Brand South Africa engaging with academics ahead of inaugural Competitiveness Forum

first_imgEast London, Friday, 30 August 2013 – Brand South Africa will host its inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum later this year. As part of reaching out to civil society as partners in building South Africa as a competitive, winning nation, Brand South Africa today hosted an interaction with civil society stakeholders in East London.Representatives of local government, business, civil society and the media interacted with Brand South Africa’s Head of Research, Dr Petrus de Kock, on where the country is currently positioned on global competitiveness indices.The National Development Plan will play a key role in driving the country’s competitiveness as South Africa develops economically and socially. To achieve this successfully, it is important that all stakeholders grapple with the internal challenges, as well as the external conditions, that impact on the country’s growth. It is with this in mind that Brand South Africa will bring together leaders in government, business and civil society in one key platform.The Competitiveness Forum will explore the following themes:Education, skills & labour;Products and services;Governance and leadership;Infrastructure; andFDI competitivenessStakeholders based in the Eastern Cape shared their expert sector-specific contributions during the interaction. The outcomes of these dialogues will assist Brand South Africa profile relevant issues at the Competitiveness Forum that will add meaningfully to the national dialogue on South Africa’s competitiveness and international profile.Speaking on conclusion of the stakeholder engagement in East London, Dr de Kock said, “one thing that comes through for me is the importance of provinces and especially infrastructure. If we are talking national competitiveness issues, we really have to understand what the existing base is, provincially. Where do we need to improve, for example, the provincial infrastructure base, that will add on to the bigger picture of national competitiveness?”Preparations for the SA Competitiveness Forum take into consideration long-term objectives identified in the National Development Plan. In the 21st century rapid changes to technology and global economic circumstances necessitate in-depth consideration of both domestic and international factors that impact on South Africa’s competitiveness and global reputation as a trade partner and investment destination.Similar consultations, which will be held around the country, are intended to mobilise and encourage stakeholders in all spheres of South African society to be part of the national conversation about the future of the country and the role that they can play.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected]: www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more

Painters cool Hotshots

first_imgRaymond Almazan vs Ian Sangalang. PBA IMAGESCALASIAO, Pangasinan—Of the four teams still in the hunt for a top two berth in the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, Rain or Shine is considered the longest shot.But after getting 23 points from Raymund Almazan and twin digits from four others in a 101-95 decision of Magnolia in a Petron Saturday Special game at Calasiao Sports Complex here Saturday, the Elasto Painters have put themselves in position to go through the eye of the needle.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Read Next Bulanadi powers stags to semis View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “The last four games that we will be playing are the top teams and I just asked my players to go out there and compete,” coach Caloy Garcia said. “We’re not thinking of the top two at the moment; we want to take it one game at a time.”Garcia is wary of the two-week rest his Painters will be having before they play the Aces.“We would have wanted to play again coming from a game like this,” he said. “We will just have to find ways to stay sharp during that break.”Magnolia dropped out of a three-way tie for the lead and fell to third at 6-3 but could still get to eight wins with games against GlobalPort and Meralco still scheduled.But if the Hotshots fall into a tie for second with the Elasto Painters, they will lose in the quotient system because of the winner-over-the-other rule.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Paul Lee missed a third straight game for the Hotshots because of a high ankle sprain as coach Chito Victolero said he won’t take chances until the former Rookie of the Year is 100 percent healthy as he anticipates a tough grind in the playoffs.James Yap, Magnolia’s former franchise player, scored 13 points highlighted by a critical three-point play off Justin Melton in the dying minutes that staved off the last of the Hotshots’ rallies.Aldrech Ramos fired 26 points, including three triples in the fourth that kept Magnolia in the game.Meanwhile, Alaska takes its turn at getting out of a tie for the lead when the red-hot Aces battle resurgent NLEX at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Tied with the Beermen, the Aces will be shooting to win a seventh straight game and keep their momentum going in time for a key collision with San Miguel later in the week in a match that could ultimately determine who gets quarterfinal bonuses.Barangay Ginebra and TNT KaTropa lock horns in the 6:45 p.m. contest with both looking for victories that would keep them in the middle of the playoff draw. LATEST STORIES For them, it’s one powerhouse down and three more title favorites to go.Rumored to be demanding a trade for reportedly being at odds with head coach Caloy Garcia, Almazan scored the Painters’ first seven points and finished with a 9-for-11 clip and was obviously the biggest factor in the authoritative win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Painters won a third straight game and rose to 5-3 and kept their outside chance alive, but they will be slugging it out with Alaska, three-time defending champion San Miguel Beer and crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra to close out their elimination round assignment.And there’s no other squad in the field which will have a tougher final three games. AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stinglast_img read more

Federer looks to bond with Nadal, maybe face him at US Open

first_imgKEY BISCAYNE, FL – APRIL 02: Roger Federer of Switzerland (left) and Rafael Nadal of Spain (right) shake hands after Federer defeated Nadal in the men’s final match on day 14 of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 2, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Rob Foldy/Getty Images/AFPRoger Federer is as curious as tennis fans around the world to see if he will finally play against Rafael Nadal for the first time at the US Open.But even if not, the two career leaders in men’s Grand Slam titles will have the chance to bond as teammates and possibly even doubles partners later this month in a new Europe versus The World team event.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES “I’m happy I’m still around. Rafa fought well through again today. I’m happy for him, too. We’ll see if it gets done or not. I’m curious to see myself.”Federer is having a banner season after some suspected he might never lift another Grand Slam trophy, taking the Wimbledon and Australian Open crowns.Nadal has done the same at age 31, winning his 15th Slam title by capturing his record 10th French Open crown.But the long-time rivals will team up on September 22-24 for the Laver Cup in Prague, a new three-day team event pitting Bjorn Borg’s European squad against a World lineup guided by John McEnroe.Federer and Nadal will work together alongside Austria’s Dominic Thiem, Czech Tomas Berdych, Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Croatia’s Marin Cilic.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Rafa, he has been such a wonderful champion and a good friend of mine on the tour, one of my big rivals for life, that it’s just nice to be able to spend some time with him and support him,” Federer said.Federer, who would be the oldest US Open champion in the Open Era (since 1967), was also excited about the chance to spend time with 61-year-old Swedish legend Borg, an 11-time Grand Slam champion who captain’s the European side.“For me to spend time with Bjorn, it’s quite rare,” Federer said. “He doesn’t spend so much time on the tour. When he shows up, it’s short. I feel every minute you get with him is a privilege.“Here we are, he’s going to be stuck with us. So it’s going, I think, to be very special for all of us, particularly me. I mean, I have incredible respect for him.”Federer said if he could turn back the clock and face one all-time icon from another era, it would be Borg in his prime, when he was winning six French Open and five Wimbledon crowns from 1974 to 1981.“If I could play one player ever going back, I feel like it would be Bjorn,” Federer said. “I feel he’s that incredibly good, for what he did for the game. If I look how he played, what he brought to it, it’s crazy.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Good for a change, yes, after all these years,” Federer said. “If I can help him, great. If he can help me, even better.”Federer rolled into the fourth round of the US Open on Saturday, extending his bid for a 20th career Grand Slam title by downing Spanish 31st seed Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-3, 7-5.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 36-year-old Swiss third seed, seeking a record sixth title on New York hardcourts, could meet world number one Nadal in a Friday semi-final at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the one Slam where they have never played.“For many years Rafa and me, we’ve tried to play against each other here, and it just didn’t work out,” Federer said. “Now this week, I don’t feel necessarily the pressure’s there. Ex-NBA star Stoudemire won’t play for Jerusalem next season 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 Gamescenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Wimbledon organisers unveil prize hike for 2017 championships

first_imgThis year’s Wimbledon singles tennis champions will receive 2.2 million pounds each – a hike of 200,000 pounds for both the men’s and women’s winner, organisers said on Wednesday.Tournament chiefs unveiled the increased winners’ cheques among a larger total prize pot of 31.6 million pounds, up from 28.1 million pounds last year.The bigger pot benefits players throughout the draw, with first round singles losers set to walk away from the All England Club with 35,000 pounds.In percentage terms, first round losers benefit the most – their prize being almost 17 percent higher than last year, reflecting the club’s commitment to the lower reaches of tennis.”We are proud of the important leadership role that Wimbledon plays locally, nationally, and internationally, and are committed to continuing to invest to secure the future of The Championships, and of our sport, for the years to come,” club chairman Philip Brook said.The winners’ cheques for the men’s and women’s singles has doubled since 2011.Brook said the club had “taken into account” exchange rates, but that the “Brexit effect” had not been instrumental in their calculations.”Exchange rates go up and go down over time,” he said. “In my time with the club I think all four grand slam tournaments have led on prize money, and now the U.S. dollar is particularly strong.”The pound has fallen 14 percent against the dollar since Britain’s vote to leave the European Union last June.The U.S. Open has yet to announce its 2017 prize money while this month’s French Open recently announced that total prize money had risen 12 percent from last year’s levels to 36 million euros.advertisementBoth the men’s and women’s singles winners at Roland Garros will receive a cheque for 2.1 million euros.The grass-court grand slam tournament takes place on the fringes of south-west London from July 3-16: the latest start for the tournament since 1895.Organisers said work to install a roof on Court One, the second-biggest showcourt after Centre Court, was on schedule and would be completed in time for the 2019 championships.last_img read more

Centres decision on citizenship to Chakmas, Hajongs opposed

first_imgItanagar, May 27 (PTI) The Centres decision to grant citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees in Arunachal Pradesh was today opposed by students unions and some political parties who demanded that the state government pursue the matter rigorously with it.A consultative meeting held during the day by All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union(AAPSU) resolved and endorsed AAPSU to conduct an all party meeting to be compulsorily attended by all the 60 MLAs and three MPs of the state within one week to draw more consensus on the issue.It also resolved to revive the high power committee constituted by the union home ministry to study the refugee issue besides carrying out enumeration of the population of Chakmas, Hajongs and Tibetan refugees in the state and discuss the issue of granting ST status to Yobin community in the all party meeting.The meeting appealed to the state government to carry out eviction drive and contain the refugees within the designated blocks till a mechanism is framed.AAPSU president Hawa Bagang expressed surprise over the Centres move even after it assured the students? body at a recent meeting in New Delhi that it would look into the issue positively.Its legal advisor Marto Kato wondered how the Central decision was taken when a curative petition and a special leave petition filed by the state government and the union was pending with the Supreme Court.AAPSU, the apex students union of the state, has been spearheading the movement against the refugees since 1990 and has expressed apprehension that if Chakmas and Hajongs are granted citizenship and settlement rights in Arunachal Pradesh the indigenous tribal communities would be reduced to a minority and opportunities currently available to them would be taken away.advertisementThe meeting was attended by All Papum Pare District Students? Union (APPDSU) and All Tai-Khampti Singpho Students Union, which blamed the state government for improper planning to deal with the issue.Arunachal Press Club President Chopa Cheda asked the AAPSU leadership to immediately convene the all party meeting for a lasting resolution of the problem.Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA) central working committee chairman Kameng Ringu asked the state government to discuss the matter immediately with the Centre and suggested setting up of a refugee department. Former minister Nyato Rigia suggested the AAPSU leadership to work in tandem with the state government to hammer out a permanent solution.Sports and Youth Affairs department chairman Bamang Tago suggested for confining the refugees in their designated camps till a permanent solution is arrived at and a tripartite talk between the state government, central government and representatives from Chakmas and Hajongs.The meeting also discussed issues including status of Tibetan refugees in the state, enacting laws to protect and safeguard indigenous tribal rights and status of Yobin and Lisu community. Chakmas and Hajongs were originally residents of Chittagong Hill Tracts in erstwhile East Pakistan who left their homeland when it was submerged by the Kaptai dam project in the 1960s. The Chakmas, who are Buddhists, and Hajongs, who are Hindus, also faced religious persecution and entered India through the then Lushai Hills district of Assam (now Mizoram). The Centre moved the majority of them to the North East Frontier Agency (NEFA), which is now Arunachal Pradesh. According to officials, the number of these refugees has increased from about 5,000 in 1964-69 to 1,00,000. At present, they do not posses citizenship and land rights but are provided basic amenities by the state government. In 2015, the Centre was given a deadline by the Supreme Court to confer citizenship to these refugees within three months. The Arunachal Pradesh government approached the apex court in appeal against the order but its curative petition is yet to be heard. PTI UPL KK KKlast_img read more