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

Historical perspective of planting corn in April

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest How much corn is typically planted in Ohio by the third week of April?  According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Ohio/Publications/Crop_Progress_&_Condition/index.asp), for the week ending April 13 no appreciable acreage of corn had been planted in Ohio (1%), which compared to 0% last year and 7% for the five year average.The table below shows corn planting progress (percentage of acres planted) in April and May for the past 15 years. This historical data shows that the percentage of corn acres planted by April 15 is usually very limited averaging 2% and ranging from 0 to 10%. By April 20, the percentage of corn acreage planted was 10% or greater in only four of the 15 years, and by April 25, it was 10% or greater in only seven of the 15 years. By April 30, the percentage of corn acres planted was 10% or greater in nine of the 15 years but in only 3 of the 15 years did the % acreage planted exceed 50%. In 2005, 55% of the corn acreage was planted by April 25 but snow and freezing rains in late April resulted in considerable replanting in early May.The data also show that in most years, even those with slow starts due to persistent cold weather in April, 60 percent or more of corn acres were planted by May 10, which is within the optimal planting date window. The recommended time for planting corn in northern Ohio is April 15 to May 10 and in southern Ohio, April 10 to May 10.Progress of corn planting, Ohio 2000-2014.Date200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014 ——————————————————-% corn planted—————————————————— April 10–21000010000400April 152322202101401000April 203324112663021702710April 255741830551910644514412April 30722743445943221895816024May 5336411835766683533166917379May 1062851585657679824622773824635Source: USDA/NASS, Annual Statistics Bulletins, 2000-2013; USDA/NASS, Crop Progress and Condition Reports, 2000-2014last_img read more

Legal With Leah: Ag Districts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentA North Carolina judge has awarded rural residents millions of dollars because nearby hog farms smell, attract flies and increase truck traffic. Can that happen in Ohio? Farm Bureau Policy Counsel Leah Curtis has some answers.Listen to Legal with Leah, a podcast featuring Ohio Farm Bureau’s Policy Counsel Leah Curtis discussing topics impacting farmers and landowners. 0 Shares  Leave a Commentlast_img

Unemployment Benefits for Military Spouses after a Permanent Change of Station

first_imgBy Carol ChurchWhen Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders come in, a lot of changes are on the way. Some may be exciting—but often, the transitions can be difficult. For military spouses, one of the hardest changes to handle can occur when it becomes necessary to quit a job. Although some types of job are “portable” and can “come with” a family to the next location, most cannot.It may be hard to say goodbye to the fulfillment, purpose, and social belonging gained from employment. But of course, the things families tend to miss most is the income! At a time that’s already stressful, families may find themselves wondering how they’ll get by.One option that is not always thought of is for the military spouse to file for unemployment. Many of us may never have filed for unemployment or even spent any time thinking about it as a possibility. Some may even consider this to be a program for those who “don’t want to work.” However, we all pay taxes towards this benefit. At times like these, it only makes sense to take advantage of it. Fortunately, unemployment benefits are available to most military spouses who must leave their jobs due to a PCS.What Are the Facts?46 states (all except North Dakota, Ohio, Louisiana, and Idaho) currently offer unemployment benefits to service member spouses who must quit their jobs when their spouse is reassigned.You may be eligible even if you are PCSing to or from overseas.Those using unemployment will typically be required to report back weekly or biweekly as to the efforts they are making to find a new job.There may be a waiting period before benefits “kick in.”There is usually a maximum amount of time that benefits can be received; often this is 26 weeks.Your state may require you to attempt to find a new position in your new state with the company you previously worked for.Don’t quit too early. Your state may allow you 30 days before the start date of your spouse’s new position, but you may not be able to officially quit until 15 or even 10 days before your spouse’s report date if you want to get benefits.Be aware that laws and rules can do change (and have changed!) If you tried to file in the past and were denied, don’t assume that will happen again; it has become easier to qualify.Your unemployment check will be a percentage of what you earned while employed.What Should I Do?Find out how to file and the specific laws for the state you worked in (that is, the state you are moving away from) here: Career OneStopApply for unemployment in the state you worked inKnow the facts of your employment: how long you held the job, what you earned, when you started, when you quitFile a copy of your spouse’s PCS orders with your unemployment paperworkWhile the military lifestyle has many rewards, there’s no denying that the frequent moves can be really tough on spouses trying to maintain a career. On average, military families relocate every 2-3 years, a rate that can be pretty difficult to cope with. Experts report that military spouse unemployment is significantly higher than that of the spouses of people in “regular” jobs, and military spouses also tend to earn less. Collecting unemployment after being required to say goodbye to a job is a worker’s right, and a benefit that more military spouses should take advantage of.Join us Tuesday, October 23 at 11 a.m. ET for Employment Resources for Military Families. RSVP here.References:Green, K., & Says, N. (2017). How Do Unemployment Benefits Work for Military Spouses Living Overseas? Retrieved from https://militaryshoppers.com/unemployment-benefits-overseas/Jorden, V. (2017). How to File for Unemployment When You PCS. Retrieved from https://militaryshoppers.com/unemployment-military-spouses/Provost, J. (2017). These are the unemployment options available to milspouses during PCS moves. Retrived from http://militaryoneclick.com/pcsing-unemployment-options-available-milspouses/Terrell, C. (2017). From the Homefront: Military spouses leaving jobs should prepare early for unemployment benefits. Retrieved from http://allhands.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/06/08/from-the-homefront-military-spouses-leaving-jobs-should-prepare-early-for-unemployment-benefits/last_img read more

Despite its league-worst record, New York Knicks still most valuable NBA team

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Knicks, who feature a starting lineup with three new players acquired in the Kristaps Porzingis trade, lost at home Tuesday night for a franchise-record 15th straight game. They began Wednesday with a 10-43 record.Forbes says the Los Angeles Lakers remain in second place with a value of $3.7 billion, up 12 percent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRounding out the top five are the Golden State Warriors ($3.5 billion), Chicago Bulls ($2.9 billion) and Boston Celtics ($2.8 billion).The average NBA team is worth $1.9 billion, up 13 percent from last year. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Two Koreas to hold talks on traditional wrestling exchanges SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte New York Knicks center Enes Kanter. left, forward Mario Hezonja, center, and guard Damyean Dotson, right, watch the game action from the bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — The New York Knicks are worth $4 billion, making them the most valuable NBA team for the fourth straight year, according to Forbes. That’s despite having the worst record among the league’s 30 teams.In its annual rankings, Forbes said the Knicks’ value increased 11 percent from last year because of a $1 billion renovation of Madison Square Garden, completed in 2013, that has produced a series of new revenue streams.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more