It must be considered an act of serendipity when all the right people get together to make a thoroughly enjoyable movie. Such a case is Quartet. Based on a play by Oscar winning screenwriter Ronald Harwood, Quartet is set in a retirement home for musicians, located in what must be one of the loveliest spots in the English countryside. Most of the musicians are classical, many of them opera singers, and there are a couple of aged vaudevillians in there as well. It’s getting close to the annual fund raising gala which helps fund the facility. The name attraction has had to step down due to ill health, which puts a crimp in their style. But the arrival of a new resident, a grand Diva with worldwide fame, may be their hope for a record-breaking fundraiser, which is dedicated to Opera composer Giuseppe Verdi.
The Pentagon is increasing itscybersecurity force fivefold after a series of hacking incidents that have originated in China and other places. In recent months U.S. businesses and newspapers have also been compromised. Suspects include organized rings and teenage hackers from Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Increasingly the U.S. government and businesses are taking steps to better protect themselves. Ann Thompson reports in Focus on Technology.
There is no denying the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease on the patient as well as the loved ones. And while there is no cure for this disease, there may be easy, practical ways to help stave off the disease. Dr. Gary Small is one of the country’s leading experts in Alzheimer’s and he’s written a book The Alzheimer's Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life, that provides tips and suggestions for physical and mental exercises, nutrition and more that are considered brain healthy. Dr. Small stops by the studio to spend a few minutes with Mark Perzel discussing the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, and some of the suggestions in his book.
It’s probably not a surprise to hear that there are too many cats roaming the streets of Cincinnati. Feral, abandoned, lost…these cats are often not spayed or neutered, and that leads to more and more litters of homeless kittens. But as Thane Maynard learns, there is an organization working to address this problem. He welcomes in Devon Smith, Spay & Neuter Clinic Director for Ohio Alleycat Resource, who talks about the three ways her organization is trying to reduce the stray cat population.