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first_img Manchester Division One semis tomorrow The return legs of the JB Rum-sponsored South Central Confed Super League semi-finals will be contested tomorrow at separate venues in St Elizabeth and St Catherine. St Bess FC will host Sporting Central of Clarendon at the St Elizabeth Technical High School field while Tru Juice play Rivoli at the Brammy Clarke Stadium in Ewarton. Both matches will kick off at 3:30 p.m. Last weekend, Rivoli defeated Tru Juice 1-0 at the Spanish Town Prison Oval courtesy of a Kenny Lee 78th minute strike. In the second semi-final, Sporting Central Academy made good use of their home conditions at the Wembley Centre of Excellence field at Jamalco to defeat St Bess FC 2-0. Javari Brown was the hero netting both goals in the second half. The Guardian Group Foundation ‘Keep It Alive’ 5K Night Runs, will take place in two cities this year. The Kingston leg will run-off at 7 p.m in New Kingston on Saturday, May 27. A week later for those in the west the event will take place at the Fairview Shopping Centre in Montego Bay. Registration is now open at all Guardian Group Offices islandwide for only $1,200 for individuals and $1,000 per person for groups of five or more.Visit us online at www.keepitalive5k.com. To get competitors in shape Guardian Life has started a Keep fit session from Thursday, April 20, at their Musgrave Avenue Car Park. South Central Confed return semi-finals tomorrow Downs on top in Pat Anderson Under-17center_img Downs spanked Old England 8-0 to move to the top of the Moorlands Development-sponsored Pat Anderson Under-17 football competition in Manchester. Downs and Ricam Academy both have twelve points from four games but Downs have an overwhelming goal difference having scored 20 goals and conceded just one. Interestingly, the eight goals in their last match were scored by eight different players. In other matches Ricam defeated Porus 3-1 with their top player Marlando Maxwell netting twice. Porus land Manchester Major League After years of coming close, Porus finally got their hands on the Manchester Major League trophy after defeating pre-finals favourites Alligator Pond 2-1 last weekend at Brooks Park. Porus had to do it the hard way, coming from a 1-0 deficit just after half-time and as well to finish the game a man short. After a closely fought first half which ended 0-0, Alligator Pond broke the deadlock in the 48th minute when Jerome Webb scored. Porus refused to die and equalised when Cedrick Griffiths scored in the 70th minute. With extra time imminent and under pressure from losing a player to the red card route, Porus broke the hearts of the Alligator Pond supporters when Ervin Elliott scored in the 90th minute plus. The competition was jointly sponsored by Magnum and the Captain’s Bakery and Grill. The respective second leg semi-finals of the Jamalco-sponsored Manchester Division One competition will be completed tomorrow at the Kirkvine Sports Complex. Old England FC and Plowden will enter tomorrow’s curtain-raiser at 3 p.m with hopes of transforming their 2-2 draw. Old England led twice before seeing their opponents equalised on both occasions. They opened the scoring with Oshane Daley’s 25th minute goal before Jermaine Austin levelled the scores four minutes after the break. Carlando Anderson then gave Old England a 2-1 lead in the 71st minute only for Neilo Haffenden to save the game for Plowden in the 84th minute. Los Perfectos FC who will play Silent Hill at 3:30 on an adjoining field. They are locked at 1-1. Eradication, Links in big clash Leaders Eradication (48 points) will host second place, Links United (45) in a top-of-the-table clash in the Jamaica Domino Federation/ City of Kingston Co-operative Credit Union Portmore/ St Catherine League tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. This should be an interesting game as both teams have shown good form all season. In other high profile games, third place and defending champions Fort International (42 points) host Correctional Services along Passagefort Drive, and Waterhouse face Ruff Stuff. In other games (home teams named first). Masterpiece vs Passagefort United; Mechanical Strikers vs Braeton All Stars; Memory Lane vs Spring Village; Naggo Head vs Garveymeade; Ken’s Wildflower vs Chedwin Strikers; Frazsiers Whip vs Felluchi Strikers and Exceptional International vs Soursop Tree. Guardian Group 5K Night Runslast_img read more

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Cansino turns disappointment into motivation en route to historic triple-double

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Cansino notched the triple-double with 51.1 seconds left when his bounce pass found the cutting Zach Huang for a layup that put the youngster’s line at 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists at that point.“I never even thought of the triple-double but I was happy I was able to get it,” said Cansino. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Fact check: Khabib Nurmagomedov is not holding an anti-Indonesian president shirt Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cansino looked helpless in University of Santo Tomas’ 75-70 loss to National University when he got subjected to Dave Ildefonso’s trickery in the fourth quarter.That disappointment turned into an afterthought when the 20-year-old forward became the league’s first rookie in recent memory to record a triple-double and help UST put down University of the East 79-68.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissREAD: UST coach Ayo says Rike statement ‘unfair’Cansino finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists in the Growling Tigers’ fifth victory in 10 games and he said that his poor performance against the Bulldogs was what drove him to become better. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “After the game, I immediately watched the replay and I looked at my lapses and I told myself that I have to improve so that became extra motivation for me,” said Cansino in Filipino Sunday at Filoil Flying V Center.Cansino finished with a respectable line of eight points, 18 rebounds, and five assists but his defensive breakdowns against fellow rookie Dave Ildefonso became bitter errors in an otherwise impressive game.Ildefonso torched Cansino in the fourth quarter of the game that allowed the Bulldogs to sweep the season series against the Growling Tigers, but UST’s rookie was quick to erase the negative memory.“I had a bad performance in our last game so I did my best for the UST community, for the coaches, because they’ve all sacrificed so much for us,” said Cansino who celebrated his birthday on Saturday.As for historic stat line, Cansino said he wasn’t aware that he was on pace for a triple-double until UST assistant coach McJour Luib pointed out that he needed just one more assist to complete trifecta.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It’s funny how one bad game could turn someone into a completely different person, like how rookie CJ Cansino put in a performance of a lifetime after a miserable outing in his previous game in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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U.S. Women’s Open a great experience for Kirby Dreher

first_imgShe was also fighting illness on her second day.“I was actually sick the night before my second round, I went out and played 18 holes without putting anything in my body because I couldn’t keep anything down. I was proud of how I played, and there was nothing that was going to keep me from playing that second round.” Dreher says taking part in a major tournament and all the extras that go along with it is something that she enjoyed.“It’s cool to be in the atmosphere of playing in a major because you get tons of TV coverage, and it’s a pretty well covered tournament for women’s golf which, compared to men, we don’t get as much,” she states. “There was a lot of people out there and it was fun, there was tons of spectators, and it’s exciting to be around those golfers that have accomplished so much, and what I’m hoping to accomplish in my career.”Advertisement Despite the course being extremely challenging, Dreher says the course was in tip top shape, and the players had to be at the top of their game.“The golf course was unbelievable; it was in amazing shape,” she says. “It was extremely tough; they don’t make anything easy on you out there. The greens were the hardest greens I’ve seen in my life.”As for the greens themselves, Dreher said that they were significantly sloped, forcing players to make big changes to their shots.- Advertisement -“They were sloped, extremely sloped. Sometimes you’d have to aim 20 feet to the right and let it trickle down to the hole,” she explains. “It was a lot different than what I think any of us have ever played before. You had to really pick out a spot and figure out where you were going to hit it and what the ball was going to do.”As it relates to her tournament specifically, Dreher was satisfied with how she played, but says it was difficult to gauge the speed of the greens. “I hit the ball well, I just didn’t putt very well, and I wouldn’t say it’s because the greens were extremely hard; I just couldn’t get a good feel for the speed of the greens,” Dreher says. “[The] second day I played okay. I played overall maybe a little better than the first day actually with my short game coming around a bit, but ended up scoring worse.Advertisement Dreher is back in action next Monday as she’s in Waterloo for the LPGA Manulife Classic. The Monday event is a one day qualifier where the top two finishers will qualify for the main tournament that upcoming weekend.last_img read more

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$52M fraud charge against PPP/C executive, 2 others dismissed

first_imgGRDB fraud caseBy Leah HernandezSenior Magistrate Leron Daly on Friday dismissed a 2011 fraud charge against three former officials of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) when the matter was called before her at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Former General Manager of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), Jagnarine SinghThose freed of the charges were former General Manager of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) Jagnarine Singh; former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs and PPP/C Member of Parliament, Nigel Dharamlall; and the Deputy Permanent Secretary of Finance in the Ministry of Agriculture, Prema Roopnarine.The charge which was dismissed alleged that in 2011, while being members of the GRDB, with intent to defraud, they omitted to enter some $52 million in the GRDB ledger.Former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs and PPP/C Member of Parliament, Nigel DharamlallDefence Attorney Sase Gunraj in an interview with Guyana Times after the court hearing on Friday conveyed that the charge was dismissed after Magistrate Daly found that Special Prosecutor of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Lawrence Harris failed to prove his case against the defendants.“The matter was dismissed, Magistrate Leron Daly found that the prosecution, which was SOCU, had not made out a case against the persons” he noted.With respect to the remaining charges including the omission of some $77.3 million from the GRDB ledger also in 2011, and other charges which read that between the years 2014 and 2015, the sums of $130 million, $9.7 million and $145 million were respectively omitted from the GRDB register, the defence attorney underscored that the above listed can also be dismissed since the Magistrate also found that it was not the responsibility of the defendants to enter information into the ledger.Deputy Permanent Secretary of Finance in the Ministry of Agriculture, Prema RoopnarineBack in May of 2017, Singh, Dharamlall, Roopnarine along with former Deputy General Manager of GRDB and People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) member Madanlall Ramraj, PPP/C Member of Parliament, Dharamkumar Seeraj and former General Manager of the Guyana Oil Company (GuyOil) Badrie Persaud were all slapped with the fraudulent charges, alleging that they failed to make a proper entry into a register of a company, with the intent to defraud over $400 million from the entity’s Republic Bank account, between the period of 2011 to 2015.However, they were granted bail in the sum of $500,000 each at their first court appearance.Attorney-at-Law Sase GunrajFollowing the said charges, former Deputy General Manager of GRDB, Madanlall Ramraj filed legal proceedings at the Demerara High Court to challenge the grounds on which he was arraigned before the courts.In this matter, High Court Judge Navindra Singh ordered a stay on the fraudulent charges brought by the State against Ramraj.The parliamentary Opposition has long argued that the charges brought against the officials were trumped-up charges and that they had no merit.Several other former Government officials are facing charges in the courts, which the Opposition argues is just a case of political witch-hunting and victimisation.last_img read more

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That’s how to score a goal! Stunning strike to sink Bayern Munich

first_imgHe may not even be the most famous footballer in his family, but you can take nothing away from Bradley Wright-Phillips after his stunning strike helped sink German giants Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening.The former Manchester City and Southampton striker – now plying his trade with New York Red Bulls – was selected as part of a MLS All-Star that beat Bayern 2-1 and while it was a match of impressive goals, Wright-Phillips’ was certainly top of the pile as he launched a rocket that left Tom Starke grasping at air.Take a look at the video above.last_img read more

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Injuries put crimp in Lakers’ plans

first_imgBy Elliott Teaford STAFF WRITER HONOLULU – Not everyone wearing a purple-and-gold jersey had an enormous ice pack or two strapped to an appendage or two during the first week of training camp. It just seemed that way. The Lakers canceled the first of their two scheduled practices Sunday at Iolani High School, giving the players a chance to rest and recover before an extended afternoon workout. Sunday was to be the last of the team’s two-a-days. “It’s too far away to be concerned,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said when asked if he was troubled by the injuries. “We’re comfortable with the fact that these guys look good. Obviously, there’s more of a threat of injury than the reality of it.” Injuries should worry the Lakers. After all, a seemingly endless string of them helped to derail the Lakers’ progress last season. The Lakers had a 26-13 record after defeating the Spurs on Jan. 17 in San Antonio, but limped to a final mark of 42-40. Walton played only 60 games last season. Bryant sat out five games. Odom was limited to 56 games. Brown played 41. Mihm didn’t play at all. When asked last week about the aspect of his game that he hoped to improve most this season, Brown said he simply hoped to be healthier. “I just feel a responsibility to play more games,” Brown said. “I only played in 41 last year and I think it hurt us. Hopefully, I can play all 82 this year because we’re definitely a better team with me in there.” It’s uncertain whether Odom, Brown and Mihm will be sound enough to play by opening night Oct. 30 against the Houston Rockets. The Lakers play the first of their two Honolulu exhibitions against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. Back to school Center Andrew Bynum spent part of his summer in a college classroom, which made him like a lot of other 19-year-olds trying to get ahead on their coursework. Bynum said he received a B grade in a history class at Loyola Marymount. “We did, like, 400 years in three weeks,” he said. “The first day of class, they gave me two books to read and two papers to write.” Bynum said he also planned to take an online course during the season and eventually wants to get a degree. “I want to get a degree, but it’s going to take, like, 12 years,” he joked. Bynum also participated in a gym class for one. The Lakers asked him to improve his strength, endurance and conditioning during the summer, so he hired a personal trainer during the offseason. “Last year, we started out well and then it looked like we hit a wall,” Bynum said. “I guess I did. So I was out there on that track. It’s the only way to get it done.” Grunge man Power forward Ronny Turiaf makes no apologizes for his style of play. “I do the dirty work,” he said. “That’s what I do. I feel no shame. If that’s what it takes for me to get on the basketball court, then that’s what I’m going to do, brother. I’m not going to try to shoot 3s and do stuff I can’t do. All I can do is play defense, rebound, block some shots and help the offense be so much smoother.” Raptors win in Europe Chris Bosh scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Toronto Raptors held off a spirited Virtus Lottomatica Roma squad for a 93-87 preseason victory in Rome. Andrea Bargnani added 13 points and seven rebounds to help the Raptors win in his hometown. Danish forward Christian Drejer led Roma with 23 points. With only two players taller than 6-foot-7, Roma struggled inside where the 6-10 Bosh was able to operate relatively uncontested. The Associated Press contributed to this notebook.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Luke Walton has a strained right hamstring. Kobe Bryant has a sore right knee. Lamar Odom is still recovering from offseason surgery on his left shoulder. Kwame Brown is rebounding from surgery on his left ankle and right shoulder. Chris Mihm also had ankle surgery. last_img read more

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Educational TV on demand

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JOSE – Thanks to digital video recorders, a new generation of children will grow up accustomed to getting television when they want it. Now, TiVo Inc. is making it easier for parents to make sure at least some of those shows are educational. Congress and the Federal Communications Commission have for years required broadcasters to feature at least three hours per week of educational and informational programming for children. The shows are tagged as “E/I.” With an upcoming feature, parents who have stand-alone Series2 machines and subscribe to its service will be able to access a menu of such nationally broadcast shows, no matter what channel – or hour – they run. TiVo will find shows tagged “E/I,” adding them to a new restricted KidZone section where parents will be able to select the programming they wish to regularly record and playback for their children. TiVo’s KidZone parental-control feature, which will also include a list of shows recommended by three parent advocacy groups, will be launched at no extra charge midyear. “This major breakthrough of technology through public and private cooperation directly addresses the goals that Congress and the FCC had when they created the children’s Educational and Informational programming category,” said U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet. Upton, TiVo executives, and parent advocacy groups plan to unveil the new educational programming feature at a media event today in Washington, D.C. last_img read more

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DD Motoring: A road trip through school

first_imgIt doesn’t really matter where you start in this story, the cycle is the same, So I’ll start by wishing young Charlie Molloy all the best on his first day of school yesterday in Fintown. Charlie is the son of Paddy and Jackie Molloy and a grandson of my friend the late John Mangan, What a smile from this young man on the first days of his journey through his school years.Mollie knew something was different about Monday this week. There was too much moving of stuff to the front hall. Advertisement She missed her step as she tried to spring in beside the bags and boxes to go were ever everybody else was going. She is now 51 in human years. As a pup she stepped away from the comfort of her mother and her litter and walked across the garage floor in Labadish, Manorcunningham, where we got her and sat down at her new master’s feet and nervously scratched the back of her ear with her hind leg.We went out that day to pick a new dog and Mollie picked us.Mollie makes her way on board to see if she can also go to Galway with the luggage. Photo Brian McDaidHer best friend for all of her life has now headed to college on Monday. The remains of a redundant battered up football lie in the back hall beside her bed as she waits on his return. Advertisement Taxi-mammy His third level education journey is out of range of Taxi-Mammy or Taxi Daddy now. He will have to learn the movements of Bus Feda as he heads for Galway. He has far too much stuff with him as he headed to his new digs in Galway so Taxi Mammy or Daddy did a one special excursion journey down to the big smoke.This was done after the routine check of oil and tyres and window washer but for the journey we not only need to dip the oil but that bank account will also need a good dipping to see if we can scrape together the rent for the term which has to be paid up front.The journey seems long to him as he thinks he wants to stop for something to eat only to think that he better make tracks if he is to meet up with his friends that have traveled the road from Donegal before him.As road signs change from the N56 to the N17 on the Mayo side of Sligo. He makes the odd nervous stretch and the odd scratch at the back of his ear, not on like his best friend that he left at home in Donegal as he went on his new journey for the first time.On what should have been a normal quiet Monday in Galway turned out to be more like a rush hour on a Friday evening as the Donegal registered cars were bumper to bumper long before we got as far as Clare Galway. When we got to Galway some were lucky and got accommodation that day and some, near the end of their 4-year course were desperately still looking for somewhere to stay.Students arriving in Galway in search of accommodation before the terms in college. Photo Brian McDaidTraffic bumper to bumper from Donegal on the N17 into Galway this week as students arrive for another term in college. Photo Brian McDaidMeanwhile back at home the dog lifts her ears and takes a look out over the cattle grid to see if her friend is coming home again. There are benefits for her however, there seems to be far more milk in the fridge than we need and for us the broadband seems to be far faster than we ever thought we paid for! Mollie waiting for her friend to return from school. Photo Brian McDaidMollie and the battered-up football at the ready for the return of her hero from school. Photo Brian McDaidMollie never liked the swallows, that arrived to our shed every year. She would go into there one day and give out to them and would go in another day thinking she was a cat and tried to catch them. Now she must think the swallows took her friend with them as he flies south for the winter months to Galway. Like the swallows he migrates at low altitude, on board one of Feda O’Donnell’s white buses.They will stock up with food before the journey as things could be hard for the winter months down south.Checkpoint CharlieSpare a thought for the swallows or students from Donegal who went to college in Galway years ago. They would have never went home from the start of their term to the end of it. And to complicate things The Galway Express in them days only came a far as Ballybofey so those living in the west and north of Ballybofey had to make a journey by car to collect college students.In them days a lot of students thought nothing of thumbing from Galway to Letterkenny and considered themselves as good as home when they got as far as Ballyshannon. On the bridge in Ballyshannon there was a Garda Checkpoint and students would have a good chance of getting a lift from the cars that slowed down at the checkpoint. Even the Garda on duty would ask the odd driver where they were going and would suggest that they might give the stranded students a lift home.One thing that Donegal students seem to have in common in 2017 and 1977 was a great time at third level education. They somehow find a way to survive on very little and have a great time.Meanwhile, like the swallows, flocks of students who traveled south from Donegal meet with flocks from all parts of the west of Ireland and form bigger colonies as they go in search of education food rest and drink but possibly not in that order!A couple of swallows of a different kind that students might part take in while in Galway. Photo By Brian McDaid.This year tight haircuts are in vogue so some of them look more like young soldiers than students but give them a year or two and they will let their hair down I bet as they accustom to the climate of the beautiful south.Happy Motoring Folks.DD Motoring: A road trip through school was last modified: September 1st, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:brian mc daidCollegemotoringSCHOOLlast_img read more

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U.S. politicians injured in Iraq

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – A military vehicle carrying three congressmen overturned on the way to the Baghdad airport, injuring two of them, U.S. Embassy officials said Sunday. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., was airlifted to a military hospital in Germany for imaging of his neck, and Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., was sent to a Baghdad hospital for evaluation, said Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Ga., who was also in the vehicle but not hurt when it overturned Saturday. Murphy is “bumped and bruised, but in good spirits,” his chief of staff, Susan Mosychuck, said Sunday. He will return home from Germany as soon as he is cleared by doctors, she said. Skelton was also doing well, spokeswoman Lara Battles said. She declined to comment further. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The politicians were riding in a convoy using the middle of the road, which is common for military drivers in Iraq as a way to deter oncoming motorists. Soon after dark, an oncoming tanker truck refused to yield, embassy officials said in a written statement. “Then all of a sudden brakes get slammed on,” Marshall told The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph by phone from Baghdad. “Then we hit something and go off the side of the road and tip over.” The delegation had been in Afghanistan for Thanksgiving with the troops and then traveled on intending to meet with troops in Baghdad. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Personalization Remains An Open Problem

first_imgsramana mitra Related Posts I want to start today’s recap with a prayer for Steve Jobs. I just wrote a post on my blog saying, Apple Doesn’t Need Steve Jobs; Tech Industry Does. It sums up my sadness at the thought of our industry not having the privilege of Steve’s thought process. I have, most certainly, drawn tremendous inspiration from him as a thinker and a visionary. I am sure most entrepreneurs have.With this week’s One Million by One Million roundtable, we have moved from the DimDim web conferencing platform to the ViVu video conferencing platform. DimDim, as you know, was recently acquired by Salesforce.com.Better Personal AdvertisingFirst up today was Michael Greenberg presenting Better Personal Advertising. Mike wants to manage online identity on behalf of consumers so that they can maintain multiple identities for different types of sites, say photo, career, etc. and present themselves better in those different contexts.Mike’s customer acquisition strategy is weak at this point, and he also has a rather broad strategy in approaching this market. While I do believe there is an interesting opportunity in identity management, I am going to need to work much more closely with Mike to extract the nuggets out of his idea, and give shape to a viable go to market strategy.Remote StylistThen Kelly Fallis pitched Remote Stylist, a personalized interior decoration advice service coupled with e-commerce in the domain of furniture and furnishings. Kelly’s business has already done about $150,000 in revenue in 2010, which tells me that she has successfully validated at least some of her assumptions. Kelly has a lot of gaps in her customer acquisition strategy, as well as positioning, and she is seeing customers from commercial and residential clients. All this is too broad, and needs tightening up on multiple dimensions.I like the business idea a lot, and in 1M/1M, we know a lot about building Web 3.0 and e-commerce businesses, so I would love to work with Kelly to help her figure out the various nuances of building a successful e-commerce business, especially one that differentiates on personalization. I have repeatedly said that personalization is an open opportunity in Web businesses, and needs to be tapped this decade. For Kelly, a good starting point would be the 1M/1M Curriculum, where we can offer her a lot more on the subject.BizzGenieNext Sajeeva Bora with tekMunk Software Solutions discussed BizzGenie, a business software concept to help retailers manage the decision-making between “shop floors and top floors.” Sajeeva and his cofounders have good domain knowledge of the retail business, but have not yet done sufficient validation of the idea. He is looking for money and naturally, getting rejected by investors for lack of validation. As I have said before, this is not the right stage to look for money. There’s more work to be done to prepare for a funding round.Food Is Our Medicine VisionNwenna Kai then presented Food Is Our Medicine Vision, an online training concept through which she wants to teach community leaders how to create healthier living concepts like organic gardens, etc. in urban areas. Nwenna has surveyed about 200 readers of her blog, and they have told her that they would be willing to pay $400 to $800 for such courses.Nwenna came to the roundtable with the question: What now? Where do I begin? Well, that’s a rather large question to answer in five minutes, but she obviously needs to start validating her business within that group of 200 users who have said they’re willing to pay for her offering.UdemyUp last was Gagan Biyani pitching Udemy, an online marketplace for educators and experts to teach various topics. Gagan has about 150 completed courses on the site so far, and about 10 of those are monetizing. He has run some experiments within the entrepreneurship training vertical, and has seen success when he has brought on known thought leaders. However, he faces the problem that the top tier thought leaders are unwilling to set up shop on his site. They have their own programs under their own brands.Interestingly, Nwenna, who pitched right before Gagan, would be very interested in setting up shop on Udemy, and teaching her concepts and bringing her audience onto Udemy. We did this spot validation at the roundtable, and I believe, Gagan got a customer. However, I’d like to see a more focused, vertical specific go-to-market strategy in Udemy. At some level, Gagan’s focus on entrepreneurship courses doesn’t really align with Nwenna’s target audience.I have thought a lot about how to make an entrepreneurship education and eco-system scalable and accessible to a vastly larger number of people. The answer to that question, I believe, is the 1M/1M Premium Lounge. In fact, at a time when we’re facing severe youth unemployment in America and Europe, and the emerging markets are just starting to build their entrepreneurship eco-systems, we really need to think deeply on how more and more young people can be efficiently, rapidly and cost-effectively be trained in entrepreneurship.You can listen to the recording of today’s roundtable here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here. Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M), an educational and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. She is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and strategy consultant who writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is the author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. 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