POM AFL comp to start with Lightning 12s

first_imgThe Port Moresby AFL Advisory Board confirmed the start of the season in the first meeting of the year held last week Thursday.The Lighting 12s is for the men’s division only.The women’s pre-season will commence at a later date.The Lightning 12s pre-season will have prize money up for grabs and also will encourage the teams to get organized for the 2018 season which is likely to start after Easter.Last year the season was disrupted because of elections and the International Cup.Last year’s champions, Lamana Dockers, runners up Koboni, Bomana Cats, Oilmin Kokofas, West Eagles and Gereka Bombers have confirmed their participation in this year’s competition.last_img

Top 2 slots sealed

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We now have the opportunity, but it will entirely be up to us,” he said when asked if he can see a clearer road to the Finals—and a shot at the second jewel of the coveted Triple Crown. “But we will be playing (solid) contenders (in the playoffs). It will be hard.”After getting 34 points from import Charles Rhodes and twin digits from five locals, San Miguel closed out its elimination round stint with a 9-2 card, tying idle sister team Star and Barangay Ginebra at the top and finishing No. 2 in the rankings behind the Gin Kings after the quotient system broke the tie.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundGinebra also finished with a 9-2 record and grabbed the second quarterfinal bonus after a 94-80 whipping of Mahindra later in the night, and since they and the Beermen were the only teams to defeat the Hotshots in the eliminations, they knocked Star out of the twice-to-beat privilege.“We didn’t play that well. We didn’t have the flow we wanted to play with,” Ginebra’s Tim Cone said after steering the Ginebra franchise to its first No. 1 finish in 20 years—the last time that happened was when Gordon’s Gin was reinforced by Chris King in the 1997 Commissioner’s Cup. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Swing Out Sister back to PH this April China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Ceres eyes another celebration at home Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in PBA IMAGESSan Miguel Beer accomplished the first thing it set out to do in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, and coach Leo Austria knows the question on everyone’s minds.“It won’t be easy,” Austria said on Friday night, moments after his Beermen claimed the first twice-to-beat privilege in the first round of the playoffs after a 112-101 decision of GlobalPort at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Justin Brownlee scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds and the Gin Kings had little trouble thwarting the Floodbuster, who failed to make it past the eliminations for the second straight conference after a 3-8 record, good for 10th spot.Ginebra will thus await the winner of the knockout clash between the Batang Pier and Alaska for No. 8 on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, while the Beermen will be clashing with seventh-ranked Phoenix Petroleum in the quarterfinals.The Fuel Masters, GlobalPort and the Aces all finished with 4-7 records, but Phoenix grabbed No. 7 because of having the best quotient.TNT KaTropa finished No. 4 and will clash with fifth-ranked Meralco in a best-of-three series. Defending champion Rain or Shine, No. 6 with a 5-6 record, will battle the Hotshots.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Neymar-less Barca out to maintain charge

first_imgMessi also missed training on Thursday due to personal reasons and was seen heavily stretching his hamstring towards the end of a depleted Barca side’s 1-1 against Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday, but is expected to be fit to start.Luis Suarez was left on the bench for the trip to Germany as the holders had already qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League, and will return seeking to score for his ninth consecutive game.Barca were left to rue a host of missed chances last weekend as they conceded late to draw 1-1 at Valencia and allow Atletico Madrid to cut the gap at the top to two points with Real Madrid two points further adrift.And they face another stiff test at the Camp Nou against a revitalised Deportivo la Coruna side that are enjoying a return to their glory days after a number of seasons bouncing between the top-flight and the second division.Lucas Perez’s 10 goals have propelled the Galicians up to sixth in the table and he is happy for Barca to be distracted by their upcoming trip to Japan.“It seems like Barca will be without Neymar which benefits us. If Messi, Suarez and (Andres) Iniesta also want to stay at home and save themselves for the Club World Cup, we’d accept it,” said Perez.“We are going there to compete. They drew in their last match, but they are playing great football and are in their best form with the return of Messi.”In contrast to Barca’s injury problems, Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez finally has a fully-fit squad to choose from as he is expected to welcome back Sergio Ramos and Marcelo for Sunday’s demanding trip to fifth-placed Villarreal.Madrid’s problems off the field have continued this week as the club’s appeal against their expulsion from the Copa del Rey was turned down and star striker Karim Benzema suspended from playing for France due to his alleged part in a blackmail scandal.However, on it they are fine form having smashed Malmo 8-0 to equal the biggest ever margin of victory in the Champions League on Tuesday with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring four and Benzema hitting his first hat-trick in five years.That win was Madrid’s fifth in a row since being humiliated 4-0 at home by Barcelona last month and Ronaldo believes they are on the right track.“It is normal at a club like Real Madrid when things don’t go well everyone is critical,” said the World Player of the Year.“We are used to that, but little-by-little we are improving, the team is better and more confident. Five consecutive victories, we are on a good run and we need to continue like this.”Barca’s brilliance and the madness at Real Madrid in recent weeks has taken the attention away from Atletico Madrid.However, Diego Simeone’s men can be top of the league at Christmas should they win their next two league games due to Barca’s Club World Cup commitments next weekend.Atletico face a tough test themselves at home to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, though, as Europe’s best defence faces up to the triple threat of Aritz Aduriz, Inaki Williams and Atletico old boy Raul Garcia, who have already combined for 30 goals this season.Meanwhile, after a disappointing start to his managerial career as Valencia crashed out of the Champions League in midweek, Gary Neville gets his first taste of La Liga action as Los Che travel to Eibar.Fixtures (all times GMT)FridayGetafe v Real Sociedad (1930)SaturdayBarcelona v Deportivo la Coruna (1500), Celta Vigo v Espanyol (1715), Levante v Granada (1715), Sevilla v Sporting Gijon (1930), Las Palmas v Real Betis (2105)SundayRayo Vallecano v Malaga (1100), Eibar v Valencia (1500), Atletico Madrid v Athletic Bilbao (1715), Villarreal v Real Madrid (1930)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona Brazilian star is brought down during their La Liga match against Villareal. PHOTO/FileMADRID, December 11- European champions Barcelona will have to do without the injured Neymar for their final La Liga game before Christmas at home to Deportivo La Coruna before jetting off to the Club World Cup in Japan.The Brazilian star’s absence due to a groin problem is a huge miss as he has been Barca’s player of the season given Lionel Messi’s recent two-month layoff due to a knee ligament injury, scoring 14 goals in just 13 league appearances.last_img read more

Trying to duck the heat, deli regulars delay dinner

first_img“They exist here mainly on snails, bugs, and what’s growing at the bottom of the lakes,” said Canoga Lakes maintenance man Rob Tolhurst, who’s been cleaning up behind the ducks for 18 years. “The residents are not supposed to feed them, so a lot of the ducks fly over to Weiler’s.” When you’re living on a diet of snails and bugs, bread and water must look pretty good. Across the street at the deli, it’s approaching 7 p.m. and cooling down when the ducks fly over for dinner. There are only about a dozen of them, though. The heat’s killing everyone’s appetite, even the ducks. Jackson’s relieved to see them. Not relieved that they’ve arrived, but that they decided to fly over for dinner instead of walk. How hot is it? So hot the neighborhood ducks missed the early-bird special at Weiler’s Deli in Canoga Park on Thursday night. “I don’t know what’s wrong. They’re usually here by 5 p.m., 5:30 at the latest,” Dena Jackson said, checking her watch. “It must be the heat.” For the past eight years, since she’s been a night-shift waitress/supervisor here, the deli’s steadiest customers have been 50 ducks who live across Sherman Way on five man-made lakes inside the 19-acre Canoga Lakes condo complex. They eat at Weiler’s every day. In the morning, about a dozen of them show up for breakfast. Every evening, 30 or 40 stop by for a dinner of bread and water put out for them on a patch of green lawn adjacent to the parking lot. “We’d like them to fly over to avoid the heavy traffic on Sherman Way all the time, but sometimes they just get in a long line and walk across the street,” she said. How do you chew out a duck and tell them it ain’t safe walking across a busy street in the Valley, even if you’re human and in the crosswalk or have the light? You don’t. Ducks don’t get it. So you just keep your fingers crossed that none of them get hit by a car. “We had one a few months ago,” Jackson said. “It was so sad. But other than that, they make it. Drivers stop when they see them coming and wait until all of them have crossed the street before they start up again.” It’s the young kids eating with their parents early at Weiler’s who love to feed the ducks the most, she says. “They’ll take bread from their own table to feed them, but we always make sure no rye bread. The ducks could choke on the seeds.” Arriving late for dinner Thursday night, the ducks missed most of the kids who had eaten earlier with their parents, but a few customers gave them some of their own bread along with the white and wheat slices Jackson put out for them. The ducks ate a little, but their hearts weren’t into it. Too darned hot. “It’s become kind of a tradition here,” customer Paul La Clair told me. “Every day between 5 and 5:30 on Sherman Way (by Shoup Avenue), the cars slow down and stop to let 30 or 40 ducks walk over for dinner. “It’s a beautiful sight to see, a nice little slice of country life right in the middle of a busy valley.” Except when it’s hot. Even ducks don’t like this heat. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgWest Donegal TD Dinny McGinley has claimed that tourism is on the “cusp of a new golden era” – just hours after a leading hotel closed its doors.The Seaview Hotel in Gaoth Dobhair which closed last night.Donegal Daily revealed last night how the Seaview Hotel in Gaoth Dobhair closed yesterday with the loss of 35 jobs.Owner Jimmy Boyle told us how Government inaction in the area had partially led to the hotel’s closure. But local TD Dinny McGinley maintained today that tourism in Donegal and Ireland is about to be reborn.His claim comes following the devastation of the Gaoth Dobhair area including the closure of the Ostan Hotel, the loss of Largo Foods as well as the closure of two local grocery shops in Bunbeg.Deputy McGinley said the announcement of the hotel clsoure is a terrible blow, not alone to the Boyle family, the over 30 workers losing their jobs, but also to the local parish.Dinny McGinley TD“For many years the Seaview was an iconic facility in the area. It was looked upon as a centre of social entertainment for young people, not alone in the Parish, but in West Donegal. “It also provided excellent facilities for events in the area and attracted many tourists down through the years. It has made a major contribution to the golden era of tourism in the 60’s, 70’s and even later.“What makes last night’ s announcement even sadder is that we are on the cusp of a new golden era of tourism in Donegal.“As someone who has been using the facilities of the Seaview for family and public events down through the years, I do hope that this is not the end of an era and that the Boyle family will continue to be involved in the business and catering life of the Parish for many years to come.”DONEGAL TD CLAIMS WE ARE “ON CUSP OF NEW GOLDEN ERA OF TOURISM” AS HOTEL CLOSES! was last modified: January 7th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Dinny McGinleydonegalGOATH DOBHAIRSeaview Hotellast_img read more

NO DEAL! Real Madrid president closes door on Chelsea’s Sergio Ramos pursuit

first_img1 Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has shut the door on Sergio Ramos’ possible departure from the club, amid summer interest from Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.As talkSPORT told you yesterday, reports emerged that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was planning an audacious attempt to lure the World Cup winner to Stamford Bridge.However, according to Diario Gol, president Perez has quashed any rumours linking the 30-year-old with a summer departure.Ramos has been a key figure at Real Madrid over the last few years and is a huge voice inside the dressing room.The Spain international joined Real Madrid from Sevilla in 2005 and has made more than 500 appearances for the 11-time European champions.He has a contract until 2020 with the club. Sergio Ramos last_img

Recession-free through 2008

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleHomeowners could lose a little real value to inflation during the forecast period, but it won’t be an economic body blow to most. Prices could remain flat for five or six years. “That’s how these things have worked themselves out in the past,” Ratcliff said of prior housing market cycles. Forecasters also note that this is a volume cycle, with sales off 30 to 50 percent from their peak, rather than a price cycle. Prices did collapse after the last bull housing market ended in the early 1990s, but that cycle was driven by massive job losses. And University of California, Los Angeles, economists agree that it would take a recession to drive down prices. UCLA economists predict California will remain recession-free through 2008 – reassuring news for homeowners since housing prices are expected to flatten rather than decline, according to the university’s Anderson Forecast being released today. “In case you have been on Mars and missed the news, here it is: The housing market ain’t what it used to be,” forecast director Edward Leamer wrote in his assessment. “But we are very far from a great comeuppance in which the extraordinary appreciation of the last five years is taken away.” The forecast, similar in tone to June’s, calls for modest job growth in California and the nation through 2008. That will cushion the housing sales slide and preserve much of the 150 percent increase in Los Angeles County home prices between 1999 and 2005, noted forecast economist Ryan Ratcliff. Sellers will certainly notice the market changes, though, with sales taking much longer than in the past. This might not be a big deal, though, because sellers will realize they don’t need to trade a lower price for a quicker sale unless they are in an economic pinch, Ratcliff said. John Karevoll, an analyst at market tracker DataQuick Information Systems, agrees with UCLA’s housing market outlook. Karevoll said that it takes more pressure, like job losses, to push prices down than push them up. Any extended economic downturn would impact housing much more than other parts of the economy. “Housing is stretched right now. (But) it’s not going to snap.” The sales declines look big because they are coming off a peak and retreating to average levels, he said. Economists believe that sales counts in California will probably return to 1999 or 2000 levels. That’s the point at which the boom market began. “It’s not going to be a pleasant experience to sell a home,” Leamer said of the evolving real estate market. “The most important advice I would give to current homeowners is to stop reading the real estate pages because the news is going to seem real bad.” The California forecast, also similar to June’s, anticipates a decline in building permits to about 133,100 units in 2008 with activity then returning to the 2000 level of about 148,900 units annually. As builders retreat, the report said, the construction sector will lose about 100,000 jobs over the next two years. Slowing home sales will also erode real estate-related employment in the financial services sector, but this will be offset by gains in leisure and hospitality sectors. “Real estate sectors will continue to decline, but without significant declines in another sector, the net result will be a slowdown, not a recession,” Ratcliff said. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Lampard provides Mount injury update and reveals if he’ll play vs Liverpool

first_img Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Mason Mount could feature for Chelsea when they take on Liverpool on Sunday despite picking up an injury during Tuesday’s Champions League defeat by Valencia.Mount, the England midfielder, was bright in the opening stages but had to be withdrawn early on after being on the receiving end of a heavy challenge from Francis Coquelin.Though he tried to run the knock off, he was unable to recover and Frank Lampard made the decision to remove Mount from the game, which the Blues went on to lose 1-0. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta targets “There was a lot of swelling; it didn’t look the best. If there is proper damage you can’t do much.“We won’t take any risks, there is a bigger picture, we will do our best.”Lampard also discussed Chelsea’s other injury news, his first few months as manager, and the confirmation that Callum Hudson-Odoi has committed his future to the club by signing a new five-year contract.You can read the best bits from his press conference, below… Leicester vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Derby (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Newcastle vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTWest Brom vs Huddersfield (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 2 appointed Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship 2 on target Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff statement stalemate Hudson-Odoi put pen to paper on a new, long-term deal on Thursday On Kante’s return from injury“It is a boost, we know the importance of him. The question is how fit he is. He has played a couple of games, but he missed pre-season. Istanbul was miraculous. Now we have to manage him.“I am delighted to work with him and if he can bring a positive for us then I will take it into consideration.”On Callum Hudson-Odoi’s new contract“I spoke to Callum in pre-season; I made him aware I want him to be part of the plans.“The club have worked hard, so has he and it’s what everyone wanted. It was away from me slightly but I made it clear I wanted him at the club. Now it’s signed it is where the hard work starts. We know the talent he has, I think there is a lot more.“A lot of the talk was before me, hopefully can look at the other younger players getting their opportunities. You talk about Tammy [Abraham] and Mason… it is a nice thing to see and we can put that to bed and start the work.” What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti center_img latest deals Lampard has opened up on the injury Mount received during Tuesday’s match Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:17Loaded: 12.88%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen LIVE on talkSPORT Getty Images – Getty LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Ally McCoist pays tribute to Rangers legend Fernando RicksenThe result means Lampard remains waiting for his first home win as Chelsea manager, a win he could claim this weekend when Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool visit.And Mount may be ready to play in Sunday’s clash, Lampard confirmed during his pre-match press conference.“He has got a chance [of playing],” said Lampard. “We saw the image of the tackle made it look bad.“We are trying to get him moving today, I will have to make the call before the game. His attitude is good so he will give everything to play. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Getty Images – Getty update rookie error On Chelsea’s UEFA Super Cup defeat by Liverpool“It showed that we can compete with one of the best teams in the country. It’s a new game and if you aren’t at your best then they are a team who will punish you.”On Jurgen Klopp’s praise“I respect him hugely and it was a nice thing going up against him in the Super Cup. He doesn’t mess about and quite rightly has got the success he deserves.“If he talked about individual players then that is great for them, but they need to use that to get even better.”On his first few months as Chelsea manager“Hard work, I expected that. It’s a club that I love and I feel at home. It’s great to be around familiar faces. I am working towards that.“I have seen signs of improvement and it is good to see that. I am in the moment, and I am working towards something.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever.last_img read more

Townsend: Scotland comeback ‘hard to believe’

first_imgScotland head coach Gregor Townsend admitted he had never experienced anything like his team’s the rollercoaster 76 point Calcutta Cup draw at Twickenham.Townsend spoke of pride in his team after an incredible comeback from 31 points down to lead by seven points when the clock went dead – before a last gasp George Ford try denied them an historic win.But he was quick to point out that his players were distraught not to have held on after scoring 38 unanswered points at a stadium Scotland have not won at since 1983.Townsend said: “I’ve never been involved in a game of rugby like that as a player or a coach.“There’s not many games of rugby end up being 31-0 to 38-31 and end up at 38-all.“Especially when you think about the team we were up against and the quality of defence they’ve got.“I’m very happy with the draw considering what happened in the first half but the players are gutted.“At the end they were so disappointed not to have won, which seems incredible to think when you’re 31-0 down.“We talked about just winning back respect. Winning the second half was going to be a huge challenge.“Go go out and score five tries in the second half is hard to believe.”Captain Stuart McInally struggled to articulate the clash of emotions – coming so close to a victory that would have echoed through the ages but also retaining the Calcutta Cup and returning north with it in Scottish hands.The Edinburgh hooker said: “It’s a strange one. With a minute and a half to go you dare to dream that we might done it.“We are really proud of that second half and we’re disappointed with the first half.“It is great to retain the Calcutta Cup, I’m not going to lie, that’s a good feeling even though it was a draw and a game we could have won.”“We wanted to win the second half but at the time did we think we could go out and score 31 unanswered points? No, probably not.“But you score, you score another, and then you start to believe.”England head coach Eddie Jones pointed to a recent history of his side suffering second half lapses and said it was something he was trying to root out.And the Australian offered full praise to Scotland for their incredible comeback.Jones said: “Our first half was exceptional rugby and we should have been ahead by a lot more.“We got seduced by the scoreboard.“[Scotland] came back really well. They’ve got plenty of heart, plenty of pace, plenty of endeavor and guys who were playing poorly in the first 30 minutes turned their games around.“So a lot of credit to them.”last_img read more

Brand South Africa embraces Global Dignity Day and Play Your Part Schools Clubs

first_imgJOHANNESBURG, Tuesday 15 October 2013 – Brand South Africa will join Africa Empowered to bring communities on board, to support teenagers to stay in school, through the Global Dignity Play Your Part Schools’ Club Programme.  The partnership will be launched on 16 October at the Umtata Christian School in the Eastern Cape to coincide with Global Dignity Day.The programme, which aims to encourage a community-centric approach to the socio-economic, academic and entrepreneurial development of learners, will emphasise South Africa’s commitment to education, which is also articulated in the National Development Plan.As part of the proceedings learners will share their experiences, having been part of this programme.  Learners will be encouraged to play their part for the growth and development of our country by staying in school and using all opportunities available to advance their learning and skills development.  This will be critical to ensuring that South Africa’s future is assured, by developing the youths’ skills base for a competitive and inclusive economy.This partnership comes in the wake of the 2013 One Young World Summit which brought together 1,500 global youth leaders who deliberated on, amongst others, key issues that impact on their leadership abilities.  Critical amongst these is the need for quality education and skills development.Media are invited as follows: Date:      Wednesday 16 October 2013Venue:   Umtata Christian School898 Errol Spring Ave,MthathaTime:     10h30 – 14h00The day’s events will include an address by Brand South Africa’s Civil Society Manager, Leo Makgamathe, as well as poetry and rap performances by young people who are part of the Global Dignity Play Your Part Schools’ Club Programme.“These young people are inspiring because they are serious about the future they would like to build for themselves and their peers. They have displayed initiative and leadership abilities, which will be key to realising the development goals outlined in the National Development Plan and Vision 2030. After all, today’s youth will make up the workforce of 2030, so their input and involvement is crucial,” said Mr Makgamathe.Note to editorsWhat is the Global Dignity Play Your Part Schools’ Club?The Global Dignity Play Your Part Schools’ Club has created a network of learners who are organised into clubs in their high schools, in various provinces around the country. These learners immerse themselves in projects that aim to instil dignity in themselves and others, while at the same time uplifting their communities. The programme comes at a time when there has been an increase in the number of violent incidences in some of the country’s schools. This initiative aims to restore dignity in the classroom. The programme was launched in various high schools in February 2013. Currently, over 600 learners countrywide are part of the network.This intervention involves various stakeholders, who are brought onboard to ensure that learners obtain the necessary support to excel and focus in their academic and social lives. The top 50 learners per club, who are academically successful and have demonstrated leadership potential, are empowered with skills to help them become change agents in their communities. The initiative speaks to the spirit of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme, which aims to mobilise all citizens to play their part, to improve the lives of others.Global Dignity DayAs part of the Global Dignity Play Your Part Schools’ Club programme, Global Dignity Day is observed annually on 17 October, and seeks to rope in World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders, role models and thousands of volunteers to celebrate Dignity Days. On these days, the young Global Leaders speak to and encourage youth in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. The aim is to instil a new, positive, inclusive and interconnected sense of value in young people that will guide them as they grow up.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.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: nadias@brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more