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Modi performs yoga with 30000 people in Ranchi

first_imgRanchi: Prime Minister Narendera Modi performed yoga along with around 30,000 people in Ranchi on Friday on the occasion of the fifth International Yoga Day.The session continued for around 45 minutes at the Prabhat Tara ground here. The Prime Minister first addressed the participants before the session began. “Yoga has always been associated with peace and harmony. I thank people for adopting Yoga. I urge people to embrace it,” Modi said in his address prior to the session. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceHe also spoke in English for a few minutes to reach out to the global audience.Saying “Yoga is beyond caste, religion, region and any boundaries”, the Prime Minister added “there is a solution to alcoholism and diabetes in Yoga”. “This year, Yoga’s theme is Heart Care. There has been a manifold increase in the heart-related problems in the country, particularly among the young generation. Yoga should be adopted as preventive measure,” the Prime Minister added. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizeThe session was conducted by M. Baswa Reddy, director of the New Delhi-based Morarji Desai National Yoga Institute.Different forms of yoga postures, including how to control blood pressure and strike metal peace, were performed. After the session was over, the Prime Minister spent time with the participants, where children and youth even clicked selfies and shook hands with Modi.”IT was a great moment for us to see our prime Minister from nearby,” said a participant. Echoing her view, another woman said: “I could not shake hand with the Prime Minister but his aura was enough.”Modi was accompanied by Jharkhand Governor Draupdi MUrmu, Chief Minister Raghubar das, Ayush Minister Sripad Naik, state Health Minister Ramchandra Kesari, along with other senior government officials.International Yoga Day is celebrated annually since its inception by Modi in 2015.last_img read more

Danica Patrick GoDaddy Go Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness

first_imgDon’t expect to see Danica Patrick behind the wheel of her iconic “GoDaddy green” Chevrolet on the NASCAR track this month – Danica’s GoDaddy No. 10 is sporting a bright pink paint scheme for each of the four October races as a way to raise breast cancer awareness.“GoDaddy has been such a strong partner in the fight against breast cancer … the fact GoDaddy wanted to ‘go pink’ for the whole month of October really says a lot about our commitment to this cause,” Danica said.Wearing her pink GoDaddy sneakers in New York City this week, Danica unveiled GoDaddy’s 2013 No. 10 Chevrolet on network television. Danica’s first ‘pink’ race is set for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sunday in Kansas City.In addition to the eye-catching pink color scheme, GoDaddy is teaming up with the Public Interest Registry to donate $50,000 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. GoDaddy is also engaging customers with its ‘Round-up’ for charity program, which encourages customers to round their purchase up to the nearest dollar with proceeds going to support breast cancer research. Fans at the track who buy merchandise from Danica’s NASCAR trailer will be contributing because GoDaddy is also donating a portion of the October proceeds to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. Of those, nearly 400,000 succumb to the disease.GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving is one of the many people whose family has been impacted by breast cancer. His mom has the distinction as the longest-surviving breast cancer patient in New Mexico. “My mom is an amazing woman, who not only is surviving breast cancer, but is thriving … living an active lifestyle and giving a lot of inspiration to the people she meets,” Irving said. “Our commitment to the cause right now at GoDaddy is to stand up and do our part financially, but also to inspire more people to join the fight against breast cancer.”GoDaddy driver James Hinchcliffe is looking to add a little inspiration on the IndyCar side. ‘Hinch’ is driving a pink version of his No. 27 Chevrolet in this weekend’s Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston races, both Saturday and Sunday.“I’ve been told real men wear pink, so I am all for it,” said Hinchcliffe, who like Danica is wearing pink GoDaddy sneakers today as a visible sign of solidarity. “But seriously, it’s a great opportunity to support a fantastic cause and I’m really happy GoDaddy invited us to be a part of their campaign. They have been tremendous supporters of breast cancer research in the past. It’s great to see GoDaddy keep this effort going and for us to help out in our little way.”To learn more about GoDaddy’s charitable causes, visit: read more

Send message you don’t need someone ‘airdropped from Delhi’: Nirmala Sitharaman to voters

first_imgWayanad: Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held a road show here Sunday as part of the NDA campaign in the state and asked the people to vote for its ally Bharat Dharma Jana Sena, to send a message that they don’t require someone ‘airdropped from Delhi.” Her visit comes a day after Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi campaigned at Wayanad for her brother and AICC chief Rahul Gandhi. “We faced floods. The stategovernment failed to open the dams on time, If they did, the devastation could have been avoided. Please vote for BDJS candidate Tushar Vellappally so that it will send a message that the people of Wayanad do not need someone air dropped here,” Sitharaman said. The constituency has shot into the limelight after Congress declared the candidature of Rahul Gandhi in the hilly district. Rahul had visited the constituency twice with his sister Priyanka. The ruling CPI(M) led Left Democratic Front in Kerala has fielded CPI candidate P P Suneer to take on Rahul Gandhi.last_img read more

As Tesla heads to court, shares fall as deliveries slow

NEW YORK — A federal judge will hear oral arguments Thursday about whether Tesla CEO Elon Musk should be held in contempt of court for violating an agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.The SEC says Musk violated the settlement when he tweeted about Tesla’s vehicle production in February without a lawyer’s approval.It’s unclear if Musk plans to attend the hearing.Meanwhile, Tesla’s shares are falling nearly 10% in early trading after the company said it churned out 77,100 vehicles in the first quarter, well behind the pace it must sustain to fulfil Musk’s pledge to manufacture 500,000 cars annually.Tesla also said it only delivered 63,000 vehicles in the quarter, down 31% from 2018’s fourth quarter.As of Wednesday’s close, Tesla shares were down 12.3% so far this year.The Associated Press read more

Canadas housing market still outshines rest of world Scotia

Demand has cooled due to moderate income growth and tighter mortgage insurance rules. In addition, there are more houses up for sale in most parts of the country.Scotiabank said it expects the number of sales and average prices will be flat in the latter half of 2012.By comparison, it found global property markets remain under stress, especially in recession-plagued European countries. Ireland saw prices fall a whopping 18.9% and prices in Spain, which has experienced a housing crash, fell 9.1% year-over-year.Over the weekend, eurozone finance ministers offered to make $100 billion available to Spain to revive banks crushed by bad real estate loans. However, market reaction suggests many observers didn’t feel the relief was enough.Most countries covered by the Scotiabank report saw prices decline during the quarter.“The intensifying eurozone debt crisis, increasing financial market strains and moderating global growth suggests there is more downside risk to property prices in the near-term,” Warren said.“Eventually, however, improved housing affordability and pent-up demand will put many of these markets on a firmer footing.”Scotiabank projects that the era of ultra-low borrowing costs will continue in most developed economies, while many developing economies are moving to reverse prior hikes.The latest figures on Canada’s housing market from the Canadian Real Estate Association are due Friday, measuring the strength of sales and prices in May.In April, the average home price in Canada was up 0.9% from a year ago at $375,810, while sales on a year-over-year basis were 49,480, up 11.5% from 44,370 a year ago, CREA said.Continued strength in the housing market, largely due to the staying power of low interest rates, has led some economists to warn the market is overvalued. That could make homeowners vulnerable to a downturn, especially those who have used low interest rates to borrow more than they could otherwise afford.A report released earlier this week by the Toronto-Dominion banking group projected Vancouver and Toronto home prices will probably experience a downturn of about 15% in two to three years, but not the dramatic drop that hit the United States a few years ago.The Bank of Canada and federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty recently stepped up their warnings to Canadians to moderate borrowing on real estate, declaring household debt to be the domestic economy’s number one enemy. Analysis: Foreign investment cuts both ways in Toronto condo market Talking about Toronto’s condo craze has become something of a sport for residents of Canada’s largest city, where soaring real estate prices and a forest of construction cranes have fed speculation of a real estate bubble. But how much is fact and how much is fiction? Read more TORONTO — Canadian housing market conditions have cooled slightly, with prices down nearly 2% in the first-quarter, but the country continues to outperform other developed nations, according to a new Scotiabank real estate report.The latest Scotiabank Global Real Estate Trends report released Wednesday found that the inflation-adjusted national average home price fell by 1.6% in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same period of 2011.That compared with a 1.3 inflation-adjusted year-over-year gain in the fourth quarter of 2011.Canada’s housing market remains an outperformer among developed nations, but conditions have cooled here as well, according to Scotiabank economist Adrienne Warren.“Price trends are relatively steady in the majority of local markets, though a few, notably Toronto, continue to report strong appreciation,” Warren writes in the report, released Wednesday. [np-related]Jonathon Rivait/National Post read more

Electric vehicle sales growing but supply lack of knowledge remain barriers

OTTAWA — Sticker shock and a limited selection are two main factors that discourage more Canadians from buying an electric vehicle, a new survey of car sales representatives suggests — two issues sure to be front and centre when Ottawa unveils its new electric car strategy later this year.But there’s another problem, the survey found: many salespeople lack even a basic grasp of how to answer burning questions from would-be buyers, such as how much an electric vehicle costs per year to operate, or how far it will go on a single charge.In the survey of 178 representatives across Canada, conducted for the federal Liberal government last winter, about half of dealerships in Canada said they sell fewer than five electric vehicles a year, with 14 per cent reporting no sales at all. About one-third don’t have a single electric model on display.Sales reps were most likely to mention the cost of an electric car or the lack of availability of electric cars as their main issues in trying to sell them.Supply issues, a lack of knowledge about charging networks and how far the cars can go were the biggest barriers to making the purchase, respondents said. Indeed, about one-third of them admitted knowing little about operating costs, range and where to find charging stations.Sales of electric cars do indeed increase every year — there were more sold in the second quarter of this year than in all of 2016. However, electric cars still only account for one out of every 50 vehicles purchased in Canada.The problem may be the limited upside of having a wide selection available and a thoroughly trained sales staff, said Matt Stevens, CEO of FleetCarma, an electric-vehicle fleet management firm based in Waterloo, Ont.Stevens recommends setting up a single dealership per manufacturer in a region that is the local electric car centre of excellence, with knowledgeable staff and a lot of models available for test drives.Passenger cars and trucks account for more than one-tenth of all Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions — and reducing that contribution is critical if Canada is going to meet its international commitments under the Paris climate change agreement.Several countries, including France, Ireland, the U.K., India and the Netherlands, have policies that will ban the sale of traditional combustion-engine passenger cars after a certain date, but Canada has not indicated an interest in doing the same here.The federal government is also consulting on whether Canada should follow the lead of the United States and ease tailpipe emissions standards for combustion-engine cars, or break away from its long-standing alignment with the U.S. on car emissions.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna released a discussion paper Monday seeking public feedback on the existing standards, which currently require tailpipe emissions to go down every year until 2025.The U.S. said earlier this month it would freeze regulations after 2021. read more

UK new vehicle production – June 2007

1.8%-3.7%7.3%-5.5%2.3%-3.9% -11.7%-6.7%19.8%21.5%-6.5%-2.3% Total137,502764,29319,097109,950156,599874,243 Export108,794586,39311,39566,601120,189652,994 -1.3%-4.4%12.0%3.6%0.1%-3.5% % of total20.9%23.3%40.3%39.4%23.3%25.3%Car production‘Over the first half of the year, UK car production totals stabilised at 2006 levels,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘The second quarter settled, down just one per cent compared with a 7.7 per cent decline in quarter one. However, output is expected to pick up in the second half of the year with growth coming from investment in new models across sites in the UK. Forecasts suggest 2007 should end level with 2006 at 1.44 million units, with nearly eight in 10 cars destined for export.’ Home28,708177,9007,70243,34936,410221,249 ‘CV production has been buoyant in the first half of 2007,’ commented Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Production in the second quarter was up 8.6 per cent versus 3.6 per cent in quarter one. Light commercial vehicles from Ford, Vauxhall, LDV and IBC are driving growth in this sector, as all saw production rise in June.’Full details are included in the attached document, along with a profile of Smith Electric Vehicles. Commercial vehicle production % of total79.1%76.7%59.7%60.6%76.7%74.7% SMMT LtdJun-07YTD 2007Jun-07YTD 2007Jun-07YTD 2007 Source:CarsCommercial Vehicles Total vehicles  DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Rodent Control Officer arraigned for cane harvesters murder

Twenty-five-year-old, Donald Grovesnor called “Black Boy”, of Lot 19 Sideline Dam Sister’s Village, West Bank Demerara (WBD) was Thursday arraigned for the murder of a cane harvester.The accused appeared at the Wales Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate, Zameena Ali-Seepaul and was slapped with the indictable offence.It is being alleged that on March 3, 2019 at Wales, he murdered 29-year-old Suraj Jailall called “Neshal” of Lot 92 Sideline dam Sister’s Village WBD.He was remanded on the charge and is expected to return on March 27 for reports.Jailall died the following day at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH), after being chopped to his head by Grovesnor.According to reports, the chop resulted in a section of the now dead man’s ear being severed.The chopping incident allegedly stemmed from an earlier argument between the two on Sunday last.Inews understands that the duo were imbibing on the day in question when an argument arised. Sometime later, the suspected reportedly accosted Jailall but subsequently releazsed him and went home.The man however returned with a cutlass and dealt Jailall the fatal blow before escaping.Jailall was taken to the hospital where he was being treated by died at around 13:00h on Monday last. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHigh drama outside Court as 15-year-old girl charged with murderMay 20, 2016In “Court”Domino competition turns deadlyJune 24, 2018In “Crime”On the run for 2 years, man remanded for wounding with intent to disfigureSeptember 21, 2017In “Court” read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Ness

first_imgStay on target Ness Swings and Hits!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Ness. ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… center_img Who Are They?Ness is the star of EarthBound, or Mother 2. He’s a psychic boy who travels across a satirical take on 1950s America in this strange yet sentimental RPG from Japanese essayist Shigesato Itoi. Not many people know about Ness. There are three Mother games but only 1 and 2 released in America and for decades it was just 2. But EarthBound fandom is one of the most intense niches of Nintendo fandom.Smash HistoryEarthBound didn’t sell so hot on the Super Nintendo in America. Maybe it’s because marketing said the game stank. So when Ness showed up as a secret character in Smash 64 it was a really great secret because I sure didn’t know who he was. Appearing in every Smash game since, Ness is exponentially more well-known because of the fighting franchise of franchises.What Looks New in Ultimate?EarthBound is a weird series, and Ness is an appropriately weird character. His moves are split between boyhood staples like baseball bats or yo-yos and his finicky mental powers like the PK Flash explosion or PK Thunder ball you must guide into yourself to rocket towards recovery. This all appears largely the same in Smash Ultimate, aside from a smattering of tweaks to numbers. However, EarthBound is also about friends and connections, so teammates Paula and Poo now appear in the Final Smash.Our Hopes?Honestly, most of our EarthBound hopes revolve around an American release for Mother 3. But for Ness in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? I don’t know, make his recovery a little easier to control. Make his baseball bat, if not home-run contest levels, a bit more impactful. Make us feel better about this game where a child gets beat up by soldiers and witches and pro-wrestler monster cats.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guidelast_img read more

United States warning American visitors Turks and Caicos at Level 2 alert

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 16, 2018 – Providenciales – There are a few Caribbean countries feeling bruised by the issuance of travel alerts which cast a dark cloud over their leading industry, tourism and the Turks and Caicos is among them.Six days ago, the United States minced no words about how their citizens should behave while in the Turks and Caicos, and for some it is not surprising given a string of nationally appalling crimes involving visitors – including three guests to the country who were shot and injured.    “Increased Caution” the United States is calling the Travel Advisory issued on January 10, 2018 and it explains the reason for the dramatic change in how the Turks and Caicos is usually characterized.The Advisory said:  “Violent crime, such as armed robbery, shootings, and home invasions, is common.   Police presence and emergency response are extremely limited.”The Turks and Caicos Islands Police in late 2017 reported a downward spiral in crime still the US is cautioning its citizens with advice on how to stay safe in the UK overseas territory.   The advisory says, to “avoid walking alone and at night, do not answer your door at your hotel/residence unless you know who it is and do not physically resist any robbery attempt.”The Year 2017 was most challenging for Turks and Caicos tourism – an uptick in crime against guests including armed offenses which drew international media attention and the double blow of hurricanes Irma and Maria.   Industry leaders and Government launched extraordinary media campaigns in an effort to control any lasting damage to the reputation of what is still one of the fastest growing and safest destinations in the Caribbean region.#UStraveladvisoryforTCI#TCIatlevel2alert#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIatlevel2alert, #UStraveladvisoryforTCIlast_img read more

Weather Eye Quake shakes up boring day

first_imgWell, what do you know. As I sit here typing my column, the house is shaking, rattling and rolling. Yep, a small earthquake about 3.5 occurred near Amboy, immediately becoming the only highlight to a rather boring weather day.Gray skies, fog, low clouds and drizzle made for a depressing day of sorts. But there is sunshine on the horizon, so hold fast. Forecast charts show an end to the clouds and rain for a couple of days on Friday and Saturday and highs getting up to 50 degrees or higher depending if we get any morning fog. Then back to more clouds on Sunday and eventually rain. Next week looks wet off and on.Amazing how much rain fell the past four days or so — almost constant in most locations. Still, as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Vancouver was still close to two inches below average for the month.Weather observers in the higher elevations of our foothills reported to me that they had more than three inches of rain this week, almost as much as Vancouver has had all month. It will be fun to see those rainfall reports from around the region when they come in. I will share those with you as always in a week or so.Saturday would be a great time to head up to the mountain with all that fresh snow for a play day. Others probably will venture out in the yards cleaning up and planning for spring, which is just around the corner — well almost. Thinking positive here.last_img read more

Awareness programme held on cybercrimes

first_imgSerilingampally: Chandanagar Inspector Ravinder on Friday called for public alertness towards the rising instance of cyber crimes. He conducted an awareness programme in the police station and released a posted listing the precautions to be taken against cyber criminals. The CI advised the residents to be on guard against phone calls with regard to cash prizes, taking care not to share or inform the OPT numbers received on their cell phones. Among those who participated in the awareness programme were Chandanagar SIs, Cyberbad Crime SI, staff.last_img read more

Classic Western High Noon to be Remade

first_imgHigh Noon is set for a remake. The enduring tale of a man doing what he’s got to do, no matter what the cost, is being brought to audiences nearly 70 years after its debut. Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly starred in the 1952 version, which followed Marshal Will Kane’s efforts to protect his terrified town against an approaching enemy.The movie famously features numerous shots of clocks to emphasize the tension and “real-time” feel of the drama.Publicity photo High NoonThe film is also known for its theme song, “High Noon/Forsake Me Not, My Darling” performed by Tex Ritter. Whether the track will appear in the remake is unclear.Other iconic stars included Lee Van Cleef, appearing in his first picture. He was offered another role initially but turned it down, supposedly due to a producer’s request that he have surgery on his intimidating nose!Lee Van Cleef, Robert J. Wilke & Sheb Wooley in High NoonIt was produced by Stanley Kramer (The Wild One) and directed by Fred Zinnemann (A Man For All Seasons).Karen Kramer – Stanley Kramer’s widow – will be executive producer of the new High Noon, with David L. Hunt and Thomas Olaimey of Classical Entertainment directing and producing respectively.Working photo of Stanley KramerKramer sees the story as relevant to today’s times. As reported for Deadline, she comments it’s “about a man who stood for justice, when standing for justice was most difficult… Its theme… comes at a time when such a message is needed more than ever.”It’ll be interesting to see how the new take plays out for today’s times. The 1950s production was caught up in the Communist blacklistings happening in Hollywood then.Script and map of the film High Noon displayed at the library of the British Film Institute. Photo by VVBAD CC BY 2.0Some saw High Noon as an attack on Senator Joseph McCarthy of the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), whereas others drew parallels between McCarthy and the embattled Kane. Zinnemann played down these angles, saying the human aspect was what caught his attention.Screenwriter and former Communist Carl Foreman (The Bridge on the River Kwai) fell foul of the HUAC when he refused to name names. This led to a falling out between him and Stanley Kramer. It was claimed Kramer had Communist sympathies but he denied this.One star who was approached found the subject matter not to his liking, putting it mildly. John Wayne had been thought of as the perfect Will Kane, but High Noon was not his idea of the perfect Western.Will Kane and Amy Fowler meet in the Marshal’s officeHis reasons were obvious. A Mental Floss piece from 2015 says the movie “has very little action, a hero who’s admittedly afraid, and townspeople too chicken to defend themselves.”As a champion of McCarthy’s anti-Red crusade, Wayne found it politically beyond the pale. Not only did he and director Howard Hawks make the more assertive Rio Bravo (1959) as a response to High Noon, he also attacked the filmmakers.Senator Joseph McCarthy, namesake of McCarthyismIn a recent Den of Geek article referencing Glenn Frankel’s book High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic, it’s mentioned that “While he could show more sympathy for former communists than many of his contemporaries… he had no mercy for anyone like Foreman who attempted to stand alone against an annihilating force. He resented the Will Kanes of Hollywood and he took a special, personal aim at derailing Carl Foreman’s career.”What appeared to make Wayne especially angry was Carl Foreman’s attempts to form a new production company with Wayne’s pal and High Noon star Gary Cooper. Cooper was more nuanced about the witch hunts than some.Gary Cooper as Marshal Will KaneTogether with other cheerleaders for McCarthy, such as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, Wayne applied pressure to Cooper, who backed out of the deal.Foreman spoke to Wayne face to face, which didn’t go well. As written in the article, “When Foreman said maybe he’d just find work in Europe, Wayne responded by asking what makes him think he’ll be able to leave the country? Foreman took that as a threat, and by all appearances, even in his old age, Wayne probably wouldn’t have minded the inference.”Gossip Columnist Hedda Hopper (1890-1966). (Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)Following this storm of controversy, there was a bizarre footnote. High Noon went on to win four Oscars, including one for Gary Cooper as Best Actor. Collecting the award on his behalf was one John Wayne.The movie was remade for TV in 2000, with Tom Skerritt as Kane and Karen Kramer producing. However, a small screen sequel titled The Return of Will Kane was broadcast in 1980 starring Lee Majors.High Noon also has an unusual connection with sci-fi. It’s referenced in the popular sitcom Red Dwarf (in the episode Queeg) and the 1981 Sean Connery space thriller Outland is said to be a loose reworking of the plot. This too has a remake in development.Ian MacDonald in High NoonAbove all, the film is seen as an essential part of American life. It was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress (as was Rio Bravo) in 1989, and was a favorite of former Presidents.Read another story from us: Mel Gibson to Remake Controversial 1969 Western ‘The Wild Bunch’A 2003 Guardian piece writes, “The story of Gary Cooper’s sheriff confronting criminals when no one else will back him presumably has easily-imagined effects on presidential egos.”last_img read more

Jared LorenzenEli Manning Practice Strip Drill Helped Lead to the David Tyree

first_img Advertisement Beloved former Kentucky QB and NFL backup Jared Lorenzen passed away due to numerous complications at the age of 38 yesterday, and was a fan favorite anywhere he played because of his infectious personality and his every man appeal as a 300 lb quarterback.Although Lorenzen didn’t put up big NFL numbers, he did play a part in the David Tyree ‘helmet catch’ by preparing Eli Manning for a similar situation in practice while serving as his backup from 2004-2007. The drill involved Lorenzen trying to violently strip Manning in the pocket, which Eli later credited with his Houdini escape that led to his infamous toss to Tyree that led to a Giants Super Bowl XLII ring in 2008.This is a great way to pay tribute to the gentle giant. Rest in peace big fella.Without Jared Lorenzen, the Helmet Catch might have never happened.Rest In Peace to the former @Giants QB and Super Bowl champ.— NFL Throwback (@nflthrowback) July 4, 2019last_img read more

TMinus 25 Days Flood Insurance Expiration

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News T-Minus 25 Days: Flood Insurance Expiration September 5, 2017 634 Views Sharecenter_img The National Association of Realtors released an opinion Tuesday regarding the National Flood Insurance Program expiration. According to NAR, with only one month left, homeowners, consumers, and commercial property owners are at risk of being unprotected and—in worst case scenarios—unable to get a mortgage.The National Flood Insurance Program was created by Congress in 1968 to provide flood insurance to policy holders in the U.S. and its territories, but residents and business owners can only purchase the insurance if the community participates in the program. In order to do so, communities must agree to mitigate flood risks such as adopting building codes that require new structures built in floodplains “to be protected against flooding or to be elevated above the 100-year floodplain level.” Currently, the program covers 5.1 million policies with over $1.2 trillion in coverage for 22,235 communities.The U.S. House Financial Committee and the National Association of Realtors came to an agreement in July on legislation to reauthorize and reform the National Flood Insurance Program. Reforms to the program included retaining grandfathering and reducing rate increases. At the time, the draft limited proposed increases to fees and rate hikes that were present in earlier legislations.The agreement brought hope that reauthorization would be quickly approved, but now real estate professionals are feeling uneasy. With major damage done to Texas and Louisiana by Hurricane Harvey and impending damage in Florida from Hurricane Irma, the lapse in coverage could adversely affect millions of homeowners. Aside from hurricane damage, NAR President William E. Brown said the U.S. knows what will happen if the National Flood Insurance Program expires—it’s happened before.”Home buying activity grinds to a halt, to the tune of 40,000 lost or interrupted sales every month,” Brown said. “Meanwhile, existing homeowners, as well as commercial entities, may find their largest asset unprotected if the Federal Emergency Management Administration can’t renew NFIP policies that expire.”According to Brown, the critical reforms have been a long time coming and NAR looks forward to working with the House and Senate once the threat of lapse has been addressed. Flood Insurance 2017-09-05 Brianna Gilpinlast_img read more

Former Montreal Symphony Orchestra music director

first_imgFormer Montreal Symphony Orchestra music director accused of sexual misconduct in US by Jocelyn Gecker, The Associated Press Posted Dec 21, 2017 7:26 am PDT Last Updated Dec 21, 2017 at 7:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this 1991 photo Paula Rasmussen poses while dressed for her part in “Les Troyens” at the Los Angeles Opera. Rasmussen is one of four women who have accused renowned conductor Charles Dutoit of sexual misconduct that allegedly occurred on the sidelines of rehearsals or performances with some of America’s great orchestras. Dutoit, 81, is the artistic director and principal conductor at London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. (Paula Rasmussen via AP) center_img SAN FRANCISCO – Three opera singers and a classical musician in the United States say that world-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit, who had a 25-year run with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, sexually assaulted them.They allege he physically restrained them, forced his body against theirs, sometimes thrusting his tongue into their mouths, and in one case, sticking one of their hands down his pants.In separate interviews with The Associated Press, the accusers provided detailed accounts of incidents they say occurred with the Swiss-born conductor between 1985 and 2010 in a moving car, the two-time Grammy winner’s hotel suite, his dressing room, an elevator, and the darkness of backstage.Dutoit, who married Canadian violinist Chantal Juillet in 2010, was the artistic director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra between 1977 and 2002. He resigned amid complaints from the Quebec Musicians’ Guild about ”offensive behaviour and complete lack of respect for the musicians.”When contacted by The Canadian Press, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra said it was aware of the allegations but would not make anyone available for an interview.“The allegations are related to events that occurred outside the (Montreal Symphony Orchestra), it would not be appropriate for us to comment,” the organization said.Within hours of the story’s release Thursday, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony severed all ties with Dutoit. The New York Philharmonic released a statement saying Dutoit had withdrawn from conducting concerts there in January, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra said Dutoit had withdrawn from six concerts there in March and April.In statements, the orchestras noted the “very serious” and “extremely troubling” nature of the graphic and detailed accusations.The women accuse the 81-year-old artistic director and principal conductor of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of sexual misconduct on the sidelines of rehearsals and performances in five cities — Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Saratoga Springs, New York.“He threw me against the wall, shoved my hand down his pants and shoved his tongue down my throat,” retired mezzo-soprano Paula Rasmussen recounted of an incident she said occurred in his dressing room at the LA Opera in September 1991. She refused to ever be alone him again, she said.Soprano Sylvia McNair, herself a two-time Grammy winner, said Dutoit “tried to have his way” with her at a hotel after a rehearsal with the Minnesota Orchestra in 1985.“As soon as it was just the two of us in the elevator, Charles Dutoit pushed me back against the elevator wall and pressed his knee way up between my legs and pressed himself all over me,” she said.The other two accusers did not want to be identified, saying they feared speaking up because the power the famous maestro wields could lead to them being blacklisted from the industry.Dutoit, who holds the titles of conductor laureate of the Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor emeritus of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, did not respond to multiple attempts to reach him through the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and his office in Montreal. The Royal Philharmonic said Dutoit was currently on vacation, but that it had forwarded the AP’s emailed requests for comment directly to him. The AP also reached out to Dutoit’s office with several phone calls and emails.In a long, distinguished career, he also has led highly regarded orchestras in Paris and Montreal, and travelled the globe as a guest conductor. He is scheduled to conduct the New York Philharmonic next month in a four-day program honouring Ravel.All four accusers’ stories are similar, and the AP spoke with their colleagues and friends, who confirmed that each of the women shared details of their experiences at the time.One of the women who asked not to be identified said Dutoit attacked her three times in 2006 and once in 2010, grabbing her breasts, pinning her wrists against his dressing room wall and telling her that they would make better music if she willingly kissed him.All four women said Dutoit either lured them to a private place to discuss or practice music, or simply seized a moment alone to make his move. The women all said they resisted him and escaped. They said they never filed formal complaints because they were young and Dutoit was the maestro.In interviews with the AP, more than a dozen singers, musicians and stage staff spoke of a culture of sexual misconduct in the classical music world that they said has long been implicitly tolerated by people in positions of authority.Dutoit’s accusers said they felt inspired by all the women speaking out about sexual misconduct by powerful men in Hollywood, politics, the media and other industries, and ultimately felt empowered to break their silence after the Metropolitan Opera suspended conductor James Levine earlier this month when misconduct accusations surfaced.———CORNERED IN AN ELEVATOR“I never went to the police. I never went to company management. Like everyone else, I looked the other way,” said Sylvia McNair, now 61. “But it is time now to speak out.”McNair was 28 in March 1985 when she worked with Dutoit at the Minnesota Orchestra where he was conducting and she was singing the Bach B Minor Mass.After a rehearsal, McNair said she returned to her hotel with Dutoit and other performers and that the elevator gradually emptied until only she and the conductor remained. Dutoit immediately jumped her, she said, forcefully restraining her against the elevator wall and pushing his body into hers.“I managed to shove him off and right at that moment, the elevator door opened. I remember saying, ‘Stop it!’ And I made a dash for it,” she said.When she got to her room, she said she almost immediately called another singer who had been in the elevator with them.The AP spoke to the colleague, who confirmed receiving the call, saying “she was frantic because Dutoit had pressed her against the side of the elevator, pressing into her with his whole body.” He said he asked McNair the next day if Dutoit had apologized and she said he had not, and instead acted as if nothing had happened. The colleague asked not to be identified because he feared speaking out could harm his career.McNair, who went on to perform with many of the world’s major orchestras and opera companies, said she does not feel traumatized by Dutoit’s behaviour 32 years ago. “But what he did was wrong,” she said.___SUMMONED TO HIS DRESSING ROOMIn September 1991, when she was 26 and trying to build her career, Paula Rasmussen landed a principal role with the LA Opera in “Les Troyens.” Dutoit showed special interest in her at rehearsals, she said, prompting a veteran soprano, now deceased, to warn her to watch out for him.Rasmussen had dealt with inappropriate behaviour before, she said, but her inner alarm bells did not sound when Dutoit summoned her. She assumed the maestro wanted to talk business.“He called me into his dressing room right before a dress rehearsal. Over the loudspeaker: ‘Ms. Rasmussen to Mr. Dutoit’s dressing room’,” she said.Rasmussen, 52, now an attorney in the San Francisco area, said she recalls feeling momentarily paralyzed after Dutoit grabbed her hand and stuck it down his pants and forced his tongue into her mouth. Then came a knock on the door. The conductor opened it, she said, “and I went past him, and ran up to my dressing room.”It was the only time she ever went to Dutoit’s dressing room unaccompanied, she said.“He called me back repeatedly that night, and up until we opened,” Rasmussen said. “Every time he wanted to give me notes on the performance after that, somebody would go with me.”Baritone John Atkins, who was part of the production, said he remembers Rasmussen being reticent upon getting called to Dutoit’s dressing room after the incident. “I volunteered myself to stand at the dressing room door, as a witness, for lack of a better term, to be there while she went to get notes,” he said.Atkins said he still remembers the cold stare from Dutoit. “He looked at me like, ‘Why are you standing here?’ And I looked at him like, ‘You know why.’”The AP also spoke with a member of the production’s staging staff who said it was known backstage that Dutoit had approached Rasmussen “in an unwanted manner” and that the singer had been visibly upset that night. The staffer asked not to be identified for fear of losing work in the industry.On a subsequent occasion, Rasmussen said the conductor passed her in a hallway and whispered, “You kissed me back,” which she assumed meant to suggest that she had invited his behaviour.Rasmussen said she is breaking her years of silence “because people are listening — and nobody would listen before.”___‘GRABBED’ IN A CAR AND BACKSTAGEA third singer told the AP that Dutoit assaulted her on four different occasions when she was in her 30s during performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra — first in 2006 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in upstate New York and then in 2010 in Philadelphia.She didn’t see it coming the first time, the soprano said, considering it “the chance of a lifetime” to work with the famed conductor as a featured soloist. When Dutoit offered her a ride to their hotel in Saratoga Springs after the first rehearsal, she happily accepted, she said.“We get in his car, he starts driving down the road and he literally starts grabbing for whatever he can get,” including her breasts, she said. “For a minute, in my mind I thought, ‘Is he having a stroke?’”She said she batted his hand away and put her bag between them until he dropped her off at the hotel.After the next rehearsal, she said Dutoit called a meeting in his dressing room but that she felt safe because other people were there. At one point, when she looked up from the score, she realized they were alone, however.As she walked toward the door, she said, Dutoit pressed her against the wall, restrained her wrists and pushed himself against her, telling her she would relax if she kissed him. He suggested they become friends, she said, and told her she should come to his hotel room.The AP spoke with the woman’s voice teacher, who recalled an occasion where the conductor told the soprano he wanted to speak to her. “I physically see her start to shake,” said the teacher, who requested anonymity to protect the soprano’s identity. “She grabbed my hand and said, ‘Don’t leave me alone.’”A final act of aggression that season came on opening night, the soprano said.Just before the performance, the soprano said she was standing on the side of the stage in her evening gown when Dutoit approached in his tuxedo. “Toi, toi, toi, maestro,” she said, meaning “good luck.” In response, she said, “He turns around, he inspects me, reaches out, grabs both my breasts and keeps walking” onto the stage.The woman said she worked with Dutoit again four years later at the orchestra’s home base in Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall.When she was instructed to deliver a message to the conductor in his dressing room, she said, “it was almost worse, because I knew what I was walking into.” In a repeat of the 2006 incident, she said he pushed her against the wall, forcing his mouth on hers.“I was so angry that I had let it happen again,” she said. “I felt like I was in hell.”Of Dutoit, she said, “There is nothing wrong with him as a musician, but he has been allowed to operate as a predator off the stage.”___‘LUNCH’ IN HIS HOTEL SUITEThe fourth accuser was a 24-year-old musician with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago when Dutoit came to town in spring 2006 to guest-conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.After a few rehearsals, the musician — who now works with a different orchestra — said Dutoit offered her a seat in his box for a concert. She assumed others were joining them, since a box typically seats a half-dozen people. But they were alone, she said.As the music played, she said, Dutoit reached for her hand, then tried to grab it repeatedly as she pushed him away. “All the while I kept thinking, ‘How do I handle this? I can’t make him mad. I’ll try to laugh it away.’”After a few more rehearsals, she said, he suggested they meet for lunch at a restaurant but then changed the venue to his suite at the Four Seasons Hotel. “At the time, I thought I could handle myself,” she said.But once she arrived at the suite, Dutoit forced himself on her, she recalled. “He was just pushing himself against me, trying to kiss me, grabbing hold of my body, pushing his body on me,” she said. “I absolutely said no, pushed him away, went to the other side of the room.”He didn’t chase her, she said, but tried to coax her to stay and even invited her to visit his apartment in Paris.A former member of the orchestra said the woman spoke to him at the time about Dutoit, recalling she felt “utter disgust” at his advances. The man asked not to be identified to protect the musician’s identity.After he attacked her, the musician said, Dutoit emailed her about a dozen times. She would not show the AP the emails, saying she did not want them published, but read excerpts over the phone.In one, she said, Dutoit wrote that he was unaware “that an affectionate hug and kiss could have such a negative effect,” adding, “Of course, I forgot you are still a child.”“You could tell this was business as usual,” the musician told the AP. “Like he knew what he was doing, and didn’t seem put off by the fact that I was saying no.”___Associated Press writer Janie Har also contributed to this reportFollow Jocelyn Gecker on Twitter at read more

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first_img Randy Bachman, left, and Burton Cummings of The Guess Who perform during the halftime show at the 88th Grey Cup game in Calgary on November 26, 2000. Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings are getting back together for a charitable cause. The former Guess Who bandmates, famous for their one-again, off-again musical partnership, will reunite for the first time in over a decade next month to support Canada’s Walk of Fame. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Harris AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 13, 2019 8:53 am PDT Follow @dfriend on Twitter.The Canadian Presscenter_img TORONTO — Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings are getting back together for a charitable cause.The former Guess Who bandmates, famous for their on-again, off-again musical partnership, will reunite for the first time in over a decade next month to support Canada’s Walk of Fame.Bachman and Cummings will take the stage at Music Under the City Stars, an annual fundraiser in support of the stretch of Toronto streets paying tribute to influential Canadians, on July 18.Organizers say the duo will perform a number of songs during an evening dinner and social event at Toronto’s landmark Casa Loma.Bachman and Cummings have a storied relationship on the stage.They reunited as Bachman-Cummings years after the Guess Who split, and toured together as Bachman & Cummings in the mid-aughts. Bachman and Cummings to play together for first time in a decade for charity performancelast_img read more

The first Russians in Cyprus

first_imgSamovar on the Table: A family memoir by Lana der ParthoghBy Marina ChristofidesThe late writer and polemicist Christopher Hitchens once wrote that politics has a way of forcing itself into our lives in a vicious and chilling manner. Veteran Cypriot journalist Lana Matoff der Parthogh’s family memoir illustrates this perfectly, as she weaves together historical facts with human stories to show how ordinary people trying to get on with their lives can suddenly find themselves at the mercy of unpleasant political events.Author Lana der ParthoghIn this centenary year of the Russian Revolution, it’s interesting to see a book giving a Cyprus angle to the events of 1917. As a third-generation Russian on the island, Lana der Parthogh tells the story of how in March 1920 her grandfather, Nicolai Dimitch Matoff, first arrived on the British colony, along with over 1500 other White Russians. Politics had cut short his promising scientific research career, forcing him at the age of 35 to fight the Red Army. Seriously wounded, he found himself shipped out of Russia in a comatose condition on board the ship Kherson, one of three heading for Cyprus, leaving his wife, nine-year-old son, baby daughter and mother-in-law trapped back in Belgorod, his father killed, and his mother dying of hunger.When the ships landed in Famagusta, the Russians were placed in a camp for former World War I prisoners-of-war. Over the next two years, some sought asylum in other countries, others died. By May 1922 Nikolai and just seventy Russians were left, having survived the internment camp, low-paid jobs, colonial bureaucracy and attempts to deport them.The book describes some of the men and women who formed the core of the Russian community in Cyprus, the first-ever classified refugees in the world, whose existence few people know about or remember even here on the island. There was Dr Vroblevsky, a gynaecologist who worked at the Pendayia hospital, Dr Pavel Smitten, owner of a clinic in Nicosia, Anatoly Makedonsky and August Classen employed at the Imperial Ottoman Bank, engineer Ivan Popoff who set up Paphos’ first power generator and Casimir Shnell, an expert in leather tanning, to name but a few.Choosing to stay in Cyprus primarily because it was British and offered safety and security, the Russians took any job they could find, offering French and German lessons, piano lessons, ‘commercial correspondence’ and dressmaking. In time, however, the desire for security gave way to a sense of belonging, as they found work that better suited their education and skills, bought property, made friends and became valued members of the community, some marrying Cypriots.Nikolai Matoff at first found work at the asbestos mines in Amiandos, then at the Cyprus Mines Corporation (CMC), the American copper mine in Skouriotissa. He became a British citizen and bought a piece of land in Kalochorio near Lefka, with its railway station. There he built a house for his family, who he eventually brought over from Russia, as well as a tile factory to supplement his income. He created project after project for CMC, was instrumental in the building of the Pendayia hospital, and brought electric light to the village.Kalochorio was where Lana grew up. Echoes of World War II filter through the descriptions of her bucolic childhood, as she continues to interweave the public with the personal. She remembers that items like sugar or newspapers were scarce, how the family would gather round the radio listening to news broadcasts or poring over maps on her grandparents’ bedroom wall, and that the English School was evacuated to Kyrenia ‘because of the war’.Nikolai Matoff, pictured in 1927, replaced the first American analytic chemist and assayer of the Cyprus Mines Corporation in Skouriotissa in 1922Ksenia and Piotr Kudrin in Tashkent, 1913. The author’s maternal grandparentsOf the many life stories she describes, perhaps the most traumatic belongs to her maternal grandmother, Ksenia. From a carefree life married to a dashing young Cossack officer, she was forced to watch as the Bolsheviks shot her husband before her eyes, then found herself thrown into a prison cell, scrounging for food for her two small daughters, losing her eldest to diphtheria. She was eventually released, remarried and moved with her family to Latvia, where two years later her husband died, forcing her to eke out an existence as a seamstress as best she could.When her daughter, Larissa, left for Cyprus to marry Sergei Matoff, Lana’s father, with whom she had started corresponding, war once again intervened, leaving Ksenia trapped behind the Iron Curtain alone for 17 years, before they managed to get her out. “I survived and that’s what’s most important,” is all she would say when asked what life had been like.Lana herself did not escape the curse of living in ‘interesting times’. At 17, she joined the Times of Cyprus, working under the erudite Charles Foley, where she had a first-hand view of the ‘troubles’ on the island. One of her first jobs was the ‘humbling’ experience of being sent off to cover the funeral of middle-aged service wife, Mrs Cutliff, who was gunned down in Famagusta in 1958 as she shopped for a wedding dress for her daughter.She was at the paper when a call came that a group of Greek Cypriots from Kontemenos had been attacked near Guenyeli, and witnessed the revulsion of the driver and reporter when they returned drained and pale at what they had seen – nine men and teenagers lying dead in the fields hacked to pieces.Georges der Parthogh (left) with Felix Yiaxis on assignment in Djibouti, 1966“It was an innocent time as well as a schizophrenic one,” she writes, as on the one hand Britons mixed with Cypriots at parties, at home, on the beach, at night clubs, on the other, bombs went off, people were shot in the streets, in their homes, in coffee shops, whole villages were cordoned off, school children demonstrated and people were rounded up and sent to detention camps.Her writing encapsulates the times, both the closeness of a small society where everyone knows everyone else, as it is packed with familiar names and memorable anecdotes, but also depicts the horrors with a frank and impartial journalistic eye.It was at the Times of Cyprus that she met the Armenian photographer Georges der Parthogh (whose family was also afflicted by politics), and after a brief stint in London writing for Vogue, she returned to Cyprus to marry him. On their wedding day they accidentally hijacked Governor Sir Hugh and Lady Foot’s last Queen’s Birthday reception at Government House before independence, as everyone ended up congratulating the newly-weds instead.She remembers 1960 as being the end of an era. Charles Foley shut down the paper, his last banner headline reading: “GOODBYE. GOOD LUCK!” After independence, politics forced its way into Cypriots’ lives, with those who could see the writing on the wall leaving the island while they could. “All over Cyprus the whole fabric of life was being disrupted and Greek and Turkish Cypriots drew in on themselves, creating dividing lines not just on the ground (…) but much more dangerously, in their minds,” she writes.Four generations of Matoffs in Kalochorio, 1961, the author, with her grandfather and father (holding her first son, Yervant Andrei)Georges, as a news photographer working for a number of international news agencies particularly United Press, was a familiar figure zooming around town on his motor scooter, always first on the scene of ‘incidents’. Lana herself moved into broadcasting, working for CyBC, and together they were at the forefront of news coverage of events in Cyprus and neighbouring countries, their home often being the place where foreign correspondents converged for a drink, a chat or to send off their dispatches.Sadly the Turkish invasion resulted in the loss of her grandfather’s house in Kalochorio. Attempts to visit it after the checkpoints opened proved futile. A satellite image of the area on Google maps revealed that none of the houses her grandfather had built remain, the land having returned to the way it had been when in 1922 Nikolai Matoff first saw it. Likewise, she notes, few physical traces remain of the other White Russians who landed in Cyprus nearly a century ago. This book is her attempt to capture their existence and her memories on paper, “before they fade away altogether”.This lively entertaining book is well worth a read, not just because of the fascinating lives that it depicts, but also because of the picture of a disappearing Cyprus that it describes in the process, a place of refuge and the good life, but also a place to seek refuge from when politics gets in the way.  Samovar on the Table: A Family Memoir (AuthorHouse UK) by Lana der Parthogh is available in hardback and paperback at Moufflon and Soloneion bookshops in Nicosia and Kyriakou Bookshops in Limassol with a recommended retail price of 20 euros for the softback and 30 euros for the hardback. Also available online ( with E-Book to follow soon. Marina Christofides is the author of The Traitors’ Club, a memoir on the Cyprus problem, and the award-winning illustrated history of Cyprus, The Island Everyone Wanted. 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