More franchises could be coming to CPL

first_img He said the tournament had continued to attract some of the best international players, with the highest number of interest being shown at this year’s draft. “Ahead of the draft that was held in March of this year, we had more players registering for the draft than we ever had before,” Hall said. The 2018 CPL continues today with Guyana Amazon Warriors facing Jamaica Tallawahs in Guyana. Both are on 10 points but the Tallawahs are in third with the better net run rate. Game time is 7 p.m. BASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC): Expressed interest from investors could see the number of teams in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) being increased. This word has come from CPL’s Director of Operations Michael Hall, who has said the addition of franchises to the T20 competition is a distinct reality. Since its establishment in 2013, six teams have competed in the CPL; the Trinbago Knight Riders (formerly TT Red Steel), Jamaica Tallawahs, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Barbados Tridents, St Lucia Stars (formerly St Lucia Zouks) and the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots currently compete. In 2015, the Patriots replaced the Antigua Hawksbills that competed in 2013 and 2014. But Hall explained that the CPL was always looking to expand in an attempt to make the international tournament bigger and better. “The CPL, since I joined five years ago, has always been in expansion mode. I know that there has been, at least I have heard that there has been some heightened interest from potential investors looking to create some other franchises. “There is always that possibility. I know that discussions take place regularly and certainly the CPL as a league is in the market to have more teams. Whether that will happen in 2019 or 2020 it is hard to say, but we certainly would not be averse to increasing the number of teams in the league,” Hall said. Attractive tournamentlast_img read more

The Other Side of It

first_imgMiatta has a story to tell, one that describes the loss of innocence.“Since I was a child, I’ve been living from home to home. I quite recently moved back in with my biological mother and understand why,” she says.Miatta composes herself just like any normal teenager would; she spends most of her time playing jumprope, kickball and hanging out with friends.But she hides a dark secret.According to Miatta, the hardest part of her life is having to answer the one question so many people ask her over and over again.“Where is your pa?,”Nine years ago, Fallah, Miatta’s father, was arrested and charged for the rape of a seven year old girl; Miatta’s friend.“Our mothers went out of town and left us at my aunty’s house for the weekend. My father lived in his own house back then and never had access to us throughout the weekend. I don’t know how she was raped by my father,” Miatta said.Miatta was five when officers knocked on her mothers door to tell her about her husband’s arrest.“They said my father raped my friend that weekend and he has been in jail since then,” she added.Ironically, the complainant never followed the case and, according to Miatta, her father has been in prison for the past nine years without trial.“I was 10 when my mother told me about my father. And she did so by taking me to the Monrovia Central Prison to see him,”she says. “It was scary, but after he told me his side, I decided not to judge him,” she added.Since then, Miatta has been visiting her father weekly, never once missing a week.“My concern is knowing the truth and that can only be done if my father is given a fair trail. Where are his accusers? Since they accused my father, they just left him in prison,” Miatta added.Meanwhile, Miatta says she wants justice to be served if her father is guilty and set free if he’s Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Verratti’s agent reveals where Chelsea and Man United target will play next year

first_img1 Marco Verratti: The 24-year-old Italian is highly regarded across Europe Marco Verratti will NOT be leaving Paris Saint-Germain this summer, according to the Chelsea and Manchester United target’s agent.The talented midfielder has been heavily linked with a summer move away from the French champions, with the Premier League duo reportedly among those interested, along with Serie A giants Juventus and Inter Milan.He has made 32 appearances for Unai Emery’s side this term, assisting six and scoring two in all competitions.Verratti’s agent, Donato Di Campli, has revealed how his client will be in no rush to leave Parc des Princes.“Marco Verratti will continue at PSG,” Di Campli told Italian news agency Nansa.“He has a contract until 2021. He will stay in France. There is no doubt because he is a respectful person with contracts.“Afterwards, if PSG ask us to leave, we will leave. It’s [too] soon to speak about a return to Italy.”last_img read more

Cheesekids help the less fortunate

first_imgShaka Sisulu is turning heads as he injects fun into charity through his non-profit organisation, Cheesekids for Humanity. (Image: Cheesekids)• Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122info@brandsouthafrica.comRomaana NaidooShaka Sisulu, grandson of the late African National Congress stalwarts Walter and Albertina Sisulu, will appear on the next episode of the Play Your Part television series on 6 July, at 9pm. The series is broadcast on SABC2.Sisulu is turning heads as he injects fun into charity by helping underprivileged mothers and children through his non-profit organisation, Cheesekids for Humanity. Cheesekids is a broad-based volunteer movement. It’s a youth-orientated community service platform with the main purpose to encourage privileged South African youth to contribute regularly to the upliftment and empowerment of less fortunate communities.“Cheesekids organises events and activities where young people like you volunteer their time, labour, and creativity towards various needs identified in local townships and informal settlements,” it says. “So if kids are hungry at school, we try to figure out a smart way and sustainable way of fixing the problem without throwing money at it.”Sisulu remembers his awakening: “The year 2007. One cool autumn day. A couple of friends invited me on a ‘build’. It was a building of a house in Ivory Park [a Joburg township] sponsored by Habitat for Humanity. Some of my friends had done it before and raved about it and I was only too happy to get out of my own private Idaho of soap opera living for an afternoon.“It was possibly one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. I had never seen so many ‘cheesekids’ get stuck into such manual labour with such aplomb,” he says. “The feeling of being able with my bare hands to help ones less fortunate than me with the bare necessities was inexplicable. The bond amongst friends coming together to help out for a common cause was surreal.An eye-opener“Understanding the deprivation and degradation so many of our countrymen live with day-to-day was also an eye-opener for me. And so I got the bug. It became a monthly occurrence. And one such day the term ‘Cheesekids’ was born. A tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that we were all coming from and going back to completely different lives. The phrase comes from an old township [and sometimes derogatory] slang for kids of affluent or well-off families – the kids who have cheese in the fridge.”Once all the homes in the quota were built, Sisulu noted a strong need to continue building. “Friends brought in their friends. It seems that for so many people the yearning to give back had found an outlet of sorts.”Over the past few years, he says, he has been very privileged to be part of an incredible movement of young people answering the question of “what can we do” brick by brick, brush by brush and shovel by barrow.The organisation has to date hosted over 30 000 Cheesekids volunteers who have helped build, plaster and paint houses; clean up schools; wash orphans’ clothes; tutor and mentor; pick up litter; feed and clothe the homeless, indigent and abused; plant vegetable gardens and de-weed lawns; read to, play with and bring smiles to children in Soweto, Tembisa, Alexandra, Diepsloot, Mamelodi, inner city Johannesburg, Orange Farm, Khayelitsha and many other places of desolation and desperation across South Africa.last_img read more

Seattle Startup Bonanzle Takes on eBay

first_imgTags:#enterprise 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Bonanzle’s creator, Bill Harding, originally started it because he was looking for an online experience where you had the ability to post a lot of items for sale quickly and easily, negotiate price and terms on the fly, sell items in groups, and sell a bunch of items in a short period of time. His site now offers all those things to its customers.On Bonanzle, sellers set up virtual booths where they display the items they have for sale. Online shoppers browsing the booths can then interact with the seller through built-in chat features. The sellers can send messages to people on the site in real-time and they can even integrate their store’s chat window into their IM client of choice. This allows them to keep in touch with their online shop even when they’re away from the Bonanzle web site itself. For many former eBay users, this level of social interaction is an entirely new experience, as they are used to a more anonymous shopping environment where you often only get to know a seller through their star ratings, feedback, and occasionally email – not through chatting with them one-on-one. In addition, Bonanzle sellers can capitalize on these personal connections by offering special discounts to their best customers. They also have the opportunity to hold “bonanzas” (hence the site name “Bonanzle”). These are brief 1-3 hour sales where sellers can deal in real-time on all their items. Bonanzle showcases these bonanzas on their homepage in order to drive traffic to the seller’s booth. Besides its unique social experience, Bonanzle also wants to differentiate itself by being easier to use than eBay. On Bonanzle, sellers don’t need to use bold, outlined, or HTML-coded listings to get noticed – they just fill in five fields on one single page and their item is ready for sale. That saves sellers time and it’s a big draw for new users who found eBay’s convoluted set-up process confusing and time-consuming. The system also recommends what an item should be priced at, another time-saver as sellers no longer need to browse through current and historical listings to get an idea of how much things sell for. These recommendations come via Yahoo and Amazon. When a seller clicks “Guess my Price,” Bonanzle returns the three closest matches along with the range of prices those matches are listed for. Results are separated into both “new” and “used” price listings, if available. These differences seem to be working for Bonanzle so far. The site has been steadily growing since its launch as have other eBay alternatives like iOffer.com, eCrater.com, and eBid. Meanwhile, although eBay’s traffic has grown a marginal 0.3% over the past year, the company posted its first-ever quarterly sales decline in January 2009. eBay’s Death by a Thousand Cuts?Says Ina Steiner, editor of one of the largest and most respected marketplace news sources, AuctionBytes, what eBay today has to contend with is “death by a thousand cuts.” While very few companies have the scale to compete with eBay head-on, there are many smaller websites that draw buyers and sellers in various categories. “Bonanzle has designed a site that is very appealing and has ignited the passion of a core group of enthusiastic sellers. It’s not even a year old, and I expect it will face the same growing pains of other sites,” she says, “but it has a lean mean approach that will serve it well.”That said, Steiner notes that one of Bonanzle’s biggest challenges will be getting traffic. Sellers lose enthusiasm for new sites if they’re not making sales. However, she also makes mention of a new trend among sellers to list on multiple channels, especially among sellers who were formerly content to list exclusively on eBay. For example, they found that 73 percent of the merchants on the EveryPlaceISell.com merchant directory maintain listings on more than one e-commerce site, and 45 percent of merchants maintain listings on more than two sites. And “nearly 40 percent run and maintain their own retail web site,” she says. This tendency to diversify listings may give the eBay alternatives the time to grow before they’re entirely abandoned. At any rate, the multi-listing trend has surely had an impact on the alternative marketplaces: currently, the top three alternative sites have about 5,598,000 listings, while eBay has 26,633,000 – that’s around 21%.Kenn Registe, publisher of the financial blog MediaTechAnalyst.com, also agrees that this “long tail” approach is the best way to compete with eBay. Vertical niche sites like Worthpoint, a collectibles marketplace, are a good example of this trend, he says. As far as Bonanzle goes, he also acknowledges the site will need to build critical mass through key differentiators in their business model in order to attract the sellers – and the traffic – they need to grow. If that’s not possible, he worries that all the eBay alternatives, including Bonanzle, will end up just competing with each other instead of with eBay itself. Economic Slowdown? Not for Bonanzle – Site Now Turning a ProfitDespite these concerns, Bonzale’s creator Bill Harding thinks they have a shot. “Bonanzle is benefiting from the web emerging from a period where people were so obsessed with anonymity that they gave up the benefits of positive communities and real interactions,” he says. And now with 36,500 registered users (a number which has grown by 50% each month) as well as steady traffic growth (they had 545k unique visitors and 9.3m page views last month) not to mention tens of thousands of transactions under their belt, the site has finally pulled its first profit as of February. Harding won’t disclose the details, but says that Bonanzle should be financially solvent for the foreseeable future, noting its revenues have grown each month at about the same pace as traffic and sales – that is, between 30-50%.These numbers bodes well for Bonanzle’s future, especially given our current economic climate. Yet will Bonanzle ever take down eBay all on its own? Probably not…but a million little Bonanzles just might. Related Posts sarah perez Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… In June of 2008, Seattle programmer Bill Harding launched an online marketplace called Bonanzle. The site, a completely grassroots effort with zero VC or angel funding, is in many ways the anti-eBay. Instead of focusing solely on the goods being sold, Bonanzle is attempting to build a marketplace where the people are relevant, too. On Bonanzle, buyers can chat with sellers in real-time or over instant messaging, an experience that delivers a more social experience to the online shopping process. These interactions have allowed Bonanzle to build a strong community, but will that be enough to take on eBay? What’s Bonanzle?Bonanzle is one of many online marketplaces that have emerged to serve former eBay sellers unhappy with the changes made over the years – changes that some feel serve the larger wholesalers instead of individual sellers. As with any new entrant to this market, Bonanzle isn’t just competing with eBay, but also with online giants like Amazon and Craigslist as well as niche sites like Etsy and Worthpoint. To differentiate themselves from the pack, Bonanzle’s angle is to re-create the social deal-making experience of a garage sale. last_img read more

High Performance Computing (HPC): IDC Reports Stunning ROI for Technology

first_imgThe High-Performance Computing (HPC) server market finished up 2015 by 12 percent, reaching $11.4 billion, according to a report from IDC sponsored by the DOE.  When HPC storage, middleware, applications, and services are also considered, the total market size for 2015 comes out to $21 billion.One stunning number from the report is that IDC estimates that for every dollar spent on HPC technology the ROI is $514.70!Other key facts from the IDC report include:Both strategic and economic reasons cause vendors to push for ever-faster computers.  100 PetaFlop systems will become more common in 2016HPC is increasingly being done in the cloudA major challenge of HPC is software.  Few software libraries and applications are written to run in HPC environmentsThe Chinese are expected to play a bigger role in the HPC market, likely extending into Europe, particularly by LenovoThe report identified the following verticals for practical applications within HPC:Fraud and anomaly detectionMarketingBusiness intelligenceLarge IT Infrastructures, like what is required Internet-of-Thingslast_img read more

Using Instrumentation To Drive Data Center Efficiency In The Cloud

first_imgI will be staffing the Meet The Experts event – stop by with your questions and thoughts on instrumentation!  See you at IDF Sept 22-24Dave I am consistently amazed by the stories I hear from customers and in industry publications about the power issues that data centers are facing these days.  Given the increased compute demand, decreasing budgets and power & cooling resource constraints, data centers simply cannot continue to operate as they have in the past.  These challenges are especially true for Cloud deployments, where the sheer scale of the installations magnifies any resource utilization inefficiencies – especially power – and reduces the TCO benefits promised.   Data Center Managers need new levels of understanding and control of their power resources in order to allocate capacity to seamlessly meet the needs of their customers, and instrumentation is evolving to provide those new capabilities that are required.At its core, instrumentation is all about sources of data and points on control, and can be at the individual component level, coordinated server level, aggregated group level or even integrated into the facility and building management system level.   At IDF in SFO, you will see a wealth of demos and sessions that will highlight how OEMs and ISVs can use a wealth of instrumentation points – starting with Intel Xeon Processor 5500 features – to develop and deliver innovative management and power management capabilities that can be used to run a Cloud environment is a more efficient manner.  If you are at IDF, stop by one of the following sessions to learn more about instrumentation. ECTS0004 – Improving Data Center Efficiency With Intel® Xeon® Processor Based InstrumentationPDCS002 – Cloud Power Management with Intel® Microarchitecture (Nehalem) Processor-based PlatformsMeet The Experts – informal session in the Server Zone during the Tuesday evening Technology Showcase hoursServer Zone in the Technology Showcase to see the power monitoring and capping demos, including Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager.last_img read more

Our pick of the month: By the bay…

first_imgIf you have been craving an adrenaline rush and water sports is your idea of fun, then this one is for you. The recently launched adventure sports company called Rae Sport Academy at Girgaum Chowpatty is offering activities like kayaking, wind surfing, stand-up-paddle surfing, kite surfing and canoeing. If you’d,If you have been craving an adrenaline rush and water sports is your idea of fun, then this one is for you. The recently launched adventure sports company called Rae Sport Academy at Girgaum Chowpatty is offering activities like kayaking, wind surfing, stand-up-paddle surfing, kite surfing and canoeing.If you’d like to take your water sports proficiency up a notch, enroll in their training programmes which are spread over a period of eight to 10 days with one hour of training every day.Cost: Rs 6,000 to Rs 7,000 per course.Tel: 66256100, raesport.inlast_img read more

Kashyap wins as Saina, Srikanth bow out of Japan Open

first_imgCommonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap emerged as the lone survivor at the Japan Open in an otherwise disappointing day for India as top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth made an early exit from the Super Series tournament on Thursday.Unseeded Kashyap prevailed over World No. 4 Srikanth 21-11, 21-19 in an all-Indian men’s singles contest, which lasted 45 minutes, to set up a clash with sixth seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei on Friday.Kashyap, who is ranked eight in the world, has a 2-1 record against the World No.7, who had beaten him at the All England this year.  It also turned out to be a dismal day for World No.1 Saina Nehwal and World No.12 HS Prannoy as they failed to cross the second round.World Championship silver medallist Saina suffered a 13-21, 16-21 loss to local star shuttler Minatsu Mitani in the women’s singles, while Prannoy failed to get across Lee Dong Keun and went down 9-21, 16-21 to the Korean.In a repeat of the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold final match, Kashyap and Srikanth clashed at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium and the World No. 10 showed his prowess as he produced a sharp game to stump his fellow Indian.It was a gruelling battle for the first six points between the two Indians but Kashyap soon opened up a slender 9-6 lead and then kept increasing the lead as Srikanth failed to catch up to allow the senior pro to pocket the first game.In the second game, Kashyap once again lead 4-1 early on but Srikanth caught up with a three-point burst and turned the tables after reeling five straight points at 8-8. Srikanth dominated most part of the match after that before a gritty Kashyap produced a six point burst when lagging 15-19 to bang the door on his younger colleague. advertisementlast_img read more