Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/APReese Witherspoon arrives at the 27th annual Independent Film Project’s Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in November. Witherspoon is one of hundreds of Hollywood women backing the Time’s Up initiative against sexual harassment.Some of Hollywood’s most powerful women have teamed up to launch an initiative aimed at combating sexual harassment inside and outside their industry after an avalanche of allegations set in motion by the Harvey Weinstein scandal.In a full-page open letter published in Monday’s New York Times, 300 prominent actresses, female agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives announced the campaign called Time’s Up. A few of the more famous Hollywood women who signed the letter include Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, Kerry Washington, Rashida Jones, and Ashley Judd.It’s time to shift the balance in the workplace, from representing the few to representing us all. Sign the #TIMESUP solidarity letter and donate to the #TIMESUP Legal Defense Fund right here: https://t.co/GNhkSnWIDb pic.twitter.com/a5oi2Sbaam— TIME’S UP (@timesupnw) January 1, 2018“The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly,” the letter says.The Time’s Up initiative includes:A $13 million legal defense fund to help women in blue-collar jobs and farm workDrafting of legislation to punish companies that tolerate sexual harassment and to discourage nondisclosure agreements in such cases.A push to reach gender parity in Hollywood studios and talent agencies; and a call for women walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes to wear black as a sign of protest and solidarity.Shonda Rhimes, executive producer of such television series as Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, was quoted in the Times as saying: “It’s very hard for us to speak righteously about the rest of anything if we haven’t cleaned our own house.”Witherspoon said that in the past women have been “siloed off from each other.”“We’re finally hearing each other, and seeing each other, and now locking arms in solidarity with each other, and in solidarity for every woman who doesn’t feel seen, to be finally heard,” she said, according to the Times.Since October, when dozens of women began coming forward to accuse producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, numerous men in prominent industries have been forced to resign over sexual harassment claims, including top editors at NPR.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
Nine people are running to represent District K, which stretches across southwest Houston into Fort Bend County. The candidates include Martha Castex-Tatum, who served as Green’s director of constituent services, and teacher Pat Frazier, who previously ran for the seat in 2011. Rice University political science professor Bob Stein said Castex-Tatum has the edge.“I wouldn’t rule her out winning this outright,” Stein said. “I think it would be unlikely but not a shock. With nine people on the ballot, you say, ‘Well, it’s certainly a runoff,’ but not necessarily. She is well known, in part, I think, because of her work she did with Councilman Green, and she was as much a part of that operation as, I think, he was.”If no candidate wins at least 50 percent of the vote, a runoff between the top two vote-getters will take place June 16.Larry Green was the first council member elected from District K after its creation seven years ago. He died March 6. Photo via Twitter @defendernetworkThe special election will fill the seat of the late Council Member Larry Green, who died March 6.Voters in Houston’s District K will soon choose a successor to the late Larry Green on Houston’s City Council. Early voting for the special election ends Tuesday, and Election Day is Saturday, May 5. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:49 Share Listen X
Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives has announced the resort’s long-anticipated Royal Residence will open in January 2017. The five-bedroom, six-bathroom retreat will cover 3500 square metres and include a private beach, two pools and a private arrival jetty.Amit Majumder, General Manager, Jumeirah Vittaveli, said: “The Royal Residence adds another dimension of luxury to Jumeirah Vittaveli. This completely self-sufficient hideaway includes its own arrival jetty with overwater bar, an open-air kitchen, restaurant, private beach, two pools, spa and gym, separate living and dining pavilion as well as separate service quarters. Guests can enjoy unrivalled privacy while still having all the activities and facilities of an award-winning resort at their fingertips. We have put much thought into planning out each little detail of the Royal Residence and I am confident that guests will be amazed by the level of service as well as privacy that they will experience when staying at this new ultimate tropical retreat.”The Royal Residence experience will begin as soon as guests arrive in the Maldives. They will receive priority customs service and a personal welcome at the airport, followed by a 20-minute yacht transfer to the island. A traditional Maldivian Bodu Beru reception awaits, comprising a group of drummers and dancers who greet guests at the private jetty. The Royal Residence Manager will take everyone on a brief tour of the residence.The journey will lead guests past a sunken lounge surrounded by a lily pond, to a swimming pool looking out across the private beach. A dining room seating 10 with adjacent living room including Bang & Olufsen home theatre system is connected to the pool deck, with an open-air Teppanyaki-style live kitchen on the far end overlooking the infinite ocean. An indoor kitchen and wine cellar by nolte is the domain of the personal chef, while separate service quarters house up to four additional personnel.‘The Sanctuary’ (530 square metres) includes the Master Bedroom, as well as a separate indoor living area, private spa treatment room and private gym outfitted with state-of-the-art Life Fitness equipment. An indoor bathroom with his and hers vanities and oversized stone bathtub by Kelly Hoppen is complemented by an outdoor bathing area featuring a Jacuzzi with built-in TV. ‘The Villas’ (240 square metres and 195 square metres), one with king-sized bed and one with twin bed, flank The Sanctuary and pool to the North and South – both including their own private open air deck as well as walk-in wardrobe and stone bathtub. ‘The Suite’ connects through a portico to the Royal Residence, and includes one king-sized and one twin-bedded room, as well as separate living room and a 49-square-metre private pool.Guests of the Royal Residence will enjoy access to all facilities of Jumeirah Vittaveli via dedicated buggy and chauffeur, including a PADI Dive base, water sports centre, four restaurants and two bars, Kuda Koli Kids’ Club with family pool, and a Talise Spa with overwater and garden treatment rooms.