Curse even affects the acclaimed Fernando Vázquez, that in his first stage he lived one of his worst days in Depor in view of the Anxo Carro. Was the May 3, 2014 on the 37th day. The Coruña were leaders and the derby in the city of the walls mobilized more than 3,000 athletes and the installation of an extra tier. Depor came to rest with a 0-2 with goals from Ifrán and Insua. In the second half a double by Renella, the second at minute 87, left the duel in a draw with considerable anger over the numerous displaced fans. Behind the Varapalo del Anxo Carro He touched another exit. He went to Vitoria, where he tied for Alavés (1-1) with a goal from Borja Bastón in 89 ‘. Then he Eibar visited Riazor (1-1), team with which he fought for the leadership. The tension went into crisis in the J. 40th with the defeat against Numancia (2-1). A lot of tension between the fans that led even to Vázquez was questioned. It was all over a week later with Marchena’s goal that gave the win against Jaén and the long-awaited promotion.Only three survivors leftFew things similar they remain in Deportivo and Lugo of that derby of May 3, 2014. Not even the presidents, who at that time were Tino Fernández and José Bouso respectively. In the benches the return of Fernando Vázquez and on the green, little more. Tres Galician players, three eternal, three captains. On the blue and white side one such Álex Bergantiños, which has regained rank and prominence just when the derby arrives. In the corner rojiblanco two flagships that have endured the constant reforms that the lucense staff lives every summer. They are Carlos Pita and Fernando Seoane. Two means as reliable as the Roman wall of Lugo. The Sports, regardless of the importance of points, have a challenge in the derby from Riazor this Sunday: win the Lugo for the first time. Five times they have met in Second and none managed to beat the Coruña. In the 2013-14 academic year, two draws. Last season, equalizer in Riazor and defeat in the Anxo Carro with the playoff in play. This year, new tie in the rojiblanco fief.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic lifts the trophy after winning the men’s singles final match against Kevin Anderson of South Africa, at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Sunday July 15, 2018.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)Novak Djokovic revealed Sunday that the thought of his son seeing him win a Grand Slam title for the first time inspired him to his fourth triumph at the All England Club and 13th crown at the majors.Written off as a spent force — and even doubting his own famed powers of recovery — after seeing his world ranking slump to its lowest in 12 years, Djokovic swept past a weary Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) in the final, adding the 2018 title to his wins in 2011, 2014 and 2015.ADVERTISEMENT In what was becoming a familiar tale, Martin Klizan, at 140, ousted him in Barcelona before a shocking quarter-final loss to world number 72 Marco Cecchinato at Roland Garros even prompted a threat not to play Wimbledon.‘Long journey’“It was a long journey, especially considering that the elbow injury took me out from the tour for six months,” he said.“But I got back to the court too fast. I wasn’t ready to compete.”“I did not expect to be back in the top shape at Wimbledon so quickly. If you asked me after Roland Garros, I would probably maybe doubt that.”Djokovic believes his five-set semi-final victory over old rival Rafael Nadal, a match which lasted 5 hours and 15 minutes and was the fifth longest ever at Wimbledon, gave him the belief that this could be his year.It took his record over the Spaniard to 27-25 in their 12-year rivalry.READ: Djokovic facing career crisis point: ‘I don’t know if I’m going to play grass’“I proved something to myself,” said Djokovic, the lowest-ranked champion at Wimbledon since Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.“Playing against Nadal in the semi-finals here was the biggest test that I could have specifically for that, just to see whether I can prevail. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Modric wins World Cup Golden Ball, Mbappe young player award “I never had him in the box watching the tennis match. I was hoping that Wimbledon can be that tournament because he’s big enough now I think to stay quiet maybe for 30 minutes or so.”Stefan was not allowed to watch the match itself from courtside as All England Club rules ban under-fives.But Djokovic had already introduced the toddler around the grounds, even hitting with him in practice.“He was by far the best sparring partner I had in the last couple of weeks,” joked the champion.READ: He’s back: Djokovic tops Nadal to reach 5th Wimbledon final ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Twelve months ago, his Wimbledon ended in the quarter-finals when an elbow injury forced him to retire against Tomas Berdych.He didn’t play again in 2017 and underwent surgery before admitting Sunday that he probably returned to action too soon.His struggles on the court saw a fourth round exit at the Australian Open at the hands of Hyeon Chung, then ranked at 58.Taro Daniel, the 109-ranked Japanese player, stunned in him in Indian Wells before Benoit Paire, at 47 in the rankings, knocked him out in Miami. LATEST STORIES “That’s why I spend a lot of energy and I put a lot of effort to win that match.”Djokovic also admitted that Sunday’s victory was on a par with his first Wimbledon crown in 2011 which paved the way for him to become world number one for the first time.“I dreamed of winning it when I was a seven-year-old boy. I made a lot of improvised Wimbledon trophies from different materials.“If I can pick one, that would be probably the first one and this year’s winning because my son was at the trophy ceremony, which made it extra special.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West His crowning moment, however, was seeing three-year-old son Stefan watch the trophy ceremony from up in the players box in the arms of his mother Jelena.“Actually, I didn’t talk about it, but it was the biggest motivation I’ve had for this Wimbledon this year,” said the 31-year-old Serb whose win will see him return to the top 10 in the world.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: Djokovic wins 4th Wimbledon by beating Anderson in 3 sets“I was imagining this moment of him coming to the stands, cherishing this moment with my wife and me and everyone. 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Dear Editor,The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, might not be physically tall, but she certainly stood tall for her country, and particularly the Muslim community, following the recent horrific terrorist attacks on two mosques in that country.She led from the front on how a country can be one by her many acts of caring, sharing and commiserating with her nation; thus unifying a nation and people during that difficult time.Her swift and decisive actions in reforming and revamping gun laws must be seen as, and go down as, her shining moment and one of the hallmarks of her tenure.Now, in a further act of unity, the Muslim call to prayer was broadcast live on Friday, the one week anniversary of the attacks.There are many lessons to be garnered from the simple but important acts on how to band together in the face of adversity.Sincerely,Shamshun Mohamed
1 Saido Berahino in action for West Brom Ben Foster admits West Brom would have to sell Saido Berahino if the club received a huge bid.The striker scored his 15th goal of the season to help the Baggies beat Swansea 2-0 in the Premier League on Wednesday.Berahino said last week he was looking to move onto “bigger things” after he had scored the goals required to keep West Brom up.Head coach Tony Pulis since revealed the striker had been on the “naughty chair” for his comments, but while Foster wants Berahino to stay at The Hawthorns, he knows a big offer would be impossible to refuse.“Without doubt I do (want him to stay) but I completely understand if a team is going to come in with a £25-30million bid, there’s not a lot you are going to do about that,” said the England goalkeeper.“As long as he keeps working his socks off and doing the business for us, I don’t think anyone would begrudge him a big move like that.“It is only going to benefit the club, a lot more money for us to invest into other players as well.”Berahino has been in the spotlight all season and the 21-year-old also pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge in January and was banned from driving for 12 months.But Foster insists the striker should be given more time to adapt and needs to avoid the hype.“There is always a case when a young player scores a few goals, there is always so much hype about it,” he said.“I don’t care who you are, if you are Harry Kane at the moment, the pressure on him is incredible. I know he is scoring goals, it’s just too much sometimes.“Everyone needs to take a step back and let them do their thing and hopefully Saido can relax into that mould a bit more and just do his thing.”
A DRINK and drugs addict took to selling illegal cigarettes for crime bosses in a bid to fund his habits, a court has heard.Karl Ryan (44) of 20 Burwood, Buncrana admitted selling untaxed cigarettes and rolling tobacco at 4 Cathedral Court, Church Lane, Letterkenny on February 17th 2012.There was a loss to the State of almost €1,600 in excise duty. Customs officers bought cigarettes from Ryan and found they did not have the excise duty stamp on them.In a follow-up operation officers seized 2,460 cigarettes and several pouches of rolling tobacco.Solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn said at the time Ryan was “addicted to all sorts” and was “not the main player by any means in this.”He added: “He was paid in cigarettes for what he did.”The father of six had mixed “with the wrong people” when he decided to move to Letterkenny from Buncrana.His client had since moved back to Buncrana and was receiving help.“Mr Ryan spent eight years homeless on the streets of Dublin and there is little doubt he would have been dead had he stayed there,” said the solicitor.Mr MacLochlainn added that Ryan had no money to pay fines or the excise duty and “does not want to return to prison.”Judge Paul Kelly accepted that Ryan was being used by others and he adjourned the case for the preparation of a community service report.ADDICTION DROVE MAN TO SELL ILLEGAL CIGARETTES, COURT HEARS was last modified: September 9th, 2013 by John2Share 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:buncranaKarl RyanLetterkenny Court
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “People recognize that animals have no voices, and I think the city is looking for someone who can be responsive to the needs of both the city and the animal constituency.” Boks was nominated for the post by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who said he conducted his own search and also talked with experts in the animal-rights community. The Boks nomination was announced the day the mayor removed Guerdon Stuckey from the $154,000-a-year post. Stuckey has appealed his firing to the City Council. Boks said he is not paying attention to that but is looking ahead to what he can accomplish. He already has met with 14 of the 15 City Council members and with the five members of the Animal Services Commission. Commission President Kathleen Riordan hosted a party at her home Thursday night for him to meet members of the local animal-rights community. The event, which lasted more than four hours, brought together about 40 representatives from different activist groups to hear Boks’ plans. In addition, recognizing the split among the agency’s workers, he has already visited two of the city’s six animal shelters to meet with staff. Boks is optimistic about his prospects of holding onto a job with such a high turnover rate historically. “I think we can make some immediate dramatic improvements, but to get to where we want to be – to have a low-kill policy – will take five years,” Boks said. The city’s shelters take in more than 55,000 animals each year. Last year, more than 26,000 were destroyed because they could not be placed in homes. “I am confident we can get there,” he said of his low-kill goal. “All I hear from the people I have met is their support for this. That is very rare.” He aims to increase the number of pets adopted, offer spay and neuter services and hold public-education programs on the treatment of animals. He has had successes in the past. Boks has more than two decades experience in animal welfare and, before being chosen by Villaraigosa, headed the New York City Animal Care and Control Department. Villaraigosa has said Boks reduced euthanasia rates in New York City by 20 percent and increased pet adoption by 30 percent. Boks left after two years when his contract was not renewed, but he was widely credited with a dramatic drop in the euthanasia rate. “Ed is committed to my goals of making L.A. a more animal-friendly city, increasing adoption and spay/neuter, reducing euthanasia of abandoned and unwanted pets, and forging strong public-private relationships,” Villaraigosa said in announcing the nomination. Before that, Boks worked for three years in Phoenix as head of the Maricopa County animal services agency. A native of Michigan, Boks said he views his work in animal care as a calling. “Growing up, when other kids had baseball players as heroes, mine was St. Francis of Assisi,” Boks said. “I think it was just the affinity for animals that attracted me. When I was in the eighth grade, I applied for a job at a veterinary hospital.” Animal Services Commission members hope he will be able to bring a new direction to the department, but are waiting to see what policies are implemented. “In the end, the proof will be in what kind of job he does,” Commissioner Deborah Knaan said. And so far the workers – who had supported Stuckey – are open to whatever Boks can do. “In the end, we want him to succeed,” said Julie Butcher, business manager of Service Employees International Union, Local 347, which represents the workers. “We will work with him, but we have a work force that has been hit with a high turnover of general managers,” she said. “We would like to see some stability and someone who cares about this department.” Boks, who owns two boxers that are now being raised by his son in Arizona, said he brings a simple philosophy to the job. “I look at this as if all of the animals are my pets,” Boks said. “I think all people want to do what’s best for their pets and make sure they are cared for well. That’s what I want this department to do.” Officials with the Animal Defense League, which targeted Stuckey and several department employees for action, did not return telephone calls about Boks. Boks said he is open to meeting with them and hopes to reduce tension between the group and city workers. “They should not target workers for doing their jobs,” Boks said. “What we have to do is elevate the level of discussion.” Others in the humane community are taking a wait-and-see approach. “My hope is that he will be able to resolve a lot of the conflicts going on,” said Phyllis Dougherty of the Animal Issues Movement. “I think he has a realistic view of what animal control can do. “He has quite a challenge ahead of him with the suspicions of the staff and the animal community. It will be a question of whether he can get everyone’s trust.” Scott Sorrentino of the Rescue and Humane Alliance-Los Angeles, said Boks will have to convince the humane community of his sincerity. “We all think he will be better than what we’ve had, but the proof will be what he does,” Sorrentino said. “It will become clear as we see the policies he puts in effect and we see what his vision is.” — Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For now, it is all wining and dining, private meetings with top city officials and elegant soirees with local activists for Edward Boks. But perhaps sooner than he would like, the 54-year-old Boks will be thrust into the heart of a high-profile job, perennially controversial, that will greatly test him despite his years of experience. As the fifth director of the Animal Services Department in five years, Boks will step into an agency beset by an activist community, demanding an immediate change in how many animals are killed at city shelters, as head of a staff divided over the firing of its most recent director. “What I hope I can do is get people on the same page and try to get away from some of the emotion,” said Boks, who will begin his job Jan. 3. “I recognize how sensitive a job this is politically. Animal welfare is such a passionate issue.
Two sisters who were abused by a bus driver for more than two years have appealed to other victims to come forward. Cathy and Caroline Brady went public with their horrific childhood abuse in Carndonagh to let others know how evil Leo McFarland had ruined their lives.However the sisters said they also wanted to tell other possible victims abut how they are now successfully rebuilding their lives. Their abuser was jailed for four and a half years on Friday at Donegal Circuit Court after pleading guilty to 11 sample charges of abusing the girls during ‘sweet games’ at his home between 1983 and 1987.The court heard horrific details of how McFarland, a father of five daughters, would play games with the girls to trick them into abusing them.Many of the attacks took place in the kitchen of his home in the Inishowen town of Carndonagh while his wife was out.Leo McFarland was jailed for four and half years. Pic by Northwest Newspix.McFarland, who was then 25, would tell the girls, who were just 5 and 7, that he had sweets in his pocket but when they put their hands in he had holes in his trousers and they would touch his penis. On other occasions he would abuse the girls on his mini-bus while other girls sat down the back.Speaking after the court case, Caroline said she had no doubt there were other victims who were too frightened to come forward.But she said “I am hoping that anybody who has been abused will come forward. I have no doubt it happened to others.“I will not pretend that it has not been difficult but we can now put this behind us. Anyone who has been abused by him (McFarland) can put this behind them too if they come forward.”McFarland’s barrister Damien Crawford stressed during the court case that there was no evidence which suggested that there were any other victims or that his client would reoffend. Both women told the court how their lives had changed and how they felt dirty as teenagers because they had been violated by their one-time neighbour on Convent Road in Carndonagh.Cathy revealed how she had turned to drink to cope and developed anorexia which sent her weight plunging to just 6st Ibs.Thankfully she has recovered, hasn’t touched a drink for more than five years and has two beautiful daughters with her loving partner.Her sister Caroline said they were relieved that McFarland received astrong jail sentence. McFarland, who was accompanied by two of his daughters to court, nevershowed remorse and never apologised to his victims.“We are so relieved that he has been jailed and we want to thank the Judge. We thought he might only get two years but four and a half years sends out a real message for all the hurt he has done to us and to our families.”The women said they now plan to get on with rebuilding their lives now that their abuser has received his sentence.“We have been waiting for this for more than 30 years and now the day has finally come. We are happy – one hundred per cent happy. We only ever wanted justice. We only ever wanted to be believed and now we have. We can try to move on now,” she said.Brave sisters plead to any other victims of paedo bus driver to come forward was last modified: October 29th, 2016 by StephenShare 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: Bayern Munich. DortmundBundesligatop Bayern has lost only two of their games against Hertha since 2007. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Bayern Munich will once again be the team to beat in the Bundesliga.The Bavarians have won all the past 7 league titles including scrapping to the 2018/19 title, under pressure from Borussia Dortmund.In the transfer window, Bayern have made three major transfers, bringing in Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Hernandez and Ivan Perisic, in an attempt to freshen the squad up. Nico Kovac’s side have also added 19-year-old striker Jann-Fiete Arp to their ranks although the youngster is one for the future.As they have been strengthening up at one end, there has also been back-door activity. The legendary pair of Arjan Robben and Frank Ribery has departed with the former retiring from football. The two have for years been the back-borne of Bayern’s attack and it will take time for them to be replaced. James Rodriguez has also returned to Real Madrid following the expiration of his loan deal while Rafinha and Matts Hummels have also departed.Against Hertha Berlin on Friday evening, Bayern comes up against a side that they know how to beat upon. In 12 years, Hertha has only defeated Bayern once, losing as many as 16 games.Hertha finished 11th last season and will be eyeing a European place by the end of this campaign. Having retained the pair of captain Vidad Ibisevic and Ondrej Duda, Hertha will be confident they can put up a good push for at least the Europa League.Marvin Plattenhardt, Alex Maier and Boyata are major doubts for the game as they carry injuries for Hertha while Bayern are only missing the suspended Perisic.Bayern’s biggest rival for the title will once again be Dortmund. Lucien Favre’s side pushed Bayern until the last few weeks of the season but a string of poor results towards the end ended their dream of a first crown since 2013.Dortmund have been busy in the market, bringing in Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard, Nico Schulz and Matts Hummels and Achraf Hakimi. The likes of Shinji Kagawa, Abdou Diallo, Sebastien Rode and Maximillian Philip have all departed.The good news for Favre is that he has retained the trio of Marco Rues, Parco Alcacer and Jordan Sancho and he will look to them as he eyes three points off Augsburg on Saturday afternoon.Last season, both sides won their home fixtures with Dortmund running out 4-1 victors at the Signa Induna Park.The most interesting fixture of the weekend will happen at the Commerzbank Arena with Eintracht Frankfurt hosting Hoffenheim.Frankfurt had a meltdown towards the end of last season and ended up finishing in 7th, four points of the final champions league spot.For Hoffenheim, they start life without Julien Nagelsmann who departed for RB Leipzig in the offseason. Nagelsmann had had a successful spell in charge of Hoffenheim, seeing them return to the champions league and after his departure, Alfred-Schreuder will have it all to do, if he is to win over the faith at Rhein Necker.The Bundesliga Match-Day One fixturesFriday, 16-08-2019-Bayern vs Hertha Berlin @9:30pmSaturday, 17-08-2019-Dortmund vs Augsburg @4:30pm-Leverkusen vs Pederborn @4:30pm-Wolfsburg vs Koln @4:30pm-Bremen vs Dusseldorf @4:30pm-Freiburg vs Mainz @4:30pm-Monchengladbach vs Schalke 04 @7:30pmSunday, 18-08-2019-Frankfurt vs Hoffenheim 4:30pm-Union Berlin vs RB Leipzig 7pmComments
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has doubts about reappointing Jose Mourinho, according to the Daily Express.Mourinho has been touted for a return to Stamford Bridge, but it is claimed Abramovich is worried that past disputes between the pair could be repeated.A source said to be close to the Russian is quoted as saying: “Roman is not sure of Jose, because of the history between the two of them and what happened before.“He is worried that the same things could happen again. He’s still making up his mind.”The Daily Star suggest Mourinho could be back at Chelsea as soon as this month if his Real Madrid side are knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester United.Meanwhile, Emmanuel Frimpong is in line for a free transfer to Fulham this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.Whites boss Martin Jol recently suggested he would be interested in taking the midfielder on loan again next season.But it is claimed that Frimpong is not part of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger’s long-term plans and can leave for nothing at the end of the current campaign.The Mirror also report that Chris Baird is set to sign a new contract at Craven Cottage.This page is regularly updated. YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Brand South Africa and Brand Ghana will be meeting in Ghana’s capital, Accra, to discuss ways of making Africa more globally competitive. (Image: Walter Callens, Retlaw Snellac Photography) Shamin ChibbaAfrica did not show much improvement on the 2014 World Competitiveness Index, compiled by the World Economic Forum (WEF); in fact, indicators showed the continent had been floundering. It is with this in mind that Brand South Africa and Brand Ghana will meet in Accra on Wednesday, 26 November, where they will talk about ways to build competitive African nation brands.In attendance will be Ghanaian government members, business people, students and civil society as well as South African business people with operations in Ghana. Among the speakers will be South African communications minister, Faith Muthambi, and Ghanaian trade and industry minister, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah.The dialogue will look at how a country’s citizens, economic opportunities, governance and infrastructure can help to develop a nation’s brand, and how people of both countries can be encouraged to think of ways to build competitive nation brands.According to Brand South Africa, active citizenship is needed to make democracy and development flourish. “The state cannot merely act on behalf of the people – it has to act with the people, working together with other institutions to provide opportunities for the advancement of all communities,” it explains.The dialogue will tie in with South Africa Incorporated, the research project Brand South Africa is conducting. Research manager Petrus de Kock is in Ghana to find out what its people think about South Africa. Ghana’s economic contrastsUnlike South Africa, which fell three places from 53rd to 56th in the global forum’s competitiveness index, Ghana rose from 114th in 2013 to 111th this year. This was due to slight improvements in its macroeconomic indicators, said the WEF. Its government efficiency is high, property rights are strong, and its financial and goods markets are relatively well developed.However, Ghana’s education continues to be poor compared to international standards, labour markets are inefficient and the country does not harness new technology to enhance productivity.In recent years, trade between the two countries has grown significantly: South African exports increased from less than R1-billion in 1998 to over R3-billion in 2009, as imports from Ghana increased. In the years 2008 to 2013, bilateral trade rose from $32-million to $60.9-million.Exports include vehicles, machinery, mechanical appliances, electrical equipment, base metals, aircraft, vessels and associated products. There are more than 80 South African companies registered in Ghana.