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Mikel Arteta says he can still learn a lot from Arsene Wenger (Getty)‘I would like to see him back around us,’ said Arteta.‘He was a massive figure for me, he’s someone I can still learn a lot of things from.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‘I would like to have him closer to us, obviously the environment doesn’t allow us to do it.‘But I think he’s a figure who has to be very present in what we do at the football club because he’s, in my opinion, the one who had the vision and helped this club to evolve and help this club be what it is today.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 15 Oct 2020 11:44 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link797Shares Comment Advertisement Mikel Arteta wants Arsene Wenger back at Arsenal (Arsenal/Getty)Mikel Arteta admits he is keen for Arsene Wenger to return to Arsenal and be ‘closer’ to the squad.Wenger, who stepped away from Arsenal in May 2018, has not returned to the Emirates Stadium or the club’s training ground since his departure.‘I have chosen to keep a complete distance. It doesn’t mean emotionally, just physically,’ Wenger told BBC Sport earlier this week.‘It’s important people don’t see you as a shadow. It may look like you’re still trying to influence things and have your way.ADVERTISEMENT‘I felt that the best thing to do is cut it away.’AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, Arteta has indicated that he would be happy for Wenger to be handed a role at Arsenal after his former manager spent 22 years at the club. Advertisement Mikel Arteta keen for Arsene Wenger to return to Arsenal
Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast | AFP | Ivory Coast Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly laid the foundation stone of a brand new football stadium in Yamoussoukro on Friday as work accelerated in preparation for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.Several thousand people were present at the site for the 20,000-capacity stadium in the political capital, which is expected to be one of six venues for the tournament.Coulibaly promised a budget of 300 million euros ($345 million) investment in infrastructure in preparation of the country’s first hosting of the event since 1984.Work on a separate 60,000-capacity stadium in Abidjan began in 2016, while other new grounds are scheduled at San Pedro and Korhogo, and the renovation of a major stadium at Bouake (40,000) is also on the agenda. Previous editions of the CAN have taken place in January-February but a new format for June-July tournaments with 24 nations rather than 16 will see the event enlarged.The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said there were major delays in the building of infrastructure in Cameroon, scheduled to stage next year’s competition, and that a decision on whether to strip them of hosting rights would be made at the end of November.Morocco, which unsuccessfully bid to host the 2026 World Cup, has lobbied to replace Cameroon as hosts.Share on: WhatsApp
A Boca Raton man told our news partner, WPTV Channel 5 News, that scammers tried to sell him a fake coronavirus test.Boca Raton resident, Morris Umansky, told Contact 5 that he was getting his home ready in case he had to self-quarantine when two strangers showed up, knocked on his door, and asked if they wanted coronavirus tests for $300.He said the scammers were dressed in Florida business casual attire and were carrying plastic bags and Q-tips, but no gloves, masks or credentials.“I do not think the CDC or health department is going to send people to your door unless you know about it beforehand,” Umansky said.Umansky said he told the scammers he was going to call his doctor to make sure it was okay, and by the time he went back to the door, they were gone.The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office also issued a warning on social media against people showing up to homes dressed in lab coats, claiming to be with the CDC to test people for the virus.Don’t fall for the scams!
Submitted by Harlequin ProductionsThe State Theater, built in 1949, is home to Harlequin Productions. Photo courtesy Karen Crooks.Standing on the corner of 4th Avenue and Washington Street, Olympia’s State Theater has been a handsome landmark building since it opened in 1949. It served as a state of the art movie theater until the 1970s when multiplex cinemas displaced locally owned individual houses and by the late 1990s the building was boarded up and left for dead.In the meantime, live theater company Harlequin Productions had grown an audience base of a size that inspired the group to seek its own home. After seven seasons as a renter in the Washington Center, Harlequin took a leap of faith and bought the State Theater, remodeled it to be a beautifully appointed live theater venue, and reopened it in November of 1998. Now, seventeen seasons and roughly 350,000 tickets later, the company is preparing for its 25th Anniversary season.On Sunday evening April 19th from 5-8 pm at the State Theater, Harlequin will host Eclectica!, the company’s annual season announcement celebration, and reveal the lineup for their 25th season. How do you sum up 24 years of theater in Olympia? As Managing ArtisticDirector Scot Whitney puts it, “It’s been quite the ride.”“I was a filmmaker for 16 years,” remembers Whitney. “All I ever wanted to do was tell stories. But over the years, filmmaking became less and less about working with actors and more and more about working with equipment.”So, Scot put together a set of four plays he wanted to direct and set about finding theaters who would produce his shows. However, he was met with theaters who felt the plays he wanted to direct were too avant-garde, too challenging. “Everywhere I went, I was told ‘Oh, you can’t do that in Olympia.’ So I thought, ‘Alright, I’ll do it myself.’”Harlequin Productions was founded in 1991 by a group of five people—Scot Whitney, Linda Whitney, James L. This, Phil Annis and Ronna Smith—who decided that they wanted to produce a more challenging style of theater. They wrote their mission statement, pooled their start-up capital—a whopping $400 cash—and began producing individual shows at the Washington Center Black Box, which seated about 100.After building a small but devoted patron base, Harlequin took on an enormous production of “Hamlet” in 1992 (their second season). The show was staged with an Asian motif on a 20 foot motorized revolve with a cast of 18, an original score, and elaborate fights and dance scenes. “Hamlet redefined the direction of the company,” says Harlequin Artistic Director Linda Whitney. “Who cared if shows of that magnitude overtaxed our resources? They were fun! And no matter how we tried to rein people in, everyone involved was chomping at the bit to make the next production a little bit better.”By 1995, the productions had grown in size and scale so much that the company was outgrowing the Black Box space at the Washington Center. Searching for a permanent home, Harlequin found the State Theater, which had started its life as one of the finest movie theaters on the West Coast. It had fallen on hard times during the cineplexing of America and was chopped into three ill-conceived shoebox theaters. Within a few years, it became a neglected dollar movie house and was finally boarded up and abandoned. The State Theater looked so bad by this time that the company members had few hopes. As Scot Whitney tells it, “To be frank, it was an eyesore in the heart of downtown Olympia. But the price was reasonable. The owner was willing to sell. And it was in superb structural condition. It just needed paint and TLC. And new electrical. And a concessions stand. And marquee. And carpet. And dressing rooms. But the seats were great!”After about a year’s worth of hoping and dreaming, Harlequin Productions made an offer on the State Theater, it was accepted, and the company launched a massive capital campaign to fund the purchase and remodel. They had precisely seventeen months to raise $1.3 million and complete the renovation. And seventeen months later, Harlequin opened the doors on the beautifully remodeled State Theater.Harlequin Productions own comedy troupe, Something Wicked, will perform during Eclectica!The move to the State Theater provided Harlequin the ability to continue producing the challenging works the founders dreamed about in the beginning. In season nine (2000), the company had two productions (The Tempest and Hapgood) selected for permanent collection by the Theater on Film and Tape Archive at the Lincoln Center in NYC. And just over a year ago, the company added improv comedy to the mix with their own troupe, Something Wicked.It’s been an incredible 24-year journey filled with countless magical performances. And on Sunday evening April 19, Harlequin Productions will announce the lineup of their 25th Season.Eclectica! is Harlequin Productions’ annual fundraiser and season announcement party. The event will take place from 5:00-8:00 PM on Sunday April 19 at the State Theater in downtown Olympia and include a catered dinner; no-host bar; live entertainment; a wine toss; a short, live auction; and the announcement of Harlequin’s Season 2016 lineup of shows.“The 2016 Season is Harlequin’s 25th anniversary season,” said Managing Artistic Director Scot Whitney. “We’ve got some surprises in store to mark the occasion.”Entertainment will be provided by the acclaimed musical duo Red & Ruby, featuring LaVon Hardison and Vince Brown. In addition, Harlequin’s improv troupe, Something Wicked, will present live improv comedy.“Eclectica! is always a very fun event,” commented Harlequin Artistic Director Linda Whitney. “Red & Ruby are fabulous, and Something Wicked will be hilarious as always.What better way to celebrate where we’ve been, and where we’re going?”Tickets to Eclectica! can be purchased by calling 360-786-0151, or online at harlequinproductions.org. Facebook101Tweet0Pin0
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The Atlantic Highlands Arts Alliance welcomes Live on First Fridays, beginning June 1 and ending October 5. The first scheduled event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. in Veterans Park at the farmers’ market, and will then move until 9 p.m. to the Courtyard at the Blue Bay Inn, 51 First Ave. The event will feature a schedule of musical groups and activities. Local businesses will stay open later than usual to accommodate visitors and residents.AH Arts Alliance (AHAA) is a collaboration of businesses, artists, social organizations and local government whose mission is to enhance the Atlantic Highlands arts scene. The group was formed in 2011.Additional information is available by contacting the chamber of commerce office at 732-872-8711, or emailing the chamber office at [email protected]
HEAVILY FAVORED ONE LUCKY DANE MAKES LEAD & DEMOLISHES ALLOWANCE FOES BY 9 ¾ LENGTHS, STAMPING HIMSELF A DERBY HOPEFUL IN THE PROCESS
IDLE SINCE BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE, BAFFERT TRAINEE GETS FLAT MILE IN 1:35.48 UNDER BEJARANO ARCADIA, Calif. (March 19, 2015)–Idle since running sixth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Nov. 1, Bob Baffert’s heavily favored One Lucky Dane came off the bench swinging on Thursday, as he demolished four rival sophomores in Santa Anita’s $58,000 allowance feature, winning by 9 ¾ lengths under Rafael Bejarano while covering one mile in 1:35.48. Breaking from the outside post position five, One Lucky Dane was sent to the lead aggressively by Bejarano, setting fractions of 23.89, 47.84, 1:11.34 and 1:23.15. “I thought the number three (Commute, with Elvis Trujillo) was the only other speed and when he broke slow, I put my horse on the lead,” said Bejarano. “There was no competition for him today. He was just breezing the whole way and he was much the best.” An imposing bay colt by Lookin At Lucky, out of the Boston Harbor mare, Echo Harbor, One Lucky Dane was a runaway 9 ½ length maiden special weight winner going a mile two starts back on Oct. 4, and thus registered his second win from five starts Thursday. Off at 2-5, he paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10. “We were hoping he would do something like that, but he’s coming off a layoff,” said Baffert. “We were disappointed after the Breeders’ Cup. We freshened him up, and here he is…I was hoping this would prep him for something real big, so hopefully, it will.” Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, One Lucky Dane collected $34,800 for the win, boosting his earnings to $92,400. Off at 7-1 with Kent Desormeaux up, Harmonic sat a close fifth into the far turn and just edged Commute on the wire by a nose for second money. Harmonic paid $3.20 and $2.20. Although he broke cleanly, Commute, who was trying two turns for the first time in his third career start, bobbled shortly after the break but was quickly into contention around the Club House turn. Ridden by Elvis Trujillo and trained by Mark Casse, Commute drew within a half length of One Lucky Dane approaching the quarter pole, but was no match for him thereafter. The second choice at 2-1, Commute paid $2.10 to show. Note: Baffert also noted following the race that another of his talented 3-year-olds, Lord Nelson, who won the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 1, and was most recently fourth in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Felipe Stakes March 7, will not run as originally planned in Sunday’s Grade III Sunland Derby in New Mexico. “He just ran and I entered him to see if he would bounce back, but he’s…not quite as sharp as I’d want him to be,” said Baffert, who declined to say what might be next for the son of Pulpit.