Construction loan tied to “leaning” Seaport condo up for sale

first_img161 Maiden Lane and Fortis CEO Jonathan Landau (Google Maps; Fortis)UPDATED, 11:15 a.m., Oct. 5: A $120 million non-performing construction loan tied to Fortis’ One Seaport condo in the Financial District is up for sale.Newmark Knight Frank is marketing the construction loan originated by Bank Leumi USA. Investors can purchase the loan, which is “secured by the fee simple interest” of the 98-unit condominium building at 161 Maiden Lane, according to marketing materials.About $90 million of the $120 million of the construction loan has been funded, according to the brochure.Newmark Knight Frank’s Brett Siegel, Evan Layne and Brock Cannon are marketing the loan.The sale is another sign of trouble at the 60-story building, which has been under construction since 2016. It’s been at the center of litigation between the developer Fortis and its contractor Pizzarotti over a “slight misalignment” that resulted in the tower leaning three inches to the north.In 2017, a construction worker died after falling from the 29th floor of the project, which resulted in a concrete subcontractor, SSC High Rise Construction, pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter.Fortis did not immediately return a request for comment. Bank Leumi USA did not immediately return a request for comment.This is the latest loan tied to a high-profile condo project to go up for sale in recent months. Newmark Knight Frank is also marketing mezzanine loans tied to four of HFZ Capital’s New York condos through a foreclosure sale.   Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsCommercial Real EstateFinancial DistrictReal Estate Loanscenter_img Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Sportsmen ‘airlift’ 30 round AR-15 magazines

first_imgVermont Buisness Magazine In anticipation of a legislative ban on standard capacity rifle magazines, the editors of RECOIL magazine have worked with MAGPUL Industries to facilitate the delivery and distribution of 30-round PMAG rifle magazines free of charge to the citizens of Vermont in an overnight operation dubbed the “Green Mountain Airlift.”In order to support the law-abiding gun-owners of Vermont and blunt the assault on their Second Amendment rights, RECOIL’s Executive Editor, Rob Curtis, will give away 1,200 30-round PMAGs on Saturday afternoon in front of the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier starting at 2:30pm.”We invite the public to track the shipment of magazines from MAGPUL’s Cheyenne, WY facility to Vermont using the following FedEX tracking number: 771880807512. Should the shipment be delayed, the distribution will shift to 2:30pm on the date the shipment arrives,” Curtis said in a press release.https://www.fedex.com/apps/fedextrack/?action=track&tracknumbers=771880807512&clienttype=ivother(link is external)“We’re grateful to MAGPUL’s Duane Liptak for spearheading the overnight donation of 400 pounds of freedom to the Green Mountain State,” says Curtis. “His swift action means we will get the magazines here before Governor Phil Scott signs S.55 (link is external)into law, trampling the rights of law-abiding Vermonters.”The Vermont Legislature has passed of S.55, a gun control bill that raises the age for long gun purchases to 21, requires mandatory background checks on nearly all non-commercial private firearm transfers, bans standard capacity rifle magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, and outlaws bumpstock devices. The bill now goes to Governor Scott, who has indicated that he will sign it.RECOIL and MAGPUL invite the citizens of Vermont to the Statehouse steps at 2:30pm on Saturday March 31st to receive a free 30-round PMAG standard capacity rifle magazine and show their support for the Second Amendment of the United States. A representative from the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs will be on hand to accept donations that will fuel the legal challenge to the new restrictions.WHO: RECOIL Magazine and MAGPUL IndustriesWHAT: Will be giving away 1,200 standard capacity MAGPUL PMAG rifle magazines free of charge to Vermont citizens (one per person, while supplies last) and accepting donations to the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs.WHEN: 2:30pm Saturday, March 31 until all magazines are distributedWHERE: The distribution will take place on the Statehouse steps or from the back of a red Ford F-150 in the parking spaces on State Street in front of the Vermont Statehouse.last_img read more

Results of 2016 election show Interstate 435 the clear political boundary in Johnson County

first_imgA breakdown of last month’s presidential election vote further reinforces the sharp political boundary the Interstate 435 beltway has become in Johnson County.“When you look at Johnson County over the last decade the big divide is the 435 loop,” said Patrick Miller, a political science professor at the University of Kansas. “Clinton won most of the territory within that area.”It’s a very different Johnson County south and west of I-435. That sprawling area is solidly Republican although Miller said a bit of blue is creeping across 435.“That will be a trend to watch,” he observed.The overall Johnson County vote had President-elect Donald Trump defeating Hillary Clinton with 46.7 percent of the vote vs. 44.1 percent.Trump’s greatest level of support in Johnson County was 78 percent in one Overland Park precinct, his lowest was 20 percent in a Roeland Park precinct.Clinton’s best performance was 68 percent in one precinct in Fairway, her lowest was 24 percent in an Overland Park precinct.In the Third District Congressional race, which includes Johnson, Wyandotte and part of Miami counties, incumbent Rep. Kevin Yoder defeated his challenger Jay Sidie with 51.3 percent of the vote vs. 40.6 percent.Sidie failed to win his own home turf of Mission Woods, losing to Yoder by 11 votes, 61-50.The average voter turnout for the county was 73 percent. It ranged from a high of 85 percent in one Mission precinct to a low of 53 percent in one precinct in Overland Park.Miller attributed the difference in voting patterns between Northeast Johnson County and the rest of Johnson County to different demographic patterns. Northeast JoCo has a comparatively higher education and income level, he said.And people have different preferences about how and where they want to live.“People who tend to identify themselves as more conservative look at bigger home lots, aren’t as interested in pubic transportation, larger cities or walkable communities,” he said. “They look at areas like Olathe, Gardener and south Overland Park.”Those choosing to live inside the 435 loop tend to be more interested in walkable neighborhoods and being close the big city amenities of Kansas City. The area also has a younger and more diverse population, Miller said.“People look for different kinds of cities and unconsciously form different ideologies,” he said.Miller also said what’s happening in Johnson County also is occurring in other metropolitan areas around the country with more Democrats being found in the older suburbs while Republicans trend toward the exurban area.last_img read more

Kraus captures K&N East opener at New Smyrna

first_imgFor the Hub City TimesNEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL – Derek Kraus made a thrilling three-wide pass for the lead, then pulled away to win the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener at New Smyrna Speedway on Feb. 11.Kraus was running third in the Bill McAnally Racing No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, with 41 laps remaining, when he took advantage of the two leaders coming in contact while battling side-by-side. He darted to the inside to take the lead.Kraus said he anticipated the pair would touch. When they did, he made his move.“They drifted up in (turns) 3 and 4,” he said. “I saw an opening and I took it.”The 17-year-old from Stratford faced a big challenge, starting 16th after qualifying was rained out on Feb. 10 and the grid was set per the rule book. He and his BMR NAPA team had an extra day to think about their strategy, with the 175-lap race being postponed a day due to the weather.“We made a lot of adjustments after practice and that helped,” Kraus said. “We had a really good car all night. We had to save our tires and I feel like that’s what helped win the race. That helped us out there in the end.”He made a pit stop during the first of two scheduled breaks, then remained on track during the second one. After seizing the lead, he pulled away from the field and then held on after another restart with 10 laps remaining.“It was a big win for me,” Kraus said. “It’s a great way to start off the season.”The victory by Kraus marked his sixth career NASCAR K&N Pro Series win, but his first in a K&N East event. In two previous series starts at New Smyrna, Kraus finished third in 2017 and fourth in 2018.The race will be televised on NBCSN on Feb. 13.The next event on the K&N Pro Series East schedule will be at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway on April 6.last_img read more

IPL 2012 Live: MI vs RCB cricket scores and commentary

first_imgPost a good bowling performance, Bangalore looked a bit vulnerable at the start. Malinga was making the ball speak and RP Singh too gave him good support. Dwayne Smith dropped a catch when Gayle was 21 and that proved to be the turning point at the Wankhede Stadium. Score | PhotosAfter smashing three sixes off Ojha, he simply wrested the game from Mumbai’s hands. Kohli and Dilshan gave him good support. A 9 wicket win with two overs to spare is a big win and this will definetely boost the confidence of the Bangalore team. As far as Mumbai is concerned, nothing much they could do. They were completely outplayed.IPL 2012: MI vs RCB Live: RCB win by 9 wicketsMI 141/6 in 20 overs lost to RCB 142/1 in 18 overs (Gayle 82, Kohli 36)Gayle’s 82-run innings was decorated with 5 fours and 6 sixesDilshan: All three departments did really well. We took the early wickets. Murali is a great bowler. Sri Lanka is struggling after his retirement. I am still enjoying playing with him. Malinga was the main bowler, he has taken early wickets in every game. We did not want to give any wickets to Malinga. When you are batting with Gayle, it’s much easier. When he starts hitting, I try to give him the strike. Enjoy batting with him Handshakes all around. Gayle has single handedly won the game for Bangalore. With this win, Bangalore move to the fourth position and I daresay, looking firm favorites to finish in the top 2. 11:28 pm | 17.6 overs: Rohit Sharma to Virat Kohli, SIX, finishes the game with a huge six. Tossed up on the middle, Virat Kohli comes down the track and hits it over the bowler’s head for another big six. Kohli looks at the dug out, pumps his fist to his heart. RCB win by 9 wickets advertisement10:55 pm | 11 overs: RCB are 76/1 at the stage. Good over there for RCB. Three sixes in a row by Chirs Gayle off Pragyan Ojha. One off a no-ball. Thre break-up 1-0-0-2-6-N6-6      10.6 Ojha to Gayle, SIX, is that the game? Tossed up well outside off, Gayle gets on the front foot and lofts it over the long off fielder, another big six for the big man. With that shot he brings up his sixth FIFTY of this year’s IPL! Splendid batting  10.6 Ojha to Gayle, no ball, SIX, this one is an easier full toss to hit, over the waist, Gayle flicks it to behind square for another big six. No ball called!  10.5 Ojha to Gayle, SIX, this was on the cards, bowling a full toss was just like sending out an invite with a betel leaf! Gayle stays in the crease and smashes it into the crowd over the deep midwicket boundary  Captain Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease 10:44 pm | 8.3 overs; WICKET! Didn’t look like he was out! Strange he has been given caught out! Ojha to Dilshan, out Caught by Dinesh Karthik!! Tossed up on the pads, Dilshan looked to sweep and the ball lobbed off the pads to Karthik. He appealed for the catch and Bowden, after an eternity, raised the finger. Dilshan could not believe the decision, but he has to make his way back. Dilshan c Dinesh Karthik b Ojha 19(25) [4s-3] (RCB 48/1 in 8.3 overs)Dilshan has been given out. There was an appeal for LBW and caught behind. It’s a bit unclear. The ball has pitched on or just outside the leg stump, but there was no edge. He has been adjudged caught behind10:28 Pm | 5.3 overs: DROPPED! And it was Gayle, imagine! RP Singh to Gayle, 1 run, Smith drops Gayle! Full and outside off, Gayle looks to loft it over long off, gets a lot of height, but no distance, Smith gets under it at point and drops a sitter. It was swerving in the air, but you have got to take those 10: 27 pm | 5.2 overs: RP Singh to Gayle, SIX, flat six! Short and outside off, Gayle goes deep into the crease and pulls it over the boundary rope. Muscular shot! 10:15 pm | 3 overs: RCB are 8/0 at the stage with openers Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan in the middle.9:58 | 0.1 over: Malinga to Dilshan, no run9:56 | RCB INNINGS – Dilshan and Gayle are at the crease. Dilshan is on strike. Malinga will open the attackROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE: Target 142 in 20 oversKieron Pollard: Pretty much satisfied. We didn’t get a good start but that’s part of cricket. 142 will be challenging on this wicket, we’re in with a chance and we have to bowl well now. It’s more suited to bowlers this time, last game was an absolute belter but this one is helping the bowlers. My shoulder is fine, I’m okay to bowl and I can bowl my full quota of overs.advertisementMUMBAI INDIANS: 141/6 in 20 overs (Dinesh Karthik 44) 9:42 pm | 19.6 overs: Good last over there for Mumbai as they post 141/6. MI’s West Indian recruit Kieron Pollard hit two big sixes in it as MI added 18 runs in the over off Vinay Kumar. The break-up – 2-1-6-6-2-1Mumbai have got to 140. Can Pollard make it 146?Harbhajan Singh, right handed bat, comes to the crease 9:20 pm | 15.5 overs: WICKET! Another one fails to read Murali! Muralitharan to Dwayne Smith, out Caught by Vinay Kumar!! Muralitharan has put a speed breaker on the Mumbai counter-attack in a space of 2 balls! Poor shot from Dwayne Smith though – this was the top spinner from Murali, Smith looks to slog across and hit it over the on side, gets a leading edge for a simple catch to point. Muralitharan on a hat-trick now. Dwayne Smith c Vinay Kumar b Muralitharan 2(3) (MI 100/6 in 15.5 overs)Kieron Pollard, right handed bat, comes to the crease 9:19 pm | 15.4 overs: WICKET! And Murali gets rid of Karthik! Muralitharan to Dinesh Karthik, out Caught by Virat Kohli!! This was always coming. Karthik was looking to hit every ball and perishes. Flighted again, Karthik looks to loft it over long on but doesn’t get hold of it. Dinesh Karthik c Virat Kohli b Muralitharan 44(39) [4s-3 6s-1] (MI 100/5 in 15.4 overs)9:16 pm | 15 overs: MI are 95/4 at the stage with new man Dwayne Smith and Dinesh Karthik in the middle. The run rate is 6.33 at the moment – a little better than what the Indians were posting in the initial overs. Still RCB enjoy the edge. It’s time Smith starts scoring briskly.Dwayne Smith, right handed bat, comes to the crease 9:12 pm | 13.6 overs: WICKET! Rayudu was looking to stabilize; sadly his effort comes a cropper in Harshal’s over. Harshal Patel to Rayudu, out Caught by Muralitharan!! Perishes trying to go for another big shot. Clever bowling though – bowls a back of hand slower one, Rayudu was down the track again but was deceived by the lack of pace, ends up checking his lofted shot and holes out to long off. Enter Dwayne Smith! Rayudu c Muralitharan b Harshal Patel 22(17) [4s-2] (MI 85/4 in 13.6 overs)Ambati Rayudu, right handed8:54 pm | 10 overs: RCB are 48/3 at the stage with Dinesh Karthik (13*) and Ambati Rayudu (3*) in the middle. MI have lost their top players – Sachin, Rohit, Franklin and are in trouble here. The run rate is a poor 4.80; clearly RCB have the edge.bat, comes to the crease  8:44 pm | 8.3 overs: WICKET! And Sachin walks off! Harshal Patel to Tendulkar, out Caught & Bowled!! The youngster has the final laugh! But wait. Is it a no ball? Nope. It’s a legal delivery and Sachin has to walk back. Good reply this from the bowler after being hit for four, bangs it short and gets it to rise on the body. Tendulkar c and b Harshal Patel 24(27) [4s-4] (MI 41/3 in 8.3 overs)advertisement8:20 pm | 4 overs: MI are 5/2 at the stage with Sachin Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik in the middle. Sachin has scored just 2 runs off 12 balls. This is brilliant bowling from RCB. They’ve maintained tight lines and have given nothing away. Sachin Tendulkar wants to get going but the bowlers aren’t allowing him to do that.Dinesh Karthik, right handed bat, comes to the crease 8:10 pm | 1.5 overs: WICKET! Another one goes back in a jiffy and MI are in trouble here. Vinay Kumar to Rohit Sharma, out Lbw!! Rohit Sharma is not happy with the decision but he has to walk back! That looked pretty plumb – no reasons to complain, he should instead be unhappy with his poor choice of strokeplay. Good bowling from Vinay though – maintains it straight and gets it to nip in, Rohit looks to play across the line and misses it completely. Impact in line and hitting him in front of middle. No reason to give that not out! Rohit Sharma lbw b Vinay Kumar 0(3) (MI 2/2 in 1.5 overs) Rohit Sharma, right handed bat, comes to the crease 8:06 pm | 1.2 overs: WICKET! Okay RCB gain control early… Franklin departs. Vinay Kumar to Franklin, out Caught by Zaheer!! Catching practice. He has timed it well but straight to the fielder. Short and just outside off, Franklin plays the upper cut, times it well but holes out to third man. This is already a good start for RCB, they have been tight and have already struck. Franklin c Zaheer b Vinay Kumar 1(6) (MI 1/1 in 1.2 overs)8:04 pm | 1 over: MI manage to score 1 in the first over off the innings. Zak kept things tight for Sachin Tendulkar, the single came off James Franklin’s bat.8:00 pm | TOSS – Franklin and Tendulkar are at the crease. Franklin is on strike. Zaheer will open the attackTeams  Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Saurabh Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal, Syed Mohammad Jamaluddin, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Harshal Patel, Muttiah Muralitharan Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Sachin Tendulkar, James Franklin, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik(w), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Smith, Harbhajan Singh(c), Lasith Malinga, RP Singh, Pragyan OjhaHarbhajan: We would like to concentrate on good cricket and results will follow. We have been playing terrific cricket in the last week and we’ll look to continue. We have to be there and do our best, we’ve been fighting till the last ball in our games and that’s the way T20 goes. The wicket looks a bit damp, but I’m sure it will play well. Both the teams are good enough to win, may the best team win. Franklin, Pollard, Malinga and Smith are the foreigners. You can call the side Mumbai West Indians. Kohli: Love this stadium. Always enjoyed cricket at this ground, the atmosphere is brilliant. It’s a challenge and a learning curve for me to captain a side with so many experienced players. Playing in Mumbai against Mumbai is always big. We’ll just look to execute our plans and play well. Looks like there is something on the wicket early on and our fast bowlers will look to exploit that. Every game is a must win game for us, especially playing against a strong team like Mumbai. Loving the captaincy, I’m really enjoying it. Tiwary comes in for Pathan. Vinay returns. Gayle, Muralitharan, Dilshan and de Villiers are the foreigners. 7:30 pm | TOSS – Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the toss and elected to fieldlast_img read more

Scary start: Cavs dealing with numerous early-season issues

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Ball, Lakers romp past Pistons Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in New York. The Nets won 112-107. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James dressed up as Pennywise, the devilishly demented clown from the movie “It” for his annual Halloween party.The makeup made him unrecognizable. He was menacing, frightening.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups After a night of connecting in costume, the Cavs, who host Indiana on Wednesday, didn’t hide their problems during their pre-practice discussion that coach Tyronn Lue described as a “long talk.”“Off the court we’ve got great chemistry, great bond,” Lue said. “On the court we just gotta be better. Like, talking, communicating, enjoying the game together. Having fun. Right now guys are not having fun.”There isn’t much to smile about.Following losses to Orlando, Brooklyn, New Orleans and New York in the past 10 days, the Cavs are ranked near the bottom of the NBA in defense and are giving up nearly 14 3-pointers per game. They’re coming off losses by a combined 41 points in their past two games, prompting Lue to say that James, who missed much of the preseason with an ankle injury, and others need to get in better shape.READ: Pelicans too much for LeBron’s Cavaliers ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lately, James and his Cavaliers teammates haven’t scared anyone on the floor.With four losses in their past five games, defensive issues, injuries and new players still trying to figure things out, the Cavs had a lengthy meeting on Tuesday before they practiced. It was a chance to clear the air and perhaps reset a season for a team that hasn’t come close to playing up to its potential.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingREAD: Amid skid, Cavaliers dress up for Halloween; LeBron is Pennywise “The slow start that we’ve had prompted us to just all get on the same page and kind of figure out what we need to do,” center Kevin Love said. “I feel like we can get in better shape, that’s going to help us on the defensive end. Communication, energy and just getting the new guys adjusted. So time will tell how it’s going to play out, but we have a lot of really good positive energy from today, so, it was a great practice.” Cleveland’s transition defense has been brutal, and Lue said some of that may be due to conditioning. He pushed the Cavs hard at both ends during Tuesday’s workout and noticed a change.“Watching us today, damn,” Lue said. “It’s a big difference. I’m screaming play with pace, and move the ball, move bodies, we got to get in better shape to do that.”James sprained his left ankle during Cleveland’s second practice in training camp and only played in one exhibition. Although he hasn’t shown any major decline in his game, the 32-year-old is not having the impact Lue needs James to have on the defensive end.It’s hard to ask him for more, but Lue has no choice.“Missing the whole training camp and getting hurt the second day of practice really set him back as far as being able to fly around and push the pace offensively and defensively fly around,” Lue said. “He’s trying to work himself back in shape, but the games are coming so fast and it’s hard to really do that. The best way to do that is by him playing more minutes and getting in game shape and we just got to go from there.”Lue knew this would take time. With Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Jeff Green and Jae Crowder among the new players on Cleveland’s roster this season, there were bound to be growing pains. Lue just didn’t expect them to hurt this much.However, Lue has confidence the group is beginning to gel.“They’ve been in winning situations,” he said. “We’re just trying to figure it out. Today’s start of film and practice, I think guys are getting a clear understanding of what they need to do.”As the Cavs work out the kinks, they were able to relax at James’ party, which has become a social media must-see-event.Love shaved off his beard and endured a long makeup session to dress up as WWE wrestler Sting. Kyle Korver was the Johnny Depp version of Willy Wonka, and Wade and his wife, Gabrielle Union, went as pop lip-synching sensations Milli Vanilli. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “I think it was good for us,” Love said. “I think it definitely lightened the mood and it was definitely a get-to-know-you moment with a lot of guys. We all get along, have fun, but I think in some odd way it will definitely help us.”At this point, it can’t hurt the Cavs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse chargeslast_img read more

‘Shree Rajneesh and Anand Murti’s spiritual values and ethical norms seem distorted’

first_imgMGR’s Popularity I read with interest your report on M. G. Ramachandran. Many top leaders as well as the Tamil newspapers criticize him. But, he is the most popular man in Tamil Nadu. It is foolish to think that he has reached the top in the political firmament, simply because,MGR’s Popularity I read with interest your report on M. G. Ramachandran. Many top leaders as well as the Tamil newspapers criticize him. But, he is the most popular man in Tamil Nadu. It is foolish to think that he has reached the top in the political firmament, simply because he is a film star. He is sincere and earnest, and will be able to achieve something, given the time. Under the circumstances, it would be only fair to allow him a full term of six years before arriving at any conclusion about his achievements. Hassar S. P. Raman The “air of mystery and aura of secrecy” that surround this celluloid politician, and which seem to have impressed your correspondent very much, are essential for him to keep up his triple image of an actor, politician and philanthropist. He is known primarily through his films. The simple, illiterate people who see his films believe that he is a “hero” in real life too. And it is from such people that he gets 90 per cent of his votes.Madras J. Padma Sunil Sethi’s revelations of M. G. Ramachandran’s personal background (India Today, August 1-15) seem to be guesswork. MGR did not come from a poor Tamil family, as Sethi claims. His mother, Sathabhama (his studio ‘Sathya’ was named after her), belonged to a poor family of Vadakanyapuram in Palghat District in Kerala. He and his brother, M. G. Chakrapani. (also an actor), spent their childhood in Ceylon, where their father worked.advertisementWhen their father retired, they returned to their village. It was after the death of their father that the two brothers came to Madras. Then began MGR’s Tamil Nadu connection. New Delhi K. Mahendra Menon Rajneesh Clarified Two points in your report on Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (India Today, August 1-15) and his ashram in Poona need clarification. First, Bhagwan Shree does not have a bank account, nor does the have anything to do with the ashram’s finances. All business is handled by the Rajneesh Foundation-a charitable trust established in 1974-to provide a platform from which Bhagwan Shree can work directly with large numbers of people.Secondly, not every new sanyasi is assigned therapy groups by Bhagwan Shree; it depends totally on the needs of the individual. For example, it is very unusual for Indian sanyasis to be assigned groups, because such techniques are alien to their social conditioning and culture.Poona Krishna Prem Minhaz Merchant has touched the core of controversy around Rajneesh in the first objective resume in any Indian publication about this superguru. As expected, lots of my friends have memorized the paragraph on therapy where Merchant quotes a 21-year-old German girl as saying that sex “just happens”, and they keep flinging it at me. I wish he had mentioned that only Europeans are allowed to go in for group therapy which is held in camera and non-participants are not even allowed to peek at what’s going on. Nairobi Kul Bhushan It was disconcerting to read the views of Shree Rajneesh and Anand Murtiji. They preach no religion. Their beliefs in acts of repression and achieving objectives through violent means are unheard of in the doctrines of the world’s greatest religions which are based on love, benevolence, piety, faith, peace, and non-violence.The tenets of these two spiritual leaders are in fact a negation of the eternal values of existence which have inspired men through the ages. Shree Rajneesh and Anand Murti’s spiritual values and ethical norms seem distorted. They see normal religious faiths through jaundiced eyes. Calcutta Bhaskar Sen This Sporting Life I fully agree with Shivnath Singh’s statement about money and fame not being in athletics (India Today, August 1-15). However, taking into account the glamour attached to any sport, athletics is far down on the list. Games like cricket and tennis in the country are played throughout the year.Our leading cricketers keep themselves busy with Test matches, while tennis players have their hands full with Wimbledon and other international tournaments in the USA. Athletics, on the other hand, is restricted to a few major meets like the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, and the Olympics, all of which are held once every four years. Kerala Sanjai BanerjiAdvice To Swamy Subramaniam Swamy’s criticism of the Boothalingam report (India Today, August 1-15), makes interesting reading. In the 1880s, Major Powell submitted a settlement report on Alwar State. At the beginning of this century, Sir M. O’Dyer submitted another settlement report. He asked his second-in-command about his views on the report. The reply was that it was excellent, and much better than the former one. O’Dyer smiled and said that this was incorrect, because Major Powell created something out of nothing, whereas he only improved on the first report. His was, therefore, a second-hand report.advertisementOur advice to Swamy is that he should resurrect the Boothalingam report from the dustbin, and try to improve upon it, rather than describe it as “trash”.Jaipur R. Shivpuri Workings Of CBI The cover story “Emerging from the Shadows” (India Today, July 1-15) in which laurels have been showered on the working of the CBI, makes interesting reading. It will, however, be in the fitness of things if the records are put straight to enable your readers to know where this agency stands.The CBI initially established a reputation for fair investigation without resorting to false evidence. But, during the past decade or so, political pressures began influencing the organization. It is wrong to say that the CBI has now made a remarkable recovery. The facts are otherwise, and the CBI officials still dance to the tunes of politicians. Jaipur S. L. Talwar Foreign Cars You reported that the Mercedes (1977 Model 280 SE) has been bought by industry tycoon K. K. Birla and that “Birla is believed to have paid a Rs 2 lakh deposit to clinch the deal” (India Today, July 1-15).I would like to inform you that your story is incorrect and that no offer, direct or indirect, has been made by Birla for the car, not to speak of having paid a deposit of Rs 2 lakh “to clinch the deal”. Birla is content to ride in an Ambassador or some other car of moderate value rather than throw away over a million rupees, which is seven times the original price of the Mercedes. Calcutta K. L. Sharma, Secretary to K. K. Birlalast_img read more