Insurer Storebrand says $24 billion managed by its Swedish unit is now fossil-free

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Life insurer Storebrand ASA has scrubbed all funds managed by its Swedish unit clean of fossil-fuel producers.It’s the latest example of money managers responding to client concerns about climate change. Storebrand, which is the biggest listed life insurer in Norway, had already promised to exit coal completely, and is part of a group of capital managers that have pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050.This latest move means SPP Fonder AB, which manages 230 billion kronor ($24 billion), no longer owns stakes in firms that produce or distribute fossil energy sources or companies related directly to these industries, such as oil-service suppliers, Storebrand said in an emailed statement. It exited 9 billion kronor in such entities over the past weeks to comply with the new rules, it said.As a result of the divestments, Storebrand as a whole now has about a third of its assets, or roughly $29 billion, in fossil-free investments.The Nordics have been at the forefront of the finance industry’s adjustments to climate risk. Norway this year tightened restrictions on coal investments for its $1.1 trillion sovereign wealth fund and decided to exclude pure oil producers. Though that move was driven by financial risk exposure rather than climate considerations, it was touted by activists as another sign that fossil fuels are losing appeal.Storebrand has seen most interest for fossil-free funds from institutional investors, with the strongest demand so far coming from the Swedish market, Chief Executive Officer Odd Arild Grefstad said in the statement. “The growth in our fossil-free funds is a result of strong customer demand,” he said. “There is a rising global demand for action on climate change. Countries, municipalities and cities are increasingly asking for different investment solutions to align their capital with their overall climate commitments.” [Mikael Holter]More: Nordic money manager pulls $24 billion funds out of fossil fuel Insurer Storebrand says $24 billion managed by its Swedish unit is now fossil-freelast_img read more

Newly opened Racecourse Village adds to Ascot’s appeal

first_imgAs one of Brisbane’s most historically significant addresses, Ascot is well-known for having a unique blend of houses and architecture that exude charm and sophistication. Racecourse Road is the area’s original promenade, shopping street and dining hub, and today, it is still a bustling commercial centre. Thanks to the recent completion of Racecourse Village Shopping Centre, the suburb is continuing to offer its residents unrivalled amenity and convenience.With old grand homes on large blocks of land, the area has drawn increased investment in recent times, offering alternative residential options for those wanting to remain in the area. Heritage buildings and historic sites dot the suburb, combining with the new to create a suburb where contemporary melds with classical charm.Contemporary residential offerings sit alongside classical homes in Ascot.Since 1863, Eagle Farm Racecourse has called this area home – with the name Ascot given to the suburb as a tongue-in-cheek reference to Ascot in England and its prestigious Ascot racecourse.It’s no surprise then, that the Brisbane Racing Club in particular, has been an integral part of the community for more than 153 years. Nearly 10 years ago, the club made the decision to invest $1.2 billion in the redevelopment of its land around the Eagle Farm and Doomben Racecourses.Its masterplan to build a shopping centre, a sports club and hotel, childcare services, a retirement and aged care facility as well as residential offerings, has further cemented Ascot’s reputation as a premier place to live.Brisbane Racing Club has invested in the redevelopment of the area surrounding Eagle Farm Racecourse.The recent completion of Ascot House – the first stage of the prestigious Ascot Green residential development undertaken by Mirvac – has already drawn significant interest from local buyers.Mirvac Queensland’s general manager of residential development, Warwick Bible, says the first stage of Ascot Green is Ascot House, offering one, two and three-bedroom apartments overlooking Eagle Farm Racecourse.It’s attracting buyers from the local area and surrounds who come from big family homes and want to downsize without compromising on space, style or privacy.“With 90 apartments in Ascot House, the building is geared towards owner-occupiers, as a premium has been placed on ensuring apartments are oversized and with extensive communal facilities for residents to enjoy,” Bible says.Ascot House’s trackside location and incredible amenities has drawn interest from local buyers.He says being trackside means residents benefit from expansive green outlooks, with each apartment designed with oversized balconies.Another drawcard for prospective buyers is the newly opened, $40 million Racecourse Village Shopping Centre, featuring a major supermarket and 18 specialty retail outlets, including alfresco dining and medical services.“Ascot Green residents benefit from the amazing lifestyle amenities on their doorstep including the restaurant-lined Racecourse Rd and the new Racecourse Village retail precinct a mere 700m away,” Bible says.Residents of Ascot House can downsize without compromising on space or style.The Racecourse Rd precinct is packed with an eclectic range of businesses, eateries and services providers. It stretches from Hamilton at the Brisbane River to Eagle Farm racecourse and hosts markets, race day parties, festivals and all manner of community-minded events.Brisbane Racing Club chairman Neville Bell says he’s already seen a visible uplift in visitors to the area, and believes the completion of Ascot House has set the precedent for additional investment in the area.All images supplied by Mirvac.last_img read more

Presidential tickets squared off at USG debate

first_imgOn Thursday night, USC’s Undergraduate Student Government hosted a presidential debate discussing the possibility of achieving greater integration amongst student athletes as well as bridging the divide between USG and the student body and other campus issues, in anticipation of  the USG election next week.The event took place in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center at 6:30 p.m. and featured formal debates between the USG presidential and vice presidential candidates. Executive Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics Dan Schnur and Rachel Scott, a senior majoring in broadcast journalism, moderated the program.The presidential candidates, Rini Sampath and Providence Ilisevich, began with opening statements to the audience of primarily USC students.Sampath emphasized her and vice presidential candidate Jordan Fowler’s experienced backgrounds with USG, as Sampath is the current vice president and Fowler is director of university affairs.“We really do have a track record of working with real results,” Sampath said. “We would love another year in office to continue implementing change. We’ve seen firsthand the impact student government can have, and with your vote, we can make that happen.”Ilisevich described her experience as a USG senator, which included passing a resolution that implemented an extension of the drop deadline from three to seven weeks.“The unique thing with being a senator is that you get to see so many different projects,” Ilisevich said. “You can choose to get involved in groups, committees and assemblies. There have only been two resolutions passed this year, and I passed one of them.”Sampath discussed her work on the resolution of the Black House initiative and her research on similar projects at other universities.“I’d love to see it as a stepping-stone for future projects,” Sampath said. “At Stanford University, they have a black house, a Chicano house. That’s what we need at USC. As student leaders, we need to recognize the importance of a black house and the importance of talking about marginalized groups on campus.”Both candidates had strong stances on campus sexual assault and described strategies they would implement in office.“We were able to bring light to the conversation on what consent means, what sexual assault looks like on this campus,” Sampath said. “We’ve had a joint force working on this front, and we decided this would be nice for a social media campaign and empowering fraternities on talking about this issue. We want to bring that kind of bystander intervention program to all 900 organizations on campus.”Ilisevich discussed her work on the Greek Task Force and conversations with the Center for Women and Men as evidence of her strong stance on sexual assault, one she would maintain if elected.“Consent is such a complicated  issue but also such an important issue that it takes more than just creating a Facebook page,” Ilisevich said. “Something we’ve discovered is it’s going to take a long time to get programming that’s really effective. It’s going to take an extra semester or so to make sure that’s as valuable as it can be.”Candidates discussed improvements in the integration of USC athletes in the student body.“They have this feeling that they’re left out of the conversation,” Sampath said. “We hope that will be a stepping-stone integrating them more in the community. That said, I think we don’t pay as much attention as we should to rec sports. We want to increase funding for rec sports, making it more accessible for all students to participate in sports, not just the varsity athletes.”Ilisevich mentioned plans to add a position on USG that represented the voice of athletes on campus.“I think there’s a lot of other aspects of the student experience for athletes that are underrepresented,” Ilisevich said. “Athletes don’t feel like they’re integrated with the student body. They’re here to have a well-rounded experience, and we want to create a position in USG that’s representative of athletics because it would help them to feel like they’re students here.”During the vice presidential debate, Fowler cited successful projects such as the Uber-Campus Cruiser partnership, free LAX shuttle over spring break and water bottle filling stations on campus during her time as director of university affairs.Vice presidential candidate Ehren Elder worked hard to implement LGBT programming in the Greek community. He has been involved in plenty of activities outside of Greek life as well, including being a spirit leader and orientation advisor.As members of the Greek community, Fowler and Elder both responded to issues within the Greek system.“There should be a conversation administrators have with students before sanctions or policies are implemented on The Row, so the Greek organizations are having a say,” Fowler said. “They live there, they go there the most, and so these conversations need to happen. I don’t think that is something most students want to take away from this university.”Elder spoke to the tradition of the Greek community and how new policies have often stifled its purpose.“This is more than just sanctions as well as policy changes,” Elder said. “We’ve seen an immense shift in the way fraternities are treated. There’s such a deep-rooted tradition of the Greek system here, and pulling that down with policy is unfortunate.”Students in the audience reacted positively to the issues both tickets expressed.“I liked both candidates’ responses to the questions about The Row and the athletes,” said Keith Keer, a freshman majoring in electrical engineering. “Incorporating the athletes into the student body is definitely something that the university should look into because no one really sees them in their classes or gets to know them; we only hear about them.”“The debates represented both tickets and there were great overlaps, especially with regards to the sexual assault campaign,” said Katie Larson, a junior majoring in industrial and systems engineering. “Both are passionate and no matter who is elected, we are going to be in good hands.”last_img read more

Recognizing Marcus Garvey for Caribbean-American Heritage Month

first_imgAlthough Jamaican Marcus Mosiah Garvey has not made recent news, for many Caribbean nationals his relevance as a newsmaker is perennial for his role in Caribbean-American Heritage.Migrating to and residing in Harlem, New York in the 1920s, he stoked the embers of Black Power and fueled the ambitions of Caribbean and other black immigrants in the U.S. with his bold philosophy expressed in the words “Up, up, you mighty race! You can accomplish what you will.”This Jamaican stalwart achieved great things in the United States, and elsewhere. Even though he was officially titled a Jamaican hero, his outstanding achievements makes him worthy of being a Caribbean American hero as well.Garvey was born in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica in 1887 and was one of 11 children of a stones-man and a household servant. By age 14, Garvey went off to Jamaica’s capital city, Kingston, where he worked in a print shop. It was there that he would get his first taste of activism, as he joined the labor union for print tradesmen.By 1912, Garvey settled in London, England after spending a short stint in Central America. There he was able to attend the University of London’s Birkbeck College—a right that was not given to blacks in the U.S. at the time. At university, he studied law and philosophy, worked for a Pan-Africanism newspaper, and began leading public discourse at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park.In 1914, Garvey ventured back home to Jamaica and started the Universal Negro Improvement Association. He also began corresponding with African-American leader, author, activist and former slave, Booker T. Washington. Surely inspired by Washington’s work, two years later, Garvey travelled to the U.S. to begin lecturing to the black community to share his “separate but equal” message, questioning U.S. democracy and oppression of people of color. Garvey ended up speaking in 38 cities throughout the U.S.Notably, in 1917, in Harlem, he formed the first chapter of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), and launched the Negro World newspaper. By 1919, the UNIA’s membership grew to over four million members. That year, under the auspices of the UNIA, Garvey would lead the establishment of the Black Star Line shipping company. Soon the company would purchase its first ship, which would be known as the S.S. Frederick Douglass.The Black Star Line then went on to form the African Redemption Liberia program, which sought to create a nation in Africa, for slaves, their descendants and African Americans as a whole. Due to this and his other dealings, Garvey became a target of the U.S. government, who began investigating him for mail fraud in connection with the Black Star Line. In 1923, Garvey lost a trial on the matter, and was sentenced to five years in prison. While serving his sentence, he wrote “First Message to the Negroes of the World from Atlanta Prison,” which became a famous paper.“After my enemies are satisfied, in life or death I shall come back to you to serve even as I have served before. In life I shall be the same; in death I shall be a terror to the foes of Negro liberty. If death has power, then count on me in death to be the real Marcus Garvey I would like to be. If I may come in an earthquake, or a cyclone, or plague, or pestilence, or as God would have me, then be assured that I shall never desert you and make your enemies triumph over you,” Garvey wrote in that paper.It is said that Garvey thought that the investigation and his consequential imprisonment was a backlash from the Jewish community, after he agreed to meet with the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan—an organization that he believed shared his views on segregation.A 1921 quote from a speech given to UNIA members sums up Garvey’s views on the rights of African Americans and the African diaspora. In it he says, “If you want liberty you yourselves must strike the blow. If you must be free, you must become so through your own effort … Until you produce what the white man has produced you will not be his equal.”“We shall march out, yes, as black American citizens, as black British subjects, as black French citizens, as black Italians or as black Spaniards, but we shall march out with a greater loyalty, the loyalty of race. We shall march out in answer to the cry of our fathers, who cry out to us for the redemption of our own country, our motherland, Africa,” Garvey said, summing up his singular cause of the redemption of Africans at home and abroad. For him, self-reliance, redemption and a strong sense of purpose were cornerstones of black emancipation. He was also a staunch advocate for black entrepreneurship, and lived as an example for aspirational black business owners through his many projects.As the leader of the Pan-Africanism movement and civil rights activist, Garvey sought to unify and connect people of African descent in the U.S. and worldwide. For this, the U.S. was his base, where he founded several wildly successful mega-organizations. As an advocate for people of African descent living and operating separately, but with equal rights, Garvey was a leader in the U.S. who stretched his influence across the seas and throughout the world.Garvey died in London England in 1940. In 1964 his body was brought back to Jamaica. The government designated him as the Jamaica’s first National Hero and reinterred his body at a shrine in the National Heroes Park, Kingston.His work is still relevant, widely studied, and the basis of much black nationalist work globally. For this, he is not only a Jamaican hero but indeed a Caribbean-American hero, and a fixture in Caribbean-American heritage.last_img read more

The Enchies return to championship form winning the Slate Creek Relays i.e. Great Race

first_img2ndRenn’s Rockets 1stCommodore Enchies42:24 3rdSSB Big Bucks47:09 1stRenn’s Rockets 2001 3rdAnders Spinalators 1stCommodore Enchies50:39 1stAnders Spinalators 3rdWichita Barbarians47:27 1stAnders Spinalators43:30 3rdSSB Big Bucks45:10 1stYunker’s Wheat Whackers45:49 The Great Race Scoreboard is as follows: Follow us on Twitter. 2ndDore Enchies44:43 1stCommodore Enchies42:03 3rdAnders Spinalators45:08 2ndSSB Big Bucks52:24 2010 2007 1stCommodore Enchies45:19 1stCommodore Enchies 1stYunker’s Wheat Whackers44:25 2006 2002 3rd? 1stCommodore Enchies44:28 – 44:58 2003 YearTeamTime 3rdCommodore Enchies3rd 3rdBig Brother/Big Sisters Bros47:59 2ndWichita Barbarians43:54 2ndRenn’s Rockets46:13 2ndYunker’s Wheat Whackers45:44 1stCommodore Enchies42:26-42:41 2ndWichita Barbarians47:27 3rdYunker’s Wheat Whackers 2009 1stAnders Spinalators45:10 -46:10 2011 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Dore Enchies returned to winning form by winning the 2014 Slate Creek Relays at Woods Park Saturday evening.The Dore Enchies knocked out the defending champion Anders Spinalators to capture The Great Race Cup. Anders placed second while the Sons of Thunder finished third.The final order of teams was as follows:1. The Dore EnchiesThe Enchies were the first place winners. (Photo by Steve Sturgis).2. Anders SpinalatorsThe Anders Spinalators were second place winners.3. Sons of ThunderThe Sons of Thunder were third place winners.4. Security State Bank Big Bucks5. Black Oak Striders6. Axis of Awesome7. Greeno Flameouts8. Spencer Speeders9. Gov’s Bandits10. Village Idiots.The Enchies have made it four out of five with their victory today. According to reports they won the race by more than two minutes.  After a three-year winning streak, Anders broke the streak in 2013. The Dore Enchies (formerly the Commodore Enchies) returned to form.From the beginning of the 360 sprint, the Enchies were in control the whole way. In fact, after the first of 13 legs, the pecking order was set. Anders was never out of second place and Sons of Thunder was third, all but two of the 13 legs where it dipped into fourth after legs two and fifth after the motocross.Sons of Thunder made its first entry into placing breaking through the Enchies – Spinalators – SSB Big Bucks dynasty.The legs of the race included:First leg – 360 yard sprintSecond leg – 3/4 mile runThird leg – cross country runFourth leg – Motocross 250 cc 2 1/4 mile runFifth leg- Desert Highway – 3/4 mileSixth leg – Horse race, 1 1/8 mile.Seventh leg – bicycle – half mile.Eighth leg – Mile runNinth leg – Mile run10th leg – Two-man canoe11th leg – Two-man canoe12th leg – half-mile runFinal leg – 360-yard sprint.•••••The top three finishers since 2001 are as follows: 2ndWichita Barbarians48:45 3rdYunkers Wheat Whackers44:30 2004 2ndAnders Spinalators44:09 2ndYunker’s Wheat Whackers 2ndWichita Barbarians43:44 2ndYunkers’s 2012 3rdYunker’s Wheat Whackers50:16 3rdWichita Barbarians46:05 2005 YearTeamTime 2008 2ndCommodore Enchhies45:31 2013 3rdAndy’s Avengers54:24 Close Forgot password? 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Thank you for your input. -4 Vote up Vote down Tom Countryman · 316 weeks ago We happened to be leaving Wellington as the motocross riders were pulling onto highway 81 near Mill Street. They approached cautiously, but I can see how this leg of the race could be dangerous in the heat of competition. Race organizers might want to consider whether this leg of the race is dangerous. Report Reply 0 replies · active 316 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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Evolutionist Disgraced

first_img(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Marc Hauser, Harvard evolutionary psychologist who resigned under a cloud, was found guilty of scientific misconduct and admitted to some of it.Nature News reported: “Former Harvard University psychologist Marc Hauser has admitted to making ‘mistakes’ in his research that led to findings of research misconduct announced today by the US Office of Research Integrity, which polices research funded by the National Institutes of Health.”Hauser’s confession is reported by the Boston Globe.  He admitted some mistakes, but stood by most of his work: “I am saddened that this investigation has caused some to question all of my work, rather than the few papers and unpublished studies in question.”The Harvard Magazine, though, printed a substantial list of misconduct investigators found, including fabricating data and falsely describing results.  Hauser resigned last year when the investigation began.  The magazine says, “he had planned to return to Harvard after his leave, but resigned following a psychology department faculty vote against having him resume teaching duties.”  An update states that Harvard instigated the investigation and agrees with the US Office findings.  (See note following our 12/24/2010 entry for first indications of misconduct.)The magazine stated, “Hauser studied the evolution of language and cognition, in research involving monkeys and humans.”In a column today in Nature unrelated to the Hauser investigation, Jim Woodgett of Mount Sinai Hospital wrote that scientists must be open about their mistakes.  “The scientific community must be diligent in highlighting abuses, develop greater transparency and accessibility for its work, police research more effectively and exemplify laudable behaviour,” he warned.  “This includes encouraging more open debate about misconduct and malpractice, exposing our dirty laundry and welcoming external examination.”Update 9/11/2012: Nature News reported that there are questions about whether Hauser intentionally committed misconduct.  Outsiders cannot know due to privacy rules of the investigation.  According to reporter Eugenie Samuel Reich, projects tainted by the misconduct were funded by the NIH up to $790,000.  Now that Hauser is gone from Harvard, he has turned his attention to education, working with a company that develops computer games to teach students cognitive skills and self-control.  “This work is deeply satisfying and I look forward to making new contributions to human welfare, education and the role of scientific knowledge in understanding human nature,” he said.Update 9/13/2012: Science Magazine 14 September gave a balanced report on the Hauser investigation, presenting views of accusers and defenders, as well as specifics on the alleged instances of misconduct.  Apparently whistleblowers from his own lab tipped off Harvard’s investigation, which was followed up and confirmed by the ORI at NIH.  Some of his colleagues call him solely responsible and are bothered by his refusal to accept responsibility: “It is sad that Hauser still will not admit to the charges that have been found against him when he does appear to nonetheless accept that the evidence exists and is legitimate,” Gerry Altmann wrote in an e-mail to Science.  Some of his lab workers are now disgruntled that their work has been tainted by their association with him.  Science noted that his “provocative work” garnered “media attention” and that the publication of his book Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong, “he had moved into the rarified sphere of the public intellectual.”  Some colleagues in the evolutionary psychology community, nevertheless, are standing by him and downplaying the seriousness of the misconduct, some of which was not published.  As part of the discipline, any research Hauser does with funding from the Public Health Service must be supervised, and he is barred from peer reviewing others’ work, for 3 years.Marc Hauser’s “research” was often reported in these pages.  In 9/21/2005, we saw him referring to human capabilities as  “the chimpanzee mind.”   5/29/2006, we found him joining the Darwin Centurions against the I.D. Visigoths.  In 10/27/2006 and 11/06/2006, we saw his fellow Darwinists adoring his new book Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong (by natural selection).  In the 2/22/2008 entry, we saw him engaging in “paleofantasy,” trying to rescue Darwin from the huge cognitive gulf between chimpanzees and human children.  In 4/07/2009, we saw him divining into “the evolution of dogs and the evolution of humans.”  In 7/06/2009, we saw him attributing animals’ ability to count to evolution.  In 2/08/2010, just months before he was caught, we saw him trying to evolutionize religion to a point that even appalled Nature reporter Phillip Ball.This is the guy, you might remember, who taught his toddler to adore Charles Darwin: “When my youngest daughter was about three years old, I pulled a cheap trick on her, teaching her that whenever I asked ‘Who’s the man?’, she should reply ‘Darwin!’ She does this quite well now,” he said (see 7/03/2007 entry).  Let’s hope his new work with students on Cape Cod does not involve this kind of Darwin brainwashing.  Is this the person you want teaching your kid self-control?So while we don’t rejoice over anyone’s downfall, we are not surprised.  Actually, we think Hauser should have been rewarded.  Remember, he wrote a book about how “nature” (a.k.a. natural selection) produced our “moral minds,” our “sense of right and wrong.”  It’s not really right or wrong, he said; it’s just a “sense” of it that the aimless, purposeless, amoral process of selection produced in us.  Natural selection allows room for cheaters in its schemes for how morality evolved.  Cheaters are not doing wrong; they’re just participants in the game (3/25/2010).  Harvard needs cheaters like Marc Hauser to keep their evolutionary game going.  It gives the “punishers” something to do (1/13/2010).  Hauser actually played a vital role, therefore, at Harvard, and illustrated how evolutionary game theory was supposed to work (11/16/2009).  Remember the evolutionist who said, “it becomes advantageous for some individuals to cheat, and vice versa, which allows co-existence between cheaters and cooperators to arise”?  (4/07/2009).Yes!  Reward Marc Hauser.  He illustrated the morality of “the chimpanzee mind” in real-world experiments.  The joke was on Harvard, not him.  He really showed his daughter that Darwin is The Man.  He is a consistent Darwinian.  Should Harvard punish a faithful devotee of Darwin?  Should the U.S. Office of Research Integrity punish someone who revealed that integrity is a farce, an illusion, a relic of natural selection? (7/23/2010)  Reward the cheater!  Reward all the Darwinian cheaters.  We like that, because it will hasten the implosion of the Darwin totalitarian regime.last_img read more

Single voice will build a nation brand

first_img“Brand South Africa is the authority that can help us all speak with one voice, with one identity,” Sithembile Ntombela, BSA general manager of marketing, at the organisation’s stakeholder workshop.Johannesburg, Thursday 2 June 2016 – Stakeholders agree that a nation and its representatives need to all convey the same message to build the brand. For South Africa, people need to overcome the disconnect between the image they have of themselves and the way the rest of the world sees the country.It was easier to remind visitors, and South Africans, of our uniqueness if we had one voice, said Thabo Masebe, who delivered the keynote address at the first of a series of workshops on nation branding held by Brand South Africa.Communication specialists from national, provincial and municipal government as well as representatives of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) such as Eskom convened to listen to presentations on branding, and more specifically nation branding, at the organisation’s head offices on 31 May.The departments and SOEs had to be united behind a single purpose, pointed out Masebe, who is the deputy director-general of Gauteng Provincial Communication Services.“There are events, like 2010 [the FIFA World Cup], that leave a mark. The question we need to answer is: how do we host the world in a way that lets them know that South Africa is the place to be.”A strong brand was built not just on a strong identity consistently communicated, but on being brave enough to embrace all that the brand represented, said Greg Maloka, the managing director of radio station Khaya FM. This honest approach, in nation branding, was the equivalent of the emotional attachment people developed towards commercial brands.“A nation is people with different experiences. What is it that appeals to us all on an emotional level? Is our diversity a strength or a weakness? Do we have a shared vision? How do we draw people in to share our diversity? If we all co-create this identity, then South Africans own the brand and are invested in its growth.”Dr Petrus de Kock spoke of the need for a single message to be delivered with one voice. Too many voices led to confusion, explained De Kock, Brand South Africa’s general manager of research. As an example, he pointed to the difference in perception foreigners had of South Africa versus the way we imagined the country to be.“Globally, audiences perceive us more positively than we do. Our open democratic system and strong institutions are important to investors and we remain the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in Africa. Importantly, for the way we are perceived in Africa, we are the second largest source of investment in Africa,” he said.“For business, South Africa is the place to be if you want to do business in Africa. We are not doing ourselves any favours if we ignore the challenge of how we perceive ourselves.”Masebe said this was the result of people’s perceptions and as communicators it was the responsibility of the assembly to work to change that. “South Africans are positive about the country but they believe that the government has removed themselves from the people. We are the ones who need to change that (perception).”Brand South Africa was the organisation to do just that, added Sithembile Ntombela, the general manager of marketing. “Brand South Africa is the authority that can help us all speak with one voice, with one identity.”Its approach – to be both proactive and reactive – was the best way for a country brand to communicate its uniqueness successfully. Like great commercial brands, South Africa’s message should be focused, distinct, relevant and consistent. With Brand South Africa as the lead, South Africa’s message – its unique promise as a nation and destination – would be clearly heard.last_img read more

Plan now for the 2019 OCA Replacement Female Sale

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John F. Grimes, OCA Replacement Female Sale ManagerThe Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) is announcing an event of potential interest for both the buyers and sellers of beef breeding cattle. On Friday evening, Nov. 29, the OCA will be hosting their seventh annual Replacement Female Sale. The sale will be held at the Muskingum Livestock facility in Zanesville and will begin at 6:00 p.m.The 2019 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Replacement Female Sale will provide an opportunity for both buyers and sellers to meet the need for quality replacements in the state. Consignments may include cow-calf pairs, bred cows and bred heifers. Females must be under the age of five as of Jan. 1, 2020 and may be of registered or commercial background. Bred females must be bred to a bull with known EPD’s and calves at side of cows must be sired by a bull with known EPD’s. Pregnancy status must be verified by an accredited veterinarian through traditional palpation, ultrasound or by blood testing through a professional laboratory. Analysis must be performed within 60 days of sale. Consignments will also be fulfilling specific health requirements.At the 2018 sale, buyers evaluated 107 lots of bred heifers, bred cows, and cow-calf pairs at the auction. The sale included 80 lots of bred heifers that averaged $1,437, 25 lots of bred cows that averaged $1,377, and two cow-calf pairs that averaged $1,450. The 107 total lots grossed $152,275 for an overall average of $1,423. The females sold to buyers from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.Why discuss a sale that is several months away? As we are in the midst of the 2019 breeding season, now is an excellent time to evaluate your herd and consider marketing decisions for the fall. Young, high quality cattle backed by solid genetics are in demand with potential buyers. Yearling heifers bred artificially to proven calving ease sires are very marketable. A shorter breeding season that results in a tighter calving window has also proven to be popular with potential buyers.It is also a great time to evaluate the body condition of potential sale animals and make nutritional adjustments to the animal’s diet in anticipation of a late November sale date. A Body Condition Score in the 5-6 range on a 9-point scale at sale time is a good goal to strive to achieve. It is my experience that while prospective buyers may complain about overly fat breeding cattle, they certainly resist purchasing breeding cattle that are in thin body condition.Consignments for the sale are due to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association by October 1, 2019. Sale information can be obtained by contacting the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at (614) 873-6736 or at their web site located at . If you have any questions about the sale, you can call me on my cell at (937) 763-6000, or contact me by e-mail at [email protected] Please consider this sale as an opportunity for both buyers and sellers to help contribute to the improvement of Ohio’s beef cow herd.last_img read more

Big weekend for Touch Football Victoria

first_imgIt will be a big weekend for Touch Football Victoria this weekend, with a VT League double header, a fundraiser for cancer research and much more! The first round of the girls’ Victorian Schools Touch Football League (VSTFL) will be held on Friday night at Aquinas College, while the second round of the Boys’ competition will be held at Scotch College. The 2014 season sees 76 teams competing, which is the biggest VSTFL competition ever held. Sunday will see a VT League double header at Elwood Park. The Melbourne University Northern Blacks and Eastern Falcons will play the first ever VT League ‘Call to Arms’ match on Sunday 9th February to raise funds for Cancer Research. In a first for Touch Football in Victoria, the two teams will use their Round 14 game to promote awareness of cancer in men by wearing yellow socks and arm bands. There will also be a BBQ on the day, with all proceeds going straight to the cause.Touch Football Australia’s High Performance Skills and Performance Analyst, Karley Banks will also be in attendance at the VT League double header, assisting the Women’s VT League coaches and doing training sessions with the Women’s teams during the day as part of Touch Football Victoria’s Women in Sport grant. For more information or to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results from the weekend, please visit the Touch Football Victoria website and social media pages:Website – Facebook – Twitter – – Related LinksBig Weekend in Viclast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer assures matchwinner Rashford: Zico, Maradona also missed

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer assures matchwinner Rashford: Zico, Maradona also missedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was happy for matchwinner Marcus Rashford after victory over Leicester City.The England international was under pressure taking the early spotkick.But having missed his previous penalty against Crystal Palace, Rashford converted for the only goal of the game. It was a relief for Rashford and his teammates, with United having missed two of their previous four penalties won this season.However, despite the outside pressure, Solskjaer insists there was never any extra demands coming from him for United’s No10.After the victory, Solskjaer told VG: “Every striker has been penalised. I’ve seen Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi miss. Michel Platini and Zico, my favourite player of all time, missed in the same match.”You just have to have enough confidence to take it again next time. What is the worst that can happen?”Victory over Leicester has United now sitting in fourth place on eight points after five games. It marked United’s first win since the opening day thumping of Chelsea.Solskjaer was also asked by reporters from the Norwegian outlet about Rashford’s performance. The United manager admitted he was delighted with the player’s commitment against a very competitive Leicester City.On Rashford’s form, Solskjaer continued: “He offers something to the team. He knows we didn’t give him enough opportunities to run through their back line. He’s getting more mature. He knows it’s not just about goals.”Today it was all about teaming up, we had to defend, and it was good to see that we were able to defend ourselves from deep without conceding any chances.”- updated September 16 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more