Bernd Leno admits to having endured a “frustrating” start to life at Arsenal, with a man who “came to the club to play every game” spending more time on the bench that he had intended to.The Gunners invested €22 million (£19.2m/$25m) in the German goalkeeper over the summer, with Unai Emery moving to bolster his options between the sticks.Leno was expected to slot straight into the team as the new man in charge at Emirates Stadium sought to implement a system which requires his side to play out from the back. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Veteran performer Petr Cech has, however, retained starting duties in the Premier League, with Leno only making his debut during a Europa League opener against Vorskla Poltava .The 26-year-old told Standard Sport on his start at Arsenal: “I came to the club to play every game.“But I think to move to a bigger club, another country, it needs maybe a little bit of time. It is a bit frustrating but I keep calm and work very hard to improve.“The coach always makes the starting XI because of the performance. I think it could change, not every week, but he will change a lot. He didn’t say the League is Petr’s competition and the Europa League is mine. I will work every day hard to play more games.“I came for the Premier League. I think it is the best. The Bundesliga is good but the Premier League is better, so I will look forward to playing any time in the Premier League.”Leno believes he is suited to Arsenal’s ball-playing philosophy and claims all of those at the Emirates are starting to feel more comfortable meeting the demands of Emery.He added on the back of a 4-2 victory over Vorskla: “It is getting better and better [at the club].“The game that the coach wants is my style. I think I did a good job with the ball, with the passing. Of course, the two goals were disappointing, but they scored great goals. Maybe I need a little bit of time.“It is a little bit more of a risk to play this way because we don’t want to kick the ball up front. We want to play because we have the players to play from the back to have more space in the opposite 18-yard box. “In the first half, the opposition was very deep, so we had big problems getting chances. So, when they started to attack more, there were situations where we can create chances by playing from the back. But it needs a little bit of time for the whole team to improve and to get the confidence.”Leno is now waiting to discover who will get the nod from Emery for a Premier League clash with Everton on Sunday, with Arsenal heading that into fixture seeking to secure a fifth successive victory across all competitions.
More than 1,800 teens will descend on Atlanta March 21-24 for Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 46th National Keystone Conference, sponsored by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens.The annual conference is one of the largest, most established youth leadership conferences in the country, and the most anticipated among Boys & Girls Club teens.Themed “ATL—All Teens Lead,” the National Keystone Conference will take place as teen leadership is needed now more than ever in the U.S. Statistics show that more than 1 in 4 students fails to graduate from high school each year; 1 in 3 kids is overweight or obese; and the teen unemployment rate is at a record high. To address these and other challenges, Keystone Conference participants will discuss solutions and develop action plans for addressing the most pressing issues facing youth in their local Clubs and communities.During the action-packed conference, teens will hear from a wide array of motivational speakers and entertainers, including musical performances by recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks; hip hop recording artist B.o.B; and pop group OMG Girlz. Motivational sessions will feature rap and hip hop pioneers Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, Doug. E. Fresh and DJ Spinderella of Salt-n-Pepa; professional skateboarder Preston Pollard; and WWE wrestler and actress Eve Torres.Teens will also volunteer throughout metro Atlanta; participate in interactive workshops on everything from bullying prevention, financial literacy and college preparedness to robotics, golf and movie making; and make time for fun through various social activities.“Boys & Girls Clubs of America believes a critical step to ensuring success for teens is to actively engage them and empower them to lead through initiatives like the Keystone Conference,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “We are excited to partner with the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens on another memorable learning and motivational experience for Boys & Girls Club teens.”“The Taco Bell Foundation for Teens has supported the National Keystone Conference for more than 15 years, and we are proud of the positive impact this event has had on so many young lives,” said Regina Borda, managing director, Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. “It is our hope that by providing experiences like these, we can inspire and enable more teens across the country to achieve Mas, starting with high school graduation.”For more information about the National Keystone Conference, or to request press credentials, email Jetaun Adkins at [email protected] or Kinetra Joseph at [email protected]:PR Newswire
Consuming foods rich in proteins such as lean meat, fish, legumes and almonds can significantly reduce fat accumulated in the liver within six weeks, researchers say.The findings showed that liver fat levels dropped by up to 48 per cent after eating high-protein diet regardless of whether it came from a plant or animal source, and also prevented the occurrence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease – a very common disorder where excess fat accumulates in the liver – especially in people with diabetes. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“When left untreated, fatty liver is an important step progress to Type 2 diabetes and can develop into liver cirrhosis, which can have life-threatening effects,” said lead author Andreas FH Pfeiffer, Endocrinologist at the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke (DifE), in Germany. Further, the study showed that high-protein diet caused favourable changes in the liver and lipid metabolism, improved insulin sensitivity and led to a significant reduction in the hormone fibroblast growth factor 21 in the blood. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, the researchers investigated the effects of two high-protein diets – plant- or animal-based – on the metabolism of 37 female and male subjects between the ages of 49 and 78 years suffering from Type 2 diabetes and, in most cases, from fatty liver. The main source for the plant protein group were foods such as noodles or bread that were enriched with pea protein. The animal protein group consumed lean milk products as well as white meat and fish as protein sources.The results showed that no negative effect was observed on renal function or glucose metabolism and all study participants benefited from the high-protein diet. The liver fat content decreased significantly, in half of the study participants by more than 50 per cent. The study was published in the journal Gastroenterology.