Options abound in TCU quarterback competition

first_imgBoschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Previous articleWomen’s basketball advances in WNIT with second-half comebackNext articleWATCH: Humanitarian talks global health, work with patients and local colleagues Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett Podell Twitter Linkedin Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee + posts printDuring the search to find Kenny Hill’s replacement as the next Horned Frog quarterback, TCU head coach Gary Patterson has found the position group to be as deep as its ever been.“Best first two days of spring we’ve had in two years,” Patterson said of his quarterbacks. “All three probably spinning it better the first two days of the spring than we have in two years.”Shawn Robinson, who played in six of TCU’s thirteen games as a true freshman, including a win in his only start in Lubbock against Texas Tech, is the likely starter Patterson said, but Justin Rogers and Penn transfer Michael Collins have also impressed.“Shawn Robinson is probably the leading candidate because he’s started a game and won it,” Patterson said. “He’s been here and learned how to manage and prepare for a ball game during the week. The best part about that was I don’t think he understood what to do. You go into Lubbock to play a ball game as the starting quarterback, that’s hard to do. He threw the ball well, missed a couple routes, but found a way to win the ball game.” The sophomore, a state champion at DeSoto High School, gained what Patterson said is something you can’t teach when he accounted for 169 total yards, 84 of which came on the ground against the Red Raiders, experience. “I think what he learned out of it was that the preparation is a lot of work and you need to get down,” Patterson said. “You can’t run over everybody even if you’re 220. Everybody has big guys so you have to be able to get down.”While Collins doesn’t have the name-recognition of Robinson or Rogers, the highest-rated recruit during Patterson’s time in Fort Worth, he could earn the back-up job and stay in the hunt for the top spot until the very end with Rogers’ on the mend, recovering from a knee injury he suffered in high school.TCU offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie coaches up quarterback Justin Rogers (13). Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoAfter the conclusion of spring practice number five Thursday and the first full pads practice of the semester, the Ivy League transfer still has a ways to go.“I only judge quarterbacks in scrimmages and games, so there are days where you’re killing it and some days you’re not,” Patterson said. “Today we worked first down, third down, zone and man blitz, so for a new guy it’s a lot of work. That’s why we push the issue all the time.”However, whether it’s Robinson, the most likely scenario, Collins, or Rogers, it’ll be a work in progress with the offensive line in front of them losing four of its five starters from a season ago.“Again, Robinson’s deep in alligators because the thing about running back and quarterback here is your confidence level goes with the experience of your offensive line, and right they’re a work in progress,” Patterson said. “We’re on day five or six, we just need to keep getting better. There are three rotating in at left tackle.”However, whoever becomes the TCU signal-caller will be lavished with a talented wide receiver group Patterson said with Jaelan Austin and Jalen Reagor at X and Z positions on the outside, Jarrison Stewart inside at the Y position, and KaVontae Turpin and true freshman Taye Barber at H inside the slot. “We look more explosive at the wide receiver position and at quarterback especially throwing it deep than we have in a couple years.”TCU wide receiver KaVontae Turpin (25) and running back Sewo Olonilua (33) talk in between drills. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoSpecifically, Barber has drawn a rave reviews early this spring.“Our off-season hasn’t bothered him at all, the learning process hasn’t bothered him at all, going to school hasn’t bothered him at all,” Patterson said. “He’s one of those guys where you just smile when you talk to him because he’s been a perfect child. What else can you ask for? If everyone did that it would be a lot easier on us.”Patterson said former TCU receiver and 2017 Alamo Bowl hero Desmond White was fast, but Barber is even faster.Barber, a graduate of Cypress Springs in Houston, runs a 4.53 40-yard dash while White ran a 4.68 40-yard dash coming out of DeSoto in 2014. Barber, at 5-foot-10, 183 pounds, is four inches taller and 40 pounds stronger than White when he as a true freshman. Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Facebook Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ ReddIt ReddIt Twitter TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson(red) drops back to pass in practice. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Facebooklast_img read more

London Odds & Ends: Glee’s Dianna Agron to Star in McQueen & More

first_img Dianna Agron Set for McQueen Glee star Dianna Agron and stage vet Stephen Wight (Don Juan in Soho) will take on the roles of Dahlia and Lee McQueen, respectively, in the world premiere of James Phillips’s play McQueen. Directed by John Caird, the show is set on a single London night and steps into the fairy story landscape of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen’s mind. The production begins performances at the St. James Theatre on May 12, with opening nights scheduled for May 19 and May 20. Here’s a quick roundup of London stories you may have missed today. Kit Harington Eyes 2016 Stage Return Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington is aiming to return to his stage roots. Before spending literally years shooting in snow as Jon Snow, Harington made his name on the boards, originating the role of Albert Narracott in London’s War Horse. He told the Daily Mail that he is considering going back to the theater in 2016. No word yet on the project or location, but we (of course!) think it’s time he followed his Thrones co-star Emilia Clarke and made his Broadway debut! Judi Dench & More to Star in The Vote This sounds like an “Event” with a capital “E”! Mother-daughter duo Tony and Oscar winner Judi Dench and Finty Williams, Broadway alums Paul Chahidi and Hadley Fraser, Catherine Tate and more will star in The Vote. Set in a fictional London polling station, the play, written by Finding Neverland’s James Graham, dramatizes the final ninety minutes before the polls close in this year’s U.K. General Election. There will be two weeks of performances at the Donmar Theatre from April 24 through May 6 in the run-up to a live TV broadcast on May 7 (the day the Brits go to the polls). View Commentslast_img read more

After falling in opening set, Syracuse rips off 3 straight sets en route to win

first_img Published on November 19, 2017 at 4:18 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected] Syracuse (19-12, 11-7 Atlantic Coast) picked up its second win in three days with a 3-1 victory over Duke (17-12, 9-9) Sunday afternoon at the Women’s Building. After dropping the first set 25-20, the Orange rallied to win the next three sets to take the match. This win completes SU’s two-game sweep of Duke after the Orange won in four sets in Durham back on Sept. 28.Four main attackers carried SU, as Santita Ebangwese, Amber Witherspoon, Ella Saada and Kendra Lukacs all registered double-digit kills. Saada led the Orange attack with 13 kills, while Ebangwese and Witherspoon both tallied 12. Lukacs continued her recent strong play since returning from injury with 12 kills and just one attack error.With the first set level at 15, the Blue Devils reeled off nine of 12 points, opening up a 24-18 lead. The Orange struggled with attack errors in the opening set, with four coming during the Blue Devils’ late set run. Duke took the opening set 25-20.Leading 8-7 in the second set, the Orange scored six of the next seven points, with Saada adding two kills and an ace in the run. Duke rallied to close the gap to three points, 20-17, but the Orange pulled away late in the set, winning 25-19.The third set remained close for the entirety of the set, with neither team leading by more than two at any point. There were 16 ties in the set, and despite SU’s recent struggles in close sets, the Orange was able to win three of the final four points in the set to take a 2-1 lead. Jalissa Trotter ended the set emphatically with a kill to give SU a set point and an ace to close it out. Trotter tallied her second-most assists of the season with 45.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the final set, the Orange used the momentum shift at the end of the third to come out flying. SU took an early 8-4 lead and never looked back, with Witherspoon tallying three consecutive kills. The Orange used a 16-8 run to open up the game, 21-13, a deficit which was too great for the Blue Devils to overcome. Duke won five of six points to claw back into the set, but it was too late as SU held on for a 25-21 win in the final set.After two consecutive wins, Syracuse will host Notre Dame on Wednesday in the Women’s Building at 7 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

The latest sporting sensation to hit India on October 2nd: Plogging!

first_imgImage Courtesy: zeenews/plog.runAdvertisement bn64jNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4i30Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E77qz7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6wpoWould you ever consider trying this?😱7ildCan your students do this? 🌚15iuewRoller skating! Powered by Firework Plogging: the idea of Jogging and picking up litter on the way, is the newest fitness craze around the globe, and India has caught up on the fever as well. The government has announced to organise a plogging run in an attempt to make the streets cleaner, and what day could be better than 2nd October?Advertisement Image Courtesy: zeenews/plog.runPlogging was first organised in Sweden in 2016, and slowly made its way into other countries. Plog runs were already organised by individual communities in several Indian cities, and now the government has decided to conduct an official ‘Fit India Plog Run’ moment, to be organised a part of the Fit India movement, recently launched by PM Narendra Modi on 29th August.Back in 2014, the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ was launched on the same day, to see a cleaner nation along the length and breadth of the country. And as presently, the young generation are catching up to the Plog run movement, so it is a brilliant concept to bring the two seperate movements together.Advertisement #PloggingRun has been going viral on social media, as Union minister Kiren Rijiju is urging more and more people to become a part of the cause. Bhaichung Bhutia, Bajrang Punia and Shilpa Shetty are also coming forward in support of the movement.Social media platform TikTok has also urged its users to be a part of the movement with the #IAMLessPlastic campaign.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Nor’easter Hits Shore Area in All the Usual Places

first_imgStory by John Burton – Photos by Tina ColellaFlooding from Tuesday’s nor’easter that hit all the shore communities in Monmouth County was what those who live and travel through the area have come to know all too well: portions of roads were closed and you proceed through the water at your own and your vehicles’ risk.Sea Bright of course, had the most damage.Nearby Rumson, Oceanport, Monmouth Beach and Long Branch also suffered extreme flooding in some areas, re-routing traffic and rescuing drivers in flooded vehicles.Sea Bright Office of Emergency Management Director C. Read Murphy said of this storm, “This was a little bit stronger than a lot of the nor’easters but a short duration.”And during that brief but heavy storm, some of the borough streets prone to flooding, had as much as two-to-four feet of standing water on them for parts of Tuesday and into late Wednesday morning, he said, extending through three high tides.The areas that had the deepest flooding were some side streets on the borough’s very northern and southern end facing the Shrewsbury River and a portion of Ocean Avenue/state Highway 36, according to Murphy.Oceanport – Monmouth Boulevard“We had some significant flooding in low lying areas similar to other municipalities,” said Borough Administrator/Clerk Thomas Rogers. “The low lying areas are in the south of the borough and requires us to close roadways and detour traffic during the high tides.”“When the tides receded, the roads cleared,” he said. “Today  (Wednesday) there was some ponding on some properties.  It’s a normal occurrence during a soaking rain.”Oceanport had some significant flooding in the marine area and Monmouth Beach had some flooding on both the Shrewsbury River west end of the borough and some along Ocean Avenue as well.“We had some flooding throughout the town but no major catastrophes,” John O.  Bennett III, Oceanport Borough Administrator.The borough closed the usual streets that usually flood Oceanport Ave., Arnold St., and Bridgewaters Drive.“The old borough hall was shown to be unacceptable again,” he said referring to the former borough hall that floods just about during every storm.He confirmed again it would be a problem to retain the existing building,Once the waters receded by 11:30 a.m. Tuesday “everything worked out fine,” Bennett said.Susan Howard, mayor of Monmouth Beach, said, “the water was really high especially along Oceanport Avenue.”“The water was almost level with the tops of the bulkheads,” she said. “But all of us who live here know which way to drive out.”No homes were reported flooded, however, she said.A couple of days prior to Monday night’s and Tuesday’s storm had strong northeast winds, which Murphy said, “exacerbated the water situation,” contributing to the flooding.This is a common occurrence during high tides and storms and borough residents have come to adapt to it, he noted. However, “The biggest problem were people driving thorough the water,” he observed, “and cars breaking down.”That happened to four vehicles, requiring borough employees to haul them out in Sea Bright alone.last_img read more

Oak Hill Academy Plans to Open New High School

first_imgThe Socrates School at Oak Hill Academy willbe “an alternative high school for curious students that uses a personalizedapproach to education,” said Joseph A. Pacelli, headmaster of Oak Hill. “It’s going to be a shift from traditionalschooling as we know it and different than anything else offered in our area,”said Pacelli. “We’ve taken a hard look at where our schools are now and thedirection they should be going.” In its inaugural year the school could featurea class of 10 students. Annual tuition may be priced around $18,000 a year,said Pacelli. Oak Hill’s current enrollment is 292 studentspre-K through eighth grade, with an annual tuition rate of $20,100, accordingto the school’s website. Oak Hill Academy is hosting a May 14 informational meeting with a question-and-answer session at the school’s technology center at 7 p.m. To register for the meeting visit the Socrates School page at oakhillacademy.com. Academic days at the new high school will bedivided into blocks, beginning with the Socratic Block, a humanities-basedcurriculum focusing on social studies and English/language arts that wouldincorporate lesson plans from both the Big History Project and the Great BooksFoundation. The Laurel Springs School offers students aone-on-one relationship with teachers, and allows students, should they chooseto do so, an opportunity to advance as far beyond the mandatory graduationrequirements as they would like. To help aid that progression up the academicladder, Pacelli said each student will be developing an e-portfolio, aneasy-to-navigate and easily digestible online record supplied to admissionsofficers that will display each student’s growth and progression over theirfour years at The Socrates School. “We hope to identify books over a particularperiod of time and integrate them into our Big History Project,” Pacelli said.“Everything will be connected and working toward our ultimate goal.” Oak Hill wants to invest in a program thatwill create passion among its students by not pigeonholing their academic path,but providing structure with room to explore any interest they may have, saidPacelli. “Our world has evolved. Our technology hasevolved. Why hasn’t our education system?” Pacelli asked. “Quite frankly, thesame old methods are boring. Teachers are teaching the same way as it’s alwaysbeen done. Information is being distributed the same way it always has been. Itshouldn’t be. There are new ways, and it’s time for the kids to take morecontrol.” Students would round out their days with anElective Block that focuses on an area of study of their choosing, and a FlexBlock for physical education, community service-based efforts and anapprenticeship during their senior year, for which Pacelli hopes to forgepartnerships with Bell Works, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, the Count Basie Centerfor the Arts and countless other organizations in the area.center_img Outside of Catholic schools, Ranney School inTinton Falls is the only other independent, co-educational high school inMonmouth County. Now more than ever, creative secondary education offerings arein demand by local families, said Erin Avery, founder of Avery EducationalResources in Fair Haven, a school consulting and test prep firm. The writing intensive program will feature at least one-quarter of instruction time in an online setting and tap into state-of-the-art educational tools like the The Big History Project, an ongoing, unified global initiative founded by Bill Gates and David Christian to gain a better understanding about the history of the cosmos, Earth, life and humanity. The course covers history from the Big Bang through present day with interdisciplinary methods. Next would be the Academic Block, a math,science and foreign language curriculum provided by the Laurel Springs School,an accredited online private school that would allow educators to hone in oneach individual student’s learning level and instruct that student at anappropriate pace. “This is something we’ve been considering foryears, but we wanted to do it right and not duplicate what’s already outthere,” Pacelli said. “It eats at us when we hear from our graduates that whenthey left Oak Hill, they were hoping to find something more to bridge the gapbetween high school and college. We want to use the resources we have to offerthat to them.” Pacelli also pointed to the Great BooksFoundation, another potential program for The Socrates School that publishesgreat literary works in an online database and uses them to promote reading anddiscussion programs as a means for critical and reflective thinking activities,as well as social engagement between students. Pacelli said that goal is to provide afour-year educational experience that leads to better prepared students as theytake the next step in their academic careers, whether it be a four-yearuniversity, a community college or a trade school. This article was first published in the April 11-17, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times. The Socrates School will begin with an initialfreshman class, and offer an additional higher grade of study each year throughthe 2023 school year, establishing a four-year high school program. “I applaud Oak Hill’s courage to move into the secondary school space and offer a hybrid model that allows students the flexibility to enjoy both in-person and virtual learning options, which is already taking place at the college level.” MIDDLETOWN – Oak Hill Academy, currently aprivate school in Lincroft educating students through eighth grade, is hopingto launch a new high school in the fall of 2020. last_img read more

Canada blasts Denmark, sets up New Years clash against USA

first_imgQuinton Howden, Ryan Strome, Freddie Hamilton, Brendan Gallagher and Brett Connolly each had a goal in front of 16,275. Strome has eight points in three games. Canada scored seven times before Nicolai Meyer and Emil Kristensen replied for Denmark in the third period. The Canadians gave Denmark’s Sebastian Feuk a workout in net, peppering him with 51 shots. Mark Visentin stopped 24-of-26 shots in Canada’s net for his second win of the tournament. Canada tops Pool B at 3-0 ahead of the U.S., Finland and the Czech Republic at 1-1. Denmark dropped to 0-3. The U.S. face the Czechs and the Finns take on the Danes on Friday.Wednesday, all the 5-on-3 power plays and all the great netminding by Petr Mrazek couldn’t get the Czech Republic past Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships.Barrie Colts forward Mark Scheifele scored twice and Scott Wedgewood of the Plymouth Whalers stopped all 26 shots to power Team Canada to a 5-0 victory at Rexall Place in Edmonton.Canada now leads Pool B of the 10-team tournament undefeated in two games.Mark Stone of the Brandon Wheat Kings, Ryan Strome of the Niagara IceDogs and Brett Connolly of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning also scored for Canada.The Czech Republic had a great chance to score in the first period on a two-man advantage but it was Team Canada leaving the frame with a 1-0 lead on a goal by Stone, his fourth of the tournament.The Brandon forward could have made it 2-0 but was stopped by Mrazek on a penalty shot after a Czech player smothered the puck in the goal crease.Canada broke the game open with a pair in the second period before Scheifele, a first round pick of the Winnipeg Jets, scored twice in the third, once on a power play.Canada faces Denmark (0-2) on Thursday.The host country concludes the preliminary round Saturday against the United States, upset 4-1 by Finland earlier to put both countries at 1-1.In Pool A games in Calgary, Sweden edged Switzerland 4-3 in a shootout, while Russia was to face Slovakia in a later game.Sweden was 1-0-1, while the Swiss picked up their first point of the [email protected] Canada flexed its offensive muscles, and depth down two players, to bounce Denmark 10-2 Thursday at the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships in Edmonton. Canada improves to 3-0 in Pool B and now meets the USA in the traditional New Years Eve battle at Rexall Place Saturday. Down two players — Devante Smith-Pelly is out of the  tournament due to a broken foot and forward Michael Bournival sat out the game Thursday because of what Canadian head coach Don Hay says is the flu — Canada took it to the Danes. Mark Stone continued his torrid scoring pace for Canada with two goals and an assist. The Winnipeg winger has a team-leading six goals in the tournament. Defencemen Scott Harrington had a goal and three assists and Brandon Gormley had scored twice. last_img read more

Messages from Mercury

first_img(Visited 53 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 With MESSENGER in its final days before impact, the innermost planet has become a familiar place.NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft has already made history before its scheduled crash into the planet Mercury on April 30.  After 10 years in space, 4,000 orbits (PhysOrg) and 10 terabytes of science data (see infographic), it will take years to digest the many discoveries made. After a near 40-year hiatus, MESSENGER, managed by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL), has provided a giant leap in Mercury science since the brief flybys of a far-less-capable spacecraft, Mariner 10, in 1974. MESSENGER’s swan song, a low-altitude campaign, has brought more discoveries to waiting planetary scientists and the public.A pre-crash news conference will be held on April 16. Results of a previous science conference (March 16) have been posted on PhysOrg.  Among the many surprises were thousands of  “hollows” (ranging in size from tens of meters to several kilometers across and tens of meters deep) that show Mercury is not a dead planet.  Because the “hollows appear to be younger than the planet’s freshest impact craters,” the finding “suggests that Mercury is a planet whose surface is still evolving.” Also, some scarps are thought to be less than 50 million years old, just a 1% fraction of the planet’s assumed 4.5 billion year history.  One more “geologically young” trait was found—young volatiles at the poles:MESSENGER’s low-altitude campaign has enabled imaging of the polar deposits in the permanently shadowed floors of Mercury’s near-polar craters at higher resolutions than ever previously obtained, says Nancy Chabot, the Instrument Scientist for MESSENGER’s Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) and a planetary scientist with APL.“Acquired with the broadband filter of MDIS, low-altitude images show that the deposits have sharp, well-defined boundaries and are not disrupted by small, young impact craters,” says Chabot. “These characteristics indicate that the deposits are geologically young. This inference points either to delivery of volatiles to Mercury in the geologically recent past or to an ongoing process that restores the deposits and maintains the sharp boundaries.”Another mystery was solved, that of Mercury’s dark color. The BBC News and Science Magazine relay the answer: the planet has been spray-painted with comet dust and with carbon from certain carbon-rich meteorites. Because it is so close to the sun, Mercury gets pummeled often by comets and wandering bodies pulled in by the sun’s gravity. The high-speed impacts create amorphous carbon with the darkness of pencil lead (graphite) and soot. The BBC article claims it has been going on for billions of years, but does not explain.  A press release from Brown University says that after billions of years, “Mercury’s surface should be anywhere from 3 to 6 percent carbon.”As with almost every object in the solar system, actual data provided by visiting spacecraft have been surprising, revolutionary, and contrary to expectations. Usually the data do not fit the A.S.S. assumption. Three evidences of youth are provided above; there are more, such as the magnetic field that should be long gone. Creation scientists freed from the bad A.S.S. of the moyboys may wish to look at the spray-painting by comets and make some projections about how much soot should be there after 4.5 billion years. Perhaps young craters can tell something about the depth of the material.Two other missions are worth watching for evidence of youth: the Rosetta Mission (ongoing) at a comet, and the July arrival of New Horizons at Pluto. Already, some are expecting it to be “gusty and gassy” according to Space.com.  For something out in the cold reaches of the solar system, that will be difficult for the moyboys to explain (but they will make up a story, as they always do).last_img read more

Photo library: Tourism and leisure 8

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Cape Town, Western Cape province: Luxury apartments look onto the marina at the V & A Waterfront, a mixed-use shopping, hotel, business and residential development set in a working harbour.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Capeprovince: The cable car up Table Mountain.Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Hout Bay. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The lighthouse at Cape Point. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Victoria and Albert Waterfront is a shopping and entertainment complex set in a working harbour. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: A view of Table Mountain from the ferry to Robben Island. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: A guard tower on Robben Island, once an infamous jail for political prisoners, most notably Nelson Mandela.Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The manor house at Groot Constantia, one of the oldest wine farms in the Cape winelands. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The manor house at Groot Constantia, one of the oldest wine farms in the Cape winelands. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image TOURISM AND LEISURE 8:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Seminars teach young entrepreneurs to “go in head-first”

first_imgA session of the Siyabangena Seminars held in August at Fredman Towers in Sandton. (Image: Siyabangena Seminars)Budding entrepreneurs can expect to engage with successful business leaders at the upcoming Siyabangena Seminars held in KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal.Held between 26 and 27 September at Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre, speakers will cover topics ranging from getting your business started to marketing.The seminars are the brainchild of the seminars’ CEO Sibusiso Hlongwane and director Sinenhlanhla Mkhize. It is meant to bring together experienced entrepreneurs and young black businesspeople.Hlongwane believes youth entrepreneurship is the answer to the challenges we are facing in our country. “We need to grow the economy and a great way to achieve this is to see a rise of entrepreneurs coming from our townships and rural villages. This is where the game-changers are, and that’s exactly where we need to go to empower and ignite the young minds.”For Mkhize, taking the seminars to his hometown is and exciting prospect. “KwaMashu has never seen anything like this. We are bringing top businessmen and women to share their knowledge and experience with aspiring entrepreneurs. It will be two days of information and knowledge sharing, and not forgetting the valuable networking.”Speakers will include Jabulani Ngcobo, serial entrepreneur and CEO of CashflowPro; Mpume Langa, head of Absa Private Bank KZN and chairperson of Businesswomen’s Association; and Brian Mpono, project director of 1Source Group and Ukhozi FM contributor.“Siyabangena” is a popular term used by black South African youth which loosely translates to “going in head first”. The term is used by people who take on a task despite knowing there are challenges ahead. It is done to prove that they can and will do it. This is the philosophy that these two entrepreneurs live by.PLAY YOUR PART AMBASSADOR A GUEST SPEAKERPlay Your Part Ambassador, Brian Mpono, will be one of the guests at the seminars.Mpono is a leading figure in green energy; he is executive director at Green Technology Investments and is involved in manufacturing biofuels and converting biomass to energy.Mpono believes with 60% of the population being young and more than half unemployed the development of viable green businesses could provide much needed jobs.Education is also very important to him. “I want to say that maths and science don’t bite, that they will put food on the table. It is sad that so many of our matriculants fill benches in the human sciences and community development faculties rather than the science and engineering faculties. That’s where the future is.”He is now a project director at 1Source, which is a specialised project developer with a focus on infrastructure, energy, agriculture, oil and gas. The company plays a key role in bringing government and the private sector together. “Government is tasked with building an enabling environment and business needs to align itself with this and fill in the gaps. Government doesn’t create jobs – business does,” said Mpono.Towards the end of 2014 he won the inaugural under-35 Maverick Awards for Green Innovators.For more info on the seminars visit www.siyabangenaseminars.co.za or contact 083 714 4595 or 073 750 3246Don’t miss the action on social media too. Log on to www.facebook.com/siyabangenaseminars and @SiyabangenaSA on Twitter.last_img read more