Giggs, about his hair problem: “I became paranoid”

first_imgHis appearance became an obsession: “I became paranoid, especially when I knew that the game was going to be broadcast on television or if it was going to rain. When it rained I thought ‘I wish it wasn’t like that.’ That’s when I decided to cut my hair more and more. When I cut it, I was born stronger “.Pressure became an added problem: “Football can be very stressful. You are constantly under pressure. You are aware of the consequences of losing a game. You are always in focus and exposed to criticism.”He decided to have a hair transplant: “As I have always been a reserved person, it was a subject I wanted to keep for myself. I didn’t want to talk about it, but all the people asked me if I had done something to my hair or if I had had a hair transplant. It was hard for about a day and a half, but I think people now judge less that. “ Wales coach Ryan Giggs was honest about how he lived in his football stage. The former player of Manchester United I was obsessed with hair loss, just as it picks up The sun. He says that his appearance got so stressed that he became paranoid and admitted that he had to have a hair transplant to feel better about himself.The first time you noticed hair loss: “The first time I realized it was after a game at Anfield in 2003. I scored two goals and when I entered the bar where my teammates were, I expected them to receive me with a ‘good job’ but the first thing I heard it was ‘you are losing hair’. “last_img

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May 14, 2020 | by

“Street protest”, “war break” remarks inciting hostilities – Trade Union

first_imgFinance Minister Winston Jordan in BarticaCivil society bodies are viewing the remarks made by senior officials of the APNU/AFC Government, following the recent ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed, as inciting hostilities among Guyanese.Finance Minister Winston Jordan, during a Government outreach in Bartica on Tuesday, rallied coalition supporters saying, “Comrades, be on the ready! Because we will be able to call you out to picket for House-to-House registration… From today (Monday) Comrades, war break, because we got to go to elections before the end of this year…”On the other hand, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, at the same public meeting told coalition supporters that there would be trouble if youths are disenfranchised.“The young people who turned 18 since the last elections, their names are not on that voters’ list and anyone who calls for an election without our young people being on that voters’ list, is calling for trouble in this country,” Nagamootoo said.But in a statement on Friday, the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) expressed concerns over these statements made by the Government officials.“The remarks which, among other things, included a call for “war”— which we could not fail to recognize have been deemed by some as inciting hostilities in our society. Indeed, we share the view that the utterances by leaders of our nation have no place in our contemporary times and could, very well, serve to ratchet up tensions among our peoples,” the umbrella Union said.The missive went on to outline that these statements are “totally unacceptable” and cannot be countenanced, regardless of the circumstances. FITUG posited that the connotation of a call to war naturally evokes strong sentiments and causes, undoubtedly, heightened anxieties.This remark, according to the Trade Union, goes against the Government and more so President David Granger’s call for our people to live in cohesion. Further making reference to another incident where a similar call was sounded on a video recording circulated on social media, FITUG noted that these two incidents were too close for comfort.“At this time, as is the case all the time, we urge our leaders to consider their words and statements, especially taking into account the lasting impression they can have on our people,” the Trade Union stated while being cognizant that these political remarks were made at a Government outreach funded by state resources.Meanwhile, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition had wasted no time in writing to Police Commissioner Leslie James and the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) to register its complaints over the two officials’ statements.Those remarks by the senior Government officials were made on the same day that the Trinidad-based Regional Court handed down its ruling that the Opposition-sponsored No-Confidence Motion against the coalition Government was validly passed on December 21, 2018 and that the unilateral appointment of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman was flawed and unconstitutional.Stakeholders, including civil society bodies, the public sector and even the diplomatic community, had called on the political leaders to respect the CCJ ruling and find consensus on the way forward.In fact, the New York-based International Centre for Democracy (ICD) joined the calls for Guyanese leaders to seize the opportunity given by the CCJ in this interim period to demonstrate responsible leadership.“We commend the CCJ for giving the leaders in Guyana a chance to demonstrate political maturity and responsible behaviour in working out the way forward… While we are cautiously optimistic the political leaders will resolve the timeline based on the CCJ rulings, we are encouraged further by the CCJ’s indication that they will meet again on June 24 to consider consequential orders, should the political leaders in Guyana fail to reach consensus on a way forward,” the ICD noted in a missive on Friday.According to the two-year-old body, validity of the No-Confidence Motion has been accepted by all parties since they all previously committed to honour the CCJ rulings. To this end, the ICD posited that the Constitution must be supreme and as such, the parties should work for elections within 90 days from the CCJ ruling – since the Constitution did stipulate the resignation of the Cabinet, a dissolution of Parliament and an election within 90 days after the passage of the No-Confidence Movement.“The democratic processes must be allowed to work and the CCJ has become an adjudicator and mediator to ensure democracy blossoms in Guyana. We are hopeful that the combination of legal authority exercised by the CCJ and mature political dialogue with a commitment to uphold the Constitution will ensure Guyana faithfully stays on the democratic course,” the ICD noted.Prime Minister Moses read more

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January 12, 2020 | by

Premier Campbell focuses on ‘wood first’

first_imgHe adds, his government has to be mindful of the balance between stimulating the economy, and maintaining services like heath care and education. BC’s premier says the ailing forest sector still holds the key to the province’s economy.Gordon Campbell was on hand in Prince George today, for the opening of the Northern BC economic summit.The main focus of Campbell’s remarks today surrounded the lumber industry, as he promoted his new ‘wood first’ strategy, which he expects will boost the local economy.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=836|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=358e601dbad820c0afbf476935084473-campbell 1_1_Pub.mp3] He says once confidence is built in families and communities, we’ll start to see the benefits of government stimulus.[asset|aid=837|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=358e601dbad820c0afbf476935084473-campbell 2_1_Pub.mp3]As far as the upcoming provincial budget goes, Campbell doesn’t expect immediate tax cuts, as his government already made cuts in October.Advertisementlast_img

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January 12, 2020 | by

Liverpool transfer news: Hero’s return, wonderkid and striker rumours latest

first_img A deal for Martin Odegaard could be on the table and so could one for a World Cup finalist. Click right for more Liverpool transfer news… – The Norwegian wonderkid has revealed he is still yet to decide on his next club as Strømsgodset IF look to offload the precocious 16-year-old. Real Madrid had seemed a likely destination for the talented teen but Brendan Rodgers will have been boosted by the news Odegaard hasn’t committed to signing for any club, just yet. Jay Rodriguez could join some former team-mates at Liverpool, and one of the hottest properties in world football could be alongside them too. Click right to find out who… – Southampton and England forward Rodriguez isn’t even back on the pitch yet after a lengthy spell out through injury, but that isn’t stopping clubs from reviving their interest in him. Manchester City and Tottenham are also keen on the striker, claim the Daily Mail, but he could favour linking up with his former team-mates Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert at Liverpool if he opts against signing a new contract at St Mary’s. 6 Alvaro Arbeloa to return to Liverpool? Now click to see which striker could be on his way to Anfield… – Real Madrid full-back Arbeloa could be set for a sensational return to Anfield. The 31-year-old previously joined the Reds in January 2007 and spent two and a half seasons on Merseyside before moving to the Bernabeu but is now behind Dani Carvajal in the pecking order under Carlo Ancelotti. A move would be in the player’s interest and he could be the perfect replacement for Glen Johnson who appears set to leave on a free transfer in the summer. 6 6 It’s safe to say the transfer window is hotting up for Liverpool as more news comes to the surface about their targets.The likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Fabian Delph have been heavily linked with moves to Anfield in recent days as Brendan Rodgers looks to strengthen his squad.It’s not all good news for Reds fans with the news one striker will not be joining them and one Anfield outcast won’t be leaving anytime soon.But the club have been handed a couple of big transfer boosts as they look to get themselves back into the top four.Click the arrows above to find out all the latest Liverpool transfer news… It looks like Burnley hotshot Danny Ings won’t be joining Liverpool, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be signing anyone this month, so click the arrow above, right, for more Reds transfer news… – With Mario Balotelli failing to impress since his £16million move, Liverpool are on the hunt for a goalscorer to partner Daniel Sturridge and one name on the list is England Under-21 star Ings. He’s hit six Premier League goals this season but Burnley manager Sean Dyche has warned off potential suitors insisting the club don’t need to sell anyone, despite their small stature. 6 6 Fabio Borini seems set to stay with the club. Click right to see a forward who he might be teaming up with… – One striker who looks like staying at Anfield is Italian 23-year-old Borini. He’s struggling to make a first-team spot his own after snubbing the overtures of Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers in the summer. But the player’s agent, Marco De Marchi has insisted he will remain on Merseyside for the time being. 6 Ezequiel Lavezzi may swap Paris for Merseyside – Liverpool’s hopes of landing the Argentine star in a cut-price move have been boosted as reports emerge that Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Manchester United target Nicolas Gaitan from Benfica. If the French club can do a deal then Brendan Rodgers may well get his man for £8million, report the Express.last_img

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January 6, 2020 | by

BRIAN CANNON CELEBRATES BEING A CLOUGHANEELY GAA CLUB MEMBER FOR FIFTY YEARS!

first_img***AGM***Buíochas do gach duine a bhí i láthair ag Cruinniú Cheann Bliana an Chlub Dé Domhnaigh seo chaite. Ar an drochuair , b’éigean an cruinniú a chur ar athló ós rud é nach rabhthas ábalta cathaoirleach úr a fháil. Dhéanfar an cruinniú a ath-thionól in Óstán Loch Altan ar an Domhnach 24ú Eanáir 2016 ar 5:00. Táthar ag súil an Cathaoirleach agus na hoifigigh eile a thoghadh an lá sin.Many thanks to all who attended the club AGM on Sunday evening. Unfortunately due to the failure to elect a chairman the meeting had to be postponed until January 24th in Óstan Loch Áltan at 5:00 pm; at which point we hope to be able to proceed with the election of a new chairman and fill the remaining officer roles. ***Ladies AGM***The Ladies AGM will take place Friday 22nd at 8:00 pm in the club house kitchen.***Thank You***Brian Cannon – a valued and respected club member of CLG Cloich Cheann Fhaola – this year celebrates 50 years being a club member! We, at the club, would like to thank Brian for his continued loyalty and support to the club over the years; and also thank him for brightening up our AGM on Sunday with stories of the earlier days of the club!!***Falcarragh – Park run***Well done to Tom Feeney and all those involved in organising the Falcarragh parkrun – parkrun is a worldwide initiative and, thanks to Tom and his team, Falcarragh’s parkrun is the 1st in Donegal! It kicked off on Saturday with over 100 participants on it’s first day! Parkrun is a FREE family friendly event and open to all walkers, joggers and runners! If you are interested in being a part of this weekly 5K event (every Saturday morning!), please check out Falcarragh Parkrun on facebook for further details!*****DMG Fitness****Gym membership Prices for 2016 are as follows:1 month =€253 month =€556 month =€801 year =€150There are also a range of fitness classes being run. You can check out DMG on facebook for more details or contact Declan on 086-1009467. ***Under-Age Indoor***Mock exams start this week in the school gym, there will therefore be no indoor. We will notify you once the Monday and Friday night indoor for our underage players resumes!BRIAN CANNON CELEBRATES BEING A CLOUGHANEELY GAA CLUB MEMBER FOR FIFTY YEARS! was last modified: January 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CloughaneelyGAASportlast_img

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December 27, 2019 | by

Rowing Led By 2nd Varsity 8+ Boat At MACRA Championship

first_img“We will take this week to load up again and then taper off next week for conference,” DiSilvestro said. “Let them rest and prepare for finals. It is never easy to prep for our biggest race during this time, but they have to manage their time well and after practice is over they need to be focused 100 percent on classwork and finals.” 2nd Varsity 8+Molly Packer (cox)Madison CoffmanSarah LarsonIngrid McNeelyMelanie DahlstromMikaela JanesAudrey BaumeisterJulie ShipleyElise Nikolic “It was a good day here against some very tough competition,” said head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “We trained through this race prepping for conference in a few weeks so their rest schedule was different coming in than a normal race weekend is normally. So, I knew they would be more tired but they performed well and all three boats came off the water each time feeling good. The 2nd 8 had a great race, the varsity 8 hung with some strong team and the four performed well. Overall all of our goals were met besides getting wins, which that happens sometimes, but they came together as a team, raced well and followed and executed race plans.” BATAVIA, Ohio – The Drake University rowing team was led by its 2nd varsity 8+ boat on Sunday at the 2017 MACRA Championship on Lake Harsha. The Bulldogs’ 2nd varsity 8+ boat advanced to the grand final, where it placed second behind Eastern Michigan (07.07.7) with a time of 07:47.7. Drake’s varsity 8+ boat finished fourth in its grand final while the varsity 4+ A boat finished fourth in its petite grand final. Varsity 4+ AMadeline Killian (cox)Molly PackerJulie UramLindsay FinnellLauren Bascio In the 2nd varsity 8+ race grand final, Drake edged fellow Metro Atlantic Athletic member, Robert Morris (07.26.8) and rival, Grand Valley (07:29.4) for runner-up honors. In the varsity 8+ competition, Eastern Michigan (06:53.6), Mercyhurst (06:57.8), Grand Valley (06:59.9) finished in front of the Bulldogs while Robert Morris (07:33.9) and Cincinnati (07:43.1) finished after. In the varsity 4+ A race, Drake (08:17.1) was behind Grand Valley (08:02.7), Eastern Michigan (08.04.4), Charleston A (08:16.7) and defeated Case B (08:26.1) and Cincinnati B (08:39.8). Following Sunday’s race in Ohio, Drake will prepare for the 2017 MAAC Championship to be held May 12 on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. The winner of the league’s annual race will earn an automatic berth to the 2017 NCAA Championship that will also be held on Mercer Lake, May 26-28. The Bulldogs finished third at the 2016 MAAC Championship. Drake LineupsVarsity 8+Liz Rambhia (cox)Gabby BrodekMadison PetersonSarah FrantikJessica RebischkeSarah KonopackiHaley AbramsKerstin DonatShelley Hunter  Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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December 24, 2019 | by

In Pictures: Bia Bundoran Food & Drink Festival is a tasty success

first_imgThe inaugural Bia Bundoran Food & Drink Festival has been hailed a massive success by attendees and organisers following the first staging of the event over the weekend.More than 25 local food providers, restaurants, cafes and suppliers collaborated over the weekend to showcase the wide range of food and drink available in the seaside town which was promoted by Discover Bundoran.The festival, which was part of the Taste The Island initiative from Failte Ireland was heavily promoted and embraced by the national tourism authority, food journalists and bloggers as well as celebrity chefs including Neven Magure, Gary O’Hanlon, Derry Clarke and Donegal’s own Chef Brian McDermott who performed the official opening of Bia Bundoran at a ceremony on Friday evening (20th September) in Madden’s Bridge Bar. David Leonard with Brian McDermottFailte Ireland’s David Leonard, Shane Smyth Discover Bundoran, Ernan McGettigan A Taste of Donegal and Barney McLaughlin Donegal TourismBundoran Tourism Officer Shane Smyth who coordinated the event said “we couldn’t be happier with how the weekend went. It was out first year hosting it and we wanted to start small and get it right. We are indebted to all of the local providers who embraced the idea from the start and collaborated with us to make sure it was a success. I would like to thank them all for supporting the initiative and without wishing to single anyone out, a huge thanks to Brendan and Patrick at Donegal Brewing Company who created the Roguey Pale Ale for us to have as part of the festival.”The ever accommodating host – James O’Doherty at the Chasin Bull serving up the Roguey Pale AleShane Smyth Discover Bundoran, David Leonard Failte Ireland, Chef Brian McDermott Foyle Hotel and Brendan O’Reilly Donegal Brewing Company at the launch on FridayEvents like afternoon teas, gin tasting, wine tasting, talks on growing your own vegetables and a food & foto tour all contributed to the success of the weekend as well as wonderful special offers from trade partners the length of the town.Get a sample of the events in the picture special below:Deirdre Byrne of Sliabh Liag Distillery conducts the gin tasting sessionDarren Rafferty of James Nicholson Wine Merchant hosting the wine tasting at Fitzgerald’s BistroDonegal’s food promoters gathered for the launch of Bia BundoranCllr Tom Conaghan and Cllr Michael McMahon with Bundoran Tourism Officer Shane SmythThe participants of the Food & Foto tour with tutor Megan GallagherPhotographing some of the great food available across town during the Food and Foto tourSinead Fox at the Bistro on Friday nightLouise, Nuala and Elizabeth Kerr enjoying the wine tasting Friday nightLocals and visitors supporting the festival in foamForager Fred talks wild plants at his session on Saturday afternoonThe Bridge Bar’s Raymie Dawson dishing out the food at the launchThe genial host John O’Donnell at Fitzgerald’s Wine TastingDavid Leonard from Failte Ireland addresses the launch on Friday at Madden’s Bridge Bar In Pictures: Bia Bundoran Food & Drink Festival is a tasty success was last modified: September 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bia bundoranFailte Irelandfood and drink festivaltaste the islandlast_img

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December 21, 2019 | by

Fishing the North Coast: Offshore bonanza for the holiday weekend

first_imgThe timing couldn’t have been any better. The upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend will coincide with some of the best ocean conditions of the season. And it just so happens the warm tuna water is right on our doorstep. While the salmon bite has picked up, the talk of the town is tuna. Boats will be headed southwest out of Eureka beginning on Thursday roughly 25 nautical miles from the entrance. Confidence is high that the water is full of tuna based on the reports coming from Fort Bragg and …last_img

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December 20, 2019 | by

Even the Plants Have Eyes

first_img(Visited 137 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 How do plants steer toward the light?  They have eyes the size of molecules.What are eyes, if not light collectors that send signals?  Then plants have eyes, too.  Phytochromes are proteins that are sensitive to light in plants and some bacteria.  When one of these molecules gets hit by a beam of light, it undergoes a gymnastic change in shape that switches on a whole cascade of downstream effects, including steering the stem or leaf toward the source of light.  That’s why the beanstalks kids grow in a box grow toward the hole where the light is.Phytochromes are molecular machines that switch on other machines.  A tiny change in the phytochrome’s shape, amounting to a few Angstrom units, can be amplified into leaf motion that is orders of magnitude larger—something like a child flipping a switch that launches a rocket.More about this process was published this month in Nature, “Signal amplification and transduction in phytochrome photosensors.”  A lay-level summary is provided by the University of Gothenburg, where some members of the research team hail from.  In “Light-Sensitive Eyes in Plants,” the press release describes this wonder of nature:Most plants try to avoid the shade and grow towards the light, which enables them, among other things, to consume more carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. Proteins known as “phytochromes” control this process. The phytochromes in the plants are thus changed through the light radiation, and signals are passed onwards to the cells.Phytochromes have, as do most other proteins, a three-dimensional molecular structure. Light is absorbed by the phytochromes and the structure of the protein changes….“We already knew that some form of structural change was taking place, since the light signals must be transferred onwards to the cell. What we didn’t know, however, was how the structure changed, and this is what we have revealed. Nearly the complete molecule is rebuilt,” says Sebastian Westenhoff.Westenhoff described these phytochromes in engineering terms: “Proteins are the factories and machines of life, and their structures change when they carry out their specific tasks.”The paper in Nature said nothing about evolution other than to point out that a tongue-shaped part of the phytochrome molecule that provides leverage for the switch is “evolutionarily conserved” — i.e., unevolved.  Indeed, “The photosensory core and the key amino acid sequence in the tongue region … are highly conserved over the whole phytochrome superfamily.”As usual, evolutionary theory was useless to this advance in our understanding of plants at the cellular level— except, of course, to show that evolution contributed nothing.  The machine was there at the start in bacteria and has remained unevolved ever since.Think of what’s involved here.  The phytochrome is composed of hundreds of amino acids precisely arranged such that the protein can switch conformations between two very different states: “nearly the complete molecule is rebuilt.”  That conformational change, though, would be useless without other machines knowing how to respond to the change.  The paper says,In plant phytochromes, two additional PAS domains are included in the C-terminal regulatory region and a more complex pattern of functions has to be controlled, such as serine/threonine kinase activity, and affinity to interaction partners. In all cases, the output activity is probably controlled by a structural change in the photosensory core.All the downstream effects of this initial switching must cooperate for the bacterium or plant to benefit from the light.  This is not the work of a blind, unguided process, but one that sees a distant goal and organizes components, as in a factory, to get a job done.It’s the engineering design approach, not evolution, that is “shedding light” on the workings of nature.last_img

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December 19, 2019 | by

South Africa’s reputation in the spotlight

first_imgPetrus de Kock, Brand South Africa’s head of researchBrand South Africa recently hosted a Western Cape workshop in the run-up to its inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum (SACF), to be held on 5 November.Delegates gathered at the Pavilion Conference Centre in the Clock Tower at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront for the workshop on 17 October. There have already been similar meetings in the Eastern Cape and Gauteng provinces, with the next stop being KwaZulu-Natal.Key themes from the workshop included communication and collaboration, with participants asking where city brands fell in Brand South Africa’s strategy and how there could be better streamlining between cities’ and provinces’ aspirations and marketing and those of the country. Policy coherence and stability were also hot topics, with particular reference to mining and downstream beneficiation.The meeting intention, said Wendy Tlou, Brand South Africa’s director of strategic marketing and communications, was to gather input for the SACF, which would look at South Africa’s strengths and weaknesses to boost its competitiveness on a global scale.“We must have conversations around these and maximise our assets. It is important that we are listening. We need to understand why global competitiveness is important.”Petrus de Kock, Brand South Africa’s head of research, is the driving force behind the SACF. He explained that the organisation was working on the nation brand – to market the country – as its mandate from the Presidency.“We deal with a huge number of people, so we need to be well-informed about what the country offers. Nation brand is a competitive construct. These meetings are needed so that we can extract as much knowledge as we can from the people on the ground, doing the manufacturing, making the economy run.”Brand South Africa wanted to know which issues impeded competitiveness, not just the good stuff, he said.Wendy Tlou, Brand South Africa’s director of strategic marketing and communications“We are looking to find our competitive and reputational strength and weakness and what is the country message. The top 50 companies on the JSE (Johannesburg Stock Exchange), top 50 by reputation, manufacturers, government departments, academia, think tanks and media are all invited to the SACF.”The concept comes none too soon: as Tlou pointed out, we have seen how single events can have an immediate and huge effect on South Africa’s reputation, for example: the Marikana massacre and the Oscar Pistorius shooting. “The key is to be resilient. We need to look into what we can own, 20 years into democracy, look at what we have done. We must also be open about our Achilles’s heels.”The statistics speak for themselves: on the Rep Trak index, maintained by the G8’s Reputation Institute, South Africa’s reputation score plummeted in January and February this year – the Pistorius incident took place on Valentine’s Day – but recovered to its highest level in August and September. The point, De Kock said, was that on an ordinary day, without any bad events, South Africa’s reputation was quite good globally.Yet he agreed that incidents such as Marikana affected foreign direct investment (FDI).“But South Africa still attracts about 20% of all FDI for Africa. It is a significant amount, but we can do much more. Yet FDI competition is more often than not shaped by specific and sector issues – for example, can you make the product to set standards.”Key outcomes expected from the SACF would be specific steps from each breakaway session tackling what could be done to change the country’s marketing. There would also be a ministerial debriefing, and work would be initiated and input sought on developing a South Africa-specific competitiveness index.“As a country we need to track our own performance. What do we need as a tool to measure the success or not of the national plans? Lastly, [we] need to look at what the South African country messaging is saying.”Communication and collaborationCape Town Tourism raised the question of feeding the city’s programmes and good stories – like its designation as World Design Capital in 2014 – into Brand South Africa’s programmes and messaging. Tlou agreed that it was necessary to have all stakeholders on the same page. This meant the country message needed to be the same, without detracting from the city or region message.Operationally, this could be done through setting up a collaborative platform, with a forum to manage it. Regular, on-going relationship building was necessary, pointed out Chris Whelan, the chief executive of Accelerate Cape Town, a business think tank.“It needs to include businesspeople who travel abroad, so that we are all telling the same story.”Given Cape Town and the Western Cape’s success in marketing themselves and managing a number of successful programmes, it was suggested that a skills transfer with other provinces read more

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December 18, 2019 | by