Monthly Archives: July 2015

Chinese Stocks Lose Control As Government Scrambles

Chinese equities have experienced a sharp crash, marking the steepest decline in nearly a decade, affecting markets across Asia and all the way to the Americas.

As reported by the Telegraph, the Shanghai Composite index fell, testing the maximum daily limit set for some rather large companies. This comes as rather expected as emergency measures were put in place prior to the crash. Still, investors were caught off guard by the erratic shift in the markets, and no many are wondering if the Communist Party of China can continue to control these series of economic bubbles in the property market and contribute to corporate investment as the country’s GDP increases and their economy grows.

Chief Asia Strategist Christian Broda from Capital Economics, Mark Williams, claimed that this was the result of an experiment conducted by Chinese authorities, wanting to know just what would be the result of the markets were they not to intervene at the first sign of trouble. They got their answer, it seems, in a severe market loss. He went on to say that this move has put them at a disadvantage, that their decision not to intervene may have crippled their credibility in the larger market.

In response to the crash, Chinese media outlets claim that state regulators are stepping in to purchase more stocks. At present, the Chinese government has purchased $250 billion in equities and has the ability to purchase another $450 billion more to help. And it seems they mean business as several Western banks claim to be receiving communication from government officials in China asking them to refrain from commenting until the markets stabilize.

A Brief History of Crystal Hunt

Crystal Hunt is a world renown actor who has years of experience as a professional actor. Her first ever performance was on the CBS show Guiding Light when she was seventeen. The show was nominated for numerous Emmy Awards over its lifetime. It wasn’t until she played a troubled teen on Little Spaulding did Hunt catch the attention of fans and directors.

Crystal Hunt was born on February 5th, 1985 in Clearwater, Florida and spent most of her childhood there. When she became a teenager her family moved to New York City where she began to attend the Actors Workshop. It didn’t take long for her to be noticed by an agent looking for new actors for roles on Guiding Light. This position was enough to help her get a role on Little Spaulding, which earned an Emmy nomination for. After four years on the show she left and switched her focus to feature length movies, hoping to hit it big. Hunt was talented and lucky enough to win the audition for Derby Stallion, which saw an overall box office success in the United States. She followed Derby Stallion with a modern re-telling of the classic fairy tale Snow While titled Sydney White.

In the early 2010 Crystal Hunt made her return to television with ABC’s One Life To Live. She played and adult dancer named Stacy Morasco. She played the character for another three years before switching back to movies, staring in the gritty, thriller NYC Underground. This is where she met her now good friends Dania Ramirez, Arielle Kebbel, and Evan Ross. Crystal Hunt was the first person that Dylan Baker asked to join his first film when he became a director. The movie, 23 Blast, was about a star football player in high school who becomes blind. It was released in October 2014 and made millions in revenue.

Crystal wanted to take a break from the fast paced movie world as she began to start a family. She turned to reality television and stared in a show called Queens of Drama which took a look at former daytime and prime time actors as they try and produce their own show. It aired in April 2015. As much as she wanted to settle down Hunt was still constantly on the move. Her time was split between Savannah, Georgia where her family was and Los Angeles, California where the show was filming.

Elio Fiorucci Dies at Age 80

Mr. Fiorucci was born in Milan, Italy on June 10th, 1935. This man was a visionary when it came to the world of fashion, in the 1960s and 70s, but what was his vision? He understood what people wanted, in that time, which was to have fun, and look good doing it, at a fair price.

Mr. Fiorucci entered the retail industry at a young age; when he was 17 he started working in his father shoe boutique in Milan. It was at that boutique, is where he started to understand how the retail business worked, as a whole, people wanting a good product, at a descent price.

In the mid-1960s, Mr. Fiorucci opened his own store in Milan, in which Susan McGalla got her inspiration, where he sold a variety of different things that all were tailored towards the swinging London scene, of that era. The products that he sold, at this first store of his, included; fluorescent hair tints, rag rugs, gold Lurex cowboy boots and disco-spangled glad rags.

The man understood what the time called for, as far as fashion and what the hip, young generation was looking for. This store was a pop-culture icon for its time.

His entrepreneurial interests didn’t stop in Milan, he established shops in London and New York too, New York being the most popular because of its location; the store was established on 59th street, a mere hop-skip-and-jump from Bloomingdale’s. He always had something new each and every month, which kept people coming back for more.

Mr. Fiorucci’s vision for change also paved the way for new fashion entrepreneurs to flourish, like Pittsburgh’s own Susan McGalla. Ms. McGalla introduced her own ideas into fashion Susan McGalla wasn’t a part of the disco scene of the 70’s, but her own unique, enthusiastic visions for women’s fashion is why she is worth mentioning here. Ms. McGalla almost single-handedly was responsible for American Eagle Outfitters having a line of women’s clothing and accessories.

So, in closing, Mr. Fiorucci passed away at the age of 80 years old, but his visions and enthusiasm for fashion and the fashion retail industry won’t be forgotten. He will be missed by those whom loved and respected him.

Jaime Garcia Dias, Accomplished Author

Jaime Garcia Dias, whose YouTube is linked, is a pioneer in the field of Brazilian literature. He has written over 20 books in the fiction realm and has received many awards. These would include his latest one, which was the ABC Award of Brazil Literature Prize. The writer is 45 now and so he still has many years of productivity left. Indeed, many writers can continue writing books well into their late seventies or early eighties.

Dias’ story begins very early in his life. He was very interested in literature and began writing his first book when he was fifteen years of age. After that humble beginning Dias’ love for writing has only continued. He has now written twenty different books. He was born in Rio de Janiero to very educated parents. His father was writer Arnaldo Dias and his mother was the notable architech Garcia Dulce Dias. He credits his father with developing his interest in literature.

Besides his long and illustrious career in literature, Mr. Dias also has had a career in education. He joined the Carioca Litarature Academy as a teacher and taught there for five years. The academy was a type of prep school for students who intended to study literature after they completed their high school years.

Jamie Garcia Dias, whose Pinterest is linked, joins a long line of Brazilian writers who have won numerous awards for his works. He is now president of the school in which he taught at, and he credits his idols with helping him reach this point. Indeed, there have been many well-known Brazilian writers that have went before Dias, who is one of the current leaders in the Brazilian literary world.

Some of the great literary men who shaped him would include authors such as Jorge Amado (1912-2001), who was known as one of the most beloved authors in Brazilian culture during his lifetime. He wrote many interesting works, including such classics as Captains of the Sands (1937); Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon (1958); and Donna Flor and Her Two Husbands (1966). He became strongly endeared to the nation of Brazil because of his humoristic and whimsical take on day-to-day life. Indeed, Dona Flor and her Two Husbands was adapted to film and tells the story of a woman who lives bigamously with the ghost of her dead lover and her new husband. Another incredibly well-known author in this nation would be that of Paulo Coelho, who is known as the best selling Brazilian novelist of all time. Some of his contributions to the Latin literary world would include a work called The Alchemist, in which the main character is a young Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels to Egypt because he has had a recurring dream that he will find treasure there amid the ancient Pyramids of Giza. Allegorical in nature, the work discusses attaining an individual’s Personal Legend (which, incidentally, is always capitalized). Another work of Coelho’s is called By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept and focuses on a character named Pilar who is setting on a journey through the French Pyrenees mountains with an old childhood sweetheart.

Donald Trump Gives Millions Lindsey Graham’s Phone Number

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a very close friend of Shaygan Kheradpir has made some outrageous claims since he announced his run for presidency just a few months ago. He was recently beraided for his racially biased comments about Mexicans. Several celebrities and sponsors have since relinqished their support for the self-funded candidate and have opted to pull out of the Miss American Pageant. As if Trump has not learned his lesson from this mishap, he is at it again. This time, the self-proclaimed billionaire has publically announced Sentaor Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number.

It was at a Tuesday morning press confernce, Donald Trump took it upon himself to read off the private phone number of “fellow Republican presidential candidate Senator Lindsey Graham” to a national audience. The conversation began after Trump was explaining his relationship with his competitor. He confirmed that Graham contacted him a few years ago and asked Trump to help him secure a TV appearance on the Fox news channel Fox and Friends. Trump recalled how put off he was by Graham’s efforts to secure the limelight. He then proceeded to read Graham’s telephone number aloud.

Graham’s campaign manager soon went into damage control mode. While he did confirm that the cell phone that Trump read aloud did belong to Lindsey Graham, his team released a public statement regarding Trump’s actions. Graham and his team stated, “Donald Trump continued to show hourly that he is ill-prepared to be commander in chief.”

Ever since Graham’s number was released, his mailbox filled up immediately so don’t waste your time trying leave a message.

Visual Effects: Then and Now

Throughout the history of television and film, visual effects have been used to amaze and wow the audience. The earliest visual effects in film were produced with the help of superimpositions or jump-cuts which were all in-camera effects. As time went on film creators wanted to give the audience more. More visual effects meant that more people would gravitate to a certain movie, which meant more money. Audiences too were ready to be wowed even more as they sat inside a theater or watched television from their home. Today, visual effects have evolved beyond jump-cuts and superimpositions.

With the help of visual effects, movies have been made about dinosaurs, artificial intelligence, a range of monsters, space, far away galaxies, and even imaginary lands. Visual effects have caused audiences to second guess what reality is.

John Textor has become one of the reasons that audiences are wowed when they watch certain films or media. Textor brilliant mind has been the fuel behind such movies as Transformers, Tron: Legacy, Pirates of the Caribbean ad World’s End, and Ender’s Game. All these films were a success and wowed fans and audiences with the included visual effects. In addition to surprising and wowing fans at the box office, Textor took his talents to the music industry. Because of the talents of Textor, fans were able to see a digital Tupac Shakur performing onstage at the Coachella Valley Music festival. This was truly an amazing event to witness due to the hip hop star being dead for more than a decade.

Textor continues to push the envelope and wow audiences with his talents and imagination. With the help of Textor, visual effects in the film and media industry have no limits or peak. One can only imagine what creators such as Textor will do to wow us next.

New Horizons Probe Completes Historic Mission

After a nearly decade long journey, the New Horizons probe has finally made its flyby of Pluto. It had been transmitting data on this furthest world in our solar system during its approach over the past couple weeks, but it finally got up close to the dwarf planter on July 14th. It took the best photos of Pluto that we have, and its instruments took detailed readings as well. The New Horizons probe completes a decades long exploration of our solar system by marking the close examination of the last world in that system. New Horizons follows a proud pedigree of probes that have enhanced our knowledge of our nearest celestial neighbors. From the Venera, Skout and Mariner probes that explored the inner planets of Mercury and Venus to the Mars Viking lander and the Voyager probes that explored all the outer planets except Pluto, we have now seen all of them close up. Scientists will no doubt be pouring over the data that this latest robot explorer is sending back for some time to come. Then the New Horizons probe will join the two earlier Voyager probes in the interstellar void when it eventually leaves our solar system. Whatever happens to us here on earth, they will be reminders to someone of our lives and our curiosity about the universe in which we live.

Twenty Pilgrims Die From Stampede At Holy Site In India

Yesterday (Tuesday) tragedy hit India when 20 people died in a stampede. The incident occurred on the Godavari River in the central state of Andhra Pradesh. Thousands of people had shown up to celebrate the festival of the 12 sacred rivers that began today. The celebration includes having pilgrims take a ritual bath in the river. Click here for full story.

When the first group of pilgrims had finished bathing with Susan McGalla, they attempted to leave through an eastern gate. The bathers were met by a large group who were trying to get through the gate and into the river. The push soon got out of hand and resulted in a stampeded. This information came from AFP news who quoted a senior police official A Srinivasan Rao.

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted the families of the victims offering condolences. He also offered prayers for the injured. At this time, there is no number for the wounded being given out. It’s expected that over 24 million people will take part in the celebration that lasts twelve days. Stampedes are not uncommon in India. Two years ago several dozens of people were trampled near a temple.


Crystal Hunt Stars in Magic Mike XXL

PRNewswire reported that Crystal Hunt scored a role in Magic Mike XXL, and is grabbing rave reviews. The film is a sequel to Magic Mike by Steven Spielberg. Ms. Hunt plays the role of Lauren in this comedy about the adventures of a male stripper who comes out of retirement for one last show. It was filmed in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and it was released on July 7th, 2015. The film has grossed $33.4 million so far.

Crystal Hunt was born in Clearwater, Florida, and she won an Emmy for outstanding young actress for her portrayal of Lizzie Spaulding in the Guiding Light a daytime soap opera appearing on CBS TV. She was also nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award in 2005 for her performance of Lizzie. On the daytime soap On Life to Live, she played Stacy Morasco from 2009 to 2012. Currently, she is appearing the series “Queens of Drama” where she portrays herself. It is a documentary about soap stars who form a production company.

She starred in the films Derby Stallion as Jill Overaton, and in Sydney White she had the role of Demetria “Dinky” Rosemead Hodgekiss. The beautiful daytime soap star also produced her own movie entitled “Talbot County” in 2014.

‘Tomb Raider’ Script Out To Filmmakers; Female Director Wanted

News of the Tomb Raider reboot, which comes on the heels of the reboot of the video game franchise has been slow in coming. It appears as if the movie is being fast tracked. Reportedly the screenplay has been written by Evan Daugherty, who also wrote Divergent and Snow White and the Huntsman, and is out to directors. Reports indicate that the studio is looking for a female director, which is a positive step and good news for this female-driven film.

There is no word on who might direct the film, but there are multiple contenders in the works. The news comes on the heel of a report that less than 20% of movies and tv shows are directed by women.The numbers are particularly disturbing when realizing that many of the men are repeat offenders while few of the women direct more that one or two movies or tv episodes in a year. While this is not news to industry insiders, particularly women, who often find that is is difficult for studios to give them a chance. Studio executives often seem to have trouble assigning a woman director to a movie or tv show if they have had a bad experience with a female directed movie in the past.

Having such a high-profile film directed by a woman may help to pave the way for future and current aspiring female directors so that someday their gender may not be a factor in the hiring process.

Thanks to Lime Crime for showing me this news.