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Harvard tennis pro nabs honors

first_imgMichael L. Mercier has been named Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) Member of the Year for the State. The award is presented to a PTR member who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR.As the head tennis professional at Harvard, Mercier teaches a large and varied population of tennis players: undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and local residents.  Mercier’s aim at Harvard is to foster a welcoming environment that encourages people of all abilities, and from an almost limitless variety of backgrounds, to enjoy the sport of competitive tennis. He achieves this by providing tennis lessons and high-performance clinics; organizing Harvard alumni events; offering professional racquet stringing to the Harvard community and to both men’s and women’s varsity teams; running recreational clinics and events for adults and juniors; advising the Harvard men’s and women’s club teams (USTA New England Champions); and serving as tennis director for the annual Special Olympics hosted at Harvard.last_img read more

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Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg ends presidential candidacy ahead of Super Tuesday

first_imgMary Bernard | The Observer Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Century Center on Sunday night, where he officially announced an end to his 2020 presidential candidacy.Buttigieg said suspending his campaign was the “responsible” thing to do.While Buttigieg did not endorse another candidate during his speech on Sunday night, he is planning to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday, according to a report from Reuters.“The truth is the path has narrowed to a close, for our candidacy if not for our cause,” he said. “ … We have a responsibility to consider the effect of remaining in this race any further. Our goal has always been to help unify America to defeat Donald Trump and win the era for our values. So we must recognize that at this point in the race the best way to keep faith with those goals and ideals is to step aside and help bring our country and party together.”He thanked the citizens of South Bend, the Pete For America staff and the other candidates — those who have dropped out and those who remain. Chasten Buttigieg, Buttigieg’s husband, took the stage first — at times, fighting back tears. He remembered the moment Buttigieg first mentioned running for president and how their relationship grew. “After falling in love with Pete, Pete got me to believe in myself again,” he said. The atmosphere was mixed before the announcement, which an estimated 500 people attended. One woman, dressed in Pete For America apparel, was crying. Others hugged, comforting each other. But the mood was still hopeful.Marty Kennedy, a Notre Dame sophomore and South Bend native, attended the announcement and saluted the city’s native son for his efforts.“It’s a proud moment,” Kennedy said. “South Bend fought, South Bend showed up and South Bend won … it’s a moment people will look back on with hope and pride — in every sense of the word.”Senior Andrew Jarocki, a registered Republican, attended the announcement. “There’s not a lot of candidates that I would come out for to see their goodbye or their thank you,” Jarocki said. “I thought Pete was a much-needed candidate to spice things up and add to the discourse.”Despite his partisanship, he appreciated Buttigieg’s rhetoric, especially compared to the “vocabulary and vision” of President Donald Trump, Jarocki said. “Pete was definitely a breath of fresh air,” Jarocki said. “ … While I might not agree with it in some ways, at least he has a really bold vision and I appreciated that.”Mara Trionfero Lucas, an assistant director at McWell, was also at the Century Center for the announcement.  “It was beautiful to see South Bend celebrate across the nation,” Trionfero Lucas said. She said she felt hopeful, but sad. Trionfero Lucas hoped the crowd showed Buttigieg the support the city had for him. “Wherever he goes next, we’ve got his back,” she said. Buttigieg won the Iowa caucuses earlier this month, and came in a close second to Senator Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire primary less than a week later.However, Buttigieg has struggled to gain traction since then. He received 14.3% of the vote in the Nevada caucuses, good enough for a third place finish behind Sanders and former vice president Joe Biden, respectively. He attracted only 8.2% of the vote in Saturday’s South Carolina primary, behind Biden, Sanders and billionaire Tom Steyer.The decision comes before 14 states hold their primaries on this week on Super Tuesday.There was a palpable sense among the crowd that this campaign was just the start of Buttigieg’s career in national politics. During his speech, the crowd broke into chants of “2024! 2024!” in reference to the next presidential election cycle.As he ended his speech, Buttigieg expressed hope for the country’s future.“I firmly believe that in these years — in our time — we can and will make American life and politics more like what it could be,” he said. “Not just more wise and more prosperous but more equitable, more just and more decent.”Buttigieg was the mayor of South Bend from 2012 to 2020. Mayor James Mueller took office Jan. 1 of this year. This report was updated at 3:08 p.m. on March 2.Tags: 2020 presidential election, Pete Buttigeig, primaries Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, announced at the Century Center on Sunday night that he was dropping out of the presidential race. He discussed the necessity to support the eventual democratic nominee, his gratitude for his supporters and his vision for the future of America. “I urge everyone who supported me to continue with the cause,” Buttigieg said. “ … There is simply too much at stake to retreat to the sidelines at a time like this.”last_img read more

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Vermont Launches ‘Apples to iPods’ at Pick Your Own Apple Orchards

first_imgVermont Launches ‘Apples to iPods’ at Pick Your Own Apple OrchardsWHAT: State of Vermont, Small Dog Electronics and Apple Growers to Announce Annual “Apples to iPods” PromotionSHELBURNE, Vt. – Visitors to Vermont’s pick-your-own orchards will once again have a chance to win an iPod during the second annual “Apples to iPods” fall promotion that will kick off on Sept. 15.The promotion is sponsored in partnership by Small Dog Electronics, the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture.One specially marked wooden apple will be placed in apple trees at each of Vermont’s 24 pick-your-own orchards. Customers who find the wooden apple replicas will win an Apple iPod Nano, Shuffle or Touch sold by Vermont’s Apple Specialist, Small Dog Electronics.WHEN: Monday, September 15, 2008 – 10:30 a.m.WHERE: Shelburne Orchard, 216 Orchard Road, Shelburne, VTA map for Shelburne Orchard can be found online at www.shelburneorchards.com/htm/map.htm(link is external)###last_img read more

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Become a Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine Sponsored Athlete

first_imgAny athletes out there interested in joining BRO’s elite ambassador team? Team members get a $300 yearly stipend for race entry fees, gear, and travel, along with a BRO-branded performance shirt. In exchange, athletes participate in at least four regional events each year and provide race reports and photos to share with our readers. Even if you’re already sponsored, you can still join the team.We’re looking for some of the top trail runners, mountain bikers, road cyclists, skiers, snowboarders, paddlers, hikers, and climbers in the region.Email will at blueridgeoutdoors dot com for more info.last_img read more

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Lawyers learn how to represent kids

first_img February 1, 2004 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Lawyers learn how to represent kids Lawyers learn how to represent kids Associate Editor Patrick Neale, a government and land use lawyer in Marco Island, admits when he walked in the door of the seminar offering an overview of how to represent children in court, he was undecided about actually agreeing to take a case.He dutifully checked the box that said he agreed to represent a child. That was his ticket to get CLE credits without paying a fee for a seminar titled, “Children Are in Need — Every Lawyer Can Help: What You Can Do and How to Do It.”By the time the three-hour seminar ended January 16, at the Bar’s Midyear Meeting in Miami, Neale said he was definitely inspired to take a case. Later, he’ll fill out a “validation form” that shows he did indeed take a case.“I said to myself, ‘Why don’t you just listen to what you tell others? Get out of your comfort zone,’” Neale said.That was the idea behind the seminar sponsored by an unprecedented partnership between the Public Interest Law Section, often dubbed “the conscience of the Bar,” and the largest section with plenty of resources, the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section.It was designed not for the experienced child advocate who already knows the ins and outs of dependency and family courts, but for lawyers who practice in a variety of fields and are willing to accept Bar President Miles McGrane’s challenge to represent a child.“Simply said, children are my agenda,” McGrane told the lawyers. In his travels around the state, he said, “Many of our members have told me they would like to help but didn’t know how to get started, and that’s exactly why this program was developed.. . . Your knowledge and ability as a lawyer is truly in great need. Today, there are less than 20 full-time legal aid attorneys providing children’s services. That’s one legal aid attorney for every 31,000 children in our state.” On this Friday afternoon, 89 lawyers participated in the seminar. Of those, 54 people committed to represent at least one child. And many of the others were already in jobs, such as legal aid or legal service lawyers, where they could provide representation.For Neale, it was also a way to be a better volunteer in his community. He’s already involved in the United Way in Collier County; he’s on the board of the YMCA; and he’s president-elect of Youth Haven, a children’s emergency shelter.“I thought it would help me be a better board member and understand children’s issues,” Neale said.“What I loved about the seminar was it gave you just enough information in each area to titillate your interest. When I want to know more, I can go to the materials for more depth. It was fabulous. I believe I may be able to use my areas of expertise to help a child or even a children’s charity with a zoning issue. It will allow me to use my education to help a child.”The afternoon lineup of nine children’s advocacy experts included former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, who, in her keynote address, said,“To be an advocate for children is one of the great missions a lawyer can undertake. Lawyers can also be great problem-solvers, and I’d like to see us do more problem-solving up-front to avoid the crisis that occurs and necessitates the advocacy.”Reno told the lawyers gathered to “believe in yourself. Believe you can make a difference. I salute you.”Tasha Ruiz, a 22-year-old graduate of Florida’s foster care system, gave a first-person account of how a lawyer made a big difference in her life.“I came into foster care when I was 4. My mom left me and I became a foster child. I was moved around to several foster homes. I never had a permanent foster home. I lived in a lot of group homes,” Ruiz said. “I was separated from my sister. I didn’t know I had a sister, actually, until I was 11 or 12 years old. I had a hard time in DCF (Department of Children and Families). I never had anybody represent me. I never had nobody to talk to. And whatever I went through, basically, I went through on my own. I experienced it on my own.”She told the lawyers gathered that she was raped and abused as a child in state custody.“The reason I am here today is because I am really here for the rest of the kids in DCF right now. I feel every child deserves somebody to represent them, especially those ages when they are a teenager. DCF never listened to me when I made my own representation.”When Carolyn Salisbury, chair-elect of PILS, became her lawyer, Ruiz said, “I started seeing a difference. She fought for me. She listened to me. When I did need a lawyer, she was my friend. There are kids out there right now that need someone to talk to.. . I am very glad to see a lot of people here today. It shows a lot on your behalf. You could be doing something else. I want you all to take into consideration the rest of kids in DCF going through hard struggles.”Gerard Glynn, executive director of Florida’s Children First!, began his segment with the sobering 2002 death review committee’s report released in December 2003: 78 children in Florida died from abuse or neglect.“The sadness was not these figures, but that we don’t hear about these deaths,” Glynn said. “Children die, and it doesn’t make the news.”The 50,000 children in DCF custody, Glynn said, need a legal voice to protect their legal interests. He explained that lawyers can serve as an attorney for the guardian ad litem, as a guardian ad litem, or as an attorney for the child.“We need lawyers to do all these things,” said Glynn, adding that organizations such as FCF!, Lawyers for Children America, and the Orange County Bar’s Legal Aid Society are ready to provide guidance and mentorship.Lawyers don’t have to commit to take a case from beginning to end, Glynn said, but can commit to handle a portion of a case.Glynn challenged the lawyers at the seminar to treat children clients as they would any other client, just as the Rules of Professional Responsibility require.“Lawyers are not being asked to be social workers. They are being asked to be lawyers who zealously represent their clients,” Glynn said. “If a lawyer takes one of these clients, they should exceed standards and not be another disappointment to these children.”If lawyers are willing to represent a child, Glynn promised the rewards will be great.“Even if the child doesn’t reach a legal goal of a permanent family, the lawyer will be thanked by his or her client just for listening and giving the child a voice.”last_img read more

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Published results of the research “Attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia – TOMAS Summer 2017.”

first_imgToday, the results of the research are in the Ministry of Tourism “Attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia – TOMAS Summer 2017.” presented by the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, the Director of the Main Office of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić and the project manager “TOMAS Summer 2017″ at the Institute of Tourism, Zrinka Marušić.The research was conducted by the Institute of Tourism from July to October 2017 in seven coastal counties, covering 67 major places along the coast and on islands on a sample of 5.950 respondents from 18 emitting markets. Through this research, data on the socio-demographic structure of guests, characteristics of travel and stay in the destination, consumption and guest satisfaction with our tourist offer were collected and analyzed.”Through this research, we gained insight into the opinions of guests about our tourism products, the motivation of their arrival and their consumption, which is extremely important to us for the preparation of future programs and activities. I am extremely glad that these results confirmed that our activities so far have contributed to positive steps in the development of Croatian tourism, that guest consumption is increasing and that Croatia is not only recognized as a destination of sun and sea but also of great importance gastronomy, active vacation and other selective forms of tourism. This research is a good indicator of how the perception and attitudes of tourists are changing very quickly and that is why it is necessary to continuously improve and adapt to market needs in order to ensure long-term success in tourism.”Minister Cappelli pointed out.”The obtained research results will be used in further design and implementation of key activities related to strengthening the national tourist brand of the country, and we received quality information that will be extremely useful to us in the Croatian National Tourist Board, but also to colleagues from the tourist board system. , marketing and PR activities. Insight into the motivation, attitudes, demand, but also possible criticism of our guests allow us to more precisely and concretely create and direct our promotional activities to precisely targeted guests in accordance with their preferences. These results show how fast the trends in tourism are changing and how important it is to follow these dynamics in order to maintain a competitive position on the world tourist map.”, Said director Staničić, noting that today the basic sources of information are the Internet and social networks, as well as special modern digital projects in which Croatia does not lag behind but imposes trends, which is confirmed by the award-winning eVisitor system.”The results of the TOMAS research and the resulting trends clearly indicate the importance of continuous monitoring of guest profiles, their consumption and satisfaction in order to, on the one hand, monitor the effects of their activities, and on the other hand identify potential challenges in time and really manage tourism development in Croatia.. “Believes the director of the Institute of Tourism Damir Krešić.Compared to 2014, the average daily consumption of tourists increased by 19 percent The results of the survey conducted in 2017 showed visible changes in the attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia compared to 2014, when this survey was last conducted. The average daily consumption of tourists according to the survey is 79 euros per person per night which represents a growth of about 19 percent compared to 2014 when it was 66 euros. In the structure of average daily expenditures, 49 percent refers to the accommodation service, 17 percent to the food and beverage service outside the accommodation service, and 34 percent to all other services. While expenditures on accommodation increased by about 7 percent, expenditures on all other services increased by 33 percent, ie the importance of non-accommodation consumption increased. On average, guests from the USA (158 euros), Great Britain (139 euros), Spain (126 euros), Russia (121 euros) and guests from Scandinavian countries (119 euros) spent the most.When it comes to guest structure, research results show how it is average age of tourists visiting Croatia 41,5 years, of which 54 percent are tourists aged 30 to 49, 19 percent are younger than 30, and 27 percent are older than 50. Compared to 2014, the share of tourists with a monthly household income of more than 3.000 euros has increased significantly (from 26 percent in 2014 to 40 percent in 2017). Most guests come accompanied by a partner (48 percent), followed by arrival in the family circle (38 percent) and then with friends (10 percent), and this is also the first time since the research that arrival with a partner has become the most common form of arrival when it comes to escorts.The share of ‘new’ guests has increased significantly, ie those visiting Croatia for the first time (from 18 percent in 2014 to 33 percent in 2017) It is still the most common means of arrival in Croatia by car (78 percent) ), but aircraft use is growing (from 11 percent in 2014 to 15 percent in 2017), and the share of bus arrivals is falling (from 7 percent to 4 percent).Enogastronomy, sports, health and other forms of tourism are increasingly important motives for the arrival of guestsAlthough vacation at sea (passive vacation) motivates more than half of all guests (55 percent) to come to Croatia, its importance has significantly decreased compared to 2014 (from 75 percent to 55 percent), while on the other hand increasing importance when choosing Croatia as a destination, they have gastronomy and motives related to active holidays. Experience and experiences (31 percent), gastronomy (29 percent), getting to know natural beauties (26 percent), entertainment (24 percent), sports and recreation (20 percent) and a number of other motives such as wellness (8 percent) appear as a motive for coming. percent), health reasons (7 percent), etc.The main source of information is the Internet, on which 44 percent of guests rely (44 percent in 2017 compared to 30 percent in 2014). The Internet is followed by the media through which information is collected by 25 percent of tourists, recommendations from relatives and friends (24 percent) and previous stay (18 percent). Every second guest book accommodation directly with the accommodation facility, and 38 percent use the services of a travel agency when booking accommodation. Also, the share of guests who book accommodation in advance increases; the share of guests who use the services of a travel agency increased by 12 percentage points, and by 8 percentage points of those who book accommodation directly with the accommodation facility. The share of those who book accommodation more than three months before departure is growing.Croatia is ahead of the competition in the quality of accommodation and catering offer, the beauty of the landscape and cleanliness and safetyAccording to the respondents, the best rated elements of Croatia’s offer are the beauty of nature and landscape, the kindness of the staff in the accommodation facility, personal safety, the convenience of spending a family vacation and the atmosphere (‘atmosphere’). At the same time, these aspects of the offer, along with the quality of the accommodation and catering offer, are elements by which the respondents gave better marks to Croatia than to competing destinations such as Portugal, Spain, Italy, Turkey, France, Greece, Slovenia, Montenegro.Attachment:PRESENTATION TOMAS SUMMER 2017 ENTIRE RESEARCH TOMAS SUMMER 2017last_img read more

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Austria partially lifts travel warnings for parts of Croatia

first_imgReturning from these counties to Austria will no longer require a COVID test or mandatory self-isolation. See more information on the pages Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria. As of tomorrow, Austria will partially cancel travel warnings for some counties in Croatia. Namely, as of October 17, 2020, a level 4 travel warning for Brod-Posavina County, Istria County, Koprivnica-Križevci County, Osijek-Baranja County, Šibenik-Knin County, Varaždin County and Zadar County. last_img read more

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Taliban fought IS with ‘limited’ US military support, US general reveals

first_imgHe was called to testify about the situation in Afghanistan following a peace deal that the United States signed with the Taliban February 29 in Doha.Under the agreement, the United States committed to the withdrawal of all foreign fores within 14 months in return for a Taliban pledge to tackle jihadists such as the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda, and hold peace talks with the Afghan government.”Over the last several months in eastern Afghanistan we’ve watched the Taliban compress and crush the ISIS presence on the ground in southern Nangarhar province, and they’ve been very effective doing that,” McKenzie said, using an alternate acronym for Islamic State.”There was very limited support from us,” he said, without elaborating further on the role US forces played. “They have demonstrated a capability to do it. It was a bloody mess, but they did it,” the US general said. “ISIS really now no longer holds ground in Nangarhar province.”McKenzie, however, said he was “less optimistic” about the Taliban taking on Al-Qaeda, the jihadists who plotted the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States from their base in then Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.”That’s something they’re going to have to demonstrate that has not yet been demonstrated,” McKenzie said.McKenzie reminded lawmakers that the Taliban must meet its commitments for there to be a withdrawal.”We don’t need to trust them, we don’t need to like them, we don’t need to believe anything they say, we need to observe what they do,” McKenzie said.McKenzie said that the US military has yet to prepare a military plan for a total withdrawal from Afghanistan.Topics : The Taliban has shown that it can fight and defeat Islamic State group jihadists in Afghanistan, a top US general said Tuesday, revealing for the first time that it had done so in recent months with “very limited” US military support.”It was a bloody mess, but they did it,” General Kenneth McKenzie, head of the US Central Command, said of the Taliban’s virtual defeat of IS in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province in recent months.McKenzie disclosed the US military support for the Taliban operation in congressional testimony, but provided few details on the role played by US forces.last_img read more

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GE plans to stop making coal-fired power plants

first_img“GE’s exit from building new coal-fired power — after decades as a leader in this space — is an acknowledgement that growth in the energy sector will no longer be in coal,” said Kathy Hipple, a financial analyst at Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “The market will ultimately reward GE for exiting new coal builds.”The move also makes GE’s portfolio more ESG (environment, social and governance) centric, according to Wolfe Research analyst Nigel Coe, with the coal and steam equipment business being relatively small at about US$1 billion of its annual revenues.Shares of the company that also makes aircraft engines tumbled about 9 percent on Monday, which analysts said was unrelated to the announcement.Industrial peers Honeywell and 3M Co were down about 6 percent, as Wall Street’s main indexes hit their lowest in nearly seven weeks over concerns about fresh coronavirus-driven lockdowns.Topics : General Electric Co said on Monday it plans to stop making coal-fired power plants, as the United States industrial conglomerate focuses more on renewable sources of power generation.The company said the exit from the business could include divestitures, site closings and job cuts, while it works with its customers to complete existing obligations.GE has said in the past it would focus less on fossil fuels and more on renewable energy, reflecting a growing acceptance of clean power sources by utilities.last_img read more

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Mikel Arteta’s new signing Gabriel explains why he admires Arsenal star David Luiz ‘very much’

first_imgAdvertisement Skip Ad 1/1 Full Screen PLAY SPONSORED Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 2 Sep 2020 12:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kShares Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Coming Next 1 min. story Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Video Settings There is now a growing contingent of Brazilians at Arsenal and Gabriel says he has always admired one of them ‘very much’.‘For sure David Luiz is an example, he is a player I admire very much,’ Gabriel told Arsenal Digital. ‘I was always a big fan of him and everything he achieved.‘I watched him since I was a kid, I played video games with his character and today it is a dream come true to be here with him and hopefully play next to him soon. About Connatix V67539 Skip Read More Read More / Read More by Metro Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Gabriel has become Mikel Arteta’s latest signing at Arsenal (Picture: YouTube / Arsenal)Mikel Arteta’s latest signing Gabriel has revealed his admiration for new Arsenal team-mate David Luiz and says it is a ‘dream come true’ to join his compatriot at the Emirates.Arsenal officially confirmed the transfer of Lille defender Gabriel on Tuesday, with the 22-year-old completing a £27million move to the Emirates and signing a long-term deal with the club.The Gunners beat off competition from the likes of Manchester United and Napoli to sign the centre-back, who started all six of Lille’s Champions League games last season.Gabriel became Arteta’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of fellow Brazilian Willian from Chelsea on a free transfer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Top articles ‘We did not talk about [details], he just told me he is aware of my quality, my capacity and how far I can go. He also said he will be very demanding with me.‘I know he is a great coach and I will make progress with his help.’Arsenal begin the 2020-21 Premier League campaign on September 12 against newly-promoted London rivals Fulham.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Paris Saint-Germain snub chance to sign Arsenal outcast Matteo GuendouziMORE: Emiliano Martinez wanted by former Arsenal manager Unai Emery at Villarreal Comment Mikel Arteta’s new signing Gabriel explains why he admires Arsenal star David Luiz ‘very much’ LONDON IS RED ⚪️🔴🤩— Gabriel Magalhaes (@biel_m04) September 1, 2020 Advertisement Read More ‘It is always good to have Brazilian players at the club to welcome me, it is very important for me. I don’t speak English very well and I will try to learn as fast as I can.‘Nicolas Pepe is also a good friend of mine, also David they messaged me and welcomed me, this is very important to me and makes me very happy.‘I cannot wait to meet the rest of the squad, Willian and Gabriel Martinelli too.’Gabriel has also explained how Arsenal manager Arteta and technical director Edu convinced him to join the Premier League club amid interest from elsewhere.More: 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 CityHe added: ‘[Edu and I] had several chats about Arsenal and the new project, we had many good conversations.‘As the days went by I was getting very excited about it, then I had a call from the coach and that was very reassuring.‘Having the coach himself calling you to say he wants you in his squad motivates you a lot. That is the very reason I am here today. Read Morelast_img read more