Tony Elumelu Foundation Launches US$100M for African Entrepreneurs

first_imgThe Tony Elumelu Foundation yesterday announced the launch of a US$100 million entrepreneurship programme, aimed at creating 10,000 businesses across the African continent.The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme (TEFEP) is also intended to create at least one million new jobs, and to contribute US$10 billion per year to Africa’s economy.TEFEP is the first initiative of its kind to be launched by an African philanthropic organization and the largest African sourced philanthropic gift, targeting the entrepreneurial space in the West Africa-sub region. “The opportunity and challenge in Africa is to scale–in our people, our resources and our horizons. In my business and charitable journeys, I have always sought ways to help inspire a generation across our continent. This programme brings together my own entrepreneurial experience and my fundamental belief that entrepreneurs –women and men across Africa—will lead Africa’s development and transform our futures,” said Tony O. Elumelu, founder and executive director of the foundation.“The TEFEP will offer a structured, multi-year opportunity to access funding, knowledge and perhaps most importantly mentoring, on a scale that is unprecedented in Africa—it is our opportunity to empower a generation,” he said.The Founder said the new programme is backed by “a commitment to giving startups and entrepreneurs with a dream the funds, the mentorship and the network, to become the next generation of global business titans from Africa.”He said the 1,000 startups will be selected from applicants invited continent-wide, with the successful applicants to participate in a comprehensive training programme, which is designed to prepare the entrepreneurs to build successful businesses capable of adding value.The programme will include seed capital funding, a 12 week business skills course, mentorship, an entrepreneurship bootcamp, participation in the Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum, among other benefits.“Entrepreneurship is the cornerstone to African development and the key to local value creation in Africa. I am determined to ensure that Africa’s next generation of entrepreneurs has the platform they need to turn their entrepreneurial aspirations into sustainable businesses that will drive economic growth and job creation across Africa,” Elumelu said.Tony O. Elumelu, CON, was born, raised and educated in Africa and has been responsible for creating businesses across the continent in sectors critical to Africa’s economic development.In 2012 he was awarded and named a Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) for his service in promoting private enterprise.In 2010, he founded Heirs Holdings, an African investment holding company, with investments in financial services, power generation, oil and gas, agribusiness, real estate and hospitality.In the same year, he established the Tony Elumelu Foundation, an Africa-based and African-funded philanthropy, dedicated to catalyzing entrepreneurship across Africa.He is chairman of Heirs Holdings as well as UBA Group Plc and Transcorp Plc, which is Nigeria’s largest listed conglomerate.In his early career, Mr. Elumelu turned the financially distressed Standard Trust Bank (STB) into a top-five financial services player in Nigeria.In 2005, he led the largest merger in the banking sector in sub-Saharan Africa, between STB and United Bank for Africa (UBA). Today, UBA operates in 19 African countries, as well as New York, London and Paris.In 2013, Mr. Elumelu received the Leadership Award in Business and Philanthropy from the Africa-America Institute Awards. He was also named African Business Icon at the 2013 African Business Awards.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Crystal Palace eyeing move for Arnold Origi

first_imgNorwegian website VG has reported that Lillestrom coach and their Sporting Director have all but confirmed Origi will be leaving the club either to Palace or another English side.“I think Arnold has played his last game for us. We wish him luck with his career. I hope he finds a club where he gets what he wants,” Lillestrom head coach Arne Erlandsen said.Lillestrom sporting director Simon Mesfin confirmed that the shot stopper who joined Lillestrom in 2013 has not been training with the club since they returned for pre-season.“Arnold is not training with us because he has requested permission to work out with a club in England. He is there for an indefinite period,” Mesfin said.Palace are understood to be looking for a deputy to current number one Wayne Henessey, with the second choice keeper Julian Speroni turning 38 years.Norway based keeper, Arnold Origi in action when Harambee Stars played Zambia on September 6, 2015 at Nyayo Stadium. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaOrigi was voted man of the match in Lillestrom’s 3-2 cup final win over Sarpsborg and played 26 matches for the club last year.The custodian who has been capped 27 times for the national team started out his career abroad with FK Moss after leaving Tusker FC in 2007 then left for Fredrikstand on loan in 2011. He then joined Ull/Kisa in 2012 before leaving for Lillestrom a year later.Origi comes from a football family. His uncle is the famous Mike Okoth, father to Liverpool’s Divock Origi who was a professional footballer plying his club trade in Belgium.His father, Austin Oduor, was a long term captain of Kenyan Premier League side Gor Mahia, and his other uncles Gerald and Anthony were defenders at Tusker.The goalkeeper’s last match for the Stars was the 1-0 loss against Guinea Bissau in an African Cup of Nations Qualifier in Nairobi in March 2016.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arnold Origi celebrates after helping his club Lillestrom lift the Norwegian FA Cup. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIORBI, Kenya, Jan 4- English Premier League side Crystal Palace are weighing up a move for former Harambee Stars goalkeeper Arnold Origi, with reports indicating he has been on trial in London at Selhurst Park with Roy Hodgson’s side.Origi, who recently acquired Norwegian citizenship helped his club Lillestrom lift the Norwegian FA Cup at the close of 2017 and the 34 year old has now emerged as a top priority for Palace.last_img read more

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Disabled kids ride with volunteer pilots

first_imgSpeaking through a Say it Sam device that talks for people who can’t, Kelly Navarro said her first flight in a small plane was “out of this world.” The 17-year-old from Torrance, who has cerebral palsy, also got a lesson about the plane’s equipment from the pilot. Blustery Santa Ana winds made for bumpy rides. Some parents were nervous, but not the kids, said Kathryn Presson, a volunteer pilot from Reseda. “It tells you these kids are not easily intimidated,” Presson said. “They’ve been through so much. So what are a few (spots of) turbulence?” With their 13-year-old daughter, Charlene, who has Down syndrome, Eric and Tina Jan were thrilled to see the eighth-grader’s sense of empowerment during the flight. “She got to steer the plane left and right,” said Tina Jan. “She was excited.” Saturday was the start of the program’s operation out of Los Angeles. It will return in 2008 about the same time of year, Gibson said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre One of the plane’s tiny seats held him tightly and secure. The trip brought the teenager precious feelings of freedom, said his father, Jose Rodriguez. Challenge Air helps disabled children fly – and sometimes steer the planes themselves – 16 times a year at events across the country. It was begun by Rick Amber, a sports enthusiast and Navy fighter pilot who lost the use of his legs after crashing a plane on a combat mission while serving in Vietnam. Amber, who died in 1997, launched the nonprofit group 14 years ago so every disabled person could see the world from a different point of view, said Lonna Gibson, West Coast director. “It’s self-esteem-building,” said Gibson. “These kids go back to school and tell their friends that they flew a plane.” With 140 flights throughout the day and Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September” jamming from a deejay booth, kids ate hamburgers, sat in equipment from the Traveling Space Museum and learned about aviation. They went away with flight certificates and gold aviator wings to pin on their shirts. PACOIMA – A wheelchair user for life, Jose Rodriguez Jr. soared through the sky without one Saturday at an event offering free plane rides to disabled and ill children. Volunteer pilots recruited by Challenge Air for Kids and Friends, a Texas-based nonprofit group, flew about 135 kids from across Los Angeles with parents and friends in four-seat airplanes on routes that mainly looped from the 184-acre Whiteman Airport in Pacoima to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Rodriguez, 14, who has cerebral palsy, described the flight with just one word: “awesome.” Not only did the Venice boy – a quadriplegic who has no control over his limbs – see the sights from high above, he also traded his wheelchair for a different seat for a while. last_img read more

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Local recognized by USA Weekend for volunteerism

first_imgLA HABRA – Carlene Maynard of La Habra took time out of her busy life last October to plant fruit trees and pull weeds at an urban farm where teenagers learn the value of hard work and applying themselves. For her volunteerism at the Earthworks Enterprises urban farm on that day, known as Make A Difference Day, she and volunteers across the country are recognized in USA Weekend magazine, which can be found inside today’s newspaper. The purpose of Make A Difference Day, created by USA Weekend and held on the fourth Saturday of October, is for people to put their cares on hold for one day to care for others. Maynard, who volunteered at the urban farm with members of her Whittier church, Unitarian Univeralists, said that singling out her efforts made her feel a bit uncomfortable. She prefers staying out of the spotlight, she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventBut Connie Yost, founder of the urban farm, appreciates the work the church volunteers have put into the program, where students at risk of dropping out of South El Monte High School are inspired to do better in school by growing and selling fruits and vegetables. Victor Ledesma, a La Mirada resident and a member of EarthWorks board of directors, said the farm could use more volunteers like Maynard. “This is a wonderful project that helps the environment and at-risk kids, and volunteers like her definitely help us out,” he said. “We desperately need more.” debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img read more

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BOXING STAR JASON TAKES IT ON THE CHIN FOR DUMPED KITTENS

first_imgJason Quigley meets AIN volunteers Margaret Plunkett, Pamela Love and Liz MahonDonegal boxer Jason Quigley proved a knock-out with the Animals In Need volunteers and rescued animals when he dropped by to see how 17 little kittens who were recently dumped in a box outside a Killybegs butcher’s shop were getting on.An Animals In Need spokesperson said ‘We were delighted that Jason took time out of his busy schedule to meet the kittens and show his support for the work that we do.Hopefully he will have passed some of his strength on to the tiny kittens, some of who are still struggling to survive.’ In addition to meeting the rescued animals, the unbeaten Ballybofey born boxing champion stopped for a chat with the charity’s founder, Margaret Plunkett, along with the lovely ladies who run Animals In Need’s charity shop in Donegal Town; current manager Liz Mahon, who is setting off for fresh pastures and the shop’s new manager, Pamela Love, who is also Jason’s aunt.Along with rescuing dozens of dogs every week, Animals In Need currently has 53 kittens in foster care. If you would like to help them, please donate €2 by texting the word ‘KITTEN’ to 50300.Every last cent goes directly to the rescued animals for their food, bedding, vet bills, worming treatment and vaccinations.For further information on adoption, fostering, volunteering etc, please contact the main helpline on 087 1356188. For cat/kitten enquiries please call 087 7644420. Animals In Need Donegal is also on Facebook and has a website at http://www.animalsinneeddonegal.com. BOXING STAR JASON TAKES IT ON THE CHIN FOR DUMPED KITTENS was last modified: May 30th, 2016 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:animals in needdonegalJason Quigleylast_img read more

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DONEGAL ABDUCTION: SISTER BEGS EVIL CHILD KILLER ‘TELL US WHAT YOU DID WITH HER BODY’

first_imgEVIL child killer Robert Howard has dropped his bid to stop an inquest into the murder of Arlene Arkinson, the girl abducted on her way home from a Bundoran disco almost 18 years ago – prompting her sister to plea: “Please tell us what you did with her body.”Arelene, just 15, disappeared in August 1994 and PSNI and Gardai believe Howard abducted her, killed her and buried her body.He is currently serving life for killing other teenage girls. The northern courts have agreed to hold an inquest even though her body has never been found but sick Howard has tried to prevent it going ahead.He has now finally withdrawn his objections – and will be called as a witness.Arlene’s heart-broken sister Kathleen says it’s their last chance to get to the truthIn recent years, efforts have been made to hold an inquest.“Well, this is his chance now to tell where Arlene is and get it off his chest and let us take Arlene home and give her a decent burial,” she said.“If there’s anything left in him, give Arlene (pictured left) back. Please give Arlene up, because we’re not going to give up until we find her.”Howard was cleared of Arlene’s murder in 2005, after his past convictions for rape, murder and child abuse were withheld from the jury under the laws at the time in the North. Those laws have since been changed.He is currently serving life in prison for the murder of 14-year-old Hannah Williams, whose body was found in a cement works in Kent in 2002.Detectives have made it clear they believe Howard carried out the murder.They know she was with him after leaving the disco. Howard was a drifter who frequented west and south Donegal.Kathleen added: “Howard holds the key to where Arlene is.”DONEGAL ABDUCTION: SISTER BEGS EVIL CHILD KILLER ‘TELL US WHAT YOU DID WITH HER BODY’ was last modified: March 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:arelene arkinsonbundorandonegalmurderRobert Howardlast_img read more

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LIFE’S A BEACH – BUT NOT WHEN YOU BREAK THE WORLD SAND-CASTLE BUILDING RECORD

first_imgA Donegal seaside village has smashed the world sand-castle building record.The residents of Dunfanaghy had to make more than 683 castles in just one hour at Killahoey beach on Saturday afternoon last.But the bucket-busting Donegal sandcastle builders demolished the record by constructing a staggering 1,939 castles in the hour. Organiser Sian McCann said the group must now send a video to the Guinness Book of World Records and hope to get the official record in two months time.“We had a brilliant day and the sun shone down on us which made it just perfect.“We must have had more than 400 volunteers taking part including kids from the playschool, the five local national schools, as well as people from the boxing club, the soccer club, the badminton club, the Irish dancing club and many more.“It will take a few weeks to get official confirmation and we have to send them a video of the day but we’re confident we have done it,” she said. Sian said she was also hoping to individual certificates for all those who took part in the world-record attempt. LIFE’S A BEACH – BUT NOT WHEN YOU BREAK THE WORLD SAND-CASTLE BUILDING RECORD was last modified: September 17th, 2012 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)last_img read more

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Gahr 33, La Serna 31

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Anthony Rivera had eight receptions for 128 yards for La Serna, which finished with 392 yards of offense 264 rushing and 128 through the air. Charles Peterson, who scored on a 71-yard run in the third quarter, led Gahr on the ground with 100 yards on 10 carries. Gahr quarterback William Figueroa completed 10 of 16 passes for 210 yards and three scores, including 68- and 76-yard strikes to Lemuel Johnson. Johnson finished with four catches for 159 yards. — Ed Russell 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Quarterback Matt Petropulos had a huge game for the Lancers, passing for 128 yards and rushing for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Petropulos scored on a 16-yard run in the third quarter to pull La Serna within 27-17. He later scored on a 40-yard run to help pull the Lancers within 33-31, but that’s as close as they got. center_img Michael Ellison’s 37-yard field goal attempt with 25 seconds remaining sailed wide left as La Serna High came up short in a nonleague road game. Trailing 20-3 at halftime, the Lancers staged a furious second- half rally only to come up short as the Lancers suffered their first loss against two wins. Gahr is 3-0. last_img read more

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Onduparaka FC gets green light to host games in Arua

first_imgOnduparaka hosted their first game in Luzira.MENGO – The Uganda Premier League governing body Secretariat has given Onduparaka FC the go ahead to host games at the Green Light Stadium in Arua.This was confirmed on Tuesday morning through a latter by the UPL CEO Bernard Bainamani Bampire.“The Secretariat has received a letter from FUFA indicating that Green Light Stadium has since met the minimum requirements to host Uganda Premier League games, read part of the letter.“Accordingly all Onduparaka FC home games will now be hosted at Green Light Stadium.”Onduparaka had initially received a directive by UPL not to use the venue as it did not meet the minimum standards required.As a consequence, they used the Luzira Prisons Stadium to host their opener against Police, one that did not take place as the Cops were away for Military games in Kenya.The move to return to Arua will be welcomed with open arms as the Green Light Stadium has in the past become a fortress for the Caterpillars.Since they were elevated to the top flight, Onduparaka have lost only three games at the stadium, evidence to how strong they are in Arua.Now that they have been given the green light to go back to Arua, they will host their second home game against Vipers SC on Match-Day 04 in the Green Light Stadium.Before then, they will take on Proline on Wednesday and Express later this week, away from home.Comments Tags: FUFAonduparaka fcStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetoplast_img read more

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Late season diseases showing up in expected places in 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest All of the rain during May, June, and July continues to impact the soybean crop in some areas of the state during 2015 in Ohio.  Surveys of our plots and some scouting in the lower canopy have turned up some surprises and some we expected.Sclerotinia stem rot – Over the next two weeks we will begin to see above canopy symptoms.  Stem lesions are now evident in some of our historic white mold fields below the canopy.  With Sclerotinia, white fluffy mycelium is evident on the stem, while leaves turn a gray-green and stay on the plant.  Photo: White mold on soybeansSudden death syndrome (SDS) –We received  several samples and calls last week on susceptible varieties.  The plants showed the classic yellow spots between the veins on the leaves which  will then turn brown. (Photo:Sudden Death Syndrome on soybeans ) Symptoms on leaves will continue to progress and eventually the leaflets will drop from the plants leaving the petioles attached.  The roots and particularly the tap root are rotted and discolored.  After a rain, the blue spores (conidia) can be observed on the tap root.  The fungus infects the plants shortly after planting and continues to colonize the plant slowly, the piths of infected plants are white and the discoloration in the leaves is due to a toxin that the fungus produces.We have the North Central Soybean Research program soybean variety trial in Northwest Ohio, and only the highly susceptible checks have symptoms of sudden death syndrome.  This is a very good sign that resistance is holding up under the high disease pressure this year.  In some of these fields, there is no record of the presence of Soybean cyst nematode.  I think that in the fields with low to no SCN, the SDS symptoms may be due to the flooding injury that occurred early on.   One of the fields with SDS symptoms  received 4” of rain in a 24 hour period and it was saturated for approximately 24 hours.  Realistically, this is a best guess for how this disease did develop in some of these fields, the thought of trying to run the experiment to prove this, is more than a bit daunting at the moment.Frogeye leaf spot – this leaf spot disease is present on more varieties than expected, but for some areas we are getting close to the R5 growth stage, where spraying will have little effect.  The R5 growth stage is when flowering has stopped, the plants will not produce too many more new leaves, and the seed begins to fill the pods.  The fungus that causes frogeye leaf spot can only infect new leaves, so fungicide applications during late R4 and beyond are no longer necessary.  At this point in time, we have only processed lesions from a few locations and based on the test for the most common mutation indicate that these few samples were sensitive to the strobilurin fungicides.  We will continue to monitor lesions as we receive them for the remainder of the season.  Thank you for your assistance with this. Photos: frogeye leaf spot, front of SB leaf       frogeye leaf spot, back of leaflast_img read more

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