Man United star Paul Pogba ‘keen on Juve move to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo’

first_img 2 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba is keen on a shock return to Juventus, according to Tuttosport.It’s claimed the France World Cup winner is now desperate to rejoin the Italian champions and link up with Cristiano Ronaldo. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Latest Transfer News Manchester United star Paul Pogba celebrates scoring in the World Cup final. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets TOP WORK LATEST Pogba left the Italian giants in August 2016 to re-join Man United for a then world-record fee of £89million.The 25-year-old has had a tumultuous two seasons at Old Trafford since returning and he has only shown his exceptional qualities in patches.And now there are reports the midfielder could leave the Red Devils for Juve, while previously he has been linked with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid. Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED center_img Paul Pogba looks overawed with the World Cup. RANKED Juventus, though, are the club that Pogba wants to join if he gets the choice.The newspaper claim the Frenchman is hungry to return to Italy and he believes the club has what it takes to win the Champions League. targets three-way race LIVING THE DREAM 2 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti moving on IN DEMAND last_img read more

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World Cup visitors fall for Joburg

first_img24 June 2010It’s Ayoba! – an exuberant South African expression of delight or approval – that’s the general feeling for the City of Gold from the foreigners streaming to Johannesburg to watch the football.Joburg has been bustling and buzzing with football fervour since the World Cup kicked off, and international visitors are to be seen at almost every corner.Hanging with some foreigners in Ellis Park recently, they spoke about how well they were settling in Joburg, a city of contrasts that doesn’t get much favourable publicity internationally.Among all the World Cup tourists, the Americans are an extremely enthusiastic and gregarious bunch. Contrary to stereotypes of brash, loud-mouthed arrogant snobs, they seem to have settled in well in Joburg and have even learned about local culture.Fan feverBefore the USA-Slovenia game, Ryan Littman-Quim from Boston, Massachusetts worked up some fan fever under a tree near the west entrance to Ellis Park.He was hanging with a group of his countrymen, face painters, and having his face painted for the game. From under the tree, they played the African concord drum, sang, yelled and blew the vuvuzela, clearly drumming up support for their national side ahead of kickoff.Their jovial mood and excitement was palpable and almost every Joburger who entered the stadium from this gate stopped by to either shout “USA baby” or have their faces painted in bright USA colours. The brouhaha of drums, vuvuzelas and squeals of excitement caused a ripple effect, and everyone joined the party.Surprisingly, Littman-Quim is soaking up local culture during his stay, with his vuvuzela probably his first item of African World Cup memorabilia. He’s even tasted local cuisine and learned a few colloquial phrases, something somewhat unexpected.‘Yes, we can!’One of his compatriots, draped in USA regalia, delightedly shouted when he saw Littman-Quim’s T-shirt, which had a picture of President Barrack Obama. “We love this man,” he said, and the group broke into a euphoric scream of Obama’s famous election campaign words: “Yes, we can, yuuhuuu!”Clearly, the American lot were full of high-spirited mirth. Asked to describe Joburg in a single phrase, Littman-Quim fell silent, stepping back and forth. “Aaaah,” he said for a few seconds, and then it came to him: “Ayoba? Is that alright,” he answered in a rich American accent.Although he was staying with a friend in Pretoria, north of Joburg for the World Cup, Joburg felt more like home, he said. He compared the city, with its allure, its ambiance, picturesque landscape and skyline, ingenious and friendly people, world-class stadiums and vibey atmosphere to New York, a concrete jungle where any dream can come true.Similarly, Johannesburg is the most populous city in the country and is its economic powerhouse, where deals are sealed, dreams are realised and there is plenty of entertainment; there’s nothing you can’t do – and Littman-Quim likes this.‘This is a cool place’“[Joburg] people are very friendly and this is a cool place. I was in Soweto the other day at Elkah stadium at the Fifa Fan Fest™ for the Bafana Bafana match against Uruguay. It was cool man. The locals are friendly; it’s a nice place,” he said.He also poured scorn on international reports of Joburg being a dangerous place. “I think all that is rubbish. This is a friendly city. You just have to know your way around, just like in New York.”The American has had the hair on his abdomen and chest artistically shaved into a map of the United States, to show how patriotic he is. Draped with their country’s colours and with faces painted alike, the group managed to sway most passing locals to support their national team.Ghanaian perspectiveLoud and happy as they were, the Americans were not the only foreigners in Ellis Park. Kabwe, from Ghana, is a bulky yet humble chap. A little shy, he pointed out that his English was not good. “My English is little bit bad,” he said. “If you need, I speak in French, my home language.”Still, he was keen to speak about Jozi. “It’s not the first time to come to Johannesburg,” he pointed out. “I come every time, after six months I come, after six months I come, but now I come just for the game and next week I go home,” he said confidently, despite his broken English.Of the city of gold, or Jozi as locals prefer to call it, he said uncertainly: “The World Cup is fine, everything is fine, I’m happy,” before disappearing into the clamour of the stadium.Another visitor, George Mashigo, is a Cameroonian national who has so endeared himself to local culture, he’s even changed his surname. Looking happy, he asked for his picture to be taken with the raucous Americans. After a few snapshots, he talked incessantly about his penchant for football.Loads of match ticketsHe had bought loads of match tickets, he said – more than 18 to be precise, and he’s watching every game in a different province. “I drive to a different match every day. Yesterday I was in Bloemfontein, today I’m in Joburg,” he said in an unmistakably Cameroonian accent, his football regalia testament to his nationality.Mashigo lives in Pretoria, but works in Johannesburg.“Ellis Park is a fantastic place but not as good as Soccer City, the main place to be, hey. I’m watching [more than] 18 games, one every day. I’ll take a break and then I’ll watch the semifinals and the quarterfinals, but I’m looking for the finals ticket. Have you got the final ticket?”Despite not having any luck getting tickets to the finals, he reiterated: “Joburg is a fantastic place, I must say.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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Wits University receives R100-million from anonymous donor

first_img30 October 2014The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg will most probably channel part of the R100-million donation towards the Wits Arts museum, with the rest going to advance research at the institution.The donation is from a long-time supporter of Wits University who has asked to remain anonymous. Chances are that R10-million of the donation will go towards the Wits Arts Museum and the rest will go towards research and/or teaching, the university said in a statement.Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Adam Habib said the money will go a long way towards advancing higher education in general.“It is a great honour for Wits to receive funding of this magnitude from a South African who has seen it fit to invest in Wits, and in higher education, a sector that develops the future leaders of our country,’ said Habib.However, Habib said the university is still working out the “specific details’ of how the funds will be expended, but the institution is “always in need of funds to attract and retain talented academics and students, and to support the research and teaching activities’.Habib said it is rare that universities in South Africa receive funding of this magnitude from sole philanthropists, as the majority of external funding is sourced from corporates and state funding agencies locally, and international trusts and foundations.“A distinguishing feature of this donation is also that it is unrestricted. The university leadership has been granted the autonomy to deploy this donation as it deems best to enhance teaching and research at Wits. Such donations are rare and is to be particularly applauded,’ said Habib, adding that such donations, however, are important for Wits to remain a leader in research and service excellence.The Wits Group has an annual turnover of about R4-billion and to remain globally competitive, the institution is increasingly looking towards third stream income. Most universities in South Africa obtain their funding via three income streams – state subsidy, student fees and third stream income.On its website , Wits claims it is the recipient of the highest levels of external financial support of all universities in South Africa, from donors and partners all over the world.“I believe that Wits is an active social leader that seeks to advance the public good. An investment in Wits and in our universities today is an investment in our youth, and the future of our country,’ said Habib.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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CME Group

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest NAFB Trade Talk 2015The Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo visits with CME Group’s Tim Andriesen about the importance of educating youth about the business of agriculture with CME Group’s Commodity Carnival game.CME Tim Andriesenlast_img

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Signing the Front or the Back of a Paycheck

first_img Free Webinar Series! Create a culture of value creation. Signup for this free webinar! In three, short, power-packed webinars, you will learn what you need to do to create a culture of value creators who create and win new opportunities. Download Now The view of people who sign the front of a check can be different from the view of someone who signs the back of a check.Back of the CheckThere are a lot of people doling out advice who do so without ever having to sign the front of a paycheck. They’ve never had to make payroll, and they have never had to sign personally for a line of credit. They offer their advice without the responsibility of having tens, hundreds, or thousands of people depend upon their judgement and decision-making for their livelihoods.The fact that they haven’t started or led a sales organization doesn’t mean that their opinions, ideas, and experience  don’t have value. But it does mean that it doesn’t come from the same place as someone who has had a very different set of experiences and a different level of responsibility. They haven’t had a company’s success or failure rest on their shoulders—or their decisions. It’s easy for them to tell you that you can avoid doing the hard stuff, the stuff you don’t want to do.Front of the CheckPeople who have signed the front of a check have a different view of things. They have a more practical, less idealistic view of things. Generally, they don’t fall prey to the latest fads, and they tend to offer advice that is based on principles that have allowed them to grow their business. That experience is hard won, and much of it comes from having made mistakes. They will tell you that it is necessary to do the hard stuff, the stuff that you don’t want to do, the things that make you uncomfortable.There are many who write about what one must do to grow sales without ever being responsible for anything more than their own personal sales. They sign the back of checks, and they can afford to be idealistic, having no responsibility for the larger organization as a whole. They are free to tell you what you should do, without having any skin in the game where they receive a check that they sign on the back. They have strong opinions about the things that you should not do to grow your own sales or your own business.There are others who offer you different advice. They have skin in the game, and being wrong comes with a very high price. Their responsibility extends far beyond themselves, and they feel the pressure to perform and succeed. Very few of them would offer you the advice you hear from those who sign the back of a paycheck, because they sign the front of a paycheck.last_img read more

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Winners Announced 2018 Canadian Screen Awards Honouring Excellence in Creative Fiction Storytelling

first_imgBest Supporting Actor, DramaAnneCBC (CBC/Netflix)(Northwood Entertainment)R. H. ThomsonBest Supporting Actress, DramaCardinalCTV (Bell Media)(JCardinal Productions Inc.)Allie MacDonaldBest Guest Performance, Drama SeriesMary Kills People – The Judas CradleGlobal (Corus Entertainment)(Cameron Pictures)Steven McCarthyBest Pre-School Program or SeriesPAW PatrolTVOKids (TVO)(Spin Master Entertainment)Laura Clunie, Ronnen Harary, Keith Chapman, Scott Kraft, Toni Stevens, Patricia Burns, Jonah StrohBest Animated Program or SeriesSponsor | Spin Master EntertainmentCloudy with a Chance of MeatballsYTV (Corus Entertainment)(DHX Media)Lesley Jenner, Mark Evestaff, Steven Denure, Kirsten Newlands, Ken Faier, Asaph Fipke, Josh Scherba, Rick MischelBest Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or SeriesOdd SquadTVOKids (TVO)(Sinking Ship Entertainment)J.J. Johnson, Blair Powers, Matthew J.R. Bishop, Stephen J Turnbull, Tim McKeon, Mark De Angelis, Adam Peltzman, Paul SiefkenBest Performance, Children’s or YouthL.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: Fire & DewYTV (Corus Entertainment)(Breakthrough Entertainment)Ella BallentineBest Performance, AnimationThe Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Halloween!Treehouse TV (Corus Entertainment)(Portfolio Entertainment)Martin ShortAcademy Board of Directors’ TributeJay SwitzerBest Photography, ComedySchitt’s Creek – Grad NightCBC (CBC)(Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.)Gerald PackerBest Photography, DramaCardinalCTV (Bell Media)(JCardinal Productions Inc.)Steve CosensBest Picture Editing, ComedyBaroness von Sketch Show – It Satisfies on a Very Basic LevelCBC (CBC)(Frantic Films)Mike Fly, Jeremy LaLondeBest Picture Editing, DramaCardinalCTV (Bell Media)(JCardinal Productions Inc.)Teresa De LucaBest Live Action Short Drama | Meilleur court métrage dramatiqueFluffy – Lee FilipovskiBest Animated Short | Meilleur court métrage d’animationThe Tesla World Light – Matthew Rankin, Julie RoyBest Production Design or Art Direction, FictionAlias GraceCBC (CBC)(Halfire Entertainment)Arv GreywalBest Costume DesignAlias GraceCBC (CBC)(Halfire Entertainment)Simonetta MarianoBest Achievement in Make-UpSponsor | M•A•C CosmeticsOrphan Black – To Right the Wrongs of ManySpace (Bell Media)(Boat Rocker Media)Stephen LynchBest Visual EffectsVikings – On The EveHistory (Corus Entertainment)(Take 5 Productions)Bill Halliday, Dominic Remane, Michael Borrett, Paul Wishart, Ovidiu Cinazan, Jim Maxwell, Kieran McKay, Isabelle Alles, Thomas Morrison, Leann HarveyBest Achievement in CastingCardinalCTV (Bell Media)(JCardinal Productions Inc.)Jon Comerford, Lisa ParasynHumanitarian Award, supported by MLSEBell Let’s TalkBest Sound, AnimationPAW Patrol – Mission PAW: Quest for the CrownTVOKids (TVO)(Spin Master Entertainment)Richard Spence-Thomas, Tim Muirhead, Kyle Peters, Patton Rodrigues, Ryan OngaroBest Sound, FictionVikings – The ReckoningHistory (Corus Entertainment)(Take 5 Productions)Martin Lee, Ian Rankin, Daniel Birch, Brent Pickett, Dale Sheldrake, Steve Medeiros, Brennan Mercer, Jane Tattersall, David McCallum, Goro Koyama, Yuri GorbachowBest Original Music, AnimationCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – Bacon GirlYTV (Corus Entertainment)(DHX Media)Steffan AndrewsBest Original Music, FictionCardinalCTV (Bell Media)(JCardinal Productions Inc.)Todor KobakovBest Writing, Variety or Sketch ComedyBaroness von Sketch Show – It Satisfies on a Very Basic LevelCBC (CBC)(Frantic Films)Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne, Jennifer Whalen, Jennifer Goodhue, Monica Heisey, Mae Martin, Zoe WhittallBest Writing, ComedyLetterkenny – RelationshipsCraveTV (Bell Media)(New Metric Media Inc.)Jacob Tierney, Jared KeesoBest Writing, Drama Program or Limited SeriesAlias GraceCBC (CBC)(Halfire Entertainment)Sarah PolleyBest Writing, Drama SeriesOrphan Black – To Right The Wrongs of ManySpace (Bell Media)(Boat Rocker Media)Graeme Manson, Renee St. CyrBest Writing, Children’s or YouthOdd Squad – Drop Gadget Repeat / 20 QuestionsTVOKids (TVO)(Sinking Ship Entertainment)Adam Peltzman, Tim McKeonBest Writing, AnimationMysticons – Sisters in ArmsYTV (Corus Entertainment)(Nelvana Limited)Sean JaraMargaret Collier Award, supported by Halfire EntertainmentDenis McGrathBest Direction, AnimationPAW Patrol – Mission PAW: Quest for the CrownTVOKids (TVO)(Spin Master Entertainment)Charles E. BastienBest Direction, Children’s or YouthL.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: Fire & DewYTV (Corus Entertainment)(Breakthrough Entertainment)John Kent HarrisonBest Direction, Variety or Sketch ComedyBaroness von Sketch Show – It Satisfies on a Very Basic LevelCBC (CBC)(Frantic Films)Yael StaavBest Direction, ComedySponsor | Cinespace Film StudiosLetterkenny – The ElectionCraveTV (Bell Media)(New Metric Media Inc.)Jacob TierneyBest Direction, Drama Program or Limited SeriesAlias GraceCBC (CBC)(Halfire Entertainment)Mary HarronBest Direction, Drama SeriesSponsor | PlaybackMary Kills People – The River StyxGlobal (Corus Entertainment)(Cameron Pictures)Holly DaleBest Supporting or Guest Actor, ComedyKim’s Convenience – Cardboard Jung, Resting PlaceCBC (CBC)(Thunderbird Entertainment)Andrew PhungBest Supporting or Guest Actress, ComedySchitt’s Creek – New Car, The ThroupleCBC (CBC)(Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.)Emily HampshireBest Sketch Comedy Program or SeriesBaroness von Sketch ShowCBC (CBC)(Frantic Films)Jamie Brown, Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne, Jennifer WhalenAbout Academy of Canadian Cinema & TelevisionThe Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is the largest non-profit professional arts organization in Canada. We are dedicated to recognizing, advocating for, and celebrating Canadian talent in the film, television, and digital media sectors.Our more than 4,500 members encompass industry icons and professionals, emerging artists, and students. Collectively, we deliver professional development programs and networking opportunities that foster industry growth, inclusion, and mentorship.The Canadian Academy produces Canadian Screen Week. This annual celebration of excellence in media features a multi-platform, national program of events and celebrations, and culminates with the Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala live on CBC, Sunday March 11, 2018 at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. AT/ 9:30 p.m. NT).For information on membership and programming visit www.academy.ca. TORONTO – (March 7, 2018) – The 2018 Canadian Screen Week continued this evening with the Gala Honouring Excellence in Creative Fiction Storytelling, sponsored by Technicolor and Thunderbird Entertainment, where forty-one Canadian Screen Awards were presented to Canada’s finest in writing, guest performance, supporting roles, casting, animation, and youth and children’s programming. The winners were announced during the Gala hosted by award-winning actor and improv dynamo Andrew Phung, of CBC’s Kim Convenience, at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle.“Canada has an incredible wealth of writers, directors, editors and actors who use their talent to bring viewers into exciting comedic and dramatic worlds that allow us to fully immerse in creative stories,” said Beth Janson, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “Tonight’s winners continue to reinvent, surprise and challenge viewers in new and creative ways. Their work is not just recognized here at home, but around the world, and it’s an honour to celebrate and give them the recognition they deserve.”2018 Canadian Screen Awards Creative Fiction Storytelling Category Winners Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Cayman Mckeeva Bush Ran Up 33k Debt – Trial Begins

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cayman islands, mckeeva bush Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp(Cayman News Service):As the former premier’s slot machine gambling appeared to intensify in the early months of 2010, the crown said McKeeva Bush ran up a debt of over $33,000 withdrawing cash on his Cayman Islands Government credit card to play in casinos in the US and the Bahamas. During a week’s trip to Vegas in February, Bush was gambling hard and withdrew over $12,000 cash on the card and just a few weeks later on a short official trip to the Bahamas and Miami he touched the card for more than $17,000, the court heard Tuesday as Bush’s trial continued. These amounts were on top of an existing and mounting cash debt already on the card. At that time, the crown said, Bush hadn’t made any payments back to government since December 2009 leaving the public purse to carry the debt burden.During the second day of the leader of the opposition’s trial for corruption and misconduct offences the jury heard that Bush’s efforts to get cash intensified, in 2010 as did his hours at the slots as well as his lossesCounsel representing the crown, Duncan Penny QC, told the jury that while Bush paid back some of the $33,000 several weeks after his gambling trips there was a sum of more than $10,000 outstanding which remained that way for more than two and a half years. It was not until the premier learned that his credit card statements were being investigated by police that he paid back the remaining debt, Penny told the court, as he began to wrap up his opening statement describing the crown’s case relating to the abuse of Bush’s government corporate credit card.Penny detailed the major withdrawals during two trips in 2010 where Bush’s use of his government card across the casinos grew as he accessed much larger amounts including his single largest cash withdrawal on the corporate card in Florida in March when he cashed $4000 on the casino floor.Having lost over $57,000 in Vegas, during a week-long personal trip which he had combined with a brief official appearance at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where he also gambled, Bush lost a further $45,000 in Florida a month later. He also was said to have lost an unknown amount in the Bahamas, where he was drawing money from various casinos. All of this was adding to his own personal credit card debts as well as the mounting personal bill on his CIG card.Describing the acceleration in the credit card debt, as he completed the summary of the crown’s case, Penny explained that Bush had begun to use the cashier system on the casino floors and sign for the credit card cash advances rather than use the ATMs. The lawyer said this was because Bush was able to access more cash that way than via the teller machines which limited his daily cash amounts.“The defendant became wise to the fact that the credit card was limited at the ATM to just $1000 per day,” he said, explaining that Bush began using the cashier services where he could sign for cash. Having started the previous July taking $500 here and $100 there on the government card Bush was now making withdrawals in the $1000s.The lawyers said that the money Bush was “so keen to get his hands on was going back into the hungry machines” as he added to his loses.Following the loss of more than a quarter of a million dollars since July 09 of his own money as well as that he had borrowed from the public purse, the court heard that Bush appeared to be in no hurry to pay back what he owed when he returned from the March trip.On his return from the Bahamas and Florida, having taken well over $17,000 in cash on the casino floors or from ATMs during the four day trip, which was for tourism related business, he made no immediate payments when he was sent the reconciliation memo as usual in the immediate wake of the official travel. Despite knowing, the crown’s attorney claimed, that the money he had taken on that card was not for any legitimate business purpose, Bush made no effort to make prompt payment to return the public money.However, some six weeks later he made the first of three random payments.The first was for CI$9,000 on 1 April then three weeks later a second cheque was written for US$13,000 and shortly after one for a CI$1000. A further trip after that in which he drew just $1000 in cash from a Florida Casino while playing the slots, according to the loyalty card, left an estimated debt of just over CI$10,000 which remained that way for about two and a half years.Despite efforts being made by some civil servants to press Bush to reconcile his credit card either with receipts or a written explanation or to pay back outstanding personal sums there was no money forthcoming from the premier until the matter was under investigation by the police.In early November 2012, the police issued a production order to the deputy governor for the premier’s credit card statements which were handed over to the investigating officers. Bush appears to have heard about the investigation into his cards and called Franz Manderson, the deputy governor, to ask him if his statements had been given to the police, which the top civil servant confirmed was correct. It was then that Bush said he had not known about the outstanding balance and made another payment of some $9000 to the government coffers.As he summarized the crown’s case against him Penny told the jury that Bush had breached his duty as a premier when he abused the card and allowed the public purse to carry a growing debt burden which was down to the then premier’s risky and addictive gambling habit. He said Bush began treating the government card like his own personal card as soon as it was given to him and his using the card for gambling was an affront to his high office.He said Bush had shown a disregard for the public trust when he used that card in casinos to get cash for gambling and then made no effort to pay it back before government began to carry the debt. “He allowed government to carry the burden to the tune of $10,000 for two and a half years and only paid it back when he was aware of the investigation,” the lawyer said.Penny closed his opening statement to the jury at around 11-30am on Tuesday morning.Bush has persistently denied the allegations against him, which include 11 counts of breach of trust and misconduct in public office, all of which relate to cash withdrawals at casinos made on a government credit card during his first year in office after he was re-elected in 2009 as the country’s leader. Bush has described the charges as a political witch-hunt to discredit him and the Cayman Islands by the FCO.The case continues in Grand Court One on Wednesday at 10am with the crown’s first witness, the financial secretary Kenneth Jefferson. Recommended for you Minister Presents Budget Culture & Heritage Policy/Plan Survey UK Governors of the Caribbean meet in Miamilast_img read more

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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

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