California voters approve Prop 12

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Election Day California voters approved Proposition 12, an initiative that, starting in 2020, bans the sale of pork and veal from animals raised anywhere in the country in housing the state banned through a 2008 ballot initiative. (In 2010, the California Legislature banned the sale of eggs from hens housed in so-called battery cages regardless of where they are raised.)Prop. 12 also requires egg-laying hens in the state to be cage free. National Pork Producers Council, which strongly opposed it, maintains that the initiative violates the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause and that it will be costly for farmers and consumers. The organization is supporting federal legislation that would prohibit states from regulating agricultural production practices outside their borders and is backing lawsuits — now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court — filed by attorneys general from nearly two dozen states against California’s egg sales ban and a 2016 Massachusetts ballot measure that banned the sale of eggs, pork and veal from animals raised in housing prohibited by the same measure.last_img read more

Incubating Women Entrepreneurs

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters A story last week in the San Jose Mercury News highlights, as the title suggests, “the dearth of women in tech.” The article begins with a description of InDinero founder and Y Combinator alum Jessica Mah: “I just wasn’t sure if Jessica Mah was for real,” writes Scott Duke Harris, admitting that he probably wouldn’t have had this impression if Jessica were Jesse. He admits it’s a sort of “gender profiling” – the expectation that girls can’t (or are less apt, perhaps) to found tech companies. The article points to the small number of women who’ve participated in Y Combinator’s program over the years – only 14 out of 450 have been women. “It’s tempting to think the Y in Y Combinator has something to do with the Y chromosome,” writes Harris. Debates about a chromosomal aptitude for math and logic aside, there are undoubtedly many cultural pressures and expectations that seem to steer girls and women away from pursuing technology careers. The Case for an XX CombinatorAnd the obstacles that stand in the way of women entrepreneurs, particularly those that don’t seem to fit into the Y Combinator model, prompted Tereza Nemessanyi to ask, first in comments on Fred Wilson‘s blog then in a longer post on her own, as to whether there was a need for an XX Combinator.“To start,” she writes, “Y Combinator is seeking founders who code. And in today’s tech innovation model, the founders have to. Problem is, very, very few women in the U.S. can code.” Furthermore, “Y Combinator participants are for the most part very young — in their early 20’s. This is not when women would be most inclined. Women who start businesses like to know what they’re doing, and be trained and experienced in it. That takes up our 20’s. We have kids in our 30’s. Our entrepreneurial sweet spot is around age 40.” Prestigious incubator programs like Y Combinator also demand participants relocate, something that isn’t always possible for founders (men or women) with families. While Y Combinator and other programs have been enormously successful in supporting innovative tech startups, it’s not a model that “works” for everyone.Women 2.0 Labs Recognizing the importance of incubator and accelerator programs that support women entrepreneurs, Women 2.0 Labs is a pre-incubator for men and women. The mission of Women 2.0 “is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups, by enabling entrepreneurs with a network, resources and knowledge to take your startup from an idea to launch.”Women 2.0 Labs is a five-week program – “five engineers, five more engineers, five designers, five business mavens, five teams, five weeks, five days a week, five product releases, five minimal viable products released.” The teams are formed organically at the start of the program, and by its end are hopefully in the position to apply to an incubator program or be ready to launch. The program takes place in the evenings and on weekends, so that participants can keep their “day jobs.” Visiting advisors have included Steve Blank, Eric Ries, Dave McClure, Ann Muira-Koo, Mari Baker, and Theresia Gouw-Ranzetta.A key benefit from the program is the establishment of “founder history” created in the teams as they work together intensely over the course of the program. Women 2.0 Labs also provides participants a first taste of truly creating something from an idea to a basic prototype. As Labs participant Rebecca Woodcock says of her involvement, “The idea has been formulating for a while, but my lack of technical expertise has stifled me from pursuing product development.” The Labs program has helped her form a team to bring her idea to fruition. Women 2.0 CEO Shaherose Charania says she sees the program as a “way to jump into the deep end of being a founder while still wearing a lifejacket (keeping your job). By the end of the program I expect individuals and teams to be able to rip off the life jacket and keep swimming into the deep end (quitting their job to work on the startup they started in the program).”While Women 2.0 Labs does provide great mentorship and skill-building opportunities for women entrepreneurs, it doesn’t address all of the issues raised by Tereza Nemessanyi. It requires relocation to the Bay Area, for example. But the questions raised by her call for an XX Combinator, alongside the work of Women 2.0, Astia and other programs, point to some of the efforts to help support more women entrepreneurs. As a recent Kauffman Foundation study found, providing support and mentorship is one of the keys to increasing the number of women entrepreneurs. Tags:#Analysis#start center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


first_img cardiffDARYL ‘SUPERCHIN’ GURNEYFOUR STAR PIZZAMICHAEL SMITHMOTORPOINT CENTREPDC‘SUPERCHIN’ SEEKING A SLICE OF SUCCESS WITH FOUR STAR PIZZA DEAL ShareTweet It’s ‘magic darts’ for leading pizza company Four Star Pizza who have announced a new sponsorship deal with Derry darts pro and world number five Daryl ‘Superchin’ Gurney. Daryl will take to the stage wearing his Four Star Pizza sponsored playing shirt at tomorrow night’s round of the 2018 Unibet Premier League Darts season at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff to ‘Bully Boy’ Michael Smith.THE North of Ireland’s world number five ranked professional darts player Daryl ‘Superchin’ Gurney is hoping to grab a slice of success in his debut Unibet Premier League Darts season after hitting the bullseye with leading pizza chain Four Star Pizza.The sponsorship announcement comes as the 31-year-old arrowsmith from Derry prepares to take on “Bully Boy” Michael Smith at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff tomorrownight (Thursday), following an opening night draw with Raymond van Barneveld in Dublin last week.Gurney has made huge strides in the darts world since joining the PDC (Professional Darts Corporation) in 2013, culminating in a magnificent 2017 World Grand Prix victory against Simon ‘The Wizard’ Whitlock in Dublin to win his first televised ranking final. “We would like to wish Daryl the best of luck ahead of tomorrow’s match at the Motorpoint arena and we’re sure that lots of his fans across the province will be sitting down with a Four Star Pizza to cheer him on during his live television match against Michael Smith.“We’ll be supporting Daryl right through the season with some special ‘Superchin’ promotions, as well as opportunities for fans to interact and have some fun on our Facebook page, with prizes and free pizzas to be won during his televised matches.  I suppose you could say it’s a darts match made in heaven!”Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s match, Daryl said:  “It’s great to team up with Four Star Pizza as I believe we share the same fanbase! I’m really looking forward to working together over 2018.“Hopefully it will give me a push to make 2018 even better than 2017. The aim is to win more TV titles!”Darts fans can tune in live to watch Daryl take on Michael Smith in his new Four Star Pizza sponsored shirt tomorrow night from 7:00PM on Sky Sports Action.Four Star Pizza is a wholly owned Irish company that operates a total of 49 stores across the island of Ireland, including 12 in Northern Ireland.Established in 1988, FSP opened its first Northern Ireland franchise on Belfast’s Beersbridge Road in 1999 and other locations now include Derry, Drumahoe, Coleraine, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Newry, Armagh and Newtownabbey.For further information on Four Star Pizza, visit‘SUPERCHIN’ SEEKING A SLICE OF SUCCESS WITH FOUR STAR PIZZA DEAL was last modified: February 7th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Four Star Pizza (FSP) operates 12 stores the across the North of Ireland and last year announced plans to increase that number to 30 by 2019.FSP Director Brian Clarke welcomed Daryl to the pizza company’s team.“We’re delighted to announce our partnership with Daryl and are looking forward to supporting another successful darts season for him in 2018,” said Mr Clarke.“We know that thousands of our customers in Northern Ireland support Daryl in every match so this partnership was a natural fit for us.last_img read more