Eureka >> Eureka Loggers junior pitcher Dylan Wilson scattered five hits, allowing one earned run over 5-2/3 innings pitched as the Loggers defeated cross-town rival St. Bernard’s 5-1 Tuesday at Crusader Field.Eureka took an early lead in the top of the first as lead off hitter Gannon Cyphers hit a double and scored on RBI double by shortstop Hunter Stapp. St. Bernard’s starting pitcher Isaiah Jimenez worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the top of the first by inducing a pop up by …
Civil society, the private sector and the government sought ways to build social cohesion and discussed a means for the nation to pull in one direction in telling the country’s story, at the inaugural Brand South Africa Nation Brand Forum.Brand South Africa CEO Kingsley Makhubela expanded on the theme of cohesion and its importance in building a strong nation brand.By Sulaiman PhilipA nation must strive “to accentuate and promote local distinctiveness as a competitive advantage”, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi said at Brand South Africa’s inaugural Nation Brand Forum on 24 August 2016.“The rapid advance of globalisation means that every country, every region and every city must compete with each other for its share of the world’s consumers, tourists, investors, students, entrepreneurs, and international sporting and cultural events.”Brand South Africa board member Janine Hills, Vuma Reputation Management CEO and programme director on the day, echoed the minister’s sentiments. She reminded the audience that the country had just conducted a successful election. Despite all the negativity, South Africa, she explained, was maturing as a democracy. “Yes, we have challenges but we are a changing nation.“We must be proud to be South Africans. I love this country. This is our country. We need to get over ourselves. We need to talk with each other,” she added.Brand South Africa CEO Kingsley Makhubela expanded on the theme of cohesion and its importance in building a strong nation brand. He explained that the forum was called to discuss three issues:• How to manage the reputation of a nation brand• How to best project South Africa as a nation brand• How to best define the narrative that South Africa wants to tell the worldHe reminded the audience that they were from the three most important spheres of society. As the government, civil society and the private sector, it fell to them to create and build a positive nation brand.South Africa was a strong, resilient democracy, a narrative often overlooked because the nation tended to concentrate on the challenges it faced. “Before the election we were saying ‘these elections won’t be free and fair’. This was the message communicated to the outside world. And what happened? We have resilient, robust institutions. We should celebrate our strengths,” Makhubela said.The local government elections were held on 3 August.The Nation Brand Forum has its origins in the 2015/16 Department of Communications budget vote, tabled by the minister in parliament on 20 May 2015. By bringing together civil society, the private sector and the government, the expectation is that the nation will pull in one direction and sing from the same hymn sheet.Before the plenary sessions began the minister reminded the audience that they were there to find ways to build social cohesion. They were encouraged to find, “the ‘how’ of achieving an inspiring South Africa. Brand South Africa understands that it is imperative that everyone plays a part towards making South Africa a better country.”Join the conversation on #NationBrandForum #SANationBrand
27 January 2014South Africa mounted a successful defence of their Las Vegas Sevens title, beating New Zealand 14-7 in the Cup final on Sunday to claim victory in the USA for the third time in the past four years.The victory was the Blitzbokke’s fifth successive win over the New Zealanders in Cup finals in the HSBC World Sevens Series.At half-time the teams were level at 7-7 after Scott Curry opened the scoring for the Kiwis and Branco du Preez replied for the Springbok Sevens.Werner Kok, who excelled in only his fourth tournament, scored the winning try soon after replacing the injured Justin Geduld in the second half.StandingsThe victory helped South Africa into a slender lead on the HSBC Sevens World Series standings. They trailed New Zealand by two points at the start of the tournament, but after taking out the title in Port Elizabeth and Las Vegas the Blitzbokke top the log on 78 points, just one ahead of the men in black.With strong support from an appreciative crowd at the Sam Boyd Stadium, the Springbok Sevens team and management found themselves mobbed by jubilant fans on the field immediately after the final whistle had sounded.The key to the team’s success was their defence. They conceded only two tries throughout the tournament as they went unbeaten through the pool and knockout stages. They also overcame the loss of ace try scorer Seabelo Senatla, who was ruled out of action because of an ankle injury, while Geduld and speedster Sampie Mastriet both left the Cup final action early because of injury.‘Very intense’After clinching the title, a jubilant South Africa Sevens coach, Neil Powell said: “It was very intense and what a gutsy performance that was from the guys. They all played for each other. Just the way they showed the commitment was tremendous.“There is still a long way to go to keep us at the top,” he added, looking ahead.Under the guidance of Powell, who took over the coaching duties from the long- serving Paul Treu at the beginning of the season, South Africa have now reached three Cup finals in a row this season, and won successive titles in Port Elizabeth and Las Vegas.WinsEarlier, South Africa crushed Argentina 36-0 in the quarterfinals before seeing off a strong Samoa team 14-0 to book their place in the final against New Zealand.In their group games, they thumped Wales 43-0, beat eventual third place finishers Canada 29-0, and ran out 19-7 winners over Kenta.The next round of the HSBC Sevens World Series takes place in Wellington, New Zealand, on 7 and 8 February at the Westpac Stadium. The Blitzbokke have been drawn in Group A with England, Wales and Portugal.SAinfo reporter and SA Rugby
West Bengal has incurred a loss of ₹23,811 crore in the devastations caused by cyclone Bulbul that has affected around 35 lakh people in three districts, said a report the state government submitted to the visiting central team said on Saturday. The report was handed over to the members of the central team during a meeting with state Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha at the secretariat and a separate report would be sent to the Centre. Members of the team called on the State government officials on Saturday, a day after they visited the cyclone-hit areas in North & South 24 Parganas and Purba Midnapore districts to assess the extent of damage caused by the storm.“The state has incurred a total loss of ₹23,811 crore in the three districts ravaged by cyclone Bulbul where over 35 lakhs of people have been directly affected. A total of 5,17,535 houses were damaged in the cyclone,” a senior official said, quoting from the report. Altogether 14,89,924 hectare of agricultural land have been damaged, it said adding that the power department has incurred a loss of ₹597 crore. As many as 4,35,000 tarpaulin and 6.2 lakh water pouches have been distributed by the state Public Health Engineering department, the report said.“Reports on losses incurred in North and South 24 Parganas and East Medinipur districts due to the storm and requirement in those areas were handed over to the central team. We would submit a separate report to the Centre,” the IAS officer said. The central team have made ground visits, conducted aerial surveys of the affected areas and met officials of the three affected officials.“We visited the areas affected by the cyclone to assess the extent of devastation. We have spoken to all the people concerned,” a member of the central team said.“We have taken note of what we have gathered from our meetings in these districts. We will now submit a report to the central government,” he said. The team members included joint secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs K.B. Singh, assistant director of department of expenditure under the Union finance ministry Sumit Agarwal, director of department of agriculture Narendra Kumar and deputy director of Union Power Ministry O.P. Suman. Cyclone Bulbul had made landfall late on November 9 between Sagar Islands in West Bengal and Khepupara in Bangladesh. Altogether 14 people, including fishermen of a capsized trawler, died in the calamity. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier welcomed the visit of the team to the cyclone-hit areas. After conducting an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas, she had said on Wednesday that the loss incurred by the state due to the catastrophe might go up to ₹50,000 crore.