Photo: Ryanair. According to the Irish Independent Nadeem Mulhammed (43) was arrested by police on suspicion of terrorism after “batteries wrapped in brown tape” was found in his bag.He was boarding a Ryanair flight to Bergamo when he was held under the UK’s terrorism act at security.However, after allegedly telling officers the device had been planted by someone else, he was released on bail and allowed to travel.The man flew to Italy but in the meantime, tests revealed it was a “viable device” containing sufficient explosives to cause “serious damage and loss of life” on a plane, the court heard.Upon his return back to the UK, Mr Mulhammed was arrested at Manchester Airport on Sunday and charged with being in possession of an explosive substance.The device found consisted of a “small pipe, like a large market pen’ and was filled with “smokeless propellant often found in ammunition.”Mr Muhammed was remanded in custody and is due to appear in court in March.More on Ryanair.
Wits University’s art museum will receivefunding to restore Ndebele cultural items.(Image: Bongani Nkosi) An artist’s impression of the interior ofthe Wits Art Museum once completed.(Image: City of Johannesburg)MEDIA CONTACTS• Julia CharltonCuratorWits Art Museum+27 11 717 1363RELATED ARTICLES• SA items in World Digital Library• Itlhabolole: beauty from waste• SA landscape display takes root in UK• Egypt reclaims its heritageBongani NkosiThe Wits Art Museum will receive funding from Bank of America Merrill Lynch to restore some of its treasured items, which, the academic institution says, are of national importance.Wits University announced on 18 November 2010 that the funds will be channelled towards conserving 25 beaded Ndebele aprons kept in its museum. In isiNdebele, the items are known as iiphephetu and date back to a period between 1920 and 1970.The value of the sponsorship has not yet been announced.The university said all the iiphephetu need “stabilisation, consolidation, cleaning and repair”, and a specialist conservator will be appointed to carry out the work.Iiphephetu were traditionally designed and made by Ndebele mothers or grandmothers when their daughters entered puberty. At this time the family performs an initiation ritual known as ukuthomba for the teenager, which signifies growth.The aprons are made from canvas and glass beads, with some also incorporating bits of wool and leather. “Each of the iiphephetu is unique, and displays significant invention and creativity within the parameters of this important cultural tradition,” said the university in a statement.The Wits Art Museum, currently undergoing a revamp, is one of 10 international projects that will benefit from the bank’s inaugural art conservation programme. The programme is meant to help restore artworks of cultural and historical value in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.It’s also designed to raise awareness about conserving such artworks so that they are “preserved, displayed and enjoyed by future generations”.The bank is known for providing much-needed funds for museums, including sponsorships and loans.Wits is delighted to be part of this programme, said its Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research Prof Belinda Bozzoli.“By enabling this important conservation work to be undertaken, Bank of America Merrill Lynch is supporting the Wits Art Museum’s vision to contribute to a common sense of nationhood through art, by facilitating the preservation of diverse critical heritage material for the benefit of all,” she said.Exciting exhibitions in the pipeline The R68-million (US$9.8-million) restoration of the Wits Art Museum will be completed by the end of 2011. Bozzoli said the restored iiphephetu will be part of the range displayed for the public when the museum reopens.Previously known as Wits Art Galleries, the Wits Art Museum will officially reopen with a series of exhibitions targeting the university’s students and academic staff, as well as the general South African public and tourists.“Funding from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Programme will ensure that these vital artistic treasures can be conserved to the highest standards and enjoyed by the public for many more years to come,” said the bank’s Humphrey Borkum.“We are privileged to support the Wits Art Museum in restoring some of its most important artworks,” he added.While new technologies are used to make art conservation safer and more effective, this is costly to museums – and the American bank is aware of that, said its executive Rena De Sisto in a statement. “This is a propitious time to actively engage in preserving these treasures.”Sisto added that by helping to restore cultural art of different nations, they hope to “elevate awareness of cultural traditions around the world and inspire respect and interest across cultural boundaries”.
When someone worried came rushing to Jagmohan Dalmiya, the then president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), and said that the Queen was keen to distribute the prizes after the World Cup final at Lord’s, London, in 1999, he deflected the request very cleverly and deftly in a way that would not annoy the Monarch.Dalmiya, much after demitting office in 2000, had revealed in an interview that his answer to the man was that the ceremony could be deferred by a few minutes and the Queen could leave the ground during this time. It happened exactly like that and as per the ICC convention — Dalmiya, being the president — presented the trophy to Aussie captain Steve Waugh.That is Dalmiya for you — sharp, witty, humorous and known for never accepting defeat. And quite characteristically the old fox rallied back again to force his rivals in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to withdraw the case of misappropriation of money and announce the decision at Wednesday’s AGM in Mumbai.The 70-year-old seasoned administrator was facing allegations of misappropriation of Rs 2.90 crore from the 1996 World Cup accounts. Like on several previous occasions he emerged from the abyss. But there is much more to him than that.Dalmiya has an uncanny ability to find a solution to even the most tricky problem. Of course, he has been assisted by a core group of advisors and friends. They include noted advocate Usha Nath Banerjee, National Cricket Club secretary KP Kajaria, Cricket Association of Bengal’s Gautam Dasgupta, former politician and diplomat Siddhartha Shankar Ray and the late Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu.advertisementThat Dalmiya helped raise millions of rupees to the BCCI’s and ICC’s coffers is well known.When he was elected BCCI secretary in 1983 its coffers showed a deficit of Rs 85 lakhs and when his term as board president ended in 2004 the balance had swelled to over Rs 100 crores.One of his former board colleagues recalls how he once surprised former board president AC Muthiah, whom Dalmiya succeeded in 2001, by squeezing an unexpectedly high sponsorship deal with a soft drink firm with his aggressive bargaining style.The Kolkata-based Marwari knows how to deal with people.During the 1996 World Cup at home, he received a request from the then external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee for two match tickets. According to a Dalmiya’s staffer, he took out two from the quota of another Lok Sabha member and gave them to Mukherjee. When his staff told Dalmiya that the affected MP had been pestering for more tickets, he reportedly replied: “I will cross the bridge when I come closer to it.” It’s not that Dalmiya is heartless.He is very compassionate, especially with his personal staff as well as employees of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), of which he is the president, points out a close confidante.”Once he got a BCCI meeting postponed due to ‘personal reasons’. But actually he had to attend the marriage of a CAB clerk,” he disclosed.Dalmiya possesses a good temperament and doesn’t get hassled easily. But after the Pawar- Manohar- Srinivasan trio snatched all his rights and privileges as BCCI administrator in December 2006, it did affect him. ” In the last few years he seems to have aged faster and the effect could be seen on his health,” said another of his close confidantes. ” But in the last year or so, he has looked relaxed as it became increasingly clear that he was on a strong wicket against his BCCI rivals.”Team India still speaks Chappell’s language Greg Chappell’s term as Indian team’s coach ended well over two years ago, with a disastrous outing at the 2007 World Cup. But his legacy is quite evident even now, particularly in the cricketing jargon that he introduced in the country. Some of that may not have been used during the former Australia captain’s twoyear tenure, but almost all players that came in contact with him often use that jargon even now.Even Sourav Ganguly, who had a public spat with Chappell, uses some of that, though probably inadvertently. The other day, at the India Today Youth Summit in Delhi, when he was asked what’s wrong with Yuvraj Singh, whom he had backed so strongly as captain, he replied using a term that Chappell used so often — ‘process’. “You just have to deal with it (ups and downs). That’s why it’s important in life and in sport to keep it simple.Just focus on performance.Once you keep performing, the rest will look after itself,” he said. And then he stressed: “Keep it simple as much as you can. It’s about the process.” Before Chappell, this word was hardly used by Indian cricketers or coaches. The Aussie might have gone, but his legacy remains.advertisementTHE AUSTRALIAN team is playing the first Test in Mohali and its cricketers and the support staff are in great form off the field — on Twitter and blogs. From manager Steve Bernard, who is writing an blog on the official Cricket Australia website, to coach Tim Nielson, several members of the squad are regularly Tweeting or blogging.But the Aussies are mostly focussing on the negative and dark side of India. Both Bernard and Nielson have posted pictures from Mohali that only depict India in poor light — like cows sitting on the middle of the road, a ground staff mopping Chandigarh’s Sector 16 Stadium field with an ordinary sponge with a bucket in tow.Hockey players are literally chilling out It’s blowing hot and cold on the hockey pitches at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium ahead of the Commonwealth Games. Tonnes and tonnes of ice is being used daily by players for post-practice ice bath — a modern way of relaxing their tired bodies, and a part of the cooling down process.After their body temperatures shoot up during intense practice sessions on the energy-sapping artificial pitches, they go through stretching exercises to relax and then they hit the ice cubes. These ice cubes are put in inflatable plastic tubs and players stand waist down in them for a few minutes to cool down completely.This exercise relaxes their bodies, particularly their calf and thigh muscles that bear the brunt on the merciless turf.The demand from the 20 teams in the men’s and women’s competitions varies from 100 kg to 200 kg ice per practice session.There have been well over 100 practice sessions since the stadium was opened for the teams on September 24 and there will be more at the Yamuna Sports Complex once the competition begins on Monday at the National Stadium.Add a total of 54 men’s and women’s competition matches to this and imagine the quantity of ice that would have been used by the time the gold medal winners are decided on October 14. Mind boggling, indeed! Trucks full of ice are delivered to the National Stadium daily and it is kept in huge containers.The demand by the Indian men’s team, for instance, is 150kg for each practice session and another 50kg during matches, disclosed national coach Harendra Singh.”Players need ice bath for refreshing themselves. It also brings down their body temperatures,” Harendra told Mail Today. “Apart from the 150kg for practice, we need 50kg for matches. When players come out of the pitch during substitutions they wear ice jackets for immediate recovery. All the players who are benched during matches compulsorily wear ice jackets as they are sent on to the pitch again. We have 16 ice jackets, imported from Australia by the Sports Authority of India, and each one costs approximately Rs 6,500.”advertisement
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