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Tech start-ups in Europe are trying to help migrants

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“It seems that a big part of the solution is that we have been targeting asylum seekers and refugees in the very early stage just after they arrive to the country.”

She added that Match Made is also scalable and can be used internationally as well. She said they have had a lot of interest from other European countries.

Elsewhere, Finnish start-up Funzi has set up a Program for Migrant Integration where projects have been implemented with several partners. These are in the form of mobile services, like courses tailored for asylum seekers in Finland, to help enhance integration. It said its mobile course About Country had more than 20,000 users in the country.

The start-up has also helped provide migrants with learning support through its “microMBA” project. It had 70 migrants apply for the program and 40 were selected. The company, which attended the tech event Slush in Helsinki this week, said it was holding a side-event called Splush, to discuss more “Peacetech” solutions.

Over in Copenhagen, Denmark, Refunite is a missing persons platform for refugees and displaced populations. It says on its website that it has more than 1 million registered users.

It helps displaced people, who have lost contact with family members and friends in their escape from conflicts, to reconnect via a global database. Countries with Refunite mobile projects include Canada, China, France, Austria, Sweden, Australia, and Belgium.

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Nasdaq to beat the broader market this year: Tech investor Paul Meeks

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Technology investor Paul Meeks is no longer avoiding the group that made him famous on Wall Street.

Meeks, who ran the world’s biggest tech fund for Merrill Lynch in the late 1990s and early 2000s, expects the tech-heavy Nasdaq to end the year at least 10 percent higher.

“I’m starting to creep out of the bunker,” he said Friday on CNBC’s “Trading Nation.” “I would say that when you get to December 31 of this year, the Nasdaq will be up double digit in calendar 2019. And, it will outperform both the Dow and the S&P [500 Index].”

It’s a material shift for Meeks. Late last year, he was telling investors that most tech names were “uninvestable.” Now, he believes tech valuations have come down enough to start putting money to work again — as long as it’s done with vigilance.

“Some companies are doing quite well, and some are giving very mixed even bearish guidance. So you have to be super careful,” he said.

For example, when it comes to FANG names Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Alphabet, Meeks owns them all. However, he wouldn’t add positions to all of them right now.

“The only one I think I would buy here because I think it is the best among the group combination of valuation support and upside potential is Alphabet,” he said.

According to Meeks, tech stocks could still see some near-term turbulence especially around the U.S.-China trade war deadline on March 1. However, the investment picture should begin to improve after that.

“A lot of the gains are going to come between the summer and the end of the year — a second half phenomenon,” Meeks said.

For the week ending Friday, the Nasdaq is up a half percent, and it remains in correction territory.

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Prince Philip, 97, gives up driver’s license after crash

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attends Sunday Service at St Peter and St Paul Church in West Newton on February 4, 2018 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom.

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attends Sunday Service at St Peter and St Paul Church in West Newton on February 4, 2018 in King’s Lynn, United Kingdom.

Buckingham Palace says 97-year-old Prince Philip has decided to stop driving, less than a month after he was involved in a collision that left two women injured.

The palace said Saturday that “after careful consideration,” Queen Elizabeth II’s husband “has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving license.”

Philip was behind the wheel of a Land Rover near the royal family’s Sandringham estate in eastern England when he smashed into another car on Jan. 17. Philip had to be helped out of his overturned vehicle but wasn’t injured. Two women in the other car were injured, though not seriously, and a 9-month-old baby boy was unhurt.

Philip was photographed driving again two days later but without a seatbelt. Police said they offered him “suitable words of advice” after that.

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U.S.-backed Syrian force to start ‘final battle’ against IS enclave

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A picture taken on December 30, 2018, shows a line of US military vehicles in Syria's northern city of Manbij.

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A picture taken on December 30, 2018, shows a line of US military vehicles in Syria’s northern city of Manbij.

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces will start an assault on Saturday against Islamic State’s last enclave in the part of Syria where the U.S.-led coalition has been supporting operations against the group, an SDF official told Reuters.

“The battle will be launched this evening and its mission will be to eliminate the last remnants of the terrorist organization,” Mustafa Bali, the head of the SDF media office, said, describing it as the “last battle”.

He said in the last 10 days SDF fighters had handled the battle “patiently” as civilians were evacuated from the besieged enclave comprising two villages near the Iraqi border. More than 20,000 had been evacuated, he said.

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