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Geneva – Antiquorum, the world’s leading watch auctioneer, realized an extraordinary result of SFr. 15,326,100 for its auction held this weekend in Geneva and entitled “Important Collector’s Wristwatches, Pocket Watches, Clocks and Horological Tools”. Buyers from the United States, Hong Kong, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands, Germany and China all competed for rare timepieces.The star of the sale was Lot 730, “The Royal Presentation Mirror-Image Pair” of gold and painted on enamel and pearl-set, very rare pocket watch made circa 1815, which reached an outstanding amount of SFr. 2,608,000! A worldwide record never achieved for such a pair of pocket watches.“The extraordinary results today indicate that the passion for rare and important watches continues despite worldwide economic concerns. Antiquorum once again has proven that its unique ability to focus only on watches and clocks continue to make us the definitive market maker and the foremost horological resource for both buyers and sellers,” said Robert Maron, Chairman, Antiquorum.
US author Christopher Bollen wins Bad Sex in Fiction prize by The Associated Press Posted Nov 30, 2017 12:03 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 30, 2017 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – American author Christopher Bollen has won the dreaded Bad Sex in Fiction Prize for his novel “The Destroyers.”The thriller set among international jet-setters on a Greek island has generally won critical praise.But Bad Sex judges crowned Bollen winner Thursday for a passage comparing a male character’s genitalia to a billiard rack.Bollen beat finalists including Laurent Binet, Venetia Welby and Wilbur Smith.Run by the Literary Review magazine, the tongue-in-cheek award was founded in 1993 to spotlight “crude, badly written or perfunctory” passages of sexual description in fiction. Explicitly pornographic works aren’t eligible.Previous recipients include Sebastian Faulks, the late Norman Mailer and the late John Updike, who was awarded a Bad Sex lifetime achievement award in 2008.
JERUSALEM – Israel’s Meteor Festival was meant to bring together indie groups from around the world in what organizers billed as a Woodstock-like “cutting edge musical journey that surpasses borders and distorts time and space.”Instead, some 20 acts, including headliner Lana Del Rey, withdrew at the last minute amid apparent pressure from a Palestinian-led international boycott campaign.The cancellations turned the weekend festival, held in the bucolic setting of an Israeli kibbutz, into the latest battleground between Israel and the boycott movement that says it seeks to end Israeli rule over Palestinians.Campaign organizers claimed success, saying it reflects growing opposition to Israeli government policies among international millennials.“The fact that these artists are cancelling is showing just how different the younger generation is viewing Israel,” said Diana Buttu, a Palestinian analyst who supports the movement known as BDS.The campaign, founded in 2005, calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israeli businesses, cultural institutions and universities.BDS says it seeks to end Israel’s occupation of lands captured in the 1967 Mideast war and what it describes as discrimination against Israel’s Arab minority. It calls for the “right of return” for millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to homes their ancestors fled or were expelled from in the 1948 war over Israel’s creation.The campaign compares itself to the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, and its nonviolent message has resonated with audiences around the world.Israel says the campaign masks a deeper aim of delegitimizing or even destroying the country.Although BDS says it’s pushed some companies and investment funds to curtail their activities in Israel, its economic impact appears to be modest. Israel’s high-tech economy is humming along, making it an attractive base for corporate giants like Google, Apple, Microsoft and others. World leaders visit regularly to promote business ties.Culture and academia have been easier targets. Virtually any artist who plans to perform in Israel these days can expect to come under pressure on social media to cancel.A growing list of performers, including Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman and singer Lorde, have cancelled appearances in Israel in recent months out of concern over Israeli policies.Del Rey joined that list on Aug. 31 when she announced that she was withdrawing from the Meteor Festival after an intense BDS lobbying campaign. In a statement on Twitter, the Grammy-nominated singer said she was “postponing” until she could perform for both Israeli and Palestinian audiences.Other no-shows included “of Montreal,” a popular indie band that previously performed in Israel.“Now is not the time for escapism and celebrations,” it said on Facebook. “Now is the time for activism and protests against Israeli apartheid, Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the human rights atrocities being carried out every day in Gaza by Israeli forces.”It is difficult to quantify the impact of BDS pressure.Del Rey did not explicitly endorse the boycott message, and Portman said outright that she does not support BDS. Del Rey and several artists who skipped the Meteor Festival did not respond to interview requests.Meanwhile, numerous A-listers, including Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber, have performed in Israel in recent years. Later this month some of the world’s top DJs are expected to converge on Tel Aviv for the DGTL festival. Last year, the Australian musician Nick Cave accused the boycott movement of trying to “bully” artists who played in Israel.Still, the movement’s inroads have raised alarm in Israel.Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs spends millions of dollars fighting BDS and has banned some activists from entering the country. Israel and its supporters also run outreach programs on U.S. college campuses in the battle for hearts and minds.This comes at a time when opinion polls indicate waning support for Israel among American millennials.A survey by the Pew Research Center earlier this year found that 32 per cent of Americans under the age of 30 sympathize more with Israel, compared with 23 per cent who sympathized more with the Palestinians. The poll found that older Americans are much more sympathetic to Israel.The numbers are not surprising.Opinion polls indicate that American millennials tend to be more liberal than their parents on issues ranging from race to same-sex marriage to immigration. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s close ties with President Donald Trump, his alliance with conservative evangelical Christians and a nationalistic agenda that includes a Jewish nation state law widely seen as sidelining Arabs all risk alienating younger liberals.In the case of the Meteor Festival, Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry said a “small minority” of musicians backed out, arguing that they had fallen prey “to the incitement and hate-filled agenda of the Israel boycott movement.”Festival organizers argued that music should unite people and that BDS “insanely politicized our event.”The Jerusalem Post newspaper, which opposes BDS, said Del Rey’s cancellation should be a wake-up call for those in Israel trying to play down the potential dangers posed by the campaign.“Artists like Del Rey and Lorde, and DJs like Leon Vynehall and Python are followed by millions of impressionable fans who are totally ignorant of the complexities and nuances of the Middle East,” it wrote in an editorial. “The only thing they know is that their favourite artist is more sympathetic to Palestinians than to Israelis.”In the end, thousands of people attended the Meteor Festival.Many camped out under the stars, and fans enjoyed an eclectic mix of dozens of artists over three days. Media critics gave it warm reviews, barely mentioning the BDS issue.“There was a good atmosphere and people enjoyed themselves. They were excited about the artists who were coming and didn’t notice that much who was missing,” said Nitzan Amitay, 25, a volunteer festival organizer.Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the BDS movement, said the campaign against Meteor had succeeded “beyond expectations,” estimating that roughly 40 per cent of international artists pulled out. He said fans of such bands are a natural audience for his message.“The common denominator is younger fans that are more progressive and liberal,” he said.BDS now has its sights on a more high-profile target — the Eurovision Song Contest. Israel is expected to host the hugely popular event next year, and last week dozens of European artists, led by former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters, signed a letter calling for the contest to be moved to another country.“If Eurovision is hosted by Israel, and this is still quite uncertain, it would art-wash Israel’s regime of occupation and apartheid,” Barghouti said. by Josef Federman, The Associated Press Posted Sep 10, 2018 12:08 am PDT Last Updated Sep 10, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Israeli music scene jolted by international boycott movement
by Mesfin Fekadu And Nekesa Mumbi Moody, The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2019 8:57 am PDT NEW YORK — When the Grammys decided to extend the nominees in the top four categories from five to eight, they didn’t consider how much harder it would make our lives as credible prediction experts.So we have to dig even deeper than we’ve done in the past as we ponder, think (and guess) who will walk away as winners at the 2019 Grammys, airing live Sunday from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.One thing that’s helping us — looking to the past. Rap has never had success in the major categories, and we don’t think that’s changed.Here’s a look at the acts AP Music Writers Mesfin Fekadu and Nekesa Mumbi Moody think will be victorious Sunday.ALBUM OF THE YEAR: “Invasion of Privacy,” Cardi B; “By the Way, I Forgive You,” Brandi Carlile; “Scorpion,” Drake; “H.E.R.,” H.E.R.; “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” Post Malone; “Dirty Computer,” Janelle Monae; “Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves; “Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By,” Kendrick Lamar.FEKADU: I literally fell asleep reading ALL OF THOSE ALBUM TITLES. You can’t even fit all these names in a single tweet! But on a serious note, Kacey Musgraves’ beautiful and striking album will win here. Part of my reasoning comes from there being four rap-based albums in the mix, along with two R&B ones, and they’ll all share too many votes to win. The race is between Brandi Carlile, whose album is also excellent, and Musgraves, who had more buzz this year, won honours at country awards shows and reached audiences outside of the country world with her pop-leaning album. “Golden Hour” will win in the final Grammy hour.MOODY: Hello! Monae is also in contention here! But, I agree that Kacey Musgraves is the favourite here. She blends country, roots, and is singer-songwriter with a strong feminist perspective. And you know who else that description fits? Carlile, who has been in the game for a lot longer and has toiled outside the spotlight for years. For some reason, my gut tells me this will finally be the year she’s rewarded.___RECORD OF THE YEAR: “I Like It,” Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin; “The Joke,” Brandi Carlile; “This Is America,” Childish Gambino; “God’s Plan,” Drake; “Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper; “All the Stars,” Kendrick Lamar and SZA; “Rockstar,” Post Malone and 21 Savage; “The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey.MOODY: There are genuine massive smashes here that became part of the soundtrack of 2018, but the song that probably best summed up the twisted political and social mood of the year was Childish Gambino’s “This is America.” The video was a jaw-dropping, social media moment, and it was a critical favourite (unlike, say, “Rockstar”). Look for Grammy voters to make a statement, and also try to seem edgy, by picking Gambino.FEKADU: Your logic sounds perfect. I think “Shallow,” ”The Joke” and “The Middle” are also strong contenders. But it’s hard to think of Bradley Cooper winning record of the year, and I still think Brandi’s song is too unknown. I’m going with “The Middle,” which could get votes from the pop, dance and country music voters. Plus, it topped Billboard’s dance/electronic songs chart for a record 33 weeks!___SONG OF THE YEAR (songwriter’s award): “Boo’d Up,” Ella Mai, DJ Mustard, Larrance Dopson and Joelle James; “In My Blood,” Shawn Mendes, Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris and Geoffrey Warburton; “The Joke,” Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth; “This Is America,” Childish Gambino and Ludwig Goransson; “God’s Plan,” Drake, Noah “40” Shebib, Boi-1Da, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan and Ron LaTour; “Shallow,” Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt; “All the Stars,” Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Al Shuckburgh, Mark Spears and Anthony Tiffith; “The Middle,” Zedd, Grey, Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson and Marcus Lomax.FEKADU: Let’s start with what songs definitely won’t win: “Boo’d Up,” ”In My Blood” and “All the Stars.” And since this is an award honouring songwriting, we can probably eliminate “The Middle,” ”This Is America” and “God’s Plan.” That leaves us with Carlile’s “The Joke” and Gaga’s “Shallow,” which won the Golden Globe, will win the Oscar as well as a major Grammy, too.MOODY: Hmmm … I kind of feel “In My Blood” has a strong chance, especially since veteran Teddy Geiger is in the mix. But I agree, it won’t take it, nor will “This Is America” — the Grammy voters tend to split song and album honours these days. And since this is a songwriter’s award, while I think everyone is impressed by the story of “A Star Is Born,” they’ll give it to three songwriters who work magic together on the regular — Carlile, Cobb and the Hanseroth brothers for “The Joke.”___BEST NEW ARTIST: Chloe x Halle; Luke Combs; Greta Van Fleet; H.E.R.; Dua Lipa; Margo Price; Bebe Rexha; Jorja Smith.MOODY: H.E.R. didn’t have the chart success of a Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa or Luke Combs, but here’s why I think she has an edge to win this one: First, she’s nominated in the album of the year category, which makes me think the voters must be incredibly in awe of her already. Plus, she’s a multi-instrumentalist (check her out on guitar), a singer-songwriter and has been in the industry since she was a child. She may not have mainstream appeal, but she appeals to industry voters, and I think that will get her this Grammy trophy.FEKADU: It’s great to see six women nominated here, but Luke Combs dominated the country music charts and streaming platforms with his debut album. He wins here.___BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM: “Camila,” Camila Cabello; “Meaning of Life,” Kelly Clarkson; “Sweetener,” Ariana Grande; “Shawn Mendes,” Shawn Mendes; “Beautiful Trauma,” Pink; “Reputation,” Taylor Swift.FEKADU: Camila and Shawn’s inclusion here probably already feel like a win, and it should because they won’t actually win. While Pink and Kelly are Grammy favourites, these albums were less impressive than their previous releases, so let’s disregard them, too. Taylor was snubbed in album of the year despite selling more than 1 million copies in a week and launching multiple hits. This category is the only one she’s nominated for, and the Recording Academy will make up for things when she takes the prize home, though Ariana is providing stiff competition.MOODY: Swift should have been in the main album of the year competition and was robbed of her chance at a third trophy in that category! She’ll win, but here’s why she won’t be picking up that award in person.___BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM: “Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino,” Arctic Monkeys; “Colors,” Beck; “Utopia,” Bjork; “American Utopia,” David Byrne; “Masseduction,” St. Vincent.MOODY: I think Grammy voters just see the word “Beck” and check whatever box his name is listed next to.FEKADU: St. Vincent won this award four years ago and she’ll win again with her critical darling of an album that made several best-of lists in 2017, including mine.____BEST R&B SONG (songwriter’s award): “Boo’d Up,” Ella Mai, DJ Mustard, Larrance Dopson and Joelle James; “Come Through and Chill,” Miguel, J. Cole and Salaam Remi; “Feels Like Summer,” Childish Gambino and Ludwig Goransson; “Focus,” H.E.R., Darhyl Camper Jr. and Justin Love; “Long As I Live,” Toni Braxton, Antonio Dixon and Paul Boutin.FEKADU: Because of Childish Gambino’s popularity, part of me feels like he could win here. But then who really remembers “Feels Like Summer”? Exactly. The real competition is between breakthrough singers Ella Mai and H.E.R. And since “Boo’d Up” was the song of the summer and reached No. 5 on the Hot 100 — where H.E.R.’s “Focus” peaked at No. 100 — I think the British singer will be listening to her to heart go ba-dum boo’d up when she wins Sunday.MOODY: Who remembers a lot of the winners of this category in recent years? Sure fire hits have surely won but so have songs that landed with a soft thump on the charts — and Mesfin, I DO REMEMBER “Feels Like Summer.” It was a success, and more importantly, it came from Childish! Grammy voters love this dude, and he’s a multi-hyphenate entertainer and one of the coolest kids in the category, so … the Grammy goes to Mr. Gambino.___BEST RAP ALBUM: “Invasion of Privacy,” Cardi B; “Swimming,” Mac Miller; “Victory Lap,” Nipsey Hussle; “Daytona,” Pusha T; “Astroworld,” Travis Scott.MOODY: Lauryn Hill was part of the Fugees when they won this more than two decades ago, but a solo female act has never won in this category. That will change when Cardi B takes the trophy — brace yourself for Nicki Minaj screams, somewhere out there.FEKADU: Everyone is so lucky the Grammys booted Drake from this category because we know he would have easily won here, okurrrrrr! But congrats are in order to Cardi B, who will win her first Grammy on Sunday. And lest you forgot, Nicki has never won a Grammy, or had a song hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 (Cardi’s had three No.1s). Just some fun facts.___BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE: “Wouldn’t It Be Great?,” Loretta Lynn; “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters,” Maren Morris; “Butterflies,” Kacey Musgraves; “Millionaire,” Chris Stapleton; “Parallel Line,” Keith Urban.FEKADU: “Now you’re lifting me up, instead of holding me down/Stealing my heart instead of stealing my crown.” Yeah, Kacey, you win.MOODY: I would normally say Kacey but I just don’t see how you have Loretta Lynn in this category and she LOSES.____Online: http://www.grammy.comMesfin Fekadu And Nekesa Mumbi Moody, The Associated Press He said, she said: AP writers predict 2019 Grammy winners AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Dec. 7, 2018 file photo, hip-hop recording artist Cardi B performs at Z100’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball in New York. The bronx rapper is nominated for several Grammy Awards including one for album of the year, record of the year and best rap album. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Juliette Binoche: Let justice do its work in Weinstein case by The Associated Press Posted Feb 7, 2019 6:56 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BERLIN — Actress Juliette Binoche is urging people to “let justice do what it needs to do” in the case of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, and says it shouldn’t be forgotten that he was a “great producer.”Binoche spoke Thursday at the Berlin film festival, where she is jury president. The star of “Chocolat” and “The English Patient” said she never had problems with Weinstein, though she “could see he had problems.”The 66-year-old Weinstein is charged with raping a woman in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. He denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.Binoche told reporters that a lot of people had expressed their opinions on Weinstein. “Now I think … justice has to do its work.”The Associated Press Jury president Juliette Binoche poses for the photographers during a photo call at the 2019 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Michael Jackson musical to open on Broadway, skips Chicago by The Associated Press Posted Feb 14, 2019 11:32 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHICAGO — A stage musical about Michael Jackson will skip making its debut in Chicago and instead open on Broadway in summer 2020.Producers said Thursday that “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” will no longer have pre-Broadway performances this fall in Chicago, blaming a recent Actors’ Equity strike over compensation for developmental labs.The musical is inspired by Jackson’s life and music. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage is writing the book, using Jackson’s vast catalogue of songs. Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph.Jackson sold millions of records and was a 13-time Grammy winner. In 1983 he became an international icon with the release of “Thriller,” the bestselling album of all time with such hits as “Beat It” and “Billie Jean.” He died in 2009.The Associated Press
Cyclorama to be unveiled again amid diverging views of past by Jeff Martin, The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2019 9:19 pm PDT ATLANTA — At a time when counties, cities and states across the South are removing or covering up Confederate monuments, one of the world’s largest paintings of the American Civil War will reopen to the public Friday.But the artwork was never intended to celebrate the Confederacy, historians say.Atlanta’s Cyclorama depicts charging horses, wounded soldiers, cannon blasts and smoke on a Civil War battlefield in Atlanta as Union troops defeated Confederate forces and then torched much of the city.The painting also takes viewers into another, more personal battlefield in the mind’s eye, this one involving memory, facts, fiction, propaganda and romanticized portrayals of history, historians say.The German immigrants who painted it at the American Panorama Company in Milwaukee were creating the work for a northern audience to celebrate a northern victory in the Battle of Atlanta.“So when people are concerned about Confederate monuments — those who want to hug them and those who want to tear them down — they’re both going to be surprised to find out it’s not one,” said Sheffield Hale, president and CEO of the Atlanta History Center. “And that’s when you have the opportunity for insight and learning.”DIVERGING VIEWS OF HISTORYThe painting was created about 22 years after the Battle of Atlanta had occurred in 1864. It debuted in Minneapolis in 1886.When the artwork was relocated to Atlanta in 1892, Confederate sympathizers focused on the valour and bravery displayed by their side, said Gordon Jones, senior military curator at the history centre. It was advertised in Atlanta as “the only Confederate victory ever painted.”“It’s one of the greatest pieces of spin that’s ever been put on an artifact,” Jones said.Though the painting depicts a northern victory, southerners saw in the painting an Atlanta rising like the mythical phoenix — the symbol still used on police cars and city buildings today.“The more you learn about this painting, the more remarkable is the story,” Jones said. “And the story is definitely one of an artifact that changes meaning over time, depending on how you look at it.”IMAX MOVIES OF THEIR DAYBefore Hollywood movies, cycloramas such as the “Battle of Atlanta” were considered the virtual reality of their day.“It’s intended to surround you, to be this sort of virtual reality time machine,” Jones said.After they were painted in cities such as Milwaukee and Chicago, cycloramas were rolled up and hauled by train around the country. People in various cities then paid admission to walk into specially built round buildings to view them.The Atlanta History Center built the massive Lloyd and Mary Ann Whitaker Cyclorama Building to display the painting. Inside is a 15-foot (4.6-meter) platform, allowing visitors to view the horizon at eye level, with a massive blue sky above and the battle unfolding beneath them. A canopy covers the observation platform, much like canopies were used in the 19th century displays.“We have returned the painting to its original intent in 1886, and it was intended as an illusion, it was intended as mass entertainment,” Jones said. “Nobody has seen this painting the way it was originally intended to be seen in 1886.”ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST PAINTINGSThe 360-degree painting is longer than a football field at 371 feet (113 metres); and is nearly 50 feet (15 metres) high. It weighs 10,000 pounds (4,500 kilograms).When it goes on display again Friday, “The Battle of Atlanta” will join only a handful of giant cycloramas remaining worldwide. Another notable U.S. cyclorama, “The Battle of Gettysburg,” can be viewed at the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.THE IMMIGRANT ARTISTSAmong the exhibits opening Friday is one about the immigrant painters — mostly German — who battled sea sickness on the steamship that brought them to New York.To make their scenes as authentic as possible, some of the painters visited battlefields and met with Civil War soldiers in retirement homes before creating their cycloramas in Milwaukee.Michael Kutzer, a painter and historian who speaks German, has been working in Wisconsin to decipher the hand-written diaries of artist Friedrich Wilhelm Heine, who supervised the cyclorama painters in Milwaukee. That has helped shed light on who they were and their impressions of the United States after arriving from Europe.THE HISTORICAL CONTEXTThe new exhibit opening Friday also includes early sketches of cycloramas, advertisements, and audio of the tours given from earlier eras. Military artifacts include a wooden chest used by Union General James McPherson, who died in the Battle of Atlanta.Actors who play characters from history will also provide context, Hale said. They include Paul Atkinson, the Georgia entertainment promoter who brought the painting to Atlanta, who explains how he interpreted the artwork for southern audiences.On the red clay landscape beneath the painting, the history centre has also restored the 128 soldier figures on the “diorama” beneath the painting. Those figures include a fallen Union soldier that was created in the likeness of actor Clark Gable after his visit to the Cyclorama when “Gone With the Wind” premiered in Atlanta in 1939.Jeff Martin, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The Latest: Woman dies in Alaska trying to reach famed bus ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Latest on woman’s river death in Alaska (all times local):4:30 p.m.A newlywed woman from Belarus who was swept away by a river in Alaska was trying to reach an abandoned bus made famous by the book and film “Into the Wild.”The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports 24-year-old Veramika Maikamava and her husband, 24-year-old Piotr Markielau, on Thursday were heading for the bus where hiker Christopher McCandless met his death in 1992.The bus has been the source of multiple rescues since it was made famous, first by Jon Krakauer’s book published in 1996 and then by Sean Penn’s 2007 film. Both chronicled the life and death of McCandless, who hiked into the Alaska wilderness with little food and equipment and spent the summer living in the bus. McCandless was found dead in the bus almost four months later.Alaska State Troopers say Markielau called troopers in Fairbanks late Thursday to report his wife’s death during a hike.Troopers say the couple was trying to cross the Teklanika River along the Stampede Trail near Healy when the woman was swept under water. The river was flowing high and fast because of recent rains.Troopers say Markielau reported he was able to pull his wife out of the water a short distance away downriver, but she had died by then.The body has been recovered.___1:15 p.m.Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of a woman whose husband reported she was swept under water while trying to cross a river.Troopers say 24-year-old Piotr Markielau called troopers in Fairbanks late Thursday to report the death of 24-year-old Veramika Maikamava during a hike.Troopers say the couple was trying to cross the Teklanika River along the Stampede Trail near Healy when the woman was swept under water. The river was flowing high and fast because of recent rains.According to troopers, Markielau said he was able to pull his wife out of the water a short distance away downriver but she had died by then.Troopers and others used all-terrain vehicles to recover the body.The remains have been sent to the state medical examiner’s office.The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Jul 26, 2019 5:45 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
September 6, 2000Luz Adriana Arcos and Linda Henson, women from South and North America, plan outmeals in the Cafe. They, and theother cooks, provide us with a good selection of food for both herbivores andomnivores. The Cafe is opened daily for lunch. Please, come take a tour and joinus for lunch! Photo by: DoctressNeutopia
June 8, 2007 Welcome to the June 3. Workshop participants: [upper row from left]: Gregory Schratz, Tony-Saba Shiber, Jim White, Travis Neal, Christina Morra, Beth Farnham, Thomas Seal, Thomas Cobb and Jennifer Puniello. [middle row from left]: In Chang Hwang, Christopher Sorel, Brianna Smith, Nicole Delanos, Kaitlin Morrissey and Peter Shapiro. [front row from left]: Brian Campbell, Sumner Andrews [seminar week], Kirsten Buck, Michelle Fowler and Vinny Lucciola. [Photo & text: sa]