Limerick students to represent Ireland in summit for change-makers

first_imgJames Lawlor, Narrative 4 | WeAreLimerick Episode 34 Previous articleLimerick Smarter Travel BeSPOKE festival rolls outNext articleLimerick Garda seeking public’s assistance in renewed appeal for missing Limerick man Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Advertisement NewsCommunityLimerick students to represent Ireland in summit for change-makersBy Cian Reinhardt – June 8, 2018 1638 Kevin O Reilly (Vice Principal Gaelchol‡iste Luimnigh) Darragh de Klein Gaelchol‡iste Luimnigh, Amee O’Connor Berkery and James Lawlor Narrative 4 IrelandFOUR young people from Limerick have been chosen to travel to New Orleans to represent Ireland in an international summit for change-makers. The Narrative 4 Global Summit will bring together young people involved in the organisation from around the world, including South Africa, Palestine, Israel, Mexico and the United States over 5 days from June 20 to the 25.Amee O’Connor Berkery, Alex McCarthy, and Gustaw Marciszewski finished secondary school in SMI Newcastle West last year, where they took part in Narrative 4 programmes. Amee and Gustaw are currently students of the University of Limerick. The youngest, Darragh de Klein, is currently a student of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, and was instrumental in setting up a project that connects 1st year and 6th year in his school.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Our staff and students have been involved in Narrative 4 for two years, allowing us to focus on the personal and social development of our young people at a critical time in their lives,”Donncha Ó Treasaigh, Principal, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh said.“Darragh is representative of a  generation of young people who are taking initiative to make the change they want to see in society, and we are so proud of him,” he added.The four young people are Student Ambassadors for Narrative 4 Ireland, a Limerick-based organisation that was founded in New York by Irish author Colum McCann. Currently with a reach of 18 schools, and a busy programme of workshops and events in its city centre story-telling hub, Narrative 4 Ireland has seen a huge engagement with its programmes. Narrative 4 harnesses the power of story to build empathy in society, with the belief that the leaders of tomorrow will be created by instilling empathy and emotional resilience at a young age.Narrative 4 Regional Director, James Lawlor daid, “The four young people are exceptional representatives of Limerick and their communities. Each of them demonstrates leadership abilities beyond their years.“Our work at Narrative 4 is centred around nourishing their change-making skills and this summit will offer them an opportunity to meet like-minded young people from around the world.”Narrative 4 Ireland is supported by J.P McManus Benevolent Fund, Limerick City and County Council, Regeneron and other supporters. The Global Organisation, based in New York City runs programmes with schools and organisations across the United States and in other countries. The organisation has recently worked with there Obama Foundation teaching empathy to youth across the US.   To find out more about Narrative 4, check out www.narrative4.com, and to connect with the Narrative 4 Ireland projects check out the Narrative 4 Ireland page on Facebook or call into their offices at 58 O’Connell Street.Read more community news stories here. Facebook Twitter TAGSglobalInternationalNarrative 4Narrative 4 LimerickstudentsSummit Print Emailcenter_img Linkedin Narrative 4 to celebrate the power of community with special livestream event Limerick-based charity Narrative 4 has announced an all-star line-up for its annual Christmas party fundraiser RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Limerick Post Show, August 2, 2019 WhatsApp Online registration for Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades opens Limerick Post Show | Ruairí McKiernan of Narrative 4 last_img read more

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Onazi Named in Africa Top Five

first_imgNigeria and Lazio midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, has been named in Africa’s top 5 stars for the past week by France Football magazine.Onazi has struggled to pin down a first-team place at Italian club Lazio, but he grabbed a rare first-team appearance at the weekend when he scored in a 2-0 win over Empoli.Last week, Nigeria youngster Alex Iwobi was named by France Football in the top 5 African stars.The other players picked by France Football are Samuel Eto’o (Cameroun and Antalyaspor), Adlene Guediora (Algeria and Watford), Sambou Yatabare (Mali and Werder Bremen) and Islam Slimani (Algeria and Sporting Lisbon).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Cheptegei’s father unhappy, Maj Seiko cries

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Entebbe, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The father of Uganda’s double gold medal winner at the just ended Commonwealth Games has expressed his unhappiness on how the government treats family and friends of medal winners.Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei won gold for Uganda in the 5,000m and 10,000m at the Games that climaxed on Sunday in Gold Coast, Australia.The team returned on Thursday afternoon and members from the Sebei Community, where Cheptegei comes from, were unfortunately first denied access to Entebbe International Airport and later the Old Airport VVIP Section to receive the team.“This is very unfortunate because we travelled from Kapchorwa to receive our children and now we have been denied chance to welcome them because the government wants to run the show. This is very bad,” Cheptegi’s father Stephenson Munerya Kwalya told URN. They had first been denied access at the Old Airport VVIP Section where the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni, was welcoming the team.Kwalya said there was no way him and his wife would enter the building unless the relatives who also travelled from Kapchorwa were allowed in. When State House staff Norah Nassimbwa arrived at the gate asking for Cheptegei’s mother, security then allowed all Sebei community members to enter, but were again denied entry to the Hall where a press conference was held. Only Cheptegei’s parents were allowed inside the Hall. The arrival of the team and planning was obviously not well coordinated as many members including some from the National Council of Sports (NCS) were bounced at the entrance.Major Juma Seiko, an aide of Gen Salim Saleh, the head of Operation Wealth Creation, was also a victim as he was seen crying after he was denied entrance to the Hall where the press conference took place. Seiko was heard abusing some security officers whom he said accused him of stopping Cheptegei’s parents from entering without other members from the Sebei community.“How can a junior officer accuse me of something I have not done and tarnishing my name in-front of the First Lady. I have served the army for 39 years and you cannot spoil my name like this,” said Seiko as his tears rolls down the face.Major Seiko is also a member from the Sebei community and occasionally comes to Entebbe International Airport to welcome athletes from Kapchorwa who win medals. Some of the athletes including Mose Kipsiro occasionally stay at his house in Nakasero when they are in Kampala.last_img read more

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The USNS Comfort passed by the northeast tip of Sandy Hook

first_imgThe USNS Comfort passed by the northeast tip of Sandy Hook March 30, on the way to dock in New York City, passing the Romer Shoal Lighthouse under the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. The huge hospital ship will largely be used for noncoronavirus patients, freeing space in the city’s overtaxed hospitals during the pandemic. Capt. Joseph O’Brien, the squadron commander of the medical team aboard the hospital ship, is a graduate of Red Bank Catholic, Class of 1989. RALPH T. GODWIN This article originally appeared in the April 2nd, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Salford Group Releases the Section Control Ready Spinner Spreader Model for 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Salford BBI, based in Cornelia, Georgia is releasing one of North America’s first spinner applicators equipped with section control that is engineered for commercial agriculture.“Section control is not new to BBI equipment,” says Richard Hagler, President of the BBI division of Salford Group. “We’ve been building models that can spread a full swath or manually turn on and off left and right side for the turf and orchard/vineyard markets for over 15 years. What makes this new section control option such an advance over other machines on the market today is the ability to dynamically stop in an already applied area, to turn on or turn off the left and/or right side of the spreader, rather than a mechanical switch the user must operate; they are built with the capacity required for large scale product agriculture.”Hagler went on to explain there were serious advantages for the farmer with this type of precision spreader control.  First, since a prescription map is controlling the left/right sections the user doesn’t need to worry about guessing or remembering when to manually control the spread pattern.  Even more beneficial are the economic and environmental benefits for the farmer.  The section control option is able to turn off either side of the spreader in areas where fertilizer has already been applied, thus reducing wasted application and saving the user the cost of the over applied product.  The system also follows boundary maps to eliminate or reduce applying outside of the field or into sensitive areas around the field such as buffer strips and water ways.“The economic and environmental benefits of the BBI section control option go hand in hand,” says Dave King, Director of Sales and Marketing at Salford Group.  “This system allows for vastly improved control of the spreader for a more accurate and environmentally friendlier application at a time when we’re becoming more aware of the need to control where our inputs are applied.  At the same time this system is about saving money, by keeping fertilizer application where it needs to be and not over applying or spreading outside of the field.  It’s about getting the right fertilizer to the right place at the right rate and at the right time. Our spreaders are more capable of that than any other built in North America.”BBI’s section control will be available on limited models this season. The Javelin is designed to top dress urea in a 120 foot swath.   Section control can be combined with the either the Javelin spinner package or BBI’s flagship spinner system the MagnaSpread.  The MagnaSpread is engineered to spread fertilizer on an 80 foot swath or lime up to 60 feet.last_img read more

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Exploring Resilience

first_imgby Sara CroymansWe hear a lot about the concept of resilience in relation to military service members and families. When I think of resilience the concepts of bouncing back or overcoming adversities come to mind. Resilience may be thought of as a trait, a process or an outcome (Southwick, Bonanno, Masten, Panter-Brick, & Yehuda, 2014). It has been reported that each military branch has its own definition of resilience. One such definition adopted by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Heath and Traumatic Brain Injury and the Institute of Medicine is “The ability to withstand, recover, and grow in the face of stressors and changing demands” (Meadows, Beckett, Bowling, Golinelli, Fisher, Martin, Meredith, & Chan Osilla, 2015).A 2011 RAND report, Promoting Psychological Resilience in the U.S. Military, defined psychological resilience as “the process of coping with or overcoming exposure to adversity or stress.” Through an intensive literature review several evidence-informed factors for promoting psychological resilience on the individual, family, unit, and community levels were identified. (Meredith, Sherbourne, Gaillot, Hansell, Ritschard, Parker, & Wrenn, 2011). The identified factors included:Individual level factors – positive coping, positive affect, positive thinking, realism, behavioral control, physical fitness and altruism.Family level factors – emotional ties, communication, support, closeness, nurturing, and adaptabilityUnit/Organization level factors – positive command climate, teamwork and cohesionCommunity level factors – belongingness, cohesion, connectedness and collective efficacyTo continue the conversation about resilience, MFLN Family Transitions, Family Development and Network Literacy teams invite folks to participate in the August Resilience Webinar Series. This groundbreaking webinar series brings together three pre-eminent resilience theorists and researchers, Dr. Ann Masten, Dr. Froma Walsh, and Dr. Michael Ungar, to share insight on addressing barriers, identify various systems and promote protective factors to support individual, family and community resilience. Participants will engage with these influential facilitators and each other to practice resilience thinking and learn how to apply the principles in their work. Learn more about the webinar series and RSVP at https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/resilienceseries/ References:Meadows, Sarah O., Megan K. Beckett, Kirby Bowling, Daniela Golinelli, Michael P. Fisher, Laurie T. Martin, Lisa S. Meredith, and Karen Chan Osilla, Family Resilience in the Military: Definitions, Models, and Policies. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2015. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR470.htmlMeredith, L. S., Sherbourne, C. D., Gaillot, S. J., Hansell, L., Ritschard, H. V., Parker, A. M., & Wrenn, G. (2011). Promoting psychological resilience in the US military. Rand health quarterly, 1(2). Retrieved from https://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG996.htmlSouthwick, S. M., Bonanno, G. A., Masten, A. S., Panter-Brick, C., & Yehuda, R. (2014). Resilience definitions, theory, and challenges: interdisciplinary perspectives. European journal of psychotraumatology, 5(1), 25338. Retrieved from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3402/ejpt.v5.25338 This material is based on work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense Award Number 2015-48770-24368.center_img This post was written by Sara Croymans, MEd, AFC, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, and member of the MFLN Family Transitions team. Family Transitions provides education, resources and networking opportunities for professionals working with military families to build resilience and navigate life cycle transitions. Engage with the MFLN Family Transitions team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for Videographers

first_imgAdditional Discounted Film and Video GearThere’s more out there than just cameras, lenses, software, and hardware. If location shooting is in your future, these gear deals should be right up your alley.Clik Camera Bag: B&H Photo – $69.95SanDisk Ultra II 480GB SSD: Adorama – $109.99Pelican 1650 Camera Case: Amazon – $235.21AKG K240 Headphones: Sweetwater – $69.99GoPro HERO+ HD: Best Buy – $199.99Seen any killer deals that we missed? Share them with the community in the comments below! ‘Tis the season for turkey, stuffing, and awesome Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Let’s take a look at what’s out there for filmmakers and videographers.The Black Friday and Cyber Monday chaos is already underway, and good seasonal bargains make it a great time to add to your arsenal of video gear! The killer deals begin November 25th across various brick and mortar and online store fronts. We’ll be highlighting some of our favorite deals, but you can get the full rundown from retailers like B&H Photo, Adorama, Sweetwater, Amazon, eBay, Best Buy, BuyDig, Borrow Lenses, and more. Now, let’s go shopping!Camera DealsAs far as cameras go, you won’t find any killer deals on RED, ARRI, or even Blackmagic Design models. But if you’re in the market for solid DSLR options, there are several deals out there. We found three decent deals that could be worth the money in the Canon 5D Mark III, Nikon D810, and Panasonic GH4.Canon 5D Mark III RefurbishedImage: Canon 5D Mark III via ISO50The Canon 5D Mark III is a workhorse. Used by many documentary and big-budget cinematographers, the 5D Mark III is a great professional camera. The deals below are through standard retailers, as well as from Canon Direct, which offers a refurbished model.B&H Photo $300 OffAdorama $550 OffAmazon $300 OffCanon Direct Refurbished $1,899.00Nikon D810Image: Nikon D810 via Today OnlineThe Nikon D810 is a solid CMOS sensor DSLR and pretty comparable to the Canon 5D Mark III, though its price tag (even at a discount) is going to be a little more than the 5D MKIII. However, it’s a quality camera for someone just starting to get content together.B&H Photo $500 OffAdorama $500 OffBest Buy $500 OffPanasonic GH4Image: Panasonic GH4 via Pro Photo SupplyLastly, there’s the Panasonic GH4, one of the more cost-effective 4K DSLR camera options. In fact, this camera is used by many timelapse photographers. So this would also be a solid starter option for anyone looking to get into the game.B&H Photo $200 OffAdorama $200 OffAmazon $200 Off Post-Production Software and HardwareRed Giant SoftwareRed Giant is also offering a special, but it’s not for Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Even so, we thought it would be good to include this upcoming offer. Starting December 8th, Red Giant will be offering all individual software and bundles for 40% off.Special Holiday PricingMacbook Pro Retina Display LaptopImage: Macbook Pro via CNETThe newest Macbook Pros are solid options for any film or video producer. They’re also great for those working with motion graphics. Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for this line of laptops are pretty wide… Best Buy has a some nice discounts, but B&H Photo has some of the better deals.B&H Photo 15 Inch Macbook PricingWindows LaptopsIf PCs are more your thing, then you’ll want to look at the line of Alienware Laptops. Again, deals can be found for these all over the net, but just like with the Macbooks, B&H Photo seems to have the best deals available.B&H Photo Alienware Laptopscenter_img Camera LensesLens images from B&HNow that we’ve found some quality body options, let’s find some solid glass for those cameras. Again, we’ll be looking for quality lenses that wont break the bank. In terms of lens mounts, we’ll try to give options for the cameras listed above.Rokinon T1.5 Cine Lens Bundle for Canon EF-MountFor many filmmakers and videographers, this lens series consistently performs well against Canon and Zeiss primes.B&H Photo $320 OffRokinon 14mm f/2.8 ED Lens (Canon, Nikon, or Sony)Here’s another Rokinon lens option, the 14mm ED Lens. This super-wide-angle lens comes in a variety of mounts such as Canon, Nikon, and Sony. So no matter what camera you choose from above, this super-wide-angle lens will work for you.Adorama via Ebay $249.99Panasonic GH4 Lens OptionB&H is running a long list of specials over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The discounts on lenses compatible with the Panasonic GH4 are especially impressive, with many of the lenses marked down $100-$200.B&H Photo Panasonic LensesZeiss 50mm Lens OptionsB&H Photo is also offering a wide range of 50mm lens options as well. The Zeiss 50mm Prime lens isn’t a bank-breaker. With at least a $100 discount and options for Canon and Nikon, this is a pretty good deal.B&H Photo Zeiss 50mm Lenseslast_img read more

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Check Out the Top 3 Trends at NAB 2019 Sure to Shape Filmmaking

first_imgLED FresnelsLast year, we saw everyone moving to RGB LEDS, following the lead of ARRI’s SkyPanel. Pretty much everyone brought out color changeable versions of their existing fixture lights — from Hive’s small spotlights to Westcott’s foldable LEDs (and everything in between).This year, it was the high-output LEDs. The COB (or Chip-on-Board LEDs) are getting brighter and cheaper, and there were quite a few brands offering LED Fresnels that are approaching — or even surpassing — the power of HMIs.Intellytech released the Light Canon Pro, a 400W Fresnel that meters at 120,000 lux at 3 feet. Unlike a HMI, these are cool, can plug into house power, and don’t have a delicate bulb that can break.Aputure refreshed their line of daylight Fresnels as well with the brighter, cheaper version of the 120D and 300D.The largest LED at NAB was the Mole Richardson 20K. It’s a 3000W LED that meters at 64,000 lux from 10 feet. The list price is US $40,000, but this kind of brightness and output will probably make its way into the mainstream over the next couple of years. The days of hot lights and generators on set could be numbered.Large-Format CamerasThe second big trend was large-format camera sensors. The Alexa Mini LF was probably the biggest news of the show. And Canon, Panasonic, and others all have large-format versions of their cameras waiting in the wings. Because cameras are so integrated now, changing the size of the sensor means changing many other things. There were a lot of new and existing companies releasing large-format-compatible lenses, a new large-format-compatible battery standard, the B-Mount from Bebob, and new storage devices (like the Codex Compact Drive) that can handle these faster bit rates.Camera IntegrationImage via ARRI.The last big trend we saw at NAB was device integration. The days of the camera system hidden under a mess of cables and third-party devices may be coming to an end.This started a few years ago with RED building the Xenomorph camera for David Fincher. It was one unit that incorporated a sensor, screen, wireless video, wireless audio, timecode, follow focus, and a battery mount. Now we’re seeing technology becoming available to the mainstream. Industry leaders (like ARRI) are producing cameras with built-in wireless transmission and focus systems. Companies like VITEC, or the Mac group, are acquiring multiple brands and integrating them.VITEC owns both SmallHD and Teradek, and they announced a wireless follow focus system that plugs into the wireless video transmitter, transmitter lens, and focus data, along with the camera image, so that a SmallHD monitor can display focus data from the follow focus.That’s our wrap-up of the major filmmaking trends at NAB 2019. Cine Gear is only five weeks away, so we’ll see if new gear — announced there — follows these developments.Cover image via NAB.Looking for more articles on filmmaking and video production? Check these out.The Cameras and Lenses Behind the Marvel Cinematic UniverseBreakout Director Kat Candler on the Best Festivals for First-Time FilmmakersNAB 2019: Our Favorite Releases from This Year’s ShowAdobe Releases New Content Aware Fill Tool for After EffectsIndustry Insights: Below the Line Women Speak Out Now that the dust has settled, let’s take a look at three big trends we saw at NAB 2019 that will shape filmmaking in the year to come.It was a pretty quiet year as far as new cameras go, but that meant that some other technologies took center stage at NAB 2019. Let’s take a closer look.last_img read more

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Iran denies Trump claim that US destroyed Iranian drone

first_imgIran denies Trump claim that US destroyed Iranian drone Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitter AP, AP Posted: July 19, 2019 July 19, 2019 TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Friday denied President Donald Trump’s claim that a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf in another escalation of tensions between the two countries less than a month after Trump nearly launched an airstrike.The Iranian military said all its drones had returned safely to their bases and denied there was any confrontation with a U.S. vessel the previous day.The country’s Revolutionary Guard said on its website it would release before-and-after images from the drone — it did not say when — to prove it was not destroyed.“We have not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else,” tweeted Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi.The strategically vital strait is at the mouth of the Persian Gulf and serves as the passageway for one-fifth of all global crude exports, and oil prices ticked upward Friday on the news.Trump on Thursday said the USS Boxer took action after an Iranian drone closed to within 1,000 yards of the warship and ignored commands to stay away. The president accused Iran of “provocative and hostile” action and said the U.S. acted in self-defense.Neither Trump nor the Pentagon spelled out how the Boxer destroyed the drone. CNN reported that the ship used electronic jamming to bring it down rather than hitting it with a missile.On June 20, Iran shot down an American drone in the same waterway, and Trump came close to retaliating but called off an airstrike at the last moment.The Revolutionary Guard said the Iranian drone on Thursday had been carrying out regular surveillance when the USS Boxer arrived, and transmitted photos of the ship. The Guard said its forces continue to carefully monitor all movements of foreigners — especially “the terrorist forces” of the U.S. and the British in the strait and the Gulf.After Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal with world powers last year and imposed economic sanctions against Tehran, the Iranians have pushed back on the military front in recent weeks, with Washington accusing Tehran of threatening American forces and interests in Iraq and in the Gulf.Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, suggested in New York as he arrived for a meeting at the United Nations that Iran could immediately ratify an agreement to allow broader inspections of its nuclear facilities by U.N. inspectors if the U.S. dropped its sanctions.China urged Washington to consider the offer, calling it “a positive signal that Iran is willing to seek a compromise solution.”The Pentagon said Thursday’s incident happened in international waters while the Boxer was entering the Gulf. The Boxer is among several U.S. Navy ships in the area, including the USS Abraham Lincoln, an aircraft carrier that has been operating in the North Arabian Sea for weeks in response to rising tensions.The Iranians and Americans have had close encounters in the Strait of Hormuz in the past, and it is not unprecedented for Iran to fly a drone near a U.S. warship.Zarif blamed Washington for the escalation and accused the Trump administration of “trying to starve our people” and “deplete our treasury” through sanctions.___ last_img read more

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Why BigName Investors Like Mark Cuban Are Disrupting the Legal Profession

first_imgOctober 30, 2018 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free It does not seem an obvious or exciting industry for big-name investors. But, some of the most famous entrepreneurs — now including billionaire Mark Cuban — are putting their money into disrupting the legal profession.Related: 10 Things Mark Cuban Says to Do With Your MoneyWhether it is automating tasks, fighting parking tickets or giving consumers better access to justice, legaltech companies are close to raising $1 billion in funding in 2018, in contrast to $233 million in 2017.The cash flowing to the industry is hitting new heights, but the profile of entrepreneurs backing transformation in the $600-billion legal industry is also growing. Mavericks owner and Shark Tank investor Cuban revealed to me he made an investment (he would not disclose the amount) in a so-called access to justice technology company. Paladin, which streamlines pro bono management, recently partnered with Dentons — the largest law firm in the world by headcount — to help users discover pro bono opportunities without having to seek them out themselves. The need for technology to help solve legal problems was highlighted in one report that found that 86 percent of civil legal problems among low-income Americans fail to achieve adequate legal redress.In this vein, Cuban’s investment in Paladin is designed to streamline pro bono management providing legal help for millions that will not otherwise have access to justice.Cuban told me in an email: “What impressed me about Paladin’s team is that they’re applying a business framework to an important social problem. With Paladin, lawyers can work on issues they’re passionate about and teams can leverage pro bono to build their businesses. It’s an important mission that I’m proud to be part of.”Related: What Mark Cuban Learned From His 6 Biggest FailuresEndorsement from high-profile investors is causing waves in an industry that has previously shunned the limelight, and innovation. This attitude has helped propagate inefficient and costly ways of working. Suddenly, lawyers are watching legal tech companies raise investment like the leading startups of Silicon Valley.In another landmark investment, Justin Kan, co-founder of livestreaming service Twitch, raised $65 million earlier this year for his year-old legal startup Atrium. The company uses a team of lawyers, engineers and business operations experts to supply companies with their legal needs in a more predictable and cost-efficient way.Discussing the need for investment to break new boundaries in getting legal deals done faster, he told Forbes: “This was a problem I’d seen in my own experiences, where all these parts around legal were like a blocker to what I wanted to do, and the legal bills felt like Russian roulette. It’s almost like a tax you have as a business owner. That’s why I wanted to attack this problem.”In particular, there has been an increase in investment as the number of legal AI companies has increased by 65 percent in the past year. Investment in legal AI companies in 2018 has already reached $355 million — with cash earmarked to boost capabilities and meet a growing demand among legal professionals to do high-volume and mundane legal work faster and more accurately.Related: 10 Lawyers-Turned-Entrepreneurs Creating a Revolution in LawThis has attracted high-profile investors including tech billionaire Mike Lynch, an investor in Luminance, a startup that uses artificial technology to aid law firms with the complex process of due diligence for mergers and acquisitions. Best known for starting Autonomy, sold to Hewlett-Packard in an $11 billion deal, Lynch told Business Insider that the use of artificial intelligence in the legal field “is like seeing a steam engine for the first time. What this is is probably an example of what’s going to be changing a lot of things. If you can get machine technology to be reading contracts, it’s going to be changing a lot of the world around us … you’re seeing the beginning of a new age.”Eden Shochat, a partner at Aleph VC whose portfolio includes co-working giant WeWork, website builder Wix, and insurance tech leader Lemonade, recently invested in LawGeex (the company I work for), which uses AI to end the bottleneck of getting business deals being signed.However, as he points out in a recent Medium blog — in a point echoed by other investors in legal — there is still a long way to go for the profession to catch up with other industries. Shochat says, “If you compare the legal industry to the tech investments made by the financial industry, you will understand the vast opportunity. JPMorgan’s 2017 revenue was $94 billion, and they spent an astounding $9.5 billion on technology. That is more than 10 percent of their revenue and over 10 times more spend on tech than the legal industry.”In another example of the game-changing nature of such technology, Joshua Browder’s DoNotPay legal bot gained $1.1 million in seed funding, led by one of the most important venture capital firms in the world, Andreessen Horowitz. Originally begun as a parking ticket appeal site, this cash has allowed the company to recently launch an iOS app which advertises that it can be used to “sue anyone by pressing a button.” It is focused on empowering individuals to sue corporations using technology to strip away complex bureaucracy.For the entrepreneurs, having the backing of big-name investors is sending an important signal to the profession that change is on the way. Kristen Sonday, co-founder of Paladin, told me in an email, “While a challenge initially, we’re grateful to have found incredible investors who are passionate about Paladin’s mission to increase access to justice. Thankfully, impact investing in the space is becoming more prevalent, but being on the frontier is never easy.” Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min readlast_img read more

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