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14 Янв 2021, 09:15
Hugh Jackman offers a few words of support to fellow out-of-work actors on Broadway in New York City

He’s one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.

And on Thursday, Hugh Jackman offered a few words of support to out-of-work actors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic – particularly those on Broadway in New York City.

In a post to Instagram, the X-Men star, 52, reminded performers not to give up when times were tough and to keep practicing their craft.

‘As the Governor said… “New York City is not New York without Broadway”,’ the father-of-two captioned the post.

‘And, in the meantime – practice, practice, practice.’

And Hugh’s words of encouragement seemed to be a hit with fans, with many reacting positively and labelling him as the ‘greatest showman’ ever.

‘Can’t wait for the day when we can all see you back on Broadway! After all Broadway isn’t Broadway without you,’ one wrote, before another added: ‘Thank you for not giving up!’

The Hollywood heartthrob’s post was in light of New York governor Andrew Cumo declaring New York ‘must bring arts and culture back to life’ to recover from the virus pandemic.

‘Without that activity and attraction, cities lose much of their appeal. What is a city without social, cultural and creative synergies?’ he said on Tuesday, New York Times reported.

‘New York City is not New York without Broadway.’

The musical theater star, who drew acclaim for his performance in the film of Les MIserables, was meant to return to Broadway last year in a revival of The Music Man.

Although the COVID-19 lockdowns shut down the New York theater scene, the marquee for his show still went up at the Winter Garden Theater in September.

He is co-starring with fellow Tony winner Sutton Foster in the production, which is now slated to open February 2022, with previews starting this coming December.

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15 Янв 2021, 21:15

On a day when Joe Root restated his claim to go down as one of England's Test greats, the shot of the innings belonged instead to Dan Lawrence, the 23-year-old debutant not known for his wallflower tendencies.

Lawrence had moved fluently to 27 on the second morning of the first Test when he went down on one knee to lift left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya, the pick of a modest Sri Lankan attack, over deep midwicket. For a moment, he held the pose, as if keen to preserve the moment. He needn't have worried: on this evidence, there will be plenty more flicks of the wrist for six.

The stroke brought up an important 50 partnership with his captain, of which Lawrence had 33. And while he tired a little towards the end of a richly promising 73, part of an eventual stand of 173 in 41 overs with his captain, that shot alone got to the heart of a young batsman who appears born to entertain.

For those who saw him score 161 for his native Essex against Surrey at The Oval in April 2015, the confidence bordering on cockiness came as no surprise.

That day, Lawrence – aged 17 – became the third-youngest centurion in the history of the county championship. He received a congratulatory handshake from Kevin Pietersen, with whom comparisons will be plentiful in the years ahead, and immediately chuckled: 'My old schoolmates were texting me saying, "We're still at school, and you're scoring runs at The Oval".'

Nearly six years on, he is scoring runs in Galle, where he hit his second ball in Test cricket – a welcoming full toss from off-spinner Dilruwan Perera – through the covers for four, and generally batted with a vivaciousness that may well be in the genes.

His father, Mark – groundsman at the Chingford club where Lawrence learned his trade – was certainly in mid-season touch during a radio interview with the BBC's Jonathan Agnew.

'It's just unbelievable, absolutely unbelievable,' he said. 'It really is. The year the world has had, hopefully it's cheered everyone up who knows him and loves him. It's just amazing. I'm so pleased for the boy, because that is turning large out there.'

One of Dan's brothers, meanwhile, is a wrestler, and styles himself 'David Wreckham', in honour of a more famous footballing son from that part of north-east London. The Lawrences, it seems, do not go quietly about their business.

Even before his Test debut, Dan had made a bit of noise. During England Lions' successful tour of Australia a year ago, he hit 493 runs at 98 across the formats – outscoring his nearest team-mate, Dom Sibley, by 268.

It was a trip that bore the fruit of a remodelled stance, which these days is stiller than most to avoid shuffling across his stumps and falling leg-before.

What stood out in Galle, though, was his ease at the crease – at least until he was dropped in the slips on 60 and 68. He even called into question his reputation for leg-side bias, regularly forcing the bowlers through point and the covers, and deprived of more bang for his buck only by a slow outfield.

Tougher challenges lie in store this year, with nine Tests against India, two against New Zealand, currently top of the rankings, and the quest to regain the Ashes.

But Lawrence has made a good start, possibly at the expense of the batsman he passed on the outfield in the day's second over. Jonny Bairstow had failed to add to his overnight 47 when he prodded Embuldeniya low to gully, then had to watch as yet another middle-order rival scored runs that might have been his.

With Ollie Pope on the mend from shoulder surgery, and Ben Stokes due to return too, England's Test batting line-up may soon be overflowing. At the start of one of their busiest years ever, it is the kind of problem a captain loves.

23 Янв 2021, 03:13

Zebras are known for their black and white stripes, but over several years scientists have noticed some of the animals bear spots, odd patterns and even gold fur.

Such alterations, usually caused by genetic mutations, are rarely observed in mammals, which has sparked a new study into what is causing the zebras to change.

A team from the University of California, Las Angeles conducted DNA tests on 140 plains zebras – including seven with odd coat patterns – from nine national parks in Africa.

Researchers found isolated populations produced abnormal stripping as a result of inbreeding, which is due to habitat fragmentation from humans taking over the land.

A lack of genetic diversity can lead to genetic defects, disease and infertility, which could ultimately result in plain zebras becoming extinct.

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Plain zebras are the least threatened of the species, but their population has seen a 25 percent decline since 2002.

And during this time, experts and conservationists have observed abnormal stripe patterns among them, but have been unsure if it was related to location or genetics.

According to National Geographic, about 500,000 plain zebras Africa have been hit by habitat fragmentation that is caused by human development, such as constructing fences, roads and buildings.

This is forcing the animals into smaller areas and preventing them from migrating with different herds, which is important for genetic diversity.

Brenda Larison with the University of California told National Geographic: 'Even though plains zebras aren't highly threatened, these genetic issues often show up before really problematic things start happening.'

Zebras' famous stripes are designed to act like a camouflage while they roam on the open plain , but those that are born with odd patterns stick out and are more obvious to predators.

But Larison is more concerned about the animal's genetic health, which could result in a new subspecies of plains zebra.

The lack of genetic diversity can also lead to genetic defects, disease and ultimately infertility, which could result in their extinction.

Desire Dalton, who studies wildlife genetics at the South African National Biodiversity Institute in Pretoria, told National Geographic that this could wreak havoc on hundreds of other zebras.

Conservationists move zebras to breed with other populations and if they relocate a new subspecies group to mate with plain zebras, abnormalities will arise in their offspring.

'You must be really sure what populations you can mix, and what you have to keep separate,' Dalton said.

Inbreeding has been found in humans and animals in captivity, which also results in deformities and disease.

Along with it change the genetic makeup of zebras, it has also been found to later giraffes.

Earlier this month, a study was released by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute regarding dwarfism found in giraffes - both of which were born from parents in captivity.

The team found that the smaller giraffes had shorter legs than their counterparts, specifically shorter radius and metacarpal bones.

The pair also exhibited shortened fore-limbs to varied degrees and had different neck length.

27 Янв 2021, 09:06

«Сент-Луис Блюз» в серии буллитов переиграл «Вегас Голден Найтс» в матче регулярного чемпионата Национальной хоккейной лиги (НХЛ).

Встреча, прошедшая в Парадайсе, завершилась со счетом 5:4 в пользу гостей. В составе победителей дубль оформил Дэвид Перрон, также отличились Джейден Шварц и Джордан Кайру. Победный буллит реализовал Брэйден Шенн.

У хозяев хет-трик в активе Макса Пасиоретти, еще одну шайбу забросил Алекс Так.

29 января команды вновь встретятся в Парадайсе.

Ранее сообщалось, что «Нэшвилл Предаторз» оказался сильнее «Чикаго Блэкхоукс».

НХЛ. Регулярный чемпионат «Вегас Голден Найтс» (Парадайс, США) — «Сент-Луис Блюз» (Сент-Луис, США) — 4:5 (1:3, 1:1, 2:0, 0:0, 0:1)

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