Jermaine Barnaby/Freelance PhotographerLAZZA, (right) with Hakeem Pottinger aboard, sprints to a one- and three-quarters lengths win over GOLD SCREW, with Melissa Ward, in the Jockeys’ Guild of Jamaica Trophy race at Caymanas Park last Saturday.
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is crossing his fingers Shay Given only suffered a grade one hamstring tear against Manchester United tonight.The Donegal ‘keeper was forced out of the action in the 38th minute at Villa Park after racing out of his goal to halt a United attack.Given immediately reached for his left hamstring and it quickly became apparent the 35-year-old would be unable to continue. “I’m not sure but I think Shay had a little tweak in his hamstring. Hopefully it’s a grade one (tear) and will heal really quickly,” said Villa manager Alex McLeish in an interview with Sky Sports.“Stand-in keeper Brad Guzan can be proud of the way he came in in those circumstances.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com‘SHAY INJURY NOT TOO SERIOUS’ SAYS McLEISH was last modified: December 3rd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:injury scareShay Given
The nation brand concept has been around for almost two decades and continues to attract interest due to the very nature of its dynamism. Brand South Africa is mandated with managing the country’s image and reputation and as such, continuously seeks to engage in public and private collaborations to strengthen relations and promote a cohesive approach.Place branding has many similarities with product branding. The general definition that a brand communicates a ‘promise of the rational and emotional benefits that customers can expect’ also holds true for place branding. The difference is that in place branding, delivery of the brand ‘promise’ is constantly affected by the behaviour and actions of a multitude of stakeholders. Those range from the highest levels of politicians, civilian leaders and business people to the person in the street who interacts with visitors.One cannot be dismissive of the fact that in product branding the value chain is far more controlled, manipulated to some extent and the brand promise can be delivered more consistently, whereas with place branding this is far from the truth. Place branding is a long-term process of getting as many brand influencers to adopt and commit to delivering on the brand promise, from the high powered-influencers that have the biggest media following and reach, to local communities and citizens.It has been said several times, that place branding goes far beyond the nice logo design and slogan. While the logo and slogan are important symbols of a brand identity, they usually have a very limited bearing on place brand credibility. Brand experience and brand credibility become the defining pillars that influence a decision to visit a country.The actions and conduct of government, business and community leaders are the real factors that affect brand credibility. This has been evident in our country as we have witnessed our vibrant constitution and democracy in action.The most difficult task in country branding is about proactively canvassing a broad spectrum of brand ambassadors to adopt and ‘live’ the brand; expand the brand communication in a controlled manner and do damage control when the brand image and reputation is threatened. The positioning needs to be converted into a catchy and creative brand essence that is easy to communicate. A marketing strategy should be devised to promote the brand message to selected target markets and segments. It is all part of an integrated approach.There is now more than ever, a need for more awareness and understanding of the importance and relevance of the value of the country’s brand by stakeholders – both public and private. This includes a great variety of sectors, such as tourism, exports, investments, culture, sports and international relations, with whom we can achieve a common message, alignment of contents and a common graphic expression of what South Africa stands for and what it offers to the world. An untapped opportunity is the country of origin though there have been a number of brands who naturally found brand fit with their brands and have encapsulated the South African identity into their communication messages.Country Brands like Chile and New Zealand have been successful in adopting and implementing the country of origin approach in telling their brand promise story. Additionally, a strong incorporation of the country brand has been generated at the level of different companies highlighting the country-of-origin. In the long run, this has a positive impact on the reputation of these countries and the country is able to build strong brand constructs or association.The same opportunity exists in South Africa. We strongly believe that South Africa is a country that punches above its weight and there are thousands of successful stories that when put together under the umbrella of a “brand promise storytelling” can fast track the association of our country brand with inspiration, talent and admiration. Our country brand’s image and reputation will be enhanced in a way that encourages each and every South African to be a positive ambassador, reflecting the attributes of the brand.The brand of a country is a tremendously powerful tool for the promotion of exports, the attraction of investments, the attraction of talent and, most importantly, to favour business and the development of countries. With appropriate management of a country’s brand and strategic collaborations, it is possible to promote and position the differentiating attributes of a nation audiences.Our vision as Brand South Africa is to create a Nation Brand that inspires its people and is admired globally. The time for this vision to come alive is now as we partner with MAA to get SA corporates to play their part and rally behind their country brand.Public-private partnerships: private businesses have most contact with potential customers, both at a business-to-business and business-to-consumer level. It is extremely important that the government and private sector marketing parties should agree on clear brand messages and should apply and use these consistently. After all, when the country succeeds, the economy improves and the brands prosper.The role of brands in enhancing the country’s reputation and strengthening its competitiveness play an integral component in showing off a country’s capabilities. The value and quality of these brands are a reflection of the country’s brand. They tell the story of a strong Nation Brand which is experienced by both domestic and international audiences.Words by: Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa
As Sachin Tendulkar turns 38 on Sunday, his former India teammate Sourav Ganguly rates the Little Master’s five best innings in Tests and ODIs.TESTS- 114 vs Australia, Perth, 1992It was the first trip to Australia for both of us. It was a brilliant century on a bouncy wicket at the WACA. They had Merv Hughes, Craig McDermott, Mike Whitney. Everyone was ducking and weaving and he was simply hitting it down the ground.- 146 vs South Africa, Cape Town, 2011It’s his second best century simply because of the conditions and the opposition. The wicket was tough with the ball swinging and seaming. He played the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel with ease. He had toured South Africa three times earlier but it was the first time India had put pressure on South Africa in South Africa.- 103* vs England, Chennai, 2008India had to bat for more than a day with a target of nearly 400. Sehwag got the team to a good start but Sachin finished the game. On a Day Five pitch against a very good attack, Sachin played with ease. It was special as India won chasing 387, something that very few teams have done.- 119* vs England, Manchester, 1990You always remember your first century and his ton at Old Trafford is on this list for that reason. He batted all day to save the match. He got hit on the head by Angus Fraser and there was Devon Malcolm also. Since his under-15 days, he was special and this knock set the tone for a great career.advertisement- 136 vs Pakistan, Chennai, 1999India was chasing 271. He had a bad back and had to bat through pain. He got out with less than 20 to get. Even though Sachin ended on the losing side, it was a memorable knock.ODIs – 143 vs Australia, Sharjah, 1998He scored a brilliant ton to take India to the final. It was a good Aussie attack and India kept losing wickets. After a decent start, I got out and he batted through. It was a desert storm that night as he hammered every bowler. That day, Australia didn’t have any reply.- 134 vs Australia, Sharjah, 1998Two days after the 143, once again against Australia, India got off to a poor start chasing 272. He played as brilliantly as a few days ago. He had a few partnerships with me, Dravid and Azhar. The outfield was slow but it didn’t matter to him as he cleared them regularly to clinch the trophy.- 98 vs Pakistan, Centurion, 2003World Cup Pakistan had made 273 and had a good attack. Sehwag and Tendulkar got off to a filer and he scored 98 off 70 odd balls and we were never under any pressure. India- Pakistan games are high tension matches and the impact of that knock on the team was immense.- 110 vs South Africa, Nagpur, 2011 World CupPlaying at home in the World Cup against a team considered favourites for the tournament was tough. South Africa bowled with a lot of pace and aggression and Sehwag was throwing his bat at everything. It almost felt like a final but Sachin was calm and composed. He never looked in a hurry. It was big occasion and a big knock.- 200* vs South Africa, Gwalior, 2010Getting 200 at any level is special. But to get it in an ODI is amazing and it will remain as one of the best knocks you will see in a long time. He hit the ball all round the park. He didn’t slog at all and it was the coolness and the composure that stood out. 200 in an ODI against one of the best teams in the world has to be special.Sourav Ganguly gave his opinion on Headlines Today
Touch Football Australia (TFA) is currently seeking to appoint suitably qualified coaches to the vacant coaching and team manager positions within the National Youth Program. The Australian Youth teams will be attending the 2020 Youth Trans Tasman in Australia in January 2020.Expression of Interest ProcessTFA is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active Elite level coaches and managers to fill the following positions.National Youth Program:Men’s 20s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMen’s 18s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerWomen’s 20s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerWomen’s 18s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMixed 18s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMixed 20s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerCoach and Assistant CoachTo submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) for all coaching positions please click on the link below. The link will take you to a page to submit your details for the application.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/youthprogram2020The EOI will include:NameContact DetailsNCAS Coaching LevelPrevious Elite level (only) Coaching ExperienceVarious questions which can be found by clicking the above link.Expressions of interest for these coaching positions will close at 5pm Monday 4th March, 2019.Team ManagerTo submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) for the team manager positions please click on the link below. The link will take you to a page to submit your details for the application.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/youthmanager2020Expressions of interest for these positions will close at 5pm Monday 4th March 2019.Appointment TermsThe appointment term for these positions will be from date of appointment in 2019 through to completion of all responsibilities after the 2020 Youth Trans Tasman. This campaign will involve attendance by the appointed Coaches and Managers at all team and national selection camps throughout the Trans Tasman preparation.Appointment ConsiderationsAs an Australian coaching staff member there will be a large emphasis on interaction across the program, innovation within coaching and constant professional development. This will require a need for individuals who are willing to participate in a collaborative environment, with high levels of accountability, adherence to improving technical knowledge and a focus on leadership and management.The appointment processes for all volunteers within the HP Program, takes into account the balance of the applicants’ current skills and areas for improvement. In the same way coaches select athletes to fit a role within a team plan, volunteers will be selected and required to full fill the role to deliver success for Touch Football Australia.Outlined below for your information is the prescribed key selection criteria for all volunteer appointments within TFA:Actively work as leaders within the broader organisation, with an ability to promote positive/collaborative working relationships and represent the organisation in a professional manner.Actively promote a positive culture among the appointed group, reflective of the organisation’s expectations for all participants within the sport, and above all else in line with TFA Code of Conduct and other policies.Display an ability to work independently as well as within a team environment.Actively communicate and prepare for specific requirements of the role.Complete agreed assigned tasks to the expected standard of the organisation.Maintain absolute confidence with any confidential or Intellectual Property related information of the organisation.Hold and/or obtain required accreditations to undertake the role.Support TFA in the coordination and development of other volunteers.Aiding in conflict resolution as required.Photography: Phil McIlwraith
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers, Celtic rival Burnley, Huddersfield for Fran Solby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWillem II striker Fran Sol is a target for a raft of British clubs.The Mirror says the 26-year-old, currently plying his trade in Holland with Willem II, is one of the Eredivisie’s top-scorers with 12 goals already to his name.Sol is nominally out-of-contract at the end of the season, although there is a one-year option in favour of his club who are certain to activate it given his current form.Celtic and Rangers have both sent scouts to watch him during the past few months.But they are not alone. Burnley, Cardiff, Huddersfield, Leeds, Derby and Swansea have also checked on him.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona midfielder Rakitic: Valverde must decide his futureby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic says the players are happy playing for coach Ernesto Valverde.Valverde’s deal is up in the summer but he does have an option to extend it by an additional year. The coach says a decision will be made with the club later in the season.”It’s an issue for the boss and the club [to decide on],” Rakitic said. “We’re really happy with him and the whole coaching setup.”The most normal [scenario] would be that he continues with us, but we have to focus on our job, which is playing and winning football games. Let them [the club and Valverde] decide what’s for the best.”
Man Utd boss Solskjaer ready to roll dice on Juventus veteran Mandzukicby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to roll the dice on Juventus veteran Mario Mandzukic.Since his permanent appointment to the United hotseat in March, Solskjaer has young, hungry British players, in a move away from recruiting star names, says the Mirror.In the summer, United signed centre-half Harry Maguire from Leicester City, right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace , and winger Daniel James from Swansea.United were also in talks over signing Mandzukic, and are to renew their pursuit of the 33-year-old after their failure to sign replacements for Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez left Solskjaer came back to bite them.The gamble backfired after first-choice forwards Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were both injured, leaving 17-year-old Mason Greenwood to lead the line. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Nketiah reveals Arsenal in constant contact during Leeds loanby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah says that he is constantly in contact with members of the club while on loan at Leeds United.The 20-year-old is struggling for game time at the Elland Road club in the Championship.And Nketiah says that he is still focusing on his long term future at Arsenal, which is highlighted by how they are keeping tabs on him during the loan spell.He told reporters: “I speak with Arsenal a lot, I’m in contact with quite a few people in the club, they’re always texting when I’ve done well or things I can do differently but I think it’s good to have that constant feedback from the club, to know you’re still connected with them.”I’m an Arsenal player on loan at Leeds, I feel like they have done really well to keep me involved and happy and I think they’ve been really happy with me so hopefully I can continue the form and go back and get a starting place and kick off from there.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say