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Who is Caitlin Upton?

Who is Caitlin Upton? The entertainment and modeling world knows her Katherine Elizabeth Upton. Kate Upton is an American Model know for her appearance in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.[3 

 

During the launch week in Vegas, Upton was named ‘Rookie of the Year’. She was the 2010-2011 face of Guess and modeled for Beach Bunny swimwear and Victoria’s Secret


Upton was born June 10, 1992 in St. Joseph Michigan. Upton had always dreamed of being a model. Her fantasy became reality in 2008 three years ago when she walked into an open call and booked her first job. Since then she has been the face for Guess Lingerie and appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan Bride. This is Kate’s first appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. 

If you think that Kate Upton sounds familiar, you’ve probably heard her last name before. Caitlin Upton is the name of the unfortunate former Miss South Carolina, who became a pop-culture fixture after offering up a disastrous answer at the Miss USA pageant. They are not one and the same, however, and as Kate Upton points out, she knows where to find the United States on a world map. 

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Who is Adrianna Therese León ?

Who is Adrianna Therese León? The entertainment and acting world knows her as Adrianna LeónisLeónis is an American singer-songwriter, chef, personal fitness trainer, model and actress. She is the co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band Caught Crimson.[4] León began writing songs for the Emmy award-winning soap opera General Hospital. León went on to have a role as the punk rock teen Brook Lynn Ashton, which earned her an Daytime Emmy nomination and a Soap Opera Digest Award, but left the ABC soap for the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, as Colleen Carlton. After her dismissal from CBS soap opera, she admitted in an interview with Soap Opera Weekly that she had not been able to do her music with Caught Crimson as heavily as she had planned and would then place her focus on music.[5]

Biography

 Early life

Adrianne León was  born March 15, 1987  in San Diego, California; she is of Puerto Rican and Italian and Canadian descent.[2] She is a descendant of the Borgia family and is also a relative of the former Vice Mayor of Puerto Rico. When she was a child, Adrianne lived in Ecuador where family member, Rodrigo Borja, served as President. After moving to the US from Ecuador, León began to perform at weddings, modelingand dabbled in musical theatre where she began to take all of the lead roles in productions such as “Anne of Green Gables”. After completing the seventh grade, León was home schooled by her mother and then rapidly advanced through high school.[2] She’s a member of the ASCAP[6] and AFTRA.[6]

Career

She voiced over a Glamma Jammas commercial which she provided vocals for and was also in a Public Service Announcement for Vons, a Los Angeles-based supermarket chain.[7] León starred in the indie-film Pheromones as the lead Anima, the film is directed by Genie Joseph and is produced by Hawaii Movie Studios.
León was hired in 2002 to write songs alongside Rick Krizman for the soap opera General Hospital. In 2003, Adrianne León performed two songs for the documentary Hollywood’s Magical Island: Catalina, “Everlasting Dream”[8] and “She Heals You”.[8] She formed Caught Crimson[9] with the help of Murray Yates, lead vocalist of the Canadian rock band Forty Foot Echo. León later recruited former Artension bassist Kevin Chown, former Alien Ant Farm guitarist Terry Corso and former Forty Foot Echo drummer Rob Kurzretier. León provided vocals for a Glamma Jammas commercial song titled “Don’t Get Me Started”, it was written and produced by Kendall Marsh. She also sang “Favor Me” and “Falling In” both written and produced by Jody Whitesides.[8] On October 4, 2003, Adrianne León performed at the California Avocado Festival. As well as performed at Aloha Festival on August 23, 2003, where she opened for the band “Dishwalla” and another Festival on May 17, 2003. All festivals were held in Carpinteria, California.
In May 2004, León was cast as the feisty and rebellious teen Brook Lynn Ashton on the soap opera General Hospital. León portrayed Brooke Lynn as a talented punk rock singer and songwriter who constantly fights against her mother Lois Cerullo‘s pressure to become a rock star.[7] Léon was named “Outstanding Performer of the Week” of September 13, 2004 by Soap Opera Weekly for her performance as the rebellious young Quartermaine[10] The role earned her a win for a Soap Opera Digest Award for “Outstanding Female Newcomer”[11][12] as well as a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for “Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series”[12] later in 2005.
She also guest starred on the ABC prime time sitcom Hot Properties as the young music VJ Courtney alongside Harry Hamlin as his much younger fiancée. In early 2006, León took over the role of Colleen Carlton on The Young and the Restless. However, due to her massive weight gain, she was released from her contract in June 2007.[5]
León has been linked to Country Music Star Chris Young.
She will be returning as her character Brook Lynn Ashton on General Hospital on May 21, 2010.[13]

Personal life

One of Adrianne León’s best friends is Rachel Kimsey, who after León’s dismissal from the CBS soap opera threw a “What the Heck? I Just Lost My Job” party, where her close friends attended.[5] León has a puppy named “Price” with whom she shares custody with former co-star Darcy Rose Byrnes; they named her because she was on The Price is Right.[5] Byrnes saw “Price” but wasn’t able to adopt it, so León did.[5]

Filmography

Films

Year Title Role Notes
Unknown  Pheromones[6][7] Anima Leading role/never released, Hawaii Movie Studios

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2004–2006, 2010–present General Hospital Brook Lynn Ashton (#2) First aired on May 31, 2004 – January 17, 2006, May 21, 2010 – present
2006–2007 The Young and the Restless Colleen Carlton (#2) First aired on January 18, 2006 – July 16, 2007

Guest Appearances

Year Title Role Notes
2005–2006 Soap Talk Herself Three episodes
2005 I Wanna Be a Soap Star Herself Aired on August 11, 2005
Hot Properties Courtney Aired on December 23, 2005

[edit] Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Motive Result
2005 Daytime Emmy Award “Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series” General Hospital Nominated[12]
Soap Opera Digest Award “Outstanding Female Newcomer” Won[12]

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Who is Pauley Perrette?

Who is Pauley Perrette? The entertainment and acting world knows her as  an American actress, known for playing Abby Sciuto[p] on the U.S. TV series NCIS. She is also a published writer[6]and civil rights advocate.[2]

Early life

Perrette was born March 27, 1969

in New Orleans and raised all over the southern United States.[2] She told Craig Ferguson, on The Late Late Show, that she has lived in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, and California.[7] She attended Valdosta State University in ValdostaGeorgia, where she studied criminology.[8]

Career

Perrette has worked for years in television and film, mostly doing commercials, voice-overs, music videos and short films, and worked as a bartender in New York City.[1][2] In 2001, as a recurring character introduced in Season 2 of Special Unit 2, she played Alice Cramer, the Unit’s public relations person. She then landed her current role, playing Abby Sciuto, an eccentric forensic scientist, on NCIS, a TV series based on the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Perrette’s initial appearances as the character were on two episodes of JAG aired in spring of 2003 that served as a backdoor pilot and introduced the characters. She has since appeared as Abby in two 2009 episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles.

She also appeared as a waitress at Cafe Nervosa in Frasier during season 4 (in the episode “Three Dates and a Break Up”), and later guest starred in season one of24. She has made appearances in several films, including The Ring and Almost Famous.[3]
In addition to acting, Perrette is a published poet, writer (her short story “Cheers…” appears in the

anthology Pills, Thrills, Chills, and Heartache: Adventures in the First Person), photographer, and spoken-word artist, a lover of music of all kinds, and a passionate advocate for civil rights. In 2007, she produced adocumentary about U.S. civil rights attorney and author Mark Lane.[2][9]

In an 2005 interview with Craig Ferguson, the host of The Late, Late Show, Perrette said she has a lifelong crime obsession. She was an undergrad student insociologypsychology, and criminal science. She started her master’s degree in criminal science before ending up in the entertainment industry. She now plays a forensic scientist, her former career goal.[10]
In the January/February 2010 Performer Q Score, Perrette tied in the top 3 alongside Tom Hanks and Morgan Freeman. She was also the only female to make the top 10.[11]
Perette started appearing in television commercials for Expedia.com in late 2010.

Music

Perrette recorded her song, “Fear” (co-written with Tom Polce) under the name “Stop Making Friends”. The song was recorded for NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack which was released on February 10, 2009. “Fear” was featured in a Season 6 episode of NCIS, according to the soundtrack’s website.[12]

Prior to this, Perrette was the lead singer in the Los Angeles-based, all-female band Lo-Ball, using the stage name “Pauley P.”.[13] A song by Lo-Ball, “Can’t Get Me Down”, can be heard during the movie Legally Blonde.[14] Perrette appeared in “The Unnamed Feeling” video for heavy metal band Metallica from their album St. Anger.

Personal life

Perrette supports many charitable organizations, including animal rescue, the American Red Cross, civil rights, and gay rights. Pauley and her long time boyfriend, Michael Bosman, held their wedding in Hollywood on Valentine’s Day, 2009.[4][15] The event benefitted charities, such as Project Angel Food.[5] She was married for three years to actor and musician Coyote Shivers. She has been granted restraining orders against him since leaving him.[16]

Perrette toured the real NCIS offices on September 30, 2005, accompanied by an Entertainment Tonight camera crew. During the tour, NCIS Regional Forensic Lab director Dawn Sorenson (Abby’s real life counterpart) told Perrette, “You make us all look good, so we’re grateful.”[17]
The character Abby Sciuto was created by Donald Bellisario, who “wanted to create…a character who was seemingly an ‘alternafreak,’ while portraying her as perhaps the smartest, most capable person on television. Not a junkie, killer, loser, or television stereotype.” Perrette added some of her own “contributions” to the character, and also conferred with her friend Clint Catalyst, the “author of Cottonmouth Kisses [who is] often brought in as a guest on TV shows when they are doing pieces on goth or alternative culture.” Perrette explained that “Clint and I and our 3,000 closest friends all play together…We’ve never sat around and labeled each other. Sure, there are nights when a certain event leans more towards one style than the other, but it’s not like some turf war with gang colors.” Like her character, Perrette has often been asked if she’s goth or punk, to which her response is “Who cares?” Consequently, she told her employers that her character isn’t the type to seek out a label; Abby “wouldn’t call herself anything but Abby…What she represents is a smart, capable chick that cannot be reduced to a stereotype.”[18]
Perrette worked with America’s Most Wanted in February 2004 to present the city of Prattville,

Alabama with a check for $10,000, which will be used to supplement the reward offer for information leading to the arrest of the person who killed Shannon Paulk.[19] Paulk was from Prattville, Alabama, near where Perrette had once lived as a child. Perrette also donated $10,000 to Detroit law enforcement officials to be used as a reward for information regarding the disappearance/murder of Raven Jeffries,[20] a 7-year-old Detroit girl. (Perrette’s husband was from Detroit.)[21] The story originally aired on America’s Most Wanted on September 8, 2007 on Fox. She also asked them for help in finding the person(s) who killed her friend, Lisa Williamson, who was murdered in 2007 after her Detroit home was set on fire.

During the fall of 2008, Perrette opposed the California ballot initiative Proposition 8, writing a public letter urging Californians to vote against the measure.[22] She is a member of the Hollywood United Methodist Church.[23] Although she has exchanged vows with cameraman Michael Bosman, the two are not legally married – they have chosen to wait until everyone can get married in the USA. They have instead filed for all the legal protections that are available to same-sex couples. The couple had dated for four years, but Michael did not propose until the legalization of gay marriage in California in June 2008. The couple then campaigned very publicly against California’s Prop. 8.[24]
Perrette does not use any social networking sites like MySpace or Facebook. Profiles on such sites are impersonators.[25] In June 2010, Perrette, with the help of a friend named Chad Darnell, went on Twitter to help raise awareness for a homeless shelter in the Los Angeles area that was running low on funds.[26] Perrette, though, remains off Facebook and MySpace.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1994 Magical Make-Over Shannon
1996 – 1997 Murder One Gwen 10 Episodes
Frasier Rebecca 2 Episodes, credited as: Pauley P
1997 Early Edition Theresa Laparko 1 Episode, credited as: Pauley P
1997 The Price of Kissing Renee Credited as: Pauley P.
1998 Hand on the Pump Hi-Girl
Hoofboy
That’s Life Lisa Unknown Episodes
The Naked Truth Ilana 1 Episode
The Drew Carey Show Darcy 4 Episodes
1999 Batman Beyond Cop voice
Jesse Gwen
Veronica’s Closet Nicole 1 Episode
Batman Beyond: The Movie Police officer voice
1999–2000 Time of Your Life Cecilia Wiznarksi 21 Episodes
2000 Civility Carolyn
Almost Famous Alice Wisdom
2001 Smash Charley Unknown Episodes
My First Mister Bebe
Dead Last Erica 1 Episode
Philly Angela 1 Episode
Dawson’s Creek Rachel Weir, Ph.D. 2 Episodes
The American Shame Associate Producer
2001–2002 Special Unit 2 Alice Cramer 4 episodes
2002 24 Tanya Season 1, 2 episodes
Red Skies Patty Peirson TV
The Ring Beth
Hungry Hearts Cokie Conner
Haunted Nadine 1 Episode
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Candeece 1 Episode
JAG Abby Sciuto 2 Episodes
Ash Tuesday Gina Mascara
Brother Bear Female Lover Bear voice
2003–present NCIS Abby Sciuto All Episodes
2004 Cut and Run Jolene
A Moment of Grace Dr. Grace Peters
2005 Potheads: The Movie LuLu
2008 Singularity Is Near Ramona
2009 Transcendent Man Herself post-production
I Am Bad Mom post-production
Satan Hates You Marie Flowers pre-production
NCIS: Los Angeles Abby Sciuto 2 episodes

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Did you know what is Network Neutrality?

Did you know that Network Neutrality is at its simplest, the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally?

Did you know that net neutrality advocates have established different definitions of network neutrality?

Did you know that Net Neutrality means that Internet service providers may not discriminate between different kinds of content and applications online? 

Did you know that the biggest cable and telephone companies would like to charge money for to Web sites, speed to run applications, and permission to plug in devices?

Did you know that these network giants believe they should be able to charge Web site operators, application providers and device manufacturers for the right to use the network?

Did you know that those who don’t make a deal and pay up will experience discrimination, because their sites won’t load as quickly, and their applications and devices won’t work as well.

Did you know that without legal protection, consumers could find that a network operator has blocked the Web site of a competitor, or slowed it down so much that it’s unusable?


Now if you didn’t know, now you know…

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Did you know that Harry Truman won two terms but he was grandfathered in and the Twenty-second Amendment still made him eligible to run for president for a third term in 1952?

Did you know that a grandfather clause is an exception that allows an old rule to continue to apply to some existing situations, while a new rule will apply to all future situations?

Did you know that when a person is  grandfather in they often compromise the law since the person has been acting in that capacity for 7 years, they retroactively gain their license in that profession.
Did you know that in 1949, standards were passed requiring certain fire-safety improvements in schools. However, older schools, such as the Our Lady of the Angels School, were not required to be retrofitted to meet the requirements, leading to the deadly Our Lady of the Angels school fire in which 92 students and 3 teachers died, making it the second deadliest school fire in history.

Did you know that in 1952, the United States ratified the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, preventing presidents from running for a third term (or a second term, if they had served more than two years of another’s term)? 


Did you know that Harry Truman won two terms but he was grandfathered in and the Twenty-second Amendment still made him eligible to run for president for a third term in 1952?  

In the 1980s, as states in America were increasing the permitted age of drinking to 21 years, many people who were of legal drinking agebefore the change were still permitted to purchase and drink alcoholic beverages. Similar conditions applied when New Jersey and certain counties in New York raised tobacco purchase ages from 18 to 19 years in the early 2000s.

Did you know that the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, certain firearms made before the ban’s enactment were legal to own? 

Did you know that automatic weapons that were manufactured before the Firearm Owners Protection Act were grandfathered in and maybe legally sold to civilians?


Did you know that according to the Interstate Highway Act, private businesses are not allowed at rest areas along interstates? 

Did you know that private businesses that began operations before January 1, 1960, were grandfather in and allowed to continue operation indefinitely?

Did you know that Michigan law MI ST 287.1101-1123 forbade ownership or acquisition of large and dangerous exotic carnivores as pets?

Did you know that animals already owned as pets at the time of enactment were grandfathered in, and permitted to be kept?

Did you know that the FCC stated that, as of March 1, 2007, all televisions must be equipped with digital tuners?

Did you know that stores that had TV sets with analog tuners were grandfather in so that they could continue to sell analog-tuner TV sets?

Did you know that in 1967, the FCC prohibited companies from owning both a radio and a television station in the same marketing area?

Did you know that those who already owned before the ruling were permanently grandfathered?

Did you know that in 1984 Mississippi passed a law changing their official mode of capital punishment from the gas chamber to lethal injection?

Did you know that under the new law, anyone sentenced after July 1, 1984, was to be executed by lethal injection; those condemned before that date were “grandfathered” into the gas chamber?

 Did you know that in 1998, the Mississippi Legislature changed the execution law to allow all death row inmates to be executed by lethal injection?


Did you know that in 1965, the Canadian government under Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson passed legislation that required senators to retire when they reached the age of 75?


Did you know that senators who were appointed before the legislation was passed were exempted from the mandatory retirement rule?


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Andrée Chedid, Egyptian-born French poet and novelist died she was , 90

Andrée Chedid  was a French poet and novelist of Lebanese descent died she was , 90.

(20 March 1920 – 6 February 2011)

Life

Chedid was born in Cairo on 20 March 1920. When she was ten, she was sent to a boarding school, where she learned English and French. At fourteen, she left for Europe. She then returned to Cairo to go to an American university. Her dream was to become a dancer. She got married to a physician when she was twenty-two, with whom she has two children: Louis Chedid, now a famous French singer, and Michèle. Her work questions human condition and what links the individual to the world. Her writing seeks to evoke the Orient, but she focuses more in denouncing the civil war that destroys Lebanon. She has lived in France since 1946. Because of this diverse background, her work is truly multicultural. Her first book was written in English: On the Trails of my Fancy. She has commented about her work that it is an eternal quest for humanity.
Andrée Chedid is the grandmother of the French rock star -M- (Louis Chedid‘s son) for whom she has contributed song lyrics including that of Bonoboo on the album Je dis aime.
She died on 6 February 2011 in Paris at the age of 90.[1]

Awards and Honours

Works

  • À la mort, à la vie: nouvelles. Paris: Flammarion, 1992.
  • L’Autre: roman. Paris: Flammarion, 1969.
  • Cavernes et soleils: poésie. Paris: Flammarion, 1979.
  • Cérémonial de la violence. Paris: Flammarion, 1976.
  • La Cité fertile: roman. Paris: Flammarion, 1972.
  • Le Dernier candidat. Paris: Éditions théâtrales Art et comédie, 1998
  • Le Message. Paris: Éditions Flammarion, 2000
  • L’Enfant multiple. Paris: Flammarion, 1989.
  • La Maison Sans Racine. Paris: Flammarion, 1985.
  • Le Sommeil délivré. Paris: Flammarion, 1952.
  • Le Grand Boulevard.Paris :Flammarion,1996

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Josefa Iloilo, Fijian politician, President (2000–2006; 2007–2009) died he was , 90.

Ratu Josefa Iloilovatu Uluivuda, CF, MBE, MSD, KStJ  was the President of Fiji from 2000 until 2009, excluding a brief period from 5 December 2006 until 4 January 2007 (see below) died he was , 90.. He held the traditional title of Tui Vuda, the paramount chief of the Vuda district in Ba Province on Fiji’s northwest coast. Like many Fijian people, he rarely used his surname and was known simply as Josefa Iloilo. He announced on 28 July 2009 that he would be leaving office on 30 July.[2] At the age of 88, he was the world’s oldest head of state.
On 5 December 2006, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, seized power in a coup d’état and assumed presidential powers. This followed failed attempts on Iloilo’s part to mediate a solution to the long-running impasse between the military and the government of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase. However, his powers were restored by Bainimarama on 4 January 2007. Iloilo also endorsed Bainimarama’s coup on the same day, in his first public address since the coup.[3] He appointed Bainimarama as Prime Minister the following day.
After Fiji’s Court of Appeal had ruled that the removal of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and the appointment of Fiji’s interim regime following the military coup in 2006 was unlawful, on April 10, 2009 Iloilo dismissed the judges and abrogated the country’s constitution. Iloilo claimed to have the “full support” of the security forces and directed the military to take “all reasonable steps” to maintain law and order.[4]

(29 December 1920 – 6 February 2011)

Career

After working as a teacher and civil service administrator, Iloilo later became a member of the House of Representatives. He subsequently served as a Senator in the 1990s, and was President of the Senate prior to his becoming Vice-President of Fiji on 18 January 1999. He was in this position under President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara in 1999 and 2000, when Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry‘s government was overthrown by Fijian nationalists led by George Speight in the Fiji coup of 2000. He was sworn in as President on 13 July 2000, but legal experts consider that he was constitutionally the President as of 29 May, the date on which Ratu Mara had been removed from office by the military, and to which his resignation in December that year had been backdated. Iloilo refused to intervene directly in the disputes among politicians, but quietly reached out to disaffected factions, including the Indo-Fijian community. In 2001, he persuaded the military to allow a return to democracy.[citation needed]

[edit] Political controversies

On 20 June 2005, the Fiji Times reported that “a reliable source” close to the government had accused Iloilo of refusing to discipline Commodore Frank Bainimarama, the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, for his public criticism of government policies. The source said that Iloilo had refused repeated requests from the Home Affairs Minister, Josefa Vosanibola, to take disciplinary measures against Bainimarama for publicly opposing the early release of prisoners convicted of coup-related offenses, as well as the proposed establishment of a Reconciliation and Unity Commission (called the “Reconciliation Bull” by Bainimarama) with the power (subject to presidential approval) to compensate victims and pardon convicted participants in the coup. The source said that the President’s refusal to act was making the Home Affairs Minister look foolish and incompetent, and suggested that Iloilo was not following the Constitution. As President, Iloilo was the Commander-in-Chief of the Military, but, according to the source, was required by Section 96 of the Constitution to act on the advice of the appropriate Cabinet Minister, in this case the Home Affairs Minister.
According to an unconfirmed report in the Fiji Times on 25 June, Iloilo and his Vice-President, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, had asked Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase to withdraw the government’s controversial legislation to establish a Reconciliation and Unity Commission, with the power to compensate victims and pardon perpetrators of the 2000 coup. The Prime Minister reportedly replied that he would “consider” the matter. Spokesmen for the President and Prime Minister have declined to confirm or deny the report, which was written by freelance journalist Wainikiti Bogidrau, the wife of senior army officer, Major Setareki Bogidrau. On 27 June, the Fiji Labour Party claimed on its website to have known of the meeting before the article was published, and further alleged that the Prime Minister had intended to ask the President to use his position as Commander-in-chief of the Military to curb Bainimarama’s public criticism of the bill, and that he was taken aback by the President’s request to withdraw the legislation.
In his traditional speech opening Parliament on 1 August, Iloilo said that the government had introduced it for the purpose of fostering unity and stability. His speech welcomed the public debate, saying that reconciliation was “a difficult but necessary process”, and it called on parliamentarians to uphold the law. He also said “As parliamentarians you must carefully examine your conscience on the deliberation of sensitive issues and not be swayed by divisive racial remarks which have been a common and unfortunate hallmark of debate in our Parliament.”[citation needed]

[edit] Views on the chiefly system

In an opening address to the Great Council of Chiefs on 27 July 2005, Iloilo told his fellow-chiefs that they needed to adapt to the modern era, or else risk “simply becoming decorations.”
Iloilo recalled warnings from Fiji’s first modern statesman, Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna (1888–1958), that the chiefs risked becoming an irrelevance if they did not take their leadership role seriously and prove that they had the qualifications and authority that their ancestors had possessed. “We should never forget Ratu Sukuna’s warning about the dangers of chiefs simply becoming decorations. He said if that happened they were finished. He declared chiefs could only be sure of their people continuing to follow them as long as they appreciated that chiefly authority was better than anyone else’s.” He called on chiefs to be educated and trained for leadership. “Before we are in a position to advise our people on the right course we must also make sure that we have the knowledge and the awareness required to fulfill this duty properly. If we do not have this, we can not lead. When we are equipped with leadership skills that complement traditional rank, we are appropriately prepared to provide the inspiration, the motivation and guidance expected of us.”[citation needed]

[edit] Personal life

Iloilo was a lay-preacher for many years, and was Vice-President of the Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma in 1997 and 1998. In September 2004, he hosted a state dinner for the Argentine-born American evangelist Luis Palau. He delivered the opening address at Fiji’s National Day of Prayer on 15 May 2005, which was also observed in may other countries. He called on Fijians to seek God’s wisdom to find the way forward for the nation, and said he considered prayer to be “as important to our nation as breath is to our lives”. Reminding Christians of the Jewish Year of Jubilee, a year for cancelling all debts owed by one’s fellow-man, Iloilo called on the people to pursue both personal and national reconciliation and forgiveness, saying that they would reap what they sowed. “Whatever you sow you shall reap. If you sow the seeds of harmony, peace and goodwill you will reap the fruits thereof. If you sow the seeds of discord, hatred and injustice you cannot expect to reap good results.”[5][6]

[edit] Second term: 2006-Present

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a member of Iloilo’s family told the Fiji Times on 29 November 2005 that he did not intend to seek another term when his present term ended on 13 March 2006. The family member said that Iloilo had already hinted of his plans during a speech at the 2005 Fiji Business Excellence Awards in Nadi, in which he said it might be his last official function. His plans to retire were motivated not by concerns about his health, but by his desire to spend more time with his family and tribe, of which he was the Paramount Chief, the source said at the time. On 2 February 2006, however, the office of the Great Council of Chiefs announced that Iloilo had indicated his willingness to serve for another term. He celebrated his 85th birthday at Lautoka‘s First Landing Resort] on 29 December 2005.
The Great Council of Chiefs met at the Tradewinds Convention Centre in Lami on 8 March and re-elected Iloilo to another five-year term. On 5 December 2006 Commodore Frank Bainimarama, Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, seized power in a coup d’état and assumed presidential powers. This followed failed attempts on Iloilo’s part to mediate a solution to the long-running impasse between the military and the government of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase. However, his powers were restored by Bainimarama on 4 January 2007. Iloilo also endorsed Bainimarama’s coup on the same day, in his first public address since the coup.[7] He appointed Bainimarama as Prime Minister on 5 January.

[edit] Suspension of Fijian Constitution

The Court of Appeals ruled on 9 April 2009 that Bainimarama’s government was illegal; the court also ruled that Iloilo should appoint a new Prime Minister, while specifically excluding both Bainimarama and Qarase. Iloilo then announced on 10 April that he was abrogating the constitution and dismissing the judges; according to Iloilo, the court’s decision left Fiji without a government, but “the machinery of government must continue”. He said that he would soon appoint a new interim government and that a new election would be held by September 2014.[8] He subsequently re-appointed Prime Minister Bainimarama, with a mandate to pursue his reforms and bring about democratic elections no later than 2014.
Prominent Fiji academic Brij Lal, co-author of the abrogated Constitution, voiced strong criticism against the President’s actions:

“This was all a total charade, just a hoax that spits in the face of democracy. The President is a senile old man, a puppet in the pocket of the military. It was planned all along that he would look after Bainimarama and strengthen the regime, and no justice would be done.”[9]

[edit] Retirement and death

Interim Prime Minister Bainimarama announced on 28 July 2009, that President Iloilo had informed him that afternoon of his intention to retire from office on 30 July.[10] No reason was given, but media outlets pointed out that at the age of 88, he was the world’s oldest Head of State. Vice-President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau would serve as Acting President until Cabinet announced, and the Chief Justice formally appointed a substantive President, as stated by Acting Prime Minister Bainimarama. Iloilo, was at the time of his retirement as the President of Fiji 88 years old and there had for a long time been speculation about the state of his health. He suffered from Parkinson’s Disease and during his presidency required regular medical treatment in Australia. lloilo died on 6 February 2011 at the age of 90.[1]
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Gary Moore, Irish rock guitarist and singer (Thin Lizzy), died from a heart attack he was , 58.

Robert William Gary Moore , better known simply as Gary Moore, was a musician from Belfast, Northern Ireland, best recognized as a blues rock guitarist and singer  died from a heart attack he was , 58..
In a career dating back to the 1960s, Moore played with artists including Phil Lynott and Brian Downey during his teens, leading him to membership with the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy on three separate occasions. Moore shared the stage with such blues and rock luminaries as B.B. King, Albert King, Colosseum II, Greg Lake and Skid Row (not to be confused with the heavy metal band of the same name), as well as having a successful solo career. He guested on a number of albums recorded by high profile musicians, including a cameo appearance playing the lead guitar solo on “She’s My Baby” from Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3.
Moore died of a suspected heart attack[2] in his hotel room while on holiday in Estepona, Spain, in February 2011.[3][4]

 (4 April 1952– 6 February 2011)

Early life and career

Moore started performing at a young age, having picked up a battered acoustic guitar (a Framus guitar]) at the age of eight. He got his first quality guitar at the age of 14, learning to play the right-handed instrument in the standard way despite being left-handed. He moved to Dublin in 1968 at the age of 16. His early musical influences were artists such as Albert King, Elvis Presley, The Shadows and The Beatles. Later, having seen Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers in his home town of Belfast, his own style was developing into a blues-rock sound that would be the dominant form of his career in music.

Moore’s greatest influence in the early days was guitarist Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac who was a mentor to Moore when performing in Dublin. Green’s continued influence on Moore was later repaid as a tribute to Green on his 1995 album Blues for Greeny, an album consisting entirely of Green compositions. On this tribute album Moore played Green’s 1959 Les Paul Standard guitar which Green had lent to Moore after leaving Fleetwood Mac. Moore ultimately purchased the guitar, at Green’s request, so that “it would have a good home”.[5]

While less popular in the US, Moore’s work “brought substantial acclaim and commercial success in most other parts of the world – especially in Europe”.[6] Throughout his career, Moore was recognised as an influence by many notable guitarists including Vivian Campbell,[7] Patrick Rondat,[8] John Norum, Joe Bonamassa, Adrian Smith, Zakk Wylde,[9] Randy Rhoads, John Sykes and Kirk Hammett[10]
He collaborated with a broad range of artists including George Harrison, Trilok Gurtu, Dr. Strangely Strange, Colosseum II, Albert Collins, Jimmy Nail, Mo Foster, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, Jim Capaldi, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Vicki Brown, Cozy Powell, Rod Argent, the Beach Boys, Ozzy Osbourne, Albert King and together with Colosseum II with Andrew Lloyd Webber on the composer’s Variations album in 1978. He experimented with many musical genres, including rock, jazz, blues, country, electric blues, hard rock and heavy metal.[11]
In 1968, aged 16, Moore moved to Dublin to join the group Skid Row with Noel Bridgeman and Brendan “Brush” Shiels. It was with this group that he earned a reputation in the music industry, and his association with Phil Lynott began.[3]

Solo career

Moore released his first solo album in 1973, Grinding Stone (billed as “the Gary Moore Band”). In 1978 his solo career continued with help from Phil Lynott. The combination of Moore’s blues-based guitar and Lynott’s voice produced “Parisienne Walkways“, which reached the Top Ten in the UK Singles Chart in April 1979 and the Thin Lizzy album Black Rose: A Rock Legend which reached number two in the UK album chart. Moore appears in the videos for Waiting for an Alibi and Do Anything You Want To.
In 1987, he collaborated on the UK charity record “Let It Be“, a cover of the Beatles track. He performed a guitar solo for inclusion on the recording, which was released under the group-name of ‘Ferry Aid’. The record raised substantial funds for the survivors of the MS Herald of Free Enterprise disaster.
In 1993, he was included on a cassette called Rock Classics Vol. 1 with “Run to Your Mama”, and “Dark Side of the Moog”.

After a series of rock records, Moore returned to blues music with Still Got the Blues, with contributions from Albert King, Albert Collins and George Harrison. The album was well received by fans. He stayed with the blues format until 1997, when he decided to experiment with modern dance beats on Dark Days in Paradise; this left many fans, as well as the music press, confused. He also contributed guitar sections to Richard Blackwood‘s 2000 album, You’ll Love to Hate This.
With Back to the Blues, Moore return to his tried and tested blues format in 2001: he continued with this style on Power of the Blues (2004), Old New Ballads Blues (2006), Close As You Get (2007) and Bad For You Baby (2008).
In January 2005, Moore joined the One World Project, which recorded a song for the 2004 Asian Tsunami relief effort. The group featured Russell Watson, Boy George, Steve Winwood, Barry Gibb, Brian Wilson, Cliff Richard, Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley and Robin Gibb on vocals (in their order of appearance), and featured a guitar solo by Moore. The song, entitled “Grief Never Grows Old”, was released in February 2005, reaching #4 on the UK Singles Chart.[12]
In what has been described as “a brave and principled stand”, [13] Gary declared his support for the cultural boycott of Israel. At a press conference in Russia he announced that he would not visit the ‘criminal state’ of Israel ‘because of its racist policies against the Palestinian people’.[14]
He also took part in a comedy skit entitled “The Easy Guitar Book Sketch” with comedian Rowland Rivron and fellow British musicians Mark Knopfler, Lemmy from Motorhead, Mark King from Level 42, and David Gilmour.

Personal life

Moore grew up on Castleview Road opposite Stormont’s Parliament Buildings, off the Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast, as one of five children of a promoter named Bobby and housewife, Winnie, but he left the city as a teenager, because all was not well in their household. His parents parted a year later. He left just as The Troubles were starting in Northern Ireland.[15]
Aiming to become a musician he moved to Dublin at the age of 16 and joined Skid Row, a band that then included Phil Lynott. Moore would later join Lynott again in 1973 when he first joined Thin Lizzy, after the departure of founding member Eric Bell and again in 1977. He moved to England in 1970 and remained there, apart from two short periods in America. In 2002 he bought a five-bedroom detached Edwardian house in Hove, just west of Brighton, Sussex, to be near his locally-residing sons, Jack and Gus, from his former marriage which had lasted from 1985 to 1993. Since 1997 he was living with his partner, an artist named Jo, and their daughter Lily (b. 1999) and Saoirse.[15] His residence was reported to be on Vallance Gardens in Hove, East Sussex.[16]

Death

Gary Moore died of a suspected heart attack,[2][17] at the age of 58 during the early hours of 6 February 2011. At the time, he was on holiday at the Kempinski Hotel in Estepona, Spain, with his girlfriend, who raised the alarm at 4:00am. His death was confirmed by Thin Lizzy’s manager Adam Parsons.[3][4][18]

Legacy

Since his death, many fellow musicians have commented on Gary Moore’s talents including Ozzy Osbourne,[19] Tony Iommi,[20] Bob Geldof,[21] Roger Taylor,[22] Brian Downey,[23][24] Ricky Warwick,[25] Glenn Hughes, Bryan Adams, Henry Rollins, Scott Gorham[26], Ignacio Garay[27], Mikael Åkerfeldt[28] and many others.
Fans have called for popular magazines such as Classic Rock, Guitarist and Total Guitar to do tributes. Twitter was flooded with tributes from fans for several days after the news was revealed.[29]
In March 2011 Guitarist produced their tribute special with unreleased footage from 2009

Discography

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Omar Amiralay, Syrian filmmaker, died from a heart attack he was , 67.

Omar Amiralay was a Syrian documentary film director and prominent civil society activist  died from a heart attack he was , 67.. He is noted for the strong political criticism in his films and played a prominent role in the events of the Damascus Spring of 2000.

  (1944 — 5 February 2011)

 Life and work

Amiralay studied in Paris at La Fémis, before returning to Syria in 1970. He thus had a different artistic formation from the majority of Syrian film-makers, who studied in the Soviet Union or in Eastern Europe.
His films include a trilogy of documentaries concerning the Tabqa Dam on the Euphrates. The first, Film Essay on the Euphrates Dam (1970), is a tribute to Syria’s greatest development project, but the second and third take a more critical approach. Everyday Life in a Syrian Village (1974) shows the dam’s ambiguous impact on the lives of ordinary people in a nearby village, and portrays their relationship with the authorities, seen as distant and disconnected from them. Amiralay revisited the region in 2003 with A Flood in Baath Country, which contains trenchant political criticism (it had the working title Fifteen reasons why I hate the Baath Party). Due to the films strong indictment of the regime, the film was removed from the Carthage Film Festival. In act of solidarity with Amiralay, Arab filmmakers Yousry Nasrallah, Annemarie Jacir, Nizar Hassan, Joana and Khalil Joreige, and Danielle Arbid subsequently pulled their films out of Competition to protest the festival’s actions. As a result, A Flood in Baath Country was re-programmed and screened to enthusiastic crowds.
Another notable film was There Are So Many Things Still to Say, based on interviews with the Syrian playwright Saadallah Wannous recorded while the latter was dying of cancer. The film juxtaposes Wannous’ remarks with scenes from Syria’s wars against Israel and the Palestinian First Intifada, as the playwright recounts, with some regret for the lost opportunities that resulted, how the Palestinian struggle became a central part of intellectual life for an entire generation.
His other films include a portrait of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri, The Man with the Golden Soles, and one of French academic and student of Middle Eastern society Michel Seurat, murdered in Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War, On a Day of Ordinary Violence, My Friend Michel Seurat….

Activism

In 2000 Amiralay was a signatory to the “Declaration of the 99″, a manifesto signed by 99 prominent Syrian intellectuals calling for an end to the state of emergency in force since 1963, the release of all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, and the permitting of political parties and independent civil society organizations. This was seen as an expression of the general goals of the Syrian democratic opposition and of the movement known as the Damascus Spring in general. Amiralay was a prominent participant in the various debates and petitions that marked the Damascus Spring.
In 2005, in the aftermath of the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri, Amiralay signed a declaration by Syrian intellectuals calling for a Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon and an end to the attacks on Syrian workers in that country. Despite these activities, Amiralay does not consider himself to be involved in politics, but in “civil society”.
Omar Amiralay died on February 5, 2011, either from cardiac arrest[1] or a cerebral thrombosis.[2]

Filmography

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