Soldiers ready for Melbourne – Cottrell

first_imgJermaine LannamanGleaner WriterWest Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell believes title-holders Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has more than what it takes to beat Melbourne at Up Park Camp in quarter-final action of the Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup, beginning today.The match-up, one of two on the weekend, will see the JDF – winners of Zone A, entering the contest as slight favourites against the Nikita Miller-captained Melbourne, who ended as runners-up in Zone D.The other quarter-final encounter will see Zone D winners St Thomas CA hosting Zone A runner-up St Ann at Goodyear Oval.”The JDF is normally a very confident team and we are looking forward to any challenge that Melbourne may bring,” said Cottrell.”We are also defending champions and want to defend our crown, as after winning the last two titles the aim is to win five.”Cottrell, who is on the comeback from a knee injury, is set to lead the soldiers attack along with national trial invitees, fellow pacemen Reynard Leveridge and Leighton Leslie, as well as his national team-mate, left-arm spinner Dennis Bulli.Their batting, in the meanwhile, is expected to see in-form national one-day opener, Jermaine Harrison, looking to add to his recent back-to-back hundreds, leading their charge along with Rasheed Outar and Joseph Palmer.However, Robert Samuels, coach of Melbourne, is expressing equal confidence, stating that his team is in a comeback mode.”Melbourne has been missing out on the Senior Cup in recent years due to a number of reasons,” he said.”But I am confident that this time will be different.”We will be missing Damion Jacobs, who is overseas, but still have in our line-up Jamaica players Nikita Miller, Andre McCarthy and Guyanese opener, Trevon Griffith.”There is also young Jamaica fast bowler, Oshane Thomas, who is bowling fairly quick, and should pose some problems.”The St Thomas versus St Ann encounter, in the meantime, will see Carlton Baugh Jr leading the home team against St Ann, which will be captained by opener John Campbell.last_img read more

Townsend has proved he is Premier League class, says boss

first_imgQPR manager Harry Redknapp says Andros Townsend has proved he belongs in the Premier League.The former Tottenham boss recently expressed doubts over whether Townsend could make an impact at White Hart Lane next season.But Redknapp believes that at the very least the 21-year-old winger, who had unsuccessful loan spells in the second and third tiers, has shown while on loan at QPR from Spurs that he can make it in the top flight.Redknapp rates Townsend highly.“He’s been excellent. The kid’s done great and it can only have done him the world of good,” said Redknapp.“He’ll go back to Tottenham a lad who knows he can play in the Premier League.“He knows he can play there. There’s no doubts now. He was loaned to different Championship clubs but now he’s a player who belongs in the Premier League.“Nothing intimidates Andros. He’s a determined kid who wants to be a footballer.“He’s got a great attitude. He lives right and trains right and I think he’s got a good future.”See also:Boss doubts Townsend will break through at Tottenham next seasonRedknapp: Samba will be vital against 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

For Startups, Timing Trends Really Does Matter – Except When It Doesn’t

first_imgHow Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them scott gerber Related Posts Now is the best time in history to start your own business. But depending on what kind of company you’re building, you have to figure out if your idea is poised to capture a trend—or doomed to miss one and face a much tougher road to success.To learn about the impact of properly timing a trend—or of missing one—we asked 8 successful young entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) for their experiences. And we also got their advice on how to perfectly time your business: 1. Missed Opportunities Open New DoorsIt was 2011 when we started building a platform for social media. By then, Buddy Media had already raised over $90 million, Wildfire announced that they had over 10,000 customers, and companies like Vitrue and Involver were the industry titans. Some potential investors told us we were late to the party. However, in hindsight, and especially in light of all of the recent acquisitions of the aforementioned, I believe we had a core advantage to really plug into the “second wave” of social, which has the potential to be even more disruptive than the first. We were able to speak to people who were already using a social media platform and figure out what needs still weren’t being met. By staying small and nimble, we were able to quickly adapt to the rapidly changing landscape of social media. —Abby Ross, Blueye Creative 2. Revisit Past FailuresThere’s no lack of ideas that were “before their time.” Many business models that failed in the early 2000s are now incredibly successful because now, the timing is right, the technology is here, and it’s easier than ever before to achieve scale. As an example, my company SitePoint tried selling ebooks back in 2000 and no one bought into it. It was a complete and utter disaster and forced us to print and ship physical books—which sold like hotcakes. The reason is simple, people were still getting used to the idea of shopping online, and paying for digital goods was still a foreign concept to many. Fast forward a few years, with the iTunes revolution, Kindle and iPad, and all of a sudden, ebook sales are trending sharply upward every year. —Matt Mickiewicz, Flippa and 99designs 3. Some Ideas Transcend Timing & TrendsTiming is everything—if your idea is reliant on time. If you want to create a flash valuation or raise a certain amount of money quickly, then it’s of utmost importance. And it’s important for tech in general. But I believe that there are other ideas—rooted in timeless truths—that are not restricted to a certain epoch or Zeitgeist. If your idea is rooted in one of these things, then timing is far less important. If you’re a social entrepreneur fighting for human dignity in a particular area, for example, then it’s less critical whether you start today or tomorrow. My personal view is that I want to be involved with an organization that I believe will be important a thousand years from now. If I find an idea worthy of that standard, then I know it’s rooted in something essential. —Luke Burgis, ActivPrayer 4. Timing Boosts Your Success PotentialBad Idea + Wrong Time = Biggest Failure Ever. Bad Idea + Right Time = Total Failure. Good Idea + Wrong Time = Likely Failure. Good Idea + Right Time = Best Chance of Success. Timing is essential. A business can come to market before people are truly ready or after too many market leaders have established footing for you to truly get through the door, but in the end, I still think that a phenomenal idea that is well-executed can survive average or even poor timing. For example, last year, I would have said that the app Path was too late to the social media market, but the company has executed the business in such an amazing way that it no longer matters that it followed Twitter and Facebook. Path scratches an itch that those networks don’t, and it does it so well that it is growing like crazy. —Shaun King, HopeMob 5. Start Your Own TrendTiming is not everything. Some people get lucky but, over time, it is the ones who adhere to proven principles and have enough self-knowledge that continuously succeed. Trends come and go; change is constant. So, to paraphrase Gandhi, be the change you wish to see in the world. Great companies start trends and make movements—they don’t follow others, nor are they solely motivated by their greed to take advantage of fickle market whims. Believe in your own ideas, test your ideas, accept that you’re going to fail sometimes – or maybe a lot at first – and do it all in your own authentic style. Too often we focus on trying to “getting it right” within the context of others’ point of view. Rather, we should strive to get it right within our own perspective. —Matthew Ackerson, PetoVera 6. Overnight Successes Don’t ExistIt often takes longer than you expect for an idea to catch on. What that means is that when you’re working on an idea and worried that it’s “too early,” you need to be patient. Grow slowly and conserve cash until the market is truly ready. Many of the best companies start out when only the earliest of adopters are ready for it; with the patience and dedication of learning from those customers, they become prepared for the bigger opportunity that eventually exists. The challenge is keeping your finances tight during that time and seizing every opportunity to grow and learn from the market. Then what you may have been working on for years will suddenly seem like it has the “perfect timing.” —Jason Evanish, Greenhorn Connect 7. Timing Sure Does HelpI wouldnít say that timing is everything, but it certainly helps. I launched Money Crashers at the height of the recession and that certainly was to my benefit in the beginning. This is the way I look at it: If you launch a business based on a fading trend, youíre unlikely to succeed. For example, if you’re looking to start a small business based on the “daily deal website” business model, you may not have much luck. Some daily deal sites still exist, but many are struggling today. On the other hand, if you come up with a product or service that meets a need people didnít know they had, you can create your own market trend. One example of this is a website called Gradsave. With this website, you can create a way for family and friends to contribute to your child’s 529 plan. —Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance 8. Don’t Depend On TimingIf you’re depending on timing to ensure that your company is going to make money, you probably don’t have a sustainable business model on your hands. Timing may help, in terms of getting ahead of the competition, but you need to be sure that you’ve got something that can do well even if the timing gets screwed up. There are exceptions, of course, but personally, I wouldn’t want to run a business that is dependent on catching the wave of a particular fad. It’s just not going to provide long-term growth. —Thursday Bram, Hyper Modern ConsultingThe Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC recently published #FixYoungAmerica: How to Rebuild Our Economy and Put Young Americans Back to Work (for Good), a book of 30+ proven solutions to help end youth unemployment.center_img Tags:#start#StartUp 101 How to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio… How to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative …last_img read more

Karnataka State Agro Corn Products introduces slick packaging to push corn products

first_imgPopcorn princess Brit Ingrid EverallAs India’s largest producer of corn, Karnataka does not go beyond munching Kellogg’s cereals for breakfast and hot popcorn at the movies. Now did you know that? The state Government must have.For, at last week’s Maize Mela at Bangalore’s Kanteerva Stadium, the Karnataka State Agro Corn,Popcorn princess Brit Ingrid EverallAs India’s largest producer of corn, Karnataka does not go beyond munching Kellogg’s cereals for breakfast and hot popcorn at the movies. Now did you know that? The state Government must have.For, at last week’s Maize Mela at Bangalore’s Kanteerva Stadium, the Karnataka State Agro Corn Products introduced some slick packaging to push the crop: exotic maize biscuits, puffs, and soup powders.Also significant – not only because she was sporting earrings and bangles made of popcorn – was the presence of visiting Brit Ingrid Everall whose father Martin Jacoby, a Jewish refugee, is credited with importing popcorn from Canada and making popcorn machines a reality in India in 1955.last_img read more

Andray the giant: Returning Blatche comes up big for Fiba World Cup-bound Gilas Pilipinas

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 🤔Was this @drayblatche’s best peformance ever in #Gilas uniform🎽? 41pts 13rbs 3ast 4stl 2blk 👏 #FIBAWC #ThisIsMyHouse @officialSBPinc pic.twitter.com/sATXC2JCNU— Basketball World Cup (@FIBAWC) February 24, 2019 The 32-year-old Blatche then, followed it up with a scintillating shooting display against Kazakhstan, which simply had no answer for the versatile big man.Blatche lit up the Kazakhs with 41 points, 17 coming in the first six minutes of the game. He also had 13 rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks despite being saddled with foul trouble.READ: Blatche has 41, Gilas books ticket to Fiba World CupThe two wins over Qatar and Kazakhstan coupled by Korea’s victory over Lebanon propelled the Philippines to its second straight Fiba World Cup appearance.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Gilas gets help from rival Korea to make World CupThe 6-foot-11 Blatche was out for the Philippine team after serving a three-game suspension for his participation in the ugly brawl against Australia last July. He was also left out of the national team pool for the fifth qualifying window.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Andray Blatche. Photo from Fiba.comAndray Blatche returned for the Philippines in the sixth and final window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers after missing the last four games.Blatche made sure everyone would know that he’s back.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations The irony: Gilas Pilipinas gets help from rival Korea to make Fiba World Cup MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war The former NBA veteran was at his absolute best for Gilas Pilipinas in its most crucial stretch playing a pair of knockout games against Qatar and Kazakhstan on the road.He got things going with an all-around performance in a 84-46 demolition of Qatar two days ago where he collected 17 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more