Manipulating the Audience’s Emotions With Color

first_imgSometimes a filmmaker just likes the color red — and sometimes a filmmaker is trying to tap into an audience’s raw emotions to stir a primal reaction to the images on screen.Movies stir up emotions in ways you might not even realize. The composition of each individual shot in a film is crucial, as are the ideas that come with these shots. Whether it’s a certain aesthetic choice made when coloring, or the wardrobe and objects with which the frame is filled, color can manipulate the emotions of an audience on many different conscience and subconscious levels.Obviously, colors can mean many different things and can be used in many different ways. There’s no right or wrong way to use blue, green, orange, etc. Finding an appealing and unique way to stir up feelings within your audience through the use of color is the real challenge. Let’s take a look at some of the different color motifs used in films and the emotions these colors bring to the surface.RedImage via A24The meanings and intent that accompany the color red can vary — but there’s no denying it’s one of the most powerful colors to use on-screen. On one side of the spectrum, red is used as a way to show aggression, violence, and anger. Take the image above. This abrupt moment in Alex Garland’s Ex Machina is when the film takes a 180 and crosses into the realm of sinister. The encompassing red glow signifies a fresh intensity and serves as a cue for the audience to pay attention because something crucial is about to happen.Image via MGMStanley Kubrick was a master manipulator thanks to his obsession with color. His most notable and aggressive use of the color red was with Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey. While inside Hal’s processor core, Dave slowly begins to deactivate the computer. This otherwise boring room is portrayed as a hellish end to a nightmare. This dreadful, inescapable feeling of impending death would be missing if not for Kubrick’s use of the color red.Image via AnnapurnaOn the other side of the spectrum, red often invokes feelings of love and passion. Spike Jonze’s Her is a perfect example of how a film’s entire meaning can be told nonverbally through shot composition and set decoration. The walls, clothes, computer screens — all red. The movie’s hero, Theodore, wears bright red, blue, yellow and white shirts throughout to communicate his emotional state. The entire film is a perfect example of why color theory matters.OrangeImage via NetflixThough often associated with warmth, energy, and humor, orange can also register a sense of warning and caution. The ancient religion Confucianism associates orange with transformation. The image above arrives at the tipping point of Beasts of No Nation — our hero is now a completely different person, almost unrecognizable as he trudges through the murky orange trenches.Image via Warner BrosThe entirety of Mad Max: Fury Road has an orange tint that serves to amplify the desolate apocalyptic feeling of the landscape. Barren, hopeless, and endless, the Mars-like texture truly sends the audience to another world as chaos ensues.YellowImage via Fox SearchlightDemonstrating feelings of happiness and relaxation (as well as jealousy and betrayal), yellow is as diverse as any other color. Wes Anderson is well-known for his use of yellow and red and has proven to be a master of set design and shot composition. The shot above (from the short Hotel Chevalier) was designed to communicate tranquility and peace — even if the characters struggle to recognize it.Image via Fox SearchlightAs Emma Stone’s character belittles Michael Keaton in Birdman, almost every object in this shot carries a yellow tint — from her hair to the chair sitting by her side. This striking yellow overload conveys a sense of danger, judgement and assertiveness. Michael Keaton is torn to existential shreds by the end of this emotional beating, and the room only furthers his embarrassment and shame.Yellow is such an outlandish color on its own, so an entire shot composed of yellow items will almost always be a direct statement from the director. Deciphering that statement is up to the viewer.GreenImage via FilmaxIn 2004’s The Machinist, mundane and dull everyday repetitiveness is put on full display with dreary colors and lifeless images. A green overtone will always work for the examination of monotony. This can also be seen in The Matrix as well. Pre-red pill, that is.Green also has the power to breathe new life into characters and audiences. Luscious greenery and earthly tones give off a sense of new beginnings and survival. At the conclusion of Gravity, Sandra Bullock emerges from the water to find a lush, brightly colored, oxygen-filled landscape that immediately signifies new life.Image via WarnerBrosJacob T. Swinney recently released a video essay that explores the ways the Coen Brothers use the color green. The video is highly entertaining and provides some excellent insight into how much thought goes into each and every shot of their films.BlueImage via WarnerBros.Faithfulness, loyalty, and childlike wonder shine throughout the Jeff Nichols sci-fi chase movie, Midnight Special. The main character is one-of-a kind in every sense of the word and is covered in blue from head to toe. As used here, blue, most often associated with positive thoughts, portrays innocence and purity.Image via Miramax VantageSticking out like a sore thumb from the rest of the dirty, beige, dry colors of Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, the heavy scene above finds the central character confronted with a harsh reality. His solitude literally surrounds him in this shot as he realizes just how alone he really is.Image via RadiusIn Only God Forgives, the central character’s detachment from reality grows as the film trudges forward. Separating from the all encompassing red that fills most of the film’s running time, Ryan Gosling is consumed in this blue light, isolated away from reality, sanity, and every other character in the film. A dark, unfamiliar scheme (blue in this case) that stands out from the rest of the film is a perfect way to demonstrate a character’s detachment.PurpleImage via Warner BrosSpeaking of Ryan Gosling, his directorial debut, Lost River, features one of the most seductive and alluring character entrances in recent memory. This temptress is engulfed by a purple backlight, exposing her sultry silhouette and immediately notifying the audience of her mysterious nature. Purple is often associated with ambiguity and extravagance. Both of these themes are featured in numerous ways throughout this film (slightly NSFW).Image via MarvelThe rare appeal of purple was exploited extremely well in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy — and other major blockbusters are following suit. Purple is mysterious and rare (much like the film’s purple Infinity Stone McGuffin), but using it appropriately can yield striking imagery that sticks with your audience for a long time.PinkImage via Fox SearchlightThe soft pink motif for the pastry shop in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is more than it seems. The childlike romance between the two characters shown above, each wearing archetypal colors, comes to fruition in this exact shot. Surrounded by pink boxes, their innocent love blossoms. Wes Anderson’s compelling use of color is definitely worth exploring.Image via RadiusIn the breakout 2015 horror film, It Follows, we’re introduced to the main character who dons a pink outfit in a room filled with pink. The decision to decorate the room and character as such precedes what “follows” later in the film. Pink represents her innocence and purity. After a frightening turn of events, her innocence is lost — and the pink outfit and lighting disappear simultaneously.Violet/magenta/red/light pink — all of these can be associated with romance, love, and passion. Though they can carry other meanings and associations, the general understanding and consensus recognizes these as love-related.Image via UniversalThe decisions you make as a filmmaker to include or not include certain colors in your film are entirely up to you. There’s no right or wrong way to convey sadness, happiness, or fear. However, there are subconscious levels of primal emotion in your audience that can be triggered if color is used correctly. Like any decision you make in production, make sure it serves the story and engages your audience.What are your favorite uses of color in film? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Qatar Seeks Indian Security Experts for FIFA World Cup 2022

first_imgQatar is seeking to make Indian detectives a part of the security assistance program for the FIFA World Cup scheduled to take place in the country in 2022. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will make a list of names of over 20 officers of the Indian Police Service from various parts of the country for a security seminar in Doha, the Indian Express reported.Officers from Maharashtra and the National Security Guard (NSG) have been told to send names of officials holding the rank of the Superintendent of Police and Deputy Inspector General, and those who have been involved in crucial events like the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai.Similarly, other states like West Bengal have been asked by the Home Ministry to nominate names of officers who are experienced in organizing the Indian Super League and FIFA Under-17 World Cup, among other big events. These officers are also well equipped to handle and manage the crowd, as well as assess threats and risks.“States and union territories have been told to nominate officers after we received communication from Doha and FIFA. The event will be a good exposure for our officers, and our forces can benefit from their experience in the near future,” the publication reported a senior government official as saying.Nominations are being sought from the Intelligence Bureau (IB), according to the report.The seminar will involve experts discussing the security arrangements for the mega football event.Officials working in the area of international engagement and cooperation are required to work alongside international agencies to tackle terror threats. Another requirement is that the officer should be well versed and have good command over English. Also, the candidate should not be facing corruption charges.“It is desirable to sponsor such officers who have expertise in more than one field and the nominated officer should be in excellent health and fit to travel,” said the Home Ministry, the report added.The first completed tournament venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is the Khalifa International Stadium that received a major sustainability certification last year, reported The stadium has a seating capacity of 40,000 and became the first in the world to be awarded a four-star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), administered by Qatar-based Gulf Organization for Research & Development (GORD). The stadium officially reopened in May 2017, after undergoing some major redevelopment. Related ItemsdohaQatarTerrorismlast_img read more

UK’s New Immigration Plan to Bring Fresh Hurdles for Indians

first_imgThe new post-Brexit immigration system planned by the United Kingdom will give equal rights to citizens of European Union countries as well as EU nations.However, the overhauled system will also come with several restrictions, such as the requirement of employer sponsorship for an immigrant worker to bring family members to the country.The new system, based on “people’s skills,” will not discriminate between immigrants based on their countries, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Oct. 1, following a Conservative Party conference.In a tweet, May stated: “We’re introducing a new skills-based immigration system that ends free movement. So that for the first time in decades, this country will control and choose who we want to come here. A system that looks across the globe and attracts people with the skills we need”.We’re introducing a new skills-based immigration system that ends free movement. So that for the first time in decades, this country will control and choose who we want to come here. A system that looks across the globe and attracts people with the skills we need. #CPC18— Theresa May (@theresa_may) October 2, 2018May added that Britain would end “freedom of movement once and for all,” referring to the privilege enjoyed by EU citizens that allows them to move to a different country within the bloc and work there without any permit.“For the first time in decades, it will be our country that chooses who comes and works here,” May said in a statement, adding, “Our new system will be skills-based. We’ll look for talent across the globe, attracting the people with skills that we need.We’ll make sure our immigration system is fair to ordinary working people. Low skilled immigration will be brought down, setting the UK on the path to reduce immigration to sustainable levels.”However, the new immigration system can bring more difficulties for aspiring immigrants.Skilled workers will continue to be required to meet a minimum salary threshold, which may be hiked further, PTI reported. Also, their families will have to be sponsored by their future employers for living in the United Kingdom.“Successful applicants for high skilled work would be able to bring their immediate family but only if sponsored by their future employers,” the government statement said, according to the news agency.A number of questions regarding the salary threshold and other conditions are yet to be answered. “If companies have to sponsor the whole family will it have to be much higher than it is now?,” Pratik Dattani, managing director of EPG Consulting and former UK director of FICCI, told the Hindu.“The system is already extremely restrictive for workers from India and this is going to make it even more so,” Harsev Bains from Indian Workers Association said, according to the publication. “Will employers now make a distinction between the types of people who they would be willing to hire — whether they are married or whether they have children?” Related ItemsBrexitBritainUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Nigerian Actor Accuses Kerala Filmmakers of Racial Discrimination

first_imgA Nigerian actor, who was part of a recent Malayalam movie, has accused its producers of “racial discrimination” after noticing alleged disparity in the payment between him and his Indian co-stars, PTI reported.  According to the actor named Samuel Abiola Robinson, even the least experienced Indian newcomer in the Malayalam film industry would be paid considerably more than what he received.Robinson, who was essaying the role of a footballer in the movie Sudani from Nigeria, wrote in a Facebook post that he was paid less as he is “black.” The actor said it was his responsibility to speak up to “ease the suffering of the next generation of black actors.”  The movie, which was about a football club in Malappuram district of Kerala, opened to rave reviews and is seeing packed theater in the southern Indian state since its release on March 23.In his post, Robinson says that he does not want this kind of discrimination to happen to another “helpless young black actor.” Robinson returned to Nigeria after the celebration of the film’s success.His post said: “I believe that I was a victim of racial discrimination while in Kerala. It was nothing violent or directly in my face but for my role in Sudani from Nigeria, the producers offered me far less money than Indian actors who are not half as popular or accomplished as i am would normally earn (sic).“I was paid less than 3 lakhs,” the actor said in response to a comment on his Facebook post.In a follow-up post, Robinson said he did not receive any racist treatment from people of Kerala, and that he loves the state and enjoyed the “biryani”. He added: “I do not think that Kerala people are racist as I experienced no such racist treatment from the general Kerala public. I very much enjoyed my stay in Kerala, the culture, the Biryani and all.Robinson, 19, said that he made his judgement after discussing payment with several other young actors. “I am of the opinion that this (underpayment) happened purely because of my skin color and the assumption that all Africans are poor and don’t know the value of money,” he alleged.The actor did not blame debutante director Mohamed Zakaria, saying “there was little change he could foster” as he was not financing the movie himself. Zakaria was unavailable for comments, the report said.“I believe the promises (by the producers) were simply tools of Manipulation to get me to eagerly commit the 5 months of availability for work being October, November, December 2017, January and March 2018 for the shoot and promotion of the movie (sic),” Robinson said.The producers Sameer Thahir and Shyju Khalid have not responded to allegations. Some Malayalam film directors, however, came forward in support of the filmmakers.“I’m pretty sure this is the result of some misunderstanding and immaturity on the part of the actor,” Ganesh Raj told the New Indian Express, saying that the actor should have made the disagreement clear in the beginning itself. “Someone close to Samuel must have mislead him. I have gone through his Facebook statements and I’ve seen the figures; the amount paid to him, in my view, was not just fair, it was more than fair. He seems to have no understanding of how the Malayalam industry works. ”In the movie, said to be a “comedy drama,”  Robinson’s character becomes a part of local soccer club in Malappuram. Robinson began his career as an actor in 2013. He has appeared in several productions in Africa, such as Walt Disney’s Desperate Housewives Africa. Related ItemsKeralamalayalamnigerialast_img read more

Do You Really Think the Ivanka Trump Brand is Dead? Dream On

first_imgSo the Ivanka Trump brand is over: kaput, shutting down, soon to be no more. Really?Do not be silly. The Ivanka Trump brand is alive and well and working in the West Wing as an special adviser to President Donald Trump. It is the Ivanka Trump fashion line that is closing, as announced Tuesday by the first daughter. The one was only ever a shadow expression of the other — or rather, an homage of sorts to what she liked to wear. Which was exactly the problem.The company was based on the premise that there was a group of women who would want to buy, with hard dollars and cents, the image Ivanka Trump herself was selling to the world. The one she disseminated so relentlessly via guest appearances on her father’s television show and stories in Vogue and books and on her own Instagram page: Herself as the glassy blond embodiment of the woman who had it all — a big job, family, a perfect blow out, time to exercise. The promise for sale was that you could try this image on with the ease of slipping on a power sheath dress.It is the promise of every celebrity- or personality-driven fashion line. It is why Uniqlo was willing to pay so much for Roger Federer to become a brand ambassador; why Coach wanted to team up with Selena Gomez. Why so many actors and athletes now see their next career step as clothing, and why so many are willing to back them in that move. It is not about aesthetic vision or achievement. Certainly, Trump’s clothing and accessories, polished and derivative as they were, were not changing anyone’s ideas about the ways fabric related to the body or the possibilities of form.The brand equity and value lies with the fame and myth of the personal brand, not the fashion brand. There is a reason, after all, Trump did not name her line Gilded Futures, or some other such vague, kitschy title. And there is a lesson in the last year and a half of this line for anyone who is tempted to conflate life and a shell-pink car coat.L’État, as Louis XIV said, c’est moi. The brand was her. The idea that she could dissociate herself from that sales pitch by “stepping back” from the company when she went to Washington was always patently silly.She may have put it in a trust, may have recused herself from day-to-day decisions, may have stopped wearing the products and being a walking, if unannounced, advertisement for her own business (albeit after getting in trouble for seeming to do exactly that).She may even have changed her style once she started meeting with world leaders — notice that? How all the skirts have dropped below the knee, and the tight, power-boss silhouettes have given way to softer, more 1950s lines, complete with bows and ruffles? — and may have often worn other brands, such as Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors and Carolina Herrera. The Ivanka Trump company might even have taken her image off its website. But her name was still on the label, and in every mention of the line.If anything, the ubiquity of this administration and its frenetic news cycle, the omnipresence of the name Trump, made her association with the line ever more intense. If a company lives and profits by perception, so does it die. At one point it was probably seen as a potential business boon that Ivanka Trump’s profile was about to go global. Instead, the sins of the one became the sins of the other.And thus did some of the Trump opposition turn their efforts toward lobbying department stores to drop the Ivanka Trump brand. And when Nordstrom did (upsetting the president, who then used his bully pulpit to strike back) and Marshall’s did and, most recently, Hudson’s Bay in Canada did, they said it was because the brand was not selling well. It became impossible to know how much that was true, or how much it might also have to do with, say, in HBC’s case, Donald Trump attacking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the G-7 meeting in Quebec, and offending a whole host of loyal customers.And thus, when China granted the Ivanka Trump company a host of trademarks, questions were raised about currying favor with the administration. So when Ivanka Trump was cast as the champion of women — someone who would whisper in her father’s ear in their support — the women laboring in the factories in India and China that supplied her brand were weaponized against her. When she was trotted out to discuss the president’s drive to bring manufacturing home, the fact that her company manufactured overseas became part of the debate.So the fashion dream, at least for now, come to an end. But so, once upon a time, did the fine jewelry dream (remember that?). The brand survived that snafu, and so it will this one, because the person is the real product. The question is what shape she will take next.© New York Times 2018 Related Itemslast_img read more

Decide US-based Indian Doctor’s Plea Within 8 Weeks, HC Tells Centre

first_imgThe Delhi High Court has asked the Centre to decide within eight weeks on the plea of a US-based Indian-origin doctor. Christo Thomas Philip, a medical doctor specialising in emergency medicine, had challenged the cancellation of his OCI registration for alleged missionary activities in Bihar.Centre to DecideJustice Vibhu Bakhru issued the direction to the central government, saying that under the Citizenship Act 1955, the petitioner, Philip, can seek for revision of the decision taken by the Consulate General of India at Houston in USA to cancel his Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) registration.In his plea filed through his advocate Dhiraj Philip, Philip said that he was a volunteer doctor with Duncan Hospital at Raxaul in Bihar from January 2014, but in April 2016, he was allegedly “unlawfully deported” from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, PTI reported.Put in DetentionPhilip said that he was put in detention at the airport while his wife and children were allowed to go through immigration. He was then sent back to Istanbul in Turkey from where his flight from Spain had arrived. There he was kept in a cell with 25 others for  a day. He was then sent to Spain, according to the petition.In his plea, Philip claims that he wasn’t told why he was deported, adding that while in detention he was “deprived of his dignity and treated in an inhumane manner at the detention centre in Delhi and Istanbul in gross violation of his fundamental right to life and liberty.”OCI CancelledA look out circular (LOC) was also issued against him by the government, he states in his plea. Earlier this year in May, during the hearing of his first petition challenging his deportation, the government had informed him that on August 1 his OCI registration stood cancelled.He then moved a fresh plea challenging the cancellation of his OCI registration.The Indian-origin doctor was born in Kerala to Indian parents. During the hearing, the government had said that it was recommending cancellation of his OCI registration for “indulging in evangelical and subversive activities”. Related ItemsChristo Thomas Philip deportedChristo Thomas Philip OCIIndian deportedLittle IndiaNRI deported subversive activitiesOCI cancellationlast_img read more

100-Member Delegation to Expand Indian Footprint in Rwanda

first_imgRwanda is set to receive its largest single Indian tour delegation of 100 people in December this year. The group will include 25 students, a 15-member women’s cricket team, 46 religious pilgrims, and a 14-16 member business delegation.“It will be an exciting India Week, so to speak, with a student’s group, women cricketers, pilgrims, and the business delegation,” Clarence Fernandes, the chairman of Rwanda Renaissance, an organization that facilitates travel for Indians to Rwanda, told the New Times.The DelegationThe 25 students will attend the National Children’s Summit in Kigali on Dec. 7, while the women cricketers will play with Rwandan women cricketers on Dec. 9-10. The pilgrims are scheduled to head to Kibeho, a site known for reported apparitions of Jesus Christ and Mary 1981 and 1989. The business delegation will look into trade, tourism and investment opportunities in the country. Fernandes hopes that there will be as many as 100 people from the Indian diaspora in Rwanda to cheer the women’s cricket team.The delegation will fly in by RwandAir’s direct, non-stop flight from Mumbai to Kigali that was launched in April this year. The Rwandan capital is fast becoming a frequented destination for meeting, incentives and conference destination.Indians in RwandaFernandes is an Indian who first visited Rwanda in 2008, and the country captured his heart. A businessman who owned a small company called Claven Marketing Services, he now regularly writes about Rwanda politics in newspapers. Fernandes started Rwanda Renaissance, which seeks to promote trade, tourism and investment between the two nations, after his first visit to the African country, which is home to about 3,000 Indians.The Indian community has a significant presence in the African country. Rwanda’s only sugar refinery, its only modern textile mill as well as soap and cosmetic factory are owned by people of Indian origin, according to the information available on the website of the High Commission of India, Kampala.India-Rwanda  TiesImprovement in bilateral relations between the two countries is causing an increase in the volume of Indian tourists to the country. In February this year, India and Rwanda signed three MoUs when former Vice President Hamid Ansari visited the country, and the two countries decided to mutually exempt official and diplomatic passport holders of visa requirements.Ansari, during his visit, also launched the India-Rwanda Growth Program. “India-Rwanda Innovation Growth Program is being launched to expand ties in science, technology and innovation,” he said, India Today reported. “After this pilot project, the program is proposed to be implemented in the East African community in seven countries and will then be scaled up to seven other economic zones across Africa.”As per the program, 20 Indian technologies and innovations are to be adopted over a period of two years. RwandAir’s operations were also a  part of the MoUs, and the flights started jetting between the countries on April 3.Ansari also brought up plans to open an Indian embassy in Rwanda. Rwanda had opened their mission in India in New Delhi in 1999. Ravi Shankar, the Indian High Commissioner to Rwanda, currently stays in Kampala, Uganda.On the 70th anniversary of India’s Independence, when he joined the Indian Association of Rwanda for celebrations, Shankar emphasized upon the plan to open the embassy in Kigali, The New Times reported. The 3,000 members of the Indian community in Rwanda, who contribute significantly to the country’s development, formed the association six years ago to  facilitate cultural exchanges.Bilateral trade between the two countries grew to $526 million between 2011 and 2015, as per the Rwanda Development Board. Investment from India to Rwanda was at 66 projects between 2011 and 2016. These projects were valued at $317.5 million, and created over 3,800 jobs in telecommunication, hospitality and education sectors.During the genocide of 1994, no Indian was reported to have been killed or injured. People of Indian origin were evacuated by the Indian government to Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, and Kenyan capital Nairobi without the intervention of the Rwandan government forces. Related ItemsClarence Fernandes Rwanda RenaissanceIndian Association of RwandaIndians in RwandaLittle IndiaRwanda India relationsRwanda NRIlast_img read more

Slovakia Appoints Indian Expat Roy CJ As Honorary Consul

first_imgDubai-based Indian real estate mogul Roy CJ has been appointed as honorary consul of the Slovak Republic. The founder chairman of Confident Group will be the head of the country’s consulate in Bengaluru.“This is a prestigious appointment since it is done by the Slovak government and ratified by the President of India,” the Khaleej Times quoted Roy as saying. “As the first NRI from the UAE to receive such a recognition from a European Union member state, I consider my posting as a great recognition and honor.”Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajcak announced Roy’s appointment as honorary consular officer. He requested the Indian government to grant Roy all the diplomatic privileges related to his mission to carry out his responsibilities.According to Roy, the Bengaluru consulate of Slovak Republic would have the jurisdiction of affairs in Karnataka and Kerala states related to the Slovak citizens in the two states. Emergency issues and two-way trade matters also fall under the ambit of the consulate.The Slovak consulate will be opened in the presence of Lukas Parizek, State secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, and Zigmund Bertok, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to India.The Confident Group of Companies is headquartered in Bengaluru and has operations in Kerala, and the Gulf Cooperation Council.  Roy was named the 14th in the Forbes’ list of Indian business owners in Arab world. He will assume his role on the opening day of the Slovak consulate on Sept. 27.Role of an Honorary ConsulAn Honorary Consul is not a professional diplomat. They are not official foreign service personnel and usually are expatriates and business people who have ties or other connections with the recipient country. Their duties are based on specific act of appointment by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of a particular country, which has the scope of their assigned tasks.An honorary consul enjoys a narrower range of privileges and immunities. Their role also depends on the customary law and bilateral consular agreements between the sending country and the receiving country.While diplomatic immunity is mostly treated in the same manner, it applies to activities related to the exercise of consular functions. The honorary consul is exempted, by the Vienna Diplomatic Conference of 1962, from the obligation to give evidence concerning matters connected with the exercise of consular functions and to present official correspondence and documents. The privileges and immunities provided for in the Convention are not extended to the family members of an honorary consular officer nor to the consulate employees.Consulates are a branch of the embassy in the capital city of the country that usually take care of issues such as citizen services, visa, grievance redressal, trade and travel. Related ItemsConfident Group of CompaniesDubai businessman CJ RoyIndia SlovakiaIndian expat honorary consulLittle IndiaNRISlovak consul RoySlovak consulate Bengalurulast_img read more

NRI Voice: Pulse of Poland

first_imgHeena Saran has been living at Wrzesnia in Poland for more than three years and she couldn’t be happier with her life there. With time, she has managed to successfully adapt to life in the country, having crossed challenges such as language barrier and an unfamiliar culture.She tells Little India why Poland will always remain a cherished country for her:India to PolandThe journey has been really exciting. When I first got to know about shifting to Poland after marriage, I Googled about life there and was curious to see the country, especially Wrzesnia, in images. My husband was transferred here a few months before our marriage so he used to send me pictures of the nearby lake, departmental store, the house where I was supposed to live after marriage, etc.I had never had an opportunity to live outside India, so for me it was a big change in terms of starting a new life — in a new relationship at a new location. After spending more than three years here, I can proudly say that Poland will be always be very close to my heart. I have created thousands of priceless memories while living here.Life in WrzesniaI recently wrote an article in a Polish magazine about my experiences in Wrzesnia. Adapting to this place, its culture, people and weather were quite exciting as well as challenging. Coping with the weather here, especially from December to February, is a big challenge. But a much bigger challenge is language. Most people speak Polish and you meet English speaking crowd mostly in big cities like Warsaw, Krakow, Poznan, etc. But if you can learn the language, everything can be really smooth.Heena Saran in PolandFirst impression of WrzesniaMy first impression of Wrzesnia was nothing short of an imaginary small beautiful town in a European country where you see huge green fields with gigantic wind mills, Jersey cows grazing the fields, church bell ringing at a distance… Well, you do get to see all of this here. The best thing about Wrzesnia is that the town gives you a perfect amalgamation of urban and small town life. The city has offices and production plants of many big companies like Flex Films, Volkswagen, Krispol, etc. But at the same time, you get to see a relaxed pace and attitude in life of people. Life is so simple and relaxed here, unlike in Delhi or Mumbai.Learning the LanguageLanguage barrier was the biggest challenge for me but now after living here for more than three years, I have got the knack of Polish language and can easily communicate with people in my day-to-day life. But for people who cannot speak and understand Polish, it sometimes gets extremely difficult.Indian CommunityAs with almost every Indian living abroad, sometimes you get so emotionally drenched that you want to kick away all the comforts of life and want to be near your family.The Indian community is very close because they are the ones you have in your moments of happiness and sorrow. We are nothing less than a family, and celebrate festivals, birthdays, and anniversaries together. We have a Hindu temple in Warsaw where Indians gather to celebrate festivals and give their contribution to increase the activities and presence of the community in Poland. Indians living outside the country are closer knit than people in India, simply because they feel more attached to fellow countrymen than the people of other ethnicities.Celebrating Festivals TogetherIndians here do not leave a single opportunity to celebrate festivals as that gives us the true feeling of being at home, and we miss our families in India a little less. From Navratri, Ganesh Chaturthi and Teej, to Karwarchauth, Diwali to even Halloween, we love to celebrate every festival. My family and friends back in India are amazed to see us observing festivals, which are losing their charm even in India. The feeling of oneness multiplies as we cook, eat, sing, dance and celebrate together.Making FriendsI do have some Polish friends, but not many, as language is a barrier. Many Polish people usually withdraw if they see a person speaking in English. But if they see you trying to speak their language, they are very open and encouraging.Finding Work in PolandFinding work in Poland without proficiency in Polish is very difficult. Even if you find English speaking jobs, the process to obtain work visa is a big challenge. But many Indian students come to pursue higher studies in Polish universities and also get work after the completion of their courses. So, it is difficult to find a job but not impossible.Must-visit Places in PolandPoland is a beautiful country that has to offer something for everyone. If you like mountains, Zakopane is a must visit place. I went there on my honeymoon and the trip was truly magical. For beach lovers, the trio of cities Sopot (Baltic beach), Gdansk (beautiful old city with huge square) and Gdynia (a port) are the attractions. Those who are interested in history must visit Auschwitz concentration camp near Krakow to get a better understanding of the World War II.Lessons LearntThe foremost learning has been about the value of punctuality. People here are known for being always on time, they may be five minutes ahead but are never late.Another amazing quality that I deeply admire in Polish people is the equal respect they have for every profession, whether it is being a sweeper or a doctor. They do not discriminate on the basis of a person’s financial or professional status. Related ItemsEuropePolandWrzesnialast_img read more

Indian Ambassador to U.S Criticizes Foreign Media Over Portrayal of India

first_imgThere is a tendency among foreign journalists based in India to pick up exception stories instead of development news, Navtej Singh Sarna, the Indian Ambassador to United States, said, accusing foreign media of negatively portraying the country. Sarna was speaking during a panel discussion in the opening session of the “U.S & India: From Estranged Democracies to Natural Allies” organized by American think-tank Center for Strategic and International Studies on May 14.“Now, it is more a case of pity than worry. India has moved on, you haven’t,” Sarna said when asked about the portrayal of India in mainstream media, PTI reported. “There is a tendency to look at the social exception there is a dowry case, there is a caste issue, so pick it up and splash it. But if there is a start-up story for instance (they will say) that happens everywhere. Frankly it bothers me, but I do not loose sleep over it anymore- I used to (worry),” the Indian diplomat said.Saying that the American media was doing “injustice” to its public, he added: “These (negative) pieces just sound like oddities. They show the narrow mindset of the journalists, of the editor and marginalize them rather than marginalize us anymore. If they (the American media) want to survive and remain relevant, they should move on.”He further said that he tried correcting the perspective in his previous four-year stint at the Indian embassy when he was the spokesperson, but concluded that it failed miserably. “It is extremely important for us, but I think it’s important for the United States as well to get a correct picture of, even if I was not in India and I would say of a very important country in the world. Unfortunately, can’t tell you, I can guess at the reasons,” he said.The event was held to mark the 20th anniversary of the Indian nuclear tests — Pokhran-II — held in May 1998. Sarna went on to talk about how the nuclear tests invited sanctions from the United States and how the two countries built their relationship from there. He pointed out that two major developments helped the relationship between India and the United States — the 9/11 terror attack and the Y2K bug .“Those were the days of Y2K and suddenly Indian computer engineers began to solve problems and actually set things right all over the United States. And we went up in respect. The diaspora had become about one and a half million and was beginning to be heard not only in companies and in hospitals but also on the Hill. So that’s where it all began,” he was quoted as saying.The Y2K bug was a problem in the coding of computerized systems that was projected to create havoc in computers and computer networks around the world in early 2000.The tragedy of 9/11 brought the two countries closer, as India “had known terrorism and cross-border terrorism and the evils of terrorism for the last three decades before that,” Sarna said.“We are at a time when President Trump can declare that the relationship between India and U.S has never been stronger, has never been better; that we can be designated as a major defense partner by the United States; that we can be actually conducting more military exercises with the United States done with any other country,” he added. “And a four million strong Indian American community getting stronger in political terms, besides the economic terms.” Related ItemsMediaNavtej Singh SarnaUnited Stateslast_img read more

More choices for national volley squad

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES “By next week we will sit down and make selection although I have something in mind already,” acting Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Pete Cayco told the Inquirer.“We will have 20 players in the pool, so we will make additions and I would like to get more players from the PVL (Premier Volleyball League) like Myla Pablo.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCayco had already talked with PVL officials regarding schedules and he said they appeared amenable to accommodate the national team calendar.At present, the Philippine team has a 14-woman pool that includes just one PVL player, superstar Alyssa Valdez. So nears last 16 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Philippine volleyball will reboot its program by getting six more players to bolster its pool to a 20-woman squad.Soon after the Philippine Superliga All-Star team arrives from a competition in Thailand, the coaching staff will meet to discuss the expansion of the squad which will eventually eye the gold in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READlast_img read more

Liverpool don’t need drastic treatment – Klopp

first_imgLiverpool do not need drastic treatment and remain in a strong position, Jurgen Klopp says despite a disappointing mid-week result against Red Star Belgrade.Klopp’s side suffered a 2-0 defeat to the Serbian club in their Champions League group game on Tuesday night, and lost ground on Manchester City and Chelsea at the top of the Premier League after drawing with Arsenal 1-1 last weekend. The Reds face Fulham at home on Sunday and, in his official programme notes, their manager insisted the situation at the club remains positive, imploring fans not to overreact to the recent results.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “We are in a good way and I encourage my players and the supporters to embrace this ahead of today,” Klopp wrote.”If I was a doctor I would say we are in really good health. Not perfect and of course we all want to be even healthier. But by no means are we need of any drastic treatment, far from it in fact.”Finding the balance, as a team, to ensure we keep focused on our responsibilities to deliver, while at the same time not allowing ourselves to be overly burdened, is going to be important between now and May.”The German also admitted he accepts criticism is inevitable after a poor performance like the one in Serbia.“I’ve been at this club and in this country long enough now to understand that a result like the one in Belgrade on Tuesday will lead to a lot of analysis, opinions offered and conclusions being drawn,” Klopp continued. “This is absolutely fine of course and I understand that it even comes from those who genuinely care about our situation and have a desire to see us succeed.”To be clear: the performance against Red Star wasn’t at the levels we expect of ourselves. End of story.”But I also cannot and will not ignore everything else we have done so far this season. We kick off this fixture today, our 12th Premier League game of the season, with 27 points and within striking distance of first place in the table.”These points have not been given to us on a silver plate or gift-wrapped. Our destiny in the Champions League group remains in our own hands. Not only are we in a situation with a number of avenues to qualify but if we win both our remaining games we will finish top of a highly competitive mini-league.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni to meet Committee of Administrators: Pay hike, schedule on the agenda

first_imgThe Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) is all set to meet India captain Virat Kohli , head coach Ravi Shastri and former skipper MS Dhoni in New Delhi on Thursday to discuss the pay hike of the players.Kohli and Shastri are also likely to bring up Team India’s schedule which currently. India have so far played 10 Tests, 26 ODIs and 10 T20 Internationals this year. They are yet to play 1 Test, 3 ODIs and 3 T20 Internationals before embarking on the tour of South Africa.On the eve of the Kolkata Test, Kohi had said he might also need a break whenever he needed it because he was not a robot. He has been among the busiest cricketers in the world in 2017, having missed a solitary Test against Australia due to an injury.”Tough to speak on workload. There’s a lot of talk about whether players should be rested or not. From the outside it looks like why are people asking for rest. Everyone played same number of games. But it’s important to understand that not everyone had the same kind of workload in every game that you play. We have built such a strong core team now of 20-25 players, you don’t want important players breaking down at important times. That is where the balance needs to be maintained. It’s humanly impossible to maintain the same kind of intensity for a player who plays all three formats. Definitely, I do need a rest. When I think that my body needs to be rested, I’ll ask for it. I am not a robot you can cut my skin and check,I bleed” Kohli had said.advertisementThen before the Nagpur Test, Kohli said India could have done with more preparatory time to gear up for the South African tour where the first Test gets underway on January 5.The Indian team representatives will also bring up a request for a pay hike. BCCI had recently doubled the payments made to the players under the central contracts. After the board landed a huge deal for IPL broadcast rights, the players are seeking an increment..”Surely, players’ request with regards to better preparation time before tours will be looked at. In September, we had offered Test players to go to South Africa during the ODIs and T20Is against Sri Lanka, so that they get decent time to acclimatise to the conditions in South Africa,” COA member Diana Edulji told India Today.It was also learnt players would be given more time in England before their matches start on the tour.However, the question is: even if the CoA does agree to the players’ demands, will the BCCI agree?Any decision thus taken would have to be ratified by BCCI’s general body meeting and the next BCCI SGM is scheduled for December 11.last_img read more

Computer Vision for the Masses: Bringing Computer Vision to the Open Web Platform

first_img Continue Reading Previous SEGGER expands Embedded Studio PRO by adding IoT and security componentsNext EKF: PICMG CompactPCI Serial peripheral slot board What’s it take to make computer vision more accessible?Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram last_img

We just waited for umpire’s decision: Khaleel Ahmed on Daryl Mitchell DRS controversy

first_imgThe Decision Review System came under major scrutiny on Friday during the second T20 international between India and New Zealand in Auckland.New Zealand batsman Daryl Mitchell was given out leg before wicket controversially off the bowling of Krunal Pandya in the sixth over of the first innings but replays clearly showed that he had got an inside-edge.Mitchell immediately went for the review after consulting with his captain Kane Williamson, who was batting at the other end.Replays first showed the inside-edge but the snickometer failed to pick up any sound off the nick, showing a flat line despite the ball hitting the bat. The third umpire had no choice but to go with the on-field umpire’s call because there was no conclusive proof even though he could see the ball hitting the bat.Daryl Mitchel got an inside egde? Oh come on! The bat clearly hit the pad. How else would your explain the snicko? #NZvIND @ICC haider (@farazchishti10) February 8, 2019Williamson couldn’t believe what he saw and protested the decision but the on-field umpire Chris Brown had to ask the batsman to leave. MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma were also seen having a chat, possibly mulling to withdraw their decision but that didn’t happen.India’s stand-in skipper Rohit even had a word with the umpires but there was no way they could have retracted their decision.India pacer Khaleel Ahmed later revealed that they just went with the on-field and third umpires decisions.advertisement”We were just waiting for umpire’s call because we can’t do anything in that decision. Whatever the umpires said we just accepted it,” Khaleel said at the post-match press conference.New Zealand also lost the review and its third wicket for 43 runs on the board by then in the 6th over. It was Krunal’s second wicket in the over after he snared Colin Munro off the second ball.The early wickets dented New Zealand and they eventually managed to post 158 for 8 with Krunal finishing with three wickets while Khaleel bagged a couple.India in reply rode on Rohit’s 50 and Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 40 to reach the target with 7 wickets and 7 balls to spare.Shikhar Dhawan (30) and MS Dhoni (20 not out) also made significant contributions as India registered its first T20I win in New Zealand and levelled the three-match series 1-1 with the decider to be played in Hamilton on February 10 (Sunday).Also Read | Nathan McCullum overwhelmed by Eden Park atmosphere: Felt like I was in IndiaAlso Read | Captain Rohit Sharma emulates Virat Kohli as India hammer New Zealand in AucklandAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s presence helped Rishabh Pant play a solid innings in Auckland T20I: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Did you miss Virat Kohli, reporter asks. Khaleel Ahmed bursts out laughinglast_img read more

British Athletics suspends coach over allegations of inappropriate relationship

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. British Athletics has suspended the javelin coach David Parker after allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a female thrower.Parker, who is a national performance institute coach for throws with British Athletics, is understood to have had a relationship with an athlete who was studying at Loughborough University – where Parker is also the lead throws coach – at the time of the allegations. Under the university’s rules teacher-student relationships are banned.British Athletics and Loughborough University have confirmed they are “working closely to support any athlete who may be impacted in any way”. The Guardian understands that the thrower is not an elite member of the British team.Parker was a talented teenage athlete, winning the world junior title in 1998 and later representing England at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.The 37-year-old then moved into coaching and has combined his work at Loughborough with a part-time contract at British Athletics where he works under the head of throws and jumps, Peter Stanley.Having graduated from Loughborough University with an MSc in Sports Biomechanics in 2005 and worked for the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield as a senior strength and conditioning coach, Parker was highly rated in some quarters – although others felt he was full of himself. This year he was made the British team leader for the European Under-23s Championship in Poland, where the UK finished in second place.A British Athletics statement read: “British Athletics and Loughborough University can confirm that a coach has been suspended pending an investigation. Both organisations are working closely to support any athlete who may be impacted in any way.” Parker has not yet commented on the allegations. Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Athletics news Reuse this content Share via Email Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Topicslast_img read more

The toast, the butter and the technology: DMA 2013

first_imgI’m going to be speaking at the DMA Non Profit Conference next week. If you’re a Washington, DC-area native or are coming into town for the conference, come say hello.The DMA has asked me to share these details on the conference: It’s a great opportunity to gain insights into what other organizations like yours are doing in the fundraising world. Topics will include better ways to integrate your fundraising channels, build donor loyalty and improve your fundraising results. I’ll be speaking about what technology can and can’t do for fundraising. And toast and butter.Technology has enormous potential, but it’s all in how we use it. Technology is at its essence a delivery system. That means what’s being delivered will determine how much good comes of it. Adam Gopnik, a favorite writer of mine, compares technology to toast: “Our thoughts are bigger than the things that deliver them… Toast, as every breakfaster knows, isn’t really about the quality of the bread or how it’s sliced or the toaster. For man cannot live by toast alone. It’s about the butter.” He means the content of our ideas—the butter—is more valuable than the delivery vehicle —the toast of technology— that carries them. I’ll be talking about toast, butter and how to use technology in a way that drives more dollars.More details here.last_img read more

#IDM2016: Key Resources for Midwifery

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 4, 2016October 12, 2016By: Jacquelyn Caglia, Associate Director, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)As we celebrate International Day of the Midwife on May 5th, now is an especially important time to acknowledge midwives for their hard work in ensuring the health of women and newborns before, during, and after childbirth. The theme for 2016 is “Women and Newborns: The Heart of Midwifery.” We’ve rounded up some of our favorite resources about midwifery around the world:The State of the World’s Midwifery 2014: A Universal Pathway. A Woman’s Right to HealthThis report by UNFPA, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), WHO, and others is the most up-to-date resource we have on the world’s midwifery workforce. The report, available in English, French, and Spanish, provides key resources about the critical role midwives play in the health system in more than 70 low- and middle-income countries as well as a fact sheet with key messages and a compelling infographic highlighting quality and impact.The Lancet Series on MidwiferyAlso in 2014, The Lancet published a groundbreaking series of papers on the vital contributions midwives make to ensuring high-quality health services for women and newborns. The executive summary of the series provides an overview of the four main papers, key messages, and the evidence-informed framework for maternal and newborn care.Call the Midwife: A Conversation About the Rising Global Midwifery MovementLast March, we hosted a day-long symposium about midwifery with our partners from the Wilson Center and UNFPA. The expert speakers represented a diversity of country perspectives and shared evidence needed to build the case for scaling up midwifery. A summary of the rich discussion was published on our blog; video recordings and archived presentations from the expert speakers are available through the Wilson Center.Bill of Rights for Women and MidwivesThis resource from the ICM lays out the basic human rights for women and midwives across the globe, providing a helpful reminder of the core ethics and competencies we should all be striving to uphold in support of women, newborns, and midwives.Advocacy Approaches to Promote Midwives and the Profession of MidwiferyThis policy brief from the White Ribbon Alliance sheds light on how to influence policymakers, involve the media, engage youth, and mobilize communities in support of midwifery while also strengthening the capacity of midwives as advocates.What Prevents Quality Midwifery Care?This article, published this week in PLOS ONE, systematically maps out the social, economic and professional barriers to quality of care in low- and middle-income countries from the provider perspective. The authors’ findings underscore the need for a gender-responsive, equity-driven and human rights-based approach to strengthening midwifery, as called for in the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health. In order to meet the health-related Sustainable Development Goals, we must improve the experience of those in the midwifery profession as well as the quality of health services they provide.Do you have any other resources on midwifery that you’d like to recommend? If so, email us at We’d love to hear from you!Please join us in celebrating the International Day of the Midwife! More information about the campaign may be found on the International Confederation of Midwives‘ website. Follow along on Twitter by using #IDM2016.Read an interview with Rima Jolivet, our Maternal Health Technical Director, on the current and future landscape of midwifery!Share this:last_img read more

Soto and Mihailovic headline USA U-23 squad

first_imgSebastian Soto and Djordje Mihailovic headline the United States U-23 side selected for the team’s September training camp and friendly against Japan.Head coach Jason Kreis has selected a 24-player squad, which will take part in a camp from September 1-10 during the upcoming FIFA international break.The squad is slated to play one friendly during the break – September 9 against Japan in Chula Vista, California as they continue their preparations for Olympic qualifying this spring. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Mihailovic represents one of the more experienced players in the side, having played for the United States senior national team during the 2019 Gold Cup. The Chicago Fire midfielder made a pair of appearances, and made one start for the tournament runner-up.Soto was among the stars for the United States at the U-20 World Cup in Poland earlier this year. The Hannover youngster scored four times in the competition, including a brace against tournament favorite France to help the Americans pull a surprise comeback victory in the last 16.The forward is joined by multiple teammates from that U-20 squad, including Alex Mendez, Chris Gloster, Mark McKenzie, Edwin Cerrillo and Brandon Servania.One player included on the list, Niko Hamalainen, has previously represented Finland at both the youth and senior team levels. The Miami-born defender, who featured in three games on loan at Los Angeles FC this season before returning to parent club Queens Park Rangers, started a friendly against Estonia in January 2019.Due to Hamalainen playing for Finland in recognized youth tournaments – he featured during the European U21 Championships – he would require a one-time switch of allegiance to play for the United States in a FIFA-recognized match.The USA are hoping to end a recent string of Olympic qualification failures, having not made the tournament since 2008.Qualification for the 2020 games takes place at the Concacaf Olympic Qualification Championship from March 20-April 1 in Guadalajara, Mexico, which will see the top two teams automatically make the Tokyo Games.U-23 Roster in full:GOALKEEPERS (3): Matt Freese (Philadelphia Union), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes.), Andrew Thomas (Stanford)DEFENDERS (8): Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Chris Gloster (PSV Eindhoven), Niko Hamalainen (Kilmarnock FC), Aaron Herrera (Real Salt Lake), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union), Donovan Pines (D.C. United.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union)MIDFIELDERS (6): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union), Edwin Cerrillo (FC Dallas), Hassani Dotson (Minnesota United FC), Alex Mendez (Ajax), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas)FORWARDS (7): Omir Fernandez (New York Red Bulls), Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake), Sebastian Soto (Hannover), Mason Toye (Minnesota United.), Haji Wright (VVV-Venlo)last_img read more