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South African art sets new record

first_imgIrma Stern’s Bahora Girl is the highest-selling South African artwork to date. Bosveld by Pierneef also commanded ahefty price. (Images: Bonhams) MEDIA CONTACTS • Julian RoupBonhams+44 207 468 8259 RELATED ARTICLES • SA art snapped up at UK auction • Louis maqhubela’s art comes home • Freedom Charter auction averted • Art Bank Joburg: helping local artists• SA art gallery looks back 100 yearsWilma den HartighA work by world-renowned South African artist Irma Stern has got the local and international art community talking. One of Stern’s paintings was recently auctioned for R26.4-million (US$3.8-million), setting a new world record for South African art.Stern’s Bahora Girl, an oil on canvas painting, achieved the record-breaking price at an auction of South African art held in October at London-based auction house Bonhams, one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques.Stephan Wells, MD of Strauss & Co Fine Art Auctioneers and Consultants in Johannesburg, said that her work satisfied the criteria of what buyers want.“Besides being good art, it is bold and cheerful. She was also a colourful person in her own right and she is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s best artists,” Wells said.South African art in the spotlight“There is a renewed confidence in South African art,” said Wells.Stern’s work, in particular, has been doing very well. The value of her work escalated from approximately R7-million ($1-million), to R13-million ($1.9-million) to the recent record-breaking price of R26.4-million ($3.8-million) in less than six years, which according to Wells is a rapid increase in value.Previously, Stern’s Still Life with Gladioli and Fruit sold for R7 575 200 ($1.1-million), and soon afterwards another one of her paintings sold for R13 368 000 ($2-million). Bahora Girl doubled this price.It is also encouraging that South African collectors bought all three works. “It is a known fact that works of art sell best in their country of origin and the people who bought these artworks are serious collectors and buyers,” said Wells.He added that more people are realising the value of art as a good investment and as the economy shows signs of recovery from the recession, more people will think about investing in art.“With uncertainty about interest rates, the property market and the stock market, art is proving to be a sound investment,” he said.More young people are also showing interest in buying art, with Strauss’s clientele no longer starting in the 40s age group.Finding inspiration in ZanzibarAccording to Bonhams, Stern had a keen interest in the exotic and visited Zanzibar in 1930 and 1945. Her travels to the island, known for its rich history, Arab culture, colour and spices served as great inspiration for some of her most acclaimed work.Giles Peppiatt, head of South African Art at Bonhams, said in one of the auction house’s catalogues that another striking feature of Bahora Girl is that it comes with its original Zanzibar frame.This particular portrait belongs to a group of works Stern completed in 1945. All her works in this period explore the lives of the people of Zanzibar. Peppiatt said that these works are “strongly expressive in style” and they represent the best of Stern’s portraiture at this time in her career.He also said that the artist’s most valued portraits are those in Zanzibar frames. Stern loved the beautifully carved woodwork found in Zanzibar, and she shipped many examples back home to Cape Town. She found the woodwork so beautiful that she even exchanged her own front door for one from Zanzibar.Celebrated South African artistIrma Stern is a South African art icon and achieved national and international acclaim. She is known for her versatility and worked with numerous media, including oils, watercolour, gouache (an opaque water-based paint that dries to a dense matte finish), charcoal, ceramics and sculpture.The Irma Stern Museum, run by the University of Cape Town and the trustees of the Irma Stern Estate, was established in 1971 in the house where she lived for almost four decades. The museum is both a tribute to her life and a platform for other artists. Some of the rooms in the house still have the furnished interiors as arranged by the artist. Upstairs, a commercial gallery for contemporary South African artists is available for hire. A temporary exhibition programme is also presented annually.According to the museum’s records, Stern had a very specific way of working. She didn’t like to be disturbed while working, and often put up “Do not disturb” signs at the studio. It is also believed that she painted while chain smoking and drinking strong black coffee.She liked to be involved in every aspect of her trade. She reportedly framed her own work, packed exhibitions by herself and took care of her own sales.Stern travelled widely throughout her career to Europe, Southern Africa, Zanzibar and the Congo. Many of her destinations inspired her art and she also had the opportunity to build up an extensive collection of artefacts for her home.During her lifetime, she held almost 100 solo exhibitions in South Africa and European countries such as Germany, France, Italy and England. As is the case with many renowned artists in history, at first her work wasn’t acknowledged in South Africa, her country of birth. However, from the 1940s she started achieving success locally.South African art gaining popularityOther Irma Stern works exceeded auction expectations. Her Still life of Gladioli on a draped table sold for R5.9-million ($869 000). The oil on canvas Still life with bignonia and Port St John’s creeper sold for R2-million ($292 000), but was estimated at R1.1-million ($162 000) to R1.7-million ($244 000).Works by other esteemed local artists also performed well at the latest Bonhams auction. A piece titled Bosveld by Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, one of South Africa’s most prominent artists, fetched a higher than expected price of R8-million ($1.2-million). The work was expected to sell for R2.2-million ($324 000) to R3.3-million ($487 000).A work by Alexis Preller titled Apollo Kouros 1 was expected to sell for between R879 000 ($130 000) and R1.3-million ($195 000), but fetched R2.8-million ($409 000). In another world record price, Ruth Everard Haden‘s Serenitas fulgens sold for R1.6-million ($234 000). Its selling price was estimated at R330 000 ($49 000) to R550 000 ($81 000).last_img read more

Urban havens

first_imgHedonism is not usually a welcome part of Chennai’s social fabric. Keep your knees together, your head down, do your work and go home, can sum up the attitude of the city. Indulgence is a quality that was to be shunned or practised in privacy. Naturally, the concept of spas,,Hedonism is not usually a welcome part of Chennai’s social fabric. Keep your knees together, your head down, do your work and go home, can sum up the attitude of the city. Indulgence is a quality that was to be shunned or practised in privacy. Naturally, the concept of spas, which were perceived as outlets meant for the cream of society, was not popular in the city until recently. Over the last few years there has been a sudden influx of spas and it’s not just the ladies who lunch visit them now. Gyms on the other hand have always been around. You would remember a rudimentary setup at the street corner in your neighbourhood where men used to sweat it out. The growth of premium gyms and fitness centres has happened in the last one decade. The IT boom churned out weary people and their spending power gave rise to fitness centres. The fad for fitness never faded. Our select panel from a cross section of society recommend spas and gyms they have personally tried, tested and loved.Varsha Jain at Influence SpaInfluence SpaInfluence, the wellness group, is owned by Naresh and his wife Varsha Jain, leading builders of Southern India. “I was getting bored sitting at home while he was busy with his construction work. So he gifted me this spa in 2009,” says Varsha Jain. Influence has two branches, one at Egmore, which covers 4,800 sq ft and another in Nungambakkam, which spans over 5,500 sq ft. Unique to the Egmore spa is the Vichy shower, in which large quantities of warm water are poured over a spa guest while he or she lies in a shallow wet bed, similar to a massage table, but with drainage for the water. At Influence the shower has 32 nozzles from where the water flows continuously while the therapist scrubs and massages the body. The interiors are designed according to the healing power of colours. Chroma hydrotherapy is a unique feature offered at this space: lights are flashed during the massage in an attempt to ignite the chakras or the energy centres of the body. Guests are greeted by a foot wash and massage here. All the therapy rooms have separate area for steam. Cross massages (done by the opposite sex) are also performed here. “There is no rule as such against or for it in Chennai. We took precautions by taking permission from the court for a cross massage,” says Jain. Where: House No. 2/3 Wallace Garden Road.Tel: 45038436 www.influencelifestyle.inAmbience: The Egmore outlet is inspired by yingyang and pearls. At Nungambakkam, the design emphasis is on the healing power of colours.Training: The staff is from Indonesia and Bali and all the therapists have undergone a year-long training in international spa massages.What’s good: Vichy shower, chromo hydro therapy and hot bamboo massages.What’s different: Influence signature massage, a combination of Balinese, Thai and Hawaiian techniques.Cost: Rs 2,000 for a body massage and goes up to Rs10,000 for couple massage (inclusive of taxes).advertisementAjit Menon at Kenko SpaKenkoKenko is a Singapore-based chain of foot reflexology and wellness spas founded by Dr. Jimi Tan, a wellness expert, in 1991. The Kenko chain entered India in 2008 and Chennai in November 2010 making it the first international spa in the city. It is located in the luxury section of the premier Express Avenue shopping mall. “Our success lies in the fact that we can convert walk-ins to repeat customers,” says Ajit Menon, COO of the spa. The spa is directed not just at the young but is open to people aged three to 60. A threeyear-old can experience a fish pedicure. There are special reflexology packages for children aged six and above and customised packages for senior citizens. “There are different parts of the feet that govern different organs in the body. With the right technique, a number of ailments can be cured through foot reflexology,” says Menon. There are also scientifically formulated treatments for pregnant women including pre-and-post-natal treatments. The reception area opens to the fish pedicure section where gara rufa fish eat away the dead cells of the feet. Inside is a blue lit area where chairs are separated by sheers. The foot reflexology and head massages, lip treatments, facials take place here. Body massage is conducted in private rooms.Where: Express Avenue Mall, Second Floor, Royapettah.Tel: 28464177, 28464577 www.kenkospachennai.inAmbience: The fragrance of lemongrass wafts all through. The dcor is Oriental.Training: The therapists are trained Kenko, Singapore.What’s good: Kenko foot reflexology, where pressure points on the feet are massaged.What’s different: The treatments for children and senior citizens.Cost: Rs 300 for a 15 minute fish spa and Rs 3,600 for a luxury facial (inclusive of taxes).advertisementVivek Anand at Fitness OneFitness OneFitness One was one of the first gyms with state-of-the-art facilities in Chennai. The Fitness One group was founded by Vivek Anand who was a pilot in the US for 18 years. “We had a very strict fitness regimen and I used to hit the gym everyday. When I came to India I saw there were no standardised gyms but just those local places where men did body-building,” says Anand. He moved back to Chennai and opened Fitness One, the first at Alwarpet was born in 2004. The chain currently has 37 centres across Southern India. The Kilapuk branch is the only stand alone gym in the city to have a swimming pool. Other facilities in the gym include shower and changing rooms, steam room and massage facilities for men and women. Fitness One has also tied up with a number of companies and has facilities in the premises of 110 of these organisations such as Nokia, Royal Bank of Scotland and Cognizant, among others. The chain also has its own brand of fitness machines called Precor with six showrooms in Chennai.Where: The Residency, 133/1, ground Floor, Residency Road.Tel: 43347000 www.zelalife.comAmbience: The gym is done up in shades of neon orange, green and yellow as an effort to infuse energy.Training: All the trainers are certified physiotherapists. The flagship centre has about 30 trainers.What’s good: Physiotherapy rehabilitation and nutrition are core strengths.What’s different: Scientifically designed weight loss programme called TRIM.Cost: Rs 18,000 per year and Rs 4,000 per month (inclusive of taxes).Jeffry Vardon at O2 Healh StudioO2 Health StudioWith a fitness centre, a gym, an aerobics centre and a dance school, this space is much more than a gym. Opened way back in 2001, the aim was to make women take to fitness and draw men into aerobics. The O2 Health Studio hosts a range of cardio respiratory fitness equipment and strength training machines to train all parts of the body. The trainers are certified in fitness and first aid and they constantly undergo fitness-training programmes. The physiotherapists on the floor take care of fitness screening, posture analysis, exercise prescription and injury management. Says Earnest Vijay, the fitness director of the studio, “Our personal trainers take the members to jog on the beach or for hill climbing.” There are a number of group activities offered at O2: kick boxing, dancersize, step, tabata, body jam, zumba and Latin American dance forms such as salsa, cha cha, jive, rumba, samba and passo doble are taught here. The group activities director, Jeffrey Vardon, is the head of the Hot Shoe Dance Company, Chennai’s premier dance school. “You don’t have to lose those extra kilos just by hitting the gym. You can also lose weight by dancing it off and a lot of people are waking up to this face. It’s definitely more fun than working out alone,” says Vardon. The Latin American dance forms have international certification and once a year an expert from the international committee conducts assessments at the centres and gives certificates to successful dancers. There are also Bollywood dance classes conducted here. O2 currently has four operational branches in the city and is soon opening two more. Where: Wallace Garden 2Nd St, Thousand Lights.Tel: 42323231 www.o2healthstudio.comAmbience: Every branch is in different colours in keeping with the area and the clients.Training: The instructors undergo a six-month programme in rehabilitation and physiotherapy.What’s good: The health studio offers many pre-planned packages. There are also programmes for senior citizens and women.What’s different: A virtual cycle, an indoor jogging track and an e-thinner (a spinning bike with a virtual instructor).Cost: Rs16,500 for annual membership (inclusive of taxes).advertisementLata Mohan at OryzaOryzaOryza was the first stand alone luxury spa in Chennai. Lata Mohan, after successfully running her salons, Bounce and Kanya for 20 years opened Oryza in 2005. A novel concept in at the time, the spa located on Chamiers Road is bang in the lap of luxury. The clientele that walks in here carry monogrammed bags, limited edition Louis Vuittons and Chanels. The 3,000 sq.ft spa houses a salon where regular parlour services are offered. On the menu card are spa facials, body beautifiers, massage therapies including Ayurvedic massages. The foot reflexology introduced recently has become a bestseller. For most part of the day, sunlight streams through the rooms while the spa is beautifully lit up in the evening. All the massage rooms are fitted with washrooms and bath tubs. The spa day package is very popular with mom-daughter duo, friends and even colleagues.Where: 46/1, Chamiers Road.Tel: 42110930 www.oryzadayspa.comAmbience: The exteriors look like a traditional Southern Indian home with terracotta accents but the interiors are completely Southeast Asian.Training: The Bounce certifies therapists here.What’s good: All the products used are made at the spa. The lotus and patchouli scrub is special.What’s different: The Hamami Makrabi, the Turkish bath.A luxurious treatment with a scrub and steam.Cost: Starts at Rs 2,250 for a regular Swedish massage and goes upto Rs 5,000 for a luxury body massage (inclusive of taxes).A nail therapy at Senza; Abhishek D Shah, Sravan Raghunath and Yogita Abhishek at the spaSenzaSenza is the city’s only dry spa. A dry spa is essentially a spa where you don’t have to take a shower after any therapy. Perfect if you’re looking at indulging in some soul-therapy during lunch before heading back to work. The spa is owned and managed by Abhishek D Shah, his wife Yogita and their friend Sravan Raghunath. “All three of us are passionate about the beauty and wellness,” says Abhishek. “We started Senza with the intention of converting our passion into a successful service offering.” Considering the average age of the trio is about thirty, this is a spa with some young ideas. Foot reflexology and nail art is what this spa specialises in. The foot reflexology menu is vast and includes unusual ones such as manual lymphatic drainage massage and a hot volcanic stone foot massage. The nail spa offers gel nails, a fad in the city. Other services offered include head, shoulder and back massages, facials, under-eye treatments and a fish pedicure. The fish pedicure tank gives the customers a view of the Indian Ocean which makes the experience even more soothing.Where: T55-B, 6th Avenue, Elliots Beach Road, Besant Nagar.Tel: 43018888 www.senzaspa.comAmbience: Lawn flooring, translucent curtains and purple-blue light gives it a surreal feel.Training: The therapists were given a three-month training before the spa was opened in March this year.Royal treatment: The only spa to offer over nine types of exotic foot massages. They are the first and only nail spa to use and showcase over 60 shades of OPI nail colourCost: Ranges from Rs 250 for 15 minutes of fish pedicure to Rs 2,750 for a signature facial (inclusive of taxes).Dr Anuradha Mathad at AuraAuraWith nine rooms painted in jewel-tones, Aura Spa is at the 9th floor of The Park hotel. These rooms in the myriad colours of the Navaratna gems are designed with the belief that they exude their own unique sensations. For instance in thepearl room that is intended to cool the senses, there are pearl artifacts in the room and the beige bed covers go with the theme.The spa houses steam, sauna chambers and whirlpools. “We didn’t want to slot ourselves as an Ayurvedic or Thai spa. We offer a wide range of treatments from across the world,” says the Associate Director of the spa, Dr Anuradha Mathad, an Ayurvedic doctor who has worked at spas for the past 12 years. Aura Chennai was the first branch of the chain in the country at, started in 2006. The Chairperson of The Park group, Priya Paul, is an avid spa goer and Aura spas were her brainchild. Today there are five branches across the country. Treatments offered here range from Ayurvedic abhyanagas to Swedish and Balinese massages. The regional treatments offered here, such as the Chennai treatment which comprises a sea salt scrub, a massage and a clean up facial, are unique to the spa.Where: The Park Chennai, 601, Anna Salai.Tel: 42676000 www.theparkhotels.comAmbience: The accents and furniture are contemporary Balinese but there are also Indian touches in the form of kuthuviilakkus.Training: Aura hires only certified therapists who are then trained at the spa.What’s good: The Aura massage is a well balanced treatment between ancient Indian and contemporary massage techniquesCost: Rs 1,550 for a facial to Rs 3,500 for a body massage (inclusive of taxes).Ajit Shetty at Score GymScore GymIf you’re a fitness buff or even glance at the papers once in a while you will be familiar with the name Ajit Shetty, a star trainer. He’s the man behind Suriya’s six packs in Ghajini and had also helped actors Vishal and Priya Anand with their workout regimes. Shetty, 38, has been in the fitness field for over 14 year. He was earlier the fitness director of the city’s biggest fitness chain but quit. “I thought it best to and start my own place,” he says. Score was launched in 2010 and the gym spans over 7,500 sq.ft on the busy TTK road. Entering the gym is quite an MI5 affair with doors that open to a bell that’s tucked away. There is a conscious effort to make the ambience as international as possible. The design is very minimalistic; what meets the eye are just slate floors and an array of machines that spell power. Spread over two floors this place screams testosterone with over 30 cardio machines including cycles, rowers, treadmills. “I wanted to make sure that the equipment is top-notch,” says Shetty. There are no frills added to the gym by way of classes such as swimming or yoga. Where: 265,TTK Road Alwarpet Tel: 43129777-888Ambience: Minimalistic and devoid of colour. Grey is the predominant shade here. There is a lotus pond under the staircase for a cooling effect.Training: All the trainers possess CYQ (Central YMCA Qualifications), are stretch-and-remedial posture trained and ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) certified.What’s good: All the gym equipment has been imported from the US. Hoist, Tuff Stuff, Octave and True are the brands used here.What’s different: It is is run by the city’s most popular celebrity trainer, Ajit Shetty.Cost: Rs 16,000 for an annual package and Rs 6,600 for 12 sessions with a personal trainer (inclusive of taxes).Dr Jyothi Choudhary at AnantaAnantaAnanta Spa is part of Le Waterina hotels and Eminence Ananta Spa is a product of their corroboration with the Eminence spa from Hungary. Only 100 per cent organic Eminence products are used here. The spa opened four months ago. Eminence products are a luxury line used by celebrities such as Madonna and Jennifer Anniston. The draw of the spa is in fact the Jennifer Aniston chocolate facial the actress herself indulges in. The body massages at the spa can be coupled with facials. There are rooms themed after Indian flowers and herbs like jamine and tulsi. “People love the spa because there is a definite shift in the society from chemical to herbal to organic,” says Vandana Sundra, the proprietor of the spa. Dr Jyothi Choudhary, senior educator at Eminence says there is science behind the success of organic products “The products are enriched with vitamins, minerals and bio-flavinoids that repair the skin cells and act as anti-oxidants.”Where: 73/74 Rk Salai.Tel: 9500169996Ambience: Beige and brown dominates the area. The rooms are themed according to flowers, fruits and herbs.Training: The therapists undergo a three-level training by senior educators in Hungarian spa techniques.What’s good: Hungarian detox facial. Hungarian mud and paprika detox the skin expelling toxins and leaving the skin fresh and oil free.What’s different: The city’s only organic spa.Cost: On an average a body massage costs Rs 4,000 and it comes with a complimentary facial (inclusive of taxes).Karti Sekar, Sheela Vishwanath and Yashwant Saran 136.1136.1136.1 is India’s first chain of integrated yoga studios. The ambience is swanky and is frequented by the who’s who of the city. The chain currently has two branches, one in Ispahani Centre and one on TTK road offering spacious practice rooms, ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 sq ft, and also yoga therapy rooms for individuals who can’t participate in the group yoga activity. The yoga studio offers 100 hours of group and personalised yoga every week. The centre was started and is run by Yashwant Saran, Sheela Vishwanath, Karti Sekar and Maitri Shah. Saran was an engineer, Vishwanath, a medical microbiologist, Sekar owned a gym and Shah was an executive. With a common passion for yoga, they began the centre in Janurary this year. At 136.1 there is an open school of thought that embraces all types of Yoga. There are classes in all styles and at all levels from classical Iyengar and Mysore Ashtanga, to Sivananda and Satyanand Yoga tradition and Power Yoga, Hatha Yoga. They currently have 15 teachers on board from reputed yoga schools such as Kaivalyadham, SVYASA (a yoga university in Bengaluru), Bihar School of Yoga, Sivananda ashram, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram. There are live demonstrations by yoga exponents, concerts, music therapy in an attempt to familiarize the students with the verticals of yoga. Where: 123 anf 124, Ispahani Centre Basement. Tel: 9500037096 www.136point1.comAmbience: There is fusion of tradition with modernity. Clear spaces with emphasis on peace and tranquillity.Training: There are about 15 Indian and foreign teachers. All teachers are certified from recognised institutions and have a minimum of 5 years teaching experience.What’s good: The centre retails merchandise: yoga mats, covers, meditation mats, yoga wear, books, DVDs, organic products.What’s different: It’s India’s first chain of integrated yoga studios. Various styles and forms of yoga are taught under the same roof, having variety in practice. Cost: It costs Rs 9,000 for three months and annual membership is Rs 16,000 (inclusive of taxes). PanelistsMathangi Srinivasamurti, Owner, Chamiers Cafe She hits the gym every day and spa on weekends.Mario, Model A popular model, Mario is an avid gym enthusiast.Paloma Rao, VJ She is a regular at spas and fitness centres.Sharad Forma, CEO, Forma GroupRecuperates from the pressures of his job at spas around the world.last_img read more

Ek Tha Tiger: A phenomenon called Salman Khan

first_imgEk Tha Tiger, which released on August 15, has crossed another milestone. After making the fastest Rs 100 crore at the box office in just 5 days, the movie has now crossed Rs 200 crore mark at the box office in just 12 days.Bollywood superstar Salman Khan continues to rule the cash counters with his spy film. With his recent record at the box office, looks like Salman Khans career is on an all-time high. With this Salman Khan has his hold firmly on the number one position in the industry now. There is a lot of hype around this Khan who has being also called Tiger Khan. Fans are going crazy over him. He has sparked off a major trend of the houndstooth patterned gamcha that he sports in Ek Tha Tiger.PlotIn the dark world of intelligence and espionage… all information is guarded in the name of national security… But some stories escape the fiercely guarded classified files… stories that become legends.This is one such story… a story that shook the very foundation of this dark world.In a government employees’ neighbourhood in New Delhi, there lived a rugged, handsome and mysterious bachelor about whom his neighbours knew nothing. That was because he was India’s top spy, an officer with the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s external intelligence agency. This man was known even in official corridors as TIGER (Salman Khan).Tiger is sent on a relatively easy and safe mission to Dublin, Ireland to observe a scientist of Indian origin who is suspected of sharing his research findings with the Pakistan defence establishment. Tiger attempts to meet the scientist but is not successful. He tries to befriend the scientist’s part time home caretaker, Zoya (Katrina Kaif). As Tiger begins to get closer to Zoya… he begins to discover his human side.advertisementFor the first time in his life Tiger falls in love…What follows is a tumultuous journey that Tiger and Zoya embark upon, battling the dark world of intelligence and espionage that forbids its soldiers from falling in love…The film stars Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Girish Karnad, Roshan Seth and  Ranveer Shorey and is directed by Kabir Khan. The story is written by Aditya Chopra.Drool! Ek Tha Tiger stillsWatch your favourite songs from Ek Tha Tiger:SaiyyaraLaapataMaashallah BanjaaraLet’s look at the buzz around Ek Tha TigerMovie review: Ek Tha TigerGloss over the ‘Hollywood style-ishness’ and you realise the film is basically all about creating enough excuses to let machoman Salman bash up the baddies and romance the pretty girl.Now, Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger being remade in Tamil?The roaring Tiger is breaking records with every passing day. From fastest Rs.100 crore to crossing Rs.200 crore, the producers of the film are laughing all the way to the bank.There are reports in the media that Ilayathalapathy Vijay will remake this commercial entertainer in Tamil. Rumors of a remake of the film in Telugu are being suggested as well but no names have been suggested so far for Telugu.Mystery behind Katrina’s red tilak revealed!Bollywood’s golden girl Katrina Kaif recently grabbed headlines, not for her performance in Salman Khan starrer Ek Tha Tiger but for the tilak she sported at private screenings of her film Ek Tha Tiger. According to sources, the tilak was nothing more than a religious one, applied to her forehead during a pooja she attended.No sequel to Salman Khan’s Ek Tha TigerDespite the ending of Salman Khan starrer superhit film Ek Tha Tiger leaving a scope for a sequel, the makers have denied any such move.Salman’s previous few films like No Entry, Wanted, Dabangg will have sequels and there were chances of a second instalment for his latest offering Ek Tha Tiger as well.”We have not thought of a sequel for Ek Tha Tiger. We don’t have any idea (story line) for the sequel,” Kabir told PTI. Even the producers have denied making a sequel. “With the success of the film, it would be the obvious conclusion for anybody to assume that the film deserves a sequel.last_img read more

2008 X-BLADES NTL PRELIMINARY DRAW INFORMATION

first_imgTFA have released preliminary draw information for the 2008 X-Blades NTL. Please read the attached memorandum for more information. For more information see the 2008 X-Blades NTL website at: http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-907-0-0-0last_img

10 months agoAC Milan defender Calabria: I’ve never seen a striker like Higuain

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say AC Milan defender Calabria: I’ve never seen a striker like Higuainby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan defender Davide Calabria admits he appreciates working with Gonzalo Higuain.The striker is currently struggling for goals.But Calabria says, “I told my agent that I’d never seen a striker like Higuain. He’s very good and always done well wherever he’s played.“Is there a problem with him? No, there isn’t. He’s having a tough time, which can happen, but he’s our Cristiano Ronaldo, given us prestige and something more to the team in general terms.“He’s won a lot and he has so much experience. Maldini? He’s an idol. I’ve always said and thought that seeing him gives me something more, even in training.” last_img read more

a month agoBarcelona chief Abidal unimpressed by Fabian Ruiz after Napoli scouting trip

first_imgBarcelona chief Abidal unimpressed by Fabian Ruiz after Napoli scouting tripby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona chief Eric Abidal was left unimpressed by Fabian Ruiz during a weekend scouting mission to Italy.Abidal traveled to Italy last weekend to see Napoli defeat Lecce at the Stadio Via del Mare.And the subject of his trip was Napoli pair Ruiz and Kalidou Koulibaly.However, Abidal came away unimpressed by the antics of Spanish midfielder Ruiz, says Mundo Deportivo.He scored the third goal for Napoli and could not think of anything better than celebrating in the face of angry local fans – a gesture that did not go down well with Abidal. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

124 Ships Dumped on South Asias Beaches in Q3

first_imgzoom Some 124 ships out of 227 ships broken in the third quarter of 2017 ended up on beaches in South Asia for dirty and dangerous breaking, the latest report from NGO Shipbreaking Platform shows.A total of 42 ships were sent for demolition to Turkey, 35 to China, and 26 were scrapped in the rest of the world.Shipowners continue to sell their tonnage to infamous beaching yards in South Asia as it brings in more money. As explained by the Platform, there is little or no investments in proper infrastructure to contain pollutants and ensure safe working conditions, the proper disposal of hazardous wastes is overlooked, and migrant workers are exploited.Moreover, the prices offered for ships this third quarter have been high in South Asia, especially when compared to the figures of the first half of the year. Monsoon rains caused a shortage of local product being available to the domestic steel mills and have, therefore, driven prices for end-of-life ships up, the report said.Whilst a South Asian beaching yard can pay about USD 400/LDT, Turkish yards are currently paying slightly less than the USD 250/LDT offered by Chinese yards.NGO Shipbreaking Platform said that Greek shipowners have sold the most ships to the beaching yards with 11 beached vessels this quarter, followed by South Korea and Singapore with 6 vessels each. Shipping companies from the United States sold 5 vessels.“Singaporean Continental Shipping Line remains the worst corporate dumper, though it currently shares this position with the Greek Anangel Shipping Enterprises and the Iranian Iran Shipping Lines. In total, these companies had three vessels each beached in South Asia in this quarter,” the Platform added.According to the report, Bermuda-based Berge Bulk, Greek Costamare, Swedish Holy House Shipping, and American SEACOR are close runner-ups, with two ships each sold for beaching.Brazilian-owned product tanker LOBATO, which was reportedly sold by Petrobras to Indian breakers, ended up on the shores of Chittagong instead. No tanker was sold to the Gadani yards in Pakistan following the ban on tankers due to the major explosion on the ship ACES on the 1st of November of last year.Although 33 out of the 124 beached vessels this quarter were European-controlled, only three of these had a European flag when they arrived in South Asia. All ships sold to the beaching yards pass via the hands of scrap-dealers, also known as cash-buyers, that often re-register and re-flag the vessel on its last voyage.Almost half of the ships sold to South Asia this quarter changed flag to the grey- and black-listed registries of Comoros, Niue, Palau, St. Kitts & Nevis, and Togo just weeks before hitting the beach.CasualtiesBetween July and September, one worker lost his life at a shipbreaking yard in Alang, India. Another worker was reported seriously injured in Chittagong, Bangladesh, the report finds.Namely, in September, a worker named Ashok Yadav, was reported killed whilst at work at shipbreaking plot no. 14 in Alang, India. Following his death, a letter denouncing the unsafe working conditions at the shipbreaking yards in Alang was sent to Indian Government officials by Toxics Watch Alliance.Around the same time, Md. Shohag – 21 years old – was hurt while torch-cutting a vessel at Zuma Enterprise in Chittagong, Bangladesh, when an iron plate hit him on the left foot and stomach, causing severe injury, the data from the report indicates.last_img read more

Djokovic Makes a Run at No 1

At the end of a strange day at the Monte Carlo Masters men’s tennis tournament Friday, Novak Djokovic emerged as a growing threat to Rafael Nadal’s No. 1 ranking.The world’s top four players appeared on the Monte Carlo Country Club’s red clay on Friday. Three of the four won. The lone upset victim was the least likely: Nadal had won 30 straight matches on clay before losing to David Ferrer. Like Nadal, No. 4 Roger Federer and No. 2 Djokovic each lost the first set of their matches, but they came back to win and join Ferrer and No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka in the semifinals Saturday.The loss left Nadal with just 180 ranking points for the tournament, which he had won eight straight times before losing to Djokovic in last year’s final. The loss also dropped Nadal further back in a little-noticed rankings-point race. In the seven months since Nadal won last September’s U.S. Open, Djokovic has amassed 6,830 ranking points to Nadal’s 4,800 (including the results through Friday at Monte Carlo). Federer and Wawrinka aren’t far behind Nadal’s total and they, along with Djokovic and Ferrer, will split the remaining 880 ranking points available in the Monte Carlo tournament. Djokovic, who has won the last four Masters events and is the defending champion in Monte Carlo, is the favorite to collect most of those points.The official rankings are based on the last 12 months, and these split-season rankings aren’t readily available; they’re my best approximation from the players’ ranking breakdowns on their ATP World Tour Web pages. The advantage of these split-season rankings is that they show who has amassed the most points, most recently. Those players who’ve earned points recently are at an advantage in future rankings because points drop off a year after they were earned. About two-thirds of Nadal’s points are due to drop off by the end of the U.S. Open; about 40 percent of Djokovic’s will fall off in that time.Djokovic still has work to do to overtake Nadal for the No. 1 ranking that Nadal seized from him last October. Nadal got there by sweeping the clay events at Barcelona, Madrid and Rome, before winning his eighth French Open. Nadal, the world’s best clay-court player, then looked like its best hard-court player (a title Djokovic mostly has held since the start of 2011) by winning titles in Montreal, Cincinnati and New York — his second U.S. Open title. That sparkling spring and summer still leaves Nadal with a lead of nearly 2,000 points even if Djokovic wins Monte Carlo this weekend. But Nadal may have to repeat his run on clay last year to hold off Djokovic before the tour moves to grass in June. read more

Only A Superteam Could Stop LeBron

FiveThirtyEight On the latest episode (June 13, 2017) of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast, we first talk about the right way for teams to approach the MLB draft. Then FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner stops by to talk about the Golden State Warriors’ 129-120 Game 5 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Are these Warriors the greatest team of all time, and what makes them so good? We deliberate. Plus, a significant digit on Rafael Nadal.Here are links to stories we discussed this week:FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine argues that Moneyball’s draft advice has outlived its usefulness.Neil also writes that although the Warriors are still in the GOAT debate, they blew their chance to end it.Check out Kyle Wagner’s piece on how the Warriors duped the NBA.Kyle and Chris Herring write that the Warriors belong to Kevin Durant now.Sports Illustrated’s Deantae Prince does a category-by-category examination of the Warriors vs. the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.Significant Digit: 10, the number of French Open titles Rafael Nadal has won. Nadal beat Stan Wawrinka to win his first Grand Slam in three years. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS read more

Rony Lopes believes Portugal is confident

first_imgThe Portuguese forward thinks his team is ready to get a win against Italy in the 2018-2019 UEFA Nations League seasonThe Portugal national team is set to debut in the 2018-2019 UEFA Nations League season, but they will have a difficult opponent in front: Italy.The Azzurri already debuted on the competition and salvage a 1-1 draw against Poland in Bologna.And now they will play against the Portuguese in Lisbon.For forward Rony Lopes, Italy is good, but Portugal is better.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We are confident,” the 22-year-old striker told the media as reported by Football Italia.“The fact Italy drew with Poland gives us even more belief and motivation to top the group. Italy is a good team with good players, but Portugal is ready to win.”“This team has a bright future ahead of it, as there’s a lot of quality and young players happy to learn from the experience of the elders,” he continued.“Cristiano [Ronaldo] is the best player in the world and it’d be a privilege for me to play by his side. It’s not happened yet, but I hope it will do soon,” he said.last_img read more