Major Arsenal shake-up: Will these ten stars all leave in 2018?

first_imgThere could be a big shake-up at Arsenal soon.According to widespread reports, as many as TEN current first-teamers could be on the way out of the Emirates Stadium.With numerous stars out of contract, recently-appointed head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is said to have started work already on next summer’s transfer plans and is planning for a raft of depatures.Check out the players who could be on their way out of Arsenal in 2018 in our gallery above… 10 10 10 Jack Wilshere – The injury-hit midfielder has recently been restored to the team but is out of contract at the end of the season. Talks are planned at the end of this month but, with no guarantee over a starting spot, Wilshere may look to secure a move in an attempt to boost his career and win back his England place. Danny Welbeck – Welbeck is in an identical situation to Ramsey. His deal expires in 2019 and is yet to agree fresh terms. Should he not sign a new deal by next summer, Arsenal may be forced to sell. Mathieu Debuchy – The French full-back has recently seen some first-team action and is under contract until 2019. But he is only a back-up to Hector Bellerin and it would be a surprise if he remains at Arsenal beyond this season. 10 Mesut Ozil – Like Sanchez, Ozil has resisted all offers to extend his Arsenal contract so far and looks likely to exit on a free transfer next summer. He has recently been linked with a move to rivals Manchester United, where he would be reunited with former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho. Alexis Sanchez – Sanchez looks certain to depart. Manchester City seems his most likely destination having made an attempt to sign the forward in the summer. The Chilean is out of contract next summer and appears to have no desire to sign a new deal at the Emirates Stadium. 10 10 10 Olivier Giroud – The Frenchman has an excellent goalscoring record but has been frustrated this season, having found himself playing second fiddle to big-money summer signing Alexandre Lacazette. If his first-team prospects don’t improve before next summer, then it seems likely Giroud will push for a move. 10 Per Mertesacker – Mertesacker has already announced his departure at the end of the season. The World Cup winner is retiring at the end of the season to take up a new role as head of the club’s academy. Santi Cazorla – The popular Spaniard has not played for the club in more than a year after numerous operations on an Achilles injury and is out of contract next summer. Having suffered another setback recently, there are serious doubts about whether he will play again – for Arsenal or any other club. 10 Aaron Ramsey – The Welsh midfielder is out of contract in 2019 and, despite lengthy negotiations, he has yet to agree to extend his stay. Arsenal could therefore decide to sell him for a decent fee next summer rather than let yet another key player run down his contract and leave on a free transfer. 10 Theo Walcott – The winger is contracted to the club until 2019 but his future beyond this season is far from secure. Walcott has barely featured in the Premier League this season and a move away from the club could benefit all parties. last_img read more

Retro-Style Prints from WonderGround Are a Tempting Impulse Buy

first_imgShare This!When it comes to Disney merchandise, Disney art is my weak spot. When I saw these prints from WonderGround, it took a lot of self control not to go on a major shopping spree.Designed to look like retro posters for some beloved attractions, it would be hard to pick just one.Each is available as a print for $40. (Other, higher-priced options like framed versions and giclee, are available in limited quantities.)These four were found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Stage 1 Company Store, located near MuppetVision 3D.Could you choose just one, or would you have to get them all? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Diners Club buys Platter’s Guide

first_imgAlmost 1.4-million copies of Platter’s Guide have been sold since the first issue came out in 1980.(Image: Platter’s Guide)John Platter and his wife Erica left their day jobs to run their small wine farm in Franschhoek.(Image: Cape Wine, Hong Kong)MEDIA CONTACTS • Philip van ZylEditor, Platter’s Guide+27 82 490 1820 or +27 28 316 3210 Janine ErasmusInternational credit card company Diners Club has snapped up the Platter’s Guide, South Africa’s oldest and best-selling wine guide. The guide will complement Diners Club’s other wine-related offerings in South Africa.Both parties have been actively involved in the local wine industry for years. Diners Club holds an annual wine list competition, which encourages establishments to refine and improve their wine offerings to their patrons and to consistently match global standards.For the past 31 years the company has run a winemaker of the year competition and since 2001, a young winemaker of the year competition with the aim of encouraging talent in the industry. It also sponsors the Diners Club Bartho Eksteen Wine Academy.“We are committed to enhancing this great relationship, in making South Africa’s most iconic wine companion an even more invaluable tool for wine lovers everywhere,” said Diners Club South Africa’s MD Ebrahim Matthews, in a statement.The company said it would continue with the guide’s current format for the time being, but would investigate broadening its digital reach.In-depth information about the local wine sceneThe Platter’s Guide is now in its 33rd edition. It was started back in 1978 by John and Erica Platter, journalists, wine lovers and novice vineyard owners, after they saw British wine expert Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, which first came out in 1977 and is also still going strong today.The couple were confident that they could produce a “modest” version of Johnson’s publication for the local industry, and their first edition came out in 1980. Since then it’s become the first choice for locals and international visitors wanting to know more about South Africa’s world-renowned wine industry.The latest edition of the guide – and it’s a guide, not a competition or a set-in-stone publication, asserts editor Philip van Zyl – includes more than 7 300 wines from 800 producers. Wine estates submit their products for inclusion, and these are subjected to a tasting process by a group of experts, who will then assign a rating of up to five stars.The Platters have blogged that today they’re amazed at their presumption in daring to intrude upon the mysterious and hallowed Cape wine scene, which had hundreds of years of tradition behind it and was dominated at the time by men. They further state that “We had no idea what we were letting ourselves in for”.The project was seemingly doomed before a single book was produced – even the printer described the first edition as “boring”. But the couple persisted, with John personally tasting every wine until the arrival in 1987 of Angela Lloyd, the first member of the tasting team. She’s still with them and is a respected wine writer in her own right.Since the early days around 1.4-million print copies – in a different colour for each year – have been sold. It’s available in hardback and for Apple devices, with other platforms reportedly in development.The annual print run is almost 40 000 and the current hardcover price is around R170 (US$19) while the app costs R89 ($9.99) in the iTunes store.The guide won the Le Prix du Champagne Lanson for best wine guide worldwide in 2001, as well as the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers ‘Domaines Ott’ award for best annual wine guide in 2007.Besides the rating, the guide includes maps of wine-growing regions, a glossary of wine terms, GPS co-ordinates for all estates featured, a guide to wine farms that cater for visitors with special needs, information about wine varieties, and restaurant recommendationsRewarding talent and dedicationThe Diners Club Winemaker of the Year for 2012 is Razvan Macici of Nederburg. He’s Romanian by birth but he fell in love with South Africa after visiting the country in 1994 and his wine-making talent has found its perfect spot in the Western Cape.The young winemaker for 2012 is Anri Truter of Beyerskloof, who, like Macici, inherited his love of the grape from his father.The winemaker of the year for 2011 was Johan Jordaan of Spier, and the young winemaker was Matthew van Heerden of Uva Mira Vineyards, near Somerset West in the Western Cape.Other past winemakers of the year include Coenie Snyman of Rust en Vrede (2009), Peter Ferreira of Graham Beck (2004), Nicky Krone of Twee Jonge Gezellen (1995), and Günter Brözel of Nederburg (1985 and 1983).last_img read more

Advertisers Shifting Attention from Apps to Mobile Web and HTML5

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement adrianne jeffries Tags:#advertising#Apple#mobile#NYT#web Greystripe is best known for converting ads from Flash to HTML 5 for display in native apps across its advertising network. The service was wildly popular because it allowed ads to engage consumers with animation, touch interactivity and click-through actions on Apple’s Flash-free devices, which were dominating the mobile market.The mobile market is fragmenting, however, sending more users to the Android, BlackBerry and possibly Windows 7 platforms. Advertisers are increasingly interested in mobile websites as opposed to native apps, Greystripe says.That’s why as of today, Greystripe is expanding its ad network and its Flash-to-HTML 5 conversions to include display ads meant for mobile websites.A mobile Web display ad built in Flash and converted to HTML 5 by Greystripe. Advertisers are drawn to the mobile Web because there are fewer native apps to advertise in on the growing non-Apple platforms. Publishers are turning to the mobile Web because they’re sick of remaking the same app for different devices. HTML5 is a solution for both (see our post, “HTML5 is Great for Mobile, Developers Say“).Rich media ads get a 56% higher click-through rate than static ads, according to Greystripe. HTML5 promises a consistent and rich user experience across platforms, and it’s often faster to present an ad with HTML5 even when it’s being accessed by a Flash-capable device, said Greystripe founder and CEO Michael Chang.Chang also said the bigger the ad, the more effective. Ads on the iPad get much higher engagement from users because they’re bigger, he said.Greystripe’s move to mobile Web also protects the company if Apple ever decides to crack down on in-app advertising. Earlier this summer, Apple moved to block players like Google’s AdMob from operating on its devices. Apple has since backed off, but there is no guarantee that it wouldn’t change the rules again to favor its own in-app advertising network, iAd. By contrast, Apple has no control over ads displayed on mobile websites.In-app ads aren’t going away, but the mobile Web and HTML5 present a compelling alternative.center_img Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Facebook Nearing Privacy Settlement With FTC [Updated]

first_imgRelated Posts alicia eler Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Facebook#web Facebook is close to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that it acted in a deceptive manner in regards to its privacy settings, according to reports from The Wall Street Journal. The settlement would require Facebook to receive user consent before making “material retroactive changes” to its privacy settings. It would also require independent privacy audits for the next 20 years.Facebook investigations began in December 2009 after CEO Mark Zuckerberg declared the age of privacy dead. At the time, Facebook made all aspects of a users’ profile, including name, photo, city, gender and friends’ list public by default. Before the change, users were able to manually choose the audience for this data.Last March, the FTC charged Google with “deceptive privacy practices” over the launch of Google Buzz. The settlement barred Google from “future privacy misrepresentations,” and “required it to implement a comprehensive privacy program,” which called for regular, independent privacy audits for the next 20 years. Users would have to give Google “affirmative consent” before allowing it to change how it shared personal data. center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Having failed as coach Down Under, it’s now or never for Duncan Fletcher

first_imgIf Indian captain M.S. Dhoni is wondering what could be the reason for his team’s rotten luck in the ongoing Test series in Australia so far then the answer perhaps lies with coach Duncan Fletcher.Fletcher has not enjoyed the best of series Down Under so far. For all the praise and admiration the Zimbabweans got in the cricketing world for his technical wisdom, Fletcher’s record in Australia is as abysmal as it gets.As the coach of England, and now of India, Fletcher has lost 10 of the 11 Tests he has been involved in Australia. In 2002-03 Fletcher’s English team suffered a 4-1 drubbing in Australia. The 2007 visit down under was worse as the hosts whitewashed England 5-0.Fletcher’s only overseas Test success with India was the 1-0 win in West Indies in 2011.The painful memories of England are still too vivid when India were humiliated 4-0 by the hosts the last summer.Now the question comes, is Fletcher too soft on some of the senior players in the team? What can he do to shake these prima donnas out of their comfort zone?India seem to have wasted the gains made during the era of Gary Kirsten when they were ranked No 1 in both ODI and Test formats.Clearly, time is running out for Fletcher and it is high time he cracks the whip to prevent sixth successive overseas Test loss. It is now or never for Fletcher.last_img read more