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Press release: Foreign Secretary statement on US-DPRK summit

first_imgFurther information Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Email [email protected] Media enquiries We welcome that President Trump and Kim Jong Un have held a constructive summit. This is an important step towards the stability of a region vital to global economic growth and home to thousands of British Nationals and important UK interests. The reaffirmation of North Korea’s commitment in the Panmunjom Declaration to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula is a signal that Kim Jong Un may have finally heeded the message that only a change of course can bring a secure and prosperous future to the people of North Korea. There is much work still to be done and we hope Kim continues to negotiate in good faith towards complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation. The UK will continue to support the United States in its efforts to achieve denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @BorisJohnson and Facebook Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: For journalists last_img read more

‘The Truth About Getting Sick in America’

first_imgTimothy Johnson, one of the nation’s leading communicators of medical healthcare information, will deliver this year’s Lowell Lecture May 4, “The Truth About Getting Sick in America: The Real Problems with Healthcare and What We Can Do.” The lecture explores the thorny issue of health care in the United States, and is based on Johnson’s recently released book of the same title.Drawing on his 35 years of experience as medical editor for ABC News, Johnson offers his analysis and recommendations for how to deal with the present health care crisis in America. He approaches the question of health care reform as a scientist using numbers, rather than as a politician trying to sway voters.At ABC News, Johnson provided on-air medical analysis for World News, Nightline, and 20/20, and has provided commentary on medical problems and answers for viewers of ABC News’ Good Morning America since the program’s debut in 1975.Locally, his HealthBeat reports for WCVB’s NewsCenter 5, where he is medical editor, address topics ranging from disease prevention to the latest medical research. He is the founding editor of the Harvard Medical School Health Letter and co-editor of the Harvard Medical School Health Letter Book. He has had appointments at both Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.The Lowell Lecture is co-sponsored by the Harvard Extension School and the Lowell Institute of Boston. It takes place Wednesday (May 4) at 8 p.m. in Lowell Lecture Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.last_img read more

US leaders urge military to get vaccine shots

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — With more than half of America reluctant or flatly opposed to getting a COVID-19 vaccine, a VIP-filled video call on Thursday targeted the nation’s military families with an urgent plea: Get the shot. First lady Jill Biden encouraged hundreds of listeners on a call set up by Blue Star Families to “get the vaccine when it’s your turn.” And Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, answered medical questions from the audience.  Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife, Hollyanne, who is a nurse, also offered their own pleas, underscoring  the widespread concern about the reluctance among service members and their families to get the vaccine.last_img read more

Zahm rector issues sudden resignation

first_imgAfter Zahm House rector Scott Opperman resigned Thursday night, confused and concerned residents spent the weekend learning more about the situation and remembering the leadership Opperman provided during his one year and three week term. Associate vice president for Residential Life Heather Rakoczy Russell confirmed Opperman’s departure and said Fr. Tom Doyle will serve as Zahm’s rector “while an active search for a permanent rector is underway.” Opperman replaced former rector Corry Colonna in the fall of 2012. Zahm House resident assistant Connor McCurrie said from the beginning, Opperman emphasized the importance of creating a welcoming community. “[Within] the first week he was here, he changed everything from a hall to a house,” McCurrie said. “He continued that approach throughout his time here and really made sure we knew this that this was our dorm, that it was going in the direction we wanted it to and that we were a community first and foremost.” The hall staff members were the first notified about Opperman’s resignation when they were called to the Main Building for a meeting late Thursday night, McCurrie said. Junior Sam Hyder said his first reaction was disbelief, though a House meeting called Friday partially clarified his confusion. “Scott was a big part of Zahm; he loved Zahm and everybody loved him,” Hyder said. “On Friday, everybody met and they brought in representatives from  [the Office of] Community Standards and [the Office of] Student Affairs to explain the situation.” “As they were explaining it, we still weren’t getting a lot of answers from them. Part of that was because Scott preferred to keep the reasons for his resignation out of the public eye, but it kind of left all of us confused.” Hyder experienced his first year in Zahm with former rector Corry Colonna and his second with Opperman, and he said Opperman brought a change in leadership style. “My freshman year, the rector wasn’t really an influential part of the community,” he said. “He wasn’t a bad rector; he just didn’t fight for us like Scott did. We could really tell that Scott had our best interests at heart.” Opperman’s dedication to the hall and its residents was obvious, Hyder said. “The biggest strength he had was that he put Zahm first and that he cared for the men in Zahm and the overall community of Zahm,” he said. “At times, he acted as an intermediary between the administration and Zahm, but the bottom line was that we knew he would fight for us … and that he would give his all to this community in every way that he could.” Freshman Norbert Kuc said he already had a sense of this bond between Opperman and the residents after only three weeks living in the hall. “I only knew Scott for about three weeks, but I saw him as like a father figure to us. I’m sure the upperclassmen will vouch for me when I say that,” Kuc said. “There were some upperclassmen here who would call him ‘Dad.’ He always had his door open, so if anyone had a problem, he was like your dad away from home, basically.” “If any of us had something going on, we’d be down there to talk to him in a heartbeat. He really felt approachable, and it seemed like he wasn’t as much of a ‘rector’ as he was someone from your family who cares about you and was on your side.” From his perspective as a member of the hall staff, McCurrie said the community will miss Opperman, although interim rector Fr. Tom Doyle “will keep moving us forward.” “Clearly, we’re all a little bit sad that Scott is gone,” McCurrie said. “He was great for the community … and we hope that he’s doing well now. “[Scott] was very personable and very pastoral in his approach. He was a huge help to many of the guys here, and he was everybody’s good friend. I think he did a great job of balancing our dorm traditions with the University policy … and he really helped us solidify our community while he was here.” McCurrie said residents wore Zahm apparel throughout the weekend to show support for Opperman, and more than 100 people went to the Grotto on Thursday night after hearing the news. “We have not had any communication with Scott, but we know he has received hundreds of texts and emails from people in the dorm making sure he’s okay and that he knows he’s in our thoughts and prayers,” he said. Hyder and Kuc both said Zahm’s annual “Hesburgh Challenge,” an event first organized by Opperman, was one of the former rector’s greatest contributions. “[Opperman] wanted to do something last year to honor [University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore] Hesburgh for Hesburgh’s 95th birthday and Zahm’s 75th anniversary, so he organized this challenge to build community and fight for better camaraderie,” Hyder said. The second iteration of the Hesburgh Challenge took place the first weekend in September this year, during which the dorm decided to partner with an elementary school in Haiti to raise money and build a lasting relationship, Kuc said. The sense of a “community within a community” that Opperman created helped Kuc become comfortable with the transition to college in his first weeks here, Kuc said. “He said that all of Notre Dame is your home, but Zahm is specifically your little area of this broader place,” Kuc said. “Even if you don’t feel comfortable going to the advisors or anyone else who is supposed to act as a family figure for you, you can always go to the other guys here at the dorm for support. “He would always say ‘watch out for your brothers.’ We were all expected to watch each other’s backs because we’re all in this together. That was a big thing for him, that you can’t leave your brother behind.” Doyle will serve as interim rector effective immediately until a replacement is found. Doyle served as the University’s vice president for student affairs from 2010 to 2012 and is a fellow with Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives.last_img read more

Early Voting Tips Off Today

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE — Registered voters in Chautauqua County can vote early at any of the three designated early voting sites starting today and running through Nov. 1, two days before Election Day.Chautauqua County’s early voting sites are the Chautauqua Mall, Lakewood; County Fairground, Dunkirk; or at the Board of Elections, Mayville.Hours for early voting vary by county. Chautauqua County voting is Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, this weekend and next. Noon to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.“Voters can look up personal voter registration information at If a voter is not in the lookup system, is designated as an inactive voter, or has recently moved into the county; they can vote at any early voting site by affidavit ballot,” said Democratic Election Commissioner Norman P. Green. With a voter roll of about 80,000 voters, Chautauqua County is only required to have one early voting site. However, Commissioners Green and Brian Abram determined last year that the county is best served with at least three poll early voting poll sites.“Voting early is an extension of the Nov. 3 General Election and once an early vote is cast, the voter will not be allowed to vote again. An absentee voter however may go vote at the polls now or on Election Day if they choose and then the absentee will be set aside by county election officials and not counted,” said Republican Election Commissioner Abram.Voters at all early and Election Day poll sites will be signed in to vote by way of an electronic poll book working much like a retail credit card terminal to capture signatures.If voters choose to vote on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, all poll sites will be open on Election Day Nov. 3rd from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.last_img read more

Dearly Beloved & Departed! My Big Gay Italian Wedding and Funeral Extend Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 22, 2015 My Big Gay Italian Wedding In addition to Wilkinson, Wedding and Funeral both star Hugh Hysell, Donna Castellano, Marissa Perry, Debra Toscano, Liz Gerecitano, Meagan Robar, Erik Ransom, Chad Kessler, Brandon Goins, Jody Lyn Flynn, Marie Fontaine and Jonathan Wiener. Wedding also stars Joe Scanio, Nick Varrichio, Drew Little, Rocco DeFinis and Paul Moon; Funeral also stars David Demato, Mustafa Gatollari and Beth Dzuricky. The shows are directed by Sonia Blangiardo. The Pinnunziatos aren’t going anywhere! My Big Gay Italian Wedding and its sequel, My Big Gay Italian Funeral, both playing in repertory at St. Luke’s Theatre, have extended their off-Broadway engagement. Originally slated to play through March 30, both productions will now run through June 29. Based loosely on the real-life family of writer and star Anthony J. Wilkinson, My Big Gay Italian Wedding tells the story of Anthony Pinnunziato (Wilkinson), a gay Italian-American from a big, loud family who wants to marry his boyfriend Andrew (Brandon Goins) in a traditional wedding ceremony. In My Big Gay Italian Funeral, the whole family is back, but this time, Anthony reunites with his long-lost gay brother Peter (David Demato) after the death of their father. View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Caroline Bowman & Kara Lindsay Are the New Witches of Broadway’s Wicked

first_img Bowman recently starred in the title of role of the national tour of Evita. In addition to Wicked, she has appeared on Broadway in Kinky Boots. Her other stage credits include Spamalot, Fame: The Musical and Grease. Prior to hitting the road with Wicked, Lindsay appeared in the original cast of Broadway’s Newsies as Katherine, taking home a Audience Choice Award alongside costar Jeremy Jordan. Fitzgerald returns to Wicked after taking on the role of Morrible on Broadway in 2010 and subsequently on tour. She has appeared in Swinging on a Star, The Producers and 9 to 5. Shingledecker, who also comes to Broadway following a stint on the Wicked tour, made his Broadway debut in Spring Awakening and has since appeared in West Side Story and the off-Broadway revival of Rent. De Jesús earned Tony nominations for his performances in La Cage aux Folles and In the Heights. He has also appeared on stage in Rent, Domesticated and Patti Issues and on screen in Camp and HairBrained. from $95.00 Wicked View Comments Related Shows Rejoicefy at this good news: Some new faces and returning faves are heading to Wicked on Broadway! Caroline Bowman, who previously appeared in the ensemble and understudied Elphaba on the Great White Way, will take over as the green girl at the Gershwin Theatre beginning December 16. Joining her are Wicked are Kara Lindsay as Glinda, Kathy Fitzgerald in a Broadway return as Madame Morrible, Matt Shingledecker as Fiyero and two-time Tony nominee Robin De Jesus as Boq. The five performers are taking over for Christine Dwyer as Elphaba, Jenni Barber as Glinda, Mary Testa as Madame Morrible, Justin Guarini as Fiyero and Michael Wartella as Boq. The new faces join a cast that includes Tom McGowan as The Wizard, Kelli Barrett as Nessarose and Timothy Britten Parker as Doctor Dillamond.last_img read more

Alex Sharp & More Among 2015 Theatre World Award Winners

first_imgAlex Sharp, Sydney Lucas, Robert Fairchild and Ruth Wilson are among the winners of the 71st annual Theatre World Awards, which honor outstanding Broadway and off-Broadway debut performances. The winners will be honored at an award ceremony on June 1 at the Lyric Theatre. At that time, The Visit’s Chita Rivera will received the John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, as previously reported.First presented in 1945, the Theatre World Awards, founded by John Willis, the Editor-in-Chief of both Theatre World and its companion volume, Screen World, are the oldest awards given for Outstanding Broadway and Off-Broadway Debut Performances. They are presented annually at the end of the theater season to six actors and six actresses for their significant, reviewable, debut performances in a Broadway or off-Broadway production.The full list of honorees is below.Geneva Carr, Hand to GodMegan Fairchild, On the TownSydney Lucas, Fun HomeKaren Pittman, DisgracedEmily Skeggs, Fun HomeRuth Wilson, ConstellationsDaveed Diggs, HamiltonRobert Fairchild, An American in ParisCollin Kelly-Sordelet, The Last ShipBenjamin Scheuer, The LionAlex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeMicah Stock, It’s Only a Play View Commentslast_img read more

Sneak a Peek at a Day in the Life of School of Rock Star Sierra Boggess

first_img View Comments Related Shows Star Files Want a gorgeous peek into the life of your favorite Broadway stars? Then you’ll love our new Day in the Life series, featuring portraits by contributor Matthew Murphy! One of the best photographers working on Broadway, Murphy conceived seven photos with School of Rock star Sierra Boggess that portray a typical day, from the calm of morning yoga right through the madness of the stage door after a show. See the photos here and let Boggess talk you through the gallery in our video below. School of Rock – The Musical VIEW THE PHOTO GALLERYPhoto credits: art direction by Mitch Dean, styling by David Withrow and post production by Peter James Zielinski. Sierra Boggess at the Winter Garden Theatre stage door (Photo by Matthew Murphy for Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 Sierra Boggesslast_img read more

Gore-Tex to Roll Out Surround Technology for Hikers

first_imgWhether trekking hut-to-hut in the White Mountains, completing an AT thru-hike, or taking the dog for a long walk in the woods, W.L. Gore — the company known in the outdoor world for its famed waterproof, breathable laminates — estimates that 223 million people enjoy hiking worldwide.And the company aims to increase that number, while at the same time providing a better experience for anyone who walks outdoors, by introducing new technology promising all-around breathability and waterproofness in hiking shoes and boots. The focus of this new offering is not to have manufacturers replace currently endowed Gore-Tex shoes, but to broaden the protection spectrum for all seasons.Available from 25 footwear brands worldwide in Spring 2015, brand partners will include Alfa, Bestard, Chriuca, Crispi, Dolomite, Hanwag, Härkila, La Sportiva, Mammut, Meindl, Salewa, Scarpa, Treksta, Viking and Zamberlan.Gore-Tex introduced a first version of SURROUND technology last season with footwear-leader Salewa in the casual-technical Ramble. And it’s currently found in casual and children’s footwear by 15 brands. In the Ramble, excess heat and moisture are transported out of the shoe through large openings in the sole.Shoes will feature special GORE-TEX laminates that are integrated into the shoe upper and completely surround the foot on all sides — delivering extended climate comfort without compromising on weather protection.unnamedBut the centerpiece of the new hiking footwear technology is a special construction under the foot called the GORE-TEX SURROUND Spacer. Sweat can escape through the GORE-TEX laminate positioned in the underside of the shoe into the open structure of the mesh-like spacer – and from there out of the shoe via side ventilation.“Keep in mind about one third of the body’s sweat glands are located on the soles of our feet,” says Global Product Specialist for Gore-Tex Outdoor Footwear, Marc Peikert. gore-tex-surround-La-Sportiva“While normally, hiking shoes are completely enclosed beneath the foot, GORE-TEX SURROUND quickly channels sweat away from the feet in addition now through an open, patented construction below the foot. Excess moisture and heat can escape not only through the upper construction, but also downwards below the foot, and then laterally, resulting in dry feet. And dry feet make you feel better and reduce the risk of blisters and chaffing.”“Footwear developers have been working hard to better address consumer’s needs for waterproof protection for activities like hiking where people have to deal with, and want to be prepared for, various ground conditions,” continued Peikert. “Consumers know that you need to be protected with your hiking footwear from morning dew, puddles, or sudden weather changes in the mountains as these conditions can challenge boots and shoes and for sure affect their comfort. Even a shorter hiking experience should not be impacted through the unpleasant feeling that comes from wet feet on what would otherwise be a great day.”A first look inside a sample featuring the new technology and spacer.A first look inside a sample featuring the new technology and spacer.Keep an eye out for many of your favorite brands in North America including La Sportiva, Mammut, Salewa, Scarpa, TrekSta and Zamberlan to have outdoor footwear with SURROUND technology on shelves this spring.The Gore company’s portfolio includes everything from high-performance fabrics and implantable medical devices to industrial manufacturing components and aerospace electronics. Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Newark, Delaware, Gore employs approximately 10,000 people with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and China. Learn more at read more