first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: Red CrossWASHGINTON – In response to an urgent need for blood donors, the Food and Drug Administration is changing donation guidelines effective immediately.The changes should make it possible for many more people to give blood than before.The FDA is loosening guidelines put in place during the h-i-v epidemic that prevented many gay men from donating blood.Until now, male donors would have been deferred to wait for a year after having sex with another man. Now there is only a three-month waiting period. The same shorter period applies to donors who have had tattoos or piercings.It also applies for people who have traveled to countries where there is exposure to malaria, the waiting period has also been reduced.Until now people who spent time in European countries or military bases where there was a risk mad cow disease had to wait.Now, the waiting period for those potential blood donors has been eliminated.The American Red Cross says they have imposed safety practices to protect donors when they give blood.The FDA says Coronavirus is a respiratory illness and it is not believed to be transmitted by blood.last_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageWASHINGTON – The FDA is authorizing three new Coronavirus antibody tests, which can indicate if someone is immune to re-infection.That brings the current total number of FDA authorized COVID-19 antibody tests to seven.This kind of FDA authorization carries a lower regulatory standard because it is under ’emergency use’ standards. That means while the benefits outweigh any risks, the tests do carry the risk of false positives and negatives.Patients who get results from one of these antibody tests should still follow social distancing guidelines. It also remains unclear whether antibodies indicate that someone is immune to re-infection.last_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: Lorie Shaull / CC BY-SA 2.0SWANTON, Vt. — The number of people apprehended for illegally crossing from Canada into the United States along its northern border has nearly tripled over the past three years, and a growing portion are Mexican citizens, according to federal data.One Mexican man who crossed illegally to work on a Vermont dairy farm said it was easier than trying the southern border.U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics obtained by The Associated Press after a public records request provide new detail on what was apparent anecdotally: Along the border from Maine to Washington, 446 of the 1,586 illegal crossers apprehended in the 2019 fiscal year were Mexican, or 28%. That’s up from 20 of 558, or just 3.6%, in 2016.The numbers also increased for Romanians — many identified as ethnic Roma — and other nationalities, such as Haitians and Indians. Those tallies don’t include apprehensions for reasons other than illegal crossings, such as overstaying visas. This year’s data will likely look different because of travel impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael McCarthy said there’s been “a decline in illegal entries” since the arrival of the virus and the border closure, though he didn’t have specific numbers. But they’re expected to pick up again as travel resumes.A former U.S. Department of Homeland Security attache in Ottawa said she wasn’t surprised by more illegal crossings from Canada, though that total remains less than 1% of southern border apprehensions.“Like water at the lowest point, migrants will find their best way in,” said Theresa Brown, now director of immigration and cross border policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington.The Vermont farm worker, Diego, said he illegally crossed from Canada in 2017 because it was safer and cheaper than crossing the southern border.“The person who was going to get us across was recommended by a trusted friend and there was no risk that we were going to be cheated,” said Diego, 26, who’s from the Mexican state of Tabasco and spoke in Spanish. He spoke on condition that his full name not be used because he’s in the U.S. without authorization.Diego arrived via the northern border’s busiest sector for apprehensions: a 295-mile (475 kilometer) stretch across northern New York, Vermont and New Hampshire that had more than half the northern border arrests last year, up from 38% in 2016. An informal review of criminal cases filed against people apprehended in Vermont and upstate New York over the last two years indicates most were trying to reach areas away from the border, such as New York City.The sector’s chief border agent, Robert Garcia, attributes its increase in illegal crossers to its proximity to Toronto and Montreal and the U.S. East Coast; increased focus on security along the U.S. southern border; and changes in Canadian entry requirements.In 2016, Canada lifted its requirement that Mexican citizens apply for visas to enter the country, as part of efforts to strengthen ties with Mexico. A similar change for Romanian citizens took effect in 2017.The Canadian government “monitors its immigration system closely” and takes seriously the responsibility for the shared border with the U.S., a statement from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said.“Visa-free travel does not guarantee entry into Canada,” it said, noting such travel could be suspended if necessary to preserve the system’s integrity.Diego said he and four adults he didn’t know flew to Toronto from Mexico, waited days in a motel before traveling overland to Montreal, then took a taxi to a town near the Quebec-Vermont border. A guide took them to the border and told them that once they crossed, they should run across a plowed field to someone who’d be waiting.“They were there and they took us,” he said. “We had the luck.”Diego said the trip cost about $2,500, and he heard the person who arranged his passage was later arrested and deported to Mexico.In another recent smuggling case, a Canadian citizen born in El Salvador was extradited to the United States and charged with running a yearslong operation that crossed people from Canada into Vermont and New York.The Border Patrol says smugglers are willing to move around. In Maine — statistically one of the quietest areas on the border — a defendant apprehended in December admitted making six trips to northern Maine in a month to transport about 12 people to New York City.“If that made the hair on the back of your neck stand up a little bit, I would say it did on mine as well,” said Jason Schneider, the Border Patrol’s acting chief patrol agent for the sector that includes all of Maine.last_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageJAMESTOWN – A heat advisory has been issued for Chautauqua County due to excessive heat index values that are forecasted for Thursday afternoon.The National Weather Service in Buffalo is calling for heat index values in the mid-90s from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday in Chautauqua, Wyoming and Southern Erie counties.Officials say hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.They recommend drinking plenty of fluids, staying in an air-conditioned room, staying out of the sun, and checking up on relatives and neighbors. Additionally, young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles. It is also recommended to wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.last_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office / flickr.comPITTSBURGH – A federal judge on Monday struck down Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic restrictions that required people to stay at home, placed size limits on gatherings and ordered “non-life-sustaining” businesses to shut down, calling them unconstitutional.U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV sided with plaintiffs that included hair salons, drive-in movie theaters, a farmer’s market vendor, a horse trainer and several Republican officeholders who sued as individuals.Stickman, an appointee of President Donald Trump, wrote in his ruling that the Wolf administration’s pandemic policies have been overreaching, arbitrary and violated citizens’ constitutional rights.The governor’s efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus “were undertaken with the good intention of addressing a public health emergency,” Stickman wrote. “But even in an emergency, the authority of government is not unfettered.” Courts had consistently rejected challenges to Wolf’s power to order businesses to close during the pandemic, and many other governors, Republican and Democrat, undertook similar measures as the virus spread across the country.Wolf has lifted many of the restrictions since the lawsuit was filed in May, allowing businesses to reopen and canceling a statewide stay-at-home order. But his administration has maintained capacity restrictions and limitations on alcohol sales at bars and restaurants. The state has also imposed a gathering limit of more than 25 people for events held indoors and more than 250 people for those held outside.A spokesperson for Wolf said the administration was reviewing the decision.Pennsylvania has reported that more than 145,000 people statewide have contracted the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. More than 7,800 people have died.last_img read more

first_img When Mackintosh announced that Jonathan Pryce, the British Caucasian actor who had originated the role of the Engineer in London, would play the part in New York, Hwang wrote a letter objecting to the casting, since the Engineer is Eurasian. The playwright subsequently leaked the missive to the press, in the process becoming the public face of the many protestors. Hwang now admits: “Frightened and overwhelmed, I denied having done so.” He now wants to “apologize to Cameron Mackintosh for my deception.” David Henry Hwang has come clean over the “Yellow Face” controversy surrounding the 1991 Broadway transfer of West End hit Miss Saigon. “I lied to Cameron Mackintosh,” revealed the American playwright in The Guardian about his dealings with the mega-producer at the time. Pryce kept the role, winning a Tony for his performance, although subsequent Engineers have been played by actors of Asian descent. Meanwhile Hwang, with his plays Face Value and Yellow Face, explored racial identity. A new production of Miss Saigon will open in London this month; Jon Jon Briones, who was born in the Philippines, is playing the part of the Engineer.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgRed Sox Nation was in for a treat this weekend when Jeremy Jordan took to the field to show off his pipes. Taking a break from starring in Finding Neverland at Cambridge’s American Repertory Theatre, the Tony nominee crossed the Charles River to perform “The Star Spangled Banner” at Fenway Park on August 3 (before the Yankees beat the Red Sox 8-7…because we’re also sports reporters here.) Check out the Broadway hunk’s grand slam performance below! View Comments Jeremy Jordancenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

first_img Floyd has been seen on the Great White Way in After Midnight, Porgy and Bess, Avenue Q and The Lion King. Other theater credits include Cotton Club Parade, Little Miss Sunshine, Little Ham, Crowns and Blind Lemon Blues. She has appeared on screen in Law & Order, Rubicon, Mercy, One Life to Live and Coach. Related Shows View Comments Chicago A new mistress of Murderers Row is heading to Chicago on Broadway! Carmen Ruby Floyd will step into the role of Matron “Mama” Morton on September 29, taking over from Carol Woods. The current cast of Chicago also stars Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald as Billy Flynn and Paul C. Vogt as Amos Hart. from $49.50last_img read more

first_img View Comments It’s Only a Play It’s Only a Play star Rupert Grint stopped by Access Hollywood to chat making his Broadway debut in the Terrence McNally comedy, where he plays wunderkind director Frank Finger. The Harry Potter fave did have to clarify that unlike former co-star Daniel Radcliffe, he is entirely clothed for his Great White Way debut. While he shares the stage with some huge names, including Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Stockard Channing, there’s one celeb he can’t seem to escape: doppelgänger Ed Sheeran. “I’ve signed albums,” he said of getting stopped on the street and mistaken for the singer-songwriter. Take a look at the interview below, which, as all good interviews do, includes a pic of Helen Mirren in a bikini. Then catch Rupert Grint in It’s Only a Play at the Schoenfeld Theatre! Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015last_img read more

first_imgWe’re opening up our minds and letting our fantasies unwind at this news. Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal, who is about to begin his campaign at this year’s U.S. open, is a superfan of…Broadway! More specifically, of one Andrew Lloyd Webber. Nadal recently revealed to Vanity Fair that The Phantom of the Opera makes his spirit start to soar so much that he’s checked out the musical “like seven times.”What does the legendary composer make of his latest phan? “He would make a wonderful Phantom,” Lloyd Webber exclusively commented to, “maybe he can sing!”Other Great White Way productions on Nadal’s must-see list? “Les Miserables, Mamma Mia!, Lion King…” We’ll happily feast our eyes show you around the Main Stem, Mr. Nadal, if you have any downtime over the next fortnight…In the meantime, we are using the below video to inspire us dreamcasting Nadal in various other Broadway roles. View Comments The Phantom of the Opera Related Shows from $29.00last_img read more