Liverpool star is turning into a bargain buy, insists Rodgers

first_img1 Liverpool star Emre Can Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed the emergence of Emre Can at Anfield in recent weeks.The German international took time to settle after his £10million summer move from Bundesliga giants Bayer Leverkusen.But after displaying his versatility by playing in back-three, and excelling, Rodgers believes the investment in the player is looking shrewder by the minute, although has reiterated his feeling the 21-year-old must be given more time to acclimatise to the Premier League.“He will need a bit of time moving to a new country as a young player,” said Rodgers.“You have to remember he had only one full year of playing even though he had come through the system at Bayern Munich.“I think he has shown his value and I think there is no doubt he will prove to be a real bargain for us.“It was a lot of money for a young player but he is a wonderful talent, great footballer, his stature and power is well suited to the Premier League, he is two-footed, has great balance and good aggression in his game and for me is multi-functional.“He will prove to be a player who can play in a number of positions very well here and as you have seen since he came in here he has been outstanding.“He actually played in three positions against Sunderland: he started on the right side of a back three, we moved him up to play in the top of the midfield box and then put him back into a wide midfield role.“It was one of the reasons we brought him here.“He is a footballer and sometimes you find the very best footballers can play in any position and they are capable of working the game out.”last_img read more

Running for hope across 15000 kilometres

first_imgEncouraged by the experience and support received from people all over the world, the Penny Marathon made it into its second year. Named in honour of a small dog that tried, but ultimately failed, to survive the streets of Athens, the marathon kicked off simultaneously in Greece and Australia, with over 70 runners taking on the gruelling marathon. The Australian team kicked off at 8.30am on 14 July in Bondi and ended, almost five hours later, at Olympic Stadium. The baton was then passed on to the Greek team, which started the run earlier at 5.30am to escape the ferocious summer heat. In Athens, the participants (and some four-legged participants) ran and cycled along the coast, ending at Vouliagmeni beach. “We had a parade of people cycling and running through Athens, passing landmarks like the Acropolis,” says seasoned Greek marathon runner John Spinoulas. “To be honest, I thought it was a crazy idea – two beginners running 42 kilometres in the heart of summer!” In addition to the casual Greek practice of dumping a cat or dog onto the street when the owner has a change of heart, it is just as common to come across stories of abuse and neglect, with animals chained up to a post in the middle of nowhere without food, water or shelter, or left on an apartment balcony for life. Australians that travel to Greece are unlikely to be aware of this reality. “We’ve all seen these animals while on holidays, probably even stopped to take photos, but few realise how tough it is for them to survive,” says co-organiser Pep Prodromou. In addition to raising money for animals in Greece, the Penny Marathon is a way to generate donations for Monika’s Doggie Rescue, a Sydney-based organisation that saves dogs on death row in pounds. The marathon is a joint effort by two Greek Australian sisters, Ellie and Pep Prodromou. The team is looking for more sponsors. For more information or to show your support, visit ‘The Penny Marathon’ on Facebook. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Turquoise Morning returns to local TV

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 24, 2016 – Turquoise Morning, our TV show resumes on Monday on both PTV8 and 4News and we are totally thrilled at what you will see of our Caribbean region.It’s fun, it’s funny, you will see things you have never seen before and possibly we can take you visually to where you have never been before… we are back on local TV with the show that celebrates the people, the places and the plans of the Caribbean..Watch it Mondays thru Fridays on 4News at 7am or PTV Mondays & Thursdays at 7am…we’re on Flow too, look for One Caribbean Television or online anytime when you subscribe to Magnetic Media TV our YouTube channel.  #turquoisemorningshow  #thecaribbean  #haitirelief  #bahamashurricanerelief   Turks and Caicos online video newscasts; watch now or later Editorial: Listen to your Mama Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#deandreahamilton, #funmorningshow, #turquoisemorning Recommended for you Don’t blame Magnetic Media, the public has a right to know – we are doing our joblast_img read more

Stand Up Baltimores I Am The Change Youth Empowerment Conference

first_imgThe “I Am The Change Youth Empowerment Conference” is  on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Poly-Western High School located at 4600 Falls Road, Baltimore, Md. 21209. The event is being put on by Stand Up Baltimore and Empowering the Minds of Maryland’s Youth, two youth focused non-profit organizations. The purpose of the conference is to provide an open forum for dialogue between students, school administrators, school police and community activist to discuss ways to organize and enact real change through enhancing leadership skills, building self-esteem and developing more holistic youth.  Ages 13-19 are welcomed. For more information contact Catonya Lester at 443-296-2075.last_img read more

Smartphone Apps Fuel Business Growth

first_imgMarch 5, 2010 Can You Afford to Hire? In Focus: This Biz Gives Clients a Better View Brought to you by Smart Money 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Between documenting expenses and processing credit cards from just about anywhere in the U.S., smartphone applications have changed the way many small businesses operate. Now, more firms are turning to these apps to enhance the way customers interact with their products and services–and even boost their bottom lines.”People nowadays want everything to be at their fingertips, and if companies are not finding ways to provide these tools [they] will soon see drop-off from their customers,” says Jennifer Shaheen, a small business technology consultant in White Plains, N.Y. Providing an app also offers a tremendous marketing opportunity, she says. Securing a placeholder in customers’ smartphones can help keep a company on the brain, which is especially important in this rocky economy, Shaheen says.Building a simple app can be affordable for most companies. Although a developer might charge $6,000 to $8,000 to create a typical app, a modest app with fewer features could cost a company less than $2,000, says Jarin Udom, a developer in San Diego. The website allows users to compare lowest rate quotes from developers.Companies on a tight budget can design apps on their own. Apple’s ( AAPL ) iPhone Developer Program ($99 for the standard edition, $299 for the enterprise version) allows code-savvy entrepreneurs to build, test and sell or give away their own applications. Sweb Apps helps business owners build apps automatically for as little as $200. (Note that although Research In Motion’s ( RIMM ) BlackBerry, Palm’s ( PALM ) Pre and Google’s ( GOOG ) Android each have apps and open software development kits, many app services cater specifically to Apple’s iPhone users.)Here are three ways an app can improve your business:Attract new customersSome companies are using smartphone apps to advertise or expose their service to a new and growing audience. David Wolff, co-founder of Break Down Way , a Pomeroy, Ohio-based online service that provides guitar and bass lessons, says he hopes his soon-to-be-released app will help reel in new customers. Wolff plans to offer about five to 10 free lessons on the app, which is now awaiting approval from Apple. For those who want to keep learning, a subscription for $29.99 a month gives users access to the company’s full catalogue of lessons taught by artists including Jorma Kaukonen from Jefferson Airplane and Michael Falzarano from Hot Tuna.”Existing members will jump on this, and we’ll attract people searching [Apple’s App Store] for guitar lessons,” Wolff says. That group of people is growing. Apple sold 1.5 billion apps during the App Store’s first year and 5.2 million iPhones during the company’s fiscal third quarter.Wolff is hoping the popularity of the device will help him double his company’s subscribership. “I’m hoping we can really gain exposure for ourselves,” he says.Improve customer serviceMany apps do more than draw attention to your product; they improve the customer’s experience. Jason Gossard, the lead administrator for the Circle School , a parent-owned and operated school in San Antonio, praises the utility of the school’s new free app, which is scheduled to launch in a couple weeks. Administrators will be able to use their smartphones to highlight upcoming school events and make speedy updates, he says. And parents will be able to receive updates from the school more easily. “Everyone who had an iPhone was excited about this,” he says.Even if another firm profits from offering your company’s app, users still benefit from being able to access your company’s service with greater ease. Just ask Tobi Lutke, the CEO of Ottawa-based website host Shopify . When an independent developer created Shopkeeper , an app that allows any of Shopify’s 5,000 customers to manage their inventories, more than 100 users downloaded the $4.99 app. Lutke says Shopkeeper and apps like it are good for his customers and his business. “The app allows small companies to operate more like larger e-commerce shops, which have dedicated staff to improve their workflow,” Lutke says. “With this technology, you can be very small and have the same technology as a big corporation.”Create a revenue opportunitySome apps present companies with new ways to lift profits, and others are revenue generators themselves. Blakely Long, the CEO of BetterQOL , a pain-management service in Bellaire, Texas, and her partner Brian Loftus, a neurologist, are banking that some of the estimated 33 million migraine sufferers will purchase their new app, iHeadache. The app, which costs $9.99 to download, identifies the type of headache a user has, based on their symptoms, the duration of their headache and the medication they may be taking. The app also generates reports which can be shared with physicians. “We are targeting neurologists and headache specialists, as they benefit from having better reports,” Loftus says.–Write to Diana Ransom at [email protected] Register Now »last_img read more