Iran Heritage Foundation Presents Remaking Of Iran Exhibition At The British Museum

Iran Heritage Foundation in association with the British Museum opens the ‘Shah ‘Abbas: the remaking of Iran’ exhibition.

The exhibition documents and illustrates the work of 17th century artists and craftsmen under the Iran Heritagepatronage of Shah ‘Abbas I and his wider contribution to Persian culture, architecture and language. Displays include artefacts such as lavish gold-ground silks, carpets, manuscripts, paintings, metal work and calligraphy. The exhibition includes gifts that Shah ‘Abbas endowed to shrines in Mashhad, Ardabil and Qum, many of which have never been previously displayed outside of Iran.

Vahid Alaghband, Chairman of the Iranian Heritage Foundation and Group Chairman of Balli Group, commented: “Shah ‘Abbas was the most eminent ruler of the Safavid dynasty in Persia who, with his military successes and efficient administrative system, raised Iran to the status of a great power. When he died his dominions extended from the Tigris to the Indus. Through trade and diplomacy he fostered good relations with Europe and welcomed European diplomats in Iran, whilst ushering in a golden period for Persian art. He commissioned many beautiful works of art, grand architecture and restored major monuments across the country. Today, his legacy lives on, in the magnificent buildings of Isfahan and through his opulent gifts found in many Iranian holy shrines.

“This fabulous exhibition is a celebration of the achievements of one of Iran’s greatest rulers and showcases the vibrancy and culture of 17th century Iran” he added.

Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, said: “My colleagues and I are grateful to The Iranian Heritage Foundation and its chairman Vahid Alaghband for their generous support of the exhibition, the latest in a long series of joint projects with the British Museum to present Iranian culture to the widest public in London.”

The ‘Shah ‘Abbas: The Remaking of Iran’ exhibition at the British Museum will run until 14 June

About The Iran Heritage Foundation
The Iran Heritage Foundation is a non-political UK registered charity founded in 1995, with the mission to increase awareness about, promote and preserve the history, languages and cultures of Iran. Though only active since 1995, the Foundation has grown rapidly to establish itself on an international level by supporting programmes in Armenia, Austria, Canada, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the United States, the United Kingdom and Iran.

The objectives of the Foundation are pursued by means of organising and supporting research, publication of books, and establishment of fellowships at major academic institutions and diverse activities of cultural or scholarly merit in a variety of related fields, on a worldwide basis.

About Balli Group plc
Balli Group plc is one of the UK’s largest private, multi-national corporations, headquartered in London. Established in 1982, Balli Holdings operates a number of affiliated companies with offices in key economic and business hubs around the world and operations in over 20 countries. Included within the Balli Group portfolio are balli steel and balli real estate, as well as other specialist companies providing services in commodity trading, industrial activities and aviation.

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Comic Relief has released three different Red Noses – with each of the trio set to rally the nation to Do Something Funny for Money on Friday 13 March

A host of famous faces gathered in central London last month as three very special Red Nose Day stars were given the red carpet treatment

Gavin and Stacey’s Ruth Jones, Rob Brydon and Joanna Page were joined by Steve Jones, Alex Zane, Jo Brand, Hugh Dennis and the Saturdays for the launch of the Red Nose Day 2009 campaign, but also to witness history being made.

For the first time since its launch 21 years ago, Comic Relief has released three different Red Noses – with each of the trio set to rally the nation to Do Something Funny for Money on Friday 13 March.

Rednoseday.com has always been at the centre of one of the most interactive engagements with the public. In 2007, £7m was donated to Comic Relief through the website and mobiles, contributing to the overall £67m that was raised for good causes in the UK and Africa.

For 2009 these channels are being supported by six weeks of interactive entertainment with Red Nose Day (RND) features on all the social networks plus Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and all of the RND’s partner sites such as bbc.co.uk and the iPlayer, Sainsbury’s, TK Maxx, Subway and BT.

The digital RND campaign is fronted by TV presenters hosting the campaign on each social network. Harry Hill presents RND on Facebook, George Sampson (winner of Britain’s Got Talent) on Bebo and Alex Zane on MySpace. Comic Relief is releasing exclusive ‘backstage’ celebrity content and exclusive photo shoots daily throughout the campaign.

UGC is being encouraged through the availability of all campaign videos on YouTube, photos on Flickr and campaign assets on RND.com for download and embedding use.

For the first time ever people can buy a digital Red Nose on the social networks while the three ‘real’ Noses are available for animating andinteractive games on the main RND site.

The official Red Nose Day T-shirts have been exclusively designed by Stella McCartney and feature images of Morecambe and Wise, and the Beatles and are available at TK Maxx.

There is a free weekly video podcast available through iTunes as well as some classic RND sketches and singles for sale.

There are new interactive features and donation mechanics in support of the ‘BT Red Nose Climb’ of Kilimanjaro with Cheryl Cole, Chris Moyles, Gary Barlow and six other ‘A’ list celebs, as well as the new weekly dance show ‘Let’s Dance with Comic Relief’ and the official RND singles from Rob Bryden and Ruth Jones, and The Saturdays. There is also a Red Nose Day Twitter feed that will be at the centre of the Kilimanjaro live coverage as Comic Relief follows the climbers and on the night of the TV event will feature many special guest Twitters.

With this groundbreaking campaign, new partners and online and mobile features are being confirmed regularly.

This all culminates with a spectacular night of TV on Friday 13 March from 7pm. Comic Relief: Funny for Money includes the last ever French and Saunders parody and special Red Nose treats from the cast of Outnumbered, Gavin and Stacey, and Little Britain among others.

About Comic Relief:
Comic Relief promises that for every pound the charity directly receives from the public, a pound goes to helping transform the lives of people living with poverty and social injustice. If Red Nose Day raises £50 million, Comic Relief will spend at least £50 million doing just that.

It can make this promise because its operating budget is covered in cash or in kind from all types of supporters like corporate sponsors and donors, suppliers, generous individuals and the Government (including Gift Aid) as well as from investment income and interest.

The Red Nose Day fundraising kit includes loads of ideas to help people Do Something Funny for Money.

Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England / Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

 

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Australian Baseball Club Announces Fun Raiser With A Difference

The Ku-ring-gai Stealers Baseball Club may not be the size of overseas major league baseball clubs but the heart of its members and the local community is huge. In response to the Australian bush fire tragedy in Victoria this baseball club has just announced its unique FUN raiser.

This fun fundraiser is sure to be a lot of fun for everyone involved.

While full details are not yet clear, if you live in Sydney and aren’t at Golden Jubilee Oval (at the end of Westbrook Avenue, Wahroonga) on Sunday 9 March 2009 you’ll be missing out on a hell of a lot of fun! Full event details have not yet been finalised but it’s going to be one hell of fundraiser with a difference.

For more details (and regular updates) about this appeal for the benefit of those who have suffered at the hands of the most recent Australia fires go to http://www.everydayhero.com.au/Ku_Ring_GaiStealersBaseball.

If you are unable to make the event then please click on the DONATE BUTTON at http://www.everydayhero.com.au/Ku_Ring_GaiStealersBaseball and give generously. Every dollar will make a difference to help those in need. Donations are accepted from now until after the event.

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Totalprestige Club, the networking site for c-level executives, introduces H.S.H. Princess Karina Bagration-Moukhransky, Princess Elfi Odo dua of Benin, Mr Paolo Zampolli, Mr Lorenzo Quinn and Mr Ransel Newcombe Potter as its new Honorary Presidents, and ratify its support to praiseworthy charities

Over the years, Totalprestige Club has always followed the usual practices of traditional elite clubs. In keeping with this policy, it has announced today that several Honorary Presidents were recently appointed. It has also reported that as of February 1, 2009, annual contributions made by members, as well as part of the revenues f r o m its Gala Evenings, will support the Totalprestige Foundation and specific charities selected by the Honorary Presidents.

Annual contributions required f r o m members range between USD $100 (minimum) and USD $10,000 (maximum). When registering, all members may determine how much they will contribute: USD $100, $300, $500, $1,000, $5,000 or $10,000. These contributions are subsequently delivered to the Totalprestige Foundation.

Our Foundation,” Founder, Rose Marie Perez explains, “does not have its own humanitarian program, so its mission is to help other charity organizations as much as possible. However, it has become increasingly difficult to decide which organizations to support, as there are a great many of them and they are all doing a fine job. For this reason, we asked our Honorary Presidents what their favorite charities are, and these are the ones we will help f r o m now on.”

These are the selected charities:
The project River of Life as suggested by Princess Elfi Odo-Dua of Benin, Germany.
The IREO Foundation – United Nations, as proposed by Mr Paolo Zampolli, New York.
Fundació Juvanteny chosen by Mr Lorenzo Quinn, Barcelona -Spain.
The Robin Hood Foundation, nominated by Mr Ransel Newcombe Potter, New York.
The Charity chosen by H.S.H. Princess Karina Bagration-Moukhransky, Ukraine, will be announced soon.

Totalprestige is a private and closed circle of world executives at senior level, personalities and celebrities. In September, 2008, Totalprestige Inc launched an online networking site TotalprestigeCommunity.com defined as “The Facebook for the Filthy Rich,” in Wired Magazine and described as “The Network for High Society,” in The NY Post and in Il Corriere della Sera Rose Marie added, “We at Totalprestige we feel there’s nothing better for business than a face-to-face meeting and a strong handshake. However, this is the Internet age and our online networking site is very useful for first contacts and breaking the ice”

As to the Gala Evenings , virtually all of these will be on behalf of the Totalprestige Foundation, including live auctions, and part of the proceeds will be donated to the aforementioned organizations.

Coming Galas announced by Totalprestige: The Red Diamond Dinner Ball, to be held in New York City on Thursday, April 23, and The Cinema Beach Gala -in partnership with Les Etoiles-, which will take place in Cannes on Saturday, May 23, during the Film Festival.

We asked Rose Marie to kindly explain what the Gala Evenings Season is all about:

“Many million-dollar contracts have just started to be negotiated in an informal, relaxed setting by people who had a glass of champagne or fine whiskey in their hands. This is exactly what we want to promote: more opportunities for our people to do more business while they enjoy high-end entertainment. This is our job at Totalprestige, and the Gala Evenings Season it’s an opportunity for our members, clients, friends and partners to engage in professional and social relations, as well as a virtual key to open doors in new countries and markets.”

 

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Preachit.org now hosts over 3000 sermons online with 225 ministers contributing

February 3rd, 2009 Preachit.org, a leading sermon resource for a fast growing number of pastors hit over 3,000 sermon submissions from its 225 contributors this week. This landmark jump in sermons submitted is a true testament to the commitment of the site owner and his 225 talented, dedicated pastors & ministers who write these in their spare time.

“My vision for this site is to make available thousands of Sermon Outlines and Bible Study helps.” Says Rev. James Smith.

“As a Pastor of a young work for over 6 years, I found it difficult at times to have well prepared messages 3 times a week. As you know, a Pastor’s time is stretched. Especially if he/she works a job outside of their Church. At times, new ideas and thoughts are hard to develop as our minds are often full of the cares of the church.” Says Rev. James Smith

Jim’s simple website doesn’t just stop at sermons. Over the years, he’s added everything from small group resources, church job descriptions for busy pastors looking to hire, church activity planning, how to take up your offering and much more.

Preach It is gifted to have a host of ministers who are getting on board the Sermons/Bible Study contributor team. This team is growing every day, however they are still anxious to have other ministers join in helping build this resource site.

They still have a need for sermons on:
* Doctrine
* Salvation
* Encouragement
* Enrichment

Jim says “Don’t be afraid to submit something. If it was a blessing to your church, it will be a blessing to another.”

Anyone looking for sermon outlines is encouraged to visit www.preachit.org or its audio version at www.preachitaudio.com

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