Visual Homage in Cinema

first_imgLearn how to draw inspiration from the history of cinema while putting your viewing habits to use through the art of homage.Top Image: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story via DisneyThe cinematic machine stays alive by cultivating an ongoing sense of self-awareness and self-reference. Let’s explore the art of homage.What is Homage?American Horror Story via 20th Century Fox and Stephen CollBasically, an homage is an imitation of another work. At first glance, it may seem like an homage is a rip-off or a lesser copy, but an homage actually pays tribute to and honors the source work. Homage is a great way to use the style and content of other filmmakers as a way to crystallize your own unique voice as a filmmaker.Even the smallest visual homage can point to a larger cinematic tradition and connect to your developing interests as a filmmaker. Consider the movie, Breathless (below via Criterion), when Jean-Paul Belmondo’s character, Michel, imitates the mannerisms of Humphrey Bogart.The character within the film announces the homage, but, ultimately, this is Jean-Luc Godard, the cinephile director, paying tribute to the idea of Humphrey Bogart as a cinematic icon while also pointing, with homage, to the film noir ancestry and influence that run through Breathless. It sounds more complex that it feels.Godard is a great example of an international director who constantly points back to the medium with a mixture of love and criticism. Godard would continue to draw inspiration from American cinema while also being a key influencer upon American cinematic style. A symbiotic system of mutual homage.International ConnectionsInternational films and filmmakers can be great sources of inspiration and influence on your own work as a creator. Jim Jarmusch is an American director who has developed a unique cinematic style while forever paying homage to his cinematic influences. A great example of Jarmusch’s use of homage can be seen in his 1999 film, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, which is a direct homage to Jean Pierre-Melville’s 1967 film, Le Samouraï, (above, via Criterion).Jarmusch pays homage to Le Samouraï by using a similar hitman main character and story structure for his film, Ghost Dog. If you watch the films, you can easily find individual scenes, such as the theft of a car, that mirror one another almost exactly.Le Samouraï  isn’t the only film that influenced Ghost Dog. The Japanese hitman film, Branded to Kill, (above, via Criterion) is another key source. Once again, the two films share a similar main character, but the more interesting and fun connections between the two films can be spotted in specific scenes.At a critical moment in each film, the main character is about to act as a sniper — until something lands on the tip of the rifle and stops the murder. It’s a bird in Ghost Dog, and it’s a butterfly in Branded to Kill.Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, (above, via Lionsgate), owes a debt to samurai cinema in general and nods to the samurai code with frequent readings from the Hagakure. The idea of blending various influences has been a key strategy for many up-and-coming filmmakers, and George Lucas, an admirer of samurai cinema, is no stranger to this technique.Lucas has pointed to The Hidden Fortress (above, via Criterion) as a key reference point in devising the narrative structure and characters for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The art of homage has carried on throughout the many Star Wars films.Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (above, via Disney) continues the tradition of drawing from samurai films in the form of imagery, costuming, and even direct character references to older samurai films. Chirrut Îmwe, the blind warrior performed by Donnie Yen, is a direct nod to Zatoichi (below, via Criterion), the blind sword master.Quentin Tarantino is another director whose extensive knowledge of international film history has served him well over the course of his career. In fact, it’s hard to watch a Tarantino film without seeing traces, large and small, of his cinematic taste and inspirations.Tarantino’s admiration for films has helped to fuel his own unique style, as can be seen in the above video compilation by Jacob T. Swinney. Tarantino’s enthusiasm and homage have also helped in the preservation and awareness of rarely seen and often underappreciated films.History on RepeatHomage is a really useful as a way to link points in the history of cinema. Whether the reference is obscure or really well known, the tribute of an homage boosts the longevity and relevance of older cinema. Consider Battleship Potemkin and the famous Odessa Steps sequence.As should be obvious from the video above by Barthesian, the Odessa Steps sequence has been imitated countless times since it was first filmed in 1925. Through the art of homage, the source text takes on an almost vampiric quality, living on through its imitators in its various and sometimes humorous reworkings.Homage can seem to yearn for a not-so-distant past in a very nostalgic way. From the work of  J.J. Abrams to the recent hit series Stranger Things, seen above in the video compilation from Ulysse Thevenon, the films of the 1970s and 1980s are alive and well in our modern media world.ParodyIt’s important to note the difference between parody and homage. The official difference between the two is that a parody pokes fun at the source material while an homage honors the source material. But seriously, it’s actually rather hard to disentangle the two forms of imitation.As you likely noticed at minute mark 6:10 in the video above, Naked Gun 33 1/3 imitates the famous Odessa Steps sequence by way of the Untouchables sequence. It’s hard to deny that, despite the mockery, there is often a fraction of love and admiration in parody. Consider the films of Mel Brooks such as Young Frankenstein (above, via 20th Century Fox).Enchanted (above) is a film that Disney prefers to label an homage rather than a parody, despite the fact that it can be characterized as either. As with much art, homage vs. parody is in the eye of the beholder.However, it’s safe to say that some imitations fall quite clearly within the realm of parody and offer no love to their subjects. Charlie Chaplin‘s parody of Hitler in The Great Dictator (above, via Warner) is a great example.ConclusionHomage is a film tradition that is inextricably linked to the process of making a movie. Your taste and consumption as a film viewer cannot help but play into your creative tendencies as a filmmaker. Acknowledging and embracing homage is a great starting point for crystallizing and putting into direct practice the ways that other film works have inspired you.Homage is really encouraging for the continued lifespan and appreciation of older and obscure films, as Jorge Luengo Ruiz demonstrates well in the above video about references in Pixar films.Martin Scorsese and Ridley Scott have recently bemoaned the death of film as they have known it. While attitudes to film change with the times, the history of cinema lives on and homage is a great way to carry the 20th century into the 21st century. Keep the tradition alive by using visual homage, while forging new territory with your own creative vision.What are your favorite examples of homage in film? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Himalayan Queen coach derails in Panipat; passengers safe

first_imgA coach of the Himalayan Queen derailed near Bhodwal Majri railway station on the Delhi-Ambala route in Panipat district of Haryana on Wednesday morning, Northern Railway officials said. No casualty was reported. There were no injuries to passengers. The train was on its way from Delhi to Kalka when the accident happened at 6:49 am. Railway officials have reached the spot. The train departed from the site without the affected coach at 8.01 am.last_img

Porn website to sponsor French rugby match

first_imgFrench rugby club US Carcassonne announced on Thursday that a porn website will be the match sponsor for their game against Biarritz next month.The site, ‘Jacquie & Michel’, said in a statement: “Commitment, power, endurance and vigor are all values that Jacquie & Michel share with (Carcassonne coach) Christian Labit’s men.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations East contenders make their moves, Anthony Davis has to wait until summer for his Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants The club said that they had already seen an increase in demand for tickets for the game on March 1.“It’s about being part of a fun and offbeat communication,” said Carcassonne general manager Christine Menardeau-Planchenault.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“There will be nothing that will shock anyone. Today, like many clubs, it’s hard to get people to the stadium, so we thought about a way to create a buzz and decided to partner with them.”The Carcassonne players will wear shirts featuring the website’s logo during the warm-up, but will stick to their traditional strip for the game itself, while there will be advertising in the stadium. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Orphan goes from sniffing ‘Rugby’ glue to playing for Philippines PLAY LIST 01:35Orphan goes from sniffing ‘Rugby’ glue to playing for Philippines01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:31Got robbed? Manila South Cemetery’s website helps track down perpetrators02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments The site also sponsored the reserve team of Belgian football club Villers-devant-Orval in 2015.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Kumar Sangakkara to mentor Pakistan cricket team?

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board has failed to rope in West Indian great Sir Vivian Richards as the mentor of the team for the upcoming World T20 in India.PCB chairman Shahryar Khan told the media that negotiations with Richards had been wrapped up as the two parties could not agree on financial details and the West Indian legend also had prior commitments. (Pakistan appoint Azhar Mahmood as bowling coach for Asia Cup, ICC World T20)”We are now considering the name of Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara to work as mentor of the team but nothing is final as yet as we have to first see how much benefit our team can derive from his presence,” Khan said.He said Sangakkara’s presence in the Pakistan Super League had left a big impact on everyone including the players.”He is under consideration for sure and we will decide soon what to do as I am going to Bangladesh for the Pakistan and India match on Saturday,” he added.The PCB chief said a lot would also depend on Sangakkara himself and his commitments and whether he was interested in the short-term assignment.Richards was mentor of the Quetta Gladiators team while Sangakkara played for the franchise. (Pakistan legend Saqlain Mushtaq blasts Indian cricket. Here’s why)Khan also minced no words in stating that he had spoken to chief selector Haroon Rasheed about recent selections and changes in the national team.”When they brought the initial squad for the Asia Cup and World T20 to me I told them to consider either Sharjeel Khan or Ahmed Shehzad instead of Khurrum Manzoor. But they insisted it was a unanimous decision. Now they themselves have brought in Sharjeel.”advertisementHe said that even when he saw Iftikhar Ahmed’s name in the squad he had raised questions but now the selectors had dropped him for the World T20.”I have told the chief selector that selection process must be non-controversial as the wrong impression should not go out of the PCB,” he added.Khan confirmed that former Pakistan allrounder, Azhar Mahmood, had been appointed bowling coach of the team for the Asia Cup and World T20.”Azhar will join the team in Dhaka on Thursday while Mushtaq Ahmed, who was bowling coach till now, has returned to the national cricket academy in Lahore,” he added.He also made it clear that head coach Waqar Younis will continue to work until the tour of England in July and August.”After that tour we will decide and discuss whether his contract is to be extended,” he added.last_img read more

To hell and back: Dutee Chand amazing story as she attempts to conquer Rio

first_imgDutee Chand has been through hell and back over the last two years. From a point where her career seemed over and even her identity was called into question, the sprinter’s redemption was complete when she qualified for this year’s Rio Olympics with a blazing performance.Hailing from a humble family in Gopalpur, Odisha, Dutee is no stranger to battles, on and off the track. On Saturday, the athlete emulated the legendary.PT Usha’s feat 36 years ago in sealing a berth in the blue riband track and field event – the 100m. In fact, the Payyoli Express did not have to qualify to feature at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.Dutee clocked 11.30 seconds in the heats at the 26th G Kosanov Memorial Meet in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She also broke her own national record of 11.33secs, set at the recent Federation Cup, in the process. The record did not last long as Dutee took just 11.24secs to win a silver medal in the finals in Almaty. The qualifying mark for the Rio Olympics was set at 11.32 seconds. Her success on the track is a testimony to her grit.HARD LUCKAs she was sprinting her way to becoming one of India’s best athletes, her flight was brutally cut short by a hyperandrogenism case, which deemed her unfit to compete as a female athlete. Her world came crashing down but she gathered herself to fight it out in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland. In a landmark CAS judgment that is now a marker for world athletes, Dutee’s eligibility to compete as a female athlete was restored in time to revive her Olympic dream.advertisementSince returning to the track after winning the case, Dutee has been in scintillating form. She has been utterly dominant on the domestic circuit, and was impressive in meets overseas as well. But a Rio berth kept eluding the 20-year-old, until Saturday. Maybe the relatively cooler weather in Almaty helped Dutee’s cause. She is the 20th Indian track and field athlete to have qualified for the Rio Games, and takes the total strength of the Indian Olympic contingent to 99.The legendary Usha managed 12.27secs in her heat at the Moscow Games and did not advance.But Dutee’s feat cannot be reduced just to timings and qualification marks. The way she has fought adversity and prejudice, refusing to take her suspension lying down, is an inspiration tale.Recognised as one of India’s best prospects in track and field from a young age, Dutee’s future was seemingly put in jeopardy when she was banned in 2014 after a higher than permissible level of the male hormone testosterone was found in her body.Her case was a reminder of the ordeal faced by another Indian athlete, Santhi Soundarajan, who lost the silver medal she won in the 800m at the 2006 Doha Asian Games. Santhi felt humiliated, went into depression and even attempted suicide.Compare her fate to that of South African athlete Caster Semenya, whose country supported her whole-heartedly after she failed a similar gender test after winning the gold medal at the 2009 World Championships. She was eventually allowed to keep her medal and prize money. As for Dutee, she missed out on a year of competition, including the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, but never gave up.RETURNShe took her case to every forum she could, and finally the CAS upheld her appeal in July last year and paved the way for her return to the track. “I am really happy to have qualified for the Olympics. It has been a tough year for me. My hard work and that of my coach (N Ramesh) has paid off,” Dutee was quoted as saying after booking a Rio berth. “I will continue to work hard and hope to bring a medal for the country.”Coach stood by her Ramesh should get a huge chunk of the credit for what Dutee has achieved. The coach believed in her cause when not many did. “It is a God-given opportunity. I am proud to be a Sports Authority of India coach. SAI director general (Injeti Srinivas) put faith in me and set up a national camp at Hyderabad.Thanks to everybody who stood by me in difficult times,” he said. Even though her personal best may not be enough for a medal in Rio, Dutee has done the country proud in the manner she battled and overcame adversity.The best timings in the women’s 100m this season are around the 10.80s mark. If Dutee manages to clock her personal best at the Olympics, she is likely to get into the semi-finals. But whatever happens in Rio cannot take the sheen off Dutee’s achievements. She is already a winner.advertisementALSO READ:World Anti-Doping Agency suspends Rio lab weeks before Olympics Rio unveils Olympic village to medialast_img read more

Yes, we can

first_img Aasheesh Sharma August 11, 2019UPDATED: August 11, 2019 13:37 IST PV SindhuAre we still a nation of underachievers in the global sports arena? At the turn of the millennium, one could have been allowed to harbour that thought. Not any longer. Not when a Saina Nehwal or PV Sindhu or Kidambi Srikanth trade killer shots with their Chinese counterparts, growling at them on crucial points.When the table tennis contingent headed for Tokyo 2020, which includes the irrepressible Manika Batra say that they have a good chance of winning a medal, it no longer sounds like hyperbole. If the last decade was all about champion pugilists and grapplers, the last few years have seen track and field icons surge ahead and grab the limelight. Think Neeraj Chopra, Hima Das and Dutee Chand. The moment, then, may be ripe to channel this optimism towards realising our real sporting potential. This is the sentiment running through a new anthology on Indian sport. Edited by Nandan Kamath and Aparna Ravichandran,Go! India’s Sporting Transformation includes essays by some of the brightest stars on India’s sporting marquee Pullela Gopichand, Abhinav Bindra and Rahul Dravid along with a few brilliant wordsmiths, senior sports journalists Rohit Brijnath, Sharda Ugra, Shivani Naik, Neeru Bhatia and Abhijeet Kulkarni, to name just a few. “At the highest level, our athletes no longer view themselves as also-rans,” says coeditor Aparna Ravichandran. “Pullela Gopichand speaks often of how Indian athletes used to be awed at meeting sporting greats at the Olympics, but now have evolved to become serious contenders…”This couldn’t have been possible without the unflinching selfbelief of a few trail-blazers. Sample Naik’s sublime take on Saina Nehwal’s work ethic: “Not all history is…a manic twisting of limbs and a moment’s power play. Some success in sport is like a slow-cooking, flavoursome stew. Badminton, for instanceIf sporting excellence is about turning up day after day, battling a new opponent and newer challenge across the net every morning you wake up, and finishing the last woman standing, Saina Nehwal will beat every other sportswoman from India hands downThey used to say Indians didn’t quite have the body the fast-twitch fibres, the calf muscles, the ripped core to lord over badminton. So Saina went out there and strung together a body of work.”advertisementApart from a few driven individuals, the creation of a national sporting culture involves the athlete support system working as one, the governance of sport, sponsorship and career progression for athletes, the availability and delivery of allied services and infrastructure, says Ravichandran. Still, at the end of the day, it may boil down to the can-do spirit, as Brijnath writes. “…[Abhinav] Bindra, with the heartbeat of a mortician and the single-mindedness of an assassin, wins India’s first individual Olympic gold in 2008, and it should be hung in a sports museum as ribboned proof. That Indians can. But to understand ‘can’, you’ve got to first meet can’t.’ Got to remember all those who tried who didn’t know better, those who lived in India before Google, when 400metre training schedules couldn’t just be downloaded from the Internet. And so Milkha Singh had to go and meet Charles Jenkins, the best 400metre runner in the world, at the 1956 Olympics and through an interpreter, in broken English, ask for his training schedule.”Sharda Ugra strikes a note of sanity as she punctures the flawed perception of sports as patriot games. “The Indian athlete has now emerged as the uber-patriot, the quasi soldier. And soldiers cannot be doubted or questioned. Which, of course, more than ever, requires that they must always be. It is a heady time to be listening to or telling stories about Indian sports because of its tumult and volume of activity. There are so many on their search of excellence, wanting to own a slice of history. As Indian sports grows …, this is a moment in sporting history that calls for a more measured recounting. As witnesses and storytellers, we must again recalibrate our lenses and re-examine our notions.”An anthology for the sports aficionado to read, and re-read.GO! INDIA’S SPORTING TRANSFORMATION Editors Nandan Kamath, Aparna Ravichandran, Penguin India; Rs 299Book excerpt By Rohit Brijnath :Can.A three-letter word. Has no great personality. Slang for toilet. Painted by Andy Warhol. Worth five points in Scrabble.Then you look again.’Can’ has muscle. It means to have the ability, the skill, the belief. It’s knowing ‘how to’. It’s having the ‘power to’.It’s worth more points than you can estimate in competition.advertisement’Can’ is what Abhinav Bindra, a straight-shooting species with a sense of irony, helps India with. He’s not the first one to dismantle barriers, because even in the 1920s and the 1930s, an army officer called Dhyan Chand and his buddies Leslie Hammond, Feroze Khan and Jaipal Singh Munda were telling the world that India could do some stickball magic.Athletes reflect the society they live in, and in those years, they too were daunted. They’d look at everyone else’s fancy equipment, gyms, facilities, coaches, trainers and tracksuits while eating a scientifically approved diet of McDonald’s burgers because it was the cheapest place to eat, and they would shrink inside. Confidence all curled up.How do you beat them if you don’t belong? If sport is played in the mind, then that’s also where suspicion of one’s own talent rests. Indians anyway weren’t conditioned then to voice their ambitions.No one wanted to look too big for the boots they didn’t even have. Well, not the nice ones their friends sometimes got from abroad.On the plane to England in 1996 for his first Test tour, Rahul Dravid was all freshly shaved enthusiasm, thinking about whether a series could be won, till a senior, carrying the wisdom of the practical, said: ‘Let’s try and win one Test’.Remember the Titans (2000) is a movie about the semi-miraculous, this was the real modest world of the Indian athlete. It’s not that Asian athletes couldn’t win medals at the Commonwealth Games, or score centuries at Lord’s, but they were understandably inhibited at crucial times.’In sport,’ explained Dravid, ‘the margins are so small that any inferiority is magnified under pressure. And so if things got tough, then we didn’t have enough history behind us to show we could do this.’…Awe needs a few visits to rub off. First time you go to Lord’s or Wimbledon, you can be stilled by history.All those boards, those statues, those names, that legend.Second time, you might recognise that even at Lord’s, the wickets are only 22 yards apart and the net at Wimbledon is the same height as the one in your club in Chennai. But once, says Gopichand, athletes hardly travelled, maybe two tournaments a year abroad, maybe four, and it was not enough to find the necessary comfort, to figure out the poster on your wall was no caped hero but just another nervous human.As he put it: ‘People idolised them so much, they couldn’t beat them.’ Why weren’t you intimidated, I asked Gopichand, the All England champion in 2001, and he replied: ‘I blindly believed I was going to win. I just didn’t like losing, it didn’t matter who it was. It was personal for me on the court.’These people are the path-clearers, the roadfinders, the courage-givers, the confidence-restorers. This is also who Bindra is. Bindra doesn’t gaze at his 2008 Olympic gold medal, and he’s not even quite sure where it is most of the time.advertisementBut the medal is really for India to look at, a representation of the journey he’s lived and endured for years. A medallion of proof.An Indian can.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byApoorva Abhay Uzagare Next Yes, we canA good anthology on India’s continuing quest for sporting gloryadvertisementlast_img read more

How to Craft Your Own Spicy Cocktails at Home

first_img 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Warmer weather means music festivals, pool parties, beaches, and road trips. It’s also a great time to spice up your drink: a hint of heat makes gin, beer, and tequila cocktails feel even more refreshing and creative.While micheladas, Bloody Marys, and even margaritas are are practically begging for a little Tabasco or sliced jalapeños, why limit yourself? I recently had the opportunity to help judge 15 beautifully crafted spicy cocktails for the national finals of the Booze & Infuse competition at the annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo, an homage to all things capsaicin-driven. The variety of drinks — riffs on Martinis, Daiquiris, even Tiki themes — was astounding. “There’s so much more to spicy cocktails than a Bloody Mary,” says Hot Sauce Expo founder Lisa Seabury.The Expo allows chili-heads the opportunity to sample hundreds of (mostly indie) labels, ranging from sweet to smokey to volcanic, at six cities throughout the country each year. The 15 finalists brought their A game, producing artful, well-balanced drinks under a 90-second speed clock in front of a crowd of about 1,000 hopped-up fans. “We’re like the Slayer concert of cocktail competitions,” Seabury jokes. The winner (New Jersey’s Carlos Ruiz for 2018) scored $5,000. The newest round of regionals are slated for in June at Chicago’s first Hot Sauce Expo.Drinks are heating up at more buttoned-down spots as well. Liquid Lab, a New York-based cocktail consulting company, offers a very popular Tomato Basil Martini (recipe below) with touch of heat at its private events according to co-founder Parker Boase. At New York’s La Contenta Oeste, bar manager Alex Valencia offers up a wide range of agave-based cocktails all with extra heat. The Mayan (coconut-infused Milagro tequila, housemade corn purée and lime juice) features habanero bitters.NYC Hot Sauce Expo/Facebook“Hot sauce is a great way to balance out fruity cocktails and give them more depth,” says Boase. “With the martini, we experimented with a bunch of hot sauces, and Tabasco worked the best. I personally put Sriracha on all my food, but for this drink it was too mealy.”Ready to get creative with your own spicy cocktails? Keep these tips in mind:Each sauce is different: Anyone who’s tasted through the carousel of options at their local taqueria knows that hot sauces come in a wide range of flavor profiles. According to Boase, “vinegar-based sauces like Tabasco tend to go better with more savory cocktails, while richer sauces like Cholula or Frank’s [Red Hot] work well with fruits like pineapple and watermelon.” Also consider texture (is it a smooth liquid or does it have chopped bits in it?), and any potential food allergies.Think about making your own sauce: Get creative! Tailor it to your favorite drinks! According to our very own Steven John, it’s “laughably easy.”Fresh fruits and vegetables are a plus: Cucumber, tomato, watermelon, and pineapple all counterbalance heat nicely.Spice can come from the booze: Many of the alcohol sponsors for NYC’s Hot Sauce Expo offered up spirits that bring their own heat. Fireball was there, natch. Tanteo Tequila has tasty jalapeño and habanero-infused expressions. And Rock’d, a new vodka (backed in part by Symphony X and Trans-Siberian Orchestra rocker vocalist Russell Allen), has a Sweet Ghost Pepper flavor. Rather than muddling jalapeños into, say, a Spicy Tequila Sunrise, you could use infused tequila. Ancho Reyes, a spicy-sweet Mexican liqueur made using dried poblano peppers, is another excellent means of turning your drink up to 11.Spicy Tequila Sunrise/In The RawConsider other heat-inducers: Ginger, curry powder, fresh peppers, and black pepper all lend bite (and their own character) to a drink.Don’t overdo it: You don’t want the sauce to overpower the drink. Treat it the way you would bitters, or an Islay whisky rinse/float. “I usually say less is more, when it comes to hot sauce,” says Boase. “Two or three dashes is usually enough.”Don’t forget the ice cream: Especially while taste testing and experimenting. Sometimes even the most jaded chili-head faces a lingering pain that just won’t die. Good old vanilla ice cream is the best way to soothe a burning tongue. Added bonus: It’s ice cream!Let’s get started with a simple recipe you can make at home:Tomato Basil Martini(Created by Parker Boase, Liquid Lab, New York City)2 oz vodka1 oz lemon juice1/2 oz simple syrup4 grape tomatoes, sliced in half3 basil leaves2-3 dashes Tabasco (or similar sauce)Pinch of saltMethod: In a cocktail shaker, muddle tomatoes, basil, and salt. Add the rest of the ingredients. Add ice, then shake and strain into a Martini or coupe glass. Garnish with a fresh basil leaf and grape tomato. Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master Editors’ Recommendations Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home last_img read more

Investors reject dissident slate but sayonpay vote fails at Crescent Point

first_imgCALGARY – The CEO of Crescent Point Energy Corp. is vowing to work harder to address complaints after shareholders rejected four dissident directors at its annual meeting on Friday, but refused to support the company’s approach to executive pay.Scott Saxberg acknowledged that the Calgary-based company has faced questions for years from investors critical of its spending, debt levels, executive pay and share performance, but insisted it has already made changes and is willing to do more.“We’ve spent a lot of time listening to our shareholders … what they feel we need to do to succeed and improve our share price performance,” he said after the meeting.“And our view is we’re going to meet and exceed those expectations.”He defended the company’s entry into new oilfields in Utah, Saskatchewan and Alberta in the past few years. He said there are no plans to issue new equity and dilute share value in the current environment to pay for any further expansion projects.The company’s annual general meeting in Calgary was closed to the media, but loud applause echoed down the hall as the director voting results were announced.All 10 nominees put forward by the company were elected.Former investment banker Thomas Budd, one of the four defeated dissident nominees, said the action by activist Cation Capital Inc. has drawn attention to the many problems at Crescent Point.“Basically, the board has let Scott do whatever he’s wanted for three years,” he said after the meeting, adding the CEO’s pay hasn’t reflected the company’s troubled share price.He also suggested he owns more stock than the re-elected directors.“I bought stock when it was cheap,” he said. “Those board members that understand the company more than me, where have they been?”Sixty-one per of shareholders voted against a “say-on-pay” motion asking them to endorse the way Crescent Point pays its executives. The company also lost a similar motion at its 2016 annual meeting.Saxberg said he thinks the negative vote on compensation was more of a vote on its share price, which fell nearly 40 per cent in the 12 months before Cation launched its proxy challenge in early April.He said the share price has been hurt because investors lump Crescent Point in with the rest of the Canadian energy sector, which has been dogged by market access concerns, even though the company has few problems getting its mainly light oil production to market in pipelines.Companies in this story: (TSX:CPG)last_img read more

LouisianaLafayette beats UL Monroe clinches Sun Belt West

MONROE, La. — Andre Nunez passed for three touchdowns and Louisiana-Lafayette survived a missed field goal attempt as time expired to beat UL Monroe 31-28, clinching the Sun Belt Conference West Division title on Saturday.The Ragin’ Cajuns (7-5, 5-3) will travel to East Division champ Appalachian State (9-2, 7-1) for the Sun Belt Championship next Saturday.Elijah Mitchell took a screen pass from Levi Lewis and went 40 yards to give ULL a 31-21 lead with 11:49 left.Caleb Evans threw a 30-yard TD pass to Marcus Green to cut UL Monroe’s deficit to 31-28 with 4:47 left in the game. The Warhawks (6-6, 4-4) forced a punt to take over at their 16 with 2:07 left and drove to the Cajuns 19, but Craig Ford missed the 36-yard field goal attempt.Louisiana-Lafayette scored the first 14 points and led the entire way. Corey Straughter intercepted Nunez’s pass and returned it 66 yards to bring UL Monroe within 24-21 before the end of the first half.Trey Ragas ran 23 times for 115 yards and Ryheem Malone caught six passes for 91 yards and a score for the Cajuns.Derrick Gore ran 11 times for 79 yards and Green caught six passes for 76 yards and a touchdown for the Warhawks.The Associated Press read more

Antiques dealer found guilty of trying to sell elephant tusk at Christies

first_imgThere really is a difference, we say, in going to seek advice from Christie’s rather than going to see the antique dealer next door or the man down the streetMichael Levy, defending Christie's included the raw ivory ornament in its catalogue  It was fined £3,250 – said to be an “absolute drop in the ocean” – on May 23 after pleading guilty to one count of the “prohibited offering for sale of a specimen” at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court.Tony Woodcock, on behalf of Christie’s, told magistrates that the South Kensington firm had made a “genuine mistake”.Now Collins has been found guilty of one count of offering banned elephant ivory for sale at City of London Magistrates’ Court.Prosecutor Aimee Emby said: “On the 15 May last year, police officers attended Christie’s Auction House.”They did so following the receipt of information that a piece of ivory was being advertised for sale without the proper permissions.”The court heard that police were able to trace the tusk to Collins because Christie’s returned it to him when it failed to sell.When officers interviewed him at The London Silver Vaults on August 18 last year, he claimed he had sold the antique for £100 at Portobello market.”The following day, he told officers the item was still in his possession and he had made an error,” said Miss Emby.”The Crown’s case is, as has been outlined, that Mr Collins kept, transported, and offered for sale the item in question. His attendance at Christie’s with the intention of selling it was a clear offer to sell on the crown’s case.” Collins told police he discovered the ornament in a loft after his mother died and was not aware of legislation relating to endangered species.The court heard that under the old guidelines items that were “significantly altered from their raw state” for utility, ornament or jewellery would have been acceptable for sale.New guidelines designed to protect elephants, rhinos and tigers mean that the raw tusk mounted on a silver pedestal required specific exemption paperwork.Michael Levy, defending, said: “He went to take advice from the professionals the world-famous Christie’s Auction House and there really is a difference, we say, in going to seek advice from Christie’s rather than going to see the antique dealer next door or the man down the street.”He added: “If Christie’s had behaved properly and hadn’t broken the law Mr Collins wouldn’t be here because they would have turned round and said to Mr Collins: ‘Sorry, we can’t sell that item’.”They didn’t do that and they misled him and gave him completely wrong advice. The question is did he agree to them putting that item erroneously for sale and we say no he didn’t.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Christie’s included the raw ivory ornament in its catalogue Credit:Central News A dealer who tried to sell an elephant tusk at Christie’s has been spared a fine after claiming he was “misled” by their antiques experts.Barry Collins, 64, said he was given the “completely wrong advice” when he took the ivory to be offered for sale by the prestigious auctioneers.Experts at Christie’s assessed the Indian tusk, mounted on a silver pedestal, as having been crafted in about 1880 and valued it at between £1,200 and £1,800.The company, which was founded in 1776, then offered it for sale on their website and in a catalogue without obtaining the necessary paperwork to exempt it from strict EU guidelines on endangered species, the court heard. Chair of the bench John Scott said: “We find beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Collins took this item to Christie’s with the intention that it be offered for sale, and therefore we find him guilty of the offence.”Collins sat in the well of court as Mr Scott handed him a conditional discharge because he is a “man of good character”.Mr Levy argued that any fine should have “parity” with Christie’s £3,250 penalty, adding: “The sum that Christie’s was ordered to pay was, to a company like Christie’s, an absolute drop in the ocean.”Mr Scott answered “I take the point” and did not impose a fine on Collins for offering to sell the tusk.The antique was confiscated and will be kept on display by the Metropolitan Police’s Wildlife Unit for training purposes.”We want it to be put to good use and we are satisfied that the police will do that and we are confident that the police will let Mr Collins see it if he ever wants to,” said Mr Scott.Collins, of Stanmore, Middlesex, denied one count of offering banned elephant ivory for sale. He was ordered to pay £620 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.last_img read more

Hash smuggling ring unravels in Greece

first_imgA joint operation between Greek and German police has seen a hash smuggling ring come undone.According to a report by Kathimerini, the operation commenced on Monday night and followed through to Tuesday.As a result, 210 kilograms of hashish was found and confiscated in a truck at the port of Igoumenitsa along with the arrest of four people in Greece and Germany. The drugs were discovered to be imported from Albania to Greece and from there set to be distributed across to various central European countries. Albanian drug lords are believed to be responsible said Greek police, who manage close to 80 per cent of the hashish distribution across the continent. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

County Grand Jury report recommends changes to police review board

first_img KUSI Newsroom May 22, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A San Diego County Grand Jury report released Monday offers several recommendations to improve the city of San Diego’s Community Review Board on Police Practices, which evaluates public complaints about local police officers.The 23-seat board was created in 1989 via a ballot initiative to review complaints and offer policy and procedure recommendations. It cannot mandate action.The grand jury’s report was spurred by a citizen complaint that the board is understaffed and unable to exhibit proper oversight of the San Diego Police Department. Overall, the grand jury did find that many “do not consider the CRB as currently constituted to be independent from SDPD and do not believe the CRB reports reach fair and unbiased conclusions.”City officials have 90 days to comment on the grand jury report. City spokeswoman Alma Rife said they won’t address findings before then.Currently, the board is only referred cases already investigated by SDPD Internal Affairs, which doesn’t investigate all officer-related complaints made by the public. Not receiving all complaints made to the department hinders the board’s oversight role, the grand jury found.“The CRB does not participate in the categorization of complaints submitted to the SDPD. Consequently, the CRB cannot be certain that it sees all complaints that may be relevant to its advisory responsibilities, and cannot determine whether any have been misclassified,” the report says.The grand jury also found that city staff have failed to implement Measure G, a 2016 voter-approved initiative that requires the board to review all in-custody deaths and officer-related shootings.The grand jury recommended city staff implement Measure G within three months and allow the board to track all SDPD complaints.The panel also advocated for the board to receive additional complaint evaluation tools.Currently, the board only reviews completed SDPD investigations of complaints against the department. The grand jury asked city staff to consider providing the board subpoena power to complete its own investigations in order to create greater independence from SDPD conclusions.Women Occupy San Diego advocated for similar recommendations during a ballot initiative proposal to the San Diego City Council’s Rules Committee in April.The grand jury report additionally called for the appointment of more board members.City officials who oversee the board decided, following a 2016 code amendment, that additional legislation is required to establish the authority to appoint to the board, which has 15 members. No appointments have been made since December 2016, according to the grand jury, which found there’s no legal basis for halting appointments and that more board members are needed.“This reduced membership has negatively impacted its operation. Limited membership reduces the number of members available to conduct reviews of police investigations of citizens’ complaints and makes it more difficult for the CRB to muster the 10 members needed to vote for approval or disapproval of a case review as required by the bylaws,” the report said.In another section of its report, the grand jury recommended the board have formal authority to exclude SDPD personnel from closed-session complaint reviews. Officers often attend sessions to answer questions, and typically leave when asked, but they do so “without fully acknowledging that the CRB has the right to exclude SDPD personnel from its closed sessions.”“The presence of SDPD officers during closed CRB deliberations compromises the CRB’s independence and has intimidated some of its members,” the report said.Finally, the report recommended that the board consult with the mayor’s office and City Council on findings more regularly in order to comply with city code.The grand jury found board members typically discuss complaint reviews with SDPD personnel, while only referring to city staff when a compromise over policy recommendations cannot be reached.“The CRB does not adequately fulfill its responsibility to advise the mayor and the City Council under the current reporting practices,” the report said. Updated: 5:09 PM Posted: May 22, 2018center_img County Grand Jury report recommends changes to police review board KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

The Pensions Regulator names autoenrolment noncompliant employers

first_imgThe Pensions Regulator (TPR) has published the names of employers that have not complied with pensions auto-enrolment regulations after being issued an escalating penalty notice.This includes organisations that TPR has secured a court order against for failure to pay escalating penalty notices for auto-enrolment non-compliance, as well as those that have paid escalating penalty notices but have not yet fulfilled their auto-enrolment duties.An escalating penalty notice is issued if employers continue to be non-compliant after receiving a fixed penalty notice worth £400. An escalating penalty notice can increase by up to £10,000 a day until the fee is paid.Employers that remain non-compliant after being issued with a penalty notice may have to face additional enforcement action, such as prosecution.Organisations that feature on the list of employers that are subject to a court order include fabricated products organisation EWM and Woodlands Manor Care Home. Both businesses owe £52,500 for unpaid escalating penalty notices.Employers that feature on the list of organisations that have paid an escalating penalty notice but remain non-compliant with auto-enrolment regulations include Mercure George Hotel, which paid an escalating penalty notice of £14,000, and labelling firm Armor UK, which paid £5,000.These lists, which will be updated and published each quarter, have been made public to highlight the importance of meeting auto-enrolment requirements, and to demonstrate the large fines that employers can incur for non-compliance.The lists have been published alongside TPR’s Automatic enrolment: compliance and enforcement quarterly bulletin, 1 January-31 March 2017 report, which showed that TPR issued a total of 4,673 fixed penalty notices of £400 and 1,043 escalating penalty notices in January-March 2017.Charles Counsell, executive director of automatic enrolment at TPR, said: “Employers who wilfully refuse to become compliant should be in no doubt that we will take enforcement action against them, as these lists show.“Automatic enrolment is not an option, it is the law. Allowing some employers to get away with non-compliance is not fair on the employees who are denied the workplace pensions they are entitled to and is not fair on the vast majority of businesses who have taken the time to meet their responsibilities.“To date, we have only had to bring court proceedings against a tiny proportion of employers, but every court case is one too many; and one that employers can easily avoid by becoming compliant.”last_img read more

2019 Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run To Support Special Olympics

first_imgThe event will take place on  Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m., there are three major starting points on the Kenai Peninsula.Soldotna Regional Sports ComplexBase of the Homer SpitExit Glacier- in Seward The purpose of the event is for Alaska Law Enforcement to raise both awareness and funds for our Special Olympics Alaska athletes. It is expected to be the largest simultaneous multi-community running event held in Alaska this year. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Come out and support Special Olympics Alaska athletes by participating in the 2019 Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run and Pledge Drive. More than 1,000 participants, including hundred’s of Alaska Law Enforcement personnel, will run simultaneously in 16 Alaskan Communities. Register today https://www.firstgiving.com/event/SO-AK/2019-AKLETRlast_img read more

Facebooks latest makeover shines spotlight on groups

first_img Share your voice On Tuesday, Facebook said it’s redesigning its app to make it easier for users to find and join groups on the world’s largest social network. A Facebook group is a place where people who share a common interest gather to chat. Facebook has tens of millions of active groups on the site about a variety of topics including politics, health, gaming and animal rescue. 003-groups-in-product-amp-unit-englishFacebook redesigned its mobile app.  Facebook “We’ve seen just a variety of these communities emerge and become really meaningful to people,” Fidji Simo, head of the Facebook app, said in an interview. “We are now really preaching communities as the center of the app in addition to friends and family.”The redesign of the Facebook app on Android devices and iPhones has already started, but is happening in stages and will continue over the coming months, according to Facebook. Facebook executives made the announcement during F8, the social network’s two-day developers conference that kicked off Tuesday in San Jose, California.The social network has been embroiled in a series of scandals since 2016, raising concerns that it’s doing more to divide people rather than bring them together. Facebook’s focus on groups showcases how the tech giant is trying to fulfill its mission to “give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.” But Facebook groups haven’t been immune from controversy. In March, Facebook said it wouldn’t recommend groups that spread misinformation about vaccines, which might have contributed to an outbreak of measles in the US. The company said it would also rank anti-vax groups lower in the News Feed and search results following criticism from lawmakers, activists and health experts. Users opposed to vaccines used Facebook to spread misinformation in groups where members have to be approved, making it difficult for the social network to police the content.As more people join groups that aren’t public, the social network will have to balance concerns about both safety and privacy. Users are sharing some of their deepest fears and secrets in groups about drug addiction, infidelity, diseases and other sensitive topics. Facebook has “closed” and “secret” groups where content is only visible to current members. If you’re in a “secret” group, only current members can find the group by searching on Facebook.Simo said Facebook is taking privacy and safety “very seriously,” pointing to tools the social network gives administrators to moderate the content in groups. At F8, the company also unveiled a new feature so members can ask health support group administrators to post on their behalf, allowing users to mask their identity.”We’ve seen a lot of people who want more information,” she said, “but don’t want to necessarily be the ones asking.”Finding new groups011-groups-discovery-tool-compiled-englishFacebook lets you find new groups by clicking on the discover icon. Facebook Facebook’s redesigned app includes a new logo and more white space. The company also replaced the blue search bar with a black-and-gray icon of a magnifying glass. Facebook is promoting groups by displaying a photo of people gathered at a table with a button that says “Find Your Groups” in the News Feed.When you post on Facebook, there will also be an option to share in groups that you joined.The company’s website also got a makeover but the changes won’t take effect until the next few months.Facebook already has a tab for groups, which is represented by an icon of three figures. Currently, when you click on it, you see a search bar for groups, a section for your groups and latest updates, which shows posts from those groups.The redesigned Groups tab includes a new icon at the top called “Discover” that allows you to pick topics such as travel, arts and entertainment, and food and drink and see suggestions for groups.Suggestions for groups will also pop up in Facebook’s gaming tab, its video hub Watch, and Marketplace where users can buy and sell items like furniture and clothes.  New features023-gaming-chats-screen2of3-englishGaming group members will be able to create chat threads about different topics. Facebook Facebook is also rolling out new features for certain types of groups including those used for gaming and to post job openings.Employers who post in job groups will see a template to create a job that includes sections such as contact options, job title, location, job type and job description. Instead of clicking on a link for a job, Facebook will let job seekers apply directly on the social network.Members of gaming groups will be able to create threads to chat about specific topics such as tips and tricks and introductions.In groups used to buy and sell things, Facebook said it’s also exploring a way to allow users to place an order when the seller is talking about the product during a live video.”We really recognize that different communities have different needs,” Simo said. 0 Zuckerberg gives a first look at redesigned Facebook… Facebook Post a comment 3:23 Mobile Apps Tech Industry Facebook announced new features on Tuesday for groups. Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images Your eyes aren’t deceiving you. The Facebook app on your smartphone will start to look different. Now playing: Watch this: Tagslast_img read more

How many aircraft did IAF lose in last three years Govt reveals

first_img Close Why does the Indian Air Force need new fighter aircraft? IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:03Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:02?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img A crash of the An-32 in Arunachal Pradesh on June 3 left 13 Air Force personnel dead.TwitterSince 2016 the Indian Air Force (IAF) lost as many as 27 aircraft in crashes. A  total of 33 aircraft met with accidents since 2015-16, revealed Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik on Wednesday, June 26.The provisional loss in 11 cases of crashes was around Rs 524.64 crore, Naik told the Lok Sabha.Singh revealed that in the 2015-16 fiscal, IAF’s four fighter jets, one helicopter, a transporter and a trainer aircraft met with accidents.During 2016-17, six IAF fighter jets, two helicopters, and one trainer crashed while in 2017-18, the air force lost two fighter jets and one trainer aircraft.Seven fighter jets, two helicopters and two trainer aircraft were lost in 2018-19, including the crash of the MiG-21 fighter jet piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman during combat with Pakistan Air Force planes on February 27. A Mi-17 helicopter also crashed the same day, leaving six Air Force personnel dead.The An-32 transport aircraft crash in Arunachal Pradesh is the only reported incident in 2019-20.’No plans to replace An-32’Calling the Russian-made An-32 the workhorse of the IAF transport fleet, Singh said that there were no plans to phase out the aircraft because they have useful residual value.”In the last four years, in addition to the crash on June 3, 2019, only one An-32 was lost on July 22, 2016, while flying over the Bay of Bengal,” said Singh, adding that a part of the An-32 fleet has been upgraded with better avionics and airframe reinforcement. The remaining parts are planned to be upgraded.A crash of the An-32 in Arunachal Pradesh on June 3 left 13 Air Force personnel dead.last_img read more

Truck drives into line of Jewish demonstrators protesting ICE in Rhode Island

first_img Catholicism Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A truck attempted to barrel through a group of Jewish protesters who were demonstrating outside a detention center in Rhode Island on Wednesday evening (Aug. 14) in an incident that left five people hospitalized and drew attention to Jewish criticism of the Trump administration’s immigration policies.The demonstration, organized by the Jewish group Never Again Action, took place outside the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, R.I. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the center contracts with ICE to house migrants arrested along the U.S.-Mexico border.Organizers say roughly 400 people gathered for the protest and at least 30 formed a human barricade blocking the entrance to the detention center.Lex Rofeberg, a demonstrator who is studying to be a rabbi in the Jewish Renewal Movement, said protesters were singing and chanting when a truck pulled up at about 9:45 p.m.“This truck came and turned directly into the line of protesters,” he said. The driver “showed no interest or regard for the people in front of it, and drove directly into people.”Footage of the incident, which was shared widely on social media throughout the day on Thursday, showed the truck slamming to a halt just inches from demonstrators sitting on the ground. As people screamed and rushed toward the commotion, a few demonstrators stood in front of the truck, placing their hands on the bumper.Then the driver accelerated again.“My impression is that this was designed to intimidate, and violently,” said Rofeberg, who stood a few feet from the truck as it surged forward.Another video of the incident shows the driver, who appears to be wearing a uniform, stopping after a few feet. He then sits quietly in the vehicle, staring straight ahead as incensed protesters surrounded the truck and began chanting.They shouted: “Nazi! Nazi! You can’t hide! You support genocide!”Shortly thereafter a group of officers arrived to disperse the primarily Jewish crowd, during which they appear to have used pepper spray on several demonstrators.Rofeberg said five people were sent to the hospital as a result of the incident, two from injuries allegedly sustained from the truck and three from exposure to pepper spray.Protesters run as pepper spray is used on them by Wyatt Detention Facility staff late Aug. 14, 2019, in Central Falls, R.I. Video screengrab via Steve AhlquistOfficials at the Wyatt Detention Facility released a statement Thursday afternoon saying both law enforcement officials and the detention center are investigating the incident. It also said the driver of the vehicle, Capt. Thomas Woodworth, has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.The harrowing incident is the latest development in a nationwide campaign staged in recent days by Never Again Action with the goal of stopping local detention centers from cooperating with ICE. Dozens of protests were organized in other parts of the U.S. over the weekend to mark Tisha B’Av, the traditional Jewish day of mourning, including a protest that resulted in the arrest of at least 40 Jewish participants in New York City.Rofeberg said the group’s name refers to the vow never to allow the mass terror and killings of the Holocaust to happen again. To him and other demonstrators, the Trump administration’s treatment of immigrants — particularly the detention of minors and the separation of families — is reminiscent of how Jews were treated in Nazi Germany in the advent of World War II.“When I grew up going to religious schools, that was something I was taught: that never again means never again for anybody,” he said. “I care about this issue religiously. I care to the very depths of my neshama,” using the Hebrew word for soul.Jewish groups have been some of the loudest critics of the Trump administration’s immigration policies. The Union for Reform Judaism was among the first to denounce Trump’s travel ban, invoking Scripture from the Bible’s Book of Leviticus that reads “When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not wrong him.”In October 2017, a group of rabbis placed a sukkah — a structure traditionally built for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which commemorates the biblical story of Hebrews wandering in the desert for 40 years — outside of Trump Tower to protest the administration’s cap on refugee admissions.Jews and Jewish leaders have been involved in a number of other protests since, but the intensity has increased with the emergence of Never Again Action. The group has made ample use of dramatic tactics in many of its demonstrations.Rofeberg said he has been struck by the diversity of Jews who have showed up to protest at Never Again Action events, some hailing from different Jewish traditions and others claiming a secular Jewish identity.“One of the more quoted aphorisms in a lot of Jewish communities: ‘Two Jews, three opinions,’” he said. “But I think on the issue of immigration there’s actually not all that much disagreement. … This is a situation of ‘Most Jews, one opinion.’”He added: “Look, when you think about children in cages, there’s not really more than one opinion to have about that. The opinion is: It’s wrong.”Asked if the incident dented his resolve to protest ICE, Rofeberg said no.“Jewish texts, Jewish traditions, Jewish history calls on us to make noise,” he said. “What our society needs right now is for pretty much every day to be a day of noisemaking … of resisting the actions of this administration.” We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins TagsAmerican Judaism demonstrators homepage featured ICE immigration immigration debate never again Never Again Action protest,You may also like Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Load Comments,Israel grants Tlaib West Bank visit on humanitarian grounds By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Share This! 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How Can The Federal Government Reunify Kids with Deported Parents First Step

first_img Share Reuters/Mike Blake via The Texas TribuneImmigrant children are led by staff in single file between tents at a detention facility next to the Mexican border in Tornillo on June 18, 2018.Days after more than 1,500 “eligible” migrant children were reunited with the parents taken from them at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Trump administration has — by the order of a federal court — turned its attention to a much steeper challenge: reuniting hundreds of separated children with parents it has already deported.Some 400 parents were sent back to their native countries without their children, making their kids the bulk of the group declared ineligible for reunification before a court-ordered deadline last week. And as Matthew Albence, executive associate director at Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, put it, “we don’t keep track of individuals once they’ve been deported to foreign countries.”Those parents are now scattered across the globe, many of them likely in new corners of their home countries, where they aim to escape the hazards that spurred them to seek refuge in the U.S. in the first place. Asked last week what steps they would take to reunite those families, federal officials demurred, saying they would leave it to the discretion of the federal judge who first ordered reunifications. It wasn’t clear whether those families would be reunited at all.Now, that judge has spoken: The federal government will have to lay out plans this week for reuniting the hundreds of families now split by the U.S. border.Step one: Find them.“We are actively working to make contact with all of those parents, yes ma’am,” said Jonathan White, an administrator with the federal Department of Health and Human Services, in response to a question from U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii, at an oversight hearing Tuesday. But White could not say how many of those parents have been reached.In the meantime, a host of nonprofit agencies and advocates have already mobilized in Central America to locate those parents. In many cases, they are operating with minimal help from the government, which has been loath to turn over full case files on those migrant parents to legal advocates working to locate them. At a court hearing on Friday, Department of Justice attorneys said the “onerous” process of providing detailed information about deported parents could siphon manpower away from other agency efforts.“There [are] very burdensome data efforts that would detract from reunification,” Department of Justice lawyer Scott Stewart told U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, the George W. Bush appointee presiding over the main family separations case.Nevertheless, Sabraw ordered the government to provide that information this week to the American Civil Liberties Union, which successfully took the federal government to court this year to order the reunifications and which has coordinated some efforts to locate migrant parents who were deported without their children. Locating those parents, ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt said, is a top priority.To hear some federal officials tell it, all parents who were deported without their children chose to leave their kids behind; Albence said many migrants prefer to leave their children in the United States to pursue a new life rather than to return them to dangerous home countries. But migrants and their advocates have said they often made those choices in a state of confusion or under duress. Others say they were misled entirely.Adding to the confusion is the government’s shifting definition of “ineligible.” Last week, federal officials announced that they had met a court-ordered deadline to reunite all migrant kids ages 5 to 17 by July 26; all “eligible” children, they said, had been reunited, leaving just 711 “ineligible.”But by Tuesday morning, that “ineligible” number had dropped to 569, raising questions about what the standard was in the first place. The government has said many parents on that list are excluded because of troubling criminal histories. At the hearing on Tuesday, White said those “red flags” include prior convictions of child abuse or other violent crimes.But advocates working directly with migrant families say the standard for “eligibility” is neither fixed nor clearly explained. One migrant mother, according to workers at Annunciation House, an El Paso shelter for immigrants, was told she couldn’t be reunited with her child because she was jobless and staying in a shelter. But another woman staying in a shelter without a job was reunited with her kid on Thursday.“The government isn’t being clear,” said Taylor Levy, the legal coordination for Annunciation House. “I don’t think they gave any specifics of what ‘not eligible for reunification’ means.”Julian Aguilar contributed reporting from El Paso.last_img read more

Three more Princess ships slated to get Ocean Medallion

first_imgTags: Princess Cruises Share Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img SANTA CLARITA, CA — Golden Princess, Crown Princess and Ruby Princess will be the next three ships to feature Princess Cruises’ Ocean Medallion wearable devices, enabling a new level of personalization and enhanced guest experience.Golden Princess passengers can experience Ocean Medallion starting in November 2018), Crown Princess in November 2018 and Ruby Princess in January 2019. The three vessels join four other Princess ships scheduled to debut Ocean Medallion Vacations — Regal Princess on Nov. 13, 2017, followed by Royal Princess on Jan. 19, 2018, Caribbean Princess on March 18, 2018 and Island Princess on May 16, 2018.“With the addition of Golden Princess to the fleet of Medallion Class ships, we will make available a more personalized vacation to guests sailing in and around Australia,” said Jan Swartz, Group President, Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia. “And, as we continue to enhance our ships with the Ocean Medallion, we do so to further our commitment in providing our guests the most memorable and relaxing vacation.”More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionHighlights for these three ships for the 2018-2019 season includes:Golden Princess returns to Melbourne for a season sailing October 2018 to April 2019 with departures to South Pacific, Tasmania, South Australia and New ZealandCrown Princess will be Ocean Ready for the Fall 2018 Caribbean season. With this news, all Princess Cruises Caribbean cruisers will experience Ocean MedallionRuby Princess sets sails from Los Angeles for a season of West Coast cruisingThe Ocean Medallion has no discernible technology – no on-off switch, no charging, no menu to navigate – and can be worn as a pendant, on a wristband, in a clip or simply placed in a pocket. The device reveals enhanced services and personalized experiences without guests having to push a button or take any action. The pre-cruise engagement will allow guests to provide preferences that detail their wants, needs and desires so their onboard experience can be personalized.Pairing with the Medallion is the Ocean Compass, a digital concierge accessible by all guests using interactive displays throughout the ship, on stateroom TVs, via guests’ own smart devices or through a crew member.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthSome of the initial service innovations include:Ocean Ready: Expedites embarkation as required information is added to the guest profile at home.Stateroom Access: The Ocean Medallion will unlock a guest’s stateroom door – replacing the key card.Here & Now: Guests can place food and beverage orders and have them delivered to select locations.There & Then: Guests can place select food and beverage orders and have them delivered to where they plan to be at a designated time.Ocean Navigate: Accessed through the Ocean Compass, guests can learn the whereabouts of their family as they enjoy activities throughout the ship and be guided seamlessly in finding their way around the ship. Friends and family will also be able to easily communicate with each other through a seamless messaging service. << Previous PostNext Post >> Three more Princess ships slated to get Ocean Medallionlast_img read more