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Pencil Drawings

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Chiang Mai situated in Thailands northern part is home to our planets most professional and skilful pencil drawing artists. This majestic provincial capital also houses the incredibly popular Night Bazaar, which steadily ranks amongst Asias greatest shopping places. This bustling night market draws huge crowds of international travellers looking for artistic pencil drawings, handicrafts, travel bags, DVDs, jewellery, clothing, sportswear and electronic gadgets.

The Chiang Mai night market is crammed with little street stalls selling a wide range of cheaply-priced products such as trendy sunglasses, football shirts of numerous clubs, Rolex watches, computer games, Zippo cigarette lighters, CDs, DVDs, T-Shirts, travel accessories, baseball caps, lifelike charcoal portraits, electronic goods, handicrafts, woodcarvings, silverware and many other goodies.

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In addition, the most visited night market in the Land of Smiles, is home to some of the most experienced and skilful charcoal painters. The majority of the portraitists creating lifelike black and white charcoal paintings from photos in Chiang Mai are to be found across the Night Bazaars covered area, as well as throughout the nearby surroundings.

Few holidaymakers visiting the city, which is rightfully nicknamed Rose of the North wont leave Chiang Mai without some entirely handmade charcoal pencil portraits in their luggage. Charcoal portrait painters based in this exciting provincial capital rank among the most artistic on our planet and most portraitists painting and drawing artworks here enjoyed the nations finest art education.

Visiting tourists exploring Chiang Mai should not miss strolling around the night market buildings many fine art galleries and observing some of the highly skilled pencil portraits artists in action, while witnessing the creation of magnificent black and white portrait art right onsite.

The art galleries and painting ateliers here display lifelike charcoal pencil portraits from photographs, such as from world-famous persons including: Albert Einstein, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Bob Marley and Che Guevara, as well as charcoal portraits of animals and Northern Thailands colourful hill tribe peoples.

Most visitors wont be able seeing the difference between the charcoal pencil reproduction and the original photo, it could be a copy! Fortunately, a recently launched website offers value for money charcoal portraits online. Art gifts online include custom portraits from photos, paintings of rural landscapes and orchids, Buddha paintings and psychedelic art.

Lovers of portraiture wishing to order art gifts online can simply upload an image or picture that has captured that special moment directly from their computer to the site. Delivering online art gifts at the customers postal address will usually take no longer than 14 working days.

Pencil drawing enthusiast, Stuart White is very familiar with the finest places to shop for black and white charcoal portraits. To get the most lucrative deals online, White advises; High Quality

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Satellite phone subsidy to be extended in Australia

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Satellite phone subsidy to be extended in Australia

Monday, May 15, 2006

Senator Helen Coonan, Australian minister for communication, information technology and the arts, has announced the federal government will be extending its subsidy on satellite telephone handsets.

The scheme allows those living or working in parts of remote Australia without conventional mobile telephone services to claim a subsidy of up to AU$1,200 on the purchase of a satellite telephone.

The program was supposed to run for five years from 2002 until 2007. The program will continue until 2009.

In addition to the extension, the scheme’s eligibility criteria will be changed from July 1, 2006 to ensure that the scheme “continues to be well targeted,” according to Senator Coonan.

The changes will allow aboriginal corporations and educational institutions to claim the subsidy, which were previously ineligible. “These changes include increasing the level of support available to Indigenous corporations who may now be able to receive more than two subsidies in some circumstances, and introducing educational institutions as an eligible category,” Senator Coonan said.

The government will also change the way the subsidy is calculated. In the past, it had been calculated based upon the call plan chosen by the customer. The government will now calculate the subsidy based on the amount of time the customer spends in remote areas. Those operating a business in areas without ground-based mobile telephone services will be eligible for the full AU$1,200 subsidy, while those who spend some time in such areas will be eligible for AU$900.

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Centennial of ‘father of contemporary Thai cinema’ celebrated

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Centennial of ‘father of contemporary Thai cinema’ celebrated

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Thailand’s National Film Archive in Salaya, Nakhon Pathom unveiled a new museum and cinema on Thursday night for the 100th anniversary celebration of the birth of Rattana Pestjoni, a filmmaker who is considered the “father of contemporary Thai cinema”.

With Pestonji’s family, movie stars, filmmakers, government officials and fans on hand, the National Film Archive’s museum was opened for tours, and the facility’s 120-seat cinema hosted the screening of a documentary film, Signature: The Life and Work of R.D. Pestonji.

Pestonji was born in Bangkok on May 22, 1908, to a Parsi-Indian (ethnic Persian) family. For his first short film, Tang, in 1937, he received an award from Alfred Hitchcock at a film festival in Scotland. Pestonji directed his first feature film, Dear Dolly, in 1951. He was known for his skills as a cinematographer, and he shot the first Thai feature film to be submitted to an overseas film festival. Pestonji also pushed for innovations in the Thai film industry, such as using 35mm film, and raising the level of cinematography as an artistic element of the films, said film historian Dome Sukwong, director of the National Film Archive.

The now-lost Santi-Weena was submitted to the Asia-Pacific Film Festival in 1954 in Tokyo. Pestonji served as cinematographer on it as well as Forever Yours, in 1955. He then directed four features, Country Hotel in 1957, Dark Heaven in 1958, Black Silk in 1961, and Sugar Is Not Sweet in 1964. His films were never box-office successes, which led to Pestonji retiring from feature-film work to make television commercials, Sukwong said.

Pestonji died of a heart attack on August 17, 1970 at the Montien Hotel Bangkok, while giving a speech to government officials and film industry executives about the prevalence of Hollywood films in Thailand’s cinemas.

Contemporary directors who were influenced by Pestonji include Wisit Sasanatieng and Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Last Life in the Universe). Sasanatieng was among the filmmakers present at Thursday’s event.

Prae Dum [Black Silk] is the film that remains my single major influence,” Sasanatieng was quoted as saying by the Bangkok Post. Sasanatieng’s colorful features, Tears of the Black Tiger and Citizen Dog bear many of the hallmarks of Pestonji’s films. “Khun Ratana was not simply a master storyteller … he knew how to use color, art direction and camera angles to create subtle nuances and charge the movie with strong emotions.”

Pestonji’s sons, Santa and Edel, have continued in the film business. The Bangkok film production house their father started now houses a firm that hires out equipment and film crews to foreign films shooting on location in Thailand. Films that the company has been involved with include Heaven & Earth and The Beach. Pestonji’s daughter, Ratanavadi Ratanabhand, was the lead actress in 1961’s Black Silk.

The Pestonji centennial celebration was the first major event held in the new facilities at the National Film Archive, which moved around 10 years ago to the Fine Arts Department compound in Nakhon Pathom Province, about 50 kilometers from Bangkok, where the archive had been previously located. The museum and cinema complex were built in the last year, and Thursday’s event was the first major function held at the facility, said Chalida Uabumrungjit of the Thai Film Foundation, which has worked closely with the National Film Archive to preserve Pestonji’s legacy. The foundation holds the rights to Pestonji’s films and plans to issue a DVD set of his works later this year.

The centerpiece of the archive’s museum is a wax figure of Pestonji, seated with his prized Mitchell camera in front of a recreation of the set from his 1957 musical comedy Country Hotel.

In a manner similar to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, handprints, footprints and signatures of celebrities are being collected in the concrete outside the museum’s cinema. That initiative started on Thursday with actor Prompong Nopparit, a spokesman for the Ministry of Culture, being the first to make his marks.

Other stars making impressions included actor Suthep Wongkamheng, who starred in Pestonji’s Dark Heaven. A rain storm dampened the festivities, but didn’t keep 1970s action star Sombat Metanee from making his mark in the slab, albeit under cover of umbrellas. Other figures adding their marks to the wet cement were pioneering animator Payut Ngaokrachang and Santa Pestonji, Ratana’s eldest son.

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Photo source for Barack Obama presidential campaign “HOPE” poster discovered

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Photo source for Barack Obama presidential campaign “HOPE” poster discovered

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Netizens have discovered the photograph that was used to create the iconic Barack Obama “HOPE” poster, which became a national symbol during his 2008 presidential campaign in the United States.

Los Angeles, California street artist Shepard Fairey’s poster design is an almost exact match to an Associated Press photo from October 2006 or earlier. Prior reports beginning on January 14, 2009 claimed that the poster was based on a different photo, a shot by Reuters photographer Jim Young from January 2007. However, on January 20, 2009 Flickr user stevesimula and blog commenters identified the Associated Press photo that appears to be a much closer match.

Fairey had revealed that he found the photographic basis for his four-color screen-printed design using Google Image Search, but could not or would not identify which photo he used. News broke of a supposed source only days ago. According to an earlier attempted analysis by Michael Cramer, it was a photo from TIME magazine which was reversed and stretched slightly. That photo was credited to “Jonathan Daniel” of Getty Images, but this turned out to be a misattribution. Reporter James Danziger of The Daily Beast tracked down the actual photographer for the TIME shot, Jim Young, and in his words “solved the biggest photographic mystery of the 2008 election”. Reuters also celebrated their photo as the basis for such a phenomenon as Fairey’s poster, and a print of the photo was sold to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. But it took only a few days for internet sleuths to show that, while similar, the Jim Young photo was not the one Fairey used.

The most convincing evidence that a different photo is indeed the one comes from Flickr: stevesimula produced a graphic comparing the two purported sources. The side lighting in the alternative photo creates highlight and shadow areas closely matching those Fairey used in his high-contrast stencil-like image, and the overlaid images line up precisely from Obama’s eyes to the shadow on his collar to his tie. Jim Young’s photo would have required manipulation to simply match the profile of Fairey’s design, even without considering details like the highlights and shadows.

The actual photo came from the Associated Press, as Wikimedians discovered using the “reverse image search engine” TinEye.com. That tip led photographer Tom Gralish of The Philadelphia Inquirer to the original photo through a Google image search for both “Obama” and “associated press”. The original contained IPTC metadata identifying the creator as Mannie Garcia, which Gralish quickly confirmed. The shot came from an April 2006 event where George Clooney, not then-Senator Obama, was the main attraction: Clooney was addressing the National Press Club about his trip to Darfur.

Fairey’s appropriation raises questions of intellectual property, as apparently no attempt was made to secure reproduction rights from the Associated Press. Sales of the image (on posters, clothing, and other paraphernalia) were used to fund the production of more posters in support of the Obama campaign, and raised Fairey’s public image considerably. A large hand-finished collage version was recently acquired by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery. The purchase price is not known.

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The Advantage of Readymade Apps

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Technology is advancing day by day and people are more inclined towards smart phones, tablets or any other mobile devices. Increasing advances in mobile technology, the intuitive interfaces and high speed data access has made mobile computing a much better experience for users. Smartphones and smarter operating systems have seen the emergence of utility & productivity tools, games, data-editing apps and more. Apps have made it easier for people to get any relevant information at their fingertips and stay connected to their work.

No matter what your business, mobile apps can help you get and retain customers. The first place customers go to search for a product or service is and if your business is available online and have an app that users can download to their devices your business will make a really good impression.

Mobile applications are increasingly playing a vital role in business with a larger customer-base as well as workforce relying on the convenience of access on-demand to information & solutions. B2B apps are finding equal traction as much as B2C mobile apps.

Now days there are many firms providing readymade apps which are a great solution for business firms. One such firm is called Tatkal apps (http://tatkalapps.com/), they have ready made for more than 250+ different services (nSERVICES) including cab booking app(uber clone), food delivery app(foodpanda clone), laundry service app and various on demand service apps.

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Are readymade apps any good ? well I believe it is and I have listed a few points as to why I believe this.

1.They’re cheap

A customisable, ready-made app will likely set you back less than an app developed for you from scratch. The developer will already have created a suite of functionality to suit businesses in your field, so there shouldn’t be any scoping or development costs.You might pay for some degree of customisation, but the up-front charges to get your branded app to market will probably compare well with those of building an entirely new, unique app

2.Get up and running fast

The customisable app is already built, so you probably won’t have to wait long to launch your branded version of it. Even if you decide to bolt on some extra functionality from the developer’s set offering, those additions will probably happen pretty quickly.

3.You’ll know what you’re getting

The developer of a customised app may well already have a string of clients to show you. You may be able to see how the app looks when it takes on different branding, and experience how the app itself performs for other businesses like yours. Customer testimonials might even give you an idea of the kind of return you can expect from your investment in the solution.

4.Access to Support and Upgrades

You can usually check out levels of support before you buy readymade software. Many companies offer user training materials along with online help and troubleshooting services as a marketing tool during the sales process, so they have a vested interest in providing a good service. If they want to continue developing their products, they’ll offer upgrades. If you use a third-party developer to create a bespoke system, they may not offer ongoing support or upgrades — or may charge more for these services.

5.Bug Free Tested Apps

Another major advantage of getting a readymade app is that it would be bug free. It would have gone multiple tests before it is sold commercially.

Apps are becoming the dominant form of digital interaction. The customers in today’s world are on the move and they’re using mobile application platforms to get there. Whether they use mobile phones, tablets or other smart mobile devices – they have all the information they need. That’s why mobile apps are so much important in today’s business environment and I believe readymade apps are the way to go.

For more information on tatkal apps and their readymade product nServices an app for all service please visit: http://tatkalapps.com/

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Volkswagen emissions scandal may affect thousands more cars

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Volkswagen emissions scandal may affect thousands more cars

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Volkswagen emissions scandal continued yesterday with the company announcing 800,000 mainly diesel vehicles may also be affected by carbon dioxide emissions problems.

The company stated “the safety of the vehicles is in no way compromised”. They estimated potentially this could cost them €2bn on top of the €6.7bn set aside to pay for the cost of correcting 11 million cars affected when the scandal broke, in addition to fines by regulators.

the safety of the vehicles is in no way compromised

This follows Monday’s revelation that the emissions scandal has affected up to 10,000 vehicles sold in the USA by brands in the Volkswagen group, although the company refutes the allegation. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the regulatory body which has been investigating Volkswagen, claims the company fitted a number of recent Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen models with technology that initiates secret components during emission tests to ensure the results are favourable.

The scandal began with damaging revelations that the car manufacturer has been using illegal software to enable diesel cars to cheat on mandatory emissions tests. This lead to a public apology on September 20 by then-chief executive Martin Winterkorn and the promise of an outside inquiry. He then resigned on September 23, and was replaced by Matthias Müller. The new allegation about Porsche is of particular concern for Müller, because he had previously been in charge of Porsche.

The company is expected to foot the bill for the recall of close to 500,000 VW and Audi cars affected at the time. There is also the possibility of Volkswagen having to pay federal fines of up to US$18 billion dollars because the US Clean Air Act sets a maximum fine of US$37,500 for each vehicle that contravenes the requirements of the Act.

An investigation into alleged breaches of environmental law was originally initiated on the advice of the International Council on Clean Transportation, a European non-governmental organisation. The EPA requested tests be carried out by West Virginia University, where the secret software was discovered.

The software, known as a “defeat device”, enabled cars to identify when they were being tested and to switch on the emission control system. The devices may have been adding urea to the car exhaust because that would reduce the amount of nitrogen dioxide. The car would release a fraction of the nitrogen oxide compared to when they were being driven normally. Emissions of nitrogen oxide contribute to smog and are thought to have caused a rise in respiratory illnesses like asthma.

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Ford offers US$78 million for Romanian auto plant

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Ford offers US$78 million for Romanian auto plant

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Ford Motor Company, the U.S. car maker, will reportedly pay €57 million (US$78 million) for a 72.4 percent stake in the Romanian assembly plant Automobile Craiova, a Romanian official said Friday.

“The offer of Ford Motor Company for a 72.4 percent stake is €4.1556 per share or €57 million overall,” said Sebastian Vladescu, head of the State Property Agency (AVAS), after opening Ford’s improved offer. Vladescu added that the contract may be signed on September 12, during the auto show in Frankfurt.

The Romanian government bought back the Craiova-based car maker from Daewoo Motors, in late 2006 for US$51 million. As the Korean company was bankrupt, the government had to pay another $10 million for debts stemming from past loans. Ford is the only bidder for the purchase of the factory.

According to Washington Post, many auto-part makers have set up in the new European Union member country, attracted by cheap labor, favourable tax rates and the rising output of Renault’s Dacia plant. The vice president of Dacia, Constantin Stroe, said that the price Ford offers is not important. “It’s important to have the factory working as soon as possible”, he added. “With this production facility, Romania will become an important auto production center in Europe”, concluded Stroe, cited by HotNews.

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Wikinews interviews Christopher Beyette, prince of the Principality of Vikesland

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Wikinews interviews Christopher Beyette, prince of the Principality of Vikesland

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Over the past few months, Wikinews reporter Joseph Ford has held several interviews with Kevin Baugh, president of the Republic of Molossia, a micronation located near Dayton, Nevada. This week, Ford had the opportunity to interview another intermicronational leader, Christopher Beyette, prince of the Principality of Vikesland, another micronation located in Manitoba.

At only three years old, the Principality is a relative newcomer to the intermicronational community.

When asked if he considers Vikesland a serious micronation, Prince Christopher said that his country is “a new nation project. Our goal is to eventually become an internationally recognized state with hopefully some sort of small sovereign land base.”

He went on to tell much more about Vikesland, which can be read in the interview below.

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What Is Google Adsense?}

Submitted by: Diane Nassy

AdSense may be one of the fastest and easiest ways to monetize traffic to your web site whether you have products or services for sale or you simply provide free content to your visitors.

Simply stated, Google AdSense enables website operators to place some code on their site that connects to Googles ad server content database and pulls keyword-relevant advertising onto the web pages. The webmaster gets paid a percentage of the fee that Google receives from the advertiser every time a visitor clicks on an ad. There is no charge for the webmaster to participate in AdSense. All costs are covered by the advertiser who participates in the AdSense sister program called AdWords.

Googles sends out digital robots which use proprietary algorithms to parse the host web page and analyze the content in an effort to determine what keywords are relevant. It reports its findings back to Googles ad server which then serves ads matching those keywords. Given that the entire process is automated, the ad robots do a pretty good job of getting the advertising content right most of the time.

The History of Google AdSense

Google AdSense has its roots in the old Google Content-Targeted Advertising program which they introduced back in March of 2003. Although this program was similar in concept to AdSense, there was no automated way of participating. Each webmaster negotiated a deal directly with Google, and websites that served less than 20 million page views per month were not welcome to participate.

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As Google grew, they began to see how much money they were leaving on the table by excluding the smaller sites, which greatly outnumbered the sites serving over 20 million hits that were willing to serve other peoples ads. Their answer to that problem was AdSense which has no minimum traffic requirements and is open to all sites meeting Googles content and decency requirements.

How much can you make running Google AdSense?

The answer to that question depends upon three factors:

1. How much traffic your site draws

2. How many visitors click on your ads

3. How much those ads pay per generated click

With some ads paying as much as $5 or more, its possible that you can generate a serious income with AdSense. There are relatively well documented cases of some people earning as much as $500 per DAY and more. Numbers like that are rare exceptions however. Even so, there is no reason why you cant earn somewhere around $1,000 per month, or more, once you get the hang of it.

How to get started using Google AdSense

Make a visit to Googles AdSense Site (https://www.google.com/adsense/) and sign up. Make sure that you read their Acceptable Use Policy and that you follow their content requirements. Google has their own AdSense Police who will have no problem booting you out of the program if you fail to walk the line.

Using Google AdSense on your site is like collecting free money. Theres no reason not to do it and potentially thousands of dollars worth of reasons to do it.

About the Author: Diane provides marketing and internet profit tips. For more Google AdSense tips, visit

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‘The Gates’ opens in New York City

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‘The Gates’ opens in New York City

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

New York, New York – On February 12, 2005, at 8:30 a.m., New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg dropped the first piece of fabric in The Gates, a land art project by Christo and Jeanne Claude.

The artists installed 7,500 metal “gates” along 23 miles of pathways in New York City’s Central Park. Each gate supported a flag-shaped piece of saffron fabric. The project is scheduled to run from Feb. 12, 2005 through Feb. 27, 2005. The project is sometimes referred to as “The Gates, Central Park, New York, 1979-2005″ in reference to the time between the artists’ initial proposal and the present day.

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