It’s a privilege to pee in the West End! The critically acclaimed U.K. premiere production of Urinetown The Musical will transfer to the West End’s Apollo Theatre. The Jamie Lloyd-helmed tuner, which played London’s St. James Theatre earlier this year, will begin performances on September 29. View Comments Featuring music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and a book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, Urinetown is set in a futuristic city where a corporation owns all the toilets, so citizens must pay for their use. Aggravated by this arrangement, Bobby Strong organizes an uprising against Urine Good Company, a main holder of toilets, and its president Caldwell B. Cladwell. When things intensify, Hope Cladwell, the boss’ daughter, must choose between Bobby and her father. Urinetown ran on Broadway from 2001 to 2004 and won Tony Awards for Best Book, Best Score and Best Direction. The production premiered at the St. James Theatre with a cast that included Marc Elliott (Eastenders), Richard Fleeshman (Ghost the Musical), Olivier Award winner Jenna Russell (Sunday in the Park with George) and Simon Paisley Day. Casting for the West End transfer will be announced at a later date.
Corruption Risk Seen in Australian Coal Deals FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:A new report shines a critical light on the links between mining companies, lobbyists and politicians, pointing to the Indian mining giant Adani as an example of how a company with a questionable record overseas can still gain mining approval in Australia.It warns the political mining complex in Australia’s two biggest mining states, Western Australian and Queensland, is “susceptible to corruption” due to key weaknesses in their approvals regimes, including inadequate due diligence investigation into the companies and individuals applying for mining leases.It also criticises the “revolving doors” of personnel between government and industry broadly, and political donations regimes.The report, published by Transparency International Australia (TIA), Corruption Risks: Mining Approvals in Australia, was released on Wednesday.Its authors conducted 47 interviews with experts from government, industry, civil society, academics, Indigenous traditional owners and consultants in Perth and Brisbane to gather its evidence. Its list of key weaknesses in the mining approvals regimes is long.The researchers says “industry influence” is a corruption risk in Australia, particularly with regard to large infrastructure project approvals in Queensland and WA.It notes the mining industry has disclosed donations of $16.6m to major political parties over the past 10 years (2006-07 to 2015-16), and warns the under-regulated system of political donations can allow special interest groups to attempt to influence policy-making at all levels of government.It highlights the “revolving doors” of personnel between government an industry as a risk in Australia generally.It points out 191 of 538 lobbyists (35.5%) registered by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, as of September 2016, were former government representatives.The researchers also warn government departments involved in the mining approvals process in Queensland and WA do not undertake adequate due diligence into the character and integrity of applicants for mining leases, including companies’ track records overseas, and investigations of their financial capacity do not involve an examination of beneficial ownership to understand who the real owners are.The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis also warned this week that Adani’s ambitions in Queensland faced a new risk, with the company having to refinance more than $2bn in debt on the Abbot Point coal terminal – more than it paid for the port in 2011.More: Mining companies’ links with politicians ‘susceptible to corruption’ – report
The first experimental COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. will begin a major study next month, in order to prove whether it can actually prevent the virus.Moderna Inc. said on Thursday that the vaccine it is developing with the National Institutes of Health will be tested in about 30,000 people in the U.S.Some of those individuals will receive the real shot, while others will get a dummy shot, as scientists track which group ends up with the most infections.Across the world, about a dozen potential COVID-19 vaccines are still in the early stages of testing.The NIH expects to help several other shots move into testing studies this summer, including one made by Oxford University.If all goes well, “there will be potential to get answers” on which vaccines work by the end of the year, says Dr. John Mascola, who directs NIH’s vaccine research center. The vaccine that is made by the NIH and Moderna contains no actual virus.Instead, those shots actually have the genetic code for the protein that coats the surface of the virus.The body’s cells then use that code to make some harmless spike protein to which the immune system reacts, to prepare for the possibility of the real virus.Moderna Inc. has not yet published results of how their shots fared in smaller, earlier-stage studies.Even without proof that any potential vaccine could work, companies and governments are stockpiling millions of doses, to be ready to vaccinate as soon as they have answers.For example, a U.S. program called “Operation Warp Speed” aims to have 300 million doses on hand by January.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says it has some catching up to do.The agency, which serves most of the county, lacks body cameras.However, that could soon change.County mayor Dave Kerner said last week that he plans to raise the idea of shifting sales-tax money, in an effort to find the nearly $19 million Sheriff Rick Bradshaw says he needs to buy the cameras.Kerner added that he plans to bring up the discussion this summer.The mayor went on to say that he had “positive” talks Tuesday with County Administrator Verdenia Baker, and had also spoken with Bradshaw.Twelve municipalities in Palm Beach County currently have body cameras, as does Florida Atlantic University’s police department.PBSO is responsible for 1,874 of the 2,227 square miles in the county.The agency is also contracted to 14 of the county’s 39 municipalities, or a combined population of 185,000 people.Its proposed 2020-2021 is about $740 million.Currently, PBSO has dashboard cameras in 960 of its 3,200 vehicles, which include patrol cars, unmarked units and support vehicles.