LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College instructor Lee Bergthold will talk about “exploration photography” and illustrate the talk with images he shot in mountain and desert wilderness areas. The presentation will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 19 in Board Room SSV 151 at Antelope Valley College, 3041 W. Ave. K. Admission is free. Bergthold, a veteran photographer, wilderness explorer of more than 50 years, and former Marine Corps survival instructor, is an assistant professor of photography at the college. Bergthold will bring photos, film, video and DVDs to illustrate his work. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Bergthold says backcountry photography requires long hours in the field and can involve weather that ranges from more than 100 degrees to below freezing, traveling in extremely rough and uncharted terrain, isolation and carrying photographic gear as well as 10 days’ to 30 days’ worth of supplies and survival gear. Bergthold is also director of the Center for Wilderness Studies, which he founded to train individuals for the rigors of wilderness exploration. Bergthold himself spends 80 to 120 days a year in the backcountry. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
VANCOUVER — Koi are safe to swim again in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver that was once a hunting ground for an elusive otter.Three adults and 344 juvenile ornamental koi were removed from the pond and kept at the Vancouver Aquarium last November after the otter began feasting on the expensive koi.It even killed a 50-year-old fish named Madonna, before it disappeared again, despite numerous attempts by staff to trap the animal.The koi that were removed were returned to the pond on Thursday, along with two other adults that had been donated.Vancouver Park Board chairman Stuart Mackinnon says the fate of the koi generated concern locally and internationally and he’s pleased to see the fish back in their home.Mackinnon says the garden staff have added steel plates to the park gates, deterring any other otters from getting inside.The garden closed for a week during the height of the otter’s destruction and the saga set off a storm on social media among those rooting for and against the otter.Koi embody positive connotations for many Asian cultures, from good luck to abundance and perseverance, and a statement from the garden says the fish are often an important and symbolic part of classical Chinese gardens.The Canadian Press
Related Items:canto, digicel, ejay saunders, WIV Digicel T&T Donates Supplies to Anguilla and British Virgin Islands Recommended for you Thousands without power in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHe says he is okay. That he is in a good place and that he is launching a global product very very soon. We could not get any definitive date for launch nor did we pry out of the soon to be former CEO of Digicel TCI, EJay Saunders, what this new venture would be… but in a near half hour interview, Mr Saunders seemed relaxed and even happy with his startling decision to resign with effect next month. No static said Jay, with Digicel bosses … but some staff did cry, offer to leave with him and are also curious about what has lured Saunders away when by all appearances he was at the top of his game. We asked if there were limitations at Digicel. EJay will remain a director and represent the company on regional boards including CANTO; but he will no longer be outfront as spokesperson and will collect his dividend cheques as a shareholder in Digicel TCI and newly acquired WIV. As for frontline politics, only if his PNP Party needs him. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Govt meets with Digicel and Carnival Cruise Lines
Croatia defender Dejan Lovren insists he is ready for a fiery clash against England on Sunday.The Three Lions host Croatia in their final group game of the UEFA Nations League and a victory against the World Cup runners-up will guarantee a place in next summer’s semi-finals.The Liverpool defender was part of Croatia’s squad throughout their impressive run to the final of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.Both teams know a win at on Sunday will see them top League A’s Group 4 and advance to the next stage, and Lovren is relishing the prospect of coming up against Gareth Southgate’s side.“It’s a final against England, so of course we will be strong,” he was quoted as saying by The Daily Mirror.“I think it will be a fiery game against them – they know us and what they can expect from us, and we will not run away from that.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I love playing against England. I know the players in the Premier League and I have competed against them.”England and Croatia met earlier in the Nations League as they played out a 0-0 draw last month in Rijeka, and Lovren feels recent history will give Zlatko Dalic’s men plenty of belief.“People criticise me, but they didn’t say much when England didn’t score against us in the last game,” he said.“They will have extra motivation after the World Cup, but I think we will be brave.”“It will not be a friendly. We have beaten Spain and we want to win it now.”Spain will top the group, should England and Croatia play out a draw on Sunday night.
“We love opportunities to bring the print magazine to life,” says Jacqueline Bates, photography director for California Sunday Magazine, adding that in addition to the gallery show, the magazine has posted audio accompaniment to each of the issue’s stories on its website. “It really makes for a more multilayered reading experience. It’s less linear, and you can also listen to the audio on your phone as you walk through the exhibit.”Published bimonthly, California Sunday dedicates one issue a year to a single theme (last year’s was the lives of teenagers), and because photography has always been an essential aspect of the magazine, Bates says the team decided to make this year’s themed issue an “all-photography” one. Text in the issue, which features work from 34 different photographers, is minimal—mostly confined to captions and credits.Elisabeth Gambrell, Gerlach, Nev. — Katy Grannan“We knew we wanted to make an issue told entirely through photography,” Bates adds. “In a year when wildfires, rising housing costs, and controversial immigration issues have dominated the news, ‘Home,’ and how people come to find and define it, has never felt more important.”The 34 contributors to the issue are a mix of both up-and-coming and established photographers and artists, such as Jim Goldberg, whose work can be seen in the Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery in Washington. Another contributor, Taylor Kay Johnson, is a recent graduate introduced to California Sunday when her California College of the Arts class worked with the magazine on an Instagram takeover last year.Mary Dambacher, Taos, N.M. — Ahndraya Parlato &Gregory HalpernThe subjects of each feature, themselves wide-ranging in both geography and circumstance, are divided into sections organized by distance, says Bates, from those who are “Far Away”—long-distance firefighters, a family separated at the U.S. border—to those who are “In Between”—a high school student in San Diego who visits his deported mother in Tijuana—to those who are “Home”—a pair of formerly homeless men on move-in day at a San Francisco housing complex.For the cover story alone, “we assigned 19 photographers across 10 states, and from there allowed them to wander and look for stories of ‘Home,’” Bates continues. “We met a Bay Area transplant who made a sanctuary out of his sailboat, a mother who built a bathroom from scratch for her and her daughter, a DACA recipient who just purchased his first house, and many others.”All of this—a feature well whose subjects range from Alaska to Mexico and a coinciding gallery activation in New York City—beg the obvious conclusion that California Sunday envisions an audience that expands well beyond the Golden State. (Case in point: I recently purchased a copy at a magazine shop in London.)“From the very beginning, we made stories for a national audience of curious, creative people,” publisher Chas Edwards tells Folio:, noting that the magazine’s stories often focus on the broader American West, in addition to Asia and Latin America. “Among our digital readers, New Yorkers are the second biggest group after Californians, so we’re always eager to find ways to get closer to our New York fans.”Roscoe Mitchell, Oakland, Calif. — David BlackDebbie Austin, Portland, Ore. — Lauren Angalis FieldBut the business sense behind the gallery exhibit isn’t just about the prospect of picking up a few more East Coast customers for the magazine’s $39.99-per-year print subscriptions. The entire project, including both the exhibit and the December issue, is sponsored by the Google Pixel 3—the same smartphone that shot the November covers of Allure, Architectural Digest, Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler, Glamour, GQ, and W as part of a promotional partnership with Condé Nast.In addition to behind-the-scenes photos shot on the Pixel 3 depicting the December issue’s production, the integration includes displays of photos taken on the phone at the Aperture exhibit, custom ad inserts in the issue that blend in with the look and feel of the editorial.“We love it when we find a sponsor that’s willing to work with us, specifically our Brand Studio team, on a program that delivers new, compelling experiences to our community of readers and fans,” adds Edwards. “These are opportunities to support the journalism and storytelling we do, and at the same time deliver added goodness to our audience.” The California Sunday Magazine may still be a baby by national magazine standards—especially compared to the legacy institutions against which it has become a regular competitor for National Magazine Awards each March—but it’s accomplished quite a bit in its four years of existence.It’s most recent achievement, and perhaps its most financially impactful, was securing an acquisition by Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective, whose other media-related investments include funding for nonprofits like The Committee to Protect Journalists, The Marshall Project, Mother Jones, and ProPublica, as well as a majority stake in The Atlantic.In a statement announcing the acquisition, Powell Jobs called California Sunday and its sister brand, the touring stage show Pop-Up Magazine, “unique journalistic platforms that help foster empathy and better understanding in the world.”Those values of empathy and understanding are on display this month—literally—at the Aperture Foundation in Manhattan, at which visitors can take in “At Home: In the American West,” a gallery exhibition featuring over 90 photographs in an extension of the magazine’s December issue cover story.
At a public meeting last week in the village of Carthage, N.Y., residents learned about the impact establishing a possible East Coast missile defense site at Fort Drum would have on the region.The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has identified 100 acres on the southeastern corner of the post as one of three candidate locations to host ground-based interceptors designed to protect the United States from ballistic missile attacks. The other two sites are Camp Ravenna Joint Training Center, Ohio, and Fort Custer Training Center, Mich.The North Country would gain up to 600 construction jobs while the site is built over five years, and the region would gain more than 1,000 new jobs as a result, reported North Country Public Radio.Building the site would require the closure of a road in a nearby town, more military personnel and civilian workers commuting to Fort Drum would travel through Carthage, officials said.“Because we are such a robust installation, we are able to easily accommodate the missile site and as well as any additional administrative needs they have,” said Eric Wagenaar, Fort Drum’s deputy garrison commander.Julie Halperin, the installation’s spokesperson, emphasized that no decision has been made to build an East Coast missile defense site. Ground-based interceptors already are in place at sites in California and Alaska, and the Pentagon does not favor building a third site, which would have an estimated cost of $3 billion or more.“I think it’s really important in this phase of the game to realize that the Department of Defense is not asking for this. The MDA is not asking for this. They have all been mandated to study this. This is just a study between three different locations to see environmentally which one would be the best location,” Halperin said.MDA is expected to select a preferred location for the missile defense site by the end of September. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
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Virtual Reality Firefox HTC Microsoft Mozilla CES 2019 Share your voice Post a comment Mobile Internet 0 Tags Mozilla promotes VR sites and activities available with its Firefox Reality browser. Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET HTC’s Vive virtual reality headset will include Firefox Reality, giving a boost to Mozilla’s web browser for VR devices and to its broader effort to build an immersive virtual realm on web technology that no single company controls.Mozilla released Firefox Reality in 2018 for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Google Daydream and Magic Leap One. Now, HTC Vive owners won’t need to manually download the browser themselves, HTC and Mozilla said at CES 2019. Instead, Firefox Reality will be the Vive’s default browser.”By ensuring HTC devices have direct integration with a web browser, we make it easier for those creators and users,” Mozilla said Monday in a statement. Vive users can still use other browsers and change the default if they want. Mozilla declined to disclose terms of the partnership.Firefox once was second only to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer in terms of web usage, helping promote the idea that the web was a neutral foundation, not the domain of one powerful company. But over the last decade, Google’s Chrome grew to dominate browsing, and Mozilla’s browser has failed to gain a significant foothold on mobile devices.VR devices and their cousins for augmented reality offer Mozilla a chance to find a new foothold. But that’s only if VR devices catch on widely, which so far they haven’t.Mozilla also has been instrumental in developing technology called WebVR and its broader successor, WebXR, which standardizes the use of web technology to create VR and AR content. If that effort succeeds, it’ll be easier for developers to build software for multiple headsets and not have to recreate content separately for each one.”Through our exciting and innovative collaboration with Mozilla, we’re closing the gap in XR computing, empowering Vive users to get more content in their headset while enabling developers to quickly create content,” HTC Vive Vice President Michael Almeraris said in a statement.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect.
Khaleda ZiaThe head of a pro-Awami League organisation has lodged a complaint of sedition charge against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia with a Dhaka court on Wednesday.Bangabandhu Foundation executive chairman Mashiur Rahman allegedly that Khaleda had held a secret meeting with an official of Pakistani intelligence agency ISI in the United Kingdom.The court of chief metropolitan magistrate Abdullah Al Masud that received the complant in the morning is set to pass an order later in the day.In his complaint, Mashiur claimed that during her stay in London, Khaleda met ISI official Junaid at Taj Hotel on 18 and 19 July last.He alleged that the meeting was held to instigate anarchy in the country, and deteriorate the Bangladesh-India relation and take it towards war.He came to know about the meeting through different media reports and investigation conducted by Bangabandhu Foundation’s London unit, Mashiur said.Mashiur filed another sedition case against the BNP chief on 25 January which is still under trial.
A group of Rohingya refugee people walk in the water after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf. ReutersA number of US interfaith leaders on Wednesday called upon the international community to impose full sanctions on Myanmar until it stops what they said the textbook case of genocide against Rohingyas and restore citizenship of its displaced Muslim minority, reports UNB.They also called upon the world leaders to stand in solidarity with Rohingyas and invoke the convention for the prevention and punishment of genocide to protect the Rohingyas from persecution.At a press conference held at a city hotel after their recent visit to Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, the American Buddhist, Jewish, Christian and Muslim community leaders praised Bangladesh’s humanitarian assistance and provision of security to the Rohingyas.They also endorsed prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s call that Rohingyas restored in their land in Myanmar with clear mandate for the UN to defend Rohingyas and bring the perpetrators of these crime to justice.Noor Ankis, 25, whose husband Ayub, a leader of the unregistered makeshift camp in Kutupalong, was killed late last month, poses for a picture with her two children in Cox’s Bazar. ReutersA 14-member delegation of American interfaith leaders, including that of two Buddhists, two Jews, two Muslim Imams and several Christians, earlier visited the Rohingya camps and listened to Rohingya voices. The visit was arranged by ‘Interfaith Coalition to Stop Genocide in Burma’.Upon getting back to the USA, they said, they will amplify Rohingya voices in the US Congress, administration and the civil society to mobilise public opinion across the globe to resolve the crisis and ensure safe return of Rohingyas to their mother land with security, dignity, rights and citizenship.Speaking at the press conference, a leading Buddhist American scholar Alan Senauke said what he saw at Balukhali Rohingya camp and heard the stories of the persecuted people make his heart weep. “Violence that directed against children, women, men and the families is the worst form of cruelty. To my understanding, the murder and displacement of Rohingyas in Myanmar has nothing to do with the Buddha’s teaching.”He also called upon the Buddhists around the world to stand with Rohingyas’ cry for safety, justice and citizenship. “We’re greatly disturbed by what many see as slander and distortion of the Buddha’s teaching.”Alan Senauke also said the hatred, systematic persecution and ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas stand in stark contradiction to monastic precepts and Buddha’s teaching on universal morality, peace and tolerance.He said they will raise fund in the USA to drum up support from Buddhists to stand by Rohingyas and raise voice for ensuring their security, justice and citizenship.Rabbi David Saperstein, a Jewish leader and immediate past US Ambassador at Large for religious freedom, said religious persecution was central component of the increasingly harsh oppression of the Rohingyas over the past decades.”We’ve heard the stories of mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters of watching how their family members were killed in front of them, and how they faced persecution,” he said.The Jewish leader said they will try to encourage the American authorities and international community to take the right step so that they Rohingyas can return to their country with protection and rights, including religious freedom.