CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceMOBILE, Ala. — Paul Guenther is three weeks removed from a season in which he oversaw the NFL’s worst defense, and he hopes to turn the page with three first-round picks and hands-on experience with potential future Raiders at the Senior Bowl this week.Guenther, entering his second season as the Raiders’ defensive coordinator, spoke with local reporters on Wednesday evening in Mobile.Here are a couple notable topics …
Aaron Mokoena goes through his pacesin training.(Images: The Aaron Mokoena Foundation) Aaron and the Bafana squad in training.MEDIA CONTACTS • Margeret BlanksonThe Aaron Mokoena Foundation+44 208 150 6679• Morio SanyaneSafa communications director+27 82 990 0835RELATED ARTICLES• Bafana final squad announced• Centre for SA’s future football stars• A brief history of Bafana Bafana• Glitzy Captain’s dinner planned• Grassroots football alive and kickingRay MaotaAaron Mokoena, the captain of South Africa’s national football team, Bafana Bafana and UK Premier League club Portsmouth, will receive the Freedom of the City of London on 10 November 2010.The award, which will be presented to Mokoena at a ceremony in the Chamberlain’s Court at Guildhall in London, acknowledges his contribution to the sport and charity, through the Aaron Mokoena Foundation.It is one of the highest honours given to an individual in the City of London.“This is a great honour for me and it’s one of my biggest achievements, one I will cherish for the rest of my life,” Mokoena said.Andrew Parmley, chairperson of the Board of Governors for both the London School for Girls and the Guildhall School of Music, nominated Mokoena after he met the South Africa skipper during President Jacob Zuma’s state visit to the UK earlier this year.“I was impressed by what Aaron has achieved in his football career as captain of South Africa and Portsmouth FC, and by his determination to ensure young people in South Africa have access to sport and education opportunities through his charitable foundation,” said Parmley in a statement.Praise for ‘Mbazo’Mokoena, whose crunching tackles have earned him the nickname Mbazo, which is isiZulu for axe, has also impressed his Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane. “I am proud of his achievements. He has been a great servant of the national team and a wonderful ambassador for South African football abroad. In my view no one is more deserving of the honour,” Mosimane said.“This honour does not come as a surprise to me. He is a special player and a special person and we just hope this will serve as an inspiration to many players out there that whatever you set your mind to, you can make it,” added Mosimane.CEO of the South African Football Association Leslie Sedibe said the association was happy to see one of its players making a meaningful contribution to ordinary lives.“It’s good for Mbazo and we congratulate him in advance for getting the freedom of London,” said Sedibe.David Lampitt, Portsmouth’s CEO, described Mokoena as a great role model for all young people and all Portsmouth fans.“The club has been fully supportive of the work Aaron is undertaking in South Africa through his foundation, and congratulates him on this wonderful accolade,” Lampitt said.Kaizer Motaung, owner of South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs Football Club, told the Sowetan newspaper that it was good for Mokoena to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Doctor Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone.Mokone is well-known for representing South African football talent abroad during the apartheid years.“Aaron Mokoena’s achievement has therefore crowned a successful career in the tough English football fraternity, and is worthy of receiving our full respect. I just hope other youngsters will emulate such heroic feats that demonstrate the quality of our exports, which have raised the standard of our football abroad,” said Motaung.Career Mokoena is the youngest capped player in South African football history, having been first selected for the national team at age 17. Since then, he’s played for Bafana Bafana 104 times. Mokoena led the squad during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the first tournament of its kind to be held on African soil.In addition to Bafana and Portsmouth, Mbazo, now aged 29, has played for a number of other prominent clubs, including Ajax Amsterdam, KRC Genk, and Blackburn Rovers.Making a differenceThe Aaron Mokoena Foundation was launched “… with the aspiration of making a real sustainable difference to young people in South Africa using the power of football,” according to the charity.It was launched as a non-profit organisation in South Africa in 2009.The foundation focuses on improving education, health and life opportunities for underprivileged young South Africans. It does this through a coaching programme and campaigns in targeted communities and schools.Through the foundation, Makoena is also hoping to establish a football academy in Gauteng province.History of awardAccording to the City of London, the first Freedom of the City was presented in 1237 and is one of the oldest traditional ceremonies still practised today. Other notable recipients of the award include Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana, Luciano Pavarotti, Florence Nightingale and Winston Churchill.
29 September 2011The Square Kilometre Array South Africa team have reached another milestone with the completion of the seven antennas of the prototype KAT-7 and the delivery of the telescope’s first astronomical image.South Africa, allied with eight other African countries, is competing against Australia (allied with New Zealand) to host the €1.5-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA), an instrument 50-100 times more sensitive and 10 000 times faster than any radio imaging telescope yet built.The KAT-7 is a prototype for the MeerKAT radio telescope array, an 80-dish precursor instrument for the SKA, being built by the SKA South Africa team on the Karoo Astronomy Reserve outside the small town of Carnarvon in the Northern Cape province.First astronomical imageLast month, SKA South Africa announced that all seven of the KAT-7’s dishes had been fitted with “cold” radio receivers, signaling the successful completion of the telescope antennas.The first astronomical image – of the galaxy Centaurus A, whose intense radio emission is powered by a massive black hole in the centre of the galaxy – has already been made using cold receivers on all seven KAT-7 dishes.According to SKA South Africa, the resulting image was much more sensitive than a preliminary image made with just four of the KAT-7 dishes fitted with un-cooled receivers in 2010.“The radio receivers and all their components are cooled to about 70 Kelvin (minus 203 Celsius) in order to reduce the ‘noise’ which is inherent in all radio (and TV) receivers,” SKA South Africa said in a statement. “This allows the telescope to see much fainter objects than it would if the receivers and ‘feeds’ operated at room temperature and were not cooled.”‘Early science’ for the MeerKAT and SKAThe improvement would allow the KAT-7 to perform “early science” in preparation for the MeerKAT and the SKA.“These preliminary observations will be focused on the needs of the MeerKAT large survey projects, and include imaging of nearby galaxies and work on radio transients and pulsars, for which KAT-7 is well suited.”The KAT-7 is testing technology for the MeerKAT, which is in its early construction phase and is due for completion in 2016.The MeerKAT, besides being an important step towards the realization of the SKA, will be among the most powerful telescopes in the world in its own right, providing African scientists and engineers with a cutting-edge instrument for revolutionary science and technology.“This latest milestone in the development of the KAT-7 telescope has again been achieved on schedule,” said MeerKAT project manager Willem Esterhuyse.Esterhuyse commended the technical staff on the site – Siyabulela Tshongweni, Sibusiso Wakhaba, Andre Walker and Matthys Maree – all of whom have been trained in their special high-tech skills by the SKA SA project.The international science funding agencies and governments involved in the international SKA consortium are due to announce the winning bidder for the SKA in 2012, with construction likely to start in 2016 and take place in phases over several years, with completion by about 2022.SAinfo reporter
First-year students participated in a day-long dialogue workshop aimed at enabling them to think and act like the university’s namesake. (Image: Mediaclubsouthafrica.com. For more free images visit the image library) The goal of the programme is to reach one-million youth by 2020. (Image: openedpractices.org) MEDIA CONTACTS • Debbie Derry Senior Manager: Communication NMMU +27 41 504 3057RELATED ARTICLES • ‘Make every day Mandela Day’ in 2011 • New Mandela book released • Mandela Day now a global event • Free tertiary studies on the cards Emily van RijswijckThe Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth is the first tertiary institution in South Africa to introduce a national project aimed at transforming students into life champions.The youth programme, known as Nelson Mandela -The Champion Within (NM – CW), is a national project to equip young people in critical thinking, self-reflection and self-leadership skills.The programme was jointly developed by The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and the Life College Group. Both are not-for-profit organisations based in Johannesburg.The Life College Group is the brainchild of social entrepreneur and television news anchor Pat Pillai, who is also an Ashoka Globaliser Fellow. Ashoka is a global organisation that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs that have innovative and practical ideas for solving social problems.The programme draws on the vision and values of prominent South African leaders such as former president Nelson Mandela.According to Verne Harris of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, the programme is based on the book, Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela, as well as his extensive personal archive.Changing the way young people thinkIn a statement Achmat Dangor, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, said that the goal of the programme is to harness the life-work of Nelson Mandela and his generation of leaders to build a nation of champions.“Our goal is to reach one-million youth by 2020 and inspire them to make every day a Mandela Day,” Dangor said. “We will do so by partnering with and offering the programme to schools, universities, companies, civil society and government youth programmes.”Pillai, Life College Group CEO and lead facilitator of the programme says that a great opportunity exists to positively influence young South Africans.“The mindset of the nation and the youth is up for grabs,” he says. “Do nothing and we risk too much.”Although the programme draws on the values of prominent South Africans such as Nelson Mandela, the programme encourages students to be authentic.“It’s not about losing one’s own individuality, but rather a process of deconstructing the Mandela legend to get to the core principles by which he leads his life,” Pillai explains. “We want to help students be the best that they can be.”Launching the programme in Port ElizabethThe programme was formally launched at the Missionvale campus of the NMMU.During the university’s orientation week, about 5 000 new first-year students participated in a day-long dialogue workshop aimed at enabling them to think and act like the university’s namesake.The workshop was facilitated by Life College and NMMU facilitators in an innovative and fun way.“Our belief is that we will only succeed in making our country and world a better place if each one of us lives the changes we want to see in the world,” NMMU vice-chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz said in a statement.According to Swartz, the NMMU will repeat the programme every year until 2020 to achieve its goal of reaching 50 000 students.“By scrutinising the Mandela legacy, students are asked to start thinking critically, to understand the power of their own purpose and to think critically about circumstances and choices, among other things,” Pillai says.Guest speaker at the launch, NMMU chancellor Santie Botha said that Nelson Mandela is an outstanding role model for students.“With this workshop we tell students how to learn from his greatness and to make it their own,” Botha said.Round table facilitator Ruby-Ann Levendal, who is also the director for transformation, monitoring and evaluation at the NMMU, hopes the workshop discussions will help students to see themselves in a new light.“It is really just about triggering a different, lateral way of thinking which our secondary education does not always give our youth,” Levendal says.Become a committed championOn completion of the programme, students are asked to sign a pledge to implement their personal action plans to achieve their champion status. Students also appoint their own integrity partners who will offer support and help them to achieve their goals.Eighteen-year-old Chamonay Johnson who enrolled at NMMU for a LLB degree says she was surprised by how little she know about Nelson Mandela and his life.For Johnson, the take home message of the workshop is that Mandela never gave up, and she hopes to apply this principle in her own life as a student.“It does not matter what it takes, I will get my degree,” she says.More inspirational South AfricansApart from Madiba, the lives and achievements of other noteworthy life champions such as former Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs and Pick n Pay founder Raymond Ackerman, will also serve as inspiration to students.The University of Cape Town, the National Research Foundation, Citadel, the Development Bank of South Africa and other project partners have also signed up for the programme.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After the trees are planted in the spring, a major source of summer labor on my family’s Christmas tree farm is weed control.Weeds can rob young trees of exposure to sunlight, moisture and nutrients. The first year of planting trees on the farm (many years ago) we did not emphasize weed control and lost nearly the entire crop.Since then my dad, brothers and I have spent countless hot, buggy, summer hours mowing between trees. This is most important in the youngest trees, which are also the easiest to mow off while riding on a mower. Imagine looking for an 8-inch tall tree in 8-foot tall weeds. Mowing takes considerable time and fuel and can also cause significant damage to larger trees by breaking branches and scarring the trunks. We do some spraying, which helps, but there are drawbacks and limits with that weed control method as well.As an experiment, we are trying a Dutch white clover cover crop planted ahead of tree planting. We have been told the Dutch white clover’s short stature and aggressive natureMowing between the trees is time consuming, costly and can lead to damaged or mowed-off trees. This is the first mowing of 2016 and the weeds are towering over the young seedings.This will likely need to be mowed 2-3 more times this year.smother weeds while allowing even the smallest trees exposure to the sun. The thick clover also holds in moisture, keeps the soil cooler and fixes nitrogen, all of which can benefit the trees.We seeded the clover in spring of 2015 for both the 2015 and 2016 tree crops. In the first year (last year) the clover got established, but the weeds still required regular mowing. This year, though, the clover seems to have really filled in and looks to be doing what it is supposed to do. So far, about the only plants competing with the clover are the dandelions, which are not a huge issue around the trees.The clover has the potential to save tremendous time and money if the clover eliminates the need for majority of the mowing and spraying. It could also really improve the quality and survival rate of the tree crop. I am very interested to see how the weed control holds up through the rest of the growing season and in coming years.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Mike Lutmer, Warren Co.I am going to finish up corn today. It is a little later than I’d like, but the ground is right and I don’t have very much left. I am a little concerned about planting this late but it is a 104-day hybrid and as long as we don’t have a super early frost I don’t think it will be a problem. We are down to the last couple of days planting beans. I’d like to get finished by Wednesday if the weather holds out.Within five miles I can go from ground that has water laying to a field that just got rain but hadn’t had anything for two weeks. We have places that are way too dry and places that look like a swamp.We made a good bit of hay the last two weeks. We are still fighting time to get all of the first cutting done the way I like it. The hay dried well and we had good quality. We sold it out of the field.The wheat is turning quickly. We have some that looks really good and some that is just OK. I am looking at cutting wheat around the last week of June. We had a little too much water in the fall that left it thin in some places. We haven’t had any blow down yet. We’ll bale the straw and double-crop beans.I still have a few loads of corn in the bin and I was going to sell it last week, but it kept going up. I may hold onto it for a few more days. The beans have rallied and we contracted some a few months ago and I’m glad I didn’t contract more than I did.All of the corn that is up looks great. We hope to get some sidedressing done in the next week. Some of the bean emergence I am not really happy with. In the really dry areas the beans have taken longer to get out of the ground.For the rest of this week’s reports click here.