Fairy tales for all

first_imgWitches, wolves, and wicked stepmothers, oh my! They are the stuff of legend, and a goldmine for Hollywood, which regularly taps a seemingly insatiable public appetite for fantasy and folklore.The recent big budget remakes “Red Riding Hood” and “Snow White and the Huntsman” are just two of the countless film adaptations of the seductive and savage tales by brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm. The forthcoming film “Witch Hunters” recasts Hansel and Gretel as young adult bounty hunters seeking revenge on evil witches as payback for their traumatic time in the deadly gingerbread house.What makes such stories — at times beautiful, at times horrific — so enduring?Can the lure of children’s tales originally brought to life around the hearth in spoken form — what John Updike called “the television and pornography of an earlier age” — and later in the pages of elegantly illustrated books, survive the onslaught of technology?Maria Tatar, Harvard’s resident fairy tale expert, answered those questions during a discussion last Thursday at the Boston Public Library’s Dudley Branch.The John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and of Folklore Mythology explored how fairy tales have migrated through centuries and across cultures into a world of movie screens, iPads, Kindles, Nooks, and increasingly short attention spans. Her talk was part of the John Harvard Book Celebration, a program of events at Cambridge and Boston public libraries to commemorate Harvard’s 375th anniversary.Though often wildly commercialized, the stories have maintained their vicelike hold on the imaginations of countless generations, said Tatar, through their most basic ingredient: magic. “They are stories that I see as massive, potent, and mysterious in many ways … they have a mythical quality to them. They’re not just old wives’ tales that can be easily dismissed. I think they are stories that we listen to and that we internalize, that we keep with us.”Tatar decided to investigate the tales further after reading her young children the Grimm tale “The Juniper Tree,” the story of an evil stepmother who beheads her stepson and serves his body up in a soup. She is ultimately crushed to death by a millstone.“I started getting very worried” as the story progressed, said Tatar. But her children were enthralled. “They wanted me to go to the end.”She has been studying fairy tales ever since, researching how they have morphed from an oral tradition geared to a multigenerational audience into books infused with moral lessons and read by adults to children in the hopes of “scaring them into good behavior.”“Instead of ‘What if?’ we’ve suddenly got stories that move in the mode of ‘or else.’ ”The lasting power of fairy tales lies in their potential to be reworked and reimagined in endless ways, said Tatar. In the 1960s, writers began tweaking and twisting them, rendering the big bad wolf a misunderstood victim, and the scheming Rumpelstiltskin an honest laborer. But the stories never lost “any of their narrative mass.”Even the highly commercialized Disney empire, keeper of fairy tales during the past century, has scored “direct visceral hits” with films that have captured the “power and the melodrama of the stories in their original form,” she said.Rather than dampening the appeal of the stories, such rewriting revives them, calling attention to the source material while creating playful new versions, said Tatar. The digital age, she offered, one oriented toward the sound bite and the 30-second video clip, helps the stories reclaim their multigenerational appeal by “amplifying” their mythic qualities.“These are the stories that thrive in a culture of sound bites and miniaturization, and in a culture of distraction, their magic is nomadic,” said Tatar. They lend themselves to the new electronic medium largely because of what they don’t offer the reader, she added.“Most of these stories are really short and we have to fill in a lot … we feel a compulsion to talk about them, to figure them out because we have so little information.”In addition, the tales continue to resonate because they tackle complicated cultural anxieties. The world couldn’t stop discussing the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case, Tatar said, because it tapped into notions of innocence and seduction, the central themes of “Little Red Riding Hood.” “Beauty and the Beast” addresses monstrosity and compassion; “Hansel and Gretel” touches on hostility and hospitality.The tales investigate “simple expressions of complex thought,” and through “a stunning economy of means they manage to produce thunderous effects.“As cultural taboos are made or undone, our stories are refashioned,” said Tatar, “and that’s why to me [fairy tales] remain relevant today, even as they present this wonderful whiff of the archaic.”Roxbury resident Rodney Singleton was impressed by Tatar’s emphasis on the deep cultural appeal of fairy tales. “I thought it was pretty compelling,” he said. “I never thought of them as tales for grown-ups, but I guess that’s true.”The next John Harvard Book Celebration event, “Telling War Stories: Reflections of a Civil War Historian,” will feature Harvard University President and Lincoln Professor of History Drew Faust. The lecture will be held April 10 at 6 p.m. at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.last_img read more

Harvard Kennedy School earns a Gold Starr

first_img Read Full Story Harvard Kennedy School has earned a Gold Starr.The Starr Auditorium renovation project, which was completed in the summer of 2013, earned LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in September.LEED is the USGBC’s leading rating system for designing and constructing energy efficient, high performing buildings.The purpose of the renovation was to raise the auditorium floor and change the slope of the room as well as improve the seating, teaching wall, and overall learning experience within the space. The LEED certification is based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. For instance, 91 percent of the waste from the project was recycled, occupancy sensors were tied to the heating and cooling system, and LED light fixtures — which last two times longer than fluorescent lights — were installed.“This project really went above and beyond what we expected,” said Michael Swenson, Green Building Services project manager.In line with the University-wide goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent below 2006 levels by 2016, HKS worked closely with Harvard Planning and Project Management to ensure sustainability and energy efficiency were at the center of all design decisions made throughout the Starr Auditorium renovation project.last_img read more

The things Harvard has

first_imgAmerican universities increasingly use their rich collections as important teaching tools, delving into their art museums, libraries, archives, and even arboretums to unlock and explore aspects of knowledge. On Friday, scholars from across Harvard will convene at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study for a symposium called “University as Collector.” Experts will discuss how a wide range of Harvard’s holdings, including scientific instruments and University portraits, help to advance Harvard’s mission. To learn more about the symposium, the Gazette spoke with an organizer, Yukio Lippit, the Johnson-Kulukundis Family Faculty Director of the Arts for Radcliffe’s Academic Ventures program, and professor of history of art and architecture.GAZETTE: How did you come up with the idea for a conference that explores Harvard’s collections?LIPPIT: The symposium grew out of a project initiated by my co-organizer, Julie Buckler, who is director of the humanities in the Academic Ventures program at the Radcliffe Institute, on cultural memory. It goes without saying that cultural memory can be preserved, inherited, conditioned, questioned, or even obscured and effaced through the transmission of objects and collections. Julie and I were struck by the degree to which universities seemed to be compelling sites to explore from this perspective. Not only are universities places where research is carried out, knowledge generated and passed on, and students trained, but they are also spaces where things accumulate — lots of things. Books are an obvious place to begin, but university objects are not limited to books. Other kinds of objects also accrue, sometimes purchased, at other times donated, sometimes purposefully, at other times accidentally or serendipitously. Sometimes they are just forgotten or neglected and left around. And while many of these objects are eventually gathered into and acknowledged as collections, in some cases they are simply assemblages of things that have sedimented over time.Harvard is no exception. Recognizing that we work in a particularly rich artifactual environment, Julie and I wanted to organize a symposium that examined these collected and accumulated objects in the University, in libraries, museums, and elsewhere, and bring them into dialogue. We wanted to understand what kinds of insights they yielded about the University through their specific trajectories, and how they have been activated on behalf of knowledge at Harvard and beyond. It was this set of questions that led to “University as Collector.” Unfortunately, we could only include a very small number of speakers and examine a limited array of objects and collections. It would be possible to organize a similar symposium every year and have each time an entirely different roster of participants, and address a dramatically different range of things.GAZETTE: Why is teaching with objects important?LIPPIT: I am an art historian and regularly teach with objects. Oftentimes the genesis of the research vectors I pursue can be traced back to these artworks. Much of my research and teaching is organized around the idea of moving outward in ever-larger concentric circles from an art object toward cultural history. Increasingly, object-centered teaching is being embraced across the disciplines, and with the materialist turn in the humanities, scholars are increasingly interested in more than the use of objects as narrative devices for the telling of history. They are finding new ways to understand how materials and processes of making generate knowledge in ways that differ from the study of texts.GAZETTE: What is the significance of having more and more of Harvard’s rich collections increasingly available online?LIPPIT: One of the interesting things about the digital age is that it sets in higher relief the importance of objects-based learning. There is nothing like the visceral experience of a direct encounter with an object, nothing like the ability to share the same space with it, understand its scale, engage it with one’s own senses. This experience generates new kinds of understanding and gives rise to different questions and different modes of discussion. Having Harvard’s collections available online is valuable because it enables such encounters.GAZETTE: In putting this symposium together, did you come across any collections that surprised you?LIPPIT: Well, there are all kinds of quirky and unusual things at Harvard, such as the antique clocks in University Hall and other administrative buildings. These were tremendously interesting to learn about. But equally surprising to us were the ways in which assemblages of things at Harvard really came to life, or could be viewed through an entirely new lens, once the term collection was applied to them. This pertains to everything from the buildings on campus to the portraits scattered throughout the University, and the trees in the Arboretum.GAZETTE: What other insights are you hoping to gain from this conference?LIPPIT: One of the interesting things I would like to better understand is how institutions like universities transmit knowledge and memory in intangible as well as tangible ways. Sometimes this is in the form of practices that are embodied but not necessarily manifest in the form of material objects. So I am also interested in the stories and insights that objects do not tell about the University and what the limitations of this approach are. This, for me, is what scholarly inquiry is all about. We are not just here to celebrate, but to understand.last_img read more

University announces temporary rector for Breen-Phillips Hall

first_imgDirector of residential life for rector recruitment, hiring and retention Breyan Tornifolio will act as the Breen-Phillips Hall interim rector throughout the rest of the spring semester, according to an email sent Friday to the Breen-Phillips community from Erin Hoffmann Harding, vice president of student affairs.Tornifolio previously supervised Sister Mary McNamara, the former rector of BP who died Feb. 7 due to complications following a stroke. According to the email, Tornifolio also served as rector of Pasquerilla East Hall from 2006 to 2009 and Ryan Hall from 2009 to 2013, for which she was the “inaugural rector.” She has taken on various leadership roles since then for the University, including being “the primary staff person for planning the University’s celebration” in honor of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh after his death in 2015, the email said.Tornifolio, who also serves as the chaplain of the women’s basketball team, graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University with a degree in psychology and earned her masters in higher education from Geneva College. In the email, Hoffmann Harding said the University administration will hire a permanent rector for Breen-Phillips Hall this spring as part of the regular hiring cycle for new rectors.Tags: Breen-Phillips Hall, interim rector, rector, Sister Mary McNamaralast_img read more

Governor Shumlin to refocus state’s relationship with UVM

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin gave the following address regarding the state of Vermont’s relationship with the University of Vermont. The public policy initiative, which would include the state college system, is to better focus the limited financial resources the state has into ‘maximum return on investment,’ as the governor put it, with particular focus on advancing science, engineering, technology and mathematics education.To this end, he announced a working group comprised of prominent Vermonters with ties to UVM and led by Nick Donofrio, a former top executive at IBM in Vermont. They are charged with identifying key issues between the state and the university and making recommendations that will be presented to the governor and the new UVM president next July. UVM Interim President John Bramley is also a member of the group.Shumlin made his remarks Tuesday afternoon at the Hoehl Gallery at the UVM College of Medicine.Remarks by Governor Peter ShumlinUniversity of VermontNovember 8, 2011Good afternoon and thank you for being here. I am here today on the University of Vermont campus to talk about the future of the university and its essential relationship with the state of Vermont. This is a topic that means a lot to me. I am convinced that Vermont can become known nationally as the Education State in the coming years, and that UVM will play a critical role in that evolution.To be clear, the state of higher education in Vermont is already strong. In addition to UVM, our state colleges and independent colleges consistently rank among the top in the nation. Young Vermonters and students from across the country are receiving a world-class education right now in the Green Mountain State. These schools have a $3 billion impact annually on Vermont’s economy.Since my focus today is on UVM, let me say a few words specifically about the University and its unique role in our state. UVM is a state treasure and a huge asset. It is the state’s only research university, contributing $1 billion a year to our economy. It retains and graduates Vermont students at record rates, and attracts thousands of young from across the nation and the world to study and live here. Its research and knowledge creation is key to Vermont’s future. Nearly 30,000 UVM graduates live and work here, contributing every day to our state’s quality of life.Just take a look at UVM’s vision and mission and you will hope, like I do, that the University succeeds in fulfilling them for the benefit of its students, our state, and our nation.UVM’s vision is, and I quote, ‘To be among the nation’s premier small research universities, preeminent in our comprehensive commitment to liberal education, environment, health, and public service.’The university’s mission is ‘To create, evaluate, share, and apply knowledge and to prepare students to be accountable leaders who will bring to their work dedication to the global community, a grasp of complexity, effective problem-solving and communication skills, and an enduring commitment to learning and ethical conduct.’Look around Vermont right now, and you will find the spirit of this mission hard at work. This University produces one of the best trained workforces in the country. Some of you may have heard of UVM graduates Briar and Adam Alpert. Their father, a UVM faculty member, founded BioTek Instruments, a cutting-edge manufacturer of medical equipment right here in Vermont. Briar and Adam have since taken over the company, and as creative entrepreneurs, they have made BioTek one of the best places to work in the state and business has thrived.Similarly, Steve Arms is the founder, President and CEO of MicroStrain, a company which develops and manufactures miniature sensors. Andrew Meyer has been busy since he graduated from UVM, founding the Center for an Agricultural Economy and helping to usher in a new era of innovative, value-added agriculture in Vermont. Other Vermont business leaders produced by this University include Jan Blittersdorf, President and CEO of NRG Systems, David Blittersdorf, President and CEO of AllEarth Renewables, Janette Bombardier, head of IBM’s Essex Plant, and the Pizzagalli brothers, leaders of PC Construction, one of the nation´s largest employee-owned contractors. UVM graduate Rich Tarrant is CEO and founder, with his two brothers, Jerry and Brian ‘ also graduates of the university — of Internet software firm MyWebGrocer. The list is endless.Because the futures of UVM and the state of Vermont are inextricably linked, I believe it is both appropriate and timely to take a hard look at the relationship between the state and the university. Vermont has always had limited resources to fund higher education in general and UVM in particular ‘ a reality made more stark by the continuing recession and the devastating impact of Tropical Storm Irene.The limited state resources we have available must be invested in Vermont’s only research university in strategically focused ways that have the maximum return on investment for Vermont and Vermonters. We have debated how UVM is funded and governed, but not taken action in nearly 60 years. The time to do so is now, with a strong sense of creativity, common sense, and focus on what is good for the future of both the state and the university.Before I lay out a proposal to examine the important relationship between the state and UVM, let me offer a brief historical context.The University of Vermont became public in 1955. At that time, there was no Vermont State College System and no Vermont Student Assistance Corporation. Since 1955, state funds for UVM have been spent in three basic ways: tuition offsets for Vermonters, support for the College of Medicine, and funding for Agricultural services. This year’s state appropriation was about $40 million, with an additional $1.8 million for capital expenditures. While these public dollars represent a small fraction of the combined revenues that support UVM’s $600 million plus operation, both UVM officials and I believe that it is very important that these funds be invested wisely and strategically to advance Vermonters job opportunities.I have made no secret of my concerns about some of the spending priorities UVM has made in recent years. Those concerns have been widely reported in the press, and I stand by those observations. I have said throughout some of these recent controversies, however, that my interest is not in criticizing the University for the sake of argument, but because I believe, working together, we can devise strategies for spending state dollars that produce better results for UVM, for our business community, and for the state.I believe these spending strategies should focus on a set of priorities that require making some hard long-term choices. These priorities include:â ¢ Preparing students for the jobs of the future by providing greater focus on the sciences, engineering, technology and mathematics.â ¢ Connecting the power of the research university and its educational programs to support and expand partnerships in the state’s business sector and economy.â ¢ Maintaining and innovating the essential infrastructure in agriculture that supports our economy and way of life, and fosters Vermont’s bright future as a quality food producer.â ¢ Supporting the transition to a health care system that contains costs, takes the burden off employers and strengthens health care delivery to keep Vermonters healthy.â ¢ Capitalizing on UVM’s leadership in environmental and complex systems ‘ systems that address one of my top priorities, the reality of our changing climate – by expanding its academic programs and offerings in climate change. I have long believed that the University can become a top national leader in this arena and am optimistic about the entrepreneurial opportunities in confronting climate change.â ¢ Preparing our students not only to get good jobs in Vermont when they graduate from UVM, but also for students to go out and create those good jobs as burgeoning entrepreneurs.â ¢ Collaborating with the Vermont State Colleges to ensure that our system of higher education is maximizing opportunities for students, limiting duplication, and increasing access, particularly for first generation college students.Since John Bramley became Interim President at UVM this summer, he and I have been engaged in a dialogue about these priorities and the relationship between the University and the state. While we may not agree on all issues regarding that relationship, I believe John and I share very similar views about the need to take a hard and realistic look at how we work together in the coming years and decades.Specifically, John and I agree that the current situation is not sustainable for the University or its students. We can do a better job of investing scarce state dollars in the disciplines and research that will be the economic engines of the next century. In my view, we are falling short of our goal of maximizing our return on state investment.A new strategy is needed, and today I am announcing a framework for developing that strategy.I have asked a group of eight highly skilled individuals with expertise in a wide range of disciplines, all of whom have deep ties with Vermont or the University of Vermont, to serve as an advisory group that develops ways to maximize the relationship between the University and the state.This group will be asked to examine a set of key issues related to that relationship, and provide recommendations to me and the incoming President of the University by July of next year. Their areas of focus will include, but not be limited to, the following areas:1. The differing roles of the University of Vermont and the Vermont State Colleges, and the implications and opportunities for program consolidation, reduction in duplication, and cost savings.2. Opportunities for public investment in high state priority programs and targeted scholarships at UVM with maximum return on investment, such as science, technology, engineering, and math.3. Directed scholarships in certain disciplines, incentives to stay in Vermont or return to Vermont.4. Other alternative, strategic approaches to focus and strengthen the relationship between UVM and Vermont for mutual benefit, including maximizing spires of excellence, innovation and job growth.The goal of this process is to engage in a strategic, data-driven dialogue that leads to specific, workable, and realistic outcomes.The group will meet regularly, both in person and virtually, and submit their recommendations to me and to the new UVM president taking office next summer. It will include the following individuals:â ¢ Nick Donofrio, chair. Nick is an innovator and entrepreneur and is the former Executive Vice President for Innovation and Technology at IBM and former General Manager of IBM’s plant in Essex.â ¢ Deb Granquist. Deb is a former banker and retired attorney who runs a consulting company to support non-profits. She is active in philanthropy and civic affairs and chairs several local and state boards.â ¢ Bill Wachtel. Bill is a UVM grad, attorney and founding partner of Wachtel & Masyr in New York. He is also the founder of several progressive organizations such as ‘Why Tuesday?, a non-partisan organization to increase voter turnout.â ¢ Peggy Williams. Peggy is President Amerita of Ithaca College and also served as President of Lyndon State College. Another UVM graduate, she holds several leadership positions in national organizations and promotes volunteerism, sustainability, diversity, and civil rights.â ¢ Emerson Lynn. Emerson is the editor-co-publisher of The St. Albans Messenger and co-publisher of The Milton Independent, The Essex Reporter and The Colchester Sun.â ¢ Bill Gilbert. Bill has served as a Trustee of the University of Vermont and has also served Vermont in a variety of notable public positions including Secretary of Administration for the late Gov. Richard Snelling.â ¢ Alma Arteaga. Alma is a junior at UVM majoring in Economics and Environmental Policy and Development and is active on issues impacting UVM and its students.â ¢ John Bramley will also serve as an ex-oficio member of the group.I am confident that these eight outstanding leaders in their fields will produce a thoughtful, provocative, compelling set of recommendations that the state and the University can implement in a timely manner.Let me close by reiterating my strong belief that the partnership between the University of Vermont and the state of Vermont is one that will continue to strengthen in the years ahead. UVM is an essential part of the Vermont culture, economy, and identity and will remain a top priority of the state of Vermont for my administration and many administrations to come.It is with tremendous optimism that I propose this re-examination of the relationship between the state and the University. We have a great opportunity to strengthen an already vibrant relationship. Working together, we will seize it.- 30 –last_img read more

Visa Foundation donates $4.5 million to help fight homelessness and poverty

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Helping underserved communities around the globe has been the focus of the Visa Foundation since it launched two years ago. In North America, we are applying the principles of the Visa Foundation to our local communities, starting with the San Francisco Bay Area, which has been the home to Visa for more than 60 years.The Bay Area is facing a poverty and homeless crisis. Recent estimates show that more than 35,000 homeless people live in all nine Bay Area counties — a 24% increase over 2017 – and 1.7 million people in the Bay Area are unable to meet their basic needs. In some communities, only three in 10 students graduate from college and three in four homeless youth come from foster care or the juvenile justice system.We at Visa recognize that something has to change, and it is our responsibility to give time and resources back to our neighbors. In that spirit, Visa and the Visa Foundation have made the decision to support two leading local organizations in a variety of ways, The Tipping Point Community which works with 50 local NGOs across six Bay Area counties to educate, employ and house those in need; and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), which provides medical and mental health services to homeless and at-risk populations through local hospitals, clinics and roving medical teams.The Visa Foundation is donating $3M to Tipping Point to provide vulnerable communities with pathways to economic opportunity, and $1.5M to UCSF to fund mental health programs for at-risk youth and chronically homeless populations. My colleagues – Oliver Jenkyn, President, North America recently joined the board of Tipping Point, and Ryan McInerney, President, Visa Inc. has been on the Executive Council of UCSF since April 2018. continue reading »last_img read more

Indonesia’s palm oil exports drop 19% in first two months

first_img“Lower exports to China was likely a result of the COVID-19 outbreak while lower exports to Africa was likely caused by high prices,” the association said in a statement issued on Tuesday.Read also: In Papua, forests offer more economic benefits than oil palm plantations, research finds“Meanwhile, [we] projected lower exports to India occurred as importers were hesitant to make buying contracts following the plan to limit palm oil imports by India’s government.”Gapki data show the palm oil stockpile stood at 4.08 million tons by the end of February, down from 4.54 million tons at the end of January.The palm oil industry is one of Indonesia’s major foreign exchange earners, contributing US$3.5 billion until February to non-oil and gas exports.Editor’s note: The article has been revised to include the correct figures for palm oil exports in January-February 2019 and in consequence, the percentage decline in exports.Topics : Indonesia’s palm oil exports, including oleochemicals and palm oil kernel, dropped nearly 19 percent in the January to February period driven by lower exports to China as the coronavirus pandemic took a toll on the country’s top export commodity.The Indonesian Palm Oil Producers Association (Gapki) said palm oil exports in the first two months of this year were at 4.93 million tons, a 1.2 million ton decrease from 6.13 million tons shipped in the same period last year.Palm oil exports to major market China nosedived by 500,000 tons compared to the same period last year, while exports to India fell by 188,000 tons and exports to Africa were down by 250,000 tons.last_img read more

Trump-touted hydroxychloroquine shows no benefit in COVID-19 prevention: Study

first_imgIn the study of 125 participants, four who had taken hydroxychloroquine as a preventative treatment for eight weeks contracted COVID-19, and four on placebo tested positive for the virus.All eight were either asymptomatic or had mild symptoms that did not require hospitalization, according to the results published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal.The research shows that routine use of the drug cannot be recommended among healthcare workers to prevent COVID-19, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania said.The study authors said it was possible that a trial conducted in a community with higher prevalence of the disease could allow detection of a greater benefit from the drug.In the latest trial, which was terminated before it could reach its enrollment target of 200 participants, mild side effects such as diarrhea were more common in participants taking the malaria drug compared to placebo. Topics : A malaria drug taken by US President Donald Trump to prevent COVID-19 did not show any benefit versus placebo in reducing coronavirus infection among healthcare workers, according to clinical trial results published on Wednesday.The study largely confirms results from a clinical trial in June that showed hydroxychloroquine was ineffective in preventing infection among people exposed to the new coronavirus.Trump began backing hydroxychloroquine early in the pandemic and told reporters in May he started taking the drug after two White House staffers tested positive for COVID-19. Studies have found the drug to offer little benefit as a treatment.last_img read more

Nacho Monreal posts emotional farewell to Arsenal fans after sealing transfer

first_imgMonreal has returned to Spain (Picture: Getty)Nacho Monreal issued an emotional goodbye to Arsenal and the fans ahead of the club’s North London derby against Tottenham.The left-back joined Real Sociedad this weekend, ending a six-and-a-half-year spell with the Gunners.Monreal was told his opportunities this season would be limited once summer signing Kieran Tierney was fully fit and decided to return to Spain.The 33-year-old posted a message on social media on Sunday and explained the best option for his family was to join a new club.ADVERTISEMENT Nacho Monreal posts emotional farewell to Arsenal fans after sealing transfer Coral BarrySunday 1 Sep 2019 3:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link510Shares SPONSORED Top articles About Connatix V67539 Comment Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Coming Next Monreal’s last game for Arsenal was against Liverpool (Picture: Getty)‘Different country, city, language, football style, team-mates, where it’s not the best conditions for a shy person as me, but I knew I have to be there!‘Almost seven years later it’s time to say goodbye, it hasn’t been an easy decision, but thinking of my family and my future it feels that it is the right decision.‘I would like to say thank you to all my team mates, staff, and all the people who work for Arsenal and especially to the fans for all the respect and love they have always shown me.‘I’ll always remember you. THANKS. P.S. Now it’s time to win the North London Derby.’MORE: Arsenal legend Martin Keown tells Unai Emery what formation to pick against TottenhamMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement He wrote: ’31st January, 2013. Malaga. I wake up, check my phone and have two calls from Santi Cazorla. I call him and he asks me if I want to play for Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Ten hours later I was an Arsenal player. Sometimes football is simple. Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE / Read More by Metro Read More Full Screen 1/1 Read More Skip Ad Video Settings 1 min. story Read More PLAY Skip Read More Advertisementlast_img read more

​Coronavirus: Premier League and EFL ban pre-match handshakes

first_img “Coronavirus is spread via droplets from the nose and mouth and can be transmitted on to the hands and passed on via a handshake.” Read Also:‘Near-isolation’ – coronavirus throws S. Korea Olympic plans into chaos A statement from the English Football League said: “Whilst the government guidance does remain unchanged, a decision has been taken on medical advice and as a precautionary measure.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?A Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows Better10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket40 Child Stars Who Look Incredibly Gorgeous As AdultsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs Loading… Premier League and EFL have said pre-match handshakes between both teams and officials will not take place until further notice because of fears over the spread of coronavirus, reports BBC Sport. The teams will still line up as usual but the home team will walk past the away side without shaking hands. A statement on the Premier League’s website said: “The Premier League fair-play handshake will not take place between players and match officials from this weekend until further notice based on medical advice.Advertisementlast_img read more