The Global Entrepreneurship Congress gave entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to investors. Others got a chance to hear insights from business experts from all over the world.Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa cuts the ribbon to open the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Johannesburg on 14 March 2017. With him is Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu (far left), the conference’s chief executive officer Jonathan Ortmans, Minister Aisha Abubakar of Nigeria (on right) and Tourism Deputy Minister Tokozile Xasa. (Image Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanLook at how you can execute and get traction with the resources that you have, advised one of the investors at a session during the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC).The GEC, a Global Entrepreneurship Network event, took place in Johannesburg from 13-16 March 2017. Speaking at the opening, Lindiwe Zulu, minister of small business development, said: “We’re proud that this conference is here on the African continent for the first time.”According to a GEC press release, people from more than 170 countries from all over the world attended the congress. There were 3,000 delegates, according to Jonathan Ortmans, president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network.Meet to share ideasSpeaking at the official opening on 14 March, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said delegates were meeting to share ideas. One of the reasons for this was to rekindle hope “for our people for a better tomorrow”.The GEC was a platform for African entrepreneurs to connect with global investors, he said. “I invite you to put your best foot forward; shine in front of these investors.”He challenged Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba to help small, medium and micro enterprises to thrive by reducing the day to day costs of doing business, as well as reducing the cost of data, transport and financial services.The GEC theme was “Digital disruption”, prompting Ramaphosa to say that digital disruption was the cornerstone of a modern and diversified economy. “It enhances customers’ experiences. Businesses must embrace digital as an enabler.”He added: “Our main focus is profitable and sustainable businesses… We must foster an African entrepreneur network and go forth with intra-Africa trade. We invite others to collaborate with us.”Delegates tweeted their views:Winners of the GEN pitching competition cc @DroppaZA @vhalikza, Bandile Dlabantu & Dineo Lioma #GEC2017 ^eN2 pic.twitter.com/p4cCOInyyD— #GEC2017 (@GENSouthAfrica) March 15, 2017#inspiringAfricanwomen showcase their products @ #GEC2017 #SMEs r future of #Africa #industrialization. With Kuda Mupawose of FESO Africa pic.twitter.com/KUfAqeAY93— Daktari Kategekwa (@JoyKategekwa) March 16, 2017The #GEC2017 was a great conference.. I look forward to seeing the impact in Africa..#RealEntrepreneurs@Work @1voice_radio @harryakinola— Tonito Samuel (@tonitosamuel) March 16, 2017Inspired, motivated, networked, going to implement @NgwanaEnterpri @GENSouthAfrica @sacyjosecarlos pic.twitter.com/kJQUg7k2nG— Tebogo Modisagape (@tebbyvalentia) March 16, 2017Lessons from investorsIn the session “Investing in emerging markets”, international investors gave advice about what they looked for when entrepreneurs approached them for funding:“Talk in numbers.” – Yusuf Randera-Rees of Awethu Project in South Africa“Nothing says more in traction than your resources you can execute with. Look at how you can execute and get traction.” – Igor Oliveira of Semente in Brazil.“If you’re someone who says ‘I’m going to keep on going,’ that is a human aspect for me. If I feel the person is not in it for the right reasons, I won’t go for it [invest in it].” – Christopher Schroeder of Startup Rising in the United States.“Investors buy into you, not the idea.” – Tomi Davies of the African Business Angel Network in Mauritius.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
After the death of a retired government doctor due to swine flu here, the Rajasthan government’s Medical and Health Department has geared up to check the spread of the disease and issued alert in the State capital.Flu-like symptomsAll government dispensaries, satellite hospitals and other government health centres were asked to pay special attention to patients with swine flu-like symptoms. V.D. Bohra, who retired from Sawai Man Singh Government Hospital here, had visited Hyderabad and some other cities in the southern States, where he felt unwell. His condition deteriorated when he came back to Jaipur last week.Dr. Bohra was admitted to a private hospital, which sent his swab samples to Ahmedabad for swine flu test. After he tested positive, he suffered multiple organ failure and was declared dead on Wednesday.Medical and Health Minister Kali Charan Saraf has instructed doctors and para-medical staff to remain alert to the symptoms of swine flu among the patients of cough, cold, catarrh and high fever and immediately start their treatment.According to the official sources, the Minister asked the Chief Medical and Health Officers in all districts to ensure collection of samples, availability of medicines, referral to specialists and prompt services of intensive care units and isolation wards
The BJP-led coalition government in Assam has purchased biographies of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya worth ₹1.6 crore after coming to power in May 2016.Replying to a question by Congress MLA Debabrata Saikia in the 126-member Assembly on Wednesday, Cultural Affairs Minister Keshab Mahanta said the government bought 4,000 copies of the 15-volume Hindi biography for libraries across the State. The total number of books works out to 60,000. The Directorate of Libraries spent ₹1.6 crore for the purchase on the advice of Cultural Affairs Department, he added.Delhi-based publisher The biography has been brought out by a Delhi-based publisher, the Minister said.“We have not purchased biographies of any iconic person other than Deen Dayal Upadhyaya,” Mr. Mahanta, who represents the BJP’s regional ally Asom Gana Parishad, said.The AGP, ironically, has been vocal about the BJP’s bid to “impose” anything related to RSS and Hindutva on the “people of Assam”. The party had opposed the Sarbananda Sonowal government’s decision to name 12 new colleges in the State after Deen Dayal Upadhyaya in August last year.
Samsung is gearing up to launch a range of smartphone next year — the key highlight of them will be the successors of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, aka Galaxy S9 and S9+. The South Korean smartphone manufacturer is apparently planning to launch a J series phone as well — its is the Galaxy J5 Prime (2018). The smartphone was earlier spotted on GFXBench — which revealed that the device will not be a much refershed version when compared to the original J5 Prime which was launched back in 2016. The smartphone — J5 Prime 2018 has now cleared the US-based regulatory body FCC, hitting at the imminent launch. Samsung is also planning to announce a foldable phone, and 3 A series phones, aka Galaxy A5, A7, and A8 (2018) next year.The FCC listing — like usual — reveals some details about the upcoming smartphone. It reveals that the J5 Prime 2018 edition will be a dual-SIM smartphone and will come with a model number of SM-G571F/DS. Although there are no official words by Samsung on the J5 Prime 2018 edition, going by the reports, it seems, the smartphone may be announced in the early days of 2018.Apart from the model number, the FCC listing also reveals some minor specs details about the smartphone. It suggests that the J5 Prime 2018 will come with several connectivity options like — 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, Wi-Fi, and GPS support. The smartphone is expected to come with a non-removable battery. The FCC listing doesn’t reveal any further details about the device.advertisementAlso Read: Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 spotted online with slim bezels and dual selfie camerasGalaxy J5 Prime (2018) was earlier spotted on GFX Bench. The benchmark listing unveiled almost all the specs details about the smartphone. However, it is noteworthy that this hasn’t been confirmed by Samsung as of yet. Going by the benchmark listing, the Galaxy J5 Prime (2018) will be powered by Samsung’s Exynos 7570 quad-core processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage.The display, when compared to the previously announced J5 Prime will be much smaller. The J5 Prime comes with a 5-inch HD display, while the J5 Prime 2018 edition is tipped to come with a 4.8-inch display with a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution. The smartphone is expected to come with Android 7.1 Nougat.As of now, there are no words on if the smartphone will get Android Oreo update. Well chances are J5 Prime 2018 phone will be upgraded to Oreo, the reason being, the original J5 Prime was actually launched with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. But however, back in October this year, the smartphone started receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update. This probably leaves us with little chances that like the J5 Prime, the 2018 edition may also be upgraded to the next software version — which is — Android Oreo.Meanwhile, the benchmark listing also reveals the camera details as well. It suggests that the Galaxy J5 Prime (2018) will come with a12-megapixel camera on the back, while on the front it will sport an 8-megapixel selfie camera.
The #Road2FarmAid, announced last week, is one of many ways that Farm Aid is connecting with fans as it gears up for its annual benefit concert on Sept. 21 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.Join the #Road2FarmAidThe #Road2FarmAid, which officially launched Aug. 28 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, invites stories from people who are attending the Farm Aid 2013 concert and anyone wanting to share their own vision for strong farm and food communities.Participants who tag their photos and videos on social media sites will be eligible to win a grand prize of two front-row tickets to Farm Aid 2013, which sold out after just four days. Details about photo and video contest eligibility are available at farmaid.org/contest.“Everybody has a role to play in the Good Food Movement — each one of us can take action to support family farmers with our food choices and at the ballot box,” said Jennifer Fahy, a spokesperson for Farm Aid. “The #Road2FarmAid is an invitation to engage in a conversation about family farmers and the good food they produce. It’s a celebration of family farm agriculture with an added bonus: people can win some cool prizes!”Farm Aid also announced that Jamey Johnson, Sasha Dobson, Jesse Lenat, Insects vs. Robots and The Blackwood Quartet have joined the already star-studded Farm Aid 2013 lineup, which includes Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, Jack Johnson and Amos Lee, among others.Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp set up Farm Aid in 1985.A webcast from Farm Aid 2013 will air Saturday, Sept. 21, from 5 to 11 p.m. EDT at farmaid.org. The webcast will feature artist performances and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Farm Aid 2013, including interviews with artists, farmers and fans; demonstrations from the HOMEGROWN Village, where concertgoers engage in interactive exhibits about farming and food; a look at Farm Aid’s signature HOMEGROWN Concessions®, which brings family farm food to concertgoers; and a peek into the production side of things, showcasing what it takes to produce this major music, food and farming festival.The Farm Aid 2013 concert will also be broadcast live on Willie Nelson’s SiriusXM channel, Willie’s Roadhouse (56) and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com, on Sept. 21, beginning at 2 p.m. EDT. The live broadcast will also include behind-the-scenes coverage and backstage interviews with host Dallas Wayne.In addition, for the first time, concertgoers will be able to access the entire Farm Aid experience in the palm of their hands with the official Farm Aid 2013 mobile app, which will be available soon for iPhone and Android devices. Fans will be able to view the entire Farm Aid 2013 schedule and add artists, workshops and artist briefings to make their own personalized schedule for the day.Farm Aid 2013 is sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill, Amy’s Kitchen, Farm Family Insurance, Horizon Organic, American Harvest, Rudi’s Bakery, Organic Valley, Applegate, Greener Fields Together, EcoScraps, PLOTSAVER and Taste NY.For more information about joining the #Road2FarmAid, visit farmaid.org/Road2FarmAid.For concert updates and other Farm Aid 2013 announcements, follow Farm Aid on Twitter (@farmaid) and on Facebook (facebook.com/farmaid) and visit farmaid.org/concert.Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food.Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $43 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.Source:PR Newswire
APTN National newsFormer Roseau River First Nation chief Terry Nelson’s trip to Iran created controversy in Canada.During his trip, Nelson spoke on Iranian television comparing reserves to concentration camps and claimed North America denied a “holocaust” was committed against Indigenous people.Nelson sat down with APTN National News host Cheryl McKenzie to discuss his trip.Nelson: If the Iranian trip wasn’t right, chief tell me what’s your plan
LOWELL, MA — Three Middlesex Community College Biotechnology students and three recent graduates were awarded $18,000 in scholarships from the New England Parenteral Drug Association this fall.Current Biotechnology students Zeel Patel, of Lowell; Neslihan Ocali, of Bedford; and Katie McManus, of Wilmington; were each awarded $1,000 NEPDA Second Year Scholarships.Sieng Heng and Hetalben Patel, both of Lowell; and Matt Peranelli, of Billerica; were each awarded $5,000 NEPDA Transfer Scholarships. All three have graduated from MCC’s Biotechnology Technician Program and are now studying at Northeastern University.The nonprofit Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) is the leading global facilitator of science, technology and regulatory information and education for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical community. New England PDA has supported MCC’s student chapter for more than 10 years, and has given scholarships in excess of $82,000.“NEPDA members have a strong desire to reach out to future biotechnology technicians to mentor them, guide them, and help them out with scholarships,” explained MCC Biotechnology Professor Paul V. Patev. “Our students benefit financially from this on-going partnership, but also by attending meetings, networking and meeting with future employers, and talking with vendors.“Too often, we go to school to learn the necessary skills to begin a career, but have little sense of what the day-to-day requirements of the job will be,” added Patev. “Our association with the members of the NEPDA is a rare opportunity for Biotech students to launch their careers and have help doing so.”To learn more about NEPDA, visit: https://www.pda.org/chapters/north-america/new-englandFor more information about MCC’s Biotechnology Technician programs, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/biotechnology(NOTE: The above press release is from Middlesex Community College.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Erin Trodden Awarded Scholarship From Middlesex Community College FoundationIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Cigna & Flanagan Receive Scholarships From Align Credit UnionIn “Education”Wilmington’s Tavares Receives Scholarship At Middlesex Community CollegeIn “Education”