All about dignity

first_imgEmail Print AS YOUNG women, the Magdalens were stripped of their freedom, their dignity and even their names. They lost parents, children, siblings. Many of them were barely past childhood and some were still children but they were forced to endure a punishing regime of hard physical labour, verbal and physical punishments that could only be described as abuse and many had no idea when, or if, this living hell would open and release them.The vast majority were paid nothing for their work. And the McAleese report has revealed that the state had a hand in condemning about one-quarter of these women to this fate.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up While they were incarcerated in the laundries, they learned plenty about how to remove filth from dirty linen and how to iron and mend. But they got no other education or training and girls as young as twelve left their schoolbooks behind them forever when the doors of the laundry closed behind them.Some spent all their lives in these grim places but those who got out no doubt found there was no reward waiting for women who had no skills that would earn them anything other than minimum pay, if that.Having endured all that, the majority of the survivors are now elderly and are again reliant on the state to pay them a pension, often non-contributory and barely enough to exist. Certainly, not an amount that will give them choices about how to spend their golden years.In contrast, the civil servants who had a hand in condemning them to the laundries and a subsequent lifetime of nightmare memories retired on gilt-edged pensions that are more than enough to pay for golf club memberships and sun-drenched holidays.Certainly, the Magdalene women need an apology. But before even more of them end their days without some comforts, they need to be promptly and properly compensated.Above: A tombstone memorial to Magdalene laundry workers from the Good Shepherd Convent in Limerick. NewsLocal NewsAll about dignityBy admin – February 7, 2013 402 Twitter Linkedincenter_img WhatsApp Facebook Advertisement Previous articleFather on trial for sexual assault of family membersNext article“Opportunistic” Limerick woman alleges payoff for silence adminlast_img read more

Central Park SummerStage Plots $5M Renovation For 2019

first_imgCentral Park SummerStage is getting an extensive makeover for next summer’s concert season. The flagship venue of the City Park Foundation‘s long-running SummerStage series. The venue, located in the heart of New York City’s iconic Central Park at the Rumsey Playfield, will be revamped with a new stage, cover, and sound system in addition to new lighting and video infrastructure. The upgraded venue will have improved sightlines for fans in general admission and will include a VIP section with seating and covering.As the City Parks Foundation’s executive director, Heather Lubov, explained to Billboard, “We are thrilled to unveil our new venue for our 2019 season and are excited to be ushering in a new era of City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage with a venue that has been planned holistically, one that enhances both the audience’s and the artists’ experience.”As Billboard notes,The Central Park venue will see a 20 percent increase in diameter for its stage canopy and foundational support will be reinforced to accommodate the weight load of larger productions. The new stage will include a front thrust, added side wings and LED screens on either side.Bleacher seating will be raised for better sightlines and ground seating with chairs will be added for up to 1,900 guests. The venue’s full capacity can hold up to 5,500. VIP areas will have increased capacity along with designated bleacher space, backstage bar and air-conditioned bathrooms.The updated venue will now feature improved backstage accommodations with new greenrooms, private viewing area for artists and guests, upgraded dressing rooms and a backstage patio area. The renovations will also include improved ADA access and various hydration stations throughout the footprint. Central Par SummerStage was originally founded in 1986 at the Naumberg Bandshell, which sits adjacent to the current SummerStage venue inside the park. While the bandshell remains in use for a variety of smaller-scale community events and exhibitions, SummerStage shifted their base of operations to the Rumsey Playfield in 1990. SummerStage presents 30 free events each year in Central Park in addition to other free events in parks throughout the city’s five boroughs. The City Park Foundation funds these free events with the profits from their roughly twenty annual ticketed shows at the main Central Park venue.This year’s lineup of Central Park SummerStage ticketed offerings included performances by Phil Lesh, Trey Anastasio, Dispatch, Trombone Shorty, Pete Rock, Old Crow Medicine Show, OAR, Mac DeMarco, Blood Orange, and many more.For more information about Central Park SummerStage, head here.[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Javier Munoz is OUT’s Breakout Star & More

first_img Hamilton Javier Muñoz from $149.00 Star Files Javier Muñoz(Photo: Gavin Bond for ‘OUT’ magazine)center_img Related Shows Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Javier Muñoz is OUT’s Breakout StarHamilton headliner Javier Muñoz has been awarded Breakout of the Year in OUT magazine’s top 100 list of the most compelling people of the year. “If I can be a new face that people see that is HIV-positive and healthy and performing seven shows a week and kicking ass, then let that stand as a positive example for the person who is still living with that stigma and fear,” Muñoz told the magazine. Other stage favorites on the list include Taylor Mac, Michael Arden, B.D. Wong, Conrad Ricamora, Ivo van Hove, Nico Tortorella and Tituss Burgess.Get in the Holiday Spirit With Ann HaradaThe most wonderful time of year is almost upon us! Ann Harada is set to reprise her role as the sincere and sassy therapist from Avenue Q in Christmas Eve’s Holiday Hunkfest. Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and featuring an all-star bevy of Broadway beaus, the cabaret of show tunes and modern hits is scheduled to take place on December 12 at Howl at the Moon.Linda Lavin Enlisted for CandideLinda Lavin will appear in Harold Prince’s previously reported new staging of Candide, which is scheduled to run from January 6, 2017 through January 12 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. The Tony winner is set to play the Old Lady, alongside Jay Armstrong Johnson as Candide and Meghan Picerno as Cunegonde. Deadline reports that other names tapped for Leonard Bernstein’s comic operetta include Gregg Edelman, Jessica Tyler Wright, Chip Zien and Brooks Ashmanskas.Neil LaBute & More Rally for OrlandoAfter Orlando, a series of short plays written in response to the tragic events in Orlando and recent gun violence in the U.S. and worldwide, will receive readings through January 31, 2017. Playwrights involved with the initiative include Neil LaBute and Lindsey Ferrentino; for more information on where the events are being held, click here.Watch Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart on the Big ScreenMiss Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in No Man’s Land on Broadway in the 2013-14 season? Never fear, National Theatre Live will broadcast the West End incarnation of the show, live, to a movie theater near you on December 15. Click here to find a convenient locale and check out the trailer for Harold Pinter’s classic, directed by Sean Mathias, below. View Commentslast_img read more

IPE 360: Asset managers should ‘fight back’ against regulator

first_img“At the same time, most people in asset management are much better behaved now. The value of trust is being built up, which it wasn’t before, so the need to professionalise seems to be less important than it was before.”Transparency, fee levels, and competition – the three main elements of the asset management review – were all improving “because of the market, not despite the market”, Ellison argued.Increased regulatory requirements and forcing more intermediaries to take fiduciary responsibilities was causing “a little bit of havoc and a lot of cost for asset managers”, he said – with the costs eventually being borne by members and individual investors.He also took aim at the FCA’s criticism of asset management companies’ profit levels. In its interim report into the industry, published in November, the regulator calculated that average profits were roughly 35% at listed asset managers.Ellison – who is also head of strategic development in pensions at law firm Pinsent Masons – questioned whether this was an area that warranted input from the regulator.“I’m not sure it’s anything to do with the regulator,” he said. “What is the regulator doing talking about how profitable [asset managers] are? It should be glorying in the fact that it’s a profitable industry.”Ellison claimed asset managers were “asleep on watch” when it came to regulation.“I want you fighting back on my behalf to argue with the regulator,” he said. “Most asset managers ignore the regulator or just comply. I don’t want you to do that. I want you to fight.” Asset managers should “fight back” against regulatory creep, according to a leading pensions lawyer and trustee.“Most asset managers ignore the regulator or just comply. I don’t want you to do that. I want you to fight.”Robin Ellison, Carillion Pension TrusteesSpeaking at the IPE 360 conference in London last week, Robin Ellison, chair of trustees at Carillon Pension Trustees in the UK, raised concerns about the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) asset management review. The final report is due to be published tomorrow.Ellison said: “What the regulatory framework has been trying to do for the past 20 years is to turn asset managers into a profession in which you have a duty to the client higher than the duty to yourself.last_img read more

Passing game showing signs of life

first_imgMichigan, the nation’s top rush defense, was at it again, shutting down UW’s running game. UM allowed Badgers back P.J. Hill only 54 yards on 20 carries and sacked John Stocco four times, surrendering just 12 net rushing yards to UW on the day.The Badgers managed to stay in the game by an unconventional manner. Stocco and the UW passing game have been stuck in neutral since losing 98 percent of last year’s completions (196 of 200 catches) to either the NFL Draft or graduation. Last week, Badger head coach Bret Bielema said the passing game was still “taking baby steps.”That’s not to say all the problems have been aired out, but those baby steps got a little bigger Saturday as Stocco hit on 22 of 42 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown in the losing effort.”I think, in some ways, we did [get better today],” Stocco said. “I thought we started off the game very well and did some good things at the end there.”Stocco started out with as solid a quarter as he’s produced all year, completing each of his four passes for 53 yards in the first 15 minutes. The strong stanza was capped by a 29-yard touchdown pass in which Stocco snaked his way out of a blitz and calmly delivered the ball to Hill for the score.”He was on rhythm,” said Bielema of Stocco’s first quarter. “I like the fact that he was able to do some things at the line of scrimmage today as well. Coming into this game, we hadn’t done a lot of that in the heat of the battle, and he was able to take advantage of some looks of their defense.”Although the offense failed to capitalize on the opportunity of participating in a close game (10-10 at halftime) in the third quarter, the passing offense showed some more strength late in the game as Stocco completed six consecutive passes at one point and led the Badgers to 105 yards in the final four minutes.UW wide receiver Paul Hubbard, who left the game in the fourth quarter when he re-aggravated a shoulder injury, said he felt the passing game improved immensely from prior, mediocre games.”A lot of the guys went out there and they capitalized on the opportunities that they were given,” Hubbard said. “That’s what you do in big games, and it shows a lot for our passing game. Other games, we were all right, but we came into the Big House … and we were able to throw on them a few times.”The running backs and tight ends combined for 14 catches and 158 yards, led by five receptions and 64 yards for Hill. On the other hand, UW wide receivers tallied just eight catches for 78 yards.Bielema said that during the late surge of offense, Stocco began to look for tight end Travis Beckum, the converted defensive end who has become one of Stocco’s favorite targets.”It was apparent to me that John started looking to Travis a little bit after he made that catch on the sideline,” Bielema said. “He probably just saw him being able to catch the football.”Hubbard has made his name as a track star at Wisconsin and is still trying to sort out a struggle to hold on to the football. The other starting wideout, Luke Swan, has made few mistakes, but at 6 feet, 196 pounds has not posed a threat to opponents in terms of size.”We’ve still got a long season left. There were some good things we can be proud of today,” Stocco said. “We’ve just got to look at the things that we didn’t do well and clean those up this week.”We’re not far off. It’s just an adjustment here and there, and then we’re going to be right on track.”last_img read more