Intralo and TurkCell’s Inteltek has lost out in a tender to run Turkey’s sports betting monopoly Iddaa, with the new ten-year contract awarded to a joint venture between Scientific Games and Turkish conglomerate Demirören Group.The SporToto State Organisation confirmed on February 28 that it had approved the bid from Sans Girisim, comprising Scientific Games and Demirören Group, which is active in the energy, media, retail and education sectors, to operate Iddaa. Sans Girisim’s contract begins later this year, and runs to 2029.Sans Girisim has won the right to provide a central betting system and a risk management solution for fixed-odds and pari-mutuel betting at retail locations throughout Turkey.SporToto announced last month after an initial tender process it would choose between the two bids, and has now plumped for the company that pledged to take the lowest commission. Sans Girisim offered to receive a 0.2% share of all sports wagering revenue, with Inteltek – a joint venture between Intralot and Turkish mobile phone operator Turkcell – offering 0.5%.After the confirmation of the award, Demirören chairman Yildirim Demirören quit his position as chairman of the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) to avoid a potential conflict of interest.In a statement on the TFF website, Demirören said: “I have made this decision regarding the job I have carried out with pride and honour until today, to not leave any space for dispute and to cast a shadow over my tenure before the Turkish and world public.”Despite the resignation, critics in Turkey have suggested Demirören’s domination of the media – it bought national newspaper Hürriyet and TV station Kanal D last year – and closeness to the Erdogan regime could have influenced SporToto’s decision.SporToto stated when it launched its Iddaa tender process in January that it aims to generate 17bn Lira (£2.4bn/€2.7bn/$3.1bn) in revenue from the offering’s first year in operation.Inteltek, established in 2001, has served as the exclusive provider of fixed-odds and pari-mutuel betting since 2004, and secured a new, 10-year contract in 2008. It then extended the deal by a year in August 2018.Over the past 11 years, SporToto has seen its share of the country’s sports betting market grow to 56%, with turnover rising to $3.5bn.SporToto is one of only two legal gambling operators in Turkey, alongside national lottery operator Millî Piyango İdaresi.Within hours of the news being announced, Intralot chief executive Antonios Kerastaris stepped down from his role. He has been replaced by the supplier’s founder Sokratis Kokkalis. Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Turkey 1st March 2019 | By contenteditor Intralot loses Turkish sports betting contract AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Intralo and TurkCell’s Inteltek has lost out in a tender to run Turkey’s sports betting monopoly, with the new ten-year contract awarded to a joint venture between Scientific Games and Turkish conglomerate Demirören Group. Sports betting
Mega African Capital Limited (MAC.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Mega African Capital Limited (MAC.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mega African Capital Limited (MAC.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mega African Capital Limited (MAC.gh) 2017 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileMega African Capital Limited (MAC) is an investment holding company with interests in the development, purchase, sale and rental of real estate and investment in equities and fixed income investments. The company targets high net-worth investments looking for opportunities to invest in Africa which will yield high returns. MAC is geared to provide medium- to long-term capital growth through investments in listed and unlisted companies in Africa. The company has investments in Ghana, Malawi and Tanzania. MAC is owned by OAK Partners, a private investment institution based in Accra, Ghana. Mega African Capital Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange
BK Group Plc (BOK.rw) listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about BK Group Plc (BOK.rw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the BK Group Plc (BOK.rw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: BK Group Plc (BOK.rw) 2017 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileBK Group Plc formerly (Bank of Kigali Limited) is Rwanda’s largest commercial bank by assets and licensed by the country’s banking regulator, National Bank of Rwanda. It offers a full spectrum of products and services for retail banking, corporate banking and central treasury. Bank of Kigali SA commenced operations in 1967; initially as a joint venture between the government of Rwanda and Belgolaise, with each owning 50% of the ordinary share capital. In 2007, the government of Rwanda acquired the Belgolaise shareholding which increased its direct and indirect shareholding in the Bank of Kigali to 100% of the entire Issued Shares. The Bank changed its name to Bank of Kigali Limited in 2011 under a new law relating to companies. Bank of Kigali Limited now has 79 branches located in the main towns and cities of Rwanda with its head office in the capital city, Kigali. BK Group Plc has a primary listing on the Rwanda Stock Exchange and a secondary listing on the Nairobi Securities Exchange
News about the Covid-19 crisis has taken a back seat in recent days to developments surrounding the US election. What’s abundantly clear though, is that the pandemic seems to be worsening in large parts of the globe. And this has significant implications for the much-hoped-for economic recovery as countries lock down again. The dangers for UK share investors aren’t over yet.The number of new daily Covid-19 infections in the US has just topped 100,000 for the first time. Fresh daily records are also being set across much of Europe and infection rates are still surging in other economically-critical parts of the world like India, Brazil and Russia. 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Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By Joel Wooten, Assistant Professor of Management Science, University of South Carolina, and first published on theconversation.com.In many industries, a decade is barely enough time to cause dramatic change unless something disruptive comes along – a new technology, business model or service design. The space industry has recently been enjoying all three.But 10 years ago, none of those innovations were guaranteed. In fact, on Sept. 28, 2008, an entire company watched and hoped as their flagship product attempted a final launch after three failures. With cash running low, this was the last shot. Over 21,000 kilograms of kerosene and liquid oxygen ignited and powered two booster stages off the launchpad.This first official picture of the Soviet satellite Sputnik I was issued in Moscow Oct. 9, 1957. The satellite measured 1 foot, 11 inches and weighed 184 pounds. The Space Age began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first man-made satellite, into orbit, on Oct. 4, 1957.AP Photo/TASSWhen that Falcon 1 rocket successfully reached orbit and the company secured a subsequent contract with NASA, SpaceX had survived its ‘startup dip’. That milestone – the first privately developed liquid-fueled rocket to reach orbit – ignited a new space industry that is changing our world, on this planet and beyond. What has happened in the intervening years, and what does it mean going forward?While scientists are busy developing new technologies that address the countless technical problems of space, there is another segment of researchers, including myself, studying the business angle and the operations issues facing this new industry. In a recent paper, my colleague Christopher Tangand I investigate the questions firms need to answer in order to create a sustainable space industry and make it possible for humans to establish extraterrestrial bases, mine asteroids and extend space travel – all while governments play an increasingly smaller role in funding space enterprises. We believe these business solutions may hold the less-glamorous key to unlocking the galaxy.The new global space industryWhen the Soviet Union launched their Sputnik program, putting a satellite in orbit in 1957, they kicked off a race to space fueled by international competition and Cold War fears. The Soviet Union and the United States played the primary roles, stringing together a series of “firsts” for the record books. The first chapter of the space race culminated with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s historic Apollo 11 moon landing which required massive public investment, on the order of US$25.4 billion, almost $200 billion in today’s dollars.Competition characterized this early portion of space history. Eventually, that evolved into collaboration, with the International Space Station being a stellar example, as governments worked toward shared goals. Now, we’ve entered a new phase – openness – with private, commercial companies leading the way.The industry for spacecraft and satellite launches is becoming more commercialized, due, in part, to shrinking government budgets. According to a report from the investment firm Space Angels, a record 120 venture capital firms invested over $3.9 billion in private space enterprises last year. The space industry is also becoming global, no longer dominated by the Cold War rivals, the United States and USSR.In 2018 to date, there have been 72 orbital launches, an average of two per week, from launch pads in China, Russia, India, Japan, French Guinea, New Zealand and the U.S.The uptick in orbital launches of actual rockets as well as spacecraft launches, which includes satellites and probes launched from space, coincides with this openness over the past decade.More governments, firms and even amateurs engage in various spacecraft launches than ever before. With more entities involved, innovation has flourished. As Roberson notes in Digital Trends, “Private, commercial spaceflight. Even lunar exploration, mining, and colonization – it’s suddenly all on the table, making the race for space today more vital than it has felt in years.”Worldwide launches into space. Orbital launches include manned and unmanned spaceships launched into orbital flight from Earth. Spacecraft launches include all vehicles such as spaceships, satellites and probes launched from Earth or space. Wooten, J. and C. Tang (2018) Operations in space, Decision Sciences; Space Launch Report (Kyle 2017); Spacecraft Encyclopedia (Lafleur 2017), CC BY-NDOne can see this vitality plainly in the news. On Sept. 21, Japan announced that two of its unmanned rovers, dubbed Minerva-II-1, had landed on a small, distant asteroid. For perspective, the scale of this landing is similar to hitting a 6-centimeter target from 20,000 kilometers away. And earlier this year, people around the world watched in awe as SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket successfully launched and – more impressively – returned its two boosters to a landing pad in a synchronized ballet of epic proportions.Challenges and opportunitiesAmidst the growth of capital, firms and knowledge, both researchers and practitioners must figure out how entities should manage their daily operations, organize their supply chain and develop sustainable operations in space. This is complicated by the hurdles space poses: distance, gravity, inhospitable environments and information scarcity.One of the greatest challenges involves actually getting the things people want in space, into space. Manufacturing everything on Earth and then launching it with rockets is expensive and restrictive. A company called Made In Space is taking a different approach by maintaining an additive manufacturing facility on the International Space Station and 3D printing right in space. Tools, spare parts and medical devices for the crew can all be created on demand. The benefits include more flexibility and better inventory management on the space station. In addition, certain products can be produced better in space than on Earth, such as pure optical fiber.How should companies determine the value of manufacturing in space? Where should capacity be built and how should it be scaled up? The figure below breaks up the origin and destination of goods between Earth and space and arranges products into quadrants. Humans have mastered the lower left quadrant, made on Earth – for use on Earth. Moving clockwise from there, each quadrant introduces new challenges, for which we have less and less expertise.A framework of Earth-space operations. Wooten, J. and C. Tang (2018) Operations in Space, Decision Sciences, CC BY-NDI first became interested in this particular problem as I listened to a panel of robotics experts discuss building a colony on Mars (in our third quadrant). You can’t build the structures on Earth and easily send them to Mars, so you must manufacture there. But putting human builders in that extreme environment is equally problematic. Essentially, an entirely new mode of production using robots and automation in an advance envoy may be required.Resources in spaceYou might wonder where one gets the materials for manufacturing in space, but there is actually an abundance of resources: Metals for manufacturing can be found within asteroids, water for rocket fuel is frozen as ice on planets and moons, and rare elements like helium-3 for energy are embedded in the crust of the moon. If we brought that particular isotope back to Earth, we could eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels.As demonstrated by the recent Minerva-II-1 asteroid landing, people are acquiring the technical know-how to locate and navigate to these materials. But extraction and transport are open questions.How do these cases change the economics in the space industry? Already, companies like Planetary Resources, Moon Express, Deep Space Industries, and Asterank are organizing to address these opportunities. And scholars are beginning to outline how to navigate questions of property rights, exploitation and partnerships.Threats from space junkA computer-generated image of objects in Earth orbit that are currently being tracked. Approximately 95 percent of the objects in this illustration are orbital debris – not functional satellites. The dots represent the current location of each item. The orbital debris dots are scaled according to the image size of the graphic to optimize their visibility and are not scaled to Earth. NASAThe movie “Gravity” opens with a Russian satellite exploding, which sets off a chain reaction of destruction thanks to debris hitting a space shuttle, the Hubble telescope, and part of the International Space Station. The sequence, while not perfectly plausible as written, is a very real phenomenon. In fact, in 2013, a Russian satellite disintegrated when it was hit with fragments from a Chinese satellite that exploded in 2007. Known as the Kessler effect, the danger from the 500,000-plus pieces of space debris has already gotten some attention in public policy circles. How should one prevent, reduce or mitigate this risk? Quantifying the environmental impact of the space industry and addressing sustainable operations is still to come.NASA scientist Mark Matney is seen through a fist-sized hole in a 3-inch thick piece of aluminum at Johnson Space Center’s orbital debris program lab. The hole was created by a thumb-size piece of material hitting the metal at very high speed simulating possible damage from space junk. AP Photo/Pat SullivanWhat’s next?It’s true that space is becoming just another place to do business. There are companies that will handle the logistics of getting your destined-for-space module on board a rocket; there are companies that will fly those rockets to the International Space Station; and there are others that can make a replacement part once there.What comes next? In one sense, it’s anybody’s guess, but all signs point to this new industry forging ahead. A new breakthrough could alter the speed, but the course seems set: exploring farther away from home, whether that’s the moon, asteroids or Mars. It’s hard to believe that 10 years ago, SpaceX launches were yet to be successful. Today, a vibrant private sector consists of scores of companies working on everything from commercial spacecraft and rocket propulsion to space mining and food production. The next step is working to solidify the business practices and mature the industry.Standing in a large hall at the University of Pittsburgh as part of the White House Frontiers Conference, I see the future. Wrapped around my head are state-of-the-art virtual reality goggles. I’m looking at the surface of Mars. Every detail is immediate and crisp. This is not just a video game or an aimless exercise. The scientific community has poured resources into such efforts because exploration is preceded by information. And who knows, maybe 10 years from now, someone will be standing on the actual surface of Mars. TAGSSpace Traveltheconversation.com Previous articleKeep the vaccine between you and the flu this seasonNext articleDr. Pepper Snapple Group and Keep America Beautiful Bring Recycling to Orange County Parks Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! 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Apartments Save this picture!© Andreas Larsson+ 5 Share Architects: Landon Bone Baker Architects Area Area of this architecture project Photographs: Andreas LarssonText description provided by the architects. Rosa Parks Apartments consists of the development of 94 affordable rental apartments in 8 buildings scattered across 21 city lots in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. In order to achieve an economy of scale and affordability, the buildings vary from 6 to 27 units and are all a variation on a theme of the same modular facade. Only 2 types of windows are used throughout the development, and scattered 1 and 2-story colored bays project from the front and rear of the buildings—adding definition to their facades.Save this picture!© Andreas LarssonAll of the buildings are built of 8” thick precast concrete walls with engineering wood trusses at floors and roof. Thin brick is cast into the precast at the street facades. At the sides and rear of the buildings the precast was formed with a brick pattern liner and painted. 6 of the 8 buildings are 3 stories tall, and the remaining 2 are 4-story elevator buildings. 20% of the apartments provided are fully accessible or adaptable. All the buildings in this development have gone through the City of Chicago Green Permit process. The largest building (27 Units) is LEED Gold Certified.Save this picture!© Andreas LarssonProject gallerySee allShow lessSt. Petersburg Pier Design Competition Announces Semi-finalistsArticlesTallinn Architecture Biennale: September 8-11, 2011ArticlesProject locationAddress:Chicago, IL, USALocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share “COPY” Rosa Parks Apartments / Landon Bone Baker ArchitectsSave this projectSaveRosa Parks Apartments / Landon Bone Baker Architects United States CopyApartments•Chicago, United States “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/156529/rosa-parks-apartments-landon-bone-baker-architects Clipboard ArchDaily Rosa Parks Apartments / Landon Bone Baker Architects Area: 130350 m² Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/156529/rosa-parks-apartments-landon-bone-baker-architects Clipboard Projects CopyAbout this officeLandon Bone Baker ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsDabasChicagoHousing3D ModelingUnited StatesPublished on August 05, 2011Cite: “Rosa Parks Apartments / Landon Bone Baker Architects” 05 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
17 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Richard Bernstein said: “I hope other listed companies will be able to follow suit and issue some of their shares to Sense.”Indeed, according to Eurovestech, if all the top 100 FTSE companies gave just one tenth of 1% of their shares, £1.3 billion “could be effortlessly raised” to help charities. Howard Lake | 2 August 2006 | News A donation of £15,000 worth of shares to deafblind charity Sense by Eurovestech, an investment company listed on the London Stock Exchange, has taken its total donations to charity past the £1 million mark.Eurovestech has a policy of making charitable donations by creating and gifting new shares. The scheme was created by Chief Executive Richard Bernstein in 2001 and has since helped over 50 charities.Part of the scheme is to encourage other companies to donate shares, which can be a straightforward, three-part process. First, companies need to hold a board meeting to vote to issue the shares. Secondly, if a public company, they are obligated to announce this to the stock exchange; and finally, they fill in a form. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Eurovestech’s share donations reach £1 million
Thousands of prisoners across Pennsylvania have been confined to their cells since Aug. 29. That’s when the state’s Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel declared an indefinite lockdown of all facilities under his jurisdiction.The lockdown, which began just days into the National Prison Strike (Aug. 21 to Sept. 9) is the most blatant in a series of repressive tactics that the state has resorted to in response to the strike. It was timed to preempt some major strike actions planned by prisoners.Attacks on right to legal counselOne week into the lockdown, Wetzel appeared alongside Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, who announced a sweeping series of new policies that constitute an unprecedented crackdown on the rights of prisoners. Among the many petty and punitive policies, like banning prisoners from taking photos with their visitors, there are also new measures that will systematically deny prisoners their right to privacy with legal counsel.All correspondence sent to prisoners is now to be transported to a third-party facility in Florida, where it will be opened and photocopied before copies are sent to the respective prisons to be delivered to the intended recipients. Since prison officials are at least in theory not allowed to open any mail containing legal correspondence, except in the presence of its recipient, a farcical new method has been introduced to get around this protection.A prisoner in one state facility described how this is done: The mail is put into a laboratory glovebox meant for handling hazardous material where it is opened. The envelope and contents are then passed to another corrections officer wearing neoprene gloves, who photocopies them. The copies are then given to the prisoner, while the originals are kept in possession of the prison authorities for 15 days. After that, the authorities say they will be destroyed.In both theory and practice, this arrangement shatters any remaining rights that prisoners have to private communications with counsel. Prison officials and corrections officers will now know ahead of time whenever a prisoner is planning to meet or correspond with lawyers, as well as the legal strategies they plan to use to win their case. “And since the prisons are a wing of the District Attorney’s office, this constitutes an egregious violation of our rights,” says Bryant Arroyo, a jailhouse lawyer and environmentalist at SCI Frackville with a history of successfully challenging DOC abuses.Health crisis: phony and realThe DOC claims that a number of prison staff have fallen ill in recent weeks, mostly in the western region of the state. The first such accounts began as early as Aug. 6, but skepticism has met the few details that have been disclosed. No clear pattern of illness has emerged. In one incident, an officer was administered Narcan, used to treat emergency overdoses, but it is not clear under what circumstances.Another case that allegedly contributed to the lockdown involved a guard escorting a prisoner who, he claimed, “appeared” to be under the influence of a drug. Later, that guard developed “bumps around his forehead” and went to the hospital for a few short hours before being discharged. The DOC is using these minor incidents to suggest that a widespread and sudden health crisis among staff is the reason for the unprecedented statewide lockdown.Actually, there is a widespread health crisis in prisons across the country, which is one of the factors that incited the national strike. Toxic water, unsafe temperature levels and denial of medical care are all extremely dangerous conditions that are caused by DOC policies, not ameliorated by them.WW newspaper banned, prisoners harassedThis lockdown is just the latest in a series of new instances of repression that prisoners have reported in recent months. Workers World newspaper itself has been notified that three recent issues have been banned from distribution in Pennsylvania facilities, where over 300 inmates are subscribers and perhaps thousands are readers. The reason given for this censorship — the third such incident of Workers World being banned in Pennsylvania prisons this year — was its reporting on the National Prison Strike.For weeks running up to the first day of the strike, the ion scanner that supposedly tests for toxic or illegal substances began issuing dozens of false positives at SCI Frackville. Guards turned away upwards of 20 visitors per day, which only inflamed tensions between inmates and officers. Since the lockdown, inmates at Frackville report they’re being served inedible food (rotten bananas, for instance, and cold, watery rice with broccoli and cauliflower mashed into it) and experience delays in the delivery of commissary food — which they have to pay for.This summer also brought the long- awaited closure of the notorious SCI Graterford, site of one of the worst toxic water conditions in the state. Inmates were moved to a new $400 million facility called SCI Phoenix, only to be met by guards who had destroyed their property, smearing their clothes with food and dirt and shredding their mail and legal paperwork while it was in transport. Multiple prisoners reported their property had been vandalized with scrawled racial slurs and drawings of swastikas. At least one inmate was hospitalized because of inconsistent access to his needed medication.Among those moved to SCI Phoenix was Michael Africa Sr., one of nine members of the MOVE Organization who was arrested in 1978 and falsely convicted of shooting a Philly cop. He is one of several remaining MOVE 9 members who are finally up for parole in the coming months. The lockdown not only coincides with Michael Africa’s next parole hearing, which is just weeks away, but also preempted a major strike action. Prisoners had intended to launch a boycott of telephone and commissary purchases on Sept. 2.Since the Aug. 29 lockdown, prisoners have been protesting by chanting and banging on their doors in unison for hours on end. Some cell blocks have now also started refusing food. That same tactic was deployed by prisoners held in the Pennsylvania Industrial Correctional Center, who launched a hunger strike earlier this summer to protest a lockdown.When Wetzel and Wolf announced their sweeping new policy changes, no announcement was made in Spanish or any other language, despite the state’s sizable non-English speaking prison population, according to Bryant Arroyo, who is bilingual.Repression continues under DemocratsGovernor Wolf is one of several Democrats who assumed office with a supposedly “progressive” agenda — and have since entered into high-profile partnerships with reactionary white supremacists. Wolf came into power alongside Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who was so eager to remove protest encampments springing up around the city that he empowered the police to beat demonstrators and destroy their property. He even brought out bulldozers to dig up the earth all around City Hall the same morning that the encampments were removed.The new prison policy regarding legal mail is a huge boon for chief prosecutor Larry Krasner, whose district attorney office has entered into an obvious pact with the Fraternal Order of Police to keep Mumia Abu-Jamal in prison until the conditions there kill him. Lawyers for Mumia, who is held at SCI Mahanoy, are in an ongoing struggle with the DA’s office over the release of files that would prove prosecutorial and judicial misconduct in Mumia’s case. Krasner’s office has either destroyed the documents or is withholding them from the court. That should demonstrate just how dangerous it is that all legal mail for prisoners across the state will now basically be up for inspection by prosecutors and prison officials.Workers World will continue to protest on behalf of the prisoners whose right to read this publication is being unlawfully denied. Additionally, the Abolitionist Law Center asks that any reports of abuse or violations of rights related to the lockdown be reported to [email protected] thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
SHARE Expect More Innovation in 2012 Soy and Corn Contests Facebook Twitter The race is on for Purdue University teams to complete their projects in hopes of picking up some of that soybean and corn checkoff prize money. Another year of Student Soybean and Corn Product Innovation Competitions is nearing the home stretch. Ryan West, Director of New Uses at Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council says there has been a strong turnout again this year and the products they are creating are quite varied.“Some of the innovations that students are working on range from things that really interact with their daily life and their daily needs such as a cell phone, iPod, mp3 player type waterproofing system that could be a do it at home kind of a deal.”Another idea involves computer circuitry that can be printed on a flexible backer.“Personally I didn’t understand what that meant,” West said, “but the student team was thinking it could be imbedded in clothing, even, to have circuitry in clothing, or to make cameras or technical devices even smaller because you can roll that circuitry up and place it in a corner.”Winners will be announced at the awards banquet on March 28, 2012, and first place prize money for both the soybean and corn categories is $20,000. The runner-up teams receive $10,000.In 1994, the Indiana Soybean Alliance funded the first competition at Purdue University encouraging students to create innovative products using soybeans. The winner that year was the Soy crayons creation.The Indiana Corn Marketing Council first sponsored its companion competition in 2009.West looks at the contests as a three-legged stool. One leg is the need to truly find new uses for soybeans and corn. The contest is also one of the best ways to show farmers and others what checkoff dollars can accomplish. The third leg is the student development the contest promotes.As West says, “You have to have all three of those legs, and when you do the stool works really well.”[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/02/moreinnovationsin2012.mp3|titles=Innovations for 2012 corn and soy contests]Hear more in the full HAT interview with Ryan West:[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/02/RyanWest2012Preview.mp3|titles=Ryan West on 2012 competition]Audio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/hoosieragtoday/p/www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/02/moreinnovationsin2012.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS Home CROPS Expect More Innovation in 2012 Soy and Corn Contests Facebook Twitter SHARE By Andy Eubank – Feb 13, 2012 Previous articleEnvironmental Groups Withdraw on Eve of U.S. Court of Appeals Hearing on RFSNext articleFarm Bill Hearing Held Andy Eubank