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Meet Bafana’s number-one fan


first_imgSaddam loves Bafana Bafana and his vuvuzela. International journalists find him an interesting fan to interview (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Freddie “Saddam” Maake Football fan and musician +27 82 950 7619 RELATED ARTICLES • World Cup world record for SA fan • Bafana go out with pride intact • Black Stars shine for Africa • The vuvuzela: Bafana’s 12th man • Bafana frenzy grips the nation • The master of the makarapaBongani NkosiMost South Africans love Bafana Bafana, the national football team, but some love it more than others – and are always ready to go to daunting heights for it.Freddie “Saddam” Maake is one of those fanatics who gives his all when it comes to supporting Bafana. In victory or defeat, Maake is always behind the team, using his trademark vuvuzela trumpet to inspire other fans to show the same spirit.“I always tell supporters they must not boo Bafana when they’re not playing well,” he said when I met him at his home in Tembisa, a township east of Johannesburg. “It hurts the players. The players must always be strong.“I like to be a technical advisor to supporters. I encourage them to travel with the team,” he added.Maake’s dining room is laden with football memorabilia, ranging from makarapas, vuvuzelas, supporter awards and photographs of him with top players. “This is my museum,” he said.This unyielding passion for Bafana, the 55-year-old father of nine recalls, was ignited in 1992 when South African sport was reincorporated into the international arena after years of isolation. Initially he was part of the almost 42 000-strong crowd who showed up to support the match between South Africa and Zimbabwe on 16 August of that year.“I travelled with Bafana Bafana to Zimbabwe in 1992, and from there the show went on,” he said. “I remember we lost that game 4-1.”A football stadium is never dull when Maake and his friends are in the stands. Rest assured that when they’re there, the fan zone becomes a hotbed of vibrancy: they wear comical outfits to grab attention and loud toots ooze from their vuvuzelas. They also sing and dance to get the atmosphere going.One of Maake’s friends, David Mabu, describes their style of support as a fusion of African and European subcultures. “We’re unique, as we mix African and European energy.”Bafana’s top fanMaake can be seen as one of the “godfathers” of the type of stadium atmosphere that’s experienced nowadays during local and international football games played in the country, having followed Bafana since the 1990s.“We were very excited at the stadiums in 1996,” he said, referring to Bafana’s winning of the Africa Cup of Nations in that year.It was in 1997 that he was first recognised as being the number-one follower of local football, winning a national award for “supporter of the year”.South Africa’s first participation in the Fifa World Cup in 1998 in France brings back great memories for Maake. “I won a trip to the World Cup for being a number-one supporter,” he said.He’s also been to many of the Africa Cup of Nation (Afcon) tournaments, he said. “We have travelled to most of the Afcons. I remember in 2001 we went to Mali.”The 2002 Fifa World Cup in Korea and Japan was also a highlight for him – as was the following Cup in Germany in 2006. Although South Africa didn’t qualify for this, Maake said the South African Football Association (Safa) sponsored his trip to attend. “Safa sent me there to represent South Africa, to fly our flag.”According to Maake, Safa has sponsored most of his trips and tickets to games in recognition of his efforts. “Safa has really been supportive to me.”As an official supporter, he’s been to more than 20 countries – including Denmark, Egypt and Swaziland – and always takes along a vuvuzela, an instrument he claims to have invented, to cheer Bafana on.Awards recognising his passion keep coming through: most recently, in March, he jetted off to Ghana with a Safa official to collect an accolade for being such an enthusiastic fan.‘I’m a football slave’Also an ardent fan of the local Kaizer Chiefs team, Maake practically lives for football. “I live soccer. I drink soccer … I’m a soccer slave,” he said.“If you say ‘let’s go to the stadium’, I’ll take my vuvuzela and go there.”Although his fanaticism started in the 1990s, Maake said he has been a fan of football since 1965, and has even lost a few jobs owing to his obsession with stadiums and the sport. Nowadays he earns a living from selling his music album, Vuvuzela Saddam Maake Volume 2, released this year, and vuvuzelas. He trades from his house and stadiums.2010 Fifa World CupMaake has already been to 12 of the matches, including all three Bafana games, and has drawn a number of tourists to his home since the kick-off earlier this month.Although disappointed that South Africa has been knocked out, he’s still enjoying the tournament. “I was hoping to attend 20 matches, at least,” he said. He’s now supporting Ghana and Brazil.Always positive about the sport in South Africa and Bafana’s future, Maake said he’s consoled by the fact that the country is hosting the “best World Cup” ever, and that it will leave a lasting legacy.“It’s not the field of play that matters … this is the best World Cup you’ll ever see. One team will win, but the stadiums are ours. Beyond 2010 we’ll [continue to] use these stadiums,” he said.last_img read more


Manure sidedressing research summary from OSU Extension


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sidedressing manure opens up new windows of application time for commercial manure application while also providing valuable nutrients to growing crops when they can be immediately used.“That is a down time for commercial applicators. They currently do not have that window available to apply manure from May 1 to early July,” said Glen Arnold, Ohio State Extension manure specialist. “We all know we are going to spend $100 or $125 per acre on sidedressing corn. We are learning that we could go out there with 6,000 gallons of swine manure and accomplish the same thing.”Arnold has now conducted several years of studies of manure application.“We started with dairy and swine manure on small plots and swine manure on wheat. We were very pleased with how that worked,” Arnold said. “Then we tried sidedressing corn because it uses much more nitrogen. You have to haul that manure at some point. Every gallon we can put on a growing crop in the early spring and summer is one that we don’t have to put on in the fall. If we get it on the growing crop we have a better chance of catching the nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus and other nutrients that are there. We are also working to convert to drag hose technology for application.”In response to the success demonstrated in the research, several farmers in Ohio have started sidedressing corn with livestock manure using a manure tanker and incorporation toolbar. Manure tankers can be adapted for corn rows by using narrow wheels and wheel spacers.Here is a summary from Arnold.  The 28% UAN nitrogen rates and manure nitrogen rates were 200 units of nitrogen per acre. The swine manure application rate was 5,200 gallons per acre to get 200 units of nitrogen. The dairy manure application rate 13,577 gallons per acre to get 130 units of nitrogen per acre. The dairy reps received additional nitrogen as incorporated 28% UAN just prior to the manure being applied to reach the 200-unit goal. Manure was applied using a manure tanker and Dietrich injection units with covering wheels attached.Pre-emergent manure applications were made within five days of the corn being planted. Post-emergent manure applications were made at the V3 stage of corn growth.The 2011, 2012 and 2014 growing seasons experienced periods of drought. The 2013 growing season was very good, with adequate moisture through July. The 2015 growing season was very wet.Stand populations were approximately 31,000 plants per acre across all treatments. The manure did not appear to reduce the plot stands in any year. All manure was applied with manure tanker and Dietrich tool bar.Grain samples were analyzed each year for vomitoxin. There were no differences between the treatments. The manure treatment grain samples did run about 0.5% higher in moisture at harvest time.The incorporated manure applications were approximately 20 bushels per acre higher than the 28% UAN treatments over the five-year study. Moisture from the manure was beneficial to the crop in the dry years. The surface applied manure treatments were similar in yield to the incorporated 28% UAN treatments. Drag hose plot resultsThe 2015 growing season was the second year for a corn post-emergent drag hose study. The purpose of this plot is to determine how far along in development the corn crop can be before the damage from a drag hose would rule out sidedressing with livestock manure. A 15-foot long drag hose filled with water was used for this study.The six-inch diameter drag hose was pulled across each plot twice (going in opposite directions) at corn growth stages one through five (stage five was not completed in 2015 due to excessive rainfall). The tractor speed was approximately 4 miles per hour. The plot was replicated four times in a randomized block design. The 2014 plot experienced an unusually dry growing season, especially in the weeks following the drag hose treatments. Total precipitation received by this plot from planting until Oct. 1 was 11.62 inches. The 2015 plot experienced an unusually wet growing season, especially in the weeks during the drag hose treatments. Total precipitation received by this plot from planting until Oct. 1 was 22.12 inches. The results of this two-year research study suggest corn could be sidedressed with liquid livestock manure using a drag hose, up to growth stage three (three leaf collars), without a statistically significant yield loss. This study will be repeated in 2016 to establish a larger data base.Below are links to videos of the swine manure application process to emerged corn in Ohio. Harrod Farms applied almost one million gallons to 160 acres of corn (five fields from five barns) over two days in May 2015. The rate was about 6,200 gallons per acre and this supplies the N, P, & K needed by the 2015 corn crop and the P & K needed for the 2016 soybean crop. The only additional nitrogen for the corn was 10 gallons per acre of 28% UAN as row starter.Manure tanker application to corn: go.osu.edu/mtanker• Harrod Farms 2015: go.osu.edu/mHF15• Harrod Farms 2014 (Field yielded 226 bushels per acre): go.osu.edu/mHF14.last_img read more


Shooter sexually harassed at CRPF range in Kadarpur


first_imgIn an appalling incident, a national level shooter was sexually harassed in the CRPF Shooting Academy in Kadarpur, Haryana, last month. What was more shocking was the person who is alleged to have perpetuated the act was in charge of the academy mess.The incident happened when Rani (name changed) – an Army captain at the Army Infantry Centre, Mhow – was staying at the CRPF Academy. She was competing in the country’s apex championships – the National Big Bore Shooting Championships – which were held at the Kadarpur big bore ranges from May 2 to 5.It must be mentioned here that the resilient Rani won medals at these championships despite her harrowing experience.The incident occurred on the third day of the championships on May 4. It is learnt that after her competition, a tired Rani came back to her room to relax.It was at this juncture that the mess in charge barged into her room and tried to sexually harass the shooter, who rushed out of the room.This only came to light when Rani, after consulting with her parents, went ahead and lodged a protest with the Inspector General (IG) of the academy.The IG, Jasbir Singh Gill, was quick to take action and the mess in charge — who has not been named — was suspended within the next 24 hours.”I decided to lodge a complaint after holding protracted discussions with my parents. Also the fact that it happened during the competition was something which I was not prepared for at all. I do not have anything more to say on this episode,” Rani said.advertisementOn his part, Gill said it was a deplorable incident. “In my long association with the forces, such an incident has never happened. I cannot still comprehend how the whole thing happened.””Having said that, I took action fast, as it was a sexual harassment case,” he said.Subsequently, the CRPF has constituted an inquiry into the incident.”We have a lady commandant who is conducting an inquiry. We are looking into all aspects. Unfortunately, there are no eyewitnesses. We will go by the shooter’s version,” Gill said.He added that the future course of action would be decided after getting a reply from the mess in charge.”We have asked him to explain himself. After we get his written explanation, we will decide on what action should be taken against him,” said Gill.”If we find that the person is guilty, then he will be handed severe punishment. We will not tolerate any such acts in the future,” he said.last_img read more


USF Invests Over $6.5 Billion to Expand ICT Sector


first_img The Universal Service Fund (USF) has invested more than $6.5 billion in infrastructure, devices and programmes geared towards the expansion of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector over the past 12 years. This is according to USF Chairman, Robert Lawrence, who said the investments are a reflection of the commitment of the agency to universal ICT access. Mr. Lawrence said along with the installation of public Wi-Fi at select locations in Kingston and St. Andrew, Manchester, and St. Elizabeth, the USF has also been providing grant funding for special projects geared at boosting the ICT capacity of entities. Story Highlights The Universal Service Fund (USF) has invested more than $6.5 billion in infrastructure, devices and programmes geared towards the expansion of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector over the past 12 years.This is according to USF Chairman, Robert Lawrence, who said the investments are a reflection of the commitment of the agency to universal ICT access.He was speaking at the launch of the USF’s Technology Advancement Programme (TAP), at The Knutsford Court Hotel on December 15.Mr. Lawrence said along with the installation of public Wi-Fi at select locations in Kingston and St. Andrew, Manchester, and St. Elizabeth, the USF has also been providing grant funding for special projects geared at boosting the ICT capacity of entities.These include the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), the Jamaica Library Service, the University of the West Indies, and the University of Technology.“Through these initiatives, we have helped thousands of individuals, many of them young people, to unlock their hidden potential through technology,” Mr. Lawrence said.Through USF’s Tech Love programme, the agency also provides technological support to the less fortunate and seeks to build awareness regarding diseases such as breast cancer and HIV.“We at the USF genuinely care about the progress of our nation, and we are actively planning and playing our part to support this progress. We are committed to positively affect the lives of all Jamaicans, so that no one gets left behind,” the Chairman said.TAP will engage some 1,000 youngsters over a 12-month period in ICT training and employment.The initiative, being administered in partnership with the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, and the CMU, is now recruiting participants, who will gain practical experience in the ICT field while receiving training.The programme, which targets unattached youth; high-school, college and university graduates; and others between 18 and 35 years old, will commence in January 2018.last_img read more


14party JaPa to join polls in alliance Quader


first_imgBangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoThe Awami League-led 14-party alliance and the Jatiya Party-led Sammilito Jatiya Jote on Monday agreed that they will join the next general election together under the banner of Grand Alliance, reports UNB.”We’ve reached a consensus that we, the Grand Alliance, including the 14-party, will contest the election in alliance and form the government together,” said Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader.He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a dialogue between the 14-party and Sammilito Jatiya Jote at the prime minister’s official residence Ganabhaban.Quader said the Jatiya Party also agreed with the 14-praty to hold the election as per the law and the constitution.He also said they did not take any decision about the seat shearing with Jatiya Party as it will be finalised later after a small-group discussion. “It’s not a problem.”In her introductory speech at the dialogue, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said the country’s ongoing development trend will continue through a meaningful general election. “There’ll be the continuation of the development trend through a meaningful election,” she said.Prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina led a 23-member 14-party delegation while Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad a 32-member team of the Jatiya Jote at the talks that began around 7:15pm and ended around 9pm at the prime minister’s official residence Ganabhaban.Describing vote as the rights of citizens, the prime minister said the country’s people will certainly exercise their voting rights.She said it is Awami League which struggled for long to establish people’s voting rights.She mentioned that the responsibility of the politicians is to work for people’s welfare and the Awami League government has been working to this end.Sheikh Hasina said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman developed the war-ravaged country soon after the Liberation War and turned Bangladesh into a least developed one only in three and a half years of his tenure.Following his footprint, she said, the Awami League government has worked for the socio-economic uplift of the people for which Bangladesh has now been established as a developing country.The prime minister thanked the opposition in parliament, Jatiya Party, for cooperating with the government in unleashing development.Jatiya Party senior co-chairman and opposition leader in parliament Raushon Ershad, its co-chairman GM Quader, secretary general Ruhul Amin Hawlader and presidium member and environment, forests and climate change minister Anisul Islam Mahmud were among the Jatiya Jote delegation memebrs.last_img read more


Stopping question leaks Dipu Monis key challenge


first_imgfile photo:UNBWhen quality of education remains a critical challenge for both policymakers and industries, unfair means in public examinations still remains a key problem.New education minister Dipu Moni on Tuesday said the main challenge of her ministry is to tackle the perennial problem of question paper leaks.She came up with the remark while talking to reporters after joining office at the Secretariat for the first time after taking the oath of office on Monday, reports UNB.”People have elected the government by casting their votes for Awami League with some expectations and we’ll try our best to fulfill that. The government will do whatever is necessary,” she said.The tenure of former education minister Nurul Islam Nahid in two stints since 2009 was plagued by allegations of question paper leaks not only in public examinations but also in enrolment test and examinations for hiring.The new minister urged all to work as a team and implement all the election pledges made by the government.Awami League president Sheikh Hasina along with her 46 cabinet members on Monday took oath following her party Awami League’s massive victory in the 11th national election on 30 December amid allegations of rigging, vote stuffing, filing of fictitious cases and violence.Apart from the prime minister, there are 24 ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers in the new cabinet.Of the 47-member cabinet, 27 are new faces who are picked in a bid to infuse dynamism into the cabinet activities to implement the election manifesto the ruling party placed before the nation.last_img read more


Tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle in winter


first_imgThe onset of winters can prove to be a health hazard if you are not following a nutritious diet, and a balanced lifestyle. So make sure you are getting right nutrition this chilly season.Here are some tips to stay fit and enjoy the chilly season: Turning to organic honey to boost immunity: Organic honey is nature’s nectar that not just tickles your taste buds but also contains several vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to boost immunity levels to deal with winter allergies.Adding a few drops of Apple Cider Vinegar for body detoxing and blood purifying: Apple Cider Vinegar is a wonder liquid which works both for beauty and health. It has properties which can ease your sinus issues during the cold season, give lustre to your limp dry hair which falls under the stress of winter pollution and also can enliven your skin if taken with water in the morning.Sipping Tulsi Tea for antioxidants and other nutrients: Colder months are closely associated with lowered immunity which in turn increases your chances of contracting the flu. Tulsi (Holy Basil) enhances your immune system to fight the viruses. It also improves the body’s overall defence mechanism, reduces stress, improves stamina, boosts immunity, fights and prevents chronic disease, and provides a rich supply of antioxidant and other nutrients.Organic Coconut Oil to fight dry skin: Another common issue we all face is the dry, flaky skin caused by cold breeze and dehydration in winter months. The best all round elixir is organic virgin coconut oil. When applied externally, coconut oil keeps the skin moisturised, prevents dry scaly skin and strengthens the connective tissue under the skin. With its anti-microbial properties, skin stays healthy and nourished. Stay hydrated to make sure your skin stays healthy.Organic ghee to keep your body warm: Including organic ghee in your diet is one of the best ways to keep your body warm and it helps additionally in dealing with winter dryness of the skin.Raghubansh Singh, Senior Ayurvedic Physician at Ananda in the Himalayas, too has some Ayurvedic tips to keep your skin plumped, oiled and glowing in the winter seasonGet in the habit of “oiling up” each morning with the ayurvedic self-massage “abhyanga” before your bath or shower. This will lubricate and protect your skin and give your complexion a radiant sheen that lasts throughout the day.Be sure to drink plenty of water each day. Rather than cold or iced, drink your water warm, or at least at room temperature.Include oil-rich foods in your daily diet. Nuts (especially walnuts and blanched almonds); ground flaxseeds; sunflower, pumpkin seeds; olive oil; ghee in small amounts; and green leafy vegetables (they contain omega 3’s and help purify the skin and liver).Use herbs like Amla, Aloe vera, Shunthi, Manjishtha, Anantamool, Triphala, Chandan, which have gentle detoxifying properties and also help to maintain moisture balance.ianslast_img read more