A section from the Yellow Submarine painting by Alex Rossfeaturing the Blue MeaniesWith everyone happy with the outcome of the first collaboration, Apple Records heads decided last year to commission the follow up series. Each of the four prints captures on of the Beatles in a portrait style, as well as imagery from the film surrounding their characters. He quickly finished the first two, the John Lennon and Ringo Starr pieces and has been hard at work finishing the Paul McCartney and George Harrison versions to accompany them. The upcoming Apple Records re-release of The Beatles legendary film Yellow Submarine just got a little more powerful…super powerful actually. The Label tapped fan favorite comic book painter Alex Ross to provide a series of profile paintings, entitled John, Paul, George and Ringo. Ross’s photo-realistic style and his uncanny ability to make the fantastic plausible was a perfect match for bringing the unique designs of artist Heinz Edelmann to life. Yellow Submarine‘s release is seen as something of a landmark in animation history, heralding a new age of art house acceptance.Alex Ross burst onto the comics scene with Marvels, a mini series showing the world of super heroes through the eyes of the people on the street. It was an instant sell out and has been reprinted dozens of times. His paintings made the colorful heroes and villains look incredibly lifelike. From an early age, Ross had been a big fan of the rich visual spectacles of the comic book world, and found himself studying the vastly different styles of the different artists. At the American Academy of Art in Chicago, he perfected his blending of neo-classical painting with the kinetic styles of comics legends like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Bernie Wrightson. He quickly developed a reputation as the go to artist when it came to portraying the most iconic versions of any character he painted. Superman by Alex RossRoss’s first attempt at a Beatles image, a beautiful 6 foot wide example of his famous panoramas highlighting the characters from the movie made even him nervous. “I was warned at the outset that they might not get approval from the [John Lennon and George Harrison] estates to release it formally — that it was a kind of test. I thought I might not get another chance at this, so I wanted to put everything plus the kitchen sink in one piece of art.” Luckily for Ross, his renditions of Edelmann’s visionary work wowed everyone. John by Alex RossRingo by Alex RossRoss gushed “Yellow Submarine has also been one of my favorite films since I was six years old. The opportunity to work with the Beatles’ likenesses in the very inspired context of the ‘Yellow Submarine’ film is an absolute dream come true. There is so much I love about these men, their legacy and this film.” The artist is excited to unveil the finished series when the box set goes on sale April 30th at the Beatles store in the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Until they’re available for purchase, let’s have a small look at the last two prints in the series and another of Ross’s detailed production drawings. Information for this article was gathered from Rolling Stone, Comic Book Resources and AlexRoss.com
“The Rant” took place on Feb. 19, 2009, less than a month after President Barack Obama’s inauguration. CNBC host Rick Santelli denounced the federal mortgage assistance program on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as an effort to “subsidize the losers,” and thus was an affront to the nation’s founding principles.Santelli called for “another tea party” like the one that helped to spur the American Revolution, and within days protesters took to the streets. By the fall, hundreds of Tea Party groups had sprung up across the country. A year later, the movement fostered a conservative surge in the 2010 congressional elections.To conservatives, the Tea Partiers are patriots; to liberals, they’re a scourge on progress and civil society. Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, used different words to describe the activists to undergraduates gathered at Sever Hall Wednesday: grandma and grandpa.“These are older men and women, almost all white, a little better educated than typical Americans,” she said. “Their homes are modest size, with pictures of the grandkids. They’re regular white, middle-class people.”Skocpol’s remarks came during a lecture on her most recent book, “The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism,” written with Harvard Ph.D. candidate and co-presenter Vanessa Williamson. The discussion was one in a series of twice-daily book talks by Harvard faculty and alumni during Wintersession programming. Although targeted primarily to undergraduates, the talks were open to the University community.Skocpol and Williamson attended Tea Party meetings and interviewed scores of members in Massachusetts, Virginia, and Arizona. Their research indicated three main forces behind the movement’s success: grassroots activism, funding from wealthy conservative advocacy groups, and publicity from right-leaning broadcasters.“The movement is partially from above, partially from below, and partially a product of right-wing media,” Skocpol said.The Tea Party’s origins are legitimately grassroots, Skocpol said. Its members are passionate and well-informed. Many members have been involved in politics since the 1960s.“These are ordinary men and women who teach themselves about issues and come up with ways to pressure lawmakers in districts and states,” she said. “They have been conservative-minded for their whole lives. Many first got involved in politics during the Goldwater era. Others have been active in the Republican Party on the conservative side, or Christian conservative groups.”Tea Partiers hate “big government” and want to reduce government, she said. At the same time, most of the people Skocpol and Williamson interviewed received Social Security checks, were enrolled in Medicare, and/or collected veterans’ benefits. Skocpol said Tea Partiers knew that their benefits were expensive and, contrary to popular perception, thought that these federal programs were legitimate.“They think that government spending is OK as long as it’s for people who’ve worked all their lives and earned the benefits,” she said. “They speak of themselves as hard-working Americans who deserve all they’re getting from society.”Skocpol said that the activists saw “moochers” and the government programs that supported them as the source of the country’s problems. They often identified these “freeloaders” as lower-income people of color or young people. They saw food stamps, Medicaid, and even Pell Grants as unearned benefits sought by people who were unwilling to work. More than either of these groups, however, Tea Partiers directed their ire at immigrants.“Illegal immigration looms very large in the minds of the grassroots Tea Party movement as a threat to America,” Skocpol said. “That’s true here in Massachusetts as well as in Arizona. It doesn’t seem to matter how many immigrants are actually there in the local area. Illegal immigrants are not resented because they take work from Americans; they’re resented because they use services like education and health care, and ‘real’ Americans like the Tea Partiers will have to pay taxes to cover those benefits.”While the grassroots origins of the movement may be authentic, its expansion and success, Skocpol and Williamson said, are largely the product of funding from professionally run conservative advocacy groups and publicity from right-leaning media outlets. Americans for Prosperity, funded by the wealthy Koch brothers, leveraged the Tea Party to promote an ultra-free market agenda and to assail Obama. Fox News got the word out about the location of rallies and provided information on how to contact organizers. Above all, conservative media gave a sense of solidarity and effectiveness to Tea Party groups dispersed across the country.“Conservative political action committees saw a good thing erupt in 2009, and joined with right-wing media leaders in cheerleading, pushing, leveraging the grassroots protesters to effect change within the Republican Party,” Skocpol said. “Their goal was to move the GOP further to the right in policy terms, and to prevent moderates from getting elected, and from compromising with Democrats if they got there. The right-wing media helped to give scattered protesters and groups the sense that they were in something big together and could affect national politics.”Although Republicans rode the Tea Party wave to electoral success in 2010 and may again in 2012, Skocpol and Williamson say that the movement creates major problems for the GOP long term. In the decades ahead, the American electorate is likely to include more of the people whose perceived interests the Tea Party appears to oppose most vehemently: the young, people of color, and immigrants. For now, though, conservative activists are well-organized, well-funded, and have the time and means to put enormous pressure on elected officials. Moreover, Skocpol said Tea Partiers could be a force in American politics for years.“Many of these people are in their late 50s or early 60s,” she said. “They’re on Medicare. They’re going to be around for a while.”After the talk, John Pulice ’15 said that he appreciated the chance to hear a member of the faculty talk about her work in a way somewhat different from a classroom, and added that the discussion taught him a lot about the Tea Party in his home state of Virginia.“It was interesting to hear what the activists were saying in order to understand my own state better,” he said, “and to learn what the Tea Party is outside of our stereotypes of it.”Freshman Sarah Coughlon agreed, saying, “The image of the TP is the guy in the Paul Revere outfit, and it’s not. It’s your grandma.”
According to the audited annual business report for 2017, the largest tourist company in Croatia, Valamar Riviera, generated total revenues in the amount of HRK 1,84 billion, which is 17% more than in 2016.Revenue growth is primarily related to overnight growth of 20% and an increase in the average price of 6,4%. There was a strong growth of operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of 20% to the level of HRK 623 million with an increase in operational efficiency and the realization of an adjusted EBITDA margin of 35%. The market value of the Valamar Riviera share increased by 26% last year.The growth is the result of large investments in the portfolio in recent years, including the largest investment cycle of HRK 906 million realized for the 2017 season, growth in demand for higher value-added supply and services, growth in direct sales and successful business of Imperial dd, which Valamar and AZ fund took over in 2016, they point out from Valamar.In 2018, a new investment cycle of HRK 705 millionValamar continues to develop and in 2018 will invest HRK 705 million. This year’s key investments include the completion of the Valamar Girandella Resort, as part of which Valamar will open its first Kinderhotel 5 *, the renovation of the Valamar Argosy Hotel in Dubrovnik, the renovation of the Imperial Hotel on Rab and continued investment in camps in Istria and the island of Krk. within which more than 4 billion kuna has been invested in Croatian tourism so far.Valamar Riviera is the first company in Croatia to guarantee all employees a minimum net income of HRK 5.000 to 7.500. In 2018, a salary increase of 11,5% is focused mainly on key occupations in tourism, and this year alone Valamar is investing over HRK 20 million in increasing employee benefits. At the same time, in the 2018 season, Valamar continues to invest in raising the quality of accommodation for seasonal workers by opening a fourth hotel for employees at two new locations in Poreč, after opening Valamar Houses in Rabac and on the island of Krk in 2017. “Business results in 2017 are a continuation of the successful realization of the goals we set in the business strategy until 2020, which include the achievement of double-digit growth of results and values of the company in a sustainable and socially responsible way. Valamar continuously invests in raising the quality of products, in the development of destinations in which it operates and in the improvement of salaries and working conditions in tourism. Croatian tourism has a market opportunity to grow towards tourism of higher purchasing power, added value and quality jobs. We continue to invest in Valamar, this year we will create 600 new jobs and put a special focus on further improvements in income and employee development”, Pointed out Željko Kukurin, President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera.New acquisition – Hotel Makarska In February 2018, the Center for Restructuring and Sales accepted Valamar’s offer to purchase 55,48% of the share capital Hoteli Makarska dd Valamar Riviera enters into the acquisition of Hotel Makarska dd in partnership with AZ mandatory pension funds with which in 2016 the acquisition of majority shares in Imperial dd on the island of Rab.According to the proposal of the Supervisory Board, the realized net profit in 2017 in the amount of HRK 232 million will be distributed to retained earnings, and the General Assembly is proposed to make a decision on dividend payment in the amount of HRK 0,90 per share, which is 12,5% more than in 2016 and is in line with the strategic goal of achieving an attractive and long-term sustainable dividend to shareholders, Valamar concludes.
“Pag salt” is produced in the Pag Saltworks in the Bay of Pag, and its specific characteristics arise from the climatic conditions of the defined geographical area and the fact that the Pag saltworks is located in isolated terrain away from heavy industry or agricultural activity. “Pag salt” – fine sea salt is unground sea salt, obtained from the sea water of the Pag Bay by continuous pouring into the evaporation basin system, until crystallization in the Pag Saltworks on the island of Pag. It is in the form of regular small crystals of cubic structure that are white in color and contain minerals and trace elements. Most crystals are up to 1 mm in size, so 98% of all crystals pass through a sieve with an opening size of 1,3 mm. It has a concentrated salty taste without bitterness. The sea water of the Bay of Pag is extremely clean and filtered because the bottom of the Bay of Pag is rich in shellfish which are natural purifiers of the sea, so the sea water has very low values of heavy metals, which are significantly lower than the average values for the Mediterranean Sea. for the aquatic environment quality standard. Specificity of Pag salt In addition to Pag salt, the following were registered: Pag cheese, Lika lamb, Krk prosciutto, Baranja kulen, Lika potatoes, Drniš prosciutto Dalmatian prosciutto, Poljički soparnik / Poljički zeljanik / Poljički uljenjak, Zagorje turkey, Slavonian kulen / Slavonian kulin, Međimurje meat \ ‘z tiblice, Extra virgin olive oil Ogndar kres, Neret cabbage / Ogulin sauerkraut, Istrian prosciutto / Istrian prosciutto, Krk olive oil, Korčula olive oil, Pag lamb, Šolta olive oil, Varaždin cabbage, Slavonian honey. Croatia has a rich tradition of production and preparation of various agricultural and food products that are characterized by a special quality and traditional method of production. Although we are the youngest member state of the European Union, we can be extremely satisfied because the Republic of Croatia has 22 agricultural and food products whose name is protected as a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication at the level of the European Union. “Pag salt” – salt flower is a product that is formed in the initial phase of production of fine sea salt, ie during the production of thickened sea water. It has a slightly sweet taste. The texture is crispy and very brittle. The color is white to pale yellow, which is due to the presence of a larger amount of minerals. It has a specific taste, is less salty than table salt and contains more natural minerals (magnesium, calcium, potassium, iodine). The granulation of “Pag salt” – salt flower is larger than the granulation of “Pag salt” – fine sea salt, and the crystals are in the form of flakes and are easily crushed by rubbing under the fingers. The Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/574 of 4 April 2019 was published in the Official Journal of the European Union yesterday. on the entry of names in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications “Pag salt”ZOI thus became protected throughout the European Union. The protection of the name “Pag salt” includes two products: small sea Salt i salt flower. In the process of registration of the label at the level of the European Union are also Istria – ZOI, Zagorski mlinci – ZOZP, Bjelovarski kvargl – ZOZP, Rudarska greblica – ZOZP and Varaždinski klipič – ZOZP.