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first_img16 July 2004Pieter-Dirk Uys, South Africa’s most famous political satirist, has been sending up his mother country since the 1970s – most famously in the guise of his alter ego, Evita Bezuidenhout.But if you thought Evita was outspoken, just wait till you hear what her 102 year-old mother, Ouma Ossewania Kakebenia Poggenpoel, has to say about the state of the nation in Ouma Ossewania Praat Vuil (Talks Dirty).This hilarious memoir – the first in a trilogy of plays starring the Poggenpoel family – filled with social commentary and candid opinion from the filthy mouth of this Boere volksmoeder, comes to the Tesson at Johannesburg’s Civic Theatre from 10 to 28 August (Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm).The show is performed in Afrikaans, will be understood by anyone who has listened to a rude joke in that language, and should delightfully offend all adults.Ossewania Kakebenia – named after the Boer ossewa (oxwagon) and the kakebeen (jaw) of the Afrikaner ox – was born on 31 December 1900, during the Anglo-Boer war, in the concentration camp of Heldersonop. Her mother was the legendary Sarie Marais, who inspired the folksong but little else; her father was the charming rogue Gerhardus Poggenpoel.Little Ossewania grew up angry, eventually giving birth to two illegitimate daughters, Evangelie and Baby.After years in Bethlehem in the old Orange Free State – where Ossewania was for years the youngest organist in the Dutch Reformed Church – she moved to Johannesburg with her daughters and took over the management of a seedy boarding house in Doornfontein.Baby went to Europe to follow her dreams, while Evangelie became a Killarney film star, eventually marrying into the powerful and ruthless Bezuidenhout family, something Ossewania never approved of, especially when Evangelie changed her name to Evita.Mevrou Poggenpoel spent the glory years of the 1960s and 1970s in the shadow of her now-famous daughter, who had become the glittering hostess of the National Party in power. But Ossewania’s anger was never far from the surface.Now 102 years old, abandoned in an old-age home, waiting to be fetched by a family who never turn up, this ancient Afrikaner matron lets rip.She has had enough: enough of democracy and affirmative action, enough of lies, corruption and hypocrisy. She regards her famous daughter with contempt, and even though she loves her great-grandchildren, the fact that they are black does not sit comfortably with her. Her unnatural passion for church leaders has not waned, and even at her ripe old age Ouma Ossewania has been known to spy on the young dominee in the toilet of the local NG Kerk.Throughout her life Ouma Ossewania believed them when they said apartheid was a gift of God. Now she knows her life was wasted on a lie. Is it too late? Will the Zulu garden “boy” still sleep with her? Will he want more than the R20 she has saved?Ouma Ossewania Praat Vuil – n Afrikaans, in language that would make a tart from Benoni blush. Without censorship, without good taste, and without qualms.Book at Computicket or at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre.Source: Johannesburg Civic Theatrelast_img read more

first_imgA África do Sul gaba-se de ter das praias mais bonitas do mundo. Da costa inexplorada de Cape Vidal, em KwaZulu-Natal, ate a famosa Wild Coast no Cabo Oriental, da colonia de pinguins de Boulders Beach a ensolarada Camps Bay no Cabo Ocidental. quando se fala de praias, o triunfo e nosso, nao ha hipotese.As nossas praias sao muito mais do que um paraiso para os amantes de praia e do surf. Ha tanto para ver e fazer ao longo de toda esta costa espectacular, incluindo uma serie de excursoes fantasticas de varios dias. Eis um rapido resumo de algumas das melhores praias da África do Sul.Cabo OrientalKwaZulu-NatalCabo Ocidental: Peninsula do CaboCabo Ocidental: Rota dos JardinsCABO ORIENTALO Cabo Oriental tem algumas das melhores praias. Port Elizabeth e East London sao bons para a pratica de surf e a Wild Coast e famosa pelas suas paisagens escarpadas, mares furiosos e praias extravagantemente belas.Port St Johns, Costa SelvagemUma parte da costa muito bonita, ainda nao muito desenvolvida e tropical, com hipoteses excelentes para nadar e deixar-se ondular pelas ondas da lagoa.Port ElizabethAs agradaveis praias de Port Elizabeth, protegidas pelas curvas suaves da Algoa Bay, permitem nadar e fazer surf em segurança. A Kings Beach e uma das predilectas e a Humewood Beach e frequentemente Bandeira Azul. Tambem ha um parque de serpentes por ali perto e golfinhos no oceanario.East LondonA tranquila cidade de East London tem uma prospera cultura de praia, com dunas de areia, rochas e oceano. A Orient Beach e boa para nadar e as rochas negras da Eastern Beach sao optimas para fazer fotografia e explorar. Ou pode dar longos passeios pela Nahoon Beach ou pela Gonubie Beach.KWAZULU-NATALA costa de KwaZulu-Natal tem um clima excelente todo o ano e maravilhosas praias – por vezes com demasiada gente – quer a norte quer a sul. A meio, toda a cidade de Durban e de facto um sistema de suporte para todas as praias em volta!Cape Vidal, Parque iSimangaliso WetlandsUma das melhores praias do pais, com longos areais de areia branca. Os visitantes podem explorar as inumeras poças de agua nas rochas que existem por toda a praia e observar baleias jubarte em Outubro.Umhlanga RocksA norte de Durban, as praias de Umhlanga ficam cheias de vida quando terminam as aulas e sao uma festa para toda a familia. Pode-se nadar no mar, fazer surf, boogie boarding, andar pelas poças de agua do mar transparente e quente nas rochas.South Beach, DurbanParte da mundialmente famosa Golden Mile de Durban, South Beach e ideal para nadar e surfar. E ha muitas outras coisas que pode fazer: os vendedores ambulantes vendem trabalhos de contas Zulu, cestos, peças em madeira e artesanato, enquanto os homens que puxam os rickshas se ocupam do seu negocio. E no final do Golden Mile, espraiando-se ao longo de 15 hectares na linha da costa, fica o Mundo Marinho uShaka, o maior parque tematico marinho de África.Margate, Costa SulA capital da diversao da Costa dos Hibiscos de KwaZulu-Natal, com verdadeiras multidoes de gente, sobretudo jovens, nas ferias de verao.CABO OCIDENTAL: PENÍNSULA DO CABONa Cidade do Cabo, experimente ir a Clifton, uma das zonas mais na moda. Em Sandy Bay, a nossa praia nao oficial de nudismo, para transar-o-corpo sem preocupaçoes; e Long Beach para andar a pe. E para nadar com pinguins por perto nao ha como ir a The Boulders.Camps BayA replica de St Tropez no Cabo Oriental. É muito popular, com gente bonita vinda de todo o mundo, paisagens espectaculares de Lion’s Head e dos Doze Apostolos. O por-do-sol em Camps Bay e inesquecivel e se entretanto se fartou de areia e de surf, va a um dos restaurantes e bares para uma boa refeiçao.CliftonEste e o “passeio dos milionarios” do Cabo. As revistas de moda e os homens do cinema chamam-lhe o cenario perfeito. Clifton e o local de eleiçao dos modelos e estrelas de cinema internacionais – e os locais adoram, claro.BlougergstrandBloubergstrand – Blouberg Beach – oferece paisagens espectaculares da Table Mountain na Cidade do Cabo e da Ilha Robben, onde Nelson Mandela esteve encarcerado mais de 20 anos. Ha muitos bons restaurantes com terraços e esplanadas para um snack rapido ou longos almoços de preguiça.Boulders BeachBoulders Beach, que pertence ao Parque Nacional de Table Mountain, e um paraiso para os pinguins jackass, tambem conhecidos por pinguins dos pes negros ou pinguins africanos. A pequena quantia que se paga para entrar basta para manter a reserva. Alem dos pinguins, os enormes rochedos graniticos contribuem para o cenario sensacional e e um sitio optimo para nadar.HermanusA cidade adormecida de Hermanus e conhecida como o melhor ponto de observaçao de baleias em terra firme do mundo. A cidade tem um festival anual chamado o Festival da Baleia, para celebrar a migraçao de primavera das baleias franco austrais. Grotto Beach ganhou reconhecimento internacional por ser uma praia selvagem e inexplorada, com excelentes instalaçoes.MuizenbergSituada na costa do Oceano Índico, a agua de Muizenberg e mais quente do que a do lado do Oceano Atlantico na peninsula do Cabo, sendo mais procurada pelos banhistas e uma praia optima para levar a familia. É tambem um sitio ideal para um piquenique relaxante na praia, mas se preferir va a um dos restaurantes comer um marisco acabado de pescar.CABO OCIDENTAL: ROTA DOS JARDINSA Rota dos Jardins do Cabo Ocidental e conhecida pela sua beleza cenica natural, com florestas verdejantes e praias espectaculares.NoetzieMesmo a saida de Knysna encontrara a pequena cidade de Noetzie, famosa pelos seus tres castelos romanticos sobre a praia. Nao muito longe dali vera as areais virgens de Buffels Bay – definitivamente a merecer a sua visita.Plettenberg BayUm dos sitios de ferias mais concorridos da África do Sul, Plettenberg Bay acolhe duas praias incriveis, Robberg e Lookout. Em Robberg pode observar as baleias e em Lookout tem uma vista formidavel das montanhas Outeniqua e um por-do-sol espectacular sobre o mar.Reporter infoSA, incorporando material de Turismo Sul Africanolast_img read more

first_imgPanaji: The Goa police on Thursday began implementing the Supreme Court committee directions on tackling deaths due to traffic violations. The Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety had recently issued directions to suspend driving licences, of offending drivers, for at least three months for committing traffic violations such as over-speeding, jumping red light, carrying overload in goods carriage, carrying persons in goods carriage, drunken driving/riding and using mobile phone while driving/riding, among others.In order to ensure strict compliance of these directions, Goa Police apart from issuing/compounding challan for these traffic violation, will be confiscating the licence of the defaulter under due acknowledgement and then forward it to the concerned State Assistant Director of Transport recommending suspension of the same, said a senior Goa traffic police officer.last_img read more

first_imgFollowing the nationwide launch of the ‘Mera Parivar-Bhajapa Parivar’ campaign last week, the Himachal Pradesh Congress has approached the Election Commission of India protesting against the hoisting of BJP flags on the houses of beneficiaries of Central government’s schemes, terming it ‘unconstitutional’.The Himachal unit of the Congress has highlighted the issue in a letter to the EC. Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP has launched the ‘Mera Parivar-Bhajapa Parivar’ campaign, through which it plans to reach out to five crore families of party workers by unfurling its flags across the country.Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Kuldeep Rathore told The Hindu that benefits to the people under various schemes were given by the government and not by a political party. Hence, it cannot be politicised by such a campaign.“…the motive behind such action is to derive benefit in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The action is unconstitutional, coercive and breach of privacy of the individual. The benefits are given by the government and not by any political party,” Mr. Rathore has written in the letter addressed to the EC.Urging the ECI to immediately ask the BJP to stop from hoisting party flags, Mr. Rathore wrote, “…these actions will send a wrong signal among the masses and create unrest in society. Hence, the Commission is requested to restrain the BJP from indulging in such action.”Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had on February 12 hoisted party flags on the houses of a few party workers at Chhota Shimla in Shimla, kicking off the ‘Mera Parivar-Bhajapa Parivar’ campaign in the State.last_img read more

first_imgAntonio Conte ‘I don’t envy Guardiola’ – Conte backs Manchester City’s big spending Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 06:30 3/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antonio Conte Chelsea Getty Antonio Conte Chelsea Guardiola Manchester City v Chelsea Manchester City Premier League The Blues boss has praised his Sunday opponents who have spent big for a number of years, as they dominate English football this season Antonio Conte insists he does not envy Pep Guardiola after defending Manchester City’s right to spend their considerable cash reserves to dominate English football. Chelsea will face City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday and Conte has been impressed with the business the Premier League leaders have done in the transfer market in the past few seasons. In contrast, Conte has been critical of his own club’s transfer policy this season and his future at the club remains unclear going into the summer, but he is adamant he does not feel pangs of jealousy towards Guardiola. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “No, I don’t like people to envy the other person,” Conte said to reporters at Cobham Training Ground ahead of the game. “I don’t like the person that has this type of sentiment. I have great admiration because they found the right way to be strong for a long time, to have successful seasons for a long time, from now until I don’t know.”There is a great coach, great players. And then there is the possibility to spend a lot of money and have the same ambition of the coach. This is the fantastic result for Manchester City. Manchester City is not the only club to spend a lot of money.”The way they are spending money, especially the way I think the club is making Pep happy during the transfer market, to take the best choices for the coach, for the manager.”There is only one situation very clear, that Manchester City will be stronger next season. Do you think it could be enough, to win again the title? [To not qualify for Europe?] If you think this, I think you are a dreamer.”Conte was also asked his opinion on whether Chelsea spend money as well as City do in the transfer market.”I don’t know,” he replied. “I didn’t spend money. The club spent money. I have great respect for every club to spend money. The decision with the money is for the clubs.”Chelsea have been outspent by City for the past five seasons, while their Sunday opponents have also spent well over three times as much since both Guardiola and Conte arrived in the Premier League back in 2016. Pep Guardiola Kyle Walker Manchester CityMeanwhile, Chelsea will go into the match five points adrift of the top four ahead of a crucial fortnight which will also see Conte’s side face Barcelona in the second leg of the Champions League last 16 and Leicester in the FA Cup quarter-finals.”When I arrived here the club didn’t play the Champions League, Europa League, if you remember two years ago and life goes on,” Conte added.”I think we have to continue to put all of ourselves in this effort. This will be an important effort from now until the end to try to find a place in the Champions League.”Don’t forget we have to play against Crystal Palace before Barcelona and then we have to play Leicester. For sure, it’s a moment that is very crucial for us. These two weeks are very important for us.”Ross Barkley is set to return to the matchday squad on Sunday after suffering a hamstring injury in training.Ross Barkley Antonio Conte Arsenal ChelseaThe midfielder had not played for seven months when he joined Chelsea from Everton in January after needing time to recover from an operation on his calf. He has made just three appearances for Chelsea and has been out of action for a month, with Conte challenging Barkley to fight for a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup. “With Ross, as you know better than me, he had a really bad injury with Everton,” he continued. “He played with us in the Arsenal game, after in the Carabao Cup. He played after seven months. When you have this type of bad injury, you must have great patience to try to work.”At the same time, when you’re arriving from a bad injury after a long period when you didn’t play, the risk to have little injuries is easier than another player. Ross is a young player, he’s a really good guy, he’s a good player.”Now he has to put all of himself to try to recover in time and show he deserves a place to play in the World Cup.”last_img read more

first_img He pointed out that while there have been some “jitteriness and skittishness” in the market, the country’s tourism partners understand that there is a need to achieve the objective of providing “safe, secure and seamless arrangements” for visitors to the island, which the State of Public Emergency will help to accomplish. Story Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the current State of Public Emergency in St. James is not affecting visitor arrivals to the country. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the current State of Public Emergency in St. James is not affecting visitor arrivals to the country.Speaking at the Prime Minister’s quarterly press briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday (January 24), the Minister said he and his team are continuing to aggressively market the country as an ideal destination, despite the ongoing security operations.“We are out there (engaging in robust marketing), and we are making the point that Jamaica is being made safer,” he said, adding that booking cancellations are not yet a concern.He pointed out that while there have been some “jitteriness and skittishness” in the market, the country’s tourism partners understand that there is a need to achieve the objective of providing “safe, secure and seamless arrangements” for visitors to the island, which the State of Public Emergency will help to accomplish.The Minister further informed that a comprehensive programme has been developed with the Ministry’s public relations team and partners from the three major markets – the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.“Starting this weekend, I will be proceeding to cover those markets to meet with all our partners, and to ensure that the future bookings (are secured),” he said.He pointed out that while arrivals for the winter season remain strong, the major concern at this time is forward bookings. The aim is, therefore, to shore up bookings for the summer and the fall, “because we are pushing to inch into the five million arrivals this year”.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, declared a State of Public Emergency in St. James on Thursday (January 18). It is expected to last for 14 days or longer, but not exceed three months. “We are out there (engaging in robust marketing), and we are making the point that Jamaica is being made safer,” he said, adding that booking cancellations are not yet a concern.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Despite an increase in its voyage revenues for the period ended June 30, 2017, Greek tanker operator Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) saw a drop in its net income.Namely, for the first six months of 2017, TEN’s net income halved at USD 21.1 million when compared with USD 41.8 million seen in the first half of 2016.Over the period, the company’s voyage revenues surged to USD 270.4 million from USD 241.9 million reported in the first half of 2016. The daily time charter equivalent rate per vessel was USD 20,038 and fleet utilization increased to 96.8% compared to USD 22,477 and 95.8% respectively in the same half of 2016.Operating income for the period was USD 49.1 million, down from USD 57.4 reported a year earlier.TEN also witnessed a drop in its net income for the second quarter of the year, which landed at USD 3.6 million compared to USD 16.4 million reported in the same three-month period in 2016, while its voyage revenues increased to USD 132.2 million from USD 119.9 million year-on-year.Revenues, net of voyage expenses, amounted to $104.1 million, an increase of 9.7% from the second quarter of 2016 due mainly to the eleven newbuilding vessels delivered to TEN and now operating in the fleet.The company’s operating income dropped to USD 19.3 million from USD 24.3 million delivered in the quarter ended June 30, 2016.Despite difficult market conditions, TEN’s fleet operated at 96.4% utilization in the second quarter of 2017, during which TEN operated, on average, a fleet of 62.3 vessels compared to 50.5 vessels in the second quarter of 2016.“TEN’s industrial shipping model is continuously reinforced with over 75% of the fleet on long term employment, including profit sharing provisions. This offers cash flow stability, visibility and substantial upside potential,” George Saroglou, Chief Operating Officer of TEN, said.In the first two quarters of the year, 22 new time charter contracts to international oil concerns have commenced including new strategic relationships with major end users. This brings the company’s time charter coverage of the fleet to more than 75%.“The continuous appetite of global oil concerns to cover their long term needs with solid charters is a positive sign for upcoming developments in the global oil markets. TEN, with one of the youngest fleets in international tanker shipping, will be well positioned to benefit from expected market upturns,” Saroglou concluded.last_img read more

first_imgThe 4th annual Design On A Dime Groundbreaker Awards Dinner will take place next week.The evening brings together Housing Works’ closest friends and supporters to honor outstanding individuals who have made a significant contribution to the fight to end HIV/AIDS and homelessness.Expected to attend are host Genevieve Gorder; honorees Zachary Quinto, Jamie Drake and Mary Fisher; guests ELLE Décor editor-in-chief Michael Boodro, Barbara Bush, Alessandra Branca, Nicole Gibbons, Douglas Friedman, Ken Fulk, James Huniford, Brian Kelly, George and Zoe Oliphant, Miles Redd and more.Housing Works is a New York-based organization that provides supportive services and stable housing to the homeless and individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The non-profit works with advocacy offices across the country and abroad to fight for funding and legislation to ensure all people living with HIV/AIDS have access to quality housing, healthcare, prevention information and other life-sustaining services.Find out more here.WHEN: Wednesday, April 20thWHERE: Metropolitan Pavillion 125 W. 18th Street New York, NY 10011last_img read more