SADLER’S GIFT BOX & BAFFERT’S MCKINZIE SQUARE OFF IN GRADE I, $600,000 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP ON SATURDAY

first_imgSADLER’S GIFT BOX & BAFFERT’S MCKINZIE SQUARE OFF IN GRADE I, $600,000 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP ON SATURDAY MILE AND ONE QUARTER BIG’ CAP TRACES BACK TO 1934 & MARKS 82ND RENEWAL;  SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME FOR 11-RACE CARD IS AT 12 NOON, GATES OPEN AT 10 A.M.  ARCADIA, Calif. (April 3, 2019)–Two of the top older horses on the West Coast, John Sadler’s Gift Box and Bob Baffert’s McKinzie, head a field of six 4-year-old and up in the 82nd running of the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap this Saturday.  Originally run in 1934, the Big ‘Cap, America’s longest continually run “hundred grander,” will again be contested at a mile and one quarter.Idle since winning the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Antonio Stakes here on Dec. 26, 6-year-old Gift Box appears to be at the top of his game and although he was well beaten in his only other try at 1 ¼ miles at age three, give every indication he should relish the distance at this stage of his career.Beaten a half length by former Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Champ Battle of Midway as the 1-2 favorite in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles San Pasqual Stakes over a sloppy track on Feb. 2, 4-year-old McKinzie has trained extremely well for the Big ‘Cap, which will also be his second try at 1 ¼ miles.GIFT BOXOwner:  Hronis Racing, LLCTrainer:  John SadlerOriginally headquartered with trainer Chad Brown in New York, this 6-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Twirling Candy made his first start for Sadler in the San Antonio and was dismissed at odds of 6-1.  With the San Antonio counting as his first graded stakes win, Gift Box is now 14-4-5-2 overall.  Although he was fourth, beaten 18 ¾ lengths by superstar Arrogate in the 2016 Travers Stakes going 1 ¼ miles, Gift Box appears primed for a huge effort and will no doubt be head and head with McKinzie in the battle of the tote.McKINZIEOwner:  Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul WeitmanTrainer:  Bob BaffertA smashing 4 ¾ length winner of the Grade I, seven furlong Malibu Stakes here on Dec. 26, this ultra-talented 4-year-old colt by Street Sense was outrun late by Battle of Midway in the San Pasqual, but has trained in sensational fashion for Baffert since.  A two-time Grade I winner and four-time graded stakes winner, McKinzie simply did not fire when distanced in his only other try at a mile and one quarter, the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic three starts back at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3.  The leading money earner in the field with $1,126,000, he has an overall mark of 8-5-2-0 and will likely be the post time favorite on Saturday.THE GRADE I SANTA ANITA HANDICAP WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER Race 10 of 11 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PTMcKinzie–Mike Smith–123Mongolian Groom–Geovanni Franco–114Prime Attraction–Kent Desormeaux–116Gift Box–Joel Rosario–122Prince of Arabia–Joe Talamo–114Campaign–Rafael Bejarano–115 Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12 noon.  Admission gates will open at 10 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

OFC Champions League draw reveals all

first_imgJoining the two sides in Group A will be Papua New Guinea club Lae City Dwellers, a side making their regional debut, as well as the yet-to-be-determined Solomon Islands S-League winners.Auckland City FC coach Ramon Tribulietx witnessed the draw live, sharing a smile with captain Ivan Vicelich after learning their team would once again be taking on Amicale FC, a side they met twice in 2014 including the home-and-away final, and again in 2015.“We are playing Amicale again, we’ve played them quite a few times in the past few years and that means we know them pretty well.”Having once again been drawn against the Solomon Islands champions, Tribulietx says the group has turned out fairly similar to this year’s, with the addition of a Papua New Guinea side.“We will have to do the proper scouting on these teams,” he says, “we need to try and get footage of all the teams, the first team we will play especially.“With the second and third team we can watch them during the tournament but we will try and collect as much footage as we can. We know the style the Solomon Islands champs will play and even with PNG we have an idea.“We know the style of football these nations play and we just have to tick all the boxes going into the competition.”Group B will feature the 2016 OFC Champions League’s second host and 2015 runners-up Team Wellington.Midfielder Alex Feneridis made the trip to witness the draw in which he saw his side drawn alongside Hekari United of Papua New Guinea, Suva FA of Fiji and New Caledonia club AS Lossi.For the second year in-a-row, Team Wellington will face 2010 champions Hekari United, with the hosts hoping they can once again topple their opponent after securing a 2-0 victory in 2015.The final group consists of Fiji club champions Nadi FC and AS Magenta of New Caledonia, both sides making a return after sitting out the previous edition, as well as AS Tefana and the OFC Champions League Preliminary winner.Preceding the 2016 OFC Champions League draw was the draw for the preliminary competition which will be held in Cook Islands from 26-30 January.Opening the action at the Cook Islands Football Association Complex in Matavera will be an intriguing encounter between 2014 OFC Champions League Preliminary winners Kiwi FC of Samoa and American Samoa club champions Utulei Youth FC.Tonga champions Veitongo FC, who have ousted long-time domestic champions and three-time preliminary participants Lotoha’apai United, will open their campaign against Cook Islands club Tupapa Mararenga FC who are set to make their regional return.2016 OFC Champions League Draw ResultsGroup AAuckland City FC (NZL)Amicale FC (VAN)Lae City Dwellers (PNG)Solomon Islands club champions (SOL)Group BTeam Wellington (NZL)Hekari United (PNG)Suva FA (FIJ)AS Lossi (NCL)Group CNadi FC (FIJ)AS Magenta (NCL)AS Tefana (TAH)OFC Champions League Preliminary winner (TBC)2016 OFC Champions League Preliminary TournamentUtulei Youth FC (ASA)Kiwi FC (SAM)Veitongo FC (TGA)Tupapa Maraerenga (COK)The OFC Champions League is the Confederation’s premier international club competition and brings together 12 of the top teams from around the Pacific to compete for the crown of regional club champion.The 2016 tournament will be the 14th edition of this prestigious event which offers a much coveted prize – qualification to the FIFA Club World Cup.Defending champions Auckland City FC will be chasing their eighth regional title come April, in a competition that has largely been dominated by themselves and Waitakere United.Papua New Guinea club Hekari United became the first club outside of New Zealand or Australia to claim the prize with their 2010 victory, while Sydney FC, Wollongong Wolves and South Melbourne also have their place in the history books.last_img read more

Gerard Dicaire and Dave Babych officially drop the puck on the 2015 Crystal Cup

first_imgAction at the fourth annual Crystal Cup began yesterday evening, however this morning was marked by a ceremonial face-off. On hand was Flyers head coach, and former NHL draft pick Gerard Dicaire, and former Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dave Babych.It’s Babych’s second time attending the Crystal Cup. Leading up to the event he said being on Charlie Lake for hockey two years back reminded of him of his time playing on the lake at his home when he was a youngster in Edmonton. It made the decision to come back an easy one.“A couple of years ago I wasn’t sure what to expect. I grew up in Edmonton playing on outdoor rinks and we had a farm and once in awhile you got a chance to go play on the lake but it had been awhile since I did that,” Babych explained. “It was a blast; I couldn’t believe the set up they had there. The weather was beautiful. It was a little crisp out there but it was sunny and really well done. I enjoyed myself.”- Advertisement -Play on the ice continues throughout the day until approximately 8:45 p.m. Also tonight the Montney Coulees will be taking the stage to perform from 7-11 p.m.last_img read more

Trophy Stall endorses Guinness Cage Competition

first_imgTrophy Stall of Bourda Market joined the list of growing sponsors in support of the Three Peat Promotions’ second annual Guinness Cage Competition, which is scheduled to kick off on August 8 at the Haslington Market Tarmac.Trophy Stall Managing Director Ramesh Sunich presents the sponsorship cheque and first-place trophy to Three Peat Promotions’ Rawle WelchTitled “East Coast Best versus the Rest”, the five-day tournament is expected to attract 24 of the top exponents of the shorter football format with a minimum of 12 teams coming from the East Coast, while the remaining 12 will be selected from the Georgetown, Linden and West Demerara environs.On Monday, during a simple ceremony that was conducted at the entity’s location in Bourda Market, Trophy Stall Managing Director Ramesh Sunich took the opportunity to personally hand over his sponsorship to co-principal of the promotional group, Rawle Welch.Sunich, who is no stranger to the sports fraternity, in brief remarks, commended the Group for its continued commitment towards the development of sports, while also recognising its contribution in helping to foster camaraderie and cohesion amongst the respective communities.“I would like to recognise your contribution in assisting to bring together the various communities that will be participating in the tournament and at the same time, helping to further develop the format in the sport,” Sunich said.Welch, in response, thanked Sunich for his unwavering support for the tournament, starting in its inaugural year, while noting his sterling contribution towards the development of sports and athletes that, according to Welch, is unrivalled.Sport is being used as one of the vehicles to eliminate obstacles that have prevented unity among villages and communities and Three Peat Promotions, through its efforts, is helping to strengthen co-operation and friendship between participating teams and, by extension, the communities they hail from.Among the other donors to have committed assistance are: Clarks footwear giants Chetsons; Queensway Security Services; E-Networks Inc; KSM Investments; Yhip’s Bakery; Brass Aluminium & Cast Iron Foundry (BACIF); Ray’s Auto Sales; YK Investments; Woodpecker Products; the National Sports Commission; Express Shipping; C Division of the Guyana Police Force; Julius Variety Store; C & C Prestigious Styles and Attorney-at-Law Roysdale Forde.last_img read more

Six shock Chelsea signings! Yoshinori Muto to join Stamford Bridge’s surprise transfer deals?

first_img 6 Chelsea’s pursuit of FC Tokyo star Yoshinori Muto will have come as a surprise to many of the club’s fans this morning.The Japan international has been the subject of a £4million bid, according to the J-League side and could be winging his way to Stamford Bridge in the summer.But he wouldn’t be the first surprise signing to end up at Chelsea.Here at talkSPORT we take a look at six other stars who made shock switches to west London.Click right to scroll through… 6 3. Tal Ben Haim (Signed from Bolton) – Click right for more shock Chelsea signings… – Back in the summer of 2007, with injury problems dogging the Chelsea defence and Roman Abramovich tightening the purse strings a little, the Blues landed the Israeli defender on a free transfer after failing to land him the January window. He lasted just 13 months at the club. 6 6 1. Emerson Thome (Signed from Sheffield Wednesday) – In December 1999 Chelsea moved to land Brazilian centre-back Thome as they looked to bolster their defence which included Frank Leboeuf, Marcel Desailly, Jes Hogh and an up and coming John Terry. He didn’t last long though, joining Sunderland for £4.5m in August 2000. But he did leave a lasting impression on Terry who revealed his former team-mate always looked after him at a crucial stage in his development. 5. Victor Moses (Signed from Wigan Athletic) – Click right for more shock Chelsea signings… – Ex-Crystal Palace youth, Moses, had begun to make waves with the Latics in 2012 and with his potential beginning to show a move seemed on the cards. Chairman Dave Whelan didn’t hesitate to accept when a huge £9m bid was slapped in. 6 6. Ashley Cole (Signed from Arsenal) – Click right for more shock Chelsea signings… – Once the darling of Highbury, protracted contract talks and allegations of tapping up saw his exit become inevitable and in the end he swapped clubs with William Gallas and £5m going to Arsenal as he joined Chelsea. 6 2. Fernando Torres (Signed from Liverpool) – Click right for more shock Chelsea signings… – In January 2011, Spain striker Torres became the fourth most expensive signing in history as Chelsea flexed their financial muscle to prize him from Liverpool, where the player had been a huge success. 4. Chris Sutton (Signed from Blackburn) – Click right for more shock Chelsea signings… – When Blackburn were relegated from the Premier League back in 1999 Sutton had been in and out of the team due to injuries and only managed four goals in 20 games. Yet Chelsea decided to splurge £10m – it wasn’t their wisest decision. last_img read more

BUSINESSMAN SAYS HE WILL HAVE TO LET STAFF GO AFTER TAX CHARGES

first_imgA well-known Donegal businessman has said he will be forced to retire and leave his workforce on the dole after appearing in court on tax charges.Edward J Martin, from Lifford, was charged with failing to fill in tax returns for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010.Mr Martin, who runs Border Stores and a number of other businesses, says he has returned preliminary tax returns for the years. The businessman, who has traded for more than 50 years, recently had a heart operation and claimed he should not even have been in court.“This is against my human rights. I only had a three hour heart operation a few weeks ago and I shouldn’t be here.“I have filled in these tax returns but they are still coming after me. If this goes on I will be forced to retire and leave my workers on the dole,” he said.Speaking at Letterkenny District Court this morning Judge Paul Kelly said while he sympathized with Mr Martin, he had heard a number of such cases that morning.“I appreciate you have made preliminary tax returns but you have to live by the law of the land and file full returns,” he said.He adjourned the case until January and told Mr Martin to get himself an accountant to sort the matter out.At hearing.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedFollow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comBUSINESSMAN SAYS HE WILL HAVE TO LET STAFF GO AFTER TAX CHARGES was last modified: November 7th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Edward J MartinLetterkenny District Courttax returnslast_img read more

DONEGAL GETS READY TO SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD

first_imgThe Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny will be the venue for launching an ambitious new anti-racism programme Show Racism the Red Card on March 14th.Many Donegal schools and youth services will be familiar with this programme because of work by Finn Harps FC in promoting the message of Show Racism the Red Card.The launch will include the unveil of a new DVD education pack featuring Seamus Coleman and pupils from St Eunans National School in Raphoe. This new education pack includes a DVD which is 18.41minutes long and features top stars of Irish sport including Donegal’s Seamus Coleman alongside his international teammates Simon Cox, David Meyler, James Mc Carthy, David Meyler, Darren Randolph and Sean St Ledger.Ireland women’s U19 Rihanna Jarrett also features as do some of the stars from rugby and GAA including Gaelic Players Chief Executive Dessie Farrell and Wexford’s Lee Chin.The DVD is a lively feature including action footage from the stars of the different sports. Also featuring are children from St Eunans National School Raphoe.The example of action taken by children at St Eunans National School is being highlighted as good practice for schools all over Ireland. In creating their mosaic of Show Racism the Red Card mascot Jeff the Ref, the children at St Eunans involved the endorsement of the great and the good from Donegal and beyond, who signed the cards which make up the mosaic. The teachers and children at St Eunans have worked hard over recent years in support of Show Racism the Red Card.The DVD will be accompanied by a 36 page pack, with lots of activities to support learning in the classroom. The pack will be translated into Irish to ensure usage in Gaelscoilleanna and Gaeltacht schools. The pack features activities which are downloadable and encourage interactive learning that young people can enjoy.DONEGAL GETS READY TO SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD was last modified: March 6th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIPRaphoeShow Racism the Red CardSt Eunan’s NAtional Schoollast_img read more

IT’S OFFICIAL – DONEGAL V DUBLIN IS A SELL OUT

first_imgThis man sold out Croker five times over, and the clash between Donegal and Dublin is also a sell out.The GAA have officially confirmed that the All-Ireland semi-final between Donegal and Dublin is a sell out.It’s been speculated for weeks that the game would attract the maximum capacity at Croke Park which is 82,300.And earlier this afternoon the GAA officially confirmed that there was no tickets left available for the match which is one of the most highly anticipated clashes in the GAA in recent years. It’s the first football game to sell out HQ since last year’s All-Ireland final between Dublin and Mayo.The game will provide two very contrasting styles of play.Dublin’s attacking style of play has won many plaudits, while Donegal’s blanket defence approach has received widespread criticism, despite the fact they’ve secured three Ulster titles and one All-Ireland playing that way.The fact both counties meet in the MFC All-Ireland semi-final adds spice to the occasion, as if it needed anymore. Sunday promises to be a cracking encounter, and the 82,300 in attendance will certainly enjoy the fanfare on offer.NOTHING BEATS BEING THERE!   IT’S OFFICIAL – DONEGAL V DUBLIN IS A SELL OUT was last modified: August 29th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CrokerdonegaldublinGAAnewssell-outSportlast_img read more

Bus Feda – now cheaper when you book online

first_imgIn their relentless effort to continuously improve their service and customer experience, Bus Feda have recently launched a new bespoke online ticketing system.Since the 1st August, it is now cheaper to travel with Bus Feda if you book your ticket online.It is still possible to pay for your tickets on board, but they will be slightly more expensive. Online tickets can be bought on their website at www.busfeda.ie and either printed before travel or can be presented to the driver via a smartphone or a similar device.They have also recently introduced two new 191 registered Volvo coaches to operate their twice-daily route between Donegal and Galway.Both vehicles are equipped with free Wi-Fi, individual USB charging points at each seat, air conditioning, reclining Brusa seats, not to mention their friendly and good looking drivers. Brian O Donnell Managing director at Bus Feda said: “The introduction of this online booking facility is our latest step to improving our customers’ travel experience.“This facility allows passengers to book tickets from anywhere in the world day or night and is especially suited to people wishing to use credit or debit cards for payment.“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for using our service between Donegal and Galway over the last 35 years and hope to continue serving the people of the West Coast for many years to come.”For anyone looking for more information or to purchase your next online ticket, you can visit www.busfeda.ie.Bus Feda has also confirmed that they will continue to deliver to the main accommodation areas in Galway, Sligo and Letterkenny on their late Sunday night services.This invaluable service will take some of the worries away from parents in knowing that their kids will be dropped to the main accommodation spots near their college or university. It also saves students money by cutting out the need for a taxi when they arrive late at night.Brian O Donnell added: “The late Sunday evening departure from Donegal is still our most popular departure as it allows students to spend all day at home ensuring they get “The Dinner” before their journey back to college.The fact they are delivered so close to their accommodation on this service makes it very appealing to parents and students alike”.If you or anyone you know is going to 3rd level in NUIG, GMIT, ITSligo, St Angela’s or LYIT, visit www.busfeda.ie or call 074 9548114 to arrange your travel. Bus Feda – now cheaper when you book online was last modified: August 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Avalon Theatre rises from the ashes

first_img2 September 2010Seventy-one years of independent South African cinema is to be celebrated in October 2010 when the Moosa family’s Avalon Group, once almost destroyed by apartheid, opens a new luxury Cine Centre in the upmarket Killarney Mall in Johannesburg.South Africa has a rich history of cinema stretching back almost 100 years, and early projection devices were shown on the Johannesburg goldfields as early as 1896. The first cinema newsreels ever released were filmed at the front during the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 to 1902, and the country’s first narrative film was The Kimberley Diamond Robbery, made in 1910 by Springbok Films.In Durban during the 1920s a young man named Aboobaker – or “AB” – Moosa fell in love with the cinema, and longed to have a theatre of his own where he could watch the movies he wanted for free. In 1939, at age 37, his dream was realised when he and Abdulla Kajee co-founded the Avalon Theatre in Durban’s Victoria Street.World’s longest partnership with 20th Century FoxThe theatre was a huge success, catering largely for the South African Indian community. Moosa built on this success by becoming one of the first to bring early Bollywood movies to South Africa, and by establishing a distribution agreement with 20th Century Fox. Now in its 71st year, this is the world’s longest uninterrupted partnership with the Hollywood giant.The business boomed, and AB began opening theatres elsewhere in South Africa – in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kimberley, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and Paarl.“My father had an uncanny eye for property,” Moosa Moosa, AB’s third son, told Property Magazine. “When he spotted a new site for a cinema, he always snapped it up.” Moosa took over the business after his father’s death in the 1960s, and bought it up outright from his brothers in the 1980s.In its heyday the Avalon Group operated 18 cinemas across the country, making up over 10% of the market share at the time.Apartheid and the Group Areas ActBut AB soon fell foul of apartheid legislation and its Group Areas Act.“When the Nats [National Party government] began their expropriation process, we felt completely violated,” Moosa told Property Magazine. “The notice was delivered by a condescending official who was determined to let you know who was boss.“You were given 90 days notice to attempt to sell the property at its market value – of course this was impossible. The potential purchaser wouldn’t offer a fair price, because he knew you were cornered. He’d offer something ridiculous, and if you declined, the government would offer only 80% of that.”In 1964, at the age of 21, Moosa witnessed his father’s humiliation at their family’s eviction from their grand colonial home on the corner of Goble and Windmere Roads in Durban under the Group Areas Act. As Indians, they were no longer allowed to live in what had been declared a whites-only area.AB Moosa did not survive either the eviction or what Moosa refers to as the “legislated theft” of his assets. The Group Areas Act and Reservation of Separate Amenities Act began to destroy AB’s empire.In this darkest time, Moosa Moosa took on sole ownership of Avalon and ran only one cinema in Durban. “We might not even have retained that, but the Grey Street complex was in a so-called ‘Indian’ area,” Moosa says. “In effect, it was frozen terrain – the government hadn’t quite made up its mind about it.”A new dawn; and AB JuniorIn the 1990s apartheid came to an end, and the Avalon Group’s fortunes began to revive. Around that time Moosa was joined in the business by his only son, AB Junior, who was named after his grandfather. AB Junior had just left school and decided to work alongside his father for, in his own words, a “love of the cinema and of the entertainment business as a whole”.“When I joined we were down to one cinema screen,” he says. “However, my father and myself took it upon ourselves to transform the South African cinema landscape”.His passion was not only to rebuild Avalon, but also to restore the family’s rightful place in the industry and put right the historical wrongs of the past.“The challenge was formidable,” AB Junior says. “We brought an action against the dominant cinema group, and we won. We paved the way for the resurgence of the Avalon name.”Lifetime achievement, entrepreneurship awardsWith over 50 years in the industry, Moosa Moosa is the longest serving cinema executive in South Africa and among the longest serving in the world.In 1997 he appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission business hearings to give evidence on the abuses inflicted by the apartheid system on African, coloured and Indian businesses, and in 1998 was invited to appear before the portfolio committee in parliament to make representations in relation to the new Competition Bill.In 2007 Moosa was given a South African Film and Television Industry lifetime achievement award. The Avalon Group is now the oldest and third-largest cinema operating company in South Africa, after Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro, and the leader in distributing increasingly popular Bollywood movies.AB Junior continues in the footsteps of his distinguished family, and is now managing director of the Avalon Group. “When your business is also a passion you are doing what you really want to do, so the flow is reasonably easy,” he says.AB Junior founded the movie production arm of the business, Avalon Productions, and was a line producer on the Bollywood blockbuster Dhoom 2, which was partly filmed in South Africa. The movie has gone on to become the highest-grossing Bollywood production of all time, earning more that US$40-million (R300-million). In 2007, the year his father was given a lifetime achievement award by the industry, AB Junior was named South African Entrepreneur of the Year.Avalon’s most ambitious project yetAnd now, in 2010, Avalon’s most ambitious project to date comes to fruition at the Killarney Mall shopping centre in Johannesburg’s affluent northern suburbs. Opening in October, the new Cine Centre will be a specialised luxury cinema complex featuring the latest Hollywood and Bollywood blockbusters. The centre will have five screens, each featuring the latest 3D and digital projection hardware, as well as state-of-the-art Dolby Digital surround sound.Interestingly, the suburb of Killarney was the centre of the Johannesburg film industry in the early 1900s, and the land now occupied by the Killarney Mall was once the site of film studios and a film laboratory.“All five cinemas will offer cutting-edge viewing technology including 3D,” says Debra Sharnock, centre manager of Killarney Mall. “A fully digital 3D cinema complex is a first for the South African cinema industry, demonstrating the extraordinary quality that movie-goers can expect at Johannesburg’s newest cinema development.”A highlight of the Cine Centre will be a luxurious 64-seat gold-class theatre available for hire.“Killarney Mall is the ideal venue for our new Cine Centre, with its long-standing reputation as one of the city’s leading centres,” says AB Junior. “The Avalon Group is confident that our new venture at Killarney Mall will further enhance our stature as leaders in our industry.”Source: Gauteng Film Commissionlast_img read more