Halakasha! Football scores for art

first_img4 June 2010 The Halakasha! exhibition, on at Johannesburg’s Standard Bank Gallery, focuses on everything visual that represents football in Africa, from memorabilia to old photographs, from barber shop signs to Fifa posters. “Halakasha!” is a traditional South African celebratory cry shouted by fans when a goal is scored. “The exhibition – which brings together two complementary components of Standard Bank’s sponsorship programme, football and arts – is a visual feast to be enjoyed by those with an interest in sporting and visual culture,” says Fred Phaswana, chairman of the Standard Bank Group, in the foreword to the exhibition catalogue. There’s something for everyone is this visual feast – two walls full of dazzling makarapas, almost dancing on the recreated stands where they are arranged. There’s the famous vuvuzela, represented as if it is a relic from the past. And there’s clothing and bumper stickers and other football merchandise. There are wonderful wooden sculptures of football players; photographs of fans in stadiums across Africa; videos and projections, one showing a group of players playing the game over a set of railways tracks. There are Fifa posters by world-renowned artists, on sale at galleries; there are barber shop signs by Ghanaian and Congolese artists, each with a football player; and there’s the 1998 Bafana Bafana Salon banner, with a lookalike Lucas Radebe image.Robben Island Robben Island political prisoners are represented in the form of documents and handmade badges. Prisoners played football with great enthusiasm on the island. There are images from Drum magazine depicting soccer during apartheid. Photographs of two struggle leaders – one of Oliver Tambo, another of Dr Yusuf Dadoo, with the caption “November 1953 – Political Football – Nimble Attorney (with the ball) Oliver Tambo of the firm Mandela and Tambo, guides the ball through the proper channels”. Dadoo is described as treating the ball “very gingerly”. The game was played at “Mai’s farm near Johannesburg”, and the veterans beat the youth 1-0 in the half-hour game. There are costumes, drums and masks from Angola, Cameroon and Ghana. There’s a collection of soccer balls and boots, and a whole team standing hands on hearts, carved in wood, singing the anthem in the 1996 Bafana jersey. And then there’s Johannes “Mzion” Mofokeng, Orlando Pirates’ number one supporter. He has a shrine to the club in his house where he prays to his ancestors every time his club is to play. His bedroom is bursting with club memorabilia, including an Orlando Pirates guitar, several makarapas, a skeleton outfit and linen adorned with the Orlando Pirates shield. He is also a Bafana Bafana fan. “The exhibition is framed mainly around the theme of local and African football supporters, imaging the politics and nationalist sentiment associated with football during and after the apartheid era,” says the exhibition curator, Fiona Rankin-Smith, in the catalogue introduction.Art collection Artworks are drawn from the Standard Bank African Art Collection and from other South African collections, as well as loans from international sources; there are also several specifically commissioned works. Artists represented include Jackson Hlungwane, William Kentridge, Penny Siopis, Gerard Bhengu, Johannes Maswanganyi, Mary Wafer, Durant Sihlali, Kay Hassan, Joachim Schonfeldt and Pieter Hugo. It was only in 1991, after the unbanning of the ANC and the PAC, that the first racially integrated soccer league was formed in South Africa. This paved the way for South Africa to enter the African and World cups, explains historian Philip Bonner in the catalogue. “Hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ represents the long-awaited final fruition of a dream extending back 100 years,” he concludes. The exhibition runs until 17 July. Halakasha! Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Winter maintenance worth the effort

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.Have you ever heard someone say, “What do farmers do in the winter?” As you are aware, there are many answers to this question.Winter is a great time to get ready for spring planting, which will be here before we know it. One of the most important parts of the growing season is planting. It’s crucial that your crops get off to a good start and it’s important to make sure that your planter is field-ready when the time comes. Planting seed into the best possible growing conditions is a one of the most important tasks of spring field work. A planter in need of some adjustment can result in varied seed placement, uneven emergence, and ultimately a reduction in yield potential.Check for and replace any parts of your planter that are excessively worn. No-till coulters or disk openers that are worn out will not create the proper seed furrow and may cause poor seed placement. Good seed-to-soil contact is critical in ensuring seed germination and uniform emergence. Emergence that is uneven can cause a loss in yield potential. No-till coulters should be adjusted to operate at the same depth or slightly shallower than disk openers.Seed firmers in good condition will also promote adequate seed-to-soil contact. Check the chains and sprockets on your planter. Make sure chains are operated at the correct tension and replace any sprockets that are worn as well as chains that are stiff, rusty, or excessively worn. Smooth chain operation is a critical component of proper planter operation and seed spacing. Any hesitation or jerk in the system will result in seed spacing that is not uniform.One of the most important aspects of planter maintenance is calibration of your planter. Make the necessary adjustments to your planter to make certain it will plant at the population you desire. Broken or worn parts on planter units should be replaced and units should be periodically calibrated.Along with performing maintenance on planter units make sure seed tubes are clean and are not damaged such that they will prevent even seed spacing. Calibration of your planter and units will reduce skips, doubles, and triples in seed placement. Research has shown that skips, doubles, and triples can cause a reduction in yield potential.In the recent publication Corn Stand Establishment and Planter Maintenance, Purdue Extension Agronomist Bob Nielsen said: “Yield data from our small-plot research and from replicated strip trials indicate that about 2.5 bushels per acre are lost for every 1 inch increase in the standard deviation of the plant-to-plant spacings.” Uniform seed spacing minimizes competition between plants for water and nutrients and promotes efficient use of sunlight.Once you’ve gone through your planter, it’s a good idea to test it out before you head to the field. It is important to evaluate a planter under conditions closely resembling those you will find in the field. Keep in mind a gravel driveway in the barnyard may work but it might not accurately resemble field conditions. Evaluate your planter’s performance at the speed you will be operating in the field. Check your planter for smooth operation, make sure seed spacing and depth is even and accurate. Making a few adjustments to your planter this winter will require some time and effort. This is time well spent and it could really pay off in the spring.last_img read more

Ryan school murder: Juvenile sent to judicial custody

first_imgThe juvenile, apprehended in connection with the alleged murder of his seven-year-old school mate was on Saturday sent to judicial custody till November 22. He will be kept at an observation home.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) produced the 16-year-old before Judicial Magistrate (First Class) of the Juvenile Justice Board Devinder Singh. The CBI said the “custodial interrogation of the child in conflict with law was almost complete and he was no more required in police custody”. The father of the juvenile also moved the JJ Board seeking appropriate action against CBI officials for allegedly violating its orders. The application said the CBI had violated the Board’s orders that interrogation be conducted between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. for three days.last_img

NBA: Irving bares heartfelt words for LeBron after finals defeat

first_imgWATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Speaking to Sports Illustrated‘s Ben Golliver shortly after the game 5 loss, Kyrie Irving poured his heart out and commended James for inspiring himself and his teammates day in and day out.Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving with an amazing tribute to LeBron James pic.twitter.com/XXZan1lwHEFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) June 13, 2017 Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ James spectacular again, but his efforts not enough for Cavs7.3K viewsNewsVentuno Web Player 4.51 “You move to the front line with a guy like that, and you want to bring your game up to another level,” he said.”That’s what I’m going to continue to do, because I know that if we continue to be with one another and keep utilizing one another, man, the sky’s the limit.”He also praised James for seemingly carrying the whole team on his broad shoulders throughout the playoffs and for accomplishing such super human feats.“I couldn’t be more proud of that guy. He left it all out there on the floor,” Irving stressed. “And to average a triple-double in the freaking Finals, man, add that to the LeBron long list that everyone keeps forgetting.” Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORIES:LeBron sets record for most triples-doubles in NBA FinalsJames spectacular again, but his efforts not enough for CavsRELATED VIDEO 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Creamline gets bronze in PVL Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’?center_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) trades high-five’s with Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2). (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)The sting of losing the 2017 NBA Finals remains fresh in the hearts and minds of the entire Cleveland Cavaliers organization, but perhaps more so on the team’s back bone and leader LeBron James.Despite the avalanche of criticism that will surely come for the Ohio-native in the coming days, his point guard had nothing but kind words for “The King.”ADVERTISEMENT “As a student of the game, it would be a disservice if I didn’t try to learn as much as possible while I’m playing with this guy,” Irving described the perennial All-Star.“Every single day, demanding more out of himself, demanding more out of us, the true testament of a consummate professional,” he added.Irving also lauded James for showing him what it takes to be successful in the league and his aspirations to become the same kind of person on and off the court.“You can’t skip any steps, and that was one thing that I came to understand,” he described James’ teachings. “Whether you want to believe in him or not, he’s still coming. And that’s the type of guy that I want to be with every single time I’m going to war, because I know what to expect.”The crafty playmaker out of Duke said he intends to continue playing alongside LeBron to reach his full potential.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more