Adopt recommendations on patients rights states told

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Union Health Secretary has urged all states to adopt recommendations of the National Council for Clinical Establishments on patients’ rights which ensures that patients have the right to second opinion, adequate information about their illness and informed consent.Under it, hospitals cannot deny the release of a patient’s body for any reason. A patient and her representatives have a right to adequate information about the nature, cause of illness, proposed investigations and care, expected results of treatment, possible complications and expected costs, stated the National Council for Clinical Establishments, an apex statutory body comprising representatives of all stakeholders. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaThe national council’s recommendations are based on draft charter on patients’ rights prepared by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). The NHRC had submitted the charter to the Health Ministry, which it had put out in the public domain in September, 2018, inviting suggestions and comments from the public and stakeholders. Union Health Secretary Preeti Sundan said that they had received several complaints of malpractices by clinical establishments across the country following which the draft charter was discussed in the 11th Meeting of National Council for Clinical Establishments. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahThe national council has recommended a set of “dos” and “don’ts” for patients and clinical establishments, alike, so that the fundamental grievances and concerns of patients are addressed while ensuring smooth and cordial environment in the clinical establishments, Sudan said in her letter. “I request you to kindly adopt this Chapter of Patients’ Rights in your state and UT so that the basic and common grievances of patients and clinical establishments are addressed,” she said. The recommendations stated that patients or their family members have the right to access originals or copies of case papers, patient records, investigation reports and a detailed bill besides, information and rates charged for each type of service provided and facilities available. It also states that informed consent should be taken prior to specific test or treatment. They also have the right to seek second opinion and in such a case the hospital management has a duty to respect the patient’s right to second opinion, and should provide to her caregivers all necessary records and information required for seeking such opinion without any extra cost or delay. All patients have a right to privacy, and doctors have a duty to hold information about their health condition and treatment plan in strict confidentiality. “It may be specified in the charter that no discrimination in treatment based upon his or her illness or conditions, including HIV status or other health condition, religion ethnicity, gender, age sexual orientation among others. “To have ensured presence of a female person, during physical examination of a female patient by a male practitioner,” the recommendations state. It also listed out a series on patients responsibilities which include cooperating with doctors during examination and treatment, paying hospitals on agreed fees on time, respecting the dignity of doctors and other hospital staff and never resorting to violence.last_img read more

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Feds to unveil Indigenous Languages bill next week

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first_imgCanadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez spoke at the U.N. General Assembly in New York Friday to mark the launch of the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Photo: United Nations.Martha TroianJustin BrakeAPTN NewsThe highly anticipated Indigenous Languages bill will be introduced early next week.On Friday the Liberals tabled a notice to introduce the long-anticipated legislation, titled An Act Respecting Indigenous Languages.The news comes as Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) President Natan Obed and Metis National Council President Clement Chartier are in New York to mark the United Nations General Assembly launch of the International Year of Indigenous Languages.“Reclamation, revitalization, strengthening and maintenance of Indigenous languages are essential components of reconciliation, and there is no better time to focus on this important issue than during this special year,” Rodriguez said in a statement Friday.Rodriguez has not revealed what the bill will entail, but Indigenous leaders have said it must be sufficient in providing the tools and resources necessary to strengthen the status of the dozens of languages at risk of being lost.On Friday, Bellegarde told the U.N. General Assembly that First Nations “need legislation to ensure sufficient, sustainable and long-term funding toward the revitalization of our languages.“We need schools on-reserve as well as in urban and rural settings to create and implement effective bilingual and immersion education programs beginning with pre-school age children,” he said.“And we need programs that inspire all of our people to speak our languages, regardless of age, to renew the vibrancy of our communities as our cultural places.“We want our languages to be our living languages — sourced from our lands, expressing our creation stories, and alive in our ceremonies and daily lives.”On Friday, the ITK and leaders from the four Inuit regions reiterated that their support for the legislation is “contingent on the expectation that any bill would be distinctions-based and include substantive Inuktut-specific provisions that build on existing rights for Inuktut.“We continue to engage with the Government of Canada in an effort to ensure that the bill meets this expectation,” the joint media release said.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised in December 2016 that his government would enact legislation on First Nations, Inuit and Métis languages, developed in cooperation with Indigenous peoples.In a statement to APTN News Thursday, the department said the bill will mark “the first time in our history that a partnership centred on co-development with Indigenous peoples has taken place.“It is important to move forward quickly and together, that’s why we have already invested a historic $90 million for Indigenous Languages initiatives. We will soon be tabling the legislation, because this is an essential step towards reconciliation.”According to the government the 12 principles to inform the bill’s content was co-developed with Indigenous groups, and more than 50 “collaborative engagement sessions” were held “to collect elements of importance to be included in the legislation.”The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated three quarters of Canada’s approximately 90 living Indigenous languages as “endangered,” a government news release said Friday.UNESCO also found that there are no Indigenous languages in the “safe” category.“In 2016, only 15.6 percent of Indigenous people could converse in an Indigenous language, compared to 17 percent in 2011 and 21 percent in 2006. Of those overall numbers, 21 percent of First Nations people, 64 percent of Inuit and 2 percent of Métis could converse in an Indigenous language,” the government’s release said.Article 13 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples says Indigenous peoples “have the right to revitalize, use, develop and transmit to future generations their histories, languages, oral traditions, philosophies, writing systems and literatures, and to designate and retain their own names for communities, places and persons.”The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action compelled the federal government to enact federal legislation that incorporates specific principles, and “to acknowledge that Aboriginal rights include Aboriginal language rights.”mtroian@aptn.ca@ozhibiigejbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

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Rumours suggest changes coming to feds tax reform proposal BC minister

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first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia’s finance minister is citing rumours that the federal government intends to back off on elements of its proposed tax reforms that have drawn heavy criticism from small business owners across the country.Speaking to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on Friday, Carole James said she would be surprised if the Canadian government did not make adjustments in light of the backlash since unveiling its tax plans over the summer.“I believe you’ll see a shift. Certainly the rumour that is out there is that you’ll see some kind of shift coming forward,” James said during a question-and-answer session with members.James later told reporters that she has no inside knowledge of upcoming changes.“The rumours I’ve heard have mainly come from individuals who have said that the pressure that the federal government is getting around the lack of consultation on this issue means that they will have to make some kind of adjustments.”James said more consultation is needed to avoid unintended consequences that could harm small business owners, whom she described as the backbone of the provincial economy.The federal government announced plans to eliminate several tax incentives designed for private corporations, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said unfairly encourages wealthy Canadians to incorporate to avoid paying their fair share.Trudeau has so far resisted calls from doctors, farmers and small business owners to scrap or amend the reforms, but federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau has said he is open to making changes following a 75-day public consultation period that wraps up on Oct. 2.Morneau said Friday ahead of a meeting with Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil that he wants to clear up misinformation about how the proposal will affect business owners.“Our goal, of course, is (a) long-term, fair tax system that provides a basis for people to invest, to make our country successful,” he said.Friday marked the inaugural address by the NDP finance minister to members of the Vancouver Board of Trade. James also faced questions on the government’s opposition to large-scale energy projects, $10-a-day child care and how it intends to fund transportation infrastructure after eliminating tolls on two Lower Mainland bridges.The only applause she drew outside of the start and end of her address came after she reaffirmed there would not be another referendum on transit funding.James was asked about the government’s decision to send the Site C hydroelectric megaproject to the BC Utilities Commission for review.“There is no reason not to ensure there is a good, strong business plan for Site C. That did not happen,” she said. “Spending public dollars wisely should be a commitment that every politician has.”Such reviews by the utility commission were standard practice before the previous Liberal government’s clean-energy laws allowed some projects to bypass the regulatory agency.James also defended the government’s decision to include a per-vote subsidy in its campaign finance reform bill, a move Premier John Horgan had rejected during the May election campaign without first going to Elections BC and an independent committee for review.Political finance was a central campaign issue and people expected quick action on it , she said.“Our premier took a look at the evidence and made the decision when we came in that that was the way to move the bill ahead.”— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

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Morocco Needs to Rethink Tourism Policy Says Miriem BensalehChaqroun

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Rabat – Miriem Bensaleh-Chaqroun, who is the acting chair of the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM), criticized Morocco’s tourism industry for its lack of effectiveness and efficiency in satisfying the growing demands of the sector.She pointed out that Morocco’s tourism is “incoherent” and “dysfunctional,” elaborating that the sector is in desperate need of a “new business model” to resolves some its inconsistencies and adopt new ways of dealing with challenges.Mrs. Bensaleh-Chaqroun made her remarks during an international symposium on tourism organized by the Council for Development and Solidarity (CDS), an independent think tank working in collaboration with the CGEM. Speaking at the symposium, the chair-woman of CGEM said that measures of “good governance and disintermediation” needed to be implemented in a sector struggling to rise up to the “challenges of the digital world.” She called for more involvement from the government, saying that an industry that employs 500,000 needs to be given all the necessary means to “tackle its numerous incoherencies and structural fragilities.”Of the structural problems ailing Morocco’s tourism industry, Mrs. Bensaleh-Chaqroun especially berated the “overcapacity in hotels” and other tourism-related facilities; “managerial inconsistencies in handling the growing demand,” and the existence of “neglected destinations.”“While Marrakech is overcrowded with more 71,000 hotel beds, Casablanca cannot even host 5,000 visitors. And although we have good airport connectivity with services from and to 63 countries and 112 airports, some destinations like Ouarzazate are ignored,” she said, adding that Morocco is still promoting and focusing on tourist trails or sightseeing tours whereas more and more customers are shifting to short city-breaks.But for all her concerns about the structural failures and managerial mishaps of Morocco’s tourism, Mrs. Bensaleh-Chaqroun is hopeful about the sector’s prospects. “Morocco attracts over 11 million visitors annually, and we are since 2013 the first destination for tourism in Africa. So the prospects for 2018 are rosy,” she said.Speaking about her idea of a “new business model to further promote and develop the sector,” the businesswoman proposed the creation of specialized, tourism-focused research centers as well as tourism-centered foundations to ensure public debates on the various impacts (social, ecological, economic, psychological, etc.) that tourism can have on society at large.Other speakers at the symposium also endorsed the idea of a more responsive and digitized tourism industry. They also underlined the “transversal role” of tourism in a country’s economy, saying that the sector is “a lever for strong and inclusive development.” read more

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Ukraine inmate who attempted to escape from court arrested

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A Ukraine prisoner who attempted to escape after being presented to court in Colombo today was arrested by the authorities.Prison guards had fired in the air when the foreigner had attempted to escape and ordered him to surrender. The prisoner was later arrested. (Colombo Gazette)

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AIDS Annan welcomes withdrawal of case by drug companies in South Africa

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The South African case, which was withdrawn by 39 pharmaceutical companies and associations, challenged provisions of the Medicines and Related Substances Control Amendment Act of 1997. The Act aimed to operationalize key elements of the National Drug Policy, including generic substitution, greater competition in public drug procurement, improved drug quality, and more rational use of medicines, according to the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, which welcomed the resolution today.In a statement released by his spokesman, Mr. Annan voiced expectation that the amicable settlement could “result in medicines to treat HIV/AIDS and other diseases becoming much more widely available in South Africa, at prices that those who need them can afford.”Mr. Annan also looked to the potential benefits beyond South African borders, saying he hoped the amicable settlement of the case “presages a new era of cooperation between governments and the private sector in the struggle for better health care throughout the developing world.”The Secretary-General paid tribute to those who helped facilitate the resolution of the matter, saying, “the credit for this positive outcome goes to the wisdom and perseverance of the parties concerned, and to the constructive intervention of President Thabo Mbeki.”A spokesman for Mr. Annan recalled the role played by the Secretary-General in response to the case, recalling that earlier this month at a meeting with six major pharmaceutical companies the issue had come up. The Secretary-General “urged the pharmaceuticals not to prolong that case,” spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told reporters. “In his view, it was not in the interest, certainly, of people living with HIV/AIDS, but not in the interest of the companies, either,” he added, noting that since that meeting, the Secretary-General had contacts on the issue with the pharmaceuticals and with the South Africans.Mr. Annan, who has made a personal commitment to galvanize global efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS, is expected to outline key priorities towards this end when he addresses the next week’s African Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Related Infectious Diseases, to be held in Abuja, Nigeria. The speech will focus on priority aspects of the epidemic, including prevention, care and treatment, and the essential factors needed for a large-scale response.The World Health Organization (WHO) also welcomed the settlement, saying that now equitable access to essential medicines “can be expanded and vital HIV-related medicines can in future be made available to all South Africans who need them.” WHO added that it was prepared to assist the Government of South Africa in that process. read more

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Health Canada CFIA approve genetically engineered potato with reduced browning

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An first generation Innate Russet Burbank potato, left, sits next to a conventional Russet Burbank potato after peeling in this undated handout photo. The Innate potato has two important health and sustainability traits – low asparagine which means up to 70 per cent less acrylamide when cooked; and reduced bruising and browning which can lead to as much as 400 million kilograms of potato waste saving in Canada. The potatoes are called “Innate” because they only feature genes from wild and cultivated potatoes and no foreign genes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – J.R. Simplot Company TORONTO – Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have approved a genetically engineered potato for sale, said a U.S.-based company on Monday in announcing that its non-browning spuds could be in Canadian supermarkets by Thanksgiving.J.R. Simplot Company was notified by both agencies in letters dated March 18 that it could sell its potatoes — which purportedly are less likely to bruise or turn brown when cut — to consumers or for livestock consumption.Simplot, based in Boise, Idaho, says the Innate potato has the same nutritional composition of regular potatoes plus reduced asparagine. This amino acid found in many starchy foods produces acrylamide, suspected to be a human carcinogen. Potatoes naturally produce the chemical when they’re cooked at high temperatures above 120 C (250 F).High levels of acrylamide have been found in french fries, potato chips, cookies, coffee, processed cereals and bread, the Canadian Cancer Society says on its website. Health Canada is studying the levels of acrylamide in the food we eat.“Our potato cuts acrylamide up to 62 per cent and a future generation will take it up to 90 per cent, making it virtually negligible, which is a really big deal in the potato world,” says Doug Cole, director of marketing and communications for Simplot.The company says it uses biotechnology to remove the browning and bruising traits from a typical potato but does not use foreign genes.“Consumers throw away about 30 per cent of their potatoes either due to bruising or sprouting, so we’ve solved the bruising problem,” says Cole. “When people cut into an ugly black spot they generally think the potato’s spoiled and they discard it.”But the potatoes will not have a label indicating they are genetically engineered, as that’s not a Health Canada requirement provided they’ve been deemed safe for consumption. In the U.S., the Innate packaging includes a website and QR code for consumers to seek more information.The U.S. Department of Agriculture cleared the first generation of the Innate potato in 2014, with the Food and Drug Administration following about a year ago. It’s been sold in the U.S. since last May under the White Russet brand and is available in supermarkets and for food service.The potatoes could be grown in Canada this season and be in stores by the fall.Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of United Potato Growers of Canada, believes there will be commercial interest in the Innate potatoes. If peeling potatoes in advance of cooking, they need to be covered in cold water with a little vinegar or lemon juice added to avoid browning.“That was always the drawback in restaurants and vendor shops. You had to almost cut that potato or peel that potato fresh right before you needed it or it would turn brown. I think that’s the real attraction,” says MacIsaac, whose organization represents 97 per cent of the potato acreage in this country.MacIsaac, who grew 600 acres of potatoes for 27 years on the family farm in P.E.I., says he tasted Innate mashed potatoes earlier this year at a growers meeting and pronounced them “quite nice” and similar to conventional potatoes.A second generation of the potato will be resistant to blight, cutting down on the need to apply pesticides in fields to prevent the disease, the company says. It’s been approved by the USDA and FDA in the U.S. and is awaiting Environmental Protection Agency approval. Simplot will submit the Gen 2 potato for Canadian review in the next few months, Cole said.About a year ago, Health Canada approved a similar non-browning Arctic Apple developed by Summerland, B.C.-based Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.Follow @lois_abraham on Twitter. Health Canada, CFIA approve genetically engineered potato with reduced browning by Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 21, 2016 2:10 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 22, 2016 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Future mining equipment demand and a move to electric power

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first_imgAccording to a new market research report “Mining Equipment Market by Category (Drill & Beaker, Crushing, Pulverizing, Screening, Mineral Processing, Surface & Underground Mining), Electric Equipment (Mining Trucks, LHD), Propulsion, Industry, Autonomous Equipment, and Region – Global Forecast to 2025″, published by MarketsandMarkets™, the mining equipment market is estimated to be $77.7 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach $112.3 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 5.40%. “Increasing mining activities and stringency in emission norms will drive the market.”However, MarketsandMarkets states that the market “is consolidated and dominated by a few global players. The key players in the market are Caterpillar (US), Komatsu (Japan), Volvo Construction Equipment (Sweden), Doosan Infracore (South Korea), and Sandvik (Sweden).” No mention of Epiroc, Metso and FLSmidth, among others, so one wonders how accurate and reliable this reports is?It states the “mining truck segment is estimated to be the largest electric mining equipment market during the forecast period. The EVs offer a significant opportunity to the manufacturers in terms of payback times, design alterations, and cost benefits. The diesel-driven mining equipment are estimated to be in a range of 45-50% power output efficient, whereas more than 80% efficiency is being targeted in the EV segment. As the mining equipment industry is directly affected by the demand and pricing of the mining products, the margins with the operators are quite low. Hence, if the efficiency is being increased in sluggish as well as booming markets, it will foster the manufacturers’ business. Mostly, the transactions are expected to be seen in the mining trucks and LHD machines. As per experts, electrical mining equipment are estimated to have a major stake post 2030 accounting for more than 40% of the overall mining equipment market. Also, the electric mining equipment are expected to be used in the underground operations first.“The demand for mining equipment is completely dependent on the mining operation and the upcoming emission norms. As the operators face major challenges in the underground mining activities due to high risk and location access, majority of the manufacturers are tapping this as an opportunity. There has been immense product development and R&D activities for underground mining by the manufacturers leading to which the electric and autonomous mining fleet are the upcoming inventions. The electric mining trucks are expected to have a significant stake in underground mining. Also, to reduce human errors and improve the safety standards in underground mining, the autonomous fleets are targeted in this particular segment. Thus, underground mining is estimated to withstand the fastest growth during the forecast period.”The general thrust of the electric news does agree with International Mining’s findings and supports out Electric Mine conference next April (https://im-mining.com/the-electric-mine/). Picture courtesy of Volvo Construction Equipment. The full article on its ‘Electric Site’ will be published in the January issue.“The Asia Oceania region has witnessed growth in mining operations because of increasing demand for raw materials. Also, many international companies have increased their presence in this region. For instance, Vale, the world’s largest iron ore mining company, has been increasing its presence in China. In India, 30 new coal mining sites have been identified by the Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDI). These sites are projected to add 100 Mt to India’s coal output. The major industry players in Asia Oceania are Komatsu (Japan), Hitachi Construction Machinery (Japan), Luoyang Zhongtai (China), and BEML (India).”last_img read more

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Spotify promises US customers it will launch in coming months

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first_imgAfter years spent trying to break into a US market utterly dominated by Apple’s iTunes European streaming music company Spotify is finally staring to make some real headway in launching domestically. Just last month, Spotify finally managed to ink a deal with Sony Music, and just yesterday Warner Music’s CEO said that his company saw Spotify as “ever-more meaningful for our results.”In short, Spotify’s finally managed to woo the labels for a US launch, and things are finally looking certain enough that even Spotify is tipping to their users that they’ll be coming to American shores in the coming months.In an email sent out to thousands of United States customers with a Spotify test account, Spotify wrote:We are really looking forward to launching the service in full in the USA over the coming months, and hope that you will continue to use the service and be one of our key advocates. With Sony Music and Warner Music apparently signed, the only two big music labels Spotify needs to score are EMI and Universal, both of whom are apparently in talks with Spotify and close to inking deals. Once the big four are under contract, Spotify should be able to roll out imminently, as all the key infrastructure is already in place for their European customers.Spotify is an incredible service, and could very well change the way many of us consume our music. Apple may be casting a wary eye on the service, but it’s nice to finally see Spotify gain some support from the music industry.Read more at All Things Dlast_img read more

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Hockinson High School invests in music with hightech band room

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first_imgBRUSH PRAIRIE — At a recent Hockinson High School band rehearsal, Band Director Corey McEnry, 32, wanted his students to listen back to part of a song they just played, but there was one problem.He forgot to hit “record” on the band room’s sound system.The students, and McEnry, all laughed when he realized his error, but it’s hard to blame him. Hockinson’s high-tech band room is still pretty new. The band room opened in the fall, and over winter break, the new sound system was installed.Previous to this year, Hockinson’s band rehearsed in the auditorium or a classroom it shared with the drama program.“We had a small room off the auditorium that was designated as the band room, but it was no bigger than a normal-sized classroom,” said McEnry, who has been the school’s band director since 2008. “It had 10-foot ceilings and brick walls all the way around. There was no way you could play anything in there. We couldn’t even fit a band in there, and even if we did, everybody’s ears would be bleeding by the end of it. It was so loud.”McEnry said talks about a dedicated band room at the school date back to the school’s opening in 2003, but planning for the room picked up with the district’s $39.9 million bond measure, which voters passed in 2015. Using some of the bond money, the district built an addition onto the high school, where the band room is now located.In addition to the dedicated band space, the room has enough lockers for the students to store their instruments, acoustical panels for deadening the sound, speakers throughout the room, microphones hanging from the ceiling centered over the musicians, four practice rooms, a jazz band room and the state-of-the-art sound system, which allows McEnry to record rehearsal and let students hear themselves immediately.last_img read more

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Judge Evaluation for man charged with mailing explosives

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first_imgSEATTLE — A federal judge has ordered a psychological evaluation for a man accused of mailing explosive devices to government agencies in the Washington D.C. area to help determine if he is competent to participate in the judicial proceedings and help in his defense.Thanh Cong Phan was scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday on one count of shipping explosive materials, but U.S. District Judge John Coughenour in Seattle signed an order Tuesday cancelling the arraignment until the psychologist files a report on Phan’s competency.Eleven suspicious packages were received by mail at government agencies on March 26, the FBI said in a criminal complaint filed against Phan, 43, from the city of Everett south of Seattle. The agencies included the U.S. Secret Service, the Dahlgreen Naval Base and FBI headquarters.Up to 18 similar packages have been received at various government facilities, FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich-Williams said Wednesday.Tests are being performed to determine whether those packages are related to the others and the FBI won’t reveal where those packages have been sent until the investigation is completed, she said.Authorities have no information indicating more packages are in the mail system but FBI agents and investigators with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service “continue to be poised to detect and safely recover any additional packages,” she said.last_img read more

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Halifa Sallah casts his vote

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first_imgI voted for the best candidate who  could serve this constituency and the nation says HalifaHalifa Sallah the PDOIS Candidate for Serekunda Constituency noted that if his electorate accept and  his programmes then he would be hopeful of the victory.” I stood because I believe I have the comepentence and the experience to be albe to guide the executive in the enactment of laws and assessing the vital need of Gambian people I believe that is the candidate I cast my vote for that candidate” Mr. Halifa Sallah was accompanied by his wife Madam Ida Jallow Sallah to cast their votes at the Plaza cinemaHalifa Sallah was responding to questions shortly when he cast his token. He noted that if him and his 22 PDOIS members are voted in to parliament they will hold the government accountable. Issues I will be raising at the national assembly will include the  road conditions, the Sandika, the youth and their conditions, lack of garage, water shortage that hit my electorate as some get up as early as 3 -4 am to queue for water. The national assembly is to monitor and tell the needs of the people to the government for better policy formulation.. Mr. Sallah indicated that he could not say much about the voter turnout as he is just coming out to vote.Coalition partners are running divided in this election what is your take?The normal situation for elections for people to put up their candidates and for the Gambian people to make inform choice. The coalition came about because of exceptional circumstances when the opposition parties are put to an advantage in terms of elections.  And it was believed that since people scarified to elect an independent  presidential candidate, it was deem necessary to continue with that fundamental  tactical objective to consolidating democracy, rule of law , good governance and respect for human right in the Gambia.  This is why many felt that all the parties should have scarified this period and call it  transitional period for doing that has never occurred in the Gambia, transformation of the country  through the ballot , we cherished that and thought that the best way to move forward is to forget about  party interest and move more to towards consolidation of the national  instruments and institution for prosperity. But failing that we resort back  to what is genuine democracy those people who believe they could serve  national interest or peoples interest competing and for people to make inform choice.Don’t you think  there is risk you will fell short winning majority for the coalition partners?I  do not really see risk any more , what I see now is openness of the  democratic process to be  controlled  by the people, I do not believe that parties  will ever control the process anymore.I believe we have shifted the equation, now is the Gambia people who must decide. And I believe if they decide wisely those they would put in the parliament will serve their interest that is fundamental. But if the Gambia people fail to exercise their rights  to be architect of their own destiny and surrender to  parochial politics like if people follow ethnolinguistic democracy will be the casualty and they will reap what that mean, we warn/ caution them enough and most likely they would not fall in that faith.last_img read more

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Nanganur receives 2 cm rainfall

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first_imgSiddipet: Rain occurred at few places across over 12 districts, with Nanganur in Siddipet district recording 2 cm of rainfall during the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Sunday, according to the Met department bulletin.The forecast said light to moderate rain or thunder showers are very likely to occur at a few places across the State from June 24 to 27. No large change during the period June 28-30 is the weather outlook. Also Read – Heavy rains lash erstwhile Khammam district Advertise With Us The rain is being attributed to the persisting upper air cyclonic circulation over north Chhattisgarh and its neighbourhood and the associated cyclonic circulation extending up to 5.8 km above the mean sea level tilting southwest-wards with height also persists over the same area. According to the bulletin, the trough at the mean sea level from west Rajasthan to east central Bay of Bengal across Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha extends up to 0.9 km above the mean sea level.last_img read more

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Reliance Jio adds Vodafone loses customers in June TRAI data

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first_imgNew Delhi: Reliance Jio continued to be on a spree on net addition of mobile subscribers adding over 82 lakh new users while Airtel lost 29,883 and Vodafone Idea had to let go of a massive 41 lakh customers as on June 30, 2019, according to data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). As per the TRAI’s monthly subscription data, apart from Jio, BSNL was the only operator which added subscribers. The state operator added 2.66 lakh new users in June. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us Jio now has 334 million users. In May, Airtel had lost 15 lakh subscribers and Vodafone Idea had lost 57 lakh users as the telcos started to remove low value packs from their plans to improve average revenue per user (ARPU). At the end of June 30, Vodafone Idea had a market share of 32.90 per cent followed by Reliance Jio at 28.42 per cent with Airtel trailing at 27.42 per cent. BSNL has a market share of 9.98 per cent. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us During the month of June, 2019, a total of 4.34 million requests were received for mobile number portability (MNP). The cumulative MNP requests increased from 437.15 million at the end of May 2019 to 441.49 million at the end of June 2019, since the implementation of MNP. Vodafone has launched a new monthly minimum recharge plan for Rs 45 across India to boost revenue and it has been weeding out low value vouchers to improve revenue per user. Advertise With Us Wireline subscribers further declined from 21.29 million at the end of May, 2019 to 21.17 million at the end of June 2019. The net decline in the wireline subscriber base was 0.12 million with a monthly decline rate of 0.56 per cent. As on 30th June 2019, the top five Wired Broadband Service providers were BSNL (9.05 million), Bharti Airtel (2.40 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (1.45 million), Hathway Cable & Datacom (0.84 million) and MTNL (0.74 million). As on 30th June, 2019, the top five Wireless Broadband Service providers were Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (331.26 million), Bharti Airtel (119.09 million), Vodafone Idea (110.50 million), BSNL (12.87 million) and Tata Teleservices (1.40 million). Total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA & LTE) increased from 1,161.86 million at the end of May, 2019 to 1,165.46 million at the end of June, 2019, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.31 per cent. Wireless subscription in urban areas increased from 656.27 million at the end of May, 2019 to 657.27 million at the end of June 2019 while wireless subscription in rural areas increased from 505.59 million at the end of May 2019 to 508.19 million at the end of June 2019.last_img read more

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Lucifer day 6 boxoffice collection Dilemma continues over Mohanlal movies 100 crore

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first_imgYouTube ScreenshotEven after six days of its release, Mohanlal’s new movie ‘Lucifer’ is continuing its dream run at the box-office, and most of the release centres all across the world are witnessing an attendance percentage of more than ninety. The film had recently crossed the Rs 50 crore mark in four days, and thus it emerged as the fastest Malayalam movie to achieve this feat.Even though an official confirmation on collection figure is yet to come, trade experts believe that ‘Lucifer’ might have collected somewhere around Rs 6 crore in its sixth day from Kerala alone. In the meantime, the worldwide collection in the sixth day could touch Rs 10 crore considering the number pre-booked tickets.As per the latest updates, ‘Lucifer’ has collected Rs 78 crores by the end of the sixth day, and in all probabilities, it will enter the elite Rs 100 crore club in the next couple of days.A few hours back, several top media outlets in Malayalam including Malayala Manorama and Mathrubhumi revealed that ‘Lucifer’ collected more than 100 crores from theatres alone in its sixth day. However, this news seems impossible, as, at the end of the fifth day, the film’s collection was Rs 62 crores. The news released by Mathrubhumi and Malayala Manorama soon went viral on online spaces, and many people criticized the news outlets for bolstering the collection of a movie which is already doing well at the box-office.As social media lashed out against these media houses for releasing bolstered figures, Mathrubhumi News take down this news from their online portal. It should be also noted that neither Prithviraj Sukumaran nor Mohanlal has confirmed the entry of ‘Lucifer’ in the 100 crore club.’Lucifer’ which marked the directorial debut of Prithviraj Sukumaran featured Mohanlal playing the role of Stephen Nedumpally, a politician with grey shades based in South Kerala. After the death of the Kerala chief minister, Nedumpally starts the battle between evil and evil to get rid of power hungry politicians and to stabilize his unknown smuggling kingdom whom nobody is aware of.’Lucifer’ is loaded with an ensemble star cast. Apart from Mohanlal, the film also has Vivek Oberoi, Manju Warrier, Tovino Thomas, Faasil, Saikumar, Kalabhavan Shajon and John Vijay in other prominent roles.last_img read more

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New Braunfels Residents Shocked To Learn Shooter Came From Their Town

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first_img Share MOSE BUCHELE / KUTMatt Doerr and his grandfather, Ronnie Nolte, say fear of attacks like the one in Sutherland Springs is growing.While the small Texas town of Sutherland Springs struggles to come to terms with the mass shooting at First Baptist Church on Sunday, another Texas community is also reeling.The shooter grew up in New Braunfels, just north of San Antonio. Now, residents of the town of about 74,000 are grappling with the fact that someone who lived among them could have committed such an act.CREDIT MOSE BUCHELE / KUTMatt Doerr lowers flags to half-staff at New Braunfels High School on Monday.“We’re close knit; people wave when I’m riding my bikes with my kids,” Dawn Watson, a gas station clerk, said Sunday. “The customers in here have been in shock – some overwhelmed; some sad.”Like many in town, Watson knew Kelley, though not well. She went to high school with him and remembers him as “different, kind of a loner.”In front of the high school on Monday, freshman Matt Doerr lowered the U.S. and Texas flags to half-staff as his grandfather watched. Matt said it was “harsh” knowing the shooter was from nearby and that fear seems to be growing with each new attack.“I carry [a gun] everywhere I can now,” his grandfather, Ronnie Nolte, said.“I’d like to know more about the person who did this … not so much to know about him,” he said, “but to know about what to be looking for down the road if something like that were to happen.”After graduating from high school in 2009, Kelley joined the Air Force. He was court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his then-wife and stepson. He served a year in confinement.After being discharged for “bad conduct,” he got in trouble with the law for animal cruelty in Colorado in 2014. He ended up moving back to New Braunfels, where he lived with his second wife on a ranch-to-market road about 10 miles from the high school. In Texas, he was investigated for domestic abuse and sexual assault, but charges were never brought against him.  CREDIT MOSE BUCHELE / KUTA sheriff’s deputy guards the entrance to Devin Patrick Kelley’s property Monday.The houses on that stretch of road are far apart, with deep gated driveways and, often, “no trespassing” signs. Neighbors have described the frequent sound of gunfire from Kelley’s property, where a sheriff’s deputy was parked Monday, guarding the entrance.While some of Kelley’s former classmates remember him as withdrawn but somehow menacing, others say he was fairly normal in high school, but seemed changed when he returned to Texas.Matt Wisher and Kelley played sports and went to the same church together in high school.“He was maybe a little arrogant, but I never had any problems with him,” Wisher said. “I didn’t see him for five or six years … and he contacted me on Facebook.”Wisher said in that time Kelley had changed. “He was now an atheist, and his physical appearance had changed. He had gained about 200 pounds.”CREDIT MOSE BUCHELE / KUTBrad McLean, the pastor at New Braunfels First Baptist Church, said his church is praying for those hurt by the shooting in Sutherland Springs.Wisher also said Kelley told him he was having trouble with his marriage, but it didn’t sound that serious.“I was just shocked. I didn’t think he’d be able to do something like that,” he said.People in town also feel a tragic kinship with the people of Sutherland Springs for another reason: Earlier this year, the New Braunfels First Baptist Church lost 13 of its congregants when a drunken driver plowed into a church bus.Brad McLean, pastor of the First Baptist Church in New Braunfels, says the “gruesome nature” of the Sutherland Springs incident makes it stand apart. But he says he hopes the experience of his church in dealing with its own tragedy can show a way toward healing.“We will pray for those in Sutherland Springs, we will pray for that church family,” he said. “We will pray for those who have suffered the loss of family members.”And, he said, they will pray for the family of Devin Patrick Kelley. last_img read more

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Parents Of 13 Children Charged With Years Of Torture Abuse

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first_img Share Twitter via @NewyorklovingTeen escapes home where parents allegedly held 12 captive: David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, are accused of holding their 13 children captive in their California home.The parents of 13 siblings who were allegedly held in captivity in their family’s Southern California home were charged Thursday with committing years of torture and abuse that left their children malnourished, undersized and with cognitive impairments.“Severe, emotional, physical abuse,” Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said in announcing numerous charges against David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49. “This is depraved conduct.”Prosecutors filed 12 counts of torture, seven counts of dependent adult abuse, six counts of child abuse and 12 counts of false imprisonment against the couple. David Turpin was additionally charged with one count of a lewd act on a child under age 14.The victims range in age from 2 to 29. The charges involve acts in Riverside County dating to 2010.The torture and false imprisonment charges do not include the 2-year-old, Hestrin said.The district attorney said the couple chained their children as punishment.A 17-year-old daughter who climbed out a window on Sunday and called 911 on a cellphone had plotted her escape for two years, he said. Another sibling escaped with her but turned back out of fear.Hestrin said all 13 victims were severely malnourished and as a result some have cognitive impairment and a lack of basic knowledge. He said a 29-year-old female victim weighed 82 pounds.The victims were not allowed to shower more than once a year, he said.In an interview, grandparents of the children said their son’s family looked happy and healthy when they last visited California six years ago.“They were just like any ordinary family,” said Betty Turpin, the 81-year-old mother of David Turpin. “And they had such good relationships. I’m not just saying this stuff. These kids, we were amazed. They were ‘sweetie’ this and ‘sweetie’ that to each other.”Betty Turpin and her husband, James Turpin, of Princeton, West Virginia visited her son’s family for five days at their previous home in Murrieta, California.Betty Turpin told the Southern California News Group on Wednesday that they were still in shock from learning that her son and his wife were arrested.Betty Turpin said her son told her he had so many kids because God wanted him to. She said her son shared her Pentecostal Christian faith but he wasn’t affiliated with a church in California.“I feel they were model Christians,” she said. “It’s hard to believe all of this. Over the years, the Lord knows what happened.”James Turpin said during their visit, “they all looked to me well-adjusted. They weren’t skinny or nothing. They were joyous to see us.”He said they were dealing with social workers in attempting to connect with their grandkids, who are hospitalized as they recover from their yearslong ordeal.On Wednesday, authorities searched the couple’s current home in Perris, 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Investigators removed dozens of boxes, what appeared to be two safes and pieces of a bed frame.Some siblings were shackled to furniture in the foul-smelling four-bedroom home that looked perfectly normal from the outside.The Turpins have lived in two Riverside County communities since moving to California, and police said they were never called to either home, nor were any reports fielded by child protective services.It’s not clear what motivated the Turpins to live a secluded life with their large brood or what went on in the house.Psychiatrists say that even in cases of extreme deprivation, it’s common for feelings of helplessness or confusion to lead to staying in place despite opportunities to flee.“This happens all the time. The number of individuals who would immediately respond to an opportunity where they could get away is very small compared to the number of people who would have that paralysis and insecurity and confusion about what to do,” said Dr. Bruce Perry, a psychiatrist and senior fellow at The ChildTrauma Academy in Houston.The vulnerable girl might have been shamed, beaten or threatened with violence and only after many missed opportunities did she probably work up the courage to act, Perry said.“It’s pretty remarkable that she’d do that,” he said. “The power that must have been exerted to keep an entire family like that for so long must have been pretty sophisticated.”last_img read more

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Godzilla Atomic Blasts Its Way Into SDCC

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first_img If there’s one giant radioactive lizard we’ve been waiting to get a peak of, it has to be Godzilla. We are Geek are super fans of this giant and fans have been waiting in utter anticipation for the follow-up to 2014’s Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards. We finally have the footage we’ve been looking for. San Diego Comic-Con just dropped the first trailer for the highly anticipated film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters. I’ve personally been waiting for this trailer for all SDCC. So that you know, I am currently screaming and crying from absolute excitement while writing this.Fans already had the opportunity to see a little piece of the films when they dropped a teaser trailer for the film earlier in the week. However, with this full trailer, we get so much more than what we expected, and it’s stunning. In the trailer, we, of course, see the essential humans that will play a very vital part in the film. Madison Russell, played by Millie Bobby Brown, seems like she will play a very vital role in the film. If you’ve ever seen Godzilla films, children are significant in those roles.We also see Madison’s mother, Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga), who plays a scientist and kidnapped to work for Monarch. Her father (Mark Russell (Kyle Chandler) who has to make some very difficult decisions. We see more new faces in Dr. Henry (Thomas Middleditch), Barnes (O’Shea Jackson) and returning faces Dr. Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Dr. Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins). However, these are very much less important than the Kaiju we get to see throughout the trailer.During the post-credits for Kong: Skull Island, we’re teased that there might be more than Godzilla and Kong out there. Now, we know damn well that they’re out there and they’re coming. In the trailer, Mothra makes her appearance. She looks as beautiful as ever with her grand wings expanding full screen. Rodan and King Ghidorah look terrifying but make your heart pound out of your chest with emotion. We see King Ghidorah in silhouette at first and Rodan taking flight. In Godzilla II, these creatures will fight for dominance, but what will happen to humankind? Or, can they live with these creatures? (The answer is probably no.) Dir. Michael Doughty says these are the confirmed monsters, but there might be a few surprises along the way as well.This movie is the third in Legendary’s Kaijuverse (or MonsterVerse) after Kong: Skull Island directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The cast has some of the best of the best starring in this monumental installment. This includes, but not limited to, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Sally Hawkins, Thomas Middleditch, Bradley Whitford, Kyle Chandler, Ken Watanabe and many more. The film is directed by Michael Doughty, who also co-wrote the film with screenwriters Zach Shields and Max Borenstein. Godzilla: King of Monsters is leading to the epic battle between Godzilla VS. Kong, coming later in 2020.Godzilla: King of the Monsters is set to atomic blast its way into theaters May 31, 2019. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img All the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCCVoltron Confirmed Gay AF last_img read more

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Exhibition to strengthen IndiaIsrael relations

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first_imgThe National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, in collaboration with the Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Israel, is organising an exhibition entitled ‘To the End of Land’, under the auspices of cultural exchange programme between India and Israel. The exhibition is being held to celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The inauguration of the said exhibition took place on April 28 at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi in the gracious presence of Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister for Culture, Government of India and chief guest for the occasion along with His Excellency Daniel Carmon, guest of honour, Ambassador, Embassy of Israel in New Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf The exhibition presents a wide range of references and approaches to recent changes in the economic and social landscape in Israel, as manifested by the appearance of natural scenery in Israeli contemporary art. The chosen title, ‘To the End of Land’ strives to draw attention to some of the cultural, social, and political aspects embodied in their artistic explorations of land. The exhibition highlights individual life stories which reflect a rich cultural heritage as well as collective hopes for prosperity and rootedness. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking on the occasion, Adwaita Charan Gadanayak, Director General, National Gallery of Modern Art said, “I believe that this exhibition at the NGMA is a significant step in building lively cultural relations, and an opportunity to show modern and contemporary art on a reciprocal basis.”Expressing his views, Daniel Carmon stated, “The ancient civilizations from which India and Israel descend have always attributed great importance to the connection between man and land, and have throughout valued the preservation of our nature and environment. This value still holds an important place in our modern thinking, bringing us closer together as like minded partners. This exhibition connects the peoples of India and Israel in more than one way. It speaks of man’s affinity to nature, land, and earth, the basic elements surrounding us, which are vital to our continued existence. While showcased in an Indian-Israeli setting, the message behind this exhibition is global.”last_img read more

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11 LGBTI shows to see on Broadway and West End this fall

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first_imgRecord numbers of international LGBT+ travel industry exhibitors at ITB BerlinWhat’s it like to move from a gayborhood to small town life when older?This gay guy’s the Senior Vice President of NYC & Company and has great tips for an epic NYC PrideRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lgbti-shows-broadway-west-end/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Previews begin 1 November at the Neil Simon Theatre.Poet in Da Corner (London)In this autobiographical show, pansexual artist Debris Stevenson explores what led her to finding her own voice, despite the negativity around her. The show contains music, movement, and Stevenson’s own poetry.Previews begin 21 September at the Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs.Unexpected Joy (London)Family dramas always make for the best plays. In this one, matriarch Joy, gets a visit from her daughter, Rachel, and granddaughter Tamara. The thing is, Joy is about to marry another woman and doesn’t know how to tell Rachel, who’s married to a televangelist.Currently in previews at the Southwark Playhouse.The Inheritance (London)This show, which follows a young gay man in New York City in a world after the height of the AIDS crisis, had a sold-out run at the Young Vic. Young New Yorkers are at the center, battling both their pasts and futures.Previews begin 21 September at Noel Coward Theatre.A Guide for the Homesick (London)Ken Urban’s play centers on two men in Amsterdam and the bond they share, and the secrets they reveal. Their time spent together includes passionate encounters and learning to understand who they really are.Previews begin 16 October at Trafalgar Studios 2.The Funeral Director (London)Ayesha is the director of a Muslim funeral home. When Tom arrives to organize his boyfriend’s funeral, Ayesha is challenged by her faith and community, and a truth about herself she may not be ready to confront.Previews begin 31 October at the Southwark Playhouse.More from Gay Star NewsGay Broadway actor snatches Trump banner from audience member during bowsBroadway show Boys in the Band wraps up, ends with standing ovationArmie Hammer’s message for transphobic person in play’s audience: ‘Never come back’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Janet McTeer as Sarah Bernhardt in Hamlet | Photo: YouTube/Roundabout Theatre Companycenter_img Live theater — and especially musicals — have a long history with the LGBTI community. It is a place where authenticity, creativity, and identitity thrive. From Spring Awakening to Cabaret and Hedwig to Bare, the theater has long felt like a welcome place.New shows are opening all the time, both on Broadway in New York City and the West End in London. To keep track, here are 14 shows opening in both places that definitely deserve your time and attention.Bernhardt/Hamlet (NYC)What happened when the French star Sarah Bernhardt took on the role of one of the Shakespeare’s most famous roles in 1899? A whole lot of controversy and dramatics, that’s what. Janet McTeer plays Sarah during her time performing the role of Hamlet, and all the politics that went with it.Currently in previews at the American Airlines Theatre.Slave Play (NYC)Set on the Macgregor Plantation in the antebellum South of the United States, this show explores the reality of sexual violence for the lives of slaves. It takes on themes of race, gender, and sexuality in its storytelling.Begins previews on 19 November at the New York Theatre Workshop.Black Light (NYC)Star and creator Daniel Alexander Jones takes center stage for this show — but not as himself. Instead, his diva alter-ego Jomama Jones is out to wow and amaze the audience with all her impressive talents.Begins previews on 24 September at the Greenwich House Theatre.Plot Points in Our Sexual Development (NYC)Everyone has a history, for better or worse. Sharing it with others is one of the scariest things a person can do as they step into a vulnerable position. That’s the idea behind Miranda Rose Hall’s new play when a romantic couple, consisting of a cis woman and genderqueer individual, start sharing their sexual pasts with one another.Previews begin 6 October at the Claire Tow Theater in Lincoln Center.Torch Song (NYC)Openly queer actor Michael Urie leads this production of Harvey Fierstein’s trilogy of plays, including International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery, and Widows and Children First!. It follows a gay man who has dreams of having a family.Previews begin 9 October at the Hayes Theater.The Cher Show (NYC)Three actors, one icon. The Cher Show explores the life of the one and only diva, with three different performers portraying her throughout her life. GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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