Best of the Brokers for 14 November 2014

first_img Read This Next’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe WrapRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Wishes He Made South Asian Roles ‘More Human’The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap whatsapp To appear in Best of the Brokers, email your research to [email protected] OILWesthouse Securities upgraded its rating from “add” to “buy”. The broker said that although the market had “punished” Tullow for a disappointing run in exploration, Tullow has assets that could “potentially deliver top tier production and cash flow growth in coming years”.VODAFONEBesi reiterated its “sell” rating despite a positive second quarter update. The broker said it remained concerned about the threat of disruptive competition in a number of Vodafone’s markets, including the UK, and noted that the recent results “did little to assuage these fears”. Tags: NULL Best of the Brokers for 14 November 2014 Thursday 13 November 2014 8:31 pm whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Express KCS Sharelast_img read more

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John Moloney on Brian Cowen – ‘He was dealt a hand that was so difficult but he dealt with it manfully and honestly’

first_img Council John Moloney on Brian Cowen – ‘He was dealt a hand that was so difficult but he dealt with it manfully and honestly’ Previous articleCalls for wildflowers to be planted on motorways and primary roads in LaoisNext articleLaois students secure Dragons Den funding for their school Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Facebook Electric Picnic Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSBrian CowenJohn MoloneyLaoisToday podcast Twitter The Moloneys from Mountmellick and Cowens from Clara are two of the old stock Fianna Fáil families – ones that can trace their lineage in the party right back to the foundation of the state.The families have been close friends for close on 100 years and while the political careers of Brian Cowen and John Moloney are in the past now, there is still a huge loyalty and friendship there.Their grand-fathers Christy Cowen and John Moloney were elected to their respective county councils on the same day in the 1920s with both of their fathers also following on to be followed later by Brian and John.And the two finished their time in politics in 2011, the tenth anniversary of which is this weekend.Cowen had a stroke in the summer of 2019 but Moloney, speaking on this week’s LaoisToday Podcast, said he is making good progress. And the former Laois-based Fianna Fáil TD and Junior Minister spoke glowingly of Cowen as a colleague and politician.“Brian Cowen is much the same Brian Cowen as he always has been. I called to see him just before the lockdown in his house in Tullamore,” said Moloney.“Brian is as witty and as jolly and as intelligent and bright and friendly as he has always been with a tremendous interest in what is happening. Certainly no way bitter about politics.“I often said I’d love to have his strength of character particularly when I think of all he has gone through politically by way of condemnation from so many quarters but he never dropped low to challenge back in the same vein. I think that is tremendous.“The thing about Brian Cowen – Brian Cowen has the same friends as he had before he was a TD. He maintained the same level of friendships. He never changed in his outlook in life or in people.”Moloney said that Cowen was “most unfortunate to become Taoiseach at a time of a world … economic crash”.“I have to say I couldn’t believe a man could be so courageous, seeing the bright side of life, totally interested in what is happening in the world of politics, not just here.“The Cowens are resilient people. They don’t carry the baggage of bitterness and of course I’d love to see him back out in full strength. He’s not there yet but he’s progressing.”While Moloney said that Cowen was a “very able minister in many departments” he reflected on one of the major differences between his time as Taoiseach and that of his predecessor Bertie Ahern.“Often it was said to me, the difference for Brian Cowen was Brian was Bertie’s bat man, the man who went out and explained and defended the party.“When it came Brian’s turn, Brian didn’t have that back up that he gave to previous leaders.“He was full time hands on dealing with an economic crisis. What I always found so difficult to accept and understand was the same economic crash was happening throughout the world bar three or four countries, certainly in Europe.“And yet if one was to follow the media closely, you’d be of the view that the only country that crashed was Ireland.“I’m not making excuses for Brian Cowen because he doesn’t need me to make excuses for him but I remember – and it’s worth mentioning – after Brian’s time finished a number of journalists contacted me and I’m sure others too to see would Brian do an interview for his side of the story.“And reluctantly one day I approached him about it. And he wouldn’t do that. Because his thinking was by doing that it was a cosy interview he was being set up for and he said he would much prefer to go before the Dáil committee.“That was the mark of the man he was. He’d prefer to go out there publicly and take it on the chin.“And you’ll note that you have seen no crying or soppy or self-serving interviews from Brian Cowen to put out his side of the story.“History will judge him as someone who came into the Taoiseach’s office at time of absolute meltdown and who dealt with matters in a manful way. And if I had any criticism of Brian Cowen he didn’t use the PR system to promote himself.“He wasn’t big into PR and he certainly wasn’t into cosmetic politics. He was as you took him and as time moves on people see that he was dealt a hand that was so difficult and I believe he dealt with it manfully and honestly.”The full LaoisToday Podcast interview with John Moloney recalling his political career will be available to download this Friday, February 26, from Apple Podcasts and Spotify.The LaoisToday Podcast is brought to you in association with iCashco, market leaders in automated cash handling.SEE ALSO – LaoisToday Podcast: Claire Byrne on Laois roots, her career rise and the broadcasting challenges of Covid WhatsApp By Steven Miller – 25th February 2021 Pinterest Electric Picnic Twitter Home News John Moloney on Brian Cowen – ‘He was dealt a hand that… NewsPolitics Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

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No Political Calculation in North Korea Human Rights

first_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News News SHAREcenter_img No Political Calculation in North Korea Human Rights News By Daily NK – 2006.11.17 12:18pm News [imText1]South Korean government decided to vote yes on UN General Assembly’s North Korean human rights resolution. Of course, the decision is welcomed, but without enthusiasm. Since 2003 the government of the Republic of Korea has been abstained from voting in the UN GA and UN Human Rights Committee’s North Korean resolutions. Every time it rejected to vote, the government, through EOV, Explanation of Vote, argued for construction of inter-Korean confidence as more crucial although it acknowledged presence of human rights violation in North Korea. So, does it mean that South Korean government now regards inter-Korean confidence not that important? So far, those who have sided with the SK government have been criticizing the UN and the international community’s concern over North Korean human rights violation as ‘political.’ The government in Seoul decided, whether reluctantly or not, to approve the UN human rights resolution 1) as a ‘compensation’ of nonparticipation in Proliferation Security Initiative, 2) in protest against North Korea’s nuclear test, and 3) keeping pace with the designation of a South Korean Ban Ki Moon as next UN Secretary General. Are these reasons less politically-motivated than submission of a human rights resolution in UN? The South Korean government should have been committed to improvement of North Korean human rights violation by sincerely approving every human rights resolution since 2003. Changing its position according to political environment is self-contradicting. Nonetheless, I do not mean that South Korean government should have abstained again on North Korean human rights resolution. Even though the approval is too late, there is no reason to condemn the decision. The core is to ascertain the human rights condition in North Korea. The approval must be with humanitarian purpose, understanding the twenty million North Koreans’ suffering. I saw an Uri Party delegate Kim Won Woong, chairman of the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee, appearing in TV debate. Kim opposed the government’s decision to approve the UN resolution. I was disappointed by both arbitrary selection of the panel by TV producers and Representative Kim’s continuous lack of logic. Kim, for example, denounced the UN for not criticizing a Nazi-like concentration camp in Guantanamo Bay. I am, too, enraged with such human rights violation by the United States for anti-terrorism’s sake. Then, I do want to ask delegate Kim why he neglects North Korea’s concentration camps, one of the worst cases of human rights violation in history, that are not less brutal than Nazi death camps. The South Korean government must persuade such ‘human rights blinds’ before calculating political outcome of approval or disapproval on human rights resolution so meticulously. And let us altogether fight for the freedom and human rights of twenty three million North Korean people. I earnestly welcome the UN General Assembly’s North Korean human rights resolution. AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] last_img read more

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Desjardins adds multiple funds to NAVex platform

first_img IE Staff Keywords Product,  Mutual funds,  ESG,  Responsible investingCompanies Desjardins Investments Inc. Related news Desjardins Investments Inc. has launched 16 mutual funds on the Toronto Stock Exchange’s NAVex platform, which allows IIROC-registered advisors to bulk trade mutual funds.In a release, Desjardins said it now has the largest number of mutual funds on the platform, including seven responsible investment funds “that are 100% free of oil production and pipelines.” Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Purpose looks to fill retirement income gap with longevity fund IG Wealth amends product shelf Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Desjardins president and CEO Guy Cormier said his firm is focused on developing products for investors “who want to see their investment grow while supporting businesses that promote sustainable development and social responsibilities.”The other Desjardins mutual funds now trading on NAVex include six equities funds, two global bond funds and one global infrastructure fund.“The launch of these funds on TSX NAVex significantly expands our product offering and enables dealers and advisors to take advantage of the platform’s unique features, including an efficient, cost-effective transaction process,” said Kevin Sampson, president of equity trading, TMX Group, in the release. new label Olivier Le Moal iStockphoto ESG interest on the rise, but so is fear of greenwashinglast_img read more

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JPC Gets New Board

first_imgJPC Gets New Board UncategorizedJanuary 26, 2008 Advertisements RelatedJPC Gets New Board FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) has a new Board of Directors, chaired by businessman, Joseph Matalon.The centre is mandated to serve as a catalyst for promoting and enhancing the productivity and competitiveness of the Jamaican economy at the national, sector, industry, enterprise and individual levels.Also on the Board are: Executive Director of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, Sandra Glasgow; General Manager of Jamaica National Building Society, Earl Jarrett; President of the University & Allied Workers Union, Lambert Brown; President of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union, Kavan Gayle and General Secretary of the Jamaica Association of Local Government Officers, Helene Davis-Whyte.Other members include: Executive Director of Jamaica Employers’ Federation, Jacqueline Coke-Lloyd; Consultant in the Ministry of Labour & Social Security, Gresford Smith; Director of the Compensation Unit, Ministry of Finance & Planning, Maria Thompson-Walters and Director of Economic, Planning & Research Division, Planning Institute of Jamaica and Executive Director of the Mona School of Business, Professor Neville Ying.State Minister in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Andrew Gallimore, said the members of the Board were selected based on their expertise, experience and commitment to the mission of the centre.Mr. Gallimore was the guest speaker at the Board’s first meeting on January 18 at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston.The State Minister challenged the Board to work assiduously and smartly to remove the obstacles to sustainable productivity growth. This, he said, would have a ripple effect on the living standards of the Jamaican people. “Improved living standards will only be realized through the contribution of productivity to growth in real wages, creation of quality jobs and more profitable and competitive firms,” he emphasized.“Sustained productivity growth is the single most important strategy for growing the economy, creating jobs and restoring the country’s competitiveness,” he added.Executive Director of the JPC, Dr. Charles Douglas explained that inadequate investments in human capital, physical capital, science and technology, crime, absence of a productivity culture and bad labour-management relationships are just some of the reasons for Jamaica’s low productivity rate.“As a society, Jamaicans have not grasped or embraced the importance of productivity for competitiveness and socio-economic development. This is evidenced by demands for wage increases that bear no relationship to labour productivity,” he said.Dr. Douglas added that simple behavioural adjustments that could substantially improve productivity are ignored at the level of the individual worker and employer as well as governments. “Distrust between workers and management in Jamaican companies has also been identified as a factor influencing worker motivation and productivity. Providing supportive work environments as well as challenging work are critical elements in improving labour motivation and productivity,” he said.The JPC is a tripartite organization comprising the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions and the Jamaica Employers’ Federation.center_img RelatedJPC Gets New Board RelatedJPC Gets New Boardlast_img read more

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Minister Emphasises Need for Development of Measurement Culture in Education

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Education Minister, Andrew Holness, has emphasised the need for the development of a culture of measurement and evidence-based evaluation, within the education sector.This, he said, is key to underpinning the thrust towards a greater accountability on the part of teachers.Speaking at the launch of the Jamaica School Administrative System (JSAS) 7.0 software, at the Drews Avenue Primary School in Kingston on November 6, Mr. Holness said teaching “is more than a profession,” describing it as a “calling,” where the welfare of every pupil “must matter.” To this end, he stressed that accountability is crucial.“When we talk of accountability, immediately everyone is afraid. Everyone, who is a teacher, says ‘oh, we support you on the accountability call…but I am one teacher, who does a very good job.. I do my best.’ And, I am not disputing that we have teachers who give far more than they are required to give. But, we also have to acknowledge, that we have some teachers who are just doing what they feel is enough to get by,” the Minister argued.Emphasising that he does not want to be the “policeman” of education, Mr. Holness said instead, he wants to inspire teachers to acknowledge their professional “calling,” and give of their best, “regardless of the circumstances.”“I sympathise with you, because I know (that) you work under some extreme conditions. But, regardless of that, you have to give of your best. It is in giving of your best, that the economy will grow, by virtue of producing more productive and creative students… who can participate in the society,” the Minister said.Mr. Holness argued that teachers are obliged to give of their best at all times, adding that education is not a “chicken and egg situation.”“Teachers start by giving, they give first, and those of you who remain in the profession, must understand that, that is how you will have to continue,” he asserted.The JSAS is a management software system, which tracks school attendance and individual students’ performances, providing fast and easy retrieval of information, as well as generating transcripts.The project is a joint undertaking between the Governments of Jamaica and the United States, and is monitored by the Ministry of Education, through the Expanding Educational Horizons (EEH) initiative, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Minister Emphasises Need for Development of Measurement Culture in Education UncategorizedNovember 7, 2008 RelatedMinister Emphasises Need for Development of Measurement Culture in Education RelatedMinister Emphasises Need for Development of Measurement Culture in Educationcenter_img Advertisements RelatedMinister Emphasises Need for Development of Measurement Culture in Educationlast_img read more

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High Commissioner Assures Jamaicans in UK

first_imgHigh Commissioner Assures Jamaicans in UK Foreign AffairsMarch 24, 2009 RelatedHigh Commissioner Assures Jamaicans in UK RelatedHigh Commissioner Assures Jamaicans in UK FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Burchell Whiteman, has said that while Jamaica has not been untouched by the global economic meltdown, the country continues to do reasonably well.“While Jamaica has not been untouched by the global economic crisis, our financial institutions have remained stable. I am happy to tell you that in terms of our licensed financial institutions, we have not suffered in any significant way, and the situation is quite stable,” he told a meeting of community leaders on March 21.The High Commissioner assured the audience that the Government is working to mitigate the effects of the current crisis.“There have been job losses, but at the same time the Government has provided a stimulus package, which has made available extra social support through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to the most vulnerable, and at the same time, there is a package for economic stimulus. What I am saying to you fellow Jamaicans is despite everything, we are doing reasonably well and we continue to remain positive about the future,” he said.Mr. Whiteman also pointed out that the Government is working to ensure that the country is prepared to take full advantage of the opportunities, once the economic down- turn ends.“We are not behaving as though this recession is a bottomless, endless experience, we are preparing for when it bottoms out. Less than a month ago we had three Ministers here at a Jamaica/UK Investment Forum, which was quite successful, and the follow-up is looking quite promising, so when the recession bottoms out, Jamaica will be in a position to take full advantage of the possibilities,” the High Commissioner said.The meeting was held to update community leaders on the progress of the UK Diaspora Movement and to agree on the selection and election of regional representatives. The opportunity was also taken to formally introduce the new Deputy High Commissioner, Joan Thomas, who took up duties a month ago, replacing Sharon Saunders. Ms. Thomas was previously the Acting High Commissioner to South Africa.High Commissioner Whiteman said while there has been a Jamaican Diaspora in the UK for many decades, the process of formalising it as a Diaspora Movement started in 2002 and that it is still a work in progress.center_img RelatedHigh Commissioner Assures Jamaicans in UK Advertisementslast_img read more

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Statement by President 5 December

first_imgStatement by President 5 December The White HouseToday, I have signed into law H.R. 835, the “Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act of 2019” (the “Act”). The Act imposes criminal sanctions on certain persons involved in international doping fraud conspiracies and provides restitution for victims of such conspiracies. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Criminal, fraud, Government, law, sanctions, United States, White Houselast_img read more

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Earth Talk – Monday, September 09, 2019

first_imgHomeOpinionColumnsEarth Talk – Monday, September 09, 2019 Sep. 09, 2019 at 6:05 amColumnsFeaturedNewsEarth Talk – Monday, September 09, 2019Guest Author2 years agoClean Air TrustConsolidated Edisonearth talkGeorgia State UniversityJake McConnellPhoto by NASA By the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that school buses cause a lot of pollution, especially for the kids riding inside. Is anyone making greener school buses yet? — Jake McConnell, Philadelphia, PANow that school is back in session, those big yellow diesel-fueled school buses are all over the roads again. While they’re relatively safe — and definitely old school — they’re also big polluters, chugging along at 4-6 miles to the gallon while creating a cloud of harmful airborne pollutants.According to the non-profit Clean Air Trust (CAT), some 25 million American kids traveling on half a million school buses every day are exposed to five to 15 times more air toxins than the rest of us. “Those buses travel more than four billion miles each year and these kids spend three billion hours on [them],” reports the group.  “About 90 percent of these buses run on diesel fuel, annually emitting 3,000 tons of cancer-causing soot and 95,000 tons of smog-causing compounds.”If you don’t think all that pollution is having a negative effect, think again. A March 2019 study from researchers at Georgia State University found that students did significantly better on standardized English tests and marginally better in math when they spent their commutes riding in school buses retrofitted to reduce emissions by 95 percent as compared to students riding in non-upgraded buses. The researchers conclude that “engine retrofits can have meaningful and cost-effective impacts on health and cognitive functioning.”Luckily the retrofits are easy to come by and relatively inexpensive, especially when you factor in the costs of health care to treat sick kids, not to mention the price tag for raising kids’ test scores in other ways. Retrofitting 10 percent of the average school district’s bus fleet in Georgia, for instance, would cost less than $100,000, a drop in the bucket of the state’s $10.6 billion K-12 public schools budget.And beginning in October 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set aside $9 million to help pay for upgrading older diesel school buses nationwide. School districts and other public agencies charged with transporting school kids can apply for rebates of up to $20,000 per bus to help cover the retrofits on up to 10 individual buses.Retrofitting is a great start, but even better would be replacing old buses with new, more efficient all-electric models. But few school districts can justify the $300,000 price tag to replace perfectly functional older diesel buses. That didn’t stop the school district in White Plains, New York, though, which purchased five electric buses last year with financial help from the local utility, Consolidated Edison, and a grant from the state.These outside contributions helped bring the final cost to the school district down to something along the lines of buying new diesel buses. While ConEd gets the benefit of good public relations and good karma, it also gets to use the buses during the summer as excess electricity storage that can be moved around to where it’s needed most (when the air conditioners are blazing). White Plains is hoping other school districts across the country will follow a similar model to clean up their acts. EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss for the 501(c)3 nonprofit EarthTalk. See more at https://emagazine.com. To donate, visit https://earthtalk.org. Send questions to: [email protected] :Clean Air TrustConsolidated Edisonearth talkGeorgia State UniversityJake McConnellshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCouncil hopes sustainability discussion will spark interestYour Column Here – Defending peace and quietYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author13 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more

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Jesus Saved

first_img“It’s certainly a part of that heritage that I felt needed to be protected, clarified, improved,” Graves said. “It’s also a kind of subtle way of honoring all veterans, because it was those guys that started it.”All of which helps explain why he found it particularly irritating that skiers were habitually skiing behind the statue and hitting its hands with their poles.“I think I just got tired of seeing the fingers broken off, three years in a row,” Graves said. “I just thought it was disrespectful in general.”“We constructed a barrier behind it, so it’s a little bit harder to ski behind it and take a swipe at it,” he added. “So far, it’s worked.”In addition to the fencing, crews also erected a bronze plaque explaining the history of the Christ statue and how it got there. Graves pegged the total cost of the improvements at about $2,800, but said since doing it a number of locals have told him, “Thanks, it’s about time.”He feels good about it, too.“It’s one more thing that makes us unique,” Graves said. “Now, it’s somewhat protected.” WHITEFISH – Dan Graves came across the Jesus Christ statue on Big Mountain for the first time the same way everyone else does: unexpectedly. Graves, the president of Whitefish Mountain Resort, was learning the terrain on skis after arriving here in November of 2006.“I was out on the mountain, kind of exploring,” he recalled, taking a break from work last week to recount his first encounter with the statue. “Of course, through the fog and the haze, I saw Christ, with his outstretched hands.”“It was a little surreal,” Graves added.Anyone who skis or hikes or bikes along Big Mountain’s slopes has likely had a similarly jarring encounter: coming around a bend near the top of Chair 2 to find the life-like concrete rendering of Jesus Christ, gazing out over Whitefish Lake and the Flathead Valley beyond, from a perch above where the trail splits into Ed’s Run, Hibernation and Hellroaring. While locals may grow accustomed to the statue, visiting skiers and snowboarders can reliably be found posing for pictures alongside this unique fixture. But it was what Graves learned about the history of the Christ statue that led him this summer to undertake a number of improvements to protect and preserve it.In attempting to find out more about the statue, Graves had the same questions as anyone else: Why is it there? How did it get there? But all most people could tell him was that it was put up there some time in the 1950s. Other than the Knights of Columbus, who re-painted the statue every year and reformed the hands if they were broken off, there wasn’t a lot of information.“I went to a lot of the old timers, they had bits and pieces of the story,” he said. “The Knights of Columbus were not only very helpful in getting the story, but very happy with the results.”Eventually he was able to piece together the statue’s history from those with first- or second-hand knowledge. While fighting in the Swiss and Italian Alps during World War II, many American soldiers encountered the religious shrines, found often in remote and difficult-to-access terrain, that dot the mountains of Europe. Amid war, it’s likely the soldiers drew some reassurance from these unexpected encounters. So upon returning to the Flathead Valley, several Knights of Columbus at St. Matthew’s parish in Kalispell discussed the idea of erecting a similar religious tribute to what they had encountered as soldiers.“They thought, ‘Well, why don’t we put one up here on our mountain?’” Graves said.In October of 1953 the U.S. Forest Service issued a special use permit to the Knights of Columbus Council #1328 for a 25-foot-by-25-foot square allowing for the placement of the Christ statue. Constructed of concrete with steel reinforcement in St. Paul, Minn., the statue was installed in 1955. It sits on a heavy plinth that extends deep into the ground, below the frost line.Graves sees the statue more as a piece of Flathead history, and a tribute to veterans, than as a promotion of any one faith by the resort. Many World War II veterans, particularly those who fought in the storied 10th Mountain Division, returned home to help build the modern ski industry – in Whitefish and across the nation. Taking care of the statue is a way of acknowledging their accomplishments. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

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