The president of Germany’s football federation, Reinhard Grindel, on Thursday admitted that he made mistakes in handling a controversy over Mesut Ozil’s photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Grindel, however, rejected any accusations of racism.Ozil announced his retirement from Germany’s national team on Sunday. He criticized the federation (DFB), fans and media for what he regarded as racism in treating people with Turkish roots. He defended the pre-World Cup meeting with Erdogan, who draws widespread criticism in Germany for being increasingly authoritarian.Ozil was particularly scathing about Grindel, who accused him and teammate Ilkay Gundogan of allowing themselves to be “exploited” by Erdogan for political purposes. After Germany’s embarrassing first-round exit from the World Cup, Grindel called for Ozil to provide an “answer” on the photo.Ozil said Grindel was “patronizing,” blasted what he called his “incompetence,” and asserted that “in the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.”Mesut Ozil, upset with racist abuse, declares he will no longer play for GermanyIn his first personal response, Grindel said in a written statement he regretted the federation’s criticism of the photo “was abused for racist slogans.””In retrospect, I as president should have said unambiguously what is self-evident for me personally and for us all as a federation: Every form of racist hostility is intolerable and unacceptable.”Grindel pushed back against being linked with racism, writing: “I reject this emphatically, for the federation and for myself personally.”advertisementMesut Ozil does not deserve to be in German team, says Bayern Munich bossGrindel’s statement didn’t address his own future. The 56-year-old former lawmaker with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party became DFB president in 2016. He has faced calls to resign in recent days from critics who fault his crisis management. No senior German football officials have resigned over the World Cup debacle.German government defends Turkish integration after Ozil’s racism chargeHe did, however, underline the importance of winning the right to host the 2024 European Championship. Germany and Turkey are bidding for the tournament and UEFA’s executive committee will choose the host in September.”The tournament could tell a new football tale, bring children to clubs, bring people even closer together with and without immigrant roots,” Grindel wrote. “United by football.”(With AP inputs)
October 26, 2019
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The college football bowl season continues today with a handful of solid contests. Three match-ups highlight the action today including one ranked program that hopes to finish the season on a high note.Only one ranked program is in action today, but there’s still plenty to look forward to. Here is the three-game schedule coming up Wednesday afternoon and night:Servpro First Responder Bowl: Boston College vs. No. 25 Boise State at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPNQuick Lane Bowl: Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech at 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPNCheez-It Bowl: California vs. TCU at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPNAfter a four-day hiatus from college football it will be good to see our favorite teams back on the field. We’re just a few days away from the College Football Playoff semifinals.These three games will give a good primer for the action yet to come.There’s plenty to watch this week ahead of the playoff.
October 26, 2019
BATON ROUGE, LA – OCTOBER 14: Ed Ingram #70 of the LSU Tigers drops back to block during a game against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. LSU defeated the Auburn 27-23. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)LSU has emerged as a favorite in the SEC this season. Head coach Ed Orgeron got some big news about his offensive line depth, with the reinstatement of former starting guard Ed Ingram.Ingram was suspended indefinitely by the school in August 2018, as a result of an investigation into alleged aggravated sexual assault against a minor in his native Texas. He was on trial for the charges earlier this week, and they have been dropped.As a result, Ingram has been reinstated to play for the Tigers. It doesn’t sound like he’ll be able to suit up this weekend, however, as a result of an NCAA rule that mandates a five-day “acclimation period” for players being added to an active roster.LSU travels to Vanderbilt tomorrow, so it is not expected that Ingram will be able to play. As The Advocate‘s Brooks Kubena states, LSU’s first game after that period ends is the Oct. 5 home game against non-conference opponent Utah State. With Ed Ingram’s full reinstatement, the only technical barrier from playing in an official game is the NCAA’s five-day acclimatization period.The former starting offensive guard would be on schedule to return to play when #LSU hosts Utah State on Oct. 5. https://t.co/lwRhpjhlYA— Brooks Kubena (@BKubena) September 20, 2019Details of the case against Ingram have been sealed by the state of Texas. His attorney said that he could not comment further, when asked about the decision by The Advocate.Once he’s up to speed, he could be in the mix at the left guard spot for the Tigers, where there have been depth issues. Ed Ingram started 12 games for the team back in 2017.LSU has opened the season 3-0, with a huge road win at Texas in Week 2 highlighting the early season success.[The Advocate]
October 25, 2019
India Today Web Desk ManchesterSeptember 7, 2019UPDATED: September 7, 2019 13:50 IST Cummins, received no reward for a 10-over spell, either side of the Tea break (AP)HIGHLIGHTSPat Cummins failed to pick up a wicket on Day 3 of the 4th Ashes TestJosh Hazlewood ripped through England with three crucial late wickets in the final session on Day 3The five-match series currrently stands locked at 1-1Australian assistant coach Ricky Ponting has heaped praise on luckless fast bowler Pat Cummins, who failed to make a breakthrough on Day 3 of the ongoing 4th Ashes Test in Manchester. Cummins received no reward for a 10-over spell, either side of the Tea break, where he combined hostility with spot-on line and length. The nearest Cummins came to a breakthrough was when Root edged him between keeper Paine and David Warner at first slip.However, for the former captain Ponting, Cummins’ spell was ‘as good fast bowling’ as one can ever see. Ponting also went on to say that the way Cummins troubled England captain Joe Root during that spell was a testament to his skills.”I think he bowled 7 overs straight after Tea and I think that was as good fast bowling as you’ll ever see. There is very little in the pitch and it was an old ball as well. He was bowling into the cross-breeze but still got the ball to swing away against the breeze. You know Joe Root is one of the best players in the world and Cummins had him on a toast there for 6-7 overs. He built all sorts of pressure on a good batting pitch,” Ponting told cricket.com.au after the end of play on Day 3.When asked whether Cummins reminded him of anyone he had played with or against, Ponting compared the tall fast bowler to South African legend Dale Steyn. Ponting said that batsmen know that they have to be at their ‘absolute best’ while facing guys like Steyn and Cummins.advertisement”That’s a good question. There’s a little bit of Dale Steyn in him actually the way that he bowls. You just know that that effort is always going to be there. Similar sort of action and he can get the ball to shape away. Obviously he (Cummins) is a bit taller and gets a bit more bounce than Steyn but you just know that they are at you the whole time. There is nowhere to hide. When you’re on strike to guys like that, you know you’ve to be at your absolute best and your sharpest or they will knock you over,” Ponting said.Cummins teammate Josh Hazlewood, who put England on the backfoot with 3 late wickets, also was effusive in his praise for his fellow seamer, calling him ‘a machine’.”He’s a machine really. He had all that bad (luck) with injury through his teens, early 20s and then he’s come out the other side. He’s always been a great athlete, I guess it was just a matter of time before that body hardened up and his bones hardened up.”As a power and strength athlete, he’s fantastic and he’s got great endurance as well.”He’s pretty much the all-round package. It’s pretty disheartening as well sometimes, to see (him) running all day. He’s such a great athlete and I just hope it continues for him,” Hazlewood signed off by saying.Also Read | Ashes 2019 4th Test Day 3: Late Josh Hazlewood burst leaves England in troubleAlso Read | Watch: Fan yells ‘David Warner you f*****g cheat’. Australian opener’s reaction is hilariousFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Ashes 4th TestFollow Pat CumminsFollow Ricky PontingFollow Josh Hazlewood Next There’s a little bit of Dale Steyn in Pat Cummins: Ricky PontingFast bowler Pat Cummins bowled his heart out against England during the ongoing 4th Ashes Test against England and has received high praise from former Australian captain Ricky Ponting and fellow seamer Josh Hazlewood.advertisement
October 24, 2019
1. Aether NYC 2. Aether NYC 3. Aether NYC 4. Aether NYC 5. Aether NYC Crosby Street in New York City’s buzzing SoHo district has, in less than a year, been transformed from a sleepy forgotten back lane off Broadway into one of the best shopping destinations in Manhattan, with the addition of Saturdays Surf, Bonobos and Carson Street Clothiers. Now there’s another good reason to brave the weekend crowds and jump onto Crosby: Aether. Four years after launching, we still think Aether makes some of the best-designed outerwear around for the outdoor guy with a cool design sensibility. But if you’re looking to glimpse the future of retail design and stock up on sleek, functional everyday wear, we suggest sprinting, not walking, to this 21st-century man-cave. Among the highlights: a 16 foot-high wall constructed out of stacked logs as well as 34 custom-made wood crates made with white laminate interior and LED lights. The first-ever New York location for Aether founders Jonah Smith and Palmer West, AETHERnyc stocks men’s and women’s apparel, including outerwear, knits, accessories and a small but fine assortment of third-party goods. 13 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10013. (212) 226-8349. The G-RO SIX Is a 6-Wheel, Push-Style Travel Carry-On Unlike Any Other The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America Editors’ Recommendations 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The New Gerber Explore Collection Offers Up Great Holiday (or Anytime) Gift Ideas
October 24, 2019
zoom Helsinki-based short sea shipping specialist Containerships Ltd has started a new service linking London Thamesport with Germany, Finland, Russia and the Baltic States.Containerships chose the Kent port to re-establish a direct service from and to the southern part of the UK, and with this move enhanced the port’s reputation as a short-sea container hub.London Thamesport can handle a variety of deep and shallow-drafted vessels carrying a broad range of cargoes including containers, break-bulk, Ro-Ro and project cargoes.“The improved service offers quicker transit times between the southern UK and Baltic ports including just three days to Lubeck and seven days to St Petersburg,” Simon Mullett, on behalf of London Thamesport, said.“With a location close to the M25 and a versatile and skilled workforce, London Thamesport is ideally placed as a regional base for a variety of cargo types. In recent months we have handled increasing volumes of specialist cargoes in addition to our core container business.”
October 22, 2019
Les Néo-Écossais touchés par les inondations qui utilisent un puits pour leur eau potable doivent prendre des mesures de précaution pour assurer leur santé et leur sécurité. Si un terrain est inondé, les résidents doivent s’abstenir d’utiliser l’eau de puits pour la consommation, la cuisson ou le bain jusqu’à ce que les eaux de crues se retirent et que le puits puisse être vidé, désinfecté et vérifié. Les résidents doivent également s’éloigner des pompes de puits afin d’éviter tout choc électrique, et embaucher un professionnel pour redémarrer la pompe, au besoin. Pour consulter la fiche d’information sur la sécurité relative aux puits pendant et après une inondation, visitez le www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water/docs/FACT.SHEET.Well-Water-After-a-Flood.pdf (en anglais seulement). -30-
October 20, 2019
San Francisco: To help paralyzed people control devices and empower people with brain disorders enrich their lives, Elon Musk-led startup Neuralink has revealed tiny brain “threads” in a chip which is long lasting, usable at home and has the potential to replace cumbersome devices currently used as brain-machine interfaces.The company is seeking the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to start clinical trials on humans in 2020.The technology has a module that sits outside the head and wirelessly receives information from “threads” embedded in the brain. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV appControlled by an iPhone app, the chip called “N1 sensor” with just a USB port coming out can have as many as 3,072 electrodes per array distributed across 96 “threads” — each “thread” smaller that the tiniest human hair.The chip which will be wireless in the future can read, transmit high-volume data and amplify signals from the brain. The aim is to drill four 8mm holes into patients’ skulls and insert the “threads” each of the size between 4 and 6 micrometre — about one-third the diameter of a human hair. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emailsCurrently, there is a robot to do the brain surgery which, according to a research paper released by Neuralink, has performed surgeries on animals and successfully placed the “threads”.”This has the potential to solve several brain-related diseases. The idea is to understand and treat brain disorders, preserve and enhance your own brain and create a well-aligned future,” Musk told the audience at an event here late Tuesday.A staunch critic of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Musk said that long-term goal is to find a way to “achieve a sort of symbiosis with AI but that is not a mandatory thing. This is something you can choose to have if you want”. “With a high-bandwidth brain-machine interface, I think we can actually help scores of patients,” said the Tesla founder who also said he is looking to hire more talent in Neuralink.According to Max Hodak, President of Neuralink, he wasn’t originally sure “this technology was a good idea” but Musk convinced him.”We didn’t want any connectors or wires coming through the skin. It had to be something that would last for a longer period of time, not something that you’d have to take out after two-three years; it had to have practical bandwidth,” said Hodak.Founded as a medical research company in 2016, Neuralink has hired several high-profile neuroscientists from various universities.The company is focused on creating devices resembling tiny sewing machines that can be implanted in the human brain – to improve memory or more direct interfacing with computing devices.
October 15, 2019
Activists, celebrities and journalists were among those boycotting Twitter Friday, after the social media platform suspended the account of actress Rose McGowan, a vocal critic of Harvey Weinstein’s conduct.The boycott started at midnight Thursday in New York and was set to last all day. Many signified they were taking part in the action with the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter.The idea was raised by Kelly Ellis, a software engineer, who tweeted that, in response to McGowan’s suspension, people should consider boycotting the platform. Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “#WomenBoycottTwitter Friday, October 13th,” she wrote. “In solidarity w @rosemcgowan and all the victims of hate and harassment Twitter fails to support.”McGowan announced Wednesday that her Twitter account had been locked over violations of the platform’s terms of service. Twitter initially did not explain its decision, but it later said it had temporarily suspended the account because one of McGowan’s tweets had included a personal phone number, in violation of its rules.READ MORE Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter said it had temporarily suspended Rose McGowan’s account because one tweet included a personal phone number, in violation of its rules. Twitter clarified that the offending tweet had been removed, and that McGowan’s account had been unlocked. (MICHAEL LOCCISANO / GETTY IMAGES)
October 6, 2019
“It is heartening to see the work being done so that justice in Argentina can prevail, even if some did their best in the past to see it denied,” Bertrand Ramcharan said in a statement issued Friday in Geneva.Mr. Ramcharan highlighted recent moves by Argentina’s judiciary, legislature and President, Nestor Kirchner, that bring trial and punishment for those responsible for human rights violations committed between 1976 and 1983 one step closer. These measures include the Argentine Chamber of Deputies declaration on 12 August that the Full Stop and Due Obedience Laws – also known as the amnesty laws – were null and void.”The Government of Argentina has shown it is willing to deal decisively with impunity,” Mr. Ramcharan said. “This is essential if the country is to heal the wounds left by years of dictatorship and to show that those who suffered terrible human rights violations have not been forgotten.”In a separate statement, Mr. Ramcharan said that as Peru’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) prepares to issue its final report next week, support for the group is more necessary now than ever. The TRC was created to provide an official record of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed in Peru between May 1980 and November 2000, and to recommend measures to strengthen human rights and democracy, is set to release its findings on 28 August.The TRC has held numerous public hearings, collected over 17,000 testimonies, and developed a consolidated register on “disappeared” persons. It has also documented grave human rights violations committed by security forces, including disappearances, extrajudicial executions and torture.At the same time, Mr. Ramcharan expressed concern over reports that the commission has recently been the target of attacks and pressure in the run up to the release of its findings, and he called for backing for the panel.”We in the international human rights community must show, now more than ever, our support for the TRC, which I believe is an essential institution in helping Peru to heal and move forward towards a future of justice and respect for the human rights of all its people,” he said.