#JaVotes2016: First time voter rejects mother’s pressure

first_imgShamoy Reid voted in a general election for the first time today, but indicated that she had to withstand some pressure from her mother to do so. “Me mother a argue wid me because she a tell me who fi vote fah and me tell her she can’t tell me who fi vote fah,” the 21-year-old told The Gleaner after casting her ballot at the Gordon Town Community Centre in the St Andrew East Rural constituency. So how did she arrive at her decision? “One party inna power fi five years, so me just look pan dat and see who me waan vote fah,” she reasoned. The Jamaica Labour Party’s Juliet Holness is challenging the People’s National Party’s Imani Duncan-Price to become the parliamentary representative for the constituency. Reid acknowledged that she has not been paying keen attention to the election campaign, but said she was determined to exercise her right to vote. “If me never vote me wouldn’t have no talk. So if the country nah run right me can’t seh nutten cause me never vote. So if me vote now, me have a talk and me can say sup’n,” she explained. “Persons who no vote, dem nuh have no say enuh cause dem never go vote,” she added. ST ANDREW EAST RURAL CANDIDATES JLP: Juliet Holness PNP: Imani Duncan-Pricelast_img read more

Brand South Africa calls on humanitarian support for the Kathrada Park Community

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 06 August 2018 –  Johannesburg Emergency Services’ Mr Robert Mulaudzi has reported to the media that in the early hours of Monday morning, 50 shacks caught fire at Kathrada Park, an Informal Settlement in Claremont just West of Johannesburg, with about 100 – 120 people  displaced.Mr Mulaudzi, further adds; “At this stage, there are no injuries or fatalities which have been reported, however, we just want to encourage all our residents throughout the city’s 189 informal settlements to exercise caution with  all  heating devices and not leave paraffin and stoves unattended to prevent fire incidences like this one.”Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer,  Mrs Linda Magapatona-Sangaret said, “It is unfortunate that we as a nation still wake to news that many people are left displaced due to fires.”“Thank you to the firefighters who were prompt in their response and were able to spare the many lives caught in the disaster. Your hard work does not go unnoticed. The greatness of a nation can be judged by  how it treats its less fortunate citizens. It is, therefore, important that  all citizens  unite and play their part in helping in any way possible”, concludes Mrs Magapatona-Sangaret.Added to this terrible incident,  the province is expected to be experiencing a cold front in the next few days, citizens are called upon to assist by donating and dropping off resources for the displaced families at the Sandton Fire station; Grayston Drive, Sandown, Johannesburg. Resources required;Non-Perishable FoodsWoodCorrugated Iron Sheets (Amazenke)MattressesBlanketsClothes, toiletries, sanitary pads, diapers, and toysThe Sandton Fire station can be reached at 011 375 5911.last_img read more

2019 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Barrow Show results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grand Champion: Eli Keplinger, Springfield (Champion Dark Cross)Reserve Grand Champion: Riley Wendt, Dublin (Champion Light Cross)Third overall: Grant Dunaway, Hamilton (Res. Light Cross)Fourth overall: Ella Reed, Thornville (Champion Yorkshire)Fifth overall: Lily Rees, Bidwell (Res. Champ Dark Cross)Sixth overall: Zander Ivey, Bloomingburg (Champion Hampshire)    Zander Ivey watches as the judge offers some comments. Champion drive Champion drive Champion drive Champion drive Champion drive Champion drive Eli Keplinger watches the judge in the champion drive. Champion drive Champion drive Jenna Siegel, Marion Co., shows her dark cross. Eli Keplinger, Clark Co., had the champion dark cross. John Lafountain shows his dark cross. Ava Astorino, Champaign Co., had the Div. III champion dark cross. Gracee Stewart, Clinton Co., had the Div. II champion dark cross. Grayden Sproull with his light cross Caroline Endsley from Fairfield Co. showed her light cross. C.J. Wilt from Clark Co. shows his light cross. Wade Smith from Clinton County sows his Tamworth. Liam Shellhouse, from Wyandot Co., shows his Tamworth. Kayla Barker with her Hereford Gracie McHenry, Clark Co., had the Champion Tamworth.Aug. 2 and 3Judges: Travs Platt and Bryan AndersonBerkshireGrand Champion: Brett Zeedyk, HicksvilleReserve Champion: Zander Ivey, BloomingburgChester WhiteGrand Champion: Luke Johnson, WilmingtonReserve Champion: Sable Ruhenkamp, Ft. LoramieDurocGrand Champion: Ava Genter, ArchboldReserve Champion: Gracee Stewart, SabinaHerefordGrand Champion: Wade Smith, New ViennaReserve Champion: Mallory Liles, WapakonetaHampshireGrand Champion: Zander Ivey, BloomingburgReserve Champion: Madison Curless, BlanchesterLandraceGrand Champion: Logan Deel, VintonReserve Champion: Madison Petro, GallipolisPoland ChinaGrand Champion: Cooper Stambaugh, LyonsReserve Champion: Kasen Miller, SomersetSpottedGrand Champion: Ava Genter, ArchboldReserve Champion: Dane Wilt, Washington Court HouseTamworthGrand Champion: Gracie McHenry, South CharlestonReserve Champion: Liam Shellhouse, SycamoreYorkshireGrand Champion: Ella Reed, ThornvilleReserve Champion: Maya McCoy, Washington Court HouseLight CrossGrand Champion: Riley Wendt, DublinReserve Champion: Grant Dunaway, HamiltonDark CrossGrand Champion: Eli Keplinger, SpringfieldReserve Champion: Lily Rees, Bidwelllast_img read more

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Indian Entrepreneurs Are Maturing

first_imgFor this week’s One Million by One Million roundtable, we partnered with the Indian Angel Network (IAN). India, as you all know, is a rising power in the entrepreneurship firmament, and the country’s entrepreneurs are making a long-awaited switch from pure outsourcing and labor arbitrage to now venturing into building Internet companies, cloud businesses, and, as you will see in today’s presenters, some very cool hybrid businesses that leverage India’s cheap labor pool and, when combined with sophisticated technology, deliver solutions to hairy and hardcore problem domains.It is particularly satisfying for me to work with these entrepreneurs because I have long believed that India needs to diversify out of pure labor arbitrage. I deliberately wrote a highly controversial series of articles in 2008 [Death Of Indian Outsourcing] to provoke a debate on the topic. Other discussions on India’s need for product companies have also been equally controversial. But in the end, I believe, we have arrived at a better place as an industry where Indian entrepreneurs are thinking beyond outsourcing.Meanwhile, outsourcing itself is absolutely booming. You can read more on the topic in Top 10 Outsourcing Trends Of The Decade, while I discuss some of the entrepreneur pitches we discussed today.IRTEX: Indian Road Transportation ExchangeFirst up today was Ankur Tripathi with IRTEX: Indian Road Transportation Exchange. Ankur has uncovered a very real and substantial problem in the transportation industry spanning road, rail, ship: very often vehicle capacity goes under utilized due to lack of information on cargo and its whereabouts, and lack of communication among shippers and their clients. I like this business very much, and believe it can be a large, and important company. It reminds me somewhat of RedBus, India’s largest online bus-ticketing company, that went into a very low-tech, inefficient industry and completely changed its dynamics.In today’s session, we primarily discussed Ankur’s scaling challenges and prioritization issues. We also discussed how to move this cash transaction-oriented business to a more efficient, electronic payment mode. The industry is extremely low-tech, but in today’s India, everyone uses mobile phones. I pointed Ankur to Obopay, a mobile payment solution, by which, conceivably, he can turn the cash-intensive nature of the business to a more efficient and accurate workflow. Delyver Retail NetworkThen Praful Thachery pitched Delyver Retail Network, a home delivery solution through which Praful is already delivering food, flowers and a variety of other products and services (like dry cleaning) to over 5,000 customers in Bangalore. The value proposition is sound. The Indian cities are incredibly crowded today and traffic is an absolute nightmare. Upwardly mobile consumers, I am sure, would welcome a service like Delyver. Praful is looking to scale his business, and needs cash to open additional hubs in Bangalore, as well as elsewhere. He also wants to build optimization technology to make the delivery process – today managed largely by hand – better optimized. For an investor, Praful needs to present a thorough financial analysis – based on his first 5,000 customers – on the margins and mechanics of the business he is trying to build, and also a clear articulation of the growth levers.Saagam.comNext Kiran Reddy presented Saagam.com. I learned that there are educational institutions in India that cater to non-resident Indians, and out-of-state students on a quota basis, but the information flow is extremely limited. Kiran is trying to bring transparency to the industry that currently has some awkward behavior like admission in exchange for donations! I detected a major flaw in Kiran’s business model assumption. He wants 8% commission off the admission fee for every student that he helps the institutes recruit, yet the institute wants to slap that fee on top of their regular fee, and pass the charge on to the student. This creates a pricing model disparity, whereby, the tuition fee on Kiran’s site is 8% higher than if the student goes directly to the institute. Well, guess what? The students will do all their research on Kiran’s site, and then go buy from the institute directly!Zuri Wine TastingUp last was Tuanni Price presenting Zuri Wine Tasting, a wine education service for African American women with a household income of $40,000 a year. Tuanni has come to realize that this segment has a somewhat specific palette; they like sweeter wines. And of course, at a $40,000 household income, they cannot afford to buy Opus One or Stag’s Leap. But in their price range, say $10-$25 a bottle, there are very nice wines from different parts of the world.I like the precision of the positioning in Tuanni’s business. I also think this is a perfect e-Commerce/Web 3.0 opportunity with a well-defined context. And she is also interested in doing a somewhat hybrid business with a physical tasting room in Los Angeles.Speaking of which, I like this trend of hybrid online businesses. I like the way Ankur is using physical resources to address the challenge that his clientele is low-tech, non computer-savvy (forget Internet savvy), and hence unable to provide data through electronic means. Over time, Ankur will be in a position to solve this with technology, but for now, human intervention is just fine.Similarly, Praful’s business is very much a hybrid business where, conceivably, consumers would order online (or by phone), and human beings do the actual delivery. I think, hybrid e-commerce will be a trend this decade. A very good case study to refer to is Fresh Diet, in this context.Overall, I’d like to suggest that entrepreneurs look at the trend more carefully, especially since these kinds of businesses also create a lot of jobs.You can listen to the recording of today’s roundtable here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here.Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M) initiative, an educational, business development and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. She is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and strategy consultant who writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is the author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Photo by barunpatro Related Posts Tags:#start#StartUp 101 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sramana mitra Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more