Culture Watch – MOVIES FOR DIFFERENT MOODS

first_imgHomeOpinionColumnsCulture Watch – MOVIES FOR DIFFERENT MOODS Sep. 24, 2020 at 6:00 amColumnsCulture WatchEventsFeaturedNewsCulture Watch – MOVIES FOR DIFFERENT MOODSSarah A. Spitz9 months agoBlack Arts MovementDaisy AxonEllis HaizlipH is for HappinessMelissa HaizlipMr. Soulpublic TVWesley PattenDaisy Axon, Wesley Patten and the white horse in H is for Happiness. Courtesy photo. I don’t know about you, but I’m scared. I use social media, doesn’t everyone? But it is increasingly becoming a dangerous playground. If you have not yet watched “The Social Dilemma” on Netflix, prepare to reconsider your social media options. This documentary blends investigation and narrative drama to unveil the hidden machinations behind social media and search platforms. It might just blow your mind and with any luck, help change your online habits. https://www.thesocialdilemma.comThen, if you really want to know how deeply you’re being manipulated, watch HBO Max’s “After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News.” This documentary investigates the ongoing threat of fake news, and focuses on real-life consequences that disinformation, conspiracy theories and false news stories have on the average citizen, in an election cycle and for years to come. Will it scare us straight? https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/after-truth-disinformation-and-the-cost-of-fake-newsComing later in the year, there’s a third must-watch documentary called “Coded Bias,” in which we discover that AI (Artificial Intelligence), also known as algorithms, ultimately end up being biased against people of color, women and the LGBTQ community – as the machine learns, it teaches itself to discriminate. In the hands of law enforcement it’s proven disastrous.That’s not intentional on the part of the coders, other than the fact that coders generally aren’t people of color—or female—so AI learns to discriminate because of the assumptions built into them…facial recognition being a key example. This documentary opens in November via Virtual Cinema — more on it later. Meanwhile, Fast Company did a cover story on the woman who made the big tech companies back down on facial recognition. https://www.fastcompany.com/90525023/most-creative-people-2020-joy-buolamwiniWhy haven’t we all woken up yet?H IS FOR HAPPINESSIt all makes me want to crawl into a cave and hibernate. But then along comes this movie: “H is for Happiness.” We can all use a feel-good, fantasy fairy tale in these fraught times, and this one fills the bill perfectly.No, it’s not a saccharine kiddy or weird sci-fi tale. It’s a sweet, loving and most-welcome family dramedy, featuring an irresistible character named Candice Phee (Daisy Axon), who’s comprised of a little Goody Two Shoes, a touch of Pippy Longstocking and a lot of Emma Woodhouse (Jane Austen), the mis-matchmaker.It’s set in coastal Australia, based on the book, “My Life as an Alphabet” by Barry Jonsberg, and t tells the story of a 12-year old girl determined to bring her family back from the brink and restore their happiness.A school assignment by the quirky teacher with the freaky eye (Miriam Margolyes) makes each student write something about their life that starts with the letter of the alphabet they’re given. Candice gets “H” and chooses to create happiness.Mom has cut herself off from the world, mourning the loss of Candice’s baby sister. Dad’s dreams were dashed when his brother pulls out of their business partnership, leaving him crushed, while his brother becomes Rich Uncle Brian.Candice becomes best friends with a strange new schoolboy. Douglas Benson from Another Dimension (Wesley Patten) believes that he is from another dimension and must return there. He explains how the multiverse works brilliantly. And did I mention the miniature white horse? Yep. There is one.Try as she might, Candice’s efforts all seem to backfire. She ignores the meanness of the mean girl, pushing back with kindness instead and still gets hurt. She makes a family dinner — that doesn’t turn out as planned. She arranges a surprise meeting between father and brother that blows up in their faces.Nevertheless, she persists. Her optimism is unquenchable and I won’t spoil the arc of the story or the ending – but I will say it’s happy. Something we can really use right now.Watch it via video on demand on all the major platforms. Trust me, this is time well-spent and your mood will lift. Get a taste here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06PKSQPjyY0&feature=emb_logoMR. SOULA man who might otherwise have disappeared into the annals of public broadcasting history, Ellis Haizlip was Black, openly gay and hosted/produced a unique show on public TV from 1968 to 1973, where he introduced Black American culture, art, life, love and community to households across the nation every week. In essence, it was the Black Tonight Show.Ellis lived life out loud and proud in a time when it was not acceptable to do so. As a Black TV pioneer, his show ushered giants and rising stars of Black American culture onto the national television stage. He was hip. He was smart. He was innovative, political and fearless.This documentary by Ellis’s niece, Melissa Haizlip, goes deep and wide, featuring an extraordinary cast of characters and interviews, ranging from Al Green, Muhammed Ali, Sidney Poitier, Billy Preston, to Toni Morrison, Betty Shabazz, Patti LaBelle and more.The show shifted the white gaze from inner-city poverty and violence to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. With participants’ recollections and a bevy of great rarely seen archival clips, MR. SOUL!  captures that critical moment in our nation’s cultural rise, and whose impact continues to resonate across generations and cultures.Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5bLjXSFR7o And buy a Virtual Cinema ticket (support Laemmle theatres!) here: https://www.mrsoulmovie.com.Sarah A. Spitz is an award-winning public radio producer, retired from KCRW, where she also produced arts stories for NPR. She writes features and reviews for various print and online publications. Stan Lathan, Ellis Haizlip, Melvin Van Peebles in Mr. Soul. Courtesy photo. Daisy Axon, Wesley Patten and the white horse in H is for Happiness. Courtesy photo. Tags :Black Arts MovementDaisy AxonEllis HaizlipH is for HappinessMelissa HaizlipMr. Soulpublic TVWesley Pattenshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentKey Indicators Show Progress in Response to COVID-19Cancer survivor looks to conquers marathons and unhealthy eating habitsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author11 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more

The 7 craziest things you’ll only find outside LSU’s Tiger Stadium

first_imgBATON ROUGE, La. — The tailgating area around LSU’s Tiger Stadium is everything The Grove at Ole Miss isn’t and wouldn’t want to be. And that’s not a negative for either school. The smell of stale beer and pulled pork fill your senses and every tent has dance parties with different raps song from Jay Z and Lil Wayne to things you’ve maybe never heard before. As Marcus Spears said, “We literally know how to party harder and louder than anybody else.”Here are seven things you will find walking around the grounds of Death Valley before No. 15 LSU takes on No. 4 Alabama.1. A barbequed elephant(Laken Litman, USA TODAY Sports)(Laken Litman, USA TODAY Sports)This is actually a pig and these LSU fans are surgeons who sewed some pigskin together to make it look like an elephant trunk. They do it for every LSU-Alabama game2. Kids who want to see Nick Saban cry(Laken Litman, USA TODAY Sports)(Laken Litman, USA TODAY Sports)3. A drumline in the middle of a tailgateInstagram Photo4. A dog painted like a tigerLSU fans painted their Great Dane named Elmer to look like a tiger. http://t.co/Rp0br2i1Xe— Laken Litman (@LakenLitman) November 08, 20145. A stuffed tiger eating a stuffed elephant(Laken Litman, USA TODAY Sports)(Laken Litman, USA TODAY Sports)Creative.6. Les Miles and the Tigers’ arrivalInstagram Photo7. The Golden Band from TigerlandInstagram Photolast_img read more

Chelsea ready to pay €30million for Barcelona defender Gerard Pique

first_img Upd. at 20:09 Another thing that may impede a transfer is that Barcelona cannot sign a replacement until 2016 because of the FIFA transfer ban. The 33-year-old defender has, however, been in excellent form this season.  Manchester United are also interested in the Catalan defender.  Jose Mourinho managed to convince Cesc Fabregas to come to Chelsea this summer and may try to repeat the trick with Pique. According to the Daily Star, Chelsea will be willing to pay €30million for Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique.  Sport EN 30/10/2014 The player has been selected by Luis Enrique a lot recently but has been far from his best.  The Portuguese coach knows that John Terry, the club’s veteran defender, cannot play on forever and he may have to be replaced.  CETlast_img read more

Bransdon on a roll

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT DAVID Bransdon’s sparkling form to kickstart the new calendar year continued on Friday, taking out the $10,000…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Photo of the Week: My Garden Roses

first_imgWhat a lovely surprise I had this week when I saw a couple beautiful blooms on my rose bushes. I wasn’t sure I would see any nice looking flowers on my roses the rest of the year. You see, like many of my friends’ roses, my rose bushes were hit with a Japanese beetle infestation. I’ve had issues with cutter wasps in the past, but I’ve never had any problems with Japanese beetles. Until this year. The Japanese beetles eat the leaves, buds, and rose petals. And they’re not easy to control.Not sure how these two bushes survived (I saw damage earlier last month on both bushes). But I’m happy to see and smell my lovely garden roses again. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Denver Botanic GardensWhile I was in Denver, Colorado for WordCamp Denver 2018 last weekend, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the Denver Botanic Gardens on the east side of Denver. With over 23 acres, the Denver Botanic Gardens has 43 unique gardens. Wish I could have made it to…In “Garden”Photo of the Week: Evening Stroll at the Peony GardenFor the past several years, I do my best to visit the Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to see the blooming historic peonies. With 27 beds that can contain 30 peony bushes each, exploring the Peony Garden is one…In “Garden”Photo of the Week: Japanese Garden at Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture ParkHard to believe it’s been over a year since I last visited Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, commonly called Meijer Gardens, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In spring 2015, my family and I enjoyed a lovely Mother’s Day in the conservatory and Victorian garden. And I said I would be…In “Garden”last_img read more

Trademark Enforcement

first_imgIn the early part of November 2002, we received a call from an informant indicating she had information on counterfeit Tiffany & Co. merchandise sold at “home parties” in a suburb of a major city in Ohio. The caller claimed that one woman organized the parties and made a large amount of money in this counterfeit goods business. She also said that the local police had been notified and, if Tiffany was interested, were willing to support an investigation.Our senior legal and security executives reviewed the caller’s information and the decision was made to go forward with the investigation. Within days we set up a meeting in Ohio with the detective in charge, the informant, and an undercover female police officer. At the meeting it was decided to attend an upcoming party where counterfeit Tiffany & Co. merchandise would be sold.With “buy” money and a company-provided camera concealed in her purse, the undercover officer, along with the informant, went to the party and purchased various Tiffany & Co. merchandise, which was later examined and determined to be counterfeit. During the buy, we also learned that another party was scheduled later that week in the party organizer’s home.- Sponsor – Again posing as a guest, the undercover officer attended the party where she purchased an additional piece of alleged Tiffany jewelry that was also found to be counterfeit. While at the party, the officer was able to video various rooms in the home, which displayed different types of purported luxury-brand merchandise, including handbags in the living room, accessories in the dining room, jewelry in the family room, and clothing in the basement.Later that evening, a search warrant was obtained and served to the party organizer and her husband at their home. The search resulted in a seizure of over 200 Tiffany & Co. knockoffs, as well as over 2,000 knockoffs from other designers. The woman’s computer, cash sales receipts, and business records were also confiscated by the police. Ultimately, the woman cooperated with the authorities and provided us with her sources for all the counterfeit goods. She eventually pled guilty to a felony charge for trademark infringement. The information she provided on her sources was used in conjunction with another trademark infringement investigation conducted by our legal department. In the end, the supplier of the counterfeit Tiffany & Co. merchandise was arrested through an FBI sting operation that focused on Canal Street in New York City.A New Focus for Tiffany SecuritySince that time, we have received numerous emails, letters, and phone calls from customers reporting counterfeit items. We have found multiple websites with offers of knockoff Tiffany & Co. merchandise. We have also come to realize that eBay is one of the most prolific distributors of counterfeit goods, and we treat it as a priority. What we did not realize at the time was that this was the start of a new focus for investigations at Tiffany & Co. and for the security services department specifically.All security or loss prevention departments continually look for opportunities to become value-added components for their organizations. Beyond providing for the safety and well-being of our employees and customers and protecting our physical inventories, safeguarding our brand by combating the counterfeiting of our products and packaging has been a critical value-added component in our mission at Tiffany & Co.How Prevalent Are Counterfeit Goods?According to statistics from the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC), the total value of intellectual property (IP) rights-related seizures was about $1.22 billion in 2014. Leading IP abuse investigators predicted that the estimated value of cross-border trade in counterfeit and pirated physical goods would reach nearly $1.77 trillion in 2015.More disturbingly, a link between the sale of counterfeit products and terrorism has been made by the IACC. Through their research, it is believed that terrorist organizations are using the sale of counterfeit goods to launder money and to further their activities.The IACC also linked organized crime and New York City specifically in their research. According to their white paper on the subject, “The manufacturing and sale of counterfeit products is an extremely profitable and low-risk enterprise. Organized crime has been identified as being a leading player in the manufacturing and sale of counterfeit products. Chinese-organized crime syndicates, commonly known as Triads, are increasingly turning to product counterfeiting as a source of tax-free income. [2004] estimates total over 160,000 members who operate internationally. A six-block stretch of New York’s Canal Street is considered the hub of Triad-run counterfeiting operations with ties that run throughout the mid-Atlantic region.”Why It Is More Prevalent NowThere are several reasons why the distribution of counterfeit goods, and Tiffany & Co. product specifically, was at an all-time high in 2004 (and remains a serious problem).Demand. Many people are willing to purchase counterfeit merchandise because of the lower cost and because they perceive that fake goods convey a degree of status similar to that of the authentic items.Internet Distribution. In addition, the proliferation of counterfeit goods can be attributed to the commercial capabilities of the Internet. For example, most people are familiar with eBay. They believe that if an item is for sale on it, then it must be legitimate. What they do not realize is that eBay is an auction venue, not an auction house, and as such does not authenticate anything for sale on its site. It is comparable to an online flea market. At the same time, there is little comparative oversight on websites, and, therefore, the authenticity of product sold commercially over the Internet can be easily misrepresented.Name Recognition. Tiffany & Co. is one of the most well-known and popular jewelry companies. Jewelry is an easy target for imitation, although counterfeit Tiffany product is clearly distinguishable from high-quality, authentic TIFFANY &CO.® merchandise.Shifting Focus. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States Customs Service changed its focus from standards of international trade and drug interdiction to concentrating on anti-terrorist activities. This creates an environment where counterfeit goods can more easily enter the country.The Tiffany Approach to Combating CounterfeitingAt one time, knockoffs could only be found at flea markets and on street corners. Now anyone with a computer can become an entrepreneur and carry out online retail fraud schemes. The Internet has opened up a completely new marketplace for the sale of counterfeit goods. Between personal websites, message boards, and auction sites, the proliferation of these items is immense.Determining Targets. Most investigations into counterfeit merchandise either begin or end with the manufacturing or purchasing of a product. We realized that we could not win the battle by going after the supply or demand. Purchasing counterfeit items for a person’s own use is not illegal in the United States and in most countries. Therefore, we have no recourse in pursuing the consumer. On the supply side, we are discovering that most counterfeit Tiffany & Co. products are manufactured offshore. Between local graft and the complexity of foreign laws, it is challenging to shut down a manufacturer. One of our legitimate vendors told us that if we shut down a manufacturing facility, it would be back in business the next day across the street.To take on this challenge, we assembled a team in 2004 that was led by our vice president of worldwide security services and the vice president of legal. This team decided the best way to attack the problem was to go after the marketplace, which we classified into the following groups:• Auction venues, such as eBay • Internet e-commerce websites • External sales, such as house parties and flea markets • Small, privately owned retail operations • Street vendorsOur Top Priority. The first goal was to get a handle on the auction venues, with eBay our number one priority. After refining our search to get the best results, we ended up with a little over 3,000 hits on “Tiffany Sterling.”We established our search criteria for determining whether a particular seller was offering counterfeit or authentic merchandise.After agreeing on our criteria and reviewing the jewelry offered on eBay, we estimated that approximately 90 percent of the items for auction were counterfeit. Based on this, we decided to participate in the eBay verified rights owner (VeRO) program. This program allows intellectual property owners to submit auctions for cancellation, because the auction violates the owner’s trademarks or copyrights.We started by canceling selected sellers who qualified under our criteria, not the auction in general. By pursuing the sellers through cease-and-desist letters, we were able to be more accurate and follow up much easier than looking at all the auctions at once.Using this method, the team reduced the number of knockoff auctions to below 400 at any one time. Even this number is gradually shrinking due to constant monitoring and enforcement. We have gained a reputation on eBay for being one of the most aggressive companies to enforce its intellectual property rights. A surprising side benefit to enforcing our trademark on eBay is the number of legitimate jewelry sellers on eBay who advise us on counterfeit goods they have uncovered through their own searches.Other Online Fraud Targets. Numerous websites and message boards offer “imitation” product. Once we identify websites that violate our trademark, we use IP search tools to discover the website owner’s identity. We then send an email to the Internet provider explaining the law that the website is breaking. Most Internet providers will shut down the website due to clauses in their contracts that do not allow illegal activity on the website.If the website owner resides in a jurisdiction that is favorable to enforcing anti-counterfeiting laws, we pursue action through the local authorities. If not, then our legal department will seek redress through civil procedures.We also search message boards for sellers of imitation product. We will then use the same methods as with websites. If the person selling the counterfeit items lives in a location that will investigate counterfeit product, we will use the local authorities. If not, our legal department initiates civil proceedings. In one case resulting from this technique, Tiffany & Co. won a judgment of over $500,000 against the website www.finest4less.com for selling counterfeit Tiffany items.Tools to Enforce Trademark LawsMany companies use outside counsel whose specialty is trademark enforcement. In many instances, we resolved these investigations without outside counsel. By sending our own cease-and-desist letters to specific individuals, counterfeit merchandise was voluntarily given to us for destruction. Using intellectual property counsel is best when focusing on the obstinate seller of counterfeit product, in areas with inadequate law enforcement representation, or for the seller we have classified as a large-scale counterfeiter (usually a distributor or someone with a store).Internet tracking software programs are also valuable tools. These programs allow offending items to be easily found and removed. Searches can be run overnight and reviewed the next morning. Both these services also provide software to search websites for any relevant mention of an intellectual owner’s name.We also use investigative firms that specialize in trademark enforcement. These firms are mostly made up of former police officers and detectives with contacts in local jurisdictions, and can be extremely valuable in large city environments. Since most cities’ law enforcement resources are focused elsewhere, these firms offer an alternative to getting the police involved initially. The agency will conduct surveillance, make buys, coordinate with the local authorities, and, if necessary, initiate arrests. They will also present themselves in court for both criminal and civil proceedings as expert witnesses on counterfeiting.Many trademark owners combine their efforts in these areas and employ investigative firms collectively. Because most counterfeiters of designer products violate more than one designer’s trademarks, it is more convenient and cost effective to combine efforts. We normally target large distributors or resellers with these agencies.The Negative Effects of CounterfeitingFirst and foremost, the major impact of counterfeiting is with the intellectual property owner—the designer who owns the trademark. In the long run, a brand is devalued if the counterfeiting of its product is too widespread and no action is taken to combat the problem.Other businesses are also affected by this. Not only are retailers hurt by sales lost to illegitimate sources, but they are also subject to potential liability lawsuits and negative publicity even when they sell counterfeit goods unknowingly. Consider what happens when a person buys a counterfeit item on the Internet and then returns it to a retailer who has a liberal return policy. What are the implications if the item is then erroneously put on display and sold to a customer?It is not only high-end retailers that are vulnerable to these situations. Drugstore chains, auto parts stores, and discount retailers are also affected. If the item is something that could be potentially health threatening, then the liability implications could be enormous.According to IACC research, the following are some examples of injuries caused by counterfeit goods:• During the 1980s, a million counterfeit birth control pills caused internal bleeding in women. • In 1987, a bus crash resulted in the deaths of seven children. During the accident review, it was discovered that the brakes that were thought to be a name brand were actually counterfeit and made of sawdust. • Counterfeit versions of baby formula were found in stores in 16 states in 1995. • A New York county district attorney charged seven people and five companies with selling a counterfeit drug over the Internet in 2002.In the end, counterfeiting affects us all. It affects the trademark owner by devaluing their trademark or brand. It places retailers in a situation where they must guarantee the quality of the products they sell or face potentially serious issues of negligence and culpability. And it affects the consumer who purchases luxury goods for their high quality or other products for health benefits.It is incumbent upon trademark holders, retailers, and consumers to ensure the quality of the products we make, sell, and buy. At Tiffany & Co., our department has used the issue of counterfeiting as an opportunity to support our organization from a true value-added perspective. By aggressively protecting our brand through enforcement of our trademark rights, we combat the spread of counterfeit Tiffany& Co. merchandise, enhance the value of the product we make, and protect the integrity of our retail stores worldwide and tiffany.com as the only locations where consumers can purchase legitimate Tiffany & Co. products. In the end, we play a significant role in keeping Tiffany one of the best brands in the market.This article was originally published in 2004 and was updated February 8, 2016.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

18 days agoVialli consortium pull out of talks with Sampdoria

first_imgVialli consortium pull out of talks with Sampdoriaby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGianluca Vialli’s consortium has pulled out of talks with Sampdoria.Vialli had been heading the Calcioinvest consortium, which included Jamie Dinan and Alex Knaster as backers.The group say Samp president Massimo Ferrero is asking too much.A released statement read:“At the end of a long and careful due diligence process, carried out with enthusiasm and professionalism, Calcioinvest considered the current financial demands to be excessive.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Vine: Duke’s Grayson Allen Throws Down Monster Dunk, Flexes At His Teammates On The Bench

first_imggrayson allen dunkVine/Dan LyonsGrayson Allen has taken on a larger role for Duke in the absence for former Blue Devil Rasheed Sulaimon, and he added an impressive dunk to his highlight reel in tonight’s Final Four game against Michigan State. Allen grabbed a rebound off of his own missed three pointer and rose up for a monster slam. After the play, he flexed at the Blue Devils bench, which got extremely fired up.Allen has six points off the bench for Duke. The Blue Devils have a commanding 54-39 lead over Michigan State midway through the second half.last_img

AMPIA Special Announcement New Mentorship Market Access Programs

center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment AMPIA’s MENTORSHIP PROGRAMThe Mentorship program will give successful AMPIA member applicants up to $4000 to cover the cost of hiring a trainee for up to 16 weeks. Member companies will be responsible for matching these funds. Training must take place between January 1 and March 31, 2017. Four mentorships will be awarded in total. Read More Advertisement The Market Access Program will award up to $2000 per successful applicant to offset the costs of attending a major Market or Festival. Applicants can apply during two separate intake periods: December 1 – 15, 2016 and March 15 – 31, 2017. A maximum of four Market Access grants will be awarded in each intake period. Read More AMPIA’s MARKET ACCESS PROGRAMlast_img