David Luiz reveals the reason he swapped Chelsea for Arsenal on transfer deadline day

first_imgAdvertisement David Luiz completed his move from Arsenal to Chelsea on transfer deadline day (Picture: Getty)David Luiz insists he left Chelsea because his cycle at the west London club had come to a natural end.The 32-year-old spent seven years at Stamford Bridge across two trophy-laden spells before joining Arsenal on transfer deadline day in an £8million deal.Luiz was a pivotal figure in Maurizio Sarri’s side which won the Europa League and finished third in the Premier League last season, but the Brazilian was said to be concerned his first team opportunities would be limited under Frank Lampard.The former PSG defender was dropped for last Saturday’s friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach and was subsequently told to train away from the first team on Wednesday amid concerns he had become a disruptive influence.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityAsked why he left Chelsea, Luiz told Arsenal’s official website: ‘The cycle finished there.‘It was a conversation between me and Chelsea and everybody. I had an opportunity to come to another big club. In my life, I’ve always liked to do some challenges.‘I’m not scared at all to try things. I think not too many players would make this kind of move, they would maybe be scared, or something like that. I’m just trying to do big things in my life, so like I said, my cycle at Chelsea finished and now I’m excited to start a new chapter of my life here.‘It’s [Arsenal’s] a big club – not just in England, but everybody around the world knows how big Arsenal is.‘When I had an opportunity to come to this kind of big club, I had to take it. That’s why I’m here.’Luiz spent a brief period at PSG under the management of Unai Emery and he claimed the Spaniard also played a big factor in his decision to join Arsenal.‘A big, big part. I know him, I know some people from the club,’ he added. ‘I know Edu, I know Raul, I know the quality of the team, the players, and that’s what makes me excited to dream, to have the ambition to win big things.‘I think all my life, I’ve always started the season with the goal to win things. It’s not going to be different here – I’m going to come with this mentality because this is what made me move here.‘This is what makes me feel good every single day. I have to run for one reason, for one goal, and my goal is to win things with Arsenal.’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 Arsenal Comment Advertisementcenter_img David Luiz reveals the reason he swapped Chelsea for Arsenal on transfer deadline day Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Aug 2019 10:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link370Shareslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Tours Planned Parenthood’s Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center

first_imgGovernor Wolf Tours Planned Parenthood’s Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Healthcare,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Women’s Rights Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf toured the Planned Parenthood Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center in downtown Philadelphia and met with patients and staff of the facility, as well as local activists who were instrumental in defeating the attempted repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which would have had a devastating impact on Pennsylvanians and the commonwealth had it been enacted.Governor Wolf began by touring the facility, then met with patient advocates, volunteer leaders, and Planned Parenthood staff members, and thanked them for their roles in defeating the attempted repeal of the ACA, as well as their advocacy on behalf of women’s health and rights.“We’re here today at Planned Parenthood’s Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center to show our support for the over 90,000 Pennsylvania Planned Parenthood patients and to thank those who have worked so tirelessly to stop ill-informed politicians from blocking access to care,” Gov. Wolf said. “I am proud to stand with Planned Parenthood and the many dedicated staff, volunteers, and patients who truly understand that providing quality health care to women is the right thing to do, in Pennsylvania and across the U.S.”Planned Parenthood Southeastern PA recently began offering hormone replacement therapy to patients in the process of transitioning. A long-time Planned Parenthood staff member who understands first-hand how important it is to offer these services, and how crucial access to high-quality, confidential care is to this patient population, offered insight into working with transitioning and LGBTQ teens.Governor Wolf also learned about how Planned Parenthood serves the immigrant community in Philadelphia. As Title X providers, Planned Parenthood is truly the nation’s family planning provider where the immigrant community can receive low-cost subsidized preventive family planning care.Governor Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf are longtime supporters of Planned Parenthood’s mission, and they have volunteered their time in the past to serve as escorts for patients at Planned Parenthood’s health center in York, Pennsylvania. This was the Governor’s first opportunity to take a formal tour of a Planned Parenthood health center and witness firsthand the important work they do in providing vital health care services to local communities.Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania (PPSP) is an affiliate of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. PPSP serves Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania.center_img September 07, 2017last_img read more

The Christmas Commercial That’s Breaking the Internet’s Heart

first_imgGerman supermarket chain EDEKA has released a Christmas ad that’s gone viral on social media. The commerical, which is a minute and 46 seconds long, features an elderly man receiving a letter from his daughter that she won’t be able to make it for a Christmas visit. So, the man is forced to celebrate alone, preparing a lonely-looking meal for himself. A year appears to pass and it’s time for Christmas once again. But the ad takes a dark turn: the elderly man has apparently passed away. The scene cuts to a hospital and the shocked faces of his daughters. Dressed in black, the man’s family gather together to mourn their loss. Only there’s a twist—and you’ll have to watch it to the end to find out. 42 million people have viewed the video already since it was posted at the end of November.Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Shelvey: Gerrard is my role model

first_imgJonjo Shelvey has hailed England and Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard as his “perfect role model” – and will be able to call on him for even more advice after becoming his new next-door neighbour. Shelvey went on: “He is just a great role model to learn from. You can’t say enough about Stevie. He does his talking on and off the pitch. He lives the life of a proper professional footballer. “His performances have been first-class and he has been my perfect role model since day one and someone every young player can learn from. He fully deserved his England award.” Shelvey believes Liverpool are starting to move in the right direction under Brendan Rodgers and is encouraged by the recent draws with Arsenal and Manchester City. He said: “Things have now swayed towards one of our biggest rivals in Manchester United but we are pushing for fourth spot so we are trying to win every game. “We felt we deserved to beat City but I think the title has gone towards United. There is still plenty of football to go though. “We are still going to keep pushing for fourth place. Brendan is starting to really get his point across and it is starting to show in our performances. “We had a blip at Oldham in the FA Cup but in the last two league games against Arsenal and Manchester City we’ve played really well and deserved to get six points. There have been steps in the right direction. In the past few weeks, we’ve gone on quite a run in the Premier League.” Press Associationcenter_img England Under-21 and Reds midfielder Shelvey has just bought a house alongside the player he has always looked up to at Anfield. He believes Gerrard fully deserved his Football Association England player-of-the-year award and that he can only benefit from playing alongside the 32-year-old. Shelvey said: “Steven has been first-class with me ever since I came into the club. I’ve moved in next door to him now which is even better because if you need any advice, he is always there. I get to see him quite a bit. I’ve not popped around for a cup of tea yet but he is always welcome to come around for a game of pool.” last_img read more

Pardew: Brazil can benefit Magpies

first_img But to do so, they will have to produce their best form for the Magpies in the meantime, and Pardew, who revealed his pre-season preparations were geared towards a mass exodus, believes that can only be good news for the club. He said: “We knew that at the start and our performance director put a programme in that was really tough knowing that at the back of this season, they have a World Cup. “Their preparation has been very good and they have worked very hard, so where we stand today six months away, they are in great shape. “Hopefully they stay clear of injury and we have a good season and at the moment, the signs are good.” The most recent indications of Newcastle’s on-field health have indeed been hugely positive with back-to-back league victories over Chelsea and Tottenham having soothed the pain of earlier defeats by Hull and Sunderland. But the mood on the training ground is now even more positive with the club’s sizeable French contingent celebrating a remarkable 3-0 play-off second-leg victory over Ukraine which overturned a 2-0 deficit, and Ameobi’s Nigeria confirming their place with a 4-1 aggregate victory over Ethiopia. Pardew, whose side faces Norwich at St James’ Park on Saturday, said: “We have had some really good news in terms of Newcastle. Most of our players have made it to the World Cup with only Papiss, really, missing out. “The French game was significant, obviously. Two-nil down and to come back and win 3-0 has been an enormous boost for them. Pardew sent Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy, Shola Ameobi and Papiss Cisse away for key games during the international break, and welcomed them back to Tyneside on Thursday with all but Senegal striker Cisse dreaming of a summer playing on the big stage. They will now all hope to make their respective national squads, along with the likes of Holland’s Tim Krul and Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote, for next summer’s festivities in South America. “Cabaye being at the centre of that and Debuchy playing both games was really good news for us, so our guys are really pleased about that. “Now it’s about focusing on an important game for their club. Today was about letting that one go. It’s great for them, they can look forward to the draw and the World Cup. “But for us, Norwich is the most important game.” Former England Under-21s striker Ameobi will hope to retain his place in the squad to fulfil his dream of playing at the World Cup finals at the age of 32. Pardew said: “I don’t think he will be going to another World Cup by his own admission, but it’s fantastic for him and for Nigeria. “He’s a top, top player and they are fortunate to have him. He could be a surprise package in that World Cup, Shola. “He has matured as a striker. He know he is in good form at the minute and I think he could do well on that stage.” Nigeria-born Ameobi will be out of contract at the end of the season, but Pardew would not be drawn on what the future might hold for him. He said: “I don’t know what happens with Shola in the future – he could become Prime Minister one day with his personality – but we certainly want to keep him around the club if we can.” At the other end of the scale, Cisse could have been forgiven for bemoaning his fortunes after seeing Tiote’s Ivory Coast end Senegal’s hopes of making it to Brazil. However, Pardew said: “I suspect I would have said that before training, but he was absolutely brilliant. He was our best player on the training ground, and that was really good to see. “Maybe the fact that his country is out of the World Cup, he probably realises it’s now really important now to focus and get back in the team and score goals. “He’s a big player for us and we need him in the goals.” Press Association Alan Pardew is urging his World Cup-bound stars to hone themselves for their trip to Brazil by re-establishing Newcastle as a Barclays Premier League force.last_img read more

Jose: City play by different rules

first_img The Financial Fair Play regulations imposed by European governing body UEFA are designed to ensure that clubs spend within their means. City accepted sanctions at the end of last season for breaching the rules, among them a fine and restrictions on the club’s Champions League squad. However, that has not stopped the Blues from this week spending £28million to sign Wilfried Bony from Swansea. Press Association Mourinho congratulated his title rivals for their acquisition, albeit with a less-than-veiled dig at such transfer activity. “Well done, well done – good player, good striker, if they have the money and can spend it and have no problems with Financial Fair Play, well done,” he said ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Swansea. “I think they can only play with 11, unless the rules for them are different and they can play with 12. “It looks like the rules are different for them in certain aspects, but not this one. If Bony plays and Dzeko is on the bench, I am happy with that. “Fantastic squad, one more top player for that squad to have Aguero, Jovetic, Dzeko and Bony is absolutely magnificent. I repeat, well done.” Asked what other aspects are different for them, Mourinho retorted: “You know what I mean.” center_img Jose Mourinho has suggested Manchester City play by different rules to Chelsea.last_img read more

Jared Grindle One-Pitch Softball Tournament cancelled

first_imgBLUE HILL — The Jared C. Grindle Youth Sports Scholarship Committee announced that it has made the “very hard decision” to cancel the Jared Grindle One-Pitch Softball Tournament this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“Due to the rules around social distancing, the committee decided it was in the best interest of the team members and spectators to postpone this year,” the committee stated in a press release.There is new Jared C. Grindle gear, including sweats, tees and masks, available. There is a link online as well as Facebook.Donations are also welcome to keep the scholarship continuing. Send donations to JCGYSSP, 1434 Coastal Road, Brooksville, ME 04617.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img

Conference boosts USC’s ties abroad

first_imgUSC deans, professors and faculty traveled to Taipei, Taiwan this week to meet with USC alumni from across Asia and discuss global issues at the three-day USC Global Conference, which begins Thursday.The Global Conference, organized by the USC Office of Globalization, is held in a different part of Asia every other year and consists of three days of speeches and panel discussions about issues including health, energy, business and digital media.“It’s all intertwined,” said Adam Powell, the USC vice provost for globalization and this year’s emcee for the conference. “The discussions are interdisciplinary.”The conference acts as a showcase for the latest work from USC’s faculty and researchers, as well as a networking forum for alumni in Asia.One of the main goals of the event is something that Powell calls “friend raising” — strengthening ties among the Trojan Family as well as building relationships with people from the country where the conference is being held.“USC wants to reach out with its alumni, so we’re looking for the topics that will be important to them,” said Dr. Jonathan Samet, the director of USC Institute for Global Health, who will be one of the speakers at the Global Conference. “We want to engage the alumni and others in something that will make a difference.”According to Powell, the conference is also a useful opportunity for the university to build contacts in the region.“[We get] more research partnerships, opportunities for student internships in Asia, and greater activity overall,” Powell said. “We’re connecting with partners in different universities, government, industry, and we’re increasing opportunities in internships.”The Global Conference was first held nine years ago in Hong Kong as a Marshall School reunion. Since then, it has developed and grown into a gathering for all of USC’s schools.“We wanted to make it more of a platform for USC to do its best, and to do that we had to make it interdisciplinary,” Powell said.The conference is always held in Asia, demonstrating the university’s commitment to the region, said Jeffrey Cole, the director of USC’s Center for the Digital Future.“The future rests strongly on Asia, and this is an opportunity for USC to showcase cutting-edge work done on its campus,” said Cole, who is a speaker at the conference.As part of the conference, Samet will be leading a discussion on global health issues focusing on global epidemics from H1N1 to SARS. Cole plans to speak about the changes coming from traditional media and the future of music, newspapers and television.Other panels, which draw from speakers across the region as well as USC deans and faculty, will touch on topics including the changing economic climate and the global outlook for energy.The event is entirely set up by USC, drawing on organization from a number of USC offices, including the USC office in Taipei, and is primarily attended by alumni in the region.“Each of the individuals coming pays hundreds just to register,” Powell said. “USC doesn’t make any money, but they only lose a little. Attendance is so good this year we might not lose anything.”Powell said more than 600 people were willing to pay for registration and hotel fares for this year’s conference, up from the 450 who attended in 2007. The uptick has caused organizers to consider looking for a larger venue for future conferences.“It’s been quite a surprise, especially because of the global economy. We expected it to go down… Alumni are simply coming out in larger numbers,” Powell said. “It’s proven more successful than anyone imagined.”According to Clayton Dube, the associate director of the USC US-China Institute, the record attendance may be partly due to the fact that the region is the home to the largest percentage of USC’s current foreign students. Currently, 1,187 students from China, 625 students from Taiwan and 244 students from Hong Kong and Macau attend USC.Cole said the conference is ultimately more than just a get-together for alumni and Asian leaders.“The Global Conference energizes the USC community,” Cole said. “It demonstrates that USC isn’t just a school. It has become a global entity.”last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 82-72 win over No. 6 Florida State

first_img Published on January 28, 2017 at 2:20 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossman Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has struggled to explain it, but Syracuse has simply been a different team at home than on the road. It was never more evident than Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome, when SU (13-9, 5-4 Atlantic Coast) stole a win from No. 6 Florida State (18-4, 6-3), 82-72.Here are three quick takeaways from the game.Finally, a marquee winFor most of the season, Syracuse has looked nothing like a Top 25 team it began the year as. Losses to ranked opponents like Wisconsin, Notre Dame and North Carolina only further cemented that. But with its NCAA Tournament hopes on life support, the Orange finally has a signature win to lean back on. It’s going to take more than just Saturday afternoon’s win over the Seminoles to send SU into March Madness, but the 22nd game of the season could finally be Syracuse’s launching pad.The Orange has four games remaining against ranked opponents in home matchups against No. 12 Virginia and No. 17 Duke, and a home-and-home series with No. 13 Louisville. Given SU’s winless road record, the contest at the KFC Yum! Center on Feb. 26 will have significant implications on any NCAA Tournament resume. That resume only exists because of Syracuse’s win over Florida State.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSecond-half seesawThe Orange played remarkably well for 20 minutes against the sixth-ranked team in the country, a team headlined with two future NBA draft picks in Dwayne Bacon and Jonathan Isaac. Syracuse shot 50 percent in the first half, but most of its immediate success can be credited to neutralizing the tandem of Bacon and Isaac. The talented duo only combined for nine points in the first half, but the ledger tilted quickly out of halftime.An 18-point lead shrunk to two with about nine minutes remaining in the game after Bacon sunk an open jumper. That capped off a 32-16 run for the Seminoles, which started with nine quick points from Isaac. SU appeared transformed defensively in the first half, only to revert back to the stagnate defensive team it’s been throughout most of the year.Tyler Lydon did his best to regain momentum for the hosts, burying a one-handed dunk on a missed 3-pointer from Tyus Battle. Minutes later he played quarterback, sending nearly a full-court pass ahead of Battle on a fast break. Battle kept the ball from going out of bounds and flung a pass back toward White in corner near SU’s bench. White rattled home a 3 to push the lead to 69-62. Both teams jockeyed for the lead up until the final minute or so, when Gillon’s eight free throws cemented the final score.Role reversalWhite and Lydon have spent all season shouldering Syracuse’s offense. White from behind the arc, Lydon everywhere else. While the duo combined for 38 points, it was defensively where SU’s two best players stood out most on Saturday. Lydon tied his career high with six blocks, and White nabbed four steals and nine rebounds.Feeling comfortable in the 2-3 zone has taken White most of the season, something Boeheim said he didn’t necessarily expect out of his fifth-year transfers. He’s gradually become more involved defensively, but never more so than against Florida State. White tipped a handful of passes in the opening half, anticipating the Seminoles’ passes and where he could move in the zone without leaving a void.He capped off the first half with a pair of steals, sparking two fast breaks that help net the Orange an 18-point halftime lead.Lydon’s proving ground was sizably different. Playing center for most of the half, the sophomore matched up with FSU’s 7-foot-1 Michael Ojo and 7-foot-4 Christ Koumadje. He hung with the Seminoles towering centers, who only combined for two points in the opening stanza. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Okowa’s Pitch Award, A Reward for Visionary Leadership, Says Oghenesivbe

first_imgOmon-Julius Onabu in AsabaA chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe, has congratulated the Executive Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, over the prestigious “Football Friendly Governor of the Year 2018 Award” presented to at the Pitch Awards.Oghenesivbe in a statement said that the award by Pitch was ”timely, well deserved and obviously testified to the numerous strategic and result-oriented efforts made by Dr Okowa during his first tenure to showcase Delta State to the world in both sports and youth development. Ifeanyi Okowa ”Prior to Okowa’s assumption of office on May 29, 2015 the state suffered embarrassing, huge infrastructure deficit in sports development but the proactive steps taken by Okowa, backed by uncommon political willpower and adequate funding, changed the narrative within the scope of four years and still counting,” he noted.Oghenesivbe, a pioneer Executive Assistant to Governor Okowa on Communications, further observed that ”the construction and commissioning of the Stephen Keshi International Stadium was one of the star projects, which got the governor’s political detractors heartbroken because of their initial claim that it would end up as a white elephant project and a financial drainpipe without a corresponding result.”He said that Okowa, to the disappointment of those critics, ”got it right, completed the Stephen Keshi Stadium within the projected timeframe, and proceeded to host the 21st African Senior Athletics Championship there, which brought the entire African continent to Asaba”.”In addition to that, Delta State came tops in several other sports competition as well as successfully hosting four FIFA soccer engagements, all in a period of short intervals.President of NFF and 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Amaju Pinnick, while presenting the award to Okowa during the week noted that the governor and his administration ”hosted several activities of the NFF.According to Pinnick, “The amiable governor has also handsomely rewarded players and officials of the Super Eagles on more than one occasion. His administration also sponsored several clubs in the various leagues in the country, a channel for youths development.”Oghenesivbe urged him to keep the flag of Delta State flying at high altitude, adding, ”Dr Okowa’s name may soon enter the Guinness Book of Records as the most innovative, goal-oriented and sports loving governor in Nigeria!”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more