El Clasico on target Girona season ticket holders can apply for a refund of around 40 per cent should they decide they will not travel to the game.According to Sport, 1,500 free flights are available to those who want to attend.The club are expected to make close to €4million from the game and will also offer 5,000 free tickets to the reverse fixture at the Nou Camp.LaLiga signed a 15-year deal to play one match in North America per season in August. Barcelona star latest victim of burglary as thieves target house before El Clasico ROWDY WARNING All of Lionel Messi’s incredible records against Real Madrid ahead of El Clasico Barcelona will play Catalan rivals Girona in the inaugural LaLiga match in the USA, according to reports in Spain.The match will take place in Miami on January 27, with Girona sacrificing their home fixture. Pogba-Bale swap deal would be ‘mistake’ as Man United ace linked with Real Madrid The game was due to be played at the Estadi Montilivi – Girona’s home ground Thousands of pro-Catalan protesters make their voice heard before El Clasico Latest LaLiga News How to watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Stream, channel, kick-off time, team news targeted Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 1 g.o.a.t However, the Spanish players’ union, consisting the likes of Sergio Ramos and Sergio Busquests, do not appear to be keen on the idea.
29 October 2004Two enterprising Soweto artists are taking art to their clients – in a taxi. They call themselves Artazi, combing “art” and “taxi”, and they’re linking artists and clients in unusual ways.Nthabiseng Makhene and Mthunzi Ndimande, both 30-somethings born in Soweto, where they still live, call themselves art consultants but do much more than that.They actively seek out artists and take their art to clients, at the same time advising artists on how to improve their work, while advising clients on interior design as well as hanging the artworks they purchase from Artazi.They have a network of some 200 artists nationwide, and are supplying the new black middle class with artworks they would probably not otherwise consider purchasing.Says Ndimande: “What we found is that the traditional art galleries run a monopoly where an elite few are promoted. It was difficult to penetrate, so we came up with an alternative aimed particularly at the new market, who did not study art but have money to spend.”Makhene and Ndimande realised too that the “progress of black artists is hampered by a lack of business development skills and insufficient marketing”. And that’s where they stepped in.The partners bubble with enthusiasm and savvy. Both have three-year fine arts diplomas from Pelmama Art Academy in Soweto, and more: Ndimande did a six-month Wits Business School arts and culture management course, and Makhene did a textile design course at Cape Technikon.It hasn’t stopped there: both are in their second year doing BComm degrees through Unisa. And when they have time, they’re both active artists.After studying, Ndimande did an arts administrator and curator apprenticeship with Standard Bank Gallery and the Wits Art Gallery, but after two years hit a “cul-de-sac” and looked around for other opportunities. By then Makhene had returned from Cape Town – they saw a gap, and formed Artazi.It all began in 1999Makhene and Ndimande started in 1999 by getting potential clients to art galleries, to interest them in art, then moved on to offering to bring the art to their homes, to help them visualise how the product would fit into their personal space.This involved re-arranging the clients’ furniture, and coordinating the furniture with the art and often with crafts that they also supplied.They asked clients to invite 10 friends to their home for the exhibition, and by then the ball was seriously rolling.“We had help from the National Arts Council – we received R20 000, which funded four house exhibitions”, says Ndimande.They haven’t looked back. “We get to know our clients, then find art that suits their personalities”, Makhene adds.This means approaching artists, some of whom might never have gone outside of Soweto, with briefs, and encouraging them not only to expand their horizons but to meet deadlines for the completion of artworks.This also means often providing a shoulder for artists to lean on when the pressure becomes too much, and being artists themselves, providing the right kind of artistic advice, taking artists from producing very realistic work to more impressionistic stuff.They also take the artists to galleries, broadening their horizons, and showing them where their final products may end up.“At times we sit with an artist for five hours to help him or her work through turmoil they may have. We offer them empathy, something that gallery owners don’t”, Makhene says.And for the client they provide the option to purchase either an existing artwork or to commission a new artwork, at the same time helping clients to “conceptualise their aesthetic needs and requirements” and realise the value of the investment they’re making.Makhene and Ndimande often source their artworks from Soweto artists, but also from elsewhere. “Our paintings and sculptures are sourced from both emerging and well-known black artists.” These include Charles Nkosi, Joseph Ndlovu, Bafana Mkhize and Eric Lubisi.They have a rating system when judging the value of a work: works rated one – from new, unknown artists – are valued at less than R1 000, while works rated five – from internationally renowned artists – are valued at between R3 000 to R50 000.They also supply murals, artefacts, crafts, prints, textiles, ceramics and photographs.Taking an innovative routeMakhene and Ndimande are finding that their existing model of obtaining art from artists, either on commission or simply taking what artists produce, is no longer entirely adequate.A new model is on the drawing board. It involves clients renting art from Artazi for a monthly fee, which has the added advantage of supplying regular income for artists.This option would allow clients to live with an artwork for a while before making a decision to buy it or exchange it for something else.“We are in negotiations with a company to form a joint venture on the rental model, in which they will do the back-end stuff like billing the client and paying the artist”, says Ndimande.Their BComm degrees have come in useful already. “We now understand the business language of clients, and it’s helped us understand how to work out the rental model.”That knowledge has been used by the City of Johannesburg: Ndimande and Makhene are consultants in one of the City’s latest art projects, an art bank, an effort to encourage local artists by buying their works, at the same time renting these artworks out to corporates and ploughing that money back to the artists.They have big ambitions over the next 10 years. Makhene would like to branch out into textile designing, with her own label; Ndimande would like to complete an MBA and become a full-time artist.For two talented artists, they make exceptional business people, and whenever they’ve hit obstacles they’ve “changed them to our own advantage”. One of their earlier obstacles was business knowledge, but that’s no longer a challenge – the BComm is sorting that out handsomely.And by the way, no more taxis – they now have their own vehicle.Source: City of Johannesburg
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday alleged that the Congress praised controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, “whose words have triggered blasts in Sri Lanka killing 300 people”, and its leaders were baying for his blood in their dream.Addressing an election rally here in Madhya Pradesh, he said the Rahul Gandhi-led party has nothing but hatred for him, but he has support of the entire country.“Zakir Naik’s words have caused blasts in Sri Lanka, leaving 300 people dead. His TV channel was banned two or three days ago,” Mr. Modi said.“Who is Zakir Naik? He is the one whom (Congress veteran) Digvijaya Singh used to glorify unabashedly. You will be shocked to learn that Zakir Naik addressed Indian police officers, that too on terrorism, under the (previous) Congress dispensation,” he said.“Shame on Congress… and its vote bank politics. They are glorifying Zakir Naik and calling him an apostle of peace,” he added.Naik, a Mumbai-based televangelist accused of inciting youth for terror activities and giving inflammatory speeches, is said to be currently residing in Malaysia.Apparently referring to a reported statement of Congress leader and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Prime Minister said, “I heard that a Congress motormouth leader came here and said hit Modi for such a six that he lands out of the boundary dead. This was the statement of a Congress leader. Think. They have so much hatred for your Modi, so much hatred that they have started dreaming of killing Modi.”‘India batting for Modi’ “But they are forgetting that from Modi’s side, not just the people of Madhya Pradesh but of entire India are batting,” Mr. Modi said.The PM said the Congress has to now clarify its position on terrorism. “The Congress people should reveal whether they are playing for India or Pakistan,” he said.
US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “Another good win for us. Phoenix came back … They didn’t stop. That’s probably why they’re on the top: they never give up. They fought their hearts out,” said coach Caloy Garcia after pinning a first loss in six games on Alas and his Fuel Masters.With James Yap struggling all night, it was Kris Rosales who made the most impact. He fired 16 points to tie his career-best scoring output.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“James wasn’t as lucky, but other players stepped up,” Garcia said of the veteran, who has been crucial in Rain or Shine’s previous victories. “Today it was Kris in the beginning. We had a good start and our bigs in the end were the factors in the end—when Raymond (Almazan) got that rebound, even Beau (Belga) was setting good screens.”Belga also had 16 points to go with nine rebounds and seven assists. Almazan accounted for 13 in the affair, four of which coming in the extra period. Rain or Shine center Raymond Almazan beats three Phoenix players for the loose ball. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLouie Alas regarded Rain or Shine the next hottest team to his Phoenix Pulse.On Sunday night, the Elasto Painters turned that around, carving out a 98-94 decision in overtime against the Fuel Masters in the PBA Philippine Cup curtain-riser at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT D-League opener pits UAAP champ Ateneo versus Go for Gold Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In the nightcap, Arwind Santos was on fire all night while Terrence Romeo mounted his best scoring performance in a San Miguel uniform as the Beermen made mincemeat of sister team Magnolia Hotshots, 113-92.Santos paced San Miguel with 29 points while Romeo had 23 more as the four-time defending champion improved to 4-3.Magnolia has yet to win in two starts.Rain or Shine, now flaunting a league-best 6-1 record, takes on the Hotshots on Feb. 13 before the league takes a break for the national team which resumes its bid in the Fiba World Cup qualifying matches on Feb. 21 and 24.Phoenix, which dropped to No. 2 with a 5-1 slate, takes on NorthPort when the tournament resumes on Feb. 27.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Jason Perkins also had the finest scoring performance of his young career, pouring in 27 points and grabbing nine boards for Phoenix.Calvin Abueva and Matthew Wright both chimed in 16 including a couple of crucial plays in the fourth period, but they fell flat when it mattered.Garcia lauded his wards who made significant contributions in the tussle. But his words of praise came with a warning: They could not take their next assignment lightly.“We play Magnolia on Wednesday and it’s going to be difficult because we know throughout the conference, they’re only going to get better,” he said.First Game:RAIN OR SHINE 98—Belga 16, Rosales 16, Ahanmisi 13, Almazan 12, Nambatac 10, Norwood 8, Torres 6, Borboran 5, Maiquez 4, Daquioag 4, Yap 2, Mocon 1, Ponferada 1.PHOENIX 94—Perkins 27, Wright 16, Abueva 16, Mallari 12, Jazul 7, Kramer 6, Mendoza 5, Marcelo 3, Napoles 2, Dennison 0, Chua 0, Revilla 0.Quarters: 24-20, 45-36, 70-61, 87-87 (reg.), 98-94 (OT) Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes