first_imgHere’s everything you need to know to get a SAG actor on the set of your non-union production!Top image from IMDbFirst, before we get started, let’s make sure everyone knows exactly what SAG is. If this word isn’t new to you, then know that it stands for the Screen Actors Guild. This is the official labor union for working professional actors. Much like the Directors Guild of America (DGA) or the Producers Guild of America (PGA), SAG offers its members collective bargaining services such as compensation, benefits, and working condition stipulations.Whenever I’m directing a film, whether it’s fictional or a documentary with reenactments, I meet with actors to play roles for the parts I need. For the longest time, I never worked with SAG actors. I would instead try to find my talent from a pool of stage actors. And let me say, some of the stage talent I’ve worked with over the years are incredibly skilled at their craft — sometimes more so than the “professionals”.However, that great stage talent joined SAG, which forced me to learn how to handle the details of working with the union. So, I’m going to impart to you the tips I’ve learned. Hopefully it gives you a leg up on securing the talent for your next project.1. Hire a Casting Director.Image from StarWars.comAs the director and creative leader of the project, you already have enough on your plate. So, hire a casting director to gather talent and make the phone calls. This was the single biggest move I’ve made in securing talent. While you can do all of this yourself (and believe me, I’ve done it), having a dedicated person to find talent is tremendously helpful. It frees you up to focus your energy on preparing for principle photography.2. Take advantage of SAG’s agreements.Before I started using SAG actors I thought they would be way too pricy for me to ever use in my micro-budget films. And then some of the actors I wanted to work with didn’t know for sure if they could work on non-union projects. What did I find out after talking with a few Agents? Yes, they can work on non-union projects. And, no. SAG actors aren’t always pricy.SAG has done a great job of diversifying their agreements for student, documentary, experimental, and short narrative films. The rates for each are actually really reasonable. Plus, there’s also the possibility that the actor will wave their rate. But, if they do this, be sure to pick up the tab in other areas.3. Utilize the SAG online system.Image from SAG-AFTRAOne great thing about SAG is that they have a great online system. When you go to the SAG website, you can head over to the Production Center, which has every piece of information you need for signing a SAG actor to your project. When you register, you can then set up applications and agreements for your production. By doing this you make things easier on yourself and your potential actors, because now all agreements can be done quickly through the online system.*Note that you can sign-up for SAG Online as an individual or as a production company.4. Communicate directly through agents.Image from IMDbProfessional actors (especially SAG) are always represented by one of the many talent agencies. When you have a particular actor in mind for your production, find out which talent agency represents them. You can use a site like IMDB Pro to gain this information.Once you have the agency and the agent contact info, you’ll want to give them a shout and speak to them about their client. This is where we move to the next step, also known as The Most Important Step.Here are a few of the top tier talent agencies in the country: CAA, UTA, Gersh, Paradigm, and Mary Collins5. Be able to sell yourself and your idea.So, now that you know about SAG. You know how easy it is to get rates and agreements. You’ve contacted the agent. Now you’re ready to take The Most Important Step. Now you have to effectively sell yourself as a director and sell your creative idea. Remember that this is a key component for your career, regardless of whether you’re working with stage actors or SAG actors.If you can effectively sell yourself and your idea, the chances of you garnering SAG talent increases tenfold. Also, the chance of landing big-name talent increases exponentially as well. So, reach out to actors and gauge their interest. Sell them on your idea. If you can do that, then you need to move onto the next step.6. Don’t be afraid to reach out to next level talentImage from IMDbAs I briefly mentioned above, if you can effectively pitch yourself and your idea to people, then you have a good chance of landing top shelf talent. What you’ll find in this business is that actors love to act and many times they’ll jump on smaller projects in between the big gigs. One great example is Scarlett Johansson joining the cast of the sci-fi art film Under the Skin in between her Avengers commitments. Or, even better, Michael Fassbender taking the title role in Frank. So, as you can see, this is not anything new. In fact, Variety, Filmmaker Magazine, Moviefone, and even our very own Noam Kroll have reported that getting top-end talent to join your film isn’t as hard as you may think.My last bit of advice is to take chances when it comes to securing talent. The worst thing they’ll say is no, and at that point you’re no worse off than you were before.Want to read more about the ins and outs of filmmaking? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat.4 Iconic Editing TechniquesFilmmaking Tip – Shooting Night Exteriors on a BudgetHow to Adapt Your Feature Idea Into a Short FilmDid this information help you as you go into your next project? Do you have any other advice to securing SAG talent? Share in the comments below!last_img read more

first_imgPanaji, Jun 14 (PTI) Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya today said the Modi-led government is firm on punishing those found violating the provisions in the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970.”The government enacted the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act 1970 to regulate the employment of contract labour in certain establishments and to provide for its abolition in certain circumstances,” the Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment said here.He was addressing a meeting of the Consultative Committee attached to the Ministry of Labour and Employment.The Act aims at regulating employment of contract labour, so as to bring them on par with labour employed directly, with regard to the working conditions and certain other benefits, the minister said.”These workers are generally engaged in agricultural operations, plantations, construction industry, sports and docks, oil fields, factories, railways, shipping, airlines, road transport and others,” he added.Dattatreya said union government has devised certain ways and measures to protect the interests of contract workers in terms of wages, hours of work, welfare, health and social security.He said they (workers) need to be provided with canteen, rest rooms, first aid facility, and other basic necessities at the workplace.”The liability to ensure that payment of wages and other benefits is primarily is that of contractors and in case of default, that of principal employer,” he said.The minister said the central and state governments are required to set up central and state advisory boards, which are authorised to constitute committees, which are deemed appropriate.advertisementHe said that the ministry has identified certain grey areas in the existing labour laws with regards to contract labourers. PTI RPS NP RCJ SDMlast_img read more

first_imgAustralian fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the upcoming two-match Test series against Bangladesh due to an injury.Confirming the news, Australia’s team physio David Beakley said that Starc underwent scans following their Champions Trophy campaign which revealed that his previous stress fracture is yet to heal fully.”Mitchell was due to go for follow up scans after the Champions Trophy, as part of his recovery plan. These scans have indicated his previous stress fracture has still not fully healed to the extent we would like,” ESPNcricnfo quoted Beakley, as saying.”He will now undertake a period of rest from bowling with the aim to have him return for the one-day series in India in late September as he begins his build up to the Ashes,” he added.Meanwhile, left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe has been left out of the 13-man squad for the upcoming series despite guiding his side to a victory with his 12-wicket haul against India in Pune earlier this year.O’Keefe appeared in every match of Australia’s unsuccessful four-match series against India, but found himself in Cricket Australia’s bad books after he was fined and suspended by New South Wales for what were described as “highly inappropriate comments” at a Cricket NSW function.Reflecting on his omission, national selector Trevor Hohns said O’Keefe was dropped because “he did not maintain this level in the remaining matches of the series”.Ashton Agar has been picked as the second spinner alongside Nathan Lyon, while Usman Khawja has also been recalled after being axed for all four Tests in India.advertisementAustralia are slated to play a two-day tour game in Fatullah from August 22 before heading into the two Tests against Bangladesh from August 27 in Dhaka and September 4 in Chittagong.In October 2015, Australia had postponed their Test tour to Bangladesh after receiving advice from the federal government that there were “high risks” if they went ahead with the tour, and Australia also did not send a team to the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in early 2016.Sean Carroll, Cricket Australia’s head of security, had visited Bangladesh in October to monitor security arrangements.The Australia squad is as follows:Steven Smith (captain), David Warner (vice-capt), Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Matt Renshaw, Matthew Wade (wk).last_img read more

first_imgManchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken the blame for his side’s poor showing against Reading on Saturday.The Red Devils beat the Championship side 2-0 at Old Trafford but Reading were arguably the better side and had 60 per cent possession.The Royals also completed nearly 600 passes, compared to United’s 400 and had five more shots than the hosts. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However, speaking to BBC Sport after the game, the Norwegian blamed United’s lack of cohesion on the number of changes he made to the side.“There were nine changes,” said Solskjaer. “It’s never easy to get the rhythm and the tempo and the relations because they take a touch and then look at each other, they’re not used to playing with together. “Even though we train together it’s different when you’re out there at Old Trafford. So, that was down to me a bit and again I need to see them out there to see how they reaction when we concede a goal. We struggled today but we came through.Solskjaer handed the likes of Sergio Romero, Diogo Dalot, Matteo Darmian, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira and Fred rare starts, while also giving attacker Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Luakaku their first starts for a number of weeks as they step up their recovery from respective injuries.Despite voicing his disappointment United’s performance, Solskjaer was at least pleased with the game’s outcome.”It was a tough game, but 2-0 and a clean sheet [is good],” the 45-year-old said in a separate interview with MUTV . “I made it tough for us because when you make nine changes it is never easy for a team that has never played together so delighted that we are in the next round. “We work together every single day, every single game and of course we know we need some fitness work and work on relations but today I put a team together that has never played together and we are through so that is good.”last_img read more

first_imgzoom McDermott International, Inc. announced today that one of its subsidiaries was awarded an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) project for a customer in the Arabian Gulf. The value is approximately US$ 200 million and will be included in McDermott’s fourth quarter 2013 backlog.The contract includes the fabrication, transportation and installation of offshore facilities including two production deck modules and ten observation platforms. The scope also includes works for two subsea pipeline installations, three submarine power cables and two fiber optic cables.“Engineering work will be undertaken by the Dubai and Al Khobar offices, with construction and transportation from its Jebel Ali fabrication facility,” said Stewart Mitchell, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Middle East & Atlantic. “This project is a continuation of work we have previously completed for the same Client in the same field. Knowledge and experience gained over the years will give us a greater insight into the field characteristics and project execution requirements. We are pleased that our Client has shown continued confidence in McDermott with this award.”Installation will be carried out using vessels from its global fleet which are expected to mobilize in the end of the second quarter of 2014. Project completion, including hookup and commissioning, is expected during the first quarter of 2015. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close My location McDermott, November 20, 2013last_img read more

first_imgLUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 between Exit 8 and Exit 9 will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, widening of the twinned sections and paving from Thursday, May 6 until mid-June. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-541-5603. -30-last_img

first_imgFive stories in the news for Thursday, June 20———TRUDEAU AND TRUMP TO MEET TODAY IN WASHINGTONJustin Trudeau is headed back to the White House today in what could prove to be a pivotal visit to the U.S. capital not only for North American trade and Canada’s strained relationship with China, but for the campaign-bound prime minister himself. An earnest end to the tensions between Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump, which erupted into full view following last year’s G7 summit in Quebec, could prove useful to his governing Liberals when Canadians head to the polls this fall. The meeting is aimed primarily at pushing the new North American trade deal over the finish line. But Trudeau will also be looking to speak out against the detention of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who have been behind bars in China shortly after Canada arrested high-tech executive Meng Wanzhou at the behest of U.S. authorities. ———RAPTORS COACH SAYS MEETING IN THE WORKS WITH TRUDEAUToronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse says a meeting is in the works with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Nurse says he hasn’t heard from the U.S. White House about a congratulatory meeting, but the team has been in contact with Ottawa. “Definitely the Trudeau meeting, because they have been asking me about scheduling it,” Nurse told Toronto radio station Sportsnet 590 The Fan on Wednesday. “I have heard nothing about the White House. We are Canada’s team anyway, right?” It was not clear exactly who would attend the meeting or when it would happen. Nurse wouldn’t say if he would accept a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. “We are here. Let’s go see Trudeau up in Ottawa.”———POLICE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF CHILD PORN TAKEDOWNAuthorities are to announce details today of a years-long investigation into what they describe as an Ontario-based online “big box store” for child pornography. Provincial police say they collaborated with the Toronto Police Service and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on the investigation, which has culminated in numerous arrests. They say nearly seven years of work has led them to take down the operation. Officers allege the online store was providing photos and videos of child pornography to thousands of paying customers around the world. Police say they’ve laid unprecedented criminal charges in the case.———ONTARIO PREMIER DOUG FORD TO SHUFFLE CABINETOntario Premier Doug Ford is set to shuffle his cabinet today. The reset comes just after Ford and his Progressive Conservatives marked one year since they won a majority government. When asked recently about the possibility of a shuffle, Ford said he has the “best cabinet this province has ever seen,” though he noted that each of his ministers could hop into any portfolio. The shuffle also comes as Ford is falling in the polls, with some suggesting his unpopularity could hurt federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s chances in the province ahead of the federal election in October. Ontario’s elected representatives are on an extra-long summer break, which gives the reassigned cabinet ministers a chance to acquaint themselves with their new portfolios before returning to the legislature after the federal vote.———WRESTLING DOC SCREENS IN CALGARY BEFORE ARRIVING ON AMAZONA documentary exploring the golden era of professional wrestling had one of its final private screenings last night prior to becoming more readily accessible to Canadian fans next month. Fulvio Cecer, the director and co-producer of “350 Days,” says the final product included 38 interviews, mostly of professional wrestlers who described rock-star lifestyles that included big money, sex, drugs and steroids. He says of those interviewed 20 of them are now dead. Bret (The Hitman) Hart, was in the movie and attended the screening and says he has no regrets about his career, but is saddened by the number of who have died. The movie will finally be available to Canadian audiences on Amazon next month.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux appears before the House of Commons finance committee to discuss his report on the tax gap.— Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson makes an announcement on the shark fin trade.— The trial continues today for David and Collet Stephan, who were convicted of failing to provide the necessaries of life in the death of their son Ezekiel from meningitis. The Supreme Court overturned their convictions in 2016.— The BC Coroners Service continues its inquest today into the April 2018 death of 16-year-old Elliot Eurchuk. His parents have said he became addicted to painkillers after being prescribed opioids for an injury.— Randy Boissonnault, special adviser to the prime minister on LGBTQ2 issues, takes part in the annual raising of the Pride and Transgender Flags on Parliament Hill.— B.C. Premier John Horgan and Lands Minister Doug Donaldson will release a progress report today on caribou recovery.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government says Standard and Poor’s has upgraded the province’s long-term credit rating to its highest ever.In a news release, the province says the rating was upgraded from A+ to AA-, with a stable outlook.The province says the bond rating agency cited “strong fiscal management,” and that Standard and Poor’s credit report notes Nova Scotia is expected to outperform most Canadian provinces in the next two years.In March, the government tabled its 2018-19 budget, which projected a third consecutive surplus of $29.4 million.Much of the fiscal progress came after contract strife with public sector unions, including teachers and health care workers.In a statement, Premier Stephen McNeil says the government has “worked hard with Nova Scotians” to put the province on the right fiscal path.“More people are working in Nova Scotia than ever before, exports are booming and our population is at an all-time high,” said McNeil.“This credit rating is yet another sign that we are moving in the right direction as we build a stronger province together, where everyone can grow and succeed.”last_img read more

first_imgOne of the most popular conversation topics at Australian dinner parties is house prices. And it’s amazing how we can become experts on various matters once they find their way to the front pages of our newspapers and iPads. Think about the carbon tax, offshore processing, the monarchy and interest rates – four topics currently consuming a disproportionate share of newsprint. Let me add to that list the Consumer Price Index (CPI). In some ways it’s a natural follow on from any discussion about interest rates but the key difference here is that the CPI gives us a real sense of the pulse of the Australian economy and a gauge as to what you and I, the consumers, are actually thinking and doing. And as a result of this week’s release it is clear that we’re not doing much! If there was ever any doubt that the RBA should cut rates, this week’s CPI has made the decision for them. The Australian consumer is currently voting with his/her wallet/purse. For all the reason I’ve outlined in this column previously in relation to pressures on households, Australians are choosing to save rather than spend and this has come through in a dramatic fashion in the September quarter CPI data. Households are using any spare cash to either save or pay down debt; we are not going on shopping sprees. Indeed whenever I find myself in a shopping mall, it is fascinating to note the numbers of people in the stores and to see how few of them actually make their way to the cash registers. The CPI September quarter underlying inflation rate came in at 0.3 per cent, the lowest result since Q3 in 1997. Such a low figure comes as a surprise as the general market expectation was 0.6 per cent. This leaves the annual inflation rate at 2.5 per cent which is well inside the RBA’s target band of 2.3 per cent. The key components of the CPI to fall during the quarter were fuel, computers and furniture. Those on the rise were gas and electricity, rents and insurance. So what can you do about it? There are certain expenditures that you cannot avoid; your rent or mortgage payments, electricity and gas, education expenses and insurances. But so called discretionary expenditure, those things that we sometimes ‘want’ but don’t ‘need’, can be reigned in and you should take a close look at all of that. For now though the Australian economy as a whole remains in relatively good shape compared to our international peers. Although there remain some tough sectors, we should control what we can in our own households and patiently wait for what will be the inevitable recovery. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on mark.neos@ybr.com.au with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgFuite pour le Bac S: deux personnes mises en garde à vueNouveaux rebondissements dans l’affaire des fuites au baccalauréat scientifique. Alors que la moyenne de l’épreuve vient de passer de 10 à 9, deux personnes ont été placées en garde à vue.Luc Chatel, ministre de l’Education Nationale, a décidé de ne pas écouter les revendications des professeurs et de certains parents d’élèves. L’épreuve de mathématiques, dont l’un des sujets avait fuité sur Internet la veille de l’examen, ne sera pas repassée. Au lieu de cela, le barème de notation vient de baisser. Pour obtenir la moyenne, la note de 9 à l’examen, toutes épreuves confondues sera suffisante, explique L’Express. C’est une circulaire du ministère qui indique cette modification. L’épreuve litigieuse deviendrait un exercice bonus, avec des points à répartir au bon vouloir du correcteur. La Peep, deuxième fédération de parents d’élèves demande quant à elle, à ce que l’épreuve de probabilités soit notée, dans un souci d’équité.Certains demandent par contre le retrait de cet exercice, conformément aux souhaits de M.Chatel. Un autre recours devant le Conseil d’Etat a été déposé par un parent d’élève.Deux personnes en garde à vue Les enquêtes continuent sur d’autres fraudes en anglais et en physique signalées à ce même Bac S. Luc Chatel a déclaré ce jeudi 23 juin: “Je n’ai aucune indication sur d’autres fraudes au baccalauréat, la seule fraude avérée c’est celle que nous avons constatée à l’un des exercices de mathématiques. Concernant les autres rumeurs de fraudes au baccalauréat, j’ai décidé de lancer une enquête administrative.” À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Pour le moment, deux personnes ont été interpelées et mises en garde à vue. Ce sont deux jeunes majeurs, dont l’identité est inconnue pour le moment. Ils sont entendus par la brigade de répression de la délinquance contre la personne depuis le début de l’après-midi. Dans le même temps, le ministre a déposé plainte pour “fraude aux examens” et “recel et abus de confiance”. “L’organisation des épreuves du baccalauréat doit être revue entièrement”Dans tous les cas, cette affaire pose le problème de l’organisation de cet important examen. “L’organisation des épreuves du baccalauréat doit être revue entièrement”, a estimé jeudi Philippe Tournier”, secrétaire général du syndicat des personnels de direction de l’éducation nationale. Pour M. Chatel, il est important de revoir avec tous les partenaires éducatifs la mise en place de l’épreuve du Baccaulauréat pour la prochaine session.”Ce modèle est “en crise” et il est nécessaire de trouver d’autres formes, comme du contrôle continu, des questions à choix multiples (QCM), des oraux ou encore des travaux plus personnels”, a commenté Philippe Tournier, secrétaire général du SNPDEN, le syndicat des chefs d’établissement, comme cela se fait dans d’autres épreuves telles que le Brevet ou le Bac pro.Le 23 juin 2011 à 18:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A police pursuit in Miami, Wednesday, led to the arrest of two robbery suspects.The chase led police east on Flagler Street, then south along 37th Avenue.The robbery suspects in the car bailed out at a construction site on Southwest 16th Street.Police said no one was hurt.The search continues for others who may have been in the vehicle.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgInvestigators said the subject’s niece told them he was drunk and had gotten “a little rowdy with me.”Authorities said both deputies who responded fired their weapons.Witnesses said they heard about five or six gunshots.Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded and pronounced Gregory dead at the scene.On Sunday, dozens of “Black Lives Matter” protesters gathered at the scene of the shooting to demonstrate against the use of lethal force.The shooting remains under investigation. The deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Newly released 911 calls that led Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies to open fire on a Pompano Beach man captured a frantic family member seeking help in what investigators described as a domestic disturbance.Deputies responded to a home near Northwest 14th Street and Third Avenue in Pompano Beach, Friday, just before 10 p.m. When they arrived, authorities said, they found 55-year-old Gregory Frazier in the yard holding a knife.His sister, Deborah Frazier, had made the call for help.Dispatcher: “911. What’s your emergency?”Deborah Frazier: “It’s an emergency. My (inaudible), he hit my, my … he’s trying to hurt my daughter and my son. He’s breaking up stuff in the house, right now!”Dispatcher: “And who is he?”Deborah Frazier: “Hurry up. Hurry up, please.” last_img read more

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade firefighters are ready to help send relief to those helping out in the Florida Keys.Crews loaded up supplies to a convoy of trucks and trailers outside the Firefighters Memorial Building in Doral, Friday morning.Supplies, gear and donations were all loaded up for the residents and first responders working since Sunday to restore the Keys.“We’ve gotten together with the International Association of Firefighters, and we are bringing these supplies for our brother and sister firefighters who are in need,” said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Omar Blanco.The convoy will stop in Marathon first before heading to Key West to assist with rescue efforts.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgLIGHTHOUSE POINT, Fla. (WSVN) — Rescue crews have taken six people to the hospital after a Broward County Transit bus and an SUV collided in Lighthouse Point.Lighthouse Point Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash along North Federal Highway, just south of Sample Road, at around 2 p.m., Wednesday.The SUV was seen with front-end damage at the scene. The transit bus appeared to have sustained little damage.Paramedics transported the patients to an area hospital with minor injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgAlcohol was a factor in an accidental shooting that took the life of Ft. Wainwright based soldier over the weekend.Fairbanks Police Detective Scott Adams says 25-year-old Stryker Brigade Sergeant Nathan Michael Higginbotham had been consuming alcohol prior to the early Sunday incident.“Basically it looks like the gentleman had been drinking, at the same time was handling a firearm. The two mixed together are never a good thing.”Police say friends witnessed Higgenbotham remove a clip from a pistol, put it to his head and pull the trigger, to demonstrate that it was not loaded.A bullet remaining in the chamber fired, killing Higgenbotham. Detective Adams says soldiers are well versed in firearms safety, and attributes the incident strictly to alcohol impairment.last_img

first_imgBSE closes points 31.00 down on September 256.1K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 31.00 down on September 256.1K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Sept 25 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 276.33 points down to stand at 26,468.36. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 90.55 points down to stand at 7,911.85. AUROPHARMA and INFRATEL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 8.90% and 4.94% along with TCS and BAJAJ HOLDINGS & INVESTMENT LTD with an increase of 3.08% and 2.88% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include JAIPRAKASH ASSOCIATES LTD and JPPOWER with a decrease of 18.52% and 13.92% along with JPINFRATEC & ALLAHABAD BANK with a decrease of 13.02% and 12.30% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 173.15 points at 17,684.63 while the banking sector is down 401.40 points at 17,607.83 and the reality sector is down 52.85 points at 1,592.36. The Indian currency is down 0.32% at Rs 61.15 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Sept 25 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 276.33 points down to stand at 26,468.36. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 90.55 points down to stand at 7,911.85. AUROPHARMA and INFRATEL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 8.90% and 4.94% along with TCS and BAJAJ HOLDINGS & INVESTMENT LTD with an increase of 3.08% and 2.88% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include JAIPRAKASH ASSOCIATES LTD and JPPOWER with a decrease of 18.52% and 13.92% along with JPINFRATEC & ALLAHABAD BANK with a decrease of 13.02% and 12.30% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 173.15 points at 17,684.63 while the banking sector is down 401.40 points at 17,607.83 and the reality sector is down 52.85 points at 1,592.36. The Indian currency is down 0.32% at Rs 61.15 per dollar.last_img read more

first_imgKhaleda ZiaA provisional leave to appeal was filed on Monday seeking stay on the High Court verdict that extended the jail term of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case to 10 years from five years, reports UNB.Joynul Abedin Tuhin, advocate on record, filed the petition with the concerned wing of the Appellate Division.Khaleda’s lawyer NawshadJamir said that as they are yet to get certified copy of the verdict in the case, they filed the CMP (Criminal Miscellaneous Petition also known as provisional leave to appeal.Earlier on 30 October, the HC extended the jail term of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia.On 8 February, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment and five other accused in the case, including her son and BNP’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman, to 10 years’ imprisonment each.The ACC filed a revision appeal seeking her sentence to be extended to life imprisonment.On Sunday, Khaleda Zia filed an appeal with the High Court (HC) challenging her conviction by a trial court in the much-talked-about Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.On 29 October, a Special Court-5 pronounced the verdict sentencing her to seven years’ imprisonment in her absence when she was undergoing treatment at Bangbandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) under a special medical board formed by the government.last_img read more

first_img Share Michael Macor/APJose Ines Garcia Zarate is led into the courtroom by San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi in July 2015.Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a homeless undocumented immigrant, who was acquitted of murder in the shooting death of San Francisco resident Kate Steinle on a city pier, was sentenced to time already served for being a felon in possession of a gun.Steinle’s death in July 2015 reignited a national debate over illegal immigration, especially as then-candidate Donald Trump often cited the case as evidence justifying an immigration crackdown.Zarate had faced a maximum sentence of three years for his conviction on the state charge of being a felon in possession of a gun. He’s been in custody for about 30 months since his arrest for killing Steinle as she was walking arm-in-arm with her father.Superior Court Judge Samuel Feng denied a defense motion for a new trial on the gun possession charge. Zarate’s public defenders had argued that the judge did not properly instruct the jury on the issue that the defendant may have had only “momentary” possession of the gun and therefore did not commit a crime.The jury of six men and six women decided in November that Zarate had not intentionally killed Steinle after hearing evidence that the single, fatal shot fired had ricocheted off the ground and travelled about 78 feet before striking her. The defense had argued that Zarate found the gun in a cloth under his bench seat and the gun accidentally discharged.Zarate had been deported five times and was slated to be removed from the United States again in early 2015 when he was transferred by federal authorities to San Francisco to face a local 20-year-old marijuana charge. That charge eventually was dropped and local authorities released him in accordance with San Francisco’s sanctuary-city policies. Steinle’s death occurred several weeks later.A week after his acquittal, Zarate was indicted on two federal charges of being a felon and undocumented immigrant in possession of a firearm and ammunition. San Francisco authorities say they will turn Garcia Zarate over to federal immigration authorities, although it is not immediately clear as to when. The federal gun charges carry a penalty of up to ten years in prison, after which — if he were convicted — he presumably would be deported.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

first_imgJae C. Hong/APPeople wave U.S. flags during a 2017 naturalization ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center.United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is changing its mission statement to eliminate a passage that describes the U.S. as “a nation of immigrants.”The agency’s new mission statement as it appears on the agency’s website reads:“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the nation’s lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values.”Here is USCIS’s previous mission statement:“USCIS secures America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.”The removal of the phrase “nation of immigrants” was announced to agency staff in an email letter from Director L. Francis Cissna.In the letter, Cissna said, “I believe this simple, straightforward statement clearly defines the agency’s role in our country’s lawful immigration system and the commitment we have to the American people.”He also explained why the new mission statement deletes the reference to agency applicants as “customers.”“What we do at USCIS is so important to our nation, so meaningful to the applicants and petitioners, and the nature of the work is often so complicated, that we should never allow our work to be regarded as a mere production line or even described in business or commercial terms. In particular, referring to applicants and petitioners for immigration benefits, and the beneficiaries of such applications and petitions, as “customers” promotes an institutional culture that emphasizes the ultimate satisfaction of applicants and petitioners, rather than the correct adjudication of such applications and petitions according to the law. Use of the term leads to the erroneous belief that applicants and petitioners, rather than the American people, are whom we ultimately serve.”Ending the use of the word “customer,” writes Cissna, is “a reminder that we are always working for the American people.”Cissna did not explain his rationale for dropping the words “America’s promise as a nation of immigrants.”Cissna was sworn in as the agency’s director in October 2017. He had been the director of immigration policy with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Policy.Opponents of the Trump administration’s immigration policies criticized the change. In a statement, Eleanor Acer, senior director for refugee protection at D.C.-based Human Rights First, said:“Our nation is one built by immigrants—removing this language does nothing to change that fact, it only reveals the insidious racism harbored by those in this administration. It is clear from the language and policies put forth by President Trump and his hard-line immigration extremists that they will stop at nothing to demonize and dehumanize immigrants and refugees, who have often fled violence and persecution in search for a better life for themselves and their children.”USCIS officials say the new mission statement reflects Cissna’s focus on “fairness, lawfulness, efficiency, as well as protecting American workers and safeguarding the homeland.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more