The Oxford Playhouse Theatre has launched a project to significantly update its facilities. The refurbishment will cost £700,000 of which over half will come from the Arts Council’s Small Capital Fund. The upstairs circle bar will be moved to the centre of the circle to facilitate the movement of people. Interim Director, Polly Cole, commented, “it makes more sense for it to be in the centre because you come up both sides. It will also be larger so we can serve more people.”There will also be a major change to the auditorium, last updated in 1996. Cole observed that at the moment “the seating is worn, the fixtures are collapsing… some of the seats collapse so we have to check them between shows to make sure they are fit for purpose. The carpet is horrendously worn. It is currently held together with gaffer tape.”Other modernizations will include replacing the air conditioning system, refurbishing the downstairs foyer bar and replacing leather stools with fabric. However, Cole was keen to assure regular theatregoers that “the look of it [the theatre] will be very similar, it will change slightly.”It is thought that 150,000 people go the Playhouse every year. The Playhouse also has a strong relation with student drama, offering two performance slots a term for student productions.The work will take place for one month every summer for the next three years. The theatre is currently closed until the 18th of August.
Attorney General Curtis Hill today released the following statement in conjunction with the issuance of an advisory opinion from his office regarding the legality of cannabidiol products.“Over recent weeks, I’ve worked with my staff to develop an advisory opinion regarding the status under Indiana law of the chemical compound cannabidiol – better known as ‘CBD.’ Cannabidiol is one of the most prevalent chemical compounds in the cannabis plant, otherwise known as marijuana.“This issue has drawn public attention this year following law-enforcement actions against Indiana stores marketing and selling ‘CBD oil,’ a substance delivered to consumers in dropper bottles, sprays or mists – all generally to be taken orally.“My task at this juncture is not to express my personal view of what I believe the law ought to stipulate. My task, rather, is to help provide clarity regarding what the law already says as written.“There is no doubt, as a matter of legal interpretation, that products or substances marketed generally for human consumption or ingestion, and containing cannabidiol, remain unlawful in Indiana as well as under federal law.“Indiana law does allow for a limited and focused exception created by House Enrolled Act 1148, signed earlier this year, aimed at individuals battling treatment-resistant epilepsy. This legislation pertains specifically to individuals properly added to the newly created Indiana State Department of Health Cannabidiol Registry.“Cannabidiol is classified under state and federal law as a Schedule I controlled substance because marijuana (Cannabis sativa) is a Schedule I controlled substance. State and federal laws that place cannabidiol in the category of a Schedule I controlled substance do not hinge on the degree or prevalence of pharmacological effects of a substance on a person.“The manufacture, possession, use and sale of cannabidiol – and substances, food products or edible oils containing cannabidiol – are unlawful under both Indiana and federal law. Any individual possessing a substance containing cannabidiol – or anything packaged as such – in plain view of a law enforcement officer is subject to having that property seized. Only upon showing that one meets the limited conditions under Indiana law could one expect to avoid being prosecuted under Indiana law. Further, no one in Indiana is authorized to sell cannabidiol or any substance containing cannabidiol under state or federal law.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Scotland (local media enquiries) 0131 310 1122 Press Office The Rt Hon Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said: Twitter – www.twitter.com/dwppressoffice Facebook – www.facebook.com/dwp LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/dwp YouTube – www.youtube.com/dwp England and Wales (local media enquiries) 029 20 586 then 097 or 098 or 099 London Press Office (national media and London area enquiries only – not questions about personal claims) 020 3267 5144 Peter Schofield said: Out-of-hours (journalists only) 07623 928 975 I look forward to welcoming Peter Schofield as DWP’s new Permanent Secretary and to working with him on ensuring we continue to deliver a welfare system that supports people when they need it, and helps them fulfil their potential – no matter who they are or where they come from. Caxton HouseTothill StreetLondonSW1H 9NA This appointment has been agreed by the Prime Minister, and follows an external recruitment competition.Peter Schofield has held the role of Finance Director General in DWP since July 2016.Arrangements for appointing a successor to fill his previous role will be announced in due course.Contact Press Office DWP is a remarkable organisation – in scale, reach, ability to deliver change, and the motivation and pride of my 80,000 colleagues providing high quality support to over 22 million citizens. It is a huge honour to be given the opportunity to lead DWP and support the new Secretary of State and her ministerial team, and to build on Robert’s outstanding leadership over the last 7 years. I can’t wait to start. I am delighted to announce the appointment of Peter Schofield as the new Permanent Secretary for the Department for Work and Pensions. Peter has done an excellent job as Finance Director General at the department and will bring to his new role a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience. I look forward to working with him as he starts his work delivering DWP’s important mission. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Sir Robert Devereux for his excellent leadership of the department during his time as Permanent Secretary. Follow DWP on: The Cabinet Secretary, with the agreement of the Prime Minister, has today announced that Peter Schofield, currently Director General of Finance at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), has been appointed as the new Permanent Secretary on Sir Robert Devereux’s retirement later this month.Welcoming Peter Schofield’s appointment Sir Jeremy Heywood said:
Matt Denham is the man leading the build of the Crown Marketplace; a platform through which government is set to buy all its common goods and services, and which is being developed with an emphasis on making the procurement process SME friendly. In this webinar, Matt will outline the timetable for launch of the Crown Marketplace and how small businesses can best prepare to make the most of a multi million pound opportunity to sell to government.Click here to register.
A pioneering campaign to transform the way young people see engineering and boost numbers entering the profession has been launched today (15 January 2018).Ministers from across government are joining forces with engineers, industry experts and hundreds of businesses to change perceptions around engineering – and highlight the scale of opportunity that careers in the industry hold for young people in the UK.2018 is officially the Year of Engineering and will see a national drive in all corners of the country to inspire the young people who will shape our future.Engineering is one of the most productive sectors in the UK, but a shortfall of 20,000 engineering graduates every year is damaging growth. There is also widespread misunderstanding of engineering among young people and their parents and a lack of diversity in the sector – the workforce is 91% male and 94% white.Year of EngineeringThe new campaign is aimed at filling those gaps and changing misconceptions, and will see government and around 1,000 partners deliver a million inspiring experiences of engineering for young people, parents and teachers.Activities will include: All week, engineers, businesses, schools and universities will be marking the launch of the campaign by celebrating the positive impact of engineering. Events include: Crossrail Chair Sir Terry Morgan said: News desk enquiries To find out more about the Year of Engineering: Skills Minister, Anne Milton said: Engineers – whether they are working on cutting-edge technology in aerospace, energy or artificial intelligence – are vital to the lifeblood of our economy. We want to show young people and their parents the immense creativity, opportunity and value of the profession. By bringing them face to face with engineering role models and achievements we can send a clear message that engineering careers are a chance for all young people, regardless of gender, ethnicity or social background, to shape the future of this country and have a real impact on the lives of those around them. a Siemens See Women roadshow aimed at inspiring women, including more black, Asian and minority ethnic girls, into pursuing STEM careers a brand new children’s book on engineering from Usborne the Science Museum and London Transport Museum will be capturing children’s imaginations with interactive exhibitions schools will get the chance to go behind the scenes at Airbus to meet engineers working on the Mars Rover Thales in the UK will be inspiring inventors of the future with robot clubs in primary schools Sir James Dyson, through the Dyson Institute, the James Dyson Foundation and the James Dyson Award, will continue to invest in inspiring young engineers by providing opportunities to apply engineering principles to projects that solve real world problems Mark Richardson, Ocado Chief Operating Officer, said: Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling said: Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 students in Bolton using engineering to tackle real life challenges for people with disabilities with charity Remap pupils at a London school taking on a cybersecurity competition engineers, STEM ambassadors and schoolchildren will gather for the unveiling of Tim Peake’s spacecraft at the National Railway Museum in York Ocado in Birmingham will give schoolchildren the chance to see robots in action The Year of Engineering will be a fantastic opportunity to inspire others to take a fresh look at engineering and show the range of opportunities there are for training and jobs in this sector. We look forward to showcasing the role engineers have played in creating such an amazing project before the Elizabeth line opens to passengers at the end of 2018. I want to see everyone whatever their background, wherever they live to have a chance to get a rewarding career or job in engineering whether they come via a technical or academic route. The Year of Engineering gives us a great opportunity to work together with business to inspire a new generation of world class engineers. We want to build the science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills that we need for a growing economy, as highlighted in the government’s Industrial Strategy. visit the website follow the campaign on Twitter follow the campaign on Instagram Encouraging more young people to enter the engineering profession is essential to ensure the growth and development of new technologies and businesses in the UK. At Ocado we build the world’s most advanced automated warehouses for online grocery, and we hope our involvement in this campaign will offer young people from diverse backgrounds a real insight into the exciting and rewarding life of an engineer. Switchboard 0300 330 3000
Currently, the funk gurus of Lettuce are at the tail end of their fall 2018 Wavelength tour, which started on September 20th and spans until this weekend with a run across the Midwest. Over the weekend, the fan-favorite funk act was in the South, with a festival performance at Pittsboro, NC’s Fall Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival on Saturday ahead of a headlining Sunday night show at Charleston, SC’s Music Farm.For the Charleston show, the band laid out an exceptional one-set performance, highlighting the group’s increasing desire to extend and savor psychedelic jams. Opening with “Blast Off”, off 2008’s Rage!, the group worked through a number of their classic tunes for the Charleston crowd. The opening “Blast Off” saw one of the longest jams of the night, with the rendition clocking in at 11 minutes. However, another major highlight of the evening was at 17-minute take on “Yakatori” toward the tail end of the show. Other highlights included an electrifying take on “Get Greasy” off 2015’s Crush and a standout rendition of “House”, a new song debuted last fall that has been solidifying itself within the Lettuce catalog.You can check out a gorgeous gallery of photos from Lettuce’s performance at Charleston, South Carolina’s Music Farm below, courtesy of Ellison White.Setlist: Lettuce | Music Farm | Charleston, SC | 10/7/2018Set One: Blast Off, KHRU, Lettsanity, Let The Good Times Roll, Get Greasy, Purple Cabbage, Ready To Live, Yakatori, Breakout, House, Do It Like You DoLettuce | Music Farm | Charleston, SC | 10/7/2018 | Photo: Ellison White Photo: Ellison White Photo: Ellison White Photo: Ellison White Photo: Ellison White Load remaining images
As Harvard celebrates its 375th anniversary, the Gazette is examining key moments and developments over the University’s broad and compelling history.In late 1954, Richard Herrick was dying. Just 23 years old, he had been discharged from the Coast Guard months earlier and had come home to Massachusetts to reconnect with his family, which included his twin brother, Ronald.But the joy of his reunion was tempered by Herrick’s diagnosis of kidney disease, which at the time was often a death sentence. By October, he was a patient at the Public Health Service Hospital in Brighton, Mass. His health was worsening.His family kept a vigil by his bedside, but had been told that his kidneys were failing and that there was little hope of a cure. Yet Herrick’s doctor recalled that not far away, at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Harvard Medical School (HMS), some doctors and scientists were working on the problem. They were devising ways to transplant healthy kidneys into those whose organs had failed, and they were looking for twins to attempt the first operation.The small group was viewed with skepticism by the medical establishment, with one physician dubbing them “a bunch of fools” for their efforts. There were valid grounds for skepticism. After all, even if they could surmount the technical hurdles of the transplant — severing and reattaching blood vessels and other critical connections — the body’s rejection of foreign tissue was poorly understood and could not be overcome.But the group of “fools,” led by a young surgeon and Harvard Medical School professor named Joseph Murray, felt strongly that they — and their dying patients — had nothing to lose and much to gain.“If you’re going to worry about what people say, you’re never going to make any progress,” Murray said during a recent interview at his home in Wellesley Hills, Mass.The group’s perseverance and skill would bear fruit just before Christmas that year when they performed the world’s first successful organ transplant, between Richard and Ronald. At 11:15 a.m. on Dec. 23, their work not only gave Richard a new lease on life, it ushered in the era of organ transplantation, giving hope to thousands of patients each year whose own organs are failing. Richard Herrick lived eight more years.Today, roughly 17,000 Americans undergo kidney transplantation annually, according to statistics from the National Institutes of Health. Nearly all of them — better than 95 percent —survive the first year after surgery, and more than 80 percent are still alive five years later.Not only have the number of kidney transplants skyrocketed, but physicians building on Murray’s and his colleagues’ work have pioneered the transplantation of many kinds of organs. Between 1988 and 2011, more than half a million organs were transplanted in this country alone, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). (At the same time, more than 121,000 people — including more than 600 children under age 5 — are waiting for organs in this country, according to HHS statistics.)“It opened up a whole new concept of treatment, by substituting a failed organ with a healthy organ from someone else,” said Nicholas Tilney, the Francis D. Moore Distinguished Professor of Surgery at HMS and the Brigham, and author of the book “Transplant: From Myth to Reality (2003).” “When I got here in 1964, the early mortality rate following transplantation was as high as 50 percent. By the end of the year, there were virtually no survivors. Now, if someone dies, it’s a cause of great angst.”As Harvard looks back at the 375 years since its founding, Murray’s work on organ transplantation stands out as a scientific and medical milestone, one that netted him the 1990 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. It also illustrates the potential impact of teaching and research at Harvard, and the potent partnership with the research, teaching, and patient care going on at its affiliated hospitals.Murray’s milestone is just one in a long line of critical advances pioneered at Harvard and its affiliated institutions, from the first use of anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1846, to the development of the computer by Howard Aiken in 1944, to the breakthrough by John Enders in 1948 that allowed the world to rid itself of polio, to more recent milestones, such as physicist Lene Hau stopping light in its tracks in 2005, and Harvard astrophysicists discovering planets orbiting other suns and divining that the universe is not only expanding, it is accelerating.During this key period in kidney transplantation, Murray divided his time between the Surgical Research Laboratory at Harvard Medical School, where he worked out techniques used in that and subsequent operations, and the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital — today Brigham and Women’s Hospital. At the Brigham, Murray treated patients whose deaths he would work to stop and whose courage at undertaking risky transplant surgery paved the way for the lives routinely saved by such procedures today.“I had no idea of the worldwide influence of it. It expanded to other organs, multiple organs,” Murray said.Murray, today professor of surgery emeritus at HMS, gained his first experience in tissue transplantation during World War II. Fresh out of Harvard Medical School, he was drafted and spent the war at Valley Forge General Hospital in Pennsylvania. Among his duties was grafting skin on the many burn victims who passed through his ward, an experience that got him thinking about tissue rejection.After the war, Murray returned to Harvard and the Brigham. He worked with physicians who had already begun kidney transplantation experiments and who relied on the critical support of Physician-in-Chief George Thorn, who had established a kidney transplantation program.“There was a very enthusiastic chief of surgery — nobody else was doing it — and they pushed and pushed and pushed,” said Tilney, who took over Murray’s lab after his retirement. “It was the right people in the right place at the right time.”By 1954, the work in the Surgical Research Lab had paid off. Murray felt sure they could technically perform the surgery. The rejection issue still stood in the way, but drawing on experience from skin graft surgery, where it had been shown that tissue from identical twins was not rejected, he thought that transplanting kidneys between twins should work.Though Murray and the other doctors involved had prepared extensively for the procedure, Murray said that he approached the operation as he would any other. He once told a grandchild who asked how he got the Nobel that he didn’t work to get the prize, he just did what he thought best for his patients.After the operation, Murray’s work on transplantation continued. Despite his success with the Herricks, the problem of rejection generally still presented a high hurdle.In the years that followed, Murray used first X-rays and then drugs to suppress the immune system and keep the body from rejecting the grafted tissue, but there were few successes. Through those dark years, he and his colleagues pressed on, inspired by the dying patients who volunteered for surgery in hopes that, even if they didn’t make it, enough could be learned that success would come one day.“We were trying. In spite of several failures, we felt we were getting close,” Murray said. “It’s difficult to translate the optimism of the Brigham staff and hospital. The administration really backed us.”Finally, in 1962, in collaboration with scientists from the drug company Burroughs-Wellcome, Murray tried a drug, Imuran, on 23-year-old Mel Doucette, who had received a kidney from an unrelated cadaver donor. The success of that operation and the anti-rejection drug cleared the final hurdle to widespread organ transplantation between unrelated donors, and set the stage for the many refinements and breakthroughs by others in the years to come.Murray’s legacy didn’t end with his retirement in 1986. The Brigham continues to be a center for transplant surgery, with pioneering work in face transplantation being done today by a team led by Assistant Professor of Surgery Bohdan Pomahac, director of plastic surgery transplantation at the Brigham, giving a new lease on life to people horribly disfigured by accident.“He’s taken it far beyond anything anybody had dreamed of,” Murray said.
Two weeks ago, members of the Notre Dame Marching Band met over Zoom to sing the Alma Mater. On April 5, the Band posted a recording of the performance on Facebook.“The students were looking for something that felt normal, that felt like they were doing something together musically,” Matt Merten, assistant band director, said. “We hadn’t really come up with a great idea to get together as a band, and there were many students who went home and didn’t have instruments with them. […] What the students came up with was to sing the Alma Mater, like they would do on a Friday or Saturday of a game weekend.”These game weekend gatherings, Merten explained, had a way of bringing members of the tri-campus community — students, alumni and fans — together.“On game weekends, there’s the normal Friday practice where the Band marches through campus,” Merten said. “Then they go to the practice field, have a practice, and, at the end of that practice, the Band students and the alumni there to watch and the fans link arms to sing the Alma Mater together as one Notre Dame family. We did that exact same thing for this video.”The prospect of participating in a recorded vocal performance though pushed some outside their comfort zones.“The Band students will be the first to tell you that most of them aren’t choir members,” Merten said. “But, you know, when it comes to singing the Alma Mater, that’s something special. They we’re happy to put themselves in a situation that wasn’t so comfortable — to record themselves singing — because it felt normal.”For band members in the class of 2020, the performance offered an opportunity to stay connected with an organization that had meant so much to them during their time on campus.Senior falto, or marching french horn, player Marcus Figaro was skeptical at first, thinking technical difficulties and logistics might be too big a hurdle for he and his bandmates to jump.“I remember thinking there was no way the video could turn out that well with all the moving parts and technical difficulties that could emerge,” he said. “Fortunately, I was sorely mistaken. The completed performance ended up being as faithful and emotional a rendition of our Alma Mater as any I’ve seen, thanks, in part, to a little Matt Merten magic.”Ultimately, Figaro found the performance to be an “enjoyable and rewarding” way to capstone his experience as a member of the band.“I wasn’t just given one last chance to perform as a member of Band 174,” he said. “I was able to see all my sections mates and friends again. I wasn’t able to say goodbye to any of them before this all went down, so I was extremely thankful for another chance to see everyone, to laugh and perform with them one more time.”Senior clarinet player Kathleen Halloran echoes Figaro’s sentiment.“Putting the Alma Mater together like that was such a cool experience,” she said. “It was a beautiful reminder of how much of a family this band is. As a senior, it meant so much to me since many of us didn’t have the chance to play that last Alma Mater in some capacity — whether in varsity band, concert band or senior recital. This gave some small sense of closure, at least for me.Merten feels the success of the performance testifies to the Band’s historic resilience.“The Note Dame Band, we always say, is ‘America’s first university band,” he said. “You hear the announcer say that at football games. Part of that, which sometimes gets deleted from the phrase is, ‘We’re the oldest university band in continuous existence.’ Those words are something to rally behind in a situation like this because nothing’s going to stop what this band means. This band has kept going through all the wars since the Civil War. It stayed going through The Great Depression, through 9/11. Really, there’s nothing that has stopped this band, historically. [COVID-19] wasn’t going to be it either.”Tags: Alma mater, band, sing, zoom
Guys and Dolls transfers with a (largely) new cast, Motown the Musical grooves its way across the Atlantic, and a new musical that folds the atomic bomb, of all things, into its title are among the many and varied London offerings to entice theatergoers this month. For more on these and many other productions, read on.MARCH 7-13What’s Going On? The U.K. premiere of Motown the Musical, that’s what, with Texas-born Cedric Neal as Motown founder Berry Gordy heading a cast that includes Broadway holdover (and 2013 Tony nominee) Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson and British performer Lucy St. Louis as Diana Ross. Opening night is March 8 at the Shaftesbury Theatre.ALSO: Opening night on March 7 of director Alice Hamilton’s revival for the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, west London, of German Skerries, the Robert Holman play set in northern England in 1977. Southwark Playhouse continues its interest in American work with the U.K. premiere of the 2013 off-Broadway play Luce, starring comedian Mel Giedroyc and directed by Simon Dormandy. Opening night is March 11.MARCH 14-20Bombs Away: New British musicals, albeit with American talent attached, are sufficiently rare that there is real reason to get excited about Miss Atomic Bomb, set in 1952 Las Vegas and opening March 14 at the St. James Theatre with a starry cast headed by Catherine Tate, Simon Lipkin, Daniel Boys and London’s Aladdin-to-be, Dean John-Wilson. The co-directors are Olivier Award winner Bill Deamer (Top Hat) and U.K.-based American Adam Long.ALSO:Living with the Lights On, actor Mark Lockyer’s widely admired touring solo play about mental illness, comes to the Young Vic for three performances March 17-19; Ramin Gray directs. In a larger auditorium at the same venue comes actress Jane Horrocks (Little Voice, Sally Bowles in the Sam Mendes Cabaret) with the funkily titled If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me, opening March 16 and promising a hybrid of theater, gig, and dance.MARCH 21-27Follow the Fold: First full opening week at its new West End home, the Phoenix, of the re-cast version of Gordon Greenberg’s buoyant production of Guys and Dolls, the immortal Frank Loesser musical classic that now stars Oliver Tompsett (Wicked) as Sky Masterson, two-time Olivier Award winner Samantha Spiro as Miss Adelaide, and Broadway and film name Richard Kind as Nathan Detroit.ALSO: Opening night March 23 at Wyndham’s for the West End transfer of People, Places & Things, a National Theatre-Headlong co-production directed by 2015 Tony nominee Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall) and starring 2016 Olivier nominee Denise Gough as an actress spiraling into freefall.MARCH 28 – APRIL 3Better Halves: Alan Strachan directs musicals star Tamzin Outhwaite (here in a non-singing role), Jenny Seagrove and Matthew Cottle in a rare revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy classic, How the Other Half Loves, opening March 31 at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. This also happens to be the first Ayckbourn play to have been seen on Broadway, where it ran in 1971.ALSO: Previews continue prior to an April 6 opening at the Old Vic of director Matthew Warchus’ eagerly awaited revival of The Caretaker, the Harold Pinter play that here stars Timothy Spall alongside George MacKay and Daniel Mays. Out of town, all eyes (and many critics) will be in Bristol March 29 when Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville open at the Bristol Old Vic in director Richard Eyre’s revival of Eugene O’Neill’s enduring masterwork Long Day’s Journey into Night. View Comments
Credit union members and business customers are adopting any number of new electronic payment alternatives to traditional payment options. These changes include new payment innovations driven by technology, the millennial generation, and the changing habits of credit union members.These payment changes will alter the relationship between credit unions and their members, change the credit union’s role in retail payment transactions, and impact credit union daily operations and product offerings.The core payment systems (cash, checking, debit and credit cards, automated clearinghouse) that have traditionally been the backbone of the exchange of payment for goods and services are now being disrupted by new payment instruments created by FinTech startups and established retailers. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr