Ozil resignation took Germany coach Loew by surprise

first_img“Neither the national coach nor I were informed in advance,” Loew’s agent Harun Arslan confirmed to German daily Bild.Ozil, 29, dropped a bombshell by announcing his retirement from Germany duty and accused the president of the German FA, Reinhard Grindel, of racism.“In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil wrote in his lengthy farewell statement.Ozil, a 2014 World Cup winner was born in Gelsenkirchen but has strong Turkish roots.The German Football Association (DFB) on Monday refuted Ozil’s allegations of racism, but the fiasco has damaged the governing body’s reputation in football-mad Germany.A survey of 5,000 Germans by t-online.de showed 49.7 percent think Grindel should resign over the saga.Ozil says he is quitting over the furor caused by his meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the eve of the World Cup as Grindel failed to back him amidst the criticism.When Germany crashed out of the World Cup in Russia after the knock-out stage, Ozil was made a scapegoat by some pundits in a group of senior players who failed to perform.He was dropped after the shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico, sitting out the last-gasp 2-1 win over Sweden, but was one of several stars who played poorly in the 2-0 defeat to South Korea which confirmed Germany’s early World Cup exit.– ‘opened the door’ –Marco Reus (L) and Julian Draxler (R) are the main candidates to replace Mesut Ozil after his shock retirement from international football with Germany. © AFP / Yuri CORTEZThe Arsenal midfielder is walking away after nine years as one of Loew’s most trusted players.The news that he had no warning is surprising as Arslan has a co-operation agreement with Ozil’s advisor Erkut Sogut, who only warned the DFB that a statement would be released on Sunday.After 23 goals and 40 assists in 92 appearances for Germany, the loss of Ozil is a blow to Loew, who deployed the Arsenal midfielder as his main playmaker.Germany’s first game after the World Cup debacle is against newly-crowned world champions France in the new Nations League tournament on September 6 in Munich.With Ozil gone, Loew will have to find his replacement with Paris Saint Germain’s Julian Draxler or Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus as the leading candidates.Leon Goretzka, 23, Lars Stindl, 29, and Thomas Mueller, 28, have also played well for Germany in the attacking midfield role.“Mesut Abi (‘brother’ in Turkish), your technique on the ball has opened the door to the national team for players like me,” wrote Draxler on his Instagram account along with a picture of him and Ozil.“Thank you for everything you’ve done for German football. You can be proud of your many achievements.”However, others see Ozil’s retirement as no great loss for Germany.“He has not put in performances that can help the national team over the last 18 months to two years, nor was he convincing at the World Cup in his two outings,” ex-Germany captain Lothar Matthaeus told Sky Sports.“Now there is the chance for a younger, maybe even a better player” to come into the Germany side, Matthaeus added.Erdogan meanwhile announced on Tuesday that he had contacted Ozil to praise his “patriotic” decision in standing down from the national team.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany head coach Joachim Loew (R) was caught out by the shock announcement of Mesut Ozil (L) that he was retiring from international duty on Sunday. © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Jul 24 – Mesut Ozil’s shock retirement from international football caught Germany head coach Joachim Loew by surprise, it emerged on Tuesday.Loew was on holiday in Sardinia when news of Ozil’s retirement broke on Sunday and he only found out when the Arsenal midfielder posted statements on Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Residential projects main factor in City’s construction values for November

first_imgIn comparison to 2018, the overall construction value of the projects is up from $42.4 million to $52.4 million. For November, the value of construction was $1.13 million with 6 permits issued. The number of permits issued so far in 2019 is down to 101 when compared to a year ago at 107.Advertisement You can view the full November 2019 building permit report on the City’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has released the construction value of building permits issued for November 2019. The largest project on the list is for single-family detached housing with a dollar value of $ 508,880 and a permit value of $2,544. – Advertisement -The construction value for commercial projects during November was $90,000, while residential projects were valued at $998,880.last_img read more

Bayern’s Hoeness backtracks on Germany boycott over goalkeeper row

first_img0Shares0000A war of words has broken out between two of Germany’s goalkeepers, Manuel Neuer (centre) and Marc-Andre ter Stegen (right) © dpa/AFP/File / Christian CharisiusBerlin, Germany, Sep 25 – Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness did a U-turn on Wednesday on his threat to deprive the German national side of Bayern players if Manuel Neuer loses the number one goalkeeper spot to Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen.“Mr. Hoeness held discussions about the position of the number one in the national team that, with hindsight, he would not hold today,” a spokesperson told the website of the German weekly Der Spiegel. “The subject has long been closed for him, and he will not comment on it anymore.”Hoeness had earlier spoken up for Neuer who has been trading remarks with Ter Stegen after the Barca ‘keeper voiced his frustration at his understudy role.German coach Joachim Loew had promised to give Ter Stegen more playing time in 2019 but so far he has made just one appearance for Germany, a 45-minute cameo in a friendly against Serbia last March.When Neuer suggested that Ter Stegen had hurt the team by speaking out publicly, the Barcelona goalkeeper accused the veteran of making “inappropriate” comments.That prompted Hoeness to weigh into the fray, criticising Loew and the national federation for not backing the Bayern star more vocally.“We will never accept that there will be a change,” the sports daily Sport Bild quoted Hoeness as saying.“Before that happens we would prevent any of our players turning out for the national side.”Along with Neuer, Bayern contribute several key players to the national squad.Any boycott would deprive Loew of Niklas Suele, Joshua Kimmich, midfielder Leon Goretzka and winger Serge Gnabry.Under FIFA rules, Bayern could have faced sanctions running from fines to exclusion from competitions for depriving the national team of players.0Shares0000(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Joe Ledley set to miss FA Cup final AND Euro 2016 as Palace confirm leg fracture

first_imgCrystal Palace’s Joe Ledley is facing FA Cup final and Euro 2016 heartache after confirmation he has suffered a leg fracture.Ledley was injured in a challenge by Charlie Adam after coming on a substitute during Palace’s Premier League victory over Stoke City on Saturday.It was initially thought to be a minor issue, but scans have shown that he has a fracture of the fibula and is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.Ledley will now miss the FA Cup final against Manchester United at Wembley on May 21.The Welshman also looks certain to be out of this summer’s European Championship.Ledley played a key role in Wales’ run to the finals and his absence would represent a huge blow for the Dragons.A Crystal Palace statement read: “The club can confirm that midfielder Joe Ledley sustained a leg injury in the game against Stoke City on Saturday, which saw him suffer a fracture of the fibula. “He will be continually assessed over the next few weeks by the club’s medical staff.” Crystal Palace’s Joe Ledley goes down injured during his side’s win over Stoke City 1last_img read more

DD LOCAL: YOGA FOR MEN CLASSES IN DUNGLOE

first_imgDUNGLOE COMMUNITY NEWS: Yoga, wellbeing. and exercise for men to maintain and improve your physical fitness with gentle stretching and strengthening exercises. Commencing on Wednesday the 13th January for 4 weeks 10am to 11.30am in the Rosses CDP Chapel Road Dungloe : Cost €20 to be paid on booking. Booking before Monday the 11th at 1pm. Contact the Rosses CDP on 074 95 61686 to book.Stress management course commencing on Thursday 14th January in the Rosses CDP, Dungloe. This course will run for 6 weeks. Cost €25 to be paid on booking. Book before Monday 11th January.Help your child with Irish- This course is designed to improve parents and carers understanding of Irish to enable them to support their children. Cost: €3 per session. Booking before Friday the 15th. To register contact CDP na Rosann on 074 95061686 Playmatters “Artbox” to commence in CDP na Rosann on Monday the 11th January at 10am to 12pm.Storysacks- commencing on Thursday the 21st January 2pm to 4pm. Story sacks is a six week course which is delivered one afternoon a week for 2 hours. This course will support parents and carers of children to develop skills to help them engage with their children through reading and games. Cost €3 per session. To register contact the Rosses CDP chapel Road Dungloe before Friday the 15th January. Tel: 074 95 61686.DD LOCAL: YOGA FOR MEN CLASSES IN DUNGLOE was last modified: January 6th, 2016 by John2Share 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:dungloeRosses CDPlast_img read more

DONEGAL RUNNERS DO WELL IN DERRY HALF MARATHON – IN PICTURES

first_imgDONEGAL RUNNERS DO WELL IN DERRY HALF MARATHON – IN PICTURES was last modified: September 9th, 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:Derry Half MarathonDonegal runnerslast_img

TRACTOR FOUND AND 4 ARRESTED AFTER DONEGAL DAILY ALERT

first_imgFOUR men have been arrested and a €35,000 tractor recovered following a successful Donegal Daily Community Alert in Ramelton.It was taken from a farm in the townland of Newmill.The Blue Fiat Newholland 110-90 limited edition tractor has been reported stolen overnight by its owner who sough our help. Gardaí swooped after a tip-off from the owner and his friends who were searching for it and officers have arrested four men who were in the process of stripping it. TRACTOR FOUND AND 4 ARRESTED AFTER DONEGAL DAILY ALERT was last modified: June 29th, 2014 by John2Share 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:four arrestsrecoveredstolentractorlast_img read more

Respect for Alfred Russel Wallace: Too Little, Too Late

first_imgOn the 100th anniversary of his death, Alfred Russel Wallace is getting a smattering of attention, but not nearly what Darwin gets every day. Perhaps it’s because the co-discoverer of natural selection believed in intelligent design.In Live Science, Jesse Lewis headlined an article, “100 Years After Death, Evolution’s Other Discoverer Gains Attention.” Actually, neither Wallace or Darwin “discovered evolution,” if by that one assumes universal common ancestry by unguided processes. What they “discovered” (better, speculated about) was natural selection as a mechanism for speciation, extrapolating that mechanism into speculation about universal common ancestry. Lewis gave Wallace a moment in the limelight, mentioning his fascination with new species (Wallace explored the world far more than Darwin ever did), his letter to Darwin speculating about natural selection (though Wallace did not call it that), and a new website, The Wallace Correspondence Project, planning to post 28,000 searchable documents and 24,000 images from Wallace’s prolific writings. Lewis did not, however, mention anything about Wallace’s belief in the creation of the human soul. Neither did Science Magazine, in an August 29 article that mentioned the anniversary but focused only on Wallace’s contribution to biogeography.Nature gave no tribute to Wallace this week. The journal did, however, publish a letter from two Russians and a German who wanted to honor Wallace a little on the centenary of his death. They pointed out that the pre-revolution Russians eagerly read Wallace’s works and actually preferred them over Darwin’s. “Many warmed to Wallace’s contention that human spiritual faculties cannot be explained by natural selection,” they said, mentioning Alexander Gusev, a theologian who used Wallace’s arguments for creation of the soul to defend Orthodox Christianity. Daring to doubt Darwin as the be-all and end-all of evolutionary knowledge, they ended:Russia’s fascination with Wallace’s work helped to shape the debate among early evolutionists on alternative versions of Darwinism (see D. Todes Nature 462, 36–37; 2009) and opened up discussion on the uniqueness of the human soul.Even that falls short of describing Wallace’s argument for design. Earlier this year, PhysOrg mentioned a new biography, stating, “A major new book by historian Dr John van Wyhe from the National University of Singapore has radically rewritten the story of how evolution was discovered by Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace.” Its thrust appears to be an attempt to advance the evolutionary views of Darwin’s running mate (3/03/08). Darwin biographer Janet Browne summed it up, saying, “Without downplaying the impact of Darwin, van Wyhe’s book reveals Wallace as a great evolutionary thinker in his own right, who truly deserves to be considered in context.” Once again, though, nothing was stated about Wallace’s provocative anti-Darwinian views (i.e., that natural selection is incapable of explaining all of life), and his inference to a great designing intelligence from the capabilities of the human mind and spirit.To get that information, one can read historian Michael Flannery’s book Alfred Russel Wallace: A Rediscovered Life, valuable for its extensive quotes from Wallace’s writings where he inferred intelligent design of the human soul. Flannery’s book is highlighted on AlfredWallace.org. In celebration of the centenary, David Klinghoffer announced on Evolution News & Views a new 15-minute survey of his life produced by the Discovery Institute, “A Rediscovered Life,” narrated by Dr. Flannery, posted on YouTube. The article also mentions that Flannery is presenting at the second annual Alfred Russel Wallace Conference in Singapore. A brief video is also embedded in an earlier entry on Evolution News & Views about “Alfred Russel Wallace, the Forgotten Man.” Earlier this year, Flannery appeared also in a short video clip in Evolution News & Views to explain why Darwin is remembered more than Wallace. See also ENV’s bibliography of Wallace articles.Meanwhile, what about natural selection – the idea for which Darwin and Wallace are celebrated? How is it faring? In September, Science Daily reported that there are still major controversies about speciation:Darwin referred to the origin of species as “that mystery of mysteries,” and even today, more than 150 years later, evolutionary biologists cannot fully explain how new animals and plants arise.The article explains how two scientists from the University of Michigan are casting doubt on the contribution of “reproductive isolation” to drive species apart, as Darwin had speculated (see “Darwin Fumbles,” 9/04/13). Studies of fruit flies and birds showed no correlation between reproductive isolation and number of species. “We found no evidence that these things are related,” Daniel Rabosky said. “The rate at which genetic reproductive barriers arise does not predict the rate at which new species form in nature.” Paradoxically, Rabosky and colleague Daniel Matute pointed to extinction as more important – yet that, too, does not explain the origin of species. “While speciation is often defined as the evolution of reproductive isolation, the new findings suggest that a broader definition may be needed, Rabosky and Matute conclude.”So for what, exactly, are Darwin and Wallace being celebrated?Update 11/08/13: Stephanie Pain wrote a lengthy tribute to Wallace on New Scientist, providing insights into his travels, adventures and writings, but mentioning nothing about the limits of his belief in evolution, and his confidence in design of the human mind.Wallace and Darwin were both wrong, but Wallace was less wrong than Darwin. Actually, Wallace’s theory of speciation differed from Darwin’s in significant ways (12/19/08). It must be hugely embarrassing for the Darwin industry to deal with a co-“discoverer” of natural selection who turned to intelligent design later in life. Wallace was also a more gracious and humble man than Darwin, that scheming recluse as Janet Browne portrays (see 3/03/08 commentary). Darwin worked through his X-Club (see video) to market his ideas to ensure priority, while Wallace always spoke from his heart without pretense, treating Darwin with respect, humbly deferring to him as the one worthy of recognition. When Darwin got word of Wallace’s position on creation of the soul, he sneezed his respect for Wallace out his nose (video, at 11:38 – 12:30). Jerry Bergman’s book, The Dark Side of Darwin, documents many “dark” aspects of Darwin’s character that are dishonorable, disgusting, and disturbing. With Wallace, virtue was its own punishment. He spent most of his scientific life working alone in Malaysia and South America while Darwin basked in the social circles of London. When he returned to England, Wallace, lower on the social ladder than Charlie, didn’t get invited to the same parties. He allowed the X-Club to undermine his reputation. Subsequent biographers have tried to dismiss Wallace as a nut, pointing out his interest in spiritualism, for instance. (In this, they ignore the clarity and wisdom of Wallace’s mature writings to their disgrace.) Primarily, Wallace continues to be snubbed because he refused to be a 100% secular materialist.While we do not endorse Wallace’s views on evolution, much less on theology, everyone can agree that he had an interesting life, and that he contributed a great deal to taxonomy. His collection of specimens is legendary, his adventures extraordinary (he was the “Indiana Jones” of specimen collectors, suffering shipwreck, disease and encounters with hostile tribes). He was a keen observer. He loved the beauty of nature. He is the father of biogeography. He respected native peoples. He spoke from his heart. He published influential works, outlasting Darwin by 30 years, living to age 90. He reasoned correctly about intelligent design for parts of nature. He advanced cogent arguments for design. But for promoting the erroneous view that microevolution can be extrapolated into universal common descent, and for becoming complacent with a nebulous designer with no revelation or claims on human life, we view Wallace as another misguided Victorian purveyor of half truths (his chant is Darwin-Some-Design-Some, not DODO). He deserves a movie about his life, perhaps, but not a following. Perhaps his best legacy today is a prominent place in a long list of Darwin doubters. (Visited 57 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Airport upgrades gather pace

first_img15 August 2008Airports Company South Africa has spent over R5-billion on improving facilities at airports around the country, and remains committed to delivering “quality aviation infrastructure” to meet the country’s needs for the 2010 Fifa World Cup and beyond.Presenting the company’s financial results in Johannesburg this week, Acsa chairman Franklin Sonn said the company had also started a five-year, R22-billion capital expenditure programme to cater for future growth in air travel.Of this amount, he said, about 62% would be spent in the first three years leading up to the World Cup.Also at the presentation was Transport Minister Jeff Radebe, who said the government would work closely with the airports operator. “We will stay close to Acsa to ensure business sustainability and timely delivery of the critical infrastructure necessary for the biggest marketing opportunity for our country, the 2010 Fifa world cup,” he said.Investment tripledHighlighting some of the key features of the financial year under review, Radebe said Acsa nearly tripled the previous year’s investment infrastructure developments by spending R5.2-billion.This sum included upgrades and new developments worth R1.7-billion on OR Tambo International Airport outside Johannesburg, R603-million on the Cape Town International Airport and R298-million on smaller domestic airports countrywide.In addition, R1.9-billion was allocated for both upgrades at Durban International Airport, as well as the greenfields international airport development at La Mercy, to the north of Durban.“We trust that you will continue focusing on efficiency in revenue and cost, while keeping your eyes on 2010 deliverables,” he said, commending the airports company for delivering good financial results despite the challenging economic environment.Non-aeronautical revenue growthAcsa MD Monhla Hlahla pointed out that infrastructure investment had increased by 215% to R5.2-billion, while revenue had increased by 9% to R2.797-billion.“Departing passenger volumes increased by 106% to R18.2-million [and] commercial and other non-aeronautical revenue increased by 20.2% to R1.4-billion,” she said.The robust growth in non-aeronautical revenue was mainly attributable to increases from activities such as property, core retail, car hire, as well as advertising.Acsa said that it continued to experience strong growth in traffic and non-aeronautical revenues due to strong positive growth in passenger numbers against a backdrop of positive economic growth, particularly in the first nine months of the financial year.“These results are good and reflective of the difficult operating and economic regulatory climate,” Hlahla said. “We will continue to focus on being efficient and deliver excellent service to our customers.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

GetJar Well-Positioned to be the “HTML5 Mobile Web App Store”

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#apps#marketing#mobile#Op-Ed#Trends sarah perez Do GetJar Launches Translate to Big Numbers?Angry Birds, of course, performed well, when launched on GetJar: 1 million downloads in 24 hours. However, Angry Birds was already a well-known brand at launch. What’s interesting is in seeing how lesser-known publishers have fared when launching with GetJar.For example:An app called Race Driver: Grid from Codemasters was able to reach 500,000 in 2 weeks thanks to its promotion.Stranded: Mysteries of Time (premium game, given away free) reached 180,00 downloads in 2 weeksBrain Genius 2 (another premium game giveaway) reached 120,00 downloads in 2 weeksSalvation Army’s app reached 65,000 downloads in less than a weekAnd Mafia Wars? The HTML5 Web application that launched only 3 days ago? It already has 115,000 downloads as of today. When an app launches exclusively on GetJar, the developer has an edge prior to launching in another app store because the application already has a good-sized install base. That means they’ll have a better shot at having their app promoted in the official mobile app store for a given platform.Plus, for mobile Web developers, it’s an opportunity to drive downloads to an app that doesn’t otherwise have an official app store of its own where it can get noticed.Does Building for Web Fit Your Mobile Strategy?All that being said, developers considering building a mobile Web application need to consider the idea carefully before doing so. Although GetJar can help with a publisher’s marketing efforts, it has to make sense with a publisher’s overall mobile strategy. If an app requires a deep, native experience with a particular platform to work best, then a mobile Web app would be a no-go. But if a developer is looking for reach, there’s no better platform than the Web.Other Web app stores like Google’s Chrome Web Store and Mozilla’s open app store focus on apps that run in browsers, but that aren’t (necessarily) designed for the best mobile experience. Earlier this year, we also tried out OpenAppMkt, a Web-based app store (also available as a mobile app) that serves as a place to find other browser-based mobile apps. But it doesn’t have the reach of GetJar, currently the world’s second largest app store in terms of downloads.Assuming that developers will soon turn to HTML5 as the mobile platform landscape becomes increasingly diverse, GetJar seems an ideal launching grounds for those mobile Web-based apps going forward.center_img Related Posts This week, GetJar teamed up with Zynga to announce the debut of new mobile games: Mafia Wars and Zynga Poker. Mafia Wars, already a familiar name to Facebook users, is a GetJar exclusive, meaning it’s being launched first on the GetJar.com website prior to any other app store. Zynga Poker is an Android-only offering.The announcement of new games, however, is only mildly interesting. What’s really notable about this news, at least in our opinion, is that Mafia Wars is an HTML5-powered, browser-based game. And its exclusive launch on GetJar points towards the possibility that this third-party app store could soon serve as a worthy launchpad for many more HTML5 mobile Web applications in the near future.GetJar a Launchpad for HTML5 Mobile Web Apps?GetJar, to be clear, is not just a site featuring only mobile Web apps. It’s an independently run third-party app store which offers apps across multiple platforms including iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, Windows Mobile and others. But it’s also one of the only major outlets where Web developers can promote their apps alongside native apps, with no real distinction to the end user. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Mobile Web developers can add their apps to GetJar just the same as any other native app developer can – they upload an icon and screenshots, fill out the name and description details, add the URL, etc. When an end user installs the app on their device, it appears on the homescreen, like any native application would. Not only does this provide a place for Web developers to promote their HTML5-enabled mobile applications in addition to or as an alternative to a native smartphone app, it also lets Web developers reach an often overlooked segment of the market – the three-quarters of the population who don’t own smartphones. Among that group, many have capable Web browsers, but lack an app store of their own, like iTunes or the Android Market.Also Helpful: Marketing AssistanceThere’s another aspect to GetJar that makes it a worthwhile place for a Web developer to launch – and that’s its GetJar Plus offering. “Plus” is a special category of apps on GetJar, where “best of breed” apps are featured, and where there’s some element of exclusivity. What that means exactly, is defined loosely for now. It can be an app where, like Mafia Wars, it’s promoted exclusively on GetJar for a limited time, it can be a promotion for a publisher that is doing a lot of marketing with GetJar, or it can be something else entirely.At present, GetJar is reaching out to publishers, both big and small, to offer them this opportunity. Some previously launched “Plus” apps have included an Angry Birds exclusive and one for the Salvation Army, to name of couple of the more recognizable offerings.last_img read more