John Travolta coming to Riyadh this Friday

John Travolta
Updated 14 December 2017
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John Travolta coming to Riyadh this Friday

JEDDAH: Hollywood legend John Travolta will be making his way to the Saudi capital this weekend to interact with his fans in the Kingdom.
The “Saturday Night Fever” star will be interviewed by Saudi presenter Sara Aldandarawi at the Apex Convention Center in Riyadh on Friday.
“Have you ever visited a Hollywood event with red carpets? Now in Riyadh, we will share this unique experience with world star John Travolta on his first visit to Saudi Arabia, and enjoy a lively and direct dialogue in front of an audience to talk about his career, his movies, and the secrets of Hollywood,” the General Entertainment Authority announced on its event calendar website, Roznamah.
“A night with John Travolta” will start at 9 p.m. and end at 12 a.m. Tickets for the event are available online.
Travolta became a star as Vinnie Barbarino in the TV series “Welcome Back Kotter,” followed by the highly successful films “Saturday Night Fever,” which launched the disco phenomenon in the 1970s, and “Grease.”
The 63-year-old actor has been honored twice with Academy Award nominations, the latest for his riveting portrayal of a philosophical hit-man in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” (1994). He also received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for this highly acclaimed role and was named Best Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, among other distinguished awards.
Travolta garnered further praise as a Mafioso-turned-movie producer in the comedy sensation “Get Shorty” (1995), winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.
 


Golden Globe Race seek to rescue injured Indian sailor

The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy. (goldengloberace)
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Golden Globe Race seek to rescue injured Indian sailor

  • The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy

PARIS: The organizers of the round-the-world Golden Globe Race said Saturday they were scrambling to rescue missing Indian sailor Abhilash Tomy, but admitted he was “as far from help as you can possibly be.”
Tomy’s yacht Thuriya had its mast broken off when it was rolled in a storm on Friday and the yachtsman suffered what he called “a severe back injury.”
The organizers described him as “incapacitated on his bunk inside his boat” and his yacht is 2,000 miles (3,704 kilometers) off the coast of Perth, Western Australia.
On Saturday, he managed to send a message saying: “Extremely difficult to walk, Might need stretcher, can’t walk, thanks safe inside the boat... Sat phone down.”
The organizers said on the race website: “The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy who is as far from help as you can possibly be.”
Tomy, a 39-year-old commander in the Indian navy, is able to communicate using a YB3 texting unit but his primary satellite phone is damaged.
He has a second satellite phone and a handheld VHF radio packed in an emergency bag, but organizers said he was unable to reach it for the moment.
The organizers said they had urged him to try to get to the bag because it could be crucial in making contact with a plane from Australia and an Indian air force plane which might be able to fly over the area.
Given the distance from land, the planes will not be able to spend long in the area, the organizers added.
A French fishing boat was also heading to the scene “but may not arrive for a few days.”
The Golden Globe Race involves a gruelling 30,000-mile solo circumnavigation of the globe in yachts similar to those used in the first race 50 years ago, with no modern technology allowed except the communication equipment.
Tomy’s own yacht is a replica of Robin Knox-Johnston’s Suhail, winner of the first Golden Globe Race.