Desperate Housewives is an American mystery comedy-drama television series created by Marc Cherry and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. It aired for eight seasons on ABC from October 3, 2004 until May 13, 2012. Executive producer Cherry served as showrunner. Other executive producers since the fourth season included Bob Daily, George W. Perkins, John Pardee, Joey Murphy, David Grossman, Larry Shaw. Set on Wisteria Lane, a street in the fictional town of Fairview in the fictional Eagle State, Desperate Housewives follows the lives of a group of women as seen through the eyes of their friend and neighbor who took her life by suicide in the pilot episode; the storyline covers thirteen years of the women's lives over eight seasons, set between the years 2004–2008, 2013–2017. They work through domestic struggles and family life, while facing the secrets and mysteries hidden behind the doors of their—on the surface—beautiful and perfect suburban neighborhood; the series features an ensemble cast, headed by Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer, Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo, Marcia Cross as Bree Van de Kamp, Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis.
Brenda Strong narrates the series as the late Mary Alice Young, appearing sporadically in flashbacks or dream sequences. Desperate Housewives was well received by critics alike, it won multiple Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards. From the 2004–05 through the 2008–09 television seasons, its first five seasons were rated amongst the top ten most-watched series. In 2007, it was reported to be the most popular show in its demographic worldwide, with an audience of 120 million and was reported as the third-most-watched television series in a study of ratings in twenty countries. In 2012, it remained the most-watched comedy series internationally based on data from Eurodata TV Worldwide, which measured ratings across five continents. Moreover, it was the third-highest revenue-earning series for 2010, with $2.74 million per half an hour. The show was ranked at number fifty-six on Entertainment Weekly's "New TV Classics" list. In 2011, it was confirmed. By the end of the series, it had surpassed Charmed as the longest-running hour-long television series featuring all-female leads by two episodes.
The first season premiered on October 3, 2004, introduces the four central characters of the show: Susan Mayer, Lynette Scavo, Bree Van de Kamp and Gabrielle Solis, as well as their families and neighbors on Wisteria Lane. The main mystery of the season is the unexpected suicide of Mary Alice Young, the involvement of her husband Paul Young and their son Zach in the events leading up to it. Susan fights Edie Britt for the affection of new neighbor Mike Delfino, Lynette struggles to cope with her demanding children, Bree fights to save her marriage to Rex Van de Kamp, Gabrielle tries to prevent her husband Carlos Solis from discovering that she is having an affair with their gardener, John Rowland; the second season premiered on September 25, 2005, its central mystery is that of new neighbor Betty Applewhite, who moved onto Wisteria Lane in the middle of the night. She keeps some prisoner in her basement. Throughout the season, Bree tries to cope with being a widow, unknowingly begins dating the man who poisoned her husband, fights alcoholism, is unable to prevent the gap between her and her son Andrew Van de Kamp from growing to extremes.
She deals with her daughter Danielle's new romance with Matthew Applewhite. Susan's love life becomes more complicated as her ex-husband Karl Mayer is engaged to Edie and has started to lean towards Susan. Lynette goes back to her career in advertising while her husband Tom Scavo becomes a stay-at-home father, Gabrielle decides to be faithful to Carlos, begins preparations to have a child. Paul is framed and sent to jail not for the murder he committed in the previous season, but for a fake one; the third season premiered on September 24, 2006. In the third season, Bree marries Orson Hodge, whose past and involvement with a discovered dead body becomes the main mystery of the season. Meanwhile, Lynette has to adjust to the arrival of Tom's unknown daughter and her mother to the family; the Scavos experience tension as Tom wants to start a pizzeria. Gabrielle goes through a rough divorce, but finds new love in Fairview's new mayor. After being run over by Orson in the previous season finale, Mike falls into a coma and suffers from amnesia when he wakes up.
Edie sees her chance to make her move on Mike, her family relations are explored throughout the season. Susan loses hope that Mike's memory will return and in the process moves on to a handsome Englishman whose wife is in a coma, while her daughter Julie Mayer starts dating Edie's nephew. Elderly neighbor Karen McCluskey hides something in her freezer. A shooting at the local grocery store leaves two characters dead and changes everyone's lives forever; the fourth season premiered on September 30, 2007, its main mystery revolves around new neighbor Katherine Mayfair and her family, who return to Wisteria Lane after twelve years away. Lynette battles cancer.
Mudgarpani was a Yaksha deity in ancient India. His name means "Mudgar-holder", the Mudgar being an ancient form of heavy cub made of wood, but it can be made of iron. Yakshas seem to have been the object of an important cult in the early periods of Indian history, many of them being known such as Kubera, king of the Yakshas, Manibhadra or Mudgarpani; the Yakshas are a broad class of nature-spirits benevolent, but sometimes mischievous or capricious, connected with water, trees, the forest and wilderness, were the object of popular worship. Many of them were incorporated into Buddhism, Jainism or Hinduism; some of the earliest works of art of the Mathura school of art are the Yakshas, monumental sculptures of earth divinities that have been dated to the 2nd-1st century BCE. Yakshas became the focus of the creation of colossal cultic images around 2 meters or more in height, which are considered as the first Indian anthropomorphic productions in stone. Although few ancient Yaksha statues remain in good condition, the vigor of the style has been applauded, expresses Indian qualities.
They are pot-bellied, two-armed and fierce-looking. The Yashas are depicted with weapons or attributes, such as the Yaksha Mudgarpani. A statue of Mudgarpani Yaksha from Bharana Kalan, visible in the Mathura Museum, is dated to circa 100 BCE, it was discovered in Bharana Kalan, 32 kilometers northwest of Mathura. In the right hand he holds a mudgar mace, in the left hand he used to hold the figure of a small standing devotee or child joining hands in prayer; the inscription in Brahmi script on the base of the statue is in bad condition, but has been deciphered. Some parallels with the contemporary Agnipani statue dedicated by the same person helped interpretation: amatyena prati........prai....... "...by Jayaghosa, the minister in charge of the gate-keepers..." A relief in the Mathura Museum shows a similar Mudgarpani, dated to the same period, but with clearer attributes: the figure of a small standing devotee or child joining hands in prayer is much more visible. It is suggested that the style of the colossal Yaksha statuary had an important influence on the creation of divine images and human figures in India.
The female equivalent of the Yashas were the Yashinis associated with trees and children, whose voluptuous figures became omnipresent in Indian art. A relief is known from the Mathura Museum, which shown the Mudgarpani with the same attributes; some Hellenistic influence, such as the geometrical folds of the drapery or the walking stance of the statues, has been suggested. According to John Boardman, the hem of the dress in the monumental early Yaksha statues is derived from Greek art. Describing the drapery of one of these statues, John Boardman writes: "It has no local antecedents and looks most like a Greek Late Archaic mannerism", suggests it is derived from the Hellenistic art of nearby Bactria where this design is known. Under the Indo-Greeks, the cult of the Yakshas may have been associated with the Bacchic cult of Dionysos. In the production of colossal Yaksha statues carved in the round, which can be found in several locations in northern India, the art of Mathura is considered as the most advanced in quality and quantity during this period.
An ancient Jain story named the Antagadadasao tell the story of a man named Ajjunaka, worshipping the image of the "Yaksa who held a mace", when he was attacked by five bandits, an event which shaked is devotion to the Yashka. Afterwards the Yaksa possessed Ajjunaka. Nowadays, for training purposes when using Indian clubs, one or two wooden gada, reaching up to 70 kilograms in weight, can be used: they can be swung behind the back in several different ways.
Sir Cyril Stanley Smith Fountain is a Bahamian judge and lawyer. Fountain did his early education at the Quarry Mission School, the Western Junior and Senior Schools, Johnson's Private School, the Government High School, which he completed in 1947. Following his graduation he had a brief athletic career as an opening batsman for the Western Sporting Club, he was coached in swimming by Orville Turnquest, under his tutelage went on to win the Prince George Dock–Fort Montagu marathon. He went on to work at the Bahamas Telecommunications Department and other places before leaving the Bahamas to attend St. Benedict's College in Kansas. After his graduation in 1953, he returned to the Bahamas and became a teacher, working in various places including the Abaco Islands and West End. Fountain's legal education began with a fortuitous incident: he was talking with his friend Kendal Isaacs, the Solicitor-General of the Bahamas, when Isaacs asked him whether he was interested in becoming a lawyer. Isaacs referred Fountain to Leonard Knowles, by already a noted attorney.
Fountain was called to the English Bar in January 1963, the Bahamas Bar the following month. He worked in private practice for the next decade, but entered into politics, he ran as the Free National Movement candidate for the Northern Long Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador constituency in the 1972 general election, was elected a Member of the Parliament of the Bahamas. He served until 1977, he was named as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Bahamas from October 1993 to June 1994, as a Senior Justice from July 1994 to December 1995, as the Chief Justice from January 1995 to October 1996. After stepping down as Chief Justice, Fountain moved to Grand Bahama and returned to private practice
"Kumang Seari" is a song by Iban rock band Masterpiece. It was written by Depha, produced by Masterjam Studio, included on their second studio album Rock & Roll and releases were handled by Panggau Buluh Pengerindu Records. "Kumang Seari" was nominated for'Best Rock Song' at the VIMA Music Awards in 2013. On June 2014, the single was nominated for'Best Song' at the ACSJ Music Awards ceremony; the same night the band won the'Best Performance' awards. "Kumang Seari" - 5:47 The music video were filmed in Sibu features the band performing at night between the standalone building and a narrow vacant lots. Lyrics of this song on Lirik Lagu Iban Guitar chord of this song on Chord Dayak
Natnael Berhane is an Eritrean professional road bicycle racer, who rides for UCI WorldTeam Cofidis. He is a two time African cycling champion in 2012 and 2013. In 2013, Berhane joined Team Europcar. Berhane won the queen stage of the 2013 Tour of Turkey by powering away from the small lead group in the last 200 meters of a long, steep climb. With the provisional suspension of Mustafa Sayar for an earlier EPO positive in the Tour of Algeria, the first place on the General Classification was awarded to Berhane. In early 2014 Turkish Cycling Federation announced Berhane's victory. At the beginning of the season, Berhane won La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, thanks to the bonus seconds awarded during the intermediate sprints on the last stage, he was the first African winner of this race. After two years with Europcar for his professional debut, Berhane joined African Pro-Continental cycling team MTN–Qhubeka for the 2015 cycling season, he was named in the start list for the 2016 Tour de France and the start list for the 2017 Giro d'Italia.
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Catherine Ann Cora is an American professional chef best known for her featured role as an "Iron Chef" on the Food Network television show Iron Chef America and as co-host of Around the World in 80 Plates on Bravo. Cora was born in Jackson, the daughter of Virginia Lee and Spiro Pete Cora, her father was of Greek descent. Her grandfather and father were both restaurateurs; when she was 15 years old, she brought a business plan to her father and grandfather, knowing they could help her. Her first cookbook, Cat Cora’s Kitchen, was inspired by her Greek heritage and Southern roots, contains numerous recipes that were her family's favorites while growing up. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi, she enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, her partnerships with various corporations include: Macy's, when in 2008 they opened Cat Cora's Que, a restaurant in Costa Mesa, California. She has appeared on Simplify Your Life, was a co-host of the Food Network show Kitchen Accomplished, in 2011 she launched her own line of cookware in conjunction with Starfrit, Canada's leading purveyor of food preparation products.
In January 2005 Cora co-founded Chefs For Humanity, which describes itself as "a grassroots coalition of chefs and culinary professionals guided by a mission to be able to raise funds and provide resources for important emergency and humanitarian aid, nutritional education, hunger-related initiatives throughout the world." She has participated in charity wine auctions held by Auction Napa Valley. Cora made television history in 2005 as the first female Iron Chef, joining Bobby Flay, Mario Batali and Masaharu Morimoto on the first season of Food Network's "Iron Chef America", spending 10 seasons on the show. In 2006 she was hired as a paid spokesperson for InSinkErator Evolution series garbage disposals, she is Executive Chef for a UNICEF spokesperson. In March 2006, Cora was the Grand Marshal for Hal and Mal's St. Paddy's Parade in her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi. In the September 2006 issue of FHM, Cora was featured in the cooking section, where she demonstrated various recipes using items purchased from a convenience store.
Cat Cora belongs to Macy's Culinary Councils, along with Tyler Florence, Rick Bayless, others. She has worked as an entertainer for The Olivia Companies, a travel company catering to the lesbian market. In 2008, she had a voice role for the video game Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine; the eponymous Cat Cora, a new bar and lounge style restaurant, opened at Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport in April 2011. In 2011, a Cat Cora's Kitchen was opened in Terminal E of the Bush Intercontinental Airport. Cora operated Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney's Boardwalk Resort at The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Kouzzina closed on September 30, 2014. On July 12th 2015 Cora was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs® Hall of Fame by The American Culinary Federation, becoming the first female chef to receive this recognition. Cora opened The Ocean Restaurant at the S. E. A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa off Singapore in February 2013; the 63 seat restaurant is inside the world's largest oceanarium and has stunning views of deep-sea wildlife from every table.
Cora is the co-host of Around the World in 80 Plates, an American reality competition show that premiered on May 9, 2012 on the Bravo cable TV network. Cora co-hosted the 2017 FOX reality cooking series My Kitchen Rules. Cora married her longtime partner Jennifer in June 2013, the couple has four sons together via in vitro fertilization. In 2017, Cora began dating producer Nicole Ehrlich, they married on April 2018, in Santa Barbara, California. Bon Appetite Magazine's 2006 Teacher of the Year Award Cat Cora WebsiteProfile, foodnetwork.com.