NEW YORK — While the culture or atmosphere at any business can be critical to attracting and retaining top workers, it needs to be a focus for small business owners who can’t offer the kind of salary and benefits that bigger companies do.Many owners are busy with customers, vendors and finances, and culture isn’t something they think about. Owners who want to develop a good company culture should take a first step of determining what kind of culture they want, says Jay Starkman, CEO of human resources provider Engage PEO. For example, a culture can be performance-based, strive for work/life balance, put employees’ families first or be a combination, Starkman says.After that, an owner needs to formulate the policies that will support the culture, and then manage the business so those policies are enforced.“If you have a family-first or work/life balance culture, then you walk around at 5 p.m. and ask, ‘why are you still here,’” Starkman says. “It comes from management. It comes from ownership.”A key factor in a good culture is giving employees autonomy — it’s something today’s workers want, says Tony Fross, who advises clients on workplace practices for the consulting firm Prophet. He recalls a company he worked with whose owner was a micromanager.“People quit all the time and he couldn’t keep staffers. He was disempowering them instead of helping them to do better,” Fross says.Owners should keep in mind that a culture needs continual attention from the boss.“You need to routinely analyze your organization to determine whether the culture you want actually exists. It often can take a back seat to deadlines and work pressure,” Starkman says._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more

WASHINGTON DC, USA – New York, the fourth most populous state in America, updated antiquated legislation on Tuesday to outlaw children as young as 14 from getting married.Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed legislation raising the age of consent to marry from 14 to 18 years old, with a caveat that 17-year-olds wishing to marry must get approval from their parents and a judge.“This is a major step forward in our efforts to protect children and prevent forced marriages, and I am proud to sign this legislation that puts an end to child marriage in New York once and for all,” he said.Until Tuesday, children as young as 14 could get married with parental permission and written consent from a judge. More than 3,800 minors were married in New York between 2000 and 2010, Cuomo’s office said.Those under 17 are now prohibited from marriage. Judges must ensure any 17-year-olds wishing to wed are not being coerced against their will and that the marriage will not endanger their mental, emotional, or physical well-being.Heather Barr, senior researcher on women’s rights at Human Rights Watch, called on dozens of other US states to follow New York’s example.“Around the world, a girl under age 18 married every two seconds. It is a national shame that so many of these marriages are happening in the US,” she said.“We hope the 47 states that have yet to act will follow New York’s lead.”Nearly a quarter of a million children as young as 12 were married in the United States between 2000 and 2010, mostly girls to adult men, according to Unchained, a non-profit organization working against arranged or forced marriage.A survey published by the Tahirih Justice Center in 2011 said forced marriage existed in immigrant communities from 56 different countries and affects people of different faiths, including Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Buddhists.Cuomo’s office said young women who marry before 19 are 50 per cent more likely to drop out of high school and four times less likely to graduate from college.Those who marry young are also at increased risk of developing health disorders, 31 per cent more likely to live in poverty when older and three times more likely to be beaten by their spouses than women who wed at 21 or older, it said. (Jamaica Observer) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew child bride ‘every seven seconds’ – reportOctober 11, 2016In “latest news”T&T Opposition Leader supports end to child marriagesMay 21, 2016In “latest news”First gay marriages in New Jersey take placeOctober 21, 2013In “World” read more

first_imgHere is a short video that will give you a chuckle. Imagine if you will a bunch of school kids getting together and taking a look at some technology that is old and obsolete. A company called Top Multimédia in France decided to see if a class of schoolchildren could decipher the function of several pieces of antiquated tech. Items ranged from a Nintendo Game Boy, a laser disk movie, a rotary phone, to a portable 8-track player – just to name a few.It was certainly amusing to see the kids struggling to figure out what each item was as they were being filmed – especially when the kids mistakenly thought an old 5.25-inch disk was a CD. Heck, I even remember back when there were such a thing as 8-inch floppy disks.AdChoices广告Yep. 8-inch disks, vacuum tubes, and hard drives the size of washing machines that barely held any kind of memory compared to the flash drives you can fit in your pocket today. That’s right you young whippersnappers, I walked to school with a Sony Walkman in the snow, uphill to school. Both ways.Read more at YouTube, via Geekologielast_img read more

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. These were traits that endeared Bob to everyone, but he didn’t reserve his hard work and dedication to just Channel 7. His impact was felt across South Florida.“Bob loved Channel 7, loved working in the community,” said Ansin. “He was largely responsible for the Winterfest Boat Parade up in Fort Lauderdale.”Bob served as a chairman of the board for Habitat for Humanity of Broward County. He got so much joy out of helping deserving families own their first homes.“We at Channel 7 are very proud to be associated with Habitat, and we have for many years,” said Bob during a story about Habitat.Now, one of his visions has become a reality. Seventy-seven homes are being built on a land in Pompano Beach. Seven families received the keys to their new homes on Thursday.Bob could be found many weekends helping build Habitat homes, and as this Pompano Beach neighborhood continues to grow, right down Leider Avenue, part of him will always be there.In lieu of flowers, Bob’s family is asking donations be made to Habitat for Humanity of Broward County. HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Hundreds of friends and family members gathered at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood to celebrate the life of the man responsible for creating 7News’ distinctive approach to news reporting.Loved ones came together Saturday night to remember a man loved and admired as a father, grandfather, friend and mentor: Robert W. Leider, or “Bob” to his friends and colleagues.“One thing about my dad is that he led with love,” said his daughter, Kelly Dalsemer. “As a parent, he always would tell us, ‘Love to your children. Do everything you do with love.’”“He has inspired and touched so many lives, and he has always made everyone feel good and brought the best out of people,” said his grandson, Andy Ball. “We’re all lucky to have known this great man, and his legacy will live forever. We love you, Poppy Bob. Rest in peace.”“Bob was too young, too good and too vital to leave us,” said his friend, Nancy Daly, “but his legacy of kindness, cheerfulness, generosity and genuine concern for others will remain with all of us.”“I’m going to miss Bob a great deal. I know everybody at the station will,” said WSVN Owner Ed Ansin, “but the memory of Bob will exist with all of us forever, and he’ll continue to challenge all of us to do our best.”As Executive Vice President and General Manager at WSVN for years, Bob was the station’s biggest cheerleader. Words of encouragement flowed freely from him. He wanted all employees to thrive and feel appreciated. last_img read more

first_imgNews Twitter Hours later, the cryptic call was followed by a partially explanatory tweet reading: “New album. KOD 4/20.” The internet went wild with many saying this was their perfect follow-up to Beychella.The Gramercy Theatre event turned out to be a surprise show, during which Billboard reported J. Cole played all 12 songs from his album, including the standout track “1985” — the rapper’s birth year.Life, Twitter and the remaining days until April 20 got a lot more interesting when a new, similar tweet went out for a secret location concert in London, with the message: “London. Meet me here today. First come first serve.”This trans-Atlantic hype might just be starting to heat up. Will London be J. Cole’s last pre-release performance of KOD?Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Latest album from the rapper drops later this week, as release info and pre-release performances drip through TwitterPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Apr 17, 2018 – 2:12 pm Five-time GRAMMY nominee J. Cole used Twitter on April 16 to announce his new album, KOD, will drop April 20. But the surprise way he rolled it out was exceptional.The first anyone learned something was brewing was Cole’s April 16 tweet that “first-come first-serve” followers in New York should leave their phones, cameras and bags behind and come to the Gramercy Theatre. J. Cole Announces New Album, ‘KOD’ J. Cole: Atlantic Ocean’s Stereo ‘KOD’ Concerts j-cole-announces-new-album-kod Facebook Email last_img read more

first_imgItalian automaker Fiat will start recalling 42,935 Viaggio cars in China on Friday due to a problem with the gearshift system, China’s top quality watchdog said on Monday.The company’s joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. filed the plan to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) according to China’s recalling rules.The recall involves Viaggio sedans manufactured between August 2012 and December 2013, Xinhua reported.Linking parts in the gearshift system may come loose in extreme cases and lead to unintended movement, posing safety hazards for people inside the vehicle, a statement said.Dealers will contact affected owners to replace defective parts free of charge.last_img read more

first_imgAlicia D. White, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection with Freddie Gray’s death arrives at a side door, for a court appearance on Oct. 13 in Baltimore. All six officers appeared before Judge Barry Williams, who is to determine whether their still undisclosed statements will be allowed at trial. (Barbara Haddock Taylor /The Baltimore Sun via AP)The States Attorney’s office scored another victory in the Freddie Gray case. On Tuesday, Judge Barry Williams ruled that statements that Sgt. Alicia T. White made to police on April 12 and 17 are admissible in court.White is one of six officers accused in the April death of Freddie Gray. All six were in court for the Oct. 13 proceedings.Ivan Bates, speaking for the defense, argued that the statements were improperly obtained. He told the judge that White was “compelled” to give a statement or face discipline. However Deputy State’s Attorney Jan Bledsoe said that during both interviews, White was asked to speak – not ordered. She said that she was “incredulous” at the idea that Bates would think White wouldn’t know that.“She was always free to go,” Williams said during his ruling. “The court will presume that she was in good mental and physical condition.”Williams said that giving an interview is not the same as White being told that she had to make a statement, and that she had the opportunity to say no.Three investigators from the department’s Force Investigation Team took the stand to talk about what happened during those two interactions with White. The first officer said that since the first meeting was just an interview, there was no need to read White her Miranda Rights or inform her of her rights under the Law Officers’ Bill of Rights.At the second interview, after the investigation had progressed, White was advised of her Miranda rights and her rights under the Law Officers’ Bill of Rights. Bledsoe entered video of White signing documents asserting that she had been made aware of both into evidence. The hearing at times got contentious. Bledsoe rejected Bates’ attempts to paint a scene of White feeling pressured to speak about the incident at every turn. At one point, the judge raised his voice, ordering both sides to be quiet.Three other officers filed to withdraw their motions to suppress the statements that they gave relating to the case. A second hearing is scheduled for Oct. 14 at 9:30 a.m.last_img read more

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Staff Writer, On a weekend after a Prince George’s County grand jury formally indicted the driver of a car that killed three children in a hit and run accident on Indian Head Highway, a County police officer was injured when his car was rear ended on the same dangerous roadway while investigating the suicide of a Charles County resource officer.Prince George’s County Police responded to a call around midnight on Jan. 25 south on Route 210 near Accokeek.  When they arrived on the scene, the officers began their investigation after discovering the body of Corporal Patrick “P.J.” Mann who was pronounced dead after what was considered a suicide attempt.  A Charles County Sheriff’s Office news release later confirmed their autopsy found that Mann died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, just before his car ran off the road. At the time of his death Mann was a resource officer at St. Charles High School in Waldorf.Route 210, Indian Head Highway, claimed two lives the same weekend a grand jury indicted the driver who killed three children in a hit and run on Dec. 30. (Courtesy Photo)While investigating Mann’s death, causing roads to close, an officer was hurt when a car hit his cruiser. That officer was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries and was listed in stable condition. The investigation closed lanes in both directions although lanes of Indian Head Highway reopened around 5:30 a.m.In addition, there was another fatal automobile accident during that weekend. A woman lost her life when her car crossed over a median and crashed into a pickup truck. Prince George’s County Police said the woman was driving southbound on Route 1 when she struck another car traveling in the same direction. She then crossed over the median into the northbound lane and struck a pickup truck.Route 1 closed on Saturday morning as the investigation continued but reopened around noon after the driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither the driver of the car nor the truck driver was injured in the accident.Meanwhile, Thomas Daniel Hawks, 27, of Charles County, Maryland, is alleged to have been driving drunk after leaving an NFL game in Landover on Dec. 30 and was indicted on three counts of vehicular manslaughter.  Twins Alexander and Rosalie Mejia, and their younger brother Isaac Mejia, were killed when their family’s car was hit from behind while stopped at a traffic light on Route 210 near Wilson Bridge Drive.Hawks faces three counts of vehicular manslaughter and two counts of causing life-threatening injuries by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. According to Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy, Hawks registered a 0.17 blood alcohol level (BAC) in a field sobriety test, the limit is .08, and faces a maximum penalty of 36 years jail time if convicted.Indian Head Highway has become one of the most perilous stretches of road in the state.   For years habitual speeding, drag racing and fatal accidents due to DUI have plagued Rt. 1, which begins off the final exit off I-95/495 near Oxon Hill and extends into Charles County.  Residents in the suburban Maryland community have complained to elected and law enforcement officials about the inherent transportation dangers associated with traveling on that roadway.At the news conference announcing the grand jury indictment of Hawks, Prince George’s County police Chief Hank Stawinski promised the Department will become more vigilant enforcing traffic laws regularly. He said a DUI police checkpoint along Route 210/Indian Head Highway will begin on February 1.“Please have those difficult conversations,” Stawinski appealed to the community. “Driving while intoxicated to any degree must stop.”last_img read more

first_imgThis morning, the Ladysmith Gazette team were having a debate about colours and optical illusions. A few images were displayed on our computer screens and the office staff were asked to have a look and say what colours they saw.And guess what? Many different colours were seen!So you have a look and tell us what you see in these two images.Also read: Black and blue or white and gold?Remember, there is a strong chance that the colour will just randomly change as you watch it or if you close it and then look at it again after a few minutes.Firstly, we have a picture of a shoe that has been doing the rounds on social media.What do you see? Then we have a picture of a dress from a few years ago.Have your eyes deceived you?Have some fun and let us know in the comments section what you see with your own eyes.Share it with your entire office and family.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

first_imgAndrés Zapata, 23, is a Costa Rican film director living in San Francisco. His passion towards cinematography began when he first watched David Fincher’s “Fight Club,” and led him to study film and production at Santa Monica College and San Francisco State University.In 2015 he produced his short film “Father, Daughters, and Sisters,” which deals with the topics of alcohol, sex and family relationships. The film featured an all-Costa Rican cast, and won the Campus MovieFeset (CMF) Jury Award. This month, the film will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival at the Cannes Court Métrage section and the Marché de Cannes. Today, Zapata is working on a script for a narrative film about the shark-finning situation in Costa Rica, China and Taiwan.The Tico Times spoke with Zapata about his work. Excerpts follow.What drew your attention toward cinematography?Cinematography is an escape for me. It showed me that I had the opportunity to do everything, creating stories and images. There’s a wide range of things you can work with, and that’s what I like about it. You can do whatever you want without anyone telling you what to do… you get to work with people from all over the world, and I don’t have to be in an office every day. Every day is different.What I like to explore within my work is the creation of characters that contribute something to the audience, something that people watch and say that they know what that person is going through because they’ve dealt with it before. With cinematography you have those opportunities. I love both drama and comedy. I want to experiment with all sorts of things because when I’m 80 or 90 years old I want to be able to say that I did everything. Right now I like drama because everyone has drama in their lives. It’s very easy to speak about those topics that exist within our society, such as alcoholism, drugs, sex, and family relationships.Why did you choose the topics of sex, drugs, and alcohol for “Father, Daughters, and Sisters”?There’s alcoholism in Costa Rica, as well as other parts in the world; I know a lot of families that have lost their connection due to the use of drugs and alcohol. Regarding sex, we all get here because of it. Having sex is not bad, but the way in which you carry out the act due to the effect of alcohol is bad. There are persons who take advantage of innocent people. It’s also about not judging people because of alcohol, and not… neglecting the purity symbolized by virginity. It’s important to know that you’ve got to question these things, question how you’re carrying out the act and how your decision may affect others.There are parents who ignore their children because they prefer to be drinking from a bottle than spending time with them and loving them. It’s a lie that alcohol is always good. We all know someone who is an alcoholic and has affected us somehow. I’ve grown up watching people like this, and if I wasn’t the person that I am now, I’d maybe be dead like the prostitute [in the short film]. Andrés Zapata speaking about Fathers, Daughters, and Sisters at the Campus Movie Fest. (Courtesy Campus MovieFest)How did you develop the characters?[I made the film] for a film festival called the Campus MovieFest, with people from 50 or 100 different universities. The festival consists of providing people with equipment to create a film within a time lapse of one week. I got there on a Wednesday when they were about to close; they had no equipment left [to loan out]. I have my own equipment, so they told me I could do the film and had to turn it in the following Tuesday. I registered, but I didn’t have an established story, actors or anything in mind to create the film. I went home and began writing a script with four or five pages. I didn’t know anyone in San Francisco, so I contacted people through Facebook. The whole cast is from Costa Rica.Of the three sisters, the first one can’t do anything about her life, the second one is on a bad path and the third one is the innocent one. We have a chance to save her. There’s that process of taking care of her and not teaching her about the bad things… I wanted to portray the relationship between a father and his daughters, because we don’t see that very much onscreen. Women don’t have many roles, and I wanted to create roles for various actresses.How does the film communicate so much without using a single word? Cinematography is a language, whether people see it that way or not. With film, you experience through sentences, but the sentences are made up of images. You don’t necessarily need dialogue to express yourself or for someone to realize what’s going on. You can trust in your audience that they’re going to understand; a picture is worth a thousand words.What are your inspirations?My family inspires me. I want to thank them for everything because without their love I wouldn’t be anywhere. I also inspire myself a lot, because when I was younger I didn’t have this confidence of saying, “I can do this. I can go out and do whatever I want and believe in myself that I can finish something.” In high school, I was a really, really bad student that never went to school. In college I realized I can do a lot of things. Winning a prize for a short film inspires me to continue.I think everyone should find that confidence, because if they can find that, then the sky is the limit. When there’s no one else, you always have yourself. That’s the most inspirational and creative thing that’s ever happened to me; discovering that I am my own tool.Costa Rica also inspires me a lot because the people have a fighting spirit; they always want to be happy and keep working hard. Being happy is the most important thing. We’ve got to keep in mind that we can do it. I’m a Tico and I can do it. That’s what inspires me every day. Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at Facebook Comments Related posts:5 questions for Costa Rican video game creator Claudio Pinto 4 questions for art director Carl Sprague 5 questions for a Costa Rican photographer The 12 best Costa Rican-made holiday gifts from the Mercado Tropicallast_img read more

first_imgDHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — India and Bangladesh on Saturday finalized a much-delayed land swap agreement to settle a long-running border dispute.The deal — initially reached in 1974 but only recently ratified by India’s Parliament — calls for the transfer of 111 border enclaves to Bangladesh in exchange for 51 that will become part of India. More than 50,000 residents will get citizenship after the agreement is implemented. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How men can have a healthy 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Top Stories Energy-starved Bangladesh is also looking forward to importing 600 megawatts of electricity from India, in addition to the 500 megawatts it currently imports, Ali said.Separately, Bangladesh signed memoranda of understanding Saturday with two Indian companies to set up power plants for producing 4,600 megawatts of electricity, Bangladeshi authorities said in a statement.The state-run Power Development Board signed the deals, which are worth $5.5 billion, with Indian companies Adani Power Limited and Reliance Group, the statement said.Adani Power Limited will invest $2.5 billion to set up a coal-based power plant with a capacity of 1,600 megawatts of power, according to the statement. The Reliance Group will set up another gas-fired power plant with capacity of 3,000 megawatts of power, investing $3 billion.Bangladesh and India have 54 common rivers and the sharing of water from them is a contentious issue for the countries. Officials say the two leaders will discuss how to effectively deal with the issue.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Relations between India and its smaller neighbor have significantly improved since Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina promised that her administration would not allow India’s separatist insurgents to use the porous 4,000-kilometer (2,500-mile) border to carry out raids in India.Aided by India, Bangladesh gained independence from Pakistan following a bloody nine-month war in 1971.Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in Bangladesh on Saturday for a two-day visit, exchanged the ratification documents for the land swap agreement before holding official talks.Bangladeshi Foreign Affairs Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali said a number of other agreements covering trade, security and connectivity are also expected to be signed, as well a framework for combating human trafficking, counterfeit currency and cooperation for the sea-based “blue economy.”Officials said India could offer a $2 billion line of credit to Bangladesh for infrastructure development inside the country.Ali said Bangladesh was focusing on better connectivity with India by introducing new bus service with Indian states. India faces difficulties reaching its isolated and impoverished northeastern region, and any passage through Bangladesh could cut hundreds of kilometers (miles) to get to those areas. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

first_imgCarson. Bruce. Larry. Let’s go. #BirdGang— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) February 9, 2017 As with anything that happens, whether a Super Bowl comeback or a dancing cat, the internet had some fun reactions to the news that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer will play in 2017.Many fans expressed excitement that the 37-year-old will return to play his fifth season for the Cards in 2017.— Jim Connell (@Jim_Connell_417) February 9, 2017 @NFL based on what. Sorry, but he was hopeless this season. Without a watertight offensive line he is a constant sack-fest BOOOOOOOO— Megan (@Wonder_Bubbles) February 9, 2017 We need to move on, he isn’t in his prime.— Braeden Mueller (@Bmulesports) February 9, 2017 With the gang back, it is now time to get that Super Bowl Ring…Let’s win one for the old folks! #BeRedSeeRed #BirdGang— Ray Shefska (@rasisjaz) February 9, 2017 why couldn’t he have done this on Monday instead of ruining our weekend?— Sun Devil Mike (@djgazooz) February 9, 2017Palmer’s decision is not very surprising given that wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald announced his intention to play in 2017 last week.With both of them on hand, the Cardinals will be out for redemption in 2017. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img — Derek H (@degzo) February 9, 2017 Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Great news.Had my fingers crossed we’d get to Carson & Larry back & playing over here at Twickenham.#Britishbirdgang— Tom Marshall (@aredzonauk) February 9, 2017 Carson Palmer back?? 0 Comments   Share   — Matthew Vincent (@Born_MVP) February 9, 2017 Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) yeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!— santiago rocha (@santiagorocha21) February 9, 2017The joy was not unanimous however. The Cardinals stumbled to a 7-8-1 record last season, missing the playoffs and falling well short of preseason expectations.Some put the blame for the disappointing season on Palmer. He put up 4,233 yards with 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, but struggled early in the season and did not get much protection from his offensive line. Others feel he’s too old and the Cardinals need to move to a younger successor.last_img read more

first_imgKingsley: I wanted to nail Eichmann to gates of Auschwitz NEW YORK, N.Y. – Ben Kingsley said he didn’t portray Adolf Eichmann out of love or admiration. Rather, he wanted to “nail him to the gates of Auschwitz.”The Oscar-winning Kingsley, who has tackled historical figures before, including Mahatma Gandhi, Otto Frank and Simon Wiesenthal, said playing Eichmann in “Operation Finale” produced an entirely different feeling in him.“With Gandhi, I loved him. With Simon, I loved him. With Otto, I loved him. With Itzhak (Stern), I loved him. But him — I’ll nail you to the gates of Auschwitz. I’ll put you up there so everyone can see what you did, what you stood for and who you are,” Kingsley told The Associated Press in a recent interview.The story takes place fifteen years after the end of World War II. A team of Mossad agents travel to Argentina with the extremely dangerous mission of smuggling Eichmann out of the country to bring him to justice in Israel.Eichmann, wanted for war crimes, was living in the South American country after escaping Germany at the end of the war. He was the main architect of the Final Solution, the Nazi plan to exterminate Jews that led to more than six million deaths.“I put him into the camera for you to judge him, for you to see. I’ve let go of him and I dedicated my performance to Elie Wiesel and the millions who lost their lives under his command,” Kingsley said.“Rather than saying to the man that I portrayed, ‘I am doing this for you,’ because I certainly wasn’t, I used to say to Elie Wiesel, ‘I’m doing this for you,’ because I know that Elie and other survivors said quite rightly that if we forget the six million, we are murdering them all over again.”In the film, the rhetoric spoken by Eichmann bares an eerie similarity to the vicious debates currently surrounding the immigration issue in the United States and across the globe. Kingsley sees the film as a cautionary tale and hopes that audiences “will have thoughts after the seeing the film that they did not have before.”After protests by neo-Nazis and white supremacists last year in Charlottesville, Virginia, Kingsley thinks it’s important to not forget the lives lost in the Holocaust, so it doesn’t happen again.“Memory is vitally important, truth and memory. I’m quoting now Elie Wiesel, whom I met on several occasions. I loved his company. It was definitely being in the company of what I would say would be comparable to an Old Testament prophet. I felt that also when I was in the presence of Simon Wiesenthal for all those months when I portrayed him. And Simon, quite clearly said that it could happen again. And so did Elie in his heroic pessimistic moments.”“Star Wars” star Oscar Isaac took a break from shooting the latest installment in the franchise to attend the recent New York premiere of “Operation Finale.”“I flew in from a galaxy far, far away where we’re shooting in London,” he said.Isaac plays Nazi-hunting Mossad agent Peter Malkin. He also drew parallels between the rhetoric of Eichmann and the vicious debates of today on immigration.“You start to hear a lot of similar language, and it’s so, so powerful what a demagogue can do. How he can whip up just normal people, not monsters, not psychopaths — just regular people to hate,” Isaac said.Isaac is also an executive producer on the film.Nick Kroll, who plays a Mossad administrator, agreed the film is a cautionary tale.“We have to be aware of the fact that holocausts are still going on and that we must do our part to protect people from genocide,” he said.The film hits theatres Aug. 29 and also stars Melanie Laurent, Lior Raz and Joe Alwyn. by John Carucci, The Associated Press Posted Aug 27, 2018 1:29 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 27, 2018 at 2:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

first_img“Harry Potter” books burned at Catholic parish in Poland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WARSAW, Poland — Priests at a Catholic parish in northern Poland have burned books, including the “Harry Potter” series, and other items that their owners said had evil forces.Images from the burning at Gdansk’s Mother of Church parish on Sunday were posted on Facebook by a Catholic foundation that uses unconventional ways of religious work.In the pictures, flames are consuming an African wooden mask, figurines of elephants and books on personality and magic, as well as those by J.K. Rowling, all bought in by parishioners. A priest and altar boys are watching the book burning.The foundation said the book burning was intended to alert parishioners to bad influences that it says comes from magic and the occult.Comments under the post condemned the book burning, recalling that also happened in Nazi Germany before World War II.The Associated Presscenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Apr 1, 2019 9:43 am PDTlast_img read more

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Harry and Meghan grieve loss of elderly fan in Australia by The Associated Press Posted Apr 2, 2019 4:38 pm PDTcenter_img LONDON — Prince Harry and his wife Meghan the Duchess of Sussex are planning to write to the family of an elderly war widow who was among his biggest fans after she died in Australia.The royal couple is described as deeply saddened by the death of Daphne Dunne, who was among Harry’s biggest fans. She was 99.Her family said on social media on Tuesday that their mother and grandmother “passed away peacefully” on Monday.She had met Harry three times during his visits to Sydney, Australia and had recently received a letter from Harry and Meghan on her birthday.Harry had introduced Dunne to Meghan on his most recent visit.Dunne said afterward that “It was lovely to meet the duchess, Meghan. Harry is a wonderful man.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

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