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Docu-series Confucius Was a Foodie! Heads into Production

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) October 10, 2014

Lucent Media Production Inc. announces that production has begun on the 6 X 1 hr. documentary series Confucius Was a Foodie! A New World Adventure in an Ancient Cuisine. The series is being produced in partnership with New Tang Dynasty Television Canada for both English and Mandarin viewers, and is backed by the broadcaster’s Canada Media Fund envelope with an expected delivery date in the first half of 2015. Lucent will head to MIPCOM next week to introduce the property to new partners.

Confucius Was a Foodie! was inspired by the discovery that the 2,500-year-old philosopher was in fact a ‘gourmand’ who wrote extensively on all aspects of food and eating. Confucius taught that food should be eaten seasonably, cooked with food safety in mind, and in moderation. He wrote: “Food can never be too good, and cooking can never be done too carefully.”

Confucius Was a Foodie! follows a journey of discovery as celebrity chef Christine Cushing explores Chinese food in North America and, through her three Chinese master chef ‘guides’, learns about the five traditional Chinese cuisines and the place they hold in North American Chinese cuisine today.

Each episode will dispel North American misconceptions, inform, enlighten and entertain as Christine eats and cooks her way through some of North America’s major centers of Chinese culture and cuisine.

The series will feature well-known celebrity chefs and fans of Chinese cuisine from food writers and bloggers to scholars and academics.

“To quote Confucius, ‘real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance’,” says Cushing, a TV chef with classic French training. “What I know of Chinese cuisine does not come from my professional training, so I’m excited to become a student again and learn about a 5000-year-old cuisine that is responsible for so much more than tea and noodles!”

The Chinese title for the series will be “老外名廚學中餐,” or literally, “Western celebrity chef learns Chinese cuisine.”

The documentary is being directed and written by Theresa Kowall-Shipp who was senior producer for all four seasons of Christine Cushing Live and was Co-Creator and Creative Producer of Recipe to Riches, both on Food Network Canada. “Food TV has altered the way we look at food and this kind of documentary is an evolution of food programming,” says Kowall-Shipp. “With Confucius Was a Foodie! we are looking at Chinese food as a cuisine both central to an ancient culture and a lot of fun.”

Additionally, Kowall-Shipp notes thats Cushing brings a combination of academic background, curiosity and laughter to the series. Whether trying to make a dumpling with instructions in Cantonese, or operating a Chinese Wok cooking table with heat controls at her knee, she is the perfect combination of serious chef and eager student. “Viewers are going to fall in love with Christine and Chinese cuisine all over again!”

Confucius Was A Foodie! is one of an array of documentaries being created by Lucent Media Executive Producer Jason Loftus in partnership with NTD that look at how Chinese culture is adapting and thriving in the West. “There’s a lot in Chinese culture that resonates in the West when we can get past the clichés and stereotypes,” says Loftus. “Confucius Was a Foodie! will challenge what you know about Chinese food, surprise you, and introduce you to a rich world of cuisine that is thriving right in your backyard.”

About Lucent Media Production

Employing a cross-cultural team of top established and emerging production talent, Lucent Media Production Inc., produces documentaries, drama, performing arts, and interactive properties that tell great stories and transcend cultural barriers. The Toronto-based company led by executive producer Jason Loftus produces both original English-language and Chinese-language projects for a diverse audience.

Loftus is also executive producer of the Miaomiao animated series that introduces Mandarin language education to preschoolers, and the action-adventure game series, Shuyan the Kung Fu Princess, which was featured in several “Best of Canada” showcases in 2013/14.

Lucent Media will be at MIPCOM as part of the Mark Animation table at the Canada Pavilion, stand P-1.A51. MIP Contact: Jared Pearman, Director of Business Development, 613.325.6274 | jared(at)lucentmedia(dot)ca

About NTD Television

New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television is the largest Chinese broadcaster in North America and is seen by over 100 million viewers worldwide. It was the world’s first independent, non-profit Chinese-language TV broadcaster established by Chinese living outside China. NTD began broadcasting via satellite in North America in February 2002 and extended its 24/7 programming to Asia, Europe, and Australia in July 2003. Headquartered in New York City, the network has gained an international reputation for its objective and timely reporting of political, economic, and cultural stories in the Chinese language, as well as for its multi-faceted educational and entertainment programs that bring together the finest in both Eastern and Western cultures. NTD Canada is a licensed multi-language Canadian broadcaster available on Bell Fibe, Rogers, Shaw, and Novus.

NTD also knows a thing or two about Chinese food, playing host for the last five years to the world’s pre-eminent Chinese cuisine competition in New York’s Times Square, with winners cooking a banquet for guests at the prestigious James Beard Foundation. Confucius Was a Foodie! is the first documentary series of this kind created for NTD and serving both English and Mandarin viewers.


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ESTEY BOMBERGER Announces $3 Million Settlement for Sexual Abuse at San Diego Private School

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 16, 2014

The child molestation victim lawyers at Estey Bomberger have obtained a $ 3 million settlement for students who, according to case documents, were allegedly sexually abused by their Spanish teacher at a private school in San Diego. The victims were allegedly in elementary school when they were touched inappropriately from 2008-2010. The name of the defendant in the case remains confidential, per the terms of the settlement agreement. It should be noted that no criminal charges were filed against the alleged perpetrator.

“The school let these kids down,” said Stephen Estey, founding partner of Estey Bomberger, who represented the students in the civil lawsuit. “The families trusted the school’s administration to keep their children safe. This settlement acknowledges that what these children suffered was unacceptable, and that the school failed to properly supervise the teacher.”

“Our hope is that this settlement will help the victims heal as they move forward and try to put what happened behind them. This settlement is not just about these students, it is also about the safety and well-being of children everywhere,” said Estey. “No child deserves to be taken advantage of by their teacher.”


The lawyers at Estey Bomberger provide professional and effective legal representation to those who have suffered physical and sexual abuse. While no amount of money can ever compensate a victim for a horrific act like molestation, our team fights to see justice served for victims and to hold perpetrators and those responsible for their supervision fully accountable.

The firm has obtained several record-setting verdicts for victims of sexual abuse, including a 2010 verdict for $ 30 million against a Bay Area foster family agency, and a 2012 $ 23 million verdict against Los Angeles Unified School District. Based in San Diego, the firm represents clients throughout California. To learn more about our services, visit http://www.childmolestationvictims.com or http://www.esteybomberger.com.

Datalogic Provides a Modern Shopping Experience with Joya X1Self-shopping Solution at Coop Estonia

Bologna, Italy (PRWEB) September 04, 2014

Datalogic S.p.A., a global leader in the automatic data capture and industrial automation markets, is proud that the Joya™ X1 self-shopping device was selected by Harju Consumer Society, a member of Coop Estonia, to enhance their customer’s shopping experience.    

Coop Estonia is the largest and oldest jointly operating retail group in Estonia. In operation since 1917, Coop Estonia has 353 stores all over Estonia and employs more than 4,400 workers. On June 11, 2014, the newest Harju supermarket, Miiduranna Konsum, implemented Datalogic’s self-shopping solution using the Joya X1 device and Shopevolution™ 6.0 middleware.

The Harju supermarket aims at providing their customers a fun, fast shopping experience. Since its launch, management has noted increased customer interest for both the new store and the self-shopping system. Merli Sirp, Marketing Manager at Harju comments, “One of the reasons for the interest is that the Joya unit is very attractive and colorful. Once customers use it, they notice that it really is comfortable and fast.”

The Joya X1 device is innovative, colorful, and ergonomically designed, giving the store’s clientele a modern, engaging, and fast shopping experience. “We felt that the target shoppers at the new Harju location, which is a residential setting comprised of young families, was a great fit for the inaugural launch of self-shopping within our stores,” continues Sirp. “Customer adoption of the Datalogic system provides Harju with the best opportunity to distinguish itself from its competitors and deliver on the store’s promise to provide their customers with quick and easy purchases along with a real-time view of shopping costs, while avoiding long queues.”

The Joya X1 device reduces customer wait times at the checkout, and avoids the need to remove products from the cart. Customers also have the ability to keep their net costs under control and view the total purchase amount in real-time. The unit is easy to use, light, robust, and fast. The long battery life guarantees operation without interruption even during long shopping excursions.

Francesco Montanari, Vice President & General Manager of Mobile Computing at Datalogic ADC, explains, “Datalogic’s self-shopping solutions continue to be adopted by leading retailers worldwide because Shopevolution middleware and the Joya X1 device provide retailers the features they need to give their clients the best shopping experience.“

The Joya X1 device uses linear imaging technology for increased customer safety and reliability. This imaging technology provides the capability to scan coupons on smartphones and on Electronic Store Label (ESL) displays.

Drawing on years of experience in self-shopping applications, the new Joya X1 device delivers outstanding features, ergonomics, and enhancements. This new version, coupled with Shopevolution middleware, comes ready to receive multi-media content and promotions, perform queue-busting, and assist in inventory management.

Datalogic ADC, the world leader in automatic data capture, offers state of the art solutions with fixed position retail scanners, handheld scanners and mobile computers. Datalogic ADC’s range includes in-counter and on-counter point of sale scanners, general purpose and ruggedized handheld scanners, rugged mobile computers, industrial PDAs and vehicle mount computers. Solutions for applications in several sectors include healthcare, hospitality/entertainment, manufacturing, retail, services and transportation and logistics.

Businesses in the retail sector can particularly benefit from Datalogic ADC’s vision-based technology solutions, analytical tools, self-shopping solutions and consumer relationship technologies.

A division of the Datalogic Group, Datalogic ADC is headquartered in the US with a presence in over 120 countries.

Datalogic Group is a global leader in the automatic data capture and industrial automation markets. As a world-class producer of bar code readers, mobile computers, sensors, vision systems and laser markeing systems, Datalogic offers innovative solutions for a full range of applications in the retail, transportation & logistics, manufacturing and healthcare industries. With products used in over a third of the world’s supermarkets and points of sale, airports, shipping and postal services, Datalogic is in a unique position to deliver solutions that can make life easier and more efficient for people. Datalogic S.p.A., listed on the STAR segment of the Italian Stock Exchange since 2001 as DAL.MI, is headquaratered in Lippo di Calderara di Reno (Bologna). Datalogic Group as of today employs about 2,400 members of staff worldwide distributed in 30 countries. In 2013 Datalogic Group acheived revenues of 450,7 million Euro and invested over 35 million Euro in Research and Development with a portfolio of over 1,000 patents across the world.

For more news and information on Datalogic, please visit http://www.datalogic.com.

Datalogic and the Datalogic logo are registered trademarks of Datalogic S.p.A. in many countries, including the U.S.A. and the E.U. Datalogic ADC is a trademark of Datalogic S.p.A. The Joya logo is a registered trademark of Datalogic ADC S.r.l in the U.S.A. and the E.U. Shopevolution is a registered trademark of Datalogic ADC S.r.l. in the E.U. All other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.


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We are approaching the three year anniversary of the Supreme Court's January 2010 decision, Citizens United. Recall that Citizens United allows unlimited spending on political campaigns by outside groups, including corporations.

Despite two federal elections and 1,000 or so days passing since Citizens United was decided, the coalition determined to roll back the Court's decision has thus far failed to stop corporate spending from poisoning our democracy.

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Wal-Mart sent out a press release.

They say they had more than 10,000,000 transactions between 8PM and midnight yesterday.

Bill Simon CEO also tries to down play protest.

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I think is a testament to the cause of the workers that all the Wal-Mart brass can do is play down the size but cant refute the workers claims

Local police disperse, arrest Black Friday protesters on behalf of Walmart

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The treatment of peaceful protesters compared to the unruly and sometimes violent crowds of stampeding Black Friday shoppers couldn't be more different. While the former is ostracized and forcibly removed by police, the latter is encouraged to come out for a competitive brawl over marked off goods. Nowhere is this contrast more clearly defined than in the police treatment of Walmart protesters over the last 24 hours.

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These are human beings goddamnit, their lives have value!

I’m most likely preaching to the choir and hope the my voice can add to the thousands literally starving for change here in the first world of the United States, and push the issue of labor rights just a bit further. Lets take a look at today’s Huffington Post Black Friday reports. Seriously go take a look I’ll wait… … … … So are you mad or disgusted yet? I hope so. There is a time for anger, righteous anger. That time is now.

Personally I have seen both sides. I worked those way before pre-dawn hours at a big box store for many years. And been a witness to appalling customer behavior, intentional stock shortages and staff pushed beyond levels of decency by management. It would easy to point the blame at retailers like Wal-Mart and say. “You’re an evil corporation that is ruining people’s lives and depriving your employees of a decent standard of living.” And why this is generally true. It’s much harder to stand in front of that dressing room mirror and say “My unconscious consumption is ruining people’s lives and depriving people around the world including Americans a decent standard of living.”

If Americans were more conscious about where and how their money was spent the tide of violence and aggression that has become the day after Thanksgiving could then and only then be stemmed. Private corporations are more democratic than we give them credit for. Your wallet casts a vote every time you exchange currency for goods and the cash register is the ballot box. Every time you purchase a product from a retailer or manufacturer that mistreats its employees you are showing your explicit approval of that companies practices and give them the incentive and capital to not only continue but to expand their immoral practices.

I know its hard not to do this. Most of us work shit jobs that pay shit wages so in return the only places we can shop are places that treat people like shit. It’s a circle that is quickly destroying our nations middle class. I don’t have all the answers on how to break this cycle but I know where we can start. Buy less things for a start. By doing this you can save money. So when it is time to make that purchase of something you need you can spend the extra money to buy something of quality and if possible buy something made in America. We didnt get to this sorry state overnight so it’s going to take time to get us out of it. The only ones with the power to fix this is us, the consumer. The American worker and our very way of life is depending on us.

Look, I’m no hermit. To quote the Dennis Leary song Asshole “I like football and porno and books about war” I like fatty foods and I don’t drive a hybrid and I don’t buy organic. Everyone has their cross to bear. Mine is video games. It’s hard for me to not pull the trigger on the newest murder simulator released every other week. But I have gotten to the point that before I buy that new game I’ll take a look at my shelf and on my computer hard drive and see all the games that have that have gone unfinished and come to the realization that whatever new virtual world that a company is pushing on me at the time is not going to enhance my experience in my actual physical reality. I imagine it’s like kicking an addiction. I still have the trigger to buy new games but I don’t follow through. Your burden might be shoes, clothes or electronics. But make no mistake by consuming these cheap poorly made goods you are consuming the very heart and soul of America.

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