Art

Tony Winner Victoria Clark Is a Lady in the Dark April 25–27 at New York City Center

Tony Winner Victoria Clark Is a Lady in the Dark April 25–27 at New York City Center

MasterVoices concludes its 2018–2019 season with the world premiere of a new adaptation of Kurt Weill , Ira Gershwin , and Moss Hart’s Lady in the Dark April 25-27 at New York City Center. Directed and conducted by MasterVoices Artistic Director Ted Sperling with choreography by Doug Varone, the musical stars Tony winner Victoria Clark ( The Light in the Piazza, Titanic, Gigi ) in the lead role of Liza Elliott. Clark is joined by Amy Irving as ... Full story

Education

Student visa cheat claims 'putting our lives on hold'  News

Student visa cheat claims 'putting our lives on hold' News

Image caption Fatema Chowdhury said she was "desperate" to speak to someone at the Home Office to "prove my innocence". Foreign students accused of cheating on English language tests have told the BBC they have been left in limbo for years - unable to work or use the NHS. The Home Office has cancelled 36,000 student visas since 2014 after cheating was uncovered at test centres. But Labour MP Stephen Timms said many had been falsely accused, and ... Full story

Economics

Inequality is decreasing between countries—but climate change is slowing progress

Inequality is decreasing between countries—but climate change is slowing progress

Scientists have known for decades that climate change is reshaping the physical face of the planet. But according to new research, warming has also had a measurable impact on economies, providing a boost to some countries and a penalty to others. Inequality between countries has decreased over the past few decades. But between 1961 and 2010, the country-to-country gap would have narrowed more if not for climate change, says new research ... Full story

Entertainment

'Always be kind' says man who invited widow to his table

'Always be kind' says man who invited widow to his table

Image caption Jamario and his friends were touched by Eleanor and her stories. "This woman changed my outlook on life.". When a 23-year-old went out for a meal in Alabama with a couple of his friends, he noticed an elderly woman sitting on her own. "I don't ever want to eat alone," Jamario Howard said. "I'm a people person, so I decided to talk to her.". Pensioner Eleanor Baker, who visits the restaurant about once a week, "had a look on her ... Full story

Health

Is China losing the battle against an incurable pig virus?

Is China losing the battle against an incurable pig virus?

Image caption China claims to have culled more than one million pigs, but analysts believe the figure may be under-reported. Global pandemics that impact on food supplies are scary things. The latest threat comes from African swine fever, a highly contagious virus with no known cure, and a near zero survival rate for infected pigs. The good news is that the disease is not harmful to human health. The bad news is that it will probably hurt our ... Full story

Law

Knife crime offences at record level in 2018, crime data shows

Knife crime offences at record level in 2018, crime data shows

Knife crime across England and Wales rose to record levels last year, figures show. There were 40,829 offences recorded by police forces in 2018, up 6% on the year before. Office for National Statistics data shows cases of murder and manslaughter, excluding terror attacks, increased by 12%. There were 732 killings, up from 655 in 2017, the highest since 2008. However, overall levels of crime showed no significant change over the period. -. ... Full story

Living

Scaffolding firm says workers smoked at Paris' Notre-Dame

Scaffolding firm says workers smoked at Paris' Notre-Dame

PARIS (Reuters) - A scaffolding firm that has worked on the roof of Notre-Dame said some of its workers had smoked on the site, but ruled out that a cigarette butt might have started the fire that destroyed the cathedral’s oak-framed roof last week. A view shows Notre-Dame Cathedral, a week after a massive fire devastated large parts of the gothic structure in Paris, France, April 23, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes. A spokesman for family-owned ... Full story

Politics

G4S security worker 'stole £1m cash from own van'  News

G4S security worker 'stole £1m cash from own van' News

Image caption Just over £1m in cash was taken from the van (file photo) in Clapham, south-west London. A G4S driver allegedly stole £1m in cash from the van he was driving in south-west London. The man is said to have stolen deposit boxes from the vehicle after parking it in Larkhall Rise, Clapham, on Tuesday. Just over £1m was taken, the BBC has learned. A 36-year-old man was arrested in Brixton on Wednesday on suspicion of theft after an ... Full story

Sport

'We fight for the right to exist'

'We fight for the right to exist'

Thousands of indigenous people have protested in the Brazilian capital, Brasília, to defend hard-won land and cultural rights that they say are under threat from the government of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. Image copyright. Some 4,000 indigenous people from across Brazil are expected for the three-day annual "Free Land" demonstration. They have set up camp along the main avenue leading to the iconic Congress building amid heavy ... Full story

Technology

WW2 bomb blown up in Germany after evacuation

WW2 bomb blown up in Germany after evacuation

Image caption The bomb - seen in the lower left - was literally uncovered during construction work. A 250kg (550lb) World War Two bomb caused damage in a German city when it exploded on Wednesday under controlled circumstances. It was discovered in the southern city of Regensburg during construction work. The bomb could not be transported or defused, experts found. So they instead evacuated some 4,500 people in a 1.5km (one mile) radius. ... Full story