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EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier rules out time-limited Irish backstop in radio interview

first_imgThursday 24 January 2019 11:54 am Alex Daniel Michel Barnier has ruled out putting a time limit on the so-called Irish backstop as part of Britain’s revised withdrawal deal from the EU.The bloc’s chief Brexit negotiator said a time-limited backstop would defeat its purpose as a guarantee against a hard border in Ireland. “We have to maintain the credibility of this reassurance,” he said. “It cannot be time-limited… It’s not just about Ireland.”The backstop, a safety net keeping the UK in the customs union in case a deal cannot be struck so as to guard against a hard Irish border, has been at the centre of disagreements over the Brexit deal. It is unclear whether Britain would be able to strike further trade deals with other nations if the backstop were still in place.Read more: Suspend parliament if it tries to block no-deal Brexit, says Jacob Rees-MoggSome MPs have hoped Prime Minister Theresa May could win more votes for her Brexit deal among hard-Brexiteer MPs by securing a time limit on the measure. But Barnier’s comments this morning, made on Germany’s DLF radio, will go some way to scuppering such a plan.Barnier said the withdrawal agreement, which MPs voted down in record numbers last week, was the best on offer given May’s “red lines” on the negotiations, which include an end to freedom of movement and to membership of the single market. whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen Heraldinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comFinance Wealth PostTom Selleck’s Daughter Is Probably The Prettiest Woman To Ever ExistFinance Wealth PostTotal PastJohn Wick Stuntman Reveals The Truth About Keanu ReevesTotal Pastmoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.combonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.com Sharecenter_img He said if Britain’s red lines changed, it would be possible to make changes to the deal.“If something changes with the red lines, then we are ready to talk about that,” he said. “We can’t make any compromises on the fundamental principles. We can’t dilute the single market or split the EU.”Read more: ‘No deal’ Brexit would lead to hard border with Ireland, confirms EUGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to hold talks with Barnier in Berlin today.Barnier, who is due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel for talks in Berlin on Thursday, said that the commitment, seen by Dublin as an essential guarantor of peace on the island, had to be credible. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier rules out time-limited Irish backstop in radio interview whatsapp Tags: Angela Merkel Brexit People Theresa Maylast_img read more

Downing Street to ‘test to the limit’ anti no-deal Brexit law

first_imgRead more: Amber Rudd resigns from Cabinet and quits Tories over ‘culling’ of rebel MPs His comments were criticised by Brexiter Tory MP Steve Baker, who said Johnson was “absolutely right” to withdraw the whip from MPs “who wanted to take away from the government the power to govern”.“God bless Philip Hammond, but he is going off the rails. He is making a fool of himself with these hysterical remarks,” he told City A.M. whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndozenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunUndomaternityweek.comWilliam and Kate Have Been Told Their Fate Once Charles Finally Becomes Kingmaternityweek.comUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndo Alexandra Rogers The scene is set for a dramatic showdown in Westminster next week after the government said it would “test to the limit” the anti no-deal legislation that could become law tomorrow. Share Last night Amber Rudd resigned from the Cabinet and quit the Tory party in protest at Johnson’s sacking of more than 20 Tory MPs who backed the bill to block a no-deal Brexit. Prime Minister Boris Johnson However, voices emerged over the weekend from EU capitals suggesting that Brussels may refuse to grant the UK a further extension, even if MPs successfully force the government to seek one. whatsapp Read more: Sajid Javid refuses to rule out electoral pact with Brexit party One of the rebels, former chancellor Philip Hammond, said the Tory party had been “taken over by unelected advisors, entryists and usurpers who are trying to turn it from a broad church into an extreme right-wing faction”. Foreign secretary Dominic Raab said  the government would be prepared to go to court to challenge the law that forces Johnson to request an extension to Article 50 – the mechanism that allows the UK to leave the bloc – if he is unable to bring back a new deal by 19 October. His position was echoed by chancellor Sajid Javid. An average of the five opinion polls published over the weekend gave the Tories a seven-point lead over Labour. Suggestions that the government may not abide by the law caused further ruptures in the Conservative party, with justice secretary Robert Buckland forced to dismiss speculation he could quit over the row. “I fully support the Prime Minister and will continue to serve in his Cabinet,” he said. “We have spoken over the past 24 hours regarding the importance of the rule of law, which as Lord Chancellor I have taken an oath to uphold.” The government will tomorrow try to put forward a new motion for an early general election after Johnson’s attempt last week failed. Parliament is also due to be suspended this week, with 12 September the latest date this could happen. Boris Johnson has insisted he will never ask Brussels for an extension to the Brexit deadline, putting him at loggerheads with peers and MPs who have demanded he seek a delay. French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the EU was not prepared to keep extending the deadline “every three months”, while Guy Verhofstadt, the European parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator, said “yet another extension for Brexit is unacceptable, unless the deadlock in London is broken”. Sunday 8 September 2019 8:19 pm Downing Street to ‘test to the limit’ anti no-deal Brexit law Raab told Sky News today: “We’re always going to behave lawfully as a government, of course you would expect that, and anyway it will be challenged in the courts. But what we are going to do with that legislation is test very carefully what it does and doesn’t require.”last_img read more

Lipper Awards 2016 winners announced

first_img Two fund companies dominated the overall fund awards as well as individual fund honours at the 2016 Lipper Fund Awards in Toronto on Wednesday. IIAC introduces judges for Top Under 40 Award hyperspeed/123RF NEO, Invesco launch four index PTFs The awards recognize funds that have excelled in delivering consistently strong risk-adjusted performance relative to their peers. In addition, the program recognizes fund families with high average scores for all funds within a particular asset class or overall. Phillips, Hager and North Investment Management, a division of Toronto-based RBC Global Asset Management Inc. (RBC GAM), was named best bond funds group and best overall fund group in Canada. RBC GAM received 11 awards for various individual funds, which made it the top individual fund award winner. “These awards reflect the consistent focus and discipline of our investment teams,” says Dan Chornous, chief investment officer with RBC GAM, in a statement. “As an active manager in rapidly changing markets, our approach embeds the principle of constant innovation — we continually seek to refine and enhance our investment process to create a compelling risk/reward proposition for our clients.” Calgary-based Mawer Investment Management Ltd. also earned top marks in the overall fund categories as the firm was named best overall equity funds group and best overall mixed assets funds group. In addition, Mawer received 10 awards for various individual funds. Toronto-based Fidelity Investments Canada ULC tied with Mawer in individual fund honours, with its 10 awards. A total of 24 fund companies were honoured at the awards ceremony, which is a part of the Thomson Reuters Awards for Excellence, a global family of awards that celebrate exceptional performance throughout the professional investment community. The full list of Canadian winners is available on the Lipper Fund Awards’ website. Photo copyright: hyperspeed/123RF Keywords Fund managers,  Awards Franklin Templeton renames funds with new managers Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Phillips, Hager & North take overall group Lipper award Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Tessie Sanci last_img read more

Gov’t Considers Amending Copyright Act

first_imgRelatedGov’t Considers Amending Copyright Act Gov’t Considers Amending Copyright Act UncategorizedNovember 6, 2008 RelatedGov’t Considers Amending Copyright Act RelatedGov’t Considers Amending Copyright Actcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange, has said that consideration is to be given to amending the Copyright Act, to lengthen the amount of time that royalties are paid on artistic works after the death of an artiste.“At present, royalties may be paid for up to 50 years after the death of an artiste. This period would be extended to 100 years in order that income may be generated from the work of an artiste as a songwriter after his passing for the benefit of the family,” Minister Grange said.She was speaking at the thanksgiving service for late icon of the Rock Steady era, Alton Ellis OD, which took place on Monday (Nov. 3) at the St. Andrew’s Scots Kirk United Church in Kingston. “It is unfortunate that many early musical pioneers have passed on without full recognition and rewards for their work and that has to be changed,” Minister Grange stressed.She said that Alton Ellis had left “a rich legacy, which he would want us to continue,” noting that his songs have transcended politics and class.“As an artiste he gave his all and his talent cannot be replaced,” Minister Grange emphasised, stating further that, “Alton Ellis brought joy and pleasure to all Jamaicans from all walks of life, with songs like Tumbling Tears and Willow Tree. She wished for him a “beautiful flight” as “he flies away home to Zion.”Veteran journalist, Ian Boyne, who delivered the remembrance, declared himself “the greatest Alton Ellis fanatic”. As Mr. Boyne passionately sang several of Ellis’ hits, he praised the philosophical depth of the messages in his work, adding that despite the fact that Ellis was from the inner-city, he rose above the “Rude Boy” culture.Mr. Boyne emphasised that “Alton Ellis did not glorify badness, he did not toast dons and ‘shottas’, he used his music to speak out against negatives in society. Alton Ellis stood up against the takeover of violence, demonstrating that good can come from the inner-city.”The ceremony was interspersed with musical tributes from celebrated rock steady musicians from London and Jamaica, including several of Ellis’ children. Owen ‘Blakka’ Ellis, nephew of the deceased, remarked that 18 members of the Ellis family were entertainers.The musical tributes were well received by the singing and dancing congregation. Entertainers who performed included Boris Gardener, Tinga Stewart, Carlene Davis-Cowan, Joan-Andrea Hutchinson, Ken Boothe, Christopher Ellis, Alton Ellis Jr. and Dennis Alcapone. Advertisementslast_img read more

Overseas Nationals Urged to Work to Improve Circumstances

first_imgRelatedOverseas Nationals Urged to Work to Improve Circumstances FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Anthony Johnson has challenged overseas Jamaicans and persons of colour, to work to improve their circumstances.Addressing an audience of Jamaicans and friends of the island at the 20th anniversary ball of the Committee for the Economic Redevelopment of Jamaica (CERJ) in New York recently, Ambassador Johnson said that the time was opportune for persons of colour to consider, “moving up the value chain”.This, he explained, would require “emancipating yourselves from mental slavery and removing the invisible rope from around your neck that is leading you in the same direction, all the time”.Urging the audience to use “the world changing events of the past month,” to make positive changes in their lives, he said that collective enterprising and entrepreneurship was the way forward, as the slowdown in the global economy will not last forever.Ambassador Johnson, who was deputising for Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Professor Sir Kenneth Hall at the function, thanked the overseas community for its continued demonstration of patriotism to the island, as evidenced by the seven per cent increase in remittances to the island this year.President of CERJ, Professor Hugh Dawes, in his remarks, said that the organisation remains committed to its mission of assisting in the development of Jamaica.He said that the last 20 years have been among the most dramatic in the history of the human experience, most notable, “the breaking of the gender and race barriers at the highest level of Government in the USA”.Special awards were presented to former Governor-General, The Most Honourable Sir Howard Cooke; Attorney Trevor G. Usher; and co-founder of CERJ, Dr. Cynthia Richards, in recognition for their professional excellence and devotion to the cause of CERJ. Ambassador Johnson accepted on behalf of Sir Howard Cooke.CERJ was formed in 1988, to assist in rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts in the island, after the devastation caused by Hurricane Gilbert. Advertisements RelatedOverseas Nationals Urged to Work to Improve Circumstancescenter_img RelatedOverseas Nationals Urged to Work to Improve Circumstances Overseas Nationals Urged to Work to Improve Circumstances UncategorizedDecember 5, 2008last_img read more

Scott Labs Launches 100% Clean Cork Promise for Entire Range of…

first_imgPinterest Email Twitter Share Previous articleSeventh Annual WineaPAWlooza 2020: ‘Pawlooza in Place Raises More Than $1 Million for Jameson HumaneNext articleLadera Vineyards Unveils a New Home in Napa Valley Press Release Facebook Linkedin ReddIt AdvertisementPetaluma, California – August 4, 2020 – Scott Laboratories, the leading supplier of packaging, equipment, filtration and fermentation products for the North American wine industry, is excited to announce the launch of their Scott PromiseTM program for all cork products purchased on or after October 1, 2020. Due to the overwhelming success of ScottPlusTM and the revolutionary technology behind their Dry- Steam process, Scott Labs is now able to offer the Scott Promise program. Scott Promise: 100% clean cork or Scott Labs will buy the bottle back. Every cork, every day, at no additional cost to the customer. Winemakers can have confidence that their wine is protected, and quality is preserved with 100% clean cork purchased from Scott Labs. That’s the Scott Labs way of doing business. To find out more about what the Scott Promise program entails, as well as the applicable terms, limitations and conditions of the Promise program, please go to https://scottlab.com/cork-independence.Scott Labs is the only independent North American- owned cork company. They were the first to bring Solid Phase Microextraction (SPME) testing to the North American Wine Industry and the first to use So2 to protect natural cork. Earlier this year they released ScottPlus Dry-Steam Natural Cork which was the first cork product to combine the unique two- step process of Individual Inspection with Dry-Steam technology. Through their independence and continuous innovation, Scott Labs can source the best cork available and provide the best treatments available to ensure success. Now, with the upcoming launch of their Scott Promise program, Scott Labs will be the first to validate 100% treated, tested and clean cork for their entire inventory – whether you purchase natural cork, 1+1, micro, champagne or otherwise. Scott Labs’ mission is to advance the long-term success of the specialty beverage community by providing best-in-class products and services. They believe in: Education: Scott Labs has partnered with ETS Laboratories to conduct in-depth validation studies for their cork products in an ongoing effort to continue educating themselves, their customers, and the market on new research and findings, to produce the highest quality cork. Honesty: Scott Promise includes all cork purchased from Scott Labs, because they believe in being open and transparent with their customers and honest about the quality of their product portfolio. Doing the right thing: Scott Labs is the first cork supplier in the industry to promise 100% satisfaction with a bottle buy-back at no additional charge in the spirit of doing right by their customers. For over 80 years, Scott Laboratories has been providing the best customer experience to the specialty beverage community.Advertisement Home Industry News Releases Scott Labs Launches 100% Clean Cork Promise for Entire Range of Cork…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessScott Labs Launches 100% Clean Cork Promise for Entire Range of Cork Offerings By Press Release – August 4, 2020 341 0 TAGSScott Labs last_img read more

Home decor store recycles local history into homegoods

first_imgHomeFeaturedHome decor store recycles local history into homegoods Jan. 23, 2019 at 5:00 amFeaturedNewsHome decor store recycles local history into homegoodsMadeleine Pauker2 years agoNewsSanta Monica A vintage store on Pico Boulevard that opened last year is giving furniture, art and decor from old homes across California a new life.Almost everything in California Rediscovered is reused, whether it’s for sale or not. When Busy Bee Hardware closed on Santa Monica Boulevard in December 2017 after about 90 years, Allison and Tom Schmidt were called in to salvage whatever they could take. Busy Bee’s counter, doors and several of its displays now greet customers in the Schmidts’ store.“We’re all about upcycling and reducing waste,” Allison said.Buying vintage goods isn’t just good for the environment – it helps give a house character, she said. “I love the way they look on bookshelves or tables,” she said. “Even if you have a clean, modern house, just to throw in that one vintage item is a nice touch.”The Schmidts started decorating their own home with vintage pieces when they bought it more than a decade ago. But they didn’t stop at tchotchkes: Tom learned how to build furniture and lighting along the way and constructed many of the house’s furnishings from the materials they scavenged at salvage yards, estate sales, swap meets and even dumpsters.The couple eventually ended up with more pieces and materials than they could keep in their home and began selling Tom’s handmade lighting on Etsy in 2010. As their online business grew, they began going to trade shows and met designers who asked them to build furniture and lighting for their stores.The pieces sold well in home goods stores around Los Angeles and the Schmidts started looking for a storefront of their own. A space a few blocks from Santa Monica College opened up and they launched California Rediscovered at 2116 Pico Boulevard last June. The store sells clothing, jewelry and home goods designed by local artists in addition to vintage pieces. Customers can commission furniture and lighting made from recycled materials, and Allison has started doing interior decorating and staging houses for realtors. The Schmidts’ business may have grown over the years but Allison said they’re still relying on their own taste when it comes to choosing pieces.“It’s really just whatever catches our eye,” Allison said. “If we think “this is a really unique piece” or “we can do something with this” then we’ll buy it.”That approach means that customers have a huge variety of items to choose from when they visit California Rediscovered. An old test tube becomes a vase for a few flowers, model airplane plans from the 1940s look crisp as a framed print and glass honey jars are repurposed to hold cotton balls on a bathroom counter. Pieces from local artists and homemade toys and jam are also popular with customers, Allison said, and the store regularly holds pop-ups for artisans to sell their wares (the next one is Feb. 9).“We really think there’s something for everyone in the store,” she said. [email protected] :NewsSanta Monicashare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentOscar nods honor ‘Roma,’ ‘The Favourite,’ ‘Black Panther’Volunteers gather tonight for annual Homeless CountYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agolast_img read more

AT&T tower deal bears fruit

first_img AT&T pushes cybersecurity to public sector Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Related Amazon reels in MGM AT&T touted the construction of hundreds of new wireless towers with partner Tillman Infrastructure over the past year, which the operator said will give it leeway to relocate equipment and buck overpriced leases.An AT&T representative said the macro sites were built as part of a deal between the operator and Tillman Infrastructure which is separate from a co-location deal the pair signed alongside Verizon.The operator declined to specify the number of towers being built as part of its individual agreement with Tillman Infrastructure, saying only hundreds of sites have already been built and more are being completed on a monthly basis.However, the representative noted “there is no time limit on our agreement with Tillman,” adding the infrastructure provider is “scaling operations for the capacity to build many hundreds of new towers.”The first batch of towers from the co-location deal are expected to be launched by the close of this year, with additional towers being built in 2019, the representative added.AT&T said it is using the new towers to speed deployment of both its 5G and FirstNet networks, along with filling in and expanding coverage where necessary.But the operator’s alliance with Tillman Infrastructure is also part of its effort to gain the upper hand in lease negotiations and reward vendors which offer a “sustainable cost model”. AT&T also signed tower deals with CitySwitch and Crown Castle in its quest for better terms.Tillman Infrastructure CEO William Hague hinted the company is hoping the cost-conscious fever will catch with others providers, noting it is “bringing a real alternative to the tower infrastructure space for all mobile operators”. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Author Tags Diana Goovaerts US chip funding tipped to top $150B AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 18 DEC 2018 Home AT&T tower deal bears fruit Previous ArticleIndia pushes spectrum auction dates backNext ArticleT-Mobile, Sprint clear key merger hurdles AT&Tcell towersinfrastructurelast_img read more

WARREN’S WORLD: Skiing with Astronauts

first_img Email I’ve met some amazing people over my 86 years.There was six inches of new snow on the windshield of my car as I loaded the skis in the back for a trip to Beaver Creek from our house in Vail. I stopped by Jack’s condominium and blinked my lights. Jack came out with his skis and poles in one hand and a cup of coffee and the latest Wall Street Journal in the other.It was a 15-minute drive to Beaver Creek. There we disappeared into the bowels of the parking garage and at this early hour it was almost vacant. We climbed the stairs to the ski shop to meet Dick Hauserman and his two guests. There were only three inches of snow on the concrete walk.In the ski shop Jack and I were introduced to Scott and Alan. Both were tall and athletic looking. Dick had decided we would eat at the restaurant at the top of the first chair as we anticipated a powder snow day. Everyone seemed to know Jack very well as if they were old college buddies. After breakfast and a few ski runs in the powder snow I finally put the entire group’s background together in my mind. Jack Kemp would later run for vice president with Bob Dole. Fortunately for Laurie and me he was defeated because we got to continue skiing together every day he spent in Vail, and without bodyguards. On the fourth or fifth ride up the same lift with Jack Kemp leading the conversation I finally figured out who the other two skiers were. They were astronauts, Alan Shepard and Scott Carpenter. For the first time in my life I was speechless because of their accomplishments. I remember watching Alan Shepard’s launch on TV as he was being bolted into the spaced capsule sitting atop an eighty-three foot tall Redstone rocket. As I watched it, I remembered what my college astrophysics professor taught us: “In your lifetime nothing will ever escape the gravitational pull of the earth.” Yet that first flight of Alan Shepard was only 17 years later, went 116 miles into space and flew for 15 minutes before splashing down 1,000 miles southeast of where it left Florida. I was digesting the fact that I was sitting on a chairlift next to such an incredible celebrity when I realized that Scott Carpenter was sitting on the other side of me with Jack Kemp alongside of him. I am not an autograph collector but I sure wished I had been one then. I was at a loss for words because I knew anything I would ask them about their space flights would be the same question they had been asked 20,000 times. These two astronauts were in my opinion ranked right up there with early explorers, many who still thought the earth was flat and set sail to the west anyway. Jack, of course, had no fear of asking anyone any question or to express his opinion about anything. He was secretary of housing and urban development under George Bush Sr. at that time in his life.Dick Hauserman, who had gotten us all together for this ski day, was a real celebrity as well. He was one of the original investors and creators of Vail, Colo. He built the first big commercial building in Vail on the west side of Bridge Street, leading to the old gondola building. All I had done by then was make some 16mm ski movies. On this trip up the lift Dick was riding the chair ahead of us with a ski instructor on his day off. On our fourth trip up the same ski lift the lift operator opened his door and said, “I have to get a picture to send to my mother.” Dick Hauserman and his instructor were already in the flat at the bottom of the ramp. When Scott Carpenter, Alan Shepard, Jack Kemp and I skied down the ramp the lift operator shut off the lift and ran down the ramp with his camera. I figured that he wanted me to take a picture of him with these three world famous people. He ran right across the flat and up to our group and said, “My mother is never going to believe this! You’re riding my chairlift. Your ski films changed my life when I quit college because of them. Will one of you guys take a picture of Warren and me so I can send it to her?” Embarrassing. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

Where Art and Fly Fishing Converge

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. When it comes to their craft, many artists are often driven to contribute to society, usually with a conversation-starting piece or with a direct, tangible impact to the community around them. For Whitefish painter Jane Latus Emmert, the chance to do both presented itself this year when she was asked to decorate a vintage trailer used by one of the members of the traveling group Sisters on the Fly. “It’s really fun to have a canvas that big,” Emmert said in an interview last week. On Sept. 14, the public will be able to see Emmert’s artwork as well as that of many other artists at a new community event called Fish the Fish, taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the base lodge at Whitefish Mountain Resort.Fish the Fish is a fundraiser for Casting for Recovery, which is a national nonprofit that provides opportunities for women who have been affected by breast cancer to connect with nature through fly fishing.Locally, Casting for Recovery puts on a fishing retreat in West Glacier for breast cancer survivors. Fish the Fish is organized by the Whitefish Knotty Nymphs, a group of women who are passionate about fly fishing and the Flathead community. The Sept. 14 event will include myriad fly-fishing activities, including a casting contest, as well as a cookout with hamburgers and hot dogs, and beer from the Ninkasi Brewing Company. Exhibitors at the event will include Simms, Sage, Scott, Lakestream Outfitters, Spotted Bear Ranch, Flathead Valley Trout Unlimited and more. There will also be a raffle, with the grand prize of a Spotted Bear Ranch fly-fishing trip valued at $2,300. Money raised from Fish the Fish will go toward sending local breast cancer survivors to West Glacier for a Casting for Recovery trip. The 60-plus trailers that will be on display are the homes of the members of Sisters on the Fly, which boasts a national membership of about 4,000 women who have bonded through fly fishing, fixing up their trailers and heading out on “exceptional adventures.”Emmert said a local woman contacted her and asked her to paint her fixed-up vintage trailer. The resulting design is based entirely on a Glacier National Park theme, Emmert noted, including a woman fly fishing, a sign post pointing out various trails, mountain goats, and the trailer’s name, DragOn Fly.The trailers all feature unique designs, and are more than just pieces of art.“This is how they travel,” Emmert said. “This is their little home.”Emmert said she was pleased to support the Sisters on the Fly because she is an avid angler herself, and works as a fly fishing instructor for Casting for Recovery. Working with the breast cancer survivors is a rewarding and humbling experience, she said. “A lot of these ladies, once they are done with chemo, they don’t want anything to do with a support group or a hospital,” Emmert said. But gathering for a weekend with relative strangers who have gone through similar experiences draws the group close, and working in nature has its healing effects as well. It’s fun, there’s fresh air, and the physical act of casting the fly rod helps with strengthening their bodies, she said. They also learn new skills that help drive home the message of the fresh possibilities in life, Emmert said. Like how she learned to paint and draw at age 30 and then became an artist, Emmert believes the desire to learn something new can lead to unexpected places.As for the Fish the Fish event, Emmert will be on hand to volunteer, and said she is excited to look at the other trailer designs and chat with the Sisters on the Fly. “You never know, I might just be inspired to join myself,” she said. For more information on Fish the Fish, visit www.fishthefish2013.com. For more information or to donate to Casting for Recovery, visit www.castingforrecovery.org. For information on Jane Latus Emmert, visit www.montanajaneart.com.last_img read more