Related TopicsJinder MahalWWE The WWE is just days away from their biggest show of the year as they present WrestleMania 34 at the Mercedes Benz Dome in New Orleans. This is the second time in five years the WWE will be bringing WrestleMania to New Orleans.Last time around WrestleMania XXX provided several memorable moments such as The Undertakers streak ending and Daniel Bryan running the gauntlet to walk away the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.NEOSI is always on top of the action when it comes to pro wrestling and will be breaking down the action match by match leading up to the “Show of Shows” Sunday Night in the Big Easy.Match – Randy Orton defends his US Title vs Rusev, Bobby Roode vs Jinder MahalSummary – It’s been a great 12 months for Jinder, the WWE continues to award his hard work by putting him in this match. Bobby Roode has done well since his arrival to the main roster and his sudden title loss last month came as a shock to many. Orton simply has the title so he could cross that one last thing off the career check list. Rusev was an after thought until Aiden English jump started his career with Rusev Day!All in all, a great match concept. I can make a solid case for each guy to win, but at the same time an even stronger case as to why each wont. As over as Rusev is, the WWE added him late, so that more or less means he is not winning anything anytime soon.Orton is a natural fit with this belt, but again, it almost seems like a checklist filler then a career path. Vince McMahon seems to get sick pleasure in having “new guys” lose at their first WrestleMania (AJ Styles, Sting, Big Show etc.)Prediction – Jinder MahalReason – Just when you thought fans couldn’t hate Jinder Mahal even more then they already did, he will have the United States title put on him. This move is brilliant if they truly go through with it. As I said, Rusev is over even without the belt. Roode is to “new” to win at his first Mania, and Orton is Orton, he has more than likely already asked for it to be taken off him so he has one less thing to pack on the road. Vince McKee
Brand South Africa had a strong and vibrant presence at the 40th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in late January 2010, with a particular focus on the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The following adverts supported the campaign.Click on a thumbnail for a larger image. BRAND SOUTH AFRICA IN DAVOS PART 1 PART 2 PART 3 THE CAMPAIGN More galleries: For more great South African photography, including the Proteas jetting off to the ICC World Cup, grassroots football, Nelson Mandela meeting Bafana Bafana, high-rise office buildings in Sandton, and South Africa’s new ape-man fossil – visit the Media Club South Africa gallery page.
Looking like a hornet about to strike, theMirage IIICZ “Black Widow” preparesfor takeoff. (Image: Christo Crous, Patrick’s Aviation) The Silver Falcons thrilled the crowd withtheir daring aerobatics. (Image: Justin de Reuck) MEDIA CONTACTS • SAAF MuseumPublic relations+27 12 351 2290 RELATED ARTICLES • Choppers to curb 2010 crime• SA pilots bring air aid to Africa • Swedish army prefers SA vehicle • SA’s aerospace industry takes off • OR Tambo ready for World CupJanine ErasmusThe South African Air Force (SAAF) celebrates 90 years in the air this year – a milestone marked in August with a spectacular air show hosted by the South African Air Force Museum. The event was the only one scheduled to be hosted by the air force in 2010, and took place under the theme 90 Years on Golden Wings.SAAF is one of the world’s oldest air forces, established on 1 February 1920. The annual Air Force Day, held as close as possible to this date each year, was therefore especially meaningful in 2010.According to SAAF spokesperson Colonel Bill de Pinho, the air force is extremely proud of its history.“Over the years we’ve become known for our expertise and our fighting ability and fighting capabilities,” he said, “especially during World War Two and also during the Korean War.”De Pinho felt the air force should rather describe itself as “90 years young”, as there is still a long way to go.“We’ve gone through a lot of changes and I think especially that the acquisition of new aircraft has helped the air force to develop in a very positive manner.”The SAAF played an important role in security operations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which took place around South Africa in June and July.Lieutenant General Carlo Gagiano, chief of the air force, said recently at a media briefing that during the World Cup the SAAF deployed over 2 200 personnel, conducted aerial surveillance, and provided backup for the police in terms of transport and supply.Operation Kgwele (Setswana, meaning “ball”) was three years in the planning, and began in May. The SAAF entertained the air show crowd with a few procedures from Kgwele, including soldiers skimming down ropes from locally developed Denel M1 Oryx helicopters, a hijacked bus rescue, and a hijacked civilian craft forced to land.Distinguished serviceThe show, which is thought to have attracted a record crowd, took place at Swartkop air field near Pretoria. Established in 1921, Swartkop falls under the management of Waterkloof air base, about 6km away. It is a proclaimed heritage site and home to one of the three branches of the Air Force Museum – the other branches are found at Ysterplaat air base in Cape Town and at the Port Elizabeth airport.According to the SAAF, Swartkop is the oldest air station in the country and the second oldest in the world, as well as being the oldest currently operational station in the world.Two squadrons, the SAAF Museum Historic Flight and the Airspace Control Unit, make their base here. Swartkop also hosts a range of craft, both operational and in the museum. This facility boasts over 150 distinguished craft such as the Mirage IIIBZ and IIICZ, the DHC-1 Chipmunk T MK 10, the Shackleton MR.3 and the Spitfire Mk IXe.The SAAF’s Mirage IIICZ, the Black Widow, is the only one in the world still flying. It retired from the air force in 1990.Memorable occasionA number of other anniversaries made this year’s SAAF air show memorable. Among them are the 75th anniversary of the first flight of the Douglas C-47 Dakota, which has served the SAAF since 1943, the 60th birthday of the De Havilland Vampire T55, which was the SAAF’s first training jet, and the 50th birthday of the Alouette helicopter.Further afield, 2010 marked the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the German air campaign that took place in August and September 1940, and 50 years since the Korean War, which broke out in June 1960.Other operational craft on show included the Saab Gripen D dual-seater fighter, which debuted at last year’s Swartkop air show, Agusta A109 helicopters, a Lockheed Martin C130BZ Hercules, and the Cheetah-D two-seater, developed in South Africa. The single-seater Gripen C fighter, which arrived in February 2010, was seen for the first time. The Gripen features the new IRIS-T air-to-air missile.In the vintage department, crowds got a glimpse of a Vampire, a C-47 Dakota, Puma and Alouette II and III helicopters, and more. In addition, the museum’s hangars were open to the public all day. Civilian-piloted craft included a De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth, an Impala Mk1 fighter craft, and Pitts Specials, among others.The Silver Falcons, the air force’s aerobatics display team based at Langebaanweg in the Cape, put on a performance of virtuoso flying in their Pilatus PC-7 MkII Astra trainers, as did the Flying Lions in their Harvards.“It’s excellent to see the number of people here,” said De Pinho, “especially youngsters.” He estimated that around 50 000 people attended, substantially more than the 30 000 who were initially expected.The air force’s annual Prestige Awards, held to pay tribute to the outstanding achievements of SAAF units and personnel, were also handed out at the air show.
20 November 2014 Some of the ceramic vessels on show at the Slave Lodge. (Image: Iziko Museums )When you think of ceramics, the fine porcelain of China, the English sensibility of Royal Doulton or the distinctive blue and white Delft come to mind. Working with Ceramics SA Western Cape, Iziko Museums of South Africa is throwing another picture during November, which has been named Ceramics Month by the potters’ group.For an exhibition at Cape Town’s Slave Lodge, called From African Earth: Celebrating our African Clay Vessel Heritage, Iziko has brought out of storage many of its fine vessels from various parts of Africa, including pots from ancient Egypt, middle and east Africa. This selection of historical hand-built, pit-fired African vessels from the Iziko permanent collection is juxtaposed with a selection of contemporary vessels created in the same genre by ceramic artists who are members of Ceramics Southern Africa.Alongside the exhibition, the South African Post Office’s philately division has launched a new stamp series, unveiled by division head Johan van Wyk on 13 November at the opening of the exhibition, featuring ceramic vessels from Iziko’s collection. The works on these stamps are incorporated in the exhibition, which is a registered World Design Capital (WDC) project.Esther Esmyol, the curator of social history collections at Iziko Museums, explains that the idea for Celebrating our African Clay Vessel Heritage started in conversations with Ralph Johnson, the head of Ceramics SA Western Cape. “We thought it was important to have an African component to the month, to inspire Africa potters to look at their African roots and work in that genre [rather than only follow the influences of Asian and European potters].” The new South African Post Office stamp series. (Image: Iziko Museum)Iziko also has a WDC project, called Igniting Collections, to forge links between the audience and its artefacts. “There is not much in the WDC projects that looks at Africa, so we took pottery from our collections from other parts of Africa – including Egypt, which is often rather placed with the Middle East – to show our African heritage.”There is also a contemporary component to the exhibition. “This was an opportunity to show our historical pots, and show the smoke-fired tradition of pot-making in Africa, and for contemporary artists to work with and be inspired by their roots. At the same time, about two-and-a-half years ago, we began working with the South African Post Office on a stamp series. The vessels were not yet decided as the theme; this came as the exhibition grew. Not all the vessels included in the stamps are pit or smoke-fired, but they are all in our collections.”The vessels in the exhibition were coiled, hand-thrown or made on a wheel, but were all fired with smoke, in the traditional African way.Professor Magdalene Odundo OBE, professor of ceramics at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, United Kingdom, opened the exhibition as a guest of Ceramics Southern Africa. Kenyan born Odundo is an international ceramics expert.“Clay is one of the few mediums that has a long history – as old as man,” she said. “It is mentioned in the Bible: man is formed from clay. It is a material that has created lots of objects – both historical and archaeological – that inform who we are as human beings. I am not sure we would have museums without ceramics. The first items that tell us who we are, are ceramics. Clay is where we come from and where we go. We dig holes to consume us, and to find things,” she said. “I am very passionate about clay. It consumes me – it is in everything.”The Iziko collection was “an amazing collection. Work here is found nowhere else in African museums”. Odundo also praised the juxtaposition of the contemporary work with the old pieces.From African Earth: Celebrating our African Clay Vessel Heritage is on at the Iziko Slave Lodge, on the corner of Wale and Adderley streets in Cape Town, until 31 January 2015.Lorraine Kearney
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You’ve got mail: Bhim Bahadur Tamang at the borderHistory may have been created with the ancient Silk Route from China being thrown open to trade between the two countries, but for 48-year-old Bhim Bahadur Tamang life remains just the same.Even on D-day as it rains and the chill sets in,You’ve got mail: Bhim Bahadur Tamang at the borderHistory may have been created with the ancient Silk Route from China being thrown open to trade between the two countries, but for 48-year-old Bhim Bahadur Tamang life remains just the same.Even on D-day as it rains and the chill sets in with the festive mood unabated and the loudspeakers blaring songs in Mandarin and Punjabi, Tamang, sporting a baseball cap and clutching a small brown plastic package, shuffles about impatiently. He occasionally crinkles his eyes and turns his weather-beaten face towards a barbed-wire fence looking into the mist. He is with India Post but, he’s no ordinary postman.Sikkim”Come rain or snow, my job is to deliver mail,” he says. At Nathu La pass, wedged at a height of 14,400 ft in the Himalayas, there is plenty of both. When it rains, it freezes. When it snows, it feels as if your head is stuck in an icebox. But for Tamang it’s always business as usual.At 9 a.m. every Monday and Thursday, an Indian Army soldier unhooks a piece of barbed-wire on the border. Tamang walks the 250-metre distance over a grassy knoll to the Chinese outpost where he signs a register and hands over the mail from India to China. It is the entire mail from the country, averaging around 40-50 letters. He gets to spend exactly three minutes on Chinese soil.Communication is brief and is mostly a friendly nod and an exchange of “Tashi delek” (Tibetan greeting) and “Nihow” (Chinese for how do you do) and then it is a 7 km downhill trek back home to his wife and two children in Sherethang village.advertisementFor four decades, 44 years to be precise, this has been the only exchange between the two sides. However, with border trade opening up now, things are likely to change. But Tamang is too busy to take in such historical milestones. What he does tell you with a tinge of envy is that his counterpart in China, smartly attired “in a uniform with stars on it” drives up to the post in a motorcycle.Tamang has no uniform to boast of and could pass off as just another local on foot. With the advent of telephones and the Internet his mailpacket has thinned considerably over the years. A satchel has turned into a hand-held packet, sealed and sent to him from New Delhi.”Some day his mailbag might disappear altogether,” a soldier at the post observes. A day without mail? Unthinkable, for this high-altitude postman.
For the past 15 years, world cricket’s biggest draw, the Indian cricket team has been coached by an outsider. This after, the Madan Lal, Kapil Dev way of coaching was not bearing fruit in the 90’s.Rahul Dravid saw merit in John Wright’s coaching methods and ironically, Sourav Ganguly in Greg Chappell’s as both were appointed on their respective recommendations and brought contrasting results to Indian cricket through the 2000’s.The Chappell disaster had then given rise for calls to bring back an Indian coach, until the BCCI found an able man in Gary Kirsten, who registered the best wins for Dhoni-led team India.His successor Duncan Fletcher for all his old school technical expertise failed to bring the team desired results, with overseas losses piling up. Indian cricket is again on the look out for a long term man-manager.Are Dravid and Ganguly, now retired and both contemporary in their thinking also in the mix of things or still too close, out from reitrement? The picture remains unclear with the BCCI telling us that everyone from Dravid, Ganguly, Tendulkar, Shastri have been entrusted the task to hunt for the right candidate.Headlines Today poses some pointed question to Dravid on this issue. When asked if he was ready for Indian coaching, six months back Dravid had said, he doesn’t have time for a full time job. Now, he says will cross the bridge when it comes to that. Here’s more in this quick chat with the great ‘Indian Wall’ on the next Indian coach…advertisementRahul, there is a vacancy in the Indian coaching post. Do you look at that as an opportunity? A few months back you had said you were not ready. What about now?I don’t think it’s necessary to look at it now. I will cross the bridge when it comes to that. I am enjoying what I am doing here with the Royals, producing results. I haven’t put my mind to Indian coaching.The BCCI has said, a team of legends like you, Ganguly, Tendulkar, Shastri have been asked to look out for a candidate. The likes of Wright and Chappell were appointed that way. Is it still the right way of approaching things?You guys in the media know more than I do. I can only react to something that comes up. Till than its best to wait for something to come up than cross the bridge.But do you think an Indian is now ready to take up the post of a head coach? I don’t look at any coaching job as Indian or foreign. Indian team and the players need the best people to help them out, irrespective of who they may be. I truly believe that there are good Indian coaches as there are others. I don’t like to tag them that way; they are just coaches. I believe it is the team that is the most important. It is the senior core group of players who will define the success of this team for the next generation. I am glad to see that there is a good group of batsmen like Rahane, Rohit, Virat, Raina, Vijay, Dhawan coming through. It is these guys and their performances that will decide how India goes.
Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 1 (PTI) Kerala Governor Justice (ret) P Sathasivam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan were among those who congratulated the state football team for winning the Santhosh Trophy defeating Bengal today. Sathasivam in a message said the victory after a gap of 14 years had re-established Keralas supremacy in Indian football. Vijayan said victory was not only a proud moment but also inspiring. State Sports Minister A C Moideen and Leader of the Opposition in the assembly Ramesh Chennithala also congratulated the Kerala team on the victory. Kerala had edged out Bengal via the tie-breaker in the final held at Kolkata. PTI JRK SS