Too Few Cooks in the Kitchen Theres an App for That

first_imgUsing automated technology to match job applicants with available jobs based on location, scheduling preferences and experience, the company aims to speed up and simplify traditional ways in which most restaurants hire, including worker referrals, walk-ins, and paper resumes. And although the desktop app digitizes the entire hiring process, paper flyers advertising the new service in Spanish and English could be spotted around the Mission in recent months — where a growing number of restaurants and retailers point to serious recruitment troubles for “back of the house” positions like cooks and dishwashers.Too Few Cooks in the KitchenMeghani launched Instawork last summer with co-founder Saureen Shah after receiving $120,000 in funding from Y-combinator, a startup incubator in Mountain View.Though not a recruiting agency, Meghani compares Instawork to websites like Airbnb in that job seekers must create an online profile. The user can then select from a handful of restaurants with posted job openings, and resumes are filtered based on keywords and location preferences. “We give both sides as much information as possible about the other,” he said. “What do your references have to say about you? Where do you live?”Julio Herencia, manager at Hog and Rocks at 3431 19th St., confirmed that the jobs are there, but the workers are not.Herencia found himself suddenly having to fill seven positions after he was forced to “clean house” at the restaurant a few months ago. “I was frazzled,” said Herencia. “I knew it would take me hours to write 4-5 different ads, it’s so time consuming. Having to take on the additional work of covering shifts while looking for a whole new crew is impossible.”Though the application process is free for job seekers, businesses are charged $100 for every successful hire. For Herencia, the investment was worthwhile. He said he not only received help crafting his ads, but was also assisted in scheduling interviews with a pool of interested applicants.Gayle Pirie, a chef and one of the owners of Foreign Cinema at 2534 Mission Street, said she has also struggled recently with finding qualified staff and has enlisted Instawork for help, though the service proved less successful for her business.  “We have bottles of wine that need to be represented correctly. People who can do this usually target us, they come in with really great resumes on their own,” she said. She explained that the online hiring process does not prevent unqualified candidates from applying for specialized positions. “We like the idea of Instawork and will tap into every type of possibility that’s out there,” Pirie said, “but ultimately it’s about getting lucky.”Case Study: The MissionWith a bustling restaurant and bar scene, Meghani said the need for blue collar workers is especially high in the Mission, and a high cost of living makes attracting low-wage workers tricky.“The labor pool available for hourly, part-time work is shrinking based on the cost of living in the neighborhood,” said Meghani. “There are cooks who’ve told us they’d rather make 60 cents less an hour and work close to home so they can see their families.”Instawork’s creators first began testing the system with local restaurants in the Mission.Manuel Godina, who owns Venga Empanadas at 433 Mission St., hired one employee a year ago using the service, and another four months ago. He’s hoping to hire more.Godina said he’s lost much of his staff over the last year due to the cost of living and transportation, and the lack of trained hands is crippling the restaurant’s small kitchen.“A large percentage of my workers now work and live in Oakland. If they live outside of the city they spend too much coming here, it’s not worth it for them,” said Godina. “The cost of labor is escalating for me because we cannot find good cooks.”Aldo Sanchez is a new Mission resident and one of Godina’s recent Instawork hires. After relocating to San Francisco a year and a half ago, the trained cook said that despite being new to town, he wasn’t struggling to find work.“I’ve worked in four different restaurants this year and I can quit this job right now and find a new one tomorrow,” said Sanchez. Just like his employer, Sanchez said that Instawork has supplied him with on-demand options. “I filled out my application on a Friday, and by Sunday I had an interview,” he said. “It’s convenient. You are not searching, they are. They do all the work for you and you just have to show up, basically.”An employee at Puerto Alegre at 546 Valencia St. agreed that “the roles have reversed.”“Before, you’d have a stack of resumes on hand to choose from. Now, so many new restaurants are opening the workers have the choice of where to go,” said the woman, who decline to give her name. Businesses StruggleThroughout the neighborhood, restaurant owners are struggling to stay staffed. The Roosevelt Tamale Parlor on 24th Street recently closed shop after more than 90 years of service — its owners blamed a climbing minimum wage and an exodus of blue-collar workers. Many more restaurants and coffee shops along Valencia Street display “now hiring” signs in their storefronts, including Brasserie Saint James at 742 Valencia St. The Reno, Nev. based brewery and restaurant is opening its second location in the former Abbott’s Cellar space. “Normally when you open a restaurant, you’d see an influx of significantly more resumes than we are seeing now,” said head chef Don Duncan. He estimates he’s gotten only about 20 to 25 percent of the amount of applications that he’d typically choose from since moving onto Valencia Street last year. “It’s a new challenge that I haven’t faced before.”A sign outside of the restaurant’s entrance clearly states that the owners are looking to hire locally. Duncan said the business currently uses Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram to attract potential workers, but wouldn’t rule out any service that could help him attract a solid staff.“It’s the horse thats been beat over and over — with housing costs what they are you can only expect to have X amount within the demographic of people who are making that hourly wage,” said Duncan. “There are only so many people who can afford to work in this industry and live anywhere near here — we want to find them.”Instawork’s concept is not necessarily new. Other startups such as Poached, based in Portland, assist restaurant and bar employers in storing hiring files online and eliminating unfit candidates, and is expanding to markets nationally. Craigslist is the slightly outdated forerunner in online services that facilitate the job search, having long placed “help wanted” ads online.Sanchez, the cook, said he’s skeptical of internet services after he responded to two different Craigslist ads and was hired for jobs that left him without pay at the end of the day. Instawork, he said, is “safe.”“We are using technology to connect people fast and efficiently to create economic opportunity,” said Meghani. “There is local talent here, and there is opportunity. We are helping them find each other.” 0% As many San Francisco restaurateurs say that they are having difficulties filling positions in their establishments, some are turning to tech for solutions.A new startup seeking to match job seekers with openings in their neighborhood aims to address a hiring gap that has left many restaurants understaffed. By promising to connect the two within a 24-hour period, the online hiring platform Instawork has steadily gained clients in the Mission District.“We are trying to make it easy for small businesses to find someone so they don’t have to put a sign up in the window,” said Instawork’s CEO, Sumir Meghani, adding that a streamlined recruiting service for blue collar workers is a niche that needs to be more effectively explored.“There are tools that are great for white collar workers and professionals — but if you are a line cook in a taqueria, or a cashier, you might be on Facebook but you’re probably not on Linkedin,” said Meghani. “If you are a small business owner, you don’t have the time to go through stacks of resumes and cold call people. In 2016, we thought, there’s got to be a better way.”center_img Tags: Business • employment • food • jobs Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SAINTS have signed Willie Manu on a twoyear contr

first_imgSAINTS have signed Willie Manu on a two-year contract from 2013.The powerful back rower will join from Hull FC where he has spent the last six seasons.“Willie is one of the best back row forwards in Rugby League and will introduce a new dimension to our game,” said Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus.“He is a devastating runner with a phenomenal work rate and is one of the league’s top tackle bust makers.“He is also a great defender too and we look forward to welcoming him next season.”Manu, 32, joined Hull from Castleford in 2007 and was their Player of the Year in 2011.A Tongan international, he has also played for Wests Tigers, South Sydney Rabbithos and St George-Illawarra in the NRL and will be part of the Exiles squad that will face England at Langtree Park this Saturday.Eamonn added: “I’d like to go thank Hull FC for allowing us permission to speak to Willie and express my appreciation for the way the club has conducted itself during the negotiations.”last_img read more

FOLLOWING on from the massive success of Magic Wee

first_imgFOLLOWING on from the massive success of Magic Weekend 2012 at Etihad Stadium, the home of Manchester City FC will again host a full round of Super League fixtures in 2013 and 2014.The unique two-day Super League spectacular will take place over the May Spring Bank Holiday weekend with four matches on Saturday May 25 and three on Sunday May 26. All seven matches will be broadcast live by Sky Sports.A record crowd of 63,716 attended Magic Weekend this summer and with next year’s event taking place over the Bank Holiday, another bumper attendance is assured.“It gives me great pleasure to be able to confirm that Etihad Stadium will again host the Super League Magic Weekend in 2012,” said Super League Chief Executive Nigel Wood.“It was clear from the feedback we received from this year’s event that the overwhelming majority of fans had a fantastic experience at the stadium and were keen to return.“The location and lay-out of the Etihad Stadium provides the perfect setting for this unique and very special sporting event and I am sure Magic Weekend will continue to grow in stature as more fans experience the extraordinary nature of Super League.”Steve Sayer, Operations Director for Manchester City FC said: “After the 2011-12 record breaking season for Manchester City, the success continued with highest ever attendances at the Super League’s Magic Weekend at the Etihad Stadium and we are delighted to welcome the event back to Manchester for a second and third year.“The Etihad Stadium is firmly established as one of the leading multi-use outdoor venues in the UK, with a proud track record of non-football events at the stadium including Coldplay, Take That, Bruce Springsteen, and Bon Jovi will play The Etihad next summer.“We are proud to add the Magic Weekend to that list and hope that members of the RFL family will continue to support the event.”Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said, “It is fantastic news that the Super League Magic Weekend will take place at the Etihad Stadium for at least the next two years.“The event has proved incredibly popular and the Etihad saw record breaking crowds attend the Magic Weekend last year, with over 63,000 spectators enjoying the games.“Manchester is a city that truly loves sport and the Magic Weekend is a welcome addition to our upcoming programme of events that also includes the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, Men’s World Squash Championship, and the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup.“Hosting competitions of this calibre shows we are a world class sporting destination with state of the art facilities and also provides economic benefits to the city.”Details of the fixture schedule for Magic Weekend 2013 will be confirmed next Monday (November 19) when the 2013 Super League fixtures will be published.Tickets for Magic Weekend 2013 will go on sale at the RFL and Super League club Ticket Offices from Tuesday December 4.last_img read more

Leader named for newly expanded state panel to address emerging chemicals

first_img The newly expanded panel will meet October 23.The board’s first task will be studying ways to better protect public health and the environment from new or emerging chemicals of concern, including GenX and hexavalent chromium.According to a news release, Bartram, who is the Don and Jennifer Holzworth Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has multiple interests in the areas of water quality, including management systems for drinking water safety and rural drinking water supply.Related Article: EPA: Cape Fear River not a swampState officials plan soon to announce the other new members of the board as well as a location and agenda for the first meeting.“Dr. Bartram is a leader in the field of water and health, and will help guide a panel of experts in the fields of epidemiology, toxicology and other disciplines,” said Michael S. Regan, secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality. “With these experts, we will have the range of scientific expertise necessary to protect public health and the quality of our water and air.”Governor Roy Cooper approved a revised charter for the group, which formerly had been known as the Secretary’s Science Advisory Board on Toxic Air Pollutants and based solely at DEQ. It now will be co-managed by Regan and Mandy Cohen, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services.All members will be appointed by the DEQ and DHHS secretaries. Members come from academic institutions, the public and private sectors, and independent research facilities.“We are eager to convene this panel, conduct inquiries and take actions that will put first the health of our citizens and safety of our environment,” said Cohen.The panel will meet at least six times each year.The panel’s new charter directs it to assist DEQ and DHHS in achieving clean air, water and land. Specifically, the panel will perform or recommend reviews and evaluations of contaminants released to the environment; act as consultants on DEQ’s determinations to regulate releases of contaminants; assist both agencies in identifying contaminants of emerging concern and help determine whether the contaminants should be studied further; assist the secretaries in providing expertise to evaluate the human and environmental impacts of exposure to hazardous contaminants; and provide input to DHHS as the agency establishes health goals for emerging contaminants.“Environmental exposures are important and often overlooked causes of disease worldwide,” Bartram said. “I am extremely pleased to see the leadership of North Carolina tackle emerging hazards. I look forward to seeing the board provide practical, workable support to Governor Cooper and DEQ so that we may effectively address the needs of the people of our state.”This science panel will conduct business in an open forum to allow for public input as they are considering the latest research and will offer much-needed peer review of available scientific data. SOUTHEASTERN, NC (WWAY) —  The state has selected who will chair the newly expanded state science panel that will examine a broad scope of potential impacts to  health and the environment from new or emerging chemicals.Jamie Bartram, Ph.D., a professor and founding director of The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been appointed to lead the newly expanded board.- Advertisement – last_img read more

New Hanover County holds active shooter drill

first_img “It’s one thing to talk and plan it on paper, it’s another thing to actually get out here and to start counting heads as to how many people are here, and where they’re not in some places,” New Hanover County Commissioner Rob Zapple said.The county held the active shooter drill at the New Hanover County Government Center from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.“All of our training we try to make as realistic as we possibly can. Because if we can get that heart rate going up and it’s real, loud bangs. You know, it better trains you for reality,” New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer said.Related Article: Warrants issued for Castle Hayne man wanted in hit and run accidentThe drill even had it’s own scenario, a man was fired from the county and got upset. After being fired, he came back to the center with a gun and began shooting. It’s a terrifying incident that sheds light on what the county can handle.“We really start examining those details,” Zapple said. “What we would need to do and where we would need to operate from. And I know there’s a plan there but this will help in real time, you know, flush that out.”From tracking down the shooter, to helping the victims, examining the crime, and even a mock press conference, it was a night full of learning opportunities.“From the beginning, we said ok I see where we made a mistake here,” Lt. Brewer said. “We should have had better coordination here. We should have had a description for what each armband is, what does that do. And that slows things up and that’s where you learn from it. Communications, so many different people coming together. There were some communications issues, so we learned from that.”The victims were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for the staff there to train on how they would respond to a mass shooting.“Hopefully you take away knowledge, that’s what we really want to instill in everyone here is how to do this better. How can we train better and have a better response and save lives,” Lt. Brewer said.The drill took more than a year to plan, but officials say every minute was worth it. Lt. Brewer said they try to complete at least two active exercises every year to stay prepared. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Las Vegas, Orlando and San Bernardino, those are just three cities touched by the violence of a mass shooting. Being prepared to respond to something like that is why New Hanover County held an active shooter drill Thursday night.From victims, to law enforcement, to emergency responders, hundreds of people joined forces to practice for a worst case scenario.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington 50 year commemoration event to honor Dr Martin Luther King Jr

first_img Dr. King was supposed to be in Wilmington on the day he was murdered in Memphis.To honor his life and legacy, a 50th anniversary commemoration event is happening Wednesday evening at Williston Middle School.The event will celebrate the life of Dr. King and his commitment to promoting peace, social justice and reconciliation.Related Article: Police investigating deadly shooting in Houston Moore housing complexNorth Carolina Governor Roy Cooper is the ceremony’s keynote speaker.“His death was a tragedy, and it snuffed out his mortal life, but his heavenly life lives on. His spirit lives on,” Cooper said at an event on Tuesday.Wednesday’s commemoration event is free and open to the public.Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event officially begins at 6:30 p.m.For more information about the event, click here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of the day the world lost Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.On April 4, 1968 King was shot and killed while he was standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Volunteer fire chief faces assault charges again

first_img Warrants states Herzig grabbed the victim’s arms and wrists and punched her around the eye and mouth.Herzig was arrested in March 2017 on assault and battery charges, but his case was dismissed last July.Herzig is currently out on bond. Mugshot of Charles Herzig (Photo: Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Chief of the Northwest Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department in Brunswick County was arrested, again, on assault charges.According to warrants obtained by WWAY, Charles Herzig was arrested on September 20 and charged with an assault on a female.- Advertisement – last_img

Whiteville man arrested in car sales scam

first_img He allegedly used counterfeit business checks to purchase a $17,263.58 vehicle at a Wilmington dealership on March 27, and then to purchase a $37,559 vehicle at another Wilmington dealership on April 25.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office served the warrants on Thursday.The investigation is on-going. If you have any information, contact Wilmington Police at (910) 343-3609 or use Text A Tip to remain anonymous. Brandon Wright Acker (Photo: Wilmington Police Department) Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — A Whiteville man accused of using counterfeit checks to buy multiple vehicles in Wilmington is in jail under a $175,000 bond.Wilmington Police obtained warrants for Brandon Wright Acker, 26,  for two counts of forgery and two counts of obtaining property by false pretense.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Positive economic outlook but Maltas growth to slow – Fitch

first_img SharePrint Malta’s credit rating has been raised from A+ Stable to A+ Positive according to the ratings agency Fitch, but there is expectation that growth will slow down.The announcement was made in their July report, which stated that Malta’s economy was considered the strongest with the 28 Member states. This was understood to have been underlined by the country’s 3 year sustained economic surplus by the Maltese government.According to Fitch’s analysts, the surplus was recorded as around double the initial forecast reported, along with debt reducing and investment increasing.They also said that Malta’s economy would remain strong however the agency also presented the probability of economic growth slowing. They state that the consistently high rates will eventually slow that currently feed into the country’s Sovereign Rating Model. However, it does predict Malta will remain above the Eurozone for growth.In the report, Fitch says that the economy is expected to continue to grow by 5.5% in 2019 and 4.8% in 2020. The report therefore justifies the rating of A + because the government held a 2% surplus in 2018, which was higher than forecast but says that the surplus was smaller than in 2017 when it was 3.4%.In terms of understanding the surplus, Fitch stated that this must be linked to the government’s direct investments and not to the citizenship by investment scheme. The growth of the economy was also linked to domestic demand, as well as a growing labour market and increasing wages.#Read more:‘Investor citizenship creates risks for member states and the Union’ – ECMalta blacklisted over sale of passports – OECDEU warns of crime risks from governments’ sales of passports, visasThe report also mentioned the report from the International Monetary Fund which indicated that Malta needs to improve its systems against money laundering as well as the need for increased investment in FIAU and the MFSA.The Prime Minister welcomed the result saying, ‘#Malta awarded its highest credit rating by any agency in our history as @FitchRatings revises outlook from A+ stable to positive. Revision based on us repeatedly being fastest growing #EU economy and fiscal performance beating predictions.’#Malta awarded its highest credit rating by any agency in our history as @FitchRatings revises outlook from A+ stable to positive. Revision based on us repeatedly being fastest growing #EU economy and fiscal performance beating predictions -JM— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) July 13, 2019WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

PayPal patches vulnerability that lets an attacker hijack anyones account

first_imgAdvertisement Paypal has patched the vulnerability that lets an attacker hijack anyone’s accountThrough the PayPal Bug Bounty Program, a security researcher recently revealed a way to bypass PayPal’s Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) Protection Authorization System when logging onto type of protection helps customers avoid attacks by criminals where they could make changes to your account. – Advertisement – The team worked quickly to address this vulnerability, and have already fixed it. There is no evidence that any customer was impacted.The Security researcher Yasser Ali publicly disclosed a vulnerability in PayPal’s website. Ali claims he was able to hijack anyone’s account in a targeted attack.The “targeted attack” part here is important: even if Ali’s findings work exactly as he describes, an attacker would still require some initial information, most critically the email address used for a given PayPal login, as well as a way to lure the victim into clicking on a malicious link.With those two key pieces, anyone could potentially take full control over a PayPal account.An attacker could perform the following on your PayPal account, according to Ali:Add/Remove/Confirm email addressAdd fully privileged users to a business accountChange security questionsChange billing/shipping addressChange payment methodsChange user settings (including notifications and other mobile settings)Ali has created a proof-of-concept video that shows his exploit to demonstrate the attack on a test Python server.Via Venture Beatlast_img read more

Smart Telecoms New Inexpensive Phone lets you access whatsapp and Facebook

first_imgAdvertisement Kyali is the latest phone deal from SMART, it’s an ultra low cost handset with smart phone capabilities, costing only 39000/= Uganda Shillings.With a battery lasting 7 days, you can rely on it to be on when you need it to be, which means that you are available to your friends and family whilst staying fully connected at all times.This phone comes bundled with 500MB of data, and airtime bonus of 6500/= monthly for 6 months, which means the phone is free. – Advertisement – The whatsapp and Facebook applications are pre-installed on the phone which allows you to remain active and engaged, ensuring you don’t  miss a thing. All this comes on top of having the lowest tariff in the market where you can call across all networks for only 3/= per second, with Smart Beeyi Emu.Smart, the new mobile network for the new Africa is dedicated to developing products and services that provide cost effective solutions to you and their goal is to empower  many Ugandanslast_img read more

7 Proven Tips to Reduce High Data Usage on your Smartphone

first_imgAdvertisement In the midst of all the data wars going on among the different telecom networks that is seeing them revise their prices and offer newer attractive bundles, one question still remains – “Why did the bundle I subscribed for last a few minutes only?”Of course, confronting your Telecom provider about why your data runs out so quick even though you’ve only been WhatsApping will get you vague explanations and definitely won’t guarantee a refund.The most important tip is to monitor and manage your data consumption. Check to see which apps or background services are using up the most of your mobile data. If your Android phone or tablet doesn’t have controls in the Settings for monitoring data usage and receiving alerts when you get close to your cap, try My Data Manager – Data Usage(free), which is the same app I recommend to iPhone and iPad users. It’s not perfectly automatic, but it’s very good. You have to manually enter key information about your billing cycle, billing dates, and data cap. My Data Manager will monitor your data and alert you at various usage intervals, like when you’ve gobbled through 50 or 80 percent of your allotment. – Advertisement – Remember that the faster the speed, the more data bundles are utilized.So, here are some quick tips to ensure your data doesn’t get depletedMake sure that you restrict background apps as they may be ‘chewing’ your bundles.Disable auto downloads especially for apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.Disable auto downloads for updates. You can instead update them more cost effectively using Wi-Fi.When browsing Facebook and Instagram be sure to note viewing of videos and high resolution images takes more data than just plain text.If you are unsure of the size of files you are sharing (like photos and videos) don’t send them using data. Instead wait for a Wi-Fi connection as sending videos and pictures consumes data bundles.When you are on Facebook, switch off ‘auto play’ so you get to choose the videos you want to watch and therefore save more data.Delete unused apps. These may be running despite you not using them.last_img read more

ICT Association of Uganda Voice their Concern Over Taxes on Mobile Money

first_imgThe ICT Association of Uganda (ICTAU) currently chaired by Albert Mucunguzi is a multi-stakeholder initiative formed by private individuals with the vision of providing professional guidance to individuals and organizations in the private sector, as well as offering advisory services to government on policy-based issues. (Photo Courtesy) Advertisement The newly introduced social media tax is facing lots of push-backs on micro-blogging website; Twitter, as well as from industry experts and concerned parties at large. While on the other hand, its also has attracted international attention.Meanwhile, concerned parties like the ICT Association of Uganda (ICTAU) led by its Chairman; Albert Mucunguzi have come out to give their opinion about the proposed tax. We have seen the association disagree with most of the proposed amendments by the government – such as making it a mandatory for every Ugandan to own a UTL sim card, also raised their concern over sim card registration verification deadline, to mention a few.In a press statement released by the association signed by their Chairman, said the Association was gravely concerned about the recently implemented taxes on Mobile Money and Over-The-Top (OTT) services. – Advertisement – “These taxes were enacted by the Government of Uganda without sufficient deliberation or consultation and are not supported by evidence-based research. They will undoubtedly constrain the development of our industry, economy, and society,” says the statement.The Association gave a couple of reasons of how the proposed tax (Mobile Money tax inclusive) will affect Ugandans, and the country at large. In addition, resolved to support domestic and international efforts to repeal these taxes, including the legal petition launched by the Cyber Law Initiative.The flat tax on social media and other common internet services will disproportionately affect the large number of Ugandans who live in poverty, further widening the digital divide, while limiting the public’s ability to access information, communicate and express themselves.The new taxes on Mobile Money transactions will make these financial services less accessible to already undeserved and vulnerable populations.Both taxes increase the cost of doing business in Uganda, and the lack of a predictable policy development process threatens to make Uganda a less attractive destination for investment.Both taxes negatively impact the education sector by increasing the cost of common activities carried out by students and teachers in Uganda.Additional charges added to Mobile Money in particular threaten the survival of innovative companies in the digital payments space (commonly referred to as FinTech), and make it more difficult for innovators to create new solutions within that ecosystem.Companies and individuals engaged in eCommerce and digital communication or otherwise conduct business, job searches, etc. through social media may be negatively affected by a reduced local online audience.The increased cost of using Mobile Money services will encourage people to revert to cash and the informal economy. This increases risk and decreases the ability of government, businesses and individuals to monitor and account for economic activity.Many members of the public are still ignorant about these taxes due to the lack of consultation and sensitization. This may endanger the reputations and safety of Mobile Money agents who could be perceived as thieves and liars when trying to implement the new charges.The Association in its press statement strongly urged the government to ensure that all future laws and regulations related to Uganda’s ICT industry originate from a predictable, deliberate process that incorporates evidence-based research and public consultation.They claimed that they are engaging the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance together with its agencies Uganda Communication Commission (UCC), and National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U) in order to push for a sectoral dialogue on this issue and await their response.last_img read more

The Cocked Up Stakes

first_imgGoodwood 3.45Cocked Hat Stakes (Listed)TIME: 3.45pmTV: RUKWe often hear at Star Sports that prize money levels are ‘dangerously’ low in this country from trainers and owners and then comes along the Cocked Hat Stakes this afternoon at Goodwood.A £40,000 race with £22,684 to the winner, perfect racing ground (GOOD) and how many runners will ‘fight’ it out this afternoon?TWO.With Fantastic Moon now pulled out, the already bitterly disappointing and frankly untenable race is down to a match between Contributer and Disclaimer.So it’ll be a case of after you, no after you.The race used to be run as the Predominate Stakes and a Derby trial but has now morphed into a St Leger heat.Despite the low turnout course general manager Adam Waterworth has no plans to scrap it.Whether races should be scrapped automatically with less than (say 5 runners) is another argument. But that would deny racing fans of some great small field finishes where tactics become much more important. On the other hand, £40k buys a lot of more modest handicaps which are much more Levy friendly for the long term benefit racing industry.As for the winner.Contributor is rated 7lb superior on official ratings and should be good enough to see off Sir Henry Cecil’s progressive Disclaimer who is on for the four-timer and seems to handle any ground.DISCLAIMER: Disclaimer could also win.Our greyhound selection at Romford on Friday Dudleys Viking ran well to finish a 3/4 length second at 4/1. Bumping off the final bend may well have cost him success.Our tip surely can’t come second today ??STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)5 points win CONTRIBUTOR (3.45 Goodwood)(-5 points Wednesday. No bet Thursday)Agree OR disagree? Call Star Sports on 08000 521 321 to place your bet.LIFE BEGINS AT 80An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer has become the oldest man to reach the top of Mount Everest – but his record may be short-lived.Yuichiro Miura said: “This is the world’s best feeling.” But he confessed to feeling “totally exhausted”.Mr Miura had previously conquered the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) peak when he was 70 and again when he was 75.The climber and his son Gota called their support team from the summit to report the news. They reached the peak at 9:05 am local time.Before him, the oldest person to reach the top of the world’s highest mountain was Nepal’s Min Bahadur Sherchan, who accomplished the feat at the age of 76 in 2008.Mr Sherchan, now 81, is preparing his own attempt on the summit next week, meaning Mr Miura’s record may soon be broken.In sport records never stand still no matter what your age.last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Real Madrid v Liverpool

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here’s been little sign of a return to form for Liverpool since Real Madrid won the reverse leg 3-0 at Anfield and this looks a bridge too far for them at the Bernabeu.Since the drubbing in the reverse leg Liverpool have had a 0-0 home draw against Hull, a 2-1 win over Liverpool and a 1-0 beating from Newcastle at the weekend when they looked particularly lacklustre.Real Madrid are scoring goals for fun and have scored at least three goals in their last six matches and averaging over four in their last 10 games!And just when you thought things couldn’t get much harder for Liverpool – up pops the news that Gareth Bale could be playing again for Real Madrid.Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti said: “He’s ready to play. I don’t know if he will play from the off or on the bench.”And For Liverpool it gets worse. Daniel Sturridge is “highly unlikely” to make a comeback despite travelling to Madrid because of a thigh and calf injury.So where does that leave me for a bet?Real Madrid v LiverpoolChampions League Group Stage7.45pm LIVE ON ITVHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Oct 2014 ChampionsL Liverpool 0-3 Real MadridMar 2009 ChampionsL Liverpool 4-0 Real MadridFeb 2009 ChampionsL Real Madrid 0-1 LiverpoolMay 1982 European Cup Liverpool 1-0 Real MadridRegular readers will know I don’t often play at odds-on but tonight I’m going to make an exception and have a lumpy bet on Real Madrid HT/FT at around 8/13 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK REAL MADRID HT/FT at around 8/13 for 26 points with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: LOSS 30.67 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

BENS BLOG The Towcester Report

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t was a pleasure to attend the opening night, at Towcester Greyhounds, on Saturday night writes BEN KEITH (right). And thanks go to Harry Macadam, for inviting myself and all the gang, to spend the evening taking the piss out of him, in his very own private hospitality box.My early observations would be thus:It was simply the best running track I have ever seen. Even in the eight dog events, the dogs seemed to glide round the bends without much trouble. Trainers will feel very comfortable to run their best animals here, and I’m sure it will be THE model for future surfaces around the World.For the first time in Greyhound Racing, in years, there was a hugely positive buzz about the whole stadium and event itself. This was a team effort and you could cut the adrenaline and atmosphere with a knife.The box was spacious, balcony superb, and food very good (if rather oddly, on a cold night, without hot options being offered. Come on, Towcester, get a decent casserole on the go!). The viewing was good, without being excellent, as much of the ‘run-up’ is obscured by a huge screen, and we couldn’t see the bookies prices (nothing lost there – but we’ll come on to that later.)Ample free parking, and also free entry (then £3 for a racecard). Well, if that doesn’t encourage newbies to the track…what does?I was delighted to see Mark Wallis, a gentleman and true asset to the sport, starring on the first night. Mark was in the winners enclosure and also appeared in several very positive interviews.The greyhound community is banging the drum of unified positivity, and so it should. The track is not in a built up area, and when I questioned Jim Cremin that they may struggle with attendances in time, he made a strict-face, and I was instantly hushed-up and told there was, in fact, a huge catchment area. (Err, I think the Stow, Hackney, and Catford all, possibly, had bigger pools of punters, didn’t they?)It was very ‘open’ outside, will be bloody cold at times, and I thought that the ring could have been slightly better lit up.And now onto the bookmakers…Five in total. four betting straight, one without (I would have said, 15 years ago, that to bet without the FAV, at an open-race track, would have been the prize. Do modern Facebookers/drunk-Six-Packers have the necessary IQ for such a bet?)This was a showcase night for the game.All the stops were pulled out.It was THE BEST card they could possibly have put on.The racing was as competitive as ANY sporting medium.The books averaged a 143% SP return…oh dear, oh dear…I am the first to defend, protect, and champion the on-course betting-market.I am the first to say that The Punters can do with a much deserved rumping.BUT…guys…come on…That was an insult to the game, it really was. The ring looked, to me, more like a horse-racing ring, that moved in unison, with the books gliding backwards and forwards with the exchange market. It lacked a dog-track cut and thrust, and character. In time, I’m sure that Nigel Flowers, a strong and experienced Midlands layer, who I bet next to at Coventry, will lead. And that’s what it appeared to need to me – a leader. The betting-market, at the dogs, is SO important. Lose its competitive nature, spirit and fun, and the track, as a whole; will have a major problem. PLAY THE GAME LADS.I take this opportunity, to wish all those connected with Towcester, the very best of luck.Over and out, B xMAIN PIC VIA: Alan Howes @HowesCallerlast_img read more

DAVY RUSSELL Punchestown Festival Wednesday

first_imgYOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at and we’ll try and include in the next blog… You just NEVER know in racing. It was looking very much like being a blank day at the office for me on the opening day at Punchestown before the miraculous turn of events in the Growise Champion Novice Chase in which I was able to pick up the pieces, amongst the drama, to win onboard The Storyteller.The dust is still settling on the incident and we don’t yet know the reasons why Paul did what he did but I can count myself very fortunate to pick up this Grade 1 prize.Elsewhere on the card, Paloma Blue seemed to show the effects of having a tough season and Ordinary World didn’t get the good Spring ground he really needs to be at his best.Now onto Wednesday and four more rides:WEDNESDAYPUNCHESTOWNPOLI ROI (4.20pm Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Hurdle)To be honest he’s disappointed us of late having promised so much at the beginning of the season his form has dropped right off. Nice winner of a Down Royal maiden hurdle in November but since then hasn’t fired at all. We are hoping the application of a tongue tie and blinkers for the first time will bring about a return of form but he looks up against here. The obvious main danger looks to be Sire Du Berlais who I rode to finish second on his seasonal reappearance before he went onto finish fourth in the Martin Pipe. His mark of 142 tells you all you need to know and that rating shows he’s clearly the one to beat.DELTA WORK (4.55pm Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle)The first of the Grade 1 action where I ride Pertemps winner Delta Work. He’s a lovely horse who won nicely at Cheltenham but that was in handicap company and he is very much in at the deep end here in Grade 1 company. He is progressing nicely but will need to step up again to beat the likes of Next Destination and Kilbricken Storm. Next Destination rattled off a sequence here in Ireland before being outpaced and running on when third in the Ballymore. He looks to be crying out for this step up in trip to three miles and is definitely the one we all have to beat.SUB LIEUTENANT (5.30pm Coral Punchestown Gold Cup)The feature race of the day, if not the meeting, and I ride Sub Lieutenant. He’s been to both Cheltenham and Aintree so has had a busy time of it of late but has only had the two runs this calendar year. On form he’s got a little bit to find with the leading players but is sure to run his race. Road To Respect will be the top of most peoples lists but I’d be a bit worried about him going this way round and would be prepared to give Killultagh Vic another chance if he is over his Cheltenham exertions. He is without doubt a very good horse when everything clicks and he may just be the one for this.CLARCAM (6.40pm Guinness Handicap Chase)Hasn’t been setting the world alight before his really good run in the Topham at Aintree where he finished sixth and he now lines up for this two and a half mile handicap. He wouldn’t want too much more rain as the better the ground the better his chances. I’m hoping that good Aintree run will spark a return to form in what looks a typically wide open Punchestown handicap.Best Of LuckDAVYlast_img read more

ADAM KIRBY NewburyKempton Saturday

first_imgBusy day on Saturday with eight booked rides at Newbury and Kempton. Thoughts below on all of them. Looking back at Champions Day last weekend I had two great rides on Harry Angel and Escobar who both ran crackers to finish second.Harry was again claustrophobic in the stalls but Clive (Cox) and his team have always done a great job with him. It’s since been announced that Harry Angel has been retired and if the ground had been a bit livelier at Ascot we might well have gone out with a win.He’s given me some fantastic times and the horse has been a pleasure to deal with. He’ll now stand at the Dalham Hall Stud in 2019.Many thanks to DARREN BIRD for the Harry Angel drawing. Follow BIRDIE on twitter @DarrenBirdie and check out Christmas present ideas at HOUSE (2.20pm)Was well behind another of today’s rivals Communique at Newmarket last time out and he’s just lost a bit of sparkle. Hopefully the first time cheekpieces might bring about an improvement. He finished second in this race last year when the ground was soft so I won’t be worried to see any more rain. It looks open but my fella is well up to it but just needs to bounce back.HOUSE OF KINGS (Molson Coors Stakes 2.50pm)I won this race for Clive back in 2007 with Beacon Lodge and am on House Of Kings who has improved in all three of his starts. He won a novice event in good style at Leicester (form has worked out well) but this is obviously a massive step up in class and his first experience of give in the ground. It also looks quite a decent renewal and Mick Channon’s Chairmanoftheboard could be anything after bolting up by eight lengths on debut at Goodwood on soft ground.KEMPTONTHE ESTABLISHMENT (5.45pm)Was in at the deep end at Ascot and this looks easier. Showed he liked the all-weather on debut at Lingfield. Has plenty of pace and drop back to the minimum should help.DESIGNATED (6.15pm)Nice filly who makes her debut here for Clive. Those that have run haven’t shown a lot so hopefully she’ll do well as she’s bred to thrive on the all-weather.WHERE’S PERLE (6.45pm)She did OK on her handicap debut over six furlongs here last time and is dropped a couple of pounds. She’s up in trip which should help and hopefully she’ll get competitive in a very open race.KING’S SLIPPER (7.45pm)Won over course and distance in August but shoved up 7lb and that seemed to find him out last time – although it was in a much better race (London Mile Handicap) and back in this level we should get a much better idea whether he can be competitive off this mark.LOUIE DE PALMA (8.15pm)Closely matched with Helvetian on Salisbury form last time out when there was only a neck between them. This is his first spin on the all-weather but would have a fair chance if converting to it.AMLAD (8.45pm)Steadily dropping down the weights and is tried with the cheekpieces on for the first time. Yet to win on the all-weather but hasn’t run badly on the surface and hopefully the head gear will spark an improvement.Good luckADAMYOUR SAYIf you have a question for Adam drop us a line at and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more

Political Uncertainty and Mexicos Energy Reform is topic at Rices Baker Institute

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327Jeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775‘Political Uncertainty and Mexico’s Energy Reform’ is topic atRice’s Baker Institute Feb. 15HOUSTON – (Feb. 6, 2018) – Jesús Reyes-Heroles, former CEO of Pemex and Mexico’s former secretary of energy, will discuss the latest developments in Mexico’s energy sector at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Feb. 15. In light of the upcoming Mexican presidential elections in July, a panel of experts also will offer perspectives on the potential for changes to the reform and its implementation.Hosted by the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center and Center for Energy Studies, the event is free and open to the public but registration is required.Who: Jesús Reyes-Heroles, former CEO of Pemex, Mexico’s former secretary of energy and currently executive president of StructurA, a group of consulting firms, as well as nonresident fellow in the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center.Panelists Miriam Grunstein, chief energy counsel at Brilliant Energy Consulting and nonresident scholar in the Mexico Center, and Lourdes Melgar, research affiliate in the Center for Collective Intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Mexico’s former deputy secretary of energy for hydrocarbons.Francisco Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Baker Institute, will serve as moderator.What: An event titled “Political Uncertainty and Mexico’s Energy Reform.”When: Thursday, Feb. 15, 8:30-11:45 a.m. (Breakfast will be served at 8.)Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.Mexico has successfully implemented its energy reform, which has led to increased private participation in its oil and gas blocks and continued interest from major international exploration and production firms, according to event organizers. Now, as Mexico prepares to hold a presidential election in July, many investors wonder if changes in leadership will also lead to changes to the implementation of the reform or in the contracts negotiated with the current administration, organizers said.The public must RSVP for the event at A live webcast will be available at the event page.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center via Twitter @BakerMexicoCtr.Follow the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies via Twitter @CES_Baker_Inst.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, last_img read more

In Search Of The Best Seattle International MBA Programs

first_img About the AuthorJillian MarkowitzView more posts by Jillian Markowitz regions: Seattle In Search Of The Best Seattle International MBA Programs An MBA education by itself is valuable in today’s economy, but some element of international business education or experience is essential for students hoping to get a full picture of the global marketplace.According to Seattle Trade Alliance, Seattle is the most internationally-tied region in the U.S. This makes Seattle a perfect hub for MBA students to glean insight and experience in the realm of international business. For those Seattle-bound b-schoolers, we’ve laid out three of the region’s most exciting International MBA programs. In Search Of The Best Seattle International MBA ProgramsAlbers School of Business and Economics – Seattle UniversitySeattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics offers a global business certificate that encompasses both global strategy and international business. Students pursuing this track must complete two required courses and may choose three out of six elective course options. MBAs in this program will gain an understanding of how the global economy affects finance, marketing, strategy, management and ethics. This program requires that applicants have two or more years of professional experience and promises that students will graduate with an understanding of cultural differences that affect international business practices, as well as the ability to write an international business report that explores, dissects and proposes solutions to an international business problem.Foster School of Business – University of WashingtonAt University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, students with international business aspirations have a multitude of exciting options. Foster offers a global business certificate, which allows b-schoolers to pursue several international activities. Though the certificate itself is appealing, it is the certificate’s curriculum requirements that make this a compelling option for MBAs.Students are required to attend a Global Business Forum class and discussion, during which professionals from abroad will speak about their experiences and interact with the class. MBAs on this track must choose from one of two possible international experiences. The first option students have is to participate in an exchange program, with one of the 16 schools Foster partners with in places like Finland, France and India. Should students not want to participate in the exchange program, they can choose to attain mastery of a foreign language. MBAs in this program also complete a Global Business Study Tour, which entails a short-term abroad experience wherein students get to meet with executives and business leaders abroad for one to two weeks. Foster also has a Global Consulting Project in which a select group of MBAs travel to India to learn firsthand about social entrepreneurship.Seattle Pacific University School of Business, Government and EconomicsThe Seattle Pacific University School of Business, Government and Economics allows students to tailor their educations via different emphases. For students with international interests, the Social and Sustainable Enterprise Emphasis may be an appealing option. This track involves classes like Business and Global Poverty and Business and Stewardship Global Sustainability. This school’s program may be especially inviting for students with aspirations toward social entrepreneurship, since ethical responsibility is essential to the fabric of the curriculum.center_img Last Updated Jun 20, 2017 by Jillian MarkowitzFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedThe Best Accelerated MBA Programs Available in SeattleWhen you need to earn your MBA in less than two years, some schools offer the opportunity to take an accelerated MBA path. These programs typically require full-time attendance but have been designed to be completed in twelve to eighteen months. Over the past few years, accelerated MBA programs have…August 7, 2017In “Advice”Full-Time MBA Battle: San Francisco vs. SeattleWhether it’s 49ers vs the Seahawks or Apple vs Microsoft, it may seem like there are a lot of differences between San Francisco and Seattle. Putting these minor dissimilarities aside, however, and you’ll find common ground between two of the northwest’s biggest cities: Both metros are known as top locations for…September 26, 2017In “Featured Home”9 Best Seattle MBA Student ClubsAttending class is only part of your MBA experience. What happens outside the classroom can have an even larger impact on life after your MBA than hours spent in front of a book. If you want to discover new opportunities, meet interesting people and improve your skills, then you need…October 5, 2016In “Advice”last_img read more