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New SLC Airport is Unvailed

Salt Lake City Utah USA

“We want to make sure that the Salt Lake City International Airport is a memorable experience.” Maureen states. “Gordon Huether has been engaged to incorporate structural art into the design. He has been working very closely with HOK, our architect, to really design art features that can be incorporated early on.”

Inspired by the Salt Lake City community and surrounding landscape, Gordon created several large-scale installations that draw the natural beauty of Utah into the new airport experience. His largest airport installation, The Canyon, reflects Utah’s slot canyon landscape and will be installed on both walls (East and West) of the new main terminal. The installation spans 362 feet, roughly the length of a football field, using more than 2 acres of composite fabric, and the equivalent of seven miles of aluminium tubing. The entire work will consist of over 500 individual tensile membrane fins.

Other significant installations for the Airport Redevelopment Program include a 65-foot-tall escalator well sculpture, titled The Falls in the main terminal;

Column Plates and Benches that echo the theme of The Canyon walls, also in the main terminal; 

Northern Light and Canyon 2.0 in the new North Concourse;

and River Tunnel featured in the underground pathway that connects the main terminal to the North Concourse.

Second Daughter Travels the world for designs

 

ABOUT SECOND DAUGHTER

Jessica Speckhard is the Second Daughter. An artist working and showing in New York and Washington D.C., she launched her jewelry company Second Daughter in 2014. Her art-world background feeds into her collections with a pulse with that shouts ‘of-the-moment’ and incorporates a vast sea of influences -from animal life to architecture.

Second Daughter jewelry unapologetically vacillates between minimalism and maximalism, concerned only with adorning the modern person with jewelry as extraordinary as he or her.

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Jessica Speckhard was raised abroad, moving between Belarus, Belgium, France, and Greece until her move to New York in 2010 and then Washington DC in 2013. Her nomadic lifestyle has often served as a catalyst for her artwork and jewelry design. She has attended several art institutions, including Parsons Paris and Parsons New York.

The inspiration from these travels turned into incredibly stunning pieces for the Second Daughter jewelry line! These high-quality 14k gold plated earrings create a bold statement for any summer outfit. The only question remains, where will you travel off to with these fabulous adornments?

In Greenland, the Only Certainty is Change

Credit: James Fahn/Internews

June 11, 2018
The Earth Journalism Network’s James Fahn reports from Greenland on how covering the impacts of climate and environmental change in highly-affected regions like the Arctic is vital both for the people of that region as well as the rest of the world.

The Inuit hunters of Greenland face a grim challenge. They need to venture out on the sea ice in order to stalk their prey of seals, walrus and beluga, but climate change is thinning the ice, and snowmobiles have a disturbing tendency to break through it, plunging the hunters into the freezing waters below.

The answer, says Lene Kielsen Holm of the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, is to rely once again on dogsleds. The dog’s sensitive paws, she explains, warn them when the ice gets too thin, and they alert the hunter not to go further. Greenland now has regulations in certain regions requiring hunters to rely more on dogsleds. Across Baffin Bay, among the Inuit in Canada, where snowmobiles are more widely used, there have been more accidents and deaths, she explains.

Sled dogs in the Arctic, like those shown here in Ilulissat, have sensory pads on their paws that helps to warn them when the sea ice is too thin for them to walk on. Credit James Fahn/Internews

It’s a wonderful example of how ancient traditions can be used to adapt to the modern challenge of climate change. Greenland will need many more such examples.

For nowhere is the climate changing faster than in the Arctic. The increasing average temperatures, the thinning of the sea ice, the more rapid melting of the glaciers in Greenland and elsewhere are by now well-documented, and they are having a major impact on the rest of the world, raising sea levels and changing weather patterns. Indeed, there has probably been more written about how the changes in Greenland will affect elsewhere than how it has affected Greenlanders themselves.

The Decline of Hunting

Those changes are profound, although a few of them have been advantageous to the hunters. “It is now easier to hunt polar bear because they can’t go out as much onto the thinning sea ice. No doubt the bears are also more abundant due to strict hunting restrictions imposed over the last 40 years,” says Ababsi Bjarne Lybeth of the Association of Fishers and Hunters of Greenland. “But it’s much harder to hunt beluga, as they have moved further out to sea.”

Indeed, according to Jette Rygaard, a lecturer at Ilisimatusarfik (the University of Greenland), many Greenlanders seem optimistic that the warming temperatures can also bring positive changes, such as the opportunity to grow more food in farms and gardens. Holm reports that for the first time ever, potatoes have been grown in Qaanaaq, a community in the far north of Greenland. And farms, especially sheep farms, are flourishing in the far south of the country.

Also, in some ways, Greenland seems slightly less vulnerable than other places in the Arctic. Its deltas actually seem to be expanding due to climate change, and so its coastline seems less prone to the kind of erosion that is forcing villages in Alaska and elsewhere to be relocated. And although the thawing of its permafrost is harming infrastructure, Greenland has fewer roads to be buckled; long-distance travel is generally done by air or ship.

On the other hand, some changes have been devastating. In a report, Holm quotes Pauline Kristiansen, an 81-year-old from Qaanaaq: “We are being deprived [by] ignorant outsiders of the resources that we live from, the few animals that are living in our region, used for food, for warm clothing, etc. We are even running out of food for our loved dogs, the dogs that ‘they’ [outsiders] are asking us to take good care of.”

“Climate change has indeed altered the hunters’ lives completely, and their culture, too,” says Poul Krarup, the editor of the Greenlandic newspaper Sermitsiaq.

To be fair, explains Holm, it is not (just) changes in the climate that has locals worried, but regulations about where, when and what to hunt – some imposed by international agreements, but others by local authorities trying to ensure that hunting is sustainable. They also face intense pressure from environmental and animal welfare groups, since many of the species the Inuit have traditionally hunted for subsistence, and now sometimes for commercial purposes – seals, polar bears, narwhal, beluga, walrus – are considered by many as animals that should be more fully protected.

What’s more, they are now aware that eating some of these species can be hazardous to their health, as persistent organic pollutants emitted by industry in the rest of the world tends to accumulate in outsized proportions amongst the animals in the Arctic food chain.

The Ascent of Fishing

In terms of the economy, the changes faced by the fishing industry may be even more important, as it generates about 90 percent of the country’s export earnings. Again, some of the changes are positive. The price of key species like halibut has been rising, and more and more Greenlanders, including some who previously relied on hunting, are turning to fishing to support their livelihoods.

“Fishing is going up while hunting is going down,” says Holm. “The atmosphere in Qaanaaq among young people was not positive, as many were not taught hunting skills and didn’t even eat fish before. But now many have begun to fish, and the people have had to enlarge their freezers to keep all that they catch.”

A fishing boat makes its way through the maze of ice in Disko Bay. Credit: James Fahn/Internews

But the future remains uncertain. Fish stocks seem to be declining in southern Greenland, moving northward, and some of the people are doing likewise. Kuupik Kleist, the country’s former premier estimates that the South has lost perhaps 5,000 people in recent years, roughly a quarter of the region’s population.

“The shrimp are moving north, and so is the cod,” which prey on the shrimp, he explains. This has been a boon for fishermen further north, at least for now. But cod only fetches about one third the price of halibut, according to employees at the Greenland Halibut fish processing company, and no one is sure whether the cod may outcompete the halibut in the long run.

To help ensure a healthy future for Greenland’s fisheries – and neighboring Canada’s – several groups have proposed a stricter new international management regime in a polynya dubbed Pikialasorsuaq (“The Great Upwelling”) by the Inuit.

“Polynyas are areas of open water that remain ice-free throughout the winter due to ocean and wind currents,” explains a report prepared by the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC). “They are incredibly rich, diverse areas teaming with marine life, in part as a result of the upwelling of nutrient-rich waters. The Pikialasorsuaq is the largest polynya in the Arctic and the most biologically productive region north of the Arctic Circle.

“This ecosystem has supported Inuit for millennia and is central to Inuit hunting and harvesting. Inuit on both the Canadian and Greenlandic sides of the Pikialasorsuaq have recognized the area as critical habitat for many migratory species upon which they depend for their food security as well as cultural and spiritual connections. In short, the health of the Pikialasorsuaq directly influences the health and well-being of Inuit communities in the … region. [But it] is seriously threatened by the rapid change in the region including climatic and environmental change, increased shipping activities, tourism, oil and gas exploration, and development.”

The ICC is recommending, among other things, the “Establishment of a management regime, with a management authority led by Inuit representatives from communities in the Pikialasorsuaq region, …  a framework for regulating activities, including transportation, shipping, and off-shore industrial development … [and] a protected area comprised of the polynya itself and including a larger management zone that reflects the connection between communities, their natural resources, and the polynya.”

The authorities in Nunavut and federal Canada generally seems supportive of this approach, says ICC Greenland’s president Hjalmar Dahl. Greenland, meanwhile, has just elected a new government and its position is not known yet.

Tapping Other Resources

Keeping fisheries healthy is only one piece of the puzzle that is Greenland’s future. For the melting of the icecap that covers 80 percent of the world’s largest island is also opening up access to other resources. The fact that the burning of fossil fuels is, via climate change, enabling more petroleum exploration and development is an irony that pervades the Arctic.

Mineral resources are also becoming more available, in particular uranium and rare earth elements. Greenland’s government has been debating for many years whether to approve mines proposed for the southern part of the country. Uranium mining, several sources pointed out, doesn’t necessarily go well with sheep farming.

But rare earth minerals are widely used in many new environmental technologies. China currently controls about 95 percent of the global production of these minerals, and Chinese firms – along with others from Australia – are among those who seem eager to invest in Greenland.

Extractive industries are not the only option for the country, which desperately needs to diversify its economy from an over-reliance on fisheries. There are also burgeoning opportunities to increase tourism. Greenland has spectacular landscapes, coastlines and glaciers — most notably there is the iceberg-strewn bays and fjords around the west coast town of Ilulissat, host to a World Heritage Site.

But even here there hard choices to make. Ilulissat seems destined to boom in popularity, but it is home to only 5,000 or so people – still making it the third largest town in the country — and they are understandably anxious about being overwhelmed by tourism, says Krarup. The government is now deciding whether to enlarge its airport to bring in more visitors, which again could lead to profound changes.

Indeed, when it comes to facing development challenges, the region for which Greenland may be most reminiscent is actually the small island states of the South Pacific. Although they may seem like geographical opposites, there are surprising similarities: they are ocean-facing countries with vast marine resources and tourism potential, situated on the front lines of climate change, with small indigenous populations spread across vast distances, speaking multiple dialects, making travel and communication difficult and expensive.

Inuit Ingenuity

Ultimately, as in most places, the greatest resource Greenland has may be its people. Holm, the researcher who runs GINR’s Climate and Society Program, emphasizes how important indigenous knowledge is to her work, and to the challenge of adapting to climate change. The Inuit have always had to be resilient to survive in such harsh conditions.

That legacy is going to be crucial, in more ways than one, if Greenlanders are to continue to thrive. Speaking of her efforts to develop a new kind of tourism for the country, Liisi Egede Hegelund, who built and operates Inuk Hostels in the capital of Nuuk, notes that, “When European men came to Greenland to develop tourism, they only saw the nature, the icecap, and the glaciers. I want to do it for our culture, which has so much to offer.”

Liisi Egede Hegelund, the founder of Inuk Hostels, wants to bring a new kind of tourism to Greenland.

Visitors can get a demonstration of that by watching native craftsmen build their remarkably seaworthy qajaqs (or “kayaks”, as we now call them) using driftwood tied together by animal sinew; or by witnessing the qulleq ceremony traditionally used to ignite the oil lamps that have provided light and heat for the Inuit for centuries.

How do you create and sustain fire in an environment where there are no trees, and the land is covered by snow and frost most of the year? The Inuit learned to do it by using oil and blubber from marine mammals — along with tallow from land animals and even droppings from arctic hare and ptarmigans – as fuel, by using moss as wicks and by transporting embers when they migrated or went on hunts.

They will now have to tap into that same ingenuity to adapt to climate and environmental change if they are to thrive amidst the challenges of the coming years.

The World’s first and Premier 100% Foiler Event Launches mid-November 2018

EVENT IN MARTINIQUE TAKES FLIGHT


New York – June 13th, 2018 | Organized by the Martinique Tourism Authority (MTA), the Martinique Flying Regatta will take place from November 17 to 24, 2018. It will be the world’s signature international foiling event.

The bay of Fort-de-France is the perfect location to run a race and showcase these hydro-foil sailboats that represent the technological future of competitive sailing. Inducted into the prestigious club of “The Most Beautiful Bays in the World,” the Fort-de-France Bay is particularly well suited for these sailing boats, with is vast and protected 28 square miles (72km2) of maritime space. Wrapped in the island’s low 80s temperatures the bay’s steady, moderate winds and smooth seas will provide these speedsters with perfect conditions..

“We are very proud to hold this groundbreaking race,” commented Karine Mousseau, the Martinique Tourism Commissioner. “The Martinique Flying Regatta will not only showcase the beauty of the island and everything we have to offer, but also our people’s innovative knowhow. The joyous mix of our natural wonders and perfect sailing conditions with the sleek designs of the foil revolution will make the Martinique Flying Regatta the nautical must of the Caribbean and of the World.”

To date, about 40 participants have been registered in this seven series race (or foil types), representing most of today’s hydro-sailing boats. Foil types include the very fun and high-tech Kitefoil and Windfoil—that may soon be seen at the Olympics—the one-man Onefly and the celebrated Moth; the race will also feature bigger crafts like the Flying Phantom, the Easy to Fly and the American favorite, GC32.

The competition will include demonstrations and racing events in the Fort-de-France Bay; residents and guests will enjoy what promises to be a spectacular show. The program will also include races from the bay towards the farther shores of Trois-Ilets, Anse Mitan or Anses d’Arlet.

THE PROGRAM

Saturday, November 17: Individual training and launch day

Sunday, November 18: Individual training and demonstrations

Monday, November 19: Martinique Exploration day for the participants

Tuesday, November 20: Start of official races

Wednesday, November 21: Long-distance race day – Skippers Supper Soirée

Thursday/Friday, November 22- 23: Official races

Saturday, November 24: End of races – prize-giving – special soirée

Major logistical support will be provided to registered competitors including complimentary shipping in containers or and preferential rates for accommodations. Access from the US to Martinique is just a hop skip and a jump; with Norwegian Air from JFK & FLL, American Airlines from MIA.

The Martinique Tourism Authority has also secured support from the Fort-de-France Port Authority and the Sailing Federation of Martinique, representing the island’s clubs which will provide nautical logistics. Registration to Martinique Flying Regatta is handled by Sirius Event.

For more information visit the new website www.martinique-regatta.com

Registration is open until October 17th, 2018 www.martinique-regatta.com/index.php/en/register/

SIRIUS EVENTS CONTACT

5 rue de l’Amiral Hamelin – 75116 PARIS

contact@sirius-events.com – 00(33) 1 47 04 61 14

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About Martinique (www.martiniquepresskit.org)

The French Caribbean Island of Martinique is also known as the Isle of Flowers, The Rum Capital of the World, the Birthplace of coffee in the New World, The Isle of the Famed Poet (Aimé Césaire) – Martinique ranks among the most alluring and enchanting destinations in the world. As an overseas region of France, Martinique boasts modern and reliable infrastructure – roads, water and power utilities, hospitals, and telecommunications, services all on par with any other part of the European Union. At the same time, Martinique’s beautifully unspoiled beaches, volcanic peaks, rainforests, 80+ miles of hiking trails, waterfalls, streams, and other natural wonders are unparalleled in the Caribbean, so visitors here truly get the best of both worlds. The currency is the Euro, the flag and the official language are French, but Martinique’s character, cuisine, musical heritage, art, culture, common language, and identity are of a distinctly Afro-Caribbean inclination known as Creole. It is this special combination of modern world conveniences, pristine nature, and rich heritage that has earned for Martinique several notable distinctions in recent years. In 2018, Martinique is highlighted in the Caribbean segment of the New York Time’s “52 Places to go in 2018.” and prominently featured in a January 2018 article in Travel + Leisure. In a 2017 review of noteworthy French Islands throughout the world ThePointsGuy.com selected Martinique as number one. Other distinctions include being named as a “Must-Visit” destination by Caribbean Journal, “Best Caribbean Destination” by About.com, and “Top Caribbean Island for Delectable Dining” by Caribbean Travel + Life.

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Why Lake Como?

The last time so many movie stars were trampling over each other to reach a destination was the Academy Awards gift table. Now it’s Lake Como and locals blame George Clooney. Following a visit to his lakeside villa where green mountains tower over clear blue water A-list celebrities want their own piece of paradise.

For mere mortals who can only afford property porn, there is an alternative…the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni. Formerly a private home it was turned into a luxury hotel in 1873. This is where the original movie stars Douglas Fairbanks Junior and Mary Pickford quaffed champagne and later Clark Gable and Robert Mitchum relaxed on chaise lounges under iconic red and white striped umbrellas. Today guests spot Al Pacino dining in the Michelin star restaurant Mistral and a grinning George Clooney pulling up to the dock in his fishing boat with a fresh catch he convinces the chef to prepare for lunch.

GRAND HOTEL VILLA SERBELLONI, Bellagio

This five-star hotel has been owned and run by the Buchon family for four generations. Each winter they close it to touch up the frescos, tapestries and Murano crystal chandeliers before re-opening in April for the season.

Just a short walk away, the village Bellagio, nicknamed the Pearl of Lake Como, boasts a Romanesque church you may need for confession after spending too much money in the boutiques tucked away on curved cobblestoned alleyways. Bellagio is known for its silk but don’t be fooled by the tacky tourist displays hanging in stores along the water. It’s worth hiking up the steep street to reach Pierangelo Masciadri’s showroom. While he’s famous for his ties (owners include Presidents Clintons and Bush, Prince Albert and Bill Gates), most of his tiny store is filled with silk scarves he designs. It’s worth visiting just to chat with the gregarious Pieangel who loves sharing stories about the fashion world and his VIP customers.

Like Venice, Lake Como has water taxis. Drivers complain about passengers who insist on gliding by Clooney’s estate that appeared in the movie Ocean’s Twelve. There are so many annoying drive-bys that Clooney has reportedly set up a machine to lobby tennis balls at gawkers.

Another nearby villa welcomes visitors (so there Georgie! Did you forget your first big break was a janitor in Full House?). Built in the 17th century Villa Balbianello is best known for appearing in Star Wars II but before people were exploring other planets, a former resident, Count Monzino, was planting the Italian flag on Mount Everest. His artifacts are housed here along with English and French furniture from the 18th century.

Keep that water taxi to visit Varenna, a medieval fishing village with pastel painted homes burrowed in the hillside. Around every corner, lovers are kissing under porticos covered in pink and red azaleas while bicyclists glide past vintage cars.

Save your appetite however for Locanda dell’isola Comacina, for the food, the views, and the entertainment. Located on a tiny island, the quirky owner, Benvenuto Puricelli, loves showing visitors his gallery of celebrity photos and telling stories about the Island. When snakes were the Island’s only inhabitants two brave men opened the restaurant only to both die in separate accidents shortly afterward. So to ensure good luck Puricelli performs an exorcism with fire after most seatings.

Quirky characters like Puricell are the real stars of Lake Como. Locals are familiar with the neighbors who make a living appearing on the big screen but they’re not impressed. After all, anyone can don a stylish hat and some oversize sunglasses, nab a bench lakeside and feel like a million bucks. That is the magic of Lake Como.