleep, and the market is responding. Hotel rooms are being transformed into sleep temples, schools are modifying start times to suit the sleep needs of teenagers, an exploding market in wearable technology has emerged that tracks our sleep, and a range of smart products — from smart mattresses to smart headphones — has entered our lives.

And yet there is a lot more to do. Solving our sleep crisis requires not just practical changes to how we approach our days and our nights but also rethinking our priorities and what we really value. Sleep is, after all, at the center of our overall vitality. When we sleep well, we feel better, and vice versa. We may be what we eat, but also, to be sure, we are how we sleep.

We need to reclaim this special realm — not just because sleep makes us better at our jobs (though there's that) and not just because it makes us healthier in every way (there is that, too), but also because of the unique way it allows us to connect with a deeper part of ourselves. Because when we are asleep, the things that define our identity when we're awake — our jobs, our relationships, our hopes, our fears — recede. And that makes possible one of the least discussed benefits (or miracles, really) of sleep: the way it allows us, once we return from our night's journey, to see the world anew, with fresh eyes and a reinvigorated spirit, to step out of time and come back to our lives restored. These two threads that run through our life — one pulling us into the world to achieve and make things happen, the other pulling us back from the world to nourish and replenish ourselves — can seem at odds, but in fact they reinforce each other.

So I hope you'll be inspired to renew your relationship with sleep — in all its mystery and all its fullness — and join the sleep revolution, transforming your life and our world one night at a time.

For Arianna's sleep tips and more visit AriannaHuffington.com.


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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

candidate to be valedictorian of her high school in Boyle Heights died tragically while volunteering during a beach cleanup in Santa Monica. 033115 KANC News

BOYLE HEIGHTS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) --
A promising student who was a candidate to be valedictorian of her high school in Boyle Heights died tragically while volunteering during a beach cleanup in Santa Monica.

ABC7 has learned 17-year-old Thuy Tran was overtaken by a wave while volunteering at Santa Monica Beach on Saturday.

Thuy may have been in the water for up to an hour before she was found. She was later rushed to the hospital and put on life support.

The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed Thuy died at the hospital Sunday and drowning was ruled as the cause of death.

Thuy was a senior track star at Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School where she was a candidate to graduate at the top of her class.

A number of local track teams will wear maroon ribbons to honor Thuy during the track season this Spring.

VALEDICTORIAN CANDIDATE DIES DURING BEACH CLEANUP IN SANTA MONICA

Thuy Tran, 17, was a candidate to be valedictorian at Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School when she died during a beach cleanup in Santa Monica.

Latest assisted-living plan surfaces Site is just north of T.O. Boulevard 03/31/16 TO Acorn

Its the location, location, location, stupid (& promises made) Nick Q


Latest assisted-living plan surfaces

Site is just north of T.O. Boulevard
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  CENTRALLY LOCATED— A developer has submitted preliminary plans to build a residential care facility for seniors on this empty lot near the Thousand Oaks post office.   From Google CENTRALLY LOCATED— A developer has submitted preliminary plans to build a residential care facility for seniors on this empty lot near the Thousand Oaks post office. From GoogleAnother developer is taking a stab at building an assisted-living facility inThousand Oaks.

At the March 22 T.O. City Council meeting, the council voted 5-0 to allow Griffin Real Estate Management to move forward with preliminary plans to open a two-story, 86-bed residential-care facility for seniors at a long-empty lot on Duesenberg Drive near Thousand Oaks Boulevard.

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The developer needs a zone change from industrial to institutional as well as a special use permit to proceed at the site, which is down the street from the Thousand Oaks post office.

The council's March 22 vote was only to allow concurrent applications. Approval or denial of the requests themselves will come at a later date, possibly in 2017.

Last week's action came six weeks after the council voted 4-1 to deny a request by Oakmont Senior Living to open a similar facility on Rolling Oaks Drive.

What makes the Duesenberg proposal different is that it has the support of the nearby neighbors, said Richard Niec, who represents both Griffin Real Estate and the property owner.

"We've had quite an outreach program going," he said.

He went on to indicate the neighbors received the project well at the four meetings the developers have had with them since November.

Rickie Whitman, speaking on behalf of the Westlake Hills Property Owners Association, the HOA closest to the site of the proposed development, told the council the facility would benefit the neighborhood.

"We had several meetings with this company, and they've been very well-received and we like what we heard," Whitman said. "We would like to see it completed."

In all, eight residents came to the March 22 meeting to express their support for the proposal, which would employ around 70 people. Only one spoke against it, citing traffic concerns.

The support—albeit very early in the process—is in stark contrast to the vehement opposition to Oakmont's plans to open a 75,000-square-foot facility at the site of the former Young Set Club day care center at Rolling Oaks and Los Padres drives. In that case, the zone change was from rural exclusive to institutional.

"I know you've had a couple of other (instances) where you've been approached regarding assisted living facilities and you didn't have the community's buy-in. . . . This time you do," said Linda Spencer, a Westlake Hills resident. "I absolutely urge you to provide (Griffin Real Estate) with the change it needs in order to move forward."

Because Griffin has not yet filed a project application with the planning department, no renderings or specifics in regard to square footage are available.

The lot is 2.13 acres.

Niec said he's hoping to move forward with city staff and open a facility Thousand Oaks can be proud of.

"Our goal is to serve members of the senior community who really have to have assistance in their daily life and to give them a good quality of life," he said. "We see that as a growing need in most of California."

As for Oakmont, the company sent a letter to the city March 17 saying it would not be moving forward with a new application for the Young Set Club site, citing the neighbors' unwillingness to continue a "productive dialogue."

"Therefore, we have concluded that it is unlikely that the City Council would approve a revised scaled-down project and cannot take the risk and expense of preparing plans," the letter reads.

Ventura County Star: Former Oxnard employee arrested in theft of utilities

Former Oxnard employee arrested in theft of utilities

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Description: A former Oxnard employee was arrested Wednesday in connection with stealing utility services from the city, officials said

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Former Oxnard employee arrested in theft of utilities

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Updated Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:50 PM PDT

A former Oxnard city employee was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of stealing utility services from the city, authorities said. 

The 58-year-old Oxnard man formerly worked in the Environmental Resources Division of the Public Works Department, Oxnard police said. He was arrested in Oxnard about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on suspicion of misdemeanor petty theft, police said. 

The city earlier this month announced an investigation of alleged thefts within the department and said the investigation began two months ago. The alleged thefts involved the suspected delivery of unauthorized trash services, city officials have previously said. 

The administrative and criminal investigation into the matter is ongoing. 

The city didn't state that Wednesday's arrest was related to the earlier announcement.


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CAUGHT ON VIDEO: An Asteroid Or Comet Slammed Into Jupiter As Amateur Astronomers Watched

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CAUGHT ON VIDEO: An Asteroid Or Comet Slammed Into Jupiter As Amateur Astronomers Watched

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CAUGHT ON VIDEO: An Asteroid Or Comet Slammed Into Jupiter As Amateur Astronomers Watched

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A cosmic collision was caught on video earlier this month when an unknown object slammed into Jupiter while amateur astronomers watched.

It's not clear whether the object that hit the planet on March 17 was a comet or asteroid, but a NASA scientist told Space.com it was probably the latter.

"It's more likely to be an asteroid simply because there are more of them," Paul Chodas, head the agency's Near-Earth Object Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told the website. 

Whatever it was, multiple witnesses viewed the collision, including an amateur astronomer based in Ireland who was just hoping to create a great time-lapse video. 

"The original purpose of the imaging session was to get this time-lapse, with a happy coincidence of the impact in the second last capture of the night," John McKeon wrote in his video's YouTube description, published on Tuesday. 

The time-lapse was stunning even without the impact: 

But then McKeon captured something even more unusual:

McKeon was one of several skywatchers to witness the impact and record it on video. Gerrit Kernbauer, who was in Austria, didn't realize what he had filmed at first because he didn't watch the video until 10 days later. 

"I found this strange light spot that appeared for less than one second on the edge of the planetary disc," Kernbauer wrote. 

He magnified the video and slowed it down: 


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There's A Huge New Corporate Corruption Scandal. Here's Why Everyone Should Care.

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There's A Huge New Corporate Corruption Scandal. Here's Why Everyone Should Care.

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litany of reasons, but one in particular — the idea that corruption fuels political instability and strengthens the enemies of free-market democracies — has underpinned U.S. anti-bribery efforts for decades. When the U.S. passed the FCPA in 1977, "the concern was that U.S. companies paying bribes overseas was going to weaken the position of the west in the Cold War," said Spalding, the Richmond law professor. Corruption, U.S. lawmakers realized, weakens Western-friendly governments and makes them easy targets for insurgencies.

Like their communist predecessors, jihadists have long recognized the power of anti-corruption narratives to help them win popular support. "Corruption is a tool that terrorism uses," said Roger Cook, a corruption expert with the City of London Police. "It causes terrorism."

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

WE ARE ALL HUMAN. - YouTube Ava Sharifi Spokane WA

WE ARE ALL HUMAN. - YouTube: "WE ARE ALL HUMAN.

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Tariq Ali on Lahore Bombing: Is the Pakistani Government Turning a Blind Eye to Taliban Violence? MARCH 29, 2016STORYWATCH FULL SHOW


IKRAM ARIF: [translated] I came here to Gulshan Park yesterday. I was standing there at the parking area while parking my motorcycle. My friend was with me. We suddenly heard the sound of an explosion from inside. I parked my bike and rushed inside. I picked up the injured to move them away from there. I saw bodies with blown-up heads, some with blown-up legs and some with intestines coming out of their abdomen. Many injured people—men, women and children—were lying there. I picked up a blown leg of an infant, who must have been about six months old. I still have bloodstains on my leg. I picked up many injured people last night and moved them to an ambulance. I was not feeling well after that, and I returned home very tired, as if my body was no longer responding. Now I have come to see what the situation is.

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70,000 Indian Muslim clerics issue fatwa against Isis, the Taliban, al-Qaeda and other terror groups | Asia | News | The Independent

70,000 Indian Muslim clerics issue fatwa against Isis, the Taliban, al-Qaeda and other terror groups | Asia | News | The Independent: ""Nearly 15 lakh (1.5m) Muslims have recorded their protest. Around 70,000 clerics from across the world, who were part of the event, passed the fatwa."

He called on media organisations to stop referring to the groups - including Isis, the Taliban and al-Qaeda - as “Islamic”.

Another cleric, Hazrat Subhan Raza Khan, said the decision had been made in the wake of the Paris attacks to spread out the message that the Muslim community condemns Islamist extremism.

In pictures: The rise of Isis"



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Milana Vayntrub - Google Search Lily at & t commercial

Milana Vayntrub - Google Search: "Milana Vayntrub
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Milana Aleksandrovna Vayntrub is an Uzbek American actress, comedian, writer, and producer who is known for playing the "Lily Adams" character in a series of AT&T television commercials. Wikipedia
Born: March 8, 1987 (age 29), Tashkent, Uzbekistan"



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Supreme Court splits 4-4, preserving compulsory public-union dues - The Wall Street Journal.

I thought you would be interested in the following story from The Wall Street Journal.

Supreme Court splits 4-4, preserving compulsory public-union dues

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EgyptAir Plane Hijacker Surrenders (UPDATE)

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EgyptAir Plane Hijacker Surrenders (UPDATE)

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A man thought to be the hijacker leaves the hijacked Egyptair Airbus A320 at Larnaca Airport in Larnaca, Cyprus, on Tuesday.

The hijacker was reportedly strapped with explosives when he demanded the pilot reroute the aircraft, Egypt's civil aviation ministry said in a statement. EgyptAir officials later announced that the explosive belt was turned out to be fake.

There were conflicting reports for the motive of the hijack, but Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said it was not terrorism-related.

When asked if a woman was involved, Anastasiades replied, "There is always a woman involved."

Cypriot state media also reported that the hijacker had asked to contact his ex-wife, who lives in Cyprus. 

No flights were arriving or departing from the airport in Cyprus at the time of writing, the BBC reported. 

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EgyptAir flight MSR181 was en route from Alexandria to Cairo, but landed at Larnaca International Airport on Cyprus.

The hijacking comes at a time of heightened concern over Egypt's flight security. In October, a Russian passenger plane broke in two when it crashed over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula shortly after taking off, killing all 224 people on board. Russian authorities denied an Islamic State affiliate's claim that it took down the plane. The crash caused two major airlines to stop flying over the region due to safety concerns. 

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A bus carrying some passengers from the hijacked EgyptAir aircraft as it landed at Larnaca airport.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Leaders to Obama: 'What is happening to America'

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Leaders to Obama: 'What is happening to America'

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Leaders to Obama: 'What is happening to America'

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The rhetoric of U.S. politics may besmirch how the rest of the world sees the country, President Obama told journalists on Monday.

"The No. 1 question I'm getting is, 'What is happening to America?'" he said at the Robin Toner Prize dinner, according to pool reports.

During the president's half-hour speech, he called on journalists to hold politicians accountable and to fact-check the things they say.

"If I say that the world is round and someone else says it's flat, that's worth reporting," he said. "But you might also want to report on a bunch of scientific evidence that shows the world is round."

The political world has "always been rough and tumble." Still, "when it doesn't matter what's true and what's not, that makes it all but impossible to make good decisions on behalf of future generations."

The president didn't specifically mention any of the 2016 presidential candidates.


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