Art hotel counts Joburg’s decades

first_img30 August 2010The 12 decades of Johannesburg’s existence are reflected in the 12 rooms making up a new boutique hotel at Main Street Life, one of Joburg’s newest places to be seen, and the brainchild of the same developer who brought the successful Arts on Main to the inner city.The 1960s was the decade the miniskirt hit the world; a man stepped on the moon; Sharpeville happened and Nelson Mandela was jailed. In Joburg, smoking in cinemas was banned, while bikinis were forbidden at swimming pools. And the Carlton Centre was opened.That spectacular building is the theme of one of the 12 specially decorated rooms in the 12 Decades Art Hotel at Main Street Life in Johannesburg’s CBD. The room is referred to as 50 Storeys, and was put together by clothing designer Colleen Alborough.One of Joburg’s newest places to be seen, Main Street Life opened in February this year. It offers Joburgers a new way to spend their hard-earned cash. Malva, the concept store on the ground floor of the seven-storey residential building, buzzes with customers stopping in for a sandwich and coffee, or to see a play, or just to chill and buy an item from its selection of designer gear and decor.To complete the picture, Main Street Life offers The Bioscope, an independent art house cinema.Twelve designers and artists were asked to each design a room of the hotel, taking a theme from the 12 decades that Johannesburg has been in existence, since 1886.So you can stay in the Sir Abe Bailey room, done by Prospero and Anna Bailey; or the Main Street Constellations room, by artist Kim Lieberman; or the A Part Love A Part Hate room, by fashion label Love Jozi; or Minehaus by decor design company Dokter and Misses; or the Catwalk Customs room, by designers Black Coffee; or The House That Jack Built by artist Kim Stern.The hotel opened in mid-July, and bookings are growing steadily, says general manager Henning Booysen. Rates range from R650 a night for the smaller rooms, to R950 for the premium room, Perpetual Liberty, by architect Enrico Daffonchio.Work is ongoing on the roof of the hotel, which eventually will have a splash pool, a boxing gym, two viewing decks, a bar and a telescope. There will be a restaurant on the ground floor of the building.Jonathan Liebmann is the developer of Main Street Life, a follow-up to his successful Arts on Main several blocks down the road.Arts on MainLiebmann bought the five warehouses – now a collection of interleading buildings between Fox, Main and Berea streets in the eastern CBD that make up Arts on Main – in late 2008. By mid-2009 several galleries had moved in, and it has become the hip venue to exhibit work.Tenants include Bailey’s African History Archives, the Goodman Gallery, the David Krut Gallery, the Seippel Gallery, the Goethe-Institut, the Nirox Foundation, a literature project called Right on the Rim, an architect’s firm and an advertising company. The anchor tenant is renowned artist William Kentridge.Arts on Main is pulled together around a restaurant, Canteen, which opens on to a courtyard filled with olive and lemon trees. In June, Liebmann received a Johannesburg Development Agency Halala award in the category Relaxing and Playing Joburg.Several new hotels have opened in Johannesburg’s inner city in the past few years. This month, the Reef Hotels Gold opened on the corner of Harrison and Anderson streets, with 120 standard and deluxe rooms. It is a converted 1970s office building, and plays on the theme of the city’s gold history.In 2007, the 100-room Mapungubwe Hotel opened on the western edge of the CBD. Shortly afterwards, the Ashanti Hotel opened across the road, with 78 rooms. Around the same time, Isibaya House opened, with 103 stylish apartments.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Why Blockbuster’s Streaming Collapse Won’t Hurt Netflix

first_imgRelated Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… cormac foster After backing out of plans to compete with Netflix, Blockbuster is all but done. That’s not great news for the streaming-video space, and Netflix is in a rough spot. But Blockbuster’s latest stumble toward oblivion isn’t necessarily the final nail in NetFlix’ coffin.On October 4, Dish Network scrapped its plans to revamp the Blockbuster brand and launch a subscription-based streaming-only product to compete directly with Netflix. Dish ran the numbers, evaluated its options, and (correctly) assumed it didn’t have the assets to make a Netflix competitor work.That leaves Blockbuster on the ropes again, with just 900 of its former 3,300 retail stores and no clear digital strategy. But don’t assume that the math will work the same way for Netflix.The Bad News For Netflix Dish’s decision confirms what I’ve been saying for some time: the flat-rate streaming market isn’t a very profitable place. As I noted in Netflix Deathwatch over the summer: expensive bandwidth, second-rate content and strained relationships with content providers are par for the course for the entire industry.Paul Sweeting, Principal at Concurrent Media Strategies, told E-Commerce Times that “…studios have long been leery of subscription-based streaming of movies because it produces the lowest per-view/per-capita return for the rights holder of any business model, and it cannibalizes higher margin businesses like pay-per-view rentals and even purchases.” In the same article, another analyst predicted that flat-rate streaming may have only another five or six years of life.The market is obviously sick, and it needs to change.The Good News For NetflixTroubled or not, Netflix still owns the streaming video market, and that brings advantages Dish and Blockbuster couldn’t match. Most importantly, Netflix has existing content relationships that, while strained, put it in a better position than a startup.In an October 8 analyst note, Morgan Stanley’s Scott Devitt estimated that Amazon, which already has relationships with most studios, would need to spend an additional $1 billion to $1.2 billion in licensing rights to launch a similar service.If that price is too steep for Amazon, it’s probably beyond most competitors. Barriers to entry don’t validate the streaming-video business model, but they do buy time for Netflix to try to sort out its problems.In the long term, Netflix has an infrastructure advantage, since it owns its own Content Distribution Network (CDN), and its massive user base should help it secure content from overseas and underexposed independent sources. It’s also developing original content with headliners like Kevin Spacey to hedge against expiring contracts and differentiate from competitors. Netflix’s margins per customer may not be fantastic, but with all those users, it has cash to invest in programming.Eventually, though, Netflix needs to balance cheap back-catalog offerings with enough premium and custom content to create a profitable offering “good enough” to justify its prices. It also needs to keep an eye on Hulu, HBO and other content providers looking to ramp up their streaming businesses.Put it all together, and I wouldn’t want to be in Netflix’ shoes. Blockbuster’s implosion is a reminder of how tough things have gotten in Netflix’ core business, but at least Netflix still controls its own destiny.Blockbuster and Kevin Spacey images courtesy of Shutterstock. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Analysis#business#film#Multimedia#web last_img read more

Boxer Akhil livid as his bed at CWG Village collapses

first_imgThe shoddy state of the Games’ Village stood exposed today when the Indian boxing team checked in at their residential block there only to find defending Commonwealth Games gold medallist Akhil Kumar’s bed collapsing.The 10-member Indian team, comprising among others Olympic and world championship bronze medallist Vijender Singh, were also kept waiting for nearly four hours at the Olympic Bhavan here for the bus to take them to the Games’ Village.On reaching the Games’ Village, Akhil said it was a rude shock as his bed collapsed when he sat down to take rest after a long journey.”We reached at the Olympic Bhavan late in the afternoon to collect our accreditation cards. But when I sat down on my bed to take rest it collapse,” he told PTI.”I checked the bed and part of it has no plywood on it. It was very disappointing after enduring a long journey. The athletes are at least entitled a decent place to rest. Even the toilets are not very clean. I have told coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu about this,” said the boxer who will compete in 56kg at the Commonwealth Games.Apart from Akhil and Vijender (75kg), the team also comprises Asian champion Suranjoy Singh (52kg) and Commonwealth champions Jai Bhagwan (60kg) and Dinesh Kumar (81kg).Accompanied by national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu and Cuban coach B I Fernandes, the team comes here after months of training at the Naitonal Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala.Boxers join the weightlifters and netball players in arriving at the Village, which was severely criticised by international delegates some days ago.advertisementlast_img read more

ICC Under-19 World Cup: India’s focus on strong squad, not individuals, says Rahul Dravid

first_imgRahul Dravid, India’s coach of the Under-19 team, believes his team is capable of repeating their performance at the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand from the last edition in 2016 where they reached the final.Talking about India’s preparations for the 2018 edition of the tournament, David said in an interview with ICC that, “It’s been good. We started the process almost a year ago in terms of identifying a core group of 35-40 kids that we wanted to give exposure to. We’ve had a few series, a couple of Asia Cups where we’ve had the opportunity to see a large group of talent, and just in the build up to this tournament as well they’ve been playing a lot of domestic Under 19 cricket as well. We’ve been here for a week before the start of the tournament, played three good games against Central Districts. We feel happy and we feel that we’ve given the boys enough exposure and opportunities to grow.”WATCH VIDEOIndia have started off their campaign on the perfect note – they defeated South Africa by 189 runs in their first warm-up game at the Christ’s College in Christchurch and will play next Kenya in their second warm-up game, on January 11.Dravid though is not yet ready to talk about individuals over the team. He rather than focus on individuals, Dravid believes that every one of the squad is talented and has got the ability to go on and do well not only in the World Cup, but in senior cricket as well.advertisementGood morning India! �??��??�Rahul Dravid has this message to send you from New Zealand #U19CWC Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) January 10, 2018″We don’t like to focus too much on the individuals. We believe we’ve got a very good squad together and the opportunities for us to play well as a team are there. We’ve been playing some very good cricket of late, so rather than focusing on individuals and naming a few people, at this age we really believe that every one of these kids is talented and they’ve got the ability to go on and do well in this tournament, and not only in this tournament but also to go on and play professional cricket and do well there. Some of the guys are a little bit more experienced than others at this level because they mature and grow a bit quicker but it doesn’t mean that the others can’t catch up in a year or two,” he told the ICC’s official website.As for the facing the challenges when these players eventually do make that jump to senior cricket, he says adjusting to the competitive nature will be key. “I think a lot of these kids at the Under 19 level, by the very nature of the fact that they are here, are probably a lot more talented and just have better skillsets than some of the other kids who they compete with. And then suddenly as they leave this level they compete with people who have better skillsets than them, more experience, and it’s just the adjustment of having to deal with that kind of thing is something we find is a big challenge,” he say.India, who are have won the tournament most number of times along with the Aussies, are in Group B with Australia, Zimbabwe and East Asia Pacific qualifier Papua New Guinea.The three-time champions will open their campaign against Australia on January 14 in Christchurch. They will next face Papua New Guinea on January 16 and Zimbabwe on January 19. India will play two warm-up games – South Africa, on 9th January and Kenya, on January 11.New Zealand will start off preceding at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on January 13 and end with the final at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Christchurch on January 28.India U-19 Squad: Prithvi Shaw (captain), Shubman Gill (vice captain), Manjot Kalra, Himanshu Rana, Abhishek Sharma, Riyan Parag, Aryan Juyal (wicket-keeper), Harvik Desai (wicket-keeper), Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Ishan Porel, Arshdeep Singh, Anukul Roy, Shiva Singh, Pankaj Yadav.last_img read more

Attorneys Urged to Utilise Sentence Reduction Day Initiative

first_imgStory Highlights Queen’s Counsel, Valerie Neita-Robertson, is encouraging fellow attorneys to utilise the Supreme Court’s Sentence Reduction Day initiative, noting that the reduction of case backlog is favourable to all stakeholders in the justice sector. The Sentence Reduction Day programme is being implemented by the Criminal Case Management Steering Committee, which has as its mandate the implementation of policies and strategies that are geared towards the administration of justice in a timely manner in all the courts. The Sentence Reduction Day initiative provides an opportunity for accused persons to enter a guilty plea and benefit from a maximum of up to 50 per cent reduction in their sentence, according to the provisions of the Criminal Justice Administration Amendment Act, 2015. Queen’s Counsel, Valerie Neita-Robertson, is encouraging fellow attorneys to utilise the Supreme Court’s Sentence Reduction Day initiative, noting that the reduction of case backlog is favourable to all stakeholders in the justice sector.“The backlog is not beneficial to any side; defence attorneys are suffering. When you have a case dragging on for 10 years, there is no amount of money to be paid to you to account for that. So, if you can get rid of it early while doing what is in the best interest of your client, then the system, I think, will begin to work a little better,” she said.The second instalment of the initiative will be available on Thursday, October 19, at the Home Circuit and Gun Court Division of Kingston and St. Andrew and on Friday, October 20, at the St. Catherine Circuit Court.The Sentence Reduction Day initiative provides an opportunity for accused persons to enter a guilty plea and benefit from a maximum of up to 50 per cent reduction in their sentence, according to the provisions of the Criminal Justice Administration Amendment Act, 2015.Mrs. Neita-Robertson, in an interview with JIS News, said it is the obligation of all defence attorneys to facilitate an efficient system in the best interest of justice.“The defence attorney does what is in the best interest of his or her client. If the client is guilty and tells you he is guilty, having indicated that this is his wish, I would really encourage all attorneys [to utilise the Sentence Reduction Days],” she said.She also urged young attorneys to seek assistance and support from senior counsel, if needed, in order to take advantage of the provisions under the programme.Mrs. Neita-Robertson further noted that she personally used the initiative in its initial instalment on May 22 this year, from which her clients benefited significantly.She added that it is also valuable that pleading guilty on the day carries no penalty for the accused, noting that the attorney can get a sentencing indication from the judge ahead of the proceedings.“Persons in the past Sentence Reduction Day have gotten suspended sentences, because when you take away time served, it comes down to zero; but the accused would still have to pay a penalty for breaking the law, such as probation or suspended sentence,” she said.For her part, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Andrea Martin-Swaby, said that in addition to the benefit of a reduced case load to the prosecution, victims, complainants and witnesses also benefit from the Sentence Reduction Day initiative.“Witnesses, complainants and victims benefit by not having to repeatedly relive or revisit the unpleasant circumstances of the case in a trial… and are, therefore, usually happy to not have to go through the process,” she said.Mrs. Martin-Swaby further noted that a reduced case load also frees up the justice system to adequately handle cases that require the trial process and the use of a jury.The Sentence Reduction Day programme is being implemented by the Criminal Case Management Steering Committee, which has as its mandate the implementation of policies and strategies that are geared towards the administration of justice in a timely manner in all the courts.last_img read more

Ohio State softball drops first game of series against Purdue 42

Sporting its road red uniforms, the Ohio State softball team dug itself into an early hole against Purdue and never recovered, losing 4-2 Friday at Buckeye Field in the first of a three-game series. Purdue (12-18, 1-3) was designated the home team after weather conditions in West Lafayette, Ind., rendered its home field unplayable and forced the teams to reschedule the weekend series eastward to Columbus. Sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico struggled from the start, walking the bases loaded and giving up two runs in the first inning before being pulled in the second. She finished the day with five walks and three earned runs. She suffered her fourth loss of the season. DiDomenico said she had trouble adapting to the game. “I had trouble adjusting to (home plate umpire Greg Paul’s) strike zone,” she said. “That’s on my part, I couldn’t adjust, and they took advantage of it.” Redshirt junior pitcher Melanie Nichols pitched the remainder of the game. Purdue struck first with a run off of a walk with the bases loaded and added another after a throwing error by sophomore outfielder Caitlin Conrad. The second inning saw the Boilermakers score two more, aided by junior outfielder Lindsey Rains’ RBI double. The Buckeyes (20-10, 2-2) added one back in the third inning off of freshman utility player Cammi Prantl’s sacrifice fly RBI and another in the fourth off sophomore second baseman Shelby Pickett’s RBI single to chip away at the lead, 4-2. In the end, though, the early deficit proved too large to overcome. Sophomore outfielder Taylor Watkins said the Buckeyes still have hope for the rest of the weekend. “We need to come out more focused tomorrow,” Watkins said. “We didn’t hit like we normally do, but we have to come out and play hard and forget about this game and worry about the next two.” The Buckeyes’ offense was grounded by Purdue sophomore pitcher Lexy Moore, who earned her fourth victory of the season with a three-hit, one-earned run, four-strike out game. Watkins said that the Buckeyes simply didn’t play their best. “We should have came out hard no matter what,” Watkins said. “Whether we were home or the visitors, and we didn’t. It was just a normal game.” Purdue snapped a nine-game losing streak with the victory and earned its first Big Ten win of the season. DiDomenico said she expects Saturday’s game against the Boilermakers to go better. “We have to come out tomorrow and do our best,” DiDomenico said. “And things will fall into place.” OSU is scheduled to take on Purdue for game two of the weekend series Saturday at 2 p.m. at Buckeye Field. The teams will also meet Sunday at 1 p.m. read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State takes on No 13 Michigan and Michigan State

Ohio State head women’s volleyball coach Geoff Carlston watches theaction during his team’s match with Purdue on Friday, Oct. 27 at St. John Arena inColumbus, Ohio. Purdue won the match 3-0. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Former Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (11-7, 2-4 Big Ten) takes on the state of Michigan in a weekend-long battle as the women’s volleyball team welcomes No. 13 Michigan and Michigan State to St. John arena this weekend. The Wolverines bring the most impressive record the Buckeyes have faced this season at 15-2, and 4-2 within the conference. The Spartans stand at 14-5 and 2-4 in the Big Ten.“The Big Ten is all kind of beating each other up right now. Each weekend can flip everything so this is a big weekend for us, we’re excited for it,” head coach Geoff Carlston said. The Michigan teams bring impressive players, with each of their top attackers leading the teams with 225 kills, compared to the leading Buckeye, freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilić, with 199. Michigan senior outside hitter and team captain Carly Skjodt poses a threat to the Buckeyes, and according to Carlston, the rest of the Big Ten as well. “She’s tough man, she has all the shots, she grinds, she’s definitely one of their leaders,” Carlston said. “There’s lots of great outside hitters but her back-row attack is maybe one of the best in the conference.”Skjodt received Big Ten Player of the Week on Oct. 8, along with two other award-winning Wolverines. Senior libero Jenna Lerg earned Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week and junior MacKenzi Welsh earned Big Ten Conference Co-Setter of the Week.“There’s always a big sense of rivalry between us and Michigan and they’ve been playing well so obviously we need to raise the stakes a little bit,” said freshman defensive specialist Camryn Moeller. Carlston agreed the heightened rivalry changes the dynamic of the match. “We feel it like everyone does,” he said. “We’ve beaten them most of the time hear, and they’ve beaten us there. The environment is huge so we’re hoping to have this place rocking for sure on Friday. It’s a big match for both of us.”With a large number of player injuries this season, the Buckeyes have not enjoyed the consistency of any one lineup. The team and staff continue to work on communication and comfort on the court. “As a staff we’re trying to be more creative and do different things to keep it fresh,” said Carlston. “The chemistry on the floor is so important. You have to really be comfortable with the people to your left and right and that’s been tough because we haven’t had that ability to have the same group on the floor this year.”Ohio State will face Michigan on Friday at 7 p.m. and Michigan State on Sunday at 1 p.m. for Ohio State’s Dig Pink match to honor breast cancer survivors. read more

Chelsea target Lewandowski

first_imgChelsea have now entered the race to sign Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski at the end of the season, claims the Daily StarThe British publication has reported that the London club are now “on alert” after learning that the forward has been offered to some of the biggest sides in Europe for this summer.It is understood that Lewandowski’s representatives are making approaches to a number of big clubs to learn to their interest in the Pole and Chelsea have now made their interest known with Alvaro Morata’s future appearing to be increasingly uncertain at Stamford Bridge.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Although Chelsea are unlikely to have no competition for the highly-rated forward with newly crowned Premier League winners Manchester City and Liverpool strongly interested in signing Lewandowski this summer.The 29 year-old has had another impressive campaign for Bayern Munich with Lewandowski having scored 27 goals in his 27 league matches for the Bundesliga champions.last_img read more

Sean Dyche hopes his players will overcome poor form

first_imgSean Dyche has urged his players to wake up from slumber after accusing them of being trapped in a fog following Burnley’s loss at Wolves.The Clarets are experiencing their worst start to a league campaign in 90 years.Dyche’s men have managed to secure one point from their opening five games this term, and the manager has called on his team to step up their game.“No complaints, Wolves played well,” he told Sky Sports. “They are a good side, and we knew we would have to defend resolutely, which to be fair I thought we did – our ‘keeper played well.Premier LeaguePremier 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…“We were a bit more like ourselves defensively. It was a poor goal but other than that we got blocks in, were resolute and stayed in the game where we could have got something.“But attacking wise it was nowhere near enough, not enough quality, guile and energy really. That’s got to change.“We’re in a bit of fog at the moment; we collectively have to get our way out of that. We’ve been here before, we know it changes quickly, but we’ve got to work to make it change.”last_img read more