IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE, IT’S SUPER MARE!UNBEATEN NYQUIST EXCITES TEAM O’NEILL‘PHAROAH’ GALLOPS, TO WORK ON SUNDAYBEHOLDER GALLOPS, SCHOOLS FOR GRADE I ZENYATTAHALO DARLIN STEPS UP IN GRADE I CHANDELIERRODEO DRIVE DISTANCE GOOD FOR ELEKTRUM BC MILE IN SIGHT FOR TWENTYTWENTYVISIONLEANDRO MORA BACK, TEXAS RED ON THE SHELF LONGER DISTANCE GOOD FOR ELEKTRUM SADLER SAYSJohn Sadler expects Elektrum to continue to show good form Saturday when she runs in the Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 ¼ miles on turf.“The longer distance should be better for her,” said Sadler, who trains the Irish-bred daughter of High Chaparral for the Hronis brothers, Peter and Kosta. “She’s undefeated at a mile and an eighth in the U.S., and the races she had trouble in were mostly at a mile. I think she’s going to like the added distance.”Elektrum’s Daily Racing Form trouble lines in her five U.S. races read like something out of a day in the life of Al Capp’s perennially snake-bitten comic strip character Joe Btfsplk, to wit: “Off bit slow, three wide lane; Steadied ¾, blocked 1/8; Steadied early, 5 wide lane; Boxed in stretch out kicked;” and “three wide bid, between stretch, game.”Sadler understandably is more than pleased with his successful association with the Hronis brothers. “It’s been wonderful,” Sadler said. “We’re having another good year and it looks like we’re still going forward, so we’re pretty excited.”The Rodeo Drive, race nine: Star Act, Gary Stevens, 15-1; Lady Pimpernel, Rafael Bejarano, 9-2; Photo Call, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Famous Alice, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Three Hearts, Mario Gutierrez, 15-1; Elektrum, Tyler Baze, 5-1; Queen of the Sand, Mike Smith, 8-1; Hard Not to Like, Victor Espinoza, 3-1; Sharla Rae, James Graham, 8-1; Stormy Lucy, Corey Nakatani, 20-1; and Fanticola, Joe Talamo, 5-1. UNBEATEN NYQUIST SEEKS FOURTH STRAIGHT IN FRONTRUNNERDoug O’Neill and owner J. Paul Reddam could have another Triple Crown contender on their hands in Nyquist, an unbeaten 2-year-old son of Uncle Mo who goes two turns for the first time in Saturday’s Grade I FrontRunner Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.Nyquist won his maiden outing at five furlongs by a head on June 15, won the Grade II Best Pal next out by 5 ¼ lengths on Aug. 8, then captured the Grade I Del Mar Futurity by nearly four lengths at seven furlongs on Sept. 7.O’Neill knows a good 3-year-old when he trains one. I’ll Have Another, owned by Reddam, came within an 11th-hour injury of running for the Triple Crown in 2012, and 2013 Santa Anita Derby winner Goldencents won the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile back-to-back in 2013 and 2014.“He fits right in with horses of that caliber, just by the way he’s performed so far,” O’Neill said of Nyquist, named for Detroit Red Wings hockey star Gustav Nyquist. “As far as getting a distance, he has shown in his three sprint wins that he has something for the gallop out, and only special horses do that, so there are similarities between him and I’ll Have Another.“They have different physiques, but are very similar in that they work and perform brilliantly.“Before Nyquist ever started, we dreamed about stretching him out, so we’re looking forward to going a distance for the first time. He’s really tall at the withers, covers a lot of ground, and has a good mind.“Everything says he’ll route, but you don’t know until he does it. We’ll see on Saturday.”The field for the FrontRunner, race five: Go Long, Fernando Perez, 20-1; On Fire, Gary Stevens, 12-1; Blameitonthelaw, Tyler Baze, 5-1; Nyquist, Mario Gutierrez, 6-5; Hollywood Don, Brice Blanc, 4-1; Rare Candy, Joe Talamo, 15-1; Swipe, Kent Desormeaux, 5-1; and Mt Veeder, Martin Garcia, 6-1. AMERICAN PHAROAH GALLOPS; WORKS ON SUNDAYTriple Crown king American Pharoah galloped a mile and a half for the second straightday Friday morning. The son of Pioneerof the Nile is preparing for the $5 millionBreeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Oct. 31, his final start before being retired to stud.Trainer Bob Baffert plans to work American Pharoah at 6:30 Sunday morning at a distance to be determined. FINISH LINES: Just a week to the day from suffering a stroke, Leandro Mora was back at Santa Anita Friday morning, looking as healthy as he did before he left. “Doctors told me to take two weeks off before I return to work,” said Mora, a valued assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill, “but I think I’ll be back in a week. I’m very fortunate and grateful to the doctors and all the support I’ve received from my friends at the track. I was so lucky, Doug bought me lottery tickets. I didn’t win so far, but I haven’t opened all of them yet.” . . . Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red has bruised bones in his ankles and “is off short term,” trainer and part owner Keith Desormeaux said Friday morning at Santa Anita, just back from the Keeneland Sale where be bought 27 horses, some of which will be pinhooked. “We won’t make the Breeders’ Cup with Texas Red this year, but all he needs is a couple of months off to heal. There are no chips, no fractures, no bowed tendons, no soft tissue issues, which is very good news. He’ll get a needed rest. He never had a real break except for the time we sent him to the farm before the Triple Crown races. This will give him time to grow and mature, so I only look at it as a positive experience.” . . . Tom Quigley‘s guests handicappers this weekend in the East Paddock Gardens will be XpressBet TV host Aaron Vercruysse (11:20 a.m. Saturday) and Santa Anita simulcast host Michelle Yu (Sunday at 11:50 a.m.) . . . Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, Ky., and official radio home of the 2015 Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup World Championships, will host three hours of Breeders’ Cup Challenge coverage from Belmont Park and Santa Anita Saturday. HRRN’s exclusive radio broadcast airs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time on SiriusXM, channel 93 with live streaming provided on the HRRN website, www.horseracingradio.net. Anthony Stabile will broadcast live from Belmont Park, with HRRN President Mike Penna and retired jockey Jeff Bloom on-site at Santa Anita. HRRN’s full slate of programming begins Saturday morning from 5 to 7 a.m. with their popular weekly talk show, the Equine Forum, hosted from Santa Anita. The Equine Forum airs nationwide on Sirius 93/XM 93 along with terrestrial affiliates across the country and is streamed live and podcast on the HRRN website. A complete schedule of upcoming broadcasts along with SiriusXM and affiliate information can be found on the HRRN website . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Catch a Flight, scratched from the Awesome Again Stakes due to soreness, is scheduled to undergo a nuclear scan, the results of which won’t be available for a few days, Richard Mandella said. By the way, Mandella was asked by a friend why he chose Victor Espinoza to ride Twentytwentyvision in Sunday’s City of Hope Mile. His answer drew a laugh: “I liked the way he danced,” Mandella said. . . . Programming Note: There is special early first post time of 12:30 p.m. on opening day, Saturday. Santa Anita will offer fans a blockbuster 11-race program which includes five Grade I Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” Challenge races. ‘VENEDA’ SEEKS TO TURN TABLES ON BEHOLDERIf there’s one constant in training Thoroughbreds, it’s not to put the cart before the horse. Of course, in Standardbred racing, that goes without saying.That said, an agenda or program of some degree makes sense. That’s one reason trainer Craig Lewis has Warren’s Veneda entered to tackle Beholder again in Saturday’s Grade I, Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/16 miles, despite being beaten 11 ¼ lengths by Beholder last out in the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch at Del Mar Aug. 1.Even a loss in the Zenyatta would not necessarily preclude Warren’s Veneda from reaching her ultimate goal, a start in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Keeneland Oct. 30.“Warren’s Veneda is good, but Beholder’s beyond good,” Lewis said, given a pass for stating the obvious. “Beholder’s from a different planet. She destroyed those colts (in the Pacific Classic) like she was running on kryptonite.“Warren’s Veneda is coming back from a bad foot bruise at Del Mar. She’s good right now, but she missed some time and we’re just hoping she runs a good enough race Saturday to propel her into the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, where hopefully we won’t meet Beholder, because she’d be in the Classic.”Warren’s Veneda, a 5-year-old Affirmative mare bred in California by owner Benjamin C. Warren, showed sensational form at Santa Anita last winter, rolling to three straight daylight wins, in the Paseana Stakes, the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes, and the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes, before disappointing big time at 10 cents on the dollar in the Grade I Vanity on May 9, finishing third. It started a string of four straight losses Lewis hopes will end Saturday.In addition to the Zenyatta, Santa Anita will showcase the FrontRunner Stakes for two-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles; the Awesome Again Stakes for three-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles; the Chandelier Stakes for two-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles; and the Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 ¼ miles on turf.Each race offers $300,000 in purse money. The winners will be entitled to automatic entry into their respective Breeders’ Cup races, in addition to a travel stipend if going from a base located outside of Kentucky. The field for the Zenyatta, race seven: Oscar Party, James Graham, 30-1; Savings Account, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; My Monet, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Big Book, Kent Desormeaux, 15-1; Kyriaki, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1; My Sweet Addiction, Mike Smith, 8-1; Wild in the Saddle, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 6-1; and Beholder, Gary Stevens, 2-5. PUYPE SUPPLEMENTS HALO DARLIN TO CHANDELIER STAKESSongbird would turn out to be the 3-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s Chandelier Stakes on Jon White’s morning line, but that hasn’t deterred Mike Puype from supplementing maiden winner Halo Darlin at a cost of $6,000 to the race for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.A California-bred daughter of Lucky Pulpit owned and bred by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams, Halo Darlin won at first asking, beating state-breds by five lengths going six furlongs Sept. 2 at Del Mar.“She broke her maiden nicely and you don’t know about the other fillies,” Puype said. “They’re all untested two-year-olds going a route. I never felt going into her first race that Halo Darlin could sprint a lick. I always felt she was a router.“The Chandelier is a Grade I, it’s for $300,000, and if she can make the distance, she’s going to run a good race. It would be a life-changing dollar amount added to her value if she does, so you’ve got to take a shot.”The field for the Chandelier, race eight: Pretty N Cool, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Halo Darlin, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Vieja Luna, Juan Leyva, 15-1; Yodelsong, Fernando Perez, 20-1; Songbird, Mike Smith, 3-5; Sheeza Milky Way, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Land Over Sea, Mario Gutierrez, 9-2; Jade Princess, Victor Espinoza, 9-2; and Right There, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1. MANDELLA EYES BIGGER THINGS FOR TWENTYTWENTYVISIONRichard Mandella hopes to learn whether Twentytwentyvision is the real deal or not when he runs in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 City of Hope Mile on turf for 3-year-olds and up.A solid performance could put the 4-year-old Pollard’s Vision gelding on a path to the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland Oct. 31.“I entered him to see if he’s good enough for the Big Dance,” Mandella said of Twentytwentyvision, who was second after leading into the stretch in the Grade I Eddie Read at 1 1/8 miles on grass July 18, before winning an allowance test at Del Mar on Aug. 22.“Tomorrow’s race is kind of a test, but he’s worked his way up to deserve it and we’ll see what happens,” Mandella said. “It’s a test to see if he’s good enough.”The field for the City of Hope: Poshky, James Graham, 12-1; Hot Hot Seat, Tyler Baze, 20-1; Big Cazanova, Kent Desormeaux, 15-1; Silentio, Mike Smith, 15-1; Twentytwentyvision, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Talco, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Avanzare, Gary Stevens, 3-1; Big Bane Theory, Joe Talamo, 5-1; and Alert Bay, Martin Garcia, 4-1. CHAMPION MARE BEHOLDER GALLOPS 1 ¼ MILES, SCHOOLS IN PADDOCK Two-time Eclipse Champion mare Beholder once again took to the main track at 5:50 a.m. and galloped a mile and a quarter for trainer Richard Mandella. As she has done the past two days, she was scheduled to school at 12:30 this afternoon in the saddling paddock before heading back to the Mandella barn.A smashing 8 ¼ length winner of the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 22, she’ll be shooting for a record third consecutive win in Saturday’s Grade I Zenyatta Stakes.
Ray Maota Forensic science provides the link between a crime scene and a suspect. The new forensic science laboratory in Plattekloof in the Western Cape cost R600-million (US$71-million) to build.(Images: Flickr)MEDIA CONTACTS• Zweli MnisiMinistry of Police: Media Liaison Officer+ 27 12 393 4341The backlog of criminal trials dependent on forensic evidence is set to be reduced in the Western Cape province with the opening of a new state-of-the-art forensic science laboratory.The facility, which took six years to build at a cost of R600-million (US$71-million), was officially opened by Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa and National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega in the Cape Town suburb of Plattekloof on 17 July 2012.It will not only serve the province, but several districts in the northern and eastern Cape regions as well. It replaces the old centre in Delft, and is the fourth of its kind in the country, after Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Durban.“There were unsatisfactory reports around courts not being able to finalise cases on their rolls and these were attributed to delays in forensic services,” said Mthethwa, explaining the purpose of the new facility.Cases are considered to be at backlog stage if it takes more than 28 days for results to be finalised upon evidence being presented to the labs. More worrying is that conviction rates had dropped drastically as a direct result of the backlogs over the past few years.Forensic science provides the link between a crime scene and a suspect. From as early as 1901, fingerprinting has been used to help track offenders. However, the international forensic tool of choice is DNA profiling, which was introduced in 1984, as evidence may be collected through hair, blood, saliva, semen and perspiration samples.How the lab worksThe lab has been in operation since November 2011, and offers services such as DNA analysis, drug identification, and causes of fires. The staff has also being carrying out polygraph tests, gunshot residue, handwriting and blood-stain analyses and 3D facial recognition scans.The building’s function revolves around a system of metal cabinets where samples of evidence are catalogued by type and how urgently they should be processed. The cabinets run on rails about 800m long and are shunted between nine collection kiosks, from where samples can be transported to their designated units for investigation.This system is used in many forensic centres in Europe, and will hopefully resolve the problem of evidence being misplaced or tampered with, as the boxes can also be tracked using a biometric system.This is how modernised systems, coupled with adequately equipped human resources, can contribute towards an improved turnaround time in terms of processing forensic case work, said Mthethwa.Fighting abuse against women and childrenPhiyega, who was appointed in June, said that in the past year, over half of the cases processed by forensic science investigators throughout the country were for rape and murder, both of which are in the violent crimes category that Mthethwa’s department prioritises in terms of achieving convictions.She added that the lab will be another weapon to fight crimes against women and children.Forensic services have been identified by the police ministry as a vital component in fighting crime and Phiyega confirmed that there will be increased capacity in this area.According to NGO DNA Project, Parliament is reviewing the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Bill which, if passed, will ensure that every person arrested for an alleged offence as well as all convicted offenders, will have their DNA profile loaded onto a database managed by the crime intelligence division.These profiles will continually be searched against DNA profiles collected at crime scenes, to try to find a match and identify a suspect.Given the number of repeat offenders in South Africa, there is a strong possibility that an individual, taken into custody for a crime, was previously convicted of a similar crime and already has his or her DNA profile on the system.Decline in backlogsThe national forensic services division of the police department achieved a criminal conviction rate of 94% in the year 2011/12 – up from 63% in 2009/10, said head of forensics services, Lieutenant-General Julius Phahlane.Even though only 77% of evidence was processed within 28 days – against a target of 92% – the number of cases lodged at laboratories that were older than 28 days old were reduced by 30% in 2010/11, following a 60% decline in backlogs from 2009 to 2011.The backlog in processing evidence also came down significantly, from 59 023 on 1 April 2009 to 11 310 on 1 April 2012.There are 6 930 employees in the state’s forensic division and 800 more appointments are expected by the end of 2012 in an effort to further reduce backlogs.For 2011/12, R63-million ($7.5-million) was set aside by the government for enhancing skills within the division, with a further R35-million ($4.1-million) earmarked for the current financial year ending March 2013.
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Tags:#news#NYT#web Related Posts Facebook will double its pace of startup acquisitions next year and expects to acquire as many as 15 different companies in order to absorb new ideas and technology. That according to statements made by Michael Brown, corporate development manager at Facebook, at a seminar titled “Startup Exit Seminar: Early Stage M&A,” in San Francisco last week.Brown’s statement was videotaped and reported on by Alastair Goldfisher of private equity blog PEHub this afternoon. We’ve embedded the key part of the video below.Goldfisher rounded up all of Facebook’s 2010 acquisitions thusly:Altogether, Facebook announced eight acquisitions in 2010, including Hot Potato; Drop.io (another RRE Ventures-backed company snapped up for about $10 million); Divvyshot (a photo management tech company that grew out of Y Combinator and was bought for an undisclosed amount); Chai Labs (acquired for $10 million); and Nextstop (bought for $2.5 million). Facebook’s largest purchase this year was the $40 million it paid to take ownership of social networking patents from Friendster.It’s notable that none of the startups acquired in 2010, as far as I know, are still open for business and providing their services to their old users. FriendFeed, which Facebook acquired in August of 2009, is unusual in that it is still operating, in part as a test-bed for future Facebook features. When Facebook announced a new user registration technology yesterday, for example, the company referenced how well the technology had performed in testing on FriendFeed.Startup founders, this means your odds of getting acquired by Facebook are looking better than ever. Startup technology lovers, this probably means you’re twice as likely to have your heart broken next year. Facebook lovers – it sounds like you’re going to see some more cool features coming to the world’s biggest social network, at a fast and furious pace.Thanks to Atul Arora for finding and sharing this news. marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
The jubilation on Ronjan Sodhi’s face after he clinched the silver medal in the Commonwealth Games double trap singles did manage to conceal the slight disappointment of missing out on a much-awaited gold at home.Yet, credit must go to England’s Stevan Walton, who won his first gold in a major international competition with a brilliant effort under pressure against world record holder Sodhi and junior world champion Asher Noria at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.It was another good day for India, with the men’s pistol teams clinching two more gold medals – in the 25m rapid fire and the 10m air pistol pairs event. Gurpreet Singh was the big winner on the day, having been a part of both teams, partnering Vijay Kumar and Omkar Singh respectively.This was also Omkar’s second gold of the Games, to add to one silver. There was a buzz of anticipation at the outdoor shotgun range ahead of the final as a full house waited to see if Sodhi and 17-year-old Noria, both having qualified with 139 points, could somehow find a way past Walton, who was at a Games qualification record 143.All three shot 47 in the final while Isle of Man’s Tim Kneale, who had qualified with an astonishing 140, hit 46 to finish tied with the Indians for second. In the ensuing tie-shoot, Sodhi held his nerve to shoot eight birds while Noria and Kneale could only manage seven each. Kneale then hit another six to Noria’s five to clinch the bronze. But Sodhi said his good form had put extra pressure on him.advertisement”The fact that I have been shooting very high scores this year did add a little bit of pressure.” Meanwhile, it was a comprehensive victory for the Indians in the first event of the day, the 25m rapid fire pistol pairs. Vijay and Gurpreet blew away the old Games record of 1,134 (set by Vijay and Pemba Tamang in Melbourne) by shooting 1,162 points.Gurpreet was part of another Games record when he and Omkar shot 1,163 in the 10m air pistol pairs in the latter part of the day. Omkar seemed to carry on from his brilliant performance in the 50m free pistol the previous day, shooting 587/600, while Gurpreet supported him well and shot 576.The pair finished 20 points ahead of England’s Nick Baxter and Games legend Mick Gault. But there was some heartbreak for Indian shooting fans when, for the first time in these Games, the country failed to win a medal in an event.This was in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event, where Lajja Gauswami finished sixth with a total of 666.8 points (570 + 96.8). World champion Tejaswini Sawant was a huge disappointment as she finished ninth with 568 points, after struggling in the standing stage where she shot only 179.The gold was won by 16-year-old Australian Alethea Sedgman, who scored 676 points, while both the silver and bronze medals went to Singapore thanks to Xiang Wei Jasmine Ser and Aqilah Sudhir respectively.
New Delhi, Sep 17 (PTI) Former national champion Chhote Lal Yadav, who is currently the assistant coach for Indian women boxers, has become a two-star coach in the International Boxing Association (AIBA) after clearing the certification course. Yadav, a three-time national champion and an Asian Championships quarterfinalist, cleared the exam conducted in July in Amman, Jordan. The former boxer from Uttar Pradesh is the personal trainer of five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom, who has claimed three gold medals in various international events this year alone. “Mr Chhote Lal Yadav has successfully completed the course and passed the examination. I look forward to his continuous dedication and support,” AIBA Executive Director Tom Virgets said in a letter addressed to Boxing Federation of India (BFI) President Ajay Singh. The 31-year-old Yadav, who is a Subedar in the Indian Army, is a coaching diploma holder from the National Institute of Sports in Patiala. He had topped the 2014-15 batch. The former boxer’s career highlights also include a South Asian Games gold medal and the junior Asian top honours. “My life has always revolved around boxing. I have tried to do my job with utmost sincerity and I am thankful to god for the results. Mary Kom trusted me with the responsibility of overseeing her training in 2014 and I am glad it has been a good partnership,” he told PTI. The AIBA two-star course is a seven-day programme, which follows the one-star level. The coaches are upgraded on the basis of an examination and it makes them eligible to be seconds at all AIBA-affiliated events. PTI PM ATKATKadvertisement
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New Delhi: Nirmohi Akhara, one of the litigants in the Ayodhya case, Tuesday moved the Supreme Court opposing the Centre’s plea seeking return of 67.390 acre of “non-disputed” acquired land around the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site to original owners. The Allahabad High Court in 2010 had decided that 2.77-acre disputed land at Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site would be divided into three equal parts and will be handed over to — Nirmohi Akhara, Sunni Waqf Board, and Ram Lalla. The Nirmohi Akhara, in its fresh plea, has opposed the Centre’s application by which it had sought modification of the Supreme Court’s 2003 order to allow it to return to original owners the 67.390 acre of “non-disputed” acquired land around the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya. The application has said that the Centre has proposed returning of acquired land to Ram Janambhoomi Nyas and that there are many temples on the acquired land and their rights would be affected if the land is returned to one party. The apex court had recently appointed mediators to find an amicable solution to the vexatious land dispute.
New Delhi: Varun Dhawan is expanding his horizon with each of his projects — be it “Badrinath Ki Dulhania”, “October” and the recent release “Kalank”, which has become the highest opener of 2019 so far. The actor says he treats each project as a challenge, and pushes himself to improve his craft. “I am not scared of failure, but each movie is a challenge. I work harder with each project and try and improve my work constantly,” Varun told IANS over an email. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka After back-to-back successes, the actor says experimenting with one’s craft comes as a bigger risk. “It’s definitely a bigger risk because it is a different experience for me. I think that showing your experience is more important and reaching the audience is essential,” added the actor, who is associated with Skybags and features in the “Always a Star” campaign. But he prefers not to think much about failure. “Failure and success come with every occupation and the film industry is no different. I believe that what goes around comes around. Bad things happen, followed by better things.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna The younger of the two sons of director David Dhawan, Varun entered Bollywood as an actor with “Student of the Year” in 2012. He worked as an assistant director to Karan Johar on the 2010 drama “My Name Is Khan”. After walking into Bollywood as a student, Varun has graduated after showcasing his calibre with each of his projects. From playing the role of a small town boy from Jhansi in “Badrinath Ki Dulhania”, to getting the act right in dance film “ABCD 2” to the dark and gritty “Badlapur” to the subtle “October” to fun films like “Dilwale”, “Dishoom”, “Main Tera Hero” and “Judwaa 2” — he has aced his performance in each of the projects. Hollywood star Dwayne Johnson has been an inspiration in his life as he navigated the world of glitz and glamour. “Dwayne Johnson was my main inspiration before I stepped into the industry. I have always admired his work and creativity,” he said. Varun is back on the big screen — this time in an intense avatar as Zafar in “Kalank”. The Abhishek Varman directorial, a period drama, registered business of Rs 21.60 crore on the first day, surpassing the opening day collection of “Kesari”, “Gully Boy” and “Total Dhamaal”, and has become the highest opener of 2019 so far. According to trade expert Taran Adarsh, “Kalank”, which opened on Wednesday, is Varun’s biggest opener. Talking about the role, he said: “I would define the entire experience as the most challenging role I have done so far. It was really challenging as I had to do all the stunts by myself like going through a wringer, me banging myself against the wall and jumping off heights.”
Portugal winger Nani has returned to Sporting Lisbon for a third time after rejoining his former club from Valencia on a two-year deal, Sportsmole claims.Nani who previously made a comeback to Sporting for a loan spell during the 2014-15 season scored 11 goals in 36 competitive appearances.The 31-year-old winger began his career at the Portuguese club before leaving for Manchester United in 2007. The Portugal international spent last season on loan in Italy with Lazio, where he only managed 18 appearances in Serie A.Tottenham did not have the credentials to buy Fernandes George Patchias – September 5, 2019 Sporting president Varandas says Tottenham did not have the credentials to fulfill the bid for Bruno FernandesIn an interview with Sporting Lisbons president Frederico…Nani, who won Euro 2016 with his nation two years ago has failed to settle since leaving United with no more than one season spent at any of Fenerbahce, Valencia and Lazio, where he played on loan last term.Sporting, on the other hand, have battled to maintain stability in recent times, following the departure of a host of first-team players following a training ground attack from fans at the end of last season.They last month fired Sinisa Mihajlovic after just nine days of being in charge and installing former coach Jose Peseiro as his successor.