Colonel denies involvement in Dink murder as parliamentary committee accuses security forces of negligence

first_img News Reporters Without Borders today voiced unease about delays and twists and turns in the investigation into the 2007 murder of the journalist of Armenian origin Hrant Dink as ex police chief Colonel Ali Oz denied involvement and a parliamentary committee accused the security forces of negligence in the case.Col Oz gave, former head of the gendarmes in Trabzon, denied at a court in Bursa, south of Istanbul on 21 July claims made by two police officers during their trial on 20 March that their superiors, including Ali Oz, were aware of plans to kill Dink. Running in parallel with the court hearing, a parliamentary sub-committee issued a report on 23 July that accused the security forces of negligence in the case.The committee’s president, Mehmet Ocaktan, stressed that the report was independent and that its role was not to clear up the case to decide where there had been official negligence.“We continue to feel concern about the delays and twists and turns in the investigation into the murder of Hrant Dink” said Reporters Without Borders. “The report produced by the parliamentary sub-committee confirms that police and gendarmes in Trabzon made mistakes.However they both continue to deny being at fault.“We urge that all the investigations currently opened should be joined up so that responsibilities can be sorted out”, it said.For the first time since the Dink murder on 19 January 2007, the former head of the gendarmes in Trabzon, Ali Oz, has been giving evidence as a witness. He denied all the statements made by Okan Simsek and Veysel Sahin, two gendarmes in Trabzon, who accused him of being told of plans to kill Hrant Dink at a meeting in summer 2006. The colonel told the judge, “I can no longer remember if this case was on the agenda”. He added that he had been informed of the journalist’s death by phone while he was travelling.Lawyers for the Dink family questioned Oz about the fact that Okan Simsek and Veysel Sahin were aware of the plans to kill Dink. The colonel replied, “If Simsek and Sahin had such information, it was up to them to do what was necessary. They didn’t need my orders. As I have already said, I do not remember if I was informed.”Two days afterwards the president of the parliamentary sub-committee, Mehmet Ocaktan, said, “We have concluded that there was negligence, mistakes and a lack of coordination between the gendarmerie and the police.”Ocaktan refused to reply to journalists’ about whether it was contradictory for an investigation to be made into the Gendarmerie in Trabzon, but not into the police. “Our role is not to shed light on the murder but to look at administrative negligence. The trial is under way and we cannot comment on it,” he said. July 25, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Colonel denies involvement in Dink murder as parliamentary committee accuses security forces of negligence RSF_en Colonel Ali Oz denied to a court that he was aware of plans to kill a journalist of Armenian origin, Hrant Dink while a parliamentary report accuses security forces of negligence in the case. “We urge that all the investigations that have been opened should be joined up so that the responsibilities can be sorted out,” said Reporters Without Borders. Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Follow the news on Turkey TurkeyEurope – Central Asia TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Organisation Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit to go further April 2, 2021 Find out more News April 2, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Adjunct – Organic Chemistry

first_imgRequisition ID: req2207Job Title: Adjunct – Organic ChemistryDepartment: Biological & Physical SciencesLocation: Columbus CampusEmployment Type: Adjunct/Non-Credit InstructorEmployment Status: Adjunct/Non-Credit InstructorBargaining Unit: Non-Bargaining UnitFLSA Status: Non-ExemptCompensation Type: HourlyCompensation: $51.88Schedule: Hours vary depending on course assignment; day,evening or weekend hours.Job Description:The College Community colleges are uniquely positioned to respond to workforceneeds and make higher education an affordable reality. There hasnever been a better time to join a two-year college, and there’s nobetter place to do it than at Columbus State. A laser focus onstudent success and a partnership mindset have established ColumbusState as a key talent provider in a thriving regional economy, anda premier community college that is changing the nation’s educationand workforce landscapes.With more than 46,000 students across two campuses, severalregional learning centers and online, Columbus State is thenation’s only institution recognized as an Achieving the Dream(ATD) college, an AACC Guided Pathways institution, and aparticipant in The Right Signals Initiative through the LuminaFoundation. The College is also a proud partner to over 40 highschools in the Central Ohio area to create pathways from highschool to college that encourage qualified young people to earndual credit – high school and college credit – while they are stillin high school.Columbus State employees benefit from an engaging, collaborative,and supportive culture that rewards innovation and vision and ouradjunct faculty enjoy competitive compensation and professionaldevelopment opportunities. We are dedicated to ensuring that thediversity of Columbus State faculty and staff reflects that of ourstudents and region. We are proud to be a central part of acommunity that embraces differences and celebrates the manycultures, beliefs, and lifestyles that define Central Ohio.The City Columbus, Ohio is also home to The Ohio State University and morethan 30 other colleges and universities as well as the headquartersof multiple Fortune 500 companies. Columbus is one of America’sfastest-growing cities, offering a wealth of cultural experiences,dining, entertainment, shopping opportunities, and more. That’s whyCentral Ohio residents find living here so fulfilling, bothprofessionally and personally.The Ideal CandidateColumbus State seeks to attract faculty who believe in thecommunity college mission; who are academically and culturallydiverse; who believe the student comes first, always; and who sharein our commitment to student success. The ideal candidate iscommitted to academic excellence, continuous improvement throughprofessional development, assessment, contributing to program andcourse development, and creating a collegial environment ofcivility, collaboration and open communication.There is a particular need for qualified adjuncts to teach duringthe day at central Ohio area high schools as a part of the ColumbusState College Credit Plus program and also at our Delaware campusand regional centers located in Dublin, Reynoldsburg andWesterville.Position SummaryThe Adjunct – Organic Chemistry position provides qualityinstruction and maintains a positive learning environment in theclassroom, with major emphasis placed on teaching, supporting andevaluating students. The Adjunct role provides instruction andmonitors teaching/learning effectiveness in courses assigned by theDepartment Chair, or other leadership members. The incumbent mustexhibit strong organizational skills and the ability to multitaskwhile engaging large groups of people with complicatedmaterial.Core Competencies RequiredProfessionalism, Managing Work, Continuous Improvement,Customer/Student/Employee Focus, Collaboration, Quality Focus,Communication, Guiding Interactions, Positive Approach, Planning& OrganizingEssential Job FunctionsIn conjunction with the Biological and Physical Sciencesdepartment’s policies, teaches assigned courses as scheduled andassumes primary responsibility for the delivery of the curriculum,ensuring both the rigor of the program and quality of instructionin order to achieve course outcomes. Employs appropriate teachingand learning strategies and uses available instructionaltechnology.Distributes and submits syllabi for all assigned sections inaccordance with department and College policies. Maintains studentattendance records and submits reports by specified deadlines.Conducts classes punctually and in accordance with the prescribedmeeting schedule.Creates a positive classroom atmosphere that encourages active andcollaborative learning, student effort, academic challenge, studentand faculty interaction and support for learners. Regularlycommunicates with students and is available either in person orelectronically. Encourages a sense of community among students forlearning both inside and outside the classroom.Employs appropriate assessment techniques to measure studentperformance in achieving course outcomes and objectives.Communicates course progress to students in a timely manner.Determines and submits student grades (electronic format) inaccordance with established College policies and procedures.Assists in the identification of students with academic or otherneeds and responds by utilizing an appropriate resource. Maintainsconfidentiality of student information in accordance with theFamily Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).Periodic meetings with the department, Lead Instructor, andChairperson relative to teaching duties, and professionaldevelopment.Other Duties and ResponsibilitiesAttend department meetings and trainings as required. Regular,predictable, and punctual attendance is required.Usual Physical RequirementsWhile performing duties of this job the employee: regularly standsand walks for extended periods of time, and occasionally sits;converses verbally with others in person and by telephone;regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data intocomputer; occasionally reaches with hands or arms, climbs orbalances and stoops, kneels, crouches or crawls; and frequentlyuses hand or fingers to touch. Vision demands include close,relatively detailed vision and distance vision. Employeeoccasionally lifts or exerts force of up to 10 pounds.Working ConditionsNormal classroom and office working conditions. Travel may berequired based upon assignment.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Knowledge of: online instruction techniques and methods; MicrosoftOffice; BlackBoard; internet research; online communication andrecord-keeping.Skill in: providing quality instruction; learning technologies andthe use of multi-media technology to enhance to enhance studentlearning; instructional planning and presentation; incorporatingcritical thinking, effective communication and other generaleducation outcomes in course content; effective time management;proficiency with online communication record-keeping.Ability to: effectively communicate and use interpersonal skills;create engaging learning environments that respect a wide varietyof viewpoints; be sensitive to the needs and concerns of a diversestudent population, socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgroundsand students with disabilities; work independently without ongoingsupervision; meet deadlines; perform student learning outcomes;maintain confidential and sensitive information, includingFERPA.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of: onlineinstruction techniques and methods; Microsoft Office; BlackBoard;internet research; online communication and record-keeping. Skillin: providing quality instruction; learning technologies and theuse of multi-media technology to enhance to enhance studentlearning; instructional planning and presentation; incorporatingcritical thinking, effective communication and other generaleducation outcomes in course content; effective time management;proficiency with online communication record-keeping. Ability to:effectively communicate and use interpersonal skills; createengaging learning environments that respect a wide variety ofviewpoints; be sensitive to the needs and concerns of a diversestudent population, socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgroundsand students with disabilities; work independently without ongoingsupervision; meet deadlines; perform student learning outcomes;maintain confidential and sensitive information, includingFERPA.Minimum Qualifications:Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate has a M.S. orPh.D. in Organic Chemistry with knowledge of basic techniques in achemistry laboratory setting is essential. The successful candidateworks well in interdisciplinary teams and is comfortable workingindependently. State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License ordemonstrable ability to gain access to work site(s).Preferred Qualifications: Prior teaching experience, Ph.D.in Organic Chemistry, experience using an online course managementsystem (Blackboard, Edmodo, Moodle) and online course instructiontechniques and methods.last_img read more

Vermont Public Television plans new magazine show

first_imgVermont Public Television, Vermont’s statewide public television network, is making plans for a new, locally produced magazine program on air and online with the working title ‘Green Mountain Guide.’ VPT aims for an early 2012 launch of a weekly showcase for interesting people, regional culture, outdoor experiences, local history and important public issues.  Audiences will notice a few other changes to VPT’s production landscape. The call-in program ‘Public Square’ will not return this fall. While VPT plans to continue its examination and discussion of important issues, they will be handled during the magazine show or through more prominent special reports.VPT will continue to broadcast its venerable interview program, ‘Profile,’ each week but does not plan to produce new episodes for the fall. ‘‘Profile’ has introduced us to some fascinating people,’ Scott said, ‘but after a decade in production, we want to change things up. This doesn’t mean we will end our conversations with interesting people or our long relationship with ‘Profile’ host Fran Stoddard. There will be room for both in VPT’s new local production plans.’ ‘We know Vermonters love Vermont,’ said Kathryn A. Scott, chief content officer for VPT, ‘And we know our audiences have a real thirst for information and entertainment that enlightens and enriches their understanding of the world. With ‘Green Mountain Guide,’ we hope to give them a slice of what they crave: even greater knowledge and appreciation of the people, places and ideas that make Vermont unique.’‘We intend to offer a combination of timely reports, in-depth conversations and fascinating stories you won’t find anywhere else,’ Scott said. VPT hopes to make the ‘Green Mountain Guide’ a permanent part of its lineup but will begin with a short-term commitment and then assess audience response and options for longer-range support.‘Green Mountain Guide’ will be just part of a new approach at VPT. ‘We want to get even more from our production efforts around the region,’ Scott said. ‘We are mindful that our supporters literally invest in our efforts, so our team works hard to be practical, frugal and nimble in our approach to storytelling.’‘We are more than a statewide television network. VPT provides an extensive public media system which can help people make real, human connections throughout New England,’ Scott said. ‘Vermonters are active people with busy lives. We need to offer our content where and when it’s convenient for them. For example, we routinely make our programs available online or out in the community, sometimes even before airing them on TV.’New projects in the pipeline include a focus on some of Vermont’s summer music workshops and festivals, including the KoSA International Percussion Workshop, the Manchester Music Festival, the Vermont Youth Orchestra and Grace Potter’s Grand Points North festival. Short video stories from these events will air during local slots that are part of the new PBS Arts Fall Festival beginning in October. Expanded versions will appear in ‘Green Mountain Guide’ and a locally produced performance special.Also coming in October, VPT-produced stories about bootleggers and rum-runners in Vermont will debut as companions to ‘Prohibition,’ a new PBS film from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Then, new episodes of VPT’s award-winning ‘Emerging Science’ will kick off PBS Science Wednesdays to complement new seasons of ‘NOVA’ and ‘Nature.’This approach is designed to make it easier for audiences to find new content right next to similar programs they already enjoy. It also will give VPT a chance to cover many more topics without the heavy commitments required when undertaking lengthier documentaries or single-subject series.VPT. 9.14.2011last_img read more

Suffolk County Photo Contest Announced

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Shutterbugs, start your cameras!Suffolk County announced Thursday a photo contest in which the winner—whoever takes the picture that gets the most likes on the county executive’s Facebook page—wins a new digital camera.“Capture that uniqueness and beauty of Suffolk County and share it,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who dubbed the contest #SuffolkSnapshot.Photographers are encouraged to take pictures of county parks, landmarks, downtowns or anything else that conveys “the beauty, history and/or spirit of Suffolk County.”The first place prize is a Canon PowerShot SX280 HS digital camera valued at more than $200. Second place wins a $100 gift certificate to Blend Wine & Tapas in Hauppauge and third place takes home Mets memorabilia.Contestants can email their photos to [email protected] by Sept. 14, when the images will be posted on Facebook.com/SteveBellone. Winners will be determined by how many “Likes” each photo receives on that page. Voting runs through Sept. 28 and the winners will be announced on Sept. 29.County employees, contractors, their employees and employees’ families are not eligible. For official contest rules and entry information, visit SuffolkCountyNY.gov/photocontest.last_img read more

Making small changes to achieve extraordinary results

first_imgWhat would happen to your life if you gave everything just 5% more effort?Michael Alden, author of 5% MORE: Making Small Changes To Achieve Extraordinary Results, says it transforms everything. Success is often the result of applying just a little bit more effort.It’s not always a massive effort, a radical change, or an overhaul. Often it’s just changing at the margin that makes all the difference.I recently had the opportunity to ask Michael about his research and new book. Michael Alden is the founder and CEO of Blue Vase Marketing and a recipient of SmartCEO Magazine’s 2016 Future 50 Award.What made you decide to research the concept of 5%?After the publication of my first book, Ask More, Get More, I received some fantastic feedback and accolades.  But as I continued to speak with people about achieving their goals, I found that many of them wanted more.  Despite all of the time and money they put into “personal development,” they were not where they wanted to be.  I wondered, why are so many people stuck?  Is there something that the average, everyday person can do to get ahead?  And is it something that is truly achievable, something that doesn’t cost money, something that yields real tangible results? continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Israeli carrier Israir books commercial flight slots to UAE

first_imgIsraeli carrier Israir said on Sunday it had reserved slots for commercial flights from Tel Aviv to the United Arab Emirates, preparing for potential tourism as the two countries move to normalize relations.An Israir spokeswoman said that they applied for permission from civil aviation authorities for the flights, and booked departure and arrival slots at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport while they await approval.The carrier booked eight round-trip flights from Tel Aviv to Dubai International Airport throughout October, according to a flight timetable on the Israel Aviation Authority’s website. While Israel’s flag carrier El Al Airlines has announced it will operate cargo flights to the UAE, it has not yet applied for permits for commercial flights, a spokesman said.Last week, El Al made history by operating the first official flight by a Israeli commercial carrier to the UAE, where officials held US-brokered talks to finalize a pact to open relations.Planes flying between the two countries will be able to fly over Saudi Arabia, significantly cutting down travel time, after the kingdom last week announced all services to and from the UAE can cross its airspace. Topics :last_img read more

Benfica star Rafa Silva keen on Arsenal transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Silva has a £71.5m release clause (Picture: Getty)Rafa Silva is eager to join Arsenal with the Gunners pushing hard to sign the Benfica star, according to reports in Portugal.Mikel Arteta is aiming to revamp his squad in the next transfer window, but Benfica are set to drive a hard bargain for Rafa.Correio da Manha claim Silva has a whopping £71.5million release clause in his current deal and Benfica have the attacker under contract until 2024.Benfica are aware of Arsenal’s interest and the Gunners are ‘strongly engaged’ in a bid to sign the left-sided midfielder.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal are expected to focus on snapping up free agents and negotiating swap deals this summer, but the Gunners may be helped in their efforts to sign Rafa by the player himself.AdvertisementAdvertisementRafa has repeatedly been linked with a move to the Premier League and having turned 27 earlier this month, the Portugal international appears ready to take on a new challenge. Coral BarryWednesday 20 May 2020 2:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.7kShares Benfica star Rafa Silva keen on Arsenal transfer Advertisementcenter_img Comment Silva is keen on a switch to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)The interest from Arsenal has pleased Rafa and he is keen to link up with Arteta’s squad, where he would receive a significant increase on the wages he currently pockets at Benfica.Clubs may find themselves dropping asking prices or holding onto their star players in a bid to ride out the financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic.While Rafa wants to join Arsenal, he also intends to win another league title with Benfica with the Primeira Liga expected to restart later next month.Porto are a point clear of Benfica in a razor-thin battle for the title and each side has ten fixtures left to play.Arsenal have been linked with a number of players in recent weeks, including Chelsea’s soon-to-be free agent Willian and Bayern Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby. Messi, Simeone and La Liga teams gear up for comebackTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 2:52FullscreenMessi, Simeone and La Liga teams gear up for comebackhttps://metro.co.uk/video/messi-simeone-la-liga-teams-gear-comeback-2168876/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Shkodran Mustafi explains how ‘incredible’ Mikel Arteta has inspired Arsenal squadMORE: Granit Xhaka sends message to Arsenal over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer and defends Mesut OzilFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

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One Flood Can Cause Major Change

first_imgSingle large floods can change landscapes more than precipitation, a study in the Himalayas shows.European geologists went to Tibet to figure out the role of large floods in the complex landscape of the Himalaya Mountains. They conclusions are stated in a preface:Glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) are exactly what they sound like. The sudden emptying of a glacial lake in high-topography regions like the Himalaya can quickly destroy everything in its path. Cook et al. intercepted a GLOF in the Bhotekoshi and Sunkoshi river valleys in central Nepal as they were monitoring the region in the aftermath of the 2015 Gorkha earthquake. They found that a massive amount of erosion occurred during the outburst flood, which suggests that GLOFs may be the primary factor in landscape evolution for these regions.The paper by Cook et al, “Glacial lake outburst floods as drivers of fluvial erosion in the Himalaya,” was published in Science. The team says that these large floods, which can transport boulders a meter or more in diameter, are not that rare.The frequency of GLOFs in the central Himalaya is difficult to establish, because records are incomplete and recorded floods may not be correctly identified as GLOFs. Nevertheless, GLOFs are relatively common in the Himalaya, with a major flood occurring at least once every 2 years on average.The site this team studied was instructive, suggesting that a GLOF can hit a particular site once every 30 years. The Abstract says,Himalayan rivers are frequently hit by catastrophic floods that are caused by the failure of glacial lake and landslide dams; however, the dynamics and long-term impacts of such floods remain poorly understood. We present a comprehensive set of observations that capture the July 2016 glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) in the Bhotekoshi/Sunkoshi River of Nepal. Seismic records of the flood provide new insights into GLOF mechanics and their ability to mobilize large boulders that otherwise prevent channel erosion. Because of this boulder mobilization, GLOF impacts far exceed those of the annual summer monsoon, and GLOFs may dominate fluvial erosion and channel-hillslope coupling many tens of kilometers downstream of glaciated areas. Long-term valley evolution in these regions may therefore be driven by GLOF frequency and magnitude, rather than by precipitation.The classic GLOF in the western hemisphere was the one that caused the huge Lake Missoula Flood. That GLOF carved the extensive Channeled Scablands in eastern Washington State, cutting through solid lava rock in a matter of hours or days. The authors do not mention that case, but the evidence for a flood as the cause of the scablands catapulted J Harlan Bretz from scorn to fame. His flood theory went from maverick to mainstream quickly, after decades of ridicule by his peers. Other notable dam-breach events in the western hemisphere include Mt St Helens, Earthquake Lake, and Gros Ventre. Search “dam breach” for more examples.Falling rocks can explode so hard that only nuclear weapons beat them (New Scientist). The power of falling rock is described as much greater than expected. “If falling rocks are big enough and hit the ground hard enough they can create a blast so intense that the rocks are pulverised into powder. Such extreme rockfalls are followed by a shockwave that can snap trees hundreds of metres away.”Explosive lies: how volcanoes can lie about their age, and what it means for us  (The Conversation). If volcanoes can lie about their ages, what else in geology is lying?Looking at those GLOF floods, if we took just half the assumed age of the Earth, rounded down to 2 billion years, that would translate to 67 million GLOFs! Does that make any sense? Maybe the Earth is much younger, would you think?The fact that this team states that “the dynamics and long-term impacts of such floods remain poorly understood” speaks poorly of open-mindedness in the geological community. When will they learn their lessons? Landscape changes don’t have to take millions of years. Forces of sufficient magnitude can accomplish a lot of change quickly.(Visited 660 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Soweto to Oxford and beyond

first_imgTamara O’ReillyIf the Rhodes Scholarship Trust were looking for a poster boy, Nhlanhla Dlamini would probably make the cut.As the latest recipient of the generous and prestigious Rhodes scholarship, 23-year-old Dlamini possesses all the certificates, medals, blazers and fancy “colours” that have come to be expected of applicants.The scholarship, founded by Cecil John Rhodes more than a century ago, will see him begin reading for his Masters in African Studies in September 2008 at University of Oxford, England. Dlamini views this as a vital step in achieving his goal of playing an active role in the broader development of his community, and ultimately Africa.“I understand that my analysis of Africa’s problems is incomprehensive. It is this acknowledgment that leads me to want to pursue a Masters in African Studies,” he says. “It will broaden my knowledge of African economics, history and sociology – three essential areas in understanding Africa’s context and challenges. By being in a class that will explore socio-economic concepts in Africa, I will be able to deepen my passion for my continent by grounding it in evidence and research.”His selection, over several other hopefuls from the Gauteng, North West, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga regions who no doubt displayed credentials that were also admirable, has not surprisingly been stunning.“I am extremely grateful at this stage to all those who have influenced me and contributed to moulding me into the person I am today,” says Dlamini. “Everyone has been overwhelmingly congratulatory and happy for me. It’s been a humbling reminder just how many friends and family members I have who are always rooting for me.”‘Resigned to a life of hardship’Although he was born in Soweto, at age seven his family moved to a traditionally white suburb and he was transferred to a multiracial school.Beyond the challenges of acculturation, both his parents were also retrenched from their jobs in the early 1990s, resulting in significant financial woes for his family.“I was convinced at the time that my family and I were resigned to a life of hardship,” says Dlamini.In 1992, what he calls a “seemingly small event” changed his outlook on what he could achieve academically.“At the end of Standard One [now Grade Three], I was invited to a prizegiving. I knew nothing of prize giving or what actually happens at such evenings. It turned out I was awarded the “Most Conscientious Student “ award. For the first time since I had moved to my new school, my background didn’t matter. It didn’t matter that I came to school in a jalopy or that I was part of an awkward minority in the school.”By the end of his secondary education at Marist Brothers College in 2001, Dlamini finished top of his class with five distinctions and full academic colours. He had also by then amassed several other awards in the areas of academics and community work. In Grade 11, he became the first pupil in the school’s history to be awarded an Honours Blazer, an accolade usually reserved for final year students.In 2002 he enrolled for a BCom Degree in Information Systems at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He graduated cum laude, making the Dean’s Merit List every year and pronounced Wits University Council’s Academic Merit Scholar from 2002 to 2004.Dlamini is an avid sportsman with several school and university captaincies to his name in the games of rugby and soccer. He is a national silver medalist in martial arts.He is currently employed in Atlanta, USA as a consultant for McKinsey & Company, a firm that advises leading companies on strategies around operations, staff and advancing their business.Dlamini returns to South Africa in March 2008 and he has left the six months remaining until he begins at Oxford without serious commitment for now, affording him well-deserved time to “tie up loose ends and perhaps take a road trip through the country”.Useful linksRhodes Scholarship WebsiteWits Universitylast_img read more