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Raising their voice amid the rural community activists, unorganised labourers of Rajasthan have pledged to struggle for higher minimum wages and cast their votes in this year’s Assembly elections for the political party which promises to increase the wages in proportion with inflation.Hundreds of labourers working at the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) sites and with the private contractors joined the May Day celebrations of Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) at Bhim in Rajsamand district on Tuesday. The participants called for accountability in governance and action to strengthen the laws on food security and right to information.Unorganised Labour Union’s secretary Norat Mal said they would launch an agitation for higher wages and fair treatment of unskilled workers. He demanded that the political parties give top priority to labour welfare.The Hindi edition of the book on right to information, “The RTI Story: Power to the People”, by social activist Aruna Roy with the MKSS Collective, was released. The speakers recollected ordinary people’s struggle, which had originated in Rajasthan, for transparency in governance that resulted in the enactment of the RTI Act. Ms. Roy said the agitation for RTI had made a nation-wide impact after a 44-day-long dharna in Beawar in 1996. Baba Adhav, social activist from Maharashtra, said the change of government would not serve the objective of changing the system, unless it was accompanied by the spirit for public welfare. Dalit leader Bhanwar Meghwanshi said the RTI Act was the first legislation enacted as a result of people’s struggle.
How unpredictable has this year’s NCAA men’s tournament been? The most lopsided win of the Elite Eight belonged to an 11 seed that advanced to its first Final Four appearance in 55 years. At the same time, the three national semifinalists other than Loyola of Chicago — Kansas, Villanova and Michigan — are among the most successful programs in college basketball history. Together, they fill out a Final Four that nicely mixes the traditional with the unexpected.Loyola is the most compelling story of the tourney, thanks to a run that slowly turned them from a fun Cinderella into something much more special. But they’re not merely a George Mason or Virginia Commonwealth that’ll be easy to knock off, despite the identical seed numbers. According to our Elo ratings — a measure of a team’s strength that is based on game-by-game results — the Ramblers were the 25th-best team in the field going into the tournament, compared with No. 44 for George Mason in 2006 and No. 52 for VCU. (Loyola is a little more like LSU in 1986, which ranked 32nd in the field before the tournament and became the first double-digit seed ever to make a Final Four.) Going back to the start of the 64-team era in 1985, Loyola’s pre-tourney Elo ranks sixth-best among the 14 Final Four teams who were seeded seventh or worse: Either way, Michigan’s defense has been dominant — it’s holding opponents to 38 percent shooting from the field in the NCAAs thus far — and in some ways the Wolverines will be facing a smaller and less-heralded version of themselves in the defensive-minded, slow-paced Ramblers. Plus, for all the talk of Loyola’s last championship coming in 1963, it’s also been nearly three decades since Michigan, behind Glen Rice and coach Steve Fisher, last cut down the nets — a somewhat surprising title drought for a marquee program like UM. Our prediction model gives Michigan a 69 percent chance of advancing to its second title game in six years under John Beilein.2In 2013, the Wolverines lost in the final to Louisville, which later vacated its title.Meanwhile, for all the chaos of this tournament, chalk prevailed in the other regional finals, producing a pair of No. 1 seeds in Kansas and Villanova. It’ll be the tournament’s 15th battle of top-seeded teams in the national semifinals, and the first since Wisconsin-Kentucky in 2015.Kansas had its hands full with Duke in the Midwest region’s titanic 1-vs-2 clash. According to our excitement index, which measures how thrilling a game was by computing the average change in win probability on each play, the Jayhawks and Blue Devils tied for the second-most heart-pounding game of the entire tournament so far, trailing only Michigan vs. Houston from the Round of 32. It was the kind of game Kansas hasn’t tended to come out on top of in recent years — it’d lost a regional final in each of the past two seasons, and was 1-3 in chances to go to the Final Four since last winning the championship in 2008.When we looked at March Madness’s best coaches — in terms of exceeding the record we would expect a team to earn in their tournament games based on Elo — the statistical contrast between Kansas’s Bill Self and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski pretty much summed up the narrative for the two coaches. While each had guided tournament teams with roughly the same seed on average (Self’s teams had an average seed of 2.7, while Coach K’s were at 2.2), Self had played almost exactly to his expected record over the years (+0.1 wins, 188th-best among all coaches), while Krzyzewski had outpaced his expectations by 5.8 wins (seventh-best) since 1985.But Self and the Jayhawks found redemption behind the outstanding play of Malik Newman, who scored 32 against the Blue Devils, including all 13 Kansas points in overtime. We weren’t fully sold on the Jayhawks before the tournament began — we thought there was a glimmer of hope for Penn to upset them in the first round — but KU has now worked itself up to the fourth-highest power rating of any team in the nation, giving itself a 23 percent title probability according to our model. Villanova’s path was easier than Michigan’sPregame Elo ratings for Villanova’s and Michigan’s 2018 NCAA tournament opponents, by round Source: Sports-Reference.com/cbb, ESPN 1827Average1867 32014KentuckyMidwest81876 SeasonTeamRegionSeedPre-Tournament Elo 102013Wichita StateWest91791 62018Loyola (IL)South111838 Alabama1795Rd. of 321934Houston 122017South CarolinaEast71747 The best low-seeded Final Four teamsBest pre-tournament Elo rating for Final Four teams seeded seventh or lower, 1985-2018 142011VCUSouthwest111725 112016SyracuseMidwest101772 132006George MasonWashington111747 Radford1552Rd. of 641693Montana So you can build a case that the Ramblers are much better than the typical low-seeded Final Four squad. Still, history has not been kind to Cinderellas in the tournament’s third weekend. In fact, the Final Four is right around when the clock strikes midnight: Teams seeded ninth or worse are 0-6 all-time in the national semifinal.Michigan is an especially interesting opponent for the Ramblers, given that both teams are riding double-digit winning streaks (Loyola has won 14 straight, and Michigan has won 13) and that the chief knock on Michigan’s otherwise stellar tournament play has been a lack of difficult opponents. If they do beat Loyola, the Wolverines will become the first team in history to make it to the national title game without facing a single team seeded better than sixth. But that probably overstates how easy Michigan’s path was: The average Elo of the Wolverines’ opponents is not notably low by Final Four standards,1It ranks 82nd-lowest out of 136 Final Four teams since 1985. and what’s more, it’s not even the lowest of 2018. (Villanova has faced a much easier path to the Final Four, in terms of its opponents’ average Elo ratings.) 12015Michigan StateEast71914 Villanova Opp.Elo RatingRoundElo RatingMichigan Opp. 42011ButlerSoutheast81875 91985VillanovaSoutheast81802 81986Louisiana StateSoutheast111804 22014ConnecticutEast71909 West Virginia1972Sweet 161892Texas A&M 72000North CarolinaSouth81822 52000WisconsinWest81871 Texas Tech1988Elite Eight1948Florida State Source: Sports-Reference.com/cbb Villanova remains our favorite to win the tournament, however, with nearly a 50 percent chance against the field. Unlike Kansas versus Duke, the Wildcats were comfortably in control of their Elite Eight matchup with Texas Tech for practically the entire game, helping it produce the lowest excitement index of any regional final (even lower than Loyola’s rout of K-State). Aside from some midgame jockeying with West Virginia in the Sweet 16, Nova’s victories have seldom been in doubt on the road to the Final Four.Even when the Wildcats’ offense has sputtered — and against the Red Raiders, they were not impressive by any means, generating their fifth-fewest points per possession in any game this season — their defense has come through. During the tournament, only West Virginia has managed to crack 95 points per 100 possessions against Villanova, and even the Mountaineers were held to their sixth-worst offensive game of the season. Against the Red Raiders, the Wildcats’ two most dynamic players –Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson — combined to shoot 7-for-24 from the floor (including 0-for-9 from deep), and yet the defense was strong enough to help Nova not just overcome problems on offense, but cruise to victory.A Villanova win would put an uncharacteristically routine capper on what has been a wild season in college basketball. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, the Wildcats won their 134th game in the last four seasons when they beat Texas Tech, breaking the Division I record for the most wins by a program in a four-year span. If they win a couple more, they’d become the fourth program to win at least two championships in a three-year span since 1985.But it feels premature to speculate about that. This year has already offered some of the most unexpected moments in tournament history. So who knows, maybe the tourney still has a few surprises left in its final weekend.
Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Over in China, Huawei said also leaned into color to attract the attention of women and youth. “We need to make sure our color range [is] more approachable to the female consumer and also a more younger demographic,” he said, adding that Huawei wants to appeal to buyers who embrace fashion, something a black phone can’t do.Aren’t you just going to put a case on it anyway?Any time I gush over a phone color or design, someone (usually CNET editor David Carnoy) quickly retorts, “Who cares? You’re just going to put a case on it anyway.” He isn’t wrong, and you really should use a case and glass screen protector to shield your phone, even if just to preserve its resale or trade-in value. But in the decision-making process, that logic might matter less. Angela Lang/CNET “People want to protect their precious phones,” said Huawei’s Kim, a former Samsung product designer before moving to Huawei. “But when they make their purchase decision, we really need to put out … an attractive product,” Kim said, adding that changing out cases is another way to express your style. Maybe phone colors are like fancy lingerie: Who cares if nobody else sees it? You know it’s there.Black is boring, but it sellsWhile colorful phones are exciting to look at, the reality is that they’ll never outsell black, white and gray. Huawei’s Kim knows this, acknowledging that the P20 Pro’s Twilight color, a blue-pink-purple gradient, can’t surpass black. “[The] Twilight color has been very popular,” he said. “But … really, really the final sale, the neutral color really sells more.Google knows this, too, which is why its Not-Pink Pixel 3 veers more toward beige than bubble gum or rose. Now playing: Watch this: Owning a brightly colored phone says something about you, the buyer. “It makes your phone much more unique, and personalizes the phone,” Kahn said. It can also prove to others that you’re riding the latest trend. “That makes a different reason to purchase.”Standing out from the crowdThe Mate 20 Pro has a striking look. Josh Miller/CNET Dazzling you for the sake of self expression is one thing, but don’t forget the competitive edge. Huawei’s P20 Pro, Mate 20 Pro and Honor View 20 are bullish about eye-popping gradients and patterns in part to separate the brand from its rivals.”We had a lot of disadvantage because we’re not a well-known brand to consumers [compared to] our other competition, which is bigger and better recognized in the industry,” said Joonsuh Kim, the chief design officer of Huawei’s consumer business, which includes phones.He’s referring to Samsung here, the world’s largest smartphone maker. But make no mistake, Huawei is no seedling startup. Last year it ousted Apple to become the planet’s second biggest phone brand, and it plans to take Samsung’s crown by 2020. While Samsung admitted to slower sales in 2018 (Apple did, too), Huawei announced that its shares were rising: 200 million units sold by the end of 2019. Its investment in flashy phones seems to have paid off.Samsung, for its part, has sold phones in every color of the rainbow, the most recent being a deep blue Galaxy Note 9 with a sunny yellow stylus to go with it. It popped. See All 28 Photos Yep, the Galaxy S10 leaked again reading • Black phones are boring, but sell. Yet for brands, color still matters • 6 “We wanted to make sure we have something classic and conservative, something light and fresh, and Not Pink [is] a little bit of a statement while also being neutral,” Olsson said, adding that Google’s design team worked on the color for 2 and a half years, holding back because it deemed it world-unready until now.”What’s great about Not-Pink is that it has that specific appeal, but isn’t gender-specific,” Olsson said.A sign of slowing tech?There’s one other reason why smartphone brands might gravitate toward colorful cases rather than neutral tones. Phones aren’t wearing out as fast as manufacturers want them to, and customers are holding on to them longer. Technology has slowed, giving buyers less of a reason to upgrade.At this point, the classic marketing move for any industry is to change up the color palette each year to entice you with a fashion statement you just have to have or else you’ll die.A little color goes a long way. Angela Lang/CNET “If you’re not going to improve on the tech significantly, you frequently see a move to design and aesthetics,” said Kahn, pointing out that the same thing happened with wired telephones in the 1980s, luring in kids with princess-themed, neon and translucent phones. The tech didn’t change much, but the packaging did.Things in 2019 are different. Samsung is set to announce its first foldable phone on Wednesday, poised to be followed by a rush of folding phone designs from competitors like Huawei, LG and Xiaomi. Phones with 5G connectivity will also start to crop up this month at MWC, the world’s largest phone show. And phones with three or more rears cameras are also about to take aim, shaking up a flat landscape with tantalizing possibility, whether it all pans out or not.Will color continue to play a leading role for mainstream devices? Will daring foldable phones like Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy X/Galaxy F/Galaxy Fold come in only black? Whatever happens, it’s a sure bet that phone makers won’t give up the need to find a competitive edge any way they can.”We always want to be the pioneers in the industry. We need to move on to the new thing,” Kim said of Huawei. “We’re not going to stay where we’re at right now.”First published Feb. 16, 4 a.m. PT.Update, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.: Updates article throughout.March 2 at 10:54 a.m. PT: Corrects spelling of Barbara Kahn. Pixel 3 in Not Pink is pretty accurate. Shot with things that are actually pretty pink, and things that are actually pretty white #madebygoogle #Pixel3 @CNET pic.twitter.com/9o7lcI7kTs— Jessica Dolcourt (@jdolcourt) October 9, 2018 3:49 Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it The Galaxy S10 in Canary Yellow and Flamingo Pink. The foldable Galaxy Fold in Martian Green. OnePlus 6T in Thunder Purple. The list goes on. Every sales figure and expert tells us that people buy phones for their camera, battery and screen. But any product designer or marketer will tell you that color and finish matter, too.Just think. If color were inconsequential, why bother coming up with fancy names like Jet Black, Phantom Blue and Prism White, rather than simply black, blue and white? Why even have white at all?”Color has always been a very important visual element,” said Barbara Kahn, professor of marketing at The Wharton School. “It’s something people notice right away.”The OnePlus 6T in Thunder Purple. Angela Lang/CNET Shelf appeal is important when selling any product. It’s what gets a thing noticed. But a colorful phone can be personal and meaningful as well.”Color gives us joy in our lives,” said Isabelle Olsson, who helped lead the team that designed the Pixel 3 in Not-Pink. I hear echoes of Marie Kondo’s treatise on sparking joy. “We’re craving something new,” she added, not just “black, glossy boxes.”Apple is a good example of this philosophy. For years, the most “special” iPhone colors have been white, gold, rose gold and jet black, all fairly neutral tones. Only with the cheaper iPhone XR and iPhone 5C did it let its hair down with bold blue, yellow and coral choices to offset the polished stoicism of the higher-end iPhones. The one exception: the special-edition red iPhone, born of a partnership with the nonprofit Product RED charity. Honor View 20’s hypnotic colors will make your jaw drop Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple Comments Phones Tags Google Huawei LG Samsung Apple
Bill RichardsonVeteran US diplomat Bill Richardson denied he was asked by Myanmar’s government to step down from an international advisory board on the Rohingya crisis, his spokesman said on Friday.A statement issued by the office of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi late on Thursday had accused Richardson of pursuing “his own agenda” and said that the government decided to ask him to quit as his continued participation on the board would not be in the best interests of all concerned.”At no point was the Governor asked to step down, either in person or in writing by any member of the Government of Myanmar or the Chair of the Advisory Board,” Richardson’s spokesman Mickey Bergman told Reuters.”Quite the opposite, their National Security Advisor stopped by the night before to convince the Governor to stay as planned.”Richardson said in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday that he was resigning from the board because it was conducting a “whitewash” and accused Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, of lacking “moral leadership”.The departure of Richardson, a former Clinton administration cabinet member, came as the 10-member advisory board was making its first visit to western Rakhine State, from where around 688,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled in recent months.A U.S. official, who spoke on Thursday on condition of anonymity, said the issues raised by Richardson had reinforced concerns about Myanmar’s handling of the Rohingya crisis. Still, the official said, the United States would likely stick to its ”measured” approach of applying limited pressure on Myanmar and avoiding more drastic measures that could destabilize the situation.’CHEERLEADING SQUAD’A separate statement from the nine remaining members of the advisory board on Thursday said they met this week “with open minds” and agreed “to speak with one voice”.”Therefore, any statement about the Advisory Board ‘whitewashing’ or ‘cheerleading’ for anyone lacks complete legitimacy,” the board said.Richardson said in the Reuters interview that he was worried the board would become “a cheerleading squad” for the government.Richardson’s spokesman said the reference to pursuing his own agenda would seem to refer to his addressing with Suu Kyi the issue of two imprisoned Reuters journalists.In his interview with Reuters, Richardson said he got into a furious argument with Suu Kyi at a Monday night dinner when he brought up the case of two Reuters reporters, who were arrested on Dec. 12 on suspicion of violating Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act.Reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, had worked on Reuters coverage of the crisis in Rakhine. They were detained on Dec. 12 after they had been invited to meet police officers over dinner in Yangon.”It’s important to note that he agreed to serve on the Board a month before the Reuters journalists were arrested,” said Richardson’s spokesman Bergman.The armed forces have been accused by Rohingya witnesses and human rights activists of carrying out killings, rapes and arson in Rakhine in a campaign senior officials in the United Nations and United States have described as ethnic cleansing. Myanmar rejects that label and has denied nearly all the allegations.The former New Mexico governor’s foundation, the Richardson Center, has “invested tens of thousands of dollars of its own money” in preparing for his role on the board “and were gearing up for a full year of robust programming for 2018,” Bergman said.Richardson led the first foreign delegation allowed to visit Suu Kyi in 1994 when she was under house arrest, Bergman said, “and helped to get many Myanmar political prisoners out during military rule, some are currently serving in her government.”It is heartbreaking to see her indulging in similar practices, now that she is in power,” Bergman added.REPATRIATION CAMPSFormer South African Defence Minister Roelof Petrus Meyer, one of the four remaining international members of the board, said on Thursday Richardson’s departure was “really unfortunate”.After touring temporary repatriation camps set up by Myanmar, Meyer said he thought the country was ready to take back the Rohingya refugees under an agreement with Bangladesh, where they are currently sheltering.”The security will be provided…the subject is so internationally covered so I don’t think (Rohingya) people should be scared,” he said.The Advisory Board for the Committee for Implementation of the Recommendations on Rakhine State was set up by Myanmar last year, to advise on enacting the findings of an earlier commission headed by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.Thursday’s statement from Suu Kyi’s office said the government was committed to “implementing the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State to the fullest extent possible and in the shortest timeframe, in accordance with the situation on the ground”.
Narayanganj Sadar police station officer-in-charge Kamrul Islam drove out voters from the polling station at Morgan Girls’ School in Naryanganj city on Sunday afternoon.Three vehicles led by the OC reached the voting centre at around 2:00pm and started blowing sirens to intimidate the voters.When this correspondent approached him to talk on the matter, Kamrul Islam indicated him to move away.Dulal Mia, 50, reached the polling station at 11:00am to cast his vote and found the gate closed.Around 1:30pm, over one hundred voters were seen chanting slogans demanding scopes to cast their votes. Four female voters were quarrelling with the armed police.They alleged to Prothom Alo that police beat them up and confined them for two hours closing the gate.When this correspondent attempted to talk to the presiding officer, the law enforcement said everybody was eating inside.As the voters nearby heard it, they became angry and said, “We are standing here for two hours and they are still eating.”“They are chasing us as if we have come to steal,” the voters expressed anger.About the situation, an officer of Sadar police station said, “Don’t you know about the situation? Everything is done.”* This report published in Prothom Alo Bangla online has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam
By The Associated PressPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The family of a Black man who was fatally shot by Portland State University campus police on Friday demanded that the university immediately disarm its campus officers.Jason Erik Washington was shot on June 29 while trying to break up a fight outside a bar near the university’s downtown campus.Jason Erik Washington (Courtesy Photo/Facebook)In the family’s first public statements on the shooting, Washington’s brother compared the incident to other high-profile shootings of Black men, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported .Family members attended a news conference and stood side-by-side wearing T-shirts bearing Washington’s image as Andre Washington spoke.“What this community experienced on the morning of June 29, 2018 is not uncommon in this city and around the country,” said Andre Washington said. “Black men being gunned down by White police officers is an affliction in America.”The family also demanded that the two officers involved, identified by the university as Shawn McKenzie and James Dewey, be fired.McKenzie and Dewey were placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting.Authorities have not said how many bullets were fired or whose shots hit Washington.The Portland Police Bureau is investigating the shooting.Cellphone video shot by a witness shows Washington repeatedly trying to restrain a friend as a group of other men follow them down a sidewalk. It seems as if Washington is about to succeed in getting his friend inside and away from a fight when the friend breaks away and swings at someone and is knocked to the ground.Washington enters the fray and is knocked the ground. As he falls, a black object can be seen in his hip pocket.The camera jerks away from the action shortly after the fall and doesn’t show the shooting, but someone can be heard shouting, “Gun!”Witness Keyaira Smith told several news outlets that the object was a gun. Washington was shot as he was trying to retrieve it from the sidewalk, she has said.Washington, a Navy veteran, a father of three, a grandfather and an employee of the U.S. Postal Service, had a valid license to carry a concealed weapon in Multnomah County, where Portland is located.“Jason Washington supported the Second Amendment. Jason Washington supported social issues. And perhaps the most ironic of all, Jason Washington supported the police,” his brother said. “Think about that.”The university issued a statement after the rally, saying that PSU offers its “deepest condolences to Jason Washington’s family.”“We fully recognize the severity of what has occurred,” the statement said. “We understand there are a lot of unanswered questions right now, and it’s very important to answer them. That’s why it’s important to have multiple comprehensive investigations.”PSU students staged an earlier protest over the university’s decision to arm its campus police.The university’s board of trustees voted in 2015 to arm its police force over objections from students.A vigil was planned for later Friday at the location where Washington was shot.___Information from: KOPB-FM, http://news.opb.org
1. Save more, spend less (and pay bills on time) A no-brainer really, but easy to say and tough to do. Check your past spends and work out how much you want to save each month. Allocate part of your income automatically so you’re not tempted to use the money elsewhere. This could be in an auto-sweep fixed deposit, a SIP in a mutual fund or a transfer to another bank account. Use a money management app to track your spends, create a budget and get reminders to make your bill payments on time. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf2. Clear high-interest debtDo you have several credit cards that are maxed out to the available credit limit, and are you paying only the minimum due each month? If so, you are headed for financial disaster. If you have multiple credit cards, give them up and keep a maximum of two, with the highest credit limit. Avoid any fresh spends on your cards till dues are cleared. List all your debts, from highest to lowest, and clear them in that order.3. Health is wealth – insure it Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBeing healthy and fit is the best gift to yourself and your family and dependents. Cut down on wasteful spending and eating/drinking, make actual use of that gym membership, get a complete health check-up done and make it a yearly habit.Set aside money each month for an emergency fund worth 6-8 months of living expenses to see you and family through any medical emergency. Regardless of whether you are single or have a family, get a life and health insurance policy so that you/your next of kin don’t suffer financially if something happens to you. 4. Documentation and nominationSounds boring, but it is a good idea to ensure your spouse/family is aware of your finances – not just investments and insurance, but also debts. Likewise, while opening a bank/demat/mutual fund account, not many pay attention to adding a nominee – or in case of a life insurance policy, updating beneficiary from parents to spouse. Documentation can be further split into financial/debt, health/life and legal (if applicable). Ensure it is easily accessible to next of kin in case something happens to you, so they are spared the running around and unnecessary paperwork.5. Remember to have funWorking 9 to 6 daily, five (or six) days a week can take a toll of your health and personal life. Make a conscious effort to set aside time for your family and friends. Plan mini-breaks every quarter and a full-fledged vacation once a year.Do something that makes you happy, take up a new hobby, travel somewhere you’ve never been before – all these will help you refocus and realign your goals and priorities.ians
3 min read July 15, 2013 Enroll Now for Free Computer engineer Vasu Kulkarni, a lifelong basketball fanatic, had no luck getting his dream job with Nike or the NBA after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. But he knew he wanted to stay “connected to the game of basketball.” He found that connection in 2009, when he launched Krossover, a company that set out to bring high-tech sports analytics to high-school and college athletics.It’s a Saturday-morning ritual for student basketball teams everywhere: gathering to watch the film from Friday night’s game. While coaches may pinpoint mistakes, and players may zero in on their own failures or successes, few high-school and college athletic programs have the technology to make full use of those films the way professional teams can.Scoring big: Krossover’s Vasu Kulkarni.Photo© David JohnsonThe online video and analytics platform from New York City-based Krossover bridges this technology gap. Coaches upload video after a game; within roughly 24 hours, it is analyzed and indexed by four Krossover employees, who tag hundreds of plays for each athlete, such as shots, steals, rebounds, assists and fouls. Later the coach can access the game video on Krossover’s site and sort through stats, choosing to view, for example, the number of rebounds achieved by the center. Players, meanwhile, can use Krossover to splice together all their dunks in one video file and share it with whomever they like.In 2010, while peddling a crude prototype of his product at U.S. basketball camps, Kulkarni met one high-school coach whose team had lost 63 games in a row. The coach signed on for Krossover, and after using the product for one season, his team came within one game of the Massachusetts state championship. “Stories like his have helped us to show that there’s a competitive advantage to using our product,” Kulkarni says.Packages start at $799 per season; added services include the option to cut turnaround time and to provide stats on the opposing team as well.Last year Krossover pulled in more than $3.5 million in angel funding to expand its service to cover lacrosse and football in time for the 2013 season. Many investors, Kulkarni says, are attracted to the inherent “sexiness” of sports businesses. “While a lot of traditional technology VCs shy away from sports, most professional investors have some sports connection–they played in high school or college, or they have kids playing,” he explains. “Being involved in a sports business is fun.”Greg Cangialosi, CEO of Nucleus Ventures, invested in Krossover individually and then brought Kulkarni to his home base of Baltimore to organize a round of funding with other local angel investors.”I was impressed with the product and the market,” Cangialosi says. “There are 250,000 sports teams that could use Krossover in high school and college. And Vasu is impressive. He has the ability to get things done, or what a lot of investors call ‘the hustle.'”Sounds like the kind of player any coach would want on their team. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story appears in the June 2013 issue of . Subscribe »