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José Guadalupe Posada

José Guadalupe Posada Aguilar was a Mexican political lithographer who used relief printing to produce popular illustrations. His work has influenced numerous Latin American artists and cartoonists because of its satirical acuteness and social engagement, he used skulls and bones to convey political and cultural critiques. Among his most enduring works is La Calavera Catrina. Posada was born in Aguascalientes on February 2, 1852, his father was his mother Petra Aguilar Portillo. Posada was one of eight children and received his early education from his older brother Cirilo, a country school teacher. Posada's brother taught him reading and drawing, he joined La Academia Municipal de Dibujo de Aguascalientes. In 1868, as a teenager he apprenticed in the workshop of Jose Trinidad Pedroza, who taught him lithography and engraving; some of Posada's first political cartoons were published in El Jicote. In 1871, before he was out of his teens, his career began with a job as the political cartoonist for a local newspaper in Aguascalientes, El Jicote.

The newspaper closed after 11 issues, reputedly because one of Posada's cartoons had offended a powerful local politician. In 1872, Posada and Pedroza dedicated themselves to commercial lithography in Guanajuato. While in Leon, Posada opened his own workshop and worked as a teacher of lithography at the local secondary school, he continued his work with lithographs and wood engravings. In 1873, he returned to his home in Aguascalientes City where married María de Jesús Vela in 1875; the following year he purchased the printing press from Pedroza. From 1875 to 1888, Posada continued to collaborate with several newspapers in León, including La Gacetilla, el Pueblo Caótico and La education, he survived the great flood of León on June 18, 1888, of which he published several lithographs representing the tragedy in which more than two hundred and fifty corpses were found and more than 1,400 people were reported missing. At the end of 1888, he moved to Mexico City, where he learned the craft and technique of engraving in lead and zinc.

He collaborated with the newspaper La Patria Ilustrada and the Revisita de Mexico until the early months of 1890. He began to work with Antonio Vanegas Arroyo, until he was able to establish his own lithographic workshop. From on Posada undertook work that earned him popular acceptance and admiration, for his sense of humor, propensity concerning the quality of his work. In his broad and varied work, Posada portrayed beliefs, daily lifestyles of popular groups, the abuses of government and the exploitation of the common people, he illustrated the famous skulls, along with other illustrations that became popular as they were distributed to various newspapers and periodicals. In 1883, following his success, he was hired as a teacher of lithography at the local Preparatory School; the shop flourished until 1888. He subsequently moved to Mexico City, his first regular employment in the capital was with La Patria Ilustrada, whose editor was Ireneo Paz, the grandfather of the famed writer Octavio Paz.

He joined the staff of a publishing firm owned by Antonio Vanegas Arroyo and while at this firm he created a prolific number of book covers and illustrations. Much of his work was published in sensationalistic broadsides depicting various current events. From the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution in 1910 until his death in 1913, Posada worked tirelessly in the press; the works he completed in his press during this time allowed him to develop his artistic prowess as a draftsman and lithographer. At the time he continued to make satirical illustrations and cartoons featured in the magazine, El Jicote, he played a crucial role for the government during the presidency of Francisco I Madero and during the campaign of Emiliano Zapata. Posada's best known works are his calaveras, which assume various costumes, such as the La Calavera Catrina, she is offered as a satirical portrait of those Mexican natives who, Posada felt, were aspiring to adopt European aristocratic traditions in the pre-revolution era.

Forgotten by the end of his life, José Guadalupe Posada died in 1913. Three of his neighbors certified his death, only one of them knew his full name. Academics have estimated that during his long career, Posada produced 20,000 plus images for broadsheets and chapbooks. Posada was studied by key figures of Mexican muralism. Mural artists inspired by Posada, such as Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco catered to a Mexican elite that rejected foreign styles as part of their new-found bourgeois taste. In the 1920s the US and Mexico based. In 1929 Anita Brenner published the book Idols Behind Altars. Brenner called Posada a prophet and linked him to the Mexica and workers; the US author Frances Toor promoted Posada as folklore with her 1930 book Posada: Grabador Mexicano. Rivera commented on 406 engravings by Posada in the foreword for the book; when Leopoldo Méndez returned from the Cultural Missions programs of the Mexican Secretariat of Public Education in Jalisco, Méndez got to know about Posada's prints and adopted him as artistic and cultural hero.

One of Méndez's last projects was a study of Posada, were Méndez reproduced over 900 Posada illustrations. Nota roja

Twerk It Like Miley

"Twerk It Like Miley" is a 2014 song by American singer Brandon Beal featuring Danish singer Christopher. The song produced by Danish DJ Hedegaard was released on 5 May 2014 on Universal Music Denmark and Then We Take the World, reaching number one on Tracklisten, the official Danish Singles Chart on its first week of release staying there for just one week; the music video directed by Morten Winther became popular with many references to Miley Cyrus. The title refers to American singer Miley Cyrus and her twerking incident when in March 2013, she posted a video on Facebook which featured her performing a twerking routine while wearing a unicorn suit, to the 2011 single "Wop" by J. Dash, her "Wop" video would go to create a lot of controversy and parodies. The song lyrics refers to this actual video as Brandon Beal asks from his girl to behave like Miley in that video: "I know, you wore them jeans so I can see that thong / So pop it like Miley / and don't forget that tongue / So when the beat beat beat beat drop, get your ass on the floor / Start twerking like Miley"

Uropeltis ocellata

Common names: ocellated shieldtail, Nilgiri uropeltis. Uropeltis ocellata is a non-venomous shield. Beddome, 1864: "rostral pointed and much produced. Total length 14.5 inches. Colour of the body of the male yellowish, becoming brown near the head and tail, of the female dull brownish, of the young dark purplish brown. Sides of the belly with transverse irregular shaped, yellow or white blotches meeting over the abdominals, forming a transverse band."Rostral about ¼ the length of the shielded part of the head. Portion of the rostral visible from above longer than its distance from the frontal. Frontal longer than broad. Eye small, its diameter less than ⅓ the length of the ocular shield. Diameter of body 30 to 46 times in the total length. Ventrals about two times as large as the contiguous scales. Tail rounded or flattened; the longest specimen measured by Boulenger was 50 cm in total length. Found in southern India in the Western Ghats: south of the Goa Gap, Cardamom, Munnar Hills, Nilgiri Hills and Trivandrum.

The type locality given is "at Walaghat on the western slopes of the Neilgherries in the dense forests at an elevation of 3,500 feet." Uropeltis ocellatus at the Reptile Database. Accessed 2 September 2007

HMS Loring (K565)

HMS Loring was a British Captain-class frigate of the Royal Navy in commission during World War II. Constructed as the United States Navy Evarts-class destroyer escort DE-520, she served in the Royal Navy from 1943 to 1945; the ship was laid down by the Boston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts, on 18 July 1943 as the unnamed U. S. Navy destroyer escort DE-520 and launched on 30 August 1943; the United States transferred the ship to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease upon completion sometime in November 1943. The ship was commissioned into service in the Royal Navy as HMS Loring under the command of Lieutenant Anthony d'Evelyn Trevor Sangster, RN, in November 1943 with her transfer, she served on patrol and escort duty in the eastern North Atlantic Ocean for the remainder of World War II. The Royal Navy decommissioned Loring in 1945 after the conclusion of the war and returned her to the U. S. Navy while the ship was still in the United Kingdom on 7 January 1947; the United States sold Loring on 25 March 1947 to a Greek shipbreaking firm for scrapping.

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here. Navsource Online: Destroyer Escort Photo Archive HMS Loring HMS Loring Captain Class Frigate Association HMS Loring K565 Photo gallery of HMS Loring

Family Man (Hong Kong TV series)

Family Man i is a 2002 Hong Kong romantic comedy television drama created and produced by TVB, starring Paul Chun, Flora Chan, Moses Chan, Sonija Kwok, Michael Tong, Jay Lau, Edmond So and Myolie Wu as the main cast. First original broadcast began on October 14, 2002 TVB Jade weeknights during its 8:00 to 9:00 pm timeslot; the series earned Flora Chan her first Best Actress award at the annual TVB Anniversary Awards. Ko Hoi is a widower, he is a retired police officer who still participates as a saxophonist in the policeman band. Besides being a devoted father who still cares for his daughters, he is worried about their lives and happiness. Oldest daughter Wasabi Ko Yuk Yee, works as a facial specialist at a spa, she is unreasonable and quick temper, the only daughter, married. Her and her husband Wong Jun Kit argue due to Wasabi's paranoia to keep tabs on him, but he loves her non-less and obeys her every rules. Second daughter Tracy Ko Pui Yee is workaholic, she has been dating her business partner Ken Hui Sing Chi, who co-owns a toy company with her, for many years which leads to Hoi pushing the two to get married.

But due to Ken's ambition to build their company he continues to put off marriage. Third daughter Bobo Ko Bo Yee has high standards for a potential boyfriend. Due to her pickiness her relationships never last long, she is a journalist, known to write articles without holding back and doesn't care who she offends, earning her the nickname "fire cracker" from her colleagues. There is youngest daughter Polly Ko Chui Yee, a college senior, she lives a carefree life. Being cute and pretty she courted by guys. Tracy's meets Ken's cousin Kelvin Siu Hin Wah when he invest in their company and become a shareholder. Ken disappears when the company is in financial troubles. During this time Kelvin and his friend Dai Gwong Ming gets evicted from their apartment and end up moving into an apartment across from the Ko family; the Ko sisters are not happy with the arrangement since it would mean they will have to see them more than they wanted. Kelvin tries to back out of his share of the toy company to avoid paying off any debt the toy company has occurred.

However seeing it as a lost for him if he walks away he works with Tracy, the two accomplishes on putting the company back on track when they get a contract in a business deal. Working together the two develops respect and feelings for each other, but Ken comes back. Bobo and Ming coincidentally work at the same news press; the two do not get along at first since Ming is Bobo's nemesis, but the two become friends because of their shared hatred for her nemesis and work rival. Ming eventually falls in love with Bobo after getting close to her but when she gets fired from her job, Kelvin uses his connections to try to get her another job. Seeing Kelvin scramble for her she confesses her feelings. Kelvin, seeing Ken and Tracy resume their relationship he accepts Bobo's love confession and the two start dating. Ming who does is heartbroken but does not want to interfere on Kelvin and Bobo's new found relationship keeps his feelings for Bobo quiet; however Polly who has a crush on Ming starts hanging around him, but Ming makes it clear that he is not interested in her.

Meanwhile and Kit's marriage are on the rocks due to Wasabi's constant nagging that Ken is useless and does not make enough money. The two separate and during this time Kit meets and starts dating a women who seems like the perfect girlfriend. Kit soon finds out that the women he is dating is mentally unstable, she pushes Kit to divorce Wasabi or else she will hurt Wasabi. Paul Chun as Ko Hoi 高開 Jay Lau as Wasabi Ko Yuk Yee 高玉怡 Flora Chan as Tracy Ko Pui Yee 高珮怡 Sonija Kwok as Bobo Ko Bo Yee 高寶怡 Myolie Wu as Polly Ko Chui Yee 高翠怡 Edmond So as Wong Jun Kit 王俊杰 Moses Chan as Kelvin Siu Hin Wah 蕭顯華 Michael Tong as Dai Gwong Ming 戴光明 Savio Tsang as Ken Hui Sing Chi 許承志 Tim Cheng as Nick Lui Lik 雷力 Eileen Yeow as Nancy Gregory Charles Rivers as Pierre Candy Chiu as Tam Siu Ling 譚小紅 Chan On Ying as Sa Joe Junior as uncle Choi 財叔 Rosanne Lui as Chiu Chan Suk Yee 趙陳淑儀 Lily Li as Wendy Elton Loo as Dak jie 德哥 Matt Yeung as Ka Ming 家明 Lily Liew as mama Chu 珠媽 Akai Lee as Doctor 醫生 Karen Lee as Mon Official website

Guillermo Reinwick

Guillermo Reinwick is an Argentinian businessman, implicated in the Boudougate scandal, which erupted in 2012. He is the owner of a chain of cafés in Buenos Aires shopping malls, but became well known for his involvement in Boudougate; the son-in-law of one of the owners of Ciccone Calcográfica, Argentina's largest printing company, in deep debt and had been ordered to declare bankruptcy, Reinwick helped arrange meetings with Amado Boudou Minister of the Economy and Vice President, that led to the purchase of 70% of the printing firm by a Dutch-registered company called The Old Fund, to new government printing contracts. The Old Fund was shown to be a shell company, Reinwick, identified as its controlling shareholder, was shown to be a front for Boudou and his business partner José María Nuñez Carmona. In his earliest testimony in the Boudougate trial before Judge Ariel Lijo, Reinwick denied that the resurrection of the printing firm had involved any wrongdoing and that Boudou had anything to do with the firm's resurrection.

In testimony, Reinwick accused Boudou and Núñez Carmona of criminal activity while insisting that he himself had done nothing irregular. At first considered a witness in the trial, Reinwick was named a defendant and charged by Lijo with bribery. Reinwick began his career as part owner of a solarium in the district of San Martín; this was before his marriage to Maria Lorena Ciccone, the daughter of Nicolás Ciccone, whose family firm Ciccone Calcográfica was Argentina's largest printing company, printing Argentinian currency and other official documents. Reinwick became the part owner of a chain of cafés called Francesca that are located at various shopping centers in Buenos Aires: Patio Bullrich, Alto Palermo, Galericas Pacifico, Dot Baires, his nickname is “El Cafatero”. Boudougate is a political scandal that broke in 2012, it centers on the complex and illegal financial scheme by means of which Argentina's largest printing firm, Ciccone Caligrafico, was resurrected after incurring a massive debt that led to a bankruptcy order in 2010.

The bankruptcy order was reversed through the influence of Amado Boudou Minister of the Economy and Vice President of Argentina, 70% of the firm was acquired by a Dutch-registered company called The Old Fund. Renamed Compañía de Valores Sudamericana, or CVS, the printing firm acquired new government contracts as a result of Boudou's contacts, it was established that The Old Fund was a shell corporation and that its titular head, Alejandro Vandenbroele, Reinwick, identified as its “controlling shareholder,” were fronts for Boudou and his business partner José María Núñez Carmona. Reinwick testified in the Boudougate trial of February 2012. In his testimony, Reinwick stated that the purchase of Ciccone Calcográfica by The Old Fund as a legitimate, above-board transaction, denied that Amado Boudou had played any role in the resurrection of the printing firm, calling any suggestions to that effect “fabrications and lies.” Reinwick accused the media of creating a “brutal pall of suspicion” around the company that threatened its survival.

Reinwick stated that Vandenbroele was not the real owner of CVS, but maintained that Vandenbroele was its real director. Reinwick denied that any irregular activity had been involved in Vandenbroele's purchase of Ciccone, saying that Vandenbroele had “provided the legal structures necessary to achieve the lifting of the bankruptcy” and had arranged for “the necessary funding.”After Reinwick's February testimony, La Politica questioned how Reinwick, a small-scale restaurateur, with the help of Vandenbroele and a few other minor business partners, have managed to reverse a debt situation on the scale that Ciccone Calcográfica had experienced. In three hours of testimony given before Judge Ariel Lijo on December 3, 2013, Reinwick presented a radically new version of what had happened behind the scenes in the Ciccone Calcográfica case, making him in the words of one newspaper, “a controversial” witness. In his new testimony, Reinwick disowned the testimony he had given in February 2012 and stated that Boudou was in fact the man behind the revival of Ciccone Calcográfica, that he and the Ciccone brothers had met with Boudou twice, first at the offices of Telefé and at a restaurant in Puerto Madero.

Outlining the way in which he now claimed the plan to resurrect Ciccone Calcográfica had taken shape, Reinwick said that in July 2010, in an effort to help his father-in-law resurrect the firm, he had first approached his friend Claudio Belocopitt, owner of Swiss Medical, who put him in touch with Guillermo Moreno, who at the time was Argentina's Secretary of Domestic Commerce. One afternoon, according to Reinwick, he was at the home of a friend and neighbor, Gabriel Bianco, nicknamed “Budín”, the former commercial director of Telefé and was a childhood friend of Boudou's from Mar del Plata. Boudou, who at the time was Minister of the Economy, was reported to have visited Bianco that day; as a result of that visit, a meeting was arranged at a coffee shop on the ground floor of the Hilton Hotel in Puerto Madero. The meeting was attended by Reinwick, Nicolás Ciccone, Núñez Carmona, introduced to the others as Boudou's secretary. Several days Bianco phoned Reinwick and offered to host a meeting between Nicolás Ciccone and Boudou at the offices of Telefé.

Reinwick accompanied Ciccone to the meeting, Boudou was accompanied by Núñez Carmona. The latter gave a chalkboard presentation explaining his idea for the resurrection of the printing firm, he said that he would arrange for the injection of funds into the firm, that he and Boudou had