Breaking: Woman’s body found off Donegal coast

first_imgGardaí have launched an investigation after a woman’s body was found off the coast of Donegal this morning.The body was found in water off the coastline at Bundoran around 9am by people out walking.The body was recovered and taken to Sligo University Hospital where a post mortem is due to take place. The woman’s identity has not been released.Gardai have said the results of the post mortem on the body will determine which direction their investigation will take.Gardai have appealed for anybody with any information to come forward.Breaking: Woman’s body found off Donegal coast was last modified: July 2nd, 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:bodybundorandonegalGardaiinvestigationlast_img read more

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Stephen Curry avoids injury in multi-car crash on Highway 24 in Oakland

first_imgOAKLAND — Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry escaped injury after his Porsche was hit twice in a span of a few minutes while driving on a rain-slicked Highway 24 early Friday, authorities and team officials said.Curry later arrived at the Warriors practice facility in Oakland and was said to be fine. “He’s fine. He was a little shaken up like anybody would be after a car accident,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. “Thankfully nobody was hurt and Steph’s doing fine. I think he has …last_img read more

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5 women giving Africa’s entrepreneurs a helping hand

first_imgThere are thousands of African women creating successful businesses, leaving inspiration and change in their wake, and in a small way helping to uplift Africa’s narrative. The five women below are making massive strides in their respective business sectors, changing their industries and improving business for other women in Africa. Women all over Africa are changing the content’s narrative, writes Graça Machel on the World Economic Forum website. (Image: Benedikt von Loebell, WEF, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, via Flickr)• Girls in space! Africa’s first private satellite – designed by schoolgirls • How can digital technology boost growth in Africa?• Connecting women to technology• Robotic gliders boost for ocean research• Meet the global leaders heading WEF Africa 2016 Graça Machel, Founder, Graça Machel TrustAll these women are members of the Graça Machel Trust, a pan-African advocacy organisation that focuses on women’s rights, children’s rights and governance and leadership in Africa. Their Multiplying Faces, Amplifying Voices campaign aims to build a network of highly qualified, active and effective women across the continent to become a voice in areas where they are currently underrepresented. This includes the Network of African Businesswomen (NABW), Network of African Women in Agribusiness (AWAB) and New Faces New Voices (NFNV), a programme that focuses on expanding the role and influence of women in the financial sector.Joy Ndungutse: Founder and CEO of Gahaya Links (Rwanda) Changing economies by commercialising cultureJoy Ndungutse spent her childhood and early adult years in exile due to political instability in Rwanda.Driven by ambition, Joy’s strong desire to work towards the empowerment of women translated into a weaving initiative when she moved back to Rwanda after the genocide. While running a hotel and the country’s first furniture store, she trained local women in rural areas and designed baskets, modern in style and shape, that these women could make using traditional weaving skills and techniques. This journey gave birth to Gahaya Links, a successful social enterprise in Rwanda that works with over 4 000 weavers to make traditional baskets that are exported to the US and Japan and sold through leading department stores.Joy notes that, “It is a delight to see the fruits of this project and to see an increase in the number of women in Rwanda achieving financial independence.”She continues: “It is also encouraging to see that the local culture is alive and vibrant, and that using what we have, we have managed to make such an impact on the lives of others, and on creating awareness of what Rwanda has to offer to the world.”However, she highlights that although some progress has been made in Rwanda, a lot still needs to be done to increase financial inclusion of women, educate women on taxation and business practices, as these still remain big challenges for women in business. She identifies certain key issues such as geographical access to financial institutions, information on financial information and products, and access to capital as barriers for women to enter into business.According to Joy, “most rural women in Rwanda lack the knowledge to organize businesses in a formal way. It’s critical to educate them on key issues such as new business taxation policies and the simplified tax regime that exempts them from to allow them kickstart and build sustainable businesses.”She highlights that a lot more work needs to be done to educate and create awareness of the importance of formalizing and growing informal women owned businesses.Hadia Gondji: Managing Director at Hadia Seed Production, Hadia Flowers and Hadia Supermarket (Ethiopia)Challenging the status quo to create opportunities for womenHadia is the country director of the New Faces New Voices Ethiopia Chapter and is a pioneer in the transportation, agriculture and horticulture industries in Ethiopia. In agriculture she is involved in hybrid grain multiplication and through her business she teaches farmers in the country to improve their yields.Hadia says: “We normally work with small-scale farmers to help them improve their production and we teach female farmers free of charge.”As president of the Ethiopian Women Exporters Association, she has seen production by female farmers increase, and exports of different produce such as coffee, fruit, vegetables and flowers improve. Hadia is also one of the founders of Enat Bank, the only financial institution in Ethiopia that specifically targets women.She explains, “In Ethiopia it is still very difficult for women to get into business and politics. Although things are getting better, it remains hard for women to do business, as the environment is not conducive, banks want collateral before giving financial support and women do not own any property. The houses and farms belong to men.”“Enat Bank was launched to assist women by getting money from investors to deposit as collateral for women in business, and we see that the bank is making a great difference to women business owners.”Hadia highlights that creating a strong business network for women in Africa is essential in ensuring that business opportunities improve for women on the continent. As evidenced by the Graça Machel Trust, the role of such networks and advocacy groups is invaluable in connecting likeminded businesswomen across the continent.Elizabeth Swai: Managing Director of AKM Glitters Company Limited (Tanzania) Driving the agenda for women in businessA self-starter, Elizabeth Swai runs a thriving poultry business that has expanded its operations to include small-scale farmers in its supply chain. Her business model makes a conscious effort to include those parties that would normally find themselves excluded from the formalized market.Elizabeth says that although the Tanzanian government has expressed commitment to supporting female entrepreneurship, women still face a great number of obstacles. Challenges such as cultural barriers, the right to property and decision making, stiff competition, corruption and bureaucracy, and a lack of awareness from women themselves, make it extremely hard for women in Africa to build a successful business.She also serves as lead and coordinator of African Women in Agribusiness, holds a seat in the Network of African Women in Business, is a founder member of the African Agriculture Academy, and is an active member of the World Poultry Association.According to Elizabeth, her involvement with the women’s networks and associations is aimed at representing the needs of women in Tanzania.She says: “I am involved with all of these organisations in order to represent other women. Defragmentation is a poison, so women need to partner with other women, networks, associations, men and their gigantic enterprises with muscle to be able to achieve the achievable.”She notes: “I created a business model that is inclusive in order to enable ease of access to finance and technical expertise, but also to work with more women in rural areas and create employment for the youth.”Elizabeth Magaya: Managing Director of Blissford Investments (Zimbabwe) Taking giant steps, one step at a timeElizabeth Magaya became an entrepreneur at the age of 10 to help look after her siblings after her parents’ divorce. She went from vegetable vendor to owning a group of companies that includes a booming construction business, and has recently diversified into horticulture, landscape and interior design. At the age of 52, she went back to school to finish what she wasn’t able to start as a child and graduated at the age of 56.She is the epitome of self-made success and attributes this to hard work, sheer determination and a constant drive for perfection.According to Elizabeth, “the biggest challenges with women in business in Africa are the women themselves.”She explains: “Most women are still marginalised and still depend on men to make decisions for them and give them permission to do things. I believe women should be aggressive, start networking and start to expose themselves. They should see every situation and challenge as a bull and take it by the horns.”“To empower themselves, women must realise that it is possible to start, and you can start small, you don’t need to be great or big to start, begin where you are and the rest will follow. Never mind your background, where you started or where you came from. If you use your hands and mind you will reach your destiny,” she says.Grace Mijiga-Mhango: Director of Agriseed and African Women in Agribusiness (Malawi)Building businesses that transform livesGrace specialises in commodity trading and seed multiplication and has built successful businesses that trade in Malawi and across the continent. Having been with the Graça Machel Trust since 2011, she is one of the pioneers that help shape the Trust’s vision. She conceptualized the African Food Basket Project that promotes the growing of indigenous seeds led by women farmers to raise the yields of staple crops like maize, soya beans and pigeon peas. The overall project aims to benefit 50,000 women across grain production value chains in five countries over the next five years.Grace has incredible vision which she shares passionately with those interested in her work and those that share similar interests and beliefs. She sees herself as an agent of change, and is committed to working to support others to reach their full potential and achieve meaningful change in their lives.The Graça Machel Trust, through its advocacy work, seeks to continue in extending its arm to more women across the continent, to effect and influence a change in thinking about women-owned businesses as a channel for Africa’s economic development. The trust seeks to grow women-owned businesses across Africa, and to empower female entrepreneurs to realize their full potential.This article was originally published on the WEF website as part of its Africa series.Former South African and Mozambican first lady Machel is a renowned global advocate for the rights of women and children. A social and political activist for many decades, she serves in various capacities in several organisations. One of these is the Elders, a group of independent global leaders working together for peace and human rights, brought together in 2007 by her husband, Nelson Mandela.Machel also contributes to the Africa Progress Panel and, like Adesina, the MDG Advocates Panel. She has been named an eminent person in the GAVI Alliance, and works on the UN Foundation’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Machel chairs the board of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes, and is chancellor of the University of Cape Town.Watch this to see some of the top female innovators who participated in WEF on Africa:last_img read more

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New Twitter Analytics Product Launching Soon? More Evidence…

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Real-Time Web#twitter#web curt hopkins “I wish we were launching something worth ‘all this whoop-la,’ but this is an update to an existing analytics product that very few people see.” However, a post on an official Twitter blog seems to give the lie to that statement.According to the post, by Twitter engineer Ryan King on the Twitter Engineering Blog this evening:“Our analytics, operations and infrastructure teams are working on a system that uses cassandra for large-scale real time analytics for use both internally and externally.”In other words, Twitter is in fact working on an important analytics product that will launch to the public soon. This blog post bolsters the Tweets we referenced in our earlier article. Cassadra is an Apache “open source distributed database.” A “change in strategy,” as King describes it, means Twitter will not use Cassandra to store Tweets as it planned. Now it’s going to be used for the real-time analytics that we reported on. Not a big deal? Nah, it’s a big deal. To paraphrase Marshal Kirkpatrick, “Twitter is launching a public analytics product for the countless business customers who will line up to use it.”So, with all due respect to the VP, we’re going to stick to our guns. Related Posts Several days ago we wrote that Twitter’s analytics team was about to launch a new project. Twitter VP of Communications Sean Garrett denied there was anything earth-shaking going on. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

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