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Female sex offender who seduced two teenagers she met posted videos online on TikTok from prison and asked for pen pals

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Miriah Vanlith, Who Is Currently In An Idaho Jail, Managed To Post Videos Of Herself Calling Pen Pals

A FEMALE sex offender serving time after seducing two teenagers has been asking for pen pals in a series of TikTok videos behind bars.

Officials say there is nothing they can do to stop them.


Miriah Vanlith, who is currently in an Idaho jail, managed to post videos of herself calling pen palsPhoto credit: Tiktok
Vanlith Was Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison In 2018 After Raping Two Teenagers


Vanlith was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2018 after raping two teenagersPhoto credit: Adams County Jail

Miriah Vanlith, 43, is currently serving a 10-year sentence at South Idaho Correctional Institution near Boise after raping a 14- and 17-year-old boy and luring children over the internet in 2018, according to inmate public records show from Idaho.

Despite the seriousness of her crimes, which involved contacting victims via Snapchat and Facebook, she has asked for “male or female” pen pals in a series of TikTok videos that first appeared on July 8.

Vanlith has posted eight videos on her account and gained 33,000 followers.

Prisoners can use a system called JPay, which allows them to send emails and videos to people outside of prison, but they cannot access social media sites directly.

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That implies that someone else created the TikTok account for Vanlith and apparently uploaded the content.

Her profile has now been blocked, although other TikTok users have recorded clips and then shared them to their own accounts, often to express their horror at Vanlith’s actions.

Vanlith is also suspected of molesting other boys, including a 15-year-old, but another charge was dropped as part of a plea deal.

Speaking to The Idaho Stateman from prison, she claimed she’s changed and that her “past doesn’t define me.”

“I’ve made big mistakes in the past,” she told the news outlet. “I have learned and grown a lot in the last five years. I take responsibility for what I’ve done… I’ve started a new chapter in my life.”

She declined to reveal how she managed to get the video footage onto the social media platform when questioned by the outlet.

While phones are considered contraband in prison, officials said they couldn’t stop them but added that they “do not support such communications”.

The prison said it is aware of the situation but cannot control third-party requests, and those paying are posting the videos on prisoners’ behalf.

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Idaho DOC spokesman Jeff Ray told The Spokesman-Review, “While many penpals are well-intentioned, people who choose to do so — including those incarcerated — should exercise caution.”

Vanlith claimed she’d made more than 500 new connections through JPay since posting alongside her account on TikTok, which has since been removed.

The Tiktok Account Has Since Been Deactivated


The TikTok account has since been deactivatedPhoto credit: Tiktok

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Female sex offender who seduced two teenagers she met posted videos online on TikTok from prison and asked for pen pals



What’s next in the Ravens’ offensive evolution? Their preseason opener might’ve offered hints. | ANALYSIS

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What’s Next In The Ravens’ Offensive Evolution? Their Preseason Opener Might’ve Offered Hints. | Analysis

Greg Roman’s playbook, always a subject of intense scrutiny in Baltimore, is always changing, always growing, a living document in a sport of constant upheaval.

The Ravens offensive coordinator said early in training camp that there’s “20% new stuff” in his inventory of calls. Then there’s the collection of run-pass-option concepts that coach John Harbaugh later said just hasn’t been completely “tapped into.” Who knows what else is hiding in there? Ravens players describe the breadth of Roman’s playbook the way they would a Cheesecake Factory menu.

“You would think it’s just run, run, run, until you get here and see how thick and big the playbook is,” running back Mike Davis, in his first year in Baltimore, said last week. “I was just surprised at how big the playbook is.”

More interesting than what’s in the playbook, though, is what’s actually called. Roman wants to make use of what he has in Baltimore. And even with most Ravens starters sitting out Thursday’s preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans, the 23-10 win could prove to preview the next iteration of Roman’s offense.

Most striking was the Ravens’ reliance on plays from under center. On six of the offense’s first seven plays Thursday, quarterback Tyler Huntley lined up not in the shotgun or pistol formation, as the Ravens did 96% of the time last season, according to Sharp Football Stats, but behind centers Patrick Mekari and Ben Powers.

Of Huntley’s 35 plays Thursday, including those negated by penalties, he was under center for 14 (nine run plays, five pass plays). That was not the dominant play structure for the Ravens’ first-half offense; Huntley took 19 snaps from the shotgun, including seven straight late in the second quarter as the Ravens briskly moved downfield. He also took two from the pistol, according to a review of the game film.

It can be tempting to extrapolate season-long trends from a preseason opener. It can be just as tempting to dismiss the games as meaningless altogether. But even a modest embrace of under-center offense would mark a stark contrast from the 2021 Ravens offense.

According to Sports Info Solutions, quarterback Lamar Jackson had just 12 drop-backs from under center all last season, finishing 1-for-10 for 20 yards. Forty-six NFL quarterbacks had at least as many under-center drop-backs last season. Dallas Cowboys backup Cooper Rush, who threw 47 passes total last season, 335 fewer than Jackson, tied Jackson with 10 such passes. Case Keenum had 21 under-center attempts in just seven games (two starts) with the Cleveland Browns.

With more under-center passing Thursday, the Ravens’ offense looked, coincidentally enough, more like the Titans’. Huntley’s first passing play was a play-action bootleg out of a two-tight-end formation. After faking a handoff to the left, he wheeled around to the right and found wide receiver Tylan Wallace, who’d motioned inside as if he were a blocker, cutting across the grain and into the flat for a 3-yard completion.

The Ravens’ depth of talent at tight end and fullback — Mark Andrews and Isaiah Likely have provided near-daily highlights in camp, and Nick Boyle and Patrick Ricard can be punishing blockers — should force defenses into using bigger, slower personnel groupings. The field-stretching speed of wide receivers Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay should stress defenses after the snap. With longer-developing play-action looks from under center, Jackson could have bigger windows to throw into.

“The under-center stuff, definitely, I think probably we’ll be able to do some of that stuff more effectively this year, just with how we’re built,” Roman said Sunday. “I think you might see some more of that.”

This early in the preseason, there are practical benefits to under-center drop-backs, too. Ravens quarterbacks coach James Urban said Saturday that he learned from former Philadelphia Eagles and current Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid that “you teach quarterbacks timing from dropping under center.”

“So we do a good little bit of it during training camp,” Urban added. “I think it’s very, very important to learn to drop. We did some in the game the other night. And then, as you evolve, or protection-wise, it’s certainly easier sometimes to be in [shotgun]. But it’s easy to feel what that throw feels like when you have to separate from the line of scrimmage and do it — catch and drop. Now transition that same feeling, that same timing. That’s what we’re doing.”

Thursday’s game also hinted at changes in the Ravens’ running game, too. In 2019, during Jackson’s supernova of a season, the Ravens used the pistol formation — in which a running back lines up behind the quarterback in a modified shotgun set — on over half of their plays, according to Football Outsiders. In 2020, with their early-down success dipping, the rate fell to 44%. Last year, amid injuries to their offensive line, running backs and Jackson, their pistol usage dropped even further, to 28%.

Against Tennessee, Huntley had just the two pistol snaps. When Anthony Brown came in to start the second half, the Ravens’ under-center offense all but disappeared (three snaps). Still, they leaned more on shotgun looks (17 snaps) than pistol looks (eight snaps).

Roman has called his offensive philosophy “medieval,” a description best reflected in the Ravens’ power-running game — double teams, pulling linemen, heavy personnel packages. But with the arrival of first-round pick Tyler Linderbaum, the Ravens added an immediate-impact center who thrived at Iowa with zone concepts, where linemen are responsible for blocking an area, not a gap.

With more shotgun snaps, the Ravens could change the “launch point” for their zone runs, an area of weakness last season. Their top two running backs in 2021, Devonta Freeman and Latavius Murray, combined for 335 yards on 89 inside- and outside-zone runs last season, or just 3.8 yards per carry, according to SIS. On all other carries, they averaged 4.6 yards per carry.

More and more teams are turning to outside-zone plays, and for good reason — because “it’s worked,” defensive lineman Calais Campbell said Tuesday. Two of the NFL’s most influential offensive innovators, Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay and San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, built their run-game structure around the concept.

“I think that just making defensive linemen, linebackers move sideline to sideline, it gives you a crease,” Campbell said. “For just one guy to mess up, you can capitalize on it more. And so you definitely have to move in unison to kind of build that wall and be able to travel together, and if one guy kind of gets out of position, it’s like special teams: You have to kind of replace him. So it’s tough. …

“I think the biggest thing you can do [as an offense] is mix it up, keep teams guessing. If you know exactly what a team’s going to do, you have a better chance of stopping it. But if you can mix it up and make it complicated, you’ll give yourself just a little bit of an edge, which you need in this game.”

Just how much change is underway in Baltimore? The answer could be clear in about a month. Or maybe not. Asked about his offense’s tendencies in Thursday’s game, Roman said: “I really don’t think there is much to read into on that.”

But he added: “We’re going to mix it up.”

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Germany ZEW survey current conditions -47.6 vs. -48.0 expected

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  • Before -45.8
  • Economic sentiment -55.3
  • Before -53.8

This is another dismal reading as ZEW notes that they expect a further decline in Germany’s already weak economic growth. Combined with high inflation rates and expected additional costs due to rising energy prices, this will reduce profit expectations for the private consumer sector.


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Daily horoscope for August 16, 2022

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Daily Horoscope For August 9, 2022

Lunar Alert: Avoid major purchases or decisions from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EDT today (1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. PDT). After that, the Moon shifts from Aries to Taurus.

Happy Birthday Tuesday, August 16, 2022:

You are intelligent and intuitive, which is why you never stop seeking knowledge and discovering new truths. You are independent and sometimes rebellious. You value your personal freedom. This year is lighter, social and fun! Relax and let your guard down. Have fun! Find old friends.


(March 21-April 19)
At work today, you might discover new solutions and see new and better ways of doing things. You might even try to introduce reforms. Nevertheless, interruptions may occur, especially interruptions that require travel or a short trip or visit. Note: Something unusual with a pet can happen. Tonight: Take stock.


(April 20-May 20)
A social event or diversion could spontaneously take place today. You might receive an exciting invitation. You might also have new, original ideas related to the arts or the hospitality industry. During this time, something unexpected with your children could happen. Be vigilant to avoid child-related accidents. Tonight: You win!


(May 21-June 20)
You could finally tackle home repairs today. Spontaneous family discussions will likely take place. Most likely, a family member has a surprise. Be open to new ways of doing things. Fill the refrigerator, because an unexpected company might pass. Tonight: Enjoy the solitude.


(June 21-July 22)
This day is exciting as you will meet new faces and discover new places. You are also brimming with new, original, and exciting ideas as your mind races from topic to topic. A spontaneous short trip might take place. You will love learning something new. Tonight: Schmooze!


(July 23-August 22)
Although today is a great day for money-making ideas and ways to increase your income, nevertheless guard what you have and protect your belongings from loss, theft or damage. In the meantime, keep your eyes open, because you might find some money! (But you could also lose money.) Oops! Tonight: You are admired.


(August 23-September 22)
Today Mercury in your sign dances with Uranus, which makes you feel alive and electrically alert! Trust your intuition. New encounters with others are exciting. Anything different will intrigue you, which is why you might suddenly be doing something you didn’t expect to be doing. Tonight: Explore!


(Sep 23-Oct 22)
It’s a hectic day for you, because unexpected things can happen behind the scenes. You are bored with your usual daily routine. Therefore, look for stimulating people who have something unusual to offer. Meet “different” people. Tonight: Check your finances.


(23 Oct-21 Nov)
You might meet new people today and be intrigued by what they have to offer. (Your interactions with them might also make you feel younger.) Someone younger might have surprises for you. Maybe they have solutions to an old problem. Tonight: Cooperate.


(22 Nov-21 Dec)
Most likely, parents, bosses and VIPs will surprise you today. (Incidentally, this includes the police. If you have something to hide, be careful.) People are full of unusual and new ideas, which is why anyone with more experience will be worth listening to. Tonight: work.


(22 Dec-19 Jan)
Travel plans will suddenly change today. An opportunity to travel could suddenly fall into your life. Something unusual and different related to medicine and law could also happen. You will love learning new modern and science, math and technology related things. Tonight: play!


(20 Jan-18 Feb)
Hidden questions, especially about the occult, will intrigue you today. You can also discover information about someone’s income or wealth or what they own. (“What?”) Stay on top of your own banking needs, because something unusual could happen. Don’t be caught napping. Tonight: Home and family.


(February 19-March 20)
Today you will meet someone unusual, maybe younger. This person might have something to teach you. They will intrigue you because they are different. They might also have unusual information for you. Even members of the general public will surprise you. Tonight: An explanation.


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Ron DeSantis and the Republicans’ Mar-a-Lago Playbook

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Ron Desantis And The Republicans' Mar-A-Lago Playbook

Republican politicians weighing how to react to the FBI’s search for Mar-a-Lago last week had several options. Reduced, they were:

1. Immediately denounce it as a “witch hunt” and threaten to investigate or even defund the office, while calling for the removal of Attorney General Merrick Garland.

2. Issue a cautious, fictitious statement expressing your confidence in the process while issuing a note of concern about the possibility of overreach by the Department of Justice. Say few things that could become embarrassing if more facts emerge that paint the former president’s conduct in a negative light.

3. Criticize Trump as having endangered the national security of the United States. Ask him to release the search warrant and explain what the officers might have been looking for and why he didn’t return the documents they were looking for.

4. Wait for more information before commenting.

The political dilemma was particularly acute for Republicans aspiring to run for president in 2024 – requiring a high-flying act worthy of the Flying Wallendas.

Enter Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, who is widely seen as Trump’s most serious potential rival in a Republican primary race. The political world is watching DeSantis’ every move these days, and many have been eagerly awaiting his reaction to the search.

Sometimes mischief ensues.

In a clever but dishonest game of online shenanigans, someone put together two separate videos to make it look like DeSantis had defended the FBI The manipulated video, which has circulated widely on social media, claims to show DeSantis tangling with Sean Hannity on Fox News the host’s use of the word “raid” to describe FBI actions.

“This is not a raid,” DeSantis says in the edited video, adding, “they were serving valid process under the laws and the Constitution of the United States.”

It would have been an explosive moment — the first real fireworks display of the 2024 shadow presidential primary.

But that never happened.

In fact, DeSantis had defended a 2020 search by law enforcement officers of the home of Rebekah Jones, a former Florida state data scientist who claimed the DeSantis administration was manipulating information about the coronavirus pandemic.

Hannity, for her part, called the video “FAKE NEWS” and demanded that Twitter remove it.

What DeSantis actually said was this tweet:

“The MAL raid is another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the regime’s political opponents, while the likes of Hunter Biden are treated with kid gloves,” DeSantis wrote. “Now the regime gets another 87,000 IRS agents to wield against its adversaries? Banana Republic.

Note what was missing here: any defense of Trump’s conduct. DeSantis made similar remarks at a Sunday rally for Kari Lake and Blake Masters, the Republican gubernatorial and Senate candidates from Arizona – criticizing the Justice Department and giving examples of what he has called FBI misconduct, while remaining silent on the former president’s alleged mismanagement. classified documents.

David Jolly, a former Republican congressman from Florida, said the “dancing” between DeSantis and Trump was quietly consuming both sides behind the scenes.

Trump has periodically noted — accurately — that he remains the most popular Republican in the hypothetical 2024 primary matchups, with DeSantis trailing far behind. But the two have yet to clash seriously.

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Instead, they circled each other like cage fighters prowling the ring before a match.

DeSantis allies have launched ‘Ready for Ron’, a super PAC backing the Florida governor’s potential candidacy – even as he insists he’s focused on re-election in Florida and has no connection with effort. (Ed Rollins, a longtime Republican agent who leads the super PAC, did not respond to a request for comment.)

Yet DeSantis has also courted Trump donors and at times criticized the former president’s handling of the pandemic. Trump allies watched his maneuvers warily, while disparaging DeSantis to reporters as an overrated political talent.

According to Jolly, “the smartest thing Trump can do is declare now.”

This, he said, could be “the catalytic moment that shuts everyone out” from the Republican field by forcing potential candidates like DeSantis to defend Trump more aggressively or distance themselves from the former president’s legal troubles.

But if Trump were to clean up the decks to prepare for a third presidential bid by stoking anti-government tension over his legal woes, Jolly added, he would create “one of the most dangerous times that I think our country could face.” “.

Some might say that the politically savvy course of action for Republicans would be to choose the fourth option from the menu above: say nothing.

That’s what Charlie Dent, a former congressman from Pennsylvania, suggested to fellow Republicans they did when news broke that federal agents had searched Trump’s home.

“At a time like this, my advice to GOP members would be to exercise restraint and be circumspect in their public comments,” said Dent, who retired in 2018 rather than seek reelection after to have become one of the most trusted critics of Trump’s conduct. as president.

“With Trump,” Dent added, “there’s always more to the story – and it’s usually not very good.”

As the week progressed, that advice became more and more sound.

News outlets, including this one, have reported that the FBI is seeking to recover highly classified documents that Trump or one of his aides took from the White House and hid in the former’s private club and residence. president in West Palm Beach.

Some of the documents, The Washington Post reported, related to nuclear weapons — among the most sensitive materials in possession of the federal government.

Still, staying silent isn’t what many Republicans have been doing. Let’s briefly review what happened:

  • Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the Republican National Committee, wrote an op-ed for Fox News that described the research as “part of a pattern of bureaucratic abuse against Trump.”

  • Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the highest-ranking Republican in the House, made a clear threat to the Justice Department, saying Republicans planned to “conduct immediate oversight” of the agency. “Attorney General Garland, save your paperwork and clear your calendar,” McCarthy said.

  • Representative Elise Stefanik of New York, the third House Republican, said the FBI had committed an “abuse of power at the highest level”.

  • Representative Jim Jordan, a key Trump ally, enlists Garland and Christopher Wraythe Trump-appointed FBI Director, to testify about the search before the House Judiciary Committee.

  • Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s top Republican, declined to comment on the research on a trip to visit flood-ravaged communities in his native Kentucky.

  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia called on Congress to ‘cancel FBI funding’

Over the past few days, however, as new information has leaked out about why the Justice Department felt it necessary to fight its way into Mar-a-Lago, most elected Republicans have taken a similar stance. to that of DeSantis: to tear apart the FBI and justice. Department as overstepping the mark, while refusing to back Trump outright.

During a revealing appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Mike Rounds, Republican of South Dakota, urged the department to release more information about the “justification for this raid.”

But he quickly turned to more favorable political ground.

“Right now, with the 2022 midterm elections approaching,” Rounds said, “we would much rather focus on current policies that are hurting our economy.”

  • The legal pressure on Donald Trump and his close allies has intensified further: prosecutors have informed Rudolph Giuliani, his former personal lawyer, that he is the target of an extensive criminal investigation into election interference in Georgia.

  • Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin are pushing hard to take greater control over the state’s voting infrastructure. But whether that happens could depend on two huge elections, one in November and one in April, writes Reid Epstein.

  • The Republican Senate Campaign Committee has reduced its TV ad bookings in three critical battleground states for the fall, a likely sign of financial trouble, reports Shane Goldmacher.

  • With Liz Cheney facing near-certain defeat tomorrow in her House primary, it’s the likely end of the Cheney family’s two-generation dynasty in Wyoming, as well as the passing of less tribal, more clubby politics. and substance-oriented. . Jonathan Martin has the story.

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Luis Diaz’s goal was ‘immaculate’ but Liverpool star’s elite mentality is even more impressive as Danny Murphy highlights Jurgen Klopp’s ‘biggest advantage’ despite Crystal Palace draw

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Luis Diaz'S Goal Was 'Immaculate' But Liverpool Star'S Elite Mentality Is Even More Impressive As Danny Murphy Highlights Jurgen Klopp'S 'Biggest Advantage' Despite Crystal Palace Draw

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy was impressed with Luis Diaz’s performance in the Reds’ 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are still in search of their first win of the season as Diaz was forced to save a point at Anfield.


Diaz took Liverpool ten from the hole

Following a red card for Darwin Nunez, Diaz grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and scored a superb individual goal.

The Colombian danced past a number of Palace defenders before launching a long-range effort into the side netting.

And for ex-England Murphy, Diaz’s overall performance was even more impressive than the goal.

Despite a disappointing start to the season for Liverpool, Murphy believes the tenacious 25-year-old provides Klopp with his greatest cause for optimism.

“Sometimes you look at the defender and think, ‘What did he do there? ‘” Murphy told talkSPORT.

“But the actual skills to pass the players were impeccable. It was a really hard shot to stop because of his handling on the ball.

Anfield Rose To Salute Diaz's Goal


Anfield rose to salute Diaz’s goal

“What impressed me the most, forget the goal… when your team needs someone to demand the ball and get things done, he would get on the ball, risk losing it, risk upsetting the crowd, that’s what the best players do.

“Also, the work without the ball, the ball carrier about five times. He sprinted 40 meters back to recover the ball.

“That’s what you call a super player and that mentality will be Jurgen Klopp’s biggest advantage.”

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Google’s third bet from its Africa Investment Fund is in logistics company Lori Systems – TechCrunch

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Google'S Third Bet From Its Africa Investment Fund Is In Logistics Company Lori Systems – Techcrunch

Lori Systems, an African logistics and on-demand trucking company that digitizes transportation and provides shippers with solutions to manage their freight and carriers, has launched a pre-series B round in which Google participated with other investors existing. Sources say the company has risen to a valuation slightly above its last valuation of $110 million in 2020.

This undisclosed investment is Google’s third since the $50 million Africa Investment Fund targeting early-stage and growth-stage startups across the continent, which the company’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, announced last October. The fund is part of Google’s investment plan $1 billion in “technology-driven initiatives” over the next five years. The news also follows the launch of Google’s first product development center on the continent, in Nairobi, Kenya, the city where Lori Systems was first launched.

Last December, Google announced its first investment in Ugandan super app SafeBoda. During the announcement, Nitin Gajria, the Managing Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, said the Africa Investment Fund would not be limited to specific verticals or regions. “We focus on investments where we think Google could add value. If the founders are building interesting products solving real challenges in Africa, that would fit nicely into our investment thesis,” he said. added.

The following month, the fund participated in the $20 million Series A expansion round of South African games publisher and studio Carry1st led by a16z. With its most recent investment in Lori Systems, a Google spokesperson — asked about the fund’s investment strategy given that its investments come from three different sectors — told TechCrunch that the Africa Investment Fund has an eye on startups that it has a strategic overlap in key areas. verticals, including fintech, logistics, e-commerce and local language content.

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In Africa, more than $180 billion is spent on transportation every year, and logistics accounts for more than 70% of a product’s price, according to reports. For comparison, it is 6% in the United States. The influence of logistics operations on products leads to various problems for operators, ranging from inconsistent pricing, which stems from a fragmented supply and demand market, to paper documentation and limited or no access to financing.

Companies like Lori are solving these problems and reducing costs through their on-demand logistics and trucking marketplaces, which connect shippers to transportation, help them move goods, expand working capital facilities, and provide them with software to manage their operations. Lori, in a statement, said it had helped thousands of shippers and carriers move more than $10 billion in freight across the continent since its launch in 2016.

The 2017 TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa winner currently has a presence in Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria. In 2019, we reported the company’s Series A round, which multiple publications quoted at $20-30m, led by Imperial Logistics (recently acquired by Dubai Ports World). Lori raised a total of $38.2 million, according to Crunchbase. Some of its competitors include Kobo360, Sendy, and Sote.

Given that its last raise was almost three years ago, I asked CEO Uche Ogboi why it took so long for Lori, one of the most funded logistics companies on the continent, to secure subsequent funding and why she had opted for an extension instead of a new price. round. She said Lori has been focused on growth, sustainability and a path to profitability since her last funding round. According to the chief executive, the company has significantly expanded its product line and now offers a “fully digitized transport management platform”, built in response to the pandemic, which has disrupted trade flows for shippers and carriers. Its new products tripled transaction volume, while its market participation rate nearly doubled, she said.

“At this point in our journey, and in this current market, we have made a strategic decision to expand our Series A rather than raise a Series B on unfavorable terms,” ​​Ogboi replied in an email response regarding company fundraising efforts and current VC. countryside. “We are excited about this opportunity to partner with Google and plan to re-evaluate our investment options in the first half of next year.” Lori wants to use the new funds to develop new product lines and achieve profitability, added Jean-Claude Homawoo, co-founder and chief product officer.

It was not possible to find out how much Google’s Africa Investment Fund has invested in this round, as with investments in Safeboda and Carry1st. Still, it’s worth noting that the fund – which, according to its spokesperson, does not intend to direct investments but “to partner with the best investors who have a regional presence and local knowledge” – has mainly participated in extension agreements via convertible bonds.

“At Google, we understand the transformative power that digitalization can bring to the African continent. There is so much potential in the region, but it is only through innovation that it can be fully harnessed,” commented Gajria on Google’s involvement.”Lori Systems is a great example of how technology can be scalable across Africa and how, in turn, this can lead to significant economic development.


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