1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr For American consumers, it’s hard to avoid the headlines about the intensifying “mobile wallet war” between the tech titans, especially since Apple leaped into the fray with Apple Pay last month.But adoption has been slow, especially for a market with some lofty goals: Mobile payments are predicted to reach $27.5 billion by 2016, up from $3.5 billion this year, according to an eMarketer report. That’s an expected growth rate of more than 700 percent in two years.Standing in the way of that goal is a question that has dogged mobile payments since it became the next big thing: Is it the solution consumers have long been waiting for, or a solution in search of a problem?Clinging to their walletsAnother way of putting it: The American consumer likely cares less about who wins the mobile wallet war than whether any of the mobile solutions give them a good reason to make the switch. What will it take to sway the masses to dump their wallets and depend on their smartphones to buy life’s basics? by: Ellen Lee continue reading »
(WBNG) — Olivia and Victoria McKnight are training for their sophomore soccer season at Binghamton University, despite not knowing if the fall season will be played. In addition to playing pick-up games with local soccer players, their coach sends the team weekly workouts. “It’s really nice to have a plan to follow, still keep some structure,” says Olivia. The former Vestal Golden Bears typically spend summers training at Binghamton University. With campus shut down, the twins have utilized local high school turf fields, and use each other to stay motiviated. Today, the duo trained at Union-Endicott High School. They completed a conditioning workout, and practiced footwork. “Say I’m just on the couch Olivia’s like, ‘get up, let’s go, let’s go,'” says Victoria. “And then opposite way if she doesn’t want to do it, you just push each other to go every day.” If the fall season is pushed to Spring of 2021, both girls say they are open to the idea. The girls say if the season is a go, preseason will be split into phases. “Nothing’s set in stone but for the most part, you can only train with people you live with, then we’ll build up to ten people, six feet apart,” says Olivia. “And then each week it continues to get more and more together, and then finally a full team practice.” “We just tell each other work hard every day,” says Victoria. “It could happen, it couldn’t but you’re still going to be ready if it is.” The McKnight’s also said they’ve been told there will be no fans at games, and substitute players will sit in the stands wearing masks, staying six feet apart – although the details are still being worked on. Victoria says the team’s scheduled game against Michigan State was canceled, along with most non-conference games. They told 12 Sports the schedule has been reworked so they will play teams in the South Division of the America East Conference, and possibly work in nearby non-conference games. As they wait for the final decision, both girls share a mindset. “Yeah,” Olivia added. “All the hard work will pay off eventually, and just keeping each other in the loop and motivated.” Preseason is slated to begin August 17.
The development of tourism, in addition to numerous benefits, necessarily brings with it certain consequences such as a significantly increased volume of waste left by tourists to hosts, increased consumption of water, detergents, spatial usurpation and a number of other undesirable consequences. Tourism in Croatia generates almost 20 percent of GDP and in this respect represents a significant economic branch. With higher sales of domestic food in tourism, furniture and other inputs, tourism would generate the development of certain industries that certainly have room for growth. When we talk about tourism in protected areas, we must expect strong growth with great caution. With its 8 national parks and 11 nature parks, Croatia is an “oasis” of Europe. Plitvice Lakes National Park is, along with Dubrovnik, the strongest Croatian brand. However, there are other national parks such as NP Krka, NP Brijuni and NP Mljet, which indicate the number of visitors from year to year that Croatia, except for the beautiful sea and beaches, is widely recognized for its protected areas. Continental parks each year show a growing interest in visiting, both locals and world visitors. After the introduction, a presentation on the topic of protection of natural areas through responsible tourism development is planned, which will be held by Izidora Marković Vukadin from the Institute of Tourism. Such points are the basis for the development of continental tourism, and since for some Parks this is just the beginning, it is the right time to point out the necessary model of sustainable tourism development that includes environmental care, cooperation with local producers and promotion of natural and cultural heritage. Plitvice Lakes National Park on Tuesday, May 14.05.2019, XNUMX. at the Hotel Jezero, organizes the Conference “Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas of the Republic of Croatia”, which will host experts in the field of sustainable tourism. Two panel discussions will follow the conference. Gari Cappelli, Tomislav Ćorić, Tomislav Kovačević and Assistant Minister of Culture Davor Trupković will take part in the first panel discussion entitled “Framework for the Development of Sustainable Tourism”. The second panel discussion “Sustainable tourism in practice” will be attended by Assistant Minister of Environment and Energy Igor Kreitmeyer, Dean of the Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality from Opatija Dora Smolčić Jurdana, FEEL IQM owner Đurđica Šimičić and Deana Stipanović, Corporate Affairs Director Valamar Rilamar dd Applications for the conference are still open for a short time via email.
Comment Will Arteta excel in the circumstances? (Picture: Getty)‘But I think this situation helps someone like Mikel Arteta. Arsenal need such an overhaul of players that it’s actually almost impossible to get that many players in. ‘There’s now an opportunity for him to work with the current crop, and I think it actually takes the pressure off of Arteta, and now anything is a bonus.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Arsenal’s expectations will be nowhere near as high as they were a few months ago. I think he’ll now be given loads and loads of time to build. He’s young, he’s enthusiastic, and he’ll want to work with younger players.‘He’s not a [Jose] Mourinho or Pep Guardiola, who I’d call your Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroys, they’re just dealing in majors, nothing else! Arteta is the type who might work from the ground up with lesser players.’MORE: Premier League to resume on June 17 with Arsenal vs Man City to headline season restartMORE: ‘The integrity is gone’ – Troy Deeney says Liverpool’s Premier League title win will be sullied by coronavirusFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 May 2020 11:05 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link407Shares Advertisement Merson backed Arteta to thrive (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson has backed Mikel Arteta to be one of the managers to thrive amid uncertainty in the transfer market and believes it will take the pressure off him at Arsenal. Arteta has already taken great strides forward with the Gunners – who are unbeaten in eight Premier League matches under the Spaniard in 2020 – but was hoping to put his own stamp on the squad in the summer. However, there is great uncertainty regarding transfers amid the coronavirus pandemic and Arsenal are expected to be working with a shoestring budget. But Merson thinks Arteta can still drive the club in the right direction, while Arsenal bosses will be prepared to give him even more time to rebuild given the circumstances.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Every manager is different,’ Merson told Sky Sports. ‘I’ve worked under some great coaches who weren’t good managers, and I’ve worked under some great managers who weren’t good coaches.‘You need the team around you, the coaches around you to challenge you. When you have a coaching staff around you who don’t, and are just yes men, that can be a problem. Paul Merson says transfer market mess will ‘help’ Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta Advertisement
MASON CITY — A Mason City man’s lascivious acts with a child conviction has been affirmed by the Iowa Court of Appeals. 59-year-old Patrick Holt was arrested in January of last year after being accused of molesting a girl under the age of 12 at his home in the 1400 block of North Federal. The girl reported the alleged abuse to authorities in June of 2017, saying that Holt touched her sexually and showed her pornography three or four years ago. A Cerro Gordo County jury convicted Holt after a three-day trial, with District Judge James Drew sentencing him to ten years in prison after denying a motion to overturn the conviction and a request for a new trial. Holt appealed his conviction, saying the court erred in denying him a new trial, that his counsel was ineffective for failing to object to testimony from an expert witness, that the court erred by instructing the jury on general and specific intent, and that the court abused its discretion in issuing the sentence. The Court of Appeals in their ruling did not agree with any of Holt’s issues and affirmed the conviction and sentence.