New Zealand comeback ensures Tri Nations clean sweep

first_imgSaturday Sep 11, 2010 New Zealand comeback ensures Tri Nations clean sweep The All Blacks showed what a quality side they are as they achieved a Tri Nations clean sweep by coming from behind to beat the Wallabies 23-22 in the final test in Sydney. New Zealand have now beaten Australia for the tenth time in succession, and have a 15 Test unbeaten run.The hosts got things off to a good start as they seemed in control with the score at 22-9 following a try from James OConnor after eighthman Ben McCalman broke off the back of the scrum.Matt Giteau had a poor night with the boot, kicking only three from seven attempts, but extended their lead before Adam Ashley-Cooper went over early in the second half.New Zealand stayed composed though and gradually fought their way back into the game, first through a Richie McCaw try then later through Kieran Read. Piri Weepu converted, giving them the lead and taking his record on the night to five from five.Australia had under ten minutes to attempt to recreate another late win as they tried to get within penalty range, but came up short and were resigned to the narrow loss.“We were on the back foot for a fair bit of the match but we stuck to the gameplan, kept pushing, and to come out on top was very satisfying,” said McCaw.“It’s easy when you get behind like that to try and throw miracle passes but we kept faith in the game plan. We stuck to the game and we got there in the end.”McCaw has now surpassed Sean Fitzpatrick as New Zealands most capped skipper, with his record now sitting at an incredible 46 wins from 52 Tests as captain.The two sides will meet next in Hong Kong on the 30th October. 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Quarry House / Finnis Architects

first_imgCopyAbout this officeFinnis ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsBrightonVietnamAustraliaPublished on August 24, 2018Cite: “Quarry House / Finnis Architects” 23 Aug 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses Save this picture!© Tom Roe Photography+ 26Curated by Fernanda Castro Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/900653/quarry-house-finnis-architects Clipboard Quarry House / Finnis Architects Carmel Iudica CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Brighton, Australia Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description 2017 Architects: Finnis Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily Year:  Products used in this ProjectWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensSave this picture!© Tom Roe PhotographyText description provided by the architects. A modern bluestone clad family home on a corner site in Brighton, Australia. The Quarry house balances strong exterior form with seamlessly integrated interiors that promote shared spaces in the heart of the home and a connection with its context.Save this picture!© Tom Roe PhotographyBy utilizing a refined palette of bluestone, powder coated steel and timber clad soffits, exterior elevations that complimented the bluestones material properties were developed. Clad in a grid format, a focus on vertical and horizontal lines compliments the rectilinear form while concealing the exposed concrete sub structure. Being a natural and aged material immediately integrated the new build into its context, giving the feeling of a home that has been there for years and will be for many to come.Save this picture!© Tom Roe PhotographyThe large columns add to the solid nature of the home and balances with the high amount of glazing which aids in dissolving the barrier between interior and exterior, providing a transparent, soft touch. These columns also aid in providing an extremely free floor plan which suited the clients desire for an open plan living, dining and kitchen area.Save this picture!© Tom Roe PhotographyThe highly considered floor plan responds to the modern-day family, allowing for separate living zones and an open plan lifestyle.  The ground floor consisting of communal spaces such as kitchen, living and dining are orientated towards the private open space directly responding to our client’s desire for seamlessly transitional experience between interior and exterior. This transitional experience is purposely framed by custom steel pivot doors that help by adding a sense of formal repetition that helps ground a highly contemporary interior.  Save this picture!© Tom Roe PhotographySave this picture!Site PlanSave this picture!© Tom Roe PhotographyThe double height void over the dining area enables light to penetrate through the heart of the home. This void is also a central location for transition and connection to the first-floor bedrooms. With bluestone being a dominant material, it was crucial that the interior material and colour palette would soften and complement the exterior, with lighter timber finishes seen on the stair balustrade and ceiling battens.Save this picture!© Tom Roe PhotographyThe backyard is where this home truly established itself as a prime example of modern living. The home was to have neither a front or a backyard, rather a space that would transition from the entry and be able to flow and surround the living, kitchen and dining area on the ground floor. This also visually connected the four bedrooms on the first floor while incorporating bluestone into all the paving from the entry through to the backyard tied the different areas together.Save this picture!© Tom Roe PhotographyThe Quarry house is a home, that in its materiality will age gracefully and grow with the family.Save this picture!© Tom Roe PhotographyProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Louna Architects Bookshop / The Scarcity and Creativity StudioSelected ProjectsL&M DESIGN LAB Shanghai Office / L&M DESIGN LABSelected Projects Share Manufacturers: Hansgrohe, Sculptform, Qasair, Bamstone, First Choice Warehouse, Quasair Argyle ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/900653/quarry-house-finnis-architects Clipboard “COPY” Interior Design: Projects Australia Photographs:  Tom Roe Photography Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Quarry House / Finnis ArchitectsSave this projectSaveQuarry House / Finnis Architects “COPY” Photographslast_img read more

Union staff under fire for unauthorised purchases

first_imgControversy has erupted at the Oxford Union over the decision by members of staff to implement a costly security project without the knowledge of the society’s President or the authorisation of Standing Committee.The committee gave their approval to the principle of a new security system being installed in response to a series of incidents.However, at the end of Trinity Term, a special adjournment motion was levelled to prevent the implementation of a standing committee decision until it had been debated by the chamber this term.During the Summer Vacation, staff at the Oxford Union hired contractors and began work on the security system, which would require new membership cards to gain access to the buildings during open hours.The Senior Treasurer, Mr. Stephen Dixon, admitted that it was he who had originally set plans in motion by consulting with the Oxford Literary and Debating Union Trust (OLDUT), the charitable association of old members which owns the Union Buildings and funds modifications.He had advised the Bursar, Ms. Lindsey Warne, who is also employed by the society, that such a system should be implemented, and the work began without the knowledge of members when the President, James Dray, was away from Oxford. On his return to Oxford the President requested that it be immediately halted.“I was informed that the Bursar had been advised by the Senior Treasurer, after consultation with fellow trustees, that the gates should be installed. In light of the Special Adjournment Motion (SAM) submitted on 25 June 2009 I have instructed the Bursar to immediately cease installation,” he said in a statement to the members.Some members were angered by the unauthorised installation, which they felt to be against the democratic principles of the society, including Daniel Johnson, who had brought forward the special adjournment motion.“The ultimate power [of the society] lies with the members via termly elections and the chamber. [The Bursar] has shown that she does not have the least respect for that. “She was present in the meeting of Standing Committee where you announced the SAM and explained its impact, and yet never raised it with you,” he said in a letter to the President, in which he called for an investigation.“Quite simply, we can have no faith in her ability to partake in the administration of the Society.”The Senior Treasurer emphasised his commitment to the members of the society, but conceded that he had advised the work to go ahead before being put to the membership.“I agreed that the system would not be activated until after the SAM had been resolved, such that members would continue to have free access to the premises exactly as in the past until after the members had voted. If anyone is to be held responsible then I accept such responsibility, but will strongly defend my decision,” he said in a statement.However, many members of the Standing Committee were angered by the actions of the Bursar and the Senior Treasurer, especially as the President had not been consulted.“It surprises me that charitable money was sunk into a project that might not have been used,” said Aled Richards-Jones, Chairman of Consultative Committee, in Monday’s meeting. Standing Committee voted that the work had been in breach of the SAM, and therefore had contravened the rules of the society.The Bursar conceded that informing the President of the implementation of the system had “slipped her mind”, and made no further comment. The Union rule book makes no clear reference to the position of staff in such a situation.One member commented, “Union insiders were openly questioning whether the Bursar’s actions could lead to further consequences and whether this, coming at the end of a string of similar acts, might be the final straw. “It is unclear at this time whether Standing Committee has the right to dismiss the bursar.”However, The Senior Treasurer rejected any such notion. “Any attempt to remove the Bursar over this matter will result in an external tribunal at which I will strongly support the Bursar who has acted in the interests of the Union throughout.”James Dray agreed that there had been controversy over the staff’s actions. “Over the past five days a number of allegations have been levelled against various members of staff with regards to the installation of a security system at the St Michaels Street entrance of the Oxford Union.At a meeting yesterday, standing committee agreed that a special adjournment motion had been breached.last_img read more

We are not a VAR police, say football lawmakers

first_imgBy Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Football’s rule-making body IFAB will not police the way VAR (video assistant referees) is implemented in different leagues, despite continued controversy over the use of the technology in the Premier League.Speaking to Reuters, IFAB secretary Lukas Brud said the organisation is working on current or future VAR usage with over 100 competitions and is not focussed on the Premier League.However, Brud repeated his view that VAR should only be used in cases where a “clear and obvious” error has been identified and should not “try to find something that might not be there”.Brud also said the organisation has no plans to change the offside law, a change which some pundits have called for in response to the controversy over marginal offside decisions which have been a feature in the first season of VAR use in the Premier League.Zurich-based IFAB, the International Football Association Board, is made up of five members: the four British football associations: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales as well as FIFA which represents other federations.IFAB will hold its Annual General Meeting in Belfast on February 29 which has led to speculation that it may act over the use of VAR in the Premier League.But Brud said the body was constantly working with different competitions through its Implementation Assistance and Approval Programme (IAAP) and was not in the business of “punishing” bodies.IFAB can withdraw permission to use the system but Brud said that there was leeway for competitions to have different interpretations of the guidelines over the use of VARs.“Of course it is a requirement to follow the laws of the game and the VAR protocol. Competitions may apply some elements of it in a slightly different way but still within the Laws and protocol framework. We work together to try to make it work better,” Brud said. OFFSIDE LAW“We are not the police, we cannot be the police. We will be issuing guidelines on the use of VAR as we do on a regular basis.“That has nothing to do with the Premier League. In cooperation with FIFA, we are currently working with around 90 countries, over 100 competitions around the globe, our focus is certainly not on the Premier League, just because there are some media debates about VAR in the Premier League.”While acknowledging that the technology used to determine offside decisions by VAR is not accurate enough to identify millimetre calls, Brud said that did not mean the offside law needed to be changed.“We don’t think it is time (to change the law). What we need to do is focus on the training and education and ensure that the consistency and application of the VAR/offside law is being done properly,” he said, rejecting the suggestions for the law to reflect ‘clear daylight’ or other changes.“We cannot make it subjective. With offside, the problem we have is that you are either offside or you are not.“We need to remind people of principles. If the original decision cannot be overturned with 100 percent certainty – leave it as it is.”He added that VAR officials were not supposed to spend a long time examining on-field decisions.“VARs should not be spending a lot of time looking at an incident that on the first or second sight doesn’t show clear and obvious evidence that the original decision was wrong,” he said.The IFAB official said other leagues who adopted VAR prior to the Premier League had overcome their initial issues.“With more experience and more understanding, those decisions are not being questioned anymore,” he said.last_img read more

Motor damage forces Queen Mary 2 delay

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The 2,543 passengers spent the night aboard ship and took tours of South Florida on Wednesday, the company said. The ship left New York on Sunday and was scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on Feb. 22. Queen Mary 2 will lose the title of world’s largest passenger ship when rival Royal Caribbean International launches the Freedom of the Seas in May. Cunard is owned by Miami-based Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise operator. The company is based locally on Town Center Drive. PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. – One of the Queen Mary 2’s four propulsion motors hit the side of a shipping channel, but the world’s largest ocean liner should be able continue on its voyage to South America, Cunard Line said Wednesday. The $800 million ship was being examined in Port Everglades, but its departure was tentatively scheduled for Wednesday evening, the Valencia-based company said. The vessel returned to the Fort Lauderdale-area port shortly after leaving Tuesday when the crew reported hearing and feeling a shudder. The damaged motor, known as a pod, will be taken out of service until permanent repairs can be made. But the British-flagged ship’s three other pods will allow it to continue safely on a 38-day voyage, although at a slightly reduced speed, the company said. The slower speed shouldn’t affect the trip, but the one-day departure delay will change the schedule of the voyage’s first leg, the company said. Passengers were to get details of compensation before the ship leaves Florida. last_img read more

New hospital for Mitchell’s Plain

first_imgMitchell’s Plain residents currently use a local community health centre, which sees only walk-in cases. Emergency cases are stabilised and sent to hospitals like Groote Schuur and GF Jooste Hospital. Western Cape health minister Thuns Botha said the government had decided to speed up construction of the hospital, which is expected to cater for more than 430 000 people from a mix of different communities and socio-economic circumstances. SAinfo reporter and BuaNews The hospital will have a total of 230 beds, and the design will allow for future expansion to 300 beds. In-patient services will include 60 medical adult beds, 60 surgical adult beds, 60 obstetrics beds, 30 paediatrics beds, 20 overnight beds, an accident and emergency unit, and a general out-patients facility. 25 September 2009 The monthly attendance at the emergency centre ranges from 3 000 people in summer to 4 500 people in winter, and approximately 1 200 of these patients are admitted on a monthly basis. GF Jooste Hospital also carryies a disproportionately large burden of HIV, TB and trauma cases. “[This] is a demonstration that this Cabinet recognises the community’s dire need for a hospital in Mitchell’s Plain and the need to lighten the load on GF Jooste Hospital,” Botha said. Construction of a R540-million district hospital in Mitchell’s Plain in Cape Town is expected to start in January 2010 and be completed by December 2012. The hospital will cater for residents living in the Mitchell’s Plain, Philippi and Mandalay areas. “We inherited a legacy which I refer to as ‘apartheid’s vacuum’, a space that left the whole of the Cape Flats without infrastructure. Now it’s our opportunity, and our responsibility, to fill that vacuum.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Round Table: Three Film Composers Converge on Sundance

first_imgThis meeting of the minds is all about composing for film, going to Sundance, and sharing insights about the craft.If competition is really about keeping score, there’s no better way to measure it than chatting with the composers of Sister Aimee (Graham Reynolds), Little Monsters (Piers Burbrook de Vere), and Ms. Purple (Roger Suen).We sat down with all three to talk about their projects, their inspiration, artistry, and process — and the excitement of getting “that call” about Sundance.Roger Suen and Justin Chon. Courtesy of Impact24 PR.Premium Beat: Everyone knows composers don’t do small, independent features for the money. Clearly, something draws you in to spending your time and talent on passion projects. In the case of this film, was it the script, the director, or the subject matter in general that excited you to join the journey?Roger Suen: Ms. Purple is the second film I’ve done with Justin. While the films themselves would be enough to draw me in, it’s really Justin’s love of storytelling. His energy and passion for filmmaking really inspire me.Graham Reynolds: All of the above. I was excited to dive into the musical world of the 1920s. The story of Aimee Semple McPherson is a fascinating one, and the directors Sam Buck and Marie Schlingmann are infectiously fun and passionate.Piers Burbrook de Vere: Definitely all three!Graham Reynolds. Photo by Bill McCullough.PB: How much of your composing is structured vs. inspirational?  For example, Ray Charles improvised “What’d I say” on the spot during a club show in Brownsville, Pennsylvania.  The band had played all their songs and still had 12 minutes to go. Necessity became the mother of invention.  But waiting on a muse to inspire you make deadlines hard.  Where’s the balance? What’s the process for you when creating a score?GR: My training was focused on jazz and most of my performing experience has been in bands rather than in classical ensembles. So, initially creating through improvisation is my normal mode of working. But then I do apply techniques borrowed from more traditional western composition and develop those generated ideas through a more deliberate process.RS: So, I have another degree in mechanical engineering, and I think it trained me to approach problem solving very systemically.  As much as time allows, I tend to be very structured about my composing. Especially in the beginning, I like to lay out everything on paper. I spend lots of time staring at the piano and even going on hikes. Of course, as deadlines creep up, hopefully I’ll have enough of a foundational material that I can then incorporate into a more improvisational (and revising) approach.Piers Burbrook de Vere and Josh Gad. (Courtesy of Impact24 PR)PBDV: I’ve learned over time that deadlines are a good thing. So long as I have all the information I need from the director, simply being reactive to the picture is often when I’ll do my best work. You do need to have your studio very well set up in order to work fluidly like that, being able to grab this synth or that mic in an instant. Having time to do more takes with the orchestra, and for mixing the recordings, is always a good thing, if you can get it. But, spending time over-intellectualizing or questioning yourself in the writing stage doesn’t necessarily make for a better score.On this project we were in a session, recording vocals with the extraordinarily talented Josh Gad, when our director, Abe Forsythe, had an idea for an additional song using the same lyrics, but a much slower and darker version, to place elsewhere in the film. Josh improvised a few a cappella variations on the spot, and all the takes were fabulous. We recorded them essentially freestyle, to no particular tempo or chord progression. I needed to quickly take those great vocals and somehow construct a song around them. My writing room was adjacent to the scoring stage and I could literally see them setting up the mics for the band to come in the next morning to record, before I’d actually started writing the song. So exactly as you say, “necessity became the mother of invention!” You just ignore all the noise and get on with it and in the end it always works, and that song is now one of my absolute favorite cues.PB: Do you feel you have a distinctive style or does each project bring out a different side musically?GR: I decided early on not to focus on developing a deliberate style that would define me. While I admire plenty of art that has been created that way, I was worried that I would feel aesthetically trapped if I ever narrowed down to one way of doing things. As a result each project brings out something very different in my work.PBDV: One of the joys of film composing is the necessity to be a musical chameleon. Unlearning everything and forgetting muscle memory is the first thing I have to do every time I start a new project. Obviously we all have a voice that makes its way through in some way or another, but I often think film composing is like a romantic art form in the sense that the work itself, and the way it speaks, is always far more relevant than the artist behind it.RS: Each project definitely brings out different musical styles, and that’s one thing I love about being a film composer. The score of Ms. Purple had the intimacy of a string quartet. Gook was a mashup of electronics, and an odd jazz ensemble. While additional music for Daredevil was a modern approach to a Hermann-esque thriller/action score. I’d say if there’s one common trait amongst my music, is I tend to write melodically; something the audience can hum. Other than that I really enjoy the many composer hats I get to wear.Sister Aimee. (Photo by Asleep in the Sea Productions)PB: Finally, what’s it like to get the phone call and find out the film is going to Sundance?GR: I always love going to Sundance.  Like SXSW, which I perform in every year, it’s great to be surrounded by people involved in the same work as you. This is the third film I’ve taken to the festival and I can’t wait.PBDV: Firstly I’m excited to share and experience the film with audiences. Secondly, I’m very fortunate in that I get to work with intelligent, creative, fun and passionate people. But 99% of the time you are interacting under enormous pressure, everybody is working extremely hard to deliver on the clock, so attending film festivals is basically the opportunity you get to spend some time hanging out together, out of the trenches, and I’m looking forward to that!RS: I got the call while still writing, so it was mostly excitement with a dash of anxiety.Cover image via Annie Bang.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Tom Cross on Editing First Man and Working with IMAX FootageThe Supervising Sound Editor You’ve Never Heard of Is Quietly Saving MoviesInterview: Adam Salky on Directing Projects with Powerful Emotional ThemesSet Photographer Matt Kennedy on Shooting for Marvel and MoreInterview: Composer Dan Marocco of Brooklyn Nine-Ninelast_img read more

Happily Never After

first_imgIn 2003, as larger-than-life reel heroes cowered, actor Preity Zinta, a mere 28 years old, testified against gangster Chhota Shakeel in the Bharat Shah case of Bollywood’s nexus with the Mumbai underworld. Current Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria was then the city’s Crime Branch chief. He put her into,In 2003, as larger-than-life reel heroes cowered, actor Preity Zinta, a mere 28 years old, testified against gangster Chhota Shakeel in the Bharat Shah case of Bollywood’s nexus with the Mumbai underworld. Current Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria was then the city’s Crime Branch chief. He put her into witness protection and kept her out of the public eye for two months. She was the only witness not to turn hostile, testifying to the Mumbai Sessions Court that the gangster had said: “Main bhai ka aadmi Razak bol raha hoon aur mujhe 50 lakh chahiye. Preity claimed, when she finally emerged, that she had aged 10 years in those two months. But she was proud, she was vocal, and she was fearless.This time, as Maria steers the investigations into the now 39-year-old’s charges of verbal and physical abuse against ex-boyfriend and co-owner of the Kings XI Punjab team, Ness Wadia, he deals with a very different Preity. Distraught, emotional, self-admittedly fearful for her life, the actor skipped out of the public eye hurriedly, taking off to her home in Los Angeles after filing a midnight complaint on June 12 at the Marine Lines Police Station in Mumbai under sections 354, 509, 504, 506 of the IPC, two weeks after the incident occurred. Mumbai Police, unsure of whether to add a stalking charge in the absence of CCTV footage to corroborate her claim, and under pressure to be seen as proactive on women’s issues, sent a letter to her via lawyer Hitesh Jain, asking her to record a statement in person by the following weekend.advertisementThe police have also requested access to prior emails that Preity claims she had sent, warning Ness to back off. Quite far removed from the actor who publicly took on the mafia, Preity accuses Ness of pulling her arm and mouthing obscenities at her in full public view at the IPL Qualifier 2 held at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 30. Even as gangster Ravi Pujari claims to intervene on her behalf with the Wadias, via a number traceable to Iran, anti-extortion police are investigating if he was acting independently. Preity answered “wrong number when india today called her and didn’t respond to text messages but her lawyer confirmed that the actor is directly in touch with Mumbai Police on the details of the case. She subsequently tweeted from her account to clarify: “A big Thank U 2all the people 4the support. Amazed at how much speculation in the media. No I’m not selling my stake or settling in the US” and SO called sources says anything & its getting reported. Pls No hearsay. There are many IMP Issues in India which are much more news worthy.The Wadias, an old-world reclusive part of Mumbai’s high society, have countered the claims saying the two had a spat caused by her refusal to save reserved seats for his mother, Maureen Wadia, and nephew, as Preity did not want to sit next to them. The Wadias had arrived late as it was Ness’s birthday and found their seats occupied by Preity’s entourage. Angered at seeing his mother standing for 20 minutes, Ness snapped.The case has pulled much of Bollywood and sporting society into its ambit, with many annoyed at having to take sides. Arjun Tendulkar, son of Sachin Tendulkar, was supposedly in the VIP enclosure and at the receiving end of a few of Ness’s obscenities. IPL COO Sundar Raman confirmed to investigators that Preity had verbally complained to him about the incident but declined information as he did not witness it; he told police that he had asked the actor to “deal with it calmly later. Businessman Danish Kanaujia and two Wankhede employees stationed at the Garware Pavilion have reportedly given eyewitness statements. Celebrity journalists Tavleen Singh and Shobhaa De have publicly debated the merits of women of privilege seeking police help for verbal abuse.Friends of both parties, like model Indrani Dasgupta, who is engaged to the Kings XI Punjab co-owner Karan Paul, of the Apeejay Group, and Lisa Haydon, former girlfriend of one of Ness’s oldest and closest friends Karan Bhojwani, have been pulled into society speculation.Legal sources have also claimed that negotiations are on to buy out Preity’s 23 per cent stake in Kings XI Punjab, which turned profitable in 2014 for the first time and was estimated to have a brand valuation of $32 million by Mumbai-based firm American Appraisal; the franchise was valued at $76 million when it was first bought in 2008. A newspaper report has claimed that Preity is looking to sell and move to the US. A Wadia group spokesperson confirmed that “the option to sell stakes will be on the table in future. However, highly placed legal sources close to the Wadias also claim that Preity got wind of their move to cut their losses and divest their stake in the IPL next season and panicked. All Kings XI Punjab owners-Dabur’s Mohit Burman and the Wadias-barring Preity have attempted to jettison their stake at some point. Without the IPL, Preity has nothing, the legal sources claim.advertisementWith Mumbai’s legal community condemning the application of Section 354, which pertains to assault or criminal force used to outrage the modesty of a woman, Preity’s lawyer has clarified they have not mentioned sexual assault, only physical and verbal abuse. Friends of the Wadias claim Preity is still not over Ness, though their relationship ended five years ago and he is soon to be engaged to a mysterious lady love. “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, a top society lawyer close to the Wadias says. Preity’s friends have countered saying it was she who walked out of an abusive relationship.  How did a one-time fairy-tale romance between a bubbly actor at her peak and a most eligible bachelor reach such divisive and disastrously public proportions? The saga began soon after December 2004, when Preity survived the Indian Ocean tsunami, waking in Thailand to the sound of crashing waves that took the lives of a few of her closest childhood friends; she escaped traumatised. It was a time when she seemed blessed. It had been a good two years; by 2004, Preity was a blockbuster heroine: Koi… Mil Gaya did Rs 80 crore at the box office, Kal Ho Naa Ho raked in Rs 93 crore, while Veer-Zaara wowed both Indian and Pakistani audiences as it collected Rs 88 crore. Preity came off those years on a high, and into the arms of the heir to the Bombay Dyeing estate and great grandson of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Ness Wadia.Ness himself was no rookie to Bollywood or its stars; South Mumbai sources tell of his teenage crush on Ameesha Patel, whom he met at a gym. The two would exchange love notes and he would shower her with presents. His list of alleged dalliances included Manisha Koirala and Lara Dutta. Preity had lived in with Dutch engineer Lars Kjeldson, who is now married to actor Suchitra Pillai, and choreographer Marc Robinson. But when Preity and Ness met in February 2005 at a party, they were beautiful, successful, and seemingly made for each other.Contrary to popular opinion, when the two first started dating, just before Preity’s 30th birthday, bonding over travel and sport, Ness’s mother didn’t disapprove. “He’s an eligible bachelor, she is an eligible star, yes they are dating and as a mother I can only say my son is handsome, and they seem very equal, very well-matched, soon-to-turn-spoilsport Maureen told Zee News at the time. Salaam Namaste had just released and Ness had made a blink-and-you-miss appearance as a man on the bus reading a paper, so lovelorn that he invented business appointments in Australia to be able to spend time with Preity on set. “We are going places all right… Ness is a very special person in my life, he makes me laugh and smile. I am in a very beautiful phase of my life, Preity said in February 2005. Two months later, the couple visited the Vaishno Devi Shrine along with Preity’s mother Neelprabha Zinta, sparking rumours that a wedding was imminent with Ness sitting in on the aarti to make his mother-in-law-to-be happy.advertisementThey were the kind of couple that did things together. That year, on Independence Day, they launched a cleanliness drive, donating 15 dustbins to the suburb of Bandra, only to find them promptly stolen. If Preity went to New York right after to shoot for Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, her puppy love followed, with the duo stopping to spend time together on a holiday in Europe on the way back. Even as Ness remained increasingly absent from Mumbai, his brother Jeh, then 32, the original wild child, hung up his party boots and took over the family businesses, launching GoAir that year. Preity was clearly part of the family at the time, with Jeh quipping that he hoped she would be a brand ambassador for the low-cost carrier for free. Maureen’s influence became clear as Preity metamorphosed from a jeans-clad girl into a hat-and-glove-sporting derby socialite.Flaunting it and happy-Preity had always claimed she would shout it from the rooftops if she was in love-trouble soon struck. In July 2005, Hindustan Times launched in Mumbai, printing transcripts between actor Salman Khan and his one-time girlfriend Aishwarya Rai, taped in August 2001, a time when Mumbai Police was monitoring the nexus between film stars and gangsters. In it, Salman made boastful sexual allegations about a person identified as Preity. She was in Italy at the time and made several frantic calls to convince her beau that the allegations weren’t true, including to close friend Aishwarya to find out if the tapes were doctored. Aishwarya reportedly told her that they weren’t. Preity sued the newspaper for defamation and obtained a clean chit from a forensic laboratory.It is telling of Preity’s ability to forgive and forge relationships that she went on to shoot Jaan-E-Mann with Salman, and he remains one of her closest friends, as does Aishwarya, whose wedding to Abhishek Bachchan she attended with Ness in 2007. But in 2006, public appearances declined and rumours began to swirl. The couple got over the incident but it had shaken them. Jeh Wadia had taken over as Bombay Dyeing MD. Ness was focusing on mill lands, a legal battle with the B.K. Birla family over the Century Mills complex and handling the redevelopment of Spring Mills. Both Preity and Maureen, who was coping with spondylitis alongside managing the newly introduced Mrs Gladrags contests, issued interviews in which they stated they “looked up to each other.But other kinds of rumours were swirling around; that the couple was getting sucked into a wilder lifestyle. In 2007, singer-actor Suchitra Krishnamoorthi blamed Preity for her own split with director-husband Shekhar Kapur, claiming the two had had an affair. Krishnamoorthi told Mid-Day in March 2007 that Preity had called her up to clarify she was marrying Ness and that she had asked Kapur to give her away at the wedding. Ness and Preity were spotted having a blast at liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s yacht party ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix and at the Louis Vuitton Cup in Valencia, Spain, in June 2007. Rumours of distancing from the matriarch had set in-Maureen had made the now-infamous remark that she didn’t care if her son “married a Zinta or a zebra.Once Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, her last mainstream film of the year, flopped, Preity began to change her image. She moved away from the Yash Raj label, opted for films like Rituparno Ghosh’s The Last Lear, and launched her own production house, beginning to position herself as a businesswoman fashioned after the family she would now be a part of. She stopped partying with the Khans, and was seen at races like the CN Wadia Cup horse race and charity events intent on leaving her filmi ways behind. She and Ness were planning their IPL venture. Preity took over creatives, handling uniforms, promotions, anthems. Ness handled the business and logistics. Ness dubbed her “the spirit of the team. Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif quickly filled the acting space she was vacating.  When the duo made an appearance hand-in-hand at the Aishwarya-Abhishek wedding in April 2007 and the Elizabeth Hurley-Arun Nayar wedding in June, it again fuelled rumours that they would be next to tie the knot. In October, Jeh Wadia clarified Maureen’s remark saying “Preity is definitely a part of our family. In fact, it is a pleasure to have her in our family. The next month, Preity and Ness were spotted in Shillong in the audience at the concert of her favourite band Mr Big. She was shooting for Jahnu Barua’s Har Pal.It was however during the making of Deepa Mehta’s Heaven on Earth, a film on domestic abuse for which Preity met with several Canadian victims of violence, that she experienced a near epiphany and began to let go of what was increasingly becoming an abusive relationship, says a close friend. In April 2008, Bollywood insiders and gossip columnists claimed that Ness slapped Preity at the screening of the film, renamed Videsh in Hindi, apparently angered that she was trying to send him a ‘message’ via the film, which she was rumoured to have taken in order to confront the issue. Their fights and subsequent patch-ups were getting routine now. In 2008, even as Preity and Ness forged an IPL partnership together, she bit the bullet.By 2009, it was done. Preity was to later tell Savvy magazine that she had made the decision to walk. In a depressed state-she told People magazine she was “mentally and physically exhausted-she chose to travel, spending time with her family, her younger brother Manish Zinta, who lived with his then four-year-old daughter Maya in Los Angeles; her childhood friend and classmate from Shimla, Sangrur Congressman Arvind Khanna’s wife Shagun; and also hanging out with star wives such as Malaika Arora Khan and Gauri Khan in London. She spent time with designer Surily Goel in Paris. When the holiday extended into a general absence, she told people she was recovering from a ski accident.By December 2009, determined to take her role as the only woman owner of an IPL team at the time seriously, she enrolled for a short executive course in negotiating and dealmaking at Harvard University. Preity was talking politics, campaigning for the Congress in Kanpur for Sriprakash Jaiswal, and happily single. Ness and she originally signed up to a partnership in which each held 23 per cent, Mohit Burman-owned Windy Investments held 11.5 per cent, Mohit’s brother Gaurav Burman (also IPL chief Lalit Modi’s step son-in-law) owned 23 per cent; Karan Paul held 4 per cent, Shagun Khanna-owned Root Investments held 4 per cent, among others.Had they married unaffected by circumstances, Preity would have gone on to be a trophy wife in the VIP box, while Ness and Mohit would have handled the bulk of the business. Now, things were proving otherwise with the reinvented Preity. She was everywhere, at IPL auctions, in the dugout, at press conferences, with the team and players’ wives. In the 2009 season of IPL, Ness, who was by now dating Thapar Group heiress Ayesha Thapar, was getting into brawls at the VIP box while Preity stuck firmly to the dugout. The private security guards of South African businessman Ajay Gupta of the Sahara Group, a friend of the country’s President Jacob Zuma, thrashed Ness and Mohit Burman in the VIP box, Hindustan Times and The Times of India reported quoting agency reports, after Mohit Burman, it was alleged, had jabbed a woman spectator, Gupta’s daughter, with a Kings XI Punjab flagpole, demanding she get out of his line of vision. Ness and Mohit would have been deported if not for the intervention of Lalit Modi, who set up a meeting and insisted that the two apologise in person and in writing.The professional partnership lumbered on, despite rumours of a split. In 2010, a Chandigarh court issued non-bailable warrants against Ness, Preity and Mohit for failing to appear before it on complaints of not filing balance sheets and income-tax returns since Kings XI Punjab came into existence; Karan Paul had appeared before the court. The franchise was in financial doldrums and a move to make Rs 214.6 crore from a Rs 598 crore private placement of shares from Kolkata-based NVD Solar through a three-year contract came under the government scanner for irregularities. Kings XI Punjab then filed a criminal complaint accusing NVD Solar of reneging on payments to the tune of Rs 14 crore and bounced cheques of Rs 25 crore each via fake accounts.Preity, it was rumoured, meanwhile, struggled even more than Ness financially, having neglected her career during their romance. She sued the family of deceased producer Kamal Amrohi for interest and the return of the Rs 2 crore that she had loaned the family. There were rumours that she had put her decade-long home, Quantum Apartments in Khar, up for rent though she denied it vehemently. She raised Rs 10 crore in loans for her 2013 comeback film Ishqk in Paris from the Central Bank of India but the movie tanked at the box office, raking in only around Rs 3 crore. Preity paid the unit hands first but scriptwriter Abbas Tyrewala slapped her with a lawsuit asking for the payment of Rs 18 lakh. Preity contested the bill and claimed that she had paid everyone she owed money to. The case is still sub-judice.  Finally, after seven years and despite losing in the IPL final this year, Kings XI Punjab showed a profit of Rs 78.01 lakh. The media attributed a part of the success to Preity. On the field she was one of the boys, a back-slapping, hands-on team owner, maintaining a closeness and camaraderie unlike other team owners, who kept their celebrity distance.Off the field, if Preity’s allegations are true, she has remained Ness’s verbal punching bag. An emotional Preity has now asked for restitution under sections 354, 504 and 506 of the IPC. Each deal with outraging the modesty of a woman. Rumours swirl that the one-time couple is now in negotiations for her stake in the team to be bought out. That Preity, now thoroughly defeated, will give up the fight, sell her stake, and fed up of the Indian media and public prying, with the increasing murkiness of the IPL tournament, its alleged links with the underworld and unsavoury elements, move to Los Angeles to live with her brother.Would she who brooked no defeat from the mafia or tsunami or financial loss give up a finally triumphing team over verbal abuse and a seat she denied a co-owner? The answers again are with Police Chief Rakesh Maria as he pulls in witnesses for questioning.Perhaps life does come full circle, after all.Follow the writer on Twitter @SellingVioletslast_img read more

CANADIAN THEATRE STAR ALBERT SHULTZ SUED BY 4 WOMEN WHO CALL HIM

first_img Login/Register With: Four women filed civil lawsuits Wednesday against Albert Schultz, accusing the Canadian actor and artistic director of the Soulpepper Theatre Company of sexual battery and harassment of a sexual nature over a 13-year period.Toronto-based Soulpepper has also been named in the statements of claim of each lawsuit, which detail allegations of unwanted groping, harassment and sexual remarks in the workplace from 2000 to 2013.“Albert is a serial sexual predator who…had well-developed methods for targeting actresses and luring them into situations that he considered optimal for sexually harassing and assaulting them,” the lawsuits allege, adding that the methods were “facilitated by Soulpepper.” Advertisement Sexual battery is a term used in civil lawsuits to describe unwanted touching of a sexual nature.In all, the women in the four statements of claim allege 30 separate incidents, many of them with specific locations and dates.None of the allegations have been proven in court. Schultz and the Soulpepper board were served notice of the claim, but they have not yet issued a response or made a statement to the media.For some of the allegations, there were no witnesses and the women didn’t tell anyone. In other instances, CBC News spoke with friends and family members who said they’d been told about the incidents at the time. Albert Schultz is the artistic director of the Toronto-based Soulpepper Theatre Company. (Sian Richards) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more