The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek to Play Off-Broadway

first_img The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek Related Shows View Comments The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek is set to receive its world premiere off-Broadway. Written and directed by Athol Fugard, the production will play a limited engagement April 21 through May 31. Opening night is scheduled for May 11 in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Cast and creative team will be announced later. The new play is inspired by the life of South African outsider artist Nukain Mabusa. Aging farm laborer Nukain has spent his life transforming the rocks at Revolver Creek into a vibrant garden of painted flowers. Now, the final unpainted rock, as well as his young companion Bokkie, has forced Nukain to confront his legacy as a painter, a person and a black man in 1980s South Africa. When the landowner’s wife arrives with demands about the painting, the profound rifts of a country hurtling toward the end of apartheid are laid bare. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 31, 2015 Fugard was Signature’s 2012 Playwright-in-Residence and winner of the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Tony Award.last_img read more

Retracing The Road To Ruin Amid Opoid Crisis

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York We asked three of the busiest addiction doctors in Nassau County how they thought we, as a society, got here, to the deadliest health crisis in American history.Agreed upon is that both physicians and Big Pharma played a role. Also clear is that two historical happenings were the driving force.In 1996, the American Pain Society said pain is the “5th vital sign” — equally as important as the patient’s pulse, even though there is no way to measure its severity. In 2001, The Joint Commission, which certifies health care organizations in the US, said pain was being undertreated.It’s message to doctors and hospitals: If a patient is in pain, you can be sanctioned. Some clinicians, the commission said, “have inaccurate and exaggerated concerns about addiction.”Around the same time, Purdue Pharma reformulated OxyContin and began aggressively marketing it to doctors, saying there was no evidence that those who took it would become addicted. Sales soared. The company made billions.PAINKILLER PROLIFERATIONDr. Russell Surasky, a Great Neck neurologist who is board certified in addiction medicine, said the Joint Commission “couldn’t have been more wrong.”“What Purdue realized was that if they could get doctors to prescribe opiates not just for cancer-related pain but rather for everyday aches and pains, then their profits would skyrocket,” Surasky says. “They did this by creating a massive fraudulent campaign in which they downplayed the addiction risk of OxyContin.”“OxyContin then became the most profitable pain medication ever made,” he continues. “Purdue made $32 billion from this one drug. Addiction rates soared.”Dr. Thomas Jan of Massapequa is board certified in physical medicineand subspecialty certified in pain and addiction medicine. He traces the origins of the epidemic to the mid-1980s when an expert on palliative care reported that people on chronic opioid therapy were not more likely to develop addiction. Jan feels that everybody who takes an opioid is at an increased risk of developing addiction.“Stating that being on chronic opioid therapy does not bring increased risk of addiction, is like saying that one can stand in the middle of a highway and not be at an increased risk of getting hit by a car,” Jan says.“When health practitioners acknowledge there is a danger, then they can properly monitor and protect the patient,” he says. “The excuse that a doctor is doing the wrong thing for the right reason no longer holds weight.”POINT OF NO RETURNDr. Stuart Wasser of Rockville Centre, a certified addiction specialist, says the problem stems from primary care doctors not knowing how to treat chronic pain.“In a way, they approached it as acute pain lasting a long time, rather than a different physiology — one almost identical to that of chronic addiction,” he says. “They did not know that opioids worsen chronic pain and other symptoms such as depression. So initial opioid use resulted in more and more opioid use.“By the time we learned what we were dealing with, most doctorswere scared out of the field, leaving patients with few knowledgeable, responsible professionals to help them,” he adds, “and the DEA was more interested in punishing doctors than retraining them.”Dr. Edmond Hakimi, an executive board member of Long Island Recovery Association, says that the above-mentioned philosophies oversaturated our communities with opioid pain medications.“A few years ago, when we realized that this had become a problem, some states started to tighten down on opioid prescribing and doctor shopping,” he says. “This caused those already dependent or addicted to opioids to turn to what was cheap and readily available: Heroin.”Dr. Surasky believes there is hope.He says: “We have new, phenomenal treatments, which along with counseling, can help reverse the brain changes that addiction causes and save lives.”DRUG REHAB RESOURCESLong Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence1025 Old Country Rd Suite 221, Westbury. 516-747-2606, licadd.org.Nassau University Medical Center2201 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow. Detox: 516-572-6394. Rehab: 516-572-9402.Pheonix HouseMultiple locations. 1-844-353-5798, phoenixhouse.org.South Oaks Hospital400 Sunrise Hwy, Amityville, 631-608-5610, south-oaks.comlast_img read more

Tackling food loss, waste could benefit Indonesia on many fronts: Experts

first_imgLocal and global organizations are urging Indonesia to reduce its food waste and loss to not only ensure the availability of nutritious food but also to prevent environmental degradation and financially benefit individuals and businesses.World Resources Institute (WRI) global director for food, forests and water, Craig Hanson, said companies yielded $14 in return for every $1 invested in reducing food loss and waste, including by measuring waste and changing packaging.To tackle the problem, Hanson cited a coalition of executives called “Champions 12.3” that had called on nations to integrate food loss and waste reduction into climate strategies, pursue the problems as part of COVID-19 responses and follow the “Target-Measure-Act” approach, as quoted by a recommendation paper published on Sept. 24.  GAIN is currently rolling out its I-PLAN program, which focuses on improving fish availability by reducing postharvest food losses. It involves assisting small and medium enterprises (SMEs), giving cash prizes to innovators that could create innovations to tackle the problem and creating demand by educating fish postharvest loss actors, among other measures.“It’s a really strong incentive for businesses to not waste so much of the food and the products that they spend so long trying to grow, harvest and capture. So we have to help businesses to do that,” Haddad said.Businesses are not alone in reaping benefits. Health Ministry public health nutrition director Dhian Dipo called reducing food waste an “investment” because reducing household expenditure through food waste reduction frees up resources for other household needs, such as education and health needs.She said the government was addressing nutritional problems through a 2017 presidential decree on food and nutrition strategic policies that highlights nutrition education and community empowerment as among key strategies to tackle the problem.Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) ambassador Felia Salim also quoted various studies showing that Indonesia could reduce up to 1.6 percent of greenhouse gas emissions relative to its emissions in 2013 by reducing 50 percent of rice, palm oil and dairy lost and wasted in the supply chain.She said the greenhouse gas reduction was equal to taking 96 percent of Jakarta’s 5.3 million cars off the road.  “But how realistic is that [taking cars off Jakarta’s roads]? It’s not realistic. The more realistic approach is tackling all these agro-based industries,” Felia said in the webinar.Reducing the same amount of dairy waste and loss also allows Indonesia to stop 3 to 11 percent of dairy imports and save US$8 million to $30 million, which is equal to up to 30 times the annual budget of the Jakarta administration, she said. Rice waste and loss reduction also showed similar results.Similarly, National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) head of food, agriculture and livestock, Noor Avianto, said that managing food waste was among the agency’s strategies to improve national food systems and governance under the country’s latest five-year plan (RPJMN).Among other measures, the government has relaxed procurement standards for perishable products, incentivized food redistribution through tax reductions and imposed marketing restrictions for portions and packaging to reduce food loss and waste, he said.“The important thing about the food waste [problem] is how we can increase the availability, accessibility and quality of food and on another side, [it is about how] we can reduce food waste at the community level,” he explained.Globally, one-third of all food is lost or wasted each year, costing the global economy US$940 billion each year, according to data quoted by the WRI.Topics : “Now is the time to really take food loss and waste seriously,” Hanson said in a webinar organized by The Jakarta Post and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) in conjunction with the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste on Sept. 29.Indonesia wastes about 300 kilograms of food per person every year, making it among the largest food wasters in the world, Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) data revealed.GAIN executive director Lawrence Haddad said in Tuesday’s webinar that food loss was equivalent to nutrition loss and environment loss. Most high nutrients are highly perishable, and the availability of nutritious food is crucial in Indonesia, where high rates of undernutrition and overweight prevail.The 2018 Basic Health Survey showed that one in three toddlers experienced stunting and nearly half of pregnant Indonesian women suffered from anemia due to micronutrient deficiencies during the same year. COVID-19 is exacerbating the stunting problem as it reduces food accessibility and affordability for households, degrading overall nutrient intake, according to Health Ministry findings.last_img read more

Mandate roundup: Publica, Australian equities, IPE Quest

first_imgHowever, performance should match the benchmark once all costs – including taxes, fees and transaction costs – are taken into account.Publica said it hoped the EM debt mandate would diversify its portfolio further, and included the asset class after a recent asset liability management study.To date, it has built up a 5% exposure to EM debt with its in-house team, deputy CIO Patrick Uelfeti recently told IPE.The Quest search added: “Due to the limited risk-taking capabilities, a consequence of the demographic structure of the closed plans, the universe of eligible investments is limited to investment grade, and maturities are capped at 15 years.“Added value should mainly come from country, bond selection and risk management by avoiding ‘red flags’ in credit.”The fund said it would prefer its investment be held in a segregated accounted, with the chosen manager demonstrating a “strong” standing in EM debt and managing at least CHF2bn in EM debt mandates.Additionally, only managers with a three-year track record will be considered, but a five-year record is preferred.Interested managers have until 2 July to apply, stating gross-of-fees performance to 31 May.In other news, an Australian institutional investor is looking to hire a manager to a AUD100m (€68.8m) equity mandate, using IPE Quest.According to search QN2077, the Australian insurer said it would like to invest at least AUD100m in local equities.The actively managed mandate would be benchmarked against the ASX 300’s performance, with a rolling three-year outperformance of 200 basis points, while observing a maximum tracking error of 4.5%.The portfolio, managed as a segregated account, should hold at least 30 stocks, with no single holding accounting for more than 10% of assets.The manager is also asked not to engage in securities lending or short-selling.While a track record of five years would be preferred, the insurer did not set an minimum track record for the asset manager.Nor did it set an minimum threshold for assets under management.Managers have until 25 June to apply, stating gross-of-fees performance to 31 May.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email [email protected] Switzerland’s Publica is seeking an emerging market (EM) debt manager for a $100m (€89m) mandate, using IPE Quest.According to search QN2076, the pension fund is looking to invest in hard currency EM debt, covering both sovereign and quasi-sovereign issuances with a maturity of up to 15 years.The scheme, which reported assets of CHF37.7bn (€31.3bn) at the end of December, said it would benchmark performance against a customised JP Morgan EM bond index, without hedging returns into Swiss francs.It added that it would prefer to maintain a low tracking error of up to 1%, with the manager allowed to include active elements that aim to match the performance of the selected benchmark.last_img read more

Iloilo prov’l dev’t council endorses interisland bridge

first_imgProvincial Planning and DevelopmentOffice (PPDO) head Mario Nillos said the resolution of endorsement will beforwarded to the Regional Development Council (RDC). They are just waiting forthe letter request as well as project summary from the Department of PublicWorks and Highways (DPWH-6). Cabrias revealed that the feasibilitystudy, which is now being conducted by China Communications ConstructionCompany, Ltd (CCCC), will be completed by January 2020. It will be up to President RodrigoDuterte to decide on the funding of the project, whether it will be throughpublic-private partnership, loan, or government funding. “The stand of the PDC is that thePanay-Guimaras-Negros bridge is for the good of the people of the province sowe endorsed it to RDC for funding and implementation,” he said. The bridge will start in BarangayGua-an, Leganes, Iloilo and will connect to Barangay Getulio, Buenavista,Guimaras. DPWH-6 Planning Design EngineerClaudio Cabrias Jr. updated the council of the project status.center_img ILOILO – The Iloilo ProvincialDevelopment Council (PDC) passed a resolution endorsing thePanay-Guimaras-Negros bridge to the national government for funding andimplementation. The resolution was approved during thePDC meeting presided by Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. on Sept. 23 at Casa Real deIloilo. “The feasibility study is now 95percent near completion,” he said. From Guimaras it will connect toBarangay Tapong, Pulupandan, Negros Occidental. (LHC, Capitol News/PN)last_img read more

Navas reveals Arsenal snub

first_img “That was back in 2010 when Sevilla won the Spanish Cup. I was still winning things and achieving things there,” he told a number of national newspapers. “But we haven’t won anything for two or three years and I feel now is the right time to move on because I’m ambitious and I always demand 100 per cent from myself.” Navas has previously experienced problems with homesickness but is confident that he is cured of that, saying his troubles are “in the past”. He also believes the presence of Negredo will help him settle on and off the field. “Obviously I know Negredo well and I’m very pleased he’s following me to City,” Navas added. “For me, it was very clear what I wanted to do. I wanted to join City, and it was the same for Negredo. We both made up our own minds. We were both convinced that City is a great club to join. “It’s going to make the transition easier. Not only do we have a good relationship on the pitch, we have a good one off it.” Press Association New Manchester City winger Jesus Navas is ready to challenge for trophies – after revealing he turned down a move to Arsenal three years ago.center_img City signed Spain international Navas from Sevilla this summer and later added team-mate Alvaro Negredo to a squad they hope can regain the Barclays Premier League title. The pursuit of success is what has driven Navas to move to England and also the reason why he opted to stay with Sevilla when Arsenal asked after him three summers ago. last_img read more

Cricket News No way BCCI can block Pakistan to participate, says Official

first_imgAmid the spiraling speculation, the CoA, comprising Chairman Vinod Rai and former women’s captain Diana Edulji, will be meeting in Delhi on Friday to discuss the issue of multiple bodies claiming representation of Uttarakhand. But the Pakistan conundrum is likely to cast a shadow on what was to be a routine meet.”We will discuss all possible options tomorrow and do what is best for the country,” said Edulji.A top BCCI source said even if a note is sent and the ICC agrees to put it out in front of member boards for a vote, India is unlikely to find any support from other nations.”In case India writes to ICC for Pakistan’s removal, then we have to build consensus first to move a resolution at it’s Annual Board Meeting in April. We no longer enjoy a majority in the ICC board right now. If this goes for floor Test we are certain to lose,” he said.”Not only that, serious doubts will emerge on our chances to host 2021 Champions Trophy and 2023 World Cup,” he added.The call to boycott Pakistan has been made by some prominent voices such as senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and former captain and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly.Among the current players, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and pacer Mohammed Shami have called for decisive action to deal with terror strikes carried out by Pakistan-based terror groups.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: After 40 CRPF jawans were killed in the attacks on February 14, there has been outrage in India and it has come from cricketers. There are increased calls from many quarters for the Indian cricket team to boycott the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash against Pakistan which will be played in Manchester on June 16.Sources within The Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the BCCI have not prepared any note seeking a ban on Pakistan at the upcoming World Cup and even if such a move is made, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is bound to reject it.Already, Pakistani shooters couldn’t make the World Cup in Delhi, starting Saturday, after not getting visas. And there is a demand for India to boycott its June 16 World Cup clash against the neighbours and the matter is likely to come up on the sidelines of the ICC meetings between February 27 to March 2 in Dubai.”There is absolutely no constitutional or contractual way this could happen. The ICC constitution allows members the right to participate in ICC events as long as they’re qualified,” a BCCI official told PTI. highlights India will play against Pakistan on June 16 in World cup league game. No way BCCI can block Pakistan believes official.The former cricketers have also expressed their views on this. last_img read more

Griezmann Takes Centre Stage as Barcelona Visit Atletico Madrid Kick…

first_imgToday’s encounter will see Antoine Griezmann return to Atletico for the first time since his controversial summer move to Barca – and he heads there with a point to prove. Griezmann has endured a disappointing start to life at the Nou Camp, which has seen him score just five goals in 17 games this term.Victory for Atletico, who are three points adrift of the Catalans, will propel them firmly back into title contention.It has been a strange season thus far for Atletico, with Diego Simeone’s side very much the draw specialists in Spain’s top flight. The capital outfit have shared the points in exactly half of their 14 La Liga outings this season, but no team in Spain’s top flight has suffered fewer defeats (1) this term.Goals have been a real problem for Atletico, finding the back of the net just 16 times in their 14 league matches. They have the joint-best defensive record with just nine conceded, though, and as mentioned, are currently fourth with 25 points to show from their exertions thus far.Atletico also have a rotten recent record against Barca in Spain’s top flight when considering that they have not triumphed against this weekend’s opponents in the league since February 2010.Barca have not been without their problems this season, but the Catalan giants will enter this match off the back of four straight wins in all competitions, including their last two against Celta Vigo and Leganes in the league.The fact that El Clasico was postponed means that Barca have a game in hand on every side other than Real Madrid, who will travel to Camp Nou for what should be a cracking affair on December 18.It seems incredible to think that Barca have not lost to Atletico in La Liga since 2010, but the points have been shared in their last two league matches in Madrid.Atletico have big problems at the back with Stefan Savic, Sime Vrsaljko and Jose Gimenez all out.The latter has recently returned to training but is unlikely to be considered for today’s match, meaning that Mario Hermoso and Felipe should start as the two central defenders once again.Key midfielders Saul Niguez and Thomas Partey are available after missing out against Granada last weekend through suspension, but Diego Costa is out until at least February following a neck operation.Joao Felix played for 35 minutes against Juve after overcoming an ankle injury, though, and the Portugal international could now return to the XI with Angel Correa and Alvaro Morata also starting.As for Barca, the club are yet to provide a firm update on the injury suffered by Ousmane Dembele against Dortmund, but the France international is unlikely to feature this weekend.As a result, Griezmann should join Messi and Suarez in the final third of the field, while Gerard Pique will return to the back four having missed the Champions League clash through suspension.Barca still have issues in the full-back positions, though, with Nelson Semedo and Jordi Alba still injured, meaning that Sergi Roberto and Junior Firpo should keep their spots once again.Further forward, key midfielder Sergio Busquets will miss out through suspension, handing Valverde a selection dilemma in the middle of the park. Arthur should return to join Frenkie de Jong, while Arturo Vidal will hope to edge out Ivan Rakitic to take the final position. Barcelona visit Atletico Madrid today knowing only victory will return them to the top of the table above Real Madrid.Despite sitting top of LaLiga on goal difference ahead of Real Madrid before going into the weekend, Barca’s defence has been unconvincing, having shipped 16 goals in 13 games and it will be tested today by an accomplished Atletico side. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Twente Sign Nigeria Full-back, Ebuehi

first_imgIt’s not without reason he played at the World Cup, says club’s chiefDutch Eredivisie side Twente have announced the signing of Tyronne Ebuehi on a season-long loan from Portuguese club Benfica with an option of signing him permanently.The defender joined the Estadio da Luz outfit in May 2018 after impressing for at the World Cup in Russia and penned a five-year deal with the side. The 24-year-old, however, suffered a career-threatening injury two months after teaming up with the Eagles in a Champions Cup defeat to Juventus.The defender subsequently missed the whole of 2018-19 season and has not made a single league appearance for the Portuguese club since joining the side.Ebuehi has, however, featured four times for Benfica B since he returned from injury and has teamed up with the Dutch outfit to reignite his career.The former ADO Den Haag defender is delighted to sign for the Pride of the East and looks forward to making his contribution for the club.“It feels great to be here at FC Twente. The conversations I had with the club were very positive and I am looking forward to playing here,” Ebuehi told the club website.“In the past, I played against FC Twente with ADO. Twente is a big club and I want to prove myself here, but of course, also help the club.”Benfica technical director Jan Steuer hopes the Nigeria international will add value to the team, given his experience at ADO Den Haag.“It is great that we can add Tyronne Ebuehi to our selection. In his time at ADO Den Haag, Tyronne has shown to be a talented player,” Steuer said.“It is not without reason that he was selected for the national team of Nigeria and played at the 2018 World Cup.“In his first year with Benfica, Tyronne had a difficult season due to an injury, but last year he made his appearance for Benfica B. He is top fit and will hopefully be able to fully join our selection soon. ”Ebuehi has eight appearances for Nigeria since he made his debut against Togo in a friendly in June 2017.He will hope to feature consistently for Twente to boost his chances of being recalled for national team assignment.Born in Haarlem, Ebuehi totaled 78 appearances in the Eredivisie – all coming in the colours of ADO Den Haag – before transferring to Benfica.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Singles play powers Wisconsin in Iowa victory

first_imgA familiar story for the Wisconsin men’s tennis team (12-11, 4-7), this season has been to dig out the all-important doubles point but fail to win enough singles matches to earn a team victory. In Friday’s contest with the Iowa Hawkeyes (1-20, 0-10), however, the Badgers were powered by junior captain Billy Bertha and sophomore Rod Carey to seize four of six singles matches to clinch a 5-2 win.After sealing the doubles point with partner sophomore Fredrik Ask, Bertha worked quickly to earn his seventh singles victory on the season, 6-1, 6-0. The captain dominated his match with a powerful first serve, dropping only a single game and finishing first.Bertha was relentless in his pursuit of a win, putting his team on top early.“The kid was missing a lot, so it was easy to get a rhythm, and once I hopped on him pretty quick, he went away,” Bertha said.Consistently playing at No. 4 and 5 throughout the season, Bertha has adopted the No. 6 position as a comfortable homebase since returning from a back injury. He has won three consecutive matches at the final singles spot.Bertha was winless in Big Ten singles play prior to the injury, but performing well lower in the lineup has helped him gain momentum in the final portion of the season.“It’s been good to get a little confidence,” Bertha said. “(I’m) playing better now, and hopefully I’ll keep improving and keep winning out the rest of the matches.”Carey has conversely been climbing higher in the singles lineup, winning 6-2, 7-5 at the No. 2 position. The Bahamas native has won his last two matches at that spot, after being catapulted up the lineup from his previous No. 5 station. Carey displayed striking mental toughness in the second set by rebounding from a difficult stretch where he surrendered four consecutive games after leading 4-1. Carey stopped the bleeding by holding his own serve and breaking his opponent’s, winning the final three games of the match.Although he demonstrated a subpar effort in his doubles loss, Carey was able to bounce back by jumping to an early lead in his singles contest.“I think I had a good start; I started off pretty confidently,” Carey said. “I think I did a good job of just getting it going early in the singles, and I think that helped a lot.”Head coach Greg Van Emburgh has been pleased with the way his lineup has evolved over the course of the season. He was forced to tinker with the lineup due to Bertha’s injury and has given other players opportunities to improve their standing in singles.One player who has taken advantage of his playing time is freshman Quinton Vega. Despite a tough three-set loss at No. 3, Vega has sustained significant improvement since making his move to the third singles spot, in which he owns an even 2-2 record. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native was not able to practice or train in the fall season because of lack of certification but lately has shown his ability as an upper-echelon singles player.“Q’s done a great job,” Van Emburgh said. “He’s really starting to play great tennis, he’s really composed, he’s getting mentally tough out there and every time that he’s out there you know he’s going to fight the fight.”Although the conference season has not been as successful as they would have hoped, the Badgers are looking to pounce on any potential opponent they may face in the Big Ten tournament. The recent conference wins could help boost the team’s confidence.Van Emburgh likes the potential of the current lineup from top to bottom in the upcoming conference tournament.“I think the lower part of the lineup right now is really solid for us,” Van Emburgh said. “We’ve got some high-level potential guys up top of the lineup that really could play with the top players in the conference.”last_img read more