Conductor Charles Dutoit leaves Royal Philharmonic Orchestra early amid sexual harassment claims

first_imgIt added: “The RPO is committed to the highest standards of ethical behaviour and takes very seriously its responsibility to maintain a safe working environment for all its artists, musicians and staff.”Speaking to the Associated Press, four women – including retired mezzo-soprano Paula Rasmussen, and Grammy-winning soprano Sylvia McNair – accused Dutoit of several incidents of sexual misconduct between 1985 and 2010. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dutoit is currently seeking legal counsel to defend himself against the claims. In a statement released last month, he said: “The allegations made against me are as shocking to me as they are to my friends and colleagues. I do not recognise the man or the actions being described in the media.”Whilst informal physical contact is commonplace in the arts world as a mutual gesture of friendship, the serious accusations made involving coercion and forced physical contact have absolutely no basis in truth.”center_img The artistic director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has left his post almost two years earlier than planned, amid allegations of historic sexual assault. The RPO yesterday confirmed that Charles Dutoit, 81, has resigned with immediate effect, following “allegations of inappropriate conduct”. In December, the Swiss conductor was accused of sexually assaulting three opera singers and a classical musician.Dutoit, who has strongly denied the allegations, had previously agreed that he would not appear with the orchestra “for the immediate future”, and had planned to resign from his post as artistic director and principal conductor in October 2019.In a statement, the RPO explained that the decision to bring forward his resignation was made following an emergency board meeting, which concluded that “the protracted uncertainty and media reporting makes Mr Dutoit’s position with the Orchestra untenable.”In the coming months, the statement continued, “A roster of distinguished guest conductors will undertake Charles Dutoit’s future projects with the orchestra.”last_img read more

Australian mining – creating wealth through advanced processing technologies

first_imgMinerals Down Under is working closely with mining companies, SMEs and mining technology service providers to develop technology-based solutions to address the challenges of increasing production costs, declining ore grades, complex ores with higher levels of impurities and increasing pressure from regulators to improve environmental performance. It is seeking expressions of interest in improving tailings management.With increasing production rates and declining ore grades the volume of tailings is rapidly increasing, making their management one of the big challenges facing the minerals industry.Recent developments in the understanding of flocculation, gravity thickening, slurry pipeline transport, conveying and tailings stack design, present an opportunity to significantly improve the design and operation of tailings storage facilities (TSF).CSIRO, ATC Williams and the University of Western Australia (UWA), through AMIRA International, propose a multidisciplinary research initiative to improve the economic and environmental performance of TSFs. Through the P1087 Integrated Tailings Management project researchers intend to:Develop a reliable and integrated suite of measurement and modelling tools to assess and design tailings preparation systems for both brownfield and greenfield sitesDevelop tools to assess the stability and seepage behaviour of deposited paste and thickened tailingsBuild and share a comprehensive knowledge base of ‘best practice in design and operation’ across the minerals industryIdentify opportunities for new configurations of dewatering, tailings transport and storage with the intention of facilitating a step change improvement in tailings managementAssist sponsors to apply the project outcomes for their specific needsMake key tools developed available to sponsors using proven technology transfer processes.last_img read more