Ayad Akhtar is adapting his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced for HBO. According to the Chicago Tribune, the playwright has been tapped to pen two scripts for the network—the other is a series about the international financial world. The Tony nominated Disgraced recently ran on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre.Disgraced follows Amir Kapoor, a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. When Amir and his wife, Emily, a white artist influenced by Islamic paintings, host a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging. Directed by Kimberly Senior, the Great White Way incarnation starred Hari Dhillon, Gretchen Mol and Josh Radnor.Disgraced previously had a critically acclaimed off-Broadway run at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theatre in 2012. A U.S. tour is planned to 30 theaters over the next two years. View Comments
By Carla Babb, Voice of America February 12, 2019 Speaking exclusively in his first in-depth interview since taking command, U.S. Navy Admiral Craig Faller told Voice of America (VOA) that Russia was acting like a “wounded, declining bear that’s just lashing out” against democratic interests in the region. “I think with Russia, anything’s possible,” he said. “We’ve seen what they’ve done (in Syria), and I think we have to be prepared for what might happen in the future.” Below are excerpts from the interview: VOA: Admiral, let’s start with Venezuela. What options have you been asked to provide for the situation in Venezuela? U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command: We’re focused on supporting a political and diplomatic solution and as you’d expect from a combatant commander we’re working to ensure that U.S. citizens and property, our diplomats that are there are safe, and so that’s where we’ve been, our efforts have been centered. VOA: So we’ve heard about sending thousands of troops to Colombia — everybody has seen National Security Advisor John Bolton’s memo. Has anybody asked you to provide that particular option? Adm. Faller: Again, I would refer any question on plans to the department, to the secretary’s office of the National Security Council. VOA: Are you working with your regional partners on a potential peacekeeping mission plan should the need arise? Adm. Faller: We’re focused on what you’re seeing right now, the human suffering, the day to day alleviation of that suffering. We did our part earlier this year with the USNS Comfort. VOA: But is peacekeeping forces, are those an option right now? Adm. Faller: We were looking, as I mentioned Carla, at what’s happening today and the long-term efforts beyond government transition. I’ll leave that to policy and the diplomats, and we’ll be ready and on the balls of our feet to support when asked. VOA: Since former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, when we were traveling together, he mentioned the importance of identifying a problem first. So with Venezuela, what is the problem for the United States there, and can it be solved through a military solution? Adm. Faller: Well I think looking more broadly at this hemisphere, this is our neighborhood, and we share a lot across this neighborhood: values, a respect for law, democracy, for the most part democracy, and we have common sea, land, air, cyber, space, all of the domains right here in our neighborhood and so we look at our neighborhood and there are some glaring examples of countries that aren’t democracies. Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua to name the three most glaring examples. And what you see common in these cases is the influence of Russia, and Cuba, and to some extent China. VOA: Are you concerned that Russia might do something in Venezuela like it did in Syria? Like we saw how they propped up the (Syrian President Bashar al-) Assad regime there. Could that happen again? Adm. Faller: I think, with Russia, anything’s possible. The national defense strategy calls out competition with Russia and China specifically as areas of focus. We’ve really aligned and done a lot of thinking, planning and resourcing to those. Different cases though. China is an economic powerhouse on the rise, and they have a legitimate economic and business interest around the world. They don’t play by the rulebook though. Russia, on the other hand, is almost, you know, a wounded, declining bear that’s just lashing out, and I couldn’t predict what Russia will do, and I wouldn’t want to. We’ve seen what they’ve done, and I think we have to be prepared for what might happen in the future. VOA: The defeat of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Your predecessor had warned of the potential for these foreign fighters that came out of your area of responsibility coming back in. Have you seen that? Adm. Faller: So we are, we’re watching that very closely. We had a significant number of foreign fighters come out of some of our Caribbean nations and go over to Syria. We’ve seen some come back. We’ve worked with partner nations to thwart some attacks, and very successfully. And we’ve got our eye on that ball every day. And we have elements of Lebanese Hezbollah. … VOA: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that there are active cells in Venezuela. Have you seen that as well? Adm. Faller: The long arm of Iranian malfeasance is everywhere around the world and their surrogate Lebanese Hezbollah is right at the end of that arm. VOA: So they are in Venezuela. Adm. Faller: The secretary of state, I have ultimate respect for him, and he speaks truth to power.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Brooklyn man has admitted to shooting a Nassau County police officer while the attacker fled a New Hyde Park home invasion two years ago.Cong Xu pleaded guilty Tuesday at Nassau County court to assault and burglary.“This burglar had a handgun when he entered a Nassau family’s home,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said. “Officer Mohit Arora responded and was shot protecting innocent civilians. As a result of Officer Arora’s heroism and today’s guilty plea, this defendant will no longer be a threat to others for a long time to come.”Prosecutors said the 22-year-old gunman and a second assailant broke into a Campbell Street home, where the victims called 911 before the duo fled on Aug. 14, 2013.Xu fired several rounds from a handgun at responding officers as he fled, hitting Officer Mohit Arora in the lower abdomen.Officer Arora was taken to North Shore Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. Xu was apprehended nearby.Judge Philip Grella is expected to sentence Xu to 30 years in prison when Xu is sentenced on April 2.His co-defendant, 23-year-old Renhang Qiu of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty las year to burglary and is expected to be sentenced Feb. 23 seven years in prison.
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Sophisticated nano-technology, 3D printing, virtual reality, robotics, neural networks, machine learning – all of this and more – combined with the power of human ingenuity is causing disruption for many industries, including financial services. Disruption pushes us beyond our existing limitations and, in many cases, presents new ideas that may seem inconceivable.The tsunami of innovation and waves of disruption are not slowing down, and the magnitude of their impact is unknown. To help us be better prepared for disruptive innovation, we need to understand which areas of our business verticals are ripe for disruption and are perfect breeding ground for disruptive technology. Opportunities for disruption are identified when there are complex experiences, broken trust, redundant intermediaries and limited access to only a few. The world is filled with problem solvers, eager to quickly innovate and offer a better solution. continue reading »
Findings from researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine may offer physicians further help in quickly and accurately distinguishing early inhalational anthrax from other respiratory conditions—a vitally important skill if a widespread anthrax emergency were to occur.The scientists, whose report is published in the Jul 31 issue of The Lancet, found that the definitive predictor of inhalational anthrax was the chest radiograph. The presence of mediastinal widening or pleural effusion was 100% sensitive (95% confidence interval [CI], 84.6-100.0) for inhalational anthrax, 71.8% specific (CI, 64.8-78.1) for inhalational anthrax when compared with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), and 95.6% specific (CI, 90.0-98.5) for inhalational anthrax compared with influenza-like illness (ILI).The matched case-control study involved 47 historical cases of confirmed inhalational anthrax, 36 of them naturally occurring from 1880 through 1976 and 11 of them from the 2001 anthrax attack, and 376 cases of CAP or ILI seen in the emergency department of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, between January 2000 and February 2003.Before comparing the anthrax patients with the controls, the authors compared laboratory, chest radiograph, and autopsy findings between the naturally occurring and the bioterorrism-related anthrax cases and found no significant differences. “The chest radiograph findings of the two case groups were remarkably similar,” according to the authors. An accompanying commentary points out that the similarity of the two anthrax groups suggests that “the weaponisation process might not influence disease progression.” The anthrax spores used in the 2001 attack were electrostatically charged to make them more easily dispersible, and they were covered with polymerized glass and silica to prevent clumping.In addition to the chest film findings, additional clinical characteristics found in the study to be more common in inhalational anthrax patients than in those with CAP or ILI included nausea, vomiting, pallor or cyanosis, diaphoresis, altered mental status, and elevated hematocrit levels. Similar results have been reported in other studies, but the authors of the present study point out that they included substantially more anthrax cases and used matched controls for comparison.The authors acknowledge several limitations of their study, including the fact that because they used historical reports for the anthrax cases, their measurements of predictor variables are “inherently incomplete.” That they found such clear similarity between the naturally occurring and the more recent, more completely documented bioterrorism-related cases may dispel this concern somewhat, however. They also point out the possibility of misclassification of some of the CAP and ILI controls in their study. Finally, they note that clinical characteristics of inhalational anthrax may be subtle or even absent early in the disease, which could have affected the results. Because of these limitations, “Studies using prospectively colleced information from controls should be done to corroborate, modify, or refute our findings,” they conclude.Kyriacou DN, Stein AD, Yarnold P, et al. Clinical predictors of bioterrorism-related inhalational anthrax. Lancet 2004 Jul 31;364(9432):449-52 [Abstract]See also:CDC document on distinguishing ILI from inhalational anthrax (Nov 9, 2001)http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5044a5.htmCDC interim guidelines for clinical evaluation of suspected anthrax cases (Nov 2, 2001)http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5043a1.htmArticle in Feb 1, 2003, Clinical Infectious Diseases: “Clinical features that discriminate inhalational anthrax from other acute respiratory illnesses”http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full/10.1086/346035
Lionel Messi is unlikely to change his mind about leaving Barcelona, the club’s presidential candidate Victor Font has said.Messi rocked Barcelona last month when his lawyers told the club he wanted to activate a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave for free before the 2020-21 season.The club disputed the claim saying the clause expired on June 10 — with La Liga also releasing a statement saying his contract was still valid — but Font is not optimistic about convincing Messi to stay another year. “I really hope the decision can be changed,” Font told Sky Sports. “It doesn’t seem likely, though… if that’s the case, the focus should be on making the transition as smooth as possible.”Messi loves the club and he wants to win, he wants to compete. He has been saying this for many, many years, it’s not just been for a few weeks.”Unfortunately the club has not been able to deliver on the promise of building a competitive team.”Messi, 33, last won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2015 and an 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals last month was the final straw for the six-times world player of the year. Messi, who failed to turn up for pre-season training on Monday, had previously labeled his side “weak” and “inconsistent” after surrendering the league title to rivals Real Madrid.The club has spent millions on players in the transfer market who have not come good in recent years and transfer strategy is something Font hopes to change if he is elected president.”Currently you have the president, the chairman of the board and even some directors making decisions about signings, about selling players and that needs to be changed,” Font, who hopes to succeed president Josep Maria Bartomeu in the election next March, added.”That’s why we’ve been working on a project and we need people to lead that who come from the world of football.”Lionel Messi’s father and agent headed to Barcelona on Tuesday for what Argentine media said was a meeting with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.TV pictures showed Jorge Messi boarding a private plane in Rosario.The plane was destined for the United States, from where he would proceed to Spain, local newspapers Ole and Capital de Rosario reported. Topics :
Public Discourse 1 April 2015It was a pivotal scene. A mom was brushing a boy’s long hair, the boy slowly turned his head to look at her. In a tentative voice, he asked, “Would you love me if I were a boy?” The mom was raising her boy to become a trans-girl.In that split second, I was transported back to my childhood. I remembered my grandmother standing over me, guiding me, dressing me in a purple chiffon dress. The boy in that glowing documentary about parents raising transgender kids dared to voice a question I always wanted to ask. Why didn’t she love me the way I was?I am haunted by that boy and his question. What will the trans-kids of 2015 be like sixty years from now? Documentaries and news stories only give us a snapshot in time. They are edited to romanticize and normalize the notion of changing genders and to convince us that enlightened parents should help their children realize their dreams of being the opposite gender.I want to tell you my story. I want you to have the opportunity to see the life of a trans-kid, not in a polished television special, but across more than seven decades of life, with all of its confusion, pain, and redemption.The Trans-KidIt wasn’t my mother but my grandmother who clothed me in a purple chiffon dress she made for me. That dress set in motion a life filled with gender dysphoria, sexual abuse, alcohol and drug abuse, and finally, an unnecessary gender reassignment surgery. My life was ripped apart by a trusted adult who enjoyed dressing me as a girl.My mom and dad didn’t have any idea that when they dropped their son off for a weekend at Grandma’s that she was dressing their boy in girls’ clothes. Grandma told me it was our little secret. My grandmother withheld affirmations of me as a boy, but she lavished delighted praise upon me when I was dressed as a girl. Feelings of euphoria swept over me with her praise, followed later by depression and insecurity about being a boy. Her actions planted the idea in me that I was born in the wrong body. She nourished and encouraged the idea, and over time it took on a life of its own.Walt Heyer is an author and public speaker with a passion to help others who regret gender change. Through his website, SexChangeRegret.com, and his blog, WaltHeyer.com, Heyer raises public awareness about the incidence of regret and the tragic consequences suffered as a result. Heyer’s story can be read in novel form in Kid Dakota and The Secret at Grandma’s House and in his autobiography, A Transgender’s Faith. Heyer’s other books include Paper Genders and Gender, Lies and Suicide.http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/04/14688/
NZ Herald 22 October 2017Family First Comment: Fortunately, men seem to be understanding the long-term ramifications of this process – both for themselves and for the child who will want to know their biological father one day. But this bit is interesting…“We’ve always had heterosexual couples and lesbian couples looking for sperm donor treatment but the biggest phenomenal change has been in the number of single women coming.”But fathers matter…Fatherlessness is an issue for children.Sperm donors are in hot demand with the shortage of donors the worst it has ever been in New Zealand.About 450 women are on the waiting list for a donor at Fertility Associates, which has clinics throughout the country, with the wait time sitting at about two years.At Auckland’s Fertility Plus the wait time is just as long and there is an official wait list of about 40 women but scientific director Margaret Merrilees said she believed there were many more women who would put their names forward if there were more donors.“We are desperately short of donors,” she said.Medical director of Fertility Associates Auckland Simon Kelly said women waiting for donor sperm for IVF treatment could expect to wait about a year while the wait for women wanting sperm to be inserted straight into the uterus to allow for a more natural impregnation was about two years.He said the shortage was the worst it had ever been despite having seen an increase in donors in recent years.Single women looking to start a family on their own were behind the growing demand, he said.“It’s a change in society. A lot more women in their mid-to-late 30s are coming in as single women looking for treatment. People are leaving having families until later and that’s reflected in the numbers of single women we are seeing.”Kelly said they had noticed a “dramatic” increase in demand from single women during the last four or five years, he said.“We’ve always had heterosexual couples and lesbian couples looking for sperm donor treatment but the biggest phenomenal change has been in the number of single women coming.”The long wait time meant the clinic often encouraged women to see if they could find their own personal donor to speed up the process, he said.Kelly estimated another 200 sperm donors would be needed just to cope with the current demand but said that would involve screening double the number of men to find enough suitable donors.He said the clinic usually had about 50 donors at any one time. Under New Zealand law donors could provide sperm to up to five families. Since the clinic was set up in 1987 more than 2000 men had donated sperm, he said.The law in New Zealand also stipulated donors could be compensated for expenses like travel and parking but could not be paid for donating. It was also an open process which meant once the child turned 18 they were able to access their records and get in touch with their biological father.Kelly said both of those factors made it harder to attract sperm donors.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=11934847&ref=twitter
Tweet Share Share HealthLifestyleNewsRegional Cuban lung cancer vaccine to be tested in US by: Caribbean Media Corporation – May 9, 2016 Share Sharing is caring! The Cuban vaccine known as Cimavax (Photo: CMC)HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) – A lung cancer vaccine developed in Cuba will be tested in the United States through the work of the Rosewell Park Institute – a cancer research and treatment centre located in New York.The vaccine, known as Cimavax will soon enter the US and could benefit cancer patients in that country.“We believe that treatments should be available to all patients and that politics and geography should not prohibit the drug development process,” reads a statement on the webpage of the Washington based Lung Cancer Alliance.“The development of Cimavax is particularly exciting as it would represent a new class of therapeutics for lung cancer – a vaccine that primes the immune system, similarly to the flu shot or common childhood vaccines,” the statement continued.The Lung Cancer Alliance was founded in 1995 to meet the needs of lung cancer patients and those at risk by improving outcomes, eliminating stigma and securing public health research funding.In 2010 Lung Cancer Alliance began its first awareness program. Since then, Lung Cancer Alliance has developed many programs focused on lung cancer awareness: “Give a Scan,” “National Shine a Light on Lung Cancer,” and “Team Lung Love,” have helped create awareness in the United States and internationally.In February 2012, Lung Cancer Alliance took on its first major initiative, creating a national framework for lung cancer screening.In June 2012, it launched its national “No One Deserves To Die” campaign to help raise awareness and change the stigma associated with lung cancer. By the end of the campaign, more than 281 million impressions were made and market research proved a shift in sentiment around lung cancer. 165 Views no discussions
“We need to double our efforts inmonitoring the entry of illegal drugs. We expect a high demand for them thisChristmas season when most people have money,” said Tablate. “We will be utilizing 10 K-9 dogsaside from partnering with the police,” said Tablate. Of particular concern to the PDEA arethe seaports where drug traffickers are known to slip their stocks. Party drugs, also called club drugs orrave drugs, are recreational drugs that have stimulating properties. Regularuse can lead to the user craving more of the drug, resulting to addiction. “K-9” (a homophone of“canine”) are dogs trained to assist law enforcers detect contrabands such asillegal drugs and explosives. In Bacolod City and Negros Occidental,however, said Tablate, drug trafficking remains a challenge. PDEA-6 regional director Alex Tablate ILOILO City – Demand for party drugsis expected to surge this holiday season, according to the Philippine DrugEnforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 6. “I call on the community to help us in ourcampaign against illegal drugs. Malakingtulong kayo by giving us information about those into the illegal drugtrade,” said Director Alex Tablate. In the worst cases, party drugs canresult in the death of the user from cardiac arrest or water intoxication dueto the increase in heart rate and thirstiness induced. PDEA will also be focusing on partyplaces where party drugs may be traded and used most especially by youngsters,he added. Party drugs have adverse effects tohealth and behavior. Among these are increased heart rate, a steep increase inbody temperature, increase in blood pressure, spasms and dehydration, breathingand respiratory issues, drowsiness, nausea and confusion, anxiety, stress, evenhallucination. The PDEA director, however, stressedthe supply of illegal drugs in Iloilo significantly dropped following thedeaths of drug lords Melvin “Boyet” Odicta Sr. in August 2016 in BarangayCaticlan, Malay, Aklan and Richard “Buang” Prevendido in September 2017 inBarangay Balabago, Jaro district here. “Our office will not stop going aroundchecking areas if party drugs are being used,” Tablate said. “Please help us in our campaign. Giveus information. PDEA and the police could not stop drug trafficking without thehelp of the community,” he stressed./PN