Bod aims to save English-language opera

first_imgThe Bodleian Library has launched an appeal to raise £85,000 by 6 January 2009 in order to conserve a manuscript of the first opera written in English.‘Erismena’ was written by Pietro Franceso Cavalli and was probably performed in England for the first time during the 1670s.The Bodleian is trying to acquire the manuscript after it was sold from the Music faculty’s collection in 1797.The aim to raise £85,000 for ‘Erismena’ has become part of the ‘Oxford Thinking’ campaign, which hopes to raise £1.25bn for the University as a whole.Emma Kirkby, an Honorary Doctor of Music at Oxford University, said, “I am tremendously excited to hear that an entire Cavalli opera manuscript has survived – in an English translation, decades before Handel came to this country, and that there is a chance for the Bodleian Library to acquire this landmark of our musical history. I earnestly hope the means can be found to achieve this.”last_img read more

Ex-Starbucks employees arrested for alleged ‘peeping tom’

first_imgThe North Jakarta Police have arrested two former Starbucks Indonesia employees for alleged sexual harassment after they were caught peering at a female customer’s cleavage through a CCTV camera.Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said the two arrestees, identified only by their initials K and D, were apprehended on Thursday evening.“The police are now interrogating them to find out their motives,” Yusri told The Jakarta Post on Friday. He added the police had also identified the victim, since one of the suspects personally recognized her. “The suspect has her phone number. The victim just filed a report to the police.”The spokesperson went on to say the incident occurred on Wednesday in a Starbucks store in the neighborhood of Sunter in North Jakarta.The incident caught public attention after a Twitter user under the handle @LisaAbet uploaded a video of the incident to the Twitter. She tweeted she was angered upon watching the incident in her friend’s Instagram Story.Read also: Public outcry as House plans to delay sexual violence bill – again The footage showed a male employee of the coffee shop zooming on CCTV recordings at the back office to get a clearer look on a female visitor’s cleavage. Another male employee who recorded the event through his phone burst into laughter.The incident drove many internet users raging over the behavior, demanding immediate investigation from Starbucks. @LisaAbet’s post has been retweeted 19,400 times in less than two days.“How they behave is unacceptable and disgusting,” Twitter user @xxnotababexx wrote.“F&B [food and beverage] business is about hospitality. If customers are not respected, it’s fatal […],” user @aguslio17g tweeted.Starbucks responded to the post on Wednesday, apologizing for the incident. The company added that the management was investigating the incident and the employees.The company released a statement on Thursday afternoon, saying “the individual” was no longer employed and the company would ensure similar incidents did not happen in future.pic.twitter.com/UaglEPojWo— Starbucks Indonesia (@SbuxIndonesia) July 2, 2020“We were extremely troubled to learn of this incident and it is a matter that we take seriously. It is not consistent with our mission and values, high standards of conduct or the experience we strive to deliver for our customers,” Starbucks stated.Starbucks Indonesia spokesperson Andrea Siahaan confirmed to the Post that the company had fired the two employees implicated in the incident.Opening its first store in Jakarta in 2002, Starbucks now has more than 300 stores in major cities across the country.Topics :last_img read more

Mercer starts master trust for UK DB schemes

first_imgInvestment consultant Mercer has launched its UK Mercer DB Master Trust, which offers defined benefit (DB) pension plan sponsors the potential for “enhanced governance and economies of scale to deliver better outcomes for members”, it said.Under the trust, Mercer will be responsible for providing all services including investment with fiduciary management, journey planning, actuarial services, covenant assessment, scheme management and administration, with trusteeship provided by independent professional trustees.The employer would maintain ultimate responsibility for the funding of the scheme, an announcement stated.This new solution adds to Mercer’s existing advisory and fiduciary offerings and ensures clients can access a full spectrum of approaches to select the best fit for their individual governance needs, it said. Benoit Hudon, leader of Mercer’s wealth business in the UK, said: “Managing employee pension schemes has become increasingly complex and many organisations suffer from time or cost constraints.”He said these challenges are “particularly acute” for smaller or mid-sized legacy DB schemes where often dedicated in-house expertise lacks, while access to best-in-class capabilities can be expensive.He added that the trust will “potentially reduce fees and improve outcomes”, while also giving members access to the largest administration of private sector pensions in the UK.The Mercer DB Master Trust has evolved from the Federated Pension Plan (FPP), an existing and long-established master trust initially set up by Jardine Lloyd Thompson that currently has around £260m (€280m) of assets and 73 participating employers.Additionally, Independent Trustee Services (ITS) and PTL have been appointed as additional professional trustees to work alongside PAN Trustees, which has been FPP’s trustee for more than 15 years.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more