Cool birds don’t sing: Study automates acoustic monitoring of songbird migration

first_imgResearchers have developed machine learning techniques to identify bird song from thousands of hours of field recordings, using the information to uncover variations in migratory songbirds’ arrival to their Arctic breeding grounds.They deployed automated listening devices during spring over five years, analyzed vocal activity to estimate when birds arrived at their breeding sites, and assessed relationships between vocal activity and environmental conditions.They found that the acoustically derived estimates of the birds’ arrival dates were similar to those determined using standard field surveys.Temperature and presence of snow affected the birds’ calling patterns, suggesting that collecting corresponding weather data could help avoid bias in using acoustic monitoring to assess population dynamics. It’s June, and migratory songbirds in the northern hemisphere are at their summer breeding grounds, having traveled thousands of miles from their warm-weather overwintering areas.Birds migrate as far north as the Arctic to take advantage of its large but short-lived surge in insect food and its few predators. The timing of their arrival is critical because their breeding cycles must match seasonal food availability for their chicks to survive.Migratory Lapland longspurs endure the cold en route to their breeding grounds. Image by Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren, CC 2.0Scientists have shown that as spring temperatures rise, many bird populations are, in fact, migrating north and arriving earlier in the season at their breeding sites, where climate-related shifts in breeding-ground conditions, including environmental conditions and food availability, may help or hinder reproduction of individual species.Most songbirds are too small to carry GPS tracking tags scientists would typically use to follow their migrations north, but they do call intensely once they arrive there in preparation for breeding.To study trends in migration timing, scientists have begun setting out microphones to listen for particular species or the bird diversity at specific sites. Placing numerous relatively inexpensive acoustic listening devices in the field allows researchers to better monitor wildlife communities in remote places and across larger scales than field surveys typically can.Gambel’s white-crowned sparrows, like this one, prefer woody shrubs. As the Arctic continues to warm, shrubs on Alaska’s North Slope are expected to overtake open grasslands. That could create conditions for sparrows to outcompete longspurs and other migratory birds. Image by John WingfieldA multi-institutional research team deployed automated listening devices over five spring breeding seasons at sites in Alaska to capture the vocalizations of two common breeding songbird species. White-crowned sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys) and Lapland longspurs (Calcarius lapponicus) both fly to these sites each spring to mate and raise their young.Autonomous recorders in the field can collect data 24/7, and their use has relied on trained experts to listen to the recordings and detect a target species or tally the species present at a given site. However, automated recordings of whole bird communities over hours or days produce data sets too large to review manually.Automating analysis of birdsong patternsTo facilitate the use of acoustic devices in studying whole communities of breeding birds, the researchers developed automated signal processing and machine learning algorithms adapted from human speech research to estimate from acoustic signals when songbird communities arrived each spring at four breeding sites in Alaska. For five seasons (2010 to 2014), the research team recorded songbird vocalizations at the sites at regular intervals from early May through July.An acoustic recording unit near Toolik Field Station in arctic Alaska. Image by Heather GreavesThey developed and trained a supervised machine learning algorithm, one that includes human input, to pick out calls of target songbirds from thousands of hours of field recordings that also contained noise from trucks, wind, rain, mosquitos and other bird species. They used the call data to produce a daily community Vocal Activity Index (VAI), a relative measure of the abundance of bird vocalizations at each site. They analyzed the daily VAI values to estimate the dates that the bulk of these birds had arrived at their breeding sites and any relationships between the VAI and environmental conditions, including temperature, wind and snow cover.The researchers also analyzed the sound data using an unsupervised classification, which does not use listener input but classifies data into groups that represent like items, to see if it could pick out the bird songs on its own and use them to estimate the arrival date.Cool birds don’t singThe researchers found that songbird vocal activity varied both in time (days, weeks and years) and the surrounding environment.They state in their paper, “We found that daily fluctuations in snow cover, air temperature, wind speed, atmospheric pressure, and precipitation had a significant impact on the VAI and explained a large proportion of variance.”A Lapland longspur singing near Toolik Field Station in arctic Alaska. Image by John WingfieldIn particular, they found calling activity increased noticeably on snow-free days, and they suggest that birds rely on snow-free patches of tundra for food and shelter. Singing takes energy, even more so on colder days; the songbirds in this study either moved on or remained quiet during unfavorable weather.They also found that both the supervised and the unsupervised arrival date estimates closely approximated what human observers recorded at the sites.Tools to study a range of calling creatures The success of the automated analyses is good news for researchers studying animal movements and population dynamics and could help scientists better understand patterns of migration and how they may be adapting to changes in climate patterns.“These tools could speed up the analysis of acoustic datasets packed with biodiversity information valuable to conservationists and others,” Andrew Farnsworth, a researcher at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, who was not involved in the study, said in a statement. “Understanding the dynamics of songbird arrival and breeding timing is the doorway to thinking about climate change and how temperature, weather and snowfall are affecting various species.”Listen to a Gambel’s white-crowned sparrow singing near Toolik Field Station in arctic Alaska. Audio credit: Oliver et al. 2018Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A functional unsupervised machine learning method could potentially be extended to any dataset of animal vocalizations. An unsupervised automated analysis does not need to be trained with a reference database of calls, as it does not need to be told what it is hearing.“Our methods could be retooled to detect the arrival of birds and other vocal animals in highly seasonal habitats,” said the study’s lead author, Ruth Oliver, a graduate student at Columbia University. “This could allow us to track large-scale changes in how animals are responding to climate change.”The study also showed that acoustic monitoring must consider environmental factors, such as temperature, that may influence how much animals call and thus lead to biased conclusions, as the listening devices cannot distinguish silence from absence.“Our findings demonstrate that the correct interpretation of avian vocal activity to estimate relative songbird abundance requires pairing of acoustic data collection with meteorological data, as well as consideration of the study communities’ breeding phenology [breeding stage].”“It’s still unclear how songbirds will cope if spring comes even earlier or later than it did during our study period,” said co-author Natalie Boelman. “Species also time their migration and breeding with day length, which isn’t shifting with climate change. Species whose migratory response is hard-wired to day length alone may not adapt as well to a changing environment.”CitationOliver, R., Ellis, D., Chmura, H., Krause, J.S., Pérez, J.H., Sweet, K.S., Gough, L., S. K., Wingfield, & J. Boelman, N.. (2018). Eavesdropping on the Arctic: Automated bioacoustics reveal dynamics in songbird breeding phenology. Science Advances 20 Jun 2018: Vol. 4, no. 6, eaaq1084 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaq1084FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Acoustic, Adaptation To Climate Change, Analysis, Artificial Intelligence, Birds, Climate Change, data, Migration, Monitoring, Research, Sensors Article published by Sue Palmintericenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? 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It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Biggest opening weekend for World Para Athletics Champs

first_img BROKEN RECORDS EXPECTED The World Para Athletics Championships kicks off the Summer of World Athletics today with 10 days of action at the London Stadium. On the morning of the first day of action from the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017, organisers have confirmed that the event will enjoy the biggest audience in World Para Sport championship history. Tonight’s session at the London Stadium will open with 20,000, before a Saturday night attendance expected to exceed 27,000. With tomorrow night set for at least 31,000 spectators, athletes will experience the best support ever experienced outside of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The excitement will be further heightened in the early part of the week as the Mayor of London-backed schools’ ticketing pro-gramme will see tens of thousands of schoolchildren attend the Championships – 70,000 of whom will help fill the stadium on Monday and Tuesday’s morning sessions alone. In addition, records are set to be broken in terms of broadcasting, with TV pictures set to be beamed to more than 20 countries around the world. The final days before the Championships have also garnered royal support to #FillTheStadium, with Prince Harry joining forces with T42 sprinter and Paralympic bronze medallist Dave Henson to encourage people to show their support for the world’s best Para athletes. Niels de Vos, championship director, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce a record-opening weekend for a World Para Sport championship as well as the amazing global reach of the broadcast figures. We wanted to make this the most watched World Para Athletics Championships in history for the sport.” Sir Philip Craven, International Paralympic Committee president, said: “Even before London 2017 begins, it is record breaking in pretty much all areas. Not only has the event shattered all records in terms of spectator attendance and commercial support for a Para Sport championships, the global reach of the event will also make history. “With TV pictures set to be beamed to more than 20 countries and over 800 media accredited, the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 will reach more people than ever before around the world. Just like London 2012, this is going to be an event not to be missed.” The World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 kick off the Summer of World Athletics and the biggest sporting event in the world in 2017 with the IAAF World Championships following at the London Stadium, August 4-13.last_img read more

Several to be arraigned in WBD robbery

first_imgSeveral persons are expected to be arraigned today at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court in relation to a robbery which was executed at a Chinese restaurant at Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara on March 3 at about 03:00hrs.This is according to Police “D” Division Commander, Leslie James.Reports are that several men broke into the worker’s quarters, the second building in the yard. The Chinese restaurant is situated at the front, and and the owner, Su San, occupies living quarters at the back.This publication was told that one of the workers was awakened by a strange sound, and upon checking was confronted by a group of men, who took away his mobile phone and took him into the living quarters, where they demanded money and other valuables.Reportedly armed with cutlasses, crowbars, and knives, according to Police “D” Division Commander, Leslie James, the armed men ransacked several rooms in the building but did not find cash. However, they fled the scene with one computer, one mobile phone and bottle of Hennessy, James said.The Police were contacted and a search was quickly launched. At the scene, a toy gun was recovered. However, it is uncertain if that was the instrument used to conduct the daring robbery. Within hours, the police had apprehended several persons in relation to this incident.last_img read more

Groups taking legal steps to clean up water

first_imgIn the mid-1990s, the NRDC and Baykeeper filed a federal lawsuit claiming the county violated clean water standards by failing to control storm water polluting Santa Monica Bay. The two sides settled in 1996 with the county promising to develop a program to find the type and source of pollutants. In 1999, the same conservation groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing for 20 years to ensure that state waters were clean. In a settlement that year, the EPA agreed to set pollution limits for the 156 water bodies in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. In this latest round of legal action, the NRDC and Baykeeper say the county and Malibu have routinely violated clean water standards by discharging contaminated water and urban runoff into coastal waters. County data showed that Malibu Creek and the Santa Clara, Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers repeatedly exceeded safe levels of cyanide, aluminum and fecal coliform. The groups’ notice seeks imposition of penalties for violations of the Clean Water Act ranging from $27,500 to $32,500 per day dating to May 2002. Some of the area’s most famous beaches have been plagued for years by water quality problems, which can make people sick. Los Angeles County had 2,213 beach closings in 2005, the notice said. Christi Hogan, the Malibu city attorney, called the threat of legal action an “unfortunate confrontation” at a time when the city has been spending a lot of time and money to put together a clean water plan. “When have you ever gotten clean water out of a courtroom?” Hogan said. “Of course we didn’t know this was coming. I just opened my mail and bam!” Mark Pestrella, assistant deputy director of the county Department of Public Works, said he was disappointed by the legal action. “The Santa Monica Baykeeper has been a partner in many of the county’s efforts to prevent stormwater pollution, particularly in the north Santa Monica Bay,” Pestrella said in a statement. “Our staff is often side-by-side at the table with the Baykeeper working on solutions, so this announcement does come as a surprise.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – A decade after environmental groups settled a federal lawsuit with a plan to control pollution flowing into Southern California coastal waters, they have filed an intent to sue again – this time to force local agencies to actually clean up the water. The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Santa Monica Baykeeper used Los Angeles County’s data to show how the county and the city of Malibu potentially owe millions of dollars in fines for violating the Clean Water Act. The notice, which was sent on May 31, is the first step in filing a federal lawsuit. “This lawsuit focuses explicitly on results measured at the beach and in local waters,” said David Beckman, senior attorney for the NRDC. “No longer could the county merely file a paper program to be in compliance with the Clean Water Act. It would have to actually clean up the water to be in compliance with the Clean Water Act.” The federal law required pollution limits to be set by 1979 for all water in the United States considered unsafe for people and aquatic life. last_img read more

Man United flop needs oxygen after 36 minutes of football

first_imgFormer Manchester United midfielder Anderson may have thought he had put issues surrounding his ballooning weight and poor fitness behind him, but they came back with a vengence, with the Brazilian being hauled off and needing oxygen after just 36 minutes in a clash for new side Internacional.To be fair to the 26-year-old, he wasn’t the only player to suffer, as Internacional laboured to a 3-1 defeat at 3,600-metres above sea-level against Bolivian side The Strongest, but even by his standards, it was a worrying example of how much he has fallen in recent seasons.Prior to leaving Old Trafford, Anderson’s reportedly wild lifestyle and lack of professionalism had become a point of contention both in Manchester and back in his native Brazil, and while Internacional offered him the opportunity to rebuild his career, life back in South America didn’t start too well, with the midfielder missing a penalty on his debut.last_img read more

Gwen Stefani will shun sexy fashions in Malaysia

first_imgGwen Stefani will not wear revealing costumes during her Aug. 21 concert in Malaysia after Muslim students protested her sexy outfits and steamy performances. Show organizer Maxis Communications Bhd. said the 37-year-old singer will follow the local code of ethics for foreign artists, which bans the unnecessary baring of skin. “Gwen Stefani has confirmed that her concert will not feature any revealing costumes. She will abide by the Malaysian authorities’ guidelines to ensure that her show will not be offensive to local sensitivities,” the company said Thursday in a statement. Maxis, the country’s biggest mobile phone company, hopes to attract some 9,000 people to the show in Kuala Lampur, one of the stops on Stefani’s Sweet Escape world tour. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The National Union of Malaysian Muslim Students, which has some 10,000 members, charged that Stefani’s skimpy outfits and cheeky performances clashed with Islamic values. Under the official guide to performing in Malaysia, a female artist must be covered from the top of her chest to her knees. No jumping, shouting or throwing of objects onstage or at the audience is allowed. Performers cannot hug or kiss, and their clothes cannot have obscene or drug-related messages.last_img read more


first_imgLOFT Youth Project, Letterkenny are planning a bumper filled summer programme again this year.The 8 week long programme which gets underway on June 26th offers a wide range of activities for 12-18 year olds, from a cookery course, a Get active week, an Outdoor week, the ever popular Rock School and the all new AMP project, which offers young people the opportunity to try out DJing, Graffiti, spoken word, street drumming and dance.There will also be a range of other weekly groups and activities that young people can take part in, such as the Loft Fashion group, weekly jam sessions and weekly art workshops, so you have absolutely no reason to say you will be bored this summer. If you would like to sign up to a particular course do so now, as places are limited. An information evening will be held at the LOFT on Friday the 15th of June. The LOFT Youth Project is a partnership project jointly managed by Donegal Youth Service and Foroige and is funded by the Health Service Executive. The full details of the programme are as follows:CookeryTwo camps, 26th – 29th June (Ages 16-18) and 10th – 13th July (ages 12-14); with a focus on healthy eating, learn to cook meals from scratch and enjoy eating the fruits of your labour at the end of each workshop! HIFY – Emotional & Mental HealthFrom the 3rd to 6th July Ages 13-16); the members of the HIFY team (Health Initiatives for Youth) will deliver peer led workshops and activities. The camp will combine lots of opportunity to learn about and discuss emotional and mental health with fun activities, drama, outdoor pursuits and trips.REAL U10th- 13th July for ages 16 – 18 Years; A Week packed with the REAL U Programme (Relationships Explored And Life Uncovered) and fun packed activities and trips. 12 – 5pm Tuesday – FridayGet Active17th – 20th July for ages 13 to 15, Get Active is a fun packed activity week where young people will be encouraged to participate in various activities and encourage healthy lifestyles. The emphasis will be on having fun and making friends while learning valuable skills. Rockschool24th – 27th July (Ages 12-18); If you play music, sing or would like to develop your music skill, Rockschool is ideal. With tuition in guitar,, bass, drums and vocals as well as various music styles, recording techniques and master classes with local musicians. The combination of tutorials and jam sessions, theory and performance always makes Rockshool a popular choice.Art & Music Project (AMP)31st July – 3rd Aug (Ages 12-18); would you like to try some new art or music techniques or develop your existing skills? With workshops in DJ skills, Grafitti, spoken word, rap, dance , photography and much more. AMP will be a great opportunity to let your creative side shine. Outdoor Week 7th – 10th August for ages 15 – 17 ; Not going away this year but still want to have some great summer experiences? This week we are going spend 98% outside taking part in fun packed activities, challenges and learning a bit about our nature and how to survive in the wild. Don’t forget; there is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing… so sign up and show us how tough you really are!It’s A Small World14th – 17th Aug (Ages 13 – 16); Learn skills from around the world and combine these with a closer look at our local community. We will also be marking National Heritage Week. Activities include sport, music, art and more.Multi-Activity Week21st – 24th Aug Ages 12 – 18); This week will be packed with activities, challenges, competitions and more with a big day out to round off the summer holidaysTransition ProgrammeTwo day programme for students making the transition from primary to secondary school. The topics covered include preparing for change, dealing with bullying; understanding timetables, building friendships and creative arts activities.3rd & 4th July, 10th & 11th July, 18th & 19th July or 24th & 25th JulyGroups & CoursesLOFT Fashion Group/Customising Clothes: Thursdays 6pm – 8pmComputer Programming Wednesday s 6pm – 8pmJam Session Wednesday s 6pm – 8pmArt workshops Saturdays 4pm-6pmGeek Week 18th – 21st July (activities daily)To find out more about any of the activities please contact the LOFT staff on 074 – 9188271 or visit the LOFT on the Port Road, Letterkenny.SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT LETTERKENNY’S LOFT SUMMER PROGRAMME was last modified: June 12th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:letterkennysummer programmeThe Loftlast_img read more

Premier League’s richest owners and each club’s ground ranked from worst to best

first_img1 As part of the build up to the New Year, talkSPORT reveals the most popular content on for every month of 2016…BEST OF TALKSPORT.COM: JULY 2016MOST READ1. Every Premier League club’s stadium ranked from worst to firstWhich ground is a winner and which is a ‘soulless of bowl of doom’?Find out here.2. Revealed: The Premier League’s richest ownersFrom Steve Parish’s £45m to Sheik Mansour’s £20bn and everyone in between.See the rich list here.3. Power ranking every Premier League club’s greatest ever managerBeginning with Phil Brown at Hull, talkSPORT looks at each team’s top boss.Agree with this list?MOST POPULAR VIDEOEight football moments that became memes.TALKSPORT PICK OF JULY 2016Each Premier League club ranked by their greatest ever foreign signingFrom Max Gradel to Luis Suarez.See this list here.last_img read more

West Ham fans appear to throw a dildo at Chelsea star Eden Hazard after scoring

first_imgWest Ham fans appeared to throw a dildo at Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard after he opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.The Blues won 2-0 to move back into third place in the Premier League, two points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur having played a game more.Hazard showed the Chelsea fans what they might be missing next year with a virtuoso opener and late second in the sort of display that could convince Real Madrid to meet Chelsea’s reported £100million asking price. The 28-year-old’s current Chelsea deal expires next summer and Madrid are reported to be closing in on his signature, although not without matching the Stamford Bridge hierarchy’s valuation.Hazard moved to 19 goals in all competitions as he eyes the 20 mark for the first time at Chelsea. His 16 league goals leave him top of the pile for combined finishes and assists, with 28.By the time Hazard applied the finish to his stunning opener, he had ghosted past Declan Rice and Mark Noble, and flummoxed Fabian Balbuena, Angelo Ogbonna and Ryan Fredericks.However, it was his celebration afterwards which has left eagle-eyed fans dumbfounded. Eden Hazard taunts the West Ham fans after his stunning strike 2 Rudiger appears to throw a dildo off the Stamford Bridge pitch center_img 2 @Louis_Beneventi It appears as though a dildo was thrown by a disgruntled away fan towards the Belgium captain as he slid on his knees in celebration in front of the Matthew Harding stand.In a picture posted on Twitter by @Louis_Beneventi, Antonio Rudiger can be seen throwing the sex toy off the pitch as the Chelsea players joined Hazard during his celebrations.Last season, Hammers fans took inflatable dildos into the London Stadium after owners David Gold and David Sullivan were given an unfortunate nickname by the Sporting Lisbon chairman.Whilst trying to negotiate the sale of William Carvalho, Bruno de Carvalho accused the businessmen of being liars and labelled them ‘The Dildo Brothers’.last_img read more

Ex-Arsenal chief Mislintat lands new job

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… shining Sven Mislintat signed nine players during his time at Arsenal REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Ex-Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has become Stuttgart’s new director of football.The 46-year-old left his role at the Emirates back in February. LIVE ON talkSPORT gameday cracker huge blow Slavia Prague vs Chelsea (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Wolves (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester United vs West Ham (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Sheffield Wednesday (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Wigan vs Norwich (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Manchester City (Sunday, 2:05pm) – talkSPORT ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move “I grew up in the environment of traditional clubs, this atmosphere is very important to me.“The talks with [president] Wolfgang Dietrich and Thomas Hitzlsperger were extremely good and decisive for my decision for VfB.“Our joint focus is in the coming weeks on the fight for survival, of course, the look is also already on the plans for the new season.”center_img BEST OF tense Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 1 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY Gunners stars such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lucas Torreira joined the club during Mislintat’s reign.He will now work alongside former Everton and Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, who is head of sport at Stuttgart.Speaking about his arrival at the Bundesliga club, Mislintat said: “It is a huge challenge and at the same time a great honour to work for a club like VfB. REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Mislintat joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in December 2017.Gunners boss Unai Emery is reportedly set to have a small transfer budget to spend on new players this summer, which is believed to be one of the reasons why Mislintat left.Arsenal were unable to make any permanent signings in the January transfer window and only managed to secure a loan move for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez, who is yet to start a game.last_img read more