Mesut Ozil quits German national soccer team, citing ‘racism and disrespect’

first_imgJuly 23, 2018 /Sports News – National Mesut Ozil quits German national soccer team, citing ‘racism and disrespect’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTF-Images/Getty Images(BERLIN) — German soccer player Mesut Ozil announced his decision to quit the national team in the aftermath of a picture taken of him with Turkish president Erdogan. In a series of statements published on Sunday, the 29-year-old said he felt “unwanted” on the team, and cited racist treatment by the media, lawmakers, fans and the German Football federation (DFB) which is headed by a former conservative politician.The photo controversy began shortly before the World Cup, when Ozil, who was born in Germany to Turkish parents, published a picture with teammate Ilkay Gundogan, posing with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It sparked an outcry in both conservative and liberal media, pundits and lawmakers who say Erdogan does not sufficiently respect German values. It also prompted many, especially on the far-right, to question his loyalty to the national squad.In a series of statements tweeted by the soccer player on Sunday, he said the debate goes far beyond a photo: it is a double standard of treatment for Germans with Turkish roots, of which there are three million in Germany.“I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect” he said, citing anti-Turkish comments by far-right politicians and fans.As if on cue following his announcement to quit, Wiebke Muhsal, deputy chairwoman for the far-right populist party, Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) in the German state of Thuringia tweeted “that took him a long time.” She continued: “And of all things, Özil complains about disrespect!? So far I haven’t been able to recognize a commitment to #Germany, nor respect for identification symbols like the German national anthem,” she tweeted.The AfD had previously put Ozil in the spotlight, single-handedly blaming him for Germany’s early exit from this year’s World Cup.After the loss to South Korea, AfD spokesperson Christian Lueth implied that Ozil had perhaps orchestrated the defeat, tweeting “Oezil can be satisfied, well done Erdogan.”In his statement, Ozil had harsh words for German media which he blames for fueling the fire. He noted that there had been little criticism in the media of former Germany captain Lothar Matthaeus who recently met with another controversial world leader: Vladimir Putin. “This crosses a personal line that should never be crossed, as newspapers try to turn the nation of Germany against me.”“I am German when we win, an immigrant when we lose”The controversy had reached the highest level of German politics, with the two players in the photo meeting German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier to clear up any misunderstanding.Ozil has maintained the importance of his German-Turkish heritage and claimed the picture “had no political intentions.”“What I cannot accept are media outlets repeatedly blaming my dual-heritage and a simple photograph for a bad World Cup on behalf of an entire squad” he said in one of several statements published on Twitter Sunday.It was this criticism he took directly to German football federation president Reinhard Grindel. After the photo was published, Grindel took to Twitter, criticizing Ozil for not speaking about his meeting with Erdogan to the public and fueling the flames of the debate.“I will no longer stand for being a scapegoat for his incompetence and inability to do his job properly,” Ozil said of Grindel.“People with racially discriminative backgrounds should not be allowed to work in the largest football federation in the world that has players from dual-heritage families. Attitudes like theirs simply do not reflect the players they supposedly represent. In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.”In a published response, the DFB said “the DFB stand for diversity” and rejected the charges of racism.Varied responsesMany lawmakers spoke out in defense of Ozil’s decision to leave the team. “It is a warning sign when a big German footballer like @MesutOzil1088 no longer feels wanted in his country because of #racism and does not feel represented by #DFB,” German Justice Minister Katarina Barley tweeted.On Monday, foreign minister Heiko Maas did not spare the DFB.“I think everyone involved in this affair should look inward,” he said.A spokesperson for Chancellor Merkel weighed in, saying the chancellor noted her appreciation for Ozil, who is a “great football player who has done a lot for the national football team.”Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul also tweeted the controversial photo and called Ozil’s decision “a goal against the virus of fascism.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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McVitie’s rolls out fully coated Digestives and Hobnobs

first_imgSource: PladisPladis is looking to tap into demand for premium treats with the launch of fully coated Digestives and Hobnobs.Dubbed ‘The Fully Coated One’, the NPD sees the McVitie’s core lines enrobed in milk chocolate. They’ll be available from January across supermarkets, convenience retailers and wholesale with an rsp of £1.79.The move elevates the biscuits from everyday treats to special ones, said Pladis. It added that the NPD would help retailers unlock incremental sales and encourage shoppers to trade up, thereby adding value to the category.“With the launch of our new, premium collection, we’re building on the momentum we’ve generated for the two brands – which were up by 35% between March and September this year – and delivering an extra special version of the biscuits consumers already love,” said Emma Stowers, brand director for McVitie’s at Pladis UK&I.“We’re confident the McVitie’s ‘Fully Coated’ range will be well-received in the market, particularly because this time, we’re making two of our best-loved biscuits the focus. Given current circumstances, we also expect more consumers to prioritise affordable, at-home treats as we move into 2021.”McVitie’s has rolled out several new variants of Digestives and Hobnobs throughout the year, including the limited-edition dessert-inspired British icons range, which included strawberry cheesecake and sticky toffee pudding variants, as well as VIBs. The latter was highlighted by British Baker as one of the top bakery launches of 2020.last_img read more

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Boys & Girls Soccer Regional Finals This Weekend

first_imgWRBI Area Boys & Girls Soccer Regional Finals.Saturday  (10-18)Girls Regional Finals.Class 1A:  Lawrenceburg @ Heritage Hills.Class 2A:  East Central hosts New Castle.Boys Regional Finals.Class 1A @ Knightstown.Oldenburg Academy vs. Centerville.last_img

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JUCO football: Redwoods overcomes early deficit to beat Gavilan in 2OT

first_imgRoberto Ortiz delivered on a 35-yard field goal in double-overtime to lift College of the Redwoods past visiting Gavilan College 32-29, Saturday afternoon at Community Stadium.Redwoods (1-1) recovered from an early 14-point deficit to earn Saturday’s victory, its first of the season.“Our defense carried us to the win today,” Redwoods head coach Frank Borba said. “Our defensive line was lights out. We switched some things up after last week and really just let our guys play today.”Redwoods’ …last_img read more

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SA allocates R500m for black farmers

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma gets into the spiritof the occasion, at the handing overof 85 new tractors to small-scale farmers in Mpumalanga province (Image: The Presidency) MEDIA CONTACTS • Noncedo VutulaDept Agriculture, Chief director, communication and information+27 12 319 7348 or +27 82 523 4904RELATED ARTICLES • Congo welcomes SA farmers • Food production up in Africa • Farming in the heart of Joburg • Bumper maize crop for SAJanine ErasmusThe first handover of hi-tech equipment to black farmers, under the R500-million (US$65.3-million) government-driven Masibuyele Emasimini programme, took place in mid-June in Mpumalanga province.Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina Joemat-Pettersson and President Jacob Zuma were on hand to witness a number of small-scale farmers of Marapyane village taking delivery of 85 new tractors.The vehicles were distributed to all three districts of the province – Ehlanzeni, Gert Sibande and Nkangala.Mpumalanga MEC for Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Administration, Meshack Malinga, was also in attendance.The Masibuyele Emasimini tractor mechanisation programme is a four-year initiative aimed at addressing the ongoing problem of food security and sustainable livelihoods – but instead of providing mere garden implements the department has decided to make a more substantial investment. An initial allotment of R100-million ($13.1-million) is to be followed by an amount of R50-million ($6.5-million) to each of the country’s nine provinces.Through the scheme, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries aims to encourage black citizens back into the agricultural sector. At least 10 500 farmers are expected to benefit.Improving food securityAbout 14-million South African households face uncertain futures because of food insecurity, and more than 2-million others have already felt the effects. With the new equipment, small-scale and subsistence farmers will increase their output and ensure their families’ wellbeing. They will also be more competitive in the domestic and, hopefully, the international market.The National African Farmers’ Union has been calling for government to take this step for many years, but with no luck, until now.Zuma has endorsed the programme, which will be implemented in the provinces of Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal within the next two years and will then roll out to the rest of the country.“The issue of rural development and land reform is very high up on government’s agenda,” said Joemat-Pettersen, “as there are some real opportunities in the way of decent jobs and entrepreneurship. The state is committed to affording all players in this sector sufficient support and infrastructure.”She added that transformation was an ongoing priority, and that her department was supporting black farmers and encouraging their development into key players in the sector – although the experience and importance of white farmers, who have traditionally been the county’s agricultural mainstay, will not be overlooked. They too will receive governmental support.Joemat-Pettersen said that the Masibuyele Emasimini initiative was aligned with government’s goal of improving service delivery during 2010, and helping communities to achieve a better standard of living.Millennium Development GoalsChair of the Parliamentary committee on agriculture, forestry and fisheries Mlungisi Johnson said the initiative also fell into line with the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, which aimed to halve worldwide poverty by 2014, among other ambitions.According to Buanews, the government’s news service, various private sector companies have expressed interest in contributing to the scheme.US department store chain Walmart would like to develop a mentorship programme and a model for market access to its outlets, and South Africa’s Old Mutual has pledged R10-million ($1.3-million). Major bank Nedbank has set up an agricultural fund to the tune of R6-million to support local farming projects.Joemat-Pettersen said that private-public partnerships would be of tremendous benefit to South Africa as it works to develop its agricultural sector.last_img read more

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Documentaries celebrate the making of South Africa’s rainbow nation

first_imgA still from the film All for One and One for All: A Tribute to the Frontline States, one of the four Rainbow Makers documentaries telling the story of events that led to South Africa’s 20 years of freedom. (Image: African Oral History Archive)• Katlego LedimoKaelo Engage marketing+27 76 062 [email protected] Alexander“The history of our country is characterised by too much forgetting,” Nelson Mandela once lamented. The new Rainbow Makers series of documentaries aims to both help us remember the extraordinary stories, often untold, that shaped our road to democracy – and celebrate our 20 years of freedom.The four-part series, a project of the African Oral History Archive produced by Emmy award-winner Mandy Jacobson, premiered at the Durban International Film Festival earlier this year. They will be flighted on SABC2 every Sunday evening in September, in celebration of Heritage Month.“Much of our history was politically sensitive, or subversive,” says Jacobson. “Some of it has remained hidden and even forgotten. AOHA was created as a global effort to record and showcase the continent’s acclaimed or unknown history makers, giving unprecedented access to all those who were at the heart of events that shaped South Africa’s modern history.”  This unique tribute series comes out of many hours of exclusive interviews with major figures who made the South Africa we live in today. These include Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, controversial apartheid-era foreign minister Pik Botha, exile struggle leader and former South African president Thabo Mbeki, US mediator US Chester Crocker and Zambian statesman Kenneth Kaunda.“These narratives are the entry points for us, young and old, to embark on the journey to know our past,” Jacobson says. “The Rainbow Makers series pays tribute to some of the champions that paved the way forward, towards the 20 years of South African democracy we enjoy today.”The four films are All for One and One for All: A Tribute to the Frontline States, Ten Year Tightrope: Rebels with a Cause, Plot for Peace, and The Foreign Minister.All for One and One for All: A Tribute to the Frontline StatesPresented by Shaka Sisulu, the grandson of exiled freedom fighters Walter and Albertina Sisulu and son of former parliamentary speaker Max Sisulu, All for One and One for All explores the remarkable alliance and sacrifices of the liberated countries bordering South Africa – the “Frontline States” – in the fight to end apartheid.The film features interviews with former African leaders rarely seen in one documentary. Joachim Chissano of Mozambique, Botswana’s Ketumile Masire, Zambian Kenneth Kaunda and others recount the saga of the frontline alliance: stories of generosity, courage, mistakes, sacrifice and ultimate victory.This broad sweep of heroic history is underpinned by the more intimate tale of three generations of the Sisulu family – Walter and Albertina, Max and Shaka. Democracy not only brought South Africa freedom, but reunited the Sisulus after three decades living apart in exile.All for One and One for All: A Tribute to the Frontline States aired on 14 September. Ten Year Tightrope: Rebels with a CauseIn the 1980s a small band of white South African men, many of them stalwarts of the Afrikaner establishment and even leaders in the apartheid-era National Party government, quietly and slowly began working to dismantle the system of racial segregation.In rare interviews, Ten Year Tightrope: Rebels with a Cause tells the story of their courageous decision to turn their backs on their history, traditions and beliefs. Coming from a culture convinced that the laager, the wagon and the gun safeguarded their language and identity, these men – and they were all men – abandoned the idea of nationhood as an exclusive one, and worked for a united and democratic South Africa.Ten Year Tightrope is presented by veteran Afrikaans actor Grethe Fox, who has her own story to tell of that time. It reveals the personal histories and behind-the-scenes recollections of Roelf Meyer, Sampie Terreblanche, Leon Wessels, Pik Botha, Barend du Plessis and Frederick van Zyl Slabbert – all rebels with a cause.Ten Year Tightrope: Rebels with a Cause airs at 20h00 on 21 September. Plot for PeaceIn the late 1980s and early 1990s, working in the shadows between Marxist Angola and apartheid South Africa, French businessman Jean-Yves Ollivier helped broker a peace that liberated a nation. In Plot for Peace he finally reveals this untold story.For the first time, heads of state, generals, diplomats, spies and anti-apartheid soldiers disclose the secret dealings that helped end white rule. They also show that the end of apartheid and Mandela’s release were entwined with the end of the Cold War: without the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Cuban and South African troop withdrawals from Angola, Mandela may have remained in prison for a lot longer.The documentary features key players such as Pik Botha, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Umkhonto we Sizwe general Mathews Phosa, Cuban negotiator Jorge Risquet, and US mediator Chester Crocker.Plot for Peace airs at 20h00 on 28 September. The Foreign MinisterMachiavellian, colourful, controversial, pugnacious and “a man who never met a microphone he didn’t like”, Roelof “Pik” Botha argued for apartheid to the global community, and against it at home. The longest-serving foreign minister in the world, Botha was a flamboyant messenger between the international anti-apartheid movement and his own National Party government.Charming, provocative and a master of geopolitics, Botha remains enigmatic. For decades he vociferously defended apartheid to the world, yet played a role in tearing it down – eventually serving, for a while, in the post-apartheid government.The Foreign Minister airs at 20h00 on 5 October. Documenting the voices of African historyThe African Oral History Archive aims to safeguard Africa’s heritage by documenting the voices of those who helped shape the continent’s history. In a global effort, more than 150 interviews have been recorded.The archive charts the incremental changes, revolutions, set-backs and victories in Africa’s complex history and brings these stories to audiences across the world. It was set up by the Ichikowitz Family Foundation, founded by Ivor Ichikowitz, a South African industrialist and philanthropist.last_img read more

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Podcast Deflategate And We Pick An NBA DraftFix Winner

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (May 13, 2015), we look at the fallout from the NFL’s investigation into the deflation of balls during last year’s AFC Championship game, which led to the suspension of Tom Brady and the loss of two draft picks for the New England Patriots. We’ll reveal the final results of our crowdsourcing project to fix the NBA lottery and stop tanking in the league. And we’ll discuss our significant digit of the week, which covers mental health and college athletes.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss in this week’s show:The FiveThirtyEight staff dissects the Deflategate report.Benjamin Morris looks at what would have happened if Tom Brady had missed four games every year.Why the loss of draft picks hurts the Patriots more than the loss of Brady.Our fix-the-NBA-draft crowdsource project: Original Form | First Update | Weird Ideas | Finalists.Significant Digit: Suicide is the third leading cause of death among college athletes. Read Kate Fagan’s ESPN The Magazine article on Madison Holleran here. Hot Takedown Embed Code If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

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Germany are back in contention warns Muller

first_imgGermany forward Thomas Müller is feeling optimistic again about their World Cup prospects ahead of their final Group F game against South KoreaFollowing their shocking defeat to Mexico in their opening game of the tournament, Germany bounced back against Sweden last weekend with Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kross scoring a 95th-minute winner for the defending world champions.Joachim Low’s side are now sitting in second place in Group F and a win against South Korea on Wednesday will be necessary in order to qualify with third-place Sweden currently tied with Germany with leaders Mexico a further three points ahead after winning both their games.Germany have never failed to go past the group stages of a World Cup and Muller is in no rush to end that record and has called on the side to take advantage of their renewed chances and beat Korea.“We’re in the tournament now and can qualify by our own merit with a win against South Korea,” said the 28-year-old, as stated on the Bayern Munich website.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“We’ll certainly do everything we can to take our country far.”Muller’s former Bayern teammate Kroos agreed: “Now we need to recover, beat South Korea and put in a convincing display.”As did Dortmund’s Marco Reus: “If we play with freedom, if we produce our link-up play on the pitch, with the same passion that we showed against Sweden, then it’ll be difficult for South Korea.”Both Korea and Germany will meet on Wednesday at the Kazan Arena at 16:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

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TCI Food for Thought Fundraiser

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, March 2, 2018 – Providenciales – Sunday 25 February 2018 was a beautiful day for 300 brunch guests to enjoy a delicious meal in a delightful setting while supporting a worthy cause. Food for Thought is a charity that provides breakfast to hundreds of children in Turks & Caicos.Mango Reef Chef Flourent put on a magnificent and tasty spread for the charity’s supporters, who sipped mimosas and enjoyed fabulous steel drum music while they ate.  They further supported Food for Thought by participating in the raffle and silent auction to raise more money for the much needed breakfast programmes, and by bringing along some nonperishable food items for the charity’s food bank!  The event’s younger supporters were kept entertained by face painting, a nail polish station, and colouring books. Header & First insert: Guests enjoying their buffet brunchSecond insert: Children waiting for the face paintingThird insert: Food for Thought supportersFourth insert: Val Kalliecharan on the Steel DrumsAs The event organisers would like to thank KB Home Center who generously sponsored the food, Gilley’s Enterprises for the mimosas, the wonderful Val Kalliecharan for donating his services, and all of the many sponsors and volunteers who made the event such a success.  And, as always, thank you to our Partner Sponsor Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Real Estate for their ongoing support.Jeanne and Karen Savory (Food for Thought Co-Founders) wish to express their gratitude for all the community’s support for this event, and in general.  “Providing breakfast to a few hundred students may not seem like much, but to some of the students it is really an important addition to their day.  Teachers very quickly reported improved attention and attendance.  We could not do it without the amazing support from the community.  We are very grateful to everyone who has contributed, in so many ways, to the achievements of this charity.”“Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support our third annual Sunday Brunch – we were particularly pleased to welcome the Honourable Minister for Education to the event.  It was heartwarming to see 300 members of the community come together to support this cause.Mango Reef did such a lovely job and we are so very thankful to Chef Flourent, Alexis, and the whole Mango Reef team for all their hard work.  Thanks also to the kind event sponsors KB Home Center and Gilley’s Enterprises!  And of course we cannot go without mentioning our awesome helpers, Joan and Tara, and the rest of our brilliant volunteers. We are aiming to expand our Programmes to reach even more children so the fundraising never stops!  Please visit foodforthoughttci.com for more information about the charity’s work and details about donating, or contact us at [email protected] or 242-FEED.”Food for Thought would like to thank the following wonderful sponsors of its brunch: Mango Reef, KB Home Center, Gilley’s Enterprises, Caya Hico Media, Val Kalliecharan, Rogdreka Rolle of Khye’s Body Art, Flowers by EA, Point Grace, Nautique Sports, Sailrock, Brilliant Studios, Goldsmith’s, The Addenda, The Spa at Seven Stars, Conch Shack, Kiss n Make Up, Flamingo Pharmacy, Bayview Motors, Grace Bay Club, West Bay Club, Caicos Tea, Solana, Tangled, Hezron Henry, Sun Charters, TCI Coffee Roasters, Fay Ninon, Olabasi, Sand Dollar Images, Turks and Caicos Kiteboarding, Swift Delivery Services, Island Fire Supplies, Sotheby’s, BCQS, Griffith’s & Partners, Coriats, Savory & Co., Mark Osmond Dental Clinic, Karam & Missick.   Also, special thanks to Joan, Tara, Carol, Debi, Gerry, Matt, Rori, Shaqueena, Madi, Louise, and last but not least Richard and Robin Savory. Release: Food For Thought TCIPhoto credit: Cayo Hico Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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