Dates Announced for Memphis in London

first_imgLondon will officially celebrate the birth of rock ‘n’ roll! As previously reported, Beverley Knight will star as Felicia in the Tony-winning Memphis in London’s West End. The musical will begin performances October 9, with opening night set for October 23. With an original score by David Bryan and book by Joe DiPietro, the production will be directed by Christopher Ashley, with choreography by Sergio Trujillo, scenic design by David Gallo, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley and sound design by Ken Travis. Knight is currently making her West End debut in The Bodyguard. Known as the Queen of British Soul, she has sold over a million albums in the U.K., scoring several top 10 hits and four gold certified albums. Knight has released six studio albums to date and her hit singles include “Greatest Day,” “Get Up!” and “Come as You Are.” She appeared on BBC One’s Just the Two of Us and performed at London’s 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony. Inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, Memphis follows the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. View Commentslast_img read more

Matthew Morrison Sets Departure Date From Finding Neverland

Our worlds have been turned upside down! Matthew Morrison is scheduled to leave Audience Choice Award-winning new musical Finding Neverland on January 24, 2016. No word yet on who will be replacing him as J.M. Barrie, but there were rumors that mega-producer Harvey Weinstein was eyeing Chris Pine to step into the role. Kelsey Grammer is set to return to the tuner as Charles Frohman on January 19 for a limited engagement through February 28 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, taking over for Terrence Mann.Directed by Diane Paulus and featuring a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, Finding Neverland follows the story of J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan.The cast also currently includes Laura Michelle Kelly, Carolee Carmello and Teal Wicks. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Related Shows View Comments Finding Neverland read more

Vermont joins group of state attorneys general in support of health care reform

first_imgAttorney General William Sorrell has joined with other state attorneys general to express continued support of national health care reform. The group includes the attorney generals of the states of Vermont, California, New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, Delaware, and Hawaii. This group of eight attorneys general also joined together in signing an amicus brief, co-authored by Vermont, filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on January 21, 2011, regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.The joint statement from the attorneys general follows:The Affordable Care Act is making a difference in the lives of millions of people in our states and it is poised to help even more as it continues to be implemented. Under the federal health reform law, millions of Americans now have access to free preventive care. People with pre-existing medical conditions who have struggled to find health insurance coverage will have to struggle no more. Insurers are required to cover them. Parents are now able to keep their children on their health insurance plans up to the age of 26. Senior citizens are receiving help to buy the prescription drugs they need. Small businesses are eligible for health insurance tax credits so that they can provide insurance to their employees. The list goes on. Whether people agree about all aspects of health care reform, we should be able to agree that for a lot of people, life has gotten better since the law was enacted and millions more will continue to benefit from the Affordable Care Act as it is fully implemented.Of course, comprehensive health care reform is complex and people are still debating its implications. The legal challenges to the requirement that Americans buy health insurance are still in their initial stages. Twelve federal judges have already dismissed challenges to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and two federal judges have ruled that the law is fully constitutional. Although a judge in Florida recently ruled that one provision of the federal health care law is unconstitutional, we believe the judge’s ruling is incorrect and we applaud the decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to appeal it. We are confident that the constitutionality of the entire law will be upheld on appeal and ultimately by the United States Supreme Court. In the meantime, the numerous health care reforms provided in the federal health reform law will continue to be implemented to the benefit of all Americans. Source: February 9, 2011. Attorney Generallast_img read more

Huntington Station Teen Murder Suspect Nabbed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The 21-year-old man accused of killing 18-year-old Maggie Rosales in Huntington Station two weeks ago pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder during an emotionally charged court appearance Thursday.Adam Saalfield wad held without bail at his arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip. His attorney asked the judge to set bond at $500,000. Prosecutors said Rosales died after suffering two knife wounds to her neck while walking in her hometown on Oct. 12.“I want to thank the community, the crime squad, the police, all the people involved,” the victim’s father Cesar Rosales told reporters after the hearing. “It’s a sad moment, but thank God they got this animal. I want my daughter’s life back.”The arraignment was briefly interrupted by one of Rosales’ family members who pointed her finger in Saalfield’s direction and yelled, “he’s a murderer…he’s an animal!”She was escorted out and the judge threatened to empty the room if there were any other interruptions.The woman’s emotional outburst came as Saalfield’s attorney John LoTurco said he wanted to express his deepest condolences to Rosales’ family.Saalfield was arrested Wednesday after Rosales’ death reignited tension between Huntington Station residents and Suffolk County police, who community members said weren’t doing enough to solve several unsolved homicides.Prosecutors said DNA evidence and security footage pointed them to Saalfield.The alleged murder was caught on camera and blood belonging to both Saalfield and the victim was discovered near the crime scene, prosecutors said.“Adam proclaims his innocence,” defense attorney John H. LoTurco told reporters. “It is our understanding that the district attorney’s office claims that it has a very strong case. We will strongly examine the evidence.”LoTurco later told the Press that “Adam claims that he had no personal relationship” with Rosales.Prosecutors described the alleged murder in gruesome detail.Rosales was walking down Lynch Street with headphones in her ears when she was approached from behind, prosecutors said. Saalfield allegedly placed a knife to her neck and after a brief struggle slit her throat twice, prosecutors said.Saalfield fled, prosecutors said, and left a blood trail.Saalfield was arrested at his house six days later for possession of a hypodermic instrument. DNA from that arrest was compared to DNA found at Rosales’ murder scene, prosecutors said.“My friend used those needles for heroin a while ago,” Saalfield allegedly told police after he was arrested on Oct. 18, according to court documents. “He left them in my car and I never got rid of them. I know that one’s not capped, sorry for that.”Authorities did not say in the court documents what precipitated the arrest.LoTurco said in an interview that officers conducting patrols in Huntington Station observed Saalfield smoking marijuana outside his home.“What led them to search the vehicle is an outstanding question we need to explore,” he added.Prosecutors description of Rosales’ murder conflicts with what police said in the department’s initial press release regarding her death. Police said she was stabbed in the torso. Prosecutors didn’t mention any wounds to her torso in court or in the criminal complaint.Rosales’ uncle also told reporters that Saalfield and his niece did not know each other. He said grieving hasn’t been easy.“We try to be as close as possible,” Rosales’ uncle said. “That’s the only way we’re able to get through this moment.”He described his niece as a “sweet girl” with no enemies. She has “always been a very loving person, happy person,” he added. “It surprised everyone, even in the community.”last_img read more

Mobile strategy blows past the phone

first_imgWhen Apple launched its iPhone in 2007, Bloomberg columnist Matthew Lynn pooh-poohed the device as a “luxury bauble that will appeal to a few gadget freaks.”He (and others) predicted that Nokia and Motorola were secure in their cell phone dominance. Others were not so sanguine.Chris De Salvo had been working on a secret Google project called Android since 2005, principally to compete with Microsoft. His reaction: “As a consumer I was blown away. I wanted one immediately. But as a Google engineer, I thought ‘We’re going to have to start over.’”What did De Salvo see that Lynn did not? A new way of interacting with the world, including the banking world.It’s not wholly fair to judge early iPhone doubters from the safe territory of 2015. But their mistakes are still instructive. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Is member ownership a credit union “missed opportunity”?

first_imgIt’s a loud, universal credit union mantra: we are not a bank, we are member owned.Are they really?Of course credit unions are not shareholder owned, nor are they owned by a proprietor so – sure – on paper they are are indeed cooperatives owned by their members.But do they walk the talk?These dark thoughts flooded my mind in a recent conversation with cooperatives researcher Nathan Schneider that resulted in a wide ranging podcast that, ultimately, to my ears is very optimistic about cooperatives, especially new kinds that are forming to serve new needs (platform co-ops and worker owned co-ops for instance).  But at roughly the 15 minute mark Schneider said that many cooperatives drop the ball, with a loud thud, by not stressing that they are in fact a democratically run cooperative because that kind of structure will appeal to a new generation.“It’s a missed opportunity,” said Schneider who then issued “a challenge to cooperatives to reinvigorate their democratic spirit.”Credit unions, he’s looking at you.In fact he said, “that goes for credit unions too.”“They need to rediscover the power of democratic involvement in these businesses.”Do you vote in the annual meeting at your credit union? I belong to two and, as I confessed to Schneider in the podcast, I have never voted in a credit union election. Never as in not once.I am embarrassed by that but I also am sure I am the credit union norm. And that’s very wrong. I have often voted in annual elections of publicly held companies because they send me a proxy statement.  They make it easy for me to vote. And so I have.I don’t even know when my credit unions’ annual meetings are.  I know one is 2500 miles from me. The other is within 10 miles. But I don’t know where or when.Do credit unions care about the dismal member involvement in governance – keeping in mind we are, per the mantra, member owners?Nope.  Schneider said that a recent annual meeting of a large Colorado credit union he belongs to, he counted around 30 members in attendance and so he asked the CEO what he was doing to increase member involvement.  The CEO’s answer: “Credit unions aren’t like that any more.”“That’s a big problem,” said Schneider of the indifference to member involvement.He stressed that member ownership is a huge differentiator from other financial institutions – and yet credit unions aren’t making the most of this difference.Schneider concluded: “If your main differentiating factor is no longer important, that’s a problem.”CUNA of course has its “Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union” campaign – where a central plank is member ownership – but what if that ownership adds up a big zero? What if?  (Listen to Teresa Freeborn on the CUNA campaign, which she chairs, in this podcast.)This really is the game. Credit unions are local, they usually offer free checking and lower cost loans, and they are member owned – that’s the three part argument.  It’s a great foundation for a marketing campaign. But when member ownership is an unfulfilled promise, the argument crumbles.Schneider is right.  Credit union boards and management need to get serious about raising member participation.  When members feel they have the same stake in a credit union that they would have in Chase if they banked there – zilch in other words – credit unions have blown it.Set a goal. Double member participation in the next meeting. Double the number of votes.  Get more members posting about the credit union on Facebook. Let’s see the members acting as owners.Make it a core business goal to dramatically up member participation. Boards can make this a key consideration in grading a CEO’s performance.Some credit unions get this. Some allow voting by members online. Some even allow Facebook voting. Bravo.There are ways to introduce 21st century voting into credit unions and thereby to up member participation.Most credit unions don’t deploy such tools however. There’s the “missed opportunity.”But every credit union needs to commit to dramatically upping member involvement in the democratic control of the institution.Upping member involvement won’t come easily. But this is an obligation that can’t be ducked. Never forget: democratic member control is the 2nd of the Rochdale Principles. “Co-operative societies must have democratic member control. According to the ICA’s Statement on the Co-operative Identity, ‘Co-operatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions.’”That’s not hard to understand.It may not be that easy to do.  But the doing is what will give credit unions a winning proposition.Talk is cheap.Democracy isn’t. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert McGarvey A blogger and speaker, Robert McGarvey is a longtime journalist who has covered credit unions extensively, notably for Credit Union Times as well as the New York Times and TheStreet, … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Where the Election Fight Is Playing Out in the Courts

first_imgNevada: Any candidate or campaign can request a recount within three days of the final statewide canvass of results, regardless of the margin. There are no automatic state recounts. ObserversStatus: Pending in state court and resolved in federal courtOn Thursday morning, a Pennsylvania state court handed Mr. Trump a minor victory. A judge ruled that election observers from the Trump campaign, who were allowed to stand 10 feet from the vote counting at the Philadelphia convention center, could move closer, to six feet.By the end of the day, however, lawyers for the Trump campaign had filed an emergency petition in federal court claiming that election officials in the city were not abiding by the state court’s decision and asking that the count in Philadelphia be delayed.At a hastily scheduled hearing Thursday night, however, Mr. Trump’s campaign admitted that “a nonzero number” of Republican observers had in fact turned up.“Then what’s the problem?” Judge Paul S. Diamond asked.The Trump campaign ultimately agreed to drop its request to halt the vote count after Judge Diamond, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, allowed for a total of 120 observers at the convention center — 60 for the Democrats and 60 for the Republicans. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the question of the observers.Cured/Provisional BallotsStatus: Pending in state and federal courtsRepublicans have brought suits in federal and state courts alleging that Ms. Boockvar provided improper guidance to counties by allowing them to contact voters whose mail ballots had been rejected because of errors so that those voters could fix, or “cure,” their ballots or cast provisional ballots.Both cases focus on votes in Montgomery County, where officials say only 98 ballots might be affected..A judge in the federal case, who is also a George W. Bush appointee, expressed skepticism during a hearing on Wednesday about the validity of the Republicans’ challenge. A decision is pending. With Joseph R. Biden Jr. edging closer to victory in the presidential race, President Trump and the Republican Party have been intensifying efforts to halt the counting of ballots and to challenge the ballots of Democratic voters in lawsuits across the country.Nearly a dozen suits were already making their way through the courts in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, four key states where Mr. Biden leads or has won the vote count.- Advertisement – Mail-in Voter IDStatus: Pending in state courtThe Trump campaign has also sued Ms. Boockvar for her decision to extend by three days, to Nov. 12, the deadline by which mail-in voters must submit materials confirming their identity if they are first-time voters in certain districts. It is unclear how many votes that case would potentially affect. NevadaObservers/Signature Matching in Clark CountyStatus: Pending appeal at state levelMr. Trump’s campaign filed suit before Election Day seeking to stop the processing of mail-in ballots in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas. The campaign alleged that county officials were failing to give Republican observers adequate access to monitor mail-in ballot processing and that the county’s signature matching system violated election equal protection laws because it was not being used elsewhere in the state.A judge denied the Trump campaign’s request earlier this week, citing a lack of evidence. An appellate court rejected Republicans’ request that it order an immediate stop to counting but agreed to hear arguments into next week.On Thursday, Republicans indicated that they would drop their case in return for an agreement from the county to expand their observers’ access to ballot counters, but Democrats refused to agree to a dismissal, so the case is still pending. Republicans have since filed a similar suit in federal court. Ineligible ballotsStatus: Resolved in federal courtIn an effective extension of the state lawsuit, two Republican House candidates in Nevada filed a lawsuit on Thursday alleging that there were “lax procedures for authenticating ballots” in Clark County and that more than 3,000 ballots had been cast by inelligible voters, including some cast “on behalf of deceased voters.”The case was assigned to Judge Andrew P. Gordon, an appointee of President Barack Obama’s, who dismissed it on Friday. The two Republican candidates who brought the case, however, can still appeal the decision. MichiganThe Trump campaign filed suit on Wednesday asking a state judge to halt vote counting, alleging that its observers had been blocked from meaningful access to counting rooms. The campaign also asked for access to surveillance footage of the state’s ballot drop boxes.A judge rejected that suit on Thursday, noting that the counting had finished. Mr. Biden won the state and maintains a lead of nearly 150,000 votes. But it is not clear whether the Trump campaign will appeal.RecountsGeorgia: Brad Raffensperger, the secretary of state, announced on Friday that the state would conduct a recount in the presidential race, saying the results would fall within the margin of a recount. “We are literally looking at a margin of less than a large high school,” Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting implementation manager, said.Wisconsin: Mr. Trump would be entitled to a recount in Wisconsin as long as the margin between him and Mr. Biden remained less than 1 percent of the vote. The state’s preliminary results show Mr. Trump trailing by about six-tenths of 1 percent.A recount request cannot be made until all 72 of the state’s counties submit their results to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, which are due by Nov. 17. The Trump campaign would have to pay for a statewide recount unless the margin shrinks to less than one-quarter of 1 percent. Pennsylvania: State law requires an automatic recount if the result is half a percent or less. If the margin is larger than that, Mr. Trump could still request a statewide recount, but he would have to pay for it.Arizona: State law requires a recount if the margin is one-tenth of one percent or less — otherwise one cannot be requested. Status: At the U.S. Supreme CourtIn September, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that election officials could accept ballots postmarked by Election Day but arriving up to three days later. Republicans subsequently sued, and the case made it to the U.S. Supreme Court.But in late October, the Supreme Court declined to intercede, saying it was too close to Election Day to make such a ruling, but it left open the possibility of a decision at a later date.- Advertisement –center_img Here are the cases currently underway or facing a potential appeal. All of them have been initiated by Mr. Trump, his party or his allies.PennsylvaniaThe Postmark Battle- Advertisement – Arizona“SharpieGate”Status: Pending in state courtIt was one of the stranger claims of the election. Hours after polls closed in Arizona, a story ricocheted around online saying that dozens, maybe even hundreds, of ballots across the state had not been counted because voters had filled them out with felt-tipped Sharpies and not with ballpoint pens.Even though cybersecurity officials from the Department of Homeland Security urged people to ignore the tale, crowds turned up outside of a polling station in Maricopa County, yelling about “SharpieGate.”On Wednesday, Laurie Aguilera, a Maricopa County voter, filed a lawsuit with help from a conservative legal group in Indiana, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, claiming that her ballot — and those of untold others — had not been read properly by vote scanning machines because she had used a Sharpie and “the ink was bleeding through.” Ms. Aguilera has asked a judge to let all voters who filled their ballots out with Sharpies to “cure” them.On Thursday, the Maricopa County Elections Department released a statement saying that Sharpies were in fact “recommended by the manufacturer” of the vote tabulations machines the county uses. Later that day, the state attorney general’s office issued a letter noting that the use of Sharpies in Maricopa County “did not result in disenfranchisement.”Georgia53 Late-Arriving BallotsStatus: Tossed by county courtThe Trump campaign filed a lawsuit in Georgia on Wednesday, claiming that a witness had observed 53 late-arriving ballots in Chatham County not being properly stored, potentially allowing for them to mix with timely ballots, and asked that ballot counting in the county be stopped.But Judge James Bass, on the Chatham County Superior Court, tossed the lawsuit on Thursday, saying that there was no evidence that those 53 ballots had been received after the 7 p.m. deadline and that there was no evidence county officials had failed to comply with the law.There was no word from the Trump campaign or its Republican allies on Friday whether an appeal was pending. But none of them appear — at least not yet — to provide Mr. Trump what he would need to prevail: the rejection of enough Democratic ballots in enough states to reverse any Biden victory.If Mr. Trump and the Republicans cannot find those rejections through the courts, they could — and will — try to do so through recounts, but the bar is high there too. Updated Nov. 6, 2020, 8:07 p.m. ET On Wednesday, the Trump campaign filed a motion to intervene in the case, and on Friday the Pennsylvania Republican Party sought to join the effort.But this fight may prove fruitless, as Mr. Biden’s lead in the state is based on ballots cast by Election Day and is expected to grow. Pennsylvania’s secretary of state, Kathy Boockvar, said on Thursday that there were not large numbers of late-arriving ballots. As of Friday night, there had been no further action on this case. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Sheff Wed 0 – 0 Millwall

first_imgWallace went close shortly after the restart, floating a free-kick over the defensive wall with the ball going a fraction wide.Windass got a shot on target but it was straight at Bialkowski who made a comfortable save.Hutchinson failed to make the most of a great opportunity, heading over after meeting a Wallace corner.Bialkowski then came to his side’s rescue, making a good save down to his left to keep out Adam Reach’s firm drive.The keeper made another stop from Reach after the midfielder found himself in space on the left-hand side of the area.Wednesday manager Garry Monk made a change just before the hour, sending on Izzy Brown in place of Joey Pelupessy.Both sides made a substitution in the 68th minute with Callum Paterson replacing Kachunga for the home team and the opposition replacing Wallace with Connor Mahoney.Mahoney set up a great chance for Smith, delivering an inch-perfect cross which the striker headed wide from the edge of the six-yard box.Wednesday striker Jack Marriott joined the action as a replacement for Van Aken and then a double substitution for the visitors saw Bodvarsson and Tom Bradshaw come on in place of Smith and Bennett.Marriott had a chance to win it in stoppage time after meeting Brown’s free-kick but Bialkowski got down to his right to make the save. The Wednesday line-up showed one enforced change, with Joost van Aken taking over from the suspended Kadeem Harris.Millwall boss Gary Rowett made three changes with Matt Smith, Ryan Leonard and Mason Bennett replacing Shane Ferguson, Ben Thompson and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson – the latter two included among the substitutes. – Advertisement –  Sheffield Wednesday climbed off the foot of the Sky Bet Championship table for the first time this season following a goalless draw with Millwall.The point was enough to see them overtake Derby after their points deduction for a breach of EFL rules was halved to six points on appeal earlier this week.- Advertisement – Elias Kachunga had a good early chance for the hosts, finding space to make a driving run towards the centre of the area before firing wide of the target.- Advertisement – Millwall’s first effort came from Scott Malone, who headed narrowly wide following Mason Bennett’s ball in.Ryan Leonard then dragged his shot wide after a Jed Wallace cross caused problems for the home defence.Millwall skipper Shaun Hutchinson presented the hosts with an opening when his stray pass was intercepted by Josh Windass. He advanced into the area and fired in a shot which was beaten away by Bartosz Bialkowski at his near post.- Advertisement –last_img read more

TOMAS DUBROVNIK 2018: Research on the attitudes and consumption of tourists in Dubrovnik

first_imgFor the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik, the Institute of Tourism conducts a large survey “Attitudes and consumption of tourists and visitors in Dubrovnik – TOMAS Dubrovnik 2018”.The main goal of conducting this research is to provide a relevant, representative and reliable information base for the development of tourism in the city of Dubrovnik. Given the specifics of the tourist offer of the city of Dubrovnik, future development plans and the need to establish a system for monitoring the sustainability of tourist activities in the city, the research will include two main segments of tourist demand: guests in commercial accommodation and one-day visitors.Data in this study are collected by the method  personal interviews of tourists in about thirty Dubrovnik hotels, forty facilities in private accommodation and from guests from boat cruises, and the basic instrument of data collection is a structured questionnaire in seven languages.A total of 1450 visitors will be surveyed, of which 1000 in accommodation facilities and 450 from cruise ships.To collect data, the Institute of Tourism has hired a specialized agency IPSOS, which has a large network of interviewers and surveys of tourists and visitors from cruises will be conducted from August to October 2018, which will cover the main tourist season and post-season period.The obtained research results will be used for directing and improving promotional activities, strengthening the quality of the offer in certain segments, and designing and placing new marketing activities, point out the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.last_img read more

India wilts under heatwave as temperature hits 50 degrees Celsius

first_imgParts of Delhi and elsewhere regularly see scuffles when tankers arrive to deliver water. Last year Chennai made international headlines when the southern city ran out of water entirely.The heatwave adds to problems the country already has dealing with the spread of coronavirus.India now has the 10th highest number of coronavirus cases globally, climbing above 150,000 on Wednesday with almost 4,500 deaths.Last week cyclone Amphan killed more than 100 people as it ravaged in eastern India and Bangladesh, flattening villages, destroying farms and leaving millions without power.Huge swarms of desert locusts, meanwhile, have destroyed nearly 50,000 hectares (125,000 acres) of crops across western and central India, and may enter Delhi in coming days.The north-eastern states of Assam and Meghalaya are also currently experiencing floods, with more heavy rainfall forecast in the coming days.Topics : India is wilting under a heatwave, with the temperature in places reaching 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) and the capital enduring its hottest May day in nearly two decades.The hot spell is projected to scorch northern India for several more days, the Meteorological Department said late Tuesday, “with severe heat wave conditions in isolated pockets”.As global temperatures rise, heatwaves are a regular menace in the country — particularly in May and June. Last year dozens of people died. Met officials said Churu in the northern state of Rajasthan was the hottest place on record on Tuesday, at 50 Celsius, while parts of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh sweltered in the high 40s.Parts of the capital, New Delhi, recorded the hottest May day in 18 years with the mercury hitting 47.6 Celsius.No deaths have been reported so far this year, but last year the government said the heat had killed 3,500 people since 2015. There have been fewer fatalities in recent years.The country of 1.3 billion people suffers from severe water shortages with tens of millions lacking running water — to say nothing of air conditioning.last_img read more