For the past three years, New Orleans stalwarts Dumpstaphunk have traveled from The Big Easy to The Big Apple on the night before Thanksgiving to help New Yorker’s ring in the holiday season with a night of bass-heavy funk tunes, fun tribute sets, and amazing special guests. In 2014, Ivan Neville, Tony Hall and company hit B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in Times Square with special guests Eric Krasno and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer. In 2015, they brought Phunksgiving to Port Chester’s beloved venue, The Capitol Theatre, and they invited Cyril Neville, Fishbone, and Dust Rays featuring Capt’n Kirk from The Roots to the party. Last year, the band moved to the friendly confines of American Beauty and delivered a set of 1970s funk classics, with Kraz and Taz both showing up for their second Phunksgiving, while former Dumpstaphunk drummer and The Nth Power founder Nikki Glaspie also lent her talents to the stage for a few tunes.Dumpstaphunk Celebrates Phunksgiving With 70’s Covers, Special Guests, & More [Photos/Video]This year, the holiday tradition will continue in Brooklyn. On Tuesday, November 21st, Dumpstaphunk will bring Phunksgiving to Brooklyn Bowl for a funk throwdown with special guests Southern Avenue, the high-energy upstarts currently taking the live music scene by storm. If previous years of Phunksgiving are any indication, the band certainly has a few tricks up their sleeves as well. After all, you never know who might show up at Phunksgiving!– SHOW INFO –Show: Live For Live Music & Brooklyn Bowl Present The 4th Annual Phunksgiving With Dumpstaphunk w/ Special Guest Southern AvenueVenue: Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249)Date: Tuesday, November 21st, 2017Tickets: $20 – On Sale HereEnter To Win A Pair Of Tickets!
“I have three years left on my contract. I am loving every minute of being at Celtic from a professional perspective but also my life up here,” he said.“I have a number of years left as a manager. I am 45, I probably look a lot older but, 45, and I’m enjoying my position here.“It’s a huge privilege for me to manage Celtic. It’s a huge club with pressure and that’s all I concentrate on.”Wenger finally walked under increasing pressure from the club’s fans for change.Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League since 2004 and face a second successive season without Champions League football unless they win the Europa League.“They want to get back towards Champion League football and when Arsene leaves they will look to move in a different direction, I’m sure,” added Rodgers.“It’s a fantastic club but, for me, my only focus is on Celtic and doing the very best I can for them.”Share on: WhatsApp Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says he still has unfinished business at the ClubGlasgow, United Kingdom | AFP | Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers on Saturday distanced himself from speculation he could succeed Arsene Wenger as Arsenal boss.“There’s nothing really in it. I have always said I’m extremely happy here,” Rogers told BBC Scotland.Wenger announced on Friday he will step down at the end of the season after 22 years in charge of the Gunners.Rodgers has restored his reputation in nearly two years in Scotland after a troubled end to his three-and-a-half years at Liverpool in 2015, leading Celtic to the brink of back-to-back domestic trebles in Scotland.Celtic majority shareholder Dermot Desmond said he wouldn’t stand in Rodgers’s way should he wish to return to the Premier League.“I don’t think you can put handcuffs on anybody if they want to go to a club as good as Arsenal,” said Desmond on Friday. “It will be Brendan’s decision and Brendan’s decision only.”However, Rodgers insisted he intends to see out a four-year contract extension at Parkhead he signed a year ago.
The Atlanta Braves announced the name of their new ballpark during their groundbreaking ceremony in Cobb County, Ga., a suburban of Atlanta.The Braves will play in the soon-to-be SunTrust Park, named after the Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks, Inc., one of the nation’s largest banking organizations which boasts a 25-year relationship with the team.SunTrust chairman and CEO William H. Rogers Jr. used to the platform to announce a $100,000 donation from the SunTrust Foundation to the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation as homage to Major League Baseball’s all-time home run king.The philanthropic gesture did little, however, to stem the criticism of the stadium’s name. Still, SunTrust brass are pleased at helping to write a new chapter in the history of the Braves.“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to partner with a great organization that shares our values for winning and serving the community,” Rogers said in a statement to press. “This partnership provides SunTrust increased visibility on a regional and national level through a truly unique mixed-use development that will attract fans and visitors throughout the year. Importantly, it will help us reach more people as we fulfill our bank’s purpose of lighting the way to financial well-being.”The Braves are scheduled to take ownership of their new stadium at the commencement of the 2017 season. The move will take them from their current location in the economically deprived area near downtown Atlanta and will be located on the outer edge of Atlanta’s bustling northwest side at the intersection of I-75 and I-285 in the bustling Cumberland CID. The stadium will be sandwiched comfortably by surrounding development that includes a vibrant atmosphere with unique shops, restaurants and entertainment venues that is accessible 365 days a year, not only on Braves game days.“The new ballpark constitutes a new chapter in Atlanta Braves baseball, and we are excited that SunTrust has decided to build upon our decades-long relationship and embark on this journey with us,” said Atlanta Braves Chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk. “Both of our organizations have deep roots in Atlanta and loyal fans throughout the Southeast and across the nation. We couldn’t imagine a more perfect partner and look forward to seeing the first pitch at SunTrust Park in 2017.”Unfortunately, not many of the fans are as excited as the Braves and SunTrust braintrust are over the name of the new playing field, SunTrust Stadium. In fact, many are downright repulsed that the beloved team will be christened with the name of a financial institution.Many took to social media to articulate their indignation. Take a look at a sampling of the responses.
Donegal’s Muff was in the spotlight on UK radio today when BBC crews arrived for a laughter-filled trip through the village.The name of Muff first sparked giggles on BBC Radio 1 in January when DJs Scott Mills and Chris Stark got wind of the Muff Liquor Company.The hosts were so amused by the cheeky business name that they made sure to add Muff to the route of their ‘Lolathon’ expedition for Red Nose Day. Chris Stark had a great time in Donegal this morning meeting the Inishowen village’s famous residents.He took amusing photos with the village signpost and sought out the funniest-named local places.The Mayor of Muff Niamh McColgan even got to bestow her mayoral chain on the presenter! Chris’ adventures included taking a trip to Tank & Skinny’s cafe, getting suited up with the Muff Diving Club and having a giggle at the Muff Barbers.All the while, Chris has been collecting jokes for his ‘Book of LOL’ to read out during a 24-hour LOL-a-thon in aid of Comic Relief.The people of Muff are well-used to jokes over their town name, so the punchlines were in full flow this morning. BBC DJ enters Muff on fun-filled expedition was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bbc radio 1book of lolchris starkmuff
Gaelforce North takes place on the 21st of September and celebrates 9 years of adventure racing in Donegal.Participants can take on a 62KM, 43KM or relay adventure race immersed in the natural glory of Donegal.And to celebrate the upcoming event, Killary Gaelforce are providing one lucky Donegal Daily/Derry Daily group reader with an exciting prize. The winner will receive entry into Gaelforce North for 2 along with one night’s accommodation at An Cuirt Hotel Gweedore!And the winner is…Michelle Ni ChearbhailCongratulations and good luck to you and a friend at Gaelforce North 2019! Get more details of the Gaelforce North 2019 and book your place here: http://bit.ly/2JtUUJcCompetiton T&Cs apply.Winner Reveal: Have you won two Gaelforce North entries and a stay at An Chuirt Hotel? was last modified: July 29th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Adventure racecompetitiongaelforce northKillary Gaelforce
The final 23 players for the 32 squads competing in South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup were announced after the deadline for confirmed teams passed on 1 June. Get the low-down on the 736 footballers who will be battling it out for the sport’s biggest trophy from 11 June to 11 July.More statistics on the 32 teams 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: FIRST STAGE GROUPS Group A South Africa Mexico Uruguay FranceGroup B Argentina Nigeria South Korea GreeceGroup C England USA Algeria SloveniaGroup D Germany Australia Serbia GhanaGroup E Netherlands Denmark Japan CameroonGroup F Italy Paraguay New Zealand SlovakiaGroup G Brazil North Korea Côte d’Ivoire PortugalGroup H Spain Switzerland Honduras Chile GROUP HSPAIN Coach: Vicente del Bosque # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperIker Casillas (captain)20 May 1981 (aged 29)103Real Madrid2DefenderRaúl Albiol4 September 1985 (aged 24)22Real Madrid3DefenderGerard Piqué2 February 1987 (aged 23)15Barcelona4DefenderCarlos Marchena31 July 1979 (aged 30)57Valencia5DefenderCarles Puyol13 April 1978 (aged 32)82Barcelona6MidfielderAndrés Iniesta11 May 1984 (aged 26)41Barcelona7ForwardDavid Villa3 December 1981 (aged 28)56Valencia8MidfielderXavi25 January 1980 (aged 30)85Barcelona9ForwardFernando Torres20 March 1984 (aged 26)72Liverpool10MidfielderCesc Fàbregas4 May 1987 (aged 23)47Arsenal11DefenderJoan Capdevila3 February 1978 (aged 32)44Villarreal12GoalkeeperVíctor Valdés14 January 1982 (aged 28)0Barcelona13MidfielderJuan Manuel Mata28 April 1988 (aged 22)7Valencia14MidfielderXabi Alonso25 November 1981 (aged 28)67Real Madrid15DefenderSergio Ramos30 March 1986 (aged 24)58Real Madrid16MidfielderSergio Busquets16 July 1988 (aged 21)12Barcelona17DefenderÁlvaro Arbeloa17 January 1983 (aged 27)14Real Madrid18ForwardPedro28 July 1987 (aged 22)1Barcelona19ForwardFernando Llorente26 February 1985 (aged 25)6Athletic Bilbao20MidfielderJavi Martínez2 September 1988 (aged 21)1Athletic Bilbao21MidfielderDavid Silva8 January 1986 (aged 24)34Valencia22MidfielderJesús Navas21 November 1985 (aged 24)4Sevilla23GoalkeeperPepe Reina31 August 1982 (aged 27)19Liverpool SWITZERLAND Coach: Ottmar Hitzfeld # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperDiego Benaglio8 September 1983 (aged 26)25Wolfsburg2DefenderStephan Lichtsteiner16 January 1984 (aged 26)26Lazio3DefenderLudovic Magnin20 April 1979 (aged 31)61Zürich4DefenderPhilippe Senderos14 February 1985 (aged 25)38Everton5DefenderSteve von Bergen10 June 1983 (aged 27)10Hertha Berlin6MidfielderBenjamin Huggel7 July 1977 (aged 32)36Basel7MidfielderTranquillo Barnetta2 May 1985 (aged 25)50Bayer Leverkusen8MidfielderGökhan Inler27 June 1984 (aged 25)34Udinese9ForwardAlexander Frei (captain)15 July 1979 (aged 30)73Basel10ForwardBlaise Nkufo25 May 1975 (aged 35)29Twente11MidfielderValon Behrami19 April 1985 (aged 25)26West Ham United12GoalkeeperMarco Wölfli22 August 1982 (aged 27)4Young Boys13DefenderStéphane Grichting30 March 1979 (aged 31)33Auxerre14MidfielderMarco Padalino8 December 1983 (aged 26)7Sampdoria15MidfielderHakan Yakin22 February 1977 (aged 33)80Luzern16MidfielderGelson Fernandes2 September 1986 (aged 23)21Saint-Étienne17DefenderReto Ziegler16 January 1986 (aged 24)10Sampdoria18ForwardAlbert BunjakuNovember 29, 1983 (age 26)1Nuremberg19ForwardEren Derdiyok12 June 1988 (aged 21)19Bayer Leverkusen20MidfielderPirmin Schwegler9 March 1987 (aged 23)3Eintracht Frankfurt21GoalkeeperJohnny Leoni30 June 1984 (aged 25)0Zürich22DefenderMario Eggimann24 January 1981 (aged 29)8Hannover 9623MidfielderXherdan Shaqiri10 October 1991 (aged 18)1Basel HONDURAS Coach: Reinaldo Rueda # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperNoel Valladares3 May 1977 (aged 33)71Olimpia2GoalkeeperDonis Escober3 February 1980 (aged 30)11Olimpia3GoalkeeperRicardo Canales30 May 1982 (aged 28)2Motagua4DefenderMaynor Figueroa2 May 1983 (aged 27)66Wigan Athletic5DefenderSergio Mendoza23 May 1981 (aged 29)46Motagua6DefenderOscar García4 September 1984 (aged 25)42Olimpia7DefenderVíctor Bernárdez24 May 1982 (aged 28)40Anderlecht8DefenderEmilio Izaguirre10 May 1986 (aged 24)39Motagua9DefenderOsman Chávez29 July 1984 (aged 25)26Platense10DefenderMauricio Sabillón11 November 1978 (aged 31)25Hangzhou Greentown11DefenderJohnny Palacios20 December 1986 (aged 23)4Olimpia12MidfielderAmado Guevara (captain)2 May 1976 (aged 34)133Motagua13MidfielderDanilo Turcios8 May 1978 (aged 32)82Olimpia14MidfielderJulio César de León13 September 1979 (aged 30)74Torino15MidfielderWilson Palacios29 July 1984 (aged 25)69Tottenham Hotspur16MidfielderEdgar Álvarez9 January 1980 (aged 30)46Bari17MidfielderHendry Thomas23 February 1985 (aged 25)39Wigan Athletic18MidfielderRamón Núñez14 November 1984 (aged 25)16Olimpia19ForwardCarlos Pavón19 October 1973 (aged 36)98Real España20ForwardDavid Suazo5 November 1979 (aged 30)50Genoa21ForwardWalter Martínez29 March 1982 (aged 28)34Marathón22ForwardGeorgie Welcome9 March 1985 (aged 25)11Motagua23ForwardRoger Espinoza25 October 1986 (aged 23)10Kansas City Wizards CHILE Coach: Marcelo Bielsa # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperClaudio Bravo (captain)13 April 1983 (aged 27)41Real Sociedad2GoalkeeperMiguel Pinto4 July 1983 (aged 26)13Universidad de Chile3GoalkeeperLuis Marín18 May 1983 (aged 27)2Unión Española4DefenderPablo Contreras11 September 1978 (aged 31)49PAOK5DefenderGonzalo Jara29 August 1985 (aged 24)31West Bromwich Albion6DefenderIsmael Fuentes4 August 1981 (aged 28)25Universidad Católica7DefenderGary Medel3 August 1987 (aged 22)23Boca Juniors8DefenderWaldo Ponce4 December 1982 (aged 27)23Universidad Católica9DefenderArturo Vidal22 May 1987 (aged 23)21Bayer Leverkusen10DefenderMauricio Isla12 June 1988 (aged 21)10Udinese11MidfielderJorge Valdivia19 October 1983 (aged 26)36Al-Ain12MidfielderMatías Fernández15 May 1986 (aged 24)35Sporting CP13MidfielderRodrigo Tello14 October 1979 (aged 30)32Beşiktaş14MidfielderMarco EstradaMay 28, 1983 (aged 27)20Universidad de Chile15MidfielderRodrigo Millar3 November 1981 (aged 28)19Colo-Colo16MidfielderCarlos Carmona21 February 1987 (aged 23)18Reggina17MidfielderGonzalo Fierro21 March 1983 (aged 27)16Flamengo18ForwardHumberto Suazo10 May 1981 (aged 29)41Real Zaragoza19ForwardMark González10 July 1984 (aged 25)38CSKA Moscow20ForwardAlexis Sánchez19 December 1988 (aged 21)26Udinese21ForwardJean Beausejour1 June 1984 (aged 26)23América22ForwardFabián Orellana27 January 1986 (aged 24)13Xerez23ForwardEsteban Paredes1 August 1980 (aged 29)12Colo-ColoPREVIOUS: GROUP G <<
Martin’s 10 Rules of LightingGreen Basics: Lighting and Phantom LoadsAre LEDs Worth Their Extra Cost?Future of LEDs: Lower Cost, Higher EfficacyLEDS Could Get A Lot Cheaper Editor’s Note: Lyndon Than is a professional engineer and Certified Passive House Consultant who took a year off from work to design and build a home with his wife Phi in North York, a district of Toronto, Ontario. A list of Lyndon’s previous blogs at GBA appears in the sidebar below. For more, you can follow his blog, Passive House Toronto. This post originally appeared in November 2014. Some Thoughts on Drainwater Heat RecoveryRemovable Basement FloorsWalls, Roof, and an ElevatorDesigning a High-Performance Home RELATED ARTICLES Cree recently announced another breakthrough in LED technology: a commercially available LED with a new level of efficacy: 200 lumens per watt (Lm/W)! This is only a chip at the moment, but it is available for purchase — and this is of great interest to makers of flashlights, at the very least. For actual luminaires, they offer a 2-foot-square commercial unit performing at 150 Lm/W, not necessarily with the same chips — I don’t know. Pretty awesome performance.The complexity of switching to LED lighting keeps surprising me. At first, I began to learn about the three main specs:Efficacy (lumens per watt)Correlated Color Temperature (CCT)Color Rendering Index (CRI) Armed with just these three, one goes shopping for energy-efficient LED replacements or integrated fixtures. Very quickly, we find ourselves surprised at the field of offerings. The first surprise is that all the major manufacturers’ offerings are low-efficacy, offering usually not more than 60 Lm/W. I scoffed at this, in error. The next thing you run into is that there are often no claims of efficacy on some products; and then, frequently, there is no certification label. Never mind the CRI — which hardly ever appeared.Then, we were in Costco the other day and found the Luminus product. It lists all three main specs, and carries all the certifications, and the purchase price (it was a sale) was $5 each. Pretty impressive to find a product with this level of efficacy, at this color, with a CRI of over 85, and at a $5 price.Looking around, we find highly acclaimed products like one from Soraa,which uses a different LED technology — GaN (I assume this means gallium nitride). At 54 Lm/W for the 3000K MR16 bulb, one is not impressed by the efficacy. But look at the CRI — 95% — a figure you just can’t find in the common PC (phosphor coated?) LED technology. BLOGS BY LYNDON THAN Flicker and actual performanceAnd then I discovered LED Benchmark. These are the same guys doing benchmark testing of things like video cards and hard drives. I highly recommend their website, where you can expand your knowledge of LED lighting beyond the three main specs. They also have comparisons between LEDs and halogens. It was there that I found that we can go beyond the factors I had been considering to include flicker and actual performance.Many of the lesser-known product offerings (the cheap ones generally) frequently do not live up to their claims of efficacy, color rendering, or even color temperature. And all those low-efficacy major brands? Often they have sacrificed efficacy for color rendering and reduced flicker. Having purchased a number of LED products now, I can confirm that flicker and CRI are important measures of light quality and should be given significance in the purchase decision. I am now, unlike before, willing to compromise on efficacy to get a light that has no flicker and a high color rendering index.An LED chip claiming a light output of 1,000 lumens — which probably isn’t true.The photo at left shows an LED chip I bought on eBay. It claims a 1,000-lumen output. Using my lab power supply, I found that it consumes only about 4 watts, so I highly doubt the claimed output. The color is warm white, as claimed, but the light quality was terrible — I’m not sure why, but probably the CRI is low and flicker is high.We were very lucky to come across a batch of fixtures on Kijiji [a Canadian classified ad website] and bought about 60 trimless recessed light fixtures. (The two types shown below as Image #2 and Image #3 are RSA brand by Cooper). These usually cost about $200 per fixture plus about $65 per trim ring. Costly when you consider that a house can easily have 100 recessed lights. We got them for about $6 each, so we are installing these. They are low voltage (12V), with a solid-state voltage converter.
news Share on LinkedIn Topics Aston Villa The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Purslow, who spent just over 12 months as Liverpool’s chief executive and later went on to become managing director at Chelsea for three years, is tasked with putting together the shortlist for a position that is likely to attract plenty of interest, especially now that Villa have the financial backing of Sawiris and Edens, who bought a majority stake from Dr Tony Xia, the former owner, in July to put the club back on a stable footing.Bruce’s position as manager came under scrutiny at that time, with reports circulating that Henry was going to take over at Villa Park. Although Bruce managed to ride out that storm, he was never going to survive Tuesday night, when the simmering anger and frustration in the stands came to the surface on the back of a result that left Villa with only one win from their last 10 matches.Bruce was clearly upset and hurt by some of the things that went on off the field, including the cabbage incident, but he said afterwards that he had no intention of resigning and vowed to “battle on”. With Villa still within touching distance of the play‑offs, Bruce could have been forgiven for thinking he was only a few results away from turning things round, yet the reality is performances have been poor for some time and a team with a sprinkling of talented individuals has been playing with no clear identity for too long.In a statement released on Wednesday afternoon Villa confirmed that Colin Calderwood, the assistant manager, has left the club along with Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence and Gary Walsh, who were all part of the coaching staff. Kevin MacDonald, the under-23s manager, will take temporary charge for Saturday’s game at Millwall. Read more Share via Email Deciding the best option was trying to hit Steve Bruce with a cabbage Share on Twitter Steve Bruce Christian Purslow, who took over as Villa’s chief executive officer at the end of August, met Bruce on Wednesday to inform him that he was being dismissed, a little under two years after he was appointed. Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, the club’s owners, made that decision together with Purslow after coming to the conclusion that the chaotic game against Preston, who are bottom of the Championship, left them with no option but to act.Purslow, working closely with the club’s owners, will now lead an extensive search to find a manager capable of reviving their promotion hopes. Thierry Henry, who was linked with the Villa job in the summer, is likely to be among the candidates. Other names in the frame include Sam Allardyce, out of work since leaving Everton in May, and Brendan Rodgers, the Celtic manager. Dean Smith, who has impressed at Brentford and grew up supporting Villa, could also come under consideration, although it is questionable whether he is the sort of appointment the owners have in mind.Villa, in an ideal world, hope to have Bruce’s successor in place in the lead‑up to time for the home game against Swansea on 20 October, which takes place immediately after the international break, although they are not wedded to that timescale and will not rush a decision that is central to their plans of returning to the Premier League. Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Aston Villa are targeting a high-profile appointment after sacking Steve Bruce following a damaging run of results that made his position untenable in the eyes of the club’s owners.Bruce was relieved of his duties less than 24 hours after the tumultuous 3-3 draw against Preston, during which Villa missed an injury-time penalty, fans called for him to be dismissed and a cabbage was thrown at the 57‑year‑old manager. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Sept 2014 – Yet another incident where a member of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is implicated as in the wrong.MAgnetic Media today learned of an alleged scuffle between an officer and a former student of CLement Howell High School. The young man who is said to be registered has not yet turned up for classes this year. The son of popular pastor Elva Talbot-Swann, was hanging out across from the campus, according to our source, when he spotted the regular Police on duty and suddenly took off running.One officer reportedly pursued and was said to have been attacked and beaten up. That officer was treated at hospital.The story of Pastor Elva differs starkly. She says it is her son who was kicked and punched; he also needed medical care. She was audibly distraught.The school principal explained none of it was on CHHS campus, nor did it disrupt class. Eagles win again at InterHigh Championships Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:clement howell high school, Elva talbot swann, royal turks and caicos police force Recommended for you Nearly 100 Haitian migrants caught by TCI Police Marine division Clement Howell High get their hands dirty for World Wetlands Day 2016
Barcelona are ready to make a move for Arsenal defender, Laurent Koscielny when the transfer window reopens in January.The Catalan club will reportedly consider signing the ex-France international as a short-term fix for their defensive problems.The Spanish champions are currently having to make do without Samuel Umtiti and Belgian stalwart Thomas Vermaelen at the back because of injury, leaving just Clement Lenglet to partner Gerard Pique.Rather than spending big on a new central defender, Ernesto Valverde’s side are understood to be after a cheaper alternative to fill in at centre-half if Umtiti struggles on his return from a long-term layoff.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Spanish outlet Marca, as reported by Sports Mole say that Koscielny, who is yet to feature for the Gunners since May 3 due to an Achilles injury, ticks the box for an experienced and cheap option in the January window.The Spanish giants are understood to be willing to offer the former FC Lorient defender an initial six-month deal, which will carry the option of an additional year come the end of the season.