Two centuries of South African military history

first_imgGerrard Ross “Toys” Norton is one ofthree South Africans to have received thecoveted Victorian Cross for his braveryin the Second World War. The Buffalo Volunteer Rifles celebrates its135th anniversary in 2011.(Images: Shamin Chibba)MEDIA CONTACTS • Major Anthony StepCurator, BVR Military Museum+27 43 742 0677 or +27 82 749 4545RELATED ARTICLES• US funding boost for Wits museum• SA landscape display takes root in the UK• Siren of the SA skies• Saving priceless African history• Ninety years on golden wingsShamin ChibbaSouth Africa is a country not only built on gold and diamonds, but on the blood of many who strove to claim the land as theirs.Sadly, many relics from these battles are lost. However, there are a few people who have made it their purpose to preserve the precious artefacts that survived, and make them accessible to the public.One such place is the Buffalo Volunteer Rifles (BVR) Military Museum in East London. The museum is the city’s hidden gem; unknown to many yet containing a treasure trove of history.According to curator Major Anthony Step, the museum serves as a depository of war history that is preserved for future generations.“We house military memorabilia pertaining to those who served in all branches in all wars,” he said.For Step, the museum, located at BVR headquarters on Fleet Street, is a true representative of internal conflict in the country. It contains items from as far back as the Cape Frontier Wars, which started in the 18th century, to the liberation struggle of the latter 1900s.The museum is divided into four themes – the armed struggle, military artifacts, BVR regimental memorabilia and a depository of the commander units which were closed down in 2006.The museum houses old artillery, medals, guns, uniforms and photographs. However, Step did acknowledge that not everything could be salvaged.“This is the sad thing about conflict. Some things get lost and stolen – that is why it is important to have a museum,” he said.The East London Museum is currently assisting the BVR centre with items related to the armed struggle during apartheid. Though the headquarters are running out of space to house all these goods, Step said there is another base they would utilise in the future.Cherished relicsOne of Step’s prized items is a document containing the minutes of BVR meetings in 1876, its first year of existence. He also treasures the kilted uniform of the BVR’s Scottish Highland Company.Any visitor, though, would be startled at a well preserved letter sent to a Nazi officer, congratulating him on his efforts. It was signed by Adolf Hitler.Step has had to search for artifacts throughout the Eastern Cape to fill the museum.One such item is the cannon that greets visitors at the entrance to the headquarters. It was used by the British during the Napoleonic War before being brought to South Africa for the British campaign in 1834. The cannon was later found standing outside the Civic Centre in the small town of Keiskammahoek in the Eastern Cape province.The museum also has the two cannons that were previously displayed outside the East London City Hall. The BVR took them before they could be discarded by city officials. However, they are disintegrating slowly.“They need immediate restoration or they will be lost to rust and corrosion. The regiment does not have the funds to do so,” said Step.A consummate storytellerIt is not only the items themselves that inspire awe, but also the astounding knowledge that Step displays when he shows visitors around the room. He is a consummate storyteller, providing tidbits of information on almost every item in the complex.Step believes the value of an item is measured by the tales it can tell. “Every piece in a museum must tell a story,” he said.Looking at a battlefield illustration, drawn during the Anglo-Boer War, he chuckled while pointing out that at the very same spot a soldier, who was sitting passively, was shot in the head. Before he collapsed, the soldier cried, “Who threw that stone at me?”About the Buffalo Volunteer RiflesAn infantry regiment of the South African army, the Buffalo Volunteer Rifles is in its 135th year of existence. It was established as the Buffalo Mounted Rifles in 1876 by Edward Yord Brabant.The regiment changed its name four times. In 1879 it was known as the Cape Mounted Yeomanry before changing to the Kaffrarian Rifles in the 1890s. It became known as the Buffalo Volunteer Rifles in 1999.One of the more controversial figures was Rowland Bettington, who commanded the regiment in the 1890s and gained notoriety when he partook in the Jameson Raid.In 1927 the BVR officially affiliated itself with the King’s Royal Rifle Corps.The BVR boasts a Victorian Cross hero in Gerrard Ross “Toys” Norton. He received the accolade after his efforts in the Second World War. He is only one of three South Africans to have received the medal, which is displayed at the BVR Museum alongside a photo of the war veteran.Among the BVR’s latest members are former soldiers of the liberation struggle who fought against the apartheid regime.last_img read more

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10 months agoWatford boss Gracia pleased with ‘focus’ for Woking FA Cup win

first_imgWatford boss Gracia pleased with ‘focus’ for Woking FA Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford did just enough to see off FA Cup opponents Woking on Sunday.Watford captain Troy Deeney came off the substitutes’ bench to wrap up their FA Cup third-round win over non-league Woking.The Premier League outfit made hard work of seeing off their hosts, Will Hughes giving them a first-half lead before Deeney was introduced late on to secure a 2-0 victory in Surrey.Hornets boss Javi Gracia said: “Before coming we knew it would be a demanding game instead of just the difference being the levels of the teams, but the players started playing very focused, knowing what they had to do.”We scored early and we had the control. We knew, while it was only one goal, we needed to kill the game, we didn’t do it until the second half but it was a good performance.” He added: “We have a good squad. The players that played today didn’t play the last games and I know all of them are ready and, like they showed today, they are available and ready to compete.”The result is not as important. It’s more important for me to see my players in a good condition and with a good attitude today.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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12 days agoWATCH: Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum caps off brace with thunderbolt

first_imgWATCH: Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum caps off brace with thunderboltby Freddie Taylor12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGini Wijnaldum has scored a thunderbolt in the Netherlands 2-1 win over Belarus on Sunday.
The long-range strike was the Liverpool midfielder’ second goal of the game.The first came from a header from six yards out.Great goal. Georginio Wijnaldum blasts one into the top corner for Netherlands vs Belarus. His second of the game. pic.twitter.com/UAipkAHBI3— James Nalton (@JDNalton) October 13, 2019 About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Refs Absolutely Botch Late Call In Syracuse vs. Gonzaga

first_imgA close up of Trevor Cooney not out of bounds.trevor cooney out of boundsSyracuse survived Gonzaga Friday night, but it wasn’t without controversy. The Orange, which rallied to overcome a five-point deficit late, almost lost in heartbreaking fashion. A phantom out-of-bounds call was at the center of the storm.Gonzaga, trailing 61-60, had a chance to take the lead with 20 seconds to play, but an errant pass from Josh Perkins wound up in the hands of SU’s Trevor Cooney. Cooney, upon collecting the ball, did all he could to keep his feet inbounds.Cooney, however, was whistled out of bounds. As you’ll see below, it was a bad call.Channeling Cooney’s Balance @bballbreakdown #MarchMadness @AdamZagoria, @espn, @GregAnthony50 https://t.co/7LvScmvE9P— BBiomechanics (@BBiomechanics) March 26, 2016Yep, he’s in, what a play by Cooney. #Syracuse pic.twitter.com/wG4pfaReio— XFINITY Sports (@XFINITYSports) March 26, 2016Let’s review how much time is left.OK, now let’s make the wrong call.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 26, 2016#cooney was #inbounds #Sweet16 #Syracuse wooooooo pic.twitter.com/tZhkMHjAnw— Grove Street (@Grove_Street2x) March 26, 2016Tyler Lydon blocked the Bulldogs’ shot on the ensuing possession, and after two Lydon free throws, the Orange emerged victorious anyway. They’ll next get UVA in an all-ACC Midwest region showdown.last_img read more

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More Stars Announced To Honor Tony Bennett At Power Of Love Gala

first_imgKeep Memory Alive’s 20th annual Power of Love gala continues to grow as musical icons from all genres join the celebration of legendary performer and 18-time GRAMMY winner Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday on Saturday, May 21, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.In honor of Bennett’s milestone birthday celebration, musical stars from an eclectic mix of genres will take the stage to perform some of the timeless hits Bennett has recorded in his 70-year career. Joining the line up are: contemporary jazz trumpeter and GRAMMY winner Chris Botti; actor, writer, producer and host of THE LATE LATE SHOW on CBS James Corden; American soul and R&B singer/songwriter and GRAMMY nominee Andra Day; 14-time GRAMMY winner and American musical icon Herbie Hancock; music legend and celebrated producer Quincy Jones; multi-platinum jazz star and 5-time GRAMMY winner Diana Krall; piano prodigy and budding pop sensation Dan Orlando; chart-topping country music artist Darius Rucker; and global superstar Steven Tyler.“I came from a musical family, I grew up on songs like ‘I left My Heart in San Francisco’ and ‘Shadow of your Smile.’ To now be singing for him on his 90th birthday is something that is truly an honor,” said Tyler. “Tony’s voice is timeless and one that I hold very near and dear to my heart.”“I feel honored and privileged every time I get to step out on stage and perform with Tony Bennett, whose voice is as iconic and timeless as ever,” Botti said.“Tony Bennett is an iconic jazz legend,” said Day. “It’s an honor to perform for him on such a special birthday.”“A timeless talent that is ever-young, vibrant and gracious. Tony’s life-force is strong and respectful of others. His actions musically and in his daily life are a testament to the value of inclusion. He’s a great encouragement to the younger generation and continually lifts everyones spirits,” said Hancock. “As a musician and a human being, Tony is a shining light. He’s the best of the best.”One of the most celebrated entertainers in the world, Bennett has thrilled sold-out audiences worldwide for decades, selling ten million records in the last ten years alone. Known for timeless hits including “The Way You Look Tonight,” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing,” the 20th annual Power of Love gala will bring together musical artists to pay tribute to his musical genius in a celebration of song and philanthropy.The Power of Love gala, began in 1996 as an evening dedicated to fighting the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease with the founding of Keep Memory Alive by Larry Ruvo in honor of his father, Lou. Since that night it’s blossomed into a celebration known for partnering with some of the most celebrated chefs and entertainers in the industry for an evening of philanthropy, while raising awareness and funds for Keep Memory Alive in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.Previous Power of Love galas have celebrated the 70th birthday of boxing legend Muhammad Ali in 2012 and the 80th birthday celebration for Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine in 2013. Last year’s gala hosted some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry including Celine Dion, Martina McBride, Robin Thicke and more as they honored Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and his wife Veronica. Generating the bulk of Keep Memory Alive’s revenue, the annual gala is imperative to the success of Keep Memory Alive and the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in the mission to enhance treatments and research of brain diseases.Tickets now on sale at keepmemoryalive.org/pol. For all other inquiries, please contact events@keepmemoryalive.org or call 702.263.9797.last_img read more

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Etsycom stops letting Alaska Native artists sell ivory work

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska – A policy intended to deter the illegal trade of ivory and items made with the parts of endangered or threatened animals led the online sales website Etsy to remove such artwork sold by Alaska Native artists, who can legally use ivory in their pieces.U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan asked the chief executive officer of Etsy.com to reconsider its policy to allow Alaska Natives to keep selling products made from materials such as walrus tusks or from petrified wooly mammoth remains found in the nation’s most remote state.Sullivan said he assumes the basis of the policy is to combat elephant poaching in Africa and India and that he supports such efforts.“However, your policy fails to recognize that Alaska Natives are explicitly authorized under federal laws, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, to work with and sell walrus ivory, whale tooth and bone, and other non-elephant ivory,” the Alaska Republican wrote in a letter sent Friday to the Brooklyn, New York-based company.Etsy has not responded to the letter, according to Sullivan spokesman Matt Shuckerow.In an email to The Associated Press, Etsy said it can no longer allow Alaska Natives to sell animal products such as ivory but that their accounts remain active.“We have updated our policies to reflect the increasingly global nature of our business and our community,” the company said. “With increased global regulation surrounding ivory and animal products, we can no longer accommodate such products produced by Native Alaskans in our marketplace.”Sullivan heard about the issue from Alaska Native leaders and a handful of artists whose accounts were disrupted, Shuckerow said. In his letter, Sullivan notes that Alaska Natives have used animal products for subsistence, survival and cultural expression for thousands of years.Marcu Gho, an Inupiat Eskimo who lives in Juneau, is among the affected artists. He had sold gloves, key chains, scarves and other artwork made from sea otter fur for about five years until then items were delisted Tuesday.He said that occurred after he began a conversation with Etsy officials last week in response to social media posts he saw from other artists complaining about such problems.Gho said he had been warned that it appeared his artwork was derived from Alaska’s northern sea otters. A portion of that population is listed as threatened but it doesn’t include southeast Alaska otters, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.“In the past, we have allowed an exemption for Alaska Natives,” a company official wrote in an email to Gho. “However, we’ve determined that we are unable to make exceptions for these items in our marketplace going forward. Removing this exemption helps us create a single global policy prohibiting endangered or threatened animals.”Gho said he explained the difference to the official, to no avail. The experience has left him frustrated that he can’t share this part of his culture. He also believes the policy perpetuates a perception that Alaska Natives are barbarians.“When they’re telling me that they don’t feel it’s acceptable that I sell these things, I take it a little bit more personally,” he said.___Follow Rachel D’Oro at https://twitter.com/rdoro .___This story has been corrected to say Gho’s items were delisted, not his Etsy account, and to show that accounts of Alaska Native artists have had ivory items removed, not that the accounts were cancelled.last_img read more

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Morocco, France sign statement of intent on SMEs

first_imgRabat – Morocco and France signed, on Thursday in Rabat, a statement of intent on funding small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to foster financial and technical cooperation and training.Signed by Economy minister Mohammed Boussaid and French counterpart Pierre Moscovici, on a working visit to Morocco, the statement provides for transferring resources from the French guarantee fund, amounting to 26 million euros, to the SMEs guarantee fund set up by the Moroccan economy ministry and managed by the central guarantee fund (CCG).This operation concerns redeploying financial cooperation resources worth 16 million euros from the financial restructuration guarantee fund and provides for a mechanism totaling 25 million euros to improve SMEs’ access to loans. Another cooperation protocol was inked by the French public investment bank, the French development agency and the CCG to reinforce cooperation to broaden the scope and efficiency of their Risk-Sharing Instruments, as well as the funding of Moroccan SMEs and French ones wishing to gain a foothold in Morocco.The agreement aims to facilitate the international development of enterprises of their respective countries, director general of CCG Hicham Zanati Serghini told MAP.last_img read more

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UN grateful to Morocco for fighting Al Qaeda in the Sahel…

first_imgRabat- Sixteen hundred Moroccan soldiers are taking part in a significant African military operation under the auspices of the U.N. to cope with terrorism threats in the region. The Assistant General Secretary of the UNO Hervé Ladsous hailed Morocco’s contributions to the UN operations in Africa, where about 1,600 Moroccan Blue Berets are deployed, primarily in Ivory Coast and the Congo in order to address the threat of Al-Qaeda. .According to Akhbar Alyaoum, Hervé Ladsous said Thursday that ”I have to say that every time I was in one of these missions, I was eager  to meet the Moroccan contingents to show them our recognition of the very good job they do.” According to the same source, Ladsous also praised Morocco’s commitment in the Central African Republic, explaining that the Kingdom “agreed to quickly deploy a military team and make it at the disposal of the United Nations mission, which is still a political mission but will possibly become a peacekeeping mission”.Edited by Jessica Rohan © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Ohio State womens soccers poor play results in three game losing streak

Ohio State’s women’s soccer team posted an 0-2 record against Big Ten foes last weekend and, according to coach Lori Walker, the team’s performance was as poor as she’s ever seen. The weekend started for the Buckeyes with a 1-0 home defeat to Iowa Friday. Then came a 3-2 loss to Nebraska Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (8-7-1, 3-4-1) have lost three matches in a row, with all of the defeats coming at the hands of conference foes. Coach Lori Walker was noticeably frustrated by the team’s play this weekend. “I think our team is playing about as poorly as I’ve ever seen us play,” Walker said. After being held scoreless Friday, the Buckeyes showed more energy offensively Sunday, outshooting the Cornhuskers 26 shots to 14. Despite scoring two goals, Walker said the team is struggling most on the attack. “I think that our inability to be dangerous in the final 25 yards of the field is absolutely crippling our confidence,” she said. “Although we found a couple of goals today, we are not consistently being dangerous in the last 25 yards. “You can’t outshoot a team 26 to 14 and find a way to lose 3-2 unless your attack is in the crapper right now, and ours is.” Trailing 3-1, senior defender Danielle Scoliere settled a loose ball in the box and finished from six yards out to bring the Buckeyes within a goal in the 81st minute. It was her first goal of the season. The Buckeyes dug themselves into an early second half deficit, allowing a Nebraska goal in the 50th minute. The gap swelled to 3-1 in the 71st minute when OSU gave up a breakaway goal. Junior forward Lauren Granberg tied the game in the 26th minute with her third goal of the season. After a deflected header attempt by senior forward Paige Maxwell, the ball landed in front of Granberg who finished into a wide open net level the score, 1-1. OSU fell behind early when it conceded an own goal to the Huskers in the 11th minute. October has not been kind to the Buckeyes, who are now 1-3-0 during the month. The Buckeyes continue Big Ten play this week with two away matches. OSU will face Michigan Friday at 7 p.m. and Michigan State Sunday at 12 p.m. read more

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Andrea Pirlo set shock football comeback in Australia

first_imgItaly great Andrea Pirlo could be set for a shock playing return with Australian club Avondale in a cup fixtureThe 39-year-old hung up his boots at the end of last year after a glittering career that saw him claim a World Cup title, six Serie A crowns with AC Milan and Juventus and two Champions League trophies.Yet Fox Sports report that the Italian midfielder may be set for a return with Victorian outfit Avondale.The A-League side are hoping to add Pirlo to the squad ahead of their FFA Cup quarter-final against Sydney FC on September 19.Perth Glory boss warns squad to not get starstruck by United Andrew Smyth – July 12, 2019 Perth Glory manager Tony Popovic warned his players against getting starstruck ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Manchester United.The club are desperate to take any measures to ensure the deal goes through even though money is understood to be of no interest to Pirlo.Now, all that awaits is a final answer from his representatives.However, even with Pirlo in their ranks, Avondale will go into their meeting with A-League premiers Sydney as underdogs.Pirlo finished his career at New York City last year after two and a half seasons in the MLS.last_img read more

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