Central midfield: Aaron Ramsey – Midfield is an area the club are blessed, with Jack Wilshere (when fully fit), Santi Cazorla (when fully fit), Francis Coquelin (when fully fit), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (when fully fit) and Mohamed Elneny also available. There are reports Arsenal want Wolfsburg’s Julian Draxler but the Bundesliga club want around £55m for him. Earlier reports had suggested the Gunners would be prepared to pay around £40m, but they will have to stump up more it seems.The 22-year-old played as Germany were knocked out by France in the Euro 2016 semi-final and is now free to sit down and discuss his future.If signed, Draxler would add some serious firepower to the Arsenal attack and the strikers, whoever, they may be next season, will be delighted.Here, talkSPORT looks at a possible starting line up next season featuring Draxler. Goalkeeper: Petr Cech – click the arrow above, right, to see a possible Arsenal starting line up next season with Julian Draxler – There are reports Arsenal want Wolfsburg’s Julian Draxler but must pay £55m for him, according to reports. Here, talkSPORT looks at a possible starting line up next season featuring the 22-year-old beginning with Cech. The 34-year-old is certain to keep his place in the Arsenal goal next season. Striker: Alexandre Lacazette/ Olivier Giroud – Giroud has been great for France, but Arsenal have still been linked with Lyons Alexandre Lacazette. However, the club will have to pay a reported fee of £42m, so if he is deemed too expensive, then don’t forget the Gunners also have Danny Welbeck (when fully fit)… 11 11 11 11 Central midfield: Granit Xhaka – The club has just spent a huge £30m on the 23-year-old midfielder. 11 Attacking midfield, left: Julian Draxler – Apparently the club are chasing Draxler, who could cost £55m. At club level he has played as part of an attacking front three in both central and wide positions. Left back: Nacho Monreal – Monreal’s consistency is something that pleases Wenger. “Hes 100 per cent committed and I think as well he has improved since arriving and has shown that in many big games as well,” the manager said. 11 11 Attacking midfield, centre: Mesut Ozil – Ozil was king of the assists last season. 11 11 11 Attacking midfield, right: Alexis Sanchez – Sanchez may be the subject of interest from Juventus, but the club will fight hard to keep him and maybe some big money signings can persuade him to stay? Failing that, theres always Theo Walcott 11 Centre back: Laurent Koscielny – Koscielny is definitely the club’s best defender. Right back: Hector Bellerin – Bellerin has been linked with a move to Barcelona after the Spanish champions sold Dani Alves, but it looks like he is staying put. Centre back: Per Mertesacker – As well as Mertesacker, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can also call upon Gabriel and Calum Chambers.
HOUSTON — The A’s were sad to see catcher Beau Taylor claimed off waivers. The Toronto Blue Jays scooped him up back on August 16, the cost of a roster move that brought Corban Joseph onto the 40-man and big league roster.Taylor was a beaming presence in the clubhouse, and clearly Oakland wanted him back. So, when the Blue Jays designated him for assignment on September 7, the A’s pounced.On Tuesday, the A’s claimed Taylor off waivers and designated catcher Chris Herrmann for assignment.Manag …
Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement mike melanson When location-based photo sharing app Color launched last month, it arrived to a chorus of complaints – all justified, mind you – about a confusing, puzzle-like design and a terrible user experience. Still, users seem to be confused about what the app is for, as you can often hear people ask “Why do I want to share photos with strangers?” whenever the topic of Color is brought up. This weekend, Color will partner up with 20th Century Fox to show users one example of how Color, the power of the crowd and proximity can all come together to create a new and interesting experience.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two companies have teamed up for Sunday’s premiere of “Water for Elephants.” As the Reporter explains, “The photos and videos taken using the Color app by attendees at the New York premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre will be instantly shared to those in the immediate vicinity in a Water for Elephants premiere group (or “conversation”), which acts like an automatic feed.”When the app first launched last month, many people tried to use it by themselves. Since then the app’s creators have come out and explicitly said that the app is not intended for using by ones self, even adding a warning to the iTunes entry for some time. For those that attempted the solitary experience, this weekend’s premiere may offer a glimpse at what’s possible when using Color in a crowd – its intended use case.For the premiere’s attendees, the photos should be available by using the app, while the rest of us can pay attention on the Web at www.color.com/waterforelephants, which goes live at 1 pm PT on Sunday. Color co-founder Peter Pham told The Hollywood Reporter that this was likely not a one-off experience and that “Color has received a ‘tremendous amount’ of interest from high-profile musicians who want to use the app for their tours, with possible announcements to come.”This week, I tried out the app at a Giants game and it did everything it promises. It gathered all of our photos into a single collection, even merging those photos with those of others using the app nearby. Can Color change its perception problem and convince the public its useful with some proper event placement? Perhaps. This weekend will be a trial run.If you still haven’t seen Color, here’s a quick intro:Color Demo from Color Labs, Inc. on Vimeo. Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Location#mobile#news#NYT#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces
Everton defender Keane says they should buy in Januaryby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton defender Michael Keane says they should buy in January.A new addition would place Keane’s starting role under threat at Goodison Park but the former Burnley centre-back believes a new signing would only improve his performances.”I think competition is always healthy and it pushes you on no-matter what position you are on the pitch,” Keane told the Liverpool Echo.”It just keeps you on your toes. We’ve got competition here but the more the merrier, really.”It keeps things fresh, makes you work that bit harder and you have to prove yourself every single game and you can’t let it slip or you will lose your place in the team.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
LONDON – Britain’s Treasury chief said Tuesday that striking a divorce deal with the European Union over the next two months is “doable,” while the boss of Jaguar Land Rover warned that tens of thousands of jobs could be lost if the country crashes out of the EU with no agreement.With Brexit a little more than six months away, concerns have grown that the sides will not reach a deal because the British Parliament and the governing Conservative Party are divided on what Britain’s future relationship with the EU should be.In that event, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said a so-called “hard Brexit” could result in the “worst of times” for the U.K. He said the U.K. is the company’s “home” but that a hard Brexit would cost Jaguar Land Rover, which is owned by India’s Tata Motors, more than 1.2 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) a year.“It’s horrifying, wiping our profit, destroying investment in the autonomous, zero-emissions (technologies) we want to share,” he told a Zero Emission Vehicle Summit in Birmingham, England.He said the loss of jobs would be “counted into tens of thousands if we do not get the right Brexit deal.”Hopes are fading that Britain and the EU can strike a deal at an EU summit in October as originally planned, but there are growing expectations that the EU is planning another meeting for November.Treasury chief Philip Hammond told a House of Lords committee that he agreed with the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, that a deal was possible in six to eight weeks if both sides are realistic.“I think it is doable,” Hammond said.Business groups and civil servants say a “no-deal” Brexit could cause disruption to shipping, barriers to trade with the bloc, a fall in the value of the pound and even shortages of essential goods.Hammond said that “if we leave the European Union without a deal … we could expect a period when there would be some turbulence.”He said it was “very welcome” that Bank of England Governor Mark Carney had agreed to delay his departure date from June 2019 to January 2020 to help navigate any Brexit-related economic bumps.Hammond spoke hours after leading bankers downplayed the immediate impact of Brexit on London’s role as the hub of the financial services industry in Europe and on jobs.“There’s no question this has been an unsettling event, but our industry is in a state of constant flux,” Mark Garvin, vice chairman of JPMorgan’s corporate and investment bank divisions, told a parliamentary committee. “We have been involved in far more significant tumult than this.”Garvin said the jobs of only “hundreds” of JPMorgan’s 16,000 staff in the U.K. would be immediately affected by Brexit, though that could rise to around 4,000 in the years to come depending on the settlement reached between Britain and the EU.In the immediate aftermath of Britain’s vote to leave the EU in June 2016, many experts warned that Britain’s financial services industry — a huge tax source for the government — would see hefty job losses as businesses relocated to EU cities such as Dublin, Frankfurt and Paris, to retain benefits related to Europe’s single market.However, the number of jobs lost has not matched the doomsday predictions, and with just six months to go until Britain officially leaves, there are few signs that banks are panicking.A group of pro-Brexit politicians and economists, meanwhile, argued Tuesday that Britain will be better off, not worse, if it leaves the EU without a deal on future trade.Economists for Free Trade held a news conference in Parliament Tuesday alongside several leading pro-Brexit lawmakers, including former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.The group argued that reverting to World Trade Organization rules, which can lead to the imposition of tariffs on certain goods, “would boost the U.K.’s trade with the rest of the world including Europe, lower domestic prices and boost inward investment.”Critics say that assessment relies on overly optimistic assumptions, particularly on the extent to which trade would be boosted if Britain unilaterally abolished tariffs.Hammond said the model used by Economists for Free Trade “are wildly out of line with assumptions that are used by other economic modelers, and frankly, I believe, are not sustainable.”
LONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):8:30 a.m.A top official at the European Union’s highest court is advising that Britain can unilaterally change its mind about leaving the EU.Advocate General Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona has told the European Court of Justice that a decision by the British government to change its mind about invoking Article 50 would be legally valid. The advice of the advocate general is often, but not always, followed by the full court.The court is assessing the issue under an accelerated procedure, since Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29. The final verdict is expected within weeks.Since Article 50 of the EU treaty of Lisbon dealing with departing members is scant on details — largely because the idea of any country leaving the bloc was considered unlikely — a group of Scottish legislators wants to know whether the U.K. can pull out of the withdrawal procedure on its own.The case comes as pressure builds from Brexit opponents for a second referendum on the decision to leave the bloc.___7:50 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May is putting the fate of her Brexit deal in Parliament’s hands, saying lawmakers must back it to deliver on voters’ 2016 decision to leave the European Union and “create a new role for our country in the world.”May is due to address Parliament Tuesday, opening five days of debate before a Dec. 11 vote on the divorce agreement.Defeat would leave the U.K. facing a chaotic “no-deal” Brexit on March 29 and could topple the prime minister, her government, or both.Before the debate, May’s government faces another showdown with lawmakers over legal advice about the Brexit deal. Lawmakers are voting on a motion finding the government in contempt of Parliament for refusing to publish the full guidance from Attorney General Geoffrey Cox.The Associated Press
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] tweet reports using #BCStorm.More details on the alert are available here. See the full warning below.Issued at 2018-12-20 11:50 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning issued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Current details:Snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 15 cm is expected.An approaching Pacific low pressure system will drop 10 to 15 cm of snowfall accumulation over Williston, Pine Pass, McGregor and the B.C Peace. Over the Peace lesser amounts will occur away from the Rockies.Snow will begin this morning and end late this evening or overnight tonight, as the low moves into Alberta.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the B.C. Peace and the Pine Pass.The warning says our region could see anywhere from 10 to 15 cm. More snow will fall if you live closer to the Rocky Mountains.The snow is expected to start Thursday morning and end later in the same day.
Northern Development Initiative Trust CEO, Joel McKay, says this program will help to offset the impacts from mill closures.“The Trust is very aware of the potential economic impacts mill closures and curtailments may have on communities and businesses in our service region. This program seeks to help offset those impacts and sustain our communities during this difficult time.”For more information on the rebate program, you can visit Northern Development’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Development has announced on Monday that it will be stepping in to help local businesses affected by the mill closures and curtailments.According to Northern Development, through the Forestry Affected Business Rebate, they now are offering a consulting rebate, of up to 75 percent or $15,000, to small and medium-sized businesses in its service region for the cost of hiring a consultant to assist with business efforts.Northern Development says this newly introduced program is an offshoot of the Competitiveness Consulting Rebate program, which offers rebates to businesses in the industrial supply and services sector.
Tokyo: Tokyo Olympic organisers on Friday rolled out a pair of chatty robots they will put to work to assist wheelchair users at the 2020 Games as they continue to plug Japan’s cutting-edge technology. Billed as distant relations to beeping Star Wars drone R2D2, Toyota unveiled its human support (HSR) and delivery support robots (DSR), which are set to act as seat ushers and will fetch food and drinks for disabled fans at next year’s Olympics. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open In an Olympic first, the waist-high, robotic “volunteers” will breezily introduce themselves to customers, who can then place orders on a tablet. “Hello, everyone. I’m a lifestyle support robot,” the fully rotating HSR said in a demonstration. “I’ll fetch things for you. I also have an extendable arm that can pick things up if you drop them,” it added. In reality, the DSR “deli-bot” — with its built-in drinks tray — rather more closely resembles a moving dustbin with blinking lights, but Toyota insisted the technology would ensure a more comfortable Games experience for wheelchair users. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery “It will be much easier and more convenient to interact with robots,” Minoru Yamauchi, general manager of the 2020 robot development department, told AFP. “In the run-up to the Olympics we will work on other useful functions that they can carry out.” Toyota are currently planning to deploy 16 units of each droid at the 2020 Olympics. Games organisers also unveiled a Panasonic-developed exoskeleton suit to help with a range of Olympic-related chores, such as delivering or loading heavy baggage brought to Japan by athletes and officials. – Science fiction – =================== “We want to go beyond the 1964 Tokyo Olympics in terms of legacy,” said Hideyo Hirata, deputy executive director of technology services for the 2020 Games. “Often robots have not been seen as our friends,” he added, invoking dystopian science fiction. “But in Japan, people actually want to know how robots can help with and be part of our daily lives.” Driverless cars, facial recognition and ultra high-definition TV are just a few of the other ways Japan Inc. hopes to use the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to show the world it has regained its touch for innovation and technology. The last time Japan hosted the Olympics, in 1964, it launched the iconic bullet train — a sleek symbol of the country’s recovery from World War II. This time around there is speculation a flying car will be used to light the Olympic flame, although 2020 organisers are keen to stress the practical use of technology. Panasonic’s powered body suit went on sale last year at a cost of a little over USD 6,000 each, with more than 200 units already ordered. They have attracted interest in the farming sector, but similar products have been used for years in hospitals, helping caregivers lift injured or elderly patients. “Japan has a shrinking population, and an ageing one,” said Panasonic’s Yoshifumi Uchida. “We want to contribute to a society where people are not concerned about age or gender difference. These products are designed to help create a better future.”
Howrah (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lashed out at her Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath for reportedly referring to the Indian Army as “Modi ji ki sena”, saying it was an “insult” and humiliation for the force. Describing the Indian Army as the an asset of the nation, Banerjee said it belongs to the countrymen, and called upon the people to “stand up and reject” Adityanath’s statement. “It is shocking to hear the UP CM saying that the Indian Army is the ‘Modi Sena’. Such blatant personalisation and usurping of our beloved Indian Army is an insult and a humiliation,” the Trinamool Congress supremo tweeted. “We are proud of our Army. They belong to all. They are a great asset of our nation, and not a cassette of the BJP. People of this country must stand up and reject this statement,” she said.