click links in text for more info

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2000 wuxia film directed by Ang Lee and written by Wang Hui-ling, James Schamus and Tsai Kuo Jung, based on the Chinese novel by Wang Dulu. The film features an international cast of Chinese actors, including Chow Yun-fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi and Chang Chen. A multinational venture, the film was made on a US$17 million budget, was produced by Asian Union Film & Entertainment, China Film Co-Productions Corporation, Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia, Edko Films, Good Machine International, Zoom Hunt Productions. With dialogue in Mandarin, subtitled for various markets, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon became a surprise international success, grossing $213.5 million worldwide. It grossed US$128 million in the United States, becoming the highest-grossing foreign-language film produced overseas in American history. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has won over 40 awards, was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, won Best Foreign Language Film, Best Art Direction, Best Original Score and Best Cinematography, receiving the most nominations for a non-English language film at the time, until 2018's Roma tied this record.

The film won four BAFTAs and two Golden Globe Awards, one for Best Foreign Film. Along with its awards success, Crouching Tiger continues to be hailed as one of the greatest and most influential films; the film has been praised for its story and cinematography, for its martial arts sequences. In the 18th century Qing dynasty China, Li Mu Bai is an accomplished Wudang swordsman and Yu Shu Lien heads a private security company. Yu Shu Lien and Li Mu Bai have feelings for each other, but because Shu Lien had been engaged to Mu Bai's close friend, Meng Sizhao, before his death, Shu Lien and Mu Bai feel bound by loyalty to Meng Sizhao and have not acted on their feelings for one another. Mu Bai, choosing to retire, asks Shu Lien to give his sword "Green Destiny" to their benefactor Sir Te in Beijing. Long ago, Mu Bai's teacher was killed by a woman who sought to learn Wudang skills. While at Sir Te's place, Shu Lien makes the acquaintance of Jen Yu, the daughter of rich and powerful Governor Yu and is about to get married.

One evening, a masked thief steals the Green Destiny. Sir Te's servant Master Bo and Shu Lien trace the theft to Governor Yu's compound, where Jade Fox had been posing as Jen's governess for many years. Soon after, Mu Bai discusses the theft with Shu Lien. Master Bo makes the acquaintance of Inspector Tsai, a police investigator from the provinces, his daughter May, who have come to Beijing in pursuit of Fox. Fox challenges Master Bo to a showdown that night. Following a protracted battle, the group is on the verge of defeat when Mu Bai arrives and outmaneuvers Fox. Before Mu Bai can kill Fox, the masked thief helps Fox. Fox kills Tsai before fleeing with the thief. After seeing Jen fight Mu Bai, Fox realizes Jen had been secretly studying the Wudang manual and had surpassed her in combat skills. At night, a desert bandit asks her to leave with him. A flashback reveals that in the past, when Governor Yu and his family were traveling in the western deserts, Lo and his bandits had raided Jen's caravan and Lo had stolen her comb.

She pursued him to his desert cave to get her comb back. However, the pair soon fell passionately in love. Lo convinced Jen to return to her family, though not before telling her a legend of a man who jumped off a cliff to make his wishes come true; because the man's heart was pure, he did not die. Lo came to Beijing to persuade Jen not to go through with her arranged marriage. However, Jen refuses to leave with him. Lo interrupts Jen's wedding procession, begging her to leave with him. Nearby, Shu Lien and Mu Bai convince Lo to wait for Jen at Mount Wudang, where he will be safe from Jen's family, who are furious with him. Jen runs away from her husband on their wedding night. Disguised in male clothing, she is accosted at an inn by a large group of warriors. Jen visits Shu Lien. After an angry exchange, the two women engage in a duel. Shu Lien is the superior fighter, but Jen wields the Green Destiny: the sword destroys each weapon that Shu Lien wields, until Shu Lien manages to defeat Jen with a broken sword.

When Shu Lien shows mercy, Jen wounds Shu Lien in the arm. Mu Bai pursues Jen into a bamboo forest. Mu Bai offers to take her as his student, she arrogantly promises to accept him as her teacher if he can take Green Destiny from her in three moves. Mu Bai is able to take the sword in only one move, but Jen goes back on her word to accept him as teacher. Mu Bai throws the sword over a waterfall, Jen dives after it, is rescued by Fox. Fox places her in a cavern. Fox reappears and attacks the others with poisoned darts. Mu Bai blocks the needles with his sword and avenges his master's death by mortally wounding Fox, only to realize that one of the darts hit him in the neck. Fox dies, confessing that her goal had been to kill Jen because Jen had hidden the secrets of Wudang's best fighting techniques from her; as Jen leaves to prepare an antidote for the poisoned dart, Mu Bai prepares to die. With his last breaths, he confesses his love for Shu Lien, he dies in her arms as Jen returns, too late to save him.

The Green Destiny is returned to Sir Te. Jen goes to Mount Wuda

Northern Forest (England)

The Northern Forest is a proposed forest in England to encompass five community forests. The aim is to plant 50 million trees by 2032 which would provide a timber industry, leisure opportunities and environmental benefits. Initial funding for the project was granted by the British government in January 2018; the proposed forest has been welcomed by the Woodland Trust. The proposed forest would run the whole width of England from Liverpool and Chester in the west to the coastline of the East Riding of Yorkshire and would include the cities of Manchester, Leeds and Hull; the forest scheme is led by the Woodland Trust and would incorporate five community forests: the Mersey Forest, Manchester's City of Trees, the White Rose Forest, the South Yorkshire Forest and HEYwoods. The aim is to plant 50 million trees in the 25 years between 2017 and 2042, a trebling of current planting rates in the area; the area has less than 8% tree coverage, one of the lowest proportions in the country. The scheme was developed as an environmental counterpart to the government's Northern Powerhouse strategy.

The trees proposed are a mix of native and non-native broad leaf trees and high-yield coniferous trees. The forest would seek to provide timber and biomass for industry as well as a leisure resource, reduce flood risk and improve air and water quality, it is hoped that a market for timber could be found in the biomass power stations in the M62 motorway corridor, which generate up to 10% of the UK's electricity and require up to 10 million tonnes of fuel per year. The initial planting will be close to the cities, with an aim to increase coverage in this area to 20%; the next priority would be river valleys. The more remote portions would be planted towards the end of the 25-year programme; the cost of the project has been estimated at £500 million, whilst economic benefits are estimated at over £2.5 billion. The UK government granted initial funding of £5.7 million to the project in January 2018. There is hope that mitigation funding from infrastructure projects such as the extension of the High Speed 2 rail scheme and major road schemes will be made available in the future.

It is hoped that there may be funding as agricultural subsidies are redirected after Brexit. Nolan, Paul. "Why a new northern forest is worth the investment". Town & Country Planning. Retrieved 8 January 2018. Great Northumberland Forest

D.V. Rogers

D. V. Rogers is the installation-based performance artist-engineer behind the machine earthwork Parkfield Interventional EQ Fieldwork which took place in the central Californian town of Parkfield during 2008. Rogers works between the fields of geophysiology, cultural theory, conceptual art, performance, architecture and social commentary, he graduated from the College of fine arts in 1995 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts. Rogers completed a Masters of Fine Arts by Research based on the PIEQF seismic earthwork at the same institution during 2010. Rogers was a member of the Sydney-based performance action collective Post Arrivalists, he collaborated with machine artist-engineers Triclops International between 1996-2000. He began re-engineering an earthquake shake table, presented as Seismonitor at Artspace, Australia, 2002. During 2007-2008 he was artist in residence at the US Geological Survey in California. In 2010, he unsuccessfully attempted to present the work LAMoves in the location of Pershing Square, Los Angeles.

He performed DISASTR Hotel at the University of Sydney during April 2011. "Rogers was concerned with enacting “a symbolic field test,” demonstrating how DIY structures exist as transitional responses suitable for disaster zones."During 2012 Rogers was artist in residence at the Allosphere Research Facility at UC Santa Barbara, working on the Inner Earth Interpreter, an immersive auditory visualised seismic data display engine for AlloSystem. In 2013, while studying the Mercalli intensity scale, Rogers designed Moment Magnitude Scale Color Schema, used in the development of Earth Light Seat, in Newtown, Australia. Collaborating with Jenna Didier and Oliver Hess of Materials & Applications, Silver Lake, Los Angeles ensued with the 2014 - 2015 presentation of DOMUS house, an experimental anti-seismic architecture incorporating spatialized seismic sound and light, “a contemplative space that will help people be more responsive to the larger biological and seismological environment.” Parkfield Interventional EQ Fieldwork Seismonitor DOMUS DISASTR Hotel Earth Light Seat Sounds of Seismic I.

E. I. Wiki


Varthamana is a Kannada film written and directed by Umesh Amshi, produced by Ultimate Movies by Manu Bellimane and Hemavathi T.siga. It stars National Award-winning Actor Sanchari Sanjana Prakash in leading roles. With cinematography done by Govind and Venkatachala and music composed by Sarvanaa, it revolves around the Psychical aspects of a protagonist named Ananth. He starts living in an illusionary world realising its all happening in reality. Ananth a man of ideals looks for a man called Adarsh. Ananth's guilty consciousness and his psychological state blur the line between reality and illusion. Sometimes he is unaware of; as a parallel, Siddarth, a killer by profession wants to be a free man. To be a free man he has to kill one more man. Who is that man whom he has to kill? Does he kill him? These questions pose symbolic questions such the confusions about identity of modern man. Thus, the movie narrates the story through colors and imagery; the movie deals with present-day man's confusion about.

In December 2015, Sanchari Vijay signed on to appear in the experimental film Varthamana, with the banner Ultimate Movies under the direction of Umesh Amshi. The film was revealed to have different shades of characterization with a non-linear story telling pattern and claimed to be the first avant-garde Kannada feature film; the films principal shooting began during November 2015, roping Govind and Venkat for cinematography and music composed by Sarvana, with Sanjana Prakash as a leading female role with many other important characters. As the movie revolves around past and present, it has been made in a staggered fashion, over a period of 2 years. Sanchari Vijay Sanjana Prakash Deepak Vanishri Pondsy Anthony Sapnaraj Varthamana the film received Positive reviews by the film critics. IndiaGlitz called it "A different Experiment genre". Times of India stated that "The film is different from what the industry has seen so far in recent times,The non-liner screenplay is much like a stream of consciousness novel".

While Leading Kannada Daily Vijayakarnataka called the film a cult cinema with new techniques of film making and the first of its in the Indian Cinema. The Film released across Karnataka with positive reviews on the 6th of April, 2018. Https://

Iván Rodríguez Traverzo

Iván Ariel Rodríguez Traverso is a Puerto Rican politician who served as a Member of the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico. He represented the 16th Representative District, composed of the towns of Isabela, San Sebastian, Las Marías. Traverzo is affiliated with the pro-statehood New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico. Traverso first ran for office at the 2004 elections. However, on the 2008 elections, he won, he was expelled from the House of Representatives on December 10, 2010 after accusations of bribery, becoming only the fourth legislator to be expelled from the Puerto Rico Legislative assembly. During the trial against him, he was represented by former PNP legislator, Nicolás Nogueras. On January 27, 2012, an arrest warrant was issued against Rodríguez Traverso for 8 charges of corruption, he was arrested on January 31, 2012

Nestor Paiva

Nestor Paiva was an American actor of Portuguese descent. He is most famous for his recurring role of Teo Gonzales the innkeeper in Walt Disney's Spanish Western series Zorro and its feature film The Sign of Zorro, as well as Lucas the boat captain in Creature from the Black Lagoon and its sequel Revenge of the Creature. Paiva attended the University of California. During his senior year, he directed a production, The Youngest, after the previous director resigned because of sickness. In the early 1930s, Paiva was director of the Eight o'Clock Players troupe at KLX radio in Oakland, California. Nestor appeared in motion pictures and television shows from the 1930s to the 1960s such as The Lone Ranger, Get Smart, Bonanza, I Spy, Family Affair, Perry Mason, The Andy Griffith Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Daniel Boone, The Addams Family. In 1956 he appeared as Esteban Sanchez on the TV western Cheyenne in the episode titled "Mustang Trail." In 1943, he played the Italian Major in the 20th Century Fox wartime movie Chetniks!

The Fighting Guerrillas. As flour merchant Egisto Barreto, he tells Mario Lanza's title character in The Great Caruso to give up singing and be in charge of the family business if Caruso wants to marry Barreto's daughter, he played the part of Lucas in the 1954 horror film Creature from the Black Lagoon starring Ben Chapman as the title monster. He appeared in more than 250 movies. Paiva married in 1941 and had two children and Caetana, who appeared with him in the 1956 movie Comanche with Dana Andrews; as a voice actor, Paiva contributed his voice to many characters on Hanna-Barbera's Jonny Quest. Paiva died of cancer in 1966; the Lone Ranger - Juan Pedro Cardoza / Juan Branco Zorro - Teo Gonzales - Innkeeper / Teo Gonzales / Señor Pacheco - Innkeeper Sea Hunt - Tio Ramon Delgado The Andy Griffith Show - Big Jack Anderson Gunsmoke - Daller Burke's Law - Dr. Gonzales / Padre Emiliano Daniel Boone - Menewa Get Smart - Doorman I Spy - Del Gado The Addams Family - Captain Grimby Nestor Paiva on IMDb