Westminster UDP OK

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Gunners complete Ozil deal

first_img Wenger was confident the 100million euro (£85.3m) switch of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid would set in place a “domino” effect, and thus allow the likes of Ozil to come on to the market as the clock ticked down towards the 11pm deadline. Ozil admitted he is looking forward to working underneath the Frenchman at the Emirates after becoming the second most expensive player in Barclays Premier League history. “I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League,” he said. “It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with Arsene Wenger. “From our negotiations it is clear the club has huge ambition and I look forward to being part of an exciting future.” The Arsenal manager was delighted to have landed a player of such a high calibre. Speaking to the club’s official website, www.arsenal.com, Wenger said: “We are extremely pleased to have signed Mesut Ozil. He is a great player, with proven quality at both club and international level. We have watched and admired him for some time as he has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player. “I have said throughout the summer that we have been working hard to bring in top quality players to this football club. This has involved many, many people across the club and I have always had the full support of the club in making decisions on the football side. “Mesut is a top quality footballer who will be a fantastic addition to our talented squad. We are all looking forward to him joining up with us after his international matches with Germany and working with us as an Arsenal player.” Arsenal, who had been linked with Ozil’s Real Madrid team-mates Karim Benzema and Angel di Maria, are also understood to have made a bid to sign Chelsea forward Demba Ba on loan, although reports suggest the 28-year-old Senegalese will now stay at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal have responded well since they lost the opening Premier League game at home to Aston Villa, winning at Fulham and also securing a place in the group stages of the Champions League by beating Fenerbahce both at home and away. However, the need for getting in extra bodies was highlighted by the inclusion of youngsters Serge Gnabry and Gedion Zelalem, only 16, on the bench after Arsenal’s first-team squad had been decimated by injuries to key men like Lukas Podolski, Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Ozil represents a player of the highest quality, which was Wenger’s pre-requisite for adding to the talent pool. Third-generation Turkish-German playmaker Ozil joined Real from Werder Bremen in 2010, and has played 155 times for the Spanish giants as well as progressing with the national team, where he is fast closing in on 50 caps en route towards the World Cup. With a frenetic final day expected for Arsenal, a season-long loan deal for Italy international Viviano was also confirmed as Wenger got his hands on a player he has admired for a while. “Viviano is a player that we have rated for some time and we are very pleased to have signed him on loan,” he said. “He’s experienced and has proved himself at a high level, and provides us with excellent cover to our existing goalkeepers.” The deal for Viviano also includes an option for the Gunners to make the move permanent. But the record-breaking deal for Ozil will have been the marquee signing the majority of Gunners fans have been calling for over the course of the summer. Press Association Arsenal have completed the signing of Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil in what is understood to be a club-record £43million move from Real Madrid. The 24-year-old sealed the 50million euros transfer on Monday having undergone a medical in Munich, where he is on international duty. Before Sunday’s 1-0 win over big-spending Tottenham, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had seen moves for Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez and Yohan Cabaye all fail to come off, but finally has been able to land a big-name signing following the free transfers of Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini and a loan move for Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano. last_img read more

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Students aid immigrant interaction

first_imgA USC professor and team of graduate students have helped create an online social media platform that allows immigrants in the Los Angeles area to share their stories via cell phones.The platform, called VozMob — short for voces móbiles, Spanish for “mobile voices” — has gained popularity in recent months, said François Bar, an associate professor of communication who helped lead the project.Anyone with a cell phone can send in stories, opening the platform to many without Internet access or additional software on their phones.VozMob was created from an existing collaboration between the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California (IDEPSCA) and USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. The team included members of IDEPSCA, USC graduate students and Bar.Bar said the platform is significant for immigrants because it allows them to share their stories without the filter of the mainstream media, which he says depicts immigrants “unfavorably and [with] bias.”“[It allows immigrants] to give a direct expression on what matters to [them],” Bar said.Bar said he got involved in the project through graduate students working with IDEPSCA.“What drew me to this project [was] finding an area where technology is not designed and [being able to] invent new things,” he said.Bar also said he is interested in seeing how far he can push technology and what the obstacles are, something that he said he is discovering with this project.According to Bar, VozMob is significant because it was designed with the community in mind.The program also gives users an incentive to learn new skills, such as using advanced media editing software. Classes on how to use the software are offered by IDEPSCA.In the past few months, the popularity of VozMob has grown mostly through word of mouth, Bar said. One goal for the future is to expand the user base by working with different organizations.The program is currently for Los Angeles-based immigrants, but nationwide expansion is a possibility that Bar and the rest of his team are looking into.“I see it being used by more groups and we’re in the process of figuring out which groups will be the best fit for using it,” Bar said.The open-source technology used in VozMob can be used outside of the networking context as well.“I am talking to colleagues who want to use the tool as a part of classes [in Annenberg], either as a reporting tool or to complement the story [with sources],” Bar said.The project is already being implemented globally by USC graduate students. Charlotte Lapsansky, a graduate student studying communication who is currently working in India, is using the same open-source technology to create a program that can be used for workers in the field to communicate and post their findings.“VozMob is not going to be the next Facebook,” Bar said, adding he hopes it will become a resource for immigrants wishing to share their stories with the world.Graduate students from USC were a central part of the small team creating VozMob. The majority of students were from Annenberg, but students from the USC School of Cinematic Arts were also involved.Benjamin Stokes, a member of the team who is pursuing his Ph.D. in communication, said he was drawn to USC because of the opportunity to work on VozMob.“My work is to be an advocate and do outreach for the project, [to] tell other people about it and then put [them] in contact with IDEPSCA,” he said.Karen Romero, a freshman majoring in business administration whose parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico, said she thinks the website is a good idea.“It seems like a good resource for people to learn about others from all walks of life,” she said.Stokes said he was drawn to the project because it allows immigrants to tell their stories.“As human beings, they deserve to express their voices,” Stokes said. “[Through VozMob], people with the least voice will be heard.”last_img read more

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Report on doping at Sochi to be published today

first_imgRussia could face a complete Olympic ban if allegations of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are proven today.An independent commission, set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency, is investigating claims of a former anti-doping chief who alleged dozens of athletes, including at least 15 medallists at the 2014 Winter Olympics, were part of an extensive state-run doping programme.Russian track and field athletes are currently banned from international competition, including the Rio Olympics but individual athletes can compete as neutrals if they prove they are clean.last_img read more

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Angels give David Fletcher a try at leadoff spot

first_imgSEATTLE — David Fletcher got his shot at leadoff on Tuesday night.Whether it becomes a regular thing going forward remains to be seen.The rookie infielder from Cypress High and Loyola Marymount was hitting first for the first time in his month-long major league career, a testament to his .324 average and .375 on-base percentage through his first 40 plate appearances. He’d also struck out just four times.“I think he’s seeing pitches and putting the ball in play,” Manager Mike Scioscia said before Fletcher went 1 for 4 against the Seattle Mariners. “If he can continue to do that, we feel the on-base will follow.” Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Almonte, 25, had appeared in 11 games in 2015 and 2017 with the Royals.“He’s got a nice power arm,” Scioscia said. “He hasn’t had a real long look in the major leagues, but we’re all excited to see how his arm is going to play.”Almonte would be the 29th pitcher to appear this season for the Angels after his first game. Last year the team used a club-record 31.ALSOScioscia said Garrett Richards was “good” after his bullpen session on Monday, and the Angels announced him as the starter for Wednesday’s game following Tuesday’s 4-1 loss. …Tyler Skaggs threw a bullpen session on Tuesday without issue. Skaggs, who left his last start after five innings because of exhaustion in the extreme heat, is scheduled to start on Thursday. …Kenta Maeda is lined up to start for the Dodgers on Friday at Angel Stadium, setting a matchup with Ohtani that will certainly be watched closely by fans in Japan. Ohtani struck out twice and walked against Masahiro Tanaka in May.UP NEXTAngels (Garrett Richards, 4-4, 3.42) at Mariners (Mike Leake, 8-4, 4.01), Wednesday, 1 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Scioscia was noncommittal when asked if this could be a regular plan.“Right now we think it’s a good spot for Fletch to lead off, and we’ll see how we progress from there,” Scioscia said.With Shohei Ohtani back, and likely starting most games at designated hitter, that means Albert Pujols would start at first and either Luis Valbuena or Fletcher at third. The Angels faced a lefty on Tuesday night, so neither Valbuena nor Kole Calhoun – who hit leadoff over the weekend – were in the starting lineup. The Angels face a righty on Wednesday, followed by another lefty Thursday.ROSTER MOVESIn addition to activating Ohtani on Tuesday, the Angels sent down pitchers Deck McGuire and Eduardo Paredes and brought up reliever Miguel Almonte.Almonte was claimed on waivers from the Kansas City Royals in April, but then was out with a shoulder injury for most of the past three months. He gave up two runs in 5-1/3 innings at Triple-A Salt Lake City. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more

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