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Equinor and partners make gas discovery in Norwegian Sea

first_imgThe Ørn exploration well was drilled to a vertical depth of 4147m below sea level using the West Phoenix drilling rig Image: The Ørn exploration well was drilled to a vertical depth of 4147m below sea level. Photo: courtesy of Equinor ASA. Equinor and its partners have made gas discovery in the Ørn exploration well south-west of the Marulk field in the Norwegian Sea.Located in production licence (PL) 942, the exploration well 6507/2-5 S was drilled around 12km south-west of the Marulk field, 38km south-west of the Norne field and 20km north-west of Skarv.Ørn exploration well was drilled using West Phoenix drilling rigThe well was drilled to a vertical depth of 4147m below sea level using the West Phoenix drilling rig. The well was terminated in the Tilje formation in Early Jurassic rocks.The well’s objective was to verify petroleum in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Garn and Ile formations) while the reservoir and fluid data were to be collected from the Lysing formation in the Upper Cretaceous.Following drilling, a total gas column of 40m was encountered at the well 6507/2-5 S in the Garn and Not formations, of which 30m of sandstones mainly of moderate reservoir quality in the Garn formation and tight sandstones in the Not formation.Recoverable resources at the well are estimated at 8–14 million standard cubic metres of recoverable oil equivalent.Equinor Norway and the UK exploration senior vice-president Nick Ashton said: “This is good news.“The Ørn discovery proves that there are still opportunities on the Norwegian continental shelf and reconfirms the Norwegian Sea’s importance to our domestic activity.”Equinor, in partnership with AkerBP and Wellesley Petroleum, will assess the discovery and clarify the delineation requirement.Ashton added: “The discovery follows several discoveries we have made in the same area during the past years, adding considerable volumes in an area with an already developed infrastructure. This gives us the opportunity to recover the resources profitably for both the licensees and society.”The well, which has been permanently plugged and abandoned, was not formation-tested. Extensive volumes of data have also been acquired and samples have been taken.Equinor owns a 40% stake in the latest discovery, while Aker BP and Wellesley hold 30% stake each.Separately, Equinor and its partners have commenced production from the Utgard field which is located along the UK-Norway median line, in the North Sea, several months ahead of schedule.last_img read more

Film Review: In Memory of Me

first_imgby Kristen DiLemnoIn the stark halls of an Italian monastery, selfhood and spirituality are locked in a silent battle. Directed by Saverio Costanzo, In Memoria Di Me follows a group of young men encouraged to lose themselves through self-denial and isolation.Lost in confused melancholy, Andrea (Christo Jivkov) joins a community of novices training for the priesthood. The Father Superior (André Hennicke) encourages surveillance throughout his monastery, and Andrea enters into a network of spies eager to report their brothers’ peculiarities. Depressed novices leave without any comfort or reassurance from their brothers, and Andrea grows increasingly tempted to follow their lead and return to the bustle beyond his window.When Andrea witnesses Zanna (Filippo Timi) slipping through the halls at night, his curiosity leads him into a fellow initiate’s crisis of faith and silent self-destruction. Andrea watches Zanna creep into the infirmary each night, only to be watched by Zanna in turn as he retreats to his cell. The real world tantalizes Andrea across the water – the monastery traps the novices on an island – and its brilliant colours ooze into the greys and whites of his cell.During the day, the men read scripture with varying levels of interest, present homilies with varying degrees of cynicism, and scrub floors with general boredom. While the monotony of their existence is clearly established, the drudgery leaves us feeling almost as depressed as the novices.In Memoria Di Me employs a sterile silence that feels meditative at its best and agonizingly flat at its worst. Novices tiptoe along the whitewashed corridors, sneaking glances to catch each other looking troubled, unsure or generally unholy. Andrea enters the monastery with a friendly smile, only to find his fervour quashed by frigidity and suspicion.Why the program doesn’t entail an open forum for spiritual discussion and education remains unexplained. The passive-aggressive environment leads otherwise healthy men to silent mania, but we’re never presented with justification beyond vague biblical quotations. When another novice bails, he could very well be headed to a more agreeable monastery.Andrea manages to spark a bit of interest for us during his wanderings about the grounds. Once Zanna finally confronts his follower, the two strike up a hesitant and confessional friendship that almost becomes engaging – Andrea treats religion scientifically, whereas Zanna can’t locate love or compassion within their walls. But when the Father Superior learns of Zanna’s criticism toward their destructive system, he humiliates the pair in public and puts an end to all interesting dialogue. While Costanzo captures the isolation inherent in spiritual devotion, the in-house fighting among the brothers turns their experience into a petty – and remarkably dull – game. The negativity of the system isn’t strong enough to be a critique of the priesthood, but no one has a revelation strong enough to justify the experience. Instead, In Memoria Di Me registers as a sombre, gruelling snapshot of inactivity.last_img read more

This Guy Rips “Foxy Lady” On Instruments Made Of Typewriters, Butter Knives, & Tennis Rackets [Watch]

first_imgYou’ve undoubtedly heard Jimi Hendrix‘s smash hit “Foxy Lady, which Rolling Stone placed at #153 on their 2004 list of the “500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.” But have you ever wondered to yourself, “Hey, Self, wouldn’t it be cool to hear “Foxy Lady” played using knives, tin cans, a tennis racket, a typewriter, and old landline phone?” No, of course, you haven’t. That’s a pretty silly thing to wonder about. But now, thanks to Italian one-man-band and self-proclaimed “Trash n’ Roll” artist Porcapizza, that dream that nobody has ever had is now a reality and–spoiler alert–it sounds f*cking fantastic.In the video below, Porcapizza uses a vast array of makeshift instruments made from everyday household items. A typewriter outfitted with aluminum cans and run through an effects processor serves as the percussion, assisted with a looper. A telephone receiver acts as the vocal mic, while kitchen butter knives fashioned as a mbira add a metallic bassline. However, the song truly begins to come together when he picks up his homemade four-string guitar, fashioned from a yellow construction hard hat, an old wooden tennis racket, and a bunch of black zip-ties, all assisted by reverb, vocal filters, and a looping system. He even ends the video with a few guitar quotes of another Jimi Hendrix favorite, “Voodoo Child”, a nice little Easter egg for the Hendrix hardcores that may happen to tune in.I know what you’re thinking–I don’t need to hear some guy ruin a song I love by playing it on a bunch of trash. But give Porcapizza’s rendition of “Foxy Lady” just one minute of time, and you’ll see what all the fuss is about:Porcapizza – “Foxy Lady” (Jimi Hendrix cover)To check out more music from Massimo Tortella, better known as Porcapizza, head to his YouTube page.[H/T Music Crowns]last_img read more

The women’s revolt: Why now, and where to

first_imgMen need to take greater responsibility for creating a more equitable culture and for helping move the conversation well beyond heterosexual harassment and assault to include broader, fundamental reform of institutions, education, and justice, said Thompson.“The movement for women’s equality that we need — and that I believe would have long-term traction — is one in which the dignity and rights of all human beings are honored, one that insists on an anti-racist politics, and that doesn’t tolerate structural sexism,” she said.The power of culture in a culture of powerDespite differences of degree and detail in their behavior, at the heart of the accusations against well-known men — from television host Charlie Rose and actor Kevin Spacey to rap mogul Russell Simmons and star chef Mario Batali — is an abuse of power, analysts say.“What gives men any sense that they have permission to do this? It’s hard for me to conclude that it’s anything different [than] just a basic disrespect and disregard for women and their boundaries,” said Robin Ely, the Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School (HBS). With that broader cultural message often a norm, it’s not surprising that workplaces become infected by such attitudes, since men call most of the shots at work.The recently accused men all have tremendous authority in their fields, and the ability to use their star power to coerce less-powerful women and men into harmful situations and later to push them toward silence. So is a corporate executive likelier to sexually harass than a bus driver is? Though that’s not entirely clear, there’s ample research in social psychology to suggest that power has wide-ranging corrosive effects on both cognition and behavior.,Studies of power dynamics show that high-powered people are more likely to take risks, to focus on rewards while ignoring possible failures, and to be overconfident in not only the likelihood of success, but in their own judgments, opinions, and skills. Power leads people to be more optimistic about outcomes and to believe that they can exert greater control over outcomes than they actually can.Research also says that people in power are more likely to cheat and lie, are better at it, and are more likely to objectify others. Having power directs a person’s attention away from the interests of others and allows them to focus on themselves. In addition, the powerful generally have far greater financial and legal resources to protect themselves from reprisals for their bad behavior. “What gives men any sense that they have permission to do this? It’s hard for me to conclude that it’s anything different [than] just a basic disrespect and disregard for women and their boundaries.” — Robin Ely When allegations of serial sexual misconduct by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein broke in October, they triggered a cascading national reckoning over sexual harassment and assault in the workplace and beyond. In the weeks since, women have leveled charges against many high-profile men in entertainment and media, business and politics. As the accusations continue to erupt through the burgeoning #MeToo social media movement, many observers are wondering if the nation is finally beginning to deal with gender inequity.Recognizing inappropriate behavior as harassment was a radical concept in 1979, when activist and attorney Catharine MacKinnon published “Sexual Harassment of Working Women: A Case of Sex Discrimination,” a groundbreaking book that tackled sexual discrimination in the workplace head-on. Seven years later, MacKinnon was co-counsel in the U.S. Supreme Court case that recognized such harassment as a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Today the James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School tells the Gazette she is “inspired by the brilliance, heart, and grit of all the survivors who are speaking out and reflecting on their experiences of sexual violation, and being listened to.” And she said the downfall of so many powerful men is stunning, “especially given decades of stonewalling and recalcitrance and siding with abusers.”To gauge the sweep of the emerging movement, the Gazette in recent days interviewed University scholars across a range of disciplines, asking them to assess the repercussions and reactions that are redefining the sexual landscape and to explain how society might change in the process. Here are their thoughts on some key aspects.The power of narrative in the post-Weinstein eraWhy did the Weinstein story open the floodgates to a movement when similar revelations about comedian Bill Cosby, Fox News chief Roger Ailes, and then-presidential candidate Donald Trump did not?Ann Marie Lipinski, curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, said she suspects the response is a combination of women simply having “had enough,” along with the celebrity of many of Weinstein’s accusers, including actors Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, and Angelina Jolie. Their status drew widespread attention to the issue, but it’s a “frustrating fact” that famous women were deemed more credible and were more readily heard than the mostly unknown accusers of Cosby or Trump, Lipinski said.“For all those women working night shifts in hospitals or stocking things in grocery stores or working in a lot of industries where there is more anonymity and not the same level of public scrutiny or, in many cases, fame, it must be pretty frustrating to feel that your complaints are not being taken with similar seriousness,” she said.,Anyone’s personal story can prove a powerful tool for change. The #MeToo movement has inspired countless women, and some men, to share their experiences with sexual assault or harassment.Historian Tim McCarthy isn’t surprised at the outpouring. Narrative has been a unifying and mobilizing force through history, said the director of Culture Change & Social Justice Initiatives at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).In the first half of the 19th century, slave narratives — stories that bore witness to the brutality committed against people treated as property — “were incredibly powerful in terms of moving public opinion of a culture that was increasingly literate and increasingly divided” over abolition, said McCarthy, who lectures on history, literature, education, and public policy. Similarly, the violent images that filled newspapers and American TV screens during the Civil Rights Movement a century later brought entrenched racism into vivid, visceral relief for audiences outside of the South, he said.In recent decades, the stories of gay men and women eager for the same rights and protections afforded heterosexuals have helped advance the LGBTQ movement and the recognition of same-sex marriage.“All of these movement moments that changed hearts and minds and moved a nation in the direction of justice have been rooted in storytelling,” McCarthy said.,Centuries of untold storiesFor centuries, women have struggled with sexual harassment and abuse at work and at home. But often they have had to forgo battling against it or telling their stories to make other gains, said Phyllis Thompson, a cultural historian and lecturer on studies of women, gender, and sexuality.In the 1800s, suffragists were reluctant to talk about sex crimes of all kinds, in part because the topic was considered “indelicate.” In addition, “to have a discussion of sex crimes in the workplace requires that one have an understanding that all genders legitimately belong in the workplace, and that was just simply not the case in the 19th century. There was no sense of a right for women to have workplace treatment on a par with men,” Thompson said.In the end, Thompson said, even suffragists like Lucy Stone, who complained of “crimes against women,” dropped the divisive issue so they could focus on establishing a right-to-vote platform that would have “mass buy-in.”Second-wave feminists concentrated on securing equal pay for equal work and on access to jobs typically reserved for men. “There was so much initial focus on making sure issues of access to work were resolved, it took a while before people started having the wherewithal to tear apart routine sexist practices within the workplace,” said Thompson, who teaches the College course “The History of Feminism: Narratives of Gender, Race and Rights.”The second-wave feminists opposed sexual assault at home and on the job and helped push through an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibited gender discrimination in the workplace.Pivotal texts on sexual misogyny, such as Susan Brownmiller’s 1975 “Against Our Will,” moved the topic of sexual assault and rape further into the national discourse. “[Brownmiller’s] argument, that the threat of sexual abuse is a tool of domination, was important for this moment,” said Thompson. “It was a crucial piece of theoretical thinking for the second wave.”,As to the current moment and the countless stories of harassment being told online and in person, Thompson said she hopes they will produce lasting change, but she worries about diversity. “Insofar as what some call third-wave feminism has been broadly critiqued for the individualism of its politics (‘To each her own feminism’), the #MeToo moment is a kind of corrective in that its presumptive ethos is one of solidarity,” she said. “But, unless feminists (and the media, and the national audience) start doing a better job of highlighting and listening to the voices of people who have been doubly marginalized, such as women of color and those of lower socioeconomic status, there will be important limits on what can be accomplished.” “The movement for women’s equality that we need — and that I believe would have long-term traction — is one in which the dignity and rights of all human beings are honored, one that insists on an anti-racist politics, and that doesn’t tolerate structural sexism.” — Phyllis Thompson Francesca Gino, the Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration at HBS, studies why dishonesty and other unethical behavior persists in organizations. She has found that people who are serially dishonest often behave unethically, feeling little or no guilt when they can convince themselves that what they’re doing isn’t immoral.“For years, I’ve explored the gap between people’s actual dishonest behavior and their desire to maintain a positive moral self-image. To explain this apparent gap, my research illustrates how even subtle forces divert us from our ‘moral selves’ … and that even good people often engage in behavior that violates their own ethical goals,” Gino said in an email exchange.Gino’s work suggests that creative and innovative people are more likely to be “morally flexible” because they can create rationales that shift how they view and justify unethical actions. In a series of experiments involving advertising agency workers, Gino’s team found that a creative mindset was a better predictor of dishonesty than intelligence. In addition, people who act unethically often rationalize their behavior afterwards — or forget it entirely — and so are more likely to repeat it.“This work helps explain why unethical behavior is so pervasive in organizations and in society more broadly,” she said.The different ways that men and women tend to handle power may account for why so many male industry titans have been accused, and almost no women leaders so far. Gino’s work shows that men tend to unconsciously associate sex and power more readily and frequently than women do, and that men who link the two are more likely to use coercion to get sex, she said. One study found that such men are also more likely to say they would sexually harass a woman in a hypothetical workplace. Other research found that powerful men often inaccurately convince themselves that others are more sexually interested in them than they are, prompting them to act out.But high-status men are not always the bad guys. When insecure, low-status men suddenly acquire power, such as in the tech world, they are more likely to take advantage of that newfound power and be sexually aggressive than high-status men are, according to a new study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.,HBS’ Ely, who studies gender relations and power dynamics within organizations, says that for women of her era, sexual misconduct in the workplace was an ugly fact of life with no clear remedy.“We entered the workforce long before sexual harassment was very well understood. I know for myself, with the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings, that’s when I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, yes, I’ve been sexually harassed.’ I’d never really thought about it that way; it was just kind of an annoyance. But then I became more aware of it.”Companies traditionally act slowly, if at all, on sexual harassment and misconduct charges, so Eugene Soltes, the Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at HBS, said he has been surprised at how quickly firms such as Amazon Studios and NBC have removed top executives or franchise talent like Matt Lauer, the former “Today Show” host.Some businesses deserve credit for decisive responses that can minimize the reputational harm such cases can inflict, Soltes said. But many others often contribute to unwanted sexual behavior in the workplace either by protecting accusers with settlements or by failing to take basic early steps against misconduct before it becomes untenable.Employees caught embezzling or committing other financial crimes typically face swift prosecution or lawsuits from employers or investors, which leaves a civil or criminal paper trail for future employers, said Soltes, who studies white-collar crime. But with sexual misconduct, the circumstances surrounding an employee’s termination often remain shrouded in secrecy long after the accused has moved on. Cases are often settled in-house or in arbitration, where there is no obligation of public disclosure, and parties often sign binding nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) that mean neither the accuser nor the accused can discuss what happened. Although companies could reveal that former employees were let go for sexual misconduct during a reference check by other firms, Soltes says they rarely do.“There’s no explicit law that would prevent Employer A from telling Employer B ‘The reason we fired this person is there were three allegations of misconduct against him.’ But that would set them up for potential defamation suits [or] some potential [legal] issue,” said Soltes. “So what do firms do? They say ‘We can’t comment.’ That’s something that allows serial perpetrators to effectively move around, which you don’t see with other kinds of misconduct.”Soltes said that while recent media coverage has focused on the fall of powerful and high-profile figures, sexual misconduct at lower levels of the workplace is widespread.“It’s not explained by one or two executives at each firm. That doesn’t make sense” given data showing that a majority of women report that they have experienced some form of sexual assault, harassment, or other sexual misconduct, he said. Everyday comments, gestures, or looks from colleagues are a “gray area” of mistreatment that falls short of a crime but is nevertheless unwanted and is, over time, corrosive.“It’s amazing to see how men get this notion of consent: ‘If no one says it’s wrong, it means someone is consenting to it.’ That seems to be what’s happened,” said Soltes.“It’s going to be a difficult next phase for many men, recognizing that you’re not necessarily Harvey Weinstein or some of these people doing truly, truly egregious things [but you are still making women uncomfortable],” he said. “I think, frankly, many of the men engaging in that behavior are probably overall reasonable, well-intentioned individuals who just simply don’t see the consequences of their actions, and things that they might think are compliments are actually not interpreted that way.”,Journalism has played central roles, good and bad, in the public reckoning that has followed the Weinstein exposé. The media has been the vehicle by which investigations into longtime rumors, reports of accusations or secret settlements, and first-person testimonials were made public. But journalists have been also prominent among those accused.A-list show hosts, reporters, editors, and executives at marquee news outlets have been fired over allegations of sexual behavior ranging from boorish to assaultive. Michael Oreskes, National Public Radio’s senior president of news; Mark Halperin, an NBC political pundit and author; and Ryan Lizza, a New Yorker reporter and CNN analyst, have been let go. The behavior and reaction to it appears partly an offshoot of the profession’s longstanding culture of “ritualistic hazing” and “tough love,” said the Nieman Foundation’s Lipinski, former editor of the Chicago Tribune.“You come into a newsroom and you’re young and inexperienced … you’re thrown out on an assignment, you’re put into a situation you may not have dealt with before, and you’re at the mercy of more-skilled editors and higher-ups” for both guidance and future assignments, she said.Long term, news outlets ought to make gender discrimination and sexual misconduct a more integral part of their everyday coverage, rather than focusing on these issues episodically, Lipinski suggested. They also should hire and elevate more women to power, and end the use of confidential arbitration agreements in TV news employment contracts.“I’m not impatient for the quick fixes,” she said. “I’m impatient for fundamental change … a more equitable management division [between men and women], and cultural changes. That is going to take a little time, and anyone who thinks there’s a pill we can give everybody to fix this overnight is being naïve.”Cultural historian Thompson said she would like to see the energy of change focus on “something we haven’t tried yet”: ensuring that women are proportionally represented in positions of authority across society.“But in the meantime, if you wonder whether this thing you’re about to say or do may be offensive: a) maybe don’t do it, and b) ask a colleague,” Lipinski suggested. “Have an open conversation. In newsrooms, asking questions is a really tried-and-true and highly respected form of engagement … In some ways, we can make this more complicated than it is. I think we know what to do. I don’t think people are that confused.”Many abuse cases display a similar power dynamic in how men respond to their accusers, a pattern defined by Jennifer Freyd, a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon who studies the impact of interpersonal violence and institutional betrayal on mental and physical health, behavior, and society. Freyd developed the term DARVO, which stands for “Deny, Attack, and Reverse Victim and Offender.”That scenario has played out in courtrooms and boardrooms for decades, as attorneys and executives have repeatedly turned to a “nuts and sluts” defense to cast doubt on accusers, said Diane Rosenfeld, a lecturer at Harvard Law School whose courses include “Gender Violence, Law and Social Justice.”“When you take a higher view of everything that’s going on, a meta-analysis, you can see that that is absolutely the way that defense works. Anytime somebody comes forward, there’s an attempt to discredit her,” said Rosenfeld. “If you look back to the Anita Hill case and her accusations against Clarence Thomas, the attorneys defending Thomas were absolutely employing the ‘she’s a little bit nutty and a little bit slutty’ tactic to break down Hill’s claims.“I am really hoping this is our moment where women don’t allow that and don’t discredit one another. Finally, all of these extremely credible women with proof have come forward and more are coming forward every day. And I think we need to believe women at least as a starting point to investigating these cases.”Moving toward meaningful changeThough the scope of the problem is staggering, there are lessons to take from this moment of reckoning. Harvard scholars offered up an array of suggestions for how to cope with and move forward through the ongoing wave of revelations.Dealing with emotions can be an important first step. How to manage our feelings when confronted by ongoing press reports of sexual assaults and allegations is complicated, challenging, and charged, said Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, director of McLean Hospital’s College Mental Health Program and an instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School. Victims, perpetrators, and those who feel complicit by their silence or simply stunned by revelations about people they know will cope differently. But common frameworks can help guide those struggling with a range of difficult emotions.Parsing the language is one place to start. Instead of saying “moving on,” Pinder-Amaker suggests the term “moving through” as a way to think about navigating the emotional terrain as revelations continue. She also suggests looking to theories of grief that encompass emotions such as shock, denial, anger, sadness, even bargaining or the urge to strike a deal to “make this all go away and not be the nightmare I just woke up to,” that are common when people face the death of a loved one or friend.“Those are very real, typical and expected feelings associated with a grief reaction and tremendous feelings of loss. These are all part of the stages of grieving, and they are perfectly valid,” said Pinder-Amaker. “Often it’s reassuring just to know these feelings are typical, they are to be expected, and you might feel a range of these within a day and that’s OK.”Sharing feelings with a trusted friend or family member and taking a break from the 24-hour news cycle are other useful coping strategies, she said. And knowing sexual assault statistics, such as the fact that a majority of sexual assaults are committed by acquaintances and that most of those go unreported, can help promote awareness and ease fears.“Believing these facts will put all of us in a better position to be empowered to take preventive action and ultimately to protect ourselves, our children, and each other,” she said.,What should businesses do? Analysts say that sexual harassment training can help but is no silver bullet. Most companies have formal policies against harassment in their employee handbooks, and many require staffers to attend classes, yet research suggests the training can be ineffective if it doesn’t address real-world scenarios or offer credible solutions. In addition, company leaders may signal to subordinates that training is a mandatory human resources hurdle to endure and then forget, rather than an important, expectation-setting mandate.“The training around sexual harassment is terrible,” said HBS’ Soltes. “There are people who grope people in elevators. That does happen. Training is not going to change that. However, that’s what training focuses on. That’s not the major problem. The major problem is people saying things that they think are a compliment when they’re not.“I think this is the next step, where firms are going to really need to think very carefully. I’m hoping as researchers we can play a part [in] thinking about how to devise the kind of training that will resonate more deeply with people, so it’s not simply legal cover but is actually trying to nudge people to treat one another respectfully in the workplace,” he said. “But I think we have a long way to go before that occurs.”Ely believes that addressing the work environment is essential. “The way I look at all gender issues in companies in general is that it’s always a problem of the workplace culture, whether we’re talking about sexual harassment or sexual assault or even just the implicit, inadvertent acting on biases,” she said.Research has found that some organizations become places where behavior that was once outrageous slowly becomes normalized, “because it’s just one thing leads to another and people feel like, ‘Well, nothing ever happens, so I’m not going to report anything,’” she said. “And once in a while, there’s a case that comes up, and then it’s like, ‘Oh well, there’s a bad apple.’ It’s not a bad apple. It’s a culture that’s giving rise to this kind of behavior and letting it persist, not necessarily consciously, but …”An important first step for companies is to bring in outside entities to assess how employees experience the culture, she said. But then it’s up to corporate leadership to make things right.“I do think it’s the responsibility of companies to look at their culture with a really critical eye to understand how does that culture differentially affect different groups of employees — because we know it does,” Ely said. “I don’t think this is an H.R. thing. It’s not something you can legislate with policy. It’s something that leaders need to take up as their own agenda, to really be invested in understanding how people experience the culture of the organization, a culture that they, as leaders, are responsible for, whether they like it or not.”That’s a tall order, in part because company leaders typically rise to the top by successfully negotiating the same workplace culture others perceive as hostile. Once in command, even if they are well-intentioned, they have only their own positive experiences and vantage points to draw from.To prevent some men from abusing their power, Soltes said, companies should stop protecting high-status offenders. “I’m hoping that part of this is a turning point for the role that senior management, boards, and attorneys play. That simply creating these watertight legal contracts and NDAs is not sufficient to protect, so to speak, the organization.”But firms also must make organizational norms clear and nip offensive behavior in the bud to create a fairer and better culture for all. “The main goal is not firing people,” Soltes said. “That’s a necessary punishment for some … but what we want to do is not have this happen in the first place. That’s what would benefit everyone most.”Government too should play a major role in curbing sexual misconduct. In Washington, D.C., a city built on power, sexual abuse and harassment is a bipartisan problem that lawmakers have only begun to address. In addition, politicians are among those implicated, including the recently announced departures of Republican Reps. Trent Franks and Blake Farenthold, both of Texas, Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, and Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan.Using data to change behaviorThe Women and Public Policy Program at HKS works to identify data-driven ways to reduce gender inequality, especially in the workplace. Because many work environments — whether in offices, on factory floors, or in classrooms — were originally developed for a predominantly male population and men still far outnumber women in supervisory positions, bias against women can be built into the systems that shape who gets hired, who gets promoted, how much they’re paid, and how they’re treated.Because implicit bias is unseen, researchers are studying how to remove it from workplaces through “nudges” that help organizations operate with less gender mistreatment. A nudge can involve blind evaluations that remove demographic characteristics when reviewing resumés, helping overcome assumptions about who might succeed in a job and who wouldn’t. In addition, having men help with harassment training increases their support and understanding of its import, research has found.“It’s really difficult to change people’s mindsets. It’s much easier to change environments that make it easier for people to make the right decisions,” said Nicole Carter Quinn, the program’s director of research and operations.An initiative launched this fall, “Gender and Tech,” will bring behavioral scientists and technology researchers together to study and develop interventions to root out bias against women in recruitment, retention, leadership, and promotion in the overwhelmingly male-dominated tech world, where women routinely face discrimination and sexual misconduct, as former Uber engineer Susan Fowler chillingly documented in a blog post earlier this year.Education appears to have a central role in changing attitudes as well.The #MeToo movement has shown how sharing personal experiences can promote conversations leading to change. According to a recent Harvard survey, another kind of frank dialogue is needed, one that has parents and educators talk with their children and students about harassment, as well as about what it means to have healthy, loving romantic relationships.Compiled by Making Caring Common, an initiative at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), the 2017 report is based on surveys of more than 3,000 young adults, including college and high school students, and aims to create a better understanding of how young people think about and develop romantic and sexual experiences. The study included information gathered from conversations with 18- to 25-year-olds, parents, teachers, coaches and counselors. According to the findings, sexual harassment and misogyny are pervasive among young people. The report suggested that such behaviors and attitudes often go unchecked because parents, educators, and peers don’t intervene.“I think it’s an epic educational failure, really a staggering educational failure,” said Richard Weissbourd, senior lecturer at HGSE, faculty director of the Making Caring Common project, and the study’s lead author. He hopes the report will act as “a real wake-up call.”,Some 87 percent of young women surveyed reported being sexually harassed. Forty-eight percent of respondents either agreed with or were neutral about the statement “Society has reached the point where there is no more double standard against women.” Roughly three-quarters of respondents said they had never had a conversation with a parent about what constitutes sexual harassment. Parents, the report said, engage in a “dumbfounding abdication of responsibility” by delegating their children’s knowledge of romantic and sexual relationships to popular culture, where song lyrics, movies, television, video games, and magazines are rife with misogynistic messages and content, and harmful notions of romantic love.The researchers found that degrading language is prevalent in school hallways and classrooms, where words like “bitch,” “slut,” and “ho” are so common that they are “part of the background noise,” said Weissbourd. The report also said that boys regularly  divide young women into “good girls” and “bad girls” and binge on internet pornography.“That reinforces just about every unhealthy and degrading notion about sexuality there is. It’s the degradation, the objectification, the idea for boys that what’s pleasurable for you is pleasurable for women. The idea that women are there to service you, the sense of entitlement that it can engrain,” said Weissbourd.He said that parents and teachers need to go well beyond platitudes like “be respectful” to others or discussions of abstinence and safe sex, and instead, engage young people in meaningful discussions.Reframing the definition of masculinity, Weissbourd said, is another important step in the way forward.“Young men need to learn that there can be real courage and honor in learning how to have a healthy love relationship with somebody else — the tender, generous, subtle, courageous, demanding work of learning how to love and be loved. I really think that we’ve got to push a very different definition of manhood here.”last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Ashanti & Ja Rule’s Hamilton Mixtape Track & More

first_img‘Hamilton Mixtape’ View Comments Danielle Brooks Set for CSC’s The Amen CornerOrange Is The New Black’s Danielle Brooks will perform in a one-night-only reading of James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner as part of Classic Stage Company’s First Look Festival on November 28. Directed by Liesl Tommy, the cast will also be joined by Adeola Role, Mirirai Sithole, Phumzile Sithole, Christina Redd, Brandon Jones, Curtiss Cook Jr, Kevin Mambo, Cristina Pitter and Folami Williams. It’s only natural Brooks is on board for the project—CSC’s artistic director is John Doyle, who helmed her Tony-nominated performance in The Color Purple.Director Marianne Elliott to Take on CompanyInteresting. Marianne Elliott, who won Tonys for her work on The Curious Incident and War Horse, is leaving her position as associate director at the U.K.’s National Theatre to form her own new theater company. Its first production, the U.K. debut of Broadway’s Heisenberg, will be followed by an all-female London revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company. According to the New York Times, Rosalie Craig will lead the production, which the legendary composer is set to be involved in. We will keep you posted as dates and further details are announced.New Trailer for Denzel Washington’s FencesWe now have a second, more extensive trailer for Denzel Washington’s film adaptation of August Wilson’s Fences, which is heavily-tipped for awards season success. The piece won the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award in 1987, and the 2010 revival won Tonys for both Washington and Viola Davis, who reprise their roles on the big screen. Fences in slated to hit movie theaters on Christmas Day. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Ashanti & Ja Rule’s Hamilton Mixtape TrackWe’re mesmerized by this! We have another track, below, from the Hamilton Mixtape, Ashanti and Ja Rule’s collaboration on “Helpless.” It’s fitting, as Lin-Manuel Miranda recently admitted on Conan: “When I was writing that song, I was picturing it as Ashanti and Ja Rule. Eliza’s Ashanti, Hamilton’s Ja Rule.” The full album is scheduled to drop on December 2 and that’s not the only seasonal cheer for Miranda. According to Variety, the certified genius’ collaboration with Disney, Moana, was the top film over the Thanksgiving holiday, bringing in a massive $81.1 million, just shy of Frozen’s record-breaking totals. P.S. Jimmy Fallon and Jonathan Groff recently chatted about the aforementioned Mixtape, on which the late night host sang the Tony nominee’s track, “You’ll Be Back.” Hysterical.last_img read more

Mansion facing the river sells for $5m at auction

first_imgThe home at 127 Laurel Ave, ChelmerA lower-level main bedroom has a large walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with a claw foot bathtub.There is also a library, gym and wine cellar.“It’s probably one of the best riverfront blocks in Chelmer,” Mr Adcock said. The home at 127 Laurel Ave, ChelmerRiverfront homes specialist Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige Real Estate, said the 3122sq m property at 127 Laurel Ave sold to a local family who were renting just one street over.The opening bid was $4 million.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoThe home at 127 Laurel Ave, Chelmer“We had two registered bidders and probably a crowd of 80 to 100 people,” Mr Adcock said.“It was pouring rain at 11am but it didn’t seem to deter the crowds.” The home at 127 Laurel Ave, ChelmerHe said the property’s “unbelievable” block size and its wide frontage to the river appealed to buyers most.The outdoor space includes a grass tennis court, pool, sprawling level lawn and a gazebo with timber decking. 127 Laurel Ave, ChelmerTHIS riverfront mansion has sold at auction for $5 million. The home at 127 Laurel Ave, ChelmerHe said that the market for prestige homes was the best that he had seen in more than a decade.“This just shows that the prestige market in Brisbane has certainly come back to life,” Mr Adcock said.last_img read more

Swiss first-pillar fund AHV reshuffles fixed income portfolio

first_imgSwitzerland’s first-pillar AHV fund is shifting its portfolio away from alpha towards bonds, according to Christoph Zimmermann, head of external investments.In a panel discussion at the Swiss pensions conference Fachmesse 2. Säule, Zimmermann said the CHF30bn (€24.5bn) fund had now invested 10-15% of its 70% fixed income allocation in senior loans, high-yield bonds and emerging market debt.He said another segment the fund was looking to for diversification was convertible bonds.“We have had positive experiences with senior-loan fund products, especially in Europe, as they are very liquid, which was not the case in the past,” he added. Marco Netzer, chairman of the board at AHV, pointed out to IPE earlier this year that the portfolio served the needs of three different funds combined under the Compenswiss umbrella.This, he said, necessitated a relatively conservative approach to investment.The fund also manages money for invalidity compensation scheme IV (CHF4.7bn) and EO, the scheme for people in military service or on maternity leave (CHF600m).At the conference, Zimmermann said the the AHV was “very content with the equity share of 24% ex real estate equities”, which adds another 6% to the fund’s equity allocation.He said the fund had “not yet looked into smart-beta strategies” such as low volatility or dividend strategies, as “around 50% of a total return on equities comes from dividends anyway”.“This means you already have a spread between the dividend yields and bonds, which is very comon in Germany, France, Switzerland and the UK at the moment and slightly less so in the US – this makes the case for a Nestlé share rather than a bond,” he said.This year, the fund will “continuously add indirect Swiss real estate funds” to the portfolio, as costs for the funds “have come down over the last year, from which we are profiting”.Infrastructure, on the other hand, was “not an option” for the AHV, as the fund has a shorter time horizon relative to other schemes, Zimmermann said. At the same time, the AHV has also announced it would diversify its real estate exposure to other parts of Europe and the US.last_img read more

City Council Approves Additional PERF Benefits For Mayor

first_imgCouncil members discuss PERF benefits for mayor on Monday night.In October, Batesville City Council passed a resolution that added the mayor’s position to be eligible for Indiana Public Retirement System’s Public Employees’ Retirement Fund (PERF).Prior to passing the resolution, some citizens voiced opposition to the proposal that it would be retroactive since the mayor’s position was considered fulltime since 2004.Batesville City Council voted on the measure that would retroactively send $20,114.00 to the mayor for past service. In October, the resolution was approved by all but one member of city council and went into the books.Well, that was history until Monday’s council meeting.Batesville Clerk-Treasurer Ron Weigel received another email from PERF on January 9, stating that an error had occurred.According to an email obtained from PERF to Weigel, “Regrettably the original letter contained a typographical error indicating that the amount to purchase past service was $20,114.00. The correct amount is $50,114.00.”The typo forced city council to vote again on the resolution, while first hearing feedback from community and council members.Former utilities manager Mike Vonderheide voiced opposition regarding the proposal.“At the time when this first came up I did a calculation,” Vonderheide indicated. “Just knowing the personnel rules and how PERF works I came up with $43,000, is what the city would have to pay for the mayors portion.”“When they got a letter that said [$20,000], I think a few folks of council was lulled into thinking its just $20,000. ‘We can certainly help the mayor with retirement for $20,000.’”Vonderheide asked council to reconsider the measure, “The time when Rick was elected mayor his first term, I was fully aware that city council had done a review of benefits for the mayor’s position, and had specifically decided not to include PERF in the mayor’s package.”Council President Gene Lambert disagreed.“I was the one that led the salary review during the first term,” Lambert explained. “I can tell you without reservation there was absolutely no such discussion about denying the mayor PERF benefits.”District 3 Council Member Bob Narwold agreed that he did not recall a discussion regarding the mayor’s PERF benefits.Lambert also noted that the program is intended for all government employees and roughly 80 percent of mayors in the state participate in PERF.Prior to the vote, District 2 Council Member Kevin Chaffee stated, “If we were going to implement this, we implement it going forward. I don’t think it is morally right to pay someone for work they have already accomplished.City Council made a motion to approve the additional $30,000 to include the mayor retroactively to 2004. It was approved 4-1, with Chaffee opposed.last_img read more

Bulldog Netters Victorious Over Trojans

first_imgThe Batesville Boys Tennis team defeated East Central 3-2 on Tuesday to improve their record to 6-0 and 3-0 in the EIAC.#1 Singles- Lleyton Ratcliffe was defeated by Chase Lambrinides 6-7 (7), 1-6#2 Singles- Sam Giesting defeated Brody Taylor 4-6, 6-0, 6-2#3 Singles- Adam Scott defeated Cole Davidson 6-3, 7-6 (1)#1 Doubles- George Ritter/Cooper Williams defeated Zach Bovard/Gavin Daniels 6-1, 6-1#2 Doubles- Brayden Worthington/Ben Rodgers were defeated by Josh Hudepohl/Logan Huisman 2-6, 3-6In JV, Batesville won 5-0. Lane Oesterling and Jon Hoff won in singles. The doubles teams of Grant Story/Sam Voegele (two matches) and Seth Gausman/Jon Hoff also won. The JV is 6-0 on the season. Batesville will travel to Lawrenceburg on Thursday for a 4:30 start.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img read more

DCC beat Police in last-over Carib T20 thriller

first_imgDEMERARA Cricket Club remained unbeaten in the Georgetown Cricket Association’s (GCA)/Carib T20 tournament after they edged hosts Police Sports Club by three runs on Sunday.Set seven runs to win from the last over, discarded national player Christopher Barnwell bowled a superb over, which cost only three runs.Police ended on 151-5 in pursuit of 155 for victory.Earlier Sherfane Rutherford smashed an unbeaten 91, inclusive of eight sixes and four fours, after his team were 36-3 at one point.Rutherford and Jahron Byron (14) added 68 for the fifth wicket. Jason Heyliger claimed 3- 22 runs, while Leitch, Steven Harris and Ricardo Adams snared one wicket each.In the run chase Police slipped to 21-3 before Lennox Andrews took his team within the victory target, with an attacking 66-ball 75. Heyliger ended on 27 not out.Barnwell took 2 for 37, Wintz, 1-15 and Nedd 1 for nine.Barnwell ended with figures of 2-37, while Ashmead Nedd, Paul Wintz and Rutherford also claimed a wicket apiece.last_img read more