Roads were blanketed with snow as Thursday’s blizzard hit the region. (Courtesy Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen) Mayor Jay Gillian provided this latest update Friday afternoon in the aftermath of Thursday’s blizzard.I want to update you on our efforts to clear the streets after yesterday’s major snowfall. Our Public Works team has been working around-the-clock and made great progress under extremely challenging conditions. Due to the low temperatures, the snow is not melting, and the piles have to be removed – like the beach sand on the streets after Sandy.We have every staff member and every plow working, and we’ve now hired an outside contractor to bring in six dump trucks and additional equipment to help out. If at all possible, please try to limit your travel to make room for our crews to work. You also can help by not pushing snow onto a cleared street as you shovel out and by parking cars as close as possible to the curb.The emergency routes and north-south avenues are in good shape. The fleet will continue to work through the night and for as long as it takes to clear all other streets and alleys.The Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center will open at 2 p.m. today (Jan. 5) and the Ocean City Free Public Library will open at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Jan. 6). The Ocean City Civic Center is available for open play until 5 p.m. today. Be cautious in shoveling out your properties, and please look after your neighbors.The storm left some areas with more than a foot of snow. (Courtesy Tim Kelly)
Imphal: The five-day North East Olympic Games got underway at the Khuman Lampak sports complex here on Wednesday.Over 2000 players and officials from the north-eastern states and Sikkim are participating in the first edition of the Games.Manipur Olympic Association president T. Radheshyam said that the players will compete in 12 disciplines during the Games. The events will be held in three venues.Manipur chief minister N. Biren inaugurated the games on Wednesday.He exhorted the people to extend all possible help to the players from other ANE states as they may face language problems in Manipur.Police said that security is tightened in and around the state capital to ensure that there are no law and order problems during the Games. (IANS)
STEVE Ninvalle was re-elected president when the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) held itsSTEVE NinvalleAnnual General Meeting on Wednesday at the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) headquarters in Kingston. Ninvalle was elected unopposed as were the six other members of his executive.The three elected vice- presidents are Maurice Rajkumar, Carl Graham and Gordon Nedd. Sean Richmond retained his place as Secretary and Dexter Patterson as Treasurer. The new Assistant Secretary/Treasurer is Stacy Correia.The president thanked affiliates for their confidence in his leadership and declared that the development of the sport’s nursery will be the focus for the next four years.However, he noted that the executive’s immediate task is getting a team to Barbados to participate in the Caribbean Development Tournament.Ninvalle immediately after appointed vice- president Rajkumar to head a fund raising committee. The GBA executive will take part today in a One Hundred mile walk from Berbice to Georgetown in order to raise funds for the Barbados trip.
— The Cincinnati Reds are laying off less than 25% of their staff and reducing pay for others on June 1 in response to the pandemic. Cincinnati was among the majority of teams that committed to paying full-time employees through May. The move comes a day after The Associated Press was told the Miami Marlins are furloughing 90 to 100 baseball operations employees beginning June 1.— The PGA Tour Champions has decided to combine 2020 and 2021 into one season. Tour president Miller Brady says combining two seasons into one is the best solution. The 50-and-older circuit already has canceled eight tournaments because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour is scheduled to resume with the Ally Challenge in Michigan on July 31. That would be the first of 13 events remaining this year, barring any delays. The PGA Tour Champions already has lost two majors, the U.S. Senior Open and the Senior PGA Championship, and is waiting to hear the fate of the Senior British Open.— NBC’s on-air sports personalities are taking a pay cut ranging from 5-10% through the rest of the year because of the coronavirus pandemic. NBC Sports Group President Pete Bevacqua says the pay cuts are voluntary. NBCUniversal executives are taking 20% pay cuts and those making more than $100,000 are seeing a 3% salary reduction.— ACC commissioner John Swofford says the league expects to distribute 98% of its projected revenues to member schools for this school year despite the shutdown of college sports amid the coronavirus pandemic. The NCAA announced in March that it would distribute $225 million in June to 350 Division I schools after the cancellation of its men’s basketball tournament, much less than the original plan of $600 million. But Swofford said the league has offset some losses in savings for canceled championship events as well as less travel and other expenses.— Golf has joined baseball and soccer as sports in South Korea that are back in action. The women’s KLPGA Championship started Thursday. The tournament is being played without fans and with players using hand sanitizers and following social-distancing rules. Caddies wore masks on the course and players were allowed to play without them. Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell says he won’t take the mound this year if his pay is cut further. He also has health concerns as Major League Baseball tries to salvage a season that has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.Snell says he should receive the money he signed for and not 50% because the season is being cut in half. Snell would get $43,210 for each day of the schedule under the March 26 agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ association.Snell was slated to make $7 million this season, part of a five-year, $50 million package he accepted in February 2019.Snell won the American League Cy Young Award in 2018 after going 21-5 with a circuit-leading 1.86 ERA. Injuries limited him to 23 starts last year as he went 6-8 with a 4.29 earned run average.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSRays’ Snell says he won’t take another pay cutST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A former Cy Young Award winner is balking. — Orlando is the latest NBA team to reopen its practice facility since the coronavirus shutdown, with Nikola Vucevic (VOOCH’-uh-vihch) among the first Magic players to arrive back for voluntary workouts Thursday. The Magic released video of Vucevic working with assistant coach Lionel Chalmers, who was in a mask and gloves for the session. The NBA requires anyone who is present for the workouts, except for the player while he is working out, to be wearing personal protective equipment.— West Virginia University president E. Gordon Gee is vowing that the Mountaineers will play football this fall. Despite uncertainly around the coronavirus pandemic, all Big 12 schools, including West Virginia, plan to open campuses for the fall semester, a key step toward launching fall sports. Gee joked in a radio interview that he would “suit up” if it meant the Mountaineers would play.— The Southern Conference will cut back on schools qualifying for several championships, trim its league baseball series from three games to two and hold virtual media days for football and basketball. Those are among several cost-cutting moves announced by the conference because of the impact of the pandemic. The Division I conference will reduce qualifiers to four for men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball.— The IOC has set aside $800 million for loans and payments arising from the pandemic that forced the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to be postponed. It is still unclear how big the total postponement bill will be with Olympic organizers and public authorities in Japan facing extra costs estimated to run into billions for the one-year postponement. A sum of $150 million is for loans to sports governing bodies and more than 200 eligible national Olympic committees. The IOC is working on how to allocate the other $650 million.— The English Premier League has received government backing to resume next month if games become more accessible to fans and the world’s richest soccer competition provides financial support across the English game. The top division is the most advanced in its planning to restart amid concerns the three other professional football leagues in England could lack the funding to resume without ticket revenue from supporters. Mass gatherings are still banned and fans are not allowed to attend sports events. Update on the latest sports — Germany’s Bundesliga (BOON’-dehsh-lee-guh) soccer clubs will be allowed to use five substitutions per game when the season resumes on Saturday. The clubs in the top two German divisions have decided to accept the rule change allowed last week by the International Football Association Board. The change is meant to reduce the workload on players as the leagues pack their schedules to complete the season. Teams can make substitutions only at three breaks in the game and the league recommends making only two substitutions at once.— The German Football League has relaxed its stance on finishing the season by June 30, when some players’ contracts expire. Games could continue into July if the alternative is leaving the season unfinished at the end of June, it said in a statement. Some games could be moved to neutral venues if they can’t be played at the original stadium because of infection risks locally. The league delayed a decision on how to decide final standings if the season can’t be finished.— A Turkish soccer club says eight people have tested positive for the coronavirus and training has been suspended. The club, Besiktas, says its president and a player were among those who tested positive. Turkish teams have resumed limited training sessions following the federation’s decision to restart matches in empty stadiums on June 12.— The Italian soccer federation has set up a pool of inspectors to check that teams comply with new health protocols and government decrees issued during the coronavirus pandemic. Serie A teams were permitted to resume individual training on May 4 while full team training can restart Monday. Lazio has reportedly already been training in groups of three players. The federation says inspectors will verify that practices are held according to the rules. The league said on Wednesday that it hopes to resume playing games on June 13 but the government has not approved a restart yet.NHL-NEWS May 14, 2020 Coyotes part ways with CEO Ahron CohenUNDATED (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes confirmed Thursday that they are parting ways with president and CEO Ahron Cohen.Cohen has been with the Coyotes since being hired in 2015 as chief operating officer and chief legal officer by previous owner Andrew Barroway. Cohen was named president and CEO in 2017 after Steve Patterson stepped back to serve as a consultant and adviser after a year on the job.The Coyotes were still in contention for a Western Conference playoff spot when the NHL season was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.In other NHL news: NASCAR plans to race its way through the South in JuneUNDATED (AP) — It will be a summer in the South for NASCAR. The stock car series says it will stick to Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Florida and Alabama for June races, all without fans.NASCAR has now set plans for 20 races, including nine in the elite Cup Series. It is coming back after being shut down for more than two months by the pandemic.The Cup Series resumes this Sunday at Darlington Raceway and run four times in 11 days at the South Carolina track and at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Then NASCAR will go to Bristol, Martinsville, Atlanta, Homestead and Talladega. In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: — Penguins forward Dominik Simon is out six to seventh months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Simon initially hurt the shoulder in a loss to the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 29 and underwent surgery on April 29. The procedure would preclude Simon from returning if the 2019-2020 NHL season resumes. The league is currently on “pause” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 25-year-old Simon had seven goals and 15 assists in 64 games this season for Pittsburgh. OLYMPICS-BASKETBALL QUALIFYINGOlympic basketball qualifying for Tokyo Games rescheduledUNDATED (AP) — FIBA (FEE’-bah) says the final four men’s basketball spots in the 12-nation field for the Tokyo Olympics will be decided next summer.FIBA has pushed back the dates for the four remaining qualifying tournaments to June 29 through July 4, 2021, meaning they would end 19 days before the rescheduled start of the delayed Tokyo Olympics. Associated Press But it remains unclear if those final spots will be earned while an NBA season is happening or if NBA players will be able to take part.OLYMPICS-BASEBALLExtra innings: Baseball head pitches Olympics to MLB, againROME (AP) — The president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation is making one final pitch to Major League Baseball to send its top stars to the Tokyo Olympics.Riccardo Fraccari sees the one-year postponement of the games as a new opportunity for MLB. He tells The Associated Press that because of the damages from the coronavirus “baseball needs the Olympics now more than ever to boost the sport’s globalization, expansion and mass appeal.” MLB and its players’ association have so far only agreed to allow players not on 26-man active rosters or injured lists to take part in Olympic qualifying.PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-CHARLOTTEPGA Championship returns to Charlotte’s Quail Hollow in 2025PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The PGA Championship will return to Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, in May 2025.Quail Hollow hosted the PGA Championship in 2017, when a 24-year-old Justin Thomas defeated Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST’-hy-zehn) and Patrick Reed by two shots to claim his first major championship. PGA officials raved about the 2017 event and strongly hinted at the time they’d like to see the PGA Championship return to Charlotte due to strong attendance numbers.This year’s PGA Championship was rescheduled for Aug. 3-9 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco because of the coronavirus pandemic.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
– No place for Trayon BobbFOUR years after he made his debut for Guyana in a 2 – 0 win over Grenada, Matthew Briggs will return for the Golden Jaguars after being named in Coach Michael Johnson’s 23-man squad for the June 14 – July 7 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Briggs, 28, was kept out of the National side due to eligibility issues, but now, the former Fulham FC, Watford and Colchester defender is set to play a major role in Guyana’s Gold Cup campaign.Former Ajax youth player Terell Ondaan (winger), along with Jordan Dover (defender), Liam Gordon (defender) and goalkeeper Quillan Roberts are the debutants in the side, while Western Tigers’ Pernell Schultz and Daniel Wilson, Guyana Defence Force’s (GDF) Kevin Layne and goalkeepers, Alex Murray and Akel Clarke, are the only locally-based players in the squad. Sheldon Holder, who plays professionally in Trinidad and Tobago with Caledonia AIA, also got the nod.Matthew BriggsHowever, probably in the biggest surprise, there was no place for Trayon Bobb, but, looking at the team’s composition, it would’ve been difficult for the winger to play ahead of former Arsenal player, Anthony Jeffery and Reading FC’s Callum Harriot. Ondaan, a product of Ajax’s academy, also plays in the same position as Bobb on the wing. “The Technical Staff is very confident and excited about the composition of the squad arrived at for the continuation of this historic journey. As you would appreciate, the selection process was not easy by any means and we do appreciate there will be disappointment amongst some players,” Johnson said.Commenting further on the team’s selection, Johnson noted that “we would like to encourage players, fans, well-wishers and the media to get behind your Golden Jaguars, as we all aim to prove to the people of Guyana, at home and in the Diaspora, that we belong. Wherever you are in the world, the staff and players are asking you to get behind the team and enjoy this historical moment. Your country needs you!”Assistant Coach, Charles ‘Lily’ Pollard, a former Golden Jaguar player, also commented on the final squad, pointing out that “It’s an exciting time for the Golden Jaguars and we are energized to show that we can compete at the highest level in Concacaf. It’s going to be very tough, but we are looking forward to the challenge.”The Golden Jaguars have been drawn in Group D of the 16-team tournament with the host nation USA, along with Panama and Trinidad and Tobago.Following the opening match against the USA on June 18, Guyana will travel to Cleveland, Ohio where they will take on Panama on June 22 at the First Energy Stadium and then it’s on to the final group match against Caribbean Football Union rivals, neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago on June 26 at the Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas.Golden Jaguars team: Matthew Briggs, Terell Ondaan, Jordan Dover, Liam Gordon, Quillan Roberts, Sam Cox, Neil Danns, , Emery Welshman, Keanu Marsh-Brown, Ronayne Marsh-Brown, Callum Harriott, Anthony Jeffery, Pernell Shultz, Warren Creavalle, Elliot Bonds, Terrence Vancooten, Kevin Layne, Stephen Duke-McKenna, Sheldon Holder, Daniel Wilson, Akel Clarke and Alex Murray.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Said Loring: “We were always cool, but we weren’t tight.” Tarver, a 5-foot-8 freshman guard from Valencia, and Loring, a 6-1 junior forward, from Saugus by way of College of the Canyons, have grown tight since preseason workouts began last year. The Roadrunners, who have four first-year starters, have bonded during impromptu late-night shootarounds and three-on-three pickup games that often go well past midnight. “Whether we’re tired or sore, we’re going to the gym to work on our shooting over and over.” said Tarver, CSUB’s fourth-leading scorer (12.5 points per game) and No. 2 rebounder (5.1 per game). “We knew there would be some close games. but we have faith and confidence in each other.” Loring, who ranks third in scoring (13.0) and rebounding (4.9), agrees. “It is so weird to be part of a team that has meshed with all our personalities,” she said. “It’s one of the best experiences that I have had on a team. We don’t have any hate or dislike. When we have problems, we set them aside.” BAKERSFIELD – Kelley Tarver and Jessie Loring weren’t exactly the best of friends when they played girls’ basketball at Foothill League rivals Valencia and Saugus highs, but it hasn’t taken long for them to bond in their first season as teammates at Cal State Bakersfield. Tarver and Loring, who have helped the Division II Roadrunners to a 13-1 start, had never really spoken until CSUB started recruiting them. Now they’re part of a tight-knit group that is atop the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings at 6-1 heading into Friday’s game at Cal State Monterey Bay. “I knew of (Loring) because of basketball,” Tarver said, “but I didn’t know her personally.” Loring was a two-time Foothill League Offensive Most Valuable Player at Saugus and two-time All-Western State Conference player at COC. Tarver, a Foothill League Co-MVP last season, is Valencia’s all-time scoring leader. Among their teammates is fellow Foothill League product Christine Kepenekian, a freshman guard from Burbank High. Luring Loring and Tarver to Bakersfield from the Santa Clarita Valley wasn’t difficult for fifth-year coach Tim La Kose, a Cal State Northridge graduate who spent eight years at Cal Lutheran, where he’s the women’s basketball program’s winningest coach. Heading north provided them a chance to get away from home without being too far away, and CSUB’s move next season from Division II to Division I promised a chance to play at the highest level. Loring is the third COC player to join La Kose at CSUB, following Sharkia Jones, the Roadunners’ starting point guard last season, and forward Ofolangi Mailangi. Loring said two seasons at COC readied her for Division II basketball. Tarver’s transition has been facilitated by the Roadrunners’ unity. “The level of competition is better than high school,” she said, “but we have really good chemistry.” La Kose is most impressed with Tarver’s versatility and Loring’s ability to score and rebound. Tarver chose the Roadrunners over Arizona and Howard. “I just fell in love with the program,” she said. “I didn’t think about having an immediate impact or starting. I liked the group of girls and the coaching staff.” Loring decided on CSUB after receiving strong interest from La Kose. She had hoped to attend UC Santa Barbara, but the Gauchos didn’t express interest. The Roadrunners’ 74-72 victory over UCSB in a season-opening exhibition was particularly satisfying for her. “I didn’t really care if Bakersfield was Division I or Division II,” Loriing said. “It wasn’t big, but it is a winning program. A lot of the (big schools) never made offers, and I was their second or third choice. I wanted to be at a place where there would be more playing time and more part of a team.” TWO ROADRUNNERS Valencia High product Kelley Taver and former Saugus High/College of the Canyons standout Jessie Loring have helped Cal State Bakersfield to a 13-1 record in their first seasons at the four-year level. Name: Jessie Loring. Height: 6-1. Position: Forward. Class: Junior. High School: Saugus. Junior College: Canyons. Career Highlights: 2003-04, 2004-05 All-Western State Conference selection at COC; two-time Foothill League Offensive Most Valuable Player at Saugus. Name: Kelley Tarver. Height: 5-8. Position: Guard. Class: Freshman. High School: Valencia. Career Highlights: 2004-05 Foothill League Co-Most Valuable Playerholds Valencia scoring records for game, season, career. 2004-05 All-Southern Section Division I-AA first team. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The cream of vintage performance cars are in Donegal today (Fri) for the 24th annual Rally Donegal 2019. From Bentleys, Frazer-Nash, Reilly, Ford, Laguna, and of course Wolseley to name but a few, participants are pictured completing the first closed-circuit test early on Friday morning before their departure from their overnight halt at the Clanree Hotel.Today the cars are on the way to Bundoran as they take in the view of the Donegal scenery in their open-top racing cars. Brian McDaid was at the gathering capturing some stunning photos of the events best-looking cars in action.See below…Donegal bursting with class as vintage cars take centre stage – Pic Special was last modified: September 13th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
It was full steam ahead for Wainfest 2019 as Cathaoirleach Nicholas Crossan, along with pupils from St Eunan’s Primary School Raphoe launched this year’s programme at Oakfield Park on Tuesday.Wainfest is Donegal’s Children’s Arts and Book Festival, which is developed each year by the energetic and inspirational team at Donegal County Council’s Culture Division.This year’s festival takes place from 5 – 13 October where schools and families can “Expect to Connect” with 54 family events and 105 school events in over 30 locations over an 8-day period. Donegal County Council Cultural Services staff pictured at the official launch of Wainfest in Oakfield Park yesterday. L-R Rita Chapman, Denis McGeady, Sinead McLaughlin, Rory Gallagher, Donna Cavanagh, Kevin McCaul, Noelle Sandilands, Aideen Tighe and Belinda Glackin.Speaking at the launch, Donna Cavanagh from Donegal Library Services explained how the festival had transformed since its inception in 1996 into “a festival which has proven its ability to engage, enlighten and involve children in high quality cultural events in their community.”She added “this year we are delighted to announce a visit from best-selling children’s author, Holly Webb, who has published well over 100 books and has agreed to happily answer any questions our budding young authors might have. We have magic with award winning magician Jessica Harkin, lego animation workshops, circus skills workshops, film screenings, virtual reality in the museum, YouTube workshops, yoga, beautiful theatre productions, sensory events and a range of events for babies and toddlers.”Donna Cavanagh, Senior Executive Librarian with Donegal County Council Cultural Services speaking at the official launch of Wainfest yesterday.Perrin the Elf entertaining pupils from St.Eunan’s N.S, Raphoe at the official launch of Wainfest yesterday.Launching the programme, Cathaoirleach Cllr. Nicholas Crossan commented on the wonderful opportunities for the young people of this county to connect with culture and creativity first-hand and making it an accessible and welcoming event.“This year’s festival has a range of events for children on the Autism Spectrum, in fact 20% of the programmed events are ASD Friendly this year. This has been made possible by The Dormant Accounts Fund, for libraries to support marginalized, socially excluded and disadvantaged communities, and I hope that this will become a stepping stone to the development of an ASD-Friendly Library Service in Donegal, over the coming years”. Cllr Crossan also endorsed the partnerships which have been key to the success of Wainfest over the years saying “I am delighted to see a strong collaborative approach continue in 2019. Without partners like Eclipse and Century cinemas, Oakfield Park, Inishowen Maritime Museum and An Grianan Theatre and more we could not provide such a comprehensive programme. It is this sort of commitment, ingenuity and collaboration that emphasises the important role local authorities play as providers and enablers of culture and creativity.”Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan pictured at the official launch of Wainfest with Professor Peartree, Perrin the Elf and pupils from St. Eunans N.S, Raphoe. Also pictured are Eileen Burgess, Donegal County Librarian and Donna Cavanagh, Senior Executive Librarian, Donegal County Council Cultural Services.Pupils from St Eunan’s Primary School, Raphoe were treated to a ride on the steam train and stories from Perrin the Elf and Professor Peartree – a taste of what to expect from Wainfest 2019.For the second year running, Oakfield Park has partnered with Wainfest Arts and Book Festival for a special Harry Potter Experience. Taking place across two weekends (Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th and Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th October), this not-to-be-missed event for Harry Potter fans will include a host of magical and exciting events.To see all that’s on offer in 2019 visit wainfest.ie or pick up a programme from your local library or Council office.It’s ‘full steam ahead’ for Wainfest 2019! was last modified: September 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:wainfest 2019
Many influential figures in South African government, business and civil society serve on the Board of Brand South Africa.Executive AuthorityMs Faith Muthambi, Minister of CommunicationsBrand South Africa Board of TrusteesMs Khanyisile Kweyama – Chairperson of the Brand SA Board of TrusteesMs Babalwa Ngonyama – Deputy ChairpersonMs Thembi KuneneMr Mpho MakwanaMr Kuseni DlaminiMs Janine HillsMs Lehlohonolo BonokoMs Muditambi RaveleMr Arthur MafokateMs Given Refilwe SibiyaMr Rashid LombardMr Stavros NicolaouMr Mzimkulu MalungaMs Pumla NcapayiMr Geoffrey RothschildBrand South Africa Board TrusteesMs Charlotte “Chichi” Maponya – ChairmanMr Happy Ntshingila – Deputy ChairmanMr Mninawe SilingaMr Ryland FisherMr Connie MolusiMr Thebe IkalafengMs Paula FrayMs Phumelele NzimandeMr Deon HuysamerMr Mzimkulu MalungaMr Rick MenellMr Zwelibanzi MntamboMr Stavros NicolaouMr Danny JordanMr Wayne MorrisMr Geoffrey RothschildMr Ajay GuptaMs Phumla WilliamsMs Pumla NcapayiMr Clayson Monyela
Maverick Richard Branson has encouragedthe youth of South Africa to dream theirhighest dreams.(Image: Wikimedia) Branson with some of the students fromthe Branson school of Entrepreneurship.(Image: Virgin Unite)Khanyi MagubaneTop entrepreneur and head of the Virgin Group Richard Branson has encouraged young South Africans to not be afraid of reaching for their highest dreams.The business mogul was addressing youngsters at the Branson School of Entrepreneurship on 10 January during a prize-giving ceremony.Branson said the youth in South Africa had to shake off the mentality of the past. “South Africa has been oppressed for decades,” he said, adding that he was aware that young people in the country did not have enough role models growing up.The school’s students invited Branson to attend the culmination of their own internal competition to find the institution’s best business proposal for a small business venture.The overall winner of the competition was 29-year-old Sonwabile Mngenela from the Eastern Cape.The young entrepreneur’s company Mngenela Promoters creates unique handmade ceramics. Mngenela has aspirations to join the global business market and could be well on his way with the R10 000 (US$1 000) prize money he received.In addition to the cash prize, Mngenela will be offered business advice, “If he wants it,” Branson joked.Mngenela has also been offered a spot at one of the world’s top business schools. Peter Callum, head of the Cass Business School in London, invited the young entrepreneur to join the school during its summer programme.Mngenela’s love for ceramics is deeply rooted within his family. In fact, the entire family, from siblings to his 100-year-old grandmother, are active within his company.Chief executive officer of the Umsobomvu Youth Fund, Malose Kekana, also offered all the eight contenders R10 000 ($1 000) to fund their businesses.The Umsobomvu Youth Fund is a government initiative aimed at helping young entrepreneurs in South Africa access funding to start their businesses.During the event, Branson announced that next year’s winner will receive an additional $10 000 (R1 000) courtesy of an anonymous businessman who was impressed by the programme.Helping young ideas become a realityThe Branson School of Entrepreneurship was established in partnership with CIDA University, South Africa’s firstly and only virtually free institution of higher learning.At the opening of the school in October 2005, Branson was excited at the success that the school would reach in unearthing brilliant entrepreneurs.“I am truly delighted to be opening the Branson School of Entrepreneurship at CIDA. It is my hope that the students learn, by studying companies such as Virgin and working with our staff, that taking a great idea and having the courage to run with it can build great 21st century businesses,” he said.“The South African economy is dependent on entrepreneurial activity for creating future economic growth and jobs. Currently the economic contribution to South Africa’s entrepreneurial sector is below the emerging markets norm, I believe that increasing entrepreneurship in this country is the golden highway to economic freedom.”Together with CIDA’s founder Taddy Bletcher, The Branson School of Entrepreneurship was established to offer an intensive 18-month training programme for CIDA graduates.The programme aims to launch 30 small businesses each year.According to its website, the primary focus of The Branson School of Entrepreneurship is to: Identify and nurture individuals with entrepreneurial potential; Develop potential entrepreneurs in a practical, relevant and holistic way; Provide students with real-world business skills and mentorship; Promote entrepreneurship as a desirable career option and Support start-ups and micro-enterprises with skills, mentors, services, networks and finance arrangements.Students are taught the finer points of business acumen, culminating in a business plan that they have to produce once they graduate.The students are treated as business people and are offered a virtual office for use. The office is fitted with a desk, computer, telephone, internet access, as well as a meeting room and boardroom facilities.During the 18-month long course, students receive coaching and mentoring and are given exposure to successful local and international entrepreneurs.Students who show real potential to make it in the business world are provided with much-needed capital to start their small businesses.The funding process is, however, very strict. The loan is only guaranteed to students whose business plans show evidence of sustainability and the ability to generate money.The Branson School of Entrepreneurship forms part of the non-profit Virgin Unite Entrepreneurial Foundation of the Virgin Group.The right man for the job58-year-old British-born Richard Branson is one of the world’s most easily recognisable entrepreneurs.Described as a daredevil, Branson is famous for his high adventure record-breaking attempts. But his life in the fast lane started from just humble beginnings.He dropped out of school at age 15 and by the time he was 16 years-old, published a student magazine entitled Student.In 1972, he opened up his first major business venture – Virgin Records. He named it “Virgin” as it was his first business venture. The name has since remained the brand for his businesses.In 1992, the Virgin Music Group, which consisted of the record labels, music publishing and recording studios was sold to EMI for R10-billion ($1-billion).Branson continued expanding his business and in 1984 he started Virgin Atlantic Airways.Virgin Atlantic Airways are now the second largest British long haul international airline. The airline flies to various countries and cities around the world including South Africa, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Orlando, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, Dallas, and Tokyo.The Virgin Group now has over 360 companies listed under it, these include Virgin Active – a group of gyms in South Africa, which was taken over from the Health and Racquet group.He also has companies in the train, holiday, banking, media, books, fleet, and soft drinks industries.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: [email protected] Related articlesSA academics shineSchool for Africa’s future leaders Youth month marked in SA Mandela Rhodes Trust turns five Useful linksVirgin UniteVirgin GroupCida City CampusUmsobomvu Youth Fund