Joo-eey! The National Theatre’s Original London Production of War Horse to Broadcast to Cinemas Countrywide

first_imgTheater’s sweetest and most determined horse is coming to a movie theater near you! The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse, pre-recorded live from London’s West End, will broadcast for one-night-only in cinemas across the U.S. on February 27. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, Joey will be presented in more than 350 cinemas around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy named Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man’s land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. The magnificent artistry of the Handspring Puppet Company brings the story to life with full-scale horses on stage, with their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables. War Horse is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship. Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international phenomenon, seen by over four million people worldwide and receiving numerous accolades, including two Olivier Awards in London, five Tony Awards in New York and three Dora Awards in Toronto. War Horse is currently in its sixth year in London and is on a major tour of North America which continues through 2014. The show is also on a UK/Ireland tour and a German language production is playing in Berlin. View Comments War Horse Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 6, 2013last_img read more

Pennsylvania Preparing Aggressive Statewide Response in Advance of Weekend Storm

first_img Press Release,  PSA,  Public Safety,  Transportation,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – With an intense winter storm expected to bring heavy snow, high winds, sleet and freezing rain across the state through this weekend, Governor Tom Wolf today signed a state of emergency declaration to allow for increased assistance with storm-related needs. The commonwealth also will impose speed restrictions and a ban on all commercial traffic, including buses on most interstates and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.State officials urge motorists to use caution during the storm, postpone travel if possible, reduce speeds and be aware of the potential for rapidly changing weather and roadway conditions.The commercial vehicle ban will be in place between noon Saturday and noon Sunday on all interstates and the Turnpike, except for Interstate 95 in southeastern Pennsylvania. The ban will also be imposed on the U.S. 22 expressway in the Lehigh Valley and the Pennsylvania Route 33 expressway in Northampton and Monroe counties. See a map of restricted roadways.“We want to be aggressive in managing this storm, during which snowfall rates could exceed one to two inches per hour,” Governor Wolf said. “Our top concern is the safety of residents. If you do not have to travel during the storm, please avoid it. Please heed warnings from emergency responders and personnel, and remember to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly.”The declaration of an emergency allows for additional help from neighboring states and standing up the Pennsylvania National Guard to ensure a swift response to possible changing priorities, and the vehicle bans will allow our snow plow crews to have a clearer route to keeping these interstates open despite the expected severe weather.The governor’s emergency declaration authorizes state agencies to use all available resources and personnel, as necessary, to cope with the magnitude and severity of the storm’s impacts. The time-consuming bid and contract procedures, as well as other formalities normally prescribed by law, are waived for the duration of the proclamation.It is important to note that the declaration does not restrict citizens from travel on commonwealth roadways, but motorists should be aware of any restrictions that are in place and heed the guidance of local authorities.Speed limits will be restricted to 45 mph on the interstates and expressways as the storm progresses. The Pennsylvania Department Transportation (PennDOT), the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Pennsylvania State Police have been coordinating their planning in advance of the storm and will be staffing the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) throughout the duration of the storm.“Travel will be very challenging this weekend with the combination of heavy snow, high winds, sleet, freezing and plain rain and then a rapid drop in temperatures on Sunday,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “If you must travel, please check 511PA for the latest conditions and be prepared in case extreme conditions trigger long delays on your route.”Anticipating the storm’s severity, Amtrak has already cancelled the cross-state Pennsylvanian passenger train for Sunday and has cancelled six trains Sunday on the Keystone Line between Philadelphia and Harrisburg.To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.A vehicle emergency kit should be prepared or restocked with items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.The CRCC at PEMA headquarters outside Harrisburg will be activated at 8 a.m. on Saturday and staffed with personnel from multiple state agencies, including the departments of Transportation, Conservation and Natural Resources, Environmental Protection, Fish and Boat Commission, Game Commission, General Services, Health, Public Utility Commission, Military and Veterans Affairs, Health, PA State Police, Human Services, Revenue, and PA Turnpike, as well as the American Red Cross and Civil Air Patrol. Other state agencies are on notice to report if needed.PEMA works with county emergency management personnel to monitor unmet local needs during inclement weather affecting travel, utilities, and shelter. You are encouraged to monitor state agency social media accounts for the most up-to-date information on any emergency or weather-related situation affecting the state, in addition to any social media accounts for your local emergency management offices.Motorists should be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.When winter weather occurs, PennDOT urges drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.In addition to driving safely around plows, motorists are urged to drive according to conditions. If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 440 crashes resulting in 221 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.To report an accident or other emergencies on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 on your mobile phone. If there is an accident, move the car out of travel lane and onto shoulder, if possible, and stay in the vehicle. For more information about PA Turnpike conditions, follow the conversation by using www.paturnpike.com/travel/twitter. You may also see advisories by clicking on the travel ticker on www.PATurnpike.com.PennDOT has created a Winter Safety media center, including social-media-sized graphics highlighting winter driving preparations and operations at www.penndot.gov in the “Media Center” under the “About Us” footer.For more information on safe winter travel, an emergency kit checklist and information on PennDOT’s winter operations including a video, visit PennDOT.gov/winter. Additional winter driving and other highway safety information is available at PennDOT.gov/safety.Follow the conversation by using #PAWinter on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews and visit the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation to view a winter emergency kit video. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Pennsylvania Preparing Aggressive Statewide Response in Advance of Weekend Stormcenter_img January 18, 2019last_img read more

OA President earns prestigious award

first_imgPictured with OA President Diane Laake (front) include Fr. Bill Farris, OFM, recipient of the Roger Bacon Award (front row), and Adam Gellenbeck, recipient of the Spartan Award, Tom Burke, President of Roger Bacon, and Dr. Donald L. Vieth, Astrolabe Award.Oldenburg, In. — The Roger Bacon High School Alumni Association honored Oldenburg Academy President Diane Laake ‘ 75 with the prestigious Amaranth Award at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner. This award is given to a graduate of Our Lady of Angels High School who has lived her life in true Franciscan spirit and has demonstrated significant achievements and dedicated service to the larger community since graduation.The daughter of Russell (RB ’45) and Irene (OLA ’47), Diane (and her twin sister Donna) graduated from OLA in 1975.  Younger brother Larry would join their ranks as an RB grad in 1986. In 1979, Diane graduated from Xavier University, magna cum laude, University Scholars program/BS in Biology and began her teaching career at Mother of Mercy High School.  During her 33 years there, she served in many different roles including teacher, Admissions Director, Assistant Principal and Principal.  Among her accomplishments at Mercy, she is most proud of her work in securing grants for the school and individual teachers to pursue innovative and enriching professional development opportunities, initiating and leading an international student leadership program for over 25 years, serving as the chair of the National Blue Ribbon School Award team (received in 2002), and being a founding member of the INTERalliance (technology) Advisory Team and Board member of the Network for Mercy Education.  She received an M.Ed. in Science Education from Northern Kentucky University in 1987 and has 50 + additional graduate credits, including Administrative Certification.  She was hired in March of 2013 as President at Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception (IN), sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis – Oldenburg, where she continues to serve today, her 40th year in Catholic education.  There Diane has lead the Academy to its largest enrollment in over 35 years, launched an ambitious capital campaign resulting in the first major building project in over 50 years, and strengthened the network of relationships with the local community as well as the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.Diane also serves as a Board member for Franciscans Network since 1998.  This non-profit works closely with grassroots Franciscan women and men all around the world who are striving for justice and peace.  For ten years this included an alliance with Franciscans International and their home office at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, especially focusing on advocacy work for the landless poor in Brazil.  She was responsible for their annual donor/awards dinner and has led multiple pilgrimage programs to Italy, Brazil and Ireland.“During my high school years at OLA, I was blessed to become one of the earliest members of the New Jerusalem Community, an intentional Catholic lay community led by Franciscan Fathers Richard Rohr and John Quigley.  The teachings and shared community experiences over the next 30 years provided the vision and guiding principles for my faith journey ever since.  I am grateful for my strong Franciscan roots and delighted to finish my professional career ‘back home’ with the Sisters of St. Francis and the mission and values that have inspired and guided me most of my life.”last_img read more

Giants’ plan to replace injured Evan Longoria shaped by team’s upcoming schedule

first_imgDENVER — The Giants placed Evan Longoria on the 10-day injured list Monday with a plantar fascia strain in his left foot and have already cycled through three different players in his roster spot.Longoria was initially replaced by reliever Ray Black, who was optioned after a 19-2 win over the Rockies to clear space for starting pitcher Dereck Rodríguez. After Rodríguez earned a victory with five innings of one-run ball in Game 2 of a Monday doubleheader, he was optioned to the minors so the …last_img

Focus on Detroit: Will Lions spoil Raiders’ long-awaited homecoming?

first_imgThe last thing the Raiders want to see in their first game in Oakland in nearly three months is for Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford to make himself at home come Sunday.The problem is Stafford has been nearly unstoppable during a renaissance of sort for the 11th-year pro, whose name is even creeping into the outskirts of MVP conversations. His big day helped the Lions beat the Giants 31-26 Sunday as Stafford threw for more than 340 yards and three touchdowns for the third time this season. …last_img

South African heritage gets online home

first_img3 December 2012South Africans are now able to air their views online regarding the protection of their cultural heritage through the South African Heritage Resources Agency’s (SAHRA’s) web-based database portal, launched last week.The South African Heritage Resource Information System is available on www.sahra.org.za/sahris.The portal is an exciting, first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, said SAHRA public relations officer, Berri Samuels.“It takes SA heritage and puts everything into one place; it is accessible by all South Africans, through visiting the website and registering,” she said.“This is an administrative tool that can be used by Heritage Resource Management and other bodies.”Samuels said the website was created in a way that will show all online users how to explore the site and guide them on how to create and submit their applications.“All records created from now on may be recorded, tracked and followed up by users,” she said, adding that the applications include permits for archaeology, sites, heritage objects, graves and wrecks.According to Samuels, decisions about permit applications are recorded and may now be tracked online.“This is great progress for accessibility, transparency, prevention of loss and delays. The public may even use the web portal as a means to submit a nomination site for declaration,” she said.‘Fully digitalised and paperless’Project manager Nick Wiltshire said with the introduction of the web portal, all permit applications are now being submitted and recorded online.“It’s fully digitalised, it’s paperless and it uses a very sophisticated GIS [Geographic Information System] platform and is the first website in the world where people can see a map with all the developments taking place across the country,” he said.“If people think that a particular proposed development in their area will result in the demolition of their heritage site, they can visit the web portal and express their objections or even leave messages of support.”The development of the plan began in January this year using the Drupal Content Management System platform in line with SAHRA’s overall adoption of free open source software.The system has been tested and used by SAHRA’s employees since May this year and it is now being rolled out to all the country’s nine provinces.The system enables the efficient and co-ordinated management of South Africa’s heritage and the maximum benefit to heritage resources by appropriate promotion and use of these resources.The agency has already trained four heritage authorities in Kwazulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Free State. In January, more training will the done in the remaining provinces.SAHRA, which is an agency of the Arts and Culture Department, is an administrative body responsible for the protection of South Africa’s cultural heritage.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Congress team to assess Naga pact situation leaves Imphal

first_imgA six-member Congress team that arrived on Sunday afternoon left Imphal on Monday morning. The team is visiting a few northeastern States to study the situation arising out of the Naga agreement and other related issues. The members will visit Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh where the people have the same apprehension. The team was formed under the instruction of AICC president Sonia Gandhi.Jairam Ramesh, MP and former Minister, who led the team, said that while welcoming peace talks, the Congress would not remain silent if the agreements hurt the interests of the northeastern States. “The solution should not be at the cost of other sections of the people”, Mr. Ramesh said.Also read: Why have the Naga peace talks stumbled?Former Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi said, “If the appeasement policy is for one particular community only, the Congress party shall not remain silent”.  Meanwhile, the 11 leaders of COCOMI, an apex body of five social organisations, had a protracted meeting with Chief Minister N. Biren on Sunday night. Taking to reporters, Sunil Karam, a leader of the COCOMI, said: “We had demanded a special Assembly session to discuss the agreement between the Centre and the NSCN(IM)”.The activists said that it was yet to be seen whether the Biren government translated the assurance into action.Meanwhile, huge numbers of people took out torchlight processions on Sunday night demanding that the Naga agreement should not affect the integrity and unity in Manipur. A large number of security personnel have been brought to Manipur from Tripura and other States to cope with possible mass protests in the State. A background to the Naga accordVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0002:1702:17  center_img A background to the Naga accordlast_img read more

Royal or not couples contend with family drama in wedding planning expert

first_imgA wedding is supposed to celebrate two people being bound together as partners for life, but a couples counsellor says family tensions can threaten to tear loved ones apart on the big day — even if you’re marrying a prince.The question of who will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle before she exchanges vows with Prince Harry remains up in the air just days before the wedding amid a report suggesting the bride’s father is wavering about whether he plans to be in attendance.Thomas Markle had been expected to give away his daughter at a chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday, but celebrity news site TMZ cast doubt on the wedding plans Monday when it reported that the retired television cinematographer would be stepping down from his role in the ceremony after suffering a heart attack. He later hinted that he had changed his mind.The elder Markle reportedly wanted to spare his daughter embarrassment after undergoing intense media criticism over his participation in staged paparazzi photos, according to TMZ, prompting Meghan Markle’s estranged half-sibling to insert herself in the family drama as it played out in the headlines.Even without the intense public scrutiny surrounding a royal union, Melissa Johari, who owns the Couple Wellness Expert counselling business in Toronto, said the pressures of a wedding can surface tensions both within a family and between soon-to-be in-laws.“I always say that funerals bring people together, and weddings tear families apart,” she said.Johari, who specializes in premarital counselling and used to officiate weddings, said she has coached many couples through the thorny family politics of hosting a wedding.Every couple is going to experience differences in family backgrounds, she said, but the challenge is for both sides to embrace these distinctions for the sake of their loved ones’ union.“If you don’t have that support and celebration of each other’s differences, then you really have to create some boundaries,” said Johari.Many couples agonize over how to deal with estranged family members, weighing the risk of someone making a scene during the ceremony against the fallout of snubbing a relative, she said.In some instances, said Johari, a relative will boycott a wedding to express their disapproval of the union, leaving a “sour taste” for the couple on their big day.Other family members may not be able to make it to the wedding due to illness or financial constraints, said Johari. She said the milestone can also be particularly hard for a newlywed who has lost a close family member.“The reason why someone is not attending is a big factor in how it would affect the couple for that day,” she said. “You can’t help but feel hurt if someone makes that decision not to attend.”Distance between relatives can be a salve for many family feuds, she said, but weddings can force rivals to reunite in an emotionally charged setting, causing “bad blood” to burble up during what is supposed to be a joyous occasion.Emily Ormerod, a 28-year-old bride-to-be in Calgary, said her divorced parents have not been in the same room for 12 years. As she began to plan her September wedding, she initially worried that her father would rekindle conflicts with her mother and siblings, from whom he is estranged.After he declined her invitation over issues with the couple’s no-kids policy, Ormerod said she felt a pang of disappointment that her father wouldn’t be there to partake in the traditional paternal wedding duties. But ultimately, his expected absence turned out to be a “mixed blessing.”“I’m feeling a little sad that it had to be like that, but mainly relief,” she said. “It does take out a huge element of potential awkwardness from the day.”Between invitations, speeches and seating arrangements, Johari said weddings can be a familial minefield for couples who are eager to please everyone on their guest list.She said she tells couples not to get bogged down in family politics, but rather focus on starting their new family off on the right foot.“It’s easy to get caught up in these different dynamics,” she said. “Sometimes, couples lose sight of what the day is all about, which is a day to celebrate them.”last_img read more