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 [email protected] 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