Research update: Domestic Perceptions Research 2016

first_imgSouth Africa is a diverse country, yet most of its people see themselves as South African first, according to Brand South Africa’s latest Domestic Perceptions Research. They also view themselves in a positive light and believe that media is a little too critical about the nation.During the past week Brand South Africa received results from the Domestic Perceptions Research study. This concludes two rounds of fieldwork conducted in the 2015/16 financial year. The research results of the two rounds, consolidated in one report, renders some interesting information about the perceptions South Africans have of the brand, and their outlook for the future.This research update merely reflects on a few issues pertaining to self-description, pride, media consumption and perceptions of how the media reports on issues in the domestic environment. More updates on findings from the domestic research to follow.Self-description labelsBeing a South African is a very important element of individual and national identity.In terms of nationality responses to the survey indicate – “I’m a South African” is the primary descriptive label amongst citizens.Unlike perceptions created through mediated debate, South Africans are extremely proud of the country:Over 80% of South African citizens claim that they are extremely proud to be South African. Citizens are inclined to recommend South Africa across the board, with higher affinity to travel to and live in. The box below indicates, by race, the predominant categories of self-description respondents identify with.From this it is clear that all races identify themselves as South African first, with religion and race in second place, and culture and gender typically third and fourth choices.In order to get more insight on how South Africans describe themselves, an open ended question asked respondents, in five words, to describe themselves, from this it emerges that:People describe themselves in a positive light, focusing on character & personality traits like “loving”, “friendly”, “hardworking”, “respectful” and “honest”.Coincidentally, these self-descriptions match findings from, for example, the Nation Brand Index, and City Brand Index that shows international respondents also describe South Africans as hardworking, open, and friendly people. The images below capture the most common words respondents used to describe themselves.The above self-descriptions can help when speaking about the culture, values, and self-perception of South African people.Media consumption & perceptionsSome general findings from the survey indicate that:It’s top priority among citizens to constantly be informed about happenings in their community and country, as well as supporting local businesses – however when it comes to effort based activities it is deemed as less important.Citizens want easy accessible information provided to them; being most directly influenced by family, friends/ colleagues, followed by mainstream media sources like TV & News radio broadcasts.Having trusted advocates in society that people can learn from and understand – will give more positive outlook about what’s going on in SAThere is consensus that the media portrays more negative than positive information and stories about South Africa. The box below indicates that 62% of respondents think the SA media is too negative about the country.In order to understand the extent to which South Africans trust sources of information, respondents are asked to rate the sources as outlined below.Family, friends & colleagues; TV news; and Radio news are the top three trusted sources of information. Online social networking and related sources of information are the least trusted of all possible sources.Other media consumption factors92% of all respondents own a cell phone;30% of respondents use a laptop;9% of respondents use a tablet.Radio and TelevisionJust over half of the population listen to radio every day with Metro FM, Lesedi FM, and uMhlobo Wenene FM being the most popular radio stations;In terms of television – Movie channels, SABC channels, and Religious channels are the most watched;Documentary and News channels draw about 28% of respondents.Print mediaA quarter of the population read newspapers every day;The Daily Sun is the most read newspaper (34% of respondents read this paper);Other commonly read papers include: Isolezwe (8%); Sunday Times (5%); Beeld (4%); Son (4%); Sowetan (4%); The Citizen (3%).last_img read more

Galanza hopes for Final 4 return in her last year with Adamson

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Lady Falcons showed that they have moved on from their disastrous Season 79 campaign by finishing fourth place in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference last year.Adamson pulled off a surprise streak with six straight wins before bowing out in the semifinals to eventual runner-up Far Eastern University.“The team has been performing well in training because I can already see the intensity and the teamwork,” said Galanza. “Basically I can see that there really is a connection between the players. There’s the willingness to win.”ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Adamson’s Jema Galanza. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJema Galanza is not one to let past drawbacks get in the way of her dream.After suffering a gruesome right ankle injury in September last year even as Adamson ended Season 79 with a dismal 1-13 record, Galanza immediately set her sights to the big dance of Season 80.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City SBP starts forming best PH team for 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup Read Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Going into her final playing year with the Lady Falcons, Galanza said she wants to end her collegiate career by making it to the Final Four and no less.“I want to get to the Final Four and if the team performs better we want to get to the Finals,” said Galanza in Filipino Thursday during the team’s practice at Adamson. “It’s been so long since I’ve been to the Final Four.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGalanza’s first and only appearance in the semifinals was in her rookie year in Season 76 back when Bang Pineda still ruled the roost for the Lady Falcons.“That’s my goal in my last playing year, to get to the Final Four.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Nuggets clinch Northwest with win over Trail Blazers

first_imgMichigan State, Texas Tech get ready for a Final Four grind Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting After four years of building the team, Malone and Connelly could finally celebrate a division title for the Nuggets.Nikola Jokic scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, Paul Millsap finished with 25 points, and Denver clinched the Northwest Division title with a 119-110 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJokic added 13 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Nuggets to their first division title in six years. Jamal Murray scored 23 points and Torrey Craig had 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench for Denver.“That is a great achievement for us,” Malone said of clinching the division. “More important, we’re not satisfied. We’ve got three more games to go and the playoffs.” Craig’s teammates were quick to praise him after his performance, but when Murray was asked how tough Craig was to play against in practice, he couldn’t resist getting a jab in.“He don’t guard me,” Murray said. “He can’t guard me.”HEAVEN HELP USDenver was 2 of 10 from long range in the first half and finished the game hitting 25.9 percent from 3-point range.“We just can’t make shots right now,” Jokic said. “Twenty percent. We need help, maybe God. At least 30 percent.”UP NEXTThe teams meet again in Portland on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, center, goes for a shot after running into Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, as forward Maurice Harkless watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Denver. Harris was called for charging. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Michael Malone stopped when he saw Tim Connelly standing nearby and gave his boss a bear hug. Connelly returned the hug and congratulated his head coach.“That was awesome,” the Nuggets’ president of basketball operations said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Nuggets are assured of at least the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference and can clinch the second seed with two more wins. They lead Houston by 1½ games and have played one fewer game than the Rockets.Denver clinched its first Northwest Division title since 2012-13, when it won 40 of its final 50 games to finish 57-25. The Nuggets were upset by Golden State in the first round and parted ways with coach George Karl.Denver missed out on the playoffs by a game the last two seasons and now have a chance to secure the No. 2 seed for the first time since 2008-09. The Nuggets would need to win their last three games and have Golden State lose its final three to be the No. 1 seed.The players and coaches weren’t worried about catching the Warriors. They were enjoying the win and the climb from playoff purgatory to a budding title contender.“We know what we’re capable of,” Murray said. “We have a lot of learning to do, but we’re on a great path. It’s the first time in the playoffs, but we’ve got a lot more of these coming.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments The Trail Blazers lost to Denver for the third time after faltering in the fourth quarter. Portland scored 37 points in the third, but managed just 23 in the fourth.Enes Kanter had 24 points and Rodney Hood 17 for the Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard scored 12 of his 14 points after halftime.“The first three quarters, we played pretty good. The last quarter, they got it going a little bit,” Kanter said. “We just need to learn to finish that fourth quarter.“I believe in this team. I think this team is a championship team. … I think this team has enough talent to beat any team on any floor. We just need to stay together and go from here.”Portland led by three entering the fourth quarter, but Jokic set the tone in the fourth with seven quick points and fed Craig for a layup during an 18-6 run that gave Denver the lead for good. The Trail Blazers got within three on Kanter’s short jumper, but Murray hit a runner and Craig scored off of an offensive rebound to make it 114-107 with 1:12 left.“It was time for our best player to carry us,” Malone said. “Nikola is a big-game player and when we needed him most he came through.”TIP-INSTrail Blazers: G Seth Curry was ruled out before the game with left leg soreness. … Portland is 8-2 without CJ McCollum and 4-2 without Jusuf Nurkic. … Jake Layman’s three 3-pointers were two short of his career best. … Lillard’s first points came on a layup with 0.8 seconds left in the first half.Nuggets: The 33 home wins are the most since 2012-13 when they set a franchise record with 38. … Jokic now has 55 double-doubles this season. He has 12 triple-doubles, second to Russell Westbrook with 31.NOT SO FASTlast_img read more

Leg pain

first_imgDefinitionLeg pain is a common problem. It can be due to a cramp, injury, or other cause.Alternative NamesPain – leg; Aches – leg; Cramps – legCausesLeg pain can be due to a muscle cramp (also called a charley horse). Common causes of cramps include:Dehydration or low amounts of potassium, sodium, calcium, or magnesium in the bloodMedicines (such as diuretics and statins)Muscle fatigue or strain from overuse, too much exercise, or holding a muscle in the same position for a long timeAn injury can also cause leg pain from:A torn or overstretched muscle (strain)Hairline crack in the bone (stress fracture)Inflamed tendon (tendinitis)Shin splints (pain in the front of the leg from overuse)Other common causes of leg pain include:Atherosclerosis that blocks blood flow in the arteries (this type of pain, called claudication, is generally felt when exercising or walking and is relieved by rest)Blood clot (deep vein thrombosis) from long-term bed restInfection of the bone (osteomyelitis) or skin and soft tissue (cellulitis)Inflammation of the leg joints caused by arthritis or goutNerve damage common in people with diabetes, smokers, and alcoholicsVaricose veinsLess common causes include:Cancerous bone tumors (osteosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma)Legg-Calve-Perthes disease — poor blood flow to the hip that may stop or slow the normal growth of the legNoncancerous (benign) tumors or cysts of the femur or tibia (osteoid osteoma)Sciatic nerve pain (radiating pain down the leg) caused by a slipped disk in the backSlipped capital femoral epiphysis — usually seen in boys and overweight children between ages 11 and 15Home CareadvertisementIf you have leg pain from cramps or overuse, take these steps first:Rest as much as possible.Elevate your leg.Apply ice for up to 15 minutes. Do this 4 times per day, more often for the first few days.Gently stretch and massage cramping muscles.Take over-the-counter pain medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.Other homecare will depend on the cause of your leg pain.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your health care provider if:The painful leg is swollen or red.You have a fever.Your pain gets worse when you walk or exercise and improves with rest.The leg is black and blue.The leg is cold and pale.You are taking medicines that may be causing leg pain. DO NOT stop taking or change any of your medicines without talking to your health care provider.Self-care steps do not help.What to Expect at Your Office VisitYour health care provider will perform a physical and look at your legs, feet, thighs, hips, back, knees, and ankles.Your health care provider may ask questions such as:Where on the leg is the pain? Is the pain in one or both legs?Is the pain dull and aching or sharp and stabbing? Is the pain severe? Is worse at any time of day?What makes the pain feel worse? Does anything make your pain feel better?Do you have any other symptoms such as numbness, tingling, back pain, or fever?Your health care provider may recommend physical therapy for some causes of leg pain.ReferencesSilverstein JA, Moeller JL, Hutchinson MR. Common issues in orthopedics. In: Rakel RE, ed. Textbook of Family Medicine. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 30.Bederka B, Amendola A. Leg pain and exertional compartment syndromes. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr., Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 24. Section B.Ginsberg J. Peripheral venous disease. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 428.Shy ME. Peripheral neuropathies. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 428.White CJ. Atherosclerotic peripheral arterial disease. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 79.Review Date:8/19/2013Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

Furious Tushar Arothe reacts after resigning as India women’s cricket coach

first_imgTushar Arothe who was froced to resign as the Indian women’s cricket team coach on Tuesday after having alleged differences with some of the star players, who had protested against his training methods.A hurt Arothe siad that “letting players decide the fate of coaches” will only set a bad precedent.The 51-year-old Arothe, who guided India women cricket team to World Cup final, was removed after the BCCI received complaints from senior players, especially Twenty20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, about his training methods.”If students start deciding on the syllabus and course curriculum when there is a teacher, I don’t think it’s a great thing. Similarly, if you start removing coaches merely on the basis of allegations from the players, then you are setting a bad precedent,” Arothe told PTI in a no-holds barred interview today.Arothe also said that this frequent chopping of coaches whenever the players are unhappy will only reflect poorly on them.READ – Tushar Arothe resigns as India women’s cricket team coach”There was someone before me (Purnima Rau), who was removed as players didn’t want her. Now they don’t like my style. Tomorrow, a new person will come and they might find him/her to be unsuitable. So if only one side is having a problem what does it tell you,” Arothe said.The former Baroda skipper is at his wits end to understand what went wrong between July last year to now. That from being a successful coach, who had taken the side to World Cup final and twin series win in South Africa, he became an overnight villain after India’s Asia Cup T20 debacle in Kuala Lumpur.advertisementHis training methods were questioned and there were a plethora of allegations about trying to “remote control” the team.Arothe wanted to set the record straight and said that each and every allegation about him is “false” and he had made his point to the Committee of Administrators, when he was summoned for a meeting.”The main allegation was about two training sessions per day. Well, the girls didn’t have a problem till Asia Cup. This process started before last year’s World Cup. And to make it clear, those who batted or bowled during the morning session were rested during the afternoon or evening session. You want to become No 1 side and you don’t want to work hard. It doesn’t happen like that,” said Arothe, who had earlier worked as a fielding coach between 2009-2012.”Post World Cup euphoria, when the girls came for a camp in September, I found most of them complacent and still basking in glory. I told them ‘Please remember, you people have lost and not won the World Cup. All the accolades are fine but we need to work harder’.”If that was one of the issues, what has hurt Arothe the most is the allegations of trying to control playing XI and strategies during the Asia Cup.”The playing XI would be decided at the team meeting and manager (Trupti Bhattacharya) and one selector (Shashi Gupta) were also a part of decision making process. The team list used to be minuted by the manager. This is complete falsehood from the part of those players, who have complained to the BCCI,” Arothe said.”I heard an absurd complaint that I tried to control the proceedings during the match from the sidelines. That is as ridiculous as it can get. If a coach shouts instructions during the match, he would be penalised by the match referee as per ICC code of conduct,” Arothe said.During his meeting with BCCI brass, he was told that a senior player had said that he tried to force the bowlers into bowling negative line.”I was asked ‘why did you instruct the girls to bowl negative line?’ I said :’We have recording of the match. Please analyse the video and tell me which over did you think that a bowler bowled negative line (leg-stump line). When these allegations were being levelled, they should have at least thought that in T20s, it’s difficult to bowl negative line unlike longer formats,” Arothe explained.The final issue was about the scheduling of the camps and Arothe claimed that it was the senior players including T20 captain Harmanpreet, who had decided on an entire training schedule from March till October when they were scheduled to travel to West Indies.”Suddenly after Asia Cup, the camp was cancelled and no one had the courtesy to inform me. Every minute details of the schedule was done in consultation with the players and then suddenly I hear complaints about schedule.advertisement”They want to do gym work for strength. But if I tell them that hit a few balls to gauge your strength, is it wrong? Most of our batters have a strike-rate of less than 100 in T20s and if you are not willing to work hard, then you will have problems,” said the veteran of 114 first-class matches.Arothe, however, had good words to say about senior pros Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami.”Mithali and Jhulan have been very co-operative and open to discussions at team meetings. And about Harman, I have no hard feelings. She is a fantastic cricketer. But I am surprised because when I asked who has complained, I was told “Kaptaan ne bola (the captain said). But I wish them all the best for their future,” Arothe concluded.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Wisynco will Continue to Invest in Jamaica – Mahfood

first_imgManaging Director, Wisynco Group, William Mahfood, has given his company’s commitment to continue to invest in the economy. He said that increased investment is what is needed to help the country overcome the existing challenges. “Wisyno is investing a lot as well, so for us, we are committed to Jamaica. I think those companies that continue to invest will see tremendous benefits,” he stated. Mr. Mahfood was speaking at the official opening of a Juici Patties store located at 191 Constant Spring Road, St. Andrew on Thursday, February 21. In commending the franchise holder, the Wisynco Managing Director stated that investments such as these are critical for the development of the country. “The store is opening at a time when so much is happening in our economy so it really does speak volume to the temerity and audaciousness of the investors,” he said. State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, hailed Juici Patties for creating investment and employment opportunities across the island. “Juici Patties is not only directly creating a very significant number of jobs in the food service industry, it is also helping to secure jobs and create employment indirectly, through the local goods and services it purchases,” she said. She noted that a number of the restaurants are operated by franchise holders who, in working with Juici Patties, have developed successful businesses while creating jobs in their communities. “This, from all indications, has been a very successful model,” she said. Franchise holder, Radcliff Knibbs, said he decided to relocate his restaurant from Stony Hill, as the space was too small. He said that over time there will be additions to the offerings and outlay of the new store.The opening of the Constant Spring store brings to 61, the number of Juici Patties establishments across the island.last_img read more

Capital creates her own Durga

first_imgCreated by Kolkata-based sculptor Guranga Kuila, the 16 feet tall and 12.5 feet wide sculpture has been fashioned out of brass replicas of items like leaves of the mango and bael leaves, diyas, brass water vessels – all traditional offerings to the Goddess Durga.The idol of the goddess itself, a monumental 20 feet high and 26 feet wide has been transported to Delhi from Kolkata where it was handcrafted with seven types of clay by sculptor Pradeep Rudrapal, who has earned fame for his spectacular idols. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘It took four trucks and over 7 days to transport the idol from Kolkata. Over 45 labourers helped carry it to the stage where she will be worshipped during Durga Puja celebrations,’ says Shanker Chakravarthy, a member of the organising committee.While with an estimated budget ranging between Rs 75 lakhs to Rs 1 crore, the Arambag committee wants to make this year’s celebration special. Former President Abdul Kalam inaugurated the Buddha-themed pandal late last evening. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOther Durga Puja committees in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) area, which is estimated to number over 800, are also geared up with special themes and festivities.For Vishvajit Pal, a sculptor from Krishnanagar in West Bengal, the days leading to the Durga Puja are quite busy.Pal, who has been making idols for the past 30 years has been coming to Delhi since the past 9 years. At the Delhi Durga Puja Samiti, he is overseeing preparations for at least 10 idols that will be dispatched to various committees across the city. One of the idols is for the Kashmiri Gate Puja Samiti, which hosts the oldest Durga Puja celebration in the Delhi and NCR region. ‘Our puja turns 104 years old this year. We maintain the old style followed by gererations and seldom deviate from tradition. The idols of the goddess and everything else is created in the traditional style,’ says Barun Mukherjee, President, Kashmiri Gate Puja Samiti.Mukherjee, who has been associated with the Puja since 1955, says many founding members have grown old and moved away but still ensure they visit it every year. Kashmiri Gate, Karol Bagh, Kali Bari and Timarpur count amongst the oldest Durga Puja Samitis in Delhi. The Tirmarpur Samiti is celebrating its 100th Puja this year, and the others too are more or less in the same zone.‘This year I have worked on 400 pandals. One of the best is a pandal in south Kolkata where elephants, fish and birds carved on wood flank the Goddess,’ says Gouranga Kulia, a handicraftsman.last_img read more