Marseille starlet Lopez snubs Arsenal and Liverpool by signing new deal

first_img1 Maxime Lopez in action for Marseille Arsenal and Liverpool target Maxime Lopez has ended speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League by signing a new deal at Marseille.The teen star has played 18 times in Ligue 1 so far this season and the quality of his performances attracted interest from the two English clubs.Barcelona were also said to be tracking the 19-year-old closely and a summer approach had been mooted.However, Lopez has snubbed the interest of all three clubs by committing his future to Marseille, where his new contract runs until 2021.The French club’s president Jacques-Henri Eyraud told the official website: “Maxime Lopez’s extension is a strong symbol for all of us.“He is a young, talented player who is very appreciated by the fans, and to whom we want to give a chance to develop into a man at the foundation of our sporting project.“Beyond that, the message we want to send to the young Marseille players is that everything is possible with OM as long as the following conditions are met: exceptional discipline and work ethic, personal talent, and a mentality to put the collective interest ahead of individual interest.”last_img read more

Is Android Really Open? Skyhook’s Battle With Google Challenges That Claim

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#Location#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dan rowinski Imagine you have a date set up with one of the prettiest girls in school. You may not be the most popular kid in the halls, but she seems to like you and going out with her will be a big boost to your reputation.Along comes the captain of the football team. He tells the girl that she cannot go out with you or her, or any of her friends, will never be able to date a football player ever again. In the sociological mess that is high school, that would be absolutely devastating.Essentially, that is what Google is doing to location service provider Skyhook. And Skyhook is fighting back. In court.Skyhook provides its customers with a giant database of locations it has mapped to Wi-Fi signals and MAC addresses around the United States. Mobile phone manufacturers, among others, license Skyhook’s technology to augment GPS and tell phone users where they are.In its legal battle with Google to save Android contracts it signed with Motorola and Samsung, and Skyhook won the first courtroom battle with the search giant.“Being told you are going to lose your Android license is Google’s nuclear option,” Morgan said. “And Google uses its nuclear option often.”Judge Judith Fabricant of the Massachusetts Superior Court dismissed Google’s request for summary judgment of Skyhook’s complaint. That means the case will go into discovery, where both sides of the case have to share relevant documents with each other. It is something that Skyhook CEO Ted Morgan thinks Google did not want to go through.“All this, as I am learning, is a long game and we are only in the early innings,” Morgan told us. “From what we have seen, Google doesn’t want to go to discovery.”Google has not yet responded to our request for comment. Update: Google has declined comment on the case.As we have seen with recent location tracking controversies around Apple and Google, knowing where people are and what they are doing is big money. With the meteoric rise of Android, Skyhook is feeling that it is being wrongfully shut out of an explosive market sector that it thought it had firm grapple on.What Skyhook is upset about is that it says it was led to believe by Google that Android would be an “open” platform. Morgan said that Google had initially said that Android contained no location resources and hence Skyhook felt free to go ahead and negotiate contracts with original equipment manufacturers like Motorola and Samsung. Skyhook spent $1.5 million wooing Motorola and thought it had a foot in on the ground floor of Android in 2009.Stop shipLiterally, that is what the the court documents say, say, at least according to the complaint filed by Skyhook. Google’s head of Android, Andy Rubin, reportedly sent a message to Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha telling him to stop ship of Android devices loaded with Skyhook location software. Morgan said that is exactly the same thing Google did between Skyhook and Samsung.Skyhook is accusing Google of threatening to take away the Android licenses of Motorola and Samsung if did not launch with Google Location Services.“We looked at these deals that we wanted and we thought they were all pretty big,” Morgan said. “We thought we were on an IPO track after seven years in business and this happens.”Skyhook. Meet carpet. Yeah, the one that Google just pulled out from under you.“Being told you are going to lose your Android license is Google’s nuclear option,” Morgan said. “And Google uses its nuclear option often.”Then we come back to the notion of “open.” Skyhook would not be upset with Google if they had been upfront with their intentions for Android in the first place. Apple and Microsoft were straightforward with Skyhook in saying that they were going to use their own location services (for better or worse) and Skyhook, though probably disappointed, was OK with that.“It is all a cover story to be able to control the location [on Android devices,]” Morgan said. “We would be fine with it if that is the way it started but it wasn’t and we feel that might be illegal.”The next phase of the process will take about another six months as lawyers go through the discovery process. Skyhook’s attorneys will be looking to prove that Google is stifling innovation and forced Android OEMs to break contracts with Skyhook because the search company wanted to control the location data. There is a side case to all of this where Skyhook is suing Google over four location-based patents.To a certain extent, Google’s notion of “open” is on trial. Skyhook’s battle is the height of legal and economic intrigue mixed with world’s current technology ecosystem. Will the final result be a change in the way Google operates Android? center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

QUEENSLAND/JAPAN EXCHANGE TOUR

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s Queensland Branch will embark on a whirlwind goodwill tour of Japan from the 22 – 28 August 2006.A mixed team, comprising State representatives across various age divisions who competed in the recent State of Origin series, was invited to participate in the Tour. The Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs nominated the Japan Touch Football Union (JTFU) to bolster the relationship between Japan and Australia in the name of the “Australia Japan Year of Exchange” project.  The Japan Touch Football Union, who sent two Mixed teams to the Touch Football Australia Queensland Branch 2005 State Cup at Kawana, see this tour as an integral build-up to their preparation for the 2007 World Cup.  Touch Football Australia Queensland Branch stayed in contact with the JTFU after the State Cup and has been providing the developing Touch nation with resources and information to broaden their technical knowledge and practical applications of the game.Touch Football Australia Queensland Branch Member Services Officer, Kathy Sweeney will be the tour leader and has been working closely with the JTFU since March to ensure the tour has several mutual outcomes for both parties.“Building friendships and the development of the sport of Touch across the world.   Feeling that you can contribute to this is very rewarding and fulfilling. All our Queensland players are really excited about going and have been practicing their bowing… they are a hard bunch to teach etiquette to, but all are excited about embracing and learning about a new culture” Kathy said.Experienced Queensland coaches Tony O’Keefe and Mark Edwards will coach the Queensland team, and Level 6 referee and Touch Football Australia Queensland Branch Development Officer Glenn Richardson will also be touring.The Queensland touring party will provide valuable mentoring and education to the Japanese players and technical arms fraternity with scheduled competition, exhibition matches, coaching and game development sessions. The tour will include games against the Japanese National squads to assist in the finalisation of their World Cup teams and tournament games as well as several social and cultural engagements.Current Australian Open Men’s representative Phil Gyemore will lead the Queensland team and is excited about the prospect of touring Japan after traveling to the country previously for the 2003 FIT World Cup played in Kumagaya.“It is most definitely a different environment.  It’s great for people to get out of their comfort zone and experience how other people in the world live. We’ve just come off the State of Origin so we had a very comfortable home base from which to play, now we have to be prepared for a different competition, social and cultural environment.”The language barrier is obviously always an interesting aspect to overcome. Phil believes though that on the field will be common ground for both nations.“The game, the rules and signals – the language of Touch football we will both speak perfectly well I’d imagine.”Jokingly Phil said, “It’ll probably be good for Parksey (Luke Parker) and Rager (Dave Raper). The Country Club connection won’t get too far with questioning the Japanese referee’s decisions, so that will be good for the flow of the games.”The Japan Minister of Foreign Affairs and the JTFU have provided an International interpreter to accompany the team and Masahiro, a Japanese player, speaks English and will act as one of the Queenslander’s hosts.Phil is excited about playing with the array of players Queensland has assembled.“It will be great playing with new people – there are a lot of stars there across the age divisions and a good mix of personalities – it’ll be heaps of fun and a life experience the players will no doubt look back on with fondness in the future.” Queensland’s tour is precisely the sort of cultural game exchange experience that will assist the Japanese Touch football community to develop a better feel and “read” for the finer points and styles of playing the game.Japan has been a member of the Federation of International Touch (FIT) since November 1990 and has attended every World Cup since 1991. The Australian Touch community have been very willing contributors in the development in the game in the Asian region, particularly in Japan.Queensland’s tour of Japan in 2006 is another stepping stone in the development of the game on a global level and we look forward to hearing about the on and off field exploits of our intrepid touch ambassadors upon their return.It will also be interesting to hear if Parksey and Rager manage to get through the tour without time in the bin… stay tuned.Updates on the progress of the tour and a wrap up of the tour will be provided.The Queensland Touring party is:Jason Powell, Luke Parker, Matt Mc Donald, Shane Rigby, Sean Slinger, Graham White, Dave Raper, Phil Gyemore (Captain), Nicola Slade, Sherry Ey, Haylene Grogan, Terri Cronk, Lisa Miller, Tracy Williamson (Captain), Tony O’Keefe (Coach) Mark Edwards (Coach) Glenn Richardson (Referee) Kathy Sweeney (Tour Manager)Written by Karley Banks  Media Member Services Officerlast_img read more

Exclusive BLK offer

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) partner BLK has a great offer exclusively for TFA members just in time for summer competitions. Outfit your team in the latest performance gear from BLK for a greatly reduced price: bundle your team kit with a singlet, shorts and pair of socks all for just $50 (ex GST), which is amazing value!To order your uniforms, please head to www.blksport.com.au and head to the Contact Us section or request a quote. Alternatively please call (07) 5635 1900 and customer service will put you in touch with your local rep. For more information, please see the attachment below or visit the BLK website – www.blksport.com.  Offer ends 31/12/14, minimum order is 36 units, and does not apply to any previous offer. Related Filestfa_blk_package_offer_4_-pdfRelated LinksBLK uniform offerlast_img read more

TFA National Participation Survey

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is currently implementing a comprehensive Market Research Program (MRP) through the TFA Business Development and Marketing portfolio. The purpose is to conduct research programs/projects through regular surveys and data gathering initiatives to provide critical evidence-based findings. These results will shape the vision and future direction of the sport and inform the development of the new 2015-2020 Strategic and Participation Plans.As communicated in a memorandum to our membership in June 2015 (see attached), TFA and the University of Canberra will be undertaking the first critical phase of this research program: the National Participation Survey in the coming weeks. This body of research will analyse national participation for 2014/15 with the overall intent to develop an in-depth understanding of current participation demographics, the key drivers of participation, and participant behaviour which will be tracked over time.Individuals that have registered in a TFA affiliated competition via Touch Football Online (TFO) and have opted in to communication from TFA in the last 12 months will shortly receive an email from the University of Canberra regarding this survey.TFA assures members that this research complies with the TFA Privacy Policy (2014)  and at no time will member’s personal information be used for any means other than to collect anonymous participation data about our sport.The survey is optional however we encourage all members to complete the survey as the findings/evidence from this research will help improve our competitions and product delivery.The amended table below highlights the key timings/dates of the participation survey, as follows. On behalf of Touch Football Australia, thank you for your cooperation in this critical process. If you have any questions contact Tim Wyld at: [email protected] or 02 6212 2800. Related Filesnational_participation_survey_memo-pdfRelated LinksParticipation Surveylast_img read more

a month agoChelsea youngster Gilmour full of pride for Cup win

first_imgChelsea youngster Gilmour full of pride for Cup winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youngster Billy Gilmour was full of pride after his contribution for their 7-1 Carabao Cup win over Grimsby Town.Deployed in a deep-lying central midfield role, Gilmour grew into the game, and in the second half was arguably the standout performer. “It was a really good feeling to make my full debut, and it was really good to get the win,” said Gilmour to chelseafc.com.”It was breathtaking. It was a great night to walk out in front of all the Chelsea fans. And the boys performed really well. You could see the attacking threat we had with the goals.”The gaffer has come in and wants to play the youth. It’s been really good experience for us and the we’re gaining confidence from it. I have worked hard for this so it wasn’t a shock, but I had to step up and show what I’m capable of. I think I played well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Dispose VIP complaints in speedy manner: Police

first_imgNew Delhi: A meeting to review the status of pending complaints was held between the officers of Delhi Police. Sources said that the discussion was held to ensure the timely disposal of complaints coming from VIP references and other important authorities to city police.Sources told Millennium Post that the meeting was chaired by Special Commissioner of Police rank officer. “The discussions were held on pending complaints of VIP references from Public Grievances Commission (PGC), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Centralized Public Grievance Redress And Monitoring System (CPGRAMS), NHRC, Listening Post of Lieutenant Governor,” said sources adding that the pendency of the complaints was till February 5. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsSources further learnt that for the references/complaints pending under NHRC, Special CP stressed that references over three months, six months or over one year should be disposed of on a priority basis. Meanwhile, the senior officer also found that as many as 331 PGC references were found pending with various districts/units. Special CP directed other senior officer that pendency over six months or one year should be brought down to zero. Special CP apprised not to keep the references pending without any cogent reason. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources further added that till February 5, as many as 284 references from MHA were found pending. “Special CP emphasized that these references require prompt and proper disposal,” added sources. From GNCTD as many as 365 references found pending till February 5. “The senior officer advised other police officials that utmost attention should be paid to these references and should be finalized within the due period,” sources claimed. As many as 2022 references found pending with various districts CM Public Grievance Monitoring System (PGMS). “Special CP advised that online reply on PGMS should be uploaded within the stipulated period,” sources said adding that in Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) as many as 778 references found pending. Special CP stressed that there should be no pendency over two months. “He further stressed that concerned officers should not wait for two months rather complete the enquiry before that. The quality of the report should be improved. Special CP stressed to clear the overdue pendency,” sources further added.last_img read more

EU bans arms sales to Central African Republic

first_imgBRUSSELS – Micopax, MISCA and the French troops already stationed there may continue receiving arms and all kinds of support without any restrictionsThe European Union (EU) on Monday banned the arms exports and the dispatch of mercenaries to the Central African Republic (CAR), which is racked by internal violence.The EU’s ban came after the United Nations (UN) Security Council’s decision on December 5 authorizing both the deployment of the African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (MISCA) and the French troops already stationed in the strife-torn nation.CAR, a mineral-rich landlocked country, descended into anarchy in March, when Seleka rebels ousted Christian President François Bozize, who had assumed power in a 2003 coup. The months since have seen the emergence of self-styled “anti-balaka” Christian militias.The EU bans also include financial and technical support to the country. The three exceptions- Micopax, an international organization for the promotion of peace in the region, MISCA and the French troops already stationed there- may receive arms and all kinds of support without any restrictions.last_img read more