Tempers flare over Old Bega Hospital funding confusion – Bega District News

Tempers flare over Old Bega Hospital funding confusion – Bega District News


Kenyan doctors reattach boy’s chopped penis in landmark surgery – Face2Face Africa

Kenyan doctors reattach boy’s chopped penis in landmark surgery – Face2Face Africa

A 16-year-old Kenyan boy whose penis was severed following an attack on him last December has been given a second chance after doctors at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) reattached the preserved organ.

This is the first time an operation of this kind has been successfully carried out in the East African country, according to media reports.

It took surgeons at the hospital seven hours to reattach the boy’s organ which got chopped off after the attack at home. The boy, yet to be identified, was attacked by unknown assailants on December 18 in Embu County at around 1 am.

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According to local media, Standard Digital, the boy was taken to a nearby health centre where the organ was stored in a freezer before it was transferred to KNH.

“We received the case as a referral from one of the county hospitals at around 9 am on December 19, 2018. His penis had been amputated at the base using a kitchen knife,” Prof Stanley Khainga, who led the team of urologists and plastic surgeons to perform the delicate surgery said.

“After initial examination and resuscitation, we immediately prepared him for theatre where we began the process of re-implantation of the penis,” Khainga added.

The team, which included about 15 specialists, first examined the stump left behind when the manhood was chopped off and realized that it had been dressed to stop the bleeding that occurred soon after the incident.

“It also had minimal soiling, with the blood vessels around the base and urethra, which passes urine, exposed,” Khainga said.

The knife, he added, had sliced clean through the base of the penis in what is medically known as total penile amputation. The team had to restore the penile structures while repairing the vessels, a delicate thing to do considering reports of similar cases across the world where the organ failed to recover its sensory abilities.

Basically, the life-changing surgery involved repairing two veins, two nerves and one artery. This was to ensure that there was blood flow to the reattached part, Khainga explained. “If you do not give it blood supply, the organ will die,” he said, adding that the aim of the procedure was to achieve normal function.

“Our management goal was to restore normal function, which consists of urination, or passing urine, sexual gratification, improved self or body image and reproduction. We also sought to achieve adequate aesthetic appearance or normal appearance of the organ, including length,” he said.

“He has done well and is reporting erections with adequate length. His wounds have also healed.”

The young boy will be due for discharge in two weeks, said the hospital.
Meanwhile, the acting chief executive of KNH, Thomas Mutie said the surgery was a milestone for surgical medicine in the region and a proof of the faith in local specialists.

“Had the patient’s family opted to fly him abroad for the procedure, the organ would not have been viable for surgery by the time they arrived there. It is, therefore, testimony to the fact that there are highly qualified medics in the facility,” Dr Mutie said.

The KNH last year witnessed another mind-blowing incision that saved and transform a life. A 17-year-old boy whose hand was severed by a lawn mower had it reattached at the same facility last February.

Joseph Theuri’s right hand was cut off from the wrist on January 26 when he accidentally turned on the machine while cleaning at home in Kiambaa, Kiambu County, Kenya. The surgery is arguably the first to have been done in Sub-Saharan Africa after the boy was admitted to the hospital with the severed hand in a polythene bag.

The seven-hour surgery was done on the same day of the accident and the procedure included the identification of blood vessels, nerves and tendons, aligning and fixing the bones, repairing and joining the arteries and the tendons. The operation was successful and the blood flow was restored after three hours.


Minneapolis theatre casts hippie musical ‘Hair’ with actors age 50-plus – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Minneapolis theatre casts hippie musical ‘Hair’ with actors age 50-plus – Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Hair,” the hippie musical that bowed on Broadway in 1968 as a free-love, antiwar rallying cry, is being revived half-a-century later with a twist.

Theatre 55, a new company formed by former SteppingStone Theatre artistic director Richard Hitchler, is producing the show at Mixed Blood Theatre through Feb. 10 with a cast of mature artists — which means Hitchler went from catering to kids to catering to their grandparents.

His 26-member ensemble includes Jeffery Goodson, Patricia Lacy, Angela Walberg and choreographer Sandra Agustin. One actor in the show, Brenda Starr, suffered a heart attack after a rehearsal in December, Hitchler said. She’s back, with her doctor’s blessing.

“The big question that we get asked a lot is will these actors, most over 50, do the nudity,” Hitchler said. “I’m leaving it up to the cast but when you see them up there working as hard as any 20-year-old, you realize people of a certain age have still got it.”

(7:30 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 2 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. . Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S. 4th St., Mpls.; $15-$25, 612-483-8381 or brownpapertickets.com.)


Guest lecturer at Studio Theatre explores what defines Theatre of the Oppressed – Indiana Daily Student

Guest lecturer at Studio Theatre explores what defines Theatre of the Oppressed – Indiana Daily Student


Kelly Howe from Loyola University Chicago guest lectures on the topic of Theatre of the Oppressed on Jan. 31 in the Studio Theatre. Theatre of the Oppressed consists of techniques and games that seek to motivate people, restore true dialogue and create space for participants to rehearse taking action. Michael Skiles Buy Photos

Guest lecturer Kelly Howe led “Rehearsal for the Revolution” on Thursday afternoon in the Studio Theatre. 

The lecture explored what defines the Theatre of the Oppressed, or TO.

Central to the development of the TO is Brazilian thespian, theorist and activist Augusto Boal, Howe said. As a thespian tortured and exiled under Brazil’s oppressive regime in 1964, Boal became interested in how he could perform theater while calling attention to oppression in his own life and community.

Among the forms of theater Boal developed is Forum theatre. In Forum theatre, a play dealing with a particular form of oppression runs once. Then, it immediately is performed a second time. 

During the second run, if an audience member empathizes with a particular moment of oppression on stage, they can shout “stop” and takes the place of the actor. The play continues in whatever direction the spectator chooses.

This democratization of theater is a focal point of Boal’s TO. His idea of destroying the actor-spectator hierarchy is embodied in a term he coined: “spect-actor.”

“He wanted, as much as possible, to have environments where there were not artists and non-artists,” Howe said. “But, there were spect-actors working together, using theater as a means to analyze oppressions for the purposes of dismantling them.”

Spect-actors who come on stage might try a particular tactic or response to the form of oppression being imposed on them, Howe said. Forum theatre features a facilitator, called the “Joker” or “difficultator,” who then stops the play after a few minutes and engages the audience in a conversation about what they saw.

“The most politically efficacious form of theater we could have, in Boal’s opinion, is if everyone in the room were all spect-actors, rather than having the division of labor marked by calling some people artists and others not,” Howe said.

One of Boal’s forms of TO, Newspaper theatre, is a system of techniques to stage stories from newspapers and other written pieces, Howe said. The idea was to promote awareness of current events, thereby promoting activism.

“Boal said even a news story that might be presented with technically correct facts becomes a work of fiction when it is published in the service of the dominant class,” Howe said.

Legislative theatre came about when Boal became a city council member, or Vereador, in Rio de Janeiro. Boal hired actors and theater people for his staff who would work with various communities. 

These communities could then act out their issues, opinions and concerns in a theatrical manner.

About 13 laws were created through Legislative theatre during Boal’s government, according to the Arte Útil website.

In violent, oppressive regimes, Invisible theatre is acted out in public spaces not recognized as a theater, such as a street or shopping center. Actors would perform without letting spectators know it was staged.

“It would be a way of disturbing public space and getting people to think about a topic, and even investigating how people respond to it,” Howe said.

Howe spoke about why such a form of theater was important. Cecilia Boal, Augusto Boal’s wife, was an actress under the Brazilian military dictatorship between 1964 and 1985.

“A grenade hit the boards of the stage that she was performing on,” Howe said. “The joke she always makes is, ‘Thankfully, it was a Brazilian grenade, so it didn’t go off.’”

Regardless of the form, TO wants to share the means of making theater with oppressed people, Howe said. These people don’t need artists to tell them what to do with their lives.

“They are the authorities and experts of their lives,” Howe said. “They have the expertise of their lived experience, and they know their lives. Let’s use theater to explore that.”

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 Bruce Springsteen released his new album "Western Stars" on June 14.

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Conceptual design of the newly-commissioned artwork in the new Trades District.

The art will feature plexiglass and LEDs.

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At long last, Oakland’s Kaiser Convention Center could reopen next year in restored state – East Bay Times

At long last, Oakland’s Kaiser Convention Center could reopen next year in restored state – East Bay Times

OAKLAND — After lying vacant for more than 13 years, the historic 105-year-old Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center at Lake Merritt could open its doors again next year as a restored theater, office, retail and restaurant space, with a terrace overlooking the lake and a new promenade.

The city-owned convention center — built in 1914 and designated a historic landmark — once hosted Martin Luther King Jr., as well as performances by Elvis Presley, James Brown and the Grateful Dead. It closed in 2005 as concert promoters started booking it less and the city lost money. The building has since fallen into disrepair.

The city in 2015 authorized Orton Development of Emeryville to renovate the building and today — a couple of years after an exclusive negotiating agreement between the two expired — the developer is seeking approval of its proposal and hopes to break ground this summer, with a completion target of late 2020. The proposal was discussed at a Design Review Committee meeting Wednesday and is scheduled to go before the city’s planning commission March 6, then to the City Council.

“Our intent with this project has always been to restore this building to its former glory. It’s a beautiful building, and we want to enhance its connection to the site, enhance Lake Merritt and really get the public back into this building,” said architect Josiah Maddock of Heller Manus Architects.

Orton Development estimated in 2016 the redevelopment would cost $52 million, including a seismic retrofit of the building, which could be renamed the “Oakland Civic.”

The project is behind schedule, though, and the redevelopment consequently may cost more because of rapidly rising construction costs. In 2016, the developer said the project would be finished by 2018.

The 215,000-square-foot building is three stories tall and has a 164-space parking lot. Orton wants to restore the arena foyer and turn it into offices for local arts and nonprofit organizations, project manager David Dial said at this week’s committee meeting. There will also be practice rooms, rehearsal spaces, shops and storage for artists.

A restaurant with outdoor seating and a bar on the first floor are part of the plan as well.

The Calvin Simmons Theater — named after the first African-American conductor of a major symphony — on the west side of the building would have rearranged seating, three new box seating areas and new dressing rooms, according to the proposal. Much of the theater is already preserved, Dial said.

The north facade of the building, which includes historic cornices, awnings and signage, would be preserved. The doors would be replaced, the concrete staircases covered and a new 9,500-square-foot, 7-foot-tall raised terrace built and used as an outdoor public seating area.

Orton also wants to put a new illuminated marquee sign on the roof reminiscent of a 1949 one.

New wheelchair access ramps would be built at the building’s entrances.

The sidewalks surrounding the building would be replaced and loading and drop-off zones would be added along 10th Street. A total of 15 green ash and honey locust trees and 26 jasmine and fig vines are planned for around the property.

A two-way driveway and median west of the building would be replaced by a raised concrete promenade linking 10th Street to Lake Merritt Boulevard and serve as a gathering area outside the theater entrance.

The parking lot would be repaved and lined with evergreen and green ash trees.

Local businessman Randolph Belle said at Wednesday’s meeting he doubts the building would be able to serve the arts community. Belle is part of Creative Development Partners, a developer that had pitched a different plan for the site that included a hotel.

“It falls short of what we should expect for a public asset of such importance,” Belle said at the meeting. “With the arena as the primary economic driver, it will never pencil out with the proposed uses without heavy subsidization or prohibitive rents.”

Neighbor Marina Carlson said the developer’s plan to cover the staircases with a terrace would take away from the building’s beauty.

“To cover them up is not preserving the building, it’s just leaving a problem for somebody else to deal with at a future date,” Carlson said.

Architect Peter Birkholz, who chairs the city’s Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board, said the project has already undergone a rigorous review by the State Historic Preservation Officer. The developer is seeking federal historic rehabilitation tax credits for the project.

The project is scheduled to go before the Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board on Feb. 4.

A 2006 bond measure would have funneled almost $150 million toward turning the building into a library, but it failed. In 2012, Occupy Oakland protesters broached a chain-link fence to get onto the property and the building subsequently was red-tagged.

“When the city has no money it seems like a win to get people to put private money into it, otherwise it’s just going to deteriorate,” Birkholz said.

Orton and City Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bas — whose district encompasses the building — plan to hold a community meeting sometime this month to get feedback on the proposal. Updates on the project can be found at www.theoaklandcivic.com.


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