Bad day for No. 1s: Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka upset at Indian Wells

first_imgMOST READ Naomi Osaka, of Japan, reacts after losing a point to Belinda Bencic, of Switzerland, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, California — It was a tough day for seeded players at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, with Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, the world’s top-ranked players, ushered out in the desert.Djokovic and Philipp Kohlschreiber resumed their third-round match that was suspended because of rain a night earlier. The unseeded German knocked off the five-time tournament champion 6-4, 6-4.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Osaka lost to Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-1 in just over an hour in the fourth round of the first title defense of her career.“She sort of came out there really aggressive,” Osaka said. “She sort of knew what she wanted to do more than me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSince Osaka won the title at Indian Wells a year ago, she won the U.S and Australian Opens. Her triumph in Australia made her No. 1 for the first time, but her time at the top has been rocky. Osaka fired her coach and lost in the first round in Dubai before taking on a new coach, Jermaine Jenkins, who came on court during the match.“It’s always a bit tricky whenever you change someone in the team, but I feel like for a first tournament we did really well,” Osaka said. “We communicate well, so I think that’s a really big plus. I don’t think it’s going to be difficult.” LATEST STORIES Big night from DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge help Spurs beat Mavericks Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Venus Williams reached the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mona Barthel.“I haven’t played that much, so I wanted to make it count,” said Williams, who expects to play about 12 tournaments this year. “I need to do what I want, and what I want is to play the tournaments I want to play.”Bianca Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, beat 18th-seeded Wang Qiang 7-5, 6-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil On Tuesday, the 23rd-ranked Bencic served and returned better.The bottom half of the men’s draw still includes No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal and fourth-seeded Roger Federer, both of whom breezed to victory.Nadal eased by 25th-seeded Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-1, while Federer defeated Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4.“Overall it’s not been easy playing Stan,” Federer said. “He feels the same way, so that’s very awkward sometimes.”Djokovic owned an 8-1 record against Kohlschreiber, who beat a No. 1 player for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Kohlschreiber liked the weather — sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s — much better than the cold and rain on Tuesday night.“I liked my chances more at night against Kohlschreiber, but it wasn’t to be last night,” Djokovic said. “Completely different conditions today. I congratulate him for playing tactically really well and getting me out of my comfort zone. He deserved to win.”The 35-year-old German started thinking he had a chance early in the first set when he survived a handful of break points on his serve.“I would say after 3-all in the first set I felt like getting closer to the set, holding my service games, which is not easy against Novak, because he’s such a great returner,” Kohlschreiber said. “I know from that point on it’s going to be a very interesting match.”Djokovic was just 1 for 5 on break-point opportunities. Kohlschreiber converted three of his four chances.Next up for Kohlschreiber is Gael Monfils, who owns a 13-2 record against the German.Djokovic remains alive in doubles with partner Fabio Fognini. Djokovic returned about an hour after his loss for their match.“When I hit a good return, I was wondering why this didn’t happen in singles,” he said.Also ousted were No. 6 Kei Nishikori, No. 10 Marin Cilic and No. 14 Daniil Medvedev.In women’s fourth-round matches, No. 2 Simona Halep lost to Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 3-6, 6-2; and No. 7 Kiki Bertens was beaten by 20th-seeded Garbine Muguruza 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Jagdeo vows to fight against electoral rigging

first_img– warns coalition Govt of possible consequencesGiven the recent issues emanating from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) over the alleged ethnic imbalance of its workforce and its selective hiring process, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has vowed to fight against any form of election rigging.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo has repeatedly expressed concerns over the possibility of there being rigged elections in 2020 and for the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE) in December this year. He has accused the coalition of allegedly crafting certain strategies that have the potential to jeopardise the entire electoral process.“We expected this; we have lived with this a very long time. But they (Government) are not going to deter us from fighting aggressively for free and fair elections. They are not going to break our spirit with these appointments. And there will be consequences,” he told a news conference on Thursday.Jagdeo was referring to a recent decision taken by GECOM Chairman Retired Justice James Patterson, who used his deciding vote to appoint Roxanne Myers as Deputy Chief Elections Officer (DCEO), over Vishnu Persaud. Persaud not only held that post for three years, but was more qualified for the post, he said.He also revealed that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP)-nominated GECOM Commissioners have officially written to the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) with regard to the recent act of blatant discrimination in the selection of a new DCEO at the Commission.Jagdeo said that the Commissioners were pushing for a full-fledged investigation into the matter. He has expressed optimism that the matter would be dealt with accordingly, since the Constitution clearly specifies the mandate of the ERC in matters of discrimination of all forms in Guyana.Meanwhile, he has also put the Government on notice that there would be serious consequences if it was found culpable of rigging any of the upcoming elections in Guyana. “There will be consequences. If they think that they (Government) can rig the elections and have the kind of peace that we have now, they’re wrong…very, very wrong. I hope they are not thinking that in their calculation,” he added.Referring to the issues which all three PPP-nominated GECOM Commissioners have experienced in recent weeks, Jagdeo said the behaviour of Chairman Patterson and the People’s National Congress (PNC)-nominated Commissioners did not inspire confidence.Jagdeo said, “There will be an attempt given the nature of the PNC. An attempt to try to tamper with the elections, but they are not going to find us sitting down, so if (Joseph) Harmon and the others think that we are going to be walk-over, etcetera, he better disabuse his mind from that notion.”He continued, “… I am making it clear about that and it’s not coded language, because then the nature of the struggle will be different. We will be struggling against an illegal, illegitimate Government that is not in power through the ballot and it will be a different form of struggle, totally different.”The former Head of State said if the Government chose not to live by the rules and took power without observing the rules, then the PPP would not be bound by any rules, because it would basically be a freedom struggle. “It changes from a struggle within an established democracy to one of fighting for freedom.”Although he believes that the stage is being set to rig the 2020 elections, the PPP General Secretary made clear that such a task could not stand in an open and democratic society. “There will be an attempt given the nature of the PNC, an attempt to try to tamper with the elections,” he added.Jagdeo’s party has also raised concerns in relation to Government’s attempt to allegedly pad the voters’ list. Only recently, Jagdeo also raised concerns again about thousands of Haitian nationals who arrived in Guyana, but many of them have not left the country. He alleged that they may have been trafficked here.He also raised concerns over the Government moves to create new townships as a means of trying to tamper with the current system and create an avenue for them to allegedly tamper with the votes. Although this has happened previously, the PPP still managed to sweep a major victory at the last LGE.last_img read more

Hawaii test ground for biotech crops

first_img The gambit worked, and today, the virus is a mere nuisance for the $16 million industry – even for the 50 percent of papayas grown conventionally and without virus protection in Hawaii. That’s because the virus has fewer places to roost now. “Gonsalves saved our butts,” Kamiya said as he wandered among the mini-palm trees bearing ripe yellow fruit on the 15-acre farm he leases from Brigham Young University, which maintains a campus in Laie, some 40 miles north of Honolulu. The day before, Kamiya spent five hours in Honolulu at a meeting helping to defeat a proposed measure from qualifying for the ballot that would have banned genetic engineering on Oahu island and effectively put him out of business. But that’s precisely what Hawaiian organic coffee growers like Greenaway and others want. They’re shocked that Hawaii has become biotechnology’s chief laboratory and are concerned about their economic future. Greenaway worries that the creeping march of biotechnology in Hawaii will soon spell her financial ruin if consumers fear famed Kona coffee was somehow tainted by biotechnology. Researchers in the state are attempting to genetically engineer coffee plants to grow decaffeinated beans, which don’t occur naturally. The researchers haven’t yet grown their experimental coffee plants outdoors, even though federal regulators gave permission in 1999. Still, Greenaway is haunted by the prospect that the work will move outdoors, then mix with her crop and dilute her coffee’s punch. She worries no caffeine junkie paying $20 a pound for Kona coffee wants that. “Genetic-engineered coffee would be an economic disaster in Kona,” Greenaway said. In many ways, the biotechnology debate in Hawaii is a microcosm of the global debate over biotechnology. There hasn’t been a single allergic reaction or other health problem credibly connected to consuming biotech food. Still, many scientists do worry about the threats biotechnology poses to the environment, mainly through inadvertent cross-pollination with conventionally grown crops. That poses a particular problem for organic farmers who charge a premium to guarantee customers their groceries are free of genetic engineering. The industry and its supporters proudly point out that biotechnology is actually helping small farmers by reducing pesticide use. Close to 8 million subsistence farmers throughout the developing world are growing genetically engineered soy and corn that require less toxic weed killer and bug spray, making farming better for the environment and for those toiling in the fields. Yet, growing numbers of consumers and activists fret that the major biotechnology companies – specifically the titan Monsanto Inc. of St. Louis – are asserting a Microsoft-like grip on the world’s food supply that will ultimately kill organic and family farms. In Hawaii alone, several anti-biotech measures have been introduced recently in the Legislature mimicking laws in four California counties banning biotech, though none have passed here so far. A federal lawsuit filed last year effectively halted all experiments in Hawaii that involve splicing human genes into plants to produce medicine. That kind of skittishness resonates with large food producers, which in the past have succumbed to consumers’ skepticism about biotech food. In 2000, McDonald’s Corp. successfully cowed potato farmers to reject genetically engineered potatoes. Two years ago, bread makers forced Monsanto to abandon its plans to market genetically engineered wheat. And recently, pineapple industry representatives wrote the University of Hawaii that the industry doesn’t want or need biotechnology. But Steve Ferreira, a University of Hawaii researcher working on genetically engineered papaya, thinks those growers’ sentiments would change if they were facing the decimation of their crops. “Their need is not as urgent as it was with the papaya farmers,” Ferreira said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Through the powers of biotechnology, low-nicotine tobacco, disease-resistant cotton and soy immune to weed killer are grown here. Hawaii’s genetically engineered corn projects outnumber even those grown in Iowa and Illinois. Biotechnology companies say the weather affords them a year-round growing season, while anti-industry activists say the five-hour plane ride from California gives the “gene jockeys” remoteness from prying eyes. Whatever the reason, farmers such as Kamiya are satisfied with genetic engineering’s effects on Hawaii. Kamiya has grown papayas, Hawaii’s best-selling fruit behind pineapple, since he got back from serving in the Vietnam War in 1969. He lived through three crop-killing epidemics and the vagaries of farming, but by the early 1990s his farm, along with the entire Hawaiian papaya industry, was finally on the brink of destruction. They were at the mercy of a cureless virus. Scientist Dennis Gonsalves, a native Hawaiian then at Cornell University, developed the clever idea to genetically splice a harmless piece of the virus into papaya trees – essentially vaccinating them in much the same way people fight the flu. LAIE, Hawaii – Genetic engineering saved Ken Kamiya’s papaya farm on Oahu’s north shore, and it may yet rescue the orchid from the grips of a nasty flower-killing virus. But in Kona, Una Greenaway lives in dread that biotechnology will ruin her organic coffee plantation. Pineapple industry officials have made it clear they want nothing to do with genetic engineering. So it goes in the Aloha State, where genetic engineering has riven a state just now awakening to the fact that balmy and remote Hawaii has – for better and worse – long served as the world’s largest outdoor biotechnology lab. Since scientists first planted the spectacular commercial flop that was the Flavr Savr tomato on a small plot here in 1988, federal regulators have approved more than 10,600 applications to grow experimental biotech crops on 49,300 separate fields throughout the United States. More of these are in Hawaii than any other state. last_img read more

DOUBLE DELIGHT AS DONEGAL GETS TWO PEOPLE OF THE YEAR!

first_imgThe Donegal Association has broken with tradition and announced joint winners of this year’s Donegal Person of the Year Award.Both swimmer Ann Marie Ward and businessman Hugh Green have been named as the winners of this year’s award.The announcement was made in the Harcourt Hotel before a large gathering of guests. Portnablagh woman Ann Marie was a very popular choice having made huge ‘waves’ for herself in the swimming world in the past year.As well as crossing the North Channel, the 45 year old HSE worker was also named Open Swimmer of the Year.Ms Ward said she was delighted to be presented with the award and chatted with guests who rushed to congratulate her.And Hugh Green is known around the world and especially in New Zealand where he has created a hugely successful business empire. Mr.Green, 80, who is originally from Raphoe, returns to Donegal almost every summer to holiday.He recently made a large donation to Letterkenny General Hospital.Although Mr Green could not be at the ceremony, he was represented by family friend Mary Harte-Nolan.Among the guests at the announcement of this year’s winners was Senator Jimmy Harte, Deputy Joe McHugh, Cllr Michael McBride as well as Junior Ministers Dinny McGinley and Michael Ring.A full function to celebrate the winners of the 2012 Donegal Persons of the Year will be held in the Regency Hotel on March 3rd next. Donegal Association assistant PRO, Liam McDermott said: “Hugh Green deserves this recognition for his many great achievements and because he has given so much back to Donegal.“Irish sportswomen don’t get the recognition they deserve. Anne Marie Ward is not only a great ambassador for sport in Donegal but for Irish sport generally.”LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comDOUBLE DELIGHT AS DONEGAL GETS TWO PEOPLE OF THE YEAR! was last modified: January 18th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Ann MArie WardDonegal Person of the YearHugh Greenlast_img read more

HOSPITAL BED WAITING LIST AT ALL-TIME HIGH

first_imgThere are busy scenes in Letterkenny General Hospital this morning with a total of 41 people waiting to get beds.Letterkenny General HospitalThis includes patients from accident and emergency who are waiting to get a bed.Staff say the situation is one of the worst they have seen since the 1980s. Patients are in corridors and in the Day Services Unit.It follows a build-up of admissions over the weekend.One staff member told Donegal Daily “It’s always the same after a busy weekend. The situation is just crazy. People are on beds everywhere.“A long-term solution just has to be found.” HOSPITAL BED WAITING LIST AT ALL-TIME HIGH was last modified: February 2nd, 2015 by StephenShare 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:beddonegalhospitalletterkennylast_img read more

GARDENING WITH GARETH: HOW TO MAKE THE BEST OF BEDDING PLANTS

first_imgWith Horticulturist Gareth AustinGareth AustinAll the baskets, window boxes are out…at long last! Yours, like mines, were probably later to get put out, the cold winds and coolish weather has put annual displays back around 3 weeks in most cases. And now they’re up we’re needing to start taking good care of them, to really get the motoring and performing.In previous weeks we talked through how to plant a hanging basket (if you missed it go to the top right of this page and in the search box type in Gareth Austin and all the previous posts will come up ☺) , so this week is a kind-off continuation of that and in general how to get the most from your bedding plants.Lifecycles Continual Seasonal displays in Rathmullan House are enhanced with great maintenance.Bedding plants are for the greater part Annuals. Flowering Plants are divided into 3 main groups, Annuals, Biennials and Perennials. Annuals are plants which germinate from seed, put on foliage growth, flower and then set seed in a single growing season, Biennials do this process over 2 seasons, in the first season they germinate from seed, put on foliage growth and then in the second season they flower and set seed. Perennials in season 1 germinate from seed and then (mostly) flower in their second season and last for more than 2 years.Dead Heading annuals is essential for re-peat flowering.As the vast majority of our bedding plants are annuals it’s important that we repeatedly dead-head them, this prevents them from producing seed, which will then bring them to the end of their lifespan, so regular dead-heading, on a weekly basis is essential to encourage the plant to produce more flowers, Joe Whelan from Rathmullan House says that they at least once a week week dead from July through September.WateringStress from a lack of water, or from over watering will encourage the plant to run through the flowering process quickly, and in turn producing seeds. This ‘bolting’ is an all too common affair in dry hanging baskets and in over watered pots. Volume of water will depend on the type of compost, use of water storing granules and the likes, in a pot use your finger as a guide, if you push it in and the compost feels moist then don’t water (likewise if its dry then water them), whereas for hanging baskets these will need watered every day. If it suits, then try to install a water bottle or such to your pots to allow for slower water release. Large volumes of water applied to hanging baskets will cause leaching of nutrients (this is where the available fertiliser in the compost runs down through and out the bottom of the basket), so the more you water the more you will have to feed. Consider feeding every third watering.Feeding Again dependant on how much fertility you incorporated into the potting mix this will affect how much you have to feed the plants (and in turn how much water is retained in the planting area). If you’ve used the slow release fertilisers and the likes then you’ll probably only have to liquid feed once or twice in a season (to give them a boost), otherwise your feeding should be on a fortnightly basis. Overfeeding will encourage leggyness in your bedding and in your baskets. This leggyness comes about due to the Nitrogen part of the fertiliser being absorbed and uptaken faster than the other nutrients (the Phosphorus and the Potassium), so when you use Tomato Feed or another Hanging Basket feed only use them every fortnight to allow for all the minerals to work, before you top them up again. Head Gardener of Rathmullan House Joe Whelan said that in Rathmullan they feed once a week with a high potassium and phosphorus feed (tomato feed, miracle grow) from July onwards to maintain the fabulous baskets and displays around the Hotel. Rathmullan House is one of the many fine gardens that help to make up the Donegal Garden Trail. Many people don’t realise you can just walk in to Rathmullan House and visit the gardens, so next time your in the area call in, look at the walled kitchen garden…its fab!What to feed themLiquid tomato feed is ideal as a ‘booster’ to encourage flowers on the plants, also seaweed fertiliser and homemade comfrey juice are ideal. Important thing here is the potting mix and use of a slow-release or controlled release fertiliser at the time of planting, by doing this you’ll have to apply less fertiliser and in turn will give yourself less watering.Slug and SnailsExcessive slug pellets are a waste…and dangerous!Tricky one this. There is a mountain of suggestions out there on what to use for this. Here’s a few: Reduce watering in the evening, if you water flower beds or pots in the evening then you’re creating an ideal escalator system for slugs to scoot about on, whereas if you water in the morning the ground dries up before the evening making it more difficult for the slugs and snails to get about. Slug Pellets, firstly with the inorganic pellets, the secret here is to use little and often – use 6 slug pellets to the m2 applied every fortnight. Yes, 6 slug pellets…not 6 handfulls…no more blue snow!! The blue part of the pellet is the attractant part, this encourages the slugs to eat the poison (which is the wee black specs), the attractant wears off after a week or so, so blue snow is 2 weeks has no interest to the slugs…meaning not only is this blue snow affect unsightly, but its also wasting you money and possibly causing concern to wildlife and kids – who’s naturally inquisitive minds see all these blue snow rings and want to pick them up. Organic slug pellets are made from Iron Phosphate and this repels slugs, so you sprinkle these far more liberally than the inorganic works and will need to repeat them regularly… (We’re gonna do a special on Slug and Snail Control next week)Remember the gardens of Rathmullan House is part of the Donegal Garden Trail, have a look at the many great gardens open this year by visiting their website www.donegalgardentrail.comPlant of the week:Plant of the Week – Osteospermum. Cherry bright flowers!Lupins. These at the minute are spectacular and are somewhat fashionable at the moment, they were featured in nearly every show garden at this years Bloom Garden Festival. Their striking spikes of flowers are in full colour now and enlighten any garden. Easy to grow from seed and they’re great value as a ready-to-go garden plant, with garden centres offering super selection of colours. If you’ve no Lupins in your garden….then get some!Next Week, Slug and Snail Special…the who, the what…the where of managing the No.1 garden pest! Gareth Austin is resident Horticulturist with BBC Radio Foyle, a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulturists and lectures in Horticulture with National Learning Network. For more see www.garethaustin.com or join Gareth on Twitter @GardenerGareth . GARDENING WITH GARETH: HOW TO MAKE THE BEST OF BEDDING PLANTS was last modified: June 26th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:bedding plantsdonegalGardening with GarethGareth Austinlast_img read more

NHL All-Star Game: NBC to showcase new puck, player tracking

first_imgBaseball fans watching a game on TV, or at the park, long have been able to know just how much zip a pitcher has on his fastball, thanks to radar-gun readings.But what about the hockey watcher who wants to know the velocity of a Sidney Crosby slap-shot? That kind of intel, and more, will be showcased by NBC Sports this weekend during the NHL All-Star Game in San Jose.The network plans to use new puck and player tracking technology as the centerpiece of a separate, digital-only presentation …last_img read more

New Brand SA advert celebrates 20 Years ‘with pride, wonder’

first_imgIt is time to pause, take breath and appreciate the miracle of South Africa; twenty years into the life of the nation, it is time to praise a bold, exciting country. This is the message of a new Brand South Africa advertising campaign marking the country’s 20 Years of Freedom.The new campaign, running across digital, print, radio and TV platforms, starts on Saturday, on the eve of Freedom Day and the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections. The campaign celebrates with pride, confidence and amazement what the country has achieved over the last 20 years.“We have overcome so much and come so far, it is time to celebrate the miracle of South Africa,” Wendy Tlou, Brand South Africa’s director of strategic marketing, said at an unveiling of the new TV “spots” in Johannesburg on Friday. “We can be proud to be South Africans. We are confident in the future we are building, and are constantly amazed at what we have achieved.”Watch it now: See Brand South Africa’s powerful new advert marking the country’s 20 Years of FreedomWhere once Brand South Africa created a vision of South Africa to aspire to, the new campaign celebrates the fact that we are living up to our capabilities and in many ways exceeding our potential.“We are allowed to boast now,” Tlou said. “We have the Gautrain – the first high- speed rail link in Africa. We have world-class infrastructure. We scan the skies [with the Southern African Large Telescope, and soon with the Square Kilometre Array and its precursor, the MeerKAT radio telescope], and a South African has even been into space.”Filled with uplifting images of the country’s successes, the new TV spot opens with scenes of rural voters standing in the sun waiting to cast their first ever ballot. Images of Sandton’s growing and changing skyline celebrates South Africa’s growing economy and the country’s role as the economic engine of Africa.EVERYDAY SOUTH AFRICANSThere are no big names in the new ad; it is a celebration of everyday South Africa, the people who have built the country from the ground up. The visuals continue, covering infrastructure – construction workers on site showing 20 years of new opportunities – and the Coega industrial development zone in the Eastern Cape.Tlou explained that choosing the visuals, especially showing construction, was the most satisfying. “For me it’s not just about houses built. Instead, each of those houses is a home for a family.”Building to the final image, a classroom of grade 1 kids, the class of 2030, the ad celebrates the “old man” who embodied all the values that South Africans aspire to – Nelson Mandela. By force of character, he brought peace and unity to a country fractured by a brutal past.It was important, Tlou stressed, that the soundtrack to the ad was a local composition. “We are after all a country with its own rhythm and beat.” The music is powerful, driving and ties in with the ad’s theme of looking back in celebration while looking forward to a promising future.So, “thank you South Africa”. “Rea leboga Afrikaborwa”. “Dankie Suid Afrika”. “Siyabonga iningizimu Afrika”.last_img read more