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Sharks sign Erik Karlsson to biggest deal in team history; Where does that leave Joe Pavelski?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Defenseman Erik Karlsson said May 23 after the Sharks were eliminated from the playoffs that he would need some time to decide whether he wanted to remain with the organization for the long term or become a free agent.Less than four weeks later, Karlsson made up his mind, and now he’s the owner of the richest contract in Sharks franchise history.The Sharks on Monday signed Karlsson to a massive …last_img


Raiders straight talk: A realistic look at playoff aspirations

first_imgALAMEDA — If the Raiders beat the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Lambeau Field, the pipe dream becomes real.Whether they make the playoffs or not, getting to 4-2 with three straight wins far from home against teams that are postseason worthy would stamp Jon Gruden’s team as playoff contenders.Granted, we’re not even at midseason, but the AFC has already begun to take shape in terms of who can play and who can’t. And it appears there are at least seven teams whose record and play has made it …last_img


Indian firm buys local IT company

first_img“We also intend to combine the strong delivery capabilities of SoftPro with the India off-shoring advantage to leverage the positioning of Cura to offer a complete suite of solutions in the GRC segment.” Indian IT company SoftPro Systems has acquired Johannesburg-based Cura Software for approximately US$19-million (about R150.6-million), as it bids to become a global market leader in the governance, risk and compliance technology industry. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material SoftPro MD Bala Reddy said that by reducing risk and uncertainty while ensuring high levels of corporate governance and performance in a rapidly changing glogal environment, GRC had become a top priority for corporates across the globe. Cura has 75% market share in South Africa and a leadership position in Australia. Cura partners with Big Four consulting firms, insurance companies and specialists in focused areas of GRC. Cura, a leading provider of integrated software solutions addressing GRC requirements globally, has offices in South Africa, the USA, UK and Australia, and operates through exclusive distributors in 16 countries in Asia and South America. Top priority “We are excited with the opportunity of partnering with SoftPro,” Cura CEO Avi Eyal said in a statement this week.center_img Its products are used by over 150 organisations that include Global 1 000 enterprises, government agencies and consulting firms, and key clients include Vodafone, Johnson & Johnson, GSK, Allianz, Kellogg’s, Xstrata, Virgin Blue, MTN, First Rand, and Dubai Holdings. GRC market leader 3 July 2009 “We are bullish on this segment and see great strategic benefits in acquiring a global player with an established GRC solution suite, proven technology, marquee client base coupled with a strong management team,” he said. The GRC technology industry comprising software, consulting and related services is slated to grow from $2.6-billion (about R20.6-billion) in 2009 to over $24-billion (about R190.3-billion) in the next five years, according to Forrester Research, and the industry is experiencing growth rate of over 24% annually. “We established Cura as an emerging firm in an exciting space, and with SoftPro’s expertise, access to markets and industries, and infrastructure in the Indian market, we believe that together we have a great partnership to leverage and succeed.”last_img read more


Final Week to Vote as Rand McNally and Geocaching Team Up for Best of the Road 2013

first_img SharePrint RelatedHelena Montana GeoTourNovember 13, 2015In “GeoTours”Geocaching 2 by 2 – Power your Relationships with GeocachingJune 3, 2013In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”3 Reasons to Rediscover Your Home CoordinatesJune 17, 2014With 8 comments It’s that time of year again for Rand McNally’s search for the best small towns across America! The annual Best of the Road program seeks America’s favorite towns with populations under 150,000 in multiple categories, including Most Beautiful, Most Fun, Friendliest, Best for Food and Most Patriotic. And, new this year, in association with Geocaching.com and the Rand McNally Foris Outdoor GPS, Best of the Road is searching for the Best Town for Geocaching.  Help us during our campaign to find the towns with the best travel experiences and visit bestoftheroad.com to vote!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more


Only good performance against England will take sting off charges

first_imgAs Pakistani on Sunday sat down to watch their team’s first Twenty20 match against England in the ongoing series, they were fervently praying for a win.England celebrate the dismissal of Kamran Akmal in Cardiff on Sunday.As claims of spot-fixing tarnished Pakistani cricket, fans were united in their view that only a sterling performance could take away some of the sting from the allegations.But accusations levelled by Test opener Yasir Hameed that almost all of Pakistan’s matches were fixed loomed large over the match in Cardiff.”If what Hameed says is true, then almost every game that Pakistan play is suspect,” Adnan Mehmood, an avid cricket fan in Lahore, said.”This is also what many people have said over the years. But I guess it is hard to fix each game with only one team involved in the process? The situation that Hameed is talking about means that Pakistan is capable of winning and losing games at will, not because other teams have better sporting capability and display it better on a given day. This looks fanciful,” he added.Fans such as Adnan believe that a strong performance by the Pakistani cricketers in the remaining series against England would take some attention away from the allegations. “We are waiting for the players to respond to the allegations against Pakistan cricket with their game,” he said.But regardless of what happens in the remaining series, there is no doubt that enthusiasm about the game in the cricket-crazy nation is on the wane-and not just because of the fixing allegations.advertisement”Even before the allegations, we should have called off all sporting activities in view of the devastating floods. Other teams have done that, leaving foreign tours halfway because of some tragic happenings back home,” a senior official in the Pakistani sports ministry said. This would have allowed the government to focus on the huge disaster without also having to deal with the spot-fixing allegation, which was no small blow, he said.But fans and players, both current and former, said such a measure would have only added to the gloom that the floods had cast. “For an entertainment starved nation, this would have been like resigning to the tragedy of floods. In such disasters, anything that can cheer and ignite hope is of vital importance,” former Pakistani cricketer Amir Sohail said.This is what the team briefly did with their win in the Lords Test-at least until the corruption skeletons came tumbling out of the cricketers’ closets.”This is a very tough period for Pakistan cricket. Fans are losing interest in the game. At such a juncture, it is important that we continue playing. Otherwise, Pakistan cricket will never be able to sustain itself,” a leading commentator on the game working with a media group said.Pundits blamed the sorry state of affairs in Pakistani cricket on an inefficient team management, which is handpicked by equally inept politically bosses. “The current management of the team and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is good for nothing. They are there because they have been able to please those who matter in the corrupt administration of (President Asif Ali) Zardari,” former PCB chief Arif Ali Abbasi said.But former cricketer Imran Khan said: “I agree that the entire Pakistan has to endure low moral standards among political leaders and that explains why we cannot have people with immaculate reputations heading institutions such as the PCB,” he said on Sunday. “But the real problem lies with the ad-hoc structure of the board, not with who heads it or who picks that head.” Imran said the reason why corruption had become so rife in cricket was that the authorities had not taken strong steps to eradicate it after the 1993 match-fixing scandal. “The board feared that taking action against big players would weaken the team and have a negative impact on its performance, thereby, making the PCB officials’ stay in the office untenable,” Imran said. “That’s why action kept getting delayed and now we have fallen into this abyss.” Amir Sohail could not agree more.”There is a lesson here for the ICC and the PCB. If we don’t take care of the bug in the beginning, it is bound to become a monster.”last_img read more


Book Review Bear Grylls Survival Guide For Life

first_imgBear Grylls is no stranger to overcoming adversity in the wild, but in his new book – “A Survival Guide For Life” – the TV adventurer shows us how his hard-won skills can be adapted for those of us who aren’t usually found parachuting into dangerous situations, eating bugs and sleeping on mountaintops.Bear Grylls – A Survival Guide For Life“A Survival Guide For Life” lets us into the mind of former SAS soldier, honorary Lieutenant Commander of the Royal Navy, author of 11 books and TV host Bear Grylls, whose Man Vs Wild series has reached 1.2 billion viewers in over 200 countries. The lessons he has learned have been hard-earned, his tales are inspiring. And in his new book, he shares some of his secrets to achieving goals and thriving in adversity.Bear Grylls’ expeditions have raised millions of dollars for children’s charities. He is Chief Scout to the Scouting Association, an Ambassador for Global Angels, Vice President for the JoLt Trust – which takes disabled and disadvantaged children on expeditions – and a supporter of Comic Relief, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Hope and Homes for Children and the ONE Campaign. Giving back is an important part of his life – a theme he explores and explains in his book.Faith is also high on the adventurer’s agenda in the book – he uses his favorite quotes from the Bible to draw strength from. The book also includes quotes from many of Bear’s heroes, including Winston Churchill, Edmund Hillary, Warren Buffett and even Harrison Ford!“A Survival Guide For Life” is an easy read, and shows us how to seize every moment and opportunity to live life more fully. It is a guide to how to make every day an adventure, how to motivate ourselves when the odds stack up, and how to weather the storms life seems to throw us every day.“It is there somewhere inside you: the heart of a survivor. Courage. Tenacity. Strength. So don’t shy away from hard times, they are your chance to shine.”The book is available at Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more