Xtratuf boots are ubiquitous in Southeast Alaska and often associated with fishing. On Wednesday, about a hundred pairs of the brown rubber boots along with photos of Alaskans were on the steps of the Capitol building to protest mines in British Columbia.Download AudioAbout a hundred pairs of the brown rubber boots along with photos of Alaskans were on the steps of the Capitol building to protest mines in British Columbia. Photo: Lisa Phu/KTOO.“This day and this gathering is truly about celebrating clean water and healthy fisheries and the things that make Southeast what it is,” says Edie Leghorn of Sitka. She’s an organizer with Inside Passage Waterkeeper, a group…“…focusing on clean water in Southeast Alaska. She’s standing on the steps of the Capitol with about 40 other people.“This day is also about standing united as Alaskans, to hold our elected officials accountable to the will of the Alaskan people who have responded with a resounding ‘not on our watch’ to the threat of mines in our Southeast Alaskan salmon streams.”The rally participants are carrying signs that say “Get Extra Tuff on BC Mines” and “No More Mount Polleys.” It’s been about a year since the Mount Polley Mine disaster in British Columbia, which spilled millions of gallons of mine waste into creeks and lakes. They don’t want the same thing to happen at other B.C. mines near the border.Among the people and signs are pairs of Xtratuf boots. Caitlyn Cardinell, also with Inside Passage Waterkeeper, says they represent the livelihood of people in Southeast.“We use and rely on these boots … for our work that we do outside with commercial fishing, forestry, research. They are pretty much a staple in every Southeast Alaskan’s footwear.”Cardinell says she brought about 200 pounds of boots from Wrangell to Juneau. Boots also came from other communities like Petersburg, Sitka and Kake.“What we found for this project of collecting salmon stories and boots from Alaskans throughout the region is that Alaska is united on this issue.”Malena Marvin is executive director of Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. She met with Bill Bennett, B.C.’s top mine official, who’s traveling in Juneau and Ketchikan to discuss concerns about transboundary mines.“We really hope to send him and everyone the messages that this is everybody. We don’t see unity on issues in Alaska. Certainly there are so many different types of people and controversies around many issues, but on this people are united. We want to protect our salmon, our jobs, our way of life.”The rally participants want to see an international solution through the Boundary Waters Treaty, which was signed by Canada and the United States in 1909.The boots are being donated to Juneau’s soup kitchen and shelter.
Senator Bob Corker speaks with reporters after announcing his retirement at the conclusion of his term on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, on 26 September. Photo: ReutersRepublican US senator Bob Corker warned on Sunday that president Donald Trump risks setting the nation “on the path to World War Three” in an interview with The New York Times, the latest in a series public barbs traded over the day.Trump had blamed his former political ally for the Iran nuclear deal in a series of derisive Twitter posts that drew a sharp riposte from Corker, who chairs the important Senate Foreign Relations Committee.In a sweeping, 25-minute interview, Corker told the newspaper he was alarmed about a president who acts “like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something” – in a reference to the reality television show that Trump had once hosted.“He concerns me. He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation,” the senator, who announced his retirement last month, said.Corker dismissed the idea that Trump may be using provocative comments about North Korea to advance US negotiations being conducted by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by playing “bad cop” to the top diplomat’s “good cop” effort to broker a deal with Pyongyang.“I know he has hurt, in several instances. He’s hurt us as it relates to negotiations that were underway by tweeting things out,” Corker told the paper, which added that Corker did not provide details about negotiations. “A lot of people think that there is some kind of ‘good cop, bad cop’ act underway, but that’s just not true.”Corker had been a national security adviser to Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign and on Trump’s short-list last year for both vice president and secretary of state.But the relationship between the two men has greatly deteriorated.More recently, Corker has criticised Trump, taking issue with the president’s response to a white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August. Critics assailed Trump for saying rival protesters were also to blame for violence.”Senator Bob Corker “begged” me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said “NO” and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement),” Trump wrote. “He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said “NO THANKS.” He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal!”Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn’t have the guts to run!”An hour later Corker tweeted back: “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”Corker’s chief of staff, Todd Womack, said Trump called the senator last Monday, asked him to reconsider his decision not to seek re-election in 2018, “and reaffirmed that he would have endorsed him, as he has said many times.”Trump’s dispute with Corker could also have implications for the president’s policy goals of repealing Obamacare and passing tax reform. Republicans control both houses of the US Congress but hold only a narrow majority, 52-48, in the Senate, which means Trump has only a slim margin for potential defections from within his own party on legislation.Even before Trump’s Twitter attacks on Corker, the senator has said he would have difficulty supporting any tax package that added to the federal deficit, posing a potential hurdle for the president’s tax plan.”Bob Corker gave us the Iran Deal, & that’s about it,” Trump posted on Twitter later on Sunday. “We need HealthCare, we need Tax Cuts/Reform, we need people that can get the job done!”Key Player on IranOn Iran, Trump is expected to disclose within days a plan to decertify the 2015 international nuclear agreement with Tehran, putting the agreement’s future in the hands of Congress, where Corker would play a central role in determining its fate.Trump has long criticised the pact, a signature foreign policy achievement of Democratic former President Barack Obama in which Iran agreed to reduce its nuclear program in exchange for easing of international sanctions.During the US political fight over the agreement, which was opposed by every Republican in Congress, Corker co-wrote the law that required congressional approval for the deal and required the president to certify that Iran was complying every 90 days.Some critics on the far right have blamed Corker for that measure, which they say helped push the pact through Congress.The two-term senator’s retirement is a blow to a Republican Party struggling to balance divisions between mainstream and more populist wings.Asked last week about reported tensions between Trump and Tillerson, Corker responded with what was seen as a jab at Trump.He described Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and White House chief of staff John Kelly as “those people that help separate our country from chaos.”After Charlottesville, Corker said, “The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence, that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful.”
File photo of LightningSix people from the same family were “killed on the spot” by a lightning strike in Madagascar over the weekend while sheltering from a storm, officials said Monday.The relatives — including a three-year-old child — were killed in the central village of Bakaro on Saturday. Another person suffered superficial burns.”Twenty-five farmers sheltering from rain under a thatched cottage after leaving their rice field were hit by a lightning bolt,” said medical inspector William Patrick Rakotondralambo of the Fitsinjovana commune.”Six people from the same family were killed on the spot, including a three-year-old child,” he added.Eight survivors were treated for shock, Rakotondralambo said.Lightning strikes are relatively common in Madagascar, an Indian Ocean island famed for its unique wildlife and well-known for its vanilla and precious redwood.
The Raqs Media Collective’s solo show at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) takes the form of an extended conversation around the concepts of time and the untimely which run through much of the collective’s past and present work, and acts as a working laboratory of the ideas that the practice of the Raqs collective is considering today, as it faces the future. With more than fifty works in a range of media – video, installations, mixed media assemblages, sound, photography, print and sculpture – Raqs turns Jaipur House, the original home of the NGMA, into a magical, labyrinthine container of stories, riddles, enigmas and possibilities. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This is kind of art making that is quirky, intensely intellectual, humorous, poetic as well as committed to the asking of tough questions in a turbulent world. The collective’s sustained history of more than twenty years of working and thinking together is reflected in this multi-layered exhibition which twists and turns the way we think about time, finds lost constellations in the sky, argues with the epics, asks questions about the meaning of value, strikes back at time, thinks about war, reflects on the urban condition, considers the laboring body and addresses the future of a four year old child. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix The Raqs Media Collective (Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta) has been highly visible on the International art scene for the last decade. They enjoy playing a plurality of roles, often appearing as artists, occasionally as curators, and sometimes as philosophical agent provocateurs. Raqs follows its self-declared imperative of ‘kinetic contemplation’ to produce a trajectory that is restless in terms of the forms and methods that it deploys even as it achieves a consistency of speculative procedures. Where: National Gallery of Modern Art When: On till February 8
Kolkata: A 17-year-old boy allegedly set his mother on fire by pouring kerosene on her at Sulunguri in New Town on Monday night.The victim was rushed to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition. Police have arrested her son under Sections 307 IPC (attempt to murder) and 326 IPC (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means). The boy was produced before the Juvenile Justice Board, Bidhannagar, and was sent to a home for 14 days. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe boy lived with his mother and the father lived separately. Locals alleged that he used to mistreat his mother. Recently, he asked for a smart phone which his mother could not afford. However, he kept forcing his mother to buy him a smart phone. On Monday night, when she strictly refused to his demand, he allegedly beat his mother. Later, he poured kerosene on her and set her on fire. The woman gave a statement at the hospital.
Households that either would like to be exempted from paying the UK licence fee and not receive BBC services, or who would like to pay a reduced fee, are likely to change their minds if deprived of the pubcaster’s content, according to a study carried out by MTM for the broadcaster.The BBC commissioned the survey to understand what households that said they would forgo the BBC or who thought the licence fee was too high valued and what, if anything, they would miss. MTM surveyed 70 households nationally, of which 22 said they would prefer to pay nothing and not receive the BBC and 24 said they would be willing to pay less than the current licence fee for the current BBC. Twenty-two of the surveyed households said they would be willing to pay the licence fee or more to continue to receive services.All members of each household agreed to forgo BBC access across all platforms for nine days. Apps and websites were removed or blocked, TV channels locked, and pre-set radio stations changed.At the end of the period, the survey found that of the 48 households who originally said they would prefer to not pay at all and not receive the BBC, or who wanted to pay a lower licence fee, 33 changed their minds and said they were now willing to pay the full licence fee for the BBC.Participants cited being unable to find alternatives for programmes and services they enjoy on the BBC; valuing advert-free programmes, not being able to find educational content to match CBBC and CBeebies, missing access to Red Button and BBC iPlayer, news and sport content and an inability to find a replacement for BBC Radio 2 among the reasons for changing their mind.Twenty-one out of the 22 households who originally said that they were happy to pay the licence fee or more still held this view, and 15 of these households believed this even more strongly, according to the BBC.“This rigorous study enabled us to follow a group of UK households through their weekly routine to explore their media habits and to identify those occasions – the big must-see shows or the small moments woven into their daily lives – where they felt a sense of loss without the BBC,” said Nick North, director of BBC Audiences.“The results showed overwhelmingly that most people felt they got great value from the BBC when they came to realise the full range and breadth of what we provide – often in quite stark contrast to what they thought in advance of the experiment.”
Jean-Thierry AugustinDiscovery Communications has made a series of appointments to support its delivery of coverage of the Olympic Games via its Eurosport unit. Discovery secured TV and multiplatform rights to the games in Europe for the 2018-24 period in June.Former Eurosport CEO Jean-Thierry Augustin will head up commercialisation of the Olympics as president, sports development and Olympic commercialisation, adding the role to his current remit as president, sports strategy & development at Discovery Networks International. Augustin will continue to report to Discovery Networks International chief JB Perrette.David Schafer has been named senior vice-president of Olympic operations and planning. Reporting to Eurosport CEO Peter Hutton, Schafer will be responsible for the planning and operation of Olympic Games coverage, leading the relationship with Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) and overseeing delivery on linear and digital platforms across Europe. Schafer, who has worked in Olympic operations at NBC, previously led Discovery Networks International’s digital media business, where he has been responsible for OTT and TV everywhere products, network websites and content syndication.Géraldine Filiol has been appointed as vice president, Olympic relations and project coordination. Reporting to Hutton, Filiol will be responsible for the Olympic project coordination and managing external stakeholder relationships with sub licensees, the International Olympic Committee and the International Federations.Filiol’s existing role as Eurosport’s head of marketing, communications and external relations has been split into two.Former Eurosport southern European chief Antonio Ruiz has been named as vice-president of marketing and franchise management, a new position where he will be responsible for developing the overall brand and marketing strategy across affiliate sales, events and consumer marketing.Independent consultant Fiona McLachlan has meanwhile been named as vice-president, communications, responsible for the corporate and consumer communications and event functions. McLachlan previously led a sports practice at PR outfit Weber Shandwick.Sameer PabariFinally, sports rights agency MP & Silva’s managing director Sameer Pabari is joining Eurosport as vice-president, business development. In this new role, Pabari will be responsible for international business and commercial digital development across the Eurosport business. Dividing his time between London and Paris, he will work closely with Eurosport’s regional teams to seek out growth opportunities with a particular focus on expanding Eurosport’s digital offering.“Securing the TV and multiplatform broadcast rights for the Olympic Games is a transformational moment for Discovery and Eurosport. The Olympic Games are the premier sporting event in the world, and we look forward to working with our commercial partners to achieve their business objectives, and ensure the Olympic Games reach more people, across more screens, than ever before,” said Augustin.
Mar 06 Spirit Store, Dundalk Their 2003 debut album, Permission To Land, sold three million copies, with songs “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”, “Get Your Hands of My Woman” and “Growing on Me”.Tour dates include: ShareTweet 2015March 7Nerve CentreThe darkness Fans of British Glam rockers The Darkness need to be quick to get the last few tickets for their gig in Derry.A select number of tour dates are listed for Ireland with their only Northern gig happening at The Nerve Centre on March 7.The band now includes new drummer Emily Dolan Davies and a new album “Cliffhanger” is also set to be released in March. Mar 07 Nerve Centre, DerryMar 08 Whelans, DublinMar 13 Monroes Live, GalwayMar 14 Dolans Warehouse, LimerickMar 15 Bridge Hous, TullamoreMar 17 Cyprus Avenue, CorkMar 18 O’Keefe’s, ClonmelMar 19 JUDGE ROY BEANS, NewbridgeDARKNESS TO DESCEND ON THE NERVE CENTRE was last modified: January 25th, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: