The Humans Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 15, 2017 Stephen Karam’s The Humans, starring Tony winners Jayne Houdyshell and Reed Birney, has recouped its $3.8 million investment; including the cost of the production’s recent move from the Helen Hayes to the Gerald Schoeneld Theatre. As recently reported, the 2016 Tony winner for Best Play is scheduled to conclude its run on January 15, 2017.The production, directed by Joe Mantello, began performances at the Helen Hayes Theatre on February 18 before moving to the larger Schoenfeld on August 9 following its Tony success. In the week ending September 18, the show celebrated its best week to date at the box office, reaching $670,967.After extending off-Broadway, The Humans garnered critical acclaim for Karam’s hauntingly familiar storytelling about a family riddled with tensions gathering together for Thanksgiving dinner. The production currently stars Houdyshell, Birney, Lauren Klein, Cassie Beck and Sarah Steele as the Blakes and Arian Moayed as Steele’s character’s bystanding significant other, all of whom try to find humor and heart as things go bump in the night. View Comments Sarah Steele, Arian Moayed and Jayne Houdyshell in ‘The Humans'(Photo: Brigitte Lacombe) Related Shows
The Narcotics Enforcement Bureau has an ongoing investigation into the trafficking network connected to the case. During a single week in 2012, the Federal Police arrested two foreigners who tried to travel to Lisbon with shipments of cocaine. On Feb. 2, a 48-year-old Spanish national appeared nervous as he waited in line to depart, leading authorities to search the passenger’s luggage, where they found 6,855 kilograms (15,112 pounds) of cocaine hidden in two protective laptop computer covers. The suspect confessed to authorities the drugs were en route from Peru to Brussels, Belgium. Less than 24 hours later, an approximately 40 year-old female native of Lithuania was arrested for possession of 6,640 kilograms (14,638 pounds) of cocaine that she was transporting from Peru to Europe. “These arrests have a very positive effect on the fight against crime,” Vieira says. “We’re going to strengthen enforcement with trained sniffer dogs in a few months.” But the main objective of the Federal Police is to disrupt international criminal networks. “We don’t want to just arrest the mule, which is the person carrying the drugs,” Vieira says. “We’re interested in going after the big dealers, striking at the organization and destabilizing its members.” The Federal Police also work with law enforcement agents from other countries to combat international drug trafficking. In December of last year, eight suspected narco-traffickers were arrested in connection with the seizure of 1,200 kilograms (2.645 pounds) of cocaine on the French island of Martinique. The arrests were the result of a cooperative effort between Brazil’s Federal Police and officers from England and France. By Dialogo March 21, 2012 PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil – The Federal Police in Rio Grande do Sul are taking steps to prevent Porto Alegre from becoming a new route in the international narcotics trade. Attempts to ship drugs through the capital city of Rio Grande do Sul intensified in June 2011, when TAP airlines started direct flights to Lisbon, Portugal. Since then, at least five suspects have been arrested with cocaine destined for Europe. The Federal Police have intensified surveillance to prevent a new narco-trafficking route from being established through Porto Alegre. “A new route is opening up through Peru, which isn’t a major producer but serves as a distribution channel to other countries,” says Officer Mário Luiz Vieira, chief of the Narcotics Bureau for the Rio Grande do Sul Federal Police. The first major bust came just two months after TAP started direct flights between Porto Alegre and Portugal. Eight suitcases loaded with cocaine were seized at Porto Alegre’s Salgado Filho International Airport on Aug. 16, 2011. The cocaine, which had a high purity level, was hidden inside the luggage’s lining. Police became suspicious of the three nervous-looking passengers, leading them to search their luggage. The two men, ages 28 and 34, are from the states of Maranhão and Rondônia, and the woman, 22, is from Santa Catarina. All three were arrested on narcotics-trafficking charges. The trio departed Porto Velho, the capital city of Rondônia, and made a stop in São Paulo before they were approached by authorities at the airport in Porto Alegre.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Normally, The Buzz (which is the column that you area reading, not the sound of your hair trimmer which you left on you idiot and are wasting all the batteries) is meant to entertain. Make you laugh. That kind of thing.Sometimes though, I think it’s also good to use this platform to spread the word about something terrible.Like a shortage of batteries, thanks to you, genius.But aside from that, here’s a story from the Las Vegas area.They tell the story better than I could (plus, I’d keep making jokes throughout it, and you’d get mad).In all seriousness, watch. You’ll be shocked.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By NY Auto GiantThe winter months bring out the ruggedness of your soul. This isn’t the time to take it easy. This is no time to lounge on a beach, soaking up rays. Mother Nature sprays the Northeast in a bountiful playground of snow—so let’s not waste it?!This Travel Diary will take you out of the New York region into Pennsylvania. The Pocono Mountains are a short drive away, but are a world unto themselves, adorned in majestic beauty.We suggest you hop in a car and meander over to the historic Victorian township called Jim Thorpe, located in the Lehigh River Gorge region, known to ski aficionados as the “Switzerland of America.” Jim Thorpe, named for the Native American Hero of the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, is a town replete with seasoned history, outstanding views, and tons of activities for the avid adventurer—from hiking and skiing to antiquing and dining, this destination is a ticket to winter splendor.Yet, in traveling eastward to explore the inns and outs of this beautifully restored township, the cozy bed and breakfasts and the restaurants that are housed in this 19th century downtown, there should be nothing that says “roughing it” about your ride.A brand new 2015 Toyota Camry from NY Auto Giant is just what the doctor ordered for this amazing adventure!Drive up in the classically redesigned 2015 Toyota Camry. This vehicle is the pinnacle of quiet luxury, with brand new upgrades bringing it right up to the future, such as XSE and Hybrid options, new multimedia features and a new, sporty design. When you step into a 2015 Camry, the adventure starts as soon as your foot hits the gas, and continues onto the highway, increasing with every mile.In this way, the car is an essential part of your experience. It’s not just a means to get you there, but takes the wanderlust that burns in your soul along for the ride.Once you arrive at the Lehigh River Gorge, you can explore the Old Jail Museum to listen to the lore of the notorious Maggie Maguires, head to the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center, check out a working model of the famed Switchback Railroad, or take in the sights from the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway. The Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary is a must-visit, too (they’ve got exotic frogs, bats and other “secret critters” there sure to dazzle the whole family)!Magical butterflies and exotic amphibians await all those who venture to Thorpe, Pa. on their NY Auto Giant-equipped trip! (Photos: Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary Facebook Page)For some outdoor adventure, you can mountain bike along the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway trail, hike, or horseback ride. Are you up for some serious adventure? This bucket list-type of adventure that seems tailor-made to top every single person on your friends lists when you post the pictures to Facebook?At the Skytop Lodge in the Pocono Mountains, you can drive a team of Siberian Huskies through the snow-packed trails on a dog sledding adventure. Is paintball your thing? Head on down to Skirmish, the world’s largest paintball facility, where late in the winter they host their annual, epic Stalingrad battle.Thirsty? Every Friday between 4-6 p.m., Franklin Hill Vineyards‘ wine shop hosts a truly indulgent happy hour. Try a creative cocktail concocted with the local wines or simply sample whatever tastes suit you. http://www.franklinhillvineyards.com/event/friday-free-happy-hour/Hungry? Head on down to Alice’s Pantry for a charmingly kitchy and downright delicious experience. Cozy up to the roaring fireplace with a freshly brewed espresso and sample some of the fresh baked breads and hearty soups. Got a sweet tooth? I have five words for you: Banana Peanut Butter ice cream.Click here to learn more about NY Auto GiantFor some Italian fare, head over to Tony Stella’s Encore where you’ll find superior service, a lively atmosphere, complete with lounge singer and pianist, and fantastically imaginative food and drink, like the absinthe cocktails and tomato basil soup. Come for the food, stay for the entertainment, the attentive waiting on your hand-and-foot service, and delectable entrees.Are you still reading? You haven’t packed up the car yet?! In that case, why don’t you give Thabita Lee at Huntington Toyota, Peter Zorzy or Atlantic Toyota, Michael Rizzuto at Millennium Toyota, or Anthony Tocante of Advantage Toyota a call? Ask them to get you into a 2015 Toyota Camry, and let your adventure begin.
Apr 9, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – N-95 respirators are regarded as a key tool for protecting people from airborne influenza viruses in the event of a pandemic, but a recent study suggests that without special instruction, most people are likely to wear the devices incorrectly, limiting their effectiveness.To gauge the public’s current knowledge of how to use N-95 respirators, the researchers randomly questioned 538 people in New Orleans about their experience with the devices during hurricane clean-up and asked them to demonstrate putting on a respirator. Conducted by occupational safety experts from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, the study appears in an early online edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases.N-95 respirators, designed to stop at least 95% of small airborne particles, are used, among other purposes, to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases in healthcare settings and to reduce exposure to mold during flood cleanups. Donning a respirator improperly is likely to promote the leakage of unfiltered through gaps between the respirator and the skin, the authors note.Among those interviewed for the study, 42% (233) had used a certified respirator for mold clean-up after Hurricane Katrina and 35% (192) had used N-95 models.The respirators used in the study included written and pictorial instructions, but the volunteers were not given any additional instructions before putting them on, the report says.In watching participants don the respirators, investigators found that only 24% (129 of 538) wore the devices properly. The most common errors were not tightening the nose clip (71%), incorrectly placing the straps (52%), and wearing the respirator upside down (22%).Factors associated with properly wearing an N-95 respirator included male gender, Caucasian race, and being a homeowner. Proper donning technique was also associated with having had previous experience with respirators, including owning them and undergoing fit testing.The researchers concluded that educational efforts, particularly in the workplace, could increase the public’s knowledge of proper N-95 respirator use and that labeling on the respirators (as opposed to separate instructions in the package) could promote proper donning technique.”A unique opportunity exists to enhance protection of the public through interventions, such as educational campaigns, training sessions, and respirator design modifications, aimed at improving the public’s ability to don a respirator correctly,” the authors write.The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has stockpiled 20 million N-95 respirators for use during an influenza pandemic and plans to add 87 million more by the end of September, according to information on the HHS Web site.Cummings KJ, Cox-Ganser J, Riggs, MA, et al. Respirator donning in post-hurricane New Orleans. Emerg Infect Dis 2007 May (early online release);13(5): [Full text]
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has increased the COVID-19 testing target to 20,000 samples per day as new cases mount in several regions of the archipelago.He has called on all stakeholders to make plans to achieve the new testing target.“I’m thankful that the previous target of 10,000 samples per day has been surpassed. I expect the next target to be 20,000 samples per day. We must start planning [to meet that target],” he said in his opening speech at a virtual limited Cabinet meeting on Thursday. According to a report published by the national COVID-19 task force on Wednesday, the total number of tests has reached 11,970 per day.The President also urged the national COVID-19 task force, the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police to focus on mitigating the spread of the virus in the country’s three hardest-hit regions: East Java, South Sulawesi and South Kalimantan.“Please make them [a priority] so that we can further flatten the infection curve,” he added.As of Wednesday, East Java had reported 5,318 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 429 deaths; South Sulawesi had reported 1,668 confirmed cases and 75 deaths; and South Kalimantan had reported 1,033 confirmed cases and 90 deaths.Surabaya in East Java has been designated a “black zone” as the region had recorded 2,803 confirmed cases and 256 fatalities linked to the disease as of Wednesday, making it the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the province.Topics :
Investors are being discouraged from considering environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors by a misunderstanding of what ESG means, according to the chief investment officer of one of the UK’s largest auto-enrolment pension schemes.Some of those involved in the debate were focusing on ethics rather than investment when discussing ESG issues, creating a barrier to adoption, said Nico Aspinall, chief investment officer at the People’s Pension.“A lot of people discussing ESG are still talking about ethics, not investment,” Aspinall said in an interview for a Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) report. Jargon was abundant, which was confusing those trying to get to grips with the issues, he added. “There are two worlds between institutional investment and [the] green lobby, and they risk speaking different languages,” the CIO said. “This is getting better, but there needs to be more bridge builders who can bring both groups together.”The institute’s report – written by its head of policy research Daniela Silcock – noted that there was confusion among trustees, independent governance committees, advisers and investment managers as to the purpose and definition of ESG.“Proponents generally agree that ESG is a confusing shorthand and does not necessarily reflect the philosophy behind the practice,” the report said.Another barrier to the consideration of ESG factors, according to the report, was the low level of involvement that pension scheme providers had with investment decisions.Almost all schemes invested in pooled funds or used third-party investment managers to make day-to-day investment decisions, but the extent to which ESG factors were taken into account varied between fund managers and it was difficult for trustees to distinguish between approaches, the report said.Many fund managers offered “ethical funds” to defined contribution (DC) scheme members, it added, but these would require people to make an active choice, generally at a higher cost than the default option.The importance of controlThe People’s Pension – a £5bn (€5.6bn) master trust scheme run by a not-for-profit organisation, B&CE – was moving towards taking more control of how it approached ESG, Aspinall said.Under its current approach, he said, the master trust did not have direct control of how investment managers voted and engaged on behalf of the pension scheme, “which means we compromise with other investors on issues and what actions to take”.“We want to do more here,” said the CIO.In another interview for the PPI report, Faith Ward, chief responsible investment officer at £30bn Brunel Pension Partnership, one of the UK’s new local government pension scheme asset pools, said advisers and managers were often “not fully informed about ESG, and they misadvise clients”.“Trustees and advisers need to be fully equipped to understand the relevance of potential ESG issues,” added Ward.The PPI report was sponsored by Redington. According to Lydia Fearn, head of DC and financial wellbeing at the investment consultancy, it did so because “it can sometimes feel that there are more questions than answers when it comes to ESG”.The PPI report can be found here.
Sweden’s four main national pension buffer funds – AP1, AP2, AP3 and AP4 – have ruled out investing in cannabis companies after a recommendation from their ethics committee.The AP Funds Ethics Council, the joint advisory body for the four main buffer funds backing Sweden’s state pension, recommended that the funds exclude cannabis companies from their investment universe.All four funds – which have combined assets of around SEK1.4trn (€137bn) – have accepted the advice, according to AP4.AP4 said: “The Ethics Council bases its analysis on the conventions that Sweden has ratified and whether companies in the AP funds’ holdings can be linked to conscious and systematic violations of those conventions. “The companies Aurora Cannabis, Canopy Growth and Aphria have all confirmed that they sell cannabis for private use and the Ethics Council therefore considers that the companies can be linked to violations of the UN convention on narcotic drugs.”Because of this, the council advised the funds to exclude these three companies, AP4 said, adding that it and the other three funds had followed this advice.Sweden has ratified UN conventions on drugs, one of which regulates narcotic drugs and limits their use to medical and scientific purposes.“The [conventions] today classify cannabis as one of the narcotic drugs that require the strongest control,” AP4 said.Trading in North American cannabis stocks has been particularly brisk over the past few months, with merger and acquisition activity in the sector making headlines.Canada’s move to legalise cannabis in October fuelled business hopes for the drug and related products.Cannabis, or marijuana, is now legal in several US states for recreational use, but still banned under federal law.US drinks giant Coca-Cola announced back in September that even though it had no interest in marijuana or cannabis, it was paying close attention to the growth of non-psychoactive CBD (cannabidiol) as an ingredient in “functional wellness beverages” around the world. “The space is evolving quickly,” it said, but added that no decisions had yet been made.
Ocean Energy Systems (OES) has shared the achievements in ocean energy sector during the Executive Committee (ExCo) meeting.The meeting was held last month in Monaco in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and 20 representatives from the organisation member states.Comprehensive overviews of international activities and achievements on ocean energy were shared during the ExCo meeting, including the inclusion of fact sheets on consenting processes for ocean energy on the OES website.Also, a world map with ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) demonstration projects has been prepared, and will be soon made available, according to OES.OES has announced the upcoming publishing of ‘Ocean Energy in Insular Conditions’ report. It will feature the results of the workshop looking at the opportunities and barriers to local adoption of ocean renewable energy in islands and remote coastal areas of the Asian region from the perspectives of various stakeholders and the possible solutions to address the challenges.Furthermore, OES said that the new workshop on numerical validation codes for wave energy will be organised during the European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC) in August this year.The meeting also provided an overview of the recent activities in OES member states, including the European Commission, China, France, USA and UK.OES, also known as the Technology Collaboration Program on Ocean Energy Systems is an intergovernmental collaboration between countries, operating under a framework established by the International Energy Agency in Paris.Its aim is to advance research, development and demonstration of conversion technologies to harness energy from all forms of ocean renewable resources.