Hector Bellerin backs himself to be Arsenal captain amid Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang exit fears

first_imgAdvertisement Hector Bellerin backs himself to be Arsenal captain amid Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang exit fears Current skipper Aubameyang has been linked with a move away from the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has thrown his hat in the ring to be the club’s captain in the future, and he may not have to wait long to get the armband if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves the club.The Gunners are currently sweating over the future of their top scorer, who they may have to sell this summer if he does not agree to sign a new contract – though teammate Bernd Leno is confident he will stay at the Emirates.If a position does open up to take on the captaincy, Bellerin – who has been at the north London club for nine years – wants to be in the frame to take on the responsibility. Bellerin has donned the armband in the absence of Aubameyang this season (Picture: Getty)‘For me, I have been speaking to the coach for a few months and he was telling me that I could be one of the people that could represent the team.‘I was really happy with it because I’m someone who’s been here for a long time and I know how the club runs.’MORE: Arsenal deliver Mikel Arteta update and reveal his talks with coaches and players during coronavirus crisisMORE: Mikel Arteta tells Arsenal to trigger extra year in David Luiz’s contractFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Commentcenter_img FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirushttps://metro.co.uk/video/fifa-team-five-ways-tackle-spread-coronavirus-2131812/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: ‘People may not see me as this massive guy who shouts on the pitch all the time or what people may have as a captain in their heads.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘But there are so many different ways of leading a team.‘Since I was young at Barcelona, I would always be one of the three captains in the team. For me, it was a role I’m used to.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‘Obviously it’s not the same when you’re 14 or 15 as it is now because the responsibility and what you represent is completely different, but it’s always been something that I’ve enjoyed.‘I enjoy positions of responsibility and I enjoy being the first one on that wall. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 19 Mar 2020 11:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link228Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Moyes remains true to his beliefs

first_img “There are still core values,” he said. “There are still standards you want, which are basic at any level of football; discipline, punctuality, level of intensity in a training session. “Those things do not change.” Observing Moyes on the training pitch is to see a man at ease with his work. Maybe that is to be expected in a man whose attention to detail is such he used to drive south on his days off whilst still a player at Dunfermline to watch matches to broaden his knowledge of the game. “I always think it is important to watch and learn and try to get better and improve,” he said. “I am no different now. “My enthusiasm to try and make training as real as the games, having imagination and the pictures you see is still the same. But your coaching style and how you work is continually evolving. “You change with the level of player you have. You have to think differently about the work you are giving players. Hopefully that would be the way I would continually try to self-improve.” Moyes has officially been in charge less than a month. In the cases of Javier Hernandez and Antonio Valencia, he has not even met some of his players yet. There is over a month left until the transfer window closes. However, some United fans have shown their impatience already, questioning the lack of new arrivals ahead of a campaign that admittedly begins with those three blockbuster fixtures out of the first five. “If you win one game folk will think you are good. If you lose one folk will think you are rubbish,” said Moyes. “You hope there is a little bit of sense and people understand where you are going. “It is a big job. It is a new job. It will take time, as it would for anybody else.” Meanwhile, Manchester United group managing director Richard Arnold has revealed the club intend to use Twitter as one of the ways of improving fan communication. Sir Alex Ferguson was famously distrustful of the popular social networking site, questioning why his players, including Rio Ferdinand, did not go to a library and read a book to fill their time. Since Ferguson’s exit as manager however, United have launched their own official Twitter feed, that by the end of their pre-season tour to the Far East and Australia had already attracted in excess of 600,000 followers. Press Association Moyes has come to the end of his first pre-season campaign as United boss but before Monday night’s encounter with Kitchee FC, he spoke to Press Association Sport. And, whilst a journey that has taken him from humble beginnings at Preston to his present status in charge of the Premier League champions has clearly exposed himself to better players, he feels some values remain the same. Manchester United manager David Moyes has underlined the core aspects of his managerial philosophy that will never change.last_img read more

McGregor set to leave hospital

first_img “But we’ve got to make sure we do the right thing by him and make sure that he recovers from a really nasty injury.” McGregor has been told he is out for the rest of the season but has told Bruce he still has an eye on playing in the FA Cup final if Hull beat Sheffield United in the semi-finals. Bruce added: “Typical Allan, the doctors say that he’s going to be out for six weeks and he said to me on the phone, ‘Yes, but the final is seven weeks’ away’. “I’m sure he’ll be doing everything he possibly can to get himself back.” Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor is due to be released from hospital at the weekend, more than a week after suffering kidney damage against West Ham. Press Associationcenter_img The Scotland international was injured after colliding with Mohamed Diame on March 26 – he was sent off before but the red card was later overturned. Tigers boss Steve Bruce said: “We’re hoping that he comes out of hospital at the weekend. He’s out of the high dependency unit and things have gone as well as they could have for him in the circumstances, but it shows you what type of injury it is with him still being in hospital 10 days later. last_img read more

Mr Green nets first ever football partnership with Wigan Athletic

first_img Submit David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling faces a pivotal moment March 31, 2020 Maxima Compliance – ‘Mastering technical compliance to grow your global footprint’ June 9, 2020 Aspire builds Q1 momentum through regulated market focus May 5, 2020 Share Share Related Articles StumbleUpon European igaming and sports betting operator, Mr Green has confirmed that it has secured its first ever football partnership with English Championship side Wigan Athletic.The newly listed Nordic Nasdaq operator, will become ‘The Latics’ official ‘Betting and Gaming Partner’ for the remainder of the 2016/17 Championship Season.Mr Green marketing were pleased to have secured its first ever football partnership, stating that it would help the operator expand its brand and services within the saturated UK online betting market.The Wigan Athletic partnership, will see the Lancashire football club promote Mr Green’s new sports betting vertical launched this June, with the operator seeking to diversify its product range.Confirming the Partnership Alex Beecham Mr Green UK & Ireland Country Manager stated;This is another step towards growing our UK brand by working alongside a forward-thinking club with a proud history. Mr Green is delighted to partner with Wigan Athletic over the coming seasons and look forward to engaging Latics’ fans with our award-winning product,”last_img read more

Uganda draws Ghana, Egypt again in AFCON finals

first_imgGabon take on CameroonAlthough Gabon are the second lowest ranked team among the 16 contenders, they look set to make the last eight, probably with four-time champions Cameroon.The hosts rely heavily on 2015 African Footballer of the Year Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a prolific goalscorer with German giants Borussia Dortmund.During the draw ceremony, Gabonese officials emphasised that the country was ready to host a tournament they co-staged with neighbours Equatorial Guinea in 2012.A disputed presidential election victory by incumbent Ali Bongo two months ago triggered riots with opposition parties claiming vote fraud.New prime minister Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet said: “We will not back away from the tournament. We are ready and will organise an exceptional tournament.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Ivory Coast were not impressive in qualifying, drawing three of four matches against Sierra Leone and Sudan, and Morocco are probably a team they wanted to dodge.Herve RenardThe Moroccans are coached by Herve Renard, the charismatic Frenchman who masterminded the Ivorians’ triumph in Equatorial Guinea last year.He then left for a brief, unsuccessful spell in the French Ligue 1 before being hired by Morocco, and they became the first qualifiers for the 2017 tournament.Renard has won the Cup of Nations twice, taking no-hopers Zambia to the title in Gabon four years ago.“If I had to name teams I wanted to avoid before the draw, I would have said some of the teams in our group,” admitted Renard.“To face Ivory Coast is difficult, especially as we have had the chance to know their players, it’s practically the same squad.“But we have to be competitive. The match against Claude Le Roy (coach of Togo) will be something that again will be difficult for me.“But over 90 minutes I have to forget everything this man did for me and do everything in order to beat him.”Veteran Le Roy has won the Cup of Nations once, with Cameroon in 1988, and Gabon will mark his ninth appearance at the Cup of Nations finals.He has failed to reach the knockout stage only once. AFCON2017 DRAWGroup A – Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Cameroon, Burkina FasoGroup B -Algeria, Zimbabwe, Senegal, TunisiaGroup C – Ivory Coast, Togo, Morocco, DRCGroup D – Ghana, Uganda, Egypt, MaliJanuary 17  – Uganda vs GhanaJanuary 21– Uganda vs EgyptJanuary 25  – Uganda vs MaliUganda Cranes will come up against two opponents they are already lined up to face in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.The Africa Cup of Nations draw placed Egypt and Ghana in Uganda’s Group D.Ghana, according to FIFA rankings, are the team to beat in Group D. Apart from Uganda, they will take on Egypt, making their return to the contest after missing three finals, and Mali.Being grouped with Ghana offers Egypt yet another chance to avenge one of their most humiliating results, a 6-1 thrashing by the Black Stars in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.No team will be more excited about going to Gabon in January than Uganda — the last time they qualified was in 1978 when the notorious Idi Amin ruled the east African state.Uganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic said: “This is a tough and competitive group, but I believe in the players and the team.“We have a realistic chance to get good results and reach the knockout stage.”The draw produced three groups containing three of the top 10 ranked football nations in Africa, according to FIFA.Algeria (2), Senegal (3) and Tunisia (4) are in one mini-league, Ivory Coast (1), DR Congo (6) and Morocco (10) in another and Ghana (5), Egypt (7) and Mali (9) in a third.A lot of teams will get to know each other extremely well, too, as Ivory Coast and Morocco also share a 2018 World Cup qualifying group, as do Ghana, Egypt and Uganda.Champs Ivory Coast start against TogoIvory Coast will start their defence of the Africa Cup of Nations against Togo in January, according to the draw made Wednesday.Ivory Coast, who beat Ghana on penalties in the 2015 final, are in Group C against Togo, Morocco and the Democratic Republic of Congo.Hosts Gabon, who saw political turmoil after a disputed election in August, will stage the opening match in Libreville on January 14 against Guinea-Bissau, who make their first appearance in the 16-nation tournament.Cameroon and Burkina Faso are also in Group A.Algeria have the toughest first round in Group B where they also take on Tunisia and Senegal for one of the two qualifying places for the quarter-finals.The final is in Libreville on February 5.last_img read more

Rebels shutout Rockets to grab early lead in Kootenay Finals

first_imgConnor Beachamp backstopped a stingy Rebel defence that allowed only 20 shots to register the win in goal.Kody Dishers scored twice, one marker coming in the first period on the power play, while Diego Bartlett and Darren Medeiros added singles to lead the Rebels.Castlegar, scoring three third-period goals to complete the rout, out shot the Rockets 34-20.Game two is Saturday in Castlegar. Game time is 7:30 p.m.In the Okanagan Conference, Osoyoos Coyotes continued their upset ride knocking off top seed North Okanagan 6-2 Friday in Armstrong.Game two is Saturday back in the North Okanagan City. Many experts have said the Murdoch Division is the toughest in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League to win.The Golden Rockets realized the toughness first hand after the Castlegar Rebels didn’t skip a beat despite ending a seven-game slugfest against Beaver Valley Wednesday and bounced the Eddie Mountain Champs 4-0 in Game one of the Kootenay Conference Final Friday in the Sunflower City.last_img read more

Housing Lab Moves ‘From Project to Product’

first_imgFounded in 1993, Rural Studio is a program at Auburn University’s school of architecture to give undergraduates hands-on experience in designing and building houses while simultaneously helping people in west Alabama who needed better housing.Students built a number of “charity houses,” and then in 2005 Rural Studio turned a corner. It began producing small houses that could become alternatives to mobile homes and trailer parks — at prices people in the region could afford. The buildings were called 20K Houses, named for their $20,000 price tags.Rural Studio celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a new book, Rural Studio at Twenty: Designing and Building in Hale County Alabama, and a new effort to take what it’s learned to a national market.“We were eager to make our work more relevant to the needs of west Alabama, the Southeast and possibly the entire country,” the authors write in an excerpt published at the online magazine Slate. “We looked at the omnipresent American trailer park, where homes, counterintuitively, depreciate each year they are occupied. We wanted to create an attractive small house that would appreciate in value while accommodating residents who are unable to qualify for credit.”They chose a goal of $20,000 ($12,000 for materials and $8,000 in labor and profit for a contractor) because that was the biggest mortgage someone living on a median Social Security check of $758 a month could realistically afford. The authors estimated the potential market for the 20K House in Hale County was 800 people.In addition to providing comfortable, well-built housing, the 20K House building program would have a positive ripple effect on the Hale County economy. Houses were designed so they could be built in three weeks by a contractor and three workers. With a rural development grant paying the way, a contractor could built 16 houses a year and earn $61,000. Workers would make $22,200 (just under $12 an hour vs. the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour).“Our expectation is that commercial success will create a new cottage industry, bringing new economic growth to the region.”The authors are Andrew Freear and Elena Barthel with Andrea Oppenheimer Dean. Freear is the director of Rural Studio. Barthel is an assistant professor and Dean is a former Architecture magazine editor who wrote two earlier books about the program. Taking 20K to the next levelThe next step is to fine-tune existing student designs to make sure they comply with industry standards, such as the 2012 International Residential Code, and take them to market. McElroy, who is coordinating that effort, calls this “going from project to product.”“These houses are beautifully designed,” she said by telephone. “They’re perfect for all sorts of client bases.”Potential buyers or builders might include rural housing advocacy groups, church groups interested in housing, artist-in-residence programs, or even hunters who want a backwoods camp, she said.To that end, McElroy is lining up groups that will field-test construction with contractors to see whether the program’s estimates on labor and materials are accurate. “These have all been built by students and we have an assumption of how they can be built and a time frame,” McElroy said. “But we don’t have any actual evidence yet.”Rural Studio is also building four model homes on a donated lot so owners of 20K houses won’t have to be disturbed by a parade of visitors. Model homes also will give the program a chance to test houses to see how well they perform; a blower-door test, for example, would show whether their building techniques are producing houses that are sufficiently air-sealed.Eventually, Rural Studio hopes to sell construction plans for 20K Houses. McElroy said she would like to work with a yet-to-be-identified company that has an established national distribution network. Prices for plans, she said, have not been set. As the program grew, house styles evolvedOn average, students have built one 20K house per year, although in some years the total has been higher. By the end of the summer, there should be 16 in all, says Marion McElroy, a 2002 Rural Studio grad who was hired three years ago as the 20K House Product Manager.Styles have changed steadily over the years. The first, constructed in 2005 in Newbern, Alabama, was considered a “breakthrough” in some respects, but it looked very much like the mobile homes that Rural Studio was trying to replace. It was a narrow building with four small windows, two on each side of the front door. A porch runs about half the length of the house.The following year, the program built Frank’s House in Greensboro, Alabama. Clad in corrugated metal, the house had a gable end and wide steps, making it look more like a house and less like a trailer. The Truss House, a duplex with a dogtrot space between the two units, followed in 2007. It, too, was clad in corrugated metal, but it had mostly shed its mobile home air.By the following year, Rural Studio came out with Roundwood House, built with loblolly pine “thinnings.” Its boxy, rectangular shape sprang up in the front to a sort of parapet creating a covered entry. Like a number of other houses in the series, it was built on piers, with the sloped lot falling away toward the rear of the building.In its early years, the authors said, the program appeared to be mostly about architectural experimentation, which forced students to reinvent the wheel each year. Now, the program is attempting to build on past work in a more organized way.The houses aren’t big, which raises several issues for their occupants, but all of them have front porches for socializing and ceilings that are 9 to 10 feet tall, to make rooms feel more spacious and airy. This year, the program is building four two-bedroom houses.Rural Studio considers the houses “academic experiments” and gives them away to people in need. “Our clients are always down on their luck and often elderly,” they write, “and our homes add immensely to their quality of life.”last_img read more

Autodesk Smoke Power Tip: Edge Blur in ConnectFX

first_imgSmoke and Flame guru Joel Osis shares his workflow for adding edge blur in Smoke’s ConnectFX – great for working with green screen or chroma key.If you’re looking to get clean edges in your chroma key and video compositing projects, this tutorial by Joel Osis has you covered.  Getting a smooth key can be tricky…and adding an edge blur can sometimes produce a very unnatural effect.  In this Autodesk Flame and Smoke tutorial, Joel shows you how to successfully isolate and then add a slight edge blur to your keyed footage in Smoke.  Additionally, you’ll see how adding “regrain” to this blurred edge can help pull off the effect – making it look more organic.This Autodesk Flame and Smoke tutorial is geared toward video pros that are already have experience working with nodes and the ConnectFX effects interface. Adding an edge blur to your composited footage in Smoke is a subtle effect, but an important one for really ‘selling’ the composite.You may also be interested in Joel’s previous Autodesk Smoke tutorial on converting a 2D video image to 3D. Thanks for sharing, Joel!last_img read more

Your Industry Is Not Immune to the Principles of Selling

first_imgYour industry is different from other industries. What matters to you and your clients may or may not matter to someone else and their clients. The big trends that threaten your industry may benefit another industry. But when it comes to the principles of selling, your industry is no different than any other.You may feel that your industry is special when it comes to prospecting and creating opportunities, that it is somehow more difficult for you to gain the commitment of your prospective client’s time. Your industry is not to blame. The difficulty in gaining appointments crosses all industries, and the root cause is that you are not trading enough value for people’s time, and prospecting by its very nature requires that you call people who are right now uninterested in what you sell. The principle here is that you need a strong value proposition to command your dream client’s time.Your clients always tell you that your price is higher than your competitor’s, that it is too high, that you need to sharpen your pencil, or that what you sell is a commodity. If you in any way feel that your industry has been singled out for special treatment here, let me disabuse you of that belief. Most markets are more mature and more crowded than ever, and more options and more competition tends to lead to greater distribution of companies that create value at different levels, some choosing to compete on price, others on differentiated value. Who you are calling on and how you sell determines your experience here, not your industry. The principle here is knowing who your targets are and how to sell to them.The experience of having buyers take more time and engage more stakeholders in the buying process slow—or derail—your opportunities is not something exclusive to your industry. The fact that people are now looking for internal consensus before they buy is well-documented. The challenge this presents your industry is the same for other industries. The principle here is the need to control the process, and it is something that you know how to do effectively, or it is not.The experience you are having selling now is not different because of your industry. The challenges you are having are universal, and the ability to sell effectively through those challenges is known, documented, and being deployed by salespeople now.last_img read more

Ranbir Kapoor wants to play Amrish Puri on screen

first_imgIn this season of biopics, when one asked Ranbir Kapoor which legend would he like to play on screen, guess what was his answer?Ranbir Kapoor wants to play Amrish Puri on screenNo, neither a sport-star, nor a superstar. Ranbir Kapoor expressed the desire to do a biopic on one of Bollywood’s most loved villains and character artists Amrish Puri.Amrish Puri was one of the most versatile actors of Indian cinema who gave gave us memorable characters like Mr India’s Mogambo or Damini’s Chaddha besides playing strict father in DDLJ, Gardish, Ardh Satya, Viraasat and many more.It will be interesting to watch how Ranbir manages to cover Amrish Puri’s vast range. Interestingly, Ranbir is committed to Anurag Basu’s bopic on another legend-Kishore Kumar.last_img