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Stage & Screen Great Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46


first_img Hoffman was last seen on Broadway in 2012 playing Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, a performance that earned him his third Tony Award nomination. In fact, he earned Tony nominations for all of his Broadway performances, also honored for True West in 2000 and Long Day’s Journey Into Night in 2003. Off-Broadway, he was known for his work as a member of LAByrinth Theater Company, directing the company’s productions of Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Our Lady of 121st Street and last year’s A Family for All Occasions. He was also seen onstage as Konstantin in The Seagull at the Delacorte Theatre and Iago in Othello. After 15 years of film work in flashy featured parts, Hoffman won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for playing Truman Capote in the bio-film Capote. He received subsequent nominations for Charlie Wilson’s War (2008), Doubt (2009) and The Master (2013). In 2010, Hoffman made his feature film directorial debut with Jack Goes Boating, a screen adaptation of the play he starred in off-Broadway in 2007. Other notable films include Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Happiness, Patch Adams, Flawless, Magnolia, The Talented Mr. Ripley, State and Main, Almost Famous, Punch-Drunk Love, Cold Mountain, Mission: Impossible III, The Saves, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Synecdoche, New York, Moneyball and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He was reportedly filming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay at the time of his death. Hoffman has discussed his struggles with drugs and alcohol in the past. After a stint in rehab following his college years at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Hoffman remained clean for 23 years until he checked himself into a detox facility in 2013, admitting to problems with prescription pills and heroin.  Hoffman is survived by three children, a son and two daughters, that he had with costume designer Mimi O’Donnell, his longtime partner. Academy Award winner and three-time Tony Award nominee Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment on February 2. According to The New York Times, the cause of death was an apparent drug overdose. He was 46 years old. View Commentslast_img read more


Plan The Perfect Trailblazing Road Trip For Whiskey Lovers and Foodies in Fredericksburg, Virginia


first_img The Distinction Is in the Details Let your pioneer spirit flow at A. Smith Bowman Distillery for a complimentary tour and tasting. After all, getting to enjoy their pre-Prohibition traditions is the perfect start to a well-deserved getaway — especially if you’re in the spirit to try their Whisky Magazine “World’s Best Bourbon” winners, such as their John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey. First Stop: Explore Virginia’s Oldest and Most Award-Winning Distillery The city of Fredericksburg is rich in history — from George Washington’s childhood home to Civil War battlefields and the James Monroe Museum. The best part? Fredericksburg is an extremely walkable town. You can either travel by foot or hop on a trolley from Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg to ensure you don’t miss a thing. Stroll through the city’s Historic District, visit more than 100 unique shops, or join a candlelit walking ghost tour. Quick history lesson: In 1927, before establishing the family’s Distillery, A. Smith Bowman purchased a 7,200-acre farm in Fairfax County called Sunset Hills. Shortly after bringing his dairy and granary idea to life, his fields became so abundant that he needed a use for the excess grain. In 1934, with his cows well-fed and his grain silos packed to the rafters, A. Smith Bowman Distillery was established and, up until the 1950s, the family farm became the sole producer of legal whiskey in the Commonwealth. Autumn is the perfect time to bask in nature’s beauty, so why not take advantage? Rent a canoe from River Rock Outfitter and paddle down the Rappahannock River, cycle along 15 miles of scenic trails, or check out the Rappahannock River Heritage Trail, which connects with the city’s Canal Path to make a 3-mile loop. Bring your camping gear and call it a night at nearby Lake Anna State Park. For the angler, there are numerous great spots to cast your line into one of the park’s fishing ponds or try your luck for bass and giant blue catfish along the banks of the Rappahannock River. Get Lost in History During your complimentary tour, you’ll get to explore every corner of Virginia’s oldest Distillery, from Master Distiller Brian Prewitt’s “Playground” to its new state-of-the-art bottling line that can label, fill, cork, and laser sketch each bottle before it gets shipped to your local store. After your tour and tasting, check out the gift shop to pick up a bottle or two of your new favorite as well as some great Virginia-made, bourbon-infused sauces, home decor made from reclaimed bourbon barrels, and much more.center_img Photo courtesy of Alpine Chef’s Instagram 1940 View of Original Distillery Building After your tour, head downtown let your taste buds continue the exploration. You’re in for a treat as Fredericksburg has a little bit of everything waiting for you on the menu! If you are in the mood for fresh, authentic Italian, Orofino is a must. If you’re long overdue for a romantic date night, enjoy an intimate farm-to-table dinner at Foode. Have an appetite for homemade German dishes? Your mouth watering bratwurst at The Alpine Chef is even brought to your socially-distanced table by a dirndl-dressed server. (Psst. The German word for delicious is Köstlich, by the way.) Take a break from sipping your own supply and swing by Fredericksburg, Virginia for the perfect weekend road trip for whiskey lovers, foodies, and outdoor enthusiasts. From fermentation of its mash to filling up the stills lovingly nicknamed “Mary” and “George” — which pay homage to the parents of the Bowman Brothers — A. Smith Bowman Distillery stays true to its time honored traditions and pays attention to the tiniest details in every step of the process. Connect with the Great Outdoors Although the Distillery has since relocated to Fredericksburg, it still continues to balance long-lived traditions, honoring Virginia’s great pioneers, with experimentation and innovation to create some of the finest spirits in the Commonwealth. Eat Like a Local and Try Fredericksburg’s Favorite Spotslast_img read more


Double murder sparks emergency meeting on crimes against Chinese in Trinidad


first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share NewsRegional Double murder sparks emergency meeting on crimes against Chinese in Trinidad by: – July 18, 2012center_img Share 106 Views   no discussions The shooting deaths of the Chinese-born businesswoman and her husband have also sparked a public outcry from Chinese nationals.PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday July 18, 2012 – Chinese Ambassador Yang Youming has expressed shock and horror at the killing of two of his countrymen and has appealed to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to take all necessary measures and precautions to ensure the safety of the lives of the Chinese community and their properties.The appeal came after Wu Xia Hua, 60, and her husband Yang Jiang Hua, 59, were shot during a robbery at Tiger’s Chinese Restaurant and Bar in Cunupia on Thursday. Xia Hua died on the spot and Jiang Hua died hours later at hospital.The shooting deaths of the Chinese-born businesswoman and her husband have also sparked a public outcry from Chinese nationals, who are calling on National Security Minister Jack Warner to protect them.The China Society and affiliated groups, Sun Wai Association, Toy Shan Association, Fui Tong On Association, Chinese Civic Association, Chinese Association of T&T, St Ann’s, and Chung Shan Association have scheduled an emergency meeting on Saturday to discuss mounting crimes against the Chinese community. Over 20,000 Chinese live and work in Trinidad and Tobago.President of the China Society Yung Gen Siu said too many Chinese nationals were being targeted, while Secretary of the China Society Michael Lee said many of the crimes against his fellow countrymen went unreported.According to Lee, the society plans to draft a letter to Warner at Saturday’s meeting, which will outline the concerns of the Chinese community.“There is a lot of crime facing us. The local Chinese cannot speak English properly, so when they get robbed they don’t know how to deal with that. Many of them do not report the robbery. They do not know how to do the follow-up after the robbery,” Lee said, noting that there was a need to educate those in business so they would be prepared to deal with crime.Lee added that the Chinese community was also concerned about the crimes committed against everyone in Trinidad and Tobago, indicating that it was businesspeople generally who were being targeted by the criminals.He went on to say that he did not believe that Chinese nationals were contemplating leaving the country because of the crime situation, but added that would also be discussed at Saturday’s meeting.First vice president of Toy Shang Association, Robert Chin Ching, said crime was a scourge facing the entire world. He said a preventative system must be put in place to deal with the situation. Chin Ching denied that Chinese nationals were the specific target of criminals.“It is all business owners who must be protected because not only the Chinese are affected. Crime is a national problem,” he said.Chin Ching indicated that the Chinese nationals were not calling for special treatment. “What we want is for the minister to work with us,” he said.He noted that the Chinese were very community-oriented and agreed that language barriers and cultural differences were hindering the reporting of crimes against their community.Some nationals were thinking about closing up their businesses in protest against crime, he added.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more


March Madness 2019: Tre Jones following brother Tyus’ footsteps in latest Duke title run


first_imgTwo brothers, four years apart, one goal in mind: the NCAA national championship. One accomplished it in 2015. The other is currently on the road to the Final Four.The last time Duke won the NCAA Tournament, it featured a stacked squad made up of soon-to-be NBA players in Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow, Grayson Allen, Quinn Cook and, of course, a freshman point guard by the name of Tyus Jones, who led his team to the championship game. SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV schedule​In the 68-63 victory over Wisconsin in that year’s final, Jones scored 23 points and earned the tournament’s most outstanding player award. Now, Tyus — in his fourth season with the Minnesota Timberwolves — finds himself on the outside looking in as he watches younger brother Tre Jones, also a freshman, attempt a similar feat with Duke. View this post on Instagram We’re National Champions! My brothers for life and I will forever love them.A post shared by Tyus Jones (@1tyus) on Apr 7, 2015 at 9:09am PDT”It’s unbelievable. … (Tre’s) living out his dream of being a point guard at Duke, living out my dream for him,” Tyus told Sporting News after Minnesota’s game against the Hornets. He was dressed, head to toe, in Duke gear. “It just makes it that much more special that he’s following in my footsteps and that we won the championship, obviously, and what we did there. I’m extremely excited for him.”The ultimate goal this season is to get to the Final Four in Minneapolis. Perhaps it’s a little more meaningful for Tre than his other Duke teammates this season: The Final Four and championship games will be held at U.S. Bank Stadium, just 22 miles south of the Jones’ hometown of Apple Valley, Minn.Tre knows it won’t be an easy task leading the Blue Devils to their sixth national championship. Lucky for him, he has Tyus to lean on for advice.”We talk every day, honestly, and that’s been our whole life,” Tyus said. “I’ve gone through it, I’m able to try to help him get ahead of that curve, (and) know what to look for going into a run like this.”My boy! Keep hooping! @DukeMBB @Tre3Jones https://t.co/7SccxLOZlO— Tyus Jones (@1Tyus) March 17, 2019“It’s extremely cool being able to have that figure in my life to look up to,” Tre said. “I was able to be here for all the games that he had in the tournament. Talking to him before the game, he told me to just keep playing my game. It’s no different. It’s not any different type of basketball game. It’s just a win-or-go-home scenario, so keep playing my game and everything will work out.”MORE: Ranking teams’ chances to win it all, from Duke on downTre may not be the leading scorer for Duke every night — not with Sporting News Player of the Year Zion Williamson on the roster — but he has been the backbone to the Blue Devils’ success this season, leading the team with 5.3 assists per game. He constantly finds ways to dish it out to his teammates and get them involved, especially Williamson. That’s my woadie, that’s my slime, that’s my kin💉✊🏽🤟🏽A post shared by @ trejones03 on Feb 17, 2019 at 12:51pm PSTThe 6-2 playmaker’s ability to create scoring opportunities isn’t the only area in which he thrives. He averages two steals per game, second on the team behind Williamson, and the defensive pressure he provides has a way of frustrating opponents and getting them out of their game.As No. 1 overall seed Duke heads into the Sweet 16, Tre remembers like it was yesterday when he watched Tyus play in these do-or-die games. Now, the situations are reversed. Perhaps that experience — watching his older brother help win it all in 2015 — will help the latest Jones brother in his own bid for a title.“The times definitely went by quick,” Tre said, “but I’m just trying to enjoy every moment.”Sporting News’ Jordan Greer contributed to this report. View this post on Instagramlast_img read more




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