Football clubs are linking up with prisons to offer coaching – and hope

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Football Facebook David Dein and former England player Alex Scott are both involved in the project. Pinterest The Twinning Project link prisons with their local football clubs, who provide regular sessions, leadership courses and basic refereeing courses for inmates. The main objective is to improve the self-esteem of prisoners and help them gain employment, as only 17% enter the workplace upon their release. Some clubs have also committed to offering prisoners job opportunities, in catering or stewarding, for example.The project is building on work a few clubs have been doing for some time. “A handful of clubs were engaging with prisons independently without any coordination with each other,” says Dein. “Also, for the six clubs that were delivering some form of programme, there are another 86 who are not doing any. So I felt that the consistent, replicable and sustainable delivery of meaningful programmes was what was sorely needed.”Thirty-six clubs have signed up so far. They range from the mightiest – such as European champions Liverpool, league champions Manchester City and Europa League champions Chelsea – to some of the more modest, with Bury the latest to start a coaching programme at HMP Forrest Banks and Notts County coming on board despite their relegation from League Two to the National League. The funding for the programme comes almost exclusively from the clubs’ community foundations. With the endorsement of all the country’s leading football authorities – the Premier League, the EFL, the FA, PFA, LMA and PGMOL – the project has considerable heft. Dein’s former club Arsenal have linked up with HMP Downview, a women’s prison in Surrey. Female prisoners make up around 5% of the total prison population, with about 4,500 currently in custody, and they are four times more likely to self-harm than male prisoners, something Frances Crook of the Howard League for Penal Reform calls “an epidemic of self-mutilation” in women’s prisons.Arsenal are delivering a six-week programme to 12 prisoners, which includes weekly workshops in the classroom and on the football pitch. The course focuses on helping prisoners develop leadership skills, form positive relationships, understand the laws of the game and build their technical football skills.Jamie, one of the women on the programme, says it has been “a great highlight in my life – I have really enjoyed it to the full, reaping more benefits than I expected to gain. Not only the physical side, but the coaching side. Helping me gain positive life skills, more confidence, self-esteem and focus. All of this with my favourite football team. This project is brilliant and it really has brought some positivity in my life. I just wish it was on for longer as I would love to do more of it.” Football helping prisoners: ‘I watch Match of the Day in my cell religiously’ David Dein visited HMP Holme House in Stockton-on-Tees last month. It was a significant landmark for Dein, the former vice-chairman of Arsenal and the FA, and one of the people responsible for the creation of the richest league in world football. In the last six years he has visited all 118 prisons in England and Wales. If there was a groundhopper badge for prisons, Dein would be a fully paid-up member of the 118 club.Dein has been interested in the role football can play in prisoners’ rehabilitation for some time and now he is heading up a project that aims to reduce the chances of prisoners re-offending after their release. The rate of recidivism in the UK is alarmingly high, with 64% of prisoners re-offending within a year of being released. Allied to this, England and Wales have the highest incarceration rates in western Europe, with a total prison population of more than 85,000. That cycle of re-offending costs the country £15bn a year – more than £35,000 per prisoner.When launching the Twinning Project, Dein said: “Football can be a powerful force for good and the Twinning Project will use this to help people change their lives when they are released from prison.” One of Dein’s former players at Arsenal, Ian Wright, was the master of ceremonies at the launch. When he was 19 and had not yet signed his first professional contract at Crystal Palace, Wright was sent to Chelmsford Prison for two weeks after he failed to pay driving offences, an experience he calls his own “wake-up call”. The clubs involved. Share on Twitter Share via Email features Dein is clearly excited about the progress he is seeing at Downview. “One said ‘it’s the first time I have smiled in months’. Another who had a lengthy history of self-harm, which is an acute problem in women’s prisons, said the course had kept her from self-harming and the third referred to the Arsenal lead coach Tom Hartley as ‘actually the first male I feel I can trust’ because he built such a positive relationship with those on the course.” Hartley says the seven weeks he spent at Downview were the most rewarding he had experienced in 18 years of coaching.Jason Swettenham, who joined the prison service in 1992 and now is in charge of physical education within prisons, wants more clubs to sign up to the scheme. “When David goes in to give his talk, he deals in hope,” Swettenham says. “And that is what is in short supply across the prison system. That’s what this project delivers. Hope.”Richard Foster’s book From An Acute Angle is out now and you can follow him on Twitter.center_img Twitter Share on Facebook Guardian Sport Network Share on WhatsApp Facebook Read more Reuse this content Topics Share on Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Man drives car into hotel office in El Cajon

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsEL CAJON (KUSI)- A 62-year-old man was jailed Friday on suspicion of attempted murder after he slammed his car into a motel lobby in El Cajon, causing moderate injuries to a clerk with whom he had argued earlier, police said.The incident began around 5:30 p.m. Thursday with a dispute between the suspect and a clerk at the Budget Inn Motel in the 1500 block of East Main Street, just north of Interstate 8, El Cajon police Lt. Jason Taub said.“At some point he left one of the hotel rooms, made contact with the clerk, there were some words exchanged (and he) made some threats to come back and hurt the clerk,” Taub said.Around 8 p.m., the man crashed his sedan through the wall of the motel and into the office, where the clerk was sitting behind a desk, the lieutenant said.The clerk was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries while the driver, who was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, was uninjured, Taub said.The 62-year-old man, whose name was not immediately available, was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide, domestic violence and driving under the influence, Taub said. Updated: 7:01 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom center_img Man drives car into hotel office in El Cajon Posted: January 10, 2019 January 10, 2019last_img read more

Mansueto Names ExInc Exec as President

first_imgIn a statement, Mansueto said the acquisition and appointments “allow the company to be even more aggressive in pursuing new business opportunities and illustrates our commitment to expand the influence of both the Inc. and Fast Company brands.”In Koten’s absence, the company formed an executive committee made up of CFO Mark Rosenberg, Fast Company editor Bob Safian and Inc. editor Jane Berentson. LaPointe will join the committee, the company said.LaPointe first joined Inc. as circulation director when the magazine launched in 1979. He also launched and led the Inc. Business Resources division before leaving the magazine in 2001. Joe Mansueto—the billionaire who founded Morningstar Inc.—purchased Fast Company and Inc. in 2005 from Gruner + Jahr for $35 million. A little more than a month after John Koten stepped down as Mansueto Ventures CEO, the company announced today that Bob LaPointe, former president and CEO of Inc.com, will rejoin the magazine as president. In his new role, LaPointe [pictured] will oversee Inc.’s business-side departments and will work out of Mansueto’s New York and Boston offices.Mansueto also said today it has acquired LaPointe’s Trendline Communications. Trendline’s Jon Feld will join Mansueto as editorial director of Inc. and Melissa Stern will serve as an account manager.last_img read more

In a Bid to Change the Conversation The CPA Journal Goes OpenAccess

first_img After 85 years of exclusive availability to the New York State Society of CPA’s, The CPA Journal — the Society’s monthly publication — has decided to open things up to the public with the launch of a revamped CPAJournal.com. “I wanted to set my own direction,” Kravitz continues. “I gave Joanne a plan of what I wanted to do and she was open to it, which was wonderful.” Should the website be reserved for members only, and promoted as a benefit of joining the association? Should it be open-access, positioned to bring in new readers and convert them to membership? Should it serve as an advocate for the industry- or profession-at-large, informing the general public in a way that dovetails with the association’s mission? “It’s not because of an advertising perspective, but because those are the next generation of accounting professionals. Those are the people who I want to inspire to become one of us. We don’t have pencils in our pockets anymore. It’s a different world.” “The Journal is still considered the number-one member benefit of the State Society,” Kravitz adds, “but I think we’re strong enough to accept that if [the content] is given away for free, that it won’t hurt us. Also, there’s a reputational capital gain as a result.” Therein lies a major benefit of opening things up. Kravitz is specifically targeting what he calls the 18 – 34 demo over concerns that young people aren’t flocking to the accounting profession in the numbers they once were.  To that end — in addition to infusing the traditionally New York-centric publication with a more national focus — Kravitz aims to highlight inspiring figures from the world of accounting. Members of the New York-based Society still receive the print magazine as a members-only perk, most of which does not end up being published online, but a suite of new content initiatives — including ten new columns from figures Kravitz describes as “national leaders on specific topics” — are now available online each month to anyone who wishes to access them. According to Rick Kravitz, who’s served as editor-in-chief of the Journal since his arrival three years ago, it’s simply a logical move. “CPA’s are the most trusted business professionals, and their responsibility is to the public,” Kravitz tells Folio:. “So it’s a natural extension that we should make the publication available to the public. If you look at the June issue, it won’t bore you to death. It’s about drones and robots and artificial intelligence and deep learning. It’s stuff that I think the public, and especially the business public, will find tremendously interesting.”center_img It’s all part of an effort to liven up the content and make it relevant to CPA’s and non-accountants alike — something Kravitz views as a reflection of the modern profession. “Ninety-three million Americans own stock in American companies through their 401K’s, but not one of them votes for the CEO, for the board of directors, for their stock compensation,” he says. “Absent a CPA who says, ‘Wait a minute, guys. Your numbers are fake,’ no amount of regulation is ultimately going to protect the public.” One such content initiative is a new video series called “Voices of the Profession,” consisting of interviews with leaders in the field and reflections on what the accounting profession means to them. In a similar vein, a February narrative, “It’s Amazing What CPA’s Can Do,” told the story of MiaoLing Lin, who went from farmer’s daughter in a rural Taiwanese village to partner at New York City’s Koch Group & Co.  To gate or not to gate? That is the age-old question — especially for publishers within membership associations — when it comes to positioning digital content.  “When I came on board, 80 percent of our articles were written by academics,” Kravitz continues. “Today, I reject probably 80 to 90 percent of them. It’s just not meaningful anymore. We still accept some, but they have to be the best.” Another change, says Kravitz, has meant aggressively soliciting articles where, previously, submissions sufficed. Kravitz credits mentors, like accounting icon Sidney Kess, both with contributing his own perspectives to the Journal and identifying other new and dynamic writers. Additionally, a new partnership with Thomson Reuters stocks regular email newsletters with the latest headlines. When all is said and done, Kravitz says he hopes to bring new awareness to the public about the vital role CPA’s play and how the profession affects everyone. As with any decision to open up what was formerly gated, the shift runs the risk of undermining the Society’s efforts to attract new members, but Kravitz credits the Society’s executive director, Joanne Barry, with giving him the freedom to take such a dramatic step.last_img read more

Graft trial against Moudud Mosharraf to continue

first_imgMoudud Ahmed and Khandaker Mosharraf HossainThe Supreme Court on Monday rejected the petitions of BNP leaders Moudud Ahmed and Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain seeking review of its verdict for continuing trial proceedings against them in two graft cases.A three-member Appellate Division bench, headed by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order.With the apex court order, there is no bar to continue the trial proceedings of the cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission against them, said ACC lawyer M Khurshid Alam Khan.Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali argued for Moudud Ahmed while lawyer Moudud Ahmed led the hearing for Khandaker Mosharraf and Khurshid Alam Khan represented the ACC.On 16 September 2007, the ACC filed a case against Moudud with Gulshan police station on charge of amassing wealth of Tk 9.04 million from beyond known sources.The graft watchdog filed the other case against Mosharraf with Ramna police Station on 10 January 2008 for acquiring illegal wealth of Tk 120 million.Moudud and Mosharraf filed separate petitions to the High Court to repeal the cases after the ACC pressed charges against the two BNP leaders in 2008.In 2012, the High Court turned down their petitions to quash the trial proceedings.On 21 May 2014, the SC turned down the pleas of Moudud Ahmed and Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain to quash the trial proceedings against them in two graft cases.Later, the two BNP leaders filed the review petitions.last_img read more

Harvey Temporary Housing Program Extended Until August

first_img Share Jocelyn Augustino/FEMATemporary Housing Units set up in Copano Bay RV Park in Rockport, TX, in December 2017.A temporary housing program for victims of Hurricane Harvey has been extended until August 25, 2019, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  The program is provided through FEMA and the Texas General Land Office, and offers manufactured housing units, travel-trailers or direct-lease apartments to victims of the hurricane.Currently over 1,500 people live in temporary housing units offered through the program, and 60 percent of those in temporary housing are low-income families.  The program was originally set to end on February 25, 2019, but more than 60 percent of those living in temporary housing are not expected to finish their repairs or find new housing by the February deadline. This is due in part to a shortage of contractors available to make repairs, according to FEMA.Though the housing program has been extended until August, those who continue to stay in the housing units will need to pay rent or apply for a rent reduction through FEMA.FEMA will determine rent rates based on income and other housing expenses.last_img read more

The Commuter The Post Bow in Top 5 on DVD Bluray Disc

first_imgThe musical “The Greatest Showman,” from 20th Century Fox, and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” from Walt Disney Studios, repeated as the No. 1 and No. 2 titles, respectively, on the national home video sales charts the week ended April 21.Two newcomers took the next two spots on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.Lionsgate’s “The Commuter,” an action-thriller with Liam Neeson confronting a conspiracy on a New York passenger train, took the third spot after a $36.3 million box office run in U.S. theaters.At No. 4 was Fox’s “The Post,” a Steven Spielberg-directed docu-drama about the dilemmas facing The Washington Post newspaper around the time of the publication of the controversial Pentagon Papers in the 1970s. Starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, the film earned $81.9 million at the domestic box office. No. 5 on both charts went to Sony Pictures’ “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” in its fifth week on disc.The only other top 10 debut was Warner’s direct-to-video sequel “Deep Blue Sea 2,” which landed at No. 8 overall and No. 11 on the Blu-ray chart.Blu-ray Disc accounted for 50% of ‘Commuter” unit sales, 48% for “The Post” and 35% for “Deep Blue Sea 2.”On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended April 22, “The Commuter” debuted at No. 1. “Greatest Showman” moved up to No. 2 after the end of its week-long delay at Redbox kiosks.“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” dropped to No. 3 after four weeks in the top spot.Rounding out the top five were “The Post” at No. 4 (skipping its week-long holdback) and Warner’s “Father Figures” at No. 5.John Latchem is executive editor of Media Play News.Top 20 NPD VideoScan First Alert chart for the week ended 4/21/18:1. The Greatest Showman2. Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi3. The Commuter (New)4. The Post (New)5. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle6. Thor: Ragnarok7. Coco8. Deep Blue Sea 2 (new)9. Justice League10. Ferdinand11. Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay12. Proud Mary13. Pitch Perfect 314. Jumanji15. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 216. Outlander: Season Three17. Insidious: The Last Key18. Safe House19. Deadpool20. BarnyardTop 10 Media Play News rental chart for the week ended 4/22/18:1. The Commuter (New)2. The Greatest Showman3. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle4. The Post (New)5. Father Figures6. Proud Mary7. Ferdinand8. Justice League9. Thor: Ragnarok10. All the Money in the WorldFor complete sales and rental charts, visit MediaPlayNews.com. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Patreon Raises 60 Million in New Funding

first_imgMore recently, Patreon has also taken steps to make sure that memberships also work as a money-maker for the startup. To that end, Patreon tweaked its membership levels in March, introducing new fees for micropayments, as well as a 3% fee increase for new mid-level creators.“We are able to create a long-term, sustainable, viable company,” Patreon senior vice president of product Wyatt Jenkins told Variety at the time about the move to the new fee structure.“This funding moves us faster toward building the world-class global membership platform that creators need,” Conte said Tuesday, explaining that the company was going to use the new cash infusion for adding new currencies, payment methods and languages to support creatives around the globe. He added that the company was also going to reevaluate its mobile experience, and add more tools for creators to directly engage with their supporters. Popular on Variety Membership services startup Patreon just got a major cash infusion: The company announced Tuesday that it has raised a $60 million Series D round of funding led by Glade Brook Capital.Existing investors Thrive Capital, Initialized, Index Ventures, DFJ, Freestyle Capital, Charles River Ventures and Otherwise participated in the funding round as well, which brings the total amount of money raised by Patreon thus far to $166 million.“Memberships works,” said CEO Jack Conte in a blog post Tuesday. “By the end of this year, we’ll have the true honor to say we’ve paid out over $1 billion to creators worldwide, and we’re ready to step it up even more with this series D.”Patreon has seen some impressive growth over the past couple of years. In addition to the aforementioned $1 billion the company is expecting to pay out this year, it announced in January that it had surpassed 3 million patrons, who were supporting over 100,000 creators with recurring payments.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

An exhibition of varied colours

first_img‘Beyond Colours’, a mesmerising colourful painting, sculptures and photography exhibition kick-starts amidst the sparkling inauguration ceremony at the Visual Art Gallery of Delhi’s most happening place, India Habitat Centre.According to the organiser and curator, Amrita Prakash, the exhibition will depict the masterpieces of paintings, sculptures and the photographs, clicked by experts in their varied fields. The exhibition is on for the visitors till May 9 from 10 am to 8 pm. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking on the inaugration, the guest of honour, Vijendra said, “I am feeling an immense honour to inaugurate this blissful colourful painting exhibition organised under the expert supervision and guidance of curator, Amrita Prakash. I just don’t have enough words to express my gratitude and happiness.” The works displayed by the varied artists are remarkable and spell-bound. On the one hand, where Anita Dinesh’s expert selection of vivid mesmerising colours depict the wonderful ways of worshipping to Lord Shankar; on the other hand, Archana Singh’s perfect blends of eye-soothing colours on her canvas depicts the real harsh conditions in which the ‘adivaasi’ community people are forced to live in. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIf one wants to attain the eternal peace, then Bindu Chutani’s paintings are the perfect solution. Using the perfect blends of water colours on the canvas, Bindu’s paintings of flowers look so real and majestic that it soothes a person’s eyes and lets her/himself feel an eternal peace.Highlighting the main purpose of organising such Exhibition, the Curator, Amrita Prakash said, “We have organised this exhibition not only to provide our art lovers an opportunity to experience the power of mesmerising colours, but also to give our artists of all ages and groups of the society a stage or platform to showcase their inevitable works in the public as well. The main attraction of our exhibition is the display of masterpiece sculptures by our very special artist, Vivek Kumar. Besides being a differently-abled, Vivek has created such beautiful sculptures that could lead a person to be spell-bound. In order to ease our art lovers, the entry to the exhibition has been made free of cost!”last_img read more

Why This Fantasy Sports Company Is a Dream Come True for Fans

first_img 5 min read FanDuel is fantasy sports on steroids: bigger, stronger, faster. The New York City-based startup benches the familiar season-long league model embraced by millions of fantasy enthusiasts in favor of more lucrative daily and weekly competitions—a model perfectly attuned to the ADD-addled sensibilities of the Millennial generation.  Here’s how FanDuel works: Like with fantasy football, baseball and basketball games hosted by ESPN, Yahoo and other brands, players assemble virtual teams of real-world sports stars. Gamers accumulate points based on how the players fare, determined by statistical measures like touchdowns, field goals and passing yards. In traditional fantasy leagues, contestants draft their teams before the pro season, maintaining the same core roster for months. But FanDuel games last just one day or one week; on any given day, entrants can build new lineups based on whose performance is peaking or plummeting. FanDuel also offers gamers the choice of joining an existing league or creating their own. From there, they select an entry fee (up to $5,000) and the number of games or teams they wish to play. If their roster generates more points than their rivals on that day or week, they win all the money in the pot, minus FanDuel’s average 9 percent cut.Six years into its run, FanDuel is outdueling rivals like DraftKings and Draft, claiming an 80 percent market share of daily fantasy sports and boasting more than 1 million paid active users—numbers that in 2014 translated to $622 million in entry fees and cash payouts in excess of $564 million. FanDuel expects to pay out more than $1 billion this year, corresponding to roughly $100 million in revenue. “When you ask players what they look for, they always say they want the biggest prize pool, the most opponent variety and the most game variety,” says FanDuel co-founder and CEO Nigel Eccles. “Because we’re the biggest, we can give them what they want.” The Northern Ireland-born Eccles, along with his four co-founders, conceived FanDuel in 2009, capitalizing on language in the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act that banned poker and sports-betting websites but exempted fantasy sports by declaring them games of skill, rather than games of chance. At the time of FanDuel’s 2009 launch, an estimated 28 million adults played fantasy sports, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association. Fast-forward to 2015, and 41 million North Americans are playing. Gaming industry analyst Eilers Research expects fantasy players to spend $2.6 billion on entry fees this year, up from $971 million just a year ago. Credit FanDuel for helping expand the gamer ranks. “About 60 percent of our users are under the age of 35,” Eccles says. “Most fantasy sports players average in their early to mid-40s.”FanDuel is even driving attention to real-life sports. Football has long reigned supreme over fantasy gaming, but the NFL’s regular season spans just 17 weeks each autumn/winter. The FanDuel formula best complements Major League Baseball’s 162-game season and the NBA’s 82-game season, with games every day of the week. “When fantasy football season goes out in January, our players get engaged in the NBA,” Eccles says. “Before FanDuel, players were watching four basketball games a week. After FanDuel, it’s seven. They’re also watching games longer.” The leagues are taking notice. This fall, FanDuel inked a multiyear deal with the NBA, introducing a one-day fantasy contest promoted via ABC, ESPN and TNT. The deal gives the NBA an undisclosed equity stake in FanDuel, which has raised $88 million in venture funding. “All the sports leagues are concerned about getting younger consumers, and when they look at us, they see something that can transform the live sports experience,” Eccles says. “It’s not about the playoffs or the Super Bowl. We’re driving people to watch the day-to-day, regular in-season games. We’re driving attention when fan interest is at its lowest.” More recreation brillianceThe Axe Bat from Baden Sports has an angled knob, oval-shaped handle, flush backside and barrel engineered for one-sided hitting (kind of like a golf club). Last year the bat was approved for use at all levels of amateur and pro baseball.Soundwall’s painted canvases and photographic prints do double duty as speakers that can connect to mobile devices or stream wirelessly; the artworks can also come pre-loaded with exclusive recordings that correlate to the image. Pack it in the trunk of your car, check it on a flight or hike with it—the Oru Kayak folds neatly into a compact box for easy transport and storage. For $25 a month, subscribers to Jukely get access to as many concerts as they like (the service currently offers hundreds of shows a month) across several major cities. Concert Window allows musicians to broadcast to fans worldwide by streaming live concerts online, then pays artists 70 percent of the revenue the very next day. A social media network just for sports fans, Fancred allows users to create profiles declaring their team allegiances. During game day, media feeds turn into a virtual stadium. For a monthly fee of $9.95, Oyster, the Netflix for e-books, invites users to peruse more than 1 million titles. Tinybop’s gorgeously produced apps for kids explore subjects such as the human body and botany. “The Robot Factory” lets them create fantastical robots complete with sound effects.Access to expensive outdoor equipment just got more affordable: Spinlister enables people to rent out their snowboards, skis, surfboards and bikes directly to others when not in use.  This story appears in the June 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now May 26, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more