Disabled entrepreneurs with technologybased busin

first_imgDisabled entrepreneurs with technology-based business ideas that could transform life for other disabled people have a chance to secure up to £100,000 of funding through an “angel” investment programme.Entrepreneurand investor Rohan Silva, a former senior policy adviser to Conservativeprime minister David Cameron, is one of 12 successful entrepreneurs who haveeach been handed £100,000 by technology investmentfund Atomico to invest in early-stage technology companies.Afterdiscussions with disabled journalist Steve O’Hear, Silva decided to invest all themoney he has been given in one or two technologystart-ups with the potential to improve the lives of disabled people.Silva (pictured, left), co-founder of Second Home, a social business that supports job creation and entrepreneurship, is particularly keen to see ideas from tech start-ups founded or co-founded by disabled people*.O’Hear (right), a technology and business journalist who reports on tech start-ups for the website TechCrunch, will act as a volunteer “sounding board” for Silva.He said thatSilva’s idea to focus on disability “had come partly from conversations he andI have had in the past around the lack of diversity in the tech industry,including disability, and the stink I’d made with regards to [chancellor]Philip Hammond’s idiotic comments attempting to link the UK’s low productivity with high ratesof employment of disabled people”.He said: “I immediatelythought that angel investing in disabled entrepreneurs was a good idea but toldhim that if he wanted to have more impact he should also consider businessesthat explicitly target the disabled consumer, since disabled people are beingripped off on a whole range of products or services.”Thestart-ups could, for example, offer a mobile app, other types of software, atech-enabled service or new types of hardware.O’Hear said:“My investment thesis was that unlike other sectors, tech hasn’t yet deliveredthe same level of service, convenience and innovation to the disabled consumerthat we see more generally, and that there are many disability markets ripe fordisruption.”He added:“From insurance, financing, travel and accommodation, to specialistproducts such as wheelchair accessories, disabled clothing and fashion, ormobility devices, there are countless disability markets which feel dominatedby legacy players that don’t utilise tech very well or are outrightmonopolies or predatory in nature. “Dependingon how big the market is for any one product or service, broadly speaking thisis exactly the type of opportunity smart investors look for.” He said thatmany disabled people have the “instincts, aptitude and life experience to makegreat entrepreneurs” because they are often “driven by having something toprove”.And he saidhe was particularly interested in businesses that would help disabled people“level up” in their personal or work lives, by saving money, using their timemore efficiently, or achieving greater independence and autonomy. He said: “Somuch of my time and money is wasted on being disabled, which, when you thinkabout it, is a collective waste of society’s resources. “Disabledpeople have so much to contribute as a whole, both in spending power andthrough what we are capable of achieving via individual endeavours, but this isbeing siphoned off by companies delivering poor consumer experiences whilstripping off the disabled consumer wholesale.”O’Hear said thereare usually huge mark-ups on products that target disabled consumers, who canexpect to pay up to 10 times the price, “with no direct correlation to thecost of providing those products or services”.He said hewanted to see applications for funding from start-ups that want to fix some ofthese “broken markets”, in areas such as disability insurance or personalisedwheelchair accessories.He said: “Irecently bought a new adapted vehicle and had to find new car insurance and theexperience took me back to 2003, which was the last time I bought a car. “Literallynothing had changed and it felt incredibly uncompetitive and lacking inchoice.”*To submit a pitch deck – apower-point presentation describing the business idea and plan – to RohanSilva, email him at inclusivetechfund@gmail.comA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Anas Sarwar who ran against Richard Leonard in th

first_imgAnas Sarwar, who ran against Richard Leonard in the 2017 Scottish leadership contest, has branded Labour’s disciplinary process “not fit for purpose”.The MSP for Glasgow claims that the party process for dealing with complaints “leaves the impression that Islamophobia is one of the last acceptable forms of prejudice”.He has also called for devolution of the process, which would see complaints made by Labour members in Scotland dealt with in Scotland.In a lengthy statement released this morning, Sarwar describes his experience of a national constitutional committee (NCC) hearing held on Monday in Glasgow.According to the MSP, a case against a council group leader was dismissed due to a lack of verbal evidence, which Sarwar was willing and available to provide.He says he was not allowed to offer the evidence as he hadn’t given two weeks’ notice, yet Sarwar claims that he was only informed of the hearing four days prior.Below is the full statement issued by Anas Sarwar MSP.Having dedicated the last ten years of my life on the frontline for the Scottish Labour Party, I am left feeling deeply hurt and demoralised by the need to make this statement.Just five days ago I was expressing my delight that we had secured the support of political parties in Scotland for the adoption of the All-Party Parliamentary Group’s definition of Islamophobia. It was a landmark moment which demonstrated that Scotland was leading the way in the fight against Islamophobia. I am therefore devastated that it is my own party, the party of equality and with a proud anti-racist tradition, that has failed at the first test.When I made the decision in January 2018 to launch the campaign against everyday racism and Islamophobia and set up the Cross-Party Group on Tackling Islamophobia, I felt it was important to share my own experiences. As I said at the time, this was the most difficult decision that I had ever made in politics as it was the first time I was talking so openly about my own race and religion and highlighting my own difference. But I felt it was important to do that as it would hopefully encourage others to do the same, and through that open dialogue we could spark a national debate about everyday prejudice and how we could confront it.One of the examples I gave was of a council group leader telling me that ‘Scotland wouldn’t vote for a brown, Muslim Paki’. I didn’t disclose the name of the councillor in my interview. The Labour Party insisted that I disclose the name of the individual so that it could take action. I received many calls and emails encouraging me to do this including from the Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland and Deputy Leader, Lesley Laird, and from the Scottish General Secretary, Brian Roy.I disclosed the name to them and stressed at the time that this was not about any one individual or about one party, but about challenging a culture that was impacting people in playgrounds, college and university campuses and workplaces across the country.After 15 months of little or no communication or updates, I was notified by the Labour Party late in the afternoon last Thursday that the NCC hearing would be on Monday, April 29, at 11am – just four days later. I was asked if I could make myself available as a witness. I emailed back expressing my disappointment at the short notice and asking a number of questions about the process. I got a response back at 8.30am on Monday morning and all the relevant paperwork sent to me just before 9am for a hearing that was due to start at 11am. When I arrived at the hearing I was informed by an NCC representative that I could not give evidence as I had not given the committee two weeks’ notice of my intention to appear as a witness. I was asked to leave and was unable to provide any evidence. The UK Labour NCC panel subsequently ruled that there was no case to answer without any verbal evidence being taken.Given what I read in the paperwork that was produced for the NCC hearing and my experiences since raising this case and the circumstances of the NCC hearing day itself, I am left with the sad impression that Islamophobia is one of the last acceptable forms of prejudice.It is important that disciplinary processes are fair and transparent. But it’s now clear that the Labour Party’s disciplinary process is deeply flawed and not fit for purpose. It is not fair on either the complainant or the accused for the process to last 15 months. It is not transparent if witnesses are not adequately informed and then barred from providing evidence.The UK Labour Party needs to provide a full explanation on its handling of this case, but more importantly it needs to understand the message that this sends about the party’s commitment to tackling Islamophobia and all forms of prejudice.It is ludicrous that complaints made in Scotland aren’t dealt with in Scotland. The Scottish Labour Party should be demanding that disciplinary matters are fully devolved to ensure that cases are dealt with efficiently, quickly and fairly here in Scotland.If even I, as a former deputy leader, interim leader, leadership candidate and Shadow Cabinet member, don’t believe I can get a fair hearing or adequate support from an institution like the Labour Party, then I am left wondering what chance those experiencing discrimination in other walks of life have. This is why the work of the CPG and the campaign against racism and Islamophobia matters so much to me. This is painful, difficult, tiring, and at times lonely, but I feel a responsibility to keep going. I am very grateful for the messages of support I have received from colleagues and friends in the past 24 hours. I ask for your continued support and encouragement, because this is a fight for all of us.Tags:Anas Sarwar /Scottish Labour /Labour /last_img read more

Mission Students Walk Out for Gun Control

first_imgMission students joined others across the country in a nationwide walkout to demand what adults have so far failed to accomplish: that legislators enact controls on the purchase and distribution of guns.Here are a few scenes from the Mission. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address And others walked and made their views clear.Joining the protest calling for gun control. Photo by Mark Rabine.Fairmount Elementary School at 24th Street. Photo by Elizabeth Creely.Fairmount Elementary School at Fairmount. Photo by Elizabeth Creely. Ava Reynolds and Gussy Timken talked about their eighth-grade project at the Children’s Day School.center_img 0% Tags: guns • protests Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img

BRADFORD boss Francis Cummins is all too aware of

first_imgBRADFORD boss Francis Cummins is all too aware of a “backlash” from Saints today.Although the sides are separated by just one point the former full-back/winger believes their opponent’s ‘irregular form’ could provoke a response.“Someone is going to have to cope with the backlash of Saints’ irregular form and we’ve got to make sure that it’s not us,” he said. “We need to go at their weaknesses but most importantly, play to our strengths. If we improve but don’t get the result I can still be happy, that is the stage I am still currently at.“Don’t get me wrong, I want the two points desperately but we just need to improve with the ball a bit more. You can’t afford to be complacent when you face a team like Saints.“There is a reason they are one of the top teams and one of those reasons is that they have class players. They’ve been in Grand Final after Grand Final and it tells me that they have got quality all over and they’ve got a model that works for them. They have a great coach in Nathan Brown and they will still be there or thereabouts.“They will be hoping for a good result this weekend, as are we, but teams like that don’t stay in slumps for long.”He continues: “Two players that stand out for me are James Roby and Sia Soliola. Roby has a tremendous work rate and he is just unreal.“I think that Soliola has stepped up a lot and he is their main go forward man and you’ve got to put some effort into stopping him.“Then you have to think about Jonny Lomax, who can run the game off the back of these players, then you start talking about Jon Wilkin and Paul Wellens and you frighten yourself to death!”last_img read more

IRNBRU the Official Soft Drink of Super League i

first_imgIRN-BRU, the Official Soft Drink of Super League is offering Rugby League fans the opportunity to win a money can’t buy pair of VIP Tickets to the Magic Weekend!There are three pairs of VIP Tickets up for grabs for Saturday’s matches, along with an extra 7 pairs of Match Day tickets for both Saturday and Sunday.Click on this link to enter!last_img

DANNY Richardson Calvin Wellington and Regan Grac

first_imgDANNY Richardson, Calvin Wellington and Regan Grace are the latest youngsters to agree extended contracts with the Saints.Half Back Danny, 19, has inked a three year deal with the Champions whilst centre Calvin, 19, and winger Regan, 18, have each committed their futures to the club.“Danny came to us from Halton Hornets and from the age of 16 has improved tremendously,” Academy Head Coach Derek Traynor said. “He has learnt how to manage a game and that is because he possesses an excellent kicking game.“He has always been brave, tough and smart and he has taken that forward into this season’s u19s.“He went on our last tour of Australia and that was the start of his learning curve. A few disappointments followed and that has certainly helped him focus on what he wants to do in his career. I’m really looking forward to seeing him take the next step under the first team coaching staff.“Calvin and Regan joined us from Aberavon Quins Rugby Union Club last season thanks to our contacts down there and have both done well. They played on here trial at the end of 2014 and then went through a really tough pre-season with us and the first team.“They both love the sport – having played Union as kids – and are getting better with the more game experience they have.“Calvin can play left or right centre, as well as on the wing. He has good footwork and is a good talker in defence too.“Regan’s try scoring record in the u19s is phenomenal and that has come with him becoming more confident. We have encouraged him to carry the ball more in yardage, not worry about structure and just find space and weakness in the defence. Once he gets clear you can forget about catching him.“Like Calvin, he has areas to work on going forward – and we’re delighted they will be doing that at Saints.”last_img read more

First Team Match

first_imgSaints fell behind after two early tries from Joe Westerman and Carlos Tuimavave, but responded and ran away with the game scoring 11 tries thanks to four tries from Kevin Naiqama, a hat-trick from the returning Adam Swift, plus two from the excellent Jonny Lomax on his 200th career appearance as well as scores from young Jack Welsby and Lachlan Coote.Justin Holbrook made four changes following the win over Wigan, as Adam Swift came with Tommy Makinson in at centre with Mark Percival out injured. Matty Lees and Joseph Paulo both started and there was a Saints debut for Joe Batchelor with Jack Welsby on the bench.A fast start from the visitors saw them race into a 10-0 lead inside the opening 12 minutes after Westerman latched onto a kick through from Jake Connor for the opening try. Minutes later following a 40/20 from Marc Sneyd the ball was thrown out wide and Tuimavave touched down in the corner to give Hull a 10-0 point lead.Saints hit back minutes later after back to back penalties put us in prime position and Lomax was over after receiving the pass from Joseph Paulo. Coote added the extras.On the very next set Saints were in again and this time it was all about Lomax. The England international threw the dummy and then stepped back inside three Hull defenders to walk under the posts. Coote adding the two giving Saints a 12-10 lead after just 20 minutes.Saints were now in full control and two tries followed in three minutes. Naiqama with the first of his four after Lomax put him away down the line and the centre backed himself to score in the corner.Then Swift, making his first start of the season, was over in the corner after excellent handling from Paulo and Lomax allowed Coote to find the flying winger.The scoring in the first half didn’t stop there. In the final minute of the first half Paulo put Coote through a gap and the elusive full back stepped past Connor to score under the sticks as Saints headed into the break 30 points to 10 ahead.The second half started like the first with Hull on top. Inside the opening minutes of the second half they pulled a try back. After keeping the ball alive, Jez Litten was first to the loose ball to pick up and score. Sneyd adding the extras.It didn’t take Saints long to hit back though as Naiqama fed the ball out wide to Swift and the winger finished spectacularly in the corner.Swift was in again for his hat-trick on the hour mark after a diving finish in the corner, Naiqama again putting the winger away. Coote converting off the touch line bringing the score to Saints 40-16 Hull FC.Saints were now in full flight and after excellent footwork from Lomax he found the gap and on his way down somehow found an offload to Naiqama to go under the posts for his second of the game.Welsby was next to go over as the ball went from left to right and back again before the youngster claimed the long pass to score and bring up the 50 points.In the final five minutes Naiqama grabbed his hat-trick, flying over in the corner before he bundled his way over again for his fourth and Saints eleventh try of the game to bring up the impressive 60 point victory for Saints.Match SummaryTries: Jonny Lomax (18, 21), Kevin Naiqama (29, 64, 75, 78), Adam Swift (32, 53, 59), Lachlan Coote (39), Jack Welsby (70).Goals: Coote 8 from 10 and Richardson 1 from 2.Starting 13: Lachlan Coote, Adam Swift, Kevin Naiqama, Tommy Makinson, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Danny Richardson, Matty Lees, James Roby, Luke Thompson, Joe Batchelor, Morgan Knowles, Joseph Paulo.Interchanges: Kyle Amor, Dom Peyroux, Jack Ashworth, Jack Welsby.Hull FC:Tries: Joe Westerman (7), Carlos Tuimavave (11), Jez Litten (48).Goals: Marc Sneyd 2 from 3.Starting 13: Jake Connor, Bureta Faraimo, Cameron Scott, Carlos Tuimavave, Ratu Naulago, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Dean Handley, Masi Matongo, Mark Minichiello, Sika Manu, Joe Westerman.Interchanges: Jordan Thompson, Christopher Green, Jez Litten, Bradley Fash.HT: 30-10 FT: 62-16REF: R.HicksATT: 11,268last_img read more

Man arrested for stolen vehicle after pursuit near Sunset Park

first_img He called dispatch and the vehicle was confirmed stolen. The officer then began following the car.The driver in the Volkswagen drove around the Sunset Park area and crashed into a curb at Sunset Ave. and Washington Street.Lorenzo Rochelle, 33, was then taken into custody and charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, felony to alluding arrest and driving with license revoked. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution. No serious injuries were reported. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man is behind bars after an officer on patrol noticed a stolen vehicle.According to Linda Rawley Thompson with Wilmington Police, the officer noticed that a Volkswagen in the 400 block of Rutledge Drive may have been stolen.- Advertisement – last_img

Deputies search for trio that robbed store at gunpoint

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Columbus County deputies are investigating an armed robbery at a store last night near Tabor City.It happened just before 9 p.m. at Norris Country Store at 6088 Swamp Fox Highway East.- Advertisement – Investigators say two women were working when three men came in. They say one man pointed a handgun at the cashier and demanded money.The suspects ran off toward Shug Norris Road with about $250 from the register.The only description investigators could provide of the suspect is that all three men were wearing gray hoodies tightened over their face.Related Article: Man arrested in Tabor City in connection with 2018 Food Lion murder caseIf you have any information about what happened, call the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.last_img

Closing arguments to start in Columbus County 2014 double murder

first_img Executive Assistant to the District Attorney Ashley Bullard said the state finished presenting its evidence this afternoon.She said the defense did not present any evidence.Closing argument for Haynes will start Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The trial continues in Columbus County for the woman charged in the murder of two women in 2014.Megan Haynes and her boyfriend at the time, Justin Reynolds, were arrested in 2016 in the murder of Jeannette Thut and Reynolds’ mother, Donna Gore.- Advertisement – last_img

AlIttihad appoint Bilic as their new manager

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Former West Ham coach Slaven Bilic has agreed a three-year deal with Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad. The latter have not enjoyed the best of starts in the league as they lost three of their first four matches.Bilic, who was sacked by West Ham in November 2017 and replaced by David Moyes, is expected to improve Al-Ittihad’s performances in the Saudi Pro League. The club won the last of their eight league titles back in 2009. The 50-year-old Croat has also managed Croatia’s national team from 2006 to 2012 as well as Besiktas and Lokomotiv Moscow.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Google takes Ladies Mapping Party to Nairobi

first_imgAdvertisement Google Africa invites you to iHub on 12 February 2011 for a Mapping Party using Google Map Maker! There are many places around the globe that still don’t have access to high quality maps, but Google is working towards changing this using Map Maker.“We’re going to be working together to map out Kenya, building a better map for everyone in the world to see. See how youth from Korogocho came together and improved their local map during our Korogocho Mapping event,” wrote Jackie Rajuai & Evans Arabu on the Google Africa Blog.No experience is necessary and all you need to bring is your local expertise, a good attitude, and your laptop. This will be a really fun group activity, and by the end of the party we’ll already be able to see how much we’ve contributed to the community. – Advertisement – You can register for the event on Google Africa website (RSVP by 2 February 2011), learn about Google Maps and Map Maker in advance, and gather all your inspiration so that you’re ready to hit the ground running!Culled from a Google Africa blogpost.last_img read more

Why Facebook buying WhatsApp is bad for you

first_imgAdvertisement So Facebook beat Google to WhatsApp, although Google was willing to offer more than whatever Facebook was offering.Google was mainly interested in keeping it away from Facebook. The acquisition has left so many questions unanswered, and in my Opinion, i believe the users stand to loose on this deal.Privacy Concerns – Advertisement – If your information is either Facebook or Google, you have a right to be worried about the privacy of your information. After failing to aquire Snapchat, Facebook’s move toward WhatApp has left many people feeling that their messages and conversations are going to be made available to more people. It wouldnt have been different from Google since it has a habit of syncing one user account across all applications.Facebook was previously unable to access users information like Phone contacts and Credit card information,  unless people connected their address books to Facebook Messenger, or provided Facebook with credit card information to donate to various non-profit. With the deal, all your Phone contacts are now with Facebook.Ads in conversationsSince we started using WhatsApp, we have enjoyed ad-free chats, Facebook is a business venture which looks at making profits. Its main source of Income is Ads, Do you think Facebook would make an acquisition where it doesn’t expect to reap from? Do not be surprised if you see adds in your Chat in the near future.WhatsApp has been growing with over 1 million users being added every day. In some countries like USA, Brazil, China, Indonesia and South Africa, People use WhatsApp more than Facebook Messenger, will the Apps be turned into one? Will leave that question to you to answer.last_img read more

Billionare Larry Ellison Steps Down As Oracle CEO

first_imgAdvertisement Larry Ellison, co-founder and longtime CEO of the software giant Oracle, has stepped down from his post to assume the position of executive chairman and chief technology officer. The move is effective immediately, CNBC reports.In his place will be two CEOs, Mark Hurd and Safra Catz, sharing the title and dividing responsibilities, the company said. Manufacturing, legal and finance will be run by Catz while sales, service and business units will be run by Hurd.Ellison isn’t going anywhere, though. According to the report, he will still be working full time at the company in his new, lesser role, in charge of software and hardware engineering. – Advertisement – Both Hurd and Catz have been presidents of Oracle since 2010. Hurd was formerly chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, but stepped down from that role in a storm of financial and corporate controversy. Catz, also the company’s current CFO, has been at Oracle since 1999.last_img read more

MTN offering free 4G SIM Card upgrades free 1GB Data Power bank

first_imgAdvertisement MTN Uganda in a bid to maintain its stance as the largest 4G network in the country, started a drive to have many of its 3G subscribers join up the 4G revolution.The telecom giant is offering to upgrade your 3G SIM cards for free to the faster, more reliable 4G at any of its service centers countrywide. This comes with 1GB of free data and the chance to win a Power Bank.In a recent interview with Steven Kirenga, the Enterprise Marketing Manager of MTN Uganda, he says the adoption of 4G has been impressive so far; – Advertisement – “The market has responded well to the call of upgrading to the fastest and widest 4G network. It’s clear our customers want more than fast speed, they want the fastest speed available in Uganda and we are happy that they resonated well with our message and joined our LTE.”Please visit any MTN service center now & upgrade your simcard to 4G for FREE. Get 1GB Data FREE & a FREE power bank pic.twitter.com/3fek3Zd7BA— MTN Uganda (@mtnug) May 30, 2016Although the cost of 4G devices is still remain a challenge to many people, MTN promises to engage equipment manufacturers to ensure that we get the right 4G devices are the right cost.[related-posts]last_img read more

Siemens to Partner with Uganda Sudan in Developmental Projects

first_imgMuseveni with Siemens officials and other German investors at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. (Photo by: PPU) Advertisement Technology Power House Siemens has signed an agreement to work closely with Uganda and Sudan in the areas of power supply, industry, transportation and healthcare.Uganda and Sudan signed the corresponding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday May 4th at the World Economic Forum 2017 in the South African city of Durban.The documents were signed in the presence of Brigitte Zypries, German Federal Minister for Economics and Energy, Joe Kaeser, President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG and further high-ranking personalities. – Advertisement – President Yoweri Museveni who is also in South Africa for the forum was among the witnesses of the signing of the memoranda.Museveni with Siemens officials and other German investors at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. (Photo by: PPU)Finance Minister Matia Kasaija signed on behalf of Uganda while Mr Joe Kaeser, the Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Group signed on behalf of their behalf.Mr Kaeser announced that his company would inject more than Euros 3 billion in Africa by 2020 of which Uganda would be a key beneficiary of this investment.“Africa’s economies are gaining ground and can develop their full potential with the right partner. Siemens wants to support their sustainable development – with solutions and projects in Africa, for Africa. The agreements with our African partners are important steps along this path,” said Kaeser.[related-posts]In Uganda, greater focus will be on increasing the country’s electricity generating capacities and connecting more Ugandans to the power grid.Under these agreements, Siemens and its partners will develop solutions in the areas of power supply, transportation, industry and healthcare. Another key point in the agreements relates to continuing training programs for various technical fields in order to create a pool of well-trained local workers.Furthermore, Siemens is joining the “Make IT Alliance” of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development to promote start-ups and technology companies across the African continent.The company has already developed financing solutions for its megaproject in Egypt and power plant projects in Nigeria and is supporting its African partners’ efforts to implement these major infrastructure projects.Siemens has been active in Africa for more than 157 years.last_img read more

PREVIEW Man City v Barcelona

first_img[dropcap]M[/dropcap]an City welcome the formidable Barcelona to the Etihad this evening including messrs. Neymar, Suarez and Messi for what looks a mouth-watering Champions League clash.The two sides, of course, met in last season’s tournament at the same last 16 stage with Barcelona winning both legs by an aggregate score of 4-1. Man City are still attempting to reach the quarter finals for the first time.Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Man City manager Pellegrini said: “I think that last year was different to this year. We arrived at this stage of the Champions League after playing 19 games in two months, and I don’t think it was our best moment. But I hope this year we will do it after not playing so many games. I think that our team is in a good moment, although we also recognise we are going to be playing against a very strong team.”Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has the luxury of almost a full squad to choose from and that includes Luis Suarez who is set to play his first match in England since leaving Liverpool to join Barcelona in the summer.For City, striker Wilfried Bony is expected to make his first start and James Milner is fit again after a knee injury but Yaya Toure is suspended.Barcelona topped Group F with 15 points from six games and a goal difference of 10 whilst in contrast Man City amassed 8 points with a goal difference of just one when finishing second in Group E.Man City v BarcelonaChampions League7.45pm ITVHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Mar 2014 C League Barcelona 2-1 Man CityFeb 2014 C League Man City 0-2 BarcelonaWhilst a lot of matches at this stage can be tight, cagey affairs these two sides score goals for fun and I’d rather be over 2.5 goals than under – especially at Star Sports odds of 6/5.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS for 6 points at around 6/5 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 116.52 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

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Rice U physicist available to discuss Large Hadron Collider results

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduRice U. physicist available to discuss Large Hadron Collider resultsPadley can comment on direct coupling of Higgs boson, bottom quarkRice University particle physicist Paul Padley, one of the scientific team leaders at the Large Hadron Collider’s (LHC) Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment, is available to discuss the latest findings about the Higgs boson.The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced today that both the CMS and ATLAS experiments — the same groups that jointly announced the discovery of the Higgs in 2012 — have each submitted scientific publications reporting definitive evidence of Higgs particles decaying into bottom quarks.Padley, a professor of physics and astronomy at Rice, said the find is extremely important because the direct decay of the Higgs boson to bottom quarks is actually the most frequent of all possible Higgs decays.“We have to be able to measure the things that we’re pretty confident about before we can go around measuring things that are complete surprises,” Padley said. “The Higgs-to-bottom quark coupling was an extraordinary experimental challenge because many processes can mimic the signature we needed to find.”Padley can discuss the science behind the Higgs decay and the role he and others from Rice, including students, played in the discovery, and he can explain the scientific challenges involved in finding and verifying the evidence of the decay.The new observation, together with earlier evidence that the Higgs couples to both top quarks and tau leptons, represents important steps toward a full understanding of the Higgs boson, but Padley said it will likely take another decade to “really sort out, in detail, what is going on with the Higgs.”Padley said physicists working at the LHC hope to find new physics that update our understanding of nature, and a detailed study of the Higgs boson may reveal that new physics.“We have to be prepared to find new physics at any point along the way,” he said.The LHC, a massive $6 billion machine that smashes together beams of particles traveling at nearly the speed of light, was built, in part, to find the Higgs, the last observed particle out of 18 that are contained in the set of equations known as the Standard Model that describes the fundamental forces and building blocks of atoms.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7. Rice also has a university backdrop and light kit for Skype interviews.To schedule an interview with Padley, contact: Jeff Falk, 713-348-6775 or jfalk@rice.edu; or Jade Boyd, 713-348-6778 or jadeboyd@rice.edu.-30-Image for download:http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/07/0704-HIGGS-Padley2-b.jpgPhoto courtesy of Rice University.This media advisory can be found online at news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. AddThislast_img read more

Nearly 100K Raised for Mentally Disabled Man Tortured Live on Facebook

first_img US Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Family spokesman David Boyd (R) and others hold a news conference in Crystal Lake, Ill., on Jan. 5, 2017. (Patrick Kunzer/Daily Herald via AP) center_img An online effort to raise money for a mentally disabled man whose beating was broadcast live on Facebook in Chicago has brought in nearly $100,000.The GoFundMe campaign called “Let’s show the Chicago victim love” had a goal of $10,000. As of Saturday the account has reached over $92,000.Four black suspects are facing charges of battery, kidnapping and hate crimes in connection with the attack on the 18-year-old victim. The suspects—two men and two women—are black and the victim is white.(L-R) Tesfaye Cooper, Brittany Covington, Tanishia Covington and Jordan Hill, four people charged on Jan. 5, 2017, with aggravated kidnapping and taking part in a hate crime after allegedly beating and taunting a man in a video broadcast live on Facebook. (Chicago Police Department via AP) (L-R) Tesfaye Cooper, Brittany Covington, Tanishia Covington and Jordan Hill, four people charged on Jan. 5, 2017, with aggravated kidnapping and taking part in a hate crime after allegedly beating and taunting a man in a video broadcast live on Facebook. (Chicago Police Department via AP)Authorities say the victim was tied up for several hours. Video footage shows the assailants taunting him with profanities against white people and President-elect Donald Trump.A frame in which a man (R) is assaulted in Chicago.(Vidme via AP) A frame in which a man (R) is assaulted in Chicago.(Vidme via AP)A GoFundMe spokesman confirmed the victim’s family is working with the company on the campaign.The family, through a spokesman, has declined to comment on the attack. Nearly $100K Raised for Mentally Disabled Man Tortured Live on Facebook By The Associated Press January 8, 2017 Updated: January 8, 2017 Show Discussionlast_img read more