Kyler Murray shoots down potential return to Oakland A’s

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — Don’t expect Kyler Murray to have a change of heart anytime soon.The Heisman Trophy winner spoke to reporters at the University of Oklahoma men’s basketball game Saturday afternoon. Asked about potentially changing his mind about playing football with the A’s still holding on to his baseball rights, Murray made sure to clear up any doubt.“I mean, they can hold out all the hope they want to,” Murray said. “I’m going to play football.”The A’s drafted Murray with the No. 9 overall …last_img

How to tell a good story so the world listens

first_imgThe South African Competitiveness Forum Report tracks input from many stakeholders countrywide on South Africa’s position in the world. Already several goals set out in the original discussions on boosting the nation’s brand globally have been reached, the latest forum hears.A number of objectives set out during the inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum, held in 2013, have been achieved in a step towards giving the country a competitive edge on the global stage.This was revealed during a seminar to discuss perceptions of South Africa held by international investors. It was organised by Brand South Africa and the Wits Business School and took place on the Johannesburg campus on Wednesday, 2 April. Among those who attended were Brand South Africa chief executive Miller Matola; Brand South Africa research manager Dr Petrus de Kock; Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) group chief executive Siphiwe Ngwenya; Dr Shima Nokaneng, also from the agency; and Tsholo Mogotsi from the city of Johannesburg’s department of economic development.Brand South Africa used the seminar as a stage to release the South African Competitiveness Forum Report, which details the discussions and the ultimate outcomes of the forum, as well as the regional consultations that were held. “Today’s seminar is part of our discharging our mandate as Brand South Africa, and this mandate revolves around two areas: firstly to build the country’s reputation or brand with a view to improving the competitiveness of the country, and secondly to get South Africans to buy into South Africa, to build civic pride, get all citizens to be ambassadors of this country, and to ensure this is a competitive country not only on the continent but globally,” said Matola.The World Economic Forum defines competitiveness as “the set of institutions, policies, and factors that determine the level of productivity of a country”. A competitive economy is one that is likely to grow faster over time, it adds.Matola said it was in this light that on 5 November 2013, the organisation hosted the first in a series of competitiveness forums at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg with the aim of providing a strategic platform through which to consult and work with the government, business and civil society to identify the competitive and reputational strengths and challenges facing South Africa. Partners and stakeholders who attended that gathering included Trade and Investment South Africa, the Department of Trade and Industry, Productivity SA, universities and businesses. “It was a multi-stakeholder forum which was attended by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.”The way forwardMatola said six objectives were set down at that forum, namely:Set up a task team to monitor implementation of agreed projects;Set up a one-stop shop to drive, consolidate and position South Africa as an attractive destination for investment and business;Consolidate country messaging to enable better coherence and a unified voice to position South Africa on the international stage;Intensify and fast-track roll-out of energy infrastructure so that delivery can meet demand for future growth as outlined in the National Development Plan;Leverage institutional capacity, skills and knowledge to drive competitiveness; and,Strengthen and amplify current initiatives to deliver quality education.“We have been able to make some advances in terms of some of the outcomes. For example, a forum working group has been established and a one-stop shop for international investors. We have also come up with a session report which we are releasing today,” said Matola.One goal that was receiving attention was soliciting input for a competitiveness index appropriate for South Africa. Matola said that at present, the indices Brand South Africa used to assess competitiveness were “external” ones. These included the World Economic Forum’s Competitiveness Index and International Institute for Management Development’s World Competitiveness Yearbook.“We do believe that there is a need for us to also develop an index that focuses on those critical areas of competence and attributes that are important for us as a country, whether they could be based on our progress towards achieving the goals of our National Development Plan.”A coherent storyAchieving global competiveness also required sending out messages about South Africa that were “common, consistent and coherent”. “This requires that we all work together to produce this kind of content – us working with business, with [the] government, with civil society to make sure that there is a consistent message about what this country stands for, where this country comes from and where this country is going.”During that initial forum, breakaway working sessions were set up to discuss five themes: foreign direct investment competitiveness; education, skills and labour; infrastructure; manufacturing and related services; and government and leadership.Consultations were also held in 2013 with business, the government and civil society in Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Valuable insights regarding matters of regional importance were shared with the Brand South Africa teams during these discussions, said Matola.Presenting the report, De Kock said there was “lots of input” from stakeholders at the regional consultations. Based on analysis of inputs received, high level themes were noted. “At the top is ‘reputation implications of education’ which was noted as a challenge to the nation brand. We are quite aware of issues in certain education spaces so there was quite a strong call on that in terms of how we deal with this from a reputational point of view,” he said.Strength of city-regionsThere was also a call for the nation brand to focus more on city brands and their value add to the nation brand. “If you look at the structure of global GDP [gross domestic product] at this point in time, about 70% of global GDP is produced in between 600 and 700 city-regions or metropolitan regions in the global economy, which is significant.”This meant that as a nation brand organisation, Brand South Africa should be more effectively equipped to tell the story of the building blocks of the brand. Hence, part of the outcome for the organisation was to have a better relationship with organisations such as the GGDA and metro structures so that it would be able to “relate that story better on the capabilities of the country”.Labour challenges and the role of good governance were also key areas of discussion in the regional consultations, according to De Kock.“Stakeholders also brought to the fore the issue that business community stakeholders should be equipped as nation brand messengers. This is a very interesting thing that came through. Business stakeholders often say to us that when they engage with international business during their travels they want to tell stories about South Africa but they don’t have the information.”As a communications organisation, De Kock said Brand South Africa needed to have a “better connection” with business and the government to help shape the stories about the country that had to be shared.Another competitiveness forum would be held later this year, he added.last_img read more

Pandya brothers finally reunite as India teammates in England

first_imgHardik Pandya shared an emotional message on his social media account along with his elder brother Krunal on Wednesday.The Pandya brothers are part of the Indian squad which is taking on England in the T20 international series.Hardik, who played in the first match on July 3, posted a picture with Krunal and wrote an emotional message along with it after the first match at Old Trafford.”From building partnerships on a local ground in Baroda to standing together in the INDIA kit at Old Trafford, this has been one hell of a journey. As kids, we dreamt about representing India and after going through many ups and downs together, today we are here… together.”Honestly, I don’t know how to express this feeling but to have Krunal Pandya on my side in the India camp makes me extremely emotional and proud,” Hardik wrote.Also Read – Anushka Sharma joins Virat Kohli and Team India in EnglandHardik has been an important cog in India’s wheel in all three formats of late thanks to his all-round abilities on the cricket field. His brother however, is yet to break into the playing XI.advertisementAlso Read – ‘Come on Hardik’, Ziva cheers on as Pandya hits sixes for funAll-rounder Krunal was called into the T20I team as a replacement for Washington Sundar, who injured his right ankle during Indian team’s training session at the Malahide Cricket Club, Dublin on June 26.The 27-year-old has been rewarded for his consistent performances for Mumbai Indians in the last two editions of the Indian Premier League, while Deepak Chahar, who replaced injured Jasprit Bumrah in the squad, got rewarded for his good performance in the domestic tournaments and the ongoing India A team’s tour of England.Dream come BLUE!!!From building partnerships on a local ground in Baroda to standing together in the INDIA kit at Old Trafford, this has been one hell of a journey. (1/2) pandya (@hardikpandya7) July 4, 2018As kids, we dreamt about representing& after going through many ups & downs together, today we are here… together. Honestly, I dont know how to express this feeling but to have @krunalpandya24 on my side in thecamp makes me extremely emotional & proud.(2/2)hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) July 4, 2018If he gets a chance to play in any of the upcoming matches then Krunal and and Hardik Pandya will become the third brother duo to represent India after Mohinder Amarnath and Surinder Amarnath and Pathan brothers — Irfan and Yusuf.Hardik meanwhile, is in very good form at the moment after having picked up a wicket in the first T20I against England in Manchester earlier this week. He also took 1 wicket and scored 38 runs in the two T20Is against Ireland before this series.He got the wicket of Moeen Ali as India crushed England by 8 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.MATCH HIGHLIGHTSThe Men in Blue restricted the hosts to 159 for 8 after electing to bowl first with Kuldeep Yadav taking a five-wicket haul, his first and India’s third in T20 international cricket.KL Rahul then proved his class with the bat as he smashed 101 not out, his second hundred in T20Is, to take India past the finish line in the 19th over.last_img read more

10 months agoMan City midfielder Sane asks Liverpool: Can you handle the pressure?

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Sane asks Liverpool: Can you handle the pressure?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Leroy Sane has warned Liverpool the pressure is on them after Thursday’s win.Sane has warned manager Jurgen Klopp and his men, chasing the Anfield club’s first domestic championship for 29 years, the heat is on them.”We’ve put more pressure on ­Liverpool,” said the German forward. “We’re just four points behind them — and they know it, too. “They have to keep up, but we do to. It’s now a little bit more ­interesting.“It was one of the ­biggest ­performances since I came here. Liverpool are, at the moment, maybe the best team in Europe or the world, so we’re happy we beat them. The players all felt how ­intense it was, especially given how important the game was. It was ­really tense.“You could see in every tackle, in every pass, everyone was really focused on the game and not to make mistakes. One wrong pass, one mistake, and you could get ­punished.“So it was really important to win against Liverpool. It gives you more confidence to know we are closer and it’s not over. We’re always going to fight until the end, it doesn’t matter what the scoreline is.” last_img read more

13 days agoGervinho pens new contract with Parma

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Gervinho pens new contract with Parmaby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGervinho has signed a new contract with Parma.The deal takes him through to 2022 at Parma.Gervinho’s renewal was confirmed in a statement on Parma’s official website.The former Roma winger moved to the Tardini from Chinese club Hebei China Fortune in the summer of 2018.Gervinho has scored three goals and produced two assists this season. last_img

Mourinho Man Utd were good enough

first_imgJose Mourinho admits that Manchester United were “not phenomenal but good enough” in Wednesday’s 3-0 win at BSC Young Boys in the Champions LeagueA brace from Paul Pogba and another from Anthony Martial secured United all three points in their opening game of Group H.Although it did take some time for Red Devils to take control of the game on an artificial pitch.“Job done. It wasn’t phenomenal, but good enough. I’m happy. I can understand the reasons why we didn’t start well, why we took 25 minutes to be in control, I can see why Young Boys forced it a little in the beginning,” Mourinho said on the club website.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“They did the same against Dinamo Zagreb too. They know how difficult it is for opponents on this pitch, so they forced it a little and created problems. The goal changed this and then we were in control. It’s important to start with a victory.”He added: “It was important for us to win, because probably, I just said probably, every team is going to make six points against Young Boys.“So, it was important for us not to waste points today, but now we have three consecutive matches, two against Juventus and one against Valencia and it is in these matches where we must get the points to qualify and of course, they are two very good opponents.”United now led Group H on goal difference from Juventus, who defeated Valencia 2-0 at the Mestalla.last_img read more

Allegri trusts Dybala and Ronaldo will improve together

first_imgAfter Juventus’ victory against Bologna, manager Massimiliano Allegri expressed how happy he was for Dybala and Ronaldo’s improvement.Despite not scoring a goal this Wednesday against Bologna in Serie A, Cristiano Ronaldo played a good game for Juventus alongside Paulo Dybala for the first time this season at Juventus. The Vecchia Signora won 2-0 at their own stadium with a stellar performance from the Argentine where he scored the first goal and assisted Blaise Matuidi for the second one, proving that he is doing everything he can to improve his game alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and become a force to be reckoned with in Italian football. After a busy weekday of football all over Europe, only Juventus and Bayern München remain as the only clubs in the continent that still haven’t lost a single match in all competitions and that is mostly thanks to the sacrifice that all the players of the Italian club are making every single week. Even if he wasn’t able to score a goal, Cristiano Ronaldo is proving that he really wants Juventus to win everything they play and he is working hard on defense to help the squad make that happen. And if you add Paulo Dybala’s awakening to this effort that Cristiano is making, you get a team that truly can get a lot of success this season in every competition.Dybala: “We’ll see the strongest Juventus soon, With Cristiano Ronaldo there is enthusiasm, We are doing well, We must continue like this.”— Cristiano Ronaldo (@TeamCRonaldo) September 26, 2018When the match Juventus played against Bologna started, it seemed like it was going to be a walk in the park for the Italian champions because they scored both goals early in the game. However, their rival really elevated their game during the rest of the match and even forced Juve’s defense to go to work several times throughout the match. Allegri wanted to recognize the work of every single player he believes made a good effort and he started with the Argentine forward who has been heavily criticized these past weeks: “Paulo [Dybala] had a good game like he did in Frosinone. It’s normal he needs to grow. They [Ronaldo and Dybala] played a good match tonight. The more they play together and the better they know each other, I think there is room for improvement. “I think playing with the three in front and Mandzukic in the middle makes both play better. Unfortunately Barzagli is 37, but he is still a different class of defender. Cancelo has the qualities to become the best full-back in the world. There’s a lot of compliments for what the boys did. In the first half the team was in charge of the pitch, we filled the pitch better than in the second half. We were more vulnerable and we played a few risky balls. We have to improve in this,” said Allegri after the victory.Juventus XI: Szczesny; Cuadrado, Rugani, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Can, Pjanic, Bentancur; Dybala, Mandzukic, RonaldoSubs: Perin, Pinsoglio, Benatia, Bonucci, Cancelo, Matuidi, Bernardeschi, Kean#FrosinoneJuve #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuveRick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) September 23, 2018Juventus is all geared up for Napoli.This victory and the perfect pace they have so far this season, is a fantastic motivation for Juventus’ next match on Saturday against Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli. Cristiano Ronaldo is going to meet his former Real Madrid manager in what will be the most important test that the Portuguese player will have to endure, at least on his short-lived Serie A career to far with the Vecchia Signora. Ancelotti is trailing behind Napoli very closely and they want to defeat them in order to end their unbeaten run and also reach those 18 points at the top of the table. The Italian manager has brought up Napoli’s most competitive side this season, many pundits in Italy are even saying that this version of the squad is even more effective than Maurizio Sarri’s team when the now Chelsea manager coached the squad in previous seasons. But ‘Carletto’ knows that all this praise will be good for nothing if his boys don’t manage to beat Juventus at their own stadium, next Saturday will be a very important days for both sides and we’ll all be watching closely to see if Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo finally get to score goals during the same match.I’m back 🔙! Felice per il gol ma soprattutto per la vittoria ⚪️⚫️ #serieA #juventus #soccer #futbol #dybalanation— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) September 26, 2018How long do you think it will take for Dybala and Ronaldo to score on the same match? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Hurricane Gonzalo Fierce but not Going Our Way

first_img Related Items:bermuda, hurricane gonzalo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppOne hundred and forty mile per hour winds and Hurricane Gonzalo looking fierce but not headed our way; it is fellow British Overseas Territory, Bermuda that is again under the gun. The center of strong Cat 4 Gonzalo will pass near the island nation in the northern Atlantic. Bermuda is under Hurricane Watch. As for that system which was right behind Gonzalo, and was being monitored with a low chance for development – well it dissipated and is no more. Weather conditions for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos are expected to be cooler… the Bahamas Met Office is calling for PARTLY TO MOSTLY SUNNY AND WARM conditions WITH A FEW SHOWERS POSSIBLE…TURNING FAIR TONIGHT WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS MAINLY ACROSS THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS AS a cold FRONT APPROACHES. UK Governors of the Caribbean meet in Miami Recommended for you Premier calls for more security and encourages OTs to link hands to get due from UK Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bermuda swears in youngest Premier in country’s historylast_img read more