Denzel Washington to Bring All 10 August Wilson Plays to HBO

first_img Denzel Washington Star Files Get ready for a whole lot of August Wilson on the small screen. Oscar and Tony winner Denzel Washington, during a Q&A at University of Southern California, revealed that he will executive produce all ten of the Pulitzer winner’s plays for HBO, Deadline reports.Last month, Viola Davis confirmed that she will star in the screen adaptation of Wilson’s Fences, reprising her Tony-winning role from the 2010 production. Washington, who appeared opposite Davis in the revival and also won a Tony, is set to star in and direct the HBO venture.“I’m really excited that [the estate] would put that in my hands and trust me,” Washington said during the event. “That’s good enough for me. It doesn’t get any better than that.”The premium network would roll out one film a year, Washington said. In addition to Fences, Wilson’s ten-play collection consists of Radio Golf, King Hedley II, Jitney, Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars, The Piano Lesson, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Gem of the Ocean.Washington won Oscars for his performances in Training Day and Glory, and was last nominated in 2013 for Flight. In addition to Fences, he has appeared on Broadway in Checkmates, Julius Caesar and A Raisin in the Sun.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

CR’s Aubrey Mendonca signs letter of intent to play at Notre Dame de Namur University

first_imgEUREKA >> There comes a time for everyone where one must move on to bigger and better things. Well, the time is now for recent College of the Redwoods sophomore and women’s basketball star Aubrey Mendonca as she continues her academic and basketball career at Notre Dame de Namur University this fall in Belmont — just south of San Francisco. The Cottonwood native came to Redwoods after spending a year at Oregon Institute of Technology where she participated in basketball as a Freshman. When …last_img

Engen and Work4You assist disabled youth

first_img(left to right) Melanie Holland, Engen CSI co-ordinator; Vuyo Mdokwe, Lynnette D’ Alton, Bongi Vilakazi and Tristan Zass from Work4You; and Andrew Bryce, Engen general manager of financial services attend the Work4You 10th Anniversary dinner on 22 October 2016. (Image: Supplied)Work4You, an NPO dedicated to the development, training and support of young adults living with intellectual disabilities, has benefited greatly from the generosity of various donors and sponsors.Chief among these donors is South African oil and gas company Engen. The company tries to reach a diverse group of young people through their corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts.Engen has, since the beginning of their partnership with Work4You in 2006, helped the NPO maximise the impact they have made in the lives of 80 young adults who have benefited from their work.Work4You trains and places young people in Wagalots, a dog treats product line created to provide job opportunities for the young adults.“Our innovative approach at Work4You is to use our Wagalots dog treats product line as the platform and basis for training and developing the work skills of young people with intellectual disabilities, along with their social adaptation and life skills,” explains Lynnette D’Alton, the operations manager at Work4You.“Once the youngsters have completed their training, they are placed in relevant positions at organisations so that they can gain valuable work experience.”D’Alton, who has been with Work4You since 2011, says this process of practical training helps prepare the youth for full-time employment.And thanks to the support of Engen, who contributed eight bursaries in 2016, three young adults are currently employed.Three more are likely to be employed by the end of the year, with the last two Engen bursary recipients currently on job trials.D’Alton explains how the money generated by Wagalots along with sponsorships and parents fees goes to covering the costs of training. “As a result, many young people in poorer areas could not attend the courses, due to lack of funding.“Along with Engen, we identified eight potential candidates whose costs Engen agreed to pay via bursaries for 2016.”“Due to the fact that disability affects a comparatively small percentage of the population, it remains traditionally underfunded,” says Engen CSI manager, Mntu Nduvane, explaining the company’s decision to play a part in helping young adults living with intellectual disabilities.“At Engen, we are mindful that this is a key area of need and we have moved to assist people living with disabilities and their families,” Nduvane says.In 2017 Engen looks to take some of the young adults on board to gain even more work experience. The oil company also intends to provide funding for more bursaries in the coming year.Tasneem Sulaiman-Bray, Engen’s general manager of corporate affairs, says the company is pleased to play a role in helping people with disabilities.“By working together with Work4You we hope to forge a future that is inclusive of all people; where the marginalised have the opportunity to work, and where conditions are created for dreams to be achieved and a brighter future for all South Africans to be manifested,” says Sulaiman-Bray.last_img read more

When it Comes to Spam, Everything Old is New Again

first_imgRelated Posts frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#news#NYT#web Google released some interesting data about the volume and types of attacks its spam detection software identified over the last quarter. According to Google, overall spam levels in the second quarter of 2009 were 53% higher than during the first quarter, and 6% higher than a year ago. Even though the total volume of spam dropped by 70% after the the takedown of the infamous McColo ISP, it only took four months for spam levels to get back to normal. Last month, 3FN, an other large ISP spam source was also shut down, but spam volume only dropped by about 30%, and chances are that the spam market will simply rebound within a few months, as new spammers get into the market.The Return of Image SpamInterestingly, Google also notes that image spam, which is generally filtered out quite well by modern spam detection software, has seen a major resurgence. Amanda Kleha, a member of Google’s message security and archiving team, theorizes that this might be due to new spammers getting into the market after the shutdown of McColo and 3FN, and these new players are starting out with well established methods, even if they are not very effective. Kleha also notes that spammers might just be testing how well the current generation of spam filters handles these messages in order to perform statistical analysis based on which subject lines and content make it into users’ inboxes.Google also notes that one of the largest spam attacks in the last quarter was based on an old school “newsletter” template (with malevolent links and images thrown in there for good measure). This attack unleashed about 50% an average day’s spam volume in only 2 hours. So while it might not have been highly sophisticated, there was surely a massive network behind it that was able to send out this huge amount of spam in such a short time. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Perlas Pilipinas routs Singapore to open SEA Games bid

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Gilas Pilipinas escapes Jordan, salvages 7th place View comments LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games FILE – Perlas Pilipinas’ France Mae Cabinbin against Japan in the 2017 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup. Photo from Fiba.comKUALA LUMPUR — Perlas Pilipinas shone bright Sunday night.True to its moniker, the Philippine women’s basketball team fashioned out a 88-54 demolition of Singapore to start its bid for the 29th Southeast Asian Games crown at full-packed MABA Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Displaying fluid transition offense through flashy playmaker France Mae Cabinbin, the Philippines kept the tentative Singaporean side under control in the first half, with just about everybody in the lineup scoring at will.Perlas stepped on it in the final two quarters with Cabinbin, Afril Bernardino and Analyn Almazan leading the charge to rip the game apart and cruise to its first victory of the meet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Ohio State mens soccer advances to NCAA Tournament 2nd round after PK

Members of the OSU and Akron men’s soccer teams face the flag during the national anthem before a Nov. 20 NCAA Tournament 1st round match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU advanced on penalty kicks, 1-1 (13-12). Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The Lantern Five rounds of penalty kicks weren’t enough to decide a winner. Nor were six, or 10 or 14.It took a 15-round penalty kick shootout for the Ohio State men’s soccer team to advance past Akron, 1-1 (13-12), in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night.“I think this result is what being a Buckeye is all about,” redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov said. “We battled through the end, we believed we could do it, we persevered and we did it.”The teams went back-and-forth until Ivanov denied Akron redshirt-freshman midfielder/defender Robby Dambrot to open the 15th round. OSU junior midfielder Zach Mason then put it into the net for his second score of the shootout to put an end to the game.“It’s relieving, and it’s just euphoria after that,” Mason said about his game clincher. “I mean, I don’t even know, I couldn’t even think, it’s just so exciting.”OSU coach John Bluem said the team has been working on penalty kicks since the days leading up to the Big Ten Tournament in preparation for a shootout.“We practice on them every day since the week before postseason play started because any of the postseason games can go to penalty kicks,” Bluem said. “But I think the main thing is just to be confident, pick where you’re going to go, don’t watch the goalkeeper’s doing if he’s jumping back and forth, just pick where you’re going to go and put it right in there.”In all, 30 shots were taken in the shootout, with 25 finding the back of the net. Ivanov said, even of the three stops he made, there is no strategy other than simply guessing.Members of the OSU men’s soccer team celebrate a goal from junior defender Kyle Culbertson (3) during a match against Akron on Nov. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU advanced on penalty kicks, 1-1 (13-12).Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The Lantern“At that point, you’ve just gotta pick a way and just dive, just get your hands there and make the save as best you can,” Ivanov said.Those 30 penalty kicks were not the only ones taken on the night, either.In the 30th minute, a collision off an Akron corner kick awarded the Zips a penalty shot, served by Akron sophomore midfielder Adam Najem. Najem sent it to the right post, where Ivanov dove, but not in time to stop the shot.“We thought in the first half that we played pretty well, and that it was – I haven’t seen video of it yet – but it was a pretty tough penalty kick call early on there,” Bluem said.The goal was Najem’s 14th of the year, moving him into a tie for third in the nation.OSU had trouble generating much offense in the first half, as it had to play against the strong, cold winds after Akron elected to play with the wind first. The Buckeyes only managed one first-half shot, compared to four for Akron, two of which were on target.However, the teams switched sides in the second half, and the Buckeyes were able to play the final 45 minutes with the wind at their backs.Despite five corner kicks and the majority of the possession in the first 20 minutes of the second half, OSU started slow, not registering a shot until 63rd minute.That first shot might have been all the Buckeyes needed to loosen up.About three minutes later, junior defender Kyle Culbertson received a pass in front of the box off a free kick from junior defender Liam Doyle, and put it into the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season to tie the game.“It was just a set piece,” Culbertson said. “Liam Doyle had a great ball in, and it just fell through the back side. I just wanted to make sure I got solid contact and put it on frame.”The Zips had a chance to regain the lead with just over four minutes left in regulation, when a give-and-go freed up freshman forward Adi Dakwar with a shot at the net, but his shot banged high off the goalpost.OSU freshman forward Marcus McCrary then suffered a similar fate about 90 seconds later, when his shot careened off the Akron goalpost, causing the game to head to overtime.In the first overtime, OSU outshot Akron, 3-1, but none represented any real scoring chance, and the game went to double overtime.Despite a trio of good looks for the Buckeyes in the second overtime, no one could find the back of the net there either. OSU outshot Akron, 3-0, in the period, but the game advanced to penalty kicks.Culbertson originally signed with Akron out of high school before transferring to Columbia, and finally transferring a second time to OSU before the 2013 season. He had to sit out that season because of NCAA double-transfer rules. Despite never playing a game for the Zips, he said he had some extra motivation against his former school.“It’s not a team we like to lose to, an instate rival, especially me, I’m not a big fan having been in an Akron shirt before, I definitely don’t like losing to them,” Culbertson said.The overtime session was the third of the season for Akron, and sixth for OSU.OSU, appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010 when it advanced to the regional semifinals, now earns the right to face the No. 1 seed in the tournament and defending champion, Notre Dame.However, Bluem said his team’s difficult regular season schedule has adequately prepared it for a game like that.“I think it’s great that we’re going to go play the number-one seed in the country in the tournament,” Bluem said. “We have played one of the most difficult schedules of any team in the country all year long, and we’ve responded pretty well.”Bluem said that missing out on winning the Big Ten championship has motivated his team further.“We kinda feel like there’s still work left to be done, because we missed out on some things that we almost had,” Bluem said. “So now here’s another opportunity, and it’s a great challenge, but it’s a great opportunity, and our guys have been seizing those moments all year long, hopefully we can rise to the occasion and do it one more time.”OSU’s second-round matchup with Notre Dame is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. Sunday in South Bend, Ind. read more

Birth order has little impact on personality

first_imgWhether you become a perfectionist or rebellious has very little to do with your birth position in the family, says a new study.“We found no substantial effects of birth order on any of the personality dimensions we examined,” said one of the researchers Stefan Schmukle from Leipzig University in Germany.This does not only contradict prominent psychological theories, but also goes against the intuition of many people,” Schmukle pointed out. The question of whether a person’s position among siblings has a lasting impact on personality has occupied scientists for more than 100 years, the study said.Lay people as well as a scientist share a number of beliefs: First borns are supposedly perfectionists, for example, while middle children develop a talent for diplomacy and last borns are expected to be rebellious.To find out whether these differences actually exist, the researchers analysed the data of more than 20,000 grown-ups from Germany, Britain and the US. They found that central personality traits such as extraversion, emotional stability, agreeableness and conscientiousness are not affected by birth-order position. First borns were more likely to report a rich vocabulary and less difficulty understanding abstract ideas. “This effect on intelligence replicates very well in large samples, but it is barely meaningful on the individual level, because it is extremely small,” Schnukle explained. The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).last_img read more