Listen To Nirvana’s Seminal Album, ‘Nevermind’, On The Anniversary Of Its Release

first_imgNirvana is one of the most important bands of the ’90s. Their classic album Nevermind continues to be a landmark of rock music, perfectly encapsulating an era of music and American culture, even today, twenty-six years after its release. Kurt Cobain may have passed away in 1994, yet the long-lasting impact of Nevermind keeps him in the upper echelon of rock icons, with his lyrics and songwriting continuing to connect with fans globally. Of course, Dave Grohl is one of our biggest and brightest stars to this date, although his shining achievement still might be the impeccable drumming on Nevermind.Dave Matthews’ 9-Year-Old Son Thinks His Dad’s Band Is Fine, But They’re No Nirvana [Watch]“Smells Like Teen Spirit” is the lasting hit from the album, but Nevermind is filled with genre-bending classics from top to bottom. The album contains masterpieces throughout, combining the angst, pain, and anger of grunge with poppy chord progressions, catchy choruses, and excellent production value. Nevermind‘s first side is chock-full of classics, with “In Bloom”, “Come as You Are”, “Breed”, “Lithium”, and “Polly” following “Teen Spirit” to create the ultimate Side A. Side B is continues the trend, with excellent songs like “Drain You”, “Stay Away”, and “On A Plain”, and the hauntingly beautiful album-closing ballad of “Something in the Way”.Nevermind remains a fantastic listen and is considered to be one of the best rock records of all time. Grunge music and alternative rock both exploded into the mainstream as a result of Nevermind‘s perfect blend of punk, pop, and rock in addition to Cobain’s brooding and introspective lyrics. With that in mind, in honor of the anniversary of its release today, we’ve provided the full Nevermind album below for your listening pleasure. Take some time today to listen to the record in full, and enjoy the inimitable sounds of Nirvana on their iconic album Nevermind.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: PPPP’s Alex Petropulos Talks Graduating To The Capitol Theatre, The Origins Of “Gator” & More

first_imgPigeons Playing Ping Pong just wrapped up their biggest year ever in 2018. Now, as they set their sights on 2019, they are looking to capitalize on their continued momentum, stepping up to new markets and bigger venues with storied histories. On January 26th, Pigeons will continue their skyward ascent with their sold-out debut at one such venue, Port Chester, NY “rock palace” The Capitol Theatre.Ahead of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s debut at The Cap, we sat down with drummer Alex “Gator” Petropulos to talk about the high points of 2018, “graduating” to new, hallowed spaces, how off-the-cuff jokes become actual performances, and more.Live For Live Music: Let’s dive right in with the latest. How was your New Year’s run?Alex Petropulos: The whole run was amazing. Started with a couple of nights in Nashville which is just such an awesome music town, awesome city in general. We dove right in, we walked around, I went to some music shops, I went to a couple of those little vintage drum shops. And the shows went well. Then we went to Covington, Madison Theater [on 12/29], which is a place we know well, and that was awesome too.L4LM: Last year, that was where you had your NYE show—the big thing you built up to at the end of the New Year’s run. This year, you got to take it one step further and bring it to Pittsburgh for an even bigger blowout. What’s it like to see that kind of progression?Petropulos: The Madison Theater [is] a place where you can see that growth [over time]. Because they have a smaller club, Madison Live, which is a sweet spot, and we started there and made our way up towards the theater. So that was another city where we were able to ride that momentum and growth. And then even having Madison earlier in the run [this year], it was so cool have it be a part of it. Then it all built up to the Pittsburgh show [on New Year’s Eve] which was just unreal for us. That’s definitely our biggest headlining show ever. Sold out.L4LM: That’s like a 2400-cap room, right? That’s no small feat.Petropulos: Yeah, just the feeling walking out was just wild. I mean, we had played there once opening for Lotus on a prior New Year’s run, which was awesome as well, but it was just so cool to be able to go from the transition just from going to opening there to headlining there.L4LM: That always seems to be the story with Pigeons. Consistently taking that next step, and then another one beyond it. And the New Year’s stEve theme concept was hilarious, and really opened up a lot of doors for the band to get creative. How did that one come together? I know Greg [Ormont] and Jeremy [Schon] mentioned that you have a bunch of these kinds of ideas in your back pockets from over the years. Petropulos: Yeah, you’re right. It’s kind of half-and-half. Some are kind of funny joke ideas we’ve had up our sleeve for a while where you go “one year we should do this,” and it gets to a year where you can’t think of something and you’re like oh yeah, remember we were talking about doing Red Hot Sgt. Peppers, or something like that.And then other times, it’s super spontaneous and you’re at band practice taking a break and something comes to mind. We do that a lot with our songs, too. We’ll be jamming, Greg will just start singing funny jokes or lines we’ve been saying at practice and a lot of the times they end up being lyrics. As far as New Years stEve, I want to say someone just blurted that one out. I think that was more of a spontaneous one at practice where we were just talking.L4LM: The whole idea sort of sounds like that. And as a listener, I think you kind of hope it’s that. Just a silly joke that you thought was funny but then turned into a real thing at a sold-out 2,400-person theater.Petropulos: Sometimes we’ll come up with some where just the name itself is funny, but we’ll actually think of the music and we’re like, well, what are we actually going to do? So this one, at first, we thought was just, “Oh, that’s just going to be a silly one that sounds cool.” But then we started brainstorming Steves… and there’s actually a lot of good Steves out there.We were just trying to brainstorm them on our own, which was fun. It kind of brought out different stuff that each us definitely listen to. Some of us are more into the classic rock stuff so it was really great doing Abracadabra and the Steve Miller stuff, Fleetwood Mac. Some people are more into the blues stuff, so it was fun to do Stevie Ray, a little “Lenny”. That one kind of pulled at a lot of different directions, but it was a lot of fun for us, and hopefully for the fans.Phierce Photo | Keith GrinerL4LM: It’s always fun to sort of chart how these kinds of ideas go from inside jokes to actual material and themes. That was my first thought when you debuted that new song “Yo Soy Fiesta” a little while back—that must have been just a silly thing that turned into an actual song.Petropulos: Yeah, it was. I’m a big Pats fan ’cause I’m from just north of Boston, and I love Gronk, he’s a character, big fan of him in general. I remember that famous [“yo soy fiesta”] interview. That was just a jam we did at a sound check one day before we began the song and we were doing that Latin kind of sound. Greg just ended up spitballing some Spanish lyrics because it had that vibe. I’m pretty sure he just ended up using “yo soy fiesta,” and then he needed a follow-up lyric, and I said, well, “Party is my name!” So that one, with Gronk, he was a heavy inspiration, but that’s a good example of us taking something funny that we just joke around about and utilizing it in a song.L4LM: That kind of attitude and approach, I think, is what a lot of fans love about your band. Even if you hadn’t told me that, that vibe comes off in your music and your shows. You come up with this thing that you know is going to be fun for you, so you’re going to share it with everyone. Petropulos: We definitely try to keep it positive and keep the fans hyped. Ride that energy from our fans.L4LM: 2018 was clearly a big growth year for you guys. What were your top three highlights from the year?Petropulos: Oh man. If I thought about it for a while, I might have three different answers. But as far as stuff that comes to my head first… Bonnaroo was kind of a bucket list event for us. We got fortunate enough to play big festivals like The Peach and LOCKN’, which are huge, playing to over 20,000 people. But at Bonnaroo, that’s closer to 100,000 people, and it’s just wild. Not even just playing, but the experience of walking around a festival with that many people was mind-boggling. And there was some great music there, too. Seeing Anderson .Paak and Eminem and Bon Iver and all those artists in that giant environment was insane.I think our first play at Red Rocks was definitely a highlight too, just ’cause it’s Red Rocks. It’s kinda the Mecca for us especially, and another one of those bucket list places. We had our family there, too. So not only playing there, it was being able to soak it in with all the close Flock family, and our actual families as well, made it even better.And then… a third? There’s so many to choose from, but one that pops into my head is LOCKN’. There are so many good moments for us, festivals especially, but playing the LOCKN’ main stage was just really awesome for us. That was just another one of those things where it’s about the environment. They have that stage with the divider wall that they spin around.L4LM: That thing is crazy to watch!Petropulos: It’s crazy for the band as well! ‘Cause you can peek up there, but you’re pretty much not getting a full taste of what the crowd is like until you actually turn around. We were getting so pumped up, that whole experience of the anticipation for that was just mind-boggling. And to spin around and see the amount of people we were, fortunately, able to have at our set was just unreal.L4LM: It’s cool to hear how a lot of your most memorable moments from 2018 sort of centered around the experience of getting bigger, moving up to these bigger venues and events with their own bigger legacies.Petropulos: We definitely don’t take it for granted, and we are aware of those things. We love graduating to new venues, and it gives us the drive to keep pushing harder, too. That also comes into play with our next shows coming up, especially at The Capitol Theatre. That’s definitely another one of those pinnacle venues to graduate to.L4LM: Absolutely. That’s a really special place. So much history. There’s that Jerry Garcia quote where he says it’s one of his two favorite venues in the country. Have you been before?Petropulos: I have never been there before. There have been plenty of shows there that I’ve wanted to see, and I grew up in New Hampshire so it wasn’t too, too far, but, I never made it over there. But everyone I’ve talked to just says by the time you walk in you kind of just get it. All the history, you just kind of feel it when you walk in.L4LM: Totally. The sound is great. The lights are great, too, because they have that big area around the stage to project onto. I bet [lighting designer] Manny [Newman] will have a blast with that.Petropulos: Manny is going to have a field day there [laughs]. He’s already prepping. I just went over to hang out with him earlier, and his bedroom looks like front of house. He’s already working his butt off getting ready—for all the shows on this upcoming tour. But we’re all doing a lot of prep for that one, especially.Oh, and speaking of The Cap—on New Year’s Eve, we were fortunate enough to have the West End Blend horns join us on that show, and they are just so talented. Not only will they learn whatever, but they’ll also just come up with great lines just even on the spot. And now I can share that we are actually going to be having them join us for some features at The Capitol Theatre as well. I’ve been getting some feedback about people being especially pumped for that one, and we are, too.L4LM: You guys are going to have a great time with that one. OK, last question, and this one’s mostly just for me. Word on the street is you’ve been known to go by “Gator.” How did that get started? Is it a reference to The Other Guys?Petropulos: [laughs] Its funny because I’m very aware, of course, that you’re speaking of “Gator don’t play no shit.” I love that scene and I love that it’s happened many times now where people yell it at shows. I’ve seen it on signs at Domefest. I’ve seen it on t-shirts…But at the same time, it actually didn’t start from that. It started when I was really, really young. Just from being named Alex, some people kind of turn it to Al, and then to Alligator. My dad, specifically, called me Gator or Alligator a lot, but then it kind of went away [as I got older]. And then, funny enough, when I first joined the band, one of my first band rides or something, as a total joke, I was just like, “Guys, by the way, I want you all to start calling me Gator now…” They were like, “You know what’s going to happen now, right?” And it absolutely took off. They’ve been relentless since.L4LM: Well that’s how it goes with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, right? Whether it’s New Year’s stEve or “Yo Soy Fiesta” or Gator not playing no shit, you find something fun and you roll with it. You make it a thing. Here’s to the next Pigeons joke that takes on a life of its own.Pigeons Playing Ping Ping will make their highly anticipated, sold-out debut at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on Saturday, January 26th (with, as Gator tells us, some help from the West End Blend horns).For a full list of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

Danielle Allen named to Harvard posts

first_imgEminent political theorist Danielle S. Allen, M.A. ’98, Ph.D. ’01, has been appointed both to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) as a professor in the Government Department and to Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics as its director.The announcement was made jointly Thursday by Harvard University Provost Alan M. Garber and Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith. Allen succeeds Harvard Law School (HLS) Professor Lawrence Lessig as director. Lessig joined the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics in 2009 to direct a five-year “lab” focused on institutional corruption. The lab completes its work in 2015. Lessig will continue as Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at HLS.“The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics has a highly successful record as a catalyst and convener for important work in ethics, both at Harvard and beyond,” said Garber. “Danielle’s many intellectual achievements and engagement with multiple academic disciplines, as well as the broader public, make her an ideal candidate to direct its work. I am thrilled that she will soon return to the University. I would also like to thank Larry for his tremendous leadership.”“It is my great pleasure to welcome Danielle to the FAS faculty and back to Harvard,” said Smith, who is also the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “She is a leading voice in the study of political thought, and will create captivating and dynamic ways for our students to explore some of the most critical questions facing society. As director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, she brings the skills necessary to continue Harvard’s leadership in confronting the key ethical questions of the day.”As director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Allen will expand on the center’s work to encourage teaching and research about ethical issues in public and professional life.Allen said she looks forward to joining the faculty in the government department, as well as taking on her new role as director.“The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics represents a seriousness about ethical life that I value immensely and a tradition of leadership in building pan-University conversations that also extend well beyond the walls of the University,” said Allen. “I personally hold dear the spirit of collaboration that has informed the work of the center for over 25 years now, and could not be more excited to have the opportunity to work with faculty and student colleagues to identify and build conversations around matters of pressing ethical significance.”“Allen is a perfect director to continue the focus of the center on issues of practical ethical concern,” said Lessig, the center’s current director. “I am incredibly happy that she will join the center to continue its work.”A renowned political theorist — especially for her expertise in the history of political thought, history of democracies, and Greek and Roman political history — Allen is currently the UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. She previously served as professor of classics and political science and dean of the Division of Humanities at the University of Chicago.Lily Safra, chairwoman of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation and primary benefactor of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, commented: “I am absolutely delighted to join the University community in welcoming Professor Allen as the new director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and I wish her much success in leading this extraordinary program. In the years since the Edmond J. Safra Center was launched, it has served as a beacon of light on a subject that is central to our ability to apply our most cherished ethical values to the challenges of a changing society. I am certain that Professor Allen will assure the center’s continuing vital role in this mission.”Among many distinguished honors, Allen was a MacArthur Fellow from 2002-2006, the recipient of grants from the Spencer Foundation and Ford Foundation, a Franke Institute for the Humanities Fellow, and recipient of the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at the University of Chicago.Allen is the author of four books: “Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality” (2014); “Why Plato Wrote” (2011); “Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown v. Board of Education” (2004); and “The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens” (2000). In addition, Allen is the editor of “Education, Democracy, and Justice” (2013). She also has written numerous scholarly articles and reviews.Allen was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and serves as a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics. She also chairs the Pulitzer Prize Board, on which she has served since 2006.She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in government from Harvard, a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in classics from King’s College, University of Cambridge, and an A.B. in classics from Princeton University.The Edmond J. Safra Foundation is a leader in the support of medical research and health care, education, religion, humanitarianism, and culture. Edmond J. Safra was a prominent international banker and a dedicated philanthropist who supported countless causes in these areas.Allen will join the FAS and begin her duties as director of the center in July.For more information about the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, see the website.last_img read more

Lawsuit alleges rodent infestation at New Mexico prison

first_imgSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two former inmates in New Mexico are suing state prison staff and a food-service contractor for cruelty and negligence, alleging they failed to resolve a yearslong rat and mouse infestation at the kitchen in a women’s lockup. The inmates cited health risks including mouse-borne Hantavirus, though no infections were reported. The federal court lawsuit announced Tuesday from Albuquerque-area residents Susie Zapata and Monica Garcia describes a “horrific and widespread” rodent infestation that included contact between food and rodent feces, urine and and even rodents that somehow plunged into stew and a batch of oatmeal. The Department of Corrections declined to comment on details of the lawsuit, citing pending litigation.last_img

Vermont Yankee completes refueling

first_imgEntergy Vermont Yankee announced Friday that it had completed refueling of the nuclear power plant in Vernon. During the refueling the plant does not produce electricity. The refueling and maintenance outage began April 28. Vermont Yankee reports the plant is now in a state called demobilization, in which scaffolding and other equipment related to the completed work is being removed. Vermont Yankee states that much of the work has involved upgrades to improve the plant’s long-term reliability, such as the replacement of a reactor feed pump motor, sleeving the plant’s condenser tubes, and completing the third (and final) phase of the cooling tower upgrades, including the safety-related section of the west tower.The refueling of the reactor involved the changeout of 116 spent fuel assemblies for new assemblies and the rearranging of the remaining 252 assemblies in the reactor core. The total number of specialized outage workers needed to refuel the plant was 668 as of last week, down from a high of more than 800.The testing and inspection of major plant components so far this outage has included the reactor internals, the main steam isolation valves and various heat exchangers. Engineers are analyzing the data gathered on the condition of the reactor internals including the reactor vessel and the steam dryer. Of the eight main steam isolation valves leak-rate tested, two were found to need work on their seating surfaces to bring them into very precise specifications. One of the major jobs this outage was the scheduled cleaning of the plant’s torus that contains a back-up supply of cooling water at the base of the reactor building. That work is done approximately every six years and involves very specialized divers with submersible vacuuming equipment.The final stage of the outage will be switching and valving of plant systems from their maintenance mode to their normal operations mode and final tests in preparation for start up.Vermont Yankee also stated that work on the soil remediation from the tritium leak continued through the outage and is on schedule to be completed in the coming weeks.Source: Entergy Vermont Yankee. 5.14.2010last_img read more

Recognize risk. Concentrate on results.

first_img 50SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lewis Lester Lewis N. (Lew) Lester, Sr. is the Chairman & CEO of CMS. Lew has been in the Securities Industry since 1987 and has extensive experience in Broker/Dealer Operations, Institutional … Web: www.cucapitalmarketsolutions.com Details Record-setting test pilot Chuck Yeager said: “You don’t concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done.”The credit union’s necessary job is providing financial services to its members. However, another necessary job is to produce a good return on your members’ capital, which not only supports a healthy institution, it ensures you can meet the first objective, which is to provide the best financial services possible.Although credit unions are not-for-profit, in order to provide the high-quality services and products that members expect, you must produce beneficial returns and concentrate on profits. Since the crisis, we often see a division within the credit union community between profitable credit unions and those that have drifted along with negative, minimum, or no returns. The rationalization for the lack of earnings is, more often than not, the commonplace assertion of being “conservative”, thinking that by maintaining a capital ratio in the high teens, keeping a tight rein on loan underwriting or refusing to leverage capital to produce net interest income is the safe and riskless course of action.Choosing the status-quo over well-managed risk isn’t safe or conservative, it’s risky. After all, credit unions are in the risk-leverage business. It has been shown that credit unions with flat or negative ROE lack the ability or are unwilling to effectively manage their capital base to produce profit. The lack of profit increases risk. Without profit, the ability to offer competitive rates is extinguished, magnifying a competitive disadvantage, which is also risky. Without profit, investment in the services that all members need today, such as technology, is impossible. This further increases the risk of membership loss to the competitors who can provide these essential financial tools. If you aren’t retaining or attracting new members – especially young ones – your future is bleak. And if you’re not producing and re-investing profits in these services, you’re not likely to attract and retain members.It’s been more than 30 years since credit unions began moving away from double digit net worth ratios and leveraging their capital and assets, accessing non-member funding sources and borrowing from the FHLB to purchase revenue-generating loans and investments. This strategy isn’t rocket science or even a new concept, yet some react to this basic, essential financial strategy as if it’s radioactive, from another planet, while desperately clinging to elevated capital ratios like its safe, solid ground.NCUA has a clear definition of “well-capitalized”. Maintaining a capital ratio significantly above this threshold does not make a credit union “super well-capitalized”, it simply means that the capital is not managed effectively for the benefit of the members. Prudent stewardship of assets doesn’t mean tucking member funds away into a capital account or cash and saving it only for a rainy day. That’s the equivalent of mattress stuffing and can only result in a slow and painful death for any financial institution.It is easy to point out the small credit unions that lack critical asset size . Yes, small credit unions produce far less revenue than their larger, more complex peers. However, there are billion-dollar credit unions with cash and investment accounts that are larger than their loans outstanding. What good does that do members?Attention to return on equity should be as equally scrutinized as the return on average assets. While a healthy ROAA can indicate that a credit union is creating a positive spread on assets, it does not indicate if the credit union is creating a reasonable return on their equity. ROAA doesn’t report if a credit union has too much capital and if the capital is managed effectively.So why is it that many credit unions are unwilling to leverage their capital base? Is it low rates? While it’s true the low rate environment hasn’t produced high yields for the last decade, it has also meant that cost of funds has been next to nothing. The Federal Reserve raised rates twice last year and raised them again already this year. That makes the current cost of funds slightly higher than next to nothing. Credit unions tell their members that a low rate environment is the right time to borrow, but many of them don’t follow their own advice.And then there is the myth that yields are so low, it’s not worth the effort to pursue additional net interest income. Absolutely not true. There are many asset choices available that can yield 100 basis points of net interest income or more without creating undue interest rate risk– and anytime you can clear 1%, its well above average. Compare that to the industry average return on average assets of 0.66%.Additionally, low-income credit unions currently have authority to raise secondary capital, which can be used to thrive and grow. Now, the NCUA is now considering expanding that authority to include all healthy credit unions. This opportunity could provide a much-needed income boost to the entire credit union community, which could spur innovation and help credit unions not only compete with other financial services providers, it could transform financial services in a way that benefits consumers, not Wall Street.However, in order to obtain this ability and make the most of it, credit union leaders must rise to the occasion. Bankers are already flooding the NCUA with comment letters that argue against secondary capital, because they know that restricting credit unions to capital management practices that have been outdated for decades will inhibit credit union growth and deprive credit union members of high quality financial products and services. Not only have the needs of members changed over the last 30 years, the financial markets have as well. Failure to seize this opportunity, embrace new strategies and concepts, will force credit unions to join encyclopedias, 5.25″ floppy discs and buggy whips in the annals of history.Credit unions deserve the chance to utilize the tools and the financial practices that have benefited other depository and financial institutions. Credit unions have the right to serve members without the impedance of those within and outside the movement who endeavor to stifle their growth.  Each credit union field of membership is unique and each credit union has unique needs. However, the mission to provide the best financial products and services to members is a mission inherent among all credit unions. Embracing this opportunity to enhance financial performance, access secondary capital and other regulatory relief actions that improve credit unions’ ability to generate profits and retained earnings is key to this noble endeavor. And this chance may not come around again.last_img read more

No annual growth target for virus-hit China, a first in years

first_imgChina took the rare move of not setting an annual growth target this year after the coronavirus battered the world’s second-largest economy and ravaged global growth, Premier Li Keqiang said Friday.Instead, given “great uncertainty” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Beijing will “give priority to stabilising employment and ensuring living standards”, he told the opening of the National People’s Congress.He also announced that China’s fiscal deficit was expected to be over 3.6 percent of gross domestic product this year, with a deficit increase of one trillion yuan (US$140 billion) over last year. Another one trillion yuan of government bonds will be issued for COVID-19 control, he added, calling these “extraordinary measures for an unusual time”.The two trillion yuan will be transferred in full to local governments, with the funds to be primarily used for ensuring employment, meeting basic living needs, and protecting market entities, said Li.He also said governments at all levels should “tighten their belts”, and that all types of surplus, idle and carryover funds will be withdrawn and re-allocated, to be put to better use.It is the first time in recent years that officials have decided not to issue a numerical growth target, which is typically seen as a signal of the resources leaders are willing to spend to shore up the economy.Li said China is “keenly aware of the difficulties and problems” the country faces, with COVID-19 sending the world economy into recession.Before the pandemic, China was expected to announce a growth target of around six percent this year, allowing it to meet its key political commitment of doubling gross domestic product from 2010 to 2020.But with the COVID-19 shock causing economic growth to shrink 6.8 percent in the first quarter, and with further damage on the cards, such a target was seen as no longer realistic.Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal boss Unai Emery to offload Henrikh Mkhitaryan and bring in four new signings

first_img Comment Emery wants to shift the 30-year-old off Arsenal’s wage bill (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will have a modest transfer kitty of around £40m this summer if they fail to qualify for the Champions League, meaning they will need to sell players to fund the spending spree Emery is planning.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Gunners will receive no fees for Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech or Danny Welbeck, all of whom are expected to leave in the summer, but hope to find buyers for Mkhitaryan and Ozil.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityDespite the club’s budget restrictions, Emery wants four new faces, with a left-sided winger and left-back his two priorities.Celtic defender Kieran Tierney is on his radar, while he also wants a new central defender and central midfielder. The Spaniard needs to shift one of his highest earners before bringing in new faces (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants as many as four new signings this summer and is prepared to sell Henrikh Mkhitaryan in order to free up the club’s enormous wage bill.The Armenian moved to north London in January 2018 in a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez and, with no transfer fee involved, was handed a £180,000-a-week salary – making him one the club’s highest earners.However, according to the Mirror, Emery believes those funds – as well as the £350,000-a-week Mesut Ozil is earning – could be better spent elsewhere. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 26 Mar 2019 11:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link643Shares Arsenal boss Unai Emery to offload Henrikh Mkhitaryan and bring in four new signingscenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Kieran Tierney and Nicolo Barella are on Arsenal’s wish list – but they need to raise funds (Getty)Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella is Arsenal’s top target to fill the midfield void left by Ramsey, though he will cost more than the club’s entire summer budget, with the north Londoners needing to sell to afford his £45m valuation.Mohamed Elneny, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi are all also up for sale, having failed to impress Emery, while the Spanish coach will not be making Denis Suarez’s loan move permanent.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have greatly improved under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, says Bacary Sagna

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 15 Jun 2020 10:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.7kShares Arteta’s side were looking confident before the coronavirus crisis struck (Picture: Getty)The north London outfit have conceded just four goals in their last seven matches but restart their campaign with a daunting trip to Manchester City, the team Arteta left to take charge at the Emirates back in December.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked about the side’s defensive issues before Arteta took over the reins, ex-Arsenal and City full-back Sagna told Premier League Productions: ‘I believe he needs to give them some stability because they have been struggling for quite a long time now, especially at centre-back, people were not happy.‘I believe Sokratis and David Luiz are really good players. I don’t know if they have been under pressure because we kept talking about them and after committing quite a few mistakes they were on the radar.‘But since Mikel came I think they are more solid and more complimentary together. Advertisement David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have greatly improved under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, says Bacary Sagna Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz impressed Bacary Sagna before the break (Picture: Getty)Bacary Sagna has heaped praise on Mikel Arteta for the positive impact he’s already had on Arsenal’s defence and believes David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have both massively improved under the Spaniard’s tutelage. Arsenal were beginning to hit their stride and suffered just one defeat in their last 13 matches in all competitions before the coronavirus pandemic brought English football to a halt back in March.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has led from the front as captain despite the intense speculation surrounding his future, scoring seven goals in ten games, and the Gunners were also exuding confidence at the back.center_img Sagna shared a dressing room with Arteta during their playing days with Arsenal (Picture: Premier League Productions)‘Arsenal doesn’t concede many goals either so I can tell that there is an improvement.‘I’ve seen Luiz might be going at the end of the season but it would be a great thing for me to see him playing another season, a full season, under Mikel.‘I think Mikel just needs time to settle the defence and make them stronger.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalJust this weekend, Arsenal technical director Edu emphasised the importance Luiz has at the club amid rumours his fellow countryman could be set for the exit door this summer. ‘He’s a guy who can really help in the day-to-day on and off the pitch, as he’s been doing,’ Edu told Arsenal’s official website.‘I already knew him well because I got to be with him at the national team when I was a coordinator and it went very well.‘We help each other. You know it’s important to feel that support and to be happy in the day-to-day at the club. It’s an incredible club with fantastic principles. ‘They also have to be proud to be where they are; that helps as well.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Cesc Fabregas insists Mikel Arteta has ‘much harder job’ at Arsenal than Chelsea’s Frank LampardMORE: Arsenal ‘ready’ to sign Justin Kluivert as part of Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap deal Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

The new taboo: More people regret sex change and want to ‘detransition’, surgeon says

first_imgNational Post 22 October 2018Family First Comment: “Those wishing the reversal, Djordjevic says, have spoken to him about crippling levels of depression following their transition and in some cases even contemplated suicide. “It can be a real disaster to hear these stories,” says the 52-year-old. And yet, in the main part, they are not being heard.”Not in most of the mainstream media… which begs the question, why? Why won’t the media present both sides?Dr. Miroslav Djordjevic says more people, particularly transgender women over 30, are asking for reversal surgery, yet their regrets remain taboo.Five years ago, Professor Miroslav Djordjevic, the world-leading genital reconstructive surgeon, received a patient at his Belgrade clinic. It was a transgender patient who had surgery at a different clinic to remove male genitalia – and had since changed their mind.That was the first time Djordjevic had ever been contacted to perform a so-called “reversal” surgery. Over the next six months, another six people also approached him, similarly wanting to reverse their procedures. They came from countries all over the Western world, Britain included, united by an acute sense of regret. At present, Djordjevic has a further six prospective people in discussions with his clinic about reversals and two currently undergoing the process itself; reattaching the male genitalia is a complex procedure and takes several operations over the course of a year to fully complete, at a cost of some euros 18,000 (pounds 16,000).Those wishing the reversal, Djordjevic says, have spoken to him about crippling levels of depression following their transition and in some cases even contemplated suicide. “It can be a real disaster to hear these stories,” says the 52-year-old. And yet, in the main part, they are not being heard.Last week, it was alleged that Bath Spa University has turned down an application for research on gender reassignment reversal because it was a subject deemed “potentially politically incorrect”.James Caspian, a psychotherapist who specializes in working with transgender people, suggested the research after a conversation with Djordjevic in 2014 at a London restaurant where the Serbian told him about the number of reversals he was seeing, and the lack of academic rigour on the subject.READ MORE: https://nationalpost.com/news/world/the-new-taboo-more-people-regret-sex-change-and-want-to-detransition-surgeon-saysKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more