Mikel Arteta explains Mesut Ozil decision after naming first Arsenal starting XI

first_imgElsewhere, there were enforced changes in the as Calum Chambers, Emile-Smith Rowe and Gabriele Martinelli made way.Greek defender Sokratis and youngster Reiss Nelson came in, while room was made for Alexandre Lacazette.MORE: Mikel Arteta reveals the Arsenal changes he’s tried to make since taking charge Advertisement Mikel Arteta explains Mesut Ozil decision after naming first Arsenal starting XI Mesut Ozil starts against Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists Mesut Ozil has been ‘really good’ in training after selecting the German to start in the Gunners’ clash against Bournemouth.The Spaniard takes charge of the Gunners for the first time as they search for all three points against the relegation-threatened Cherries on the south coast.Ozil was injured for Arsenal’s 0-0 draw against Everton last weekend but interim boss Freddie Ljungberg says he would have been dropped regardless following his petulant reaction to being subbed in a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City six days earlier.But Arteta insists his squad are starting with a ‘clean slate’ and that selecting Ozil was a no-brainer.ADVERTISEMENT Arteta takes charge for the first time (Picture: Getty)‘I said for everyone it’s a clean slate,’ Arteta told Amazon Prime Video.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’m going to pick the team that is the best for the moment with the qualities that they have in terms of what we want to do to the opponent.‘He’s been training really good so [lets] see what kind of performance they can produce.’🚨 Three changes for @m8arteta’s first game in charge…⬅️ Chambers, Smith Rowe, Martinelli➡️ Sokratis, Ozil, Lacazette#BOUARS— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 26, 2019center_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 26 Dec 2019 2:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link692Shareslast_img read more

Water Resources “Stewardship Through Art” Contest Winners

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaCity of Olympia Water Resources is pleasedto announce the winners of the 2018 Stormwater Pollution Prevention & Water Conservation Calendar Art Contest!The cover of the calendar features art from one of the winners as well as each month. Photo courtesy: City of OlympiaAll Olympia School District students enrolled in grades 6-8 were invited to create original artwork depicting their ideas and passion for water stewardship. Twelve pieces of artwork reflecting key water conservation and protection messages were selected.City Council recognition will take place on Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Olympia City Hall, to celebrate the following student’s contributions:Sofia BenfordPiper FrackerWhitney GrayCarol KamerathAaron MarschkeAlora PutnamAnna RobertsonCatherine SavelCameron SchrockLana SiegnerMcKinzee SmithSarah SwanstromKnow anyone interested in entering the next Stewardship Through Art Contest? Visit olympiawa.gov/calendarcontestlast_img read more

United Conservative leaders byelection win sets showdown with Alberta premier

first_imgEDMONTON – Political analysts say United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney’s byelection victory fires the starting pistol on an unofficial 16-month election campaign that will be defined by the skills and personalities of party leaders.“We’re dealing with two political heavyweights going head-to-head,” said Mount Royal political scientist Duane Bratt, referring to Kenney and NDP Premier Rachel Notley.“We have a full sitting premier going up against a former federal cabinet minister. We haven’t seen that sort of dynamic ever before.“Instead of having separate press conferences sniping at one another, they’re going to be two sword-lengths away in the legislature.”Kenney took 72 per cent of the vote to soundly defeat all challengers in Thursday’s Calgary-Lougheed byelection. He will sit front and centre on the official Opposition benches when the spring sitting begins, likely in late February.Lori Williams, political scientist at Mount Royal, said the dynamic of Kenney versus Notley is crucial.The NDP has been governing for 2 1/2 years after a lifetime in opposition, while Kenney’s team is partly composed of former Wildrose members who have never been in government.“The focus is going to be primarily on the leaders and their visions,” said Williams. “There isn’t enough to distinguish the two in terms of bench strength to lean (a voter) one way or the other.”Kenney was a longtime Conservative MP and cabinet minister under former prime minister Stephen Harper.His win caps an 18-month campaign that saw him successfully unite the centre-right Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties under one new United Conservative banner.Observers say the decisive byelection win in a longtime conservative stronghold doesn’t necessarily translate into broader support for Kenney’s party or a rejection of Notley’s NDP.Calgary pollster Janet Brown said there were different reasons to vote for Kenney in the byelection.“Maybe because you do want him to be the next premier of Alberta. Maybe you’re not sure you want him to be the next premier of Alberta, but you think we’d have better government if he was in the house (as Opposition leader).”Kenney declined an interview request Friday.In his victory speech Thursday, he cited Alberta’s fragile economy as the fulcrum of the provincial election which Notley must hold sometime in March, April or May of 2019.“We don’t want to close hospitals,” Kenney told cheering supporters. “We want to build hospitals and schools, and we know that won’t happen unless we have a dynamic and growing economy — and we understand that we cannot tax and borrow our way to prosperity.”Notley’s NDP inherited a government heavily reliant on the swings of oil prices, which had plunged by half in and around the 2015 election she won.Her government’s response has been to borrow heavily for building and spending while working to diversify the economy. The NDP argues that drastic budget cuts would only worsen Alberta’s precarious situation and thwart any recovery.This year’s deficit is $10.3 billion, with the debt expected to rise past $42 billion by the spring.But Alberta’s economy is projected to grow by four per cent this year, fastest in Canada, and other signs suggest the financial picture is rebounding.The direction of the economy will go a long way to dictating the NDP’s fortunes in 2019, Bratt said.“If there was an election today, the NDP is going to lose because the focus is on the economy, and the economy is still not where it should be,” he said.“But let’s see where we are in May of 2019.”last_img read more

Why Just Having Your Phone Near You Messes With Your Brain

first_imgMarch 21, 2018 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »center_img Arianna Huffington and her team at wellness company Thrive Global might’ve been onto something when they put a mini “Phone Bed” up for sale designed to separate people from their devices while they sleep.A recent study by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, the University of California, San Diego and Disney Research sought to determine how just having your smartphone near you, even if you aren’t looking at it or using it, can affect you cognitively.The team conducted two lab experiments with 800 participants. In one, participants completed math problems while memorizing random letters, to test their capacity to keep track of information while engaging in a complex task. In the other, the researchers presented participants with incomplete image patterns and asked them to select from a set of images to complete each pattern, which tested reasoning and problem-solving.Related: 20 Odd Facts About the Smartphones in Our PocketsThe researchers asked some participants to turn off their phone’s sound and vibration notifications, and some to power off their phones. They then divided the participants, asking some to place their phones in front of them, face-down, others to stow their phones in their pockets or bags and others yet to keep them in another room during the experiments. The participants who performed best on the tasks were of the latter group, followed by the ones who stowed their devices. The worst performers were the ones whose phones were on their desks during the tasks.“Merely having their smartphones out on the desk led to a small but statistically significant impairment of individuals’ cognitive capacity,” the researchers wrote in a summary of their findings in Harvard Business Review, “on par with effects of lacking sleep.” Participants’ whose phones were nearby displayed a diminished ability to learn, reason and develop creative ideas.As for why this happens, the researchers explain that “humans learn to automatically pay attention to things that are habitually relevant to them, even when they are focused on a different task.” This is why your ears perk up when you hear someone say your name across the room, for example, even while you’re in the middle of a conversation with someone else. When you try to ignore the pull of your smartphone, you’re expending effort to suppress this urge, which is a distraction that makes you think less effectively.The researchers also found that participants who identified with statements such as, “I would have trouble getting through a normal day without my cell phone” performed even more poorly than their less-addicted counterparts on tasks when their phones were in close proximity.There’s plenty of anecdotal and scientific evidence to prove that smartphones are detrimental to our health and well being. They’re anxiety inducing, cause car accidents and distract us from work and social bonding. But that doesn’t mean they’re inherently bad. Smartphones, of course, add efficiency, convenience and connectivity to our lives.So keep using your smartphone, the researchers advise. Just carve out times to separate yourself from it when you need to focus.Related video: Be Smart About Writing Off Your Smartphone During Tax Time Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more