COVID reinfections are possible. Should we worry?

first_imgThe patient walked into the Washoe County community testing station in the US state of Nevada on April 18 with a sore throat, dry cough and a headache, but no reason to worry.He was only 25, had no prior medical conditions, and although the PCR nasal-swab test for COVID-19 he took came back positive, he was soon feeling well again.Thirty five days later, he was rushed to the emergency room, short of breath and with a raging fever, and placed on oxygen support. Other viruses While it is hard to say for certain how widespread or frequent COVID-19 reinfections will end up being, scientists can look to similar viruses for clues.Lia van der Hoek, an expert on coronaviruses at Amsterdam UMC, has studied the pathogens for decades.She was the lead author on a paper published last month in Nature Medicine investigating the four other coronaviruses that humans can catch. The study charted 10 healthy individuals over the course of more than 30 years, and found that patients were infected multiple times with the virus. One patient was infected on 17 separate occasions over the study period. “COVID-19 will probably behave the same,” she told AFP. Shaman also studied the circulation of other coronaviruses, following 12 healthy individuals and proving they could be reinfected a second time. He said that evidence from other respiratory viruses suggested widespread reinfections of COVID-19 was by no means impossible. COVID-19 ‘never going away’ While many governments are basing their hopes of a full economic recovery on a vaccine, Van der Hoek said there may never be a single, entirely effective COVID-19 failsafe.”The problem with coronavirus antibodies is that they wane so quickly and you can get reinfected with the same strain,” she said. “So it could be that you need repeated [COVID-19] vaccinations all the time.”This one will never go away. There is no way we can get rid of it. It will stay with us for the rest of humanity.” Too soon to tell? Frederic Altare, director of Immunology at the Inserm Research Centre of Oncology and Immunology Nantes-Angers, said there was currently little evidence that COVID-19 reinfection was going to be a “major issue” given the low case figures.”With the number of people who have been infected there are only a dozen or so proven reinfections — that’s not much,” he told AFP.But others said it was difficult to accurately gauge reinfection numbers given the relative lack of testing during the first wave this spring. In other words, many people could have in theory been infected in March or April and remained asymptomatic, only to test positive later in the year when they were reinfected, but this time with symptoms. According to Jeffrey Shaman, professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, the main obstacle to ascertaining reinfection numbers is that SARS-CoV-2 — unlike other coronaviruses that circulate among humans — is brand new, epidemiologically speaking. “The world has only been dealing with this for a number of months,” he told AFP. “We don’t know if [reinfection] is going to be common or as likely to be equally severe as the initial infection.”It’s really important to understand what this virus is ultimately going to do and how challenging it’s going to be to make a universal vaccine,” Shaman said. He had become the first confirmed US case of COVID-19 reinfection. Up to now, there have been only a handful of similar cases worldwide, and experts say it is too early to draw sweeping conclusions from such a small head count.But the prospect of getting reinfected with COVID-19 — and getting even sicker the second time around — could have a significant impact on how governments chart the path out of the pandemic.In particular, reinfections may render the idea of herd immunity — that is, a sufficiently high percentage of people eventually becoming immune to COVID-19 — unrealistic.center_img “Reinfection cases mean that in some people, the immune response is not enough to protect them from infection or disease,” Akiko Iwasaki, a professor of Immunobiology and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University, told AFP.”Reinfections from SARS-CoV-2 [the virus that causes COVID-19] mean that immunity acquired through natural infection is not perfect.”Researchers who documented the Nevada patient’s case offered a number of possible explanations as to how he could have gotten sick twice.He may have been exposed to a very high dose of the virus the second time around, triggering a more acute reaction.Alternatively, it may have been a more virulent strain of the virus. The study, published this week in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, listed other confirmed reinfections in Belgium, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Ecuador. Topics : Herd immunity ‘dangerous’ On Monday researchers in the Netherlands released the case study of a 89-year-woman who died after contracting COVID-19 twice.She had been treated for cancer, and her immune system was damaged as a result, making her more susceptible to severe infection.As the world searches for a vaccine, Iwasaki said that any eventually safe and universal inoculation would need to generate higher levels and longer lasting immunity in people than through natural infection.”Fortunately, some vaccine candidates appear to do exactly that.”But reinfections likely meant that any hope of naturally occurring herd immunity “would not be possible”, Iwasaki said.”Based on what we know about COVID-19, it would be too dangerous to try to achieve herd immunity through natural exposure to this virus, as it can be lethal or detrimental in people of all ages.”There is also the grim prospect of so-called antibody dependent enhancement — when antibodies actually make subsequent infections worse, such as with dengue fever.While there is currently no proof that occurs with COVID-19, Shaman said he knows of no-one who can rule that out.last_img read more

Tottenham or Ajax? Paul Merson makes prediction for Champions League semi-final

first_imgTottenham or Ajax? Paul Merson makes prediction for Champions League semi-final Tottenham face Ajax for a place in the Champions League final (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson is confident that Tottenham will reach the Champions League final as they will be ‘too strong’ for a relatively inexperienced Ajax side.Tottenham booked their place in the last four of the competition for the first time since 1961/62 following a dramatic quarter-final victory over Manchester City on Wednesday night.Fernando Llorente’s bundled finish in the 73rd minute of the quarter-final second leg sent Spurs through on away goals and Mauricio Pochettino’s men will do battle with giant-killers Ajax for a place in the final.Ajax have already knocked Real Madrid and Juventus out of the competition but Arsenal legend Merson has predicted that Tottenham will emerge from the semi-final triumphant.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CitySpeaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate, Merson said: ‘To go to Manchester City and beat them… everybody in Europe will be looking at this result. Everybody will be going: “wow!”‘It’s not just that they’ve gone through but they’ve scored three goals [away from home].‘I know they have let in four but these are two legged-games. Anybody wins on a one-off game, I’ve seen it a million times in FA Cup shocks and 90 minutes… but it’s two legs. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Apr 2019 2:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link226Shares Comment Llorente’s goal sent Spurs through on away goals (Picture: Getty)Merson believes Juventus and Madrid took ‘liberties’ with Ajax and Tottenham pose a more serious threat to their Champions League hopes.‘They play without fear but this is the Champions League semi-final now. This is not your league games or going to Juventus where you’ve got nothing to lose or to Real Madrid where you’ve got nothing to lose,’ he added.‘The other teams took liberties with them but Tottenham won’t do that. Tottenham will give them respect and they’ll give Tottenham respect.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 moves‘It’s the semi-final and there will be nerves both ways. It will be whoever handles the nerves the best.‘It will be a good game… but don’t open the game up, Tottenham. They will rip you to shreds.‘But I just think Tottenham will be too strong. Defensively they’re very good and I think Tottenham will get to the final, I really do.’MORE: Manchester United transfer target Jadon Sancho wants chance to return to north-westcenter_img Merson thinks Spurs will be ‘too strong’ for Ajax (Picture: Getty)‘And to show the bottle to have a go. Second half they were pinned back but they kept on going.‘Don’t take anything away from Tottenham, this is a phenomenal football result. They have every chance of being in the final.‘Ajax are good but if Tottenham play like they can and to their best ability they will be too strong for Ajax.’ Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Alexandre Lacazette’s incredible reaction to Arsenal’s disallowed goal against Crystal Palace

first_img Skip Ad Read More Read More About Connatix V67539 struggling Manchester United captain Harry… Read More by Metro Advertisement Advertisement 1 min. story Read More Coming Next Is Alexandre Lacazette captain material?No0%Yes0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Alexandre Lacazette ‘likes’ Instagram post telling Unai Emery and Granit Xhaka to leave ArsenalMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop PLAY Alexandre Lacazette’s incredible reaction to Arsenal’s disallowed goal against Crystal Palace The striker celebrated wildly only for VAR to wipe out the goal (Picture: PalaceTV / YouTube)Despite Arsenal’s current malaise and the controversy surrounding Granit Xhaka, there is no shortage of passion at the club with fans praising Alexandre Lacazette’s reaction to the team’s disallowed goal on Sunday.The Gunners were mystified to see Sokratis’ effort ruled out late on against Crystal Palace, with VAR judging that Calum Chambers had tripped Luka Milivojevic just before a goal that would have seen Arsenal claim a 3-2 victory.While VAR has been criticised for not allowing fans and players to enjoy the moment, Lacazette certainly had no problems letting go after Sokratis’ strike.Watch Lacazette’s celebration from 9:48 onwards…ADVERTISEMENT Full Screen Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Oct 2019 9:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link931Shares / 1/1 SPONSORED Read More Skip Top articles Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE While the rest of the squad chased after the Greek centre-back to celebrate with him, Lacazette grabbed the ball out of the net and booted it into the stands.AdvertisementAdvertisementHe then roared with delight at the home fans and started shadow boxing in an explosion of passion, fist-pumping to the crowd – though his joy was short-lived when VAR eventually intervened.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 CityDespite the disappointment of not winning – and the subsequent fallout of Xhaka telling supporters to ‘f*** off’ – Arsenal fans were full of praise for Lacazette showing so much passion for the club.With calls for Xhaka to be stripped of the captaincy, the Frenchman might even have made a case of his own for why he should wear the armband…Alexandre Lacazette’s reaction to Sokratis’ disallowed goal on Sunday. He gets it. pic.twitter.com/sNAMENR4Pb— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) October 29, 2019 Video Settings Commentlast_img read more

Flamengo star Pablo Mari pictured with Edu flying to London to complete Arsenal move

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 25 Jan 2020 7:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link14.1kShares 1 min. story Comment He will now undergo a medical and pen personal terms as the Gunners look to wrap up a deal worth around £7million before next Friday’s transfer window deadline.Mari, 26, has had an interesting career, having been bought by Manchester City but never actually playing a match for the Premier League champions.Edu Gaspar, dirigente do Arsenal, e Pablo Marí no Galeão. pic.twitter.com/wcKhlL9D9r— Victor Gammaro (@vgammaross) January 25, 2020 PLAY Video Settings The Spanish centre-back will now undergo a medical at London Colney (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are on the verge of announcing a deal for Flamengo defender Pablo Mari, with the centre-back spotted flying to London with Gunners technical director Edu to have his medical.Mikel Arteta has made no secret of his desire to bring in reinforcements in the January window, with a central defender one of several positions he was hoping to strengthen this month.And Edu has been working hard to secure a new recruit, finally convincing Flamengo to sell Mari despite the Brazilian side being loathe to lose such an important player.According to GloboEsporte, a breakthrough in talks was made on Friday and the Spanish defender quickly boarded a plane to London with Edu which will touch down on Saturday lunchtime.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Flamengo star Pablo Mari pictured with Edu flying to London to complete Arsenal movecenter_img Full Screen Instead, he was sent out on various loans – to Girona, NAC and Deportivo La Coruna – before landing a permanent deal to Flamengo last summer in a deal that was only worth around £1m.He quickly established himself in the first team and became the first Spaniard to win the Copa Libertadores, while he got a taste of life in the Premier League when he played against Liverpool in the Club World Cup final. Advertisement About Connatix V67539 Advertisement Pablo Mari took on Liverpool’s star-studded attack at the end of last year (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s back-line was heavily criticised against Chelsea last time out, with Shkodran Mustafi gifting the ball to Tammy Abraham before David Luiz was sent off as he tried – and failed – to rescue the situation.With the Brazilian suspended, Sokratis having been out of action with illness and Calum Chambers picking up an ACL injury that will take between six and nine months to heal, Arsenal’s lack of depth – and quality – at centre-back has become all the more noticeable, prompting an acceleration in talks for Mari.Arsenal fans will hope Mari is even half as good as the last player Edu unearthed from the Brazilian league, with Gabriel Martinelli having shone since swapping South American for North London.MORE: Mikel Arteta reveals conversation with Dani Ceballos over Arsenal futureMORE: Mikel Arteta dealt transfer blow with Arsenal target Layvin Kurzawa set to join Juventus from PSGMore: 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 Citylast_img read more

Paul Merson sends transfer warning to Arsenal players and praises Mikel Arteta

first_img Comment Paul Merson has rated Mikel Arteta’s start as Arsenal manager (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson has praised Mikel Arteta’s impact at Arsenal and says the Gunners manager will already know which players he wants to sell in the summer.Arsenal have largely impressed under new manager Arteta, who left his role as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City to return to the Emirates in December.The Gunners have improved defensively and are yet to suffer a defeat in 2020, winning six and drawing four of their ten matches so far this year.Merson has been impressed by Arteta’s Arsenal but still expects the Spaniard to oversee major changes at the end of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Arteta praises his Arsenal team after beating Everton 3-2To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:48FullscreenArteta praises his Arsenal team after beating Everton 3-2https://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-praises-arsenal-team-beating-everton-3-2-2116792/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Arsenal would have lost the game against Everton four months ago,’ the Gunners hero told Sky Sports. ‘You watch Arsenal now and it’s not the Arsenal of 2004.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘This is where Arsenal are now, so really beating Everton 3-2 is a big result. They’re aiming for fourth or fifth now, so that is a good result.‘They are harder to beat, and Arteta is getting players to try and play, like [Mesut] Ozil, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang is scoring goals. They’re still open at times, but if you’re giving Arteta a grade since he got there, it would be B+.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 City‘He’s doing something right. Show me someone that can run before they can walk! It’s moving along steadily, and that’s the best thing for him.‘If he’d come in and won five games on the trot, people would have thought he is the messiah, and then all of a sudden they’d have hit a bad run, and he’d be described as a one-hit-wonder.‘He’s done it the right way, and it has moved along steadily. They’re in with a big chance of the top five, which if City are banned, means Champions League football.‘Arteta will know what he needs to change next season. It’s pointless coming in, going mad at players now, and then all of a sudden needing those players if others get injured.‘The players he’ll want to get rid of don’t need to know that right now. There will be some personnel changes in the summer.’MORE: Charlie Nicholas makes Europa League predictions for Arsenal and Man UtdMORE: The two reasons Aubameyang is stalling over signing a new Arsenal contract Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 25 Feb 2020 4:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares Advertisementcenter_img Paul Merson sends transfer warning to Arsenal players and praises Mikel Arteta Advertisementlast_img read more

Cesc Fabregas reveals why he chose to join Arsenal over Manchester United

first_imgFabregas went on to become a hero at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Cesc Fabregas has revealed Arsenal’s ‘special style of play’ helped convince him to move to the north London club instead of Manchester United. The Spaniard came through at Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy, but decided to make the switch to the Gunners in 2003, citing boss Arsene Wenger as a major influence. Fabregas burst onto the scene after making his first-team debut at just 16 and went on to make over 200 appearances for the club. Speaking to the Arsecast podcast, he said: ‘I was also talking to Manchester United, because they were calling me and stuff like that but I just felt Arsenal was the club. It was the club. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘They’re starting to build something special, you could see they were winning, they had a special style of play that Arsene [Wenger] likes and we studied the situation and definitely Arsenal was the right move and the right club for me. ‘I felt it straight away. I didn’t even think about going anywhere else.’Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 24 Mar 2020 2:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link508Shares Cesc Fabregas reveals why he chose to join Arsenal over Manchester United The Spaniard won the FA Cup in 2005 under Arsene Wenger (Picture: Getty Images)Fabregas recalled the moment legendary former Gunners manager Arsene Wenger personally convinced him and his family to join the club.He added: ‘Arsene was on holiday, he was in Paris, he flew over to meet me. I didn’t know what to say, to be honest. They started talking to my parents and asking them things about when I was little and stuff like that. We were talking for about an hour. ‘They made a proposal – I went out of the room because I didn’t want to hear about it, I was not interested in money, I left it to my parents and the agent. After that they showed me everything at the training ground. ‘Everything about that day I remember as if it was yesterday. I was a little kid. At the end we all talk about trophies and great moments but for me that was a great moment that I will never forget. Everything about it was the dream move for me.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsThe Monaco midfielder also admitted he has regrets over his controversial exit from the Emirates Stadium, when he forced a move back to Barcelona.He continued: ‘That is one of those things I don’t feel well with it because I pushed my move in 2011. I did things I’m not proud of.‘But if I didn’t do it it would’ve never have happened. And it had to happen at that moment. I couldn’t have another year of “yeah, we played well, next year”.’MORE: Arsenal face stiff competition in race for Newcastle’s Matty Longstaff on free transferMORE: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta provides coronavirus update: ‘I have recovered’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal players unhappy with Mesut Ozil being vilified over pay-cut decision

first_imgMesut Ozil has reported refused to take a 12.5 per cent pay cut at Arsenal (Getty Images)Arsenal’s players are unhappy with Mesut Ozil being vilified after he refused to take a pay cut, according to reports.The midfielder was reportedly one of three players to refuse the club’s request to take a 12-month pay cut of 12.5 per cent.Reports have claimed that Ozil is willing to take an even bigger pay cut than his teammates once Arsenal give him assurances about how the money will be used.But following the decision, Ozil was widely criticised with several high-profile figures including Piers Morgan and Jamie Carragher, who described the move as a ‘massive own goal’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking on Good Morning Britain, Morgan, who supporters Arsenal, says he was ‘sickened’ by Ozil’s decision.Sorry, this video isn’t available any more.According to The Sun, Arsenal’s players are unhappy with the treatment Ozil has received since the announcement.The report also claims that some Arsenal players felt ‘pressured’ into taking a pay cut and the decision was only made after Mikel Arteta intervened.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 CityOzil’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, has also said it is unfair of clubs to ask managers or senior first-team players to be involved in pay-cut negotiations.‘It is not enough for a club to present a proposal to one member of the first team squad and then asked them to go to the rest of the squad and get their consent to do it. That is not how individual contract negotiations should take place,’ Sogut told The Athletic.‘A club may even ask a first team manager to negotiate with players and this may influence some, particularly younger players or those on the fringe who fear there might be personal repercussions for him if he does not agree.‘In those circumstances it could be questionable that any consent from the players would be legally binding anyway as some players are not in a position to give true consent if they are under pressure to do so.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal players unhappy with Mesut Ozil being vilified over pay-cut decision Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Apr 2020 9:49 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares View 6 commentscenter_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal fans giddy as William Saliba and Gabriel train together for the first time

first_imgThe sheer size of Saliba and Gabriel…Oh boy!! #Arsenal pic.twitter.com/T9bi3RMOCv— Bernard Jo Garrett (@IamJoDboss) September 8, 2020 Advertisement Arsenal begin the 2020/21 campaign with a trip to London rivals Fulham (Picture: Getty)There were some bold predictions as giddy fans got their first glimpse of Saliba and Gabriel on the training ground together – could these two help lead Arsenal into a new era under Arteta? The next #Campbell and #Toure#Saliba #Gabriel #AFCGO #AFC #COYG #Arsenal pic.twitter.com/9xANxrBWYr— AFC GO (@TheAFCGo) September 8, 2020 Arsenal fans giddy as William Saliba and Gabriel train together for the first time Comment They are hereAnd they are perfect 😍😍🤩Arsenal new CB pairing William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes in training#AFC #arsenal pic.twitter.com/t8L625EmnT— KT SWINGS (@kt_leftie) September 8, 2020 Huge pressure and expectation on the shoulders of Saliba & Gabriel this season. Confident they will shine ! ✨ pic.twitter.com/6LOXmaeiCq— Osman (@OsmanZtheGooner) September 8, 2020Gabriel, who will be wearing the No.6 shirt at Arsenal, is looking forward to playing alongside Saliba and is confident the young Frenchman has the quality to become a key player for the club. ‘I know Saliba is a talented young player and if he is joining Arsenal it is because of his quality,’ he told Arsenal’s official website.‘We have a few friends in common and I did play against him before.‘He is a great player and I am sure we will get along very well.’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 ArsenalThe Brazilian is also relishing the chance to team up with fellow countryman David Luiz, who he idolised as a youngster making his way in the game.‘For sure David is an example, he is a player I admire very much,’ Gabriel added.‘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.’Which player will have a bigger future at Arsenal?William Saliba0%Gabriel0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Willian ‘wooed’ by Mikel Arteta’s plan for ArsenalMORE: How Julian Draxler has reacted to Leeds United transfer interest GABRIEL AND SALIBAAAAAAAAAAAQ https://t.co/eKsLYwTQSJ pic.twitter.com/SUlu5JzIcQ— saliba szn⚡️ (@hayatelseedd) September 8, 2020center_img William Saliba x Gabriel Magalhaes Keeping the most clean sheets next season. Save this tweet. pic.twitter.com/MDsGaLwkPy— WelBeast (@WelBeast) September 8, 2020 The Saliba x Gabriel decade starts now pic.twitter.com/c8ynKd7X8F— C. (@afcwrld) September 8, 2020 Arsenal’s first-team squad were put through their paces on Tuesday (Picture: Getty)Arsenal conceded 48 goals in the Premier League last season and supporters are hopeful their two new arrivals will help fix the side’s leaky defence.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Gunners kick off the season at Craven Cottage in just four days’ time and Saliba and Gabriel were put through their paces on Tuesday as Arteta’s players stepped up their preparations to face newly-promoted Fulham. William Saliba and Gabriel took part in drills with their new Arsenal team-mates (Picture: Getty)William Saliba and Gabriel have been pictured training together for the first time at London Colney this week and it’s fair to say Arsenal fans are getting rather excited about their new-look central defence ahead of the 2020/21 campaign. France Under-20 international Saliba was the first of the two to join as he swapped Saint-Etienne for Arsenal back in July 2019 but the 19-year-old returned to the Ligue 1 club on loan last season so is yet to play a competitive match for the Gunners.Mikel Arteta will be delighted to have inherited Saliba from the Unai Emery era but the Spaniard has been determined to further strengthen his options at centre-half this summer – and his wishes were granted last week as Arsenal wrapped up a £27 million agreement with Lille for Gabriel, 22. Look at the size of Gabriel and Saliba. This is what I’m talking about 😍 https://t.co/d17QhA9W7c— Jax Teller (@SVNdombele) September 8, 2020 Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 8 Sep 2020 5:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link21.7kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf and Transportation, Emergency Management Provide Update on Winter Storm

first_img January 23, 2016 Governor Wolf and Transportation, Emergency Management Provide Update on Winter Storm Blizzard 2016,  Press Release,  PSA,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – With much of Pennsylvania in the midst of a winter storm, Governor Tom Wolf, and the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) advised that while crews and staff have been working through the storm, hazardous conditions will persist throughout the day. There is also an ongoing, multi-agency response to a backlog of cars on I-76 near Somerset, where emergency personnel have performed multiple driver checks.“The safety of Pennsylvanians is my top priority, as many areas across Pennsylvania have been hit hard by this storm, which features heavy snow falling at a fast rate” said Governor Wolf. “First responders from multiple state, county and local agencies are working together to address issues and ensure people are safe. Hazardous conditions will persist throughout the day and we are urging people to stay off the roadways for their own safety and to allow PennDOT to clear the snow.”I-76 Response and Driver ChecksAs westbound tractor trailers became unable to climb a hill toward the Allegheny tunnels, traffic backed up behind them. As progress was made to clear the initial stranded trucks, other trucks also became unable to go up the hill. This caused a backlog for all vehicles. Due to the backlog, emergency crews are unable to get heavy–duty tow trucks to the scene to clear the disabled trucks. The backlog also prevents Turnpike road crews from being able to clear the snow for motorists.Plan X was instituted by PSP and the Turnpike overnight to start turning people around, and having cars exit turnpike in opposite direction. There are more than 135 first responders on the scene. Plan X is the method by which the Turnpike Commission, in emergency situations such as multiple vehicle accidents, closes certain sections of the Turnpike and reroutes traffic around the affected sections.When the backlog was reported, PEMA contacted Somerset/Bedford emergency management to add extra resources for driver checks by first responders on ATVs. There are five fire departments, including Shanksville, Berlin, Shawnee Valley, New Baltimore, and Somerset, and Pennsylvania State Police personnel performing driver checks. Every car has been checked multiple times.The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is refueling cars that are low on fuel so they can keep heat running in their cars. There is a warming shelter at the Bedford exit, with additional EMS on standby there. The National Guard, as a second responder, has been deployed with shovels, MREs, water and chains to assist with driver checks and stuck cars.PennDOT Vehicle and Speed RestrictionsBeginning at 8:00 A.M. due to extreme winter road conditions, PennDOT is temporarily restricting certain vehicles from Interstates across the southern sections of Pennsylvania.The purpose of the ban is to help ensure the interstates remain open during the most challenging conditions of the winter storm. When conditions improve, PennDOT will remove the travel restrictions.“PennDOT has more than 2,200 trucks statewide to battle winter weather and many of them have been working since before the storm to treat the roads, but travel is still hazardous in many areas and should be avoided if possible,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “The high accumulations coupled with strong winds will make visibility and road conditions very difficult.”The types of vehicles prohibited from traveling on the interstate highways in the region are:Empty straight trucks;Large Combination Vehicles (tandem trailers and doubles);Tractors hauling empty trailers;Trailers pulled by passenger vehicles;Motorcycles; andRecreational Vehicles, or RVs.Due to the winter storm, PennDOT has temporarily reduced speeds to 45 mph on:·       Interstate 80 in Clearfield, Centre, Clinton, Union, Montour and Columbia counties.·       Interstate 95 in Delaware and Bucks counties and Philadelphia.·       Interstate 676 in Philadelphia·       Interstate 476 in Delaware and Montgomery counties·       Interstate 76 in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties.·       Interstate 78 in Lebanon, Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties·       Interstate 176 in Berks County.·       Interstate 81 in Franklin, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Lebanon counties.·       Interstate 83 in York, Cumberland and Dauphin counties·       Interstate 283 in Dauphin County.·       Interstate 70 in Washington, Westmoreland, Bedford and Fulton counties·       Interstate 79 in  Greene, Washington, Allegheny and Beaver counties.·       Interstate 279 in Allegheny County·       Interstate 376 in Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties.·       Interstate 579 in Allegheny County.·       US 322 in Juniata and Mifflin counties.·       US 422 in Berks and Montgomery counties·       Route 581 in Cumberland County·       The Pennsylvania Turnpike has restricted doubles, empties and towed trailers.With each PennDOT plow having an average of 40 miles to cover on its plow route, it takes a few hours to return to the route’s start point on interstates and expressways, or longer during heavier accumulations and on lower-traffic roadways. During periods of heavy snowfall, several inches of snow will accumulate on roads before a plow returns to clear it.PEMA Weather UpdatePennsylvania Emergency Management Agency reports that winter storm conditions continue across the commonwealth this morning.  The storm system is expected to remain particularly intense with snowfall rates of 1-2” per hour through midday before tapering a bit by early afternoon.  A sharp cutoff in snow continues around the I-80 corridor.  Snow should exit the Commonwealth by late Saturday evening.  Colder air has produced a more powdery snow, which will combine with winds to produce blowing snow hazards that will continue well after midnight.  Snow totals around two feet or more remain possible south of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.The winter storm’s high winds and snowfall rates pose potential risks beyond travel, and PEMA has been working around the clock to assist local emergency management agencies, other state agencies and law enforcement.Pennsylvania residents can visit www.511PA.com for travel information such as incidents, winter road conditions and to view traffic cameras. The public can also track more than 700 department and contracted trucks on interstates and expressways statewide with the site’s new “Plow Trucks” option.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Astronaut and United States Senator John Glenn

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Astronaut and United States Senator John Glenn Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – In accordance with the President’s proclamation, Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all United States and Commonwealth flags at the Capitol Complex, Commonwealth facilities, and all public buildings and grounds throughout the state lowered to half-staff effective immediately to honor former astronaut and United States Senator John Glenn.Flags shall return to full-staff at sunset on the day of interment per the President’s order.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img December 09, 2016last_img read more