Stephan Lichtsteiner confirms he’s leaving Arsenal in emotional message to fans

Posted On Oct 18 2020 by

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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.MORE: Manchester United star Eric Bailly ‘likes’ posts slamming Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford Video Settings Read More by Metro struggling Manchester United captain Harry… Advertisement 1 min. story Read More 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 City‘Dear Gunners, we were close to add an important chapter to this amazing club’s history. But to be close … is unfortunately not good enough. This is hard to accept,’ he said on Instagram.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’m very disappointed. It was our objective to bring Arsenal back on the highest international level and to win trophies. Both belong to this great club.‘I wish my teammates, my coach and his staff, all hard-working employees and all Gunner fans simply the best!‘I’m confident our team can complete our mission next season! I loved to be a part of this club.‘It was a great challenge and experience without a happy end, unfortunately.‘Thank you very much for your overwhelming support! It was much appreciated!’ Advertisement Full Screen 1/1 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Top articles Metro Sport ReporterMonday 3 Jun 2019 1:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Coming Nextcenter_img Comment Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Stephan Lichtsteiner has played his last match for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Stephan Lichtsteiner has confirmed that he’s leaving Arsenal in a heartfelt letter to supporters, players and staff.The 35-year-old defender signed a one-year deal with Arsenal last summer after joining on a free transfer from Juventus and made 23 appearances in all competitions under Unai Emery.Hector Bellerin’s season-ending injury in January appeared to open up an opportunity for Lichtsteiner, but Shkodran Mustafi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles were favoured at right-back.Lichtsteiner, who was an unused substitute in the Europa League final, has sent his best wishes to team-mates after their crushing 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in Baku.ADVERTISEMENT Lichtsteiner made 23 appearances for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal star Charlie Nicholas has urged Emery to completely overhaul his defence ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.‘I wouldn’t keep any of the defenders. Maitland-Niles I feel sorry for because he’s not defensive-minded, he’s more of a central midfield player,’ Nicholas told Sky Sports.‘He’s a good athlete but he’s not getting taught how to defend by these players who are on survival courses.‘Koscielny’s been in the deep end now for three years. Arsene Wenger, when he started playing [Nacho] Monreal at centre-back we knew Arsenal were in trouble. I’m sorry to criticise individuals because they give every ounce that they have but they’re not good defensively, I would let them all go whatever it takes.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I don’t think it will take £150m to get them out and rebuild and build a new dynamic back four. The genuine aspects of it is I think £60m-£70m would make it better than it currently is.‘We have a decent goalkeeper but we need pace and younger legs at the back. Bellerin and [Rob] Holding will come back. It’s time to use the younger players, like [Reiss] Nelson and [Joe] Willock.‘But defensively everything must be pin-pointed to sort the centre of defence and a left-back.’ / Stephan Lichtsteiner confirms he’s leaving Arsenal in emotional message to fans SPONSORED Read More Skip Ad Read More About Connatix V67539 Skip Read More PLAY last_img read more

John Moir: School meth lessons do not reduce drug harm

Posted On Sep 27 2020 by

first_imgNZ Herald 11 May 2018Family First Comment: Excellent commentary on the Drug Foundation’s flawed drug approach…“The harm reduction approach is intended to target current drug users, that is, the part of the population who will continue using drugs anyway and where the aim is to reduce harm. Ross Bell of the NZ Drug Foundation publicly conceded this, but inexplicably remained wedded to the idea that school children who are not meth users should also be targeted for meth harm reduction…..  On the other hand, Dale Kirk, a former policeman and current drug awareness educator, doesn’t need a guinea pig experiment to tell him the gambling odds, and he publicly expressed concern about the school’s teaching. And based on my experience as an addiction practitioner, I agree with him.”And so do most parents!Recently Massey High School taught its students how to be “well” when using meth, and since then a battle of words has ensued where both sides have stated their strong opinions as facts but no one has actually cited any evidence.Many of the students’ parents were outraged that the school encouraged its students to engage in harmful and criminal meth use by teaching and normalising it. On the other side, the school argued it acted appropriately, and the NZ Drug Foundation proclaimed the education was appropriate because it reduces or minimises harm and suggested that anyone who didn’t agree was an ignoramus living under a rock who didn’t know what was happening in New Zealand.So, who is correct, the professional Drug Foundation and school personnel or the common sense parents?One fact worth understanding is that the harm minimisation policy and related harm reduction strategies came to fame in the 1980s when it was introduced in Australia, primarily to reduce the risk of intravenous drug users being infected by the then newly arrived and dreaded HIV. One strategy was to turn a blind eye to the illegality of drug use and provide free clean needles to users and encourage users to not share them, thereby reducing the risk of blood-borne infection.Such strategies did reduce harm and helped addicted people to stay alive longer so that one day perhaps they would start the hard journey of getting off drugs.In their book, Drug Use In Australia: Preventing Harm, Hamilton, King and Ritter stressed this harm reduction approach was the “least worst option”, which begs this question, why would anyone advocate the least-worst-drug-using option for school kids who are not using drugs?A key point is that the harm reduction approach is intended to target current drug users, that is, the part of the population who will continue using drugs anyway and where the aim is to reduce harm. Ross Bell of the NZ Drug Foundation publicly conceded this, but inexplicably remained wedded to the idea that school children who are not meth users should also be targeted for meth harm reduction.If meth harm reduction is only appropriate for meth users, it follows that the school misapplied the approach when it taught the “least worst” way to use meth and avoid prosecution, unless of course it believed that all their students are meth users and law breakers.I am unaware of any scientific research that shows it is helpful and not harmful to teach school children how to best use meth and avoid prosecution for it. And though Mr Bell had ample opportunity to cite such evidence, to my knowledge he has not.If neither he nor Massey High School know if their teaching will cause harm, then aren’t they really guilty of gambling with the school children’s lives? Or is this an unplanned experiment where the children are guinea pigs? read more

CAF announce changes in U-20 & U-17 AFCON qualifiers

Posted On Aug 29 2020 by

first_img Source: Ghanaweb The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have announced changes to its qualifiers for the next edition of the U-20 and U-17 Africa Cup of Nations.During the continental football governing body’s Executive committee meeting which was held on Thursday, November 21, 2019, in Cairo, it was confirmed that the qualifiers of the next edition of the U-20 & U-17 Africa Cup of Nations will be played as a zonal final tournament by the 6 zones of CAF.Each zone will organize a final tournament that will qualify to CAF’s final tournament: AFCON U-17, Morocco 2021 and AFCON U-20, Mauritania 2021.The Zones are responsible for opening the engagements, the choice of the host country subject to CAF validation, and the format of the tournament.Two teams will qualify from each zone except for the zone of the host country of CAF final tournament (Morocco for the U-17 and Mauritania for the U-20) which will qualify only one team in addition to the team of the host country which is automatically qualified.Concerning the format of the final tournament, the Executive Committee decided to adopt the attached format.As for the dates of the qualifiers of the U-17 zonal final tournaments, they should be played from 15th June to end July 2020.The U-20 zonal final tournaments should be played from 1st October to 21st October 2020 or from 4th to 24th November 2020.last_img read more