Ghanaian FA names new boss after graft scam

first_img0Shares0000Kurt Okraku (R) was elected the new head of the Ghanaian FA after the body was rocked by a corruption scandal © AFP / CRISTINA ALDEHUELAACCRA, Ghana, Oct 25 – The Ghanaian Football Association on Friday named a new president more than a year after a corruption scandal forced a major shake-up of the game in the West African nation.Kurt Okraku — chief executive of local Premier League club Dreams FC — filled the position left vacant since Kwesi Nyantakyi stepped down after an undercover documentary showed him soliciting kickbacks worth millions of dollars. Okraku got the nod from the 120 delegates after beating former FA vice president George Afriyie at a second round of voting.The expose by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas rocked football in Ghana and led to the creation of a “normalisation committee” to lead reforms in the FA before a new president could be chosen.Ghana’s government said the revelations in 2018 had exposed “gross malfunctioning… characterised by widespread fraud, corruption and bribery” at the country’s FA.Nyantakyi was banned from football for life by the sport’s world governing body FIFA last October after being found guilty of bribery and corruption.The sting also saw a string of referees banned for life in Ghana and football officials in a number of other African countries sanctioned.0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mark Hughes confirms Asmir Begovic remains Stoke number one despite new Jack Butland deal

first_img Asmir Begovic Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has confirmed that despite Jack Butland signing a new contract for the Potters, Asmir Begovic remains his first choice goalkeeper.The Serbian stopper’s highly-rated deputy Butland put pen to paper on Friday to extend his current deal until 2019 as he aims to work his way into the starting eleven.Hughes also revealed the club plans to open negotiations with Begovic, who has kept seven clean sheets in 29 Premier League appearances this season, over a new deal in the summer.“Asmir is really happy here and is pleased with the progress that we, as a club, are making,” said Hughes. “We feel we tick a lot of boxes for him and hopefully in the summer the talks will all be positive.”The Potters boss also looked to praise his 22-year-old back up keeper and has challenged Butland to maintain his focus and rival Begovic for his starting berth.Hughes said: ”We are absolutely delighted that Jack is staying here with us. He is regarded by many people in the game, ourselves included, as one of the best young keepers in the country.“It was always our intentions to tie him down to the club long-term because we feel he is somebody that can really push Begovic for a starting role in the side.“He isn’t somebody who wants to sit around and serve as understudy. His ambitions are to keep improving and challenge for a regular starting position.” 1last_img read more

West Ham v QPR player ratings

first_imgSee also:Bottom-of-the-table QPR lose at West HamRedknapp defiant after another QPR defeatQPR boss was advised to take Sandro offPoll: Is it time for Redknapp to go?’Probably all over’ for Ferdinand – MarshFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Can Google Be The Amazon.com For The Rest Of The Web?

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement markhachman Tags:#1-Click#Amazon#Google#Google Wallet#Mobile Payments#mobile wallets#online retail#Payments#What’s In Your Mobile Wallet? What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Amazon’s 1-Click arguably offers the best shopping experience on the Web—desktop and mobile.But 1-Click has been slow to expand beyond Amazon’s walls. While Amazon offers the convenient checkout service to retail-website builders, competitors are understandably loath to embrace the e-commerce giant’s tools.Now a wiser, bloodier Google has re-entered the fray, taking lessons learned from Amazon and applying them to its own “1-Click” solution for Google Wallet, Instant Buy.But Google’s road to riches won’t lie through a button on a website. That’s the route it took in traditional Web e-commerce, with its older Google Checkout service, which Wallet replaced after it failed to unseat PayPal and other, more traditional credit-card-processing services. Instead, Google’s placing its bet on terrain where it has the upper ground: Android apps and Gmail.Google announced Google Wallet Instant Buy on Wednesday at its annual I/O conference. Instant Buy, a set of tools for Android developers, is a complement to the Google Wallet API that the company announced last fall. Instant Buy should probably be thought of an evolution of the Wallet API – the older API filled in payment information, while the new version offers a button to “Buy with Google”. Instant Buy serves to both authenticate the shopper and actually pay for the purchase, with an intermediary step to confirm. It’s a two-click solution the first time a shopper logs in, but then it’s down to one if they save their Google login information with the app.Why is this important? Because buying products via a smartphone can be a brutal experience, requiring dozens of steps to enter payment and shipping information – and users aren’t inclined to stick around if they get frustrated. More than 90 percent of mobile users leave a mobile site without buying anything, according to Mike Putnam, vice president of mobile at fashion site RueLala. For a merchant, a simple, painless buying experience is a virtual necessity, given the rising numbers of mobile shoppers. Last Cyber Monday, for example, about 11 percent of all purchases were made via smartphone, according to IBM, about 90 percent more than the year before. This year, about 15 percent of all online retail sales will take place via mobile, according to eMarketer. But payment buttons aren’t exactly new. So how does Googl plan to get an edge? The familiarity and ubiquity of Gmail, for one. Google also added the ability Wednesday to pay by email, clicking a “$” sign to “attach” a few bucks, much like a document or picture. The funds simply go into the recipient’s Google Wallet, where they can be redeemed for real money (via a connection with a bank account) or used to buy movies, games and apps from the Play Store.PayPal and Dwolla, among others, have offered pay-by-email for years. But PayPal and Dwolla don’t have one of the most popular email platforms in the world, tacitly encouraging users to send money at the push of a button. That’s one of the more important hooks that the new Wallet offers, a Google spokeswoman said. Eventually, it’s possible that Google could push Wallet back into the real world – where it first started out, of course. What Are The Secrets To Success? Lock-in And ContextIn a horse race, a jockey’s tools are the whip and blinders. So it is in mobile payments. The most effective way of retaining customers is to eliminate the possibility of going elsewhere. Within the mobile space, the most effective blinder is the app. If you click Amazon’s mobile app to buy a router or garden hoe, chances are you’re not going anywhere else. Amazon knows that you can shop elsewhere, pay a higher price, and enter your information across all of those dozens of fields – or you can simply stay and buy with one click.Payments by Amazon, of course, is Amazon’s one-click solution, ported to the Web. But check out Payments by Amazon’s customer list: the biggest name is probably Ace Hardware. Payments by Amazon offers the same one-click payment that Amazon does, but for the consumer,  without the context of Amazon.com, it’s just another provider. And for most merchants, Amazon is the enemy.Google’s hold over the customer is weaker. Within Gmail, users simply don’t have the choice to send funds via any other provider, but they can simply use PayPal or Dwolla and send money to the same email address. But what Google offers is what Payments by Amazon can’t: context. Within the Play Store, Google is building recommendations for movies, music, and apps, based on your own preferences and what your friends have recommended. Payment providers have a number of arrows in their quiver. PayPal offers the ability to pay via its service at retail locations. Dwolla users can pay via Facebook and Twitter. But attendees at Google I/O suspect that the next step is for Google to begin building profiles of real-world purchases, so that if the Gap adopts Google, visitors to its online store will know what their Google+ friends bought. Virtually every other payment provider lacks the social integration that Google includes. The idea behind products like Google Wallet—where you could leave your wallet at home and pay for everything by tapping your phone—never really took off. Why? Numerous technical reasons have been suggested—a lack of infrastructure, resistance from financial institutions—but the conversation so far has focused on the problem of paying for things. And paying for things isn’t as important as the shopping experience itself, and providing the context for an informed decision that the customer is excited about.“I’m not saying that there are no advantages to mobile payments,” Nick Holland, a former Yankee Group payments analyst, recently wrote. “However, the opportunity for consumer/merchant value addition seems to be less around the transaction and far more around augmenting the retail experience. The mobile payments obsession is missing the point.”And that happy coincidence may well benefit Google.Photo by Nick Statt for ReadWritelast_img read more

Before You Start Your Side Hustle

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now If you want to acquire greater business acumen faster, one way to do that is to start and manage your own business, in the popular vernacular what is called a “side hustle.” However, entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone, even though many glamorize it in this new economy.If you are going to start your side hustle, there are some things to make sure you have in place for you begin.Customer or client acquisition strategy: How are you going to find and attract customers or clients you need to run a successful business? If there is one primary reason new companies fail, it would be the most fundamental of all failures, it is that they do not acquire enough customers. A website by itself is not a customer acquisition strategy.The ability to manage a sales process: It is your responsibility to help any prospective client or customer through a process that helps them decide to buy from you and become a customer (or client). Without knowing how to manage the sales process, you make customer acquisition difficult at best, impossible at worst.The time and energy to execute: Here’s the thing about a side hustle. It’s a side hustle. That means you have a main hustle providing your present income. It may also be what’s funding your side hustle. For most people, “side hustle” means working nights and weekends. That means giving up hours in front of the television watching sports, bingeing on Netflix, and potentially spending time with the most important people in your life.External resources: If there is one thing that enables the side hustle more than anything else in this new economy, it is the proliferation of people who can provide services necessary. Whether it’s editing content, bookkeeping, marketing support, or human resources, you will need other people to do some of the work of running a business so you can focus on client acquisition, sales, and execution.A business model: This might have come first on this list, because of its critical nature. It’s last on this list because you have to have a model that allows you to be profitable. Which means the money you spend on acquiring clients, providing services, and paying for the external resources you need cannot exceed your revenue.If you want to know why businesses fail, you will likely find on this list. If you want to know why most startups never make it out of the starting gate, is because they’re missing one or more of the things in the paragraphs above.last_img read more

Low-profile candidates in fray for high profile seat

first_imgUntil 2014, the Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra was represented by Praful Patel, senior NCP leader and a minister in the Manmohan Singh cabinet.In 2014, he was defeated by the BJP’s Nana Patole by a huge margin. Mr. Patole came in the limelight in 2017 when he openly revolted against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and quit BJP to join Congress. He was appointed as vice- president of the Maharashtra unit of Congress earlier this year.In 1952, when this constituency was only restricted to Bhandara district Dr. B.R. Ambekdar had contested a Lok Sabha by-election from this seat.In the 1999 Lok Sabha election, prominent Congress leader Shrikant Jichkar lost from this seat by a narrow margin.However, this high-profile constituency is now witnessing a fight between low-profile leaders for the by-election to be held on May 28.The by-poll was necessitated due to the resignation of Mr. Patole as MP in November last year.The Congress-NCP alliance has fielded 67-year-old NCP leader Madhukar Kukde, a Kunbi, whereas the BJP has fielded 59-year-old Hemant Patle. Both candidates have been MLAs from various constituencies in the Gondia district.However, speculation is rife as to why over Mr. Patel not contesting this election as it was on his insistence the Congress party gave up the seat for the NCP and pacified Nana Patole.During a program in Gondia before Mr. Kukde’s candidature was announced, Mr. Patel had said that he would not like to contest “only for eight to ten months”.Mr. Patel also doesn’t appear to be as active on the ground for this election as he usually is for his own election.According to some Congress sources, if the NCP candidate gets elected, it would be difficult for Mr. Patel to deny him a ticket during the Lok Sabha polls next year which Mr. Patel is eager to contest from this seat.“Mr. Kukde’s candidature makes it clear that Mr. Patel doesn’t want to create any competition to him in this constituency. The goodwill, which he shares with many BJP leaders, is also quite visible. The NCP machinery isn’t really active for this election and senior NCP leaders, including Mr. Patel, are attending nominal campaign rallies,” a Congress leader from the district said.Mr. Patle of the BJP is from the Powar community, a dominant community in this constituency.Though Shiv Sena has still not made its stance clear, it has not fielded a candidate.During his recent visit to Nagpur, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said his party would support the BJP in Bhandara-Gondia if the BJP supported Shiv Sena in Palghar Lok Sabha seat which also goes to polls on May 28.In all 18 candidates are in the fray for this by-election but in the absence of a candidate from Shiv Sena and the Bahujan Samaj Party, it’s a straight contest between the Congress-NCP alliance and the BJP.last_img read more

Formals a must for police and ministerial staff in Raj

first_imgJaipur, Jun 1 (PTI) Police officials and ministerial staff posted at Rajasthan police headquarters can no longer wear jeans, T-shirts or sports shoes and have to be attired in formals while on duty.An order issued today by ADG Administration NRK Reddy prohibits policemen and other staff like clerks and assistants from wearing sports shoes, t-shirt, jeans or any casual wear on duty.Police officials will have to be dressed in uniform on Mondays and only formal dress and shoes on other working days.Ministerial staff will have to be in formal attire on all working days, according to the order. PTI SDA RCB SK RCBlast_img read more

Forbes: Rangers Top NHL $ Team

first_imgNEW YORK  — The New York Rangers are the most valuable NHL franchise at $1.2 billion, taking the top spot on the Forbes list for the first time since 2004.The magazine said on Tuesday the Montreal Canadiens were second at $1.18 billion, followed by the Toronto Maple Leafs at $1.15 billion. The Maple Leafs had been the most valuable team since 2005, but they’ve reached the playoffs only once since 2006, and their 13-year home sellout streak ended in March.The Chicago Blackhawks, winners of three of the last six Stanley Cups, were fourth at $925 million, with the Boston Bruins next at $750 million. Completing the top 10 were Vancouver, Philadelphia, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Washington.The Rangers reached the Stanley Cup finals in 2014, and the conference finals in 2015. Madison Square Garden recently underwent a $1 billion renovation.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Emery defends Neymar after handshake ‘fakeout’

first_imgCoupe de la Ligue ‘He needs to enjoy himself!’ – Emery defends Neymar after handshake ‘fakeout’ Sacha Pisani 15:36 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Neymar-cropped AFP Coupe de la Ligue PSG Ligue 1 Rennes v PSG The PSG boss defended his star Brazilian after some questionable sporting behaviour in Tuesday’s colourful clash Unai Emery leapt to the defence of Neymar after the Paris Saint-Germain star’s antics riled Rennes players during Tuesday’s Coupe de la Ligue semi-final.PSG advanced to the final courtesy of a 3-2 win over Rennes but Neymar’s behaviour overshadowed the club’s triumph.Neymar first angered Rennes when he controlled a high ball on his back and flicked it over the head of opponent Benjamin Bourigeaud. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The world’s most expensive player then held out his hand to seemingly help Hamari Traore – who was on the floor – only to pull away as the Rennes defender held out his in appreciation.”Neymar plays like that and he is a great player, so he needs to enjoy himself on the pitch in order to bring what he can to the team,” head coach Emery told Canal+.”He must also be protected and not just him, every player.”Kylian Mbappe was sent off in the second half as PSG held off Rennes at Roazhon Park.Goals from Thomas Meunier, Marquinhos and Giovani Lo Celso had PSG up 3-0 and in control until the 19-year-old sensation was shown a straight red card for a poor challenge on Ismalia Sarr.”Kylian was shown a red card for a foul on an opponent — that illustrates my point that all players need protecting.”Javier Pastore started the cup fixture despite speculation of a move away from PSG, with Inter reportedly eyeing the Argentina international.A golazo that even @neymarjr can appreciate. Well done, @ThomMills #SRFCPSG  pic.twitter.com/6pjuKE3zrD— PSG English (@PSG_English) January 30, 2018The playmaker was withdrawn at half-time and Emery said: “I spoke with him yesterday [Monday], he told me that he was ready to play, that he was focused on playing.”Then there is the possibility for him to leave. Today, before the game, I spoke with him again to see if he had the mind to play today. So I told him he’d play.”I’m happy with his first half work. Then he asked to be replaced because he felt a little muscular pain. I don’t know if it’s serious.”He told me that he had the opportunity to leave but that he remains very focused and that as long as he has not left he will remain involved.”last_img read more

Search resumes of Toronto property connected to suspected serial killer

first_imgFor the second straight day, forensic officers are combing through a Toronto residence as part of a probe into accused killer Bruce McArthur.Cadaver dogs have been brought to the scene as they continue their search of the property, which now includes a nearby ravine.Police dog now sniffing inside the garage of the home on Mallory Crescent. Also—- scene has grown to include nearby ravine. pic.twitter.com/AaUktzTbKP— Faiza (@CityFaizaAmin) January 21, 2018Forensic investigators have been spotted going in and out of the house, emerging with at least one bag. There’s no confirmation on what is in the bag or what they have retrieved.McArthur, 66, a self-employed landscaper, was arrested and charged Thursday as part of an investigation into the disappearance of Selim Esen, 44, and Andrew Kinsman, 49, from Toronto’s Gay Village.It’s unclear what McArthur’s connection is to the property but one neighbour recalls he was a frequent visitor to the house.“I’ve seen him many, many times,” Kevin Lahey told CityNews. “He used to come here three or four times a day, in the summer especially because he owns a landscaping business. I’m just shocked that this happened.”Forensics o/s in Leaside continuing investigation into alleged McArthur murders. Neighbors say he frequented house @CityNews @CityFaizaAmin pic.twitter.com/creaReO8t1— Ken Townsend (@KenTownsend) January 21, 2018Forensic officers have also been collecting evidence at four other locations, including a nine-acre property in Madoc, Ont.last_img read more