Upholding complexity

first_imgAbout a year ago, Jacob Ming-Trent vowed never to play a slave again.“We need more complex storytelling,” said the actor during an interview on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, recalling the reasons behind the decision. “We need positive images that aren’t all tracking back to me picking cotton.”But then came an offer for a part in “Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3),” a new play by the Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks that follows the life of a Texas slave — Hero — who joins the Confederate Army with his master in return for the promise of freedom.It’s a complex drama, alternately fierce and funny. One read through the script and Ming-Trent was hooked. He signed on for two roles — as a member of a group of slaves, and as the talking “Odyssey Dog,” a conflicted companion to the protagonist of Parks’ three-hour epic.It was the playwright’s “different perspective” that convinced Ming-Trent to join up.“She was saying: ‘We have to reframe this. We can’t allow people who have told the story incorrectly or have left out important details [to] win the day. Sometimes, we have to go back in and say … ‘This is a little more complex.’”“Father,” which opened Friday, is part of the American Repertory Theater’s Civil War Project marking the 150th anniversary of the nation’s bloodiest conflict. The play is a collaboration with the Public Theater of New York, where it debuted in the fall to strong reviews; it was recently named a finalist for the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History.In the first hour, “A Measure of a Man,” Hero struggles with the decision to follow his master into battle. Part two, “A Battle in the Wilderness,” finds Hero and his master separated from their regiment with a captive Union soldier. “The Union of My Confederate Parts” has Hero return to those he left behind to face the choices he made.Parks — a onetime MacArthur “Genius” and the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, for 2002’s “Topdog/Underdog” — said that in contrast to some of her past work, “Father” developed at a slow burn. Indeed, even now, after six years of work, she’s not done tinkering. Recently she inserted a stage direction for Hero to “hold up his hands reminiscent of ‘Hands up, don’t shoot,’” in reference to the protests that followed the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.Still, the playwright bristled at the notion that “Father” is about race.“We should not be reduced to a four-letter word,” said Parks, taking a break from a recent rehearsal.Instead, she said, the play explores a range of emotions and relationships, and asks difficult, sometimes impossible questions about love, honesty, truth, and freedom.“It touches on things that we are going through, both we of 2015 who are of African descent, and those of us who are not.”Much of the play, said Ming-Trent, “is about freedom and what is freedom, really. And how do you become free? And once you’ve made the decision to be free or not to be free, what that does.”The play’s director, Jo Bonney, a white woman from Australia, engaged with the material without a second thought over her superficial distance from it.“In the end as a director you’re telling a story and the greatest gift that you can be given is a script that is a powerful piece of storytelling. For me, whether I am male or female or what my color is or my background, it’s still a great piece of storytelling and my job is to tell that story.”So far, so good, as least according to the judgment of a most trusted adviser — Eric Bogosian, the actor-director who also happens to be her husband.“I always bring him into first previews,” said Bonney, who praised Bogosian as a “primal audience member,” keenly able to gauge if her work is hitting its marks.“He was so excited to see these kinds of performances on stage,” said Bonney, “and storytelling that was this deep and this funny.”“Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)” runs at the A.R.T. through March 1.last_img read more

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99 New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Chautauqua County On Friday

first_img64 Zip Code 13.25% 0.0 23 6.95% 4.4% 14048- Dunkirk4 0.52% 291.3 100 16.4% 14063- Fredonia4 36 Active Case Rate (per 100,000 residents) Percent 2.3% 306.0 287.2 90+2 17 0-19366 50-59386 14787- Westfield2 159.7 0.2% 197.4 14136- Silver Creek2 14 Percent of Total Cases 0.91% 0.8% 19 1819.3 15.1% 51 193.6 463.4 3.6% 25 0.7% 433 534.9 14716- Brocton2 67 37 1.3% 0 309.6 60-69329 93 14747- Kennedy0 25.9% Fatality Rate by Age Group 8 415 14718- Cassadaga1 334.0 10 312.2 0 5 0.9% 21 123 4 Symptoms Known1705 40-492 Percent 362.3 14784- Stockton2 0.7% 20 14710- Ashville4 Age Group 14081- Irving1 0.91% 3 201.2 480.8 19.21% 2 13.32% Symptoms 3.66% 27 14138- South Dayton0 11.97% 2 16 4 0.6% 139.8 No349 1 253.9 20 64 99 12 14712- Bemus Point2 73 14738- Frewsburg4 616.0 0.8% 14062- Forestville3 122 461.8 2.7% 14723- Cherry Creek0 COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 11 0.55% 11.97% Age 20.47% 1.9% Number 20 452 6 246.4 2.4% 60 218.7 0-390 4.7% 14767- Panama0 0.4% 14757- Mayville4 Yes1356 11 Total 45.4 1.0% 47 0.4% 20 80-899 316.2 14701- Jamestown41 14733- Falconer5 60-693 14775- Ripley4 2748 15 1.3% 14750- Lakewood3 1.5% 5 33 1.2% 0.00% 0 2 0.7% 0.1% 30-39349 41 126.6 11 0.0% 70-797 36 4 All Ages25 14781- Sherman1 14769- Portland1 COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 508.3 14728- Dewittville0 0 5.26% 14726- Conewango Valley2 156.7 12 70-79191 Number 14720- Celoron0 6 6 711 1.7% 14724- Clymer5 New Cases 0.4% 79.53% 3.28% 90+38 446.1 40-49364 80-8990 20-29528 WNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Health Department reported 99 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday afternoon.According to the county’s COVID-19 dashboard, there are now 433 cases active.Additionally, 31 people are hospitalized with the virus, down from 34.The seven-day average percent positivity rate also dropped from 8.8 percent to 7.8 percent. A breakdown of the new data is posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence Total Cases 14736- Findley Lake0 NYS Fatality Rate: 4.86%US Fatality Rate: 1.9%Source: John Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker 12/9/2020 5 14740- Gerry2 12.70% 6 Total Deaths Fatality Rate 128 307.6 1.38% 100.0% 740.7 8 50-592 2.3% 4 14722- Chautauqua0 0.0 0.0 3.4% 10.00% 23 Active Cases 14782- Sinclairville0 Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Student loan bill takes first steps

first_imgStudent loan bill takes first steps Student loan bill takes first steps March 15, 2005 Regular Newscenter_img A bill that would allow the state to repay student loans for some of its long-term attorneys has cleared its first hurdle.SB 190, which would allow the state to repay up to $44,000 on student loans for assistant public defenders, assistant state attorneys, assistant attorneys general, and assistant statewide prosecutors cleared the Senate Governmental Oversight and Productivity Committee on February 23. It was approved by a 5-0 vote after three minor amendments were added.It has already cleared the Senate Judiciary in January, and next goes to the Justice Appropriations Committee.The bill allows the state to repay up to $3,000 a year for student loans for attorneys in the four job categories who have been on the job for at least three years. After six years, the payment goes up to $5,000 a year, with a maximum repayment of $44,000.According to information provided to the committee, the average first year assistant state attorney makes $41,554.84; the first year assistant public defender earns $42.410.18; and the assistant attorney general $39,311 (figures were not available for assistant statewide prosecutors). After three years, those salaries are typically $51,108.36, $51,282.48, and $47,313, respectively.For those with law school loan debt, those who graduated from public law schools have an average debt of $54,025 and those from private schools typically owe $77,183.The three amendments provide that the loans must not be in default or have accrued late fees; the applying attorney must annually submit an affidavit of certification; and if an eligible attorney has more than one loan, the payments will first be applied to the loan with the highest interest rate.Bill supporters have argued the loan repayment program is justified because public attorneys typically make less than those entering private practice. State attorneys and public defenders have said the measure could help them retain experienced staff, who often leave for private practice because of the onus of repaying student loans.A similar measure, HB 169, has been filed and referred to the Judiciary Committee, the Justice Appropriations Committee, and the Justice Council. As this News went to press, it had not been heard. HB 169 provides for the loan repayments for assistant state attorneys, assistant public defenders, and qualified trial court staff attorneys.The Bar’s Young Lawyers Division has taken a legislative position supporting loan repayments for experienced government attorneys, at the local, state, and federal level, and including legal aid attorneys.last_img read more

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You’re blocked! FCC issues declaratory ruling to resolve call-blocking uncertainty

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Hello compliance world! My name is Mahlet, and I recently joined NAFCU’s regulatory affairs team. I come bearing robocall news.On June 6, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will consider a Declaratory Ruling and Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (TFNPR) that would allow voice service providers (providers), such as Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, as well as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers, to automatically block suspected robocalls unless consumers opt out. NAFCU will attend the FCC’s June 6 Open Commission meeting where this item will be considered and plans on submitting a comment letter if the proposal is finalized. Currently, it is unclear if this proposal would be harmful to credit unions but it could lead to providers inadvertently blocking some legitimate communications, including those from credit unions. NAFCU is interested in hearing from you whether providers are currently or have in the past mistakenly blocked your credit union’s communications.Note: The Declaratory Ruling becomes effective immediately, with no opportunity for comment, if it passes the FCC vote on June 6. However, the TFNPR is only a draft proposed rulemaking. If the FCC votes to approve the TFNPR, it will publish with a 30-day comment period. continue reading »last_img read more

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New chief justice Syarifuddin takes his oath to lead Supreme Court

first_imgRead also: Heavy task awaits new Supreme Court chief to tighten monitoring of judgesMany believe Syarifuddin faces a great challenge, as he is expected to restore public faith in the country’s judicial system by imposing stern sanctions against judges who violate its code of ethics, an issue that Hatta was criticized for during his term.In 2019, the Judicial Commission recommended sanctions against 130 judges who allegedly violated the code of ethics, a staggering increase from the 37 judges who received sanctions in 2018.Also on Thursday, Manahan Sitompul took his oath as a Constitutional Court justice for his second five-year term before the President. Manahan’s first term ended on April 28.Topics : Muhammad Syarifuddin is officially at the helm of the country’s highest court after taking his oath to serve as the new Supreme Court chief justice before President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the State Palace on Thursday.Syarifuddin, formerly the court’s judicial division deputy head, is set to lead the Supreme Court for the next five years until 2025, replacing his predecessor Hatta Ali, who was due for retirement next month after previously serving two terms at the court.The 65-year-old career judge won the majority vote with 32 votes during an election held in a plenary meeting attended by 47 Supreme Court justices on April 6. The other candidate, Andi Samsan Nganro, received 14 votes. last_img read more

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Gov. Wolf Proclaims May 23 “1-4-3 Day” to Honor Fred Rogers, Encourage Pennsylvanians to Spread Kindness

first_imgGov. Wolf Proclaims May 23 “1-4-3 Day” to Honor Fred Rogers, Encourage Pennsylvanians to Spread Kindness May 10, 2019 Press Release,  Proclamations Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf has proclaimed May 23 as “1-4-3 Day” in Pennsylvania in honor of Fred Rogers’ favorite number and has issued a challenge to all Pennsylvanians to show neighbors more kindness to one another.“I am proclaiming the 143rd day of the year as ‘1-4-3 Day’ to encourage acts of kindness and honor Fred Rogers, who served as an inspiration to millions of Pennsylvanians and people around the world,” said Gov. Wolf. “We know Pennsylvanians are grateful for and do good deeds for their neighbors every day. It’s one aspect that makes our commonwealth such a great place to live, work and to visit. 1-4-3 Day is a recognition and celebration of those collective efforts, and we hope it inspires even more acts of kindness.”Pennsylvania native Fred Rogers, best known as Mister Rogers, regularly used 1-4-3 as a way of saying I-Love-You throughout his life and on his beloved television series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His reference was to the number of letters in each word: 1-4-3. May 23 is the 143rd day of the year.The state’s website will be home to a “Kindness Generator” at pa.gov/143-day, to provide inspiration for the day, and a “Kindness Tracker” will tally good deeds and kind gestures Pennsylvanians do throughout the day. Residents are also urged to use #143DayInPA on social media to share and help spread the movement.“A good deed could be as simple as holding a door open for a few extra people, bringing an extra cup of coffee for a co-worker, or offering your seat on the train,” said Carrie Fisher Lepore, Deputy Secretary, Office of Marketing, Tourism, and Film for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. “1-4-3 Day is taking time to share some extra gratitude for the people in our lives and celebrate the little things we do for one another every day.”For more an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Fred Rogers, the Pennsylvania Tourism Office invites travelers to experience the Fred Rogers Trail, at visitPA.com/fredrogers, which includes stops in his hometown of Latrobe and Pittsburgh, where he filmed his iconic television show.Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on even more great ideas and places to visit around our state.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Discount-rate changes wreak havoc on Dutch schemes’ coverage ratios

first_imgFurther, in July, the pensions regulator (DNB) replaced the prescribed – and fixed – UFR of 4.2% with a progressive one, initially set at 3.3%.The rate, according to consultants, has since dropped to 3.2%.Frank Driessen, chief commercial officer for retirement and financial management at Aon Hewitt, said: “Because pension funds are only allowed to grant indexation if funding is at least 110%, inflation compensation seems far away.”He said the combined effect of UFR changes and the hiking of the prescribed financial buffers was likely to lead to more defensive investment policies at Dutch schemes, with less focus on generating surplus returns.Mercer estimated that adjustments to the discount rate’s calculation method had lead to a 6.5-percentage-point decrease in funding. Last year’s average 1.1% return on investments and 2% decrease in liabilities, in the wake of rising interest rates, failed to offset this “considerable” loss, according to Mercer actuary Dennis van Ek.He said rising interest rates and improved equity markets had, on balance, prevented a further funding drop over the course of 2015.“Had both remained unchanged, funding would have been close to 101% on average now,” he said, adding that such a drop was still possible if markets failed to improve further and 30-year swap rates remained at their current level of 1.6%.Mercer concluded that pension funds had lost up to 3% on their fixed income holdings last year, but that equity returned 6% on average.Commodities and hedge funds lost 16% and 4% on average, respectively, it said.Aon Hewitt cited a 7% return on equity and said property investments generated 8% last year, adding that the remaining asset classes produced a 1% loss on average. According to the consultant, pension funds’ coverage dropped 1 percentage point in December.It said the portfolio return was -3%, following losses on fixed income, equity and property of 2%, 4% and 1%, respectively.The rise in interest rates, which lead to a 2% drop in liabilities last month, partly offset the poor returns. The average coverage ratio for Dutch pension funds fell by 4 percentage points to 104% last year, due chiefly to changes in the way liability discount rates are calculated, consultancies say. Had the rates been left as they were, Dutch coverage ratios over 2015 would actually have increased by 2 percentage points, according to Mercer. Since the introduction of the new financial assessment framework (nFTK) at the beginning of last year, Dutch schemes have had to switch from using a funding representing the three-month average of their actual coverage to the actual funding, with the new rate also including an ultimate forward rate (UFR).Aon Hewitt said this adjustment had had a negative effect on pension funds’ coverage ratios.last_img read more

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Exmar Repays Its 2014 Bond

first_imgExmar Netherlands, a subsidiary of Belgian owner and operator of gas carriers Exmar, has fully repaid the outstanding senior unsecured bond, issued in 2014.The bond was extended in July 2017 and maturing in July 2019.It has been funded partially with the new, unsecured NOK 650 million (USD 75 million) bond and partially with own resources.Exmar explained that the latest debt was secured in mid-May 2019 and has a final maturity in May 2022.Image Courtesy: Exmarlast_img

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Franklin County to hold Caucus

first_imgFRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — Franklin County is planning on holding a caucus this Saturday at 9:00 AM, to choose a new county auditor.It was postponed from last Saturday.According to Indiana Code, the county chair must send a written notice by mail to each caucus member at least 10 days before the caucus.Saturday’s caucus is open to the public.Steve Brack, the previous auditor, resigned with his last day being December 30.last_img

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Prauner picks up three wins at Off Road Speedway

first_imgBy Randy PospishilNORFOLK, Neb. (May 9) – The second week of racing at Off Road Speedway featured a full slate of races, plus the conclusion of the previous week’s rain-interrupted program.The result was a rare opportunity for racers to secure multiple wins and Kyle Prauner took full advantage by completing a ‘hat trick’ of victories, finishing first in the make-up of last week’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature before adding wins in week two’s IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and the SportMod features.“It doesn’t happen very often, but not a lot of guys have two cars going,” Prauner said. “We’ve just got both cars humming right along so far. It’s been a good weekend; we won them both with both cars in Albion last night, too.”In other action from last week Tejay Mielke won the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature.In regular week two racing, Mielke benefited from Jeremy Hoskinson’s misfortune in the Hobby Stock feature. Mielke made his way through traffic, then chased Hoskinson for four laps before a restart that forced Hoskinson to the back after colliding with a track marker.Lance Mielke went wire-to-wire for the Mach-1 Sport Compact win.last_img read more

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