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Ighalo to sacrifice £75m for Man U

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first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Odion Ighalo is reportedly prepared to put his proposed new £480,000-a-week deal at Shanghai Shenhua in jeopardy in order to extend his stay with Manchester United.As it stands, the Nigerian is due to return to his parent club at the end of May, but United are allegedly attempting to extend the striker’s stay at Old Trafford until at least the end of the 2019-20 campaign. According to Daily Star, Ighalo has made it clear to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side that he wants to stay at the club and is willing to put his mega-money offer from Shanghai at risk to remain in England.The Chinese Super League outfit are said to be keen to tie the striker to a £25 million-a-year contract until 2024, but the attacker allegedly dreams of extending his stay at Old Trafford.The Nigerian has impressed since arriving at United in January, scoring four times in eight appearances, including twice in three Europa League outings.Ighalo’s existing deal with his Chinese club is due to run until the end of 2022.Tags: Manchester UnitedOdion IghaloOld TraffordOle Gunnar SolkjaerShanghai Shenhualast_img read more

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Time to start a constructive gambling marketing & advertising debate?

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first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Submit Share UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 David CliftonThe UK Gambling Commission’s Programme Director for Consumer Protection & Empowerment, Ian Angus, has recently made a speech in which he called for “a proper and constructive debate about gambling marketing and advertising, including sponsorship arrangements in sport”.His speech included the following stark message to holders of operating licences granted by the Commission: “My advice to you is this: a storm is gathering, but it can be avoided. Learn from the mistakes of the past – listen to what the public is saying and put responsible advertising standards at the very heart of your business. Don’t wait for the storm clouds to burst and precautionary measures to be triggered. Step up now and own this.”There will undoubtedly be readers of this article who will take the view that the majority of gambling operators comply with the applicable advertising codes and conduct their marketing activities in a socially responsible manner that fully complies with all legal and regulatory requirements. I agree with that.There will be some who additionally take the view that Ian Angus’s comments represent a considerable over-statement of the severity of the position. I don’t agree with that. Such a view ignores public sentiment that has become ever more negative over the last year. The easy response is to blame sensationalist adverse media reports, but that ignores how bombarded with, and pestered by, gambling advertisements – particularly for football betting – many people feel.Again to quote Ian Angus: “At a time when consumer trust in gambling is at an all-time low, it would be unwise for the industry to ignore the hardening public and political mood around advertising. For some, it’s a moral reaction; for others, it’s an irritant – “stop bombarding me with gambling ads!” – but for many, including a growing number of researchers and academics, it reflects a genuine concern about the unknown impacts of children’s exposure to gambling advertising and sports sponsorship”.A quick bit of legislative history Once upon a time, as a matter of UK government policy, the advertising of gambling products was tightly restricted as part of an overall desire not to stimulate demand and different rules applied to different sectors of the gambling industry. For example, betting shops were only allowed to advertise in “material form” (such as newspapers, journals and posters etc.) and were banned from advertising on radio or television. That was a long time ago now. The legislation in place at that time was not designed for online advertising, let alone online gambling.A quick bit of current lawThe Gambling Act 2005 provides a very broad definition of “advertising”, covering anything that is done to encourage or facilitate people to take advantage of (or intending to increase the use of) facilities for gambling, including entering sponsorship or brand-sharing agreements.Gambling advertising issues in the last 12 monthsI set out below a summary of what has happened on the gambling advertising front within the last year or so alone, most of which featured in Ian Angus’s speech:Setting the scene for a lot of what was to follow, a House of Lords debate expressed considerable concern about the effect of gambling advertisements on childrenSky Betting & Gaming set the trend by becoming the first operator to announce the closure of its affiliate marketing programme, citing“growing regulatory requirements”, a move followed subsequently by othersAt the same time, the Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”) upheld complaints against four online gambling companies for shockingly irresponsible adverts published by an affiliate suggesting that gambling could provide an escape from personal problems such as cancer-related depression and that it could be a solution to financial concernsNot surprisingly, just a few months later, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) reported that a global intelligence-gathering operation found that the affiliate marketing industry generally has significant compliance issues to overcomeNational newspaper allegations were made that cartoon characters are exposing children to online gambling, resulting in unprecedented joint action by regulators (and the Remote Gambling Association) to prevent gambling ads appealing to childrenThis was followed with yet further adverse media publicity on the promotion of gambling to children and young persons, a subject that hit the headlines again in May with adverse ASA rulingsThe Gambling Commission imposed a penalty package of £100,000 on Broadway Gaming Limited for failing to include significant terms linked to promotional advertisements on five of its gambling websitesThis was followed by new Committee of Advertising Practice standards on ‘free’ bets and bonuses introduced with immediate effect in February, coinciding with the Competition and Markets Authority ordering online gambling operators to stop unfair bonus promotionsOne month later, Sky Betting & Gaming was required to pay over £1million for social responsibility failings, that included about 50,000 self-excluded customers receiving marketing material by email, mobile text or a push notification within a mobile appThis was followed by tougher standards on gambling advertising coming into effect on 2 April 2018, restricting ads that create an inappropriate sense of urgency like those including“Bet Now!” offers during live events The Gambling Commission’s GDPR Information Note published that same month referred to its, and the ICO’s, concern about the volume of unsolicited direct e-marketing received by consumers (predominantly via email and SMS) for gambling products Related Articles StumbleUpon Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 In May, LeoVegas incurred a £627,000 penalty package for issuing 41 misleading advertisements and for self-exclusion failings, that included sending marketing material to 1,894 people who had previously self-excludedThe Gambling Commission warned of a ‘relentless escalation’ in financial penalties for compliance failings shortly after publishing its enforcement report for 2017-18, listing marketing and advertising by gambling operators in its top six regulatory concernsNevertheless, the passing months saw a mounting number of adverse ASA rulings against gambling operatorsIn September, BBC’s ‘5 Live investigates’ transmitted a radio programme entitled “Children Targeted by Gambling Ads” after its researchers discovered that 15 football clubs in the Premier League, the Championship, League One and the Scottish Professional Football League were in breach of the advertising rules by promoting gambling ads on the junior pages of their club websitesLittle surprise that, at about the same time, the Gambling Commission published its advertising and sponsorship rules reminder ahead of the imminent changes to its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice that mean that, with effect from 31 October, gambling operators who breach advertising rules or consumer law will face tougher enforcement actionAlso last month, the Labour Party announced its plans for a radical overhaul of gambling regulation and advertising, plans that seem to be attracting support in sections of the Conservative Party tooIn the last few days, penalty packages totalling nearly £2.8million have been incurred by the Rank Group, independent bookmaker Mark Jarvis and Paddy Power Betfair for, amongst other things, customer interaction failings, that sends a clear message to the gambling industry that the Gambling Commission will continue to come down hard on operators who do not take the required steps to stop harmful gambling by customers to whom they market their services.The debateSo what should be discussed as part of the debate about gambling marketing and advertising, including sponsorship arrangements in sport? I list below some suggestions:In Australia, bans on gambling advertising during broadcasts and online streaming of live sport between 5 am and 8.30 pm have been introduced. Is this, or an alternative pre-watershed ban, a model that should be followed in the UK?It has been reported that the Spanish government’s 2019 budget announcement is expected to include advertising restrictions for licensed gambling. Will they follow Italy’s blanket ban on gambling advertising across all media platforms (including sponsorship of sports clubs by gambling operators), due to take effect from 1 January 2019? Is the situation so dire in the UK that a similar ban should be imposed here?In light of the above, is the Labour Party’s proposed “whistle-to-whistle” ban on gambling adverts being shown during a specified time before, during and after a live sporting event an acceptable compromise?Alternatively, can all sectors of the UK’s gambling industry come together sufficiently quickly to agree an even tighter Gambling Industry Code for Socially Responsible Gambling before much harsher mandatory restrictions are imposed on them?Should such a revised code include the prohibition of gambling advertising within sports grounds (pitch-side and otherwise) and in their immediate vicinity?Should the fact that betting is regarded as merely part of the normal enjoyment of sport override concerns that betting advertising normalises gambling for children?To what extent can gambling advertising overcome the “normalisation” criticism, taking into account the very recently published CAP/BCAP explanatory document on that subject?Are there any acceptable compromises to avoid a potential complete ban on British sports clubs’ shirt sponsorship by gambling companies including, for example, prohibiting their logos or other promotional material from appearing on any commercial merchandising, rather than merely on replica kits and other merchandise that is designed for use by children?Is it already too late now for an affiliates’ trade association to be set up requiring compliance with a minimum set of advertising and marketing standards for membership, although, of itself, that would not absolve gambling operators from liability for their affiliates’ failings (and would it make any difference anyway)?Is it only tougher penalties for breaching the UK Advertising Codes, the GDPR rules on marketing consent or consumer law that will bring about the change in approach gambling advertising the Gambling Commission is calling for?Should any further action await further research on the effects of gambling marketing and advertising on children, young people and vulnerable adults?Should the UK gambling industry “swallow the bullet” (mixing of metaphors intended) and voluntarily accept the Labour Party’s proposal fora compulsory levy on gambling operators of 1% of gross gambling yield and, if so, should it be on condition that it has a greater say in what research, education and treatment of problem gambling takes place?These are not proposals. They are merely ideas and, with Responsible Gambling Week almost upon us, what better time to start the debate?On that front, I will leave the final words to Ian Angus, again from his recent speech: “Advertising is the lens through which consumers and the wider public judge you, your brand and the wider industry. It’s the first thing they see or hear; and first impressions matter. The decline in public trust and confidence reflects badly on us all – and it needs to be reversed”.___________________________David Clifton – Director – ‎Clifton Davies Consultancy Limitedlast_img read more

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England trio named in European squad for PING Junior Solheim Cup

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first_img Tags: Annabell Fuller, Junior Solheim Cup, Lily May Humphreys, Mimi Rhodes England’s Mimi Rhodes, Lily May Humphreys and Annabell Fuller have all been selected for the European team to face the United States of America in next month’s PING Junior Solheim Cup at Gleneagles.Rhodes, 17, from Burnham & Berrow, earned an automatic place on the team having finished in the top-six on the European Junior Solheim Cup ranking. That list was headed by Slovenia’s Pia Babik, 15, who capped a tremendous year by winning last week’s Girls’ Amateur Championship at Panmure. The other four players who earned a place by that route were France’s Lucy Malchirand, Italians Benedetta Moresco and Alessia Nobilio and Anne Normann from Denmark.Fuller, 17, from Roehampton, and Humphreys, 17, from Stoke by Nayland, were both selected as wild card picks by European captain Mickey Walker. Scotland’s Hannah Darling, Denmark’s Amalie Leth-Nissen, France’s Lilas Pinthier and Germany’s Paula Schulz-Hanßen were the other picks.“I’m excited to announce such a young, talented and international team for this year’s Ping Junior Solheim Cup, said Walker, who was Europe’s Solheim Cup captain when the match was first played in 1990. “This will be a special week for everyone involved and create memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.“I am delighted the matches will be played at Gleneagles, one of the most iconic golfing venues in the UK and one of my personal favourite places to visit and play golf. I feel sure that all the girls participating in the PJSC will feel the same.“Finally, on behalf of the European team, I would like to say a big thank you to John Solheim and his family for their vision and generosity in creating this wonderful match between the very best young players from the two continents.”“The depth of talent on Mickey Walker’s team is very impressive and promises to create some exciting and memorable moments at Gleneagles”, responded Solheim, PING Chairman and CEO.“It is wonderful to see six countries represented. It speaks to the wide appeal of the game and is a testament to the golf organisations within each country that have committed to developing such talented young ladies.”This year’s PING Junior Solheim Cup is to be played over the King’s course at Gleneagles, on Tuesday September 10 and Wednesday September 11, immediately ahead of the Solheim Cup which starts on the resort’s PGA Centenary course on Friday September 13.European Squad for PING Junior Solheim Cup:Pia Babnik (SLO)Lucie Malchirand (FRA)Benedetta Moresco (ITA)Alessia Nobilio (ITA)Mimi Rhodes (ENG)Anne Norman (DEN)Annabell Fuller (ENG)Lily May Humphreys (ENG)Hannah Darling (SCO)Amalie Leth-Nissen (DEN)Lilas Pintheir (FRA)Paula Schulz-Hanßen (GER) 20 Aug 2019 England trio named in European squad for PING Junior Solheim Cup last_img read more

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Jazz and Blues Vocalist Dennis Hastings Featured at Saint Martin’s Music…

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first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityJazz and blues vocalist Dennis Hastings, who has played on the same bill with notable talent such as Bobby McFerrin, John Lee Hooker and The Marcels, will bring his repertoire of tunes made popular from the 1940s to the 2000s during the next Music @ 11 recital at Saint Martin’s University. The musical series is free and open to the public and the concert will take place Tuesday, November 18, at 11 a.m. in Kreielsheimer Hall, the theatre arts building, on the Saint Martin’s University campus, 5000 Abbey Way SE.“I am pleased to be able to bring Dennis Hastings on campus to perform this diverse genre of music,” says Darrell Born, director of music, associate professor of music and chair of the Department of Fine Arts. “Jazz is such an important part of our American culture. I am thrilled to bring such a quality and varied example of vocal jazz to our campus community and students.”Originally from Portland, Oregon, Hastings has been singing jazz and blues in the Northwest for more than 30 years. His focus has recently been on producing a CD that will include musicians who are living and performing in the Pacific Northwest. Hastings has also been involved with performing the arrangements of the late Mel Tormé. His range of music includes many of Frank Sinatra’s hits, as well as songs by Sting and Stevie Wonder. A wide selection of classic blues is also a mainstay of his sets whenever he performs.During his Music @ 11 performance, Hastings will be accompanied by Phil Lawson on guitar, Steven Luceno on bass and Steven Bentley on drums.Hastings lives with his wife, Beverly, in Olympia and can be seen in venues from Seattle to the Portland area.Born created the “Music @ 11” recital series, now in its 10th year, to raise awareness of the musical arts and provide opportunities for students and the community to experience various kinds of music in a recital setting.last_img read more

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Public Invited To Weigh In On Managing Flood Risk

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first_imgResidents of Monmouth County will get to weigh in later this month on a federal government study looking at ways to “manage” flood risk in New Jersey and New York, two states that experienced significant damage during Super Storm Sandy more than six years ago. “No decision has been made about what features or measures could be recommended,” Embrich said. “All or none of the proposed measures could be considered environmentally acceptable, or economically feasible.” Part of the process is to hear from the public. Meetings have been scheduled in both states, in March and April, to give the community a chance to weigh in. The federal government would contribute 65 percent of the cost of any project, with the rest picked up by a “non-federal sponsor,” he said. Overall, that project would take 25 years to build and cost around $119 billion. By Philip Sean Curran In February, the Army Corps of Engineers released a 136-page interim report for its New York-New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study. An option being considered is “a combination levee, berm and surge gate/barrier system” from Sandy Hook to Breezy Point, in Queens, New York, along with having a “similar surge barrier enclosure along the East River … ,” the report said in part. Another element would be to put surge gates and other measures in New York’s Pelham Bay. “We are still very early in the process of this study, which is not expected to conclude until 2022,” said Michael T. Embrich, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers, in an email. “Ultimately, after an internal governmental process, Congress makes the final decision on any project the Corps would build.” “Devastation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy revealed a need to address the vulnerability of populations, infrastructure and resources at risk throughout the North Atlantic coastal region,” the report read in part. The first meeting in New Jersey is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. March 27 in the Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church St. A presentation by the study team will be held from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Audience question and answer session will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Monmouth County Freeholder Gerry P. Scharfenberger said natural dunes “were the most effective in keeping the floodwaters out of north Middletown.” “I would hope that would be a consideration, where we’d use sort of natural barriers like that as a means of flood control and flood prevention,” he said. This year will mark the seventh anniversary of Sandy, what the Army Corps of Engineers called “the largest storm of its kind to hit the U.S. East Coast.”last_img read more

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Robertson-Weir, Holitzki, Cowan pace Neptunes medal parade in Creston

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first_imgDivision 6 girls 200 medley relay (Sage Cowan, Nava Sachs, Hannah Malenfant, Olivia Cowan) old: 2:46.84 new: 2:41.76Division 8 girls 200 medley relay: (Cynthia Pfeiffer, Rebecca Afford, Ohia Wintraub, Madeline Holtizki) old: 2:29.64 new: 2:28.63Division 1 girls 200 freestyle relay (Kallie Badry, Chloe Malenfant, Ella Chouinard, Imogen Cowan) old: 4:00.36 new: 3:54.63Other highlights included swims by: Matthew Holitzki – 100m breaststrokeElla Chouinard – 100m freestyleOhia Wintraub – 50m butterflyHannah Malenfant – 100m freestyleKallie Badry – 100m freestyleArjun Bhabra – 100m freestyleMorgan Roberton-Weir – 100m freestyle “We had four heats of swimmers in a row put up some amazing times that made for some very exciting races,” said coach Rebecca Afford.”All of our new swimmers who attended the meet blew us away: Arjun Bhabra took off 1:00 in his 100m freestyle, Ella Chouinard’s strokes looks like she has been swimming for years, and Keira Badry, at four years old, swam a relay with coaches Cynthia Pfeiffer and Rebecca Afford and Enna Cowan; Keira swam 50m of freestyle all on her own.”The Neptunes return to the pool for training this week before heading south of the border for the annual Colville meet.”This coming weekend for the “highlight” meet of the summer that all the swimmers and families look forward to,” Afford said. Morgan Robertson-Weir, Matthew Holitzki and Olivia Cowan each won silver medals highlighting the Nelson Neptunes results during a weekend Kootenay Summer Swim Association meet in Creston.Robertson-Weir won the medal in Division on girls while Holitzki and Cowan captured medals in Division four boys and Division five girls, respectively.”We are so pleased with how well the swimmers did this weekend,” said head coach Cynthia Pfeiffe.”Despite the pool being almost too cold to even dive into, the swimmers all toughed it out and some were able to get some best times, namely in the 100m freestyle.”Madeline Holitzki took home bronze in Division four boys while coaches Rebecca Afford and Cynthia Pfeiffer won silver and gold in Division eight women’s category.Neptune swimmers set a host of meet records:Ohia Wintraub – 50m butterfly old: 35.51 new: 35.15Cynthia Pfeiffer  – 100m backstroke old: 1:14.14 new: 1:13.04last_img read more

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Brand South Africa to host inaugural Nation Brand Forum aimed at positioning South Africa as a globally competitive destination

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first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 27 July 2016 – Brand South Africa will on Wednesday 24 August 2016 host the inaugural Nation Brand Forum to reflect on how to strengthen collective efforts to position the South African nation brand as a globally competitive destination.Brand South Africa is mandated to implement proactive and co-ordinated marketing, communication and reputation management strategies to position the South African nation brand positively. In this regard Brand South Africa will facilitate an exchange in ideas with identified stakeholders which will enable more cohesive and co-ordinated marketing and communication programmes for the South African nation brand.It is within this context that stakeholders from government, business, and civil society will meet at the Nation Brand Forum to discuss how to position South Africa as a globally competitive nation brand in a cohesive and consistent manner.Media is invited to attend as follows:Date: Wednesday 24 August 2016Time: 08h30 – 15h00Venue: The Maslow Hotel, 46 Rivonia Rd, Sandton, 2146RSVPS/Enquiries: Tsabeng NthiteEmail: [email protected] number: 076 371 6810Media are kindly requested to RSVP by Tuesday 16 August 2016 for logistical reasons.Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrandlast_img read more

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SA ocean gliders tackle climate change

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first_img22 October 2013 South African scientists have deployed the first robotics platform in the Southern Ocean in a bid to gauge the precise links between climate and the carbon cycle in the most southern waters of the world’s oceans. The pioneering project is being led by the marine robotics programme of South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and forms part of the CSIR’s Southern Ocean Carbon Climate Observatory programme. Announcing the project on Monday, the CSIR said the deployment of the robotics platform over 1 000 kilometres south-west of Cape Town would build on pioneering work from 2012, when the CSIR completed the longest high-resolution missions in the Southern Ocean using five unmanned buoyancy seagliders. The new robotics platform will combine both wave and buoyancy-driven gliders in an integrated fleet that will undertake a five- to six-month mission to the Antarctic pack-ice and back “at a crucial period, when there are currently no ship-based observations in place”, the CSIR said in a statement.Understanding ocean-climate links According to the CSIR’s Ocean Systems and Climate research group leader, Dr Pedro Monteiro, this will be the first global deployment of robotics-based carbon dioxide (CO2) observations in the Southern Ocean, signalling the start of a multi-platform strategy that will hopefully close the uncertainty gap in the global annual CO2 flux estimates within three years. “These deployments are a great leap towards aiding us in generating a more accurate understanding of the link between climate and the carbon cycle in the ocean,” Monteiro said. “Combined with global coupled models, this will allow us to understand the intricate relationship of the ocean and atmosphere processes and how these regulate the carbon cycle and ultimately the earth’s climate. It also underlines the important role of the Southern Ocean in global and regional climate.” The mission coordinator, the CSIR’s Dr Sebastiaan Swart, explained the significance of the dual deployment: “For the first time, we are deploying a wave glider in the Southern Ocean, but of more significance to climate researchers, we have twinned it with a seaglider that dives below the wave glider. “This will allow us acquire valuable information from both gliders in an integrated approach, but more importantly, this means we can link CO2 flux between the ocean and the atmosphere at the surface of the ocean with understanding of the connected physical and biogeochemical processes that are occurring below the surface and in the ocean interior,” Swart said.Wave and buoyancy-driven gliders The deployed liquid robotics wave glider is designed to ride on the ocean surface using the vertical movements of ocean waves to propel it forward. It has specialised instruments on board that measure CO2, the ocean acidity, and other physical variables of the surface ocean. The data generated are sent via satellite communications and viewed in real-time by climate scientists back at the CSIR. The buoyancy-driven seaglider dives between the surface and a depth of one kilometre. As the glider moves through the water column, it collects valuable data that describe the physics (such as temperature, salinity and the amount of light penetrating into the surface waters) and biogeochemistry (such as phytoplankton and oxygen concentrations of the ocean). These data are transmitted via satellite every time the glider comes back to the surface. Both gliders are fully controlled by pilots back on land who guide their navigation and activity. In 2012, the CSIR launched five buoyancy seagliders which were retrieved in February and March this year. According to the CSIR, the data from these gliders are currently being analysed by master’s and doctoral students at the CSIR and the University of Cape Town, with the first scientific papers ready to be submitted for publication in international journals. Engineering students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology have also been employed to complete their in-service training and obtain scarce skills from this highly advanced type of marine engineering and robotics technology. This contributes to the CSIR’s HCD goals and skills generation. “We plan to deploy another set of these gliders in December this year on the SA Agulhas II during its annual voyage to Antarctica so that we can expand our observational coverage,” Swart said. Monteiro praised the team for its progrees, noting that Swart was working “with some of South Africa’s the best ocean robotics engineers in Derek Needham and Andre Hoek and their new students Sinekhaya Bilana and JP Smit. “This team is rapidly becoming one of the best-skilled global robotics teams with special experience in Southern Ocean conditions and constraints.” Funded mainly by the Department of Science and Technology, the Southern Ocean robotics project is being undertaken with local partners Sea Technology Services, the South African Maritime Safety Association and the SA National Antarctic Programme; and with US partners the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington. SAinfo reporter and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Researchlast_img read more

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Case Study: Developer Says Android More Profitable than iOS

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first_imgsarah perez Role 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 center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile There’s an interesting case study over on Computerworld this week regarding mobile application revenue generation, and this time, it’s not an iPhone success story – it’s just the opposite. JR Raphael takes a look at one development firm that’s actually earning more revenue via its Android application, a popular mobile game called Pocket Legends, than it is on iOS.Not only is the game more profitable on the Android platform, its makers say, the Android users are more engaged, too. They play the game more often and click on more ads.According the article, Spacetime Studios, the development firm behind Pocket Legends, a 3D MMO with hints of “World of Warcraft,” says that its daily user activity on Android is more than twice that on iOS. It sees more downloads per day on Android (9,000 vs. 3,000-4,000 on iOS) and is used around three times more on Android compared with iOS.The end result is that the game earns – get this! – 30-50% more revenue on Android than on iOS.That’s certainly a story you don’t hear very much.How? In-app Purchases, Virtual Goods, AdsThe game itself is free, as many Android titles are. The revenue it generates comes from in-app purchases and virtual goods, as well as mobile ads.We already know that in-app purchases are a better form of monetization than mobile ads for mobile social networking and social gaming applications. And we know that in-app purchases are on a huge growth trend this year – expected to grow over 600% in 2011, to account for nearly 30% of all mobile app payments. So is it any surprise, really, to hear that such monetization is working? No.What is surprising is to hear that the game’s in-app purchases are higher on Android than iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad), especially because iOS has had official support for in-app purchases for some time, while official support from Google for Android apps has still yet to launch. (It’s expected this quarter). That means developers are currently using third-party services to fill their needs in this area for now.Another factor in Spacetime’s monetization scheme, it should be noted, is ads. Here, the trend it sees is higher clickthough on Android than iOS – again, up to three times as many clicks as on iOS. Comptuterworld quotes Spacetime CEO as saying: “this led us to stop advertising on Apple and throw all of our marketing dollars onto Android. It really just makes sense from a financial point of view.”Nope, that’s not something you hear much either.Outlier or Trend? You Tell UsOf course, one case study, while interesting, does not make a trend. But this has to at least pique your interest. It certainly did ours.Are you a mobile developer seeing similar revenue trends on Android vs. iOS? I’d like to know. Get in touch.last_img read more

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Android Gaming Console OUYA Set To Ship At End Of June

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first_imgTags:#Android#Mobile Games#now Eager gamers have a new date to look forward to: June 25. That’s the day that the much-anticipated OUYA gaming console is set to begin shipping to consumers that have been waiting since last summer to try out the newest gaming platform running Google’s Android mobile operating system.[See Also: Ouya Is Finally Set To Ship To The Game Console’s Backers]OUYA set the Internet on fire last year when it began as a crowd funded Kickstarter campaign, blowing past expectations to raise $8.6 million dollars in funds to bring Android games to TV sets. Today the company announced that is going big. OUYA landed $15 million in funding from a variety of venture capital and technology companies, including NVIDIA and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.[See Also: Can Startup Ouya’s Crowd-Sourced Gaming Console Challenge Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo?]The funding will help OUYA scale to meet what has become massive demand for the console. This is the second time this year that shipments of OUYA have been delayed. Most Kickstarter backers were supposed to see their consoles arrive on March 28 and will now have to wait just a bit longer. [See Also: From Kickstarter to Target: Indie Ouya Gets Mainstream Retail Partners]“The message is clear: people want OUYA.  We first heard this from Kickstarter backers who provided more than $8 million to help us build OUYA, then from over 12,000 developers who have registered to make an OUYA game, next from retailers who are carrying OUYA online and soon on store shelves, and now from top pioneering investors,” said OUYA CEO Julie Uhrman.Are you awaiting your OUYA? Are you planning on building games for the console? Let us know in the comments.  4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout readwrite 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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