Industry Insights: A Conversation with Actor and Director Melanie Mayron

first_imgFrom “Car Wash” to “Thirtysomething,” actor and director Melanie Mayron has appeared in a number of iconic film and TV roles.Melanie Mayron has been part of some of the most iconic film and television projects, and she made the seamless leap from in front of the camera to behind it. This prolific artist talked to PremiumBeat about where she’s been and how far we’ve all come.PremiumBeat: Your first feature film credits were Paul Mazursky’s Harry and Tonto with Art Carney and Ellen Burstyn, The Gambler with James Caan — and the TV movie Hustling with Lee Remick and Jill Clayburgh! I’m breathless! Were you at the time? Did you learn anything specific from being on set, watching and working with these legends?Melanie Mayron: I was 21 at the time — so super young — but couldn’t believe my luck getting the work! In The Gambler, I was hired as an extra, just a college student. They had us all sitting on the floor waiting to go into the room when the director and assistant director walked by and pointed at me, and said they were going to give me a line to say. All the other kids looked at me, like, “Wow, lucky you.” That’s how I was able to join the Screen Actors Guild.It was amazing getting cast in Harry and Tonto. I loved Paul Mazursky, and he started my film career. That year, Art Carney won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Harry and Tonto and Ellen Burstyn won the Academy Award for Best Actress in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. And there I was at 21, in my first film, having acted with both of them! Me and my parents couldn’t believe it!Image via Car Wash (Universal).PB: Car Wash was a seminal and groundbreaking film in 1976. It featured a predominately black ensemble cast, including Richard Pryor, Otis Day, and The Pointer Sisters. It had transsexual characters — George Carlin — and was written by Joel Shumacher. Ice Cube said it was influential in his crafting of the Friday franchise. I can remember laughing so hard when I first saw it, including a bit where your character was spied on in the bathroom. Through the lens of today, that feels problematic. What was your experience working on the film? At the time, did you feel uncomfortable with that storyline?MM: I didn’t feel uncomfortable. Even today, with the #metoo movement, I don’t think it’s a weird scene. Just a Peeping Tom moment, which happens no matter what. It was a really funny scene, too. That film was kind of groundbreaking in its time. Michael Schultz is an amazing director, and had just directed the film, Cooly High, which was amazing. I think people remember Car Wash as a comedy, but the storyline with Bill Duke made the film very very dramatic, as well. I feel it is a 1970s classic, but it was also ahead of its time — showing a mix of all the minorities that we have in America.Director Claudia Weill and Melanie Mayron in Girl Friends (Warner Bros).PB: In 1978, you starred in Claudia Weill’s independent film, Girl Friends. Incredibly, the piece was written by a woman (Vicki Polon), edited by a woman (Suzanne Pettit), produced by women (Patricia Churchill, Lilly Kilvert, and Claudia Weill), directed by a woman (Claudia Weill), and starred two women (you and Anita Skinner). In 2019, I would find that rare — in 1978, it seems almost absurd. The film was extremely well received, went to Cannes, and was picked up by Warner Brothers. At the time, did you have any idea how special the film was? How it would be praised? And why has the industry been so slow to get on board with women-driven projects?MM: At the time, none of us felt the film would be what it became. First off, before I shot Car Wash, we made it in NYC as a 10-minute short — about two roommates — and, at the end of the film, one marries and one doesn’t. What happened was, Claudia cut it together and showed it to people. And everyone wanted to know what happened to Susan, the one who didn’t get married. So Claudia and Vicki got together and came up with the rest of the story, and raised the money. A year later, she got the whole crew back together in NYC, and we shot the rest of the film. At the time, none of us suspected it would become what it did. It won the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, and Claudia got another big movie to direct, after that one. At the time, if there had been all the festivals for indie films there are now, I am sure it would have won many of them. I was lucky enough to win a BAFTA Award with Chris Reeves, for Best Newcomer. I also won the Bronze Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland for Best Actress for Girl Friends.And even now, within the industry, it is rare that there would be that many women involved at the top. It is so on Jane the Virgin, a TV show that I have directed 17 episodes, within the last 4 years. The showrunner, Jennie Snyder Urman, is very intent on seeing women hired, and is instrumental in seeing that they move up. But, it takes women running things to help other women — and hire other women.Thirtysomething (MGM Television).PB: Ten years after Girl Friends, you find yourself part of the pop culture phenomenon, Thirtysomething — great scripts, terrific characters, amazing chemistry between the cast. Also, the first TV show you directed. How did you make that leap? Had directing always been a goal of yours?MM: Ever since I had been a part of Girl Friends, I had a bit of an interest in directing. I really respected Claudia Weill, who had directed Girl Friends. She was so young and knew exactly what she wanted. She had been a documentary filmmaker and camera woman, and I thought that was just the coolest thing. I was also a photographer and took actors’ head shots for extra money. That was how I was getting by. So, I knew about light and lenses, and the 35 mm still camera was my second career.Getting cast on Thirtysomething was a gift beyond gifts. For four years, our little acting ensemble had the time of our lives, and we all learned so much. I asked if I could direct an episode after our second season was completed. Peter Horton got cast, but they knew he also was a director. On the series, Peter, Ken Olin, and Tim Busfield asked to direct. They were given the opportunity. I and Mel Harris asked to do it as well, and we were both given episodes. I got to do two of them, so that was how I was able to start on this other path. It was amazing to me because, as I was able to direct more, I saw that what I knew from all the years I had studied acting, and what I knew from my time being a photographer, well, it was a perfect marriage of skills that would carry me along the next road as a director.Checking Out with Jeff Daniels (Warner Bros).PB: You work nonstop. Seriously, I was tired for you just viewing your credits on IMDB. You also regularly move from acting projects to directing projects. How do you decide on where you want to put your artistic focus?MM: I have two kids who are in college now, and living in Los Angeles isn’t cheap. I have had to work to pay my bills, like most of us. I have had lean years and prosperous ones. I am grateful for what I have learned and how I have grown — both trying to get work and then doing the work itself. I am a people person and love being on set and working with so many talented experts, in so many different fields. It is a privilege and an honor, and I am very lucky when I get a job. I know that. As far as putting my artistic focus somewhere, I think you have to relate to the material, in some way. And if you can, then it would be a good fit.Girl Friends.PB: How often, when you work on a project, do you feel the female characters are as empowered as the men? And, in regards to the actor, in your experience on set, are women given the same agency as men, in terms of being heard and respected?MM: These days women are given the same agency as men. They are heard and, I would like to think, respected. In my experience, they are very much respected. I have done several shows with female leads, so the storylines are all about the woman-being-empowered period. So, that is a good thing. A very good thing.On set of Snapshots with Piper Laurie. (Photo by Elizabeth Kemp.)PB: Last year you directed the indie feature film, Snapshots, which did quite well on the festival circuit (38 wins, 25 nominations). How did you become involved with the project? Did the modest budget present any challenges in getting what you needed in production?MM: I was given the script by a producer who I had met for another project. She had wanted me to take a look at Snapshots, which I did. I met Jan Corran, whose true story it was and who had written the screenplay. We worked on it, developing the script for another year and a half. Then, one day they told me it was financed. It was a very low budget, but I really wanted to make the film. We picked shooting dates and started looking for locations and began the casting project. Something that low budget, I would be putting all the furniture in my house (practically) in the film, but I also got to work with some very dear friends. It truly was a labor of love and I am very proud of the film. Fifteen days and one camera. I am very proud of the work we all did on it.  It is available on Amazon and iTunes and numerous other streaming platforms.You Light Up My Life (Columbia).PB: Finally, having acted in You Light Up My Life, did you ever get sick of hearing the title song?MM: No. I actually, over the years, kept getting small residual checks because the song was such a gigantic hit. So, even to this day, I can honestly say I will never get tired of hearing that song. Bring it. 🙂Cover image via Olivia-Mayron-MortLooking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Industry Insights: Below the Line Women Speak OutIndustry Insights: The Blasting Company on Animation ScoringThe Editor of “Us” on Working with Jordan Peele and the Horror GenreIndustry Insights: Composing for Supergirl, Riverdale, and Nancy DrewInsights into the Cinematography of the Award-Winning Doc-Series “Tales By Light”last_img read more

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Spam Nation

first_imgNearly 1 in 7 spam messages originate in India, according to report by Kaspersky Lab. Malicious attachments, often designed to steal users’ financial date, were highest in Russia and the United States.“Developing countries are attractive for botmasters due to the absence of effective anti-spam legislation and low IT security levels, while developed countries are of interest because of their fast, widely available Internet connections,” said Darya Gudkova, head of Content Analysis & Research at Kaspersky Lab. Related Itemslast_img read more

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10 months agoJuventus clear Higuain to join Chelsea

first_imgJuventus clear Higuain to join Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGonzalo Higuain has requested a transfer to Chelsea.Sportmediaset says the striker has asked Juventus for permission to make the move to Stamford Bridge.The Argentinian striker has flattered to deceive on loan at AC Milan, where he has scored just five Serie A goals in 14 games.The 31-year-old is desperate to reunite with former boss Maurizio Sarri.Higuain banged in 38 goals in 42 matches under the tutelage of Sarri in their only season together at Napoli, before he jumped ship to sign for the Old Lady.And the Italian news outlet also claims that Juve have given the World Cup runner-up the green light for the deal to go ahead. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Gibraltar, Shell Ink LNG Supply Agreement

first_imgzoom The Government of Gibraltar and oil and gas major Shell have signed an agreement for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG), which includes the construction of a small regasification unit that will receive, store and re-gasify the LNG arriving by ship for use in Gibraltar’s adjacent gas-fired power plant, already under construction.The parties said that the regasification unit will be operated by Gasnor, a 100% Shell-owned subsidiary with over ten years of operational experience in LNG for marine and small scale LNG in North Western Europe, Wilhelmsen Ships Service informs.The LNG will be stored before being warmed up to its original gaseous state and then piped to the power plant. The unit will also include a berth for a small LNG carrier that will supply the LNG at night, minimising disruption to the neighbouring port, airport and housing estates.Additionally, there is potential for LNG bunkering operations in the future, following the appropriate environmental assessments and safeguards.Following the recent approval of an Environmental Impact Assessment report, construction of the regasification unit is planned to start towards the end of 2016 with commissioning and first delivery of LNG expected to take place ahead of the start-up of the power plant, expected during the second half of 2017.last_img read more

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Premier defends BC Speaker says his impartiality not in question

first_imgVICTORIA — Premier John Horgan says he wishes the last week of events at British Columbia’s legislature had unfolded differently, but it hasn’t diminished his confidence in Speaker Darryl Plecas.Horgan says he believes Plecas will continue to perform his duties despite the disruptive events that resulted in two top officials in the legislature being placed on leave amid an RCMP investigation.The premier says he has confidence in the actions of Plecas over the past week and suggests patience as the police conduct their investigation with the help of two special prosecutors.The Opposition Liberals say Plecas appears to be empire-building after they revealed he attempted to have his special adviser Alan Mullen appointed acting sergeant-at-arms after Gary Lenz was placed on administrative leave along with clerk of the house Craig James.Lenz and James say they have yet to be told about the allegations they face and they have hired a lawyer who demands their reinstatement while the police investigation proceeds.Horgan made his comments at a news conference as the fall session of the legislature comes to a close today.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Video Floods in Morocco Kill up To 5 People

Rabat- The recent floods that swept Rhamna and Al Haouz, Sidi Ifni, Meknes, and Guelmim regions have caused five deaths, and others have gone missing.On Friday, September 28, the provinces of Rhamna and Al Haouz in the Marrakech-Safi region experienced heavy rainfall and thunderstorms, killing one man from Al Haouz, two women from Sidi Ifni, and a man and a child from Rhamna.The first victim, from Rhamna, was in a car that became submerged by the floods. Civil security forces have reported that a second occupant of the vehicle is still missing, according to Monday’s edition of Al Massae newspaper. An eight-year-old boy, also from Rhamna, drowned on his way home from school in Bouchane town in Rhamna region.  Read Also: Man Rides Mattress on Flooded Streets of GuelmimThe floods that hit Sidi Ifni, in the Guelmim-Oued Noun region on Sunday, killed two women. Al Massae reported that two other women from Sidi Ifni are still missing. Meknes and other nearby regions that witnessed floods did not record any human losses.The floods have also caused extensive property damage and agricultural casualties to the affected regions, from flooding houses to drowning livestock and blocking roads.Following the floods, which raged Friday to Sunday, the Directorate of Meteorology warned citizens not to approach riverbanks in the coming days, as more heavy rainfall is forecast in the regions.Videos and photos of the floods have been circulating social media, showing the raging muddy waters of overflowing local rivers sweeping the regions and filling bystanders with panic.According to a person at the scene, people in the Saharan city of Guelmim were in a state of panic, fearing they would have to relive the floods of 2014, which cut the city off from the rest of the country and claimed the lives of dozens of people.In August, a violent storm hit Ourika Valley, 90 kilometers from Marrakech, causing floods and damage to many merchants and restaurateurs.Ourika Valley often experiences floods in the summer. In 1995, flash floods in the valley caused the deaths of at least 100 Moroccans and foreigners. read more

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Teen charged after stolen SUV slams into Hamilton business

A Hamilton teenager is facing a slew of charges after a stolen SUV crashed into a local business. Shortly before 11 a.m. Monday, officers were called to a crash in the area of Bay St. North and Vine St. Police were told a SUV was seen driving dangerously and at a high rate of speed before the driver lost control and slammed into a building. Three males were spotted fleeing the area on foot. Police say the suspects went inside a nearby school where they were later arrested. A 16-year-old boy has been charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, disobey court order, fail to reportcollision and three counts of breach of probation.He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.Police say the two other youths were addressed through other measures. read more

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PIC The worlds most exclusive club holds a rare meeting

first_imgIT’S RARE THAT they get together but today was one of those days at the opening of the George W Bush presidential library in Texas today where all four surviving former US presidents joined the current incumbent.TIME magazine dubbed it ‘The World’s Most Exclusive Club’ and it looks like a pretty cool club to be in because you can wear pink socks with your fancy suit as modelled here by George Bush senior: From left to right: President Barack Obama stands with former Presidents George W Bush, Bill Clinton, George HW Bush, and Jimmy CarterAnd here are the presidents’ wives in another rare photo-op:From left to right: First lady Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barbara Bush, and Rosalynn Carter. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)Obama tells daughters: If you get tattoos, so will Michelle and Ilast_img read more

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Pink Weekend in Provo rain or shine says Organizers

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 17, 2017 – Providenciales – All PINK weekend set for Providenciales, Turks and Caicos in a delayed celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month.    In the Pink will happen rain or shine at the Palms Resort on Grace Bay, Saturday, November 18th and it will be an amazing night, promised Karen Whitt who today furnished the evenings events.So here’s the rundown… 7:00 pm General Admission and Shopping… also at 7:00 pm Pink Poker tournament in the Ballroom… 9:00 pm PINK after-party in the courtyard and all night long, Silent auction and raffle draws.    This year, In the Pink is delayed from its usual October time due to the hit of the hurricanes.  Funds raised will go to Cancer and Hurricane Relief.#MagneticMediaNews#allpinkweekendPhoto credit: Paradise Photographylast_img read more

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Volunteer sought for preservation group

first_imgClark County — Clark County has an opening on the five-member Historic Preservation Commission.Members serve three-year terms. The term begins in July.The commission, which reviews nominations for the National Register of Historic Places and the Clark County Heritage Register, along with overseeing education and outreach, meets at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.Applicants must demonstrate interest, experience or knowledge in history, historic preservation, architecture or related disciplines.To apply, submit a letter of interest and a résumé to Jennifer Clark, Board of County Commissioners, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000. Or e-mail jennifer.clark@clark.wa.gov. The deadline to apply is April 13.last_img read more

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Dolphins Jason Taylor prepares for Hall of Fame ceremony

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The Hall of Fame ceremony is less than a week away for former Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor.Taylor, who recorded a career total 139 sacks, 578 tackles and 40 forced fumbles, has begun preparing for the big day.“There’s already roads being blocked off, tents up everywhere, big banners with our faces,” said Taylor. “I was like, ‘Holy crap, this is next week. I gotta start practicing the speech again.’”Taylor is the 10th Dolphin to be voted into the Hall of Fame.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Uber tells passengers to stop dooring bicyclists

first_img 5 Tags Comments Share your voice Enlarge ImageUber is piloting a feature that will tell passengers if they’re being dropped off near a bike lane. Uber Uber aims to school passengers on how to avoid “dooring” bicyclists.Getting “doored” has long been a fear-inducing issue for cyclists. It’s when a passenger or driver opens a car door in the path of a bike rider, causing the cyclist to crash. What can result is anything from bruises to broken bones and head injuries.Dooring accidents might be on the rise now that ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are increasingly picking up and dropping off passengers on busy city streets. Uber announced a pilot program on Wednesday aimed at increasing safety around drivers, passengers and cyclists. In select cities, it’s now including an in-app feature that tells passengers via push notification if they’re being dropped off on a street with a bike lane and to look out for cyclists. The company is also reminding drivers it’s illegal to stop in a bike lane in most cities.Lyft rolled out a similar program around preventing dooring last month.Uber and Lyft are also encouraging riders to get in the habit of doing the “Dutch Reach.” This is a technique where passengers and drivers look over their shoulder before exiting a vehicle to make sure no one is there. “As the experts say, increasing awareness of safe behavior increases safety,” Kristin Smith, Uber’s road safety product marketing manager, wrote in a blog post. “As a daily bike commuter and bike safety advocate, I know firsthand the challenges of urban bike commuting.”A quick Google search brings up dozens of legal forums with people asking questions about what to do after being doored by Uber passengers. A lawsuit was filed in Boston against an Uber driver and passenger that accidentally doored a cyclist in 2015, according to ABC. The passenger said he didn’t know he was being dropped off on a street with a bike lane. Uber reportedly said it’s insurance won’t cover the lawsuit in the case of the passenger.An Uber spokeswoman said the company’s new safety initiatives around dooring aren’t because of any lawsuits.Uber’s pilot officially starts in San Francisco, Washington, DC, New York City and Toronto as of Wednesday. Mobile Roadshow Uberlast_img read more

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DC Experiences Most Violent Day in Weeks

first_imgUp until July 30 the District had gone 14 days without a homicide, but six separate shootings on July 30 left three people dead, making it one of the most violent days in weeks.One of the shootings included a homicide along Interstate 295 which caused traffic delays early in the morning on July 30. Police said they responded to a report of gunshots around 2:28 a.m. on July 30. Officials said they found 25-year-old Judonne Stephens and another man suffering from gunshot wounds inside of a vehicle at the Firth Sterling Avenue overpass in Southeast.Both of the victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment. Stephens died on July 31 from his injuries, police reported.Sean Hickman, a spokesperson for the police department, told the AFRO Aug. 1 that no arrests have been made in the case and police are searching for suspects involved in the crime.Several other shootings took place on July 30 as well.According to police reports, the first shooting took place at a little after 2 a.m. in the 900 block of Emerson Street NW close to the Brightwood Park neighborhood. It was followed by the Interstate 295 homicide near Suitland Parkway and another shooting, occurring at 2:40 a.m., in the 5300 block of Georgia Avenue NW. Then police also reported a shooting in the 2400 block of Elvans Road SE at about 3:15 a.m.A few minutes later, Edward Roberts Jr., 29, was shot and killed in the 3500 block of 14th Street NW. Police said they responded to a report for sounds of gunshots. Authorities added they found Roberts Jr. suffering from numerous gunfire wounds. He later died at an area hospital.At about 3:50 a.m. a 19-year-old girl was shot and killed inside of a residence on Good Hope Road in SE. Police said they found Anaiona Gaston from Hyattsville, Md. in the 2300 block of Good Hope Road suffering from a gunshot wound. D.C. Fire and EMS personnel pronounced the victim dead at the scene.Police arrested Malik Fields, 21, of Southeast, for suspected connection in the murder. Fields is being charged with second degree murder while armed and will appear in court on Aug. 15, according to D.C. Courts.A 6-year-old boy was struck by gunfire around 5 p.m. on July 30. Officials said he was shot in the leg not far from a playground outside of an apartment complex in Southeast. Police said at least one gunman opened fire, but the child was not the intended target. Police are now searching for suspects involved in the incident who were described as two men wearing black masks at the time of the shooting. The boy is reported to be alive and at a local hospital as of July 30.last_img read more

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Rev William Barber Creator of Moral Mondays Initiative Preaches at HUs Rankin

first_imgBishop William J. Barber, II will preach from the Howard University Rankin Chapel pulpit this Sunday. Bishop Barber is pastor at Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, NC. To get you ready for this Sunday, the Office of the Dean has produced a preview video of Bishop Barber (https://youtu.be/SUlJNOFOhLw). Rev. William J. Barber, IIAll 2017 services begin at 11:00 a.m. in Cramton Auditorium, 2455 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20059). Confirmed guest preachers for future Sundays include: September 3:  Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale, senior pastor at Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, GASeptember 10:  Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III, senior pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL September 17:  Wayne A. I. Frederick, MD, MBA, president of Howard Universitylast_img read more

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Man Yells Heil Hitler Heil Trump During BSO Performance

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comDuring a performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 14, an anti-Semitic outburst reminded many in attendance of an atmosphere of intolerance, which seems pervasive in America.According to the Associated Press, a man in the balcony of the Hippodrome Theatre in downtown Baltimore allegedly yelled out, “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!” during the intermission of the venerable play. “Fiddler on the Roof,” is a play set in a Jewish village in czarist Russia and many members of Baltimore’s Jewish community were in attendance when the man yelled the anti-Semitic phrase. According to some in attendance he also yelled “MAGA,” which stands for Make America Great Again, the campaign slogan of Donald Trump. After the outburst, the man left the theatre. Police were called to the Hippodrome after the incident, but no arrests were made and no report was filed.(Screengrab from Twitter video of the incident)Almost three weeks ago on Oct. 27, Robert Bowers gunned 11 Jewish members of the Tree of Life synagogue, in the Jewish community of Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh, Pa. It is the deadliest attack on Jews in American history. Bowers, 46, a virulent anti-Semite on social media prior to the attack, has been charged 29 federal crimes and 36 state crimes.last_img read more

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Physicists continue to investigate why the universe did not collapse

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2015 Phys.org The problem lies in part with Higgs bosons, which were produced during inflation and which explain why other particles have the masses that they do. Previous research has shown that, in the early universe, the Higgs field may have acquired large enough fluctuations to overcome an energy barrier that caused the universe to transition from its standard vacuum state to a negative energy vacuum state, which would have caused the universe to quickly collapse in on itself.In a new paper published in Physical Review Letters, Matti Herranen at the University of Copenhagen and coauthors may have come a step closer to solving the problem by constraining the strength of the coupling between the Higgs field and gravity, which is the last unknown parameter of the standard model.As the physicists explain, the stronger the Higgs field is coupled to gravity, the larger are the fluctuations that may eventually trigger a fatal transition to the negative energy vacuum state.In the new paper, the scientists calculated that a collapse after inflation would have happened only if the coupling strength had been above a value of 1. Combining this result with the lower bound of 0.1, which the same physicists derived last year by analyzing the requirements for stability during (rather than after) inflation, and the range of 0.1-1 constrains the coupling to near its historically estimated value of 1/6. This value of 1/6 is traditionally used as an estimate because it corresponds to zero Higgs-gravity coupling, though it is likely incorrect.Narrowing down the Higgs-gravity coupling strength will guide physicists when analyzing experimental data to help pinpoint the coupling value with greater precision. Data on the cosmic microwave background radiation and gravitational waves, for example, are expected to help further constrain the value. When combined with other parameters, the Higgs-gravity coupling strength should produce a picture of a universe that did not transition to a state of collapse. “It’s a combination of parameters that actually determines the occurrence of such a transition, including the Higgs coupling to gravity, but also the energy scale of the inflation, which are not tightly constrained by current measurements,” Herranen told Phys.org. “So, presently it is not possible to draw a conclusion on whether the standard model is in trouble due to instability-related issues, but it would be very interesting if the Higgs-gravity coupling and the scale of inflation could be constrained more tightly in the future by independent measurements, for example by observing primordial gravity waves resulting from inflation.”Taken together, the results should help scientists modify inflation models in order to describe a universe more like the one we live in. Journal information: Physical Review Letters (Phys.org)—According to the best current physics models, the universe should have collapsed shortly after inflation—the period that lasted for a fraction of a second immediately after the Big Bang. This is the “South Pillar” region of the star-forming region called the Carina Nebula. Like cracking open a watermelon and finding its seeds, the infrared telescope “busted open” this murky cloud to reveal star embryos tucked inside finger-like pillars of thick dust. Credit: NASAcenter_img Explore further Citation: Physicists continue to investigate why the universe did not collapse (2015, December 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-physicists-universe-collapse.html Gravity may have saved the universe after the Big Bang, say researchers More information: M. Herranen, et al. “Spacetime Curvature and Higgs Stability after Inflation.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.241301last_img read more

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Sydneys Mardi Gras goes beyond its world famous parade to help the

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of the world’s most famous LGBTI festivals and parade.  ‘Many of the LGBTQI refugee community have fled countries where sexual and gender diversity is punishable by death and upon arriving in Australia, require support to rebuild their lives and own their identity,’ she said.‘This grant is extremely important as it means we will be able  to create a safe space in Sydney’s western suburbs for all LGBTQI refugees to feel welcome and connected.’Help for ‘anything under the rainbow’ANZ and Sydney Mardi Gras developed the community grants to give money to people in a wide range of sectors. This year they included education and training, community development and creation, arts and culture. Or as Mardi Gras says, ‘anything under the rainbow’.‘After receiving over one hundred submissions, we are reminded of the incredible and important work being done within the LGBTQI community,’ said Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO, Terse Casu.‘We are so pleased to be able to make a difference in the lives of many of our community members across the country and announce the winners of the much deserved grants thanks to the ongoing support of ANZ.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Sydney’s Mardi Gras has awarded 18 community grants | Photo: Richard Hedger Now, to celebrate and support of all of Australia’s LGBTI community it is has awarded its first LGBTQI community grants.Along with ANZ bank, Sydney Mardi Gras has distributed 18 grants across the country to LGBTQI groups and individuals. The grants are worth up to AU$10,000 (US$7,252).Some of the recipients include an LGBTQI refugee support group and a historian aiming to preserve LGBTQI history. Youth group, Minus18, also won a grant for its planned queer formal (prom) in Adelaide.Heather Grace Jones, is Project Officer of STARTTS. It is a non-profit organization providing culturally appropriate and cutting edge psychological treatment to refugees. She spearheaded STARTTS’ new Rainbow Refugees project. Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/sydneys-mardi-gras-goes-beyond-its-world-famous-parade-to-help-the-community/last_img read more

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International Sargasso summit held in Cancun

first_img“The economy of these countries depends on tourism, the Caribbean states live on tourism and this situation generates a complicated economic and environmental situation, hence the exchange of experiences,” he added. “The objective is to analyze the sargasso situation that has affected these countries over the last seasons and exchange experiences, to understand the origin of the sargasso, its route, the situation in each Caribbean country and possible solutions to avoid economic and environmental problems,” explained state governor Carlos Joaquín González. June Soomer, secretary general of the Association of Caribbean States said that sargasso affects the east coast of many countries such as Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico, as well as Martinique and Guadalupe. Donald R. Jonhson and James S. Franks, scientists from the University of Southern Mississippi, explained that so far they have not been able to determine what is causing the sea of sargasso to form, but explained that their records date back to 2010, and after nearly a decade of research “we have not learned anything,” the scientists said. Cancun, Q.R. — An international summit on the topic of sargasso was held in Cancun with representative from 12 countries who are also facing the problem of seaweed covered beaches. The High Level Summit for Sargasso Care in the Caribbean began Thursday with representatives from other countries who have continued to deal with the arrival of sargasso along their coasts. Specialists attending the summit included the countries of Honduras, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Cuba, Panama, Guadalupe Island (French territory), Guyana and Guatemala.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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Benito Juárez municipal president Mara Lezama Espinosa said “Facing this phenomenon requires collective efforts. International cooperation is fundamental because it is a theme that is present in the region that we all share. Combing sargassum is an everyday task.center_img “The beaches are cleaned in the mornings, sometimes in the afternoons and the workers come back because they have to be cleaned again. We must establish a regional collaboration agenda for technical support and mechanisms that benefit us to deal with the phenomenon,” she said. To date, the state of Quintana Roo has implemented manual beach cleaning, the use of light machinery and the placement of marine barriers in front of beaches in various municipalities, which has resulted in the removal of more than 522,000 tons of sargasso from coastal areas of seven municipalities for cost of around 332 million peso, he said. She explained that being a new challenge, it lacks a legal framework for regional collaboration and, in fact, does not even have a diagnosis of the damage it generates in fisheries, the environment and tourism, which she hopes will be resolved during the summit. “What I’m saying is that it seems something drastic happened in 2010. There is nothing in particular that has caused it. There is nothing we can say. I don’t know the answer as to why now, but I suspect that it arrived in the area (of Brazil) for the nutrients,” Donald R. Johnson explained during his presentation.last_img read more

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Palestinians criticize Democrats Jerusalem stance

first_img Top Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologycenter_img Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The language is at odds with U.S. policy calling for the status of Jerusalem to be resolved through negotiations. Both Israel and the Palestinians claim east Jerusalem.Nabil Abu Rdeneh, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said Thursday the Democrat’s decision might just be “election propoganda.” He said a failure to recognize the Palestinian claim to east Jerusalem will “destroy the peace process” and lead to “endless war.”Israeli officials declined comment.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – The Palestinians are criticizing the U.S. Democratic Party’s decision to declare Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.The Democrats on Wednesday restored language in the platform saying Jerusalem “is and will remain the capital of Israel.” A day earlier, the language had been removed from the platform, prompting Republicans to question President Barack Obama’s support for Israel.last_img read more

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