BEIJING, China:Gold medal hopeful Elaine Thompson says she is excited and focused on doing well at what is her first appearance at the World Championships, noting ahead of the 200m final that she is growing in confidence after each round.Thompson added that she has made a special effort not to let the occasion get to her, and though she has impressed in her two races to date, the sprinter isn’t ready to count her eggs before they hatch as she prepares for the biggest race of her young career and focuses on properly executing her races.”I am excited! It’s, of course, my first World Championships individual 200m appearance. It’s been a good experience, and all I’ve been doing is following my coach’s instructions to advance to the final,” she said.Thompson was again impressive in her semi-final win, shutting off the engine with 50 or so metres to go, stopping the clock at 22.13 seconds making her the second-fastest qualifier going into today’s final. She got the better of American Candyce McGrone, 22.26, and Bulgaria’s Ivet Lalova-Collio, 22.32.”It was okay, a comfortable run. I didn’t want to blow out so fast, just wanted to get to the final,” said Thompson, who seems primed to dip below the 22-second barrier when she gets going in the final.”I’m excited, but let the day speak for itself. It would mean a lot to me to get on the podium, I have been watching these guys since I was small, so it would mean a whole lot,” said Thompson. “It’s a big day, so let’s see what happens.”Two other Jamaicans contesting the final are Veronica Campbell-Brown and Sherone Simpson.The women’s 200m final takes place at 8 a.m. today.- A.L.
“Nothing official has been said. Nothing is going on right now,” Whitmore told The Gleaner when pressed. “Recently, I had a meeting to discuss the Gold Cup, in terms of practice games and such because I am trying to put a programme in place in the event I am appointed. “I also had to put some things in place in terms of training sessions because we want to call in local players for at least two weeks out of every month, keep them sharp and give them international practice games to keep them going, so when we have these games, we know where we are and who we have,” Whitmore added. “But you have to ask them (JFF) what is happening because I still have not heard anything, and every minute we waste is a problem because with our footballers, you have to keep them going (active),” Whitmore said. “But I am a positive person, so I am thinking positively.” JFF general-secretary Raymond Grant, who was reluctant to confirm the FIFA-listed fixture, reiterated that JFF president Captain Horace Burrell would speak to upcoming games. “The president will call a press conference and speak to all those issues. I can’t give a definitive date now, but the president is tending to other matters and as soon as he is available, he will advise on issues pertaining to the (Honduras) game and other matters,” Grant continued. NO WORD AS YET More than a month after their last international outing, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz are set to face Honduras in a friendly match in Houston, Texas, at the BBVA Stadium in February. However, the team is still without a head coach as the last man in charge, Theodore Whitmore, who replaced German Winfried Sch‰fer for their two Caribbean Cup play-off games in October and November, says he has not received any significant information from the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) regarding him continuing in the job. Honduran football officials yesterday announced that they would take on the Caribbean champions on February 16 and, although the JFF were coy in admitting the fixture, a Gleaner source inside the secretariat confirmed the game, but pointed out that the federation was waiting to settle on the kick-off time before making a release to the public. “The Jamaica Football Federation wishes to advise that the Federation is currently in negotiations with a number of countries regarding international friendly matches for our senior men’s team for before and after the Caribbean Cup semi-finals and the CONCACAF Gold Cup to be held in June and July 2017, respectively,” read a JFF press release yesterday. “This is part of the federation’s commitment to keeping our senior team prepared and active to defend its Caribbean Cup title, perform well at the Gold Cup, and further strengthen the Reggae Boyz brand. “President of the JFF, Captain Horace Burrell, will make the appropriate announcements once the JFF has finalised these arrangements and other matters having to do with the national programme.” Meanwhile, the Boyz have been without a coach since their last match against Suriname on November 13. Following the team’s qualification to the Caribbean Cup semi-final, Whitmore said he was hopeful of remaining in the job, but up to yesterday, had not been given any clear indication of whether or not he would remain as the national senior coach.
With gradual victory over the Ebola Virus Disease in the country, it’s time for Liberians everywhere announce to the world that we are part of the comity of nations.And in far away Atlanta, Georgia in the United States, Archiebald Weah, 20, a Liberian who recently turned Professional wants to represent the country in the 2016 Olympic Games.Weah has two most prestigious United States Golden Gloves awards to his credit and in a dispatch to the Daily Observer wants nothing better to do with his skills than to represent the country at the Olympics.For starters, the Liberian has been getting inspiration from the world’s best boxers, including five times World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, American Evander Holyfield.Weah, born in Liberia, was taken to the United States at age five.“I left Liberia at age 5. Almost 20 years ago. It would give me no greater feeling than to bring home the 1st Olympic medal to my country,” he told the Daily Observer.He said besides the two Golden Gloves awards, he has won countless competitions and recently turned ‘professional’ meaning he can now fight for money.Like his mentor Holyfield, research indicates though the American as a young boy grew up in poverty in Atmore, Alabama, he didn’t know it at the time. There was always food on the table and while his older siblings worked to help support the family, Evander spent every waking non-school hour playing (American) football, racking up both offensive and defensive MVP trophies despite his small size. It was that undersized stature that would eventually dash his hopes of playing for the Atlanta Falcons, but a Plan B had emerged as a fateful replacement. Evander had discovered boxing at the age of eight, and didn’t lose a match until he was eleven. By the time he graduated high school he was one of the highest-ranked amateurs in the country and earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic boxing team, according to Lee Gruenfeld co-author of Evander’s autobiography, Becoming Holyfield: A Fighter’s Journey looks back over the champ’s life.Archie has set his eyes on the 2016 Olympic Games and wants the Liberia National Olympic Committee and the Liberia Boxing Association to be aware of his progress and wish.According to Lee Gruenfeld, “The Los Angeles (Olympic) Games of 1984 provided the first opportunity for Evander Holyfield to demonstrate his special brand of grace and poise on an international stage. After thoroughly decimating every opponent on his way to the semi-finals and establishing himself as his country’s surest bet for a gold medal, he was disqualified for a late punch. The stunned crowd was on the edge of riot over the patently unfair call, and it was only Evander’s calm demeanor and refusal to give open vent to his emotions that averted total chaos. The International Olympic Committee declined to reverse the ref’s decision but took the unprecedented step of overturning the rules that would have deprived Evander of a bronze medal.”Concerning his readiness to fight for Liberia, Weah said he came across an article about the struggle Liberian boxing was going through in the online edition of the Daily Observer and decided to make a difference with his readiness.To improve his career, a shot at the Olympic Games, like Holyfield, could give him all the chance necessary for him to make it big in the boxing world and just maybe he could turn the future of Liberian boxing around for the better.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Based on logic and experience, especially on this ever changing continent of Africa, there are several specific reasons why people rise up against governments and/or each other. Meaning that these are the typical causes of civil unrest: The inability to afford food – rising food prices, for example (such as the 1979 Rice Riots), which may be caused by rises in other commodities in the value chain such as transportation costs; When livelihoods are threatened – land seizures or encroachment, for example; Marginalization or oppression – when one group is subjugated or oppressed by another along racial, ethnic, religious or socio-political lines, not having equal access to rights; Political foul play – when a leader of any kind fails to play by the rules and/or tries to change said rules in the middle of the ongoing, agreed upon political process. Such changes usually will violate a country’s constitution, for example. This would include rebel leaders and other military juntas attempting to seize power in any other ways than the constitutional, democratic process; sitting presidents attempting to extend their hold on power by way of manipulative machinations (e.g. referenda); or the manipulation of the existing rules of the democratic process in any way; Action or inaction that causes bad faith – any action or inaction that causes bad faith between parties is perceived as a threat of willful injustice, especially if the aggrieved party (ies) has (have) made their grievances heard but to no avail. And people have and will exercise their inherent right to self-preservation and self-defense; Cause and effect is an absolute law of nature – if a tree falls in the forest, it absolutely makes a sound, whether people are around to hear it or not. That notwithstanding, the sound is not the only evidence of the tree falling. Said tree will be found lying there in the morning (like Harry Greaves’ body). And even if said tree is removed, its very absence from the place where it stood will be the greatest evidence that it either fell or was cut down, especially to those who ate of its fruit and sat in its shade. And it is easy to tell whether a tree fell or was cut down. No autopsy required.In the same way, corruption and other vices characteristic of poor governance will absolutely have their effects. Whether said vices are immediately detected or not, the law of cause-and-effect (rooted in the biblical principles of sowing and reaping and inevitable exposure) will take its course. In other words, what’s done in the dark will come to light.For this reason, this element encompasses all other elements of civil unrest listed heretofore, because we now understand that if foul play is afoot, it is not a matter if but of when its effect(s) will begin to show, uncovering the deed.We tend to treat all civil unrest as though “it just happened” and as though the solutions are as complicated as Calculus IV. Thus, in the aftermath, hundreds of thousands of lost lives later, we focus on reactionary, short-lived remedies (peace talks, ceasefires and power sharing deals that reward perpetrators), where foresight and prevention could have saved the day.Let each country on the continent of Africa, yea the world, examine itself by these principles and determine its standing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Attached is the agenda sent out today for the Monday November 10th council meeting.You can also view the Council Information Package or the Regular Council Agenda- Advertisement –
0Shares0000West Ham have been charged by the FA for misconduct in relation to anti-doping regulations. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – West Ham have been charged by the Football Association in relation to anti-doping regulations.“It is alleged the club failed to ensure ‘club whereabouts’ information was accurate on three occasions within 12 months,” the FA said. The Premier League club have until 27 February to respond to the charge.A West Ham spokesman said: “We would like to make it clear that the breach is a club administrative matter and does not concern any of our players.”“The breach relates to administrative oversights on the FA’s whereabouts system, for example a player’s address had been registered and the house number digits transposed, and the club will be responding to the FA in due course.”West Ham have been charged in relation to regulation 14 (d) of the FA’s anti-doping rules, which state that for it to be a breach, “information contained in such reports is either initially inaccurate or has not been updated by the club”.The exact details of the misconduct have not yet been made clear.-By BBC Sport-0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
The city performs all of its graffiti services in-house and does not contract with outside companies. “Most of the residents are glad to see that we are offering this type of program and want to help the city,” Ornelas said. The public safety center serves as a community locale that aims to strengthen communication between residents and the Sheriff’s Department. So far, it has worked, said Lt. Coronne Jacob. “Because of its location, it has opened up communication between the sheriff’s deputies and the community,” she said. Officials said crime this summer has not been as bad as expected. “The summer for violent crime and major incidents – minus the one murder – has been pretty low,” Jacob said. “Violent crime has been pretty low, and gang violence has been nil.” A woman was killed in June outside of the Rosemead Inn, on Glendon Way. Other than some isolated incidents, Jacob said, most of the calls for service have been focused on quality-of-life issues, such as stray shopping carts or graffiti. To learn more about the Rosemead Public Safety Center, located at 3018 Charlotte Ave., or the Adopt-A-Wall program, call (626) 569-2272. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSEMEAD – Local law enforcement is depending more on volunteers and civilian officers to help reduce crime and graffiti in the city, officials said. This is one of several changes that have come since public safety director Don Anderson took charge of the Rosemead Public Safety Center. The $500,000 center on Charlotte Avenue opened a year ago. Five sheriff’s deputies, a sergeant and code enforcement representatives work out of the building. “Use of volunteers and eager young workers have freed up deputy resources,” Anderson said. Citizens have seen faster response times, less graffiti and more deputies, officials said. Councilwoman Polly Low said she noticed the difference, and some residents said graffiti has decreased significantly in Rosemead. Bill Ornelas, field services manager for the safety center, said they work with community members to clean graffiti and on Aug. 1 started an “Adopt-A-Wall” program. “We contact the residents, give them paint, a tray and a brush, and they paint over the graffiti,” Ornelas said. “All they have to do is sign up.” Ornelas said calls for graffiti have decreased significantly the past four months. In May, the center was receiving up to 40 calls a day asking for graffiti cleanup. Now, that number has been reduced to between three and four per day, Ornelas said.
1 Remi Garde Aston Villa have announced the appointment of Remi Garde as their new manager.The former Lyon boss has signed a deal until 2019 and will watch his new side in their Barclays Premier League game at Tottenham on Monday.Villa are bottom of the league having lost their last six games and sacked former boss Tim Sherwood last month.Garde’s first game in charge will be Sunday’s visit of leaders Manchester City and the 49-year-old becomes Villa’s fifth manager in the last five years.He said: “It is an unbelievable honour to be the manager of such an illustrious football club.“I’ve had extremely positive meetings with both the owner, Randy Lerner, and chief executive Tom Fox. They have ambitious plans for the club and I’m excited that they have turned to me to help them realise them.“Obviously we have a difficult task in front of us but I’m looking forward to the challenge with the support of everyone who loves Aston Villa.”Garde spent three years in charge at Lyon, winning the French Cup in 2012, and left for personal reasons in 2014.He held talks with Newcastle earlier this year when the Magpies were looking to replace Alan Pardew.Garde won the Premier League with Arsenal in 1998 and made 45 appearances for the Gunners after joining in 1996 before retiring three years later.He also played for Lyon for six years before moving to Strasbourg in 1993 and won six caps for France.Villa chairman Lerner said: “Remi came with ideas, honesty, humour and a steely sense of what it will take for Aston Villa to be what it is meant to be – hard working, tireless, creative and unwilling to concede.“Nobody at Villa can deny that we are way behind.“We recruited aggressively this past summer and it is our responsibility to now harvest this talent rather than buckle under pressure and criticism – we are better than that.“On behalf of the Board we wish Remi every success.”
Boyle-ing – the Lettermacaward men still lead – Pic Gary FoyDECLAN and Brian Boyle still have their noses in front in the Donegal International Rally – just!Here’s a run-down of where they’re all at going into Day 3 tomorrow. O/ACarDriver/CodriverMakeClassPosSS13RoadTotalDiff 1stDiff Prev12Declan Boyle/Brian BoyleSubaru WRC6O/A8:57.70:001:32:36.721Sam Moffett/James O’ReillyFord Fiesta WRC6O/A9:06.50:001:33:13.90:37.20:37.237Darren Gass/Enda SherrySubaru WRC6O/A9:06.50:001:33:27.20:50.50:13.343Garry Jennings/Rory KennedySubaru WRC619:06.50:001:34:01.51:24.80:34.356Derek McGarrity/James McKeeSubaru WRC629:06.50:001:36:13.73:37.02:12.2610Josh Moffett/John RowanMitsubishi Evo 9419:06.50:001:39:14.56:37.83:00.8724Eugene Meegan/Sarah WhelanMitsubishi Evo 9429:06.50:001:40:27.77:51.01:13.2825Stephen McCann/Lisa O’DowdMitsubishi Evo 9439:06.50:001:41:51.79:15.01:24.0928Aaron McHale/Paul McGeeMitsubishi Evo 94410:03.30:001:44:13.211:36.52:21.51083Callum Devine/Liam McLaughlinFord Fiesta R22110:30.20:001:47:06.214:29.52:53.011109Richard Tanahill/Aileen KellyPeugeot 2082210:30.10:001:47:26.014:49.30:19.81241Brian O’Keefe/Sean HaydeSubaru Impreza4510:28.70:001:47:39.115:02.40:13.11376Paddy McDaid/Oliver DohertyCitroen C2R22310:41.70:001:48:56.916:20.21:17.814104Martin O’Donnell/John M O’DonnellHonda Civic1110:58.00:001:49:52.217:15.50:55.315102Gavin Kelly/Eamonn GillespieHonda Civic1211:05.10:001:50:07.617:30.90:15.41626Brendan Cumiskey/Gerry McVeighMitsubishi Evo 94610:08.80:001:51:14.418:37.71:06.81784Ed Twomey/William LynchFord Fiesta ST2411:16.50:001:51:29.218:52.50:14.818103Mark Ewing/Danny CannonHonda Civic1311:05.40:001:51:58.419:21.70:29.21939RJoseph McGonigle/Ciaran GeaneyRenault Clio R3Maxi3110:24.25:002:04:55.532:18.812:57.120141Alistair Glenn/Paul GallagherPeugeot 2062512:38.10:002:07:25.634:48.92:30.1Results for the National categoryO/ACarDriver/CodriverMakeClassPosSS13RoadTotalDiff 1stDiff Prev115Daniel McKenna/Arthur KieransFord Escort Mk214O/A9:06.50:001:36:30.8214Gary McPhillips/Paul SheridanFord Escort Mk214O/A9:06.50:001:36:50.60:19.80:19.8332Conor Harvey/Gerard CallaghanFord Escort14O/A9:06.50:001:38:15.41:44.61:24.8419Frank Kelly/Liam BrennanFord Escort1419:06.50:001:38:44.62:13.80:29.2522Brian Brogan/Damien McGettiganFord Escort Mk21429:06.50:001:39:24.22:53.40:39.6623Adrian Hetherington/Gary NolanFord Escort Mk21439:06.50:001:40:03.73:32.90:39.57160Richard Moffett/Martin ConnollyToyota Starlet1319:06.50:001:41:22.84:52.01:19.1820Damien Gallagher/Mac WalshFord Escort1449:06.50:151:41:46.65:15.80:23.8918Wesley Patterson/Johnny BairdFord Escort1459:06.50:001:42:06.55:35.70:19.910165Vivian Hamill/Stephen ThorntonFord Escort RS1469:06.50:001:43:12.16:41.31:05.61170Gerard McQuaid/Gary QuinlanFord Escort Mk21329:59.60:001:43:48.07:17.20:35.91231Jim McKenna/Thomas TreanorFord Escort14710:00.80:001:44:32.18:01.30:44.11342Patrick McHugh/Pauric O’DonnellFord Escort13310:06.00:001:44:49.98:19.10:17.81436Robbie Peoples/Keith StewartFord Escort Mk214810:19.70:001:45:18.28:47.40:28.31545John McQuaid/Seamus O’ConnorFord Escort Mk21499:54.20:001:45:19.28:48.40:01.01654Adrian McElhinney/Paddy GormanFord Escort Mk213410:17.40:001:45:58.89:28.00:39.61761Brendan McDaid/Russell HaroldFord Escort Mk213510:07.10:001:46:28.29:57.40:29.41867Paul Doherty/Hugh CollFord Escort Mk213610:16.60:001:46:46.110:15.30:17.91951Kevin Bradley/Graham HendersonFord Escort Mk211R110:29.00:001:46:54.310:23.50:08.22049Andrew McLoone/William KehoeFord Escort RS13710:35.40:001:46:57.510:26.70:03.22147Thomas Keys/Dean O’SullivanFord Escort Mk213810:36.60:001:47:32.811:02.00:35.32272Paul Gallagher/Patrick GallagherFord Escort Mk111R210:26.80:001:47:38.311:07.50:05.52399Garry Gallagher/Lee CullenToyota Corolla11R310:30.50:001:47:54.111:23.30:15.824110Paul Creamer/Patrick DurningHonda Civic11F110:40.30:001:47:57.211:26.40:03.12548Gary McElhinney/Johny CharlestonFord Escort Mk213910:38.60:001:48:09.611:38.80:12.42644Kieron Graffin/Paddy RobinsonMitsubishi Evo1016110:18.80:001:48:12.811:42.00:03.22796Barry McGill/Derek HeenaFord Escort Mk29110:11.90:001:48:30.411:59.60:17.62880Enda McCormack/Colin FitzgeraldHyundai WRC15110:25.80:001:48:30.611:59.80:00.22992Liam McFall/Matthew McKennaMitsubishi Evo 916210:41.30:001:48:30.812:00.00:00.23095Liam McMullan/John CollHonda Civic11F210:44.40:001:48:34.612:03.80:03.831156Anthony Hand/James McCarvilleFord Escort Mk211R410:29.30:001:48:39.712:08.90:05.13282Gerard McFall/Conor O’LoanMitsubishi Evo 916310:39.20:001:48:50.012:19.20:10.333115James McDermott/Paul McDermottVauxhall Chevette12110:37.50:001:49:11.012:40.20:21.03479Liam Egan/Raymond CoppingerToyota Corolla WRC15210:47.30:001:50:15.613:44.81:04.63568John Dolan/Jack McGinleyFord Escort Mk2131010:47.90:001:50:27.013:56.20:11.43650John Watters/David KellyFord Escort141010:58.70:001:50:27.413:56.60:00.437118Andrew Hegarty/Eoin KellyFord Escort Mk212210:39.80:001:50:54.714:23.90:27.33874Eamonn Doherty/Loretta KellyFord Escort Mk211R511:02.10:001:51:00.314:29.50:05.63937RWillie McFadden/Pat McSharryFord Escort G313119:06.55:001:51:00.514:29.70:00.240130Roy Baldrick/Darren HarveyTalbot Sunbeam131210:50.40:001:51:17.614:46.80:17.14190Denis Ferry/James HeraghtySubaru Impreza15310:51.00:001:51:20.114:49.30:02.54278Ashley Dickson/Niall BurnsMitsubishi Evo916410:49.80:001:51:34.815:04.00:14.74364Jason Roache/Paddy McCruddenFord Escort Mk2131310:53.30:001:51:38.715:07.90:03.944106Kevin McDaid/Paul McCaffertyOpel Corsa9210:55.80:001:51:54.415:23.60:15.745116Dan McCanny/Martin GallogleyFord Escort131411:02.60:001:51:58.415:27.60:04.046149Kyle McGettigan/Liam DohertyToyota Corolla11R610:58.80:001:52:16.415:45.60:18.04740RConor Curley/Nigel FrazerFord Escort Mk2141110:06.85:001:52:56.716:25.90:40.348122Paul Rowley/Patrick BridesHonda Civic11F311:05.40:001:52:57.216:26.40:00.549114Kevin McHugh/Evan HughesFord Escort Mk2131510:57.50:001:52:58.716:27.90:01.55091Christy Carey/Kieran BaileyMitsubishi Evo 820110:52.60:001:52:59.116:28.30:00.45163Donal Connolly/Danny McLaughlinFord Escort12310:44.30:001:53:06.816:36.00:07.752113Shaun Callaghan/Patrick McBrideFord Escort Mk2131611:02.30:001:53:08.116:37.30:01.353123Stanley McKeown/Mervyn HawthorneToyota Corolla11R710:50.00:001:53:30.817:00.00:22.754145Johnny Wilhare/Cahir WilhareHonda Civic11F411:18.00:001:54:32.018:01.21:01.255126John Sweeney/Emmett KellyHonda Civic16511:03.70:001:54:32.918:02.10:00.956131Dermot McGroary/Evin HendersonTalbot Sunbeam10111:20.30:001:54:43.518:12.70:10.657146Thomas McGlinchey/Tony CurranFord Escort131711:26.60:001:55:09.218:38.40:25.75852Patrick Boyle/Donal McColeToyota Corolla11R819:22.00:001:55:23.718:52.90:14.559125Charlie Heraghty/Pearse McBrideToyota Corolla11R910:51.90:001:55:34.319:03.50:10.660138George Baskin/Odhran McLaughlinVW Golf141211:41.40:001:56:27.319:56.50:53.06158RCal McCarthy/Eamonn DulleaHonda Civic11F510:14.35:001:56:36.920:06.10:09.662120William Vance/Billy VanceMitsubishi Evo20210:53.00:001:56:59.920:29.10:23.063124Martin McLaughlin/Victor HunterFord Escort Mk211R1011:17.80:001:57:49.321:18.50:49.464101Trevor Graham/Ian GallagherToyota Corolla11R1111:40.70:151:58:19.221:48.40:29.965121Geoffrey Nevin/Paul NevinFord Escort Mk212411:26.40:001:58:23.521:52.70:04.366143Andrew McLaughlin/Stephen McLaughlinHonda Civic11F611:43.90:001:58:43.622:12.80:20.167140Shane Carr/Ciaran CarrVauxhall Nova10211:37.80:001:59:34.323:03.50:50.768132Eamon McLaughlin/Sean ToppingFord Escort10311:58.90:002:01:17.624:46.81:43.36997Brendan O’Reilly/Damien McCabeFord Escort Mk29311:51.02:302:02:44.626:13.81:27.070127RLeonard Craig/Dermot McCaffertyToyota Starlet11R1211:11.25:002:02:45.626:14.80:01.071148Kelvin Gorney/Kieran BurkeCitroen Saxo11F712:00.70:002:03:46.327:15.51:00.772129Caolan Gaffney/Joey KaneToyota Corolla11R1312:11.91:302:03:46.727:15.90:00.473136Anthony Breen/Jill WhiteSubaru Impreza20310:48.90:002:07:30.630:59.83:43.97489RNiall McCullagh/Ryan McCloskeyMitsubishi Evo 620410:21.75:002:07:39.431:08.60:08.875111RMark Boyle/Charles GallagherHonda Civic11F811:12.35:002:09:14.232:43.41:34.876151Pj Wilhare/Darren SheilsFord Escort RS200012512:56.50:002:10:59.034:28.21:44.877147RGerard Gibbons/Adrian RankinFord Escort Mk211R1410:56.45:002:11:41.335:10.50:42.37888RDeclan Hall/Chris CorrToyota Corolla11R1510:36.65:002:13:45.637:14.82:04.379100RMichael McClafferty/Damien WhoriskeyHonda Civic11F911:12.75:002:15:07.938:37.11:22.38062RJohn Bonner/Leon JordanFord Escort Mk213189:54.95:002:15:49.739:18.90:41.88159RChristopher Snow/Sean BruntonHonda Civic11F1010:34.25:002:16:07.639:36.80:17.982152RMickey Peoples/Lian McIntyreFord Escort131910:45.05:002:17:58.341:27.51:50.783144RTerence Diver/Donal McElaneyHonda Civic11F1111:30.25:002:26:57.350:26.58:59.084142RShane McLaughlin/Steven BoyleVauxhall Nova9411:44.75:002:27:39.751:08.90:42.485134RPatrick Bradley/Niall McDaidFord Escort G3132026:24.35:452:30:38.254:07.42:58.586105RShane Stanley/Liam FuohyHonda Civic9511:40.65:002:32:23.055:52.21:44.887112RPauric Dufffy/Kevin GlynnCitroen C2R216610:52.97:002:37:01.01:00:30.24:38.088154RAndrew Stewart/Tony GallagherMitsubishi Evo415411:36.36:002:42:13.51:05:42.75:12.5Results for the Historic categoryO/ACarDriver/CodriverMakeClassPosSS13RoadTotalDiff 1stDiff Prev1H2Seamus O’Connell/Mac KieransFord Escort Mk2KO/A10:16.60:001:04:04.62H4Andy Johnson/Jim McSherryVauxhall Chevette HSRKO/A10:59.50:001:07:23.43:18.83:18.83H8Aidan O’Connor/Ian ReganFord Escort Mk1C3111:21.40:001:09:00.34:55.71:36.94H6Stephen McFerran/James McKeefryFord EscortD5111:04.70:001:09:48.25:43.60:47.95H7John Coyne/Christy FarrellTalbot Sunbeam LotusKO/A11:15.00:001:09:57.35:52.70:09.16H10Philip McKibbin/Lynn McKibbinFord Escort Mk1C3211:29.40:001:10:48.56:43.90:51.27H9Brian Crawford/Finian HanniganTalbot SunbeamD2112:07.00:001:13:31.49:26.82:42.98H14Niall Creighton/Gregory RobertsFord Lotus CortinaB3112:08.50:001:13:35.39:30.70:03.99H11Harry Browne/Martin McGrathHillman AvengerC2112:53.20:001:17:14.113:09.53:38.8 RALLY RESULTS: BOYLES STILL LEAD AFTER DAY 2 OF DONEGAL RALLY was last modified: June 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to 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30 September 2011Brand South Africa chairperson Anitha Soni, speaking at the Brand Africa Forum in Johannesburg on Thursday, challenged African nations to co-operate in developing strong country brands to improve the continent’s global competitiveness.Soni told a gathering of more than 300 government, business and civil society representatives at the Sandton Convention Centre that this would require better cooperation and information sharing among African countries.Hosted by Brand South Africa and the Brand Leadership Academy and featuring several high-profile local and international speakers, the 2nd annual forum sought to harness African and global wisdom and experience to find home-grown solutions to improving the continent’s image and reputation.Brand Africa founder and chairman Thebe Ikalafeng, addressing the forum, said that a key to increasing Africa’s growth was to be found in “in stimulating and growing thriving African and global businesses and brands in Africa,” which in turn required a better understanding of local environments.‘Brand equity’ counts in tough timesBrand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said that, in times of economic uncertainty such as the world is presently undergoing, “brand equity” would attract direct foreign investment.“The return on risk is obviously a factor which will be taken into account, but a country’s reputation for financial excellence and maturity will be the real driving factor,” Matola said.Zimbabwe Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara told delegates that the benefits of nation branding were immense, “as they have both financial and non-financial implications.“But it is critical to ensure that the country brand transcends political affiliation,” Mutambara said. “Our politicians need to be aware that, as nation brand ambassadors, they have to sacrifice political gain in lieu of the greater brand, the country.”Mutambara said that in order for Africans to gain international respect, the continent as a whole had first to excel.‘Country branding is not by accident’“Country branding is not by accident. It is a strategic, holistic engagement which is a long-term commitment, at least 20 years. Only then can we claim success on all levels, personal, national and continental.”He also highlighted the need for African countries to create pockets of excellence both to foster economic growth and development and to improve international competitiveness.Other speakers at the forum included international economist Dambisa Moyo, author of Dead Aid and How the West was Lost, Malik Fal, managing director of Endeavour, and Vijay Mahajan, author of Africa Rising.During his keynote address on the BRICS group of fast-growing emerging economies, Vijay Mahajan stressed the significance of Africa as a new market that could not be ignored.“Africa is richer than you think, and it is certainly not a ‘media dark’ continent,” Mahajan said. “In light of this, the BRICS economies [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] have both a direct and indirect role to play in Africa’s continued growth and development.”SAinfo reporter