DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai’s ruler has ordered three men who filmed themselves feeding a live cat to a starving dog to clean the city-state’s zoo for four hours a day for the next three months.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said in a statement Wednesday that “this brutal and cruel act contravenes our values and the teaching of our tolerant religion, which preaches mercy and welfare for animals.”
The video of the men, who intentionally starved the dog for eating his owner’s food, angered residents of the United Arab Emirates for days.
This is the second-such sentence given by Sheikh Mohammed recently.
In late February, he ordered those filmed doing high-speed turns in an SUV near pedestrians at an outdoor shopping mall to perform four hours of community service for 30 days.
DORAL, Fla. (AP) — A fast-food worker jumped out his drive-thru window to help an off-duty Florida police officer suffering a medical emergency.
Pedro Viloria told Miami news stations the Miami-Dade County officer had her two children in her car Tuesday at a McDonald’s outlet. Viloria says she was struggling to breathe when he returned to the window with their breakfast. He says the officer became unconscious and her foot slipped off the brake.
Surveillance video shows the SUV rolling forward and Viloria jumping out his window to pull her from the vehicle. Viloria says he went into “hero mode” and had to help her.
Paramedics happened to be in the restaurant and helped revive the woman, who was hospitalized.
Miami-Dade Police Detective Daniel Ferrin said no information about her condition was available Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican congressman from Texas told a constituent to “shut up” over the weekend during a town hall meeting in his home district.
Congressman Joe Barton, who represents part of the Arlington area, is seen on video calmly explaining that he voted against federal legislation to protect women against violence because he believes that the issue is best left to the states. That prompted several in attendance to yell in disagreement. Barton pointed to one man and told him, “You sir shut up.”
Barton later said in a statement that that the man “continued to speak over myself and many others who were seeking recognition in orderly fashion.”
Chris Lewis, who says he was the target of Barton’s remark, tells the Arlington Star-Telegram he wasn’t upset and has “heard worse.”
PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge has said the Border Patrol in Arizona violated court orders by failing to properly preserve surveillance video related to a lawsuit claiming the agency detains migrants in inhumane conditions.
U.S. District Judge David Bury on Monday partially granted a motion to hold the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector in civil contempt over video files it was legally required to provide but were irreparably damaged. The court found that the Border Patrol knew about the corrupted files in June 2016, but it never notified the plaintiffs.
The ACLU, the National Immigration Law Center and the Morrison and Foerster law firm filed the contempt request in January after realizing a month earlier that the files had been corrupted and could not be opened.
The lawsuit originally filed in 2015 claims that the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector, which comprises most of Arizona, holds migrants in extremely filthy and cold cells.
Migrants and advocates call the holding cells “hieleras,” the Spanish word for “freezers.”
Bury said in his order that the Tucson Sector “egregiously” appeared to know the extent of gaps in archived videos but failed to let the plaintiffs or the court know.
He denied the plaintiff’s request to appoint a third party to work with the Border Patrol on producing the videos but required the agency to turn over a list of missing footage within a week. The government will also have to pay for plaintiffs’ fees spent on technical help to review and attempt to retrieve the corrupted video files.
“This is a good result for us,” said Nora Preciado, an attorney with the National Immigration Law Center. “The court recognizes that this is a pervasive problem in the inability to preserve evidence.”
The latest ruling comes after nearly two years of action against the Tucson Sector.
Bury in 2015 also sanctioned the Border Patrol over its destruction of video evidence, saying the agency’s decision to do so was “at best, negligent and was certainly willful.”
He issued a preliminary injunction in late 2016 requiring the agency to provide clean sleeping mats and thin blankets to migrants held for longer than 12 hours and to allow them to wash or clean themselves. The Border Patrol is expected to appeal that decision.
Preciado said the agency has complied with some of those requirements but not all. The advocacy groups were considering an appeal, she said.
The Border Patrol does not comment on pending litigation but has defended its practices and said it is committed to the safety, security and welfare of detainees.
The agency has said it provides detained migrants with basic human needs in accordance with its own policies, and that agents provide medical care, warmth, sanitation, food and water, and allows detainees to sleep.
The government fought for months to prevent disclosure of photos from security cameras at the Arizona detention centers.
The photos were eventually released, and they showed men jammed together under a thin thermal blanket and a woman using a concrete floor strewn with trash to change a baby’s diaper. Pictures also showed rusty toilets, dirty toilet paper on the floor and a malfunctioning water fountain.
The lawsuit was originally filed on behalf of three immigrants. It is now a class-action suit.
BANGKOK (AP) — The Associated Press has named five of its journalists to its cross-format leadership team in the Asia-Pacific region, where the news organization is merging its text, photo and video operations to maximize coordination and speed.
At the AP’s Asia-Pacific hub in Bangkok, Leon Drouin-Keith, the region’s enterprise editor, becomes deputy director for newsgathering; Celine Rosario, who had been video editor, is now director of planning; and Charles Dharapak moves from regional photo editor to deputy director for production and presentation. Japan Chief of Bureau Ken Moritsugu is now news director for Japan and the Koreas. And Bernat Armangue, the New Delhi photo editor, has been named South Asia news director, a position he had held in an interim capacity.
“This is a dynamic group of experienced Asia hands who all know how to tell the story of the region in the accurate, compelling and innovative ways that news consumers and AP customers need and expect,” said Ted Anthony, Asia-Pacific news director. “It’s hard to imagine a better team.”
The AP reorganized its leadership structure to help it cover the news as effectively and efficiently as possible across formats.
“The new structure will help us deliver news more quickly, be more responsive to customer needs and, above all, help us pivot toward the digital and social-media-savvy audiences that consume most news today,” Anthony said.
Dharapak, the Asia-Pacific region’s photo editor since 2014, will as production deputy ensure that the AP not only produces strong and comprehensive content in all formats, but also employs new methods of storytelling. From 2003 to 2014, he was based in Washington, where he covered national politics, three presidential campaigns and two presidents. He took a visible role in advocating greater press access and has received numerous awards for his political coverage, including the White House News Photographers Association’s photographer of the year in 2012.
Dharapak, 45, joined the AP in 1995 as a staff photographer based in Southeast Asia and later became AP’s chief photographer and photo editor in Jakarta, Indonesia. He covered major events including the Cambodian civil war, the democracy movement in Myanmar, and the protests and riots that led to the fall of Indonesian leader Suharto. In 2002, Dharapak spent considerable time photographing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, work that was recognized by the Associated Press Managing Editors. He grew up in the New York City borough of Staten Island, received degrees in print journalism and economics at New York University. He is fluent in Thai and speaks Bahasa Indonesia.
As newsgathering deputy, Drouin-Keith, 47, will drive the Asia-Pacific news report, with an emphasis on strong video coverage and breaking news. He joined the AP’s Los Angeles bureau in 2000, after working for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff and the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He later edited for nearly a decade in AP’s New York headquarters, including on its Top Stories Desk, before moving to the Asia-Pacific Desk in 2011. He became enterprise editor in 2013 and for more than a year has been acting regional text editor.
A graduate of the University of Arizona, Drouin-Keith has edited several award-winning projects over his career. In 2015, he worked with editors and reporters on the AP’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Seafood From Slaves project to help develop and edit the stories from their earliest phases.
As planning director, Rosario will use her experience planning Asia-Pacific video operations to improve planning in text and photos, and will be the main go-to person for budgeting and spending. She joined the AP as senior producer in Manila when its video service was launched in 1994, and oversaw one of its first wins as a video agency, delivering first and exclusive material of the aftermath of a major Philippine earthquake. She was named regional video editor in 2006 and has overseen video coverage of many major stories, including the 2008 Mumbai attacks, the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami and the aftermath of the 2013 super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Rosario graduated with a mass communications degree from Manila’s De La Salle University, and prior to joining AP, she was senior producer for Reuters Television in Manila.
Moritsugu, appointed Tokyo bureau chief in 2013, now is responsible for coverage in all formats out of Japan and the Koreas. He has been a leader in AP’s efforts in Asia to reshape coverage for the digital age. During his tenure, the Tokyo bureau has used innovative approaches to tell stories in visually compelling ways, from Japan’s post-tsunami and nuclear struggles to U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima.
Moritsugu, 54, started his journalism career at The Japan Times in Tokyo. He later was a reporter for the St. Petersburg Times, Newsday and the Knight-Ridder Washington bureau. He joined The Associated Press in 2007 as Asia enterprise editor in Bangkok, overseeing major projects including “China’s Reach,” an award-winning, data-driven series. He has held several leadership posts with the Asian American Journalists Association, including a stint as Asia chapter president.
Armangue has overseen AP’s coverage in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and the Maldives as acting South Asia news director for the past 15 months, and now takes the job permanently.
He began working for AP as a stringer in Barcelona, his native city. From 2005 to 2008 he was based in Madrid, and from 2008 to 2013 he covered Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. He joined the New Delhi bureau as South Asia chief photographer in 2014.
Armangue, 38, has covered events including the Nepal earthquake in 2015, Nelson Mandela’s funeral in 2013, the Libya war in 2011, the Arab Spring in Cairo in 2011-2012 and the Gaza war in 2012. He also has covered sport extensively, including two Olympics, World Cup soccer, Americas Cup sailing and Formula One racing. He has won many awards in the process, including Pictures of the Year International, NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism, World Press Photo, Picture of the Year in the China International Press Photo Contest and the Overseas Press Club’s John Faber Award.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — There’s blackface — the racist, minstrel-show practice of whites imitating blacks.
And there’s blackface — black Mardi Gras revelers donning outlandish garb to poke fun at that racism.
And then there’s blackface — modern-day whites wearing paint and accompanying New Orleans’ black Zulu krewe.
But as New Orleanian Ann Tuennerman found out last month, that third blackface can still offend people in a big way.
It wasn’t just the picture on her Facebook page showing her with painted face and Zulu Krewe regalia — an image captured by her husband, Paul Tuennerman, as he made a video recording at the Zulu den. There was also the accompanying comment: “As he said, ‘Throw a little blackface on and you lose all your Media Skills.’ He did his best as the interviewer.”
Criticism soon erupted on Facebook. Some were upset at the comment — deeming it racially offensive — but not so much at the blackface get-up. Others were upset at both.
“It is 2017,” said one critical post. “No reason for adults or anyone to still be putting on blackface, even if tradition.”
The Tuennermans, both white, are founders of Tales of the Cocktail, an annual event that draws thousands in the alcoholic beverage industry to New Orleans every year.
Both Tuennermans immediately accepted responsibility, acknowledged the racial insensitivity, and the pain it caused and tried to make amends.
In an online apology last week, Paul Tuennerman announced his resignation from Tales of the Cocktail. He said his comments had been meant to tease his “camera-shy wife” but that he realized in retrospect they were “hurtful and just plain dumb.”
Ann Tuennerman has offered online apologies and took part in a live Facebook discussion on race with Ashtin Berry, a local African-American bartender who objected to her post.
“To be honest, intentions are not relevant here. It’s the impact that counts, especially for a leader,” Tuennerman said Thursday in emailed answers to questions from The Associated Press. “Moreover, it was my decision to post the photo and comment and I bear the full responsibility.”
Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club lore holds that the club’s traditions go back to around 1909 and a group of black laborers known as The Tramps. Tramps members also are believed to have been part of one of the black community’s Benevolent Aid Societies, formed to provide financial help for members who became ill.
Group members are believed to have seen a vaudeville-era musical comedy show that included a skit about an African king. They adopted the Zulu name and costume, leading to incorporation of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club in 1916.
Mardi Gras historians say the organization’s parades on the back streets of New Orleans developed into a kind of satirical nose-thumbing at white, high society Mardi Gras “krewes,” when New Orleans and its celebrations were strictly segregated and a black organization would never have been allowed on a main parade route.
Zulu membership declined during the 1960s civil rights struggles, according to a history on the club’s website. “Dressing in a grass skirt and donning a black face were seen as being demeaning,” it said.
But the club has bounced back. A seat on a float is coveted — Tuennerman said she paid $1,400 in dues for the privilege.
And the blackface, grass-skirt tradition continues.
“You have a lot of Zulu members who even today don’t think it’s offensive at all because they’ve adopted it as being their own,” says Christopher Williams, 38, a lifelong New Orleanian and former Zulu member.
Williams said in an interview that he doesn’t find the Zulu blackface tradition offensive. Still, he wonders aloud whether Zulu should continue it. If members do, he said, they need a full-throated explanation as to why it survives.
“The blackface needs to be discussed,” he said. “If she’s the vehicle of having them do that, I think that a negative situation has turned into a positive situation both for the community and Zulu itself.”
So far, the club hasn’t addressed the Tuennerman controversy. Questions were referred to Danatus King, a former New Orleans NAACP president and the attorney for the club. He dismissed the flap as a matter between the Tuennermans. “Zulu has no response to that domestic matter,” he said.
Ann Tuennerman, meanwhile, has taken part in a great deal of online soul-searching, including the Facebook discussion with Berry.
Does she regret donning Zulu garb — a club requirement for riders of all races?
“I do not, as it was respectful to the organization to wear their traditional costume when riding in their parade,” she said.