Rewriting the path from Baekdu to Halla

first_imgNews Rewriting the path from Baekdu to Halla RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest “It’s been 70 years since the South and North were separated, so I do believe there are certain differences, but I don’t think they are insurmountable. I think it’s important to recognize what those differences are and be willing to communicate. I believe that thought itself is enough to bring the two sides closer.” When asked what she thinks of unification, this is what Kim Yu Na (Hanyoung Foreign Language High School) told your correspondent, who recently set out with a group of students on a one-week ‘unification pilgrimage.’ AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Yu Na, who also took part in the trip, is areporter for a teen newspaper called ‘Wave’ that works to promote human rightsfor North Korean defectors. She said she came to learn about the importance ofhuman rights through a students club and has since gained more interest inNorth Korea and issues related to unification.“I get to indirectly experience the cultureof North Korea through a school friend who escaped the North,” she explained.By taking part in the trip, Yu Na said she would like to realize a ‘smallunification’ within the group that includes many defector students by reducingthe rift between the South and North.The ‘unification pilgrimage’ was a projectsponsored by the Ministry of the Interior and jointly headed by four groups:Two for One, NK Watch, We Make Korea, and Hi-Dream. The trip was planned withthe goal to provide teenagers with proper values and the foundation to becomefuture leaders for unification.The participants had the opportunity tohonor independence activists that fought for the country’s liberation fromJapan’s colonial rule seven decades ago and were also able to visit Mt. Baekdu,which embodies the nation’s spirit, as well as the Tumen River that separatesthe North from the rest of the world, witnessing the reality of living in adivided country.Carrying on the spirit of Ahn Jung Geun SHARE By Daily NK – 2015.10.22 7:09pm Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Facebook Twitter News Member Kim Yu Na from the group. Image: Daily NK Memorial stone for Ahn Jung Geun at China’s Zhaolin Park. The calligraphy written by Ahn reads ‘cheongchodang’ (pond of green grass), which reflects his longing for a free Korea just like fresh spring grass. Image: Daily NK On the first day, the group traveled toZhaolin Park, where a memorial stone for independence fighter Ahn Jung Geun, islocated. The park itself was erected to celebrate China’s General Li Zhaolin,who fought against Japanese colonialists. The calligraphy on the stone‘cheongchodang’ was written by Ahn while he was in prison in Lushun, China,after assassinating Japan’s former Resident-General to Korea Ito Hirobumi.Ahn had left a will asking to be buried atZhaolin Park while Korea is still under colonial rule. The park in that senserepresents his determination to avenge his country. Members Lee Ju Yeong (left), Joo Ha Seong (right). Image: Daily NK Students from the South and North pose for a photo at Incheon Airport before leaving for China on a ‘unification pilgrimage.” Image: Daily NK News News In the presence of Ahn’s spirit in thisforeign land, the teenage members were solemn. Lee Ju Yeong particularly spenta lot of time staring at the memorial stone.  “The reason why I’m here is because of ourancestors,” he said. “I’m very moved to be able to see traces that Ahn leftbehind after only having learned about him in textbooks.”Another member Joo Ha Seong also shared histhoughts, saying that he would have fought for independence had he been bornduring the colonial rule. “I’m going to live each day to its best to make suretheir sacrifice was not in vain,” he added.The defectors taking part in the trip saidthey did not learn about independence activists who fought against theJapanese. Being so focused on the idolization of the ruling Kim family, NorthKorea does not allow any education on other figures outside of the Kims.The state does create songs and moviesabout Ahn to step up anti-Japanese sentiment and fire up patriotism, butstudents do not learn about the significance of Ahn’s work and legacy,according to defectors.“We didn’t have time to learn about AhnJung Geun in school,” Kim Eun Il, who escaped from the North, said. “We had towork a lot to get by, and the teachers never taught us properly.”“I will work hard to guard the KoreanPeninsula that our ancestors fought to protect and I hope to contribute toKorea’s unification as a young defector in the future,” Eun Il added. North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

MSS agents go deep undercover, disguise themselves as goat herders

first_img News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR MSS agents go deep undercover, disguise themselves as goat herders North Korea’s Ministry of State Security has ratcheted up its efforts to arrest residents making international calls with Chinese mobile phones. In one recent incident, agents reportedly disguised themselves as goat herders to try and make an arrest.“On April 5 in Hyesan City, two residents were nearly apprehended while making a call to South Korea. The MSS agents were disguised as goat herders, and apparently the disguise was quite believable,” a source in Ryanggang Province told Daily NK on April 12.“The residents are said to have narrowly escaped after fleeing over three mountains. But that was not the end of the ordeal, as there were many people (presumably other MSS agents) wearing ordinary clothing waiting at the foot of the mountains as well,” the source added.The incident suggests that MSS agents are diversifying their methods to catch residents who head deep into the mountains to make calls.“There are few people now who are naive enough to make calls within their homes, and most people make them nearby, high in the mountains. Being well aware of this situation, the MSS agents seem to be adapting their methods as well,” said a separate source in Ryanggang Province.“But I couldn’t imagine that they would disguise themselves as goat herders or ordinary people to crack down on mobile phone users. The methods of the MSS agents are evolving,” the source noted. AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News News SHAREcenter_img By Daily NK – 2017.04.15 12:42pm North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) NewsEconomy US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again Facebook Twitter Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderslast_img read more

Fintech gets boost through Montreal-based initiative

first_imgThe program will provide 10 spots for entrepreneurs to benefit from hands-on support through partners, training, mentorship and immersion in the fintech environment. Montreal-based software developer Stradigi AI, will also serve as a resource to participants.“Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, it feels very logical to me to honour the entrepreneurial spirit that the family has been cultivating, with a focus on fintech and artificial intelligence (AI)” Brendan Holt Dunn, founder and managing partner for the Holt Fintech Accelerator Program, said in a statement. “We want to give back to the community and, thanks to this program, we’ll definitely be able to make a difference in the future for these startups.”Holdun says future sustainability for fintech is a key consideration, and the program will look to provide support in the form of sponsorships, funds and business models.Jan Christopher Arp, founder of Montreal-based FormFintech, will serve as co-managing partner of the program. Holdun, a financial services company with roots in Montreal, announced on Thursday the launch of the Holt Fintech Acceleration Program, an initiative created to support the next generation of entrepreneurs operating in the fintech industry.The program is designed to extend the entrepreneurial legacy of Sir Herbert Holt, the pioneer developer of utility company Hydro-Quebec and former president of Toronto-based Royal Bank of Canada. Financial Technology concept illustration of Businessman pointing at abstract blue business charts and icons peshkova/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Wealthsimple’s peer-to-peer app goes national Mogo to acquire investing app Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords FintechCompanies Holt Fintech Accelerator Estateably expands to Alberta Leah Golob Related news read more

Gov’t Looking to Relocate Tinson Pen Aerodrome

first_imgGov’t Looking to Relocate Tinson Pen Aerodrome UncategorizedOctober 10, 2007 RelatedGov’t Looking to Relocate Tinson Pen Aerodrome RelatedGov’t Looking to Relocate Tinson Pen Aerodrome FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Transport and Works, Mike Henry, has said that the government was considering relocating the Tinson Pen Aerodrome to the Caymanas area of St. Catherine.The Minister, who was speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, explained that the Port Authority of Jamaica is running out of space in its phased expansion of the Port of Kingston and has already begun to use sections of the lands on which the Tinson Pen Aerodrome is situated. “We are looking at relocating the facility to Caymanas,” the Minister said.In the meantime, Mr. Henry praised Chief Executive Officer of the Port Authority, Noel Hylton and his management team, for their administration of Jamaica’s sea ports.Citing some of the achievements and developments in Jamaica’s maritime industry, the Transport Minister said that four new gantry cranes for handling shipping containers were commissioned into service in Kingston while cruise shipping has expanded significantly.Port facilities, he highlighted, are being developed in Falmouth in preparation for the world’s largest cruise vessel, that will have 18 stories, to call at that port on its maiden voyage.The Minister also mentioned that the Port Authority is anxious to commence the development of Fort Augusta as an extension of the Port of Kingston. He noted however that Cabinet has not yet done a review of the plans in the context of the overall port development plans and said, “how we deal with the Palisadoes strip is critical”.center_img RelatedGov’t Looking to Relocate Tinson Pen Aerodrome Advertisementslast_img read more

Facebook destroying its social license by restricting Australian news content

first_imgFacebook destroying its social license by restricting Australian news content Australia Institute“Facebook’s decision to prevent users viewing or sharing public interest journalism will make it a weaker social network,” said Peter Lewis, director of the Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology.“The social network is destroying its social license to operate. Facebook actions mean the company’s failures in privacy, disinformation, and data protection will require a bigger push for stronger government regulation.“Without fact-based news to anchor it, Facebook will become little more than cute cats and conspiracy theories.“At a time when the importance of facts in dealing with a global health crisis are critical, Facebook’s decision is arrogant, reckless, and dangerous.“For years Facebook has been holding back against valuing facts and taking accountability for what their network promotes.“It has honed advertising models that excite, enrage, and divide its users and fails to recognise the benefits of anchoring its network in ethically-curated news content.“If Facebook determines to treat Australians with such contempt, Australians should respond by ending its use of Facebook and using alternate ways to connect online.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australia Institute, Australian, conspiracy, crisis, director, Facebook, global health, Government, Internet, online, public interest, regulation, technologylast_img read more

Technical negotiations concluded on UK – EU Memorandum of Understanding

first_imgTechnical negotiations concluded on UK – EU Memorandum of Understanding Formal steps need to be undertaken on both sides before the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) can be signed but it is expected that this can be done expeditiously.The MoU, once signed, creates the framework for voluntary regulatory cooperation in financial services between the UK and the EU. The MoU will establish the Joint UK-EU Financial Regulatory Forum, which will serve as a platform to facilitate dialogue on financial services issues. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:dialogue, EU, Europe, financial services, Government, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Honda’s self-driving car will have redundant systems for safety

first_img Welcome to our round-up of the biggest breaking stories on Driving.ca from this past week. Get caught up and ready to get on with the weekend, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam.Here’s what you missed while you were away. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending in Canada The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Derek McNaughton At US$2.1M, this 2020 Toyota Supra set the record for priciest Japanese car at auctionCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The first 2020 Toyota Supra crossing the auction block at Barrett-Jackson Trending Videos Builder of very fast cars and president of Hennessey Performance, John Hennessey, says he would never, ever – not even for a million dollars – attempt to shoehorn a V8 engine into a Ford GT. And it’s not that he doesn’t like the GT—he adores the American supercar, and even owns a 2018 model, in fact. But he refuses to attempt to V8-ify it, despite being perhaps the most qualified individual in the world for the feat. Simply, it is his “qualified opinion” that such a powerplant would not fit. “If a customer came to me with a bag of a million dollars and said, ‘Would you put a V8 in the back of my Ford GT?’ I won’t do it,” he said. Alright, John, fine—you just tell us how much cash to put in that bag…The next-gen Challenger will trade V8 for hybrid powerCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The first 2020 Toyota Supra crossing the auction block at Barrett-Jackson  Handout / Barrett-Jackson Handout / Toyota Currently, the smallest and most affordable pickup truck you can purchase from Ford is the new Ranger. But that’s about to change, according to Jim Farley, Ford’s president of global markets, who recently confirmed, if indirectly, the automaker would be putting out new truck nameplates “below where we compete today.” The new unibody truck, rumoured to be based on the Focus, has yet to be officially announced, but will likely reach roads in 2022. Will no one attempt to outfit the Ford GT with a V8? John Hennessey sure won’t Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Catching the Ford GT at an auto show is always a treat See More Videos RELATED TAGSCoupeNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury There’s a good amount of tire-spinning in the video, but eventually the three 4X4 SUVs manage to extricate the bus from its frictionless position at the bottom of the hill. Kudos to them, and to the person who filmed the effort. Dodge has decided to update the Challenger by replacing its V8 engine with something a little less thirsty for a non-renewable resource. “The reality is those platforms and that technology we used does need to move on,” Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley told The Detroit News. “They can’t exist as you get into the middle-2020s.” So what’ll it be under the hood of Dodge’s legendary muscle car? If you believe the rumours, it could be Chrysler’s Pentastar V6 linked to twin turbos and an electric motor, or, at the base level, a 2.0-litre turbo-four with a 48-volt electrical system. Sorry, purists.  Watch Montreal off-road enthusiasts tow a city bus up an icy hillIn what is easily the most Canadian automotive news story of the week, a group of Good Samaritans in Montreal recently came to the rescue of a city bus by towing it up an icy hill. Rumoured to be members of a local off-roading club, the drivers of the kitted-out Jeep, Toyota 4Runner and Toyota Sequoia showed up, linked their vehicles together and to the bus and let ‘er rip! PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” There were a few multi-million-dollar vehicles up on the charity auction block at the annual Barrett-Jackson event last weekend, including a US$1.1-million 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 (which the event’s CEO Craig Jackson picked up for himself) and a US$2.5-million Ford GT Heritage Edition supercar. But the most noteworthy sale was of a 2020 Toyota Supra, which went for a healthy US$2.1 million. The weekend event moved 16 cars for charity, raising a total of US$9.6 million, more than any other single Barrett-Jackson event. Ford will build a compact unibody truck to fit under the Ranger in its lineupCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22019 Ford Ranger We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. advertisement ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

EARTH TALK – Copper mining would destroy Alaskan Ecosystem

first_img August 22, 2019 at 10:35 AM August 20, 2019 at 10:26 AM 2 Comments What about the new mine design with the smaller footprint – did you consider that or just rehashing old “information”?And how about the ACOE – is this article the equivalent of saying you have no faith in them and their review of the current design? Mike B says: Comments are closed.center_img glen says: A total biased piece. The local people want this for the jobs that may be created and the infrastructure it would build. yes we are waiting on the environmental impact statement but to post the incorrect facts you have is misleading. HomeOpinionColumnsEARTH TALK – Copper mining would destroy Alaskan Ecosystem Aug. 19, 2019 at 5:10 amColumnsEarthEarth TalkFeaturedNewsEARTH TALK – Copper mining would destroy Alaskan EcosystemGuest Author2 years agoAlaskaBristol BayearthEPAMike Dunleavynative americansNatural Resources Defence CouncilNorthern Dynasty MineralsObamatrumpU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyPhoto by NASA Dear EarthTalk: What’s the background of the controversy over whether to allow development of a big copper and gold mine near Alaska’s Bristol Bay? — C. Karo, Pittsburgh, PAEnvironmentalists, fishermen and Native Americans breathed a sigh of relief in 2014 when the Obama administration invoked a rarely used provision in the Clean Water Act to block the proposed development of the Pebble Mine near Alaska’s Bristol Bay, one of the most productive fisheries in the world. At the time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that the proposed mine would cause “complete loss of fish habitat due to elimination, dewatering and fragmentation of streams, wetlands and other aquatic resources” in parts of Bristol Bay.But Northern Dynasty Minerals, the Canadian company behind the proposed mine, hasn’t given up pushing for the project which could yield some 10 billion tons of recoverable ore (including lots of copper as well as gold and molybdenum). Only one other ore deposit of its type in the world, Indonesia’s Grasberg Mine, is bigger.An early August 2019 meeting between Alaska’s conservation Republican governor Mike Dunleavy and President Trump on the tarmac as Air Force One refueled in Anchorage on its way back from the G20 summit in Japan led to an announcement the next day that the EPA was rescinding its original veto and green-lighting the Pebble Mine development after all.As soon as word got out, dozens of former and current EPA officials and researchers came out to say the reversal ignores the science that warns of total ecosystem collapse which, forgetting about the effects on marine wildlife and the subsistence culture of Alaska Natives, could decimate the $1.5 billion Bristol Bay fishery and its 14,000 jobs.According to the non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the EPA conducted extensive scientific assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed to determine the potential impacts of large-scale mining on salmon and other fish populations, wildlife, development and Alaska Native communities in the region. “EPA’s Watershed Assessment found that Pebble Mine would have significant impacts on fish populations and streams surrounding the mine site,” reports NRDC. “A tailings dam failure releasing toxic mine waste would have catastrophic effects on the ecosystem and region.”The EPA’s conclusions were derived from three years of data review, scientific analysis, public hearings, peer review and revision. “Up until now, EPA has taken every precaution to ensure that its assessment represents the best science regarding potential large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed.”Why the Trump administration would sell out the region’s fisheries and millennia-old culture for a quick sale followed by a cut-and-run mining operation by a Canadian mining company is anybody’s guess.Environmentalists are sure to fight the Pebble Mine development just as hard now as they did five years ago leading up to when President Obama blocked it. But this time will be more of an uphill battle given the tenor of the times and who’s in the White House.To express your concerns about Pebble Mine, send your elected representatives a message via the “Take Action” section of the website of the non-profit conservation group Save Bristol Bay.EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss for the 501(c)3 nonprofit EarthTalk. To donate, visit www.earthtalk.org. Send questions to: [email protected] :AlaskaBristol BayearthEPAMike Dunleavynative americansNatural Resources Defence CouncilNorthern Dynasty MineralsObamatrumpU.S. Environmental Protection Agencyshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 2 comments Samohi swimmer races to the National Tri TeamCRIME WATCH – Cellphone pickpocket throws stolen phone and demands moneyYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author13 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more

Councilman Morena resigns to focus on family business

first_imgHomeFeaturedCouncilman Morena resigns to focus on family business Jun. 17, 2020 at 8:25 amFeaturedNewsCouncilman Morena resigns to focus on family businessMatthew Hall12 months agocity councilcoronaviruscovidgreg morenapierSanta MonicaGreg Morena Councilman Greg Morena has resigned from the Santa Monica City Council effective June 24 to focus on his family restaurant business. Morena’s family owns the Albright restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier. In a statement he said he has to renegotiate the lease for the business or face closure and as the Pier is owned by the City of Santa Monica, he cannot manage the business interests at this time while sitting on Council. “Like so many small independent businesses, I have struggled over the last three months to protect my family and my employees and their families who work at my restaurant on the Pier. I have taken out loans and gone into the red to feed them, keep up their health insurance, and do everything possible to have jobs waiting for them once this crisis is over. But unless I am able to renegotiate my lease for July and onward, I will no longer be able to remain in business,” Morena said.Morena has lived in Santa Monica for 37 years, lives on the same street he grew up on and is married to his former next-door neighbor whose family owned the restaurant. Prior to joining the restaurant, Morena started his own financial management consulting company and worked for several fashion brands including Undefeated, The Hundreds and Bleach Group USA Holdings. He graduated from CSUN with a degree in Business Administration.Before joining council, he was a member of the City’s audit commission, Transit Management Board, Pier Lesse Board and the Chamber of Commerce Board. He said he plans to remain involved with civic matters and at the forefront of the City’s recovery efforts. Tags :city councilcoronaviruscovidgreg morenapierSanta Monicashare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLetter to the Editor – Prideful astonishmentUS coronavirus outbreaks spur debate over personal freedomsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agolast_img read more

A Change of Plans

first_imgHusband and wife artists John Rawlings and Souheir Rawlings had two blissful months at their new home in New Mexico last fall before the unimaginable happened.While painting a wall at their house, the scaffolding that Souheir had been standing on collapsed. Souheir fell and received a number of injuries that required an extended stay in the hospital. When she finally returned home, John didn’t to leave the house for long so that he could make sure Souheir received the care and companionship she needed.It was a change for a couple that has never been able to sit still. Both Souheir and John are accomplished artists who split their time between Whitefish and the Southwest. John was a professor at Flathead Valley Community College until retiring in 2014. Since then, John has written a book and the couple oversees an artist-in-residence program with month-long sessions in New Mexico and Venice.But while staying close to Souheir, John began to notice the rocks around his house. Those stones have become the core of John’s new show at the Nancy Cawdrey Gallery in downtown Whitefish. The show opens with a special gallery night on July 11 from 6 to 9 p.m.John was born in London after World War II and moved to Australia when he was young. He began teaching art in the 1960s and later attended the University of Guanajuato in Mexico to earn his master of fine arts degree in sculpture. Afterward he taught at schools in South Dakota, Wyoming and Alaska before landing a part-time position in 1988 at FVCC, where he taught painting, drawing, design and life drawing. In 1993, he became director of the school’s growing art program. He stayed in that position until he retired in 2014, the same year he was named the Association of Community College Trustees Faculty Member of the Year for the North America Western Region.It was at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico where John first began working with stone and developed an appreciation for its staying power.“I spent six months at the University of Guanajuato whacking on one piece of stone and I learned so much from that experience. That’s how I built my relationship with stone,” he said. “Stones are resistant to time. Everything we have from the ancient times is in stone. The paintings and the wooden tools and all the music are gone, but the arrowhead remains while the wooden arrow is long gone.”In the last few months, John has worked on more than two-dozen stones. Using a pneumatic die grinder with diamond bits, John carved spirals and circles into the face rock, a process that can take hours.  John likened the project to dancing with a new person. When he set up the stone in his workshop and fired up the grinder, he was never sure what the final product would look like. Sometimes he would carve a lot, other times he would carve a little and let the rock’s natural beauty take center-stage.“Working with stone can be a humbling experience,” he said.Rawlings’ show, titled “Spirit Stones: Southwest to Northwest, A Journey in Stone,” will run through early August at the Nancy Cawdrey Gallery. For more information, visit JohnRawlings.com or NancyCawdrey.com. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more