The long, lithe national dress of Vietnam, the ao dai, is at the heart of an alluring new package from La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa.The new ‘Long Lithe Vietnam’ package celebrates the 1000-year-history of a garment as singular to Vietnam as the kimono to Japan, and coordinates the made-to-measure production of an ao dai for one female guest.The three-night package includes tickets to a fashion show on the city’s most glamorous boulevard and accommodation in a room that drinks in views of the fabled Perfume River.As a garment, the ao dai defies pigeon-holing as a dress or a pant suit. Its close-fitting tunic top drapes two long panels as far as the ankles, with slits from the hips to the hemline. The sleeves are tight, the collar typically buttoned up, and the underwear slacks rather blousey. It’s quite frequently said that the ao dai reveals everything and shows nothing at the same time.“After the conical hat, nothing quite says Vietnam like the ao dai,” said Phan Trong Minh, general manager of La Residence. “It’s as iconic as our pho, our cyclos and our water buffalo.”Unlike the cyclo and water buffalo, La Residence is helping guests take home this icon. ‘Long Lithe Vietnam’ provides escorted visits to a renowned local tailor of the ao dai for material selection in silk and cotton and fittings for a custom-made garment.The package steps out from 1 November 2017, and runs through October of 2018. The cost is USD $699 and includes accommodation, tickets to the fashion show, one bespoke ao dai and daily breakfast for two.
With more than 600 hoteliers and industry leaders in attendance, designer hotel QT Melbourne celebrated a win with the Rooftop at QT crowned the ‘Best Hotel Bar’ at the 2017 HM Awards on Friday 1 September.Held at Sydney Town Hall and hosted by television personality Larry Emdur, the HM Awards continue to recognise the accommodation industry’s finest staff, properties, brands and chains across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.With QT Hotels & Resorts up for an impressive 18 awards across the portfolio, including the flagship of QT Sydney and QT Melbourne, QT Port Douglas, QT Falls Creek, QT Canberra and QT Museum Wellington, former Managing Director David Seargeant was also awarded for his service to the industry.Having only opened in September last year, this achievement marks one of many for the rooftop who has been included in numerous best rooftop bar round-ups, and was awarded ‘Best Bar’ at the Australian Gourmet Traveller Hotel Guide Awards earlier in the year.Showcasing views of the Melbourne city skyline, The Rooftop at QT is the place for guests and locals alike to quench their thirst while taking in the heart and soul of Melbourne from above. Hosting up to 185 patrons, the split indoor/outdoor space evokes sophistication through designer decor and cutting-edge sound.
Go back to the enewsletterOrmina Tours this week rolled out its 2020 program with more departure dates on its popular small group journeys such as Sicily Bella. The program allows more back-to-back combinations between small group tours and its personally tailored European City Breaks and Regional Discoveries.In 2020, Ormina delivers two new itineraries over the European winter months, designed to suit families or winter-activity enthusiasts at any level of experience. A late departure on the Berlin to Budapest small-group tour complements the new releases as an optional add on.The Christmas Markets Regional Discovery commences in Vienna and ends in Venice including options for ice skating, traditional Christmas market visits, a cooking class and a magical castle stay over Christmas.Adventure seekers are catered to with Ormina’s new Winter Dolomites Regional Discovery, combining winter hiking, snowshoeing, sledding and cable car rides through the mountain scenery. The program also includes lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant and a stay at the spectacular four-star ‘Superior’ Hotel Christiania in the Alta Badia Valley. Both additions are fully customisable to suit travellers’ relative expertise and experience in the snow.“Our private recommended itineraries are appealing to travellers who want the ease of pre-organised travel, but don’t want to be bound by the structure of a set group tour,” said Anna Jones, Sales and Marketing Director at Ormina Tours.“Each program is fully customisable to suit our clients’ interests, abilities, group size and budget, so that they can get the most out of their holiday”.For a copy of the brochure and/or 2020 departure dates and prices contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 8076 2295.Go back to the enewsletter
Go back to the e-newsletter For more details on the promotion, click here. Qantas Frequent Flyer has formed a new partnership with TerryWhite Chemmart, enabling customers to earn Qantas Points under the pharmacist’s own loyalty scheme, REWARDS.The arrangement will see frequent flyers earn two Qantas Points per dollar when shopping at TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacies, along with bonus points incentives and special offers across product ranges.Existing Qantas Frequent Flyers who join the TerryWhite Chemmart REWARDS program will receive 1,000 Bonus Qantas Points when they spend $30 or more in one transaction on qualifying purchases at participating pharmacies within 90 days of joining.The new partnership stands to provide significant growth opportunities for the pharmacy business with close to 13 million frequent flyers chasing Qantas Points as part of the national carrier’s loyalty program.Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn Qantas Points on eligible purchases across the TerryWhite Chemmart network of pharmacies from Tuesday 30 August, 2019. Go back to the e-newsletter Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry.
RelatedAsh cloud affecting Scottish flights todayFlights to the Hebrides from Glasgow have been disrupted today (May 7th) following advice from the Civil Aviation Authority.Flights resume at Heathrow and Gatwick following further ash disruptionFlights resume at Heathrow and Gatwick following further ash disruptionKiss Flights Collapse: help, advice and alternative flightsThe London-based travel company Flight Options Ltd, who were trading as Kiss Flights have ceased trading Flights have started taking off and arriving in the UK after safety tests revealed that planes are able to fly in airspace where there is low density ash.Last night (April 20th), the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) gave permission for services to resume at 22:00 BST after six days of disruption caused by ash from a volcanic eruption in southern Iceland.It is the news passengers across the world had been waiting for after some 95,000 flights had had to be cancelled across Europe.A spokesman said that airlines are working hard to clear the huge backlog of passengers that have been stranded at airports around the globe.”It will take time for flights to settle down to normal timetables.””If you are hoping to travel, you should check your airline’s website for up to date information about your flight in the usual before travelling to the airport,” he recommended.Virgin Atlantic is planning to operate a normal schedule today, while British Airways and easyJet flights remain disrupted.Meanwhile, Air India has said it is planning to resume its flights to and from London from this morning.For ash cloud related travel advice visit: Skyscanner Volcano Travel AdviceReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Tucked away in the mountains of Vermont stands Stowe Mountain Lodge and now its new salon and spa from acclaimed hairdresser extraordinaire, Mario Russo. Guests can now find the ultimate sanctuary for year round pampering and luxurious personalized treatments at Salon Mario Russo.Boston based celebrity hairdresser Mario Russo has gone off the beaten path to open his first salon outside of the city at Vermont’s highly acclaimed Stowe Mountain Lodge. “Destination Resorts has created an incredible full service community with SprucePeak, and a world class year round resort at Stowe Mountain Lodge. I’m thrilled to be partnering with them on a modern, sophisticated salon to serve both residents and guests,” says Mario.Salon Mario Russo at Stowe Mountain Lodge exudes tranquility, while offering guests exclusive first class treatment year-round. Mario and his team are frequently featured in the beauty press for developing signature hair, nail and makeup looks that are trendsetting but never trendy. The salon at Stowe Mountain Lodge will offer complete hair, nail and makeup services with bridal specialists on site.www.stowemountainlodge.com
An all-new Jaguar XJ will make its public debut this July.Speaking at Auto Shanghai 2009, Jaguar Cars Managing Director, Mike O’Driscoll confirmed that:– The all-new XJ will go on sale at the end of 2009 – but will officially be revealed on July 9th in London.– The all-new XJ is the first car to feature the next-generation of Jaguar’s aerospace-inspired aluminium body architecture.– All of Jaguar’s new ultra-efficient Gen III petrol and diesel engines (North America excluded) will be available in the new XJ, including the already acclaimed V6 diesel and 510 bhp supercharged V8.– There will be a choice of standard- or long wheelbase models.– The all-new XJ will introduce the highest standards of personal luxury and specification, including a panoramic glass roof.Full details of the all-new XJ including prices will be revealed on July 9th and orders for delivery in early 2010 will be taken from this time. www.jaguar.com/allnewxj
Lausanne – Watchmaker Hublot’s “Fusion Explorer” system enables net surfers to view and manipulate, via the Hublot website, Hublot items in display windows located in retail locations worldwide. The system offers a completely innovative view of any displayed item thanks to a mechanized micro-camera circulating 360 degrees in the area around the product and also allows for up to 40x magnification. For the first time, customers can view displays located on every continent, and directly interact with the Hublot products displayed there via the www.hublot.ch website. This new technology enables the smallest and most hidden details of a product to be intimately examined remotely for the first time.Jean-Claude Biver, Hublot’s CEO, said “It’s a fantastic project, managed by true entrepreneurs. It enables a much greater number of people to discover a unique product via the internet along with the environment that goes with it. We thus move from the infinitely small to the infinitely large. The technology serves the watchmaker’s art, and enables each person, wherever they are, to share their mutual passion for the beauty of the watchmaker’s art”.
Chicago, IL. – Abercrombie & Kent, the luxury adventure travel services company, today launched the much anticipated Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club by announcing a “Founders Offer,” an exclusive package providing many enticing new-member benefits. The announcement was made at Christie’s in New York City, marking the first in a week-long series of Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club events held at six different Christie’s locations throughout the country including New York, Greenwich, CT, Chicago, Houston, Dallas and Los Angeles.The A&K Residence Club offers members access to multi-million dollar residences, European villas and private hotel suites in more than 30 destinations worldwide. Each property features Abercrombie & Kent’s brand of superior quality services, and renowned “insider access” experiences.“Nearly 50 years ago, I founded A&K with an idea that revolutionized the travel industry — providing unexpected comforts and amenities to remote destinations,” said Geoffrey Kent, founder of Abercrombie & Kent. “Today, we are forging a new direction in the destination club industry with a Residence Club that is based on an equity model. The members own the properties and we provide services that can only be delivered by a company with A&K’s worldwide presence and travel service background.”Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club “Founders Offer” details were released at an invitation-only event today at Christie’s New York, the start of a marketing partnership between the two renowned companies.“Launching the Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club at Christie’s was a perfect showcase for the unique nature of the club,” said Jarvis J. Slade, Jr., A&K Residence Club president. “Both companies are leaders in their field, demonstrating a strong commitment to quality, exceptional services and unique offerings. We are excited to work with Christie’s as we launch the next generation of destination clubs.”With today’s announcement, A&K Residence Club has begun offering club memberships to the general public. The club has been formed based on an equity model, which means the membership owns the properties.Three levels of membership are available based on the number of nights the member would like to enjoy during the year. All memberships have the unique option of being able to exchange club membership nights towards any of Abercrombie & Kent’s more than 350 small group escorted journeys or tailor-made private travel.The 15-day plan, which has an initial member capital contribution of $225,000, includes up to seven days that can be exchanged for A&K travel. The 30-day plan, valued at $390,000, includes up to 10 days available to be exchanged. The 45-day plan, valued at $495,000, also includes up to 10 days that can be exchanged.The “Founders Offer,” which is available only for a limited number of new members through year end, extends the attractiveness of A&K Residence Club membership by providing more than $30,000 worth of incentives, including:-Unaccompanied use of membership nights by family and friends for the lifetime of the membership (valued up to $20,000)-Up to two weeks can be exchanged for A&K travel (30 and 45-day membership plans only)-Guaranteed usage of the A&K Residence Club yacht for one week without additional surcharge or fees (valued at $10,000)“The additional enhancements in the Founders Offer combined with our equity club model and A&K’s long-standing commitment to providing outstanding experiences makes our club unique in the destination club marketplace,” said Slade.About Abercrombie & Kent Residence ClubAbercrombie & Kent Residence Club has revolutionized the industry with a series of unique membership benefits:– A trusted and recognized brand with more than 45 years of changing how people see the world which gives members the security, safety and services that they expect. Founded in 1962 by Geoffrey Kent, Abercrombie & Kent has provided millions of unforgettable travel experiences to discerning travelers, exposing guests to exotic locales and changing their view of the world.– Unmatched choice in travel options in over 106 countries and 30 destinations. Members enjoy access to an extraordinary collection of residences, stunning European villas, elegant boutique hotels, a private yacht and legendary Abercrombie & Kent travel experiences across the globe.– Exceptional availability. The Club ensures superior availability of properties and travel experiences due to its’ low member to property ratio, ability to exchange their nights for experiences around the world with A&K travel, and a best-in-class approach for fairly handling holidays and peak demand periods.– Peace of mind in equity. Having structured the Club as an equity model, members are assured of having access to a portfolio of debt-free properties that are owned by the membership, and an active voice in determining how the Club develops.About Abercrombie & KentBorn as a safari outfitter in 1962, Abercrombie & Kent’s unparalleled travel services now extend around the globe to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. The company built its award-winning reputation by being the first to bring unexpected comforts and amenities to remote destinations. Small group or tailor made private travel with Abercrombie & Kent combines the convenience, service and security of a U.S.-based company with support 24/7 from a network of 60 on-site offices that ensure “by invitation only” access to inspiring experiences in a personalized, low-profile and intelligent style.www.abercrombiekent.comAbout Christie’sChristie’s is the world’s leading art business with global art sales in 2007 that totaled £3.1 billion/$6.3 billion. This marks the highest total in company and in art auction history. For the first half of 2008, art sales totaled £1.8 billion / $3.5 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie’s conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 600 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $80 million. Christie’s has 85 offices in 43 countries and 14 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Hong Kong and Zurich. Most recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in emerging and new markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.
Nicole Eggert claims co-star Scott Baio sexually abused her NEW YORK, N.Y. – Nicole Eggert claims her former “Charles in Charge” co-star Scott Baio sexually abused her for years starting when she was 14.Speaking on “Megyn Kelly Today” on Tuesday, Eggert said Baio first molested her when she was 14 and they had sexual intercourse when she was 17. Baio is more than 11 years older than Eggert.The age of consent in California is 18.Baio in a previous Facebook Live video says he is being falsely accused and says he and Eggert had a consensual relationship after she was over the age of 18.Eggert says she is exploring all legal options and is considering filing a police report. A representative for Baio didn’t immediately respond to The Associated Press. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2018 9:21 am PDT Last Updated Jan 30, 2018 at 10:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Cannes Film Festival in court over Terry Gilliam dispute Portuguese film producer Paulo Branco, right, and his lawyer Claire Hocquet waiting outside the court room at Paris’ court house, Monday, May 7, 2018. This year’s Cannes Film Festival is kicking off with a legal dispute, as a Paris court weighs whether the festival can legally show Monty Python star Terry Gilliam’s long-awaited film “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” or not. Portuguese producer Paulo Branco, who initially worked with Gilliam on the film, claims he has the rights to the movie and sued Cannes organizers to stop them from showing it. Gilliam, 77, contests Branco’s claims. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) PARIS – This year’s Cannes Film Festival is kicking off with a legal dispute, as a Paris court weighs whether the festival can show Monty Python star Terry Gilliam’s long-awaited film “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.”A hearing was held in the case Monday, on the eve of the festival’s opening on the French Riviera. Gilliam’s film is scheduled to close the festival on May 19.But Portuguese producer Paulo Branco, who initially worked with Gilliam on the film, claims he also has rights to the movie and has sued Cannes organizers to stop them from showing it.“The work of each producer on this movie needs to be respected and not be trampled on by the director,” Branco told reporters at the court.Gilliam, 77, contests Branco’s claims.Gilliam’s lawyer, Benjamin Sarfaty, said banning the film from Cannes is “not justified.” He said Branco’s claim that showing the movie at Cannes would cause him “irreversible damage … is just a figment of imagination.”The court will issue its ruling Wednesday.It’s the latest in nearly two decades of headaches for Gilliam’s film, which has been plagued by production problems, funding issues and legal woes. The film stars Adam Driver and Stellan Skarsgard and is loosely based on the classic Spanish novel by Cervantes.The case heard Monday is a special emergency proceeding about the film’s scheduled showing at Cannes. In a broader, separate case over the rights to the film, a Paris court issued a ruling favourable to Branco last year. Gilliam appealed and that decision is expected June 15.The 71st Cannes Film Festival comes at a time of tumult in the film industry, with questions of gender equality at the fore as the event tries to guard traditions yet also adapt to fast-changing times.It opens Tuesday with the premiere of Asghar Farhadi’s film “Everybody Knows,” starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.___Angela Charlton in Paris contributed. by Oleg Cetinic And Nicolas Garriga, The Associated Press Posted May 7, 2018 1:07 am PDT Last Updated May 7, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Actors Vanessa Lock, left, as Betsy DeVos, Cole Sitilides, center, and Jenny Waxman perform in the play “The Confirmation Hearing for the Secretary of Education” in Washington’s Arena Stage theater on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. In the play, about a dozen student actors from local high schools posed as frustrated Democrats and friendly Republicans to grill DeVos on the merits of public education, the role of the federal government in civil rights, and her family wealth. (AP Photo/Maria Danilova) DeVos play not meant as ‘cartoon or lampoon,’ producer says by Maria Danilova, The Associated Press Posted Sep 17, 2018 10:18 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 18, 2018 at 9:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Guns in schools to protect students from grizzly bears? Betsy DeVos endured yet another rocky confirmation hearing in the Senate to become education secretary — this time on a theatre stage.In a play performed on Monday at Washington’s Arena Stage theatre, about a dozen student actors from local high schools posed as frustrated Democrats and friendly Republicans to grill DeVos on the merits of public education, the role of the federal government in civil rights, and her family wealth.“We are living in a time when people think they are looking for truth, but are being told there are alternative facts and, frankly, we are just trying to show facts,” Chris Burney, a co-producer of the show, said in an interview before the performance. “This is what was spoken, these are the words that were spoken, now that you know what the facts are, how do you engage with them?”The play, titled simply “The Confirmation Hearing for the Secretary of Education,” was part of “American Scorecard,” a series of dramatic readings of congressional transcripts by actors. Other shows in the series have been devoted to banking, the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election, and the confirmation of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who later resigned.DeVos’ less-than-smooth performance at her confirmation hearing generated satire on television and social media and marked the start of her rocky tenure. After the hearing, two Republican senators joined the Democratic half of the Senate in voting against DeVos and it was only Vice-President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote that secured DeVos the job.Putting prominent public figures on the stage as part of documentary theatre is not new, said Jodi Kanter, a theatre professor at George Washington University. For instance, Anita Hill’s powerful testimony at the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991 also inspired a play.“It can be extremely valuable to people who are trying to make sense of the current political actors and how they got to where they are and what they are up to,” Kanter said.DeVos’ 3 1/2-hour hearing was condensed to under an hour, with roughly the same time given to Republican and Democratic senators. The play ended with excerpts from a speech DeVos went on to give as education secretary.DeVos was played by a professional actress while students, selected from educational theatre programs, were cast for their roles irrespective of age, gender and race of the character they were playing. Burney said that was meant to symbolize diversity and to amplify what was being said rather than who was saying it.The play contained some of the most awkward and contentious moments of the hearing, such as DeVos suggesting that guns may help protect rural schools from grizzly bears, and her struggle to distinguish between proficiency and growth when accessing student achievement.But the producers insist that their aim was not to criticize or ridicule, but to encourage dialogue and understanding.“We work really hard to make it so it’s not a cartoon or lampoon, but so that everyone who’s involved and every voice that’s heard is respected, so hopefully then people can find what do we share in common,” said Burney.“We personally did not try to paint DeVos any way, whether it’s a good or bad character,” said Henry Nieopoetter, a high school senior from Maryland. “Whatever the audience thinks they can now decide ’cause they are now knowledgeable.”Frank Kirmser, the Broadway producer who conceived the series, said American society has become deeply polarized. In New York, Kirmser said, she has heard people scream “Not my president” in reference to Donald Trump, “but the fact of the matter is, this is our president.”“So I think we all really need to listen and learn and move forward accordingly,” Kirmser said.The Education Department did not provide a comment for this story.
‘Sesame Street’ wants to clarify: Bert and Ernie aren’t gay by The Associated Press Posted Sep 19, 2018 4:08 am PDT Last Updated Sep 19, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this May 9, 2006, file photo, Ernie and Bert of “Sesame Street” pose in front of the Queen Mary II in the harbor of Hamburg, Germany. The producers of “Sesame Street” tweeted Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, that Bert and Ernie are not gay in response to a Queerty interview published Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, with a writer who said he considered the puppets lovers. (AP Photo/Fabian Bimmer, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – The producers of “Sesame Street” want you to know that Bert and Ernie are not, in fact, gay.Sesame Workshop tweeted Tuesday the characters have many human traits but “remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”The workshop did not answer questions about why some puppets have been given girlfriends.In a second tweet, the workshop says, “Sesame Street has always stood for inclusion and acceptance.”The tweets came in response to an interview published Sunday by Queerty with Mark Saltzman, a “Sesame Street” writer. He says when he was writing scenes with Bert and Ernie, he “always felt that without a huge agenda” they were lovers .Frank Oz, who created the Bert character, also weighed in. He tweeted that he and Muppets creator Jim Henson “never created them to be gay.”
FILE – In this May 10, 2018 file photo, Michael Avenatti is interviewed in New York. A woman who says she had a relationship with Michael Avenatti alleges he dragged her by the arm across the floor of his Los Angeles apartment after an argument. Court papers obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press detail actress Mareli Miniutti’s account. Avenatti hasn’t addressed the specifics of the allegations but says he’ll be fully exonerated after a thorough investigation. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Woman claims Avenatti dragged her by arm across floor LOS ANGELES — An actress who says she had a relationship with Michael Avenatti alleges he dragged her by the arm across the floor of his Los Angeles apartment after an argument.Court papers obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press detail Mareli Miniutti’s account.A Los Angeles judge granted Miniutti a restraining order against Avenatti on Monday. She wrote in a sworn statement that before grabbing her, Avenatti shouted expletives and told her she was “ungrateful.”Avenatti is best known as the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels, who alleges she was paid to keep quiet about an affair with Donald Trump. Avenatti was arrested on a felony domestic violence charge last week.Avenatti says the allegations are “completely false” and “fabricated.” He says he’ll be fully vindicated after a thorough investigation.Michael Balsamo And Brian Melley, The Associated Press by Michael Balsamo And Brian Melley, The Associated Press Posted Nov 20, 2018 1:07 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Follow @abresge on Twitter.Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press For decades, “To Kill a Mockingbird” has been taught as a coming-of-age tale of a young girl’s awakening to the racial inequality that haunts her small town in the Depression-era South, influencing generations of Canadian readers.But now, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel and other school reading list staples are coming under scrutiny from authors and educators who question whether the cultural values in certain canonized works have withstood the test of time.Ontario’s Peel District School Board made efforts this year to update its English curriculum to prioritize books by diverse writers, mandating that “To Kill A Mockingbird” not be taught in the district unless instruction was presented through an “anti-oppression lens.”In a June document sent to English department heads, the school board said “To Kill A Mockingbird” is one of many white-authored classics that are “violently racist” in their depictions of black people.“The idea that banning books is about censorship and that censorship limits free speech is often decried as a poor reason to keep the novel on schools’ reading lists as its racist themes make it violent and oppressive for Black students,” the board said.The board’s move turned up the heat of a debate in writing and educational circles about the role of the classics in the classroom, with some saying these touchstone titles can exist in conversation with more modern texts, while others argue antiquated works should be replaced on school syllabi with books that better represent Canada’s literary diversity.Victoria-based author Esi Edugyan, who won her second Giller Prize last month for her latest novel “Washington Black,” believes there is still value in studying literature from eras past, but said these works should be taught with an acknowledgment of the racial, social and political changes that have transpired since they were written.“I think a perfect balance would be this: (still reading) the classics that everybody’s familiar with, that are cultural touchstones, where if you hadn’t read these books, you’re sort of not going to be understanding certain aspects of the conversation… but also reading books by writers of colour and transgender writers, just inviting new work into the classroom that speaks to our modern world and reflects it a lot better.”Toronto author Thea Lim, who also earned a spot on the Giller shortlist for her debut book “An Ocean of Minutes,” said some works that don’t hold up to today’s moral standards can offer unintended insights when read from a modern perspective.When the professor at Sheridan College assigned Raymond Chandler’s “The Big Sleep” to her creative writing class, she said many of her students were turned off by the noir novelist’s sexist language and portrayal of women as either femme fetales or dead victims.But when she asked the class whether a novel with retrograde views of women was worth studying in the age of #MeToo, their answer was yes — in fact, of all times in history, we should be reading it now.“My students started saying if we’re at a point in history where we have these sort of diametrically opposed opinions about gender that we can’t seem to reconcile, then for us to read a work like this and to sort of understand what kind of thinking goes into the dehumanizing of women, that has purpose.”But there are only a limited number of slots on school reading lists, said Anishinaabe writer Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, the managing editor of Indigenous publishing house Kegedonce Press, and the way they’re allotted sends a message to students about the literature we value — and which perspectives don’t make the cut.“Some literature … has its time and place, and does it deserve generations and generations of students’ attention? I’m not convinced that it does,” said Akiwenzie-Damm. “Not at the expense of other kinds of literature, other ways of seeing things, other kinds of learning that can happen in the classroom.”Growing up, Akiwenzie-Damm thought that literature was the domain of “dead white men” based on the books she was assigned in school. She said the absence of Indigenous perspectives from the English curriculum left her feeling like she was on the “outside looking in,” and it’s vital that Indigenous students recognize their voices as part of the literary conversation.“I think when not only that you don’t see yourself reflected, but the people around you don’t see you and your culture and your community reflected in what they’re being taught, you become invisible, and it’s dehumanizing in many ways,” she said.“I’m hoping that we can do better in the future in terms of connecting young people with the literature that’s going to broaden their worlds and help them relate to each other, because this is not just for Indigenous students. It’s also for other students.”The author of “The Stone Collection,” which features 14 short stories about the Anishinaabe experience, said while some educators are making efforts to add Indigenous literature to their lesson plans, many school systems have proven resistant to change.This summer, Akiwenzie-Damm was one of a number of Indigenous authors who donated copies of their books to Ontario schools after the province’s Tory government abruptly cancelled curriculum writing sessions designed to fulfil findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.But with or without government backing, some schools are making efforts to enhance Indigenous perspectives in the classroom.In southwestern Ontario, the Lambton Kent District School Board has replaced its general Grade 11 English course with a curriculum focusing on Indigenous works, bumping a Shakespeare reading list in favour of authors like Richard Wagamese, Thomas King and Eden Robinson.“I’m not going to say that there hasn’t been push back, period, because any time … you make a change district-wide, there’s going to be some sort of reaction,” said Mary Mancini, the school board’s system co-ordinator of secondary student achievement. “I don’t see any harm with that. All of that is encouraging good conversation.”Nowhere in the curriculum does it state, “Though shalt read Shakespeare,” said Mancini, but boosters of the Bard have nothing to fear — students still have plenty of opportunities to read Hamlet in the three other years of English education needed to earn their high-school diploma.By making the new Grade 11 English course mandatory, the school board aims to give students an understanding of the history of Canada’s treatment of Indigenous Peoples, particularly the legacy of residential schools, and also connect with those lived experiences and their impacts in a different way than reading a textbook.“The reaction of many of our students has been anger. Not anger that they’re reading this material, but anger that they didn’t know about it before,” said Mancini.“It’s started us on this journey towards reconciliation. We still have a long way to go.” This book cover released by Harper shows Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird.” For decades, “To Kill a Mockingbird” has been taught as a coming-of-age tale of a young girl’s awakening to the racial inequality that haunts her small town in the Depression-era South, influencing generations of Canadian readers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP Photo/Harper Authors, educators debate the role controversial classics in the classroom by Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 9, 2018 8:17 am PDT
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees stand for their national anthems before a spring training baseball game, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) by Ronald Blum, The Associated Press Posted Mar 8, 2019 12:20 pm PDT AP source: Yankees buy back YES control with Amazon help NEW YORK — The New York Yankees are buying back the YES Network, partnering with Amazon in a deal that will give the company the right to stream games in the team’s broadcast territory.The deal for the team’s parent company to purchase 80 per cent of the network from The Walt Disney Co. values YES at $3.47 billion, nearly $500 million less than when 21st Century Fox acquired a majority stake in 2014.Yankee Global Enterprises is the lead investor and partnered with Amazon.com Inc. and Sinclair Broadcast Group as its strategic investors, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the purchase was not announced and has up to 120 days to close.Ronald Blum, The Associated Press
November 8, 2000 At the latest quarterly all site meeting held at the library at Arcosanti,the project activity report was made and some community issues were discussed.Photo by: Jennifer Thornton
October 30, 2006 This continues the report of a new storage shed for the Ceramics Studio from 9/25/06. [from upper left] Expanded metal lath was applied to the outer walls, before they were covered with another coat of concrete. Construction staff Brendon Maloney and Mario Nuzzulese prepare a special concrete mix. Angus Gluck [with hat] headed this project. This continues the report of a new storage shed for the Ceramics Studio from 9/25/06. [from upper left] Expanded metal lath was applied to the outer walls, before they were covered with another coat of concrete. Construction staff Brendon Maloney and Mario Nuzzulese prepare a special concrete mix. Angus Gluck [with hat] headed this project. The coating was moistened and cured for three weeks.[Photo: rc, text: sa] Once the first coating was cured, another thin coat of concrete was applied. Dry silt was added to this coating while it was wet. [from upper left]Workshop participants Jung Ju Lee and Gabrielle Falconi, workshop participant Alfonso Elia, construction volunteer Darina Trendafilova, Jung Ju Lee and workshop participant Stanford Mandizha. [Photo: rc, text: sa] This surface coating blends well with the surrounding structure. The ceramics shed is complete. Well done! [Photo: rc, text: sa]
June 24, 2013Congratulations to the May 19. 2013 workshop participants upon their graduation:Pooja Ramaswamy from Canada continues as a planning intern, Mara Purves from Canada, Neil Fenton, Brian Duffy continues as planning intern, Carlos Wong from Canada, Hildi Cruz, Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo continues as intern in the Soleri Archives, Brandon Babb and Eva Kukar from Canada. Shane Morris from Canada also graduated.[photo and text by Sue Kirsch]
The lawyer for two defendants in the Focus corruption case filed a pre-trial objection on Thursday to have his clients acquitted on the grounds they should not be tried twice for the same events.In court, Savvas Angelides, counsel for former Central Bank governor Christodoulos Christodoulou, and for the company Α. C. Christodoulou Consultants Ltd, said his clients have already been tried for the same case and been found guilty.Therefore the attorney-general’s decision to now prosecute them again on different charges represented a miscarriage of justice, the lawyer argued.Christodoulou did five months in jail in 2014 for failing to pay taxes on a €1m payment made from Greek company Focus Maritime Corp to Α. C. Christodoulou Consultants Ltd – a consulting firm technically owned by Christodoulou’s daughter.A.C Christodoulou Consultants Ltd had also been found complicit and was fined €13,500.The current case is based on the suspicion that a €1m transfer from Focus, owned by Greek businessman Michalis Zolotas, to the consulting firm was actually made on behalf of former Laiki Bank boss Andreas Vgenopoulos in exchange for the former governor’s collusion during the Greek financier’s 2006 takeover of Laiki.Laiki closed down in 2013.Vgenopoulos, widely considered as the protagonist in the collapse of the island’s banking system in 2013, died in November 2016.Other than Christodoulou, his daughter Athina, and her ex-husband Andreas Kizourides, the charge sheet includes Zolotas, former Laiki official Michael Fole, and companies A. C. Christodoulou Consultants Ltd, Marfin Investment Group (MIG), and Focus Maritime Corp.During a previous hearing, Athina Christodoulou and Kizourides entered a not-guilty plea. The other defendants have yet to enter a plea, their lawyers having submitted pre-trial motions.The lawyer representing Marfin Investment Group said he would submit his pre-trial objections at the next hearing, which was set for July 26.Thereafter, hearings will take place on 9, 10 and 11 October.The defendants face 29 charges including corruption, bribery, abuse of authority, abuse of trust, and money laundering.Zolotas faces a single count relating to money laundering.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola