Court strips two weekly newspapers of their licences

first_img RSF_en New Cyber Crimes Law restricts free expression and targets online activists KuwaitMiddle East – North Africa September 5, 2014 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders deplores a Kuwait City criminal court’s decision to withdraw the licences of two weekly newspapers, Al-Abraj and Al-Shaab, in separate cases on 8 March. The court fined Al-Abraj editor Mansur Ahmad Muhareb Al-Hayni and Al-Shaab editor Hamed Turki Abu Yabes 9,000 dinars (21,000 euros) each.Hayni was convicted of besmirching the prime minister’s reputation while Yabes was convicted of publishing political articles in a newspaper whose licence limited it to covering arts and culture.“The relative freedom enjoyed by the Kuwaiti press must not be undermined,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Since the start of the year, a website has been rendered inaccessible, a woman journalist has been threatened and two employees of the daily Al-Watan have been the targets of lawsuits. The withdrawal of these two weeklies’ licences can only aggravate the situation. We urge the authorities to reaffirm their commitment to freedom of expression and to find a way to allow these two newspapers to continue publishing.”The case against Al-Abraj was brought by the information ministry over an article on 5 May 2007 headlined “More and more corruption” which blamed the prime minister for Kuwait’s poor ranking in Transparency International’s corruption index. Reached by Reporters Without Borders, Hayni condemned a deterioration in press freedom and accused the government of “politically eliminating journalists through the courts.”Three separate cases were brought against Yabes over allegedly political articles published in Al-Shaab on 17 May 2007, for which he was fined 3,000 dinars in each case. He told Reporters Without Borders he disputed the charges, saying the articles were about economic and social issues such as corruption. He said he planned to appeal.Click here to read the chapter on Kuwait in this year’s annual report on press freedom worldwide, which Reporters Without Borders issued on 13 February. Popular blogger charged with blasphemy Follow the news on Kuwait Help by sharing this information January 21, 2016 Find out more KuwaitMiddle East – North Africa center_img March 13, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court strips two weekly newspapers of their licences February 23, 2015 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further News News News Courts uphold newspaper’s closure, increase blogger’s jail term Newslast_img read more

The Roots Announce Five-Show New Year’s Run

first_imgThe Roots have announced an upcoming five-show New Year’s run, or as the legendary crew likes to call a “holiday tour.” The band will focus on the Eastern Seaboard over the course of their five-show stint.The Roots will start the run at Boston’s House Of Blues on Wednesday, December 26th, before heading south to Montclair, NJ’s Wellmont Theatre the following evening, Thursday, December 27th. The Roots then continue south with a show at Silver Spring, MD’s Fillmore on Friday, December 28th, and then hit Miami Beach, FL’s Fillmore, on Sunday, December 30th, following a night off on the 29th. The five-show run will conclude with an NYE show at Atlanta, GA’s Coca-Cola Roxy.Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, October 26th at 10 a.m. (EST) via Live Nation here.[H/T Jambase]last_img read more

Bouncy Conditions Suited Me: James Neesham

first_imgTaunton: New Zealand’s James Neesham said that the bouncy conditions on offer in Taunton suited him in the match against Afghanistan. James Neesham was man of the match for his bowling figures of 5/31 as he and Lockie Ferguson (4/37) combined force to dismiss Afghanistan for 172. “Our home conditions are lower and slower, but the bouncy conditions suited me personally to be honest. I let a few external voices affect my bowling, and I went back to my forte today — hitting the deck hard, and not trying to swing the ball too much,” said Neesham in the post match presentation ceremony on Saturday.Afghanistan batted first and openers Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran put up 66 runs to lay a good foundation for their side. But Neesham said that the Kiwis were confident of making a comeback in the middle overs. “Afghanistan put us under pressure very early with the bat, but we knew we had the ability to dent them even after the start they got. The chase was clinical, obviously,” he said. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Other Sports Asian Games 2018: Mirabai Chanu pulled out

first_imgNew Delhi: World Champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu on Tuesday pulled out of the Asian Games after failing to recover from a lower back injury, which is yet to be fully diagnosed.”Yes, Mirabai will not be taking part in the Asian Games,” Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) Secretary Sahdev Yadav told PTI.The decision comes in the wake of national coach Vijay Sharma recommendation that the Commonwealth gold-medallist must pull out of Jakarta event from August 18 to be fit for the Olympic qualifiers, later this year. ALSO READ | Asian Games: More motivated than ever says Sandeep SejwalThe reigning CWG champion is struggling with an unidentified lower-back problem since May and is yet to begin full-fledged weight training.  When pain subsided last week, Mirabai travelled to Mumbai to get treated and resume weight training.However, the 23-year-old felt discomfort again, prompting Sharma to recommend to the federation that she pull out to avoid aggravating the injury ahead of the Olympic qualifiers. “The Olympic qualifiers event is approaching and that is more important than the Asian Games,” Sharma had said.The Manipuri weightlifter’s absence from the upcoming Asian Games comes as a huge setback for India, as she was considered as one of the strongest contenders for a gold medal in the event. ALSO READ | Momota first Japanese man to win badminton worldsThe World Championship, scheduled to be held in Ashgabat from November 1, will be the first Olympic qualifying event this year. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Tumwater’s 4th of July: Parade, Festival, Road Closures, Services, and Fireworks

first_imgFacebook42Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The City of TumwaterCelebrate this 4th of July in Tumwater! Events for Independence Day are listed below.Independence Day Parade – Monday, July 4, 11:00 a.m.The parade will be led by Grand Marshal Dave Vernon, representing the theme, “Make a Difference!” The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. The parade is closed to new entries.Parade Road Closures and Restricted Vehicle AccessTraffic on Linderson Way and West Lee Street will be restricted to emergency access only, beginning at approx. 8:30 a.m. on July 4. If you need access to these streets after 8:30 a.m. and prior to 12:30 p.m., please make advance arrangements for your vehicle in the event that you need to travel.From approx. 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., vehicular access to and from property along the parade route will be restricted due to street closures. The parade route begins at the corner of Capitol Boulevard SE and Lee Street, moves south on Capitol Boulevard to Israel Road, then turns west (right) onto Israel Road and continues past City Hall, ending at the intersection of Linderson Way. A parade route map is available online at www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/parade.Artesian Family Festival & Thunder Valley Fireworks ShowHeld at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course Driving Range. Festival gates open at 6:00 p.m. Event features music, food vendors, games, and much more.Thunder Valley Fireworks Show begins at 10:15 p.m. and is accompanied by music on site. Festival entry is free; event parking is $10 per car. No alcohol, pets, personal fireworks, or BBQs allowed.Fireworks SafetyAlthough personal fireworks are allowed within the City limits, consider alternatives to personal fireworks this year to celebrate Independence Day-the City hosts a full day of festivities, including a professional fireworks show. If you do use personal fireworks, please remember:Ignition or discharge of safe and sane fireworks is allowed within the City of Tumwater on July 3 and 4, between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. only.Patrol officers will enforce these regulations. Violators can be charged with a misdemeanor and fined up to $1,000.You can find more fireworks information online at www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/fireworks.Please Note: Pioneer Park will be closed all day on Monday, July 4, 2016. Fireworks are prohibited in all City parks. City offices will be closed on Monday, July 4 in honor of the holiday.For more information about activities, please contact Tumwater Parks and Recreation at (360) 754-4160. More details available online at www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/parade orwww.ci.tumwater.wa.us/festival.last_img read more

St. Mary’s to Present Family Lenten Mission

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – The Parish of St. Mary will offer a family Lenten mission called “Hope and Transformation for Families.”The mission will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Mary, Mother of God Church, 19 Cherry Tree Farm Road, and continue at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, through Wednesday, March 20.The Rev. William Gaffney, a Redemptorist priest, will lead the mission, assisted by Gloria Anson, a lay Redemp­torist missionary. Both are members of the Sacred Heart Apostolate, whose goal is to renew and revitalize families through the Sacred Heart of Jesus. They have conducted family missions in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean since 1996 and were part of the Global Sacred Heart Congress in France in 2011.Gaffney will preach at each of the Masses that weekend as a prelude to beginning the mission. The topics of the mission are different each evening, and all will include prayer, song, scripture, preaching by Gaffney and presentations by Anson.There will also be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction on Sunday and Tuesday evenings, Veneration of the Cross and the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Monday night and consecration to Our Lady on Wednesday evening. All those attending will have the opportunity to participate in the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart. Children and youth will have an active role each night of the mission.For those unable to attend the evening mission on Monday through Wednesday, Gaffney will say weekday Mass followed by a teaching by Anson.Refreshments and fellowship will conclude each evening. Books, tapes and icons will be available for purchase each evening as well.The mission is open to all who want to experience the transforming love of Jesus Christ, including young and old, parents and their children, teens and adults.Registration is not necessary. For further information, please call the St. Mary Parish Office at 732-671-0071.last_img read more

New video game developed in Africa

first_imgA new video game, Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan has been developed in Africa. The work of a studio in Cameroon, Kiro’o Games, it explores African tales in a phantasmal setting. The main character, King Enzo Kori-Odan, uses collective energy, channelled through ancestors, called aurion. The game, Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan, is rooted in African mythology and lore. (Image: Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan)• African folklore explored in animated short film• Kenya’s take on Adele’s “Hello”• African history gets animation treatment• Infographic: Africa’s best brands • Former child soldier turns his story into a graphic novel Priya PitamberOn the day of their coronation, King Enzo and Queen Erine Kori-Odan need to defend their realm of Zama from a coup d’etat. This is the premise of a role-playing game (RPG) made in Africa, a first for the continent.Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan is described as a game that is “partly inspired by the old school ‘tales of’ series, (and that) focuses on 2D real-time combat sequences while the narration and its environment both draw deeply from African culture, myth and lore”.Gamers take the role of King Enzo, who makes use of a collective energy called aurion. It’s channelled through ancestors and can unlock powerful fighting abilities to help him to defeat his enemies.The game was developed by Kiro’o Games’ founder, Oliver Madiba, in Cameroon. “In Aurion, with the story scenario, there’s a symbolic analogy between the trials of Enzo and Erine and the common history of Africa and our place in the stakes of the world,” he told gaming blog, Kotaku.He said they used traditional clothes from various countries in the game: Enzo’s battle gear is a Masai tunic while non-player characters (NPC) were inspired by the Touareg in Mali, the Yoruba in Nigeria, and the Peulh in Cameroon and Chad.The main setting is a fantastical imagining of Africa if it were not colonised; there is a lot of magic but no electricity and there has been no Industrial Revolution.Playing the game, users are able to:Confront enemies directly, using Enzo’s fighting skills in battle;Build a legacy, swap or combine aurions; and,Discover a spiritual quest on a journey across a world of African fantasy.See more:Character profilesKing Enzo of Zama:Age: 19Height: 1.90 metresWeight: 90 kilogramsGear: Armour “Ulinzi”, the spear “Urithy”, and the one-handed short sword “Ujasiri”Queen Erine of Zama:Age: 19Height: 1.74 metresWeight: 68 kilogramsGear: Armour “Moyoni Ukuta”, synchronised with Enzo’s “Ulinzi” “There’s a symbolic analogy between the trials of Enzo and Erine and the common history of Africa and our place in the stakes of the world,” says developer Oliver Madiba. (Image: Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan)ReactionAlready, fans are praising the game on social media.last_img read more

Taptu and OneRiot Launch Real-time Mobile Search

first_imgSpecialized mobile search engine Taptu and real-time search service OneRiot have teamed up to launch a new real-time search engine for mobile. With the touch-friendly interface provided by Taptu, you can now perform searches from your mobile phone and receive real-time results from sites like Twitter and Digg. In addition, you can browse through the trending topics to see what recent events are currently being buzzed about. According to the company’s press release, this joint venture has created “the first ever real-time search for mobile.” That’s not entirely true – after all, you can visit search.twitter.com from any mobile device with a web browser. Plus, there are tons of mobile Twitter applications that have search features built in and/or feature a list of Twitter’s trending topics. However, this new search service does appear to be the first ever dedicated mobile search engine for accessing the real-time web. Using the OneRiot API, Taptu’s new homepage presents a mobile-friendly search engine interface complete with search box and verticals for searching just the web, images, and now, “buzz.” Previously, the site included verticals for music and video searches too, but those have seemingly been done away with in an effort to simplify the interface. The new “buzz” section is where you can find the real-time results. Here you’ll find content pulled from sites like Twitter, Digg, other social sharing sites and the company’s own panel of users who have downloaded the OneRiot toolbar and are sharing their web-browsing data in anonymous aggregate. While Twitter is clearly a source of breaking news, we’ve always found it a bit odd that OneRiot includes Digg in its “real-time” search engine. We’ve never thought of Digg as anything near real-time – in fact, it pales in comparison to Twitter when it comes to the speed with which information spreads. With the immediacy possible on today’s web, sites like Digg seem much slower – painfully slow at times – often taking hours on end to feature the news that had already been buzzing on Twitter for half a day. That said, Digg and other social news sharing sites can sometimes unearth news that had been overlooked by major media outlets, especially when focused on a particular niche like technology. For example, just think of how many stories you read on someone’s personal blog or Reddit and never saw anywhere else on the web. By tracking niche websites like these as well as Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, social bookmarking sites like Delicious and StumbleUpon, microblogs and URL-shortening services, Oneriot can discover links that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. Taptu’s new mobile search engine interface currently works on major touch-enabled devices including the iPhone, iPod touch, G1, Nokia N97 and 5800, and the BlackBerry Storm 1. The Taptu iPhone application will also be updated soon to include the additional functionality. You can test the new service yourself starting at 9 AM EST by pointing your mobile browser to www.taptu.com. Related Posts sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#Real-Time Web#search#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Nightclubs: Addas of fun and food, music and art

first_img“Where do they go, the lovelies, where do they go? ” Once upon a time, they began their evenings at single-cuisine restaurants, moved on to strobe flashes and claustrophobic bars of discotheques in megastar hotels, and wrapped up at dawn in sleepy hotel coffee shops. Not anymore. Now, if you,”Where do they go, the lovelies, where do they go? ” Once upon a time, they began their evenings at single-cuisine restaurants, moved on to strobe flashes and claustrophobic bars of discotheques in megastar hotels, and wrapped up at dawn in sleepy hotel coffee shops. Not anymore.Now, if you wish to karaoke or have your own birthday rock show at a night spot, listen to Dom Moraes spout poetry at a lounge or feast on an art exhibition at a restaurant, you actually can. A range of neoteric hotspots combining a rash of activities has taken over the one-dimensional disco domain: stand-alone, niche restaurants with bars and lounges like Mumbai’s Indigo and Athena, quaint joints like Chennai’s Korea House and Akasaka, spacious cafes like Delhi’s Turtle and Fab, theme pubs like Bangalore’s Urban Edge and Sparks, even sports bars like Kolkata’s Winning Streak.Gayatri Kachru Aspiring actress and studentIt’s Latino night at Twisters, a two-month-old south Delhi pub, and salsa lessons are on. The buzz is palpable; standing room, only just. And if you are wondering about the yellow ceiling, blue walls and traditional paintings, you can go and down another drink.Here, you can afford to, unlike at the five-star hotels. At Rs 350 for a beer, it’s much easier on the purse than the Rs 550 at star bars. Traditionally, five stars have always been identified with prices that tax the wallet: Oberoi Mumbai’s Frangipani is 20-25 per cent more expensive than south Asian wok speciality restaurant, Sidewok.Luxury hotels blame it on tax. The tax on food in hotels is 33 per cent while in independent restaurants it’s only 15.3 per cent; the tax on alcohol is 36-37 per cent against 23 per cent in restaurants. “We are popular because we offer five-star facilities at cheaper prices,” says Twisters’ S.S. Gill. Leaning back in a leather chair, NRI engineer Navesh Khandelwal voices the preferred partying flavour of the 20 and 30-somethings who have outgrown head-banging: “It’s more chilled here, more relaxed.”advertisementMumbai: music and art find new breeding grounds with karaokeChilled translates into happening, as in organising innovative events, and the megapolises are competing with a vengeance. The usp for the multicuisine restaurant Stop At Sam’s is “Chennai’s most surprising restaurant”. It is. There are talk sessions and workshops with city celebrities, and walls often double up as art gallery. Says Gunit Singla who owns the RA Puram cafe with husband Samir: “Last year, we held 14 special nights, including a Friday the 13th spooky night, and a Thanksgiving night with tandoori turkey on the menu.” Another new Chennai joint, Artz, has jumped onto the art bandwagon and welcomes amateur and professional artists to display their works. Mumbai’s Olive Bar & Kitchen took to the event trend when it opened its Mediterranean doors nearly a year ago. “We are trying to push the boundaries of who we are, moving beyond being restaurants to becoming neighbourhood addas,” says A.D. Singh, one of the five owners of this restaurant-cum-bar. Music and art are among the creative founts that spout fun at The Art Club vents organised by Art Works with support from Olive. This, when blindfolded restaurant regulars aren’t soiling their hands at pottery dos. Preity Zinta and Hrithik Roshan, who live in the neighbourhood, are known to drop by occasionally, though they haven’t taken up painting. Yet.Mumbai: poetry reading at Athena and wine appreciation at OliveBut does this brouhaha translate into better sales? Not directly, explains Singh. “Most of our events are during off hours, during afternoons or early evenings. We hope these cultural events will help cultivate long-term customers.” So wine appreciation workshops and poetry readings do a good job of keeping the culturally inclined entertained at Chateau Indage’s Athena, another new destination in south Mumbai. Managed by Moshe Shek and Vikrant Chougule, Athena isn’t about the gentle buzz of a restaurant, the vibrancy of a bar or the serenity of a lounge. It’s all three coming together in10.000sqft.Delhi’s DV8 pub – the legendary Cellars redone – with its old-fashioned interiors hosts fashion shows, media nights, live music – retro, jazz – and even Formula 2 race days. Plush leather chairs, bookcases with yellowing books, subtle lighting all add up to cosy comfort. At Fab Cafe, also in Delhi, theme nights like the Roopa Gulati show, book readings and jazz nights are standard fare. “The concept of ‘cool’ is changing. We fit into the new concept,” says Manager Ruchi Tandon. The new concept? “Calm, stimulating atmosphere”, rather than the “rock till you drop” partying ‘n’ boozing earlier.Vidhi Bhartia, Kate Bharucha Students”The number of people at discos has definitely dropped in the past few years,” says Rajiv Joshi, marketing manager, Razz berry Rhinoceros, one of Mumbai’s oldest suburban discos best known for introducing the afternoon disco concept. “One of the main Reasons for this is the many new forms of entertainment, besides new places like theme restaurants and lounge bars-cum-restaurants like Athena. The saving grace is teenagers who still love partying here.”The idea is that after dinner you don’t have to go hunting for a nightclub or pay high cover charges to sup on music and ambience. So Mumbai restaurants like the Sidewok and European Asian Indigo are fashioning themselves as “party destinations” and providing “lifestyle experiences”, not simply being places to eat out. Indigo, with a tea-garden bungalow feel, has candle-lit lounges, a bar and an eating space spread over two floors. Athena’s strategy is to lure sports and filmstars, besides socialites and industrialists, the staple fare at any popular Mumbai nightspot. Its club fees seems to have been fixed with the caviar circuit in mind. At Rs 65,000 per annum for the most exclusive membership, it might seem steep, but the 50 memberships on offer sold out even before the official opening, claims the management. Members paid for conveniences difficult to come by: guaranteed bookings, free entry for guests and access to exclusive lounges.advertisementCuisinista Rashmi Uday Singh views this nocturnal shift from dingy discos to more eclectic options as the beginning of a new trend. The success of these modern rendezvous owes itself to the insatiable “new Indian who wants Manhattan, Paris and London experiences in his own land”. Higher disposable incomes, exposure to TV, the Internet and increased travelling have created this new genre of Indian-born international desis.In fact, restaurateurs like the Mumbai-based Doshi family have even sought inspiration from the joints they visit during foreign sojourns. And after their New York eatery shut down, an Indian equivalent was dreamt of. Now, there are three. Karma, a casual Italian eating place and watering hole, opened three months ago. Above it is Bellisima, a fine dining restaurant with new world cuisine. Next to it is the Polynesian flavoured Liquid Lounge with a 30-ft bar serving cocktails, and a live band playing four to five times a week.This burgeoning of modernistic hangouts like lounge bars, restau-rant-cum-bars, coffee joints, karaoke nightspots, bowling alleys-cum-bars, event-centric pubs and offbeat cafes has completely altered the nightlife profile in cities. Take Delhi. Once thought to be dull and dorky, it is fast metamorphosing into a city of pubs, corner cafes and restobars. Panache replaces Punj, and five-star discos are becoming passe, while the existing hangouts are reinventing in a bid to survive.Surprise is of essence at restaurants like Stop At Sams (top) which holds talk sessions, even as coffee bars like Qwikys hold live band performancesWhen Club Zeros in GK-II opened in 1999, it was an uninspiring restaurant serving Indian and Chinese food. In December 2000, it was redesigned into a restobar. Manager Ka-mal Sud claims it is the first such club in GK-II. “We had to redefine ourselves in the face of fresh competition,” he says. “We realised that people come in not just for food, but large helpings of fun too.” Further down the same block, Snob, a four-year-old restaurant, shed its penchant for grub to transform into a pub a year ago. Says Delhi student Priya: “The service might not compare with the best hotels but, hey, it’s different, it’s fun.”Despite bouncers at the entrance in most such pubs, there’s no entrance fee. We2 at GK-I, a pub with a central bar area and big glass panes, has a definite international touch. Goan musician Nelson Furta-don, his flowing moustache twitching, prefers playing at the new trendy places because he finds them livelier. “Hotels are for people like my parents,” he says. Variety is the bon mot. Buzz, a new restobar at Saket in Delhi, with a mul-ticuisine menu and a brimming cocktail list, is part of a gastronomic subculture spawned by the PVR cineplex that also includes a branch of Qwikys, McDonald’s, Pizza Express and Barista in the same compound.Harish SamthaniFormer rally driver and party animalBig-city nightlife seems to have reached the second stage of evolution. This stage is spelt out succinctly by Nikhil Chaturvedi, managing director, Provogue: it is the plane at which the ultimate party dream progresses from shouting above the din of a cramped disco to a craving to hear and be heard in a more innovative partyscape. So, moving from the regular disco option of Gatsby at Park Sheraton in Chen-nai, you have beach discos like teenage haunt EC41 on the East Coast Road, mushrooming on the road to Maha-balipuram and flying in DJs from Delhi, Mumbai, even Goa.”Music is one thing,” says Harish Samthani, socialite and a theme-party organiser, “but more than that it’s the ambience … the open sky and beach which a closed disco cannot offer.” Add “beach” to “parties” and “discos” and you have the hottest Chennai partying trend. Throw in speciality restaurants like the Thai Benjurong, Japanese and Korean joints, discos like the two-year-old Hell Freezes Over – which has about 300 visitors every night and is the first night club in Chennai to introduce an all-woman disco – coffee bars like Qwiky’s that have live bands performing on weekends, and you have the new Chennai outing scene.Chennai party animals, however, claim the city could raise its cool quotient further were it not for stringent liquor laws. Neigbouring Bangalore too nurses this grievance. Bars and pubs here are supposed to close by 11 p.m. but it hasn’t stopped India’s Silicon Valley from being a pub-crawler’s haven: there are 125 pubs and 1,353 bars and restaurants here. The city’s latest attraction is 180 Proof. Once a Gothic confection of high ceiling, arches and tiled roof, it is now a five-level pub with a DJ and Thai dinner. Its old-world charm combines a hi-tech flavour symbolic of the neoteric spirit – laidback ease and 21st century modernism.Six years ago in Kolkata, nightlife meant private parties or a choice of three discos – Incognito, Someplace Else and the Anticlock, all in hotels – but the discos now are wisening up to change. Winning Streak, the city’s first sports bar, is Anticlock in a new avatar.A bar-cum-hangout joint for the 30-35-year-old set, it has sports memorabilia as decor, a mini putting z one, a video arcade and plans for mini basketball and football courts. “Business was stagnating at the Anticlock,” admits proprietor Bunty Sethi. “You need a whole new set of changes if you want to bring in a new crowd.” The managers at The Park Hotel agree. Its two-year-old disco Tantra has introduced global flavors – quieter cigar and malt bars within discos.advertisementVikram Bawa, Maushumi UdeshiPhotographer/ModelThe new options aren’t just for Page 3 socialites; the world cuisine fad and oodles of “we are more than just about food” attitude is seeping into smaller restaurants too. Rewind, a small eatery in Mumbai, is jazzed up often with live music performances. Starters & More that started out as a restaurant is now set to bring in live music, karaoke on two nights, telecast of Formula 1 racing on a big screen, live performances by Sony Music artists and even panja (fist) fights.Notwithstanding the newfangled party temples and their drumbeating about being different, there are people like Prakash Khubchandani of Popcorn Entertainment, Mumbai, who says, “Everyone likes change, but these are passing fads.”Achala Sachdev, choreographer, thinks Indian nightlife could do with further evolution. “It is true we have gone beyond pubs and dingy discos,” she says, “but the third stage has not been reached where you have speciality bars like reggae or jazz bars abroad or stand-up comedy acts at both restaurants and bars.”Bangalore: A pub-crawler’s haven, the Silicon city’s joints are veering towards variety by holding fashion shows at pubs like the Urban EdgeFood critics and entertainment industry experts, meanwhile, believe that the staying power of such joints will not depend on the “fluff” – snazzy events or Page 3 appearances – but the quality of food and beverages, and consistent output.Another development that could heat up competition among the new watering holes is the five-star hotels restaurants and lounges waking up to the poaching of their clientele. So they are focusing on innovation in services, cuisine and dcor.The President, Mumbai, has recently opened Kaleidoscope restaurant, that promises to be easy on the pocket and offers comfort food, even as five-star discos are becoming more spacious or reinventing completely. After 23 years, Delhi’s oldest surviving cult discotheque, Ghungroo at the Maurya Sheraton, has decided to close down. “The new Ghungroo,” according to Sheraton General Manager Gautam Anand, “will be spacious and versatile, literally and metaphorically, and ready by December 2001.” It will be open for lunch, dinner and snacks, not just evening events.”And the lovelies, he knows, will come.”- with Supriya Bezbaruah, Methil Renuka, Anshul Avijit, Arun Ram, Kavitha Muralidharan, Stephen David and Labonita Ghoshlast_img read more

10 months agoRoma, AC Milan battle for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi

first_imgRoma, AC Milan battle for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe race for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is heating up.Gazzetta dello Sport says Roma are considering an approach for Batshuayi.They are considering an approach for the Chelsea striker in a loan with an option to buy deal.Batshuayi is currently on loan at Valencia but has been linked with a switch to Serie A with AC Milan.Valencia coach Marcelino was non-committal last week when discussing whether the Belgian would still be with the club beyond the January market. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img