NBA Finals: Warriors escape with victory in wild Game 1

first_imgWant Warriors news in your inbox? Sign up for the free DubsDaily newsletter.OAKLAND –The fourth installment started out as compelling as the first three.The rest of the league might be tired of the Warriors and the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Yet, the Warriors and Cavaliers produced enough drama to keep the storylines fresh. It seemed too many to count.In no particular order: the first episode featured LeBron James’ 51 points, J.R. Smith’s late-game gaffe, a controversial charging call, …last_img read more

SA makes ‘intensive investment’ in infrastructure

first_img17 December 2014With the current electricity supply problems gripping South Africa, some comfort can be drawn from recent financial data that indicates intensive investment in infrastructure by players in the electricity, gas and water supply industry, Statistics South Africa said on Monday.The recently published quarterly financial statistics report, which provides a range of financial statistics on industries in the South African economy, shows that capital expenditure in the electricity, gas and water supply industry rose by 91,8% from R13- billion in the second quarter of 2014 (April-June) to R24,3-billion in the third quarter of 2014 (July-September).Capital expenditure provides an indication of an industry’s investment in long-term physical assets, such as plant, machinery and equipment. A rise in capital spending indicates an intention to increase the scope of operations in the future.SectorsThe transport, storage and communication industry recorded the second largest increase in capital expenditure (+41,6%), followed by community, social and personal services (excluding government institutions) (+23,1%), real estate and other business services (excluding financial intermediation and insurance) (+8,5%) and mining and quarrying (+2,9%).Decreases were recorded for construction (-18,6%), trade (-6,7%) and manufacturing ( -3,5%).All industries in the economy recorded R108-billion as capital expenditure in the third quarter.The transport and communication industry contributed the highest amount (R33,5- billion or 31%), followed by the R24,3-billion in the electricity, gas and water supply industry, contributing 23% to the total.Source: Statistics South Africalast_img read more

Relationships in Early-Stage Investing: Riskier, Harder, More Rewarding

first_imgThe following is one in a series of guest posts we’re running here on ReadWriteWeb. This one is by Reshma Sohoni, CEO of Seedcamp, the global organization dedicated to helping entrepreneurs grow successful businesses. Prior to her role at Seedcamp, she was an associate at 3i and Softbank’s eVentures India, and Senior Manager in Commercial Strategy at Vodafone.Having listened to pitches from over 140 startups from all over Europe, working with 14 of our companies during the past two years, and reviewing applications for our annual event in the next few weeks, I am struck by just how different the requirements of early-stage investment are (for both investor and entrepreneur) compared to those of venture capital or private equity.In my experience, early-stage startups rarely differentiate between sources of funding, with the possible exception of angel investors, with whom they often have ties. They simply work out a figure, create the business plan, and start pitching — paying little regard, at their own peril, to the type of investor they’re bringing on.Sure, investing in an early-stage company is, at the very least, about spotting opportunities, making the right investment, helping with introductions, and being a board member. But there’s much more, and it is really about getting in the trenches.Generally, investors get involved with their early-stage companies (if their relationship is good) by helping with product and business planning beyond the board (sometimes weekly), challenging the entrepreneur when they need it, experimenting and taking risks alongside them, and often acting as a cheerleader and sounding board. Although VCs and private equity investors do get involved from time to time in the “nuts and bolts” of the businesses they support, they are generally not expected to do so in the beginning.One is not better than the other, but companies at different stages require different types of investors. And to have the best chance of success, both the investor and entrepreneur need to recognize exactly what kind of involvement is needed and then act accordingly.The spirit of mentorship is thriving in the European entrepreneurial community: money can get you a lot, but putting a price on connections is impossible. Ask a successful entrepreneur about the people who helped him or her along the way: the list is almost guaranteed to include individuals who may not have invested money but who made important introductions, offered advice, or gave honest and timely feedback.Several key points consistently emerge from the feedback I have heard over the past few years.For InvestorsHigher bar for higher-risk investmentsEven though you like an idea and think it has the potential for great returns, the company has a much higher chance of failure if it is very early-stage. Many more things can simply go wrong at such an early stage. It’s crucial that investors understand this level of risk and treat it differently than they would for a later-stage company, because mismanaging expectations of early-stage companies makes for an unstable foundation on which to build and grow.Get your hands dirtyThe entrepreneur will benefit from more than just your money. Success will come more easily if you like the idea, like the people behind it, and feel passionate about the market it is targeting. So, you’ll have to work closely; and the closer you are, the better you’ll be able to tell whether the investment will succeed or not.Use different metricsThe proof points are different at the early stage, so you need to measure traction with shorter milestones and much more specific metrics than overall revenue and profitability.For Entrepreneurs Seeking InvestmentTry, fail, improve, try againWhether it’s your first startup, your first approach of a customer, your first strategy, or any intermediate steps, you will experience some failures and mistakes. The most important thing is to keep iterating and improving.Pay-off from the relationshipWhile a healthy early-stage entrepreneur/investor relationship inevitably has a lot of interaction, preparing ahead of time for meetings and calls and setting clear goals for what you would like to get out of the interaction is critical. Make your investors help you and work for you. Just as they’re assessing you, you should always have a clear sense of what they are doing for you. Again, this is even more critical at the early stage.Pace and executionFast pace and execution are more critical at the early stage than any other. A good investor will be watching closely to see that you move fast and execute well. Not only is this good for your relationship with the investor, but it is even better for your business. Here in Europe, we need to quicken the pace by at least 50%.The startup community in the UK and Europe is a force to be reckoned with, and the better we can foster successful investor/entrepreneur relationships, the more we will all succeed. Timing is also important, and we at Seedcamp are taking a very long-term approach to building successful early-stage businesses — looking at the next 15 to 20 years, rather than just 1 to 3 years. Rather than criticize, let’s all put the building blocks in place to create a strong foundation for entrepreneurship and venture capital. Tags:#Guest#start 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… guest author 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Dimdim: The Risk of Using A Free Service

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… There appears to be a bit of customer discontent about the news that Dimdim’s free service will be discontinued after the closing of the sale to Salesforce.com. The closing is without question. The Dimdim FAQ has 11 questions and answers to inform customers about the service’s discontinuation.Dimdim’s closing is a study in the risks of using free services. What will happen now to Dimdim customers is all outlined in the FAQ. The first question states the timeline for closure:How long will my service be available?Monthly accounts will be available until March 15. Annual accounts are available until their current subscription ends. You can determine the expiration date of your subscription by logging into your account at my.dimdim.com.Will I be able to access my recordings after my account is no longer available? How can I keep them??Your recordings will no longer be available after your account expires. You can download your recording files and chat transcripts before then. See the Knowledge Base for instructions on downloading recordings and transcripts.Open-source code contributions will stop:What will happen to the Open Source version of Dimdim?The open source code made available by Dimdim remains available on SourceForge.net. Dimdim will no longer be contributing to this project.The API will be maintained as long as the service is functioning:We have integrated with the Dimdim API. Will you be preserving that functionality?Current API functionality will be maintained for all active subscriptions.Sameer Patel says the Dimdim acquisition is a wake up call about using free tools for business use. They do go away. There are few if any guarantees about your data. But people will get over it. They will move on.“Loyalty to a free product is somewhat artificial,” Patel said.The services available to Dimdim customers are plenty. Dimdim will be forgotten by customers. But we’ll see if the market makes note of what happens when a free service gets acquired. alex williams Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#cloud center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

IPL 2016: Tremors force Gujarat Lions squad to evacuate team hotel

first_imgPlayers of Indian Premier League (IPL) outfit Gujarat Lions were evacuated from their hotel in Mohali on Sunday after an earthquake with its epicentre in Afghanistan rocked several cities across northern India.The earthquake, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, had its epicentre in the Hindukush mountains on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan.Australian pacer Andrew Tye was reminded of the devastating earthquake in Nepal last year as he was guided out of the building.”I was sitting on the end of my bed fixing a cricket bat and it felt like the bed started to move. I was like ‘what happened there’ and I looked around the room and certain things were shaking, so I thought ‘it must be an earthquake’. There was a bit of commotion in the hallway and we rushed outside,” Tye was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”I immediately thought back to Nepal last year around a similar sort of time. I know how devastating that was. I was more worried for other people rather than myself.”Other members of the Gujarat Lions squad also voiced their concerns.”Just felt the tremors of a earthquake in Mohali. Evacuated out the hotel, boys are a little ‘shaken’,” veteran fast bowler Dale Steyn tweeted later.Just felt the tremors of a earthquake in mohaliEvacuated out the hotel, boys are a little “shaken” Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) April 10, 2016″Just a quick earthquake evacuation in Mohali!!” Aaron Finch wrote on his Twitter account.Just a quick earthquake evacuation in Mohali!!advertisement Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) April 10, 2016The franchise’s official Twitter handle also tweeted about the incident. “Earthquake tremors felt in parts of North India including Mohali. Our players have been evacuated from their hotel. No casualties!” it said.last_img read more

People of Touch – Graham Goodwin

first_img Last Affiliate* Role* People of Touch – Contact Namecenter_img First Email Name: Graham GoodwinAffiliate: Taree Touch Association (NSW)Position: PresidentWhen did you first get involved with Touch Football?I first started playing back in 1981 in the Parramatta Touch competition. The games were played on Sunday mornings and it was a great way to keep the fitness levels up.After I had moved up the coast to Taree I started playing and refereeing in the Taree Touch Competition eventually joining the committee to help out and in 2003 the outgoing president spoke to me and recommended I become the next President of the Association as he believed I had the makings of a good leader within the sport and the town. Since then I have enjoyed every minute of the Presidents role. It allows me to give back to the community, assist the committee with their specific roles and help out with bits and pieces within the association whether that be in the canteen or coaching.What improvements and Initiatives have you seen at Taree Touch Association during your time?During my time at Taree we have really looked to improve our coaching methods. We have all coaches on the same page and ensure there is fairness with selections in all our teams which can be difficult to manage as we send 10 teams away to Junior State Cup.We have really looked to highlight the involvement of Referees and the fact here is a genuine pathway for our referees at Representative events. Having experienced referees like our Regional Referees Director Phil Rainger come and help out at our affiliate has seen referees both young and mature join our referee ranks.What is your Touch Football Highlight(s) so far?I have three Highlights during my years of being involved with Touch Football:I was selected to play for NSW country back in the mid 1990’s. To go into camp with a group of blokes from the country and represent where you come from was a terrific highlight and something I will remember for years to come.Coaching my Daughters Under 14 team to the NSW Junior State Cup Title back in 2004. Winning the State Title is not an easy accomplishment when you think about the hours of organising, training and of course playing over the entire weekend.In December 2018 I attained my Level 4 Referees Badge. This is the highest Referee Badge Level you can achieve through your state and your performances over the entire 12 months not just at a one off tournament. It took a lot of work but it was definitely worth it!The NRL Touch Premiership Kicks off this weekend who is your pick to take out the Women’s and the Men’s competitions?This is a hard one to pick especially with the Roosters and Warriors coming into the competition this year there will be some really close matches.I can’t go past Parramatta in both the Men’s & Women’s competitions and I can assure you Growing up in Parramatta has nothing to do with it (well maybe a little bit).If you want to be featured or know someone who should fill out the form below!last_img read more

a month agoSanchez Flores positive about Watford squad: The mindset is amazing

first_imgSanchez Flores positive about Watford squad: The mindset is amazingby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has commended his players upon his return to the club.The Hornets fought back from 2-0 down at home to Arsenal last Sunday to gain just their second Premier League point this season in Flores’ first game in charge.He said: “I think when you are in the bottom of the table, of course, the mentality is a struggle, but we need time.”I think the behaviour and the performance of the players on the training ground is amazing, they look really positive. The way they understand everything and the way they played the last match, of course every single match is different, but very positive.”I feel they’re happy, I feel they’re positive, I feel they’re confident in the way they train and the energy they are using. They look fit and after the last match I think they’ve got a lot confidence for the next match.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Wisconsin Releases Depth Chart For Season Opener Vs. LSU

first_imgWisconsin quarterback throws during practice.Wisconsin Depth ChartThe official Wisconsin depth chart for the season-opening game against LSU has been released.One week from tomorrow, Wisconsin will take on LSU at Lambeau Field to open the 2016 season. This afternoon, the official Wisconsin depth chart for the game was released.Here’s your first look at the #Badgers’ depth chart for the season opener vs. LSU: pic.twitter.com/w8FmPsosQl— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) August 26, 2016One of the big names on there is Bart Houston, who was named the starting quarterback yesterday. Badgers fans have to be excited to see Corey Clement back at first-string running back after he battled injuries last year. Several true freshmen also appear, including former four-star defensive tackle prospect Garrett Rand.Wisconsin and LSU will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC next Saturday.last_img read more

Media Artists Program

first_img Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Application Deadline: October 17, 2016DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAMToronto Arts Council’s Media Artists Program provides support to media artists for the creation/production of new work or the completion of works in progress. Funds are intended to cover direct costs of creation/production, including subsistence and materials. Applicants may apply for production and/or post-production.Media Arts includes independent film, video and new media artworks. New media refers to works that use multi-media, computers or communications or information technologies for creative expression, including installation and performance art works that integrate such technologies.LEVEL ONE: Up to $6,000 – for emerging artists in the early stages of their professional careers. Artists in this category have produced a small body of work and achieved some local recognition and/or have limited public screening and/or exhibition experience. Generally they have had between 2 and 7 years of professional arts practice.LEVEL TWO: Up to $12,000 – for mid-career and established artists. Mid-career artists are past the early stages of their careers and have produced a reasonable body of work and received recognition, exhibitions or screenings outside the local community. Generally they have had from 8 to 14 years of professional arts practice.Established artists have produced an extensive body of work and have achieved national or international recognition, exhibitions or screenings. Generally, they have had at least 15 years of professional arts practice.ELIGIBILITY CRITERIAApplicants must be professional artists and meet the following criteria:Applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents or have an application pending for Permanent Resident status and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this.Applicants must be residents of the City of Toronto for at least one year prior to the application deadline. Temporary absences of up to 12 months may be considered, subject to written explanation and special permission; please contact the Grants Officer.Neither a Post Office Box address nor a studio address can be used to meet the residency requirement.Applicants must have completed basic training (not necessarily in a formal educational institution).Applicants must have spent a minimum of one year working on and developing an independent art practice after completing full-time studies.Undergraduate students are not eligible to apply.Professional artists pursuing graduate studies may not apply for work related to their program of study. Note: A letter from the graduate program director specifying that the project is not related to the graduate student’s program of studies must be submitted with the application.Applicants must retain full copyright, financial, editorial and creative control.Applicants to the 2015 Visual Artists program may not apply to the 2015 Media Artists program.Applicants may receive funding through TAC’s Visual Artists or Media Artists programs only once every two years. Those who received funding from either program in 2014 are not eligible to apply to either program in 2015 but may reapply in 2016.Collaborative proposals are eligible. Co-applicants are subject to the same eligibility criteria as primary applicants. If the application is successful, the grant cheque will be payable to the principal applicant, as listed in the application. Similarly, a T4A slip will be issued to the principal applicant.The only eligible applicant for a film or video project is the director. Producers may not apply as co-applicants.EXCLUSIONS (The following are not eligible):Projects with total budgets in excess of $250,000.Projects that have been completed prior to the announcement of results.Requests for funding solely for travel or exhibition of work.Promotion and marketing expenses.Capital purchases of tools, equipment, etc.Commissioned, instructional or promotional projects.Pilots for commercial or educational television.Music videos.Click here to apply Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Canadian Finals Rodeo leaves chute in Edmonton hits trail for new home

first_imgEDMONTON – The Oilers Entertainment Group has decided not to submit a bid to keep the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton.Oilers spokesman Tim Shipton says they couldn’t find a business model they felt would be successful, so OEG is now working on a new western lifestyle festival at Rogers Place for next winter.The CFR was a staple at the Edmonton Northlands Coliseum for 44 years, but the facility’s impending closure means it needs to find a new home.The City of Red Deer submitted a bid in December to become the CFR’s next host, but the move has not been confirmed.The annual Farm Fair exhibition, which ran alongside the CFR for decades, will continue at Edmonton’ Expo Centre.The hotel association in Edmonton says Farm Fair alone attracts about 90,000 people to the Alberta capital each year.“At the end of the day, we looked at a lot of different options,” said Shipton. “We have forgone the opportunity to submit a bid proposal for 2018 for CFR. It wasn’t an easy decision but we do feel it was the right one.”“I think it (CFR) holds a special part in a lot of people’s eyes, just because it’s been there for so long, and it was a good rodeo,” said steer wrestler Cody Cassidy. “As far back as a little kid I can remember going there to watch my dad compete.”Canadian Professional Rodeo Association general manager Jeff Robson said Red Deer is one option for a new CFR home.“We’re going to work on coming through with what we think is the best proposal for the CPRA, for our contestants, and hopefully for the new community that we move to,” he said.Red Deer would mean a smaller venue with fewer seats, but Cassidy said he wants assurances that the prize money remains attractive.“To grow the sport you need the money there for the younger guys coming up and carry on this western way of life.” (CTV Edmonton)last_img read more