Managerless Fulham trailed at the break to Joe Garner’s early goal.Visitors Preston took full advantage of a tactical mismatch to gain the upper hand in the opening stages.Their wing-back system allowed them to exploit the lack of width in the Fulham side and a Daniel Johnson pass into the open channel created the first chance, with Eoin Doyle’s snapshot saved by Joe Lewis.But it took Preston only 11 minutes to go in front. A short corner routine led to Paul Gallagher’s cross, and Garner headed it in at the far post.Johnson drilled a shot wide as Preston continued to look threatening and it wasn’t until midway through the first half that Fulham awoke.Tom Cairney fired wide, Ross McCormack saw a shot blocked and Moussa Dembele’s curling effort was superbly tipped over by Jordan Pickford.Preston squandered an opportunity to double the lead late in the half when Garner nodded a cross into Doyle’s path, but he headed just wide.Fulham made three changes to the starting line-up, with Scott Parker making his first Fulham appearance in seven months after Sakari Mattila pulled out with a back injury in the warm-up.Tim Ream and James Husband were also brought back into the side, at the expense of Dan Burn and Luke Garbutt.Fulham: Lewis; Fredericks, Stearman, Ream, Husband; O’Hara; Parker, Kavanagh; Cairney; McCormack, Dembele. Subs: Rodak, Voser, Garbutt, Hutchinson, Pringle, Smith, Woodrow.Preston: Pickford; Clarke, Huntington, Cunningham; Vermijl, Browne, Gallagher, Johnson, Reach; Garner, Doyle. Subs: Kirkland, Davies, Kilkenny, Welsh, Hugill, Keane, May.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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
Every day I receieve emails and notes that people are trashing cold calling. A lot of these people don’t make sales call at all. You are always free to make your own decision, but know that your competitor’s will–and they’ll call your clients.
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) has signed today a contract with South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for three very large gas carries (VLGC).The three 84,000 cbm LPG carriers are expected to start delivery in 2019.The deal is said to be worth USD 213.3 million, KUNA news agency reported, with KOTC paying around USD 71 million per ship.The order is part of KOTC’s fleet renewal plan.Based on its website data, KOTC currently has a fleet of 28 ships, comprising 12 very large crude carriers (VLCC), ten product carriers, four LPG carriers and two bunker vessels.The contract signing comes as HHI reveals a 52 percent increase in value of new shipbuilding orders in 2017 when compared to the figures from the previous year.However, it should be noted that the 2016 baseline was pretty low taking into account that the year was very difficult for the shipbuilding industry due to low ordering activity.World Maritime News Staff