Creighton Cutts loves water. He started The Dolphin Project in the 1980s, worked with sperm whales and sea turtles in the 1990s, and has volunteered with various Riverkeepers for nearly two decades.Creighton is also a candle maker. As the founder of Bee Natural, he hand-carves and presses 100% natural beeswax into luminaries.Fire and water usually don’t mix. But Creighton found a way to combine his passion for protecting rivers with his day job.Creighton is traveling to every major river in the Southeast to shoot photos of his candles on the water. He donates the photos to the local Riverkeeper, and for every candle he sells from that watershed, he donates 25% of the profits to the local Riverkeeper.His floatoshoot tour will be headed to the Nantahala River and French Broad River on November 12-13. View images from previous floatoshoots and follow the floatoshoot tour here.
MLB has proposed having an abbreviated training period for a few weeks in June, followed by a regional-based 82-game schedule beginning around July 4. The games would be played at the teams’ home ballparks, when allowed by local laws, at least initially with no fans in attendance.Although eliminating crowds is the primary concession made to the coronavirus pandemic, the plan spells out numerous ways that the players and staff will try to prevent the spread of the virus among themselves.The plan calls for regular testing of all players, umpires and staff members, mostly using saliva tests. There would also be twice-daily temperature checks. MLB personnel would be asked to perform daily temperature checks at home.Someone who tests positive would self-isolate at home.Clubhouses would be restructured to allow six-foot separation between players at their lockers, and in-person meetings would be discouraged. Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter In dugouts, only active reserves would be permitted, while other inactive players or support staff would sit in the stands or elsewhere. All non-playing personnel would wear masks in dugouts.There would be no mound visits, no exchanging of lineup cards and no spitting, high-fives, fist-bumps or hugs. Players would be encouraged to wash hands after handling equipment or leaving the field between innings.Away from the ballpark, players would not be strictly quarantined, but they would be encouraged to isolate from all except their immediate families. They would be discouraged from using any public transportation or ride sharing services.While all of this is subject to approval by the players, this represents only a portion of the negotiation surrounding the sport’s return.Owners are also asking players to agree to a 50-50 split of revenue, which likely would mean further reduction in their salaries beyond the pro-rated payments mandated in their March agreement.The two parties agreed that the players would be paid their normal salaries for whatever percentage of the games are played. However, owners contend that agreement was contingent on games being played with fans. Without fans in the ballparks, the clubs’ revenue would further be slashed and they propose that players bear some of that burden. Players argue that the agreement was not contingent on fans, and should not be renegotiated.Related Articles If Major League Baseball players are to return to action this summer, they will be playing in an environment that looks significantly different from what they left in March.Aside from the expected diligent testing and temperature checks, the changes include everything from pitchers bringing their own baseballs to the bullpen, wearing masks in the dugout and limitations on spitting.Players will even be discouraged from taking showers at the ballpark.It’s all part of a 67-page document that Major League Baseball submitted to the Players Association, detailing the health and safety protocols they propose in order to have the sport return safely amid the coronavirus pandemic. The report was obtained by The Athletic and ESPN, which reported details on Saturday. Angels manager Joe Maddon questions defensive metrics that rate Mike Trout poorly How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Dr Petrus de Kock, the research manager at Brand South AfricaA Brand South Africa initiative, the inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum, will bring together the government, business and civil society to unpack issues affecting the country’s competitiveness and reputation.The South African Competitiveness Forum was officially launched on 25 July, followed by a number of regional consultations leading up to the main event, which takes place at Gallagher Estate, Midrand, on 5 November.Dr Petrus de Kock, the research manager at Brand South Africa, is passionate about the forum and the long-term implications the event could have for the future of the nation brand. “It’s very much a consultative forum – this is a key platform for us to share knowledge and experience, but also to work together to build a stronger reputation and a competitive country to position internationally.”It has a number of key content partners, which means there will be input from many levels and sectors. The forum will include senior business delegates, ministerial officials, representatives from several government departments, and from the Top 50 companies listed on the JSE, he explains.SACF launch: The South African Competitiveness Forum takes place at Gallagher Estate in Midrand on 5 November 2013. There will be a commemorative exhibition documenting the creative and design work done by Brand South Africa in marketing the country.The programme is jam-packed, with a plenary session to be opened by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, followed by five breakaway sessions. Taking a workshop-style format, these sessions will focus on major themes, such as education, skills and labour; governance and leadership; manufacturing and related services; infrastructure; and foreign direct investment competitiveness.De Kock says the workshops will highlight the country’s reputational and competitive strengths and weaknesses. “We are looking at how we can fix problems and ways we can make the national brand even stronger.”The timing of the forum is hugely relevant, he adds. “Next year, we are celebrating 20 years of democracy [which] is very much founded and built on the concept of stakeholder input, of negotiation, of consultation, so the forum is very much a consultative platform [where] business, government and civil society can together identify the reputational strengths and competitive strengths, as well as challenges. So I think that’s unique, you know, very much as an open, public platform and what we can extract or absorb from that input into, say, our international marketing in the country.”He expects there will be much to learn from the delegates and the sessions throughout the day. “We [Brand South Africa] are not the experts at manufacturing, for example, and we will probably learn a tremendous amount about strengthening the country. I think it’s not just a talk shop; it’s very much focused on those things that we can extract and then incorporate into our operations going forward.”Brand South Africa launched the new payoff line in 2012, he explains – “Inspiring New Ways” – and the South African Competitiveness Forum is an effort by the marketing organisation to create a new kind of a platform and a new way of engaging key stakeholders, industry and the government.“The South African Competitiveness Forum is a call to all stakeholders across business, government and society to provide input and to inspire new ways of positioning the brand both domestically and internationally.”Brand South Africa will also take the opportunity to showcase a decade of creative and branding design work. “The forum aims to inspire delegates to become brand ambassadors through the exhibition of the brand and the work of Brand South Africa and through the thought- and knowledge-sharing. The forum is there as a call to stakeholders to help us to frame the picture in more detail and also to make the value proposition even stronger so that we can work towards realising the goals of the National Development Plan.”De Kock expects a fair amount of robust debate. “The forum promises to be an exciting and an engaging and probably a tough platform. As South Africans, we can engage thoroughly on issues, so I think it will be in-depth conversation … I think the experience people will have will enrich them and I hope, ultimately, that this will build more pride and patriotism and mobilise us as South Africans to work together to realise the strategic objectives that we have as a country.”
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Let’s dive into the history of the skate video and how skateboarding has influenced the videography and filmmaking landscape.I remember the first skate video I ever watched. I was ten — a short, slightly chubby little kid who wore chunky Etnies skate shoes, a puka shell necklace, an ill-fitting Independent Trucks T-shirt, and I had just received my first skateboard that Christmas. A friend and I had just got a ride from his mom to the local skate shop, Soundwaves, and he bought the DVD for Geoff Rowley‘s “Sorry” video from his sponsor company, Flip. We brought it home and popped it in the DVD player for his giant CRT TV. I remember just being completely enamored with the visuals, the insane tricks Geoff was pulling off, the kickass music, and the dingy aesthetic from a VHS camcorder recording on a fisheye lens. Even though I couldn’t even pull off an ollie at the time, that video sparked my dreams of one day being sponsored, so I could be like my heroes — Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Bob Burnquist — just to name a few. It’s a story most kids who grew up in the ’90s through early 2000s are quite familiar with.You know, I never got sponsored, and by the end of my short skateboarding career, I could barely even “manual” for more than two seconds. It happens when you are an awkwardly shaped preteen that decides he might be better at sports that don’t require so much balance and agility. But, what did stick around was my love for the skate video.Videography and skateboarding have gone hand-in-hand since the advent of strapping four wheels to a board. Skate videos are what influenced a lot of the culture of the mid-90s to the early 2000s — the fashion, the anti-establishment feeling they conveyed, and especially the style of filming they used. Skate culture was in the zeitgeist, with a lot of the popular bands at the time (Blink-182 and Sum 41) drawing a lot of their inspiration from the aesthetic, and popular filmmakers emulating the style in their creative projects.So today, we’re going to dive into the history of the skate video, what constitutes the style of a skate video, and how pervasive it is in filmmaking and videography, to this day.The History of the Skate VideoAs skating started with humble beginnings, so did the skate film. Back in the days when skateboarding was just gaining popularity, most of the competitions you entered were “Vert” competitions, hosted in abandoned swimming pools and purpose-built bowls. Stacy Peralta shot these videos — one of the original members of the Zephyr Skate Crew featured in the movie Lords of Dogtown and featured as VHS tapes titled The Bones Brigade Video Show, which featured the top skaters of the time, including a young Tony Hawk. Since handheld camcorders hadn’t become widely available at the time, most of these early videos used professional equipment sponsored by Powell — Peralta Productions or the skate brand Santa Cruz.The true origin of the skate film, as we know it today, came along with the advent of the commercially available personal camcorder. Many of the skaters who grew up watching the Bones Brigade tapes were desperate to star in their own skate movies, and once their parents bought a camera to capture home movies, it became easier to ask dad to borrow the family camcorder to shoot a short video with your buddies. This new wave of skate videos brought us one of the most influential skate videos of the time — “Shackle Me Not” by the skate collective H-Street.H-street originated from two buddies, Tony Mag and Mike Ternasky, who founded the first skate company run by skateboarders. They set out to make a skate video reminiscent of the old Powell videos, but with resources they could afford. “Shackle Me Not” (1988) was their first project, which included all of the basic tenets of what we think of when we hear “skate video” today — the fisheye lens, the grungy DIY aesthetic, the fun inserts between tricks that let you get to know the skaters in the video. In “Shackle Me Not,” you get a peek into the lives of Danny Way, Matt Hensley, Eric Koston, and many more skaters of the time.Skate videos were now diaries of the skaters presented within them — it was an opportunity to showcase your skills and personality to both skate fans and (more importantly) sponsors.The Rise of Sponsored ContentAfter H-Street invaded the VHS players of the day’s youth, skate companies began to realize the power of the skate video. It was a way to bring sponsored content directly to skaters’ hands, aligning their brand with certain skaters they liked. It was a mutually beneficial relationship — the skate companies created brand recognition using skaters who promoted their products, and skaters got money.About three years after “Shackle Me Not,” skate brand Blind enlisted the help of extreme sports photographer Spike Jonze, who you might recognize as the acclaimed director of Her, Being John Malkovich, and Where the Wild Things Are, to create a new skate video called Video Days (1991). This video featured Mark Gonzales, Jason Lee, and other skate legends. It’s considered one of the defining videos of the genre, influencing countless other videos to follow with its easygoing template and shot format. From the intro of all five skaters in an Oldsmobile driving around to “Low Rider,” to the absolute killer street-skating performance they all put on, it’s gone down in skate history as one of the best videos ever to grace the genre.After Video Days came an onslaught of some more legendary skate videos throughout the ’90s and into the 2000s, such as Girl’s “Mouse” (1996) and “Yeah Right!” (2003), and Toy Factory’s “Welcome to Hell” (1996). All of them followed the same archetype, and they started solidifying how a skate video should look.“Yeah Right!” Full Video | Girl Skateboards (2003) from Crailtap on Vimeo.The Defining Look of a Skate VideoAfter most of the ’90s hits came out from companies such as Plan B, Toy Factory, and Girl, the “look” was pretty much solidified. Some would say its definition came from the “holy grail” of skate filmmaking — the Sony VX1000. Others say it’s a combination of aesthetics and style. In my opinion, it comes down to three things that define the skate video from this era:Fisheye/Wide Lenses: Most skate videographers shoot with either a wide frame lens or fisheye to capture all of the action happening in the shot. Because skaters move fast through a frame, it’s better to stay safe and keep it wide just in case a skater lands a trick, and you want to be sure to capture it. One of the big, stylistic choices with this style is keeping the ring of the fisheye lens in the shot — giving the video grit.Crunchy Colors: Due to the colors that the video cameras at the time captured, the skate video has a trademark “crunch” to its colors. The vibrant crispiness of the video really makes it feel lived in.4:3 Layout: As with the other aesthetic properties above, the 4:3 layout of most skate videos came from the cameras they were captured on, not from a stylistic choice. And out of necessity came preference. The 4:3 layout is a trademark of the classic skate video. Skate Video Aesthetics in Film and TelevisionAfter skate videos made their mark on the zeitgeist, the aesthetic started bleeding into the film and television industry. Directors like Spike Jonze, who made their debut in the skate videography world, began getting jobs within the industry.The first thing that comes to mind for me is the Jackass series. Run by a crew of skaters, the Jackass crew emulated what a lot of skate videos brought to the world — fun, exorbitant pranks and gaffs that showcased the personality of the skaters. Jackass took that bit and ran with it, shooting absolutely wild skits out in the open, to the dismay of a lot of the public.The format slid its way into music as well, with bands like Blink-182 being in tune with the skate culture of the time. Their music video for “The Rock Show” had some slices of skate video aesthetics, with them cashing a check from a production company and throwing the bills all over town, giving someone a makeover, and trashing a brand new TV.Then, fast forward to recent years, and we’ve got people who grew up with skate videos as kids in the ’90s and 2000s, such as the rap collective Odd Future. This crew draws heavy influence from skate culture, with artists in the group like Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt creating music videos with all of the tell-tale signs of a bona fide skate video.Another kid who grew up in this era — Jonah Hill — made his directorial debut with the A24 hit of the year — Mid90s. All of the influences are there in this love letter to the ’90s skate era, especially with the stylistic choice to present the movie in a 4:3 ratio. The kids in the movie are constantly shooting their own skate videos, hoping to one day get sponsored — just like many of us who grew up on a board.The Current State of the Skate VideoWith high-quality video production gear becoming more accessible to consumers, and phones carrying powerful cameras, it’s never been easier for people to get out there and record a skate video. Social media has also played a huge role — kids no longer have to do reel-to-reel editing on a VCR to get a single VHS tape that they have to copy and produce themselves. Now, all you have to do is record something on your phone, give it a quick edit, and it’s ready to post to the masses.Access to editing programs and consumer cinema cameras have changed what a skate video entails. We’re seeing more sweeping cinematic shots, integration with motion graphics, and cleaner videos. Skate brands are also aligning themselves with filmmaking brands and social media influencers, such as Vans teaming up with Adobe and the lifestyle brand Life Without Andy to document their latest competition — the Vans Park Series. Life Without Andy was there to document the series, and then edited all of the footage on Adobe’s newest editing program — Adobe Rush.We actually got to sit down with Life Without Andy to talk with them a bit about their relationship to the skate video, and how they see the future of skate videography with the advent of social media and accessible gear.Life Without Andy collaborated with Adobe to document the Vans Park Series.PremiumBeat: Tell us a little bit about your background and your relationship to skate videos.Life Without Andy: When I was about ten years old, I started skateboarding, and a few years after that I picked up my first camera. To me, skate videos were my childhood. I would stay up all night after a long day at the skate park, just watching skate videos and getting excited for the next day of skating. It inspired me to create my own videos and taught me there is no one way to create or do something.PB: What was the most influential skate video you remember watching when you were younger?LWA: My all-time favorite skate video was Flip’s “Extremely Sorry.” I would watch that almost every day.PB: How do you think skate videos have influenced pop culture over the years?LWA: I think skate videos have influenced so many aspects of fashion and art, and I couldn’t imagine what I would be doing if I hadn’t got inspiration from them to be who I am today.PB: What are you most excited about working with the Adobe team and the Vans Park Series?LWA: I am just excited about the journey of creating with such a dream team. I mean, if you were to tell fourteen-year-old Noah I would be working with Vans and Adobe creating videos, I wouldn’t believe you. Getting to travel the world and learning from Adobe is just unreal.PB: What’s your experience working with Adobe Rush?LWA: I just started using it a couple of months ago, and it’s now a go-to program for me when I want to whip something up and have it straight on the socials. I love being able to change the aspect ratio of my projects for Instagram stories and the ease of the color correction tool!PB: What did/do you record your videos on when making a skate video?LWA: My first camera was a Sony VX1000, which was and still is the holy grail of skateboard filmmaking. That got me started. From there, I have been forever changing my filming gear, from Cannon DSLRs to Sony Dad cams, and even working with RED cameras on some jobs, these days.PB: How do you think skate videos have changed with the advent of social media, camera phones, and more accessibility to videography equipment?LWA: I think skate videos have changed in the sense that because there is so much content coming out, everyone is constantly trying to make something new and unique, which is super exciting to see.Cover image via Girl Skateboarding and Spike Jonze (Mouse, 1996).Looking for more on the filmmaking industry? Check out these articles.“Watchmen” and The Art of Creating Nonlinear StoriesDepartment of Justice To Remove Landmark Theater RestrictionsMaking Ford v Ferrari: Cinematography at 100 mphThe Importance of Camera Movement in “The Irishman”The Rise of TikTok and What It Means for Digital Video Producers
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Sanchez Flores: We must be careful with Welbeckby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores won’t rush Danny Welbeck’s comeback.Welbeck, who has recovered from a broken ankle, scored his first Hornets goal in the 2-1 Carabao Cup win over Swansea on Tuesday night.He has played the full 90 minutes in both of Watford’s cup matches this term but made just two substitute appearances in the Premier League.“I said two weeks ago we have a plan for him,” said Sanchez Flores. “We are taking care with him and we are very passionate about him coming back to the team.“I just want the fans to see the good version of Danny, not the kind of Danny who goes to the pitch with some pain. I want Danny 100 per cent so we can enjoy this Danny.”
The Canadian PressKAMLOOPS, B.C. — Residents of a village in British Columbia’s southern interior are anxious to see what is left of their homes after one of the hundreds of wildfires raging across the region tore through their community, engulfing dozens of properties and forcing people to flee with little warning.Mark Sutherland of the Ashcroft Indian Reserve west of Kamloops said Sunday he had only seconds to escape with his girlfriend and two young children before flames overtook his home.“By the time we got everyone into the cars and we were getting out of the reserve, coming around the bend, (the fire) was already past the house. The next few houses were on fire,” said Sutherland, who used to work on a forestry firefighting ground crew.“It was so fast. Everything was happening so fast.”There is no end in sight as provincial officials expect more gusty winds and hot, dry conditions to fan the flames of the more than 220 fires that have destroyed an area covering at least 230 square kilometres.Kevin Skrepnek, chief information officer with the BC Wildfire Service, said the number of people forced from their homes is likely to rise from the latest estimate of 7,000.“The situation around evacuation alerts and orders could be quite fluid,” said Kevin Skrepnek, chief information officer for the BC Wildfire Service, on Sunday.“I would anticipate there would be expansions over the next few days.”B.C. has committed $100 million to help communities and residents rebuild, while the federal government is sending aircraft.Christy Clark, the outgoing premier, announced the fund Sunday in Kamloops. She said $600 will be made immediately available by electronic transfer through the Red Cross to people who have registered after being forced from their homes.“We are just, in many ways, at the beginning of the worst part of the fire season and we watch the weather, we watch the wind, and we pray for rain,” she said.“But our prayers aren’t always answered in these things and so we need to be there to support people in the meantime because there are hundreds and hundreds of people who are scared to death right now.”She said the transition team for premier-designate John Horgan’s incoming government has been briefed on the establishment of the fund.Horgan said the outgoing government has been very co-operative and that he would honour the $100 million Clark had committed to, adding that the province would likely provide even more support as the cost of the disaster grows.“Whatever is needed to make sure that people are whole after this, we’re going to make sure that happens,” he said, after meeting with officials in Kamloops.Horgan said he spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Sunday afternoon, who assured him the federal government stood ready to help.“To have the prime minister say the federal government is there for us when we need it is very reassuring,” he said.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Ottawa has agreed to federal assistance.The Canadian Armed Forces are helping residents affected by evacuations and airlift emergency workers and equipment.Three Canadian Armed Forces Griffon helicopters were expected to arrive in Kelowna on Sunday and some larger fixed-wing aircraft are to arrive over the next few days, said Chris Duffy, executive director of Emergency Management BC.Duffy said the aircraft would be on standby and ready to help wherever they were needed, but that they would not be assisting with fire suppression at this time.The hardest-hit regions were the central and southern Interior. There were also major blazes burning in northern B.C. but they weren’t posing as immediate a threat, said Skrepnek.Highway closures trapped Cache Creek resident Jacquie McMahon and her husband overnight Friday on the north side of Lac La Hache, near the 100 Mile House wildfire.“The orange glow on both sides of us was so surreal and it was growing, growing, growing,” said McMahon, whose home was spared in the fire.“I just lost my mom (in March), and mom always told us: ‘Never go anywhere without everything you need.’ ”She added, wiping away tears. “So we had everything we needed. And thank goodness.”A provincewide state of emergency was declared Friday after about 140 new fires ignited and crews grappled with intense winds. The government said the state of emergency allows it to more easily co-ordinate a response to the crisis.On Saturday, 98 new fires sprang up and existing fires grew in size, Skrepnek said.The four biggest fires ranged in size from about 20 to 44 square kilometres and drove thousands from their homes in the communities of Ashcroft, Cache Creek, 100 Mile House, 105 Mile House, 108 Mile House, 150 Mile House and the Alexis Creek area.Dozens of public parks in the Cariboo and Chilcotin region were closed to the public.The province has been marshalling all the personnel it can to battle the flames, protect property and try to keep people safe.The BC Wildfire Service employs more than 1,000 firefighters and all were either deployed or on days of rest. At least 200 contractors backed them up, while an additional 300 firefighters recruited from other parts of Canada and are expected to arrive on Monday and Tuesday.Despite the crews’ efforts, Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta said a fire burning between Ashcroft and Cache Creek had destroyed dozens of buildings, including at least five houses, 30 trailer park homes and two hangars at a regional airport.B.C. has seen 552 fires to date in 2017, about half of which broke out over the past few days. Skrepnek said the province had spent $46 million fighting wildfires this year as of end-of-day Friday.
OTTAWA – One of the world’s largest short-term rental websites is inviting the Trudeau Liberals to create a regulatory regime for the burgeoning industry — something its critics have long advocated and raising pressure on the government to set rules in the market.Airbnb’s budget proposal to the House of Commons finance committee asks the federal Liberals to avoid forcing “old and outdated rules” for traditional hotels onto Airbnb hosts, pushing instead for a simple-to-understand regime.In its five-page submission, the company bluntly says: “We want to be regulated” — a step beyond last year’s request for the government to apply a “light” regulatory touch.“We think as a platform our hosts should pay taxes. I know people get shocked when we say that, but we do. We think we should be contributing,” Alex Dagg, Airbnb’s public policy manager in Canada, said in an interview.“We just need to figure out what are the appropriate rules in place to do that and how can we facilitate that.”The submission leaves the Liberals with mounting requests and offers from online service providers themselves to set some regulations around their work, including applying sales taxes, all of which the government has thus far shied away from.Quebec, British Columbia and a handful of cities have enacted rules and struck deals to get tax revenues from bookings on Airbnb, which is one of the few services of its kind to negotiate tax agreements with Canadian governments. Quebec’s deal netted the province about $2.8 million over the first six months of the tax agreement.In April, a Liberal-dominated Commons committee urged Ottawa to make online service providers based outside the country collect and remit sales taxes as part of a series of recommendations to help Canada’s small businesses compete online.In late May, the national broadcast regulator released a report calling on the federal government to pry more commitments — monetary or otherwise — from online streaming giants like Netflix and Spotify and consider new internet levies to fund Canadian content.Federal officials have told groups that they are looking at how to tax and regulate online service providers, but don’t seem to have a clear idea of how to do it.The Hotel Association of Canada said Thursday the Liberals should require online businesses to also hand over detailed information on all home-renting activity so tax authorities have a list of all short-term rental hosts and can force those with high earnings to pay taxes like hotel chains.The industry group argued it wasn’t interested in targeting the casual home owner who rents out a room or unit for a few nights a year, instead putting a bull’s-eye on hosts who rent out multiple homes or units for months on end as part of a larger commercial operation.“We are not against Airbnb and we’re not against the competition. Competition is, in fact, a good thing. What we’re looking for here is fairness and a level playing field,” said Alana Baker, the association’s director of government relations.Airbnb says there are some 80,000 people who offer places to rent in Canada, and they earn on average about $5,500 annually.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.
POUCE COUPE, B.C. – August 1st, 2019 Argo Road Maintenance will be continuing maintenance on the South Peace roads for the Region.Caribou Road Services Ltd time working the area spanned 15 years as they shared on their FB Page they successfully battled blinding snowstorms, bitterly cold temperatures, snowdrifts, mud, huge ‘200-year’ flood events, forest fires, droughts, and just about everything in between.The company shares further their gratitude to their employees by acknowledging their hard work and team spirit and sharing ‘We are proud of what we have accomplished together.’ The new contractor Argo Road Maintenance uses social media platforms and can be found on Instagram @argoroads and Twitter @ArgoSouthPeaceTo view the website; CLICK HERE To view Caribou Road Services Ltd post; CLICK HERE
China’s retreat from providing international protection for Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar and its patron Islamabad, marks a milestone in the political and diplomatic war on terror with potential reverberations beyond the subcontinent. For a decade, Azhar was cast as the touchstone of Pakistan-China friendship and flag-bearer in a proxy war on India. That finally ended on Wednesday when Beijing wilted under growing international pressure and revulsion towards terrorism and agreed to the Security Council sanctions committee branding him the terrorist he is. Also Read – A special kind of bondTotally isolating them, none of the other 191 other members of the UN – including some who advocate “your-terrorist-is-my-freedom-fighter” policy in other cases – had joined Pakistan and China in backing Azhar. India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin said that India’s persistent “subterranean” diplomacy helped achieve this. Now the next milestone in the political and diplomatic war on terror – it is still only that and not an all-out war – will be a global one if that consensus against terrorism can be extended to the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism that was proposed by India in 1996. Also Read – Insider threat managementWork on it has been stuck on the most basic issue – defining terrorism, with some making a false distinction between “freedom-fighters” and terrorists. It escapes them that the mark of terrorism is the method – the wanton killing of civilians including children – and not the ideology. Arriving on a consensus on the convention is the challenge before Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative Rohan Perera who heads the UN’s working group on eliminating international terrorism. China’s turnabout, despite its words of sympathy for Islamabad, may force Pakistan to take a long-overdue inward look at its policy of classifying terrorists as bad and good – those creating mayhem within the country and those in India. That schizophrenic policy has taken a toll on Pakistan, whose diplomats like to point out that their country has suffered the most from Islamist terror. Yet Islamabad – or specifically its military overlord – was willing to pay the price to keep its army of proxies. For the world, that was too high a price. Pakistan’s strategic doctrine that its nuclear weapons provided immunity against Indian retaliation against its war by terror was tested in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack in February that killed more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel. While that attack itself stung the world, the Indian air retaliation against terror camps and Pakistan’s counter-attack in which an Indian plane was downed showed the international community how fragile the situation is. China had reluctantly gone along with a Security Council press statement condemning the Pulwama attack, which was short of a formal resolution, and it was expected that it might relent on Azhar. But it vetoed in March for the fourth time his listing as a terrorist by the sanctions committee that deals with Al Qaeda, the Islamic State and their affiliates. That re-energised the US, Britain and France to pursue the option of having the Security Council itself declare him a terrorist under sanctions of financial freeze and travel ban. They circulated a US draft resolution and lobbied hard, with Washington declaring it will utilise all available resources. If that resolution were to come up, China would have had to publicly veto it and defend Azhar, which probably gave it pause. China had claimed that it was not convinced by the evidence that Azhar was connected to terrorism, but suddenly it said the evidence it rejected was now convincing. Besides its ties with India, the Afghanistan developments were another incentive for Washington. With negotiations taking place with the Taliban for a settlement, the US would want a complete wind-down of terrorism in the region to protect Afghanistan, and also to ensure that Pakistan does not turn its other proxies fighting Afghanistan towards India. As for China, it was time to recognise its own risks. It has an Islamist terror problem in the Uighar region and beyond, and its support to JeM and Azhar was not buying it goodwill with them. As its One Road, One Belt initiative advances, Beijing will have to ensure the safety of its multi-billion-dollar investments along with it, while ensuring that pan-Islamist terror does not ply the road. Already, China has faced terror attacks in Pakistan, where its workers and resources have been targeted and even its consulate in Karachi attacked last year. Under these circumstances, it had to come out openly against all forms of terrorism if it were to credibly protect its investments elsewhere and even itself. This was the moment for it. Even afar in Sri Lanka, where it has billions invested and loaned, China saw Islamist terrorism’s potential to disrupt the island’s stability with consequences for it. And no doubt, the Sri Lanka suicide bomb massacres on Easter sunday added to the international community’s pressure on China. Sanctions committee chair Dian Triansyah Djani, a soft-spoken Indonesian diplomat with a self-deprecating sense of humour, was able to deftly coalesce these developments into a consensus against Azhar. In the subcontinent, Pakistan now faces the stark choice of complying with the sanctions against Azhar – and those imposed earlier on JeM and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba – or continuing to defy international opinion, perhaps by even spawning new proxies. Perhaps if China has had a true change of heart, it could move Islamabad away from the proxy war. Then in a post-election India, there may be an opportunity for a fresh start having met New Delhi’s prime condition of abandoning terrorism. (The views expressed are strictly personal)