View post tag: Navy View post tag: Scotland View post tag: Naval View post tag: Lusty Royal Navy helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious is to play a major role in a Royal Marine amphibious exercise over the weekend as part of Exercise Joint Warrior. The Portsmouth-based landing platform will be providing the base to send hundreds of Marines from 42 Commando into Luce Bay in Galloway on the west coast of Scotland.RAF Chinooks and Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Sea Kings will drop the Marines several miles inland to attack two guerrilla-style targets at around 1.30am on Saturday morning.A further contingent of Royal and Dutch Marines will be launched from HMS Bulwark and HNLMS Rotterdam onto the beach to push forward until they meet up with their colleagues.“We will be defeating the enemy at one target and the Dutch will hit the second,” said Major David Ethell, second-in-command of 42 Cdo.“For us this is the first time we have properly been on board a ship and it is all about us getting back to our amphibious capability.“As a Marine this is what we joined up for, so completing these exercises to validate our role as the Lead Commando Group is hugely important.”As the LCG, 42 Cdo remain at high-readiness – or five day’s notice to move – as a response to rapidly unfolding world events. The LCG is reinvigorating their core amphibious fighting skills under exercise Joint Warrior which is currently off the coast of Scotland.A bi-annual exercise there are more than 30 warships and 65 aircraft taking part from participating countries such as the UK, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Canada and Sweden. These are all practising their own quick reaction tri-Service force – the Response Force Task Group.The LCG forms an integral part of this by using HMS Illustrious and HMS Bulwark as their main bases to launch attacks and provide logistical support.In this scenario, the two ships will get the Marines as close as possible to the shoreline without being detected by exercise staff.“We are the entry force,” said Commanding Officer of HMS Illustrious Captain Martin Connell.“We can fight our way in if necessary but maintaining the element of surprise is my preference and then the Marines can launch their operation ashore from our onboard aircraft.“From there we have a sustained role where the aviation can either stay on Illustrious or they can stay ashore where they have the ability to set up their own headquarters as support.”For Exercise Joint Warrior there are Fleet Air Arm Merlin and Sea King helicopters, RAF Chinnoks and Arm Apache and Lynx all working together on board HMS Illustrious as part of the flying operations.“I think this is indicative of how the UK Armed Forces will work in the future, as entirely interoperable,” said Capt Connell.“Exercises like this are ideal for that because we must all learn each other’s constraints, capabilities, issues and opportunities and there is a healthy respect of each in terms of what each of us can provide.“Joint Warrior is a fantastic opportunity for commanders to capture all the tactical elements and combine that with things like live firing. This is a scenario that allows that to be done in a realistic manner.”Once the LCG are ashore they will stay on the ground for several days before the Army’s 2 Parachute Regiment take their place for the culmination of the exercise to validate their own operational training.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 19, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: UK View post tag: Sea Kings April 19, 2013 View post tag: Joint UK: Lusty to Play Major Role in Joint Warrior View post tag: play Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Lusty to Play Major Role in Joint Warrior Share this article View post tag: Warrior View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Exercise View post tag: major View post tag: role
This weekend marks the inaugural Tumble Down Festival. Hosted by Twiddle, the event sees performances from Nahko & Medicine For The People, Turkuaz, Cabinet, Kitchen Dwellers and special guest Holly Bowling, held at the Waterfront Park in Burlington, VT. While the main event runs from July 29-30 at the Park, there are a great number of pre-parties and after-parties to whet your whistle with some great jamming.Check out this guide to Tumble Down events below, and don’t miss any of the action!WEDNESDAY 7/27 – Mihali SOLO Tumble Down Pre Party at the Green Door Pub in Stratton, VT. Join Mihali Savoulidis for a Tumble Down “Eve Eve” party in beautiful Stratton, VT. Mihali will be giving away a pair of Tumble Down tickets and more! 9pm, FREE!THURSDAY 7/28 – Tumble Down Pre Party featuring Teddy Midnight and Formula 5. Are you in town a day early for Tumble Down? Head down to the famed Nectar’s to catch an amazing night of music to kick off the epic tweekend. Teddy Midnight and Mister F. 9pm. $7 18+ Tickets.FRIDAY 7/29 – TUMBLE DOWN. The Burlington Waterfront Gates will open at 4pm, with Montana psychedelic bluegrass band the Kitchen Dwellers beginning at 4:30. Turkuaz, a Brooklyn based funk band, takes the stage at 6pm, followed by two full sets of the host band Twiddle. Holly Bowling, the Phish inspired piano virtuoso will be playing BOTH NIGHTS between the Twiddle sets, so there should be little interruptions during this full night of music. Tickets.FRIDAY 7/29 (Late Night) Higher Ground – “Kitchen Cabinet” Pennsylvania jam grass rockers Cabinet will be joined by their Montana brethren for a one of a kind bluegrass inspired super jam at Higher Ground in S. Burlington. Higher Ground is just two miles up the hill from the Waterfront Tumble Down location, so plan accordingly. Grab tickets in advance as these afterparties are sure to be jam packed. $10. All Ages. Doors 10:30pm / Show 11pm. Tickets.FRIDAY 7/29 (Late Night) Nectar’s – Pigeons Playing Ping Pong follows Twiddle’s two sets on the Waterfront night one with their own late night rager, just up the hill at Nectar’s. 11pm Doors • 11:30pm Show21+ $15 Advance • $15 Day of Show • Tickets.SATURDAY 7/30 – The White Light Foundation Presents: Wampahoofus Charity Disc Golf Tournament. There are very few spots remaining for this very special charity disc golf event. For only $20 players receive a bagel breakfast, gift bags, and more. The course is located behind CVU High School in Hinesburg, VT, and registration starts at 9am. More info here.SATURDAY 7/30 – Official Tumble Down Pre Party Brunch featuring Holly Bowling and acoustic Cats Under The Stars. 12-4pmALL AGES $5 Brunch specials (breakfast sammies, bloody mary’s, mimosas) to get you ready to rock all day long! Tickets.SATURDAY 7/30 – PhanArt Presents: A Country Crisp Sunlight. PhanArt makes its debut in Burlington! “A Country Crisp Sunlight” will be held at Club Metronome in Burlington, VT, above Nectar’s. More info here.The show features: White Light FoundationThe PhactoryThe Shakedown ShopBurns Designs Art by Joshua LetourneauPin Me DownYEMshadesDirty Birdz Goods…SATURDAY 7/30 – TUMBLE DOWN. The Burlington Waterfront Gates will open at 4pm, with Pennsylvania bluegrass band Cabinet opening the day at 4:30. Nahko and Medicine for the People are scheduled for 6pm. Nahko has a beautifully unique sound and incredible message, that again will be followed by two full sets of the host band Twiddle. Like Friday, don’t miss Holly Bowling’s special “tweener” set. Tickets.SATURDAY 7/30 (Late Night) Higher Ground – Mihali and Frends. Twiddle lead guitarist and vocalist has joined forces with various other Tumble Down artists and local Burlington musicians to help wrap up Tumble Down in style. Higher Ground is two miles up the hill from the Waterfront Tumble Down location, so plan accordingly. Grab tickets in advance as these afterparties are sure to be jam packed. $10. All Ages. Doors 1030pm / Show 11pm. Tickets.SATURDAY 7/30 (Late Night) Nectar’s – Mister F and Strange Machines follow Twiddle’s 2 sets on the Waterfront night one with their own late night rager, just up the hill at Nectar’s. Tickets.21+ | $7Mister F – 11:00pm to 12:15amStrange Machines – 12:30am to 2am
Taiwanese shipping company Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. revealed plans to launch a new Taiwan-Japan service (JCH), further enhancing its intra-Asia service network.Effective January 26, 2020, the JCH service will provide weekly direct service between Kaohsiung, Osaka, Kobe and Hakata.As explained, the launch of JCH service will expand Yang Ming’s existing services between Taiwan and Japan, namely Japan-Malaysia-Vietnam (JMV), Japan-Taiwan-Bangkok (JTC), Japan-Taiwan-South China Express (JTS), Japan-Thailand Express Service (JTX) and Pan Asia Service (PAS).Furthermore, the transit time between Taiwan and Japan’s Kansai region will be shortened by 1~2 days at least, according to the company.As of October of 2019, Yang Ming operated a fleet of 103 vessels with an aggregate tonnage of 7.79-million dwt and an operating capacity of 678 thousand TEUs.
Story by Jenna Moldaver • Photos by Patrick Olivero |RED BANK – The streets of downtown Red Bank were alive and bustling early Saturday morning for the inaugural Red Bank Classic 5k, which drew about 1,000 runners and their supporters to the downtown.Among the participants were Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy of Middletown, who surprised many in the crowd when they showed up in sneakers to run the race together.The event was hosted by the Red Bank Business Alliance and Red Bank RiverCenter. It raised about $20,000 for the Red Bank YMCA and the borough parks and recreation department.“A bunch of businesses and the Red Bank community got together and we decided we needed a community event like this and to bring a race back to town,” said organizer Angela Courtney, a member of the Business Alliance. “It just organically happened and it grew into this amazing event. We expected 500 people and got over a thousand.”While runners and their supporters gathered on Broad Street, local businesses showcased their products and services in Marine Park. Kitch Organic, Jersey Shore, Evolution Acupuncture and more set out pamphlets and samples under tents throughout the park. While the main action of the day took place a few blocks away, Marine Park was a site of relaxation, offering foot massages, paddle boarding and yoga for runners and community members to enjoy.A pre-race warmup offered by fitness professionals Mike Rodgers Jr. and Elizabeth Murphy guided the runners in stretches, offering motivational words as the race start neared.On each side of the throng of runners, supporters watched from sidewalks, taking pictures, cheering and holding signs like those of Red Bank residents Wallace and Messiah Woods, a father and son who made signs reading “Run Honey Run” and “My Mom is # Run.”Runners came in every variety: experienced, first-timers, solo and in groups. They ranged from under 14 to over 75. There was a special fun run for the younger set.The overall winners were Ean Jaffe, 17, of Holmdel (0:17:18.0), Kerry O’Brien, 34, of Belford (0:17:22.7), Anthony Scamardella, 19, of Red Bank (0:17:45.3), Sean Rath, 34, of Atlantic Highlands (0:18:20.3) and Abraham Calderon, 15, of South Amboy (0:18:36.2).The Murphys finished at 27:06, placing them in the top 25 percent of finishers.Of the 31 teams that competed, the top finishers were Sweetest Sins, Orangetheory Fitness, Shrewsbury First Assembly of God, Red Bank Eye and CrossFit TreeHouse II.More than 30 runners represented Red Bank Eye. The group of colleagues and customers donned team T-shirts with their enthusiasm. “Almost the entire office is out here,” said Eatontown resident Tom Sasso. All of the results have been posted and can be found at redbankclassic.com.The event brought together families, friends and the community at large, a feat Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna described as the primary goal of the race. He likened the lively event to his experience growing up with a particularly strong sense of community in Italy.“I was born and raised in Italy and I remember as a kid, everybody would meet in the piazza, the square, to eat or drink,” Menna said. “People would just walk around, meet their neighbors, talk, and it was a lively place. In a lot of respects, Red Bank is a little bit like that because we do have a very safe, active downtown and what you do see a lot is that it brings a focus on community.”Menna said this race, the first road race in Red Bank since the long-running George Sheehan Classic ended in 2015, is an important step in revitalizing this focus. He said he believes these types of events are essential in uniting a community.“All of a sudden, you realize that we’re really this small world and somebody who’s a different color, somebody who’s got a different faith, somebody who acts differently than you, they’re really just people,” he said. “They’re humans just like we are. It’s just a matter of mingling.”Throughout the morning, this community spirit pervaded moments both big and small: a woman extended her hand to her husband so they could cross the finish line together; a father pushed his infant son in a stroller for the entire 3.1 mile course; friends discussed the plight of uphill treks and unforgiving leg cramps as they reveled in post-race glory over bagels in Marine Park.From the volunteers handing out water bottles to the triumphant friends posing with medals at the finish line, Red Bank beamed with community pride.Road races may have taken a hiatus in the town, but community members tied up their laces once again without missing a step.This article first appeared in the June 21 – 28, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
In the third Nelson ran into penalty troubles allowing the Storm to cut the lead to 3-2 in the final two minutes.But a seeing-eye empty net goal by Carsen Willans ended any hopes of an amazing comeback.“Carsen’s goal was a relief because Kamloops was coming hard so that goal was big,” confessed Soles, who faced 14 shots int the period.Austin Braid and Spencer Schoech scored for Kamloops.Saturday’s win completes a six-game in nine-day stretch for the Leafs, a time frame that saw Nelson win five of the games.“We’ve come together a lot more,” Soles explained when asked about the recent hot streak.“We started only .500 but lately we’ve been battling hard and we’re winning games because of it.”Nelson, finishing the month of October 8-3, host Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. No doubt the Hawks will be looking for some payback after getting hammered by Nelson 10-3 last Tuesday.The Leafs then face Sicamous Eagles Sunday at 2:30 p.m.LEAF NOTES: Matthew Naka had an early night as the Leaf center got involved in a fight during the first period. . . . Defenceman Cole Arcuri missed is expected to be back in the lineup after recovering from an injury suffered earlier this month against Fernie. . . .New Leaf Kyler Wilkinson saw his first action for Nelson coming to the Heritage City franchise last week in a trade that saw Matti Jmaeff go to the Creston Thunder Cats. Brett Soles didn’t have a lot of work to do during the first 40 minutes of Saturday night’s Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game against the Kamloops Storm.Soles saved his best saves for the third period, stopping all but one shot to power the Leafs to a 4-2 decision over the Kamloops Storm at the NDCC Arena.The win, the fifth straight for the Green and White, allows Nelson to remain in top spot in the Neil Murdoch Division, four points in front of the idle Castlegar Rebels.Castlegar hosts Kamloops Sunday in the Sunflower City.“The boys kept it easy for me through the first two periods . . . I only had 13 shots,” Soles said from outside the Leafs dressing room. “In the third Kamloops came out hard and was battling but we managed only to allow them one goal in the third so it was good.”Nelson controlled most of the play through the first two periods, but ran into a hot netminder in former Leaf Marcus Beasley.Beasley, who was traded to Kamloops last season after failing to latch on with Prince George of the B.C. Hockey League, kept the game close as Nelson fired 30-plus shots at the Storm net through 40 minutes.Still Nelson was able to beat Beasley three times on goals by Jacob Boyczuk, Colton McCarthy and Kevin Bow to lead 3-1.
In the final game Saturday, Van Kozak provided steady play for the Chill to lead the Kootenay squad to a narrow 40-36 win over DiPP Basketball academy from Kelowna.Once again, the Chill got off to a quick start going up 16 points in the first half before the DiPP squad made a comeback late in the second half.Pulling within two points, DiPP put fullcourt pressure on the Chill who easily broke the man-to-man coverage and converted on easy transition.The win allowed Kootenay to capture the Co-Tournament Championship.Kootenay is back on the road this weekend, travelling to Kelowna to compete in the Kelowna Minor Basketball Association tournament.Chill U13 squad finish with 1-2 markKootenay Chill U13 Club team coached by Mike Nagle finished the Pro-Hops tournament with a 1-2 record.This was the first sanctioned tournament for many of the players.“The coaching staff and parents were very proud of the squad and the experience gained,” Phelan said.First game the Chill played the U12 DiPP Academy of Kelowna. After going up by 10 points in the first half, the Chill’s shooting cooled off and ended up dropping a hard-fought game 36-30. Second game the Chill played Pro-Hop U12/U13 of Kamloops and came away with the win, 46-20, with even contributions from the whole team. Third and final game, the Chill were up against a young but talented Kamloops Hoops team. The game was back and forth for much of the first half with each team taking leads, until the Kamloops Hoops squad implemented full court pressure.The inexperienced Chill had trouble getting the ball up the court with turnovers leading to layups in transition. In the end the Chill dropped the game 58-39. The Kootenay Chill Club Basketball Team continues its impressive run on the hardwood after finishing 3-0 at the Pro-Hops Spring Tournament this past weekend in Kamloops.The Chill, consisting of players from the Trafalgar Thunder High School program, posted wins against opposition from host Kamloops, Gibsons from the Sunshine Coast and Kelowna.Club basketball is played outside the high school season, allowing players and coaches to gain more experience in preparation for the next season beginning in the fall.Travelling with only eight players, the Chill gained some revenge on a Pro-Hops team from Kamloops that posted a 19-point earlier in the season by winning 56-26.“After preparing all week to play what we thought was going to be the same team Friday night at the Tournament Capital Centre (TCC), we played their U14 team and dominated start to finish,” said Chill coach Jeremy Phelan.Kelton Forte paced the Chill attack and was named Kootenay player-of-the-game.Second game Saturday morning, Kootenay overcame a strong pressure defence to defeat Gibsons 48-39.“After going up 16 points in the first half, SCBC made a comeback to tie the game at 32-32 late in the second half,” Phelan explained.“However, we ended up breaking their press and scoring easy baskets en route to the win.”Phelan said Mateo Katoaka and Nathaniel Pan earned player-of-the-game honours for Kootenay.
MILLER’S CALIFORNIA DIAMOND & O’NEILL’S CROSSCHECK CARLOS FIGURE PROMINENTLY IN SUNDAY’S $70,000 SPEAKEASY STAKES FOR 2-YEAR-OLDS AT SIX FURLONGS
SILVER ASSAULT: Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, this Kentucky-bred colt by Maclean’s Music was an impressive gate to wire winner of his five furlong debut at Santa Anita on June 25. In his next start, the Santa Anita Juvenile, he stumbled leaving the gate and was subsequently third, beaten 3 ¼ lengths at 5-2, by California Diamond. Idle since, he appears fresh and ready with Norberto Arroyo engaged to ride for the first time. Owned by Harvey Clarke and Paul Braverman, Silver Assault is a colt with considerable promise. Crosscheck Carlos–Jamie Theriot–122Right Hand Man–Rafael Bejarano–120Bernin Sensation–Stewart Elliott–120Marchtothemusic–Jose Verenzuela–118California Diamond–Kent Desormeaux–122Silver Assault–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–120First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. BERNIN SENSATION: Trained by Bob Baffert, this highly regarded Kentucky-bred by Bernardini just missed at first asking, finishing second, beaten a nose in a six furlong maiden special weight at Del Mar Aug. 26. Owned by R.D. Hubbard, his son Shaun and Black Gold Racing, he was a prompt one length maiden special winner gong the same distance at 4-5 on Sept. 24 at Los Alamitos. Bernin Sensation, who will be ridden back by Stewart Elliott, is one of several Speakeasy runners who appear to have any kind of future. ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2016)–Peter Miller’s California Diamond and Doug O’Neill’s Crosscheck Carlos renew their fledgling rivalry and figure prominently among a wide open field of six juveniles in Sunday’s $70,000 Speakeasy Stakes, to be contested over six furlongs at Santa Anita. RIGHT HAND MAN: Trained by Jeff Bonde, he was an impressive gate to wire winner of his five furlong debut here on June 10. A Kentucky-bred colt by Street Boss, Right Hand Man went head and head early and finished sixth, beaten 5 ½ lengths by California Diamond in the SA Juvenile on July 9. Following that, he ventured to Santa Rosa on Aug. 14, where he was a handy 2 ¼ length winner of the Cavonier Juvenile going six furlongs on Aug. 14. Owned by Blinkers On Racing Stable, Bonde, Wagner and partners, he be ridden for the first time by Rafael Bejarano. CALIFORNIA DIAMOND: This California-bred colt by Harbor the Gold overcame trouble to prevail by 1 ¼ lengths over Crosscheck Carlos in the 6 ½ furlong Barretts Juvenile on Sept. 18 at Los Alamitos. A close second in the six furlong I’m Smokin Stakes versus state-breds two starts back on Sept. 2, California Diamond, who is owned by Rockingham Ranch, has a solid resume that includes three wins and two seconds from five starts. A winner of the 5 ½ furlong Santa Anita Juvenile versus open company in his second start on July 9, he has earnings of $212,100 and will be ridden back by Kent Desormeaux, who has been aboard for his last two races. THE $70,000 SPEAKEASY STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 5 of 9 Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PST CROSSCHECK CARLOS: Breaking from the rail in the Barretts Juvenile, he made the early lead and was head and head until collared by the winner late on Sept. 18. Louisiana-bred, he was an impressive 6 ¾ length first-out maiden $50,000 winner here on June 12. He then shipped to Evangeline Downs, where he prevailed by a head among a field of 12 state-breds in a $100,000 stake over a sloppy track going 5 ½ furlongs on July 16. He was subsequently a well beaten second going six furlongs in a $100,000 open stake at Arapahoe Downs on Aug. 14, which preceded his run in the Barretts Juvenile at Los Alamitos. Owned by ERJ Racing, LLC, Slam Dunk Racing and Neil Haymes, “Carlos” is 4-2-2-0, with earnings of $117,600. –30–
…to stand trial next MondaySudesh Rambhajue will next Monday answer to allegations that he attempted to murder his father-in-law, Latchman Narine Persaud, on September 18, 2015 at Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo.Accused: Sudesh RambhajueRambhajue had been charged with felonious wounding committed on Narine Persaud, but at Tuesday’s arraignment before Justice Brassington Reynolds at the Demerara High Court, he denied both counts.The defendant did not have legal representation, but the court nevertheless empanelled the matter, giving the accused almost one week to obtain the services of an attorney to defend him in court.Rambhajue told the court he could not afford to retain an attorney and requested that the State provide representation for him. However, the court’s view was that such charges do not necessarily require the State to provide legal counsel.Prosecutor Seeta Bishundial is leading the State’s case, and is assisted by fellow attorneys Narissa Leander and Tiffini Lyken.It was previously reported that Narine Persaud claimed to have been attacked by the suspect after he had asked him to move out from his house. However, Persaud explained that after Rambhajue had ignored his request, he sought to repeat it when he saw the man approaching his home on the evening in question.Narine Persaud reported that the man became annoyed, and stabbed him before fleeing the scene.Several witnesses are expected to testify when the matter is heard next week.
Luvuyo Rani’s Silulo Ulutho Internet Café, which started out as a small business in Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats, is changing the lives of students and adults who would otherwise have no opportunity to become computer literate. (Image: silulo.blogspot.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Luvuyo Rani Silulo Ulutho Internet Café +27 21 361 3212 RELATED ARTICLES • Meet a top social entrepreneur • Teaching teens to fish • Saving the world a drop at a time • Meds on wheels for positive change Wilma den HartighA South African entrepreneur is providing residents from some of the country’s most impoverished areas with an opportunity to access the internet and learn about computers.Luvuyo Rani’s Silulo Ulutho Internet Café, which started out as a small business in Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats, is changing the lives of students and adults who would otherwise have no opportunity to become computer literate.Since 2004 when Rani first opened the business with his brother and a friend, the demand for Silulo Ulutho’s services has grown so much that he’s opened 18 stores in Khayelitsha and five in the Eastern Cape in Queenstown, Butterworth, Mthatha and East London.Through these centres at least 10 000 students have been educated, right up to advanced computer literacy programmes.It all started eight years ago when Rani, who worked as a teacher in Khayelitsha for five years, started selling refurbished computers out of the boot of his car in the Western Cape township.Little did he know that his creative idea would grow to become a successful and award-winning business.“People told me I was crazy,” Rani says, who started the business without any funding.But he had a dream, and he was determined to make it work.“I always knew it would work because I saw then, and still see now, many opportunities in the ICT sector in the townships,” he says.“We are actually overwhelmed by the response. People are hungry to learn, and are hungry to access the Internet.”A teacher turned social entrepreneur“At the time when I was teaching, the Department of Education was just starting to introduce Outcomes Based Education and teachers needed computers,” he says.But soon after selling the computers, Rani found out that the teachers weren’t using them at all.“They were gathering dust and this bothered me,” he says. “The teachers had no skills to use them, and they didn’t have access to the internet.”This is what sparked his idea to start a business that would give people in Khayelitsha access to the internet and teach them how to use computers as well as how to access the information stored on the web.Within a year of starting up, he won best entrepreneur in the Western Cape.“And then it all grew very, very fast,” he recalls.Initially, his main goal was to use the facility as a computer skills training venue for teachers, but soon the business started to meet a major need for computer services in Khayelitsha.“People needed help. They could operate Facebook, but didn’t have the skills to type out their own CVs. People couldn’t differentiate between a fax and email,” he says.The absence of computer skills, or the technology and facilities to learn, is a dilemma for many people living in townships and remote areas in South Africa.“If you don’t have computer skills, you are at a disadvantage in the job market,” says Rani.To add to this predicament, people often have to travel long distances to an internet café to distribute their CVs when searching for jobs.“People have to do this at great expense and it takes a lot of time,” he explains.The Silulo Internet Café caters for both needs, and Rani has ensured that the pricing of his services are within reach of the majority of South Africans.An affordable service“What is central to my business model is affordability,” he says. “Our prices are low.”He believes that companies operating in emerging market economies should adjust their business models and profit expectations.“It is essential for entrepreneurs in these markets to be socially minded and not only profit-driven,” he says.For just R6 (70 US cents), Rani’s customers can access the internet for one hour, whereas some internet cafes in the Eastern Cape charge as much as R30 ($3.38) an hour, R10 ($1.12) to send a fax and R3 (34 cents) for a photocopy.“This is simply unaffordable for most people,” he says. “Even if you just have R2 (23 cents), you can go onto the internet for 15 minutes.”Silulo Ulutho operates in the Western and Eastern Cape, but in the future Rani would like to grow the business in other provinces, possibly through a franchise business model.“But the core must always remain that the business must benefit the community,” he says. “I am passionate about this.”In addition to internet café services, computer sales are still a core part of the business. Silulo offers IT support to assist customers with network connections, computer repairs, and maintenance, and software installation.As part of its computer sales division, Rani has entered into a partnership with mobile provider Vodacom. Customers who buy computers from Silulo can access prepaid internet services using a 3G connection from Vodacom, the dongle for which is part of the deal.More innovative thinkers for South AfricaRani believes there is nothing stopping more entrepreneurs from building successful businesses that can also impact society positively.“What we need is innovation. Young entrepreneurs must inspire and give hope to other young black people that they can do it if they work hard,” he says.He spoke out against entrepreneurs who want to achieve quick riches. “With transformation more people have been afforded opportunities, but this system is abused and people take shortcuts,” he says.He maintains the only way to grow a business is through hard work and commitment.“My advice to young entrepreneurs is to focus on your business and do it better than anyone else. Always maintain good business values, integrity and humility.”An inspiring childhoodThinking back on his childhood, Rani says he always had an interest in business.“My mother ran a tavern and I grew up in this environment which exposed me to entrepreneurship,” he says, remembering how he watched her run the business and interact with customers.“This shaped me more than anything.”
A new generation of content creators are harnessing the power of the web to drive viewers… and revenue. These are the conferences they attend to up their game.Above image via HitFilm’s 2015 recap of VidConThe annual National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas every spring is the preeminent event for video professionals. Thousands of exhibitors crowd the halls to show off the latest production and post gear, workflows and software. With roughly 100,000 attendees, the focus is on the professional video market — mostly large-scale and enterprise-level offerings for television stations, studios and video production companies. When most video pros talk conferences and events, NAB is at the top of the list.But times are changing and the web is democratizing video distribution. No longer are the most-viewed online videos created by major brands and agencies. Video pros are having success garnering millions of eyeballs on YouTube and Vimeo, without large-scale budgets and production setups. In this vein, a slew of smaller conferences have also popped up, aimed squarely at the ‘do it yourself’ web video creator. Below are our top five video conferences and events that offer a more intimate experience, sharing actionable and accessible knowledge for video professionals.Note: For a listing of the largest video events, see our previous post The Best Conferences for Filmmakers and Video Pros.1. VidConYou can’t talk about video events without mentioning VidCon, unarguably the world’s biggest annual event focused solely on online video. Attended by the biggest YouTube stars — and the fans that follow them — the conference is a mix of those who have ‘made it’ and rising up-and-comers. Two session tracks are beneficial for video pros: Creator sessions show you ways to improve your projects and your reach, while Industry sessions focus on the changing landscape of streaming videos and the personalities/brands behind them. In recent years the focus has extended to platforms other than YouTube (the event’s main sponsor), including Facebook, Snapchat and other networks.Bonus reading: At VidCon, the World’s Biggest YouTube Convention, Rival Video Platforms Rush the Stage (via Entrepreneur.com)2. WistiaFestOver the last few years Wistia, a popular video hosting and analytics platform, has put on a small three-day event for creative video pros. WistiaFest’s focus rests primarily on creating marketing videos for businesses and agencies — and how to measure the results of those projects through online analytics. Past topics of breakout sessions include:Generating and Nurturing Leads Using VideoTools and Techniques for DIY Video ProductionMaking the Most of Your Onboarding VideosThe event is lively, fun and absolutely worth exploring for anyone looking to up their production skills and be more effective with their video marketing.Bonus reading: 11 Things I Learned at WistiaFest (via JohnBarker.com)3. InFocusAt InFocus, the target is successful independent filmmaking — whether you’re making commercial ‘films’ for a client or a narrative video. The three-day event tackles hands-on production education, as well as the logistics of raising funds and producing film and video content for both commercial and passion projects. The speaker lineup is a veritable who’s who of the top independent video pros, including Ryan Connolly, Joe Simon and other well known web and wedding videographers.4. Brightcove PlayFor those into more of the logistics of web streaming and distribution, Brightcove’s Play event has got you covered. As a platform, Brightcove focuses on multi-screen streaming, video monetizing, web players, and encoding. It’s no surprise that the topics covered at this event follow suit:Keep ‘Em Coming Back: Video for Customer Loyalty and RetentionGrowing Reach and Revenue with Syndication and SocialBrightcove’s Guide to Live StreamingThe conference is especially useful for those already using the Brightcove platform (as many of the topics covered directly address the product).Bonus viewing: Keynote addresses from past Brightcove Play events (via Brightcove.com)5. NAB Online Video ConferenceNAB is a complete frenzy of new gear and products — but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Off the show floor there are breakout sessions and education tracks focused on different segments of the pro video industry. One conference track highlights the rapidly evolving landscape of online video — especially in regards to management and monetization of web video properties. A few of the sessions covered at this year’s event include:How to Reach Millennial Audiences With VideoHow Online Video Is Unleashing CreativityMobile Video’s Explosion: Personalized TV Has ArrivedBonus Events for YouTube Super Fans: StreamCon & Playlist LiveOnline video — and YouTube specifically — has created legions of rabid fans who religiously follow the most popular channels and web personalities. At two annual events, StreamCon and Playlist Live, the focus is on web superstars and the fans who clamor for their content. There’s not a lot to be taken away from these events from a training and education perspective, but if canoodling with the next ‘viral video’ star is your thing, well, we’re not here to judge.Bonus reading: Everyone’s a Star at StreamCon, the Convention for YouTube Sensations (via Vice) and We Went To A YouTube Convention, And It Was Insane (via Business Insider)