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Tix Now On Sale for Incident at Vichy Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 13, 2015 Tickets are now available for Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy off-Broadway. Directed by Michael Wilson and starring Emmy winner Richard Thomas, along with Tony nominees Jonathan Hadary and Jonny Orsini, the production will play a limited engagement October 27 through December 6. Opening night is set for November 15 in The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center.Celebrating the Centennial of Arthur Miller’s birth, Incident at Vichy returns the work of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright to Signature for the first time since his 1997-98 Residency. In Vichy, France at the height of World War II, nine men and a boy are rounded up under suspicious circumstances. As ominous reports of far-off camps and cattle cars packed with prisoners begin to circulate, the men battle over politics, philosophy and how to escape.The cast will also include David Abeles, Curtis Billings, James Carpinello, AJ Cedeño, Quinlan Corbett, Brian Cross, Demosthenes Chrysan, Jonathan Gordon, Alex Morf, Darren Pettie, John Procaccino, Alec Shaw, Derek Smith and Evan Zes. View Comments Incident at Vichylast_img read more

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Tickets Now Available to See Sean Hayes in An Act of God

first_img Sean Hayes Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 An Act of Godcenter_img Thanks be to God! Tickets are now on sale to see An Act of God’s return to Broadway, this time with Tony nominee Sean Hayes, who has been playing the Almighty on the West Coast. Directed by Joe Mantello, the stage adaptation of The Last Testament: A Memoir By God, will run for a limited engagement May 28 through September 4. Opening night is set for June 6 at the Booth Theatre.The Creator Himself has written the Play, which has been transcribed by Emmy-winning former The Daily Show head writer and executive producer David Javerbaum. God (through His press agent) has billed the show as such: “A 90-minute conversation in which I will reveal the mysteries of the Bible and answer some of the greatest existential questions that plague mankind.” In an early statement, He said, “This Play will help clear up the fallacy that I’m old fashioned…and instead reveal the true Me: up-to-date and holier-than-you.” The production previously ran on Broadway last year at the heavenly Studio 54, starring Jim Parsons.The casting of God’s angels will be announced soon.This is the Word of the Lord. Sean Hayes in ‘An Act of God’ View Commentslast_img read more

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Prison project

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaSome new gardeners shop hard for the best gloves, hat or kneeling mat. Some new gardeners in Thomas County gear up by wearing matching outfits and working with whatever tools the warden lets them use for the day.Inmates at the Thomas County Prison in Thomasville, Ga., grow their own food as part of a pilot project designed to teach them new skills and save the prison money. The prison spends $5,000 a week for food. Of that, $1,000 or more goes to buying produce, Warden Robert Greer said during a recent television interview. Less than $1,000 has been invested in the whole garden project.R.J. Byrne heard Greer talking about his predicament at a committee meeting. He had a solution.“I thought, ‘Gosh,’ they’ve got some land out there and 200-plus inmates out there, so we started a garden,” said Byrne, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Thomas County. “You can grow some form of vegetable or fruit year-round out here.”The garden is located on the old county farm. Back in the 1960s and ‘70s, the prison used it to grow vegetables and raise cows, hogs and chickens.Under Byrne’s guidance, inmates have turned an acre of weeds into a plot teeming with corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, beans and watermelons. Even with startup costs for seed, transplants and fertilizer, he estimates that the prison will save several thousand dollars this year.Greer got as many as 50 inmates involved during the planning, planting and weeding. And Byrne pulled the community into the project through his county’s Master Gardener program.“What I originally thought was that the Master Gardeners would give the inmates the chance to talk to somebody outside of the cell and have some positive influence on their lives,” Byrne said.The Master Gardeners ran with the idea, and now they help scout the garden for insect or disease problems. They also work in the garden alongside the inmates.Many of the inmates work the garden when they’re needed. But for two of them, it’s their full-time project.“That is their garden,” Byrne said. “They’re out there all the time. Four to six other inmates cycle through helping out, but it’s their sole responsibility to be in charge of the garden.”Their work has paid off. They’re now picking cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and squash. They’re waiting eagerly for the first watermelons to be big enough to pick.“The bees are working hard out there, too, to get everything pollinated,” Byrne said. “The warden’s talking about having honeybee hives out there. He’s always ambitious about trying new things.”Along with bees, he’s hoping to grow the garden to include the three surrounding acres.The project is Byrne’s first attempt at growing a large-scale garden, he said.“It’s been a good learning experience for everybody, including myself … Growing up, we always had a vegetable garden, so some of the growing practices I already knew. But on a larger scale, it can be a little more intimidating.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Brazilian Military Doctors Visit American Hospital Ship

first_img The ship’s second mission, put into practice in Haiti, is to support humanitarian-aid and governmental actions. With the capacity to care for 300 to 400 patients per day, the ship has a thousand beds, including 80 intensive-care unit (ICU) beds and 12 operating rooms. “Their triage sessions have the structure of those in a big hospital in Brazil. Very impressive,” commented the Field Hospital’s orthopedist, Captain Ricardo Senna. The main mission of the USNS Comfort is to fulfill one of the fundamental principles of the Vienna Convention, to improve the situation of the wounded, sick, and shipwrecked of the Armed Forces at sea. Military doctors and the Brazilian Air Force General Coordinator of Health in Haiti, Brigadier José Maria Lins Calheiros, visited the USNS Comfort – Medical Treatment Facility, a U.S. Navy hospital ship. center_img By Dialogo February 10, 2010 During the days following the January 12 earthquake, a helicopter carrying injured victims landed every ten minutes on the deck of the ship, a landing and takeoff area for helicopters, according to the commander of the ship’s medical team, Captain Ware.last_img read more

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Colombian National Police break up extortion gangs

first_imgBy Dialogo October 07, 2013 The Oficina de Envigado is a major drug trafficking organization that was formed by operatives who were once part of kingpin Pablo Escobar’s cartel. In Medellin, extortion is believed to be one of the major criminal enterprises run by the Oficina de Envigado, according to Security Minister Arnulfo Serna. Security forces are working hard to neutralize the Oficina de Envigado and other organized crime groups, according to Serna. “In the metropolitan area of Medellin, there are 14 drug-trafficking crime groups operating and in the last year we’ve captured 200 criminals,” Serna recounted. . Some Medellin neighborhoods are so dangerous that residents have to pay fees to be able to cross through them to purchase food and other necessities. Authorities are coordinating a strong, nationwide response to the extortion problem, Lloreda said. Police patrols are in place around the clock in 17 major market places, according to Lloreda. “We aim to have 25,000 additional officers targeting this issue and other common crimes in 24 main cities by the end of 2014,” Lloreda said. The government has also recently proposed almost doubling the maximum sentence for extortion from 18 to 32 years. But security forces will have to remain vigilant even if criminal penalties for extortion are increased, Lloreda said. “Increasing prison sentences isn’t very dissuasive as these groups operate just as effectively on the streets as behind bars,” Lloreda explained. Extortion gangs operate primarily in cities and mostly target small business owners, bus drivers, and taxi operators, according to Francisco Lloreda, a special presidential security adviser. “Many of these crimes now affect our major cities more than the countryside,” Lloreda said. “These criminal groups target low-income businesses, including shopkeepers and bus drivers, in cities like Bogota and Medellin but the biggest issue we’re facing now is that still not enough people report the problem to the police,” Lloreda said. The number of extortions reported to police throughout Colombia has risen from 1,373 in 2009 to 2,316 in 2012, according to the Ministry of Defense. About 84 percent of the extortions are committed by people who are not associated with organized crime, according to Lloreda. About 11 percent of the crimes are committed by operatives with the Bacrim gang, on behalf of the National Liberation Army (ELN). Another five percent are carried out by Bacrim members for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Land recovery Authorities are now trying to recover more than $10 million worth of land that was purchased by gangs with extortion money, according to Guatibonza. During the first nine months of 2013, extortion gangs in Colombia have taken at least $17 million from their victims, the general said. Oficina de Envigado Security measures Extortion gangs target citiescenter_img Public Awareness “Vaccination payments” Some organized crime leaders direct extortion schemes from prison, Guatibonza said. These criminals sometimes use cell phones to give orders to operatives who are not imprisoned. Security forces are working hard to stop them. In Bogota, the Gaula have installed cell phone signal jammers in prisons to stop criminal leaders from using cell phones to provide directions to operatives outside the facilities, the general said. “Last year, we began working with INPEC [Colombia’s national prison authority] to test out this technology in Colombia’s three largest prisons, which are Picaleña in Ibague, La Picota, and La Modelo in Bogota,” according to Guatibonza. “Our target is to replicate this in up to 20 prisons across the country”. “Gang leaders gather intelligence on potential victims and then use cell phones to call their victims and link up with their people on the street to pick up the money or kidnap the targets,” he added. BOGOTA – Since Jan. 1 2013, Colombian National Police have broken up more than 75 alleged extortion gangs which took more than $10 million from victims in four of the country’s largest cities. The Ministry of Defense operation, which began in 2012, was led by the anti-extortion and anti-kidnapping unit of the National Police. The unit is known as the “Gaula,” and the effort was an operation called “Green Heart.” “We’ve broken the back of these extortion structures and in the last year alone have captured more than 2,200 criminal suspects in cities like Bogota, Medellin, Cali and Baranquilla,” said Gen. Humberto Guatibonza, the leader of the Gaula. As part of the “Green Heart” plan, National Police plan on eliminating the estimated 200 micro-extortion gangs which operate in Colombia “before they spread to entire departments,” according to Guatibonza. In Bogota, the problem has become so acute that some bicycle taxi drivers pay for a “vaccination” of about $1.50 to extortionists, according to Guatibonza. The extortionists threaten to destroy the bicycles of the taxi drivers if they do not pay up, the general said. “Bogota is a major problem,” according to Guatibonza. Some threats are more serious. In July 2013, authorities in Bogotá dismantled a criminal gang that was allegedly working on behalf of the FARC, according to Insight Crime, a Medellín-based research organization. The gang was allegedly contracted by FARC to threaten shop owners in Bogota with explosive devices in exchange for cash payments, Insight Crime reported. FARC contracts with smaller gangs to commit extortion because “the FARC don´t have the capacity to directly manage this sort of micro activity,” the general said. Prison schemes Authorities are paying special attention to Medellin neighborhoods which have been hit hard by extortion. Uniformed police are providing informational fliers and posters to business people and taxi and bus drivers, Guatibonza said. The fliers and posters are an effort to increase public awareness of the problem of extortion, and to urge people to report extortion attempts to the authorities. “In cities like Medellín, as well as across the country, it´s vital now that the public works hand-in-hand with us to report these crimes so we can end this cycle of fear,” Guatibonza said. The same thing is happening in Honduras, it is a terrible situation, especially for small businesses. Citizens’ insecurity in Peru is frightful, attacks, robberies, kidnappings, extortion, etc, directed from the prisons themselves. The freedom and lenient sentences dictated by the judges, the pardons they have awarded to dangerous criminals, especially drug traffickers, in different administrations, and the corrupt activities of the authorities have strengthen organized crime, overloaded the work of Police and terrorized population. How much there is to be learned from Colombia. What harms humanity the most is the double moral of the governments. As far as I’m concerned, drugs should be approved. How can there not be gangs if the government steals what belongs to those displaced by violence, who are the actual victims, while the ones who are brought in collect their monthly allowance, of course they give it to them, to prevent them from uniting and killing them. And the displaced people supposedly receive aid every three months but years go by and they receive nothing, and if they claim restitution of the lands they are faced with those who took them, so that they are killed, that way the government easily gets rid of the problem. Who can the victims complain and ask a question to? The human rights lawyers simply charge for an answer. What an injustice, the displaced people spend months and months without receiving aid and they need to have a credit card to pay online for a lawyer’s response. That’s the cruel reality of the victims of our beloved country Colombia, and the president says that he is doing his job while the government and all the other people who steal from the victims have a happy year. The victims don’t know what to do to provide a meal for their children and that is called human rights in Colombia. I think it’s a really good website. It’s very good that they put an end to this disgrace that is shattering the peace of Colombians, and especially the most affected states. Crack down on crime, no compassion. That’s how we want the law to do it. The state or the governing class of my country are to blame, they should generate employment for the Colombians, regardless of their last names. For more work opportunities; politicians, put an end to begging, turn the money from the subsidies towards industries, companies, other honorable work. Mr. government, the peace conversation is very good, I wish you best of luck in Cuba, but don’t forget that Colombia is hungry due to lack of employment opportunities. Gentlemen of Colombia, today you have to give a good example with Dr. Gustavo Petro and Bogota Humana . It’ serious when people do not report things, because once I told some police officers that were there Our police officers should be more committed to the institution infiltrated by agents with suspicious reputation, who create disinterest and distrust for the general opinion. Thanks to those who defend the rights of the citizens with their dedication and courage. The Colombian police is a very honest institution and lately it has become more modernized, the only downside is that it has low wages. Congratulations to all the police officers. Keep it up. Very good but make it effective. I think there should be high-security prisons built for criminals, so they can feel imprisoned and be afraid to commit a felony. The news should be more concrete Thank you for your collaboration, and for making possible that what we think is expressed by other persons, and they support us.Many, many thanks Crime will not end by putting them in prison. The problem is the lack of education, work, health, equality, etc… We Colombians should be aware of the great work performed by the police forces. Let’s respect the authorities. It’s interesting what the police is doing to capture those scumbags, I don’t agree with those who have the right to do justice. . they award them with a house instead of jail. The authorities are now trying to retrieve lands worth over $10 million that were bought by gangs with money from extortion, according to Guatibonza.last_img read more

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After Target and Home Depot breaches, small lenders object to settlements

first_imgCredit unions and others balk at settlements tied to cybercrimes that they say don’t fairly Robin SidelSmall banks and credit unions are banding together in a bid to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in losses incurred from high-profile data breaches at Target Corp. and Home Depot Inc.Angry at being squeezed out by bigger banks, the small institutions now are trying to upend a long-standing industry practice in which card networks Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. negotiate settlements with breached merchants and then distribute the proceeds to affected financial institutions.The smaller firms say the process favors the big banks, even though the larger institutions can more easily absorb the cost of such incidents, including issuing new cards. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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The early innings of the novel H1N1 pandemic: Keep your eye on the ball

first_img(CIDRAP Source Osterholm Briefing) – It’s summertime in America, Major League Baseball is about to celebrate its annual All-Star Game—and we are experiencing influenza activity throughout the world, including right here in North America. In my lifetime, a lineup featuring influenza and summer in this country is simply unprecedented, though hardly unexpected.To be sure, the big game will receive substantial media coverage, and I hope my beloved American League and hometown hero Joe Mauer wins the game. But I know the most important story is not on the baseball field. Frankly, it’s barely in the news. And when the novel H1N1 pandemic does gain public attention, a certain word is conveying a dangerous and false sense of safety: mild.Not the 7th-inning stretchBeware. We are in the early innings of this pandemic situation; a lot is yet to unfold. Now is not the time to take our eyes off the ball. I can only hope organizations like yours will use this time to better prepare for what could be a challenging time come this fall.And I also realize how hard that might be, particularly if the public continues to think of the emergence of novel H1N1 as a media event of late April and early May and its continued occurrence as a “mild” pandemic, the term many government and public health officials have used to describe the current situation. Unfortunately, to date the pandemic has been largely mischaracterized in terms of its severity.To its credit, however, the World Health Organization (WHO) has avoided using “mild” to describe the pandemic. In fact, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan has urged the world to see the current illness picture of novel H1N1 as a virus that can cause moderate to severe infections and to anticipate that its clinical spectrum (the full range of symptoms and severity) could substantially worsen with time. And just today, the Obama administration urged the US to plan and prepare, called such work “our shared responsibility,” and said it is working to ready the nation for the “possibility of a more severe outbreak” of the pandemic virus.Still, I worry very much that complacency in the northern hemisphere is replacing some of the over-the-top media coverage of late April/early May and undermining efforts to prepare the world for what I believe could be a very serious 2009-10 winter flu season.Calling it as she sees itNobody has done a better job of trying to understand and explain the disconnect between what is happening now with the novel H1N1 pandemic and the future it holds than Helen Branswell, medical reporter from the Canadian Press. In “Constant use of ‘mild’ to describe swine flu misleading people about threat,” published Jun 28, Branswell details the growing misconception between the reality of this pandemic, what it may hold for the future, and our misunderstanding of its threat. I urge you to read her piece and circulate it to your colleagues and leaders up the management chain who may mistakenly believe the H1N1 problem is over.Branswell nails the issue in her first paragraphs:Officialdom’s mantra about swine flu—”it is overwhelmingly mild”—might seem incongruous if we knew the number of children, teens and young adults in ICU beds right now alive only because a breathing machine has taken over for their ravaged lungs.The heavy reliance on the word “mild” could be creating a false impression of what is actually going on and what the world may face in coming months, some experts worry.Peter Sandman, a risk communications guru from Princeton, NJ, suggests if authorities are trying to ensure people don’t panic about the new H1N1 outbreak, they are concerned about the wrong thing.”In North America, swine flu panic is much rarer than swine flu deaths,” Sandman says. “The problem isn’t panic or even excessive anxiety. The problem is complacency, both about what’s going to happen and about what might happen.”As many of you already know, Peter is the Deputy Editor of the CIDRAP Business Source and truly one of the world’s top risk communication experts. His comments in Branswell’s piece are right on the mark.A picture of what’s to come?Even if nothing changes about the clinical spectrum of this H1N1 infection, think about the impact it’s having on countries like Argentina, Chile, and Australia where it has all but replaced the other two seasonal influenza A strains.The pandemic is stretching the government and medical response capabilities of these southern hemisphere countries in the absence of an effective vaccine. (I will revisit the vaccine issue in detail in an upcoming column, but for now know that I don’t hold out hope that US citizens will receive much pandemic vaccine before the seasonal flu season revisits us.) Argentine financial markets and banks will close tomorrow as part of government efforts to fight an outbreak of novel H1N1. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has sought to halt the spread of the virus the by closing schools, giving pregnant workers extended leave, and allocating emergency funding. Movie theaters have decided to temporarily shut their doors, while Brazilian airline Gol said on Wednesday it had seen a sharp drop in the number of passengers flying to Argentina.A pandemic virus in its infancyIn just a few months we’ll be entering the 2009-10 influenza season. As you look ahead, consider Branswell’s words:”. . . as a human pathogen this virus is still a baby, despite its rapid global spread. No one knows what it is going to be when it grows up.Some things are clear, though. Since most people seem to have no immunity to the virus —some people over 60 may have some—huge numbers will probably catch this flu over the next couple of years. In a relatively tight time frame, lots of people will come down with the flu—far more than would be seen during a regular flu year.To understand that impact, think back to elementary school arithmetic. If the denominator (the total number of cases) gets substantially bigger, the total number of people falling gravely ill or dying (the numerator) will rise sharply, even if the proportion of severe cases (the percentage) doesn’t change.And sheer numbers could make the outbreak get nasty, fast.I couldn’t have said it better. Even if novel H1N1 doesn’t mutate or reassort between now and the fall in a way that increases its ability to cause more severe disease, we’re in for a serious and real challenge. And that’s before even considering the possibility of the virus developing resistance to our current antiviral flu drugs. Bottom line for your organizationDon’t take a summer vacation from pandemic preparedness and business continuity planning. These next few months are precious. Think about all the things that you learned from your late April and May experience and work like hell this summer to do what you can to fix, upgrade, or replace them with a better response plan for the days ahead. I’m certain you’ll not waste your efforts.last_img read more

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This year’s Days of Croatian Tourism will be held in Hvar

first_imgToday, at the solemn session of the Assembly of the Tourist Board of the City of Hvar, Minister Cappelli presented this year’s destination of the traditional meeting of tourist workers, the event “Days of Croatian Tourism”.The October meeting of tourist workers will be held on the sunniest Croatian island, Hvar, in the town of Hvar, which this year marks 150 years of tourist tradition. Addressing the gathering, Minister Cappelli stated: “The Days of Croatian Tourism are a central place for meeting, education, exchange of knowledge and experiences, which from year to year arouses the growing interest of stakeholders in tourism and related industries. The value of this event, as well as the overall importance of tourism for the development of the country, was recognized by the Government of the Republic of Croatia, which especially directs activities towards the development of continental and island tourism. With the support of the Government and the synergy of public-private partnership, we are working to increase the quality of the tourist offer, increase the income and interest of investors for Croatia, and thus, we are successfully plotting it on the world map of tourist destinations. By choosing Hvar as the flagship of Croatian tourism and one of our most recognizable destinations, we are hosting this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism to pay tribute to their great anniversary. By solemnly celebrating 150 years of tourist tradition, the people of Hvar have shown how good the hosts and organizers are, and I am looking forward to working together to organize another edition of the Croatian Tourism Day. “Days of Croatian Tourism are traditionally organized by the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Tourist Board, and every year they gather more than a thousand participants. This year’s program of the Croatian Tourism Day brings a handful of educational lectures, workshops and round tables of leading domestic and international tourism experts, and will traditionally be crowned with awards and recognitions for the best in the actions of the Croatian Tourist Board and Croatian Chamber of Commerce.According to unofficial information, the Days of Croatian Tourism should be held in Slavonia next year.last_img read more

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Justin Kluivert hopes Henrikh Mkhitaryan will stay at Roma amid Arsenal swap deal speculation

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 19 Jun 2020 8:16 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Justin Kluivert hopes Henrikh Mkhitaryan will stay at Roma amid Arsenal swap deal speculation Mkhitaryan would prefer to stay at Roma (Picture: Getty Images)‘He [Mkhitaryan] transfers his experience to the team and certainly to me.‘I look up to a player who has already experienced as much as he has. ‘He has had a great career and seen many big clubs. I can certainly learn from that. ‘We talk a lot anyway because we play in roughly the same positions and he occasionally gives me tips or emphasizes what I do well. ‘I listen to that because he has experienced it all.’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 ArsenalWhen Mkhitaryan was quizzed about his own future earlier this month, he admitted that while his preference is to stay at Roma, he wouldn’t ‘complain’ if he has to return to the Emirates.‘Of course I would like to be at Roma next season, not only next season [but] for another few years,’ Mkhitaryan said in an interview on Futbol with Grant Wahl.‘I’m not complaining, football life changes so quickly so you have to be ready to play wherever you are‘If not in Rome, I’m going to go back and play for Arsenal, if not, I’m going to stay here and play for Rome.’MORE: Dimitar Berbatov fears David Luiz has made ‘one too many’ mistakes at ArsenalMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang apologises to Arsenal fans after Manchester City defeatFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. The two wingers could be trading places (Picture: Getty Images)Justin Kluivert wants Arsenal’s on-loan winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan to stay at Roma next season amid speculation of a potential swap deal between the two players.Mkhitaryan was shipped out on a season-long loan to Italy at the start of the campaign after being deemed surplus to requirements by former Gunners boss Unai Emery.Despite multiple injuries, the 31-year-old has impressed on the pitch, registering six goals and just three assists in 13 Serie A appearances.Reports claim that Arsenal have opened talks with Roma to swap Mkhitaryan for their 21-year-old winger Kluivert in a player-plus-cash deal.ADVERTISEMENTWhen asked about the rumours, the Dutch forward refused to be drawn on his own future, but maintained that he would like to see Roma’s on-loan stars Mkhitaryan and Manchester United’s Chris Smalling remain at the club.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’m just happy with his [Mkhitaryan’s] help and hope he and Chris Smalling will stay here after this season,’ Kluivert toldVoetballzone.‘They are top players for us. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Brentford boss Thomas Frank insists Arsenal target David Raya is not for sale

first_imgBrentford boss Thomas Frank insists Arsenal target David Raya is not for sale Comment Frank does not want to lose Raya on top of Watkins and Benrahma (Picture: Getty)Arteta is believed to be a big fan of his compatriot while he has been personally recommended by Arsenal’s goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana, who worked with Raya at Brentford before being poached by the north London club.Raya’s agent previously said he was prepared to do ‘what is necessary’ to secure a transfer this summer, and the onus will now be on the 24-year-old to push for the move and even hand in a transfer request.MORE: Mikel Arteta outlines Arsenal’s transfer plans but avoids Houssem Aouar questionMORE: David Raya to push for Arsenal transfer as Emiliano Martinez nears exitFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement The Spaniard is wanted as a replacement for the departing Emiliano Martinez (Picture: Getty)Brentford boss Thomas Frank has made it clear that goalkeeper David Raya will not be allowed to leave the Championship club this summer despite significant interest from Arsenal.The Gunners are on the verge of letting Emiliano Martinez leave the Emirates, with Aston Villa having made a £15million offer for the Argentine who is desperate for more regular game time.Mikel Arteta could not offer Martinez any assurances over his place in the side this coming season despite his heroics after the restart, with Bernd Leno set to continue as the club’s undisputed number one.center_img Martinez is on the verge of joining Villa as he looks for more regular game time (Picture: Getty)That leaves Arsenal in need of a new backup goalkeeper and they have identified Spanish shot-stopper Raya – who counts as being homegrown – as their top target for the role.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Brentford have already sold Ollie Watkins to Villa for £28m while star man Said Benrahma is being chased by a host of clubs, with the Championship outfit making it clear that they are not prepared to lose any more players beyond that duo.Asked about players potentially leaving, Frank told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Friday: ‘No doubt that [owner] Matthew Benham and [Co-Directors of Football] Phil Giles and Rasmus Ankerson and I, that’s the good thing, we take the decisions together.‘I said one week ago that if the price is right for Ollie Watkins or Said Benrahma, we are open, because that’s the way football works. The rest are not for sale.’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 ArsenalAsked to clarify if that meant Raya was not for sale, he responded bluntly: ‘I would like to repeat myself. If the price is right for Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma, then they are for sale. The rest are not for sale.’The news will be a blow to Raya and Arsenal, with the Spaniard having been very keen to make the step up to the Premier League with the Gunners. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 11 Sep 2020 4:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link364Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

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