Tourist shot in the face by ICE agent during family friend’s arrest files lawsuit

first_imgUtah778/iStock(NEW YORK) — An unarmed man allegedly shot in the face by a federal immigration officer earlier this month has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the agent and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.Erick Diaz Cruz, 26, was visiting his mother in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn on Feb. 6 when he awoke to “men’s voices and banging on the door,” according to the lawsuit, which was filed in the Eastern District.ICE officers were outside with his mother’s partner, Gaspar Avendaño-Hernandez, who was being targeted for removal.According to the lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, an unidentified ICE officer fired a gun directly at Cruz’s face. The bullet fractured multiple bones as it passed through Cruz’s left hand and into his left cheek, lodging behind his ear, according to the lawsuit.“This was not just an attack against me, but also an attack against the entire Latino community in the United States,” Cruz said in a statement. “Our community must come together to protest ICE’s violence.”Cruz was in New York from his hometown of Martinez de la Torre, Veracruz, Mexico, on a valid tourist visa, according to the lawsuit.“Along with millions of New Yorkers, we are heartbroken and sickened by ICE’s senseless and unjustified shooting of Erick,” said his attorney, Katie Rosenfeld of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady. “Erick posed no threat to anyone, at any time. Erick’s face is shattered, and he and his family are traumatized.”The lawsuit said the shooting left Cruz’s life “forever altered,” adding that “what had started as a pleasant vacation with his girlfriend to see his family in New York, and a welcome break from his steady job as a municipal employee in Veracruz, Mexico, became a horrific, life-altering trip causing him grave and permanent injuries.”The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages and named the alleged shooter, “John Doe 1,” as a defendant.At the time of the shooting, ICE said in a statement that the shooting was provoked.“A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Fugitive Operations Team discharged at least one firearm in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday morning when officers were physically attacked while attempting to arrest Gaspar Avendano-Hernandez, a twice-removed illegal alien from Mexico with a 2011 assault conviction in New York City,” the agency said.ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News on Wednesday.Avendaño-Hernandez had been arrested three days prior to the shooting for possession of a forged instrument. ICE tried to take him into custody on an immigration detainer, but city authorities don’t recognize detainers unaccompanied by a signed arrest warrant.“This forced ICE officers to locate him on the streets of New York rather than in the safe confines of a jail,” ICE said in a statement at the time.The case became fodder for an ongoing dispute between the Trump administration and New York over its sanctuary policies that give some shield to undocumented immigrants from federal enforcement.Last week, the Trump administration said it will deploy 100 members of the U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Unit, a rapid-response security force, to assist ICE officers with removing undocumented immigrants from sanctuary cities like New York and Chicago.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

What to pack in your survival kit

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. What to pack in your survival kitOn 1 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Stick with it, says author and guru Ken Blanchard, as he gives somepractical answers on getting the best results when you’re dealing with hardtimes and tough people.During tough economic times, some kind of change in organisations becomesinevitable. Unfortunately, because people find change threatening, they tend to focus onthemselves, becoming concerned only about their own security, safety andwellbeing. Then, if too many people get stuck in the change process itself andcan’t see the bigger plan to move through change effectively, individuals andorganisations face a struggle for survival. Simply getting rid of people, or allowing them to stagnate, is the easy wayout. Sticking with your people and encouraging them to advance themselves inthe process is inspiring and effective. It is also a wise economic decisionwhen you consider the cost of training new people from scratch. A major study at the University of Texas, which involved Blanchard associatePat Zigarmi, isolated six stages of concern which people go through duringtimes of either planned change, or change caused by unexpected events such asthe world is facing now. To help people get through these seasons of change,leaders should familiarise themselves with these six stages. The first three are particularly important, too often forgotten by leaderswho initiate change processes by pitching only the benefits and the impact ofthe desired change. 1 Information People want to know what’s happening so you need toover-inform at the beginning of a change effort. Use voicemail, e-mail – anyway possible to tell your people what’s happening. They want to know what youhave in mind. They want any and all information. 2 Personal People are worried about themselves and how the changeeffort will impact them. Will they survive? Timely training can help peoplemove quickly through this stage. 3 Implementation What will happen first second, third, etc? Peopleneed a clear mission to help put strategies into practice. Now people are ready to hear about the benefits of the change and focus onthe last three concerns that really come to the fore in tough times! 4 Impact Is the effort worth it? Will the change make a realdifference? This is where people start selling themselves on the benefits of thechange. 5 Collaboration Who else should be involved? How can we work withothers to make this new plan successful? Again, people only think aboutcollaboration after they have taken care of other things. 6 Refinement How can we make the change even better? Can we improveon the original idea? At this point, people with refinement concerns havebought into the change and are focused on continuous improvement. You’re much better off training your people in new skills during tough timesbecause it moves people through the six stages of concern more effectively.Without learning new skills and tasks during times of change, people tend toturn inward and get stuck in the personal concern stage. Also, the positive sense of morale and loyalty you create when you invest inyour people is absolutely incredible. If everybody is wondering when they’regoing to get their P45, nobody is going to be effectively focused on the keyvalues and strategies that drive your business forward. creative One of the most creative and productive ways you can move people past theirpersonal concerns is to say, “We’re going to hang with you because you arepart of the group that got us to where we are today. If we have to redeployyou, we’ll give you the training you need to contribute to the bottom line moreeffectively”. We said in our company, “You might not have the same job you hadbefore, you might not have the same responsibilities you had before, but we’regoing to hang with you because you are part of the group that brought us to theparty. We’re going to train you in an area where you can contribute to thebottom line more effectively.” Organisations that are going to be successful during tough times are thosethat are willing to keep investing in their people, that keep moving forwardand inventing new ways to deal with the various stages of concern. Make these challenging times special. Don’t look back on them with regret.Step out in faith and redefine the bottom line in your organisation by valuingthe people who brought you to “the dance”. After all, you’re only asgood as your people. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Discounted Ocean City Beach Tags on Sale in Time to Purchase as Gifts

first_imgSamples of Ocean City beach tags from prior years. This year’s design features the historic U.S. Life Saving Service.Beach tags for the summer 2015 season are on sale now online and at four locations in Ocean City. A $5 discount on seasonal tags is good through May 31.The 2015 beach tag design honors the historic U.S. Life Saving Services, precursor of the modern U.S. Coast Guard.The online store for beach tags can be accessed 24 hours a day at  Mail order forms are also available online and should be mailed before Dec. 18 to guarantee Christmas delivery.The 2015 preseason beach tags are available for $20 and are required for beachgoers ages 12 and up. On June 1, 2015, seasonal beach tags prices increase to $25.Online and mail-order purchases include a $5 shipping fee. To avoid that cost, beach tags can be purchased in person at the following locations:Aquatic & Fitness Center, 1735 Simpson AvenueMonday thru Friday 9:00am to 9:00pm,Saturday and Sunday 9:00am to 6:00pmRoy Gillian Welcome Center, Route 52 CausewayMonday thru Saturday, 9:00am to 4:30pm.Sunday 9:00am to 2:00pmHenry S. Knight Building, 115 12th StreetMonday-Friday 9:00am to 4:30pmCity Hall, 861 Asbury AvenueMonday-Thursday 9:00am to 6:00pmFriday 9:00am to 7:00pmSaturday 10:00am to 7:00pmSunday 10:00am to 6:00pmFree beach tags for active-duty military members and veterans will be available in the spring. For additional information, visit or call 609-399-6111.The fees for weekly beach tags ($10) and daily tags ($5) will remain unchanged in 2015. They will not be available for purchase until the season starts.last_img read more

1908 Superior Fruit Loaf

first_imgThis excellent recipe comes from The Modern Baker, Confectioner and Caterer, edited by John Kirkland and printed in 1908.The book was aimed at the baking trade and gave the following advice: “It is often useful to make a speciality of a fruit loaf and this should be done by making it of a superior quality and different in shape from the ordinary, but when the quality and shape are determined, no effort should be spared to keep it always alike. A very superior loaf may be made thus.”  Makes 10 large loaves For the spongeWarm water: 1.2 litres/2 pintsDried active yeast: 60g/2ozor fresh yeast: 120g/4ozSugar: 60g/2ozStrong white flour: 900g/2lb For the rest of the doughWarm milk: 1.7 litres/3 pintsWater: 550ml/1 pintStrong flour: 900g/2lbPlain flour: 1.4kg/3lbButter: 225g/8ozRaisins: 1.4kg/3lbSalt: 35g/1½ozSugar: 60g/2ozIcing sugar to dust Method1. Mix the sponge ingredients together and leave in a warm place for 30 minutes.2. Combine the sponge with all the other ingredients and knead into soft dough.3. Leave it to rise for 1½ hours.4. Shape the dough and put it in large (1.5-litre/2½-pint) loaf tins. Leave it to prove for 30 minutes.5. Bake for around 45 minutes at 205?C/400?F.6. Remove from the tin as soon as you take it out of the oven. Sprinkle with icing sugar and leave to cool.last_img read more

Signorelli opens third outlet in London’s Stratford

first_imgItalian artisan bakery and pasticceria (pastry shop) Signorelli has opened its third outlet in Stratford’s newest neighbourhood.The new site for Signorelli, which is in Endeavour Square, will be open daily from 7am to 8pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm at weekends.  The 1,146 sq ft premises will hold regular cake decorating classes and event catering for the local community.Signorelli joins recently opened Pret a Manger, and Japanese ramen eatery Tonkotsu on the square, with Italian restaurant Figo, a new venture from the team behind Bella Vita in Hackney’s Broadway Market, launching a 3,024 sq. ft. restaurant soon.“We are delighted with our new restaurant and the opportunities it will deliver for us as a business and for the local community,” said Alberto Rosmini, head baker and owner of Signorelli.“Alongside our daily menu and artisan products, we are looking forward to launching our supper clubs, makers classes events and social activities to IQL adding to the vibrancy of the area we first established our business in.”The business’s other premises are also located in Stratford, at 7 Victory Parade and 2 West Park Walk.last_img read more

Pladis to move global HQ to Chiswick, London

first_imgSource: PladisMcVitie’s owner Pladis is relocating its global head office after 21 years from Hayes in Middlesex to Chiswick in London this summer.Pladis’ 16,000 employees and 25 bakeries worldwide will be supported by the site, which will also be home to the UK and Ireland regional office led by David Murray.The new workspace has been purpose-designed to meet the business’ needs. Spread out over 28,000 sq ft, the office is described as ‘modern and fresh, yet also pays homage to the history and heritage of Pladis’. It features ‘carefully curated’ workspaces, quiet zones and collaboration spaces.“We have been looking for an office space which better reflects our needs and our ambition to be a defining snacking company of the 21st century. The new office will be much more than just a place for us to work, it will be a space where we can truly showcase our exceptional portfolio and grow and inspire our ambitious team,” said Pladis CEO Salman Amin.“Chiswick Park is in a great location that will be appealing for current and future talent, and we are looking forward to welcoming our Pladis colleagues and partners to our new home.”The business – which also owns Jacob’s, Carr’s and Go Ahead, among other brands – joins a number of FMCG brands at the location including Starbucks, Pernod Ricard and Danone.Matt Coulson, CEO of Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work, added: “The company is a perfect fit for our Campus and will connect with an exclusive group of like-minded businesses and individuals. We look forward to Pladis joining our collaborative workplace community.”last_img read more

The artist and her evolution

first_imgThe first thing Rosamond Purcell photographed at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology back in the 1980s was a pangolin, or scaly anteater, with “armor-like overlapping limpet shells and rapier claws.” The animal caught her eye because of its resemblance to a pinecone, so she placed a pinecone in the frame.A seed was planted, and Purcell has since shot hundreds of photos at the MCZ alone — thousands more in her wide-ranging career. Purcell is speaking Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Harvard Museum of Natural History about the MCZ’s role in her evolution as an artistMost of Purcell’s first photographs in the mid-70s were portraits of friends. Looking for a challenge, she wondered what would happen if she took photos of subjects she disliked or feared. Enter the MCZ. “I thought if I focused my lens on something that really gives me the creeps, I’d be getting somewhere.”,Her eye for the surreal poetry of decay and startling visual analogies has earned her acclaim. Her work has been displayed in science and art museums all over the world and recently she was the subject of a documentary, “An Art That Nature Makes.” She has written or illustrated some 20 books, three of which grew out of her 17-year collaboration with the late Harvard evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould.“He gave a scientific legitimacy to things I was looking at as evocative images,” Purcell said, noting Gould often described their collaboration as “backwards.” Usually a scientist commissions an artist — “draw this or take a photo of that” — but Gould wrote text explaining the scientific principles underlying Purcell’s photographs.What follows is a small sample of Purcell’s photographs, many captured at the MCZ. Most are taken from her first book with Gould, “Illuminations: A Bestiary.” With one exception, the quotes that describe them are Purcell’s. “The crocodile [below] does not stop growing until it dies of old age. In this photograph, the skull has been placed in the sun so that the shadow of its teeth lend an extended dimension to this portrait.”,“I originally went to the MCZ as a photographer in search of subject matter not easy to contemplate. This collection of monkeys [below] from the Mammal Department evoked a village under attack. From war, perhaps, or a meteorite.”,“The original termite-damaged book [below], found in a basement at Harvard, was on display when I visited the MCZ in the early 1980s. … I added the fish bones and a page from the Old Testament to evoke the idea of Genesis.”,“This ‘true toad’ [below], imported to eradicate pests in Australia, has no natural predator and became a pest itself. The swollen girth of this toad is magnified by the curvature of the jar of alcohol.”,“As Stephen Gould wrote of this image [below] ‘the soft baby, not yet ready for the rigors of life as a flying machine in a dense medium, retains a more “organic” look.’”,“This translucent, alizarin-stained chameleon [below] is no longer capable of camouflage. But the bone structure within its skin is now available for the scientist to analyze.”,“The skin of this well-preserved fossil [below] seemed like a flatfish caught yesterday, with the light glinting off its stone scales.”,“Here, arrayed like cartoon early worms poking their heads above the ground, we see dark spots at the wing-tips of Samia moths [below] facing each other in two rows.” — Stephen Jay Gould, “Illuminations: A Bestiary”,“This is a second example of a cleared and stained mammal [below]. Now submerged in glycerin, the bat seems to swim through a liquid ‘sky.’”last_img read more

Book Review – Tenth of December

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York TENTH OF DECEMBERBy George SaundersGeorge Saunders, who teaches creative writing at Syracuse University, won a prestigious MacArthur “genius grant” fellowship in 2006.He is wearing the mantle well. This new collection of short stories comes with heavy-hitters on his dust jacket piling on the praise: David Foster Wallace, Zadie Smith, Thomas Pynchon, Tobias Wolff, Dave Eggers, Jennifer Egan and Jonathan Franzen.Maybe Saunders is not a household name—but he deserves to be. His piercingly prescient post-modern sensibility should take America by storm. But in this digital age literary giants are in short supply. So be it.“An amiable perfectionist,” as a reviewer noted, Saunders takes years to finish one story, polishing it to sublime precision for maximum impact. A narrative line from “Home” starts innocently enough and then veers into darkness, as the protagonist reminiscences about his younger sister: “I looked at her and for a minute she was eight and I was ten and we were hiding in the doghouse while Ma and Dad and Aunt Toni, on mushrooms, trashed the patio.”The collection’s title piece, “Tenth of December,” brings together two very different characters one very cold afternoon: a suicidal middle-age cancer patient and a nerdy adolescent misfit living in a fantasy world.The prose packs portents of Beckett, Steinbeck, even Hemingway in its staccato rhythm, and then comes a long, sinuous sentence with lyrical echoes worthy of Fitzgerald. Saunders seizes our time by the jugular.His 10 stories herein cover class envy, subversive politics and suburban satire. He makes us see what we don’t want to see, and laugh when we didn’t think it was possible. Each piece is like an uncomfortable, but irresistible song that immediately grabs a hold so compelling that to break off would cause serious bodily harm.I didn’t think a short story could have that much power.I was wrong.last_img read more

US Election Results: Trump camp says legal fight just began

first_imgShe made a flurry of allegations of election corruption, although no evidence of systemic fraud that might have influenced the result has emerged. media caption“My message to Republican friends” “This election is not over,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told a news conference. “Far from it.” Top Republicans have largely refused to pressure Mr Trump to concede the election. What is the Trump campaign alleging? – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Ms McEnany told reporters: “We have only begun the process of obtaining an accurate, honest vote count.” Senate leader Mitch McConnell lashed Democrats on Monday over the matter. The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit on Monday in a Pennsylvania federal court, seeking an emergency injunction to stop state officials from certifying Mr Biden’s victory in the state. The state’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro called the lawsuit “meritless”. US President Donald Trump’s allies have vowed the legal battle to contest Joe Biden’s projected presidential election victory is only just beginning. He added: “The president has every right to look into allegations and to request recounts under the law and notably the Constitution gives no role in this process to wealthy media corporations.” According to the Inquirer, some Pennsylvania counties allowed voters to correct mistakes on incorrectly submitted votes, while others did not. Biden tells Americans: I implore you, wear a maskElection results in maps and charts The General Services Administration, which manages federal agencies, has held off on allowing Biden aides to formally begin the transition, saying no “ascertainment” on an election winner had yet been made. On Monday, the US Department of Justice reportedly authorised state prosecutors to investigate alleged voting irregularities in the presidential election. Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said they had collected 131 affidavits, or signed legal statements under oath, in Michigan as part of their investigation into alleged election irregularities. “If the shoe were on the other foot,” she said, “if it were this close the other way, if President Trump was in the lead in all these states, and the media would be screaming, ‘This isn’t over’.” US election 2020 read more

Highlights of the Week

first_imgHunting Buys Enpro Subsea i-Tech and Shell Team Up on Subsea Digitalisation JFMS Names Simon R. James Head of Subsea Operations DOF Subsea in New Contract Awards in Africacenter_img Subsea World News has put together a recap of the most interesting articles from the previous week (February 17 – February 23). SGS Acquires Diving Division of TTSAlast_img