first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Who’s in and who’s out at the World Cup Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “I guess 2018 is my year, and everybody’s welcome to challenge me,” said Eustaquio after the match. “I’m also planning to go to bantamweight or go to strawweight.”Eustaquio is also keen on challenging Sam-A Gaiyanghadao for the ONE Muay Thai flyweight belt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“There are a lot of doors for opportunities and I will take the risk,” said Eustaquio. “If I have to defend this flyweight belt, let’s go and pretty much everyone is welcome but my main goal right now is to go back to the gym and review again.”And if there’s one man who’s immediately on Eustaquio’s radar, it has to be former champion Moraes. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Eustaquio (11-7) and Moraes (17-3) first tangled up in 2014 with the latter winning the fight via guillotine choke in the second round to become ONE’s inaugural World flyweight champion.And with the score between them at 1-1, Eustaquio feels there could be a third match as long as fans still want to see them fight.“If the fans are not yet bored with us fighting then let’s go, but if I have better opportunities I would also take it,” said Eustaquio.“Of course Adriano’s a world champion, we’re 1-1 and he submitted me in the first fight but I proved that I became better today and my improvement is way faster than him. Give me two or three months and I will be better than him.”RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Photo from ONEMACAU—Geje Eustaquio has finally reached the apex of ONE’s flyweight division and he isn’t shy to take on newcomers who want to get a shot at his world title.“The Gravity” won the title after escaping with a split decision victory over Adriano Moraes Saturday in ONE: Pinnacle of Power at Studio City here, and Eustaquio said he not only wants to defend the flyweight title but look for other opportunities in the other weight classes.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgAnthony Davis-less Pelicans stunt Lakers playoff push The five-time All-Star had 12 rebounds in 26 minutes — his most since returning from the injury — but was on the bench for the final 5:23 because he’s still on a minutes restriction.Osman’s 3-pointer gave Cleveland a 104-103 lead with 1:58 to play. He scored on a layup following a turnover before Collin Sexton hit a 3 to put the Cavaliers up 109-103.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSexton had 20 points and Ante Zizic scored 18 for Cleveland, which beat Phoenix on Thursday.Jonas Valanciunas had 25 points 11 rebounds for Memphis, which has lost four straight and 16 of 20. Mike Conley scored 18 and Joakim Noah had 16. Grizzlies: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.Cavaliers: Host the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying MOST READ LATEST STORIES TIP-INSGrizzlies: Valanciunas returned after not playing Friday because of personal reasons. He has appeared in three games since being acquired from Toronto on Feb. 7 and made his first start Saturday . … F Chandler Parsons scored four points in 18 minutes. He returned Friday for the first time since the third game of the season.Cavaliers: Osman finished with 11 points. … Cleveland dominated the first quarter, holding a 21-5 rebounding edge and making all nine of its free throw attempts. … Cleveland led 44-26 early in the second.STILL SIDELINEDCavaliers coach Larry Drew isn’t sure when forward Tristan Thompson, who missed his 15th straight game because of a sore left foot, will return.“It’s still going slow,” Drew said. “We’re going to take it very slowly as far as bringing him back.”BAD TIMINGBickerstaff knows his team must adjust without rookie guard Jaren Jackson Jr., out indefinitely with a bruised right thigh.“It’s tough, obviously,” Bickerstaff said. “We were beginning to feature him more in fourth quarters.”UP NEXT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love (0) and Collin Sexton (2) celebrate in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 112-107. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Kevin Love scored a season-high 32 points, Cedi Osman hit the go-ahead 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 112-107 on Saturday night.Love, playing in back-to-back games for the first time since returning from foot surgery, had 10 points in the fourth quarter. He was 9 of 15 from the field overall, hit six 3s and made all eight of his free throw attempts.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Grizzlies, who lost at home to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, were on the second part of a difficult back-to-back.Love had surgery on his left foot in November after playing four games and returned Feb. 8. He hit three 3-pointers and a technical foul shot early in the third quarter to help the Cavaliers build a double-digit lead.Memphis trailed 79-64 but outscored Cleveland 20-3 over the last seven minutes of the third.The Cavaliers (14-46) won consecutive games for the third time this season. Cleveland has yet to win three in a row.Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff was hit with a technical foul early in the third quarter. Noah, a constant target of boos by Cavaliers fans, received sarcastic cheers when he picked up a technical in the second.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP are reporting a weekend death on the Doig River First Nations Reserve.On Sunday October 25th, at shortly after 9:00 a.m., Fort St. John RCMP attended a residence in the community, where they discovered a deceased male.   The residence was secured, though at this point, police are only saying that the death is ‘suspicious’.The investigation is now underway, and police say they will be conducting interviews with people who were present, and also conducting an autopsy.- Advertisement -The investigation will involve Forensic Identification Specialists, members of the North District Major Crime Unit, the Fort St. John General Investigation Section, the North District General Investigation Section, and the First Nations Policing Unit.For an update on this story, Click Here.last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000High five: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates after Liverpool demolish Porto 5-0 in the Champions League © AFP / Francisco LEONGPORTO, Portugal, Feb 15 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised hat-trick hero Sadio Mane and his side’s “perfect” performance after they all but booked their place in the Champions League last eight on Wednesday by thumping Porto.The five-time champions romped to a 5-0 victory at the Portuguese league leaders, and when asked if Liverpool had put in a perfect performance, Klopp told BT Sport: “Yes. You could say that of course. “It was very professional, very mature in the right moments, very aggressive, good defending, good counter-attacking, keeping the ball, moving them around.“In this game it was possible, usually it’s not that easy.”In one of Liverpool’s best away displays since Klopp took over in October 2015, Mohamed Salah grabbed his 30th goal of the season and Roberto Firmino moved second in this season’s Champions League goalscoring charts behind Cristiano Ronaldo with his seventh of the tournament proper.The German coach hailed his star forwards’ determination, after his team pressed an outclassed Porto into submission.“At half-time I said, ‘the situation of the first half even when we were 2-0 up was when Mo Salah won the ball back in the centre of the park’,” Klopp added.“That’s what you need in a game like this, a competition like this.“I saw a lot of fantastic performances tonight, a result like this is only possible if they are all spot on.”Liverpool were a threat all over the pitch, with Andrew Robertson impressing again at left-back and midfielder James Milner’s tireless running adding to the dynamism of the front three.“I think Robertson played an outstanding game, finally he found his crosses, I thought they were in Scotland or somewhere,” Klopp said.“Of course Sadio is man of the match but Roberto Firmino’s work rate was outstanding again.”Mane is just the second Liverpool player to score a Champions League hat-trick away from home, following in the footsteps of Michael Owen, who did it twice.“The most important thing is that we played as a team, and we did that, we played great football and we created a lot of chances,” said the Senegalese international.“Which was the best goal? The third one pleased me the most because it was a nice strike.”For Porto, this was an unexpectedly poor performance after a renaissance this season under former Portugal midfielder Sergio Conceicao.“We didn’t have a good day against very strong, efficient opponents who were able to score at key moments,” admitted the 43-year-old.“Our mistakes led to Liverpool goals. We were too passive, usually we are better in the duels.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img“I am so happy to stay here longer and to keep playing for one of the best teams in the world,” he said on the club’s website.“It’s been a very good two seasons and I am looking forward to more.”Alonso has made 92 appearances and scored 15 goals for Chelsea since being signed from Fiorentina.He previously had spells in England with Bolton and Sunderland.The left-back, who began his career at Real Madrid, made his international debut in March this year and has won three caps to date.Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “We are delighted to be extending Marcos’ contract.“In the past two seasons he has developed into an important player for the club, demonstrating his outstanding ability and a fantastic attitude that has helped him become a Premier League champion and Spain international.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso, who has just signed a new contract with the London club, is seen challenging Manchester United’s English striker Marcus Rashford © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 24 – Spain defender Marcos Alonso has signed a new contract with Chelsea that will run until 2023, the Premier League club announced Wednesday.The 27-year-old Spain defender, who joined Chelsea in August 2016, helped them win the Premier League in 2016-17 and claim the FA Cup last season.last_img read more

first_imgTo protect trees, citrus nurseries now grow in greenhouses, and many are relocating away from commercial citrus territory. The changes have sent tree prices soaring. As a result, Bournique said, some farmers are leaving land unplanted. “A lot of growers are sitting there with fallow land, but you don’t want to plant new trees. You’re looking at your friends and neighbors to see if there’s infected land next door,” Bournique said. “Tree costs have doubled. You’ve got to spray more and do a lot of different things to protect them. The gamble is bigger, the expense is bigger.”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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Florida lost 127,182 acres (17 percent of its total) in the 2006 crop census – the second worst drop in history behind only a January 1986 freeze. The net loss was higher than the previous eight years combined. The U.S. Department of Agriculture does not tie specific reasons to any acre lost, but growers and other industry officials say the problems are plain. Canker and greening forced the destruction of tens of thousands of acres of trees in the past decade, and bad hurricane seasons in 2004 and 2005 raked groves. Some farmers sold to developers when land prices skyrocketed the past few years, though recent slowing in the housing market probably stymied that trend. The fundamental problem is that it keeps costing more to grow. Canker and greening bacteria have forced farmers into tedious and expensive procedures to decontaminate workers and find infected trees. Canker, which makes fruit unusable, is spread by the wind and contaminated clothes and equipment. The disease has made three waves in Florida, the most recent starting in 1995. It quickly infected not only groves, but also nurseries, leaving replacement trees in scarce supply. Greening kills trees and is spread by an Asian insect accidentally brought to Florida. Neither disease harms humans. FORT PIERCE, Fla. – There seem to be more tractors tearing up St. Lucie County’s old citrus groves than tending them these days. This county once had more orange and grapefruit trees than almost any other place in Florida, the nation’s largest citrus producer. Now it’s one of the fastest-growing counties in one of America’s fastest-growing states, and that land is fast giving way to housing tracts. The same is happening in varying degrees across Florida’s citrus belt. It has been for years, but the slow slide has suddenly quickened. Farmers are replanting fewer trees than any point since the 1970s, and crop land is rapidly disappearing. Previously high land prices, diseases like citrus canker and greening and even the rising cost of trees are hurting farmers and driving orange juice prices to record levels, up more than a third since 2002. “It’s a very, very expensive process to get back into the business, even though you have land sitting there fallow,” said Doug Bournique, head of the Indian River Citrus League. “It’s not a dollar a tree like it was 20 years ago, just to pop them into the ground.” It can now cost $10 a tree. last_img read more

first_imgMauricio Pochettino could not hide his disappointment after Tottenham failed to close the gap on Leicester City in the title race.Craig Dawson’s second-half header earned West Brom a 1-1 scoreline with Spurs – the Londoners’ 12th draw of the season – at White Hart Lane on Monday, nudging the Foxes even closer to the Premier League trophy.Claudio Ranieri’s men lead the way by seven points with three games remaining and they could confirm their title as 2015/16 champions on Sunday, with a win at Manchester United – live on talkSPORT.“We are disappointed,” Pochettino said, moments after his players stood defeated on the pitch following the full-time whistle.  “The first half we played very well and we deserved more.“In football it happens when you don’t kill the game, you allow the opponent to create chances and belief. And we lost control of the game, in the first half we were fantastic, but in the second there was always the feeling that the game was open. You always need a bit of luck.“To create chances and score, we didn’t kill the game and we can speak a lot about different things.“Yes we feel disappointed but in the same way very proud with the effort of the players and the season so far [has been] fantastic. We need to still believe and try to win the next game, this is football.”As Leicester head to Old Trafford on Sunday, Tottenham face a tricky tie at Chelsea on Monday evening at Stamford Bridge.The leaders need just three points from a possible nine and the north Londoners will need help from the Red Devils, Everton and Guus Hiddink’s Blues on the final day of the season.Pochettino added: “No [it’s not over]. It is now more difficult than before. Now the gap is seven points with three games [to go]. We need to still believe, try to win the next game and see what happens.“Yes I am disappointed but also very proud [in the way we played this season]. The first half we spent a lot of energy and the game looked easy. This is something we need to improve – we are still very young. We need to use it as a lesson, as an experience for the next few seasons.“The integrity that West Brom played with, this is the football [we expected and I have] no complaints against the referee.“We are just disappointed because we are fighting for the title. To drop two points was hard for us.”last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Remember simpler days, when chemistry was the word? For most of the past decade, the Dodgers went to spring training proclaiming that the previous season’s failures were the result of problems with team chemistry, promising that thanks to a couple of key trades the clubhouse would be bursting with collaborative energy unseen this side of Abbey Road. They’d always be wrong and would go back to Vero Beach a year later spouting the same line. It’s not that chemistry isn’t important. It’s that it’s best judged in retrospect. It’s damned hard to predict how a group of people will work together. To Jim Tracy, the Dodgers’ manager, character and chemistry “go hand in hand.” Then how do you account for the 2004 Boston Red Sox, who overcame 86 years’ worth of self-doubt and the New York Yankees’ three-zip lead in the playoffs to win the World Series? Chemistry? The Red Sox had it by the kegful. Character? That keg was dry. The Red Sox’s leaders were two thoroughly self-absorbed starting pitchers, a left fielder who demands a trade every summer, and a center fielder who chose at some point to begin cheating on his wife and then detailed the decision in a book. Also Derek Lowe, who apparently had the same thoughts as the center fielder but lacked the literary bent. McCourt, in getting himself quoted on the value of character to a ballclub, implied he should have recognized it sooner. Which was a neat way of sounding like he was taking blame for the Dodgers’ unraveling season while actually funneling the fans’ anger toward Bradley. All of this exploded after Kent took Bradley aside after the Dodgers’ Aug. 20 victory in Florida for a chat about the latter’s failure to score from first base on the former’s double. The implication that Bradley was loafing lost some zip two days later when the center fielder’s troublesome left knee came apart, landing him on the disabled list for the rest of the season. By then, Bradley had lost his backers in the team brass and the bleachers by taking the clash to the press and complaining that Kent “doesn’t know how to deal with African-American people” and that whites “never want to see race in anything.” Baseball does have race issues. The sport has fewer black players and fans all the time. Yet Bradley’s vague complaints were shrugged off as a case of a hothead “playing the race card.” In all this talk about character, you’d like to think the message to athletes is something more uplifting than sit down, shut up, and don’t tap on the superstar’s cage. A downtown editorial writer, in a piece headlined “Character Does Count,” linked Bradley, the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and the Philadelphia Eagles’ Terrell Owens, all of whom have had run-ins with star teammates. The writer wondered why “anyone put(s) up with such behavior” and concluded that “if the Lakers continue to disappoint, owner Jerry Buss might have a McCourt-like epiphany about Kobe Bryant.” Easy to say that now. Did anyone want to get rid of Bradley when he was batting .301 during the Dodgers’ June-July surge to first place last season? Or Bryant when he was helping the Lakers to three NBA championships? Or Owens when he was helping the Eagles to the NFC title? A year ago, Tracy and Dodgers players were praising Bradley, believing he had worked hard to overcome the previous year’s anger issues and saying his unselfishness in changing positions was symbolic of the team’s spirit. Now they’re ready to run him out of town. Character can be a hard thing to pin down. Sure, look for 25 men of character this winter. But just to be safe, first make sure they can hit, pitch and catch. Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! That’s one question that leaps to mind as baseball’s new favorite “C” word is bandied about by team executives, columnists and editorialists amid the Milton Bradley-Jeff Kent feud. Character is a nice word. It’s also a heavy concept. I just suspect that, in the case of the fading Dodgers of 2005, it’s being served up as pablum to a hungry public. center_img Already looking to the future, and floating a theme for the winter, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said recently that the club will place a priority on players’ “character” in making roster choices for next season. So we’re supposed to believe a front office that couldn’t find a first baseman, third baseman, catcher, leadoff hitter or stolen-base threat this year will be able to measure the virtue in young men’s souls? last_img read more

first_imgAs Team South Africa prepares to showcase the country’s successes at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, we must remember that a quality education for young people is critical to our global competitiveness, writes Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola.“The building of leaders begins at the foundation stages of a child’s life and the education system as well as the community must be part of this process,” writes Miller Matola. (Image: Brand South Africa)Miller MatolaThe nation brand is an extremely complex concept. I recently found a diagrammatic representation in a paper entitled the Nation Brand Molecule which shows illustrates exactly how complex this concept is. The nation brand is a composite reflection of each citizen in the country and therefore building and sustaining a positive nation brand image requires all hands on deck. Most important, however, is the political will required to build a cohesive and consistent nation brand.I preface my thoughts in this way as I consider the 2014 matriculation results.One particular point stood out above all else as I listened to various opinions and reports on this issue over the last few days – the recrimination and lack of accountability. I lament the lost spirit that it takes a village to raise a child. The children we raise today will form part of the economically active part of our population who will drive the competitiveness of our country. Therefore, the children we fail today, must account for more than just recriminations.Competitiveness is, among others, defined as the “effectiveness and efficiency with which a nation uses its human, capital and natural resources”. Another definition looks at competitiveness as a “country’s ability to maintain high rates of growth and employment”. Competitiveness therefore brings together two elements: economic success, which takes the form of market growth, high employment and increasing living standards of the population, and the efficient and effective utilisation of a nation’s resources.How will South Africa ever achieve either of these elements if we continue to blame others for the failure of our education system to ensure that our children have the ability to access the opportunities that are available for their growth and development? In denying our children the ability to access these opportunities, we deny our country the possibility of achieving the greatness we know we are capable of.This may sound dire, but the development of dynamic economies and the enhancement of economic competitiveness are at the forefront of global discussion at the moment. The majority of nations of the world are striving to improve the international economic competitiveness of their countries rather than trying to avoid global competition behind protective walls. At the crux of a nation’s ability to compete in the global marketplace is its competitiveness.I anticipate that this will be among the foremost topics of discussion at the 2015 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland from 21 to 24 January 2015. Indeed, the theme of the forum is the “New Global Context” which talks to the way in which the global economic and political architecture is being reshaped by new economic realities and new political formations. Without doubt innovation and technology as drivers of development and national prosperity will feature highly in the deliberations.What drives the competitiveness of countries and, at the same time, what are the key success factors?A 1995 World Competitiveness Report by the International Institute for Management Development asserted that the competitiveness of companies and nations is influenced by eight major factors:• A competitive domestic economy that brings higher value-added productivity and prosperity to the country.• Outward-looking economic policies that increase economic activities and improve the country’s economic performance; higher integration with the international economy, more productive resource allocation and higher living standards.• Less government intervention; government policies concentrating on creating a competitive environment for enterprises and providing macroeconomic and social conditions to minimise external risks.• Internationally integrated financial sector that supports competitiveness. A well-developed infrastructure with availability of natural resources; a functional business system, information technology, transport, communication and an educated skilled labour force that promotes competitive business environment in a country.• Managerial ability that provides long-term orientation to adapt to changes in the competitive environment; a level of entrepreneurship and skills for integration of business activities.• Capability for efficient and innovative application of existing technologies that bring competitive advantage. Investment in research and innovative activities for acquiring new knowledge.• A knowledge-based society and skilled labour force that increases a country’s productivity and competitiveness.These factors are still as relevant today as they were in 1995.On paper, our country has legislation and policies that speak to our intention to create the necessary environment that builds our competitiveness. But can we honestly say that we are indeed all playing our part in implementing the policies that will see South Africa grow into a competitive country that speaks to a robust economy as well as a one that nurtures and develops our human capacity?As I reflect on the development of our human capacity, I noted with concern that one of the findings following the completion of the 2014 matric exams was that learners were promoted to Grade 12 despite not being adequately prepared for the grade. How will this assist us in developing excellence in our young people? How will such actions help us build a country where our people are able to lead others and build a spirit of excellence in others?South Africa’s National Development Plan is our blueprint for social and economic development by 2030. This plan has adopted a “youth lens” in its proposals to ensure young people become active, contributing citizens and should see young people receiving quality education – particularly around maths and science programmes, skills transfer and training.Significantly, the NDP also prioritises leadership as a pillar our country’s growth and development. The building of leaders begins at the foundation stages of a child’s life and the education system as well as the community must be part of this process. Leaders are not built by governments, rather by families and communities. How can we therefore play our part to ensure we nurture the development of leaders in, among others, our homes, communities, workplaces? This is something all South Africans must begin to reflect on. It aligns very strongly to the spirit that “it takes a village …”I would also suggest that we take this spirit of “it takes a village…” to the macroeconomic level in our country – it takes a village to build a country that is competitive, it takes a village to build a country that serves each of our people, enabling each citizen to play their part in our country’s growth and development.As we entered 2015, it occurred to me that we must collectively deliver the vision of a prosperous and developed South Africa as envisaged in the National Development Plan in a mere 15 years. Can we do it? Do we have the will, the resilience, the tenacity, the spirit to make the National Development Plan a reality? Or will we be found wanting by this generation of young people and those to come?Follow Team South Africa at WEF Davos on @Brand_SA #SAinDavos or @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSA.Miller Matola is the CEO of Brand South Africa. Follow him on Twitter at @MillerMatola.This opinion piece was originally published in Business Report on 15 January 2015.Rojas-Méndez (2013: 466) has attempted to illustrate the complexity of the nation brand construct in what he refers to as the nation brand molecule.last_img read more