WATCH: Ateneo Blue Eagles’ Isaac Go on SportsIQ

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Putin accuses US agencies of manipulating doping testimony View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Ateneo Blue Eagles’ Isaac Go talked to Sports IQ, Inquirer’s multi-platform sports show, about his RP Youth days, Ateneo’s championship run, his student-athlete experience as an Applied Chemistry major and more. He even gave the viewers a glimpse of his “hidden talent.”Watch the episode here:ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Police Arrest Asst. Finance Min. for Assault

first_imgOfficers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) have arrested and are investigating an Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), for allegedly publicly assaulting a female traffic police officer.Sources at the LNP headquarters told the Daily Observer that Assistant Min. Jeremiah Krah is now behind bars, pending arrangements for court trial.Assistant Min. Krah, according to the police, assaulted the traffic officer when she requested the documents of the vehicle he was operating, “at which time he refused on grounds that he was rushing for a meeting.”The officer who than requested that the vehicle be transferred to the Metro Deport was forcibly removed from the vehicle, in the tussle, “her official police uniform and accessories were torn off her in the public.”The incident which occurred at the interjection of Board and Buchanan streets Tuesday, September 23, drew several onlookers as the Minister was heard shouting that “noting will come out of his action,” according to the police.Meanwhile, the police said, Asst. Min. Krah has told police investigators that he regrets his action and pleaded for mercy, stressing that he was misled by the devil to flog the officer. They said he has also agreed to take responsibility of the damages incurred by the officer during the incident.Assistant Police Commissioner for Operations Gregory Coleman said the matter will be sent to court for proper adjudication, stressing that no Liberian is above the law regardless of position in the society.      Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Housing sales slowest in more than 20 years

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The region’s median home price last month fell to $444,000, down 3.9 percent from September and 8 percent from October 2006, DataQuick said. The figure marked the lowest median price since April 2005. Riverside County posted the sharpest drop, declining 15.1 percent from the year-ago period to $350,000. The price in San Bernardino County fell 9.6 percent to $330,000. Los Angeles County’s median home price dropped 3.8 percent to $500,000. The last time the county saw the figure decline on a year-over-year basis was March of 1997 when it dropped .03 percent. Orange County posted an 8.2 percent decline to $573,750. Southern California home sales plunged last month to the lowest level for October in more than 20 years, with many potential buyers scared away by falling prices in all six counties surveyed, a real estate data firm said Wednesday. In all, 12,999 new and resale homes were sold last month in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, down 45.3 percent from 23,745 in the year-ago month, according to DataQuick Information Systems. “A lot of potential buyers seem to be waiting this one out,” Marshall Prentice, president of DataQuick, said in a statement. “It’s hard to buy a home when you think it might lose value, especially when you have to borrow money to do it.” Sales climbed by 4.4 percent from September, but it was still the slowest October since DataQuick began keeping records in 1988. The previous low came in October 1992, when 16,887 homes were sold. The October sales average is 24,725 homes. October’s drop followed another 20-year record decline for September. Turmoil in the mortgage industry due to rising loan defaults has contributed to the slump. Many lenders have tightened underwriting guidelines, closing off access to affordable financing for many buyers who would have qualified for a loan just a few months ago. Lenders also have cut back on so-called jumbo loans exceeding $417,000 – the limit on the amount that government-backed mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will buy from lenders. Those restrictions have stung would-be buyers in Southern California, where homes often sell for more than $417,000.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Electoral measure off the ballot

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe measure would require California to distribute its 55 electoral votes by congressional districts – essentially guaranteeing Republicans about 20 electoral votes, or the same number of congressional districts that President Bush won in California in 2004 – enough to potentially propel a Republican into the White House. Only two states – Nebraska and Maine, with a combined nine electoral votes – distribute their electoral votes by congressional districts. The rest of the states use the winner-take-all system. The issue has drawn the outrage of Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean and others, who have accused Republicans of trying to steal the election. State Democrats said they expect the issue to die. “It’s gone on a continuous death spiral,” said Brian Brokaw, a spokesman for the state Democratic party. “Financial backers aren’t able to raise enough money, they’ve been caught in a web of fraud and deceit with their ties to the Giuliani campaign, and they couldn’t get the political support.” Republican organizers of a ballot measure to change the way California distributes its huge trove of electoral votes in presidential elections announced Thursday that they have given up on making the June ballot. Despite a flurry of donations worth $242,000 in the past week, officials with the California Counts campaign fell short in time, money and signatures – but vowed they’re still aiming to get the initiative on the November ballot. After pushing back some crucial deadlines and failing to come up with enough cash to pay for 700,000 signatures, said spokesman Dave Gilliard, “we understand that submitting signatures and having them counted in time to make the June ballot is no longer a realistic goal.” Electoral votes are a winner-take-all proposition – they all go to the candidate who carries the state. Campaign officials have raised $1.2 million and gathered 550,000 signatures, and backers hope to get the remaining signatures by Feb. 4 to place the initiative on the November ballot. There is a question, though, over whether results would apply in next year’s election – even if it is approved in November. “We don’t think so,” said James Harrison, an elections lawyer with Remcho, Johanson & Purcell, a San Leandro-based law firm working with Democrats on the issue. “Under federal law, presidential electors are appointed on Election Day. Because this measure would take effect the day after election if approved, it would not apply – though I’m sure it’s something that would be litigated.” The setback was the second this fall for Republicans hoping to change the electoral voting system. The initial ballot drive, led by GOP lawyer Tom Hiltachk, shut down after questions about its sole financial backer being linked to Giuliani’s presidential campaign. After initially refusing to reveal himself, the donor turned out to be Paul Singer, a top fundraiser and policy adviser to Giuliani. Three weeks later, Republican strategist Ed Rollins helped revive the ballot drive, promising to bring along substantial GOP financial support. He enlisted the help of top GOP fundraiser Anne Dunsmore, who had only recently left the Giuliani campaign. But the money chase proved to be just as elusive for the new team. When asked if the lukewarm financial response reflected unease with the proposal among even Republicans, Gilliard responded, in an e-mail, “Lack of guts and vision, more than unease with the proposal.” Democratic consultant Chris Lehane, who has led the fight against the measure, said the issue has the support of only a third of the electorate – at most. “Sophisticated donors will recognize this is a loser issue,” he said, “because Republicans will have to explain why they belong to a party whose official policy is to try to rig the election.” Just this week, though, the campaign received donations from the likes of William Barron Hilton, the chairman of Hilton Hotels ($10,000), Stockton real estate developer and billionaire Alex Spanos ($25,000), and Carl Karcher, the founder of Carl’s Jr. ($25,000). Investor William Powers gave $50,000, while the Orange County Lincoln Club gave $75,000. sharmon@bayareanewsgroup.com (916) 441-2101160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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SCHOOLS ATHLETICS: RESULTS FROM SPORTSHALL FINALS – SCOIL IOSAGAN & SCOIL NAOMH DUIG TO REPRESENT DONEGAL

first_imgBY EAMON HARVEY: Congrats and well done to all 13 schools that competed today – all representing various regions from within the county
 
Good luck to Scoil Iosagan Buncrana and Scoil Naomh Duig,  Annagry, our overall winners today, as they move on to represent Donegal in the All Ireland semi finals in Athlone in 2 weeks time
.A sincere thanks to all who helped, supported and encouraged this initiative get off the ground and come to a most successful conclusion today 
i.e. the teachers from the various schools, athletic club coaches from around the county who visited  schools and assisted with coaching; to Donegal Athletics Board for encouragement and support- to local clubs who supported and organised reional finals during the last three weeks; to Donegal Sports Partnership staff, led by Michael Black and Director Myles Sweeney who worked tirelessly behind the scenes ensuring all aspects in the lead up to and today’s finals were successful.Today’s finals involving 288 young athletes from 13 schools in 4 competitions was run very smootly and efficiently in two hours. A sincere thank you to all who officiated, administered etc – to the 2nd Yr BA/Sports Coaching students from LYIT , to the numerous personnel from Letterkenny AC, to Cathal Curran, Donegal Sports Partnership and Grainne Cullen for computerised results received within minutes of the final event being run.Finally thanks to Donegal Lord Mayor Noel McBride, Donegal’s greatest ever athlete/sportsman, Danny McDaid, Donegal Co Chairman Neil Martin and Donegal’s Mr Sportshalll athletics Neil Cullen for attending and making presentations. 3RD/4TH YEAR BOYS EventSt Eunans RaphoeScoil Naomh Dúigh,  AnnagryWoodlands NSScoil Aodh Rua & Nuala, Donegal TownScoil Iosagain, LetterkennyNaomh Colmcille KilmacrennanOver / Under241061281 + 1486210122 + 2212468106 Lap Paarlauf248612104 x 121210846Standing Long Jump42812106Standing Triple Jump21261084Vertical Jump610412108Chest Push28104126Soft Javelin21264810Speed Bounce (20 seconds)6101012128obstacle46128102TOTAL38100949011690 6th 2nd 3rd Joint   4th 1st Joint 4th3RD/4TH YEAR GIRLS EventSt Eunans RaphoeScoil Naomh Dúigh,  AnnagryWoodlands NS LetterkennyScoil Aodh Rua & Nuala, Donegal TownScoil Iosagain, BuncranaNeill Mor, KillybegsObstacle28104126Over / Under610821241 + 1612841022 + 2486101226 Lap Paarlauf241068124 x 121086124Standing Long Jump26481012Standing Triple Jump26841012Vertical Jump48610122Chest Push10864122Soft Javelin21284106Speed Bounce (20 seconds)24610128TOTAL44968872132726th2nd3rdJoint 4th1stJoint 4thBOYS 5TH/6TH YEAR RESULTS: EventSt Eunans RaphoeScoil Chróine DungloeWoodlands NS,LetterkennyScoil Aodh Rua & Nuala,Donegal TownScoil Iosagain,BuncranaSt Muras ToobanObstacle24861210Over / Under261241081 + 1281261042 + 2281261046 Lap Paarlauf248612104 x 121084126Standing Long Jump28641210Standing Triple Jump21246108Vertical Jump410106128Chest Push61210486Soft Javelin612108108Speed Bounce (20 seconds)21284106TOTAL3410610864128886th3rd2nd5th1st4th  Advertisement GIRLS 5TH/6TH YEAR RESULTS EventSt Eunans RaphoeScoil Naomh Dúigh, AnnagryWoodlands NSSt Macartans BundoranScoil IosagainSt Patricks GNSObstacle21210684Over / Under261281041 + 1210861242 + 2210612846 Lap Paarlauf212681044 x 121281046Standing Long Jump21241088Standing Triple Jump21086124Vertical Jump21286104Chest Push46810124Soft Javelin86212104Speed Bounce (20 seconds)21264810TOTAL321208698112606th1st4th3rd2nd5th    Advertisement  SCHOOLS ATHLETICS: RESULTS FROM SPORTSHALL FINALS – SCOIL IOSAGAN & SCOIL NAOMH DUIG TO REPRESENT DONEGAL was last modified: February 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AnnagrySCHOOLS ATHLETICS: RESULTS FROM SPORTSHALL FINALS – ANNAGRY & BUNCRANA TO REPRESENT DONEGALSCHOOLS ATHLETICS: RESULTS FROM SPORTSHALL FINALS – SCOIL IOSAGAN & SCOIL NAOMH DUIG TO REPRESENT DONEGALScoil Iosagan Buncrana and Scoil Naomh Duiglast_img read more

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QUESTIONS INQUIRY INTO NAZARETH HOUSE DEATHS WILL SEEK TO ANSWER

first_imgHEALTH investigators will issue a special report on the deaths of six elderly patients at the Nazareth House nursing unit at Fahan, an expert said today.The health safety body HIQA has confirmed it will be issuing a special inspection report on the home as soon as possible.Inspectors from the health safety body HIQA will draw up a special report for HIQA’s executive on its findings folllowing extensive interviews with staff at the home, said Niall Hunter, editor of www.irishhealth.com. The delay on notifying the HSE – which only came after a call from a GP – will be part of that inquiry.“The current reviews will therefore focus on whether the nursing home did all it could to control the outbreak once it emerged, and whether reporting it earlier and employing necessary measures sooner would have lessened the outbreak and caused fewer deaths,” said Mr Hunter.He said the questions and investigations by HIQA would focus on:*Why did it take so long for the HSE to be informed of the flu outbreak at Nazareth House? A medical offricer to the home reported the outbreak on the night of April 1, buy which time five people had died. * Why did the home admit a new resident when the outbreak was taking place and after four residents had already died?*Did the nursing home adhere to recent HSE guidelines on prevention and management of flu in residential care settings. The HSE has pointed out that such infections can spread rapidly and widely among residents in such  settings where people are living very close together.*Exactly why did so many residents die over such a short period? The HSE has pointed to the age of the residents (late 80s/early 90s) and their frailty making them vulnerable to infection, but this type of patient population is in other nursing homes as well. Did a failure to control the outbreak properly lead to a higher than normal mortality rate? How did this outbreak take place against a background of a relatively low level of flu in the community at large this winter season?* Why did the home not properly isolate residents without flu from those who contracted flu?*The role of vaccination. What was the home’s policy and practice on vaccinations? Why did only four of the six residents who died receive the flu vaccine? (the HSE has said some residents may not have received the vaccine as a result of personal preference). The flu vaccine is, however, only only 50% to 60% effective in preventing flu-related hospitalisation and is 80% effective in preventing flu-related death. *How significant in terms of the outbreak is the fact that the current vaccine being used is probably less than optimally effective against the Influenza A strain which caused the deaths in Nazareth House? Health experts say the current vaccine is not a ‘perfect’ fit against this type of flu, as the Influenza A strain recently mutated after the vaccine was introduced.QUESTIONS INQUIRY INTO NAZARETH HOUSE DEATHS WILL SEEK TO ANSWER was last modified: April 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranadonegaldaily.comFahanQUESTIONS INQUIRY INTO NAZARETH HOUSE DEATHS WILL SEEK TO ANSWERlast_img read more

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DONEGAL CIVIL DEFENCE TO UNDERTAKE MAJOR TRAINING EXERCISE

first_imgThe Civil Defence in action.Final preparations are currently being put in place for the annual Donegal Civil Defence County Training Day which will take place at the Civil Defence Headquarters, Railway Road, Stranorlar on Sunday week.Volunteers from all over the county will be involved in a rigorous programme of tasks which will include forensic training; boat exercises and land searches on the nearby River Finn using GPS radios; an Auxiliary Fire Fighting exercise at the Bus Eireann station in Stranorlar; theory and practical uses of UAVs (Drones) and a search and rescue exercises using the UAVs at the new Finn Harps stadium in Stranorlar.Civil Defence services are delivered through the Civil Defence Officer (CDO) of the relevant Local Authority for that area and in Donegal that’s the job of Edel Flynn. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of Civil Defence matters under the overall direction of Donegal County Council’s Chief Executive, Seamus Neely.In the day to day management of Civil Defence training and operations at local authority level the CDO is assisted by a key team of Instructors, qualified in a range of disciplines, and who do so on a voluntary basis.Time and again Civil Defence volunteer members in Donegal have displayed their dedication and response capability in support of the primary emergency services and their local communities.High profile activities such as the severe weather response efforts of 2013 and 2014, the support efforts to the Fire Service at various gorse fires as well as their ongoing support at public events are testament to the professionalism and dedication of the volunteer membership. Locally, Civil Defence offers the volunteers training in the following areas:• First Aid training up to and including Cardiac First Response, Occupational First Aid, Emergency First Responder and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). All of which are certified through the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) and Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).• Water and Flood Awareness Training including Swift Water Responder Level.• Gorse Fire Fighting• River, Sea and Coastal Search & Rescue including Kayaking and Boating.• Search & Rescue training through Urban and Rope Rescue Techniques in Urban, Cliff and Mountainous Terrain.• Major Emergencies Response through the Major Emergency Framework Legislation.• Provision of Ambulance service for local community festivals, sporting events and charity events.• Radio Communications including VHF, UHF GPS and Tetra Radios.• Welfare training inclusive of Food Safety and Housing of displaced persons.• Radiation Monitoring which includes training in Ground Sampling and the use of Gratz Meters for reading radioactive material.Through their work Civil defence also work closely with the Emergency Service providers of the• An Garda Síochána• National Ambulance Service• Coast Guard.• Donegal Fire Service• Local AuthorityMembership is on a voluntary basis and is subject to Garda Vetting and a person being aged 18yrs or over. All training is provided to the volunteer free of charge. DONEGAL CIVIL DEFENCE TO UNDERTAKE MAJOR TRAINING EXERCISE was last modified: October 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Civil Defencedonegalexerciselast_img read more

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Man arrested in connection with brutal Market Square attack

first_imgGardai have confirmed that a man was arrested in connection with a savage attack on a young woman at Market Square in Letterkenny last October.18-year-old Shanan Reid McDaid was set upon in the early hours of the morning of October 15th and suffered horrific injuries.The unprovoked attack left Shanan, a student in Galway, with a broken nose, chipped teeth and black eyes. Shanan had been with friends but had gone to use a toilet before being set upon by a man.She managed to stagger back to her friends after the attack but the suspected attacker managed to flee.Now, Gardai have confirmed that a man was arrested and a file on the case has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.She will decide if there is enough evidence for the suspect to stand trial in connection with the attack. In the days after the brutal assault, brave Shanan went public about her ordeal and urged young women not to walk home alone.Man arrested in connection with brutal Market Square attack was last modified: March 18th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arrestattackGardailetterkennyMarket SquareShanan Reid McDaidlast_img read more

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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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