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The timelessness of war

first_imgMembers of the American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) current production of “Ajax” took to the stage for another version of the Greek drama, “Ajax and Philoctetes,” delivering a tale about warriors in ancient times for an audience largely made up of warriors in modern times.The production on Monday (March 7) was a collaboration between the A.R.T. and the arts group Theater of War on an innovative project that presents readings of the story of Ajax, the mythological Greek warrior ravaged by jealousy, violence, and shame who takes his own life. The production facilitates a town hall discussion to examine the challenges faced by veterans, service members, families, friends, and community members, all dealing with the psychological effects of war.“It has been suggested that ancient Greek drama was a form of storytelling, communal therapy, and ritual reintegration for combat veterans by combat veterans,” said the program notes. The event at the Loeb Drama Center bore that suggestion out, as themes of shame, fear, anxiety, honor, gratitude, anger, and resentment emerged during a discussion with the audience.A large number of military members and veterans attended the program, which included a panel of three veterans and an Army wife.Forty years ago this month, panelist Bill Donoghue returned from Vietnam. He spoke of the horrors he experienced while serving as a U.S. Marine and of his current fear for the safety of his son, a Marine officer in Afghanistan.“I identify with the line in the play [from Ajax’s wife Tecmessa] that says ‘twice the pain, twice the sorrow,’ ” said Donoghue, who described the “special letters” that only he receives from his son, detailing the death that he sees in combat.“He knows I know. …That’s how that phrase in the play resonates with me.”Panelist Gillian Sowden, a fourth-year student at Harvard Medical School, sat next to her husband Evan Bick, who was an infantry platoon leader in Iraq. Sowden described the difficulty of being separated from Bick for two years, the constant anxiety she felt, and how they had “grown in different ways while apart.”“We had two very different years,” she said. “I’ll never fully understand his experience, and part of me doesn’t want to know his experience, because that’s a side of me I can’t quite reconcile with the man that I married.”Many in the audience wondered how best to respond to members of the military whom they encounter in their communities. Veterans and current service members responded that what they appreciate most is sincerity and a willingness to engage.“One of the best things is building a relationship,” said one audience member on active duty. “No one is going to give detailed information to someone they barely know. So the best thing you can do is not just say ‘thank you,’ but look us in the eye, touch us, and build a relationship with us … take time, befriend us.”Members of the Marine Wing Support Squadron, based out of Chicopee, Mass., occupied two rows of seats near the back of the auditorium. Their commanding officer, Capt. William Lee, initially worried how they might react to the program, but his fears were put to rest when many raised their hands to take part in the discussion. It’s important to understand the perspective of the people we serve, for them to understand ours, and “to have a conversation in a setting like this,” said Lee.Donoghue offered pointed advice about what not to say to a service member who has seen active duty, saying, “The worst question in the world is: ‘Did you kill someone?’ ” Instead, Donoghue urged people to ask open-ended questions like “Tell me about your experience.”Ellen McLaughlin, who directed the evening’s reading and moderated the discussion, offered background for the audience. The playwright Sophocles was himself a military veteran. Athens, where the work premiered, was a military society, and the play would have been presented to a largely military crowd.“When we are talking about a classical Greek audience, we are talking about 17,000 people. It was basically the entire city of Athens seeing the premiere of this play.”last_img read more

Alice makes a winning start in USA

first_img17 Sep 2015 Alice makes a winning start in USA England international Alice Hewson made a superb start to her American university career with a win in her first tournament. Hewson, from Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, is the first student at Clemson University, South Carolina, to win their first college event. She was six-under for the 54-hole Cougar Classic, with rounds of 71 65 74, and tied for medallist honours with Taylor Tomlinson of the University of Florida. The 18-year-old also set a college scoring record with her bogey-free second round of seven-under 65, which vaulted her into the lead. “Alice played a flawless round of golf,” said Head Coach J.T. Horton.  “She made crucial up-and-down shots when she needed to, but really she made it look easy most at time.  She is an explosive player as we can see (by her score).  I am happy for her.” Hewson helped England to win the Girls’ Home Internationals for the eighth successive year before leaving for the USA. Earlier in the season she was second in qualifying at the European women’s team championship and fourth in the English women’s amateur. She was in England’s winning teams at last year’s girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals. Click here for more information Image © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Free Families Matter Fair Focuses on Raising Resilient Children

first_imgMore information is on the Junior League of Olympia’s website under the Community Summit tab and on the organization’s Facebook page. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Junior League of OlympiaSixth through tenth graders were polled saying their parents don’t spend enough quality time with them.Research shows that parents are the number one influence on whether or not their kids make healthy and safe choices.Yet, in the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey results released last month, many students revealed their parents aren’t talking with them about important topics. Sixth and tenth graders polled also said their parents don’t spend enough quality time with them.Simple things – like eating meals as a family, doing fun activities together, and telling kids you’re proud of them – are key to developing strong relationships and empowering kids to make healthy decisions. In doing these things, parents also help their children build resilience – the strengths they need to bounce back from adversity and positively meet the challenges of life.Parents matter. This is the message of a new public awareness campaign launched by the Thurston Council for Children and Youth, in partnership with TOGETHER! and the Thurston Thrives initiative to improve community health and safety.In line with this theme, on Saturday, May 2, the Junior League of Olympia will host a free Families Matter Fair and Community Summit on Resilient Children, Resilient Communities. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Educational Service District 113 Capital Event Center in Tumwater (6005 Tyee Drive SW). Attendance is free and includes lunch.The fair gives plenty of opportunities for family fun and also helps parents learn how to have important conversations with kids. It is geared toward parents, grandparents, and anyone who works with or takes care of children. The event will feature:Fun, interactive activities for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens.Free resources and giveaways from 30 local organizations committed to healthy children and families.Parenting workshops with helpful tools and tips on topics including child safety, positive discipline, effective communication, and how to advocate for your child.Candyce Bollinger will lead several workshops at the event.The schedule includes the following workshops:11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.Advocating for Your Children with Kim Smith and Jim Smith, South Sound Parent to ParentEffective Communications Strategies With Your Preschoolers with Candyce Bollinger, Parent Educator and Counselor12:10 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.Keeping Your Children Safe with expert panel members: Danielle King, Safe Kids Coalition Coordinator; Jennifer Lord, Thurston County Deputy Prosecutor; Lieutenant Jay Mason, Tumwater Police Department; Kim Carroll, Victim Advocate; and Rose Gundersen, Washington Engage Executive DirectorEffective Communications Strategies With Your School-Aged Child with Candyce Bollinger, Parent Educator and Counselor1:05 p.m. to 1:55 p.m.Positive Parenting with Shelly Willis, Family Education and Support Services Executive DirectorEffective Communications Strategies With Your Teen with Candyce Bollinger, Parent Educator and Counselorlast_img read more

Warriors’ Alfonzo McKinnie spent season “trying not to think about” Patrick McCaw’s contract status

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *OAKLAND – As he sat by his locker stall, Alfonzo McKinnie appeared relaxed. Like a man comfortable with his surroundings. Like a man embracing the present. Like feeling secure with his future.On the surface, it would appear that traces back to a decision the Warriors made that could significantly determine his future. The Warriors did not just decline to match …last_img

Team India unhappy with West Indies pitches

first_imgA controversy erupted ahead of the first cricket Test between India and the West Indies on Monday with the visitors unhappy over the substandard practice pitches provided to them at the Sabina Park in Kingston.India, already hit hard by injuries, were grumpy over the practice facilities as they found out that two of the three pitches provided to them were dangerous for batsmen as it had variable bounce.Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys could not have a proper work out on Saturday at the nets as two of the three pitches provided were found to be two-paced.The two pitches not used on Saturday had become powdery and the top surface had loosened up considerably after the Indians had an intense work-out on Friday. Consequently, a few deliveries kept low while others reared up disconcertingly.Opener Murali Vijay was hit on his right forefinger by a local fast bowler on the nets on Friday and after viewing the two practice pitches, the Indian team decided not to use local net bowlers at all on Saturday.Only one batting net was used on Saturday and the other two were only availed for throw-downs by members of the Indian squad, notably by bowling coach Eric Simmons and computer analyst Digvijay.Even these throw-downs were not without inherent danger as the other opener designated for the Test, Abhinav Mukund was twice hit on shoulders by deliveries which reared up dangerously.Even the Indian fast bowlers lounged around and did not bowl in order to protect their own men. Only the three spinners, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha bowled on the one strip deemed fit for batting sessions.advertisementIndeed, the spinners bowled long and even alone at the stumps after the rest of the team had retired to the dressing room.Interestingly though, West Indies have had no problems with the same nets and had a full-blown session on Saturday.The first Test begins in Kingston on Monday while the second and third will be played at Barbados (June 28-July 2) and at Dominica (July 6-10).India had clinched the ODI series, which preceded the Tests, 3-2.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

8 days agoValencia defender Gabriel Paulista open to playing for Spain

first_imgValencia defender Gabriel Paulista open to playing for Spainby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia centre-back Gabriel Paulista has opened the door to playing for Spain.Gabriel has never made an appearance for the Brazilian national team and, although his preference is to still represent the Selecao, he is open to playing for Spain.”If I don’t get any opportunities from Brazil, I’d open the door to playing for the Spanish national team,” Gabriel told Esporte Interativo.”If Spain gives me that opportunity, I’d accept it with a lot of respect.”I will continue to be Brazilian; if I take that decision [to represent Spain], everyone knows why.”I am playing really well and there’s not been a call from Brazil.”If the opportunity arises to play at the next Euros [for Spain], I will accept it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Magna International buys Italian automotive light maker OLSA for 354M

first_imgAURORA, Ont. – Magna International Inc. has signed a deal to buy Italian company OLSA S.p.A., a maker of automotive lighting products, for about $354 million.The Canadian auto parts company valued the transaction at 230 million euros.Magna says the deal will make the company a global lighting supplier and expand its capability to design, engineer and manufacture headlamps, tail lamps and other lighting products.OLSA, based in Turin, Italy, employs about 2,500 people and has manufacturing operations in Italy, Poland, Brazil, China and Mexico.Its customers include the Volkswagen Group, the BMW Group, Daimler and FCA.The deal, which requires regulatory approval and other standard closing conditions, is expected to close before the end of the year.Companies in this story: (TSX:MG)last_img

FoxComcast battle to buy Sky to be settled by auction in UK

first_imgLONDON – Comcast and 21st Century Fox will settle their battle for control of broadcaster Sky through a rare auction designed to put an end to months of offers and counteroffers from the American media empires seeking a foothold in the European pay TV market.The auction will begin after the London stock market’s close on Friday and end sometime Saturday evening following a maximum of three rounds of bidding, said Britain’s regulator, the Takeover Panel.Fox has long been trying to acquire the 61 per cent of Sky it doesn’t already own. A bidding war emerged last December, when Comcast made an offer for Fox’s entertainment assets, which Disney is in the process of buying for about $71 billion. Comcast eventually dropped out of that contest to focus on its acquisition of Sky.The regulator said it called the auction “to provide an orderly framework for the resolution of this competitive situation.”Fox, as the current low bidder, will have the right to make a new offer during the first round of the auction, and Comcast will have the opportunity to counter it during the second round. Both parties will have the chance to make increased offers simultaneously during the third and final round. All bids must be in cash.While it will still be up to Sky shareholders to take whichever offer they like best, much of the groundwork for such a decision has already been laid. Simply putting the bids clearly on the table will fill in the last blank, so that Sky is not endlessly in play.It will also mean that the core value of the combined company won’t be eroded in a bidding war, inflicting a “winner’s curse” on the buyer.“The fact the parties agreed to an auction is super significant,” said Alice Enders, an analyst who has followed the deal closely. “Neither of the parties have the appetite for that kind of (bidding war.)”The panel will make an announcement with the results of the auction “as soon as practicable” — a dramatic finish to one of the most tense takeover sagas in recent memory in Britain. The auction rounds themselves will not be onSky is a unique asset. It operates in Austria, Germany, Ireland and Italy as well as the U.K. It has 22.5 million customers, attracted by offerings such as English Premier League soccer and “Game of Thrones.”For Comcast, Sky offers a chance for growth — a company with proven quality in sports and entertainment together with the technology to deliver it.Fox, meanwhile, has long sought to take full control of Sky. Rupert Murdoch’s last bid foundered amid a 2011 phone-hacking scandal, in which journalists working for Murdoch newspapers were accused of gaining illegal access to the voicemail messages of crime victims, celebrities and members of the royal family.News Corp., which is controlled by the Murdochs, withdrew its bid for Sky soon after.The last time such an auction took place was in 2007, when Tata beat out CSN to buy Britain’s Corus, creating what at the time was one of the world’s top five steelmakers.“Comcast and Disney have been playing a game of thrones in the media sector,” said Laith Khalaf, a senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown. “And the season finale will now take place this weekend.”last_img read more

October home sales down 16 per cent compared with September CREA

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Canadian home sales fell in October, as the number of transactions dropped in more than half of all local markets led by dips in Montreal, Edmonton and the Hamilton-Burlington, Ont., area.The Canadian Real Estate Association says national home sales through its MLS system dropped by 1.6 per cent last month compared with September.Compared with October 2017, sales last month were down 3.7 per cent as lower sales in the Vancouver region and the B.C. Fraser Valley more than offset gains in the Greater Toronto Area and Montreal.The drop came as the average price for a home sold last month fell 1.5 per cent from October last year to $496,800.Excluding the Greater Toronto Area and the Greater Vancouver area, two of the country’s most expensive markets, the average price of a home sold was just under $383,000.The number of new listings also dipped 1.1 per cent in October, led by declines in the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary and Victoria.last_img read more

China upbeat ahead of US trade talks but differences large

first_imgBEIJING — China sounded a positive note ahead of talks with Washington this week on a sprawling trade dispute that threatens to chill global economic growth, but the two sides face lengthy wrangling over technology and their future relationship.Talks were due to start Monday but there was no word from the American Embassy or China’s Ministry of Commerce on whether they were under way or details of their agenda.Both sides have expressed an interest in settling their tariff fight over Beijing’s technology ambitions. Yet neither has indicated its stance has changed since a Dec. 1 agreement by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping to postpone further increases.Envoys will have “positive and constructive discussions,” a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, said on Friday.The American side is led by a deputy U.S. trade representative, Jeffrey D. Gerrish, according to the U.S. government. The delegation includes agriculture, energy, commerce, treasury and State Department officials.The Chinese government gave no details of who would represent Beijing.The talks are going ahead despite tensions over the arrest of a Chinese tech executive in Canada on U.S. charges related to possible violations of trade sanctions against Iran.Trump imposed tariff increases of up to 25 per cent on $250 billion of Chinese imports over complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology. Beijing responded by imposing penalties on $110 billion of American goods, slowing customs clearance for U.S. companies and suspending issuing licenses in finance and other businesses.Washington, Europe and other trading partners complain Beijing’s tactics violate its market-opening obligations.The clash reflects American anxiety about China’s rise as a potential competitor in telecommunications and other technology. Trump wants Beijing to roll back initiatives like “Made in China 2025,” which calls for the state-led creation of global competitors in such fields as robotics and artificial intelligence. American officials worry those might erode U.S. industrial leadership.The ruling Communist Party is reluctant to give up initiatives it sees as a path to prosperity and global influence.China’s leaders have tried to defuse complaints by emphasizing its potential as an export market. Over the past year, they’ve promised to increase foreign access to their auto, finance and other industries.Some Chinese officials suggest the technology initiatives might be opened to foreign companies. But they have given no details, leaving it unclear whether that will satisfy Washington.Trump and Xi agreed to a 90-day postponement of additional tariff increases to take effect Jan. 1. But economists say that is too little time to settle all the disputes that bedevil U.S.-Chinese relations. They say Beijing’s goal probably is to show enough progress to persuade Trump to extend his deadline.During that 90-day period, agreements “may not be reached until the last day,” said Tu Xinquan, director of the China Institute for World Trade Organization Studies at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.This week’s talks will focus on technical details before higher-level leaders “make hard political decisions,” Tu said.In the longer term, the final tariffs might “remain for several years,” Tu said. “I don’t think it will proceed that fast. It must take time.”Cooling economic growth in both countries is turning up the pressure to reach a settlement.Chinese growth fell to a post-global crisis low of 6.5 per cent in the quarter ending in September. Auto sales tumbled 16 per cent in November over a year earlier. Weak real estate sales are forcing developers to cut prices.The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.4 per cent in the third quarter, and unemployment is at a five-decade low. But surveys show consumer confidence is weakening because of concern that growth will slow this year.Beijing has tried in vain to recruit France, Germany, South Korea and other governments as allies against Trump. They criticize his tactics but echo U.S. complaints about Chinese industrial policy and market barriers.The European Union filed its own challenge in the World Trade Organization in June against Chinese rules that the 28-nation trade bloc said hamper the ability of foreign companies to protect and profit from their own technology.For their part, Chinese officials are unhappy with U.S. curbs on exports of “dual use” technology with possible military applications. They complain China’s companies are treated unfairly in national security reviews of proposed corporate acquisitions, though almost all deals are approved unchanged.Some manufacturers that serve the United States have shifted production to other countries to avoid Trump’s tariffs.UBS said Friday that 37 per cent of 200 manufacturers surveyed by the bank have shifted out of China over the past 12 months. The threat of U.S. tariff hikes was the “dominating factor” for nearly half, while others moved because of higher costs or tighter environmental regulation.“Most firms expect trade war to escalate,” the bank said.Joe McDonald, The Associated Presslast_img read more