October 19, 2010 |
When Los Angeles performer Selene Luna applied for a grant in 2007 through the Franklin Furnace Fund, it took nine months and packets of paperwork to receive her money ? a small bounty of $3,000. But last month, looking for financing for her online soap opera, "Selene's Hollywood Confidential," she turned to a less traditional fundraising source: Kickstarter.com. It took her 30 days to meet her $5,000 goal. In fact, she even raised a little more. Luna is one many Los Angeles artists who have turned to Kickstarter.
April 3, 2014 |
Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network announced Wednesday an upcoming slate of projects featuring the likes of Toni Braxton, Octavia Spencer, Justin Timberlake and of course Oprah herself. The network will make its first foray into the TV movie genre with "My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story," scheduled to premiere in December. The biopic will star the Grammy-winning Braxton as the legendary backup singer and subject of the Oscar-winning documentary "20 Feet From Stardom. " It also shares an executive producer, Morgan Neville, with that film. The network is also developing a two-part miniseries, "Tulsa," featuring the Academy Award-winning Spencer, which centers on a 1921 race riot in which as many as 300 people died but was covered up for decades. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Winfrey will present the new seven-part event series "Belief," which will explore the origins of faith and "humankind's ongoing search to connect to something greater than ourselves.
September 21, 2013 |
LIMA, Peru - Peruvian government officials plan to restart several large mining projects stalled by mass protests, a move bound to draw renewed resistance. President Ollanta Humala last year was forced to suspend the development of the $4.8-billion Conga gold mining project proposed by Colorado-based Newmont Mining and declare a state of emergency after residents in northern Peru's Cajamarca region blocked roads and clashed with police at the site. The $1-billion Tia Maria copper mining project proposed near Arequipa by Arizona-based Southern Copper was halted in 2011 after clashes between residents and police left three dead.
July 28, 2013 |
Whether it's a life - size hologram or a smart garden, the latest start-ups and creative visionaries are placing their projects on Kickstarter to raise money. The online funding platform enables ordinary people to financially back projects through crowd sourcing. Project creators set a funding goal and deadline, and if people like it, they can pledge money to make it happen. Many people pledge funds because they're inspired by new ideas. Others seek the rewards - a copy of what's being made, a limited-edition item or a custom experience related to the project.
October 1, 2011 |
There are no highways running through this impoverished rural county. Children study in dilapidated schoolhouses. On many streets, you're just as likely to run into a chicken as you are a pedestrian. Yet the Wangjiang local government is constructing a headquarters on a slab of land the size of the Pentagon building — a sprawling edifice of granite and glass with a $10-million price tag in a county where the average resident earns $639 a year. "The government building is so grand, but at the same time, many people are still living in poverty here," said Ye Daoman, a local farmer and activist.
February 19, 2014 |
Federal officials have announced the approval of two solar projects on public land in California and Nevada. The projects are expected to generate about 550 megawatts of renewable energy, or enough to power about 170,000 homes, the Interior Department said in a statement Wednesday. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the two projects are among 50 such utility-scale renewable proposals that have been approved by the department since 2009. PHOTOS: Richest and poorest cities in America The Stateline Solar Farm Project will be built in San Bernardino County about two miles south of the Nevada border.