A hotel in New York is offering a lavish Christmas package deal with a private ice-rink, personal Nutcracker performance and even a private driver, butler, nanny and massage therapist - for £132k. … [Read more...] about You can stay at a Christmas film-themed house with gingerbread making kits and unlimited Xmas movies to watch
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We call the coastal plain, Iizhik Gwats'an Gwandaii Goodlit, “The Sacred Place Where Life Begins.” Since time immemorial, we have had a spiritual, physical and cultural connection to the Porcupine caribou. The caribou have the longest land migration of any animal on the planet. Every year, the caribou travel thousands of miles through Canada and Alaska to the coastal plain where they give birth to up to 40,000 calves in a two-week period. This area is so sacred to us that we never step foot there, even in times of extreme famine. … [Read more...] about As Gwich’in, we will never stop fighting for our land
It’s hard to sum up the second season of The Politician better than that strip of paper. It is a show that’s ostensibly about politics and the people who run for office. It’s also a show that treats climate change as a subject with the same weight and significance as the online mob that comedians complain about when they’re called out for pursuing teenage girls. It’s a show about politicians that treats politics with such respect that it literally ends in a showdown using a child’s playground game, and it expects viewers to find this both gripping and hilarious. It scoffs at the naïve idea that it might actually matter what an elected official believes in. Most of all, The Politician is a show about ambition, about how the ends justify the means. In spite of that, The Politician does not care at all about the details of either the means or the ends. … [Read more...] about Can’t Triumph Over Its Own Cynicism
In strict terms, the unprecedented coverage the Chief Minister received during the poll campaign cannot be called advertising. None of those full pages bears that word. And his “day to day accounts of election expenditures” do not reflect any real spending on ads. All candidates are required by law to submit their campaign expenses accounts to the district election officer within 30 days of the declaration of results. Mr. Chavan’s accounts, which are in The Hindu’s possession thanks to an RTI application to which the appropriate authorities responded with commendable speed, claim a total expenditure of just Rs. 11,379 on advertising. Indeed, he had a mere six advertisements in print and these cost a trifling Rs. 5,379. (The rest was spent on slots on cable television.) Moreover, all his print ads went to a single newspaper, Satyaprabha. That is a small daily in the district of Nanded. Yet Mr. Chavan was the focus of scores of full pages in very major dailies. If … [Read more...] about Mass media: masses of money?
Authorities added that the ring possessed its own processing facilities, and it routed illegal materials from Africa through Japan to Hong Kong and then on to mainland China, and through network that ranged from the provinces of Guangdong to Shandong to Beijing. … [Read more...] about Beijing Police Bust Wildlife Trafficking Ring