Fire and agroforestry revive California indigenous groups’ traditions

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored In Northern California, the Karuk and Yurok indigenous peoples are burning away decades of forest management practices and revitalizing their foodways and communities.Prescribed burning is the main tool in the groups’ agroforestry system, which encourages proliferation of traditional foods like huckleberries, acorns, salmon and elk, medicinal herbs like wormwood, plus willow, bear grass and hazel for basket making.Agroforestry is the conscious tending of groups of trees, shrubs and herbs in a forest system that benefits biodiversity, sequesters carbon from the atmosphere, improves water quality, and also provides traditional foods that these indigenous peoples need to carry on their customs.At a time when California is repeatedly ravaged by wildfires, these groups’ fire management practices are being studied by state and national agencies to inform their own fire management techniques. ORLEANS, California — Frank Lake stoops beside a low-growing shrub, cups one hand beneath a cluster of cobalt berries and swiftly claps it to his mouth. The purple-lipped grin he flashes leaves no doubt. Huckleberries!Lake offers me a taste: They’re wilder than blueberries, with a tangy sweetness. Huckleberries are just coming in season, says Lake, glancing around for other fruits to sample on the hillside that rises behind him.Bright green bushes are scattered across a carpet of bronze tanoak leaves. Knee-high bracken ferns spread broad flat fronds at the edges of thickets, where seedling pines and cedars poke out of the undergrowth. Towering above them are 30-meter (100-foot) tanoak trees. Beyond are the rugged Klamath Mountains, a geologically jumbled range jutting along California’s northwest border into Oregon.Frank Lake, a PhD research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service and a Karuk descendant, at the start of huckleberry season. Image by Jane Braxton Little for MongabayA distinctive drumming resonates from somewhere up the slope, bringing Lake to his feet with an imitation of the shrill piping call of the pileated woodpecker. As he listens for a response, Lake, a Ph.D. research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service and a Karuk descendant, surveys the scene above the Klamath River a few miles from Orleans. He sees what I see: a productive late-summer forest understory. But Lake also sees a supermarket, where Karuk people can gather berries and acorns; a pharmacy, where they can find herbs to treat coughs and inflammation; and a hardware store, with hazel and bear grass for making baskets.For centuries, the Karuk tribe has nudged this interlocking ecosystem toward producing these beneficial plants through practices known as agroforestry. An ancient technology developed through time by the Karuk tribe and indigenous people around the world, agroforestry integrates crops and livestock into the grasses, shrubs and trees of native forests. After this 2-hectare (5-acre) stand burned in a wildfire in 2001, Karuk and Forest Service crews intentionally burned the land again in 2016 as a research plot. They’re using it to study how fire affects the food and other forest products that have sustained Native Americans in the Klamath River watershed for millennia.For these tribes, plots like this are “our orchards, our gardens, and we cultivate them with fire,” says Lake, a slim man with a crew cut and multiple studs in his ears.This site is part of an ambitious venture aimed at restoring the 5,700 square kilometers (2,200 square miles) that comprise Karuk aboriginal lands. The tribe is working in collaboration with the Forest Service, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), U.C. Berkeley, and numerous other partners to restore the territory, now almost all federally administered, to the functional landscape Karuks once stewarded. Their plans include a 22-square-kilometer (86-square mile) project near Orleans, approved in July by Forest Service officials for a management plan that incorporates Karuk traditional techniques. The partners are also using many of the principles of multi-story agroforestry, increasingly popular in the developing world, while reconnecting with tribal ways.Maintaining healthy ecosystems not only assures tribe members of the food, medicines and materials they need to survive, says Bill Tripp, deputy director of the Karuk Department of Natural Resources, it also embodies a sacred commitment integral to their social fabric, their ceremonies, and most deeply held beliefs.“There’s no reason for us to exist if we can’t fulfill our responsibility to take care of this place,” Tripp says.Bill Tripp, deputy director of the Karuk Department of Natural Resources, is encouraged by the tribe’s cooperative management of ancestral lands but he worries about salmon disappearing from the Klamath River. Photo by Jane Braxton Little for MongabayFood securityFor the tribe scattered along the banks of the Klamath River, salmon and acorns have traditionally been dietary mainstays. Today, neither is abundant. The natural wealth that the region’s 10,000 Native Americans once depended on has been in a steady two-century decline, starting with the arrival of fur trappers and worsening with miners and loggers.As ecosystems collapsed, the Karuks and their downstream neighbors, the Yuroks, were left with their livelihoods disrupted, their ceremonies forbidden, and their cultures disintegrating. Tribal leaders see a direct connection between the breakdown of their social fabric and the precipitous decline in salmon populations, now blocked from spawning grounds by dams. They relate the collapse of community functions to acorn production, which has been poor since the Forest Service introduced management favoring pines over tanoaks.Despite this devastation, during my visit in late August there was a palpable buzz of optimism among Karuk tribal officials — a sense that they are returning as stewards of the land that has always nurtured and sustained them. Most were preparing for the World Renewal Ceremony, held annually to fix the world spiritually and physically. Lake shows me the pelt of a Pacific fisher, a furry, cat-sized carnivore native to the region, fashioned into a garment that he will wear during the ceremony, along with other handmade regalia.These are times for re-embracing traditional knowledge and skills, and reapplying ancient practices, says Lisa Hillman, a Karuk tribal member. “We think we’ve sustained considerable losses since Euro-American contact, but people know more than they think they do,” she says. “And collectively, we know a lot.”Hillman manages the Píkyav CQ Field Institute, named for the Karuk word meaning “to fix it.” The curriculum she helped develop for kindergarten through 12th grade brings acorns, berries, salmon and other traditional foods into the classroom. It also takes students out of the classroom to listen to elders’ stories while they pick huckleberries and gather hazel for basket making. Involving multiple generations in land management helps strengthen local communities and is a significant benefit of agroforestry.Huckleberries, a mainstay of Karuks’ traditional diet, are a deliberate consideration in how the tribe manages forestlands. Photo by Jane Braxton Little for Mongabay“It’s fine to learn about Alexander Hamilton from a book, but we have always learned from the outdoors, and directly from our elders and their stories,” Hillman says.She and other tribal leaders throughout the Klamath watershed used a five-year, $4 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to build a digital library and community gardens as well as the K-12 curriculum focused on tribal cultural heritage. They also held food production workshops emphasizing traditional foods — how and where they are grown. Now Hillman is working with two federal grants to promote college and career readiness for tribal youth, and study Native food, fiber and medicinal plants in fluctuating environmental conditions that include persistent drought and devastating wildfires.“Food is connected to all of what we do and who we are as tribal people, and education is key to changing the trajectory of the tribe’s trauma,” Hillman says.Fire as a management toolMore than workshops, more than libraries, what the Karuks and Yuroks need to restore their traditional foods and culture is fire. Fire clears oak groves of encroaching conifers and kills the weevils that ruin acorns. It renews the meadow grasses for grazing deer and elk. And fire also allows willow and hazel trees to produce the straight shoots needed for baskets.“Fire is part of everything we do,” says Bill Tripp.A heavyset man with pale blue eyes and unruly dark-blond hair, Tripp, 44, got his first lessons on fire after his great-grandmother caught him playing with matches. If he was going to play with fire, she said, he better do something good with it, as his ancestors had. She handed the 4-year-old a box of strike matches with instructions to burn a small patch of black oak leaves covering her yard. It took the whole box and the rest of the day, Tripp recalls, but the experience helped teach him how and when to burn, and what fire means to Karuk culture.As a summer intern on the Six Rivers Forest, Jonathan White, a student at Salish-Kootenai College in Montana, helped to monitor how plants return to this area, burned in 2016 as a Forest Service and Karuk Tribe research plot. Image by Jane Braxton Little for MongabayOn an afternoon when smoke from regional wildfires fills the air, Tripp drives up a winding dirt road just west of Orleans and stops beside a stand of tanoaks and madrones. Three years ago a crew of Karuk, federal, private-sector and community partners set fire to this 28-hectare (70-acre) stand, one of the few places the Karuk have been able to purchase. They started at 6 p.m. and burned through the night, scorching invasive Himalayan berries and decades of accumulated fuel on the forest floor.Today, the ground beneath the trees is open, and a meadow just downhill is so lush that elk have claimed it as a calving area. Wild raspberry and trailing blackberry bushes share the forest floor with tanoak sprouts as high as Tripp’s waist. He points out a fire-carved cavity in an orange-red madrone tree — a perfect hideout for fishers, whose population has been declining.Stands like this, and Lake’s huckleberry hillside across the river, mark the beginnings of a return to traditional Karuk forest stewardship that encourages the growth of traditional Native foods including tanoak acorns, camas bulbs and more. Although they sometimes intentionally planted tobacco and other medicinals, the Karuks focused on using fire at the right time for the right reasons for their essential forest products, says Tripp. Huckleberry and acorn production surges when fire removes the shrubs competing with berry bushes, and encourages tanoaks over pines.The newcomers who began arriving in the 1800s changed the land management in the area radically, but it was the loss of fire on the landscape that proved catastrophic. Rather than the regular use of cleansing fire to encourage the growth of plants the Karuks needed, federal legislation adopted in 1911 called for extinguishing all fires, with a goal of complete suppression by 10 a.m. In the complex tug-of-war then characterizing Native American and U.S. government relationships, a Forest Service ranger dismissed traditional Native American fires as “pure cussedness or a spirit of don’t-care damnativeness.”Now, as state and federal officials rethink the role of natural fire, some are starting to recognize the benefits of small-scale burning to both communities and ecosystems. Downstream on the Klamath River, members of the Yurok tribe are working with Cal Fire to return the cultural burns that replenished the forest products their grandmothers depended upon.A firestarter for cultural revivalOn another afternoon clouded with the smoke from a nearby wildfire, Margo Robbins and Elizabeth Azzuz are scrambling around on the banks of a dirt road just outside Weitchpec, where the Trinity River flows into the Klamath. Azzuz shouts out at the sight of knee-high hazel sprouts, a staple for Yurok basket weavers. “They’re shooting up like gangbusters,” she yells.Elizabeth Azzuz and Margo Robbins, leaders of the Cultural Fire Management Council, have been helping Yurok Tribal members burn their land to improve the growth of basket materials and other traditional plants. Photo by Jane Braxton Little for MongabayRobbins, Azzuz and their partners intentionally burned the area this spring. Like Karuk families, Yuroks traditionally set carefully tended fires in the tanoak groves where generations of their ancestors had gathered acorns. But that ended over a century ago. “We grew up knowing we could be killed for setting fire on the land,” Azzuz says.She and Robbins are part of a team working with the Cultural Fire Management Council, created in 2013 to focus on encouraging traditional foods and generating long straight shoots of hazel that local basket weavers had not had for decades. Since their first cultural burn in 2015 they’ve increased the annual burn area to 68 hectares (167 acres). Along with hazel, these controlled burns are rejuvenating wormwood and other medicinal plants, and bear grass for baskets. Acorns, raspberries, thimbleberries, vines for teas, and other edible plants have burgeoned since they began burning. By thinning out forest undergrowth, fires also improve habitat for the elk and deer, important Yurok foods.Fire also benefits salmon. By reducing streamside brush and invasive weeds, burning improves water quality and the amount of water returned to streams where salmon spawn, says Robbins. All this is essential for the health of salmon.The Cultural Fire Management Council burns are also providing protection from wildfire for communities scattered in the hills along the Klamath. Last year Ken Pimlott, the Cal Fire director, honored the council for its work using burning as a fire-safe tool that enhances the landscape and restores cultural plants.So many people needed to have their own land burned that Robbins and Azzuz began hosting cooperative training exchange sessions using a model initiated by The Nature Conservancy. “We realized we ignited a lot more than hazel,” Robbins says.She and Azzuz work with property owners to prepare their private lands for burning. Along with traditional food production, the effort is reviving cultural practices that transcend burning. “Restoration of the land is restoration of the people,” Robbins says.As these small-scale burns contribute to an understanding of fire at the level Yuroks and Karuks once practiced it, some state and federal officials are turning to them to guide management on federal lands. The project plan, signed in July by Forest Service officials, marks the start of a new Karuk-influenced management approach that could eventually include the 5,700 square kilometers of the tribe’s ancestral territory. Designed to protect communities from wildfire while restoring beneficial fire, the project was years in development, led by the Western Klamath Restoration Partnership.Wooley Creek flows into the Salmon River near Somes Bar, where the Karuk Tribe and the U.S. Forest Service are planning a 5,000-acre restoration project. Photo by Jane Braxton Little for MongabayThe Six Rivers National Forest is the first national forest in California to combine the Karuk’s broad, holistic vision with lidar (a laser-based radar-like technology), geographic information system (GIS) mapping, and other Western technology. Regional forester Randy Moore personally endorsed the project as a model of integrating traditional and contemporary knowledge to help improve forest health across all jurisdictions.Forward-looking traditionAs society grapples with learning how to live with fire under changing climate and environmental conditions, Tripp is hopeful that this will be the first of many projects using traditional burning techniques to enhance the safety of communities and conditions for growing native foods.“We’re on the verge of true co-management of our aboriginal homeland. That’s huge,” Tripp says, allowing himself a faint smile.From his spot on the huckleberry hillside, Frank Lake, the Forest Service ecologist, envisions the essential link between fire and the health of both the land and Karuk culture. “If we’re going to restore fish, we have to use fire. If we’re going to restore acorns and huckleberries, we have to use fire,” he says. “It’s not just waiting for lightning to strike.”This article is part of an ongoing series on agroforestry worldwide and was published in partnership with Civil Eats, the daily news website focused on sustainable food and farming.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. Agriculture, Agroforestry, Archive, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Conservation Solutions, Featured, Fires, food security, Forest Fires, Forests, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Indigenous Peoples, Sustainable Development center_img Article published by Erik Hoffnerlast_img read more

US passenger numbers expected to hit record Labor Day high.

first_imgMore Americans than ever will take to the air this Labor Day holiday with industry group Airlines for America (A4A) predicting a 5 percent rise over last year.US airlines will add 133,000 seats a day to accommodate the 16.1 million people expected to fly worldwide over August 30 to Tuesday September 5 holiday period. Last year, 15.4m people flew over the holiday – more than the population of some countries.The seat increase is expected to be more than adequate for the 110,000 additional passenger per day forecast to fly.The busiest day is expected to Friday September 1, followed by Thursday August 31 and Monday September 4.Those wanting to avoid the peak crowds should fly on either the Saturday or Sunday or Tuesday September 5 and Wednesday August 30.The busiest airports are tipped to be Atlanta, Los Angeles and Chicago.“As household wealth increases, ticket prices remain low and airlines large and small continue to grow, consumers are finding it easier and more affordable than ever to get away for personal or family travel,” said A4A vice president John Heimlich.“While we expect a growth in passenger traffic over the Labor Day holiday, flyers can rest assured that U.S. airlines have appropriately increased the number of seats available for their late summer getaways.”The US airline industry has enjoyed a record summer but without some of the long lines at security that plagued travelers in 2016.The Transport Security Administration said it screened a record 72,117,046 passengers and crew in July and an average of 2.33 million passengers per day across June and July.Read: American plans to expand use of advanced baggage scanners.It said 99.9 percent of passenger using regular screening lanes waited 30 minutes or less, while the waiting time for pre-check passengers was less than five minutes.Airlines have also been bumping fewer passengers and losing less bags.Department of Transportation (DoT)  figures for the first half of 2017 show involuntary denied boarding dropped to its lowest level on record.Bumping became the focus of intense media and political scrutiny earlier this year after a 69-year-old doctor was dragged from a United Express plane in Chicago.The DoT figures show the rate of voluntary denied boarding fell from 0.62 per 10,000 passengers in the first half of 2016 to 0.52 in the first half of this year.Mishandled baggage figures also hit a record low of 2.54 per 10,000 passengers, down from 2.65 in the same period of 2016.The flight completion rate was down slightly, from 98.75 percent to 98.55 percent, and on time arrivals also fell, from 81.42 per cent to 78.66 percent.At the same time, domestic seat supply was at its highest level since 2005 and international seats hit an all-time high.A4A estimated airlines were collectively investing about $US1.6 billion on “customer experience” initiates such as better baggage handling and security systems, new aircraft and terminal facilities.“Airlines regularly invest in their workforce and new technologies, and put in place processes to improve operations and enhance the customer experience,’’ Heimlich said.“The industry’s nearly 99 percent flight completion rate and record-low rates of involuntarily denied boarding and mishandled baggage reflect these investments.’’last_img read more

Attention LP Pros: LPC Scholarship Opportunity

first_imgThis January, The Zellman Group entered into its twentieth year of business. To celebrate this accomplishment, the organization wanted to give back to the LP community. Over the last twenty years, the Zellman team has realized how important education is to the growth of an LP professional.If you or someone you know is looking to grow in the LP field, starting January 1, the Zellman Group will be running a Loss Prevention Certified (LPC) scholarship essay contest. The team is giving away 20 LPC Scholarships for essays that best answer the question:How will an LPC change your career path?- Sponsor – If you are interested, email a 400-word essay response to marketing (at) zellmangroup (dot) com by April 1, 2017. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.The only requirements to submit an essay are:You must have a high school diploma or a GED equivalent.You must have three years of loss prevention experience.Examples: corporate analyst, LP manager, LP operations, LP associate, etc.OR without LP experience, you must pass the LPQ exam AND have one of the three below:3 years of business experience, bachelor’s degree, or master’s degree.You must be free from pending felony charges or convictions (or military equivalent of court martial charges and/or convictions).You must be free from pending misdemeanor charges or convictions involving moral turpitude (“moral turpitude” means an offense that calls into question the integrity or judgment of the offender, such as fraud, bribery, cor+ruption, theft, embezzlement, solicitation, etc.). Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

One dead three injured in Escondido crash

first_img Posted: September 3, 2019 Updated: 6:09 AM KUSI Newsroom, September 3, 2019 One dead, three injured in Escondido crashcenter_img KUSI Newsroom ESCONDIDO (KUSI) – One person was killed and three others were hurt in a two-vehicle crash near the southbound Interstate 15 in Escondido, authorities said Tuesday.It happened about 3:30 p.m. Monday on Del Lago Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol and Escondido police.An 81-year-old man driving a black 1998 Jaguar XK6 south on Interstate 15 in the HOV lanes exited at the HOV off-ramp to Del Lago Boulevard at or near freeway speed, failed to stop at a traffic signal and broadsided a white 1996 Toyota Avalon that was westbound on Del Lago Boulevard, Escondido police Lt. Scott Walters said.“The front seat passenger in the Toyota suffered multiple traumatic injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene,” Walters said. The Jaguar driver was hospitalized in critical condition and his 51-year-old female passenger was in serious but stable condition, he said. The 43-year-old man driving the Toyota was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.“Both the passenger of the Toyota and the driver of the Jaguar were unrestrained at the time of the collision,” Walters said.Police did not reveal the age or gender of the deceased victim. The name of the victim was withheld pending family notification.It was not known whether alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the crash, Walters said.The CHP shut down the on and off-ramps at Del Lago Boulevard as well as the carpool lane at 4:53 p.m. and they were reopened at about 11:50 p.m. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

So What Business Are You In

first_imgSharon Rowlands | CEO | Penton Media David Nussbaum | Chairman & CEO | F+W Media  John Loughlin | Vice President and General Manager | HearstJustin Smith | President | The AtlanticBrian Rowland | President | Rowland Publishing Inc.Scott McCafferty | Co-Founder | WTWH MediaWilliam Pollak | CEO | Incisive MediaLarry Burstein | Publisher | New York MediaDeborah Esayian | Co-President | Emmis InteractiveKathleen Kennedy | Chief Strategy Officer | Technology Review  Charlie McCurdy | Chairman and CEO | Apprise Media and Canon Communications Integrated. Engaged. Customer focused. We’ve all heard the buzz words but what do they actually mean? A little more than halfway through the worst year in the publishing industry in recent memory, just about everyone has gotten the message that we need to do things differently.So how do industry leaders view their companies? Some CEOs say they’re in the “content generation business” rather than the old silos of “print” or “e-media” but does that terminology really translate to day-to-day operations or is this just an updated version of the old saying, “platform agnostic?”In this article, 11 C-level publishing executives describe in their own words (and in most cases, with a minimum of catch phrases) what they see their businesses turning into and how publishing technology is helping them meet this new mission.last_img read more

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner insults the XMen is the actress

first_imgX Men: Dark PhoenixInstagramSophie Turner may have a little of Dark Sansa in her after all as the Game of Thrones star brandished her claws and took a shot at X-Men: The Last Stand saying that the upcoming Dark Phoenix is much more faithful to the original storyline.Apparently, Fox is attempting to do Chris Claremont’s famous Marvel comics storyline justice after the negative response to Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand. Reportedly Simon Kingberg served as a writer on the 2006 film and is now trying to make up for it by tackling the latest film as a first-time director. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Sophie Turner said the upcoming film is far more accurate than X-Men The Last Stand:”Dark Phoenix done right.” Sophie Turner in a still from Game of Thrones Ep 4 ‘Spoils of War’HBOWhile Sophie Turner is known for her role on Game of Thrones, the actress admits Dark Phoenix might be the hardest work she’s ever had to do:”Every other scene in Dark Phoenix is, like, the most intense scene I’ve ever done,”It is being reported that the upcoming film stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain. Reportedly Dark Phoenix is set to hit theaters on June 7, 2019.But Dark Phoenix is not the only thing Sophie Turner fans have to look forward to, the final season of Game of Thrones will premiere in April and Sophie Turner is set to reprise her role as Sansa Stark once more. Sasa Stark may have a very important role to play in the final season of Game of Thrones.last_img read more

Airbag Recall A Major Concern In Houston

first_imgListen Brien StrawMayor Pro-Tem Ellen R. Cohen joins community leaders to discuss the Takata Airbag Recall.The largest recall in U.S. history involves tens of millions of vehicles on the road right now. Community leaders in Houston are urging people to check whether or not their vehicles are on the list for a new airbag.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the time to wait is over. Especially in Houston.“More than 250,000 vehicles in Houston contain defective airbag inflators. Even a minor impact could cause the airbag to deploy and spray shrapnel.” says Brenda Stardig, Houston City Council member and the chair of public safety and homeland defense.The massive recall of Takata airbags includes 22 different auto manufacturers, and vehicles built as recently as last year. Georgia Chakiris is with the Highway Administration. She says there is a priority list.“We are working to get the most series vehicle’s airbag inflators replaced first.” say Chakiris.Those vehicles include more than 10,000 in Greater Houston in which the airbag is as likely to injure you as it will protect you. To find out if your vehicle is on the recall list, you can go to and enter your vehicle identification number.Because so many automobiles are included in the recall, local dealers may not have the necessary parts for every vehicle on the list. But according to Administration officials, parts are available for those most in need.And if you get the runaround from a dealer about replacing a defective airbag, City Councilman Steve Le recommends you copy his approach: “We got aggressive with it,” said Le. He said he asked a local dealer, “Do you want someone that owns your car that could possibly die the next day that they drive?” He added, “They finally got us a loaner.”   According to officials, the list of almost 70 million vehicles in the U.S. is likely to expand. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:25 Sharelast_img read more