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Lyons leads Eureka football in season-opening win over Fort Bragg

first_imgEureka >> In what turned out to be a physical, back-and-forth contest, it was the Eureka Loggers that ended the night with hands raised in victory.Senior wide receiver Jaboc Lyons ran for 149 yards and three touchdowns and senior running back Sergio Manzo ran for 169 yards and a touchdown to lead a Loggers rushing attack that proved to be the difference down the stretch.“I just came out here and played my heart out for my team,” said Lyons, who had touchdown runs of 61, 33 and 50 yards in the …last_img

Archaeologists Discover Biblical Pool of Siloam

first_imgMSNBC News reports that a team of archaeologists working in an Arab portion of Jerusalem believe they have located the pool of Siloam, where according to the Gospel of John, ch. 9, Jesus healed a blind man.    In other archaeology news, MSNBC also reported that the Israeli Antiquities Authority is calling an alabaster pomegranate alleged to be a relic of Solomon’s temple a forgery, as well as the acclaimed James ossuary that mentions the name of Jesus.  Biblical Archaeology Review magazine, however, is standing by its claim for the authenticity of the ossuary, accusing the IAA of unscientific analysis and bias.Debates will continue about the ossuary, the Jehoash inscription and some other artifacts, but many objects and sites mentioned in the Bible are corroborated by the archaeologist’s spade.  Unlike holy books of man-made religions, the Bible speaks of real places, events, and people.  As such, it is open to historical investigation: in fact, it encourages the honest seeking for the truth.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Recounting the year past

first_imgMr Kingsley Makhubela : CEO of Brand South AfricaThe South African nation brand’s dynamism and resilience has withstood a challenging year and has remained strong.This is attested by South Africa’s performance in the World Economic Forum’s 2015 Global Competitiveness Index which placed the country within the top 50 most competitive nations in the world and the second most competitive on the continent.To summarise, South 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) while dropping 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).The Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governance saw South Africa holding steady at number 4 of 54 countries on the continent.  This Index looks at the performance of African countries in the areas of: safety and rule of Law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity and human development.  South Africa’s performance in each of these areas earns it the position of 7 in terms of safety and rule of law (up from position 8 in 2014), 4 in terms of participation and human rights, 2 in terms of sustainable economic opportunity and 6 in terms of human development, in Africa.The Brand Finance list of the 100 most valuable nation brands was also released in October this year.  According to this list, South Africa is the 37th most valuable nation brand in the world with a nett nation brand value of US$ 225 billion.  Brand Finance measures the strength and value of the nation brands of 100 leading countries using a method based on the royalty relief mechanism employed to value the world’s largest companies.  The study measures a nation brand across the following pillars: goods & services, investment and society. These are divided into sub-pillars: tourism, market, governance and people & skills.What do these numbers tell us about South Africa as a nation brand?These figures tell us that South Africa is a visible nation brand amongst the global community of nations.  This is something that all South Africans can be proud of since we remain a relatively young democracy.Our performance in these indices equally tell us that work needs to be done to ensure that we address the challenges that impact negatively on the nation brand and our global competitiveness.  This includes, amongst others, areas of education, healthcare, policy cohesion.  However, we can again feel confident that the National Development Plan has also highlighted similar areas and work is underway to decisively deal with these challenges.  Addressing these challenges systemically will see South Africa increase its global competitiveness.The numbers equally tell us that South Africa’s dynamism, energy, industriousness and personality encapsulated by the national pay-off line, Inspiring New Ways – continues to contribute to our nation brand equity.Domestic and international challenges aside, South Africa has all the ingredients to move ahead as a globally competitive nation.  This will however require the concerted effort of each citizen in our country since ultimately, the nation brand reflects each of us.The South African people are at the heart of this democracy. It is the people of this country who make our country great and it is the people of our country who show the world who South Africa is.  Brand South Africa thanks you for playing your part and carrying the South African brand with pride.Follow Mr Makhubela on @klmmakhubela  Mr Kingsley Makhubela Brand South Africa: CEOlast_img read more

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