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It’s hard not to connect the dots

first_imgDear Editor,The January 6, 2020 edition of Guyana Times quoted the coalition’s Prime Minister hopeful Mr Khemraj Ramjattan, we must emphasise ‘hopeful’ given no mention of his hopeful title has been officially announced, to have said at the January 3 campaign launch activity that “[w]e want to wane the next generation away from cane cutting…”. It appears to us that the ‘hopeful’ Mr Ramjattan really is a very confused person, willing to step down to the lowest of lows in order to safeguard his perks and privileges.So apparently, Mr Ramjattan, in offering a justification for the coalition’s justification for its cruel and heartless treatment of the sugar industry and the thousands who depend on it, said he and his colleagues want to bring an end to cane cutting in this country. While it is known that cane cutting tasks are generally one of the more demanding and back-breaking jobs in our nation, it allowed many families to be able to put meals on the table, put a roof over their head and allowed their children to go on to reach for the stars. Many prominent Guyanese have roots in their sugar industry. Their academic accomplishments were on the backs of their parents, grandparents and other relatives whose work in the industry supported their pursuits. Their work and efforts should not be demeaned but celebrated and are a sterling example of hard work and perseverance.But it appears, in Mr Ramjattan’s mind, an end to cane cutting really means that those who engage in such tasks should be put out of jobs and placed on the breadline without anything to do. As this is what has happened. Certainly, any Government, any leader, or even any ‘hopeful, worth their salt, would not fathom such an approach. But then Mr Ramjattan and company are not known for their contemporary and rationale approaches to issues. Just remember half of 65 being 34.But we see the ‘hopeful’ statement as a more ominous indicator. If Mr Ramjattan wants us Guyanese away from cane cutting, is he is saying that the coalition, if re-elected, will bring an end to the sugar industry and thus cane cutting? When it comes to the sugar industry, like many other things, from our experience, it is hard to take at face value what is being said by the now caretaker Administration. The Guyana Times article reminded that the same ‘hopeful’ in 2015 said “…I want to tell you that the propaganda that you are hearing the APNU/AFC coalition is going to ground both industries to the dirt is all lies! We are not going to in any way close the sugar industry”. Well, it reminds us that time is the greatest judge, as not even fully five (5) years later, the sugar industry has seen four (4) estates closed; 7000 made jobless, and the industry last year recording its worst production since 1926.While the Government has said it is committed to maintaining the minimised sugar industry, such expressions, we are aware, have not been translated into any tangible measure. The Guyanese public is well aware that $30 billion has been borrowed to improve the industry’s standing, yet, after nearly two (2) years, the projects earmarked that funding have not broken ground. The January 3, Stabroek News quoted a GuySuCo statement as saying “[t]he Industry will continue to face challenges to achieving reliability in the factories if … capital investments continue to be delayed”. Clearly, in our view, the industry, though having monies available, is being starved of the investment that is desperately required at this time. And now Mr Ramjattan says a Government he is a part of wants to end cane cutting. It’s hard not to connect the dots.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

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“Short Boss” pleads guilty to rape, armed robbery

first_img…remains on remand for 2 murdersTwenty-four-year-old Travis Evans also known as “Short Boss” is expected to be sentenced on December 18, 2019, after he pleaded guilty to armed robbery and rape when he made his first High Court appearance on Monday.Murdered: Gregory “Wayne” FrankConvicted for armed robbery, rape: Travis Evans, called “Short Boss”“Short Boss” pleaded guilty to the charges when they were read to him by Justice Simone Ramlall.The first indictment stated that on October 30, 2010, in the county of Demerara, whilst being armed with a dangerous weapon – a knife – he robbed Marlyn Kisson of $650,500.The second charge read that during the said period, he engaged in sexual penetration with a woman without her consent.Evans was charged for both offences alongside John Sampson and Alex Williams after being on the run for several years.He was also charged for the murders of 46-year-old Gregory “Wayne” Frank and 21-year-old Ronsley Clarke. Both murders reportedly took place in August of 2018.It was reported that Frank’s body was discovered days after his demise, lying in his Kuru Kururu, Linden-Soesdyke Highway home with visible head injuries.His entire home was ransacked which indicated that he was killed during a robbery.On the other hand, Clarke was reportedly shot twice to his body by Evans in full view of his friends. The murder occurred in Sophia while the deceased and his girlfriend were at a party.last_img read more

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Juventus upset Korea fans with Ronaldo no-show

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo disappointed Korean fans by sitting on the Juventus bench throughout the all-stars match © AFP / Jung Yeon-jeSEOUL, Korea, Republic of, Jul 26 – Juventus drew 3-3 in a friendly with a K League all-star team on Friday but 60,000 spectators couldn’t hide their upset after Cristiano Ronaldo failed to play.Ronaldo remained on the bench throughout the game ignoring appeals from the crowd to lace up his boots. It was understandable on the Portuguese superstar’s part because the Italian team arrived in South Korea in mid-afternoon on a delayed flight from Nanzing, China, with the match scheduled only five hours later.The kick-off was delayed an hour and Spanish midfielder Osmar Barba, who plays for Seoul FC, quickly put the all-stars ahead.Simone Muratore pulled one back for the Italian champions. Then in the 44th minute, Brazilian forward Cesinha of Daegu FC put the K League team 2-1 up and Australian Adam Taggart of Suwon Bluewings widened the lead in the 49th minute.Midfielder Blaise Matuidi reduced the deficit in the 77th minute and two minutes later Matheus Pereira got the equaliser.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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DUNGLOE GAA CLUB SET TO CYCLE 100KM TO RAISE MONEY FOR OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH

first_imgFEATURES: All Ireland medal winner and All Star Tony Boyle will lead Dungloe GAA clubs cycle team this weekend as they take on the Letterkenny to Glencolmcille 100km Cycle challenge in aid of Ovarian Cancer Research. Tony has been getting expert one to one training in recent weeks from from local cycling guru Noel Breislin, rumour has it there’s a small wager between himself and fellow All Ireland medal winner Noel Hegarty as to who will cross the line in Carrick first.The clubs cycle team will have their fundraising quiz on Thursday 10th September in the Corner Bar at 9.30pm. They depart letterkenny on Saturday 12th at 7.45am heading for Carrick.Please support the lads in their efforts to raise funds for ovarian cancer research.The lads have put a big effort in , training in all conditions.All the lads have done in excess of 1000km over this past two months, taking in cycles to Gweedore, Cloughaneely, Termon, Ardara, Glenties and Glengesh. Dungloe cycle team: 1. Gerard Boyle 2. Adrian Alcorn 3. Brendan Mc Gee 4. Eamonn Mc Gee 5. Patrick Mc Gowan 6. Brendan Mc Cole 7. Shaun Boyle 8. Owen Bonner 9. Joe Boyle 10. Myles Sweeney 11. Daniel Walsh 12. HughieMc Ginley 13. John Ham 14. Shaun Sharkey 15. Raymond Pat Boyle 16. Tony Boyle Service vehicle: Conor ComackDUNGLOE GAA CLUB SET TO CYCLE 100KM TO RAISE MONEY FOR OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH was last modified: September 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportslast_img read more

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GRITTY DONEGAL COME FROM BEHIND TO SEAL WIN OVER MAYO

first_imgDONEGAL came from three points down to win by two before a massive 11,000 crowd on a lovely sunny day at Mac Cumhaill Park.A well-worked goal from Leo McLoone and some super scores from captain Michael Murphy and Patrick McBrearty proved the difference in this 1-14 (17) to 1-12(15) victory.Mayo had led by a single point at the break – 0-08 to 0-07. Rory Gallagher would have been happy to see five players on the score sheet in that first half, Murphy hitting three of them from frees.Donegal levelled after the re-start through Patrick McBrearty before Odhran MacNiallais took Donegal ahead.But Mayo came storming back as Diarmaid O’Connor netted from a penalty. Connor Loftus then pointed to give Mayo a 1-10 to 0-10 lead.This Donegal side however is made of sterner stuff and the next three scores all went the home side’s way. Murphy and McBrearty hit points from frees before Leo McLoone netted from play – and the scoreline was turned on its head and Donegal kept that two-point lead to the end 1-14 (17) to 1-12 (15) …..Murphy and McBrearty getting the important scores to keep Mayo out.  GRITTY DONEGAL COME FROM BEHIND TO SEAL WIN OVER MAYO was last modified: February 28th, 2016 by John2Share 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:ALLIANZCrowddonegalMac Cumhaill ParkMayoNational Leaguelast_img read more

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Joey Barton to be unveiled as Fleetwood head coach

first_img1 Joey Barton will be unveiled as Fleetwood head coach on Monday following the end of his 13-month ban for betting on football matches.Barton – who has signed a three-year deal at the Sky Bet League One club – was announced as John Sheridan’s successor in April.But he was unable to start work until his suspension from football activities was served and the ban expired on Saturday.After his ban finished Barton wrote on Instagram: “Delighted to take over as Head Coach of @ftfcofficial (Fleetwood Town).“Really looking forward to joining a forward thinking football club. #OnwardsTogether.”Fleetwood welcomed Barton by posting a picture of the once-capped England midfielder holding a club scarf above his head on their official website.“The vastly-experienced 35-year-old, who excelled during his top-flight playing career with the likes of Manchester City, Queens Park Rangers and most recently Burnley, will take charge of the club’s first team this summer with pre-season starting on Monday 18th June,” said a Fleetwood statement.Barton was banned by the Football Association in April 2017 for placing 1,260 bets on football matches over the course of 10 years.The ban was then reduced by five months following an appeal, allowing Barton to start his managerial career ahead of the 2018-19 season.Clint Hill, who played alongside Barton at QPR and Rangers, and Steve Eyre have joined Fleetwood as first-team coaches.Fleetwood finished 14th in League One last season after Sheridan replaced the sacked Uwe Rosler in February with the club in 20th place.last_img read more

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Mayor uses Belmont as stage to call for school progress

first_imgAt a school that has become a symbol for the problems of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday repeated vows to press for reform of the school system as he urged students to fight to succeed. Villaraigosa, joined by a cross section of educators and other elected Latino officials, urged an audience of some 300 Belmont High School students to work to graduate and go on to college. “We need you to succeed,” Villaraigosa said at the event kicking off the Belmont Education Collective. “We have been talking about what makes school successful. Cooperation is the key. Parents, teachers and the community are coming together. “Too many of our high school students are dropping out. Achievement rates are too low. This is the kind of program we need to experiment with to show we care.” The proposal to replace it has been the source of years of controversy, bogged down in disputes over the safety of the land on which it is to be built and the planned development of it. Villaraigosa has stepped up his efforts in recent weeks in pushing for reform of the district. “This is something I am passionate about and I will not rest until we have some change,” Villaraigosa said. “Look at this campus,” Villaraigosa said, pointing out graffiti and paint stains left on one sidewalk. “We cannot allow our kids to be in schools like this. These kids deserve more than that. These are kids with talent, with hopes and dreams. These are kids who can make it, but we have to let them know we care.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Under the program, students will be provided with counseling, after-school tutoring and other programs to prepare them for college. Arturo Vargas, a Belmont High graduate who now serves on the board of the Alliance for a Better Community, which developed the program, said the problem has been the inability to connect students with their goals. A survey found that nearly 90 percent of Belmont students wanted to graduate, but only 36 percent were able to do so. “We must address the disconnect between the desire to succeed academically and the reality of dropping or being pushed out,” Vargas said. Belmont is one of the most overcrowded schools in the district, with 5,400 students attending on a year-round calendar. last_img read more

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Absa launches HIV-testing drive

first_img21 July 2011The government’s drive to test 15-million South Africans for HIV has received a boost from Absa bank’s new campaign, which is targeting 80% of its 35 000 employees in branches across the country.Absa’s new HIV Counselling and Testing and Disease Management campaign – unveiled at its headquarters in downtown Johannesburg on 20 July – was applauded by Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi, who addressed the launch.Besides promoting regular voluntary testing, the bank introduced the campaign to raise awareness about healthy living for employees who may test positive and for those who have already been diagnosed.The bank hopes the campaign will help them deal better with issues such as long-term absenteeism by staff living with HIV and discrimination against those who disclose their status.The campaign ties in with the virus’s “well-known” impact on companies, CEO Maria Ramos said. In reducing productivity in the workplace, HIV prevalence “has a negative impact on our country’s economic competitiveness”, she added.HIV/Aids is to blame for 30% of absenteeism in the workplace in South Africa, while tuberculosis, which is also a leading health problem in South Africa, accounts for 3.7%, according to Motsoaledi.Ramos said they want to reduce absenteeism, while also setting up support systems for employees. “As a responsible employer, the wellness of our people and their families is crucial,” she said.Voluntary testing at Absa’s 900 branches is expected to start in earnest by September when staff training on HIV/Aids concludes.Some executives and employees set the standard by getting tested at the launch. “I’ll be happy if you know that testing is not a once-off thing, you must do it every year,” Motsoaledi told Absa employees before entering the booth for his fifth test in 2011.Motsoaledi decried the fact that while the country makes up 0.7% of the world’s population, it accounts for as much as 17% of the total global HIV prevalence.More than 5-million South Africans are estimated to be living with HIV. “This is a serious crisis that we are facing as a country,” Motsoaledi said.The minister’s backing of the massive testing drive falls in line with his department’s HIV counselling and testing policy. The government believes that broad prevention can be achieved if more citizens know their status.“We have to join hands with the government to combat the disease,” Ramos said.Knowing your status is keyNewspaper columnist Lucky Mazibuko, who’s been living with HIV for more than 20 years, spoke of the importance of knowing one’s status at the Absa launch.The main reason he and other well-known HIV/Aids activists such as Constitutional Court judge Edwin Cameron, Treatment Action Campaign icon Zackie Achmat and Martin Vosloo have survived for so many years with the virus was because “we discovered our status as early as possible”, Mazibuko said.“It has become common knowledge that one can live with HIV productively, successfully and meaningfully,” the columnist added.“The virus prevails when ignorance is bliss,” but it “becomes disempowered” when people gain more knowledge about it.”Mazibuko also tested at the Absa launch. “Despite knowing my status, I will continue to lead by example,” he said. “It’s important that people living with HIV become agents of change.”He said his viral load was undetectable and his CD4 count was well over 500, and he largely attributes this to a healthy lifestyle.Plea to menAt least 13-million South Africans have tested for HIV since the government launched its testing campaign in April 2010.Sixty-five percent of those who’ve tested are women, and only 30% are men. It’s against this backdrop that Motsoaledi made an impassionate plea to South African men to get tested in numbers.“Please stand up, your country is burning. We can’t have this battle being carried by women alone,” Motsoaledi said.Absa’s executive Happy Ntshingila urged the bank’s male employees to lead the way in testing. “Men do not want to test. I challenge my [male] colleagues to do it today.”Other efforts to stem the tide of the pandemic include male circumcision, which is clinically proven to decrease chances of infection. The practice is becoming more and more prevalent in South Africa.The government also distributes at least 1-billion male condoms and about 6-million female condoms each year as part of its prevention efforts.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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Heritage Day call for ‘unity in diversity’

first_img25 September 2012 No culture in South Africa was pristine and no language was unaffected by the melting pot of the country’s history, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Heritage Day, calling on South Africans to unite in their diversity to build a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights. South African cultures influenced each other even at a time when racial domination was scarring the country’s landscape, Motlanthe said. Addressing hundreds of South Africans gathered at the main national Heritage Day celebrations at the Danie Kuys stadium in Upington on Monday, Motlanthe said that, during the years of apartheid, cultural influences still managed to find outlets to decant into different social domains. “No culture in South Africa is pristine and no language is unaffected by the multi-lingual experience that has been the melting pot that is South Africa,” Motlanthe said. “The Afrikaans diction has been heavily influenced by indigenous languages, as the indigenous languages themselves reflect English and Afrikaans influence in many respects. “Culture is a historical phenomenon whose development is determined by the succession of socio-economic formations.” From the Tshivenda minwenda to Boere khakhi to the Indian sari to the Sesotho seshoeshoe and Xitsonga xibelani, South Africans proudly dressed in their colourful traditional clothes to show off their cultural uniqueness on a day when South Africa is united by diversity. According to the Deputy President, Heritage Day seeks to acknowledge the injuries of the past and the history which diminished the use and status of indigenous languages and free cultural expression. “Celebrating heritage is part of our efforts of healing the divisions of the past and establishing a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights. “Heritage Day reflects the values of a constitutional democracy where all South Africans’ cultural and linguistic rights are recognised and protected by the Constitution.” Motlanthe said that if in the past the enemy was the oppressive system of apartheid, today the biggest enemy was the triple problem of poverty, inequality and unemployment. “While it is the primary duty of government to address the triple problems, it is also true that government needs social partnership to achieve the results. “All South Africans, black and white including business have to roll up their sleeves to uproot the conditions that engender and sustain poverty, inequality and unemployment.” The Deputy President also emphasised the need to open the doors of learning and culture to all. “We need to build on the culture of teaching and learning to produce thought leaders and technical skills that our economy needs for growth, development and reconstruction,” he said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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SAAF: working in war and peace

first_imgAviation enthusiast Dean Wingrin’s new book, Tumult in the clouds: Stories from the South African Air Force 1920-2010, brings to life the history of the South African Air Force. (Image: DefenceWeb) Oryx 1228 of 19 Squadron, May 2011. The air force is not just about war, aircraft and weapons. It has also assisted in countless relief and rescue missions in southern Africa. (Image: Dean Wingrin) The South African Air Force aerobatic team, the Silver Falcons, regularly participate in air shows around the country with aircraft flying and static exhibits. (Image: silverfalcons.co.za) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dean Wingrin   +27 21 794 6177 RELATED ARTICLES • Gripen flight school in 2013 • Air Force goes hi-tech in flight training • Yvonne urges women to aim high • Rooivalk gets its wings Wilma den HartighAviation enthusiast Dean Wingrin’s new book brings to life the history of the South African Air Force (SAAF) through previously unpublished stories of heroism, duty and adventure, told from the perspectives of the people who served as members of the Air Force since its inception in 1920.Wingrin compiled Tumult in the clouds: Stories from the South African Air Force 1920-2010 to ensure the many stories of current and veteran airmen and ground crew, spanning over 90 years since the establishment of the SAAF, are preserved for future generations.“This book is not here to glorify war, but to celebrate man’s ability to overcome difficulties and hardships, to honour ingenuity and the love of flight,” he says.His interest in and knowledge of all things aviation led him to establish the unofficial website of the South African Air Force, and it is through this platform that he heard many of the stories that appear in the book.“I received so many letters and emails from people who were willing to share their stories,” he says, adding that initially his idea was to publish these on the website. But, then he got the idea to rather compile a collection of these stories.He realised that as veterans get older there is a real danger that many of these fascinating stories – and photographs – could be lost forever as people pass away. An individual perspectiveNumerous books have been written about the history of the SAAF, but many were authored by people who were not there, written in a style that focuses on dates, facts and figures.What have always been missing are the people behind the story, and this is what stands out about Tumult in the clouds.It tells the story of the SAAF, in the voices of those who were participants in that history.The book is a collection of hundreds of personal accounts and memories of those who served in or with the SAAF since its establishment, from the Second World War to today. Wingrin interviewed and corresponded with nearly all the contributors.“This is a book that describes their personal experiences,” he says. “These stories are told in the words of the actual participant, exactly as they perceived their experience.”The stories have been collated in nine parts: formation of the SAAF, 1920-1939; World War Two, 1939-1945; Berlin Airlift, 1948; Korea, 1953 to 1955; Rhodesia, 1967 to 1980; Border War, 1960 to 1988; post-war years, 1946 to 1994; post-1994 and display flying. An important mission, often misunderstoodWingrin says the SAAF, the second oldest air force in the Commonwealth, has a proud history rich in tradition, heroism and sacrifice. But through the contributions it becomes clear that the air force is not just about war, aircraft and weapons.“It is about those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow countrymen as well as those living in foreign lands,” he says.In the earlier years of its existence the air force played an important role in securing victory for the Allies during the Second World War, in the 1948/49 Berlin Airlift, and in Korea in the 1950s.The SAAF also assisted then-Rhodesia – now Zimbabwe – in the 1960s and 1970s and made a major contribution to the Border War in South West Africa, now known as Namibia, and Angola.More recently, it participated in the transition to a new democracy in South Africa and the air wing continuously supports South African peace missions in Africa.It has also assisted in countless relief and rescue missions in southern Africa, often under harsh conditions. Tragedy and loss but also humourAmong the inevitable stories of tragedy and loss are also many humorous tales – the author says it was important to retain these while selecting the stories.To complement the stories, the final chapter includes a collection of squadron pub songs from the Second World War, Korea and the Border War.In the foreword, Lieutenant-General Denis Earp, chief of the SAAF from 1984 to 1988, says all members of the SAAF have stories to tell. “Some are very remarkable stories, some mundane. But the stories are not easily told,” Earp says.Wingrin was surprised by people’s willingness to share their stories, and have them published.“The majority of people were keen to talk about their experiences,” he says, adding that he noticed some commonalities between the stories.“A common thread that struck me during the compilation of this book is that despite all the tragedy and horrors of war, it is the lighter moments that shine through,” he says. “The human mind has a tendency to shut out the bad memories while celebrating the good.”The veterans he met were also modest. “I am continually amazed at how selfless the veterans are: no loud shouting of gallant deeds, no boasting of any kind.”In fact, he says many didn’t even think their acts of bravery, for which they received medals or commendations, were even worth telling.“Numerous contributors have stated that serving in the SAAF was a privilege, a period of their lives that they enjoyed and look back on fondly.”He struggles to single out any favourite stories.“All of them have something special about them,” he says. “It is amazing how many veterans account their tales in such great detail.” A labour of loveThe author and aviation photographer says he is fortunate to have had access to so many personal accounts.He spent many hours in the evenings and over weekends conducting and transcribing interviews, trawling through photo albums and putting the book together.Wingrin, who is a forensic accountant by profession, has no formal training in aviation. It is just something he’s been interested in since he was a child.“I’ve always had a love of flight,” he says, and as he got older he developed an interest in the SAAF. “The air force has something magical about it that captures the imagination.”And, he says there are still many stories left to publish. He is already thinking about compiling a second book. • Tumult in the clouds: Stories from the South African Air Force 1920-2010 is available online at The Airforce Shop and selected Exclusive Books stores. Contact the author for details about other stockists.last_img read more

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