first_img Arsenal star Theo Walcott 1 On January 20, 2006, precocious 16-year-old talent Theo Walcott swapped Southampton for Arsenal in a deal worth £9.1million.The England forward has enjoyed plenty of ups and endured quite a few downs too throughout his career with injuries disrupting his development.Ten years on, Walcott, now 26, has played 326 times for the Gunners, scored 81 goals and made 76 assists, while flitting between roles as a winger and as a central striker.But having only won one FA Cup in 2015 (Walcott was injured for the 2014 victory over Hull City) it’s debatable just how successful the speedy star has really been.So, we asked our Twitter followers what you made of the player’s career, and you didn’t hold back in the debate.You can see some of the best tweets below…last_img read more

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first_imgA controversial plan to use research funds to pay for economic stimulus became more concrete this week, as European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled proposed legislation to implement the shift. The new investment fund would take €2.7 billion over 5.5 years from Horizon 2020, the commission’s main funding stream for research that will invest about €80 billion between 2014 and 2020. Draft legislation, released on 13 January, lays out the framework for the stimulus.  The single largest share of the Horizon 2020 cuts—€350 million—would be directed at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in Budapest. With a staff of about 50, it funds collaborations between universities and industry to work on issues such as climate change adaptation and sustainable energy. The cut would amount to 13% of its budget. Another victim is the basic research portfolio of the European Research Council (ERC), which would lose €221 million, mostly in 2016 and 2017.The commission has said it believes that the economic stimulus will ultimately generate new funds for research. It also points out that, even with the cuts, Horizon 2020 and the ERC budgets remain substantially higher than during the previous funding period. (Taking funds from research is also less difficult politically than getting it from agriculture, the commission admits.) 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Where is the outcry by all European Nobel laureates?”Here are the biggest cuts to Horizon 2020 programs called for by the legislation (in € million):350.0—EIT306.8—Information and communications technology221.2—Frontier research in the ERC180.9—Securing sufficient supplies of safe, healthy, and high-quality food and other bio-based products169.1—Nanotechnologies, advanced materials, laser technology, biotechnology, and advanced manufacturing and processing150—Energy programs (32.040301)117.9—Research in future and emerging technologies109.1—Energy programs (08.020303)102.4—Achieving a European transport system that is resource-efficient, environmentally friendly, safe, and seamless100—Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions: generating, developing, and transferring new skillslast_img read more

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first_imgLondon, UK – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineWith news of the upcoming Spice Girls musical ‘Viva Forever’ due to hit London’s West End in December, jet-setter Victoria Beckham flew to London to promote the stage show with her fellow Spice Girls.It has been 16 years since the pop princesses took the music world by storm and the new musical will feature a storyline based on their biggest hits. Rather than the trademark platform heels and tracksuits that were the hallmarks of their stardom, each of the girls looked glamorous and sophisticated, none more so than Victoria.These days as a fashion icon and designer, there is more style to ‘Posh Spice’ than just the name as she is constantly seen flitting in and out of some of the most lavish and opulent hotel suites across the world.A few notable stays include:• Me Cancun, Mexico Sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea and packed with luxurious modern amenities, the expansive Suiteme Suite provides a chic urban getaway that perfectly matches Victoria’s taste for exclusivity and sophistication.• The Lowell, New York One of the fashion capitals of the world, it comes as no surprise to see New York’s iconic Penthouse Suite was Victoria’s top choice for a trip to the Big Apple. Classically luxurious and elegant it includes in-room yoga facilities and a wood-burning fireplace that offers a selection of different scents such as cedar wood and eucalyptus or lavender and rosemary—perhaps inspiration for Victoria’s own fragrances.• Hôtel de Charme Les Airelles, France One of Courcheval’s finest luxury hotels, the top Lys Martagon Suite was the Beckham’s choice for a winter wonderland get-a-way. With the air of a glamorous fairytale ski chalet, it offers enviable access to some of the best ski-slopes in Europe and an ideal winter retreat for those with luxurious tastes.• Amanjena, Morocco A popular destination of celebrities and socialites this is the perfect haven for pampering. The Beckhams aren’t the only celebrities to have stayed in the vast Al-Hamra Maison here, which also lists Sienna Miller, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as its previous guests.• Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Set in one of the world’s most iconic hotels, the opulent Constantine Villa exudes the air of an ancient Greek palace with enormous, columned entrances and highly polished interiors that exude the luxury for which Victoria is famed.last_img read more

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