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Live & Love Short Film Competition to destigmatise HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus)

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Budding film makers are being challenged to shoot cinematic flicks designed to destigmatise HSV – the Herpes Simplex Virus commonly associated with cold sores and genital herpes – as part of the inaugural Live & Love Short Film Competition.

The competition, coordinated by The Australian Herpes Management Forum (AHMF), is inviting students (film, media, journalism, advertising and medicine), the film and media industry, and pop culture enthusiasts nation-wide to create high-quality, 30-second- long films that explore HSV and educate viewers about its prevalence, while encouraging open discussion about the virus in order to reduce its stigma.

The finalist films will be showcased, and the winners announced at the exclusive Live & Love Short Film Competition Awards – a red carpet event to be held in Sydney on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 – the evening prior to Herpes Awareness Day (Wednesday, October 20, 2010).

According to 2009 Tropfest winner, Genevieve Clay, short films are an excellent medium for exploring subjects that can be difficult to discuss openly and honestly with one’s inner circle as well as healthcare providers.

“Short films allow viewers to be transported from the real world for long enough to open their minds to subjects they would normally dismiss.

“Challenging people to create films on topics considered to be taboo, such as HSV, is a great way to explore the raw creative talents of film makers aiming to alter public perception through their work,” said Ms Clay.

This groundbreaking competition, themed Let’s talk about HSV, encourages entrants to use short films to debunk myths about herpes and facilitate conversation in the community about a virus affecting one in eight sexually active Australian adults.

Film makers have until September 24, 2010 to write, shoot and edit short films designed to destigmatise herpes. The Live & Love website, www.liveandlove.com.au, provides entrants with competition and voting details and information about HSV and support services, including a list of sexual health experts.

Finalists will be invited to Sydney to mingle with a host of arts industry representatives, including Genevieve Clay and the well known ABC series ‘Beached Az’ creators, Anthony MacFarlane & Jarod Green, at the Live & Love Short Film Competition awards screening on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. The event, to be held in Sydney, will showcase five shortlisted finalist entries and five People’s Choice award winners before the official announcement of the Judges’ Choice award.
A total prize purse of $15,000 is up for grabs. The winner of the Judges’ Choice Award, to be decided by a panel of celebrity, medical and patient judges, will clinch $10,000 cash, while the five People’s Choice Award winners will take away $1,000 each.
The People’s Choice Awards will be granted to the films that receive the highest number of public votes at www.liveandlove.com.au.
According to sexual health physician, Dr Catriona Ooi, “The Live & Love Short Film Competition presents a fantastic opportunity for film makers to encourage discussion about HSV and pass on the message that people living with the virus are not alone.

“By talking publicly about HSV, we can help break the stigma and shame felt by those affected,” Dr Ooi said.

To register in the Live & Love Short Film Competition, or for more information, go to www.liveandlove.com.au.

Live & Love Short Film Competition to destigmatise HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus)

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Budding film makers are being challenged to shoot cinematic flicks designed to destigmatise HSV – the Herpes Simplex Virus commonly associated with cold sores and genital herpes – as part of the inaugural Live & Love Short Film Competition.

The competition, coordinated by The Australian Herpes Management Forum (AHMF), is inviting students (film, media, journalism, advertising and medicine), the film and media industry, and pop culture enthusiasts nation-wide to create high-quality, 30-second- long films that explore HSV and educate viewers about its prevalence, while encouraging open discussion about the virus in order to reduce its stigma.

The finalist films will be showcased, and the winners announced at the exclusive Live & Love Short Film Competition Awards – a red carpet event to be held in Sydney on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 – the evening prior to Herpes Awareness Day (Wednesday, October 20, 2010).

According to 2009 Tropfest winner, Genevieve Clay, short films are an excellent medium for exploring subjects that can be difficult to discuss openly and honestly with one’s inner circle as well as healthcare providers.

“Short films allow viewers to be transported from the real world for long enough to open their minds to subjects they would normally dismiss.

“Challenging people to create films on topics considered to be taboo, such as HSV, is a great way to explore the raw creative talents of film makers aiming to alter public perception through their work,” said Ms Clay.

This groundbreaking competition, themed Let’s talk about HSV, encourages entrants to use short films to debunk myths about herpes and facilitate conversation in the community about a virus affecting one in eight sexually active Australian adults.

Film makers have until September 24, 2010 to write, shoot and edit short films designed to destigmatise herpes. The Live & Love website, www.liveandlove.com.au, provides entrants with competition and voting details and information about HSV and support services, including a list of sexual health experts.

Finalists will be invited to Sydney to mingle with a host of arts industry representatives, including Genevieve Clay and the well known ABC series ‘Beached Az’ creators, Anthony MacFarlane & Jarod Green, at the Live & Love Short Film Competition awards screening on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. The event, to be held in Sydney, will showcase five shortlisted finalist entries and five People’s Choice award winners before the official announcement of the Judges’ Choice award.
A total prize purse of $15,000 is up for grabs. The winner of the Judges’ Choice Award, to be decided by a panel of celebrity, medical and patient judges, will clinch $10,000 cash, while the five People’s Choice Award winners will take away $1,000 each.
The People’s Choice Awards will be granted to the films that receive the highest number of public votes at www.liveandlove.com.au.
According to sexual health physician, Dr Catriona Ooi, “The Live & Love Short Film Competition presents a fantastic opportunity for film makers to encourage discussion about HSV and pass on the message that people living with the virus are not alone.

“By talking publicly about HSV, we can help break the stigma and shame felt by those affected,” Dr Ooi said.

To register in the Live & Love Short Film Competition, or for more information, go to www.liveandlove.com.au.

Bundanoon Highland Gathering Inc. Presents "Tossing the Caber"

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Tossing the Caber:
“Desire for strength is greatest where manliness is strongest”

“When you have the caber balanced in the cup of your hand, a
little dancing around can help you keep yourself in control, but
the best advice there is if you feel you are losing it is ‘get out from
under it!'” From an instruction book

Surely the quintessential event at any Highland Games is the tossing of the caber. It has been written about since the 16th Century, yet most people today see it as a bit eccentric, if not quite a mad thing to attempt. It looks
difficult and it is.

What are its origins?

According to David Webster in his book Scottish Highland Games, the most probable is that it was devised by Scottish woodsmen in their leisure time and maybe came from the practice of throwing tree trucks into the river for easy transport. An old saying tells us that the “Desire for strength is greatest where manliness is strongest” so it is more than likely that contests
involving strength and skill were popular with these brawny lads. With logs readily available, caber tossing would be easy to arrange and would appeal to their taste in sport. So foresters most likely brought the sport to
the games. Another theory lays the origin in a military discipline to breach fortifications and barriers — yes Scotland is a harsh country requiring hard men!
The dimensions of the caber (or cabar in Gaelic) can vary but the norm is 18ft (5.3m) long and weighs over 150lbs (68kg).
Contrary to popular belief, the caber is not thrown for distance but as a measurement of strength, accuracy and skill. The idea is to attempt to throw and upturn the caber so that it rests like a hand of a clock at 12 noon.

The winner will be the toss that comes as close as possible to this position. Three tosses are allowed and all three are scored to determine the winner.
As you watch the action on the field see if you can identify the 4 basic steps;
. The ‘pick’ where the competitor lifts the caber off the
group — and the other get well out of the way!
. The ‘approach’ where the athlete get momentum
going by running forward but first performs the little
balancing dance
. The ‘plant’ when both feet take root to provide a good
throwing platform
. The ‘toss’ where the caber is actually flipped end over
end (or at least attempted)

Of course in this era of equal opportunity we welcome young fit lassies to take the challenge and so at Brigadoon we have a women caber tossing championship alongside that of the lads.
Enjoy the spectacle and marvel at the strength and skill!
Tossing the Caber:
“Desire for strength is greatest where manliness is strongest”

Think Canberrians are Funny? Upload Your Best Cracker of a Joke to Win $5000!

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Carr''s Cracker of a Joke!
If you think you’ve got Australia’s best cracker of a joke, then you could be in the running to win $5,000!

From Cronulla to Coffs Harbour, Carr’s Crackers is on the lookout for the funniest Aussie joke of all time with the winner snaring a whopping five grand – this is nothing to giggle at.

To enter, simply visit www.australiasbestrcracker.com, upload your cracker of a joke and get your friends, family and fans voting. The person with the most unique votes wins!

While you’re there, you can also read other entries that have been posted while having a good laugh.

Throughout the competition famous Australian’s will also be invited to upload their favourite gag, so be sure you continually check out the site to keep an eye on your competition.

CANBERRA'S SPRING FAIR

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Canberra''s Spring Fair Saturday September 11
CANBERRA’S SPRING FAIR

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 11
10am – 2pm

Macarthur Scout Hall
54 Coyne St (just of Isabella Drive, in front of the mpowerdome)
Macarthur

A fabulous array of stalls, food and entertainment providing a great day out for the family, catch up with girlfriends and/or find unique gifts

A TRUE CELEBRATION OF LOCAL ARTISANS

Entertainment by Bellyup Belly Dancers & DrumSkunned African Drummers

From the unusual to the unique, there will be an impressive showcase of health & wellbeing, and handmade arts and craft on display with plenty to appeal to both locals and visitors.

Candles, Jewellery, general Art & Craft, Gemstones, Crystals, cakes, slices & scones, Greek Food Stall, classic Aussie Sausage Sizzle, Olive Oil products, Aromatherapy products, all natural skincare, Pottery, Glass & Tile art, gardenware, Clairvoyants, Seated Massage, Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, cool drinks and so much more …..

Educational enlightenment in Shanghai

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Shanghai - a bustling city.
Educational enlightenment in Shanghai
By Rama Gaind

You don’t need to check out reports and delve into facts and figures to realise that more Indians are now travelling abroad than ever before. Compared to a decade ago, it’s not uncommon these days to see, bump into or even talk to Indians on the streets of a foreign land!
It’s not unusual then to build up acquaintances, and to feel an instant comraderie, with someone you’ve never met before – even if it is for a short time.
While popular destinations for Indians have always been the US, UK or Europe, now Singapore, Australia, the Middle East and China are proving to be the favoured spots.
Even meeting one Indian on my visits overseas I have found to be a bonus in the past, but on my recent visit to China, it was heart-warming to meet a few of them during my short stay.
At the airport in Shanghai, I spoke briefly with Sanjay Jaitly who had come to investigate business options from Kanpur; another man from Chennai, who was working there, said a fleeting hello; I saw three separate family groups at my hotel, in the street and at the Shanghai Museum, all supporting cameras, eagerly checking out the sights.
Colonel Rajwant Singh, of Jalandhar, and Brigadier Raza, of Pakistan, were taking in the sights of the museum along with a group of defence personnel and mingling with another contingent from Bangladesh.
After having spoken to my fellow countrymen, the few hours I spent at this large museum of ancient Chinese art was further made memorable.
Boasting 120,000 Chinese art pieces and archaeological findings, the Shanghai Museum is an architectural showpiece. Seen sideways, it resembles an ancient tripod, with a glassed rooftop dome which is modelled on a Han Dynasty mirror.
Permanent exhibits feature an amazing array of paintings, ceramics and bronzes, among other artefacts
Divided into 11 galleries and three exhibition halls, the galleries cover most of the major categories of Chinese art: Ancient Bronze, Ancient Ceramics, Paintings, Calligraphy, Ancient Sculpture, Ancient Jade, Coins, Ming and Qing Furniture, Seals, and Minority Nationalities.
Exquisite bronze ware of the Shang and Zhou dynasties contribute to an understanding of ancient civilization with more than 400 pieces.
Among the more than 500 pieces in the ceramics collection are artwork from various dynasties, such as painted and grey pottery from the Neolithic age, the well-known tri-colored glazed pottery from the Tang Dynasty, blue, white and black glazed as well as painted porcelain from the Song, Jin and Liao, and the brilliant works from Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, the centre of the industry during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.
The Gallery of Chinese Ancient Sculpture focuses mainly on Buddhist sculptures, while
Chinese paintings and calligraphy provide an insight into the overwhelming traditions and exclusive national styles.
In 8000-year history of jade carving, China has produced countless great artists and highly skilled artisans. Jade in ancient China was both decoration and the symbol of wealth and power.
Over the years, minority nationalities have contributed some of their own colourful cultures which can also be viewed from clothes to textiles, artwork, sculptures, pottery and metal, lacquer and bamboo wares.
Enlightenment comes in many ways, but to appreciate the educational aspects, a visit to the museum is essential. In line with a Chinese saying: “It is better to see for oneself than to hear many times”.
Rama Gaind was a guest of Helen Wong’s Tours

'Inception' is a challenging, mesmerising journey

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Film: Inception
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard
Screenwriter/co-Producer/Director: Christopher Nolan
Reviewer: Rama Gaind

It’s a mind-boggling premise, but one that makes for compelling viewing: a rogue operative intent on extracting people’s secrets after ‘entering’ their minds.
That’s exactly what Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) does: as an infiltrator of other people’s minds, he’s able to roam at will through their dreamscapes and pinch the buried secrets.
What’s more, this ‘extractor’ goes a step further – therein comes the film’s title – and plants a dangerous thought in their mind. How audacious is that?
This sci-fi thriller is multi-layered where the extraordinary screenplay challenges us to envisage that time simultaneously moves at four different speeds – and shows how in one particular scene.
Intellectually challenging, British director Christopher Nolan (‘Batman the Dark Knight’, ‘Memento’) has excelled in the presentation of this bold concept.
Not only that, he has also presented images in a storyline that’s easily absorbed. Nolan weaves a multi-layered gossamer labyrinth that draws you in.
The film is said to be inspired by the experience of dream incubation and lucid dreaming.
The storyline for ‘Inception’ started developing almost 10 years ago. That took a lot of resilience and patience. It was certainly worth the wait: this is a phenomenal result on celluloid – and it’s just mesmerising!

Geoscience by Night

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To celebrate National Science Week 2010, Geoscience Australia is hosting two nights of public lectures.

Tuesday 17 August: Australia’s Energy and Groundwater Resources
Wednesday 18 August: Environment

Find out how geoscience knowledge is being applied to secure our energy for the future and to better understand and manage the environment.

Doors open at 5.30pm, and speakers commence at 6pm.
Light refreshments will be served.

Welcome to Miami with Chrissy L Accessories

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Chrissy L ''Welcome to Miami'' Campaign Shot.
THE SPRING SUMMER MIAMI SHOOT -TAKING THE LABEL INTERNATIONAL!

Welcome to Miami -Playground of the Rich & Famous!

Glamour, confidence, sex appeal and a lifestyle you can only dream of make this the 9thCollection from Designer Chrissy Leighton her most daring and fashion forward yet.

Designer Chrissy Leighton shot the ‘Welcome to Miami’ Collection Campaign in arguably one of the world’s most beautiful locations; Miami, Florida and the results speak for themselves -showcasing this collection to its fullest potential.

The color palette across the pieces really resonates the feeling of Spring/Summer -a reawakening with vibrant Turquoise, Coral, White, and Blacks mixed with the customary Chrissy L Bling.

“The collection marks a journey for me as a designer and allows me to play and take chances on pieces that will make you not only feel beautiful but stand you ahead of the fashionista pack”, says Designer Chrissy Leighton.

‘Welcome to Miami’ recently showcased to Stylists and Celebrities in the US Market and the response has blown the accessories world out of the world with its daring presentation and it’s Luxe for Less Appeal Chrissy L Accessories is continually moving towards a position where any woman can feel beautiful in any situation.

Appearances on some of the world most recognisable women also show that the label is making leaps and bounds in the industry from red carpet turns at the Oscars with Tina Fey and shopping expeditions in Beverly Hills with Britney Spears the label is finding its place in the celebrity world but the Chrissy L girl and the message she shares is that beauty is for every woman -the Chrissy L girl is you and you too deserve to stand out whatever the occasion.

‘Welcome to Miami’ and make your Spring/Summer 2010 be everything you want it to be -fill it with love, beauty, good times and great friends -Chrissy L is by your side until our next adventure together.

Visit www.chrissyl.com.au/cart/ to view entire collection.

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Election 2010: There is no choice – build a socialist alternative

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Election 2010: There is no choice – build a socialist alternative John Passant will be talking about the ‘no choice election’ and the need to build a socialist alternative at the University of Canberra on Wednesday 18 August at 1 pm in 22 B 25 (ie room 25 on level B of Building 22 above the retro cafe). Election 2010: There is no choice – build a socialist alternative.

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Accor hotels accelerate expansion in India

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Chairman and CEO of Accor Gilles Pellison.
By Rama Gaind
A new investment fund is set to accelerate the expansion of the Accor hotel brand in India with initial assets valued at approximately US$325 million.
Accor and InterGlobe have announced the establishment of the fund for a portfolio of India hotel assets, and subject to necessary regulatory approvals, an affiliate of Pacifica Partners (Pacifica) will take a significant stake of up to 36% equity in the fund. Accor and InterGlobe will each hold 32% equity in the fund.
The fund will initially hold the assets for seven hotels in India which are currently jointly owned by Accor and InterGlobe, representing 1,750 rooms. Accor’s first property in India – Novotel Juhu Beach – opened in Mumbai in July 2009. This flagship property epitomises luxury. Spread over 2.5 acres of a scenic beachfront site, Novotel has 203 guest rooms and suites with views overlooking the Arabian Sea.
The new hotel developments are all in key gateway cities of India with prime locations including at the recently opened Delhi International Airport, one of Asia’s newest and largest airports. All seven hotels will open between 2011 and 2013. They are: 1.Pullman Delhi International Airport, 270 rooms 2.Novotel Delhi International Airport, 400 rooms 3.Novotel Bangalore Outer Ring Road, 220 rooms 4.Novotel Chennai SIPCOT, 180 rooms 5.Novotel Chennai Old Mahabalipuram Road, 160 rooms 6.Ibis hotel Bangalore Outer Ring Road, 330 rooms 7.Ibis hotel Chennai Old Mahabalipuram Road, 190 rooms.
The chairman and CEO of Accor Gilles Pelisson says, “The establishment of this fund demonstrates Accor’s ability to enter new markets through effective partnerships, creating a portfolio of high quality assets and then realising the potential of these assets”.
“The investment of Pacifica into this fund provides a platform for further growth in the strategic market of India where Accor and InterGlobe have already created an extensive development pipeline.” According to group managing Director, InterGlobe Enterprises Rahul Bhatia: “We are committed to growth in the hotel sector in India.
The establishment of this new investment fund represents our intention to expand our footprint of upper midscale and upscale hotels in India”. Managing director of Pacifica Partners Peter Meyer indicated that, “India at this time is one of the most attractive lodging growth opportunities in the world. Pacifica views this fund as an excellent vehicle to take advantage of this compelling market by teaming up with Accor and InterGlobe, who together provide international hotel brands and operations with strong domestic capabilities”.
The fund provides a new growth platform with investment focused predominantly in the upper midscale and upscale segments. New assets may be acquired into the fund in the future. In the five years since entering India with a joint venture arrangement with InterGlobe Enterprises, Accor has opened eight hotels. In India, Accor is deploying hotel brands ranging from luxury through to budget offering the most comprehensive portfolio of any international hotel operator in the country today. A further 43 hotels are committed in the country – including the portfolio of seven involved in the new investment fund.
A majority of these hotels are under construction and 25 of the hotels are scheduled for completion in the next two years. Background Accor, the world’s leading hotel operator and market leader in Europe, is present in 90 countries with 4,100 hotels and close to 500,000 rooms. Accor’s broad portfolio of hotel brands – Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Novotel, Suite Novotel, Mercure, Adagio, Ibis, All Seasons, Etap Hotel, Formule 1, hotelF1 and Motel 6, and its related activities, Thalassa Sea & Spa and LenĂ´tre – provide an extensive offer from luxury to budget. With 145,000 employees worldwide, the group offers to its clients and partners nearly 45 years of expertise.
Established in 1989, InterGlobe Enterprises is a travel corporation with a vision to deliver value to its stakeholders, clients and customers through dedicated business units that perform specialist roles Pacifica Partners Private Limited is the asset manager to a joint venture hotel investment company established by an affiliate of GIC Real Estate Pte. Ltd. and Host Hotels & Resorts.

'In the Electric Mist': expect the unexpected

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Tommy Lee Jones stars ''In the Electric Mist'' (Madman).
Film on DVD: ‘In the Electric Mist’
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman, Peter Sarsgaard, Kelly MacDonald, Mary Steenburgen, Buddy Guy, John Sayles, Ned Beatty
Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Distributor: Madman Entertainment
Reviewer: Rama Gaind

Expecting the unexpected is of the essence in this thriller which shows how easy it is for sins of the past to resurface.

This adaptation of James Lee Burke’s popular series of mystery novels moves at a slow pace, but holds you in its grip.

Tommy Lee Jones plays the anti-hero cop Dave Robicheaux who is hunting a serial killer who targets young women.

His meets up with Hollywood couple Elrod Sykes (Sarsgaard) and his girlfriend Kelly (MacDonald) who are shooting a new film in town with the backing of local crime boss Baby Feet Balboni (Goodman.

Elrod tells Dave he saw a decomposed corpse of a black man in chains in the swamp. This revelation unleashes past memories for Dave who comes to think that the two cases are linked.

The eerie backwater of rural Louisiana lends weight to the quick-changing ethical backdrop.

It’s all just right for the hard-bitten searcher.