Arsenal Wenger says Arsenal won’t give up on injury-hit Arsenal star

first_img Jack Wilshere and Arsene Wenger Arsene Wenger insists there is no chance of him giving up on Jack Wilshere and has hinted the Arsenal midfielder will be offered a new contract.Wilshere, who turns 24 today, has been plagued by injuries throughout his career and has not played a single minute of football this season.It had been expected he would return to action from his latest problem  – a stress fracture in his right foot –  over the festive period, but he has not recovered as quickly as hoped and his comeback date has been put back to February.Wenger, however, is not losing faith in the England international and is ready to offer him an extension on his current deal, which is due to expire in 2018.“He has two years left and I want Jack to stay here,” the Gunners boss said, ahead of Saturday’s Premier League visit of Newcastle.“When you love football and at his age, when you wake up in the morning and you can’t practice that’s terrible.“They need support and I try to give it to him. But he is strong and he is dealing with that. He started at 17 and played every single game and suddenly it stopped. So I believe that can make you stronger.”Asked if he can rely on Wilshere, who has started just 10 Premier League matches since March 2014, Wenger replied: “I am an optimist.“I always think: ‘Okay, it’s true that he hasn’t played many games in recent years’. I hope at some stage that will stop because he is young and I hope I’m right.“He is a special case because he is a special talent and he comes out of the club. And he is an England international and I hope his injuries will stop at some stage.” 1last_img read more

Making Android Pay: One Click To Sell Your App Around The World

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The idea is to make your app contextually relevant to the locations where it is available. That is why Google chose an agency-based (human, not machine) model for its new app translation service in the Google Play Developer Console. It is also why Google has redone the backend payment system for Google Play to allow for direct-carrier billing and gift cards along with the standard credit card payments. Different countries have different standards of payment and Google is trying to accomodate that with as little pain to the app publisher as possible.“If you think about where the next million apps are coming from, they are probably not going to be made in the U.S. They are probably going to be made by developers in Brazil, Russia, India et cetera,” said Ellie Powers, product manager for Google Play. “Those folks may have a very different set of users but some of them may go global. So having to understand what is happening globally is really important.”See also:5 Tips To Topping The Charts On Google PlayChecking Out The New Tools In Google PlayHow Google Is Wooing Developers To Make Apps For Android FirstGoogle Is Making Life Easier For Android DevelopersTop image courtesy Flurry. This post is the fourth and final installment in the ReadWrite series Making Android Pay, focusing on the opportunities and challenges that mobile developers face trying to make money from Android Apps.Android is truly a worldwide platform. If you are a developer trying to make money with Android apps, that global presence could be your biggest asset – or a tremendous headache.The smartphone installed base in the United States is near 224 million, according to mobile analytics firm Flurry. Android’s slice of U.S. smartphones, depending on what stats you trust, lies somewhere between 40% – 50%, or about 90 -110 million devices. Throughout the world, Android devices have been activated 900 million times, according to Google’s Android head Sundar Pichai, speaking at the Google I/O developers conference keynote address earlier this month. It’s Not About The U.S.Hence, if your Android development and distribution strategy is centered in the United States, you are leaving out most of your potential customers.Google realizes this and has worked to give Android developers more tools and tips to be able to hit the international market. “One thing we heard very clearly from Android developers was that they want to take advantage of the international footprint,” said Purnima Kochikar, director of Google Play apps and games, in an interview with ReadWrite.When Google updated its developer tools in its Google Play Developer Console at Google I/O, it gave particular weight to international distribution. Included was the ability to translate your app to a variety of languages, analytics by region and optimization tips based on that data. For instance, Google might recognize that your app is doing well in Central America and recommend that you translate it into Spanish.The Android Google Play app store is now available in 134 countries where Google can process payments. Kochikar said that Google wants to provide the type of infrastructure for Android app development where it becomes an egalitarian platform where, “with one click you can present your app to the entire world.” Think Globally, Act LocallyMobile developers often have a “rip it and ship it” type of mentality. Get the app done, make sure it works and get it out the door. That type of mentality can work for some (Facebook, for instance), but loses the nuance and thoughtfulness that can be the difference between just another app and a successful mobile business.Different countries have different behaviors when it comes to smartphone behavior. For instance, did you know countries around the equator are really, really big into gaming? Or that the Japanese really like productivity apps (and karaoke)? “Ecosystems are built locally,” Kochikar said. “The ecosystem is locally relevant content distributed on a global scale.”Flurry has highlighted some of the differences in behavior in varying geographical regions. It separates the world into six categories, based on 20,000 apps in the 30 heaviest app-using countries:Mobile Pioneers (U.S, United Kingdom, Singapore etc.) with the highest app usageConnected Asia (Hong Kong, South Korea)ChinaJapanEquatorial Pacific (Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam etc.)Lumbering Giants – countries with the potential to be heavy mobile users but for one reason or another have not kept pace with mobile adoption in other countries (Brazil, France, Russia, Spain, Turkey etc.)Be Local And Contextually RelevantFlurry’s analysis doesn’t dig very deep, but it reveals some interesting trends. When it comes to games, the Equatorial Pacific Region leads in terms of adoption rate, while the Japanese tend not to be big gamers.  The Chinese and Lumbering Giant countries tend to be heavy into entertainment apps. Sometimes, smartphones and tablets are the only place where users in those countries can get foreign entertainment or a wide selection of music. Tags:#Android#Android app development#app developers#app development#google io2013#Google. monetization#international#Making Android Pay center_img dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Indian sponsors pump money into cricket but wonder why ICC is calling the shots

first_imgSelling point: Hero Honda will bank on Sourav GangulyFor most Indians, its s game. For corporate India, it’s a hot commodity, which, ever since the controversy over player contracts, has only become hotter.A last-minute settlement may have allowed the Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka to proceed sedately but the controversy,Selling point: Hero Honda will bank on Sourav GangulyFor most Indians, its s game. For corporate India, it’s a hot commodity, which, ever since the controversy over player contracts, has only become hotter.A last-minute settlement may have allowed the Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka to proceed sedately but the controversy and the BCCI-ICC row has already thrown sponsors’ plans awry.Ravinder Zutshi, vice-president, Samsung India-which has seven top Indian cricketers appearing in its ads- says the manner in which the controversy is settled will “have a significant bearing on brand endorsement by cricketers in the future”.An attempt by the ice to prevent its official sponsor, South African Airways, from being “ambushed” has left the Indian team without a sponsor after Sahara pulled out. Says Sanjay Lai, executive director, Percept D’Mark, Sahara’s agency: “Forget the money that has been invested. For Sahara, it is an opportunity lost.”With the ongoing Champions Trophy and World Cup 2003 in mind, Indian firms were in campaign mode. Samsung, LG, MRF and Colgate had signed up new cricketers. Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Fiat were putting together mega-budget ad campaigns.Selling point: Samsung has been forced to take off its adNow they are playing half-cock, waiting and watching. Most have decided to abide by the ice contract for the Sri Lankan tour. The “Team Samsung” campaign, for instance, has been taken off.But trouble will surely follow because cricket is a substantial ad-spend area. Industry spend on the game has been rising exponentially. In 1996, the year the World Cup was held in India, it (including ads, endorsements and sponsorships) was Rs 50 crore. By the next World Cup-England, 1999-it had risen to Rs 200 crore. Next year, it is likely to touch Rs 1,000 crore.advertisementInvestment in cricket makes perfect business sense. Says Atul Sobti, senior vice-president, Hero Honda: “Cricket is the only sport where India can be No. 1 and hence the pull.” A recent four-metro survey carried out by Indica Research rated Sachin Tendulkar the top celebrity endorser-bigger than actors Madhuri Dixit, Shah Rukh Khan or Amitabh Bachchan. Says B. Narayanswamy head of Indica: “Tendulkar is the only real hero India seems to have.”When LG tested the waters during the 1999 World Cup, it found its brand awareness zooming. Brand recall rose from 15 per cent to 35 per cent immediately after the Cup. Sales in April-June 1999 were 174 per cent higher than the corresponding period in 1998. Convinced, LG happily paid an estimated Rs 145 crore to be the ice’s “global partner” till World Cup 2007.The ice’s contracts with its official sponsors, who paid a premium for the ambush clauses, run for the 2003 and 2007 Cups and for the 2002, 2004 and 2006 Champions Trophies. They restrict rival endorsements from players during a tour and for 30 days before and after.Star appeal: A market survey rated Sachin Tendulkar as the top celebrity endorserFor the ongoing Champions Trophy the Indian team has got the ice to pare the 30-day period to 18-but the problem is bound to return. For the players, this could potentially mean three months of no endorsements in a World Cup year. Lai terms this “very restrictive”.Nevertheless, if the ice has its way the impact will be significant. Ambush marketing will simply die. In 1996, Pepsi’s “Nothing official about it” campaign featuring top cricketers won more mileage than official sponsors Coke at one-fourth the price.If the ambush marketing clause is successfully pushed through, a company that buys the ice event sponsorship rights will have a virtual ad monopoly in its line of business. Cricketers will see endorsement incomes fall. Yet a lawyer warns that, barring the unpredictable, “a court of law could uphold a petition by cricketers accusing the ice of restricting their trade”.Some sponsors also make the ” nationalist” point. The ice is supposed to sign 12 official sponsors for the 2003 and 2007 World Cups. So far it has found only four, three of them Indian.Seventy-five per cent of cricket revenue comes from India but it goes into the ice coffers and is used to promote cricket around the world. “Shouldn’t Indian sentiment be respected?” asks one cricket agent. Patriotism, it seems, is now the last refuge of the sponsor.last_img read more

Former Cincinnati Star Kenyon Martin Posts “Xavier Sucks” Graphic Ahead Of Tonight’s Rivalry Game

first_imgCincinnati's mascot standing on a board being held by cheerleaders.CINCINNATI, OH – FEBRUARY 04: The Cincinnati Bearcats mascot performs during the game against the Connecticut Huskies at Fifth Third Arena on February 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Before NBA star Kenyon Martin was lighting it up in the professional ranks, he played his collegiate ball at Cincinnati, leading the Bearcats to the nation’s No. 1 ranking for 12 weeks in 1999-2000. Naturally, that means that he isn’t a huge fan of the team’s major rival, Xavier.But just how much does he dislike the Musketeers? Martin posted the below graphic just hours before the two teams tip off in Cincinnati.It’s going down tonight. #bearcatnationstandup. UC Basketball where greatness happens. #letsgoA photo posted by Straightjacketcrazy. (@kenyonmartinsr) on Feb 18, 2015 at 9:14am PST Both Xavier and Cincinnati could use a win tonight to bolster their NCAA Tournament resumes. It should be another fantastic game between these two.last_img read more

The Teams That Should — And Shouldnt — Trade For Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler37.6– MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler, the four-time All-Star who asked to be traded out of Minnesota, is an NBA alpha — or, at worst, a dominant beta.Butler is one of the league’s best two-way talents, capable of changing a game on offense or defense. He has developed a hard-nosed reputation as someone who can quickly change the culture of a team. The 29-year-old should be a near-ideal trade target for just about any team still looking to make a jump as NBA training camps open this week.Yet for all his undeniable star power, the reality is that Butler would be an ideal fit with only a few of the teams that are most interested in his services. Much of that stems from how unique a player he is — and the two or three red flags that would make his acquisition more of a gamble than usual.The list of teams that have expressed interest in dealing for Butler includes the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers — a pair of teams Butler likes — as well as the Pistons, Rockets, Heat, Sixers, Blazers and Kings, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.But realistically, trading for Butler is not an automatic win for all these teams. The size of his contract, the type of role he demands to play and the assets that will be required to obtain him make the trade a significant gamble. From that list, there are maybe four (the Clippers, Pistons, Heat and Blazers) where the move seems worth the risk. For others, there are clear pitfalls that could render such a move disastrous.Perhaps the most glaring issue to consider is the amount of time Butler has played over the past five seasons: an NBA-high 37.6 minutes per game in that span1This is almost identical to the minutes load that Luol Deng — whose game has since begun flattening out — carried from age 24 through age 28. Deng, who also played for Tom Thibodeau, logged 38.1 minutes per game during those years. and 26 games in which he logged at least 45 minutes since 2013-14 — 11 games more than the next player on the list, per PlayerMinutes per gameNumber of 45 Min. Games LeBron James36.8– Butler is racking up mileageNBA leaders in number of 45-minute games since the 2013-14 season, along with their average minutes per game* 13– 10– 26– Bradley Beal34.3– Anthony Davis35.9– 11– All of that could factor into how someone like Butler — who relies mostly on his physicality instead of his jump shot — ages as a player. But last season alone was less than ideal from a health standpoint. After ranking at the top of the minutes per game leaderboard in late February, Butler went down with a right knee injury that required surgery. And while injuries are often an unpredictable thing, Butler’s wasn’t the biggest shock in the world. He had missed four games in January with a sore right knee that might have required an MRI, and then Butler took the unusual step of sitting out the All-Star game the following month, citing a need for rest. Five days later, he was hurt to the point that he required the procedure on his meniscus.Butler takes on grueling tasks as someone who’s often the primary ball-handler — particularly in the clutch, where his aggressive style drew more free-throw trips than any player — and who guards the other team’s best scorer. And the potential for injuries to slow a player down as he reaches his 30s should give any club pause before sinking assets into a deal for him — let alone signing him to a max extension worth five years and $190 million in 2019, when he’s due to become a free agent.Zooming all the way out for a moment, let’s be clear: Butler is absolutely worth a sizable gamble from merely a talent perspective. His coach, Tom Thibodeau — who thinks so highly of Butler that he reportedly asked him on Monday to reconsider his trade request — called the swingman a “top-10 player in the league.”On the night of Feb. 23, when Butler suffered his knee injury, the Timberwolves were tied for third place in the loaded West. By the time he came back came back six weeks later, they’d slipped to eighth. Minnesota needed to win its last three games of the season — including a thrilling win-and-you’re-in finale against Denver — to secure the franchise’s first playoff trip in 14 years.With Butler, the Wolves were arguably a top-three team in the NBA, outscoring opponents by more than 8 points per 100 possessions;2For reference, only the Rockets and Warriors outscored opponents by 8 points per 100 possessions last season. without him, the club had the profile of a bottom-10 squad, hemorrhaging nearly 5 points per 100 possessions. Not many stars, or even superstars, possess that kind of game-changing impact.Still, there’s a pretty compelling case to be made that Butler simply doesn’t make sense on certain clubs — particularly young, developing ones, with whom he might lack patience. He frustrated younger teammates in Chicago two seasons ago when he questioned whether they cared as much as he did about winning, a critique that led to coach Fred Hoiberg benching him to start a game. Then this past year in Minnesota, reports suggested that Butler didn’t always see eye-to-eye with young star Karl-Anthony Towns. (Towns finally agreed to his five-year, $190 million extension in the wake of Butler’s trade request, which lent credence to the report. But Towns on Monday chalked it up to “awkward” timing and coincidence, saying the issues were unrelated.) Taking that into account, a young team like the Nets or the Kings — still in the developmental phases — wouldn’t seem to be ideal for Butler.The other thing worth considering with Butler, especially in Houston, Philadelphia or Portland, is how he’d fit alongside another ball-dominant guard. That experiment didn’t play out all that well when the Bulls had both Butler and Derrick Rose sharing the backcourt, and reports bubbled to the surface about there being a bit of a power struggle because of the lack of clarity in their roles.There’d be no such question with the Clippers or Heat. And the Pistons and Blazers desperately need talent upgrades to enhance their standing in their respective conferences — something that’s especially true of Portland, even if there would be questions about Butler’s fit with Damian Lillard.Few NBA players can impact a game the way Butler can. But given what we know about the talented guard, only a few teams would be smart to move heaven and earth to trade for him right now. 15– *Regular season onlySource: James Harden37.0– read more

Ohio State track brings in best recruiting class in years

When announcing the signings of nine recruits who will be coming to Ohio State as members of the men’s track and field team next season, OSU interim coach Ed Beathea said he believes the future of the team he is coaching is bright. “This is the best recruiting class we have put together in my time at Ohio State,” Beathea said in a press release. OSU will welcome a broad range of recruits in its incoming class. The class includes five athletes from Ohio, but also adds four out-of-state recruits. Among the class are three distance runners, two sprinters, one hurdler, two throwers and one multi-event athlete. Donovan Robertson, a hurdler from Berea, Ohio, headlines the class. Robertson, the 2011 Ohio Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year, has many accomplishments to his name. This year, Robertson set the indoor national record in the 60-meter hurdles, completing the event in 7.57 seconds. Robertson is also the defending state outdoor champion in the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles, and was named to the 2011 USA Today All-USA track and field team. Beathea said he recognized the significance of signing Robertson. “Donovan is one of the most talented signees in OSU history,” Beathea said in the press release. “He will have an instant impact on our conference and the country.” The group of in-state recruits is also highlighted by distance runners. Steven Weaver, from Napoleon, was the 2011 Division II state champion in the outdoor mile run and in cross country. The team also added Nicolas Pupino of Copley and Jordan Redd of Fairborn. Jack Kincade from Hilliard is the fifth in-state recruit in the class. Kincade scored 6,243 points in the decathlon last season, which was the sixth-best decathlon score among all high school athletes nationwide in 2011. OSU also lured four recruits from farther east to come west. Champ Page, a sprinter from Marlboro, Md., is a six-time Maryland state champion. Page finished the 2012 indoor season with times that ranked second nationally in the 300-meter dash with 33.93 seconds, third in the 500 meter with 63.71 seconds, and 11th in the 400 meter with 48.28 seconds. Justin Burke, a sprinter from Virginia Beach, Va., is a two-time defending outdoor state champion in the 100-meter dash, as well as in the 200 meter and 400 meter. Two throwers will also come to the Buckeyes from other states. Joseph Velez, from Providence, R.I., is joined by javelin thrower Billy Stanley from South Park, Pa. Assistant coach Kevin Mannon praised both incoming throwers. “(Velez) has the ability to make an immediate impact on the Big Ten and NCAA championships in 2013,” Mannon said in a press release. “Billy has already thrown a mark that can score at the Big Ten championships, so we expect him to be a major player for us in 2013.” read more

Kane the big threat for England – Courtois

first_imgBelgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is expecting Harry Kane to be England’s biggest threat in the World Cup in Russia ahead of their group stage clashThe Red Devils will face off against England in their final game of Group G.Kane, who was recently appointed the new England captain by Gareth Southgate, has scored 108 goals in his 139 Premier League games over the past five seasons after breaking into the Tottenham team.The 24-year-old had his most productive season in front of goal for Spurs this season with 30 league goals and Courtois is well aware that Kane cannot be taken lightly.“England have a team with a lot of individual talent, you’ll have to watch out for several players,” said Courtois, according to Goal.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“But the one who scores almost 30 goals every year is Harry Kane. He is the most dangerous.”The Chelsea goalkeeper is disappointed by Mohamed Salah’s expected absence in their friendly against Egypt on Wednesday, in what he hopes will provide Belgium with a similar test to what they faced with Tunisia.“It’s a shame we can’t play against the best team [of Egypt] because they will play without their best player,” he said.“I think Egypt has a good team. Obviously, with or without Salah, it’s different.“But it will be a good game and a good test, hopefully a match similar to that against Tunisia.”last_img read more

Pogba believes United has rediscovered itself

first_imgManchester United footballer Paul Pogba believes that his team is back to the place they belong, thanks to interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.After Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager of Manchester United, the board of directors appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim coach.And with him, the Red Devils have won their six matches played so far.This is why footballer Paul Pogba believes his team is returning to the place they belong, thanks to Solskjaer.“The way we are playing we have more possession of the ball. We know more where to attack and where to go. We have more of a pattern of play and more of a structure,” Pogba told Sky Sports News.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“That makes it easier for everyone. So I would not say it is only myself. Yes, I have scored a few goals and had a few assists but it is all the team [that deserves credit].”“It was great for us. It was great to show we are coming back and getting closer to the top,” Pogba said. “We needed points and we showed that we could beat a big team,” he added.“I wouldn’t say [we had] luck because you create your own luck. David did his job and I thank him for that.”“I think the team performance was great. We played against a good team. You cannot say they are not a good team because they have top players,” Pogba commented.“It was a great game and it was a good victory for us.”last_img read more

WestJet case threatens 26 years no measles in TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#26yearsnomeaslesinTCIthreatened, #magneticmedianews, #WestJetcrewmeaslesscare Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 11, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Health explains that the possible reintroduction of measles into the country through an airline worker last month is being taken seriously and an investigation into the potential impact was launched.   The crew member from WestJest who was confirmed to have measles did not deplane when the flight from Canada landed in Providenciales.The information comes following the Ministry of Health’s investigation into the case, unofficially reported to them, but confirmed by the Canadian Public Health Agency through the assistance of PAHO.   A worker for WestJest on March 24 flew into Provo and was days later found to have had measles.   The crew member worked seven flights, and although the crew member did not deplane, because of the contact with passengers, who were visitors in the island, it is still necessary for the surveillance system to be vigilant and extra sensitive to detect any secondary cases early.Measles has not been seen in the TCI for 26 years explained the Ministry of Health, which also reported that 95% of residents are covered with the MMR vaccine.   The Surveillance team called the possible re-introduction of measles a threat to the resident population and to the over one million guests who visit annually.Health is asking anyone who believes they may have been exposed to measles to contact a primary health care clinic nurse, right away.#MagneticMediaNews#26yearsnomeaslesinTCIthreatened#WestJetcrewmeaslesscarelast_img read more