Panel discusses gender and politics in the Andes

first_imgSubject of the documentaries “Soy Andina” and “Soy Andina II: The Return,” Nelida Silva spoke alongside associate producer of both films, Doris Loayza, and associate political science professor Guillermo Trejo in a panel discussion that examined local politics and gender in rural Peru.Silva said she was born and raised in the rural Andean town of Llamellin, Peru but moved to New York when she was young and lived there for 20 years. In New York, Silva said she worked as an accountant before eventually returning to her hometown.“I decided to back to my village to teach women, so they could earn some money,” she said.Silva said she was proposed as a candidate for mayor of Llamellin, though she initially struggled to decide whether or not to run for office.“I wasn’t sure,” she said. “Candidates are seen as corrupt people.”The documentary “Soy Andina II: The Return” details Silva’s campaign to be mayor. Silva said she ran on a platform of economic development and ultimately lost the election.Traditional gender roles often deter women from becoming involved in politics, but her candidacy demonstrates women’s capabilities, Silva said.“Despite the macho system, which is dominated by males, there is more space for women,” she said. “However, there were more receptive young people — some men, too, but not those who had a [stake] in politics.”Loayza said producing a movie featuring Silva’s political campaign was an arduous task that presented constant challenges, especially in terms of objectivity.“My role was not easy,” Loayza said. “We had to be objective.”Loayza said making two films about the same place brought about some challenges, especially concerning the locals’ perceptions of the documentaries.“The townspeople were developing the idea that the footage from the town was going to be big and disseminated internationally, which made it hard,” she said.Trejo said the film almost never discusses the country of Peru at large because Peruvian politics has a “more local dimension.”“There’s this idea that you leave but you never leave,” he said, “We are living in a reality with the question of universal citizenship. We are not trees. You don’t belong to one place.”According to Trejo, Silva’s gender played an integral role in the success of her campaign.“[Silva] was facing two enemies: political machines and the question of gender,” Trejo said. “It was interesting and infuriating. It is hard for a woman to be heard — not to speak up, because she was, but the audience wasn’t listening. It doesn’t matter if you have the [microphone].”Tags: Documentary, Peru, soy andinalast_img read more

Gold Coast house prices gradually climbing following market slowdown

first_imgThe Gold Coast’s median house price is on the up.HOMEOWNERS can breathe a sigh of relief as Gold Coast houses return to prices seen before the national property market slump.And industry players expect prices to continue to rise with more people moving to the city for its enviable lifestyle.Latest CoreLogic data to August shows the median house price jumped to $659,000 for the first time since February, when it briefly hit $660,000 then gradually declined in the lead up to the federal election.The only other time it reached $660,000 in the past nine years was between August and December last year. MORE NEWS: Best places to retire revealed MORE NEWS: Renewed push to sell Ashy Bines’ multimillion-dollar home “We have selling seasons but they are nowhere near as magnified as Melbourne,” he said.“You can sell the Gold Coast lifestyle in June because (the weather) is not as bitter.”He said there was still plenty of growth ahead for the Gold Coast yet.Ray White Broadbeach principal Mitch Palmer said the data reflected what was happening on the ground.“Money has never been cheaper so we’re definitely seeing buyer activity increase,” he said.“The prices being achieved are healthy.”While price growth was expected, Mr Palmer didn’t think it would climb as far or for as long as it has in previous years. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenTop tips for sellers in Spring00:50 The increasing prices are good news for homeowners.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson was confident house prices would keep climbing, especially since backyards remained a big part of the Australian lifestyle.“I can’t see that changing,” he said.“The Gold Coast is one of those places that’s always going to grow as people are always going to move here.”He said a lack of supply to meet current demand and limited land to build would also bump prices up, but he didn’t think it would push people out of the market.“On a national scale, I think we’re still relatively affordable,” he said.“We’ve still got plenty of townhouses and apartments and we’ve still got the opportunity to build up.”Harcourts Coastal managing director Dane Atherton said the market was showing signs of a strong recovery while gradually shedding its reputation for seasonal sales periods.He said the climate was responsible for its year-round consistency.last_img read more

iPods, Macs help Apple have very fruitful quarter

first_imgAnalysts, on average, were looking for earnings of 64 cents per share on sales of $5.17 billion, according to a poll by Thomson Financial. Apple said it shipped 1.5 million Macintosh computers and more than 10.5 million iPods during the quarter, representing a 36 percent growth in Macs and 24 percent growth in the music players. Sales from its market-leading iPods and other music-related products accounted for 44 percent of the quarter’s total revenue. “We are very pleased to report the most profitable March quarter in Apple’s history,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s chief financial officer. Helped by favorable component price drops, notably in memory parts, Apple achieved gross margins of more than 35 percent, up from about 30 percent in the quarter a year ago. Oppenheimer cautioned analysts during a conference call that such high margins were likely “not sustainable.” He predicted gross margins of 32 percent for the current quarter. SAN JOSE – Apple Inc. blew past Wall Street expectations Wednesday, posting quarterly profits that jumped 88 percent, fueled by strong sales of its iPod players and Macintosh computers. Shares of Apple soared more than 6 percent on the news, reaching above $100 for the first time. In the first three months of the year, the Cupertino-based company said it earned $770 million, or 87 cents per share, up from $410 million, or 47 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Sales were $5.26 billion, up 21 percent from $4.36 billion last year. The company said it expected revenue of about $5.1 billion and earnings per share of about 66 cents in the current quarter, which is the third in Apple’s fiscal year. Apple’s projections are actually lower than the forecasts Wall Street had before Wednesday, but analysts say Apple’s forecasts are typically conservative. Expectations for the iPhone, a cell phone-iPod combination, are continuing to run high, and analysts pressed Apple executives for details Wednesday. Company officials refused to predict the number of units that would be available at launch in late June. Given its arrival late in the current quarter, Oppenheimer said in a phone interview, he did not expect the iPhone to have a significant impact on sales for the period. The iPhone is Apple’s latest big bet into a new product category, and company officials reiterated Wednesday its high hopes for success. When Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the sleek gadget in January, he announced a goal of selling about 10 million units in 2008. Shares of Apple closed at $95.35, up $2.11, or about 2 percent, on the Nasdaq Stock Market, then leaped to $101.90 in after-hours trading. At Wednesday’s closing price, the shares have gained about 11 percent this year, boosted partly by anticipation over the iPhone. Investors have largely remained unfazed by Apple’s stock options troubles, with industry analysts widely predicting Jobs’ position at Apple will remain intact. But legal experts say Jobs is still in legal limbo: An investigation by federal prosecutors continues and new accusations emerged Tuesday from the company’s former chief financial officer, alleging Jobs may have had a more significant role in the backdating of options than previously stated. The new allegations came on the same day the former CFO, Fred Anderson, immediately settled his case with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which filed backdating-related civil charges against Anderson and Apple’s former general counsel Nancy Heinen. The SEC did not charge any other individuals in the lawsuit and said it did not plan to pursue further action against Apple itself. Apple’s board of directors, which includes former Vice President Al Gore and Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt, issued a statement Wednesday saying it would not enter a public debate with Anderson. It also defended Apple’s internal probe last year that cleared Jobs and current management of any wrongdoing. “We have complete confidence in the conclusions of Apple’s independent investigation, and in Steve’s integrity and his ability to lead Apple,” they said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more