Like Animals

first_imgThere is a certain stigma to being a first-generation American kid growing up in a small town, especially when your parents speak broken English and struggle to give you what the other kids have.Sound familiar? It was that way in Sag Harbor when my mom went to school in the late 1920s and 1930s, when the population of Sag Harbor swelled with first-generation Italians whose parents had come to the tiny village to live with cousins and find work.She remembers the other kids saying their ancestors came over on the Mayflower. “I always wondered how so many people fit on such a little boat,” she said. It was their way of saying the newcomers had no taste, no social standing, no class.Lattanzios, Trunzos, Schiavonis, and many others set anchor here and eventually prospered, and those names are prominent today. But we were the lower class back in the day, in a strange country we didn’t understand.My grandparents, Fillipi and Enrico Forcucci, were proud, hardworking people, and my mom was pretty and smart. But she saw firsthand how cruel the other kids could be to the Italians. One boy, charged with cleaning out the family barn before school, was a constant target of ridicule. The local girls made fun of the immigrant girls, many of whom wore dresses their mother or grandmother sewed together from whatever fabric was on sale at Montgomery Ward.That was low class.Papa remembers being called an animal because the Italians could only afford the cheap cuts of meat.My mother’s most vivid memory of those days were the weeks after Papa slaughtered a pig and butchered it, freezing as much as he could for the coming winter. He would use most of it: roasts, chops, sausage. We still have the sausage grinder.He would carefully slice the meat behind the pig’s hind legs and begin the arduous process of curing it, salting it, and aging it. That’s where the embarrassment would come in — it hung on ropes attached to the rafters in the big upstairs bedroom his three daughters shared, because that was the best place for the hams to age.We know it as prosciutto, a delicacy that has become quite popular. To a little girl, it was pig flesh, pervading her every breath, a symbol of the crude, uneducated, filthy immigrants some in the village called animals. It sickened her, literally. More than once she begged Papa to throw it out, which infuriated him and strengthened his resolve.My mother and her sisters would try to keep friends from coming over but they invariably did, and the word spread of the pig slaughter house on Howard Street.Two years ago, my mom, who is now 98, was in an Italian Pork Store on Avenue U in Brooklyn, when her eye caught a familiar sight: prosciutto. It was $27.99 a pound. She experienced a revelation — this peasant food which she never tasted was a sought-after luxury. Papa knew what he was doing the whole time.Here’s my recipe pairing prosciutto with another strong-smelling food Mom hated, Gorgonzola cheese.Brown about three-quarters of a pound of prosciutto slice by slice, turning once, until it is firm and crusty. Remove from pan and chop coarsely.Sauté a chopped garlic clove and a couple of chopped shallots in olive oil until soft and add a pint of half and half and a cup of peas. Cook until tender.Meanwhile, have a pot of linguine going. Place a stainless steel bowl on top of a pot of boiling water.Drop a glob of the Gorgonzola into the bowl and it will begin to melt. Add a helping of linguine, using tongs, and mix. Add a ladle of the liquid. Toss in a pasta bowl and add a heaping tablespoon of the chopped prosciutto and some chopped parsley and pepper. Serve steaming hot with a robust Italian wine, like Barolo, and garlic bread.If you really want to be decadent, pick up a tartufo or sfogliatella for dessert.This is a dish enjoyed in the finest restaurants in the world. Yet a century ago, it was peasant food, and new arrivals to America were embarrassed to be seen eating it because the locals made fun of the smelly concoction. Animals.But weren’t the smart ones the ones who served it before it started costing $27.99 a pound? They knew what was enduring and good, not what was trendy or popular.When you think of it, that’s the definition of class.Rick Murphy is a six-time winner of the New York Press Association Best Column award as well as the winner of first place awards from the National Newspaper Association and the Suburban Newspaper Association of America and a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee. Sharelast_img read more

Solicitor general hints at SFO turning point

first_imgRobert BucklandAlison Geary, counsel at international firm WilmerHale, said Buckland’s words were a ’turning point’ for the SFO. ’In praising the agency’s results over the past year – from its high-profile cases, high conviction rate and successful DPAs – the solicitor general surely puts beyond question the SFO’s future as an independent investigator and prosecutor,’ she said.Jonathan Pickworth, partner at US firm White & Case’s London office, added: ‘It is good to see positive messages about the SFO coming from the government. The past few years have seen far too much uncertainty about the SFO’s future, which is unhelpful for recruitment and retention and can impact on how investigations are managed. The SFO is receiving the plaudits now that it has marked itself out as an enforcement agency to be feared, and a significant generator of revenue for the Treasury.’Also today, Buckland reiterated that the Criminal Finance Act, which will introduce several new provisions for tackling economic crime, will be introduced in the autumn.Among the measures in the act include the creation of an unexplained wealth order, which will make it more straightforward for law enforcement to take away property from those suspected of wrongdoing and who cannot explain how they obtained the money to pay for it.Reacting to the news, Robert Amaee, partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, said the unexplained wealth order would provide a ‘novel legal tool’. However, he said defence counsel ’will need to safeguard’ against any over-enthusiastic use of the tool by law enforcement. Issues could include the subsequent use of information obtained through coercion and the question of any applicable immunity when dealing with a politically exposed person, Amaee said.Buckland added that the government had completed its call for evidence on whether the failure to prevent act should be extended beyond bribery to other areas of economic crime, including money laundering, false accounting and fraud. A criminal offence for corporations who fail to stop their staff facilitating tax evasion – both in the UK and overseas – was introduced under the act.Amaee said the extension of the ‘failure to prevent’ offence lends itself to the drive by the government and prosecutors to encourage companies to enter into settlement discussions under the deferred prosecution agreement.‘Companies with the potential to get caught in the crossfire, and in particular those responsible for their corporate governance and compliance, will be mindful of the need to review their policies and procedures to ensure preparedness,’ he said.The Law Society said it plans to publish a practice note related to the act shortly. The future of the Serious Fraud Office appears brighter today after the solicitor general praised its work and high conviction rate.Speaking at the Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crime, Robert Buckland MP said the SFO was continuing to deal with ‘some of the most high profile cases’. He noted that the office has opened 12 new investigations in 2016-17 and brought charges against 25 companies and had a conviction rate per defendant of 89%. He also praised the deferred prosecution agreement with Rolls Royce.Buckland added that the charges brought against Barclays plc and four of its former executives have all been important in demonstrating that economic crime will be ‘responded to with the seriousness it requires’.The SFO’s future has been the subject of speculation since a pre-election pledge by the Conservative party to merge it with the National Crime Agency.The symposium, held at Jesus College, also heard from departing SFO director David Green, who said he believed the office was in good shape.On the manifesto proposal he said the office was ‘awaiting proposals and the underlying evidence justifying them’. He said he understood that a decision was ‘in hand’. Green, who will step down from his role in April next year, added: ‘The SFO is confident, attracting excellent staff, and well able to deal with the kind of case for which it was intended.’last_img read more

Andrew King reigns supreme

first_imgIf you are a fan of jaw-dropping, supersonic performances, then the South Dakota Circuit was the place to be yesterday. There, speed demons Andrew King, Calvin Ming, Kristian Jeffrey and Team Mohamed’s bikers thrilled the fans with scorching displays of racing in the finale of the much-hyped Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) Ignite Race meet.King reigned supreme after putting on a tactical clinic to win ahead of Rupie Sewjattan and Mark Vieira who started the final day on top the points standing to take the spoils in the Group 4 class.Vieira in his RX-8 had controlled the races in the early stages, powering ahead and  looked destined for victory until King hunted him down in the latter stages.Guyana’s Calvin Ming (leading) won two of the three Radical races, resetting the lap record during each victory but Kristian Jeffrey (background) turned in an immaculate, experienced performance to claim victory in the other Radical showdown. King produced a silky smooth drive through the gooseneck to bridge the early advantage. Coming out of the straightaway, King zoomed past Vieira on the inside of the club house turn and it was rear light viewing for the pack from there onwards.With two outstanding wins and a second place finish, it allowed the seasoned veteran King to overtake Vieira to win the now standalone Group 4 title. Vieira’s finished fifth in races two and three and placed third in race one which was nowhere near good enough to see him preserve his lead which he ceded to King. Guyana’s Ming won two of the three Radical races, resetting the lap record during each victory but Jeffrey turned in a gutsy performance to claim victory in the other Radical showdown. The super bikers attacking the first turn yesterday at the South Dakota Circuit.In the first win, Ming lowered Team Mohamed’s Matthew Truelove’s circuit record time of 33.3 by three thousandths of a second (33.297 seconds).In the second Radical race, Jeffrey, started in eighth position due to the reversed grid rule of the Radicals but overcame the entire field including a last turn drift past Ming on the gooseneck for an entertaining win. Ming, who was on pole for the final Radical race, led the field from start to finish and Jeffrey was unable to get past his fellow countryman who lowered the circuit record once again with a blazing fast lap of 33.121 seconds.Elsewhere on the track, the two-wheeled daredevils from Team Mohamed’s Enterprise were the most successful with three first place finishes, two seconds and two thirds in the Super sport and Super stock classes combined. It would have easily been a one-two-three finish in each of races but Richard Cooper and Harry Truelove both fell off their cycle in the opening race and were unable to recover from the nasty spill.  The seasoned riders thrilled fans and they were a joy to watch on the track.Among other standout performers were Shan Seejattan clean sweeping the Group Two races; Rene Tucker leading the grid in the Street Bike races and Ronald Wortman being crowned the CMRC Group Three champion.The official points standing will be disclosed tonight during the presentation ceremony at the Princess Ramada.last_img read more

Proof that Tom Hardy got a “Leo Knows All” tattoo after losing Oscar bet with DiCaprio

first_img Related Photo by Dave J. Hogan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Back before the 2016 Oscar nominations came out, Tom Hardy made a little wager with Leonardo DiCaprio, his The Revenant co-star. Tom was convinced he wouldn’t get a Best Supporting actor nomination for the movie; Leo disagreed.  In a literal interpretation of the phrase “skin in the game,” both actors promised to get tattoos of the other’s choosing if they were wrong.Turns out, it was Hardy who was wrong.  He was nominated, and Leo ended up taking home the Best Actor trophy for the movie to boot.  However, there was no public confirmation that Leo ever collected on his bet…until now.A fan snapped a selfie with Tom out and about, and sure enough, on the actor’s right bicep, you can see a tat of the words, “LEO KNOWS ALL.” Last year, Hardy joked to Vanity Fair that the fix was in even before the nominations were.“F****er,” the actor joked of DiCaprio. “He would never get a tattoo if he lost that bet! It was just one-way. I’m covered in s*** tattoos anyway, so it doesn’t make any difference to me.”“You bet a tattoo, you lose,” he reasoned. “That’s what happens.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more