Flipping the switch

first_imgHarvard researchers have succeeded in creating quantum switches that can be turned on and off using a single photon, a technological achievement that could pave the way for creating highly secure quantum networks.Built from single atoms, the first-of-their-kind switches could one day be networked via fiber-optic cables to form the backbone of a “quantum Internet” that allows for perfectly secure communications, said Professor of Physics Mikhail Lukin, who, together with Professor Vladan Vuletic of MIT, led a team consisting of graduate students Jeff Thompson and Lee Liu and postdoctoral fellows Tobias Tiecke and Nathalie de Leon to construct the new system. Their research is detailed in a recently published paper in the journal Nature.“From a technical standpoint, it’s a remarkable accomplishment,” Lukin said of the advance. “Conceptually, the idea is very simple: Push the conventional light switch to its ultimate limit. What we’ve done here is to use a single atom as a switch that, depending on its state, can open or close the flow of photons … and it can be turned on and off using a single photon.”Though the switches could be used to build a quantum computer, Lukin said it’s unlikely the technology will show up in the average desktop computer.Where it will be used, he said, is in creating fiber-optical networks that use quantum cryptography, a method for encrypting communications using the laws of quantum mechanics to allow for perfectly secure information exchanges. Such systems make it impossible to intercept and read messages sent over a network, because the very act of measuring a quantum object changes it, leaving behind telltale signs of the spying.“It’s unlikely everyone would need this type of technology,” he said. “But there are some realistic applications that could someday have transformative impact on our society. At present, we are limited to using quantum cryptography over relatively short distances — tens of kilometers. Based on the new advance, we may eventually be able to extend the range of quantum cryptography to thousands of kilometers.”Importantly, Tiecke said, their system is highly scalable, and could one day allow for the fabrication of thousands of such switches in a single device.“What we’ve really done is take ideas that people have been exploring, and still are exploring, in macroscopic systems where the light bounces back and forth on two centimeter-size mirrors to interact with an atom. We’ve taken that and shrunk it down,” said Thompson. “For two decades, researchers have been working on coupling two or three of these macroscopic systems and [creating] a simple network. But it’s very easy for us to create three or four, or 10,000 of these optical circuits. What the present paper shows is, at least technologically, the way forward.”That is one way, Lukin believes, for quantum systems to make the same transition that conventional computers made decades ago.“Conventional computers were initially built using vacuum tubes, and people eventually developed integrated circuits used in modern computers,” he said. “Where quantum systems stand today, the best systems are still analogous to vacuum tubes. They typically use vacuum chambers to isolate and hold single atoms using electromagnetic fields.“But it’s very clear, if we want to scale these systems up, we have to think about using integrated circuits,” he continued. “What Jeff and Tobias have done is create a hybrid system. We take atoms in vacuum chambers and combine them with integrated circuits.”Though fabricated in a way similar to how traditional computer chips are made, the integrated circuits built by Thompson and Tiecke don’t run on electricity, but on light.The chips use nanophotonic technology — essentially the ability to create “wiring” that can channel and control the pathway of light — to build optical circuits that can then be connected to fiber optic cables.After placing the optical circuits in a vacuum chamber, researchers used “optical tweezers” — precisely focused lasers — to capture a single atom and cool it to a fraction above absolute zero. They then move the atom to within a few hundred nanometers of the chip.Simply bringing the two parts together, however, isn’t enough. To create quantum switches that one day may be at the heart of quantum networks, the researchers bombard the atom with microwaves and lasers, causing it to enter a quantum superposition state, meaning it can occupy multiple quantum states, corresponding to on and off states of the switch, at once.“For this to work, the atom switch must be prepared in this special superposition state,” Lukin explained. “This superposition state is extremely fragile — so fragile that when a single photon hits it, it actually changes its phase. That change of phase is what allows it to act like a valve, and be turned on or off.”While it’s unlikely the switches will become standard equipment for personal computers, Lukin said, they could appear in prototype quantum networks in as little as a decade.“There are other systems that are more sophisticated in terms of building a quantum computer,” Thompson said. “But the key advantage to what’s demonstrated in this paper is the single-atom switch is very tightly coupled to light, and specifically to light in optical fibers.”last_img read more

Gigi, Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Sets Broadway Dates & Theater

first_imgThis certainly isn’t a bore—the Vanessa Hudgens-led Gigi is coming to the Great White Way! The tuner, which is about to play a pre-Broadway engagement at the Kennedy Center, will begin previews on March 19 at the Neil Simon Theatre and officially open on April 8. The Eric Schaeffer-helmed production, adapted by Heidi Thomas, also stars Corey Cott, Howard McGillin, Steffanie Leigh, Victoria Clark and Dee Hoty. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015 Based on the 1944 novel by Colette, Gigi was first adapted for the Broadway stage in 1951 by Anita Loos, with an unknown Audrey Hepburn in the title role. Subsequently Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music) adapted the material for the 1958 movie musical, winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In 1973, the tuner played 103 performances on Broadway with Karin Wolfe as Gigi and Daniel Massey as Gaston, earning a Tony Award for Best Original Score. Gigi features the memorable tunes “Thank Heaven For Little Girls,” “I Remember It Well,” “The Night They Invented Champagne,” “It’s a Bore,” “Say a Prayer for Me Tonight” and more. Gigi will feature choreography by Joshua Bergasse, scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Natasha Katz and sound design by Kai Harada. The cast also includes Cameron Adams, Kathryn Boswell, Max Clayton, Madeleine Doherty, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Hannah Florence, Alison Jantzie, Brian Ogilvie, James Patterson, Justin Prescott, Jeffrey C. Sousa, Manny Stark, Tanairi Sade Vazquez, Richard White, Amos Wolff and Ashley Yeater. Check out Gigi’s stars talking about the revival in Broadway.com’s video below. Related Shows View Comments Gigilast_img read more

Zero-cost electricity disrupts traditional power-generation models in U.S., Europe and Australia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg News:Bright and breezy days are becoming a deeper nightmare for utilities struggling to earn a return on traditional power plants.With wind and solar farms sprouting up in more areas — and their power getting priority to feed into the grid in many places — the amount of electricity being generated is outstripping demand during certain hours of the day.The result: power prices are slipping to zero or even below more often in more jurisdictions. That’s adding to headaches for generators from NRG Energy Inc. in California to RWE AG in Germany and Origin Energy Ltd. in Australia. Once confined to a curiosity for a few hours over windy Christmas holidays, sub-zero cost of electricity is becoming a reality for hundreds of hours in many markets, upending the economics of the business in the process.“There is no time pattern for having negative prices in Belgium,” said Marleen Vanhecke, an official at the nation’s grid manager, Elia System Operator SA. “This phenomena is mainly determined by high wind generation in Germany and enough import capacity towards Belgium.”Periods with negative prices occur when there is more supply than demand, typically during a mid-day sun burst or early morning wind gust when demand is already low. A negative price is essentially a market signal telling utilities to shut down certain power plants. It doesn’t result in anyone getting a refund on bills — or in electric meters running backward.Instead, it often prompts owners of traditional coal and gas plants to shut down production for a period even though many of the facilities aren’t designed to switch on and off quickly. It’s left the utilities complaining that they can’t earn the returns they expected for their investment in generation capacity.“Energy market price signals are critical to telling generators where to build new resources,” said Abe Silverman, deputy general council at NRG Energy, which is concerned about the anomaly in California. “As negative prices become more prevalent, we’ll have to evolve our energy market price formation strategies to ensure that we will continue to drive efficient investment.”Prices are below zero most often in Germany, which was the first major economy to make a big push into renewables. It’s phasing out nuclear reactors and coal power, leading to more frequent swings in the electricity market. It also exported its negative costs to surrounding markets. Denmark, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and even France have all registered negative hours during this year or last.More: Power Worth Less Than Zero Spreads as Green Energy Floods the Grid Zero-cost electricity disrupts traditional power-generation models in U.S., Europe and Australialast_img read more

Telemark Skiing in the Southeast

first_imgClick here for a list of the best telemark skiing destinations in the Southeast.On a snow-covered hill in West Virginia, there is a large group of men wearing skis and holding hands. I am one of those hand-holding men. We begin skiing together down the hill on telemark skis, and when our instructor yells “turn left,” we all drop our left knee, genuflecting in unison. To spectators, we probably look like a group of first-time skiers on a field trip. In reality, we’re all advanced alpine skiers trying to learn the mystifying art of the telemark turn.Most skiers in the U.S. grow up using traditional alpine gear—the standard downhill skis, boots, and bindings sold at every ski shop from North Carolina to Oregon. With alpine gear, the skier’s stiff plastic boots are locked into place at the toe and heel. It gives you a secure platform designed to facilitate wedge and parallel turns. Telemark skiing is a different beast altogether. The heels of a telemarker aren’t locked to the ski. They’re loose, allowing for a wide range of movement that is defined by a flamboyant ballet-like turn. Imagine a knight kneeling before his king. That’s what a telemark turn looks like—only the kneeling is done on steep, snow-covered mountains at high speeds.Telemark is considered the most difficult form of skiing. Its graceful and demanding signature turn separates telemark skiers from the rest of the skiing world. They are a small niche of purists, dedicated to the aesthetics and physicality of the elaborate motion that defines their people. By and large, the alpine skiers and snowboarders who make up the lion’s share of the snowsports demographic look at telemarkers with bewilderment and confusion. Why would anyone choose to do lunges down a mountain?For me, the telemark turn is like a magic trick, repeated over and over before my eyes. It looks so difficult and painful, and yet so beautiful and fluid. Watching a good telemark turn makes me cringe and smile at the same time.So here I am, in Canaan Valley, West Virginia, arguably the Mid-Atlantic’s epicenter of all things “freeheel,” trying to make the switch from alpine to telemark. I’m taking a clinic from Dickie Hall, president of the North American Telemark Organization (NATO), that’s booked solid with 30 other advanced downhill skiers trying to break the seal of the telemark turn. Hall teaches several of these clinics each winter across the East, each one packed with skiers just like me wanting to evolve into more graceful skiers and tap into the mystical force that surrounds freeheeling.According to the Snowsports Industry of America, telemark is the fastest growing snow sport in the country. While snowboard and alpine sales have plateaued, telemark continues to rise. But it’s not likely to become  mainstream anytime soon. The learning curve is steep—and so is the cost of gear.“Skiing telemark forces you to participate with your gear on a physical level unlike any other form of skiing, “ says Dickie. “But there’s a transformation that takes place once you free your heel. Telemark is more difficult, but it changes you.”* * *We start on the baby hill displaying our primitive telemark turns for Dickie and his instructing partner, Steve “just call me Stroh” Strothers, so they can get a baseline for our current telemark skills. We ski down the hill one by one, each doing a simulation of what we think the telemark turn looks like. I watch half a dozen of the others ski before me, then dazzle Dickie and Stroh with what I feel could be the world’s greatest first telemark turn. Never mind the fact that I don’t actually turn, my rented telemark skis clanking together, my knees shaking, my entire body off balance.Sure, there are some kinks I’ll have to work out of my telemark turn, but certainly Dickie will see that I’m a natural, uniquely suited to this difficult art form. I imagine being pulled aside and offered a refund for the clinic. “There’s simply nothing I can teach you, son,” Dickie will say after seeing my virgin telemark turn. “You’ve got it down pat.”“You’ve got an alpine hangover,” Dickie says to me instead. “You’re trying to apply what you’ve learned through years of alpine skiing to telemark, but it’s a different kind of skiing altogether. You have to forget everything you know about skiing and start over. You have to lose your alpine mentality.”My “alpine mentality” is affecting everything from where I carry the weight of my body to my relationship with gravity. To help break us from our wicked alpine ways, Dickie drops some key knowledge that unlocks the mystery of the tele turn:1) When you drop your back knee, balance your weight in the center of your front foot— not on your toes. This provides a stable platform throughout the lunge.2) Point your front knee in the direction you want to turn, then wait for your skis to follow your knee. Don’t force the turn; let the skis turn you.Waiting for my skis to turn demands a level of patience and trust that I do not have. The movements in alpine are quick and powerful. Telemark is more languid and controlled. I drop my back knee, keep my weight balanced in the center of my front foot, then point my knee left, but nothing happens. For maybe half a second (which feels like an eternity when you’re skiing toward a tree), I keep going straight. I force myself to stick with it, and the skis do eventually turn, allowing me to complete my first big, swooping telemark turn from one side of the hill to the next.I spend half the day practicing the mini telemark turn—a half-kneeling sort of movement—on the baby slope with a half dozen other skiers afflicted with “alpine mentality.” Eventually, my “lunges” get deeper and my turns get more precise.Later, we follow Dickie uphill through the woods, creating big “Z” patterns as we climb up a steep, forested slope. “Your universe changes when you realize this, the act of climbing, is skiing,” he says. “Alpine is all about the downhill, about the fall line. But telemark is about motion. It’s about going up and down. It’s about flow.”These sort of hippie thoughts pervade the telemark world. Dickie has been trying to convince us all morning that there’s a serious connection between telemark and tai chi. Telemark is, in essence, the counter culture movement of the snowsports world. It is a niche filled with people who are dropping out of the alpine skiing mainstream in order to satisfy a deeper, more personal connection with the mountains they love. Sure, you can ski telemark at any resort—and many people do. But learn to telemark well, and you can move beyond the industrial skiing complex of modern resorts into the backcountry.Dave Lysey is, hands down, the best telemark skier in our clinic. He’s a nationally ranked biathlete (cross country skiing and target shooting) who’s sleeping in his car in the Whitegrass parking lot this weekend. I asked him what he loves about telemark, and he gives me the standard one word answer: “Freedom.”Stroh agrees. “Alpine skiing is limited. You can only go in one direction and you can only ski at lift-served resorts. With telemark gear, you can go anywhere, ski anything. Pull your car over on the side of the road, and you can ski any hill you want.”* * *On the second day of the clinic, we head up the mountain at Canaan Valley Resort and ski off the backside of the peak, disappearing into a thick canopy of red spruce. There’s some climbing, but it’s easier than you’d think on telemark gear. The key to climbing up a steep slope is to stand up straight and pound your boot into the snow, letting the wax grip the terrain.In less than an hour, we arrive at the Pipeline, a backcountry run with 2,000 feet of drop that’s cherished by telemark skiers. We move down the Pipeline in small groups, covering a few hundred vertical feet, then resting for a few minutes before moving on to the next section of the run. The pitch is steeper than what we skied the day before, and most of my newfound telemark skills are falling apart. Instead of turning, I glide into the thick, forested edges of the trail and fall over.“You’re posing!” Dickie yells to me from the bottom of a pitch. “You’re trying to be a picture of the telemark skier.” He goes on to explain to all of us the core difference between telemark and alpine. “Forget the static jerking of alpine. Telemark is about fluid movement. As soon as you sink to the bottom of your turn, you should be rising back up again. Rise and fall softly.”Slowly, I get a little better—by ‘better,’ I mean fewer face plants and tree collisions.Soon we find ourselves at the beginning of an intimidating tree run, where each tree looks like a concussion or broken collar bone.“Eventually, you stop seeing the trees and you only see the spaces between the trees,” Dickie says, in true Zen Master form.Better skiers head straight down the line, rising and falling perfectly with their advanced telemark skills. I make my way down slowly and carefully, cutting big “S’s” into the hill by skiing against the fall line. It’s a slow process, but it feels good. I’m in the woods of Canaan Valley skiing tree runs with a foot of fresh powder. This is why I wanted to free my heel in the first place: I can ski up and down and sideways, with the entire, snowy world at my freeheelin’ feet.Click here for a list of the best telemark skiing destinations in the Southeast.last_img read more

Costa Rica: 652 kilograms of cocaine seized

first_img SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – Counter-narcotics agents seized 652 kilograms (1,437.4 pounds) of cocaine and arrested two Colombians and two Costa Ricans during a raid on a yacht in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the Osa Peninsula on Oct. 3, according to the Security Ministry. Agents found the drugs divided among 27 bags, said Martín Arias, director of the National Guard. Allan Fonseca, the deputy director of the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ), said the boat had a Costa Rican flag but wasn’t registered in the country. The operation used four Coast Guard vessels and four more from the OIJ, which had spent the past month working with U.S. officials on intelligence leading to the interdiction. [AFP (Costa Rica), 04/10/2012; El Espectador (Colombia), 04/10/2012; ABC (Espanha), 05/10/2012] By Dialogo October 05, 2012last_img read more

How credit unions can provide superior service in a time of crisis

first_imgCOVID-19 has totally changed the way America’s credit unions do business. While credit unions rightly pride themselves on the personal touch and community-oriented business model, transitioning to remote work has made providing that personal touch and sense of community all the more difficult.PenFed, founded before the Second World War, and its leaders know the difficulties of steering a credit union through a time of crisis. We’ve been able to transition to the “new normal” fairly quickly, thanks in large part to the way we leverage technology in customer relationship management (CRM). If you are with a credit union finding yourself playing catch-up during these difficult times, here are some things you might want to keep in mind: Reconceptualize CRM as MRM. Remember: The thing that sets credit unions apart from banks is that we have members, not customers. The language of “customer” implies quick, infrequent interactions; membership implies a long-term, ongoing partnership. Once you start thinking of your work through this lens, your approach totally changes. You’re not just thinking in terms of sales and marketing or trying to figure out how to meet a member’s initial need. You’re looking at holistic life-cycle management, making sure members get the right products at the right time over the course of many years. That mindset shift might not seem like a big deal – but it totally changes the kinds of conversations your team is having with your members, especially in high-stakes, high-stress moments like this. Pick partners who understand your business model and share your sense of community. While big banks have the resources to sink millions of dollars into creating their own customer service platforms, credit unions’ exclusive focus on their members usually means that this isn’t a possibility. That means you’re in the market for partners, and you’ll want someone who understands the nature of your business and what you’re trying to achieve with your members. That process led us to partner with Salesforce a few years ago – a choice made in large part because the company had the tools that would enable us to provide the kind of member experience we pride ourselves on. Instead of generic sales and marketing tools, the company offered a cloud specifically for financial services that we could use not just for sales, but also in other parts of our business, including our branches, our service centers and our mobile and online platforms. As you strengthen your digital strategy in this time of social distancing, make sure you’re partnering with people who can equip you with what you need to care for your members. Pick a platform with an extensive ecosystem. Another factor to keep in mind when looking for a partner is finding a partner with an extensive ecosystem. If a partner has a large ecosystem, you’ll have access not only to their products and services, but potentially to the other talent and platforms that work with them. This access can empower you to move nimbly and deploy the services that members need very quickly.  For instance, when our employees moved to remote work, it was important for our staff to all have the same tools to best serve our members. Our Genesys telephony system provided seamless integration into our Salesforce member service platform, and our computer telephony integration (CTI) worked at our employees’ homes with no effort on our part. We reconfigured our branch employees’ technology in days to enable them to use the same systems as our service centers to take member calls from home too.The transition worked more smoothly than we could have hoped. Many banks have had to put up notices about long wait times for calls, but we haven’t. Because we partnered with an organization with a large ecosystem, we were able to turn on capabilities with our member services platform within a matter of days. That kind of agility is a huge competitive edge – particularly in times of crisis. And if you can combine that agility with the personal touch credit unions are known for, you’ve got a winning combination. Pick a “low code / no code” platform.Another benefit of the Salesforce platform is that we could quickly develop a self-service skip-pay feature for our members. We knew that many of our members wouldn’t be able to make their monthly payments, and we also knew that if we could save them the time they might spend calling or emailing us by creating a simple online form (ironically using a feature called Salesforce Communities), that would be a huge relief during a stressful time. So, that’s what we did – and without the coding productivity from Salesforce, what happened in a matter of days would have taken weeks or months. This kind of agility helps level the playing field, allowing credit unions to keep pace with the big banks and offer superior member service at an affordable price point. Crises like COVID-19 can seem overwhelming, but they also offer an opportunity for credit unions to think about their long-term strategy. By leveraging this moment, you can not only prepare for the next crisis, but empower your team to offer members a more robust, responsive experience than ever before. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joseph Thomas Thomas is EVP and CIO at PenFed Credit Union and is responsible for all the information technology functions across the organization. Thomas was assistant vice president of Bank Systems for … Web: https://www.penfed.org Detailslast_img read more

Biden’s Win Means a Demotion for Netanyahu and Less Focus on Israel

first_imgMost immediately, analysts and officials said, Israel will feel the transition to a Biden administration as a shift of focus away from the conflict with the Palestinians. With a pandemic, a battered economy and deep societal fissures demanding his attention, Mr. Biden, to the extent he looks abroad, is expected to place greater emphasis on tensions with China and Russia, climate change and repairing the frayed trans-Atlantic alliance.Looming large, however, are questions about Iran. Mr. Biden has spoken of showing Tehran a “path back to diplomacy,” offering to re-enter the Obama administration’s nuclear deal if Iran returns to strict compliance. Mr. Netanyahu crusaded against the agreement and cheered Mr. Trump’s withdrawal from it.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – In contrast to Mr. Trump’s favoritism toward Israel, Mr. Biden has promised a return to a more balanced approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.That could mean, analysts and former officials suggested, that if Arab states like Morocco, Oman or Saudi Arabia express willingness to normalize ties with Israel, a Biden administration might encourage them to insist on Israeli concessions to the Palestinians in return.Still, Mr. Biden is under few illusions, his advisers say, that a settlement is achievable with Mr. Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas, the longtime Palestinian president, still in their jobs.- Advertisement –center_img Instead, the new administration is expected to exert a calming influence. That could mean reopening the American consulate in Jerusalem, which Mr. Trump disbanded, as a quasi-embassy to the Palestinians; reopening a Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington, and restoring U.S. funding for East Jerusalem hospitals, aid projects on the West Bank and Palestinian refugees.last_img read more

West Java leaders to solicit PSBB status to strengthen fight against COVID-19

first_imgSeventeen regents and mayors in West Java who had not previously proposed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) have agreed to apply for the status in the province to combat the spread of COVID-19. “We will propose PSBB in the West Java province to accelerate the implementation [of protective measures] in each region,” Daud Achmad, the secretary of the West Java COVID-19 task force, said on Thursday.West Java has, so far, only implemented PSBB at the city and regency levels. The satellite cities of Jakarta that lie within the region – Bogor, Depok and Bekasi – implemented PSBB on April 15 followed by the Greater Bandung area – consisting of the cities of Bandung and Cimahi, as well as as the regencies of Bandung, West Bandung and Sumedang – on April 22.Ten out of the 27 regencies and municipalities in Indonesia’s most populous province have implemented PSBB.”If the health minister Terawan Putranto approves the request, the remaining regents and mayors [who have not implemented PSBB] will have a legal basis to implement social restrictions in their regions without having to individually request PSBB,” Daud said.He explained that each regent and mayor had the freedom to implement PSBB fully or partially.”Bogor regency and Greater Bandung for example, have implemented PSBB partially in several districts,” he said.Daud added that PSBB needed to be imposed in West Java because it had recorded 1,009 cases as of Thursday, making it the second-hardest-hit province in the country.West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said that the province would implement PSBB on May 6 if the request was approved this weekend.”I advise Bapak and Ibu regents and mayors to start informing the public about PSBB preparations in their regions through social media so residents can prepare themselves,” Ridwan said.Herdiat Sunaya, the regent of Ciamis, said the implementation of PSBB in West Java should be followed by stricter rules to discourage the Idul Fitri tradition of mudik (exodus) in each region.”We need to be aware of people who are participating in mudik, especially those coming from red zones. We need to impose stricter rules on those travelers,” he said.Majalengka regent Karna Sobahi said many of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the regency were imported. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Mikel Arteta explains why Nicolas Pepe struggled at Arsenal under Unai Emery

first_imgNicolas Pepe has started Arsenal’s last two matches on the substitutes’ bench (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta insists he understands the reasons behind the underwhelming start Nicolas Pepe has made to his Arsenal career but believes the club’s record signing will feature in his plans, as long as he shows the correct attitude.Arsenal agreed a £72million fee with Lille in the summer for the Ivory Coast international, but the winger struggled to cement a regular place in the team under Unai Emery.Pepe appeared to have kick-started his Premier League career with his first goal from open play in the recent 3-1 win over West Ham, but has started Arsenal’s two most recent matches, against Everton and Bournemouth, on the bench.AdvertisementAdvertisementArteta introduced Pepe with just eight minutes remaining on Boxing day at the Vitality Stadium as Arsenal came from behind to claim a point following a 1-1 draw.ADVERTISEMENTThe 37-year-old claimed he was encouraged by Pepe’s brief cameo but warned he must show focus and determination in training if he is to force his way back into the starting XI. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 28 Dec 2019 2:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.9kShares Mikel Arteta explains why Nicolas Pepe struggled at Arsenal under Unai Emery Comment Arsenal battled to a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth in what was Mikel Arteta’s first game as manager (Picture: Getty)‘I think it is a mixture of things,’ said the new Arsenal manager when asked about Pepe’s slow start.‘It was obviously a big change from France to come here. As well he found a team that at that moment probably wasn’t performing at its best.‘The environment wasn’t the best for him to settle. It is not only about him we are here to help him.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‘If he is willing to learn and willing to work hard I assure he has potential to be top absolutely top. Today [against Bournemouth] in two or three actions he has shown how good he can be, but he has to be consistent.‘The problem is confidence will only come when he plays, but he has to train well enough to convince the manager I am confident enough to play him.’MORE: Charlie Nicholas backs Mikel Arteta to get first Arsenal win against ChelseaMORE: Mikel Arteta sends warning to Arsenal players over out-of-form Chelsea Advertisementlast_img read more

Former Collingwood AFL star Jack Anthony is moving into real estate

first_imgAFL player Jack Anthony. Photo: Steve HollandTOUGH forward Jack Anthony is swapping his AFL jersey for a suit as he moves into real estate.The former Collingwood player, who now plays and coaches at Southport Sharks AFL Club, joined Ray White Robina this month. “When I was playing footy I was always encouraged to get involved in passions outside football and to invest money wisely,” Anthony said. “I have always been attracted to property, so this feels like a natural move.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoAFL player Jack Anthony is moving into real estate. Photo: Steve HollandAnthony owns a house in Victoria and plans to buy his second property on the Gold Coast. He said AFL had prepared him for his career move.“There are a lot of crossovers in both environments, especially with team work,” he said.“I met the principal of Ray White Robina, Scott Burgess, through (Southport) Sharks,” Anthony said.Former Gold Coast Suns AFL player, Danny Stanley, has also made the move into property and is working with Kollosche Prestige Agents.last_img read more