More renewable energy records set in Europe FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Quartz:This week, two of the biggest economies in Europe set new records for clean energy.The U.K.’s electrical grid has not burned any coal for about 1,000 hours so far this year. Though it’s just a symbolic achievement, the pace at which the UK is reaching such figures shows the pace of the energy transition. In 2016 and 2017, the comparable figures for the full year stood at 210 hours and 624 hours, respectively.There are two reasons for the shift: a carbon tax on coal has made cleaner natural gas more attractive, and subsidies for solar and wind power have ensured wider deployment of new clean-energy technologies.Germany’s case has been slightly different. Though it began pushing for renewable energy much earlier than the U.K., its gains have been slower. The coal lobby in Germany is a lot stronger than in the U.K.But as the costs of renewable energy have come down, change is finally showing. In 2018 so far, coal generated about 35.1% of the country’s electricity. In comparison, renewable sources, such as solar, wind, and biomass, generated about 36.5%. At the half-year mark, it’s the first time in Germany’s history that renewables sources have generated more electricity than coal.The pace of change is expected to accelerate. The European Union is tightening its emissions-trading scheme, which is raising the price of carbon. Large producers of carbon dioxide are being incentivized to move away from fossil fuels. As well, the cost of energy storage is coming down, allowing countries to add more intermittent solar and wind power.More: Europe keeps setting clean-energy records
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享La Crosse Tribune:Dairyland Power Cooperative took its coal-fired power plant in Genoa offline at the beginning of June to avoid fuel shortages caused by the lack of barges carrying coal up a flooded Mississippi River. Instead, the La Crosse-headquartered cooperative is purchasing electricity from the Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc. market to make up for the power normally produced by the plant in Genoa, said Phil Moilien, Dairyland’s vice president.At face value, buying power from the grid could be cheaper for Dairyland than running its coal plant.Dairyland’s 345-megawatt coal-fired power plant is one of 17 coal plants in Wisconsin. At 50 years old, it’s the eighth oldest coal-burning power plant in the state.Since the Genoa plant, situated along the Mississippi River, gets its coal solely by barge, Moilien said, Dairyland made the decision to temporarily halt operations “not because we are out of coal, but to ensure we have enough coal for the summer months.”However, Dairyland reported to the U.S. Energy Information Administration that its fuel cost $27.28 per megawatt-hour in 2017. And it costs about $17 per megawatt-hour to run the power plant, based on EIA modeling. Altogether, that’s a combined cost of about $44 per megawatt-hour to produce electricity at a coal-fired power plant such as Dairyland’s.By comparison, it costs about $32 per megawatt-hour to buy power from the grid, according to MISO market figures from June 2018.More: Dairyland Power took its coal plant offline because of flooding, but it could be saving money buying power from the grid Temporary closing of Wisconsin coal plant likely saving money for Dairyland Power’s customers
Moody’s: Climate change poses rising risk to significant portion of U.S. nuclear fleet FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Nuclear operators should expect to face growing credit risk associated with climate change over the next 10 to 20 years, Moody’s said in an Aug. 18 report, suggesting operators should install upgrades to protect their facilities from looming threats.Reactors that are exposed to increased flood risk can make incremental investments to “bolster their flood barrier or redirect runoff to protect critical structures,” Moody’s analysts wrote, noting that the rating agency incorporates such actions into its credit analysis as a form of risk mitigation.Flooding represents a primary concern for nuclear projects, as plants located near large bodies of water are vulnerable to flooding and storm surges, increasing the risk that equipment could be damaged. Approximately 37,000 MW of nuclear capacity in the U.S. has elevated exposure to flood risk, according to the report.“Nuclear power reactors are some of the most hardened industrial assets in the [U.S.], but they still face rising climate risks, especially if they look to extend their operating licenses for another 20 years,” Moody’s analyst David Kamran, an author of the report, said in an email.Increased heat and a depleted water supply are also expected to be factors, with parts of the Midwest and southern Florida facing the highest levels of heat stress and Western states, primarily California and those in the Rocky Mountain region, likely to face the greatest reduction in water availability. Some 48,000 MW of nuclear capacity will be impacted by the increased exposure to combined rising heat and water stress, according to the report.“Growing heat stress across parts of the Midwest and southern Florida can have an adverse impact on nuclear plant operations by reducing a plant’s cooling capacity,” Moody’s said in the report. “The power generation process creates steam, which is cooled, condensed into liquid water and reused.” Should the temperature of the water that will be cooled or the discharge water be too high, a nuclear plant can be “forced to curtail production or shut down temporarily,” Moody’s added.[Fotios Tsarouhis]More ($): Moody’s warns nuclear plants face growing climate risk
How’s it going?That’s the first question I’m always asked whenever anyone learns about this project.It’s probably the best and worst question ever. It’s great in the sense that, 9 times out of 10, I can answer it in one simple word that satisfies just about everyone – Awesome! What sucks about it is everything that falls through the cracks in that simple question-and-answer exchange. It’s hard to answer “How’s it going” and do the response justice, cover it all, give you the high points, the low points, the small day-in-the-life-type moments that make or break my day. It’s hard to sum up in one (relatively concise) answer just what it’s like to live entirely out of a car and a camper, to be based out of nowhere and everywhere at the same time, to know that at the end of the day, no matter how much fun you had on the rock or on the water with your pals, you have to retire solo to your camper while everyone else returns home to family, dog, kitty, pet llama, etc. etc.The video above was taken just one week into the project (shot and edited by the talented Matt Smink), yet it feels like it was shot ages ago, back when everything was new. Even now, my life still feels like a test run, like some monthlong trial that ends back in my basement apartment in Charlottesville with an ice cold beverage, a pint of ice cream, and my feet up on the coffee table, thinking “shew, what a ride.” But there’s no basement apartment anymore, no freezer for ice cream, and definitely no coffee table. There’s just me, my car, my camper, and about every piece of equipment I could need to do everything from photo shoots to kayaking and hammock lounging.So, in an effort to provide a little glimpse into the truths of this vagabond, transient, wayfarer lifestyle, I’ll attempt to list some thoughts from behind the wheel (where most of my ingenious moments occur). For better or for worse, my roadside confessions.1. 99% of the time, I drink cold, day(s)-old coffee.I typically buy coffee in the morning from some mom-and-pop type coffee shop, realize I can’t drink it right away because it’s too hot, promptly forget that I bought it, then realize I have an entire thermos of coffee days later when I go to repeat the entire process.2. There are weird things in my cupholders……like jojoba oil and pocket knives.3. I am a bug sensei.I have seen, slept with, and probably eaten more bugs in the month I’ve lived on the road than I did during the three months I spent in the Amazon…okay, maybe not quite, but it’s a damn close second.4. Showering without flip-flops on is heaven on Earth.Seriously.5. I am perplexed by the amount of mysterious bruises on my body.Between the bar brawls, the strangers that beat me in my sleep, and my own perpetual clumsiness, my skin is closer kin to a bruised banana than a healthy epidermis.6. I forget that I live out of my car……that is, until it’s suddenly 9pm on a Tuesday night and I’ve yet to eat dinner and everywhere around me is closed and all I have is a jar of almond butter and I’ve ran out of fuel and/or am too lazy to cook. Or I volunteer to drive and someone gets in the car and I have to move my drying underwear from the dashboard.7. I dry my underwear on the dashboard.Rarely. Sometimes. Pretty regularly. Okay almost daily.8. I once judged my friend for not showering for five days……only to return to the Go and realize that I, too, had not showered for five days.9. I lose things in my car.It sounds silly, improbable, even. But the truth is, I’ve lost a headlamp, one sock, and my social security card somewhere in the vicinity of that Jeep Cherokee. Organization was never my strong suit.I’m sure there are plenty more confessions I’m forgetting (or choosing to forget), but bear with me. One month down and 11 more to go! Here’s to the open road ahead.
Earlier this week we reported on the new Responsible Down Standard, spearheaded by The North Face, Textile Exchange and other outdoor industry brands. Now, Patagonia is releasing its 100% Traceable Down, a project they have been developing for several seasons.Traceable Down means that any product with this qualification (which now includes all down clothing produced by Patagonia) uses only down materials that have been gathered under the best conditions for animal welfare. Patagonia says that it can “trace” all of its down resources back to birds at the heart of production that are neither force-fed nor live-plucked.To send its message home, Patagonia has launched a simultaneously entertaining and eye-opening video to explain why Traceable Down is so important. This isn’t your typical cartoon but rather an insightful look at the cruel processes behind the down clothing and bedding that makes a good argument for the changes that Patagonia and others have heralded.
By Dialogo September 14, 2010 The Ecuadorean Navy has deployed a hundred marines to the Amazonian locality of General Farfán to combat Colombian irregular groups active in that border region, the government announced. The marines were transferred from the port of Guayaquil (in southwestern Ecuador) to patrol the area of General Farfán, in the province of Sucumbíos, which borders on the Colombian department of Putumayo, the announcement indicated. The executive branch indicated that the military personnel are carrying out security responsibilities and measures to prevent the smuggling of arms, ammunition, and fuel. “They are also engaged in property searches and in seeking and arresting armed individuals or members of (Colombian) illegal armed groups (GIAC) in their area of responsibility,” the statement added. The Ecuadorean defense minister, Javier Ponce, has said that his country considers Colombia’s strategy for guarding the two countries’ approximately seven-hundred-kilometer-long shared border insufficient, for which reason Ecuador insists that its neighbor increase its military presence in the region. “Ecuador considers that this effort is not sufficient. In addition, maintaining seven thousand uniformed personnel (along the border) requires no less than 100 million dollars a year from the (Ecuadorean) state,” he stated recently. Ponce plans to meet with his Colombian counterpart, Rodrigo Rivera, in Quito soon in order to discuss this issue, Ecuadorean foreign minister Ricardo Patiño announced a week ago.
Diálogo: How does that translate from a military point of view? What advantages does that provide? Diálogo: What are the challenges in implementing these capabilities for cultural awareness when you’re dealing with full spectrum operations? Diálogo: Growing up in the region had a significant impact on me. It gave me an appreciation for Latin America, for the richness of the culture, for the passion and focus of the people—I have a real affinity for Latin America and its warm and engaging people. Even though my language skills are not as good as I would like, I appreciate the fact that we need to work together in a common language to truly understand one another. I think many of my counterparts appreciate the fact that I lived in the region—that living there gave me an understanding of the culture and an ability to communicate with people in the region. Why is language and culture so strategically important? I think there’s a direct connection because of the people who work on our staff—many speak the languages in the region. Some of them are first-generation citizens of the U.S., while others are second-generation. Many of them have lived in the region and return there to train or attend educational institutions within the region. Overall I find we have the ability to communicate much more directly and much more openly because of the inherent language and cultural capacities of our staff—this helps us to connect to the region in important ways. The ability to communicate and to understand a culture means two things: I am able to literally understand what my counterparts are saying, but I can also hear what they are trying to tell me—the cultural message—and adjust to that. Language and cultural knowledge provide opportunities to communicate and also connect, which enhances our engagement with the region. For the military, our Foreign Area Officers are extremely important. Their ability to communicate allows us to form very close relations with our counterparts. They help us break through a lot of the communication barriers or avoid miscommunication. They help us translate concerns, perceptions, and needs. Can you provide an example of how language skills have enhanced interoperability? How has your experience in the region shaped your understanding about the importance of language and culture? Diálogo: Diálogo: One of the challenges is time and the other is our biases and our perspective—how we use our information sources to interpret and see what we hear. Language is not just about words, it is also about culture, which affects how we understand and process language. Two people who share the same language but come from completely different cultures may understand a situation in two completely different ways. The way a Spanish speaker in Peru thinks about an issue may be very different from the way a Spanish speaker in Guatemala thinks about the same idea. Cultural awareness—understanding the culture that underscores the words—is critical to really communicating with and understanding the rest of the world. Different cultures can lead to different understandings and meanings, and we don’t always understand that the way we need to. It’s important that we always apply a language and culture filter and ask ourselves if we really understand the problem we are facing—and if we understand it the same way our partners do. The United States Department of Defense considers knowledge of foreign language and cultural awareness as essential to mission readiness. In late January 2011, the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness hosted a Summit entitled Language and Culture: A Strategic Imperative. This summit brought together the foremost military leaders and academics to discuss ways to enhance cultural awareness and promote language learning throughout the Services. During the summit, General Douglas Fraser, Commander of the United States Southern Command, spoke on the importance of language and cultural training as a component of security cooperation activities with Latin America and the Caribbean. Diálogo sat down with General Fraser to discuss his perspective on language and cultural competencies in the Services. Interview with General Douglas Fraser, Commander, United States Southern Command: General Douglas Fraser: General Douglas Fraser: How do language and culture skills in SOUTHCOM specifically benefit the militaries in Latin America and the Caribbean? General Douglas Fraser: General Douglas Fraser: The best example at a senior level, although this happens throughout the forces, is when we put U.S. forces in to help the people of Haiti. LTG Keen commanded those forces and had spent time in Brazil, had gone to their staff college and understood and spoke Portuguese. The MINUSTAH Commander was Brazilian and a friend of LTG Keen’s. They knew one another from their days of training and their days in school. They already had an established connection—they already trusted one another and did not need to build a relationship from scratch—and they could communicate with one another, which helped us enormously in accomplishing common goals. Focusing on the U.S., I’ve had senior officials tell me that they’re looking to have their men and women take part in our schools and in our training exercises for the same reason: so that their people can form relationships with U.S. military personnel, and get an awareness and understanding of life in the United States. They have a lifelong benefit from engaging with and understanding U.S. citizens, and they want to make sure this engagement continues. So it’s really a two-way connection. We need to be immersed in their schools in Latin America; they need to be immersed in our schools here in the U.S., and that way we’ll be able to really communicate with one another. General Douglas Fraser: General Douglas Fraser: By Dialogo February 18, 2011 Mandatory military capabilities? Form â€œFilipillosâ€? Turn preocupations, perceptions and necessary allies in order to reach the strategical visions? It is summarily confusing to establish a defensive communication which belongs to an orchestrated international community. It seems to me that the theme does not come across in the language of the culture, I believe that in the end it is to define what your interest is and what is the interest of the other party. The practice of colonial intellectualism continues. The new generations are pending on the â€œculture of nowâ€. What is certain is that much of the human knowledge is in languages like English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, German, French just to mention the more outstanding ones. The culture does not have the same relationship with the knowledge. Diálogo: We live in a multicultural world. Within the United States, different regions see and approach life differently. Within government, different organizations approach things differently. Different countries approach the world in different manners. But because we’re such an international community, because our world will continue to get smaller in the information age, language and culture will play an increasingly important role. We need to understand one another, not just to talk to one another—communication is more than just words or computer translation programs. Because we live in an increasingly small world, we are going to be engaged more frequently with other nations to solve problems together. The best way to do that is to be open, to engage with one another, to understand one another’s cultures and perspectives. If we can speak one another’s languages, and apply the cultural context to our interactions, our communication will improve dramatically.
By Kaiser Konrad/Diálogo October 24, 2017 Located in the state of Georgia, Moody Air Force Base has been home to the 23rd Wing of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Air Combat Command since 2006. Three main units are based there. The 23rd Fighter Group brings together two squadrons and the largest fleet of A-10C Thunderbolt II in the USAF, with more than 90 pilots serving as a stand-by unit capable of being deployed to any part of the world on short notice. The 347th Rescue Group, comprising three squadrons—one equipped with HC-130P Combat King aircraft, another with HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, and Guardian Angel, the oldest USAF unit, which is devoted exclusively to combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) missions. In 2015, the U.S. government selected Moody Air Force Base to receive the 81st Fighter Squadron (81st FS). The base would serve as the headquarters for the Light Aircraft Support (LAS) program and the new A-29 Super Tucano, a light turboprop attack and training plane. 81st Fighter Squadron The activities begin early at Moody Air Force Base. Gathered in the auditorium of the 81st FS, Afghan Air Force pilots train with experienced USAF fighter pilots. One morning, the objective was to identify from aerial images the exact location of a target, which troops on the ground had failed to detect. It would be no easy task. The target was in an urban area and seen from above, buildings all looked very much the same. The exercise was akin to finding a needle in a haystack, but pilots completing ground-attack missions have to be able to identify their target. The lives of their colleagues, who are under enemy fire on the ground, depend on immediate close air support. For these pilots, avoiding collateral damage and knowing how to choose the correct weapon, while using it with the most precision, are of the utmost importance. Troops calling for air support as well as civilians who live in the area are fellow citizens or allied forces whose protection must be assured. The 81st FS was established January 15th, 1942 and took part in World War II. In 1988, upon receiving F-16 Fighting Falcon planes, it became the first USAF unit to use two different aircraft in the same combat element. Known as “the Panthers,” the 81st FS was the first USAF combat unit to receive the powerful and versatile A-29 Super Tucano counterinsurgency aircraft for a training program. The U.S. government selected the aircraft for its LAS program. Initially, the goal was to provide 20 aircraft to the Afghan Air Force. Among the requirements of the LAS program the aircraft had to be light, reliable, and highly resilient—a complete and authentic combat platform, but with a substantially lower operating cost than the fighters in service. Such an aircraft needed to be capable of carrying out intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions; performing attacks using a wide array of conventional and intelligent weapons; operating in treacherous terrain and in extreme conditions; and being able to fight and win in low intensity and counterinsurgency combat settings. Training Afghan pilots The daily routine at Moody consists of classroom study, flight simulator activities, and at least 10 sorties per day. Each pilot does a sortie in the morning and another in the afternoon. Generally, six months are needed for a pilot to make the shift from one aircraft to another. With the Super Tucano, however, making that shift is quite easy, as just 19 sorties suffice. The A-29 avionics are very similar to those of the F-16. The panel has big, colored, multifunctional displays with a very user-friendly system, allowing pilot and copilot to access information from various sensors. USAF is learning a lot with this aircraft and all of its capacities. “Training consists of repeating tasks in order to meet the standard of expected performance,” said Colonel João Alexandro Vilela, a reservist fighter pilot with the Brazilian Air Force. “So, as a trainer plane, the Super Tucano turboprop allows the fighter training tasks to be operationalized at a lower cost. Additionally, its sophisticated cockpit creates a technological environment that hones the pilot’s judgment capacity and decision-making process, in real time, together with the motor coordination skills demanded by 4th generation fighter cockpits. With regard to conditions in the operational situation, as a light attack plane, it allows for the accurate and efficient use of its weapons system.” The LAS program will train 30 Afghan fighter pilots and will deliver 20 A-29 planes—most have already been delivered to Afghanistan. “The students are from diverse backgrounds, but they are the best from their places of origin,” stated U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Hill, commander of the 81st FS. “Some of them received initial training in the T-6 here in the U.S., while others trained in Afghanistan. Many of our students have prior experience in the Cessna 208, flying CASEVAC [casualty evacuation] and transport missions all over Afghanistan.” At least 17 USAF instructors,—most with combat experience from the A-10, F-16, and F-15E squadrons—are assisting with training the Afghan pilots. The training phase includes formation flying, low-altitude navigation, tactical maneuvers, and attack modes using various types of weapons, with a focus on close-air support missions. While at Moody, students use training munitions, including BDU-33 bombs, rockets with dummy warheads, and non-incendiary 12.7 mm machine gun ammunition. Back in Afghanistan, pilots will go to a firing range near Kabul to train on live fire before using their skills in combat. The Super Tucano in combat The first four Super Tucanos arrived in Afghanistan in early January 2016 at the Hamid Karzai International Airport, their base of operations, in the Afghan capital of Kabul. Their first combat sortie came soon after. On January 15th, three night air raids were carried out in the Khostak Valley in the northeastern province of Badakhshan. Since then, Afghan fighters have carried out two to four missions per week. Throughout 2016, the aircraft flew 320 combat sorties and used their weapons in 138 of them. The Super Tucano has bolstered the Afghan government’s strategic air power and strengthened the country’s rekindled air force. The aircraft has a longer range and greater response and firepower capacity than other weapons systems. Due to its flexibility, low cost, and accuracy, the A-29 has been tasked with carrying out two of the main attack modes in the Afghan theater. Close-Air Support is carried out when a forward air controller in a convoy or patrol under direct attack or ambush calls in and coordinates immediate fire over an enemy close to their own position—the controller is in charge of the strike. Close-Combat Attack is similar with a caveat. Pilots called to provide close-air support carry out a deliberate attack against the target using weapons of their choice. They are in charge of the strike and responsible for its consequences. The A-29 has been used to attack preselected targets, vehicles, and training camps, and to kill insurgent or terrorist leaders, as was done successfully in Colombia. Another important duty is convoy escort. These planes have shown to be more efficient than armed or actual attack helicopters. In this case, planes do route reconnaissance within a radius of 4 to 6 miles to maintain the convoy in visual sight at 25 to 30 degrees, in the position of the left wing machine gun. In the event that contact with the vehicles is lost, the pilot must fly low over them to be seen. To always think like the enemy is critical. If the convoy is attacked or ambushed, the A-29 must raise the force level by showing its presence. The objective is to make the enemy abandon hostile intentions. Therefore, the aircraft needs to be seen and heard. “The pilots have been quite successful. They work in direct coordination with the ground forces, and they’ve managed to have extreme precision in their use of arms against enemy forces,” Lt. Col. Hill said. Afghanistan has 407 districts, of which 133 are disputed and 41 are under Taliban control, which has resulted in an enormous amount of work for the country’s security forces. To make matters worse, the Islamic State has advanced into that region. As a result the Super Tucano has been called on more. The aircraft can respond to a convoy attack three times faster than a helicopter, and carry a larger amount and variety of precision or saturation weapons, a decisive factor. “The Super Tucano was the right choice for Afghanistan,” Lt. Col. Hill said. “The pilots we train here in the 81st FS have achieved immediate battlefield success. This aircraft has performed well in a hostile environment, providing a reliable and efficient weapons platform for Afghan service members. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to train the Afghans on this platform and help them build their combat air force. Also, as we learn more about how the Super Tucano can be used, we have the opportunity to exchange knowledge with Brazilians and Colombians. Those relationships are important to us, and provide some optimal ideas and techniques. We plan to maintain those relationships in the future,” he concluded.
Suprapto said the demand for train trips had been dropping. The operator recorded only 8,190 passengers on Sunday, compared to more than 40,000 passengers on March 1. About 44,000 passengers cancelled their trips between March 1 and 29.The train operator said it would fully refund all tickets for cancelled trips between March 23 and May 29. Normally, passengers only get 75 percent of the base fare in the case of a refund.KAI has advised passengers to cancel their tickets online through the KAI Access application or at train stations across the provinces.Surakarta Balapan station head Suharyanto said PT KAI had also suspended airport train services bound for Adi Soemarmo Airport in Surakarta through April. (nal)Topics : The trains affected by the policy are KA Taksaka Pagi, KA Taksaka Malam, KA Bogowonto, KA Gajah Wong and KA Fajar Utama connecting Jakarta and Yogyakarta; KA Lodaya Pagi and KA Lodaya Malam (Surakarta-Bandung); KA Senja Utama (Jakarta-Surakarta) and KA Sancaka (Yogyakarta-Surabaya).Read also: COVID-19: PT KAI cancels 28 Jakarta train routesKAI Daop 8 Surabaya spokesperson Suprapto said 18 train routes to East Java had also been cancelled in April.Among the affected trains were KA Jayakarta (Surabaya-Jakarta), KA Dharmawangsa Ekspress (Surabaya-Jakarta), KA Malioboro Ekspres (Yogyakarta-Malang), KA Sancaka (Surabaya-Yogyakarta), KA Majapahit (Jakarta-Malang), and KA Ambarawa Ekspres (Surabaya-Semarang). State-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) has cancelled additional long-distance trains routes to various destinations in Yogyakarta, Central Java and East Java in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.“We are extending the cancellations until after the Idul Fitri holiday [in May]. The operator initially planned to suspend operations only until March 31,” KAI operational region (Daop) 6 Yogyakarta spokesperson Eko Budiyanto said on Monday.KAI closed six routes connecting Yogyakarta and Jakarta; two routes connecting Surakarta, Central Java, and Bandung, West Java; and one route connecting Yogyakarta and Surabaya, East Java, from March 26 until mid-June.
Comment “You better be right playing away is an advantage!” ðMikel Arteta hopes @laura_woodsy is right as #AFC face four away games on the bounce when the Premier League restarts. #SkyFootballShow pic.twitter.com/0gg49uUEC7— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 11, 2020 Mikel Arteta looks ahead to Manchester City clash and provides Arsenal fitness update Advertisement Arsenal lost to Championship side Brentford a week out from visiting Man City (Picture: Getty)Asked if one positive of the hiatus has been getting players back fit again, Arteta told The Football Show: ‘Yeah, absolutely. And they’ve been looking after themselves really well during that period.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Obviously some live in apartments, some live in big houses, and we just tried to fulfil those limitations. But overall it’s been a very good experience to get to know each other much better.’On the squad’s fitness, he continued: ‘I think that’s a big question mark. That’s the biggest question mark because we’ve been training in big groups just for 10 days I think and competition, you can play a friendly game, you can play 45 minutes, but it’s not near the Premier League rhythm at all.‘And I will have to see that, I think it will be very difficult to sustain big rhythm for 90 minutes for the first few games at least. So let’s try to play that as 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 ArsenalOn facing City next Wednesday, as well as Arsenal’s aim’s for the rest of the season, Arteta continued: ‘It’s going to be strange, I can’t deny that. Obviously I know everybody there, I spent four magnificent years with those players, those staff and the club.‘But I’m really excited as well. I can’t wait to start competing, playing again, and doing what we love most which is to play football. And yeah it was going to be very, very special for me, but I’m really looking forward to it. Advertisement ‘The ambition in this period, as I’ve said before, is to be a better team than we were before. In that moment we were on a really good run before we stopped for the coronavirus.‘I want to go day-by-day with this team and game after game be competitive in every game and go to any stadium and try to win. This has to be us. That’s the way I feel and the way I believe is the best way to approach every game.’MORE: Mikel Arteta speaks out on Arsenal’s defeat to Brentford in friendlyMORE: Arsenal prioritise Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract over new signingsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Jun 2020 11:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares The Spaniard admits it will take players a while to get up to speed (Pictures: Getty / Sky Sports)Mikel Arteta is eagerly awaiting Arsenal’s return to Premier League action against Manchester City though admits the players will struggle to replicate their usual intensity and rhythm.The Gunners have ramped up their training a week out from their first fixture, which is a testing away trip to the Etihad to take on Arteta’s old club – though their preparation was far from ideal, losing 3-2 against Brentford in a friendly on Wednesday.Nevertheless, Arteta is looking forward to taking on City and says he has a fully fit squad to choose from, though has warned that players will be rusty after so long without playing competitively.