first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Do you know the habits of “The Average 29-Year-Old”? Your expectations may not meet reality for many millennials.“The impression of young people in the U.S. today is warped,” says The Atlantic. “In trend pieces, the word millennial has become shorthand for ‘a college-educated young person living in a city.’”However, this assessment is not exactly true.Most born from the early 80s and late 90s are not college grads, do not live in a metropolitan area, and “generally hate being called ‘millennials’”.Rather, the average 29-year-old has taken some college, held a variety of jobs, and is not as apt to be married as their parents were at 29. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgInternational real estate educator and author Tom Ferry will speak at AREC18 on the Gold Coast later this month. SIGN UP FOR THE NSW REAL ESTATE NEWSLETTER HERE With three decades of experience as an educator, the US-based Mr Ferry will be in Australia later this month as a keynote speaker for the Australian Real Estate Conference (AREC) on the Gold Coast. Speaking about mindset, model and marketing, Mr Ferry said his two sessions will work with agents to add another 18-36 transactions to their books. Mr Ferry said the same method he used to become one of the top real estate educators in the world, is the same method he teaches his clients today.“When I started, it was all about trialling how coaching would deliver success, so in the 1990s we were testing coaching and trialling the best methods and this is what I tell all of my clients to do,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels1080p1080pHD900p900pHD720p720pHD360p360p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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International real estate educator and author Tom Ferry will speak at AREC18 later this month.TOM Ferry never set out to become a number one real estate educator when he fell into the field straight out of high school, but he has since set a benchmark for the coaching industry.In his own words, Mr Ferry stumbled into coaching after joining the family business and has seen himself ranked as the number one real estate educator by Swanepoel Power 200.“After a few years, we noticed an opportunity for coaching as no one was business coach back then, compared to what it is today. A lot of people thought the concept of coaching was really weird,” he said. The Gold Coast will play host to this year’s conference between May 27 and 28. Photo:Gold Coast Bulletin.While technology and disrupters grow in influence in many industries, Mr Ferry believes no matter what changes happen, real estate agents will still be around.“Agents will exist in 10 years as the centre figure of the transaction and in 50 years it will be same. In 100 years, my hope is that through artificial intelligence and other technology that the experience of doing real estate will be as beautiful as it is to shop on Amazon.”AREC 2018 will be held on the Gold Coast on May 27 and 28. For more information or to register visit www.tret.com.au or call 1800 335 336.center_img Tom Ferry is one of the many speakers who will speak to real estate agents from right across Australia and New Zealand.Besides trialling different methods, Mr Ferry says agents who succeed in real estate are hardworking, dedicated and have a client-focused approach.“They also have a unique factor, which is their own purpose or drive. One of my clients sells in Honolulu and his unique selling point is growing up in Michigan and moving 18 times that he can remember,” Mr Ferry said.“He tells me that every time he helps a buyer, he imagines bringing the stability into their life that he didn’t have.”last_img read more

first_imgDominion Post 8 April 2013It is an empty argument to say that gay couples deserve equal legal recognition, Rex Ahdar says.The catchcry of same-sex marriage proponents is “equality”: gay couples have a right to equal treatment and to deny them legal marriage is blatant discrimination.Yet this claim deflects attention from the real issue: what is the true nature of marriage?Two rival visions jostle for supremacy. The conjugal model says marriage is a lifelong union between a man and a woman. The partnership model says marriage is a contract between committed loving couples.Conjugal marriage is a comprehensive union (mental and physical, emotional and sexual) of a man and a woman.Marriage has a true essence, a fundamental core; it is a real phenomenon, not just a human invention or convention.A crocodile is a crocodile, a tree is a tree, a river is a river. We did not invent crocodiles, we simply discovered them and named them. We can call a hippopotamus a crocodile if we want but that does not change its essential nature.All it does is lead to confusion.Marriage is a pre-political institution.States recognise marriage; they do not invent it. States value the institution in which men and women commit indefinitely and exclusively to each other and to the children their sexual union commonly (but not invariably) produces.Gay marriage proponents will argue that defines marriage so as to exclude gay couples, a neat trick that fools no- one.Not so. Recall their key claim: gay couples deserve equal legal recognition.That is an empty argument. To insist upon equality is to require that “like things be treated alike”.So X and Y should be treated equally for X and Y are alike. But we need to know in what respects X is like Y and whether these characteristics are morally valid before we can be confident that they merit equal treatment.We must have a standard for deciding which characteristics count and which don’t.Is gay (partnership) marriage “like” conjugal marriage?In some respects, yes: both may involve monogamous couples who have a deep commitment to each other.Both can express this commitment in a sexual fashion and raise children (if any) in a caring way.In other respects, however, the answer is no: lacking sexual complementarity, gay couples cannot achieve complete sexual bodily union.And lacking reproductive capability they cannot be biological parents.They can nurture children but they cannot provide the example that a father and a mother can, the intangible things that only a father and a mother can supply. They lack the inherent structure to rear well-rounded, psychologically secure children. ank” href=”http://ad-apac.doubleclick.net/6k%3Bh%3Dv8/3dbd/3/0/%2a/g%3B270806211%3B1-0%3B1%3B63296715%3B4307-300/250%3B53751625/53665063/1%3Bu%3D39568527374945662284310030002981736964%3B%7Eaopt%3D2/1/49/2%3B%7Esscs%3D%3fhttp://bs.serving-sys.com/BurstingPipe/adServer.bs?cn=tf&c=20&mc=click&pli=6695130&PluID=0&ord=879979″> read more

first_img Sharing is caring! 481 Views   no discussions Share LocalNewsSports Dominica Football Association appoints a new president. by: – November 23, 2011 Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Image via: flags.redpixart.comFormer Vice President of the Dominica Football Association Glen Etienne has assumed the reins of office of the organization.The new decision follows a move by FIFA to ban former president Patrick John from any football activities for two years after he accepted US$40,000 in cash from Bin Hammam to support him in an election campaign against FIFA President Sepp Blatter.Public Relations Officer of the Dominica Football Association Gerald George made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday.He said according to the constitution governing the organization, in the absence of the president, the vice president shall be vested with the authority and may exercise all powers subject to the same limitation imposed on the president.“Last night we had a meeting, the Board met, we had our lawyer with us and he went over the terms of the decision handed down by FIFA. It was then agreed by the members that the First Vice President will assume the function of the President in the absence of Johns’ two year ban. We all heard that John will be appealing the ban, so until that time, the first vice president will assume the functions of the President,” he explained.John says he is appealing FIFA’s decision and the matter is already in the hands of his lawyers.Meantime the Board says while it may want to support John in his appeal, it is against the constitution of the organization.Secretary of the DFA Philip White said “it is the prerogative of John to launch an appeal. The board cannot openly say that they support John because this is an infringement on the FIFA Code of Conduct,”.Meantime moments after FIFA released its decision to ban Mr John, several individuals called for the resignation of the DFA Board members.Two such calls came from former Football Referee Ibrahim Brohim and Veteran Sports Commentator St. Havis Shillingford.He says for several years football in Dominica has been stagnant.“The very first thing that should occur is that the football executive should resign because the last 15 years, Dominica’s football has not been getting anywhere. It has been getting worst and fifteen years is a long time. Dominica should start with a slate. Clear the air, clear the slate and get people who know about football to run the affairs,” he said.Meantime the incoming President Ettiene said all is well at the DFA.He told Tuesday’s press conference that the board is very active and functional and the football business will continue as normal.“Football matters will carry on as planned; the 2011/12 season is in operation and we will carry on as the plan goes on. In a nutshell, everything is order at the DFA. Things are rolling as planned and with the help of the Board, we will continue to move this beautiful sport of football forward,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansDaniele Zaccagnini scored his second goal of the season on a penalty kick in added time, but the Olympic Force (3-1-1, 10 points) held off the Oly Town Artesians (2-2-1, 7 points) comeback attempt to take a 2-1 win on Saturday afternoon at The Evergreen State College.The Force wasted no time getting going taking advantage of a misplay by the Artesians backline in the eighth minute to make the score 1-0. Colin Ralston gathered a pass from Bennett Bugbee and had a clear look at the goal and punched it into the top right corner past the diving Artesians goalkeeper. The score line would hold until late in the game when another uncharacteristic defensive mistake led to Bugbee scoring his third goal of the season, putting Olympic up 2-0 in the 81st minute.But the Artesians picked up the pressure over the final ten minutes until they earned themselves a penalty kick after a foul in the box. Daniele Zaccagnini stepped up and fired it past Olympic goalkeeper Jordan Hadden to make it a one goal game in stoppage time. Oly had two more good chances, including a free kick into the box that found the head of an Artesians attacker but squirted just left of the keeper just before the final whistle sounded.Ryan Perkins performed admirably in his first start in goal for the Artesians, making three saves in relief of the out-of-town JJ Olson. Lewis Watson kept a clean sheet in the first half for the Force before Hadden took over for the final 45 minutes.Oly Town fell to 2-2-1 on the season and remain at seven points, three points behind the Olympic Force, who now sit in second place with 10 points. The Artesians hit the road for the next month starting with a trip to Spokane on Sunday, June 11th to take on the Shadow at the Spokane Polo Grounds at 2:00 PM. The next home game is on Tuesday, July 11th against the Vancouver Victory.Keep up to date with the Artesians all season long by visiting www.olytownfc.com, following them on Twitter at twitter.com/OlyTownFC, and liking them on Facebook at FB.com/OlyTownFC.last_img read more

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers take to the pitch this week to play host to the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships beginning Thursday at the Lakeside Soccer Pitch.Some of the games are also being played in Castlegar.The Bombers, defending BC Champs, play a round-robin draw in the pool with DW Poppey of Langley, St. Michael’s University from Victoria and Nechako Valley of Vanderhoof. First game is Thursday morning at 8 a.m. when LVR meets soccer heavyweight St. Michael’s University.LVR then plays Nechako Valley at 2 p.m. before concluding the round robin format Friday at 10 a.m. against DW Poppey.The top team in each of the four pools of play advance to the semi final round of the tournament.The Championship goes at 2 p.m. Saturday.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Bombers with Team of the Week honours.The team includes coaches Chuck Bennett and Paul Burkart and players Grace Dehnel, Julia Burkart, Noa Butterfield, Jessemyn Vandonselaar, Megan Tenant, Laurel Halleran, Amy Hodgson, Ashley Hall, Sofia Arcuri, Ruby Sereight, McKenna Bennett, Maya Ida, Rylee Zondervan, Mattea Lorenzo, Emily Taylor, Hanna Quinn, Emma Wheeldon, Taylor Zimmer, Shianne Michalchuk and Bella Guderyan. Manager is Tanis Bouchier.last_img read more

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES – Even for someone who prides himself on staying consistent with his day-to-day routine, Quinn Cook admitted that preparation can only do so much to ensure success. Stability helps, too.In related news, Cook scored 18 points while going 8-of-13 from the field in 21 minutes in the Warriors’ 108-90 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. Earlier …last_img read more

first_imgIf intelligent humans were around for hundreds of thousands of years, why didn’t any of them think about farming sooner?The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences just printed a special section about human evolution. Let’s see if any of the papers can answer the question of why farming was delayed so long in the evolutionary history of man.Early farmers from across Europe directly descended from Neolithic Aegeans (Hofmanova et al.). Thirty-nine authors are listed on this paper. “One of the most enduring and widely debated questions in prehistoric archaeology concerns the origins of Europe’s earliest farmers,” the paper begins. The authors agree that farming communities began about 6,000 BC in Anatolia (Turkey), but offers no explanation for what happened to turn hunter-gatherers into farmers. “Although current archaeological research has revealed various pathways of Neolithization in the fi rst half of the 7th millennium BCE, questions still remain regarding how and where these trajectories overlapped and influenced each other in generating the complex emergence of agriculturalist lifestyles on the southeastern edge of Europe,” they say. Their only suggestion: “the adoption of different dietary lifeways.” Tired of chasing fast food?Unraveling the evolution of uniquely human cognition (MacLean). This paper has but one author, Evan L MacLean of Duke University. “A satisfactory account of human cognitive evolution will explain not only the psychological mechanisms that make our species unique, but also how, when, and why these traits evolved,” he says. His answer: “convergent evolution.” This paper is all about comparing humans and apes. It says nothing about farming and the rise of agriculture. But if the “proliferation of cultural artifacts” some 20,000 to 70,000 years ago indicated “increased social tolerance that allowed humans to work productively with conspecifics in new ways,” why didn’t anyone plant a farm till much later? “Humans are unusual animals in many respects,” he comments. That’s obvious to an evolutionist. It begs the question of why they are.The Pliocene hominin diversity conundrum: Do more fossils mean less clarity? (Haile-Selassie et al.). Haile-Selassie points out that Lucy was not the only “hominin” of her era. His paper has nothing to do with cognitive changes or the rise of agriculture.Ancient DNA and human history (Slatkin and Racimo). These paleoanthropologists from UC Berkeley mostly talk about who had sex with whom: Neanderthals, Denisovans and modern humans. They do mention that the first evidence of farming shows up about 8,000 to 9,000 years BC, but they don’t explain what happened, or why it happened so late. Mere genetic mixing doesn’t explain the rise of farming. Is there a gene for agriculture? Surely all humans living for the prior tens of thousands of years had the physical and mental skills for it. Ötzi the Iceman enters the narrative:In a related study, Lazaridis et al. obtained high-coverage genomes from an ancient Western European hunter-gatherer (found near Loschbour, Luxembourg) and an ancient Central European farmer (found near Stuttgart, Germany), and proposed a three-way mixture model of European origins. According to this model, the Loschbour individual belonged to the original modern human occupants of Europe, called Western hunter-gatherers (WHG). The ancestors of this population mixed with a basal Eurasian population coming from the Near East during the Neolithic to produce a population called Early European farmers (EEF), which likely brought agriculture into the region. This is the population to which the Stuttgart and Ötzi individuals belonged. Afterward, a third wave of migration from the Pontic steppe introduced the ANE [ancient near eastern] ancestry component into the region.Neandertals revised (Roebroeks and Soressi). This paper contributes to debunking the notion that Neanderthals lacked the cognitive skills of modern humans, and agrees that Neanderthals, Denisovans and modern humans interbred. The authors say nothing, however, about what turned hunter-gatherers into farmers, ranchers and civilized people so recently, especially when they say that Neanderthals were already making carefully-crafted wooden spears 300,000 years ago (30 times as long as all recorded civilization). They were not intellectual lightweights when modern humans arrived: “it is also a fact that the archeological records of Neandertals and their African near-modern human contemporaries are very similar in terms of what were once thought to be standard markers of modern cognitive and behavioral capacities, such as diversity of subsistence strategies and diet, use of minerals, use and transport of lithics, shells, personal ornaments, and hafting, and pyrotechnology.”Ecological consequences of human niche construction: Examining long-term anthropogenic shaping of global species distributions (Boivin et al.). This international team focuses on the ecological changes after agriculture began, but says nothing about why it began. “The exhibition of increasingly intensive and complex niche construction behaviors through time is a key feature of human evolution, culminating in the advanced capacity for ecosystem engineering exhibited by Homo sapiens.” How did this come about? To them, it just “emerged” somehow as the world watched: e.g., “the emergence and spread of agriculture beginning in the Early Holocene.” In the paper, they continue their causeless emergent theme: “The beginning of the Holocene (< 11.7 ka) witnessed fundamental shifts in climatic and geological regimes globally, as well as in human societies,” they say. “The Early to Middle Holocene in many regions worldwide saw the beginning of agricultural economies, placing new evolutionary pressures on plants, animals, and microbes, and resulting in major demographic expansions for humans.” But how? Why? Why then?Issues in human evolution (Richard G. Klein). This human biologist from Stanford summarizes the papers in the special section on human evolution. He adds nothing to the other papers on this fundamental question: What happened after hundreds of thousands of years of human evolution to turn intelligent, upright-walking, skilled nomads into farmers almost instantly in evolutionary history? Why didn’t any of them think of it before?We want you to see for yourselves. When we say that evolutionary anthropologists are clueless about the rise of agriculture and civilization, we back it up with references and quotes. Here was a perfect opportunity for leading paleoanthropologists in America’s prestigious National Academy of Sciences to answer the question, and they completely dodged it. What kind of explanation is it to say, “agriculture emerged”? Well, yeah. OK. What happened? A lucky mutation? Magic? Stuff Happens?  You’re telling us that for 400,000 years (in the evolutionary scheme) human beings had brains and bodies for farming, but they just sat around in caves, building campfires, and traveling long distances on foot to hunt meat and gather berries. When Ötzi’s uncle suddenly had a bright idea of planting seeds so they didn’t have to walk so far, you can be sure the rest of the tribe said, “Well, doh! Why didn’t we think of that before?” A small fraction of that time later, man is walking on the moon and receiving pictures from Pluto.Who has the incredible, unscientific story? The ones who know what humans are capable of, or the Darwin worshipers? The ones who find Genesis 1 reasonable, or the ones who appeal to “emergence” as the explanation for everything? We report; you decide. (Visited 79 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgAt Brand South Africa’s Gauteng Stakeholders Workshop in Sandton in August, results from its research projects and insights from global surveys were discussed. The research offers some positive outlooks for the country and the population, with the numbers to back it up.Dr Petrus de Kock discusses the results from Brand South Africa’s latest research at a stakeholders gathering in Sandton, Johannesburg, during August 2015. (Image: Priya Pitamber)• Brand South Africa calls for a single national narrative • Overview: the Gauteng Stakeholder Workshop • Africans abroad keen to return – Homecoming Revolution report • Lead SA’s #Changemakers encourages teamwork • South African economy and business CD AndersonA presentation by Brand South Africa’s general manager for research, Dr Petrus de Kock, as part of the general discussion during the workshop on South Africa’s global and continental competitiveness, examined various internal and global research projects. These included the Domestic Perceptions project, the South Africa Incorporated (SA Inc) initiative, as well as various global economic and reputation indexes on how South Africa was comparing to the rest of the world. Domestic Perceptions This research found the emerging South Africa middle class (the LSM 7-10 group) had increased by 15% over the last 10 years. People were focused on developing their economic standing and choosing to spend what free time remained on family life rather than being involved in the community. A general distrust of government was found among the respondents, particularly when it came to job creation, policy implementation and economic growth, even though respondents believed the country still embodied the spirit of diversity and democracy. The feeling was however, that South Africa was capable of achieving great success.Also, South Africans were generally more positive about the future of the country, particularly for the next generation, hoping that living standards would continue to improve for their children. Over 50% believed in committing (or continuing to commit) to staying in South Africa, no matter the circumstances. Notably, 13% believed in that national commitment, despite not considering it before. Most respondents also committed to the country no matter the situation in the future (74%), but 20% may consider a move out of the country should economic, social and political situations deteriorate.Overall, loyalty remains strong in South Africa, yet younger people may consider moving out of the country to explore better options. The majority of these, however, strongly consider this a temporary move and will ultimately return to South Africa.According to the 2015 Domestic Perceptions research report by Brand South Africa, the emerging middle class (LSM 7-10) has increased by 15% over the past 10 years. (Image: Brand South Africa)As part of Domestic Perceptions, a number of topic-specific papers have been published this year, these include: PatriotismPatriotism is still strong among South Africans. Social and cultural diversity is cited as the main proponent driving this national pride. Of the respondents, 57% believed the media added to the negative perceptions of the country. Other external social influencers, such as TV/radio news and non-digital social interactions, seem to have a more positive effect on the population than online news and social media, despite these being more popular. Most gather the insights and information that form their opinions from traditional media such as television, radio and newspapers, as well as from family and friends.Pride The South Africa pride index is at a considerably healthy 80%, with 61% considering themselves “extremely proud of being a South African”. Respondents cited diversity and democracy, cultural and sport successes and the country’s tourism as the main driving factors of this pride. Detractors of pride, predictably, included crime, corruption and perceived government ineffectiveness.OptimismIn the published research on optimism, titled South Africa: A Brand of Optimists?, measures of national optimism found overall there was a strong sense of hope and confidence among the population, particularly about the future.Despite what the report called “a confrontational public discourse”, most respondents professed that the strides made in education, health care, religious and social tolerance helped to build optimism. The research found most wanted to continue living in South Africa and contribute to the country’s success, with constructive solutions to social, cultural and economic challenges. A quarter of respondents had optimistic outlooks for the future of the country.With an overall Pride Index of 80, the majority of South Africans show a strong devotion to their country, according to the Brand SA Domestic Perceptions report in 2015. (Image: Brand South Africa)Youth The publication A Youthful Population in a Young Democracy, measuring pride, social cohesion and active citizenry among the country’s young people, found the current generation – those who would be upholders of the National Development Plan’s Vision 2030 – showed hope and aspirations for the future. Yet, with 29% of the sample surveyed unemployed – or at least not in full-time employment – naturally concerns about job creation, education and economic growth loomed large for young South Africans.De Kock emphasised that achieving a significant youth optimism percentage was key to helping solve these issues, with over 74% indicating that they wanted to live and work in South Africa and find positive outcomes for these issues.Another point from the research was the youth’s lack of trust in the current political leadership regarding solving the challenges of crime, education, poverty and economic development.Xenophobia After increased xenophobic attacks in the country, Brand South Africa looked to quantify the atmosphere around the issue and among the citizenry regarding foreign nationals and their role in South African life. Titled A Nation against Xenophobia, the report showed a majority of South Africans condemned any and all attacks on foreigners.Most of the respondents said they wanted to continue to embrace the principles of ubuntu and respect for all people, and take positive action against the violence, including public demonstrations, donating money, time and other relief to those affected by the violence. Most also wanted to create a proactive discourse with the public and the government to deal with the challenges of xenophobia.Respondents felt that the media had profiled South Africans as unwelcoming and violent, which they thought was inaccurate. The social activation of the country’s citizens in response to the xenophobic attacks, most respondents felt, helped to increase the exposure of the violence and pace of relief and positive reinforcement of the ideals of ubuntu.Competitiveness In the publication Can Competitiveness be Africanised?, competitiveness in the African context was analysed and addressed. The research found that in the definition and conceptualising of competiveness in mere economic terms, there was no consideration for the associated human and environmental factors, as well as the importance of the cultural and social relationships between South Africa and the rest of Africa. According to the report “…in an era of global warming, rising inequality, social displacement and dislocation, competitiveness can ultimately not speak to, or reflect a world of rational market choice”.Competiveness needs to consider and encompass education, health, environmental sustainability and food security in order to enhance the economies of countries, communities and individuals.The economic relationships between the country and the continent are further explored in the section on South Africa Incorporated, below. Other Brand South Africa reports published include Evolving Nation-brand through Collective Heritage and Active Citizenship and Social Cohesion. These can be found on the Brand South Africa website.TV news, friends and family are some of the external influencers that have the most positive impact of the average South African’s national perception, according to the Domestic Perceptions research report by Brand SA in 2015. (Image: Brand South Africa)  Overall, De Kock said, regarding the various research gathered in the Domestic Perceptions project, “you can’t sell the brand of the country without inside buy-in of its people”, and the numbers in the research indicated that, despite their concerns, “South Africans are willing to take action, rather than wait for someone else to do so”.  South African corporate governance, managerial and technical prowess, according to Brand South Africa’s SA Inc study, has built a positive reputation for the country in the rest of Africa. (Image: Pixabay)South Africa Incorporated: doing business with Africa SA Inc is another Brand South Africa research project. Designed to examine the country’s exposure in and strategic economic relationships with other African countries, SA Inc measures the impact of South Africa’s economic, social and cultural footprint on the continent.• SA Inc found South Africa was the third largest direct foreign investor in Africa, after the UK and USA, according to the most recent Ernst & Young Africa Attractiveness Survey.• Between 2008 and 2013, the South African Reserve Bank approved 1 000 new investments by South African companies into 36 African countries.• The Industrial Development Corporation alone invested in 41 projects, with an investment portfolio of over R6-billion in 2012.South African corporate governance, managerial and technical prowess, according to SA Inc, built a positive reputation for the country. And South African cultural exports – music, art, cinema and literature – enjoyed a popular presence in the rest of Africa. This resonance went a long way to enhance economic and political relationships between countries.However, one negative aspect gathered from the research found South African businesses and representatives were viewed negatively, as imposing and aggressive, compared to the relatively more tolerant and culturally astute African nations. From a business perspective, more attention should be paid to how South African businesspeople conduct their inter-personal relationships and interactions, specifically when creating market entry strategies, designing an understanding of the diverse business and cultural environments according to the specific country targeted.To curb this challenge, bi-national business chambers should exist where business relationships between countries could be more effectively made and understood. Already the Ghanaian and South African business chamber, assisted by the government, has lifted South African business presence in Ghana. Through the business chamber relationship, partnerships can be more easily initiated, advisers consulted and supplier and service provider relationships strengthened. Knowledge can be shared and networks built in order to create mutually beneficial economic relationships.For more about SA Inc and its findings, find the full report here. South African global reputation and competiveness The Nation Brands Index The Anholt-Gfk Nation Brands Index 2014 – a measure of global perceptions based on six key areas (exports, governance, investment, culture, people and tourism) – places South Africa down one position from last year, at 37 out of 50 countries surveyed. While the country’s overall reputation score improved from 2013, there were perception challenges regarding the tourism economy and the country’s influence in Africa.According to the report, South Africa was still a model consistency, with reputation gains in exports and governance. Investment, too, had gained, but there was still concern over the country’s slow growth in environmental, heritage and technology sectors. Germany, India and the UK viewed South Africa the most favourably.The Ibrahim Index The Ibrahim Index is an annual evaluation of governance of countries in Africa, combining over 100 variables, assessed by various independent African and global bodies. The data collection is the most comprehensive and authoritative source for governmental authority. The data are used for economic purposes but also for assessing the rollout and success of government policies. This year, the South African Ibrahim rating was a mixed, but ultimately balanced assessment.Ranked fourth overall, South Africa was the best in public management and third in gender equality, and it maintained good records for rule of law, human development and health care services.Improvements had been made regarding infrastructure, sustainable economic development and rights participation. There had been a significant drop in confidence regarding national security and personal safety issues. Ultimately, though, South Africa maintained a sustained and reputable presence on the continent.Other global research projects include the World Bank Ease of Business Index (South Africa: 43rd overall), UNDP Human Development Index (South Africa: 118th globally) and the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook (South Africa: 52nd out of 60 countries – it made overall improvements for competitiveness, infrastructure and economic performance, while dropping in the rankings for government and business efficiency).These reports are available to read on the Brand South Africa website, along with detailed breakdowns of all the research mentioned in this article.last_img read more

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Swiss tennis great Roger Federer ($64 million) and Golden State Warriors guard Kevin Durant ($60.6 million) rounded out the top five — just as they did last year.The Forbes figures include salaries, prize money and bonuses earned between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017. Endorsement incomes are an estimate of sponsorships, appearance fees and licensing incomes for the same 12-month period based on conversations with industry insiders.Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner, was the lone woman on the list with an estimated income of $27 million — $19 million of which came from endorsements — to place her 51st overall.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. AP FILE PHOTONEW YORK—Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo remained atop Forbes magazine’s list of 100 highest-paid athletes, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James moving up to second on a list heavy on NBA players.The 32-year-old Portugal forward is estimated to have earned a total of $93 million between his football salary of $58 million and $35 million in endorsement income.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Star sizzles, cruises to F4 LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s the second straight year Ronaldo has topped the list, released Wednesday just days after he spearheaded a 4-1 victory over Juventus that made Real Madrid the first team to retain the UEFA Champions League title.BACKSTORY: Ronaldo inherits richest athlete throne from Tiger, MayweatherFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames, with estimated earnings of $86.2 million, was one of 32 NBA players who made the top 100 — up from 18 last year.He took over second place from the Argentine footballer Lionel Messi, now third with $80 million. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV What ‘missteps’?last_img read more