Brazilian street artist creates World Cups first viral image

first_imgRelated posts:Brazilian police crack down on pre-World Cup protest Transport chaos, World Cup security fears hit Brazil Most Brazilians don’t want to host the World Cup World Cup fervor begins winning out over opposition in Brazil as tournament begins On May 10, Brazilian artistPaulo Ito posted this mural on the doors of a schoolhouse in São Paulo’s Pompeia district. Less than a week later, it has become an international sensation, drawing huge attention on Facebook. It has also taken off in Brazil — a post on the popular Facebook page TV Revolta has been shared and liked more than 40,000 times.I first saw the image when The Nation’s Dave Zirin posted it on Twitter. The portrait of a weeping, starving Brazilian child with nothing to eat but a soccer ball is so simple and evocative that you don’t need to know much about Brazil to wrap your head around it. All you have to understand is that despite massive gains made over the past decade, poverty levels are still appallingly high, and the World Cup is costing the nation billions of dollars that could be spent elsewhere.“People already have the feeling and that image condensed this feeling,” the São Paulo-based Ito told me in an interview this week. He says he’s never created anything so popular in his 14 years as a street artist, and was surprised by the powerful response. “The truth is there is so much wrong in Brazil that it is difficult to know where to start,” he explained via Facebook chat. “I didn’t mean [to say] nobody is doing anything against poverty,” he said of the mural. “But we need to show the world or ourselves that the situation is still not good.”Earlier this month, the populist Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced increases in welfare payments ahead of the World Cup and in anticipation of this October’s elections. And last year, after millions took to the streets to protest a hike in bus fares and other systemic problems including a broken health care system, the government responded quickly, abandoning the fare increase, importing doctors from Cuba, and reserving oil money for education. But in his new book “Futebol Nation: The Story of Brazil Through Soccer,” David Goldblatt describes that response as a half-measure, one designed to squelch the demonstrations. “It wasn’t much, but it was enough to take the sting out of the movement,” Goldblatt writes.Recommended: Transport chaos, World Cup security fears hit BrazilIto echoed the idea that the government’s response has been largely cosmetic. He mentioned two Brazilian aphorisms: tapar o sol com a peneira and leis para inglês ver. The first means to “cover the sun with the sieve.” The second can be translated as “just for show for the English.”Still, Ito doesn’t appreciate how his artwork has been used by conservative networks like TV Revolta to attack President Rousseff. He says the mural is a broader criticism of Brazilian society, and Rousseff — the chosen successor to populist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — has done some good things for the poor.Ito initially wanted to put the image outside of the 70,000-seat Itaquerão Stadium, the site of the World Cup opener. He later changed his mind, thinking that the school, in what he describes as a largely middle class part of Pompeia, was more appropriate. He says he did not want to place it in a poverty-stricken district, such as one of São Paulo’s favelas, and that he has gone out of his way to avoid posting such images in those areas.“Two years ago I painted in an [abandoned] building and I was thinking to paint something about poverty, but when I went inside I changed my mind,” Ito told me. “They already live what I was supposed to paint.” Instead, he said, in those cases he painted what the people asked him for: football team symbols, and SpongeBob SquarePants.© 2014, Slate Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Stonegate Mortgage Builds Executive Team With 3 New Hires

first_imgStonegate Mortgage Builds Executive Team With 3 New Hires In addition, Stonegate also appointed Michael Giampaolo’s as EVP, Stonegate Direct. Giampaolo joins Stonegate Direct from IMPAC Mortgage Company, where he served as VP, Consumer Direct Lending, and was responsible for managing the direct-to-consumer retail call center business nationwide. Prior to that, he has held positions as SVP of Retail Sales at Mission Hills Mortgage, SVP of Retail & Wholesale Lending at Financial Freedom, SVP of Wholesale Lending at IndyMac Bank and EVP of Wholesale Lending at Washington Mutual Bank.”Stonegate Direct’s mission is to deliver a simple mortgage solution for those consumers looking to purchase or refinance a home and complete their mortgage application online,” Giampaolo said. “Launched in October of 2014 as a division of Stonegate Mortgage, our focus is to streamline the mortgage process by providing direct-to-consumer offerings, including access to mortgage advisors, products and services 24/7 across the country.””We are extremely pleased to have Michael join Stonegate Direct and lead our efforts to grow the direct-to-consumer business,” said Jim Smith, Stonegate Mortgage President and COO. “His extensive mortgage industry background, reputation for leading high performing business units and strong execution skills make him a perfect fit to continue building our platform. I look forward to working closely with him and his future contributions to Stonegate Direct.”Stonegate Mortgage also named John Pantalone as SVP, Eastern Division Manager-TPO. In this role, he will lead and support the Eastern region’s Third Party Origination sales teams, while creating and implementing growth strategies. Pantalone has been a member of the Stonegate Mortgage team since 2011. Previously, he worked as a Managing Partner at REOsure Real Estate Services, and as an Executive Vice President of Sales and Operations for NovaStar Mortgage. His long-time experience in management and TPO sales within the mortgage space qualify him for this role.Steve Landes, Stonegate Mortgage EVP, National Director of Sales and President of NattyMac, Stonegate’s wholly owned warehouse subsidiary, said, “Throughout his more than 5 years with Stonegate Mortgage, John has demonstrated high quality performance and leadership in the channel. His extensive knowledge of the mortgage industry along with his management experience and dedication to both other employees and to customers ensure that he will continue to uphold Stonegate’s reputation as a leader in the mortgage space.””It has been an exciting journey to watch Stonegate Mortgage grow in the TPO channel, establishing a platform with an unparalleled national presence,” Pantalone said. “In my new role as Eastern Division Manager, I look forward to being a part of this continued growth and to consistently serving our customers with innovative, efficient and effective technologies.” Executive Hires Stonegate Mortgage 2016-03-10 Staff Writer in Headlines, News March 10, 2016 525 Views Stonegate Mortgage Corp., a publicly traded mortgage company focused on originating, financing, and servicing U.S. residential mortgage loans, recently appointed Carrie Preston, current Chief Accounting Officer, as its CFO. Preston replaces Robert Eastep, who is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.”Carrie’s twenty years as an industry veteran and specialties in accounting, auditing and financial reporting for publicly-traded companies make her a valuable addition to our executive team; I look forward to working closely with her as we continue to both maintain and grow Stonegate Mortgage’s reputation as a leader in the mortgage industry,” said Richard A. Kraemer, CEO of Stonegate Mortgage.Preston is a CPA and joined Stonegate Mortgage in October 2014 as Chief Accounting Officer, where she was responsible for leading the accounting and Securities and Exchange Commission reporting teams, as well as managing technical accounting research and key aspects of compliance. Prior to this, she consulted for Stonegate Mortgage for Sarbanes-Oxley and financial reporting, and served as CFO for Union Mortgage Group, Inc., and SVP and Controller of Saxon Capital, Inc.”Stonegate Mortgage is rooted in strong financial principles and compliance, key components in creating long-term shareholder value,” Preston said. “Those factors make the company well-positioned for future financial success, and I am looking forward to assuming my role as CFO for the company.” Sharelast_img read more