Philly construction trades seek to recruit more women

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Lisa Ashton Mattioli has a tough job. As diversity and community manager for Intech Construction in Philadelphia, she is responsible for making sure the construction crews on Intech’s projects employ women, as well as other underrepresented groups of workers.

It’s a must. Clients — the universities, hospitals, and corporations, adding dormitories, research wings and office buildings — want their contractors to employ a diverse workforce. Many also have agreed to equity goals as part of their building projects.

The problem is, there aren’t enough diverse workers to meet the demand, and there are very few in the apprentice pipeline. Nationally,

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Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies surge on Amazon payments rumours

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A recruitment ad by Amazon has stoked speculation the company may have a favourable view of cryptocurrencies. Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Bitcoin (BTC-USD) and other cryptocurrencies surged higher on Monday morning, amid speculation that e-commerce giant Amazon (AMZN) could soon accept tokens as payment.

Bitcoin was up 12% to $38,723 (£28,169) at just after 8am on Monday morning in London. It marked the cryptocurrency’s highest price in over a month.

The rally was linked to well founded speculation that Amazon could be poised to enter the cryptocurrency area.

Bitcoin surged on Monday morning after reports suggested Amazon was close to accepting the token as payment. Photo: Yahoo Finance UK

Bitcoin surged on Monday morning after

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Pineapple Bags R80 Million Investment To Upend Car Insurance Sector

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Pineapple announced today that it has closed Series A round at R80 million to upend the car insurance industry. The investors in the new funding include Lireas Holdings, the ASISA ESD Fund, E4E, Vunani Capital and the Old Mutual Enterprise & Supplier Development Fund.

Pineapple is an InsurTech startup that has captured the hearts and minds of many South Africans. After launching in 2018, the company has won many awards locally and internationally, including MTN Consumer App of the Year, Stanford startup award, and was the first Insurtech accepted into Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Programme.

Pineapple launched into the

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LendKey Appoints Joe Proto to its Board of Directors | Business

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LendKey, the fintech company on a mission to make lending simpler, announced today the appointment of Joe Proto, EVP Senior Advisor at Mastercard, to its Board of Directors. Proto currently serves on LendKey’s advisory board and is Chairman for Dade Systems, a leading fintech provider of integrated accounts receivables solutions.

A leading entrepreneur and financial technology executive, Proto brings over four decades of experience honed through the launch of several multi-million dollar tech companies. As chairman and CEO of Transactis, Proto facilitated the successful acquisition of the company by Mastercard in 2019. Prior to that,

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Shehu Sani: Security chiefs building personal business with arms funds

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Senator Shehu Sani: calls for the rescue of the remaining Greenfield students.

Senator Shehu Sani

By Taiwo Okanlawon

Senator Shehu Sani has accused security chiefs of funnelling funds meant for prosecuting the war against terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements, into building their personal business empires.

The former lawmaker lamented the lingering security challenges in the country, saying citizens were being massacred daily because security agents and government of the day had become hopeless and helpless.

Sani stated these on Sunday when he featured in AIT ‘Talk Show’ programme.

According to him, the level of killing was too high for government to talk about providing infrastructure rather than looking for ways to

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Interesting times for construction contractors

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The other option for contractors today is to sit on the sidelines and wait until the market opens up with more profitable work and less bidders. Some contractors may have the benefit of doing this without having to make an “investment” in one of their customer’s jobs if they profitably ran their business throughout the pandemic, received adequate PPP funds, and do not have a significant amount of debt. Waiting patiently could lead to positive results in the future as major cities and metropolitan areas return to a new “normal” in a post-Covid world. Factors that could affect the industry

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