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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Utah’s Mitchell Visits Kearns High

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell was a special guest for Kearns High School students yesterday.Students who qualified academically got to meet Mitchell at a special assembly.  He also handed out backpacks and T-shirts. August 22, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah’s Mitchell Visits Kearns High Written by Robert Lovell Tags: Donovan Mitchell/Kearns High School/Utah Jazzlast_img read more

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THE UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE REGIONAL AND NATIONAL RANKINGS

first_imgSee all Best Colleges rankings »See all scores and key indicators.Read more about how we rank schools.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare THE UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE REGIONAL AND NATIONALS RANKINGSOVERVIEWUniversity of Evansville is a private institution that was founded in 1854. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,342, its setting is city, and the campus size is 75 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Evansville’s ranking in the 2019 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities Midwest, 7. Its tuition and fees are $36,416 (2018-19).The University of Evansville is a private liberal arts school located on the Ohio River in southwest Indiana. Although Evansville is just a few hours from St. Louis and Nashville, its secondary campus, Harlaxton College, is in the United Kingdom. For the past 40 years, students have had the opportunity to spend a semester at Evansville’s British campus, where they can study in Victorian mansions and learn about English culture. More than half of Evansville students study at Harlaxton or in another country each year. The Evansville campus offers around 80 different areas of undergraduate study and six graduate programs, including those in the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration.Students can participate in more than 10 fraternities and sororities, around 160 student organizations, or a variety of sports. Most Evansville students play an intramural sport, and more serious athletes can try out for one of the nearly 15 Purple Aces varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference. Notable Evansville alumni include actor Jack McBrayer, who plays Kenneth in the NBC comedy 30 Rock.2019 Rankings #6 in Best Colleges for Veterans#7 in Best Value Schools#7 in Best Value Schoolscenter_img University of Evansville is ranked #7 in Regional Universities Midwest. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.#7 in Regional Universities Midwestlast_img read more

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Free Movies, Music and Audio Books On Demand … With a Library Card

first_imgPatrons at the Ocean City Free Public Library can now access hoopla digital – a new service that enables library card holders to enjoy on-demand content from their smartphones, tablets, PCs and Apple TV without waiting to borrow. Hoopla digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees.The service, which started last week in Ocean City, has partnerships with major Hollywood studios, publishers and record companies –Universal Pictures, MGM, National Geographic and BBC Worldwide – boasting popular titles such asThe King’s Speech, Scarface, I Don’t Know How She Does It, Neil Young’s “Storytone,” Led Zeppelin’s “Led Zeppelin IV Remastered” and Bette Midler’s “It’s The Girls.”The service is now live in 17 library systems in the state of New Jersey, including Montclair Public Library, Cumberland County Library, Mahwah Public Library, Mount Laurel Library, Rahway Public Library and many others.The new service is part of an effort of libraries nationwide to expand their content offerings to meet the needs of tech-savvy new generations.last_img read more

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Pop-up bakery continues at Fortnum

first_imgFortnum & Mason is extending its pop-up bakery for a further two weeks to raise funds for Bowel Cancer UK.Starting 16 April, the London Piccadilly upmarket department store will be serving up dishes from its Great British Spelt Recipes online collection of high-fibre recipes, which were collated by the cancer charity alongside organic food farm Sharpham Park.Recipes were donated by the likes of Gizzi Erskine, star of Channel 4’s Cook Yourself Thin, along with a group of culinary experts, who will all be making guest appearances at Fortnum & Mason as part of a series of customer masterclasses, events and talks.Yvonne Isherwood, retail marketing manager at Fortnum & Mason, said: “With our pop-up bakery proving to be a sell-out success and the weekly masterclasses a hit with our customers, we were thrilled to be able to extend the pop-up for a further two weeks for a partnership with Sharpham Park and Bowel Cancer UK.  “Not only does the pop-up give our customers another opportunity to enjoy a series of masterclasses from the UK’s top foodies but the Great British Spelt Recipe campaign is a fantastic initiative supporting the important work of Bowel Cancer UK.”The company launched its Fortnum’s British Bakery back in January, which consisted of a series of bakery experts and celebrities each taking the helm of the outlet for a two-week slot. This included stars of BBC Two’s The Great British Bake Off such as Paul Hollywood and Edd Kimber.last_img read more

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch Sets Broadway Closing Date

first_img Hedwig and the Angry Inch Related Shows We’re wigging out! The Tony-winning Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Taye Diggs as our favorite internationally ignored song stylist, will shutter at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre on September 13. At the time of closing, the musical revival will have played 22 previews and 506 regular performances.Written by 2015 Tony honoree John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig, a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. Trask’s score features “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town,” “The Origin of Love,” “Angry Inch” and more.Directed by Michael Mayer, the production also stars Rebecca Naomi Jones as Yitzhak. Neil Patrick Harris won a 2014 Tony for his performance in the titular role. Since then, Hedwig has also been headlined by Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall, co-creator Mitchell and Darren Criss.A national tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch is scheduled to kick off in San Francisco on October 4, 2016, with productions also in the works for the West End and Australia.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015last_img read more

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Happy Plants.

first_imgEven in a normal year, Georgia has long, dry spells. Water usage soars, and so do those water bills. Some estimates show that half of the water a typical family uses is for landscape purposes. Not only that, but University of Georgia Extension Service agents and specialists report seeing more plants dead of drowning during dry spells than during wet weather. Do Your Plants Need Water? Learn how to tell if your plants need water. Many plants wilt in the afternoon sun but spring back in the cool of the evening. If we rush for the hose as soon as we get home from work, we may be giving the plant too much. When in doubt, use the “finger test.” Simply poke your finger a few inches into the soil and see if it’s moist. If it is, don’t water. Our lawns will tell us they need water by getting a bit dull or bluish. You can double-check with the “foot test.” If your footsteps spring back up soon after you walk across, your lawn is fine. You don’t need to water. Next, check out different ways to get water to your plants. Soaker hoses and drip systems put water at the roots, where it’s needed. Add drip emitters to your regular irrigation system, or lay inexpensive soaker hoses in flower and shrub beds and cover them with mulch. Wise Use of Sprinklers If you do need to use sprinklers: Don’t water on hot, windy afternoons. You’ll lose more than half of your water to evaporation. Early-morning watering lets the water soak into the soil. It allows the plants to dry off fast once the sun rises, helping prevent diseases in your garden. Aim your sprinklers properly. Water your plants, not the street, sidewalk and driveway. If an area in your garden always stays damp, close off the sprinkler there. Stop when water starts to run off. You may have to turn it off and on a few times, but water and your money won’t be running down the drain. Improve your soil quality. Aerating or adding organic matter can prevent runoff, too. Get a rain gauge. Most Georgia soils need only an inch of water per week. If it rains, subtract that amount from your total application. Water deeply. As the landscape matures, soak the soil 6 to 8 inches deep to encourage deep roots. Then don’t water again until the plants need it — once a week or less. Add a moisture sensor. This soil probe tells the sprinkler system when the soil is wet or dry and will turn it on and off for you. Don’t forget to mulch. Mulching helps keep the soil cool and moist while suppressing water-stealing weeds and reducing your garden work. Mulch a wide area around your plants (but not next to the stem or trunk). Add lime if the soil needs it. Georgia soils typically run slightly acid. You may find, especially in a mature landscape, that you need little or no fertilizer. Don’t overfertilize. Actively growing plants use more water. Overfertilizing leads to a landscape that will be a water hog. A soil test from your Extension Service office or a private lab will tell you the soil’s fertilizer and lime requirements. If you do need fertilizer, consider using a slow-release type. These deliver a little fertilizer over a long time, so they don’t stimulate fast, thirsty growth. Over the long run, slow-release fertilizers can be more cost-efficient. You don’t need to apply them as often. Summer annuals or roses, though, do best with light, frequent fertilizing. Usually, one application per month with a standard granular fertilizer will keep these plants perky. To encourage new flowers, pick off the old blooms as they fade.last_img read more

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Norway’s investment decision puts oil and gas industry on notice

first_imgNorway’s investment decision puts oil and gas industry on notice FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Financial Times ($):Norway’s sovereign wealth fund may have spared the majors when announcing it was pulling investments from a host of oil and gas producers, but the move will still reverberate in the boardrooms of energy heavyweights like BP and ExxonMobil.With $1tn under management, the Norwegian oil fund is the world’s biggest sovereign investor, owning equity stakes between 1 and 2.5 per cent in all the supermajors. On Friday it said it would divest from smaller exploration and production companies as a means of diversifying Norway’s oil-rich economy’s exposure to the commodity.But while the largest integrated companies were granted a reprieve, justified by their vast refining and trading capabilities that could insulate them should the long-term future of oil demand growth threaten crude prices, Norway has also made clear it expects them to do more. One official in Oslo was even more blunt: “If I were an oil major reading this decision, I would make sure my plan for investment in renewables was in order.”It is a message that has been ringing around the boardrooms of Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Norway’s own state oil company Equinor for some time. But when it is delivered by the world’s largest investor in equities, it carries even greater weight.More ($): Norway’s investment cull leaves oil majors spared but shakenlast_img read more

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Uribe Promotes Former FARC Hostage To Rank Of Police General

first_imgBy Dialogo May 13, 2009 Today Colombian police official Luis Mendieta, who had been held hostage by the FARC for more than 10 years, was promoted to the rank of General by President Álvaro Uribe, who urged the Army to rescue all the hostages. In a ceremony held at the School of Police Cadets in Bogotá Mendieta was awarded the highest rank, making him the most senior official within the armed forces, even above that of the current director, General Óscar Naranjo. His wife, María Teresa Paredes, and their two children, Jenny Estefani and José Luis, received from Uribe’s hands badges that attest to their father’s position as General of Police. Mendieta was kidnapped in the seizure by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) of the city of Mitú on November 1, 1998, while serving as Commander of Police of that city, which is the capital of the department of Vaupés. “Luis Herlindo Mendieta, who was kidnapped by the FARC terrorist group in the seizure of Mitú, is promoted to the rank of major general. We award proof of his promotion to his wife, his children, and his entire family,” said the President. Awaiting the release of Mendieta, his family has saved his Christmas, birthday, and celebration gifts, and the college and university degrees of his children, who had last seen him when they were children. Uribe called on the armed forces to increase operations to rescue the 22 soldiers and policemen who are still the rebels’ captives, and said the Army is looking for the sites where they are being held. The head of state indicated, regarding the FARC’s announcement of the release of Army Sergeant Pablo Moncayo, that he will not permit political propaganda, and only allowed the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Catholic Church to participate in the humanitarian mission to meet him. “We reiterate our wish that the International Red Cross, without obstructing our military operations, receive him, along with the Catholic Church,” where the FARC indicate sergeant Moncayo is to be released,” said Uribe. He also indicated it will not accept rebels’ “maneuvers” to deceive Colombians “with the torturous offer of one-by-one release of hostages, and then reinforce their propaganda.” The FARC have demanded the presence of opposition congresswoman Piedad Córdoba, one of Uribe’s major critics, in the operation to release of Moncayo, who has been captive for over eleven years. The senator has participated in the liberation of 12 hostages that the FARC has released unilaterally, but the government decided to suspend its mediation in the release of Moncayo. “We cannot allow the FARC another chance to wear a humanitarian disguise because they, in the conscience of all Colombians, are involved in ‘Farcpolitics'” said the President. The rebel assault on Mitú left 43 dead, including soldiers, policemen, and civilians, plus 47 wounded troops and 61 abductees. Nearly a thousand guerrillas led by the military chief of the FARC, Jorge Briceño (aka “Mono Jojoy”), participated in the attack, the first and only one by these guerrillas on a departmental capital and one of the most devastating in the near half-century history of internal conflict. Mendieta is part of a list of 22 police and military hostages the guerrillas want to trade for their imprisoned rebels.last_img read more

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Brazilian Unmanned Anti-Drug Planes Will Operate in Bolivia

first_imgBy Dialogo July 07, 2011 Four Brazilian unmanned planes will begin to operate in Bolivia in August as part of the fight against drugs, Deputy Minister of Social Defense Felipe Cáceres announced on 5 July. “By late August, four unmanned (UAV) planes will be providing overflight of Bolivian airspace,” Cáceres, the chief official in charge of combatting cocaine trafficking, specified at a press conference. The official indicated that the unmanned aircraft will do their work in virtue of an agreement between La Paz and Brasilia signed in March. He explained that the UAV aircraft will carry out that aerial monitoring at the border locations of Bolpebra (the geographic location where Bolivia, Peru, and Brazil come together) and the geographic area shared among Bolivia, Paraguay, and Brazil. Cáceres indicated that the operations conducted by the UAV planes “will provide the Bolivian authorities with specific information about other aircraft that are overflying Bolivian airspace and that might be involved in illicit operations.” The town of Chimoré, in central Bolivia, an area where coca is grown, will be the center for processing the aerial technical information, which will also be sent to Brazil.last_img read more

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