Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Meus queridos, ca estamos no paraiso da planificacao urbana. Junto foto dos hoteis da Sector Hoteleiro Norte! O meu hotel, o Metropolitan, e o numero sete. Do outro lado do Eixo Monumental (a Mall ca do sitio) fica o Sector Hoteleiro Sul, com outros tantos hoteis!
A Joj ficou no seu hotel preferido, o Bluetree, junto ao lago, onde fica o Bush quando vem visitar o Lula. Muito mais upscale, como ela merece.
O escritorio do Banco e o edificio que fica mesmo por detras do Metropolitan. Descobri que o escritorio do Banco em Brasilia tem uma sala de massagens!!! O maximo. Julgo que sera o unico dos nossos escritorio que leva a serio o tratamento do stress dos seus funcionarios...
A Joj e eu estamos num retiro, numa chacra spa/zen a uma meia hora de BSB, no meio do Serrado. O lugar e bonito e clima esta perfeito. Ceu azul escuro, sol brilhante, temperaturas entre os 21 e 22 graus.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
No sabado, fui almocar com o John a casa de uns amigos em representacao da Conceicao que esta ai. A meio do caminho, bues da longe, o John diz - temos que ir por gasolina. Quando ele disse isso, o Fusca dele parou.... eu dei-lhe umas sugestoes a generala e ainda andamos um quilometro pela ladeira abaixo sem gasolina ate que chegamos mesmo a beirinha de uma bomba... mas ele ainda teve que la ir buscar um saco com gasolina para conseguirmos chegar a dita cuja. So visto...
Amanha vamos para a retraite por dois dias, mas podem-me telefonar a noite, antes das 10 pm dai (aqui sao 1-2 horas mais tarde) para o hotel Blue Tree Towers: 011 61 4298000 ask for Prof Doc Jojo
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
The wannabe-Graduate & Kate looking preppy
The wannabe-Graduate & Dad waiting for faux feijoada
The wannabe-Graduate & Grandma chilling
The wannabe-Graduate & Chick looking kool
The wannabe-Graduate gets ready to get his second damn diploma
Bill gets ready to get his fourth damn diploma (Doctor Honoris Causa from Cooper Union)
The wannabe-Graduate shakes hands with his newest Colleague (aka Bill)
The wannabe-Graduate's colleague Bill signs invitation card for Em while the Graduate collects the damn diploma
The Graduate just after getting the damn diploma
The Graduate & family 1
The Graduate & family 2
Monday, May 15, 2006
IN WHICH HOTEL DOES THE CROWD STAY?
Chandlers is 7 minutes from CU; Crowne 8 minutes; both cost 250 bucks a nite. Let's pick Chandler's boys.
WHO GETS A TICKET?! I AIN'T GOIN IF I AIN'T GETTING A TICKET.
Students are responsible for distributing the three tickets they receive at Commencement Rehearsal to their guests. These tickets provide access to the Great Hall for the Commencement Ceremony. Additional guests who lack tickets or family members who are elderly, frail or extremely young and boisterous may prefer to view the ceremony on closed circuit television in the Driscoll Room (room 136 Engineering Building), where restrooms and air conditioning are readily available and access is easier for the physically challenged.
Are there wheelchairs available? Cooper Union has a limited amount of wheelchairs. To reserve one, please notify Dean Stephen Baker at (212) 353-4131 as soon as possible.
CAN ALEX STAND STILL FOR SO LONG?! AND WHAT ABOUT PHAT BOY?
The Commencement Ceremony generally lasts from 90-120 minutes, depending on how many graduates are present to receive their diplomas.
In extremely bad weather, the procession of the graduates is shortened so that they do not circumambulate the Foundation building, and the post-commencement reception is moved indoors, but otherwise the ceremony proceeds as usual.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
It was that month that I began writing "Loose Change," a fictional story about my friends and I discovering that September 11th was not a terrorist attack, but rather, an attack by their own government.
Upon researching for the movie, it became apparant that the subject matter may not have been entirely fiction. Over two years time, adding more and more information, the fictional movie evolved into what it is today; a documentary.
In May 2004, I moved down to Washington, DC, at the time when "Loose Change" was beginning to take shape. Bouncing from couch to couch, technically homeless, eventually landing a job and an apartment in Silver Spring, Maryland, the entire time I worked on the documentary with every spare moment and dollar to his name.
Friday, May 12, 2006
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Secretary-General appoints former President Jorge Sampaio of Portugal as first Special Envoy to Stop TB
The Secretary-General has appointed Mr Jorge Sampaio, the former President of Portugal, as his first Special Envoy to Stop Tuberculosis. Mr Sampaio, whose appointment is effective today, will work to build heightened awareness of this leading killer of our time. His immediate task will be to encourage world leaders to strengthen their commitment to TB control, and to work to reach the Millennium Development Goal of halting and beginning to reverse the incidence of the disease by 2015.
Some 5,000 people die of tuberculosis every day, and more than eight million new cases are detected annually. Mr Sampaio will lead the call for countries to fully fund and implement the Global Plan to Stop TB 2006-2015, which was launched earlier this year. The Plan sets out actions required to treat and cure 50 million TB patients, and save 14 million lives. Mr Sampaio will work closely with the Stop TB Partnership and the WHO in carrying out this crucial mission for global health.
Jorge Sampaio was born in Lisbon on 18 September 1939. As a child, due to his father's career as a doctor who specialised in public health, he spent long periods in the United States and in England.
In 1961 he graduated in Law at Lisbon University. He was elected Secretary-General of the Federation of Students Associations in 1961-62. In this capacity he became involved in the student crisis in the early 60s, which led to a widespread revolts against the country's dictatorship regime, and lasted until 24 April 1974. During this time he took up a legal career and became a Law Association board member, playing an important role in the defence of political prisoners.
In 1969 he was elected to the 'National Assembly' as a member of CDE [Electoral Democratic Commission], opposing the dictatorship in force and participating in the resistance movements.
In 1974, following the 25 April revolution, he became one of the driving forces behind the creation of the M.E.S., a socialist left-wing movement, which he later abandoned due to ideological differences.
During the revolutionary years, he played an important role in promoting dialogue with the moderate wing of the Armed Forces Movement and actively supported the positions of the "Group of Nine", who played a key role in the transition to democracy. In March 1975 he was appointed Deputy Minister for External Co-operation in the IV Provisional Government. The same year, he founded the "Socialist Intervention", an association of politicians and intellectuals who were to play prominent roles in public life. In 1979 he was elected to Parliament and became a member of the National Secretariat of the Socialist Party.
From 1979 to 1984 he was a member of the European Human Rights Commission of the Council of Europe where he played an important role in defending fundamental rights and in contributing to a more dynamic implementation of the principles contained in the European Convention on Human Rights.
In 1989, he was elected Mayor of Lisbon and re-elected in 1993. As mayor, he introduced new concepts and methods for planning, management, integration and urban development.
From 1990 to 1995 he was President of the Union of Portuguese-speaking Cities (UCCLA) and in 1990 was elected Vice-President of the Union of Iberian-American Cities. He was also elected President of the Eurocities Movement (1990) and President of the World Federation of United Cities (1992).
In 1995, Jorge Sampaio stood for President or Portugal and was elected on the first ballot and sworn in as President in March 1996. He was re-elected five years later in 2001.
In 1991 he published a collection of his political essays entitled "A Festa de um Sonho". Four years later, he published "Um Olhar sobre Portugal", setting out his views on social issues. In 2000 in his book "Quero Dizer-vos", he presented his views on the challenges facing Portuguese society. At the end of his second presidential term of office in March 2006, he published "With the Portuguese People" - a series of excerpts from his speeches on a variety of subjects.
During the last decade, President Sampaio has made important contributions to several issues related to the European affairs, and to almost all the challenges currently facing the international community, including HIV-AIDS, drugs, children, human rights and independence for East Timor.