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Jake Gyllenhaal May Headline Burn This on Broadway

first_imgJake Gyllenhaal(Photo: Bruce Glikas) After shining brightly in Constellations on Broadway last season, Jake Gyllenhaal is aiming to return to the Main Stem in Lanford Wilson’s Burn This. According to the New York Post, the production will be helmed by Tony winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening). No word yet on dates or theater.Burn This centers on four New Yorkers whose lives are uprooted by a young dancer’s accidental death. The play premiered off-Broadway in 1987, later transferring to the Great White Way. The Signature Theatre Company revived the show off-Broadway 2002.Gyllenhaal made his New York stage debut in If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet and starred in the revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth in London’s West End in 2002; he recently appreared in Little Shop of Horrors for Encores!. The actor earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in Brokeback Mountain and his additional film credits include Prisoners, Enemy, Source Code, Love and Other Drugs, End of Watch, Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler and Everest. View Commentslast_img read more

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Demand for photovoltaic panels plummets in Indonesia amid pandemic

first_imgIn Indonesia’s case, the domestic solar industry is at the mercy of the government, which accounts for more than 70 percent of the electricity business through electrification projects, according to an Indonesian Solar Panel Producers Association (APAMSI) representative.“That automatically means that a shift in spending will add to the burden on solar producers,” APAMSI chairman Nick Nurrachman told The Jakarta Post on Monday (27/4).“Due to the COVID lockdown, the industry can close down,” either temporarily or permanently, he said.The government announced in late March a plan to reallocate Rp 62.3 trillion (US$4.15 billion) from the state budget to tackle the coronavirus. The freed funds would focus on health care, the disbursement of relief funds and financial incentives for enterprises.Nick added that Indonesian producers also struggled with higher production costs due to the weakening rupiah exchange rate and more costly cross-border logistics. Producers imported 40 percent of the materials used to create solar PV panels, including silicon, junction boxes and glass.Domestically produced solar PV costs rose between 15 and 20 percent per unit in the March-April period.Responding to the challenges, APAMSI members were cutting costs and securing Industry Ministry permits to remain open under lockdown in anticipation of new solar PV orders.“Most members have reduced employee shifts. Production line workers are put on leave – still receiving salary – and indirect staff, particularly marketing, go to work to ensure orders can keep coming in,” said Nick, summarizing workplace changes within the domestic industry.Meanwhile, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s energy conservation director, Hariyanto, confirmed that the government was slashing state-funded renewable energy project targets but not cancelling them entirely.He said the ministry had revised down its target for government-funded solar rooftop installations from 800 units to 144 units and for solar-powered streetlamps from 40,000 to 26,000. The lamps are installed in hard-to-reach regions with poor electricity infrastructure.“There’s a reduction in volume as we refocus the state budget on attainable projects,” he told reporters during a video conference earlier this month (22/4).Topics : Indonesia’s photovoltaic (PV) providers face a bleak business outlook at least in the next six months as the government and individual users cut back spending on anything deemed nonessential amid the pandemic, including solar panels.Demand for commercial PV panels was down up to 70 percent in the March-April period from a year earlier as businesses aborted installation plans and as, most critically, the government cut back electrification project plans, according to a recent survey conducted by energy think tank Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR).Meanwhile, demand for residential PV systems dropped by up to 100 percent during the same period as consumers reallocated funding to groceries, bills and savings. “We see the outlook over the next six months – until the third quarter of 2020 – as largely negative. No new orders,” IESR executive director Fabby Tumiwa said during a virtual press conference on April 21.The challenges faced by Indonesia’s solar power industry are similar to those across developing renewable markets in Asia, such as India and Vietnam, where local producers are equally exposed to foreign exchange risks and shrinking financial support.“So far no government has taken a strong stand to support renewables during the downturn,” wrote energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie Asia Pacific in a press note on April 29.Solar power contributes less than 4 percent to overall energy consumption in the Asia Pacific region but is the fastest-growing renewable energy source worldwide alongside wind power.last_img read more

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S. Korea examines first suspected cases of syndrome in kids linked to COVID-19

first_imgTwo children who are the first suspected cases in South Korea of a rare, life-threatening syndrome linked with the new coronavirus, are recovering following treatment, health authorities said on Wednesday.The symptoms of “Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children” (MIS-C) are similar to toxic shock and Kawasaki disease, and include fever, rashes, swollen glands and, in severe cases, heart inflammation.Officially called “Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Potentially Associated with COVID-19”, MIS-C cases have been reported in France, Italy, Spain and Britain and the United States, where more than 100 cases were found in the state of New York. Topics : The syndrome has raised fears that COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, could pose a greater risk to children than had been understood. COVID-19 so far has taken its greatest toll on the elderly and those with chronic health conditions.The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Tuesday it launched an investigation after two suspected cases of MIS-C involving an 11-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl were reported on Monday.Both had tested negative for COVID-19, but further analysis was being undertaken, especially as the boy had been in the Philippines between January and March.The boy has already been released from the hospital, and the girl is expected to be discharged soon, KCDC director Jeong Eun-kyeong said.center_img “Both of the two children have recovered from the symptoms,” Jeong told a briefing. “We’re carrying out a COVID-19 antibody test on them to reconfirm whether they were infected, and will determine after the test whether they make the MIS-C cases.”Kwak Jin, a KCDC official in charge of patient management, said the two children had been treated as they would for Kawasaki disease.Having been one of the first countries to suffer an outbreak of COVID-19, South Korea has succeeded in curbing the spread of the virus through a robust strategy to track, trace and contain. last_img read more

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David Luiz signs new two-year contract with Chelsea

first_imgDavid Luiz signed his two-year deal with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia (Getty Images)‘I love this club and I still have the ambition of a young player.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It means a lot to reach another European final, and we still have the opportunity to finish in the top three of the Premier League this season and I will continue to try to do my best to help the team.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityChelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: ‘We are delighted David Luiz will be staying with the club.‘He has set the perfect example to those around him throughout the campaign and been a huge influence on and off the pitch.‘With the Europa League final still to come, we hope to finish off the season with silverware and David will be central to that success in Baku and beyond.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement David Luiz has committed to a new contract with Chelsea (BPI/REX)David Luiz has signed a new two-year contract with Chelsea to keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2021.The 32-year-old’s deal was due to expire at the end of the season but he has now extended his stay.The Brazilian has played a key role in Maurizio Sarri’s side this season having made 47 appearances in all competitions so far.And he now has the chance to finish the campaign with some silverware as Chelsea face Arsenal in the Europa League final on May 29.ADVERTISEMENT‘I am so happy to be here and to have this opportunity to stay,’ said Luiz. David Luiz signs new two-year contract with Chelsea Metro Sport ReporterFriday 10 May 2019 7:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link30Shares Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Infestation caused economic hardship among farmers – NAREI CEO

first_imgCarambola fruit fly…critical inspection done with fruits from BrazilIntensified spread of the Carambola Fruit Fly (CFF) in several regions of Guyana has initiated a partnership between the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) to end this scourge and foster normal trade internationally.On Monday, efforts to combat the CFFs commenced with a workshop at the Regency Suites. Chief Executive Officer of NAREI, Dr Oudho Homenauth explained that the infestation has caused much unease among farmers, especially those from the hinterland where the pest population is high.Fruit flies have been affecting several regionsHe pointed out that rigorous inspection is required for fruits entering from Brazil but the CFF has since spread to other parts of the country through movement of people. Findings from a recent survey would have indicated prevalence of the pest in Regions Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo). This revelation formed the basis of the workshop.NAREI and IICA have also collaborated to enhance public awareness of the pest through social media, radio broadcast, posters and community outreaches. However, Guyana’s porous borders have made it more difficult to control the spread.Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary of the Agriculture Ministry, Delma Nedd reminded that citrus are among the fresh fruits with the greatest export potential. But exporting is heavily challenged by the Phytosanitary requirements demanded by the importing country.Adding to that, the agriculture sector is stymied by the limited exportation of non-traditional fruits due to the uncontrolled presence of the CFF.Just a few weeks ago, over 4000 male fruit flies were captured at Orealla, Region where there is a huge pest problem affecting vegetables and other crops. According to NAREI, this pest hinders Guyana’s ability to export certain fresh fruits and vegetables to North American and European markets.“Twenty-two traps that were set for monitoring purposes recorded an extremely high B carambola population. Over 4000 male fruit flies were captured. Four of the traps that were missing were also replaced,” NAREI said.Public awareness sessions were conducted within all communities to ensure residents are informed about the importance as well as the harm this pest could have on agriculture and the economy.Villagers were encouraged to participate and assist NAREI’s Extension staff, especially those working within the areas affected. Also, key community leaders and pilot farmers were trained to ensure the continuation and sustainability of the programme.last_img read more

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