Sagicor’s Perkins ‘very pleased with support’

first_img Corporate Team (Females): 1. Berts Auto Parts – 1:54.04 2. Bank of Jamaica – 1:54.53 3. J Wray & Nephew Ltd – 1:57.15 Males: 1. Bank of Jamaica 2. UWI 3. National Commercial Bank Other top three CANCER SURVIVOR Wheelchair females: 1. Sylvia Grant – 30:33 2. Colleen Morrison – 31:40 3. Maureen Saunders – 39:52 Wheelchair males: 1. Alphanso Cunningham – 28:13 2. Joel Brown – 34:00 3. Andre Morgan – 38:20 Corporate Run Females (Overall): 1. Gianna Anderson (UWI) – 22:47 2. Chantel Banbury (UWI) – 22:48 3. Gillian Campbell (NCB) – 23:20 Males: 1. Wilfred Wilson (UDC) – 20:08 2. Gerold Palmer (Dunns Electrical) – 20:25 3. Dwayne Smit h (BOJ) – 20:34 Executive Management 1. Ricardo Nuncio (D&G) – 25:55 2. Richard Oliver (RE/MAX Elite) 3. Dalton Myers (UWI) Open Walk Females: 1. Olivia McKoy – 33:33 2. Tamara Banton – 33:58 3. Keisha Whittingham – 33:59 Males: 1. Jason Whynn – 32:00 2. Kenardo Phillips – 32:03 3. Lenworth Hunter – 32:06 TOP WOMEN The veteran Blagrove covered the course in 23 minutes, .05 seconds, to be the first female to finish. Jozanne Harris was second in 23 minutes, 23 seconds, with third going to Janette Robinson in 24 minutes 22 seconds. Yesterday’s staging saw over 23,000 participants, which included walkers and wheelchair entrants as they turned out to give their support to the Jamaica Cancer Society, Black River Hospital’s Paediatric Unit and children with cancer across the island. Over $43 million was raised and Donovan Perkins, CEO of Sagicor Bank, was very pleased. “Today was an awesome day and I am very pleased with the support given for this venture. Although we targeted $50 million, we were very close as we got a little over $43 million and this is much better than last year, where we raised about $33m. But each year it gets bigger and better because it is for a worthy cause,” said Perkins, who also recognised artistes Ding Dong and Chi Ching Ching for keeping the large crowd entertained. Also on hand at yesterday’s event was Jamaica’s World Championships 4×400 metres gold medallist Novlene Williams-Mills, who had the honour of releasing hundreds of balloons before the start of the event. finishers KIRK Brown and Karlene Blagrove continued their good form this season as they captured the male and female 5K titles at yesterday’s Sagicor Sigma 5K Run in New Kingston. Brown, who copped the men’s title, won in 17 minutes 15 seconds, finishing ahead of former champion Shawn Pitter, who clocked 17.41 minutes, while Kemar Leslie took third in 18 minutes 26 seconds. Despite winning, Brown was not pleased with his time. “I feel great about the race, but I wanted to run much faster. This could have been so, but the officials needed to be more alert as I made a turn-off going the right way and they called me back to say it was wrong, then realised that I was correct and that allowed me not to have a faster time. But it was a great race overall,” said Brown. Williams-Mills, who is a cancer survivor herself, was delighted to be a part of the activities. “I am happy to be a part of this as I didn’t know that Jamaica had something like this going on over the years; but since being diagnosed with cancer, I realised that there has been so much more going on that I didn’t pay attention to when it relates to cancer. But for them to have an event like this, and so many persons turning out and to raise money for the cause, is fantastic and it is indeed an awesome feeling. “When I got the invitation to come, I said to myself that I could not have missed it. I have no regrets coming as life is just not about running track, and to break my schedule to come and give my support is great,” said Williams-Mills.last_img read more

Top four hunt KSAFA Super League crown

first_imgMaverley-Hughenden and Rockfort will meet in the feature match of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)-JB Charley’s Rum Super League semi-finals tonight at 8:30 at the Constant Spring Complex.In the opening match of the semi-final double-header, Barbican will oppose Brown’s Town at 6:30 p.m.The top four teams are hunting both the league title and a chance to represent the KSAFA Confederation in the play-off for a spot in next seasons’s Red Stripe Premier League.Maverley-Hughenden were very impressive in the preliminary stage by winning 12 of 16 games. They defeated Rockfort 4-2 in the first game of the season.The Maverley-Hughenden camp will be without head coach Lijaysu Simms, who is abroad. Assistant coach Hugh Blair will be in charge for the crucial encounter.Captain of Maverley-Hughenden Andrew Peddlar says that his team is well prepared and ready for battle.”Right now, we are well focused. We have no fear,” Peddlar boldly declared ahead of the last four clash.”We are 100 per cent ready for Rockfort as the plan is to win the Super League and qualify for the national league play-off. The coach is away, but ‘Bingy’ (Blair) is here and we will carry out the plan,” he added.Maverley-Hughenden will rely on Peddlar in the central defence position, veteran Kasai Hinds, the competition’s leading goalscorer Phillip Peddie, Andrew White, Odayne Burgher, Morias Somers, Omari Edwards and Wayne Williams.On the other hand, Rockfort are also oozing confidence.”We are very confident. We played them in the first game and lost, but that was a long time ago, and our team has improved. We beat them in the Major League semi-finals two years ago, so we know that we can repeat that,” president of Rockfort Dwayne Dillon told The Gleaner yesterday.Rockfort will rely on captain Calvin Campbell, Chevon Williams, Sheldon Green, Jermaine Freckleton and Twain Winter.In the opening semi-final game, Barbican and Brown’s Town should have a highly competitive affair.In the teams’ first meeting this season, Barbican won 2-0 and hold the psychological advantage heading into the semi-final.Barbican, under the guidance of head coach Mark Sutherland, are seeking to win the Super League for the second time in three seasons.Their key players include Akino Bailey, Keino Simpson, Jadian Redwood, Jermaine Parris, Nicholas Smith and Greg Taylor.Meanwhile, Brown’s Town, now under the guidance of coach Keon Broderick, will rely on Robert Coley, Kamali Coburn, Joshua McNaughton, Mikhail George, and Derron Beckford for victory.last_img read more

Mourinho still sticking by Sanchez to come good

first_imgSanchez suffered an unspecified training injury that ruled him out of United’s disappointing defeat at Brighton two weeks ago.And he was only fit enough for a cameo appearance off the bench in an even more demoralising 3-0 home loss to Tottenham on Monday as United plunged into an early season crisis.Sanchez’s decision not to go away with Chile has met with Mourinho’s approval, although the United manager denied Rueda’s claims that the club pressured him to do so.“I didn’t ask and I never ask players not to go,” said Mourinho.“I never contact national teams for players not to go. It’s a personal thing between him and the national manager.“At the same time, coming from injury he feels that for him it is a much needed two weeks off.“He is still in condition to play against Burnley but he feels that after that he needs two weeks to put himself in good shape.“And because they are friendly matches in Asia, they made a decision for his good and by consequence for our good, for him not to go.”Sanchez’s signature was a stunning coup for United in January, as they beat off strong competition from neighbours Manchester City by offering the player reportedly the most lucrative wage in Premier League history.However, Sanchez has so far struggled to match the hype or the heights he did with former club Arsenal.The 29-year-old has scored just three times in 20 appearances for Mourinho, but his manager still has faith that he will return to show supporters his true ability.“I hope so. I hope we can see it,” said Mourinho. “He had a good pre-season, he had a good start to the season.“Then he had a small injury that kept him out and then he came just one day before Tottenham, and he comes into the game with the result 2-0. Let’s see from now.“He is committed, he is focused. He works hard. I believe he will improve.”– 35 matches to play –Under pressure: Jose Mourinho needs a positive result away at Burnley on Sunday © AFP / Oli SCARFFSunday would be a fine time for Sanchez to repay Mourinho’s faith as the Portuguese travels to Burnley’s Turf Moor desperately needing a positive result to ease the feeling his days in charge could be numbered.Mourinho predicted United would suffer a “difficult” season when he wasn’t backed as much as he would have liked in the transfer market, but believes there has been an over-reaction to two straight defeats.“I said that in the summer before the competition started,” he added.“It’s not especially (difficult) now. Two defeats are two defeats. We still have 35 matches to play.”A bad week for United was compounded by a tough Champions League draw alongside Juventus, a resurgent Valencia and Swiss champions Young Boys.However, Juve’s visit to Manchester on October 23 will ensure an emotional return to Old Trafford for Cristiano Ronaldo.Mourinho was Real Madrid boss when Ronaldo scored against his former club for the Spanish giants in 2012 and is confident he will relish another hero’s reception.“I think he will like it,” said Mourinho. “He was happy to come back when he was at Real Madrid.“He comes back to do a job for them, like he did for Real Madrid. But I think he is very happy to come.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alexis Sanchez has struggled for fitness and form in eight months at Manchester United © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 2 – Jose Mourinho believes Alexis Sanchez will recover his form and fitness for Manchester United, but insists he had no input into the Chile forward’s decision to skip his country’s upcoming friendly internationals.Chile manager Reinaldo Rueda claimed this week the United forward pulled out of games in Asia against Japan and South Korea on the explicit advice of the Old Trafford medical staff.last_img read more

NBA NOTEBOOK Knight’s condition irks Clippers coach

first_imgDunleavy, known for his tireless work ethic as a player, was flabbergasted by Knight’s shape and said it was unacceptable. “He’s not in good shape at all,” Dunleavy said. “I’m disappointed in the situation. You’d think with a veteran player, you’d think he’d come into camp ready to go.” The coach continued, “I don’t know the culture of other places, where it is no big deal whether you’re ready to go or not go. But it doesn’t sit well with me.” On the first day of camp Tuesday, Knight said, “I’m out of shape. I admit it. I’ve come into camps and been this way a lot in my career. “It’s something you’ve got to work through. You’ve got to understand what you have to do in order to build. It’s a building process for me.” When Knight first said he was out of shape, though, he chuckled. It appeared that he could have been exaggerating his condition and said, “This first week is tough. There’s nothing you can really do to get ready for what’s going to happen here.” On Thursday, he practiced and reacted to Dunleavy’s criticism. “That’s Mike, man,” Knight said. “Mike will say what Mike wants to say. When it’s time to play the games, I’ll be ready to play.” Dickau understands Dan Dickau participated in his first full day with the Clippers and was in a good shape. The former Gonzaga player said he was especially happy to return to the West Coast and says he likes being with the Clippers because playing time looks likely. Dickau is slated to be the third-string point guard behind Sam Cassell and Knight, but both of those point guards are beyond 30 and each has battled injuries. Something else Dickau brings is an understanding of how to recover from a torn Achilles, the same injury that Elton Brand has. Dickau was out 81/2 months with the injury and plans on comparing notes with Brand. “I went through the same thing, and I feel great,” he said. “I’ll share with him my experience and time frame.” Yi still secretive Yi Jianlian finally arrived. His shroud of secrecy continues. Yi, Milwaukee’s top draft pick, joined his new team for his first practice, but again dodged the question that’s hounded him since announcing he was coming to the NBA. Yi’s birth certificate lists him as being born Oct. 27, 1987, which would make him 19, but he’s long been rumored older. “I have no comment on that,” Yi said through translator Roy Lu. Iverson dispute Denver guard Allen Iverson said that officials from a promotions company that sued him knew he wasn’t going to show up for a weekend of appearances in Omaha in early August. “I alerted them that I wasn’t going to make it and I guess they didn’t alert the people that’s supposed to have been there,” Iverson said after practice. The complaint filed last week in Douglas County District Court seeks about $44,000 in damages for leaving fans at a youth rally and two nightclubs without their main attraction. Around the league Nets: The swamps of Jersey are going preppy. Izod, a clothing maker best known for its sports shirts, was awarded naming rights to the New Jersey Nets’ arena at the Meadowlands.The Meadowlands building has been called Continental Airlines Arena for 12 years and will now be called the Izod Center. Spurs: Guard Beno Udrih broke his finger in training camp and will be limited for a few weeks. AP contributed to this notebook.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Joe Stevens STAFF WRITER The Clippers did not return from Russia, jetlagged and injured, as they did last year in training camp. But just a few days into camp in Santa Barbara, Mike Dunleavy encountered something undesirable that upset him: Brevin Knight is out of shape. last_img read more

Protests could rain on Rose Parade

first_imgActivist organizer John Li, a member of Caltech’s chapter of Falun Gong, a spiritual movement outlawed by the Chinese government in 1999, promised his group would be seen if not heard. “We are going to ask the audience on the road to turn their back when the Asian float arrives, and show banners. We have to send a strong message to say no to human rights abuses in China,” Li said. The float is being sanctioned by the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee, but sponsored by the Roundtable of Southern California Chinese-American Organizations and Pasadena-based label maker Avery Dennison Corp. It will feature the upcoming Olympics’ five official mascots rotating on a base and decorated with a combo of flowers, including carnations and daisy petals. Then there is Sheehan, an outspoken San Francisco Bay Area activist whose campaign for Congress includes calls for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, will join other pro-impeachment and anti-war groups such as the Los Angeles National Impeachment Center at the parade, according to Dede Miller, Sheehan’s sister. As many as 1,000 supporters are expected to rally before and after the parade and distribute 20,000 pamphlets while flying 300 banners along the parade route, said Peter Thottam, executive director of the center. Pasadena police said they are prepared for the protesters and the hundreds of thousands of other spectators. As usual, about 1,200 officers from a number of agencies were set to be on hand, checking side streets and RVs. “We’ve had to ramp up our resources, police personnel, but nothing out of the ordinary,” police Commander Paul Gales said. This year’s parade will feature 46 floats, 21 marching bands and 18 equestrian units, and will be followed by the 94th Rose Bowl football game. Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse will serve as grand marshal and toss the coin before the game. No. 13 Illinois will play No. 6 Southern California in its first Rose Bowl in 24 years. Parade highlights include the city of Anaheim’s float, dubbed “The World’s Celebration Destination!,” with twisting roads featuring vehicles with moving wheels, and Western Asset’s four-part float of circus train cars, including one car showcasing a lion with fur made out of wheat. Still, organizers remain concerned about the potential disruptions to this year’s feel-good event. The parade has overcome controversy in the past. In 1992, a little diplomacy managed to quell a touchy situation when American Indians had complained over the naming of a descendant of Christopher Columbus as grand marshal. “There was an adjustment made on the part of the tournament where they named a co-grand marshal, former Colorado Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell,” an American Indian, said Bogaard. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThis season’s parade – with the theme “Passport to the World’s Celebrations” – promises to be more vociferous than usual. Some officials fear it might prompt an annual pattern of protest that could tarnish the parade’s shiny image. “If controversy like this diminishes the positive impact of the Rose Parade, it would be of concern,” said Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard. Expected to protest are Chinese-Americans who claim they were victims of political or religious persecution in China, criticizing the $400,000 Beijing Olympics float Bogaard said the activists were given several options for an alternate event that were rejected. Instead, they pushed for a demonstration along the parade route involving a large band and several vehicles. The city turned that proposal down, citing security constraints. “The tournament views the float as I do, as a celebration of the Olympic Games, not as a subject of criticism of the Chinese,” Bogaard said. “It is my hope that as China emerges more and more into the world community it will be inclined to respect all human and civil rights.” For well over a century, the Rose Parade has helped the nation usher in the new year with its nearly endless procession of flower-covered floats, marching bands and smiling folks on horseback – all under typically sunny skies. This new year, however, there could be some rancor on the route as demonstrators try to steal some of the sun-splashed spectacle. Human rights advocates plan to protest a float honoring the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and anti-war activists, including “Peace Mom” Cindy Sheehan, intend to rally for peace. The annual event hasn’t been completely immune from controversy in the past, though it’s usually been more mechanical than political. “Honestly, in the past years, it’s really been more about floats breaking down, delaying the parade, than other things, than protests,” said Tournament of Roses President CL Keedy. last_img read more

RENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURES STUNNING DONEGAL IN UNIQUE BOOK

first_imgLess than a year ago, renowned black and white photographer, Giles Norman, headed off to the north west coast of Ireland, where quality time was spent with his camera in Co. Donegal.Days were spent walking the spectacular sights of Donegal’s dramatic coastlines and exploring all that the landscape has to offer, including the stunning beaches, rugged countryside and beautiful horses and ponies. These images are currently on display at the Giles Norman Gallery, Kinsale, Co Cork, where an exhibition celebrating 25 years of photography is taking place throughout October.Giles Norman’s images of the Irish landscape evoke a purity of vision, mostly stripped of manmade intrusion.Wider views of wild, remote places intermingle with small details of windows and moments in urban and rural life with little concession to the human form.A shaft of light between clouds, a breaking wave, the story behind a shipwreck remind us how special these moments are. The emphasis Giles places on the art rather than the science of photography makes his photographs more engaging and memorable. Renowned photographer, Giles Norman, who hosted a reception and signing of his new book ‘Ireland ?timeless images’ at Hodges Figgis in Dawson Street.Picture. John AllenHis work is available online at www.gilesnorman.com or at the Kinsale Gallery.Celebrating 25 years in business this year, Giles has built up a loyal following both here in Ireland and internationally.He has just launched his new book, ‘Ireland ..timeless images’, published by Collins Press, available in all good bookshops nationwide, at the Kinsale Gallery and online at www.gilesnorman.comRENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURES STUNNING DONEGAL IN UNIQUE BOOK was last modified: October 14th, 2013 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:donegalGiles Normannew bookPhotographylast_img read more

VOODOO VENUE BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL: HAVE YOU WON FREE ENTRY FOR FOUR?

first_imgWhat a fantastic Bank Holiday weekend we had at Voodoo Venue!!The venue was packed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Voodoo venue cemented its place as the No.1 night-spot in the North-West.As usual top class entertainment was provided throughout the Bank Holiday weekend, which catered for all our revellers. Every week Voodoo Venue in conjunction with Donegal Daily team-up to run a competition on their website.We randomly select one reveller from a series of pictures from the weekend just past.The lucky reveller who has their face circled in the photos above, wins FREE entry for FOUR and a FREE bottle of CHAMPAGNE.So if your face is circled above then contact Voodoo Venue via Facebook to claim your prize. Check out the Voodoo Venue Facebook page (below) for our line-up throughout the week and for the forthcoming weekend.If you’re partying make sure you choose Voodoo Venue, Donegal’s No.1 Entertainment venue.https://www.facebook.com/VOOD00venueletterkennyVOODOO VENUE BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL: HAVE YOU WON FREE ENTRY FOR FOUR? was last modified: October 28th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:competitionEntertainmentFeaturesFree entrynewsVoodoo VenueWeekend picture specialwinnerlast_img read more

Innovative students put heart into new health app for Donegal

first_imgA team of Loreto Letterkenny students have tapped into technology to spread a vital health message across Donegal.The ‘Heart2Heart’ Young Social Innovators team are aiming to make a major impact in the community with their new app, My Heart Space, which was launched on Friday.Heart2Heart app launch in Loreto Letterkenny, 10th May 2019The android app is a well-thought-out space for mobile users to save emergency contacts, locate public defibrillators in Donegal, track their steps and learn about heart health. The fun and educational app was designed to appeal to all ages, from 13 up, and it even includes a ‘Flappy Heart’ game to encourage daily usage.‘You can’t bí without your croí’ is the motto of the YSI Heart2Heart team, who are competing in the YSI national final next week. The 11 students have put in a great effort this year to promote healthy hearts and prevent heart fatalities by spreading information in their school, in the community and on social media.Sarah Gallagher addressing guests at the My Heart Space app launch in Loreto Letterkenny, 10th May 2019Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Ireland, student Sarah Gallagher told invited guests at the app launch in Loreto Letterkenny.Sarah outlined the potential life-saving impact the app can have – which points users to their nearest health service, defibrillators and enables emergency calls. My Heart Space AppThe app was developed by Adrian Mullally of Gartan Technologies, who was a much-valued contributor to the project.The heart2heart app team, L-R: Sandra Binu, Sarah Gallagher, Sinead Kennedy, Orla Kennedy, Eimear Kennedy, Katie Gillen, Rachel Bradley, Cora Kelly and IT Specialist Adrian Mullally, 10th May 2019The My Heart Space app is not the only aspect of this YSI initiative, as the team have created information posters, promoted CPR training and launched a campaign to have First Aid introduced to the Junior Certificate curriculum.The Heart2Heart team will present their work for the finale of the Young Social Innovators of the Year Awards on Wednesday 15th May in Croke Park.The future is bright for this passionate team, said YSI Mentor MS Siobhan McKeague.“Even if they don’t win the final, which I hope they do, they have already won because they have produced an app that is needed in the locality and they have produced leaflets to put up around the locality. I am extremely proud of these ladies because they have done it themselves. It is a credit to them because they have pushed past the barriers,” Ms McKeague said. YSI Mentor Ms Siobhan McKeague with Sarah Gallagher at the My Heart Space app launch in Loreto Letterkenny, 10th May 2019Principal of Loreto Letterkenny Sr Ger speaking at the My Heart Space app launch , 10th May 2019Loreto Letterkenny Principal Sr Gerardine Mullen also praised the students’ innovation, adding that she was proud of their important work.Android users can download the My Heart Space app now on: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.heart2heartysi.heart2heart&hl=enThe heart2heart team, L-R: Sandra Binu, Sarah Gallagher, Sinead Kennedy, Orla Kennedy, Eimear Kennedy, Katie Gillen, Rachel Bradley, Cora Kelly and IT Specialist Adrian Mullally, 10th May 2019Sarah Gallagher and PT Emmet Rushe from Rushe Fitness Gym at the My Heart Space app launch in Loreto Letterkenny, 10th May 2019Cllr Michael McBride and Sarah Gallagher at the heart2heart app launch in Loreto Letterkenny, 10th May 2019Innovative students put heart into new health app for Donegal was last modified: May 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Apphealthheart diseaseheart2heartLoreto LetterkennyMy Heart Spaceyoung social innovatorslast_img read more

Andy Reid’s happy to say goodbye to the Coliseum, and he’s not the only Raiders opponent

first_imgEarlier this week, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid contemplated his final business trip to the Oakland Coliseum. His team will face the Raiders Sunday. Next time the Raiders host their bitter division rival, barring a postseason matchup, will be in Las Vegas.Speaking for generations of Raiders opponents, especially head coaches, Reid in very few words, made it clear he couldn’t wait to be done with the 53-year-old Coliseum.Asked by Kansas City reporters for a memory from the …last_img

Upholding the values enshrined in the constitution

first_imgSouth Africa over the weekend inaugurated its sixth democratically elected President; Cyril Ramaphosa after the national general elections in May 2019. Brand South Africa congratulates his Excellency Ramaphosa and affirms its support to reinforce its role in building a brighter tomorrow.The Nation Brand image and reputation is strengthened by the resilience demonstrated by the vibrant constitution, and institutions that continuously and effortlessly manage the transition to a new dawn domestically and internationally.The Presidential inauguration was a momentous event for the nation and it is also imperative to acknowledge the Public servants who heeded the call and ensured a safe and successful event.The inauguration coincided with Africa Day, a day that commemorates the formation of the African Union in 1963 to acknowledge and celebrate Africa’s history, heritage and culture. This significant day is and will be forever an opportunity to celebrate our democratic values and system of governance.In his address, President Ramphosa expressed his appreciation; “I stand before you having just taken the oath to be President of our beautiful country, South Africa. I am humbled by the trust you have bestowed upon me, aware of the challenges our country faces, but also alive to the fact that our people are filled with hope for a better tomorrow.”As the country awaits the conclusion of its new administration and leadership, Brand South Africa urges citizens to continue to strengthen and build an inclusive economy and play their part in contributing towards economic stimulation/ for all. Brand South Africa also congratulates Members of the National Assembly and Provincial Legislatures Parliament who were sworn in by Chief Justice.Remembering the theme of the inauguration, “Together Celebrating Democracy: Renewal and Growth for a Better South Africa”, as the foundation to ensure a South Africa all are proud to call home.“I am saying yes, South Africa Thuma Mina. And I pledge here today that I will serve you, I will work with you, side by side, to build South Africa that we all want and deserve. A new era has dawned in our country. A brighter day is rising upon South Africa and upon our beloved continent, Africa. Nkosi Sikelel’ Afrika”, concludes, President Ramaphosa’s addresslast_img read more