Into the Woods Opens Officially Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Into the Woods Show Closed This production ended its run on April 12, 2015 You wish to go to the Festival? Off-Broadway’s the place to be! The Roundabout revival of Into the Woods opens officially on January 22. Directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, the stripped down production from Fiasco Theater will run through March 22 at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. Related Shows The cast features Brody and Steinfeld along with Jessie Austrian, Paul L. Coffey, Andy Grotelueschen, Liz Hayes, Claire Karpen, Jennifer Mudge, Patrick Mulryan and Emily Young. All the actors are reprising their roles in the staging, which has played both at New Jersey’s McCarter Theatre Center and the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. The beloved re-imagining of fairy tales centers on a childless Baker and his wife, who embark on a quest to find the four items required to break a witch’s spell: the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold. The new production ditches the original orchestrations for a single piano, with the performers chiming in with everything from a bassoon to a waterphone.last_img read more

Krka National Park signs Agreement on Cooperation on Environmental Protection and Sustainable Management with Huanglong Nature Reserve from China

first_imgHuanglong Nature Reserve from China, Chengudu Institute of Biology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb and Krka National Park Public Institution signed an Agreement on Cooperation on Environmental Protection and Sustainable Management on June 12, 2018 in China.Back in May 2014, China and Croatia established International Research Center for Environmental Protection which has built an important platform for knowledge exchange and cooperation between the two countries in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development. This agreement is a continuation of the existing cooperation and an opportunity to upgrade knowledge and exchange experiences in nature protection, sustainable management, marketing activities and environmental development, point out the Krka National Park.Huanglong Nature Reserve and Krka National Park, although in different parts of the world, are connected by a similar karst landscape and great biodiversity. They also face common challenges in protecting the vulnerable ecosystem and sustainable development. The signed agreement is an opportunity for various cooperation, academic visits, joint studies and publications, which will contribute to better mutual understanding, sustainable community development, development of institutional mechanisms, further development of the visiting system, but above all biodiversity conservation, environmental monitoring system, scientific research cooperation and exchange of information ” points out the director of NP Krka, Krešimir Šakić.By the way, Huanglong (Chinese: pinyin: Huánglóng, which means Yellow dragon) in Songpan County (Sichuan Province, China), is a landscape that stretches through the southern part of the Minshan Mountains, where the Fujiang River flows through the Danyun Gorge, 150 km northwest of the province’s capital, Chengdu. This picturesque area is best known for the colorful pools of Huanglonggou (Yellow dragon ravine) formed by calcite deposits, but also by a diverse forest ecosystem, snow-capped peaks, such as Xuebaoding (Snow Mountain Peak) which is the easternmost snow peak in China; and waterfalls and thermal springs. That is why 60.000 ha of Huanglong were inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in Asia in 1992.last_img read more

PREMIUMCan Indonesia lead global war against religious intolerance? Scholars discuss

first_imgGoogle Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Linkedin Indonesia may be active on the international stage in promoting interfaith dialogue, but current conditions at home raise questions whether the country can take the lead in the global fight against growing religious intolerance.The aspirations and the confidence exist that the country with the world’s largest Muslim population, and with a functioning democracy, has what it takes to lead the global campaign for religious moderation to fight against radicalism and extremism.Scholars in a discussion last week agreed that Indonesia was well positioned to take a leadership role, but they tempered their expectations factoring in Indonesia’s domestic situation, where intolerance has been on the rise, and where radicalism and extremism always lurk amid poverty and growing wealth inequality.Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, a Muslim scholar, joined the chorus of scholars i… Topics : Forgot Password ? #Islam Islam #religiousintolerance Indonesia #Indonesia radicalism #radicalismlast_img read more

New reckoning for WHO vaccine plan as governments go it alone

first_imgTopics : If other countries that can afford it pursue a similar approach, the WHO’s strategy for fighting the coronavirus pandemic globally and equitably risks coming undone, experts warn.”If that were to happen, it’s fairly clear that there would be insufficient volumes of vaccine available for any other countries, particularly in the first six to nine months,” said Alex Harris, head of global policy at the Wellcome Trust health charity.Countries wishing to be part of the WHO initiative, dubbed COVAX, must submit expressions of interest by Monday.More than 170 countries, including Canada, Norway, South Korea and Britain, have submitted non-binding expressions of interest to participate in the scheme, which the WHO has touted as the only global initiative to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are available worldwide to rich and poor countries alike. It has signed up nine COVID-19 vaccine candidates and set out plans to obtain and deliver 2 billion doses by the end of 2021 across countries that sign up.But it has struggled to get wealthier countries on board in full beyond pledges of funding and warm words about donating surplus vaccines.Last week, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus criticized nations that hoard vaccines, warning the strategy will worsen the pandemic. In a last-ditch call for support ahead of Monday’s deadline, he wrote letters to members urging their participation.The EU Commission is “fully committed” to the success of COVAX while it enters into parallel talks with vaccine manufacturers for supplies for the bloc, a spokeswoman told Reuters.Britain said it was supporting COVAX to ensure equal access to vaccines, including funding, while doing its own bilateral supply deals.White House did not immediately comment on the situation. The United States did not participate in the launch of the program in April or a fundraising event in May.DealmakingThe EU’s aggressive dealmaking for vaccine supplies and tepid statements about COVAX have in particular undermined the initiative, which is co-led by the WHO, the GAVI vaccines alliance and the CEPI Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.The European Commission is likely to pledge cash for COVAX but it is also securing its own supply deals for member states, deeming COVAX too slow and expensive.Brussels has told countries they can help fund COVAX, but can’t seek to buy vaccines via both schemes, a Commission spokesman said. Forced to choose, some countries have pulled out of COVAX entirely.The Czech Republic and Portugal were listed as early backers, but government support appears to have cooled after joining the EU vaccine procurement program.Prague has opted for the EU program instead.Portugal has asked for an initial delivery of 6.9 million doses of vaccine when the EU program becomes available, the government has said.Asked if it would take part in COVAX, a spokesman for the country’s drug regulator INFARMED said it would coordinate its participation in the program with other European nations.Other WHO members, which are already major donors to existing global vaccine programs unrelated to COVID-19, are still on the fence too.Brazil, with the world’s second worst coronavirus outbreak outside the United States, has not yet decided whether to participate, a health ministry spokeswoman said.In Japan, deputy Health Minister Hisashi Inatsu said he would like to enter discussions about participating, but the government has not said if it will submit an official expression of interest by Monday.Like many wealthy nations, Japan has ordered its own supply of shots, with almost 250 millions of doses of potential vaccines booked from AstraZeneca, Pfizer and BioNTech.Radical departureOfficials say both COVAX and government deals can run in parallel, but that’s a radical departure from the original plan outlined in the spring.In acting alone, countries will create “a few winners and many losers”, Richard Hatchett, CEO of CEPI, warned on Monday.It also means poorer or less powerful countries may go to the back of the queue for vaccines that could help them control the pandemic.”The risk is that access to COVID-19 vaccines will be defined by purchasing power and the ability to sign advance purchase deals rather than the medical needs or the shifting epidemiological situations,” said Dimitri Eynikel, EU representative on medicines and vaccines for Doctors Without Borders.The initiative is all the more significant for the WHO as scrutiny grows on its handling of the pandemic. The results of the first round will highlight the challenge of tackling a global crisis with competing individual interests.One senior European government official explained the dilemma facing wealthy nations: how to support a vaccine for developing countries when there may not be enough for your own population. Diverting resources abroad “is difficult to sell at home”, he said.center_img The World Health Organization will next week receive a raft of pledges of support for its plan for COVID-19 vaccines for all.But the agency has already had to scale back its ambition.The United States, Japan, Britain and the European Union have struck their own deals to secure millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses for their citizens, ignoring the U.N. body’s warnings that “vaccine nationalism” will squeeze supplies.last_img read more