OAKLAND – The moments left Mychal Thompson feeling sleepless. It did not tamper his optimism, though.His son, Klay, tore an ACL in his left knee and walked out of the arena on crutches. Then, the Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, hardly the ending they envisioned in their final game at Oracle Arena after winning three NBA titles in the past four years.That only leads to two questions.First, how will this affect Thompson when he becomes an …
Eskom’s Kendal power station in Mpumalanga province. The power utility plans to spend some R1.3-trillion on doubling the size of its power system to about 80 000 megawatts by 2026. (Image: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Mary AlexanderIn the face of the global credit crunch, South African power utility Eskom has secured a US$500-million (R4.9-billion) loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) for its electricity-generation expansion programme, a sign of increased African independence in economic development.“The extent and timing of the AfDB loan reinforces the extent to which institutions based on the continent can provide support which fosters growth,” Eskom finance director Bongani Nqwababa said at the signing of the loan agreement yesterday.“The foundation for this relationship is all the more entrenched due to the two institutions’ critical mandate both in South Africa and the region.”The 20-year loan is the largest ever granted by the AfDB’s private-sector division. It contributes to the R343-million Eskom requires for its investment programme. In total, the power utility plans to spend some R1.3-trillion on doubling the size of its power system to about 80 000 megawatts by 2026.Eskom’s massive investment in generation infrastructure comes out of South Africa’s ongoing power crisis, which reached its peak in late 2007 and early 2008 as rolling blackouts hit both industry and individuals across the country. The crisis is largely seen as a result of demand from unprecedented economic growth, and ageing infrastructure.Eskom supplies electricity not only to South Africa, but to a number of other countries in the region.“By supporting the Eskom expansion programme the AfDB will seek to address not only … the energy problem in South Africa but also the whole sub-region, as Eskom is expected to play an important role … in key regional programmes,” the AfDB’s Dr Mandla Gantsho said yesterday.African development funded by AfricaEstablished in 1964 and with its headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, the AfDB is a development bank with shareholders from 53 African countries and 24 countries from the Americas, Asia, and Europe. The bank’s aim is to promote economic and social development through loans, equity investments, and technical assistance.In the month of October 2008 alone, the AfDB group approved $924.3-million (R9.4-billion) worth of loans to development and economic projects across Africa.This amount included $32-million (R325.5-million) for Ghana’s Tema Power Project; $18.7-million (R190-million) for an electricity project in Coakry, Guinea; $150-million (R1.5-billion) for the Hasdrubal Oil and Gas Field Development Project in Tunisia; and US33-million (R336-million) for the Ethiopia-Djibouti Power Interconnections Project.In South Africa, the bank has to date approved nine private-sector operations amounting to some $1.2-billion (R12.2-billion).‘Greatest challenge yet’The loan comes at a crucial time for Eskom, with the utility’s plans for expansion coinciding with the new global credit drought.“The signing of the loan agreement comes at a time when Eskom needs to meet its most significant challenge yet,” Nqwababa told Engineering News.“The next five years remain critical for Eskom through our capital expansion programme to contribute and provide a broader platform for a striving South African economy. We are likely to be in this expansion phase for the next two decades.”Gantsho added that his bank was confident Eskom was good for the loan.“Eskom is, without a doubt, the most credit-worthy utility in Africa, with its investment credit ratings,” he told Engineering News.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesCapital spending boosts economy Infrastructure development in South Africa Eskom still cheaper than most South Africa tackles power crisis Useful linksEskomAfrican Development Bank
Brand South Africa and the United Nations will be hosting a six-month exhibition on how the UN helped end apartheid.The Apartheid Museum in Gold Reef City will showcase the United Nations’ efforts in ending Apartheid on UN Day. (Image: Gauteng Film Commission)Johannesburg, Wednesday 18 October 2017 – Brand South Africa will be joining hands with the United Nations in South Africa to host a six months exhibition at the Apartheid museum from the 19 October 2017-31 April 2018.The exhibition will be launched prior to the UN Day, which is on the 24 October 2017, with the sole purpose of educating South Africans as well as the International communities about the contributions made by the UN in assisting South Africa to fight against apartheid and achieve its liberation.South Africa was one of the original 51 founding members of the UN, which came into existence on 24 October 1945. Since its inception, the membership of the Organisation has grown to 193 States. In South Africa, the UN is committed to enhancing the performance and impact of the UN system in contributing to the development of South Africa.Speaking on the partnership, Brand South Africa’s GM: Stakeholder, Ms Mpumi Mabuza said; “Brand South Africa will get an opportunity to be part of the consolidation, commemoration, and preservation of the historical memory of the country’s apartheid and the role played by the UN”This exhibition will also enjoy a life beyond its six months as it is envisioned that it will travel to other countries. The exhibition will be one that tells a historical but also contemporary story through the use of audio-visual.“It is, imperative that South Africans are reminded that the country’s freedom is attributed to many other African nations whose role in supporting South Africa through its dark days led towards its found liberation, we look forward to the exhibition and call on all citizens to come share and engage”, concludes Ms Mabuza.Date: Thursday, 19 October 2017Time: 14h00 pmVenue: The Apartheid Museum, Corner Northern Parkway and Gold Reef Road, JohannesburgRSVP: Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5071Mobile: +27 (0) 81 704 1488Email: [email protected] the conversation on @Brand_SAFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 81 704 1488Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.com
Articles on green construction, including those published on the Green Building Advisor website, contain information on a wide range of topics, including material choices, indoor air quality, landscaping, and the VOC content of paint. This wide array of information can convey a false impression — namely, that the covered topics are equally important.If you’re building a new house, most of these topics turn out to be irrelevant. From an environmental perspective, the most important factor by far is energy use — not energy efficiency, but actual energy consumption. Consider the following information:â— “The ongoing energy use of a building is probably the single greatest environmental impact of a building, so designing buildings for low energy use should be our number one priority.” — “Establishing Priorities with Green Building, Environmental Building News, September 1, 1995.â— “Although important, initial embodied energy is nearly always dwarfed by the energy consumed by a building over its lifetime. … Over the first 50 years, the initial embodied energy is less than 1/12th of the operating energy.” —“Embodied Energy: As Important As Low Energy Design?” by Stephen Thwaites .â— “As far as I can tell, focusing on construction materials in isolation — and to the exclusion of other impacts of owning and operating a home — is a mistake. … I combed through CORRIM’s [Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials] life-cycle analyses to try to find the total difference, over 75 years, between carbon emissions for a steel-framed vs. a wood-framed home. And when you add together all life-cycle carbon emissions — for manufacturing and transporting the materials, building the home, maintaining, heating, cooling and lighting it for 75 years, and dismantling and disposing of it at the end — the difference between the two isn’t much more than a rounding error. … When I look into CORRIM’s numbers, it’s… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in
MADRID — Real Madrid signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea on Friday for its second major offseason addition, and reportedly its most expensive ever.The 28-year-old forward joined Madrid on a five-year contract and a transfer fee reported to be around 100 million euros ($113 million) plus variables, which would make him the club’s biggest signing.Madrid is rebuilding after one of the worst seasons in club history and had added forward Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt earlier this week.The Spanish club hadn’t made any blockbuster signings in years and was yet to bring in a top player to try to replace Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portugal forward left to join Juventus last season.Real Madrid called Hazard “one of the best players in the world,” known for his “attacking flair, assists and goals.”“Hazard has world class technique, vision, dribbling, pace and finishing,” Real Madrid said. “These qualities saw him stand out in his seven years in England.”Hazard had already indicated his final game for Chelsea was last week’s Europa League final victory over Arsenal. With two goals in his 352nd appearance for the club, he finished with a total of 110.“Although it is with sadness we say goodbye to Eden and we made it absolutely clear to him the club wished him to stay,” Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said, “we respect the decision he has made to take on a new challenge in a different country and follow his childhood dream of playing for Real Madrid.” Since joining Chelsea from French club Lille in 2012, Hazard has won both the Premier League and Europa League twice, the FA Cup and the League Cup. The Belgium international, who still had a year left in his contract with Chelsea, had already tried to leave the English club a year ago.“The memories he leaves us with will not fade,” Granovskaia said. “He provided all who watched Chelsea play with great entertainment and many match-winning contributions, and for that we thank Eden enormously.“He has been a model professional throughout his time at the club, a wonderful individual to have around and a joy to work with.”Hazard was a standout player with Belgium at the World Cup in Russia last year, helping his team earn a historic third-place finish. He scored three goals in six games and won the man of the match award three times. He was named the tournament’s second-best player, behind Croatia’s Luka Modric, his new Real Madrid teammate.Hazard is expected to be officially introduced to Madrid fans next week after undergoing a medical.Real Madrid finished third in the Spanish league and was eliminated early in the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. It went through two coaching changes this season, its first without Ronaldo. Zinedine Zidane returned to the helm a few months ago to try to get the team back on track after winning three straight Champions League titles.Madrid earlier this year had signed Brazilian defender Eder Militao, who will join from Porto next season. Teenage forward Rodrygo, bought from Brazilian club Santos for nearly 45 million euros ($50.6 million) last year, also will be added to the squad for next season.TweetPinShare0 Shares
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace midfielder Kouyate baffled by Wolves drawby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace midfielder Cheikou Kouyate was lost for words after Sunday’s draw with Wolves.Palace were punished for not extending their 1-0 lead when Diogo Jota equalised five minutes into stoppage time.He said: “Sometimes we cannot score for 2-0 or 3-0. The goal came from nowhere. They crossed the ball. We don’t understand. It’s very, very hard today to lose.”Today we are very disappointed because we worked hard, dominated the second half. “Maybe we win this game two or three to zero but in the end we take one goal. It’s very, very hard to lose. What can we do? The game is finished, our focus is on the next one.”
Tottenham boss Pochettino: I won’t run away like a kidby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he won’t walk out on the club.Poch is under fire after Tuesday’s 7-2 thrashing at home to Bayern Munich.But he claims when he told his players to “man- up” afterwards he was referring to himself.He said: “I am responsible for the situation of the team. I cannot escape or run away like a kid.“You need to behave like a man, face the problems and stick to your ideas. Be the leader the team need.”Poch added: “This is a moment to stay all together.“I accept the opinions when you don’t win. In the end, all that happened is that we lost a game.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
In light of the prevailing drought affecting most parishes, farmers islandwide are being urged to utilize the National Irrigation Commission’s (NIC) water systems to irrigate their crops, instead of the National Water Commission’s (NWC) resources, which are dedicated for domestic and personal use. This call comes from Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, who says reports indicate a worsening of the drought since its onset in January. He adds that projections suggest it will continue until the end of April. In this regard, the Minister urged farmers to utilize the NIC’s facilities, several of which have been significantly improved by the agency. The latest of these is New Forest/Duff House irrigation system in south Manchester, which was commissioned into service recently by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller. This facility will serve some 497 farmers. “Farmers, who normally extract water from the NWC main, (which goes) up to Junction (St. Elizabeth) for agricultural purposes, can now connect into this irrigation scheme and allow householders to get the water (provided by the NWC),” he told JIS News following the commissioning ceremony. The Water Minister also urged the farmers to “make the necessary and appropriate arrangements” with the NIC to provide water for their farms. Mr. Pickersgill said the NWC has been instructed to repair leaks identified in their systems “as quickly possible” to ensure maximum output, while underscoring the need for water conservation. By Rodger Hutchinson, JIS Reporter
Ohio State football added another chapter to its own history Sunday evening with the announcement that seniors Garrett Goebel, John Simon, Etienne Sabino, Jordan Hall and Zach Boren will captain the 2012 Buckeyes. Goebel, Simon, Sabino, Hall and Boren were chosen by their peers to lead first-year OSU coach Urban Meyer’s squad, which learned Saturday that it is ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press’ first Top 25 poll of the season. “Announcing who are team captains is one of the great honors I get to do as head coach,” Meyer said in an OSU athletics Sunday release. “We had a number of guys get votes. This is a really good group of seniors who I am very proud to have leading this team.” Simon, co-captain of former head coach and current defensive coordinator Luke Fickell’s 2011 Buckeyes, becomes just the seventh two-time captain in OSU history. Being named captain meant a lot, Simon said the athletic department release. “I appreciate the votes of the players. This is one of the biggest honors a player can receive and I’ll be proud to lead this team along with four other great guys,” Simon said. “We’ll have a really good season if we all lead well.” Simon (defensive lineman) Boren (fullback) and Sabino (linebacker) all joined Meyer in Chicago for Big Ten Media Days – the three players have been visible at media events. Hall, a senior running back, joins the captain quintet despite surgery for a torn ligament in his foot after stepping on glass while walking his pit bull dog, “Cali.” Hall could miss up to three games at the outset of OSU’s non-conference schedule. Hall said his selection for the captaincy is a dream come true. “I was hoping to be named a captain but I was also a little surprised when it happened,” Hall said. “I can’t thank my teammates enough for selecting me for this honor.” Goebel, a redshirt senior defensive lineman with five career starts to his name, said that he too is honored by his selection as captain. “I’m excited. It is an honor that your teammates think that highly of you to name you a captain,” Goebel said. “I’m going to put everything I have into this responsibility.” OSU’s five new captains will lead the team into competition for the Buckeyes’ first game this year Sept. 1 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.
Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti expressed his happiness for Napoli’s later victory against Liverpool FC this Wednesday in San Paolo.This Wednesday evening everybody was expecting Napoli to lose against Jürgen Klopp’s powerful Liverpool side, but the Carlo Ancelotti’s team had something very special planned and gave us the biggest upset of this Champions League week.A late Lorenzo Insigne goal was enough for the Italian side to get those three points, it also served them to take the momentary lead of Group C after they got a tie against Red Star in the first match of the season.“The team did well throughout the game, we never lost control, we were always very focused, above all when defending and allowed Liverpool practically nothing,” said ‘Carletto’ to Sky Italia. “We had the chances to score earlier, but I think we timed it well. We scored at the right time… If Mertens had scored a few minutes earlier, it would’ve been more time suffering!”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It means a lot to us to have won against the finalists from last year. It’s important for the confidence of the players, and these games give extra focus, but also some worries. I just told them to enjoy themselves, and it went well.”“We showed this group won’t just be hard for Napoli, but for everyone involved. After the disappointment of the first game, this is a great injection of confidence, but there’s still a long way to go in this group,” added the Napoli boss.¡TRIUNFO AGÓNICO DE NAPOLI!#ChampionsxFOX | Con una definición en el final del partido de Lorenzo Insigne, el equipo italiano doblegó en San Paolo a Liverpool. pic.twitter.com/wdxLMY0j7t— FOX Sports Argentina (@FOXSportsArg) October 3, 2018
Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti expects a lengthy lay-off for Radja Nainggolan after he limped off in Sunday’s 1-0 derby win over AC MilanThe Belgian midfielder was forced off with a reported ankle problem after just 30 minutes of action at the San Siro following a challenge by Milan counterpart Lucas Biglia.Now Spalletti, who replaced Nainggolan with Borja Valero in the game, fears a long absence for his summer signing.“Nainggolan has been chopped down,” Spalletti said to Sky Sport Italia.“We have to take him to the hospital and see. He won’t be with us for a while.”Karsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.A dramatic injury-time winner from captain Mauro Icardi settled the 222nd official Derby di Milano in Inter’s favour.Spalletti, who felt that they were the deserving victors, was also pleased with the way Inter countered Milan’s dangerous passing game.“It’s dangerous when you press high, as there is always the risk of conceding a counter, but we were perfect and forced Milan to continually lose the ball,” added Spalletti.“We ensured Milan were incapable of playing their quality passing game that Gennaro Gattuso had spoken about.”Inter will next face Barcelona on Wednesday in the Champions League at Camp Nou.
The Citizens’ footballer says his team should be focused because “anyone in the top four can still win the league”Manchester City and Liverpool are the only teams that have yet to lose in the English Premier League after 15 matches.And for Riyad Mahrez his team is not invincible and they have to keep focus.“Anyone in the top four can still win the league,” said Mahrez to ITV.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Nothing is done and we need to keep working very hard for each other and try to win every game.”“Now we need to focus every three days, and we need to be ready and at our top,” he explained.“You are not going to win every game 4-0 or 5-0, and going through these types of games makes you stronger.”“We created more chances and tried to kill the game but in football when you are 2-0 up and the opposition scores, the crowd get behind them and it’s difficult, so we were very happy to win and get the three points,” he concluded.
The Real Madrid manager says his team has to focus on the matches ahead instead of on the FIFA Club World CupThe FIFA Club World Cup starts on December 12.But for UEFA Champions League 2017-2018 champions Real Madrid, the tournament doesn’t start until December 19.On that date, Los Merengues will play against the winner of the Quarterfinals match between Japan’s Kashima Antlers and Mexico’s Club Deportivo Guadalajara.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“There’s no time to think about it – we are not even sure who is in. The final of the Libertadores is being played here on Sunday,” Madrid’s manager Santiago Solari told The Daily Mail.“We are just looking at the next game, so we are still far away. There are many matches before that.”“There are three, two in LaLiga which are vital for us, and the other one comes in the Champions League,” he explained.“After that, we will have time to think about the Club World Cup. It’s a competition that I am passionate about, I think it’s brilliant.”
A History of Modern India provides an interpretive and comprehensive account of the history of India between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, a crucial epoch characterized by colonialism, nationalism and the emergence of the independent Indian Union. It explores significant historiographical debates concerning the period while highlighting important new issues, especially those of gender, ecology, caste, and labour. The work combines an analysis of colonial and independent India in order to underscore ideologies, policies, and processes that shaped the colonial state and continue to mould the Indian nation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With the launch of this book, Cambridge University Press India has been successful in bringing together outstanding scholars – Professor Shahid Amin, Department of History, University of Delhi (DU); Professor Ashis Nandy, Honorary Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi; and Dr Charu Gupta, Associate Professor, Department of History, DU, in a lively discussion on the perspectives of learning and teaching history, and the need to re-envision the past. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe event was chaired by Professor Emerita Romila Thapar, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, whose contribution to the understanding of ancient India has enriched and in many ways, shaped our idea of history. For Shahid Amin, this was a book to be savoured and read. He specially mentioned the evocative cover of the book and said it allows the reader to judge for himself/ herself – was Gandhi tired and dependent or was he confident of leading the nation into new areas. Charu Gupta praised Ishita for her great academic honesty and courage to write a book like this. The book is a ray of hope for our understanding of history. While, Professor Thapar noted that the great merit of the book is that it beckons the student to read some more. A History of Modern India is the first international textbook produced by the India branch of the Press and within only three months of publication, has become a part of the syllabus of Pune and Gauhati universities in India.
The Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre is organising an event Music Without Boundaries by Delhi’s biggest and one of the most well-known choirs, the Capital City Minstrels on May 6 at its premises. The choir will be conducted by Carolin Remy. The concert celebrates 20 years of their existence. This time around, the audience will get to enjoy arrangements. As the title of the concert suggests, the repertoire will include a diverse range of music, keeping true to CCM’s dedication to music which has traces of Carnatic music. The singers will be supported by the well known Nise Meruno on Piano and Suchet Malhotra, with an array of percussion sounds adding special flavour. CCM is comprised of people from all walks of life. Different languages are spoken by various choir members. But the language that unites us all is music. A long-time member of ours, Tapas Bhardwaj is a visually challenged student and has earned the confidence and stage presence with his many performances on stage with CCM. Originating in 1994, the choir recently had celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Over these two decades CCM has performed in more than 200 concerts at prestigious venues around the capital. The choir has also established strong cultural links with the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, Alliance Francaise, the Austrian, Italian and Vatican Embassies and regularly performs for important events at these places. CCM’s repertoire spans a wide range; from the earliest choral music to the entire spectrum of western classical music, and opera to ballads, folk songs, Broadway musicals, rock, pop, jazz as well as Indian music arranged for choir performances. So mark the dates!
Kolkata: One biker was killed and the pillion rider injured after a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) ran them over on Circus Avenue near AJC Bose Road Flyover on Sunday morning. It was alleged that the bike riders violated traffic rules and were trying to move ahead on the opposite direction in a one way road.According to the locals, around 6:15 am on Sunday, a bike was headed towards Park Circus Seven Point using the wrong flank of the Circus Avenue. Both of the riders on the bike were without helmets. At the same time a HGV was moving towards Theatre Road using the same lane. Near Nasiruddin Road, the Bike collided head on with the HGV. Both the riders fell on the road and sustained multiple injuries. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThey were immediately rushed to Chittaranjan National Medical College and Hospital (CNMC) where doctors declared the rider of the bike, Syed Iftikar Abbas Hossain (23), dead. The pillion rider identified as Shaikh Saif Ali is admitted to the hospital in a critical condition. The HGV and its driver were detained by the locals. Later, Karaya police station took charge of the vehicles and detained the offending driver. A case on charges of causing death by negligence, rash driving on a public way and causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others was initiated. In another incident, a person identified as Ashok Khan (30) died in a bike accident at Bishnupur in South 24-Parganas. According to the locals, Ashok with a friend riding pillion was racing with another bike. Near Moudi on Amtala-Baruipur Road, he lost control and hit a wall of a tea stall beside the road. Ashok was declared brought dead by the doctor at Amtala hospital. His friend is admitted there with multiple injuries.
When artists create something, those particular art works reflect the shadow of their thoughts, reality of their fascination towards life, and the reason behind their very existence. The perception behind the artist’s creation, most of the time, is totally different from that the onlooker’s. Moreover, the relationship of an artist with his/her creation is quite a complicated topic to comprehend. Mohinder K Puri’s works do not seem complicated to the beholders and that is what makes him different from other artists. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA striking fact about his paintings is the firm composition without the plethora of structures. A subtle use of colours turns his fascination into reality for which one can easily find forms delicately woven into each other in his creations. Those forms depict human relationships and music– his fascination. He is so fascinated about music that once he wanted to be a musician. It is unfortunate that he could not turn his dream into reality for Triveni Kala Sangam in Delhi denied him admission. But that did not end his love for music. He turned towards Fine Art to create music. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBorn in Quetta, Pakistan, in 1938, Puri moved to Dehradun in 1953 to learn Fine Art. Later, he joined Triveni Kala Sangam and studied painting under the supervision of KS Kulkarni. His work on music is his most beloved and most acceptable work so far. Perhaps no one has ever created music through painting as Puri has, which in itself is a marvelous achievement for an artist. Moreover, his paintings are known for creating dialogues through distinctive expressions demonstrated in them and Puri attributes all these expressions to his interest in music, theater and dance forms. Also, human relation and behavior has remained as the other central theme in the artist’s creation. One can easily see human forms depicting emotion such as pain, pleasure, joy and sorrows in his creations. There was a time when Puri admired Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. He never refused to accept that his works were influenced by Picasso, his all time favourite. But later he realised that his own identity was getting washed out under the influence of Picasso. So he quit painting and devoted himself to ceramic sculpture and murals. He learned that art in 1960s, when the medium was not yet to evolve in India. It was a small mural job that brought him to Delhi Blue Art Pottery and he came in contact with S Gurucharna Singh, the father of studio pottery in India. Later, S Krishnan, then well known art critic, declared him as the first sculptor in India to use ceramic for sculpture. Human head is the main theme of his ceramic works. He says, “Human head is a mine of expressions, which provides flexibility for experiments.”Recently, MK Puri represented India at the ‘China Hangzhou G20 International Art Exchange Exhibition’ at Hangzhou Qianjiang International Art Museum in China. The theme for the G20 art exhibition this year was ‘Peace, freedom, and environment protection’. Two of MK Puri’s paintings with the theme of Yoga and Meditation were selected for the exhibition. The works were semi realistic and attributed the Indian flavour.This is not the first time that he represented India at an international art exhibition, in the past he has represented the country at exhibitions across the world including Second Havana Biennale in Cuba, Exhibition of contemporary Indian art at Cuba, Mexico, France, Yugoslavia and Myanmar.He was awarded a gold medal at the Olympic Fine Art Exhibition in Beijing, where he had been specially invited by the Olympic association to represent India. MK Puri, 78, still feels energetic and enthusiastic. He thinks there is a lot left to discover, “Although I have represented India across the world in various art exhibitions throughout my life, each new invitation to represent India enthralls me and inspires me to showcase India depicted like never before, especially the rich culture and heritage our civilization has. This enthuses me and I feel as a fresher to the world of depicting my thoughts on canvas.”
TripAdvisor has revealed the most popular travel destinations Australians are researching online, with Bali topping the list as the most sought after holiday escape.Internationally, Bali is the standout winner with the region of Seminyak taking the number one spot and neighbouring cities Kuta, Ubud, Legian and Nusa Dua all appearing in the top 20 destinations.Although Bali is one of the closest international hotspots, distance is not an issue as New York, Paris and London all ranked within the top five most-researched destinations.The interest in the Olympics and Paralympics could have helped London secure the fifth spot, according to TripAdvisor. The only New Zealand city to make this list was the resort village of Queenstown, coming in at 17.Melbourne beat out Sydney as the most searched city in Australia, while Queensland recorded the highest number of destinations researched online. Australia’s wine regions have begun to intrigue domestic travellers with two NSW Hunter Valley towns – Cessnock and Pokolbin – ranking in the top 20 and Western Australia’s Margaret River making the list. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Resort Pool in Kuta, Bali