My Morning Jacket’s Return To Austin City Limits Will Be Live Streamed

first_imgNext Monday, May 2nd, My Morning Jacket will head to Austin, TX to tape their episode of the famed series, Austin City Limits. The longest-running music program has hosted MMJ twice before, in both 2006 and 2008; so this will be their first trip back to ACL in a full eight years. With the power of their newest release, The Waterfall, behind them, expect nothing short of greatness for this beloved rock band.For fans who can’t make it out to Austin for the taping, the program has announced plans to live stream the broadcast. Beginning at 8 pm Central on May 2nd, My Morning Jacket will stream right to your couch, courtesy of this YouTube embedded below:MMJ was also just announced as a headliner for the Suwannee Hulaween festival. You can scope that full lineup here.last_img read more

Ween Were At Their Brownest During Night Two At Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

first_imgWeen returned to Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas last night for the second night of their three-night stand, and they turned in a set aimed at their hardcore fans. Ween is certainly an acquired taste, but if you like Ween, you loved last night’s ridiculously “brown” journey through the band’s expansive catalog.After opening with “Did You See Me?”, Ween delivered a twenty-five song set that showcased their diversity. Songs like “Exactly Where I’m At, The Stallion pt 5”, and “The HIV Song” acted as the ultimate contrast to “hit” songs like “The Mollusk”, “Bananas and Blow”, and “Roses Are Free”. Ween doesn’t pull any punches, so songs like “Waving My Dick in the Wind” and the night’s encore, “She Fucks Me”, come off as punk rock moments where the band is actively trying to offend those who don’t get their style. It’s a bold move that pays off for Ween time and time again, as they and their hardcore fans are all in on the joke and cherish making those who aren’t in on it uncomfortable. Last night, Ween once again proved that they are fearless.See below for a full setlist from last night’s Ween show at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, and check videos of “She’s Your Baby”, “Dr. Rock”, and “Puerto Rican Power” from the show as well, courtesy of Fatah Ruark’s Live Music Archive“She’s Your Baby”“Dr. Rock”“Puerto Rican Power”You can see a full photo gallery below, courtesy of © Paul Citone / KabikPhotoGroup.Com..Setlist: Ween | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 2/18/2017Set One: Did You See Me?, Exactly Where I’m At, Mutilated Lips, Take Me Away, Up on the Hill, The Stallion pt 5, Happy Colored Marbles, The HIV Song, Boy’s Club, Doctor Rock, Frank, She’s Your Baby, The Mollusk, Bananas and Blow, Even If You Don’t, Pandy Fackler, Fat Lenny, Puerto Rican Power, Sorry Charlie, How High Can You Fly?, Roses Are Free, Baby Bitch, Waving My Dick in the Wind, Don’t Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy), Captain FantasyEncore: She Fucks Me Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Somebody Is Selling Actual Baker’s Dozen Donuts Encased In Plastic For Hundreds Each On Ebay

first_imgAs the seller explains the strange piece of memorabilia in their Ebay post (which, surprisingly, comes with what appear to be actual photos of them, because this is somehow actually a thing): “The Donut was immediately frozen, then freeze dried. Treated with color preservatives and clear vinyl compound then set in a polyester plastic compound. Total of 4 week process. The majority of these donuts were eaten immediately. This is a very rare piece and will last… forever.”Still not exactly sure how we feel about this one. It’s definitely super weird, but also kinda cool? Either way, we’re pretty sure that some crazy enthusiastic Phish fan is gonna end up buying at least one of them. People are strange…don’t think too much about it.[h/t – SPIN] Phish fans loved the Baker’s Dozen. They loved the themed setlists, and the no repeats and, of course, they loved the donuts. As we all know, Phish gave away a different flavor of donut to the early arrivers at each of their 13 performances at Madison Square Garden, and then catered that evening’s setlist to reference the donut du jour.Watch Phish Debut “Sunshine Of Your Feeling,” The Boston/Cream Combo That Inspired The Baker’s DozenThose who attended the Baker’s Dozen know how rare and coveted these official pastries were each night. And a lot of people didn’t end up getting one. That’s just how it goes. But one fan apparently really loved the Baker’s Dozen donuts, so much so that they went to great lengths to procure and preserve them, and are now selling them for a pretty penny online.According to a new set of posts on Ebay, user mstrjollo is selling actual Baker’s Dozen donuts encased in a plastic see-through shadow-box complete with engraved plinths bearing the date and “flavor” of the show–for hundreds of dollars.last_img read more

A better welcome home

first_imgAn array of innovative approaches to help veterans took center stage Wednesday at a gathering of military leaders, community members, and academics at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. As the country prepares to welcome home large numbers of servicemen and servicewomen from Iraq this winter, the conference “A Better Welcome Home: Transformative Models to Support Veterans and Their Families” explored approaches to help veterans connect to their communities and leverage their strengths in a tough job market.“As the president is bringing back our forces from Iraq, we have the enormous duty of figuring out ways to welcome people home,” said Col. Christian Macedonia, who delivered the event’s keynote address, “The Sublime Joy of Serving Those Who Serve.” Macedonia is a military physician and program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency who most recently served as the medical sciences adviser to the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen. “These soldiers are not broken china dolls or damaged goods — they have been through some experiences that the rest of society has not.”“The good news is this country did learn the lesson of Vietnam: Whether [or not] you are happy about the mission, you should always admire the service,” said Harvard Kennedy School Dean David T. Ellwood in his opening remarks. “And there is so much more to be done. When our servicemen and women return from putting their lives on the line for their country, they should be thanked with not only a pat on the back, but a future.”Emmy-winning director Mark Harris filmed the conference, which included presentations from a diverse group of public and nonprofit organization on three topic-specific panels: “New Frontiers in Services,” “Healing through Action,” and “Creating Community Connections.” Panelists shared a host of alternative treatments, including art therapy, outdoor recreation, and veteran-civilian dialogue, which have become integral to overcoming traumatic war experiences for many veterans.The conference comes on the heels of some startling employment statistics: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate of post-9/11 veterans had risen from 10.4 percent the year prior to 11.7 percent in September 2011, while the national unemployment rate was 9.1 percent over the same period. Among male veterans ages 18 to 24 the unemployment rate is 27 percent.“The last decade of wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq has certainly put the challenges faced by our veterans at the forefront of national concern,” said Anthony Saich, director of the Ash Center and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs. “We were pleased to host such an inspiring group of individuals providing notable alternatives to more mainstream models of care. From service dogs to social networking sites, these participants demonstrated that all of us have a responsibility to ensure the homecoming of our veterans is more than just yellow ribbons and flashy parades.”last_img read more

Connected Customers and the Segment of One

first_imgWherever we go, we leave traces. Today’s technology allows us to capture those traces and analyze them. How does a visitor actually use your website? How long do they stay? What is the average amount of interaction a tweet from the company account gets? Do people behave differently at different times of the day or across different regions?With the wealth of data available on each individual, customer knowledge can be more accurate than ever, leading to the widely desired ‘360° view’. This paves the way for customer segmentation to become extremely refined – so refined we could action the segment of one.The Potential of Hyper-TargetingIncreased granularity of the customer typology can lead to more personalized offers and communication, changing the overall customer experience. Hyper-personalization is here and it’s real. A study from Accenture showed that 75% of consumers are more likely to buy if a brand shows it recognizes them as a unique individual. By contrast, a study from Marketo found that 63% of consumers get mad at being pushed just generic ads.As we can see, hyper-targeting is a tool with great potential for marketing and sales teams. The key issue is determining what type of correlations are meaningful to make a difference. For instance, consider a theoretical group of people that mostly consumes media on the go, interacts most with your channels in the morning and never clicks on banner ads. They may be more sensitive to snackable content that pops up among the batch of morning updates.Tracing the Customer JourneyOnce this more refined customer segmentation is in place and supported by analytics that can pinpoint meaningful correlations in the data, the system can only improve as more data will be fed into it and you will learn from each action. It will shed light on the customer journey in unprecedented ways, aggregating all these very individual paths into a bigger picture.Monitoring Big Data from a disparate array of sources helps marketeers and salespeople understand trends among their audiences. For this, it’s necessary to remember that people base decision-making on emotion as much as they do on cognition. Sentiment analysis can demonstrate the prevalence of emotional factors and indicate when and how people make certain decisions. Is the customer ready to buy? Are they hesitant? What do they need? All of that information is lurking in the data. These data streams can come from social media trends, tonal shifts in online communication, traditional press outlets or IoT-data.The Holy Grail of PredictionEventually, combining analytics and insights on your audience and adding AI to the mix generates superior predictive analytics: based on similar circumstances, movements and contexts, it could suggest your marketing teams what kind of actions and campaigns to prepare. And with greater accuracy than the current iteration of predictive analytics. Marketing automation company Boomtrain says predictive marketeers are 1.8 times likelier than their traditional peers to exceed their corporate targets.However, for the prediction rates to work well, the data must be qualitative – it should be possible to trace all data sources and verify their reliability through one digitally transformed IT setup. Marketing organizations should be able to have the details that matter mapped on an individual level to offer a personal and relevant customer outreach program, combined with the right bird’s eye view on the overall market. Having only detailed views leads to incoherence, and only the bigger picture blunts the effectiveness of your campaigns.Data Must FlowDell EMC is a pioneer in this field. Naturally, being a technology company, our marketing teams use data lakes – a data lake is a combination of structured, semi-structured and unstructured data – to build comprehensive customer analytics, 360° customer views and hyper-targeted customer engagement programs.In addition to needing the right kind of technology to be built on, a central tenet in the design of your data lake is the ‘single source of truth’. This means that there is one overarching data stream where all information comes from and flows into. However, only when the IT setup is aligned with the business objectives and vice versa can data truly flow through the organization unimpeded. Then, it can be brought together to form the basis of a coherent analysis and action plan.The Risks of Hyper-TargetingWhile a deep customer profile and refined segmentation are a blessing for marketing teams, the customer may be more cautious. Privacy concerns are high on the agenda in technology environments, and with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entering in full force in May 2018, these concerns will only become more pressing.As such, transformation initiatives that want to take advantage of Big Data are not just about technology and processes, but also about culture. Research from marketing agency Vieo Design indicates that 79% of consumers feel like bad ads “stalk” them – while 83% agrees that “not all ads are bad”. A simple check Vieo proposes before launching a targeted campaign is this one: “Would you do this in person, too?”.The SkinnyIn summary, a system that works with Big Data to help generate better lead conversion through hyper-segmentation must meet the following conditions.Built on the right technology foundations, with a ‘single source of truth’.Able to sort, correlate and aggregate data according to relevance.Flexible enough to go from very detailed, individual profiles to the general trends.Geared for continuous improvement and AI involvement.Taking into account privacy and data protection concerns.For marketing organizations, the investment in the science of marketing is a top of mind-issue.  Another key first step for marketing organizations is to team up with their CIOs to enable innovation.  Please share some of your experiences with hyper-targeting – how do you do it? What would you recommend to your peers?SourcesCambridge Analytica’s Involvement in Brexit and the Trump ElectionThe Proven Merits of Predictive AnalyticsDell EMC Analytics With the Data LakeVieo: Why People Hate Adslast_img read more

Fox-fire glow

first_imgThe forests of a wet winter and spring are very active. Roots are growing and rains are helping decay last year’s woody debris. One of the most curious features of decay in spring forests is fox-fire, which are strange and eerie lights that illuminate the forest. Fox-fire is not fire and is not associated with foxes. Fox-fire is a light source or glow on the ground; a by-product of rotting wood. Not a fairy or a ghostIn the past, people thought fox-fire was a cold fire which burned old stumps in moist areas of oak and hardwood forests. This light has been attributed to fairies, ghosts and assorted other supernatural beings. The much less romantic and less sinister cause for these night lights is special fungi-rotting wood.The lights glowing along the floor of a forest are called fox-fire, fairy-fire, or will o’ the wisp. The scientific term for this glow is bioluminescence, which means light given off by living things. The best way to see fox-fire is in old, moist oak woods where plenty of big dead limbs and old stumps litter the ground. Fox-fire can be seen in the spring as the forest floor warms. The light is so dim, many people never notice it. To see fox-fire, pick a night with no moon. Keep away from areas with artificial lights and do not use a flashlight. Your eyes must be well adjusted to the dark.Fungi + rotting wood = lightThe glow of fox-fire is powered by fungi consuming rotting wood. The fungi inside this wood produce light as a byproduct of growth. It is the mat of growing fungal strands, or mycelium, not the mushroom that usually glows. The most common luminous fungi is a root rot fungus found on many hardwood trees. Light is produced when the fungi break down food materials within the wood in the presence of oxygen. Some of this food energy is captured to maintain fungal life, and some is lost as heat. In luminous fungi, a small amount of the food energy, usually lost as heat, is shifted into an enzyme system that emits light.Usually bluish greenFox-fire’s luminous glow is bluish green. The colors seen in the woods can be slightly different because leaf litter, woody debris and soil may filter or block some portions of the light. The color is also affected by an individual’s color vision at night. In general, color descriptions for fox-fire range from a stark blue to a sickly green.Fox-fire is strongest in the early evening when temperatures are around 71 F. Both hot and freezing temperatures eliminate light production. The rotting wood needs to be moist, not soaked with water. Too much water keeps oxygen away and drowns the fungi. If the wood dries out, the light is extinguished and the fungus dies. Fox-fire specters of dark spring nights can only be seen by those who look carefully in the forests after dark. Sometimes firewood cutters and late-night hikers notice this strange light. Most people never see fox-fire.last_img read more

Concession Stand Safety

first_imgDishwashing liquid: The bottle in the stand is sometimes missing or empty, and you’ll need this to clean utensils, equipment or even to wash hands when there is no hand soap.Roll of paper towels: Use these towels for washing and drying equipment and utensils, cleaning countertops and drying hands. Sponges, dishcloths and brushes left from week to week can harbor and spread bacteria. Homemade sanitizing solution: Prepare a sanitizing solution using a tablespoon of chlorine bleach per gallon of water. Some can be placed in a spray bottle to sanitize countertops and equipment after they have been washed with soap and hot water and rinsed thoroughly. You can also use the solution in a clean dishpan or sink to sanitize items after they are washed and rinsed thoroughly. Place the items in the solution for at least one minute and then allow them to air dry on a clean surface. When you sanitize, you go one step beyond clean. You reduce the levels of bacteria that may be left behind after cleaning. Have you ever looked around a concession stand? If not, take a minute to stand back and take stock. You might be a little grossed out. You are likely to see dirty utensils left in the sink, refrigerators that feel too warm, dirty, smelly towels, dishcloths with bits of food stuck to them and sponges that have been there since you graduated. Concession stands can be breeding grounds for bacteria, and some bacteria can make people sick if they get into the food we eat. When it’s your turn to work in the concession stand, “stand up and holler” for safe food. To help you and your team enhance the safety of the foods you sell, consider preparing your own take-along concession stand kit. These are the essentials: “Two bits, four bits, six bits a dollar, all for safe food, stand up and holler!” Back to school may mean back to sports for children and back to the concession stand for parents. Donate a refrigerator/freezer thermometer. Make sure refrigerators keep foods at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder, and that freezer temperatures are 0 degrees or colder. Include a box of disposable gloves, food tissue paper and/or tongs so you can avoid contact with ready-to-eat foods. Keep in mind that gloves are meant to protect the food – not your hands. If you collect money and give change with your gloves on, wash your hands and put on a new pair of gloves before returning to food preparation and handling. Gloves and hand sanitizer should not be a substitute for handwashing. These are meant to offer extra protection. Did you know that people can shed viruses from their bodies before they show signs of illness and for a few days after their symptoms have cleared? That means you need to be extra careful when preparing food for others. Always wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm, running water and soap. Pay special attention to cleaning around fingernails and in between fingers before handling food.And food safety doesn’t stop with the food. Always make sure the ice scoop is kept in a clean place outside the ice bin – not inside where germs on the handle can come in contact with the ice. Wash the ice scoop just like any other utensil at the end of your shift. Always leave the concession stand cleaner than you found it.If you need to thaw foods, the only safe methods are to move them into the refrigerator ahead of time; thaw them in cold water and change the water every 30 minutes; or thaw them in the microwave followed by immediate cooking. If your duties include grilling burgers, carry along a food thermometer. Make sure ground beef reaches at least 160 degrees in the center of the burger and ground turkey reaches at least 165 degrees in the center. Remember, color is not a reliable indicator of doneness.Some foods must have time and temperature controlled to be safe. Make sure hot foods are kept hot for serving and cold foods are kept cold. Keep these foods out of the temperature danger zone between 40 and 140 degrees. Keep hot foods at 140 degrees or hotter and cold foods at 40 degrees or colder. If these foods sit out at room temperature for more than two hours, discard them. Remember, when in doubt, throw it out.For additional information on this and other food safety topics, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1. For posters you can print and hang in your school’s concession stand and other food safety resources, visit the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences website at Here are a few other suggestions from University of Georgia Extension food safety specialists: Dr. Judy Harrison is a professor and UGA Extension foods specialist with the College of Family and Consumer Sciences department of foods and nutrition.last_img read more

Insurance staff counsels can use some firm names

first_imgInsurance staff counsels can use some firm names Insurance staff counsels can use some firm names Senior EditorAttorneys on the payroll of insurance companies who refer to themselves as law firms must provide “adequate disclosure” of their actual employment status and meet other new guidelines, according to a special commission report that has been endorsed by the Board of Governors.The Special Commission on Insurance Practices II made its report at the board’s March 15 meeting in Tallahassee. Its recommendations include changes to Rules 4-1.7 and 4-7.10, and cover issues ranging from whether nonlawyer insurance employees impermissibly exercise too much oversight on how a case is handled to when the staff attorney may represent both the policyholder and the insurance company.The report will be passed to the Supreme Court, which heard oral arguments on related issues the week before the Board of Governors met.“We could not find a single instance of harm to the public by in-house insurance defense counsel operating under a firm name. We could not find a single instance where a grievance had been filed,” commission Chair Mike McMahon reported to the board. “We are given as a fact that in-house insurance defense counsel exist, have existed, and the Supreme Court has approved it. They are all under one roof. Given that fact, we have looked at what we can do to regulate it for the public interest.”Some board members questioned the recommendations, saying it raised issues related to multidisciplinary practices, but other board members disagreed and approved the report.The commission’s findings and recommendations included:• Existing rules and laws allow insurance defense staff attorneys to identify “themselves by a name such as ‘Law Office of John Doe’ or ‘John Doe & Associates,’ so long as there is both adequate disclosure of the employment relationship and compliance with the minimum standards essential to constitute a law firm as set forth in the report.” McMahon said the commission recommended that such captive firms not be allowed to use P.A. in their names because they are not P.A.s. As to whether more than one name could be used in the firm title, McMahon said this issue would have to be resolved case-by-case. He noted New Jersey allows multiple names, but requires that anyone so named must be jointly and severally liable for any action by any firm attorney.• Rule 4-7.10 should be amended to include standards when insurance staff counsel want to identify themselves as a law firm. “These standards include the functional and physical separation of personnel and records, the protection of client privacy and confidentiality interests through the separation of office and administrative systems and procedures, and disclosure by the lawyers of their employment relationship with the insurer,” the report said. Under the rule proposal, the staff attorney firm would have to be separate from other insurance company personnel as the rules require for an independent firm renting space.• The commission could not find a single correct answer on whether expert witnesses hired by insurance companies should be able to say in court they were paid by the captive law firm. “The commission does conclude that the answer is not necessarily determined by the status of the lawyer (employed or independently retained), but by the ethics rules and substantive law as applied to specific factual circumstances,” the commission report said.• Absent a disqualifying conflict of interest, staff counsel can represent both the company and the policyholder so long as all rules concerning multiple client representation are followed. A majority of the commission favored amending Rule 4-1.7 to clarify the lawyer’s duty of disclosure to the dual clients, while a minority said Florida law is sufficiently clear on that matter.• The commission said it was impractical to set a single standard for when staff attorneys’ independent judgments were affected by oversight by insurance companies, raising unlicensed practice of law issues. “No one has come up with a bright-line test and we do not have one,” McMahon said. “What we concluded was attempting to evaluate these matters in the context of the unauthorized practice of law is not practical, it does not get you anywhere, and you end up going in circles.” The best policy, he said, is to provide training and CLE courses for insurance counsel, both on staff and outside, on Bar ethical rules.• Bar conflict of interest rules apply to staff counsel the same way they do to all attorneys. And on sharing information with nonlawyer insurance company employees, the commission said Rule 4-1.6 governs, just as it does for outside counsel hired by an insurance company.Board member Richard Gilbert said the commission’s findings were too broad and could allow the multidisciplinary practices that the board has opposed. The findings would “allow any business to employ lawyers to provide services to customers, and everything we did to protect the core values of our profession [in MDP debates] would be for naught,” he said.If insurance staff counsel represent a unique situation, “that needs to be articulated and set out in your report so other entities who want to set up in-house law firms see this not as an open door,” Gilbert said.“It sounds like MDP; we’ve got Allstate owning a law firm,” board member Robert Rush said. “Why can’t Kmart do it, why not a benefit of Sam’s Club? It is a conflict of interest in allowing nonlegal entities to own law firms, and we are endorsing it.”President-elect Designate Miles McGrane, who defends insurance companies in his private practice, said there is a difference. “Why can’t Kmart do it? Kmart doesn’t have a dog in the fight. They are not a party at interest,” he said, noting that the retail chain isn’t in the business of providing insurance and can’t provide legal services under existing laws and rules.McGrane also said the Bar cannot treat insurance staff counsel as second- class lawyers, or have rules any different for independent counsel hired by insurance companies.Young Lawyers Division President-elect Juliet Roulhac said she used to work as an insurance company staff counsel and rarely had any problems following Bar rules and ethics. The couple times an issue arose, she said, the company instantly backed down in recognition of attorneys’ ethical duties and obligations.“They are there to advise clients, but they yield to the decisions of the clients,” board member David Welch said of staff counsel. “We can’t treat them as a different class lawyer from the rest, and we owe it to them to give them the type of guidance that this report gives.”The board approved the report on a voice vote.The commission was formed last year after Dade County Circuit Judge Paul Siegel banned insurance staff counsel in his courtroom from signing documents as though they belonged to a traditional law firm. He also ruled that independent medical experts would have to say they were paid by the insurance company, not the captive law firm with which the staff counsel said they were affiliated.The commission’s work follows up on an early study panel, which recommended that when an insurance company uses staff counsel or hires outside counsel to defend a sued policyholder, that policyholder be given a bill of rights. A rule incorporating that is pending at the Supreme Court.The court also heard oral arguments on a challenge to Judge Siegel’s rulings the week before the board met. (See story by clicking here. ) April 1, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Authorities find loaded handgun, drugs, cash in Binghamton residence

first_imgOfficers say Williams was held at the Binghamton Police Department Wednesday and arraigned in city court on Thursday. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Authorities say drugs, a loaded handgun and money were confiscated from a Binghamton residence on Wednesday. A loaded handgunA high capacity magazineIllegally possessed THC oilIllegally possessed PED’s A quantity of marijuanaApproximately $8,000 in suspected drug sale proceeds Criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, a class C felony (sub 3)Criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a class D felony (sub 1)Criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a class D felony (sub 8)Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 5th degree, a class E felony (sub 1)Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor Unlawful possession of marijuana in the second degree, a violation The Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force says officers charged 32-year-old Mandela Williams of Binghamton following the execution of a narcotics search warrant on Main Street.center_img Investigators found the following in the residence: The task force says officers charged 32-year-old Mandela Williams with the following: They say Williams was remanded to the custody of the Broome County Correctional Facility.last_img read more

Freddie Ljungberg reacts to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang running to the toilet during Arsenal defeat

first_imgFreddie Ljungberg reacts to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang running to the toilet during Arsenal defeat Comment Advertisement Advertisement The Arsenal skipper was caught short while his team were losing on Thursday night (Picture: Getty)Freddie Ljungberg had a rather amused reaction to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s mid-game dash to the toilet and defended the Arsenal striker’s brief departure despite the team trailing at the time.The Gunners’ wait for a Premier League win continued on Thursday night as they were beaten 2-1 by Brighton at the Emirates, with Neal Maupay getting the winning goal late on after the hosts had levelled the scores at the start of the second half.With time running out and Arsenal searching for an equaliser, Aubameyang – the club’s top scorer and skipper – suddenly disappeared down the tunnel.center_img Ljungberg’s hopes of getting the Arsenal job full-time took a big hit (Picture: Getty)‘I thought at Norwich we started really well, I thought if we got a goal there it would have given the players the confidence they needed and get going.‘If you looked here today second half they started really well, I was sure we were going to win the game and get going again.‘hen we got a bit sucker punched, they played through on one side, we lose the marking in the box and it’s a goal. It’s hard to take but we keep plugging away.’MORE: Hector Bellerin insists Arsenal players ‘gave 100%’ after being booed during Brighton defeatMORE: Mesut Ozil launches angry rant at Alexandre Lacazette after Arsenal’s defeat to BrightonMore: 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 Ewan RobertsFriday 6 Dec 2019 12:07 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.5kShares Aubameyang jogged back onto the pitch after his trip to the toilet (Picture: Getty)He returned a few minutes later having missed an attacking corner with some fans criticising his brief departure from the game, particularly given that Arsenal were without a striker with Alexandre Lacazette having already been subbed off.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhile Ljungberg is unsure about what exactly was wrong with Aubameyang, he couldn’t help but smirk at his striker’s predicament and feels sometimes the call of nature is just too strong to ignore.Asked if Aubameyang had rushed to the toilet, Ljungberg told reporters: ‘I actually don’t know! He ran off and then came back two or three minutes later, it could have been, yes!’On whether it was a bit odd to leave the pitch with Arsenal needing a goal so close to full-time, he added: ‘Well maybe you should ask him about that. But if you feel bad you feel bad, there’s nothing you can change.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe result ruined Ljungberg’s return to the Emirates as manager, albeit on an interim basis, and extended their winless run in the Premier League which stretches back to the start of October.On the current malaise, he continued: ‘It’s never easy when you sack a manager and people are low on confidence. It’s never easy for any player.last_img read more