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A disorientating dialogue

first_imgCandice Breitz: Re-animations Candice Breitz’s installation, ‘Double Karen’ consists of two televisions facing each other in a stairway, one in front of you, the other behind as you rise. The former TV loops those moments in the Carpenters’ ‘Close to You’ in which Karen Carpenter sings “me”; the latter loops Karen singing “you” from the same song. Similarly, ‘Double Olivia’ is two TVs facing each other, in which loops of Olivia Newton–John singing “I”, “my”, “mine” and “you” from ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’ are played. Such use of personal pronouns lends the installations a stange potency. While the viewer stands within hearing of both “I” and “you”, it is impossible to view both screens simultaneously, and yet both screens continue to call to the viewer in the middle, unsure which way to turn. The rest of Breitz’s five installations do not work as well. ‘Diorama’ is a reconstruction of a sitting room with nine screens arranged about the room, with each screen looping one of nine characters from the TV series Dallas saying a phrase, for example, “But what about love…?”. It is undoubtedly sensational; the arrangement of the sets again leaves the viewer disorientated while the volume is also disorientatingly loud, but the intimacy and the involvement of the ‘Double Karen’ and ‘Double Olivia’ installations is lacking. In an essay on Breitz’s work, Jennifer Allen compares her work to the “experiments” of Arnulf Rainer. Breitz’s work is indeed experimental as a scientific study might be experimental. Though visually striking, the impression as a whole left me questioning what exactly we can classify as art.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003last_img read more

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15 Charged In Statewide Corruption Investigations

first_img15 Charged In Statewide Corruption InvestigationsOctober 11, 2018Katie Stancombe • Dallas Davis, 56, Russellville, served as the clerk/treasurer for the Town of Russellville. Alleged to have stolen $7,600 by not properly depositing utility receipts.• David Buzzard, 50, Columbus, served as the trustee for the Rock Creek Township Trustee in Bartholomew County. Alleged to have overpaid himself and his spouse $27,000.• Nicole DeMunck, 35, Michigan City, served as the AK Smith Center treasurer in the Michigan City School System. Alleged to have stolen $13,000.• Nichole Lowry, 47, Kewanna, served as the Pulaski County EMS Director. Alleged to have stolen more than $12,000 in training funds.• Cheryl Pruitt, 50, Gary, served as the former Gary Schools Superintendent. Alleged to have received a $1,256.75 “reimbursement” for funds that she never spent.• Donald G. Minnick, 64, Gosport, served as an Owen County Commissioner. Improperly sold a vehicle to the county with a loss of $7,500.All 15 have been arrested and will be civilly charged for repayment of more than $1 million based on the misappropriations, the State Board of Accounts said.“In recent years, the Board of Accounts has emphasized the importance of effective internal controls that detect and mitigate fraud risks,” said examiner Paul Joyce. “Some officials and employees, however, still take advantage of system gaps and succumb to the temptation to use public funds for personal gain. We take those fraud cases seriously.“These cases are good illustrations of the importance of our collaboration with law enforcement and prosecutors to hold these individuals accountable for violating the public trust.” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img Federal and state charges announced by United States Attorney Josh Minkler on Thursday cap a statewide roundup that found 15 individuals accused of misappropriating more than $1 million in public funds.Those charged included city and county employees, fire department officials and school employees spanning 11 counties since 2014. Five people face federal charges, and 10 face state charges.In collaboration with the State Board of Accounts, FBI, Indiana State Police, and local law enforcement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office presented results from “Operation Public Accountability,” an effort Minkler said he hopes will reassure Hoosiers that there are people fighting for the public trust.“Our focus was to hold them accountable when they are trusted with taxpayer dollars,” Minkler said at a press conference. “The message to public officials, whether they are in small communities or large ones, is that we are watching. And if you are handling public money, that public money should be used to fund public programs, not to line your own pockets or pay your own bills.”Several of the individuals racked up between $50,000 and $140,000 in stolen funds.But the largest amount stems from arrests of two former Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank employees charged earlier this year with stealing $400,000. Jacqueline Fitzgerald, 54, and Monica Durrett, 56, currently face state charges filed by the Marion County prosecutor’s office.Another person on the roundup list, Kelly Cline, 35, served as Greenwood Middle School’s extra-curricular activity treasurer. She was federally charged with stealing $50,000 from the school’s extra-curricular account. That money, Minkler said, could have been used to purchase 450 iPads for students to use.Other individuals facing federal charges include:• Sami Dillon, 38, Crawfordsville, ex-clerk/treasurer of Cayuga, in Vermillion County. Alleged to have stolen $44,000 by not depositing utility receipts.• Clint Madden, 51, Columbus, served as the Wayne Township trustee and the Jonesville Volunteer Rural Fire Department treasurer, in Bartholomew County. Alleged to have misappropriated more than $100,000 from the township and the fire department.• Mathew Mathis, 47, Columbus, served as the treasurer of the Hope Volunteer Fire Department in Bartholomew County. Alleged to have stolen more than $48,000 from the fire department.• Norman Burgess, 44, Danville, served as the treasurer of the Wayne Township Fire Department in Hamilton County. Alleged to have stolen $140,000 from the fire department.Those Facing State Charges:• Angela White, 44, Indianapolis, served as the ECA treasurer for Robey Elementary School in Wayne Township, in Marion County. Alleged to have stolen $10,000 from the school.• Rachel Bentz, 44, Portland, served as Jay County Sheriff’s Department jail matron. Alleged to have stolen $9,000 by not depositing inmate trustee receipts.last_img read more

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Lees to take legal action against vendors of Patisserie UK

first_imgLees Foods has decided to take legal action against the people from whom it bought Patisserie UK – a specialist bakery business that went into administration in March under Lees’ ownership.Coatbridge-based Lees, which is known for its macaroons, tea-cakes and snowballs, said in a statement that, after taking legal advice, it believed there was a good basis for a claim against the vendors of Patisserie UK under “warranties given at the time of acquisition”. Lees bought Patisserie UK’s holding company Rock Cake in December 2007 from its directors, who had set up the company in a management buy-out from Enterprise Foods in February 2006. Lees put Patisserie UK into administration in March 2009 after its major customer – Costa Coffee, which accounted for 75% of its sales – switched to another supplier.In its 2008 annual results, published last month, Lees reported that sales from its two main businesses – Lees of Scotland and Waverley Bakery – were up 8% to £16.12m.last_img read more

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Government outlines food export plan

first_imgThe government has unveiled a plan to export more food to emerging markets in a bid to secure lucrative sales – a move that has been welcomed by the food and drink industry.The Exports Action Plan, overseen by a Forum co-chaired by Jim Paice, food and farming minister, and Food & Drink Federation (FDF) deputy president and chief executive of Nestlé UK Paul Grimwood, wants to cut through many of the barriers currently faced by potential exporters and help towards the drive for industry growth of 20% by 2020. Despite a 12% increase in UK food exports in 2010 to £16.1bn, the UK still exports more to Belgium than to Brazil, Russia, India, China and Mexico combined.The plan identifies a number of actions to boost exports, including removing trade barriers; encouraging and putting in place measures to help SMEs export; shifting the focus to emerging economies and highlighting exporting as the key route to growth.Melanie Leech, FDF director general, said: “Food and drink is one of the UK’s key growth sectors and our shared ambition with government is to grow the sector by 20% by 2020 across both the domestic market and exports. The core of food and drink manufacturing is SMEs and it can be difficult for these companies to access the help and support they need to take that first step to export. Therefore the opportunity to work in partnership with Defra and UKTI has been embraced by industry. “This plan contains many common-sense actions that can be taken forward in a relatively short timescale to deliver results as well as those initiatives that are more complex and longer term. We will be reviewing our progress in one year’s time and I hope that the Exports Action Plan will make a significant contribution to yet another year of record exports and to our overall vision for industry growth.”last_img read more

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Twiddle Busts Out Talking Heads, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Covers At Hampton Beach Show [Videos/Photos]

first_imgPhoto: Vic Brazen; from 4/13/19 Twiddle was at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH on Saturday as part of their ongoing run of shows throughout the northeast with lespecial and Gatos Blancos. Saturday night’s performance with lespecial was another special one for Twiddle and their fans, as the popular jam/rock band delivered a fun mix of covers over two sets and an encore.Related: Twiddle Announces 2019 Tumble Down Festival LineupThe band began the show with a rendition of “Earth Mama” before tearing into a three-song segue beginning with “Latin Tang”. The segment continued right into “Indigo Trigger” from 2017’s PLUMP before guitarist Mihali Savoulidis led the charge into the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros with a cover of the “Game of Thrones” theme, a nod to the HBO show’s return on Sunday. The band’s electrifying cover of the beloved “GoT” theme can be watched below.Twiddle – “Game of Thrones” Jam – 4/13/2019[Video: Michael Liacos]The band didn’t jam around with the television tune too long, as they transitioned back into “Indigo Trigger” before continuing their first set with another cover, this time Citizen Cope‘s “Son’s Gonna Rise”. The first half of the show came to a close with the band returning to their own song catalog with two more songs off of PLUMP in “Lost in the Cold” and “Be There”.Twiddle – “Son’s Gonna Rise” [Citizen Cope cover] – 4/13/2019[Video: Michael Liacos]Twiddle returned to the stage to start the second half of Saturday show with “Hattie’s Jam” > “When it Rains it Pours”. The second set continued with “Zazu’s Flight” and “Gatsby the Great” before closing out with “Doinkinbonk!!!”. In the successful attempt at keeping their New Hampshire fans on their toes, Twiddle returned for a one-song encore with a cover of Talking Heads‘ “Girlfriend is Better”. Fans can check out the video below to watch the band’s show-closing cover of the Talking Heads’ 1983 tune.Twiddle – “Girlfriend is Better” (Talking Heads cover) – 4/13/2019[Video: Michael Liacos]Twiddle will be back in action later this week with their next performance scheduled for Friday, April 19th, at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA, with Gatos Blancos on as support. Fans can head to the band’s website for ticket info to all of their upcoming spring and summer performances.Below, you can also check out the photos from Saturday’s show via the gallery below, courtesy of Vic Brazen.Setlist: Twiddle | Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom | Hampton Beach, NH | 4/13/2019Set One: Earth Mamma, Latin Tang > Indigo Trigger > Game of Thrones Groove > Indigo Trigger, Son’s Gonna Rise (Citizen Cope cover), Lost in the Cold, Be thereSet Two: Hattie’s jam, When It Rains it Poors, Zazu’s Flight, Gatsby the Great, Doinkinbonk!!!Encore: Girlfriend is Better (Talking Heads cover)Twiddle | Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom | Hampton Beach, NH | 4/13/2019 | Photos: Vic Brazen Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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GameStop shares drop 60% as frenzied rally loses steam

first_imgGameStop shares have fallen 60% in a further reversal of the recent blockbuster gains that grabbed people’s attention far beyond Wall Street. The stock’s drop Tuesday was the worst yet for the stock and follows a 31% decline a day earlier. The video game retailer’s stock shot up an eye-popping 1,600% in January following a social-media led campaign to boost the price at the expense of big Wall Street funds who were betting on a decline. The sudden swoon this week could dash some investors’ hopes of cashing in big.last_img read more

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King Charles III Extends Reign Over West End

first_imgLong may he reign over the West End! King Charles III has extended its run at the Wyndham’s Theatre through January 31, 2015. Directed by Rupert Goold, the production had previously been set to end its limited engagement on November 29 after officially opening on September 11. Tim Pigott-Smith will remain in the titular role. The cast also includes Oliver Chris, Richard Goulding, Nyasha Hatendi, Adam James, Margot Leicester, Tom Robertson, Nicholas Rowe, Tafline Steen, Lydia Wilson, Katie Brayben and Miles Richardson. View Comments In the future history play by Mike Bartlett, the Queen is dead, and after a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles ascends the throne. The controversial play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family. The production originally had an acclaimed run at the Almeida Theatre earlier this year. Next stop Broadway?last_img read more

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Fertilize fruit plants

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaWhile you’re enjoying this summer’s backyard fruits, don’t forgetnext year’s harvest.”Next year’s fruit crop depends greatly on the plants’ healththis year,” said Gerard Krewer, a horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia Extension Service.Making sure your fruit plants are properly fertilized now isimportant for two reasons, he said.First, flower buds are forming now that will produce next year’scrop.”The number of flowers you have next spring will be determinedthis year,” Krewer said. That’s important. The more flowers youstart with, the better your chances of having a crop after aspring frost.Second, fruit plants are charging up their batteries now. They’llcrank up next spring on the strength of the energy reserves theybuild up between now and their fall shutdown.”For the first 30 days or so next spring, a fruit plant willdepend on its stored reserves,” he said. “Those are the reservesit’s producing this fall and storing in its roots and stems.”Whoa!Don’t rush out and start pouring on the fertilizer, though. “Toomuch fertilizer could do more damage than good,” Krewer said.”The plant could wind up making less fruit instead of more.”Too much fertilizer now, he said, could cause the plant to growtoo much in late summer. That would increase shading in theplant’s interior, leading to fewer flower buds. The late growthis more susceptible to cold injury, too, this fall and winter.The best thing to do, Krewer said, is take a soil sample to thecounty extension office. That will tell you your plants’ precisefertility needs.”Summer is a great time to pull a soil test,” he said. “Thereadings will be closer to the actual soil conditions the plantsexperience during the growth season. The pH goes down this timeof year. So you get a better picture of your liming needs.”One benefit of soil testing is that you can often save onfertilizer costs. “Often plants require only nitrogen in thesummer application,” he said.Second-best thingIf you really don’t want to run a soil test, the next best thingis to use a balanced, premium-grade fertilizer.That would not only supply the nitrogen, phosphorus and potassiumplants need in balanced amounts, but would also provide themicronutrients needed for good growth.For many fruit trees, a seat-of-the-pants rule is to apply 1pound of premium-grade 10-10-10 per inch of trunk diameter. Butdon’t apply more than 3 pounds per tree in late summer.”For pears, apply a little less than that,” Krewer said. “Pearsare prone to put on too much vegetative growth if you fertilizethem too much.”For blueberries, he said, apply 1 ounce of the same fertilizerper foot of bush height. But don’t apply more than 6 ounces perbush.In rich soils or where fruit plants often grow too much, he said,cut any of these rates by one-half to two-thirds.Be prepared to fertilize again next spring, just before or duringbloom. “Fruit plants usually need fertilizer every spring andevery summer after harvest,” Krewer said.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCooperative Extension Service.)last_img read more

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UNESCO weighs in on Lamu coal plant debate, wants answers from Kenyan government

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Quartz:The controversy over a planned coal plant in Kenya’s idyllic coast is far from over.The United Nations cultural organization this week called on the Kenyan government to reassess the impact of the coal-fired power project on the heritage and natural environment of Lamu. The archipelago is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. The decision was made during UNESCO’s 43rd session in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.The heritage committee asked Nairobi to also review the cultural and environmental impact of the Lamu Port South Sudan Transport Corridor (LAPSSET), a multibillion-dollar infrastructure and transport project connecting Kenya, Ethiopia, and South Sudan. Calling the situation a “matter of urgency,” UNESCO also lamented Nairobi’s provision of “only limited information” over the years, especially how the LAPSSET project would impact Lamu’s traditional architecture and history.Kenyan officials were given a deadline of February 2020 to submit a report, with the committee mulling the possibility of putting Lamu on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The UN body designed the list to highlight how existing heritage sites were threatened by war, pollution, unchecked development, and natural disasters.The decision from UNESCO follows a ruling from Kenya’s National Environmental Tribunal in late June which halted the plans to build the coal plant. Judges said authorities had failed to conduct a thorough assessment of the plant’s impact on Lamu, canceled the license issued by the National Environmental Management Authority and ordered developer Amu Power undertake a new evaluation. The environmental court also faulted the Chinese-backed power plant for failing to adequately consult the public about the initiative and cited insufficient and unclear plans for handling and storing toxic coal ash.The announcement in Azerbaijan comes days after environmental activists said Kenyan authorities were trying to water down the status of Lamu as a heritage site. In a draft document published on UNESCO’s site, proposed amendments included removing considerations of the impact of the coal plant on Lamu. Authorities argue the plant would generate 1,050 megawatts of power upon completion, and boost the country’s fast-growing demand for electricity.More: UNESCO wants Kenya to review plans to build its first coal plant on a world heritage site UNESCO weighs in on Lamu coal plant debate, wants answers from Kenyan governmentlast_img read more

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Global Counter Drug Policy, Key in the FARC Peace Process

first_imgBy Dialogo October 18, 2012 The fight against drug trafficking, one of the main components in the negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC is undergoing an international – or at least regional – decriminalization, probably due to risking new strategies, such as including guerrillas in combat, according to analysts. The quest for a “solution” to the drug problem is one of the five goals set by Juan Manuel Santos’ government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the peace process that is about to start in Norway. “It would be beneficial for the Colombian process to find a regional solution that includes the United States. It would also be beneficial to decriminalize consumption,” said Benedicte Bull, Norwegian researcher at the Centre for Development and the Environment. This coincides with the plans proposed by Santos, who, along with Mexico and Guatemala, asked for a new global counter drug strategy at the UN in September. In April, the Organization of American States (OAS) requested a study to generate alternatives in the so called war against drugs, which has left hundreds of thousands dead from the violence of mafias. Because drug trafficking involves the trading of illicit substances, its nature generates violence, organized crime and corruption. In fact, the FARC are partly funded from forcing coca growers to pay them taxes, although they are not the only ones. “Even though the FARC always appear as the main actors in the primary production and trading of illicit drugs, there are other parties involved in this business,” Saúl Mauricio Rodríguez Hernández, historian and expert on military relations at Colombia’s National University told AFP. Therefore, even if the FARC agree to disarm, it doesn’t mean that the trade will end. It may actually “spread, and production may fall in the hands of small cartels or mafias and spin out of control.” Rodríguez Hernández considers, therefore, “that the strategy is to try to involve the FARC with the tentative fight against drug trafficking,” even though this would signify a minor fix, because any tactic, even crop eradication “must go hand in hand with an international dialogue about the decriminalization of hard drugs. I don’t see any other option,” he assured.last_img read more

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