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CJ Chaidez scored 12 points for the Loggers but it wasn’t enough as Montgomery-Santa Rosa downed Eureka High 47-42 in the first-round of the Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament, Thursday afternoon at Arcata HighThe Loggers (2-3) battled early, matching the Vikings bucket-for-bucket in the first-quarter. Cahliel Garner recorded seven of Eureka’s 13 first-quarter points as the Loggers took a slim 13-11 lead after the opening frame. Eureka took its largest lead of the night, seven points, …
18 July 2008Messages of congratulations, tributes and good wishes are pouring in from home and abroad, from ordinary people and influential leaders alike, for former South African president Nelson Mandela on his 90th birthday.President Thabo Mbeki extended his message on behalf of the entire nation to the internationally revered statesman and former political prisoner on Friday.“We are proud as South Africans that Mr Mandela and his generation of fighters embraced with both passion and reason the mission that history imposed on them and more than met the demands that it enjoined them to fulfil,” he said in Pretoria on Friday.Mbeki said South Africans glowed in the light of fame because the country stood on the shoulders of icons such as Mandela.Harmony and equalityHe recalled Mandela’s statement at the opening of the defence case in the Rivonia Trial in the Pretoria Supreme Court on 20 April 1964: “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities,” Mandela said back then.“It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”Mbeki urged the current generation to return to the question of their mission and how to fulfil it, as conditions and circumstances evolved, much in the same way that Mandela’s generation had to discover and fulfil its mission.“Finding answers to this question simultaneously as we celebrate his birthday is perhaps the biggest present we can give to Nelson Mandela,” said Mbeki. “Many happy returns – ukhule ukhokhobe!”An inspiration to allIn her birthday message to Mandela, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said he has been a true inspiration to her, to the country, its leaders, citizens and mostly, young South Africans.“He has lived true to the principle of ‘be the change you want to see in the world’,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said.Director General in the Office of the Presidency Frank Chikane said that as the first president of a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa, Mandela had laid a solid foundation for the emergence of democratic government that continued to serve the nation with pride.Apart from wishing Mandela on his birthday, Chikane said the Cabinet was also congratulating him on his 10th wedding anniversary.“You have left us a rich legacy from which government abundantly draws inspiration as it works for reconstruction and development, economic prosperity and national unity,” Chikane said. “Siyavuyisana nawe. Sikunqwenelela usuku olumnandi kunye nosapho lwakho, (We congratulate you. We wish you a happy birthday with your family), Happy Birthday Madiba.”An ‘icon of humanity’Fifa President Sepp Blatter also added the organisation’s message of good wishes, which includes a special birthday video message to pay tribute to Mandela, an “icon of humanity”, which will be aired by the South African Broadcasting Corporation and can also be viewed at the Fifa website.“Today, the football worldwide will celebrate the 90th birthday of Nelson Mandela, an extraordinary man who has dedicated his life to the promotion of human rights and democracy,” Blatter said.2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan said the number “90” was usually synonymous with the beautiful game of football. “Today, however, the number 90 is synonymous with just one thing – Nelson Mandela turning the ripe old age of 90,” he said.Jordaan recalled how Mandela reacted when South Africa won the right to host the world cup. “With tears welling up in his eyes, Madiba declared that he ‘feels like a young man of fifteen’,” he said, adding “His has been a life of hardships, yet he showed no signs of bitterness, anger of hatred towards he captors who imprisoned him for 27 years.”Source: BuaNews
South Africa rises seven places from 56 to 49 out of 140 countries according to the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Competitiveness Index. (Image: WEF)Johannesburg, Wednesday 30 September 2015 – Brand South Africa today welcomed the 2015/16 results of the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Competitiveness Index which sees South Africa rise seven places from 56 to 49 of 140 countries.Speaking about South Africa’s significantly improved performance in the Global Competitiveness Index, Brand South Africa’s CEO Kingsley Makhubela said, “Building a country’s competitiveness is a collective endevour involving the collaboration of government, business and civil society. Ultimately it involves all South Africans to coalesce around this national objective.”“The results of the 2015/16 Global Competitiveness Index shows that South Africa has made significant improvements towards ensuring we are a globally competitive destination. The report resonates with our own assessment that we must work towards strengthening, amongst others, the education and health sectors to ensure our sustained competitiveness. The National Development Plan outlines the steps we need to take to achieve this.”“We thank all South Africans for your contribution to building South Africa’s competitiveness and look forward to further improvements in the next year,” concluded Mr Makhubela.South Africa’s achievements in the 2015/16 Global Competitiveness IndexPillarOverall 2015/162014/15Pillar 1: Institutions3836Pillar 2: Infrastructure6860Pillar 3: Macroeconomic environment8589Pillar 4: Health and primary education126132Pillar 5: Higher education and training8386Pillar 6: Goods market efficiency3832Pillar 7: Labour market efficiency107113Pillar 8: Financial market development127Pillar 9: Technological readiness5066Pillar 10: Market size2925Pillar 11: Business sophistication3331Pillar 12: Innovation3843South Africa’s biggest improvements come in the areas of: health and primary education (up 6 places), labour market efficiency (up 6 places), technological readiness (up 16 places), and innovation (up 5 places).South Africa has also improved in the areas of: macro-economic environment (up 4 places), higher education and training (up 3 places), and business sophistication (up 2 places).South Africa has dropped in the area of infrastructure (down 8 places), institutions (down 2 places), goods market efficiency (down 6 places), financial market development (down 5 places) and market size (down 4 places).For more on the 2015/16 WEF Global Competitiveness Index, see the WEF site.
Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Geocacher Carries Olympic Torch… AgainJuly 18, 2012In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs”Announcing the December Featured Geocacher of the MonthDecember 28, 2012In “Community” João Costa username: Neverfail1Portuguese Olympian João Costa embodies his Geocaching.com username. It’s “Neverfail1” That tenacity leads João to find an average of 2.5 geocaches day. He joined Geocaching.com in April of 2011 and has accumulated more than 1200 finds. The spirit of “never fail” also led João to the 2012 Summer Games in London. These are his fourth Olympic games. The Portuguese Air Force Sergeant competes in Shooting.João and ArneHe ranked 7th in his first event: Men’s 10m Air Pistol. And he’s not the only geocacher at the Olympic Games. João says, “My coach is and I know two more shooters, I’m sure there are more, but we all aim to have good results in the Olympic Games, and geocaching goes to a second level.”Geocaching took awhile to hook João. He says, “A friend was in my car and said, ‘Stop, stop I want to go there.’ I asked, ‘Why?’ He said, ‘I’m looking for something.’ He explained what geocaching was, but then I made fun of him. A few months later it was the same thing, but then I found the cache and it was a very nice one. The switch turned on and I was infected.”João at the Olympic shooting range at the Royal Artillery BarracksJoão quickly became part of the tight-knit Portuguese geocaching community. His wife encouraged his geocaching outings. João says, “My wife loves geocaching as I get off the sofa and go walking or go hiking.”He attended the Mega-Event 12 years Geocaching – Portugal in May. That’s where he met Geocaching.com Lackey Arne Moen, username RandolphAgarn – and shared his story about competing in the Olympic Games.You still have time to root on your fellow geocacher. Leave a message below in comments for João. João’s competing in his final Olympic event, the Men’s 50m Pistol, on Sunday August 5th.