Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments HK club ends SMB-Alab’s 7-game run MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title James Yap (right) has been having a rejuvenation of sorts, towing Rain or Shine to the lead. —Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine got what it wanted going into a midconference break in the PBA Philippine Cup. James Yap, the veteran former MVP, is having a career rejuvenation of sorts.Can’t blame Elasto Painters coach Caloy Garcia for aiming higher right now.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Before beating Magnolia, Rain or Shine also outlasted erstwhile leader Phoenix.“I like it,” he said of the intense contests. “Come playoffs, we’ll be used to all of it.”It was doubly sweet for Yap, who came up strong against the team he powered to a Grand Slam in 2014. He was eventually traded to Rain or Shine and hasn’t quite made his mark until this conference, where he has been reliving his MVP form.But the Painters know Yap cannot do it alone.“We just have to trust each other,” Garcia added.The Painters resume their Philippine Cup campaign against TNT KaTropa on March 3 at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Garcia and Yap have always rued about missing the playoffs in the third conference last season—a bitter taste they keep in their mouths for motivation to reach for loftier goals.“We’d want an advantage going into the next round,” said Garcia, whose squad improved to 7-1—the best record in the league—after their conquest of the Hotshots.The top two teams at the end of the elimination round are assured of a twice-to-beat bonus in the playoffs, an incentive that Garcia feels they can achieve if they can stretch their run of solid performances.“If we want to make it far, we have to be consistent,” he said. “Basically, [we] played well [on Wednesday]. But I think we could have done better.”Yap, who made the pivotal play in a nip-and-tuck endgame duel against the Hotshots, feels like Rain or Shine’s recent clutch performances will sharpen the team up for brutal playoff wars.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Our target now is try to make it to the Top 2,” he said shortly after Rain or Shine survived last season’s Governors Cup champion Magnolia, 75-74, in a clutch duel Wednesday night at MOA Arena.“Before the game, I told the players that as of now, we’re playing good… I think we’re already assured of a quarters spot during our last game,” he said. “I think six wins will get you to the quarterfinals.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe league’s chief statistician, Fidel Mangonon III, said that at least in the last four editions of the Philippine Cup, teams with six wins have made it to the playoffs.But an assurance is just that: an assurance. Moreso, just getting into the playoffs isn’t enough for the Elasto Painters anymore. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIES
Georgetown Magistrate Faith McGusty on Tuesday, remanded two female prisoners for assaulting and wounding each other during an altercation at the East La Penitence Police Station Holding Centre.Savita Persaud, who is on remand for two counts of trafficking-in-person and Revelana Smith, who is also on remand on a charge of attempted murder, both denied assaulting each other.The charged against Persaud stated on April 23 at East La Penitence Police Station Holding Centre she unlawfully assaulted Smith, while Smith is accused of unlawfully wounding Persaud on the same day in question.The court heard that Smith attacked Persaud who retaliated and defended herself, however Smith in an explanation to the court stated that incident began at the New Amsterdam Prison but escalated while they were at the East La Penitence Police Station.Magistrate McGusty remanded Smith to prison while Persaud was granted $20,000, however, she still remains on remand for the trafficking charges. The cases will continue on June 24.Savita Persaud and Revelana Smith
Lazio will serve a two-match partial stadium ban after Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was subjected to racist chants by a section of home fans at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday night.The referee’s report confirms the Senegalese was the target of abuse during the second half of a 2-0 Napoli victory, with match official Massimiliano Irrati deciding to halt play until the chanting abated.Lega Serie A’s disciplinary tribunal has now sanctioned Lazio by closing the Olimpico’s north stand, where the club’s hardcore supporters gather, for their next home league game against Hellas Verona.The league has also activated a suspended partial ban issued last February after racist chanting in a match against Genoa, meaning the Curva Nord will remain closed for the visit of Sassuolo.A statement published on legaseriea.it said Lazio had to pay a 50,000 euro (£38,000) fine.Koulibaly, whose every touch was met by boos from a cluster of Lazio fans, thanked Tuscan referee Irrati for his support with an Instagram post.The 24-year-old wrote: “A great win! I must thank everybody for their messages of solidarity.“I also want to thank the Lazio fans but most of all, for his courage, referee Irrati. Thanks also to my team-mates, the club and our fans who have been a great support in the face of those ugly chants.”Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri bemoaned the supporters’ behaviour following full-time in Rome.He told sscnapoli.it: “I spoke with the fourth official because the situation was becoming embarrassing and I saw Koulibaly was getting really annoyed and wound up by the chants.“So I think the referee took the right decision and I must congratulate him because he’s sent a good message.”Sarri’s opposite number Stefano Pioli, while condemning the abuse, did not think the stoppage was necessary or productive.He told RAI Sport: “Abusive chants should not happen. People need to show respect and be polite.“But I am not sure I would have stopped play – I don’t think that’s helpful.“The chanting is unjustified but by stopping play you give a sense of importance to a tiny minority of troublemakers. It certainly wasn’t from the whole stadium.”Top-flight officials have been granted the power to halt or even abandon games in the face of discriminatory behaviour from fans following a series of racist incidents.Mario Balotelli, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Kevin Constant are other players who have been targeted with abusive chants, with Atalanta supporters throwing bananas at the latter in May 2014.A year earlier, Boateng and his AC Milan team-mates walked off the pitch during a friendly match against Pro Patria when the midfielder was racially abused. 1 Serie A news: Lazio handed two-match partial stadium ban after racist chants in Napoli match
The Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee has announced the addition of Ciara Kissane and Tanner Nissen to its staff. Kissane and Nissen join the staff as the assistant directors of the Drake Relays with Kissane overseeing operations and Nissen tasked with managing event production.”I’m excited to welcome Ciara and Tanner to the Drake Relays staff,” said Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays. “Both of them have tremendous experience and backgrounds that build upon the Drake Relays’ legacy as ‘America’s Athletic Classic.”Kissane and Nissen replace Carolyn Hill, who announced her retirement last year and Dan Hostager, who recently left the Drake Relays in November after more than 20 years of service to Drake University. Hostager had overseen the Drake Road Races the past two years and was instrumental in the event’s popularity and growth.”In his two decades at Drake, Dan created a legacy of kindness within Drake Athletics and the Drake Relays,” Boldon said. “As a coach, he mentored many Bulldog greats including two of America’s best current long-distance runners, Brogan Austin and Reed Fischer. As the Assistant Relays Director, he created the Relays Health and Fitness Expo and the Relays Wellness Challenge, both designed to improve the health of Central Iowans. In just two years, Dan’s efforts led to 90 percent growth in the Drake Road Races and he quickly made his mark on all our events.”Kissane joins the Drake Relays staff with more than seven years of coaching experience, along with progressive sports administration experience. Before coming to Drake, she was the head cross country and track coach at Lake Forest College in Illinois. “With experience as a head track and field coach and the director of operations at a Division I school with a record of hosting major championships, Ciara is the perfect fit for the Drake Relays,” Boldon said. “She will serve as a leader in our sport and a resource for coaches, officials and more for years to come.”Kissane’s coaching experience also includes stints at Canisius and Coe College. She has also worked in administrative roles at UW Oshkosh, the University at Buffalo and Sacramento State, where she was the director of operations for the track and field programs.”Having spent time coaching in Iowa and around the country, I have seen firsthand the lasting impact that the Drake Relays has made on the sport of track and field,” Kissane said. “I am looking forward to playing a role in the future of such an iconic event.”Kissane graduated from UW Oshkosh in 2012 with her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. She then graduated from Florida State University in 2013 with a master’s degree in sports management. Nissen joins the Relays staff from Special Olympics Iowa, where he is the assistant director of sports and competition. In that role, Nissen oversees event operations and logistics, as well as coordinating with Special Olympics North America for national and international events.”Tanner has a demonstrated record of success as an event director,” Boldon said. “But what has impressed me most is his passion for creating exceptional experiences for all event attendees and his sincere desire to contribute to our community.”Nissen also has extensive experience in operations management from his time with the Principal Charity Classic and the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA G League.”To be a part of the Drake Relays and the national prestige it holds is very humbling,” Nissen said. “I am excited to serve in this role to use sports as a vehicle to bring communities together.” Nissen is a 2015 cum laude graduate from Northwestern College with a degree in business and sports management. Prior to moving to Iowa for college, Nissen was a multi-sport prep athlete qualifying for the California State Cross Country Championships as a senior. The staff continues preparations for the 111th Drake Relays, slated for April 22-25, 2020, at Drake Stadium. Print Friendly Version
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It happens to every red-hot fanatic when his/her favorite athlete dishonors the colors: What do you do with the old jersey? You could dump in the garbage, but does that give you the symbolic closure you crave?You can douse it in kerosene and flip matches at it from a safe distance. The risk there is that you many wind up having a conversation with the fire marshal.Antonio Brown dishonored the Silver and Black in spectacular fashion without even playing a down in an exhibition game. Thoughts …
Britain’s Food Standards Agency is concerned about diminishing fish stocks and is asking citizens to consume less, reported The Telegraph. This can only mean one thing, thinks Ulf Dieckmann (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria): it’s come time to pay the piper. Who is the piper, you ask? Answer: Charles Darwin.Dr Dieckmann said: “It was thought that these changes would only occur over millennia. But it is becoming clear that significant evolution can take place within 20 years if the forces driving it are strong – and in fisheries they have been.” Dr Dieckmann said that evolution caused by over-fishing took a longer [sic] to recover from than it did to cause: if the Barents Sea was closed to fishermen, it would take 250 years for cod to return to spawning at 10 years old. “This is a Darwinian debt that will have to be paid back by future generations,” he added. Dr Dieckmann said evolution caused by commercial fisheries had played an overlooked part in the collapse of the Northern cod off Newfoundland in 1992, the most disastrous crash yet of a major commercial fish species. He said that from 1985 a downward trend in the size of spawning cod was detectable off [sic] and should have led to “a more precautionary approach” in setting catch quotas.Greenpeace is involved in this campaign, too, the article says. The row has provoked a backlash by fisherman who are blasting the “Madness of Greenpeace.” Either Dr. Dieckmann was calling the fisherman blind and random, or the changes (actually a trend toward extinction, not evolution) were caused by their presumably intelligent and purposeful actions. The concept of a “Darwinian debt” also seems fishy. Does it apply only to humans? Or do fish also have to pay Darwin for what they overconsume, and so on down the food chain? Rotate the globe over to Croatia. Scientists there are gearing up for the big Darwin Day celebrations a year from now. In a letter to Nature,1 Jasmina Muzini (ornithologist at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts) wrote that his country has felt left behind. Not to worry: he and his colleagues have started to make sure Darwin gets a big ovation in 2009.Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and The Descent of Man have at last been translated into Croatian, thanks to the work of the renowned science and theology translator Josip Balabanic. Other European countries –including Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia and Sweden – had access to Darwin’s works in their mother tongue during his lifetime. But it was not until this year that Croatian students of biology could read them in their own language. Religious education was introduced in elementary schools during the early years of Croatian independence, and ethics and the major world religions are now studied in high school. At the same time, the importance of evolution for modern biology and medicine is publicly acknowledged by science academies and societies – in the spirit of your Editorial ‘Spread the word’ (Nature 451, 108; doi:10.1038/451108b 2008). Croatia aspires to join the group of countries in which education and science occupy prime positions in national strategies, and recognizing the influence of Darwin’s writings is an important step in that direction. Celebrations of the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth on 12 February next year, possibly at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, will have particular significance for Croatians.1. Correspondence, Nature 451, 627 (7 February 2008) | doi:10.1038/451627c.You didn’t realize you owe a debt to Darwin. Are you behind in your payments? Better not go into default. His collection agency is red in tooth and claw. If people accelerate evolution, such that things happen in 20 years that they used to think required thousands of years, great; let’s accelerate evolution on fruit flies and see if we can get them to evolve into mammals. On second thought…. The Croatian suck-up to Charlie is so obsequious, you’d think they be embarrassed, but no: they are proud of their shame. Cub Scouts have Webelos, which stands for “We’ll be loyal scouts.” The Croatians have announced a new order for young wannabees in the Darwin Party axis of evil: the Webelodos, which stands for “We’ll be loyal Darwinist operatives.” The motto of the Webelodos is DODO! DODO! (translation: see 02/15/2006, 02/17/2006 and 02/24/2006). OK; whatever.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The main admin block at Hilton Collegein KwaZulu-Natal.(Image: Hilton College) The Benoni High School pipe band hasgarnered many accolades.(Image: Looklocal)MEDIA CONTACTS • Hayden BuchholzQueen’s College marketing director+27 72 572 5039• Charles PhahlaneCommunications, Gauteng education dept+27 11 355 1530 or +27 71 860 4496RELATED ARTICLES• Education boost for Gauteng• SA business schools gets top rating• SA businesses urged to adopt schools• Tackling SA’s education challenges• New lab tools to help school soarEmily van RijswijckThree of South Africa’s top schools have made it into the 2011 Global Education and Skills: An Oxbridge Guide publication, according to a report.The guide is a collaborative effort between those old rivals, the student unions of Oxford and Cambridge universities in the UK.Its aim is to give a broad perspective of schooling around the world, from nursery right up to college level. It shows the quality of schooling available, not just at private, exclusive institutions but also at outstanding government-funded schools.About 55 000 copies will be distributed around the globe, to embassies and decision-makers in the public and private sector.Queen’s College in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape, Hilton College in KwaZulu-Natal and Benoni High School in Gauteng were included for their innovative approach to the development of their pupils.Queen’s and Hilton are boys-only colleges sharing more than 300 years of excellent schooling. Benoni High School is a mixed-gender school which first opened its doors in 1922.Of the three, only the iconic Hilton College, opened in 1872 and later revamped to reflect its current Cape-Dutch architectural style, is an independent school.The pride of QueenstownQueen’s College, one of the oldest schools in the country, started in 1858. The honour of being listed as one of the 150 exemplary learning centres featured is all the more remarkable if one considers that Queen’s is a normal government school.Hayden Buchholz, the college’s marketing director, says the selection process started in 2010 when the college was first approached by representatives from the two British universities.“It was quite a lengthy process,” recalls Buchholz, adding that inclusion is by invitation only.The accolade will do much to attract positive local and international interest to the school – already noted in the increased number of applications for 2012, some from as far afield as Dubai.“Schools are starting to run themselves as businesses,” said Buchholz. “It is very competitive out there, and it is not just necessary to be good in terms of academia and sport, but also in cultural and social areas.”Queen’s is a fully representative school, reflecting the diversity of the area in which it is located, with most of its students hailing from the province. The school has a 70:30 black-white ratio.The college is likewise popular with Johannesburg parents who wish to send their boys to Queen’s to grow up in the wholesome, rural environment of the Eastern Cape, adds Buchholz.Basically, the guide looked at the school’s diverse offerings, and how well it equips its pupils going into adulthood, says Buchholz.A number of Queen’s old boys have become successful and highly regarded adults in their respective fields, among them former Proteasbatsman Daryll Cullinan and Neville Koopowitz, CEO of major health insurance company Discovery.Tradition and prideIn many respects Hilton College, located in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, reflects the diversity of the modern world. Here pupils come together from as far as Europe and the Middle East, as well as the African continent.While the manicured grounds and immaculate buildings speak of decades of tradition and pride, it is the quality of schooling that goes on inside these buildings which has built the foundation for over 130 years.“Hilton is an all-boarding school,” says Paul Guthrie, director of marketing at the college. “There is a strong camaraderie and bond between the boys, and good manners and gentlemanly behaviour still hold strong.”Guthrie believes the school stands out because of its emphasis not only on typical school based activities, but also on the development of its pupils into well-balanced individuals. The school has a leadership system that requires each Grade 12 pupil to take on leadership roles and respinsibilities.“The idea is that Hilton boys learn early that they are part of a greater whole, that they live within a multicultural society and that they share a common humanity.”Top achieversBenoni High School was established in 1922 and, with its motto of Quam Optime (Latin, meaning “better than the best), has proven itself to be a leader in academic, sporting and cultural activities.While academic achievement is unquestioned, and matric pupils pass with consistently high marks, the school’s teachers are also recognised by the Gauteng Department of Education as some of the country’s best.Since the early 1990s the school band has held national drumming and band champion titles without a break, and in 2006 it took the world title for Grade 4A at the Drum Corps world championships. Pupils also excel at public speaking, art and drama, especially at eisteddfods.On the sporting front, the swimming and water polo teams are known for their success and competitiveness, as are the cricket, football and rugby teams.
The Venturi electric vehicle taking off fromthe Nairobi headquarters of the UNEnvironment Programme.(Image: Venturi Automobiles) Xavier Chevrin with the Mission AfricaVenturi electric vehicle.(Images: Venturi Automobiles)MEDIA CONTACTS • Cecilia KinuthiaUNEP liaison officer for South Africa+27 12 354 8092Cadine PillayAn electric vehicle has begun an unassisted 5 000 kilometre-journey from Nairobi, Kenya to Johannesburg, South Africa – an expedition designed to showcase the endurance of battery-powered vehicles and promote green energy use.The driver, electric car campaigner Xavier Chevrin, left on 11 May after a send-off news conference at the Nairobi headquarters of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).“We want to break the clichés of electric-powered vehicles,” Chevrin said, “and show that they have a range of uses.”Without any backup, Chevrin will head south through Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana, before finishing in Johannesburg in late June.It follows a 2010 journey by the adventurer, which saw him driving 13 400 kilometres from Shanghai to Paris in a similar van, in the process setting up a record for the longest journey ever made in an electric vehicle.The vehicle is a bright orange Citroen Berlingo powered by technology developed by French electric car specialist Venturi and is the first such vehicle to make a trans-Africa trip. Chevrin said the six-nation trip would show that electric cars could travel long distances, and were not only for use in the city.The Berlingo will recharge its batteries at electric sockets along the way. It carries three aptly-named Zebra nickel sodium chloride batteries – two more than standard Berlingos – each of which has a capacity of 23.5 kWh, giving the car a total of 70.5 kWh.As with the Shanghai-Paris trip, Chevrin will trust in encounters with local people to recharge his batteries. He plans to use these random meetings to engage with ordinary Africans, inviting them on board the vehicle and showing that clean technology is a vital part of the world’s future energy sources.“The successful completion of such a journey depends not only on incredible performances from a machine, but also the people you meet throughout the entire trip,” Chevrin said.“Without any backup or pre-planned stopovers, you have to rely on chance encounters, hoping to progress each day from one point to the next.”The challengesHowever, one of Chevrin’s big challenges will be limited access to electricity, and the possibility of frequent power cuts in rural Africa. The car has no backup generator, so should he run out of power he will be stranded, adding to the scale of the adventure.“Here in Africa is going to be the toughest so far because of the problems of power supply,” Chevrin said.The Berlingo can cover 500 km (300 miles) without recharge at a maximum speed of 110 km/h (68 mph). Recharging the batteries from scratch will take seven hours.The vehicle also features a raised suspension to cope with bumpy roads.This journey is one of the Venturi Global Challenges, a series of technological and human challenges with the aim of demonstrating the company’s leadership in the field of electric propulsion. Each challenge takes place on a different continent in extreme conditions.Another expedition is being planned to drive an electric-powered vehicle from the edge of Antarctica through the snowy wilderness to the South Pole.Mission to AfricaCalled Mission Africa, the journey is supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and is part of the UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, a global initiative led by the organisation’s secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to urge all sectors of society to contribute to improving energy efficiency, doubling the amount of renewable energy produced, and enabling more people to access modern energy services.“We have been using combustion engines for over a century, but now it is a new revolution,” Chevrin said. “Within a few decades it will be logical for everyone to have an electric car as it fits with the philosophy of having to be careful how we use energy.”According to UNEP’s soon-to-released flagship report on the state of the environment, the Global Environment Outlook 5, the current fossil-fuel based transport system accounts for 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions. This figure is expected to rise to almost one third in the coming decades.Zero emissions are kind to the environment Chevrin pointed out that the electric vehicle puts out zero emissions and is much cheaper to run than petrol-fuelled cars. The Shanghai-Paris trip cost less than US$200 (R1 700) in electricity, compared to the $4 000 (R33 600) it would have cost to use diesel, Chevrin said.“We want to prove that electricity is an alternative energy source that can be used for transportation,” he said.South Africa’s own locally-developed electric car, the Joule, was on display during the recent COP17 climate change conference held in Durban. The car was shown off at the Climate Change Response expo from 28 November to 9 December. The car’s developer Optimal Energy had three fully functioning prototype vehicles on display in three different exhibition halls.Although the company is currently experiencing difficulties in financing the Joule’s continued development and the project is now on hold, it is still determined to bring the electric car to the South African market. But for now, Optimal Energy’s new focus is on electric buses for public transport.
Brand South Africa in collaboration with the Gauteng Department of Economic Development, will host various stakeholders at the Gauteng Investment Centre on Thursday 08 June 2017 as part of its workshop to build South Africa’s competitiveness and a cohesive image of the South African Nation Brand. Just how is a nation brand marketed? This is one of the many questions Brand South Africa and the Gauteng Department of Economic Development will try to answer at the nation brand workshop. (Image: Walter Knirr, Gauteng Film Commission)Johannesburg, Tuesday 06 June 2017 – The workshop conversations aim to enable stakeholders to assess their role in contributing towards building the Nation Brand and how existing efforts to build a cohesive Nation Brand can be further strengthened.Brand South Africa continuously works with stakeholders around the country on an ongoing basis to bring these conversations, as it is imperative that all stakeholders understand how they can work together to position South Africa as a competitive investment, tourism and business destination.Ms Toni Gumede, Brand South Africa’s Stakeholder Relationship Manager: Government asserts that; “the Nation Brand alignment workshops are a critical part of achieving coordinated and coherent manner of presenting the country. This year we aim to further drive these conversations to all stakeholders, making it inclusive and diverse with the core message, to build a strong Nation Branding.”Topics for this Gauteng session will include “the importance of building a sustainable brand” presented by Mr Bob Mabena and a case study on Nation Brand alignment presented by the Gauteng office of the Premier.Participants will also engage in the Nation Brand Masterclass and site tour of the Gauteng Investment Centre.Media is invited to participate in the workshop as follows:Date : Thursday 08 June 2017Time : 08h00 -16h00Venue : Gauteng Investment Centre, The Place,1 Sandton Dr, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2196RSVPS/Enquiries : Ntombi NtanziEmail firstname.lastname@example.orgMobile number 081 7041488Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrand