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HBO’s The Normal Heart, Starring Mark Ruffalo & Julia Roberts, Confirms Premiere

first_img Mark Ruffalo Star Files The starry HBO version of The Normal Heart now has a release date. The TV movie of Larry Kramer’s play, which takes an unflinching look at the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis, will air on May 25 at 9PM. Adapted by Kramer from his 1985 play and directed by Glee and American Horror Story mastermind Ryan Murphy, the film boasts a roster of A-listers.The Normal Heart stars Julia Roberts as Dr. Emma Brookner, Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks, Jim Parsons (who co-starred in the 2011 Broadway production) as Tommy Boatwright, Alfred Molina as Ned’s brother Ben, Taylor Kitsch as Bruce Niles, Jonathan Groff as Bruce’s HIV-positive lover Craig, Matt Bomer as Ned’s lover Felix Turner, and Joe Mantello (who nabbed a Tony nomination for his portrayal of Ned Weeks in The Normal Heart on Broadway) as activist Mickey Marcus. The film also features Tony winner Denis O’Hare as Mayor Koch’s gay aide, Tony winner Stephen Spinella as Sanford, an early patient of Dr. Brookner, Corey Stoll as presidential advisor Jon Bower, Finn Wittrock as male model Albert and Tony winner BD Wong as Buzzy, a nurse who works with Dr. Brookner .A sequel to the film, written by Kramer and directed by Murphy, is currently under consideration at HBO.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

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Joe DiPietro & More Tapped for La Jolla Playhouse’s 2016-17 Season

first_imgThis is one stellar 2016-17 season! Four productions will make their world premieres at La Jolla Playhouse in California, including works by Tony winner Joe DiPietro, Pulitzer winners Quiara Alegría Hudes and Ayad Akhtar, as well as Jeff Augustin. Safe to say we will be keeping a close eye on every single one of these shows—they could well be bound for New York.DiPietro’s noir thriller Hollywood will be directed by Christopher Ashley. In 1922, famed director William Desmond Taylor is found murdered in his home. The celebrity suspects mount as the headlines explode with lurid reports of love triangles, hush money and deception. Enter Will Hays, Hollywood’s newly-appointed moral watchdog, determined to silence the scandal and purify this increasingly corrupt city.Directed by Lear deBessonet, new musical Miss You Like Hell will have book and lyrics by Alegría Hudes, along with music and lyrics by Erin McKeown. When a free-spirited mother convinces her whip-smart teenage daughter to join her on a drive across the country, neither can imagine where it will take them. Chance encounters with a motley crew of characters along the way brings them closer to understanding what sets them apart—and what connects them forever.Helmed by Doug Hughes, Akhtar’s Junk: The Golden Age of Debt takes us back to the hotbed of the ‘80s and offers us an origin story for the world that finance has given us, a thriller about an upstart genius hell-bent on changing all the rules. It’s a world where debt is an asset and assets are excuses for more debt, a world where finance runs the show. How did we get here? How did the world we once knew change?Augustin’s The Last Tiger in Haiti is set to be directed by Joshua Kahan Brody. In an earthquake-torn tent shack in Haiti, the sounds of kanaval fill the air as a group of restaveks—child slaves—spend the night trading fantastic folktales until the line between reality and fiction blurs. At daybreak, the oldest plans to break free for a new life but discovers the story of his future and past are in the hands of someone else. Set in a world that is utterly real and remarkably imaginative, this new play weaves Haitian lore into a contemporary narrative of survival and betrayal. View Commentslast_img read more

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Planting new additions

first_imgIf the recent warm weather has given you a fever to plant shrubs, trees and flowers, you are not alone. With the promise of spring in the air, it is hard to sit still as the days become longer and the temperatures begin to rise. I love days like this and really enjoy getting out and experiencing the fresh start as plants wake from their winter dormancy.If you are going to add to your landscape, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialists recommend keeping a few things in mind before you dig your first shovel-full of dirt. Sample the soilIdeally, you should take a soil sample before you plant new additions. Soil test results from your local UGA Extension office will list what your soil needs to provide the best balance of nutrients for your new plants.If lime or fertilizers are recommended, mix in the recommended amounts to the soil you removed to make the hole. Do not add lime or fertilizer at the bottom of the hole. This could potentially burn the plant’s roots and cause more harm than good.When you bring home new trees and shrubs, keep the rootball moist and out of the sun so it does not dry out and stress the plant. This is especially important if it is going to be a few days before you are able to find a permanent home for the plant. Check the rootsWhen you are ready to plant, take a close look at the rootball. If the roots are bound and tangled, score the rootball to loosen the roots from each other or tease them apart.Only dig the planting hole deep enough so the top of the rootball is level with the top of the soil surface. Be sure to maintain or build a solid base at the bottom so the rootball has a firm place to sit. This will keep the plant from settling deeper in the hole.Once you have determined your depth, loosen the soil two to three times the diameter of the rootball. This will provide lots of growing room and help the plant become established quickly.Add mulchDrought stress can kill transplanted trees and shrubs, so do everything you can to give the plant all the water it needs to make it through the first growing season. Add mulch to reduce moisture stress and help cool the soil in the heat of summer. When you irrigate, be sure to water slowly and deeply about once a week. A soaker hose placed around the drip line of the tree is ideal. Take the time to follow these steps, and you will enjoy your new landscape addition for years to come.last_img read more

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Cristina Fernández Visited CERN and Signed a Cooperation Agreement

first_imgBy Dialogo June 16, 2009 Geneva, June 15 (EFE).- Today the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, visited CERN, the European Laboratory of Particle Physics, where she descended to the huge tunnel that keeps the LHC particle accelerator, and signed a cooperation agreement. During the President’s visit, the Minister of Science and Technology of Argentina, Lino Barañao, signed the agreement with CERN’s director, Rolf Heur for the development of high-technology equipment for the LHC, the Large Hadron Collider, the major scientific experiment to discover the origins of the Universe. The particle accelerator, which was launched last October for the first time in a successful test that achieved atoms circulation through a circumference of 27 kilometers, shortly broke down and remained inactive and will, probably, stay inactive until the end of the year. The protocol of the cooperation agreement of 2007, signed between Barañao and the CERN’s director, contemplates that a team of Argentinean equipment specialists will collaborate in the design and construction of two new particle accelerators, the LINAC4 and the SPL. The project will be funded in part by the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the equipment by the National University of Mar del Plata. “The contribution that our engineers are making to the particle accelerator is of greater importance, and the agreement will allow for a much broader involvement,” stated Minister Barañao. He added that “it will be very interesting” because “this work is a universal technological showcase, the development of equipment that later will be seen by all participants.” Cristina Fernández is in Geneva to participate in the Employment Summit that started today within the International Labour Conference, which several heads of state are attending, and which aims at high-level proposals on how to overcome the serious crisis that is affecting employment. This afternoon the President Argentina is scheduled to speak at the Summit, immediately after the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy.last_img read more

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Knowing members’ usage patterns is key to keeping mobile apps fresh

first_imgA new study focusing on mobile and internet banking behaviors finds that no matter how cutting-edge a mobile banking app is, account balance, transaction history and money transfer features are utilized most often.“Everyone checks balances, reviews recent transaction history and makes transfers — same for mobile and internet banking,” said Robb Gaynor, founder and chief product officer of the Austin, Texas-based Malauzai Software, Inc., a mobile and internet banking firm.In April 2017, Malauzai released its monthly Monkey Insights “little data” report that aggregated statistics from more than 435 banks and credit unions, covering 13.2 million logins from 730,000 active internet and mobile banking users. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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Spain porn star held after man dies in toad venom ritual

first_imgTopics : “The police operation began following the victim’s death during the celebration of a mystic ritual based on the inhalation of venom of the bufo alvarius toad,” a police statement said. The toad, a rare species which is native to the Sonoran Desert, stretching from northern Mexico into California and Arizona, secretes venom containing a very powerful natural psychedelic substance known as 5-MeO-DMT. Its effects have been compared to ayahuasca, a powerful hallucinogenic concoction from the Amazon consumed as part of a shamanic ritual. Following an 11-month inquiry, police arrested Vidal, one of his relatives and an employee on suspicion of manslaughter and crimes against public health.  Investigators said they had discovered such rituals were being carried regularly on grounds they offered medicinal benefits.But in reality, this “apparently harmless ancestral ritual” posed a “serious health risk”, luring people who were “easily influenced, vulnerable or who were seeking help for illnesses or addictions using alternative methods”.Local press said the ceremony took place in the country residence of Vidal, a media-savvy porn star in his mid-40s whose Twitter feed is full of ads for his 25-centimetre aromatic candles of the male genitalia, available in black, white or cerise. center_img A porn star has been arrested on manslaughter charges following a man’s death during a mystic ritual in which he inhaled psychedelic toad venom, Spanish police said Wednesday. Nacho Vidal was detained last week in the southeastern Valencia region in connection with the death of a man in July 2019.Media identified the victim as fashion photographer Jose Luis Abad. last_img read more

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Study links COVID-19 to rise in childhood type 1 diabetes

first_imgCases of type 1 diabetes among children in a small UK study almost doubled during the peak of Britain’s COVID-19 epidemic, suggesting a possible link between the two diseases that needs more investigation, scientists said on Tuesday.While the study is based on only a handful of cases, it is the first to link COVID-19 and new-onset type 1 diabetes in children, and doctors should be on the look-out, the Imperial College London researchers said.”Our analysis shows that during the peak of the pandemic the number of new cases of type 1 diabetes in children was unusually high in two of the hospitals [we studied] compared to previous years,” said Karen Logan, who co-led the study. “When we investigated further, some of these children had active coronavirus or had previously been exposed to the virus.”Logan said previous reports from China and Italy had noted that children were being diagnosed in hospitals with new-onset type 1 diabetes during the pandemic.This study, published in the Diabetes Care journal, analyzed data from 30 children in London hospitals diagnosed with new-onset type 1 diabetes during the first peak of the pandemic — around double the cases seen in this period in previous years.Twenty-one of the children were tested for COVID-19 or had antibody tests to see whether they had been exposed to the virus — and five tested positive for novel coronavirus infection.Type 1 diabetes causes insulin-producing cells in the pancreas to be destroyed, preventing the body from producing enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. The Imperial team said one possible explanation might be that the novel coronavirus’ spike protein might attack insulin-making cells in the pancreas.”More research is needed to establish whether there is a definitive link, … but in the meantime we hope clinicians will be mindful of this,” Logan said.  Topics :last_img read more

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Sex education lagging: poll

first_imgNZ Herald 30 December 2013Nearly three-quarters of New Zealanders feel that the Roast Busters case showed high school students needed to be taught about respectful attitudes to sex, not just the mechanics of sexual intercourse.Sex education and rape prevention came into the spotlight in October amid allegations against Auckland teenagers who boasted on the internet about having sex with drunk and underage girls.A Herald-DigiPoll survey showed 74.7 per cent of respondents believed high schools should teach more than the physical and medical aspects of sex and also emphasise respect for sexual partners.Following the Roast Busters scandal, Prime Minister John Key said the Government would have to tread carefully in expanding sex education in schools because some parents felt it would cut across their responsibilities and rights and others would feel that more education would keep young women safer and allow them to better understand their rights.It was a very delicate balance which had to be right, he said.Fewer than one in five people surveyed felt that shaping attitudes to sex was the sole domain of parents.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11179208last_img read more

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Vernon Hankins

first_imgMr. Harold “Vernon” Hankins, age 68, of Georgetown, Kentucky, entered this life on October 13, 1948, in Madison, Indiana, the son of the late, Harold Leland and Ruth Margaret (Alcorn) Hankins. He was raised in Moorefield, Indiana and was a 1966 graduate of the Vevay High School. Vernon was employed for Wood Concepts in Georgetown, Kentucky, retiring in 2012, after 28 years of service. Vernon enjoyed woodworking, fishing and attending flea markets. Vernon will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends. Vernon passed away at 8:21 am, Friday, November 18, 2016, at the UK Healthcare in Lexington, Kentucky.Vernon will be deeply missed by his sister: Hazel Rilki of Hoffman Estates, IL; his nieces: Julie Darbro and her husband: Tim of Vevay, IN, Beverly Gullion and her husband: H.L. of Vevay, IN and Robin Springer of Vevay, IN; his aunt: Agnes Hankins of Vevay, IN and his several great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friendsHe was preceded in death by his parents: Harold Leland Hankins, died November 24, 1974 and Ruth Margaret (Alcorn) Hankins, died December 24, 2001 and his brother: Irvin Gene Hankins, died June 25, 1970.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at 1:00 pm, by Rev. Howard Wade, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Mr. Harold “Vernon” Hankins Memorial Fund % Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

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South Korea women’s golf resumption draws world top-10 players: report

first_img Promoted ContentThe Most Stunning Wedding Looks From Around The WorldThe Best Cars Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Is This The Most Delicious Food In The World?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way15 Photos Of Amazingly Beautiful Mutations6 Movies Where A Car Plays A Key Role6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAP9 Most Beautiful Women Of The XX Century7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value Loading… Read Also: Golf: PGA says Ryder Cup without fans under considerationThe organisers “put the utmost priority on the safety of athletes and fans” and the details of the event will depend on the course of the outbreak, the KLPGA said in a statement.South Korea reported nine new cases on Monday — its fourth consecutive day of less than 20 new infections — taking the national total to 10,683. Professional women’s golf will resume in South Korea next month after a coronavirus hiatus, with a report Tuesday saying two of the world’s top 10 would seize the chance to return to competition.South Korea dominates the women’s game globally, with its best players gravitating towards the lucrative US-based LPGA tour, where they occupy three of the top six ranking spots and eight of the top 20.World number six Kim Sei-young will play on South Korea’s domestic tour, a report saidBut sport events around the world have been put on hold as the novel coronavirus has swept the globe with total cases nearing 2.5 million.South Korea once had the largest confirmed cases outside China but appears to have brought the outbreak under control with a huge “trace, test and treat” strategy.And government officials have said that outdoor sports events will now be allowed, with restrictions.The Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Championship is scheduled to be played over four days from May 14 in Yangju, east of Seoul.World number six Kim Sei-young and 10th-ranked Lee Jeong-eun will be part of the 144-strong field, Yonhap news agency reported.The tournament prize fund totals 2.3 billion won (US$1.8 million) with 160 million won for the winner.KLPGA officials were still discussing whether spectators would be allowed on the course, a representative told AFP, declining to confirm Kim or Lee’s participation. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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