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Australian theatre after #MeToo: How the industry is making the workplace safer for its...

Related Story: Sexual harassment happens on the Australian stage too Over the past 18 months, the #MeToo movement has uncovered allegations of inappropriate behaviour in the entertainment industry and elsewhere. In Australia, a spotlight has been thrown on rehearsal room culture, as actor Geoffrey Rush sued Nationwide News over a Daily Telegraph article that alleged he behaved inappropriately towards a co-star (later revealed to be Eryn Jean Norvill) during Sydney Theatre Company's 2015-2016 production of King Lear. (The parties are awaiti..
Eagle’s Trace celebrates culture

Eagle’s Trace celebrates culture, diversity –

Published 12:22 pm CST, Friday, December 21, 2018 For one day, residents and employees of Eagle’s Trace could take a walk around the planet right at the 71-acre campus where they live and work. It all happened on Diversity Day, a celebration of worldwide culture that occurred at the Erickson Living retirement community on Nov. 7. The showcase provided the opportunity for participants to display items that educated others about their unique ethnicities and countries of origin. Tables feat..

In Australia’s relentless culture wars, Tony Abbott strikes again

Nothing, it seems, stirs the blood of the country’s cultural warriors more than an argument about academic license or press freedom if it’s not favourably disposed to their side. ANU: the latest cultural battleground. Photo: Louie DouvisOne is tempted to ask what would these mavens of "political incorrectness" do without academia and the ABC to rail against; although it might be observed that one person’s political correctness is another person’s political incorrectness. Take the question of whether the Australian National University should hav..

Three UM Students from Oxford to Intern in Asia this Summer

OXFORD, Miss. – Meredith Brown and Emma Scott, both of Oxford, and Daria Herasymova, an exchange student from Ukraine who attended Oxford High School, are three of 17 University of Mississippi students who will be interning in East and Southeast Asia this summer, thanks to a substantial grant from the Freeman Foundation of Stowe, Vermont. Brown is a junior in the UM Patterson School of Accounting, where her major is accountancy, and she has a second major in Chinese. She has an internship with FedEx in Shanghai. Scott is a freshman in the UM C..

Moncler aspires to give its puffer jackets a monthly makeover

MILAN: Italian label Moncler has already turned luxury fashion on its head by transforming casual skiwear into trendy items with its sleek puffer jackets. Now it wants to lead the sector in fast-paced production, and Chief Executive Remo Ruffini said he hopes his company can one day offer new products for all of its down coat collections on a monthly basis. Advertisement The shift highlights luxury brands' race to adapt to changing shopping habits as the sector attracts younger consumers and those more influenced by the fast pace of soci..

U of T PhD candidate explores the drinking culture of China’s last imperial dynasty

Long before the Communist Party rose to power during the late 1940s, China was ruled by a series of dynastic empires stretching back thousands of years. The last of those dynasties was the Qing (1644–1912), which ruled across four centuries and at its height represented one of the largest empires in world history. The Qing dynasty witnessed many problems, particularly political upheaval and bureaucratic corruption, but it was also a time when trade and culture flourished across the empire, especially when it came to alcohol. Jackson Yue Bin Guo is a PhD candidate in the department of history at U of T Scarborough who studies late imperial Chinese history and whose research focuses on the interplay between popular and elite cultures. His work specifically looks at how alcohol shook the distinctive features of social class, ethnicity, and other constructed boundaries during the Qing dynasty. He spoke to reporter Don Campbell about who was drinking what in China’s last imperial dynasty..

Russia is home to more than 7000 centenarians

© Viktor Drachev/TASS MOSCOW, March 12. /TASS/. More than 7,000 people above 100 years of age live in Russia today and in the coming years this "huge figure" is expected to grow, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets told an international forum on Monday. "It is very important to ensure a high-quality life for those who have reached a certain age. If earlier there were just dozens of people above 100 years of age, now the number of people who have lived past 100 years of age exceeds 7,000..

Ahead of Lunar New Year, China’s Xi says will banish ‘ghost’ of poverty

BEIJING: China will banish the "ghosts" of poverty, Chinese President Xi Jinping told villagers in a poor southwestern part of the country during a traditional visit to outlying regions before the Lunar New Year. Chinese leaders generally use the time around the festival to make inspection trips around the country where they flag important policy initiatives or areas of concern for the year ahead. The week-long holiday, starting on the eve of the new year, on Thursday, is the most important in the Chinese calendar, when millions of people travel home, many for the only time in the year. Xi has made poverty alleviation one of his signature policy issues after pledging in 2015 that China would lift the 70 million people living under the poverty level at the time out of poverty by 2020. Visiting a remote mountainous part of Sichuan province to meet ethnic Yi people who live there, Xi was told by one villager that she used to believe ghosts were the cause of illness, state media reported o..

NBC boots analyst over Japan comment at Pyeongchang Games

PYEONGCHANG: Joshua Cooper Ramo, the commentator who offended locals during coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony by straying into the sensitive issue of Japan-South Korean relations, has been taken off the air, U.S. broadcaster NBC said on Monday. "Joshua Cooper Ramo has completed his responsibilities for NBC in Pyeongchang, and will have no further role on our air," an NBC spokesman said in an email to Reuters. NBC had announced in December that Ramo would be an on-air contributor at the Games for NBC, having previously served as an expert on culture and geo-political issues during the 2008 Beijing Olympics for the network. Ramo, who has written books on China and is a corporate director of Starbucks Corp and FedEx Corp, said as athletes paraded into the Games stadium on Friday that “every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation". Koreans around the world criticized his re..

The rise and fall of Ben Ean Moselle and what it says about Australian...

Do you remember Lindeman’s Ben Ean Moselle? This slim-bottled, white table wine was quaffed in great quantities in the 1970s. It played a leading role in democratising wine drinking in Australia as tastes began to diversify from an almost exclusively beer-drinking nation. As we discuss in the Journal of Australian Studies, Ben Ean’s fortunes were aligned with tremendous social flux between the 1960s and 1980s. According to industry luminary Philip Laffer, Ben Ean was invented by accident in 1956. It boomed in the 70s but began to decline in popularity in the mid-1980s as fine wine became more desirable. In 2009, the company that owned the Lindeman’s brand stopped making the wine. In the 1970s, Ben Ean was the first wine to be advertised on TV. A breezy, comforting egalitarianism prevailed in the ad, which featured the Little River Band: “Who wants to journey on a gigantic yacht? … Who wants to be a millionaire? I don’t”. [embedded content]Lindeman’s Ben Ean Moselle was the first wine a..

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