MPs urge banks to end ‘alpha male culture’ to close gender pay gap

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‘Alpha male culture’ was the main reason women gave for not wanting to work in the financial sector. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA

MPs have called on Britain’s banks and other financial firms to tackle their “alpha male culture”, in a parliamentary report that recommends measures to close the City’s gender pay gap including clearer criteria for awarding bonuses and senior male executives taking up flexible working.

The Treasury committee’s report follows its invce,estigation into women in finan and found the alpha male culture was the main reason women gave for not wanting to work in senior management at City firms.

This culture was particularly evident in bonus negotiations, in which men can receive bigger rewards by arguing more forcefully, the report said.

The report cited a “pyramid” model at financial firms, where the proportion of women to men dwindles at the upper levels of management.

It comes two months after the deadline for all UK companies with more than 250 employees to report their gender pay gap. This revealed banks are among companies with the biggest pay gaps in the UK, with Barclays’ investment banking arm reporting a 43.5% median gap in favour of men and a 73% gap for bonuses. The national average median pay gap is 18.4%.

The Women in Finance report found that the median bonus pay gap is 49% in favour of men at UK banks, and 38% at building societies. The bonus gap is 43.5% overall, meaning that for every £100,000 of bonuses handed out to men, women are only getting £56,500. The gender pay gap per hour in finance is 28%.

“The benefits of gender diversity are highlighted in the report, including better financial performance, reduced groupthink and more open discussions,” said Nicky Morgan, the Conservative MP and Treasury select committee chair.


Imtu Ratish at the state invitation to Nepal

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Bangladesh’s model, actor and presenter Imtu Ratish received state invitations in the Himalayan dominated country of Nepal. He went to the country on June 2. In addition to the 9-day stretch of the valley, the Himalayas, apart from various sights, Imtu Ratish has moved on. He returned home after 10 June. Nepal Tourism Ministry was under the overall supervision of ‘Himalaya and Travel Mart-2018’ and ‘East Tourism Mart-2018’. Imtu said that “I have visited Nepal several times. But I’m really proud of the state invitation. I went to Mountain View. On the special plane, I saw all the Himalayan pits at the very close, even with the pilot, the first experience of seeing the Himalayas in a cockpit. We went to the sub-Metropolitan city of Biratnagar in Nepal. It is only 150 kilometers away from the border of Bangladesh. We went up to 800 feet high.

Yami Gautam doesn`t see multi-starrer films as a threat

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A film with an ensemble cast is not every actor’s cup of tea, particularly because the screen time gets divided among multiple characters. Yami Gautam, however, doesn’t see it as a threat. What she looks for in a script is that her character should be well-etched and is relevant to the storyline.
Yami, who has starred in films such as Badlapur (2015), Sarkar 3 (2017) and is presently shooting for Batti Gul Meter Chaalu (BGMC) has mostly been part of films with ensemble cast. Explaining her stand citing the example of BGMC, which also stars Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, she says, “All three of us have very defined characters. And before we started shooting, we had a discussion about our work and what we are contributing to the film. There should be no doubt when I walk into the sets and start working on the film. If you still have questions around the existence or essence of your character, then you are at the wrong place. On my part, I am pretty confident that we are doing the right thing.”

Kennedy Center to open US arts campus in 2019 62

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Between a parkway and a busy freeway, Washington’s Kennedy Center will open a massive campus next year where the public can view up close how art is made.

Natural light floods the two-level sloping design dotted by three white board-form concrete pavilions that play host to 11 intimate rehearsal/classroom/performance spaces.

It’s almost the antithesis of the center’s original 1971 building, a column-filled cavernous structure dressed in Italian Carrara marble.

The REACH in contrast is all soaring ceilings, huge windows and swooping curves, which architect Steven Holl said were inspired by glissando, a continuous slide of notes. There are no columns.

“Even on the inside, the structure is the form and the shape,” Holl, 70, explained in an interview.

Holl’s team developed “crinkle concrete” to soften sound in ways he says are superior to acoustic tiles. The deeply indented slabs also serve as supporting walls.

– Soaring costs and delays –

The 4.6-acre (1.9-hectare) project adds 72,000 square feet (6,700 square meters) of new interior space, expanding public areas by 20 percent and nearly doubling outdoor space at one of America’s top performing arts center.

Set to open September 7, 2019, more than two years after the initially planned May 29, 2017 start date, the project has been beset by delays and cost overruns.

Construction didn’t begin until October 2015, nearly a year after a ceremonial groundbreaking, after part of the original design failed to get regulatory approval.

Projected costs ballooned from $100 million at the outset in 2013 to $175 million, but the fundraising goal jumped to $250 million in order to also cover additional anticipated costs.

The project will be almost entirely philanthropically funded, with the federal government only paying for maintenance and upkeep, president Deborah Rutter said on a recent tour of the construction site.

– Shepherding light –

Environmental stewardship was a driving force behind much of the design.

The huge green space above the structure will feature a grove of 35 ginkgo trees, a symbol of longevity and one of many nods to John F. Kennedy, the 35th US president.

American cherry wood finishes — from the auditorium floor to seats — reference Kennedy’s favorite rocking chair.

Outside, white concrete walls clean themselves and filter pollutants, thanks to titanium that breaks down dirt when light and heat hit the building.

Fly ash, a byproduct of coal combustion, gives the concrete mix extra strength and density.

A partnership with the local water utility limits the flow of untreated water into the river, and 60 geothermal wells provide the main source of heating and cooling.

There will be an outdoor stage and simulcast video wall to watch performances for free.

“The three pavilions are like instruments to bring light to the spaces below. It’s really about fusing the idea of architecture and landscaping,” said Holl, who began his career as a landscape architect.

At night, the three structures will glow like so many tips of an iceberg, thanks to shoji screen-like etched matte white glass, an effect Holl also created for The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.

Holl said he was inspired by the smoke from a space heater that caught fire when Robert Frost read a poem during Kennedy’s 1961 presidential inauguration.

“For me, it’s connecting to Kennedy that makes it probably the most important project that I’ll ever do,” said Holl.

Dream to successful actress besides news presenter: Sanzida Rose

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Sanzida Jahan Rose is a popular artist of the time who’s dream to be a successful actress. In a recent interview with The Daily Tribunal, she reveals more about her life. “Recently she has signed for a film named ‘Netagiri’. Shooting will be started very soon,” said Rose.

She started her career from theatre early of her life. She involves various social and cultural organizations. At present she is a secretary of ‘Bangabondhu Sangskritik Jote’. She performed lots of stage shows, acted in dramas likely “Gatimoy jibon”, “Azrailer post mortem” and some others. Besides she is a news presenter also. At present she is a news presenter of Ananda TV. She worked on KTV as news presenter before.

Rose said “I love acting from early of my life. And I had a dream to be a good actress. I’m trying to do my best in professional and acting career.”

She also said, “I’m so blissful that my family supported me in my career. My audience accepted me very cordially. Besides news presenter, I have a dream to be a successful actress. In future I want to present lot of good works to my audience. Everybody pray for me. Best wishes to my audience and fan.”

Riad Hasan’s Chattgayya take

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Growing up in Chittagong, spending most of his time in the city’s GEC, contemporary musician Riad Hasan has incorporated the essence of the place in his new Chittagonian song, aptly titled, GEC. Hasan has composed and written the song himself. It is now available on his YouTube channel.  Shuvo Ds, John S Munshi, Samiul Momith are behind the guitar, bass and shaker respectively for the song, while Syed Kamrujjaman Sujan has done the mixing and mastering.

“I sing both in Bangla and Chittagonian,” says Hasan. “In 2007, I uploaded an informal recording of the song on YouTube. I was happy to receive positive reactions from people.  However, I did not have any formal recording. So, I thought of re-recording it and releasing it.”

He further adds that Shyam Sundar Baishnab and Shefali Ghosh are his inspirations. “Both of them are renowned folk artistes of Chittagong. Being inspired by them I try to write Chittagonian songs in a modern-day style,” says Hasan.

Riad Hasan released his first solo album, Jodi Bhabo in 2014. His other Chittagonian songs are called Digital Fua and Satkaniya- Fatikchor.

Best of Broadway

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The highest honours for Broadway Theater took place in New York on Sunday during the 72nd Tony Awards, which was hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban. It was a night of victory for British theatre as well at the ceremony, with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (parts one and two) bagging six awards, including best play and best direction.

However, the biggest winner of the night was a musical about an Egyptian band visiting an Israeli desert town – The Band’s Visit, which picked up an extraordinary 10 prizes, including best musical, best actress (Katrina Lenk) and best actor (Tony Shalhoub).

Oscar-winning actor Robert de Niro created quite a commotion while introducing Springsteen (who won a special Tony Award for his sold-out Broadway show), as he took to the stage to curse the US president twice during the live broadcast, for which he managed to earn a standing ovation.

Some other winners from the key categories include Angels in America for best revival of a play; Once On This Island for best revival of a musical; Andrew Garfield in Angels in America for best actor in a play; Glenda Jackson in Three Tall Women for best actress in a play.

‘Doob’ to debut in London and Munich

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One year after its premiere, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s Doob (No Bed of Roses) is still holding strong in the festival circuit. This month it was in Seattle International Film Festival’s official selection. The festival programme note heaped heavy praise on the film: “No Bed of Roses is not only visually beautiful, but is also filled with multiple subtleties expressed through refined moments of silence and distilled colors. Farooki once again utilizes his masterful skills as filmmaker to explore themes of individual frailty that’ll leave audiences breathless and mesmerized.”

After Seattle, the film has been selected for Munich International Film Festival 2018, which will run from June 28 to July 7. Before that, the film will be presented at the London Indian Film Festival on June 24. Both Nusrat Imrose Tisha and Mostofa Sarwar Farooki will be present at the screening and join the audience for a Q&A session. There will be another screening in Birmingham on the 25th. From there, the couple will travel to Germany to attend the Munich International Film Festival, where the film will be presented on July 4.

An ode to parents

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Baba Maa’r Jonno, a song composed and sung by Minar Rahman and written by Asif Iqbal, was released yesterday afternoon on the Gaanchill YouTube channel. Imraul Rafat has directed the music video for the song, while Sajid Sarker has done the music arrangement. Tawsif Mahbub has acted in the music video.

Speaking to Dailytribunal about the concept of the song, Asif Iqbal says, “This song is an ode to parents everywhere.  It is about how any difficulties that children go through affect parents.” He further adds that with this song, the team also hopes to inspire youngsters against matters like drug abuse. The song has a folk flavour with many spiritual themes in it.

Asif Iqbal, who has previously done songs likeOi Akasher Taray Taray, a song for mothers, and Chele Manushi Bayna, a song for fathers, says that Baba Maa’r Jonno is the first song he has done for both mothers and fathers. “The message I want listeners to take away from the song is that one should love their parents and work hard to make them proud,” he says.

TAZIN AHMED one last time

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Tazin Ahmed lives among us through her work. This Eid, her last tele-fictions will be aired on television.

The actor worked on two tele-films and a series, directed by Mohon Khan, which were all shot in Cox’s Bazar.

One of the telefilms, Tomakei Khujchchi, will be aired on Banglavision. “It saddens me that we will have to watch Tazin’s work without her,” says popular TV actor Shajal, who worked with her in the tele-fiction.

Another tele-film, called Tumi Ekjonee, will be aired on ATN Bangla, featuring Nirob from the silver screen.

Tazin also played the role of an anonymous woman in a television series called, Neer Khonje Gaangchil, which is currently being aired on ATN Bangla.

Director Mohon Khan says, “I really liked Tazin and her work. I directed few of her last works. Now that she is no more with us, I feel unhappy.”