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Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career is over, claims Ian Wright

first_imgAdvertisement Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career is over, claims Ian Wright Comment Mesut Ozil hasn’t featured for the club since the Premier League season resumed (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Mesut Ozil’s career at the club is over whether he is sold this summer or not.Ozil is yet to play a single minute for the Gunners since the Premier League season resumed and he was left out entirely for Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Tuesday night.The German signed a new £350,000-a-week deal at the club in 2018 and he still has two years to run on that deal.Few clubs in the world could afford to match that salary, particularly as Ozil is 31 and past his peak.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, with little sign of a comeback on the cards at the Emirates, Wright believes Ozil’s time at the club is over whether he stays or goes this summer. Wright doesn’t expect to see Ozil in an Arsenal shirt again (Picture: Getty)‘I think that he’s gone,’ Wright told Premier League Productions.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s all about attitude. The thing is when you look at Dani Ceballos he had an attitude problem, Mikel turned him round and now he’s in the team. Matteo Guendouzi – they’re talking about him having a problem – he’s not in the team. ‘Mikel’s given people the opportunity to get into the team if their attitude is right but at the minute their attitude is not right. ‘Arsenal need him [Ozil] of course but I believe that he’s somebody that’s gone from Arsenal whether he stays or Mikel gets rid of him, we’re not going to see much of him.’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 CityArsenal’s defeat at Villa Park means the highest the club can finish this term is eighth, which would be their lowest finish since 1995.The loss means Arsenal can no longer qualify for the Europa League via their league position, though victory in the FA Cup final against Chelsea would provide another route into the competition. MORE: Jack Grealish refuses to commit his future to Aston Villa amid Manchester United links Sean KearnsTuesday 21 Jul 2020 11:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link275Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Danish pensions body counters political pressure to invest for growth

first_imgDanish pension funds have already invested DKK220bn (€29.5bn) in Danish business and are keen to help create more growth in the domestic economy, according to industry association Forsikring & Pension (F&P).But the risk of such investments has to match the return, it insisted. The association’s chairman Christian Salgild told F&P’s annual meeting: “All my warning lights start to flash when the political side proposes that pension funds invest in companies and sectors considered risky by banks and the FSA, while at the same time those businesses are making big investments in production and jobs abroad.”However, his main message should not be misunderstood, he said. He said the pensions and insurance industry already contributed very significantly to investment and growth in Denmark and wanted to step up efforts, as long as the return matched the risk.New figures from F&P show the pension funds have DKK220bn invested in Danish business.Of this, DKK125bn was in property, DKK85bn in shares, corporate bonds and loans, and DKK10bn in infrastructure, wind energy and public-private partnerships (PPPs), according to the association’s data, covering 85% of the pensions market. “I understand politicians’ desire for more pensions money to go into Danish companies,” said Salgild. But politicians also have to understand the world in which pension funds operate, he said.“We are obliged – legally, too – to safeguard pension savers’ interests first and foremost,” he said.Sagild said the problem facing investment and growth in Denmark was not that Danish companies were caught in a credit crunch.The main problem was rather that the Danish economy was growing too slowly and that Denmark was not nearly as attractive an investment location as other countries.“In a globalised world, it is first and foremost the cost level that determines where companies place their production,” he said.“And this, therefore, also determines which countries and regions will experience growth and increased employment.”last_img read more

Classic Queenslander a home owner’s dream

first_img28 Hooper St, Belgian Gardens“You absolutely feel like you’re in an authentic Queenslander, even through there is an extension,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of families look through the property, as well as couples looking to create their dream Queenslander.” 28 Hooper St, Belgian Gardens Queenslanders and it’s very rare that I see one that is in such good condition,” he said. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“It’s in a fantastic street with other character homes and it’s very nicely positioned on the block so that it’s off the road to enable privacy. “The lattice work also opens up and you get a good breeze and view.”The house has a practical floorplan with access to the kitchen, bedroom, study and main lounge from the front wrap-around veranda. The rear wing has three of the five bedrooms, as well as a second living area. The house is filled with classic Queenslander features such as tongue-and-groove walls, gunstock french doors, 12ft ceilings, casement windows, polished floorboards, original wooden louvres and liftout lattice work over the veranda. Mr Watson said the house had plenty of space to accommodate a large family. 28 Hooper St, Belgian GardensA GRAND old Queenslander big enough to fit the largest of families is waiting for a new owner to snap up the Belgian Gardens property.28 Hooper St has five bedrooms, one bathroom and two-car accommodation on a 1020 sqm block. It’s been listed for sale for offers over $599,000.North Ward Realty selling agent Tarquinn Watson said the property had been immaculately maintained.“I’ve had a lot to do withcenter_img 28 Hooper St, Belgian Gardens“It’s a really big house with two distinct living areas and there is also an extension,” he said.“Often when you see a Queenslander with an extension it doesn’t match, but this one flows perfectly.“If you wanted a project you could certainly lift the house and everything underneath is already concreted, so you could use it for storage.”The large rear deck is perfect for entertaining and looks out over the backyard, which is low-maintenance.There is also plenty of room for a swimming pool. Mr Watson said the house had kept the charm of the time period it was built.last_img read more

Pope shuts down Rome ‘dancing monastery’

first_img Share FaithLifestyle Pope shuts down Rome ‘dancing monastery’ by: – May 26, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share 32 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Sister Nobili became famous for performing her modern Holy DancePope Benedict XVI has shut down a famous monastery in Rome because of antics which included dances performed by a former lap-dancer turned nun and financial difficulties.A Vatican spokesman said it was being closed because of “financial and liturgical irregularities”.The Cistercian monks based at the Santa Croce in Gerusalemme church are being transferred to other churches in Italy, Italian media reports say.They reportedly racked up large debts.“An inquiry found evidence of liturgical and financial irregularities as well as lifestyles that were probably not in keeping with that of a monk,” said Father Ciro Benedettini, a Vatican spokesman.The ban was adopted in March following the inquiry, but had not yet been made public, reports said.The nun at the centre of the controversy, Anna Nobili, spent many years working in Italian nightclubs.After becoming a nun, she began performing what she called The Holy Dance in a performance at the monastery in front of senior Catholic clerics including Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Vatican’s cultural department.Several years ago, she swapped her old life for the Church, after a visit to the shrine of St Francis in Assisi, a place of pilgrimage for millions of Catholics in Umbria.Santa Croce is one of Rome’s oldest and most prestigious churches, and was built around a chapel dating back to the 4th Century.BBC Newslast_img read more

Iraqi protesters set fire to Iran consulate

first_imgStaff at the consulate had evacuatedbefore the incident. Baghdad – Iraqi protesters stormed and set fire to the Iranian consulatein the southern city of Najaf, officials said. Authorities have shot dead over 300people in an attempted crackdown on the unrest, according to the police.(Reuters) Iraqis have taken to the street todemand the departure of their government and political class which they view ascorrupt and beholden to foreign powers, especially neighboring Iran.   center_img Demonstrators set fire in front of the Iranian consulate, as they gather during anti-government protests in Najaf, Iraq on Nov. 27. REUTERS/STRINGER The protesters entered the compoundlate on Wednesday and set fire to the entire consulate building, theyadded.    last_img

2020-21 Premier League, La Liga, Serie A: DStv, GOtv present heart racing matches

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ NBC Code and non-exclusivity provision, by Kunle Osisanya-Afolabi Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv enjoyed three terrific seasons of football in the 2019-20 Premier League, La Liga and Serie A.All three leagues made a successful return from pandemic-enforced breaks and reminded us of how central football is to our lives. SuperSport is your #HomeOfFootball and the only place to enjoy truly unrivalled coverage of “The Beautiful Game” from all around the world.It’s also the only place to get English commentary on Spain’s La Liga.With a New Football Season for 2020-21 just around the corner, we take a closer look at the match-ups in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A which will get our blood pumping through another thrilling campaign of “The Beautiful Game”.Premier League Liverpool v Manchester City These two teams have dominated the Premier League in the past three seasons and there is no reason that should not continue to be the case. Liverpool’s incredible start to the 2019-20 campaign broke the spirit of Manchester City, but manager Pep Guardiola will be determined to return the Citizens back to the summit of the log and win his battle of wits against the Reds’ Jurgen Klopp.Manchester United v Leeds United Leeds United are back in the Premier League after 16 years absence and if one were to ask any of their fans which matches they are most looking forward to, it will be the clashes with Manchester United in the Yorkshire v Lancashire (War of the Roses) rivalry. The last competitive meeting of the teams brought a shock 1-0 win for Leeds in an FA Cup clash back in January 2009 – you can bet fans of the Whites will still be rubbing that in the faces of their Red Devils counterparts. Chelsea v Arsenal Not only a London derby and the match-up for the FA Cup final earlier this month, but Chelsea and Arsenal are two teams managed by former players – Frank Lampard and Mikel Arteta respectively – which are looking to step up toward Premier League title contention… or at least to be the ‘best of the rest’ behind the dominant pair of Liverpool and Manchester City. The Blues and the Gunners almost always produce dramatic clashes and their rivalry is set to run strong in the 2020-21 season.La Liga Barcelona v Real Madrid After Real Madrid dethroned Barcelona and ended the Catalan club’s recent dominance of La Liga, you can bet this rivalry will step up even further in 2020-21. The clubs’ fortunes will be very much dependent on their transfer market work in the offseason, with Barca in need of reinforcements to bolster a thin squad, while Real could do with some fresh legs to back up key players such as Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema, who are all into their 30s. Los Blancos defeated Barca 2-0 in the last ‘El Clasico’ and the teams’ meetings will again be vital in determining the title race.Sevilla v Real Betis The Seville Derby, which brought back football to Spain post lockdown in June, remains an absolute highlight of the calendar, even though the clubs seem to be on very different trajectories. Sevilla have qualified for the UEFA Champions League under Julen Lopetegui and are angling to join Atletico Madrid as legitimate challengers to Real Madrid and Barcelona, while Betis finished just five points above the relegation zone. Yet the good news for Los Verdiblancos is the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini as manager, with the Chilean hoping to restore the Beticos to a loftier position on the log.Real Sociedad v Athletic Bilbao The classic Basque Derby is set to be played at least three times in the 2020-21 season, as the two scheduled La Liga clashes between the teams will be joined by the Copa del Rey final – which has been delayed indefinitely in the hopes that it can be played in front of at least some fans, if not a full capacity, at Estadio de la Cartuja in Seville. Sociedad finished higher up the log (sixth to Athletic’s 11th) and took four points off their Basque rivals in league meetings last season, which will surely fire up Bilbao to hit back in 2020-21.Serie A Juventus v Atalanta While Juventus racked up a ninth straight Serie A title in 2019-20, they will be looking nervously over their shoulder at the growing strength of the chasing pack – especially Atalanta, whose relentlessly attacking style of football has propelled them into a position where they are considered legitimate challengers for next season’s title. “Juventus have the Scudetto, they’re not going to let it go. But we deserved to win when we last played against them [2-2 draw in July],” warned La Dea manager Gian Piero Gasperini. Internazionale v Milan The classic Inter v Milan rivalry is set to burn as bright as ever in the 2020-21 Serie A season, with the Nerazzurri looking to further strengthen and challenge Juventus for the title, while the Rossoneri have made a massive improvement under manager Stefano Pioli and their exciting young team will be eager to establish themselves as the best in the city of Milan. Inter have bossed the Derby della Madonnina in recent seasons (four straight Serie A wins through 2018-19 and 2019-20) but may find the going tougher this time around.Roma v Lazio The Derby della Capitale remains one of the most fiercely contested rivalries in Serie A, and has even more added spice now that Lazio have risen to become one of the leading teams – though the added burden of UEFA Champions League next season will further stretch a squad which had its depth found wanting post lockdown. Roma, meanwhile, seem uncertain of their identity under manager Paulo Fonseca, but have a promising crop of youngsters coming through, led by the outstanding Nicolo Zaniolo.Tags: DSTVGoTVLa LigaPremier LeagueSerie ASupersportlast_img read more

Ronald Koeman: Jurgen Klopp needs time to make a difference at Liverpool

first_img The Reds were expected to enjoy a bounce after Klopp’s much-anticipated arrival but Koeman believes it is still too soon for the German to have imposed his ideas. “He has had a lot of attention in the press,” Koeman said. “But it isn’t easy because as a new manager you need time. I was surprised how they played the first 30 minutes against Tottenham. “It was a very different Liverpool in the fact they did good high pressing. The game yesterday (against Rubin Kazan) was different – but that’s normal. “You need time to put everything you want to put over as a new manager. “It’s a lot of attention because it’s Liverpool, it’s one of the biggest teams in the Premier League. “Maybe the system will change, maybe some players get an opportunity to show their qualities. “What isn’t so easy is in one or two weeks to see a big difference. As a new manager you need more time.” Saints travel to Anfield on Sunday for what will be Klopp’s first Barclays Premier League match on home turf since being appointed Brendan Rodgers’ successor two weeks ago. Klopp will be eager to kick-start his tenure with a win after the stalemate at Tottenham last weekend was followed by a disappointing 1-1 draw against 10-man Rubin Kazan in the Europa League. Southampton boss Ronald Koeman does not believe Jurgen Klopp has had time to make a big impact at Liverpool yet. Southampton head into the clash in good form, having climbed to eighth in the table – two places above Liverpool – with just one defeat in seven matches. Koeman may be without forward Jay Rodriguez, however, who has made five starts this season since returning from 16 months out with a cruciate ligament injury. “He is struggling a bit with his feet now,” Koeman said. “That’s disappointing because Jay likes to improve and be part of the team but he isn’t really 100 per cent physically fit. “He needs to recover from the pain to show what he can do as a player. He must be patient, that’s what he has to do now.” Koeman expressed sympathy for Dutch great Johan Cruyff, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer this week. Cruyff helped Holland reached the 1974 World Cup final and went on to be Barcelona manager during the six years Koeman played at the Nou Camp. “It’s bad news because he was my favourite coach,” Koeman said. “I had six years with Johan Cruyff not only as a player and coach but as friends. “We always had Christmas together with the families in Barcelona at that time. “He was always a winning player and winning coach so I hope he will have the strength to win this battle also. I wish all the best to Johan and his family.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse field hockey posts 2 shutouts on road; Volleyball falls to Marquette in Big East opener

first_img Published on September 23, 2012 at 11:00 pm Syracuse (9-0) earned a pair of shutout victories in New Jersey this weekend. The team won its second Big East game of the season against Rutgers on Friday afternoon 6-0 and then defeated No. 3 Princeton 2-0.In Piscataway, N.J., on Friday, senior Kelsey Millman scored two goals and sophomore Lauren Brooks scored a goal and recorded an assist. Freshman Emma Russell found the back of the net 11 minutes into the game for the Orange’s first goal. Leonie Geyer and Liz McInerney added the final two goals for the 6-0 win.Against Princeton on Sunday, Geyer scored the game’s first goal midway through the second half. It was her fifth goal of the season. Russell added an insurance goal nine minutes later.Senior Leann Stiver recorded her 16th and 17th career shutouts in goal. Stiver made five saves against Rutgers and six against Princeton, the No. 1 offense in the country.The Orange and No. 5 Connecticut are now the only remaining unbeaten teams in Division I. On Sept. 1, Syracuse beat then-No. 2 North Carolina for its first win of the season against a team ranked in the top three spots nationally.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWomen’s soccerThe Syracuse women’s soccer team tied Louisville 1-1 on Friday and beat Cincinnati 1-0 on Sunday.The Orange (5-4-2) is now tied with Marquette for first in the American division of the Big East Conference, accumulating seven points in the division with an in-conference record of 2-1-1.SU took an early lead against Louisville after freshman Erin Simon scored in the fifth minute off a cross played by sophomore Alexis Koval.Louisville scored in the 71st minute to tie the game, and after two overtimes, the score remained 1-1.The Orange once again took an early lead in its game against Cincinnati with a goal in the sixth minute by freshman Maya Pitts.Junior goalkeeper Brittany Anghel recorded her 15th career shutout to move into second place on Syracuse’s all-time career shutout list.SU takes on Seton Hall (6-6-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium.VolleyballSyracuse (7-8) lost its Big East opener to Marquette in Milwaukee last weekend. The Golden Eagles defeated the Orange 3-0 on Saturday.SU kept it close in the first set thanks to the return of sophomore setter Emily Betteridge. At one point, the Golden Eagles led the first set 21-19 but won the next four serves to finish off the Orange 25-19. Two kills from Holly Mertens and Lindsey Gosh helped Marquette clinch the first-set victory.SU struggled in the second set, only tallying 12 points. The Golden Eagles won the third set 25-20 to finish the sweep.Cross CountryThe cross country team competed at the Toledo Inter-Regional Bubble Buster in Toledo, Ohio, last Friday. The men finished first among six teams at the event.Freshman Martin Hehir finished second followed by junior Joe Whelan and sophomore Max Straneva. In all, nine SU runners placed between second and 10th at the competition.The women went up against three ranked teams, and they finished fifth out of 14 teams, placing behind Butler, San Francisco, Columbia and Toledo. Senior Sarah Pagano once again led the SU women and placed second overall. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Narrow defeat for Tipp Ladies in Final Replay

first_imgThe premier side were denied victory in the Lidl Ladies National League Division 3 Final Replay by the last kick of the game.Waterford’s Maria Delahunty scored a brilliant free to give the Déise a 1-13 to 1-12 win at Semple Stadium.Despite missing out on the silverware the Premier County performed well with Mairead Morrissey – who got 1-4 of her side’s tally – probably the pick of the Tipp players. Manager Gerry McGill says there was very little between the teams.last_img