Ozil resignation took Germany coach Loew by surprise

first_img0Shares0000Germany 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. “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)last_img read more

A mountain of experience behind new path at Sliabh Liag

first_imgA monumental project has been completed to offer a new experience to visitors at Sliabh Liag. Here, we find out about the extensive engineering behind the new path:When visitors walk the new upland path to Sliabh Liag, the towering sea cliffs in south Donegal, they walk across stones that came from another part of the hills, a few kilometres away.But that natural look does not come easy – it took a lot of work in extreme weather to get the job done. More than 160,000 people visit Sliabh Liag each year, and the new path is designed to ensure that they can enjoy the cliffs, while protecting the environment into the future.The new 2.5 kilometre stretch of upland path is a key element of the new €4.95 million Sliabh Liag Strategic Development Project, which includes a visitors centre and transportation hub, car parks, a ranger station, and enhanced roads access.The new path at Sliabh Liab which has been designed to ensure the protection of the unique landscape amid growing visitor numbers.The council also hope the path can serve as an example for similar works across Ireland and further afield.Drawing on expertise from McGowan Environmental Engineering Ltd, a firm based in Scotland with extensive upland experience, the council is the first local authority in the Republic of Ireland to undertake this type of mountain path works. “The quality is of a very high standard and will set the benchmark for other works that may be happening in the country,” Shaun Paul Murphy, Executive Engineer with the council, said.Ross McGowan, managing director of McGowan’s, was in Shanbally, outside Teelin, this week for the official opening. While the Donegal project offered challenges, McGowan’s experience meant they brought lessons learned in the Scottish hills to the work.Ross McGowan from McGowan Environmental Engineering Ltd who worked with Donegal County Council and the local community on the new path at Sliabh Liag designed to ensure the protection of the unique landscape amid growing visitor numbers.“We have three teams of five people in Scotland, so we have 15 people working all year-round doing mountain path work,” he said. “So it’s something that we do all the time.”McGowan tries to use local stone for paths, for their natural look. Here, the council and McGowan’s, in consultation with National Parks and Wildlife, agreed to use to stone from the scree slopes on the hillside at Sliabh Liag.But that meant weeks of careful selection by hand of hundreds of tons of suitable stones from the scree slopes. The new path at Sliabh Liab which has been designed to ensure the protection of the unique landscape amid growing visitor numbers.“Every single stone we picked was hand selected,” Ross said. The methodology for the work is quite sensitive and skilled, “and you really have to cover your tracks, so basically no one would know we’ve been there,” he said. They replaced stones in the scree with bits of moss and other stone to ensure no gaps were left.“Once we had that stone, and the right kind of stone, the job was made much more easy,” Ross said.Still, they had to contend with the weather. The lifting of stones to the path site was done by helicopter, and severe winds led to five airlifts being cancelled. There was hail and wind chill factors that brought temperatures well below zero. Still, McGowan crews lost just one day on site due to weather, working from October of 2017 to May of 2018.Ross credited the training and equipment they provide their crews. “It’s all about mindset and mentality, because you’re in an extreme environment,” he said. In a way, generations of Donegal people helped to determine the path route. James Kelly, Senior Executive Engineer with Donegal County Council, said the council provided McGowan with a corridor that followed the most heavily travelled path to the cliffs, one carved step by step over the years. That coincided with the area where the most erosion was taking place, and McGowan determined the final route within that corridor.The path creates a single, defined route through some difficult and steep sections. Ross explained that choosing a path line requires looking at ascent and descent. On the way down, people often have their heads down as well; most erosion takes place on the descent. Blocking stones have also been placed at strategic sites.“Paths are built to keep people on them,” Ross said. The work also includes stone drainage works to protect the path and reflect natural drainage.James said the council wanted to acknowledge the support of Fáilte Ireland, and particularly the contributions of Derek Walshe and Joan Crawford.He also wanted to thank local landowners for their cooperation, saying the project would not have been possible without them.“We’re grateful for the ongoing cooperation from those landowners during the whole construction process,” James said, noting in particular landowners in the townlands of Cappagh, Croaghlin, Shanbally, Ballymore, and Lergadaghtan.McGowan brought in the local community, council staff, and others, holding two days of training in the hills to demonstrate stone pitching for steeper stretches, aggregate path work on the flatter sections, and drainage and landscaping.“We’re always keen on community engagement,” Ross said. “We can use our expertise to build this, but we’re quite keen to pass that on to locals so that they can maintain it.” It’s a way of giving back to the community, he said.Acknowledging that there were lessons learned over the entire project, James said that the council has delivered a fine project to be enjoyed for generations to come.A mountain of experience behind new path at Sliabh Liag was last modified: May 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:McGowan Environmental Engineering Ltdsliabh liaglast_img read more

Dempsey may sign for Liverpool by Wednesday – report

first_imgLiverpool are to bid £7.5m for Clint Dempsey and want to complete his signing from Fulham before leaving for a pre-season trip to the United States next week, according to the Daily Mirror.It is suggested that the deal could be done as early as Wednesday and that Fulham are open to the idea of a player exchange.The Sun say Chelsea and Arsenal are interested in midfielder Steven Nzonzi, who has apparently failed to turn up for Blackburn’s pre-season training camp in Austria.It is claimed that Rovers could be willing to sell the 23-year-old for the right price.Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph report that the Blues appear to have beaten rivals Tottenham to the signing of Oscar from Internacional, while the Daily Mail say Chelsea have clinched a deal for the highly-rated Brazilian midfielder.The Mail suggest Oscar’s arrival will put Juan Mata’s first-team place under threat.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Miller, Duminy overcome spirited Zim opposition

first_img15 February 2015David Miller and JP Duminy shared a spectacular unbroken world record fifth wicket partnership of 256 to set the Castle Lager Proteas up for a 62-run victory over neighbouring Zimbabwe in their opening ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B game at Hamilton on Sunday.It was a partnership that started with a much-needed rescue act after Zimbabwe, having won the toss, reduced the Proteas to 83/4, then a period of consolidation and finally all-out assault as 96 runs were scored in the final five overs.Tanashe Panyangara and Tendai Chatara, who had bowled so well up front to remove Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla and ensure that the Proteas only managed to make 29 in the statutory power play, bore the brunt of the final assault.PartnershipMiller, making his second ODI century, both of them coming in his last three innings, finished with a career best 138 (92 balls, 7 fours and 9 sixes) and Duminy with 115 (100 balls, 9 fours and 3 sixes). It was Duminy’s fourth ODI century and his third against Zimbabwe.Their partnership obliterated the previous record of 226 achieved by Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara for England against Ireland while the previous South African fifth wicket record was the unbeaten 183 by Jacques Kallis and Jonty Rhodes against Pakistan at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in 1998.In the end the South African victory was a solid one rather than anything special and left plenty of room for improvement for most of the front-line batsmen and bowlers.This may be no bad thing as on the two previous occasions when the Proteas had their most realistic chances of winning the World Cup in 1996 and 1999 they came out of the blocks like a world champion sprinter but failed to see out the distance.Outstanding recordThe World Cup only reaches its business end in a month’s time when the knock-out phase starts and no team can hold its peak for that long. What is required is a steady upward performance curve leading up to that stage.It must also be stated that Zimbabwe have become a much more competitive team since the ring-wise Dav Whatmore, who has an outstanding record as a World Cup coach, took charge.They gave New Zealand a hard time in their one warm-up match and beat Sri Lanka convincingly in the other. Today’s performance will have confirmed the belief that they are very much in the running for a top four finish in their pool.It was only in the 47th over that the Proteas went ahead of Zimbabwe on the over-by- over runs comparison after Zimbabwe had been given an excellent start with Chamu Chibhabha and Hamilton Masakadza adding 105 for the second wicket in 17 overs. Masakadza and Brendan Taylor added a further 54 for the third wicket in only nine overs.Masakadza contributed Zimbabwe’s biggest score of 80 (74 balls, 8 fours and 2 sixes).Imran Tahir, who was the pick of the South African attack with career best figures of 3/36 against Zimbabwe, dismissed both Chibhabha and Masakadza.Key periodThe key period of their innings came when Masakadza was dismissed in the 33rd over as it started a five-over segment when they lost the wickets of their other key middle-order batsmen, Taylor and Stuart Williams. It left them on 218/5 and, from that position, there was not a realistic prospect of their winning the match.Farhaan Behardien, who had missed both the warm-up matches through injury, passed a late fitness test and he and Duminy in the end bowled as many as 13 overs in the fifth bowler role.The Proteas next match is on Sunday against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.WORLD CUP MATCHESGroup matches15 February, 3am: South Africa beat Zimbabwe.22 February, 5.30am: South Africa v India. Melbourne Cricket Ground27 February, 5.30am: South Africa v West Indies. Sydney Cricket Ground3 March, 5.30am: South Africa v Ireland. Manuka Oval, Canberra7 March, 3am: South Africa v Pakistand. Eden Park, Auckland12 March, 3am: South Africa v United Arab Emirates. Westpac Stadium, WellingtonQuaterfinals18 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket Ground19 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket Ground20 March, 5.30am: Adelaide Oval21 March, 3am: Westpac Stadium, WellingtonSemifinals24 March, 3am: Eden Park, Auckland26 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket GroundFinal29 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket GroundCricket South Africa and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Charred southwest farms getting a helping hand from Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After seeing picture after picture of the devastation that wildfires caused to farmers and ranchers in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado, Lykins, Ohio’s Rose Hartschuh and her husband, Greg, both knew they had to do something to help. As Hartschuh tells The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins, they are spearheading a major effort to make a trip to that part of the country, loaded with supplies and manpower to help rebuild.Click here to find out how you can helpThere has also been a fund set up to help move the donated hay to the affected areas. Checks can be made to Ohio’s Kansas Rancher Wildfire Relief Efforts and mailed to 6348 Parks Rd, Sycamore, Ohio 44882.last_img

Burhan anniversary forces early vacation in J&K

first_imgThe J&K government on Thursday announced 10-day summer vacations, despite pleasant weather, to coincide with the protest calendar of the militant United Jehad Council (UJC) on the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. In the past, summer vacations were announced in the third week of July for schools in the valley.A government order said all educational institutions up to the higher secondary level in Kashmir “shall observe summer vacation from July 6 to July 16”.As schools and colleges remain restive in the Kashmir valley this year, the vacations starkly coincide with the UJC’s weeklong protest programme starting July 8, the day Hizbul commander Wani was killed in an encounter last year, fuelling a five-month long unrest that left over 93 civilians dead and more than 15,000 injured. The UJC has called for a shut down on July 8 and 13.Independent legislator Engineer Rasheed said there was no justification for the vacations. ‘Working days lost’“Most working days in educational institutions have been wasted due to law and order problems. The government seems to have given into Syed Salahuddin’s protest calendar,” said MLA Rasheed. He said vacations were usually declared when the temperatures reach its peak, “However, this year, the temperatures are comparatively moderate.”Netizens also took potshots at the government. “Summer vacations with students wearing woollens comes as a surprise,” wrote a Facebook user.last_img read more

Preliminary report says thousands of birds died due to botulism near Jaipur

first_imgA preliminary forensic report has indicated that the mysterious death of more than 4,800 migratory birds at the country’s largest inland water saltwater lake near Jaipur was caused by botulism, a serious and fatal illness that affects the nerves, officials said on Friday.A 70-member disaster management team is at Sambhar Lake, a key wintering area for tens of thousands of migratory birds, to dispose the carcasses so that botulism does not spread to other birds. Also, a dozen teams from the Animal Husbandry Department are closely monitoring the situation.Initially, it was suspected that the birds died due to avian flu but the report from a laboratory in Bhopal has ruled this out.“Veterinary experts from Rajasthan University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Bikaner, have indicated that the deaths occurred due to botulism,” principal secretary (forest) Sreya Guha told PTI.Jaipur District Collector Jagroop Singh Yadav said another report on the heavy metal toxicity in the lake is awaited from a laboratory in Coimbatore.Mr. Yadav said Bikaner university experts have said the birds died to botulism.  “The birds died due to infection spread after feeding on maggots-infested carcasses. This causes paralysis in birds. The symptoms indicate that the cause of death was botulism,” he said.On Wednesday, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the death of birds near the lake was worrying and protecting the flora and fauna remains one of the priorities of his government.On Sunday, thousands of birds, including Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Shelduck, Plovers, Avocets, were found were found dead in the 5-7 km area around Sambhar Lake.This was the second such incident in the state within a week.On November 7, 37 demoiselle cranes were found dead in Jodhpur’s Khinchan area. An investigation is on in that case as well. Watch | Botulism kills migratory birds at Sambhar lakecenter_img Botulism kills migratory birds at Sambhar lakeVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:1401:14  last_img read more

Eric Kelly vows he’s a changed man after bad habits slowed down MMA career

first_imgFil-Australian diver excited to come home for PH debut of Red Bull Cliff Diving series “I lost focus and I got into vices. That’s when I started fighting without training. I really lost focus on my career,” Kelly said.READ: Eric Kelly falls to Brazilian foe in ONE Manila undercardWhat changed for Kelly was the change of scenery when he moved to Dubai and leave his troubled past behind in the Philippines.“I trained in Dubai. I fixed myself. I lost focus here in the Philippines that’s why I lost five straight times. At least now I’m in a different environment and I’m focused on my training.”ADVERTISEMENT Kelly hopes to finally put an end to his miseries against Korea’s Kwon Won Il as he aims to show a new and improved version of himself in ONE: Roots of Honor Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: Tired of losing, Eric Kelly determined to stop 5-fight skid FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I really trained hard for this fight. A new Eric Kelly will show up this coming Friday,” he said in Filipino during the Roots of Honor press conference Tuesday at City of Dreams.Eric Kelly thankful for the opportunity to fight again in Manila despite losing his previous five fights. pic.twitter.com/NdNbCiN2aT— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) April 9, 2019Feeling reinvigorated, the 36-year-old Kelly bared he got into trouble and into bad habits and vices that diminished his once-promising MMA career.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES After the Typhoon Part 2 PLAY LIST 05:18After the Typhoon Part 200:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MANILA, Philippines—Eric Kelly has been on a seemingly interminable downward spiral since 2016 as he took one stoppage loss after another.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more