Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lee put Kelly on a suplex in the first round but the referee deemed the move illegal after the Filipino landed on his head.“His relentlessness is his strength, but that can also be his weakness,” said Kelly. “I need to pick my shots, maximize my striking and be careful with his takedowns. Should the opening present itself, I am definitely going for a knockout.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Kelly’s rematch with Lee is part of the ONE: Eternal Glory card in Jakarta headlined by fellow Team Lakay member and ONE World strawweight champion Joshua Pacio who is defending his belt against Japan’s Yosuke Saruta.Literally the first fighter from Team Lakay to fight this year, Kelly aims to set the tone for his camp after a banner year.All four World champions from that camp won their titles in 2018 beginning with Eustaquio who unified the flyweight belts when he beat rival Adriano Moraes in June while Folayang regained his ONE World lightweight belt in November defeating Lee’s teammate Amir Khan for the vacant strap.“The target is to start the year right for Team Lakay, I want to beat Christian Lee and then hopefully get a crack at the ONE World featherweight title in the near future,” said Kelly, who has to fight Martin Nguyen for the belt if he gets the chance.Kelly (11-5) is also looking to get a convincing win against Lee (10-3) after their first fight ended in a disqualification of the Singaporean.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Eduard Folayang, Geje Eustaquio, Kevin Belingon, and Joshua Pacio all gave the team, and the Philippines, honor when it comes to mixed martial arts.This grandeur, however, also brings pressure to those who don’t have a gold-plated strap around their waist.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissTake for example Edward Kelly, one of the top featherweights in the promotion who will be the first man up for the famed Baguio-based promotion in 2019.“There’s an added pressure for me to perform and open the year on a high note for Team Lakay,” said Kelly who will face Evolve MMA’s Christian Lee from Singapore. “I am the first to fight this 2019 so I am planning to give it my all when I get inside that cage.” Phoenix Fuel Masters do ‘Bird Box’ challenge during team building for PBA Season 44 MANILA, Philippines—Being a member of Team Lakay undoubtedly gives anyone a feeling of pride especially with four ONE World champions fighting under its name.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 View comments
Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives to the basket against Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)MIAMI — Dwyane Wade knew the Boston Celtics would make a run.He also decided when it should end.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Wade scored eight of his 19 points in a third-quarter spurt that saved Miami from what was starting to look like a freefall, and the Heat went on to defeat the Celtics 115-99 on Thursday night. Miami led by as many as 26 shortly after halftime, then saw the Celtics peel off 16 unanswered points before Wade helped quickly restore order.“I’ve been on this train with him for a long time,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He has a way of making all of us look a lot better. … Sometimes this league is just about having great players in those important moments, swing moments during the course of a game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJosh Richardson scored 18 points for Miami, which set season highs with 18 3-pointers and 33 assists. Derrick Jones Jr. scored 14, and Justise Winslow scored 13 points and added a career-high 11 assists for the Heat.“We’re trying to move up. We’re trying to continue to get better,” said Wade, who helped the Heat even their record at 20-20. “You want to be able to win some of these games against the top teams.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 22 on 10-for-19 shooting for the Celtics, who scored a season-high 135 points one night earlier in a win over Indiana — but were held under 100 for only the fourth time all season, the first since Nov. 17.Irving went to the Heat practice court immediately after the game, shooting for about 30 minutes.“Just good to get some shots up, just release some stress a little bit after a tough loss,” Irving said.Marcus Smart scored 18, and Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris each had 17 for the Celtics.Miami outscored Boston 17-4 in the final 3:07 of the first half and took a 61-43 lead into the break — the largest halftime edge for the Heat since November. And an 11-3 run to start the third pushed the lead out to 72-46, which would seem to indicate that Miami was in complete control.ADVERTISEMENT The game’s first free throw came more than 17 minutes after tip-off, when Winslow got to the line for Miami. Boston didn’t take a free throw until 10:31 remained in the third quarter.UP NEXTCeltics: Visit Orlando on Saturday. Boston is 7-2 in its last nine games against Orlando.Heat: Host Memphis on Saturday. It’ll be the 41st game — the midpoint — of Miami’s season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Las Vegas police seeking Cristiano Ronaldo’s DNA in rape case Looks were deceiving.Boston scored the next 16 points, with Tatum getting six of them and the Celtics were right back in the game. Wade made a 3-pointer to stop the run, and scored eight points in the final 3:47 of the quarter as the Heat took an 83-72 lead into the final 12 minutes.Tyler Johnson got a pair of 3s to fall in a 67-second span early in the fourth, and just like that Miami was back up 95-76.“They really, really shot it and made big ones when we came back in the second half to stymie that,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “But that’s a result of being comfortable all night.”TIP-INSCeltics: Boston trailed for 4:04 in its last four games, combined. It trailed for 4:14 in the first quarter alone Thursday. … Boston has now lost three straight to Miami, the first time that’s happened since 2012.Heat: It was Miami’s 400th consecutive home sellout. … Winslow wore “RIP Sammy Farkas” on his sneakers, a tribute to a Miami Beach teen who died in a fall earlier this week. … Jones made a 40-footer to end the first half, and had a 60-footer to end the third quarter hit the rim and bounce off. … James Johnson got rave reviews from teammates for dunking on Irving in the opening minutes. “Definitely nice,” Tyler Johnson said.HELLO, AGAINBoston and Miami didn’t play each other in 2018 — the last meeting between the clubs, before Thursday, came on Dec. 20, 2017. The Celtics played every other NBA team at least once in 2018; the Heat played every team besides Boston and Golden State, who they last faced on Dec. 3, 2017 and won’t see for the first time this year until Feb. 10 in Oakland.NOTHING EASY MOST READ View comments
Twenty-two-year-old Michael Emmanuel was on Monday arraigned for the murder of Leonard Peters when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.He was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on December 21 at Lot 7 West Watooka, Linden, he murdered Peters, also called Lenny.The accused was unrepresented at the time of his appearance. It was reported that the now dead man was attending a social event, where it is alleged that he “accidentally spilled alcohol” on the accused.This incident, escalated into a physical confrontation between the two. Soon after the altercation, Peters was seen bleeding from the left side of his chest from what appeared to be a stab wound.The injured man was rushed to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC), where he succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention. The suspect was arrested and charged for the murder.Meanwhile, a post-mortem performed on the body of Peters gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the chest and perforation of the lung. The autopsy was performed by Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh on Monday.The accused is expected to make his next court appearance on January 8, 2019.
“This is wonderful for him,” Notre Dame coach Kevin Rooney said. “Aaron has worked very hard in the classroom and on the football field. He’s a good football player, and he probably would have been a big-time recruit if he was just a little bigger.” Thomas is the first Notre Dame football player to sign with Harvard – which, as a member of the Ivy League, doesn’t grant athletic scholarships – since offensive lineman John Simic in 1985. “Of course, the biggest challenge is going to be balancing academics and football, but I’m ready,” Thomas said. “Notre Dame is tough but Harvard is going to be way tougher. I think I’m going to be all right.” This semester, Thomas has helped Notre Dame’s basketball team to the secondround of the Div.I-AA playoffs, in which it will play host to Thousand Oaks on Tuesday. Thomas said he plans to attend law school, but he’s not sure if he wants to be an attorney or a sports agent. “Sports is my passion, so being an agent is a way to stay close to sports without being a pro athlete,” Thomas said. “Plus, I’ve got so many friends that might play pro ball one day: my football teammates Sam DeMartinis, Charlie Carmichael and Shane Horton, plus Mike Stanton, who might play pro baseball. I have other friends at other schools, too, like (running backs) Milton Knox (Birmingham of Lake Balboa) and J.J. DiLuigi (Canyon).” Knox said such a deal sounds fine with him. “We were all hanging out, and Aaron said by the time he graduates from Harvard, he’ll still be a year older than me, so he’ll be my agent,” said Knox, a junior. “I told him I’d take it into consideration.” Knox, who set a Birmingham record with 2,347 yards rushing lastseason, said he’s narrowed his top-five college choices to UCLA, USC, Cal, Notre Dame and Florida State. UCLA and Florida State already have offered scholarships (along with outsider Mississippi), and the others are recruiting him heavily and are expected to offer soon. “Those are my top five, but I’m pretty wide-open right now. I think I’ll take some visits,” Knox said. Cal State Northridge guard Jonathan Heard provided a couple of spectacular highlights Wednesday in a 91-74 victory over visiting UCDavis, twice slam-dunking over 7-2 Michael Boone. “Have I ever dunked over a 7-2 guy before? No, but my adrenaline was really pumping,” said Heard, a 6-5 junior from Inglewood who is averaging 14.9 points. There isn’t a more enthusiastic public address announcer than CrespiHigh of Encino athletic director Dick Dornan. The community will miss Hart of Newhall’s passionate girls’ basketball coach Dave Munroe, who will retire after the season. Munroe has won 15 league titles in 18 seasons, and his teams have reached the section title game fivetimes (four over the past fiveyears), winning twice. Munroe is 380-122 overall, a winning percentage of .757. High-profile basketball transfer Keegan Hornbuckle of Campbell Hall of North Hollywood will face his former team when the Vikings play at Oaks Christian of Westlake Village at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Hornbuckle, a 6-6 sophomore who averages about 10 points and fiverebounds per game, has come on strong during the second half of the season, helping Campbell Hall (25-1) to 17 consecutive victories, all but three by 15 points or more. “Keegan has really stepped up for us. He’s going to be a heck of a player,” coach Terry Kelly said. The team’s other key transfer, high-scoring Dallas Rutherford from Hillcrest Christian of Granada Hills, continues to be bothered by a knee injury. He has played sporadically this season, sitting out the past fourgames, including the first-round playoff victory New Roads of SantaMonica on Friday. “Dallas just never has felt comfortable since coming back, and he keeps on getting the knee re-examined,” Kelly said. Robert Stock, who decided to forgo his senior season at Agoura High – and a possible million-dollar professional baseball contract as a high draft choice next summer – to attend USC a year early is getting playing time for the Trojans despite being just 17. Stock entered this past weekend with two saves in two appearances, and was batting .217 with one home run in 23 at-bats as a part-time catcher. He has also played errorless defense. “It was a good decision to come to USC,” he said. “I’m a much better baseball player because of it, and I’m a better person, too.” Gerry Gittelson’s column appears Sundays in the Daily News. email@example.com (661) 257-5218 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s a good opportunity to get the best education in the world,” Thomas said. “Just to play college football in general is a good opportunity, so I’m very excited.” Thomas, a 6-foot-3, 243-pounder, has nearly a 4.0 grade-point average, and scored 2,050 out of a possible 2,400 on the SAT. We have a Harvard man in our midst. Aaron Thomas, a defensive tackle from Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, has committed to play football at Harvard.
Mohamed Salah’s brace was followed by goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, who also struck twice to leave Liverpool five up by the 68th minute.Liverpool let their guard down in the closing stages and Roma netted twice to give themselves a slender chance of a second-leg escape act in Italy.But Klopp admitted he couldn’t have hoped for a more dynamic display from his team.“It was the perfect performance for pretty much 80 minutes. We made defensively one mistake, then their penalty is not a penalty but that is the situation and now it is 5-2,” he said.“Of course we would have been more happy with 5-0 or 5-1 but 5-2 is a fantastic result. We go there and try again.“It is absolutely better than I thought before the game.”Following Klopp’s game-plan, Liverpool exploited Roma’s creaky defence as Salah and Mane ran them ragged with their pace and movement.“We had all these runs behind, it changed the game completely and they couldn’t cope with that. We scored these goals and could have scored more,” Klopp said.“That is all positive, at this moment it doesn’t feel all positive because they scored these two goals but tomorrow I will see the really good part of the game.”Aside from Roma’s late double, the only problem for Klopp on a memorable evening was the injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that saw him carried off in the first half.“Oxlade-Chamberlain is probably a really bad injury,” Klopp said.“That is bad news for us. The squad doesn’t get bigger at the moment so we need to be creative in the next few games.”Although Liverpool fans will be dreaming of a final showdown with Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, their players are well aware Roma staged a stunning fightback to eliminate Barcelona in the quarter-finals.The Italians lost the first leg 4-1, but won 3-0 in Rome to go through on away goals.Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admitted there was frustration at letting Roma back into it and he warned his team-mates not to let down their guard in the return leg.“It felt as though we were in full control but we basically gave them two goals, you can’t do that in the Champions League,” he said.“At the same time we played well, we will go there with a three-goal advantage.“Overall we have got to stay positive. We knew it would not be easy here, we know it will not be easy there.“It will be a challenge but one we will look forward to and one we will hopefully finish them off.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp (R) applauds the Liverpool fans along with James Milner after Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg win over Roma © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 25 – Jurgen Klopp saluted Liverpool’s “fantastic” 5-2 demolition of Roma on Tuesday as the Reds manager soaked up a Champions League semi-final first leg goal spree that was beyond his expectations.Klopp’s side are within touching distance of the final after crushing Roma at Anfield.
Do you, or a relative, have a story to tell about the rural electrification scheme in Donegal?‘Then there was light’ promises to be a unique collection of stories by people recalling their memories and experiences of the Rural Electrification scheme which was rolled out from the late 1940s to the late 1970s across Ireland.It will provide a valuable snapshot of the time Ireland left the dark ages by allowing power and light into the midst of even the most remote communities.This book and radio documentary will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the commencement of the Rural Electrification scheme. The stories for the collection and radio programme are expected to provide a frank insight into the suspicions, worries and welcome the ESB’s light brigade faced as they began work on one of the most important undertakings in recent Irish history.The stories encapsulate and preserve the approach of a previous generation as it came to terms with the prospect of rapidly changing rural lifestyles.The collection and the editing for the book and documentary is being undertaken by authors and editors Joe Kearney and PJ Cunningham.To submit a story or memory, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. All stories received will be considered for inclusion in the radio documentary and book and all contributions – whether in the book anthology or radio documentary or not – will be preserved in the ESB Archives as items of living history to assist future researchers and academic work. STORIES SOUGHT ON DONEGAL’S EXPERIENCE OF RURAL ELECTRIFICATION was last modified: June 15th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
DONEGAL TD Thomas Pringle has lost an expensive legal battle with the Irish Government in the European courts.The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg approved the EU’s permanent bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism.The court found EU law does not preclude the conclusion and ratification of the treaty, despite legal arguments from Deputy Pringle. Speaking after the ruling, Mr Pringle said: “I am extremely disappointed with the outcome of the case but I am satisfied that this has now been legally contested.“There is an issue of costs and I am concerned about that. The Supreme Court will take a view and we will see what happens but it was important to take this case.”The case is expected to be returned to the courts for costs in the coming weeks.All 27 judges of the European Court of Justice participated in an oral hearing in the Pringle case.Senior Counsel for Mr Pringle, John Rogers, argued that EU institutions and member states had engaged in mis- characterisation and distortion when creating the ESM and breached EU law.Senior Counsel for Ireland Michael Cush rejected this, claiming the decisions creating the ESM were fully compatible with EU treaties.This contention was supported by other member states, such as Germany, and the European Commission.TD PRINGLE LOSES COSTLY EUROPEAN COURT CASE was last modified: November 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:TD PRINGLE LOSES COSTLY EUROPEAN COURT CASE
Jim McGuinness has started to take his coaching badges with the FAI. .Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has taken his first steps into coaching soccer by attending a number of FAI coaching courses over the last number of months.McGuinness who is employed as a Sports Psychologist at Celtic FC has participated in a number of introductory coaching courses provided by the FAI.The Irish Independent reported that McGuinness took part in FAI’s kickstart 2 coaching course in Dungarvan Co. Waterford, and will be completing the youth cert course in Galway in the coming weeks. It is believed McGuinness is keen to get the badges done in order to some coaching work at the club’s academy.McGuinness is the most successful manager in Donegal’s GAA history.He lead the team from the GAA doldrums to three Ulster titles and one All-Ireland Ireland during a glorious period for the county.McGuinness works closely alongside Celtic manager Ronnie Delia who highly values the role the Glenties man plays in his sides development. One of the first thing Delia did when he took over at Celtic Park was to promote McGuinness from working with the club’s academy to the first-team.Could Jimmy be winning Old Firm matches for Celtic in Glasgow? JIM MCGUINNESS TAKES FIRST STEPS INTO COACHING SOCCER BY ATTENDING FAI COURSE was last modified: January 29th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:celtic fcFAIGAAJim McGuinnessnewssoccerSport
J … ALAMEDA — Lamarcus Joyner is back just in time to take another run at Patrick Mahomes.Considering what’s in store for the Raiders slot cornerback against the reigning Most Valuable Player from the Kansas City Chiefs it’s probably a good thing Joyner was given an extra week to let his aching hamstring heal up.“He’s ready to go,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. “We’re taking him off the (injury) list.”The Raiders (6-5) visit the Chiefs (7-5) at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday afternoon.
26 May 2011 South Africa has been awarded the title of most valuable nation brand on the continent, with its recent inclusion in the BRICS grouping and successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup contributing to strong positive perceptions both locally and abroad. Anitha Soni, chairperson of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), received the accolade from UK-based Brand Finance on behalf of the country at the launch of the Brand Finance African Nation Brand League in Sandton, Johannesburg on Wednesday. “This honour underlines the progress the country has made,” Soni said. The rating by Brand Finance’s Global Nation Brands League takes into account the GDP revenue that a country generates. Egypt is the second most valuable nation brand in Africa, while Nigeria takes third place and is followed by Morocco, Algeria, Angola, Tunisia, Ghana, Kenya and Libya. Brand Finance pointed out that the sophistication of infrastructure is what makes Africa’s best three nation brands some of the world’s serious competitors. Hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup helped South Africa set up some impressive facilities, from which it’s poised to benefit from in future. And the World Cup itself did wonders to enhance the country’s image. “The world saw us and saw what we can do,” said Soni. Joining the BRIC economic bloc – previously comprising Brazil, Russia, India and China – has come at the right time for the nation, which is bracing itself for further economic growth. With the inclusion of South Africa, the group is now referred to as BRICS. “BRICS is a powerful new platform for promoting economic growth throughout Africa. This is a further recognition of South Africa as an important emerging country in its own right,” Soni said. The IMC is now aiming to make the country one of the top 20 most valuable nation brands in the world. South Africa is currently in 41st position. According to Brand Finance’s Global Nation Brands League, the top three most valuable nation brands at the moment are the US, Germany and China respectively. Brazil and India are also in the top 10.Enhanced reputation driving tourism The positive perceptions of the country are also a driving force in the growth of the tourism sector. “South Africa has become one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in the world,” said Oliver Schmidt, managing director at Brand Finance South Africa. But it’s not just tourism that’s benefiting from the country’s glowing brand – the entire private sector is scoring too. As Brand Finance CEO and founder David Haigh said: “There’s no doubt that nation-branding contributes to the perception of South Africa’s products.” The top three most recognised corporate brands on the continent are South African. MTN is number one, while leading banks Absa and Standard Bank are second and third respectively. MTN is the 199th most valuable brand in the world and the only African brand to be included in Brand Finance’s top 500 rankings. The telecommunications group has seen major growth since being established in South Africa 17 years ago. It now operates in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East, and its services connect over 120-million people. “It’s big thanks to my colleagues,” said Christian de Faria, the group’s senior vice-president for commercial and innovation. Brand Finance tips Standard Bank, which now ranks 510th, to break into the world’s best 500 in the coming years. “Standard Bank is one of the contenders”, Schmidt said. Brands of locally made goods are finding their place onto international markets, said Soni. “South African brands take their place in the global arena. We’ve taken ourselves into the international arena at every level.” All but one of the most valuable corporate brands ranked in the top 10 are from the US. The exception is UK-based Vodafone.Gateway to Africa South Africa has positioned itself as a gateway to the African continent for investors. The IMC’s aim is for South Africa to become a reflection of the continent. “Our role in Africa must contribute to the growth of the continent in entirety,” said Soni. In coming years “people will know that the African agenda is driven by Africa,” said Thebe Ikalafeng, founder of the Brand Leadership Group. “If South Africa does well, the whole continent does well as well,” Ikalafeng added. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.