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Award-winning author reads excerpt from work

first_imgKyle Muntz is the 2016 recipient of the Sparks Prize, an award given to a distinguished graduate of the Creative Writing graduate program.Students send sections of writing to an anonymous judge, chosen by the director of the program each year, who decides the winner. Nicholas Sparks, renowned author and Notre Dame graduate class of 1988, created the Sparks Prize in 2001. Muntz is the 15th recipient of the award.“Kyle is a lover of genre and writes in a swathe of them, including genres like the dystopic or the western romance. In this regard, I think he is a lovely fulfillment of the vision of Nicholas Sparks,” Joyelle McSweeney, current director of the Creative Writing Program, said of Muntz.The Sparks Prize awards $20,000 to the winner to allow them to spend a year simply writing, with one stipulation of a requirement of one public reading. Muntz performed his reading at Hammes Bookstore.Muntz read the first chapter of one of his new novels “The Effigies,” a novel which took inspiration from the anime “Evangelion,” as well as a section of his thesis novel, “The Holy Ghost.”Carmen Maria Machado, author of “Her Body and Other Parties” among other novels, was the judge of the 2016 contest. Machado described Muntz’s work as “snapping and humming with a weirdness, queerness and eeriness in every sense of the word that I find utterly intoxicating — a cross between Karen Russell and Bryan Evenson with an atmosphere entirely their own.”Most of Muntz’s novels take place in new, unique worlds, and he estimated that he has created over 10 of them.“I usually start with a genre and a way of telling stories and then I pick it apart,” Muntz said. “ … I look for places where the familiar can become unfamiliar in a way that is interesting to me. I basically think, ‘What if this familiar thing was horrifying, and how do people who have to live with that deal with that?’”Muntz said he has garnered much support and praise from his former peers and professors at the creative writing program.“Kyle approaches prose genres with the enthusiasm and wonder of a kid on Christmas morning who immediately takes apart a complicated toy to see how it works and immediately assembles it in a grotesque humorous way,” McSweeney said.Muntz, has already published five novels and his work has appeared Gone Lawn, Step Chamber, The Journal of Experimental Fiction and Fiction International. Additionally, he is developing a video game called “The Pale City,” an adventure that he finds less enjoyable than novel writing.“It develops a world in the way a world works a lot more fully than my novels ever have,” Muntz said. “ … Writing my video game was a little bit more like writing a screenplay.”last_img read more

Noel Coward’s Relative Values to Transfer to the West End

first_img View Comments A culture clash between 1950s Hollywood and English aristocrats? Surely not! After a sold-out run at the Theatre Royal Bath, Noel Coward’s Relative Values, starring Patricia Hodge, Caroline Quentin and Rory Bremner, is to transfer to London’s West End. Directed by Trevor Nunn, the show will play at the Harold Pinter Theatre for a limited engagement March 19 through June 21. Press night is set for April 14. The cast also features Ben Mansfield (One Man, Two Guvnors) as Don Lucas. Further casting will be announced in due course. Design is by Stephen Brimson-Lewis, lighting design is by Tim Mitchell and sound design is by Fergus O’Hare. Olivier winner Hodge stars as Felcity and her stage credits include Money, Dandy Dick and His Dark Materials. Hodge’s TV credits include The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, Jemima Shore Investigates, Rumpole of the Bailey and Miranda. Quentin plays Moxie and her stage credits include Oh What a Lovely War and her TV credits Blue Murder, Life of Riley, Life Begins, Men Behaving Badly, Jonathan Creek and Dancing on the Edge. Bremner is making his West End debut as Crestwell. One of the U.K.’s leading impressionists and comedians, he is best known for Rory Bremner…Who Else? and Bremner, Bird and Fortune. There is consternation at Marshwood House when the young Earl announces he is to marry a Hollywood film actress…but the family is well and truly flummoxed when it comes to light that the starlet’s sister is none other than Moxie, the Earl’s mother’s maid. In an attempt to cope with this deeply embarrassing situation, Moxie is dressed up in her ladyship’s cast-offs as the family endeavours to pass her off as one of their own.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: The Honeymooners May Premiere on B’way & More

first_img Related Shows Will The Honeymooners Premiere on Broadway? It seems that the much-buzzed about The Honeymooners is heading straight to the Great White Way. As we previously reported, the John Rando-helmed show was set to premiere at Goodspeed Musicals this fall. However, the tuner has been replaced by A Wonderful Life because “Goodspeed has been told that the show is ready for Broadway.” No word on dates, theater or casting, but a November 2014 reading of the stage adaptation of the classic 1950s sitcom starred Megan Hilty, Michael McGrath, Hank Azaria and Leslie Kritzer. The production features music by Stephen Weiner, lyrics by Peter Mills and a book by Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss. Julie Andrews on Her ‘New Friend’ Lady Gaga Julie Andrews stopped by GMA on March 10 to talk the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music and that tribute performance by Lady Gaga. “I’ve always been a fan,” said the Oscar winner about Gaga, “but when she finished what she was doing on stage I think I found a new friend.” Andrews also revealed that a documentary she has been working on with Diane Sawyer, The Untold Story of The Sound of Music, will air on March 18 on ABC. Check out the interview below! LIVE Side Show Album Sets Release Date Brand new album Side Show: Added Attractions—LIVE at 54 BELOW will be released on Broadway records on May 19. Recorded at the Times Square hotspot, the LIVE performance included never-before-heard material such as cut songs, extended versions of familiar hits and additional surprises. Daisy and Violet Hilton will never leave us! Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 Casting Complete for MTC’s Airline Highway Todd d’Amour has been tapped for his sister Lisa D’Amour’s Airline Highway on Broadway! Shannon Eagen, Venida Evans, Joe Forbrich, Leslie Hendrix, Sekou Laidlow and Toni Martin also join the cast, which will star Tony winner Julie White and more. Directed by Joe Mantello, Manhattan Theatre Club’s presentation of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s ensemble production will begin previews on April 1. Opening night is set for April 23 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Aaron Tveit Returns to the Theater District Stage faves Aaron Tveit, Holly Hunter, Neverland’s Matthew Morrison, Betty Buckley and more will join host John Waters for Vineyard Theatre’s 2015 Gala. Directed by Michael Mayer (Hedwig, Brooklynite), the event will take place on March 30 and honor Tony-winning producer Margo Lion at the Edison Ballroom. Wonderful to have you back on this side of the Pond, Mr. Tveit—now how about returning for a proper run on Broadway?! Airline Highway Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. View Comments World News Videos | US News Videoslast_img read more

Ásia: Corruption: Red Card In Sports

first_img Efforts are under way to prevent illegal betting and match-fixing in sports, which has led to cases of corruption across the globe. Interpol, the world’s largest international police organization, estimates that hundreds of millions of dollars are gambled illegally on soccer in Asia alone. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, an Interpol operation in China, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand resulted in more than 5,000 arrests for illegal gambling totaling more than $155 million worth of bets. In May 2011, FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, announced a €20 million euro ($29 million) donation to Interpol over 10 years to target illegal betting and match-fixing. The initiative seeks to protect the sport, the players and the fans from corruption and fraud, as well as provide Interpol training and education against corruption. Sources: FIFA, MAARS Global News By Dialogo January 01, 2012last_img read more

Foster children are in need of representation

first_img Foster children are in need of representation Fostering Independence is a new program designed to serve underrepresented kids aged 14 to 19 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Angela Orkin, director of the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program, ran into Florida Bar President Alan Bookman at an airport.They chatted about her challenge in recruiting lawyers to represent abused and neglected children in dependency court.“Anything I can do to help,” Bookman offered before boarding the plane.Orkin took him up on his offer, visiting him at his Pensacola law office, explaining Fostering Independence, a new program designed to serve an underrepresented age group of 14- to 19-year-old foster kids.Bookman agreed to send out brochures in efforts to recruit more attorney guardians and to talk about the project during speaking engagements around the state.“After all the offers of that help, I thought to myself, ‘This is a stretch, but I’m going to do it anyway,’” Orkin recalls with a chuckle.“Let me ask you one more question. Would you take a case?”And the dirt lawyer who has never set foot in dependency court before said, “Yes.”“I have agreed to accept a case, as I feel this is an obligation all attorneys should undertake,” Bookman said.“Pro bono representation of children in difficult circumstances is one of our profession’s highest callings. I’ve never represented a child. Years and years ago, I had some matters in juvenile court. I don’t do any work in that area whatsoever. When we are talking about dependency matters and children’s rights, I think it’s important to be represented by counsel. I will go through the training.”He invites other Florida lawyers to take the plunge.And Orkin assures you that if you, too, say “yes,” plenty of help and convenient training will be provided.Instead of the usual 30-hour training lay volunteers go through, she has streamlined it to eight hours of training on videotape and available on DVDs you can watch from the comfort of your own home. The eight-hour training is free of charge and qualifies for CLE credit and an hour of ethics is included.You won’t be flung out on your own in unfamiliar territory, Orkin assures. You will have the support of the GAL program attorney and social worker.“They will be part of a team,” Orkin said. “The main difference is that attorneys serving as guardians ad litem will be able to draft motions and do legal work. That’s another reason we think it’s a good way to bring attorneys into dependency court, because they will have that support.”Because there are only enough guardians ad litem to represent about half of Florida’s 43,300 abused and neglected foster children in dependency court, the teens “don’t get GALs as much as the younger kids do,” Orkin said.“We recognize this age group is underrepresented,” she said. “Once a kid reaches 13 or 14, the focus is on what is permanency for that child. Are they getting education and independent living skills? Some of these kids don’t want to be adopted. What are they going to do? Are they on track to graduate from high school? Their 18th birthday is coming up. What are we going to do to make sure this child is prepared? So our eight hours of training is based on the needs of these teens,” Orkin said.She noted that this past legislative session the jurisdiction for foster children was extended a year to age 19.“One of the provisions of the Independent Living bill said the court would encourage the GAL program to provide greater representation,” Orkin said.If you are willing to take a case, call toll-free 866-341-1GAL and you will be put in touch with the local GAL program office in your circuit. September 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Foster children are in need of representationlast_img read more

Baldwin Motocyclist Killed in Crash With Bus

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 27-year-old motorcyclist from Freeport was killed in a crash with a school bus with nearly two dozen children aboard in Baldwin on Monday morning.Nassau County police said Diony Antonio Lopez was riding a Honda motorcycle eastbound on Merrick Road when he collided with an Atlantic Express Transportation school bus at the corner of Lancaster Avenue shortly before 8 a.m.The motorcyclist was taken to South Nassau Communities Hospital, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later.The 64-year-old woman driving the bus was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  The 23 children, ages 5 through 14, aboard the bus were not injured.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Registration open for virtual DE training

first_imgWhile the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create unique challenges and shape our new normal, the DE Program is transitioning to meet credit unions where they are now. This fall, for the first time, the DE Program will be available virtually.In 2020, the National Credit Union Foundation will be offering two virtual DE Trainings, one from Sept. 14 to Oct. 9 and one from Oct. 26 to Nov. 20. Registration links for both can be found here.As the signature program of the Foundation, with a near-40-year history, the DE Program is uniquely positioned to make this first transition into a virtual learning environment.Since the first class in 1982, the U.S. DE Program has proven to be incredibly resilient. It has been hosted across the country at universities, corporate conference centers, remote nature preserves, hotel conference rooms, and monasteries. Activities and experiences have always been shaped around each environment and offered unique learning opportunities. The virtual setting is simply a new venue that will allow us to adapt the DE experience to meet credit unions where they now. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Study: 1918-like pandemic now would kill 62 million

first_imgDec 22, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Scientists who analyzed mortality records from the 1918 influenza pandemic estimate that a similarly severe pandemic today would kill about 62 million people worldwide, the vast majority of them in the developing world.The authors, led by Christopher Murray, D Phil, MD, from the Harvard Initiative for Global Health, used data from areas that have reasonably complete statistics for the period from 1915 to 1923. They compared influenza mortality with per capita income and latitude in 27 countries, 24 US states, and 9 Indian provinces.The researchers used the data to estimate excess mortality for a hypothetical pandemic in 2004, the most recent year for which per capita gross domestic product data are available. The report appears in the Dec 23 issue of The Lancet.For the 1918 pandemic, the researchers found a 31-fold difference between areas that had the lowest and highest excess mortality rates. Wisconsin’s excess mortality was 0.25%, while India’s Central provinces and Berar had a rate of 7.8% (7.8 extra deaths per 100 people).The authors concluded that per capita income explained about half of the variance in pandemic mortality in the 1918 event. They determined that a 10% increase in income was associated with a 9% to 10% decrease in mortality. Latitude did not significantly affect mortality rates, so they did not use it to estimate 2004 mortality. Their examination of mortality rates by age and sex confirmed that flu deaths during the 1918 pandemic were concentrated in young adults, rather than elderly people.The study yielded estimates for a 2004 event ranging from 51 million to 81 million deaths worldwide, with a median of 62 million. Ninety-six percent of the deaths were in developing countries. Southeast Asia accounted for 30%; Sub-Saharan Africa, 29%; East Asia, 19%, and the Middle East, 10%. Latin America, Eastern Europe/Central Asia, and the remaining developed countries each accounted for 4%.The study’s median estimate for US deaths is 297,000—well below the 1.9 million that the Department of Health and Human Services has estimated would die in a 1918-like pandemic today.”Most of the strong relation that we observed between per-head income and pandemic mortality must be mediated through factors such as nutritional status, comorbidity, community characteristics associated with poverty, and the effect of supportive care,” the authors write.Acknowledging the difficulty and uncertainty in estimating mortality, the authors say that though many experts use the 1918 pandemic for their upper limit, the next event could be even more severe. On the other hand, they write that a severe pandemic today might be blunted by improvements in medical care among people in high- and middle-income groups.”Our results indicate that, irrespective of the lethality of the virus, the burden of the next influenza pandemic will be overwhelmingly focused on the developing world, as has been suggested for the 1918-20 pandemic,” the article states.A prudent approach would be to develop practical and affordable strategies for low-income countries, it says.The conclusion that a severe pandemic would take a heavy toll only in developing countries was disputed by Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site.Osterholm asserted that a pandemic that disrupted industrial production and international transportation would acutely affect developed countries, because their economies depend on just-in-time supply shipments, their healthcare systems have almost no excess capacity, and about 80% of pharmaceutical products are produced offshore.”We’ll be lucky to have 1918 medical care during a moderate-to-severe pandemic,” he said. “There’s no basis that we would be better off.”Crisis management requires more than just money, and people in developing countries might be more resilient than those in rich countries in some ways, Osterholm said. For example, they might be more adept at coping with food shortages in a pandemic because they are likely to be skilled at subsistence farming.Osterholm also noted that the estimate of 62 million deaths today is lower than some estimates of the death toll in the 1918 pandemic, when the world population was less than a third of what it is today. A 2002 study in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine estimated the 1918 toll at 50 million to 100 million.In a Lancet editorial that accompanies the Murray study, Neil Ferguson, D Phil, of the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College in London, says the study’s projections may be optimistic.Experts don’t know what effect an influenza pandemic would have on the 35 million people in the world who are infected with HIV, a virus that didn’t exist in 1918, Ferguson writes. In addition, he says, the relation between mortality and income that Murray and colleagues assume leads to a prediction of threefold lower mortality in the developed world than that seen in 1918, “perhaps a rather optimistic conclusion.”Ferguson writes that nonpharmaceutical public health measures such as school closures and mask-wearing might offer the best hope during a pandemic for countries lacking access to medical interventions.Murray CJL, Lopez AD, Chin B, et al. Estimation of potential global pandemic influenza mortality on the basis of vital registry data from the 1918-20 pandemic: a quantitative analysis. Lancet 2006;368:2211-8Ferguson N. Poverty, death, and a future influenza pandemic. (Commentary) Lancet 2006;368:2187-8last_img read more

Brazil tops 30,000 coronavirus deaths: Official

first_imgThe overall number of confirmed cases — 555,383 — makes Brazil the second most affected country after the United States.The official COVID-19 death toll of 31,199 released Tuesday is the fourth-highest in the world, after the US, Britain and Italy.Experts estimate the real number of infections could be up to 15 times higher than official figures, given relatively little testing across the vast country of 210 million.In a worrying sign, Sao Paulo state on Tuesday recorded its highest daily figures for both deaths and infections, on the day when cities across the state began reopening shopping malls and offices. Sao Paulo now has a total of nearly 120,000 cases with almost 8,000 deaths.In Sao Paulo itself, Mayor Bruno Covas has put back reopening non-essential businesses until after June 15.The other worst affected state, Rio de Janeiro, also began emerging from quarantine measures on Tuesday with beaches and businesses re-opening.”In the current situation, relaxing the measures is adding gasoline to the fire,” Rafael Galliez, an infections expert at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, told AFP.The regional office of the World Health Organization warned Brazil on Tuesday against reopening “too quickly as there is a risk of a resurgence of COVID-19.”The health ministry said there was “no way to specify when the peak of deaths will occur” due to the country’s size and geographic diversity.Brazil’s health crisis has merged with a political crisis, as far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has openly clashed with local authorities that insist on lockdown measures. Brazil surpassed 30,000 deaths from the coronavirus outbreak on Tuesday as the disease continued to rip through South America’s worst-hit country.Figures released by the health ministry showed a new record 1,262 deaths in the previous 24 hours, as well as 28,936 new infections. The figures come as some Brazilian states began to emerge from weeks of economically-stifling quarantine measures despite warnings from the WHO and epidemiologists.center_img Topics :last_img read more

More than 3,600 ships operating illegally in Labuan Bajo, authorities reveal

first_img“Most ships operating without permits come from outside the province,” Agustinus said on Tuesday, as quoted by tempo.co.Read also: Labuan Bajo offers free entry to tourist sites to lure visitors amid pandemicHe added his office was still looking on more ships.Agustinus went on to say the inspection as well as the ship registration would have a positive impact on hotels and restaurants operating in the area. After the inspection, the hotels’ occupancy rate had increased from 40 to 67 percent.“There are more people staying at the hotels and dining in the restaurants [thanks to the registration]. The amount of taxes filed by the hotel and restaurant is also increasing significantly,” said Agustinus, adding that Labuan Bajo accounted for 75 percent of total tourism in the regency. (nal)Topics : Authorities in West Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) have found around 3,600 unauthorized tourist ships operating in Labuan Bajo.West Manggarai Tourism Agency head Agustinus Rinus said the illegal ships, most of which are traditional phinisi (two-masted schooners), had been earning money in the tourist destination without paying taxes to the local administration.Of 4,081 ships inspected between February and July, only about 400 ships carried proper documentation and were registered to the local administration. The inspection was carried out by officials from the West Manggarai administration and Komodo National Park in Labuan Bajo.last_img read more