Matthijs de Ligt bored of transfer rumours

first_imgAjax defender Matthijs de Ligt revealed he’s become “bored” of the persistent speculation surrounding his futureThe 19-year-old star is considered to be one of Europe’s most exciting young talents and has been regularly linked with moves to Barcelona, Manchester City and Juventus.Despite declaring that he will not leave Ajax in this month’s transfer window, however, speculation over De Ligt’s future will only likely increase following team-mate Frenkie de Jong’s signing for Barcelona.The 21-year-old midfielder finally ended months of talk surrounding his own future by agreeing to join Barcelona for next season on a five-year contract in a €75m deal along with bonuses of €11m.But De Ligt is adamant that he’s no hurry to leave Amsterdam.“Am I annoyed by the rumours? No. Bored? A little bit,” De Ligt told ESPN.“But it doesn’t matter to me if there’s an article about where I should go or what I should do. It doesn’t matter, at all.“This place means a lot to me. I grew up here. I came here when I was nine years old.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“At Ajax you learn to win every game, to be at your best every game and it doesn’t matter who your opponent is. It’s in my blood.”Ajax’s chief executive Edwin van der Sar, who himself started out his playing career at the club before going to play for the likes of Juventus and Manchester United as a goalkeeper, admits it will be a challenge to hold on to their young stars.“That’s the big question of course when you see the numbers,” said Van der Sar.“But we are a club that’s financially very stable. We have a war chest. Our stadium is sold out every match. We have good commercial partners.“We sold some players in the past [but] at a certain point you have to ask if you can retain players.“Hakim Ziyech was a player who received some interest and we managed to keep hold of him and improve his contract.“We have our philosophy, players, city, stadium and history … we have a lot of things going on, but we play in a small league.“We don’t have to sell them but at a certain point for the player’s development – I’ve seen that myself as well – you think you’re ready, you want to compete against better, world-class players, and unfortunately they’re not playing in Holland.”last_img read more

Condé Nast Unit Announces Unusual BrandedContent Deal with Chevrolet

first_img “By showcasing the best of the all-new Malibu alongside the best of Condé Nast’s leading publications,” adds Majoros, “we feel we will be providing consumers with greater value and a richer Malibu story.” Condé Nast is reporting that its 23 Stories content studio has been given the keys to roll out a year-long, multi-platform and multi-channel messaging program for Chevrolet and its all-new Chevrolet Malibu, including exposure in brands Vogue, Vanity Fair, Self, Glamour, and GQ.  Chevrolet’s director of car marketing, Steve Majoros, views the campaign as a surer way to deliver messages about the vehicle to a target market of Condé Nast subscribers. The “Year of the Unexpected” campaign will incorporate diverse messaging around the new vehicle that will be carried across the five Condé Nast titles. It plays off the technological and design advancements incorporated into the new Malibu, carrying a theme of novelty and surprise into the content. Josh Stinchcomb, senior VP and managing director at 23 Stories, describes the campaign as being in the agency’s creative and structural wheelhouse. A multi-brand custom magazine will also become part of the campaign in late February. Coinciding with Leap Day, February 29, it will go out to select subscribers. As the campaign progresses, it will deliver a mix of branded content, including video, to the brand sites throughout the year.center_img In a novel arrangement, a major client of Condé Nast’s branded-content arm is entrusting it to develop what amounts to a virtually review-free campaign. At the American Magazine Media Conference held earlier this month in New York, Dirk Standen, 23 Stories editor-in-chief, revealed that his team and the creative teams at the participating Condé Nast brands have carte blanche on the campaign’s messaging; Chevrolet does not approve the content before its released to the public. The campaign takes shape from content that debuts this month in the form of a publisher’s column appearing in each participating magazine, the Condé Nast release says. Branded content will be drawn from columns and will reside on the brands’ digital platforms. “What is particularly exciting is how the program delivers on the promise of 23 Stories, titles working together to co-create and distribute content, across platforms and at-scale,” Stinchcomb said in a statement.last_img read more

Air Asia under fire after trying to separate kids from parents at

first_img(Representational image)MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesThe sheer inconsideration of Air Asia flight ground staff appalled many after a few employees forcibly separated two minor children from their parents in the Bengaluru Kempegowda Airport saying that the parents were delaying the flight and that they had to take off immediately.The incident took place on the morning of Saturday, April 13. The staff had ushered in the two children, aged seven and twelve but they had to stand at the entrance of the flight since they did not have their boarding passes which were with their parents. The parents were at the gate pleading with the ground staff to either let them in or let the children go.Shockingly, the ground staff, in a fit of rage, tore up the boarding passes of the parents Ravi and Beena Mallik, gave them their luggage and the flight took off without them, reports India Today.The family of four were supposed to go to Bagdogra in West Bengal via the Air Asia flight i5 2392.Speaking about the events leading to the traumatic experience, Ravi told India Today that the gates were changed and there was no way of them knowing since the Bengaluru Kempegowda Airport is a silent one.”We did not know when the gates were changed and neither did we get any message from the airline. At 9:51, just 10 minutes before scheduled departure, we got a call from Air Asia. The woman on the other side in a matter of fact tone warned us that we will be left behind if we do not show up immediately,” Ravi said.They were at gate number 1 and had to gate number 14. They rushed but Beena had to use the restroom and the group stopped for a few minutes.At first, the ground staff told Ravi and he and the children will be taken in the first flight and Beena would be flown separately. When he refused, the staff became hostile and sent the children through the aerobridge while Ravi and Beena were made to stand at the gate.”I have never felt so humiliated and embarrassed in my life. My wife and I had to beg Air Asia staff to let us meet our little kids. My wife begged and cried but they didn’t listen to us,” said Ravi recounted his experience.He added, “My seven-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were made to stand near the door of the aircraft. They did not get on the plane as their boarding passes were with us. Finally, they were brought back to us from some other gate.”Ravi said that his children were crying and they too were traumatized by the entire unpleasant experience. He was also upset with the attitude of the onlookers who only stared at them but did not offer to help.When asked by India Today about the events, an Air Asia spokesperson denied everything and said that only protocol was followed. They also refused to give a statement.last_img read more

Transport leader vows to continue 48hr strike

first_imgMany ride on rickshaw getting no bus on 28 October, Dhaka. Photo: Prothom AloGeneral secretary of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation, Osman Ali, on Sunday said now it is not possible to withdraw their ongoing 48-hour strike, reports UNB.”The minister gave his opinion on the media but he could have talked to us. The matter could be resolved through dialogues,” he said while talking to UNB over phone.Earlier, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said there is no possibility to bring any change in the Road Transport Act right now.Responding to a query about their next course of programme, Osman said they would announce that on conclusion of the strike on 30 October.The strike was peaceful across the country except some sporadic incidents, he said adding that action has been taken against the two transport workers in Jatrabari for pouring engine oil on the face of a car driver.On Saturday, transport workers announced to enforce a 48-hour strike from Sunday morning to press home their eight-point demand.Their demands include making all the offences by road accident ‘bailable’, cancellation of the provision of fining Tk 500,000 for involvement in a road accident, keeping a representative from their federation in any probe body formed for road accident, fixing minimum educational qualification for getting driving licence to class-V and stopping police harassment on roads.last_img read more