Chelsea F.C. sign striker Olivier Giroud on 18-month contract

first_imgChelsea have roped in French striker Olivier Giroud from Arsenal on Wednesday. Chelsea have strengthened their forward line with the signing of Giroud on an 18-month contract.Giroud’s arrives at Stamford Bridge after struggling to cement a place in the Arsenal starting lineup this season, with manager Arsene Wenger preferring to start Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette as a lone striker.Giroud provides Chelsea boss Antonio Conte with options up front and eases the pressure on their record signing Alvaro Morata, who has gone off the boil after a good start to life in London.”Chelsea is one of the biggest teams in the Premier League,” the 31-year-old Giroud said in a statement.”They have won maybe the most trophies in the last six or seven years. It’s a massive club and I am proud to sign for Chelsea, and I’m looking forward to playing.”See you at the Bridge, @_OlivierGiroud_! #GiroudIsBlue pic.twitter.com/EtkluPT2PE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 31, 2018Giroud has made 16 league appearances this season, 15 as a substitute. He joined Arsenal from French side Montpellier in 2012 and his goal tally has hit double figures in each of the last five seasons.Chelsea were linked with several strikers who could offer an aerial threat, including AS Roma’s Edin Dzeko, Peter Crouch of Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur’s Fernando Llorente, before landing Giroud following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s arrival at Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund.Chelsea’s Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi has completed a loan move to Dortmund until the end of the season.(Courtesy: Reuters)advertisement@_OlivierGiroud_#GiroudIsBlue pic.twitter.com/Ep6Hrhc9AR— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 31, 2018last_img read more

The Elders Urge End Of Yemen Blockade To Avert Further Humanitarian Crisis

first_imgThe Elders today called on Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners to lift the land, sea, and air blockade of Yemen to avert an escalation of the humanitarian disaster in the war-stricken country.They shared the concerns of the United Nations and relief agencies that closing aid channels aggravates the already dire humanitarian situation in Yemen, where millions of people are at risk of famine, cholera, and other health crises.The Elders were particularly alarmed at reports that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was unable to get clearance to ship chlorine tablets from Saudi Arabia into Yemen, noting that over 900,000 cases of cholera have been reported since April 2017.The Elders also condemned all military actions in Yemen and the region that target or threaten civilians.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said:“The civilian population of Yemen is paying a horrendous price for the war waged by rival factions and their foreign backers. All parties to the conflict must allow complete and unfettered humanitarian access to those in need.”last_img read more

Understanding the Magazine Industrys Darkest Hour

first_imgThis commenton a blog post I wrote yesterday got me thinking about how people all over theindustry are struggling to understand the unprecedented environment of today,which combines the fast-changing media structure combined with a remarkably difficultrecession: Drivingrevenue while trying to re-invent a business model is a difficult thing to do,it’s like changing the tires on a moving truck.I’ve livedthrough the economic downturns of early 1990s and 2000s, and right now, thisone seems much worse. Adding to thechallenge is the fact that we’re in an economy-wide crisis of confidence, whereno one wants to spend money. Consumers who cancel frivolities like Netflix andgym memberships hold off on new cars and worry about putting kids throughcollege. Businesses that scale back investment and hiring. Local governmentsthat reduce their police overtime budgets and schools that make kids pay to participate insports and other activities. And most relevant to us, advertisers who used tobuy magazine ads Web banners, show sponsorships and newsletter insertions. The smartones still advertise, they still go big, but this year, right now, even a lotof these marketers are lying low. All of thisleaves a lot of us scrambling. Under pressure, we tend to fall into threegeneral groups based on behavior patterns. There are those who panic, who cut thevitality out of their brands through layoffs and physical downgrades. (Thisgroup also includes those who sell their souls for a dollar, like thosemagazines that suddenly do happy features about their advertisers. You don’thave to look far to find that in this space.)And—a muchmore admirable group—there are those that try to understand where these sweepingchanges are taking us. One of the best at this is Rex Hammock, whose blog is asource of nearly daily Socratic dialogue. Thursday, for example, he talked about the power of print media,and how he and Samir “Mr. Magazine” Husni are convinced that magazines willcontinue to play an important role in people’s lives well into the future:The”business model” is not necessarily selling ads or subscriptions (but can be—and Mr. Magazine loves studying how magazine companies do so). The businessmodel is driven by whatever the greater organization’s goals are. But to reachthose goals, the institution must master any media important to its audience:magazines, books, events, licensing, TV programming, social (and personal andconversational) media and networking, eBooks, online community. The tools wehave to work with today make this one of the most exciting times ever known. Yetwe look around and see fear and defensiveness.My responseto that is this: The vast majority of companies in this business are built fromthe ground up on selling ads or subscriptions or both. That’s what they do, andthey often can’t see beyond the basic economics of magazine publishing: “Ieither make enough money selling ads and subscriptions to pay for the cost ofproducing an ink-on-paper magazine and accompanying Web site, or I don’t. Andif I don’t, then I’m going out of business.”And thenthere are those who take Rex Hammock’s concept and execute on it. It seems tome that Hearst Magazines is one. In a speech last week at the Primex conference,Hearst EVP and general manager John Loughlin made a compellingpresentation for how to model out your goals, establish strategies toachieve those goals and develop tactics to achieve those strategies.It takesworking through the minutia. As Loughlin said: “Hope is not a strategy.”last_img read more

Mark Armour CFO of Reed Elsevier Announces Retirement

first_imgReed International, a British trade book and magazine publisher, merged with Elsevier, a Dutch science publisher, in autumn of 1992 to form Reed Elsevier. According to Bloomberg data, Armour owns almost 250,000 shares of the company, making his value at Reed Elsevier around $1.9 million. Reed Elsevier, a contributor of online professional business information and information solutions, announced today that chief financial officer Mark Armour will retire at the end of 2012. The company welcomed Armour, a Cambridge graduate, as deputy chief financial officer in 1995 and later promoted him to chief financial officer in 1996.Armour said that after 15 years in this position he announced his planned departure in order to give the company sufficient time to appoint his successor. The board has not yet determined who will replace the well-known CFO but has begun the process, stating that they have hired an executive search firm to evaluate potential candidates. During his time at the company, Armour helped apply a cost-cutting program that permitted Reed Elsevier to sell portions of its trade-publishing unit and allow them to refocus the business on electronic data. last_img read more

Meet The FirstTime GRAMMY Nominee HER On Being Born Into Music Why

first_img Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Twitter 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs News Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Facebook Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Prev Next Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images “It feels like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be,” the R&B singer/songwriter, who is up for five GRAMMYs, told usAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Feb 7, 2019 – 2:17 pm California native singer/songwriter H.E.R. may just be 21, but her honest and thoughtful approach to R&B, with personal lyrics and ’90s throwback slow-jam beats, reveal an old soul. Her smooth yet powerful voice offers insights on love and identity with vulnerability and plenty of straight-up feelings.While her music is communicative, and even her moniker is an acronym for “Having Everything Revealed,” the rising star still operates with an air of mystery. She has chosen to reveal minimal details about herself and, always pictured behind large sunglasses, seems to ask us to focus on her music first.We recently caught up with the talented multi-instrumentalist, who, as a first-time nominee, is up for five awards at the 61st GRAMMY Awards. (In addition to being nominated for the all-genre Best New Artist and Album Of The Year categories, she is also up for Best R&B Song, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Album. H.E.R., the album in consideration, is a release combining her two EPs plus B-sides—she has yet to release a debut LP.)During our conversation, H.E.R. told us how grateful she is for all she’s achieved thus far, growing up in a musical household, the importance of keeping “real people” around you and what we can expect to hear on her forthcoming debut album. “I didn’t think I would get this far so soon, so I’m focusing on elevation and really dreaming bigger.” How did you first learn about your first GRAMMY nomination? When you found out you were up for five awards, what was your initial reaction?Oh my god! There were a lot of tears. I was with my tour squad; we had all just woken up early after a show. I was actually really sick, and kind of sad and down the day before. My manager gave us the news and it changed my entire mood and attitude. It made my day. I immediately called my mom, dad and sister. I was on cloud nine. Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? 61st GRAMMY Awards John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Your five nominations include Best New Artist, along with Album of the Year and Best R&B Album. What does that recognition mean to you?It feels like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. It’s so easy to question your art, even to question what you’re doing, to question the path that you’re on. But this is such confirmation for me; “you’re exactly where you need to be, you’re doing all the right things.” It just feels amazing, it feels like I found my objective and I’m fulfilling it. I’m so blessed.Was there a moment when you were younger that made you want to make music? Were there other artists you admired that made you want to make R&B?Music was something that was a given for me, like out of the womb. At parties I was always the center of attention, singing and dancing and playing instruments. I never made that decision of “I’m going to do music.” My dad had a band that would rehearse in our living room, so all the instruments were in there and I gravitated towards them at a super-young age.My mom would try to find talent shows and festivals for me to be in around the Bay Area, even when I was only seven or eight years old, because she knew I loved to do it. It was never a career goal or what I was planning on doing as soon as I graduated high school. I just did it. It came super naturally to me.One artist I really respect is Alicia Keys. Because she plays piano and sings, and because I love instruments so much, she definitely paved the way for a young black musician and young black woman like me who wants to play instruments and find my voice in the industry. She played a big role.Related: 2019 GRAMMYs Host Alicia Keys: GRAMMY RewindI never really thought about the idea of being an R&B artist. R&B is kind of the core of everything, rhythm and blues. I grew up listening to a lot of soul and blues, so those influences shine through me. When I started making my first project, H.E.R. Vol. 1, it was so honest. It has a ’90s R&B influence, but you could feel the soul reflecting my background and where I came from.”Focus” is one of your songs up for a GRAMMY; the lyrics feel very personal and are really relatable. Can you talk about what that song means to you and how you think the honesty in your music helps you connect with fans?My music is my diary. When I’m writing a song it’s what I feel in that moment. With “Focus,” I was afraid to leave it on my first project because it was so personal for me, it’s so vulnerable. I was really young when I wrote it and was just feeling like, “put your phone down, pay attention to me.” It’s crazy how it’s gone deeper and resonated with so many women; women who are even five and ten years into marriage, and able to relate that small feeling I felt then.What’s your favorite part of being an artist?I don’t know if I have a favorite part of being an artist. I do love being onstage and performing with my band. I also love rehearsing with them and creating the show, that’s always a fun part. But there’s also nothing like being in the studio and being able to get back to myself and get back to my feelings. The studio is the place for me to really confront my feelings and get it all out. I love being in that space and creating, doing what I love, making art.Outside of music, how do you feel the success you’ve experienced in this past year has influenced or changed who you are?I’ve learned a lot about myself through my music and the way people perceive it, and the goal is for the success not to change me. I feel like the same person I was when I released it, I’ve just grown. The success has definitely taught me a lot about keeping real people around you, and about purpose. It’s taught me about the people and the things that you really need you to ensure success, and how important it is to keep those things around you and block out anything else, and about being positive.Also, seeing the world has given me a better perspective on life. The fact that I can travel around the world doing what I love is such a blessing. I’ve learned that traveling is such an important thing; there’s so many beautiful things out there and we get worried about such little things. 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album?center_img Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images What are you most looking forward to about the GRAMMYs? How will you celebrate if you win?It’s going to be like a movie. The fact that I’m nominated for five [awards] is just, wow. And the fact that people are going to really see me, because as you know I haven’t revealed too much of myself. It’s going to be my first red carpet!After the GRAMMYs, I just want be with the ones I love and to reminisce. I love to think about memories and all the things that got me up to this point, so that would be celebratory, looking at old videos and old pictures of where I came from.Read More: Something About Her: The Mystery Of H.E.R.What’s on the horizon for H.E.R.—can we expect new music this year?Absolutely. I’m going to release a debut album, which I’m excited about. It’s crazy because my project that’s nominated for Album Of The Year is the combination of my two EPs. So there will be the new album and I’ll be touring more. Also, I’m starting a foundation called Bringing The Noise to help bring music back into schools that have lost their music programs. I’m really excited that I’m now in a position to be able to help people.There’s so much happening this year, I couldn’t even tell you. Like performing at Coachella! I didn’t think I would get this far so soon, so I’m focusing on elevation and really dreaming bigger.Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: TOKiMONSTA On Authenticity & Why ‘Lune Rouge’ Is “A Celebration Of Life” H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: H.E.R. meet-first-time-grammy-nominee-her-being-born-music-why-rb-core-everything Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: H.E.R. On Being Born Into Music & Why R&B Is “At The Core Of Everything” Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Read more Email Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallerylast_img read more

US House speaker Ryan to quit

first_imgHouse Speaker Paul Ryan addresses a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek re-election and will leave his post at the start of 2019, dealing a blow to fellow Republicans and President Donald Trump ahead of fast-approaching congressional elections.By triggering a House leadership struggle when the party should focus on defending its congressional majorities and advancing Trump’s agenda, Ryan dismayed some Republicans already concerned about their prospects with US voters in November.“It’s going to set off an intramural war among Republicans on who is going to be the next speaker. It will take the eye off the ball of keeping a majority in the House,” said one Republican veteran who asked not to be identified.Trump’s 2018 agenda, including construction of a US-Mexico border wall and an infrastructure proposal, has gained little traction. Ryan’s departure will not likely improve the outlook, said John Feehery, a Republican lobbyist who worked as spokesman for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert.“Realistically, the chances were low of anything getting done anyway,” Feehery said.The Republicans’ biggest policy win since Trump took office almost 15 months ago has been the tax overhaul approved in December, an achievement in which Ryan played a major role despite his sometimes strained relationship with the volatile president.Asked how much Trump and his conduct influenced his decision not to seek re-election for his seat representing a district in southeastern Wisconsin, Ryan told reporters: “Not at all.”Politico later quoted Ryan as saying in an interview that he had a good rapport with Trump, but wished the president tweeted less. “It works better to have private conversations than public disputes,” Ryan said.Ryan’s announcement was the latest upheaval in Washington in Trump’s second year as president, after the resignations and firings of numerous White House officials and Cabinet members.In 2016, Trump slammed Ryan as a “very weak and ineffective leader.” On Wednesday, Trump wrote on Twitter: “Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. We are with you Paul!”Ryan, who was the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2012, poured cold water on speculation he could be eyeing a presidential campaign in 2020 or beyond.“I’m not going to run for president. That’s not my plan,” he said on CNN.Ryan was scheduled to dine with Trump and other Republican congressional leaders on Wednesday evening at the White House.CITES TAX OVERHAULRyan became speaker in 2015 after fellow Republican John Boehner quit amid clashes with right-wing Republicans.While Ryan cultivated a reputation as a fiscal conservative, the December 2017 tax law and later federal spending deals he helped negotiate will help rack up $11.7 trillion in federal deficits over the next decade, according to recent estimates by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.Among names circulating as a possible Ryan replacement were House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who was wounded by a gunman last year. The two are expected to wage a furious effort to raise campaign funds for fellow House Republicans to shore up support for their potential leadership aspirations.Mark Meadows, who heads the conservative House Freedom Caucus that helped prompt Boehner’s departure, told reporters the top House Republican job was not on his list of goals.Although not on a par with Ryan, both McCarthy and Scalise are strong campaign fundraisers, a crucial talent in any contest for congressional leadership in both parties.Stanley Hubbard, a billionaire Republican donor who owns the radio company Hubbard Broadcasting, said fundraising skill “absolutely” would be a key to choosing the next speaker.McCarthy raised $8.75 million in the first quarter of 2018, sending $2.9 million of that to the National Republican Campaign Committee, which helps fund Republicans’ campaigns.Scalise has not yet made public his fundraising totals for the first three months of the year. Ryan brought in $11 million in the first quarter.“Ryan’s retirement wasn’t a huge shock to the political establishment and he leaves behind two prolific fundraisers in Scalise and McCarthy,” said Joe Brettell, a Texas-based Republican strategist.TRUMP AND RYANRyan was criticized by Democrats for what they saw as his failure to stand up to Trump over his attacks on US law enforcement and his alienation of US allies.In 2016, Ryan hesitated to endorse Trump after it became clear the wealthy New York real estate developer would become the party’s presidential nominee, but eventually did so.Ryan voiced unease at candidate Trump’s call for banning Muslims from entering the United States and his criticism of a Mexican-American US judge. A month before the 2016 election, Ryan said he was “sickened” by Trump’s remarks about groping women captured on a 2005 audiotape.After Trump won the presidency in November 2016, Ryan’s words softened as he expressed annoyance at being asked to respond to the president’s incendiary Twitter messages, but rarely offered direct criticism.In stepping down, Ryan may have boosted Democratic prospects in November. Democrats need to pick up at least 23 seats in the 435-member House to regain the majority.Another Republican House member, Dennis Ross of Florida, said on Friday he would not seek re-election. Forty-five House Republicans now have either resigned or announced plans not to seek re-election, compared with 20 Democrats.last_img read more

Subrats goddess in a Shiva temple

first_imgBaroda artist Subrat Kumar Behra’s goddess images pasted on the walls of a 10th century Shiva temple became a lesson in the charismatic characteristics of contours as much as it spoke of his printmaking prowess and his love for antiquity in a world invaded by technology. On Cultures Through Collecting, a lithograph created with charcoal showed the ingenuity and brilliance of the artist.Subrat’s translation of the goddess of birth from a sculpture on the walls of abandoned erosion tenored temple spoke about many things other than Shiva being among the supreme teachers of ultimate awareness, understanding, and knowledge. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPasted on the lateral wall of the temple pond overlooking the Bindusagar Lake, it echoed in a quaint way both transformation, and renewal along with a quiet lyricism. One thought of the many mythic stories of Shiva expounded on the timeless principles of vocal and instrumental music, which is known to lead to liberation (moksha) without strain. Contoured in deft and deep relief features with extraordinary detail, this impressive illustration demonstrated the masterful craftsmanship of tenth-century artists working in Odisha. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”I took inspiration from various religious tales, mythological stories, folk tales, and day to day news. The aim of my work is to look at how the process of storytelling works. What the narrator of the story wants to say. What is it that the narrator did not tell us? What were the different kinds of techniques that could be used to evoke the various rasas in the viewer’s mind in this modern millennium?” Subrat depicts the youthful deity sitting crossed legged in poise. He has emphasised the prowess of the deity through a strong frontal pose with wide shoulders and hips, and attire and jewellery in a modernist mode. This particular drawing’s detailed contours, pleasing size, and complete charm make it a superb example of medieval Odisha Indian sculpture. “I chose this image among the many sculptures done on the walls of the temple,” says Subrat. “I was studying the sculptures and realised that the body of the goddess is modelled with exceptional naturalism,” he added. Subrat recreates the goddess with broad shoulders and robust thighs emphasised by a fleshy yet tapered waist. When he shares an image on his phone you see that it is carved in extremely deep relief, the stone appears multi-dimensional and capacious. Of particular note is the smile on her face, and the way her odhini is created, a detail which is typically incised rather than carved in openwork. Beautifully contoured in light and tidy lines, the subject, and style of the figure of the Goddess, circa 10th century, make for a very rare modernist sculpture. Beautiful and unusual traits such as the large forehead are paired with substantial and voluptuous forms, making the goddess a fine example of the rounded physique of period sculpture. Subrat’s 10 drawings done in the mokulito impressive and particularly animating, as she sits in a gracefully instead of stiff stillness. This figure of a goddess is a masterful depiction of feminine strength. The humble and rustic looking Baroda based Subrat who also hails from Odisha says: “For this work, I collected stories of people from around this place. These oral histories inspired me to incorporate mokulito technique as a part of my work. What stood out in these stories was the idea of how any culture, people, or object as a life cycle – it is conceived, born, exists and eventually dies. The title inspired by James Still’s essay named ‘On Collecting Art and Culture’, too helps express the convoluted understanding of value through the notion of permanence and preservation attached to it.” For curators Premjish Achari and Jagannath Panda, the walls of the pond flanking the Lord Shiva temple became a befitting backdrop for the work of the brilliant Baroda artist Subrat Behra.last_img read more

TPI ACV Expedia CruiseShipCenters take top honours with NCL

first_img Monday, December 19, 2016 Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Expedia CruiseShipCenters, NCL, Norwegian Cruise Line, TPI TPI, ACV, Expedia CruiseShipCenters take top honours with NCL Posted by Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI — Norwegian Cruise Line named Air Canada Vacations as its top wholesale / tour operator as the cruise line recognized its highest-contributing partners with year-end honours.Other winners included Expedia CruiseShipCenters (Franchise Partner of the Year) and TPI (Partner of the Year – Canada). Travel Leaders Network (Vacation.com) was named Marketing Partner of the Year.“We congratulate all of the 2016 top travel partners and extend our sincere appreciation for their commitment, dedication and passion for the Norwegian Cruise Line brand,” said Camille Olivere, Senior VP Sales for Norwegian Cruise Line. “Our highly-valued travel partners are the key to the ongoing success of Norwegian Cruise Line and we applaud them for all of their hard work in 2016.”last_img read more