first_imgThe Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Festival came to an exciting end on Wednesday at Sabina Park with Hastings Primary School of Trelawny copping their first champion trophy after being in the runners-up position several times.     They defeated defending champions New Works Primary of Westmoreland.  Scores: Hastings 156 for 3; New Works 119 all out. Two hundred and twenty four schools – 16 per parish – started the competition in January with intra-parish matches.  The parish winners then played their neighbouring parishes after which the top seven and the best losers were invited to display their cricket at the festival.   The awards function was held immediately following the festival. New entrants Brandon Hill Primary of Clarendon took home the most improved school trophy for reaching the semi-finals.  They also bagged the most disciplined school trophy. Individual prizes went to male and female cricketers per category. Best bowlers:  Michael Murray of Hastings and Marsha Dixon of Santa Cruz. Best fielders:  Jermaine Edwards of Hastings and Shanique Wallace of Santa Cruz. Best batters:  Javid Simpson of New Works and Katie Wilmot of New Works The Kiddy Cricketers will display their skills during an international cricket match in Jamaica later this year while the top 50 players will be invited to a camp in the summer after which the best three will receive a $50,000 bursary. This year marks the 15th year of Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket. Coach of the winning team, Leon Reid, endorsed Kiddy Cricket while saying that the children were excited to play the game and it had a positive impact on them.    Co-ordinator Philip Service praised the competition and noted that two current national players came through Kiddy Cricket.  They are Jermaine Blackwood and Brandon King.last_img read more


first_imgArjun Bhati, one of the most promising young golfers in the country, won the US Kids Junior World Golf Championships in Malaysia. The 14-year-old from Noida had also won the tournament at the U-14 level in 2014 and the U-12 level in 2012.In December 2018, Arjun beat golfers from close to 29 countries and prevailed in a three-level final against America’s Askel Moe to add yet another trophy to his cabinet, which is expanding and expanding fast.Arjun is a class IX student of a popular private school in Greater Noida. The board exams are just a year away but the motivated teenager is already thinking about major golf tournaments he will be participating next year.At this young age, Arjun seems to know what he wants in life. “I want to be the No. 1 golfer in the world. My aim is to win an Olympic gold for India,” he tells indiatoday.in.Arjun has been playing golf for the last six years. He has played over a 100 tournaments at the junior level and has a success rate of close to 75 percent. Arjun is happy and relieved that his school understands where he is headed.”My school has been very supportive. They allow me to miss classes whenever I am travelling [for tournaments],” Arjun adds.Arjun used birthday card to get his first golf kit: Golfer’s father Arjun’s father, Bobby says it’s important to give his son time to achieve what he wants in the sport (India Today Photo)However, seven years ago when Arjun first told his father, Bobby Bhati that wants a golf kit, his father was taken by surprise. Arjun had never touched a club before and Boby thought it was just another one of those many things that his child is yearning for.advertisementBobby was ignoring his son’s regular approaches for quite some time but when Arjun told his father he wouldn’t accept anything else other than a golf kit for his birthday, Bobby had to give in.”Arjun had been asking me for a golf set [after seeing golf being played at his school]. He was very stubborn but no one in my family had played golf before. Even I didn’t know anything about the sport. I asked him ‘why do you want to the golf set?’. He told me, I want to take up playing golf. This happened in 2013,” Bobby said.The proud father added: “He kept persisting us. But I was like ‘what will we do letting him play golf without understanding the sport’. He used his birthday card then. He told me that if I am getting some gift for his birthday, then it should be a gold kit.”Then I walked up to a golf coach on our complex and told him about my son’s liking to the sport. He used to play a golf using others’ kits here. But I finally gifted him a golf set on his birthday. That’s where it all began.”One night, I heard some noise from his room. At 2 am, early in the morning, I saw him cleaning his golf club. The next day he went on to win a local tournament.”As he kept playing the sport, I started to understand what he wanted to do. These days, I have been travelling with him for all the tournaments. In a year, he, at least, plays 20 tournaments.”‘Golf is an expensive sport’Arjun, his father Bobby claims, has managed to get support from one of India’s biggest public sector units, ONGC. However, it wasn’t easy for Bobby to provide Arjun the financial support he needed for playing an expensive sport like golf despite being a real estate agent.Ahead of his first international trip, Bobby got the much-needed support from his wife. Arjun’s mother had no second thoughts about selling off her jewels to arrange for the financial support.”He has started to get sponsors now. We are approaching a few people. ONGC have started sponsoring. However, we bear most of his expenses – travel, accommodation, nutrition, coaching, physios, and doctors. Golf is a very expensive sport. But we, as parents, are willing to give it our all for him,” Bobby said.”When Arjun first told us he wants to play a tournament, we were a bit tight with our budget. In 2015, we had to go to America for the junior worlds. We were not able to approach the government for support. Then I approached my wife and told her that Arjun has to go for the tournament. She asked us not to worry and helped us with her jewels.advertisement”Initially, it is very important to spend money on your ward and more importantly, give him time. If you don’t give time, then it may not work in your favour. It’s important to understand the need for spending money and allowing your kid to blossom.”Arjun knows the difficulties of making the progression from the junior to the senior level of the sport. When he met Jeev Milkha Singh in Malaysia last month, the India great, as the young golfer recollects, had a simple advice for him: “This is just the beginning. Keep focusing on the transition to the senior level”.A lot of challenges lie ahead for Arjun in the pursuit of his dream. But with hard work and love for the sport, the teenager from Noida hopes to be the face of the sport in the cricket-crazy country.Also See:last_img read more


first_imgFormer Australia cricketer Matthew Hayden has now joined Virender Sehwag in the babysitting advertisement for the upcoming T20I and ODI series between India and Australia. The two-T20Is and five ODIs series will begin on February 24 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru but ahead of the on-field battles, the promotions have all been over the infamous babysitting episode between Rishabh Pant and Tim Paine.Virender Sehwag began the babysitting commercial, where he can be seen with a bunch of kids wearing Australian jerseys, saying: “Jab hum Australia gaye the, toh unhone poocha tha babysitting karoge? Humne kahaa sabke sab aajaao. Zaroor karenge [When we had gone to Australia, they asked us, will you babysit? We said all of you come, we will surely do].”Hayden has responded to the ad and Sehwag on social media by saying, “Never take Aussie’s for a joke Viru Boy.”Now Hayden has joined Sehwag in a new commercial for the series. Sehwag begins the new commercial by bringing bottles of milk for the kids adorning Australian jerseys.He goes to one kid and says, “Beta aap bhi doodh pee lo, warna Kohli aa jayega [Son, you also have milk, otherwise Kohli will come]” and the kid has an expression of disdain.As Sehwag turnaround, a ball hits the bottles in hand and they all fall in the tray. Hayden then enters the ad beaming and says, “Viru Paaji, Australians ko bachcha mat samajhna!”I do not want to say ‘I told you so’ but guess what, I TOLD YOU SO, @virendersehwag!The Aussies are up for the #babysitting challenge from Feb 24 on Star Sports. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/46knNAenlBadvertisementMatthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) February 16, 2019All the kids then begin smiling wide and clap along.This babysitting anecdote began during the third day of the Boxing Day Test, when Australian captain and wicketkeeper Paine asked Pant, who was batting then: “Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids.”When Pant got the chance in the following innings, he referred to Paine as the “temporary captain” and mocked him from behind the stumps.During Indian team’s New Year meet with Australian Prime Minister, Pant was pictured with Paine’s wife Bonnie and his kids and the photograph posted by Bonnie went viral.The joke went so viral that during the Sydney Test in January, the Bharat Army even dedicated a song to Babysitter Pant.Pant even reacted to the advertisement on Twitter as he wrote, “Viru paaji showing me how to be better at cricket and babysitting an inspiration always!”The first T20I between India and Australia will be held on February 24 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The second will take place on February 27 at the Y.S. Rajashekhar Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.The ODI series will begin on March 2 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. Nagpur will host the second ODI on March 5 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.Ranchi’s JSCA International Stadium Complex will see the third ODI on March 8, followed by Mohali (March 10) and Delhi (March 13).Also Read | Will try to be more expressive with the ball vs Australia: Vijay ShankarAlso Read | Never thought I will get an opportunity to play for India so soon: Mayank MarkandeAlso Read | Want to give Rishabh Pant a few ODIs before taking final call on World Cup: MSK PrasadAlso Read | Virat Kohli returns to lead India in T20Is and ODIs vs Australialast_img read more


first_img Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Then you have the president’s recent executive order, where he barred US companies from buying foreign-made telecom equipment that would be considered a national security risk. Those definitions of who is considered a risk is something that the Commerce Department and Homeland Security in consultation with the FCC are working through.Are you aware of any network gear that’s been compromised in the US or anywhere in the world?Starks: I know that there are carriers who have this Huawei equipment in their infrastructure. And I have received national security briefings on the threats that are posed by having Chinese equipment in such networks. There have been reports that in Europe folks have identified software code that was in Chinese equipment that they considered to be risky. So that’s the general nature of some of the threats that we’ve seen right now.How do we go about getting this gear out of US networks?Starks: That’s part of what we’re thinking through. Remediation is the clearest way to do this. A rip and replace is what a number of people have suggested. Again, that gets back to step one: We have to figure out what is the proper scope, and what is the equipment at issue. Then we have to think about replacing it. Because of the nature of some of these small, rural carriers, we’re also going to have to make sure that we provide them the funding to do this properly. That’s really important.The main reason that rural carriers were using Huawei gear was because it was cheaper than equipment from other companies. Do you think Congress should help pay for this?Starks: Going back to 2012 and 2013, there has been some indication from the US government that we were growing increasingly concerned about having Huawei and some of these Chinese equipment makers in our communications infrastructure. But it wasn’t until the president’s executive order just a month or so ago that it became absolutely official that procuring and buying this equipment was going to be prohibited. So we certainly understand that some rural carriers made a business decision before this ban was in place.What I am focused on now is the fact that if this is a national security risk, and I believe it is, the most important thing is to make sure that we have a secure nation. If that means that the government has to be the one to take care of that, then I think that’s the way it should be.Do you have any idea how much this will cost?Starks: The answer is very much tied up in the scope of the problem. There has been bipartisan legislation proposed by Sen. [Roger] Wicker [a Republican from Mississippi] and co-sponsored by Sen. [Mark] Warner [a Democrat from Virginia] that proposes $700 million. I know, I’ve heard numbers that go as high as $1 billion. And it could be higher. It certainly seems like folks on Capitol Hill agree that there is going to be a need for some government funding here.Do you have support from your fellow FCC commissioners, including the three Republicans, for a government funded rip and replace effort?Starks: I won’t speak for them. I know that Sen. Wicker, who is a Republican, is the one who introduced the legislation that is proposing funding the remediation of some of this Chinese equipment. As for the Republican commissioners in the majority, national security risks are something that we all have been thinking through. Very recently, we unanimously voted on keeping China Mobile out of the US market. It had an application pending before the FCC to operate here and that was unanimously rejected by all of us because of a number of issues, including the national security risks.How much of the issue with Huawei is about trade? I know you say there are national security risks, but is keeping Huawei out of the US market at least partly about the US’ fears that China will overtake the US in terms of technology and economic power?Starks: This question gets into whether the administration’s overall trade negotiations with China are involved in the ban. I am focused on, the national security aspect of this with regard to our telecommunications networks. The trade negotiations are in the president’s lane; I’m really focused on the national security aspect. This isn’t just about preventing 5G equipment from getting into US carrier networks. There’s some 3G and 4G gear deployed too, right?Starks: That’s right. Having Huawei in our current network infrastructure means that we are exposed to the same type of risks that we’re talking about for our next-generation 5G networks.One thing I want to make clear is that we can’t just focus solely on making sure our networks are secure going forward, but that we make certain we don’t have any national security risks in our current networks when we know there is lots of Huawei gear already out there. The thing that I’m really focused on right now is coming up with solutions for dealing with Huawei and other risky equipment that’s already in our networks.How big a problem is this? How much Huawei gear is in US carrier networks?Starks: The first thing we need to do is understand the scope of the problem. That’s why I’ve invited a number of carriers, manufacturers, industry associations, academics and national security experts to come to the FCC on Thursday to be part of helping me think through this. We need to put our heads together on this “Find it. Fix it. Fund it.” idea.There are three distinct levels as I see it. The first is how many carriers are we talking about that have equipment that is risky in their networks. One association that has a number of rural carriers has told me that they know it’s predominantly small, rural carriers that are using this gear. They believe it’s about 25% of nearly 50 of its carrier members that have this type of equipment.We need to make sure we have a system where we have carriers raise their hand and self-identify that they have this equipment in their infrastructure. That ties very much into making sure that the “funded” part is very clearly defined. Cellular gearCellular network gear has become a fixture of the modern landscape. Getty Images The second thing is that we need to identify what equipment is particularly risky. This is something we need to work through with national security folks and with academics in the field. Is it the Huawei software and code? Or is it specific equipment we need to identify as something that should be prohibited? Does it go to the core of the network, like routers and servers? Or does it extend to antennas and radios that go to the edge part of the network? We need to figure out which equipment has issues. Then that leads to the last part, which is to what extent any given carrier has this equipment in their network infrastructure. You mentioned this is primarily an issue for small rural carriers. The four largest nationwide carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon — don’t have Huawei equipment in their networks. So how much of a threat is this really? Does this mean that our national communications network is only as safe as its weakest link?Starks: We live in an interconnected world. Our communications flow from one carrier to another. This is great for ensuring that our communications happen fast and at a low cost. But I deeply believe that if we have a carrier with security problems, then we all have a security problem.At the FCC we’re currently considering whether to offer Universal Service Fund support to companies that could have insecure telecommunications equipment. You see that Congress has also spoken up on this issue with the National Defense Authorization Act, where Congress has prohibited government procurement of telecommunications equipment from certain Chinese companies. The NDAA actually names Huawei and ZTE. There have been reports that in Europe folks have identified software code that was in Chinese equipment that they considered to be risky. FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks Next week, Starks will convene a workshop at the agency’s headquarters in Washington to bring together industry executives, national security experts and academics to think through how the US can rip out and replace risky equipment in an effort he calls “Find it. Fix it. Fund it.”Starks, a Democrat who was confirmed by the Senate in January, has made network security his top issue at the FCC. As a lawyer in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice, under Barack Obama appointee Eric Holder, he provided advice on domestic and international law enforcement issues, including civil, criminal and national security matters.CNET talked to Starks by phone about his efforts. Below is an edited excerpt of the conversation.Q: What are the security threats from having Huawei equipment in US telecommunications networks?Starks: When I was at the Department of Justice, I had some national security issues in my portfolio, so I’ve had national security briefings in the past. Now, in my capacity as a commissioner, I deeply believe that network security is national security. The FCC needs to step into its role to make sure that we’re securing our communication networks, which underpin our utilities, transportation, financial and health care systems. Specific risks of having Huawei gear in our networks include spying or surveillance that could impact our networks and their abilities to operate. The second big risk national security experts talk about is the ability for foreign governments to disrupt our communications networks, especially during a national emergency. Mobile Politics FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks testifying before a House of Representatives committee last month. Tom Williams/Getty Images Federal Communications Commissioner Geoffrey Starks is leading an effort to scrub US telecommunications networks of gear from companies such as Huawei that’re thought of as a threat to the country’s security. With US operators racing toward deploying gear to build the next generation of wireless, known as 5G, the Commerce Department has blacklisted Huawei and several other companies because of national security concerns.The main issue with Huawei is its cozy relationship with the Chinese government. National security officials fear that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. In May, President Donald Trump issued an executive order effectively banning new Huawei gear from US communications networks.Huawei has long denied its gear can be used to spy or to compromise US security.The FCC is already considering prohibiting carriers with such gear from accessing broadband subsidies, but Starks says the government should go one step further to weed out equipment from vendors like Huawei that the US government says poses significant risks. One big risk national security experts talk about is the ability for foreign governments to disrupt our communications networks, especially during a national emergency. FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks Tags 4:59 67 13 Photos Comments FCC Huawei What is going on between Huawei and the US?last_img read more


first_img Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is facing fierce criticism in response to a bible verse posted on his Twitter feed. It included the words, “A man reaps what he sows.” The post went up just hours after Sunday’s massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando.The verse was only the latest in a series of scriptural passages Patrick tweets each Sunday morning. But the choice of Galatians 6:7 struck many as badly timed, if not deliberately offensive. It remained up for several hours, drawing a sharp backlash before being quietly removed.TwitterFrom Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s Twitter feed, posted Sunday, June 12, 2016 (subsequently deleted)“If you’re the average person just running around Twitter, looking at stuff, and all of a sudden you see the lieutenant governor’s comments. You would think, just looking at the timeline, just looking at the picture, you’d  think, ‘Oh, my God, he’s responding to Orlando,’” says Jon Taylor, chair of the political science department at the University of Saint Thomas.The lieutenant governor grabbed national headlines last year when he led the fight to overturn Houston’s equal rights ordinance. More recently, he’s stated that Texas will forgo federal education dollars rather than enforce a White House directive requiring that transgender students be allowed to use the bathrooms of the gender with which they identify. Taylor says that’s contributed to the impression that the post was aimed at the LGBT community, whether the timing was deliberate or not.Gage Skidmore via FlickrLieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick speaking with supporters of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz after the results of the 2016 Nevada caucuses at his caucus night party at the Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA in Las Vegas, Nevada.“He’s becoming the state’s chief moralist in some respects, or at least that’s how he’s positioning himself,” Taylor says.Patrick posted a statement on his Facebook page saying that the verse was not intended as hate speech. He said those who interpret it as being directed against gays have not read the full passage from Galatians.“I think Paul is saying to the Galatians that they have been uncharitable to one another, and therefore they’re getting discord in their community,” says Randall Smith, who teaches moral theology at the University of Saint Thomas. “But it doesn’t strike me that he’s at all saying that the people who are suffering from the discord and animosity are necessarily the ones to blame.”Smith says that people quote scriptural passages with different meanings in mind, and that only Patrick knows what he really intended.Lt. Gov. Patrick is traveling out of the country. His spokesman, Allen Blakemore issued a statement saying that the choice of bible verse had been scheduled last Thursday, and that its posting after the Orlando shootings was an unfortunate coincidence. Houston Public Media reached out to Blakemore for clarification, but he declined to be interviewed. 00:00 /02:15 Xlast_img read more


first_imgBaltimore City and federal law enforcement officials announced Wednesday they’ve caught a suspect in the 2014 murder of 3-year-old McKenzie Elliot.A photo of McKenzie Elliot, who would have been six-years-old this year, was displayed at a press conference announcing the arrest of Terrell Plummer in her death. (Courtesy photo)Terrell Plummer, 28, is facing a federal gun charge in connection with McKenzie’s death among other charges in a 16-count federal indictment involving an alleged drug operation operating in Waverly. Six others, who officials say are part of the “Old York Money Gang,” have also been named in the indictment.The indictment alleges the operation began in January 2014 and that the gang committed murder, robbery, extortion, burglary and narcotics trafficking.City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said bringing her killer to justice has “been a long time coming.”“McKenzie Elliott should be six, today,” he said at a press conference on April 26.  “She should be at school; she’s not.”McKenzie was struck by a stray bullet while playing in her front yard during a shooting in Better Waverly on Aug. 1, 2014.  Days later, at a National Night Out event in the neighborhood, then-Police Commissioner Anthony Batts promised the crowd to have someone in custody by the end of the week.It would take nearly three years and a new police commissioner before someone would be brought to custody.Daniel L. Board Jr., special agent in charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Baltimore Field Division, said McKenzie’s homicide should not have gone unsolved for so long.“If we could have got more help from the public; more help from the community; even small bits of information,” he said at the news conference. “That’s the kind of help we all need in the law enforcement fight against crime.”In spite of the amount of time it took for investigators to find a suspect, Police Commissioner Davis insisted that the investigation was always active and never turned into a cold case.  U.S. Attorney for Maryland Rod Rosenstein echoed the remarks adding that a cold case means no one is working on the investigation; noting that the case has received “constant attention” since McKenzie’s death.Rosenstein announced the indictment hours before beginning his new role in Washington, D.C. as deputy attorney general.  He said he would take the portrait of McKenzie used at the news conference with him and show it to his news boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, while praising the work of Baltimore law enforcement.last_img read more


first_img Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. December 2, 2016 Entrepreneurs always look for hacks to do things in a cheaper, faster and more efficient manner. Sometimes, though, the perceived savings aren’t worth the ultimate cost. I’m a serial entrepreneur. Over the past several years, I’ve successfully built and scaled both on-site and remote teams for my startups. I’ve also burned my fingers trying to outsource software development.I’d intended to contract with a few developers to code certain sections of the codebase so the larger team could hit our release deadlines. We were in the bootstrapping phase and thought it seemed like a good idea. It turned out to be a disaster. Here are the key reasons why. 1. Different mindsets lead to misaligned goals.The venture was my baby, and I was fully committed. But to the software developer, we were just another client — and a very small one, at that. When a large client increased its requirement, a resource crunch meant our project suffered delays.Moreover, our hired experts always were trying to convince us to build more features. The company benefited from scope creep while we became distracted from our minimum viable product (MVP) approach. Our two companies had different incentives, and this often led to working at cross-purposes. Related: How to Know When to Bring Software Development In-House2. Contract negotiations can be complex and time-consuming.I spent a great deal of time finalizing the contract with the software company, and my startup simply hadn’t expected this loss of productive hours. We wanted to get off and running quickly. Instead, it took us between three and four weeks to define, negotiate and execute the contract.To be fair, there are some valid reasons for budgeting several weeks to fine-tune a contract. There’s no easy way around defining the scope of work, identifying each party’s responsibilities and putting in place a service-level agreement (SLA). If the contract isn’t well-thought-out, you’ll have even bigger problems down the road. Entrepreneurs are wise to plan for this necessary time lag, not rush through and trust everything will work itself out later. Related: 9 Ways to Negotiate a Contract Like a Boss3. The quality might be hit-and-miss.The quality of developers at outsourcing companies tends to be mixed. In my experience, the quality typically has been below average. Several developers assigned to my startup project didn’t deliver what we needed. We had to haggle with the company to replace them, enduring a painful process that cost us more time and energy. To make matters worse, the code itself wasn’t up to our quality standards and our codebase became fragmented.Related: These 25 Successful Startups Were Built With Outsourced Development4. In-house talent isn’t proficient at managing outsourced project work.Many startups ignore the fact that managing outsourced teams requires expertise and a special skill set. Outsourcing is a fundamentally different process from in-house development.Few startups have a team member who has done it before, and this also increases the chances of failure. Outsourcing firms can gauge your inexperience. Unscrupulous companies might even exploit this weakness to hike their upfront time and cost estimates. To be effective, you’ll need to master a host of challenging and complex tasks:Clearly define your requirements.Assign which modules will be developed in-house and which will be created by the outsourcing vendor.Plan smooth integration of codes in your master codebase.Plan and execute agreed-upon quality-assurance measures and procedures.Monitor timelines.Provide regular feedback.Related: 5 Ways to Manage an Outsourced Team on a Startup BudgetOur startup felt confident going into our outsourcing adventure because our team included someone with prior experience managing external work. He still found it tough to oversee the project. Trust me: It’s not a simple proposition. I strongly advise against outsourcing software development unless a company has its own, in-house expert.5. External issues have a domino effect on your organization.When you run with a small team, issues don’t remain siloed. If your outsourced project isn’t going well, the stress tends to impact other areas of your business. At the very least, it will be a huge distraction to your overall operations.Delays and quality issues are normal and expected with outsourced projects. Yet startups aren’t often aware of this fact and don’t plan for how they’ll mitigate the fallout. When issues started surfacing with our outsourced project, it had a ripple effect. Our CTO was directly involved with the outsourced project and spent a disproportionate amount of his time on project management. As a result, internal employees didn’t get adequate time from him, and they started missing their deadlines.Morale suffered, and workers started slacking off. The tech team’s delays, in turn, caused setbacks in our product and sales divisions. This was particularly frustrating because we’d promised additional functionality to our early clients and risked losing them if we did not deliver. The outsourced project went over budget — something we later realized is a very frequent occurrence. Funding concerns put extra pressure on us as an early-stage startup.Related: 4 Ways to Build Trust and Help Manage Your TeamHere’s the takeaway: We spent much more time, money and effort than we’d expected, and we ended up either not using or rewriting most of the code created by the outsourcing company. In hindsight, it was a mistake. Every business’ situation is unique, and it might work for some organizations. But the chances of thing going wrong are higher when you control fewer elements of the whole, and that’s especially true for startups and smaller organizations.The next time you consider outsourcing your company’s software development, think again. Or at least think about these lessons learned. They’ll help you go in with open eyes and a more realistic picture of what you can achieve. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 6 min readlast_img read more


first_imgFollowing the U.S President Donald Trump’s accusatory tweet on Tuesday morning, Google released a statement on the same day denying that it’s algorithms favor liberal media outlets over right-wing ones. President Donald Trump went on to claim that Google search results for “Trump News” reports fake news. He accused the search engines’ algorithms of being rigged. Source: Twitter Source: Twitter The 96% statistics were apparently taken from the results of a PJ Media investigation into Google News searches for the word “Trump”.  The news came with a headline “96 Percent of Google Search Results for ‘Trump’ News Are from Liberal Media Outlets.“ Writer Paula Bolyard said she made the assessment after typing “Trump News” into Google’s ‘News’ tab across multiple computers, and then analyzed the top results against conservative journalist Sharyl Attkisson’s media bias chart. Trump has been tweeting since late July about discriminatory practices on Twitter and other social media sites more broadly and now his focus on Google is making rounds on the internet. Google’s spokesperson Riva Sciuto, addressed these accusations by stating that hundreds of improvements are done to the search giant’s algorithms each year to ensure that they surface high-quality content and the most relevant answers in response to users’ queries. Google testifies that setting a political agenda was never entertained nor were its search results biased toward any political ideology These allegations- based on an analysis from the conservative online media outlet has little evidence behind them. “Google and Twitter and Facebook, they’re really treading on very, very troubled territory. And they have to be careful,” the president said later on Tuesday. “It’s not fair to large portions of the population.” Just 9 hours ago, the President posted another video with the caption #StopTheBias claiming that Google had promoted Barack Obama’s state of the union address on its homepage but refused to do the same for Trump once he got elected as the president. The Trump administration on Tuesday said it might explore regulating Google, an effort that would challenge protections around free speech online. Read Next- Jack Dorsey to testify explaining Twitter algorithms before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Facebook, Twitter takes down fake accounts with ties to Russia and Iran, suspected to influence the US midterm elections Epic games CEO calls Google “irresponsible” for disclosing the security flaw in Fortnite Android Installer before patch was readylast_img read more