10 Jan

Germany’s forgotten hero Goetze relaunches career

first_img0Shares0000Sidelined for five months, Dortmund’s midfielder Mario Goetze is to resume playing on Saturday when the team hosts arch-rivals Bayern Munich for the German Super Cup © AFP/File / PATRIK STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Aug 4 – World Cup winner Mario Goetze admits the metabolism disorder which sidelined him for five months is ‘now part of his life’, with the Germany star poised to resume playing on Saturday.Borussia Dortmund host arch-rivals Bayern Munich for the German Super Cup — the annual pre-season clash between the German Cup winners and Bundesliga champions respectively — on Saturday. It will be Goetze’s first competitive match since withdrawing from all football in February, after featuring in Dortmund’s pre-season friendlies.“I feel good. I can take part in top level sport again, but I’m still in treatment through the medication that I have to keep taking,” Goetze told German magazine Kicker.“Everyone has their strength and weaknesses and the metabolic problem is a part of my life now.“I am just happy to be back and able to do what I love.”After a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Goetze knows he needs time to rediscover his form.“I am not going to come back and be 100 percent straight away after five months in rehab,” he said.“Of course, I will need the games and training sessions to refind my rhythm. That’s obvious to me and, hopefully, to everyone else too.”It was Goetze’s stunning chest and volley in extra-time at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium which won Germany the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina.Three years later, Goetze, still only 25, is far from assured of a place in Germany’s squad for next year’s tournament in Russia.A frustrating three-year stint at Bayern Munich, whose then-coach Pep Guardiola made it clear Goetze had no place in his first-choice line-up, ended in July 2016 when he returned to Dortmund.It seemed the perfect place to rekindle his career after Goetze broke into the Germany squad on the back of helping Dortmund win the 2011 and 2012 Bundesliga titles under Jurgen Klopp.– ‘No Rio bonus’ –But Goetze struggled for any kind of form in his first season back, which was cut short in February when his disorder was unearthed and therapy began.He says there were dark days in the first few weeks after the diagnosis.“At first, it was hard for me to understand that I couldn’t play even though I didn’t have a structural injury, no damaged muscles or torn ligaments,” said Goetze.“It meant I had to have a time point to work towards – the start of the new season and be able to play again. That is what I have been looking to the most.”Bayern have won the title for each of the last five seasons, but US international Christian Puliisc sees this as Dortmund’s ‘big chance to win the Bundesliga’.The Super Cup showdown will see Dortmund test themselves against Bayern under new head coach Peter Bosz, as striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goes head-to-head with Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski.For Goetze, the Super Cup is also a chance to impress Germany head coach Joachim Loew before next month’s World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Norway.“Rio was an incredible event, but it doesn’t carry a bonus anymore,” admitted Goetze on his Russia 2018 hopes.“Only the best will go to the World Cup, and Loew will decide.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

22 Dec


first_imgSanta with some of his elves from Santa’s Island at Doagh Island. Pic by North West Newspix.A Santa visitors’ attraction has been swamped with bookings – 134 days before Christmas Day!Santa’s Island on the Inishowen Peninsula launchd its 2015 website yesterday outlining its plans for the coming festive season.And although it is still summer and children have yet to go back to school, families are already thinking ahead. Owner of Santa’s Island, Pat Doherty, has revealed that they have been inundated with hundreds of bookings in a few short hours.“There has been a tremendous reaction. People just can’t get enough of Christmas. We have had hundreds of bookings already,” he revealed.Although the attraction at Doagh Island, Clonmany, does not officially open until November 22nd, the attraction is already taking shape.The attraction enjoys a super reputation with people coming from as far as England to visit   the attraction which opens on the site of the popular Doagh Famine Village. As well as live animals, a Santa workshop and office, a life-size Santa sleigh, Santa’s Island features a live Elves Disco.Pat revealed that the attraction, which has been open since 1999, hosts visitors from as far away as England and across the length and breadth of Ireland.He says the only think thing is usually missing from Donegal’s version of Santa’s Lapland is the snow.But he added “We think that’s a good thing because you simply couldn’t get around Donegal if it was snowing.“We are located on the Inishowen Peninsula and many of the roads would be impassable if we got have snow. “We have everything lapland has but the snow but everyone has a once-in-a-lifetime experience when they come here.”The popularity of Santa’s Island has also led to a huge spin-off to hotels on the peninsula with hotels offering special packages for families coming to visit Santa’s Island.SNOW JOKE – SANTA’S DONEGAL GROTTO IS ALREADY SWAMPED WITH BOOKINGS! was last modified: August 11th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:CHristmasclonmanydonegalPat DohertySanta’s Islandlast_img read more

18 Dec

New Mandela tapestry for airport

first_img17 December 2015In honour of Nelson Mandela, a giant tapestry has been unveiled at Cape Town International Airport, according to Amnesty International.Measuring approximately six by three metres, and called Flying Madiba, the work of art was designed by acclaimed Czech artist Peter Sis and woven by Atelier Pinton in Aubusson, France. It is on display at the airport’s international arrivals hall, and was installed on 10 December 2015 to mark International Human Rights Day.“This tapestry is a fitting tribute to Nelson Mandela, a champion of human rights across the world,” said Bill Shipsey, Art for Amnesty’s founder. “It will provide a constant reminder to the millions of people passing through the Cape Town International airport about his legacy, not only for South Africa but for the world.”According to Amnesty International, the tapestry was generously backed and funded by musicians and artists such as Bono and The Edge of the band U2, John Legend, Peter Gabriel, Sting and Yoko Ono.“Madiba sacrificed his own freedom to see a better world for everyone,” said Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s deputy director for Southern Africa. “With this tapestry, we are honouring his sacrifices and hoping that he will be remembered forever.”Mandela received Amnesty International’s most prestigious award, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, in 2006.“The tapestry will take pride of place in our International Arrivals Hall. It will be the final piece of a broader ambience programme in that area which already has various elements creating a sense of place,” said Deidre Davids, the manager for communications and brand at the airport.‘Explore philosophy that places our problems in an international and historical context’ – Nelson Mandela.— Art for Amnesty (@Art4Amnesty) December 6, 2015Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who campaign for a world in which human rights are enjoyed by all.Source: Amnesty Internationallast_img read more

17 Dec

Precision Planting deal between Deere and Monsanto terminated

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Deere & Company announced it was informed by Monsanto Company that it has chosen to terminate a 2015 agreement for Deere to acquire the Precision Planting LLC business.“We are deeply disappointed in this outcome as we remain confident the acquisition would have benefited customers,” said John May, President, Agricultural Solutions and Chief Information Officer.In 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice brought legal action in an attempt to block the transaction. Deere and Monsanto were prepared to present their case for approval of the acquisition later this year. May said, “With an opportunity to see this to conclusion, we believe it would have been clear the challenge to the transaction was based on flawed assessments of the marketplace.”Two agreements related to Deere’s purchase of Precision Planting will also be terminated, including the digital collaboration agreement between Deere and The Climate Corporation, a division of Monsanto. Also ending is an agreement that would have allowed Ag Leader to expand access to and distribution of certain Precision Planting products and technologies.“As a world leader in precision agriculture, John Deere will continue developing technology-based products and services to help customers improve the productivity and profitability of their operations,” May said.He added that Deere will remain focused on enabling customers to efficiently leverage their data to drive better decisions on their farms through the John Deere Operations Center, which includes nearly 75 connected software tools with the total continuing to increase.last_img read more

27 Nov

Steve Kerr: It’s ‘feasible’ Kevin Durant may play after 1 practice

first_imgGolden State Warriors Kevin Durant watches during basketball practice at the NBA Finals in Toronto, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Tuesday is the next telltale day in Golden State star Kevin Durant’s recovery process from a calf injury.The Warriors are scheduled to arrive home from Toronto early Monday and will get the rest of the day off. Practice resumes Tuesday, and what happens then will determine if Durant plays in Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH 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 Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “Pointing out some X’s and O’s type of stuff,” Curry said. “But moreso when you see him putting time in trying to get healthy, trying to get back out on the floor as soon as possible, that’s motivation for sure. We’re all in this together. We’ve said it for the entire year. He’s exemplifying that with his presence in the locker room here.”There is only one practice before Game 3, and if Durant can’t play on Wednesday there would be only one practice before Game 4 on Friday. Kerr said Durant may need only one full workout to get ready.“It’s feasible,” Kerr said.Behind a collective effort, the Warriors tied the NBA Finals after a 109-104 win in Game 2.Klay Thompson scored a team-high 25 points before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter with a left hamstring injury while Steph Curry bucked a poor start to add 23 points.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Klay Thompson says ‘he’ll be fine’ after pulling hamstring in Warriors’ Game 2 win ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Warriors coach Steve Kerr has said Durant won’t play until he practices. He revealed Sunday that the team’s medical staff has not yet given clearance to the 2017 and 2018 Finals MVP for a return to those workouts.“It’s really a day-to-day thing,” Kerr said at the Warriors’ shootaround practice before Game 2 of the finals. “If we had a crystal ball, we would have known a long time ago what we were dealing with. But it’s just an injury (where) there’s been a lot of gray area. So, literally, it’s just day-to-day and how the progress is coming. And at this point he’s still not ready.”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, logisticsDurant was injured in Game 5 of the Warriors’ Western Conference semifinal matchup against the Houston Rockets. He hasn’t played since, and Game 2 of the finals is the seventh consecutive game in which the two-time defending NBA champions would be without Durant.Durant traveled with the Warriors to Toronto, largely so he could work uninterrupted with the team’s medical staff. He has also been a voice inside the locker room, fellow Warriors star Stephen Curry said. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View commentslast_img read more

27 Nov

David Ortiz back in Boston after being shot in Dominican bar

first_imgThe ambulance carrying former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz arrives to transfer him to the small ambulance plane parked at Las Americas Airport which will fly him to Boston, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Monday, June 10, 2019. Doctors removed Ortiz s gallbladder and part of his intestine after the beloved former Boston Red Sox slugger known as Big Papi was ambushed the previous day by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic, a spokesman said Monday. (AP Photo/Juan Miguel Peña)SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — David Ortiz was back in Boston on Monday night for medical care, a day after authorities said the former Red Sox slugger affectionately known as Big Papi was ambushed by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic.A plane carrying the 43-year-old retired athlete landed after a flight from the Dominican, the team said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC02:42PH 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 View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The club asked fans to observe a moment of reflection shortly before playing the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park and posted on the videoboard: “We send our love to David Ortiz.”Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo on Sunday night when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range in the torso, authorities said.The gunman was not immediately identified or arrested and the motive for the shooting was under investigation, with authorities trying to determine whether Ortiz was the target.The operator of the motorcycle that was carrying the gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, authorities said.ADVERTISEMENT “The way that everything is going right now back in my country, I’ve got to be honest, I’m not very happy to say what is going on right now over there,” Nova said. “A lot of times I see guys who play on my team coming to the United States to live. The dream that you have as a baseball player is to have a good career, and then go back home and spend time with your family. Now you’ve got to think about if DR is a safe place for you to be in. It’s a tough situation.”Ortiz, who retired after the 2016 season and lives at least part of the year in the Dominican Republic, is often seen getting his cars washed and hanging out with friends, including other baseball players, artists and entertainers.The Red Sox retired his number, 34, in 2017, and Boston renamed a bridge and a stretch of road outside Fenway Park in his honor. He maintains a home in Weston, on the outskirts of Boston.Ortiz galvanized the city in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that left three people dead, bellowing through a megaphone at Fenway Park: “This is our (expletive) city!”“In 2013, when we needed David Ortiz the most, he was there for us,” Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy said Monday. “Our focus is on his health and on getting him back here for treatment.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Eliezer Salvador, who was at the scene, said the gunman said nothing, just fired once. Salvador then drove a wounded Ortiz to the hospital, telling reporters they had a brief conversation in the car as he urged the baseball great to stay calm and breathe.“Do you have any problems with anyone?” Salvador recalled asking him, to which Ortiz replied: “No, my brother, I’ve never wronged anyone.”Salvador held up Ortiz’s bloody belongings for reporters, along with some of his jewelry. He also apologized for hitting several cars while rushing to the hospital: “That wrongdoing was justified.”Ortiz’s father, Leo, said he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son.“He is resting,” the elder Ortiz said. “Big Papi will be around for a long time.”He added that he is pleased with the medical attention Ortiz has received but that he will be transferred to Boston so he can be with his wife and the Red Sox medical team.Two other people were wounded, including Jhoel López, a Dominican TV host who was with Ortiz. Police believe López was wounded by the same bullet, said National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte. López was shot in the leg, and his injuries were not life-threatening, said his wife, Liza Blanco, who is also a TV host.Police did not identify the third person or detail that person’s injuries.The bar is in a bustling nightlife district packed with dance clubs and expensive bars that Ortiz is known to frequent.Chicago White Sox pitcher Ivan Nova, who’s from the Dominican, said the shooting rattled him. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Red Sox, Big Papi fans rally around David Ortiz after shooting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “He’s on the Mount Rushmore of Boston sports,” said Eddie Romero, the team’s assistant general manager. Ortiz had been in stable condition in intensive care at a Santo Domingo hospital after doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his intestine, according to his spokesman, Leo López. He said Ortiz’s liver was also damaged in the shooting Sunday night.Ortiz is one of the most beloved figures in sports history in the Dominican Republic and Boston, a fearsome power hitter with a ready smile. He led the Red Sox to three World Series championships, was a 10-time All-Star and hit 541 home runs.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, logisticsDozens of fans crowded the hospital earlier Monday, causing a traffic jam. In the U.S., fans prayed for his recovery and wished him well, with New England Patriots star Julian Edelman assuring him on Instagram: “Papi, all of New England has your back.”The Red Sox offered “all available resources” and sent an air ambulance to bring him back to Boston. 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30 Aug

Google May Open a Retail Store in NYC

first_img 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals March 13, 2014center_img Register Now » Google is all about search. And right now, it may be searching for a place to open its first brick-and-mortar retail store in the U.S.Crain’s New York reported this week that the tech giant is close to signing a lease for an 8,000-square-foot space in New York City’s upscale SoHo area; however, the real-estate firm that controls the space told The Wall Street Journal the claim is “absolutely false.”Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Related: Here Comes Another Smartwatch. This One’s From Google.While Google’s plans are not yet clear, Faith Hope Consolo, a chairman at Prudential Douglas Elliman, has spoken with several outlets about the company’s interest in in setting up shop in the city.”They’ve been talking to everybody,” Consolo told the Journal.Chromebooks, Android devices, Google Glass and any other new hardware products would ostensibly be sold in the prospective storefront.Related: Google Unveils ‘Project Tango’: A Smartphone That Sees in 3-DOpening a retail shop in the U.S. would be a first for Google, though the company already has a small brick-and-mortar footprint overseas. In 2011, an Android store opened in Melbourne, Australia, and the company’s Chromebook laptops have been sold in storefronts across Europe in England, Germany and Spain. Apple, on the other hand, has more than 420 retail stores across the world, and plans to open 30 new stores this year.  Related: Knowing Your Competition Inside and Outlast_img read more

19 Aug

The Travel Agent Next Door restructures into regions to benefit agents and

first_img Tuesday, February 5, 2019 The Travel Agent Next Door restructures into regions to benefit agents and suppliers TORONTO — The Travel Agent Next Door is making major moves – into regions, no less.To benefit both agents and suppliers, the company has announced that it is organizing itself into regions, making it the first host agency in Canada to do so.Traditionally, host agencies are considered by suppliers to be only one agency, meaning that they’re served by only one Business Development Manager (BDM) or Sales representative. This has proven to be a challenge for agents across Canada who aren’t linked with their local or regional BDM or sales rep.“As we grew, we recognized that our agents were losing out because they were not recognized by suppliers regionally, and thus they were missing out on local support and recognition,” said Flemming Friisdahl, Founder, The Travel Agent Next Door. “By creating four regions, we have ensured that our agents are seen by their local BDMs and reps – and their performance shows up on each BDM’s reports.”More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalWhat this means, Friisdahl added, is that agents will be invited to supplier events like ship inspections by that supplier, based on their performance. It also means agents will receive training and local marketing support.With the regional move, The Travel Agent Next Door’s agents and hosted agencies will now receive direct support from regional reps and BDMs, including training, resolution, marketing and consumer evenings support. Plus, they’ll receive recognition for their sales production and get the chance to grow their business by working directly with their local supplier rep or BDM.But as Friisdahl is quick to note, the move isn’t just one-sided. “This approach also benefits suppliers,” he said. “Tour operators, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies, tourist boards, etc., will now have insight into where to focus their efforts via their local reps and BDMs to assist in growing their business on a national scale.” Posted by Travelweek Group last_img read more