Wenger fears for Coquelin after another injury

first_imgArsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin suffered another knee injury in the 3-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday.The Frenchman left the ground in a brace having been withdrawn during the first half at the Emirates.Coquelin missed two months of the season with an injury to the same knee, and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said he feared another long lay-off.“He has a knee injury at the same place he had last year at West Brom,” Wenger said.“That’s the negative of the day. We don’t know if the damage is as big at the moment.“We have to wait for 48 hours but I’m a bit worried about that.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Will 49ers franchise tag of Robbie Gould thwart Bears pursuit?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — Robbie Gould is back — with the 49ers, not the Chicago Bears.By placing the franchise tag on Gould on Tuesday, the 49ers made sure he won’t escape in free agency next month, squashing a potential reunion with the kicker-needy Bears.Gould’s near-perfect accuracy the past two seasons with the 49ers made him a no-brainer to retain. The franchise tag will command him a $5 million salary this year, assuming …

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Goa Governor asks students at convocation to promise not to break up their marriages

first_imgGoa Governor Mridula Sinha, who is also the Chancellor of Goa University, accorded a five-pronged pledge to students at their convocation ceremony on Saturday, making them promise to not break up their marriages over trivial issues, protect women in distress, keep away from drugs, not to send their parents to old age homes and maintain cleanliness.Ms. Sinha administered the pledge during her address at the 30th annual convocation of Goa University, in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, during which the students who had assembled to collect their medals and degree certificates, had to raise their hands in acknowledgement of the pledge. “A marriage is not mandatory, but necessary. Once married, you will not break the relationship on trivial matters. You will strive to make the marriage lasting and happy. You will strive for mutual respect for each other. There is time, but such a time will come,” Ms. Sinha said, while reiterating her advice to University authorities on the need for pre-marital counselling for students at the University premises itself. “Pre-marital counselling is a necessity now. Youngsters need to know the art of making families work. If they have any doubts they should get clarifications so that there is longevity in marriages,” she said. Emphasising gender sensitivity, Ms. Sinha said, “At any time where you see an atrocity against girl or a woman, you shall strive to rescue her at the cost of your life. This is critical for protection of Indian culture. It is a very important pledge and I am happy that everyone is supporting it.” Ms. Sinha who is an ambassador of the Swachch Bharat campaign, also urged students not to litter and also urged them to prevent others from doing that. She also advised students, “Neither will you fall prey to addiction nor will you allow anyone to get addicted.” Ms. Sinha added that today’s girl students were fortunate as the times are changing and the future belongs to women. However, she told them not to forget that with their success and achievements, expectations from family and society also would be more.last_img read more

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Man forced to carry relative’s body on bicycle in Odisha

first_imgA man in a village in Boudh district of Odisha was forced to carry the body of his sister-in-law on a bicycle for funeral on Wednesday as none of his relatives and fellow villagers came out to help him.According to sources, Chatru Banka of Krushnapalli village under Kantamala block had admitted his wife and sister-in-law to a hospital after they complained of severe diarrhoea. His sister-in-law died on Wednesday. Her body was brought to the village in an ambulance.No villager at Krushnapalli came forward to help Banka arrange for the woman’s funeral. Finally, he tied her body to his bicycle and carried it to the cremation ground all by himself. Abakash Sahu, a Zilla Parishad member, claimed that Banka was facing an undeclared social ostracisation. “At times, for various reasons, locals in Boudh district do not take part in marriages and funerals of some persons,” he said.Property dispute Banka had snapped ties with his family members in the village because of a property dispute, said a local, Nabakishor Meher. He is said to have married outside his caste and not given a feast for which he was facing the ire of fellow villagers.On August 16, 2017, a similar incident had happened at Basudebpalli village under Manmunda block of Boudh district. Due to the superstitions and stigma attached to leprosy, a man named Jayanarayn Sahu was denied a decent funeral in this village. As none of the villagers was ready to carry his body to the cremation ground, his daughter along with her brother and husband, performed the last rites.last_img read more

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Danny Trejo Wants To Save Them All

first_imgOne of Hollywood’s most recognizable character actors, Danny Trejo, has joined Best Friends Animal Society’s campaign urging people to get involved in saving America’s homeless dogs and cats.Danny Trejo Best Friends CampaignCredit/Copyright: BestFriends.orgTrejo, currently co-starring opposite comedian George Lopez in the FX Network comedy “Saint George,” debuting March 6 and in Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” in theatres March 21, is best known for his memorable roles in such films as “From Dusk Til Dawn,” “Heat,” “Con Air,” “Spy Kids” and “Machete Kills,” as well as the popular television series “Breaking Bad” and “Sons of Anarchy”.Typically cast as a tough guy or hardened criminal, Trejo is all heart when it comes to caring for his five rescued dogs. Trejo will be featured in a Best Friends’ ‘Save Them All’ Celebrity photo campaign that will feature celebrities posed with their personal rescued dogs and/or cats in support of the Save Them All call to action.According to national statistics, each day more than 9,000 healthy or treatable dogs and cats die unnecessarily in the nation’s shelters. Best Friends has brought increased awareness to how people can get involved in the solution by adopting and spaying/neutering their pets, donating, volunteering and sharing this message with their friends.“I believe that anyone working with animal rescue has a special place in heaven waiting for them,” says Trejo. “I think the job that Best Friends is doing is wonderful and I am glad to be a part of the Save Them All campaign. Animals have an unconditional love for their owners; dogs are a man’s best friend.”last_img read more

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Mountie who said Colten Boushie got what he deserved disciplined on lower

first_imgAPTN NewsThe RCMP member who made racist comments about Colten Boushie online last February has been disciplined on the “lower level” of the force’s disciplinary spectrum says the new Commissioner Brenda Lucki.Lucki spoke to APTN National News in a wide-ranging interview Tuesday that focused on Indigenous people’s mistrust of the federal police force.Lucki wouldn’t name the officer due to privacy issues.She did say it involved some sort of “restorative-type” approach where the member “reconciled with the local Indigenous population in some format.”Lucki also said another Mountie was also disciplined for comments made online that was stationed in a different province.“I am satisfied after given the results of the discipline that both members have been held to account,” said Lucki during the interview. “It’s unfortunate that it happened but I really want to go on notice by saying that those types of comments are completely unacceptable in my organization and I will do my utmost to eradicate such behaviour.”APTN uncovered a number of private Facebook groups for members of the RCMP earlier this year.One involved an officer believed to be from Alberta who posted comments about the death of Colten Boushie.Boushie was killed after he went on a Saskatchewan farm in August 2016 with four friends.It ended with him being shot and killed and the owner of the property, Gerald Stanley, charged with second-degree murder.In February, Stanley was acquitted of all charges.The verdict divided a nation and created a storm of racist comments online.On one side Stanley got away with murder and system is stacked against Indigenous people.While on the other people wrote Boushie should never have been on the property to begin with, alleging he was there to steal from the Stanley farm. That was never confirmed in court, which heard testimony Boushie and his friends were there to get help for a severely damaged tire.Then one RCMP member wrote it was too bad Boushie died but he got what he deserved.The Mountie also had a picture of a large handgun on her Facebook page that said her home was protected by God and guns. If someone came on her property to steal they should be prepared to meet both.Before deleting their Facebook account, the RCMP officer in question had this photo as their cover photo on Facebook.Once APTN published the story the officer closed her account.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale called the comments at the time “absolutely appalling, and unacceptable” and said, if proven to be true, ” there will be consequences.”But after the interview wrapped up, APTN asked Lucki to clarify her comments, particularly about the privacy of the officer involved.She said the internal investigation never reached the level of a code of conduct hearing, which would be made public.Instead, a code of conduct meeting was held to determine discipline, which keeps it from the public.“A conduct meeting, which is not a conduct hearing, is at the lower level of our internal system (and) is not public record,” she said.It’s not clear who the other member is that was disciplined and Lucki wouldn’t confirm if it involved other comments from members uncovered by APTN Investigates reporter Trina Roache.A slew of comments were made by officers in these private Facebook groups.Her full story can be found here: APTN Investigates: Racism in the Ranksaptnnews@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

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Serena Williams Shifting Attention to 2013 Grand Slam Sweep

Serena Williams is shifting her attention to winning all four Grand Slam championships heading into the 2013 season as she prepares for the Australian Open in January.The 31-year-old Williams is coming off a Sunday victory over fellow American Varvara Lepchenko in the first-round of the Brisbane International. Williams needed less than hour to defeat Lepchenko 6-2, 6-1.Williams, who is a 15-time Grand Slam champion, has held all four majors in 2002-03 season, but has yet to win all four in the same calendar year. Steffi Graf was the last woman singles player to achieve all four Grand Slams in the same calendar year in 1988.The 2012 Women’s Tennis Player of the Year addressed reporters after the match on whether she can accomplish such an achievement in 2013.“I think for me, absolutely,” Williams said. “I think maybe whoever wins the Australian Open will have that same thought. I think there is no way that Victoria (Azarenka) or Maria (Sharapova) or maybe some other players don’t feel the same way. So I think I definitely feel that way.”Williams is coming off a stellar second half of the 2012 season where she won 31 of her last 32 matches. She won titles at Wimbledon, the Olympics, the U.S. Open and the WTA Championships. Her overall record in 2012 was an impressive 58-4.But if Williams is unable to capture all four Grand Slam titles, she plans to keep playing until the 2016 Games in Rio, which will allow her several more opportunities.Williams played in her first match since withdrawing from an exhibition in Thailand due to problems with her big toes. She ultimately had surgery on her toes, but was a little hesitant entering her first match since the surgery.“I was a little nervous, but I was completely fine,” Williams said. “The doctor said I would be fine. I was excited to get an early start, so just in case I did have any pain, I could have tomorrow off. But everything was fine.”Williams will now move to the second round and play either Australian Bojana Bobosic or Frenchwoman Alize Cornet on Tuesday. read more

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Leaked dongle hints at end of the headphone jack on Galaxy Note

first_imgA leaked adapter signals the possible end of the headphone jack on the Galaxy Note 10.  Roland Quandt The headphone jack on phones had a good run, but like all good things, it eventually must end. That end seems to have finally arrived with Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 10 line. After being one of the last holdouts against the trend of ditching the headphone jack, it appears that Samsung is going to do just that for the Note 10 line. In leaked images shared Thursday by Roland Quandt and SamMobile, it seems pretty clear Samsung is planning a 3.5mm headphone jack to USB-C dongle for its new Note 10 and 10 Plus.  Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple • Share your voice Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (Plus) #donglelife pic.twitter.com/FmXsMkvF9h— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) August 1, 2019 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments See All Phones 7 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier The dongle itself looks like, well, a headphone adapter no different than what Apple makes for its iPhones or Google makes for its Pixels. But it signals the end of an era, showing that Samsung may indeed be planning to move on without the port going forward. It is unclear if Samsung will include the dongle in the box (like Google) or charge separately for it (like Apple). That answer, as well as Samsung’s heavily rumored and leaked next flagships, will likely need to wait until Samsung’s Unpacked event on Aug. 7. Samsung didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.  reading • Leaked dongle hints at end of the headphone jack on Galaxy Note 10 Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Rumors Google Samsung Applelast_img read more

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How to Get Your eCommerce Site Optimized for the Holiday Season

first_imgNovember 27, 2013 13 min read This story originally appeared on KISSmetrics It’s that time of year again. The temperatures are cold, the sun sets at 5, and money will start flying around in a few weeks. The holiday season means consumers open their wallets, and that creates big opportunities for businesses and charities. Indeed, during the holiday season, consumer spending reaches one of the highest points of the year.Amazon is preparing for the holiday season in a big way, hiring 70,000 temporary workers to help them fill the expected demand. Physical retail stores will be opening earlier on Thanksgiving than in past years, and some will be open all day.But this blog post will not focus on what other businesses are doing. We’re going to focus on your business. If you run an e-commerce site, you’re probably gearing up for the holiday season and looking to maximize your sales. If you’re looking for what to prioritize and what makes online shoppers tick, you’ve come to the right place.By the end of this blog post, you will have learned just how crucial the cost of shipping is to an e-commerce site and its customers. You will know that shipping can be a “tipping point” for your business.You also will understand that you can either repel users from your site or attract them by giving them an incentive to buy. And you will realize there are some tactics you can use to grow your email newsletter base while simultaneously helping to grow your business.This blog post is divided into three parts. The first part discusses the data around holiday shopping. The second is about how to promote your e-commerce store. And, in the third, we’ll touch on mobile.By the way, this post isn’t just for the holiday season. You’ll find useful data in here whether you’re in the thick of holiday shopping or just looking to optimize your e-commerce store. Clearly, it’s a good time to be an e-commerce store.The Data around Holiday E-commerce ShoppingIt’s Growing and People are Expecting to Spend More Money with Online RetailersFor the past few years, e-commerce’s share of total holiday spending has grown by about 15%. In 2013, it’s estimated that e-commerce sales will reach about $61.8 billion in holiday spending.Seventy-one percent of consumers are expecting to spend more (or the same) during the 2013 holiday season. This is the highest it has been in seven years, when it was also 71%. And for the first time, the Internet ranks as #1 on the list of venues where consumers are expected to shop, with 47% saying they’ll shop on e-commerce sites (including auction sites).Discount/Value department stores are down 7% from last year, with 44% saying they’ll include discount/value department stores on their list. And among those that are shopping online, 38% say they will spend the majority of their budget online:And if you’re expecting a big Cyber Monday, you’re probably correct. The 2012 Cyber Monday was the biggest one yet, with $1.465 billion in sales. Spending on Black Friday 2012 was high as well, reaching $1.042 billion. According to comScore, this means e-commerce spending for November 1-26, 2012 totaled $16.378 billion:According to Nielsen, nearly 50% of consumers say they will shop online this Cyber Monday, which is a 16% increase over 2012. Online Black Friday spending is also on the rise, with 51% saying they’ll do their Black Friday shopping online.The Top Gifts in 2013 – According to Nielsen, these categories are expected to be the biggest sellers in 2013: Gift Cards Tech Products Toys Food Apparel Video Games Cookware Sporting Goods Jewelry Alcoholic BeveragesThe Budget of Americans – Data from Nielsen shows that 30% of consumers across all income ranges will spend between $250 and $500 this season; 20% say they’ll spend between $500 and $1000; and 6% will spend more than $1000.Consumers Planning on Spending More This Year – We’ve mentioned before that consumers are planning on spending more this holiday season. Data from Deloitte tells us that 71% of consumers are expecting to spend more or the same amount this holiday season.Nielsen data tells a slightly more modest picture, with 17% saying they’ll increase their spending this season (most of them make over $100k annually). Breaking it down further, 15% of those make $50k or less annually. Additionally, those households that make $50k or less plan to spend more at dollar stores this year.So here’s what we know: Holiday shopping is on the rise and is expected to reach new heights this year.How to Promote Your E-commerce StoreThere’s an estimated 500,000 e-commerce stores in the United States. Each day they compete for the pockets of consumers. How is your store going to stand out? This is what marketers struggle with every day: the challenge of getting their name out and then crossing their fingers, hoping that some kind person will give their business money.I hope to provide you with some simple hacks you can use to help increase your chances of earning a customer. But before we get into that, we first need to delve into the data and facts about why it’s so critical for e-commerce sites to offer free shipping.The Data around Free Shipping – There is a lot of data around this, so I’m going to break down each point into its own section to help you sort it all out.Data Point #1A survey from Deloitte asked consumers what factors would lead them to shop online. The factors were ranked on a scale from “More Likely to Lead to Online Shopping” to “No Difference” to “More Likely to Lead to In-Store Shopping.”The biggest factor, it turns out, was a store having free shipping. Here are the rankings: Free Shipping (66%) Ease of Shopping (57%) Wide Merchandise Selection (52%) Speed of Shopping or Checkout (51%) Low Prices (51%)It’s quite telling when people rank “Free Shipping” as being more important (by a wide margin) than “Low Prices.”Data Point #2When consumers are asked what area e-commerce sites can improve, the number one answer is shipping:Data Point #3In the same study, shoppers were asked what specials or discounts would bring them back to a retailer. Their first and second preferences were both related to reducing shipping costs.Data Point #4In another study, Free Shipping Day (December 17, 2012) proved to be a big hit for retailers and consumers. Online shopping reached sales of $1.013 billion on December 17, 2012, which was 76% higher than the previous year.Data Point #5Sixty-eight percent of consumers say they would recommend a website that has free shipping. And 65% say they already have recommended a site because of free shipping. That’s pretty powerful.Data Point #6A Google survey found that if a site didn’t offer free shipping, 47% would find the item on a site that did, 32.2% would go to a nearby store that offered the product, and 20.2% would buy the product and pay for the shipping.Data Point #7Here are the results of another survey done by Google:You can even run your own test. Ask someone why they don’t buy the majority of their products online, and they’ll usually give a couple of reasons. They’re usually:“I don’t want to pay for shipping.”or“I want my items right away.”While the latter isn’t fixed yet, you can make up for it by offering lower prices. People will likely have a little patience if it means they save some money.Clearly, offering free shipping can give you a big advantage, not only over other e-commerce competitors, but also over physical retail stores.Use Shipping to Your Advantage – We’ve now seen the data that says offering free shipping can give you a big advantage. So we are safe to assume that free shipping is the best option for customers.But if you sell smaller items, you cannot offer free shipping on every product. If, for example, you sell a magnet for $3.50, your shipping costs will be at least $2, so your profit margins are minimal or even negative. Do this over and over, and you’ll be out of business. This is why many e-commerce businesses require a minimum order of $25 so the free shipping costs are justified.I can’t tell you if it’s best for your business to offer free shipping on every item or if it’s best to set a minimum order price. What I can do is give you a few ideas to promote your free shipping. Here are a few:Make it a Selling Point – E-commerce retailers now advertise their free shipping:It’s become common practice for sites to highlight it on their website:The bottom line is that consumers need to know what your shipping policy is. I’d recommend placing it as a banner on your website and in your shopping cart. Prospective customers need to know what your shipping costs are before they enter checkout.To optimize conversions, it may be best to leave a note in the shopping cart saying “Spend $xx more and get free shipping!” Data shows that 70% of shoppers have added items to their carts in order to qualify for free shipping.But with all of these websites already offering minimal to free shipping, how are you going to compete with them?Tips for the holiday season: There will certainly be last minute shoppers, and the data is out there to prove it. Knowing this, it’s important to offer overnight shipping and a guaranteed delivery date. Considering how important discounted or free shipping is to consumers, it’s a good idea to make your shipping pricing (or lack thereof) very clear. In addition, you may want to offer free shipping if you don’t already. Offer to gift wrap items. Perhaps low cost gift wrapping in addition to low cost or free shipping would lead a shopper to pick your store over another.Discounts – I’m typically not in favor of discounts. I believe they act as a distraction from the product. And overkill on discounting can lead people to tune you out.But every holiday season many consumers come to expect it by the time Black Friday and Cyber Monday roll around. So let’s get into how you can optimize the promotion of your discounts.Vitamin Shoppe has a proposal: sign up for their email newsletter and they’ll give you 10% off.This appears to be a good idea because there is data showing that a lot (83.5% to be exact) of consumers have signed up for an email newsletter so they could get discounts.And as for email, 45.4% of consumers report that they are more likely to open and read an email if the subject line mentions a discount or special offer.During the holidays, people may be more selective and shop with stores offering discounts. Feel free to use this as a small part of your marketing strategy. I would use discounts sparingly and keep them few and far between.People should know when you are running discounts and view it as a “special occasion.” When seldom used and correctly executed, discounts can have good results. And now you know that you can pair your email marketing and discounts together for a more synergistic force.Tips for the holiday season: Try giving away a few freebies and measure the reaction. Studies showconsumers value freebies more than discounts. During the holidays, consumers are looking for discounts, with most looking for 40-50% off. Factor this into your decision on whether you discount or don’t. 81% of consumers report that they rely on discounts during the holiday season. Since consumers are shopping early, it’s best to get these discounts out soon.MobileeMarketer is forecasting that mobile commerce will reach 16% this year. You can bet many shoppers will find and browse your e-commerce store on their phones or another mobile device. We all know that his fraction will only grow, so it’s important to get your e-commerce site ready for mobile holiday shoppers. Let’s run through a few scenarios where consumers will check your store while on the go: While in a physical retail store, a consumer could load up their phone and check your price to compare. When they want to check to see if you offer a product. When they want to check to see how quickly you can ship a product.Of course, these are just generalities. Each use case is different. What’s important is to build your mobile app or mobile site around the needs of visitors.If we go with the three use cases mentioned above, we can probably figure these factors are important in our mobile site: Make the search box prominent so people can easily find the product they are looking for. Ensure visitors know what their shipping options are, including any specials, discounts, carriers offered, and the range of speed offered. This cannot be ignored. If a visitor doesn’t know, they’ll quickly give up and go with someone else.This is a lot easier said than done. And if your visitors have a great mobile experience, the payoff can be big. A report from Skava shows that 88% of those that shop on mobile phones have a negative experience. The top complaints of mobile shoppers were as follows:For the visitors that were frustrated with a mobile shopping experience, 29% will wait a year before returning, 30% plan to never return again, and 43% immediately defect to a competitor.Tips for the holiday season: Optimize for mobile. ProFlowers boosted their conversions on mobile by cleaning their design, removing checkout steps, and making adjustments to ensure faster loading. 48% of consumers use a search engine as a starting point in their mobile research. Tailor your ads to the consumers and some keywords they may use when shopping on mobile. 84% of consumers use their mobile devices while shopping in a store. Of those, 53% use their mobile devices to make price comparisons. The most common categories are appliances (74%), electronics (70%), baby care (62%), household care (58%), pet care (51%), health and beauty (46%), apparel (44%), and grocery (36%). In addition, 82% of shoppers use search engines when browsing product info in a store. Finally, 65% of in-store mobile shoppers prefer mobile sites over the 35% who prefer apps. Knowing this, it’s important to make priorities for your mobile site. Every product page should have a brief product synopsis, pricing, images, and shipping options. Keep it simple and stick to the basics. Final Words…..What would you, as a consumer, like to see from e-commerce stores? What makes you buy from one e-commerce site and not another?Also check out a recent webinar we did where KISSmetrics’ Director of Marketing Dan McGaw presents 5 Ways to Increase Revenue For The Holidays.center_img Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

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