New SEAS effort to focus on grad education in applied computational science

first_imgThe Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) announced a commitment to foster graduate training and research in applied computational science, infusing the SEAS curriculum with new courses and student research opportunities that will focus on the use of computation to power discovery and innovation.The aim of the new effort is to expand Harvard’s educational capacity in applied computational science, a growing field that brings together mathematical models, algorithms, systems innovations, computational techniques, and statistical tools.“From understanding the dynamics of bloodflow to visualizing complex data to tethering low-cost hardware together to create virtual supercomputers, applied computation is at the core of science and engineering,” says Cherry A. Murray, dean of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “We owe it to our students to ensure that SEAS is at the forefront of this exciting field.”Taking advantage of the highly interdisciplinary nature of SEAS and its intellectual connections to departments and schools throughout Harvard, faculty members will enhance existing courses and develop new ones. The courses will be available to Harvard graduate students across the sciences.Efthimios Kaxiras, John Hasbrouck Van Vleck Professor of Pure and Applied Physics, will serve as the director, effective September 1, of a newly created SEAS-based Institute for Applied Computational Science and be responsible for academic oversight. Kaxiras, an expert in materials physics, has long used sophisticated computation techniques to spur advances in biomedical applications.Rather than establishing a new academic or administrative unit, the institute will play a coordinating and capacity-building role, engaging with faculty from all SEAS academic areas.last_img read more

Man U join hunt for Osimhen

first_imgRelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Manchester United have joined Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in the hunt for Ligue 1 forward, Victor Osimhen, it has been claimed in France. Lille signed Osimhen from Belgian side Charleroi last summer as a replacement for Nicolas Pepe, who they sold to Arsenal. Osimhen has embraced the challenge of replacing Pepe and caught the eye with his performances in the French top flight for Lille, something which means the club may need to dip into the transfer market to replace him this year. He has been linked with Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham, but now, according to French magazine Le 10 Sport, Manchester United are on his tail too. It is claimed that the Red Devils have made signing Osimhen one of their priorities for the summer transfer window. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees the Nigeria international as having the right qualities needed to flourish in the Premier League. Twenty-one-year old Osimhen has netted 18 times in 38 outings for Lille across the course of the season so far. Lille are in a strong position to demand a high price for the forward, who is under contract at the club until 2024.Tags: CharleroiManchester UnitedOle Gunnar SolskjaerRed DevilsTottenham HotspurVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

Neymar jets into Paris today for world record move

first_img– Messi ‘loves’ Neymar’ –“I wish you lots of luck in this new stage in your life. See you soon tkm,” he added. “Tkm” stands for “te quiero mucho” (I love you loads).“Thanks brother. I will miss you man,” Neymar replied.Winning the Champions League for a first time is the dream driving PSG’s owners Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) to fund a deal that could herald the start of a new era at the elite level of European football.Since QSI’s takeover in 2011, PSG have failed to make it beyond the quarter-final stage – most notably blowing a 4-0 first-leg lead to lose 6-1 to a Neymar-inspired Barcelona in the last 16 of last season’s competition in March.Prising Neymar from the grip of Barca would truly announce PSG’s presence as a contender for the likes of Barca, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to fear.Neymar has formed one of the deadliest strike partnerships in football history with Messi and Luis Suarez over the past three seasons.Together they have won two La Liga titles, a Champions League and three Spanish Cups, whilst Neymar has scored 105 goals and provided 80 assists in just 186 games.However, his four-year spell in Spain has also been overshadowed by the murky transfer deal which brought him to Barcelona from Santos in 2013.He and his parents as well as Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu face charges of fraud and corruption in an ongoing case brought by DIS, a Brazilian investment company.DIS owned 40 percent of the players’ rights at the time of the deal and believe they were deliberately cheated out of their real share due to the complex structure of the transfer. FILE PHOTO: Neymar silentMessi to Neymar: I wish you lots of luck in this new stage in your lifeParis, France | AFP |  Neymar is expected to arrive in Paris on Thursday to finalise his world record 222 million euro ($260 million) move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, which will earn him around 30 million euros ($35.5 million) a year.The summer’s longest-running transfer saga, which this week saw the 25-year-old tracked from the United States to China to the Middle East, back to Barcelona to say goodbye before a swift detour to Porto where he was thought to have undergone a medical, will end in the French capital with new teammates already queuing up to welcome him.Argentine midfielder Javier Pastore is already set to surrender his symbolic number 10 shirt to his fellow South American at the Parc des Princes, where Neymar could be unveiled to fans on Saturday evening when PSG open their new Ligue 1 season against Amiens.“I want him to feel comfortable and happy from day one,” Pastore told Cadena SER radio.On Wednesday, Barcelona admitted defeat in convincing Neymar to stay at the Camp Nou where he has played since 2013.The player travelled to Porto by private jet from Barcelona surrounded by his entourage, including his father and agent Neymar Sr, after saying goodbye to his Barca teammates.Among that party was Wagner Ribeiro, an advisor to the player, who claimed PSG would pay his 222 million euro ($260 million) buyout clause in the “coming hours”.That would more than double the current transfer record set by Paul Pogba’s 105.2 million euro ($111 million) move to Manchester United last year.Media reports suggested that Neymar had gone to Porto, where PSG sporting director Antero Henrique had worked until recently, to undergo a pre-transfer medical.Neymar has been tempted to Paris by an astronomical offer that would reportedly see his wages tripled to 30 million euros a year after tax.However, on the field he also faces the challenge of stepping out of the shadow of five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi to try and prove himself as the world’s best.“It was a huge pleasure having shared all those years with you, my friend @neymarjr,” Messi posted on Instagram alongside a montage displaying some of the pair’s finest moments together. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

UPDATE: Beaver Valley forward Brandon Butlin back home resting after night in hospital

first_imgIt appears Beaver Valley forward Brandon Butlin suffered a severe concussion after being checked near the boards during Saturday night’s Kootenay International Junior Hockey League at the NDCC Arena between the Leafs and Nitehawks.The hit, happening with 2:45 remaining in the third period, silenced the more than 300 people in attendance.“When (Beaver Valley head coach) Terry (Jones) got to the hospital last night (Brandon) was talking,” said assistant coach Jeremy Cominotto told The Nelson Daily Sunday.“He couldn’t remember the hit but he remembers scoring his goal . . . and that was pretty much it.”Cominotto said Butlin wanted to go home from the hospital Saturday, but doctors kept the Trail native overnight for observation.“(Hospital staff) kept him for observation just to make sure . . .. They were a little worried about his neck but apparently he’s okay,” Cominotto.At the time of the injury, Nelson was holding a 5-2 lead.Butlin had the puck near the Nelson blueline when Leaf winger Dustin Reimer hit the Hawks’ forward with a clean check.Butlin collided with the boards and immediately went into convulsions with his legs flailing.Training staff from both teams rushed to the injured player and without hesitation called for an ambulance.Rink staff quickly ran to fetch the AED (automated external defibrillator) for training staff as a precaution in case the Hawks’ player went into cardiac arrest.At no time did Butlin stop breathing.Cominotto said there was an uneasy feeling on the Hawks as everyone in the arena watched medical staff deal with the Beaver Valley player.But the coaching staff kept the players informed from the moment the BC Ambulance left the NDCC Arena with updates on Butlin’s condition. “We have a lot of guys on the team that have known Brandon for a lone time so it was definitely a quiet bus ride (back to Fruitvale),” Cominotto explained.“Guys were a little worried and really upset. So we just put hockey aside and dealt with what was important which was Brandon’s heath and making sure everyone was able to deal with it in a proper manner.”Now that Butlin is resting comfortably at home, the Hawks players can now move on to get ready for the next game, Friday at home against the Chase Heat.To make the transition easier the coaching staff held a meeting with the players Sunday morning.Team practice resumes Monday.“Right now we’re trying to deal with Brandon and the way we’re playing hockey right now,” said Cominotto. “Obviously guys are worried about their teammate and now that we know Brandon is going to be fine we can move on with the hockey and try to move forward and get better.”As for Butlin, Cominotto said there would be no rush to get the 17-year-old forward back into the lineup.“It’s a little too soon say what happened to Brandon . . . he’s definitely concussed,” said Cominotto.“So he’ll probably be out for a while. But we’re going to take every precautionary measure to make sure he’s okay. We’re not going to rush him back and do what’s best for Brandon.”Hockey is a violent game with players moving at lightning quick speeds.Injuries are bound to happen.However, anytime a player leaves the ice on a stretcher there’s cause for concern.“It’s the game of hockey,” Cominotto said.“Injuries happen unfortunately but at any time players get hurt. It was just unfortunate for Brandon (Saturday) night.”OVERTIME: Beaver Valley assistant coach Jeremy Cominotto believes there would be no efforts made to play out the final 2:45 of the game. The remaining time was left on the clock as both coaches felt it would be in the best interest not to play out the game, instead sending both teams to the dressing room.See previous story: read more


first_imgZENYATTA IS ONE OF FIVE GRADE I BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACES ON 11-RACE OPENING DAY CARD AT SANTA ANITA “Then I thought if I scratch her something else could come up, then everything would be messed up,” he said, “so I stuck with it and I’m glad I did.” “She knows what her job is and she enjoys it,” Stevens said. “That big brain between her ears is what makes her different and special.” In her previous start, Beholder won the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar, beating colts by 8 1/4 lengths. She has won 15 of 20 career starts, including 11 of 12 at Santa Anita. The victory, worth $180,000, increased her earnings to $4,436,600. In other Grade 1 races:_Smooth Roller overtook pacesetter Bayern to win the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes by 5 ½ lengths. Ridden by Tyler Baze, Smooth Roller ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.08 and paid $13 to win. Land Over Sea was second and Right There third. The other seven fillies and mares in the Zenyatta were running for second-place money, and all of them went off at double-digit odds. The Zenyatta was one of five Grade 1 races on the card, with winners earning automatic berths in various Breeders’ Cup races. “That stretch run was probably a treadmill test for the cardiologist,” O’Neill said. “That was truly so exciting.” “I hate to say easy, but it really did look easy,” Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said. “She’s good. She’s really, really good.” “I’d like to see what happens when that takes place,” said B. Wayne Hughes, who owns Beholder and lives in Lexington, Kentucky. “He’s a very good horse. He’s one of a kind. But he’s a colt, that’s his disadvantage.” The Ireland-bred filly ran 1 1/4 miles on turf in 2:00.76 and paid $19.40, $10.80 and $7.60 at 8-1 odds for trainer Graham Motion. Photo Call earned a berth in the BC Filly & Mare Turf. ARCADIA, Calif. _ Bring on American Pharoah. American Pharoah was expected to work out at Santa Anita on Sunday. He hasn’t run since finishing second in the Travers last month. My Sweet Addiction returned $5.40 and $3.40, while Savings Account was another 5 1/2 lengths back in third and paid $5.60 to show. “To run second to that mare is really a good thing,” said Mike Smith, who rode My Sweet Addiction. “She just did everything right, but we ran against Beholder.” _Photo Call scored a 2 ¼-length upset in the $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes under Drayden Van Dyke.center_img She ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.79 and paid $2.40 to win as the 1-5 favorite for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Songbird earned a berth in the BC Juvenile Fillies. _Nyquist outlasted Swipe in a stretch duel to win the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes by three-quarters of a length. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Nyquist ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.89 and paid $3 to win as the 1-2 favorite. By BETH HARRISAP Racing Writer Elektrum, another Ireland-bred, was second. Stormy Lucy was third. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert went 2-3, with Hoppertunity and Bayern, whose loss likely sent him into retirement. The 93-degree heat was a concern to Mandella, who briefly considered scratching Beholder. There was a stewards’ inquiry into the stretch run, when Nyquist came over on rail-hugging Swipe twice and appeared to brush him, but no changes were made.Swipe was second and Hollywood Don third. “I’m not going to make any predictions, but I can’t wait to get to Keeneland,” said Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who rides Beholder. “I just hope everybody shows up like they did today. I’ll probably feel less pressure going into the Classic than what I felt today. I knew we had to get through this one as easy as possible and it was.” The 5-year-old mare and the Triple Crown winner are headed for a highly anticipated match-up in the $5 million Classic at Keeneland in Kentucky. _Songbird won the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by 4 1/2 lengths under Smith to improve to 3-0. Trained by Doug O’Neill, Nyquist earned an automatic berth into the BC Juvenile. The 2-year-old colt improved to 4-0. Beholder beat up on the competition again, winning the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes for the third consecutive year at Santa Anita on Saturday in her final prep for the Breeders’ Cup Classic next month. Beholder earned her sixth straight victory, this time by 3 1/4 lengths. She ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.83 and paid $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10 as the 1-9 favorite. Beholder broke on the far outside in the No. 9 post and settled just off the pace. She overtook leader My Sweet Addiction near the quarter-pole and pulled away through the stretch, with Stevens not needing his whip. He patted her mane as she crossed the finish line. Bayern won last year’s BC Classic, but he is 0-5 this year, finishing last twice. His third-place result equaled his best showing this season. Hard Not to Like, the 8-5 favorite, finished eighth.last_img read more


first_imgTHE $100,000 LENNYFROMMALIBU STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTS Race 1 (of 11)                                     Approximate post time 2 p.m. PDT Forest Chatter – Mike Smith – 122Pay The Fine – Mario Gutierrez – 120Ambitious Brew – Flavien Prat – 122Old Man Lake – Tyler Baze – 120K Thirty Eight – Edwin Maldonado – 120First post time on Saturday is at 2 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.  For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit on 5/25/16For more information, please contact Alexis Garske at [email protected] or call 626-574-6418.             ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2016)–Stakes winner Forest Chatter and Ambitious Brew, along with three others return in Saturday’s $100,000 Lennyfrommalibu Stakes going six and a half furlongs down the hillside turf course for California bred or sired horses, four years old and up.FOREST CHATTER: Most recently third in the Sensational Star Stakes on Feb. 27 down the hill, the Richard Mandella trained 6-year-old gelding by Dixie Chatter, who stands at Bellena Vista Farm in Ramona, CA, will return to the distance he has dominated in the past and will seek his sixth win over the unique course. Mike Smith will be back aboard as he has been in all five of Forest Chatter’s career wins. Owned by Pam and Martin Wygod, Forest Chatter is 12-5-1-2 overall with $248,510 in earnings.AMBITIOUS BREW: A winner of the E.B. Johnston Stakes at Los Alamitos Sept. 12, 2015 going a mile on the dirt, Ambitious Brew ran a troubling sixth in his last outing, the Oct. 12 California Flag Handicap down the turf course but was found to have bled following the race and was vanned off. Running out of the money only twice in seven starts down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course, Ambitious Brew will hope to return to form and gains Flavien Prat as his rider. A 6-year-old gelding by Tizbud, who stands at Harris Farms in Coalinga, CA, he is owned by his breeder Pamela Ziebarth and trained by Marty Jones. Ambitious Brew is 15-5-6-0 overall with $338,380 in earnings. LENNYFROMMALIBU IS ONE OF FIVE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY STAKES FOR CAL-BRED OR SIRED HORSESlast_img read more

Team Lakay bros Kevin Belingon, Eduard Folayang determined to get out of Japan victorious

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Qatar rocket up world rankings after Asian Cup triumph Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption FILE – Team Lakay holding their ONE belts. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—If going into a rematch with Shinya Aoki wasn’t enough to motivate Eduard Folayang, having stablemate and best friend Kevin Belingon just added to his desire to defend his ONE World lightweight title.Folayang (21-6) will headline ONE Championship’s first Japan card in ONE: A New Era against Aoki whom he beat to a pulp to begin his first championship reign back in November of 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Myanmar’s Aung La N Sang, the reigning ONE World middleweight and light heavyweight champion, will defend his 205-lb belt against Japan’s Ken Hasegawa in a rematch of their 2018 Match of the Year.Former UFC World champions Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson would also make their ONE Championship debut in the card that will take place on March 31 at Ryogoku Kokugikan.Team Lakay also hasn’t had the best of starts in 2019 after Joshua Pacio and Geje Eustaquio lost the strawweight and flyweight belts to Yosuke Saruta and Adriano Moraes, respectively.These bitter losses have lit a fire in Folayang and he vowed that he and Belingon would do their stable good and bring back the glory to Team Lakay.“The goal is to successfully defend both our titles on March 31, it’s so easy to think and say that but it will be very hard to do,” said Folayang. “We shall do our best to bring back the World titles back home to the Philippines.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Also in the card is Belingon defending his ONE World bantamweight title against Bibiano Fernandes, and this fight is what gave Folayang that extra determination to hold on to his prized belt.“I am very happy to be the main event at ONE: A New Era, any athlete would want to headline this card so I am grateful to ONE Championship for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skills in the main event,” said Folayang.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Kevin’s addition to the card gave me an added motivation. We can share thoughts with each other on how we can successfully defend our belts in Japan. It will be a night full of fireworks.”The Filipino fighting icon will headline a stacked card that would feature a champion vs. champion bout between Angela Lee and Xiong Jing Nan for the latter’s ONE Women’s World strawweight title.last_img read more

US airline groups already have Trump on their radar

first_imgUS President Donald Trump. THE US airline industry has urged President-elect Donald Trump to make the nation’s air traffic control a priority as part of any plan to boost infrastructure.It  remains unclear  what aviation policies, if any, the private aircraft operator and former owner of the failed Trump Shuttle has up his sleeve.But that didn’t stop airline lobby groups from moving quickly to establish a position in the wake of his protectionist campaign and his comments about boosting American industry.In a congratulatory statement, industry lobbyist A4A noted comments in the billionaire’s acceptance speech and during his campaign that a $US1 trillion plan to improve infrastructure would by priority in the first 100 days.“We look forward to working with the Transition Team on strengthening our infrastructure in the sky to meet the nation’s growing demands on the ground,” said A4A chief executive Nicholas E. Calio. “The current U.S. Air Traffic Control system, while safe, is an inefficient relic of the 1940s.“We’re eager to work with President-elect Trump to transform it to reduce delays for the 2.2 million passengers and 50,000 tons of cargo that fly every day, while accommodating future growth and demand for travel and shipping.”A4A estimates the US  airline industry supports 10 million jobs and drives 5 percent of the total U.S. economy each day.“Our ability to create more jobs and help fuel economic growth is possible only if we’re operating within a National Airspace (NAS) infrastructure that is designed for the future,” Calio said.  “Our vision for a modernized NAS includes reforming the Air Traffic Control (ATC).“A service provided under appropriate authority to promote the safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air  system so that politics don’t impede hiring and training more air traffic controllers and equipping our facilities with technology used by more than 50 countries around the world.“We want to see a reliable ATC funding model – funded by the system users, not political gamesmanship – so that we can plan for the long-term capital improvements the system needs to grow.”Air Traffic control improvements are not the only  issue about which US airlines will be lobbying: passenger rights regulations and access by foreign carriers are also on the agenda.The “big three”’ — Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines — have been conducting a running battle  with Gulf carriers with allegations of  billions of dollars of unfair subsidies.  Gulf airlines Emirates, Etihad and Qatar has rejected the allegations and launched counter accusations that US airlines were protected by the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.A lobby group formed by the US carriers and labor unions, the Partnership for Fair and Open Skies, has quickly seized on Trump’s rhetoric about protecting US industry against unfair competition.“We look forward to briefing President-elect Donald Trump and his new administration on the massive, unfair subsidies that the UAE and Qatar give to their state-owned Gulf carriers,”  spokeswoman  Jill Zuckman  said in a statement.  “The Gulf carrier subsidies threaten the jobs of 300,000 U.S. aviation workers and the American aviation industry as a whole, and we are optimistic that the Trump administration will stand up to the UAE and Qatar, enforce our trade agreements and fight for American jobs.”However, an analysis by the CAPA Centre for Aviation warned that a move toward greater protectionism could hurt US carriers.It estimated the abandonment of the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership Agreement could see the industry forgo new route developments and 5 to 10 per cent in traffic growth the trade deal would have otherwise have generated.And it cautioned that the already clouded open skies issue could “darken further’’ if a Trump administration accepts the premise that open skies have passed their zenith.“Aviation policy typically does not feature high in the priorities of prospective Presidential candidates,’’ it said “” Yet the nationalistic appeal of the airline pilots’ unions struck a chord with both populist candidates – both Mr Trump’s and Mr (Democratic contender Bernie) Sanders’ campaigns expressly attacked Norwegian Airlines International’s moves to operate into the US.“The often-misplaced arguments fell squarely into the category of appealing to voters concerned for their jobs, and who see all the perceived negatives of foreign trade – without recognising the positives.“For US airlines and the US industry generally this is dangerous territory as it is the US airlines who have – at least in the medium term – the most to gain from liberal market access. The likely overall outcome: slower growth and less foreign airline competition.’’CAPA also warned that Trump’s aggressive stance against China could undermine the ability of US airlines to capitalise on one of the world’s biggest aviation markets and said “shotgun effect” of proposed visa restrictions could not avoid affecting air traffic, particularly from Mexico.last_img read more

Entrepreneur gives tips for success

first_imgEmmanuel Bonoko, founder of the Ebonoko Foundation and Ebonoko Holdings, is the KIA Young Business Achiever of the Year, winning the award at the 2017 BBQ Awards.Emmanuel Bonoko believes in the power of networking and using social media to make an impact. It has helped him grow his business. (Image supplied)Brand South Africa reporterEmmanuel Bonoko, an entrepreneur who has a heart for youth development and education, was named the KIA Young Business Achiever of the Year at the 2017 Big Time Strategic Group BBQ Awards on 20 October.He is the founder of Ebonoko Holdings and the Ebonoko Foundation, which aims to bring about transformation through education, leadership, empowerment and serving others.In a recent motivational talk Bonoko advised youth to “use social media to impact lives, not to impress. Use it to brand yourself and to make yourself accessible to possible business opportunities.”Speaking at the Standard Bank Youth Expo, he said that before you went to pitch an idea or concept in a boardroom, the investors checked your online profile. “They check what you stand for, who are you and what are your values,” he said.“Social media can open doors for you.”Known for his book drive, which he runs through his foundation, Bonoko was included in the list of the 2016 Forbes Africa 30 under 30. His book drive delivers books across South Africa to prisons, non-governmental organisations and community centres.Speaking about the KIA Young Business Achiever award, Bonoko said it was blessing to be appreciated for his work. “It’s an indication that behind the scenes we put in much effort.“I always say, ‘Young people don’t admire what you see on social media; behind the scenes there is commitment, hard work, tears and prayers involved. Embrace the process.’”Where it startedHis foundation was his first baby, he said. He set it up when he was a first year BCom student, majoring in marketing. It was a stepping stone to greater opportunities.“The foundation over the years has done extremely well in empowering the youth across South Africa in education, mentorship, training and developing them to find their own passion.”Through his success and networks formed through the foundation, Bonoko was able to establish his marketing and consulting company, Ebonoko Holdings. It offers business strategy development, public relations, events management and brand management, and has property investments.Entrepreneurial adviceBonoko has some tips for success:Small things count a lot – keep putting in more effort and learning from others.Never be ashamed to struggle; there is absolutely nothing wrong with working hard to get where you want to be in life.Young entrepreneur, you must create a personal identity with which you will be identified. Being humble, ethical and caring should be part of it.Adapt with trends and brands in the market.Arm yourself with education for your credibility.Sources: Ebonoko Foundation and Ebonoko HoldingsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Congress hopes to implement lessons learned from Kolhapur

first_imgAs allies Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena continue to jockey for power, the BJP’s losses in western Maharashtra, especially Kolhapur, is emblematic of the fissures within their fragile ideological alliance.With Sena MP Sanjay Mandlik supporting the Congress in Kolhapur, the latter, in coalition with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has performed surprisingly well in the ‘sugar-belt’ district while the BJP’s presence has been wiped out, with two of its sitting MLAs suffering defeats.The Congress-NCP alliance won six of the 10 Assembly segments in Kolhapur, with the Congress winning four crucial seats. The Sena could win only one (Shahuwadi segment) while the rest were won by ex-Congressmen like Prakash Awade (Ichalkaranji seat) and other candidates who contested as Independents.Earlier this week, BJP State chief Chandrakant Patil had openly blamed Mr. Mandlik for being responsible for the BJP’s defeat in the district.While stressing that the BJP and the Sena would eventually form a government despite some confusion, Mr. Patil reprimanded the Sena MP and other rebels within the party for their ‘opportunist politics’.In order to settle scores with the Mahadik clan, the Sena’s Mr. Mandlik had campaigned wholeheartedly for the Congress’s Ruturaj Patil — nephew of senior Kolhapur Congress leader Satej ‘Bunty’ Patil — in the Kolhapur South Assembly. This had directly contributed to the defeat of the BJP candidate — erstwhile sitting MLA Amal Mahadik.“From the first day, Sanjay Mandlik has been openly saying that Congressman Satej ‘Bunty’ Patil has helped me and I have to pay back his debt,” he said, questioning the Sena’s MP conduct against the BJP.He further alleged that Mr. Mandlik had actively campaigned and backed his relative, Rajesh Patil, the Congress candidate in the Chandgad seat and veteran NCP leader Hasan Mushrif in the Kagal Assembly segment.Against this backdrop of the fraught Sena-BJP relations, the Congress leadership in western Maharashtra and Pune is hoping to take a leaf from their strategy in Kolhapur and exploit divisions within the Sena and the BJP in the future.“We had laid the ground in Kolhapur before the Lok Sabha polls. Satej Patil conducted a shrewd campaign which not only took maximum advantage of the fractiousness between the saffron allies but also successfully propagated the Congress’ alternatives to the BJP-Sena government’s failures in the region,” said Pune City Congress secretary and spokesman Ramesh Iyer.Stating that the party was in the second place on at least 14-15 Assembly seats in western Maharashtra, he conceded that the leadership crises prevailing within the Congress at the Central and State levels had hamstrung its advantages despite the electorate being disposed against the BJP and the Sena.“There was no support or moral boost for the party in the form of ‘star campaigners’. If we are to take lessons from our success in Kolhapur, we need a senior leader in every district like Satej Patil with good resources with the ability to campaign aggressively,” Mr. Iyer said.He said that the party would be mulling over this strategy in the crucial civic polls in Pune, Satara and Solapur that would be taking place in 2022.A senior Congress leader, requesting anonymity, said that in the Assembly election, the grassroots-level worker, without any support from the top, had gone out of the way to revive the party’s sagging fortunes.“In every Assembly segment, the workers did not wait for any leader and took their own initiative to highlight local issues and problems in that constituency and the Congress alternatives to that,” he said, observing that in Sangli, Kolhapur and the Vidarbha region, the Congress gained more seats by stressing the lack of compensation to farmers as promised by the BJP-Sena government and the prevailing unemployment.Commenting on the narrow losses for the Congress in the Shivajinagar and Pune Cantonment seats in Pune city, yet another Congress leader said that a hard-driving campaign by party workers coupled with covert support from a disgruntled Sena led the Congress candidates to put up formidable contests against their BJP opponents.“After 2014, the BJP has ensured that the Sena doesn’t gain an upper hand in Pune. The Sena’s leadership is worried about the party’s future and the lack of morale within its workers. This prevailing discontent indirectly benefited the Congress-NCP in some parts,” said a city-based analyst.last_img read more