Arsenal team news & likely line-up

first_imgPremier League Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Tottenham Hotspur Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mauricio Pochettino Arsene Wenger Tottenham Arsenal Premier League Getty Images Premier League Arsenal Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane A. Sánchez Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Emirates Stadium on Saturday No-one knows more about north London derbies than Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman has over 20 years experience of managing Arsenal against Tottenham and more often than not he has been used to coming out on top.Spurs finished above Arsenal for the first time in Wenger’s reign last season and talk of a power shift has accelerated over the past 12 months with Harry Kane, a former Gunners academy prospect, shooting Mauricio Pochettino’s side to the Champions League.Arsenal 7/5 to beat SpursWenger remains convinced that his side are still the main team in north London and has urged his players to prove it by winning against their bitter arch-rivals on Saturday afternoon.“First of all there’s always pride involved, the desire to beat your opponent like all the neighbours in the world have,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official website. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It’s always a fierce derby. As well keeping your nerve, you must have full commitment while being lucid and calm enough to focus on the game.“It’s one of the fixtures that is very important for us and that we want to win, as well because in the table we have to make some ground up on the top teams.”ARSENAL INJURIES Wenger spoke about Santi Cazorla in his pre-match press conference and revealed that the Spaniard’s Achilles injury is the worst he has seen during his time as a football manager.Cazorla, who is expected to make his return in January, recently revealed that he was told by a doctor he would be lucky to walk again after almost losing his foot due to an infection.The former Malaga midfielder lost eight centimetres of his Achilles tendon and has undergone eight surgeries since his injury issues began in 2013.”It is the worst injury I have known,” Wenger said. “It started with a little pain and got worse and worse.”I know how much Santi loves to play and to be out there every day. I feel really sorry for what happened to him because it’s unbelievable.”Danny Welbeck and Shkodran Mustafi face late fitness tests ahead of Saturday’s match but Olivier Giroud has been ruled out of the game due to a knee injury sustained on international duty with France.Santi CazorlaARSENAL SUSPENSIONS Arsenal have no players suspended for this game.ARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPWenger is likely to start Alexis, Ozil and Lacazette in attack together after previously leaving the Frenchman on the bench for the defeat at Manchester CityThe defence is likely to change the same with Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny starting at centre back and Shkodran Mustafi expected to make his long-awaited return from injury.Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac will start in the wing-back roles and Granit Xhaka looks set to partner Aaron Ramsey in midfield, although Wenger could opt to play Francis Coquelin or Mohamed Elneny in the centre to play a defensive midfield role.Arsenal XISPURS TEAM NEWS Spurs are hopeful that Harry Kane, Harry Winks, and Dele Alli will all be fit to face Arsenal on Saturday after the trio pulled out of the England squad for friendlies against Brazil.France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been sidelined since the 3-1 victory over Real Madrid almost a month ago but he could also be in contention to start against the Gunners.Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld remains unlikely to be fit in time to play for Pochettino’s men following a hamstring strain.Third-placed Tottenham are four points ahead of Arsenal in the league, with no side winning more domestic away games in 2017.Harry Kane TottenhamBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Arsenal haven’t won any of their last six Premier League meetings with Spurs (D4 L2) – their longest ever winless run against their rivals in league competition. Tottenham have won only two of their last 32 away league visits to face Arsenal (W2 D13 L17), winning 3-1 at Highbury in May 1993 and 3-2 at the Emirates in November 2010. Meetings between these sides in the Premier League have seen both teams score on 34 occasions – more than any other fixture in the competition. In the last seven Premier League meetings between these sides at the Emirates, the side scoring first has only gone on to win once – with Arsenal securing a 1-0 win in September 2013 thanks to Olivier Giroud’s goal. The Gunners have won their last 10 Premier League games at the Emirates, their longest ever such winning run at the stadium. Harry Kane has scored in all five of his Premier League north London derbies, netting six goals in total. Only Emmanuel Adebayor (8) and Robert Pires (7) have scored more goals in this fixture in the Premier League. Mauricio Pochettino has yet to lose a Premier League north London derby (W2 D4 L0), though all three of his visits to the Emirates with Tottenham have ended level. TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match is being televised on Sky Sports in the UK and kicks off at 12:30 GMT.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

19 days agoMan City boss Guardiola: I can’t risk gambling with kids

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: I can’t risk gambling with kidsby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he can’t risk gambling with his kids.Guardiola has delivered back-to-back Premier League titles, successive Carabao Cups and the FA Cup to the Etihad over the last two seasons.But success has come at a price – with City splashing more than £535million in the transfer market during the Catalan’s reign to strengthen a squad that already included the likes of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Fernandino.“We have to compete every single day to fight with the best teams in England and Europe,” said the City boss.“And for that we need the David Silvas and Kevin de Bruynes and the Sergio Agueros and Fernandinhos.“We need all these type of players because with young, young, young players you cannot do it.“The young players can be help for the other ones, of course, but if the basis of the team is young then it is just not possible.“This team needs to win titles and prizes – and the process for the young players means they need time.“The best way for them is step by step.“The demand from the club is not to win the Champions League, but we must be there every time in all the competitions.“And, for that, we need the players we have. What can I say?” last_img read more

Maersk Line Subsidiary Wins RoRo Deal from US Military

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command U.S. Marine Management, a subsidiary of Maersk Line, has secured a contract for operation and maintenance of seven roll-on/roll-off vessels from the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command.Namely, the Virginia-based company received a USD 34.7 million modification under the previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to fund the first one-year option period. The deal is related to seven USNS Bob Hope class surge large, medium-speed vessels.This contract includes a 12-month base period, four 12-month option periods and a six-month option which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this agreement to USD 196.3 million.Work will be performed at sea worldwide, and is expected to be completed by September 30, 2019. If all options are exercised, work will continue through March 31, 2022.The U.S. military added that the working capital contract funds in the amount of USD 34.7 million are obligated for fiscal 2019, and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.last_img read more

Education gap costing Canada 90 billion study

first_imgAPTN National NewsExperts and activists have long argued that the failure of the federal government to properly fund Aboriginal education is costing the Canadian taxpayer.Just how much money it is costing hasn’t been clear until now.A study by a Saskatchewan economist shows how much the so-called education gap is really costing: $90 billion.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has the numbers for us tonight.last_img

Man hospitalized after east Hamilton stabbing

A man in his fifties is in hospital after he was stabbed this morning in east Hamilton.It happened just after 4:30 am in the area of Main St E at Cope. Police searched the area, but didn’t find any other victims. The man’s injuries are not considered life threatening, and police are hoping he can provide them with more information about the stabbing after he receives medical treatment. Police say a trail of blood started on Tragina avenue, but the man was able to walk to Main and Cope, where he flagged a taxi driver for help. No arrests have been made, but police are investigating.

Annan hails pledge by Ethiopia Eritrea to free remaining prisoners of war

The pledge to set free some 1,300 Eritrean and 300 Ethiopian POWs “will no doubt contribute to the successful implementation of the peace process between the two countries,” a spokesman for the Secretary-General said in a statement.The commitments, which follow the Third Geneva Convention and the Algiers peace agreement of 12 December 2000 between the two countries, were made to the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jacob Kellenberger, during his current visit to the region.

Garda World faces 10 million break fee if it terminates takeover bid

Garda World faces $10 million break fee if it terminates takeover bid by News Staff Posted Sep 28, 2012 12:52 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Garda World Security Corp. would have to pay a $10-million break fee if the security and logistics firm were to accept a superior takeover offer than the proposed $1.1-billion deal with its CEO and British private equity firm Apax Partners.The company would also be obligated to pay an expense reimbursement fee of $3 million if the deal does not close under certain other circumstances, while Garda stands to receive $12 million if the purchasers fail to close the deal first announced earlier this month.The details were included in a proxy circular Friday that was issued ahead of a planned Oct. 24 ratification vote by shareholders.The Garda (TSX:GW) board of directors has unanimously recommended shareholders approve the privatization deal for the company, which was founded by chief executive Stephan Cretier in 1995.Under the proposed agreement, Crepax Acquisition — a joint venture between the Cretier Group and an Apax subsidiary — will pay $12 per share in cash for the shares they do not already hold and will assume $625 million of net debt.Cretier, who owns a large stake in Garda, will retain a 24 per cent stake after the transaction, while Garda directors and key executives are also rolling over their shares for a total ownership stake of 27.2 per cent.The CEO first learned about Apax’s interest in Garda when a major Canadian bank approached him in early February. Cretier quickly met in Florida with Apax officials before agreeing to work together on a formal proposal that was submitted in July.Cretier began developing a strategic plan to grow Garda in December, but concluded its capital structure and limited access to capital were roadblocks to achieving those plans.“Mr. Cretier concluded that Garda would need a partner with a strong ability to fund the corporation’s growth plans in order to achieve these strategic initiatives,” said the 154-page proxy circular send to shareholders.Garda’s board ultimately endorsed the transaction after Cretier indicated he would not support any alternative offer.In the interim a special board committee hired outside experts, including UBS, which concluded the deal was fair from a financial point of view to shareholders other than those participating in the transaction.Desjardins Capital Markets, which was paid $750,000 to review several other Canadian deals, pegged Garda’s fair market value at between $10.75 and $12.25 per share.The new owners have commitments from Bank of America and the Royal Bank of Canada to provide up to US$350 million of debt financing. Apax will provide $280 million to finance the transaction and the reverse termination fee.Under an employment contract, Cretier would remain chief executive and retain his existing base salary of $600,000 a year. He would also be eligible for an annual cash bonus of up to $500,000 plus a semi-annual cash bonus of up to $500,000 for achieving certain performance objectives.Moody’s Investors Service has placed Garda’s debt under review for possible downgrade while it examines potential changes to Garda’s capital structure, its appetite for acquisitions as a private company and the impact the transaction would have on its liquidity.Martin Landry of GMP Securities has called the transaction “opportunistic” given Garda’s accelerating growth.The company reported the highest EBITDA earnings growth in four years and its strongest organic revenue growth in more than five years.Without the takeout offer, Landry said he would have expected Garda’s share price to have performed well and profits to continue growing by at least double digits. But he added the offer represents full value given the low likelihood of competing bids.Garda shares were unchanged at $11.93 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Friday.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly stated the amount that could be owed under the break fee. read more

Italy says 2 kidnapped Italians 1 Canadian freed in Libya

Italy says 2 kidnapped Italians, 1 Canadian freed in Libya ROME – Italy’s Foreign Ministry says a Canadian citizen and two Italians who were kidnapped in southern Libya in September were freed overnight and brought safely to Italy early Saturday morning.The ministry says the release of the three men was due to “the efficient collaboration of local Libyan authorities,” but it didn’t provide further details. The men were brought to Italy on a special flight.They were kidnapped on Sept. 19 by armed and masked men who blocked their vehicle in Ghat, a city in the Sahara desert near the border with Algeria.The ministry identified the Canadian citizen of Italian origin, as Frank Poccia, and the Italians as Danilo Calonego and Bruno Cacace.The ANSA news agency reported they are all technicians employed by the Italian construction company, Conicos, which is doing work at an airport in Libya.Italian media reports said the men would be speaking with prosecutors before being reunited with their families. by The Associated Press Posted Nov 5, 2016 1:45 am MDT Last Updated Nov 5, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The two Italian hostages that were freed in Libya, Bruno Cacace, second from left, and Danilo Calonego, second from right, leave a police station after being questioned by prosecutor Sergio Colaiocco, in Rome, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. The two had been kidnapped at Gath, Libya, on Sept. 19. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP) read more

The Packers Hot Streak May Have Come Too Late To Save Their

Rankings are among all 32 NFL teams.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Granted, the bulk of that defensive improvement came in a single game, against Seattle on Sunday. By holding the Seahawks’ passing offense to 24.9 EPA below its usual per-game output — including a staggering five interceptions of Russell Wilson — Green Bay had the fourth-best defensive outing against the pass by any team this season. It’s still an open question, however, whether that game was more of a fluke or a sign that this defense is finally coming around. Three of Wilson’s five picks were tipped, so Green Bay enjoyed some good fortune Sunday. And although the Packer D was improving in the two games leading up to its outburst versus Seattle, that meant playing “slightly below average” instead of “historically atrocious.”Even if Rodgers is healthy enough, and even if the defense has straightened out its issues, this late-season push may simply be coming too late to salvage Green Bay’s playoff hopes. Our Elo simulations currently give the Packers a 30 percent chance of making the postseason, most of which comes from their hope of winning the NFC North (and not the wild card, for which Green Bay would need to leapfrog three teams instead of two). According to The New York Times’ playoff simulator, the Packers probably need to beat both the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions in the season’s final two weeks in order to make the playoffs — and even then, the postseason wouldn’t necessarily be assured.If it doesn’t happen, Packer fans will find themselves looking back at Sunday’s rout of Seattle and wondering where that version of their team was all year — and why it couldn’t have emerged sooner.CORRECTION: (Dec. 12, 4:00 p.m.): A previous version of this article misstated Julius Peppers’ condition. Although Peppers is listed on the Packers’ injury report for Week 15 (http://www.packers.com/team/injury-report.html), the team said his presence on the list was “not injury related.”Check out our latest NFL predictions. 2016, weeks 1-114-612th7th29th4th31st Going into Week 12, the Green Bay Packers were in deep, deep trouble. They’d lost four games in a row, and five of their previous six — the first time either type of skid had happened to the franchise since late in the 2008 season. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings (our pet metric for determining each team’s quality), Green Bay was the ninth-worst team in the NFL, and it had a mere 6 percent probability of making the playoffs.Since then, however, it’s hard to find any team running hotter than the Packers. Green Bay has won three straight — by an average margin of 17 points per game — and they’ve risen to 10th-best in Elo after a stunning 38-10 rout of the Seattle Seahawks on national TV Sunday afternoon. Over the past month of action, no team has improved its Elo rating as much as the Packers have. The only question now is whether this late charge will be enough to save Green Bay’s season.Through 11 weeks, the 2016 Packers were looking like a team with an average passing attack and a terrible defense and special teams — no recipe for success in today’s NFL. In fact, Green Bay had been pretty mediocre in most phases of the game for a couple seasons at that point, despite the presence of future Hall of Fame QB Aaron Rodgers under center. Rodgers had one of the top two dozen or so passing seasons ever in 2014, but he’d slumped in 2015 without many of his usual receiving weapons, and he merely had a good — not great — start to 2016.And the Packers desperately needed Rodgers to be great in 2016, because with an injury to Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews (among others), the team’s defense had slipped badly from its form of the previous few years. After giving up 42 points to Washington in Week 11, Green Bay had the NFL’s sixth-worst defense by expected points added,1Even after adjusting for the strength of opposing offenses faced. and it ranked fourth-worst against the pass in particular. The 34.2 total EPA below average (i.e., they allowed the equivalent of 34.2 more points through the air than the average defense would have) Green Bay’s pass D yielded against the Titans and Redskins in Weeks 10 and 11 represented the worst back-to-back performances against the pass by any team in the 2016 season.The Packers had thrived with a poor defense in the past — they went 15-1 in 2011 despite having the league’s 13th-worst defense by EPA — but that was back when Rodgers was carrying the team with historic passing numbers. Without those, there was little reason to think a Green Bay turnaround was imminent.But over the last three weeks, the Packers have rediscovered what made them perennial Super Bowl contenders. In spite of a nagging calf injury, Rodgers still has the NFL’s best Total QBR since Week 12, producing a league-best 12.6 EPA above average per game over that span. (It’s the team’s best three-game passing stretch since late in 2014.) And perhaps even more importantly, Green Bay’s defense has played far better over the past few games than it did all year long. With 6.2 EPA above average per game since Week 12, the team is having its best three-game defensive showing since the end of the 2015 season. 2016, weeks 12-143-01st30th4th26th9th 201510-618th11th8th27th12th How Green Bay turned it around SEASONRECORDPASS OFFRUSH OFFPASS DEFRUSH DEFS/T EPA PER-GAME RANKING 201412-42nd11th13th9th31st read more

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you begin your day.1. #APRIL JONES A special service will be held in the town of Machynlleth in Wales where April Jones lived with her family. Yesterday Mark Bridger was charged with the five-year-old’s April’s abduction and murder. He will appear in court tomorrow.2. #JAMES REILLY The Sunday Business Post reports this morning that the Minister for Health James Reilly knew that the primary care centre site in Balbriggan owned by one of his political supporters had been chosen by the HSE, despite his insistence that he was not involved in the selection of individual sites.3. #JAMES REILLY 2 Meanwhile the Sunday Independent reveals that the health minister had consulted the Taoiseach and the Táinaiste around the time he increased the number of primary care sites from 20 to 35. The paper quotes a Labour source as saying Reilly is on his last legs.4. #FIRE A pub in Dublin city centre was evacuated last night after a blaze broke out. An investigation is underway into the cause of the fire at Bowe’s Pub on Fleet Street, reports RTÉ.5. #HEATING Dublin’s plan to provide district heating (not free, but ‘cost effective’) in new buildings is on hold due to funding issues at the Poolbeg generating plant. District Heating is used in countries like Russia and Poland, where it is low-cost or paid for through taxes.6. #PHILIPPINES Muslim rebels in the Philippines have reached a peace deal with the country’s government which provides for an autonomous region in the south, according to the BBC. The conflict involving the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has been ongoing for 40 years.7. #HACKING More than 50 victims of phone hacking have written to the British PM David Cameron to express their anger at the suggestion that the government could be set to reject new laws that would appoint an independent regulator to police the press. Hugh Grant, Jude Law and Charlotte Church are among those behind the letter, according to The Guardian.8. #GLASTONBURY Tickets for this year’s Glastonbury festival go on sale today, but only to those who have pre-registered. An elaborate anti-touting system sees festival goers means that photo ID must be provided and tickets cannot be sold on. Tickets are expected to sell out today.9. #JOHN JOE Olympic boxer and silver medalist  John Joe Nevin is going pro. He announced on RTÉ’s Saturday Night Show last night that he’s joining up with Amir Khan’s newly formed company Super Fight Promotions.last_img read more

Carers Association slams government failure to honour commitments

first_imgTHE CARERS ASSOCIATION has slammed the government’s failure to put in place its own policies of caring for people in their homes.Launching the Association’s pre-budget submission, spokesperson Catherine Cox said that the government’s own National Carers Strategy promised to recognise and support family carers. However, it was still easier to get €700 for nursing home care than it was to get €100 for carers in the home.“We are calling on the government to stop praising carers with words while punishing them with cuts. It’s time to turn rhetoric into reality.”Reductions in front line services have already resulted in a €64 reduction in welfare payments to carers already, with 23 per cent of carers stating that the overburden of caring has led to their own physical disability.They were now fearful that the budget will bring further cuts to household benefit packages, free travel for carers and services for young adults with disabilities on reaching 18.“All of these, against a backdrop of suspension of housing adaptation grants and increases in the costs of care in the home are pushing many carters over the edge.”Providing 900,000 hours of care daily, carers save the state €4bn each year, according to the Association. Based on figures from Census 2011, 187,112 people in the country identify themselves as carers, with 21 per cent of family carers providing over 43 hours of care per week.Parents “cut back on food” to pay back-to-school costs>last_img read more

All schools in Leinster and Munster to close tomorrow

first_img 27 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3876863 Feb 28th 2018, 12:52 PM By Daragh Brophy 41,566 Views Short URL ALL SCHOOLS IN Leinster and Munster are to close tomorrow, the Minister for Education been confirmed.The schools will stay closed for the rest of the week.“Given disruption to transport and the safety risks arising, especially in relation to the ability to get home safely before blizzard like conditions hit Munster and Leinster, all schools, 3rd level institutions and centres of further education in red areas will be closed tomorrow and Friday,” Minister Richard Bruton said in a tweet.In relation to Connacht and Ulster, decisions on school closures will be made individually depending on the circumstances in their area. The situation in Connacht and Ulster will be kept under review. All schools in Leinster and Munster to close tomorrow The schools will stay closed for the rest of the week. Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 12:52 PM Schools in many areas made the decision to stay closed today after heavy snow hit the east coast overnight and moved across the country this morning – there was, however, no department directive to close today.Bruton also tweeted a link to a guidance document for schools about making up for lost time. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Richard Bruton/Twitter Share517 Tweet Email9 He said “significant flexibility is given to schools” to make up tuition hours lost due to unforeseen circumstances. The Department’s guidance for schools in relation to making up for time lost due to unforeseen closures is set out in Circular 0009/2017 which is available at the following link- https://t.co/fq03lApYqh #beastfromtheeast #StormEmma— Richard Bruton (@RichardbrutonTD) February 28, 2018last_img read more

Columbia anglers to get more time for spring chinook

first_imgSpring chinook salmon angling in the lower Columbia River will continue through Monday, be closed on Tuesday, then reopen Wednesday through April 14 with sportsmen projected to catch 89 percent of their allocation.Washington and Oregon adopted the sport-fishing extension on Thursday. Angling was to be closed beginning Tuesday. The extension adds six days of fishing. State officials will provide a catch update on April 15 to determine if another extension is possible.Biologist Robin Ehlke of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said there are expected to be 14,600 angler trips this week with a kept catch of 2,000 spring chinook, of which 1,654 are upper Columbia-origin salmon.That will bring the spring total to 2,786 chinook kept, of which 2,183 are upper Columbia chinook. That’s 21 percent of the initial sport allocation of 10,157 upper Columbia chinook.State biologists predict 43,700 trips between April 9 and 14 with a catch of 8,100 chinook, of which 6,806 are upper Columbia chinook. That would bring the season total to 10,886 spring chinook kept, of which 8,989 are upper Columbia origin, or 89 percent of the early-season allocation.last_img read more

Innovative Summer School Class Helps Students Succeed Together

first_imgStudents working on presentations at Central Middle School. From left: Edward Hazelton, Draven Maynard, Alissa Steinbich, and Kayleigh Godbee. Photo courtesy of Aura Beatty.What happens when you throw a mix of middle school kids who all learn at different levels into one class then hand them a couple of college-level texts? An innovative, collaborative approach to teaching that gets students to pay attention. That’s what happened at a summer school class at Central Middle School.Listen now:Soon-to-be ninth grader Draven Maynard didn’t choose to go to summer school.“I failed social studies, and my mom said that I should go to summer school,” he admits. “I’m guessing as kind of a punishment rather than actual keeping up with classes, I guess.”It’s the start of the second week and Maynard acts low-key, almost apathetic. He says forced writing isn’t his thing but for this summer….“I like the writing class because it’s actually– most of the stuff that they are covering are things that I don’t mind writing about.”The topic? Omnivore’s Dilemma–how do humans decide what to eat, especially in a world with factory farms, huge variety, and a changing food culture.Two weeks later, Maynard’s apathetic front has trickled way. He’s taken over editing the PowerPoint slides for a group presentation on the merits of genetically modified foods.“I’ve been the person who’s been going to each one and re-writing them to sound better, I guess,” he says while typing on his school laptop.“He’s a hard worker,” chimes in Edward Hazelton, his new friend.The pair had never met before this summer because they go to different schools. “I didn’t know them. I just imposed upon their group of friends,” Hazelton quips.“He’s a good friend, though. Don’t worry,” Maynard assures me.The students are a mix. Some are on the gifted track. Others have individual learning plans. Some just fly under the radar. But in summer school it doesn’t matter. Everyone has the same lessons, the same expectations.The class is working from the young readers edition of Michael Pollen’s Omnivore’s Dilemma, though some kids are sneaking in chapters of the adult version on the side. They’re also reading articles that challenge Pollen’s arguments.Teacher Aura Beatty says the material is sparking conversations. “And they don’t always all agree with each other, but they’re still talking and thinking about their world. And they’re making connections about their world and their role in it.”Reading teacher Amanda Brueschke, who is collaborating with Beatty, says the high level of interest from the mixed up group of kids is pulling the disengaged students into conversations because they see value what they’re doing.They’re also asking the students to read chapters from a college-level book about the history of uranium.“And I have kids who are no where near that as far as their reading level, but they’re so interested because the other kids are talking about it,” Brueschke says.The two teachers say their high expectations are helping the kids take ownership over their work and their group presentations. But some students, like Hazleton don’t really realize it.“There’s always the freeloaders and then there’s the really hard workers and then there’s the middlemen,” he says, reflecting on typical school group dynamics.He says he falls somewhere between the middlemen and the freeloaders, Maynard, the self-appointed group leader, doesn’t see Hazleton that way.“He does try,” Maynard says assuredly as Hazleton chats with another classmate. “And we really appreciate it. He’s a problem solver. He thinks of things that could help him do better work, and I think it’s a good trait to have.”Though the material is complicated, Maynard thinks its good for everyone.”I think everyone of every variety can be in this class and actually learn something.”But some students, like Madison Hill, will never agree. She says she would never take a class like this again.“I actually don’t like language arts,” she confesses, though she tests very highly in the subject. “I mean, I don’t have a problem with it. It’s just not my thing.”Anchorage Middle School Summer Academy ends this week.last_img read more

Scientists Grow Human Heart Tissue on Spinach Leaves

first_img Scientists Reveal World’s ‘First’ 3D-Printed HeartJohns Hopkins Researchers Explain Science Behind Seasonal Stories Stay on target It’s no secret that spinach is a heart-healthy vegetable. But the leafy green may one day play a new role in keeping your ticker running.Researchers at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute have grown beating human heart cells on spinach leaves.“When I looked at the spinach leaf, its stem reminded me of an aorta,” WPI graduate student Joshua Gershlak said in a statement, comparing the veiny vegetable to the main artery in the human body. “I thought, let’s perfuse right through the stem.”So, the WPI team—Glenn Gaudette, professor of biomedical engineering; Tanja Dominko, associate professor of biology and biotechnology; Pamela Weathers, professor of biology and biotechnology; Marsha Rolle, associate professor of biomedical engineering; and Gershlak—got to work.After stripping spinach leaves of their plant cells (the green bits), what’s left is a translucent framework of cellulose—a natural, harmless substance used in regenerative medicine (cartilage and bone tissue engineering, wound healing).Worcester Polytechnic InstituteUsing the magic of science too complicated for me to explain, the researchers created a system that uses multiple spinach leaves to grow layers of healthy heart muscles to treat cardiac arrest patients.“We weren’t sure it would work, but it turned out to be pretty easy and replicable,” Gershlak said. “It’s working in many other plants,” including parsley, Artemesia annua (sweet wormwood), and peanut hairy roots.Different plant species could be adapted for different uses, according to WPI’s research paper. Spinach appears well-suited for cardiac tissue. But jewelweed may work as an arterial graft, while wood could be useful in bone engineering.“We have a lot more work to do, but so far this is very promising,” Gaudette said. “Adapting abundant plants that farmers have been cultivating for thousands of years for use in tissue engineering could solve a host of problems limiting the field.”The Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s work is not complete, though: Researchers will continue studying the decellularization process and aim to build a secondary vascular network for the discharge of blood and fluids from human tissue.Gershlak & Co. are set to present their technology and early results at the National Academy of Inventors inaugural Student Innovation Showcase in Boston next month.last_img read more

SquareEnix Officially Announces New Tomb Raider Game

first_img The 11 Best Video Games to Play With Your Significant OtherShadow of the Tomb Raider is Better With Friends Square-Enix ended nearly two year’s worth of rumors today by officially declaring a new Tomb Raider game is in the works. The company failed to disclose many details in their brief statement, but it’s good to know a third installment in the rebooted Tomb Raider franchise is actually happening.“Square-Enix is excited to share some big news with you next year,” reads the statement on Twitter. “Honestly, we wish we could share it with you right now, but we’re taking a new approach this time. A new Tomb Raider game is coming. Driven by our goal of putting our fans first, we want you to know that it won’t be long between the official reveal and when you can play. Our journey will begin with a major event in 2018. We simply can’t wait to take you on Lara Croft’s defining adventure.”Rumors about a third installment in the rebooted Tomb Raider franchise began all the way back in 2015. During that year’s Gamescom event, Square-Enix head Phil Rogers hinted at a third game. This was interesting considering the second title, Rise of the Tomb Raider, wasn’t even released yet. After that, the title “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” was leaked during a powerpoint presentation. Whether or not that leak was legitimate is anyone’s guess.Rise of the Tomb Raider was released exclusively on Xbox One in late 2015. The game didn’t do great sales-wise on the platform, but things picked up once it released on PC and PlayStation 4. According to GamesIndustry International, Rise of the Tomb Raider has now sold 7 million copies worldwide. Combine that with the 11 million made by its predecessor and it’s clear why Square-Enix would want to continue developing new games in the series.2018 is a smart time to announce a new Tomb Raider game. After all, the live-action Tomb Raider movie lands in theaters on March 16, 2018. This film is based on the rebooted franchise, so there is certainly nice synergy between the movie and games now. It’s unclear when exactly Square-Enix will hold this “major” event. If the game’s reveal and release date are as close as the tweet suggests, perhaps we may see it in late 2018 or early 2019. Whatever happens, 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Tomb Raider fans. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

School holiday tip Drivers be more cautious and take note of children

first_imgDrivers have the responsibility of noting that there will be more child pedestrians during holidays and are asked to be extra cautious, drive slowly and ensure that all their car lights are working.Many children play outside and play different types of sports in their yard, but bear in mind that balls do get thrown out into the road, which causes many children to be out of their premises to fetch the ball, and anything can happen.With this in mind, drivers are urged to be more cautious.Many children are seen riding their bicycles on roads and taking walks with their friends to tuck shops, etc. So, when driving, do not speed – bear in mind the safety of our kids. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Whether your kids are playing in the road outside your property, are in a vehicle with you, or using public transport, always do your best to ensure their well-being.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Gold Coast tourism shoots back up

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Australia’s sunshine state has received 10 million visitors over the past 12 months for the first time since 2008. Gold Coast Tourism chief executive Martin Winter said reaching the 10 million mark demonstrates the industry’s recovery particularly in the Gold Coast. “Given the challenges of the past couple of years, we saw this 10 million visitor mark as a definite sign of recovery,” Mr Winter said. The head added that despite the rising number of tourists the group will continue to focus on increasing total visitor expenditure. “In March 2008 visitor expenditure peaked at just over $4.7 billion on the Gold Coast, this year was $4.49 million so we are steadily working within reach of that target,” Mr Winter said. “We believe increased visitor expenditure can be achieved by getting visitors to stay slightly longer, helping visitors choose more activities within the destination, encouraging accommodation venues to rebuild their room rates, and reviving the Middle East peak season as Ramadan becomes less of an impact.”last_img read more

March 2 2016This year we celebrated a lively Chin

first_imgMarch 2, 2016This year we celebrated a lively Chinese New Year and Vietnamese Tet at Arcosanti with an unforgettable meal that was led by our enthusiastic Asian workshop participants, Carole Hao, Vicky Xue and Betty Nguyen with the help of Workshop Coordinator Assistant, Hildemar Cruz.[photos by archive volunteer Leah Ann Walker, text by Betty Nguyen]In the photo from left around the table: all workshop participants: the back of Andrew Herman with green hat, Carole Hao, hidden behind Carole is Meshell Whittaker, Lana Morris, Rachel Holderbach, Vicky Xue, Betty Nguyen and Steven Black.Over 700 handmade dumplings were stretched, shaped and folded by our lovely volunteers all afternoon creating a synergy more akin to a family-style gathering. Staff member Leah-Ann Walker decked out the dining hall with red crepe paper and gold-foiled symbols of luck and fortune for the lunar new year. Betty spent over three days hanging and drying a custom recipe for Peking duck, that was special ordered by Arcosanti Chef, Peter Dahm.In the photo are archive volunteer Dorothy Chao, Vicky Xue, Carole Hao, in the background chef Peter Dahm, Meshell Whittaker and Hildemar Cruz. The staff, residents, workshop crew and visitors converged in the evening to share the most important annual celebration for the Vietnamese and Chinese cultures. We were ecstatic to be a part of honoring the colorful traditions of our workshop family, as they extend the boundaries of our Arcology.In the photo are workshop participants Sam Burhoe, Betty Nguyen, staff Hildemar Cruz, Carole Hao and Vicky Xue.Menu: beef and celery dumplingblack mushroom and leek dumplingpork and gingerseaweed souppeking ducktomato and fried eggssweet and spicy potatosauteed cauliflower dried french beanslast_img read more