Corporate report: Coronavirus Act report: May 2020

first_imgThe Coronavirus Act 2020 gives the government powers to take the right action to respond effectively to the progress of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, for example by making it easier for people to receive their Statutory Sick Pay.These powers are temporary and designed to be switched on when necessary, and off when no longer needed.The act requires ministers to report every 2 months on which powers are currently active.last_img

Along China’s keys

first_imgThe evocative piano sonatas and etudes of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, and Debussy are legendary, beloved around the world and celebrated in the classical canon. But what is known about the playing of Liu Xue’an, or the compositions of He Luting?Piano music in China is young by the standards of the West, as an exhibit at Loeb Music Library reveals. On view through Dec. 18, “One Hundred Years of Chinese Piano Music” sheds light on a tradition influenced by native folklore, poems, philosophy, and even a complex social-political movement, as well as Western styles and techniques.The show traces the century-long history of the publication of piano music in China and was inspired by a 10-volume anthology of Chinese piano works released by the Shanghai Conservatory Press in honor of the centennial. Selected volumes appear in the exhibit alongside signature Chinese compositions, photos, and other items drawn from the Loeb Music Library, Harvard’s Fine Arts Library, the Harvard-Yenching Library, and the Shanghai Conservatory.Visitors can see examples of music colored by both Western and Chinese traditions. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThat China’s rich classical repertoire is largely a secret beyond its borders is unsurprising, said the exhibit’s curator, Harvard library assistant Lingwei Qiu.“It’s a relatively new history,” said Qiu, a pianist who donated to the show several items from her own collection. The exhibit, she said, is “a good chance to just introduce something new, something different. This is like an overview. It’s not a complete history, but it covers the most important moments in Chinese piano music history. It opens a new window.”Visitors who peer into that window will see examples of music colored by both Western and Chinese traditions. Some pieces use the five-notes-per-octave pentatonic scale, which is common in Chinese music. Other compositions are based on the heptatonic scale, which includes seven pitches per octave and is more standard in Western music. Examples of canons and fugues, reminiscent of Bach and Beethoven, are on view. While they have a distinctly Western feel, many are inspired by Chinese folk songs, even ancient works of art.The show’s oldest published piece has a direct Harvard connection.China’s first published piano work appeared in a journal of the Science Institute in Shanghai almost exactly a century ago and was the product of the well-known linguist and musician Chao Yuen Ren. In 1915, the same year his piece was published, Chao traveled to Harvard to pursue his Ph.D. in philosophy. (His daughter, Chao Rulan, became a longtime professor in Harvard’s departments of music and East Asian languages and civilizations.) The composer’s Western-style composition is titled “March of Peace,” and may have been a reaction to World War I, said Qiu.One case of the three glass cases and two wall displays that make up the exhibit is dedicated to contemporary Chinese piano music and includes a 1987 composition by Zhao Xiaosheng inspired by the Chinese theory of I Ching. Another case contains works based on compositions for the ancient Chinese stringed instruments pipa and guqin, whose original music, in some instances, dates back more than 1,000 years.For Lingwei Qiu, the Loeb Library exhibit celebrates not only the treasures of the past, but also the future of Chinese piano music. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerAmong the show’s highlights is one of China’s most famous compositions, “Yellow River,” a four-movement concerto for piano and orchestra based on a 1939 cantata of the same name by Xian Xinghai. The concerto, which premiered in 1969, was inspired by a poem by Guang Weiran that urged the Chinese to rise up against Japanese invaders. Despite its Western-influenced compositional style, its patriotic sentiment made it popular with Communist officials in China, who encouraged performances of the piece during the Cultural Revolution. It remains a popular favorite today.For Qiu, the Loeb Library exhibit celebrates not only the treasures of the past, but also the future of Chinese piano music.“This is also a show representing Chinese culture, Chinese history, and Chinese daily life, and it marks a significant step toward the next 100 years.”last_img read more

Gold Coast mega mansion a tropical retreat in the heart of suburbia

first_imgWhat a bath!The home also has a private boat ramp with winch, dry dock and two boat sheds.The family were sad to leave the home but work overseas meant they needed to sell.“It has been such a joy to live in our own resort and enjoy a special morning ritual of showering outside among the landscape,” Mrs Pearson Campbell said.“The family activities are endless with tennis, water sports and pool side relaxation.”The mansion is close to parklands, the local turf club, schools, the beach and world-class shopping, dining and entertainment precincts. The kitchen has a servery to make outdoor entertaining easier. It exudes luxury from every corner. Perfect for late-night swims.IT may be in the heart of suburbia but this waterfront mansion resembles a private, luxury retreat miles away from civilisation.The sprawling Bundall property at 13-17 Binda Place blends classic elegance with a tropical resort.Marble, limestone and wood accentuate the home’s opulence while extravagant light fixtures are standout features in almost every room. The wardrobe of every girl’s dreams.Downstairs, there is an open kitchen, living and dining area that flows seamlessly outdoors.It also offers an office, library, wine cellar and gym.One of the most impressive rooms on the ground floor is the sunken master bedroom, which boasts views to the east overlooking the water and city skyline.It has a designer dressing room with full cabinetry, bevelled mirrored doors and a drawer unit as its centrepiece.Upstairs, there are four additional bedrooms with ensuites.This includes the guest wing, which has a rumpus room, separate home cinema and terrace.The outdoor entertainment areas surrounded by tropical gardens are sure to impress with a pool and spa, indoor sauna and tennis court. The perfect spot to curl up on the couch with a book.Its lavish style was part of the reason Gregory Campbell and Beckie Pearson Campbell bought the property in 2016.“We were searching for a property with fully contained bedrooms and ensuites for each of our growing children and also wanted a ground floor master suite with an aspect to the water,” Mrs Pearson Campbell said.“We couldn’t help but feel that we had found luxury but more so we had found a home.”The impressive home has five bedrooms and nine bathrooms, including an outdoor shower and toilet.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe family wasted no time turning it into the luxurious property it is today.“We set about renovating and decorating each of the rooms to maximise the liveability while Greg concentrated on the renovation of the resort pool area,” Mrs Pearson Campbell said.center_img Plenty of storage for all the wine connoisseurs out there. Imagine waking up in this bedroom every day. Perfect for summer nights. What a bathroom!last_img read more

CBA, J-D girls swimmers sweep West Genesee

first_imgJ-D had its own meet at West Genesee that it controlled from the outset, defeating the Wildcats 91-80 to move to 6-2 on the season.The meet started with the Red Rams’ quartet of Sofia Bebla, Amelia Hesler, Josie Coyne and Audrey Norden going 2:02.71 to win the 200-yard medley relay.Later in the meet, Bebla was victorious in the 100 backstroke in 1:09.97 to the 1:11.73 from WG’s Maggie Smith, with Hesler returning in the 200 freestyle relay to help Gwen Lister, Julia Antoine and Claire Huyck win in 1:47.67.Emily Ninestein won a pair of races, from the short 50 freestyle in 27.15 seconds to the 27.62 from the Wildcats’ Anna Ivery to a 500 freestyle where Ninestein breezed to first place in 5:57.67. Abby McGuire earned 184.83 points in diving.Huyck got a title of her own in the 200 freestyle in 2:12.46, just ahead of WG’s Taylor McFadden (2:13.84), while Coyne was second in the 100 butterfly in 1:14.06 and Lucy Heflin got second in the 200 individual medley in 2:40.12J-D and F-M  will both swim this weekend in the Salt City Athletic Conference championships at Nottingham, this after the Hornets met Syracuse City on Tuesday and the Red Rams travel to Auburn Wednesday.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story While the Fayetteville-Manlius girls swim team was off last week, Christian Brothers Academy and Jamesville-DeWitt both took their turns against West Genesee, and both prevailed.Not dropping any race in last Tuesday’s meet against the Wildcats at Le Moyne College, the Brothers prevailed 94-74, with its usual stars each winning their fair share of events.Kayla Newman went one minute, 58.60 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle and then roared to a time of 5:20.80 in the 500 freestyle as Kaitlyn Bushnell swept the sprints, going 25.54 seconds in the 50 freestyle and exactly 57 seconds in the 100 freestyle. Lauren Kelly went from a time of 2:16.47 in the 200 individual medley to a quick 1:07.71 in the 100 breaststroke as Darien Tompkins claimed the 100 butterfly in 1:00.02.In a unique 100 backstroke race, Ally Howard and Ella Zaryski finished in a dead heat, each posting 1:07.32. Sophie Menar had 194.55 points on the diving board.Roaring in the relays, CBA had Tompkins, Bushnell, Newman and Kelly go 3:45.18 in the 400 freestyle after Bushnell, Tompkins, Howard and Kelly took the 200 medley in a season-best 1:52.67, just missing the state qualifying standard of 1:52.35. Sophia Silver and Kathryn Nardella joined Newman and Tompkins for a time of 1:48 flat in the 200 freestyle relay.center_img Tags: CBAgirls swimmingJ-Dlast_img read more

Serena Williams Slams Her ‘Inexcusable’ Performance

first_imgUS OPEN FINAL FAILURESerena Williams branded her performance in the US Open final “inexcusable” and said it was the “worst match” she played during the tournament.Williams, who turns 38 later this month, was beaten 6-3 7-5 by Canadian 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu, whose win marked her first Grand Slam title. Serena Williams Defeat means American Williams is still chasing a record-equalling 24th major.“I believe I could have just been more Serena today,” said Williams, a six-time champion at Flushing Meadows.“I honestly don’t think Serena showed up. I have to kind of figure out how to get her to show up in Grand Slam finals.“It’s inexcusable for me to play at that level.”Andreescu, in the main draw in New York for the first time, dominated a 43-minute opening set to stun a partisan Arthur Ashe Stadium, going a break up in the very first game.The 15th seed held match point at 5-2 in the second set before Williams staged an attempted comeback, winning five successive games.“I was just thinking, honestly at that point, wow, this is terrible,” said Williams. “Like you got to play better. I have to do better.“I just couldn’t go down like that, so I just wanted to play a little bit better.”Andreescu broke Williams’ serve for the fourth time of the set to wrap up the win, making her the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title and the first teenager to do so since Maria Sharapova at the 2006 US Open.Williams remains on 23 Grand Slam titles, one short of Australian Margaret Court’s all-time record.“I’m not necessarily chasing a record. I’m just trying to win Grand Slams,” Williams said.“It’s definitely frustrating. But for the most part I just am still here. I’m still doing what I can do.”Williams has now lost her last four Grand Slam finals, last winning in Australia in 2017 before the difficult birth of her daughter later that year.In 2018, she lost the Wimbledon final to Angelique Kerber before a controversial US Open final defeat by Naomi Osaka, and was beaten in this year’s final at the All England Club by Simona Halep.Williams said her successive falls at the final hurdle were “truly frustrating” but vowed to keep going.“Kerber doesn’t count because I was exhausted,” she said. “My baby was eight months, and that’s tough.“But all of it honestly, truly is super frustrating. I’m so close, so close, so close, yet so far away.“I guess I’ve got to keep going if I want to be a professional tennis player. And I’ve just got to just keep fighting through it.“I definitely did better than I did against Halep.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Clippers hold off Bucks for a 106-102 victory at Staples Center

first_imgChris Paul led the Clippers with 27 points and nine assists. He made two free throws with 1:12 to play to give the Clippers the lead for good. Redick scored 23 points and Blake Griffin had 22 points, six rebounds and eight assists. DeAndre Jordan scored nine points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked two shots and Jamal Crawford scored 17 points off the bench on a 5-of-16 effort from the field.The Clippers (19-8) shot 45.7 percent from the field, 46.2 (12 of 26) from 3-point range.The Bucks’ Brandon Knight missed a 20-footer with 30.9 seconds to play that would have tied the game. Then, with five seconds left, Griffin made a put-back for the game’s final points, sealing Milwaukee’s fate.Clippers coach Doc Rivers was not surprised it was so difficult to dispatch the Bucks.“Yeah, it was a tough one,” he said. “They were making shots and they got small and made us match up a little bit. We got in foul trouble in the first half (Griffin took his third foul midway through the second quarter). They were sitting here waiting for us from last night, so you knew going into the game, it just felt like it was going to be a hard game.”The Clippers lost Friday at high-altitude Denver.Giannis Antetokounmpo – a 6-foot-11 forward – led Milwaukee with 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Former Clippers forward Jared Dudley scored 16 off the bench and looked over at the Clippers’ bench after a couple of baskets. Another reserve ‑ Jerryd Bayless ‑ also scored 16 points as Milwaukee’s second unit outscored its first 59-43.Matt Barnes took only three shots and went scoreless for Los Angeles. But he did have five rebounds, four assists and just one turnover in 25-plus minutes. He, too, was expecting Milwaukee to give the Clippers all they could handle.“This is a scrappy team that plays hard with a lot of confidence,” he said. “Coming off a back-to-back, we’ve had a crazy schedule. It was an ugly win, but it was a win.”Clippers backup post Spencer Hawes missed his fifth consecutive game with a bruised bone in his left knee. Milwaukee remained in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. The Clippers are sixth in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Dallas.BREAKOUTThe Clippers will now hit the road for a game Monday at San Antonio (17-11), which is in seventh in the West, 2 1/2 games behind the Clippers. Los Angeles will play Tuesday at Atlanta (19-7), which is third in the East. Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd was always known as a hard-playing sort during a 19-year NBA career. He’s trying to instill that in his team, and if recent performances are an indication, it’s working.“Guys are playing hard, playing as a team. It’s fun. That’s about as simple as it gets,” Kidd said prior to his team taking on the Clippers on Saturday night.The Bucks entered having won three of four, the first of those victories by six points over the Clippers on Dec. 13. Milwaukee shot 56.6 percent, 63.6 from 3-point range in that one, so the Clippers needed to be better defensively in the rematch.The Clippers weren’t a lot better in that regard, but they still managed to come away with a 106-102 victory over the Bucks in a hotly contested game before a sellout crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center. The Clippers led 28-24 after one quarter, but trailed 52-50 at halftime and 83-82 after three quarters. At that point, the Bucks were shooting 55.6 percent from the field. They ended up shooting 53.1 percent after the Clippers held them to 19 points in the fourth quarter on 8-of-18 shooting from the field (44.4 percent).The Bucks (14-14) shot just 33.3 percent (8 of 24) from beyond the 3-point arc.“For us, it was our defense in the fourth quarter,” said Clippers guard J.J. Redick when asked what got his team the tough win. “We talked before the game about having a good defensive mind set and coming out with a better defensive effort.“We did that for most of the first quarter and then the next two quarters, it wasn’t very good. Kind of knew if we could apply the pressure and get some stops, that we were going to score the basketball.”The Bucks’ largest lead was nine points, the Clippers’ eight.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more