March is Women’s History Month. No study of women’s history would be complete without honoring the millions of women who fought fiercely for the right to vote.There are few, if any, realistic depictions of this monumental movement on film. The Mary Poppins version portrays the magical maid’s wealthy boss, Mrs. Banks, prancing in her suffragist attire.“Suffragette,” the film released last October and now out on video, presents a very different perspective on this early 20th century struggle in Britain. The story of the militant mass movement is set in London’s working-class East End and told through the eyes of 24-year-old laundry worker and mother Maud Watts.Watts, a fictionalized character played by Carey Mulligan, has worked at the Glass House laundry for 10 years. The film graphically depicts the long hours, harsh working conditions and low pay that Watts and other young women endured, along with lewd advances by the boss.At first aloof to the suffrage movement, Watts eventually accompanies her co-worker and seasoned activist Violet Miller to a meeting. Like thousands of other working women, Watts becomes convinced that nothing will change their lives for the better as long as women are denied the right to vote.“Suffragette” takes place in 1913, when many courageous and committed women were jailed, risked death and carried out actions that went well beyond the nonviolent, legal tactics that had failed to yield results. Emmeline Pankhurst, militant leader of the Women’s Social and Political Union, incites women to rebel.Everything from bricks to dynamite is used to send a message to the state that women refuse to accept their disenfranchisement. Watts’ growing commitment to the struggle and her multiple arrests take a toll on her family life.Toward the end of the film, Emily Wilding Davison, an actual leader in the WSPU, is portrayed making the ultimate sacrifice. She gives her life for the cause of women’s equality. Masses turn out for her funeral.The film is commendable for highlighting the role of working-class women as well as the militant tactics they used. Filmmaker Sarah Gavron has, however, been properly criticized for “whitewashing” the suffrage movement. All the suffragists shown are white — and English, except for a Welsh couple. The only Irish character is Inspector Steed, who sells his services by bragging of his past experience hounding Sinn Fein, the leading political movement fighting for Irish independence and unity.Gavron’s response has been that “in the UK, the brilliantly diverse ethnic makeup that we have today emerged primarily in the 1950s,” and therefore working women of color weren’t part of Britain’s suffrage struggle. (bust.com/Suffragette)In fact, for over a century, the poor East End had been home to African, South Asian, Irish and other oppressed nationalities. Asian, Jewish and Irish women were in the WPSU leadership The East End branch of the WPSU, allied with the trade unions, spoke up for Irish and Indian independence. Working women from oppressed nationalities were part of the voting rights struggle; even if their numbers were few, they belong in the narrative.The filmmakers’ biased inability to portray women from oppressed nations is further demonstrated by the promotional shirts — worn by the stars, including Pankhurst portrayer Meryl Streep — which display an actual quote by Pankhurst: “I’d rather be a rebel than a slave.” As critic Holiday Black explained, “There is just no way on earth that being a white woman, at any point in history, is like being a slave.” (bust.com, Oct. 6)Did the filmmakers think whitewashing the movement would give the film a better shot at the Oscars? The film was completely snubbed by the racist, sexist, anti-working-class Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as the Golden Globes.There is a bigger story, one of the multinational, politically conscious movement. Eventually the East End branch broke away from the WSPU, maintaining a working-class orientation and strong opposition to British imperialism. Leaders of the East London Federation of Suffragettes later helped form the British Communist Party. That story, too, needs to be brought to the big screen.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
NewsBreaking newsMan stabbed in back after confronting rock throwing youthsBy Staff Reporter – January 27, 2016 746 Facebook Linkedin Twitter Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A MAN who stopped to confront youths who threw rocks at his car was stabbed in the back in what has been described as a “cowardly crime”, by investigating gardai.Gardai at Mayorstone are now investigating the serious assault on Pa Healy Road last Saturday night, January 23 where rocks were thrown at a moving car and thus sparking the incident. Sgt Justin McCarthy from the Crime Prevention Office at Henry Street explains that “this assault arose from rocks being thrown at a car as it drove along Pa Healy Road at 9.20pm on Saturday night. The motorist, a 35-year-old man, stopped the car and saw it had been damaged.“He approached a number of youths whom he had seen throwing the rocks. As he did so he was confronted by the youths one of whom pulled a knife and stabbed the victim in the back.“The youths ran off along Pa Healy Road and into Lee Estate.“Fortunately the victim only suffered minor injury.Sgt McCarthy has described this as “a cowardly crime against an innocent motorist” and Gardai are appealing for information so as to identify the culprits concerned.Mayorstone Gardai can be contacted on 061 456980; 1800 666 111 or Crime stoppers 1800 25 00 25 Email Print WhatsApp Advertisement Previous articleLegacy of The Rising explored at ‘Breakfast with Padraig”Next articlePixies support for Limerick’s Bleeding Heart Pigeons Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie
Campaigners in Donegal say people should not be alarmed by the Minister for the Environment’s instruction to local authorities to start sending out letters to people who haven’t paid the household charge – within weeks.The Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay campaign in Donegal says what they call the latest threats from Minister Phil Hogan should be ignored, claiming that he is overstating the percentage of households which have paid.Francis McCafferty of the campaign steering committee said this afternoon that such a letter does not constitute an official notice, and should be ignored.He also noted that Phil Hogan was silent during the referendum campaign, particularly in Donegal……[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/fran3pm.mp3[/podcast] Previous articleOne man still critically ill as PSNI probe Magherafelt armed robberyNext articleRallying – Donegal International Launched News Highland Newsx Adverts Google+ Twitter NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published By News Highland – June 6, 2012 WhatsApp Can’t Pay Won’t Pay campaign says people should ignore council letters Twitter Facebook Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+ LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Pinterest
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Previous Article Next Article MerrillLynch Investment Managers is set to introduce flexible working to cut its staffturnover to below 10 per cent. Headof HR, Karen Hoggard, told delegates at a conference in London last week thatit can take up to 12 months to replace a senior employee and cost up to£200,000. Tocombat these costs the investment managers are about to start a pilot forflexible working in the UK. It has proved successful in the company’sAmerica arm.Commentingon the US pilot scheme Hoggard said, “Staff retention has gone up and revenuehas not gone down.” Theflexible approach will include home working, compressed hours and job-sharing.Hoggardsaid, “There is no reason why an employee cannot work three days at the officeand two days at home, communicating with the office via email.”Sheadded, “With the current transport difficulties, this demand is only likely toincrease.” Theaim is to reduce the company’s staff turnover rate from 11 per cent to 8 percent. Hoggard added, “I would not want it reduced any lower than that as allcompanies need an influx of bright new employees with new ideas.”Hoggardalso told delegates at the Annual City Recruitment Conference at the BalticExchange that the bank’s training for line managers also needs improving. Shesaid, “The principal reason why people leave a company is because of theirimmediate manager. Great managers are the constant factor in all greatcompanies. A great manager is someone who says: ‘I’ll help you be moresuccessful than me.’”ByPaul Nelson Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Bank to introduce flexible working to cut staff lossesOn 27 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today
1. The study tested the hypothesis that the occurrence of pregnancy in mammals that are capital breeders will be most closely related to state variables that are indices of food stores. Income breeders would not be expected to have the same relationship. 2. The study examined the relationships between mass, time of year, age and body length with the occurrence of pregnancy in three species of pinniped. This included two capital breeders (Crabeater Seal, Lobodon carcinophagus Hombron & Jacquinot, and Grey Seal, Halichoerus grypus Fabricius) and one income breeder (Antarctic Fur Seal, Arctocephalus gazella Peters). Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to examine the relationships and the interactions between the different state variables. 3. In both the capital breeders the state variables used in the study explained approximately twice the amount of variability (55% compared with 25%) in the occurrence of pregnancy than in the income breeder. Mass was the dominant state variable among both the capital breeders whereas in the income breeder mass was less important both relative to other state variables and in absolute terms. The results support the conclusion that the occurrence of pregnancy in capital breeders is more sensitive to body reserves than it is in income breeders. 4. The results also support the conclusion that life histories are the end result of a variety of functional responses to different state variables that have differing degrees of influence. In particular a size-structured approach to studies of population dynamics in pinnipeds may be a more informative way of predicting population responses to environmental variability than the more traditional age-structured approach.
Neptune Energy starts production from the Adorf field, Germany. (Credit: Anita starzycka from Pixabay.) Neptune Energy announced first gas production from the Adorf Carboniferous development in northwestern Germany.Initial results were positive following successful drilling of the Adorf Z15 appraisal well, in the municipality of Emlichheim.Subsequent production tests indicated flow rates of up to 1,700 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day (gross).Neptune’s Managing Director in Germany, Andreas Scheck, said: “The result of the Adorf Z15 well underlines the great potential for future gas production within this region. It is one of the most promising gas discoveries in Germany in recent years.”The well reached final depth of 3,500 meters in February 2020. A modern processing plant for treatment of the natural gas has since been constructed at the site.Neptune is operator of the Adorf field. Wintershall Dea is a joint venture partner. Neptune’s share in the Adorf Z15 well is 67%. Source: Company Press Release Subsequent production tests indicated flow rates of up to 1,700 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day
New College Mathematics professor, Marcus du Sautoy was beaten at the semi-finals of the international rock-paper-scissors tournament in Philadelphia last Thursday.Du Sautoy, adopted the nom de guerre “The Professor” and used the decimal expansion of pi to inform his decision of whether to use rock, paper or scissors.Du Sautoy used this method to illustrate “how humans are really pattern searchers at heart”. He stated that the contestants who did well in the tournament were the ones who were able to “spot patterns in the people they are playing”Du Sautoy’s participation was filmed by the BBC and will be used in his new series entitled “The Code”