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The topic this Wednesday December 12, 2018 is Personal Branding through the use of Five I AMs.

The Five I AMs method, for those of you who aren’t familiar with it, is as straightforward as it sounds: simply list five things that are true about yourself.

These can be statements like “I am loyal” or “I am a thrill seeker.” Whatever feels right for you.

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Group members are now selecting the movies for Friday by request. This week Peter Franciosi  has selected the movie “WIDOWS.”

There will also be a pre-movie dinner at Sweet Tomato 🍅 Salad Restaurant — 6245 N. Andrews —meeting at 6pm, then walk to movie

 

FRIDAY MOVIE December 7, 2018

“WIDOWS”

REGAL Theater CYPRESS CREEK (off 6214 N. Andrews)

STARTS 7:20 PM –  Dinner at Sweet Tomato at 6 PM

 

If you would like to be a movie selector of the week please contact John Ramos at jramos4000@aol.com.

 

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When it was first announced, Widows seemed like an incongruous, Mad Libs, names-out-of-a-tombola project. Turner Prize-winning artist and Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen, adapting a 1980s ITV television series, itself based on a Lynda La Plante novel? What next, Terrence Malick tackling Inspector Morse? Anish Kapoor’s Minder? And yet, somehow, Widows works. There’s a strange alchemy to make its disparate constituent parts fit — or at least, fit once McQueen has moulded it carefully to his specifications. The result is a mixture of high-minded prestige cinema and explosive multiplex entertainment. For those lamenting the dumbing down of blockbusters, here is one with something to say.

CAST

  • Viola Davis as Veronica Rawlings, a Chicago teachers’ union delegate and Harry’s wife.
  • Michelle Rodriguez as Linda Perelli, a clothing store owner and Carlos’ wife.
  • Elizabeth Debicki as Alice Gunner, Agnieszka’s daughter and Florek’s wife, who turns to escorting to support herself after her husband’s death.
  • Cynthia Erivo as Belle, a babysitter and beautician who looks after Linda’s children, and works with Veronica’s group.
  • Colin Farrell as Jack Mulligan, Tom’s son and a politician who is mixed up in the widows’ plans.
  • Brian Tyree Henry as Jamal Manning, Jatemme’s brother, a crime boss and politician, who believes Veronica is indebted to him.
  • Daniel Kaluuya as Jatemme Manning, Jamal’s brother and his mob enforcer.
  • Garret Dillahunt as Bash, the Rawlings family chauffeur.
  • Carrie Coon as Amanda Nunn, Jimmy’s wife a widow, who is not involved in the robbery.

 

 

 

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At the 12-05-18 meeting we raised $34 bringing our total to $1186:

 

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Group members are now selecting the movies for Friday by request. This week Peter Franciosi  has selected the movie “WIDOWS.”  There will also be a pre-movie dinner at Sweet Tomato 🍅 Salad Restaurant meeting at 6pm, then walk to movie.

 

FRIDAY MOVIE December 7, 2018

“WIDOWS”

REGAL CYPRESS CREEK (off N. Andrews)

STARTS 7:20 PM –  Dinner at Sweet Tomato at 6 PM

 

If you would like to be a movie selector of the week please contact John Ramos at jramos4000@aol.com.

 

9E87DD1F-7F49-43AE-9EF9-674208500216

CLICK HERE FOR PREVIEW 

When it was first announced, Widows seemed like an incongruous, Mad Libs, names-out-of-a-tombola project. Turner Prize-winning artist and Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen, adapting a 1980s ITV television series, itself based on a Lynda La Plante novel? What next, Terrence Malick tackling Inspector Morse? Anish Kapoor’s Minder? And yet, somehow, Widowsworks. There’s a strange alchemy to make its disparate constituent parts fit — or at least, fit once McQueen has moulded it carefully to his specifications. The result is a mixture of high-minded prestige cinema and explosive multiplex entertainment. For those lamenting the dumbing down of blockbusters, here is one with something to say.

CAST

  • Viola Davis as Veronica Rawlings, a Chicago teachers’ union delegate and Harry’s wife.
  • Michelle Rodriguez as Linda Perelli, a clothing store owner and Carlos’ wife.
  • Elizabeth Debicki as Alice Gunner, Agnieszka’s daughter and Florek’s wife, who turns to escorting to support herself after her husband’s death.
  • Cynthia Erivo as Belle, a babysitter and beautician who looks after Linda’s children, and works with Veronica’s group.
  • Colin Farrell as Jack Mulligan, Tom’s son and a politician who is mixed up in the widows’ plans.
  • Brian Tyree Henry as Jamal Manning, Jatemme’s brother, a crime boss and politician, who believes Veronica is indebted to him.
  • Daniel Kaluuya as Jatemme Manning, Jamal’s brother and his mob enforcer.
  • Garret Dillahunt as Bash, the Rawlings family chauffeur.
  • Carrie Coon as Amanda Nunn, Jimmy’s wife a widow, who is not involved in the robbery.

 

 

 

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The topic this Wednesday December 05, 2018 is a movie hosted by Fred Philips: ‘Ornaments’.

When a group of longtime friends gather together for their annual Christmas celebration, irreconcilable differences and unraveling friendships quickly lead them all to suspect that the tradition may end when they all part ways after the holiday. For the last eight Christmases, these six friends have celebrated the holidays together, but this year things are different. Not only are born again newlyweds Art and Mattie completely hung up on having a baby, but TJ is spewing more vitriol than ever before, and he’s even brought along his latest boy toy for shock value. Meanwhile, hosts Julie T. and Julie P. do their best to pretend like their relationship isn’t coming apart at the seams, and Art can’t seem top go five minutes without making another enemy. As everyone involved begins to feel as if their collegiate family is even more burdensome than the ones they’ve left behind, the time comes to consider that next year they may be better off celebrating the holidays separately.

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The topic this Wednesday December 05, 2018 is a movie hosted by Fred Philips: ‘Ornaments’.

When a group of longtime friends gather together for their annual Christmas celebration, irreconcilable differences and unraveling friendships quickly lead them all to suspect that the tradition may end when they all part ways after the holiday. For the last eight Christmases, these six friends have celebrated the holidays together, but this year things are different. Not only are born again newlyweds Art and Mattie completely hung up on having a baby, but TJ is spewing more vitriol than ever before, and he’s even brought along his latest boy toy for shock value. Meanwhile, hosts Julie T. and Julie P. do their best to pretend like their relationship isn’t coming apart at the seams, and Art can’t seem top go five minutes without making another enemy. As everyone involved begins to feel as if their collegiate family is even more burdensome than the ones they’ve left behind, the time comes to consider that next year they may be better off celebrating the holidays separately.

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New HIV diagnoses and infections continue to fall to record lows in New York City

The number of new HIV diagnoses in New York City has hit an all-time low — again.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene told the Daily News that 2,157 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in 2017, down 5.4% from the 2,279 diagnosed in 2016, which was a record low that year.

“I love the news this year. It really is showing an evolution of what’s happening with the epidemic in New York City,” Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the deputy commissioner for disease control, told The News. “We have fewer people diagnosed with HIV this year, again a historical low.”

It’s a 64% drop since the city began reporting new HIV diagnoses in 2001, when more than 5,900 people were diagnosed.

A person diagnosed in 2017 didn’t necessarily contract HIV that same year — he or she may have been infected years earlier. The city also tracks an estimated number of new infections per year, a number that’s also tumbling, Daskalakis said — down 36% since 2013, which he called “a really amazingly steady rate.”

“With all of the work happening in New York, we’re testing the right people, we’re diagnosing them, we’re diagnosing them early, before they get sick, and we’ve also seen a decrease in new transmission,” he said.

Daskalakis credits a range of efforts the city has undertaken in recent years.

For example, among those with HIV in the city, 93% know they have the virus, which means they can get treatment that can suppress their viral load. In 2017, 85% of New Yorkers with HIV were virally suppressed, up from 79% in 2013. Studies have shown patients taking anti-retroviral medicines and who maintain an undetectable viral load for six months do not sexually transmit HIV.

“By getting people on meds, they don’t transmit HIV,” he said. “This idea that the undetectable virus is untransmittable, that’s true. We believe that, and I think the world is believing that now too.”

And while the city has seen stable or slightly decreasing condom use in recent years, it’s also noted a big uptick in the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP — which can be taken by those at risk of contracting HIV to protect them from being infected.

What all of that means, Daskalakis said, is that the city is getting close to being “status neutral” — a place where people don’t or can’t transmit HIV, even if they have it.

“We are kind of living that dream, and potentially really living that dream of not only eradicating HIV but eradicating all that stigma that it created for 30 years,” he said.

The state has set a goal of getting new HIV infections to below 750 by 2020 — a goal Daskalakis believes is within reach. But he said it might be more realistic to reach no new infections before the city gets to the point of no new diagnoses. According to Daskalakis, it’s not a bad thing that the city is diagnosing people with HIV because it means those individuals are being tested — and can be medicated.

“I’m of the school really that a new diagnosis of HIV is not bad news, because it means you can do something about it,” he said.

This year’s figures also contain good news for a group affected by an increase in new infections last year: women. New diagnoses among women fell by 11.6% — following a push last year to reach out to women at risk of HIV about PrEP — drugs that doctors may have been more likely to recommend to men having same-sex intercourse.

“I can’t really 100% explain it, but the good news is it’s going in the right direction,” he said.

One group that saw an uptick in HIV infections was Latino men having same-sex intercourse. After noticing it earlier this year in partial data, the city launched programs aimed at that population — including a new Spanish-language awareness campaign that the department believes is the first government-run campaign to be developed in Spanish.

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