Racism claims lead to theatre shake-up

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Racism claims lead to theatre shake-upOn 30 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. The English theatre industry is launching a major overhaul of its diversity policies following allegations of institutional racism.The Eclipse Report, produced by the Arts Council and the Theatrical Management Association, highlighted poor representation of ethnic minorities on theatre boards and among its staff.The report was based on a study between 1998-99 which found only one in 23 theatre staff came from an ethnic background, and of the 440 board members, only 16 were black.Peter Hewitt, chief executive of the Arts Council, said the findings would lead to a major drive for better diversity. “The imperative to conquer institutional racism and to embrace the world’s cultures has never been more acute. The Arts Council is currently developing a new diversity project which will be launched later this year,” he said.The report called for positive action, heightened awareness and recommended more up-to-date research on the number of black, Asian and Chinese personnel in the sector.The report’s recommendations also included more training for board members and senior staff, the introduction of a database of ethnic actors and more funds for equal opportunities initiatives.last_img read more

Production of soma and gonad in maturing female Illex argentinus (Mollusca: Cephalopoda)

first_imgSamples of male Illex argentinus were taken from the catch of a Japanese squid jigging vessel on the Patagonian Shelf during March 1986 and an analysis was carried out on the morphometrics of the somatic and reproductive organ systems in relation to maturation. The data show that growth and maturation occurred simultaneously during most of the time that Illex argentinus males were on the feeding grounds over the southern Patagonian Shelf. In a squid of a ‘standard’ mantle length the whole body mass increased relative to mantle length during maturation and this could be attributed to the increase in mass of the reproductive and accessory reproductive organs. During maturation the mantle and digestive gland mass showed no significant change relative to mantle length. The mass of the head increased and the mass of the viscera decreased relative to mantle length. In male Illex argentinus, as in the female, the energy and nutrient resources for maturation are derived from the squid’s food and during the course of maturation there is an increasing shift of emphasis from somatic growth to production of gonad and accessory reproductive organs. The proportional investment of body mass in reproductive and accessory reproductive organs predicted for a fully mature male Illex argentinus was less than half that of the female.last_img read more

Large volumes of spare capacity expected at Australia’s North West Shelf by 2027

first_img‘Good progress’ made on near-term backfill of small-scale North West Shelf projectsWood Mackenzie notes that “good progress” has been made on near-term backfill small-scale projects at the NWS.But it believes Woodside’s Pluto project and the Waitsia project, owned by Japanese conglomerate Mitsui, will add “incremental supply” into the NWS from 2022 – but said these projects are only “short-term solutions”.In the longer term, the report states that large-scale developments are needed. It adds that the Scarborough and Browse developments, both operated by Woodside, are the “most likely backfill options” due to their size.Other possible candidates, such as Chevron’s Clio-Acme project, or excess gas from the US oil major’s Greater Gorgon field development, now look “unlikely”, according to Wood Mackenzie.But it claims neither the Scarborough nor Browse developments are “straight-forward to deliver”.This is because the former is currently slated to supply a new second train at the Pluto plant, while the latter is a remote, complex, carbon-intensive and high-capex greenfield mega-project – meaning it faces a “myriad of challenges” in current market conditions. There are still ‘compelling reasons for keeping NWS full’But challenges aside, Toleman still believes there are “compelling reasons for keeping the NWS full”.“Once third-party gas flows through the plant, partners will receive a tariff for liquefaction,” he added.“The government will receive additional tax revenue, the Dampier to Bunbury pipeline operator receives more revenue and there will be more domestic gas supply for the local market.“Upstream participants can also monetise undeveloped resources and gain access to potentially higher LNG prices on a low capital outlay.” A report by Wood Mackenzie shows that the LNG project in north-west Australia could have up to seven million tonnes per annum of spare capacity available by 2027center_img The Woodside Energy-operated five-train NWS facility delivers one-third of Australia’s oil and gas (Credit: Woodside Energy) A large amount of spare capacity is expected at Australia’s North West Shelf (NWS) LNG project by 2027, according to a report.The analysis by energy researcher Wood Mackenzie shows that the project in north-west Australia could have up to seven million tonnes per annum of spare capacity available by 2027 – equating to about 40% of the project’s nominal capacity.The Woodside Energy-operated five-train NWS facility, which delivers one-third of Australia’s oil and gas, has been producing LNG since 1989 and next year production capacity is set to become available for the first time.Wood Mackenzie senior analyst Daniel Toleman said decisions on how to fill this gap “need to be made now”.“This is not only because time is running out, but also because the joint venture is breaking-up,” he added.“Chevron is running a process to sell out of the NWS, and we see other majors likely to follow.“We see two windows of opportunity for backfill – one for smaller projects with short lead times, and the second for larger-scale resources that can extend the life of the NWS through to 2050.”last_img read more

Tony P’s Visits the Ark Preschool at the Tabernacle

first_imgLongtime local Tony P from the thriving new business on the Ocean City boardwalk “Tony P’s” came to visit the children at the Ark Preschool on Friday.  He taught the kids the story behind his pizza making skills and how his business came about.He brought all the ingredients and showed the kids how to make a pizza and spin it, put the toppings on and shared a pizza pie with the children to enjoy for their lunch.  The Ark Preschool at the Ocean City Tabernacle has open enrollment and is now taking registrations for the 2017/18 school year. Tony Polcini along with Director/Head teacher of the Ark Preschool Colleen Dice pictured with students from left to rightMakayla Primodie, Alister Castillo, Abigail Herrington, Nicolas Cozzan, Chase Benckert, Isabelle Kiefer, Addison Bechtold, Lily Karns, and Frankie Shoemaker.last_img read more

‘CODA’ has loud message even when there’s silence

first_imgNew York (AP) — The Sundance Film Festival breakthrough “CODA” seems set to expand the conversation about diversity in Hollywood. The film, whose title stands for “Child of Deaf Adults,” won two top prizes at the festival and broke a Sundance record when Apple acquired it for $25 million. It follows a young woman who is the only hearing person in her family. She contemplates leaving the family’s struggling fishing business and her role as their interpreter to pursue her dreams at the Berklee College of Music. The cast includes Marlee Matlin, the only deaf actor to win an Oscar.last_img

Speaker explores gang relations in prisons

first_imgWhile mass incarceration may incapacitate and deter individuals from committing crimes, it can actually empower sophisticated criminal organizations, according to Benjamin Lessing. Lessing, assistant professor of political science at the University of Chicago, unraveled the complicated dichotomy of prison gangs in a lecture “A Hole at the Center of the State: Prison Gangs as a Threat to State Authority” on Thursday.Lessing said he focuses on organized armed violence involving non-state actors who, unlike revolutionary insurgents, are not trying to topple the state.“Crime is a transgression of the authority of the state,” he said. “If everyone is breaking the laws, there is no state authority. Criminals transgress state authority and punishment restores that authority.”His research has focused on two gangs: the Primeirio Comando da Capital (PCC) in Brazil and the Maras in El Salvador, Lessing said.“Calling them prisons gangs doesn’t convey the scope of these criminal organizations,” he said.This gang activity can be traced back to mass incarceration, Lessing said.“Sophisticated prison gangs consolidate control over inmate life — they provide an entire system of government within prison. They propagate through the prison system and project power onto the streets,” he said.Governmental actions and laws targeting both low and high level offenders may have actually made gangs more powerful, Lessing said.“Increased incarceration rates further the powers of the gangs, and therefore, beyond a certain point, punishment undermines state authority,” he said. “Mass incarceration and poorly translated gang policies transformed how the gangs were organized and actually made them more powerful.”Lessing’s research focuses on how incarceration effects the collective gang culture. He said within the prison environment, the stability these gangs can provide can create a more positive environment.“Everybody wins — prisoners, guards and politicians,” he said. “A prison guard in Brazil told me that his job is easier because of the collectivization.”However, with this increased of power within prisons, gangs also have increased their control outside of the prisons. Lessing said the first time social scientists were able to observe the strong power of gangs on the streets was during a PCC terror attack that shut down São Paulo for four days.“Prisons gangs have a unique ability to control street level drug markets, and this is an unusual thing, because these street level markets are usually extremely fragmented,” he said.In order to understand gang structure, it is critical to understand why those who are not incarcerated would support gangs, Lessing said.“Thinking about this projection of power, there is this kind of fundamental puzzle: why would people on the street take costly and risky actions on behalf of the leaders?” he said “It’s simple: what you do on the outside, you have to answer for on the inside.”According to Lessing, people on the streets do what the gang wants, even though this activity leads to an increased chance that they will be arrested. If they support the gang, they will be protected in prison — their support for the gang alleviates the blow if they are ever put in prison, he said.“It is the promise of a not-so-bad time in prison, with a higher likelihood of going to prison,” Lessing said. “If this is true, prison gangs depend on high incarceration rate. Those on the outside need to think they will go back to prison.”This ultimately contributes to a changing power structure, both inside and outside of the prison, Lessing said. Once again, Lessing said that there are both positives and negatives to this changing power structure. While it decreases the power of the state and increases the drug trade outside of prison, Lessing said this consolidation and power structure leads to less violence in gang-controlled communities, as there are fewer turf wars.“Overall, my theory says that if prison gangs are getting more consolidated and incarceration rates are increasing, the projection onto the street should increase,” he said. “This will lead to changes in the street level criminal structure and behavior.”Tags: gangs, organized crime, prison, prison gangs, state authoritylast_img read more

Professor walks 30 miles to raise money for Burkina Faso well

first_imgMichael Meyer, an associate professor in the Mendoza College of Business, completed his fourth 30-mile walk around campus yesterday in an effort to raise money to build a well in Burkina Faso.In order to complete the 30-mile trek, Meyer planned a 1.5 mile route on campus that he lapped 20 times, stopping once for a carb-break. The walk began around 6 a.m. at Keenan Hall, and went until 4 p.m. Meyer said the 30 miles is symbolic of the distances that people of Burkina Faso walk each week to get clean water.“I never want this to be about me, or for that matter Notre Dame,” Meyer said. “I always just focus on what’s happening in Burkina Faso. The kids and the mothers go out and get the water everyday, sometimes walking three to four miles everyday. When a village gets a well, suddenly the kids can go to school, the family can spend more time together and you really have an inflection point in the entire trajectory of that village.”Meyer began doing this hike around campus after hearing a 12-year-old speak at his church five years ago about building a well in Burkina Faso. This inspired his three daughters to forgo birthday presents in order to donate to similar efforts. Meyer was motivated by his daughter’s kindness and began raising money the next year by doing a 30-mile walk. “My wife and I both love this place, so we thought maybe we could do something from Notre Dame.” Meyer said “The first year, about four years ago I said in class, ‘I’ll tell you what, I’ll walk 30 miles and what I’d like is if some of you help collect money in the dorms, and we’ll be able to collect enough to build a well. It won’t be from me it’ll be from Notre Dame and we can change the direction of a village’s life forever.’”Over the past four years Meyer has raised about $12,000 to build wells for villages in Burkina Faso. Each well costs about $2,000. All the money that is raised by Meyer is donated to Engage Burkina, an organization whose goal is to bring clean water to Burkina Faso, where one in three children die before the age of 10, often due to contaminated water.“Engage Burkina will build a church and then build a well next to the church.” Meyer said. “Even though perhaps not all the people in the village are Christian, they can go get water and be preached to, with the possibility of converting to Christianity, or at least listen to a message, and get water.”Meyer works to get donations through a GoFundMe page, as well as enlisting student volunteers from his classes to go to their dorms to help raise awareness and money. Meyer said this year 87 of his 120 students volunteered to help.“My students may not remember accounting, or anything I’ve ever taught them, but they might remember this.” Meyer said. “My view is, if you’re looking at the enormity of the problem — millions of people without clean water — what good is one well? It’s only going to help 500 people maybe. But I just want to communicate to my students, that just because you can’t solve the whole problem, doesn’t mean you can’t solve some of the problem.”Tags: Burkina Faso, Engage Burkina, Michael Meyerlast_img read more

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer Calls For Investigation In U.S. Attorney Firing

first_imgNEW YORK – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling for a investigation into the firing of New York’s Southern District U.S. Attorney.Initially, Attorney General William Barr said Attorney Geoffrey Berman was stepping down, but Berman said he had not resigned, leading Barr to say that President Trump had fired him.“The real unanswered question here is why did the president and Mr. Barr do it? No reason was given why Mr. Berman was fired,” said Schumer speaking Sunday. “We need answers to those looming questions and the way to do it is a top to bottom investigation.”“Specifically, a three-pronged investigation involves three entities,” furthered Schumer. “I am calling for a three-pronged investigation that involves three entities. First, the Judiciary Committee, second, the Office of Professional Responsibility at DOJ and third, the Inspector General’s office at DOJ.” Berman served the Southern District of New York, where he investigated several of Trump’s associates.Barr tried to oust him Friday, but Berman said he had no intention of resigning. He added that he had learned about his supposed resignation from a press release.Berman said he wanted to continue his investigations until the senate confirmed his replacement.Now, he’s unable to do that. Saturday evening, Berman announced he was leaving the office, effective immediately.Deputy U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss will take over in an acting capacity. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Body of Fallen Los Zetas Leader is Stolen

first_img I write this comment from a place of the Dominican Republic called Moca to tell you that you have a good newspaper. I accessed this newspaper while looking for information for a news blog that I have. I liked this newspaper. Continue this way. I am a social communicator here in my town. www.radioideal995.com and my blog is correcaminodemoca.blogspot.com By Dialogo October 11, 2012 Heriberto Lazcano, alias “El Lazca,” leader of Mexican drug trafficking gang Los Zetas, was killed in a confrontation with Mexican Military forces in the toughest strike against drug trafficking made by the government of Felipe Calderón. However, shortly after, his body was stolen from a funeral home. Los Zetas is the cruelest criminal organization in the country. In recent years, the group extended its power towards the northeast border with the United States, along the Mexican Gulf up to Guatemala, and is currently engaged in a deadly fight with the Sinaloa Cartel, led by another wanted drug lord, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, who escaped from a high security prison in Mexico, in January 2001. The Mexican Prosecutor’s Office was offering a $2.6 million reward for Lazcano, born in 1975, while the United States was offering $5 million. According to the Navy, Lazcano and one of his men died in a confrontation on October 7 near Progreso (3,500 inhabitants), in the northern state of Coahuila and on the border with Texas. The Mexican Navy published photographs of the body with his fingerprints on October 9. The pictures were taken before the body was stolen on October 8, from a funeral home in the town of Sabinas. “Facial features match those of Heriberto Lazcano,” the statement said adding that “forensic tests continue on information and samples collected during the legal autopsy.” A heavily armed commando broke into the funeral home and took the corpse around 1:30 am on October 8, said Prosecutor Homero Ramos, of Coahuila, in a press conference. Lazcano was particularly known for his bloodthirsty character. Drug trafficking expert Ricardo Ravelo, author of a book about Los Zetas, told AFP that Lazcano “set the trend of decapitating” victims and recruited Guatemalan militias to execute bloody massacres. In 2010, Los Zetas broke ties with their old Gulf Cartel bosses, generating a bloody battle in the country’s northeast. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed that by the end of 2011, “El Chapo” Guzmán agreed with other criminal organizations to confront Los Zetas, whose ramifications extended through the Mexican Gulf up to Guatemala. In addition to drug trafficking, Los Zetas have practiced human trafficking and kidnapping of immigrants, extortion, and fuel theft. Among other bloody crimes, Los Zetas are accused of the massacre of 72 migrants in Northern Mexico, in August 2010, the largest slaughter attributed to a drug trafficking organization in Mexico. Another of the crimes attributed to “El Lazca” is the killing of 52 people, mostly women, in a Monterrey casino (capital of Nuevo León, north of Mexico) in August 2011, where they set the building on fire in broad daylight, apparently because the owner refused to pay for extortions. last_img read more

Expand deficit to 5%, cut taxes on rich in exchange for required COVID-19 donations: House

first_img25% Income up to Rp 50 million 15% 30% Layers of taxable income (annually) 5% Income of more than Rp 500 million Income of Rp 250 million to Rp 500 million Percentage taxed The House of Representatives has urged the government to issue a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to revise the 2020 state budget, expand the budget deficit cap and provide incentives for individual taxpayers to cope with the economic effects of COVID-19.The House’s budget committee (Banggar) chairman Said Abdullah said on Monday that the government should raise the budget deficit ceiling from the current 3 percent of gross domestic product to 5 percent. The government debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio, he said, had to be kept in check at 60 percent from around 30 percent today.“Almost every macroeconomic indicator has changed significantly due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 state budget, as the government’s fiscal instrument, will no doubt change as well,” Said wrote in a public statement after a teleconferenced meeting with Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati and Bank Indonesia governor Perry Warjiyo. Income of Rp 50 million to Rp 250 million The government should also issue another Perppu to make changes to the current income tax law to roll out incentives for individual taxpayers, Said added.“The important point is to [reduce] income tax to 20 percent for those with savings of more than Rp 100 billion,” he said. As a consequence of lower income tax for the haves, they will then be required to pay Rp 1 billion per person to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) for the COVID-19 response fund.The prevailing 2008 Income Tax Law, Article 17 “This Perppu is meant to support the public’s recovery efforts due to COVID-19, ensure the implementation of a social safety net program and help informal and small and medium businesses survive in the face of a hard economic situation,” Said added.Sri Mulyani was not immediately available for comment in response to the ideas from the Banggar. However, she previously estimated that the state budget deficit could widen to between 2.2 and 2.5 percent of GDP this year, taking into account the large government stimulus packages provided to fuel the virus-stricken economy.Read also: More cash aid, stimuli needed to soften economic shocks of COVID-19: EconomistsThe government will reallocate Rp 62.3 trillion (US$3.9 billion) of state spending from the 2020 budget to tackle COVID-19, focusing on healthcare, the disbursement of social funds and economic stimuli for businesses and workers.The allocated sum will add to the Rp 120 trillion of stimulus packages already stipulated as the government prepares for worst-case scenarios, including the possibility of zero percent economic growth, ministers have said.“We’ve identified about Rp 62.3 trillion of planned spending that can be reallocated to priority areas put forward by the President. This includes funding for business trips, blocked funds and non-operational purchases of goods, among other items,” Sri Mulyani said.Several economists have also called for a flexible state budget to help the country cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.“Desperate times call for desperate measures,” University of Indonesia rector Ari Kuncoro told The Jakarta Post. “The government should look to implement an intertemporal budget. If we pass the 3 percent limit this year, then we should compensate for the deficit over the next three to five years.”As of Tuesday, Indonesia had 579 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 49 deaths. Thirty people who contracted the virus have recovered. Globally, the pneumonia-like illness has infected over 381,000 people and has claimed at least 16,500 lives.Topics :last_img read more