Ozil claims he would have accepted an even bigger pay cut than 12.5% (Picture: Getty)‘People who know me know exactly how generous I am and, as far as I’m aware, I was not the only player who rejected the cut in the end, but only my name came out.‘I guess that’s because it is me and people have been trying for two years to destroy me, to make me unhappy, to push an agenda they hope will turn the supporters against me and paint a picture that is not true.‘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, maybe I was.’MORE: Arsenal bosses to offer Mesut Ozil massive pay-off to leave the clubMORE: Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil sends message to team-mates after FA Cup final winFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. View 4 comments Mesut Ozil finally explains why he refused pay cut and takes swipe at Arsenal board over redundancies The German has not played for Arsenal since he refused a pay cut (Picture: Getty)Ozil was notably the only player who was publicly outed as having refused to take a pay cut, though he insists it was not a lack of compassion or generosity on his part but a lack of information and detail from Arsenal’s board.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told The Athletic: ‘As players, we all wanted to contribute. But we needed more information and many questions were unanswered.‘Everyone was fine with a deferral while there was so much uncertainty — I would have been OK to take a bigger share — and then a cut if required, once the football and financial outlook was clearer. But we were rushed into it without proper consultation.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘For anyone in this situation, you have a right to know everything, to understand why it is happening and where the money is going. But we didn’t get enough details, we just had to give a decision. It was far too quick for something so important and there was a lot of pressure.‘This was not fair, especially for the young guys, and I refused. I had a baby at home and have commitments to my family here, in Turkey and in Germany — to my charities, too, and also a new project we started to support people in London that was from the heart and not for publicity. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 13 Aug 2020 8:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.9kShares The German says his concerns were validated by the Gunners’ recent staff cuts (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil says Arsenal bosses ‘rushed’ the squad into taking a pay cut and feels his refusal was entirely justified after the club made 55 members of staff redundant.At the height of the coronavirus crisis, and with Arsenal’s finances severely hit, the north London club became the first team in the Premier League to agree to a squad wage cut of 12.5%.They did so under the impression they were keeping other staff members at the club in their jobs, but last week Arsenal announced a horde of redundancies that have disappointed many of the players. Advertisement Advertisement
UAE-based Lamprell has held a steel cutting ceremony to mark the start of construction of jacket foundations for the 950MW Moray East wind project offshore Scotland.GeoSea, part of DEME Offshore, the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contractor for the project’s 100 wind turbine foundations and three offshore substation foundations, contracted Lamprell to fabricate 45 wind turbine and three substation jacket foundations at the end of last year. Smulders is producing the remaining 55 turbine jackets.The 48 jacket foundations will be fabricated at Lamprell’s Hamriyah and Sharjah yards in the UAE.Lamprell expects that the USD 200 million Moray East project and walk-in work will be the main supporters of the company’s projected revenue range of USD 250-400 million for 2019.In a recent financial report, Lamprell said that ”lessons learned on the East Anglia One project in pricing against the in-depth understanding of the market and in managing project risk profile effectively have been embedded for work on the 950MW project.”Located 22 kilometers off the Scottish coast, Moray East will comprise 100 MHI Vestas 9.5MW turbines scheduled to be fully up and running in 2022.
Tweet 12 Views no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! Share HealthLifestyle Type 2 diabetes in newly diagnosed ‘can be reversed’ by: – June 24, 2011 Researchers found that blood sugar levels of all participants had returned to normal in one week.An extreme eight-week diet of 600 calories a day can reverse Type 2 diabetes in people newly diagnosed with the disease, says a Diabetologia study.Newcastle University researchers found the low-calorie diet reduced fat levels in the pancreas and liver, which helped insulin production return to normal.Seven out of 11 people studied were free of diabetes three months later, say findings published in the journal.More research is needed to see whether the reversal is permanent, say experts.Type 2 diabetes affects 2.5m people in the UK. It develops when not enough insulin is produced in the body or the insulin that is made by the body doesn’t work properly.When this happens, glucose – a type of sugar – builds up in the blood instead of being broken down into energy or fuel which the body needs.The 11 participants in the study were all diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within the previous four years.They cut their food intake drastically for two months, eating only liquid diet drinks and non-starchy vegetables.Fat loss After one week of the diet, researchers found that the pre-breakfast blood sugar levels of all participants had returned to normal.MRI scans of their pancreases also revealed that the fat levels in the organ had decreased from around 8% – an elevated level – to a more normal 6%.Three months after the end of the diet, when participants had returned to eating normally and received advice on healthy eating and portion size, most no longer suffered from the condition.Professor Roy Taylor, director of Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre at Newcastle University and lead study author, said he was not suggesting that people should follow the diet.“This diet was only used to test the hypothesis that if people lose substantial weight they will lose their diabetes.“Although this study involved people diagnosed with diabetes within the last four years, there is potential for people with longer-standing diabetes to turn things around too.”Susceptibility questionDr Ee Lin Lim, also from Newcastle University’s research team, said that although dietary factors were already known to have an impact on Type 2 diabetes, the research showed that the disease did not have to be a life sentence.“It’s easy to take a pill, but harder to change lifestyle for good. Asking people to shift weight does actually work,” she said.However, not everyone in the study managed to stay free of diabetes.“It all depends on how much individuals are susceptible to diabetes. We need to find out why some people are more susceptible than others, then target these obese people. We can’t know the reasons for that in this study,” Dr Lim said.Professor Edwin Gale, a diabetes expert from the University of Bristol, said the study did not reveal anything new.“We have known that starvation is a good cure for diabetes. If we introduced rationing tomorrow, then we could get rid of diabetes in this country.“If you can catch people with diabetes in the early stages while beta cells are still functioning, then you can delay its onset for years, but you will get it sooner or later because it’s in the system.”But Keith Frayn, professor of human metabolism at the University of Oxford, said the Newcastle study was important.“People who lose large amounts of weight following surgery to alter their stomach size or the plumbing of their intestines often lose their diabetes and no longer need treatment.“This study shows that a period of marked weight loss can produce the same reversal of Type 2 diabetes.“It offers great hope for many people with diabetes, although it must be said that not everyone will find it possible to stick to the extremely low-calorie diet used in this study.”Dr Iain Frame, director of research at Diabetes UK, which funded the study, said the diet was not an easy fix.“Such a drastic diet should only be undertaken under medical supervision. Despite being a very small trial, we look forward to future results particularly to see whether the reversal would remain in the long term.”BBC News
19 Views no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle Surgeons carry out first synthetic windpipe transplant by: – July 7, 2011 By Michelle RobertsHealth reporter, BBC News, in StockholmThe replacement windpipe was grown in the labSurgeons in Sweden have carried out the world’s first synthetic organ transplant.Scientists in London created an artificial windpipe which was then coated in stem cells from the patient.Crucially, the technique does not need a donor, and there is no risk of the organ being rejected. The surgeons stress a windpipe can also be made within days.The 36-year-old cancer patient is doing well a month after the operation.Professor Paolo Macchiarini from Spain led the pioneering surgery, which took place at the Karolinska University Hospital.In an interview with the BBC, he said he now hopes to use the technique to treat a nine-month-old child in Korea who was born with a malformed windpipe or trachea.Professor Macchiarini already has 10 other windpipe transplants under his belt – most notably the world’s first tissue-engineered tracheal transplant in 2008 on 30-year-old Spanish woman Claudia Costillo – but all required a donor.IndistinguishableThe key to the latest technique is modelling a structure or scaffold that is an exact replica of the patient’s own windpipe, removing the need for a donor organ.To do this he enlisted the help of UK experts were given 3D scans of the 36-year-old African patient, Andemariam Teklesenbet Beyene. The geology student currently lives in Iceland where he is studying for a PhD.Using these images, the scientists at University College London were able to craft a perfect copy of Mr Beyene’s trachea and two main bronchi out of glass.They then coated this was then flown to Sweden and soaked in a solution of stem cells taken from the patient’s bone marrow.After two days, the millions of holes in the porous windpipe had been seeded with the patient’ own tissue.Dr Alex Seifalian and his team used this fragile structure to create a replacement for the patient, whose own windpipe was ravaged by an inoperable tumour.Despite aggressive chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the cancer had grown to the size of a golf ball and was blocking his breathing. Without a transplant he would have died.During a 12-hour operation Professor Macchiarini removed all of the tumour and the diseased windpipe and replaced it with the tailor-made replica.The bone marrow cells and lining cells taken from his nose, which were also implanted during the operation, are able to divide and grow, turning the inert windpipe scaffold into an organ indistinguishable from a normal healthy one.And, importantly, Mr Beyene’s body will accept it as its own, meaning he will not need to take the strong anti-rejection drugs that other transplant patients have to.Professor Macchiarini said this was the real breakthrough.“Thanks to nanotechnology, this new branch of regenerative medicine, we are now able to produce a custom-made windpipe within two days or one week.“This is a synthetic windpipe. The beauty of this is you can have it immediately. There is no delay. This technique does not rely on a human donation.”He said many other organs could be repaired or replaced in the same way.A month on from his operation, Mr Beyene is still looking weak, but well.Sitting up in his hospital bed, he said: “I was very scared, very scared about the operation. But it was live or die.”He says he is looking forward to getting back to Iceland to finish his studies and then returning to his home in Eritrea where he will be reunited with his wife and young family, and meet his new three-month-old child.He says he is eternally grateful to the medical team that has saved his life. Share Share
19 Views no discussions The government said the OECS Economic Union would allow member states to increase competitiveness and total output.BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Monday December 5, 2011 – Lawmakers will tomorrow begin debating legislation that would give effect to the Revised Treaty of Basseterre, which establishes the OECS Economic Union.This comes almost 18 months after the treaty was signed by OECS states and ratified in January this year.The economic union allows for the free movement of people among the member states, and incorporates other arrangements, including a common market, monetary policy, maritime jurisdiction and maritime boundaries and civil aviation.“The goal is to increase competitiveness and total output, among the countries involved so as to improve the welfare and quality of life of the people,” stated the Explanatory Notes accompanying the 57-page draft bill that goes before the National Assembly.“Our service providers can now sell their services throughout the OECS without being burdened with having to acquire a work permit. It should be noted that the Economic Union will give us access to a market of over 500,000 potential customers. Nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis should therefore see these member states as part of our domestic market and benefit from the opportunities that exist there. In the long run this can only help to increase competition among the businesses throughout the OECS thus leading them to provide improved services for all OECS nationals.”The document pointed out that Eastern Caribbean countries are a prime example of what can be achieved when member states of an organization such as the OECS merge to form a single entity with the express purpose of regional cooperation. It noted that OECS leaders have come to the realization that the sub-grouping can only become a meaningful player on the international scene by deepening and strengthening the economic integration process. “The process of functional cooperation through economic integration will help to reduce our vulnerabilities and increase our resilience to external impacts. The Revised Treaty addresses the new circumstances confronting the Member States, especially as they relate to the weaknesses in implementing sub-region wide policies by instituting legislative and executive procedures,” it explained. Lawmakers are also expected to approve legislation that exempts OECS nationals from requiring a temporary permit to drive in the federation once they are holders of a valid driver’s license issued by a member state.Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are full members of the OECS, while Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands are associate members.Caribbean 360 News Share Share Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional St Kitts lawmakers debate OECS Economic Union treaty legislation by: – December 5, 2011 Tweet
The 51-year-old Albino Demasu-ay who was believed to have committed suicide was found dead at a furniture shop in Candoni, Negros Occidental on Sept. 15. NICHOLAS GUSTILO LACHICA II/BOMBO RADYO BACOLOD PHOTO BY NICHOLAS GUSTILO LACHICA II/BOMBO RADYO BACOLOD Police identified the victim as 51-year-oldAlbino Demasu-ay of Barangay East, Candoni. According to police investigators, Demasu-ay’srelatives always saw him drinking alone inside the shop. BACOLOD City – A carpenter who was believed tohave committed suicide was found dead at a furniture shop in Candoni, NegrosOccidental. Demasu-ay was found by his cousin with a ropetied around his neck at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, a police report showed. Officers of the Candoni municipal policestation were investigating the incident./PN
FARLEY, Iowa (Sept. 19) – A season that’s seen its share of highs and lows saw another high spot Saturday for Troy Cordes.Cordes topped the 30-lap Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds during the Yankee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway. The win paid $2,000 and put him on the ballot for next September’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.“I’d started second but fell back to about fifth. The car was too tight at the beginning,” he said. “The track was slick, which was unbelievable for the amount of rain they’d had.”Cordes got back to third following a lap 18 restart, then passed Jason Schueller and Kyle Brown for the lead and eventual checkers.Brown hung on to the runner-up position and became the sixth different driver to win the tour title in as many years the series has been held.He’d started the night with a four-point advantage over defending champion Mike Van Genderen, who finished 11th.Schueller, Justin Kay and Matt Gansen rounded out the top five.“This was definitely an up and down year for us, for sure,” said Cordes, who had won for the 100th time in his IMCA Modified career in May and clinched his sixth Benton County Speedway title with a top five finish on Sunday. “We struggled some early in the season and didn’t win as many as we’d have liked. The rainouts didn’t help, either.”Different drivers won each of the eight HDT events held in 2015, making for a second consecutive season in which no driver could win more than once.Feature results – 1. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 2. Kyle Brown, State Center; 3. Jason Schueller, Dubuque; 4. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 5. Matt Gansen, Zwingle; 6. Jeff Larson, Freeport, Ill.; 7. Chris Zogg, New Liberty; 8. Mark Schulte, Delhi; 9. David McClain, Potosi, Wis.; 10. Darin Duffy, Urbana; 11. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 12. Zach Less, Manchester; 13. Carter Van Den Berg, Oskaloosa; 14. Kenny Kostenbader, Freeport, Ill.; 15. Dan Roedl, Beaver Dam, Wis.; 16. Ryan Maitland, Waterloo; 17. Kyle Neels, Freeport, Ill.; 18. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque; 19. Brian Webb, Davenport; 20. Milo Veloz Jr., Colona, Ill.; 21. Dakota Hayden, Wilton; 22. Jed Freiburger, Dubuque; 23. Tyler Madigan, Dubuque; 24. Brad Dierks, Clarence.
Cincinnati, OH—After more than 10 years, Cincinnati’s Coney Island has canceled its Fall-O-Ween fall festival.The yearly festival ran for more than 10 years on the amusement park’s grounds, featuring pumpkin throws, trick-or-treat for children, rides, and shows. But the fall festival will not return for the 2019 season, park officials said.Coney Island is extending the summer season by adding a bonus weekend on Sept. 14-15. Sunlite Water Adventure and rides and attractions will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Manchester City have further enhanced their international presence by announcing a new partnership with South African club Black Aces FC. As part of the Black Aces deal, City will deliver coaching programmes to local children and the Academy sides will also have the opportunity to travel to and play in Manchester. The programme will follow the same training techniques and philosophies of the City first team, in keeping with the “holistic approach” the club are developing towards all aspects of their football. City will also set up a coach education programme at the club. Patrick Vieira, head of City’s elite development squad, “It’s a privilege for Manchester City to be part of South Africa’s youth football development by passing on our expertise to the Black Aces coaches, at a time when the country is fast becoming a force in world football. “Through shared learning, both clubs can work together in order to provide children with a holistic football experience that places equal importance on football and education.” City are also due to visit South Africa as part of their pre-season programme this summer, playing two games in July. The three-year arrangement will see Black Aces, based in the Mpumalanga province, become City’s “official regional school of football partner”. The move comes after the recent announcement of other international projects such as the launch of a New York-based team in Major League Soccer and the successful establishment of an Academy in Abu Dhabi. Press Association
Tipp camogie players have a must win game on Saturday afternoon – in their All Ireland Championship Group.They face Wexford in Innovate Wexford Park.A loss at home against Cork, and a loss 2 weeks ago in Semple Stadium to Limerick mean winning this game is necessary for the girls to progress from their group. Photo © Tipp FM & Denis Vahey Photography Tipp dual star Rosisin Howard says they’re disappointed with how they performed against Limerick, but they’ll do whatever it takes to win against Wexford this week…Throw in is at 3:45 on Saturday, and Tipp FM will have updates across the afternoon.