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Peter Greenaway

Peter Greenaway, is a British film director and artist. His films are noted for the distinct influence of Renaissance and Baroque painting, Flemish painting in particular. Common traits in his film are the scenic composition and illumination and the contrasts of costume and nudity and architecture, furniture and people, sexual pleasure and painful death. Greenaway was born in Newport, Wales, to a teacher mother and a builder's merchant father. Greenaway's family left South Wales when he was three years old and settled in Essex, he attended Forest School in northeast London. At an early age Greenaway decided on becoming a painter, he became interested in European cinema, focusing first on the films of Ingmar Bergman, on the French nouvelle vague filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard and, most Alain Resnais. He now lives in Amsterdam. In 1962, Greenaway began studies at Walthamstow College of Art, where a fellow student was musician Ian Dury. Greenaway trained as a muralist for three years. In 1965, he joined the Central Office of Information, working there fifteen years as a film editor and director.

In that time he created a filmography of experimental films, starting with Train, footage of the last steam trains at Waterloo station, edited to a musique concrète composition. Tree, is a homage to the embattled tree growing in concrete outside the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank in London. By the 1970s he was confident and ambitious and made Vertical Features Remake and A Walk Through H; the former is an examination of various arithmetical editing structures, the latter is a journey through the maps of a fictitious country. In 1980, Greenaway delivered The Falls – a mammoth, absurdist encyclopaedia of flight-associated material all relating to ninety-two victims of what is referred to as the Violent Unknown Event. In the 1980s, Greenaway's cinema flowered in his best-known films, The Draughtsman's Contract, A Zed & Two Noughts, The Belly of an Architect, Drowning by Numbers, his most successful film, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover. Greenaway's most familiar musical collaborator during this period is composer Michael Nyman, who has scored several films.

In 1989, he collaborated with artist Tom Phillips on a television serial A TV Dante, dramatising the first few cantos of Dante's Inferno. In the 1990s, he presented Prospero's Books, the controversial The Baby of Mâcon, The Pillow Book, 8½ Women. In the early 1990s, Greenaway wrote ten opera libretti known as the Death of a Composer series, dealing with the commonalities of the deaths of ten composers from Anton Webern to John Lennon, the other composers are fictitious, one is a character from The Falls. In 1995, Louis Andriessen completed Rosa -- A Horse Drama, he is professor of cinema studies at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Greenaway presented the ambitious The Tulse Luper Suitcases, a multimedia project that resulted in three films, a website, two books, a touring exhibition, a shorter feature which reworked the material of the first three films, he contributed to Visions of Europe, a short film collection by different European Union directors. Nightwatching and Rembrandt's J'Accuse two films on Rembrandt which were released in 2007 and 2008 respectively.

Nightwatching is the first feature in the series "Dutch Masters", with the next project titled as Goltzius and the Pelican Company. On 17 June 2005, Greenaway appeared for his first VJ performance during an art club evening in Amsterdam, with music by DJ Serge Dodwell, as a backdrop,'VJ' Greenaway used for his set a special system consisting of a large plasma screen with laser controlled touchscreen to project the ninety-two Tulse Luper stories on the twelve screens of "Club 11", mixing the images live; this was reprised at the Optronica festival, London. On 12 October 2007, he created the multimedia installation Peopling the Palaces at Venaria Reale at the Royal Palace of Venaria that animates the Palace with 100 videoprojectors. Greenaway was interviewed for Clive Meyer's Critical Cinema: Beyond the Theory of Practice, voiced strong criticisms of film theory as distinct from discussions of other media: "Are you sufficiently happy with cinema as a thinking medium if you are only talking to one person?"On 3 May 2016, he received a Honoris Causa doctorate from the University of San Martín, Argentina.

In 2006, Greenaway began a series of digital video installations, Nine Classical Paintings Revisited, with his exploration of Rembrandt's Night Watch in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. On 30 June 2008, after much negotiation, Greenaway staged a one-night performance'remixing' da Vinci's The Last Supper in the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan to a select audience of dignitaries; the performance consisted of superimposing digital imagery and projections onto the painting with music from the composer Marco Robino. Greenaway exhibited his digital exploration of The Wedding at Cana by Paolo Veronese as part of the 2009 Venice Biennial. An arts writer for The New York Times called it "possibly the best unmanned art history lecture you'll experience," while acknowledging that some viewers might respond to it as "mediocre art, Disneyfied kitsch o

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction oversees the public school system in the U. S. state of North Carolina. The DPI is headed by the North Carolina State Board of Education, it is headquartered in Raleigh. The position of North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction was established by the North Carolina Constitution of 1868; the Human Resource Management System is a part of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, overseen by the North Carolina State Board of Education. In the summer of 2000, the HRMS Steering Committee initiated the HRMS Web Project; the goal was to replace the legacy "green screen" software with a web-based system. Actual coding began in October of that year, the initial phase was deployed two years in the fall of 2002. Work to replace all components of the legacy system is ongoing, new features required by federal and state law are now implemented only in HRMS Web. HRMS Web is a full-featured Human Resources Management System tailored to the needs of North Carolina schools.

It accommodates the complete HR cycle, from the applicant process, through employment and evaluation. It allows for a tight integration with vendor-supplied payroll systems in use by LEAs, eliminating the need for redundant data entry and maintenance. Government of North Carolina List of school districts in North Carolina List of high schools in North Carolina Education in North Carolina "History of the State Board of Education". NCDPI

John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden

The John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden is a 7-acre Japanese garden in Mill Neck, New York, providing a retreat for passive recreation and contemplation. Upon return from a trip to Kyoto, Japan in 1960, John Portner Humes, a lawyer ambassador, began work on a Japanese garden; as a lawyer Humes traveled to Japan for business. The garden was designed between 1962-1965 by Douglas and Jone DeFaya who used Japanese shrubs and ground cover as well as symbolic placement of stones; the focal point of the garden is an imported tea house, in the design of the Ashikaga period, acquired in 1962. The sandalwood tea house was prefabricated in Taiwan and featured straw matting and rice paper door panels; the garden was two-acres in size. Humes was the U. S. ambassador to Austria from Oct. 29, 1969 to March 6, 1975. While the Humes family was living in Austria, the garden fell into disrepair and on their return, a landscape architect, Stephen Morrell, was hired full-time in 1982 to restore and enlarge the garden.

Not only did Humes wish to restore the garden but he wanted to open it to the public. Morrell, a graduate of the New York Botanical Garden School of Horticulture, was sent on study trips twice to Japan by the Humes' Of special interest in the garden are the winding stepping-stone walkways and gravel paths, stone lanterns, bamboo groves, a variety of mosses and a waterfall emptying into a koi pond; the bamboo is used for bottom of the tea house and as a water pipe. Japanese maples were planted as well as other Japanese trees and groundcovers. In addition, there are more than 11 species of moss. Moving through the garden, where the views and balance of elements have been planned following Japanese aesthetic principles, visitors experience a walking meditation inducing inner peace. Stepping stones are used to control the rate at which one moves through the garden, encouraging moment-to-moment reflection; these stones, placed by the DeFayas, are local rocks with varying sizes. Two paths connect the pond and tea house to the rest of the garden, one of them created on a declining hill.

The garden suggests a hillside landscape beside the sea, where gravel paths represent streams that form pools and cascades flowing into the ocean represented by a pond. In 1980 it was donated to the North Shore Wildlife Sanctuary, opened to the public in 1985. In 1993 the Garden Conservancy assumed management of the garden; the Conservancy hired the Long Island-based landscape design firm of Emile Kreye & Sons, Inc. to do restoration work on the pond, create a waterfall that flows into the pond and erect an eight foot high rock ridge. Other repair work included replacing a barrier wall; the garden was increased from 2 acres to 7 acres in 2009. Craftsman Peter Wechsler created a new red cedar entrance gate for the garden in 2000 and restored the garden's tea house in 2012; the Stroll Garden ran into financial problems in 2014 after the Garden Conservancy ended its management of the Stroll Garden at the end of 2013. It was operated by the Humes Japanese Garden Foundation until 2017 when The North Shore Land Alliance acquired the property on May 23, 2017.

The North Shore Land Alliance is a not-for-profit land trust focusing on the North Shore of Long Island. The Garden is part of a conservation corridor owned by the North Shore Land Alliance that covers over 150 acres in the middle of the Beaver Brook watershed; the Land Alliance acquired the other portion of the Humes property in 2015. After being closed for most of 2016 and 2017, the Stroll Garden reopened for three days a week in November 2017 and closed after the first freeze. In 2018, the Stroll Garden was open from 10 a.m. to 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. Opening day was May 12, 2018 and it closed for the season on Oct. 28, 2018. There were over 700 visitors to the garden in 2018. A major improvement to the property in 2018 was the installation of a 6-foot high deer fence to allow for the regrowth of vegetation, damaged by deer browse, it was funded by private donations. List of botanical gardens in the United States John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden

Jeff Penalty

Jeff Alulis, better known by his stage name Jeff Penalty, is a writer and musician, known for his documentary work and his position as a former lead singer of Dead Kennedys. Penalty was born and raised in Broomall, Pennsylvania, he attended college at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he was a member of the fencing team and attended graduate school at the University of Southern California, where he earned an MFA in Writing for Screen and Television and fenced on the Men's Épée team. As of 2016, he resides in Los Angeles, CA. Penalty's musical background was as a drummer, performing temporarily with the Pennsylvania band Ralphus and the glam metal parody band Vaz Hoil, he played drums with Sidekick and The Eyeliners on one occasion each. He shared vocal duties in the Massachusetts pop punk act Just About Done and sang for a short-lived California band called Stupid Ferrets. In 2003, Penalty became the vocalist for Dead Kennedys, replacing Dr. Know's Brandon Cruz, with the band for two years following their reformation without original vocalist Jello Biafra.

Penalty had a fascination with Dead Kennedys since he listened to their debut album, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. He said singing for Dead Kennedys was "the realization of a dream I never dared to have." Joining the band at twenty-five, he was younger than his former bandmates. After performing over 50 shows with Dead Kennedys, in March 2008 Penalty announced he was parting ways with the band. Penalty has since filled in on drums with pop-punk band The Dollyrots for tours of Canada and California, on vocals for Reagan Youth for tours of California and Texas. Penalty directed and co-produced Do You Remember? Fifteen Years Of The Bouncing Souls, which won the Best Documentary Feature award at the 2003 D. I. Y. Film Festival in Los Angeles. Alulis and Harlin have since gone on to direct/produce the documentary feature Let Them Know: The Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records, an Official Selection at the 2009 San Francisco Independent Film Festival. From 2006 through 2007, Alulis and Harlin traveled around the world with NOFX filming a tour documentary that became the series NOFX: Backstage Passport on Fuse TV.

Alulis and Harlin served as directors, camera operators, executive producers on the show, which premiered at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival and aired on Fuse TV in the spring of that year. It was released as a double DVD set with two hours of bonus footage by Fat Wreck Chords on March 17, 2009. Alulis and Harlin directed/produced NOFX: Backstage Passport 2, a feature-length follow-up documentary filmed between 2009 and 2012 as NOFX returned to several South American countries where concerts had been canceled during the original "Backstage Passport" tour, it was released by Fat Wreck Chords on August 21, 2015 and won "Best Music Documentary" at both the Kingston Film Festival and the Oregon Independent Film Festival. Penalty, as Alulis, was the writer for NOFX's official autobiography, NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories, published by Da Capo Press on April 12, 2016; the book reached number 9 on the New York Times bestseller list for paperback nonfiction two weeks after it was released.

He was a featured author at the first It's Not Dead Festival in 2015. Franz Nicolay has recorded a song "Jeff Penalty" for his third solo album, Major General appearing on the demo "The Black Rose Paladins"; the song refers to a Dead Kennedys performance at Irving Plaza in New York City, at which Nicolay performed with the World/Inferno Friendship Society as an opening act, the growth in appreciation by an cynical crowd. Official website

United Nations Human Settlements Programme

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme is the United Nations programme for human settlements and sustainable urban development. It was established in 1978 as an outcome of the First UN Conference on Human Settlements and Sustainable Urban Development held in Vancouver, Canada, in 1976. UN-Habitat maintains its headquarters at the United Nations Office at Kenya, it is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to promote and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group; the mandate of UN-Habitat derives from the Habitat Agenda, adopted by the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1996. The twin goals of the Habitat Agenda are adequate shelter for all and the development of sustainable human settlements in an urbanizing world; the UN-Habitat mandate is derived from General Assembly resolution 3327, by which the Assembly established the United Nations Habitat and Human Settlements Foundation.

The mandate of UN-Habitat is further derived from other internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the United Nations Millennium Declaration, in particular the target on achieving a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum-dwellers by the year 2020. Through Assembly resolution 65/1, Member States committed themselves to continue working towards cities without slums, beyond current targets, by reducing slum populations and improving the lives of slum-dwellers. UN-Habitat works in more than 70 countries in five continents focusing on seven areas: Urban legislation and governance; the governance structure of the programme is made up of three decision-making bodies: the UN-Habitat Assembly, an Executive Board and a Committee of Permanent Representatives. The Governing Council was the decision-making body for the Programme, but it was dissolved following a resolution passed by the UN General Assembly; the assembly is a universal body composed of the 193 member states of the United Nations and convenes every four years at the Headquarters of UN-Habitat in Nairobi.

The first assembly was held in May 2019. The presidency of the first assembly was held by Mexico. Mexico's presidency was represented by Martha Delgado Peralta the Mexican Undersecretary of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights; the second decision-making body of the programme is the Executive Board, made up of 36 member states elected by the UN-Habitat Assembly with representatives from every regional groups. The board meets three times annually; the Committee of Permanent Representatives of UN-Habitat is composed of all Permanent Representatives accredited to the United Nations Office at Nairobi. The UN-Habitat secretariat is headed by an Executive Director nominated by the UN Secretary-General with the approval of the UN General Assembly; the current Executive Director is Maimunah Mohd Sharif of Malaysia, appointed in December 2017. The Deputy Executive Director is Victor Kisob of Cameroon, appointed by in July 2018. Arcot Ramachandran, India, 1978-1992 Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Canada,1993-1994 Wally N’Dow, Gambia, 1994-1997 Darshan Johal, Canada, 1997-1998) Klaus Töpfer, Germany, 1998–2000 Anna Tibaijuka, Tanzania, 2000–2010 Joan Clos, Spain, 2010-2018 Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Malaysia, 2018–PresentBefore 2002, the title of the head of the programme was Director of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements.

The World Urban Forum is an international conference dedicated to urban issues, organized by UN-Habitat. It was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanization and how to ensure a sustainable urban development, it is organized biennially in the years between the UN-Habitat governing councils. The World Urban Campaign is the world living platform on cities for sharing and learning on initiatives and policies driving positive change towards sustainable urbanization. Coordinated by UN-Habitat, it is a global coalition of public and civil society partners seeking to raise the urban agenda; the campaign is UN-Habitat's partners' platform for the preparation of the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development held in 2016. The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day; this is an occasion to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all to adequate shelter.

It is intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of human habitat. The UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award is an award given by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme in recognition of work carried out in the field of human settlements development; the aim of the award is to honour individuals and institutions instrumental in improving the living conditions in urban centres around the world. The UN-Habitat World Habitat Award is presented

United for Peace and Justice

United for Peace and Justice is a coalition of more than 1,300 international and U. S.-based organizations opposed to "our government's policy of permanent warfare and empire-building."The organization was founded in October 2002 during the build-up to the United States' 2003 invasion of Iraq by dozens of groups including the National Organization for Women, National Council of Churches, Peace Action, the American Friends Service Committee, Black Voices for Peace, Not In Our Name, September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Veterans for Peace. Its first joint action was anti-war protests on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2002; the direct precursor to UFPJ was "United We March!", initiated by Global Exchange, the Green Party of the United States, others, which organized the April 20, 2002 demonstration against the U. S. invasion of Afghanistan. UFPJ organizes large-scale protests; the group separates its work into seven issue campaigns: Iraq, counter-military recruitment, global justice, nuclear disarmament, Palestine–Israel, civil liberties–immigrant rights and faith-based organizing.

UFPJ's most recent major rally and march was in Washington D. C. on January 27, 2007. Among the featured speakers were several celebrities including Jane Fonda. UFPJ's previous major action occurred from September 24 to 26, 2005 in Washington, D. C. UFPJ called the protest "End the War on Iraq!" On September 24, there was a march and rally, co-sponsored with the ANSWER Coalition, followed by a festival. Although exact numbers are never known, the organizers estimated that hundreds of thousands of people attended these events. On September 25, there was an interfaith service and grassroots training; the final day, September 26, was devoted to lobbying Congress and to nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience. 370 were arrested for blocking the entrance to the White House, demanding to meet with George W. Bush; some of UFPJ's protests include: Its first protest, on February 15, 2003, in front of the United Nations headquarters in New York City and entitled "The World Says No to War." The protest drew over 500,000 people.

Its second major protest, held on March 20, 2004 to commemorate the first anniversary of the U. S.' Attack on Iraq. The event drew over nearly two million in 700 other cities. In 2004, the organization wanted to hold a rally on the Great Lawn of Central Park in opposition to the continued occupation of Iraq; the City denied UFPJ's application for a permit, on the basis that a mass gathering on the Great Lawn would be harmful to the grass, that such damage would make it harder to collect private donations to maintain the Park. UFPJ charged that Mayor Michael Bloomberg was willing to allow other large gatherings on the Great Lawn, but was discriminating against the demonstration so as to curry favor with the Republican Party, holding its quadrennial convention in New York City. A court rejected UFPJ's challenge to the denial of the permit; the major protest was held elsewhere, on Sunday, August 29, 2004, the eve of the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. The event drew over 500,000 people, according to The New York Times, received lead coverage in every major newspaper.

In March, 2007 NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne stated about the RNC protests: "You had 800,000 on August 29th." On January 27, 2007, a protest of the Iraq war was held in Washington, D. C. with 400,000 people participating. UFPJ's lengthy Unity Statement, adopted as a work in progress at the June 2003 UFPJ National Strategy Conference and receiving minor updates to reflect world events, begins by asserting their opposition to the "pre-emptive wars of aggression waged by the Bush administration" and the "drive to expand U. S. control over other nations and strip us of our rights at home under the cover of fighting terrorism and spreading democracy." It echoes the rhetoric of Not in Our Name stating, "we say NO to use of war and racism to concentrate power in the hands of the few, at home and abroad."It goes on to call for "a broad mass movement for peace and justice" and, in particular, for "peaceful resolution of disputes amongst states. We will link the wars abroad with the assaults at home, U.

S. militarism to the corporate economic interests it serves."The statement lays out the intent of following these principles internally to UFPJ itself: "We will pay special attention in all aspects of our work to the inclusion and leadership of constituencies bearing the brunt of the war’s impact at home, such as people of color, youth and workers. We will be pro-active in addressing internal power dynamics within our movement..." Further, the group pledges itself to non-violence. The statement continues with a critique of U. S. government conduct, above all, with respect to the justification and execution of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the subsequent occupation, including criticism of the media and the Democratic Party for "refus to challenge them." It argues that, "the war on Iraq was the leading edge of a relentless drive for U. S. empire