More sex please, we’re British

first_imgVice is the order of the day as Oxford’s theatres shamelessly ‘sex up’ their repertoire, in an attempt to banish the Fifth Week blues. From incest in Phaedra’s Love to the oldest profession in the world in Lulu, this is not a week for the faint or pure of heart to venture into the OFS, or other such dens of iniquity. Lulu provoked moral outrage in the nineteenth century with its prostitute protagonist and portrayal of a society mired in vice and corruption. Lulu is picked up off the streets as a child by a wealthy businessman, and proceeds to climb the social ladder via a series of marriages and affairs, bewitching all who cross her path. Her complete amorality has destructive consequences as she leaves suicides, murders and bankruptcy in her wake. Lulu’s complex character prevents the audience from condemning her outright; this production makes it abundantly clear that it is society which is to blame. It is a world of dissipation and decadence, in which children are viewed as sex objects, teetering on the brink of the abyss of vice, where husbands are shot by their wives and die whilst drinking champagne. Lulu is the means by which this society is unveiled, as she uncovers the hidden desires of those around her. Alwa is reduced to a worm writhing at her feet and the Countess begs Lulu to ‘trample’ her. In this sense, Lulu is innocent, a mere catalyst for the realisation of society’s sordid fantasies. Yet she is dangerously aware of the manipulative power of her sexuality. Both her narcissism and her role as reflecting the degradation of society are realised on the stage, by means of two huge mirrors which make up the backdrop. Although interesting in theory, the duality of Lulu’s personality fails to come to life on stage. Victoria Ross captures the underlying naivety of Lulu, with her ringlets and ‘baby eyes’, but lacks the sexual magnetism which is crucial if we are to believe in her destructive, enchanting powers. The erotic speeches are faithfully delivered (albeit in cut glass Queen’s English), but there is a lack of chemistry in her interaction with others. Ben Levine looks perfect as Schoning, his goatee beard bristling with Machiavellian intent, but he overacts and his movements are unforgivably stiff. Mischa Foster-Poole is similarly unconvincing as Alwa, hapless and embarrassed as he talks dirty to Lulu. There are some gems, including Charlie Covell as the engaging lesbian Countess, who wears a tailcoat over her ballgown and dominates the stage with her deep, resonant voice. Her transformation into a gibbering wreck when faced with the prospect of sleeping with a man is both subtle and amusing. Ed Behrens is wonderful as Puntschu, the banker with an unhealthy obsession for young girls, delivering his sleazy lines with a sinister camp lisp. The beautiful costumes, designed by Rmishka Singh, deserve a mention as they make an invaluable contribution to the sense of period. This is a thoughtful production of Luluwith all of the right ingredients for success. Undoubtedly marred by a lack of sexual tension on the stage, it remains a provocative and thought-provoking piece of theatre.ARCHIVE: 3rd week TT 2004last_img read more

Shelter for the psyche

first_imgAs this long, dark New England winter drags on, Harvard psychiatrist Jacqueline Olds has a reminder for a region now three weeks late for work and struggling with a bad bout of seasonal blues: Spring is coming. She also has some advice. In an interview with the Gazette, Olds, an expert on seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and co-founder of a startup that makes devices for tracking personal exposure to bright light, prescribed doses of sun and socializing to dispel the psychological dumps of a brutal February. GAZETTE: What normally goes on at this time of year that affects mental and emotional states and how might that be different this year, given the huge amount of snow and inconvenience we’ve all been going through?OLDS: Usually in darker climes — and we’re not really such a dark clime here in Massachusetts, but if you put together the storms, the cold, and the occasional run of five days of darkness — you have a situation where the brain feels like it’s jet-lagged. People don’t get the bright-light cues they’d normally get from going outdoors that set their circadian rhythm.When your circadian rhythm is out of whack, you feel sluggish, like you wish you were hibernating. In fact, the depression that comes in the darker seasons can be compared with hibernation: People want to sleep more, they want to eat more, they become less likely to take good care of themselves, they become less likely to socialize, and do all of the things that would make them feel better.GAZETTE: Is this a normal part of getting through the winter, or does it only occur in a certain portion of the population?OLDS: Real seasonal affective disorder syndrome affects only part of the population, probably about 25 million Americans. There’s a much larger portion of the population that gets winter blues. It is probable that everybody gets a minor version of it when there is a run of dark days.GAZETTE: And what is the difference?OLDS: There would be symptoms that look like clinical depression in seasonal affective disorder. People tend to sleep more or they might have appetite symptoms in which they overeat. They might feel hopeless or discouraged, have a lack of energy, and a lack of crisp cognitive functioning.‘People are a little too hard on themselves and on the T and on the world for somehow not having life as usual when, every now and then, Mother Nature shows her teeth.’GAZETTE: And winter blues?OLDS: Winter blues is a much milder version of all of the above, subclinical, we might say.GAZETTE: Would you expect to see more in this recent stretch of extraordinary weather? What are things we’ve been going through that might exacerbate it?OLDS: Since the great snows, so many things are not quite working properly. It is really kind of a lark in the first week, but by the second, third, and fourth week, it is discouraging. It is discouraging economically, because people can’t get to their jobs, or they have to take care of their children because their children have school cancelled. It is discouraging in terms of socializing and social connection because when people try to see each other, somebody can’t get there because they’re snowed in.Also, it’s discouraging if people are used to going out and walking the dogs for 15 minutes in the morning, which might give them their outdoor “bright light” time, but the streets aren’t shoveled or they don’t want to be outside because they’re freezing. There are just all these factors that accumulate and keep happening. People try to make a plan — they know maybe they should see somebody and not be alone for too long — but it doesn’t quite work out due to logistics wrecked by the snow. And so there’s a kind of a hopeless feeling of, “I know what might be better for me, but I can’t do it.”GAZETTE: Is anxiety part of the picture too? If you’re always late for work and you’re a person who prides yourself on getting to work, multiplied by all of our different commitments and places to be and to get to?OLDS: I think that’s a very good point. People who are very conscientious feel like they’re always playing hooky, but not because they want to.But there’s a second part to that. If people are a little socially isolated, through no fault of their own, they can get carried away in their own minds. Every worry gets amplified, every obsession turns into a major obsession rather than remaining a minor obsession. There aren’t the usual checks and balances that come from social interchange.When you do get this bright light that we talk about, that we need and can be a treatment for seasonal affective disorder, the bright light kind of crisps up your thinking, makes you cognitively sharper so you’re not as likely to get carried away and make one associative leap after another.GAZETTE: What are you seeing in your own practice and have you felt any of this yourself?OLDS: I try to think of all the ways that I love the adventure of a great big snow. When my children were little, it was such an adventure because we could all go sledding rather than have our usual day. And I love having some time at home to cook or take care of things that, generally speaking, I would never have time to take care of. So I am always doing a little bit of self-talk to keep myself from getting discouraged.But in my practice, I do see quite a lot of discouragement and a lot of people who feel like they can barely manage if it keeps going on, that it was OK for a week but that four or five weeks of it is intolerable. They have a sense that nothing will ever go right again, it will be this way until mid-May, they won’t be able to stand it, they’re getting discouraged and depressed.And I keep saying it can’t possibly go on until mid-May. February is the worst. … But nobody is buying it.GAZETTE: How can people manage, aside from external factors like the T running on time?OLDS: I think we can all take a lesson from Russian literature. Russian literature describes how in the very dark of winter, there used to be a major social season much more frantic and constant than the rest of the year. People knew that if they didn’t see each other and plan things in the midwinter months they would get depressed. And so to some extent that frantic social season was an attempt to combat the dreary, miserable, cold, dark weather.Now people may say, “I can’t possibly socialize: The T isn’t working and I can’t get anyplace and I could slip and fall.” But the truth is that people live in apartments and neighborhoods and often think to themselves, “I would love to connect with so-and-so next door but I don’t have time.” This would be the time to have a neighborhood potluck so you can see the people who live on your street. It is such a pleasure sometimes in a big snow to all be out there shoveling together and then have soup together that evening.So I would counsel people to do two things: try to socially connect with people who are geographically close. And second, to go get some bright light or sit in a very sunny window in the morning so the light will set their circadian rhythm.GAZETTE: Even though it is still February, the depths of winter, the days are starting to get longer. Spring — and baseball season — is around the corner. Are we in a “darkest before dawn” situation now?OLDS: The days are getting longer and, for anybody who keeps track of that, it’s wonderful. We’re more than halfway through the worst part of winter, almost at the three-quarter point. By March, we New Englanders think of ourselves as almost at spring. There’s a lot of “almost” in April too, but there are nice days in April and then in May, it’s shockingly pleasant. So even though it seems like torture and it’ll never stop, the fact is it’s almost over.GAZETTE: Do you have any parting words of advice?OLDS: If you have a run of weeks where you do not go to work for one day a week — you get to take it easy and putter around the house and sleep late and go to bed early — don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s proof that we are part of nature. There’s no reason to assume — in fact it’s not true — that we should sleep the same way all year round, no matter what the sun is doing and the seasons are doing.There needs to be a little acceptance of the fact that things aren’t normal when there’s a huge natural weather event that lasted five weeks. We don’t have to do everything just the way we always do. People are a little too hard on themselves and on the T and on the world for somehow not having life as usual when, every now and then, Mother Nature shows her teeth.last_img read more

Woman who tried to fake death gets extra year in prison

first_imgCHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who tried to fake her death in order to avoid a sentencing hearing for health care fraud has received an additional year in federal prison. Julie Wheeler of Beaver was sentenced Wednesday for conspiring to obstruct justice. Prosecutors say Wheeler admitted to conspiring with her husband. Rodney Wheeler told authorities she fell from a New River Gorge overlook. She was found two days later in a closet at her home. She was later sentenced to 42 months in prison for health care fraud. A judge Wednesday ordered her two sentences to be served consecutively.last_img read more

I just want to be home so bad’

first_imgNotre Dame senior Luke Heneghan’s hometown of Point Lookout, N.Y., sits on a barrier island with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Raymond Channel on the other side. On Monday, the ocean and the channel waters met in the middle of the island. “The house is flooded real bad,” Heneghan said. “The basement is completely flooded, like above the waist.” Heneghan’s home was just one of thousands affected by Superstorm Sandy, which slammed into the East Coast on Monday. Sandy began as a hurricane-level storm and had downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hit land, but its power has wreaked havoc on the northeastern coastline since Sunday night. “I just want to be home so bad,” Heneghan said. “My dad was there for 30 years, and it’s the worst he’s ever seen. … He was saying, like everybody in town, it looks like a war zone.” Heneghan’s parents stayed in their home through Sandy’s storm and have safely come through the worst. Their town, however, has seen significant damage. He described cars flooded in driveways and lost kayaks floating through the streets. The family will be without power for at least a week, he said. “It’s just amazing that everyone’s alive,” he said. Saint Mary’s senior Tara Fulton, whose family resides in Sicklerville, N.J., about 30 minutes from Atlantic City, frequently checked in with her parents and news reports throughout the day Monday. “My parents prepared for the storm by buying extra water and food that did not need to be kept cold in case of power outages,” Fulton said. “They took in all of the lawn furniture and anything that was in our yard that might blow away from the high winds the hurricane caused. My dad also went and bought a generator in the event the power went out during the storm.” Fulton’s father, who works at a UPS in Philadelphia International Airport, was shocked to find out that the store was closed and the airport was shut down. “No one is allowed to drive on the roads at home because there is a state emergency in New Jersey,” Fulton said. “All of the bridges in and out of New Jersey and Pennsylvania were closed down until the early morning.” Notre Dame senior Jamie Murray and Saint Mary’s senior Caroline Gallagher both said their neighborhoods in New Canaan, Conn., also felt the effects of Sandy’s storms. “A tree hit my dad’s house and also blocked the driveway so that my family could not leave their house,” Gallagher said. “My town has been okay so far, however, there are tons of electric lines down and everyone has been on a ‘curfew’ since Monday at noon. Almost everyone lost power, but by some miracle, my mom has not yet.” Gallagher, who spent her summer in New York City at her apartment on East 34th Street in Manhattan, close to where tremendous flooding has occurred since the hurricane hit the coast, was also nervous about what would happen to that neighborhood. “I could not find out any information other than what was being broadcasted on the TV on Monday,” she said. “All I could think about was my family and friends during the day. There are so many people that have been directly impacted by the storm and at different severities.” Murray said her father is unsure when he will be able to return to work in his New York City office. “The train lines are shut down, the city is shut down,” she said. Murray’s family in Connecticut will be without power for between 10 to 14 days, she said. “It’s important to remember that it’s still an island, and this was definitely a reminder of that,” Murray said. “[New York City] is still susceptible to the ocean and its storms. It’s such a heart of the East Coast for my area, and when it’s under stress everything can feel it.” Christina Grasso, a Saint Mary’s graduate, now lives in Lower Manhattan and was part of Zone A, the areas in which Mayor Bloomberg ordered a mandatory evacuation for residents. “I was cautious but truly did not expect it to be quite so disastrous having lived through Hurricane Irene here last year,” Grasso said. “As a result, I just stocked up on water and candles and made sure all of my electronics were fully charged as the power is out indefinitely.” Grasso, as well as others in her neighborhood, did not follow the mayor’s repeated urgings to partake in the mandatory evacuations established in her area. She, like many others, did not anticipate the damage to be so severe. “Throughout the day Monday, it was windy and rainy,” Grasso said. “Everything came to a head around 7 p.m. when Lower Manhattan began to flood severely. There were cars fully submerged and floating down surrounding streets in what looked like almost 10 feet of water.” As of Monday night, Grasso was stranded in her apartment building with her lobby under at least a foot of seawater. “I am hoping to regain power and have the ability to venture outside of my apartment building without having to swim to get to the nearest location,” she said. “The sooner I can get out, the better.” Grasso noted how extremely saddening it was to watch New York City, “a place that has been through so much, get hit by such a destructive storm.” “This city has the strength and resilience to rebound from just about anything, but it is disheartening to watch everything unfold firsthand and worry about others who might be in greater danger,” Grasso said. While friends and family of Saint Mary’s students on the East Coast are beginning to wade through the destruction, the College offered prayer services during Mass on Monday and Tuesday nights. Judy Fean, the director of Campus Ministry at the College, sent an email on Monday notifying students about the Masses as well as including links for those who want to make donations for hurricane relief. Fean added that Campus Ministry will take up a collection at Masses on Nov. 4. Notre Dame senior Mara Catlaw said she has only been able to text her family back in Interlaken, N.J., as the flood waters in her town recede. “The whole county is pretty much just a wreck,” she said. “Our house is about a mile from the ocean, the whole boardwalk is pretty ripped up.” Catlaw will be able to see the damage for herself when she returns home for Thanksgiving break. Her family might still be out of power then, she said. “[My mom] walked around a little bit and really can’t believe how horrible it is,” she said. “She said we’re lucky that our house is still standing.”last_img read more

Comments sought on how Revision 7 has affected daily court operations

first_img Comments sought on how Revision 7 has affected daily court operations February 15, 2005 Regular News The Florida Bar Rules of Judicial Administration Committee is considering proposed amendments to Florida Rules of Judicial Administration 2.050, to clarify the delegation of responsibilities between the chief judge and the clerk of the court.In this effort, the RJA Committee — in conjunction with the Judicial Administration Committee of the Conference of Circuit Judges — is gathering data to assist the Supreme Court’s Trial Court Performance and Accountability Commission to assess the impact and effect of Revision 7 to the Florida Constitution on the operation of Florida’s trial courts.“In order to assess the impact that recent constitutional and legislative changes have had on the daily operation of our court system, we must have reliable data ‘from the field,’ viewed from the perspective of the practicing lawyer in representation of a client,” said RJA Committee member Stanford R. Solomon. “The data needed is specific examples of circumstances in which the current statutory changes in the operation of the clerk’s office has affected materially or impacted adversely the administration of justice, the rights of parties, or the interests of the public.”Solomon said an example provided by the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section included the imposition of the $50 fee to re-open a file that the clerk’s office has closed administratively rather than pursuant to an order of the court.“Please take a moment to jot down any experiences, incidents, or concerns that may assist the decision-makers in determining whether the system that has been in place since July 1, 2004, represents a proper allocation of responsibilities between the chief judge and the clerk of court in each circuit,” Solomon said. “For example, are there any policies or procedures that have been implemented by the clerk’s office in your circuit that you believe have affected the effective administration of justice positively or negatively?”Solomon asked those who respond to be as specific as possible. He said without assistance in gathering specific circumstances in which changes in the operation since July 1, 2004, has affected the administration of our trial courts, the TCPA Commission and the RJA Committee will not be in a position to provide meaningful guidance when these issues arise during the upcoming legislative session.Responses may be sent — by February 28 — to Solomon via e-mail to [email protected] or fax (813) 225-1050.center_img Comments sought on how Revision 7 has affected daily court operationslast_img read more

NYC Teacher from Selden Charged With Sexually Abusing Students

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 36-year-old New York City school teacher from Selden has been accused of sexually abusing five female students over the past year at the elementary school where he has worked since 2006.Omil Carrasquillo was arrested and charged Thursday in Brooklyn court with sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.Prosecutors said the science teacher at Public School 249 in the Kensington section of Brooklyn allegedly groped or fondled the victims, who were between ages 9 and 11 years old at the time, between Oct. 31, 2013 and last week.His arrest followed an investigation launched when one of the victims reported the alleged abuse.The city department of education reportedly removed the suspect from the classroom and is conducting an internal investigation.Judge Jane Tully set bail for Carrasquillo at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond. He is due back in court on Sept. 30.last_img read more

Thriving on change to meet challenges

first_imgAccording to Socrates, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”David Libby has discovered that secret. It’s what motivates him to come to work.“It’s the variety and excitement of what we do every day—always exploring and discussing new ideas of how we can engage members, attract new members, and handle constant change,” says Libby, president/CEO of $373 million asset Town & Country Federal Credit Union in South Portland, Maine. “I love change and how that makes things better.”Under his leadership, the credit union was among the first four financial institutions in the country to introduce an Alexa Skill with account-linking capabilities for Amazon Echo devices, and the first credit union in Maine to offer Apple Pay, check-imaging ATMs, and dialogue/pod stations for its 38,000 members. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

An invitation to all students to join online practical classes and experience what storytelling is in tourism

first_imgMaybe in this crisis situation, which I deeply hope for, we turn around a bit and finally see and experience the local forces (persons, individuals, associations) that have done a real little miracle in our conditions. Yes, an authentic destination, because it was with his head and beard that Giacomo Casanova stayed in Vrsar twice. What a great tourist story with numerous possibilities of extensions as well as branding itself? With the slogan #TogetherInStorytelling his first virtual steps will make one of the world’s most famous lovers, Giacomo Casanova, and in an authentic destination – in Vrsar.  To be completely open, politics has always been and always will be, but people who have a “career” solely for the sake of politics cannot be “moral and business verticals” in our society, and shape the destiny of all of us. It’s time to put things in their proper place. By the way, the mentioned program is also a practicum for 3rd year undergraduate students of Culture and Tourism at the University of Pula, with the aim of providing university interdisciplinary theoretical basis on culture and tourism and basic practical competencies for work in various activities that combine these two domains. . As part of the ‘Casanova Tour’, visitors are “drawn” through the story and excellent interpretation to the time of the Vrsar County when the seducer and adventurer, Giacomo Casanova, twice stayed in Vrsar.  We have all the resources, we just have to really start dealing with growth and development and all the challenges. In every destination in Croatia we have, as I call them – lighthouses or phenomenal people who are in spite of everyone and everything, with incredible effort and energy, perseverance that already borders on masochism hehe, and without any real help (unfortunately unfortunately only “bother” because they cannot be ignored as much as some would like, but their works speak for themselves) managed to make phenomenal projects and stories in our tourism, and which additionally and globally recognized. Yes, we need to start thinking differently, we need a new tourism paradigm, now is the opportunity to reset our tourism and a healthy and sustainable foundation. Let’s go back to basics – to go back to man and tell our authentic stories. Tourists are also people with emotions and experiences and the same life needs. This interesting story is vividly told by the acting and directing team of Istra Inspirita, which consists of Petra Blašković (director and author of the text of the interpretive walk), Mateo Ostojić (cameraman and video production) and actors Šandor Slacki (as Giacomo Casanova), Dejan Gotal (as gastaldo). , Sedina Cerovac and Ivona Bulešić (maids of Don Girolamo). By the way, this is a cultural-experiential project that for the ninth year in a row is successfully reviving the history, myths and legends of the Istrian peninsula or storytelling in the true sense of the word.  I hereby invite all faculties to inform their students about this virtual tour so that they can follow Casanova’s virtual walk in Vrsar. Although, like any story, it is best to experience it live, of course when the situation allows it, so I recommend that you definitely pre-register for future tours. And that is exactly why I believe that this experience should be experienced by all students majoring in tourism and that the tour itself should be an integral part of the practical classes of tourism management. The story, but also the historical facts, say that the first time, as Casanova herself states in her ‘memoirs’, which served as a source for the script of this interpretive tour, he visited Vrsar for three days in August 1743, still as a poor and an inconspicuous priest, while he arrived in Vrsar for the second time as a soldier during a voyage from the Venetian island of Malamocco, when his ship anchored at night in the port of Vrsar. center_img Given the new situation caused by the Covid-19 disease pandemic, instead of the usual announcement of the new season, Istra inspirit opens the season for the first time with a virtual tour. Lighthouses we just have to connect The phrase is often mentioned in conversation in order to disperse these people in foreign markets. In a real market economy, I am sure it would be, but it must be imperative for us to keep these individuals in Croatia. None of these people ask for much, just that they can develop and create unhindered. Visitors to this tour through fun and educational content can discover the more intimate side of Casanovina Vrsar, and all the interesting events that characterized his stay in Vrsar, and among other things they will visit the lookout under the palm tree near the church of St. Anton, Casanova’s lookout, the main city gate, and Casanova’s refuge near the city walls. Casanova tour Giacomo Casanova, accompanied by the voice of the greatest lover in history, was returning to Vrsar, allegedly according to local legend, because of the beautiful women from Vrsar. As we all operate in our Croatian framework and conditions, I will be so free to all our lighthouses, heroes, “lunatics” “. dedicate this phenomenal and legendary narrative from the Think Different campaign. As I personally experienced the tour just mentioned, I can freely say that the interpretation not only met my expectations – but absolutely exceeded them. Their success and story shines like the strongest star in the sky, and we just have to connect them, respect them, give them a chance to finally breathe and spread their wings. An inspiring walk through Vrsar in the manner of storytelling, you can see on Wednesday 13.05. at 19pm on the Facebook page Istra Inspirita. Definitely great content to share on social media, because remember, the motive for coming is not accommodation, but destination. Although I am personally an eternal dreamer, I am still sure that this dream is not difficult to turn into reality. If we don’t know how, let’s ask people who know and work together to build a new, better and more beautiful Croatian tourist story. Exactly these lighthouses you could, and you will just meet them, on the HrTurizam portal through various tourist stories.last_img read more

MEPC seeks £60m for Leavesden buildings

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Dennis Praet’s agent promises Arsenal transfer target’s future will be ‘sorted’ in next fortnight

first_imgDennis Praet’s agent promises Arsenal transfer target’s future will be ‘sorted’ in next fortnight Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More SPONSORED PLAY / by Metro Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling About Connatix V67539 Read More Skip Ad Full Screen Read More Dennis Praet has been heavily linked with transfer to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Dennis Praet’s agent Martin Riha insists the Belgium international midfielder’s future is likely to be finalised within the next fortnight.The 25-year-old, who had a trial at Arsenal as a teenager, has emerged as one of Unai Emery’s primary targets to replace Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey.Arsenal reportedly saw a joint £49million bid for Praet and his Sampdoria teammate Joachim Andersen rejected earlier this week, but the north London club are expected to return imminently with an improved offer.AC Milan, however, are understood to represent significant competition for Praet’s services and could hold a significant advantage given Marco Giampaolo’s appointment as Gennaro Gattuso’s replacement as head coach after three years at Sampdoria.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Comment Top articles Read More Unai Emery is interested in Sampdoria duo Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen (Picture: Metro / Getty)MORE: How Sampdoria duo Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen can solve two of Unai Emery’s biggest issues at Arsenal‘Everybody knows what Giampaolo thinks of Dennis. For now, I can’t say anything else,’ said Riha.‘AC Milan is an important brand, it’s a big name. But there are also other clubs that want to sign him, especially abroad, they’ve already shown their interest.’On whether Arsenal specifically had lodge a formal interest in Praet, he said: ‘I can’t add anything else now, I think you can understand.‘Dennis is a complete footballer and he is ready to join a big club.‘There are many clubs interested, we’ll know everything in a few weeks.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement 1/1 1 min. story Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Video Settings 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 Skip Read More Coming Next Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 15 Jun 2019 10:23 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link351Shareslast_img read more