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Arsenal chiefs ‘furious’ with Mesut Ozil after explosive interview

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 14 Aug 2020 8:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.5kShares Advertisement Arsenal chiefs ‘furious’ with Mesut Ozil after explosive interview Advertisement Ozil hit out at his employers (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)Arsenal chiefs were reportedly left ‘furious’ with Mesut Ozil after the playmaker defended his decision to refuse to take a pay cut, while criticising Mikel Arteta’s move to not play him for a single minute in Project Restart. Ozil refused to take a 12.5% pay reduction on his £350,000-a-week wages – unlike the majority of the Arsenal squad – during the coronavirus pandemic and claimed the only reason it became public knowledge was because ‘people have been trying for two years to destroy me’. Despite him believing there is ‘an agenda they hope will turn the supporters against me’, Ozil insists he will not be forced out of the club and plans to honour the final year of his contract. AdvertisementAdvertisementHis comments have left Arsenal bosses angry and they have taken a ‘dim view’ of the interview, according to the Daily Mail. ADVERTISEMENTOzil suggested he had not been picked in the final portion of the Premier League season because he refused to take a wage cut. ‘You don’t play 10 games in a row if you’re unfit, not good enough or don’t behave well,’ the midfielder told The Athletic. Comment Ozil has annoyed Arsenal bossed (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)‘If I played these games badly and was then left out completely for that reason then I might understand, but this was not the case. ‘Possibly the decision affected my chances on the pitch, I don’t know. ‘But I’m not afraid to stand up for what I feel is right and when you see what has happened now with the jobs [55 Arsenal staff members are being made redundant], maybe I was.’Despite clashing with the club’s hierarchy, Ozil insists he is going nowhere.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe added: ‘My position is clear.‘I’m here through to the last day of our agreement and I’ll give everything I have for this club. ‘I’ll decide when I go, not other people. I didn’t sign for two or three years. I signed for four and that should be respected by everyone.’Should Mesut Ozil leave Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Video: Jan de Nul discusses the next generation in offshore wind

first_img“It’s an opportunity to become even more integrated into the market in Europe and the far-East”, comments Carl Heiremans, Business Development Manager at Jan de Nul Group in regards to the company’s dedication to offshore wind since 2013. With two cable installation vessels and the recently renamed, and former MPI vessel, second addition wind turbine installation vessel Taillevent.Watch the Expertise Hub video to find out more about what Jan de Nul is preparing for the future in renewable energy and next-generation turbines.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>In 2019, Jan De Nul will commence with the installation of the Northwester 2 wind farm with 23 turbines of 9.5MW each, the largest offshore wind turbines in the world.last_img read more

UWP lawyers and petitioners optimistic about appeal

first_img Share Share Two members of the United Workers Party (UWP) who have recently filed an appeal at the High Court of Justice contesting the recent ruling of Justice Gertel Thom in a dual citizenship trial involving the Prime Minister of Dominica and Minister of Education, say they are optimistic about the outcome.(L-R): Senator Ronald Green and Maynard JosephOn January 10th, 2012 Justice Gertel Thom dismissed two election petition cases filed by petitioners Senator Ronald Green and Maynard Joseph of the United Workers Party.It was her ruling that the petitioners did not present sufficient evidence to the Court to prove that the Members of Parliament contested the general elections illegally.Senator Ronald Green who confirmed that the ruling has been appealed said his lawyers; Senior Counsel Douglas Mendes, Stuart Young and Geoffrey Letang as well as himself and Maynard Joseph are optimistic about the outcome.“A notice of appeal has been filed in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court on 17th February, 2012 and this is in regard to an appeal against the decision contained in the order of the 10th of January, 2012. This Notice of Appeal cites findings of law which are being challenged, findings of fact which are being challenged and there are grounds for the appeal and we expect the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court to give a decision on the matter sometime this year. Our lawyers are optimistic and we are looking forward to getting justice at the highest court.” Senator Green further explained that the decision to appeal the ruling is a very pertinent one as it deals with the Constitution of Dominica. (L-R): Prime Minister Skerrit and Education Minister Petter Saint Jean“It’s very important to go further and it’s very important that we appeal it and get a decision because it is a matter of our Constitution; it’s a matter of full and proper justice. We think that the decision at the lower level needs to be reviewed by a Court and it is the best thing for Dominica in the long run; all of us both myself and Mr. Maynard Joseph.”He also thanked the many supporters who have contributed to the Democratic Legal Fund; “we have received about 20% so far. Our target amount is $20, 000.00”. In related news; Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan who is the lead counsel for the Respondents; Prime Minister Skerrit and Education Minister Petter Saint Jean, describes the appeal as a “political campaign”.Astaphan told DBS News on Friday morning that his team has already filed a counter appeal asking the Court to dismiss the appeal.“In anticipation of a possible appeal we had already prepared and we were ready to file and we have already filed a cross appeal on the question of the French law. We feel that it borders on harassment and the Learned Judge should perhaps have agreed with us that the case should have been struck out on the basis simply that there was no evidence.”According to Astaphan; there was no evidence “of French National law of the French Civil Court, or any act of omission, or anything done by any of the respondents to show any act of allegiance or obedience to France”.Dominica Vibes News Share LocalNews UWP lawyers and petitioners optimistic about appeal by: – March 2, 2012center_img 16 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

PRO Shocks continues awards for IMCA Sprint Cars, Stocks, Hobbies, SportMods

first_img“These highlighted divisions will benefit from PRO’s involvement in our contingency sign-up program and we encourage all racers participating with their shocks to let us know through these forms that aree located on our website,” emphasized IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “It is never too early to get signed up so we can track your participation.” Certificates, in increments of $300, $200 and $100 go to top three eligible drivers in the two re­gions for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, and in final national stand­ings for Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods. The Boonville, Ind., manufacturer again gives a set of four shocks to the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car national champion while drivers in four other divisions share nearly $5,000 in product certifi­cates. Stock, Hobby and SportMod drivers are required to compete with four PRO Shocks and display two PRO Shocks decals on their race car.center_img BOONVILLE, Ind. – A popular post-season awards program for five IMCA divisions has been re­newed by PRO Shocks. PRO Shocks is in its 11th season of IMCA sponsorship. Information about PRO shocks is available at the web­site, by calling 855 682-4404 and on Face­book.last_img read more

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup watched by 1.12b viewers

first_imgRelatedPosts France president, Infantino booed at FIFA Women’s World Cup final ceremony FIFA Women’s World Cup: Henry sends France into last 8 with extra-time win over Brazil Super Falcons’ victory over South Korea has given hope to Nigerians – Galadima The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup held from June 7 to July 7 in France was watched by 1.12 billion viewers across all platforms.According to world football governing body, FIFA, linear TV accounted for the majority of the global audience.It said 993.5 million viewers watching at least one minute of coverage on a TV set at home.This was an increase of 30 per cent on the audience for the 2015 edition held in Canada, which reached 764.0 million.An estimated 481.5 million people accessed coverage of France 2019 on digital platforms, equivalent to 43 per cent of the total audience reach.The digital audience, which overlaps with the linear TV audience, was up considerably on the estimated 86.0 million in 2015.The final match between the US and Netherlands was the most watched FIFA Women’s World Cup match ever.It had an average live audience of 82.18 million, up by 56 per cent on the 2015 final audience of 52.56 million.This reached a total of 263.62 million unique viewers (one-minute reach), which accounted for 22.9 per cent of the overall tournament reach.Over the 52 matches played in nine host cities across France and broadcast in 205 territories around the world, the average live match audience was 17.27 million viewers.This is more than double the 8.39 million average of Canada 2015 and this can be attributed to the greater distribution of matches on higher profile broadcasters in many countries.With the distribution of matches, many participating teams’ matches drew record audiences in their home territories such as Brazil, France, Italy and the UK.“More than a sporting event, the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 was a cultural phenomenon attracting more media attention than ever before and providing a platform for women’s football to flourish in the spotlight. The fact that we broke the 1 billion target just shows the pulling power of the women’s game and the fact that, if we promote and broadcast world-class football widely, whether it’s played by men or women, the fans will always want to watch,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Publicist Sport Entertainment compiled the consolidated audience figures for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019.It was based on audience data and scheduling gathered from official television auditing agencies in markets around the world.It also came from FIFA’s Media Rights Licensees and from non-captured (out-of-home and digital) audience data provided by Nielsen.NAN. Tags: 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cuplast_img read more

Obama proposes changes to federal financial aid

first_imgAs President Barack Obama readies the final budget proposal of his first term, major overhauls in federal financial aid processes will be among the proposed key changes that he will introduce Feb. 13.In a series of speeches last week, Obama outlined the foundation of a financial aid proposal that would, for the first time, link a college’s eligibility for financial aid programs, such as Perkins loans, to gauges for increased affordability and value.Nearly $8 million in Perkins loans are available for USC students this year by the Financial Aid Office, according to Thomas McWhorter, dean of financial aid.“We use the Perkins loans funds for some of the neediest students,” McWhorter said. “We want to give them the most attractive, the best loans, first.”In an address at the University of Michigan on Friday, Obama discussed a proposal to increase funding available for Perkins loans — federally funded loans that are distributed by individual institutions, unlike Stafford loans and Pell grants — from $1 billion to $8 billion annually.“We should steer federal campus-based aid to those colleges that keep tuition affordable, provide good value, serve their students well,” Obama said Friday.The Obama administration also stressed that an “antiquated” formula, which currently dictates where federally funded campus-based aid goes, would be overhauled to meet the new approach.During last week’s State of the Union address, Obama warned that institutions unable to curtail ballooning tuition costs would find their funding for certain financial aid programs cut.“Colleges and universities have to do their part by working to keep costs down,” Obama said.In addition to Perkins loan allocation, the revised formula would impact supplemental educational opportunity grants and the work-study program allocations. Perkins loans are fixed at 5 percent interest and are repaid and therefore have no impact on the federal bottom line; however, increases in the Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant and work-study, as outlined in the proposal, could prove another burden on the federal budget.“[Perkins loans] go out the door to universities to figure out how they can help as many students as they can,” Jennifer Grodsky, executive director of federal relations for USC, said.In total, the proposal aims to leverage more than $10 billion to colleges and universities to pressure them to keep tuition affordable and maintain value — qualities McWhorter already sees at USC.“Their definition of value is offering quality education that prepares graduates to gain employment and repay their loans,” McWhorter said. “Private [universities] have the lowest loan default rates. Do I think [USC] can make that hurdle? Yes.”Joyce Fienman, a senior majoring in history who received Perkins and Stafford loans, was encouraged by the strive to expand the programs and to make them more affordable.“For President Obama to try to add to federal financial aid programs is a sign that providing for higher education is a priority,” Fienman said.As part of the plan to overhaul critical aspects of the federal financial aid program, the Obama administration will look to push for individualized financial aid fact sheets to help prospective students better understand the financial aid each institution can provide. The information will give students information about postgraduate earning and employment at the institution.Many institutions call similar financial aid provisions by different terms, and this proposal will look to avoid adding any more difficulty to the already grueling financial aid process, according to Grodsky.The more stringent informational standards could, however, make the process more difficult for financial aid offices around the country, according to McWhorter.“I understand the need for greater transparency,” McWhorter said. “[But] I have concerns about a ‘one-size-fits all’ approach. How can you standardize letters that would apply to community colleges, vocational schools, publics and private institutions?”Obama’s proposal to Congress will also include a call to delay an increase in the Stafford loan interest rate, which is set to double from 3.4 to 6.8 percent July 1. Stafford loans, like Pell grants, can be used by students at any college or university and are federally distributed.The five-year hold on Stafford interest rates is coming to an end, however, and as they affect the federal bottom line, it will be difficult to keep rates low, Grodsky said.“Everyone wants students to have access to affordable student loans. The challenge is the price tag,” Grodsky said. “Congress is going to have to help [Obama] find the money to pay for that.”last_img read more

Dining halls to stop providing straws

first_imgStarting in the fall straws will no longer be offered in USC dining halls after a student petition to remove them garnered more than 1,000 signatures in the past month. Plastic straws will still be available to students or guests who request them.Erik Russell, the associate director of Residential Dining, created the “Zero Waste Task Force to discuss ways to expand upon sustainability in residential dining. Daily Trojan File Photo.The petition to eliminate straws was started last month by the student club Environmental Core, more commonly known as ECore; the Environmental Student Assembly and the Undergraduate Student Government advocacy branch. The three groups met with representatives from Residential Dining last week to discuss the removal of plastic straws in dining halls. This marked the first meeting of the “Zero Waste Task Force,” a new group under Residential Dining which includes members from student government and organizations, Residential Dining and USC’s waste hauler Republic. Erik Russell, the associate director of Residential Dining, created the task force. He said the purpose of the group is to find ways to expand upon sustainability initiatives in dining. “This is really a chance to work collaboratively with the different stakeholders,” Russell said. “[It gets] the message to the student base that we are taking this seriously, we do see opportunities, we are doing things and we’d like to do more.”Tianna Shaw-Wakeman, a sophomore majoring in psychology and the director of ECore, said that straws were the primary barrier to dining halls from composting more food waste.“In conversations we had with different people in [Residential] Dining, we learned that plastic straws were one of the few things in dining that couldn’t be composted and that they were a slight hiccup in getting post-consumer composting in the dining halls,” Shaw-Wakeman said. She said straws are an easy way to divert waste from going to landfills. The straw ban is also a victory for student activists who may feel like their efforts do not always affect change on campus, Shaw-Wakeman said.“To see when you work toward something that things can actually change, that’s great because it shows in the future other things are going to change,” she said.ESA co-director Olivia Pearson, a junior majoring in environmental engineering, said eliminating straws is the beginning of more sustainable dining halls. “The straw ban in dining halls was just the first step,” Pearson said. “We would like to continue doing other things that show we’re purchasing things with sustainability in mind.”According to Pearson, more sustainable purchasing practices were mentioned in a letter asking for a sustainable campus sent to University President C. L. Max Nikias Monday on behalf of ESA, USG and ECore. The letter was sent in conjunction with ECore’s “Do Better” rally taking place Friday, which intends to call attention to USC’s shortcomings in sustainability, Pearson said. “We’re hoping that [Nikias] will hear the students that will come out on Friday,” Pearson said. “Environmental activism starts at this grassroots level and we’re hoping with these small victories we can show that there’s a lot of student interest.”last_img read more

Florida State’s Ricky Aguayo wants to create his own legacy at the school where his brother set records

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 3, 2017 at 5:11 pm Contact David: Flood lights beamed down onto the turf at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, as more than 63,000 fans settled into their seats to watch then-No. 4 Florida State take on then-No. 11 Mississippi in 2016. As kickoff loomed, nervous Ricky Aguayo tried to remain loose on the sidelines. It was the freshman kicker’s collegiate debut, and he had big shoes to fill.“I didn’t really know what to expect. I didn’t know what the college game was like,” Aguayo said. “Obviously I knew my standard was set high.”His brother, Roberto, had already cemented his legacy in the college game. The now-24-year-old is the most accurate kicker in NCAA history (96.73 percent) and was taken 59th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2016 NFL Draft. The last time FSU played before that night in 2016, it was Roberto taking the kicks. Suddenly, it was his little brother, Ricky, who had his first opportunity to step away from his brother’s shadow.Through two quarters, Aguayo did his job, nailing two field goals and an extra point. Down 15 by halftime, the Seminoles used a 23-point outburst in the third quarter to take the lead. Aguayo remained perfect, tacking on a 40-yarder along with two extra points in that span. It was in the fourth quarter when the freshman’s first-ever college game turned into one he would remember forever.He added on three more field goals, breaking the Florida State single-game record for field goals made (six), as well as the NCAA record for field goals made by an FBS kicker in his first game ever. More importantly, it was a mark his brother Roberto never reached, something Ricky’s proud of.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’m not trying to pave my way based on his career,” Ricky said. “I’m just trying to create my own thing.”Despite Aguayo’s desire to form his own legacy, he and Roberto maintain a close-knit relationship thanks to a life-long shared passion: kicking. But before they became collegiate stars, the brothers started their athletic careers playing soccer, Roberto Aguayo Sr., Ricky’s father, said in an email to The Daily Orange.But football was where the duo thrived. Roberto, 4 years older than his brother, started out playing Pop Warner football in the Aguayo’s hometown of Mascotte, Florida. Roberto liked that field goals were worth two points, Ricky said, so he volunteered to kick at every opportunity. Ricky followed suit when he started playing Mighty Mites, a similar program to Pop Warner. Seeing his brother’s success made him want to try kicking, and soon after he found out he was just as good.“I did the same thing and I got the same results,” Aguayo said. “That’s when we started loving to kick.”After graduating from their respective youth leagues, the Aguayo brothers turned kicking field goals from an in-game task to a hobby they practiced endlessly. Ricky’s most vivid memories of practicing with his brother for hours at a time came on the field at South Lake (Florida) High School, where Roberto was a student.“Roberto would always look after Ricky,” Aguayo Sr. said, “and made sure that Ricky was kicking the ball correctly.”When it was time for Ricky to go to high school, he and his family steered away from South Lake and instead chose renowned sports and performance school IMG Academy. Ricky didn’t get much practice kicking from distance or in high-pressure situations at IMG because his team would often blow out its opponents, he said. The only times Aguayo got to step foot on the field were for kickoffs and extra points.During Ricky’s high school years, Roberto quickly gained national attention at Florida State. He was part of the undefeated 2014 BCS National Championship team led by future No. 1 pick Jameis Winston. In that Jan. 6 game against Auburn, Roberto tallied a 41-yarder, a 35-yarder and four extra points. By the time his illustrious four-year career was complete, Roberto had converted 267 field goals on 276 attempts.As Roberto’s college career began to wind down, Ricky’s was just about to start. It wasn’t long until Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher began to pursue the high school senior. Ricky and his family explored other options, too, visiting Auburn and Florida.“We knew we liked him and we liked him early,” Fisher said. “It was a very tough process. It was definitely not a foregone conclusion.”Eventually, Aguayo decided he wanted to become a Seminole, saying that other schools “didn’t have my heart like Florida State did.”Since his historic first night as a college kicker, Aguayo continues to impress into his second year. In two years, he has converted on 94 kicks in 105 attempts (89.5 percent). He was one of four sophomores listed on the 2017 Lou Groza Award Watch List, an award that goes to the best kicker in the nation.Ricky followed his brother’s footsteps all throughout his life. It started out by adopting a hobby that soon turned into their lives. Now, he has an chance to step away from his lifelong practice partner and pave his own way.But more importantly, an opportunity to be remembered as Ricky, not Roberto’s little brother.“I definitely think he has the potential to (be better than Roberto).” Fisher said. Commentslast_img read more

Pooran Hit with Four-match ball-tampering Ban

first_imgLUC­KNOW, Afghanistan, CMC – West In­dies stroke­mak­er Nicholas Pooran was slapped with a four-match ban for ball-tam­per­ing, cast­ing a dark shad­ow over the Caribbean side’s re­cent one-day white­wash of Afghanistan.The in­ci­dent took place dur­ing the third One-Day In­ter­na­tion­al on Mon­day when tele­vi­sion footage showed the 24-year-old “scratch­ing the sur­face of the ball with his thumb­nail”.On-field um­pires Bis­mil­lah Shin­wari and Ahmed Dur­rani, along with third um­pire Ahmed Pak­teen and fourth um­pire Izat­ul­lah Safi, re­port­ed the mat­ter and Pooran on Tues­day plead­ed guilty to the charge of “chang­ing the con­di­tion of the ball”.The 24-year old Queen’s Park Crick­et Club play­er will now miss the three-match Twen­ty20 In­ter­na­tion­al se­ries against the Afghans start­ing here Thurs­day and al­so sit out the first T20 of an­oth­er three-match se­ries against In­dia next month.There was no need for a for­mal hear­ing af­ter the Trinida­di­an ac­cept­ed the ban.“I want to is­sue a sin­cere apol­o­gy to my team­mates, sup­port­ers and the Afghanistan team for what tran­spired on the field of play on Mon­day in Luc­know,” Pooran said in a state­ment.“I recog­nise that I made an ex­treme er­ror in judge­ment and I ful­ly ac­cept the ICC penal­ty. I want to as­sure every­one that this is an iso­lat­ed in­ci­dent and it will not be re­peat­ed. I promise to learn from this and come back stronger and wis­er.”Pooran, a tal­ent­ed left-hand­ed bats­man, has al­so been hit with four sus­pen­sion points which trans­lates in­to five de­mer­it points.In re­sponse Crick­et West In­dies (CWI) pres­i­dent Ricky Sker­ritt said: “Mr Pooran is a young play­er who has made a grave er­ror of judge­ment. He will suf­fer the penal­ty and will be missed from the team as a re­sult. I am con­fi­dent that this sit­u­a­tion will be used by Pooran, and all con­cerned in CWI, as a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”Sker­ritt said the in­ci­dent takes some of the shine off West In­dies’ first one-day se­ries win in five years and the sub­se­quent white­wash af­ter the Caribbean side beat Afghanistan by sev­en wick­ets in the open­ing ODI last Thurs­day be­fore clinch­ing the se­ries with a 47-run vic­to­ry last Sat­ur­day.Man­ag­er of the Guyana Ama­zon War­riors team Omar Khan in re­sponse to the news said, “I have known Nicholas since he made his de­but a few years back and I can tell you that he is not one that will de­lib­er­ate­ly bring the game in­to dis­re­pute. He must have got­ten caught up in the mo­ment and made a sil­ly er­ror. We must re­mem­ber that he is a young man who is fierce­ly com­pet­i­tive and wants his team to win. He went over­board there with that sit­u­a­tion and now he pays the price.” Khan who was his man­ag­er at the Hero CPL 2019 added: “We must stand with him and give him all the sup­port that he needs at this time. He is a de­cent guy and one who will not want to harm the sport of crick­et and af­fect his rep­u­ta­tion of the West In­dies team and al­so him­self. He has to un­der­stand the con­se­quences of his ac­tion and I am pos­i­tive that he will come back very strong from this sit­u­a­tion.”The ban comes as a huge blow for the left-han­der whose star has been on the rise over the last 12 months, be­com­ing one of the West In­dies’ most de­pend­able bats­men.He was their lead­ing scor­er at the ICC World Cup ear­li­er this year where he av­er­aged 52, re­turned home to av­er­age 36 in a three-match ODI se­ries against In­dia and was last week praised for his ma­tu­ri­ty af­ter scor­ing a match-win­ning 67 against Afghanistan in the sec­ond ODI last Sat­ur­day.Pooran cur­rent­ly boasts an ODI ca­reer av­er­age of 44.58, will re­turn to York­shire as an over­seas play­er for the 2020 sea­son and has signed to play in the ma­jor­i­ty of next year’s T20 Blast, hav­ing fea­tured for the coun­ty in that com­pe­ti­tion in 2019.last_img read more