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The impending election is creating a debate about University funding. Labour are suggesting that they may reduce student fees from typically £9k per student per annum to £6k, replacing the loss in income with a £2bn old-style grant. The concern here is that so far there are no published plans as to how this £10bn will be found.It has also been reported that a Labour government may re-introduce a cap on the number of students that a university can recruit. This double whammy of a cut to student fees and a cut in student numbers will mean less revenue for universities, which on average currently run an overall surplus of 2-3% a year. This surplus is critically funding many capital projects within the sector.The uncertainty that this debate will create for universities is likely to have an impact on capital investment. This in turn could hit construction industry revenues, reduce jobs and lessen the ability of universities to be competitive in the global market for students.The uncertainty that this debate will create for universities is likely to have an impact on capital investment. This in turn could hit construction industry revenues, reduce jobs and lessen the ability of universities to be competitive in the global market for students.University capital expenditure has increased over the years that student fees have been in place and stood at £2.75bn in 2013. About two-thirds of this is financed in-year by the surplus that Universities make on their revenue. On average, universities only have to borrow 15% of their capital funding requirement, the rest being made up of land sales and grants from public and private sources. The proportion that is financed by student fee surpluses has increased over the last two years. Projects in the pipeline now will drive further growth, if they are taken forward.At present universities are able to drive their own business plans, balancing their own judgements on their recruitment and student fee income against capital investment needs.This means that investment decisions are made more on the basis of a medium- to long-term business plan than they have previously been. Universities are in control of their destiny. Our experience is that this is leading to the implementation of carefully chosen projects which are designed to focus on what a particular university does best, and to boost applications by improving the student experience. These investments are essential to maintain position in what is a global market for both international and home-grown students.Uncertainty over university funding could lead to a reduction of between £0.5bn and £1bn in university capital spending a year. University control over their investment decisions will be reduced and they will worry that government control over ‘top-up’ grants could mean that these will be changed on a year to year basis, removing the opportunity for institutions to take a longer term view on the development of their estate and opportunities therein to drive coordinated lower carbon and more energy efficient strategies.It has been estimated that University capital spending in the leading Russell Group institutions has a 5x multiplier effect for the economy. Hence this investment reduction could take up to £5bn out of the economy and would remove 25,000 construction-related jobs annually. It will also reduce the competitiveness of UK universities, damaging an export industry worth over £10bn a year, which is critical to the success of the UK economy.Marcus Fagent is a partner and head of education at EC Harris
Related Topics Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. Matt Medley ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday morning that roughly 20 teams have inquired about trading for Kyrie Irving.So far, these are among the teams who’ve made offers to the Cavaliers for Irving, league sources tell ESPN: The San Antonio Spurs, LA Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks and Miami Heat. There were approximately 20 teams that inquired with Cleveland upon the news of Irving’s trade request, league sources said, but far fewer have registered legitimate proposals. More loom in the shadows, and many interested simply don’t have the assets to make a deal happenThe report notes how rival general managers and league sources feel new general manager Koby Altman has handled himself well in the negotiations and is not “overwhelmed.”Two general managers told Wojnarowski how eager some of their players would be to trade for Irving, indicating regardless of how well they get along with him personally, they want him on their team.An old teammate of Irving’s told one Western Conference GM: “He’s an animal. Forget whatever you hear about him off the court, go get him.”An elite Eastern Conference point guard told another GM in pursuit of Irving: “I don’t like him personally, but I hate playing against him. I’d trade a lot to get him.”Wojnarowski confirmed reports the Suns are not willing to trade Josh Jackson at this time, but that could change. The Cavs made similar statements about Andrew Wiggins in 2014.He also notes the Heat would be willing to trade Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow for Irving, but that deal by itself probably wouldn’t be enough for the Cavs to pull the trigger.The Cavs are taking their time in this process and hope to land a significant haul, including players who help them win now and help them win in the future. Stay tuned.
The club had invited supporters to film their questions, which will be presented to the panel for the online-exclusive Fans Forum.The Q&A session will be streamed live on the club’s Twitter channel – @BristolCity – from 7pm.Lansdown said: “Following the Fans Forum before Christmas we also want to engage with our supporters using current ways of communication and feel this inaugural Bristol City online Q&A gives them that opportunity.”Tonight is the second Fans Forum of the season, following one held at Ashton Gate in November. A third forum will be held at an away game before the end of the 2018/19 campaign.
Raelin Chaffin struck out 16 in a two-hitter as the Airline Lady Vikings clinched at least a share of the District 1-5A championship with a hard-fought 3-0 victory over the Parkway Lady Panthers on Thursday at Airline.Airline improved to 20-4 overall and 10-0 in district. The Lady Vikings lead Evangel Christian (17-6, 6-2) with two district games left.Airline was No. 5 in the Class 5A power rankings, according to LouisianaPreps.com. The Lady Vikings were also ranked No. 5 in the latest Louisiana Softball Coaches Association 5A poll.Parkway, which trailed just 1-0 after 4.5 innings, dropped to 4-5 in district.Jessica Baffuto, Caroline Easom and Maddie Ennis all had two hits and one RBI for Airline.Davida Anderson and Macey Ingram each had a single for Parkway.Airline took a 1-0 lead in the first. Makenzie Chaffin walked, advanced to second on Baffuto’s sacfrice bunt and scored on Ennis’ two-out single.That was all Raelin Chaffin would need, but the Lady Vikings got a little breathing room with single runs in the fifth and sixth.In the fifth, Brooklyn Brandon drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on a single by Ennis. She scored on Easom’s single to center field.In the sixth, Lexi Gray walked with one out, advanced to second on a single by Makenzie Chaffin and scored on a single by Baffuto.Raelin Chaffin took a no-hitter into the sixth. Anderson broke it up with a leadoff single. The Lady Vikings turned a double play to end the inning after a sacrifice advanced pinch runner Kaylee McLeod to second.Ingram singled with one out in the seventh, but Chaffin struck out the final two batters to end the game.Parkway pitcher Abbie Norcross turned in a solid performance against a tough Airline lineup. She allowed eight hits.NOTE: The above report is based on the teams’ official GameChanger accounts.— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org Top Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo
NHE6 functions like a GPS inside of brain cells, helping other proteins navigate to the correct location to allow the neurons to function properly and remodel the connections they form between themselves during learning and memory situations. This protein regulates pH of the vesicles, which contain the cargo that moves inside the brain cell. It prevents it from becoming too acidic or too alkali. We now show that if this protein loses its function because of a mutation, then other proteins can no longer be sent to the right places, and thus these neurons are unable to properly undergo learning-type mechanisms. Using methods to regulate the pH of the vesicles we can rescue the cargo trafficking and learning of the neuron.”Dr. Anne McKinney, Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and study’s senior author Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 4 2019Rearing its head in infancy, Christianson Syndrome is a rare disorder whose symptoms include intellectual disability, seizures and difficulty standing or walking. Although it is becoming increasingly diagnosed, with little being known about the neural mechanism behind the disease, therapeutic options for patients remain limited.Now, researchers at McGill University focusing on the intellectual disability aspect of the disease, have shown for the first time how a specific mutant form of the SLC9A6 encoding gene for the NHE6 protein affects the ability of neurons to form and strengthen connections. The findings, which the researchers hope could eventually lead to new treatments for patients, are published online in the journal Neurobiology of Disease. Using mouse models to study the hippocampusRelated StoriesNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryRush University Medical Center offers new FDA-approved treatment for brain aneurysmsRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaTo make their discovery, the researchers grew mouse neurons on a dish, expressing a mutant version of SLC9A6 discovered in patients. Using high-resolution microscopy and electrophysiology they examined changes in appearance of these brain cells as well as how they responded to artificial learning and memory-type stimulations in a dish.”We found that by attempting to rescue the ‘GPS’ function of the protein by compensating with other pharmacological agents, we were able to restore at least some of the proper mechanisms to allow other proteins to be trafficked around the cell normally and thus restore their ability to ‘learn’,” notes Andy Gao a PhD student in Dr. McKinney’s lab and the study’s first author.A hope for potential therapiesThe first study to clearly demonstrate that mutations in SLC9A6 can lead to changes in synaptic function that could be related to the cognitive deficits associated with Christianson Syndrome, the researchers hope that these insights will eventually provide more clues as to how to modify the impact of the mutation in order to provide clinical benefit.”Interestingly enough, other groups are starting to show that the implicated protein is actually expressed less as well in other more common neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Diseases,” notes Dr. McKinney, who is also Associate Dean, Academic Affairs at the Faculty of Medicine. “Through our work, we can start to develop potential therapeutic targets to improve the quality of life, not only for those suffering from Christianson Syndrome, but from other disorders as well where NHE6 is perturbed.” Source:McGill UniversityJournal reference:McKinney, A. et al. (2019) A Christianson syndrome-linked deletion mutation (Δ287ES288) in SLC9A6 impairs hippocampal neuronal plasticity. Neurobiology of Disease. doi.org/10.1016/j.nbd.2019.104490.
This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 19 2019The Medicaid work requirement plan devised by Arkansas and approved by the Trump administration backfired because it caused thousands of poor adults to lose coverage without any evidence the target population gained jobs, a new study finds.In fact, the requirement had only a limited chance for success as nearly 97% of Arkansas residents ages 30-49 who were eligible for Medicaid — those subject to the mandate — were already employed or should have been exempt from the new law, according to the study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.Yet the state’s mandate — the first of its kind in the nation — resulted in 18,000 of the 100,000 targeted people falling off the Medicaid rolls. And despite administration officials’ statements that many of them may have found jobs, the study by researchers at Harvard found no evidence they secured either jobs or other insurance coverage. In fact, it noted a dip in the employment rate among those eligible for Medicaid.The researchers said the uninsured rate increased among 30- to 49-year-old Arkansans eligible for Medicaid from 10.5% in 2016 to 14.5% in 2018, while the employment rate fell from about 42% to just below 39%.While the thousands of Arkansas residents losing Medicaid coverage has been documented since last year, the Harvard study is the first to provide evidence that the change left them uninsured and did not promote employment.The results, based on a telephone survey of about 3,000 low-income adults in Arkansas, concluded that the law befuddled enrollees and that its mandatory reporting requirements led many to unnecessarily lose coverage.”Lack of awareness and confusion about the reporting requirements were common, which may explain why thousands of individuals lost coverage,” the researchers wrote.Asked whether the findings mean the administration should pull the plug on work requirements, co-author Benjamin Sommers, a professor of health policy and economics at Harvard, replied, “It’s time for them to pump the brakes at the very least.”As millions of nondisabled adults gained Medicaid coverage following the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act, conservatives pushed for requiring people to work or do other kinds of “community engagement” to keep their Medicaid, much as food stamps and welfare cash benefit programs do. The Trump administration embraced that ideal and has made Medicaid work requirements a central feature of its plan to restructure the federal-state entitlement program, which has more than 70 million enrollees.Arkansas put the plan into action in spring 2018.But in March, a federal judge struck down Arkansas’ mandate and a plan to begin one in Kentucky. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled the work requirement violated federal law because it failed to meet the core objective of Medicaid — getting medical coverage to the poor.The Trump administration is appealing that ruling and, meanwhile, has approved similar plans in eight other states, including New Hampshire, which is scheduled to start cutting coverage in August for those not meeting the rules. New Hampshire’s law also is being challenged in court by Medicaid advocates.Six more states have pending applications to add work mandates.Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, defends the work requirements, saying they “are not some subversive attempt to just kick people off of Medicaid. Instead, their aim is to put beneficiaries in control with the right incentives to live healthier, independent lives.”Arkansas officials disputed the thrust of the study, noting that the requirement was short-lived because the judge intervened before it was in effect even a year and researchers did not find out why people who were dismissed from Medicaid didn’t reapply.Related StoriesStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggestsExperts release scientific statement on predicting survival for cardiac arrest survivorsIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new study”So you cannot describe this as the robust evaluation that we want and expect of a demonstration project that truly has national significance,” said Amy Webb, a spokeswoman for the state’s Medicaid program. “The best way to get answers to everyone’s questions about the impact of work and community engagement requirements would be to let Arkansas continue what was started and conduct a true evaluation that follows people over time.”Under the Arkansas law, targeted enrollees were notified by the state via mail and informational flyers that they were required to work 80 hours a month, participate in another qualifying activity such as job training or community service, or meet criteria for an exemption such as pregnancy, a disability or parenting a child.If they were out of compliance for three months during a calendar year or failed to report their status to the state through online reports, they could lose coverage.For the first several months of its new mandate, Arkansas required enrollees to use an online portal for that reporting, a problem since 20% lacked internet access and another 20% lacked fast broadband. The state online portal also was unavailable after 9 p.m. each day.The study found one-third of individuals subject to the policy had not heard anything about it, and 44% were unsure whether the requirements applied to them.The findings back up arguments from advocates for the poor and nonpartisan experts that many Medicaid enrollees already have jobs. They also directly contradict claims by federal and Arkansas officials that many of those who lost coverage found a job.In a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee earlier this year, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar noted that only 1,452 of the 18,000 people who lost coverage because of the work requirement rules reapplied for Medicaid. He added that likely meant most no longer needed the government assistance.”That seems a fairly strong indication that those people got a job and insurance elsewhere and didn’t need the coverage,” Azar said.Sommers said the Arkansas experiment answers many questions about how work requirements could function nationally, although he acknowledged that other states might do a better job promoting the program and making it easier for enrollees to report their status.”There are just not that many people [enrolled in Medicaid] who aren’t working but could,” Sommers said.He noted Arkansas added the work requirement feature without adding new funding for job training or child support to help people who want to work.Federal officials who approve the waivers allowing states to use work requirements should take note of the results, he said. “It does not make sense to keep approving the same waiver without doing anything differently,” Sommers said.
Why cyberattacks don’t work as weapons The researchers began their collaboration studying cybersecurity several years ago while they were both fellows at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Perkoski is a specialist in political violence and terrorism, while Poznansky studies clandestine and covert interventions.Perkoski says the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election fits into the study’s findings. Russian operatives reportedly hacked into the Democratic National Committee computers to obtain emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign, and then used social media trolls to sway public opinion toward Donald J. Trump’s campaign.”Russia wouldn’t get as many benefits from claiming their operation,” he says. “They’re not looking to get attention for their message or cause. They’re really looking to influence the way events might unfold. Because it’s unclear, it makes it hard for the U.S. to take a hard stance against them. You can always play devil’s advocate and say maybe it wasn’t Russia, as President Trump has said. Maybe it was some guy in his basement hacking on his own. In that case, it makes sense that Russia doesn’t want to claim credit, to limit possible escalatory dynamics.”One of the challenges in confirming clandestine state-sponsored activities is that it may only be possible from classified documents. Perkoski says scholars are still learning important details about historic events with the release of classified documents decades after the events occurred, such as the recent release of documents concerning the controversial 1961 U.S. invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs.”When we think about what’s happening with the U.S. and Russia, Iran, and North Korea and their cyber operations, it may be another 30 or 40 years until we know what’s really going on,” he says.Perkoski says the study helps to clarify the fact that not all cyber operations are inherently anonymous, and that actors may claim credit for them, which then opens the door to using cyber tools as almost traditional instruments of state power. At the same time, there is no firm understanding of how non-state actor groups operate in cyberspace.”We know a lot about how terrorists and insurgent groups come together, and what sustains them, but we don’t have a theory of any of this stuff for a hacking organization and whether they follow the same paradigms or not,” Perkoski says. “How do you defeat a militant organization or a hacking collective like Anonymous when they’re all spread out around the world, they operate in states that don’t have extradition treaties with the United States, and they might even operate in some states that give them de facto immunity? We know, for instance, that some Russian hackers don’t get support from the government, but they allow them to operate freely because they’re operating in Russia’s own interest. That raises a lot of questions about understanding these groups.”At the same time, Perkoski says, as advances in cybersecurity improve the ability of government and law enforcement agencies to track hackers, terror groups and militant organizations are moving away from technology.”There was a period when government agencies were quite effective at using these tools to their advantage and gaining information. Now I think you’re seeing militant groups respond to that and go more low-tech, to avoid some of those weaknesses,” he says. “Look at how the U.S. found Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. It wasn’t through hacking or satellite imagery. It was by tracking a courier going to his house and meeting with other guys who would go back to Afghanistan. It was very much traditional signals intelligence that the CIA has been using for 50 to 60 years.” Citation: Claiming credit for cyberattacks (2018, May 2) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-credit-cyberattacks.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further The decision to claim credit for a cyberattack on a government or institution depends on both the goals of the attack and the characteristics of the attacker, according to a study co-authored by a UConn political scientist that is one of the first to look into the voluntary claiming of cybersecurity operations. The type of attacker – whether a state or a non-state actor such as a terrorist group – determines whether credit is claimed for a cyberattack and how it is communicated, according to the study, “Rethinking Secrecy in Cyberspace: The Politics of Voluntary Attribution,” forthcoming in the Journal of Global Security Studies. Co-authors of the study are Evan Perkoski, assistant professor of political science at UConn, and Michael Poznansky, assistant professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Affairs.Among the findings of the study:Both states and non-state actors face similar decisions in the lifecycle of a cyberattack, yet the characteristics of each can cause their strategies to diverge, “particularly with the optics of credit claiming.”While most research treats cyber operations as distinct from more traditional elements of state power, states “may be able to leverage their cyber assets to achieve many of the same goals most frequently pursued with conventional forces.”The decision to privately or publicly acknowledge sponsorship of an attack may provide “crucial information about both their motives and identity.”Perkoski says that in developing the study, a distinction was drawn between cybercrime and cyberblackmail because “they are inherently different forms of cyber operations with different goals in mind.”He notes that typically the goal of cybercrime is personal or financial gain, which does not follow the same logic as states operating against other states in cyberspace. In the case of cyberblackmail, the attacker wants the victim to know something was stolen, such as when North Korea hacked into the servers at Sony following the release of “The Interview,” a film about assassinating its leader, Kim Jong-un.”They hacked into Sony servers, stole certain information, and said we want you to do X or we’ll release this information,” Perkoski says. “It was a form of pretty basic blackmail. It’s not operating on the same kind of pattern of state-on-state or non-state-on-state intervention in cyberspace. In that case, you only want to communicate with the person you’ve hacked and let them know you have this material. It’s a different dynamic than a state trying to coerce an opponent to give up their nuclear arms program.” Provided by University of Connecticut This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. 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©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Citation: Amazon Prime discount coming to all Whole Foods (2018, June 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-amazon-prime-discount-foods.html Explore further Coming to a Whole Foods near you: Discounts, if you’re an Amazon Prime member that is. Prime members, who generally pay $119 a year for membership, will receive a discount at all Whole Foods Market and Whole Foods 365 stores nationwide beginning Wednesday, June 27, Amazon announced Monday.The members-only discount launched this spring and has grown quickly, Amazon said. The company announced in May the first Whole Foods discounts in Florida. Earlier this month the perk was extended to Whole Foods in 10 additional states.Now all Prime members can take advantage of the discount.”Our weekly Prime member deals are a hit and we’re excited that Prime members across the U.S. will now be able to take advantage of these savings in our stores,” said A.C. Gallo, President and COO at Whole Foods Market.Starting Wednesday, Prime members will receive a 10 percent discount on some sale items and a discount on select items including some meats, fish, fruits and bulk items like nuts and granola.Discounts and loyalty programs have long been a common strategy among grocery stores, serving a dual purpose. Discounts lure shoppers in and return visits provide the store with data on their shopping habits.To get the Amazon Prime discount, customers must download the Whole Foods Market app, sign in with the Amazon account and then scan the app’s Prime code at checkout. Or, customers can give their mobile number to the cashier.Customers will also receive a discount when they order Whole Foods groceries through Prime Now, Amazon’s delivery service for Prime members. Free grocery delivery on orders of at least $35 is available in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Richmond, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and Virginia Beach.Grocery delivery will continue expanding throughout 2018, Amazon said. Amazon to give Prime members extra discounts at Whole Foods This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Govt, industry need to work together to develop defence equipment tech: Minister February 08, 2019 COMMENTS A file photo of Junior Defence Minister Subhash Bhamre – C Venkatachalapathy The government, industry, R&D establishment and the academia have to come together to evolve technologies in defence equipment for Indian requirements, said Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State for Defence. The Minister was speaking at a symposium on ‘Defence Industry Indigenisation: Opportunities and Challenges’, organised by the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) in Pune. He said, in terms of production and marketing of defence equipment, the market is limited. Hence, a huge thrust is required to boost exports. “To be able to make a dent in the export market we require quality equipment that is cost competitive,” Bhamre said. The symposium aimed at providing a platform for interaction between the defence segment and industry to boost cooperation between the two. Pradeep Bhargava, President, MCCIA, and Baba Kalyani, Chairman, Kalyani Group, were among those present on the occasion. “Over the past few years I have traversed across the country in order to understand the difficulties that our defence industry, especially the MSMEs, face. The defence sector has a few requirements. Firstly, sophistication in design is an extremely important issue. Technology upgradation is extremely rapid and cost of importing technology is very expensive. The latest technology, more often than not, is not easily available. Hence, the government, industry, R&D establishment and the academia have to come together to evolve Indian technologies for Indian requirements,” said Bhamre.Pradeep Bhargava said, “India always had an agenda of no private sector manufacturing for defence even as we imported a lot of equipment from private companies in other countries. This has slowly changed and today there are initiatives like ‘Make in India’, ‘Start-up India’ which will help in defence industry indigenisation”. Baba Kalyani said: “During the end of 2014, Indian manufacturing had reduced to 15.5 per cent from 17 per cent which created a lot of turbulence in the ability to create jobs and technology. Hence, indigenisation needs to be a national endeavour.” Published on COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE