Guns on a Plane: Pilots Train to Use Firearms
A group of airline pilots traveled to Atlantic City to receive training on how to use handguns.
They went through a series of scenarios meant to help prevent future terrorist attacks.
Apr 30, 2008
Guns on a Plane: Pilots Train to Use Firearms
Captive Daughter Reunited With Children
Austrian officials say a woman held captive by her father in a basement for 24 years has been reunited with her children. DNA tests prove the man is the father of the children.
Raw Video: Baby Rhino Makes Public Debut
London's Whipsnade Zoo has introduced one of its newest residents - a baby rhino born March 7. The male calf is the 55th bred in captivity and the third to Clara, a two-horned white rhino.
Raw Video: China Trains for Olympic Attack
Tuesday, Chinese forces took part in a show of might during an anti-terrorist drill and oath-taking ceremony for the upcoming Olympic Games, now just 100 days away.
Raw Video: Olympic Torch in Vietnam
Thousands cheered the Olympic torch in Vietnam's largest city on Tuesday, marking the final leg of an international tour that has been dogged by protests against China.
When Celebs Blame the Media
Amid the Miley Cyrus-Vanity Fair-Annie Leibovitz imbroglio, the real story is that celebrities shouldn't blame the media when their publicity attempts backfire.
Jon Friedman reports.
Stop Identity Theft
Identity Theft is a crime so common that if it hasn't happened to you personally, you probably know a victim. So why are so many people still being victimized?
The Democratization of Film
Academy Award-nominated director Spike Lee is teaming up with Nokia Productions to direct a movie made with footage from people's cell phones.
Kelsey Hubbard reports.
Head lice art opens in Israel
Art critics are scratching their heads, as an exhibition introducing Germans infected with lice opens in central Israel. A group of young German artists are trying to stretch the boundaries of art by living in an Israeli museum for three weeks with lice in their hair.
East lags west in European art
Eastern Europeans may have been quick to match their western peers' spending habits on daily goods, but art traders' hopes that this would soon translate into a vibrant new art market have so far not been realised.
Now in its fourth year, Viennafair, Europe's only designated central and eastern European art fair, has failed to live up to expectations and has prompted many in the business to refocus on the west.
But despite the slow start, there is hope that the market of artists and collectors in the former communist countries may still pick up.
Boris Marte is head of 'Erste Bank', the Central and Eastern Europe fair's main sponsor. He says one of the problems is a lack of public funding for the arts in the formerly communist countries. He still believes, however, that the emerging art market has potential.
"Well, the Vienna artfair has become a hotspot of the international art scene. Especially a hotspot for the art scene of east, southeast Europe. And we think that these are, kind of the main emerging markets inside Europe, with a huge development in the future but without an art market yet. So, Vienna is - The art fair in Vienna is the first art fair in this region. And I think it has, by being the first art fair in the region a huge possibility and opportunity in the future," he said.
At this year's fair, that ran from April 24-27, 126 exhibitors arrived to vie for some 17,000 visiting art aficionados. Yet the number of eastern European galleries showcasing in the Austrian capital had fallen to 21 from 26 a year earlier.
Gallery owner, Hans Knoll, who has galleries in Vienna and Budapest, says one reason for the still small CEE presence is budget.
"There are not so many galleries. Most of the galleries are not that far developed that they could afford such affair. They have very little budget, they are very often too young. You know, the galleries in the region are rarely older than 3...4 years," he said.
There are many reasons for why art markets in the former communist east have lagged behind expectations. For one, an eager and affluent scene of collectors is still missing.
"I can tell you that in Lithuania we only have one commercial gallery who has something like an international profile that could participate in a fair. So, in Latvia, in Riga there is none. In Tallinn there is not really one. So that's three capitals of a certain portion of communist Europe where there's no dealers. There's no decent dealer in Kiev, there's no decent dealer in Minsk. So that actually, huge populations within Eastern Europe don't have any market whatsoever. So that can explain the proportional imbalance between the, the western and eastern galleries," said Simon Rees, curator of CEE galleries at the fair.
Auction Houses such as Sotheby's have noticed a weakness of regional art markets at charity auctions but also say that this can change very quickly. Andrea Jungmann, is managing director for Sotheby's in Austria. She points to Poland particularly as showing promising signs in developing quality contemporary art and suggests a look at the explosion of the Russian art market as a sign of how a market can take off.
Berlin wall high tech guide
The Berlin wall may be a part of Germany's history, but now it's been taken into the 21st century. From the beginning of May, visitors to the German capital will be able to walk the wall with a new multi media guide run by GPS.
The bilingual (German/English) guides are collected from special kiosks at famous points along the former route of the wall, such as the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie. From there, the handheld digital guides pinpoint the visitor's location and describe the history of the surrounding area. It also guides them to the main Berlin Wall memorials whilst showing historical film and audio recordings.
But the new guides are not solely aimed at informing tourists about the history of the city.
"It's not just the young people but also lots of tourists who don't know why there was even a wall in Berlin in the first place. This is something I'm often asked. On the other hand there are also lots of people in Berlin who lived for the majority of their lives with the wall, and they want
to compare their personal experiences with the historical view," says artistic director of the Berlin Wall Guide, Eva Wesemann.
The new guides are being brought out in preparation for celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.