Students grill Russian ambassador on LGBTQ+ rights record

first_imgThe ambassador replied: “That is exactly what we’ve discussed with Elton John. He had a conversation with President Putin about this before. And later on, there were a lot of publications in Britain about the gay rights, and all this. By the way I have a lot of friends who are gays [sic]. I have no problem with that.”He added: “If you live in Russia and you are gay, or in the so-called minority communities, you have all the rights the same as the others.”Another student asked Yakovenko if he agreed with claims made by Chechnya’s leader that the region does not have any gay people.“Well, I don’t know,” Yakovenko said. “It’s difficult to say if there are any gay people in Chechnya.”He added: “Probably the numbers of gays, [sic] they are not as high as in Europe. That’s why it’s a different issue”, before claiming nobody had complained about the treatment of gay minorities.The Union President, Gui Cavalcanti, asked him if people were too afraid to speak out.“No, no, no. Nobody’s afraid. We have so many gays [sic] for example if you go to Moscow. You have the gay sport, it’s just a normal way of life.“It’s not something that’s a real problem in my country.”After the event, Mather wrote on Facebook: “Just had the chance to take the Russian Ambassador to the UK to task over the purge of gay people in Chechnya, asking him why no one who perpetrated or condoned these actions has been held responsible and when the LGBT+ community in Russia will have equal rights as citizens and human beings. His response was beyond appalling. I’m still sat in the chamber and am fucking shook.”He added: “The lies, obfuscation, and complete lack of moral dignity displayed here tonight is appalling, but not surprising. The fact he’s been hosted during the same week as Oxford Pride is ridiculous.”A Union spokesperson told Cherwell: “Regarding the timings and dates for our speaker events, we are usually restricted by our guest speakers’ availability in trying to find a mutually suitable date, given their incredibly busy schedule. It is unfortunate that many have found the invitation of the Russian Ambassador ‘hugely insensitive’.” Angered students confronted the Russian ambassador to the UK on Tuesday, as the Oxford Union faced criticism for hosting him during Oxford Pride week.Alexander Yakovenko was forced to defend Russia’s record on LGBTQ+ rights, as students questioned him on the Russian state’s reported torture of gay men in Chechnya.The ambassador provoked widespread criticism when he denied there it was an issue, claiming: “It’s difficult to say if there are any gay people in Chechnya”.During his speech, Yakovenko spoke of his national pride, showing a four minute film displaying some of the highlights of the country – complete with orchestral soundtrack and English voiceover – and ending with a Russia-themed quiz.Russia goodie bags were awarded to the winners, and to Union president Gui Cavalcanti.However, when the question and answer session began, he was confronted by several members over Russia’s treatment of LGBTQ+ communities in Chechnya, where authorities have reportedly round up and tortured more than 100 gay men. The Kremlin has denied the allegations.Keir Mather, a History and Politics student at Wadham, said: “Ambassador, I’m a gay man. And if I lived in Chechnya over the last year I would have run the risk of being imprisoned, and tortured, and possibly killed by either my family or the state.“On behalf of all the LGBT Chechnyan people who will not have an opportunity to ask a question because they’re voiceless, I’d like ask you why nobody who’s perpetrated these crimes or has condoned them has been brought to justice, or faced any sort of criminal action, and also I’d like to ask you when the LGBTQ+ community in Russian will have their rights not only has citizens but as human beings.”His speech was met with an extended round of applause.last_img read more

Building outward

first_imgJames Voorhies was looking down the ramp from the third floor of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, toward the Prescott Street entrance of the new Harvard Art Museums. “How can you not want to walk up this ramp if you don’t know what it is?” he asked with obvious excitement.Voorhies, the new John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director of the Carpenter Center, was expressing his anticipation not only of the opening of Harvard Art Museums in November, but also the potential for the center. A former director of the nonprofit Bureau for Open Culture as well as an art history and critical theory teacher at Bennington College, Voorhies assumed his Harvard post in February.Central to Voorhies’s vision for the Carpenter Center is the building itself, which was designed by the iconic French Modernist Le Corbusier (his only building in the United States) and opened in 1963. The building’s challenging design — a curvilinear mass supported by towering concrete columns, and that ascending S-shaped ramp, essentially splitting the structure in two — has in recent years been seen as more forbidding than welcoming.It’s also not a very practical exhibition space. As Voorhies is quick to acknowledge, “There are no walls.” That is, most spaces in the building — studios and offices alike — are defined by floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The third-level Sert Gallery was essentially created by installing interior walls in what was originally conceived of as a floor-through space extending from window to window. Likewise the gallery space in the first-level lobby, which has required that new walls be created for every exhibit.Voorhies’s solution, whenever possible: “No walls.”“I’m trying not to build a lot of walls but to really work with the space,” says Voorhies, going back to the original conception of the building, what he wryly refers to as “Le Corbusier’s zero.” The ramp, the containment of open spaces — both public and private — encompassed by glass walls, was supposed to make the building more inviting, blurring the distinction between outside and inside, drawing the visitor in.Voorhies’s philosophy is to “use the space as it is, rather than forcing it into a white cube” of the typical art gallery.In that regard, for the late-summer/early-fall visiting faculty exhibit, he installed mobile panels instead of the usual dry-wall mounts. In early October, the same panels become a stage backdrop and movie screen for a presentation by Naomi Yang ’86 and Damon Krukowski ’85. Yang screened her short film “Fortune,” while the duo (who record as Damon & Naomi, and both formerly performed with the indie-rock band Galaxie 500) sang and played live accompaniment. The event drew an estimated 150 people.Voorhies has undertaken an ambitious program of visiting artists, who he hopes will engage various departments of the University with layered, multidisciplinary projects. He also commissioned a new website, hoping for a stronger connection with the Harvard community and beyond.“So many people on campus haven’t heard of the Carpenter Center,” says Voorhies. “Or if they have, they haven’t been here.”As director, Voorhies is charged with exhibitions and programming. But the building also houses both the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies and the Harvard Film Archive, whose director, Haden Guest, initiated the Damon & Naomi collaboration. It’s that kind of collaborative use of the center’s resources — and “controlled, haphazard” use of the space — that Voorhies hopes will become part of a much broader agenda. “My job is to produce exhibitions, but with an overarching vision of how they connect to the academic life.”In the center’s offices, he produced a press release announcing the building’s opening in 1963, stating the Carpenter’s “educational task in making students from all departments of the University more intensely aware of their visual environment.” It was a sentiment reinforced in the 2008 report by the University’s Task Force on the Arts, which asked, “How can the visual arts connect with all students in all disciplines in Harvard?”To that end Voorhies is bringing in artists whose work could suggest a range of connections for a broad spectrum of faculty and curriculum. For instance, the British artist Simon Fujiwara, whose exhibition “Three Easy Pieces” opens Oct. 23, creates multimedia installations that touch on issues of race, sexuality, and gender. Voorhies is also excited at the prospect of Fujiwara, who teaches in London, making studio visits and working with students. He’d like to see visiting artists making repeated visits over a few years, forging connections with the Harvard community, and ultimately creating site-specific installations commissioned by the Carpenter Center.“It’s the basis of not only presenting something that’s unique in response to the building, but also a way to have an artist here with us on a longer-term basis. So you get two things at once — you get the artists and the connection to them, and an exhibition that can’t happen anywhere else but in this building.”last_img read more

More groups and individuals advance to the cultural finals

first_img Sharing is caring! Chief Cultural Officer, Raymond Lawrence.Dominica’s history and culture was on display again at five different cultural semifinal competitions held last weekend.Individuals and groups from the south east, eastern, north east, south west and western districts competed in various categories, as part of activities marking Dominica’s 33rd anniversary of independence.Chief Cultural Officer, Mr Raymond Lawrence believes that so far citizens are showing a great level of interest in the activities; a gesture he believes that demonstrates patriotism and love for country.“It shows that our people are continuing to appreciate the country’s history and culture. It demonstrates our love for country and the unity that we talk about today. Our country is ours to build and it’s good that we can put all differences aside and participate in those activities for the love of country.”Minister for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs, Honorable Gloria Shillingford called on Dominicans to make the theme chosen to celebrate this year’s independence practical.Students of the St. Luke’s Primary School performing a belle dance piece at the Opening of Independence 2011 at the Old Mill Cultural Centre.“Use those hands to do well, use them for the betterment of our country. Use them to do positive things and let us work together in unity like the theme says. If we put these hands together we will be surprised to see what wonders they can do. Let go back to the days of coudremere when we use to help each other build homes, plant farms and raise up a child. What happened to the good old days when a community used to raise up a child, lets put our hands together and do those things.”Winners for the North Eastern District Cultural Semi Finals are;Adults Jing Ping – Woodfordhill Jing Ping band led by Steven DrigoChildren Kweyol Song – Joseanna Massicot of CalibishieChildren Sotice – Cultural Expressions led by Joseph RussellChildren Heel and Toe – Cultural Expressions led by Joseph RussellChildren Group Kokoy Song – Wesley Primary School led by Winger T. WilliamsChildren Drumming Ensemble – Cultural Expressions led by Joseph RussellAdults Kweyol Song – Benedict Pierre of WoodfordhillChildren Quadrille – Cultural Expressions led by Joseph RussellCreative Dance – W.S Stevens led by Nadia FabienMouth Organ – Sawille Challenger of CalibishieIndividual Kokoy Tory – Diane Colette Telemacque of WesleyFlirtation – Trend Setters led by Kaestel EttinoffeAdults Kont – Benedict Pierre of WoodfordhillGroup Kokoy Song – Marigot Cultural Group led by Damon Jno BaptisteChildren Kweyol Song – Ti Bois led by Paul LewisMazook – Marigot Cultural Group led by Damon Jno BaptisteAdults Kokoy Song – Paul Lewis of WoodfordhillAdults Quadrille – Trend Setters led by Kaestel EttinoffeAdults Drumming Ensemble – Ti Bois led by Paul LewisWinners for the South Western District Cultural Semi Finals are;Adults Jing Ping – Gutter Jing Ping Band led by Davidson CharlesChildren Heel and Toe – Goodwill Secondary School led by Nadia PinardChildren Sotice – Goodwill Secondary School led by Nadia PinardChildren Creative Dance – New Generation Dance Group led by Lucia LanderChildren Kweyol Song – Goodwill Primary School led by Shirley LukeAdult Bamboo Flute – Christopher Rolle of TrafalgarChildren Konte – Convent Preparatory School led by Ann Marie AlexanderChildren Bele – Goodwill Secondary School led by Nadia PinardAdults Konte – George Jervier of Scotts HeadAdult Mazook – Naissance Cultural Group led by Dinah ElwinAdult Mouth Organ – Bryant Rolle of LaudatAdults Kweyol Song – George Jervier of Scotts HeadAdults Quadrille – Naissance Cultural Group led by Dinah ElwinAdults Flirtation – Naissance Cultural Group led by Dinah ElwinAdults Group Kokoy Song – Pointe Michel Cultural Group led by Joan FramptonAdults Drumming Ensemble – Greenland’s School of Talent led by Vernetta ToussaintAdults Bele – Goodwill Secondary School led by Nadia PinardAdults Creative Dance – Goodwill Secondary School led by Nadia PinardDominica Vibes News Share Share 138 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet LocalNews More groups and individuals advance to the cultural finals by: – October 5, 2011last_img read more

Dodgers’ Corey Seager trying to work his way out of slow start

first_img“I’m getting there,” Seager said when asked if the video work had unearthed any secrets. “It’s just going to take time, getting more swings.”Seager offers no more specifics about his slow start. But a pair of absences could be playing into it.Seager had a close relationship with former assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten who worked with Seager as he rose through the minors and continued to work with him in Los Angeles. Wooten is in the Angels’ organization now.And Seager doesn’t have Justin Turner batting behind him. The Dodgers’ No. 3 hitter for the first nine games of the season, Yasiel Puig, is batting .205 after a two-hit day Sunday and offering little deterrent to pitchers who have attacked Seager more softly than in the past – a full 30 percent of the pitches Seager has seen in the early going have been curveballs or changeups (up from 22 percent the past two seasons).“I think with Corey it’s easy to see they’re not going to give in to him,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “They’re going to pitch to the corners and try to have Corey get himself out and potentially make Yasiel beat them. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “Corey understands that. When he’s in the strike zone, he’s as good as any hitter in baseball. When he’s aggressive out of the strike zone, it makes him pretty average. He understands that but it’s not his intent.  Just being diligent in the strike zone is going to make him much better.”BAD SUSHIBoth Alex Wood and Cody Bellinger were hit by a bout of food poisoning Saturday. Wood stayed at the team hotel and said he was sick all day, unable to eat anything. Bellinger got a milder case and played all 14 innings of the Dodgers’ 7-5 loss to the Giants.Both went were part of a group that went out for sushi at a Japanese restaurant Friday – Kyle Farmer joked that he escaped the illness by being more selective about what he ate. Bellinger, meanwhile, said his ground zero could also have been a room service quesadilla at the team hotel.Wood was feeling better Sunday but not well enough to throw his scheduled bullpen session. So the Dodgers will swap Wood and Hyun-Jin Ryu for the two-game series against the Oakland A’s at Dodger Stadium. Ryu will start Tuesday now with Wood getting an extra day to recover. He will pitch on Wednesday.Roberts said he had not decided on the weekend rotation yet. After an off day on Thursday, Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda will start against the Arizona Diamondbacks but “we haven’t decided on the order yet,” Roberts said.ALSODodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, Roberts pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and Kenley Jansen presented Giants reliever Tony Watson with his National League championship ring before Saturday’s game. Watson was acquired by the Dodgers at the trade deadline last season. He signed with the Giants as a free agent last winter. The Dodgers received their rings in a pregame ceremony at Dodger Stadium last weekend.UP NEXT: The Dodgers are off before starting a two-game interleague series against the Oakland A’s on Tuesday. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp swings for an RBI-single off San Francisco Giants’ Ty Blach in the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)San Francisco Giants pitcher Ty Blach works against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)NextShow Caption1 of 5Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)ExpandSAN FRANCISCO – The tape on Corey Seager’s fingers attests to the number of swings he takes daily in the batting cage. Any redness in his eyes can be blamed on all the video he watches, hours before each game.So far, all that work has not dug Seager out of a rare slump.He did have two hits (and a pair of walks) in Saturday’s 14-inning game, part of a 7-for-24 burst that seemed to point to an awakening. But a hitless Sunday dropped his average back to .206.During his first two full seasons in the majors, Seager has been relentlessly consistent at the plate. His batting average visited this low-rent neighborhood (.222 or lower) for a total of only three days – one early in 2016, two early last season. He doesn’t have an extra-base hit in the Dodgers’ first nine games this season. In those previous two seasons, he went without an extra-base hit that long just once – last August just before and during the week he spent relegated to the Dodgers’ bench with elbow pain.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

WELCOME RETURN FOR LOUGH SWILLY FERRY

first_imgThere has been a huge welcome for long-awaited return of the Lough Swilly Ferry.The service, which links Buncrana with Rathmullan, will take place for the rest of the summer months.The ferry was due to be up and running a number of weeks ago but there had been difficulties leading to the delay. A number of tourism operators had expressed their concerns after having the ferry as part of their schedules while showing Donegal to tourist groups.The Mayor of Buncrana, Cllr Nicholas Crossan, said a repeat of the this year’s delay should not happen again.He says the discussions should be starting now, based on usage of the service over the summer.He also says a framework should be agreed before the budget meetings at the end of the year so that everyone knows where they stand before the 2012 season. Cllr Crossan says this would also allow the service be promoted in brochures and websites while people are planning their holidays.EndsWELCOME RETURN FOR LOUGH SWILLY FERRY was last modified: June 18th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:lough swilly ferrylast_img read more