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[2006-07-04] Food, Water and Cell Phones
Cell phones may not top food and water on Russians' list of vital necessities, but they might well place a tight third place. Russia — young, capitalistic and always on the go — is distinctly mobile. Staying connected is becoming as much an obsession among Russia's younger set (and the not-so-younger set), as it is in the Western world. Within the past year, cell phone penetration rose from 53.9 to 88.3 percent, according to ACM Consulting data, RIAN reports, indicating that there are now 128 million cell subscribers, versus just 78 million a year ago. Since ACM tallied cell phone users by n [...]
[2006-07-04] Online dating service courts Trekkies
NEW YORK, June 30 (UPI) -- Die-hard fans of "Star Trek" now have their own on-line dating service so they can love long and prosper. Known as Trek Passions, the Internet site offers the comfort of a common interest without having to wade through huge dating pools, the Christian Science Monitor reported Friday. A click on trekpassions.com finds a homepage featuring a milk-white alien with an enormous head with the disclaimer: Xenophobia Strictly Prohibited. Trekpassions is one of more than 100 niche sites launched several years ago under the umbrella of a larger service called Passions Netwo [...]
[2006-07-04] Russian business culture and etiquette
Russia has abusiness cultureand etiquette that differs significantly from much of what people are used to in the west. Much of it remains from a historical past where collectivism was the only way of living. Even by today's standards, Russia remains a countrywhere co-operation and teamwork are standard practice in businesses, and where fierce competition is not common, even among rival companies. Even though a hierarchical structure is common, most employers seem to promote a democratic work environment, where everybody has a voice. Russians don't have a clear understanding of personal space [...]
[2006-07-04] 2006 Dating Industry Study Available
John LaRosa of Marketdata publishes the only in-depth study of "The U.S. Dating Services Market." His newest addition, dated April 2006, is now available. I've sold a lot of the last version to everyone from dating site owners, laywers, venture capitalists and others involved in the dating and social networking industries. Feedback has been positive across the board. Price for readers is $1,395 (30% off) for the full study (reg. list price $1,995). You may also purchase specific sections of the report. I'll email details if you are interested. Email devans at corante dot com or call 617- [...]
[2006-07-03] The most beautiful girl of our planet lives in Kazan.
Diana Dimukhametova, 12-years old, the winner of the beauty and talent contest for children “Little Miss Planet-2006” returned to Kazan the day before. The little beauty is engaged in “Miss of Tatarstan” studio for several years already. After she had won the “Mini-miss of Kazan” title, she went to the international contest “LITTLE SUPERMODEL OF EUROPE” in Paris and won. This year Diana justified the hopes pinned on her too. She didn’t gain the main title “Little miss Planet-2006” of the contest only, but was awarded a “Little Star” nomination, that means the best talent of the competitio [...]
[2006-06-30] The New American Cold War
Contrary to established opinion, the gravest threats to America's national security are still in Russia. They derive from an unprecedented development that most US policy-makers have recklessly disregarded, as evidenced by the undeclared cold war Washington has waged, under both parties, against post-Communist Russia during the past fifteen years. As a result of the Soviet breakup in 1991, Russia, a state bearing every nuclear and other device of mass destruction, virtually collapsed. During the 1990s its essential infrastructures--political, economic and social--disintegrated. Moscow's hold [...]
[2006-06-30] The New American Cold War
Contrary to established opinion, the gravest threats to America's national security are still in Russia. They derive from an unprecedented development that most US policy-makers have recklessly disregarded, as evidenced by the undeclared cold war Washington has waged, under both parties, against post-Communist Russia during the past fifteen years. As a result of the Soviet breakup in 1991, Russia, a state bearing every nuclear and other device of mass destruction, virtually collapsed. During the 1990s its essential infrastructures--political, economic and social--disintegrated. Moscow's hold [...]
[2006-06-29] Russians Name Their Friends and Foes
On Tuesday the Yuri Levada polling center released the results of their yearly opinion poll, in which Russians were asked which countries they consider to be friends or enemies. According to Komsomol’skaya Pravda, in this year’s poll, Russians warmed up a bit to China and Kazakhstan, but strongly grew cold towards the U.S., Ukraine, Moldova and Poland. Incidentally, Russians were inclined to consider Ukraine as both a friend and an enemy. That is to say, either it is yet to be determined what the Russian attitude is to their closest neighbor, or, perhaps it is Ukraine’s unpredictable politics [...]
[2006-06-29] Moscow Voted One of the Least Courteous Cities
Moscow citizens have proved to be among the world’s least courteous people, says a recent survey conducted by Readers’s Digest magazine. The survey inspected 35 cities of the world to check how polite their citizens were. The rating was built according to results of three tests: how often strangers would help a woman pick up the papers she dropped, whether the shop assistants are polite, and how many people in public places hold the door to let the person behind them in. Moscow qualified among the least courteous cities, with 42 percent of polite citizens, doing slightly better than Seoul, b [...]
[2006-06-29] Online dating valued at US$5m
(China Daily)A report released earlier this year by Internet and research consulting firm iResearch valued the online dating market at 37 million yuan (US$4.5 million) for 2004 and 91 million yuan (US$11.2 million) for 2005, and predicts it will grow to 653 million yuan (US$80.5 million) in 2008.In comparison, the US market was US$520 million last year, and the European market was US$110 million, both expanding at double-digit rates. And Lesnick said with the markets in the United States and Europe beginning to mature, many overseas companies are starting to pay attention to the burgeoning Chi [...]
[2006-06-28] Russia's chief doctor concerned over rising number of HIV+ women
Russia's chief medical officer raised concerns Thursday over the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS among women, echoing comments made by other health officials that the disease was spreading at increasing rates through sexual contacts. Vadim Pokrovsky, head of Russia's federal AIDS research center, warned in April that 1% of the population aged between 18 and 23 was infected and that most new cases resulted from sexual contacts rather than from sharing dirty needles, long considered the prime source of the disease in Russia. And Gennady Onishchenko told a Moscow conference on HIV/AIDS in Eurasia th [...]
[2006-06-28] Teen, mom sue MySpace.com for $30 million
A 14-year-old Travis County girl who said she was sexually assaulted by a Buda man she met on MySpace.com sued the popular social networking site Monday for $30 million, claiming that it fails to protect minors from adult sexual predators. The lawsuit claims that the Web site does not require users to verify their age and calls the security measures aimed at preventing strangers from contacting users younger than 16 "utterly ineffective." Hemanshu Nigam, the chief security officer for MySpace.com, said in a written statement: "We take aggressive measures to protect our members. We en [...]
[2006-06-28] DATING YOUR SOUL CLONE: NICHE DATING SITES
Having read more material on the niche dating sites, we thought out initial post was a little short and lacking, so we thought we would expand a little on our initial impressions. I guess one of the issues here with us, since we conduct background checks as well as our perspectives on dating, love and romance, we wonder if you fall in love with someone just like yourself, should you be running a background check? Enquiring minds want to know. Anyway, here goes take two on our further impressions of niche dating—Look on the Internet and you will find specialty online dating sites for every tas [...]
[2006-06-28] The Hermitage Museum in Russia
If you are looking to see one of the greatest art collections the world has to offer, then a visit to The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is a must. It is one of the largest and oldest art galleries in the world and has an amazing account of human history. Located on the picturesque Neva River and held within six palace buildings, The Hermitage is an example of the amazing power of human creativity. In 1764, Catherine the Great bought 250 pieces of art for her private hermitage. Having the collection housed in her winter palace, she allowed few to see these fine pieces of art. During the [...]
[2006-06-28] Match.com agrees deal with ITV for live TV ads
Dating website Match.com is to screen what it claims is the first ever live TV ad, to tie in with the start of ITV1's 'Love Island'. Filmed in front of a live audience, the ad will be shown on ITV1 during this year's 'Love Island' on Sunday August 6 and will be the only ad in breaks during that evening's programme. The ad will be the culmination of a summer of marketing activity for Match.com, aimed at finding two Match.com members, one male and one female, to appear in the ad. The two members will get the chance to tell the ITV audience why they should not be single any mo [...]
[2006-06-28] Chinese Online Dating Valued at US $5m
iResearch valued the Chinese online dating market at 37 million yuan (US$4.5 million) for 2004 and 91 million yuan (US$11.2 million) for 2005, and predicts it will grow to 653 million yuan (US$80.5 million) in 2008. 117 boys are being born in China for every 100 girls, far beyond the normal ratio of 104-107 to 100. For Marc Lesnick (of idate2006.com), the statistic means Chinese Internet dating will grow even more. One of the delegates most captivated by the two-day conference was Mark Brooks, a US-based online dating industry analyst and editor of Onlinepersonalswatch.com. "I know the America [...]
[2006-06-27] Survey: Moscow Is World's Priciest City
NEW YORK (AP) -- Moscow has eclipsed Tokyo as the world's most expensive city, a new survey says. The Russian capital moved up three spots from a year ago thanks to a recent property boom, according to a survey released Monday, while the Japanese capital slipped to third place due to the weaker yen. South Korea's Seoul ranked second on the list, up from fifth last year. The survey by Mercer Human Resource Consulting ranked 144 cities around the world, measuring the comparative cost of more than 200 items such as housing, transportation and food. The survey is aimed at helping mult [...]
[2006-06-22] Russia War Hero Tells Her Secret
On May 1, an ordinary resident of Samara, Alexandra Rashchupkina, a fragile and smiley woman marked her 92nd birthday. Her heart pounds every time when she recalls the war years, she says. “I just cannot help crying when I see war films and newsreels on TV sometimes.”She is a remarkable woman. Born in Uzbekistan nearly a century ago, she was one of the first female tractor drivers in her village. By the time the war broke out she and her husband had been married for several years, had two children and moved to Tashkent, the capital of the then-Soviet Uzbekistan, where they lived happily until [...]
[2006-06-22] Russia War Hero Tells Her Secret
On May 1, an ordinary resident of Samara, Alexandra Rashchupkina, a fragile and smiley woman marked her 92nd birthday. Her heart pounds every time when she recalls the war years, she says. “I just cannot help crying when I see war films and newsreels on TV sometimes.”She is a remarkable woman. Born in Uzbekistan nearly a century ago, she was one of the first female tractor drivers in her village. By the time the war broke out she and her husband had been married for several years, had two children and moved to Tashkent, the capital of the then-Soviet Uzbekistan, where they lived happily unti [...]
[2006-06-21] The Russian bride scam
By Jeanne Visser June 20, 2006 Woman claims abuse to stay in U.S. As Gary Oldenkamp tells the story of being caught in a scam to bring a Russian woman to this country, he reveals strong feelings of betrayal. "Not only was I taken advantage of by the woman I hoped to spend the rest of my life with, but local officials decided to take her side, even after I gave them proof of what was happening." Oldenkamp's story of exploitation began innocently in 2002, when he decided to enroll in an online dating service. The Hull resident was 38 years-of-age at the time, divorced for one year [...]
[2006-06-19] KVAS: Drinks and Beverages of Russia
If you visit Russian in summer, you will find street vendors in every corner offering Kvas. Popular since ancient times, Kvas is a fermented non-alcoholic or mildly alcoholic beverage (under 2.2%) that can be made at home from a variety of vegetables and fruits. However, most homemade kvas is made from dried rye bread or barley, to which sugar and yeast is added to help fermentation. Many people add flavorings to kvas after making it. Mint is a favorite, but berries, raisins, or molasses are also popular. Commercial kvas is usually fruit-flavored, with apple and raspberry kvas being the most p [...]
[2006-06-19] Off-the-Beaten-Path Attractions in St. Petersburg, Russia
If you have several days in St. Petersburg and have already visited all the typical tourist attractions, it's time to see the real St. Petersburg. For a great look into the history of the city, visit these less-known attractions. For a trip down memory lane, head to the Cruiser Aurora. A survivor from the Russo-Japanese war, the Aurora was intentionally sunk during WWII and later refloated and converted into a museum. Six halls house technical and mechanical devices, the radio deck house, and boiler compartment. For a small fee, you can tour the engine-room; otherwise, admission to the [...]
[2006-06-19] Seeing Russia by the Tran Siberian Train
Seeing Russia by the Tran Siberian Train One of the most romantic and memorable trips that one could take during a visit to Russia would be on the Tran Siberian railway. The train is world-famous and many have called it "the ride of a lifetime." The train departs from Moscow and meanders its way through the countryside and cityscape of old and new Russia with dots in such cities as Novosibirsk (the capital of Siberia) and Lake Baikal. Construction of the original railway was started in March 1891 by Emperor Nikolay The Second, but it wasn't until 1904 that the first travelers got a chance [...]
[2006-06-15] Some battered women find shelter in Russia
By Nora FitzGerald, Special for USA TODAYKLIN, Russia — Olga Torgunakova lived for two months in the Lyubava Center, a women's shelter with four beds in this city 50 miles northwest of Moscow.Now, Torgunakova, 23, and her 4-year-old son have moved in with her mother, invalid father and two younger sisters. Torgunakova, who says her husband frequently humiliated and threatened her during their five-year marriage, has obtained a divorce with the shelter's help. She says the psychological abuse turned into beatings over the past year. "One night, he kneeled on my breasts and tried to strangle me [...]
[2006-06-01] The number of smoking Russian women and teenagers has increased
(Moscowtimes.com) - The fight for a smoke-free Russia should be the country's fifth national project, chief epidemiologist Gennady Onishchenko said Wednesday, No Tobacco Day. Onishchenko said smoking, along with alcoholism and AIDS, posed a serious threat to the nation's well-being. Every year, 375,000 Russians die of illnesses related to smoking, according to Interfax, citing Onishchenko. World Health Organization statistics show that more than 60 percent of Russian men over 15 smoke. In France, that figure drops to 30 percent to 39 percent, and in the United States to 20 percent to 29 pe [...]
[2006-06-01] Da Vinci Code Poster Burnt in Moscow by Orthodox Activists
(Mosnews.com) - Around 100 protesters representing a Russian Orthodox movement burned a poster advertising the The Da Vinci Code at Pushkin Square in central Moscow, on the day of the controversial film’s premier, RIA Novosti news agency reports. Protesters at the meeting, organized by the Union of Orthodox Citizens, held icons, crosses and banners, one of which read: “The Da Vinci Code: you buy a ticket — you sell Jesus.”Leonid Simonovich-Nikshych, the chairman of an Orthodox organization represented at the protest, said: “Every heresy against the Church will burn in this way.” He urged for [...]
[2006-06-01] Europe’s Largest HIV/AIDS Epidemic Mounts in Russia
(Mosnews.com) Europe’s largest HIV/AIDS epidemic is mounting in Russia, which had about 940,000 cases of HIV in 2005 (1.1 per cent of the adult population) as against 1.5 million in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, says a Tuesday report by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), ITAR-TASS news agency reports . Intravenous drug addiction is the main source of infection for young people under 30, the report says. For instance, nearly 30% of such drug addicts in St. Petersburg are HIV-infected. HIV was also spreading from drug users to their sexual partners, the report found.“Peo [...]
[2006-05-31] Hard to Give Away the Bride Without a Visa
By Paul Keegan (Moscowtimes.com) Last year, I met a beautiful Russian ballroom dancer named Tatyana on a blind date in New York City. On Christmas morning, I hid a ring inside a matryoshka doll. On June 17th, we will be married in Queens, New York. But a few weeks ago, our dreamy courtship turned into a nightmare. Tatyana's parents, Viktor and Lyudmila Rybushkin, traveled 19 hours on a train from their home in Volgograd to Moscow for a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy. It lasted five minutes. The man behind the glass at window 12 asked a few questions, glanced at our wedding invitation an [...]
[2006-05-30] Want to date Charlie Sheen? He's available online!
/Yahoo.com/ -Online dating has never been more dangerous.Actor Charlie Sheen has turned to Internet dating to help him over his bitter divorce from Denise Richards.The Two And a Half Men star has reportedly pretended to be a talent agent on a lonely hearts site called MillionaireMatch.com.While his estranged wife Denise dates Richie Sambora, Sheen has managed to go on several dates with a woman he met through the Internet service.A source told a reporter: "He says he's a talent agent. He's done this with multiple people. He's caught a few flies in his web posing as a talent scout."Sheen's spok [...]
[2006-05-25] DHL plans $250M in upgrades in Russia
(The Business Journal) With parent company Deutshe Post World Net, DHL said it will invest more than $250 million within the next four years in strategic initiatives for Russia. Investments for the Plantation-based package delivery firm are focused on infrastructure and facilities, a wider product portfolio, introducing new technologies and personnel training. DHL Russia is also to expand its road network, which includes new docking terminals to connect key economic centers of the country. All four DHL businesses in Russia - DHL Express, DHL Freight, DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Exel Su [...]
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