See Matt Doyle in Deadland!

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on April 13, 2014 Jasper in Deadland Related Shows What does it mean to die and what does it mean to be truly alive? Tickets are now available to see Matt Doyle explore this in Jasper in Deadland off-Broadway. Directed by Brandon Ivie, the show will play March 16 through April 13, with opening night set for March 26 at the West End Theatre at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew. View Comments Joining Doyle as Jasper in the cast will be Allison Scagliotti as Gretchen and Ben Crawford as Mr. Lethe. The tuner will be choreographed by Lorin Latarro, with set design by Patrick Rizzotti, costume design by Bobby Pearce, lighting designer by Herrick Goldman and sound design by Ed Chapman. Star Files With music and lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver and a book by Oliver and Hunter Foster, the musical takes you on a mythological thrill-ride through a hybrid underworld with 17-year-old Jasper, as he faces down demons, gods, and monsters in search of his best friend Agnes. Matt Doylelast_img read more

Pornography addiction leads to same brain activity as alcoholism or drug abuse, study shows

first_imgThe Independent 22 Sept 2013People who are addicted to pornography show similar brain activity to alcoholics or drug addicts, a study has revealed.MRI scans of test subjects who admitted to compulsive pornography use showed that the reward centres of the brain reacted to seeing explicit material in the same way as an alcoholic’s might on seeing a drinks advert.The research by Cambridge University assessed the brain activity of 19 addictive pornography users against a control group of people who said they were not compulsive users.Lead scientist Dr Valerie Voon, an honorary consultant neuropsychiatrist, told the Sunday Times: “We found greater activity in an area of the brain called the ventral striatum, which is a reward centre, involved in processing reward, motivation and pleasure.“When an alcoholic sees an ad for a drink, their brain will light up in a certain way and they will be stimulated in a certain way. We are seeing this same kind of activity in users of pornography.” read more

If you play for England, we will shoot you: Phillip DeFreitas

first_imgLONDON: ‘If you play for England, we will shoot you’ — that’s the kind of death threats former England all-rounder Phillip DeFreitas claims to have received during his playing days as he opened up on the raging issue of racism in sports.The 54-year-old DeFreitas, who took 140 and 115 wickets in 44 Tests and 103 ODIs respectively for England, said the multiple death threats that he received affected his international career as he couldn’t focus on cricket. “I received hate letters from the National Front – it’s not only once, I received that two or three times, saying ‘If you play for England, we will shoot you’,” DeFreitas said in a Sky Cricket Podcast. “I had police looking after my house. I had a sponsored car with my name on it and I had to remove that. So can you imagine me driving down to London? I’m in a hotel two days before a Test match at Lord’s and I’m thinking ‘do I play or don’t I? Am I going to have a sniper? “How can I focus on playing cricket for England with all that but with my determination, I would not allow those people to beat me ever.” The death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in the United States has triggered global outrage against racism in society. DeFreitas, who played for England between 1986 to 1997, said he received no support and had to fend for himself. “I had no help, I had no support; I had to deal with that all on my own, it hurts quite a lot. I remember going home to my Mum and saying ‘I don’t feel like I belong there’. But I’m proud of what I achieved.” DeFreitas, who made his Test debut in the 1986/87 Ashes at the age of 20 alongside two of his heroes — Ian Botham and Allan Lamb, said he “always felt he had to be twice as good as a white person”. “There was that feeling where you felt you were just on your own all the time. People used to say ‘why don’t you get involved’, ‘why don’t you be more with the team’. You felt lonely, you felt all on your own. It was really tough. “To have Gladstone Small and Chris Lewis playing for England was fantastic – it made you feel a bit better, but never secure. I never felt welcome; I always felt like every game was my last game. I was desperate to play for England and that kept me going.” He said he also faced rejection when he applied for a full-time role with a county. Defreitas said he did not stand up against racism during his playing days as he was scared to lose his place in the team. He believes the current England team has the opportunity to support and send a strong message against racism. “I wish I was able to come out and stand up for what I believed when I played, and the reasons why I didn’t was because I was always afraid that I’d never play for England again or that I’d be seen as a trouble-maker,” he said. Agencies Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Lawyers During Lockdown With Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more

Today May 7, 2020, is Miami-Dade County Day of Prayer

first_img“I am proud that today, May 7, 2020, is Miami-Dade County Day of Prayer. In these difficult times, we join communities of faith across our County in starting a new tradition. As we unite in on this Day of Prayer, let us pray for each other, and especially our heroes on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic,” Commissioner Bovo said. Part 1 MIAMI-DADE – On May 5, 2020, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners approved Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo’s resolution recognizing today, May 7, 2020 as the National Day of Prayer and declaring May 7, 2020 as Miami-Dade County’s Day of Prayer. Below is a video compilation of residents from all faiths of our community discussing why they pray by using the hashtag #PrayForMiamiDade. Part 2last_img read more

Harry Kane reminiscent of legendary Germany striker, claims Lothar Matthaus

first_img Harry Kane scored an injury-time winner against Tunisia in England’s opening World Cup game Kane scored both goals as the Three lions left it late to beat Tunisia to get their World Cup campaign in Russia off to a flyer.However Matthaus, who captained West Germany to victory over England at Italy 1990 and made a record 25 World Cup Finals appearances, believes the England striker could even be a more complete player than Muller.Speaking exclusively to The Sun, he said of Kane: “For me, it was like watching Gerd Muller in his prime — they were exactly the sort of goals he scored.“That ability to be where you need to find space in the box when there shouldn’t be any space, is an instinct all the great goalscorers have.“Gerd was the best Germany have ever had — scoring 68 goals in just 62 caps between 1966 and 1974. Germany legend Lothar Matthaus claims England captain Harry Kane reminds him of a prime Gerd Muller.The former Inter Milan midfielder, a veteran of five FIFA World Cups, claims the Tottenham Hotspur striker has an instinctive finishing ability which is eerily reminiscent of the former Bayern Munich striker. Gerd Muller and Harry Kane “He didn’t score too many special goals but he was always there, as if he knew where the ball would be.”Muller is the third-highest goalscorer in FIFA World Cup history, having netted 10 alone at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.But ‘Der Bomber’, who also scored 365 goals in the Bundesliga, does not possess quite the same leadership qualities as Kane – according to World Cup legend Matthaus.“In some ways there is more to Harry’s game than Gerd had,” he added.“He works so hard, is strong and is prepared to run all game, to sacrifice himself for the side. He does whatever the team needs.“Even after just a few games, I see a great captain.“You see it in his mentality, his body language and everything tells me the other players also think he is a very good guy.”talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 2 2last_img read more

Mother’s Day: Truly unique gift ideas from Amelia’s

first_imgIt’s Mother’s Day this Sunday 31th March and if you are searching for a gift, then look no further than Amelia’s Irish Design & Gift in Letterkenny.Amelia’s Irish Design and GiftsThe store on Letterkenny Main Street is a treasure trove of handmade and one of a kind gifts which all come with a special story. Pieces from Amelia’s are sure to impress mums, grannies and other relatives as you say ‘thank you’ for all they’ve done this Mother’s Day.Plus, a gift from Amelia’s supports local makers and celebrates creative crafters from Donegal and beyond! We took a tour of the store this week to discover some perfect gift options: Pictured above: Rathborne Sets of Hand & Body Lotion, and Hand & Body Wash €45Edyta Ceramic Figure of Lady with Handbag €90Mo Chroi wooden heart tea light by Sam agues Neasa €9.50 Pictured above: Emer O’Sullivan Ceramic Picture of Cup & Saucer €85Emer O’Sullivan Vase €55Glass Jug by Scott Bennefield €45Silk Brooch handpainted by KoKo Design €12Merino and Lambswool tube scarves by Michi €30Paul Maloney Blue pottery vase €49Origami mobile by Japanese Papercraft €18Pictured above: Breeogue Pottery Large plate €150Baressential Body Oil & Soap Set €47.50Breeogue Pottery Butter Dish €30Blue enamel Pendant on silver chain  €30Ceramic brooch by Helen Shearer €17.50Mucross Handbound Journals €12Field Day candle €17.95McNutt Lambswool scarf €35Pictured above: Handmade Soap Company Hand Set €34.95Handmade Soap Company Diffuser €24.95Handmade Soap Company Hand Lotion €14.95Chocolate Garden of Ireland Chocolate Shoe €12.50Cream Hat or Brooch €45Aisling McElwain Ceramic cat brooch €15KT Metal Design Gardener €85Silver Ring by Banshee, Female Warrior €50Hazel Green Silk Scarf €45Pictured above: Karen Wilson Large Print ‘Daisy’ €90Ambrose & Brid wood bud vase €20Jo Browne Solid Perfume €24Ruby Doodle Mother’s Day card €3.90Set of 3 Rathborne Candles €50Set of 3 porcelain tea lights €48Ambrose & Brid wood & silver pendant €110Brid Lyons pottery Art Deco lady €198For these and a full range of other gift ideas, visit Shipping is available worldwide and you can collect in the shop for free. Whether you are at home or abroad, you can give mum a piece of local art and craftsmanship by shopping online at You can also select some beautiful gifts from Amelia’s sister shop Mourne Antiques. Visit for some truly unique pieces this Mother’s Day.Mother’s Day: Truly unique gift ideas from Amelia’s was last modified: March 27th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SA defend Adelaide Sevens title

first_imgSecond halfKenya attacked fiercely after the break, but South Africa defended exceptionally – isolating the man with the ball, getting numbers to the man, and then preventing him releasing the ball, which resulted in a number of turnovers of possession. That meant South Africa faced a Kenyan team that had beaten them 15-14 earlier in the tournament for the Cup. They had also scored a 22-17 win over SA in Wellington; it would take a solid and disciplined performance to stifle the free-flowing running of Kenya. In the other semi-final, it was a rematch of the Hong Kong final. Fiji were first on the board through a try by Nasoni Roko, but Lionel Mapoe replied with two tries for South Africa, both converted, to put SA 14-5 in front. Last year’s champions, New Zealand, are out of the running for the 2008/09 title. They languish in fifth place, on 64 points, just two points clear of Kenya, who have emerged as a team capable of beating any other team on the circuit. Paul Treu’s charges then put one hand on the trophy when Ryno Benjamin crossed for South Africa’s third try. He sprinted from left to right across the Kenyan 22-metre area, showed the ball as if for a switch inside to the man on right – which was enough to cause the defenders hesitate – and then dived over in the right hand corner. The loss to Kenya left SA with a quarterfinal showdown against New Zealand, who had beaten Wales 24-10, Tonga 33-0, and the USA 27-5 to finish on top of Pool C. The victory by Paul Treu’s charges leaves them on 104 points, 28 clear of England, who are in second place on 76 points. Fiji, in third, are only two points behind England, on 74 points. Argentina occupy fifth place, on 68 points. In the quarterfinals, the New Zealanders were kept scoreless by strong defence from South Africa. Meanwhile, Renfred Dazel, Mzwandile Stick and Lionel Mapoe scored tries for SA as they triumphed 17-0. A unconverted try by Vereniki Goneva pulled the Fijians to within four points, but Vuyo Zangqa ensured South Africa would progress to the title-deciding game with the team’s third converted try, thus making the final score 21-10. Kenya had little problem with Wales, recording an emphatic 33-14 win, while Fiji – the winner of the previous tournament in Hong Kong, where they edged South Africa 24-23 in the final – thrashed England 40-0. Hosts Australia gave Argentina a tough game, but eventually went down by 12 points to five. Kenya hit back through captain Humphrey Kayange and the successful conversion levelled the scores at 7-7. Vuyo Zangqa then weaved his way through the Kenyan defence and his goaled try put South Africa seven points clear at 14-7. With time running out, Renfred Dazel put the icing on the case with a well-judged chip and chase, which saw him gather the ball over the Kenyan try-line and dot down. The finalAs the teams ran onto the field, the majority of the vociferous Adelaide crowd was behind the underdog Kenyans, who were chasing their first ever Cup title. South Africa, however, quickly gave their supporters plenty to cheer when Robert Ebersohn side-stepped his way to an early try. Semi-finalsIn the semi-finals, Kenya built up a 12-0 half-time lead and then shared the spoils in the second half as they dumped Argentina 17-5 to book their place in the final. It marked the first time in their history that they had reached a Cup final. Just before half-time Kenya had a lucky let-off when SA won a penalty in the middle of the field, on the Kenyan 22-metre line. Captain Mpho Mbiyozo told Renfred Dazel to kick at goal when a try from the ideal attacking position would have put Kenya under huge pressure. Dazel missed and the teams turned at 14-7 in South Africa’s favour and the contest very much in the balance. 6 April 2009 Pool resultsIndeed, the Kenyans beat South Africa 15-14, with a late try in their pool match, to finish top of the pool. South Africa had cruised past the Cook Islands by 28 points to seven in their opening match and then crushed Japan 43-0. With only tournaments in London and Edinburgh remaining, South Africa will be almost impossible to catch in the standings. The South African Sevens rugby team successfully defended its IRB Sevens Series Adelaide title on the weekend, thus establishing an almost unassailable lead in the series standings. In a first ever all-African final, South Africa beat Kenya 26-7 to take the honours. If they finish on top of the table, it will be a first ever overall title for South Africa. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

7 Open Source Questions With Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst

first_imgfredric paul Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts center_img 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#Linux#Open Source#Red Hat I recently had a chance to sit down over a Thai food lunch with Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst.Whitehurst, who took over Red Hat after leaving Delta Airlines in 2007, had a lot to say about the current situation of open source computing, and ReadWrite will be following up on many of those threads in the coming weeks and months. But I didn’t want to wait to share some of Whitehurst’s most interesting observations:1. How Does Open Source = Kaizen Manufacturing?Whitehurst compared open source software development to the Kaizen “continuous-improvement” manufacturing system made famous by Toyota. According to Whitehurst, open source is the digital equivalent of breaking up the manufacturing process into key individual components and using just-in-time inventory to make sure you have the right re-usable objects at hand when you need them.2. What’s Up With Red Hat & OpenStack?Red Hat has promised to have support for OpenStack ready in the next year, Whitehurst reminded me, and remains on track to deliver. “But until then, I would be hesitant to run production apps on OpenStack… We’re not seeing much more than experimentation with it for now.”3. Who Makes Key Enterprise Architecture Decisions?Surprisingly, Whitehurst claimed that neither Red Hat nor enterprise CEOs typically make key IT architecture decisions.For Red Hat, the company usually has little input on whether a customer will go with Linux. “Generally that’s an architecture decision that’s already made when Red Hat gets involved,” Whitehurst explained. We’ve been a layer player… We haven’t had a seat a the table for the architecture discussion.”Even more interesting, an enterprise’s technology partners make the vast majority of the technology decisions, Whitehurst said, not the end customers. That’s true at even the largest companies.4. When Do CIOs Get Involved?According to Whitehurst, only at those few companies that actually use technology for competitive advantage – like an investment bank – do the CIOs get involved in the technology decision. At Delta Airlines, Whitehurst’s previous employer, for example, the decision to use Linux and the JBoss application server was made way down the IT org chart.5. What Factors Go Into IT Technology Decisions?“80% of technology decisions are not made on the merits of the technology,” Whitehurst claimed. It’s more, do we have the people to run it and support it? Is there an app infrastructure for it? What skill do our in-house developers have or need? And, crucially, what’s the risk?6. How Do Smaller Companies Make Their Technology Decisions?For small businesses, they typically choose by the ability to find people to support the technology, Whitehurst said, because they can’t afford to devote scarce resources to training. That’s a big advantage for Microsoft, which has already trained legions of MCSE‘s around the world.7. What’s The Real Difference Between Enterprise And Consumer Technology?“Enterprise IT sees the glass half empty,” Whitehurst said. “Consumer IT sees the glass half full.” Technologists in the consumer space have “bravado,” he added. “It’s okay for them to fail; they just try again. We need some more of that in the enterprise.” That won’t necessarily be easy, though, because the enterprise world faces such different challenges. Enterprise problems are so mundane, it’s like trying to take spaghetti and unravel it… but the guy who wrote the original code “literally died” and they have to figure out what to do, Whitehurst explained. “That’s their lives.”Image courtesy of Red Hat.last_img read more

Bangalore rides a new high as training centres offer horse riding to general public

first_imgOn the Trot: Show-jumping is only for those with a keen sense of horsemanshipBangalore has somehow managed to be a stressed out Silicon Valley and pensioners’ paradise, pub haven and coffee-house corner – all at the same time. So it’s no surprise that the city’s latest fad manages to combine,On the Trot: Show-jumping is only for those with a keen sense of horsemanshipBangalore has somehow managed to be a stressed out Silicon Valley and pensioners’ paradise, pub haven and coffee-house corner – all at the same time. So it’s no surprise that the city’s latest fad manages to combine a lot of country with a little bit of city. Horse-riding, once a job requirement for military men and a pastime of landed gentry, is the latest hobby in Bangalore.The reason riding has not been restricted to period movies in this part of the country is that it has become both accessible and affordable. Not only are there five riding schools in the city but a growing number of personal trainers, 20 at last count, has meant that more people with a little time and money to spare can learn the completely unimportant but thoroughly exhilarating skill of riding a horse.The riding schools cover a vast segment of people and offer a range of facilities. You could enroll at a school that charges as less as Rs 75 an hour for a lesson, while a few trimmings could shoot the fees up to Rs 200 an hour. The man on the street could show up at the Bangalore Palace Grounds for a lesson and the well-heeled could opt to be trained by foreign instructors at schools like the Embassy Riding School, 30 km outside the city. Jitu Virwani, owner of the Embassy says, “Equestrian sport in India has been the monopoly of the army. We wanted to provide world-class training and reach out to everyone, children and adults.” At Embassy’s sprawling Rajanakunte campus, eight-year-old Shakina Arcis sits astride a thoroughbred, Slash.advertisement”He is very big, very black and very beautiful,” says Arcis of the animal she is trying to master with help from Judith Bidappa. A schoolteacher by profession, Bidappa volunteers to train children at the school. It gives her a chance to be in the open and a choice of 35 horses. Bidappa loves to teach children but they are not the only ones wanting to be initiated in this somewhat arcane art. Child’s Play: Bidappa initiates 8-year-old Child’s Play: Bidappa initiates eight-year-old Arcis in the art of ridingSunitha Singh, a 38-year-old housewife, always wanted to learn riding but kept putting it off because of family commitments. “I now find time to attend riding lessons once a week,” she says. It was perhaps the effect riding had on her six-year-old son Shakti that spurred her on.Shakti suffers from cerebral palsy but learnt riding as part of the special programme for disabled at the Princess Academy of Equitation (PAE) on the Bangalore Palace Grounds. Pushpa Bopaiah agrees about the curative power of horse-riding. A housewife, Bopaiah has had training in therapeutic horse-riding from the US and now gives lessons at the PAE. Each riding school has about 40 riders, which means that at this stage profits are a distant dream for most owners. It costs between Rs 30 lakh and Rs 70 lakh (depending on the facilities offered) to set up a school. Says Virwani: “Even after five years I am yet to break even, but it should be good next year. The important thing is that we are here to promote horse-riding as a hobby.”Bangalore-based American businessman Charles Kingery enrolled his children in Virwani’s school because of qualified instructors. “I find the training here very good,” he says. British national Katherine Rustomji, married to an Indian corporate executive, has also enrolled her two children in the same school. She finds the facilities-in terms of rider safety and training-on a par with those available in England. One of the trainers and founders of the Embassy is Silvia Storai, an Italian and among the few women jockeys in India.While the exclusive riding schools may be out of reach for the average Bangalorean, the PAE is a good place to witness the rising popularity of riding. Maharajakumari Meenakshi Devi, daughter of the late maharaja of Mysore, grew up riding on the sprawling acres of the Bangalore Palace Grounds which was her father’s summer place. Now, she has opened the grounds to more than just royalty. “We want to make this elegant sport available to the average Indian child,” she says. For those unable to make it during the day, the PA E offers the “ride at night” facility.The first to offer public riding lessons, however, was the Bangalore Amateur Riding Institute (BARI), run by the Bangalore Turf Club (BTC).Says Nirmal Ram-prasad of the BTC: “We are now looking for a bigger place to train youngsters. The aim is to inculcate a spirit of adventure and horsemanship.” The institute currently has 200 riders, with most Indian jockeys having trained at Bari.advertisementExperts at Work: Professional trainers are key to the success of schools like the PAEHorse-riding is popular with different levels of riders. Alisha Jayaraj, 14, was offered a week of horse-riding as a birthday present when she turned 10. She now competes in local competitions and even won a gold medal at an inter-riding school contest held at the Embassy this year. There are others who take a shine to what is called dressage, the art of horsemanship comprising not racing or even jumping but a test of grooming and presentation of the animal and its understanding of the rider’s orders. Many ride just to keep fit.Riding, however, is not without its dangers-of temperamental horses and broken bones for riders. And given that children are involved, an instructor’s job becomes critical. So you have the likes of Colonel (retd) Ghulam Mohammed Khan – 1984 Arjuna Award winner and a member of the gold medal-winning Indian team at the 1982 Asian Games – training at the 30-acre Equestrian Centre for Excellence (ECE) on the Bangalore Palace Grounds.The ECE provides facilities for the three main competitive equestrian disciplines- dressage, show-jumping arenas and cross-country. ECE Chairman T.P. Issar, a former Karnataka chief secretary, believes the sport inculcates discipline and leadership.So parents are keen to have children take up riding. Says a telecom department official Albert Rajan whose two teenaged sons, Ravi and Kiran, are learning riding at BARI: “I wanted to dispel the myth that horse-riding is only for the well-heeled. We belong to the middle class and, after all, it is a good exercise.”Horse-riding is catching on as an activity for those who can afford leisure in Bangalore. More than other cities that have turf clubs and amateur riders’ clubs associated with them, private enterprise is the force that is driving the hobby to a wider audience here. While the coffers of private riding schools are not overflowing, popularity, the first step to profit, has not been hard to achieve.last_img read more