Thompson along with the rest of her the 4x200m teammates which comprises of Sasherlee Forbes, Jura Levy, Shericka Jackson and Anastacia Le-Roy were put through their paces by coach Paul Francis during a training session today. Francis who is also a coach at the MVP Track Club is also in charge of the women’s 4x400m relay team here. Jamaica won the silver in the 4x200m at the last championships which was held in 2015. Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson says that she will only be competing in the women’s 4x200m relays at this year’s IAAF World Relays. The two-day championships will be held at Nassau’s Thomas A Robinson Stadium. “(I will be competing in) Tomorrow’s 4x200m heats and final, we are going out to kill it,” said Thompson.
18 March 2015Contemporary South African art proved to be a big seller at a Strauss & Co auction held on Monday night in Cape Town.The sale achieved a total of R50-million with a value sell-through rate of over 84%, once again the highest in the current market, the auctioneer said in a statement.A popular work by Ed Young of Emeritus Archbishop Tutu swinging from a chandelier sold for R852 600, far exceeding pre-sale estimates of between R450 000 and R550 000.The sculpture depicts a flying Tutu, smiling as he holds on to a chandelier. The sculpture was commissioned in 2010 by the Institute for Democracy in SA (Idasa). The Arch was sold to a private buyer after Idasa closed in 2013.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu jokes with artist Ed Young at the unveiling of “The Arch” at Idasa in 2010 (Image: Idasa/Flickr.com) In a preview of the sale, Strauss & Co wrote on its website: “Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu, the first black Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, well known for his steadfast and unapologetic public voice, is also celebrated for his good humour. Upon seeing Ed Young’s super-realist sculpture depicting a likeness of him swinging from a chandelier, Tutu laughed and pulled a fist at the work’s creator. ‘I’ll send you bad dreams,’ he told Young.”The top-selling work was Schmerzensmann III, an extraordinary sculpture by Dutch artist Berlinde De Bruyckere that fetched R3 410 400. De Bruyckere was the solo artist in the Belgian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, curated by South African author JM Coetzee, Strauss & Co said.The work comprises “a pale, attenuated figure made from epoxy and wax and hung from the apex of an iron column sourced from a decommissioned 19th-century station. Conceived as a powerful reflection on humanity, it evokes images of war – particularly of World War I fought largely on Belgian soil – as much as of recent atrocities,” the auctioneers say on their website.A world record was reached for a Robert Hodgins work J’accuse, which sold for R2,5-million, more than double its pre-sale estimate. His Porn King sold for a little under R910 000.Vladimir Tretchikoff’s Zulu Maiden fetched almost R3,2-million, while William Kentridge’s Head sold for R1,48-million.JH Pierneef’s Wild Pear Trees, which had a pre-sale estimate of R600 000 to R900 000, sold for more than R2-million; and The Maluti Mountains, depicting the mountains around Ficksburg in the Free State, sold for over R1,8-million.His Storm Clouds and Trees, a charming landscape painted in 1928 using casein, a milk-based binding agent, sold for R704 816. A fast-drying material casein demands certainty, Strauss & Co says on its website: “Characterised by their notational brushstrokes and impressionistic use of colour, Pierneef’s casein works are a benchmark of his intuition and assuredness as a painter.”Stokerij (Paarl) and Cape Kitchen, two paintings by Pieter Hugo Naude, fetched over R204 000 and R341 000 respectively.A Sailing Barge on a Canal, a work by Maggie Laubser, one of South Africa’s most well known expressionists, sold for R250 096.“The auction proved that great art, well presented, will always achieve great results,” Strauss & Co said.The top 10 lots, according to Strauss & Co, were:Berlinde De Bruyckere; Schmerzensmann III R3 410 400Vladimir Griegorovich Tretchikoff; Zulu MaidenR3 183 040Wolf Kibel; Portrait of the Artist’s Son R2 955 680Robert Griffiths Hodgins; J’accuse R2 500 960Jacob Hendrik Pierneef; Wild Pear Trees R2 046 240Jacob Hendrik Pierneef; The Maluti Mountains R1 818 880Alexis Preller; Mapogga Wedding R1 477 840William Joseph Kentridge; Head R1 477 840Robert Griffiths Hodgins; The Porn King R909 440Ed Young; Arch R852 600SAinfo reporter
Is Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi being blackmailed?File photo of CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which carried out searches at the residence of Kalmadi has recovered an alleged blackmail letter demanding Rs 4 crore from him in exchange for a ‘compact disc’ carrying some damaging information.Sources in the investigating agency said authenticity of the letter is being verified. They said as Kalmadi could not provide a satisfactory reply on the letter, the agency is taking it on the “face value”.The sleuths are trying to verify contents of the unsigned letter found from the residence of Kalmadi and are likely to put it through a series of forensic tests, official sources said. The sources refused to disclose any reference made in the letter about the contents of the compact disc.The CBI had yesterday raided Kalmadi’s residences and offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Pune, two months after the sporting extravaganza ended amid allegations of financial wrongdoings in awarding of some contracts.During the raids, the agency recovered several documents and questioned the 66-year old leader about them.CBI sources had said that the key files, which contain important information on tendering, budgetary allocation and contract details, are missing from the (OC) office.However, Kalmadi said the documents could be lying with some other investigating agency and if the CBI lists out the missing document he and his team would trace them.His wife Meera was inside the “Kalmadi House” located off the arterial Karve road in West Pune during the course of the searches by a eight-member team that caused a flutter in the city which the high profile MP represents in Parliament.advertisementThe agency has so far filed three FIRs in connection with the alleged irregularities in CWG and searched the residences of OC Director General V K Verma and Bhanot on November 30.While one case is related to a Rs 107-crore deal struck with a Swiss score keeping firm, the agency had registered two other FIRs in connection with the contract given to AM Films for the Baton Relay ceremonies by the OC in London.The CBI had arrested OC’s Joint Director General T.S.Darbari, Deputy Director General Sanjay Mohindroo and former treasurer Jayachandran for their alleged complicity in these deals.
A new ruling that requires female badminton players to wear skirts on court is causing unease among players as they prepare to adopt the new compulsory dress code.The Indian Open Super Series, which begins next Tuesday, will be the last tournament in which women can wear shorts on court before the skirt requirement comes into force on May 1.The Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced the change in 2009 in a bid to boost the sport’s profile among viewers and sponsors.Doubles specialist and glamour girl Jwala Gutta, who has always played in skirts, said the new dress code might help to raise interest but players should not be forced to conform.Doubles player Jwala Gutta feels that players should not be forced to wear skirts.”You cannot make it compulsory for everyone to wear skirts. It depends on each individual and their comfortable level. I am not sure people will like being told what to wear and what not to,” she said.World number three Saina Nehwal, the top seed at the April 26- May 1 India Open Super Series, is one of the many players who prefers to wear shorts on court. Gutta, who won the Commonwealth Games gold last year with Ashwini Ponnapa, endorsed efforts to make the sport more glamourous.She said that interest in tennis was greater partly because of the attraction of female stars such as Maria Sharapova or the Williams sisters, whose on- court outfits are often as remarked about as their game.Ace tennis player Sania Mirza came under fire from muslim clerics four years back for wear- ing short skirts on court.advertisement”Anything that helps makes the sport attractive should be welcomed,” said the 27-year-old Gutta, whose eye- catching looks and daring dress sense on and off court have won her a loyal following at home. ” But instead of enforcing rules on players, the federation should ask sponsors to come up with innovative dresses.You can add a lot of colour, experiment with styling and stuff like that. That way it will ensure players’ comfort and take care of the glamour aspect as well.” Another Indian player, who asked not to be named, said she was uncomfortable with the new ruling. ” I wear skirts or dresses only on special occasions, but never in tournaments,” she said.”Skirts hamper my movement when I play.”ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPIndia’s young brigade, including Sai Praneeth and Saurabh Verma, will look to create a few upsets when they take on their higher- ranked opponents in the Asian Badminton Championship starting on Tuesday in ChengDu, China.The Indian team, besides Ajay Jayaram who pulled out at the last moment due to injury, will be led by Praneeth and Saurabh in the men’s singles and the duo would hope to make their presence felt in the prestigious international tournament.
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