first_imgTop model Julia Restoin Roitfeld has jetted into Donegal and raved about our scenery.The 38-year-old who has worked with H&M, Mango and Accessorize was pictured in Glenveagh Castle and Ards Friary.Roitfeld, 38, posted a number fo pictures on her Instagram accounts which has almost 400,000 followers. She teased followers asking them to guess where she was and suggested it could be the Bahamas before saying it was stunning Ireland.Julia is also a French art director and is based in New York City.A graduate of New York’s Parsons School of Design, she consults for labels including Peter Som, Zac Posen, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Miu Miu. She also designed a lingerie collection for Kiki de Montparnasse.Top model raves about stunning Donegal on flying visit was last modified: July 20th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalJulia Restoin Roitfeldmodelvisitlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Raised on a corn and soybean farm in Kenton, Brandi Barrett was destined to become an agricultural entrepreneur.Barrett is a recent graduate in agricultural business at Iowa State University. This summer, Barrett was selected and is currently going through a 10-week summer accelerator at Iowa State University called CYstarters. The program is led by the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship for students or recent graduates to focus on their startup or business idea. Students receive $6,000 for individual or up to $12,000 per student team for the opportunity to spend their summer dedicated to achieving their startup goals and pursuing entrepreneurial aspirations.She is working on a business plan called Fast Farm. Fast Farm helps farm equipment dealers find qualified leads so they can make more sales and save more time. On the flip-side, Fast Farm helps rural American farmers find necessary farm equipment in a timely manner so their time can be spent on what matters most — livestock, crops and family. By playing the matchmaker, Fast Farm is a platform to connect farmers with dealers in a space ripe for technological innovation. One of Barrett’s startup goals is to have her product built and ready for launch for the National Farm Machinery Show taking place in Kentucky next February.“My ultimate goal is for any buyer to be able to find any piece of equipment through my app in a timely manner,” Barrett said. “Success is about speed and access to the market, and I think the show is a perfect place to launch Fast Farm.”To date, the application for farmers is built thanks in large part to AgEI (Agricultural Entrepreneurial Initiative at Iowa State) and their partnership with a developing firm in Iowa City (Launch Deck). The development discussion started in February and took only six weeks to complete the build out. The next steps for the product are to build out the website interface for the dealers.When Brandi first came up with the concept behind the company she is building today, she sought the advice of her father who has over 30 years of experience in the agriculture equipment business as a mechanic, salesman for a dealership and manufacturer, and now a territory manager for Ritchie Brothers. She was able to leverage her father’s expertise to develop Fast Farm.To read the full story and interview, link here: information about CYstarters, link here: http://www.isupjcenter.last_img read more

first_imgTags:#start#StartUp 101 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sramana mitra Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img This week’s roundtable had several interesting discussions around techniques for bootstrapping, both during the entrepreneur pitches, as well as during the Q&A. One of the most effective mechanics that I know for bootstrapping the early phases of a startup venture is by using services – consulting services, contact development work – such that you can achieve customer intimacy and also bring in revenue that can help fund your business. Even if you do product or IP development in parallel, that revenue stream is very valuable, as is the direct access to customer feedback. Some of my favorite entrepreneurs who have bootstrapped using services are Paul Kocher (Cryptography Research) and Jerry Rawls and Frank Levinson (Finisar).Lopworks Ltd.I gave this advice to one of today’s presenters: Ademola Osindero of Lopworks Ltd. from Nigeria. Ademola has a network integration services company for the last three to four years that generates revenues. But now he wants to build SaaS business apps for healthcare, for instance, and would like to raise $1M to do so. Well, the problem is that he doesn’t have any validation for the software business, and the chances of his raising money against an idea are slim. It is slim in a mature market like Silicon Valley, so I cannot believe that it has a prayer in a backward market like Africa. I advised Ademola to use his network integration services business to validate the healthcare IT product idea that he has, work with customers, build a product, and generate some revenue momentum by using the bootstrap using services principle.Q&AIn the Q&A someone asked how to bootstrap a B to C user-generated content site. Good question. This one is harder. One of the ways to do that is by offering market research data and analysis to the customers. It’s still a service, and it can turn into revenues quickly while giving you the runway to build your B to C business.Renewable Energy NowWe had Faith Kinslow start off by presenting her idea for Renewable Energy Now, which sounded like a content site through which she wants to raise funding for scientific research in alternative energy in universities. Well, I don’t see a business here, and advised her to use Facebook Causes for her fundraising interest. No need to waste precious time and energy in trying to build a business that has no chance. Magnetic PursenalityAnd then Karen Averill presented Magnetic Pursenality, a magnetic purse company that sources artisan products from wholesalers around the world, puts magnets on them, and sell through their website and other distribution channels. One of Karen’s goals is to help reduce global poverty by bringing the work of poor artisans into focus. Now it turns out that this is an area that I have done a lot of research on, and in my Vision India 2020 book, I have presented several projects around rural and slum development using similar ideas. However, there is one fundamental missing piece in Karen’s idea: design. Artisans in remote villages around the world have no clue about good design that sophisticated customers in the West are willing to spend money on. As a result, the products that Karen is selling on her website at this point are, pardon my bluntness, pretty ugly. Well, for a good cause or not, people simply don’t buy ugly products. So Karen either needs to work with a great designer who can provide designs to some artisans who execute against those designs. Or, she needs a great merchandiser who can pick a set of products that reflect taste. You cannot be in the fashion business without taste. This is a cardinal rule that cannot and should not be violated.We also had a discussion about channels. For Karen’s business, once the design problem is fixed, she has the option of selling in the B to C mode on her website, or in the B to B mode through catalogues. It turns out that she has done some great research to identify a set of catalogues that may be interested in buying her products wholesale. Her next step, therefore, is to validate that channel, and see how much appetite these companies have for her magnetic purses.ShabdMitraAt the end of the show, Ruchir Tewari introduced ShabdMitra, a mobile value-added service that takes English SMSs and converts them to one of the major Indian languages: Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telegu, Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, etc. Assuming that his technology works, an extremely hard problem in itself, Ruchir’s questions were around his go-to-market strategy. He has designed some use cases, including one that I liked: Advertisers trying to reach rural consumers can send an SMS in English, which can then be translated and broadcast to various geographies of rural consumers in their respective languages. There are issues around the need for the ad copy to be cool, and such. But it is an idea worth validating with some advertising agencies and marketers of consumer goods who need to market to these vast masses of rural Indian consumers? If the value proposition resonates, then Ruchir can take it to a carrier along with a group of advertisers and start a pilot. The regular mobile VAS business model applies: If an advertiser sends 100,000 messages, paying Rs. 2 per message, the carrier will split the revenue with the VAS provider. But the first order of business is to check whether the advertisers want such a service!I started doing my free Online Strategy Roundtables for entrepreneurs in the fall of 2008. These roundtables are the cornerstone programming of a global initiative that I have started called One Million by One Million (1M/1M). Its mission is to help a million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. In 1M/1M, I teach the EJ Methodology which is based on my Entrepreneur Journeys research, and emphasize bootstrapping, idea validation, and crisp positioning as some of the core principles of building strong fundamentals in early stage ventures. In addition, we are offering entrepreneurs access to investors and customers through our recently launched our 1M/1M Incubation Radar series. You can pitch to be featured on my blog following these instructions.The recording of this roundtable can be found here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here.Sramana Mitra is a technology entrepreneur and strategy consultant in Silicon Valley. She has founded three companies, writes a business blog, Sramana Mitra on Strategy, and runs the 1M/1M initiative. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her Entrepreneur Journeys book series, Entrepreneur Journeys, Bootstrapping: Weapon Of Mass Reconstruction, Positioning: How To Test, Validate, and Bring Your Idea To Market and her latest volume Innovation: Need Of The Hour, as well as Vision India 2020, are all available from Amazon. Photo by Grzegorz Rejniak 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

first_imgA global plastic waste crisis is building, with major implications for health and the environment. Under its so-called “National Sword” policy, China has sharply reduced imports of foreign scrap materials. As a result, piles of plastic waste are building up in ports and recycling facilities across the United States. In response, support is growing nationally and worldwide for banning or restricting single-use consumer plastics, such as straws and grocery bags. These efforts are also spurred by chilling findings about how micro-plastics travel through oceans and waterways and up the food chain. I have studied global trade in hazardous wastes for many years and am currently completing a book on the global politics of waste. In my view, today’s unprecedented level of public concern is an opportunity to innovate. There is growing interest in improving plastic recycling in the United States. This means getting consumers to clean and sort recyclables, investing in better technologies for sorting and reusing waste plastics, and creating incentives for producers to buy and use recycled plastic.RELATED ARTICLESJob-Site Recycling: PVCPlastic Production Rises But Recycling Can’t Keep UpChinese Decree Alters Recycling PictureRecycling Vinyl Siding Critiques of recycling are not new, and critiques of recycling plastic are many, but I still believe it makes sense to expand, not abandon, the system. This will require large-scale investment and, in the long term, implementing upstream policies, including product bans. Easy to use, hard to destroy Plastics make products lighter, cheaper, easier to assemble, and more disposable. They also generate waste, both at the start of their life cycles — the petrochemicals industry is a major source of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions — and after disposal. The biggest domestic use by far for plastic resin is packaging (34% in 2017), followed by consumer and institutional goods (20%) and construction (17%). Many products’ useful lives can be measured in minutes. Others, especially engineered and industrial plastics, have a longer life — up to 35 years for building and construction products. After disposal, plastic products take anywhere from five to 600 years to break down. Many degrade into micro-plastic fragments that effectively last forever. Rather like J.R.R. Tolkien’s One Ring, plastics can be permanently destroyed only through incineration at extremely high temperatures. Why the U.S. recycles so little plastic Less than 10% of discarded plastics entered the recycling stream in the United States in 2015, compared with 39.1% in the European Union and 22% in China. Another 15% of U.S. plastic waste is burned in waste-to-energy facilities. The remaining 75% goes to landfills. These figures do not include any dumping or illegal disposal. Even the most easily recyclable plastics have a lengthy journey from the recycling bin to their final destinations. Many barriers have become painfully apparent since China, which until recently accepted half of all U.S. plastic scrap, implemented its crackdown on March 1 of this year. First, there are many different types of plastics. Of the seven resin identification codes stamped on the bottom of plastic containers, only 1s and 2s are easily recyclable. Public education campaigns have lagged, particularly with respect to cleaning and preparing plastics for recycling. Getting consumers to commit to more stringent systems is critical. But scolding can backfire, as experience with food waste shows. Another factor is U.S. reliance on single-stream recycling systems, in which all recyclables are placed in the same receptacle. This approach is easier for consumers but produces a mixed stream of materials that is difficult and expensive to sort and clean at recycling facilities. The United States currently has 633 materials recycling facilities, which can clean, sort, and bale a total of 100,000 tons of recyclables per day. Today they are under growing pressure as scrap piles up. Even before China’s restrictions went into effect, materials recycling facilities operators threw out around half of what they received because of contamination. Most are not equipped to meet China’s stringent new contamination standards, and their processing rates have slowed – but garbage production rates have not. Finally, since China was the U.S. plastic scrap market’s main buyer, its ban has eliminated a key revenue stream for municipal governments. As a result, some waste collection agencies are suspending curbside pickup, while others are raising prices. All 50 states have been affected to some extent. There are no silver bullets Numerous public and private entities are working to find a more viable solution for plastics recycling. They include plastics producers and recyclers, corporations such as Coca-Cola, colleges and universities, foundations, international organizations, advocacy groups, and state governments. Upgrading materials recycling facilities and expanding domestic markets for plastic scrap are obvious priorities but will require large-scale investments. Increasing waste-to-energy incineration is another option. Sweden relies on this approach to maintain its zero waste model. But incineration is deeply controversial in the United States, where it has declined since 2001, partly due to strong opposition from host communities. Zero-waste and anti-incineration advocates have heavily criticized initiatives such as the Hefty EnergyBag Program, a recent pilot initiative in Omaha, Nebraska, to divert plastics to energy production. But small companies like Salt Lake City-based Renewlogy are working to develop newer, cleaner ways to convert plastics to energy. Efforts to cut plastic use in the United States and other wealthy countries are focusing on single-use products. Initiatives such as plastic straw and bag bans build awareness, but may not by themselves significantly reduce the problem of plastic trash. For example, plastic straws account for only 0.03%  of the plastic that is likely to enter the oceans in any given year. Industry is starting to push back, with corporations like McDonald’s resisting straw bans. Some U.S. states have passed measures forbidding plastic bag restrictions. To stem ocean plastic pollution, better waste management on land is critical, including steps to combat illegal dumping and manage hard-to-recycle plastics. Examples include preventing BPA leaching from discarded products, dechlorinating polyvinyl chloride products, on-site recycling of 3D printer waste, and making virgin-quality plastic out of used polypropylene. The European Union is developing a circular economy platform that contains a multi-part strategy to increase plastics recycling and control waste. It includes making all plastic packaging recyclable by 2030 and reducing leakage of plastic products into the environment. The United States is unlikely to adopt such sweeping policies at the national level. But for cities and states, especially those where support for environmental protection is strong, it could be a more attainable vision. Kate O’Neill is an associate professor of global environmental politics at the University of California, Berkeley. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.last_img read more

first_img​Man City boss Guardiola defends Bernardo Silvaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola launched a defence of midfielder Bernardo Silva.The latter was involved in a racism row after he posted a picture on social media that compared a young Benjamin Mendy to a graphic on a popular chocolate.Many accused Bernardo of racism, but Guardiola does not believe that is the case.”Honestly, I don’t know what will happen,” Guardiola told reporters about the furore surrounding his Portuguese midfielder.”They should put their focus on another issue because they don’t know which guy you are talking about.”Bernardo is one of the most lovely people I ever met in my life. He speaks four or five languages and that is the best way to understand how open-minded he is and one of his best friends is Mendy. He’s like a brother to him.”The image is not about the colour of the skin. He took a picture of Benjamin when he was young and he related it to this cartoon, which was quite similar for the image.”If they want to do that [investigate] and ask for Bernardo, I think he will be open to talk. But first you have to know exactly which person you are talking about.”There are many situations with people, with white people and you look at a cartoon and the face is quite similar as your face and you put it in there, it is quite similar.”I think the response from Mendy was clear after that. They are joking all the time. Maybe what I say as advice is to hide social media, if something happened it would be a mistake.”Bernardo is an exceptional person. A guy who can speak five languages, it’s because he’s open-minded – nothing about the colour of the skin, nationalities or whatever.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgRick Neuheisel performing at a South Carolina bar.Rick Neuheisel SingingIn addition to being a former head coach and current college football analyst, it appears Rick Neuheisel is also a performer in his spare time. The 54-year-old Neuheisel took his show on the road to Wild Wings Cafe in Columbia, S.C. this evening, where he’s performing on-stage in a South Carolina hat under the watchful eye of Steve Spurrier and a host of other bar patrons.The HBC looks like he’s having a good time. Neuheisel also broke out the tune “Born in the SEC,” which he has previously sang on the Dan Patrick— Steve Spurrier Jr (@coachspurrierjr) August 8, 2015What do you all think of Neuheisel’s vocal prowess?last_img read more

first_imgSEC Divisions team logos.If the SEC decides to realign its divisions for football, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn would be fine with the Tigers moving to the SEC East. The 50-year-old coach told ESPN’s Chris Low, “I think there will be discussion on that.”The SEC is currently split into two seven-team divisions, with Auburn being in the SEC West, along with in-state rival Alabama. If the SEC shuffles things, @CoachGusMalzahn wouldn’t be opposed to Auburn moving to the East. “I think there will be discussion on that.”— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) April 13, 2016The SEC has already set its conference games through 2025, so realignment before then seems fairly unlikely. A move to the other side of the conference would certainly not end the Alabama-Auburn yearly Iron Bowl game, but it probably would end the yearly Alabama-Tennessee game. Unless the SEC changes its rules with a realignment, there would be only one set cross-divisional opponent for each team. And the Tigers’ opponent would surely be the Crimson Tide. Which team from the SEC East should move to the SEC West if the Tigers do, in fact, switch sides?last_img read more

first_imgMichigan Stadium on a rainy day.InstagramMichigan freshman Ahmir Mitchell transferring after suspension.Ahmir Mitchell enrolled at Michigan early, but it doesn’t look like he’s ever going to play a down for the Wolverines. Wednesday, just days after it was announced by head coach Jim Harbaugh that the freshman wide receiver would be suspended indefinitely, Mitchell announced on Twitter that he’d be leaving the program.“It’s been all love from the fans, community, and the people of Michigan. I’ve made bonds and friendships with people here that will last a lifetime. I love what U of M had to offer me but, what is best for me and my family comes first. Therefore I will like to announce that I am hereby reopening my recruitment to all Universities and football programs.”Mitchell specifically stated that he’s “reopening’ his recruitment. But since he’s been enrolled at Michigan since January, this would have to be considered a transfer.All love for the people of Michigan and U of M ??— Ahmir_SoDevoted (@TheDeuce_2_Nice) August 24, 2016Mitchell is a class of 2016 player who was rated as a four-star composite. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound star is from Egg Harbor City, New Jersey.Reasons for Mitchell’s suspension have not been released. Harbaugh became frustrated with the press when asked about it last week.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A notorious bank robber who was dubbed the “Vaulter” for his technique of jumping over bank counters has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.York regional police say Jeffrey James Shuman pleaded guilty last month to seven counts of robbery with a firearm.They say the 55-year-old French-American citizen was sentenced by a judge on Tuesday and was given a 34-month credit for time already served.Police said at the time that he was wanted in connection with 21 bank robberies between 2010 and 2015 — 15 in the Greater Toronto Area, four in Calgary, and one each in Hamilton and Ottawa.Police had spent years trying to catch Shuman without success. The Canadian Banking Association also put out a $100,000 reward for his capture.Shuman was arrested on an international warrant in Switzerland in September 2015.He was extradited to Canada in February 2016 to stand trial.last_img read more