Lana Del Rey latest to postpone Israel show

Updated 11 August 2014
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Lana Del Rey latest to postpone Israel show

WASHINGTON: Lana Del Rey has become the latest Western musician to call off a concert in Israel over Gaza conflict.
The US pop balladeer, whose latest album “Ultraviolence” debuted at number one on the US charts, had been scheduled to play her first concert in Israel at Tel Aviv on Aug. 20.
But the date was no longer on her website. Her opening act, Iowa-born singer-songwriter Max Jury, tweeted over the weekend that the show with Del Rey “has been postponed.”
A representative for Del Rey did not immediately answer a request for comment.
Artists as diverse as folk rock legend Neil Young, ’90s boys band the Backstreet Boys and thrash metal mainstays Megadeth have all called off shows in Israel due to Gaza conflict.
Industry publication Billboard quoted concert promoters as estimating losses of $10-20 million due to cancelations in Israel.


“Kissing sailor” in iconic NY picture dies age 95

In this Aug. 14, 1945 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a sailor and a woman kiss in New York's Times Square, as people celebrate the end of World War II. (AP)
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“Kissing sailor” in iconic NY picture dies age 95

  • Greta Zimmer Friedman, the woman in the picture, died in 2016 at age 92

WASHINGTON: The sailor pictured kissing a woman in Times Square as people celebrated the end of World War II has died at age 95, his daughter told the Providence Journal.
George Mendonsa had a seizure Sunday after falling at an assisted living facility in Middleton, Rhode Island, his daughter Sharon Molleur said.
In the famous image, one of four taken by Alfred Eisenstadt for Life magazine, Mendonsa is seen ecstatically bending over and kissing a woman in a white nurse’s uniform.
The picture was published by Life as “V-J Day in Times Square.”
Mendonsa, who served in the Pacific during World War II, was on home leave when the picture was taken.
He had long claimed to be the sailor in the picture, but it wasn’t confirmed until recently with the use of facial recognition technology.
Greta Zimmer Friedman, the woman in the picture, died in 2016 at age 92.
Eisenstadt did not get the names of the kissing strangers.
He later described watching the sailor running along the street, and grabbing any girl in sight.
“I was running ahead of him with my Leica looking back over my shoulder but none of the pictures that were possible pleased me,” he wrote in “Eisenstadt on Eisenstadt.”
“Then suddenly, in a flash, I saw something white being grabbed. I turned around and clicked the moment the sailor kissed the nurse. If she had been dressed in a dark dress I would never have taken the picture.”
Mendonsa, who served in the Pacific during World War II, was on home leave when the picture was taken.