Americo Sebastiano Constantino is an American retired professional wrestler and wrestling manager. He performed under the ring names Rico Costantino and Rico in World Wrestling Entertainment from 2002 to 2004. Costantino began to train with the Empire Wrestling Federation for a career in the wrestling business. Costantino was discovered by World Wrestling Federation officials Dr. Tom Prichard. After only 12 matches, Costantino signed a developmental deal with the WWF. Costantino was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling for further training, before being sent up to work for WWF, he debuted in WWF on the March 21, 2002 episode of SmackDown! as the stylist of Billy and Chuck, establishing himself as a villain. Rico portrayed a homosexual stylist as his gimmick. On the May 9 episode of SmackDown!, Rico wrestled his first match in WWF, where he teamed with Billy and Chuck to defeat Al Snow and Rikishi. At Judgment Day, Rico was forced to team with Rikishi to defeat his clients and Chuck for the World Tag Team Championship.
On the June 6 episode of SmackDown!, Rico turned on Rikishi by helping Billy and Chuck in pinning Rikishi for the tag titles. On the September 12, 2002 episode of SmackDown!, Rico moved over to Raw brand and became the manager of 3-Minute Warning. He ended up turning on 3-Minute Warning; however both he and 3-Minute Warning all remained heels during that time. After turning on 3-Minute Warning, Rico scored an upset victory over Ric Flair. Rico would soon return to Raw in 2003 with Miss Jackie appearing as his manager. On the March 22, 2004 edition of Raw, Rico got drafted to SmackDown! and became a fan favorite due to fan reaction to his over-the-top exótico style gimmick, teaming up with an reluctant partner, Charlie Haas, had a valet, Miss Jackie. He retained the essence of the masculinity gimmick he shared with Gunn and Palumbo while taking it to new levels, much in the vein of Adrian Street. Rico was unexpectedly released by WWE on November 7, 2004. After his release, he went to All-Japan Pro Wrestling, where he and Bull Buchanan defeated Mitsuya Nagai and Masayuki Naruse on the first event of the "Excite Series" in Tokyo, Japan to win the All Asia Tag Team Championship.
Costantino retired from professional wrestling in July 2005, causing him and Buchanan to vacate the All Asia Tag Team Titles. Rico came out of retirement for a Future Stars of Wrestling TV taping in Las Vegas on November 17, 2012 where he teamed up with Beast to defeat the team of Gregory Sharpe and Clutch. Costantino was a contestant on American Gladiators, he challenged Gemini, fighting to a draw twice in their three Joust bouts. Costantino was the champion for the first half of the 1990–1991 season. In the Grand Championship, Rico came up just short, losing to Craig Branham by 7 points in the Eliminator. Costantino next appeared on the European game show Capture Ft. Boyard, with a win over his former Gladiator nemesis Craig Branham. On the show, he was the only competitor to capture the needed key in the bungee jump challenge on an upswing. Costantino entered Naval Academy, he graduated at one point considered enrollment at West Point. While Rico attended Northwestern Military and Naval Academy in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Costantino settled into a career as a paramedic. This led to enrollment in the police academy. Costantino was on the SWAT team at one point, paving the way for his next career as a bodyguard. A chance encounter led Costantino to being recruited by The Power Team. A two-week tryout lasted two years as Costantino traveled the world performing feats of strength. At one point while with the Power Team, he was ordained as a minister to allow him to counsel kids, his work with children includes other children's charities. In August 2005, Rico completed his law enforcement training in Nevada; as of 2006, Rico was a Sergeant Inspector for the Nevada Taxi Cab Authority. Beginning in 2016, Constantino suffered health issues relating to heart problems and a series of concussions. Before debuting his exótico gimmick on SmackDown, Rico trained with Adrian Street. Street made Rico custom ring gear as well. All Japan Pro Wrestling All Asia Tag Team Championship – with Bull Buchanan Empire Wrestling Federation EWF Heavyweight Championship Heartland Wrestling Association HWA Heavyweight Championship Memphis Power Pro Wrestling MPPW Heavyweight Championship Ohio Valley Wrestling OVW Heavyweight Championship OVW Southern Tag Team Championship – with John Cena World Wrestling Entertainment WWE Tag Team Championship – with Charlie Haas World Tag Team Championship – with Rikishi Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards Worst Gimmick Other accomplishments American Gladiators Champion List of exóticos Online World of Wrestling profile
Robby Bostain is an American-Israeli former professional basketball player. Bostain started his professional career with Landstede Basketbal, a team in the Netherlands that plays in the Dutch Basketball League. After two seasons with the team, he went to Groningen to play for the GasTerra Flames. In his first year with the club, he won the Dutch championship. In his second year, he played in the Euroleague qualification and won the Dutch NBB Cup with the Flames. In 2012, Bostain signed with Maccabi Ashdod. After the season it was announced. On November 12, 2013 Bostain signed with Ironi Nes Ziona, he extended his contract with one year in May 2014. Club Dutch Champion Dutch Cup Individual DBL All-Star
The 2012 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby was a home run hitting contest in Major League Baseball between four batters each from the American League and National League. The derby was held on July 9, 2012, at the site of the 2012 MLB All-Star Game, Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Prince Fielder won the derby with five home runs in the first round, eleven home runs in the second round, twelve runs in the finals, his twelve home runs in the final round ties Robinson Canó's record for final round home runs, set in 2011. Fielder beat Toronto outfielder José Bautista in the final round, 12–7; each participant is thrown pitches by a pitcher of his choice. The hitter has the option of not swinging at a pitch without penalty. If he swings at a pitch and misses or hits the pitch anywhere but in home run territory, it is considered an out; each player hits. When nine outs are reached in each round, the "gold money ball" comes into play, in which State Farm donates a certain amount of money to charities if a home run is hit.
This repeats. In the first two rounds, home run totals will carry over for those rounds. Should there be a tie after either of the first two rounds, a "swing-off" takes place. In a swing-off, each tied. If after the five swings a tie still remains, players get three more swings to determine the winner. Home runs hit during a first round swing-off do not count towards the player's total going into the second round. All eight players participate in the first round; the players with top two totals will face off in the finals, with the scores reset from the first two rounds. Note: Italicized numbers denote swing-offs. Yankees' second baseman Robinson Canó was at the center of a controversy involving booing from the live Kauffman Stadium fans. Canó was the American League's captain for the Home Run Derby and was responsible for picking the other participants. In June, Canó said that the right thing to do would be to choose a player from the hosting Kansas City Royals. However, he picked Prince Fielder, José Bautista, Mark Trumbo as the AL representatives, leaving out Billy Butler of the Royals.
The fans in attendance at the Derby expressed their displeasure at the snub, jeered Canó with booing during his performance at the derby. Canó finished in last place. Canó claimed that Kansas City fans targeted his family during their jeers at the All-Star festivities
Malayapuram Singaravelu known as M. Singaravelu and Singaravelar, was a pioneer in more than one field in India. In 1918, he founded the first trade union in India. On 1 May 1923 he organised the first celebration of May Day in the country. Singaravelar was a major leader of the Indian independence movement under the leadership of Gandhi, but joining the budding communist movement. In 1925, he became one of the founding fathers of the Communist Party of India. Though the British Government arrested him along with other leaders on charges of conspiring to wage war against the Crown, he was set free, soon after, on account of his failing health. Singaravelar was a path-breaking social reformer who in his early life took to Buddhism, seeing it as a weapon against the evil of untouchability, severe in the 19th-century India, he was in the forefront of Self respect movement, in the Madras Presidency that fought for equal rights for backward castes. Though in his advanced years, he withdrew from active politics, Singaravelar remained a staunch advocate of the causes he had pioneered till his death at the age of 85.
Singaravelar was born into a fisherman family, the third son of Venkatachalam and Valliammai in Madras. He matriculated in 1881 and from Madras Christian College, he passed F. A. in 1884. Singaravelar took his bachelor's degree from the Presidency College under the Madras University, he joined the Madras Law College and got his B. L. degree in 1907. Thereafter Singaravelar practised law at the Madras High Court. In 1889, Singaravelar married Angammal, their only daughter was Kamala. Seetha, his grand-niece, married Philip Spratt in 1939. Singaravelar was successful as a lawyer. Around this time,Singaravelar had shown growing willingness to combat social evils such as untouchability; the leading voice of the oppressed classes at the end of the 19th century was Iyothee Thass. He was born into a fisherman family and had concluded that rationalist ideas of Buddhism could be used as a weapon against untouchability, he and other oppressed class people from Tamil Nadu decided thence forth to call themselves Buddhist, live accordingly.
In 1890 he started Sakya Buddhist Society and in 1900, South Indian Buddhist Association in Madras. Influenced by Iyothee Thass, Singaravelar became growingly open to Buddhist ideas. Anagarika Dharmapala, the Ceylonese Buddhist missionary founded the Maha Bodhi society for revival of Buddhism in 1891. Iyothee Thass and Col. Olcott of the Theosophical Society, Adyar in Madras, wanted to convene a meeting on Dharmapala's arrival in Madras; the meeting that took place on 8 August 1898 was held at Royapettah house of Singaravelar. On 28 September the Madras branch of the Maha Bodhi Society was inaugurated in the presence of a large gathering. At this meeting a resolution was moved by Singaravelar to form, in Madras, the first branch of the Maha Bodhi Society. Much in 1923, when Singaravelar issued the manifesto of his newly formed Party Labour and Kishan Party of Hindusthan, he signed it as'M. Singaravelu President, Madras Maha Bodhi Society'. In the history of working class movement in India, Madras came to occupy an important place when, within six months of the Russian Revolution, Singaravelar, on 27 April 1918, formed the first trade union in India, called the Madras Labor Union of the British-owned Buckingham & Carnatic Mills.
Chettiiar became its first president. Singaravelar and other activists of the period, like Thiru Vi Ka organised more unions such as M. S. M. Workers Union, Electricity Workers Union, Tramway Workers Union, Petroleum Employees Union, Printing Workers Union, Aluminium Workers Union, Railway Employees Union, Coimbatore Weavers Union and Madurai Weavers Union. From their inception trade unions in Madras were drawn into long, bloody, confrontations with the management. According to the noted economist Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Madras had led the trade union movement with the organisation of workers into Madras Labour Union, but the movement could not flourish in a region with abundant labour, slow industrial growth and employees who were determined not to make any concession to labour organisations. Buckingham & Carnatic Mills workers' strike is a case in point; the management of the Mills did not concede workers right to combine. The union was banned by the British authorities. A flash point occurred when a British manager threatened workers with a gun, snatched by workers and started firing back.
The police opened fire killing two young workers. Singaravelar, Thiru Vi Ka, other leaders called for a strike on 21 June 1921; the management retaliated by instigating a caste war through recruitment of workers from'low' castes to fill the strikers' vacancies. The strike turned into a caste war between two warring groups. On 29 August 1921, police firing near the Mills' premises in Perambur, near Madras, killed seven people; when their funeral procession was taken out some miscreants threw stones, leading to another round of caste violence. Two more firings – on 19 September and 15 October 1921 followed. After six months, the strike came to an end. From Singaravelar started seeking political backing for the working class movement. Aluminium workers in Madras struck work in July 1922. Singaravelar speaking in Tamil Nadu Congress Committee meeating in September 1922 said that the Ind
-Eric Batchelor DCM & Bar was a New Zealand soldier, twice awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous bravery in Italy during World War II. He was the only New Zealand soldier of just nine British Commonwealth soldiers during the World War II to receive the DCM and bar, he was Mentioned in Despatches, fought at El Alamein in Egypt. Eric Batchelor was educated at Waimate Main School, he joined 5th Reinforcements in 1941. He served with 23 NZ Battalion in North Africa and Italy, he took part in the battles of Monte Cassino. He was twice wounded. Batchelor's first DCM was awarded for gallantry, while in command of a forward platoon, during a fierce close quarter fight in a small house behind German lines at San Donato, on 21 July 1944, in the advance to Florence, he was awarded his second DCM for gallantry, while serving as a platoon sergeant in a forward company, during an assault on Celle, south-west of Faenza in Italy, on 14 December 1944. He was demobilised in 1946. Batchelor's ability to work and through the black of night earned him the nickname'the ferret' and the'waimate warrior'.
Batchelor ran a taxi business a delicatessen and after that a wine shop. Batchelor died in his hometown of Waimate in New Zealand on 10 July 2010. A biography titled'The Ferret' was published in 2017 about Batchelor's tales from the war. "Eric Batchelor: Obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 4 August 2010. A special man profile in NZ Army News, Sep 9 2008
Laurette Luez was a supporting actress and successful commercial model who appeared in films and on television during a 20-year career. She was a known Hollywood celebrity during the 1950s, owing much to publicity about her social life, she is best known for her supporting role as photographic model Marla Rakubian in Rudolph Maté's 1950 film noir D. O. A.. Luez was the second of three children born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Frank and Francesca Luiz, vaudeville singers and dancers who performed traditional Hawaiian and Spanish music. Luez's father was Hawaiian with some Portuguese ancestry, her mother was the daughter of an actor. Luez first showed up on stage doing a hula dance at age three. In July 1935 the family left Honolulu on the SS Mariposa to settle in Los Angeles; that same year, six-year-old Loretta performed for Sultan Ibrahim of Johor, known as one of the wealthiest men in the world at that time. In 1944 she was cast as a fetching Javanese girl in The Story of Dr. Wassell. In October 1944, she was featured in Esquire.
She signed a five-year contract with 20th Century-Fox in 1945, for a weekly salary of $125. In the late 1940s, she became a successful model, appearing in photographs and artwork for national brands such as Lux soap. In 1949, when she was 21, she played Marla Rakubian in the film noir D. O. A. In 1950, Luez became known for supporting roles with Roddy McDowell in Killer Shark, Kim with Errol Flynn, the first major motion picture filmed in India. About working with Flynn, Luez said Errol and I play our love scenes through the window and do not kiss, but we took stills embracing each other. They asked me if I enjoyed working that way with Errol and I told them it was very disturbing, to say the least. From that time forward she was cast in exotic, sexy character roles in films and television. In 1953, she appeared in Siren of Bagdad as a dancing slave girl; the following year, she played a small role in the Bowery Boys film, Jungle Gents, opposite Huntz Hall's character "Sach". In 1956, she appeared in another exotic slave-girl role as Karamaneh in the syndicated TV series, The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu.
She was a regular on The Donald O'Connor Show.:276Her last major film credit was in 1963 when she played a cantina girl, Felina, in Ballad of a Gunfighter with Marty Robbins, drawn from his 1959 hit song "El Paso." Luez left the film industry in 1965. Actor Philip Sudano, with whom she had her first son, Alexander Eden. Greek director Gregg Tallas. Real estate investor Edward A. Harrison. Luez claimed Harrison had not divorced his former wife and said he threatened both her life and film career. Robert Creel, with whom she had two children, a son, Craig T. and a daughter, Claudette M.. By 1990 Luez was living in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles with her sister Lei, along with a nephew. Laurette Luez died on September 12, 1999, in Milton, aged 71, from undisclosed causes. Media related to Laurette Luez at Wikimedia Commons