FTT senior writes historical play exploring sexuality and faith

first_imgCourtesy of Joseph Larson The cast joins for a live reading of “Compassion Cries the Moon King” on Zoom. The 82-page play based on the life of King Ludwig II of Bavaria is the work of senior film, television and theatre major Joseph Larson.“I’ll never forget, we were walking down from the palace and my hosts were explaining to me how he supposedly had an affair with the composer Richard Wagner,” Larson said. “Of course, I learned through my research that that’s not true, but he did have several romantic relationships with other men, and he was Catholic so immediately I was like, ‘Wow, that’s so interesting, and that’s so relevant.’”Larson’s final product had been in the works long before he decided to pursue a senior thesis.“[Ludwig II as a person] just caught my interest, so I wrote some scenes for a playwriting class I took at Notre Dame and you can still see some of that writing that still exists in the play, as it is now.”To cast for his 12-person production, Larson garnered the help of members of the Not-So-Royal-Shakespeare Company. Senior Nicholas Taylor, who read the stage directions, said he wanted to be a part of the production due to its unique representation of sexuality.“I had actually gotten a chance to read parts of his play before auditions, and within the first ten pages of the script, I knew that it was something special that I wanted to be part of,” Taylor said in an email. “LGBTQ+ representation is important in theater and it’s something that isn’t always handled well on this campus.”Freshman Christina Randazzo played the role of Princess Ludovica, who attempted to orchestrate a marriage between her daughter and Ludwig II. Randazzo described Larson’s work as “the most historically accurate play” she’s been cast in.“Joseph did incredible research into the lives and letters of each historical character in order to bring them back to life,” Randazzo said in an email.Freshman Vincenzo Torsiello played the role of Richard Hornig — Ludwig’s chief equerry and main love interest. Torsiello said he thought the strongest part of the story was when Ludwig gives a monologue talking to God while Richard is fast asleep beside him. “[Ludwig’s] profound pleas in searching for guidance and acceptance during that scene were pivotal in defining not only his persona but also the work’s thematic whole,” Torsiello said in an email.Originally scheduled as a live staged reading, Larson was forced to move his production online. The performance took place April 17 over Zoom. Taylor said the move online made his role more essential for the tone of the play. “Reading the stage directions was a fun challenge because I had to set the stage for everyone,” he said. “In a typical performance, you can have a set, costumes, lights, music, etc. set the scene for you. But when doing this as a staged reading on Zoom, the stage directions really helps to sell the story.”Larson said that while having the performance virtually was not ideal, he did not have to change a whole lot and the cast adapted well to make the most of the situation.“I was very impressed with everyone turning the screen off and on depending on what scenes they were in,” Larson said. “That was a decision I made pretty early on, just to distinguish who’s in what scene, so we don’t have to look at people’s faces while they’re not reading.”Even though the play had to be performed away from campus, Torsiello said the experience had a profound impact on him.“I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to be an instrument in his telling of this incredible story,” Torsiello said. “I feel even more compelled to take part in productions here at Notre Dame because of it.”For Larson, the entire experience of researching, writing and producing the play has reaffirmed his long-term career goals. “I’ve always been a writer and I’ve really found kind of my real love in playwriting and so I want to do that long term,” Larson said. “This whole experience has really helped cement this idea that that is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”Tags: Compassion Cries the Moon King, FTT, King Ludwig II, senior thesis, zoom During a 2017 visit to Switzerland, senior Joseph Larson, took a day trip to Munich, Germany, where he learned about King Ludwig II of Bavaria — the man who would eventually become the subject of his original play three years later. Entitled “Compassion Cries the Moon King,” Larson crafted the 82-page play for his film, television and theatre senior thesis project. Larson, who has a supplemental major in theology, chose Ludwig as the main character because of the King’s complicated relationship with his sexuality and faith.  last_img read more

‘Dish’ garden

first_imgOn their own, container gardens or recycling are not new concepts. But Tony Johnson combined the two and made a unique, eye-catching, floral conversation piece. The 8-foot diameter satellite dish once helped a homeowner tune into the latest movies and broadcasts. But today, it receives curious looks and smiles as a “dish garden” at the University of Georgia Research and Education Garden in Griffin, Ga.Creative recyclingAs horticulturist for the garden, Johnson is known for his creativity and ingenuity. “I have a limited budget and very limited manpower, so I rely heavily on volunteers and donations,” he said. “So, when one of our Master Gardener volunteers asked me if I wanted his old satellite dish, I said, ‘Sure.’”No matter what size or form, containers are perfect for planting under tree canopies, he said. Johnson places his first dish garden under a Chinese Evergreen Oak tree. The almost complete shade was perfect for growing hostas. But the dish could’ve been filled with any number of annual or perennial plants.Water drains throughThe satellite dish Johnson used is made of metal mesh. Excess water drains through the soil and waters the tree roots beneath. “When you plant in the ground under trees, you risk destroying the tree’s root system,” Johnson said. “The satellite dish is perfect because it’s large, but the base is very small so it leaves a small footprint and doesn’t interfere with the tree’s roots.”Johnson is now searching for more dish donations to plant around the 65-acre UGA garden. “I know you can donate old dishes to a scrap metal recycler, but I view my idea as recycling, too,” he said.Old items make for unique garden fodderDon’t be too quick to toss away your old items. They could make for quirky outdoor garden features, too.Heirloom gardens are typically full of plants reminiscent of gardens from the Old South. What better, more creative way to label your selections than with china plate name markers? Other yard art ideas include using an old wheelbarrow or wooden chest as a planter. A brass headboard from an old bed may seem useless, but in a flower garden it becomes an attractive minifence.At the UGA garden in Griffin, Johnson’s other recycled creations include an antique iron bed he turned into a flower “bed” and old scrap metal welded into garden art that resembles cat tails, birds and butterflies.last_img read more

Macquarie Group Moves Deeper Into Renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australian Financial Review:When shares in Macquarie Group came within a whisker of cracking the $100 mark on Friday it was a sign of the growing market confidence that its 14,000 employees in 27 countries would continue to prove adept at making humungous amounts of money. Macquarie stock hit an intra-day high of $99.75 on Friday, about 50¢ higher than the previous record high set in May 2007.The move toward $100 a share comes soon after Macquarie employees sent a clear message to chief executive Nicholas Moore to direct the bank’s energies toward servicing a low-carbon economy.Employees were asked where the best money-making opportunities would be in the years ahead. They came back with three words – renewables, infrastructure and technology.In calendar 2016, the total amount of new investment in renewable energy projects in the world was $US240 billion, according to Tim Bishop, who heads Macquarie Capital. He said that outstripped the $US180billion invested in all other infrastructure projects in the world including rail, ports and airports.Bishop says the growth rates baked into renewable expansion are hard to comprehend. Macquarie’s own forecasts are for $US1 trillion in investment in renewables infrastructure over the next five years. Bishop says about $US600 billion of this will be in Asia.Earlier this year a Macquarie-led consortium comprising Macquarie Group, Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 and Universities Superannuation Scheme completed the acquisition of the UK Green Investment Bank from the British government for £2.3 billion.Bishop says this acquisition was a turning point for Macquarie in Europe because it not only acquired one of the region’s largest group of bankers with expertise in renewables it got control of a pipeline of renewable projects.If Macquarie plays its cards right it could well become the global leader in financing green infrastructure projects using a combination of debt and equity. This would give it a distinctive differentiation from other investment banks in the United States, Europe and Asia.To be brutally honest these banks are caught up with traditional business models focused on high-risk trading in financial markets and fighting to win the next M&A transaction. Macquarie has an opportunity to dominate the renewable energy space because of its unique business model. That model has evolved rapidly since the global financial crisis.Its specialist alternative asset manager, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, is a leading renewable energy investor. Since 2010 it has invested or arranged about $15 billion of investment into renewable energy projects.Moore says that the past 12 months has seen a tipping point in the relative attractiveness of renewable energy.“There’s a number of important landmarks that we’ve seen in recent times that really shows that green energy is coming into its own,” he says. “There was an auction for offshore power in Germany in the last 12 months which was significant. This auction was for offshore wind power – wind farms built in the North Sea. We noted that the winner actually was with a zero subsidy from the government.”More ($): Macquarie Group sees big dollars in renewable energy investment Macquarie Group Moves Deeper Into Renewableslast_img read more

Wells Fargo’s CEO is shark fodder

first_img 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Waylett Michael joined Magnolia Federal Credit Union in May 2016. He holds a B.A. Degree in Financial Economics from Lynchburg College and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) … Web: https://www.magfedcu.org Details A shark’s primary sense is a lusty sense of smell. A shark can detect one drop of blood in a million drops of water and can smell blood as far away as a quarter-mile. Sharks also have what is known as a lateral line that allows them to perceive vibrations in the water from vast distances. A shark will employ this lateral line primarily to find prey in the water. Once a shark smells blood, if they’re esurient or covetous for some food, they will naturally gravitate towards their prey.John Stumpf, CEO of Wells Fargo, is a gory and blood-soaked fodder kicking helplessly in the middle of the ocean, hoping someone will toss him a lifebuoy before the sharks’ pounce. Have you seen the poor guy lately?  He looks like he’s been spun in one of those exploding Samsung washing machines for one too many cycles or tried to charge his Samsung Galaxy cell phone without the obligatory bomb suit garb for protection. These days, Stumpf has also been seen sporting an arm brace on his right hand during his weekly grilling sessions on Capitol Hill.As Stumpf dangles in the open sea waters as shark fodder, most of us are the lurking sharks. Many of us, including Elizabeth Warren, smell the blood with a ravenous appetite, triggering an insatiable desire to swarm and forage the punctured meat. Admittedly, Wells Fargo is an easy target. The audacity and boldness it takes to create over 2 million fictitious accounts for personal gain is off the charts and deplorable in every sense. There is no denying this.But, do we know with complete certainty that Stumpf had intimate knowledge of these fictitious loans and accounts being created? Or, on the contrary, are we just incensed that something so egregious and predatory could occur, and we need someone to blame and hold accountable in order to publicly reconcile such an atrocity?  I understand that part of being the Top Dog in any business is being responsible for, and held accountable to, literally everything that occurs. Those privileged enough to hold an executive or manager’s role in a business know all too well that every transaction, encounter, or decision made could at some point come back to be a direct reflection on you. I get that. But to broadly paint Stumpf with villain acrylic and liken him to Bernie Madoff seems intemperate and reactionary to me.The opportunity cost in spending all our time and resources vilifying Stumpf is that we miss our chance to comprehensively deliberate on the potential perils in incentive programs and reduce/eliminate potential vulnerabilities in the future. We are so laser-focused on throwing stones at one person that we are watching our opportunity to learn painstaking lessons about the dangers in incentive plans evaporate into the clouds right along with these 2 million-plus fictitious Wells Fargo accounts.The simple truth is that incentive plans are dangerous. Incentive plans are often laced with countless moral hazards that incentivize otherwise good people to make bad, and sometimes unethical, decisions for their personal gain. It happens to the best of ‘em too. No one among us is exempt from capitulating to questionable decisions if the reward is sweet enough, or the situation dire enough. Just ask an “honest” single parent struggling to make ends meet if their moral fortitude has ever been pushed to the limits when faced with a choice between compromising their morals or providing for their children. Tough stuff that is much easier to judge from a position of having your needs met than living through circumstances where bills go unpaid and your children go to sleep hungry.Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think a normal human being would actually go to the despicable lengths that many at Wells Fargo did to obtain their incentive (and I’m not sure that I’m qualified to determine what exactly constitutes normalcy in a human anyhow), but I do think poorly developed and monitored incentive programs can cause even the most morally astute to engage in shady and self-seeking activities. Perhaps it’s not as abominable as creating a plethora of bogus loans. Maybe instead it’s approving a loan that you know is outside of policy and unlikely to be repaid, but you justify approval by “helping a longtime member” when in reality the loan was approved because you knew of the rich loan incentives you’d be receiving on the backend if you approved the loan.Incentive plans are dangerous.Incentive plans can be a culture killer too. Incentive plans can entirely trivialize any notion or value an employee places on base compensation, health benefits, or retirement plans. An employee’s entire purview can become so fixated upon an incentive that the munificence of a base salary and benefits can be entirely marginalized.  Incentive plans can also diminish employees’ natural instinct to want to help people. This is what credit unions are all about right– people helping people? Incentives can incite good people to put their personal interest ahead of the member’s best interest.Instead of all joining-in on the disparagement of Stumpf, I’d hope more of us would reach deeper and try to learn valuable lessons about the dangers of incentive programs. In the original Wall Street movie, a sleek Gordon Gekko pronounces that “greed is good, greed is right, and that greed works.” I’m of the belief that greed is highly dangerous and can cause good people to engage in unsavory acts.  As such, it behooves managers, executives, and directors to exercise extreme caution and careful oversight when considering offering any monetary incentives to credit union personnel.We could use less sharks and stone-throwers right now and more people trying to learn valuable lessons about human nature, and the hazards of poorly structured or ill-monitored incentive programs.last_img read more

CFO Focus: It’s time to explore liquidity options

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Let’s face it, these are tough times for managing liquidity. Credit unions are trying to strike the right balance between having too many liquid assets or too few. During the low-rate environment of the past few years, loans grew at a faster pace than shares, a scenario likely to continue as rates rise. In addition, cash and short-term investments have seen a steady drop since 2012, reducing one common source of liquidity.Credit unions already are experiencing the effects of a rising rate environment—loans and investments extending, funding pressure on rate-sensitive deposits, and fewer bonds available to sell at acceptable prices. With the Fed raising rates, liquidity problems aren’t going away. Members who were debating taking out a mortgage or buying a new car are now rushing to fill out the application before rates climb further. Members with maturing CDs are starting to shop around for higher rates, something we haven’t seen since before the crisis. To make matters worse, rising rates are causing the market value of bonds held in investment portfolios to fall, sometimes substantially.As a result, demand for liquidity is growing. So, the question is what liquidity options are available to credit unions?last_img read more

Help Rivers Casino thrive before looking at exit

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Jan. 14 column, “Look At Casino In The Past, Present, And Future,” by Dr. Roger Hull is a well-written column dealing with the issues that exist with the Rivers Casino and the possibility of a Schenectady without a casino. My only criticism of the column is his reference made about “robberies in the casino parking lot.” Dr. Hull readily admits that this is “hearsay.” To even mention this, without a police report substantiating this claim, can be detrimental to the casino and does the casino a gross injustice — especially if it’s just “hearsay.” Maybe, Donald Trump is correct about “fake news.”Every casino has its problems with security, problem gamblers and misguided financial projections. Those casinos and cities that have been successful have found corrections to those problems or have developed plans to cope with them. Why not focus on this instead of developing plans for “life after the casino.” Let’s hope that the Rivers Casino and the city of Schenectady can focus on developing plans for success.Paul FoxSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

How to … Secure finance and expert guidance for resi development

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PREMIUMTransjakarta upbeat despite growing popularity of ride-hailing services

first_imgGoogle Log in with your social account Linkedin Topics : Facebook Forgot Password ? With the rising popularity of ride-hailing apps, travelling anywhere in the capital city is as easy as tapping a finger on a mobile phone. The thriving ride-hailing app business raises questions about whether it will threaten the city’s bus rapid transit (BRT) service, Transjakarta.Febe, a 24 year old office worker from West Jakarta said she chose to commute with a ride hailing app every day even though there was a Transjakarta bus stop near her office in central Jakarta.“I use a ride-hailing app to commute to work because it is fast and convenient. I’ve tried using Transjakarta buses to go to work before, but the journey took quite a long time,” she told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Febe said it took between 30 minutes and an hour to commute to work using a ride-hailing application like Gojek or Grab, but it took between 1.5 and 2 hours if she used Tra… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Transjakarta-lanes transjakarta public-transportation ride-hailing-application ride-hailing-service Jakarta-trafficlast_img read more

South Korea tightens virus curbs in Seoul region

first_imgSouth Korea decided Friday to tighten coronavirus curbs further in the greater Seoul area as it seeks to contain growing clusters in the region.The country largely overcame an early coronavirus outbreak with extensive tracing and testing, but is now battling several outbreaks mostly linked to Protestant churches.Authorities reported 371 new cases Friday, the 15th consecutive day of triple-digit increases after several weeks with numbers generally in the 30s and 40s. Authorities had already banned in-person church services and rallies of more than 10 people, while sports events have gone back behind closed doors and almost all school classes moved online.Park asked Seoul area residents to stay home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary contacts, saying: “Please cancel any appointments and directly go home after work.” Most recent infections have been in the greater Seoul region, home to half the country’s 52 million people, and officials imposed tighter restrictions in the area from Sunday.”The current situation in the capital area is very grave. The government will do everything it can in preventive measures to contain the spread,” said health and welfare minister Park Neung-hoo at a press briefing.Under the new rules, gyms and other indoor sports facilities such as screen golf venues will be closed.Franchise coffee-shops — a mainstay of daily life in South Korea — will only be allowed to serve takeouts, and all restaurants and bakery shops will have to close at 9 pm, with only deliveries allowed afterwards.  center_img Topics :last_img read more

Alcohol at school fairs criticised

first_imgStuff.co.nz 8 November 2013The presence of alcohol at Canterbury school fairs has been slammed as damaging to children by a leading anti-drugs advocate.National Drug Addiction Centre director Doug Sellman said allowing adults to buy and drink alcohol at fairs would only continue to normalise drinking culture in New Zealand.“Imagine if it was people selling ecstasy. We just don’t see alcohol as a drug. It is causing enormous damage to New Zealand and to our children.”Alcohol common at school eventsBut New Zealand Principals’ Federation national president Phil Harding said it was common for school events to have alcohol available. Its sale was used to generate income and create an atmosphere.“Alcohol is a part of a package to make it as exciting and viable as possible,” he said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/schools/9378229/Alcohol-at-school-fairs-criticisedlast_img read more

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