ATHLETICS NEWS: ROSSES ATHLETE SETS PERSONAL BEST AT MALTA HALF-MARATHON

first_imgRosses AC News: Well done to Fergal Mc Gee, Dore who had a fine run in the Malta Half Marathon on Sunday last when he finished in a time of 1:28:28, an improvement of over five minutes on his personal best.Track and Field: Training for juveniles interested in track and field continues this Friday at the track at Carrickfinn starting at 4pm. Sportshall Athletics continue in the Pobalscoil Gweedore on Monday nights. Contact Ita for details on 0871309536. Sportshall Athletics continue in Dungloe in the Rosses Community Scholl gym on Mondays from 6:45 to 7:45pm. Following the Sportshall Trials held in December and January, the following club athletes have been selected for the County Panel. A Training Session will take place in the Aura Leisure Centre this Sunday 1st March from 1pm to 3pm. The teams for the Ulster Finals in Magherafelt will be selected from the Panel, with those athletes not selected acting as Reserves both for the Ulster Final and UK Final (in the event of qualification). The Ulster Final will take place in Magherafelt on Thursday 12th March. Any athlete listed who is unable to attend that day should let me know as soon as possible.Adult Training sessions continue on Wednesday evenings at 7pm and Friday evenings at 8pm at the Industrial Estate, lead by Paul McGee. Long run sessions are happening every Sunday morning at 11am. Meet at the Blue Bridge, Arduns, Gweedore.Please note that Registrations are now due for the calendar year 2015. Rosses Athletic Club Membership fees for 2015 are; Child €15, Adult €20, Family €40. Membership forms will be available at the Sportshall Athletics training sessions in Dungloe and Gaoth Dobhair on Monday evenings. New members welcome!ATHLETICS NEWS: ROSSES ATHLETE SETS PERSONAL BEST AT MALTA HALF-MARATHON was last modified: February 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:athleticsNoticesROSSES ACSportlast_img read more

South African exile art comes home

first_img18 February 2009South Africans in exile are the focus of a four-month retrospective at the Johannesburg Art Gallery – “probably one of the major highlights of the year” for the gallery, according to the head curator, Clive Kellner.The Thami Mnyele and Medu Art Ensemble Retrospective Exhibition opened on 30 November and runs until 30 March 2009.It is a tribute to the exiled South Africans who formed the Medu Art Ensemble in Botswana. “We want to pay homage to them for having used their courage, vision and artistic creativity to fight apartheid,” explains Kellner. The exhibition is an extraordinary account of an artistic community in exile that used its talent to speak about the conditions in their country.Zoopy TV: The Thami Mnyele and Medu Art Ensemble Retrospective Exhibition takes a look at how the fight against the apartheid machine was waged through the arts. Click arrow to play video.On show are the graphic artworks of Thami Mnyele, whose works are considered seminal to the South African art scene. An anti-apartheid stalwart, Mnyele was murdered by the apartheid government more than two decades ago.Along with works by Mnyele and other visual artists, there are poems and music. A big exhibition, it “records the struggles we had to go through in striving for a better nation,” Kellner says.The exhibition covers several rooms at the gallery, each dedicated to a specific medium, including drawings, graphics, fine arts, biographies, posters, paintings, sculptures, newsletters, documentary films, photographs, and conference papers, among others.Thami MnyeleThamsanqa “Thami” Mnyele was born in Alexandra, Johannesburg; growing up in the township, he used art to voice his concerns about South Africa’s political landscape. He was the third of five children; his father was a minister and his mother was a domestic worker.Because of his active role in politics, Mnyele was exiled to Gaborone, in Botswana. He was killed in 1985 during a cross-border raid orchestrated by the South African Defence Force (SADF). He died less than a day before he was due to relocate to Zambia. He was 37.A large collection of his art, created while in exile, was packed into a portfolio, which the SADF confiscated. The collections were later screened on SABC television by the SADF officer, Craig Williamson, as part of evidence of Mnyele’s “terrorist” activities. Those works have never been recovered.Medu Art EnsembleWhile in Botswana, Mnyele worked with the Medu Art Ensemble, which was co-founded by his friend, Mongane Wally Serote, and was dedicated to the anti-apartheid struggle. Later, it redirected its focus to music, theatre, graphics and cinema.Deputy President Baleka Mbete and musicians Hugh Masekela and Jonas Gwangwa were schooled here. Medu’s active involvement in politics led to the ensemble being targeted by the apartheid security units.In 1984, in his unpublished autobiography, Mnyele wrote: “For me as craftsman, the act of creating art should complement the act of creating shelter for my family or liberating the country for my people. This is culture.”He added: “Our work hasn’t yet developed above the mere stage of protest. We’re still moaning and pleading. And even that we do with inferior craftsmanship and insincerity. We must partake actively in the struggle to paint sincerely.”Today, the Thami Mnyele Foundation’s residency programme for African artists in Amsterdam, Holland, continues to bear testament to the late artist’s far-reaching influence.The Johannesburg Art Gallery is on King George Street in Joubert Park; it is bordered by Wolmarans and Noord streets and is open to the public on Tuesdays through Sundays from 10am to 5pm.For more information about the Thami Mnyele and Medu Art Ensemble Retrospective Exhibition, contact the gallery on +27 (0)11 725 3130.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

South African brand remains consistent

first_img20 November 2015Brand South Africa, in partnership with Independent Media’s Business Report, released South Africa’s Nation Brand Index results at the Regency Hyatt hotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg this week.Brand South Africa general manager for research Dr Petrus de Kock presented the details of the index’s findings. He also joined a panel discussion with media monitoring professional Tonya Khoury, economics expert Dr Iraj Abedian and Sello Mosai, executive manager of Productivity SA, to discuss the intricacies of the results and the way forward for the country and its brand.#SABrandIndex panel @productivitysa Sello Mosai @IrajAbedian @brand_sa Dr Petrus de Kock @ROIAfrica @TonyaROI pic.twitter.com/rn6OyCV2PH— Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) November 18, 2015Abedian is the founder and chief executive of Pan-African Capital Holdings, as well as a highly respected economic policy adviser, researcher and author. Khoury is a leading expert on South African and African media analysis and the founder of ROI Africa media monitoring company.#SABrandIndex @Brand_SA CEO Kingsley Makhubela welcomes guests, speakers to the event. pic.twitter.com/d8CzAtjwGL— Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) November 18, 2015The event was opened by Brand South Africa chief executive, ambassador Kingsley Makhubela, who spoke about the changing dynamics of global geopolitics. He cited the Paris attacks and the Syrian crisis to illustrate how perceptions could affect the way the rest of the world saw individual countries. He urged that South Africa, as a nation, use the findings of the index, as well other global economic and social barometers, to look at what other nations were doing right and change the things the country was doing incorrectly.South Africans could be proud of the country’s performance in a range of indices in the past year, Makhubela said. “The Global Competitiveness Index produced by the World Economic Forum ranks us 49 amongst 140 countries and number two in Africa. (together with) the Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governance placing us at number four amongst 54 countries on the continent. now, the Nation Brand Index places us at number 38 of 50 countries.”#SABrandIndex Introduction by Sello Mosai @productivitysa pic.twitter.com/I8b6510rBI— Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) November 18, 2015The country needed to embrace a culture of continuous improvement and be able to tangibly measure those improvements through surveys such as the Nation Brand Index in order to become a better country, Productivity SA’s Mosai said in his introduction to De KockThe Nation Brand IndexThe Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index is a global survey, started in 2008 by British policy researcher Simon Anholt, the “father” of nation branding.The index measures perceptions and opinions of 50 country-brands, including 20 core countries and 30 economically and regionally representative member countries, based on the six dimensions of national competence, known as the Nation Brand Hexagon. These include governance, exports, tourism, people and culture, as well as investment and immigration. An overall score is determined from the average of the six scores.Anholt called the index a vital barometer for how countries perceived each other and how it affected relationships with one another. In an overview of the survey on its website, he explained that “it is (a country’s) perceived impact on the world that affects reputation more than assets or achievements”.The dimensions of the nation brand hexagonExports: This is what marketers call the country of origin effect – whether knowing where the product is made increases or decreases people’s likelihood of buying it, based on a country’s particular strengths in science and technology, as well as creative energy.Governance: This dimension incorporates the perceived competency and honesty of the government, while also taking into account perceptions on how the government respects citizens’ rights. A country’s global behaviour in international peace and security, its environmental protection policies and efforts to reduce poverty are also factors.Culture: The score is based on perceptions of a country’s heritage and its contemporary culture of music, art and sport. The survey gauges the strongest images and recollections of a country’s cultural product.People: Assessment of the sociability of a country’s citizens and the appeal of the people on both personal and professional levels (tourism and business relationships).Tourism: The appeal of a country is scored based on three major areas: natural beauty, historical significance, urban modernity.Immigration and investment: This assesses the perceptions of a country’s economic prosperity, equal opportunity and quality of life – would it be somewhere you would want to live and/or invest in?The scores of each dimension, as well as the overall score, are based on an online survey of over 20 000 interviewees from 20 countries. Scores are determined from a combination of ratings and word choice surveys completed by the sample. Fieldwork was conducted from 9 to 27 July 2015.This year, the United States gained the top spot on the survey overall, while Germany, which was first in 2014, was second. The United Kingdom, France, Canada, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, Australia and Sweden completed the top 10.South Africa’s brand index rating#SABrandIndex 2015 ratings. #NationBrandIndex pic.twitter.com/zrs9NbWlyN— Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) November 18, 2015South Africa’s brand index rating per dimension is:Exports: 36th out of 50 countries surveyedGovernance: 39thCulture: 30thPeople: 36thTourism: 36thImmigration and investment: 39thSouth Africa’s overall rating this year is 38th, a one place drop over 2014. But it remained consistent in the fields of exports and governance. The country raised its rating by one place in people and tourism, with both moving to 36th place out of the 50 countries surveyed.According to a summary of the results, the Anholt website highlighted South Africa’s slow but steady climb in the survey over the years. “South Africa’s growing international appeal gives it a measure of moral authority,” it said. “Developing South Africa’s reputation should leverage off existing positive profile the country has globally.”As has been consistent throughout South Africa’s participation in the survey, the country’s strengths still lie in its natural beauty, highly influential artistic and sport culture, and its diligent and skilful people in the business field.South African cultural touchstones were getting a lot more exposure overseas, Khoury noted later during the panel discussion. She cited issues such as the discovery of Homo Naledi and the success of Trevor Noah. This, she said, was in most part the result of the continuing rise of social media and the proliferation of news cycles, which also had a negative side, as seen in the case of Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial during 2014 and 2015.“The nature of social media is that people have a voice and an opinion, but sometimes don’t know how strong that voice can be and don’t consider the ramifications of using social media to express that voice,” Khoury explained.This year, the index noted that the South African respondents were generally more favourable towards their home country, ranking it sixth or better for the people, tourism and culture pillars.More work needs to be done in the country’s governance and poverty alleviation, as well as in raising the profile of its exports. The results also noted that improvements in the country’s technological readiness could raise its brand index in the future.Realistic optimism, based on figures and facts such as the ones found in the Nation Brand Index, were key to unlocking a more successful economy, Abedian said in the panel discussion. “Our economy is one of the most favourable economies; we just need to unlock it in the right way.”Mosai agreed, explaining that the potential of the South African economy was there. “We just have to maximise it correctly, using the right tools and information.”@brand_sa ‘s GM: Research Dr Petrus de Kock presents the 2015 #SABrandIndex results pic.twitter.com/FSY5LlSA5T— Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) November 18, 2015So how can South Africa play to its strengths to improve on the weaknesses of the country as a brand?The panel discussion offered a variety of choice words and some typically South African out-of-the-box thinking to define and solve the conundrum.Khoury said South Africans were celebrated for doing things differently. She spoke of how the grassroots campaign #FeesMustFall used social media to put forward its ideas and build a following. At the same time, it communicated the campaign to the rest of the world, inspiring similar questioning of the issues globally. This, she said, was an organic and fluid process, something that could be applied to any kind of campaign with the right intentions.Abedian spoke about the differences between policy frameworks and the state’s stance, and finding a common ground to make the country’s economy work. He also said that the private sector, while remaining strong in South Africa, needed to play a more proactive role in highlighting its important role in South African society.Mosai said building a quintessential South African identity was something that should have been created from the beginning of the post-democratic era, yet it was not too late to start. “The identity of South Africa is every individual in the country and we have to build a united front out of all those elements,” he explained.De Kock argued that while 21 years may not be enough to form a definitive South African identity, he agreed that more in-depth interrogation of what we wanted as a nation was needed.In closing, all the panellists agreed that the country’s best course of action was to play to its strengths, while also changing perspective and being more creative thinkers. Mosai concluded that the country might have a trust deficient, politically, socially, globally: “If we can’t trust each other then we can’t work together. We need to find a common ground for all in the country.”“Our diversity is still our greatest strength,” concluded Abedian. “Let’s see how we can use that to feed positively into a national narrative in order to build on past failures and improve our successes.”last_img read more

Pirates on the lookout: Introducing the Friend League

first_imgHey ho! In a few days, carousers from every continent will get together to share geocaching tales at pirate geocaching events. Remember to log your will attend for one of these events on July 15 or 16!Round up all your seaworthy raiders and get familiar with Geocaching.com’s newest feature: the Friend League.The Friend League is a leaderboard that shows you and your friends’ geocaching activity. If you log a cache, or attend an event you collect points in the form of gold coins.To earn the souvenir with the first map piece you have to collect a combined total of 30 gold coins from July 17 to July 23 together with your crew.* You must individually contribute at least 5 coins to your crew’s total. So, the more friends you have on Geocaching.com, the easier it will be to keep sailing on…Start yer quest!Learn more in the FAQ’s:Still scratching your skull? Head on over to the frequently asked questions to learn more.*You can still earn the souvenirs on your own if you reach the total required number of gold coins each week.Get on board:Add friends to your Friend League.Go geocaching to earn gold coins:Collect a combined total of 30 gold coins together with your crew. You MUST individually contribute at least 5 coins to your crew’s total.All logs must be submitted by Wednesday, July 26, 5 am PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), noon UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) to qualify for the first souvenir.Later that day (Wednesday, July 26) you will be notified by email if you earned the first souvenir. (Make sure to sign up for the Weekly Newsletter and Educational and Promotional in your email preferences.)To learn how to earn the next souvenir, follow Geocaching on Facebook or Twitter, or sign up for the Weekly Newsletter.If you earn all four souvenirs and complete the treasure map, you’ll earn the meta treasure chest souvenir!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedFAQs: The lost treasure of Mary HydeJuly 10, 2017In “Learn”You have (1) new message in a bottle!July 17, 2017In “News”Looking for treasure? Here lies the next clue!July 31, 2017In “News”last_img read more

Rep Cox invites seniors to 21st annual senior celebration

first_img Categories: Cox News 17Sep Rep. Cox invites seniors to 21st annual senior celebration State Rep. Laura Cox invites Wayne County seniors to attend the 21st annual Western Wayne County Senior Celebration Day.The celebration will take place on Friday, Oct. 2 at Burton Manor Banquet and Conference Center, located at 27777 Schoolcraft Road in Livonia.The event will be hosted by Rep. Cox and Senior Citizen Achievement Needs, a local nonprofit organization serving senior citizens in the metro Detroit area.“Seniors have made generous contributions to our county, cities and neighborhoods,” said Rep. Cox, R-Livonia. “I encourage all who are available to attend this exciting event.”Tickets to the event – which include lunch, a raffle, games, music, prizes and other fun activities – are now on sale. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door, but event organizers encourage those who plan to attend to purchase advance tickets at the Civic Park Senior Center, located at 15218 Farmington Road in Livonia.###last_img read more