DEBUES-STAFFORD BREAKS ANOTHER CANADIAN RECORD

first_imgSource: Canadian Running Magazine For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnaptChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Version Story Links Gabriela Stafford smashed another Canadian record at the @NBIndoorGP in Boston today:https://t.co/3qaOu0eTLU pic.twitter.com/2V1Sn8enZb— CanadianRunning (@CanadianRunning) January 27, 2019 Gabriela Stafford times her move well past long-time leading Dawit Seyaum up the back straight and has got enough to hold off Elinor Purrier’s strong late attack in an indoor NR of 4:24.80 (WL) to a total PB of 4:24.88 over the women’s mile in Roxbury pic.twitter.com/w0kWN17URI— Costas Goulas (@lsabre_Avenger) January 26, 2019 For the second time this month, University of Toronto Varsity Blues track and field star Gabriela DeBues-Stafford has broken a Canadian record – this time in the indoor mile. DeBues-Stafford ran a 4:24.80 at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston today, winning the event and knocking more than two seconds off Kate Van Buskirk’s record of 4:26.92, set one year ago at the Dr. Sander Invitational in New York.On January 4, at her first race of the 2019 indoor season, DeBues-Stafford broke the Canadian indoor 5000m record at the GAA Miler Meet in Glasgow, Scotland, running 14:57.45 to smash the previous record of 15:25.15 held by Megan Metcalfe-Wright. It was her first time racing the 5K distance.2019 is shaping up to be a very big year for the 23-year-old psychology student at the University of Toronto. Not only has Stafford already set two new Canadian records in the first month of the year, but she also recently got married, and has plans to relocate to Scotland later this year to train with Laura Muir, one of Europe’s dominant middle-distance runners.last_img read more

Everton defender Phil Jagielka pulls out of England squad ahead of Malta clash

first_img1 Phil Jagielka has pulled out of the England squad to face Malta and Slovenia with a thigh strain.The Football Association announced the Everton defender has returned to his club for treatment but is expected to be fit for the Toffees’ Premier League trip to Manchester City next Saturday.Interim boss Gareth Southgate has no immediate plans to call up a replacement ahead of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier with Malta at Wembley.Jagielka did not take part in the full England training session on Tuesday following Everton’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Friday but his absence was planned. He left the squad on Wednesday to travel back to Merseyside leaving Gary Cahill, Michael Keane, Chris Smalling and John Stones as England’s centre-back options.Chelsea’s Cahill also failed to train at St George’s Park on Friday morning with the 30-year-old suffering from a sore throat but he is expected to be fit to face Malta before England go to Slovenia for Tuesday’s Group F game.Raheem Sterling and Glen Johnson had already withdrawn from Southgate’s first squad because of injury with Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend and Burnley’s Keane called up. The rest of the squad, including captain Wayne Rooney and Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford, trained on Friday ahead of travelling to London in the afternoon. England are joint top of Group F, behind Scotland on goal difference, following their 1-0 win in Slovakia last month under former boss Sam Allardyce who left the job after just 67 days following a Daily Telegraph investigation into corruption in football. Phil Jagielka in action for Everton last_img read more

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_imgFRIDAY Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club will host ballroom dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12. Dance lessons: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dance admission: $3 for club members, $5 for nonmembers. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. Swingtime will host swing, waltz, ballroom and salsa dancing, 7-10 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $3. Call (661) 400-3166. Recovery Inc., a self-help group for people with anxieties, panic attacks, depression and fears, will meet, 2 p.m. at Los Angeles County Mental Health offices, 349A E. Ave. K-6, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3956. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Call (661) 951-2988. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. Court-approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court-approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Successful Marriage and Parenting course, 10 a.m.-noon. Call Carmen Andersen at (661) 273-8122. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets, 9:15 a.m.-noon the first and third Fridays of each month at Church of Christ, 1655 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Includes a hot breakfast buffet, discussion groups, featured speaker, craft and demonstrations. Children welcome. Cost: $5 for moms and $3 for kids. Call (661) 943-3162 or (661) 942-1638. Stress Management will meet, 1 p.m. at 43423 Division St., Suite 107, Lancaster. Call (661) 947-1595 or (661) 726-2850, Ext. 221. Speakers in the Wind Toastmaster Club 2867 will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Kathy Darnell at (661) 265-1839. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207. Celebrate Recovery, a biblically based 12-step recovery program, will meet, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 44648 15th St. W. Call Pastor Pat Tanner at (661) 948-0855. The Lightkeepers, Spiritual Discussion Group, will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Center of Light, A.V. Church, 1030 West Ave. L-8, Lancaster. Call (661) 718-8731. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 and Ladies Auxiliary will serve steak or shrimp dinners, 5:30-8 p.m. at 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Takeout orders. Proceeds will go to community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Meditation class, 7-8:30 p.m. For location and information, call (661) 945-9832. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. in the multipurpose room on the mental health ward at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Friendship Center, 43423 Division St. Suite 107, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Kaiser Permanente Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at the clinic offices, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Open to the community. Free. Call (661) 951-2988. The Weekenders, a social and recreational group for mental health consumers, will meet, 1-2 p.m. at Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-1595. Al-Anon will have a 12-and-12 meeting at 10:30 a.m. at 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd. and a beginners meeting at 7 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Pinochle Group for seniors, 6-9 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring floor mat, and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Oil painting class for seniors, 9-11 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Shop Talk Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Crazy Otto’s Diner. Call Stan Main at (661) 269-1424. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 1681 will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. in Room 14 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4459. Rosamond Moose Lodge, 1105 Sierra Highway, Rosamond, will serve dinner, 5-8 p.m. Cost: $4-$6. Bingo will start at 10 a.m., offered by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Room 13, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-0595. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. SATURDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will host its annual luau dinner and dance, 7 p.m. in west Palmdale. Call (661) 267-2586. Leona Valley Sertoma Club meets, 8 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month at Jackie’s Restaurant, 40352 90th St. W., Leona Valley. Call (661) 270-0339. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Seniors Lunch-Bingo Hour, noon-5 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Sponsored by Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity). Call Emerita Ross at (661) 723-7876 or Marie Cabrera at (661) 726-5309. Al-Anon will have a Spanish-speaking discussion meeting, 9 a.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite C-3, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353. Facilitated Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 2:30-4 p.m.; teens, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults, 10:30-noon or 12:30-2 p.m. at the Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Beginning yoga, 9-10 a.m. at Unity Church of Antelope Valley, 39149 8th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 273-3341. Women and Self-esteem support group will meet in the Acton area. Call (661) 947-0839. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 9 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call Jane at (661) 945-4798. Women Midlife Transition Support Group for women over age 40 is facilitated by a professional psychotherapist. Call (661) 947-0839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 13 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 724-1820. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.todayna.org or www.sava-na.org. SUNDAY Nicotine Anonymous will meet, 8-9 p.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 43824 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 946-7606. Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity) Seniors’ Social Hour, 4-7 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Meetings feature films, talks, singalongs, talent shows and dancing. Call (661) 723-7876 or (661) 726-5309. Costume Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with identification are admitted free. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30-10:30 p.m. every Sunday at Lancaster Elks Lodge, 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Call (661) 317-7021. Life Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with ID are admitted free. Teen Care and Support Group, for teens who have lost a family member or friend, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian School, 1011 E. Ave. I, Room 302, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 1 p.m. Call (661) 947-6777. Revealing Truth, a meditation and spiritual discussion, 4:45-6:15 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Antelope Valley Chess Club will meet, 1-5 p.m. at American Legion Post 771, 39463 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 726-1323. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 5-6 p.m. at 44960 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 789-5806. MONDAY Beyond the Light, a socialization and support group for young adults, ages 17 1/2 to 25, with mental health issues, will meet, noon-1 p.m. at Transitional Youth Services, 104 E. Ave. K-4, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Dance Groove will give ballroom and Latin dance lessons, 6-8:30 p.m. Dance Groove Studio, 43631 10th St. W., Lancaster. Cost: $5 per person. Call (661) 948-9101. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927. 12-Step Recovery Groups for alcohol and drug addiction, co-dependency, relationship addiction, overeating, fear and anxiety issues, will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. The Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale will host bingo, 5:30 p.m. The grill will be open. Call (661) 947-2027. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 722-0393. Co-Dependents Anonymous will host a 12-step recovery program, 7:30-9 p.m., at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927 or (661) 946-5846. Grief Recovery Outreach Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or visit www.frf.av.org. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. The Highs and Lows, a support group for those diagnosed with manic depression or related disorders, will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Al-Anon will have a discussion, 7 p.m. at 51st Street West and Avenue K, Lancaster. Child care provided. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 572 will meet, 9-11 a.m. at the Mayflower Gardens chapel, 6570 W. Ave. L-12, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 943-3089. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6 p.m. with regular games beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-2027. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular games beginning at 7 p.m. at Paraclete High School, 42145 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3255, Monday evenings: (661) 943-1017. Billiard Gang for seniors will meet, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Parent support group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. The facilitated group is for parents who need help coping with family issues. Call (661) 266-8700. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 273-1016. Expectant parents can tour the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department, 1600 W. Ave. J in Lancaster, and get information on what to expect during hospitalization, at sessions starting at 6 p.m. Visitors should meet in the main lobby. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. TUESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will meet for league bowling, 6-8 p.m. at the Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 267-2586. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call for information and location: Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Business Network International B2 Bombers chapter will meet, 12:15 p.m. at Eduardo’s restaurant, 819 W. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 609-1288 or e-mail audmill@qnet.com. The organization’s Web site is at www.bni-scav.com. Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Successful Anger Management course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Call (661) 538-1846. Sand Creek Orators, Toastmaster International meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Hummel Hall, 2200 Orange St. W., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Caregiver Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster. Sponsored by ProCare Hospice. Call (661) 951-1146. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49, Civil Air Patrol, will meet, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rosamond Sky Park, 4171 Knox Ave., Rosamond. Call (760) 373-5771. Antelope Valley Archaeology Club will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5656. Grief Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hoffmann Hospice, 1832 W. Ave. K, Suite D-1. Call (661) 948-8801. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Snyders Dance Groove meets, 6-8:30 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $2. Call (661) 609-6510. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets, 9-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for brunch, speakers and crafts at Central Christian Church, 3131 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Cost: $6 per meeting, plus $2 per child for child care. Scholarships are available. Call (661) 945-7902. 12-Step Recovery Group for alcohol and drug addiction will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. American Indian Little League will meet, 7 p.m. at HomeTown Buffet, 422 W. Ave. P. Call Harry Richard at (661) 267-2259. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7:30 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. 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Callum Hudson-Odoi told to stay and learn from ‘best teacher’ Zola at Chelsea

first_img“He can be a little bit more patient, but eventually the boy needs to see that he will be regularly playing, and that is the most important thing.“And another worry for him will probably be that the last player who really had a regular place in the Chelsea team from the academy was John Terry, and before him it was probably Jody Morris, and that was a long while ago.”Listen back to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above Zola wants the English youngster to stay Callum Hudson-Odoi has been urged to stay at Chelsea by club legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, amid links with a move to Bayern Munich.The 18-year-old forward has reportedly rejected a new contract offer from the Blues and has requested to move to Germany, having become frustrated over his lack of first-team opportunities.The Blues academy graduate made his senior breakthrough towards the end of last season, but has only made 11 appearances this term – with just two of them coming in the Premier League.Hudson-Odoi showed Chelsea a glimpse of what they could be missing with a fine goal in Sunday’s 3-0 FA Cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday, which was greeted by chants of ‘we want you to stay’ from home fans. Assistant boss Gianfranco Zola has told the 18-year-old to stay and bide his time at the club, with 30-year-old wingers Willian and Pedro both approaching the twilight of their careers.And Hasselbaink has now joined the rabble urging Hudson-Odoi to remain at Stamford Bridge, saying he will find no better coach in the world than fellow Chelsea icon Zola.“I hope he stays, I really hope he stays,” the former striker told Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I can understand that he’s afraid of not getting regular football because the pathway at Chelsea in the past has not been great for young players.“So I understand if he’s a little bit concerned about that.“But he’s 18-year-old and he’s with one of the best coaches in the world. I know Gianfranco very well, I knew him as a player and there couldn’t be a better coach than Gianfranco. 2 2 Hudson-Odoi showed tremendous touch and skill for his goal in the FA Cup last_img read more

Digital Business: Is Your Business a Digital Leader, or a Dreamer or a Dabbler?

first_imgIT, business and marketing leaders virtually unanimously say that digital business has great benefits, according to a survey by Gartner.  But taking the leap from a ‘planner’ to a ‘doer’ is hard.Business leaders say that the two biggest challenges that they have with digital business are managing security and coming to grips with huge amounts of data being collected.Gartner identifies four tiers based of businesses based on their level of expertise relative to digital business and has advice for each of those tiers:Digital Luddites – Worry!  Your competitors are using new technologies like IoT and analytics that may steal your existing customers.Digital Dreamers – Businesses that want to go digital and have plans in the works, now is a good time to jump in.  When getting started it may be good to mimic others that have been successful.Digital Dabblers – You’ve done some work with digital, but don’t stop now.  You need to be able to sustain the work that you’ve done and, to make it all worth the effort, to turn your digital insights into actions and revenues.Digital Leaders – Congratulations!  But don’t stop now!last_img read more

Report Examines Where the Top VC Firms Are Investing

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Last week, we looked at one of the latest reports from the investment research firm CB Insights, tracking the top venture capital firms across the U.S. in terms of their deal activity. According to that report, over the past year the top 30 firms participated in 663 unique deals (almost a quarter of all deals) with amounting to almost $9 billion in investment.CB Insights has broken down these deals further to examine the trends in terms of deal flow by sector, and no surprise, investment in Internet technologies led the pack, comprising 36% of the deals and 26% of the dollars the top VC firms invested. (Healthcare was the number 2 sector for both the deal numbers and deal size.) Within the Internet sector, there are numerous sub-industries where VCs invested – monitoring, security, web development, video. But despite this diversity, four of these sub-industries dominated, accounting for 40% of the funding from VC firms: social; advertising, sales and marketing; e-commerce; and gaming. Social, advertising, and gaming were the top three sub-industries in terms of deal flow as well. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#start center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Apple Is Walking Into Payments Naked

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts owen thomascenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#Apple payments#e-commerce#iPhone#iPhone Payments#Mobile Payments#online payments The drumbeat of reports that Apple is entering the payments business is growing louder and louder. The company has deals with Visa and MasterCard, Bloomberg reports, and American Express, says Recode. An announcement should be just a week away: The company has invited journalists to an event in Silicon Valley on Tuesday, September 9.So are we that close to using our iPhones as wallets?Adam and Eve and the Serpent. (Photo by mikecogh)What Apple Must Bite IntoThe technology is one thing. Apple has any number of means of transmitting payment data—via Bluetooth, NFC, or just over the Internet. And it has long experience in e-commerce, dating back to the late-’90s creation of the online Apple Store, which predates its physical retail outlets.See also: Apple May Tap Old Tech For PaymentsBut Apple has a number of challenges it must solve before it can enter the payments market. Those fall into three broad areas: regulation, fraud, and customer service.Apple doesn’t appear to have taken any of the obvious public steps someone getting into the business of moving money would need to do. For example, it hasn’t registered with its home state of California as a money transmitter, as Amazon, Google, Square, and PayPal have. (Even Airbnb, the lodging marketplace, has registered, since it holds rental funds for a few days before disbursing them to hosts.)Apple can argue that it doesn’t need to register if a banking partner is handling the financial aspects of its payments business. And it will need a partner—like Chase, Wells Fargo, or Bank of America—if it wants to process Visa and MasterCard transactions for other retailers. (American Express is different, since it both issues cards and processes transactions: Apple can deal directly with that company for transactions involving its cardmembers.)Fraud is another issue. Apple will likely find ways to protect payment-card details from obvious forms of hacking. But what about merchants and consumers who are out to trick each other, selling bum merchandise or using stolen card numbers? Apple or its banking partners or both will have to figure that out—and any new payment system is attractive to fraudsters.There’s also Apple’s lousy track record with digital security, freshly in the news thanks to the apparent hacks of several celebrities’ iCloud photo backups. In 2012, Wired writer Mat Honan lost years’ worth of documents when his Apple accounts were hacked, allowing hackers to remotely wipe clean his iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. Apple is far from alone in having security problems, and has been working to improve its systems—it just fixed a vulnerability that may have allowed hackers to get their hands on celebrities’ intimate photos. But none of this is reassuring when you think about using an account Apple is guarding to make online purchases. If anything, handling payments makes Apple a richer target for hackers.And then there’s customer service. What are merchants supposed to do if a transaction doesn’t go through? Line up at the Apple Store? In 2012, Apple laid out plans to hire 3,600 more workers in its Austin, Texas campus, largely to staff up its AppleCare support operations. Those phone lines will be busy.What Apple Brings To The Cash RegisterApple has undeniable assets to bring to a payments business—chiefly its 800 million customer accounts on iTunes with credit cards on file. It also has intriguing experiments under way, like its Apple Store app, which lets you buy things in the store with your iTunes account without needing to swipe a card or even talk to an employee: You just pay on your phone, grab, and go. It also has iTunes Pass, a program which lets you walk into an Apple Store with cash and load it up on your iTunes account. Especially in developing countries, a link between cash and digital spending could be transformative.Connecting Apple’s physical infrastructure with a payment service could be its biggest advantage. Small merchants pick up iPads and card readers at the Apple Store already. Amazon, Google, and PayPal don’t have that kind of physical touch point with businesses.But before you can start paying with your iPhone, Apple has a lot of questions to answer: Where can you buy things? What will it cost merchants? And who will help if something goes wrong?Photo by mikecoghlast_img read more

Punjab vs Delhi: Weather may delay start of CK Nayudu final

first_imgWeather holds the key to the under-22 CK Nayudu Trophy final between first-time finalists Delhi and Punjab, starting New Delhi on Tuesday. Thick fog engulfed Delhi for most part of Monday and the forecast for Tuesday is no better.The visiting Punjab team, which reached here on Sunday, was keeping its fingers crossed. Their coach-cum-manager Sunil Saggi said that host Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) hasn’t even decided the pitch on which four-day match would be played at the Ferozeshah Kotla.”It all depends on the weather, including our team composition and the strategy,” Saggi told Mail Today. “The composition of our team, led by Kunwarveer Singh Raina, will also depend on the kind of pitch that is provided. They haven’t decided the pitch as one of the pitches was wet today.” In the semi-finals, Delhi crushed Himachal Pradesh by an innings and 177 runs while Punjab beat Madhya Pradesh.Delhi are practising for five days, and are gung-ho about their prospects in their maiden final.”Our confidence is high and we have the talent to fight it out. But I believe every final is tough and the opponents usually match each other. We have been consistent and the approach will also count,” Delhi coach Amit Bhandari told Mail Today.”Whoever bats well and plays tough will win. Also, considering the heavy weather here, it will also depend the ball will also swing, and it will be a factor. It should be a close match.” The team will be led by Milind Kumar.advertisementOne fact that should provide motivation to Delhi is that almost all their leading batsmen contributed significantly in the last match. Milind, who scored a century in this season’s Ranji Trophy, made a half-century as did Mohit Sharma, Dhruv Shorey.With 403 runs, Vaibhav Rawal is the top scorer for Delhi.Varun Sood is the highest wicket-taker for Delhi this season, with 27 scalps.However, Punjab have a tremendous opening pair in skipper Raina and Jiwanjot Singh. Jiwanjot has so far hit three tons and is the second highest scorer of the team with 509 runs, after Kunwarveer (513).Punjab’s bowling will be led by medium pacer Shubek Gill and Sagar Kumar, who scalped three and four wickets respectively in semi-finals.last_img read more

Tennis association, Bouchard settle liability lawsuit

first_imgBouchard, 23, told a jury in federal court in Brooklyn that she had taken two steps into the training area en route to take an ice bath when she lost her footing “and hit the back of my head on the floor.” She recalled being in “shock” as she found herself “staring at the ceiling.”The player’s lawyers argued that the USTA was at fault for the unsafe conditions. The defense countered that she should have known not to go into the area unless she was accompanied by a trainer.Bouchard, once ranked No. 5 in the world and a Wimbledon finalist in 2014, was forced to withdraw from the U.S. Open and from subsequent tournaments in China and Japan, her lawsuit said.The accident sent Bouchard, now ranked No. 116, into “a downward spiral that she has not been able to recover from,” her lawyer Benedict Morelli told jurors.Kaminsky responded that though Bouchard fell in the rankings she didn’t lose any of her lucrative off-court endorsement deals.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Tennis star Eugenie Bouchard leaves Brooklyn Federal court, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in New York. Bouchard testified during her negligence lawsuit against the United States Tennis Association that a wet floor caused her to slip and fall inside a locker room at the 2015 U.S. Open. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — The United States Tennis Association and popular Canadian player Eugenie Bouchard reached a settlement in her liability lawsuit on Friday, ending a trial at which she testified about slipping and falling on a wet locker room floor at the 2015 U.S. Open and suffering a head injury.Asked how she felt as she left the courthouse, Bouchard responded, “Just relief and happiness right now,” adding she was ready to get back to playing tennis.ADVERTISEMENT “Everyone who sponsored her before the U.S. Open continues to,” he said, adding she remained “very marketable” because of a large following on social media.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Woods 4 back with everyone around him at Honda Classic ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ She said she felt “vindicated” by a jury’s verdict in an initial phase of the trial finding the USTA mostly liable for the accident.A second phase, at which Bouchard was expected testify about how the accident had harmed her career and the jury was to decide what damages the USTA should pay, was interrupted on Friday by several hours of closed-door talks between the parties. They emerged with the deal but declined to disclose the terms.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingUSTA lawyer Alan Kaminsky said that he was satisfied with the outcome and that the sport’s national governing body “certainly wishes Ms. Bouchard the best in her career.”The accident occurred after Bouchard had just played in a mixed doubles match and returned to the locker room at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens shortly after 10 p.m. Minutes later, she fell on the tile floor of a physiotherapy room inside the locker room. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA PLAY LIST 01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

7 hours agoArsenal hero Merson sympathises with Ozil

first_imgArsenal hero Merson sympathises with Ozilby Ansser Sadiq7 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Paul Merson has sympathy for the current circumstances of Mesut Ozil.The Gunners star is enduring a frustrating period under boss Unai Emery, who refuses to pick Ozil in most of his matchday squads.The German may be the club’s highest earner, but he is struggling to get into the 25-man squads for most games.”Ozil doesn’t play because he doesn’t run around,” Merson told Sky Sports. “He would play in my team, because he can make things happen. Then you get two midfield players around him who do run around. “He’s on £350,000 a week – and that’s the problem. If he was on £10,000 a week, he would play every week even if he didn’t run around. Because he’s on £350,000 a week that means he has to. “I would be wondering how am I not getting in this team? He might have gone past the point of frustration now and be wondering, ‘what am I doing?’ You would have to weigh it up. “He played in the Watford game away and I don’t think he did anything wrong, but he hasn’t played since. He gets in my team. “Until he’s out of the club, I don’t see how Arsenal can bring new players in. If they go for a top player next summer, they will point to Ozil being on £350,000 a week. “Ramsey left the club because he wasn’t offered anywhere near the same as Ozil and he left on a free transfer.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more