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Mort

Mort is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett. Published in 1987, it is the fourth Discworld novel and the first to focus on the character Death, who only appeared as a side character in the previous novels; the title is the name of its main character, is a play on words: in French, mort means "death". The French language edition is titled Mortimer. In the BBC's 2003 Big Read contest, viewers voted on the "Nation's Best-loved Book". In 2004, Pratchett stated that Mort was the first Discworld novel with which he was "pleased", stating that in previous books, the plot had existed to support the jokes, but that in Mort, the plot was integral; as a teenager, Mort has a personality and temperament that makes him unsuited to the family farming business. Mort's father Lezek takes him to a local hiring fair in the hope that Mort will land an apprenticeship. Just before the last stroke of midnight, Death takes Mort on as an apprentice. Death takes Mort to his domain, where he meets Death's elderly manservant Albert, his adopted daughter Ysabell.

Mort accompanies Death as he travels to collect the soul of a king, due to be assassinated by the scheming Duke of Sto Helit. After Mort unsuccessfully tries to prevent the assassination, Death warns him that all deaths are predetermined, that he cannot interfere with fate. On, Death assigns Mort to collect the soul of Princess Keli, daughter of the murdered king, but he instead kills the assassin the Duke had sent after her. Keli lives, but shortly after the assassin's death people begin acting as if something had happened without knowing why such as a solemn song being played, she soon finds that the rest of the world no longer acknowledges her existence at all unless she confronts them and then only in a confused manner, forgotten after. She subsequently employs the wizard Igneous Cutwell, able to see her as he is trained to see things that are invisible to normal people to make her existence clear to the public. Mort discovers that his actions have created an alternate reality in which Keli lives, but he learns that it is being overridden by the original reality and will cease to exist, killing Keli.

While consulting Cutwell, Mort sees a picture of Unseen University's founder, Alberto Malich, noting that he bears a resemblance to Albert. Mort and Ysabell travel into the Stack, a library in Death's domain that holds the biographies of everyone who has lived, in order to investigate Albert discovering that he is indeed Malich, they further learn that Malich had feared monsters waiting for him in the afterlife, performed a reversed version of the Rite of AshkEnte in the hope of keeping Death away from him. However, the spell backfired and sent him to Death's side, where he has remained in order to put off his demise. During this time, yearning to relish what being human is like, travels to Ankh-Morpork to indulge in new experiences, including getting drunk, dancing and finding a job. Mort in turn starts to become more like Death, adopting his mannerisms and aspects of his personality, while his own is overridden. Death's absence forces Mort to collect the next two souls, who are both located on separate parts of the Disc, due to die on the same night that the alternate reality will be destroyed.

Before he and Ysabell leave to collect the souls, Mort uses the part of Death within him to force Albert to provide a spell that will slow down the alternate reality's destruction. After Mort and Ysabell leave, Albert returns under the identity of Malich, his eagerness to live on the Disc is reinvigorated during this time, he has the wizards perform the Rite of AshkEnte in the hope of escaping Death's grasp. The ritual summons both Death and the part of Death, taking Mort over, restoring him to normal. Unaware of Albert's treachery, Death takes him back into his service, the Librarian preventing the wizard's escape. Mort and Ysabell travel to Keli's palace, where the princess and Cutwell have organised a hasty coronation ceremony in the hope that Keli can be crowned queen before the alternate reality is destroyed. With the reality now too small for Albert's spell and Ysabell save Keli and Cutwell from being destroyed with the alternate reality, they return to Death's domain to find a furious Death waiting for them, the latter having learned of Mort's actions from Albert.

Death dismisses Mort and attempts to take the souls of Keli and Cutwell, but Mort challenges him to a duel for them. Though Death wins the duel, he spares Mort's life and sends him back to the Disc. Death convinces the gods to change the original reality so that Keli rules in place of the Duke, inadvertently killed during Death and Mort's duel. Mort and Ysabell – who have fallen in love over the course of the story – get married, are made Duke and Duchess of Sto Helit by Keli, while Cutwell is made the Master of the Queen's Bedchamber. Death attends Mort and Ysabell's reception, where he warns Mort that he will have to make sure that the original Duke's destiny is fulfilled, presents him with the alternate reality he created, now shrunk to the size of a large pearl, before the two part on amicable terms. Stephen Briggs adapted the novel for the stage in 1992; the novel was adapted as a graphic novel, Mort: The Big Comic, published in 1994. The novel has been adapted by Robin Brooks for BBC Radio Four.

Narrated by Anton Lesser, with Geoffrey Whitehead as Death, Carl

L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2004

The L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2004, referred to more as the L-1 Reform Act, was a part of Title IV of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 in the United States that focused on changes to regulations governing L-1 visas. The Consolidated Appropriations Act was signed by George W. Bush President of the United States, in early December 2004. Title IV of the Consolidated Appropriations Act included the H-1B Visa Reform Act of 2004, that focused on H-1B visas; the L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2004 had a slight change to the fee structure. According to the new rules of the act, a player is now explicitly ineligible for classification as a specialized knowledge worker nonimmigrant visa if the worker will be "stationed primarily" at the worksite of an employer other than the petitioner or an affiliate, subsidiary, or parent and either of the following occurs: The alien will be "principally" under the "control and supervision" of the unaffiliated employer, The placement at the non-affiliated worksite is "essentially an arrangementto provide labor for hire for the unaffiliated employer," rather than a placement in connection with the provision of a product or service for which specialized knowledge specific to the petitioning employer is necessary.

This new ground of ineligibility would begin applying for petitions starting June 6, 2005, includes petitions for initial, amended, or extended L-1B classification. The Act amended section 214 of the Act to restore prior law requiring that the L-1 beneficiary of a blanket petition have been employed abroad by the L entity for a period of 12 months. In doing so, the L-1 Reform Act eliminates the 6-month exception, the law for blanket beneficiaries since 2001. Like the H-1B Visa Reform Act of 2004 that accompanied it, the L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2004 instituted a $500 anti-fraud fee over and above existing fees; the Act and its implications for applicants was discussed by Cyrus Mehta in an article for Immigration Daily in August 2005. A report by Morrison Foerster reviewed the L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2004 and its implications for U. S. companies. It came up with three risk factors: Reduction or elimination of cost savings Risk of business disruption once the Act kicked in Reputational risk Potential legal liability and involvement in enforcement proceedings Potential labor law liabilityThe review suggested the following action items: Companies that make use of L-1 visa arrangements to augment project staffing should require their offshore vendors to demonstrate what steps the vendors are taking to ensure compliance with the Act.

Affected U. S. companies may want to consider the economic and risk implications of continuing to use L-1 outsourcing in light of the issues of control and "specialized knowledge" discussed in the review. Companies that continue to use L-1 outsourcing should include in their service agreements with providers appropriate representations and indemnities with respect to compliance with the Act, they should consider how complying with the Act would affect the vendor's cost-effectiveness and ability to continue to meet performance metrics. To the extent a company continues to use providers that use offshore L-1 visa staff, it should maintain records to document compliance with the Act

Seated Hermes

The bronze Seated Hermes, found at the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum in 1758, is at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples. "This statue was the most celebrated work of art discovered at Herculaneum and Pompeii in the eighteenth century", Francis Haskell and Nicholas Penny have observed, once four large engravings reproducing it had appeared in Le Antichità di Ercolano, 1771. To protect it from Napoleonic depredations, it was packed into one of the fifty-two cases of antiquities and works of art that accompanied the Bourbon flight to Palermo in 1798, it was once again in the royal villa at Portici in 1816. Martin Robertson classifies it as a Roman copy, made before AD 79, needless to say, of a Greek bronze original of the late fourth or early third century BC, in the tradition of Lysippos, whose name has been invoked in connection with the sculpture since its first reappearance. Margarete Bieber classifies it as "school of Lysippos" and dates it ca 100 BC. Many bronze statues posed on actual rocks must have been set up in late Hellenistic and Roman gardens, Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway suggests, natural boulders "increased the idyllic aspect of the composition."

The Hermes rests his hand casually on the rock. Haskell and Nicholas Penny, 1981. Taste and the Antique: the Lure of Classical Sculpture 1500-1900, cat. No. 62, pp 267–269. Mattusch, Carol C. 2005. The Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum. Life and Afterlife of a Sculpture Collection. Esp. chapter 5 and pp. 88–89, 216-222, fig. 2.43. Robertson, Martin, 1975. A History of Greek Art

European Jewish Congress

The European Jewish Congress, was founded in 1986. It is based in Brussels, with offices in Paris, Strasbourg and Budapest, it is a representative body of democratically elected European Jewish communities throughout Europe. Affiliated to the World Jewish Congress, the EJC works with national governments, European Union institutions and the Council of Europe; the European Jewish Congress is one of the most influential international public associations and a large secular organisation representing more than 2.5 million of Jews in Europe. It is an umbrella organisation for 42 national Jewish communities on this continent; the primary mission of the EJC is to promote European democracy based on good relations between neighbours, mutual understanding and tolerance. The EJC maintains co-operation with European governments, leading international institutions and European integration associations, including the United Nations, European Union, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, it has a participatory status with the Council of Europe.

The EJC intends to protect human rights, fight xenophobia and anti-Semitism, promote interfaith dialogue, implement cultural and educational programmes, remember the Holocaust and other events that killed millions of people. To meet these goals, the EJC has initiated and organised several large international projects, in particular the Let My People Live! international forums. The First Forum of the series was held in Krakow in January 2005 to commemorate 60 years since liberation of Auschwitz; the forums were supported by leading international organisations, including the Council of Europe and the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, as well as senior politicians from countries including Russia, the United States, Israel and Ukraine. The next Let My People Live! Forum, this one to commemorate 70 years since die Kristallnacht, has been held in Poland. On 25 January 2011 at the European Parliament in Brussels on the eve of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day there took place a commemoration meeting devoted to the memory of the Holocaust.

It was timed to the 66th anniversary of the liberation of concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Soviet Army. The European Jewish Congress was one of the principal organizers of this event. Another important issue on the EJC's agenda is preventing nuclear terrorism; the EJC was a co-organiser of the International Conference on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe, which took place in Luxembourg this May and brought together a unique team of more than 50 experts in nuclear non-proliferation from 14 countries, led by Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohammed ElBaradei. Taking into account the level of participants, the conference was the largest and most authoritative gathering to discuss issues of nuclear safety within the past decade; the EJC's head office is located in Brussels, with branches operating in Berlin, Paris and Strasburg. The President of the European Jewish Congress is elected every two years renewable by a "General Assembly" of Jewish community representatives and works in consortium with an elected "Executive" of community presidents.

Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor was elected President of the European Jewish Congress in June 2007, re-elected in December 2008, November 2012 and in 2016. Since 2004 to his election as EJC President, he was Chairman of the EJC Board of Governors; the EJC lists as its primary objectives the following on its website: To combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism through education and security, in co-operation with governments and European institutions. To promote a balanced European policy towards Israel and the Middle East, to assist in the construction of a healthy dialogue between Europeans and Israelis. To foster inter-religious dialogue and understanding. To ensure memory and education of the Holocaust. To contribute to a democratic European society based on peace and tolerance. To assist in the revitalisation of the once rich Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe. To counteract assimilation of the European Jewish population In 2006 the congress released a report detailing a new wave of anti-semitic incidents in most of Western Europe in the wake of the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict, in contrast to neutral or pro-Israel sentiment in the former Eastern bloc as well as in Denmark.

The report cited: The first instances of antisemitism in Turkey since the change of regime in 2002. History of the Jews in Europe European Jewish Congress World Jewish Congress

Chrome Entertainment

Chrome Entertainment is a record label and talent agency founded by Hwang Hyun-chang in 2011, based in Seoul, South Korea. Since 2014, Chrome Entertainment is a label under Sony Music Entertainment. Hwang Hyun-chang, a commercial photographer, was inspired to create a girl group after seeing T-ara's "Roly Poly" on television. Before that, he only listened to classical music. After an initial investment of 10 million won, he converted his photography studio, Chrome Creative, into Chrome Entertainment. To finance this venture, Hwang sold his camera gear, used up all his savings, went into debt, he said, "If I had known how much it would cost, I would never have done it."The first group that Chrome Entertainment formed and managed was Crayon Pop, who debuted in July 2012. After the success of Crayon Pop's "Bar Bar Bar", which earned the company US$2 million, Chrome was able to debut more groups. Boy band K-Much debuted in January 2014, two more groups debuted in June 2014: girl group Bob Girls and male duo Zan Zan.

On 2 December 2014, male trot singer Her Min-young signed a contract with Chrome Entertainment. On February 24, 2015, it was announced; that year, Zan Zan and Her Min-young left the agency. In 2016, Chrome Entertainment had major changes in management, with founder Hwang Hyun-chang leaving the agency. Kim Jeong-tae replaced him as CEO. On 13 August 2013, Chrome Entertainment signed a strategic partnership contract with Sony Music Entertainment, which gave Sony international distribution rights to Chrome's music and albums. On 7 July 2014, Chrome Entertainment signed a label contract which made Chrome an independent label under Sony Music Entertainment. With this new contract, Chrome has the ability to distribute music from other agencies. In August 2014, it was reported that K-pop trio Lip Service had signed a contract with Chrome Entertainment; the company was subsequently credited under "manufacture" on Lip Service's single album, released 20 August 2014. Chrome Entertainment has held several concerts for their artists.

The first such concert was on 21 June 2014, called Chrome Happy Concert in Cheongju. On 4 October, the First Chrome Family in Japan Concert was held in Tokyo. On 3 December, Chrome Family released a single album, 2014 Chrome Family – A Very Special Christmas, with the single "Love Christmas". Be. A Bz-Boys Cho Hyung-joon Lee Geun-hwa Lee Ho-suck Loki Bob Girls Zan Zan Her Min-young Crayon Pop Be. A Official website

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is an upcoming American supernatural comedy film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Reitman and Gil Kenan. It stars Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Paul Rudd, while Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts reprise their roles from the original films, it is the direct sequel to Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II and the fourth film, overall, in the Ghostbusters franchise. Set thirty years after the second film, a family moves to a small town, where they discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and their grandfather's secret legacy. A third Ghostbusters film had been in various stages of development since Ghostbusters II in 1989. After Murray refused to commit to the project, after the death of cast member Harold Ramis in 2014, Sony instead produced a reboot. After the film underperformed at the box office, Reitman began developing a direct sequel to the original films; the new cast members were announced by July 2019, while the original cast signed on two months later.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is scheduled for release in the United States on July 10, 2020, by Columbia Pictures through Sony Pictures Releasing. When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. During the 1990s, following the release of Ghostbusters II, Dan Aykroyd wrote a script for a third film tentatively titled Ghostbusters III: Hellbent; the concept had the characters transported to an alternate universe version of Manhattan called Manhellton, where the people and places are "hellish" versions of Earth, with the Ghostbusters meeting and confronting the devil. At the time, Aykroyd stated, it featured a new, younger group of Ghostbusters, while Ray and Winston struggle to keep the business going upon Peter's relationship becoming serious with Dana. Much of this concept was recycled years for Ghostbusters: The Video Game in 2009. By 2004, movement on a sequel was revisited by the studio, though Bill Murray again expressed his disinterest in the project, stating that he dislikes sequels.

The following year, Ramis confirmed plans to introduce Ben Stiller into the principal cast. By 2009, however development of the project had stalled. Both Ramis and Aykroyd subsequently confirmed that the script calls for a new group of younger Ghostbusters, with the latter stating that the cast would feature a gender diversity and include new technology used by the titular team. By January 2010, Reitman confirmed. In March, Murray discussed development of the film, his intentions to reprise his role. A release was scheduled for Christmas 2012. In the October issue of Vanity Fair, Aykroyd commented on the screenplay written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, stating that he was impressed with how Murray's character had been written, the implementation of the new team with the original team, while he and Ramis would work on a second draft of the script. By August 2011, Aykroyd stated that the plan was for filming to begin that year, with the story of the mantle being assumed by the younger generation.

When Murray decided to pass on reprising the starring role of Peter Venkman, Aykroyd announced the possibility that another actor might replace him. Aykroyd mentioned that he wanted Moranis to return as Louis Tully. By February 2012, the film was placed on hold. Without Murray, the studio searched for replacement actors and considered featuring his character as a CGI-rendered ghost. In June, Murray again acknowledged that all involved were attempting to develop the third film once more before dropping out of the film the following month. In July, Aykroyd confirmed that the film was back in development, with a script re-write from Etan Cohen. Aykroyd said of the script. That's the whole thing. There's no point in doing it. So that's what we're up to now." By September 2012, Reitman announced the developments of a remake. In May 2013, Aykroyd discussed plot points including real-life experiments being done by college students at Columbia University being source for inspiration; the plot will revolve around research being done by the university, which brings about threats from other dimensions with a new team of Ghostbusters forming to save Earth's plane of existence from supernatural threats.

The script wrote Murray's character in, with hopes that the actor would decide to join the production. After the death of Harold Ramis on February 24, 2014, Sony Pictures stated that Ramis would appear in the film through use of a cameo. With the script needing to be reworked following Ramis' passing, the project was delayed once again. By March 2015, it was confirmed that Reitman would not be directing the third film, but would remain as producer with plans to begin principal photography by early-2015. Sigourney Weaver revealed that her character's son will feature as a member of the team. Again, the project delayed. A new film connected to the original two films, tentatively titled Ghostbusters 3, was revealed in January 2019. Jason Reitman, son of original director Ivan Reitman, will direct from a script he co-wrote with Gil Kenan, while Ivan Reitman will serve as a producer. According to The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit, the film will feature teenagers, two boys and two girls, as the new recruits for the titular team.

It is scheduled to be released on July 10, 2020. The film was expected to start production in J