Botticelli painting sells for $92 million at auction in NYC

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — A small painting by Sandro Botticelli has sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $92.2 million, an auction record for the Renaissance master. The painting, “Young Man Holding a Roundel,” depicts a young nobleman holding a round painting of a saint. It is one of just three portraits in private hands by the artist best known for “The Birth of Venus” and “Primavera.” The seller was the estate of the late real estate billionaire Sheldon Solow. Two bidders competed for the painting at Thursday’s livestreamed auction. Sotheby’s did not disclose the identity of the buyer.last_img read more

Cardinals undecided on next Pope

first_img Tweet FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Cardinals undecided on next Pope by: – March 13, 2013 Share 44 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share The cardinals will keep voting until a new Pope is chosenBlack smoke has issued from the Sistine Chapel in Rome, signalling that the second and third votes in the Papal election have been inconclusive. Cardinals have been meeting for a second day to choose a successor to Pope Benedict, who resigned last month. The 115 electors are shut off in the Sistine Chapel and a nearby residence until two-thirds agree on a leader for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.Further votes will be held on Wednesday afternoon. The cardinals will vote four times daily until a single candidate garners a two-thirds majority. A successful vote would immediately be followed by white smoke and, soon afterwards, the Latin announcement “Habemus Papam” – we have a Pope.Before the conclave began there was no clear frontrunner to replace Benedict XVI. The 85-year-old stepped down last month, saying he was no longer strong enough to lead the Church, which is beset by problems ranging from a worldwide scandal over child sex abuse to allegations of corruption at the Vatican Bank.‘Perfectly normal’Voting takes place in silence, with no formal debate, until a decision is reached. If that does not happen after three days, there may be a pause for prayer and informal discussion for a maximum of one day.Crowds waiting for a result once again braved rainy conditions in St Peter’s Square to watch out for smoke issuing from the chimney. After lunch, the cardinals will return to the Sistine Chapel to resume their deliberations. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said it was “perfectly normal” for there to be no result at this stage of the conclave, and not a sign of division among the cardinals. He said he had been “surprised” by the number of people who turned out in St Peter’s Square to watch the first smoke on Tuesday night, and said the crowds would surely grow as suspense mounted. “We are living a beautiful and intense moment,” Fr Lombardi said. He added that Benedict – now Pope emeritus – was “doing well” and following the ceremony “with great interest”. The secrecy of the conclave means we have no idea who has done well or badly in the early rounds of voting, the BBC’s James Robbins in Rome says. But there could come a point after several days when the cardinals share a fear that indecision could be interpreted by the outside world as evidence of profound division, he adds. In 2005 it took four votes for Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – the future Benedict XVI – to be elected Pope. But he was a clear favourite before the conclave began, and the long illness of his predecessor, John Paul II, meant cardinals had plenty of time to prepare and consider who they wanted to lead the Church. This time, speculation has focused on three contenders: Angelo Scola of Italy, Brazilian Odilo Scherer and Marc Ouellet of Canada. But some analysts argue that Benedict’s surprise abdication – the first by a Pope in six centuries – could be followed by an equally unusual outcome, with an outsider emerging as a compromise candidate. BBC Newslast_img read more

Sponsors Promise Youths Exciting Final

first_imgZENITH /DELTA PRINCIPALS’ CUPZenith Bank, the sponsors of the ongoing Delta State Principals’ Cup has assured a glorious final event of the competition which started in October 2018.All secondary schools in the 25 local government areas of the state were involved in the event in its third edition. The frontline bank in partnership with the government of Delta State under Governor Ifeanyi Okowa revived the competition in 2017 to boost grassroots development in the state.Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, during the week noted that plans were in place to make this year’s final better than the previous ones.He commended the finalists of the competition which involved hundreds of private and public secondary schools in the state.Amangbo said: “The teams in the final must have worked so hard in the past months and we commend them for getting this far. We also appreciate the teams that will vie for the third place match on same final day of the tournament.“As sponsors, we are totally committed to the progress of the young players. We also want the competition to get bigger and better with every edition. Those playing on the final day will witness a glorious fun-fare. The boys will enjoy themselves.”Obule Integrated School, Sapele and Boys Secondary School, Obiaruku will compete in the final in a yet to be decided date after the initial date was shifted due to the recent general elections in the country.Ekpan Secondary School and Comprehensive Secondary School will clash in the third place shortly before the final.Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba will host the final of the youth football competition.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more