Pablo Garcia Which? “Many are personal, which is not nice to say. Soccer, for example, I was in Osasuna and they offered me a contract for life. What I would like to win. And the Madrid thing came out. Barça also loved me with Rijkaard. I let myself go out of respect and because I always handled myself like that. I am aware that I spent a long time without a team, without playing, I played only in the national team, went to Atleti and I was not lucky enough to play… It always cost me everything. I had an agent, Casal, who would get me equipment here and here. The opportunity of Madrid came out. If I had to go back I would change many things, I don’t know if I would go to Madrid, I don’t know if I would sign that contract ”.How can you say that of Madrid? What happened to him there? “Sometimes it is not all rosy, it is not easy. I was a moment in Madrid, it was the last year of the phenomena, Zidane was retiring, Roberto Carlos was in the last, Raúl was in the last, Ronaldo, Beckham, Salgado, Helguera … It was not easy, they had won everything. It was not easy to play there, there was a lot of court to run and they had changed their coach. I remember that day that we were training and they were filming the Gol movie and the cameras were in training. And every day photos. I was not ready. I came from Osasuna, more people, more working people, more equipment, I had a good coach like Aguirre, we had the barbecue on Thursday… It cost me and I suffered, I didn’t enjoy it. I was with the best and it was an unforgettable experience, but it cost. ” “In Madrid it cost me and I suffered” Pablo García, Uruguayan who played for Real Madrid in the 2005-06 season, was interviewed on the program Last to the Bow, from Sport 380 and took stock of his career. The former midfielder, who has lived in Greece for eleven years, the country where he hung his boots, revealed that in his first training session at Real Madrid he had a confrontation with a player. He did not say the name but threw a clue: “It was right-back …”. The starting ‘2’ in that Real Madrid was Míchel Salgado …What are you doing: “I finished playing in Greece and I have been here for eleven years. I finished playing and spent a month or so working with a Dutch sports director who came to the team, but I realized that being in the office was not for me. I went as assistant coach to the PAOK U17 team, I liked it, we were champions. I liked to send myself, to be the first coach. They gave me a chance to grab the U19. The first year was difficult for me, not only because of the language but also because of the experience of having assistants with years in the academy and I was a player. There was that touch. But then I was lucky to find people I already knew in soccer. They helped me a lot. It’s something I really like, especially at this age, 18 or 19 years old. We have three championships in a row, two undefeated years and we are happy. I am lucky to do what I like. “Doesn’t it make you want to coach a team in Uruguay? “I want to go one step further and work with older people. Not to mention that it is in mind, there is a goal. I had the goal now to finish the job to get the UEFA A card to train the majors and with this from the coronavirus it is necessary to postpone until the summer. Of course, one wants to lead seniors. You never know what possibility. You are waiting for what is going to happen in the club. Directing a great any coach wants to direct. I am aware that there are many coaches prepared in Uruguay and they are waiting for an opportunity. It is not easy, but I never had anything easy. I’m used to setting a goal and working, working and working. “Does seeing Valverde in Madrid generate memories? “I am glad that there is a Uruguayan not only in Madrid but in great teams. Most of them came from downstairs and had a hard time getting there. I see Valverde more as an 8, back and forth, not as a central midfielder. I’m glad and the good thing is that he came young, I don’t want to compare, I arrived a little older. He is with all the strength and desire, I see it very well, he earned a position. Congratulate him and keep improving. ”Would you have liked to coincide with this new Uruguayan generation? “You cannot change anything. We have all made mistakes, bad decisions that now with experience you realize, but that’s it, there is no going back and you cannot regret anything. The main thing is that you do it with your heart and do what you feel. A few years less yes, to play with these players… Needless to say, to enjoy with these players, of course I would like to, although in my time there were also great players ”.In his career he had a great pleasure, having played for Madrid. What was missing in your career? “I dont know. I have made many bad decisions and bad times. Bad decisions are my fault. ” She came to Madrid with Diogo and he said it was not easy: “Reviewing the teams I was in, it always cost me the first year. Also at Osasuna, at Celta … The first year was difficult. And a large team does not wait. If you don’t put on your shirt and play on Sunday, they leave you aside and don’t wait for anyone. You have to come and respond. There are many factors that influence ”.How was Zidane: “I agree with Montero, he was a simple person, very difficult to raise his voice for something, always smiling, humble. So when I had to be in Milan, with Maldini… Those people, those great players are the simplest people there is. ”Did they make a vacuum in Madrid’s dressing room? “It was difficult to enter the group, they already had their age group, winners. Beckham was there with another English and he didn’t speak Spanish. Then another group of the Spanish. There were small groups and it was difficult to enter. I had played in Osasuna and had had friction in a game with one of Madrid and the first day I had problems with a player. He made an ugly gesture at me. It was the first day I arrived. Not make me respect but I had to fight and everything calmed down. “On the first day he had to fight: “Unfortunately this is the case, not like in Osasuna, when I arrived the group was united and they took me with them. They made me feel at home. And it cost more ”.Who was he with who had that confrontation in that locker room? “I’m not going to give you names. Right back was … (laughs) Things that happen. “Defeat against Barça on the day of applause for Ronaldinho: “It was a very difficult match. I had returned with the team, had traveled 24 hours, I arrived in Madrid, I had hardly slept. I go to breakfast at eight in the morning. And I come and see the coach, in Luxembourg, having breakfast. And I say: “Are you screwed up, Brazilian?” And he says: “Yes, a little bit.” It was a difficult match. Messi was starting. I didn’t make a bad match. “
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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Since taking office on July 1, Villaraigosa has vowed to eliminate the potential for “pay-to-play” politics by removing all lobbyists from city commissions and appointing his own ethics czar to enforce city regulations. LAWA’s new ethics office will ensure the airport department develops and follows a code of ethics in its business dealings and also will create a whistle-blower system for people to report suspicions of misconduct. “High standards of ethics and business conduct are a prerequisite for everything we want to achieve at our airports,” said Lydia Kennard, named by Villaraigosa earlier this month to take over as LAWA chief. “My first goal is to ensure LAWA conducts its business in accordance with the highest standards.” Kennard said the new office will be modeled after those in place at other large corporations and governmental institutions and hopes it will serve as a prototype for other city agencies. Among its first duties will be to survey LAWA staff and develop a code of ethics, then train workers and provide information to contractors, consultants and others on the city’s regulations. In a move designed to improve its tarnished image, the Airport Commission voted Monday to create an office that will set ethical standards and investigate suspected misconduct in the city’s airport operations. The Office of Ethics and Business Conduct will train employees and provide information to contractors, consultants and others on how to deal with Los Angeles World Airports. “This will enhance the public’s trust in our government,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a statement. “Public service is an honor and with it goes responsibility. Every decision must be made in the public’s interest.” Ongoing criminal investigations into possible contracting irregularities at City Hall were prompted last year by allegations that companies had to make political contributions in order to win consideration from the Airport Commission. Bob Stern of the Center for Governmental Study, who was involved in drafting the original city ethics laws, said he applauds the attention being given ethics but wants to make sure it works in coordination with the city Ethics Commission. “That would be my only concern, that this does not replace what the Ethics Commission does,” Stern said. “The code of business conduct is something completely different, but also appropriate. What is best about all this is the fact that any attention at all is being paid to the issues of ethics in government.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson, Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has described the Garda Inspectorate report into crime investigation as “a major milestone in Irish policing”.The Donegal TD called on the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald to immediately establish a Criminal Justice Service Group to implement the recommendations in the report.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “The Garda Inspectorate is a comprehensive and devastating critique of the systems within An Garda Síochána. It is a major milestone in Irish policing and reveals that our police service is simply not fit for purpose based on international best practice. “The criticism in the report of the new Garda rosters, lack of Garda vehicles and the loss of trained Garda to admin duties are a particular embarrassment to this Government. Their programme of cutbacks was labelled as “modernisation” and “smart policing”. That spin has now been exposed for all to see.”He concluded: “The Garda Inspectorate has called on the Government to establish a Criminal Justice Service Group to implement the recommendations in the report. They also again call for the establishment of a Criminal Justice Working Group to implement the recommendations of their previous report on the Fixed Charged Processing System (penalty points). It is absolutely vital that the Minister immediately establish both.“As the report points out, not only have the Irish people been failed but also the majority of the decent men and women of An Garda Síochána. We all deserve a modern, fit for purpose policing service.” GOVERNMENT MUST IMPLEMENT GARDA INSPECTORATE RECOMMENDATIONS – Mac LOCHLAINN was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGarda reforminspectoratePadraig Mac Lochlainnreport
Gerrit Cole signed a nine-year, $324 million contract with the New York Yankees on Tuesday, first reported by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Cole has reportedly an opt-out for 2024 and will have to shave off that stubble by spring.Cole is still in the American League — joining a deep Yankees team that came one Game 7 walk-off home run shy of a World Series. But, Oakland A’s can rejoice at the prospect of not having to face one of the game’s most dominant (and ever improving) pitchers in the game …
The front page of South Africa Now, produced for Brand South Africa and published as a supplement in the 6 October 2010 edition of the prestigious Washington Post. (Click to enlarge.)RELATED ARTICLES • Brand South Africa in Davos • Brand Africa – by Africa for Africa • Brand South Africa appoints CEOSouth Africa’s unique mix of energy, humanity, sheer doggedness and knack for problem-solving are showcased in a six-page supplement in the prestigious Washington Post newspaper, titled South Africa Now and produced on behalf of Brand South Africa.The supplement hit the streets of Washington, DC, in the 6 October 2010 edition of the newspaper. It features contributions by Professor Anton Harber, Caxton chair of journalism at Wits University, veteran journalists Simon Barber and John Battersby, AngloGold Ashanti CEO Mark Cutifani, South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, US ambassador to South Africa Donald Gips, Jann Turner, the director of hit South African movie White Wedding, and Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa.Barber, who is also the Washington-based US country manager for Brand South Africa, commissioned Big Media to produce South Africa Now, and edited it in collaboration with Mary Alexander, the former editor of MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.“With my background as a journalist, I have tended to question the value of supplements like these, figuring they would mostly go unread and land up on the bottom of birdcages,” said Barber.“Recently, however, Bric nations such as Russia and China started doing supplements in the Washington Post that were actually interesting to read, so I began to have second thoughts. What clinched the deal for me was knowing I could enlist the talents of Big Media’s writers, editors and designers.“I was confident we could put together something that was truly reflective of Brand South Africa and which would get read not just by Washington decision makers but by the captains of global finance who would be in Washington for the IMF/World Bank annual meetings when we published.”Printed in full colour, South Africa Now features photography from the MediaClubSouthAfrica.com image library as well as a stunning American-style op-ed illustration by multi-award-winning South African graphic journalist Francois Smit.The supplement was designed by Irwin Manoim, creative director at Big Media. A newspaper production and design expert with 30 years in the industry, Manoim is a joint founder and former editor of both the Mail & Guardian and the electronic Mail & Guardian, the first online newspaper in Africa and one of the few and pioneering mid-1990s web-based newspapers in the world.“The message of South Africa Now is that South Africa matters, that it’s a country of smart, creative people who have their own ways of doing things and who are making a difference globally,” said Barber.The supplement leads with an exploration of South Africa’s ambitious efforts to balance a growing economy with the need to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, with the most recent example being plans for a huge, US$21-billion, 5,000 megawatt solar park and a smaller solar installation on the island where Nelson Mandela was once jailed.The front page also features a look at Soweto, a book by Jodie Bieber, the South African photographer now most famous for the now-iconic and shocking Time magazine cover featuring the mutilated face of 18-year-old Afghani girl Aisha.Elsewhere in the supplement Motlanthe looks at Africa’s place in the new economic world order, and Cutifani examines why South Africa’s past makes it a good place to do business in the future. Harber discusses media freedom in South Africa, Matola reports on efforts to fix Africa’s brand, and Turner writes about the “normal, crazy, mixed-up country” that inspired White Wedding.Want to read more? Download South Africa Now in PDF format (2.2 MB), or read selected articles online:Powering towards a green economySouth Africa plans to build a massive $21.8-billion, 5 000 MW solar park in its semi-desert Northern Cape province as part of an aggressive push to grow its highly industrialised economy without increasing its carbon footprint.The everyday beauty of SowetoSouth African photographer Jodi Bieber has a special ability to bring out the beauty in the ordinary, even the disfigured. On the cover of Time magazine she made a mutilated Afghani girl look beautiful, and in her latest book Soweto she makes everyday township life shine.Launchpad to a billion consumersBy offering to acquire Massmart for some $4.2-billion, Wal-Mart has joined the parade of global companies looking to South Africa as a springboard into what is increasingly seen as the world’s last great investment frontier.A trek to the start of timeIt will probe the edges of our universe. It will be a virtual time machine, helping scientists explore the origins of galaxies. It’s the Square Kilometre Array, and South Africans are at the heart of its development.Brewing up a global brandMiller Lite. Tastes great. Less filling. And brought to you by world-beating South African company SABMiller.Looking south and east for growthAs the shift in global economic power gains momentum, South Africa’s trade is moving eastwards and southwards in a pattern that both reflects the worldwide trend and helps drive it, writes John Battersby.More than just a celluloid Mandela There is a special bond between Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman and the man he played in the Clint Eastwood movie Invictus, South African statesman Nelson Mandela.Africa in the new world orderKgalema Motlanthe, South Africa’s deputy president, looks at how African economies’ resilient performance during the global financial crisis points to the continent’s new place in a changing world.Mining history for new solutionsMark Cutifani, CEO of the multinational AngloGold Ashanti mining company, examines why South Africa’s past is key to successfully doing business here in the future.Turning up the media volumeSince 1990, South Africa has been a noisy place. After decades of apartheid censorship, the lifting of restrictions on the media led to a cacophony of debate. For the first time in centuries, everyone could be heard, and it was sometimes deafening, writes Anton Harber.A joule of an energy-efficient carSouth Africa, which builds BMWs and Mercedes Benzes for the US market, is in the thick of the race to deliver a truly practical – and stylish – electric car. Meet the Joule.South Africa: Time to believeThe forgiving philosophy of “ubuntu” helps explain how South Africa managed to transcend its turbulent apartheid past and create a unified democracy, writes Simon Barber.Finding sound real estate investmentSouth Africa’s post-apartheid transformation and new middle class are fuelling demand for affordable homes. For private equity fund International Housing Solutions, that means opportunity.My normal, crazy, mixed-up countrySouth African hit movie White Wedding is now showing in the US to rave reviews. Jann Turner, who directed and jointly wrote and produced the film, writes about the place that inspired it – South Africa.Bring on the braaiAll South Africans love it – including Nobel peace prize-winning Desmond Tutu – and its rich, smoky smell floats over the country every Sunday. Celebrate the braai with our great recipe for making boerewors, traditional South African farmer’s sausage.
Pressure- Santa seems to be getting more and more generous these days. He seems to be giving gifts that are extravagant and over the top. And, if Santa doesn’t come to your home, you still have pressure from your neighbors, friends, and family members when they start telling you the items they will be giving their children- a new car (yes, you read that right), a brand new iPad AND MacBook, etc. Don’t Fall for It: There will always be pressure. While it is hard for most of us to watch our children feel disappointment, most of us share the ultimate goal of having happy children. Spending large amounts of money and giving extravagant gifts might make a child happy for a short amount of time, but giving them your love, affection, and undivided attention is worth so much more in the long run. It may also be helpful not to ask others about what they will be giving their children for the holidays. Sometimes, comparing can only make us feel worse! Give the Gift of Experience: Practice giving the gift of experience rather than an item – plan a special family event after the holidays. This can be more special than a toy for many children. Resolve to Do Differently in 2018If your holiday spending didn’t go according to plan, resolve to beat financial stress in 2018 by making a plan and sticking to a budget. Here is a list of tips and resources to make saving money easier in the New Year:Make saving automatic. Set up an automatic transfer from your checking account to your savings account. You’ll never even miss the money and you don’t have to think about it.Examine your spending and develop a plan. Take a look at your income and expenses and develop a spending plan to determine where your money is going.52-Week Money Challenge: Save small amounts of money each week of the year and you’ll have $1,378 saved by the end of 2018.Many New Year’s resolutions are health and fitness based and research has shown the conscientious behavior that allows folks to make positive lifestyle changes that improve health are positively correlated with positive financial management. Take the Small Steps to Health & Wealth quiz to assess potential changes you can make to improve your overall well-being. Whatever tips you decide to use from this blog, we hope that you find them helpful! We wish you a healthy, happy, stress-free (or at least stress “less”) holiday season!This blog was written by Molly Herndon, Social Media Specialist for MFLN Personal Finance and Bari Sobelson, Social Media Specialist for MFLN Family Development. Guilt- Perhaps you feel like you just don’t spend enough quality time with your loved ones throughout the year, so you feel that the guilt can be contained by giving large or expensive gifts to your loved ones.Send a different type of message: Think hard about what message this sends. This suggests that you can buy someone’s love and replace time with gifts. If you are concerned that you don’t spend enough time with your family, work on creating a new year’s resolution to do this! You can make a ‘family (or friend) resolution’ so that everyone is committed to it. Give the Gift of Love and Time: Instead of spending large amounts of money, spend more time. Think of projects, games, or other group activities that all of you can do together. Stress- It isn’t uncommon for stress to induce impulsive behaviors such as overeating and overspending. You might find yourself attempting to reduce your stress levels by buying more and thinking less.Reduce your stress level: Don’t wait until the stress hits you like a ton of bricks to try and reduce it! Before the holidays even start, put some practice into place- exercise mindfulness, self-care, and other stress-reducing tactics that work for you. If you start the holidays with a stress-reducing plan already in motion, you are more likely to stick to it! You are also setting yourself up for more protection from stress! Make a spending plan: Lynn Little, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent from Maryland Extension suggests making lists for each of your holiday shopping categories – such as gifts, food, and travel. Determine the amount of money available for spending, then estimate those expenses to develop your spending plan. Be as detailed as possible – list all your gift recipients (don’t forget babysitters, neighbors or your children’s teachers). Shopping with a list reduces the urge to spend impulsively. By Molly Herndon, MS and Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTU.S. Air Force photo illustration/ Senior Airman Michael SmithWith the holidays right around the corner, many of us are pulling out our wallets and getting our lists together, while simultaneously pulling out our hair! Although the holidays can be a time of great joy and excitement, they can also present feelings of dread, leaving you emotionally and financially drained. Here are some problems and possible solutions to think about during this holiday season in an effort to navigate your way through managing both your emotions and your finances. Obligation- During the holiday season, there are parties and gatherings galore! Some of your friends and family may host gatherings that have gift exchange as a main feature. These types of parties can add up fast and so can the money you spend and the stress it induces! It’s Okay to Say No: You can always say no. Don’t be afraid to tell your loved ones that you will have to pass on this particular gathering. You can also tell them that you would like to attend but that you will pass on the gift exchange piece. Most people would rather have your presence than your presents anyway! Get Creative: Suggest to your loved ones that a gift exchange doesn’t have to be with NEW items! A white elephant gift exchange is always fun (give something that you already have at home that you don’t use or have never even opened)! This way, you are still doing the gift exchange, but you aren’t spending any money. You could also have an upcycling gift exchange where each of you finds something you already have and turn it into something else. This could spark creativity and lots of fun! ProblemSolution Getting Back on Financial TrackMaybe your holiday shopping has already gotten out of control or there were some unexpected expenses this year that were put on a credit card. Don’t let the end of year financial missteps mar your financial outlook for 2018. When your credit card statement arrives, take a look at the interest rates. Does it make more sense to tackle the debt with the higher interest rate first, as many experts suggest? Or would you feel more empowered by eliminating small debts first?There is no wrong way to pay down debt. Dr. Barbara O’Neill suggests using PowerPay, a program developed by Utah State University Cooperative Extension. To use the program, users enter their creditor’s information, outstanding balance, APR and monthly payment amount. PowerPay then determines the amount to be paid each month to most efficiently pay off the debt with as little interest paid as possible.
Art. Realism. Truth. Vision. Commitment. Belief. For years, a section of a “niche” crowd (filmmakers, critics, audience) had been doggedly championing the cause of the other cinema. A cinema that was clean, honest, meaningful artistic, life-enhancing, propagated by a band of people passionately devoted to the noble endeavor of providing the “hoi-polloi” (trapped in a pathetic cul-de-sac), a solid and substantial alternative. A cinema of aesthetic worth and financial viability, sans the tinsel thunder of stars, gaudy elaborate sets, foreign locales or obscenely expensive budgets. A cinema that epitomized the philosophy of “Small is Big” and invested in their matrix that elusive magic of feeling and warmth that touched the soul, not merely dazzled the eyes. A cinema of the here and now that did not sell dreams, but portrayed the power, truth and beauty of the Indian reality — warts and all. Intellectual cinema, personified! Director Gautam Ghosh standing next to a poster of his filmYatra.For around a decade (early 1970s to early 1980s) this cinema came, saw and even conquered the hearts of its select audience, winning admirable loyalty and patronage. Hugely supported by an enthusiastic press, it was projected as “New Cinema” with freshness inscribed on every frame. The filmmakers, hymned and celebrated were the new messiahs on the block, fired by an inspired cause. So far, so good.The problems started when some of these films started drawing special attention, making a name and a modest kill at the box office, but most importantly, going on to win national and international awards. Overnight, these “strugglers” began to strike poses, mouth hi-fallutin’ platitudes, superciliously talk about how they were now a part of international cinema, and of course, trashing the mainstream product, Bollywood.But why this hostility and agro towards a cinema that continues to provide its unimaginably large fan-base across the globe, their much-needed manna from heaven? An industry that has an investment-base of crores of rupees with technology and infrastructure that is mind-boggling? A cinema that for sheer gloss, glitz and hype is probably second only to Hollywood? Most importantly, a cinema that frankly couldn’t give a damn about the existence of a movement that hardly ever posed a threat? Om Shanti OmLet’s face it. Over the years, Bollywood has shaped and fed the never-ending fantasies of the howling unwashed. They’ve done it without any pretensions, with the least fuss and frippery, focusing all their skills and resources towards fulfilling one single objective: uncomplicated entertainment. Win some, lose some, they’ve endeavored to be honest in this one-point program, never pretending to evoke the spirit of the nouvelle vague, or spouting Bresson and Renais like they were brothers under the skin.Their gods were made-in-India — Raj Kapoor, Guru Dutt, Mehboob Khan, Raj Khosla, Vijay Anand, Manmohan Desai, Prakash Mehra, Ramesh Sippy. They’ve never (consciously) considered themselves to be a part of world cinema. They’ve never had any illusions about winning awards at any of the hot-shot international film fests, although today Lagaan has seduced their appetitem and only when severely provoked have they fired a broadside at the other (Bhookha-Nanga) Cinema. By and large, they have stuck to their basic idea of movies (not ci-ne-ma) as hardcore entertainment for the masses that is committed to rake in the loot or at least break-even on investment. They do not see it as an art form, propaganda vehicle or an artistic form of self-expression. They have no axes to grind and nothing to prove except how successful they are as dream-merchants and going by their uncontested domination over the public imagination and sensibilities (ever noticed how even the corniest film-oriented program on TV scores hugely over the ‘meaningful’ programs) they must be doing something right! Aamir KhanAnd that is precisely where it hurts the arty brigade! How can this crass, untutored and vulgar cinema, constantly catering to the lowest common denominator, cornering precious resource, spending obscene money on stuff that has an erratic strike-rate at the box-office, continue to thrive while these “geniuses” are overlooked, neglected and ignored? If only some one gave them that one (just-one) chance, they’d show these damn Bollywood bozos what “commercial cinema” should be with their superior knowledge in the art and craft of “ci-ne-ma.” Ironically, whenever they have been provided this chance, their masterpieces have had to be peeled off the ceiling! This simple truth is their idea of “ci-ne-ma,” popular audience taste and the task of hard-core delivery of value are wildly un-made for each other. The reaction of the arrogant stunned maverick? “The film was much ahead of its time” or the other howler “What else can one expect from an audience continuously fed on Bollywood trash?” Any wonder that the Bollywood guys die laughing!The last words must belong to an insider who’s been in the thick of this movement when it exploded in the mid-seventies. “Ideally, there should have been no conflicts between this art and commercial divide. They can happily co-exist. There is an audience for both. Problem starts when people believe they can change the world, but along the way, switch lanes. With a few exceptions, it’s amazing how fake and self-seeking most of these guys are! In the name of good cinema, they had no problem selling their souls to get into the Panorama section of the Indian Film Festival and move on to the International circuit. That was their Big Bang — Cannes, Venice, Berlin, London or any of the smaller versions! To them it signaled arrival and achievement. The producers and the local audience could go to hell, along with the technicians and artistes, all of whom gave their life-blood for the film. Is it any wonder that Naseer Shah (after years of being conned), finally gives it to these fakes whenever and wherever the occasion demands?”In the final analysis, it is important to remember that beyond talent what is needed is a high level of integrity and commitment to traverse this lonely route of the small cinema. Its rewards have to do with accomplishment, prestige and honor rather than glitz, glamor and big bucks. One can’t have both, The Bollywood boys are clear in their funda of drooling over Mammon. Professing undying allegiance to the Muse while secretly lusting for filthy lucre is not very arty, is it? Serious cinema – a close-up! Saawariya Tashan Aakrosh Related Items
2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers2023 AFC Asian Cup QualifiersAmarjit Kiyamfootball First Published: August 30, 2019, 9:55 AM IST Midfielder @KiyamAmarjit has been ruled out of the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers against Oman and Qatar after suffering a broken hand in training 😢Wishing him a speedy recovery! 🙏#IndianFootball #BackTheBlue #BlueTigers— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) August 29, 2019India begin their campaign against Oman on September 5 in Guwahati followed by an away game against Asian champions Qatar in Doha on September 10.Afghanistan is other team in the group. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Indian football team midfielder Amarjit Singh Kiyam was on Thursday ruled out of the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Oman and Qatar after suffering a hand injury during training.Amarjit, who led the Indian team in the U-17 World Cup in 2017, was part of coach Igor Stimac probables for the preparatory camp. The players assembled for the camp on August 19 in Goa.”Midfielder @KiyamAmarjit has been ruled out of the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers against Oman and Qatar after suffering a broken hand in training,” the All India Football Federation (AIFF) tweeted.