PRRD hosting landslide meeting on Monday

first_imgIf you have any questions before the meeting please call 250 784 3200. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District is going to be hosting a meeting for Old Fort residents impacted by Sunday’s landslide over the long weekend.The meeting taking place from 11:00 a.m. to noon on Monday, October 8th at the Stonebridge Hotel in Fort St. John.The meeting will be live streamed to, to enable residents in the community to watch the meeting and forward questions.last_img

Moroccan Novelist Wins the 2019 Sheikh Zayed Book Award

Rabat – On March 16, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award announced that the Moroccan author Bensalem Himmich won the literature award for his memoir “The Self: Between Existence and Creation.” The book was published by Book Cultural Centre for Publishing & Distribution, in 2018.The book is an autobiography through which Himmich discusses the intellectual stances he adopted throughout his career as a novelist. Himmich emphasizes the connection between one’s existence and creation, the path that the person takes through struggles against cultural and existential matters.Himmich is a former minister of culture and currently a novelist, poet, and philosopher who teaches at the Mohammed V University, in Rabat. The Sheikh Zayed Book Award is one of the best-funded prizes presented yearly to those whose writings and translations of humanities have scholarly and objectively enriched Arab cultural, literary and social life.Himmich is a two-time winner of the Najib Mahfouz Prize as well as the recipient of several distinctions, including the Grand Atlas Award (2000), the Sharjah-UNESCO Prize (2003), and the silver medal of the academic society “Arts-Sciences-Letters.”Read Also: Development Council Strips Moroccan Poet of Award over Visit to IsraelThe award ceremony of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award will take place on April 25, at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.The five other internationally renowned novelists are Kuwaiti author-photographer Hussain Al-mutawa who won the Children’s Literature award for “I Dream of Being a Cement Mixer,” Algerian scholar Dr. Abderrezak Belagrouz won the Young Author award for his academic work “The Essence of Values and the Freedom of Social Concepts.”In the category of Literary and Art Criticism, Dr. Charbel Dagher won for his work of “Contemporary Arabic Poetry,” Philip F. Kennedy won for his work “Arabic Narrative Tradition” in the category of Arab Culture in Other Languages,  finally, in the category of publishing and technology, the award went to the UAE’s Arab Centre for “Geographic Literature.”The winners of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award are granted a gold medal, a certificate of merit, and MAD 750,000. read more

Cops bust cigarette smuggling racket

The cigarettes worth Rs. 10,000,000 had been found in a van which was about to distribute them to various locations. The police said that a raid was carried out by the police following investigations provided by another two suspects who are in police custody. The police have busted a major cigarette smuggling racket and seized over 15,000 cartons of cigarettes.A statement by the police headquarters said that the police special task force (STF) seized 2000 cartons of cigarettes which were smuggled into the country and arrested two people in Kotahena today. Each carton had 200 cigarettes, the police media unit said. A 42 year old suspect and a 53 year old suspect were arrested while the van was also seized.The information regarding the consignment smuggled into the country to avoid paying taxes was revealed by two other suspects who had been arrested yesterday with 13,145 cartons of illegally imported cigarettes. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Somawansa Amarasinghes party joins Podujana Peramuna

Former Ministers Basil Rajapaksa and G.L Peiris took part in the discussions with the Janatha Sewaka Pakshaya.Somawansa Amarasinghe had formed the new political party after leaving the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in 2015. The political party launched by the late Somawansa Amarasinghe has joined the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna said that talks held with the Janatha Sewaka Pakshaya was successful. Amarasinghe passed away last year. (Colombo Gazette)

UN seeks 183 million in 2005 to aid Darfur refugees in Chad

During the last 16 months, some 200,000 people have fled into eastern Chad, leading to growing tensions between the refugees and the local population as the two groups increasingly compete for scarce water, food and land, and endangering the economic and political stability of the impoverished country as a whole.”Unless the conflict in western Sudan is resolved, new waves of refugees must be anticipated,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. “This additional demographic pressure would exacerbate the already precarious security and humanitarian situation, including increased food insecurity.”Among its priorities OCHA listed the essential needs of both refugees and the local population, including water, agriculture, animal rearing and food security and basic services such as health and education.The Consolidated Appeal (CAP) launched last month totals $182,691,840 to implement 64 projects, compared with the revised 2004 figure of $166 million, of which $129,430 603 or 78.2 per cent had been funded as of October. It is part of an overall $1.6 billion requested by the United Nations to fund its worldwide relief programmes next year.The 2004 CAP initially sought just $30.1 million but as the situation continued to deteriorate, requirements were revised to enable organizations to better address the needs of a growing number of refugees.Some 1.65 million people overall have been displaced by the Darfur conflict, in which Janjaweed militias stand accused of killing and raping thousands of villagers after rebels took up arms last year to demand a greater share of economic resources. In May this year, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Humans Rights (OHCHR) presented a report to the Security Council revealing violations of human rights consisting of war crimes and crimes against humanity.The report indicated evidence of abuses committed by the Sudanese Government and the Janjaweed militia including forced displacements, assassination of civilians and rape. The violence in Darfur included attacks by the Janjaweed in the border areas between Sudan and Chad. read more

Employers must address all aspects of genderbased violence in workplace – UN

“Violence against women has long-term consequences,” UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said, explaining that children who watched their mothers and sisters beaten up at home could become perpetrators themselves or unhappy persons when they grow up.She also said that women could die from violence and experience various forms of suffering, including physical and emotional damage, trauma, stigma, and limited access to the labour market. Employers will also have to pay the heavy price in the form of lost productivity, legal cost, high turnover, sick leaves and damaged reputation.To prevent violence against women, institutions must take responsibility for addressing the issue at the macro-level by setting standards and putting in place preventive measures, she stressed.The panel discussion, titled ‘Ending Violence against Women: Prevention and response in the world of work,’ was sponsored by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UN Women, formally known as the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.VIDEO: During the 61st Commission on the Status of Women, ILO expert Manuela Tomei, at a panel discussion on violence against women at work, highlights the importance of prevention, protection, and assistance to the victims, adding that the issue requires interventions and commitment from employers and workers.The event was held on the sidelines of the 61st Commission on the Status of Women, known as the largest inter-governmental forum on women’s rights and gender equality. The theme this year is on women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.Manuela Tomei, Director of ILO’s Working Conditions and Equality Department, said that violence against women is a violation of human rights, a threat to women’s security and health, and a threat to women’s empowerment.She said that a survey conducted by ILO and Gallop found that one of the top three challenges women find in workplace is “abuse and harassment.” The world of work goes beyond the physical workplace to include commutes, social events and home, she said, stressing the importance of addressing the issue through an integrated approach that includes prevention, protection and assistance to victims.She said ILO is leading efforts to set a new global standard by 2019 or 2020 against violence and harassment in workplace. read more

Brock University researcher says historical information on women largely hidden or absent

Most Canadians agree that a prominent Canadian woman should appear on our money next year, according to a recent Angus Reid Institute poll. But agreement on exactly who that woman should be is a lot less clear.As an independent advisory council begins its public survey on a shortlist of a dozen names, Brock University scholar and professor Lissa Paul notes that historical information about women’s contributions to society tend to be hidden, absent or undervalued.Paul has written a book — and is writing another and editing a third — on English author and teacher Eliza Fenwick (1766-1840). Among her accomplishments, in the 1830s, Fenwick ran a school for girls in Niagara-on-the Lake and was the much-loved mistress of the Boys Boarding House for Upper Canada College in Toronto.During her research, Paul had to do a lot of creative digging to find materials for her books.For example, Fenwick was a close associate of William Warren Baldwin and Robert Baldwin, both influential players in the development of parliamentary reform in Upper Canada.Paul tried to search the extensive, cross-referenced collection of Baldwin family letters and other documents housed in the Toronto Public Library, but did not find a trace of Eliza Fenwick.“She wasn’t in the correspondence files or in any of the references, but when I pulled up the boxes of letters in the correct date range, sure enough, manuscript letters turned up,” says Paul. “Those documents are not named, because those were not regarded as important enough. References to Eliza were regarded as too insignificant and domestic to record.”Paul applauds the move to have a woman on a bill and says this could be one way of bringing the lives of neglected women of influence to the surface of public attention, and perhaps one step towards bringing women to other public spaces, such as buildings and streets.“Men Eliza knew in the 1830s, William Warren Baldwin and Lieutenant Governor John Colborne, live with us every day in Toronto — we can walk up the Baldwin Steps to Casa Loma or along Colborne Street,” says Paul.For more details of Paul’s research and her take on women’s historical records, see her article in Friday’s Globe and Mail. read more

Tonga cleared rainforest of mosquitoes ahead of Duchess of Sussexs visit to

When the Duchess of Sussex announced she was travelling to Tonga while pregnant, eyebrows were raised about the dangers of the Zika virus.The world need not have worried, it appears, after it emerged the Tongan authorities sprayed the rainforest she was visiting to clear it of mosquitoes ahead of the royal visit.The principal of Tupou College, where the Duke and Duchess on Friday unveiled two new dedicated areas of preserved rainforest, said the health authorities had sprayed an unspecified chemical in the area twice in the two days preceding the arrival of the royal couple.As they visited the school and its talented choir, the Duke and Duchess were treated to a performance of a song about mosquitoes, complete with actions and buzzing sound effects from pupils.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The tune left the Duchess, who is around four months pregnant and has taken medical advice about the Zika virus ahead of her trip, in irrepressible giggles.   The country has a “moderate” risk of zika, which is transmitted by mosquitoes and can cause birth defects.The Duchess has spent four days in Fiji and Tonga, wearing long sleeves and mid or floor-length skirts, and undertaking events largely inside or in urban areas while the Duke heads to the forests. At the college, the Duke walked through a section if the Tuloa forest without her.Alifeleti Atiola, principal of Tupou College, said as he introduced the song that it was about mosquitoes welcoming them to the forest.He added that remarks were aimed at reassuring the Duchess about the Zika threat, telling her: “They are quite harmless.””I knew there was a concern,” he said. “I just wanted to make sure that she knew that it is safe here.” On Friday afternoon, the couple flew from Tonga to Sydney where they will they will visit Invictus Games competitors and speak at the closing ceremony, before flying to their final leg of the long trip in New Zealand.Sign up for Your Royal Appointment – for everything you need to know about the Royal Family, direct to your inbox each week. The Duke and Duchess were able to spend just one night in the Kingdom of Tonga during their 16- day Pacific tour, and were hosted for much of it by the country’s own royal family. On Friday morning, they spent time with Princess Angelika, King’s Tupou VI’s l daughter, who called them a “beacon of hope” for young people in the Commonwealth, and the “ultimate diplomacy”.At a marketplace, where they were adorned with flower garlands and elaborate Taovalas to tie around their waists.Given a piece of art bearing the royal motif of the island, Fata O Tu’i Tongan, to take back to Kensington Palace, the couple are understood to have declined other gifts for fear of strict Australian import laws about flora and fauna.Salome Tesi, who was stationed at the first stall the Duke and Duchess came to in the market, said the couple had been interested to see a display of tree-like black coral on the table but politely declined to take away a carved necklace in the shape of a turtle.”They asked about where it came from,” she said. “We offered them a necklace as a gift and they said they liked it.”They really liked it but they didn’t take it. I think they wanted to take a look around all of the market.” Pointing at the forest, he disclosed: “We got the health authorities to come and spray this two days in a row, yesterday and the day before.”During a ceremony which dedicated two areas of the forest to the Queens Commonwealth Canopy, pledging to protect them, the choir also sang the Welsh rugby anthem “Guide me o thou great redeemer”, with Prince Harry humming along and encouraging the crowd to join in.In a speech, the Duke thanked the people of Tonga for “leading by example” to protect the environment.”Planting trees and conserving forests helps us in so many ways,” he said.”It is a simple but effective way to restore and repair our environment, clean the air, protect habitat and enhance our health and wellbeing.” read more

Legalise betting and criminalise fixing says Indian lawreform body

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUnibet return as CPL Official Betting PartnerApril 25, 2016In “Sports”Make match-fixing a criminal offence – ICC to governmentsDecember 13, 2018In “latest news”Chennai, Rajasthan to play in IPL 2014March 30, 2014In “Sports” The Law Commission of India (LCI) has agreed with the Lodha Committee report that match-fixing of any kind in sport, including cricket, should be a criminal offence carrying significant punishment. Calling gambling and betting two sides of the same coin, the LCI – a body instituted by the government to look into legal reform – has recommended to the Indian government that it consider regulating betting and gambling activities as against imposing a complete prohibition.The IPL corruption scandal might yield something of a positive outcome if it results in progress towards the legalisation of betting in India (Raveendran / AFP/Getty Images)On Thursday, the LCI published the findings in a report titled “Legal Framework: Gambling and Sports Betting including in Cricket in India”, which has been submitted to the Indian government to take a final call. In its various recommendations, the LCI also noted: “Match-fixing and sports fraud should be specifically made criminal offences with severe punishments.”The LCI, which comprises several lawmakers and is headed by Justice BS Chauhan, was pushed into action by the Lodha Committee which had recommended legalising betting in its final report in 2016. The Lodha Committee had said that the LCI was the appropriate body to consider enacting any such law. “Having discussed the pros and cons of legalising regulated gambling and betting activities, it would be apt to say that the arguments in favour of the same far outweigh the arguments alluding to the immorality of these activities,” the LCI said in its report.The question of legalising betting in cricket came to the fore after the Mudgal Committee, appointed to probe the 2013 IPL corruption scandal, pointed out that investigative agencies “lament” the absence of “proper tools” to detect sports fraud. Legalising betting, the agencies told the Mudgal Committee, would “reduce the involvement of black money, and the influence of underworld”.There is already a draft bill for the prevention of sporting fraud that was made in 2013, but it has not been acted on by any government yet. The draft bill covers the definition of sporting fraud, the perpetrators and the punishment – which can extend to five years of imprisonment, a fine of INR 10 lakh or five times the benefit derived from the sporting fraud.During its research, which involved speaking to various legal experts, business leaders, members of the media and the general public including students, the LCI found “the straitjacket prohibition” on gambling had resulted in a “rampant” increase in illegal gambling, which consequently was responsible for the “boom” in the creation and circulation of black money.“It is obvious that betting and corruption in sports, especially cricket, is rampant throughout the world. It has reached a point where the State machinery is finding it difficult to completely curb it. Guided by this realisation, one possible way out would be to legalise sports betting, which would go a long way in regulating and controlling the same, while also earning huge revenues by taxing it. In fact, countries like Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa, Sri Lanka and New Zealand have taken a step in this direction, legalising and regulating betting in sports.” Incidentally, Prof S Sivakumar, one of the LCI members who prepared the report, did not agree that legalising gambling was the solution. Sivakumar’s argument was that gambling is treated as a social stigma in India. “The socio-economic and cultural circumstances of the country are not pragmatic to accept legalised gambling activities, as it is still treated as a social stigma,” Sivakumar said at the end of the LCI report.According to Sivakumar “vested interests” wanted gambling and betting legalised for “amassing money clandestinely”, but that would only leave the “innocent masses to hands of poverty and penury”. Sivakumar blamed the Lodha Committee for failing to acknowledge that aspect. “The Lodha Committee report has not considered the socio-economic condition in the country. With widespread poverty prevalent in India, to me, the present condition in the country is not ripe for legalising betting in sports.” (ESPNCricinfo) read more

Un aquarium bien décoré diminue lagressivité des poissons

first_imgUn aquarium bien décoré diminue l’agressivité des poissonsPubliant ses travaux dans le Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, un chercheur américain a mis en évidence le lien entre l’aménagement de nos aquariums domestiques et l’agressivité de leurs occupants.   Constatant en captivité, chez les poissons d’aquarium appelés cichlidés Midas (Amphilophus citrinellus), une agressivité  absente en milieu naturel, Ronald G. Oldfield, de l’Université du Michigan, a procédé à certaines expériences pour tenter d’expliquer ce phénomène.À lire aussiL’impressionnant repas d’un héron surpris en pleine naturePremière observation : dans un aquarium familial ‘standard’ (38 litres) donné, ces poissons montrent le même taux d’agressivité quel que soit le nombre d’individus mis en présence. Exit donc l’hypothèse du seul effet de surpeuplement. Deuxième constat : en transférant tout ce petit monde d’un aquarium de 38 litres, exempt de tout décor, à un autre, tout aussi vide, de 380 litres, le malaise persiste à l’identique.Seul facteur diminuant sensiblement les comportements agressifs : l’installation d’un décor transformant l’aquarium en un environnement plus complexe. Les poissons ont en effet besoin de pouvoir s’isoler visuellement les uns des autres. Seul un aquarium d’une taille raisonnable, propice à la mise en place d’éléments de décor suffisants, permet donc à chaque spécimen d’avoir ‘son petit coin’. Un investissement nécessaire au confort et à la sécurité de nos compagnons à nageoires, trop souvent négligés par rapport aux autres animaux de compagnie.Le 8 janvier 2012 à 11:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Freeway bridge collapses into Skagit River no fatalities

first_imgA truck is seen in the water Thursday after a portion of the Interstate 5 bridge collapsed into the Skagit River in Mount Vernon. Authorities say there were no fatalities when the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River near Mount Vernon collapsed Thursday evening, dumping vehicles and people into the water below.The failure of a bridge with a similar design to the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Columbia River brought new attention to the issue of bridge safety as the Washington Legislature considers committing $450 million toward the Columbia River Crossing project.“I presume its going to intensify the debate over the safety of the bridges. That’s been one of the principal issues with the bridges to begin with,” said Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver. Moeller, who learned about the collapse when contacted by The Columbian for comment, said he hoped no one was hurt or killed in the collapse.“I think it raises the question over the whole aspect of bridge safety — not only with this bridge, but also with the infrastructures of this state,” he said.last_img read more

The top 10 most read stories in FebruaryMarch 2016

first_imgThe most read stories online between 15 February and 14 March 2016:EAT reverses ET decision on childcare vouchersThe Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has overturned an Employment Tribunal (ET) decision that it was discriminatory to require employees to agree to the suspension of childcare vouchers during maternity leave when signing up to the scheme. British Gas case ruling confirms that commission must be included in holiday pay calculationsIn the case of Lock v British Gas Trading and others, the EAT has determined that commission payments must be included in calculations for employees’ annual leave and holiday pay. 89% say wellness programmes boost happiness and wellbeingAlmost nine in 10 (89%) employee respondents believe that taking part in workplace wellness programmes improves their overall wellbeing and happiness, according to research by US health insurance provider Humana and the Economist Intelligence Unit. EXCLUSIVE: Countrywide introduces discount scheme for staffCountrywide has introduced an employee discount scheme, Under One Roof, for its 12,000 members of staff, as well as their close family members. Rolls-Royce introduces financial education and engagement strategyRolls-Royce has implemented a financial education and employee engagement strategy to engage employees with saving for retirement, and switched pension scheme providers. Self-parking chairs steer into place in Japanese officesNissan has developed a self-parking office chair, designed to free busy employees from ‘the troublesome task of arranging chairs’ after a long meeting or at the end of a strenuous day. EY, Iceland and Nationwide are among the 25 Best Big Companies to Work For 2016EY, Iceland, Nationwide Building Society, Skyscanner and Water Aid are among the organisations recognised in The Sunday Times’ Best Companies to Work For 2016 lists. Puppies help de-stress Australian workplacesOn 25 February, Uber teamed up with Purina’s Pets At Work initiative and local animal shelters in eight Australian cities to offer employees the opportunity to cuddle a puppy for 15 minutes. Morrisons invests £30m in staff rest area revampMorrisons is to conduct a four-year, £30 million makeover of its facilities for staff. The revamp aims to provide employees with rest areas to help them recharge and relax during breaks. London City Airport introduces financial wellbeing app for staffLondon City Airport has introduced a financial wellbeing app to help its 500 employees manage their money and save directly from their pay. read more

Committee vote for Kavanaughs Supreme Court nomination cancelled

first_imgWASHINGTON (WSVN) — Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has officially cancelled a committee vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.The vote was scheduled for Thursday but was cancelled Tuesday afternoon.A woman had come forward and said that Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were both teenagers about 36 years ago.Since that claim came to light, there was talk of postponing the vote before it was cancelled.The woman who accused Kavanaugh has been invited to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. Kavaunagh, who was also invited to testify, has accepted. She has yet to accept.Please check back on and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Game of Thrones HBO releases final season premiere date and new teaser

first_imgJon Snow’s been waiting a long time for these final episodes. Macall B. Polay/HBO Winter is coming, and it’s on April 14.On Sunday, HBO finally announced the premiere date for the final season of Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones Share your voice Fans have been waiting since August 2017 for the return of the hit fantasy show, based on the A Song of Ice and Fire books by George R.R. Martin. A variety of tidbits have been revealed, including that there will be six super-sized episodes, perhaps as long as movies.Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, as well as David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik, will direct episodes, and Benioff, Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill will write the scripts. As fans know, the TV show has veered off from Martin’s books due to necessity, as a new book hasn’t come out since 2011. The network also released a tantalizing teaser video called Crypts of Winterfell. In the video, Jon Snow, Sansa Stark and Arya Stark walk through the crypts under their family home and hear messages from dead family members Ned and Catelyn Stark as well as Lyanna Stark, who of course is Ned’s sister/the mother Jon never knew. Then an icy threat comes their way, and the Starks show they are prepared to face it down or die trying. Inside the workshop where Game of Thrones swords are made April 14. #ForTheThrone— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) January 14, 2019center_img TV and Movies 10 Photos Tags Post a comment 0last_img read more

NASA is sending selfcharging robotic bees to space station

first_imgThe Astrobees have been developed and built at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. They use fans to move, can turn on any axis and go forward in any direction in space. Each robot has cameras and sensors for navigation and a robotic arm to handle tasks. They run on battery and can dock at a power station and recharge themselves automatically. They’ll also help researchers carry out experiments, test technologies and study human-robot interaction in space, NASA said. The results could help humans prepare to explore the moon and other planets. Two of the three Astrobees are expected to head to the space station this month.  0 Sci-Tech Tech Industry Our @Space_Station crew is gaining 3 robotic helpers — Astrobees! 🐝 These cube-shaped robots will stay busy, flying around the orbital lab assisting basic tasks & allowing our astronauts more time for science. But how will they do it? See for yourself:— NASA (@NASA) April 3, 2019 NASA Share your voice Post a comment The Astrobees act like bees, even if they don’t look like them. NASA New robots are about to create a buzz in space. Three hovering robots, dubbed Astrobees, will be heading to the International Space Station to help astronauts conduct research, do maintenance and track inventory, NASA said Tuesday in a blog post. Tagslast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Sept 27 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen NowAccess to overdose preventative still bogged down in barriersAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauScores of people have died in Alaska from heroin and other opioid overdose deaths this year that the drug naloxone, also known as Narcan, could have prevented.ASD employee charged with embezzling thousands from schoolsEllen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAnchorage police have charged a former Anchorage School District employee with embezzlement. The charges come after a five month investigation. APD fraud division detective Tony Pate told reporters Tuesday that the suspect, Kellie Fagan, allegedly took between $50,000-$60,000 in school district funds from two schools.White House: No nation an island on Arctic scienceLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageCabinet members and high-ranking science advisors from 25 governments will convene on the White House tomorrow to discuss rapid changes in the Arctic. “The Arctic is … a preview of what is coming our way in the rest of the world,” says Mark Brzezinski, the top White House liaison to the region.New satellite-based technology aims to crack down on illegal fishingZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaCommercial fishing in Alaska is a multi-billion dollar industry. But every year, billions of dollars are lost to illegal fishing around the world. A new satellite-based surveillance system makes it easier to track illegal fishing. But some fishermen aren’t ready for Big Brother watching their every move.North Star Borough looks to reduce wintertime smoke pollutionDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksAreas of Fairbanks continue to struggle with wintertime smoke pollution. Many residents of the interior community rely on wood heat, and a North Star Borough sponsored conference is exploring ways to reduce emissions tied to serious health problems.Citizen scientists track crane populationShahla Farzan, KBBI – HomerEvery spring, hundreds of sandhill cranes visit Homer to mate and nest. You’ll often find them looking for tasty morsels along the shoreline or silently strutting across your backyard. For the last thirteen years, Kachemak Crane Watch has organized a “sandhill crane count” to keep track of their population.Shaktoolik plans to “stay and defend” current locationLauren Frost, KNOM – NomeThis August, representatives from Shaktoolik completed a strategic management plan to protect their community from erosion and violent storms.Napaskiak man kills puppy to threaten ex-girlfriend and her husbandAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelA Napaskiak man has threatened an ex-girlfriend and her husband by killing a puppy, throwing it against their bedroom window and leaving a threatening note on the body once it hit the ground.last_img read more

Living in a dreamscape How one couple forged a future on the

first_imgLynette Robers and Steve Ulvi in front of their homestead in Yukon-Charley. (Photo: Steve Ulvi/Project Jukebox)When writer John McPhee arrived on the Yukon River in the mid-1970s, he encountered men and women living as far from civilization as they could manage. He profiled many of these people in the third section of his book, “Coming into the Country.”Listen nowOne of the people McPhee met during this time was Steve Ulvi. For a decade beginning in 1974, Ulvi and his soon-to-be wife Lynette Roberts lived hundreds of miles from the nearest city in a cabin they built near the Yukon River. When asked how they did it, the couple answered without hesitation:“Stubbornness,” Roberts said.“I was going to say the same thing,” Ulvi said.The two arrived in Alaska when Ulvi was just 23, and Roberts, 25. They were college dropouts and hippies — although they prefer the term “counterculturalists.” Inspired by the works of Henry David Thoreau, Edward Abbey and Dick Proenneke, Ulvi envisioned a simple life connected to nature.Roberts had no such vision — but she was in love with Ulvi.“I wasn’t going to let him go alone,” said Roberts. “If I was welcome, I was going to go.”Things weren’t easy at first. They scraped by in a 15 by 15 cabin with Ulvi’s brother. There weren’t as many animals to hunt as Ulvi had guessed. And, Ulvi said, there was something else about the country they weren’t entirely prepared for:“Winter is the dominant feature and it drives everything else,” Ulvi said. “That was something that no matter how much you might read about it or how much you might think about it, there’s nothing that prepares you for that, day in and day out.”That first un-glamorous winter — broke, cold and sick of being the only woman around — Roberts got fed up and left. She ended up in Tok, not having the money to go further, and picked up work at a cafe. But after getting a little space and time to herself, she went back.“I think Steve was quite shocked to see me because he thought I was gone for good. But it just didn’t seem right that I would leave for good,” Roberts said.Over the next ten years, the couple learned to trap, planted gardens, built up a dog team, and made their own clothes. Eventually, they had two children. Roberts said living in the bush made them a stronger family. Over the years, she came to love living there as much as Ulvi.“It became my life, and I was there because I really wanted to be there, not just because that’s where I was,” said Roberts.John McPhee encountered Ulvi and Roberts two years after the couple’s arrival, when they were just getting the the hang of things. In “Coming into the Country,” McPhee introduced Ulvi as a “cinematically handsome man” helping another river dweller, Dick Cook, load up a canoe with supplies. It was spring, and the Yukon was roiling with giant chunks of ice. McPhee was standing on the riverbank when the two shoved off — and watched as a massive ice floe hit their canoe:“Blood ran out of Cook’s face. His skin became as pale as the floes in the river. If more ice were to strike the canoe now, it could crumple it up like an aluminum can. Ulvi wrenched the bow free and shoved the canoe backward. Once more it floated among the ice,” the book read.When he reflects on his near-death experience in the icy Yukon, Ulvi said McPhee played a bigger role in the scene than the book lets on.“Dick Cook loved to talk and, of course, McPhee’s job was made easier the more somebody talked,” Ulvi said. “So I’m in the bow, [and] McPhee and Cook were talking and talking and talking. I think that what happened is that Dick just got a little frustrated and just kind of gave us a little shove with his paddle and we slid down the ice floe into the water at exactly the wrong time.”Even though McPhee’s reporting nearly saw Ulvi meet a frigid end, he is full of praise for “Coming into the Country.”“He captured it exquisitely. I just can’t say enough about how well he did at capturing those feelings, and that sense of change,” Ulvi said.Ulvi only gets a few mentions in “Coming into the Country,” but he was swept up in the changes McPhee chronicled in his book. In the 1970s, oil started flowing down the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Soon after, Congress inked the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.“I call that the great partitioning of Alaska, occurred in the ’70s and into [19]80,” Ulvi said. “And in some ways, I also feel that that was the end of old Alaska.”Many of the “river people” McPhee had profiled found themselves living in a National Preserve. After years of successfully avoiding government interference, they started to receive trespass notices and began clashing with federal officials. At first, Ulvi and Roberts stayed out of it because they had settled, with permission, on Native land.But in 1981, Ulvi took a job as a park ranger for Yukon Charley National Preserve, and so began, he said, “many years of controversy, of not being able to attend local parties without the topic coming up.”People who had built cabins on federal land now needed permits to live there; those permits were gradually phased out. Hunting and trapping were allowed to continue, but new rules and limits were enforced. Ulvi said he understands why some people were upset and he doesn’t agree with how all of the regulations were carried out. But in the end, he also doesn’t think the Park Service deserves all the animosity it got.“I’ve often said, you know, you can get in more trouble stepping on a person’s dreams than you will stepping on their reality,” Ulvi said. “And Alaska is a dream landscape.”Because the area is a National Preserve, Ulvi said, that dream landscape has been protected. Today, visitors can come to Yukon-Charley National Preserve, take a canoe down the river, and enjoy a wilderness that’s mostly unchanged from when Ulvi and Roberts arrived in 1974.And, Ulvi said, that’s something to be proud of.last_img read more

AFRO Exclusive Teen Artist Tackles Female Oppression Through Art

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comIf you don’t know the name Naja Elon Webb now, commit it to your memory.  A recent graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Webb has boosted her resume in a major way the summer between high school and freshman year of college at Cooper Union University.  From June 28- July 31 ArtReach Community Gallery in collaboration with Ellington will be presenting Webb as their inaugural solo exhibition artist at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC).At 18, Webb has a profound understanding of female oppression, the topic she tackles in her series at THEARC, “A Scary Time to Be a Man.” Local artist Naja Elon Webb, 18, will be presenting her solo exhibition “A Scary Time to be a Man,” at THEARC in Southeast, Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Photo)Through use of watercolor, ink, acrylic and colored pencil, Webb’s thought provoking series flips the script on gender roles by placing men in the same uncomfortable and oppressive situations women face daily.Although she does not take her age into account in her work and accomplishments, it is quite an amazing feat for any artist- especially one balancing college applications, high school and normal life- to create 12 pieces in order to address female oppression.“I don’t consider my age with relation to my accomplishments, so when I reflect on this occasion, I feel as though this is where I should be by right of my efforts,” Webb told the AFRO.“Aye Yo, Let Me Holler At You,” is a piece in Naja Elon Webb’s 12-piece series, “A Scary Time to be a Man,” at THEARC in Southeast, Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Photo)Rightfully earned through seven months of tackling a heavy and nuanced subject, Webb’s work will now be featured at THEARC 1901 Mississippi Avenue S.E., Washington, D.C., 20020, until the end of July.In an exclusive interview, Webb shared the inspiration behind “A Scary Time to Be a Man,” how she approaches her work in general and what she hopes audiences will gain by attending her exhibit.AFRO: What prompted you to do the series, “A Scary Time to Be a Man”?Webb: My series is based on my lived experience as a young woman, and particularly a young African-American woman facing the societal ills of female oppression.  This ailment evolves from a collective cultural mind-set that had become “normalized.” It is a global issue that must be remedied, and I am attempting to do my part through my art.  I feel that everyone plays an intricate role in the development of healthy interpersonal relations among the sexes.Artist Naja Elon Webb (left) in front of her work at her recent graduation from Duke Ellington School of the Arts, is tackling female oppression through her series, “A Scary Time to be a Man,” at THEARC in Southeast, Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Photo)AFRO: What kind of artist do you describe yourself as?Webb: I cannot put into words the kind of artist I am because my work is experiential.  As an artist, I work to evoke strong emotions from the viewers. I want my audience to feel something when it encounters my art.AFRO: Is this work combining art with activism?  If so how?Webb: Yes, the series calls attention to social conditions of women living within a patriarchal-dominant context.  The pieces in my series blatantly address the female oppressors of objectification, sexism, and harassment in exaggerated ways, which are hard to ignore.  Instead of women being depicted in compromising positions, men are the subjects of my pieces.AFRO: Has anything personal inspired the themes found in this work?Webb: All of my pieces are inspired by personal experiences.  My awakening happened with my pubescent development, when adult men began to identify with me as a something.  With the inanimate appointment, came the inappropriate comments, unwanted stares, and unwelcomed advances that can make one feel unsafe.  My awareness only grew exponentially in a time of the “Me Too” and “Times UP” movements. Unfortunately, this kind of behavior has been tolerated and even acceptable in many circumstances.  Because countless girls have had similar experiences, I feel as though they can relate to the narrative in my series. But “A Scary Time to be a Man”is not just for women and girls, it’s for everyone to experience. AFRO: Do you plan to explore this topic through art in the future? Are there any other social issues you’d like to explore through art?Webb: Yes, I intend to continue exploring the female experience in a more global sense that connects with the mundane and grandiose ways in which women are marginalized.  Other social issues of interests include colorism in the African-American community. I feel as though colorism is another open secret in our society.  AFRO: How long did it take to complete your series?Webb: It took 7 months to articulate my ideas for the first 12 pieces in my series, though not fully.  There’s still much to be said; this is a big conversation. AFRO: What do you hope audiences learn through viewing your work?Webb: I want my audience to learn that gender inequality isn’t something of the past and that it is still very relevant today.  I want every woman and man who views my work to walk away with an experience that changes them in some small way that contributes to the social well-being of humanity.   As women, we learn to be small and not speak our minds because doing so would not be “lady-like.” I want my series to be a voice for those women who have a hard time speaking out.AFRO: Anything else you’d like to share about your work that I didn’t ask?Webb: Yes, those who connect to my work can help sponsor my artistic development in pursuit of a higher education when they purchase my ART at  They can also follow me on Instagram at sweet.watr. Thank you.last_img read more

Costa Rica draws with Jamaica in Gold Cup opener

first_imgA fingertip was enough to measure the length between bearable disappointment and outright disaster for the Costa Rican men’s football team on Wednesday.La Sele‘s 2-2 draw with Jamaica in its Gold Cup opener in Los Angeles, California was nearly a loss, but goalie Esteban Alvarado dove for a game-saving stop in the 88th minute to allow his side to escape with one point in group play.A team that previously built its success around the pillars of a lockdown defense is now searching for some identity in its fragile back line. Defender Júnior Díaz had an especially rough game on Wednesday, allowing Jamaica’s first goal and getting faked out on what would have been the game-clinching goal if not for the incredible, diving save by Alvarado.While starting in goal for injured star Keylor Navas, Alvarado did an admirable job in his first tournament action for Costa Rica. Jamaica’s forwards were able to find consistent holes in a Costa Rican backline that has yet to find the form that made it so impenetrable a year ago.“Jamaica played well, it’s not like we were playing against little boys out there,” Alvarado told a television reporter after the game. “They made a lot of stuff complicated for us.”The latest stagnant performance puts La Sele under some immediate pressure to find its first win since last October if it is to escape from Group B and advance to the tournament’s knockout rounds. Under head coach Paulo Cesar Wanchope, Costa Rica is 0-3-3 in international play.In a group that includes El Salvador and Canada, the Ticos remain favored to win Group B. But a defense that can’t seem to gel under Wanchope leaves them vulnerable going forward.Jamaica struck first on Wednesday when Garath McCleary netted a goal in the 12th minute from a gorgeous inbound pass near the corner. Costa Rica’s Roy Miller struck back with a goal in the 32nd minute to tie the match. The New York Red Bulls defender was set up after David Ramírez lofted up a nice pass off a free kick.Five minutes later, Ramírez ran down a ball from Celso Borges near the sideline just in time to flick it over the Jamaican goalie’s outstretched arms for Costa Rica’s second goal.írez, who was one of four players making their competitive debut with the men’s national team on Wednesday, showed the potential to be a fixture on this team for years to come. As lifeless as Costa Rica’s defense seemed to be at times, it was the offense that kept sparking the Ticos, namely the young star from Saprissa.Veteran Álvaro Saborío, who replaced Johan Venegas in the second half, nearly put home two headers that could have swung the match but Jamaican goalie Dwayne Miller rejected both, including a diving save of his own.Costa Rica, which is slated to drop from 14th to 41st in Thursday’s newest batch of FIFA rankings, could use a win in its next game against El Salvador to jump atop the Group B rankings. La Sele kicks off against the team’s Central American rival at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Facebook Comments Related posts:Colombia defeats Costa Rica in Copa América preparation match Injury may keep Costa Rica’s star goalkeeper Keylor Navas out of the Gold Cup Costa Rica heads into must-win game against United States Going for Gold: ‘La Sele’ unveils special Gold Cup uniformslast_img read more