Good food and fine art at the Peech

first_imgThe Peech’s energy-saving strategyincludes solar heating and grey water recycling Guests can admire the artwork whilerelaxing in the trendy lounge. (Images: The Peech Hotel) MEDIA CONTACTS • Gerhard KoekemoerThe Peech Hotel+27 11 537 9797 RELATED ARTICLES • Voluntourism: see SA, do good • Cape Town’s responsible tourism • Liliesleaf to sprout new hotel • SA wins big at World Travel AwardsChris ThurmanWhen James Peech relocated from Britain to South Africa, he didn’t think he’d be opening a hotel in the middle of Johannesburg.After a lengthy spell curing their mutual wanderlust in south-east Asia, Peech and his South African partner Cassie Janisch planned to return to her homeland and settle in Cape Town. The Cape, however, did not prove hospitable to their ambitions for the hospitality industry and they decided to try their luck in the ostensibly less tourist-friendly Johannesburg instead.Luck, fate or sheer serendipity? Call it what you will. The point is that they happened to find a charming house in the suburb of Melrose, north of Johannesburg’s city centre, at a time when the owners were looking to escape a massive construction project underway next door.They saw the potential and, within a few years, their vision had been fulfilled: the construction site turned into über-trendy Planet Fitness at The Wanderers sports club, while the house and grounds nestling alongside were expanded into a tranquil and surprisingly spacious four-star 16-room boutique hotel.That the Planet Fitness complex doesn’t intrude on the aesthetic or atmosphere of the Peech Hotel is largely attributable to architect Kate Otten, whose design for the extensions emphasised seclusion: hotel guests hardly feel that they are in the biggest city in the country, just a short distance from its commercial hub.This proximity is, of course, appealing to business travellers, and The Peech boasts a 10-seater boardroom and workspace facilities for such guests. Yet judging from the diverse conversations and languages to be overheard in the hotel’s bar and lobby area, an equal proportion of the international clientele are leisure travellers.Whether it’s business or pleasure that brings them to the Peech, those who stay there soon learn a thing or two about the art of living.Laid-back and chicThe Bistro, under head chef Greg Jardim, has developed a reputation for fine dining. After sampling the sundried tomato, asparagus and fennel risotto I was happy to concur; the Asian fishcakes with wasabi dipping sauce entrenched my opinion.Then there was the duck confit served with polenta and a berry coulis, the sirloin with blue cheese sauce, the chocolate torte with Frangelico … it’s clear that Jardim and his sous-chefs are living up to their promise to create dishes that are both “laid-back and chic” with “an understated touch of sophistication”.Robert Chifunyise is kept busy as resident sommelier; the Peech hosts monthly wine evenings, at which local vintners proffer a selection of wines paired with appropriate dishes. Connoisseurs of other beverages are not entirely neglected – earlier this year the Collective São Gabriel, a multi-national group of craft beer-makers, shared some of their luxury brews. And the hearty brunch on offer every Sunday morning is accompanied by an endless supply of Cap Classique Brut from Villiera Wines.Care of the environmentThe Peech, by example, also teaches another subject: eco-living. Certified for Fair Trade in Tourism, the hotel implements a strict sustainability policy incorporating solar water heating, double-layer insulation in rooms and the recycling of grey water from baths and showers.In addition to operating with the environment in mind, Peech exercises a social conscience through charitable contributions towards the Little Eden Children’s Home in Edenvale, east of Johannesburg.What would the art of living be without the visual arts? Sculptures from various African countries are displayed in the hotel’s rooms, augmenting the eclectic decor and sleek finishes. While works of art serve an anodyne decorative function in most hotels, however, this is not the case at The Peech.James Peech has teamed up with art agent and curator Christina Wiese of Brown Spice Boutique to ensure that the hotel’s walls are continually adorned by new art works in various styles. As a result of these floating exhibitions, the hotel has become something of an informal gallery.In 2009 an environment-themed collection of photography and sculpture that also displayed fashion, industrial and interior designs reinforced Peech’s passion for ecological sustainability. Artists who have subsequently opened exhibitions at the hotel include photographers Neil Corder and Babi Prokas; Layziehound, with his music-oriented pastel images; and Anupama Das, whose geometric designs tease and delight the eye.The arts programme is ongoing, as are the wine evenings and other events. In fact, for such a calm and quiet place, The Peech is veritably abuzz with new developments – from landscaping of the already lush and leafy gardens, to plans to convert the poolside eating area into an al fresco deli.All this activity can only bode well for visitors to, and residents of, Johannesburg. As for Capetonians … well, they’re likely to feel they’ve been missing out.  Gerhard KoekemoerEmail: gerhard@thepeech.co.zaPhone: +27 (0) 11 537 9797Fax: +27 (0) 11 537 9798www.thepeech.co.zalast_img read more

Assam school makes students block road demanding repairs to it

first_imgThe administration of southern Assam’s Hailakandi district has served a show-cause notice to a private English medium school for letting its students take part in a road blockade.The students of Blue Flowers English Medium Higher Secondary School blocked the road at Hailakandi town’s Rabindra Sarani on Tuesday morning demanding repairs to the road on which the school is situated.The chairperson of the district’s Child Welfare Committee on Wednesday filed an FIR against the principal of the school for violation of children rights and the Juvenile Justice Act. This was after Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli late on Tuesday evening served the show-cause notice asking why “stern action should not be initiated for allowing a large number of minor school students in uniform to resort to road blockade.”The school authorities have been given a 48-hour deadline to show cause, failing which the permission to run the school could be cancelled.The blockadehad led to traffic snarls, causing inconvenience to motorists and pedestrians alike. Officials said the demonstration was uncalled for, since the Public Works Department had given a written assurance to the school that the road would be repaired by July 31.In April, the Hailakandi district administration asked the Assam Board of Secondary Education to take appropriate action against Oxford School for sending its students in uniform to a political rally at Panchgram.Four other schools in the district – Adarsha Vidyalaya, Panchgram Quomi Madrassa, Maulana Abdul Ali Jaliliya Madrassa and Cambridge High School – were also issued show-cause notices for making their students attend the rally.last_img read more

Its the SecondBlingiest Finals Matchup in Modern NBA History

No matter how the NBA Finals plays out, by the end of this season fully half of the 16 finals since the breakup of the second three-peat Chicago Bulls in 1998 will have been won by the San Antonio Spurs or the Miami Heat. When these teams met in the 2013 finals, it marked the first time since the 1980s that both teams had multiple championships in their recent history. This year, both teams feature multiple players — Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker for the Spurs; Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem for the Heat — with at least three rings (all from their present teams).How does this stack up with other finals in NBA history? Very well. Counting total rings owned by players on both squads when entering their series, this is the second-blingiest matchup in the post-merger era (counting championships back to 1963, 10-ring minimum):Amazingly, the Spurs are the team with less championship pedigree in this matchup. The Heat have 11 players with championship-winning experience (unsurprising for the defending champs). But though the Spurs’ Big Three (Duncan, Parker, Ginobili) have more rings (10) than the seven held by the Heat’s Big Three (Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh), no other Spurs were around for their last title in 2007, and none has won a championship with another team. This 12-ring difference is large historically, and teams with such a disparity don’t have a good record:Teams with an eight-or-more ring advantage are 18-4 in finals series, though a lot of those were mismatches between a dynasty and a flavor of the month. But the Spurs this year are the better team on paper, with both the better record (62 wins in the regular season vs. Miami’s 54) and the better statistics (Spurs SRS was 8.0 vs. Miami’s 4.15). Additionally, the Spurs have a lot more rings than most ring underdogs. This year’s squad ties last year’s for the third-most rings ever owned by the less pedigreed team entering a finals:For a team with multiple championships to be the least decorated going into a finals is extremely rare. The Lakers in the 1987 Los Angeles/Boston matchup tops the list; the Lakers had 14 rings, fewer than the Celtics’ 20. That matchup had an interesting combination of NBA greats in their primes combined with NBA greats past their primes:Kareem Abdul-Jabbar seemed to be an ageless wonder and averaged nearly 22 points per game in the 1987 finals. But Bill Walton — in his final NBA season — played only 24 minutes in five games against the Lakers (after having played in only 10 games the entire regular season). Without his two rings, even that stacked finals would only be tied with this year’s. And if these two teams meet again next year, they will surely break the record.UPDATE (June 5, 6:48 p.m.): I only counted the rings of players who were on their teams’ active rosters in the NBA Finals. There are players such as Matt Bonner, who received a ring with the Spurs in 2007 but wasn’t on the Spurs’ finals roster. Bonner and his ilk aren’t included.(June 5, 8:28 p.m.): The first chart in this article originally omitted the 2005 series between the San Antonio Spurs and Detroit Pistons but has since been updated. read more

The Only Opponent Villanova Has Left Is History

101991Duke682.868.8+14.0+6.0 171998Kentucky685.772.3+13.3+3.7 82008Kansas675.060.8+14.2+6.5 SeasonChampionGamesTeamOpponentAveragevs. Expected Which champion had the most impressive tourney run?Best NCAA tournament points per game margin vs. expected (based on Elo ratings) for men’s champions, 1985-2018 321997Arizona678.272.8+5.3-0.2 181995UCLA686.372.0+14.3+3.6 291994Arkansas687.576.3+11.2+0.3 301987Indiana689.278.7+10.5+0.1 251986Louisville685.573.7+11.8+1.6 In the battle between the nation’s best (Villanova) and hottest (Michigan) teams, it was the latter that started Monday’s NCAA men’s national championship game right on script. The Wolverines led by 7 about a quarter into the game, and it looked like Michigan was tracking for a title-game upset that would rank alongside Syracuse over Kansas in 2003, UConn over Duke in 1999 and Arizona over Kentucky in 1997.1Just to name a few comparable upsets from recent memory.Soon, though, reality set in, and the superior Wildcats asserted themselves. With its 79-62 victory over Michigan, Villanova ended any debate about who was No. 1 this season — and instead opened up the discussion about where coach Jay Wright’s team should rank among NCAA champions from history.When things were going well for Michigan, the Wolverines were perfectly playing to their strengths — and shutting down Villanova’s. Led by the versatile 6-foot-10 forward Moe Wagner, Michigan had the big advantage over Nova in Ken Pomeroy’s effective height metric (which measures frontcourt size), and it flexed that muscle early on. Michigan outrebounded Villanova 7-4 in the game’s first seven minutes, while Wagner scored 9 quick points in the same span. At the same time, Michigan’s staunch 3-point defense — which held opponents to the sixth-lowest rate of attempts from beyond the arc during the season — gave Villanova few clean looks from deep. Uncharacteristically, the Wildcats missed eight of their first nine shots from the outside.But after the textbook start, the wheels fell off for Michigan. Midway through the first half, Nova embarked on a 16-5 run that saw them take the lead for good. The rest of the game was a clinic for Villanova; the final stats for the title game bore little resemblance to the numbers that generated Michigan’s early lead. Nova ended up outrebounding the bigger Wolverines 38-27 and knocked down 10 of 27 3-pointers. (In the end, it was Michigan — another team heavily reliant on the three — that went cold from deep, missing 20 of 23 attempts from long range.)It helped Nova that sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo saved the game of his life for the championship. Despite starting the game out on the bench, DiVincenzo poured in 31 points, including 15 from 3-pointers alone. Every time Michigan appeared to be on the verge of mounting a comeback, DiVincenzo came up with a big shot to quell the rally. Monday’s performance, on the heels of a mega-efficient 15-point outing in the national semifinals, earned DiVincenzo well-deserved most outstanding player honors for the tournament.Now the only real question that remains is where Villanova ranks in history. By winning two championships in three years, the Wildcats have already earned some measure of immortality: Before Villanova, just three teams in the 64-team bracket era — since 1985 — have won twice in three seasons. (The others were Duke in 1991/92, Kentucky in 1996/98 and Florida in 2006/07.) But this season’s team is also in elite company by deeper metrics than simple ring-counting. According to KenPom.com’s power ratings, Villanova ended the season as the second-best NCAA men’s champion since 2002, trailing only Kansas in 2008. The Wildcats also rank eighth among champs in the 64-team era according to our Elo ratings,2Behind 1992 Duke, 1996 Kentucky, 2001 Duke, 2016 Villanova, 1993 North Carolina, 2008 Kansas and 2009 North Carolina. which estimate a team’s quality at a given point in time, and their impressive title run should elevate them on anybody’s list of all-time champs.How to judge a champion’s tournament performance? One way is to look at how much more it outscored opponents than we’d expect based on those opponents’ Elo ratings. During the 2018 tourney, Villanova trounced opponents by an average of 17.7 points per game — never winning by fewer than 12 and covering the Vegas spread in all six games — against a set of foes that we’d expect the average champ3With an Elo rating of 2150. to beat by just 9.8 per game. That difference of 7.9 points per contest ranks fifth among men’s champs since 1985: Points/GameMargin 11996Kentucky689.267.7+21.5+13.0 111993North Carolina684.568.8+15.7+5.7 22016Villanova683.562.8+20.7+12.9 32009North Carolina687.867.7+20.2+10.2 132000Michigan State671.756.3+15.3+4.6 241992Duke682.369.8+12.5+1.7 52018Villanova683.866.2+17.7+7.9 162010Duke671.356.8+14.5+4.2 62001Duke686.870.2+16.7+7.5 122013Louisville679.563.3+16.2+5.4 41990UNLV695.276.5+18.7+8.2 332003Syracuse677.068.0+9.0-0.4 311988Kansas673.865.0+8.8-0.1 222017North Carolina681.770.5+11.2+2.1 341985Villanova655.050.0+5.0-2.6 232004Connecticut677.263.8+13.3+2.0 201989Michigan690.080.2+9.8+2.4 92006Florida672.756.7+16.0+6.1 142005North Carolina684.270.3+13.8+4.4 282014Connecticut671.763.8+7.8+0.9 192007Florida682.768.5+14.2+2.5 152002Maryland683.569.5+14.0+4.4 212012Kentucky681.369.5+11.8+2.1 262011Connecticut666.356.0+10.3+1.5 72015Duke671.856.3+15.5+7.0 Show more rowsExpected margins were generated for an average champion with an Elo rating of 2150. 271999Connecticut675.864.0+11.8+1.1 Of course, as impressive as Villanova was this season, Elo still thinks more highly of the team’s championship run two years ago. So it’s not completely open-and-shut where this season’s Wildcats even rank relative to themselves in terms of recent champs. But after the way Nova dismantled Michigan and Kansas in San Antonio, it’s run out of yardsticks from 2018 with which to compare anyway. The only opponents left to vanquish at this point are the ghosts of the past.UPDATE (April 3, 2018, 1 p.m.): This post has been updated to reflect the latest data from KenPom.com, which shows Villanova as the second-best NCAA men’s champion since 2002. (Villanova’s new +33.76 rating moved them ahead of Duke’s +33.29 mark from 2010.) read more

No charges filed against former OSU running back Ezekiel Elliott after domestic

Then-OSU running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) runs with the ball to the end zone during a game against Michigan on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Columbus City Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that it will not be pursuing domestic violence charges against former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. The news was first reported by Drew Davison, a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.On July 22, Elliott was accused of domestic violence by a woman alleging to be an ex-girlfriend. The woman, Tiffany Thompson, claimed Elliott had struck her multiple times while in a parked car. Thompson posted pictures on Instagram of her bruises. According to a press release from the prosecutor’s office, Thompson claimed instances of domestic violence on five separate occasions during an interview with the Columbus Division of Police.Elliott was never arrested for the allegations, and the investigation hit a stalemate after conflicting reports and a lack of evidence.The prosecutor’s office declined to press charges “primarily due to conflicting and inconsistent information across all incidents resulting in concern regarding the sufficiency of the evidence to support the filing of criminal charges,” the release said. read more

Balanced attack helps Buckeyes outlast Western Carolina at St John Arena

Following a record 40-point performance from freshman Jared Sullinger in its last outing, No. 2-ranked Ohio State (8-0) featured a much more balanced attack Sunday afternoon, easily handling Western Carolina (4-8), 85-60. On a snowy Columbus day, OSU traveled just down the street from the Schottenstein Center to historic St. John Arena, the Buckeyes’ former home, and got off to a hot start on both ends of the court. “I thought today we came out and had a little more intensity to our defense,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. “Offensively, especially in the first half, we did a good job of sharing the ball. … I was pretty pleased with how guys played.” The Buckeyes garnered double-digit scoring from five players, including 17 from Sullinger, as the team shot 51.9 percent from the floor. OSU stormed out of the locker room, putting together an 18-4 run in the game’s first nine minutes. The Buckeyes would not relinquish their double-digit lead the rest of the afternoon. “I felt like a little bit early in the game we almost gave them too much respect,” said WCU coach Larry Hunter. “They came out and jumped right on us to their credit.” Paced by 12 first-half points from Sullinger and nine from junior guard William Buford, the Buckeyes took a 42-25 lead going into halftime. Defensively, OSU was just as dominant in the contest’s first stanza. The Buckeyes’ defense forced 14 first-half Catamount turnovers, which led to 14 OSU points. “Coach Matta said we needed to let them know we’re there on defense and try to push the turnovers,” Sullinger said. “The whole practice, the last couple practices have been about toughness, and I think we showed that today.” OSU opened the second half with another big run, this time an 18-8 surge, extending its lead to 27 points. Despite the Buckeyes’ overall dominance, the Catamounts held a distinct advantage over OSU on the glass as they outrebounded it 39-26. “We didn’t rebound at all tonight,” Sullinger said. “They were a real scrappy team and they’re going to be a good team by the end of the year and they outrebounded us just because they wanted it more.” Still, Matta said he was content with his team’s effort overall. The Buckeye coach was able to get all 11 of his available players on the court. “I think the more we can build our bench, the better off we will be,” Matta said. Buford, Deshaun Thomas and Dallas Lauderdale each contributed 13 points apiece, and Jon Diebler added another 10 of his own to OSU’s balanced scoring. After completing final exams Dec. 9, the Buckeyes will be out of class until Jan. 3. Sullinger said this period of time is of the utmost importance for the team. “Right now this is where players are made,” he said. “You can relax and just go clubbing and have a good time, or you can be in the gym, getting better and hitting the weights hard. “We really have a tough basketball team and I think we are going to be mentally tough to handle the obstacles that are going to come our way.” The Buckeyes will return to action Dec. 15 as they welcome Florida Gulf Coast University to the Schottenstein Center for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff. read more

Sarri admits Zaha struggle

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted his team struggled to cope with Wilfred Zaha during the team’s win against Crystal Palace on Sunday.The Blues defeated Roy Hodgson’s side 3-1 thanks to two goals from Alvaro Morata and one from Pedro Rodriguez, as Chelsea moved up to the second position on the Premier League table.Although the Côte d’Ivoire international failed to carry on with his penchant for scoring against the Blues, the winger was a constant source of worry for the Blues’ backline in the encounter.Sarri expressed his concern about his team leaving him space to attack, he was quick to point that playing against the former Manchester United winger is not an easy task.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“Because Zaha is very fast. Sometimes, I have to say that, especially in the first 20 minutes in the first half and the first 15 minutes of the second half, we were not in good positions under the ball line in the offensive phase,” Sarri admitted after the game, according to Goal.“We were in trouble because we gave them, and especially him, spaces to attack. So it’s not easy to run with Zaha in a long race.”Chelsea travel to Belarus on Thursday to face Bate Borisov in their fourth game of the UEFA Europa League, looking to maintain their perfect record in the competition this season.last_img read more

Arnautovics agent says he wants to move to China

first_imgAccording to Marko Arnatovic’s brother and agent Danijel, the 29-year-old wants to leave West Ham United and join a Chinese team.West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini dismissed rumors of Marko Arnautovic leaving the English Premier League club.But today his brother and agent Danijel has given a statement to talkSPORT saying otherwise.“West Ham bought Marko for peanuts. They paid £20m for him, which is nothing in the current market,” Danijel said.“They bought him to keep them in the Premier League last season and he did that. He took every award at the club; best player, signing of the season and the players’ award.”declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“Now West Ham have a fantastic offer. It is close to double what they paid for him,” he added.“He wants to go to a new market and challenge for titles. This is what he wants.”“It is his great desire that West Ham accepts the offer from China,” he commented.“He knows the West Ham fans love him and he has a special connection with them, but things move on, this is the world of sport, and he hopes they can understand.”“Marko is professional and is preparing himself for the Arsenal game. He will give 100 percent for West Ham. That is Marko. He will never change,” he concluded.last_img read more

TCI Reacts to death of Conrad Howell

first_img Related Items:ama capron, conrad howell, death, garnique thompson, react Haitian gov’t official under investigation commits suicide Further investigation warranted in death of Provo man No medical report yet in Capron death Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Sept 2015 – The public remains saddened at the shocking loss of a dynamic man, Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell, who has touched and impacted many lives.Scores of TCIslanders took to Social Media to express their thoughts in remembrance of Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell. Among them, Dr. Howell’s daughter who wrote, “this doesn’t even feel real. I always thought I’d have more time with my daddy. I figured he’d have been much older, and able to have enjoyed some grandchildren before he passed. I’ll never hear his voice on the phone again.” While Ama Capron wrote, “RIP Mr. Howell, everyone knew you as a good man and so shall it remain.”The passing of Rev. Howell has brought the TCI to a point of prayer and reflection, Garnique Thompson expressed through social media that not long ago Rev. Howell was one of a few pastors that attended a prayer gathering called by Rev. Violet Thompson where they prayed for the nation. Garnique said that, Rev. Howell “ will be missed by many but he left a legacy.” The people of TCI will forever remember Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell as their National Hero. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Girl found in Long Bay

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 11, 2016 – Around 4:52 P.M Police and medical team responded to an area on Long Bay Road where a female who later ascertained to be ‘Kimberly Smith’ of Kew Town was found laying on the ground.She was transported to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre and was kept overnight for observation.  She is responsive and is cooperating with police.  Kimberly Smith was reported missing yesterday. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more