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first_imgIn America, social change and cultural reckoning can be driven by the internet, as they have with the #MeToo movement.In Nigeria, playwright Ifeoma Fafunwa hopes they can be driven from the stage.Female empowerment and speaking out are the key themes in her “Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True,” playing at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) through Feb. 11.Based on true experiences, the show weaves together music, spoken word, dance, and song to show what Nigerian women endure in a society that puts men first, turns its back on sexual assault and abuse, and values marriage above all else.“There are several lines in the play that seem to relate to what’s happening [at] the forefront of dialogue in America,” said Fafunwa of her play’s charged language. Since 2014 her all-female cast has been delivering lines such as “Enough is enough,” “Stand up,” “Accept nothing less,” “It is time for a change,” and “There’s a hashtag for that” — comments that have become rallying cries against sexual harassment and assault in recent months.Fafunwa debuted “Hear Word!” in Cambridge at the Harvard Dance Center in the spring of 2016. Today she is back on campus for a two-week run of her show at the A.R.T.’s main stage and a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, where she is working on her next production, a play that examines the LBGTQ experience in Nigeria.Discussing “Hear Word!” on a recent morning in her Radcliffe office, the playwright said the No. 1 goal for a single woman in Nigeria “is to get married.” The importance of marriage is so ingrained in the culture, she said, that it undermines women at every turn.“If you are raped, why would you talk about it when it lowers your chances of marriage? If you are beaten, why would you report it when it can make you divorced, which is not married again?”Even women who perform female genital mutilation do so to satisfy men, said Fafunwa. Those women think they are “ensuring the marriageability of those little girls because they believe the men will say ‘I am not marrying a woman who has not been circumcised, she might be loose,’” she said. “So every violent act, every boxing, every containing, every pushing down of a woman in the society has centered around marriage-worthiness, male appeal.”After leaving Nigeria Fafunwa and her husband — also a Nigerian — had their first child and the family moved back to the country. It was only then that she began to fully understand the burdens women face there. She watched as they took care of the family, worked outside the home, and tolerated their husbands’ promiscuity — and often, their abuse. They were stressed out, overworked, and, she said, “they did not trust one another.”Fafunwa said that lack of trust is tied to male promiscuity “and the consistent stroking of the male ego.” She said mothers, daughters, and wives who excuse men’s bad behavior share a large part of the blame.But things are changing, most noticeably in the business sector, said Fafunwa, who has seen women bonding together for support in recent years. She thinks her work is driving important conversations around change forward. Like the stories told online with #MeToo, she believes true stories on the stage can make a difference. “You can sit all day in conventions talking about inequality and put data up on the wall all day long, but it’s when people sit inside a room … and hear the heartfelt story of a rape or some sort of attack, [they] pay attention in a different way,” she said.Fafunwa said she hopes her plays will mobilize African women to start “showing and building instead of waiting,” and teaching their children a better way.Seen in the context of the broader cultural movement, Fafunwa hopes that instead of looking at the differences between their own lives and the lives of women in Africa, audiences will instead focus on parallels.“To see this universal story of women’s struggle with the #MeToo just connects the dots,” she said.Her latest play will again highlight the stories of women, this time those who are struggling in Nigeria’s homophobic culture. In 2014 the country’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan signed into law sweeping anti-gay legislation that made same-sex marriage punishable by 14 years in prison.Responds Fafunwa, “I am asking the question of women and particularly mothers and grandmothers: How do they feel when their child is attacked [for being gay]?”Ifeoma Fafunwa will discuss her latest production on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. at Radcliffe’s Knafel Center.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s a plaintive cry heard in many Georgia landscapes each summer: “My azaleas aredying! I spent good money for them at the nursery this spring, and now they’re wilting.Why? Why?!”You might have noticed in May that your newly planted azaleas were drooping in90-degree heat. Now that summer’s hottest is here, the leaves may be brown at the edges oreven crisp all over.Next spring, you’ll be left with only a mass of dead twigs where your azalea once stoodproud. It’s a waste of money and effort to plant azaleas only to have them die. So why doso many of them meet an early demise?No. 1 Cause of DeathThe No. 1  cause of death for young azaleas is failing to have water where theroots are growing during their first year in your landscape.Where are the roots? For the first month, 95 percent of them are still growing in theroot-ball potting mixture, just as they were back at the nursery.The azalea roots don’t begin exploring the surrounding soil until the plant has becomeaccustomed to the site where you planted it. That means you should apply water only at thebase of the plant for the first month.Best Way to WaterThe best way to water is with a hose set to a slow trickle. The small stream of waterwill saturate the root ball without washing away the surrounding soil.The laws of physics declare that water moves from coarse soil (the potting soil) tofine soil (natural earth), and not the reverse. The clay soil in many Georgia gardens isconstantly sucking water away from your azalea’s root ball.Soak the soil beneath — not around — each plant at least once each week.After one month, begin watering both under and around each plant. The roots willaccelerate their growth and will be encouraged to explore the surrounding soil.Water-soluble FertilizerThen apply a water-soluble fertilizer like Miracle-Gro or Peters at half-strength. Newleaves will appear, photosynthesis will increase and the roots will elongate even more.The heat of the summer brings a transition time for shrubs. They should be able to findtheir own water in the soil and tolerate a few dry days without wilting.You may need to keep watering during this drought, but don’t water every day. Thismakes the plants too dependent on you.Remember, put the water where the roots are, and your azalea will reward you withvigorous growth, pest resistance and years of carefree maintenance.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This beautiful, spacious home boasting an open floor plan with sliders to a private backyard with an in-ground heated pool and waterfall is listed for sale at 1635 Edro Ct. in East Meadow.Built in 1956, the three-bedroom, two-bathroom Cape with 1,850-square-feet of living space, hardwood floors and updated bathrooms is dubbed an entertainer’s delight.It comes equipped with an eat-in granite kitchen with a Sub-Zero fridge, living room/dining room combo and a fully finished basement with an office and entertainment room.Outside it has an attached one-car garage, a front porch, rear patio and deck overlooking the professionally landscaped and perfectly manicured lawn.The property is within walking distance of Eisenhower Park and nearby Nassau Coliseum and Museum Row. It is close to the Meadowbrook State Parkway and two miles from the Westbury Long Island Rail Road station. It’s in the East Meadow School District.The asking price is $599,000, not including $8,540 in annual property taxes. The star exemption brings that down to $7,303.An open house is scheduled for 12 to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20.The real estate agent listed for the property is Elise Molloy of Coach Realtors of Willistons. She can be reached at 516-248-9494.last_img read more

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NAFCU, in a new white paper released Wednesday, is calling for members of Congress to discuss creating a modernized Glass-Steagall Act in order to protect consumers from banks that are too big to fail. The association is supportive of reform efforts that allow credit unions and other financial institutions to compete without putting consumers at risk.“American families and small financial institutions are still recovering of the bank-led 2008 financial crisis. With support now on both sides of the political aisle, we believe Congress should seriously consider evaluating a modernized Glass-Steagall Act to reduce the impact of ‘too big to fail,’” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “As we look to the future and economists hint at another recession on the horizon, we need to make sure history does not repeat itself. Wall Street banks cannot be allowed to bring the financial system – and a nation full of consumers – to ruin again.”In the report, NAFCU highlights that enacting a modern Glass-Steagall Act has bipartisan support – from former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and which the administration has said it will consider. It also cites investigations into the cause of the 2008 financial crisis: the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999 with the enactment of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act led to weakened regulation and supervision of traditional banking and likely set the stage for the crisis.last_img read more

first_imgCoronavirus deaths in the United States were approaching 190,000 on Wednesday along with a spike in new cases in the US Midwest with states like Iowa and South Dakota emerging as the new hotspots in the past few weeks.Iowa currently has one of the highest rates of infection in the nation, with 15% of tests last week coming back positive. Nearby South Dakota has a positive test rate of 19% and North Dakota is at 18%, according to a Reuters analysis.The surge in Iowa and South Dakota is being linked to colleges reopening in Iowa and an annual motorcycle rally last month in Sturgis, South Dakota. Kansas, Idaho and Missouri are also among the top 10 states for positive test rates.New coronavirus infections have fallen for seven weeks in a row for the United States with a death rate of about 6,100 per week from COVID-19 in the last month.On a per capita basis, the United States ranks 12th in the world for the number of deaths, with 58 deaths per 100,000 people, and 11th in the world for cases, with 1,933 cases per 100,000 residents, according to a Reuters analysis.US confirmed cases are highest in the world with now over 6.3 million followed by India with 4.3 million cases and Brazil with 4.1 million. The US death toll is also the highest in the world.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had forecast last month that the US death toll will reach 200,000 to 211,000 by Sept. 26.The University of Washington’s health institute last week forecasted that the US deaths from the coronavirus will reach 410,000 by the end of the year. Topics :last_img read more

first_imgTENDERS will be called by German Railway this month or next for the first three of seven Advanced Train Control Centres that will ultimately take over train operations from thousands of existing signalboxes. These will be turnkey projects of substantial size, with around 150 workstations each, and great complexity, especially in terms of software development. They will take many years to complete, not least because of the need to replace mechanical signalling and other devices incapable of being operated remotely. DB’s initiative is all the more remarkable because, until recently, signalbox control areas had been very limited in Germany. Michael Kant of Alcatel SEL told last month’s AIC signalling conference in London how the ATCC has been developed with DB to control directly every aspect of hour-by-hour running of the operational railway, including maintenance. This will embrace passenger information, and even escalators at stations. Notable exceptions are the railway’s exclusive 16·7Hz traction power network and the S-Bahn in Berlin and maybe other cities.Railtrack is launching this year development of up to seven Management Control Centres, with the first probably at Eastleigh. These will play a similar role to the German ATCCs in operating Britain’s 16000 km network, although the initial remote control task to be transferred (from Woking) is expected to be the 750VDC traction power supply broadly covering the area of the South West Trains franchise.The conceptual jump from the dispatching function to integrating hands-on management of the complete railway operation in a single building takes some grasping, but the logic is compelling. The cost of reliable data transfer over wide-area networks has become negligible. Much operating and commercial data currently collected for different purposes can be merged, producing major cost savings and raising efficiency. Automatic route setting backed up by conflict resolution algorithms is already turning dispatchers into short-term timetable editors.Staff reductions in prospect are formidable. Union Pacific led the way in 1989 with its Harriman Dispatching Centre (RG 3.90 p186) controlling and managing the entire network from Omaha. BNSF and CSX built similar facilities at Fort Worth and Jacksonville – the latter is currently being upgraded to perform more functions, with more lines to be added when Conrail is split.While UP and BNSF are 20% bigger than DB in route-km, the passenger-oriented European networks with their much higher train densities pose an altogether more complex and formidable task considered to be beyond the capacity of a single control centre. Paul Carroll, Engineering Manager for the Railtrack project, explained that the Management Control Centres will not spring into being overnight. Rather, there will be ’migration of control’ as new management information systems are created and interfaces with relay-based signalling up to 40 years old are put in place. Nonetheless, train control in Europe is going to look very different five years from now. olast_img read more

first_imgThe run-up to UK’s general election on 8 June may very well be dominated by one topic – Brexit – but that has not stopped the country’s pension funds from listing their preferred priorities for the next government.The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has called for political parties to include six pension-related topics in their manifestos, including helping defined benefit (DB) schemes to merge, increasing the minimum contribution for auto-enrolment schemes, and simplifying the state pension.Graham Vidler, director of external affairs at the PLSA, said: “The next government needs to consolidate the growth of workplace pensions, increasing the reach of automatic enrolment and setting out a plan to raise contribution rates. It also needs to make it easier for schemes to make DB pensions sustainable.“Above all, it needs to build public confidence in the system, helping the industry fight scams and deliver the retirement choices savers want, while resisting the temptation for further raids on the pensions tax relief piggybank.” The UK’s first-pillar pension system has already hit headlines since prime minister Theresa May called the election two weeks ago.Of particular focus is the so-called ‘triple lock’, which promises an increase every year based on inflation, average earnings growth, or 2.5%, whichever is highest. Recent reports have suggested that this could be changed to reduce the financial burden of the state pension.A government-commissioned report by John Cridland, former director general of the Confederation of British Industry, recommended that the triple lock be scrapped and the state pension age increased to 68. It is due to rise to 67 by 2028 under current legislation.The PLSA said the state pension was “affordable without further increases to the state pension age” but agreed that the triple lock should be replaced with “a simpler, fairer, and more affordable uprating mechanism” linked to average earnings growth.Consultancy firm Mercer also backed calls for parties contesting the general election to be explicit in their plans for the state pension. Tony Wood, UK leader of Mercer’s health and benefits business, said John Cridland’s review “goes to the heart of many of the core issues raised in the current election campaign”.“However there appears to be a distinct lack of commitment to the recommendations,” he added. “People need to plan well in advance, to be able to make the most of living and working longer, and it is imperative that all the recommendations of this review are addressed by those forming our new government and not kicked into the long grass.”The government was due to discuss the state pension next week, but parliament has been dissolved ahead of the 8 June poll and no more policy work will take place until the next government is formed.The PLSA listed five more areas of focus, including DB scheme consolidation. The trade body is a vocal advocate of schemes working closer together to reduce costs and improve governance, and has proposed the creation of “superfunds”.It said: “The government should bring forward legislation to reduce burdens and enable pension schemes to share services or to merge, delivering better returns, saving money, and improving governance. This will mean a greater chance of members receiving their benefits. It will free employers to focus on corporate growth and it will return public confidence to the system.”On auto-enrolment, the PLSA called for overall minimum contributions to be increased to “at least 12% of salary” by 2030, as well as extending the policy so it applies to workers aged between 18 and 21, self-employed people, and people in multiple jobs.The trade body also recommended an authorisation regime for pension funds to reduce the risk of members transferring into fraudulent schemes. It called for improved help for members at retirement, and for the next government to review the pension tax relief system to ensure it is sustainable and incentivises saving.last_img read more

first_imgMilan High School Girls Varsity Volleyball falls to South Dearborn High School 17-25, 25-10, 25-19, 25-14.The Lady Knights JV won.The Lady Indians Freshman won 25-12 and 25-9.Courtesy of Indians AD John Prifogle.last_img

first_img Read Also: La Liga: Barcelona suffer title blow in Atletico Madrid draw Saul Niguez buried the second spot kick, to send the visitors in level at the break. Barcelona have looked bright in the opening stages of the second half, with Messi edging them back in front from 12 yards, after Felipe Monteiro fouled Nelson Semedo inside the box. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Diego Simeone’s side rallied immediately, with Yannick Carrasco winning a penalty at the other end, four minutes later. Lionel Messi has netted his 700th career goal, with a brilliant panenka style penalty, to hand Barcelona a 2-1 lead over Atletico Madrid. Lionel Messi’s cheeky panenka v Atletico Madrid makes it 700 career goals The La Blaugrana skipper has been waiting to break another goal scoring milestone, and his deft effort was a fitting way for the Argentina international to make it 700. Quique Setien’s side took an early lead at the Camp Nou, as Diego Costa scuffed Messi’s whipped corner into his own net on 11 minutes. Costa’s spot kick was saved by Marc Ter Stegen, but referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez opted to call for a retake, as the German keeper came off his line too early.center_img Loading… Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Legendary Movies To Learn History FromYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

first_img The four-year-old filly opened her account over jumps at Grade One level as she got the better of her stable companion Kalkir. The pair treated racegoers to a tremendous finish, with Bryan Cooper driving Petite Parisienne (6-1) home by a length and three-quarters from Ruby Walsh on the 5-4 favourite. Prussian Eagle was third. Mullins said: “I’m happy with both of them and both will go to Cheltenham for the Triumph. That was a good prep run. “Hopefully both of them will improve from that and they are two nice horses to be going with. I also have Dicosimo who will go there as well.” Cooper said: “She’s a grand filly. We went a good gallop and she came back on the bridle pretty strong going down to the last. “I was always confident. It rode a good race and she’s tough. It was a big help getting the allowance as a filly and she’s going the right way.” RaceBets and Paddy Power quote Petite Parisienne at 10-1 from 25-1 for the JCB Triumph Hurdle. Who’s That (20-1) was third in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle 12 months ago and went two better off a 1lb lower mark this time, beating Misty Lady by a length and a quarter. Petite Parisienne headed a Willie Mullins one-two after a thrilling climax to the Gala Retail Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more