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a month agoBullard: West Ham midfielder Rice a modern No4

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bullard: West Ham midfielder Rice a modern No4by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJimmy Bullard admits he’s a fan of West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.The Irons fan is fulsome in his praise of England youngster Declan Rice, who he believes will continue thriving at the heart of midfield.He told the Mirror, “He’s a modern day No.4, keeping the ball, breaking it up, an athlete. But what about at centre-half, the position where he made his name in junior football?“If you’re a Manchester City who really own possession, he could be a great centre-half. But for West Ham, he’s a No.4.“If he was at City he could play centre-half, like John Stones, 100 percent. If you’re possession based, you’ve got to be as good as a midfielder.“Even goalkeepers now, they need to be able to play a ball, have vision.” last_img read more

3 days agoGenoa confirm appointment of new coach Thiago Motta

first_imgGenoa confirm appointment of new coach Thiago Mottaby Carlos Volcano3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa have confirmed the appointment of Thiago Motta as new coach.Motta has already taken charge of the first training session.Aurelio Andreazzoli was fired earlier on Tuesday, the Motta announcement was made several hours later.Motta takes charge of a Genoa side who have lost six of their last seven games, resulting in Andreazzoli’s demise.He retired from professional football at the end of 17-18 and spent last season coaching PSG’s Under-19 team. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Meyer Werft Cuts Steel for Star Cruises Newbuild

first_imgzoom German shipbuilder Meyer Werft yesterday held a steel cutting ceremony for the first of two cruise ships commissioned by the Asian operator Star Cruises.Delivery of the first ship is planned for fall 2016. The sister ship will be delivered in fall 2017.Both new ships for Hong Kong-headquartered Star Cruises will be about 151, 000 gross tons each and have a capacity of approximately 4.500 passengers. The ships will serve Asia’s growing cruise marketEach ship is 324 metres in length, 39.7 metres in breadth and will reach a trail speed of around 23 knots.”We are glad to continue the long lasting relationship, which starts 20 years ago with building of SuperStar Leo and now we build these new ships for Star Cruises,” said Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft.last_img read more

Calgary 2026 Olympic Games bid survives city council vote on plebiscite

first_imgCALGARY – A potential Calgary bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games survived a city council vote Wednesday, when a motion leading to the cancellation of an upcoming plebiscite did not pass.Ten votes out of 15 on council were required to abandon the Nov. 13 plebiscite asking Calgarians if they want to host the games or not.Eight voted in favour of a motion that would have led to abandoning the plebiscite and scrubbing a bid.Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi was among those who wanted the plebiscite to go ahead.“It was a very close vote,” the mayor said.“Over the next few days I will be trying to explain this deal to people, but I’m now at the point where I can actually say to people ‘this is a great deal we’ve negotiated’ and I’m encouraging people to vote yes.’”The plebiscite’s result is non-binding, but will influence the next council vote on a Winter Games bid.Mail-in ballots for the plebiscite were mailed out earlier in the week. Advance voting is scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday.“This is a great opportunity for Calgarians,” Calgary 2026 chief executive officer Mary Moran said. “Now it’s important for them to get informed and understand this is a good deal.“This is $4.4 billion of investment coming into our community that should be taken very seriously.”It appeared a bid was headed for the ditch Tuesday when a councillor said there wasn’t a financial agreement between the federal and provincial governments and the city to fund the games.But Calgary 2026 presented a revised financial plan, which the Canadian and Alberta governments agreed to in principle, to council Wednesday.The estimated cost of hosting the 2026 Games was reduced by $125 million to a total of $5.075 billion.A pro-Olympic rally drew dozens of red-clad supporters to the steps of city hall before council met. Those who didn’t make it into chambers sat in chairs and watched proceedings on a screen outside the doors.But a Canadian Taxpayers Federation representative was dismayed a bid wasn’t abandoned Wednesday.“The CTF will be continuing to educate the public on why the Olympic bid is just not a good choice for Calgarians,” said Alberta director Franco Terrazzano.“Unfortunately today city council did not end the bid. This is a smoke-and-mirror show right now. We don’t have a deal between the three levels of government. We have a deal to start negotiating a deal.”Calgary 2026 dropped the required public investment from $3 billion to $2.875 billion.The Alberta government’s commitment remained at $700 million, while the federal government would provide a total of $1.453 billion.“We support the Calgary Olympic bid,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday in Ottawa.“Calgary is a world-class city. It would be great to host the Olympics in Canada, but obviously the ultimate decision is up to Calgarians and Albertans themselves.”The city was asked to contribute $390 million, which includes $20 million to pay the premium for a $200-million insurance policy against cost over-runs.Calgary 2026 has said $1.1 billion in contingency funds are built into the draft host plan to mitigate financial risk and that the $200 million in insurance is included in that figure.The $150 million already committed to improving the Victoria Park area — which is a proposed games hub — was included in the city’s contribution to 2026 as a credit, in order to get matching funds from the federal government.Moran said the security and essential services budget from the RCMP and Calgary police came in under initial estimates at a savings of $155 million.Less security personnel also means fewer beds required for them, she said.An alternate location for the athletes’ village is being sought, Moran said, because the original location includes the expense of moving a transit hub.“The good news for Calgarians is costs are going down, not up,” Moran said.The International Olympic Committee invited Calgary, Stockholm and a joint Italian bid from Milan and Cortina to be candidate cities for 2026.Calgary was the host city of the 1988 Winter Olympics. The venues still used for international and domestic competition and training are the foundation of a second bid.Calgary 2026 estimated $502 million would be required to get those venues Olympic-ready again.The IOC has committed $1.2 billion in cash and services to the 2026 host city. The IOC will accept bids in January and the host city will be elected in June.“If we’re successful in the international field in June next year, this could be the most sustainable Olympic city there’s ever been,” Canadian Olympic Committee president Tricia Smith said.“Having them in eighty-eight and having them again and having those facilities revitalized, incredible story.”— Terry Pedwell contributed to this story.last_img read more

QuickQuotes Canadian reactions to New Zealand mosque attacks

first_imgCanadians were quick to speak out against the attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that left at least 49 people dead. Here is a selection of quotes:———“Canada condemns this attack, and will continue to work closely with New Zealand, our close partner and friend, and others to take action against violent extremism. Hate has no place anywhere. We must all confront Islamophobia and work to create a world in which all people — no matter their faith, where they live, or where they were born — can feel safe and secure.” — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau———“Freedom has come under attack in New Zealand as peaceful worshippers are targeted in a despicable act of evil. All people must be able to practice their faith freely and without fear. There are no words strong enough to condemn this kind of vile hatred. I am praying for peace for the families of those lost and recovery for those injured.” — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer———“Heartbroken by the devastating news of deadly shootings at two mosques in New Zealand. My heart goes out to the families of the murdered and all those impacted by this act of terror. Islamophobia kills — and has no place anywhere in the world.” — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh———“Like Quebec and Canada, New Zealand is a peaceful place where people want to live in safety and peace. We have recently experienced a tragedy that has affected everyone in Quebec. I feel totally in solidarity with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and I fully understand her emotion today. There is no room for extremism in our societies; there is no room for intolerance. We will not allow violence to take root in our democratic societies.” — Quebec Premier Francois Legault———“I am devastated by the news of the despicable and cowardly shootings in New Zealand. Freedom of religion, peace and rule of law are pillars of democracy and the world we share.” — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister———“This is a very dark day for those of us who care about the rule of law, plurality, acceptance, and religious freedom. As Canadians, we are acutely aware that this is not the first time Muslims have been targeted while at prayer. That these innocent victims were murdered in their house of worship adds an additional dimension of horror to a deeply tragic situation.” —  Jeffrey Rosenthal, co-chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs———“Once again, my heart breaks. Not because I am Muslim, but because I am human. But as we condemn the horrific terrorist act in New Zealand, we also must commit ourselves to fighting hatred wherever we find it. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. We belong to God to him we return.” — Calgary Mayor Naheed NenshiThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Libya proposes turning General Assembly into world parliament

29 September 2010Libya has proposed strengthening the General Assembly to function as the world’s premier legislative body, enacting binding resolutions that would be implemented by the a widened Security Council. “The United Nations is at a crossroads; and it should be reformed to become equally united form all States,” said Musa Kousa, the head of the Libyan delegation, in his statement to the Assembly’s high-level debate yesterday.“The reform, which we are calling for and aiming to achieve, is to make the General Assembly the real legislator,” he added.To address the current situation where some States have permanent membership of the Security Council while others do not, Mr Kousa suggested granting permanent membership to regional organizations instead of individual countries.“Thus, we will ensure the representation of all people on earth, and the anti-democratic and frustrating veto [power] shall not be the exclusive privilege of the few,” Mr. Kousa said.He called for the investigation into the invasion of Iraq, which he said resulted in “mass killings, and the execution of prisoners of war, including the head of State.”Mr. Kousa also urged a review of the international convention prohibiting the production, use and stockpiling of anti-personnel mines, saying it failed to take into account the interests of small States, the victims of the weapons.“The legislators of this convention should have made the States concerned [countries that produce and use them] committed to compensate those affected by mines planted in their lands and provide legal and political assurances for the protection of small States due to the lack of possession of neither defensive nor offensive weapons,” Mr. Kousa said.He announced that Libya will early next month host an African-Arab summit in a bid to enhance cooperation. Another summit bringing together African States and those belonging to the European Union will follow in November. read more

China makes history as the first to land a spacecraft on the

Citing the China National Space Administration, Xinhua said the space probe, made up of a lander and a rover, “landed at the preselected landing area on the far side of the moon at 10:26 a.m. Beijing Time.” Chang’e 4 represents one of the flagship parts of China’s heavy investment and growing capabilities in space through the China National Space Administration. This mission comes about two years after China’s successful Chang’e 3 mission, the first soft landing on the moon since 1976. Similar in design to that Chang’e 3 craft and its “Jade Rabbit” rover, the Chang’e 4 lander and rover carries a bigger payload and more capabilities. The space agency will use the craft to study geological conditions on the far side of the moon.The Chang’e name comes from the Chinese goddess of the moon. In the ancient tale, Chang’e flew to the heavens after taking an elixir, and landed on the moon as her final resting place. (Courtesy CNBC) China successfully landed the Chang’e 4 spacecraft on the far side of the moon on Thursday morning, Beijing time, according to state news agency Xinhua, becoming the first in history to touch the lunar surface unseen by those on Earth.The Chang’e 4 mission launched in early December. It took the spacecraft three days to travel to the moon, where it spent the last few weeks in orbit preparing for touch down on the Von Karman crater. The crater is a relatively flat spot on the moon’s far side. Landing on the far side is a technical challenge, as there is no direct way to communicate with the spacecraft as it nears its target. China put a relay satellite in orbit around the moon in May to overcome that communication challenge.The far side of the moon has been seen and mapped before, even by astronauts of the Apollo missions. But the successful landing of Chang’e 4 represents the first time any spacecraft has touched down on the moon’s far side. “China’s Chang’e-4 probe softlands on Moon’s far side,” the state news agency tweeted on Thursday. read more

IRS says thieves used online agency service to get access to 100000

IRS says thieves used online agency service to get access to 100,000 tax returns by Stephen OhlemacHer, The Associated Press Posted May 26, 2015 2:08 pm MDT Last Updated May 26, 2015 at 11:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this April 13, 2014 file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington. Thieves used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, the agency said Tuesday. The information included tax returns and other tax information on file with the IRS. The IRS said the thieves accessed a system called “Get Transcript.” In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File) WASHINGTON – Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday.The thieves accessed a system called “Get Transcript,” where taxpayers can get tax returns and other filings from previous years. In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address, the IRS said.“We’re confident that these are not amateurs,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “These actually are organized crime syndicates that not only we but everybody in the financial industry are dealing with.”Koskinen wouldn’t say whether investigators believe the criminals are based overseas — or where they obtained enough personal information about the taxpayers to access their returns. The IRS has launched a criminal investigation. The agency’s inspector general is also investigating.Identity thieves, both foreign and domestic, have stepped up their efforts in recent years to claim fraudulent tax refunds. The agency estimates it paid out $5.8 billion in fraudulent refunds to identity thieves in 2013.“Eighty per cent of the of the identity theft we’re dealing with and refund fraud is related to organized crime here and around the world,” Koskinen said. “These are extremely sophisticated criminals with access to a tremendous amount of data.”Congress is already pressing the IRS for information about the breach.“That the IRS — home to highly sensitive information on every single American and every single company doing business here at home — was vulnerable to this attack is simply unacceptable,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. “What’s more, this agency has been repeatedly warned by top government watchdogs that its data security systems are inadequate against the growing threat of international hackers and data thieves.”Koskinen said the agency was alerted to the thieves when technicians noticed an increase in the number of taxpayers seeking transcripts.The IRS said they targeted the system from February to mid-May. The service has been temporarily shut down.Taxpayers sometimes need copies of old tax returns to apply for mortgages or college aid. While the system is shut down, taxpayers can still apply for transcripts by mail.The IRS said its main computer system, which handles tax filing submissions, remains secure.“In all, about 200,000 attempts were made from questionable email domains, with more than 100,000 of those attempts successfully clearing authentication hurdles,” the agency said. “During this filing season, taxpayers successfully and safely downloaded a total of approximately 23 million transcripts.”The agency is still determining how many fraudulent tax refunds were claimed this year using information from the stolen transcripts. Koskinen provided a preliminary estimate, saying less than $50 million was successfully claimed.Thieves can also use the information to claim fraudulent tax refunds in the future. As identity theft has exploded, the agency has added filters to its computer system to identify suspicious returns. These filters look for anomalies in the information provided by the taxpayer.Until recently, tax refund fraud has been surprisingly simple, once thieves obtain a taxpayer’s Social Security number and date of birth. Typically, thieves would file fake tax returns with made-up information early in the filing season, before the legitimate taxpayers filed their returns — and before employers and financial institutions filed wage and tax documents with the IRS.The refunds would often be sent electronically to prepaid debit cards or bank accounts.IRS officials say new computer filters are helping to stop many crude attempts at identity theft. This year, the IRS stopped almost 3 million suspicious returns, Koskinen said.However, old tax returns can help thieves fill out credible-looking returns in the future, helping them get around the IRS filters.Taxe returns can include a host of personal information that can help someone steal an identity, including Social Security numbers and birthdates of dependents and spouses. The IRS said the thieves appeared to already have a lot of personal information about the victims.The IRS said it is notifying taxpayers whose information was accessed.___Follow Stephen Ohlemacher on Twitter: http://twitter.com/stephenatap read more

Honduras UN official urges action to tackle chronic insecurity for lawyers journalists

“Sadly, these deplorable killings are far from isolated cases,” the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said. “There is a menacing climate of insecurity and violence in Honduras, and human rights defenders have been targets of threats, harassment, physical assault and murder. “The impunity that surrounds these violations is unacceptable. When the perpetrators know they are very likely to get off scot-free, there is nothing to deter them from killing off more of the country’s finest human rights defenders.” Last Saturday, Antonio Trejo-Cabrera, a lawyer prominent for defending the interests of peasant groups in land conflicts in the Lower Aguán Region of Honduras, was shot to death. He had repeatedly reported receiving death threats in the months leading up to his killing, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a news release. Two days later, Manuel Díaz-Mazariegos, a public prosecutor in the city of Choluteca, who also worked on human rights cases, was gunned down. “I call on the Government to spare no effort in their investigations into the killings of Mr. Trejo-Cabrera and Mr. Díaz-Mazariegos, and to ensure that attacks or threats against other human rights defenders are taken seriously and promptly investigated,” Ms. Pillay said. “It is essential that the people who commit these crimes are brought to justice. Failure to do so will only exacerbate what is already a dire situation.” According to the Honduran Bar Association, 74 lawyers have been killed over the past three years, without an adequate response from the authorities. In addition, more than 60 people have been killed in land disputes over the past two years. “I call on the Government of Honduras to urgently adopt measures to address the vulnerability of human rights defenders, as recommended by the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, who visited the country in February this year,” Ms. Pillay said, noting that the Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, Frank la Rue, had also expressed alarm at the high rates of violence confronting Honduran journalists. “I also urge the Government to implement the commitments it made during the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of Honduras in 2010, particularly those aimed at strengthening rule of law institutions and the effectiveness of the administration of justice,” she said, reiterating her office’s readiness to assist the Government in its efforts to protect the people of Honduras. read more

Scores and Schedule

Sunday’s GamesNFLJacksonville 6 Indianapolis 0Tampa Bay 24 Carolina 17Houston 29 Cleveland 13Baltimore 26 Atlanta 16Arizona 20 Green Bay 17Miami 21 Buffalo 17Denver 24 Cincinnati 10L.A. Rams 30 Detroit 16N.Y. Giants 30 Chicago 27 (OT)Tennessee 26 N.Y. Jets 22Kansas City 40 Oakland 33New England 24 Minnesota 10Seattle 43 San Francisco 16L.A. Chargers 33 Pittsburgh 30—NHLAnaheim 6 Washington 5Winnipeg 4 N.Y. Rangers 3 (SO)San Jose 3 Montreal 1Colorado 2 Detroit 0Calgary 3 Chicago 2Los Angeles 2 Carolina 0—AHLCharlotte 3 Providence 2 (OT)Bridgeport 5 Springfield 4 (OT)Lehigh Valley 5 Toronto 2Hershey 6 Binghamton 3Texas 7 Chicago 4Rockford 3 San Antonio 2 (OT)Ontario 5 Tucson 4 (OT)—NBAL.A. Lakers 120 Phoenix 96New Orleans 119 Charlotte 109Miami 102 Utah 100Philadelphia 103 Memphis 95Dallas 114 L.A. Clippers 110San Antonio 131 Portland 118—Monday’s Games(All Times Eastern)NHLTampa Bay at New Jersey, 7 p.m.Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.Edmonton at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.—AHLSan Diego at San Jose, 10 p.m.—NBAOklahoma City at Detroit, 7 p.m.Cleveland at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.Denver at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.Golden State at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.Washington at New York, 7:30 p.m.Houston at Minnesota, 8 p.m.L.A. Clippers at New Orleans, 8 p.m.—NFLWashington at Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m.—The Canadian Press read more

Man found guilty of murdering his twomonth old daughter

first_imgWhile we will never know exactly what happened, his actions showed a man with extreme disregard for his defenceless baby daughter. By Cianan Brennan Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 10:02 PM Burrill is clearly a dangerous individual whose shocking actions robbed a family of a loved one.Daisy Mae’s mother Ashlee Cox meanwhile said that “words cannot express the pain and anguish my family have endured” since her daughter’s death.“Even though Daisy has gone, she will never be forgotten,” she said.She will be forever in our hearts and although justice has been served it will never bring her back.John Burrill will be sentenced tomorrow.Read: John Delaney has stepped down from his role as OCI vice-presidentRead: Six to be tried in France over topless Kate Middleton photos https://jrnl.ie/3046195 26,678 Views Man found guilty of murdering his two-month old daughter Baby Daisy Mae Burrill suffered a large fracture to her skull and injuries consistent with having been shaken. Oct 25th 2016, 10:02 PM 39 Comments Daisy Mae Burrill Source: ciananA 31-YEAR-OLD man has been convicted of murdering his two-month-old daughter in Preston, England, today.John Burrill had admitted the manslaughter of his daughter Daisy Mae.Daisy Mae was found to have suffered a large fracture to her skull together with injuries consistent with having been shaken when found in the early hours of 11 March this year in the town of Fleetwood.Burrill had called an ambulance after claiming to have found her unresponsive at 3.30am on that date.She was taken at the time to nearby Blackpool Victoria Hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack. She died three days later. John Burrill Source: ciananA Home Office investigation revealed Daisy Mae had died from her head injury. Burrill was subsequently arrested for her murder, while a 29-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of having allowed the death of the baby.That woman was subsequently released without charge.“Daisy Mae’s father John Burrill was in a position of trust – however, he abused this in a violent outburst which tragically led to her death,” said Detective Chief Inspector Dean Holden of Lancashire Police following the verdict. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share328 Tweet Email Short URLlast_img read more

Danny Simpson to leave Leicester before deadline day

first_imgLeicester’s Danny Simpson may not feature in Claude Puel’s plans this season and may be forced to leave before the end of this summer transfer window, a report in Sky Sports claims.On 30 August 2014 signed a three-year contract for fellow promoted team Leicester City for an undisclosed fee. Simpson made his Leicester debut in a 2–0 defeat against Crystal Palace off the bench on 27 September 2014.However, he didn’t make his second appearance for the club until 7 December against Aston Villa, as he often struggled to get into the side ahead of regular right-back Ritchie De Laet. Simpson made 14 appearances overall for Leicester in the 2014–15 season.Chelsea Player Ratings against Leicester City Taimoor Khan – August 19, 2019 Chelsea made a promising start to their second league game of the season but were unable to keep the same levels in the second…In the 2015–16 season, De Laet was again preferred ahead of Simpson to begin with. However, following a 5–2 defeat by Arsenal.Simpson became a regular for the rest of the season, though was sent-off in the return fixture against Arsenal as Leicester went down to a late 2–1 defeat, the Foxes held on to win their first ever Premier League title.last_img read more

Armed robber strikes Hazel Dell store

first_imgThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported armed robbery at a Hazel Dell retailer Saturday.The robbery occurred about 5 p.m. at Discount Tobacco & Beverage, 6301 N.E. Highway 99, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.The suspect, who brandished but did not fire a handgun, demanded money and then ordered the employee to lay on the ground. He was last seen running from the business and heading east.He was described as a white man in his 20s of average height and thin build, with dark clothing. He wore a ski mask over his face with holes cut out for eyes and his mouth. The robber was last seen running from the business and heading east.No injuries were reported.last_img

Bollywood music very demanding Rahul Ram

first_imgAfter exploring different realms of music for about 25 years, Indo-rock fusion band Indian Ocean senses a refreshing wave of change with Bollywood embracing alternative music. Rahul Ram, the band’s bass guitarist and lead vocalist, points out that the world of Bollywood may seem to be calm from outside, but deep down, it is turbulent, making it a ‘demanding place’ for indie artistes.“One of the changes that I have witnessed is that indie (independent) artistes are entering Bollywood. Directors have grown up listening to indie music and they want to include such kind of music in their movies. Bollywood is opening up to alternative music,” Ram told IANS in an interview here.last_img

A Startup Brings HighTech Sports Analytics to School Teams

first_img 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 »last_img read more

Brazils first black Supreme Court president

first_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories Barbosa was born in 1954 in the small town of Paracatu in Minas Gerais state, where his father worked as a bricklayer.When he was 16 Barbosa went to the capital, Brasilia, to study. He worked as a cleaner and a typesetter at the Senate to pay for his studies at the University of Brasilia’s law school.After graduating he was hired by the Foreign Ministry and served three years at the Brazilian Embassy in Finland.A former federal prosecutor, Barbosa taught law at Rio de Janeiro State University and was a visiting scholar at the Human Rights Institute of Columbia University’s law school in New York and the UCLA law school in California.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Patients with chronic pain give advice Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Over the past several weeks he gained national and international renown presiding over a high-profile corruption trial involving a congressional cash-for-votes scheme. The court has convicted 25 people including the former chief of staff of ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.President Dilma Rousseff, members of her Cabinet, state governors, congressional leaders and several sports and entertainment personalities were present at Barbosa’s swearing in.“The multiculturalism that characterizes the Brazilian people is evident here today with Joaquim Barbosa heading the highest court of the land,” said Ophir Cavalcante, president of the Brazilian Bar Association in a speech during the swearing in ceremony.Barbosa as Supreme Court president “has a strong symbolic impact for Brazilian blacks,” Valter Silveiro, coordinator of the Center for Afro-Brazilian Studies of the University of Sao Carlos, said. “The new generations of blacks will have the opportunity that my generation never had _ of seeing a black man presiding over one of the three branches of government.”Silveiro said Barbosa’s history, background and achievements “strengthen affirmative action programs that try to increase the presence of blacks in the country’s universities.” Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Associated PressBRASILIA, Brazil (AP) – Brazil’s Supreme Court is now headed by a black justice for the first time.Joaquim Barbosa was sworn in on Thursday. He became the only black ever to serve on the court when he joined it in 2003, even though more than half of the country’s 192 million people identify themselves as having African descent.Barbosa, 58, was elected in October to a two-year tenure as Supreme Court president. His election was a foregone conclusion since the court’s presidency always goes to the justice who has served on the bench the longest. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Garuda Indonesia undergoes restructure

first_imgIn response to market conditions and in line with the airline’s ongoing development, Garuda Indonesia has announced the introduction of a new “Quick Wins program”.Following the weakening Indonesian Rupiah as well as other factors which have affected the performance of international airlines around the world, Garuda Indonesia will implement several crucial measures as part of a short term strategy to increase its overall performance.The airline will focus on increasing its “Revenue Generator” in order to optimise revenue potential, restructure and mange costs to increase efficiency, and refinancing by implementing measures to secure its financial condition.Under the new structure, Garuda Indonesia will also discontinue its service between Brisbane-Denpasar, effective from 1 February 2015, as well as reduce flight routes between Jakarta-Haneda, Denpasar-Haneda, postpone the opening of new routes, including  Jakarta-Nagoya and adjust flight schedules to various destination cities in Australia and Europe.Moreover, Garuda Indonesia will adopt a fleet management program that will see the early termination of several aircraft, subleasing of aircraft, and reduction of business class seats from 12 to eight on its Boeing 737-800NG, in order to increase seat capacity in economy class of up to 15-20 percent and reducing costs.Overhead costs will also be reduced by up to ten percent by adjusting costs that do not yield any additional value and by increasing employee productivity.Source = ETB Travel News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Bloomsbury Auctions announced it wi

first_imgNEW YORK, NY – Bloomsbury Auctions announced it will auction 371 salt and albumen photographs contained in the five-volume Baron von Brandis compilation entitled, “The Countries of Amur, Eastern Siberia, Western Siberia and the Urals.”The photographs which date from the 19th century will be offered 17 October 2008 at the house’s New York gallery located at 6 West 48th Street here.For further information, call (212) 719 – 1000 or visit www.bloomsburyauctions.comlast_img

JERUSALEM – Actors Hugh Grant and Viggo Mortensen

first_img JERUSALEM – Actors Hugh Grant and Viggo Mortensen are among more than 25 celebrities and public figures expressing “horror” over President Donald Trump’s decision to cut funding to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, an advocacy group said Thursday.“The real target of this lethal attack is the Palestinian people themselves,” the group said in a joint statement. “It has been launched with the clear aim of dismantling their rights, by dismantling the institution that is charged with protecting them.”Actresses Gillian Anderson, Olivia Wilde, Emma Thompson and Tilda Swinton were also among the signatories.The letter was released by the Hoping Foundation, a London-based group that assists Palestinian children.Expressing frustration with a freeze in Mideast peace efforts, Trump this month blamed the Palestinians for the deadlock and threatened to cut U.S. funding. Washington subsequently suspended a $65 million payment to UNRWA, the U.N. agency that provides education, health care and other social services to over 5 million Palestinian refugees and their descendants scattered across the Middle East.On Thursday, Trump said in Davos, Switzerland, that the Palestinians must return to peace talks to receive U.S. aid money.The United States is the largest single donor to UNRWA, and the agency has launched a global fundraising appeal in hopes of closing the gap. In all, it provides hundreds of millions of dollars a year to the Palestinians.“We stand for dignity for the most vulnerable, and we stand with Palestinian refugees who are facing a terrible moment,” the statement said. The celebrities called on the U.N. chief to convene a conference to establish a stable funding system for the agency.Meanwhile, the leaders of 21 international humanitarian groups urged the U.S. to reconsider its decision to withhold the funding to UNRWA, warning of “dire consequences” if funding is cut.The groups said they are alarmed by the Trump administration’s link between aid and political objectives.This marks a “dangerous and striking departure from U.S. policy on humanitarian assistance,” the groups wrote in an open letter to Washington’s U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, published Thursday.Haley has linked aid to the Palestinians to their willingness to resume negotiations with Israel. FILE – In this Jan. 31, 2014 file photo released by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, shows residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, queuing to receive food supplies, in Damascus, Syria. Actors Hugh Grant and Viggo Mortensen are among more than 25 celebrities and public figures expressing “horror” over President Donald Trump’s decision to cut funding to UNWRA. The group said in a joint statement Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, that “the real target of this lethal attack is the Palestinian people themselves.” (UNRWA via AP, File) Celebrities criticize Trump cuts to Palestinian refugeescenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2018 7:26 am PDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Cypriot and Greek police aim to increase cooperation

first_imgPolice chief Zacharias Chrysostomou discussed on Thursday with his Greek counterpart ways of strengthening cooperation between the two police forces in tackling terrorism, organised crime and corruption.According to an announcement, Chrysostomou, who is in Greece on a two-day official visit, met with the Greek Police chief Constantinos Tsouvalas and they discussed enhancing cooperation on a number of issues, as part of plans to upgrade the Cypriot police force, “so that it can respond to the modern challenges in the field of policing”.During their meeting, the two police chiefs agreed to develop the maximum possible cooperation, it said, “particularly in view that policing challenges in the wider Mediterranean region are lasting and the environment extremely demanding”.Chrysostomou accompanied in Greece Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou, who sought Greek expertise in establishing a coastguard in Cyprus. The two countries decided to cooperate closely on the transfer of expertise and training of the members of the Cypriot marine police “since it will be the backbone” of the coastguard, Nicolaou said.Chrysostomou’s visit to Greece is among a series of meetings the police chief held recently with other police forces. In a recent trip to the UK, the announcement said, Chrysostomou promoted cooperation with British law enforcement and citizen protection organisations.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more