Olympians Arthur Wint, Herb McKenley and Dennis Johnson, as well stand-out coach Michael Clarke, will be among six luminaries to be honoured at the inaugural staging of the McKenley/Wint Track and Field Classic that will christen the new synthetic track at Calabar High School on January 23.Calabar High benefactors Ray Goldbourne and Dr. Don Philbert, who have both made significant contributions to the continued development of the Red Hills Road-based educational institution, will also be honoured during the meet that will feature Olympic Development races in the 400 and 800 metres and special 100-metre race for primary school athletes.Wint won Jamaica’s first ever gold medal in the 400 metres at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, England. He was also a member of Jamaica’s mile relay team that won gold in world record time at the 1952 Games in Helsinki.McKenley, the first Jamaican schoolboy to win a track scholarship, was a silver medallist in the 400m in 1948 and was a also member of Jamaica’s mile relay team that dramatically defeated the previously invincible Americans at the 1952 Games. He was also a successful track coach at Calabar High for more than a decade.Johnson, the first ever director of sports at the College of Arts, Science and Technology, was among the fastest men in the world over the 100-yard dash between the mid 1950s and early 1960s. He once equalled the world record four times within a one month span.Clarke has had tremendous success as a track coach and has led Calabar High to the last four titles at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships.All six gentlemen will be honoured during the opening ceremony at the meet. “We will be presenting citations for each of them and will be handing over plaques of those citations,” said Andrea Hardware, a member of the organising committee.”We wanted this meet to be a development meet because both Mr. McKenley and Dr. Wint had been significant contributors to track and field, especially at the junior level, moreso Herb because he has been our coach for like the last 100 years before he retired, he was just there with us pushing and developing our programme in general and producing some outstanding athletes for us and for Jamaica.”So it is a meet honouring these two greats that have contributed so much to us as a nation,” Hardware stated.
As the death rate of the deadly Ebola is increasing in the country, a prominent citizen of Bomi County has called on her kinsmen not to lose hope in the face of the spread of the disease.“Don’t lose hope in the face of this Ebola crisis which is claiming the lives of our people in the country. What we need to do now as citizens is to follow the Ministry of Health preventive measures and put aside the traditional practices of burying dead bodies,” Cllr. Frances Johnson Allison, who is also former head of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) advised her people.She made the call over the weekend when she visited the McDonald Street office of the Daily Observer, after she identified with several quarantined family members in the county. Cllr. Allison is also a senatorial aspirant of Bomi County. She said her donation followed after she learnt that there is growing number of Ebola death cases in her native homeland.“As a prominent citizen of this county, it’s important to identify with my people in this difficult period in the history of the country, we don’t need to sit down and allow government alone to fight the Ebola disease,” she added.As part of her visit in the county, Cllr. Allison also donated several items, including bags of rice, oil, buckets detergent soap, and some sanitary materials to Ebola survivals, marketers, Motorcyclists among others.She put the value of the items to a little over US$500.According to her, if Liberians were to unite themselves and exercise hope, they would shortly defeat the deadly virus from their country.“We can use this crisis to stand and work together for the betterment of our dearly country, Liberia that is bleeding from this ugly disease,” she admonished.“You are aware that we have suffered from the prolonged civil war that has plunged our country into total mess. It is now time for us to hold together to fight and defend it from falling deeply into destruction,” Cllr. Allison further added.Although not a political campaign period for now as election is suspended, Cllr. Allison’s picture was on every package she presented to people of Bomi to get people perhaps remember her when the senatorial election which she intends to contest comes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
IMC appoints MS&L as part of our strategy staff to focus on the reputation management of Brand SAThe International Marketing Council of South Africa, the custodian of the South African national brand, has announced the appointment of MS&L Worldwide as its global strategic communications advisor. The appointment follows a lengthy evaluation process which included 16 responses to a public request for proposal and a six-way competitive pitch between short listed agencies.“The appointment of a strategic communications partner comes at a time of great significance for South Africa as a country. The introduction of a new government and national leadership creates a unique platform to profile our country, its economic policies and our global competitiveness. Even more important is the realisation that we undertake this effort within the context of substantial international economic uncertainty,” said Paul Bannister, the acting CEO of the International Marketing Council.“Working with a global agency network such as MS&L will allow the IMC to build the reputation of BrandSA and promote the global competitiveness in markets where we do not have a direct presence. This is a very good fit with the IMC’s collaborative approach to reputation management,” he said.MS&L will service the Brand South Africa team in 10 key markets globally and provide additional market support in countries requiring economic, trade and investment profiling. The 10 key markets include China, India, Brazil, UAE (and broader Middle East region), Egypt, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, United Kingdom, European Union and the USA.“As an agency we have been living, eating and breathing corporate brands for many years. Building the nation brand is not only an exciting challenge, but also a great responsibility – one which we are taking on with honour and pride,” said Amanda Singleton, managing director of MS&L Worldwide | South Africa, the agency’s hub for Africa.About the International Marketing of South Africa (Brand South Africa)The International Marketing Council of South Africa was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa. At that time, the world was unsure about what to think of South Africa, with many different messages being sent out by various sources. This did very little to build the country’s brand and it was evident that to attract tourism and investment there was a need to co-ordinate marketing initiatives to make them more effective. This led to the creation of the IMC, whose main objective is the marketing of South Africa through the Brand South Africa campaign. There are many benefits to having a consolidated brand image, with the most important being that a consistent Brand South Africa message creates strategic advantages in terms of trade and tourism for the country in an increasingly competitive marketplace.About MS&L WorldwideMS&L Worldwide is a leading global communications firm made up of a network of communications brands and consultancies with 54 offices in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Mid East, Africa and Asia, as well as an extensive affiliate network in an additional 40 markets. The agency specialises in using research, insights and technology to create and execute powerful reputation strategies that are critical to long-term client success. With a unique combination of advice, advocacy and action, MS&L delivers measurable business results for many of the world’s largest companies and most successful brands. MS&L Worldwide (www.mslworldwide.com) is a member of the Publicis Groupe (Euronext Paris: FR0000130577), the world’s fourth largest communications group.For further information:Margaret DingaloDirector: Stakeholder RelationsInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaTel: +27 11 483 0122Web: www.brandsouthafrica.comAmanda SingletonManaging DirectorMS&L Worldwide | South AfricaTel: +27 11 235 4300Web: www.mslworldwide.com
A prestigious dinner will be held to honour South African football team captain Aaron Mokoena. (Image: www.safa.net) South Africa’s national football squad captain Aaron Mokoena will be honoured at a high-profile dinner in Johannesburg on 7 June. The event will also help to raise funds for Mokoena’s charity foundation, and wish his team well for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The Aaron Mokoena Foundation, which will host the The Captains Dinner, was founded in May 2008 and uses football as a medium to teach children about healthy living and the importance of education, with the hope of developing them into successful sportsmen and women.“I believe football and sport are a fundamental part of the education of all young people,” said Mokoena. “I believe that all young people should have an opportunity to take part in a range of sporting activities. Participation is important in itself, but football and sport can also develop important values and attributes.”Well-known South African and international public figures from the world of sports, entertainment, government and business will attend the black-tie dinner, which will involve a cocktail reception, dinner, after-party and auctionThe entertainment line-up includes top South African performers such as Hugh Masekela and local R&B artist Danny K.“I am delighted to be able to host this event, which will profile and raise funds for the work undertaken by my foundation. It will be a great night,” said Mokoena.With the dinner being held just days before World Cup kick-off on 11 June, it’ll offer the ideal opportunity to wish national team Bafana Bafana well for the month-long tournament. The team have been drawn into Group A to face Mexico, France and Uruguay.Young championMokoena’s illustrious captaincy of Bafana Bafana will also be celebrated on the night.In 1999, at just 17, Mokoena was called to play for the national squad, making him Bafana Bafana’s youngest member ever. He still holds this record today. “To play for my country is a great honour. To be called up at 17 was a dream come true and I could not have been more proud,” he said.As captain, Mokoena has received the most caps in the history of the team. On the 30th May, he got his 100th cap during the team’s international friendly game against Guatemala. “In September 2009 I achieved a record of 50 caps as captain. I am all too aware of my responsibilities as captain of Bafana Bafana and understand my role as a leader who must motivate, encourage, and enthuse my fellow teammates,” he said.“The year 2010 is the most important time in our nation’s history, when the eyes of the world are on South Africa as we host the 2010 Fifa World Cup. It is an exciting time to be a South African and it is an important time to be focused in order to deliver on the field at the biggest football show on earth.” Mokoena has also led a successful football career in Europe, playing for teams such as Bayer Leverkusen, Ajax Amsterdam, Genk and Blackburn Rovers. He is currently the team captain for English Premiership club Portsmouth.
A Youth Akali Dal leader was arrested for allegedly vandalising the statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in Ludhiana on Tuesday.The police said they have arrested Youth Akali Dal leader Gurdip Singh Gosha and the other accused, identified as Meet Pal Singh Dugri, would also be nabbed soon. According to the police, six to seven people were accompanying the two accused and they will be identified soon. The miscreants sprayed red and black paint on the statue at the Salem Tabri area in Ludhiana, the police said, adding that they carried out the act in full public glare and blamed Rajiv Gandhi for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. A video purportedly showing the episode has also gone viral on social media. The incident also triggered strong protests by Congress supporters at various places in the State. The protesters also threw black paint on posters of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal. Strongly condemning the incident, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh asked Sukhbir Singh Badal to stop indulging in petty politics and warned him that such acts would backfire on his party in the coming Lok Sabha polls.