Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations

One of the most successful and respected actors in Hollywood has now turned into the most resented following multiple sexual harassment allegations. The star of the popular Netflix series House of cards, Kevin Spacey, has been dropped by his publicist, talent agency, and some of his biggest roles.

Anthony Rapp, an American actor known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway musical Rent, released a statement last month accusing Spacey of sexually harassing him in 1986, when Rapp was 14. Spacey’s response described the event as “deeply inappropriate drunken behavior”. Rapp’s statement was followed by many more accusations, including multiple young men from the not-for-profit London theatre where Spacey was artistic director for more than 10 years. “It seems the only requirement was to be a male under the age of 30 for Mr Spacey to feel free to touch us” wrote Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos, who often starred in plays at the theatre. “There are a lot of us that have a ‘Kevin Spacey story’.”

American film maker Tony Montana claims he was left with PTSD for 6 months after Spacey forcefully grabbed his crotch at an LA bar, and later followed him to the men’s washroom. British barman Daniel Beal has accused Spacey of flashing him 

 

outside of a hotel in Sussex when Beal was 19, and later giving him a £5000 watch to try to silence him.

Following these allegations, Spacey’s successful career has been shattered. The sixth season of House of cards has been suspended until further notice, and Spacey has been dropped as the recipient of the unique International Emmy Founders Award.

Successful Hollywood producer and former film executive Harvey Weinstein has also begun to witness the end of his career after sexual harassment and rape allegations from numerous women. In a recent New York times article, it was revealed that Weinstein has been paying off victims of his harassment and abuse for decades.

This has sparked over 70 women to share their stories of Weinstein’s misconduct towards them, including actresses Lupita Nyong’o, Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan and Cara Delevigne. As stated by the New York Times: “Accounts of Mr. Weinstein’s conduct seem to follow a common narrative; women reported to a hotel for what they thought were work reasons, only to discover that Mr. Weinstein, who has been married for most of three decades, sometimes seemed to have different interests”.  

Harvey Weinstein has been fired by the board of his production company, The Weinstein Company, and the company itself has been dropped as a producer of many upcoming films.

 

Thankfully we live in a time when we are beginning to shed light on serious issues in our society, and hopefully moving towards better lives for everyone.

B.C man runs for Zimbabwe’s presidential race

[above] Richard Kanyangu

Zimbabwe a country full of many prized natural resources, is one of the worst performing countries out there. Mainly because of it’s corrupt, inefficient government. Which is why B.C man Richard Kanyangu has decided to take this into his own hands. He left Zimbabwe in 1995 to study in the UK, now he is in Kamloops, and working as a nurse and pastor. He says that he spent too much time waiting for change and that “We’ve stood on the sidelines for too long hoping for the situation to change itself, but after 20 years of doing that, I’ve come to the realization that that is going to take someone like me to get involved in the process if we’re going to see anything good come out of the country.”

Richard’s competitor is none other than Mugabe, being the leader of the nation since its recognition in 1980. His policies have led to the 2009 hyperinflation that basically broke down the economy. Bring a promising nation towards nothing. Kanyangu believes it’s time for the rest of the world to get involved and help the people, quoting “We require and hope that out of this, the international community will put a mandate on whoever becomes the next president …  to actually allow international observers at the next elections,” and to  “make sure that at the end of the day the elections are free and fair and that whoever is in power is in power because of the mandate given to them by the people, democratically.”

He hopes to spread word of himself to millions of people, however the chances of that are very slight, as he has limited money and as Mugabe controls all media the hopes to appear there are also gone. However he states “We have people on the ground with us who are hoping to mobilize and get the word around”. He will be leaving for Zimbabwe in June, and staying there during the run-up to the election. Will he complete his quest to unseat Mugabe, or will he fail due to lack of resources, we can only wait to know.

World Barista Championship 2017 (WBC)

This past weekend (Saturday November 11, Sunday November 12), over 60 competitors from 58 nations all over the world competed in the World Barista Championship in Seoul, Korea. An international competition for those who make coffee their passion, this was none of your typical Starbucks coffee. These professionals can work up to 60 hour weeks leading to a competition, where participants have 15 minutes to prepare four espressos, four cappuccinos/milk drinks, and four signature drinks for judges.

 

During this time, they are judged intensively in many different categories, such as their confidence, style and ease, as well as how they explain their drinks to the judges and if they finish under the allotted time or not. A tiny spill, or not enough of an explanation on a drink served? Points docked. Stumble with a few words, or presentation a few seconds more than 15 minutes? More points docked. Not to mention the quality of the drinks themselves. Certain taste notes, flavor profiles, and aromas are critical, and even the slightest mistake in anything can result in disaster (point wise). If the participant doesn’t explain to the judges how he/she wants them to drink the presented coffee, guiding them through the experience, he/she can lose many valuable points. They are even judged on what music they play in the background and what they wear. Presentation is everything.

 

This year, Canadian Ben Put came in fourth overall, this being his fourth WBC. Put introduced a geisha flavour profile based presentation, exploring the concepts of processing and how it changes the coffee.

 

The World Barista 2017 Champion is Dale Harris from the United Kingdom. He did his presentation on the aromatic compounds of coffee, and how they affect the ways we see coffee.

 

If you want to watch some of the competitors and their presentations, you can check out this link:

 

 

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Report Cards

Hello BETA Minischool,

We hope that you are all doing well and hope that your child is enjoying the program thus far. As many of you know, we have report cards coming home soon and we just wanted to clarify what you will see. You may have noticed that they are not directly attached to MyEd. This is because we have physical copies that will be handed out on the 23rd of November. We have reviewed the reports with the students to ensure they know where they are at. Please email myself (Mr. Murray) if you have any questions or concerns!

“Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field”

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Murray

sam.murray@sd41.bc.ca

Volunteer Criminal Record Check Mentor Letter

Mentorship Letter Alpha Secondary Beta Minischool

Hello Parents,

Hope you are all doing well and that your child is enjoying this class so far (we do like to give them work;)). I have attached a form for the Volunteer Criminal Record Check (click the Mentorship Letter link above) if your child does have a mentor that is not either myself or Ms. Neumann. It is a fill in the blank style document but please feel free to contact me if there are any issues. Thank you very much. 

 

Mr. Murray  

Looking for Parent Volunteers: Bottle Recycling

Hello Parents!!!

One of our classroom roles is for students to go around the school and collect the recycled bottles. They help our janitor with separating garbage from the recycling. In turn, we get to keep the money collected from the bottles. 

We are looking for parent volunteers to help us drive the bottles every 2 weeks to a local bottle depot. It takes about 1 hour to load up the car, sort the bottles, and take in the collections. This is our way of fundraising money in the mini school for Minischool parties or special events. 

If you are interested in helping us out, please contact Ms. Neumann @ elixa.neumann@sd41.bc.ca

Thank you for your continual support!