Bokamoso has played a big role within youth of Alexandra by offering different skills workshops, career guidance, job placement, talks on entrepreneurship and leanershipsYou’ve just got to your last two years of school; you need to plan for your future but don’t really how to neither go about it, nor do you have a mentor; a good place to start looking for help would be the Bokamoso Cross Mentorship Programme.Established in 2008 by Itumeleng Merafe, Tshepo Hlongwane, Tebogo Moalusi, Siphiwe Hlongwane and Tumi Mokhothu, Bokamoso “strives to enhance the knowledge of those young students that want to start early with their future plans”. Bokamoso means “future” in Setswana.The Bokamoso team aims to “mentor, inspire and unleash” the potential young people need to succeed; to help guide youngsters to realise their dreams the organisation works with them under themes such as leadership; personal development; academic performance and careers; social responsibility; and history, culture and heritage.“We want to make sure that you see the available options for the future you want to build and to show you that working with others is better than working alone. But mostly we want you to be, and do, the best you can in everything that you take part in,” said Merafe, speaking at the Bokamoso Youth Development Programme in Sandton, Johannesburg, on Saturday 15 March 2014.The event, for Grade 11 pupils, included talks from Shireen Ramjoo, founder of For the Future Lady, an online career guidance hub, and Simone Lingenfelder, founder of Lighthouse Coaching and Youth Development. In the event’s career skills component, students worked on their own motivational speeches and put together business plans for small businesses.“We have to make it easy for the youth to understand what exactly we’re doing here and each of our activities need to be fun, innovative and memorable,” said Merafe.DESIGNING THE PROGRAMMESEstablished in 2008 by Itumeleng Merafe (pictured here), Tshepo Hlongwane, Tebogo Moalusi, Siphiwe Hlongwane and Tumi Mokhothu, Bokamoso “strives to enhance the knowledge of those young students that want to start early with their future plans”Bokamoso’s programmes are designed to be understandable and easy to use; each programme involves hand-picked mentors who speak on leadership and personal development, and the organisation’s other themes. The programmes also include activities that encourage youngsters to think about their academic performance, careers, and social responsibility, among others.The organisation works with members of the Young Professionals Forum, recruiting bright young minds from industries such as IT, marketing, advertising and financial services, among others, to mentor the students in its programme.Bokamoso believes that hearing stories of personal success will inspire its members to chart their own pathway to success.ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE AND CAREERSThe programmes’ academic performance and careers component targets works with students to realistically identify which careers they want to follow and how to work towards them, while building the pupils’ confidence.SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITYThe social responsibility component encourages young people to work at their careers, while building and supporting their communities, through cooperation.HISTORY, CULTURE AND HERITAGEBelieving that “To know where you’re going you need to know where you’re coming from” Bokamoso encourages the students it works with to value their history, and research their cultures and heritage.The event, for Grade 11 pupils, included talks from Shireen Ramjoo (pictured first from the left), founder of For the Future Lady, an online career guidance hub, and Simone Lingenfelder, founder of Lighthouse Coaching and Youth DevelopmentA BOKAMOSO SUCCESS STORYBuyisile Dlomo, from Alexandra Township in Johannesburg, attended a career development workshop and has since qualified as a beauty therapist. Hers is just one of Bokamoso’s many success stories.Dlomo says she was looking for inspiration; “I am a positive young lady from Alexandra, and first heard about the organisation on a community radio station.”Subsequently, she attended the Alex is not so far from Sandton workshop, where mentors work with young attendants to see a way out of poverty.“The organisation has played a big role within youth of Alexandra by offering different skills workshops, career guidance, job placement, talks on entrepreneurship and leanerships. Today I am a qualified beauty therapist thanks to Bokamoso. I am very proud of what they do for my community. They have helped helpless people and they also give hope to young people of Alex. God bless the organisation. I wish that they can expand and have more branches,” said Dlomo.For more information on the organisation’s workshops and programmes, visit Bokamoso or email [email protected]
New Delhi: The high-powered GST Council on Saturday decided to reduce the tax rate on electric vehicles (EVs) to 5 per cent from the existing 12 per cent, a move aimed at accelerating the adoption of eco-friendly mobility solutions. The new Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate on EVs will be effective from August 1, the finance ministry said in a statement after the 36th meeting of the GST Council. The GST rate on all EVs has been reduced from 12 per cent to 5 per cent. Additionally, the tax rate on chargers or charging stations for EVs has been slashed from 18 per cent to 5 per cent. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe council also approved GST exemption for hiring of electric buses (of carrying capacity of more than 12 passengers) by local authorities from August 1, the statement said. The meeting, chaired by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, was held via video conferencing. The GST Council, headed by the union finance minister, has state finance ministers as members. It also took certain decisions regarding changes in GST law. The last date for filing of intimation, in Form GST CMP-02, for availing the option of payment of tax (by exclusive supplier of services) has been extended from July 31 to September 30, the statement added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFurther, the last date for furnishing statement containing the details of the self-assessed tax in Form GST CMP-08 for the June quarter (by taxpayers under composition scheme) has been extended to August 31. The earlier deadline was July 31. The central government has been taking initiative to popularise environment friendly electric vehicles. In the Union Buget 2019-20, the government provided additional income tax deduction of Rs 1.5 lakh on the interest paid on loans taken to purchase EVs. Besides, customs duty has been exempted on certain parts of EVs to further incentivise e-mobility in the country. The Centre has also approved Rs 10,000 crore to encourage faster adoption of EVs in the country under the FAME II scheme, which aims to encourage faster adoption of such vehicles by right incentives and charging infrastructure.
VANCOUVER – Mogo Finance Technology Inc. (TSX:MOGO) says it has secured a new umbrella loan of up to $40 million from Fortress Investment Group LLC.The credit facility will be used to repay and replace the Vancouver-based digital financial company’s existing $30-million credit facility with Fortress.The loan, which has a lower effective interest rate of 14.5 per cent and extends the maturity date by two years to mid-2020, will primarily be used to fund Mogo’s line of credit products.The new credit facility is in addition to the company’s existing $50 million Fortress credit facility, which has an initial interest rate of 9.5 per cent and can be expanded up to $200 million.
TORONTO – Hydro One Ltd. and Avista Corp. say their proposed merger has cleared another hurdle in the U.S.The two companies say the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has completed a review of the deal and found no unresolved national security concerns.The friendly deal announced last summer for the Ontario-based utility to acquire the U.S. energy company received antitrust clearance in the United States in early April and consent from the Federal Communications Commission on May 4.Avista shareholders had previously approved the deal on Nov. 21, 2017.The transaction still requires several other approvals, including from utility commissions in the states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska.The companies say they anticipate closing the transaction in the second half of the year.Avista Corp. is involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses.Companies in this story: (TSX:H)
Kolkata: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has removed K K Sharma, retired BSF director general and a 1982-batch officer of the Indian Police Service, as the Special Central Police Observer for Bengal and Jharkhand on Thursday. He has been replaced by Vivek Dubey, a 1981-batch officer of the Indian Police Service.The Special Central Police Observers oversee the deployment of the Central Forces during elections and other security-related issues. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsSharma will be the Special Police Observer for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. However, no explanation has been given by the ECI over Sharma’s transfer. Earlier, the Trinamool Congress wrote a letter to the ECI seeking its intervention over the appointment of Sharma for his alleged connection with the RSS. While addressing the media to release the election manifesto of the TMC, party chief Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday: “I have respect for the Election Commission of India but how could they send an officer who is so close to the RSS. Such actions force people to question the integrity of the ECI.” Banerjee showed a photograph of Sharma in uniform attending a meeting of the RSS to the mediapersons as well.” On Thursday, Dubey replaced Sharma. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayTrinamool Congress has also sent a letter to the ECI against R K Mitra, retired joint secretary of the Home Ministry for trying to manipulate the Central Forces and use them to canvas for the BJP. Mitra’s wife is contesting with a BJP ticket in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls. “Though he is a retired officer of the Home Ministry but he continues to serve the department on a contractual basis and is involved in the deployment of the Central Forces,” Banerjee had said on Wednesday.
Both Congress and BJP have finalised the lists of candidates for the 29 seats of Lok Sabha. After the final list, BJP is facing rebellion in at least four constituencies. The four constituencies are Khajuraho, Balaghat, Shadol, and Indore. It was a tough job to select party candidate for Indore which is being represented by Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan from 1989. Despite many attempts by party stalwarts like Kailash Vijayvargiya earlier she could not be dislodged. She gained tremendous influence in the party and was awarded the top job of the speaker. The party was trying to find her replacement. After marathon consultations, the party selected Shankar Lalwani for the Indore seat. Also Read – A special kind of bondHe is not a very popular well-known face in Indore. Despite this he was chosen. His choice came as a surprise to many BJP members. His choice has also been opposed by another Sindhi leader. BJP’s choice for Balaghat resulted in a major revolt. The party chose new candidate by dropping the sitting MP Bodh Singh Bhagat. Bhagat publicly opposed denial of ticket to him. Ultimately BJP expelled him from the party. Gyan Singh, sitting MP from Shahdol was also replaced. Surprisingly he was replaced by a leader who contested by election against Gyan Singh as a Congress candidate. Also Read – Insider threat managementFormer Vidyarthi Parishad activist V.D. Sharma was imposed on Khajuraho constituency. Local BJP workers are angry because Sharma was selected despite the fact that he was a rank outsider. Meanwhile, Bhopal constituency has attracted entire nation’s attention. Pragya Thakur was made party member a few hours before the announcement of her name as the party candidate. She filed her nomination on Monday. Before filling her nomination she was vehemently criticised for making highly objectionable remarks against Hemant Karkare, Maharashtra cadre IPS officer who was killed by a terrorist. Pragya claimed that he was killed because she cursed him. After her remarks she was served a notice by the Election Commission asking her to explain her conduct. She did submit her explanation which was not found to be satisfactory. Her remark was criticised by the IPS association and several retired Director Generals of Police. Controversy over Karkare had not yet subsided she made yet another highly provocative comment. Her comment was so serious and objectionable that an FIR was registered on Monday against her. Her comment was “I climbed atop the structure in Ayodhya and am proud to have demolished it”. Bhopal district election officer Sudama Khade said, “The reply filed by Pragya Singh Thakur regarding her remarks about the Ayodhya structure was not found satisfactory. An FIR has been registered against her under Section 188 IPC for poll code violation”. Conviction on this charge can lead to six months in jail or a fine or both. After the back-to-back EC notices, Pragya was advised by her party leaders on Sunday to exercise restraint and not speak on sensitive issues. Sources said that in her reply on the Babri remark, Pragya said that she made the statement when she was “not yet a candidate”. In her reply, she asks: “Whether the (EC) media certification and media monitoring committee is authorised to take cognisance of the statements given by me when I had not filed my nomination. And it should also be apprised that I have not given any statement with the intention of hurting the feelings or instigating rift between people belonging to any caste, religion or community but it expresses the voice of my conscience. Hence I request you to dispose the notice at this level only”. Clearly the district election officer wasn’t convinced. Pragya’s reply to the other EC notice – on her ‘death curse’ remark has been sent to chief electoral officer V L Kantha Rao. She blamed the media for “negatively” presenting her statement. This will be forwarded to the EC office in Delhi. Pragya’s reply on the “karkare curse’ says “I have spoken nothing wrong that could flare communal tension. I did not take any name, nor did I attack anybody on personal issues or raised slogans against anybody. But, the notice served by EC demanded explanation. I would request the EC to append sensitive pamphlets, if any, or any complaint by a political worker against me, with the notice”. She insists she hasn’t said “anything derogatory regarding the martyrdom of any martyr” and urges the EC not to judge her statement “on the basis of one single line”. “The entire statement should be considered for evaluation, I have only narrated the torture that I faced on the instructions of the then Congress government and it is my right to inform people what I had suffered. My statement was reported negatively by media and I also withdrew my statement in respect of public sentiments, hence no action should be taken against me” Pragya said. There is a section of observers who feel that her claim regarding Babri Mosque is false. There are some documents in which 1988 is mentioned as her birth year. If that is so she must have been only four year old in 1992 – the year in which Babri Mosque was demolished.(The views expressed are strictly personal)
Barabanki (UP): BSP chief Mayawati Wednesday accused the BJP of using the martyrdom of jawans for election purposes and regretted that the country’s borders are still not totally secure. She also alleged that like the previous Congress government, the BJP dispensation too is using the CBI, ED and the Income Tax department against its political opponents for electoral gains. “Under such circumstance, the electorate have to see to it that neither the BJP nor the Congress… comes to power at the centre,” the BSP chief said at an election meeting here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Claiming that the BJP will be voted out of power this time because of its pro-RSS, capitalist, communal and casteist policies, Mayawati said no amount of “drama” or ‘jumlebazi’ (rhetoric) will help the party. “The borders of the country are not totally secure under the BJP government as a result of which terror attacks are taking place and several jawans are being martyred. It is most unfortunate that they are anyhow using this for election purposes,” the BSP supremo said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “The new ‘dramebazi’ of ‘chowkidar’ will also not be able to save them (BJP) even if all their big and small ‘chowkidars’ (watchmen) get together and make an all out effort,” she said. Warning people that her political opponents have “adopted every trick” to win the elections, Mayawati said people should not fall for tall election promises and allurements. “During the last Lok Sabha election, the prime minister (Narendra Modi) had the country dream of ‘achche din’ and made promises even one-fourth of which were not fulfilled. This is because most of their time was devoted to saving their capitalists friends and making them richer,” she claimed. The BSP president also accused the Congress of ignoring the contributions of B R Ambedkar and said like the implementation of the Mandal Commission report, Bharat Ratna was awarded to the architect of the Constitution only when V P Singh was the prime minister. “When V P Singh sought our support for his government, we put forth two conditions — Bharat Ratna for Ambedkar and implementation of Mandal Commission report, which he accepted. But the BJP, which was giving outside support, did not like this and withdrew,” she said.
OSU coaches Tony Alford (left) and Zach Smith stand together before the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorWhile appearing on Columbus area radio station 105.7 The Zone, former Ohio State wide receiver coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith said athletic director Gene Smith knew about the domestic abuse allegations made against him in 2015. Zach Smith said he found out about the allegation from October 2015 from Gene Smith. He was told, “to be on the next flight home” when he was on the road recruiting by Ohio State’s athletic director. Zach Smith said in the interview that Gene Smith found out about the allegations because he believes “the Powell Police Department contacted Ohio State” and not Urban Meyer specifically. He also said many people knew about the allegations that were brought to the police department and that Meyer’s statement during Big Ten Media Days was a reaction to the allegation that he was arrested in 2015, which he said never happened. On ESPN, Zach Smith said that if Meyer lost his job because of these allegations, “it would be dead wrong” and that he doesn’t know “what else Urban Meyer could have done.”Breaking silence for the first time since he was fired from Ohio State on July 23, Zach Smith said he never committed domestic abuse against his ex-wife Courtney Smith, calling the relationship “volatile” and “toxic.” In the interview with 105.7 The Zone, he said there were times where he would have to restrain her or “defensively move out of the situation.” Zach Smith also said there were times he would have to sleep at Ohio State’s football offices.Zach Smith said he does not think the situation involving him and his ex-wife Courtney should have led to him being fired from his position with the team. “I don’t think it was warranted,” Smith said in the radio interview. “The problem was it was going to be unfair for the players, the fans, the whole university, to go through the media uproar.”He said he still believes that nothing he did was illegal and, “it was behind closed doors between a husband and wife.” Meyer released a statement on Twitter saying that he knew about the 2015 allegations involving Zach Smith and that he took appropriate action at the time.When Zach Smith read Meyer’s statement on ESPN, he said “that’s who he is right there, it was just, accurate.”This story was updated at 6:33 p.m. to include quotes from Zach Smith’s ESPN interview.