Related posts:No related photos. UK business costs are the smallest in EuropeOn 24 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Despite claims that the UK has a ‘rip-off’ economy, it actually has thelowest business costs in Europe and is well-placed worldwide, new researchreveals. The 2004 Competitive Alternatives study identified the UK as having thelowest cost structure among seven major European nations and 11 otherindustrialised countries. The UK was also found to be the most competitive country in Europe and thirdoverall behind Canada and Australia, according to the study by consultantsKPMG. Surprisingly, the UK outperformed the US, and was found to be competitiveacross all industry sectors, including aerospace, telecommunications andpharmaceuticals. Ian Barlow, senior London partner at KPMG, said the UK and France had bothgained ground on other countries since the last survey in 2002. “Being cost-competitive is one of the fundamentals in securing inwardinvestment. However, selecting the best site for a business operation requiresbalanced consideration of factors including talent and skills, together withacademic support,” he said. While the survey found significant cost differences between countries forestablishing manufacturing and corporate service operations, the UK scored wellin both. It was also found to have favourable research and effective income taxrates. By Ross Wigham Previous Article Next Article
Previous Article Next Article HR HartleyOn 8 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Champagne and bloodshed in the arenaRewarding your staff is one of the essential principles of HR. Make themfeel special and wanted and they’ll work their socks off. What intrigues me, then, is the inherent adversarial nature of anothercornerstone of progressive HR – the in-house awards ceremony. You are pittingyour staff against each other in a manner that Russell Crowe in full Gladiatorget-up would be proud of. And, as far as I know, Roman warriors weren’t allowedto be fuelled by a combination of champagne and strong Continental lager to addto their aggression. I was at a swanky do at a top London hotel recently and as I stood in thetoilets (no, not handing out the towels), I listened to a chap from IT proudlydeliver the following line: “Hey, IT are going to take some seriouscasualties tonight!” The guy next to me loudly commented on how little theIT department must get out, using some very colourful language indeed. This was right at the start of the evening, and these blokes weren’t evencompeting for an award. After the ceremony had finished and the arena cleared and cleansed of blood,I was back in the loo listening to a salesman complain he had sold 32,000 unitsof something I didn’t understand, and the company could stick the award hedidn’t win right where the sun don’t shine. Sadly, methinks it’s a Catch 22. Staff get aggressive enough when they dohave an awards night – but just you try taking it away. I suppose if there’sany lesson to be learned, it’s bug the toilets, and you’ll soon begin todiscover where people’s loyalties really lie. Hartley is an HR director at large Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
Share via Shortlink (Photo illustration by The Real Deal)This year’s most lucrative retail leases look different from the usual Manhattan fare.Generally an apparel or beauty store appears at the top of the list. Or, like last year, a luxury retailer.But this year, decidedly unsexy big-box operators dominated the charts.And though many retailers were wary of expansion, some were bullish. Target, for example. The big-box retailer had four of the 10 most valuable retail leases this year, ranked by annual rent.“While the transaction volume was down significantly in 2020, the deals that were done, they all have a common thread, and that is spaces that were leased were of the highest quality,” said Richard Skulnik of RIPCO, who represented Target in the deals. “I would say there was a flight to quality during 2020 for transactions that were completed.”A few expensive leases continued to be signed on the luxury streets, with one on Madison Avenue and two on Fifth Avenue.There were also a fair number of renewals with major price tags. Bed Bath & Beyond renewed its lease at 620 Sixth Avenue for $6.9 million per year. Home Depot renewed at 40 West 23rd Street for $9 million annually. And Chanel stayed at 139 Spring Street for $3.6 million.Still, this year’s top deal fell far below the whopping $16 million Hermès of Paris paid for 12 months at 706 Madison Avenue.Here are the 10 most valuable retail leases of the year, according to data from PincusCo.1. Home Depot | 410 East 61st Street | $9 millionHome Depot has had some year. As homebound Americans rebuilt their decks and home builders laid down foundations en masse, Home Depot and five other big-box chains accounted for 29 percent of all U.S. retail sales in the second quarter. And it’s growing. Home Depot’s massive 120,000-square-foot lease at 410 East 61st Street — formerly home to a Best Bath & Beyond — topped the list. Peter Ripka of RIPCO Real Estate represented Home Depot in the Oct. 1 deal. RIPCO also represented landlord Gazit-Globe Group.2. Harry Winston | 712 Fifth Avenue | $7.87 millionThe luxury jeweler expanded its footprint with an 18,000-square-foot lease at Paramount Group’s 712 Fifth Avenue. The landlord and tenant were both represented in-house.Read moreHere are Manhattan’s most valuable retail leases of 2019Target to open 40 new stores a year; Q3 income jumpsA few big-box stores now account for 29% of US sales 3. LVMH owned Fendi and Berluti | 595 Madison | $6 millionWhen Coach abruptly closed its doors at Vornado’s 595 Madison Avenue in January, it seemed like a blow to the luxury corridor. But within days, Fendi and Berluti inked a deal for the 8,000-square-foot space. Robin Zendell of Robin Zendell & Associates represented the tenants. Vornado was represented in-house.4. Target | 150 East 86th Street | $5.75 millionWith plans to open up to 40 stores a year, Target has been on a path of rapid expansion in New York City and across the country.The first Target deal on this list for 56,000 square feet at Vornado’s 150 East 86th Street. The store was previously home to a Barnes & Noble, which announced its departure in June. Skulnik represented Target, while Vornado was represented in-house.5. Sephora | 4 Union Square | $4 millionThe first and only beauty retailer in the top 10 is Sephora for its lease of 8,018 square feet at Vornado’s Union Square. The beauty and makeup chain signed a deal in February for the ground floor of the former Forever 21 space. Virginia Pittarelli represented Sephora, while Vornado was represented in-house.6. Target | 10 Union Square East | $4 millionTarget signed a 15-year-lease in the Empire State Realty Trust–owned Union Square Building in January. The retailer will occupy 32,579 square feet. Skulnik represented Target, while Empire State was represented in-house.7. Chopard | 730 Fifth Avenue | $3.63 millionThe Swiss jeweler relocated its flagship store from Madison Avenue to the Crown Building, paying an estimated $3.63 million for 2,422 square feet. Chopard was represented by Cushman & Wakefield’s Eric Le Goff and James Downey, while landlord Brookfield Properties was represented in-house.8. The Lego Group | 75 Rockefeller Plaza | $4 millionThe Lego Group snapped together a 10,000-square-foot lease to relocate and expand at Tishman Speyer’s Rockefeller Center. Cushman & Wakefield’s Andrew Kahn and Chris Stanton represented the Danish toy company, while Tishman Speyer was represented in-house.9. Target | 121 West 125th Street | $3.36 millionTarget signed a lease in April for 48,798 square feet in a new-construction building. The $242 million mixed-use project in Harlem will also be home to 170 units of affordable housing and a civil rights museum. Skulnik once again represented Target, while BRP, Dabar Development, L+M Development Partners, Taconic Partners and the Prusik Group were represented in-house.10. Target | 258 8th Avenue | $3.2 millionTarget signed a deal late in the year to expand to Chelsea, taking over 29,000 square feet in a pending project by JJ Operating. Skulnik once again represented Target, while the developer was represented in-house.Contact Sasha Jones Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* Email Address* Tags2020 in Reviewbig box retailRetailRetail Real Estatetarget
Clockwise from left: Richard LeFrak, Related chairman Stephen Ross, A&E’s Douglas Eisenberg, Cammeby’s International Group founder Rubin Schron and Blackstone president Jonathan Gray (Getty, iStock) While 2020 was a turbulent year for New York City, things have largely stayed the same for the city’s biggest rental landlords.Policy changes in 2019 left New York’s multifamily players reeling, but the rental apartment sector experienced remarkably little distress compared to other sectors, like office or retail — something that industry experts had predicted at the start of the pandemic.“Read my lips: You are not going to see distress in multifamily,” Lightstone Group CEO David Lichtenstein said during a virtual panel in April.Overall, rent collections have stayed strong despite record unemployment numbers. Although the vacancy rate has risen precipitously, landlords are counting on urban dwellers to flock back to the city whenever the pandemic winds to a close.And while the coronavirus crisis is front of mind now, the effects of the 2019 rent law may outlast it. As potential buyers and long-time owners parse out the rules, the details of which are winding through the courts, it may be a long time before multifamily values reset in New York City. That means fewer large portfolio trades in the short-term, and fewer changes to who tops the largest rental landlord list.Building on previous efforts to identify the city’s largest property owners, The Real Deal cross-referenced building registrations from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development with a database that TRD compiled.Here are 2020’s largest rental apartment owners.1. Blackstone GroupThe asset manager, led by CEO Stephen Schwarzman and president and COO Jonathan Gray, still reigns as New York City’s largest rental landlord, with 13,361 units across 76 buildings. That’s thanks to one, enormous asset: Stuyvesant Town, which has 11,250 apartments over 80 acres on Manhattan’s East Side.Blackstone purchased the complex with Ivanhoé Cambridge for $5.3 billion in 2015, and as part of the deal, it agreed to keep thousands of apartments under rental and income restrictions. In return, it received $144 million to offset transfer taxes, $77 million in mortgage-tax waivers and the ability to sell air rights for the complex.But earlier this year, the Stuy Town tenant association sued Blackstone to block deregulation and rent increases at some units not covered by the regulatory agreement with the city.The ongoing litigation may have larger implications for landlords with units under J-51, a state program that provides a tax benefit to property owners for who carry out renovations.Read moreMultifamily’s new frontiersMultifamily beats the oddsCommon’s Brad Hargreaves on the future of multifamily Full Name* Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags2020 in Reviewa&eBlackstoneCammeby’sMultifamily MarketRelated CompaniesRental MarketRichard LeFrak Message* Share via Shortlink 2. The LeFrak OrganizationThe LeFrak family’s firm moved up one slot in the ranking this year, but its holdings stayed the same, with 12,111 apartments across 85 buildings. Its largest property is LeFrak City, a 4,605-unit development in Corona, Queens, which was built in the 1960s for middle class families.In recent years, the firm has shifted its focus to office properties and luxury development on the New Jersey waterfront.LeFrak is currently developing a 10-story mixed-use building between Newport and Downtown in Jersey City, which the municipality’s planning board unanimously approved earlier this month. The property will have 108 apartments.3. Cammeby’s International GroupFor years, this real estate investment company occupied the No. 2 spot on the list of NYC’s largest landlords. But in 2020, its total portfolio dwindled to 10,554 units across 229 buildings.Three investors — LIHC Investment Group, Belveron Partners and Camber Property Group — bought 1,275 units across eight of the firm’s buildings in the Bronx. The apartments were built in the 1970s under the Mitchell-Lama program and renovated in 2014.The firm also sold 350 units across three buildings in Brooklyn and Queens, which were previously owned by President Donald Trump’s brother, to the Parkoff Organization.While it owns fewer units than Blackstone or LeFrak, Cammeby’s still has the most buildings of any rental landlord in New York City.4. A&E Real Estate HoldingsThe multifamily firm, led by Douglas Eisenberg, maintained its No. 4 position in this year’s ranking, with 10,188 units across 206 buildings. A&E’s portfolio includes properties in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan with a high concentration of rent-stabilized units.Despite a sluggish multifamily market overall, A&E picked up 126 units when it acquired 400 East 58th Street in October from publicly traded real estate investment trust SL Green. The 16-story building also includes 4,200 square feet of retail.5. The Related CompaniesRelated increased its total unit count to 9,152 apartments across 87 buildings, cementing its place as the fifth largest rental landlord in New York City.The megadeveloper added to its residential holdings when 341 units at 460 Main Street on Roosevelt Island came online. The 21-story mixed-use building is permanently affordable, and is the eighth of nine planned buildings that Related and its partner Hudson Companies are developing on the island.Related also increased its bets on lower-income housing, which has performed reliably throughout the pandemic. The firm bought two Section 8 buildings on the Lower East Side in November from CIM Group and L+M Development Partners for $435 million, increasing its unit count by 101.But it also shed some assets: The company sold its One Union Square development to Argentinian firm Raghsa in November for $211 million. Related developed the 27-story, 174,000-square-foot building in 1998 — and the sale was one of the largest multifamily transactions since the start of the pandemic. Contact Georgia Kromrei
Large rifts that open in Antarctic ice shelves are known to be filled by snow accumulations, ice shelf fragments, and sea ice. This work demonstrates how these rifts may also be filled from below, through their interaction with ocean water, by marine ice. The model presented here quantifies both the rate of marine ice accumulation at the top of the rift, which results from melt-driven convection at its sides, and the impact of this process on waters occupying the confined environment of the rift. The results show that such a system could fill the rift with tens of meters of marine ice. In the process the temperature and salinity of the ambient water in the rift evolve through two distinct phases. The first is characterized by rapid change that takes the properties of the ambient water to near-equilibrium values, followed by a second phase of much slower change. The melting rate at the lower part of the walls of the rift emerges as the principal factor influencing many aspects of model behavior. Testing the model against field observations from an Antarctic rift showed it to be robust and successful in reproducing the main observed features, including the presence of a thick layer of supercooled ocean water inside the rift.
Clinical adviser in the NHS appointed to advise on LGBT health issues Expert panel also appointed, which will focus on key issues such as conversion therapy, improving access and tackling inequality in healthcare Government Equalities Office to host inaugural national LGBT conference (Monday 18 March) Advonet, LGBT Foundation, London Friend, Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest, and the Royal College of General Practitioners were awarded a share of £1 million to improve LGBT people’s health and social care Barnardo’s, Diversity Role Models, Equaliteach, National Children’s Bureau, Stonewall and The Diana Award are splitting £1 million of the funding to extend work that protects children from homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. Currently the initiative, delivered by Barnardo’s and Stonewall, has supported 1200 schools in England, with the grant funding set to help that continue until March 2020 Consortium has been allocated £200,000 to deliver training and development to LGBT sector organisations to help them grow, mature and become more sustainable over time. Consortium will also distribute up to £400,000 of grant funding to voluntary and community groups to support LGBT community initiatives across England including annual Pride events Catherine Meads, Professor of Health at Anglia Ruskin University, specialising in hate crime S Chelvan, Barrister at No5 chambers, specialising in international human rights and LGBT asylum cases Ellen Murray, Executive Director of Transgender Northern Ireland James Morton, Manager at the Scottish Trans Alliance and member of the Parliamentary Forum on Gender Identity Jayne Ozanne, Director of the Ozanne Foundation and member of the Church of England’s General Synod Lewis Turner, Chief Executive of Lancashire LGBT with previous experience working on hate crime in local government Marcel Varney, Assistant Director of Children’s Services at Barnardo’s with experience working on adoption policy Paul Dillane, Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Trust Paul Martin, Chief Executive of LGBT Foundation Paul Roberts, Chief Executive of Consortium Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall Stevie-Jade Hardy, Associate Professor of Criminology and expert on equalities and hate crime at the University of Leicester At least 16% of LGBT survey respondents who accessed or tried to access healthcare services in the last year up to October 2017 had a negative experience because of their sexual orientation, and over half of those surveyed who accessed or tried to access mental health services said they had to wait too long. Yet LGBT people are more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population.Dr Brady and some of the new members of the LGBT Advisory Panel will attend the Government Equalities Office (GEO) conference in London tomorrow (Monday 18 March). The panel will guide the Government on policy, help to deliver the LGBT Action plan, act as a sounding board, and provide evidence on the experiences of LGBT people.Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt said:“Dr Brady and the experts on our new Panel will give LGBT people and those working on their behalf a direct route to speak to government and shape policy on decisions that affect their daily lives.“Everyone should be able to love who they wish to and live their life free from fear and discrimination. That’s why we are working at pace with organisations and across government to make sure our Action Plan can bring about real, lasting change for LGBT people in the UK.”Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:“Every patient should feel welcomed by the NHS, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation or race. Prejudice and discrimination have no place in healthcare and I’m determined to end this injustice.“Dr Michael Brady will bring a wealth of knowledge to the role and I welcome his appointment. A specific national adviser will help improve the LGBT community’s current experience of the NHS and ensure individuals are always treated with the compassion and consideration they deserve. I hope this will truly give people the opportunity to be involved in shaping their own experiences going forward.”Dr Michael Brady National Adviser for LGBT Health said:“I’m delighted to be chosen to advise government and the NHS on the work that needs to be done to improve the health and well-being of LGBT communities. I want to ensure that every LGBT person is treated with dignity and respect and receives the right information, treatment and care.“I want all healthcare workers to understand the needs of LGBT individuals and for everyone to feel comfortable and confident that they will be treated fairly when they access healthcare.”The 12 members of the LGBT Advisory Panel are: Notes to editors:Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, said:“The NHS is here for everyone so we’re pleased to be hosting Dr. Brady in this new post as we chart improvements to our nation’s health for the decade ahead.”Javed Khan, Barnardo’s Chief Executive, said:“We are proud that our Assistant Director Marcel Varney has been appointed to the Government’s first LGBT advisory panel. We welcome this fantastic opportunity to represent the experiences of LGBT children and young people. Marcel has been a beacon for LGBT colleagues across Barnardo’s as well as leading pioneering services to children, young people and communities.“Barnardo’s champions awareness about LGBTQ issues in schools so that teachers can support all their students effectively and young people can support each other, promoting equality and respect for all.”Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of LGBT Foundation, said:“We are delighted to welcome Dr Michael Brady into his new role as the National Advisor for LGBT health, and look forward to working alongside him as part of the Ministerial LGBT Advisory Panel. Dr Brady brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of LGBT health and is well placed to tackle the stark health inequalities that LGBT people still face.“We are pleased that the priorities for Dr Brady and the Ministerial Panel will include the implementation of sexual orientation monitoring across the NHS. We know that if we’re not counted, we don’t count, and gathering demographic information about patients’ sexual orientation will go a long way in ensuring the needs of LGB patients are identified and responded to.“We look forward to supporting, and playing a leading role, in removing the barriers that many LGBT people face when accessing healthcare, through our membership of the Ministerial Advisory Panel, as part of our goal to secure a safe, healthy and equal future for all LGBT people.”The LGBT Action Plan can be found here.The LGBT Conference will bring together government ministers, civil servants and LGBT sector organisations to discuss the work the government is doing to improve the lives of LGBT people. Attendees will have a chance to learn about, inform and shape thinking on a wide-range of issues covered in the LGBT Action Plan.Dr Michael Brady joined Terrence Higgins Trust as a Trustee in 2004 and became the organisation’s first Medical Director in 2007. Michael is a sexual health and HIV consultant at King’s College Hospital, where he is the clinical lead for sexual health services.Michael has also worked on specific projects in an advisory capacity for BHIVA, BASHH, the RCP, NHS England and the Department of Health.Last month the GEO announced funding for twelve organisations working to improve the lives of LGBT people in the UK: In her role as Secretary of State for International Development, Ms Mordaunt has also announced up to £12 million UK Aid Connect funding will be available for a consortia lead by Hivos to work on LGBT inclusion. improving healthcare professionals’ awareness of LGBT issues the implementation of sexual orientation monitoring across the NHS working with statutory and professional organisations to address LGBT issues in physical and mental health services Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt has today appointed the first ever National Adviser for LGBT Health in the NHS, and Advisory Panel – fulfilling the Government’s commitment to improving lives as set out in the landmark LGBT Action Plan.Dr Michael Brady, Medical Director of the Terrence Higgins Trust and a sexual health and HIV consultant at King’s College Hospital, will advise the government on how to tackle inequality in the healthcare system including:
Between portraits of a diplomat and a teacher, a large black-and-white photograph depicts six young women wearing headscarves, serving food out of a large pot and engaged in the middle of a fiery discussion. One of those women would become the diplomat, another the teacher. Without the caption below the frame, one might not realize that these six women were occupying the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, where 52 Americans would be held for 444 days.The photo is one of the most prized of Randy H. Goodman, a Cambridge-based political sociologist and photojournalist. While completing a master’s program at Boston University in 1980, Goodman was asked by journalism folk hero and BU professor William Worthy Jr. to join a grassroots delegation of scholars, activists, and journalists to document the unfolding hostage crisis. She was just 24 years old.“I couldn’t get ‘yes’ out fast enough,” she says, laughing at her framed Iranian press pass from 1980.Armed with a bachelor’s degree in political sociology and a talent for documentary photography, Goodman immediately recognized the opportunity to use her skills and education in a way few ever get. Working with Worthy, she would visit Iran three times from 1980 to 1983, documenting the hostage crisis, the first years of the Iran-Iraq War, and life in a changed Iran for CBS News and Time magazine.Three decades later, Goodman went back to her photos from Iran, assembling “Iran: Images from Beneath a Chador” and touring with her exhibit through the United States and Europe from 2009 to 2011. Following the show’s success, Goodman wanted to publish a book about the women she had photographed, but felt that the collection painted an incomplete picture after so many years. When it was announced that the Iran nuclear deal would be signed in the summer of 2015, Goodman saw the perfect opportunity to finish the story. As the world waited for the two bitter nemeses to finalize the agreement, she traveled around Tehran and the surrounding areas, asking women if she could take their pictures.Children’s heads poke up between bowed women during a Friday prayer service outside the University of Tehran. The female Revolutionary Guards along the right side keep watch for an Iraqi attack. © Randy H. GoodmanThe outcome was “Iran: Women Only,” a comparison of Iranian womanhood in the early 1980s with the present. After openings at MIT and Harvard’s Gutman Library earlier this year, the exhibit moved to CGIS Knafel on July 30 for a monthlong showing.The title borrows its name not simply from the photos’ subjects — almost exclusively female — but from the hard-to-miss, if not misleading signs designating gender-segregated areas of the Tehran Metro. “When you see the subway sign that says ‘Women Only,’” Goodman explained, “it doesn’t mean women have to exclusively ride in those cars. The first and last cars are usually reserved for women, and then there are cars in the middle where both men and women ride. If women want to ride in [segregated] cars for safety and security, they can.”It is a strangely conscientious policy in a country that still resists acknowledging women as equal to men, Goodman points out. Even in the integrated buses and train cars, women still have to sit in the back. Courts do not weigh women’s testimony as heavily as that of men, nor are they granted custody of their children in divorces. And in prayer, as seen in quite a few of Goodman’s photos, the women are not merely isolated, but physically partitioned off. “I’m not sure if they’re blocked from seeing the men, or from being seen.”Contrary to warnings from family and friends, Goodman did not find herself subjected to anti-American sentiment. During a shoot of a public prayer in 1983, female Revolutionary Guards noticed that she was with the press and took her to better vantage points. Regular civilians were similarly eager to be photographed and to lend a helping hand when she seemed out of place. “They always tried to help me — the Westerner,” Goodman says. “One time they put a chador on me so I’d fit in during Friday prayer. People were trying to reach out.” Two girls hide their giggling as their picture is taken in 1983. © Randy H. Goodman Twin sisters posing for a photo in Tehran in 2015. © Randy H. Goodman What Goodman captures in her photography is the indomitable spirit of Iranian women in good times and bad. This is beautifully represented in the exhibit’s sprawling centerpiece: a large black-and-white photo of two shrouded, giggling girls from 1983 — themselves an anthropomorphic yin-yang — encircled by some 30-odd color photos of contemporary Iranian women. Far from the dour image most Americans have of Middle Eastern women, Goodman’s subjects are laughing, shopping, and exploring — all without a man in sight.“These women who I see now may have been those young women that I photographed,” Goodman says. Pointing to a few of her favorite examples — two women hiking, teenage girls recording video on their smartphones, sisters out on the town in colorful clothing — Goodman recounted a recent run-in at the Gutman Library with a young woman who was sending her Iranian mother photos of the exhibit on her phone. She thanked Goodman for showing Iranian women smiling and looking happy.The shift in cultural definitions of modesty is on full display in a larger group shot of several young women at a jewelry kiosk, centered on one in particular: a young woman wearing a bright, loose-fitting scarf, her nails filed into candy-apple-red points, with a white bandage taped across her nose, her skin still bruised from cosmetic surgery. “They see the image of the West and people want to change in order to look more like that — to go out on the street and have a bandaged nose is a status symbol,” Goodman says, noting how surprised American viewers are to learn that Iranians admire and emulate Western culture. “All the ways you would think that women can’t express themselves are almost in contrast [with reality].”Many women in Iran run their own businesses that specifically cater to protecting women’s modesty. “You can tell she probably owns that cab because of the damage,” Goodman explains. The logo on the driver’s door — denoting that only women may use this taxi — shows an umbrella over a woman in a tight scarf, symbolizing protection of her modesty. © Randy H. GoodmanWhile this seems to signal a liberalizing of Iran’s culture and politics, Goodman is quick to point out that it is hardly a national phenomenon. The exhibit’s signature photo depicts a female cab driver staring at the viewer from inside her green taxi, “Women Only” clearly visible on the door. The cabbie may own her car, but her dress is traditional and her demeanor in line with expectations of modesty. In fact, her business specifically caters to those expectations. “On the one hand they’re modernizing, Goodman says, “and on the other they’re still being held back by a lot of traditions and customs that have become institutionalized.”Goodman plans to return to Iran before the end of the year, hoping to delve a bit further into the lives of her female subjects. “I want to find more independent businesswomen … I didn’t get to explore [the female taxi driver’s] life in the way I would have liked to,” she said. “But also, I’d like to find the daughters of the women who occupied the embassy. One in particular is especially outspoken against her mother. She’s asking ‘Why should we honor you when — sure, we can drive, we can own businesses — but look at what you’ve saddled us with.’It was Goodman’s experience in the embassy that helped her understand the country’s long and stubborn resistance to Western influence, even after 30 years. “Why should they become more Western?” she asks. “They’re struggling to find their own identity in a world that’s always changing.”“Iran: Women Only” is on view in the Fisher Family Commons space of CGIS Knafel through Aug. 28. Goodman’s artist talk will be Tuesday (Aug. 9) from 4 to 6 p.m.John Michael Baglione is a writer and author residing in Boston. His work can be found at johnmichaeltxt.com.
Encores! upcoming season will begin with Roger Miller’s 1985 retelling of Mark Twain’s classic novel, Big River, on February 8, 2017, followed by Cole Porter’s The New Yorkers. The Golden Apple, John Latouche and Jerome Moross’ whimsical reinvention of Greek epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey, is set to close out the series’ 24th year.Big River nabbed a lucky seven Tony Awards the year it opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in 1985 and was most recently revived on Broadway in 2003. A musical underdog as scrappy and restless as Huckleberry Finn himself, the show was created in the age of British spectacles by a quintessentially American artist—the beloved country-western singer Roger Miller—and his score is a blend of bluegrass, gospel, and honky tonk. Just over 30 years later, this tuner remains a compelling journey through 1840s America in all its beauty and savagery. Big River will play February 8, 2017 through February 12.The New Yorkers will run from March 22, 2017 to March 26. Bullets fly and bathtub gin flows in this 1930 Prohibition jape, which is a gleefully amoral celebration of speakeasies, gangsters, society dames and the great city they love. The musical centers on featherbrained socialite Alice Miller, whose bootlegger beau leads her on a madcap romp from Park Avenue to Sing Sing and back again. The New Yorkers produced a number of standards—“I Happen to Like New York,” “Love for Sale”—but much of the original material has been lost, making this Encores!’s most ambitious musical reconstruction ever.The Golden Apple is scheduled for May 10, 2017 through May 14. The whimsical and toweringly ambitious 1954 musical reshapes the myths of The Iliad and The Odyssey into an all-American fable that conjures up the days when pie-baking contests were cutthroat and lovers eloped in hot air balloons. Despite its brief run of 125 performances, John Latouche and Jerome Moross’ production was hailed by critics and introduced the classic torch song “Lazy Afternoon.”Jack Viertel is the artistic director of Encores!; Rob Berman is its music director. Encores! View Comments
Spotify is bringing back the discount on its annual subscription, though said discount isn’t as deep as it used to be. A year of Spotify Premium for individuals is down 30 percent to Rs. 999, and will help you save Rs. 429 if you paid for the same over 12 months. In the past, Spotify had discounted its annual subscription to Rs. 699. The new Rs. 999-for-a-year-of-Spotify offer is available to all Spotify users, whether you’re new to Spotify Premium or are already using Spotify Premium.The discounted 12-month individual Spotify Premium subscription — it usually costs Rs. 1,189 — arrives ahead of Black Friday sales next week. The offer is already live and will be available through the end of the year, December 31. Last year, Spotify had made the annual subscription discount available for four weeks. This time, it’s open for an additional two weeks and two days.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – As always, there are no competing offers for any of the other Spotify Premium tiers: Duo (Rs. 149 per month), Family (Rs. 179 per month), and Student (Rs. 59 per month). You still get a 30-day trial before your paid subscription starts.Its biggest international competitor, Apple Music, is currently offering three months for the price of one: Rs. 99 per month. Again, it only applies to the individual plan. YouTube Music Premium, which also costs Rs. 99 per month for individuals, doesn’t have any offers as of now. That’s also the case for Amazon Music, which is only available as part of Amazon Prime.Both Reliance Industries-owned JioSaavn and Times Internet-owned Gaana offer yearly subscriptions at a heavy discount — Rs. 399 per year — all year along.- Advertisement – A year of discounted Spotify at Rs. 999 is available at spotify.com/premium.
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