St Jago High School’s coach Glen Laing and his players are determined to emerge one of the top teams in this year’s schoolboy football competitions and so far they have done a very good job.The Spanish Town-based school finished as the best runner-up in their first-round Manning Cup group and qualified for both the lucrative FLOW Super Cup and Walker Cup competitions.But despite their good showing in the preliminary round, the second round is where Laing really wants them to make their mark and he believes he has the players, although he has one in particular that he looks to for goals.Shaqon Bryan netted the opening goal seven minutes into St Jago’s surprise 2-0 win over North Street-based Kingston College in the Walker Cup knockout quarter-finals last Friday at the Constant Spring Complex, taking his tally to nine for the season.Today, St Jago face the blue side of North Street, when they tackle St George’s College in the Walker Cup semi-final this afternoon at Constant Spring, and the speedy striker is aiming for more goals. He also knows there is no better way to announce their arrival to the big time than with a win over the mighty George’s.”The aim is always to win, and I always aim for more (goals),” Bryan told The Gleaner.”We are trying to put St Jago on the map and we are doing that … . The team has grown a lot, because at the start of the season, we didn’t have a few players, but we got them back and the team started working, and now all is well,” he added.The player and the team also have huge confidence in their coach, even though Bryan didn’t agree with his part-time substitution role in the first round, he wants to live up to the mantle the coach has handed him in their whole objective.”We are not finishing a lot of the chances we create, but we are getting there. It’s work in-progress. The coach has been telling me that I have the team on my back and that I should carry them forward. I hope to do that as best as possible,” he said.
Eden Hazard’s early goal was enough to give Chelsea a half-time lead as Jose Mourinho looked to end his winless streak at Villa Park.It took only eight minutes for the Blues to strike, as Oscar escaped down the right, pulled the ball back for Willian and his ball was turned in by Hazard.Oscar had a near post shot saved by Villa keeper Brad Guzan, who also gathered Gary Cahill’s header from the resulting corner.But Paul Lambert’s men, without a goal in their last six Premier League matches, did apply some pressure to the Blues defence, forcing several corners, and Gabby Agbonlahor headed over the bar.Chelsea came close to adding a second when Hazard led a quick break and Ramires was played in on goal, only for Ciaran Clark to produce an outstanding recovery tackle.With Diego Costa in the middle of a three-match ban, Didier Drogba started up front, while Cahill was restored to the defence alongside John Terry.Kurt Zouma and Loic Remy were named on the bench along with new signing Juan Cuadrado. Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Cissokho, Westwood, Delph, Cleverley, Agbonlahor, Weimann, Gil.Subs: Given, Vlaar, Bacuna, Sinclair, Cole, Benteke, Sanchez. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Drogba.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Ake, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Cuadrado, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
On Tuesday 20 January Brand South Africa will host a live Twitter chat on reputation management and competitiveness with Media Tenor founder and CEO Roland Schatz, live from the World Economic Forum in Davos.Managing a country’s global reputation increases its competitiveness, which attracts new investment and in turn creates jobs. (Image: Brand South Africa)Roland SchatzJoin the conversation from 17h00 CAT (16h00 CET) by sending your questions on South Africa’s reputation and global competitiveness to @Brand_SA using the hashtag #SAinDavos.The contextRoland Schatz is the CEO and founder of Media Tenor International. He is a leading scholar in the field of media impact research and global media content analysis.What is reputation management?• Reputation management is the influencing, regulating and guiding of the reputation of an individual, organisation or country. It relates to how various stakeholders in the public sphere perceive that particular individual, organisation or country.• Reputation management was originally a public relations term that has gained popularity in the 21st century with the rise of the internet and social media, where users can freely disseminate information and opinion that can negatively impact a particular business.• One of the basic principles of reputation management is decreasing or eradicating negative sentiment about a particular organisation or country, leaving mainly positive perceptions, thus attracting more business and, in the case of a country, investment.• Reputation is at the heart of a company and a country’s success. The philosophy of reputation management is to match the external perception of an organisation or state and what these external stakeholders value to the internal perception and their organisational or national values. Only when these two are harmonised can an organisation or country be truly competitive.What is competitiveness?• The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report defines competitiveness as “the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity of a country. The level of productivity, in turn, sets the level of prosperity that can be reached by an economy. The productivity level also determines the rates of return obtained by investments in an economy, which in turn are the fundamental drivers of its growth rates. In other words, a more competitive economy is one that is likely to grow faster over time.”• Competitiveness therefore concerns attracting international investment and business to a particular country, as well as ensuring productivity in various sectors and industries in that that country, which will promote international trade and investment, therefore creating a healthy market economy both within that country and globally.How does reputation management relate to competitiveness?• The perception that international investors have of a particular country can either encourage them to invest in that country or deter that investment.• It is important for a country to positively portray and position itself internationally in order to attract international business, investment and trade. By doing this productivity will increase within that country, and in turn the overall economic health will improve. One of the ways economic health is measured is the rate of employment and job creation.• It is important for country to manage its international reputation, to ensure it is positively positioned internationally. It improves the country’s competitiveness, which in turn will attract investment, business and trade, which are tied to job creation.In brief• Reputation management is the influencing, regulating and guiding the reputation of an individual, organisation or country.• Reputation management deals with how people perceive a particular person, organisation or country, and thus assign a value to that perception.• The primary aim of reputation management is to decrease or even eradicate negative sentiment.• By decreasing negativity you are able to attract more business and investment.• Competitiveness concerns attracting international investment and business to a particular state, and increasing international trade.• Improved competitiveness creates a healthy market economy both within a country and globally.• A healthy national economy is linked to job creation because national productivity increases• Countries must manage their international reputation, to ensure positive positioning, to attract investment, business and trade and improve competitiveness.• Improved competitiveness is tied to job creation. Therefore, a good international reputation can create jobs.About Roland SchatzRoland Schatz is the founder and CEO of Media Tenor Ltd, the research institute of InnoVatio Verlags AG. With over 120 employees and offices in Beirut, Boston, Hanoi, London, New York, Pretoria, St Petersburg, Tianjin, Vienna and Zürich, Media Tenor is the leading provider of ongoing international media content analysis, including in-depth analysis of new and traditional global media.Schatz has a Master’s degree in philosophy, economics, history and political science from the University of Fribourg and Bonn. Aside from a background in journalism and numerous entrepreneurial ventures, Schatz has served as trustee for the Education Africa Foundation in Johannesburg, the Innovation Institute in Pretoria and the Board of E-Standards in New York. In 2008 the UN High Advisor President Sampraio appointed Schatz as Global Media Expert. Together with Prince Ghazi of Jordan he founded the C1 World Dialogue Foundation in 2009 . In 2010 Schatz launched the Global Media Impact Centre in Boston, enabling PhD students to write their thesis based on the more than 100 Mio datasets of ongoing media analysis.Schatz has taught strategic communication management and perception change at universities in Augsburg, Atlanta, Berlin, Bonn, Lugano and Prague, since 1990. He publishes regularly on reputational risk, financial sentiment and media impact, recently in the Washington Post, Harvard Business Review and Business Day. Since 2009 he has hosted together with the UN Academic Impact the Unlearning Intolerance Masterclasses.
Former Union Minister and AICC spokesman Jaipal Reddy reiterated on Friday that the Congress’s demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale fighter jets deal.He said his party had never approached the Supreme Court on the Rafale deal.“We are ready for discussion in Parliament, but we want JPC because it can ask for all the documents and call every officer, including Chiefs of Defence Forces and the Prime Minister, before it,” Mr. Reddy told a press conference at the Congress headquarters here. Mr. Reddy, in Goa on a two-day visit to address his party’s “Jan Akrosh” rally demanding ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s resignation, said the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely was afraid of facts in the Rafale deal and wanted to “avoid the dazzling light of truth.” Mr. Reddy accused former Defence Minister Parrikar of trying to “blackmail” Prime Minister Narendra Modi through the Rafale deal to retain his Chief Minister post. “Mr. Parrikar as Defence Minister was not taken into confidence by the PM while signing the deal and the next day Mr. Parrikar was on record stating that since the Prime Minister had agreed, he would back him.”
APTN National NewsCooling the fires is the new goal of the Ontario provincial police when it comes to First Nation protests.And it’s released a report on how the organization is doing just that.APTN’s Donna Sound has more.