Albert Laguna, professor of American studies and ethnicity, race and migration at Yale University, spoke in Nieuwland Hall Thursday as part of the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Series for the Study of Race.Laguna’s talk, “The Politics of Play in Latino America” focused on the politics behind Latino, specifically Cuban-exile, humor. Laguna said humor is a special aspect of Latin American culture, which makes studying the culture all the more engaging.“Academic and journalistic discourse surrounding race is rarely funny,” Laguna said. “Yet on a quotidian level, playful ways of representing culture or race is everywhere, for better or for worse.” EMMET FARNAN | The Observer Laguna said the topic of Latin American and Cuban humor was one that must balance popular culture and academia.“The interest in my class from a number of majors across the university taught me that students are looking for tools to make sense of race in forms of play,” he said. “My goal is to provide a balance between these two poles, to delight and instruct, and help you appreciate the complexity and critical potential to thinking about race and play simultaneously.”Laguna said what made Latin American humor so compelling to him was that, despite its being a huge part of Latin-American life and culture, the subject was greatly understudied.“The inspiration … came from growing up in Union City, New Jersey … over 80 percent Latino, situated over the Hudson River,” Laguna said. “I clearly remember the important role and highly visible role of humor in narrating everyday, quotidian life … [so] I was galled by the lack of scholarship of humor in Latino studies.”Laguna said his interest in Latino, specifically Cuban-American, humor also comes from its riveting, tumultuous history. He spoke about particular publications that used humor to make political statements.“Cubans have brought their particular brand of humor to the U.S. and used it to make sense of dying, sport, life and life in Cuba since the 19th century,” Laguna said. “[Here] is a satirical newspaper published in 1897, ‘Cacarajícara,’ printed in New York by Cuban exiles who opposed the Spanish Government … It was basically like ‘The Onion’ of its time.“Little later on you have this … tabloid newspaper called ‘Zigzag’ … from 1963. This was another version of ‘The Onion,’ popular up to 1969, until they decided to make drawings. Fidel Castro, he did not like that and asked nicely — or not so nicely — for them to shut down and many cartoonists fled into exile.”Laguna said Latino humor took on new forms in the 1970s when visual mediums also began to incorporate the style of comedy and satire.“And then you have ‘¿Qué Pasa, USA?’ This is the first bilingual sitcom in the history of the United States,” Laguna said. “It tracks three generations of the Peña family on their first year in exile.”Peña said Latino and Cuban humor add a unique perspective to the history of Cubans and Cuban-Americans.“[Latino humor] has a long history, and it tells an interesting story, one that bucks the usual narrative of the Cuban-exile community and right-wing politics.”Tags: Cuba, humor, Latino politics, Martin Luther King Jr.
MOSCOW – It was no mass protest. By their leaders’ own admission, only about 2,000 people turned out Saturday to demonstrate their opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin. But the government did not take the “Dissenters March” lightly. It banned the rally from a landmark Pushkin Square in downtown Moscow, then massed some 9,000 police officers and Interior Ministry troops to keep the Kremlin critics away. The faceoff led to sporadic clashes across the city and a wave of arrests of activists who wanted to protest Putin’s economic and social policies as well as a series of Kremlin actions that critics say has stripped Russians of many political rights. A similar march planned for today in St. Petersburg also was banned by authorities. Police officers kept the demonstrators off the square, beating some protesters and detaining many others, including Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion who has emerged as the most prominent leader of the opposition alliance. Officials said 170 people had been detained but a Kasparov aide, Marina Litvinovich, said as many as 600 were detained – although she said about half were released quickly. Kasparov, whom witnesses said was seized as he tried to lead a small group of demonstrators through lines of police ringing Pushkin Square, was freed late Saturday after he was fined $38 for participating in the rally. “It is no longer a country … where the government tries to pretend it is playing by the letter and spirit of the law,” Kasparov said outside the court building, appearing unfazed by his detention. “We now stand somewhere between Belarus and Zimbabwe,” he said. It was the fourth time in recent months that anti-Putin demonstrations – all called Dissenters Marches – have been broken up with force or smothered by a huge police presence. The weekend marches were being closely watched as a barometer of how much of a threat, if any, opposition forces pose to the Kremlin as Russia prepares for parliamentary elections in December and a presidential vote next spring. Putin, whose second and last term ends in 2008, has created an obedient parliament and his government has reasserted control over major television networks, giving little air time to critics. TV newscasts on Saturday reported the protests, but gave as much or more time to a pro-Kremlin youth rally held near Moscow State University. Later, police charged into a crowd of about 200 demonstrators outside the police precinct where Kasparov was being held, beating protesters with nightsticks and fists. Kasparov and his allies mustered, by their own reckoning, about 2,000 people – far fewer than the 30,000 people who patronize the McDonald’s restaurant at Pushkin Square on an average day. But some protesters said they were not discouraged by the small turnout or intimidated by the overwhelming force marshaled to block the rally. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
CHLOE and Sam Magee have won the Hellas Open mixed doubles title in Greece.The sister and brother from Raphoe beat Blagovest Kisyov and Dimitria Popstoikova of Bulgaria 21-14 21-10 in today’s final.Ireland’s No1 duo defeated Germany’s Marvin Emil Seidel and Linda Efler in Saturday’s semi-final. Chloe also reached the singles final but was unable to land a unique double having lost 21-13 21-13 to Linda Zetchiri of Bulgaria. CHLOE AND SAM MAGEE WIN MIXED DOUBLES TITLE was last modified: May 18th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Championschloe mageeGreeceHellas OpenSam Magee
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Rodri: Liverpool are best team in Europeby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri believes Liverpool are the “best team in Europe”.The reigning European champions are yet to lose a match in the Premier League, which sees them eight points ahead of City on top of the table.”I don’t know,” he told ESPN FC when asked if the fans saw United or Liverpool as City’s main rivals. “I had never been in the city before, I don’t know how people in the city feel.”But the team to beat is Liverpool now and that has been for the last two seasons. They are the champions of Europe so everyone wants to beat them, not just us.”They’re a great team, they have improved a lot of things, they’re a very good team, and they’re the best team in England and in Europe.”
LEXINGTON, KY – JANUARY 30: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Rupp Arena on January 30, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Freshman forward Karl-Anthony Towns was a big part of Kentucky’s close win over LSU, but he was also called for a technical foul that helped spark the huge run that brought the Tigers back into the game. Towns hung on the rim after a dunk, picking up a technical foul. LSU’s Keith Hornsby made one of the two resulting free throws, and drilled a three on the ensuing possession, which cut the UK lead to 60-56.During the post-game interview on the court, John Calipari criticized his star freshman for the foul. While he was doing so, Towns, of all people, decided to photobomb him. The timing here is truly perfect.We just hope that Towns isn’t the next Wildcat to “go missing.” Calipari has a good sense of humor, so he’ll probably laugh it off.[FTW]
Kolkata: Two residents of Syakra Para Lane died due to shock as they witnessed their houses in a state of shambles due to the ongoing East-West Metro project work.The elderly persons, identified as Anjali Mullick and Ganesh Prakash Gupta breathed their last at the GD Hospital. Anjali, whose husband died 10 years ago, was a resident of 2/1 B, Syakra Para Lane for the last 70 years. On August 31, 2019, she was initially not willing to vacate her house when the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) officials asked Syakra Para Lane residents to shift due to the Metro work. However, she was shifted to Hotel Embassy on the same day. The octogenarian has three daughters who used to come to visit her at the hotel. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn Sunday, the elderly woman felt unwell and was admitted to GD Hospital. She breathed her last at the hospital on Wednesday early morning. She is the first victim of the Bowbazar mayhem, where tunnel boring has led to the collapse of one house after another, rendering the residents homeless. “She was brought to the Syakra Para Lane today (September 11, 2019) as her last wish was to see her house,” said Tapan Kumar Mondal, her nephew. In the second incident, Ganesh, a resident of 10 Syakra Para lane, died at GD Hospital on Tuesday night. The 86-year-old used to live in a four-storeyed building. At around 4:30 am on September 1, the KMRCL officials asked Ganesh and his family members to vacate the crumbling house. Continued on P7
The Bump, the definitive voice for millennial parents, today honors and recognizes amazing achievements by moms with The Bump Moms: Movers + Makers Awards, sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company.Whether it’s donating 92 gallons of breast milk to help feed premature babies, showcasing the beauty of postpartum bodies, founding charities that help underprivileged children and families, or creating a modern, innovative breast pump, these women serve as an inspiration that action creates change.Co-hosted by Kristen Bell, a mom of two who is currently starring in the Showtime series House of Lies, The Bump Moms: Movers + Makers Awards luncheon will take place today at the Millwick in Los Angeles to honor moms who are making a difference in the lives of others.In addition to honoring inspiring moms at the awards luncheon, The Bump, through its corporate entity, XO Group Inc., is officially joining forces with I Am That Girl. This non-profit, which Kristen Bell is a proud ambassador of, is a community, support system, and movement inspiring girls to love, express, and be who they are. With this affiliation, XO Group will further its mission of empowering and supporting women, at an even earlier age, as they excel as leaders of their communities. XO Group’s support will be used to create a female empowerment and leadership curriculum that will be given to the local chapters of I Am That Girl, and also provide sponsorship of hundreds of girls within the organization – an act XO Group encourages others to do as well. The Bump Moms: Movers + Makers awards luncheon will feature members of I Am That Girl who will share their stories of how the non-profit has helped them build confidence and become a leader in their communities.“Being a mom is the most difficult role I’ll never get paid to do, and yet it will be my proudest legacy,” said Kristen Bell. “When The Bump approached me to help honor fellow moms who have gone above and beyond their normal mom duties to positively change the lives of others, as well as young girls that are leaders in their communities, I was humbled to be a part of this event.”“The Bump is the go-to resource for millions of women going through pregnancy and parenthood, and every day we’re there to provide guidance, reassurance and inspiration — that means to shine a spotlight on stories about incredible moms,” said Julia Wang, head of digital content for The Bump. “We’re thrilled to have Kristen Bell cohost this event to help us honor future leaders and today’s moms who not only make an impact on their own families, but also change the lives of women and children all over the world.”“As a community of women, we MUST invest in girls and double down to change what isn’t working in the world. The girls in the I AM THAT GIRL community are the future moms, makers, politicians, CEO’s, and leaders of our world – and they need support today,” said Emily Greener, cofounder and CEO of I Am That Girl. “We believe in the idea of lifting while you climb, and we are so grateful XO Group and its community of women have the same heart for inspiring girls to be the best versions of who they are, and who they want to be.”The Bump Moms: Movers + Makers Honorees: • Holly Robinson-Peete, founder of The HollyRod Foundation • Yasmine Delawari Johnson, Jules Leyser, Danika Charity, Emily Lynch and Kelly Zajfen, cofounders of the Alliance of Moms • Jessica Shortall, author, parental leave advocate • Ashlee Wells, founder of the 4th Trimester Bodies Project • Dionne Boldin, cofounder of the Anquan Boldin Foundation • Shazi Visram, founder and CEO of Happy Family • Georgene Huang and Romy Newman, cofounders of Fairygodboss • Hillary Frank, creator of The Longest Shortest Time • Jill Gilbert, producer of Living in Digital Times • Debbie Burbic, Kim Jarrelle, Jessamine Niccoli, cofounders of Clever Medical • Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide • Abbie Schiller and Samantha Kurtzman-Counter, cofounders of The Mother Company • Christine Dodson and Sascha Mayer, cofounders of Mamava • Cara Delzer, Gabrielle Guthrie and Santhi Analytis, cofounders of Moxxly • Elle Walker, Meg Resnikoff and Brooke Mahan, cofounders and partner of What’s Up Moms • Jenny Galluzzo and Gina Hadley, cofounders of The Second Shift • Carly Burson, founder of Tribe Alive • Amy Anderson, breast milk donation advocate • Mylene Yao, cofounder of Univfy
The variable operating schedules for sawmill operations and the curtailment of plywood operations in B.C. are expected to commence September 16.West Fraser anticipates continuing the variable operating schedules at its B.C. sawmills until market and economic conditions support a return to full production. CHETWYND, B.C. – West Fraser has announced that it will be introducing variable operating schedules at five of its British Columbia sawmills.In a release, the company says these changes will result in an estimated decrease of production in the range of 15 to 25 percent of the current B.C. lumber production and will include operations at the sawmill in Chetwynd.West Fraser says the potential effect of the revised operating schedules could be an aggregate reduction by up to an estimated 100 million board feet through to the end of the year.
New Delhi: The Yo-Yo test might be considered a must under the leadership of India skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, but MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings will not be performing the fitness test as they gear up for the rigours of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Former India trainer Ramji Srinivasan, who is associated with the franchise till the first game of this season, has picked the 2 km or 2.4 km run and the Sprint Repeat test as the measuring scale to gauge the fitness of the players. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenRamji explained how he prefers smart training and designs tests keeping in mind the specific requirements of individual players rather than carrying a common testing parametre like the Yo-Yo test. “I have picked the 2 km or 2.4 km run to check the fitness standards of the players as also the Sprint Repeat test. Just because the national team does the Yo-Yo test doesn’t mean I need to follow the process. “I believe in the need to prepare challenges for players keeping their specific requirements in mind. For example, even when I was with the Indian team, the training regime I prepared for Dhoni wasn’t the same as the one for Sachin Tendulkar. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery”Similarly, if Virat Kohli is keen to do deadlifts and his body reacts positively to it, doesn’t mean that MS must also do them. The Yo-Yo is more suited to aerobic sports like football and that is how it started. “Also, fitness is a wide spectrum and it is important to keep a comprehensive approach to overall fitness and not just on endurance level. Overall tabulation is very important to look into the various factors like strength, power, agility, endurance, flexibility etc,” he said. Asked to explain Dhoni’s workout regime, Ramji said: “MS is in a different zone altogether. He likes to keep things very simple. He doesn’t do clean-and-jerk and other forms of power lifting. He likes to do his strength work and boxing work. Basically he is a smart trainer and works on a set of exercises that is simple and helps sharpen his skills.”