Police: Elderly women target homeless men in fraud plot

first_imgMcDavid was run down in June and Vados was struck and killed in 1999 – both in alleys and apparently without eyewitnesses. Each death occurred shortly after the two-year wait that made the women eligible to collect on their policies. The affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent Samuel A. Mayrose alleges the women befriended McDavid and Vados and provided them apartments in exchange for their signing individual life insurance policies. The women then duplicated Vados’ and McDavid’s signatures on rubber stamps and used them to secure more than a dozen other policies, Mayrose wrote. The women ended up collecting $2.2 million and wanted more, filing lawsuits when some companies didn’t pay. Garden State Life Insurance Co., which covered McDavid, was one of the companies sued. Attorney Stephen Galton said Garden State refused to pay after being tipped to the investigation. Galton said Golay, a Santa Monica landlord, filed the lawsuit against his company in March. Golay also sued American Life Insurance Co. of New York, which provided benefits for McDavid. “I’ve seen all kinds of clever and creative ways that people in the past have tried to defraud insurance companies, but I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Kevin Smith, the company’s attorney. A former roommate of McDavid’s told investigators Golay approached McDavid at a church and offered to provide him shelter if he would apply for a $500,000 life insurance policy, the affidavit said. The roommate told investigators that Golay paid McDavid’s rent.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two dead men. Two million dollars. Two elderly women in jail. Like a twisted revision of “Double Indemnity,” police took two seventy-something women into custody in handcuffs this week on charges of collecting millions in life insurance from indigent men killed in mysterious hit-and-run accidents. It could get stranger. Police say they’re investigating whether the women were directly involved in the deaths and whether other transients were in danger. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsA police affidavit alleges Helen Golay, 75, and Olga Rutterschmidt, 72, alternately claimed to be a fiancee, close relative or business partner of the men to get insurance policies worth more than $4 million. Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon said Friday that authorities had the women under surveillance since last fall before arresting them Thursday. “We knew they were actively out there having contact with other people,” Vernon said. “We felt we had an obligation to take action to keep something worse from happening.” Detective Dennis Kilcoyne said authorities aren’t sure who was behind the wheel when the men were killed and have not ruled out the elderly women. Each of the women, neither of whom had a criminal record, have been charged with eight counts of federal mail fraud for collecting more than $2 million from the policies they held on Kenneth McDavid, 50, and Paul Vados, 73. last_img read more

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RESULTS FROM THE CULDAFF 5K ROAD RACE

first_imgINISHOWEN AC held a successful 5k on a lovely evening in Culdaff on Saturday night.The race was won by Freddy Keron Sittuk from City of Derry AC in a superb time of 15:09.The club wants to thank everyone who helped to organise the events. 1 15.09 Freddy Keron Sittuk SM City Of Derry2 16.38 Cathal McLaughlin M40+ Foyle Valley3 17.02 Sean Mc Gettigan SM Finn Valley A C4 17.12 Declan Doherty SM Foyle Valley5 17.48 Humphrey Murphy M45+ Letterkenny A C6 17.51 Martin Mooney SM Inishowen A C7 18.00 Declan Donaghy SM Inishowen A C8 18.15 Patrick Mahon SM Foyle Valley9 19.20 Peter Lilburn M50+ City Of Derry Spartans10 19.33 Michael Collins M40+ Inishowen A C11 19.59 Seamus Doherty SM Unattached12 20.11 Michael McNulty M40+ Unattached13 21.01 Billy Orr M50+ Foyle Valley14 21.05 Henry Mc Kinney SM Unattached15 21.25 Seamus Mc Daid M40+ Inishowen A C16 21.41 Ciaran McElwaine SM Unattached17 22.09 Shelia Doherty SW Inishowen A C18 22.15 Henry Donaghy SM Unattached19 22.46 Patricia Mc Laughlin F35+ Inishowen A C20 22.51 Bernard Mc Laughlin SM Unattached21 22.55 Ruth Doherty F35+ Inishowen A C22 22.56 Breege Collins F40+ Inishowen A C23 23.06 Aoife McElroy SW Unattached24 23.08 Michael Porter SM Unattached25 23.56 Jennifer Mc Keague SW Unattached26 24.06 Linda Jackson SW Inishowen A C27 24.30 Edward Doherty M40+ Unattached28 24.36 Shaun Loughery M40+ Unattached29 24.37 Claire Doherty SW Inishowen A C30 24.47 Mary Mc Hale SW Inishowen A C31 24.59 Ursula Lynch SW Inishowen A C32 25.22 Clare Harkin SW Unattached33 26.38 Desmond Browne M50+ Lagan Valley34 26.43 Noel Doherty M50+ Unattached35 27.19 Anne Mc Elhinney F50+ Inishowen A C36 27.19 Siobhan Deery SW Inishowen A C37 27.59 Phil Lynch M50+ Unattached38 28.45 Oonagh Harkin F35+ Inishowen A C39 29.25 Karen Cullen SW Inishowen A C40 29.32 Noelle Doherty SW Unattached41 29.55 Angela Kelly F40+ Unattached42 30.35 Alison Mc Laughlin SW Unattached43 30.42 Lynsey Harding F35+ Inishowen A C44 31.07 Carol Roulston F50+ UnattachedResults – Culdaff Juvenile 1 Mile Race 2012UNDER 11 BoysJames Loughrey 6.14Daniel Peter-McGonigle 6.50Drew McKinney 7.00Luke Whoriskey 7.42UNDER 11 GirlsLisa Marie McLaughlin 9.25 UNDER 13 BoysMichael Doherty 6.10Under 13 GirlsNiamh Doherty 7.01Amie Woriskey 7.25Under 15 BoysDaniel Doherty 6.18Under 15 GirlsAltan Ni Mhurcha 6.16 RESULTS FROM THE CULDAFF 5K ROAD RACE was last modified: May 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:RESULTS FROM THE CULDAFF 5K ROAD RACElast_img read more

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DOHERTY FIRST HOME IN RAMELTON MARINERS 5K – WHERE DID YOU COME?

first_imgCranford AC’s LIam Doherty was first home in this evening’s Ramelton Mariner’s 5K in a very respectable time of 16.36 followed closely by Milford AC’s Gareth Kerrigan in a time of 16.48.Here is a full list of all those who took part in the event and their times.Pos Name Time Club 1 Liam Doherty 16.36 Cranford AC2 Gareth Kerrigan 16.48 Milford AC3 Mark Mc Paul 17.45 FInn Valley AC4 Barry Coyle 17.56 Ind 5 Mark Diver 18.36 Letterkenny AC6 John Whoriskey 18.43 Ind7 Darryl Orr 19.18 Ind8 Jonathan Edwards 19.20 Ind9 Anthony Doherty 19.25 Ind 10 Curly Coyle 19.41 Ind11 Cathal Morrison 19.43 Ind12 Paul Stewart 19.53 Ind13 Alan Blaney 20.42 Ind 14 Richard FIndney 20.55 Ind15 Rory Reynolds 21.18 Ind16 Johnny Stewart 21.27 Ind17 John Hughes 21.36 Ind18 Joe Coyle 21.43 Ind19 David Fisher 22.22 Ind20 Eugene Mc GIndley 22.24 Ind21 Edward Boyce Jnr 22.27 Ind22 Ernie Pollock 22.29 Ind23 Andrew Simms 22.35 Ind24 Lee Mooney 22.42 Ind25 Sam Faulkner 22.42 Ind26 Nigel Black 23.07 Ind27 Eamon Kerr Jnr 23.07 Ind28 Dermot Friel 23.15 Ind29 Danielle Mc Namee 23.25 Ind30 Nancy Mc Namee 23.42 Ind31 Eamon Kerr Snr 24.41 Ind32 Gearld Mc Fadden 24.43 Ind33 R Fisher 25.22 Ind34 Ciaran Burke 25.22 Ind35 Paul Mc Cahill 25.38 Ind36 Brenda Mc Cahill 25.38 Ind37 Charlie Patton 25.40 Ind38 Eileen MornIndg 25.40 Ind39 Siobhan HopkIndson 25.40 Ind40 Libby Mooney 25.51 Ind41 Breda Cannon 26.12 Ind42 Nicky O Hanlon 26.27 Ind43 Anna Grecckowska 28.12 Ind44 RoisInd Kilford 29.25 Ind45 BelInda Sheridan 29.52 Ind46 Ellen Kemp 30.32 Ind47 Kate Kemp 30.35 Ind48 Lee Duffy 31.16 Ind49 Danica Crossan 31.16 Ind50 Caoimhe Crossan 31.16 Ind51 Tamara Blaney 32.21 Ind52 Alannah Mc Fadden 32.25 Ind53 Zara Heron 37.23 Ind54 Amy Patterson 37.23 Ind55 Niamh O Donnell 38.18 Ind56 Kyrah O Donnell 38.18 Ind57 Chuck Mc Daid 38.20 Ind58 MartInda Morrison 39.49 Ind59 KevInd O Hanlon 41.09 Ind60 Zara Blaney 43.08 Ind61 Órla Boyle 43.08 Ind62 Louise Murphy 43.10 Ind63 Helen Shiels 46.49 Ind64 Lorna Kemp 46.49 IndDOHERTY FIRST HOME IN RAMELTON MARINERS 5K – WHERE DID YOU COME? was last modified: July 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ramelton Mariners 5Klast_img read more

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Humboldt State’s comeback comes up just short in 48-42 loss to Western Oregon

first_imgARCATA >> Over the past two seasons, when Humboldt State has busted out its black tops, good things quickly followed.Saturday night was a different story.Humboldt State dug itself an early 23-point hole that a late-game comeback bid couldn’t completely erase, falling 48-42 to arch-rival Western Oregon, the second time in as many games the Jacks have lost at the Redwood Bowl this season.HSU’s last-ditch effort to tie the game at the very least came up just a few yards short after the Jacks …last_img

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ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, 22 August 2009

first_imgTags:#Events Guide#web 22 – 23 September 2009: Melbourne, AustraliaMarketing Now!On September 22-23 a movement of highly engaged, passionate thought leaders and professionals will gather in Melbourne to demonstrate the power of social media for business today. Marketing Now! brings together the best of the best in new marketing innovation in two intensive days of interactive training designed to empower a new generation of change agents and business leaders. Marketing Now! will change the way you think about communications by equipping you with the tools and insight to foster advocacy and community for your business.Follow Marketing Now on Twitter for conference updates.30 September 2009: on TwitterTwittamentaryIn this documentary, filmmaker Tan Siok Siok peels away the hype and explores the human dimensions of how lives connect and intersect, and then are affected and changed, as result of encounters on Twitter.Twittamentary is created in the open spirit of the Web. Twitter users are invite to contribute ideas and videos to the film. When the film is completed, it will be released online under a creative commons license. In other words, you are both the contributor and the audience.The 24-hour storytelling event on 30 September 2009 shares the videos submitted up till then in a round-the-clock marathon in which participants get to watch the videos online, rate and comment on them, and tweet about them.8 October 2009: San DiegoMobile Application Stores conferenceAs a partner seminar of Intenational CTIA WIRELESS I.T. and Entertainment, the Mobile Application Stores conference will focus on the tremendous opportunities in the mobile apps stores eco-system. The event is designed to give a complete understanding of how to capitalize on this exploding market.Participants will discuss strategy and deployment in application stores such as Apple (iPhone), Google (Android), RIM (Blackberry), Nokia (Ovi), Palm Pre, and Microsoft, as well as other emerging application stores. To learn more, visit www.mobileapplicationstores.com or write to events@nextvisionmedia.com.22 October 2009: London, EnglandCloud Computing World ForumThe Cloud Computing World Forum is the perfect event for professionals to learn and discuss the future development and integration of cloud services. This one-day conference will provide a focused platform for the global cloud computing industry.The Cloud Computing World Forum is the place to meet all the key decision makers from all of the cloud service providers in one place. Show highlights include:Hear from leading case studies on how to integrate cloud computing into working practices,Learn from the key players offering services in the cloud,Benefit from pre-show online meeting planner,Evening networking reception. Joint exhibition combining social networking and enterprise social media formatsPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesDiscount for early booking (expires September 25th)Free pass for exhibition only 10 – 13 November 2009: Las VegasPubCon VegasPubCon Las Vegas is a multi-track educational conference hosted by SearchEngineWorld & WebmasterWorld. PubCon events are for thought leaders and professionals in search engine and Internet marketing to gather and to share best practices in the design, development, promotion and marketing of their Internet businesses and brands. PubCon London 2009 is a social networking event. Download this entire events calendar in iCal format. A couple of interesting new events this week on the ReadWriteWeb events guide, including a Twitter-driven documentary about Twitter. Download the calendar in iCal format or import it into your Google Calendar. You can also import individual events using the link beside each entry. This events guide is a weekly feature here on ReadWriteWeb. We publish it every weekend, as good a time as any to review your conference plans.Know of an event taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.24 August 2009: Charlotte, North CarolinaSocial FreshSocial Fresh is a 1 day Social Media Conference with speakers from Best Buy, Rubbermaid, IBM, and Keynote Speaker David Armano (@Armano). Social Fresh content is focused on the tangible social media successes of today and the technology that will drive those successes tomorrow. Think less concept and more real case studies and examples directly from businesses and developers who are using the social web successfully. Get 15% off by using code RSS15 and follow the conference on Twitter (@SoFresh) for other discounts and updates. andrew lobo Social Networking World ForumEnterprise social mediaSocial TV World ForumMobile Social Networking ForumThe event features key speakers from global brands, organizations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, content producers, and more.Full workshop program within exhibition areaEvening networking receptionPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesFree pass for exhibition only Related Posts 1 – 3 December 2009: London, EnglandOnline Information & IMS 2009Online Information and IMS together create the largest event dedicated to the information industry. Consisting of an exhibition delivering over 9,000 visitors from 70 countries, a conference and a show-floor seminar program, the event provides an annual meeting place for the global information industry.Online Information is once again set to play host to thousands of information professionals, information end-users and publishers from around the globe, meeting suppliers of online content, e-publishing, and library management solutions. IMS provides a forum for IT, business, and information management professionals to find unlimited, relevant advice, educational content and compare solutions under one roof. Attend IMS and meet suppliers of content management, search solutions, and Web 2.0 technologies.15 – 16 March 2010: London, England2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — LondonThe 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The two-day event features four dedicated conference streams:center_img 4 – 5 November 2009: Raleigh, North CarolinaInternet Summit 2009Internet Summit ’09 will feature over 75 speakers, including representatives of major Internet brands such as Twitter, Pandora, Google, Salesforce.com, Digg, Technorati, CBS Interactive, Huffington Post, Blogger, Tree.com, and many more.Topics will include social media, blogging, real time, mobile, video, search, online advertising, e-commerce, analytics, the cloud, and more.Join over 1200 entrepreneurs, senior marketers, and executives in the conversation about the future of the industry and how to capitalize on the shifting dynamics of the Internet and tap into its unlimited business potential.9 – 10 November 2009: Santa Clara, CaliforniaSocial Networking World Forum — CaliforniaThis event taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center actually consists of three conferences: two days dedicated to social networking, one day dedicated to enterprise social media, and one day dedicated to social TV. Key speakers include social networking publishers, advertising agencies, industry analysts, software developers and equipment manufacturers, pay-TV and network service providers, mobile operators, and more. Joint exhibition combining social networking and mobile social networking formatsEvening networking receptionDiscount for early booking (expires August 21st)Free pass for exhibition only 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market 10 September 2009: San FranciscoMobilize 09GigaOM’s Mobile Web Conference is a one-day conference that brings together thought leaders of the next generation mobile Web for talk, demonstrations, and debate.Participants will examine what it means to have wireless broadband speeds at the Gigabit scale and how the explosion of platforms creates new opportunities beyond the traditional handset for entrepreneurs, investors, and consumers. Over 50 speakers and 500 delegates will be there.ReadWriteWeb readers save $150 on the regular ticket price up until August 14th. Register here with the code “RWW”.21 – 23 September: San Diego, CaliforniaDEMOfall 09 ConferenceDEMOfall 09 promises to showcase the most comprehensive portfolio of credible emerging technologies, vetted by VentureBeat founder Matt Marshall and leading technology analyst Chris Shipley. Alpha Pitch, a new DEMO program, puts you in front of the most promising entrepreneurs with products in the alpha, prototype, and development stages of their life cycles. These are pre-revenue companies that have no more than one round of seed funding and are ready for your investment dollars.DEMO is the launch pad of emerging technology and a true market performer for visionary investors, entrepreneurs, and industry influencers alike.ReadWriteWeb readers pay only $1996. Save $500 off the standard fee by registering before August 15th.22 September 2009: LondonRealising the Benefits of Web 2.0 in Financial ServicesIf you are responsible for marketing, compliance, e-business, customer communications, or internal communications at a financial institution, you won’t want to miss this series of events:The UK’s first conference focusing specifically on Web 2.0 in Financial Services:What is happening now? Current applications and experiences of social media in the financial services market;Hear how social networking is changing the approach of firms to marketing, PR, and customer interaction;Explore opportunities to enhance internal communications, process improvement, and compliance;Understand the developing legal and regulatory framework for Web 2.0;Identify the next steps for social media in financial services.ReadWriteWeb readers get a 20% discount. Use the code KM6298RRWEB.22 – 23 September 2009: SingaporeSocial Networking World Forum — AsiaThis two-day conference hosted by the Social Networking World Forum – Asia features key speakers from social networking publishers, advertising agencies, industry analysts, software developers and equipment manufacturers, pay-TV and network service providers, mobile operators, and more. 11 – 12 November 2009: Denver, ColoradoDefrag 2009 ConferenceAs online data is growing and fragmenting at an exponential pace, individuals, groups and organizations are struggling to discover, assemble, organize, act on and gather feedback from that data. In the largest sense, we’re all looking to augment the pace at which we achieve insights on raw data — to accelerate the “A-ha” moment.Defrag explores the intersection of topics like:Business intelligenceBusiness process managementSocial computing and analyticsNext-level discoveryEnterprise 2.0Next-gen emailThe semantic Web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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How To Take Back Social Media Marketing From Facebook & Twitter

first_imgRelated Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… rob tarkoffcenter_img Guest author Rob Tarkoff is the president and CEO of Lithium Technologies.It’s 2013. Social media is no longer new. It’s a mature medium, one that has been woven into the fabric of consumer life online. So why are brands still determined to act like naive tourists, blundering around a foreign land and upsetting the natives? It’s time to take back control.Brands have been lectured for the last few years on the need to let go of the vice-like grip on their brand, to hand over control to their customers in social media. And it’s true that social media has ushered in a new age of transparency, where customers want a far greater stake in any brand they interact with.But this doesn’t mean you can shrug your shoulders and simply launch your brand unguided onto a social network. In fact, it’s your responsibility to guide your customers’ social experience. And that means welcoming them back to your home online.Almost all of the most embarrassing recent social media blunders took place on Facebook and Twitter; which offer brands little control over their campaigns or messaging.Forget Likes, Fans & FollowersIt’s frankly shameful so many brands are still asking social media to deliver likes, fans, followers, views and channel performance indicators, not business results.Forward-thinking brands ask social media to deliver things that make business sense. Things like higher customer satisfaction, greater loyalty, reduced support costs and increased revenue.Social media can be a game-changer, but only when we get serious about the social customer experiences. It’s really not that difficult.First, we must face the facts about social networks like Facebook – they just don’t constitute a viable social media strategy. They’re almost certainly not where you want to make your home. Only .5% of fans ever mention the brands they like on Facebook and just 2% of fans return to Facebook brand pages a second time.If you really want to engage with your customers on social channels, you need to engage on your own social hubs: customer forums, blogs and communities.When cosmetics retailer Sephora realized it had little ability to truly engage its nearly 1 million Facebook fans, for example, the company built its own social hub, Beauty Talk. Sephora now has the ability to engage and enlist their social customers to participate – and Beauty Talk members spend 10x more than the average customer.Driving this kind of outcome is simply not possible on Facebook.Social Media Is Not A SiloToday, only a shocking 11% of companies say their social strategy is guided by insights from other business groups. This means 89% of social strategy happens in a silo. To drive social customer experience to the strategic level, it’s essential to get others involved – across marketing, support and sales.Next, stop playing. Experimentation is great. Endless experimentation is not. Make social engagement a core part of how you interact with your customers. Some 63% of consumers now search for help from other customers online. For example, Hewlett Packard has saved $50 million since launching its social support solution.Measure What’s ImportantNow, start measuring the actual impact of your social media strategy. Ban the pointless hunt for buzz, likes, comments, high fives – what do they really mean for your business?Instead, move to the same metrics you apply to any other area of your business, like reduced costs, greater satisfaction and increased revenue.Once you have these foundations in place, it’s time to scale. A single Twitter campaign can create an ocean of comments. How do you deal with that flood? By enabling your social customers to help each other. Skype community members help more than 3 million customers per month and resolve 70% of cases on first contact. Hewlett Packard’s social customers handle 20% of the company’s global support. With nearly 1.5 billion people using online social networks today, social media can no longer remain an afterthought – a sandbox for dabbling. Brands need to treat their social media investment as a core part of their long-term business transformation, not as a specific activity that you want to check off the list. Anything less just isn’t serious.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Facebook#social#social networks#twitter 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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Multi-mission aircraft hangar inaugurated

first_imgIndian Coast Guard Director-General Rajendra Singh inaugurated a multi-mission aircraft hangar at the Coast Guard Air Enclave here on Friday, giving a boost to the futuristic expansion of ICG’s air operation.The ICG’s air assets, including two Dornier aircraft, at Bhubaneswar will swiftly respond to maritime contingencies at extended ranges, ensuring the safety and security off the coast of Odisha, Mr. Singh said.The aircraft are regularly deployed extensively for maritime surveillance, search and rescue and disaster management along the Odisha and West Bengal coasts. It has been tasked with the responsibility of patrolling over 1.5 lakh sq. km of the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone in the Bay of Bengal. Besides, the aircraft were recently deployed for air-dropping of food packets during flash floods in Odisha’s Rayagada district.According to ICG, the Centre has approved a ₹32,000-crore plan that will give more teeth to the security agency. The Coast Guard aims to improve its force level to 175 ships and 110 aircraft by 2022.K.C. Pande, Additional D-G and Coast Guard Commander (Eastern Seaboard), and Kuldeep Singh Sheoran, I-G, were present on the occasion.last_img read more

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No Life without Wife

first_imgQ1 Jane Austen says, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Your version is ‘No Life without Wife!’ How similar – and different – are the two versions of essentially the same tale?A Extremely similar. That was always the intention to stay close to the book. I was thrilled when I heard the North American Jane Austen Society made me an honorary lifetime member for bringing a fresh new perspective to Austen’s novel.Q2 You’ve taken the action from staid England to swinging Amritsar with in-your-face Bollywood dances and music. Do you think Jane Austen would have been pleased?A I think Austen would have enjoyed the movie enormously. She had a great sense of humor and loved music and I guess she would have liked the India setting since she was such a world wise woman for her time. Q3 J How did the outrageous premise of blending Amritsar and Austen come about? A I just thought it was a good idea – an idea no one else would have come up with and treated in the way I did, as a British movie with a nod to Bollywood and Hollywood.Q4 How easy – or difficult – was it juggling this international cast comprising of Americans, Britishers and Indians? What was the most memorable moment for you?A It was very hard finding the balance culturally, as we all have different notions of our cultural make up: some people may find the film too Indian, some may find it not Bollywood enough. Some would have wanted more songs, others less songs, more dialogue. It was hard work. Best bit was doing the songs, especially the Marriage has Come to Town song, which was my favorite thing to shoot.Q5 In Bride and Prejudice, you have the NRI suitor and a room full of ambitious mamas hoping to hook him for their daughters. Do you see that happening a lot in real life? In our increasingly global world, is the entire Diaspora a hunting ground for a suitable spouse?A We’re Indians, right? Doesn’t matter what country you are in or how educated you are or aren’t. Indian mums are always on the lookout for prospective marriage partners for their marriageable aged kids.  Q6 As a Britisher, what was the experience like filming for the first time in India? How different is the Indian studio culture?A Filming in India was great. Everyone gave me a lot of respect and support. It was different to shooting in the west but worked very well, once you accommodated to their way of working. It is wrong to enforce your own rules – you have to bend and accommodate to their way or you’ll get frustrated.Q7 Bend it like Beckham gave the West a taste of the Indian community and viewers connected with it universally. What do you hope viewers will take away from Bride and Prejudice?A People should have fun with the movie – it’s a diasporic musical romp!Q8 For you, what does being British mean? Do you ever have to give up the Indian-ness or is it a part of your makeup? A It’s obvious from my work. All my films are about finding the right balance that works for me as a Brit Asian. I’m very content with the balances I have in my personal and professional life.  Q9 Your experiences in Hollywood?A So far, great. Just starting out on my big Sony picture, the prequel to the TV show I Dream of Jeannie.Q10 Do you think western audiences are ready for Bollywood inspired movies?A We hit number one in U.K. on release so clearly some of them are!Q11 You yourself are married to screenwriter Paul Mayeda Berges, who is Japanese-American. How common is the concept of intercultural marriages amongst the Indian community in the U.K?A Very common and growing more, but my husband loves being part of my Indian family and vice versa, so it works pretty well. It’s sad when people have to break ties with their families in order to marry out.Q12 You’ve shot Bride and Prejudice on three continents. What were the meals served on the sets and how did your international cast enjoy them?A We ate what the locals ate in every country – British stodge, Indian curries and Californian cuisine. Worked pretty well for all of us. In my case too much, I always put on a ton of weight on a shoot – you can see it in the end credits!   Related Itemslast_img read more

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ICC World T20: Shahid Afridi disagrees with Rohit Sharma’s views on Mohammad Amir

first_imgPakistan captain Shahid Afridi hailed fast bowler Mohammad Amir as “the best”, adding his name is already among the top international pacers.A few days back, India opener Rohit Sharma said there was nothing to “go gaga” over Amir.But since his return to international cricket after serving a five year ban for spot fixing, the left-arm seamer has wrecked havoc for several batting line-ups, earning a hat-trick in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). (ICC World T20: Pakistan star Shoaib Malik has no security fears in India) “Now if he (Rohit) has said something like that, you have to ask him. For me, Mohammad Amir is the best. The way he has been performing, like how he has performed in the past, his name is there among the top international bowlers,” Afridi told reporters here on Sunday.Pakistan have never won a game against India in World Cups, be it in the 50-over format or Twenty20. (India-Pakistan World Twenty20 clash is just another game: Gautam Gambhir) Speaking on the same Eden Gardens, the all-rounder said: “This (Pakistani record vis-a-vis India) is negative. However, negatives comes with positives. India are playing very good cricket at the moment. The last game against us in the Asia Cup, we had it in the first few overs but then there were some great performances from Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh.”The 36-year-old believes the start of the tournament is very important and would therefore take one game at a time.Pakistan begin their campaign on March 16 at the Eden Gardens against a qualifying team, which in most probability could be Bangladesh.advertisementPakistan then take on arch-rivals India in a high-voltage clash at the same venue on March 19.”Obviously the first game is very important, playing against Bangladesh. Then another against India. Both very crucial games for us. We have to get into the groove from the first game itself. The pitch here suits us and for us both matches are very important,” said Afridi.Pakistan were earlier scheduled to arrive here on Tuesday but got delayed as Islamabad wasn’t happy with the security arrangements in India. Finally after Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s assurance, the team arrived on Saturday evening.Afridi said the delay did not hamper their preparations as they were already training in Lahore.last_img read more

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SPORT-OPEN-PREVIEW 2LAST

first_img“I put myself in a position in which I wanted to be in of “I put myself in a position in which I wanted to be in of course ever since last years final,” said Djokovic, who has already set one impressive benchmark in Paris by reaching the USD 100 million prize money barrier.”Its always high on the priority list when I start a season thinking about Roland Garros.”Djokovic has dropped just one set at the French Open this year and he shrugged off having to play four days in succession by blitzing young Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in yesterdays semi-final.Murray, who lost in five sets to Djokovic in last years semi-finals, also came off worse in straight sets against Nadal in 2011 and 2014.His path to tomorrows final, his 10th at a Grand Slam, has been more tortuous than the Serbs.He had to come from two sets down to beat 37-year-old Radek Stepanek in the first round and needed another five sets to beat French wildcard Mathias Bourgue in the second.Two four-setters followed to see off Richard Gasquet in the last-eight and Wawrinka in the semi-finals.Murray has spent close to 18 hours on court to get to Sundays final.Despite trailing 23-10 in career meetings with Djokovic, the Scot enjoyed a morale-boosting win on clay in the Rome final last month.Djokovic had come out on top in the Madrid final, also on clay, the previous week after the Serb had also swept to victory in the Australian Open final in January.advertisement”Novak obviously plays great on all of the surfaces. But this is a new experience for both of us,” said Murray, the 10th man to have reached all Grand Slam finals.”We only played once here before. It was a pretty tight match last year in the semis. So I expect a very, very tough match on Sunday.” AFP SSC SSClast_img read more

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