Arsenal stars visit Granit Xhaka at his home after midfielder told supporters to ‘f**k off’

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal stars visit Granit Xhaka at his home after midfielder told supporters to ‘f**k off’ Comment Torreira was pictured in tears at the incident (Picture: Getty)Bellerin broke ranks today to send a message to supporters and players alike to maintain unity at this difficult time and the Athletic report that three senior members of Emery’s squad visited Xhaka after the draw to speak to him.They were concerned about the Swiss’ wellbeing and considered his actions to be out of character.Xhaka’s partner has recently given birth and the players feel they can take some of the strain away from being captain.Emery suggested after the game that he could strip Xhaka of the captaincy and it remains to be seen whether he will feature against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday at Anfield.MORE: Jurgen Klopp was ‘satisfied’ with Liverpool stars at half-time against Tottenham Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 28 Oct 2019 3:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Granit Xhaka was booed and jeered by Arsenal fans (Picture: Getty)A trio of senior Arsenal players visited Granit Xhaka at his home after Sunday’s game against Crystal Palace.The Switzerland international told supporters to ‘f**k off’ after he was jeered as he left the field during a 2-2 draw against the Eagles at the Emirates.The midfielder was named as club captain last month ahead of the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin.Xhaka has taken large amounts of criticism from supporters in the past but until now he had kept a lid on a response.ADVERTISEMENTXhaka being subbed off pic.twitter.com/VIQsnhFBoC— Matt (@MGH) October 27, 2019The former Borussia Monchengladbach star is a popular figure with his team-mates and Unai Emery was pleased with the squad when they elected him as skipper.AdvertisementAdvertisementLucas Torreira was clearly emotional at the incident and was pictured in tears as Xhaka left the field, due to the abuse he was subjected to.last_img read more

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Denmark’s ATP returns 6% despite ‘unusual’ markets

first_imgCommodities also suffered losses, due to the fall in oil prices, while its interest rate risk class suffered losses of DKK500m relating to holdings in domestic mortgage bonds.However, Stendevad struck a positive note.“It has been an unusual quarter, especially in the European financial markets, with interest rates reaching almost unthinkable levels, currency turmoil and surging equity prices,” he said.Despite all-time low interest rates, ATP will be able to deliver “the good future pensions we promised our members”, Stendevad said, citing the fund’s hedging portfolio.The hedging portfolio, which sits outside of the five investment risk classes, returned close to DKK77bn, offsetting an increase in liabilities of more than DKK64bn that resulted from changes in longevity and lower discount rates.The results compare favourably with some of the larger European investors, although several large Dutch pension funds proved less able to absorb the increasingly low rate environment.ABP, the €373bn fund for civil servants, saw its funding at the end of the first quarter decline 2.1%, falling further below the minimum required by the regulator.However, the largest Dutch pension fund and its counterparts all saw strong returns on the back of rallying equity markets.Double-digit equity returns have also been common for Finland’s pension investors, but the results often praised as outstanding – and hitting 17.7% in the case of Ilmarinen – are often contrasted with low returns from all other asset classes.Read ATP CIO Henrik Gade Jepsen’s thoughts on private markets in the current issue of IPE Denmark’s largest pension investor ATP has boasted one of the best quarterly results in five years as investments returned 6%, despite “unusual” market conditions.Chief executive Carsten Stendevad praised the fund’s domestic equity holdings, with their performance accounting for most of the DKK6.1bn in growth seen by its equity risk class.Of the five risk classes comprising the investment portfolio, only credit and equities saw positive returns, despite a strong performance from ATP’s infrastructure and real estate holdings.The two asset classes, which sit within its inflation risk class, saw their combined increase in value of DKK0.9bn wiped out by a loss stemming from part of its hedging strategy, the result of falling interest rates and inflation.last_img read more

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Russell Wilson shares emotions on ‘murdered’ George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor

first_imgRussell Wilson talking to Seahawks media via Zoom. Says “my heart is heavy right now” pic.twitter.com/jq46sWwi8O— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) June 3, 2020Floyd’s death last week at the knee of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, following the highly publicized shooting deaths of Arbery and Taylor, has ignited protests and riots across the country. Seattle has been one of the areas of violence. Wilson said he wished he could have joined the protesters there “who are getting brutally abused.”MORE: Pete Carroll’s Kaepernick comments fail to revise history with QB Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson showed Wednesday how much he has been affected by the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. “I don’t want to talk about football. I think about the pain of George, I think about Ahmaud, I think about Breonna. I think about these people that have been hurt . . . and murdered, and it’s just a lot of pain on my heart right now,” a dour Wilson said on a media conference call (per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times). “When you think about the idea of Black Lives Matter, they do matter, and the reality is that me, as a black person, people are getting murdered on the street, people are getting shot down and the understanding that it’s not like that for every other race. It’s like that in particular for the black community,” Wilson said in video posted by Gregg Bell of The (Tacoma, Wash.) News-Tribune.The peaceful protests against police brutality and racial injustice have brought Colin Kaepernick’s action in 2016 back to the forefront. Wilson said that Kaepernick had the right idea when he was kneeling in protest before the national anthem while he was still playing for the 49ers. Russell Wilson says there has to be “radical changes” to our system. Says Colin Kaepernick was standing up for something way greater than was understood at the time. pic.twitter.com/XKQ5Z5AWLj— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) June 3, 2020″He was trying symbolize the right thing and people may have taken that the wrong way, but I think that he was trying to do the right thing, the bottom line,” Wilson said.last_img read more

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GRADED STAKES WINNING SAN ONOFRE TAKES ON TOP MARE SUNDAY RULES IN SATURDAY’S $150,000 DONALD VALPREDO CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT

first_imgSIX FURLONG SPRINT ONE OF FIVE STATEBRED STAKES ON SANTA ANITA’S ANNUAL SUNSHINE MILLIONS DAY ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2016)–Trainer Karen Headley’s graded stakes winning San Onofre will square off with top distaffer Sunday Rules as they headline Saturday’s $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita. The Sprint, to be run for the 26th time, attracted a field of seven older horses and will be contested at six furlongs. The Sprint is one of five stakes restricted to horses bred or sired in California on Santa Anita’s annual Sunshine Millions Day.A “blast off” sprinter with an abundance of natural speed, San Onofre exhibited a new dimension in winning the Grade III, 6 ½ furlong Midnight Lute Stakes here on Jan. 2, as he rated kindly in second positon early and rallied strongly under Alex Solis for a half length win.A 6-year-old gelding by Surf Cat who was bred in California by Headley’s father, veteran conditioner, Bruce Headley, and is owned by the family’s Matson Racing, San Onofre has five wins from 10 starts and is four for nine at Santa Anita. He has career earnings of $330,040.Regarded as one of the top California-breds in training, Nick Alexander’s homebred Sunday Rules will take on males for the first time in her ninth career start on Saturday. Forced to miss last Saturday’s Grade II, seven furlong Santa Monica Stakes due to a minor ailment, the 5-year-old Tribal Rule mare was a brilliant 4 ¼ length winner of the 6 ½ furlong Kalookan Queen Stakes here on Dec. 30 and is in search of her third consecutive victory.Out of the General Meeting mare Sunday Dress, Sunday Rules has seven wins from eight starts and is undefeated in two tries at six furlongs. She has earnings of $444,840.Rockingham Ranch’s Richard’s Boy, a two-time minor stakes winner, has an impressive resume that includes six wins from eleven starts. Trained by Peter Miller, the 4-year-old Idiot Proof gelding has earnings of $307,510.The complete field for Saturday’s Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint, to be run as the sixth race on 10-race card, with jockeys and weights in post position order: San Onofre, Alex Solis, 126; Solid Wager, Victor Espinoza, 124; Old Man Lake, Tyler Baze, 121; Richard’s Boy, Flavien Prat, 124; Raised a Secret, Santiago Gonzalez, 124; Sunday Rules, Edwin Maldonado, 119, and Pay the Fine, Mario Gutierrez, 121.                First post time on Saturday is early, at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.last_img read more

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Windies Women eager to prove ODI strength – Cooper

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC):West Indies Women batsman Britney Cooper says the Twenty20 World Cup champions are out to prove they can also be a force to be reckoned with in the 50-overs format.The 26-year-old, who played a key role in the women’s capture of the T20 title in India last month, said the Caribbean side had already turned their attention to next year’s 50-overs World Cup scheduled for England.”A lot of people feel the West Indies team only knows how to play T20 cricket but it is much more than that,” Cooper said.”I believe we have an opportunity to show all the world that we’re not only a World Cup T20 side but we can also play one-day [cricket]. We’re hoping when we go to England next year that we can bring home another championship back to the Caribbean.”The triumph in the T20 World Cup was their first ever in that format but the women have already strung together some impressive performances in past 50-overs World Cup.In fact, they were good enough to reach the final of the last tournament in India three years ago, when they lost to Australia Women by 114 runs.improving battingCooper, whose career-best unbeaten half-century against New Zealand Women in the semi-final put the Windies Women in the T20 World Cup final, says she was focused on improving her batting in order to strengthen the ODI unit.”I don’t see myself as a T20 player. I really want to find myself higher up the order in the one-day team,” she said.”I bat at five, six sometimes so one day I hope that I can be batting at number three for four, or even opening the batting for West Indies.”Cooper made her debut in 2009 and has since played 31 ODIs and 46 T20s.The Women’s Cricket World Cup is scheduled for June 26 to July 23 next year.last_img read more

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Guardiola yet to conclude talks over new City deal

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has added the English Premier League title to his glittering CV © AFP/File / OLI SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, May 9 – Pep Guardiola has yet to conclude contract negotiations over a new deal with Premier League champions Manchester City but said on Tuesday there is no urgency to do so.The Catalan has led City to the title in his second season in charge at the Etihad and is now two-thirds of the way through the initial three-year contact he signed when he moved to Manchester in the summer of 2016. It means Guardiola, 47, has now won the league title in all three of the major European countries in which he has managed, following success in Spain with Barcelona and in Germany with Bayern Munich.But he has also established a habit of short spells with those clubs, having spent four seasons managing his hometown club Barca and three in the Bundesliga.Guardiola, talking ahead of City’s final home game of the season against Brighton, remained relaxed about the situation, not least because club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, plus chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain are all personal friends.But he was also in no rush to look beyond next season in terms of pledging where his future lies and declined the opportunity to answer directly when asked if he would definitely sign a new deal.“I have one more year and next year I will be here,” said Guardiola. “Now it’s time to finish well and then start to talk about what we have to do next season, who is staying and who we have to buy.“I’m not finishing in two weeks or one month — I have one more year. In football one more year is a lot and we’re going to talk to the club.“They are friends of mine — Ferran, Txiki, Khaldoon — and we have time to talk fluently about what is best for the club and us.”Guardiola has made his home in Manchester City centre and has become a prominent figure in the area in his near two years in residence.And, as the anniversary approaches later this month of the Manchester bombing, in which 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber, Guardiola also reflected on a turbulent year in the city’s history and his bond with its people.“Always you think of the victims, the thoughts are always for them so in the winter we went to the hospitals and saw some of them and the families, and you can imagine how tough a moment it was especially for the families,” said Guardiola.“I was really impressed with the city… and your thoughts on the anniversary are with the people who died and the families who suffered in the moment.“Of course when it happens, everyone wants to help and wants to be there and wants to be part of the situation, the families when they suffer this terrible painful situation.“And I saw because I live in the city how they reacted in the next days and weeks and it was top, hopefully the people will not forget the families.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Designing for the Future

first_imgWhen an architect, residential builder, and owner sit around a table for their first design meeting, their ostensible goal is to begin designing a house. Whether they realize it or not, however, these three people are also predicting the future.If the team members are planning to build a code-minimum house in the suburbs, they are (in effect) predicting that the next thirty years will be similar to the last thirty years. The future homeowner expects to be able to afford to buy a car and to find enough fuel for the car to carry him or her to work and to the supermarket. The owner expects the local municipality to be able to deliver enough potable water for cooking, to keep a family clean, and to keep the lawn watered. And the owner expects energy prices to be stable enough to allow the home to be heated in winter and air-conditioned during the summer.On the other hand, if the team members are planning to build a Passivhaus on an urban infill lot, they may be predicting that energy prices will rise or that fuel supplies will become tight.And if the team members are planning to build a cistern-equipped house and barn on 10 rural acres, they may be predicting that water supplies and food delivery systems may be disrupted in future years. Predictions of doom are nothing new In 1973, when the first oil crisis caused fuel prices to spike, Americans could pick and choose from a variety of doomsday scenarios. Paul Ehrlich’s book, The Population Bomb, was still selling briskly. The Club of Rome’s report, Limits to Growth, predicted that future materials shortages (including energy shortages) would lead to a collapse of industrial economies. Tens of thousands of young hippies, convinced that the capitalist economic system was… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

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Video Tutorial: How to Loop an Animation in Adobe After Effects

first_imgLearn how to save yourself some time with animation loop cycles in Adobe After Effects with this easy-to-follow tutorial.For this particular project, I am going to create an animated location marker that I can use over a map graphic. I want the location marker to have a subtle blinking effect, like a radar screen. It will look something like this:So, let me show you how we can put this together very quickly using only a few keyframes and a simple expression. Step 2 — Loop the AnimationTo loop this animation, I could simply copy the shape layer and then paste it as many times as I need — and maybe even precomp it to makes things more organized. However, this method has a few drawbacks. First of all, if I want to change the timing of the animation or the color or position of the marker, it might quickly become complicated with so many layers and keyframes. A much easier method is to use an expression.If you’re unfamiliar with them, expressions can be quite intimidating. Even if you do know how to use them, they can still be confusing. How do you know what to use if you don’t understand the language involved?Well, one way to apply expressions is with the Expression Language Menu. I’ll use this to easily apply a loop to my animation. To do this, I will simply alt+click on the scale attribute and then open the Expression Language Menu via the small arrow in the expression controls. Then, I’ll select the following:Property > loopOut(type = “cycle”, numKeyframes = 0)Once applied, I can now do the same thing with the opacity. Now both of these properties will loop for as long as the layer is on the timeline. Step 1 — Create Your AnimationMy location marker consists of two ellipse shapes. I’ll use one to create the animation effect, while the other will be stationary. Initially, I just need to animate the first cycle of the animation. To do this, I will animate the scale and opacity attributes of my second ellipse shape. I’ll keyframe the scale to go up while the opacity will go down. This first animation cycle only takes 4 keyframes to create and will give me my radar blip effect. I’ll time the animation to last for one second. Step 3 — Customize the LoopThe brilliance of using this expression is the versatility it offers when I want to customize the animation or the graphic. For instance, if I want to speed up the effect, I can simply move the end keyframes either forward or backward. Now the animation will loop at the new speed. (This would be much more complicated with a large number of keyframes.) Also, if I want to change the position or any other attribute, it’s very easy.Again, with the loop expression, I only need to add a few keyframes to bring this animation to life and make it loop. If I want to do this without the expression, it would require nearly 40 keyframes for just a 10-second clip. (And manipulating all of these keyframes would be quite tedious.)As a final touch, I will duplicate the animated ellipse and then shift the duplicate in time slightly. This will give me a more dynamic location marker animation with two overlapping blips. Looking for more After Effects tutorials? Check these out.Animate A ‘Top 10 Countdown’ Screen With After EffectsAnimate Clean Commercial Graphics in Adobe After EffectsHow to Animate a Text Stroke in Adobe After EffectsHow to use the VR Comp Editor in After Effects with 360° VideoLearn How to Create 2D Motion Graphics with After Effectslast_img read more

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20 days agoLeicester defender Evans: Incredible Ricardo our best player every week

first_imgLeicester defender Evans: Incredible Ricardo our best player every weekby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City defender Jonny Evans has hailed the progress of teammate Ricardo Pereira.They have conceded just five goals in seven Premier League games, the fewest along with Liverpool. And Evans told the Mirror: “We’ve got a good young side. “There’s obviously a bit of inexperience there, but we’ve got some really good young players coming through, skillful, athletic and quick.“Our right-back, Ricardo, is probably our best player every single week, he’s incredible. It’s a privilege to play alongside him. Getting Tielemans on a permanent deal was a massive statement for the club. He came in last season and lit the place up.“When he came back after his loan spell and signed for us, it gave everyone a massive boost. He had big teams in for him, but he wanted to come back to Leicester.“It showed he could see the huge potential we’ve got in our squad. We’ve got a great bunch of lads, a great dressing-room and there’s no real egos in there, which is fantastic.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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17 days agoScotland coach Clarke raps fans barracking Liverpool fullback Robertson

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Scotland coach Clarke raps fans barracking Liverpool fullback Robertsonby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveScotland coach Steve Clarke has hit back at the Tartan Army barracking Liverpool fullback Andrew Robertson.For the defeats against Russia and Belgium, Robertson received the brunt of the criticism levelled at the squad.”Listen, when you don’t win matches you are going to be crucified,” Clarke told The Scotsman.”Andy is experienced enough to realise that. He is the captain and the one who gets it. But it is unfair. It’s unfair to single out Andy Robertson and say that he should take the criticism.”Everyone should take the criticism. It’s a collective thing. I have spoken to Andy since, we had a good chat and he is fine.”Robertson is not the first Scottish Liverpool player to be questioned for his performances at international level. Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen were both subjected to the same treatment.”There is always going to be certain criticism – Alan Hansen wasn’t good enough to play for Scotland either,” Clarke bemoaned.”The best way to avoid the criticism is to get points, to win matches and draw matches you are expected to lose. That just makes everyone feel a little bit better.”It’s the same in club football. Winning covers a multitude of sins. If you start to win matches everyone will be on board and more positive about it. They will stop talking about the players who are not selected and instead speak about the ones who are.” last_img read more

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