ASP Women’s WCT Returns to Maui

Stephanie Gilmore, five-time ASP Women’s World Champion #CookedNews

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is pleased to announce the addition of Maui as the final venue on the 2014 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) schedule. The event will take place at the world-famous Honolua Bay from November 24 through December 6, 2014.

‘Maui will always hold a special place in my heart,’ Stephanie Gilmore, five-time ASP Women’s World Champion, said. ‘It’s where I clinched my first world title and Honolua Bay was very good to me over the years. It’s a world-class wave and befitting of the talent we have on tour this season. What a fantastic way to end the year.”

A regular stop on the elite ASP Women’s WCT until 2009, Maui will offer the ASP Top 17 another quality platform on which to compete, further confirmation of the ASP’s commitment to putting the world’s best surfers on the world’s best waves.

‘The women of the ASP Top 17 are some of the most competitive, athletic and engaging role models in all of sports,’ Paul Speaker, ASP International CEO, said. ‘Having a platform of quality surf is foundational to providing them the opportunity to showcase their abilities as world-class athletes. Maui is a great addition to this season’s tour.’

2014 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour Schedule –

Roxy Pro Gold Coast: March 1 – 12, 2014

Margaret River Pro: April 2 – 13, 2014

Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach: April 16 – 27, 2014

Rio Women’s Pro: May 7 – 18, 2014

Fiji Women’s Pro: May 25 – 30, 2014

Vans US Open of Surfing: July 27 – August 3, 2014

Trestles Women’s Pro: September 9 – 20, 2014

Hossegor Women’s Pro: September 23 – 29, 2014

Cascais Women’s Pro: October 1 – 7, 2014

Maui Women’s Pro: November 24 – December 6, 2014

The first stop on the 2014 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour will be the Roxy Pro Gold Coast from March 1 – 12.


The prisoners of conscience of Sochi2014

Russian activist Yevgeny Vitishko

The re-arrest today of yet another environmental activist in Russia’s Krasnodar region where the Sochi Winter Olympic Games will open on 7 February, as well as his brief detention along with five colleagues last night, are more evidence of growing efforts to clamp down on civil society ahead of the Games, Amnesty International said.

 Igor Kharchenko of the Russian NGO Environmental Watch for North Caucasus (Ecologicheskaya Vakhta po Severnomu Kavkazu) is currently being held by police in Krasnodar, the regional capital, where they had arrived ahead of the Olympic torch relay. He was arrested today under the pretext that his car had been ‘involved in a crime’, shortly after three masked men had smashed in the front and back windows of the vehicle.

‘Just days away from the official opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics, the Russian authorities are using every trick in the book to muzzle freedom of expression and silence dissenting voices,’ said Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International’s Moscow Office.

Kharchenko is one of six activists from Environmental Watch who were also detained last night for several hours in Krasnodar before being released. They felt compelled to scrap plans for a Sochi launch of their report exposing environmental damage caused by the construction ahead of the Games.

Their detention came the same day that their fellow environmentalist Yevgeny Vitishko was arrested in the Krasnodar Region city of Tuapse and sentenced to 15 days of administrative detention, purportedly for swearing in public.

‘This spate of harassment of civil society activists bodes ill for the coming weeks, and raises fears that the Sochi Games will be a human rights-free zone. Even more troubling is what will happen to Russian activists after the Olympic medals are handed out and the international attention fades,’ said Sergei Nikitin.

‘Silencing civil society does nothing to increase security around the Sochi Games and instead broadcasts to the world how the Russian authorities are failing spectacularly to uphold and protect international human rights standards.

As the start of the Sochi Winter Olympics comes closer, harassment against civil society activists has intensified, Amnesty International said today after the arrest of an environmentalist for allegedly swearing in public.

Yevgeny Vitishko was arrested today in Tuapse, part of the Sochi area where the Games will take place. He has been reportedly charged with ‘petty hooliganism‘, allegedly for swearing previously at a bus stop. At a court hearing today he was sentenced to 15 days of administrative detention.

‘Vitishko’s name has now become synonymous with harassment of civil society activists in the run-up to Sochi Games. Vitishko and his friends have been trying to expose environmental violations during the preparation of the Sochi Olympics. For this they are being punished. By trying to lock him up as a ‘petty hooligan’ the authorities are trying to gag him,’ said Denis Krivosheev, Europe and Central Asia Deputy Programme Director.

‘The concern is what will happen to civil society after the closure of the Olympics after the international focus moves away.’

Yevgeny Vitishko and his fellow activists have been actively involved in protests regarding the deforestation and illegal construction and fencing in areas of protected forest around Sochi.

In 2012, he received a suspended sentence in connection with an environmental protest. Last December, a court in Tuapse ruled that he should serve three years in prison for violating a curfew associated with the suspended sentence. His appeal hearing was reportedly scheduled for 22 February 2014, but now all information regarding it has been conspicuously removed from the court’s website.

Amnesty International has already raised concern about his unfair trial which resulted in a court decision to send him to prison colony for three years. His arrest comes as he is awaiting his appeal hearing.

Vitishko’s supporters fear that he will be held in custody until the day of his appeal under administrative charges, and then be sent to a prison colony.

Rights groups have accused Russian officials of harassing activists and journalists in the Sochi area, detaining them on trumped-up charges.

The Olympics are projected to cost $51 billion, or more than every other Winter Olympics combined. The high price tag is being blamed on Sochi being extremely ill-suited to host an Olympics and rampant corruption.

On Wednesday, Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina were set to make their first public appearance in the United States after being released from a Russian prison (23dec.). They were scheduled to speak at a Brooklyn concert organized by the human rights advocacy group and featuring stars such as Madonna.

Alekhina said she wants Americans to look beyond the grandeur of the projects and buildings of the games.

‘They are foreign objects in Russia,’ she said. ‘The only thing that connects Russia to these objects is taxpayers’ money, which has been stolen and has been used to build these Olympic objects.’

Alekhina called on President Barack Obama to increase pressure on Russia over alleged human rights abuses, and said she and Tolokonnikova are handing over a petition to Putin to help ‘end this bullshit.’

‘Aren’t you sick of it all, Putin?’ Tolokonnikova asked.

International response to prior calls to boycott the games has garnered some largely symbolic gestures. Obama included three openly gay athletes in the official U.S. delegation to the Sochi Winter Olympics in a rebuke of Putin’s anti-gay laws. And Norwegian Health Minister Bent Høie said he is taking his male spouse to the opening ceremony. But twelve peaceful protesters remain incarcerated after police arrested them at the anti-Putin demonstrations in Moscow two years ago, the pair from Pussy Riot said.

Now that the band is an icon for the struggle against human rights abuses in Putin’s Russia, the two women said it will also act for the rights of prisoners in the United States.

Tolokonnikova and Alekhina said they plan to visit prisons and meet with nonprofit organizations to learn about the issue of solitary confinement in the U.S. ‘We’re very interested in the fact of how NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) in the U.S. work and collaborate with penitentiary institutions,’ Alekhina said. ‘One of our main goals is to exchange experience.’

‘Pussy Riot inspired a new generation of activists around the world, Samir Goswami, managing director of the Amnesty International USA program Individuals and Communities at Risk said, adding that their supporters followed in the footsteps of those who helped Amnesty International obtain the release of some 44,000 prisoners since its international inception in 1961.

‘Pussy Riot were street performers,’ he said. At the subway, on the streets, they would call on people to take their rights seriously. ‘There are street performers in the U.S. whom we pass every day, but we don’t realize that they can help elevate human rights to the global conversation.’

‘They found a lot of support from folks in the U.S., especially from Russia’s diaspora community in Brooklyn, who called passionately for their release,’ Goswami said. ‘But they’re also learning about the prison conditions in the U.S. and plan on doing some research here.’

Kremlin Suspends Questioned Reform of Wildlife Reserves. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to amend recent environmental legislation that critics said could allow for real estate development in Russia’s protected territories. A law passed in December allows for the downgrading of any of the 102 Russian wildlife reserves to natural parks, where construction is permitted under certain conditions.

The law, which passed quickly through parliament, caused outcry from eco-activists, who said it could be exploited to build commercial real estate in wildlife reserves.

Krasnodar is a city located in the Southern Russia based on the Kuban River situated 80 kilometers away to the North East of the Black sea port. The prevailing political stability and the numerous administrative efforts taken by the regional administration has made the Krasnodar region one of the most favorable investment destinations in Russia.

More than 60 countries have investment cooperation in this region and 773 companies having foreign capital are already part of the regions economy. Majority of the FDI coming in this region is mainly concentrated on food industries, woodworking and fuel.

To finance venues and apartments in the Caucasus Mountains and along Sochi’s coast, state-owned Vnesheconombank, known as VEB, lent $7.4 billion to a who’s who of Russia’s elite. Among the biggest loan recipients are companies controlled byVladimir Potanin, chief executive of OAO GMK Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest nickel producer. Joining him are Oleg Deripaska, chief executive of United Co. Rusal, the No. 1 aluminum company; Alexey Miller, chief of state-controlled gas provider OAO Gazprom; and German Gref, chief of state-controlled OAO Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank.


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Festino di Santa Rosalia 388: torna in mostra La Peste

LA PESTE un progetto di Alessandro Bazan

La Peste è il titolo della mostra che inaugurerà presso le prestigiose, e al contempo decadenti, sale del piano nobile di Palazzo Costantino, sito in Via Maqueda 217, nei pressi dei Quattro Canti di Città, la sera del14 luglio 2012, in concomitanza con il Festino di Santa Rosalia. Sarà poi aperta al pubblico solo nel giorno di domenica 15 luglio e vedrá le opere ‘site specific‘ realizzate da circa 50 tra giovani artisti e personalità più consolidate dell’arte contemporanea, in maniera da coinvolgere e connettere le stesse sale del Palazzo con la cittadinanza e portare a conoscenza di quest’ultima, questo importante monumento abbandonato da circa 60 anni, saccheggiato e vessato, che sarà – per la prima volta – visitabile grazie all’ospitalità degli attuali proprietari.

Il percorso della mostra sarà un momento di riflessione sulle attuali condizioni in cui l’intera città versa, al culmine del suo degrado e della sua apparentemente atavica decadenza, proprio per questo il titolo.

La Peste vuole allegorizzare una condizione nella quale il morbo sussiste ancora e permea tutta la struttura della città e al contempo un rinnovato bisogno di un atto che la liberi ancora una volta da questo flagello. Un’azione laica che si fonde all’esperienza religiosa che la festa stessa incarna nella sua 388° edizione.
 La maggior parte dei lavori degli artisti saranno pertanto mimetici e specifici, costruiti all’interno delle rovine del Palazzo per dare luce più alla incredibile condizione in cui esso versa, che alla singolarità delle opere stesse nella speranza di sensibilizzare i cittadini e spronare tutti ad un cambiamento che deve arrivare, al più presto possibile.

Artisti in mostra:
Giuseppe Adamo, Sergio Amato, Vincenzo Amenduni, Paolo Amico, Sabrina Annaloro, Stefania Artusi, Alessandro Bazan, Fausto Brigantino, Andrea Buglisi, Maria Carato, Mirko Cavallotto, Tania Contorno, Francesco Costantino, Angelo Crazyone, Andrea Curti, Francesco Cuttitta, Giacomo D’Aguanno, Sergio D’Amore, Dimitri Daniele, Claudia Di Gangi/ Iringó Réti, Francesco De Grandi, Alessandro Di Giugno, Andrea Di Marco, Fulvio Di Piazza, Martina Di Trapani, Fada Full, Fare Ala, Ezio Ferreri, Francesco Fontana, Cristian Gambino, Giulio Gebbia, Simone Geraci, Nino Giafaglione, Linda Glorioso, Silvia Glorioso, Valentina Glorioso, Loredana Grasso, Laboratorio Saccardi, Salvo Lo Nobile, Federico Lupo, Andrea Mineo/Dario Lo Cicero, Alfonso Montana, Sebastiano Mortellaro, Fabiola Nicoletti, Marta Ojeda Fernandez, Gianluca Paterniti, Anna Sefora Quartararo, Roberto Rinella, Stefania Romano, Fabio Sgroi, Vito Stassi, Andrea Stepkova, Francesco Tagliavia, William Marc Zanghi.

organizzazione: Alessandro Bazan comunicazione: Tiziana Pantaleo cura: Salvatore Daví

14 e 15 luglio 2012
Inaugurazione sabato 14 luglio 2012 (su invito)
Apertura al pubblico domenica 15 luglio, dalle 10:00 alle 19:00

La diretta Web

Quest’anno il Festino di Santa Rosalia, la festa dedicata alla patrona a cui la città è   devota perché salvata dalla peste, per la prima volta sarà trasmesso in diretta streaming. Nell’ambito di questa edizione gli utenti della Rete potranno seguire il Corteo del 14 sera, a partire dalla ore 9.30, sul sito www.festinodisantarosalia.itPiattaforma la stessa che ha utilizzato Michele Santoro per servizio pubblico. Utilizzando il codice embeded, pubblicato da questa mattina sul sito, sarà possibile seguire la diretta anche  anche tramite supporti mobili, i-phone o smart-phone e tramite pc.

La Festa più antica del Mediterraneo

Il Festino di Santa Rosalia o la Santuzza, è una grande festa popolare che richiama a Palermo centinaia di migliaia di fedeli e di turisti, che accorrono attratti dallo spettacolare Corteo Trionfale che si svolge – ogni anno diverso – nel cuore della città, la sera del 14 luglio, da ben 388 edizioni. Questo ne fa la festa più longeva tra quelle dei Paesi del Mediterraneo, ma anche la più sontuosa, la sola che abbia tenuto fede agli stilemi opulenti della festa barocca.  

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L’occhio nero di Lady Gaga colpita con un palo da un ballerino durante un concerto

Se non lo avete ancora visto ecco qua l’occhio nero di Lady Gaga, colpita, ma non a morte, da un ballerino durante un concerto in Nuova Zelanda. La star del pop, potente ma non abbastanza da superare J Lo, la ultra milionaria Jennifer Lopez considerata da Forbes la più potente delle donne, è la corsia preferenziale su Twitter di oggi e forse anche di domani.

Facendo fede sui corsi e ricorsi della storia, l’artista non manca un appuntamento con i fan su Internet. I little monsters, come li chiama Miss Germanotta, e non masters, la seguono pedissequamente. Ma attenzione, star o stella del firmamento, ma con estrema umiltà. Lady Gaga non disdegna di condividere con i suoi ammiratori, migliaia milioni, su Twitter, anche foto del suo mondo privato. Stanza d’albergo, camerino, backstage, casa, insomma poco prima di uno spettacolo o subito dopo lo show, anche Lady G contribuisce al must go on senza fine. 

Questa volta lo fa con l’hastag del momento #The edge of Tara. CookedNews è andata a scoprire chi è Miss Tara.

Tara Savelo è la makeup artist Gaga. Ed è stata proprio lei a comunicare con fan subito dopo l’incauto gesto sul palco di Auckland da parte di un ballerino durante l’esibizione di JUDAS. ‘Lady Gaga suffered a concussion due to the strong blow – ha twittato @TaraSavelo – Gaga has a concussion But she is going to be okay. She wants u to know she loves u. I’m taking care of her. cant believe she finished the show’.

‘Emerging from hours of sleep. Still remiss if I should go outside, with this clonker I may be of questionable‘  risponde la cantante ed ecco l’autoscatto con l’occhio nero.

So Tara I Could Die.#ReplaceASongWithTara  dice la singer oggi su Twitter e ancora I’m on #TheEdgeofTara@ladygaga The Edge Of Tara #ReplaceASongWithTara. E seguendo il suggerimento della cantante torniamo indietro di qualche anno, al Live in Paris con Hair.


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