On Friday, just before most of us were ready to dive into the weekend, the Warriors dropped a bit of news about their TV broadcast team: Next season Kelenna Azubuike will replace Jim Barnett, who moves over to radio.For any pre-bandwagon Warriors fan, the shift rekindled sour memories of 2014 and the first time Golden State tried to shove Barnett out of the TV booth.That decision raised the ire of viewers who had grown to appreciate — even count on — Barnett’s insightful analysis over three …
We’ve been on a “leveraging social media to boost your brand” trend lately with our Weekend Reading series here at ReadWriteStart; we previously brought you Gary Vaynerchuk’s Crush It! and just last week we covered Butow and Bollwitt’s Blogging to Drive Business. This week we continue this trend and additionally narrow our focus to social networking with the latest book from author Clara Shih, The Facebook Era: Tapping Online Social Networks to Build Better Products, Reach New Audiences, and Sell More Stuff.“Online social networks are fundamentally changing the way we live, work and interact,” the back cover of the book touts. “They offer businesses immense opportunities to transform customer relationship for profit: opportunities that touch virtually every business function, from sales and marketing to recruiting, collaboration to executive decision-making, product development to innovation.”Author Clara Shih worked previously for both Microsoft and Google before creating Faceconnector, an early Facebook application for businesses. More recently, Shih directed the product line of AppExchange, a marketplace for third-party SAAS business apps run by Salesforce, but has since left Salesforce to run her own social media business software company, Hearsay Labs. The first third of Shih’s book provides a basic background history of social media online, from the first networks of the early days of the World Wide Web to today’s powerhouses like Facebook, the book’s namesake. Shih believes that three factors helped separate Facebook from the herd of social networking sites: trusted identity, exclusivity and the news feed. Facebook has become a trusted directory because users display their real name that in the early days was verified by having a valid university email address. These addresses also clearly placed users into a network making the site feel better organized instead of creating a service wide free-for-all. Though restrictions on networks and university email addresses have been lifted, the sense of “trusted identity” still prevails on Facebook.In the second part of the book, Shih breaks down how Facebook and social networking is “transforming the way we do business” with topics like using Facebook as a CRM and recruiting online. One suggestion she has for building an online business is to find inspiration from real-time trend feeds. “By investing in building out entrepreneurial networks on social networking sites that cut across different homogeneous networks, product managers can increase the chances they will be exposed to radically new thinking,” writes Shih. Shih then provides a “step-by-step guide for using Facebook for business” in the last portion of her book. Among these steps is engaging the audience, delivering your message and building customer relationship through continued interaction. Strangely, though, Shih suggests that businesses only need to be be in the habit of using Facebook “at least once a week,” which seems like a low goal to aim for. As we learned from previous books, building a loyal audience on the Web requires tenacity and a frequent online presence. Once a week will suffice for some, but the real game changers are interacting with their customers daily.Web savvy readers may find The Facebook Era to be less for them and more for the inexperienced Web user looking for a crash course in online social marketing. The book is heavily sales oriented, as is to be expected from an author with Shih’s backround, but does provide some healthy insights for the average entrepreneur. Coming in right around 200 pages, this book is a little longer than some of the book’s we’ve previously recommended, but a deep index will help you find exactly what you’re looking for.Disclosure: A review copy of the book The Facebook Era was provided to ReadWriteWeb by Pearson Education, Inc.Photo by Flickr user Gauldo. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… chris cameron 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts
At least six people were killed and 43 others injured when a bus fell into a gorge on Tuesday at Anuraj Ghati in Garhwa district, police said.The accident took place around 3.30 am, they said.The bodies of the deceased passengers were retrieved and those injured were rescued by jawans of the Central Reserve Police Personnel (CRPF), Superintendent of Police Shivani Tiwari said.While three of the injured were referred to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi, the rest were admitted to a local hospital, the SP said.The bus was heading to Garhwa, about 140 km from state capital Ranchi, from Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh, she said.
After two years of investigation in Sunanda Pushkar death case, the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has now written a letter to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to probe alleged financial irregularities related to the Kochi IPL franchisee – linked with Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.This could be questionable that why the EOW of Delhi Police was unaware about the fact that the ED officials of Mumbai zonal office had been investigating this case since the beginning of IPL controversy, but never reached to its conclusion, till date.”The investigation was never completed”, the source within the agency told Indiatoday.in .In June 2015, Indiatoday.in had revealed that in its preliminary investigation, the ED had found that Sunanda Pushkar had violated certain FEMA rules.ED REPORTAs per the available information, Sunanda was the co-owner of Rendezvous Sports World Pvt Ltd (RSWPL) with a sweat equity of 25 per cent. Allegations were made that she acted as a ‘proxy’ for Shashi Tharoor to get free stake in the company.Also read:Sunanda Pushkar case: Delhi Police sends questionnaire to FBI, seeks clarity on viscera report Pakistani columnist Mehr Tarar grilled in Sunanda Pushkar murder case In 2012, Sunanda had gone to ED’s Mumbai office to give her statement in connection with IPL Kochi investigation. After completing its inquiry, a complete report (confidential) was tabled before the Special Director of Mumbai Zonal Unit of ED – with a request to investigate it further against the individuals for adjudication of the contravention.”But it never happened, in fact, the report was put in the cold storage – without exploring it further”, sources said.advertisementWHAT SUNANDA STATEDThe statement of Sunanda Pushkar was recorded under Section 37 of FEMA, 1999 on 22/10/2011 and 11/02/2012 – where she, inter alia stated:– When the second round of IPL bidding for two franchisees were contemplated, she was contacted by Ravi Gaikwad (owner of RSWPL), who sought her assistance in working for an IPL team.– She agreed to provide her services in the event of the consortium winning the bid since she held expertise in event management.– She was compensated for her service by allotment of 190 shares of face value of Rs 100 at par which amounted to 19 per cent shareholding of the company.– She was expecting a fee of above 17.5 per cent of the sponsorship amount and sale of other rights that could be exploited by marketing, which is a global standard for marketing and branch management services.– She realised that the company had a capital base of Rs 1 lakh only and the company had not undertaken any business activity and hence it was not in a position to compensate her according to the market standards.– Shares were transfered in her name on 10/3/2010 and she got 95 shares, each from Kisan Baburao Gaikwad and Pushpa Kisan Gaikwad. The valuation was done by the transferring company.– She made a payment of Rs 9,500 each with two cheques dated 10/3/2010 from her NRO account with HDFC Bank.– But later, after IPL controversy, she signed the transfer deed on 8/9/2010 in favour of Pushpa Gaikwad by transferring 190 shares held by her, that she had received Rs 19,000 by cheque from Pushpa Gaikwad and the cheque deposited in the NRE account which was not accepted by the bank.FEMA VIOLATION BY SUNANDA PUSHKARAccording to ED report, investigation in the matter has revealed that payment had been made by Sunanda Pushkar from her NRO account.As per extant provisions of FEMA, shares can be issued to a non-resident against receipt of funds through normal banking channels. If the funds are not received through normal banking channels, prior approval of the government is required. The provisions of FEMA do not permit, issue or transfer shares of an Indian company against payments for services.Therefore, in the case of Sunanda Pushkar, the ED official concluded in the report, saying, “It is seen from the aforesaid that the transactions involving transfer of shares from Kishan Gaikwad and Pushpa Gaikwad to the non-residents namely Sunanda Pushkar were not consistent with the guidelines issued under the master circular 2 of 2009 and in contravention of the provisions of FEMA, 1999 and FEMA notification.”If Sunanda was alive, she would be liable to face the action, but as she is no more – FEMA provisions do not allow the ED to take any action in the case.SHASHI THAROOR’S STATEMENT WITH EDDuring the course of investigation, ED questioned Shashi Tharoor. As per ED’s confidential report, Tharoor stated that he was not involved in the IPL team auctions. He also added that he was approached by one Gaikwad who sought his “blessings” to mount a bid.advertisementAccording to Tharoor, only after Gaikwad’s request, he made a few calls to Lalit Modi about the process and formalities required for the bidding. Gaikwad had sought advice from Tharoor about marketing strategies.Surprisingly, in Sunanda Pushkar’s and Shahshi Tharoor’s statements, there were no queries from the investigators regarding the alleged sweat equity of Rs 70 crore.The ED concluded in its report saying, “Tharoor ensured cancellation of the bid, providing an opportunity to the Unincorporated Joint Venture (Kochi team) to mount a bid, enabling them to qualify with the substantially moderated eligibility conditions for the tender”.In 2012, the ED probe was getting monitored by the UPA government. “Since beginning, the agency had been told to remain soft against Pushkar and Tharoor, while questioning and making this report”, sources said.After getting a request letter from Delhi Police, ED headquarters has directed the Mumbai team to re-investigate the case.
Chelsea’s renaissance under Antonio Conte comes under renewed scrutiny when the Premier League leaders visit Manchester City this weekend on the back of a seven-match winning streak.Only one point separates the two sides with Chelsea on 31 and City on 30 but Conte’s impact at Stamford Bridge appears greater than his City counterpart Pep Guardiola’s at the Etihad. (Also read: Chelsea end unbeaten Tottenham’s start, stay top of league)That is largely due to the contrast from last season.Chelsea are 17 points better off than they were at this stage last season in the final days of Jose Mourinho, while City have four more than after 13 games under Manuel Pellegrini.The goal Tottenham Hotspur scored in a 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday was the only one Chelsea have conceded in the last seven matches as Conte’s 3-4-3 system continues to flourish.City, after a runaway start, have not been firing on all cylinders of late, eking out narrow wins over Crystal Palace and Burnley, and former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola accepts Chelsea are setting the standard.”We are going to play against the best team at the moment in the Premier League,” he said. “The last five or six weeks they have played amazing.”We have to try and discover his secret and what we need to do to beat him and will prepare as best as possible.”Former Chelsea midfielder and coach Ray Wilkins said his old club’s progress will be clearer after this weekend.advertisement”I think this will tell Conte whether his three at the back is viable against the top, top teams,” he told Sky Sports.Chelsea will need no reminding of City’s main threat.Sergio Aguero scored four times against them last season, including a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge, and has netted 10 goals this campaign. Then again, Chelsea’s Diego Costa, back to the form of two seasons ago, has matched him with 10 of his own.Second-placed Liverpool (30) must wait until Sunday for their match at Bournemouth when they will try and stretch their unbeaten run to 12 league games.Fourth-placed Arsenal (28) face a tricky London derby at West Ham United on Saturday evening where crowd behaviour will be under the spotlight after the Hammers’ last derby at their new London Stadium, against Chelsea, was marred by ugly scenes.Tottenham have slipped off the pace after their season-long unbeaten run was ended by Chelsea but will hope to get back to winning ways at home to struggling Swansea City.Sixth-placed Manchester United are at Everton.
Australia’s best Touch Footballers have converged on the BCU International Stadium in Coffs Harbour to compete in the 2013 Touch Football Australia X-Blades National Touch League (NTL). Over 100 teams across 14 divisions will participate at the event, while the 2013 event signals the return of the Elite Eight Series, which was first played in 2011. The NTL, which will be held between Wednesday, 13 March and Saturday, 16 March, returns to Coffs Harbour, which has previously held the event from 1997-2008. To view the updated draw, please head to the NTL website, which can be found by clicking on the following link – www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com. Stay tuned to www.austouch.com.au in the lead up to the event for all of the latest news and information. You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram –search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTubewww.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated Fileselite_8_and_ntl_media_release_-_web-pdfRelated Links2013 X-Blades NTL
Sao Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio chasing Europe moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSao Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio retains hope of moving to Europe.Caio admits he underwent a Barcelona medical this month, though they eventually went with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo.He said, “Of course you get frustrated, but it’s part of football.”I think positively, it has never been easy for me and it won’t be easy now.”I’m staying calm and firm, knowing I have three more years on my contract at Sao Paulo.”I feel calm waiting for an opportunity and one day I want to play in Europe.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 30: The Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field for their game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Memorial Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska had its scheduled season opener against Akron cancelled due to inclement weather. As a result, the Huskers have an opening on their schedule.October 27 is Nebraska’s scheduled bye, so that’s when a game would most likely have to occur. There are several options for the Huskers.It seems like several people are suggesting UCF, who also has an open date on October 27 and just had its game cancelled for this coming weekend due to Hurricane Florence. That would be a dream story line game, seeing Scott Frost coach against his former program.Holy moly. Nebraska and UCF both have a bye week Oct. 27.Please make this happen. https://t.co/9Pqp9wioKN— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 11, 2018One can dream about a Scott Frost Bowl between Nebraska and UCF, but it doesn’t seem likely.Nebraska beat writer Sam McKewon has outlined a bunch of potential solutions and possible opponents for the Huskers.UCF’s game with UNC has been cancelled.Yes, UCF has a bye date Oct. 27. So do some other teams that may have their games canceled.That list is here: https://t.co/Kf94c7jDVo https://t.co/uxK4mMMtfH— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) September 11, 2018Nebraska lost its actual season opener last week to Colorado in a heartbreaker. They will try to get in the win column this weekend against Troy.Kickoff is scheduled for noon ET on BTN.
zoom The ongoing dispute between dockers at Callao port, in Peru and APM Terminals has already resulted in over USD 50 million losses in containerized exports due to dockworkers’ strike, now entering its second week, data from the Peruvian Association of Exporters (ADEX) shows.ITF-affiliate Sutramporpc has accused APMT of intransigence in refusing to negotiate over workers’ demands for fair pay and of acting illegally, as in Peru crew from vessels are not authorised to undertake unloading in port, given their lack of expertise. The union has suspended talks “until the company shows genuine interest in ending the dispute”.According to ADEX, the strike has been caused by the union’s resistance to implementing an electronic system of nomination of workers. Currently, the union is in charge of distributing tasks among its members, without a criterion of efficiency, which increases the penalties for delays in loading and unloading ships for amounts exceeding one million dollars, the association added.ADEX said that this is in addition to the increasing violation of the mechanisms of control and security in the port itself, which enables the infiltration of cocaine export cargo containers and other criminal acts reported in recent days.“If these facts are not corrected promptly and decisively, they will damage the image of Peru abroad, as well as the growth of future exports,” said Eduardo Routledge, Chairman of ADEX.Moreover, owners of cargo and transport companies, including officials from APM Terminals are reported to had been receiving death threats aimed at preventing the final solving of the current issues.ADEX called on the relevant authorities to put the situation under control and create conditions for a final settlement of the dispute and resuming of regular port operations.World Maritime News Staff, Image: ITF
Nova Scotia high school students will learn about the opportunities and challenges faced by Nova Scotia’s elected officials as part of the eighth annual Model Legislature. The event, organized by the Department of Education, begins today, May 28, and continues until Sunday, May 30. “Today’s students are the leaders of tomorrow,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “The Model Legislature is a fun and educational way for students to learn about politics in Nova Scotia, and how their provincial government works.” The student MLAs, representing each of Nova Scotia’s 52 constituencies, will divide into caucuses to debate mock bills on access to emergency care and drilling offshore oil. As part of the weekend’s events, students will see many aspects of life at Nova Scotia’s legislature: how decisions are made and how they are communicated to Nova Scotians. Students will also attend a workshop on the role of the media and communications professionals. “This event is an excellent way to get students excited and engaged in politics,” said Jean LaRoche, a reporter with CBC radio. “It also serves as a reminder of the importance of voting.” Model Legislature has been held every spring since 2003.