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Inaugural Virtual Indian Market Drives Sales, Membership

first_imgSouthwestern Association for Indian Arts new Executive Director Kim Peone. Courtesy/SWAIASWAIA News:SANTA FE — The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts announces a successful conclusion and excellent sales results from the organization’s first-ever Virtual Indian Market. The virtual market drove sales for SWAIA’s 450 participating artists and increased membership by 144 percent.Under the leadership of SWAIA’s new Executive Director Kim Peone (Colville Confederated Tribes / Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) and SWAIA’s board of directors, the organization pivoted to launch a reimagined, digital Indigenous art marke Aug. 1-31.Out of the 1,117 Indigenous artists who were juried into the 2020 Santa Fe Indian Market, 450 artists joined the inaugural Virtual Indian Market. Of the initial artist participants, only 77 artists had existing websites; at the time of the Virtual Indian Market launch that number increased to 450.The Virtual Indian Market was made possible with the support of Artspan LLC (Artspan.com), which was responsible for helping SWAIA artists build several hundred individually branded artist sites and integrating the sites into an art Marketplace. The Clark Hulings Fund also played an important role in providing business education and training to SWAIA artists.“We are hoping to attract more participants: artists who have been tracking and evaluating the virtual market. We hope these artists will make the decision to come onboard with us because this is something that we will continue to promote. We will continue to have events throughout the year to drive people to the artists’ websites,” Kim Peone said.When evaluating the success of the virtual market, it is important to note that SWAIA and the annual Santa Fe Indian Market are more than just a once-a-year sales opportunity; SWAIA serves as a cultural and artistic meeting place and support organization for more than 1,000 Indigenous artists in both the U.S. and Canada.“We were thrilled and grateful for all that SWAIA staff did for the artists this year,” said Barbara Harjo whose husband, Benjamin Harjo Jr., is a veteran and award-winning Santa Fe Indian Market artist. The couple has been attending and participating in Indian Market for over 30 years and the family has been involved since 1921.“The virtual Indian Market kept us going at a time that we really needed the support and the momentum and we made sales too.”An additional SWAIA initiative, whose preliminary plans and successful launch was achieved this August, is the virtual “NDN World” on the Vircadia platform. SWAIA staff will continue to develop, train and promote the virtual space as both as a market and meeting place.A Virtual Winter Indian Market is planned for Nov. 27, 2020. Stay tuned for more details.About SWAIAThe Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) is a non-profit organization supporting Native American arts and culture. It creates economic and cultural opportunities for Native American artists by producing and promoting the Santa Fe Indian Market, the biggest and most prestigious Indian art event in the world since 1922; cultivating excellence and innovation across traditional and non-traditional art forms; and developing programs and events that support, promote, and honor Native artists year-round. swaia.org.last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Friday, Nov. 29

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWork together to fight climate changeI write to support the city of Schenectady joining the Capital District MEGA Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and urge Mayor Gary McCarthy to act boldly and decisively to be one of the first large municipalities to support this important initiative.Let’s build upon the City Council’s recent passage of enabling legislation and join our neighbors from 10 other local, greater Capital Region communities to form an aggregate market that can promote an effective demand for clean, affordable energy.We all know that working together we are more likely to realize the economic benefits of a partnership with the MEGA administrator, the organization that works with other CCAs and has a proven track record of securing volume discounts for members interested in promoting clean, non-fossil fuel generated energy.But for me, the most critical element of this partnership effort is to make a regionwide, collective impact on reducing our use of fossil fuels, fuels that are responsible for global warming.As a 30-year Schenectady resident and grandfather to two beautiful children, I am deeply concerned that we do whatever it takes to mitigate the worst aspects of climate change, to be effective stewards and ensure that all future generations can prosper on this planet. To me, it is our moral imperative to aggressively confront this challenge, and I invite all my fellow Schenectadians (and beyond) to join me.Michael Tracy-IrelandSchenectadyUrge vote against new trade proposalThe Aug. 8 edition of Politico’s Morning Trade cited a study by two faculty members of the University of Ottawa law school, in such they posed the question: How much of the Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is also found in the 34 chapters of the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA)?The Canadian researchers found that 57 percent of the stipulations in the TPP trade agreement are also contained in the 34 chapters of the proposed USMCA.President Trump opposed the TPP during his 2016 campaign, and three days after taking office he pulled the United States out of the TPP. I wonder how the president can now support the USMCA, when just a short time ago he was opposed to 57 percent of its content.Could it be because the U.S. trade negotiating team was led by Robert Lighthizer, a veteran member of the Council on Foreign Relations and that the unfavorable portions of the TPP agreement are hidden in the 1,800 pages of the proposed agreement.Please email the president, your two senators and your congressional representative opposing passage of USMCA.George Van SchaickSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.EDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidslast_img read more

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That dizzy feeling

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

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Former solicitor judge and ex-lover jailed for six years for theft

first_imgA former judge and solicitor and his ex-lover have been jailed for six years after being found guilty of stealing more than £600,000 of client cash from a law firm they set up.Simon Kenny, a former district judge in Sussex, and his partner at the time Emma Coates, a legal executive, plundered £692,000 worth of customers’ funds at a solicitors firm in West Sussex over four years.Southwark Crown Court heard that 60-year-old Kenny used funds to ensure the running of the firm while Coates, 47, used the cash to fund her lavish lifestyle — including a £27,000 trip to Barbados for her and her friends and expense-laden days at Cheltenham Festival.She also paid off four mortgages, spent £15,000 on a log cabin and hot tub, and bought a Range Rover.The pair were originally due to be sentenced for stealing in excess of £900,000 from client accounts but £200,000 was wiped off that figure following a discrepancy.The court heard that an associate of Kenny, George White, had loaned the firm £200,000 — it was paid into a client account but it was not client money.Sentencing the pair, His Honour Judge Peter Testar said he could base the case only on money that belonged to clients. Abusing client accounts was a ‘serious breach of trust’ and would damage trust in the solicitors profession, he said. The court also heard that Kenny had told his accountant Robert Foskett, who had noticed a shortfall when doing the accounts, that he had moved clients’ money offshore to avoid repercussions from the Northern Rock banking crisis.Foskett, apparently unable to deal with the grief of discovering the fraud and that he had been lied to, took his own life in 2011.Testar said that although Kenny was the sole owner of CK firm, he and Coates were ‘to all intents and purposes joint owners’. CK Solicitors, which has no connection with the firm of the same name in Leyton, East London, was closed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in 2012.Although Kenny did not use funds for his personal life he was complicit in allowing Coates to do so. Testar said Coates had an instinct for ‘excess and extravagance’ and saw the cash as ‘there for the taking’.A third defendant, 60-year-old Stephen Hiseman, a fee-earner at the former CK Solicitors, was also found guilty of two counts of fraud. His sentencing was adjourned.The trio were charged by police in April 2014, after detectives from the Sussex Police major fraud unit began investigating the firm over the alleged disappearance of around £900,000 from client accounts.In a statement, Naheed Hussain, deputy head of the Crown Prosecution Service  specialist fraud division, said: ‘The prosecution showed how Simon Kenny and Emma Coates fraudulently took five-figure sums from their firm’s clients, including £85,000 from the will of an elderly woman. Through detailed analysis of the financial transactions, prosecutors and investigators were able to present a compelling case to the jury which resulted in these convictions.’last_img read more

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Will Alaska Give the Legal Nod For Right to Die?

first_imgThe House Committee took comments yesterday where public opinion was split. Roughly half were in favor of the bill, most testifying that it would have helped a relative. Those in opposition to the law were concerned about potential abuses. Washington and Vermont have similar statutes, as does New Mexico where there is a current appeal. In Montana, doctors cannot be prosecuted for writing lethal prescriptions at a patient’s request, but there is no official “right to die” bill. The Health and Social Services Committee yesterday reviewed Rep. Harriet Drummond’s bill to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with the help of a physician.center_img 17 U.S. states are considering similar measures. Oregon implemented the Death with Dignity Act in 1997 and since then has registered 750 physician-assisted deaths. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Lawmakers must decide whether to give the legal nod to a right to die bill currently working through the State House.last_img read more

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CES, Kenai Fire Responded to Smoldering Power Pole in Soldotna

first_imgWitnesses reported there were small flames but the lines mostly appeared to smolder. HEA’s Joe Gallagher says it appears a fuse was blown on that power pole. So far there have been no reports of outages in Soldotna. Bookey: “We’re here to make sure that the pole doesn’t burn through, then lines fall down and we have to close the road.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Services and the Kenai Fire Department responded a little after 3 pm to a report of a smoldering power pole at the intersection of the Kenai Spur Highway and Marydale Avenue.center_img CES Captain Terry Bookey says first responders made sure the scene was safe while Homer Electric Association crews arrived. We will continue to update this story when more information becomes available.last_img read more

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Fujita repeats as JGTO money king

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES “Everyone was calling me the money king and that pushed me on to victory,” Fujita said. “There is no better way to bring down the curtain.”Fujita, who started the final round with a six-stroke lead, carded five birdies against two bogies for a 3-under-par 67 and finished at 18-under-par 262. He was the sole leader since his 9-under-par first round. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img Hiroyuki Fujita cruised to his first JGTO tour money title on Sunday, when he won the Nippon Series JT Cup championship by five strokes and became the first player to win the event three years in a row.The 43-year-old Fujita is the oldest player to win the money title for the first time and the first in his 40s since Naomichi Ozaki did it at the age of 43 in 1999. He is also the first Japanese golfer to win since Ryo Ishikawa was the tour’s top earner in 2009.last_img read more

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Media Watch – February 23rd

first_imgThe Bristol Post highlights the EFL’s decision to close the 2018 summer transfer window on Thursday, August 9th, following the opening game of the 2018/19 season.The Post features comments from Lee Johnson’s pre-match interview with BCTV, where the head coach said Hordur Magnusson could be unavailable for Sunday’s Severnside derby.Sticking with the local paper, Lee Johnson told the Post that he doesn’t believe the atmosphere at Cardiff City to be ‘that intimidating’. City will not receive any more tickets for Sunday’s Sky Bet Championship clash at the Cardiff City Stadium, as the Post reports. The club received a limited allocation of just 1,481 tickets following the South Wales Police request for an extraordinary Safety Advisory Group (SAG) meeting.In his weekly column for the Post, Leroy Rosenior believes Lee Johnson’s side have been the team of the season for far.Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson discusses the progression of City loanee Jake Andrews with Gloucestershire Live.Mark Ashton believes the club’s new state-of-the-art training ground would offer long-term sustainable success in BS3, as the Post highlights.After Tuesday night’s encounter with Fulham, Lee Johnson hailed Ryan Sessegnon has an ‘unbelievable talent’, as the Post writes.last_img read more

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Arsenal’s record holder dethroned City and is still in the FA…

first_imgArsenal surprisingly dethroned Manchester City for the FA Cup, defeating the “citizens” 2-0 in a semifinal clash at Wembley Stadium. Both hits were the work of Pierre-Emerick Obameyang.The Gabonese opened the scoring in the 19th minute after a rough omission a little earlier in the match, and twenty minutes before the end of regular time doubled. The “gunners” played very solidly and almost did not allow the “citizens” to threaten their door. Thus, the series of 7 consecutive victories of City over this opponent ended, and in the final on August 1, the boys of Mikel Arteta will play against the winner of the second semifinal pair Manchester United – Chelsea. Arsenal is a record holder in the tournament with 13 awards. The “citizens” took the initiative from the very beginning and the game was transferred to half of their opponent. David Silva had a good opportunity in the third minute, and a little later Rahim Stirling allowed feints in the small penalty, but without success.Alexander Lacazette put the ball in the net for Ederson in the first good action of Arsenal, but the goal was not correctly counted due to an ambush. A magnificent pass from David Lewis followed behind the defense, but Pierre-Emerick Obameyang would powerfully reach Ederson from the front. The Gabonese still retaliated in the 19th minute from a far more difficult situation. He received a “soft” cross from Nicolas Pepe and on the far post shot spectacularly from the air to score with the help of the side post. It was the 24th goal of the season for the former Borussia Dortmund striker.Arsenal surprisingly looked fresher and more dangerous than their opponent, playing at fast speeds. Five minutes before the break, Ederson saved a very strong and accurate header from Shkodran Mustafi. Manchester City, as expected, pressed immediately after the break, but missed Rahim Stirling and Kevin De Bruyne, as the Belgian sent the ball into the net from a direct free kick.In the middle of the second half, Stirling was surprised by the ball after a ricochet by David Luis and played in a comical way with a face near Emiliano Martinez.The response of the cold-blooded Arsenal was not late and twenty minutes before the end of regular time Obamayang scored his second goal of the match. He received a pass from Tierney from half of Arsenal and passed the ball between Ederson’s legs, completing a magnificently embroidered counterattack by the Londoners. Again, Pepe played an important role, masterfully holding around the center of the field before knocking on Tierney. For the rest of the time, City looked confused rather than angry and failed to impose their will. In the 83rd minute Laport fired a powerful projectile, which passed near the right side pillar.Arsenal – Manchester City 2: 01:0 Pierre-Emerick Obameyang – 19 ‘ 2:0 Pierre-Emerick Obameyang – 71 ‘last_img read more

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Ibra is getting closer to the exit of “Giuseppe Meazza”

first_imgMilan’s superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola has revealed that his Swede will not attend the Rossoneri’s pre-season training. The 38-year-old striker’s contract with the club will expire on August 31, 2020 and it seems that the two sides are heading for separation.“Currently, the situation is such that Ibrahimovic will not prepare with Milan. We are still negotiating, but we do not have an agreement. It is not a question of money, but of persuasion. It takes two to get married. If Zlatan did not want to stay in Milan, then there would be no negotiations. We are in a very delicate stage, so I do not want to say anything. I am always optimistic. I am not working on creating problems, but on finding solutions, “Raiola said.last_img read more