Farhan Zaidi on Giants’ trade deadline approach: ‘The equation has changed’

first_imgWith a remarkable run to start the month and a stunning surge in the National League Wild Card standings, the Giants’ strategy ahead of the July 31 trade deadline was destined to evolve.President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi confirmed that it already has.“The equation has changed with how we’ve played over the last few weeks,” Zaidi said Thursday during an interview on KNBR 680.In a wide-ranging interview that lasted more than 20 minutes, Zaidi said the Giants have not committed to …last_img read more

Female refugees face particular problems

first_imgThe particular issues and challenges of female refugees were the focus of a Women’s Month event at the Joburg Metro Centre that included the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (Cormsa), the Department of Home Affairs, and the city of Johannesburg.Home Affairs Deputy Minister Fatima Chohan said the winds of change had brought economic emancipation. “The African consumer market is of great interest to investors and Africa is still the great untold story. We want, as women, an Africa that is peaceful, prosperous and celebrates diversity. This is the birthplace of humankind… We are underrepresented in all spheres, political, social and economic. We must empower women.” (Image: DHA)Melissa Jane-CookAugust is Women’s Month in South Africa and discussions, events and celebrations are held throughout the month. South Africans should “support social cohesion, move the agenda for women forward, encourage social economic empowerment and eliminate violence against women and children”, said Nonceba Molwele, Joburg’s mayoral committee member for health and social development, speaking at the event on 25 August.Cormsa executive director Sicel’mpilo Shange-Buthane brought attention to migrant issues and migrant rights. “We need to highlight women. Woman all over the world face challenges and struggles, but in a foreign land it is even worse. There are issues that need to be addressed, what it means to be a human being and how in a foreign land the conditions are not always favourable for women to thrive.”Frequently, these were family issues that could not be resolved. Migrant and refugee women who turned to the police were often ridiculed and not offered help. “There is great discrimination that women and children face,” said Shange-Buthane.Cormsa, a non-profit organisation, promotes and protects the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and international migrants. Members include legal practitioners, research units, and refugee and migrant communities. In meeting its mandate, it develops working relationships with service providers, government departments and other stakeholders.Home Affairs Deputy Minister Fatima Chohan said the winds of change had brought economic emancipation. “The African consumer market is of great interest to investors and Africa is still the great untold story. We want, as women, an Africa that is peaceful, prosperous and celebrates diversity. This is the birthplace of humankind… We are underrepresented in all spheres, political, social and economic. We must empower women.”Her department had a key role to play in the safety and security of South Africa and its citizens. “It contributes directly to three of the 12 national outcomes – that all people in South Africa should feel and be safe, that our country should have a skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path, and that we need to develop an empowered, fair and inclusive citizenship.”The management of refugees, legal services and the front office improvement project, her specific areas of responsibility, were all linked to these outcomes. “South Africa is part of a global world where the security and socio-economic realities in one country impact on the security and economy of other countries.“On the one hand, we have an obligation in terms of our values as a nation to fulfil our constitutional and international obligations to protect persons who have a well-founded fear of persecution or are escaping from life-threatening situations. To this end, we need to adjudicate asylum seekers efficiently, fairly and humanely and integrate those persons accorded refugee status into our communities,” she said.“On the other hand, we need to put a stop to the large scale abuse of the asylum seeker system in South Africa as this places genuine asylum seekers at a disadvantage and creates social and economic risks for the country.”South Africans would agree that there had been steadfast improvement in the Department of Home Affairs. “We remain committed to further improve our operations to ensure that we have a safe and secure South Africa where people are proud of, and value, their identity and citizenship.”In terms of the National Development Plan’s objective to facilitate faster and more inclusive economic growth, the country needed refugee policies, legislation and processes that would address national priorities, maximise benefits and reduce risks to the country.To achieve this, the department would, among other steps:• Finalise the implementation of its policy position to relocate refugee reception centres closer to borders, with the help of the Public Works Department;• Improve international co-operation, especially in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), regarding the management of asylum seekers and refugees; and,• Develop an immigration policy document that proposes strategies for the management of unskilled economic migration to streamline the refugee process and to integrate genuine refugees into South African society.About the second point, Chohan said agreement was needed between SADC countries on how to manage refugees and asylum seekers who were nationals of third countries, as well as how to implement the first safe country principle.The challenges were two-fold: to create access to the formal economy for those who had no access, and to help women move up the corporate ladder if they were already in the economic landscape. “Africa must work towards achieving peace. As women we must own the continent; we must make sure she prospers and ensure we are on the move.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

‘We all have a role in building the nation brand’ – Magapatona-Sangaret

first_imgAddress by Chief Marketing Officer of Brand South Africa, Ms Linda Magapatona-Sangaret to the Annual Conference of the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA) Thursday 18 August 2016 Southern Sun Elangeni, Durban, KwaZulu-NatalIt is an honour to be amongst some of the country’s best marketing and communications professionals at the 2016 annual Conference of the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA).As we sit here we, as professionals of the marketing and communication discipline, find ourselves in a very competitive and demanding business environment. The theme under which this Conference is being held, “Advance, Rise, Grow,” is very apt in this environment and has implications for us all – not just our Chief Executive Officers.Most importantly, this theme encourages many opportunities for innovation in our business environments, and also in our field.Ladies and gentlemen,I thought that I would use this opportunity to discuss with you some elements around a relatively new field of study and about which I am passionate, that of nation branding and building a strong globally competitive nation brand.Brand South Africa is the agency mandated to develop a compelling nation brand identity which positions the country positively.Practitioners in our field will be aware of why a positive brand identity is important, particularly in this contemporary age where brands compete with each for share of voice and more importantly, consumer attention.Positive perceptions and a strong reputation is the key currency of brands. This is also becoming increasingly important in a shifting communication landscape where negative perceptions can gain significant traction on social media platforms in a relatively short period of time. It is sometimes almost impossible for your brand to recover from such an onslaught.Positive attitudes and perceptions are a pre-condition to people choosing to visit, or migrate, to the country or to invest in a particular country.In this regard, the discipline of nation branding is particularly beneficial to developing nations. Various theorists have concluded that programmes to build strong nation brands should be part of the holistic economic programme of the country. This ensures that the country is elevated in the ranks of the global attention economy. Once a nation is part of the attention economy it is easier to attract tourists, investment, skills and positive coverage.Ladies and gentlemen,Practitioners of the discipline of marketing and communications will be all too aware that the strongest messages and exciting creative solutions are not sufficient to ensure positive perceptions of a brand, if these do not match reality.This is all the more challenging with a nation brand when each citizen is a shareholder of the brand identity and equally a consumer. The behaviour of each citizen impacts on how the nation brand is perceived.To ensure that each citizen is aware of the impact they may have on the reputation of the South African nation brand and how it is perceived, Brand South Africa has developed and is implementing its flagship domestic programme, Play Your Part. As the name suggests, it is a call on citizens to play their part to build South Africa’s reputation. It is a call for citizens to be aware of their impact on how the country is perceived.In the long term, we are confident that when all citizens become aware of their role in the nation brand building project, our behaviour will begin to match the messages we communicate both domestically and internationally.In this way, our place and ranking in the attention economy will also increase and South Africa will continue to be a sought after destination, for a variety of reasons. The South African nation brand will be able to effectively demonstrate its ability to make turn aspirations into reality while continually striving and moving to new heights.Ladies and gentlemen,I would also like to emphasize that, outside of what Brand South Africa does to build the country brand and image, a lot of work being done to position South Africa as a globally competitive destination by many roleplayers within the country. In this regard, our National Development Plan is currently our guiding framework to creating a socially and economically equitable country.Since the best communication and marketing programmes and campaigns rest on both reality and aspiration, a socially cohesive and economically strong nation brand, will go a long way towards assisting us to collectively position South Africa positively.Ladies and gentlemen,As I prepared to address you today, I remembered the words of the Roman poet, Horace, who so eloquently said: “Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.” This finds popular expression in the phrase, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”Positioning South Africa positively is something which matters to us all, it is something that we each have a vested interest in. I have no doubt that our collective desire to see our country stand out positively in the attention economy will stimulate our creative juices and therein, we will find new ways of creating value for our industry. The message that we communicate about our nation brand, its people and its prospects for the future, will be stronger for the passion we have to do what we do best.Let the theme of this conference, Advance-Rise-Grow, inspire us on this journey.I thank you.last_img read more

Gilas cadets kick off title defense vs tough Thais

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side The shifty, outspoken point guard was referring to the quarterfinal defeat the Philippines sustained at the hands of Korea, which is becoming an alarming tradition.READ: Fiba Asia Cup loss of ‘Gilas kuyas’ spurs SEAG-bound PH team onFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingRavena and the rest of the Gilas team like fellow A-listers Kobe Paras, Kevin Ferrer and Bobby Ray Parks will vie for a 26th basketball title, starting with a featured game against Thailand on Sunday at MABA Stadium here.Game time is 9:30 p.m. 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’ SEA Games: PH pugs start gold medal hunt Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Ravena’s pronouncement stands in solid foundation.Easily the most popular squad in Team Philippines — aside from the women’s volleyball team — the presently known as Gilas has won every single SEAG title except in 1989 when PH lost to Malaysia.They will be propped up here by naturalized player Christian Standhardinger, who arrived early Saturday from Lebanon via Manila.In 2005 Manila, basketball wasn’t played because the country was under suspension by Fiba. It also wasn’t held in 2009 Laos for lack of facilities.Perlas Pilipinas, the country’s women’s basketball squad, also debuts against Singapore at 7:15 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Sandy Febrianysah Kurniawan of Indonesia (R) attempts to block against Kiefer Ravena of the Philippines (L) during the men’s basketball gold medal match at the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Singapore on June 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL / AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROLKUALA LUMPUR — The loss Gilas Pilipinas suffered in Lebanon that was heard in the Philippines has reverberated all the way in Malaysia.Kiefer Ravena, team captain of Gilas’ B team that will play in the Southeast Asian Games here, was quoted back in Manila saying: “We will avenge your defeat.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Terrence Romeo to San Miguel gets PBA green light

first_img‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201702:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The PBA on Wednesday approved the string of trades highlighted by the blockbuster deal that sent embattled guard Terrence Romeo to powerhouse San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Interestingly, the reported trade between NLEX and Blackwater centered on national team mainstay and Elite center Poy Erram wasn’t announced on the league’s transaction page.The Road Warriors reportedly nabbed Erram for their first round draft picks Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter. The trade proposal, however, didn’t sit well with Filipino basketball fans.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Larry Nance’s tip gives Cavs rare road win as Pacers’ streak ends Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Romeo will try to redeem himself at the Beermen after a tumultuous eighth-month stint at TNT, which dumped him in exchange for bench players David Semerad, Brian Heruela and the rights to San Miguel’s 2021 first round pick.Two more trades got the go-signal, a couple of which also involved San Miguel Beer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefVeteran swingman Ronald Tubid is making his return to the Beermen after spending a season with the Kia franchise. Tubid was traded back to SMB in exchange for sparingly-used Keith Agovida.San Miguel also acquired guard Paul Zamar from Blackwater for a pair of second round picks in 2021 and 2022. View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Coroner’s and Special Coroner’s Court to be Handed Over to Judiciary

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice has acquired and renovated 119A Maxfield Avenue to house the Coroner’s and Special Coroner’s Court.The facility will be formally handed over to the Judiciary on Wednesday June 7, 2017.The relocation of the Courts to the new location is part of the Ministry’s thrust to modernize the physical infrastructure of Justice institutions and is a key priority under the Justice Reform Implementation Plan.“We are doing all that we can to change the face of the Justice System including the Courts”, said Permanent Secretary Mrs. Carol Palmer.The completion and handing over of these Courts to the Judiciary signals the continued commitment of the Ministry to improve the built environment of our institutions,Three hundred and forty -nine million dollars (349.150M) is earmarked this year for repair and maintenance of Courthouses, and a further Two hundred and sixty-seven million dollars (267M) for the construction and implementation of the Justice Sector Reform Programme that addresses infrastructure development.The opening will be held at119A Maxfield Avenue Kingston 10.last_img read more

Harper government denies human rights museum censored Indigenous exhibits

first_imgAPTN National NewsA former curator of Aboriginal content at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is claiming in a new book she was ordered to censor Canada’s dark history with its Indigenous people.That includes removing the term “genocide” from exhibits.But the Harper government has told APTN it’s not true.“That allegation is totally false,” said Conservative MP Rob Clarke on APTN’s Nation to Nation Thursday.APTN’s Jaydon Flett has the story.last_img

Bucks use losses to their advantage

When a team is dominating opponents in basketball, the best thing for it to do to maintain its edge is … lose?That’s right. Losing can be very beneficial to a team that gets too comfortable winning easily.In women’s basketball, some teams have been able to go undefeated and win a national championship, but that is not common. Connecticut is the only team to do so in the last seven years, winning it all while remaining unbeaten last season. Not including Connecticut, championship teams have an average of three losses in each of the last seven years.Ohio State women’s basketball has made it into the NCAA Tournament each of the last seven seasons. Of those appearances, two have resulted in Sweet 16 berths, their deepest runs in the tournament over that span.These seasons occurred in ‘05, with four losses recorded, and ’09, with five losses. Those seasons compare very similarly to this season in the loss column, both in how the team lost and in number. They lost to Duke, a ranked team, after having a big win against California, ranked No. 15 at the time. Their losses against Purdue and Indiana came after a big win against Michigan and a blowout win over Minnesota.Last year’s team won the remainder of its games after two in-conference losses. This year’s team lost two games at about the same point in the year and is doing everything it can to not lose again.Center Jantel Lavender was so intent on improving after the loss to Purdue that coach Jim Foster said she stayed an hour after practice working to get better.“I hate to have a loss to have to learn something or go through ironing out team differences or ironing out little tweaks or minor things that can change the outcome of a game,” Lavender said. “It’s really frustrating to have to go through losing a game and … bringing a lot of things to light that you can really take care of before a loss happens in a game where it can be the difference between winning and losing.”Following the loss at Indiana, the team was more focused than ever. Every answer that players or coaches gave reporters involved improving the team and becoming better players.“We just know that there are things that we need to change and focus in on … we’re making sure we’re doing what we need to do,” center Andrea Walker said. “Attention to detail. We watch ourselves on film and see things we should have done and things that we weren’t doing right.”Since the team lost two of three games a couple weeks ago, it has won both of its games against Iowa and Penn State. More importantly, the Buckeyes are looking like the team that began the year 20-1 by scoring more than 80 points a game and having a sizeable advantage in rebounds.All of this improvement — and it only took two losses that shocked the focus right back into the team. read more

Video Neymar destroys Angers with a superb piece of skill

first_imgNeymar boasted his dazzling skills to new heights on Saturday’s Ligue 1 match against AngersThe Brazilian forward has now returned to club duty and is looking to move on from a poor World Cup campaign.Instead of leading Brazil to a sixth World Cup, Neymar’s time at Russia was mostly spent lying on the ground.Fans even invented amusing games called the “Neymar Challenge” and “Neymar Alphabet” after his antics.The 26-year-old also came under scrutiny last year for joining Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in a deal worth €222m.But he’s ready to put everything behind and start afresh this season.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.One way in doing that was scoring the third and final goal in PSG’s 3-1 win over Angers.Another was this neat piece of skill.Neymar has now managed three goals and an assist in his first three Ligue 1 games on the new season.PSG will next face Nimes away on Saturday.last_img read more

Torreira would have moved to Napoli instead of Arsenal

first_imgThe player’s agent was honest and said that if Carlo Ancelotti would have been in the Italian team sooner, his client would have played there insteadFootballer Lucas Torreira joined Premier League team Arsenal this past summer, but according to his agent, he could have joined Napoli instead.The former Italian Lega Serie A Sampdoria player moved to England before the summer transfer window ended.But if Carlo Ancelotti would have been sooner at Napoli, Torreira would have joined him.“It’s really too bad. Ancelotti wasn’t in place yet when the talks were ongoing between the involved parties,” Torreira’s agent said according to Calcio Mercato.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“He could’ve been a great mentor and coach for Lucas but as my client told me, talks were too advanced with Arsenal at that point in time.”“If his move to Arsenal would’ve collapsed then a move to Napoli would’ve been perfect for him,” he added.“In the end, the gunners satisfied our demands and they even were willing to pay 5 million euros more than his release clause.”“He is adapting well to the league and he is happy to be here with Arsenal,” he concluded.last_img read more