South African rugby photographer honoured in NZ

first_imgRay Maota This picture of the first test betweenSouth Africa and New Zealand in 1970won Wessel Oosthuizen the SA SportsPicture of the Year at that time. Oosthuizen released his career chroniclingcoffee-table book, Portrait of Rugby,in 2010.(Images: SA Sport Picture Agency)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wessel OosthuizenSA Sports Picture Agency+27 83 443 7111RELATED ARTICLES• SA shines at Precision Flying Champs• Afrika takes top sevens accolade• Rugby sewing initiative kicks off • Rugby World Cup: back the BoksSouth African veteran sports photographer Wessel Oosthuizen has been honoured at an exhibition in New Zealand, where his image was rated second out of 120 submissions.Oosthuizen’s photo was part of the Union: The Heart of Rugby exhibition at Auckland City Hall, which took place during the recent Rugby World Cup. The display was viewed by more than 6 000 people.A coffee table book of the same name will be published in November 2011.Oosthuizen’s image, which shows an off-duty Western Cape police officer playing rugby and ready to make a line-out throw, was rated by exhibition viewers as the second most iconic shot that captures the essence of the sport.This image is one of six that were published in Oosthuizen’s book, Portrait of Rugby, in 2010.Oosthuizen said: “It is a great honour for me and the picture was published on the back page of the New Zealand Herald this week together with Ross Land’s winning picture of Richie McCaw, of the All Blacks, bleeding after a game against the Springboks.”Included in the exhibition were audio-visual interviews from outstanding World Cup players over the years like John Kirwan, Nick Farr-Jones, Joel Stransky, Martin Johnson and Philippe Sella.Kelsen Butler of Sports Inc said at the time of the event: “Union: The Heart of Rugby is a unique exhibition. The Auckland Town Hall is one of the city’s most iconic and historic buildings and is an ideal venue to showcase a world-class event to a large number of people.”Butler added that the two most photographed players featured in the exhibition were former New Zealand player Jonah Lomu and Sebastien Chabal of France.For New Zealanders onlyDuring the exhibition New Zealanders were invited to submit images from amateur rugby settings, which were entered into a competition.The images had to show one of the characteristic rugby values: heroism, pride, glory, passion, teamwork, courage and friendship.There were two categories: “College” for high school pupils and tertiary education students, and “Open” for all other amateur photographers.Laura Leach won the College category for an image of muddied youngsters playing rugby, while Wayne Dowd took the Open section for his image of two youngsters walking hand-in-hand after a match.Hall of FameOosthuizen was inducted as a member of the South African Sport and Arts Hall of Fame in 2009 and has over 50 years of experience as a sports photographer.He has covered a variety of sporting codes, including football, rugby, golf, gymnastics, boxing and tennis.He was named the SA Hockey Photographer of the Year in 2005 and 2010, and the Sasol Springbok Photographer of the Year in 2007 and 2008.In 1970 he took the SA Sports Picture of the Year, which showed Frik du Preez and the All Blacks’ Chris Laidlaw in action during the first test between South Africa and New Zealand of that same year.Oosthuizen said about the photo: “I had captured two other dramatic pictures in the same game. People seem to have forgotten about it.”Although he has covered most types of sport, rugby is his first love.It is believed that his only rival as a rugby photographer is New Zealand’s Peter Bush.A portrait of rugbyOosthuizen’s photographic career is well documented in the limited-edition Portrait of Rugby, an A3 landscape-size book of which only 1 000 copies were printed.Oosthuizen said: “When I page through the book I am still astounded that I have actually been to all those venues: from Twickenham in London to Westpac Stadium in Wellington, from Beervlei Dam in the Karoo to Stewart Island, the southern-most rugby field in the world, below New Zealand’s South Island.“I have worked with the best rugby photographers in the world and the last chapter, ‘Friends and Colleagues’ was dedicated to them and to our friendship. They are kindly allowing me to use some of their greatest pictures.”The book, a collector’s item, is priced at R4 500 (US$ 576).last_img read more

Installing Closed-Cell Spray Foam Between Studs is a Waste

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Open-cell spray foam has an R-value of about R-3.7 per inch, while closed-cell spray foam has an R-value that may be as high as R-6.5 per inch. If you want to install spray foam in a stud wall, and price is no object, then it would seem to make sense to specify closed-cell spray foam, right?Not necessarily. Dense spray foam is installed differently Builders and homeowners are often surprised to learn that there isn’t much difference in whole-wall R-value between a stud wall insulated with open-cell spray foam and closed-cell spray foam.To understand why, we need to start by discussing the “trimmability” of cured spray foam.Closed-cell spray foam is so dense that it is difficult to trim. That’s why installers of closed-cell spray foam never fill a framing cavity completely. In a 2×4 wall, the installer will usually stop at a maximum depth of about 3 inches instead of 3.5 inches, leaving the typical bumpy surface of cured foam. This type of installation doesn’t need to be trimmed.Open-cell spray foam isn’t as dense, so it’s easy to trim. Installers of open-cell spray foam will fill a 3.5-inch-deep cavity completely, allowing the foam to expand until it is proud of the studs. Once cured, the soft foam is easily trimmed flush with the studs (see illustration below).With open-cell spray foam, the sides of the studs (above) are not as exposed as they are in a wall insulated with closed-cell spray foam (below), and this fact reduces the thermal bridging penalty.With closed-cell spray foam, the exposed sides of the studs (the portions that extend inwards beyond the 3 inches of foam) make the thermal bridging penalty worse. Whole-wall R-values To calculate the whole-wall R-value of a wall, we… center_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Rabri Devi appears before ED in railway hotels allotment case

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate on Saturday recorded the statement of former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi in connection with the Railway hotels’ maintenance contract corruption case.“Ms. Rabri Devi appeared before the investigation team in Patna, in response to the summons. Her statement was recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act,” said an official. The agency had earlier issued multiple summonses asking her to join the probe in Delhi, but she did not turn up.The ED had also summoned her son Tejaswi Yadav twice and recorded his statement.“Their statements have been recorded as they had taken over a company through which about a three-acre commercial property was acquired from Patna-based firm, Sujata Hotels. The firm got contracts for the maintenance of two Railway hotels in Puri and Ranchi when RJD chief Lalu Prasad was the Railway Minister,” said the official.The money laundering probe is based on an FIR registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation against Mr. Prasad, Ms. Rabri Devi, Mr. Tejaswi Prasad and others in July.The agency has alleged that the contracts to Sujata Hotels were awarded in 2006, in lieu of the three-acre land that was acquired through a front company, Delight Marketing Company. Accused Sarla Gupta, wife of Mr. Prasad’s close associate Prem Chand Gupta, was a director in that company.According to the CBI, by 2014, Delight Marketing’s shares were taken over completely by Mr. Prasad’s family members for just ₹64 lakh, against the circle rate of ₹32.5 crore for the property and market value of ₹94 crore. The company’s name was later changed to Lara Projects and then turned into a limited liability partnership firm.last_img read more

Janhvi Kapoor welcomes Keerthy Suresh to Bollywood

first_imgJanhvi Kapoor and Keerthy Suresh.PR HandoutBollywood actress Janhvi Kapoor has welcomed Janhvi Kapoor to Bollywood. The South Indian actress is making her debut with Ajay Devgn-starrer Syed Abdul Rahim biopic, produced by Boney Kapoor.Janhvi Kapoor recently took to her Instagram account recently and posted, “Keerthy Suresh been obsessed with you since I saw Mahanati. So excited that you’re a part of dad’s next film. Welcome!!! [sic]”Keerthy Suresh was visibly happy to receive the comment from Janhvi Kapoor and responded, “Thank you so much Janhvi Kapoor. I am excited as much as you are!!”The Sarkar actress plays Ajay Devgn’s wife in the movie, directed by Amit Sharma of Badhaai Ho fame. The movie tells the story of Syed Abdul Rahim, India’s forgotten hero in football. He was a coach and manager of the national football team and his tenure is considered as the golden age of Indian football.Producer Boney Kapoor hopes that Keerthy Suresh’s presence brings the attention of the South Indian cine goers towards the film. MahanatiRitesh Shah of Pink and Raid fame and Saiwyn Quadras of Mary Kom, Neerja and Parmanu fame have penned the dialogues and screenplay for the movie.Keerthy Suresh is a fast-growing actress in South India. She started her career in films as a child artiste in Malayalam films and turned heroine in Mohanlal-starrer Geethanjali. In a short span of time, she has worked with leading names of South India like Vijay (Bairavaa and Sarkar), Pawan Kalyan (Agnyaathavaasi), Suriya (Thaanaa Serndha Koottam) and Vikram (Saamy Square).However, her Mahanati turned out to be a career-changing movie as her performance in the role of Savithri was widely appreciated.last_img read more

Two incidents of fire reported in city none hurt

first_imgKolkata: A fire broke out at a mixture factory located in the New Market area on Tuesday night. Similarly, another fire broke out at a leather goods manufacturing unit in Topsia on Wednesday night. No casualty has been reported in any ofthe incidents. On Tuesday night around 10:45 pm, locals noticed smoke coming out of the mixture factory near New market on Nilmoni Halder Lane. Within a while, the fire started spreading. Locals started the operation to douse the flames. Police and fire brigade were informed. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalAround five fire tenders were pressed into action. As the factory was stashed with inflammable materials, the fire spread within no time. Though fire fighters started dousing the flames on a war footing, they faced problems because of the lane being very narrow. Fire was controlled around 1:15 am. Later, the cooling process went on for almost an hour. According to sources, the fire fighters had alleged that there was no fire fighting mechanism in place at the factory despite having inflammable materials. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedFire minister Sujit Bose visited the spot at night and supervised the work. It is suspected that the fire occurred due to a short-circuit. In the other incident, a fire started on the second floor of a high-rise building in Topsia on Wednesday around 8:35 pm. Sources informed that locals noticed smoke billowing out of the third floor. Later, it was identified that the fire had occurred at a leather manufacturing unit there. As the materials stored inside the factory were highly inflammable, locals feared that the fire might spread to other areas as well. On receiving information, seven fire tenders were pressed into action. The fire was controlled almost after two hours. The cause of fire could not be ascertained. No one was injured due to the incident.last_img read more