The Philippines completes the nationalization of Bienve Marañón

first_imgBienve Marañón, a native of El Puerto de Santa María, arrived in the Philippines in 2015 endorsed by Carlie de Murga, with whom he met in Spain while playing at Socuéllamos. The defender, who at the time belonged to Ceres Negros – now plays in Thailand – offered him to join a team in which he has played since then and with whom he has become the highest historical scorer of the AFC Cup, second competition of the most important clubs in all of Asia: “It is my favorite competition, but I never imagined being so successful,” Bienve acknowledged on the competition’s official website.Marañón would thus enlarge the list of Spanish footballers who, for one reason or another, have managed to represent the absolute national team of the Philippines in recent years. A path marked by Ángel Guirado in 2013 which was later followed by his brother, Juani Guirado, or the aforementioned Carlie de Murga, Javier Patiño or Álvaro Silva, who were part of the ‘Azkals’ call for the 2019 Asian Cup. Other Spaniards such as Diego Bardanca, José Ángel Carrillo or Kike Linares are, like Marañón, in the process of naturalization. The Philippine national team is preparing to add one more Spaniard to its list of eligible footballers. As reported by various Asian media, the senator Miguel Zubiri presented a bill for the naturalization of the 33-year-old Andalusian forward Welcome Cashew, who plays since 2015 in Ceres Negros and in the coming weeks will also be eligible for Scott Cooper, coach of the ‘Azkals’.“Marañón dreams of raising a family in the Philippines and representing the country’s national team. His goal is to compete in international tournaments and make us be recognized as one of the best teams in Asia,” admitted Zubiri in the ‘Manila Bulletin’. The Andalusian striker did not hide his desire to play with the ‘Azkals’ either: “I would love to. I feel better than ever and I want to help Filipino soccer because it has also helped me improve my life“last_img read more

Eli del Estal: “I have lived a normal life, except four days”

first_imgWhat differences do you see between Korean and Spanish culture?It is super different. The biggest difference I see is how they are compared to life. With this situation, the coronavirus, how people here act with how people in Spain act has nothing to do. Here they are so civilized and they respect so much the others … One of the things that shocked me the most when I arrived was that in the garage there were parcels of shipments in the common garage of the building, that if you turn around it is two kilometers, it is huge. A friend from the agency came and asked him what they were doing there and he told me that, of course, so that the postal people don’t waste time, they leave all the packages there and each one when he goes for the car takes his own. I saw a package like a television for about fifteen days in a row and thought ‘this in Spain does not last even fifteen minutes’. Well, there are many more examples. It shows in many details of life. It is a waste of time for them that the delivery man goes all over the building giving the packages. For them they are all a great family and if they trip, they are hindering their country where they work and live. It is very different from Spain.How are you living the coronavirus alarm from so far away? Are you very concerned about the family? It’s been two months since his arrival, how is he in South Korea?Very good and very happy. Just upon arrival, not a week had passed, and we were quarantined. My city was not the most affected, I live near Seoul, fifteen kilometers or so. The cities where there was more infection, possible risk of more infections, were closed and closed for entry and exit. I have quarantined about four days, because an infected person appeared in my neighborhood, but they took him to Seoul and in the following days there were no more infections. I have lived a normal life except for those four days. I am adjusting so much that every day is an adventure.How is your physical work there?Even in quarantine, the physical trainer came to look for us to the companions who are here in the locked apartments and took us individually to do more physical and individual technique training. I have not stopped at the soccer level. We are doing a pretty tough preseason with double sessions. Right now I am dead, because this is a preseason but I have not rested practically nothing, a week or so.How did you come up with the option of going to play in Korea and what convinced you to accept?It was actually a decision I rejected at first. They did it to me at Christmas and then I felt that maybe we could save ourselves, it could be a more participatory season to save Espanyol, as in previous seasons, and if I left I would feel guilty. Seeing how events were happening, that I did not have much weight at the game level and the situation … one day the offer came and on impulse I decided yes.Did you know anything about Korean football before going?When they made the first offer, I did look at something, but I immediately said no. And in the second proposal it was an impulse, they made it to me, I had just been without calling and I said yes. Two days later they told me that they were processing the visa, I had to take the plane and pack my four-year-old bags in Barcelona. It was very fast, I didn’t have time to think about it.How did your parents react when you said, ‘Mommy, Daddy, I’m going to Korea to play’?The truth that my parents told me not to doubt it from the beginning. They do not feel attached to a club and do not understand that feeling of why so much Espanyol. They were the first who encouraged me to live the experience and take advantage of the opportunity that the team I am playing is the best in South Korea.Becoming a winning team …Right, I don’t know if I will be able to get used to winning so many games in a row, I will have to make an adaptation (laughs).Eli del Estal poses with the Hyundai Steel Red Angels jersey. I am worried because every day is bad news, it is alarming. In the news that there are colleagues who ask me if we are subnormal in Spain because they think we are like in the United Kingdom, they do not understand that we take measures, but very small. For them it’s like we don’t take any action. They do not understand how Madrid, which is where it happened in the first moment and was the main focus, was no longer closed having the examples of China, South Korea and Italy. From Italy they justify that they were the first in Europe, but from Spain they do not understand how we did not act correctly. Everyone is fine and since we are from the north and in Santander they are fine and calm. My sister Sara (a Racing player) and I have a very close relationship. She is a little desperate over there.What differences do you see in the way of handling the crisis between Korea and Spain?The biggest difference I see is that the government takes correct measures, the citizens do not complain because they trust the government, they have earned respect. The government in Spain makes bad decisions for a long time, no matter who governs, and citizens do not feel supported by those decisions and respect what they say. If I were in Spain, I might have done the same … Here they have another culture.When do you start the league there?Not known. They have given us an estimated date, because we go a little hand in hand with China and Japan. We were told that Japan would start in mid to late May, but it depends on the coronavirus. They are very respectful with the subject and until there are no weeks with zero cases you cannot start. We are in preseason, but there are teams in cities that are confined that have not started the preseason.What do you think about the moment that the First Iberdrola is going through? Should it be over?How unfair it would be for the players that now that everyone talks about health being the most important thing as we see the health of the players after being a month completely stopped, worse than in summer, to play two games so that one competition when we have been told that we do not generate economically. That they do not intend to play two or three games per week because they will all break.What differences do you notice between Korean and Spanish soccer?Brutal. I come from playing for Espanyol, a team that has spent four years in the bottom of the table. Same if I’m at Barcelona or Atlético is not that different. This club, the Hyundai Steel Red Angels, is like the Korean Barcelona, ​​it has been winning the league in a row for seven years. They are all great. At a technical level it seems to me a big difference, but it is from my vision. The technical they train exclusively and that’s where I see more difference, in tactics I don’t see as much difference. Half of the team goes to the absolute team. I compare it with Barcleona, because it is a team with many international players, although the staff is 28 players. There is competition, we are four points for a single position.How many foreigners are there per team in South Korea?They have a limit of non-community because they understand it to raise the level of the selection, which for them is the most important thing. So, because otherwise they would not progress so quickly and so much, so there are only two foreigners in the team. Here is a Brazilian and me.How do you carry your adaptation to the locker room with so many local players?I get along very well with almost all of them. I have a translator who lives with us and is always there, even on weekends. I really like social life and I sign up for all the plans, I go out with all the players. Sometimes I even go without the translator and speak as I can because they do not understand much English, by signs and as I can, some word of Korean I already know, but it is difficult to learn, it is very difficult.Do you already know some customs there?Something. I love Asian food and I have gone to restaurants and the coach who is very social even invites us to eat. I am integrating as fast as I can.How are you doing with the new coach?He is the sports director too, he does scouting duties. He was a U-20 coach and internationally he knows many players. I don’t know if he signed me, but he integrated us very quickly.How many years did you sign with the team?I signed for a year but I have an assists and goals clause, because they count the same assists, so he signed two, but the club decides if it comes. In principle they want us to spend at least two years. It is very easy to be comfortable here.Do you think you have been right with your decision to go to South Korea?I have been totally right, I have been happy playing football again, it is coming a lot and also because of the situation in Spain, because everything is between parentheses there. It is as if life had stopped you, but I seem to have been here for a year of everything that has happened to me.last_img read more

Trump calls off Eagles visit over anthem dispute

first_imgGolden State cannot relax now, or else Smith, who played on the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia team before being traded to the Carolina Panthers in March, added: “No one refused to go simply because Trump ‘insists’ folks stand for the anthem. … The President continues to spread the false narrative that players are anti military.”He went on: “There are a lot of people on the team that have plenty of different views. The men and women that wanted to go should’ve been able to go. It’s a cowardly act to cancel the celebration because the majority of the people don’t want to see you. To make it about the anthem is foolish.”The announcement was the latest signal that tensions remain high around the NFL protests that began in 2016 when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began silently kneeling on the sidelines while the anthem played. Kaepernick’s protest was an effort to raise awareness around systemic racism and, specifically, the killing of black men by police.He was soon joined by teammate Eric Reid. Both Reid and Kaepernick have filed grievances against the NFL and remain unsigned since their contracts with the 49ers expired.Last season, Vice President Mike Pence left the 49ers game against the Indianapolis Colts after about a dozen San Francisco players took a knee during the anthem. Pence, who left before kickoff, tweeted soon afterward, “I left today’s Colts game becaue @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”Trump has repeatedly decried the players’ protest, referring to them as “sons of bitches” who should be fired at a rally for supporters in Alabama last year. Last month, the NFL announced a new policy – praised on Twitter by both Trump and Pence – requiring players to stand for the anthem if they’re on the field before a game.After the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2017, several players declined to attend the White House ceremony honoring their team last August, citing their differences with the president. In February, the Golden State Warriors declined to attend the White House ceremony honoring their 2017 NBA Championship, instead using their trip to Washington to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture.During an interview after the new NFL policy was announced, Trump praised the league for doing “the right thing.”“You have to stand proudly for the national anthem,” Trump said. Or “you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe they shouldn’t be in the country.”Several members of the Eagles have voiced staunch opposition to the owners’ decision. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial “This is a fear of the diminished bottom line,” Long said last month. “It’s also fear of a president turning his base against a corporation. This is not patriotism. Don’t get it confused. These owners don’t love America more than the players demonstrating and taking real action to improve it.”Jenkins has vowed to carry on the cause.“I will not let it silence me or stop me from fighting,” he said recently. “This has never been about taking a knee, raising a fist or anyone’s patriotism, but doing what we can to effect real change for real people.”Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., invited the Eagles to come to Capitol Hill.“I’m proud of what the @Eagles accomplished this year. I’m skipping this political stunt at the White House and just invited the Eagles to Congress. @Eagles How about a tour of the Capitol?” he wrote.White House legislative director Marc Short said in an appearance on CNN that he didn’t know who had canceled on whom, but said, “It’s unfortunate when politics gets in the middle of this.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Feb. 4, 2018 photo, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, right, hands the Vincent Lombardi trophy to Nick Foles after winning the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33. President Donald Trump has called off a visit by the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House Tuesday due to the dispute over whether NFL players must stand during the playing of the national anthem. Trump says in a statement that some members of the Super Bowl championship team “disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart.” Trump says the team wanted to send a smaller delegation, but fans who planned to attend “deserve better.” (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)WASHINGTON — Digging deeper into a culture war that he’s repeatedly stoked, President Donald Trump on Monday called off a visit by the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House Tuesday, citing the dispute over whether NFL players must stand during the playing of the national anthem.Trump said in a statement that some members of the Super Bowl championship team “disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.”ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film He said the team wanted to send a smaller delegation, but “the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.”Instead, Trump said he would be hosting “a different type of ceremony,” featuring the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus, that “will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNone of the Eagles took a knee during the anthem in 2017.Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney replied with his own statement, saying that he is “equally proud of the Eagles’ activism off the field” and that the players “represent the diversity of our nation — a nation in which we are free to express our opinions.” China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallscenter_img Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Disinviting them from the White House only proves that our President is not a true patriot, but a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend,” the statement continued.Last week, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said he would not attend the ceremony because he didn’t want to be part of a photo op, saying he wanted “to avoid being used as any kind of pawn.” In addition to Jenkins, defensive end Chris Long was the most outspoken player against going. Quarterback Carson Wentz had planned to attend.It remains unclear exactly what prompted the change of plans. The White House did not immediately respond to questions about what had sparked the decision and why the circumstances were different from other events honoring winning teams, which some players have boycotted. The team did not immediately respond to requests for comment.But wide receiver Torrey Smith, who said previously that he planned to skip the visit, responded with a series of tweets.“So many lies,” he wrote, adding, “Not many people were going to go.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Fermo Cambianica’s Los Alamitos selections for tonight

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 3. Chicks Chager Easy rallied from fifth to end up in second place and has never raced in this low of class while dropping a notch. Hug Maggi was a three length winner and goes against better runners this time. Final Phantom raced evenly to finish sixth and should do better with class drop. Long shot: Mac Daddy RM. 4. Chocklet Chip raced in sixth place throughout and moves down to a better spot. Under The Radar was claimed after scoring an impressive gate to wire triumph. Eyes For The Knud was away from the gate slowly and went from seventh to win by a length. Long shot: A Ticket To Run. 1. Angel At Midnight raced in the runner-up position all the way into the stretch before weakening and finishing fifth. stopped and was fanned off at Manor Downs. Black Candy was second early, then weakened and raced in sixth position the rest of the way as the favorite. Long shot: Mater Dei. 2. Raise A Buzz raced close to the leaders and wound up third while trying for three consecutive victories. Lord Kirlem moves up two notches in class after winning by a length. Strategic Speed forced the pace throughout and lost by a head. Long shot: El Tarahumara. center_img 5. Flic Flak raced in third place all the way in an improved effort. This Spots Taken raced in fourth place the entire trip and almost finished in a deadheat with Flic Flak for third place. Dot Dot Flash was runner-up throughout and should be in contention again. Long shot: TY In To. 6. License To Zoom was off slowly and broke in at the start to run fifth and takes a big drop in class. Regal Moon Mansini was involved in a real blanket finish, losing by a neck while running fifth. Reloaded won by a nose after losing by a nose and a head the previous two starts. Long shot: Our Last Here. 7. Chicks N Fine Genes threw his head to the side when the gate opened and broke slowly to race in ninth position all the way. Bad Move goes against better runners after losing by a neck while finishing in third place. wound up third after racing in fourth place most of the way. Long shot: DSW Rager. 8. Countin Coronas was a neck in front all the way despite bumping early. One Boldasious Secret forced the pace throughout and was a nose short at the wire after a final burst. Flexer was second early, but ended up in fourth place. Long shot: Yakitys Magic. Best bet: Chicks N Fine Genes (7). last_img read more

Northampton defender Leon Barnett forced to retire with heart condition

first_img scrap SORRY Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane LATEST RANKED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Leon Barnett won three Football League promotions during his career Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY center_img Northampton defender Leon Barnett has been forced to retire with a heart condition.The 32-year-old has been told by medical professionals it would be “unsafe” to continue training and playing. gameday cracker LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS latest Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 BEST OF “It is very sad news. Leon is not just a good player, but an important figure off the pitch too.“However, far more importantly for Leon and his family, is that this has been diagnosed now and he is fit and well.”Barnett made over 350 appearances during his 16-year career, winning Football League promotions with West Bromwich Albion, Norwich and Wigan Athletic. The Cobblers’ goalless draw with Bury on October 2 was Barnett’s final game as a footballer.Northampton boss Keith Curle told the club website: “We are all devastated for Leon.“Leon had been having some issues but after a reaction in the Bury game we knew something wasn’t right, so we sent him for further testing.“The medical team made the correct decision to stop all activity, and after testing and second and third opinions, for his own health and safety, Leon has been advised to retire. revealed PAYBACK last_img read more

College receives training grant

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Rio Hondo College, which has one of the largest community college-based public safety training programs in the state, is getting $150,000 in federal funds to purchase disaster-simulation equipment.Santa Fe Springs fire Chief Neal Welland called the grant from the Science, State, Justice, Commerce and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2006 a “smart investment.” Welland said the college provides basic and advanced training for thousands of “first-responders and emergency medical technicians for fire departments and search-and-rescue teams throughout Los Angeles.”Joe Santoro, the college’s dean of public safety, said Rio Hondo will use the grant to purchase a computer-generated simulation system with interactive video.The system would allow trainers to project images of a fake disaster in progress, such as a quake or a hazardous materials incident.Meanwhile, students with laptops at their desks would be assigned various responsibilities in the scenarios. Using the laptops, they would be able to participate and respond in real time, according to their assigned roles.“The idea is to have something where we’re able to train different groups, depending on what their function is and what their responsibilities would be, in responding to emergency and disaster-type incidents,” he said.The computerized simulations would give trainers a lot of flexibility in designing various disaster scenarios.“It would take place in a virtual village or city, and we’d be able to say, for example, there’s been an explosion at the convention center,” Santoro said. “We’d be able to take that location on the virtual city and respond with personnel in virtual-type reality.”College President Rose Marie Joyce said the new funding is an important step in “our extensive plan to expand college services.” 698-0955, Ext. 3051last_img read more

More snow forecast as temperatures to plummet to -3 tonight

first_imgMet Éireann has issued a status yellow snow-ice warning for Donegal, Cavan, and Monaghan as the cold snap continues. Met Éireann forecasts that a band of heavy rain will move up from the south tonight, turning to sleet and snow in places as it encounters the cold air.“Snowfall accumulations will be highest in upland parts of Donegal. Any snow will turn back to rain later on Sunday morning as much milder air extends from the south,” they say. The regional forecast indicates that temperatures are expected to dip to between -3 and 1 tonight, rising to between 3 and 6 degrees by morning.The warning comes into effect tonight at 11pm, and will remain in place until 8am tomorrow morning.The UK Met Office has also issued a status yellow ice warning for Northern Ireland, with icy patches on roads, pavements and cycle paths likely.They warn that this could lead to injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces. The UK Met Office’s warning is valid between 1am and 9am tomorrow morning. Source: will be cold and wet, with further outbreaks of rain, with temperatures ranging between 7 to 10 degrees.There will be some sleet on higher ground at first, giving way to sunnier spells towards the afternoon.AA Roadwatch is appealing to motorists to slow down and allow yourself more time to reach your destination.“Bear in mind, stopping distances are ten times longer in ice and snow,” a spokesperson says.Donegal County Council gritters have been out since 3pm this afternoon. The routes that are being gritted this afternoon (Saturday, 20th January). Source: @donegalcouncil on TwitterYou can keep up to date on gritting information by following Donegal County Council on Twitter @RoadsDCC or @DonegalCouncil or on their Donegal County Council Facebook page.You can also access information on gritting routes, weather forecasts and sand and grit locations via Donegal County Council’s interactive map by clicking here. More snow forecast as temperatures to plummet to -3 tonight was last modified: January 21st, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalgrittersiceMet EireannROADSsnowUK Met OfficeWarninglast_img read more

Players and plotlines: What A’s fans should watch for in 2019

first_imgFor more 2019 MLB preview stories, check out our Bay Area baseball guide.Heading into 2019, the A’s again have major questions about their starting rotation. Last season, they were able to piece together a rotation good enough to reach the AL Wild Card Game, but it’ll be a big task to do it again.There’s also the more existential concern of how the Athletics will be able to move into the future with the possibility of a new stadium in Oakland.Two areas where the A’s know their cards are the …last_img read more

South Africa comes together to discuss the nation’s Competitiveness

first_imgJOHANNESBURG, October 30 2013 – South Africa will on Tuesday 5 November 2013 come together to discuss the nation’s competitiveness when Brand South Africa hosts the inaugural Competitiveness Forum at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Gauteng.Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will deliver a keynote address to over 200 representatives who will represent a cross section of stakeholders to deliberate on what competitiveness is and why South Africa needs to be competitive.  A critical element of this discussion will be how does being competitive as a nation contribute to the implementation of the National Development Plan.  Also referred to as Vision 2030 this plan will drive our national economic and social development and growth.The discussion around competitiveness is one that many developing countries have had and international best practice has shown that national growth and development can only be achieved when all citizens participate in driving this agenda.  South Africa needs all our people to be committed to Vision 2030.South Africa has already made strides in its international competitiveness.  A range of international indices observe that although there are challenges in the country, there are many positive developments particularly in the area of entrepreneurship and innovation.  The 2013 World Economic Forum’s Global Competitive Index ranked South Africa very strongly in this pillar.  This has also been shown the world over as a critical driver of national competitiveness.Latest reports also show that the country’s domestic situation is also improving with unemployment decreasing to levels last seen in 2008.  National pride has also been shown to contribute decisively to a country’s reputation and competitiveness.  The Forum aims to create the impetus of this national positivity while indicating how we can all join hands to work together for South Africa’s development.As part of the national commitment to the National Development Plan and South Africa’s competitiveness, the Forum will also be addressed by Ministers in the Presidency Collins Chabane and Trevor Manuel.Other notable speakers at the Competitiveness Forum will include Brand South Africa Chairperson Chichi Maponya, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola and a senior representative from the business sector.Following a high level opening plenary session, delegates will breakaway into sessions to discuss areas that decisively contribute to a nation’s competitiveness: Education, Skills & Labour; Infrastructure; FDI Competitiveness; Governance & leadership; Manufacturing & related services.A detailed programme follows hereunder.Limited seats are still available and stakeholders are invited to register as delegates to be part of this historic conversation at: or South African Competitiveness ForumProgrammeTuesday 5 November 2013Gallagher Estate TimeActivityPerson responsible 08.30 – 09.00Arrival & RegistrationBrand South Africa09.00 – 09.05OpeningMs Chichi Maponya – Brand SA Chair09.05 – 09.15Welcome & setting the contextMinister Collins Chabane, Minister in the Presidency: Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation09.15 – 09.45Key Note AddressDeputy President Kgalema Motlanthe09.50 – 10.20The National Development Plan and enhanced national competitivenessMinister Trevor Manuel – Minister in the Presidency10.20 – 10.40NDP & national competitiveness – a view from BusinessSenior representative from the business industry10.40 – 11.00Coffee Break – delegates  Parallel Press Briefing Minister Manuel; Minister Chabane; Brand SA Chair; Mr. Mabuza; Brand SA CEO 11.00 – 11.20 Introduction of SA Competitiveness Forum Concept & ObjectivesMr. Miller Matola – CEO, Brand South Africa11.20 – 11.40Content Briefing & Setting the scene for Breakaway working sessionsDr. Petrus de Kock – Research Manager, Brand South Africa11.40 – 13:00Breakaway working sessions commence I – Education, Skills & LabourModerator: Prof Adam Gordon – Wits Business School Panellists*Black Business Council – TBA*Annsilla Nyar – Higher Education South Africa*Gerhard Papenfus – National Employers Assoc/SA*Andrew Levy – Labour analyst*Totsi Memela-Khambule – IWF SA II – InfrastructureModerator:        Dr Thokozane Simelane – Africa Institute of South Africa Panellists             *Vivian Reddy – Edison Corp*Stanley Subramoney – PWC/Nepad Foundation*Monhla Hlahla – IWF SA*Ebrima Faal – African Development Bank III – FDI Competitiveness Moderator:Dr. Rene Horne – Wits Business School Panellists:*Dolly Mogoatle – IWF SA*Dr Lesley Sedibe – Proudly SA*Simon Freemantle – Standard Bank*Cas Coovadia – Banking Association of SA*Siobhan Cleary – Johannesburg Stock Exchange IV – Governance & leadershipModerator: Mr. Trevor Ndlazi – Reputation Institute (SA Country Director)  Panellists:*Dr Vuyo Mahlati – IWF/ NPC*Prof Anthoni van Nieuwkerk – Wits Business School*Nomaxabiso Majokweni – BUSA*Trevor Ndlazi – Reputation Institute*Prof Dirk Kotze – UNISA V – Manufacturing & related services Moderator:Mr. Karthi Pillay – Deloitte Panellists:*Sello Maisa – Productivity SA*Nalini Naicker – Gauteng Planning Commission*Tina Eboka – IWF SA*Coenraad Bezuidenhout – Manufacturing Circle 13.00 – 14.00Lunch14.00 – 15.00Delegates return to breakaway sessions for workshop discussion of issues raised in pre-lunch session15.00 – 15.15 Leg stretch and breakaway session switch opportunity Delegates can choose to join other sessions to contribute to discussions on other themes 15.15 – 16.00 Finalisation of breakaway session report backs16.00 – 16.45 * Delegates return to main plenary for breakaway session report backs * Breakaway session Moderators report back to plenary * Facilitated by Brand SA Chair & CEO + Research Manager for support 16.45 – 17.00ClosureMs. Maponya, Brand SA Chair17.15 Cocktail function The story of the Brand called South Africa Ms. Wendy Tlou, Director, Strategic Marketing & Communications     Note to Editors:Brand South Africa’s partners in this event include:International Women’s Forum (SA)The International Women’s Forum (IWF) is a global organisation of preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement who come together across national and international boundaries to share knowledge and ideas, enrich lives, provide a network of support and exert influence. Through its Leadership Foundation, the IWF helps prepare future generations of women leaders. With forums throughout North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the IWF facilitates networking among women of achievement and promotes opportunities for women in leadership. Founded in 1982 in the United States, the IWF has grown across five continents into 26 nations and 60 affiliated forum locations and currently has a membership of over 5 000 women leaders.  The International Women’s Forum of South Africa (IWFSA) was established in 2000. IWFSA currently has some 70 members drawn from government, business, the sciences, the arts and numerous other areas.Reputation InstituteReputation Institute is a leading reputation-based advisory firm, founded in 1997.  The most prominent management tool is the RepTrak model for analysing the reputations of companies and institutions – best known via the Forbes-published Global RepTrak 100, the world’s largest study of corporate reputations.DeloitteUnder the Deloitte brand, around 200,000 professionals in independent firms globally, collaborate to provide audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management and tax services to selected clients. Deloitte is one of Africa’s leading professional services firms. It provides these services through nearly 3,800 people in 9 offices in South Africa and 17 cities in Southern Africa. Deloitte is the South African member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. Deloitte aims to drive economic growth, capitalise on business opportunities and respond productively to challenges. Through its business, it supports the creation of a sustainable and prosperous society.Manufacturing CircleThe Manufacturing Circle was formed in 2008. It interacts with government and other stakeholders in order to review, debate and help formulate policies which will have a positive impact on South Africa’s manufacturing base. The Manufacturing Circle is made up of a number of South Africa’s leading medium to large manufacturing companies from a wide range of industries. Some of the members are leading South African exporters of manufactured goods to markets around the globe, others are locally based and locally focused companies competing with the best in the world. There is one common denominator among them and that is a passion for manufacturing, coupled with a fervent belief that for South Africa to be economically strong, its manufacturing sector must be strong. A strong and developing manufacturing sector will drive the creation of skilled and semi-skilled jobs in the South African economy.Department of Trade and IndustryThe Department of Trade and Industry is headed by Minister Rob Davies. The Department aims to facilitate transformation of the economy to promote industrial development, investment, competitiveness and employment creation.Proudly South AfricanFirst conceived at the Presidential Job Summit in 1998, the Proudly South African Campaign was born out of socio-economic necessity to create jobs, under the leadership of the former South African President, Nelson Mandela. Through the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), the Proudly South African Campaign was launched in 2001 and supported by Government, Organised Business (BUSA), Organised Labour and Organised Community.The Proudly South African “buy local” campaign encourages the nation to buy local products and make use of local services, in an effort to stimulate the local economy and help create jobs. Proudly SA also promotes national pride, patriotism and social cohesion. When consumers buy locally produced products and support local service providers, the local economy is stimulated and sustainable job opportunities are created. By supporting local producers and manufacturers (by buying goods which carry the Proudly South African logo or a ‘Made in South Africa’ label) each and every South African can contribute towards creating a bigger demand for home grown products and services; stimulating South Africa’s economic growth; helping to prevent job losses and helping to create job opportunities.National Planning CommissionThe National Planning Commission is chaired by the Minister in the Presidency for National Planning, Trevor Manuel. The NPC is responsible for developing a long-term vision and strategic plan for South Africa. It will also advise on cross-cutting issues that impact on South Africa’s long-term development. The NPC’s mandate is to take a broad, cross-cutting, independent and critical view of SA, to help define the country we seek to achieve by 2030 and to map out a path to achieve those objectives. The Commission has produced the National Development Plan, which is the blueprint for a successful South Africa. The establishment of the NPC is government’s promise to its citizens that it is building a state that will grow the economy, reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of all citizens.PMR AfricaPMR Africa offers consulting, research and risk management services. The PMR Africa national survey measures ‘excellence’ according to eleven attributes, which include customer service, BEE, social responsibility and sustainable development. Its questionnaires are developed with the input of key role-players in the specific industries. PMR also generates country profiles, with information on nations’ economic and social standing and puts together community profiles. These community surveys and the collection of data on local dynamics constitute a vital source of information. The purpose of this survey is to strengthen the strategies of communities, as well as to empower communities.Wits Business SchoolThe Wits Business School mission is to establish and maintain excellence in scholarship in business and management education, through the promotion of research and teaching in the various business and management disciplines. WBS has a strong reputation as a leading business school provider of MBA and other Masters business degree courses, and an extensive range of short-course executive education, leadership development, and corporate learning options. As one of the leading business schools in South Africa, its terrain of knowledge and activity is local, African, and international. WBS academic faculty is drawn from a number of nationalities including Sweden, Great Britain, Germany, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Ireland, USA and Madagascar. Approximately half of its academic fulltime staff is non-South African. The visiting faculty is primarily based in the United States, and it has representation from several other countries.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 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-Jacobs Public Relations Domestic Tel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399 Email:  Endslast_img read more