Tom Morton-Smith’s Oppenheimer Heads to London’s West End

first_imgAfter a successful run at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre, Oppenheimer, starring John Heffernan, will transfer to London’s West End. Tom Morton-Smith’s new play will run at the Vaudeville Theatre and begin previews on March 27. Opening night is scheduled for March 31. The play tells the story of ‘the father of the atomic bomb’ J.Robert Oppenheimer, taking us into the heart of the Manhattan Project and revealing the personal cost of making history. The production will feature design by Robert Innes Hopkins, with lighting by Paul Anderson, music by Grant Olding, sound by Christopher Shutt and choreography by Scott Ambler.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

At least 10 on Japan cruise ship have new coronavirus: minister

first_imgSo far, the results of 31 tests are available, with 10 people on board confirmed to have the virus, he said.”From around 7:30 am (2230 GMT Tuesday), we had them (the 10 who tested positive) get off the vessel, and with cooperation with the coastguard we are sending them to medical organisations,” he said.The rest of the passengers and crew on board the ship will be required to stay on the vessel for 14 days, Kato said, citing the the medical consensus that the new virus has an incubation period of up to two weeks.More than 20 countries have confirmed cases of the virus, which has killed nearly 500 people and infected more than 24,000 in mainland China. The outbreak has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a global health emergency, several governments to institute travel restrictions, and airlines to suspend flights to and from China.Around 20 cases had been confirmed in Japan excluding the cruise ship infections, among them citizens returning from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak.There have also been several incidences of apparent person-to-person transmission in Japan, including a tour guide and bus driver who contracted the virus after coming into contact with visitors from Wuhan.Neither had visited China in recent months.Japan has fast-tracked implementation of new rules allowing it to deny entry to people who have recently travelled to Wuhan, or those with Chinese passports issued there.It has evacuated more than 500 Japanese citizens from the city at the centre of the outbreak, and attracted some criticism for its relatively loose quarantine approach.Those returning were asked to voluntarily submit to testing for the new virus and requested to “self-quarantine”, rather than being forcibly isolated as other countries did with their citizens.Two returning Japanese citizens initially refused to be tested at all, though they later changed their mind.Japanese officials say the current designation of the virus does not allow for either forcible quarantine of those not diagnosed with the virus, nor mandatory testing for those suspected to have it.Topics : At least 10 people on a cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan have tested positive for the new coronavirus, Japan’s health minister said on Wednesday.Japan quarantined the vessel carrying 3,711 people and was testing those onboard for the virus after a former passenger was diagnosed with the illness after disembarking in Hong Kong.Health Minister Katsunobu Kato told reporters that specimens were collected from more than 200 people on board the Diamond Princess.last_img read more

Why wait?: Garut village gives itself unlimited internet for Rp 33,000 a month

first_imgThe network has provided unlimited internet access for the 257 families of Cilimus Hideung village for only Rp 33,000 (US$ 2.24) per family per month.“This has been my dream for five years, and it’s so nice to see it come true,” Budi said, as quoted by kompas.com on Monday.“Hopefully, we can expand the network to 15 kilometers by the end of this month so that internet access can reach the neighboring villages of Cibunar and Mekarsari,” he said.Villagers can purchase daily or weekly Internet subscriptions from Bumka staff or from their community and neighborhood unit heads.  Tati, a resident of Cilimus Hideung, said she really appreciated the affordable internet access provided by Bumka Tekno Sains, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, which had forced students to study from home.“For Rp 33,000, my children can study online,” she said, adding that she previously had to spend more for mobile internet data so that her children could attend online classes.Unfortunately, Budi said, he had yet to obtain an Internet Service Provider (ISP) license, but he hoped that the government would help facilitate the administrative process to obtain it.“We’ve only asked for the government’s help for the license. We’ve already constructed the infrastructure and other necessities,” Budi said. (dpk)Topics : Residents of Cilimus Hideung village in Cibatu district, Garut, West Java, are now able to access low-cost internet thanks to the efforts of resident Budi Hermawan.Budi, who has worked in the IT and internet industry for the past few years, has established the Techno Science Village-owned Enterprise (Bumka Tekno Sains), which has installed 5 kilometers of a targeted 15-kilometer fiber-optic internet network. last_img read more

Protestors clash with Seattle police in latest outcry over US feds

first_imgUS police used flashbang grenades, pepper spray and tear gas as protestors marched in cities across the country amid a wave of public anger over Donald Trump’s planned “surge” of federal agents into major metropolises.The demonstrations against racism and police brutality — sparked by the death in Minneapolis of unarmed African-American George Floyd — come as the US president faces an increasingly tough battle for re-election, and is campaigning heavily on a platform of “law and order”.Protestors marched in Austin, Texas, as well as Louisville in Kentucky, New York, Omaha, California’s Oakland and Los Angeles, and Richmond in Virginia — where riot police fired chemical agents at a Black Lives Matter march, according to US media. In Seattle the sounds of repeated small detonations rang out in some streets, and smoke rose from an area where demonstrators had set fire to trailers by a construction site for a youth detention facility, an AFP reporter observed. Protestors slashed car tires and smashed trailer windows.Police in riot gear faced off against the protestors, some holding umbrellas against falling pellets of pepper spray.Late Saturday, Seattle Police said 45 people were arrested in connection with the demonstrations, which they designated a riot, according to the force’s official Twitter account. Police Chief Carmen Best implored people to “come in peace to the city,” and castigated the demonstrations. “The rioters had no regard for the community’s safety, for officers’ safety or for the businesses and property that they destroyed,” local media reported her as saying.The latest violence came after police and federal agents fired tear gas and forcefully dispersed protestors further south in Portland early Saturday, also in anger over Trump’s heavily-criticized surge of security forces.The city, the biggest in the state of Oregon, has seen nightly protests against racism and police brutality for nearly two months, initially sparked by Floyd’s death. Portland is also a stage for the highly controversial crackdown by federal agents ordered by Trump — one that is not supported by local officials, and which many say smacks of authoritarianism.Saturday’s demonstration began peacefully, with crowds playing music and dancing, blowing soap bubbles and attaching red roses to the barricades.But it ended — like many before it — with tear gas fired after protestors attached ropes to barricades surrounding the city’s courthouse in an attempt to pull them down.Portland police declared the area a riot, ordering protestors to leave, before they were joined by federal officers to clear the area.An AFP reporter saw at least two men being detained and escorted from the scene by federal officers.Portland police earlier confirmed a man was stabbed, with the suspect “held down by protestors” before he was detained by officers and charged with assault, according to a statement.The victim was transported to hospital with a serious injury.Earlier, protestors who spoke to AFP complained of the federal agents in the city and voiced their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.”I don’t like what’s happening down here, what Trump is doing,” Mike Shikany, a 55-year-old aerospace engineer, said, adding he did not “want to get anywhere near the little green men,” meaning the federal troops.Portland retiree Jean Mullen, 74, said that without pressure nothing would change.”It’s time to become the country we always brag about being. And we can’t brag anymore, about anything. We aren’t first in anything and it’s a terrible, terrible thing to see at the end of my life,” she said.The inspector general of the US Justice Department on Thursday opened an official investigation into the federal crackdown, but an Oregon federal judge on Friday rejected a legal bid by the state to stop agents from detaining protestors.Trump last week announced a “surge” of federal agents to crime hotspots including Chicago, following an increase in violence in the nation’s third-largest city.Agents deployed there will partner with local law enforcement, not riot control forces as seen in Portland. Local officials have warned they would draw the line at any Portland-style deployment.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Secures $26.5 Million Federal Grant to Combat Heroin and Opioid Crisis

first_img April 24, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health,  Results,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf announced that Pennsylvania secured a $26.5 million federal grant to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic. The departments of Aging, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services jointly filed the successful grant application that will increase access to treatment, reduce unmet treatment need, and reduce opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (OUD).“The scourge that is heroin and opioid abuse must be attacked and this significant influx of federal dollars will help us in our fight,” Governor Wolf said. “We are combatting this crisis head on; that’s why I’ve made Cures Act funding an integral part of my 2017-18 budget, so we can focus dollars where they are needed – to expand access to treatment services. This important funding will build upon my administration’s extensive efforts to combat this epidemic.”The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the grant, which was funded by the 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law by President Obama in December 2016. The $1 billion grant over the next two years is to help combat the heroin and opioid epidemic in all 50 states. Pennsylvania received the fourth-largest grant award, behind California, Texas, and Florida.The Cures Act grant announcement is phase one of two and totals $485 million. States can use the federal grants to improve prescription drug monitoring programs, implement prevention activities, and train health care providers on overdose prevention and recognizing potential cases of substance abuse.“This funding is critical for Pennsylvania,” said Jennifer Smith, Acting Secretary, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. “Families continue to be ravaged by the disease of addiction and we must stop the momentum of this epidemic.“These funds will initially be used to identify gaps in treatment services and locations where there are capacity shortages. The grant will enhance prevention efforts and raise awareness of the disease and ways to find help.”Funding will support a comprehensive array of prevention, treatment, and recovery services depending on the needs of recipients. States and territories were awarded funds based on rates of overdose deaths and unmet need for heroin and opioid addiction treatment.“Pennsylvania loses 10 people a day to this epidemic. Each one is someone’s family member, neighbor, colleague, and friend,” said Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas. “This funding will help the Wolf Administration continue to address the issue comprehensively through prevention, education, and treatment.”The project will support a comprehensive response to the heroin and opioid epidemic using a strategic planning process to conduct needs and capacity assessments. The results of the assessments will identify gaps and resources from which to build upon existing substance use prevention and treatment activities.The commonwealth’s initial strategies have been developed and will include:Provide clinically appropriate treatment services to 6,000 individuals who are uninsured or underinsured.Expand treatment capacity for Medication Assisted Treatment for OUD.Expand treatment capacity for underserved populations by targeted workforce development and cultural competency training.Improve quality of prescribing practices through prescriber education.Increase community awareness of OUD issues and resources through public awareness activities.Expand implementation of warm hand-off referral practices to increase the number of patients transferred directly from the emergency department to substance use treatment.Increase the number of youth receiving evidence-based prevention and life skills education programs.Improve identification and referral of students for assessment and treatment by providing training to school personnel.Expand Pennsylvania’s integration of its Prescription Drug Monitoring Program data at the point-of-care, promoting ease-of-use of this data in clinical decision-making.“The Cures Act funding will be crucial in our fight against Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic,” Department of Health Secretary Murphy said. “This funding will provide an opportunity for the commonwealth to enhance the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, providing physicians with the ability to monitor and control the overprescribing of opioids and help identify those who are in need of treatment.”“Substance use disorder, particularly relating to prescription drugs, among adults age 60 and older is one of the fastest growing health problems facing the country, yet it remains under-identified, under-diagnosed, and under-treated,” said Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne.  “Securing this federal grant will enable the Wolf Administration to further strengthen its efforts to identify, treat, and provide a pathway to recovery across the lifespan.”In 2015, there were over 33,000 heroin and opioid deaths in the United States; 3,500 of those occurred in Pennsylvania.center_img Governor Wolf Secures $26.5 Million Federal Grant to Combat Heroin and Opioid Crisislast_img read more

Premier League: Super-sub Lacazette lifts Arsenal’s Euro bid

first_img Loading… Arteta praised Lacazette’s focus in the face of his demotion.But he said the form of youngster Eddie Nketiah, who started against the Hammers, plus the presence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who played on the left but could easily lead the attack, meant he had a welcome selection problem.“We have two strikers that are making life difficult for me. They are both scoring and in a good moment,” Arteta said.“I thought Eddie was the choice today with the way we wanted to play. But I knew Laca was ready to score in the final moments.I could see in his face he was alert and focused when I was talking to him.”Arsenal’s third successive Premier League win lifted them within five points of fourth placed Chelsea, who play Everton on Sunday.Earning a Champions League berth still looks a long-shot for Arsenal, especially after this uneven display.But the Gunners, who face Manchester City on Wednesday, are unbeaten in their last eight league games and showed commendable spirit to make the late breakthrough.“I’m happy because big teams find a way when they aren’t playing well. You can build from there, with the unity and solidarity the players are showing,” Arteta said.“We are turning the corner in terms of results, but our ship still has to turn a few times more to see what we want to see. It doesn’t happen overnight.”West Ham have lost five of their last seven league games and, with only one win in their past nine, they are destined for a nervous finish to the season as they battle to avoid relegation.“We didn’t deserve to lose. We played very well. We didn’t take the chances when we had them,” West Ham manager David Moyes said.“I felt we should have been in front by half-time. That’s the disappointing thing.”– Lacazette impact –Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka carelessly surrendered an early chance to Jarrod Bowen, whose long-range drive slipped through Bernd Leno’s grasp onto the near post.West Ham’s enterprising opening was nearly undone when Sokratis thumped his close-range header onto the bar from Aubameyang’s cross.There were still plenty of holes for West Ham to exploit and only a shocking miss from Michail Antonio stopped them scoring just before half-time.Issa Diop climbed above Aubameyang and headed Mark Noble’s corner to Antonio, who somehow managed to screw wide from just two yards.It took a superb save from Leno to deny Antonio’s close-range header. Mikel Arteta admitted he cannot guarantee Alexandre Lacazette will win back his place in the Arsenal team after the French striker came off the bench to clinch a 1-0 victory against West Ham on Saturday.Advertisement Read Also: Barcelona confidence unaffected by fan frustration, says SetienArteta sent on Lacazette in place of Nketiah for the final 30 minutes and his arrival turned the game.Lacazette broke the deadlock with his ninth goal of the season in the 78th minute.Aubameyang’s shot deflected off Declan Rice and looped to Ozil, whose header found Lacazette for a clinical close-range finish that survived a lengthy VAR review.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Characters Who Would Make Astounding Disney PrincessesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top Arteta’s side struggled to find any momentum for long periods at the Emirates Stadium and could easily have been behind before Lacazette settled a scrappy London derby.He turned in Mesut Ozil’s header with 12 minutes left, but it took several minutes before VAR finally confirmed the German was onside when he laid on the goal.It was a sweet moment for Lacazette, who has been reduced to a substitute role on several occasions since Arteta took charge in December.“It is my job to give the manager a big headache. I’m struggling to make the team but I’m happy to score again,” said Lacazette, who has three goals in his last four games.“Now I have to play well again the next game. Everyone wants to give their best.”last_img read more

Taal Volcano ash can travel a hundred kilometers or more

first_img“How many people are being affected bythis eruption? I ask everybody to pray that Taal’s eruption won’t last long andwon’t affect so many of our people,” said Mayor Jerry Treñas yesterday. ILOILO City – The erupting TaalVolcano in Batangas province may be hundreds of kilometers away but Ilonggosshould still be concerned. Volcanic ash can reach distant locations. No area in the region has so farreported ash fall, said Atty. Ramar Niel Pascua, chief of the Legal Section ofEMB Region 6. According to Mayor Treñas, he hasfriends in Tagaytay City overlooking the Taal Volcano and in Metro Manila whoreported experiencing ash fall from the eruption. The Philippine Institute ofVolcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert level at Taal Volcano tofour yesterday, meaning an “explosive eruption” could happen in the cominghours or days. GREEN AND ASH-FREE. The forest cover of Tapaz, Capiz in central Panay Island remains verdant and not covered with volcanic ash. No ash fall from Taal Volcano’s eruption in faraway Batangas province has so far been reported in any part of the island and the rest of Western Visayas, according to the Environmental Management Bureau that is monitoring Region 6’s air quality. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The TaalVolcano, about 60 kilometers south of Manila, is one of the country’s mostactive and dangerous, owing to the number of people that live in its immediatevicinity. “(The shardsof glass) are hazardous to the lungs,” Michalski said. “You don’t want stufflike that in your lungs. It can get lodged in there and make you quite ill.” Ash from thevolcano – which carries microscopic shards of glass – could potentially becarried 100 kilometers or more, contaminating the air and water supplies indistant locations, according to Joseph Michalski, director of the Earth andPlanetary Science division at the University of Hong Kong, in an interview withthe Cable News Network (CNN). “Let us pray that we will be sparedfrom both man-made and natural calamities,” said Alcayaga. Toxic gases emitted from the eruptionare another threat, Michalski added. PHIVOLCSrequested a “total evacuation” of everyone within a 17-kilometer radius aroundthe volcano. This area, considered a volcanic danger zone, is home to more than450,000 residents, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordinationof Humanitarian Affairs. The distance between this city andBatangas is approximately 376 kilometers, and by the nautical highway (via rollon, roll off ship), it is 552 kilometers. This is a considerable distance butash from exploding volcanoes such as Taal could travel for hundreds ofkilometers. Governmentagencies have urged a “total evacuation” of nearly half a million peoplenearManila after Taal spewed ash up to 14 kilometers into the air on Sunday,prompting warnings of a possible “explosive eruption.” Father Edcel Alcayaga of Iloilo City’sParish of San Jose de Placer appealed for prayers, too. As of this writing yesterday, WesternVisayas remained free from Taal’s volcanic ash, according to the EnvironmentMonitoring and Enforcement Division of the Environmental Management Bureau(EMB) in Region 6. As ofyesterday, more than 16,400 people had sought shelter in temporary evacuationcenters set up by the authorities. The total number of evacuees is likely to behigher, however, with many people choosing to stay with family members andrelatives in other parts of the country. (Witha report from CNN/PN)last_img read more

Rescue workers save pregnant woman from flood waters

first_imgManilla, In. — Indiana State Police saved a pregnant woman from flood waters on a Rush County road Monday afternoon .Around 1 p.m. Rush County Sheriff’s deputies and Indiana State trooper Mike Ooley began to coordinate their response to a stalled car on County Road 100 South near County Road 715 West.Ooley, with the assistance of the Manilla Fire Department, approached the stranded car from the west and retrieved Addison Pugh, 22, of Manilla.Pugh was uninjured but shaken up.Indiana State Police say NEVER drive into water flowing over a roadway. If you are in a vehicle that crashes into water, open a window and get everyone in your car out of their seatbelt. If there are children in the car, get them out first, starting with the oldest; climb out of an open window onto the top of your car.last_img read more

Franklin County student earns $1,000 scholarship

first_imgOrlando, Fl. — Franklin County High School junior, Emily Dehner won a $1,000 scholarship at the 25th National LifeSmarts Competition representing the state of Indiana in Orlando.Emily won the completion with a Powerpoint presentation she prepared for the Brookville Elementary School. The presentation addressed online safety, staying healthy, going green and being honest.The $1,000 scholarship is from the National Consumers League.last_img

Arsenal seal Kallstrom loan swoop

first_imgArsenal have completed the loan signing of experienced Spartak Moscow midfielder Kim Kallstrom for the rest of the season. The 31-year-old has made 108 international appearances for Sweden and played more than 400 club matches during spells in his homeland, France and Russia. Kallstrom will now add England to that list, having joined the north Londoners on a loan until the end of the campaign. “He is a midfielder with proven quality at both club and international level. We welcome Kim to Arsenal.” While Kallstrom has arrived at Arsenal, several players left the Emirates Stadium on deadline day. Daniel Boateng has joined Scottish Premier League side Hibernian on loan for the rest of the season, while Emmanuel Frimpong penned a permanent deal with Barnsley of the Championship. The duo were followed out of the club by South Korean forward Park Chu-young, who has joined Watford on loan until the end of the season subject to Premier League clearance. “Arsenal is an amazing club with a lot of great players and a coach who has done really well here for a long time,” Kallstrom told Arsenal Media. “I am so pleased to come here to learn as much as possible. “I’m here to do my best for Arsenal and to help out the team, so we can achieve good results for the last part of the season.” Kallstrom’s addition will help boost an Arsenal squad weakened by Aaron Ramsey’s injury setback. The midfielder spent time with Hacken and Djurgarden before joining French club Rennes and then onto Lyon in 2006, where he won the Ligue 1 title twice as well as two Coupe de France crowns. Having played at the 2006 World Cup and also three European Championships, he left for Spartak in the summer of 2012 and made 10 appearances this season before the winter break. Kallstrom is eligible for Arsenal’s Champions League campaign and is an addition welcomed by Arsene Wenger. “Kim Kallstrom is a hugely-experienced player,” the Arsenal manager said. Press Associationlast_img read more