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Rex Ingram (director)

Rex Ingram was an Irish film director, producer and actor. Director Erich von Stroheim once called him "the world's greatest director". Born in Dublin, Ingram was educated at Saint Columba's College, near Rathfarnham, County Dublin, he spent much of his adolescence living in the Old Rectory, Birr, County Offaly where his father was the Church of Ireland rector. He emigrated to the United States in 1911, his brother Francis joined the British Army and fought during World War I where he was awarded the Military Cross and rose to the rank of Colonel. Ingram studied sculpture at the Yale University School of Art, where he contributed to campus humour magazine The Yale Record, he soon moved into film, first taking acting work from 1913 and writing and directing. His first work as producer-director was in 1916 on the romantic drama The Great Problem, he worked for Edison Studios, Fox Film Corporation, Vitagraph Studios, MGM, directing action or supernatural films. In 1920, he moved to Metro. Mathis and Ingram would go on to make four films together: Hearts are Trump, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Conquering Power, Turn to the Right.

It is believed. Ingram and Mathis had begun to grow distant when her new find, Rudolph Valentino, began to overshadow his own fame, their relationship ended when Ingram eloped with Alice Terry in 1921. Ingram married twice, first to actress Doris Pawn in 1917, he married Alice Terry in 1921, with whom he remained for the rest of his life. Both marriages were childless, he and Terry relocated to the French Riviera in 1923. They formed a small studio in Nice and made several films on location in North Africa and Italy for MGM and others. Amongst those who worked for Ingram at MGM on the Riviera during this period was the young Michael Powell, who went on to direct The Red Shoes and other classics, technician Leonti Planskoy. By Powell's own account, Ingram was a major influence on him in its themes in illusion, dreaming and the surreal. David Lean said. MGM studio chief Dore Schary listed the top creative people in Hollywood as D. W. Griffith, Cecil B. DeMille and Erich von Stroheim. Carlos Clarens writes: ``, his career declined.

The coming of sound forced him to relinquish his studios in Nice. Rather than equip them for talking pictures, he chose instead to travel and pursue a writing career." Rex Ingram made only one talkie, filmed for Gaumont British Pictures in Morocco. The film was a not a commercial success and Ingram left the film business, returning to Los Angeles to work as a sculptor and writer. Interested in Islam as early as 1927, he converted to the faith in 1933. For his contribution to the motion picture industry he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1651 Vine Street. Ingram died of a cerebral hemorrhage in North Hollywood on 21 July 1950, aged 58, he was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in California. Critic Carlos Clarens wrote of Ingram: "A full-blown Irishman fascinated by the bizarre and the grotesque, Ingram was a writer of some talent. Pedestrian and pretentious, Ingram's films contain splendid flashes of macabre fantasy, such as the ride of the Four Horsemen in the Valentino epic, or the'ghoul visions' that bring about the death of the miser in The Conquering Power.

His more or less mystical bent was apparent in Mare Nostrum and The Garden of Allah, which he filmed in the Mediterranean and North Africa, respectively." Ingram's complete filmography as a director: Rex Ingram Research project on Ingram in Trinity College, Dublin Rex Ingram on IMDb Rex Ingram profile at Virtual History

Society for International Development

The Society for International Development, founded in Washington, D. C. United States, in 1957, is committed to stimulating dialogue and cooperation on global development issues, enhancing skills and understanding among development practitioners, providing a network for individuals and organizations working in various sectors of international development. Over the years, SID has been at the forefront of shaping the theory and practice of development, challenging existing practices and suggesting alternative approaches. Today, SID’s programme of work reflects the growing questioning of development as a point of reference for meaningful North-South dialogues. Accordingly, the Society’s focus has shifted from debates on how to advance development, to ways of opening up spaces for a reflection on how to ensure an agenda for social justice can be carried forward in a climate, conservative and inward looking. SID has a strong and vibrant network of individual and institutional members, local chapters and partner organisations, in more than 80 countries.

It works with more than 100 associations and institutions involving academia, students, political leaders and development experts, both at local and international level. SID’s consultative status The relevance of the society’s programmes is recognized by the special status that SID enjoys with the United Nations. SID enjoys the highest consultative status, Category I, with the United Nations Economic and Social Council as the Society operates in most fields of involvement of the United Nations. SID is a member of the board of the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Status with ECOSOC. SID additionally maintains consultative status with the Council of Europe, IFAD, International Labour Organization, FAO, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA and UNICEF; the SID Secretariat has been based in Rome since 1979. Additionally, SID opened a Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa in Nairobi in 2003. SID members elect the SID Governing Council via a mail ballot every four years.

The current council for the 2012-2015 period is: President: Mr. Juma Volter Mwapachu, Society for International Development, Tanzania Vice President: Jean Gilson, Senior Vice President and Information Technology at DAI Treasurer: Mr. René Grotenhuis, Chief Executive Officer Cordaid, The Netherlands Managing Director: Mr. Stefano Prato, Society for International Development Development is the flagship quarterly journal of the Society for International Development, published by the Palgrave Macmillan press. Since 1957 Development has explored the cutting edge issues of human-centred development. With alternative perspectives on civil society, development policy and community based strategies for livelihoods and social justice, Development keeps readers up to date on the challenging issues of today's changing world; the ISO 4 abbreviation for the journal is Development, but it is cited as Development. The Forum is the blog space of the Society for International Development devoted to collect and generate different opinions on topical issues and events of development.

Created in 2010 and led by the SID Secretariat, the Forum is a response to the numerous requests of sharing and networking within and around the SID network. It is the knowledge and resource sharing space of SID dedicated to all its members, chapters and friends worldwide. Join the Society for International Development and you will be part of a large and lively global network of individuals and institutions interested in development! Most SID members are organised into local chapters through which they have the opportunity to engage in development initiatives and events in their locale maintaining a strong link with the territory. If there is no chapter in the country or region where you live, you are welcome to join SID through the international secretariat; the Washington Chapter is the largest and most active chapter of the Society for International Development, with 150 member organizations and over a thousand individual members. SID-Washington's fourteen workgroups hold monthly events which connect a global forum of international development practitioners.

SID-Washington is a leading international development membership organization that provides a space for dialogue and bridges a dynamic community of individuals and institutions working in international development. SID-Washington is committed to three principal objectives: Stimulating dialogue and cooperation on global development issues Enhancing skills and understanding among development practitioners Providing a network for individuals and organizations working in various sectors of international developmentIn pursuing this mission, SID-Washington bridges diverse constituencies in order to serves as a knowledge broker that supports the generation and dissemination of ideas. J. Brian Atwood, former Administrator of USAID and Dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs Paul Collier, CBE, Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies and author of The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done about It Amb. John J. Danilovich, Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation Dr. Kemal Derviş, former Administrator of the UNDP and Director of the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution Dr. William Easterly, author of The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Ef

Flash (G.I. Joe)

Flash is a fictional character from the G. I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and animated series, he is the G. I. Joe Team's original laser rifle trooper and debuted in 1982, his real name is Anthony S. Gambello, his rank is that of corporal E-4. Flash was born in California, his primary military specialty is infantry and his secondary military specialty is electronics CBR. He is skilled in many aspects of electronic technology and equipment repair, has a master's degree in electronic engineering. Flash enlisted and received specialized training in the Army Electronics School, Chemical School and Covert Electronics, he was assigned to the Aberdeen Proving Ground's covert electronics division, where his new laser range finder lead him to be recruited by General Flagg. He is a qualified expert with the M16, M1911A1, XMLR-1A. Flash was first released as an action figure in 1982. All of the original sixteen figures from 1982 were released with "straight arms." The same figure was re-released in 1983 with "swivel-arm battle grip", which made it easier for figures to hold their rifles and accessories.

The swivel-arm version of the figure was included in the "Original Team" mail-away set in 1986. In the Marvel Comics G. I. Joe series, he first appeared in issue #1, as part of the first thirteen G. I. Joe soldiers, he went with the attack force to rescue noted pacifist Dr. Adele Burkhart, he and Breaker destroy Cobra's radar station and Burkhart is rescued. The two would team up again, they become part of the shuttle's crew. While on a spacewalk, Flash grabs a Cobra missile, manually diverts it and saves the lives of everyone involved. At the re-dedication of the team's underground headquarters and most of the original Joes were reassigned to administrative duties; this was not the end of his missions. He participates in the Joe invasion of the town of Springfield in issue #50. A soldier wearing his typical uniform discovers underground transport tunnels but this man refers to himself as Zap, another of Flash's original teammates. Flash makes a cameo in # 57. Flash was one of the few Joes not involved in the Cobra civil war.

He was involved in the aftereffects. A group of corrupt Pentagon generals framed the Joes as traitors and arrested the majority of the team; those Joes who could, including Flash and Roadblock, went underground. Dr. Burkhart, though still a pacifist, provides them with support; the fugitive Joes organize and pull off a rescue of General Hawk and longtime Joe ally General Hollingsworth from an enemy-controlled hospital. Due to the influence of Destro the Joe team is cleared of all charges. Flash trains new Joe recruits until the team was disbanded. Flash participates in the mission to stop a murderous madman. Joining him are Tripwire, Beach Head and Airtight. All are concerned with fellow Joe Chuckles, they discuss the possibility of having to shoot him. The foursome are captured and Wingfield tells Chuckles, as a test of loyalty, to choose a Joe to shoot. Despite this and the others all survive, he gets his turn to attack Cobra Island, being held by a revived Serpentor and his'Coil' army. Flash is part of a team sent in to destroy an EMP generator station.

He splits off from the group with the Joe computer expert Mainframe.'Coil' troops capture the two. All perish moments when the bomb destroys the station. Flash's last words were "Mission Accomplished". Flash's name was added to a G. I. Joe memorial at Arlington National Cememtary. In the Devil's Due crossover, Flash assists Sci-Fi in battling Autobots; the Joes swiftly establish friendly relations. He first appeared in the G. I. Joe animated series in the A Real American Hero mini-series, voiced by Frank Welker, his only major role came in the episode "Operation: Mind Menace". He joined Airborne in tracking down Cobra to a base on Easter Island after they kidnapped a Hawaiian girl who possessed psychic abilities. Airborne's brother Tommy was being kidnapped at the same time and the trauma of the event affected the psychic link Tommy and Airborne shared; the Joes were captured by Cobra and Cobra Commander used Tommy's abilities to animate two Easter Island heads into transforming into giant stone warriors and attacking the Joes.

Flash and Airborne fought off their attackers until they were rescued by Lady Jaye. Flash took part in the attack on Cobra's base atop K-12, he and Stalker teamed up to free the Hawaiian girl from Cobra's clutches. In G. I. Joe: The Movie, Flash can seen in the background during the Battle of Cobra-La. Flash appears as a playable character in the video game G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Flash at JMM's G. I. Joe Comics Home Page