Live updates: 49ers stay undefeated, shutting out Washington in rainstorm

first_imgFollow along Sunday at 10 a.m. for in-game insights and analysis when the 5-0 49ers travel to Washington to face a 1-5 squad. GAME ESSENTIALS: 49ers (5-0) vs. Washington (1-5) at FedEx Field on Sunday at 10 a.m. (PT)TV: Fox-TV (Ch. 2), Chris Myers (play-by-play), Daryl Johnston (analyst), Laura Okmin (reporter).ODDS: 49ers -10 (opened at 49ers -8.5). OVER/UNDER: 40.5 (opened at 43). SERIES: 49ers lead 20-11-1. LAST MEETING: Washington won 26-24 in Washington on Oct. 15, …last_img

Get in the Ring: Innovative start-up funding comes to South Africa

first_imgWant to change the world with your business idea? Get in the Ring, a global platform allowing start-ups to pitch, expand their network and secure funding, is now open to pioneering new businesses in South Africa.Get in the Ring is about learning to explain business ideas and requirements very quickly. Through the process, participants actually get to pitch to funders. (Image: Bizmag)Are you are an entrepreneur with an innovative start-up that needs funding? Get in the Ring could be the initiative for you.An exciting global platform allowing start-ups to pitch, expand their network and secure funding, Get in the Ring is now open to pioneering new businesses in South Africa.Any start-up that is eight years old or less can enter. Innovative businesses with a great potential for growth tend to do the best.“Start-ups are changing the world,” says Jochem Cuppen, global director of Get in the Ring. “They develop innovations at a high speed, defy large companies and find solutions for world challenges. We love them.“Being part of a start-up is not easy, though. It means a rollercoaster ride with low chances of success, but high returns when succeeding.”In only three years Get in the Ring has grown from a local event in the Netherlands to a global competition in 64 countries, connecting more than 3 000 start-ups to thousands of funders, and millions of fans.“Start-ups need resources such as capital, talent and expertise to survive in today’s turbulent environment,” says Cuppen.“Globally, these resources are available in abundance, but often don’t connect. Sometimes because of timing, or because they are not offered in the right place. Sometimes because they are not well presented, or already taken by others.“However, they are there, and it is exactly this missing link between talented entrepreneurs and opportunities that drives what we do. We took the challenge to make a change. Will you?”Get in the Ring is about learning to explain business ideas and requirements very quickly. Through the process, participants actually get to pitch to funders.GET IN THE RING COMES TO SOUTH AFRICAThe licence to run Get in the Ring in South Africa, all the way through to the International Final in 2017, has recently been awarded to the Real Entrepreneur Institute.This will include the finals for both the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons of Get in the Ring – the city finals, the national finals, and the regional finals for Central, East and Southern Africa.The 2015/16 season culminates in the international final, to be held in Medellin, Colombia from 14 to 17 March 2016.HOW YOU CAN GET IN THE RINGTo take part, entrepreneurs simply have to fill in an online application form. The team then vets the applications and selects a few hundred participants to compete.Get in the Ring is looking for talented people to help make the 2016/17 season a success:Judges for the six city finals, national final and regional final. Judges should mostly be investors or representatives of funding organisations. Other judges may be well-known entrepreneurs and people in the entrepreneurial development fields.Trainers to teach participants how to pitch, known as “pitch training”. Get in the Ring are looking for people capable of training at all levels of the competition.Funders: All the way through the competition participants get to pitch one-on-one with funders, in a coordinated process. The funders then score the participants on predetermined criteria. These scores help determine the final six to battle it out in the ring.Get in the Ring are looking for venture capitalists, angel funders and representatives from larger funding organisations to participate. Funders may offer participants funding if they see the potential in the business, but this does not influence the results.last_img read more

Will Solar Panel Mounts Cause Roof Leaks?

first_imgOur latest Question of the Week comes from a homeowner in New Jersey. Monica is uncertain of the best way to insulate the roof of a new second-story addition on her Cape Cod home. She wonders whether it’s wise to insulate directly under the roof sheathing — especially since the mounting system for her photovoltaic array requires 54 holes to be drilled in her asphalt shingle roof. Monica wrote, “Is spraying the roof deck with foam going to increase the possibility of a major problem down the road if a leak should develop? There will be 54 holes drilled for the solar mounting system, and even though the installer assures me they won’t leak….well….of course they will say that!” Can Monica’s roof be safely insulated when it has so many penetrations?(polling)Robert Riversong pointed out that it makes sense to bring her attic inside the home’s thermal envelope — especially since she has a furnace in the attic.Martin Holladay pointed out that there are mounting systems available for standing-seam metal roofs that don’t require roof penetrations.John Brooks reminded Monica that it will be expensive to dismantle the solar array when her shingles wear out.What do you think?To read Monica’s question and all of the responses it generated, see “Insulation options are of concern with solar panels.”last_img read more

BJP scores ‘cent percent’ in Jamner municipal poll

first_imgIn a resounding victory, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday snared all 24 seats in the Jamner municipal poll in Jalgaon district, with Sadhana Mahajan, the wife of senior BJP leader and Maharashtra Minister Girish Mahajan, being elected to the presidential post.The result is expected to strengthen Mr. Mahajan’s bastion in Jalgaon district. The win was especially crucial for the Water Resources Minister as Jamner happens to be his Assembly constituency.Ms. Mahajan, who was the BJP’s nominee in this ‘battle for prestige’, easily trounced the Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) candidate Anjali Pawar by more than 8,000 votes to be elected as president of the Jamner Municipal Council.She polled 17,893 votes, coasting to victory by defeating Ms. Pawar, who garnered 9,540 votes. Large numbers of jubilant BJP workers staged a victory rally across Jalgaon district soon after the results.“The people of Jamner have delivered an emphatic verdict by voting for the BJP’s development works. They have rendered the politics of caste practiced by the NCP and the Congress completely ineffectual,” said an ecstatic Mr. Mahajan, who joined the victory procession following the results.In the 2013 election to the Jamner Council, the Congress-NCP alliance was in the ascendant, winning 14 seats with the coalition’s candidate Paras Lalwani serving as president for the first two-and-a-half years.A strange turn in political fortunes led to Ms. Sadhana Mahajan serving as president of the Jamner council in 2015.According to election observers, Ms. Mahajan’s victory this time was a fait accompli as Mr. Mahajan had thrown his full weight in the poll arena, even going so far as to canvass in Jalgaon on his wife’s behalf a fortnight before the polling on April 6. The win also enables Mr. Mahajan, viewed as a close aide to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, to score political brownie points over his party rival, former Minister Eknath Khadse, who is another Jalgaon strongman from the Muktainagar constituency.last_img read more

Congress, NCP decide to contest equal number of seats

first_imgFormer chief minister and senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday said his party and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have finalised to contest 123 to 125 Assembly seats each and leave the rest of the 288 open for discussion or share them with smaller allies. “As per the discussions till now, Congress is going to contest somewhere between 123 and 125 seats, while an equal number of seats will be contested by the NCP. Discussions on around 40 seats is yet to take place,” Mr. Chavan said at a press conference. While in 2014, the two parties contested independently, prior to that, the Congress would have a larger share. However, given that the NCP won four seats in the Lok Sabha polls and the Congress only one, the allies seem to have agreed on contesting an equal number of seats. When asked about other allies, Mr. Chavan said the Congress is in talks with the Samajwadi Party and the Raju Shetti-led Swabhimani Paksha. “We want to join hands with Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi. But they are not willing to form an alliance with the NCP … We can give them a few seats from our share, but they have to accept NCP as well,” Mr. Chavan said. He ruled out any talk of alliance with the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen. When asked whether the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena will be part of the alliance, Mr. Chavan said local level talks could be under way. “But we have not yet decided,” he said.On Wednesday, NCP chief Sharad Pawar met Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi. According to sources, the meeting was to finalise the seat-sharing formula. Earlier, Mr. Chavan said the State government was not doing enough to bring foreign direct investment (FDI) into the State, and dared Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to provide district-wise figures of FDI inflow since 2014.Speaking about the Centre’s ambitious plans to get the country’s economy to the $5 trillion mark by 2025, Mr. Chavan said knowing the size of an economy was not enough to gauge its health. “You need to know the GDP growth rate and the current per capita income. I challenge the Centre and Maharashtra government to provide the correct figures. Our economy is in a shambles due to the policies of the Narendra Modi government. It has been misleading the youth and farmers,” Mr. Chavan said.last_img read more