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New York: Indian-origin Soorajnath Boominathan is part of a four-member team that will represent the US in the annual 47th International Chemistry Olympiad to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from July 20 to 29.
A resident of Oklahoma state, Boominathan has recently earned his graduation from Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics.
“I think representing my country is the most amazing part of this whole experience. It is hard to put into words what this means,” the 16-year-old was quoted as saying in an India West report.
Boominathan, who has lived in Oklahoma for the past 10 years, will be attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall.
The chemistry competition consists of two exams that can last as long as five hours each and need to be attended on separate days.
Subjects include organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry and biochemistry.
Boominathan is studying as much as eight hours a day for the competition.
According to his mentor Fazlur Rahman, chemistry professor at Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, Boominathan is one of the top chemistry students in the nation.
“Sooraj has much to celebrate. I think he has all the elements and ingredients to be a great scientist,” Rahman was quoted as saying. (IANS)
By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe
Soft skills are attributes that can either make or break an individual from all walks of life. A person's manners and attitude towards people and situations is an extension of their personality. How you present yourself in front of the world matters a lot especially when you are stepping into corporate culture. It is an ongoing debate since the inception of the universe whether hard skills trump soft skills or vice versa. The torchbearers of both sides present fierce arguments to prove a point but a third person's take is extremely neutral on this. Not to avoid any sort of conflict, but to take a very clear stand in this ongoing debate that will never be settled.
Maddie Amrutkar, CEO and Founder of Glad U Came says, "I come from the school of thought that you need to take everyone along with you when you are trying to build an empire. No one person can do it all. One man army concept doesn't work in our sector." For instance, a fisherman has the knowledge of catching the fish using the bait but what good is his catch when he can't sell the product to the vendors? And what will happen to the product if the vendors are unable to see it ahead of shops or restaurants?
From hiring to promoting an employee in the organisation, these soft skills play a vital role in the employer's decision. Taking initiative, being a team player, your approach towards a problem, being solution-oriented and much more, all contribute towards the employer's decision. It will be safe to say that it is only you who can sail or sink your own ship in this ocean of cut-throat competition.
1. Good communication is the most basic soft skill of all. Effective communication with coworkers and clients can help in networking and business development. Being a good presenter along with being a good listener, negotiator and writer to convey things are vital when it comes to communication.
Effective communication with coworkers and clients can help in networking and business development. | Pixabay
2. Possessing leadership qualities along with being a team player can help your standing in the organisation. No one likes to be dominated so although you are in an authoritative position it is important to maintain a cordial relationship with everyone.
Possessing leadership qualities along with being a team player can help your standing in the organisation. | Pixabay
3. Dedication towards getting the work done and knowing how and when to delegate it also plays a huge role in how well and fast you would move upwards in the organisation and in life in general. Give credit where credit is due, take help when you are in need and maintain an open and proper line of communication with one and all.
Give credit where credit is due, take help when you are in need and maintain an open and proper line of communication with one and all. | The Blue Diamond Gallery
4. Having a positive attitude irrespective of the situation can take you miles ahead of your peers. Getting derailed or agitated during adverse situations will cloud your judgement and send you into a downward spiral. Maintaining your cool during turbulent times and keeping a positive mindset will help you tackle the problems in a better way. Also, being respectful towards people's opinions and showing enthusiasm for new things will make you a more likeable person.
Having a positive attitude irrespective of the situation can take you miles ahead of your peers. | Pixabay
5. Lastly, have patience no matter what. In both the workplace and in life, losing your cool will never put you in a good light. People tend to make impulsive decisions when they lose their patience and eventually land them in a puddle. Avoid doing that, and always keep a calm approach towards people and situations. Different things require different approaches but one thing common in all of them is you being a level headed individual.
Have patience no matter what. In both the workplace and in life, losing your cool will never put you in a good light. | Photo by Duane Mendes on Unsplash
On the ending note, Maddie Amrutkar says, "On a personal level, I'm inclined towards soft skills as it is more about a person's character and individuality. These mantras in life have certainly helped me grow as an individual and help me make my agency grow with the dream team I have in place. We strive to attain bigger and better milestones every day whilst keeping a higher moral ground. At my agency, Glad U Came, I hire employees based on their soft skills as compared to the hard skills. A person might have multiple degrees but what good are they when they have zero clue about how to use that knowledge. Also, in our line of work, maintaining strong relationships outside the organisation is as important as the oxygen we breathe."
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: soft skills, success, life, workplace, patience, positivity, dedication, leadership, communication
The Sandbox (CRYPTO:SAND), a cryptocurrency tied to the metaverse, has soared almost 14% in one day as it continues its climb back to previous highs. This is a continuation of a month-long upward trend that has seen The Sandbox increase roughly 500%. Meanwhile HUH Token has announced that it will be releasing its white paper this week, as holders prepare for launch on 6 December.
The Sandbox continues to speed upward as the cryptocurrency has seen great growth in recent trading days, as well as throughout the last few weeks. SAND is a pioneering Ethereum based blockchain project aimed at enabling users to create and monetise their own virtual worlds. It has quickly grown to become a significant player in the blockchain-powered metaverse area.
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The Sandbox is not the only blockchain-based metaverse game to feature its own cryptocurrency. The fact that this platform enables users to create non-fungible tokens and integrate them into games or the platform's marketplace is also not novel, with others like Axie Infinity (AXS) and Decentraland (MANA) being the closest rivals. These Metaverse games are a rapidly expanding market, with new participants appearing on a regular basis. As a result, some investors may wonder why this may be an appealing investment at the moment in comparison to the competitors.
To be sure, The Sandbox has achieved some tremendous traction. It has over 500,000 registered wallets and 12,000 virtual land owners on its site as of early November. Additionally, it raised $93 million in a Series B funding and has attracted high-profile users such as Snoop Dogg.
What investors are now searching for are cryptocurrencies with significant momentum and the potential to generate portfolio-altering returns, such as SAND. Its market capitalisation is currently $4 billion. However, this is a rapidly rising cryptocurrency, having recently broken into the top 50 cryptocurrencies by market capitalisation.
Given the high level of interest in the metaverse sector and the implications that blockchain-based metaverse games may have in this setting, this appears to be a coin that investors are eager to invest in. Naturally, like with all cryptocurrencies, there is an inherent risk associated with purchasing any digital asset that is difficult to value intrinsically. However, given the numerous triggers propelling this cryptocurrency upward, it appears as though this one has a long way to go.
HUH Token White Paper
Another cryptocurrency that is generating huge interest is HUH Token, which is set to release its white paper this week. HUH Token is currently in its pre-sale, which will end in just a few days before it launches on December 6. When the Multi-chain launch occurs, it will be available on Pancake Swap and Uniswap.
HUH Token demonstrates both the potential for growth and stability through its remarkable social media agility. This token is rumoured to have thousands of top social media influencers signed on to promote it and drive its community of holders, which it calls the "HUH Nation".
HUH Token will be released with a minimum of $1,000,000 in liquidity that will be locked in for at least two years; if this does not provide initial stability and proof of intention, nothing will. They expect to complete their Certik audit this week and have already been audited by Solidity Finance and Shellboxes.
In terms of social tokenomics, the HUH Token takes a novel approach by allowing holders to suggest another individual; when this individual gets HUH Tokens, the original person who referred them receives 10% of the transaction in either ETH or BNB. This is determined by the type of exchange on which the transaction is conducted. This, along with the brand's promise of an army of social influencers, might result in a bullish release; even a tiny investment may be worth the payout.
As with any investment in the volatile world of cryptocurrencies, you should conduct your own research and invest only what you can afford to lose, regardless of your desire not to miss out.
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AMP, Klaytn (KLAY) and HUH Token are all at different stages of their existence. AMP and Klaytn, whilst both on the market, are having varied experiences at the moment. HUH Token on the other hand, is in presale and will be available for purchase on Pancakeswap and UniSwap soon. As this is one of the last opportunities to become involved in the presale, its potential should be discussed alongside AMP and Klaytn's current performance.
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AMP is a collateral token that is used because it provides instant and verifiable assurances for most variations of value transfers. Networks such as Flexa use AMP so that they can provide quick and secure transactions in a significant amount of use cases.
AMP has been benefitting greatly from the influx of cryptocurrency acceptance and trading this year. AMP had an all-time low price of $0.0007946 on November 17th 2020, and its greatest market price was $0.1211 on June 16th 2021. Using $1000 and perfectly timing the market at these prices would have resulted in your AMP being worth just over $150,000. These results demonstrate how lucrative the cryptocurrency market can be, and AMP is one example. Many cryptos have exceeded these profits and some in even less time.
Klaytn or KLAY has had a more uncertain crypto journey through the market when compared to AMP. Klaytn's lowest value occurred on May 6th 2020, and it was worth $0.0573. Therefore, $1000 would have purchased over 17,000 KLAY. Selling for Klaytn's largest market price of $4.38 would result in the KLAY contained in that portfolio being worth approximately $76,000. This would have involved a relatively long hold time, but the wait would be worth it for profits of this size. It is important to remember that these returns in such a relatively short time frame are impressive when compared to stocks and shares, even if AMP outperformed Klaytn.
HUH Token is reaching the end of its presale. They are incentivising potential buyers to join the presale and become holders. Joining the presale will grant you 25% more tokens than if you wait until it is released publicly. As HUH Token is in presale, data cannot be used to determine the returns of a $1000. However, predictions can be made.
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Given that some of the features in HUH Token are attractive for a token, the potential for is exceptionally high. For example, they offer a dual currency distribution referral system that can generate BNB for each person a holder gets to use their unique referral code. In addition to this, every buy and sale that happens using HUH Token has a small fee attached. This fee is then reallocated so that all holders get additional HUH Tokens.
Referring 500 people who all purchase $100 worth of HUH Token would net you $5000 in BNB. Furthermore, this amount can be scaled depending on the amount the referred holders buy or the number of people changes. Between the unique referral system and the passive generation of HUH Token, it is entirely feasible for HUH Token to produce upwards of $500,000 for those who purchase early and hold onto the cryptocurrency.
The cryptocurrency world has and will continue to produce millionaires and vast wealth for those who can identify the correct projects to follow. AMP and Klaytn have shown their heights on the crypto market, and most currencies will experience a significant spike in price at some point. Currently, AMP appears as though it could make more from the $1000. However, just as with everything in the crypto market, everything can change in an instant.
HUH Token aims to grow in value over time and become a heavily traded cryptocurrency. With the features it offers, many will have to consider purchasing the token. The future for HUH Token holders is looking positive. Buying during the presale will give many the opportunity to maximise their returns.
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