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MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK 4-30-15

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (Action)

WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Earth’s mightiest heroes are put to the ultimate test as they battle Ultron.

WHO’S IN IT?  Robert Downey Junior, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, James Spader (voice), Samuel L. Jackson

TRIVIA:

  • Scarlett Johansson, who was pregnant during shooting, needed three stunt doubles to hide her baby bump.
  • The first trailer was viewed 34 million times on YouTube in the first 24 hours, breaking the record set by Iron Man 3.
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays Quickilver, the same character portrayed by Evan Peters in last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.
  • Aaron was reportedly asked to lose weight to play Quicksilver because he was too muscular.
  • Ultron will be followed by Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 in 2018 and Part 2 in 2019.
  • Ultron is expected to break the opening weekend record at the box office, which was set by the first Avengers movie in 2012 with $207 million.

Robert Downey Junior on his pal James Spader being cast in Avenger: Age of Ultron. OC: …over the years. :33

Scarlett Johansson on the exciting part of doing Avenger: Age of Ultron. OC: …these characters. :16

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) challenges Tony (Robert Downey Junior) to lift his mighty hammer. OC: …yes of course. :34

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON: Tony Stark (Robert Downey Junior) reminds the Avengers how he saved the day during their last mission. OC: …below it. :12

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON: Iron Man (Robert Downey Junior) goes toe to toe with a rampaging Hulk. OC: …puny Banner. :20

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Today Friday April, 10th 2015 is… International Safety Pin Day!

Celebrate simplicity and practicality this Safety Pin Day. Legend has it that, in 1849, Walter Hunt, the inventor of the safety pin, owed a friend $15 and decided to invent something new in order to earn the money to repay him. He invented the safety pin.

Strong and sharp, yet safe enough to be used on clothing, safety pins are a simple yet ingenious invention, which practically everyone has used at some point. Why not take inspiration from Walter Hunt this Safety Pin Day and try to come up with your own clever invention? It’s a great challenge for children, too, who love to come up with new ideas. Perhaps give a prize for the best new invention and watch their little minds tick away.

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Today Thursday April, 9th 2015 is…Winston Churchill Day!

On April 9th in 1963, Winston Churchill became the second person to become an Honorary Citizen of the United States, although this was the first time Congress had resolved that it was to be bestowed by the President of the United States, on a foreign national – he was granted citizenship of eight individual states as a prelude :- Hawaii, Maryland, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia. Winston Churchill Day commemorates this event.

This honour was bestowed upon him by the 35th President of the United States – John F Kennedy, although Churchill was not present himself at the ceremony, his son and grandson were there for him. It had been hoped Churchill would not only witness the event on television – which he did with his wife – but would be able to respond. Problems with a relay station in Cornwall prevented this.

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Today Tuesday April 7th, 2015 is… World Health Day!

World Health Day is celebrated every year on the founding day of the World Health Organization. Established in 1950 this event has a theme each year to draw attention to a current world health issue. The WHO puts together regional, local, and international events on this day related to that theme. Local governments also tend to jump on this band-wagon, after all, global health means everyone! On this day you may take some extra steps to care for your health, consider getting a gym membership (and going!), starting a diet, or starting multi-vitamins!

Even better, get involved with the local events or organize one yourself! Spreading the news of health and threats to the same can be an excellent way to celebrate this holiday, and inform others of the important issue of global health. Themes throughout the years have varied, but always covered important issues of the day, covering everything from the Global Polio Eradication, staying active while aging, even road safety. All of these issues were deemed to be important enough to global health that they merited an occasion of their very own on this date.

The World Health Organization is an agency of the United Nations that focuses on the public health of the world at large. The WHO has a constitution that countries involved in the United Nations had an opportunity to sign, and unanimously did, agreeing to the tenets laid out within to promote the general health of the globe. Through its efforts we have seen the eradication of small pox, and its focus then turned to communicable diseases, with a particular focus on tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

Everyone needs to be concerned about the health of themselves and their community, and as such it’s a good time to turn your attention to this year’s theme. By checking in at their website at http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/ you can find out what the current theme is, and find all sorts of plans and activities that will help you raise awareness about this important issue. You can keep up with it every year, and play a big part in helping to promote global health all around.

The World Health Organization has been involved in mobilizing many health efforts the world over. Describing what medicines are essential for public health, and which diseases to give a particular focus to. The movement to eradicate smallpox started in 1958, initiated by pressure from Viktor Zhdanov, the Deputy Minister of Health for the then USSR. In 1979, the WHO declared that smallpox had in fact been eradicated, making it the first disease in history to be eliminated by the dedicated efforts of humans.

As you can see, celebrating World Health Day is very important, and you can use it to organize fund-raisers to support local free clinics and other public health sources. Everyone can take a hand in improving the overall health of the world, just by starting with yourself, your family, and your community. Blood banks are often taking volunteers to help out with their efforts, and the ability to have healthy, fresh blood on hand is central to saving many lives.

You can also take the task at home, by getting to know your environment and property, and eliminate all possible sources of standing water. Standing water is a breeding ground for insects such as mosquitos, who spread disease by consuming the blood of its hosts, and moving from victim to victim, spreading it as it goes. So this year, take some time to spread the word about how you and your neighbors can improve the world’s health, on World Health Day!

Source: daysoftheyear.com

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