Resentment can stir up a spirit of seeing yourself as a victim threatened by a person who instills doubt or fear. His or her opinion of you may infect you with a low self- image, a lie about yourself that blinds you to your true identity. The one you resent robs you of your freedom and inner peace, and makes you a discontented person. Nagging discontent, in turn, can create an inner emptiness.Envy has been defined as the desire of that which isn’t yours, and the begrudging of the individual who really possesses it. And the object of the coveted possession may not be merely material possessions, but could cover a wide-ranging cornucopia of desirability: such as good looks, a job, academic achievements, social popularity, ability to overcome difficult circumstances and advance despite inhibiting constraints, among a plethora of others.The twin sins of envy and covetousness have destroyed many relationships, and laid waste to lives and the quality of life of those victimised because of the greed, envy and covetousness of others.According to philosopher and student of human behaviour, Lansing, “covetousness is the desire of that which is not yours, and is presently unattainable as it belongs to someone else or lies outside of your ability to get.” But he should have clarified “… to get except by nefarious or criminal means.”Commenting on the negative emotion of jealousy, Lansing posits: “People get envious in a relationship once they really feel that someone else is trying to destroy, steal, or take over that romantic relationship. A lady will get jealous when she thinks her guy is spending as much time with, or around, an additional woman. A man will get jealous when he sees an additional guy flirting with his girlfriend or wife.”Victims of those who are covetous, envious and/or jealous often revert to defensive emotion, which seeks to protect the victimised individual from the actions of those who do not choose to suppress their negative emotional traits. Some become depressed and withdraw into themselves, while others react in multiple other ways, sometimes even leading to violence.In the biblical Book of Proverbs, jealousy is deemed as ‘the rage of a man’. Those who possess the negative emotional traits of envy, jealousy and covetousness are often irrational, and most times act with vindictiveness and spitefulness toward their victims. The psychological attachment to things coveted, and the envy of the possessor by the covetous, can have dire consequences, and afflict the object of desire as well as dependents; such as the instance of a spurned lover burning down the house of a woman, who is cremated alive with her children. Thus these emotions can become lethal if acted upon.A blog on the page of the popular Greg Gardner posits: “Covetousness will be the emotional desire for, and attachment to, something that isn’t yours and is presently unattainable. The Bible clearly forbids us to covet our neighbour’s wife. Once we allow a psychological attachment and desire for someone which has reserved himself or herself to another person, we’re strolling on a very treacherous floor.“You can say that it’s covetousness that produces envy. When a partner starts to covet an existence outside of his relationship, he is certain to provoke his spouse to jealousy. When a lady starts to covet a man currently married, she will provoke that man’s spouse to jealousy.“Covetousness is a signal of discontent. If you are beginning to appear outside your marriage for a happy existence, plainly you have to get assistance with your relationship. This discontent often provokes other people to jealousy, which only compounds the problem.”Discontent with one’s lot could be a precipitator for striving for enhancement of one’s life and lifestyle; or it could induce one to harm the object of their desire; or to wrest the coveted article by violent or criminal means.Rancorous feelings toward someone emanating from envy and/or jealousy of that person, or greed and covetousness for the possessions of someone else, can lead to situations of conflict that could very well be avoided, if one tries to be content with his/her lot and endeavour for their own upward mobility through their own efforts.Envy, greed, jealousy, covetousness are bitter fruits of discontent that could poison one’s entire life, inhibit one’s capacity for enjoyment of their life, and dampen the zeal to achieve to one’s optimum potential for personal growth and development. Even worse, the innocent victims of their desires are the collateral damage of their egomania and psychoses.
A list of 17 “derelict” cars was ordered to be removed from the property by August 10, 2011.On August 5, 2011, the office of bylaw enforcement received a letter from Mr. Lundquist, requesting an appearance before the board on September 22. He then changed the date to October 13, and again tried to change the date to November 24. In a letter to Mr. Lundquist, the Regional District deemed this “unacceptable” and gave him an option of two dates in October, threatening to remove the vehicles if he chose not to appear. Lundquist claims he has been “hassled and threatened” by the District, and says the vehicles are not derelict. He says they only need minor repairs to be operational, but it’s been six months to a year since any of them have been run. Regardless of their condition, Lundquist argues that it’s his property and he can do want he wants with it.- Advertisement – “This is my property, on my property; it belongs to me.” The property, at 7087-255 Rd. Baldonnel, is currently a C-2 general commercial zone, as it’s intended to be turned into a flea market. Lundquist says he’s continually being interfered with, including complaints about parking on the road. He’s now working on developments as requested.Advertisement But the conversation turned for the worse after PRRD Chair Karen Goodings ended the discussion once no more directors were lined up to speak. Lundquist told the board he felt the way actions were taken was “uncivil” by “stuffing it down your throat”. “What you have been doing… is promoting a Nazi operation.” His comment infuriated the board and many directors loudly called for that to be the end of his time. Despite the agenda moving forward, Lundquist remained at the table until the next break was called, over 15 minutes later. As Lundquist did not ask for council for any action, the PRRD “has no choice” but to remove the vehicles in accordance with Bylaw No. 1892.Advertisement
SAN FRANCISCO – As organizers prepared for the centennial of the nation’s oldest Japanese-American community, some worried that Japantown’s birthday bash could become its memorial service. The excitement surrounding the festivities was quickly overshadowed by news that three-quarters of the real estate in the historic San Francisco neighborhood, which grew from the ashes of the 1906 earthquake, had been sold amid weak revenue and lagging tourism. Beverly Hills-based 3D Investments, which agreed earlier this year to buy two hotels and two malls from Osaka, Japan-based Kintetsu Enterprises of America, has not publicly disclosed its plans. A representative did not return calls for comment. The fear in the Japanese-American community is that 3D could push out family-run businesses in favor of big-box retailers and write the final chapter in the neighborhood’s slow decline. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“Absolutely it could have a devastating effect on the community,” said Paul Osaki, executive director of Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. Others say 3D’s ownership presents an opportunity to revitalize the area’s dated architecture. “It needs a lot of work,” said Richard Hashimoto, president of the Japantown Merchants Association. “And that’s one of the things 3D is willing to do – buy the property and invest $10 million, $20 million renovating it.” With its modernist pagoda and pedestrian thoroughfare lined with noodle and sushi restaurants, Japantown was once a big tourist destination. But it has nearly fallen off the map since major traffic routes into the area were closed and aging buildings made it less appealing in a city brimming with must-see attractions. “They don’t come by the busloads anymore,” said Rosalyn Tonai, executive director of the National Japanese American Historical Society. “They’re individual tourists, and even then, they’d rather go to other attractions, like Alcatraz.” Hashimoto notes a 60 percent decline in business over the past three years alone. So it came as no real surprise that when Kintetsu announced in December it would sell off the hotels and malls that anchor the neighborhood. “What makes this really emotional for the community is, it’s not the first time large parcels of land were taken out of our control,” Osaki said. Longtime residents recall the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, and the city’s 1960s urban renewal sweep, which led to the eviction of hundreds from their Japantown homes and businesses through eminent domain. The enclave managed to survive both those events, although its ethnic Japanese population has fallen from a prewar high of more than 5,000 to 1,063 in the 2000 census. They now account for just 9 percent of the neighborhood’s residents. “People are in this time warp, and they’re getting flashbacks to World War II and redevelopment,” Tonai said. “It hits deep, and those emotions have really emerged.” Japantowns, or Nihonmachis, once flourished in West Coast cities prior to World War II. Today, only three remain – in San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles. Japanese-Americans themselves are also dwindling, as immigration from Japan declines and existing residents have low birth rates. Among those who remain, younger generations are choosing professional careers over family businesses, community leaders and historians say. Robert Sakai, owner of Uoki Sakai market – one of Japantown’s oldest businesses – says his three children probably won’t take over the store his grandfather founded shortly after the 1906 earthquake. “I think they would find it difficult to sacrifice so much of their lives for this business,” Sakai said. “This is my life.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WHITTIER – The La Leche League of Whittier will meet from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Bruno’s Catholic Church, 15740 Citrustree Road. La Leche provides information about breastfeeding. For more information, call (562) 448-9226. County staff to attend meeting SOUTH WHITTIER – Representatives of various Los Angeles County departments will attend a Neighborhood Watch meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Adventure County Park, 10130 Gunn Ave. Residents are encouraged to attend. For more information, call (562) 698-7645. Animal blessing to be held Oct. 7 WHITTIER – St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 10925 S. Valley Home Ave., will hold its 10th annual “blessing of the animals” service at 10 a.m. Oct. 7. Parishioners and neighbors can bring dogs, cats, reptiles, fish, birds and hamsters to be blessed. All types of companion animals are welcome, either on leash on in a cage or carrier. Owners also can bring a photo of their pet. For more information, call (714) 523-8688, or (562) 947-0394. Donations sought for Marines NORWALK – The sheriff’s Norwalk Station is currently collecting a variety of goods for U.S. Marines. Donations can be turned in at the Norwalk Station, 12335 Civic Center Drive, through Nov. 11. Everything from hot chocolate packets, beef jerky, non-chocolate candy, gum, disposable cameras, razors, baby wipes, sweaters, crayons and jump ropes, among other items, are being collected for the donation drive. For more information, call (562) 863-8711, or (562) 944-6072. Event to benefit local veterans SANTA FE SPRINGS – VFW Post 3752, 11912 Rivera Road, invites everyone to a fish-fry dinner at 5:30 p.m. 8 p.m. Friday. Dinners start at $6. All the proceeds help local veterans. For more information, call (526) 698-9059. College event to feature writers WHITTIER – Maxine Hong Kingston, Gerald Stern, Frank Gaspar and Christopher Buckley will be among the scribes showcased at the second annual Whittier College Writers Festival from Oct. 2 to 4. The event will be held in the Founders Room at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Ave. Admission is $6 for one day, $10 for a two-day pass and $15 for a three-day pass. Readings from memoirs, poems and novels will be followed by question-and- answer sessions with all the writers. For more information, call (562) 907-4203, or visit www.shannoncenter.org. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Car wash to raise funds for Scouts MONTEBELLO – The Montebello Elks Club will hold a car wash and breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday to raise money for local Boy Scout troops and Cub Scouts packs. Cost is $6 for a full breakfast and $5 for a car wash. SUVs and trucks are extra. For more information, call 323-8506. La Leche League to meet Tuesday WHITTIER – The Whittier Adult School will hold piano classes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning today. Students will learn to play jazz interpretive technique and classical methods. The cost is $35 for the 10-week class. For more information, call (562) 698-8121, Ext. 1300. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips
Stream seven FA Cup fourth-round matches LIVE on talkSPORT 1 The FA Cup gets back underway this evening and you can follow all the fourth-round action LIVE across the talkSPORT network.Between Friday and Sunday there are seven national radio commentaries from the world’s oldest cup competition, and you can listen via radio (1089 or 1053 AM/DAB), online at talkSPORT.com, or through the official talkSPORT app.The action kicks-off at 19:55 on Friday night, with Mark Saggers, Sam Matterface and Gary Johnson bringing you full commentary of Yeovil Town v Manchester United on talkSPORT.talkSPORT hosts three matches on Saturday, with Peterborough United v Leicester City at 12:30, Newport County v Tottenham Hotspur at 17:30, and Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion at 19:45.For Wigan Athletic v West Ham United, tune into talkSPORT 2 at 15:00.On Sunday, both Chelsea v Newcastle United (13:30 kick-off) and Cardiff City v Manchester City (16:00 kick-off) can be heard on talkSPORT.The full schedule of FA Cup fourth-round commentaries across the talkSPORT network can be found below:Click on the match you wish to listen to and you shall be taken to the online live stream of that match.Friday, January 26Yeovil Town v Manchester United – talkSPORT – Kick-off 19:55Saturday, January 27Peterborough United v Leicester City – talkSPORT – Kick-off 12:30Wigan Athletic v West Ham United – talkSPORT 2 – Kick-off 15:00Newport County v Tottenham Hotspur – talkSPORT – Kick-off 17:30Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion – talkSPORT – Kick-off 19:45Sunday, January 28Chelsea v Newcastle United – talkSPORT – Kick-off 13:30Cardiff City v Manchester City – talkSPORT – Kick-off 16:00
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side are 15 points ahead of nearest challengers Manchester United 1 Pep Guardiola disagrees with rival manager Jose Mourinho that the Premier League title race is as good as over.Guardiola’s Manchester City hold a 15-point lead over Mourinho’s Manchester United, who are their nearest challengers after 25 games.Mourinho said at a news conference on Friday that United “have to try to finish second” but Guardiola immediately responded by saying all was still to play for.Speaking at his own press conference to preview Saturday’s trip to Burnley, Guardiola said: “There are 13 games, 39 points to play (for). We have (a lead of) 15. It’s not over.“We have amazing, tough games to play, for example tomorrow. We cannot deny how complicated it is playing at Burnley.“After that we have to go to Stoke City, Goodison Park, we have games against Arsenal, Tottenham, United, Chelsea. Definitely it’s not over.”City have already beaten Burnley twice at the Etihad Stadium this season – 3-0 in the league and 4-1 in the FA Cup – but neither were as straightforward as the final scorelines suggest.The Clarets are enjoying an outstanding campaign and will go into the game seventh in the table.Guardiola said: “Last season we won there but it was one of the toughest games we played. It will be tough.“We have to avoid fouls, we have to control the second balls and long balls to (Ashley) Barnes in the box.“They are masters, they are one of the best in the Premier League in this style. In this system they create a lot of pressure.“In free-kicks and corners they are so good. We have to avoid it this kind of game as much as possible and do our game to make another step to the title race.”Playmaker David Silva is doubtful for the game after leaving the field with a side injury in the midweek victory over West Brom.“On Thursday he could not train,” Guardiola said. “He was recovering. He had a painful kick in the side. We are going to see today how he feels.”Guardiola delivered a positive update on long-term knee injury victim Benjamin Mendy, saying he was on course to return to training some time in March. Striker Gabriel Jesus still requires “four or five weeks of rest” after a knee injury.A number of City players have been on the receiving end of some bad tackles in recent weeks, prompting Guardiola to call for for better protection from referees, but he did not want to discuss that matter further.He said: “I’ve said enough. I think we were clear. Playing football again – tomorrow at 1230 – that’s what I’m thinking about.”
Job Vacancy: A Buncrana based company is seeking an Accounts Administrator to join their hard-working, professional and dynamic team.Job Details:Contract Type: Full-time/Permanent Location: Buncrana, Co. Donegal Accounts AdministratorThe Accounts Administrator will work within the accounts team and contribute to the financial management of the company.Duties include: Maintain the purchase ledgerMatching, processing and reconciliation of supplier accountsAssist in the Bank reconciliationsSupport the accounts departmentEssential CriteriaAt least 1 years’ experience in an accounts roleKnowledge of Sage Line 50High level of IT experience/competence Excellent knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook) Excellent team player Ability to multi-taskAbility to work under pressureDesirable Criteria Qualified to Accounts Technician level or equivalent working experience To apply for this position, please send a CV and cover letter outlining how you meet the essential and desirable criteria to email@example.com or via post to Recruitment Department, The Innovation Centre, Bay Road, Derry~Londonderry BT48 7TG; clearly outlining how you meet the criteria before Friday 7th April 2017 5.00pm.Job Vacancy: Accounts Administrator required was last modified: March 29th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:accountsbuncranaEmploymentjobs
A man was caught allegedly carrying out a lewd act in a car while in close proximity to a park in which children were playing.The incident, which occurred near the park in Buncrana, has outraged locals.A member of the public noticed what the man was doing in the car on Thursday last and reported it to Gardaí. The witness then set about raising awareness so as parents in Donegal can be vigilant and keep a close eye out for suspicious activity.The witness says “I feel sick to my stomach thinking about it.“There was a strange car parked outside the park, looking into the children playing. As we walked past the car we could see a man, with his seat pulled the whole way backing, laying performing a sexual act to himself over the children in the park.“We weren’t sure if we seen this correctly so we walked past a few times, and yes we were correct. “So my friend rang the the Garda, when they arrived and escorted him out of the car he was only in his boxers.”Gardai confirmed that a man in his 40s was arrested at the location for alleged drink driving man and is due to appear at Buncrana District Court later this month.Donegal Daily understand that the man is on the sex offenders register in Northern Ireland.If you notice any suspicious activity please do not hesitate to call Buncrana Garda Station on 074 9320540.Parents’ outrage as man caught performing lewd act beside children’s play area was last modified: May 15th, 2017 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:buncranadonegalGardailewd
Share This!Welcome to the September installment of our monthly Disney Vacation Club preview. This month, we discuss an extension for the Epcot member lounge and, in the Resort Spotlight, we’ll take a look at Animal Kingdom Villas Jambo House. Last month, we had news about DVC members being able to enter the Halloween party earlier than other guests (2 p.m. to be exact), and a DVC Explainer on banking, borrowing, and transferring points. You can view last month’s preview here.Booking WindowsThis month, here are some booking window dates to keep in mind. For your home resort (11-month booking window), in September, you will be able to book for dates in August 2019. For all other DVC resorts (seven-month booking window), this month you will be able to book for dates in April 2019.Saratoga Springs Resort is your best bet for last-minute availability, whether you’re using your own points or renting points. Two-bedroom and three-bedroom villas have the most availability, and on certain dates you can still find Treehouse Villa openings. (If you rent points through the affiliate link to David’s DVC rentals, TouringPlans receives a commission.) If you can manage the airfare to Hawaii, Aulani still has limited dates at DVC’s last-minute resort availability page.DVC NewsEpcot’s DVC member lounge.If you’re a fan of the member lounge at the Imagination Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World, good news: It’s returning for another year. It’s a great place to cool off during the heat of the day, with places to sit down, plug in your phone, and enjoy the complimentary snacks and drinks from Coke Freestyle machines. And for kids that need a technology fix, there are gaming stations and tablets available to use.If you blinked, you might have missed it, but a limited-time pop-up shop for DVC members opened within the Marketplace Co-op at Disney Springs. DVC announced the shop, featuring a variety of DVC merchandise and apparel, on August 13 and it closed on September 3. New patterns for Dooney & Bourke handbags and new designs for Member MagicBands were among the items on sale. If you missed it, many items from the collection are available online anytime at ShopDisney.com/DVC, as well as at select merchandise locations at Disney Vacation Club Resorts.Sabrina Soto hosts DVC’s “Behind The Magic” webcast.Disney Vacation Club is encouraging members to watch their latest webcast by offering the possibility of winning a stay at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. After watching the 24-minute “Behind the Magic” webcast, members are eligible to win a five-night stay in a one-bedroom villa. The prize includes park tickets for four and airfare. The webcast, hosted by HGTV’s Sabrina Soto, features looks at Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Pixar Pier at Disney’s California Adventure, and a preview of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge lands coming to both coasts. To view the webcast and enter the contest, visit dvcbehindthemagic.com. The webcast is available until September 30.If you missed out on resort guest registration for the Moonlight Magic events at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on September 19, September 26, and October 3, you have another chance to get in on the action. Registration opens to all members at 9 a.m. Eastern time, September 13. Registration goes very quickly, so if you want to attend, plan on being online at 9 a.m. sharp. The final Moonlight Magic event of 2018 will be November 15 at Disney’s California Adventure Park. Registration opens at 11 a.m. Eastern time on October 4.Registration is open for the Disney Vacation Club Halloween Party on October 31 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Inspired by The Haunted Mansion attraction, this event features desserts, snacks, and lemonade; character encounters; face painting; DJ music; a selfie station; games; and a keepsake photo. The two times for the parties are from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Cost is $30 per person (ages 3 and up). Call Member Services at (800) 800-9800 to book.Resort SpotlightThe Animal Kingdom Villas is actually made up of two side-by-side resorts, Jambo House (which is partially DVC) and Kidani Village (which is all DVC). This month, we’ll focus on Jambo House.A view of the lobby from the fifth floor, where most of the Jambo House DVC rooms are.Jambo House is probably what most people think of when they think of Animal Kingdom Lodge, with its soaring lobby and expansive windows leading out to the savanna. The Animal Kingdom Lodge first opened in April 2001 as a conventional Disney resort. The Lodge’s fifth- and sixth-floor rooms were converted into DVC villas with Animal Kingdom Villas contracts going on sale in June 2007 at $104 per point. Kidani Village would open in 2009.Jambo House has 134 DVC units, comprising 216 maximum available rooms if you were to split the lockoffs. The value studios are 316 square feet and other studios are 365 square feet. Value one-bedrooms are 629 square feet with other 0ne-bedrooms 720 square feet. Value two-bedrooms are 945 square feet with other two-bedrooms 1,075 square feet. Three-bedroom grand villas check in at 2,349 square feet.The value units, which come at a lower point level, are some of the tougher-to-get DVC rooms due to the low inventory. Likewise, Club Level units are also low in supply and very difficult to book, even at 11 months out. Jambo House is the only DVC location at Walt Disney World that has Club Level accommodations. The rest of the units are divided by standard view and savanna view.Giraffes on the Arusha Savanna at Jambo House.The savannas, with giraffes, zebra, Ankole cattle, wildebeest, and other African animals are the big draw for the resort. Many guests refuse to stay anywhere but a savanna-view room. If you’re staying in standard-view room, you can still take advantage of the many viewing areas around the resort to do your animal watching. In the evening, you can venture down to the Uzima Savanna near the pool and find a cast member with night-vision goggles to see the animals at night.The Igbo Ijele mask in the Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House.Beyond the animals, you might not be aware of the museum-quality African art and artifacts on display. The resort is home to the largest collection of African art in North America. The centerpiece of their collection is the huge Igbo Ijele mask on display in the lobby. The 16-foot Ijele is created by the Igbo people of Nigeria and used at special celebrations only once every 10 to 25 years. This is the only known Ijele outside of Nigeria.Another great feature of staying at Jambo House is the excellent dining options. Jiko – The Cooking Place is their signature dining location and Boma is their buffet, both offering unique experiences featuring African dishes. The Mara is the quick service location and is where you can grab the popular zebra dome desserts outside of Boma. Victoria Falls is a beautiful lounge located on a mezzanine between the lobby and the lower restaurant level. The resort offers a free culinary tour each afternoon before dinner, where cast members will discuss the decor of Jiko and Boma in relation to their home countries and offer sample tastings.If you’re staying at Jambo House in the fall, you should be aware that the Uzima Springs pool is under refurbishment and is expected to be closed until December. Guests can still use the Samawati Springs pool at Kidani Village.All transportation from Jambo House is by bus, with Animal Kingdom being the closest park. The resort’s distance from the other Walt Disney World parks is a knock against it. There is a van service for transport between Jambo House and Kidani Village or it is a reasonable walk.Animal Kingdom Villas Jambo House may not have the prime location of the monorail resorts or the Crescent Lake resorts, but it’s absolutely unique in its theming and features. From the live animals wandering nearby to the cast members from Africa sharing stories from their countries, a stay at Jambo House is an experience onto its own that you can’t get anywhere else on property.Have you stayed at Jambo House recently, or is Animal Kingdom Villas your home resort? We’d love to hear your observations in the comments.
South Africans provided high rankings in the people, tourism and culture categories, but were more critical about areas such as governance and immigration/investment. The latter refers to a country’s ability to attract talent and capital, its economic prosperity, equal opportunity, and the perception that it is a place with a high quality of life. The country’s economic and business conditions are also measured.Bridging the gap The report notes that there remains a large gap between the top 20 nations (the “haves”) and the bottom 30 (the “have-nots”) when it comes to investment/immigration, the pillar that focuses on growth potential. “Developed nations still command the respect of the world when it comes to education quality, social equality, strong businesses and the overall quality of life,” the report says. The lower-ranked nations also lag when it comes to science contribution, creativity and quality products, scoring, on average, 15 points below the leading nations of the top 20. “Their governments, too, fall a distance behind the leading nations, scoring an average of over 14 points below,” the report notes. South Africa weakest score is in the area of governance, although it outdoes its BRICS partners India and China in this category.Tourism, culture, people The cultural reputation of a nation is considered to be among the most volatile of all indices, but South Africa’s standing in the culture category remains its strongest asset – the country is ranked 27th, up from 28 last year. South Africa slipped slightly to 34th in the people category, which measures people’s friendliness by whether respondents would feel welcome when visiting the country. South Africa’s rank of 34 for tourism is the same as the past two years.Selecting the countries The list of 50 nations is based on their political and economic importance in global geopolitics and the flow of trade, businesses, people and tourism activities. Regional representation and the diversity of political and economic systems are also taken into consideration. SAinfo reporter and GfK.com South Africa: 36Egypt: 41United Arab Emirates: 40Saudi Arabia: 45Qatar: 46Kenya: 47Botswana: 48Nigeria: 49Iran: 50 18 November 2013 South Africa’s global reputation has held steady in this year’s Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index, an annual survey of 50 countries regarded as playing important roles in international relations, trade and flow of business, and cultural and tourism activities. South Africa maintained its 36th position in the latest survey, which was released on Thursday with Botswana entering the rankings for the first time at 48, just ahead of Nigeria and Iran. For the survey, opinions from nearly 20 500 people in 20 core panel countries – one of which is South Africa – are polled online. The respondents rate 50 countries on questions in six categories: exports, governance, culture, people, tourism and immigration/investment. The index measures the power and appeal of each country’s “brand image” by examining its competence in these categories. The 2013 study found that South Africa was outperforming its counterparts in Africa and the Middle East in terms of reputation. Good news “Coming in the wake of the South Africa’s inaugural Competitiveness Forum, the 2013 Nation Brands Index results are very good news for South Africa,” Miller Motola, chief executive of Brand South Africa, said in a statement on Friday. “The National Development Plan is a strong plan, which, if implemented, will see us make strong gains in the important categories of governance and immigration and investment. We are already on track to achieve those goals, as set out in Vision 2030,” Matola said. While South Africa’s rankings have remained unchanged in exports (37), governance (40), tourism (34) and immigration/investment (38), its improvement in the culture pillar to 27 was “fitting”, Matola said, “since we are proud of our history and diversity and this is one of our greatest strengths”. Although South Africa showed a slight decline in the “people” pillar to 34, this trend was evidenced across most of the 50 polled nations. South Africa’s stable position as a nation brand is important because the way a country is perceived can make a significant difference to the success of its business, trade and tourism efforts, as well as its diplomatic and cultural relations with other nations.Top achievers The average scores attained by the study’s top 10 remains “virtually identical” to what they were in 2008, the report says. The US retains its top spot as the nation with the best overall reputation for the fourth year in a row. Voted as the most attractive country for immigration and investment for the fourth year running, the US’s position may be under threat as its score has shown one of the biggest falls of any nation since last year, the study’s founder, Simon Anholt, said in a statement. The survey’s top 10 for 2013 are:The United StatesGermanyThe UKFranceCanadaJapanItalySwitzerlandAustraliaSweden Most countries displayed a “remarkable stability”, the report says. The notable exception is Spain, which has struggled to emerge from its debt crisis.BRICS block Brazil (20) is the only country in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping to appear in the index’s “second tier”, rising incrementally between 2008 and 2011, but cooling slightly in the post-Lula da Silva era. Russia’s reputation is described as “noticeably volatile”, due in large part to the country’s governance positions. It is ranked 22nd. China’s ranking at 23 was affected by “noticeable losses on their investment appeal”, reflecting a trend across the world, Anholt said. India at 31 has experienced “considerable downward movements” between the last two readings, the report notes.South African success South Africa is the “strongest performer” of the nine countries selected to represent the Middle East and Africa. Nation Brands Index – Middle East and Africa: