All the Ways to Say I Love You Scribe Neil LaBute on the Secret to Being Prolific & How His Characters Are Alike

first_img Neil LaBute, known for his daring, often controversial plays, is getting ready to premiere his 10th full-length work at MCC Theater, where he is the playwright-in-residence. The new piece, titled All the Ways to Say I Love You, is a monologue starring two-time Tony winner and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Judith Light. LaBute’s plays include bash: latter-day plays, The Shape of Things, The Mercy Seat, The Distance From Here, Autobahn, Fat Pig, Some Girl(s), This Is How It Goes, Wrecks, Filthy Talk for Troubled Times, In a Dark Dark House, Reasons to Be Pretty and The Break of Noon. His films include In the Company of Men, Your Friends & Neighbors, Possession, The Shape of Things (adapted from his play) and more. LaBute is affable and thoughtful. He met Broadway.com at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, where All the Ways to Say I Love You opens on September 28 to chat about his process, his inspiration and the greatest misconceptions about him.What inspired All the Ways to Say I Love You?I like the monologue form and breaking the fourth wall—talking directly or indirectly to the audience. I think that’s a great and unique technique to the theater. About 10 years ago, I’d written a solo piece [Wrecks] for a male of a certain age. Ed Harris did it, and I directed it a few times. It was about a marriage, and at the time, I thought I would do [a monologue] from the wife’s point of view. I never did, but I thought it would be interesting to do one for a woman. One of my earlier plays, bash, had been based on Greek plays and Wrecks was as well, so I wanted to do something in that vein and Phedre came to mind. What also specifically spun me toward this was I was asked a few years ago to do a modern fairy tale for a collection [My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales]. I did Rumplestiltskin, and I wrote it from the point of view of a different character. When it came to the idea of doing this Phedre thing, I thought the story would be interesting if I told it from another person’s point of view. So that was the other thing that led me toward creating this.How do you collect ideas? Do you keep notebooks? Articles? Images? A bit of all those things. I’m somewhere between someone who is fastidious like Proust and Francis Bacon. If you’ve ever seen his studio, it’s a touch messier. Somewhere in there lies my process. I don’t take a lot from other people’s lives or my life. I’ll get an idea and just hold on to it and roll it around in my head for a long time. I do scratch things down in the corners of books and notebooks. There isn’t that Moleskine in my pocket all the time, which is probably dumb for someone who does this for a living. For me, if the idea is good enough then it stays with me. If I can’t shake it, then I know it’s a good one. If you forget it the next morning, it couldn’t have been that great.Where do you generally write?I’ve written everywhere. I can write in public, and I can write in private. I’m pretty good at concentrating on what I am doing. I don’t want to be seen writing; I don’t go to Starbucks. It’s more that I like the work, and it’s a pleasure to get lost in it. That can happen anywhere.What writers inspire you?Describe your process.Now living more here in New York than anywhere else, the process has been a great one. I’ll break a day down into sections; I’m essentially like an untrained puppy. If you write in the morning and get those five pages done, then you can have breakfast. Then you can write some more, and you get a walk in the park. Come back write another five pages. Hey, what about a matinee today? Let’s go down to Film Forum and see what’s playing. Come back write some more. In that way, I’ve ended up writing up to 25 pages a day. You can get into a place where two pages can be labor because they’re just not coming. Not every day is as whimsical as that one I described. But that’s a good day with many treats and lots of writing.So you’re treat-driven? I think you should reward yourself. I think it is work. I came from a very blue collar family and though no one disdained what I wanted to do, there was a general sense of “That’s not really work. Let’s not kid ourselves—Dad’s a truck driver, we work on a farm here, that’s actual work.” I’ve always approached it with the same ethic that I had to clean a barn or whatever it was: You pitch in and roll up your sleeves and get the work done. People will say, “You’re very prolific—how do you write so much?” I’m like, by writing it. It’s weird how things stack up.Do you think there is such a thing as a LaButian character? If so, how would you describe it?I think they’re flawed, obviously. I’ve made a career writing about flawed people. They are people who are sometimes well-meaning, and sometimes not. Mistakenly people sometimes think they are sociopathic, psychotic, misogynistic, misanthropic and outside the parameters of the continuum, but rarely have the characters been that to me. They’re just people who make terrible mistakes, or they’re cowards or braggarts. They are often men characterized by a desire to do better and be better than they are. Sometimes they stumble and sometimes they get to their feet. Sometimes they don’t, and they drag people down with them. I think they are people who are essentially very human—but that means to me flawed, troubled, funny and having the best intentions even if they’re casually brutal to each other. What play changed your life?What are the biggest misconceptions that people have about your work? Well, that the work speaks for me certainly. That’s an easy mistake to make with any author. You assign—always the worst qualities, no one ever picks the greatest character you’ve written—and think, “That must be you.” You were capable of thinking that awful thought, so that must be you. You must be riddled with bad shit inside. No, you just have to be able to think on both sides of the wall. I think that’s a big misconception of me. Also, I’m not writing fantastical people in the science fiction world—a lot of it are very human relationships. So a lot of people think that these are thinly veiled stories of my fears or desires. I’m really just trying to tell a story and trying to find another group of people to write about. I think there’s also the whole misogynist thing—that I’m really hard on female characters. I think I actually write pretty good female characters and am harder on men than on women. But that gets turned around often. It got labeled early, so it’s hard to shake sometimes. It’s not that I’ve embraced it, but I’ve just continued on in spite of it. Sometimes the work reinforces that; sometimes it’s contrary to that.What would you say you’re most obsessed with as a writer?I don’t really write thematically, but I certainly think that for as much as people will deny it, I’ve written again and again about love: About relationships, about people who are in love and relationships that defy the usual, the norms and it’s the parameter. How far can that word stretch? One of the central conceits in both of [Wrecks and All the Ways to Say I Love You] is can a person really love another person if they’ve lied to that person for almost the entire course of their relationship? It’s not quite the same in both pieces, but there is an element of that question about truth and lies. Some people would say no flat out—if you’re lying to a person, do you then love them? I’m not so sure. I don’t think it’s my duty to know. I think I’m supposed to raise the question.What is the hard part of being a playwright that no one ever told you? I think it’s the kind of self-starting where you never give up. When you really get down to it, it’s as simple as putting pen to paper; you sit down and write. When I was teaching, I stumbled on a great quote. Maxim Gorky wrote a letter to Chekhov to ask sort of the same thing that students ask all the time: What’s the secret? The answer is there’s no secret. He sent back to him three words. “Write, write, write.” It’s as simple as that. He didn’t write tons of plays either, but he wrote hundreds of short stories for a man who only lived until his early forties. He wrote a lot, and I don’t think he discovered a genie. That’s the only thing I’ve discovered—and also the isolation of it. It really can be an isolating career. You will spend a lot of time on your own. I do think that because of that, you should then embrace the idea of collaboration and rewriting. So many people seem to dislike the idea of rewriting. I’ve never understood what that was. I’m happy to tinker after the thing is done. It is part of the process to me. What is something that aspiring writers should do or see? They should read. That’s where I started. Just read everybody else. See what everybody else is doing. Don’t be jealous, though, of course, you will be. When you find one that make you say, “God, I wish I would have written that.” That’s what you should read over and over. If they’re around theater, they should go all the time. They should do their own stuff—stage their own work. That was the thing for me. The first movie I did myself. It’s always back to that roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-it-done mentality. There are so many places that you can get material out to people who are willing to watch, and there are so many different kinds of mediums now. If you narrow your audience and say, “I’m not really a writer until I’m on Broadway”—well, you’ve narrowed your possibilities of what will make you satisfied down to about 15 theaters. Multi-million dollar productions are great, but I’m not going to let that be the guide for me. I couldn’t be happier being in this theater [the Lucille Lortel]. People have to get out there and make things happen for themselves. I think it’s important.   What’s your favorite line in All the Ways to Say I Love You? Related Shows All the Ways To Say I Love You Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 23, 2016center_img View Comments Neil LaBute (Photo: Caitlin McNaney)last_img read more

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Hornets and Yellow Jackets

first_imgHomeowners often call their Extension office after finding a hornets’ nest that is the size of a basketball. A nest this size wasn’t built overnight, and you’ve likely been living next to this colony all summer. I can sympathize with not wanting your closest neighbors to be a colony of hornets. However, I would also argue that if they haven’t bothered you by late summer, why worry about them now? The best course of action is to warn your family and neighbors about the nest and avoid contact. Mark the nested tree with caution tape to remind everyone to be extra cautious. Hornets are often attracted to porch lights. If they are becoming a nuisance, turn off your porch light and only use it when necessary. This is the time of year that Extension agents receive numerous calls about yellow jackets, hornets and how to control them. Many folks don’t know the difference between the various types of hornets and yellow jackets we have in Georgia. The confusion is understandable, considering yellow jackets, wasps and hornets are all in the Vespidae family, and they all make their home in the state. Even within the same species individual wasps, hornets and yellow jackets have varying color patterns, depending on whether they are a male, a worker or a queen. To add to the confusion, many people use the terms hornet and yellow jacket interchangeably. For example, the bald-faced hornet is actually a type of yellow jacket.In general, the term hornet is used for species that nest above ground, and the term yellow jacket is used for those that make nests in the ground. Colonies start each spring when a single queen, who mated the previous fall and then overwintered in the soil or leaf litter — starts a nest. The nest is made of horizontal combs completely surrounded by a paper envelope made of tiny bits of wood fiber that are chewed into a paper-like pulp. Wasps and hornets use a new nest every year.During the summer months, colonies rapidly increases in size and may reach several hundred workers by September. In late fall, new queens emerge from the colony, mate, and seek shelter for the winter. The old founder queen dies, and as winter arrives, the remaining colony also dies. Wasps and hornets don’t reuse the same nest the following year.Hornets Hornets will build their nests from the bark of thin-barked trees, like crepe myrtles or fig bushes, for nest building. This is generally not harmful to trees and shrubs, but may girdle small branches and cause some dieback. It is possible to treat and kill a wasp or hornet nest with pesticides. However, the odds of getting stung during the process are fairly high. If you leave the nest alone, your chances of getting stung are much less likely than if you try to tackle the problem yourself. The colony will die as winter approaches so leaving the colony alone late in the season is a practical solution the problem. They’re going to die soon anyway.Remember, hornets and wasps perform a valuable service in controlling many other insects that attack cultivated and ornamental plants.Yellow jacketsWhen dealing with ground-nesting yellow jackets, sometimes you have to take action — especially when you encounter them when mowing the lawn. Any attempt to destroy nests should be done in the late evening, when nest activity is at a minimum. Even at night, any disturbance will result in instant activity by the colony. Work cautiously, but quickly, and wear protective clothing. Yellow jackets are attracted to light, so do not hold a flashlight while applying an insecticide to a nest. A quick knockdown, jet-aerosol spray insecticide is preferred because yellow jackets may fly out to defend the colony. Direct the insecticide dispenser nozzle toward the nest entrance for best control. These spray compounds, which contain highly volatile solvents mixed with resmethrin, pyrethrins, carbamates or some of the newer pyrethroids, produce almost instant knockdown for wasps hit. Check the colony entrance the next day for activity, and reapply again if necessary. Sometimes, the location of the ground nest will make it hard to direct insecticide into the nest’s entrance. In this case, gently apply a dust type insecticide containing the active ingredient carbaryl to the nest opening. Yellow jackets will track the dust inside the colony over the course of several days and eventually the entire colony will die. As with all pesticides, read and follow all labeled application rates and safety precautions.For more information about hornets and yellow jackets, search for Bulletin 1412: Management of Pest Insects In and Around the Home at pubs.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

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Protecting Seasonal Workers

first_imgAs we approach the harvest season for watermelon, bell pepper, tomato, yellow squash, zucchini, cucumber, sweet corn and other crops, Georgia vegetable growers can move ahead and prepare seasonal workers to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during harvest time.According to the National Watermelon Association, there was an increase in the incidence of COVID-19 amongst seasonal workers in the watermelon industry of north Florida during harvest, and positive coronavirus tests were reported in 75% of seasonal workers. That means that 3 of every 4 workers tested are positive for COVID-19.Florida is a few weeks ahead of the Georgia watermelon industry for harvesting, and similar numbers can be expected in our state if agricultural operations don’t take action. Prepare for the possible transmission of coronavirus on your farm, packinghouse or other agricultural operation by stocking proper personal protective gear, instituting social distancing measures, and protecting the health of your employees, workers and customers.Regardless of the crop and how long or short the season may be, growers can do their part and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is here to help. Below is a list of actions recommended by the National Watermelon Association:Require all workers and employees to wear masks. There can be no exceptions outside of ADA restrictions.Explain to workers that it’s in their best interest to take precautionary steps.Put social distancing practices in place on the farm, in the sheds and in H-2A housing as much as possible.Require workers and employees to regularly wash their hands and use hand sanitizers, if available.Limit ridership on buses to allow for social distancing, and keep teams of workers together.Sanitize buses and living spaces (H-2A housing) regularly. Pre-screen workers with temperature checks daily before work begins.Ask workers to help with reporting. Encourage them to speak up if they see that others have symptoms.Provide separate housing to quarantine workers who test positive. For more information on COVID-19, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov. For more resources on COVID-19 from UGA Extension, visit extension.uga.edu/emergencies. Contact your local Extension office by calling 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

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ExxonMobil stock falls to lowest level since 2010

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:It’s almost as if the last decade never happened for investors of Exxon Mobil Corp. shares.Once the gold-standard of Big Oil, the stock closed Monday at its lowest since October 2010, amid a slump in oil prices due to concerns about weak demand coupled with a glut. The S&P 500 also posted its worst one-day decline since October.But for Exxon, which dropped out of the index’s top 10 largest companies by market value for the first time last year, the malaise runs deeper than the state of the crude market.Chief Executive Officer Darren Woods is running a counter-cyclical strategy by investing heavily in new oil and gas assets, at a time when many investors are demanding energy companies improve returns for shareholders. Some shareholders are even demanding a plan to move away from fossil fuels altogether.Exxon is ramping up capital spending to more than $30 billion a year, without a hard ceiling, as it develops offshore oil in Guyana, liquefied natural gas in Mozambique, chemical facilities in China and the U.S. Gulf Coast, as well as a series of refinery upgrades. Woods is convinced the world will need oil and gas for the foreseeable future and sees an opportunity for expansion while competitors shy away from such long-term investments.The short-term cost of those investments is that Exxon can’t fund dividend payouts with cash generated from operations, instead resorting to asset sales and borrowing, according to Jennifer Rowland, an analyst at Edward Jones & Co. Exxon is the “clear outlier” among Big Oil companies on that front, she said. Exxon declined to comment.[Kevin Crowley]More: Exxon at a 10-year low shows challenges for oil’s biggest major ExxonMobil stock falls to lowest level since 2010last_img read more

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Presentations matter for CEO candidates

first_imgHere’s the good news: The message embodied in you will be expressed whatever the modality or context—written format, verbal conversation, presentation or interview. You can speak coherently to what you deeply understand and have experienced. For instance, if you were asked questions about your expertise and career history, you’d likely be able to answer to a satisfying degree what jobs you’ve had, what actions you took, and what impacts you had on members, colleagues and staff.Here’s the bad news: What is not deeply understood, researched or vetted is not embodied. If you do not have a level of familiarity with a topic, your lack of expertise, knowledge or vision will show up, especially in pressure situations. If you have not done your homework to an excruciating level, that lack of preparation can manifest as confusing, even conflicting, or—worst case—incoherent assessments and declarations for the future.The higher you go up the leadership ladder, the more preparation matters. If you are getting ready for a CEO interview, glancing at the credit union’s call report and looking over peer-to-peer ratios are just a starting point. You need to connect the dots between the financials, operations, culture, competitors and marketplace. Look beyond the surface-level variables and ponder such fundamental questions as, “What are we trying to keep about our culture today (that drives our performance) that may need to shift in the future?” or “What’s the role of the evolving role of the board in the future to ensure we stay successful?” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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FAO: Momentum builds for ‘One World, One Health’ concept

first_imgNov 26, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – At last month’s avian flu conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, participants endorsed a new strategy for fighting avian influenza and other infectious diseases, one that focuses on points where animal, human, and ecosystems meet, according to a recent statement by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).The groups’ support for the “One World, One Health” (OWOH) approach, detailed in a 68-page strategy report, was overshadowed by news from the donor session of the meeting of a $350 million infusion of funds, led by the United States, toward the international fight against avian influenza, the FAO said. The meeting took place Oct 24 through Oct 26 and was attended by 530 participants from more than 120 countries and 26 regional and international organizations.The FAO said the strategy paper was released on Oct 14 under the banner of the FAO, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, the United Nations Influenza Coordination System, and the World Bank.The main goal of the OWOH approach is to shrink the risk and global impact of disease outbreaks by improving livestock and wildlife intelligence, surveillance, and emergency response through stronger public and animal health systems, according to the FAO. The approach calls on broad cooperation among disciplines and sectors and puts a high priority on “hot spots” for emerging infectious diseases.”Delegates to the Sharm el-Sheikh meeting welcomed the approach as a starting point for future action and called for further elaboration of the concept and clear indications of the roles of all stakeholders in the process,” the FAO said.An emerging One World, One Health viewThe Wildlife Conservation Society, a nonprofit group based in the Bronx, N.Y., that is active in 53 countries and manages wildlife parks and zoos, first introduced the OWOH concept at an international symposium in 2004. The ideas were presented as 12 recommendations that served as “Manhattan principles” for a more holistic approach for preventing disease epidemics and maintaining the global ecosystem to promote human and animal health, according to the report by the FAO and its colleagues.Since then, the concept has picked up momentum through European and US initiatives, according to the strategy report. For example, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) established a task force in 2004 to address OWOH issues and frequently includes sessions on the theme at its regional and national conferences, according to background materials posted on the AVMA Web site.At a December 2007 international avian flu conference in New Delhi, participants agreed that they needed a better understanding of the drivers surrounding emerging infectious diseases and singled out the OWOH perspectives as helpful for developing medium-term strategies to address emerging infectious diseases, according to the report.New proposals take shapeAccording to the new report by the FAO and its collaborators, the OWOH approach includes five main strategies:Build robust public and animal health systems that comply with the WHO’s International Health Regulations and OIE standardsPrevent and control disease outbreaks by improving national and international response capacitiesAddress the needs of poor populations by shifting focuses to developing economies and locally important diseases such as Rift Valley fever, tuberculosis, and foot-and-mouth diseasePromote collaborations across sectors and disciplinesConduct research that guides the development of targeted disease control programs.A benefit of focusing on problems that affect developing world areas is not only controlling the often-neglected diseases, but also promoting infectious disease surveillance at the local level, the report said. “Surveillance systems at the grassroots level that are based on engaging poor communities by addressing their immediate disease problems are likely to generate better cooperation and will be more robust and sustainable in the long term,” it said.Enhanced global collaboration among national and regional groups to improve disease surveillance and prevention will also help fight bioterrorism and agroterrorism, the report notes.The global fight against avian influenza has already improved collaboration among the world’s public health and veterinary groups, but a greater focus on pooling resources and forming effective synergies as part of an OWOH strategy can lead to a better understanding of the epidemiology of emerging diseases, faster identification of reservoirs, and more efficient control and prevention, particularly in poorer countries, according to the report.To fund OWOH goals, the report suggests expanding the financial model that has been used since the January 2006 Beijing international avian influenza conference to include contributions from nonconventional donors such as groups that fight specific diseases, industry groups, and foundations.”The introduction of a special system of levies at the international level to fund public health infrastructure in several developing countries, particularly fragile states, would need to be seriously considered,” the report said.Looking forwardCanada’s government has offered to host a technical meeting in Winnipeg in early 2009 to further discuss the OWOH strategy, the FAO said in its press release.Participants, including the groups that helped author the OWOH report, will likely discuss what the next steps would be toward implementing the strategy, how the measures could be financed, and how to encourage stakeholder buy-in, according to the FAO.”Timely implementation will contribute significantly to the overall goal of improving public health, food safety and security, and the livelihoods of poor farming communities, as well as protecting the health of ecosystems,” the FAO said.See also:Nov 24 FAO news releaseOct 14 “One World, One Health” consultation documentAVMA Web sitehttp://www.avma.orglast_img read more

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Public unite to help save historic property fit for a king or queen

first_imgBrian Rumble at his Waterford home known as Castle Rumble. Picture: NIGEL HALLETTThe property was built by Brian, an artist and sculptor, who handmade the leadlight windows, ornate sculptures and castle turrets.The quirky project started in the mid 1980s, literally stone by stone.Just as the Rumbles are passionate about their home, so too are members of the public. Brisbane photographer Rebecca Jones has collected more than 1500 signatures on a Change.org petition calling on council to step in and save the property.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoAfter visiting the property, which is open to the public most Sundays for free tours, Mrs Jones said Logan had little to no novelties of this nature, with historical and cultural value. “There’s sculptures and carvings everywhere, medieval styling and just overall magic,” she said. Castle Rumble at 54 Gardiner Road, Waterford. Picture: realestate.com.auThe property, which was listed for sale in 2007, was expected to fetch around $3 million before it was removed from the market. It was again listed for sale in 2015 and again in 2017 however only attracted serious offers from developers, which the Rumbles knocked back.Logan City Council spokesman said if a private buyer believed Castle Rumble had potential as a tourist attraction, they would be happy to work with them on their application.Brian originally bought the home as a builders yard to store building materials.He moved into a caravan on the property, layed a concrete slab and then began building rooms one by one. The kitchen of Castle Rumble, which is being sold at Waterford West. Picture: Jono Searle.Logan City Council has no plans to make an offer on the property at this point in time.“Council has not budgeted for such a purchase or carried out a proper investigation into the level of funding that may be required to support tourism there,” the spokesman said.“We believe a considerable amount of money would need to be spent to make the property a viable tourist attraction.“Without that investigation, any purchase would be a speculative and irresponsible use of ratepayers’ funds.” Follow Reshni Ratnam on Twittercenter_img Logan’s Brian and Daniel Rumble are trying to sell their property, a castle, after years of developers knocking on their doors. They are reluctant to sell the property to a developer and have now revealed the price they want. Picture: NIGEL HALLETTHUNGRY developers interested in the sale of a medieval-style home in Logan are having the castle doors slammed in their faces as the owners fight for a fairytale ending.Known as Castle Rumble, the five-bedroom, two-bathroom property at 54 Gardiner Rd, Waterford, is owned by Brian Rumble and son Daniel who want to see their multi-million dollar home saved from developers.Calling on offers of more than $2.5 million for the four-level home on 4ha, Daniel hopes Logan City Council will step in and consider purchasing the property as a tourism attraction.Daniel said his father was 76 years old and wanted the castle’s legacy to live on. FREE: Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox here. last_img read more

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Dredgit Environmental Bags Chincoteague Dredging Contract

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Norfolk District has awarded Houston based Dredgit Environmental Corporation a $520,070 contract to perform maintenance dredging along the Chincoteague Bay Federal Navigation Channel.The company will be responsible for removing approximately 10,000 cubic yards of material to bring the channel to a minimum depth of 6 feet.Commenting the latest announcement, Chris Turner, Norfolk District project manager, said: “This vital navigation project provides access into Chincoteague Bay, Chincoteague Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean for commercial fishing vessels, charter fishing boats and private interests, and has a tremendous amount of economic impact to the eastern shore.”The channel is a protected harbor for small boats on Chincoteague Bay in Accomack County near the Virginia-Maryland border. Dredging will occur in the approach channel and L-shaped harbor basin to a required depth of 6 feet, with a foot of paid allowable overdepth.The channel sediments, comprised of mostly fine-grained material, will be placed into an upland- placement site adjacent to the federal navigation channel, said USACE.Contract maintenance dredging is required every 5-7 years to maintain congressionally authorized depths and ensure safe navigation.According to USACE, the channel was last dredged in 2009.last_img read more

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Watchdog NICE says no to eye drug Lucentis for diabetes

first_img Tweet HealthLifestyle Watchdog NICE says no to eye drug Lucentis for diabetes by: – November 30, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img 18 Views   no discussions Share The drug is injected into the patient’s eyeA drug that could save the sight of people with diabetes will not be made available on the NHS in England and Wales, an advisory body has concluded. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) says ranibizumab, sold under the brand name Lucentis, is too expensive to use in people with diabetic macular oedema. Charities say they will continue to campaign for the drug to be used.At least 50,000 people in the UK are affected by this eye condition.Sight saverMacular oedema occurs when fluid leaks from the small blood vessels in the eye.The fluid collects in the central part of the retina at the back of the eye, called the macular area, which can lead to severe visual impairment.Straight lines may appear wavy and people can have blurred central vision or sensitivity to light.Sight can become so impaired that the person can no longer read, work or drive.Laser treatment has been the standard treatment for diabetic macular oedema on the NHS, but this only stops vision from deteriorating further. An injection of Lucentis in the eye, however, can improve vision.NICE already recommends Lucentis to the NHS for a different eye condition called wet age-related macular degeneration.Four UK charities – Diabetes UK, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Macular Disease Society and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) – are urging government to rapidly agree a Patient Access Scheme with the manufacturer of Lucentis, Novartis, in order to bring down the cost of the drug to the NHS for treating diabetic macular oedema.Currently, the drug costs £742.17 per injection. Steve Winyard from the RNIB said: “We now hope that a patient access scheme can be agreed swiftly, so that patients with diabetic macular oedema are not left to needlessly lose their sight.”A spokeswoman for Novartis said the company would continue to work with NICE and the Department of Health to “ensure appropriate patients are able to receive this very important treatment, which in clinical trials has been shown to double the likelihood of gaining vision and reduce the chance of losing vision by up to three-fold compared to laser treatment”.Novartis believes that NICE did not consult sufficiently with clinical and patient experts on the data it submitted to the appraisal committee. But Sir Andrew Dillon, Chief Executive at NICE, said the manufacturer significantly underestimated the cost of treatment.By Michelle RobertsHealth reporter, BBC Newslast_img read more

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8 sachets of ‘shabu’ seized

first_imgOfficers of the Silay City police station staged the entrapmentoperation which led to the arrest of the suspects around 5:30 p.m. on Monday,the report added. The 30-year-old Renante Romal, 31-year-old Teddy Espinosa and58-year-old Merlyn Romal yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police reportshowed. BACOLOD City – Eight sachets of suspected shabu were seized in a stingoperation in Barangay Lantad, Silay City, Negros Occidental. The suspects were detained, facing charges for violation of RepublicAct 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Aside from suspected shabu, a P3,500 marked money was also recoveredfrom them, police said.   last_img read more

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